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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.

Roel Loopers

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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.

 

Roel Loopers

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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!!

Roel Loopers

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