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FREO AGE FRIENDLY WORKING GROUP

 

The City of Fremantle has established an Age Friendly City Working Group, which comprises of age care specialists and members of the Fremantle community.

The members of the committee are Steve Waddingham of Alzeimer’s WA, Stuart Tomlinson of the Fremantle Multicultural Centre, Julie Ray of Amana Living, and Leah Gray of the Hilton Foley Village and Souther Cross Care.

Community members are Betty Garlett, Sylvia Lang, Cathy Hall, Ella Peaty, Rob Fittock and Roel Loopers.

During the last election campaign in October voters expressed a need for a ‘circle of elders’ to cater for the fast ageing population, and Fremantle Council acknowledged that this was a good idea.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE URBAN FOREST GROWS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2018

 

A media report by the City of Fremantle reports that more than 1800 trees have been planted over the past 12 months as part of the plan to create an urban forest in Fremantle.

In the last financial year a total of 714 trees were planted by the City of Fremantle on residential verges and in local parks, while another 92 were added as part of the landscaping component of City projects like pocket parks, car parks and walkways.

This follows the planting of 500 verge and park trees in the previous year, and is the result of the doubling of the City’s tree-planting budget from $60,000 to $120,000.

In addition, the City also planted 12,000 plants – including 1015 trees – in dunes, bushland and the river foreshore during nine community planting days and 21 volunteer planting days with conservation volunteers and local schools.

The City’s Urban Forest Plan forms part of the Greening Fremantle strategy 2020, which aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage. It stands at 13 per cent currently.

Samson had the highest tree planting numbers in 2017/18 due to the City’s targeted Greening Samson project. Mapping undertaken for the Urban Forest Plan identified Samson had some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle, which meant Samson was on average two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs due to the urban heat island effect.

A total of 212 trees were planted in Samson alone, while another 299 were planted in Beaconsfield, Hilton and Fremantle, and 203 in South Fremantle, North Fremantle, White Gum Valley and O’Connor.

The species of trees planted included red flowering gums, bottlebrushes, jacarandas and tuart trees, with the varieties carefully chosen to best suit the local conditions and surroundings.

What the City of Fremantle did not mention in its media report is the number of trees that have been removed, due to new development, etc. so does anyone keep a record of that?

Roel Loopers

 

OLD AND NEW AT FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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The demolition of the Fremantle council buildings at Kings Square continues. It looks pretty impressive with the new buildings rising behind it.

Great to see that the eastern wall of the Townhall has been well preserved.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE RIDE TO WORK WEDNESDAY

Posted in bicycles, bikes, city of fremantle, cycling, cyclists, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2018

 

Oct 17 Ride to Work

 

The Fremantle RIDE and SHINE ride to work day is on from 7-9am this Wednesday October 17 at Pioneer Park opposite the railway station.

Free coffee and breakfast are on offer, and bike safety checks, info stalls, electric bike demos and mini bike tours.

Roel Loopers

SPARE ME THE KINGS SQUARE SPIN

 

While I am always happy to be corrected when I am wrong in fact, and happy to correct mistakes I make on this blog, I am not impressed to be told by the City of Fremantle that I am wrong on the timeline for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project and that the City supposedly had been consistent in saying completion would be in 2020.

I got the articles below on Google from different sources, which confirms that what I published this morning is correct and that the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital have stated that the project would be completed by the end of 2019.

Here some samples of publications about it:

Sirona Capital has appointed Australian tier-one contractor Probuild to deliver the Kings Square Fremantle project.

The $220 million Kings Square Fremantle project will deliver 25,800sqm of new commercial office and retail space to Fremantle’s CBD plus a new $50m administration and civic centre for the City of Fremantle.

Construction is expected to commence in August 2017 with completion due mid-2019.

And

Construction of the entire renewal project is expected to be completed in late 2019.

and more

The Kings Square revitalisation is the largest public-private infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history. It has been in motion for past six years, following Sirona’s acquisition of the Myer building in 2011. There is much excitement surrounding the project as it is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019.

and

On completion, more than 2000 people will be working in Kings Square, representing a 13% boost in the number of workers in the Fremantle city centre. This will include more than 1500 State Government employees who will relocate to Kings Square Fremantle from early 2020, following fit-out.

Construction of Kings Square Fremantle is expected to be completed in late 2019. State Government agencies will commence occupancy from early 2020.

 

I am happy to correct any mistakes I make, City of Fremantle, but please spare me the spin!

 

A pretty pissed off Roel Loopers

WHY THE FREO CIVIC CENTRE DELAY?

 

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am a supporter of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project, so I am reluctant to post an article that can be perceived as being negative, but I was surprised to hear at a traders information meeting at the Federal Hotel last evening that the completion of the new civic centre building is now estimated to be the first half of 2020.

I am very certain that from the start we were told that the Sirona Capital redevelopment of the former Myer and Queensgate buildings and the City of Fremantle civic centre would be coordinated and finish at the same time, because the civic centre is a smaller building that would require less time to be built. So what then is the reason for a six months delay when the whole project was due to be finished by the end of 2019, and why has the City of Fremantle not been transparent about this? I am personally disappointed about the delay and the lack of transparency.

The second council building at Newman Court will be demolished by the end of October and a special council meeting is scheduled for October 31 to approve a tender to build the new civic centre. That special council meeting was scheduled some weeks ago but then cancelled, and we don’t know why that was either. PLEASE communicate CoF. Transparency is the enemy of conspiracy!

It will take about 12 months to prepare a replacement mature Moreton Bay fig tree for the Christmas tree and it might have to be lowered from a helicopter. Now that would be exciting!

There will be a big radio campaign for Christmas Support Freo Now! and the Queensgate carpark will open three levels and 470 car bays by the end of October.

Nightwork-till midnight-will have to be done on the former Myer building to put structural steel in to support the new additional level. This is done to have less impact on local traders during the daytime.

Roel Loopers

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN FREO CIVIC CENTRE

 

 

The City of Fremantle civic centre building at Kings Square is almost gone, but the bigger one at William Street and Newman Court will still have to be demolished next.

At the new building on the former Queensgate site only one more floor needs to be added until we can see the moderate five-storey height of the building.

Here some progress photos I took at around 4pm on Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

HAMPTON ROAD CROSSING STATUS QUO

Posted in children, city of fremantle, local government, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2018

 

I can’t even remember how many Fremantle Council sessions, and community information sessions, and South Fremantle Precinct meetings, I have attended that discussed the dangers of crossing Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection. I live there so I drive my car in and out of those streets and walk there every day, and shop at IGA and Peaches at the shopping centre between Lloyd  and Scott streets.

So it is fairly disappointing that after all this time and many, many months of talking the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council decided they did not like the officer’s recommendation of Option One, but preferred the status quo of Option Two.

It means the Scott Street intersection will remain closed and the pedestrian crossing will not be moved 50 metres further south.

They all agreed that the bus lanes were the major problem and that the Main Roads department is basically the enemy of pedestrians, because all that department wants is fast vehicle movement. Now that’s something for the state government to get its teeth into!

The state’s $ 200,000 allocated for better pedestrian crossing, through the election promise by Simone McGurk MLA, could now be spent on re-designing the Lloyd Street/Hampton Road intersection and how to get in and out of the carpark at the shopping centre there, and also at Scott Street.

For me, as a local with extensive local knowledge, the fact is that having no right turn at Scott Street will only entice more motorists to drive too fast and unlawfully use the bus lanes to overtake other vehicles. I have witnessed on many occasions that cars drive in the bus lanes during peak hours all the way from Douro Road to South Street and vice versa.

The FPOL Committee voted 6-1 in favour of Option Two. Only Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who is one of our two South Ward Councillors, voted against it.

For the record. 147 public submissions were received. 65% of those preferred option 1 and only 15% of them the option 2 Councillors voted for last night. And 20% did not like either option.

Roel Loopers

MUCH ADO ABOUT A TINY FREO LANE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, local government, pedestrians, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

WOW! OMG!!! The FPOL committee of Fremantle Council spent 65 minutes, including some public speakers, debating the closure of the tiny laneway between Kellow Place and Swanbourne Street, after the City of Fremantle had been directed by the WA Planning Commission to reverse the decision they made about two years ago on the closure of the pathway.

An alternative recommendation was put to the elected members that the City should approach the chair of the WAPC and get them to change their ruling. The reason for that recommendation is that the access way could be easily replicated with a footpath at Bolton Place. Yep, let’s close an existing path and build a new one instead. Really?

Two petitions by local residents were there, with 22 signatures to reopen the path and 13 for keeping it closed, but public speakers argued that the majority of Kellow Place residents supported the closure while many in Bolton Place wanted it open. Interesting to note that there was a sense of entitlement by those who appeared to believe the little lane is a Kellow Place issue for people who live in the street, and not one for the local community which uses the pathway.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said there was not much crime in the area, which was a reason the lane was closed by Council in the first place, and that the WAPC ruling says that this is not the best urban outcome.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan disagreed and said that he was not convinced that the WAPC was a better judge than the local authority. He believed the initial design of the area was extremely flawed that there is a sound argument for the closure, and that the lane did not even have universal access.

The motion was carried 3-2 so now officers will approach the WAPC to see if they are willing to change their ruling and if the path can remain closed.

Roel Loopers

 

MURAL BIRD ART CAN STAY! YEAY!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, lifestyle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

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The beautiful mural artwork at 1 Stevens Street can stay at does not have to been removed, after the FPOL committee of Fremantle Council on Wednesday evening unanimously passed the officer’s recommendation of leaving the art in situ.

A local resident had complained to the City of Fremantle that the gorgeous mural of native birds is an eyesore, but the elected members did not agree with that. There was not even debate about it!

Great outcome for Freo, the city of arts and artists!!! Good taste prevailed.

Roel Loopers

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