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DRAFT POLICY OF FREMANTLE’S AGE FRIENDLY CITY

Posted in aged, city of fremantle, community, local government, seniors, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on March 22, 2019

 

Below is the first draft of the Age Friendly City policy that will be fine-tuned by City staff and Elected Members in the next months. There are many departments and agencies involved so it needs to go through a thorough and inclusive process to make sure that all the details are right and nothing is overlooked:

INTRODUCTION

The City of Fremantle’s Strategic Community Plan 2015- 2025 aims for Fremantle to be an environment where it is easy for people to live safe, happy and healthy lives. It seeks to celebrate and support diversity and improve community inclusiveness and participation for all.

According to 2016 Census data the City of Fremantle has both a higher median age and a larger proportion of people over 55, compared to Western Australia. As a destination city it also attracts visitors of all ages.

The City’s journey to becoming an age friendly city started in 2010 and in 2016 the City was accepted as a member to the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The WHO age-friendly cities guide highlights eight interconnected domains that cities and communities can address to better adapt to the needs of older people:

  • The built environment
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication
  • Community support and health services.

To prepare a new Age Friendly City Plan a review of the City’s progress commenced in 2018. A Working Group with representatives from community members, key organisations, City staff and Elected Members met throughout the review to guide the process. Over 150 people were engaged either online, through surveys, at events or via one-on-one meetings and their input informed the development of new and revised actions for the City.

Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of the Age Friendly City Plan is to prioritise positive ageing opportunities for the Fremantle community and a great place for older people to visit.

The plan is organised in line with the eight WHO age friendly city domains and covers actions the City can lead, facilitate or promote as well as advocate for where the responsibility sits outside local government. The Plan represents a whole-of-organisation approach and will be supported with an implementation plan. To maintain its status as a WHO global age friendly city the plan will need to be evaluated in three years.

  1. Social participation

Provide a range of lifelong learning activities that encourage older people to participate in community life.

1.1 Provide activities and courses at various locations that encourage participation and increase social participation.

1.2 Provide affordable programs that encourage older people to try new and different sports or other forms of physical activity.

1.3 Advocate and promote programs and initiatives which target respect, inclusion and social participation.

  1. Community Support and Health Services

Assist people in Fremantle to age positively and actively by providing appropriate information and support to maximise health and wellbeing.

2.1 Improve communication between the City and Fremantle-based aged care providers by offering opportunities for networking meetings.

2.2 Facilitate opportunities which provide information to older people to navigate ageing well and healthy lifestyles.

2.3 Promote My Community Directory which provides details on the range of services and activities for older people in the Fremantle area.

  1. Civic participation and employment

Create opportunities for older people to actively participate in the community through civic involvement.

3.1 Community engagement will be accessible, well-promoted and flexible, engaging older people to have their say.

3.2 Support local organisations to recruit and retain volunteers through Volunteer Fremantle.

3.3 Facilitate opportunities for older people to share their skills and knowledge on a paid or voluntary basis.

  1. Communication and information

Provide accessible information on aged care services in a variety of formats.

4.1 Promote the programs and activities provided by the City of Fremantle for older people in a range of formats.

4.2 Ensure the City of Fremantle website meets accessibility guidelines set out by Vision Australia and the Disability Services Act.

4.3 Community engagement opportunities are well-promoted and offered in a range of formats.

  1. Outdoor spaces and buildings

Ensure that older people have the same opportunities as other people to access the City’s buildings, facilities, parks, reserves, playgrounds and beaches.

5.1 Regular upgrades in the Fremantle local government area where better seating, shading, footpaths and pedestrian crossings are required as part of ongoing capital works.

5.2 Provide accessible community facilities for older persons.

  1. Respect and Inclusion

Provide activities that promote positive images of older people of diverse cultures and increase community participation.

6.1 Celebrate the achievements of older people through a range of events, activities and media.

6.2 Maintain a range of initiatives that encourage inclusive, intergenerational and cross cultural relationships.

6.3 Provide educational opportunities and workshops for older people that enable access to new technologies.

6.4 Provide opportunities for older people to contribute to community led programs and activities.

  1. Transportation

Ensure that older people are able to move around their community easily through public and active transport.

7.1 Advocate to the State Government authorities to improve public transport for older people.

7.2 Continue to contribute to the funding of the Central Area Transit (CAT) Service to allow for easy mobility around the Fremantle central business district.

7.3 Advocate for a light rail transport system in Fremantle.

7.4 Encourage mobility and social connection by promoting trails for walking, cycling or access by mobility device in the Fremantle local government area.

7.5 Advocate for shelters and seating to be provided at all bus stops.

  1. Housing

Ensure that there is provision of housing which is diverse and affordable to meet the current and future needs of the older people.

8.1 Advocate for statutory changes to the planning system to promote accessible and ageing appropriate housing.

8.2 Establish partnerships with local community housing providers to enable the provision of affordable housing in large development projects and sites.

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FREO’S SMALL HOUSING ALTERNATIVE GETS STATE APPROVAL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, city planning, housing, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2019

 

 

The City of Fremantle’s ground-breaking new approach to infill housing in suburban areas, called the ‘Freo Alternative – Big Thinking about Small Housing’, is now official following approval by the Minister for Planning.

In March last year the Fremantle Council voted to change the City’s Local Planning Scheme and adopt a new planning policy to stimulate development of a wider choice of housing in Fremantle’s suburban areas while maintaining what people value about their neighbourhoods.

The Freo Alternative project began in 2014 when the Australian Urban Design Research Centre and local architects were engaged to model different small housing types and test if they could work in a Fremantle environment.

That was followed in 2016 with a widespread community engagement campaign to establish what attributes the community most valued about their suburb and the benefits and challenges of small housing types.

The City’s community engagement efforts were recognised with the Planning Minister’s Award at the 2017 Planning Institute Australia WA Awards for Excellence.

Key provisions include:

Only applies to lots larger than 600 square metres
Dwellings to have a maximum floor area of 120 square metres
Maximum of three dwellings on lots of 750 square metres or less
Minimum of 30 square metres of outdoor living area per dwelling
Developments to have higher than standard energy efficiency ratings, and include solar panels, rainwater tanks, grey water systems or meet best practice accessibility standards
A minimum of 70 per cent of the entire development to be open space
At least one large tree to be retained or planted for each dwelling
A maximum of one parking bay per dwelling
Developments to be referred to the City’s Design Advisory Committee to consider design quality

The Freo Alternative will initially be applied to specific locations within the City of Fremantle – in sections of White Gum Valley, Hilton, O’Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle – that meet certain criteria regarding proximity to public transport, existing lot size and housing stock and heritage streetscapes.

The new provisions are subject to a five-year sunset clause.

Roel Loopers

CAN FREMANTLE INDUSTRIAL ARTS PRECINCT BECOME A REALITY?

 

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A community working group came together at Stackwood on Monday afternoon to discuss if the dream of a Knutsford Industrial Arts Precinct can become a reality or if  the challenges are too daunting.

Architects, artists, planners and three Fremantle Councillors attended the meeting, as did Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt and CUSP Professor Peter Newman, and chair of the City’s Design Advisory Panel Geoffrey London.

The Mayor said the Knutsford Street area was an amazing precinct with amazing opportunities, but the question was what we want to create here and how do you compliment ‘making things’ work with the rest of the community?

Participants said a Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter was all about place, people, creativity, resilience, community, heritage and innovation. It would be funky, green, amazing, economic, vibrant and sustainable.

Geoffrey London said it would need water-sensitive outcomes for infill developments and asked how can we make it into a sustainable precinct. He suggested to narrow the very wide roads which would create lots of recreational opportunities on the verges.

Participants suggested that housing that related to the industrial area with distinctive architecture should be considered, as is storm/grey and black water management solutions. There should be housing typologies for sustainability and density.

Peter Newman said the examples shown from European developments looked all the same, and I agree that many of these sustainable developments look monotonous. It is probably a challenge to create innovative and attractive buildings when one needs density to make it sustainable and affordable, so that would be a major challenge.

One huge challenge is the soil contamination of the area and how to remedy that, and also how to combine noisy industrial art studios next to residential housing. It is also important to combine living and working environment, so that artists can live where they work.

But how do we do it? A planning framework would be required, and community input, and State Government changing some of the suffocating planning rules.

People want bigger visions, and we need new governance and investment structures for these innovative ideas. Who has got the power to change the dynamics and create a culture of innovation?

Many of the warehouses are probably not worth saving but we should retain a warehouse typology in the precinct, and we need to be clear about the minimum standards we want to achieve and develop visual guidelines. What is the Knutsford style?

And the last speaker of the workshop said it would take five people who are willing to make less money to want to make a difference, to get it started.

It is a very challenging project and it will need a Heart of Beaconsfield style of approach to start finding practical, innovative and creative solutions. There is no doubt in my mind that the area has huge potential to become something special!

Roel Loopers

 

 

 

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GOOD AFFORDABLE PROPOSAL FOR QUARRY STREET

 

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As reported here on Freo’s View yesterday it is unlikely that Fremantle Council will sign off on a scheme amendment that would increase density of City owned lots in Quarry Street to R100, after the local community opposed it during public consultation time.

But positive members of the Fremantle Arts Centre Precinct, including local architect Murray Slavin, are offering an alternative solution for the development of the lots, which are for sale, that would see an increase from R25 to R60 and buildings of only three storeys.

The proposal is for 42 affordable residencies which include small studio apartments and a mix of two and three bedroom apartments that would include renewable energy, developed within a Mutual Not For Profit Structure.

The proposal is specifically designed for low-cost housing and aged care accommodation, with state of the art IT to accommodate on-line data and a health-ready response to enable the comfort and security of seniors.

The proponents believe the site is particularly appropriate for the elderly and less abled because of its proximity to the Fremantle Leisure Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Park and public transport. All City of Fremantle facilities for the residents would be within walking distance.

The project responds to the desire to downsizing by empty nest seniors and to the national need for low-cost public housing.

The specifically designed seniors’ apartments respond to the need of a simplified independent lifestyle for older Australians-a transition to delay entry into dedicated aged care facilities.

The project would also accommodate a mix of age groups, which would help against social isolation, and to showcase optimum use of renewable energy and water use, and fast evolving new transport developments.

The item about a possible scheme amendment for the City of Fremantle owned properties  are on on the agenda of Wednesday’s Planning Committee, so come along and have your say. It starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community Hall on Wednesday December 5.

Roel Loopers

NO HIGHER DENSITY FOR QUARRY STREET?

 

The potential scheme amendment and zoning to R100 density for the properties at 7 and 9-15 Quarry Street in Fremantle is unlikely to proceed because of strong community objections to the idea.

The properties are owned by the City of Fremantle, which wants to sell them, but the community consultation showed that local residents are in favour of zoning the street for low-density R25 instead of medium-density R100.

Main concerns were the impact on the residential amenity of the streetscape, so the officers’ recommendation for this Wednesday Planning Committee is:

The report concludes that whilst there is planning merit in establishing a consistent zoning and suitable transitional density in this location, the complexity of developing mechanisms sufficient to address concerns raised to the satisfaction of the community, and the relatively modest increase in centre catchment/development yield likely to be achieved, does not warrant progressing the matter through all the stages of a formal scheme amendment process.

Roel Loopers

WHERE IS REAL GOVERNMENT ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS?

 

One of the problems going to many forums about homelessness and (affordable) housing is that you have heard it all before and wonder when the action will start and the talk fests stop.

Nothing I heard last night at the Politics in the Pubs event by the Fremantle Network at The Local Hotel was new, but that isn’t the fault of the two speakers, who were equally frustrated about it.

Sam Knight of RUAH said the fundamental thing is that homeless people need homes, but they also need support workers to help with social, health and mental health problems.

The cost on the health system by not supplying sufficient affordable houses is enormous and governments fail to recognise that.

Victor Crevatin, the Director of Housing and Support Services at Fremantle’s St Patrick’s, said St Pat’s has been working with homeless people since 1971 and in 2017 had supplied 31,000 meals and 1,200 clothes to those in need, and 500 people were given accommodation.

Like Sam Knight, Crevatin said it is not just about providing houses, but that it needs support services to get people back on track.

There is the need to turn the generational NIMBY attitude around, and it is all about education to get rid of the bullshit myth about affordable housing and anti-social behaviour!

Sam Knight said it was also about offering the right mix of housing. We need to give choices about accommodation from shared accommodation to single apartments. “What are the best low-cost constructions we can do?” We need to recognise housing has a social and health aspect!

As I heard a week earlier at the Fremantle Safety Forum, there appears to be a serious issue with support agencies not collaborating well and the state government should do something about trying to streamline that, so that there is better coordination and information sharing, to the benefit of those in need.

Comment: I have supported the Fremantle Network since it started and have very often found the meetings very good, but the nice bloke, who shall remain unnamed, who took over from Rachel Pemberton to organise the Fremantle Network loves hogging the limelight. Last night again his introduction of the topic and two expert speakers was far too long. Just a short and succinct intro will do instead of babbling on for 15 minutes. Participate in the Q&A as Rachel used to do, but don’t give a very long speech. It’s not about you!

Roel Loopers

HOUSING.HOMELESSNESS.POLITICS

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, fremantle network, homelessness, housing, living, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2018

 

Labor party leader Bill Shorten’s announcement about affordable housing and homelessness comes timely as it is the topic of this evening’s Politics in the Pubs by the Fremantle Network.

Perth Now reported this morning:

Bill Shorten has vowed to make community and affordable housing an issue at the next federal election, flagging promises beyond changes to negative gearing.

The Labor leader addressed the Community Housing Industry Association in Melbourne on Tuesday with a pitch to put struggling renters and homeless people “front and centre” in national debate.

“Nothing is more fundamental to a government’s obligations to the people than the right of every Australian to have a roof over their head,” Mr Shorten said.

He said better data about the extent of affordable housing needed to be a priority, along with better quality standards for dwellings including energy efficiency and accessibility for people with disabilities.

The Politics in the Pubs is TODAY from 7pm at The Local Hotel in South Fremantle!

It is a free event and the bar and kitchen are open, so enjoy a meal and a drink during the debate.

Roel Loopers

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HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEBATE

 

The next POLITICS IN THE PUBS by the Fremantle Network is this Tuesday November 20 from 7pm at The Local hotel in South Fremantle.

This months politics in the pub tackles the issue of homelessness, which we see too much of in Fremantle

There are many reasons why people become homeless, but the lack of affordable rental housing is a big factor.

The 2016 Census recorded 116,000 Australians as Homeless, but that certainly understates the total number of people who lack an affordable and secure roof over their head.

Politics in the Pubs invite people to join in discussing the big picture issues behind the closely related problems of housing affordability and homelessness – and also the local perspective.

Special guests for this evening are:
Sam Knight from RUAH Fremantle (50 homes, 50 lives program).
Victor Crevatin, Director of Housing and Support Services at St Pats
Peter Anthony and Derek Parkin from St Pats Starlight Hotel Choir.

See you there!

 

Roel Loopers

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HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE FOR SENIORS IN FREMANTLE

 

The City of Fremantle is looking for people over the age of 55 to join a collaborative working group, to help identify issues and focus areas surrounding the development of a new age friendly city plan. Visit: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/positiveageing

I believe this is a positive step forward and something I suggested last September, to create a circle of elders or senior council.

Governments are not dealing well with the vast ageing population of Australia, I believe, and need to do more about social services, connecting old people with young people, developing seniors housing with shared facilities, such as the WGV and Nightingale projects.

We need to look at a bigger picture for seniors in Fremantle, so I welcome the working group initiative by Fremantle Council.

Roel Loopers

FREO SUSTAINABLE HOUSE EXPO

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, home, housing, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2018

 

Fremantle will be showcasing the best of innovation and excellence in sustainable housing in a series of events being held in conjunction with Sustainable House Day this weekend.

“I’m very excited that sustainable apartments will be open for the first time in WA with the Liv, Evermore and SHAC developments open for viewing for Sustainable House Day on 16 September,” said event organiser Rachel Pemberton. 

Mayor Brad Pettitt will open his home which has recently undergone a sustainable makeover.

The Expo includes a series of talks, an exhibition and a drop-in session where people can talk to trades people and professional experts about progressing your own sustainable home project. Details of each event are below.

Be inspired and informed about the many ways you can incorporate sustainability into your home by getting along to the Freo Sustainable Home Expo in the High Street Mall. It is on Thursday and Friday from 12-4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

All events are free events are free, but registrations are essential. 

For more information visit sustainablehouseday.com/freo-expo/

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