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STATE GOVERNMENT CREATES URBAN INFILL MESS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, lifestyle, living, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

The issues Fremantle faces with urban infill, demanded by the State Government, are not unique to our city as an editorial by POST community newspapers editor Brett Christian shows.

Claremont residents are up in arms against proposed high density near the Loch Street train station. Christian writes “Distress in voices heard in the council chamber revealed the anxiety felt by home owners selected for high density infill.”

“These are real people with real fears who cannot be dismissed as being NIMBYs.”

Brett Christian says that the WA Government is keen to forcibly cram more housing units around transport hubs, which leads to permanent changes in the lifestyle.

The editor writes that Government planners naively believe that new residents will abandon their cars and use public transport when evidence proves the opposite.

Let me note here that public transport use in Perth has dramatically decreased over the last years and that only a very small percentage of those living within a ten minute walk from a railway station do use the train to work, according to government figures.

Christian rightly laments that local councils are being caught in the middle of the infill mess created by the state.

In Fremantle we are getting more and more inappropriate and unacceptable high rise development that will change the unique character of our city forever.

Yes, we need more people living, working and staying here to boost our local economy, but any development needs to show sincere consideration for the heritage, streetscapes and amenity, and that is not happening.

Fremantle Council has done well to encourage substantial development but it now needs to scale back and stop approving mediocre architecture in our inner city.

Tell developers and architects that if building proposals are not exceptional and great they are not good enough for Freo!

Roel Loopers

 

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DOG FIGHT OVER DINGO FLOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 25, 2018

 

According to an article by Jenne Brammer in the West Australian yesterday a legal fight is looming over the famous North Fremantle Dingo Flour trademark.

WA farmer Mathew Walker, who owns Great Southern Flour Mills registered the Dingo Flour name in 2015 and applied for the trademark, but national company Allied Pinnacle (formerly Allied Mills)  claim to have ownership of the trademark, although the name Dingo Flour has not been used by them for retail flour for decades.

Protecting brands, trademarks and registered names is a bit of a minefield, but this will be an interesting David and Goliath battle.

Roel Loopers

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NO FREMANTLE BID MONEY FOR AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2018

 

Channel 9 TV had a bit of a beat-up story yesterday about Fremantle not having Australia Day fireworks this year because the local business group BID did not want to finance them.

Federal Liberal MP Ben Morton claimed that this was due to activists abusing small businesses. It’s the first thing I have heard about this and was not reported in the local media, so where does Morton’s claim come from?

Fact is that the Business Improvement District-BID did a survey among their 400 members and there was no clear support to continue with financing the fireworks.

As I pointed out last year the fireworks in Fremantle were never a great trading day for the broader business community because all shops had closed well before the masses arrived, and so had many cafes.

Australia Day fireworks were an excellent trading day for Fishing Boat Harbour operators, but did not do much for the rest of the CBD traders, as most people arrived late and left the city straight after the fireworks were over.

It’s a done deal for the time being, so let’s move on. Those who want big Australia Day celebrations and fireworks can enjoy them in Perth, and Freo has it’s ONE DAY celebrations on January 28.

A survey this week showed that most Australians don’t care about the date or even know why January 26 is supposedly significant.

Let’s be happy that we live in such a good country and great city!

 

Roel Loopers

ONE DAY poster

WEST AUSTRALIAN FAKE NEWS ABOUT FREO PUBS

Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, hospitality, local council, Uncategorized, west australian by freoview on January 3, 2018

 

Although the City of Fremantle put out a media release yesterday correcting the non-factual report in the West Australian about Fremantle Council wanting to introduce non-alcohol sections in pubs, the newspaper continues today spreading the fake news.

Inside Cover states on page 2 that this needs to be monitored, while the letters to the editors page published a letter by a Leeming man who blames the lefty, greeny, loopy Freo council for the nonsense.

Fact is that Fremantle Council, at the initiative of Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, has asked officers to investigate how Freo City can ensure that there won’t be too many taverns in the CBD, after the applications for new taverns at the Warders Cottages hotel, the Police and Justice complex, both in Henderson Street, the Manning building and the Woolstores shopping centre development.

This is actually not all that new as Fremantle Council also looked at more diversity in shopping a few years ago and how it could control more cafes opening.

So to set the facts straight, there are no plans for restricted non-alcohol areas in pubs in Fremantle, but Council does not want the CBD to just be a boozers’ paradise that will impact on the family amenity and public safety.

It is time the West Australian corrected the nonsense they published!

 

Roel Loopers

 

FREO CITY PAYS BACK PARKING FINES

Posted in city of fremantle, media, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2017

 

Good to see a bit of investigative journalism by the Fremantle Gazette‘s newest cadet journalist Leah Roberts making a bit of a difference to those who received parking fines from the City of Fremantle for parking in Mouat Street.

Roberts wrote last week about a Notre Dame University student complaining she had unfairly received a fine because parking signs had been changed in the West End street, but her complaints were initially dismissed by the CoF parking department.

Since Leah Roberts’ article was published in the Gazette last week Freo City had a change of heart because proper process had not been followed. Forty motorists have been advised they either do not have to pay their fine or can ask for their payment to be re-imburst.

Good job Leah Roberts!

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

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LOOPY’S LOVE FOR FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, community, media, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017

 

Gazette

 

I thought I recognised that ugly mug in the Fremantle Gazette today, so now people can read all about Loopy’s love for Freo.

 

Roel Loopers

HERALD OWNER ATTACKS EAST FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2017

 

east freo

 

Andrew Smith, owner of the Fremantle Herald and former East Fremantle Mayor has attacked Mayor Jim O’Neill in a full page advertisement in the free-range Chook this weekend.

Smith claims that O’Neill refused to fight the proposed local government reform and amalgamation with Fremantle because he supported it, and that O’Neill had put his name up to manage the council merger for the WA government if it went ahead.

Smith says that the Mayor leads a divided council because of factionalism.

Jim O’Neill won’t be able to lead the plans for the future of East Fremantle Oval, Smith claims, because he lives next door to it, and that the town planning under O’Neill has resulted in massive development near the Townhall and that the Royal George Hotel site could go up to 18 storeys. The latter was denied recently on this blog by Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail.

Herald owner Andrew Smith also attacks the sacking of two CEOs, but for transparency reasons should have disclosed that sacked CEO Stuart Wearne is the brother of the Herald’s long-time advertising manager Natalie Hug.

It is clear that the mayoral debates in Freo and East Freo are heated, but that is alright for democracy as long as everyone tries to stick with the facts.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD! 

 

GETTING PRIORITIES RIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 26, 2017

 

Getting priorities right is very interesting in government and the media, as these two examples show.

While Fremantle Council has been deliberating long-term strategic projects such as Kings Square, Cantonment Hill, Fremantle Oval and South Quay, the Post community paper reports that our rich neighbours in Mosman Park debated the mundane; if Mr Whippy icecream vans should be allowed to play Greensleeves on weekends, after some residents complained about the nuisance factor of the music.

The TV stations did live telecasts from the Mosman Council chambers about this pretty pathetic council item, but could not bother to turn up in Fremantle yesterday for the very important Marriage Equality rally.

Getting one’s priorities right is not always easy, it appears.

 

Roel Loopers

IT’S COOL TO VISIT FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

FBH sunning

 

Those only interested in spewing negativity about Fremantle should take notice of the comments from overseas and interstate travellers who visit us.

The British Telegraph newspapers published an article stating that Perth was one of the coolest travel destinations in the world and mentions eclectic Fremantle that has undergone a huge transformation.

Food and drinks at the Coast on Port Beach and the East Freo Sweetwater rooftop bar are mentioned, and so are the Segway tours, Fremantle Markets, Maritime Museum and Arts Centre, and The Telegraph suggest to enjoy a swim at Bathers Beach.

And of course the Little Creatures brewery also got a mention.

I count my blessings daily that I live in Fremantle. We are so lucky to live here!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CONVICT PHOTOS DISCOVERED

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison, history, western australia by freoview on March 25, 2017

 

Fremantle people interested in history should go and buy the West Australian today as there is a fascinating article by Ken Acott about historic photos-mug shots-found of convicts.

Seventy-four of them were discovered by the State Record Office, some as old as 130 years-old.

WA  became a penal colony in 1850, 21 years after the first British settled in Fremantle and started the Swan River Colony.

The first convicts who arrived here had to build the Fremantle Prison which has now become a major tourist attraction, backpackers and art gallery.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Not interested in history? Buy the West anyway and read about the GST shambles where our state only gets 34 cents in the dollar. It is an outrage!

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