Freo's View

HOW TO LEGISLATE FOR BETTER CITIES?

 

 

What can a small city like Fremantle of just over 30,000 residents learn from a mega city like Singapore with over 5 million people? It was a question Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt asked when he went on a study tour with the South West Group and the Mayors of Melville, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham.

Yesterday at the monthly Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel the Mayor shared his thoughts and some photos, and it was a thought provoking presentation.

Brad Pettitt said that city greening was the extraordinary success of Singapore, as developers were required to create large green spaces on and around new buildings, but there is also a greening of highways, rooftops, walkways and gardens, and road corridors of trees that make large parts of the huge city look delightfully green. That is certainly a lesson we can learn from in Fremantle and in Western Australia, as European countries also do that much better and more intense than we do over here.

The largest vertical garden in the world is also in Singapore, comprising of 57,000 pot plants!

How we can legislate for it is altogether the question though. It probably needs to be done at state level, but there is always a risk that local council then lose control of their city planning.

I have suggested before here on Freo’s View that in appropriate locations Fremantle City should consider a percentage for green space, where developers are granted additional height if they create the equivalent floorspace into a green open space near or within the development.

Brad Pettitt also showed some less desirable and quite ugly highrise development that we definitely don’t want in WA.

The Freo Mayor also mentioned how massive the port of Singapore is with 35 million containers(TEU) a year.

Singapore has over 17 million international tourists a year, compared to WA of less than a million, and it is strongly branding itself as a green sophisticated city. Brad Pettitt thought Fremantle should celebrate its Aboriginal history more and make it part of our brand. We need a major attractor, Pettitt said.

The Mayor said that heritage was highly valued and protected in Singapore and that there is a lot of street activation in heritage areas, something missing in Fremantle, but there was a lack of solar energy use and Singapore was trying to catch up on that.

Brad Pettitt asked if there was a case to be made for greater hight if it helped to create better public realm, because the urban sprawl could no longer be supported in WA. “Get a train to Butler and see what we are doing!”

In that context it is good to note a change of heart by one of Melbourne’s leading urban planning experts Rob Adams, who ten years ago strongly supported densification and urban infill, but now says it has destroyed many streetscapes in the city because the public realm improvements did not eventuate when they started building highrise.

I say it again here that I would love to see a forum about what appropriate architecture, development and density for Fremantle could be, so I hope someone will organise an event that I would love to be part of.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MAYOR LESSONS FROM SINGAPORE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2018

 

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Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is the next speaker at the monthly Fremantle Network event next Tuesday June 19 at the National Hotel at 6pm. He will share his impressions of Singapore with us and what Fremantle can learn from this modern city.

The Freo Mayor went on a study tour to Singapore with representatives from the South West Group, that comprises of six local councils.

On one level Singapore and Fremantle seem very far apart. A high density metropolis of over 5 million that’s at the crossroads of global trade, in contrast with our relatively small and isolated port city.

But there are some important lessons, both good and bad, that Freo can learn from Singapore, be that city greening, density, heritage, affordable housing, tourism, and multi-modal transit investment.

Roel Loopers

BEACY COMMUNITY MEETING WITH MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, community, council, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2018

 

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Fremantle Council quite often, and often unfairly, gets accused of not communicating and consulting with the community, so tomorrow morning Beaconsfield residents and business owners can chat with Mayor Brad Pettitt and some Councillors at Davis Park from 11.30am.

The Mayor in the Square has been taken to the suburbs for a while now, so that community members do not have to come to Kings Square on Wednesdays to meet the Mayor.

Your local councillors and City staff are always available to answer queries, so don’t hesitate to contact them. They are there to work for us!

Roel Loopers

FREO MAYOR OUTSIDE THE SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 4, 2018

 

The Mayor in the Square sessions with Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt are conducted outside the square to be more accessible to the community.

This Thursday from 11am the Mayor will be at the Lumos cafe in Minilya Avenue, White Gum Valley.

On Saturday from 1.30pm Brad Pettitt will be at Samson Park to talk to people there. This coincides with the community consultation session about new equipment for the playground.

Roel Loopers

MEET THE MAYOR IN HILTON

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

 

People in the Hilton area can find out more about the traffic improvements in the town centre and other things at Charlies cafe today from 11 am when Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt conducts his Mayor in the Square community consultation.

Some of the ward councillors will also attend, so go and have a chat, great coffee and food and connect with your local members.

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE FINALLY-MAYBE.

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 6, 2018

 

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Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today unveiled a proposal for the widening of High Street, between Stirling Highway and Carrington Street, to improve safety and address peak hour congestion in the area.

The draft concept plans, which will now be taken to the community for feedback, include a roundabout at the Stirling Highway intersection; a wide median to separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees; and a single-lane service road for residents north of High Street.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it appeared the message provided by the public that previous models were overly intrusive and expensive had been heard.

“Our community wants to see reduced noise and pollution, and improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, as well as those living along High Street and users of the nearby Frank Gibson Park netball courts.

“We are also keen to ensure the upgrade provides a suitable sense of ‘arrival’ and welcome at what is a key gateway into Fremantle.”

Mayor Pettitt said the City would play a partnership role with the State Government and Main Roads to ensure local stakeholders including members and officials of the nearby Fremantle Public Golf Course, High Street residents and the broader community were consulted closely during the process to develop and finalise the upgrade design.

COMMENT:

This is promising news but it is disappointing that the WA Government Media department still has not reached the 2000s and acknowledges the importance of blogs such as Freo’s View.

I have often and in detail reported about all the plans by the former government and the news that suddenly the High Street upgrade was scrapped for a tunnel to nowhere.

Neither the Premier’s media people, nor those of our local representatives Josh Wilson MP and  Minister Simone McGurk, or the City of Fremantle flak catchers bothered to inform me. I need an emoji with a one finger salute! ; >)

Roel Loopers

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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

IGNORANT CRITICISM OF FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, law&order, local government, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on February 9, 2018

 

I find letters to editors and calls to talk-back radio by people who are ignorant of facts  very annoying. The writers, or callers, often unfairly blame people who can do very little to address the problems they complain about.

That applies to a letter in today’s Fremantle Herald by Steve Grady of Palmyra.

Mr Grady is rightly upset about the recent stabbing of a man in front of his partner and child and that anti social problems in Fremantle are not acceptable.

But to blame Mayor Brad Pettitt and tell him to spend less time on minority groups and bleeding hearts and concentrate on law enforcement is just a show of ignorance.

The Mayor, Council and City of Fremantle are not responsible for law enforcement, but WA police is. The City of Fremantle however has increased the number of  community safety officers and they do longer shifts into the night.

An article in today’s West Australian reports that the rate of crime in Western Australia has risen again, so Fremantle’s problems are not unique.

The correspondent to the Herald also complains about businesses closing down and that the Fremantle Mayor should do something about the rent shop owners have to pay.

There is a world-wide downturn in retail and many shops in Fremantle have closed because of new development, and Fremantle Council cannot dictate how much rent building owners can charge retail outlets, so why put the blame for it to Brad Pettitt.

The headline in the Chook is Brad cops it, yep, but for all the wrong reasons because none of it is his or the City of Fremantle’s fault.

Ignorance is not bliss!

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU FREO!

Posted in children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017

 

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Christmas should be all about children, hope and the future, so when I bumped into Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his sweet daughter Aiofe at the Fremantle Arts Centre this afternoon I decided that the little girl was going to be my Christmas card for Freo’s View readers.

For my own sake I’ll just assume Aiofe was a bit skeptical about the music, because she was expecting carols, and not about the bearded photographer.

I wish you all a very happy and very peaceful Christmas and hope you will indulge in the spirit of caring and sharing!

Roel Loopers

FROM BRAD TO BAR

Posted in city of fremantle, election, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

 

The local council election is over and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is very much into recycling and looking after the environment, so it is no surprise that this election poster was recycled and the back of it used to indicate the Fremantle Festival bar at Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

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