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PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY AT FREMANTLE OVAL PROJECT

 

 

When Fremantle Council and the Fremantle Oval reference and steering groups are looking at the potential and opportunities for the development and activation of the area one of their main priorities must be the connectivity between the north and the south of Parry Street, as this is going to be a major challenge.

Pedestrian crossing is already a challenge on weekends when the Fremantle Markets are open. The roundabout at William Street is not the safest place to cross Parry Street since motorists are occupied with navigating the roundabout and rarely give way to pedestrians who are on their way to the oval or Fremantle Prison.

The entire precinct will attract a lot more people when Fremantle Oval is activated and when Silverleaf Investments have developed the police and justice complex down the road with a hotel and community spaces and activation, so vehicular and pedestrian movement will increase substantially.

When one also considers that the City of Fremantle has plans to extend Norfolk Street all the way to Mews Road in the Fishing Boat Harbour, which will make Parry Street even more into a ring road, one can start contemplating the challenges ahead to create safe pedestrian access between the markets and the oval.

Serious thoughts need to be had about a possible pedestrian underpass or at least a zebra crossing somewhere halfway along Parry Street between William Street and South Terrace.

There will be events and concerts at Fremantle Oval and residential and commercial accommodation in new buildings to the south and west of it, and the Kings Square activation project will bring heaps more people to that part of Freo, so a lot more people will be in the area, that already is home to two of Fremantle’s most popular tourist attractions Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Markets.

If Fremantle Council is serious about making Parry Street even more into a ring road from Queen Victoria Street in the north east of the CBD all the way to the Fishing Boat Harbour, it will need to address especially pedestrian connectivity and safety between the new developments in the precinct as a priority.

Roel Loopers

MARGARET RIVER STUDENTS VISIT FREMANTLE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on July 27, 2018

 

 

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The Fremantle Roundhouse was full with students from the Margaret River Primary School this Friday.

150 of them, with teachers and parents, made the day trip to good old Freo to visit the Fremantle Prison, Maritime and Shipwreck museums and the state’s oldest public building the Roundhouse prison.

I helped out with the time ball at 1pm as we were short staffed, but it is a truly delightful volunteer job to talk to people from all over the world and with local and country students about Fremantle’s history.

We are always looking for new volunteers, willing to commit themselves for a day a week or a fortnight.

Did you know that Centrelink does allow this to be a work for the dole occupation and what better one to do! No stress, great and funny colleagues and getting to know all those lovely people from our global village. Come and try it!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LEFT OFF NEW FREO TOURIST MAP

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 1, 2018

 

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Not all change is good, as the new Fremantle tourist map shows.

For many years we had perfectly good maps to hand out at the Roundhouse, but while on duty yesterday I noticed the new maps and they have one major flaw, that they no longer show Fremantle Prison!

One of the most asked questions by tourists is how to get from the Roundhouse to Fremantle Prison, so we hand out the maps and show them to walk down High Street, turn right into the Cappuccino Strip and then left at the church on the corner of Parry Street, walk past Fremantle Oval and then right up the steps to the former prison.

But now the map stops and cuts Fremantle Oval in half and no longer includes Fremantle’s most popular museum.  It’s a remarkable and unacceptable oversight and needs to be addressed, City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE PRISON LOOKING FOR HISTORIC ARTEFACTS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, history, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2018

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The World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison is calling for donations of artefacts to grow the Prison’s collection and encourage the return of objects with a connection to the Fremantle Prison site.

The Fremantle Prison collection holds approximately 12,000 items, including photographs, documents, furnishings, artworks, tools, clothing and textiles, institutional paraphernalia, letters, weapons and archaeological material.

The collection spans the entirety of the Prison’s operational life, from the beginning of construction in 1851 through to 1991 when the Prison was decommissioned and closed.

Fremantle Prison will be holding two ‘open days’ during which people can bring their items and discuss the donation and care of the items with the Prison’s curatorial team.

The first open day is planned for 18 May on International Museum Day, and the second on
26 May, as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Both open days are from 10am – 3pm.

Fremantle Prison is visited by around 200,000 people annually, so a big tourist attraction in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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HOTEL FOR FREO’S CONVICT VILLAGE

 

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The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council last night recommended for approval by the WA JDAP the development of a five-storey hotel, restaurant, tavern and shops at the heritage listed Henderson Street Police and Justice complex and Warders Cottages by Fremantle’s Silverleaf Investments.

The Fremantle Society was concerned that five storeys on the site did not fit in with the City’s own criteria, but planning staff and Councillors had a different opinion.

It was agreed that further work needed to be done on dealing with the noise of the future live music venue of the Drillhall, but the overall concept was welcomed by the elected members and officers.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was a good outcome and Councillor Dave Hume said it was a really good outcome and good interpretation of the historic site, and the access way through the development from Henderson to Parry streets was excellent.

Councillor Adin Lang said he had given it a lot of consideration and while the sightlines might impact somewhat the development showcases what is inside the old buildings. We are lucky we don’t have the site empty for ten years as was the case with the Warders Cottages, Lang said.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said it was a fantastic adaptive re-use of the convict precinct and a good outcome.

The City’s heritage architect Alan Kelsall said the additional fifth storey allows the developers to have a minimal impact on the heritage buildings. “The benefit on the heritage buildings out weights the impact of the higher building.”

The deciding authority for the $10 million development is the state’s Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Roel Loopers

GOLD MEDAL FOR FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle Prison for receiving the Gold Medal for Cultural Tourism at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards!

Visiting Fremantle Prison is a great experience which I recommend to young and old.

Knowing one’s history is very important to staying connected to our roots.

Have you tried the new CONVICT HISTORY tour there yet?

Roel Loopers

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NEW CONVICT TOURS AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 14, 2018

 

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Fremantle Prison’s CONVICT TOURS start today.

Discover the history of Fremantle Prison from its construction in the 1850s until the end of the convict era in 1886.

Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported from Great Britain, how they built their own prison and helped shape the future of Western Australia.

Discover our history through their stories.

Tours are hourly between 10am and 5pm. Duration 1hour and 15 minutes.

Tickets: $ 21 adults, $ 18 concessions, $ 11.50 child, $ 59 family.

Roel Loopers

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BETTER COMMUNICATION ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD FREO DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle society,, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2017

 

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The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council last night recommended for approval by JDAP the development of a boutique hotel, tavern and restaurant at the Henderson Street  historic Warders Cottages next to the Fremantle Markets.

The development is valued at $ 3.5 million and the application will be decided by the WA Joint Development Assessment Panel on December 16.

Fremantle Society President John Dowson said hotel accommodation was a good outcome for the cottages, but questioned the size of the tavern and heritage issues such as a two storey walkway at the back of the cottages, which is contrary to heritage policy.

Dowson was justifiably outraged when he spoke again later in the evening that none of the Councillors had mentioned heritage considerations when they deliberated the proposal.

It was good to see Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge reaching out to the Fremantle Society president, as all Councillors and planning and heritage staff should be doing, because the Society has been very influential for over forty years in protecting Fremantle’s heritage.

Without the interference and protests of FS Fremantle would not have become the tourist attraction it now is, as many of our heritage buildings in the West End would have been demolished, and so would have Victoria Hall.

About eight years ago the Society published an nine-page flyer, which I wrote, in which it was recommended that developers and Council engage the Fremantle Society as early as possible when proposing new development, to avoid frustrating delays and negativity. No one ever took up that offer and it is time for Fremantle Council to revisit that and collaborate more and better with FS and other relevant community groups.

The chair of the new Westport task force was adamant a few weeks ago that only when all stakeholders are engaged and consulted a new outer harbour and all relevant infrastructure will get the best outcomes and community acceptance, and Fremantle City needs to move that way as well and reach out to community groups like FS, instead of dismissing them as NIMBY or negative old farts who are against change.

During the recent election Mayor Brad Pettitt and other elected members acknowledged that community consultation in Fremantle needed to be improved, and the administration is also working toward it, so Councillors need to meet regularly with the Fremantle Society and other groups, so we can work all together for a better and modern Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

WARDERS COTTAGES BOUTIQUE HOTEL PROPOSAL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle markets, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2017

 

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The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday decide if it will recommend for approval the development of the Warders Hotel of six heritage-listed  Warders Cottages in Henderson Street next to the Fremantle Markets.

The proposal is for six of the Warders Cottages to be adapted to 11 boutique hotel rooms, plus a two storey rear addition for stairs and lift to the upper level, plus a two storey 490 sqm addition for a bar and restaurant, storeroom and toilets.

The development runs from William Street to Market Lane along the Henderson Street Mall and backs up against the market.

The decision-making authority is the WA Joint Development Assessment Panel, so Fremantle Council can only recommend for the proposal to be supported or refused.

The Officer’s Recommendation to the Planning Committee is for approval of the development.

Roel Loopers

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SIX STOREY PLANS FOR OLD FREMANTLE COURTHOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

 

Fremantle developers Silverleaf have submitted plans to the City of Fremantle for the development of the Henderson Street Police and Court complex and Warders Cottages.

The mixed-use plans include a six-storey (58 rooms) hotel, changing the former Courthouse into a bar and restaurant and the Warders Cottages and Police Station into assorted shop tenancies and commercial units.

Silverleaf’s proposals for the Manning Building also includes a tavern and micro-brewery and their plans for the Woolstores shopping centre site include a tavern as well, so I am not at all sure that Fremantle needs three new taverns in the CBD.

Check out the plans on Have Your Say on the City of Fremantle website.

 

Roel Loopers

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