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GRANTS FOR HERITAGE CONSERVATION AVAILABLE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, state government, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 20, 2017

 

 

WA Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Arts David Templeman MLA liked my blog post about the heritage listing of Fremantle’s West End so much that he shared it on his Facebook page. That’s a nice acknowledgement, so thank you David.

I forgot to mention in that post on Wednesday that private owners are eligible to apply for a Heritage Council grant of up to $ 100,000 to help with conservation works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

DOWN DOWN SPEEDHUMPS ARE DOWN

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017

 

A little relief for all those who complained about the new speedhumps in Fremantle.

Ten humps were removed from South Terrace, four from Ord Street and two from Wray Avenue, so it is a bit more comfy to drive along those streets.

Speedhumps are unfortunately a necessary evil, as too many motorists ignore road rules and show little consideration for cyclists and pedestrians.

If motorists behaved more maturely and responsibly we might one day live in a world without the ugly traffic calming devices.

 

Roel Loopers

BE PART OF FREMANTLE’S BRIGHT FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, politics, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017

 

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There is a lot of hot air in politics, and one-eyed blinkered judging of the other’s failures and one’s own greatness. In local politics one can add parochial polemic to it that is not helpful to get a balanced view of the facts.

It becomes understandable why many people don’t really now what is going on in Fremantle, because for some it is all positive while for others it is mostly negative.

I prefer facts over fake news, misinformation, and political point scoring.

It is often good to hear the opinion of out of towners and see how they assess the performance of Fremantle Council, as the promotion for a sundowner does.

According to the poster for an event of the Property Council of Australia with Mayor Brad Pettitt and Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, Fremantle is undergoing its biggest revitalisation with unprecedented levels of public and private investment underway.

The PCOA also writes Most importantly, find out about the current and imminent investment opportunities. Be part of Fremantle now as its future is bright.

The Sundowner is on Friday July 28 from 3.30-5.30 pm at the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre. It costs $ 135.00 for non-members and $ 90.00 for members.

 

Roel Loopers

BAD IDEA TO CHANGE PARKING PERMITS

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

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My relationship with Fremantle Council is like a volatile marriage. Sometimes I want to hug and kiss them for making great strategic long-term decisions and on other occasions I want an urgent divorce; the house, the car, the boat, the Margaret River weekender, the bank accounts, and even the kids.

The idea to change the residents parking permit conditions is one of those divorce situations, or like talking to teenagers and asking them to grow up to reality.

The timing of the proposed changes could not be worse, with Fremantle going through a welcome massive period of development. Long-term parking bays will be occupied by construction workers and tradies for the next three years because of the Kings Square Project, and it is highly likely that the Woolstores shopping development will also start early next year.

To relocate residents to free parking in City carparks only and no longer on the streets will hurt the CBD traders, and the change of time in the morning from 11 am to 10 am will also be bad.

The item is on the agenda of this evening’s FPOL Committee, so have your say and come along. It starts at 6pm.

And why is the City of Fremantle taking no action at all of Transperth busses occupying many parking bays in Goldsborough Street near the Woolstores? A bus takes up to 3-4 car bays and that is not at all helpful for shoppers.

I took this photo at 10.40am this morning.

Roel Loopers

FREO COUNCIL NEEDS ARTHUR HEAD RETHINK

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2017

 

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I have been thinking about this for many months, because I am confused, annoyed, flabbergasted and puzzled. I cannot believe that the same Fremantle Council which has done such tremendously good strategic and long-term planning work has messed up Arthur Head so badly.

It is beyond me that the Elected Members have created the Bathers Beach Art Precinct mess and J Shed debacle, when they were so good at future planning Fremantle in other areas.

The new Sunset Events proposal for a 400 patron tavern at J Shed should still be un-approvable because it is inappropriate for the heritage location and A Class Reserve, but why did Fremantle Council let it come this far in the first place,?

Let’s stop blaming Sunset Events, which has every right to pursue with the tavern idea after Fremantle Council signed a 21-year lease with them. Sunset Events at that time had the support of Fremantle Council for a 850 patron tavern and a 1,500 patron outdoor live music venue. Let’s not forget that!

Why that contract was ever signed, after severe public opposition and even a special electors meeting at the Townhall, is anyone’s guess. I believe it was the stubbornness of certain Councillors rather than common sense.

We now have a stalemate where Council and Sunset Events more or less have each other by the balls, so to speak, and no one can make a move without inflicting severe pain.

Council cannot rip up the contract and Sunset Events won’t get the size of venue that will be a financial success for them, but there is a legally-binding contract that neither can get out off.

The Bathers Beach Art Precinct has been a shambles that created a ghost town at night at Captain’s and Mrs Trivett Lane, where homeless people reside, shoot up and defecate.

The artist’s studios have done absolutely nothing to activate the area and attract more people, and the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in a tiny old residential cottage was tokenism at its worst and failed dismally as well.

Only the highly professional Glen Cowan underwater photography gallery bravely battles on, but gets little to no support from the neighbouring cottages, that are mainly closed.

But no one at Fremantle Council wants to admit it was a failure and they keep telling the community and affected J Shed artists that it is a work in progress, when the rest of us know that train wrecks have no future, but for the scrap heap.

Council urgently needs to revisit and revise the Bathers Beach Art Precinct concept because it is not working. It also needs to realise that cutting off the connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour at the proposed J Shed tavern is bad for tourism, and unfair to the J Shed artists.

Everyone makes mistakes, and great people admit to them. It is time for Fremantle Council to show greatness and start from scratch!

And why are there still no signs on the Number One unit at J Shed that Sunset Events has applied for planning and liquor licensing approval?

Roel Loopers

BY GEORGE! BUT WILL IT BE ROYAL?

Posted in architecture, development, east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2017

 

 

It looks like finally something will happen at the Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle, with Council advertising a planned amendment (No 15) to Local Planning Scheme 3 and create a Special Zone Royal George Hotel that will deal with height, setbacks, public art, heritage conservation, etc.

The vacant and derelict building has been an eyesore for far too many years, to the chagrin of local residents and businesses. It became a target for homeless people, vandalism and graffiti, so renovating the old lady and getting it occupied again will be a very good step forward.

But I heard from local residents this morning that there are plans for a ten-storey building on the carpark behind the heritage building and that could become controversial.

Height is not necessarily  a bad thing, but it is the architecture that is often a worry, as the development next door in Duke Street of the Lauder&Howard building shows.

The very boring dark brick building should not have been approved and I feel sorry for the people next door whose house is set back and now intimidated by the scale of the boring apartment building.

It is a real blight on the streetscape of Duke Street and the elected members of the Town of East Fremantle will be the only ones who believe this building is acceptable in a low-rise residential area. Aesthetics? Never heard off it!

According to the signs the Amendment No 15 proposal can be viewed at the Townhall. Not sure why it is not on-line. It’s 2017 East Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PARKING INSPECTOR ATTACKED

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

Very disturbing to hear that one of the City of Fremantle’s parking inspectors was attacked by a motorist yesterday afternoon.

Police arrested a Riverton man in Beaconsfield and had to smash in car windows to apprehend the driver who had been driving erratically along Hampton Road.

The thirty-year old parking inspector received minor injuries when he was pinned between two cars in William Street.

I know many of Freo’s ‘ticketeers’ and most of them are really nice people with whom one can have a bit of banter. They are just doing their job and no one has the right to abuse them!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ARTS AND COMMUNITY GRANTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2017

 

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Arts and community grants are available from the City of Fremantle and your proposals are required by the end of this month, so hurry up.

Go to http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/grants

Roel Loopers

 

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ANOTHER FREO ELECTION CANDIDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2017

 

Election candidates for the Fremantle local government election in October are slowly making their candidacy public.

I was contacted late yesterday by FEDELE CAMARDA that he will be nominating for Beaconsfield Ward.

This will mean opposition for sitting member Hannah Fitzhardinge, who has been doing a good job after she took over Josh Wilson’s seat. Wilson of course is splendidly representing Fremantle in Canberra parliament.

I hear there will be many candidates in most wards but need to wait till I hear from them.

Fedele Camarda attempted to get onto Council two years ago, so this is his second attempt.

Roel Loopers

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CITY ADMITS SPEEDHUMP OVERKILL

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 30, 2017

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Some of the 30 recently installed speedhumps along South Terrace in South Fremantle will be removed as the City of Fremantle fast recognised that it is overkill and has a negative impact on traffic, with some motorists doing slaloms around the humps, which makes it dangerous.

One speedhump in Wray Avenue will also be removed as the contractor created one more than they were instructed to do.

The negativity about it all is very annoying though.

As so often happens there are people in the community who claim they were not consulted on council issues in their neighbourhood. People against the speedhumps in South Fremantle now question the number of the residents who participated in the South Fremantle Precinct community meetings with City of Fremantle officers.

What they are suggesting is that because on average around 75 people per meeting attended the meetings at The Local hotel over a one year period they are not representative of the South Fremantle community.

If we take this further Fremantle Council also does not have a mandate because just under 30% of eligible people bother to vote at the local government elections.

What those who are now protesting loudly, after the horse has bolted, are saying is that the people who are willing to inform themselves and take the time to participate in the democratic process are less relevant than those who can’t be bothered to take an active interest in their community.

Do people really believe it is practical to door knock every resident before local governments make decisions, or that there should be on-line surveys rather than face to face communication between CoF officers and the affected communities?

One needs to question also if an on-line survey would reach 100% of affected people and how many of them would bother to participate, because community apathy is a curse for local government.

If people want to make a positive contribution to Fremantle they have to make an effort to inform themselves and not wait till it is served on a plate to them. Individuals have to combat their own ignorance about council matters and participate, rather than making uniformed comments from the sideline.

It is very important to share our ideas and concerns and find solutions together. Respectful dialogue between council officers, the community and elected members is a great way forward that we all can work on.

No one can be blamed for people not taking the time to inform themselves. They can only blame themselves.

Roel Loopers

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