Freo's View

BIG FEDERAL GRANT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, technology, Uncategorized by freoview on November 18, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle has received part of an $ 8 million Australian Government grant for the Power Ledger Platform.

The project will assess how cities can use blockchain technology and data to integrate distributed energy and water systems.

The funding is part of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. There will be $ 2,57 million for this cutting edge project, plus $ 5,68 million for project partners Curtin and Murdoch universities, LandCorp, CSIRO/DATA61, CISCO, Power Ledger.

The projects also involves support by AEMO, Western Power and the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

Highly-resilient low-carbon and low-cost systems will be installed and connected using blockchain technology. This involves a solar photovoltaic plant, rooftop solar panels, a precinct size battery, a charging station for electric vehicles.

Precinct water treatment and capture systems will use the same blockchain technology and data analytics, to demonstrate the interconnected infrastructure of the smart cities of the future.

The project will start in the next two month and will take two years.

Up to now I had never heard of blockchain technology but it appears to be decentralised technology that is hosted not just by some computers but by millions, thus making the data available to everyone.

It sounds like a fascinating and innovative project, so it is good to see the City of Fremantle leading the pack again.

Roel Loopers

TRAKKA CONNECTING TO ABORIGINAL CULTURE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, technology, western australia by freoview on July 5, 2016

 

The TRAKKA smartphone App was launched at the Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Centre on Monday afternoon and a large crowd turned up for that and the opening of NAIDOC Week.

The App developed by Indigenous Consulting Group in collaboration with the City of Fremantle–will provide updates on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events, dates, significant places and services locally and around Australia.

The City of Fremantle supported Trakka through a $20,000 funding grant. The app will be developed further over coming months to include more information, events and features as well as being made available to other regions in Australia.

The free Trakka app is available for download by searching ‘Trakka’ from Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iPhone) or by visiting http://www.trakkaapp.com.au

Roel Loopers

First photo shows Sam Cutri, Kali Balint and Gail Reynolds-Adamson.

FREO HAPPINESS IN ALL SHAPES AND FORMS

Posted in city of fremantle, education, lifestyle, universities, western australia by freoview on July 1, 2016

 

The Happiness Project, a collaboration between ECU & The City of Fremantle at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, aims to provide ideas for enhancing happiness through human-centred design.

Students in Graphic Design and Environmental and Spacial Design courses at ECU work to identify and solve design problems and propose innovative ways to inject happiness into the city.

This exhibition is a showcase of the student’s creative works which explore areas such as health, environmental, economic and social design and which are aimed at advancing Fremantle as a happy and sustainable place.

There are a few nice new ideas and some old and already implemented ones, but the one that stood out for me is the solar charging points for mobiles, laptops etc. They are in the form of palm trees with the leaves being solar panels, providing the power but also shade. A company in Leederville has such solar palm trees, so it would be a very nice and very Freo idea to realise.

The show is on till July 6 so go and have a look!

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on FREO HAPPINESS IN ALL SHAPES AND FORMS

FREO CITY TO DECIDE IF BOB IS YOUR ENKEL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle, local government, western australia by freoview on May 17, 2016

The City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee will on Wednesday evening decide to hand over the old Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill to the ENKEL group. The lease would be for five years with ENKEL getting the option to extend it 3 times for another five years each.

The lease of the 1,393 sqm hall will be calculated for community use, not commercial use, which means it will only cost $ 35.00 per square metre per annum, plus GST. This is to allow ENKEL to improve the financial sustainability of the project and cover the costs of managing the sub-tenants.

ENKEL will not have to pay any rent for the first year, only $ 20,000 the second year, $ 30,000 the third year, $ 40,000 the fourth year and the fifth year it will be 100% at $ 48,755.

Although the group will be charged community rates by the City of Fremantle it can sublet 40% of the hall at commercial rates and that will come from a Climbing Wall operator and a planned cafe/restaurant.

ENKEL will have to operate at least five days a week and will have to meet performance criteria set by the City. A committee will also meet a few times a year to see that the criteria are met.

The City very unrealistically “encourages” parking in Beach Street, which would mean that people have to cross four lanes of very busy Canning Highway to get to the venue. It is very doubtful that families going to use the climbing wall would do that.

I can’t see a cafe being financially viable until Cantonment Hill has been activated as ENKEL alone will not attract the hundreds of people a day needed to run a successful hospitality venue.

I quite like new creative and innovative initiatives so I hope for ENKEL’s sake and for the Cantonment Hill project that it will work out. I just don’t know enough about the group to feel confident about it yet, but wish them good luck.

Roel Loopers

 

 

CANTONMENT HILL OPEN DAY THIS SATURDAY!

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2016

ENKEL 1 Enkel 2 Enkel 3

 

My apologies for posting so many articles today but that is just the way it is. Sometimes I scratch my brain to find something to write about but today there is heaps to report. The variety of blog posts is probably one of the reasons some 45,000 people read this blog each month. Every article is also published on Facebook and Twitter and goes around the world.

TOMORROW, Saturday April 2 from 10-12 is the CANTONMENT HILL OPEN DAY and the Naval Stores that ENKEL will lease will also be open. There are also guided tours.

This is an extremely important project for Fremantle and the heritage and indigenous significance of the area has to be a priority, as is community access to the entire site. Come and have your say! I’ll be there.

Roel Loopers

LET FREMANTLE BECOME A LEADER IN INNOVATION

Posted in city of fremantle, innovation technology, roel loopers, technology by freoview on March 28, 2016

I just watched a very fascinating Q&A on ABC TV about innovation. Since innovation is a bit of the new black and has replaced placemaking, I wonder if the City of Fremantle would be interested in inviting Emergent Solutions CEO Holly Ransom for a public talk or forum.

The City has expressed it would like an innovation organisation to take up the former FTI space at the old Boys School and ENKEL has been given a long lease for the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, so why not get someone with real international know-how to inform us all what can be done to support innovation groups and individuals. Holly Ransom has been dealing with the world leaders in innovation technology Israel and Silicon Valley for years.

Wyatt Roy, the Federal Assistant Minister for Innovation, told Q&A that the Federal government is very keen for local governments and state governments to play a leading role in providing innovation hubs, so come on Freo, let’s be a leader in something I know very little about but am very keen to learn more about.

By the way, Holly Ransom is a really good down to earth speaker, so she won’t baffle us all with geek speak.

Roel Loopers

FREO COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON FLY BY NIGHT AND ENKEL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on March 16, 2016

I love going to Fremantle Council meetings because I can witness first hand how thorough Councillors are, the questions and suggestions they raise, and the frustrations they too sometimes have with the process and slow moving bureaucracy.

Council meetings also always make me confident that all the conspiracy theories about Elected Members going to bed with developers and proponents of whatever are basically rubbish. If Councillors went to bed with that many people they’d need to take a lot of Viagra, and that includes the two female members on Council.

Anyway, back to tonight’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee, ably chaired by Councillor Dave Hume. The Fly by Night Club was on the agenda and in a way it is a really sad saga. Forced out of their home the old Drillhall and moving into Victoria Hall without a liquor license has been very hard. They are in the red by between $ 40,000.00- $ 60,000.00, still don’t have a license and need City of Fremantle financial support. But the City has been accused both of not supporting cultural organisations enough, and bailing out groups like Deckchair Theatre and Kulcha too often, so Councillors are between a rock and a hard place.

No doubt most people want the 30 year-old Fly to continue, but at what cost to the community and ratepayers? As Councillor Rachel Pemberton stated, they cannot rely on continuous financial support from the City and need to start transformative moves and fundraising projects to get out of the precarious financial situation they are in.

The item will go to full council next week, but committee supported that the City will pay sound proofing at a cost of $ 20,516 and allow a debt relief to the club of $ 20,000.

The lease of the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill to the ENKEL group has raised some eyebrows in the community as the group is relatively new and unknown. An ENKEL spokesman was very confident they would get financial support and sponsorship, but Mayor Brad Pettitt said he wanted more detailed information on that before the item goes to full council, and that he wanted to feel confident ENKEL could pull off the big projects, and what financial resources they would be able to put in themselves.

The Mayor was clearly not happy that the process is taking so long and that ENKEL cannot access the premises, and said he felt that the officers had not given the Elected Members enough information about the timeline. “I feel I am asked to make a decision while only having half of the information.” Councillor  Doug Thompson supported the Mayor’s frustration. They were promised additional detailed information before next Wednesday’s full Council meeting.

Roel Loopers

CHEAP RENT FOR FREMANTLE NAVAL STORES

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on March 13, 2016

I have no problem with the City of Fremantle wanting to sign a 5+5 year lease with the ENKEL group for the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, but I do have a few points I would like to raise.

The item is on the agenda of the newly named Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislations Committee this coming Wednesday at 6 pm.

The officer’s recommendation suggests ENKEL will only have to pay  a yearly rent of $ 35.00 per square metre for the 1,393 m2 shed plus outgoings. This is a community rate and not a commercial one the agenda states, but at the same time it says that ENKEL and the COF will agree to “subletting arrangements that may exceed the total payable rent.” What I can’t find is a clause that ENKEL can also only charge community rates when it sublets parts of the premises, as that would only be fair and would support community groups.

ENKEL was unwilling to share with the WA Circus School, so I am surprised they now want to sublet.

I am also surprised ENKEL and the City will sign a lease, as the artists at Arthur Head have been refused a lease and have only been able to sign a license with COF. Why treat ENKEL differently?

I am delighted, after the Sunset Events J Shed mess, that the lease will include a “Performance Criteria” check to make sure ENKEL is not just promising the world but then deliver nothing.

If you don’t know who ENKEL is, here is their vision:

OUR VISION IS A PLACE OF IDEAS WHERE PEOPLE ARE EMPOWERED TO CREATE BETTER FUTURES.

We work towards this vision by consulting to organisations, running innovation labs, organising courses, connecting and supporting changemakers and communities, as well as much more. All this work is aligned with and reinforces our values, the four C’s; Courage, Community, Conscience and Creativity.

Roel Loopers

 

DON’T MAKE SUCH A CIRCUS OF CANTONMENT HILL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on June 19, 2015

The long-term lease of the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill to the relatively new and unknown ENKEL group is a bit of a risk for the City of Fremantle, since no one knows if it will succeed and last, while CIRCUSWA who also applied for the lease are well-known and have been successful in the ARTSOURCE building in Phillimore Street for a long time.

ENKEL say about themselves on their website that they:

Provide more relevant and open learning services to the community-at-large, locally and state-wide; through more accessible and adaptive approaches to education and skill-building.

Facilitate and host the discovery, development and implementation of innovative ideas; stimulating the economy and activating the community; through workshops, coworking spaces, cafe and garden.

Empower and Inspire socially innovative and ecologically sustainable enterprise; through networking, skills sharing, ideation, mentoring and transmedia advocacy services.

Engage and activate the local community; through interactive, thoughtful and creative events which cultivate the courage to make more positive changes for the future of WA.

It is disappointing that a group who is so open to new and change could not come to a space sharing arrangement with CIRCUSWA that only wanted a relatively small part of the building to use for their youth education, as it feels to me that is also what ENKEL is about.

ENKEL does interesting workshops and forums and here are a few of them, so you get to know them a bit better: Build your own robot, Foresight cafe breakfast, Handy summer workshop on concrete, u.lab mooc:transforming business, society and self, Enkel ideas clash, Living Labs forum, User innovation-mooc study group, Food future guerilla conference, Homeoffice day, The future of learning and education, etc.

It sounds exciting, new and different, and in a way also very Freo as it is alternative and creative and challenging, but that such a creative and accepting group can not accommodate and work with CIRCUSWA in the same building is very disappointing and might force CIRCUSWA to leave Fremantle.

The call by some Councillors for the City to now start talking with ARTSOURCE to convince them to let CIRCUSWA stay is far too late and should have happened two years ago when the State’s arts organisation expressed they wanted to open a cafe and gallery where the circus school is.

Fremantle has lost too many community and art groups. Kulcha and the FTI are gone, the Fly by Night was forced to move to Victoria Hall, art galleries have closed, and there will be a huge shake up and change at J Shed when Sunset Events build a tavern and outdoor music venue there, with the likelihood that established artists like sculptor Greg James and ceramic artist Jenny Dawson will pack their bags and leave Freo.

Fremantle City needs to deal better with these issues and be more supportive of those who have worked hard to establish themselves in Fremantle, instead of giving preference to new and unknown ventures. CIRCUSWA deserves unconditional support from Council and the administration and a fast solution needs to be found to keep them in Fremantle.

To hear Councillors say you can’t force people to marry and ENKEL to share the Naval Stores with CIRCUSWA is inconsistent from what they decided to do at J Shed, where the established artists did not want a tavern and music venue in the building, but all they got was tough titties and their objections were ignored. Why does that not apply to ENKEL also?

The Cantonment Hill Masterplan is all about activating the area as a community space and CIRCUSWA would be ideal for that, so instead of Council accepting ENKEL’s lack of collaboration, but wanting ARTSOURCE to change their mind, Council should insist on a space sharing arrangement of the Naval Stores, or ENKEL should look for somewhere else in Fremantle where there is plenty of vacant space for their requirements, while CIRCUSWA needs a very heigh space, like the Cantonment Hill shed, to work in.

Roel Loopers

McATEE MEGA GARAGE SALE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 26, 2014

I love innovative community events with a difference, like the one the residents of McAtee Court in Fremantle have come up with. The householders have decided to all hold a Garage Sale together this Saturday August 31 from 9 am to one in the afternoon, so go shopping for a bargain or something you absolutely don’t need but would like to have anyway.

McAtee Court is off Solomon Street near the Wray Avenue intersection.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on McATEE MEGA GARAGE SALE

%d bloggers like this: