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BUSY EVENING AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

It was a busy night at the full Ordinary Council of the City of Fremantle last night.

The Destination Marketing Fremantle was on the agenda, that will probably mean the demise of BID, and it sailed through with just a few mentions that BID had done a good job connecting small businesses and that the Economic Development and Marketing Department had a gap to close with the retailers in that regard.

Councillors expressed they hoped BID would survive in a kind of precinct form so that traders would stay connected and helped as volunteers at events.

It was unanimously decided to go ahead with the new marketing concept but $ 50,000 will be allocated from the budget for the Winter Festival and the Long Table Dinner.

Also-yes still!-on the agenda was the Sunset Venues lease for the No 1 unit at J Shed.

Councillors disagreed with speakers that the operators would not get the go ahead from the Western Australian Planning Committee for a smaller tavern, as there were examples on Rottnest Island and elsewhere where hospitality venues had been allowed on A Class Reserves and in heritage precincts.

It was mentioned that it would be hard to find another business that would be willing to spend a lot of money to put all the required infrastructure in and that Fremantle would get an improved asset.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said they had taken it back to where we originally wanted it to be as a small bar/cafe and restaurant that would activate the area.

The proponents will only have 12 months to start substantial development or the lease will be terminated. Only Councillors McDonald and Jones voted against the item.

Only Councillor Strachan did not support the License Agreement with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval. He questioned why the city was giving the club so much financial support in difficult fiscal times for the City.

The adoption of the new Precincts Policy was also approved with Councillor Sullivan expressing that he would like a more organic precincts system where groups would be less formal.

And the Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy also got the tick of approval from our elected members.

Roel Loopers

DELAY FOR SPICER SITE SETTLEMENT

 

The monthly Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be held this coming Wednesday at 6pm and there are some interesting and controversial items listed on the agenda, so why not observe grassroots governance first hand and attend the meeting at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

On the agenda are Destination Marketing, the tavern lease for J Shed, the South Freo Solar Farm, the license with the South Fremantle Football Club for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Strategic Planning Framework, the new Precinct Policy,  and the Dog exercise areas policy.

Surprisingly listed as a confidential item is the request by Sirona Capital for the extension of the settlement for the former Spicer site, which now is the public car park on the corner of William Street and the Henderson Street mall.

The Spicer site development is part of the Kings Square Project the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital signed off on, and an important inner city development. Why does the Council debating the settlement extension request have to be confidential and not open to the public?

By the way, the new convenor for the South Fremantle Precinct is Sean Hefferon.

 

Roel Loopers

 

FROM THE FREO FPOL COMMITTEE

 

The Fremantle Council Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee last night approved all, but one, items on the agenda. Some of them will have to go through full council next week before being implemented though.

  • The contract for J Shed between the City of Fremantle and Sunset Venues will be changed for a smaller venue. The Director of City Business explained that is not a planning approval, so the proposed  300 patron tavern might still be stopped when and if Sunset Venues applies for it and for a liquor license.
  • The Solar Farm also got the tick of approval but Councillor Andrew Sullivan said he would have liked to see officers explore the possibility and costs of remediation of the site as it might well be profitable if it could be developed for residential living.
  • The new Precinct Policy was also adopted with Councillor Andrew Sullivan saying he never saw the need for precincts to be managed by the City, as community groups should rise and fall depending on the interest and participation of residents.
  • The contract for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club will also go ahead, so the footy club is getting all their Christmases at once. It appears they have been playing a bit of hard ball with CoF, so I am not sure why we so desperately need the club at the oval as it will not generate any income for the City. Not even the outgoings for power, water, etc. have reached an agreement yet. Councillor Rachel Pemberton was very worried about the big LED sign and said the City should make sure that the SFFC would not put up more of them.

Roel Loopers

 

FREE USE OF FREO OVAL FOR FOOTY CLUB

Posted in city of fremantle, football, fremantle oval, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2018

 

For a city which is financially challenged the City of Fremantle is exceptionally generous with a professional WAFL football club.

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will debate on Wednesday a new lease for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club and the conditions are that we are given the SFFC the use of the oval and clubrooms for free plus we give them a lot of ratepayers’ money as well.

SFFC will not have to pay any rent for their 20+20 year lease and will receive all kinds of benefits from Fremantle City. I wonder if they will even have to pay for outgoings like power and water.

The City of Fremantle will agree in the lease to pay for the ground keeping of the oval and surroundings, estimated to be $ 120,000-$160,000 a year.

CoF would also transfer the groundkeeper position to it’s staff list, but what that will cost is not revealed in the agenda.

All the net parking revenue at the oval will be collected and managed by the City but will be donated to SFFC, estimated to be $100,000 a year.

In addition to all that Fremantle City will also make a $ 50,000 a year contribution to the WAFL club, and the club will be allowed to use the oval free of charge five times a year for events other than football games.

It is my understanding that SFFC is a commercial for profit organisation that gets funding from the WAFL and the national AFL through income from Dockers and Eagles contributions, so why does the City of Fremantle have to give away so much of ratepayers’ money that could be better used elsewhere?

This also sets a precedent for the intended move to Fremantle Oval by the East Fremantle Football Club. What financial concessions and incentives will the City of Fremantle offer them?

Roel Loopers

ENJOY THE BEATLES AT FREMANTLE OVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, fremantle oval, music, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2018

 

Beatles

 

The Beatles at Fremantle Oval. I’d like to see that!

It’s on this Friday at the South Fremantle Football Club where the Fab Four will no doubt entertain the crowd with all the old hits.

Tickets at the door at $ 25.00 or pre-sell for $ 20.00.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO FALLS FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, entertainment, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 3, 2018

 

Falls 1

Falls 2

 

After the very successful event at Kings Square last year the FALLS FESTIVAL is back in Fremantle this weekend, but this time at Fremantle Oval and on the Parry Street carpark.

The line-up is too big to mention here, so check the website and Facebook page.

It is very good to see the return of music festivals at Fremantle Oval as the contained site in the centre of the city and close to public transport and food outlets is perfect for it.

I understand there will be pass-outs so people can enjoy what Freo cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars have to offer.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CITY ON THE MOVE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 16, 2017

 

 

Fremantle Council is on the move this weekend from Kings Square to the new temporary offices at Fremantle Oval.

By the end of 2019 the removalists will be back to truck all the office furniture back to Kings Square and into the new Civic Centre that will be built from early next year.

While I was there one man wanted to visit the library already and a woman was looking for the Fremantle Dockers gift shop, that is still listed at the oval on the footy club’s website. Both were out of luck.

Roel Loopers

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FREO CITY MOVE TO FREMANTLE OVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle’s administration and library will begin operating from the former Fremantle Dockers administration building at Fremantle Oval from Monday 18 December 2017.

The City’s temporary relocation paves the way for demolition of the current building and construction of a new administration centre and library in Fremantle’s Kings Square starting in early 2018.

The City will remain at Fremantle Oval until completion of the new building, which is expected to be late 2019 as part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project.

City of Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Philip St John said the temporary move had been planned to minimise impacts on the community and provide the best value for ratepayers.

“We’ve been carefully planning this move to limit disruptions to our community and ensure that City services continue as normal throughout the transition,” Mr St John said.

“While being at Fremantle Oval is only temporary, we have been able to modify the former Dockers HQ into something we think will function well for staff and to provide library and other spaces the community will be comfortable using.

“The temporary library will see some great new additions, with technology to make borrowing and returning items much simpler. it will also have community spaces including a dedicated children’s library, outdoor courtyard and a theatre-style meeting room.

“With the City taking over the lease of Fremantle Oval earlier this year, the former Dockers building became the most viable and cost-effective temporary home for us while the Kings Square renewal takes place over the next couple of years.”

No disruptions to City services are anticipated, except the Fremantle Library which will be closed from 4.00pm Sunday 10 December and will reopen at the temporary Fremantle Oval location on Monday 18 December.

Fact file

From 18 December 2017, the City of Fremantle’s customer service, library, One Stop Shop and office administration functions will temporarily relocate to the former Fremantle Dockers administration building at Fremantle Oval.
The City’s temporary accommodation at Fremantle Oval will be known formally as City of Fremantle Administration and Library. The address will be 70 Parry Street Fremantle 6160.
Existing City of Fremantle phone numbers, email and postal addresses will remain unchanged.
Public access to the City’s main administration functions and library will be via the main carpark gate on Parry Street.
Council facilities at Fremantle Oval are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
The Fremantle Dockers administration building became vacant when the Fremantle Football Club moved to new facilities in Cockburn. It represented the best value as a temporary office when the City took over the Fremantle Oval lease earlier this year.
For more information people can contact the City’s customer service team on 9432 9999 or email info@fremantle.wa.gov.au

More information at http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/themove

 

NEW CAR PARK IN FREO INNER CITY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2017

 

Fences have gone up around the Stan Reilly Centre, next to the Fremantle Oval, for the construction of a new 155-bay new public car park.

The heritage wall along South Terrace will be retained, and 21 non-native trees will be removed and replaced with 45 native trees once the car park is complete. It is estimated that the car park will open in January next year.

The new parking bays will be an addition to the 5,000 bays in the city centre. Early next year the vacant site next to the Point Street car park will also be converted into a public car park, until the commencement of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel there is about two years.

I have no doubt that traders and the public will welcome new car parking in the inner city, but have concerns about traffic flow on weekends, where we might experience traffic jams on Parry Street for traffic going west and south and on South Terrace for traffic going South, but time will tell how well the City of Fremantle will manage that.

 

Roel Loopers

FALLS FESTIVAL BACK IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, culture, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

falls

 

The popular FALLS FESTIVAL, that was held at Kings Square in January this year, will be back again on January 6 and 7, 2018, but this time in the Fremantle Oval Precinct.

It will take over the oval, historic sites, Parry Street and some car parks, and it will have a pass-out policy, so that people attending the festival can roam around Freo and support local traders.

The FALLS FESTIVAL line-up is great:

Flume/ Fleet Foxes / Run The Jewels / The Kooks / Glass Animals/ Peking Duk / Angus & Julia Stone / Foster The People / Liam Gallagher / Vince Staples / Jungle / Dune Rats / The Smith Street Band / D.R.A.M / Daryl Braithwaite / Everything Everything / Allday / The Jungle Giants / Thundamentals / Methyl Ethel / Slumberjack / D.D Dumbo / Anna Lunoe / DZ Deathrays / Confidence Man / Julia Jacklin / Bad//Dreems / Cosmo’s Midnight / Winston Surfshirt / Luca Brasi / Alex Lahey / Camp Cope / Flint Eastwood / Ecca Vandal / Dave / Total Giovanni

Friends of Falls pre-sales commence at 9am local time Thursday 24 August.
Optus Perks pre-sales commence at 9am local time Friday 25 August.
General Sales commence 9am local time Tuesday 29 August.

To receive updates, become a subscriber – http://Fallsfe.st/

I love the idea of using Parry Street, and acknowledge that it might affect traffic and parking in the area, but it will be great for the creative activation of the area, and a good sign of things to come when the planned Fremantle Oval Project is finished.

Freo is on the move in a very positive way!

 

Roel Loopers

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