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READY TO VOTE AT THE FREMANTLE COUNCIL ELECTION?

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

Local government is the closest we get to grassroots democracy, so it is extremely important to vote at local council elections. The people we vote on Council will represent us for four years, so don’t be complacent and help get the Council you believe will best represent the Fremantle community. This is especially important for young people who have just reached voting age!

Are you enrolled to vote for Fremantle’s next local government election on October 19?

You can check your enrollment status by visiting https://check.aec.gov.au/ or by contacting 13 63 06. Enrollments close Friday August 30.

Roel Loopers

UNSIGHTLY SOUTH FREO CAFE PARKING

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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When Calogero’s cafe at South Terrace in South Fremantle received retrospective approval from Fremantle Council for the outdoor area they had erected without approval Councillors were worried about cars parking between the cafe and the Port City Roasters, but this was the situation this Monday morning at 11am when three cars were parked there.

Is someone at CoF actually monitoring if approval conditions are adhered to?

Roel Loopers

FINALLY ZEBRA CROSSINGS ON MARINE TERRACE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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Two well-overdue pedestrian zebra crossings have finally been installed at Marine Terrace near the corners of Essex Street and Collie Street. It will make life a lot easier for pedestrians to get from the CBD to the Fishing Boat Harbour, so well done City of Fremantle.

There are no pedestrian crossing signs yet and the additional lighting required by Mainroads is still not done but I am sure that will happen in due course.

 

Roel Loopers

MORE SUSTAINABILITY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, environment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2019

 

Fremantle has updated its Sustainable Building Policy to ensure Fremantle continues to be a leader in sustainable development.

The Sustainable Building Policy was adopted in 2011 and requires new residential and commercial buildings with a floor area of greater than 1000m2 to achieve a minimum 4-star ‘Green Star’ rating.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said as a result of the policy Fremantle had become a showcase for sustainable development.

“The award winning Liv apartments in Queen Victoria Street and the Evermore development in White Gum Valley have both been designed and built to be more energy efficient, saving residents money on power bills, and both have achieved One Planet accreditation thanks to their water and energy saving appliances, solar PV, double-glazing, organic waste and recycling facilities.

The Kings Square Renewal project component by Sirona Capital will feature 5-star Green Star commercial spaces, while the City’s new civic centre will be one of the most energy efficient buildings of its size in Australia.

The refinements made to the City’s Sustainable Building Policy include allowing the use of other equivalent assessment tools, such as One Planet certification, and streamlining implementation measures to clarify how compliance will be achieved before and after construction.

In reviewing the Sustainable Building Policy, the council also voted to rescind its Energy Efficient Building Design Policy, adopted in 2000, because the Building Code, national guidelines and other state planning policies have overtaken it.

The Freo Mayor said  “It’s another example of where local governments can explore new and innovative ideas at a local level, and if they prove successful they can be adopted more broadly.”

In addition to the Sustainable Building Policy the City of Fremantle also has planning policies that allow higher density if the development meets certain sustainability requirements, such as achieving a higher energy rating, the installation of solar panels and a rainwater tank or greywater system.

The Knutsford East Local Structure Plan also offers bonuses in height and density for design and sustainability excellence.

The Knutsford precinct includes Landcorp’s ground-breaking East Village development, in which 36 homes will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy using roof top solar panels and a shared community battery.

In an Australian first, a village micro-grid will allow residents to generate and share energy with their neighbours using an innovative energy trading platform.

Roel Loopers

FREO KINGS SQUARE UPDATE

 

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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.

Roel Loopers

THE VALLEY COMMUNITY CELEBRATES SULLIVAN HALL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, recreation, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019

 

 

Sullivan Hall in Fremantle’s White Gum Valley celebrated its 60th birthday on Sunday and the community turned out in droves.

The weather was perfect to share memories about the old hall, that it started when parents wanted a hall for the Girl Guides Association and collected money for building materials.

The hall official opened in 1959 but was enlarged in 1962 when community members raised ten shillings per family.

The hall has been used for weddings, birthdays, engagements, balls, discos, dancing, yoga, meditation and karate, and more.

The White Gum Valley dancers have been using Sullivan Hall since 1961.

Sunday’s celebrations included a choir, racing pigeons, children activities, pipers, etc.

Great to watch a community coming together and sharing.

Roel Loopers

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SULLIVAN HALL 60TH BIRTHDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, history, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2019

 

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SULLIVAN HALL in Fremantle’s White Gum Valley is celebrating its 60th birthday tomorrow, Sunday August 11

1.00pmHall opens
1.45pm Pipers from the Fremantle Sailing Club Pipe Band.

2.00pm Welcome to Country – Marie Taylor
2.10pm Introduction – MC Juliet Marchant
2.10pm Children’s activities commence in outside tents

2.15pm Glyde In Singers – songs of the sixties
2.30pm History of Sullivan Hall – Stephanie Jennings

2.45pm White Gum Valley Square Dancers demonstration

3.20pm Men of the West – traditional Georgian singing

3.25pm Sixties singalong with the Glyde In Singers

3.40pm Cutting of the birthday cake
3.50pm Racing pigeon release
4.00pm Thanks, cake and conversation

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MORE SOLAR FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, health, local government, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2019

 

Solar panels being installed at sporting facilities around Fremantle are set to save local sporting clubs thousands of dollars on their power bills.

The panels are being installed at Gilbert Fraser Reserve in North Fremantle, Ken Allen Field in Beaconsfield and Stevens Reserve and Frank Gibson Reserve in Fremantle.

The project is being funded through a $20,500 federal government grant from Sport Australia and $12,000 from the City of Fremantle.

The clubhouse at Gilbert Fraser Reserve, which is home to the North Fremantle Amateur Football Club, Fremantle Mosman Park Cricket Club and Fremantle Masters Football Club, has had a 20 kilowatt solar system installed which will provide annual savings of almost $6000.

Ken Allen Field, home to the Fremantle City Football Club and Fremantle Roosters Rugby League Club, will get a 13 kilowatt system with annual savings of $4500.

A new 13 kilowatt system at Frank Gibson Park will deliver $4800 in savings to the Fremantle Netball Association, while the Fremantle District Cricket Club and Fremantle Hockey Club will save $3600 thanks to the 10 kilowatt system installed at Stevens Reserve.

 

This is positive news but in today’s West Australian columnist Paul Murray writes that former Greens member of Fremantle Adele Carles claims that the environmental impact of the proposed South Fremantle solar farm has not been properly investigated.

Fremantle Council and Mayor Brad Pettitt promised the community from the very start that the solar farm would only be approved if all environmental impacts on the community and health had been assessed, so if Adele Carles is correct more tests and checks need to be done before the solar farm can go ahead.

Roel Loopers

GO LISTEN TO THE STORIES OF THE HOMELESS IN FREO TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, homelessness, social services, st patricks, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

An event to put a human face on homelessness will be held in Fremantle TODAY between 10-12 am in the High Street Mall as part of Homelessness Week.

Couch Conversations – a collaboration between St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, Uniting Care West and the City of Fremantle – will feature ten people with lived experience of homelessness who will be willing and available to share their stories with people passing by.

St Pats Chief Executive Michael Piu said a similar event held last year was a very positive experience for everyone involved.

“One of the common things we hear from people who are homeless is that they feel invisible and ignored – that people just walk past and look the other way,” Mr Piu said.

Couch Conversations is a great way to show that people who are homeless are real people with real stories to tell. The aim is to increase awareness of the issue, what is being done to reduce homelessness in Fremantle and how people can help out.

Couch Conversations follows the launch earlier this week of the 20 Lives 20 Homes program, which is two-year initiative to provide housing and wrap-around support to people sleeping rough in Fremantle.

The program will be coordinated by Ruah Community Services in conjunction with St Pats, Fremantle Foundation and the City of Fremantle.

Almost $1 million has been raised by the private sector to support the program, with the state government contributing $395,000 over two years and the City of Fremantle committing $40,000 this year with a further $40,000 proposed for next year.

Roel Loopers

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VIEWING WINDOWS AT CIVIC CENTRE CONSTRUCTION

 

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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.

Roel Loopers

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