Freo's View

PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY AT FREMANTLE OVAL PROJECT

 

 

When Fremantle Council and the Fremantle Oval reference and steering groups are looking at the potential and opportunities for the development and activation of the area one of their main priorities must be the connectivity between the north and the south of Parry Street, as this is going to be a major challenge.

Pedestrian crossing is already a challenge on weekends when the Fremantle Markets are open. The roundabout at William Street is not the safest place to cross Parry Street since motorists are occupied with navigating the roundabout and rarely give way to pedestrians who are on their way to the oval or Fremantle Prison.

The entire precinct will attract a lot more people when Fremantle Oval is activated and when Silverleaf Investments have developed the police and justice complex down the road with a hotel and community spaces and activation, so vehicular and pedestrian movement will increase substantially.

When one also considers that the City of Fremantle has plans to extend Norfolk Street all the way to Mews Road in the Fishing Boat Harbour, which will make Parry Street even more into a ring road, one can start contemplating the challenges ahead to create safe pedestrian access between the markets and the oval.

Serious thoughts need to be had about a possible pedestrian underpass or at least a zebra crossing somewhere halfway along Parry Street between William Street and South Terrace.

There will be events and concerts at Fremantle Oval and residential and commercial accommodation in new buildings to the south and west of it, and the Kings Square activation project will bring heaps more people to that part of Freo, so a lot more people will be in the area, that already is home to two of Fremantle’s most popular tourist attractions Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Markets.

If Fremantle Council is serious about making Parry Street even more into a ring road from Queen Victoria Street in the north east of the CBD all the way to the Fishing Boat Harbour, it will need to address especially pedestrian connectivity and safety between the new developments in the precinct as a priority.

Roel Loopers

EXPLORING FREMANTLE ALWAYS PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

 

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The weather is just too nice, the sky so blue and the sun so warm that I ignored doctor’s advise and took my knee brace off for a few hours, so that I could have a slow stroll through good old Freo.

Here a few photos I took while doing that.

Roel Loopers

KINGS SQUARE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

 

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Another minimalist photo of the work that is going on at the Queensgate carpark in Fremantle’s Henderson Street, as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project by Sirona Capital.

The carpark is due to re-open well before the Christmas shopping starts, so only a few months from now.

The replacement for the Queensgate building at Newman Court now has a ground floor roof and first storey floor, and I was told this morning that the builders are ahead of schedule, so that is great.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE GOVERNANCE COST TRANSPARENCY

Posted in budget, city of fremantle, finances, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2018

 

Governance

 

I always try to keep the words balance and respect in mind when I publish a blog post, so I am happy to now post the reply by the City of Fremantle here in regard to the question I asked on the weekend about what the GOVERNANCE expenditure in the budget was for. Here it is:

Regarding what is included in the $47 million figure under ‘governance’ in the capital expenditure chart in the rates booklet – the vast majority of that ($46.3 million) is the allocation towards the new Kings Square administration and library building.

It also includes $504,500 towards the purchase of our current admin building from the Dockers and $105,000 for the new parking app.

The rest is for things like office furniture, telecommunications equipment, IT equipment (like PC’s, tablets, printers and accessories) fixed and wireless internet etc.

 

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NEW COAT OF PAINT FOR QUEENSGATE CARPARK

 

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Work on the Queensgate carpark on Fremantle’s Henderson Street is progressing well, with a new coat of paint applied over the very colourful old paintwork. This is part of the Kings Square redevelopment by Sirona Capital.

The carpark is due to open sometime in October, before the Christmas shopping starts, so that is very positive as the Point Street carparks will close soon to make way for the start of the development of the Hilton Doubletree and residential apartments building.

Roel Loopers

 

MORE FROM THE FREMANTLE COUNCIL MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, development, dogs, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2018

 

A few more snippets from last evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting.

  • Mayor Brad Pettitt introduced a trial where Councillors and staff do not have to stand when they have been given the floor. Only Councillor Jon Strachan said he did not like it.
  • The sound system is not great so by remaining seated Councillors are closer to the microphone and that is good for the public gallery, but please point the microphone at your mouth and pull them close dear Elected Members! Thank you.
  • Councillor Adin Lang suggested when the City removes trees, such as the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square, that the wood be made available to artists, which was extended to the more general word re-use by Council. Good idea!
  •  The Director of Community Development said Council had budgeted $ 15,000 for eventual repairs during the removal of the yellow foil of the very successful Felice Varini High Street artwork. They might be well short here.
  • The love for dogs is always emotional so the community speakers on the proposed on leash and off leash area at Frederick Samson park were not happy, but the pristine bush there needs to be protected from everyone and community consultation is still going on.
  • Council at length debated a potential scheme amendment for a small area of White Gum Valley, after an irate member of the public had twice accused Councillor Andrew Sullivan of having been arrogant at a committee meeting the week before and ignoring the 25 submissions against the scheme amendment, pointing out the relative low votes Sullivan received at the South Ward re-election. The scheme amendment and probable development is a very long way away and still going through community consultation, but Councillor Rachel Pemberton succinctly pointed out that the community feed back of only 29 responses out of 400 direct mail outs was not exactly a very high percentage either. Councillors Ingrid Waltham and Jenny Archibald said the feedback they had received was that the White Gum Valley community is not against infill, but that they would accept two storey buildings but not three storey ones.

 

Roel Loopers

 

Henty's

FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE NOW AND NEXT YEAR

 

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The white columns above will become the picture below at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

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UP UP AND AWAY TO FREO’S FUTURE

 

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The erection of a second large building crane started this morning at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

Builders PROBUILD have taken a section out of the former Myer building to create a courtyard to accommodate the crane.

Walking along William Street one can now also see real progress on the new building that replaces the Queensgate building, with large concrete pillars sticking up into the sky.

Sirona Capital has also started promoting the FOMO retail concept and offering spaces for lease.

There are a lot of positive things happening in Fremantle, so let’s feel like Team Freo and be supportive of our beautiful city.

Roel Loopers

 

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LIGHTER NEW LOOK KINGS SQUARE

 

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I know I’ll get kicked in the bum, slapped around the face and abused on social media, but I quite like the much lighter look of Kings Square with the London plane trees.

The Jean Hobson playground is now all demolished in a heap and the public toilets closed, but replaced with large portable loos that are accessible for disabled people.

Freo is on the move and a lot of good things are happening, but patience is required as it will take considerable time for the retail and hospitality economy to turn around in our little city.

Roel Loopers

 

TWO MORE FIG TREES REMOVED FROM KINGS SQUARE

 

Kings Square

 

The City of Fremantle will remove two more ailing Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square and replace them with other mature trees.

After community consultation 73% of  participants were for the removal of the so called Christmas tree and 69% for the removal of tree No.5 just east of St John’s church.

It makes sense to me not to wait for limbs to break off and take a public safety risk, especially with the Christmas tree that is adjacent to the planned new children’s playground.

Tree No.5 will immediately be replaced with a mature London plane tree to create a nice line of those trees north of the Townhall and civic centre, while City staff will be sourcing, purchasing and preparing a mature Moreton Bay fig tree to replace the Christmas tree.

Interesting to see today all the construction workers at Kings Square on a Sunday. Probuild clearly wants to keep on schedule and get the job done. The sooner the better, as far as I am concerned.

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