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NEW CLUBHOUSE FOR FREMANTLE GOLF COURSE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2019

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday consider to sign of on plans for a new club house and community facility at the Fremantle Public Golf Course at Montreal Street.

The golf course has to be partly redesigned due to the High Street Upgrade works by the Mainroads Department.

The City is now considering building a new clubhouse as a collocated building that would bridge the golf course and Booyeembara Park, making it more attractive to the general public.

Following from the agenda item:

The proposed collocation of the building provides the City with numerous potential benefits, these include:

  •   design and construction cost efficiencies
  •   shared services
  •   shared amenities
  •   increased capacity and activation
  •   improved passive security
  •   shared car parking
  •   reduced operating costs.

 

In reaching agreement to proceed with MRWA and key stakeholders, the City has committed to ensuring a suitable replacement community facility and the provision of a remediated Fremantle Public Golf Course with similar facilities and functionality, these include:

 A 9 hole golf course
 Minimum par 34
 Maximised course length
 Similar sized driving range facility (including an equivalent number of bays)  Comparable practice facilities including putting green
 Similar size / function of clubhouse facility
 Full irrigation system
 Minimal tree removal – offset by new tree planting
 Safety compliance
 Suitable car parking and access
 Minimal impacts on Booyeembara Park.

The City has agreed, in consultation with MRWA that in consideration of a financial contribution, the City of Fremantle will manage the design and delivery of the required works. The scope and delivery requirements will be defined, managed and audited through a Deed of Agreement between the City of Fremantle and MRWA.

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NO TREE HUGGING AT HIGH STREET UPGRADE

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2019

 

Good to read in the Fremantle Herald today that there will be no protest and people living up trees at the High Street Upgrade project, to get freight faster to Fremantle Port.

The Forest Rescue group people have liaised with Mainroads, according to the Chook, and found a really good compromise. As a ‘tree offset’ measure Mainroads has agreed to plant 10,000 Tuart sapling in Fremantle and neighbouring councils, to compensate for the loss of 67 trees.

Work on the demolition of the High Street buildings and FERN has already started and a golf course design team has been appointed by the City of Fremantle to redesign the public course that will initially lose two holes because of the road widening.

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WHY SHOULD FREMANTLE PAY FOR HIGH STREET UPGRADE?

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle has now taken possession of the FERN site at Montreal Street and golf course designers have been appointed to redesign the public golf course because the High Street Upgrade by Main Roads will be intruding into the current gold course.

The big question Fremantle ratepayers are now asking is who is paying for it all? Is Main Roads paying for the costly redesign and development work of the golf course or does Fremantle City need to find the money for it?

There were also talks that the City would be compensated for the loss of land, because of the widening of High Street at the golf course, and that a land swap would occur where Main Roads would give Fremantle land at Clontarf Hill, but nothing has progressed in that regard either.

Surely the State Government needs to compensate the City of Fremantle as the widening of High Street is all about getting freight to Fremantle Port faster and safer, and Fremantle Ports is very profitable, so let them be financially responsible for creating the new golf course.

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REDESIGN FOR FREMANTLE GOLF COURSE

 

The City of Fremantle has engaged some of Australia’s most respected golf course designers to reconfigure the Fremantle Public Golf Course.

Perth-based landscape architects Aspect Studios have been appointed to undertake the project with specialist golf course designer Richard Chamberlain, landscape architect Stuart Pullyblank and project manager Mal Birch.

Mr Chamberlain has more than 30 years of international experience in golf course design including Royal Hobart and Royal Fremantle golf clubs. He is also responsible for the extremely successful mini-golf course at the Wembley Golf Course.

Mr Pullyblank and Mr Birch have recently completed the redevelopment of the Lake 9 at Collier Park in the City of South Perth.

The redesign of the golf course is needed to make way for the Main Roads WA upgrade of High Street, which will result in the loss of the third and sixth holes.

The aim is to achieve a redeveloped nine hole, par 34 course and provide equivalent driving range and practice facilities, while also retaining mature trees and minimising the impact on neighbouring Booyeembara Park.

The  process gives the course and the City the opportunity to re-establish and re-badge the brand of what the course is about. It could be very similar to what’s happened at Wembley, where it was already a well-liked course and a well catered for course but the transformation there was amazing.

The Fremantle Public Golf Course is operated by the lessee Evergreen Golf.

The course designers met with representatives of the clubs based at Fremantle Public Golf Course last week to discuss the redesign process.

Issues such as the design of the new club house will be considered by Fremantle Council in the coming months.

The City of Fremantle did not mention in its media release if the state government through Main Roads will pay for the redesign  and work of the golf course as that has become necessary because of the High Street upgrade and the new alignment intruding into the current golf course. Still also not a word about a land swap where the City would get some of the Clontarf Hill land presently owned by the state government.

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FREMANTLE COMPETITIVE LEASING POLICY UNFAIR TO ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES.

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, local government, retail, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2019

 

Item 1906-1 on Wednesday’s FPOL Committee agenda of Fremantle Council raises interesting questions as to why the City of Fremantle has a ‘competitive manner leasing policy’ for its properties.

The item is about renewing the lease of the Fremantle Public Golf Course at Montreal Street and officers suggest that Councillors agree to an exemption of the competitive manner leasing policy because the Lessee has a proven record.

I believe it is pretty fair to extend the lease for the present Lessee but question why that does not apply to other Lessees or License Holders in Fremantle, such as the artists of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

It is not as if the competitive policy allows the City to get more money for its properties, because the City sets the rents, so it can only be about wanting change for no practical reasons.

Why does the City want established artists who have been professionally and successfully operating to engage in a competitive process, when there is no guarantee that new artists will be equally successful and able to pay the rent? There have been several failures at Arthur’s Head where at the end the City had to write off outstanding rent because it was not recoverable.

There are not many sculptors who still do traditional life-size bronze sculptures the way Greg James does at J Shed, so that should qualify as unique as well.

Jenny Dawson has run her ceramic art business successfully for twenty years at J Shed and pays full commercial rates to the city, which are determined by an outside consultant.

I have heard the argument from Councillors that if the artists pay commercial rates at Arthur’s Head it won’t be difficult for them to pay full rates elsewhere in Fremantle, but that is bollocks, and even more so for retail art galleries such at Glen Cowans and David Giles.

Establishing a small business is bloody hard work, and starting somewhere else all over again sets back a business by years, so it is time Fremantle Council reconsidered its competitive manner leasing policy because all it does is penalise successful established businesses, and that is very unfair.

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TWO UNDERPASSES FOR PORT LINK

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 26, 2018

 

There will be a special Fremantle Council meeting on Wednesday to discuss Main Roads proposal for the High Street roundabout and safer freight connectivity to Fremantle Port.

The proposal is meant to make the trip for trucks to and from Fremantle Port faster, safer and easier, while also addressing pedestrian safety by putting two underpasses under the road, one at the Montreal/High street intersection and one near Forrest Street under Stirling Highway.

The widening of the road will have an impact on the Royal Fremantle and public golf courses, and Booyeembara Park, and will also affect FERN and the Frank Gibson Park.

A slip street at High Street for traffic travelling to the city from the east will make that journey a bit easier as well.

Fremantle Council will ask for Main Roads land at Clontarf Hill to compensate for the loss of green space the widening of the road will cause.

The Special Council meeting on Wednesday was also going to deal with the tenders for the civic centre, but that item has been scratched, so the only item on the agenda is the High Street/Stirling Highway Upgrade Project.

 

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ABOUT RAIN, MAD DOGS AND GOLFERS

Posted in fremantle, rain, sport, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on July 20, 2017

winter 1

winter 2

 

It’s wet, cold and windy out there, so a real winter’s day in Fremantle.

I was very adventurous, like the old Dutch explorers, and went out all the way to Point Walter to take these photos.

The golfers were all in wet weather gear and seem to enjoy themselves, but I rather be on the couch with a good book when it’s cold, so I drove back to Freo to Elizabeth’s bookshop for a browse and finding some light reading.

Roel Loopers

AN OTHER SITE FOR GREAT FREO LIVING

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 2, 2014

shed in Knutsford Street

 

It is good to see new residential development not far from the Fremantle CBD and THE OTHER SIDE development at Knutsford Street by Landcorp is very welcome, as part of the urban infill project. The 5858sqm site will have a variety of buildings and heights, from single to multi, and town houses, with street level commercial and retail activity.

The Fremantle Works Depot site is also earmarked to become a development site in the not too distant future and that would create a great new residential suburb not far from the golf course and Booyeembara Park, and only a minute or two away from public transport along High Street.

Driving past today I noticed the interesting remnants of an old shed at Knutsford Street and took this photo.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF DAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 18, 2014

Come on, take Friday off work and enjoy the annual Fremantle Chamber of Commerce GOLF DAY. It should be good fun and a great way to catch up and network. Maybe the next big business venture will be conceived at the 7th hole, or more likely at the bar afterwards.

Roel Loopers

golf day

 

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FOUR BALL AMBROSE FREO CHAMBER GOLF DAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 6, 2014

Yeah, let’s make a few more enemies! ; >) Those of you too lazy or not fit enough to participate in a real sport like chess, curling, underwater hockey, or dressage, should be signing up for the ANNUAL GOLF DAY of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce. It is on March 21 from 1 pm at the Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

It is a mere $ 150.00 per person and that should not shock any of you Ferrari, Porsche or Rolls Royce drivers, because no matter how much we complain in Freo, we are really doing pretty well and are flush with money.

Come and join the fun. There are 18 holes, the competition is 4 Ball Ambrose (he must be a special man), there will be refreshments all day, prizes and a post game BBQ dinner and the bar will be at you service.

All you need to do is RSVP here: rsvp@fremantlechamber.com.au

Have fun!!

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