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The three viewing windows are now all accessible to the public to look at the building progress of the new Fremantle Civic Centre and the final touches of the Sirona Capital buildings behind it.

The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is modernising the inner city, so I can’t wait for its completion with a new children’s playground added as well.

It was such a nice clear sky on Friday afternoon that I had to take these photos. Click on them to enlarge!

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Walking around Fremantle it is always good to see when building owners do maintenance or apply a new coat of paint on heritage buildings, as has been happening all along historic High Street, so nice that more scaffolding is going up for more beautification where the Record Finder shop used to be.

At the same time it is sad to see quite a few heritage buildings neglected, such as the former Terminus Hotel on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets.

At Kings Square the window cleaners have been abseiling for a few days on the new Sirona Capital buildings.

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I am one of many people in the Fremantle community who believe that the Kings Square Redevelopment Project is a positive one for our city, so I walk by every day to have a look at the progress made.

The fencing around the two Sirona Capital buildings have been removed so one is able to get a glimpse of the interior and things to come.

The work by MG Group on the public realm has also started and we will soon see new cobblestones, pavers and concrete pavers. MG will also create soft landscaping, lighting, seating, CCTV and more, so things are happening and changing fast at our city square.

I took the photos above mid morning today.

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Posted in cars, city of fremantle, Kings Square Redevelopment Project, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2019



Traders in the Fremantle CBD will be happy that Sirona Capital has opened the core of the Henderson Street car park and that people can now enter and exit via William Street and the two new lifts in the building.

The car park has been renovated as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project but the roof top is still a construction site for a few more weeks.

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I received the exciting information below from SPACEMARKET about the FOMO retail at Fremantle’s Kings Square:

We’ve been working with Sirona Capital on an incredible new concept within the FOMO FREO Kings Square precinct, right in the heart of Freo. It’s going to be like nothing you’ve seen before in WA. This includes (drum roll) the return of MANY to its original home, with a beautiful new MANY Emporium spread across the lower ground floor— and as you’d expect, The Emporium will be full of your favourite local and independent businesses.

Alongside MANY, within the impressive open-plan shopping area bathed in natural light from the sweeping, skylit ceiling, we envision a sexy little wine bar, food offerings, a gorgeous beauty and wellness space, plus a heavy sprinkling of other lovely things. Think; flowers, conti rolls, a beaut bottle of wine, house plants, books, stationary….

Off the back of MANY 6160, which opened in 2013, Sirona have committed to continue the concept of borderless, open-plan retail. We’re equally committed to ensuring a dynamic mix of businesses trading right here in Freo, and are gunning to ensure the space is the opposite experience of a generic big box shopping centre.

This is where you come in!

When we launch in April 2020, we want to showcase the best of the best at FOMO FREO, and we’d love you to help us spread the word. There will be space available in our impressive lower ground level, but also street floor tenancies which face the newly revitalised Kings Square, library and civic centre.

From a retail perspective, this feels like an unmissable opportunity. Population and parking are often named as key barriers to small business success in WA — here in FOMO, we’ll have 2,000 office workers relocating into the upper levels (also planned for April 2020), and another 1,000 in neighbouring refurbished offices. And parking? There’ll be 600 bays right out the back.

Obviously, we’ve got a dream hit list of brilliant operators who we’d love to join us in this venture, but of course there will be many more out there who we don’t yet know about. We’d love them to be involved too! We’re calling on; barbers, specialist fashion shops, glasses and sunglasses boutiques, menswear designers, gorgeous homewares and lifestyle purveyors, fabulous florists, grocers, whole foods, art prints, YOU NAME IT. Bring us your best Perth.

Brilliant, enthusiastic and high quality operators – contact (immediately!) for more info and to arrange a site visit.


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Nice to see that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt was true to his word and followed up on my request to install viewing windows for the public at the new Civic Centre construction at Kings Square.

Three windows have been put in the fence, but currently only one can be accessed as the other two are fenced off as part of the paving project that is under way.

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The Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project is going very well with the Sirona Capital buildings nearing completion, the Henderson Street car park has a new shade structure on the roof, and the new Civic Centre construction is also on track.

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A $1.6 million contract to upgrade to the public spaces around Kings Square has been awarded by the Fremantle Council.

The council awarded the tender to construct stage one of the Kings Square public realm upgrade to Perth-based civil engineering and construction company MG Group.

The public realm upgrades are an important part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project. The contract is for the provision of civil works to Newman Court and part of High Street to complete the public realm adjacent to the new Sirona development and the City’s new civic centre and library.

It includes supply and installation of concrete pavement, cobbles and pavers, soft landscaping, lighting and electrical, CCTV, furnishings and other associated works.

The contract will be delivered in two stages, with the aim to have public realm works open to the public as soon as possible after the completion of the neighbouring buildings.

The first part is aligned with the construction and opening of the Sirona development, with works planned to commence in August and finishing in late 2019.

The second part is aligned with the construction and opening of the City’s civic building and library, with completion expected towards the end of 2020.

MG Group are a highly respected local company that has recently worked on landmark projects like Perth Stadium, Scarborough Beach foreshore, the Elizabeth Quay Island Playground and Perth Children’s Hospital.

They have previously worked for the City of Fremantle on the Tuckfield Oval project at Cantonment Hill and delivered the project on time, within budget and to a high quality.


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On a slow Fremantle news day it is nice to reflect, so here a reflection of the St John Anglican church in Kings Square in the new facade of the former Myer building.


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Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is being attacked again by columnist Paul Murray in today’s West Australian in regard to the City of Fremantle’s claim of carbon neutrality.

While I believe it is unfair to attack the Mayor instead of all the elected members who make decisions for Fremantle, there are valid points in Murray’s column and the City of Fremantle needs to do much better in responding to them.

Here on Freo’s View Murdoch University master student of sustainability and renewable energy Martin Lee has asked pertinent questions, which Brad Pettitt promised to respond to in detail, but he has now decided he won’t be doing that and leave Lee’s questions unanswered. That is not good transparency and public relations.

Murray’s attack on what Brad Pettitt earns should be part of a much bigger picture where some local council CEOs and directors earn as much or more as the Premier of Western Australia. That is ridiculous. Are Mayors also overpaid when they are part of a team of elected members and the others receive less than $40,000 a year while the Freo Mayor gets around $ 160,000? That is something the Minister for Local Government might want to look at.

But transparency is the important issue here and that reminds me that some weeks ago the convenor of the South Fremantle Precinct asked the City of Fremantle for a copy of the consultant engineer’s report on the bad state of repair of the former Civic Centre. This report was quoted on many times as the reason why it was essential for Fremantle to demolish the old building and build a new one at Kings Square, but convenor Sean Hefferon was told that the consultant report could not be found. That is unacceptable!

If the report exists is must have been added as an attachment to council and committee meetings and all elected members must have received one, so surely the report must have been archived. All reports should be kept for future audits, for transparency,  accountability and integrity, so please make it public and available CoF.

So things are not going well in the PR stakes for Fremantle, and the entire Council and administration is to blame for that. It is not right that the other elected members and CEO Phil StJohn are happy for the Mayor to receive all the criticism while they remain silent.

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