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ANY HELP FOR FREO BUSINESSES?

Posted in business, city of fremantle, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2020

 

We have yet to hear Fremantle Council announcing any measures to make life for businesses in our city easier, so a few questions from me.

Do those in the hospitality industry still pay for the alfresco areas they are not using, and if they payed upfront will the money be reimbursed?

Will businesses in City owned properties get rent relief, especially those businesses that were forced to close?

Is Fremantle still charging parking fees and issuing parking fines?

Roel Loopers

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS FOR EAST FREO BUSINESSES!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on March 26, 2020

 

Assistance for Local Businesses, Clubs, Residents

The Town of East Fremantle has taken swift and decisive action today announcing a range of measures to assist local businesses, clubs and residents, thereby offsetting some of the financial pain caused by new restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
For Business and Clubs:
– Lease payments and fees and charges on Town-owned buildings for periodic users and assets are suspended for the next three months
– Waiving of all penalty interest, instalment interest and instalment admin charges for the balance of the financial year
– Food businesses providing take-away services will have no inspection fees
– Free access to business advisory services
– Refund all cancelled bookings
– Faster terms of payment for creditors

EFFECTIVE 1 JULY 2020
For our residents for 2020/2021 (next financial year):
– A zero per cent (0%) rate revenue increase
– A zero per cent (0%) increase in fees and charges
– A zero per cent (0%) increase in wages and salaries for Town staff

Those seeking details of these new measures and how their individual circumstances may be affected, should consult our website at www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au or call 08 9339 9339 to speak to Town staff.

Now what will Fremantle Council do?

 

Roel Loopers

WHAT! NO UMBRELLAS?

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, food, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 26, 2020

 

 

All of us are aware that cafes are only allowed to sell take away coffee and food, but who made up the rules that they are not allowed to have an umbrella outside to show that they are still open?

On my way to my favourite cafe Chalkys in the far West End of Fremantle this morning I thought they had closed, because they did not have an umbrella open, as they had yesterday. However they told me Freo City staff had told them yesterday to take the umbrella down and they could have nothing outside.

Fair enough if that is the rule, but why then did I walk past three cafes in High Street where one had three umbrellas sticking out of small tables, another one had two small seats and a small table plus a pot plant, while over the road two large wooden tables and benches were outside a cafe, and one of the few cafes open at the Cappuccino Strip, the Dome also had umbrellas out.

I am not at all criticising the operators, because the rules might be ambiguous or have not been communicated well enough, but the rules need to be consistent and they need to be policed with consistency, otherwise we are creating unfair advantage for some.

And while at that, is the City of Fremantle providing rent relief for tenants of their buildings, e.g. Gino’s, Fremantle Markets, Arthur’s Head businesses, and do parking fees still apply in Freo?

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE COUNCIL SUPPORTS WOOLSTORES DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Fremantle Council will send a recommendation of approval to the Joint Development Assessment Panel(JDAP), after elected members on Wednesday evening approved the planning application for the Woolstores hotel and police station development by Silverleaf Investments.

The police station part of the development is still speculative at this point of time, as the State Government has put a purpose built new Fremantle police station out for tender, and other sites are being considered as well.

A new hotel just east of Kings Square in a run down part of Freo would be an enormous improvement, and the developers also want to put a childcare centre in the building.

It’s now up to JDAP to approve it, and hopefully the State Government will come on board and signs off on the new police station.

It feels nice to have good news in these awful times!

Roel Loopers

 

THE LATEST FROM FREO’S CIVIC CENTRE

 

Walyalup 1

Walyalup 2

 

The new Fremantle Walyalup Civic Center is going to be very  impressive by the look of it.

I love watching the construction of the building, which was designed by Freo-based Kerry Hill Architects.

 

Roel Loopers

 

LIVE STREAM COUNCIL MEETINGS DURING SOCIAL ISOLATION

 

Live streaming of Fremantle Council meetings was suggested at the annual Electors Meeting a couple of weeks ago, and the present coronavirus pandemic crisis makes a good point of introducing that sooner rather than later.

Social distancing and social isolation common sense means that most of us won’t attend council meetings any more, including this keen blogger.

Premier Mark McGowan said this morning he expects the regulations to be in place for at least six months, which is quite staggering, and will kill many businesses, and it will demand a dramatic change in how we socialise.

I would have liked to go to this Wednesday’s Council meeting and even address the elected members to express my support for the Woolstores hotel development by Silverleaf Investments, but it would be unwise to do so, as at 71 years of age I am in the high risk category and that not only means at a high risk of getting Covid-19, but should I have it, of spreading it.

We all need to adapt and local councils need to remain accountable and transparent and give the community a change to observe proceedings, so how fast can we get live streaming of council meetings?

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE LIBRARY SERVICES CHANGE

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2020

 

In a further response to the COVID-19 situation, City of Fremantle will be operating a modified library service from Monday 23 March.

All library spaces will be closed to the public, but people will still be able to loan books and other items at the Customer Service desk at the City’s administration building at Fremantle Oval.

Customers will be able to browse the City of Fremantle’s library collection and reserve items online, and then collect them from the Customer Service desk.

Library staff will also be available at the Customer Service desk to assist people with local item requests, borrowing and membership services.

City of Fremantle Customer Service hours are Monday to Friday 8am-5pm.

Items available through the library include adult, young adult and children’s books, graphic novels, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and magazines.

All current loans will be extended until 30 June 2020, and the loan limit will be raised to 40 items per member.

FREMANTLE FACILITIES CLOSED

Posted in city of fremantle, community, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2020

 

Due to concerns about the coronavirus the City of Fremantle has closed following facilities:

Walyalup Aboriginal Culture Centre, Wanjoo Lounge and Freo Toy Library have now been closed to the public.

Fremantle Leisure Centre will be closed to the public from the close of business today.

Fremantle Arts Centre (galleries, shop and reception), Samson Recreation Centre, The Meeting Place and Fremantle Visitor Centre will be closed to the public as of Monday 23 March.

Moores Building Contemporary Art will be closed as of Monday 23 March.

Fremantle Community Legal Centre will continue to operate by providing services over the phone.

While Fremantle Arts Centre will be closed to the general public as of Monday, the grounds will remain open for the public to enjoy and Canvas Café will remain open until further notice.

Roel Loopers

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SUPPORT FOR FREO’S ELDERLY NEIGHBOURS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, health, local government, seniors, Uncategorized by freoview on March 18, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle is launching the Neighbour to Neighbour project aims to support communities at high risk of being impacted by the threats of COVID-19, including seniors, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Indigenous people.

Neighbour to Neighbour encourages local residents to sign up and volunteer to help vulnerable people in their community with simple errands, including grocery shopping, dog walking, posting mail or simply checking in with a friendly phone call.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Neighbour to Neighbour project was ultimately about connecting community and helping each other in a time of crisis.

“We understand that there are many people living independently who may not have family or friends nearby to help them during this challenging time,” Mayor Pettitt said.

Residents can fill out a short survey on the City’s website to register as a volunteer, and will then be put in direct contact with people in their neighbourhood requesting assistance.

In the coming days, City staff will also be contacting ratepayers aged over 70 via mail or telephone to touch base and offer assistance.

For more information about the Neighbour to Neighbour project and to sign up as a volunteer, visit the City’s website. The volunteer sign-up forms are also available in printed format and will be available across the community.

Roel Loopers

KELLOW PLACE PAW TO REOPEN

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2020

 

It is my understanding that the Western Australian Statutory Planning Committee for the second time has refused to support the Fremantle Council decision to close the Pedestrian Access Way(PAW) between Kellow Place and Swanbourne Street.

That the Statutory Planning Committee resolves to:

  1. refuse the City of Fremantle’s request to permanently close the Pedestrian AccessWay (PAW) at Lot 55 Swanbourne Street, Fremantle; and
  2. note that further measures are available to improve the safety and security of the PAW including, the installation of lighting, maintenance of vegetation within and adjacent to the PAW as well as consideration of a ramp to make the PAW more accessible and footpath links in Kellow Place and Bolton Place, if considered necessary.

Fremantle Council decided about two years ago that it wanted to close the PAW, because some local residents claimed there was an increase in criminal and anti social activity in the area. Those allegations were rejected by other residents who said there was no proof of increased crime, and police statistics supported that, and subsequently the WAPC in May 2018 refused the application to close the PAW .

However, the prematurely closed PAW remained closed while Freo City officers were instructed to negotiate with the SPC and see if they would change their mind, but last Tuesday, March 10, the SPC again ruled that the closure of the PAW was not supported.

Now the City of Fremantle will have to reopen it asap, as the two year closure was a pretty bad and questionable move without approval from the state government.

 

Roel Loopers

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