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COURT OF APPEAL RULES AGAINST JDAP

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

DEFENDING PUBLIC SPACES WA has just posted the outcome of a court case on Facebook that is significant to other communities, such as Fremantle, where significant urban infill is happening. Here the essential part of the media release:

Once again two individual rate payers have won their bid in the WA Court of Appeal to correct errors made by a Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in Western Australia. Karyl Nairn and Ric Hawley succeeded today in overturning another erroneous decision by a JDAP to approve a non-compliant planning application for the site at 74 Mill Point Road in South Perth’s Peninsula.

The WA Court of Appeal today (20/02/2018) issued its judgment in respect of planning approval granted last year at 74 Mill Point Road for a 34 storey tower block. The development application by Edge Developments was strongly opposed by local residents, including on the two grounds which the Court of Appeal has upheld and which a majority of members of the JDAP ignored.

The Court found that the JDAP misapprehended or disregarded the limits of its function under the scheme and took into account an irrelevant consideration. Importantly, the Court also held that the JDAP was wrong to rely on its own previous unlawful approvals of other very high towers in South Perth as a justification for approving new high rise developments.

Consequently, the JDAP exceeded its jurisdiction and the Court quashed its approval.

VOTE SULLIVAN FOR SOUTH WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

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If you live in South Ward of the City of Fremantle and have not sent in your ballot paper yet, please do it today!

Just about 40 per cent of eligible voters participated in the October local government election in Fremantle and that is disappointing.

I already voted for Andrew Sullivan because from my close-up observations of Fremantle Council Sullivan has been a very impressive contributor with a huge knowledge of local government procedure and planning.

The South Ward by-election was made necessary after an unforgivable blunder of the WA Electoral Commission, so now we have to go through the process again.

Voting is not only your democratic duty and right but a privilege that many people around the world envy us for.

VOTE PLEASE!

Roel Loopers

FREE D LOCKS FOR FREMANTLE CYCLISTS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, cycling, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

City of Fremantle’s Community Safety Team will be giving out free D-locks in an effort to reduce bike theft. The campaign will be launched at a Bike Theft Awareness Day at Kings Square this Friday 25 February, starting at 10am.

The ‘Lock down on bike theft’ campaign will focus on Fremantle’s city centre and run from February through to April.

It is a collaboration between Fremantle Police and the City of Fremantle, with the Public Transport Authority rolling out a similar initiative at Fremantle Train Station during February.

 

D-locks have been proven to be quite robust and they can only be removed using a cutting device or saw whereas a standard bike cable can be cut within 10 or 15 seconds using a standard cutting device.

The Community Safety Team has about 200 D-locks to give out to the public over the next two to three months.

 

Fremantle residents will be able to collect a free D-lock, have their bikes engraved and learn some handy tips about where to park their bikes and lock them properly.

The free D-locks are available to Fremantle residents only and are limited to one per person until stocks run out.

Roel Loopers

MEET BRAD AND JOSH IN THE BURBS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

The monthly Mayor in the Suburbs is a new initiative by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who tomorrow, Wednesday February 21, will be at the new South Beach basketball court between 11am and midday to answer questions, and hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Next month it will be at a different location, that will be announced on the Mayor’s blog and City of Fremantle website.

Fremantle Federal MP Josh Wilson is also doing something similar, so keep up to date with the locations of his Open Air Office on his Facebook page.

When politicians go out of their way to come your way and meet you it shows they genuinely want to communicate with the community. Take advantage of it!

Roel Loopers

LOOPY ON YET ANOTHER FREO ELECTION FLYER

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

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Look who made it onto the flyer of Andrew Sullivan for the Fremantle South Ward by-election.

It’s a young(er) looking Roel-Loopy-Loopers when he received the Australia Day Fremantle Citizen of the Year Award in 2013..

Vote for Andrew. He is the best candidate for the job by many country miles!

 

Roel Loopers

ART INSTALLATION JOB AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, employment, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on February 10, 2018

 

Fixed-term part-time (until June 2020)

22.5 hours per week

Salary range $63,023 – $76,536 p.a. including 9.5% superannuation (paid on a pro-rata basis)

The City of Fremantle is seeking a highly organised and suitably experienced individual who can plan, implement and supervise the installation of exhibitions at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

This important position reports to the Curator and Exhibitions Manager and will require you to demonstrate your developed skills and experience with all the practical and technical aspects of gallery installations.  You will be expected to bring creativity and flexibility to the role in addition to solid administrative, organisational and coordination skills.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Preparation of all technical aspects of exhibition installations.
  • Technical liaison with artists and curators as required.
  • Purchasing required install materials and equipment.
  • Arranging the freight of artworks.
  • Receive, condition report and store artworks.
  • Preparation of install schedules.
  • Engage and supervise casual installation staff, volunteers and contractors.

Appointment to this position will be dependent on your success in a similar or related role, your demonstrated supervisory skills and your experience in costing projects and managing budgets.  Ideally you will be tertiary qualified

Application Instructions:

Please refer to the information pack and application form attached. To discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact Mr Ric Spencer on 9432 9553

When you are ready to submit your application select the ‘apply for job button’ below.

Applications close: 5 pm Monday 19 February 2018

The City of Fremantle promotes a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions of all people.  The City encourages people of all ages and abilities, Aboriginal Australians, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this job.

Attachments:
Information pack – Installations Coordinator.docx

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PARKING CONCESSION FOR WARDERS COTTAGES?

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 10, 2018

 

Residents of the recently sold six Warders Cottages at 7-17 Henderson Street are requesting special reduced parking fees from the City of Fremantle at the under construction Stan Reilly car park.

The item is listed on the agenda of the FPOL Committee for this Wednesday.

The residents and State Heritage Office have previously requested free parking in the Henderson Street mall, which was rejected by Fremantle Council.

Long term parking at the new Stan Reilly car park will cost $ 3,248,50 per annum, but the Officer’s Recommendation is to grant the Henderson Street residents a fee of only $ 1091,50 per annum.

It is interesting that people buy property in the inner city which does not have off street parking, but then want Fremantle City to bail them out and give them free or substantially reduced parking fees near their property.

This of course sets a precedent for future apartment blocks in the CBD that might not offer off-street parking, and also for future residents of the still vacant cottages at Henderson Street.

One buys a property with one’s eyes wide open and is very aware that no parking is provided, so why then should the City walk away from parking fees and much needed income to accommodate those who knew very well that parking is going to be an issue for them.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH BEACH BASKETBALL COURT OFFICIAL OPENING

Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, youth, sport, beaches by freoview on February 10, 2018

 

 

The official opening on Friday afternoon of the $ 195,000 Fremantle South Beach basketball court was relaxed family fun for young and old.

Several Fremantle Councillors were there, and also federal MP Josh Wilson. Also spotted was former Councillor Andrew Sullivan who played a pivotal role in getting the new court in the right location.

I have no doubt that the multi court for volleyball, futsal, basketball and netball will become a very popular new youth hub, like the Esplanade Youth Plaza.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE PROJECT NOT AFFECTED BY BUILDERS’ PROBLEMS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2018

 

Channel Nine TV news reported this evening at 6pm that embattled WA builder Cooper&Oxley claim to have a $ 5 million investment in the Fremantle Kings Square Project and that they had requested payment since March 2016, so of course we all want to know what the facts are.

I asked Sirona Capital‘s managing director Matthew McNeilly for a comment and here it is, received just two minutes ago:

It is clear for all to see that the Kings Square, Fremantle redevelopment is now underway. Since signing a 15-year lease with the State Government in late 2016, the pace of work has escalated recently to deliver the commercial component within the government’s timeframes.

Probuild and Delta have mobilised on site and significant work has already been undertaken to prepare the former Myer building and the Queensgate building for demolition works, which have now begun. There has also been an extremely positive response to Sirona’s concept for the retail component of the redevelopment, FOMO.

Cooper and Oxley is a unit holder in the Kings Square Fremantle redevelopment, an investment position they took in 2011, and which represents less than 3% of the overall $220m cost of the project.

Cooper and Oxley is a sophisticated investor and are aware that real estate equity investments of this type can be, at times, illiquid.

Cooper and Oxley’s involvement in Kings Square Fremantle is limited to this investment. They were among several firms who tendered for the construction contract for Kings Square, Fremantle. Their tender was unsuccessful.

After being approached by Cooper and Oxley, Sirona Capital has been attempting to release Cooper and Oxley’s investment by selling their units in the investment trust. We hope to finalise that process by the end of the month.

Matthew McNeilly. Managing Director. Sirona Capital

Roel Loopers

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ADIN LANG SUPPORTS GOOD DESIGN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on February 1, 2018

 

New Fremantle Councillor Adin Lang believes I have somewhat misrepresented his position in my report of last night’s special planning committee meeting, so here is what he emailed me:

“I support developments in our city that offer large-scale premium office space that will ultimately attract large corporate workforces to our City – people who will help us create the 7 day economy. However, I will not support design that potentially detracts from the overall architecture of our city for the sake of building density. I will support density and design done right.

I was cautious during my speech not to say that I support this particular development as I don’t want the developer and architect to rest on their laurels – they still need to win my vote, and they can only get that vote through exceptional design. Last night I was only in support of the modifications brought forward by our Officers.”

I always try to be fair and balanced, so I hope this clarifies the elected member’s stands.

Roel Loopers

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