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POP UP PARK FOR HILTON HOTEL SITE?

Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle by freoview on February 24, 2016

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Freo’s View reader David sent me some email last night about the now derelict Hilton Double Tree hotel development site on the corner of Point and Queen Adelaide streets. The developers have announced a delay of two years and David suggested the City of Fremantle could do what some eastern state councils do and beautify the area and make it into a park for the time being.

I think the idea is good but the land is no longer owned by the City and insurance issues might also be a consideration.

Does anyone have ideas how we could make a positive out of a negative and make the land near Princess May Park and the old Boys School more attractive?

Roel Looper

TIME TO SIGN OUT

Posted in city of fremantle, sign, tour de perth by freoview on April 1, 2015

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One whole week after the event was held this big sign is still flashing away in Fremantle’s Pioneer Park, warning motorists about road closures and delays. It is a big ugly eyesore that serves no purpose but to confuse people.

Are the Tour de Perth organisors paying for it or the City of Fremantle and who is responsible for removing it. Or will it still be flashing during the Street Art Festival on the long weekend?

Roel Loopers

CRAP PROMOTION A FREMANTLE EYESORE

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on February 8, 2015

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The new triangular promotion stands wrapped around posts in Fremantle are a mess and an eyesore because the posters have not been glued on properly. The stands promote all kind of concerts but the two on the Cappuccino Strip promote neglect instead of entertainment.

Roel Loopers

WOOLSTORES PARKING EYESORE

Posted in city of fremantle, parking by freoview on February 4, 2015

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The vacant woolstores site along Cantonment, Goldsborough streets and Elder Place in Fremantle has been a very ugly eyesore for many years, but it is getting worse with cars now parked and hugging the building to avoid having to pay parking fees. It can be assumed that these are the cars from people working in the Woolstores shopping centre.

It’s great to have free residents’ parking till 11 am but it is not at all helpful that Transperth busses park in Goldsborough Street and take 3-4 bays each. This needs to be stopped or Transperth charged for parking there.

Roel Loopers

SIMONE MCGURK ON WARDERS COTTAGES

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage by freoview on December 4, 2014

I received these comments from the State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk MLA on the renovation announcement of the Fremantle Warders Cottages:

It’s taken the Liberal National Government almost three years to do anything with the iconic Fremantle Warders’ Cottages. In that time the Warders’ Cottages have become derelict and an eyesore to locals and visitors alike.

 This is an announcement about maintenance, not an actual plan of how Government intends to restore the Warders Cottages. The maintenance should have happened a long time ago.
 

The Minister must provide a clear plan of what the Government plans to do to actually restore the Warders’ Cottages and determine their future use. This must include a breakdown of how much money the Government will invest for the work.
 

  The Fremantle community and visitors has made it clear that they want to see the Government act to restore the Warders’ Cottages. To date more than 1,000 people have signed a petition I launched with the Fremantle Society calling on the Premier to save the Warders’ Cottages.
 

I quite agree with Simone that the work on drainage and exterior walls really is basic and very overdue maintenance that won’t see the cottages reopen for use any time soon, as that will require substantially more effort and money. This is a very poor effort at trying to safe the historic buildings from disrepair.

Roel Loopers

 

MEWS ROAD MONSTER FACADE

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on November 25, 2014

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This is what the Fremantle  ‘Mews Road Monster’s’ facade will look like. It won’t give back the ocean views from South Street but in the interest of balance and fairness I thought to publish these images.

Roel Loopers

SHIT HAPPENS AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on November 25, 2014

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Fremantle full Council will tomorrow decide if to defer the contract negotiations for a new lease of the Carriage Cafe on the Esplanade Reserve, and all indications are that the owners will be told the new lease will only be addressed once a new Masterplan for the Esplanade has been signed off. This is train wreck governance by the City of Fremantle where one hand does not know what the other hand is doing.

Why on earth did no one at COF tell Carriage owner Kel Smith that a new Masterplan was in the making and that it would be a waste of his money and time to apply for planning approval for building and extension to the cafe before that Masterplan was in place? Why did COF allow a small business owner to go through the whole expensive process, insisting on changes to the plans for the extension so it would connect better with the Youth Plaza, pay more money for new plans, initiated a new community consultation process, etc. when it knew they were working on a new Masterplan for the reserve that might affect the cafe and might make an extension obsolete should Council decide in the Masterplan that the Carriage has to be relocated or removed from the Reserve?

It is outrageous and mind-blowing that this was allowed to happen and the entire Council and Planning Department staff should hang their heads in shame and apologise to Kel Smith for wasting his time and money. In fact should the Masterplan force him to relocate or leave, he should be compensated for the costs involved, because the design might have to be changed again to accommodate a new location on the reserve.

We now have a situation where Kel Smith  could go ahead with building the extension but in May could be told the new Masterplan wants the removal of the building. This is a shambles!

We now also hear that Fremantle Council in fact knew and signed off on the monstrosity at 16 Mews Road that obstructs the view lines to the ocean from South Street. It went to the Planning Committee on March 23, 2012 where a motion was approved to refer the item to the WA Planning Committee for approval. The motion was supported by Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Robert Fittock, Josh Wilson, Rachel Pemberton, Ingrid Waltham and Bill Massie.

Shit happens in Fremantle, but it should not happen at Council level. The handling of the Carriage Cafe is unprofessional and incompetent, while the Mews Road monstrosity shows lack to detail and lack of thoroughness. That is very disappointing for a Council that is so keen to implement change and progress and is desperate to attract more development.

Roel Loopers

FREO BEAUTY AND BASTARDS

Posted in fremantle, graffiti by freoview on November 24, 2014

We in Fremantle live in a special place of stunning architectural heritage, magic blue skies, fresh air, great oceans and a unique lifestyle, so why is it some immature bastards believe it is right to deface our buildings and make them into eyesores with their silly tags.

If your tag means so much to you why not carve it into your penis where it will stay with you forever. If you’re addicted to spray cans go and take some lessons from serious graffiti artist and create beautiful murals and earn money out of the craft, instead of letting the community clean up your mess.

Roel Loopers

THE RIGHT PARKING SPOT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 5, 2014

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I reckon this driver just found the right parking spot for his vehicle as it blends in well with the visual pollution behind it at the Fremantle Woolstores.

People have discovered a loophole there and many cars are now parked close to the wall that must be private property so they can’t receive parking tickets. It makes the eyesore look even worse.

Roel Loopers

WELCOME TO THE EYSORE CAPITAL

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 3, 2014

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I should really do a whole photo essay on all the Fremantle inner city eyesores, as it is a horrible sight to look at all the neglected buildings around town.

One only has to wander up the steps to the Round House, the State’s oldest public building, to see that no one cares, and the Town Hall has been in a disgraceful state for years.

The Henderson Street Mall is an embarrassment with the neglected Warders Cottages still not near renovation although Premier Colin Barnett announced six months ago the government would splash out with a whopping $ 2 million for repairs.

Opposite it the Old Shanghai upmarkets desperately need a coat of paint.

There are ugly tags all over the inner city that no one bothers to remove.

The City of Fremantle is at a point where it is all about the far-fetched future and development and little care for the reality of the present. A bit like a child wanting a new room because it can’t be bothered to clean up the one it already has.

Freo needs to go back to the basics of care, cleaning and maintaining, instead of a future focus only, and that applies to land and building owners as well. Those who have neglected their buildings for years should not get additional height approved if applying for development.

Roel Loopers

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