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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.

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FREMANTLE PARK SPORTS CENTRE DEVELOPMENT STARTING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on March 24, 2019

 

Fremantle Park

 

It has been a very long time coming but the development of the new Fremantle Park Sports and Community Centre will finally start in just over a week on April 1, and let’s hope that is not an April Fools joke.

The centre will become the new home for the Fremantle Tennis, Fremantle Bowling and Fremantle Workers clubs and will have spaces the general community can also access.

The development is a financial collaboration between the City of Fremantle and the three clubs and will give the clubs much better facilities.

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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.

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WHY ANOTHER BORING BUILDING FOR FREMANTLE?

 

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The new clubhouse at Fremantle Park is an opportunity lost if the City of Fremantle approves the design of the building.

What is suggested is boring 1970s design that has no street appeal, and the proposed new building might well be in the wrong location for it to get maximum benefit out of it for all three clubs that will call it home.

I had envisaged a modern clubhouse surrounded by the playing fields, in the location of the present bowling club building, with a balcony all around, so that players and visitors could watch the tennis and lawn bowls from upstairs and enjoy views to the Fremantle Arts Centre and the port from there.

Why is the design so boring and does the building look cheap when the total budget for the project is $4.1 million?  $1.85 million is coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

When the community regularly complains about the mediocre architecture of new buildings the City of Fremantle has to show that great architecture is achievable in our city. This proposal is very disappointing.

Roel Loopers

NEW SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR FREMANTLE PARK

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018

 

Fremantle Park community centre

 

It has taken a while but there are finally plans for the new Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre at Parry Street, which will be the new home for the Fremantle Tennis Club, the Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers clubs.

The project will include the demolition of the existing tennis club and bowling club buildings, the construction of the new Sport and Community Centre and the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green.

As a complementary project, the City of Fremantle will also build new public carpark on Parry Street that can be used by club members.

The three clubs decided in 2013 that they would be better off in a new, shared facility rather than paying to upgrade and maintain their existing clubrooms, and the Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street was no longer financially sustainable.

The City of Fremantle’s Community Facilities Plan – Future Directions 2036 – identifies Fremantle Park as a key sporting precinct including Fremantle Leisure Centre, Fremantle Sport and Community Centre and the playing fields, so this is the first stage in wider plan to upgrade the whole area.

The plans for the new building include three indoor function rooms – including a cafe, bar and commercial kitchen – and an alfresco area and balcony overlooking the sporting areas.

The cafe and alfresco area will be open to public and the indoor function rooms will be available for hire to community groups and for private functions. The sporting areas will be available to club members and also through casual hire.

The total budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

The project is due to go to tender in July, with construction expected to be underway in October and completed by August 2019.

The plans can be seen on the My Say Freo website and a community information session will be held on Thursday 12 April from 5.30 – 7.30 pm at the Fremantle Bowling Club.

The feedback received during the consultation stage will help to further refine the plans before the City progresses with the detailed design.

Roel Loopers

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!

 

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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

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JOHN BUTLER TOPS BLUES AND ROOTS

Posted in blues&roots, fremantle by freoview on November 15, 2014

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It is nice to see that Fremantle locals John Butler Trio are the top billing of BLUES&ROOTS 2015 on March 29.

Here are some of the other acts:

Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Jurassic 5, Paul Kelly, George Clinton, Jimmy Ckiff, Mavis Staples, etc.

The Blues&Roots have become a great yearly tradition in Fremantle Park, so something to look forward to already. Tickets for it are good Christmas gifts and can be ordered on line. Check out the Facebook page or Google.

Roel Loopers

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FREOSPACE-THE PRECINCTS BLOG

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 22, 2011

I was asked by the FREMANTLE ART CENTRE PRECINCT to capture the precinct in photos for their new blog, which will be part of the City of Fremantle’s  FREOSPACE, where all Fremantle precincts will have their own blog. Freospace will be launched by Mayor Brad Pettitt on Monday.

Here a slideshow of the photos I took of the art centre precinct. All photos were taken today during a 3 hour walk in the precinct

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TERRIFIC TRAM TOUR

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 5, 2011

Yesterday I joined one of Don’s Tram Tours as part of the Heritage Festival and it opened my eyes to what Fremantle could have been like if it wasn’t for of a group of dedicated locals who joined forces as the Fremantle Society and stood for council, to stop the proposed vandalism of demolishing many of the city’s iconic buildings. If it wasn’t for them Fremantle might no longer have Victoria Hall, the Fremantle Markets, the Round House, and many of the gorgeous heritage buildings in High Street and Henry Street, because some councilors believed bulldozing them would be appropriate. Don Whittington knows his history and is intimately aware of council issues as a former councilor and deputy Mayor.

Both tram tours yesterday were fully booked, which shows how much people are interested in the history and heritage of Fremantle.

It should be compulsory for  Fremantle City councilors and planning department staff to join one of Don’s Tram Tours, so they realise how history making the decisions they make are. This is even more important now in a climate of  calls for urgent development to revitalise Fremantle. Getting it right will greatly enhance our city, but getting it wrong could well be devastating for the town.

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