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NO COMMUNITY PARADE AT FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

festival parade

 

There will be no Festival Parade at this year’s Fremantle Festival, because of lack of public interest. Instead there will be a shopping kart race to support St Patrick’s at Kings Square on the last Sunday of the festival.

The Fremantle Festival appears to be moving away from the traditional community festival to a more sophisticated and classy, fully curated, festival, but the risk is that it will leave sections of the community behind.

More ticketed events mean that people on low incomes miss out, as is already the case with the Perth International Arts Festival, that has become unaffordable to many.

I am not at all certain that a small city like Fremantle should move away from a community festival and try to compete with the capital city of WA.

We should embrace the difference and Freo’s uniqueness, instead of wanting to do the same as other festival cities do.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD~

HOW TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL BEACHES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

Fremantle City  is working together with Mosman Park on how to preserve and protect our local beaches and are seeking community input on a draft plan.

The two councils are investigating together on how to manage coastal erosion and identifying potential risks, such as those caused by storm surges and flooding along Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches.

Seawalls, dune stabilisation and revegetation, revised coastal management strategies, community awareness campaigns and additional ongoing monitoring programs are part of the draft accommodations. It would cost of around $34m over the next 50 years.

Local residents and visitors to our Freo/Mosman beaches are encouraged to  download the draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaption Plan by visiting: mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/coast-plan

 

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE FINANCIALLY SOUND SAYS MINISTER

Posted in city of fremantle, development, economy, finances, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2017

 

I am not a big fan of publishing media releases by Freo City, or anyone else for that matter, but this one about the City of Fremantle’s financial situation is very important, especially during the local government election campaign, where some people claim Freo is going broke because of its investment in the Kings Square Project and selling city assets.

The City of Fremantle has received clarification from the Minister for Local Government over the City’s risk profile.

The City wrote to the Minister, David Templeman, in August after it was identified as being “high risk” in a response to a question in State Parliament.

The City’s risk profile was based on reporting from the 2015/16 financial year, where it recorded an unusually low Financial Health Indicator (FHI) score due a number of factors including a change in accounting methodology.

In his reply the Minister said he accepted information from the City’s auditors that, subject to final audit, the City of Fremantle’s 2016/17 FHI score will restore to approximately 85.

For the MyCouncil website and the Department of Local Government’s risk profile an FHI score of 70 and above indicates sound financial health.

The Minister also said he had asked his Department to review the way it communicates its risk profile process to avoid potential misunderstandings in the future.

PERMANENT FESTIVAL FOR FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, kings square, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

This is such big and good news for Fremantle that I have simply copied it off the Fremantle Mayor’s blog, since I did not receive any information about this from Sirona Capital or the City of Fremantle, which is disappointing.

Kings Square Fremantle will play host to a semi-permanent festival under a radical but carefully curated multimillion-dollar plan for a borderless retail, community and entertainment precinct.

FOMO, as the precinct has been christened, will reverse the effect of decades of neglect to allow Fremantle to reclaim its status as a thriving tourist destination, according to Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly, the developer of the $270 million office, retail, church and civic precinct.

“We threw out the retail rule book,” Mr McNeilly said.

“We saw a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harness the unique personality of Fremantle to create a retail environment where the journey will be as important as the destination.”

The flavour of FOMO, the 5783sqm retail space at the heart of Kings Square, will be devised in a series of workshops with the community, artists and musicians of Fremantle, highlighting and intensifying the best of Fremantle’s makers and artisans.

The Daily will be part of an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.Picture: Supplied

 

Its precincts include Street Alley, Tidal Land and Newman Court — a food space with slow food, good food, fast and fresh food which then morphs into spaces selling homewares, fashion and homemade goods.

Radical retail architect, HDR Rice Daubney principal Susanne Pini, said the double-storey Emporium (the former Myer building) would echo a “cool container” with an eclectic mix of organic and free flowing retail concepts.

For example, an area called The Daily, will offer local makers workspace, gallery, retail space around the base of the old carpark area and a window for passing pedestrians into how artisans bring their ideas to life.

City of Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said FOMO will be an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.

The project, to include two office campuses with 20,400sqm of A-grade office space, a revamped 800 bay carpark and outdoor retail, entertainment and eating spaces and a new $50 million civic precinct for the City of Fremantle, was “a unique opportunity to take a retail risk”, Mr McNeilly, said.

The office complex will house more than 1500 workers and Mr McNeilly said that in curating and intensifying the appealing elements of Fremantle, FOMO would almost double the number of tourists visiting Fremantle from 1.6 million to 3 million a year.

GETTING THE OLD AND YOUNG BALANCE RIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle has a higher than average of older people living here than the other metropolitan councils, but policy making does not reflect that sufficiently, I believe.

We have a Youth Council, and that is great because we really need to get young people interested in local government, but we should also have a Senior Council, in the old tradition of a circle of elders.

Fremantle Council’s wish to reduce cars in the inner city can’t be dismissed, but it needs to be far more sensitive to the needs of seniors, disabled people, and parents with children.

Parking far away from shopping destinations will deter seniors from coming into town to shop and visit cafes. It”s a safety and a comfort issue for them.

We provide affordable and artist spaces, such as WGV and Nightingale, but we need to create communities for seniors as well. Men Sheds are good, but mainly for men, and many men, myself included, are not interested in handiwork, but would love to hang out with like-minded creative people in senior hubs, that could be inspired by the Fibonacci Centre.

There are opportunities at the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, and the number one unit at J Shed could have been perfect for a creative community centre, but was unfortunately and inappropriately leased to Sunset Events to start a tavern and micro-brewery.

We also need to create community spaces where seniors can hang out with younger people, so that both sides can share their knowledge.

I personally love engaging with younger people in Fremantle because they often have a different perspective on life and different priorities, and it can be inspiring to listen to them.

In the Netherlands, where I was born, university students are offered free rooms in retirement centres, on the condition they spend a certain number of hours each week communicating with the older residents. A win win for all!

My next door neighbour told me that there are many single women in their 40s and 50s who feel a sense of isolation and are looking for safe housing options that suit them better, but there is not enough diversity of small dwellings available in Fremantle.

There are many people in our society who feel isolated and lonely and we need to reach out to them. Fremantle is the perfect city to do that. We care, we are creative, we are passionate and generous, so let’s work on some ideas and how we can make improvements.

What do YOU think?

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR CITY WARD?

Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

It hear that former Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri believes that I am not the right person to represent City Ward because I live in Beaconsfield.

Silly me thought Beacy was still part of the City of Fremantle and that Councillors are responsible for the entire city.

It is true I have lived in Beacy for just over two years, and before that I lived in White Gum Valley for two years, but prior to that I lived for over two years in one of the old Pilot’s Cottages next to the Roundhouse, and before that one year in Beacy again. To be fully transparent, I lived for 8 months in Forrest Street and four weeks in Hilton as well.

My Freo history began in 1991 when I separated from my partner of twenty years and bought a house in Bolton Place, just on the other side of the City Ward boundary, but sold that in 1995 when I travelled for eight months throughout Australia. On my return in early 1996 I rented a townhouse for 10 years at 5 Swanbourne Street (City Ward), and when the Croatian landlords wanted to renovate and sell I moved around the corner to Bellevue Terrace(City Ward) where I lived for over two years.

After a one year stint in Mount Claremont with my gorgeous Sri Lankan lover Indira I returned to Freo and lived in Forrest Street, then Beacy again, then came Captain’s Lane at Arthur Head, White Gum Valley and now back in Beacy.

The first thing I do every day is to drive onto the South Mole early in the morning and then I have coffee in one of the inner city cafes.

I walk the streets of Fremantle from the Roundhouse to the Fremantle Arts Centre, from the port to South Beach, and daily communicate with residents and business owners, hence my substantial awareness of what goes on in our city.

Ward parochialism is very strange to bring up for a former Mayor, but it must mean he has found nothing more substantial to attack me on.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

40 SPEED LIMIT FOR WRAY AVENUE

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

Wray Ave speed limit

 

It took a year for the City of Fremantle to get the go ahead from Mainroads Department to lower the speed in Wray Avenue to 40 kilometres per hour, but it has finally be improved.

The local community had asked for a reduction in traffic speed as the Wray Ave hub is very popular for its cafes and shopping, and frequented by students and parents of the Fremantle Primary School, and by staff and visitors of Fremantle Hospital.

So next time you drive through Wray Avenue, slow down!

 

Roel Loopers

FREE PARKING SUPPORT FOR FREO TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle has just announced that it will be introducing one-hour free parking in selected areas around Kings Square.

Local traders are concerned that the Kings Square Project construction over the next two and a half years might negatively impact on their business, hence the Freo City administration has decided to support them with more free parking.

Stay tuned for updates!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

WA BANS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, plastic, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

bags

 

It is good to hear that Fremantle Council’s leadership on the banning of single-use plastic shopping bags has resulted in WA Premier Mark McGowan this morning announcing the bags will be banned in Western Australia from July 1, 2018.

The City of Fremantle tried twice to introduce the ban, but it was blocked by the Barnett government.

The Project on Channel TEN for months also named and shamed the states and territories that do not have a ban on single-use plastic bags, so finally community pressure has resulted in this sensible decision.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

ART ON THE MOVE HQ FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will tomorrow authorise the CEO to engage with Art on the Move to finalise a lease for 21 Beach Street, the premises where DADAA used to be, opposite the East Street jetty.

DAADA moved into the old Boys School at Princess May Park earlier this year and initially Fremantle Council was considering making the Beach Street building the new Aboriginal cultural centre. That plan was abandoned, as Councillors believed a longer period of consultation with the Whadjuk Noongar community was necessary.

Art on the Move takes art exhibitions to the country and spreads culture all over WA, so it is a very important concept that makes art more inclusive and not cities-centric.

Beach Street would become the national headquarters of AOTM, so that is good for the Fremantle brand as well.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

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