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HUGE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE FOR FREMANTLE CIVIC CENTRE HOSPITALITY VENUE

 

I had another read of the Fremantle Council FPOL committee agenda item about leasing the triangle part of the new Civic Centre at Kings Square to the Fremantle Doctor Restaurant and Bar Pty Ltd, and it becomes evident that the proposed hospitality operators are expecting a large financial incentive from the City of Fremantle.

The commercial rent for the three levels is $ 233,100 per annum, but the proposed venue operators want the first three years to be rent free, and the fourth year to pay only 5% of the gross income of the venue, plus they want a $ 500,000 contribution from the City for the fit out.

I am aware that it is common to offer rent free periods for long commercial leases, and this one is 10+10 years, but I believe that paying half a million dollars on top of three rent free years, and only a relatively small rent for the fourth year is asking the cash-strapped City of Fremantle for too much.

Reading between the lines it appears that not many hospitality operators were willing to commit to Kings Square before it has proven to be a success, and of course the City is keen to lease out the space that will be close to the new playground, but is a cash incentive of $ 500,000 realistic?

New venues, such as the Old Synagogue and Freo.Social, have become immediate attractions from the start, and presumably run profitable businesses, so how far should Fremantle Council go financially to lure an operator for its Civic Centre hospitality part?

In that context I was disappointed to read in the Sunday Times today that the FOMO retail and food concept by Sirona Capital is now only due to open in June/July, while it had been on the cards for April this year, after the initial marketing for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project mentioned late 2019 as the opening date. I do however understand very well that in the current retail climate it must be a huge challenge for Sirona to find enough tenants willing to sign long-term leases.

The Civic Centre construction  is well underway to be completed in the last quarter of this year, and the State Housing Department is moving in in April with approximately 1,500 staff, so it is all pretty good, but it needs to hurry up.

The item is on the FPOL Committee agenda for this Wednesday and will then go to full Council in a few weeks for a final decision.

Roel Loopers

THREE LEVEL HOSPITALITY VENUE FOR FREO’S NEW CIVIC CENTRE

 

 

Great news for the future vitality of Fremantle’s Kings Square with Fremantle Council  considering the lease terms for a major new hospitality venue in the new under construction Civic Centre at a committee meeting next week.

The proposal from the City’s preferred applicant is to lease all three floors of the triangular portion of the City’s new building, with a café, bar and alfresco area on the ground floor, dining room on the first floor and function space on the top floor.

The proposed offering is based around providing casual and formal family-friendly food and beverage options, and aims to activate the area both day and night, seven days per week, by catering for different markets throughout the day.

The ground floor will feature bi-fold doors to create a seamless transition between inside and outside, with the substantial alfresco area overlooking the City’s planned new Kings Square play space.

The lease to be considered by the council’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee on Wednesday includes terms consistent with current market expectations.

Following consideration of the lease by the FPOL committee the item will be referred to the full council meeting on 29 January for a final decision.

Roel Loopers

MORE FREO FIRE FUND BUSHFIRE EVENTS

Posted in bushfires, city of fremantle, climate change, community, fundraising, Uncategorized by freoview on January 16, 2020

 

All kinds of fundraisers are happening and planned in Fremantle, so the best way to keep track of them is to check the FREO FIRE FUND Facebook page and website.

Jan 19 Fire Relief

The Mostly Sometimes Cafe in South Fremantle is doing a fundraiser for the eastern states bushfire victims this Sunday January 19 fro 11am to 3pm.

On Wednesday the 22nd of January the Artists for the Earth are holding an art exhibition and concert at Gypsy Tapas in Queen Street from 5-7pm with following artists.

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Support all the Freo fundraising events for this good cause!

Roel Loopers

THE LATEST FROM FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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This is how the construction of the City of Fremantle’s new Civic Centre at Kings Square looked on Saturday.

The FOMO retail and hospitality component at our city square is due to open in April, and the paving work at Newman Court is under way. Department of Housing staff will start moving in around February/March, so good things will be happening soon.

The Civic Centre is due for completion in November, and council staff will be moving back in by the end of the year.

Roel Loopers

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FREO BUZZING ON A THURSDAY? I’D LIKE TO SEE THAT!

Posted in bars, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2020

 

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Fremantle is buzzing with visitors on this Thursday. So many families, couple, singles, tourist groups, and all are having fun, with the kids loving the dinosaurs.

Little Creatures was at capacity when I walked past at 1pm, Joy Kitchen was doing well, and the Old Synagogue (photo above) has become a favourite in a very short time.

What we are seeing today will hopefully become the future for Fremantle, once the many development projects have been realised and attract people back to our beautiful port city.

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Meanwhile common sense has prevailed at the MONK, with the tables now turned parallel instead of at a ninety degree angle. There is now more space to pass through for pedestrians and those in wheelchairs and gophers.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ALFRESCO NEEDS MORE CONSIDERATION

Posted in children, city of fremantle, disability, hospitality, pedestrians, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2020

 

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Here comes my first ‘whinge’ of the new decade. Fremantle cafe, bar and restaurant operators and retailers need to be more considerate when putting tables and chairs, or A-frames, on the footpaths and realise they are sometimes creating an inconvenience.

The MONK on the Cappuccino Strip has put two new high bar benches out for patrons, but they are too close to the steps of the venue, and the gap is so narrow that it is a nuisance for people with prams, and near impossible to get through for people in wheelchairs and gophers, or mothers with a double pram.

A -frames are also often thoughtlessly put on the pavement and that makes it difficult for vision-impaired people to navigate their way through Fremantle.

A little consideration goes a long way!

Roel Loopers

WE WANT CAFE SERVICE WITH A SMILE!

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2019

 

A lot of Freo cafes have great coffee and good food, so for me the difference is the people who serve you, and I question why some of them seem to hate taking orders and bringing your coffee.

Now that my favourite cafe CHALKYS in the West End of High Street is closed until Jan 3 I have been getting a lot of unfriendly service is some of the cafes I tried out, and it means I won’t be returning even when the espressos were good.

You are in the hospitality business, so make your customers feel welcome!

It is not good at all for those who own the cafes when customers don’t return, because it are the regulars who support a business daily that give a bit of turnover security.

Cafe operators need to train their staff to smile and engage with customers, even at 7am. I am always courteous and smile when I order, and so are all the staff at CHALKYS!

 

Roel Loopers

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POPULAR FREE FREMANTLE PARKING

Posted in accidents, cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 19, 2019

 

Fremantle’s free Christmas parking is proving to be very popular with a significant increase in parking on weekdays.

City of Fremantle Director of City Business Glen Dougall said that “Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a 21 per cent increase in the number of people using the PayStay app to park in City of Fremantle car parks between Monday and Thursday,” Mr Dougall said.

“That suggests that a lot of people have been coming to Fremantle, downloading the app and making the most of the two hours of free parking to do some Christmas shopping or enjoy a festive catch-up with friends.

The free parking offer extends right through until Boxing Day, so that’s a great reason for people to come down to Freo and grab themselves a bargain at the Boxing Day sales.

ROEL LOOPERS

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STAFF PAY WORRIES AT SOMA KITCHEN

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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Very disappointing to hear that the owner of Fremantle’s SOMA Kitchen in Little Market Street will be taken to court by the Fair Work Ombudsman for failing to comply with an order to calculate money owed to an employee and back-pay him.

It is alleged that the worker was paid only $ 212.50 for 146 hours of working at the restaurant.

Penalties of up to $ 30,000 are possible, so that would be a big shock for owner Giancarlo Daniele. The court hearing is scheduled for February 13 next year.

It appears that there are too many mistakes made in the hospitality industry when it comes to paying workers, and even governments, such as the City of Fremantle, have been caught out underpaying staff. That needs to improve.

Roel Loopers

FRE-OH! SUMMER MAGAZINE A GREAT READ

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, marketing, PR,, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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The summer edition of the quarterly City of Fremantle FRE-OH! magazine is out and a great read. It will be delivered to your letterbox but is also available on-line on Facebook and the City’s website.

The cover is of the delightful milliner Kate Hulett, well known from her Kate and Abel hat shop at Many 2.0 and from her involvement with Spacemarket.

There is also a good story about Gerard O’Brien and Silverleaf Investments, and the brilliant restoration work they are doing at the historic Manning building, a story about new businesses, one about book clubs, a spread about North Fremantle, another one about lifesaving, etc. There is even a short story about this Loopy blogger in it.

FRE-OH! is a good way to stay connected with our community and to find out all about the latest news in the port city.

Roel Loopers

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