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BIG FREMANTLE PARK COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, community, hospitality, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2019

 

 

I was given a preview of the new Fremantle Park sport and community clubhouse this morning, which is under construction and will open in the first quarter of next year.

The $ 4.7 million development will house the Fremantle tennis, bowling and workers clubs, who will be sharing the space, and the building will also be made available to community groups.

The ground-level bowling and tennis club premises are quite modest in comparison to the upstairs space of the Fremantle Workers&Social club. The huge timber dance floor is rather ostentatious and designed with a lot of optimism. It can accommodate at least a hundred dancers. Time will tell if this is over the top and if the clubs will really be able to generate enough interest from the general public to make it all financially viable.

Roel Loopers

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ELLEN STREET RESIDENTS NOT HAPPY WITH FREMANTLE PARK CLUB HOUSE

 

Fremantle Park clubhouse

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Ellen Street residents are not happy that the new Fremantle Park club house is being built just opposite heritage buildings when it could have been built away from Ellen Street more to the north and become the centre of the tennis and bowling clubs precinct.

Building the two-storey building further to the west, or to the north, would have brought it closer to the planned new car park at Parry Street as the plan shows.

One also has to wonder about what noise impact the new club house might have on the residents of Ellen Street when the Fremantle Workers Club used to organise concerts in their former venue in Henry Street and the temporary club house at Fremantle Oval. Will that continue in the new club house?

The development is a joint venture between the tennis, bowling and workers club and the City of Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

ROOF FOR FREMANTLE PARK CLUB HOUSE

 

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The top of the new Fremantle Park club house has been reached with the structures for the roof now clearly visible.

The new building will become the home of the Fremantle Tennis Club, Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers Club. It will also have spaces for the general community to use.

The City of Fremantle will also build a new car park at Parry Street next year.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PARK COMMUNITY HUB

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, community, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2019

 

Fremantle Park

 

Work at the new community hub at Fremantle Park is going well as this photo shows.

The two-storey building will become the new home for the Fremantle Tennis Club, Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers Club and will also have facilities for the wider Freo community.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE PARK CLUB HOME BUILDER

 

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It has been a frustratingly slow process for the clubs involved but the City of Fremantle will finally decide on Wednesday on the preferred tenderer to build the new $ 4.1 million clubhouse at Fremantle Park.

The company selected to build the new home for the Fremantle Workers Club, Fremantle Tennis Club and the Fremantle Bowling Club is McCorkell Constructions and that will be confirmed by the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council.

Estimated start of construction is the first quarter of 2019 and completion in the last quarter of that year.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE PARK CLUBHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2017

 

The plans for a new clubhouse at Fremantle Park on Parry Street can finally go ahead after Fremantle Council approved it on Wednesday.

The clubhouse will become the new home for the Fremantle Workers Club, Fremantle Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club which will share the two-storey premises.

The City of Fremantle also plans to build a public carpark next to it to accommodate inner city parking.

The $ 4,4 million project will be paid for by the Workers Club, the CoF and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The Fremantle Workers Club will pay $ 1.85 million, as will the City. The State Department will pay $ 400,000, and Fremantle City will pay another $ 300,000 for the public carpark, if the use is approved by the state.

Roel Loopers

 

ST PATRICK’S DAY BOWLING FUNDRAISER

Posted in city of fremantle, st patricks day by freoview on March 15, 2016

Fremantle St. Patrick’s very first fundraiser of the year is on St Patrick’s Day tomorrow and going to be fun!

Lawn bowls, delicious food, an acoustic set of Irish music from members of The Fling. You don’t even have to know the difference between bowls, balls or anything else that is round, because most Irish people don’t know the difference either, and even less after a pint of six of Guinness. ; >)

And all funds raised go directly to helping some of the least advantaged people in Freo.
Thursday, March 17th
4-7pm
Fremantle Bowling Club, Ellen Street, Fremantle.
Tickets are $35 or get a team of five together for $150
Book your tickets here:
https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=181917

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CLUBS GET NEW HOME AT FREMANTLE PARK

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development by freoview on March 7, 2016

It is fantastic to hear the Western Australian government has had a change of heart and has approved to fund $400,000 toward the building of a new community centre at Fremantle Park,  through the annual CSRFF-Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund- grants.

A year ago the combined efforts by the Fremantle Workers, Fremantle Tennis, Fremantle Bowling clubs and the City of Fremantle was unsuccessful in trying to receive State Government funding but this year the community clubs are delighted that the City has been successful in its application.

There is a lot of residential development going on in the east CBD of Fremantle and that could well benefit the clubs and guarantee a rosy future, with more members helping to revitalise them.

Well done all who lobbied the State and got this great result!

 

Roel Loopers

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UTOPIA SATIRE AT FREO COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on August 26, 2015

Coming home this evening from the Fremantle monthly Council meeting and watching the very funny UTOPIA on ABC TV straight after that I thought that often reality is funnier than satiric fiction.

I would not attend as many Council and Council committee meetings as I can, and I would not stand for Council at the October election, if I did not believe local government democracy is extremely important, but tonight I shook my head in disbelief as the Elected Members went on and on…. and on about what Councils three most important priorities are when applying for Lotterywest funding. And a bloody difficult and near impossible decision it was to make, and it did not help either that the Director was not much help.

Is the relocation of the Men’s Shed, one that most local governments would fund themselves, the number one priority for Fremantle when talking to Lotterywest to get money, or is it the proposal by the Fremantle Tennis and Bowling clubs to build a new clubhouse at Fremantle Park together with the Fremantle Workers Club? Or could it just remotely be the massive $ 4 million development of Cantonment Hill, a huge Kings Park-like area that will become an enormous attraction for tourists and locals? Hard to decide hey. Well, one would think not when one sits in the public gallery with other people who have a grain of common sense, but our Freo Councillors managed to just keep talking and asking more questions and changing the wording of motions.  It could have been an episode of Utopia or Yes Minister.

I think they agreed at the end that Cantonment Hill, one of the biggest projects Fremantle will undertake for years, is the number one priority and that the other two come second and third. And all that for funding from a State agency that is not guaranteed.

It would have helped the Elected Members if the officers had given more precise recommendations and information and it would have saved a lot of time and boredom.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Truly independent.

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FREMANTLE CLUBS TEAM UP FOR THE FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on August 21, 2014

The concept plan for the Fremantle Park Club amalgamation of the Fremantle Lawn Tennis, Fremantle Bowling, and Fremantle Workers clubs was on the agenda at Wednesday’s City of Fremantle Strategic Planning and Services Committee, which was tightly and professionally chaired by Councillor Dave Coggin.

The “clearly defined project” could become a model for other clubs in the area and is considered major infrastructure in the inner city, with the possibility of also building a City carpark on the Parry Street site.

A merger of the clubs would be very good for the east of the inner city and would create much-needed recreational and sports facilities for new residents, like those of Heirloom by Match, moving into the area. It would sit well close to the Leisure Centre and only a two-minute walk from the future Hilton Hotel, so hotel guests could also benefit from the new clubhouse, that should include a gym.

I believe this would be an exciting development for the rather dull area along Ellen and Parry streets that could invigorate the clubs and that part of the city.

Roel Loopers

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