I am yet to hear any comments about the Western Australian budget and assets sales in regard to the Department of Housing. Is their building at 99 Plain Street, East Perth on the list of State Government properties for sale? If not, a move by DoH to Fremantle will become even more unlikely, when one considers the financial deficit disaster the Barnett government has put our state in.
Fremantle could be negatively affected in two ways by the budget, with the planned sale of Fremantle Port, and if Housing does not announce a move to Fremantle’s Kings Square in the next few months that development project will be in limbo, because it is highly unlikely it can proceed without a major office tenant.
With estimated office vacancies in Perth projected to reach 25 per cent by the end of the year, and the no doubt offering of more lucrative deals there, a move to Freo’s Kings Square is not going to be a priority for government departments, agencies or corporations I fear. Now let’s hope Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle will fast implement plan B,C,D…..or whatever and not wait for Godot any longer.
For those who do not understand my reference to Godot. Waiting for Godot is, according to WikiMedia, an absurdist play written by Samuel Beckett in 1953 in which characters Vladimir and Estragon wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone. It is a great play I have seen and photographed a few times and I am alway reminded of it when I think of the stagnant Kings Square development.
What are we doing here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in the immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come…”
~ Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
The downgrading of Fremantle Hospital and the closure of the Emergency Department is in full swing today. A fleet of ambulances are transporting patients to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch all day today. Motorcycle police are doing the traffic control on the corner of Hampton Road and Ellen Street and South Street and Solomon Street and all along the route to Murdoch.
Hey Freo, help me out for a change. I need to move to a new home as my landlord is building and I am being kicked out of the studio in White Gum Valley I have lived in for 19 months.
I am looking for a small studio/granny flat kind of accommodation in the Fremantle area. I need it in the first week of January. If you have or know some place please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your help!
The Fremantle Workers Club is moving from Henry Street to Fremantle Oval to share space with the South Fremantle Football Club until a new building at the Fremantle Tennis Club will be built.
So this coming weekend is the very last weekend in the Workers Club’s traditional home, so go and say goodbye. President Don Whittington emailed following information about the entertainment:
This Friday evening, Acid-Tea, our favourite ukelele band have agreed to play for us again. We had such a fantastic time last Friday and they must have done as well. The Café will be open with a limited menu from 6 to 8pm.
On Sunday, one of our most popular bands, Déjà Vu, are playing from 1.30- 5pm so we expect another large crowd. Then the Zydecats will play their final gig at the Club from 6pm-9pm. All the band will be there which is great news and it is sure to be an evening that you won’t forget.
We are putting on a special Sunday roast lunch at 12.30pm, prepared by Bill and Norma of Village Caterers. It will include Roast Pork. Roast Beef and a fantastic choice of vegetables: see the attached menu. The cost will be: $25 members and $30 guests and we need you to pay in advance, so we can be sure of numbers. Could you please pay at the Club by Friday night or give us a call: 9335 1840. In the evening the Café will be open for the Zydecats from 5.30pm to 7.30pm: a limited menu, including grilled and battered fish and vegetarian lasagne.
The Club will start operating from South Fremantle Football Club next Wednesday November 19th. Don’t forget to carry your membership card with you and you will be pleased to see staff that you already know from Henry St. Opening hours will be the same except that they will open at 10am – one hour earlier- on Saturdays. Relocating the TAB is a complicated process which will start on Wednesday 19th but it won’t be open at SFFC until Wednesday 26th.
Fremantle Brown Cow Design is leaving their Wray Avenue premises and Freo and move to Cottesloe to merge with Brimstone Creative.
The new company will be named Flametree Creative and will be at 459 Stirling Highway.
New phone number is 9383 1234
I have been shaking my head in pure bewilderment since I noticed that some of the planter boxes have been returned to the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. When I asked on this blog some months ago why they had not been put back there after the festival season was over, Mayor Brad Pettitt replied that an artist would be painting the boxes while they were at the carpark near the Shipwreck Museum and that it would make little sense moving them back and forth. I agree!
But the planters returned to the Strip have not been painted, and if the Freo Dockers should get into the grand final we will no doubt have another great live telecast spectacle on the Cappuccino Strip in two weeks, and that would mean moving the boxes again to make way for the mega screens and thousands of spectators..
It’s no wonder Fremantle residents often criticise the administration for not doing the basic stuff, because this seems a futile exercise, or do the officers responsible for the planters’ journey hope the Dockers won’t make the big day?
Fremantle hospitality fox Nunzio Gumina is up to his old tricks and establishing a new and very different Mediterranean restaurant where the former Essex in Essex Street used to be. Nunzio told me today that his lease of the Villa Roma in High Street will be running out in 18 months, so he decided to already establish another restaurant that will open in September. Villa Roma will remain open till the end of the lease, so no need to panic yet!
Also opening soon opposite Nunzio’s new place is Tutti Frutti frozen yoghurt in that modern new building in Essex Street. Who said Freo’s retail is dying?
Dear Premier Colin Barnett,
The City of Fremantle needs and deserves more and better support from our State Government, because at present your are leaving our major development at Kings Square in limbo by not making an announcement about the move of the Department of Housing here, which Minister Troy Buswell promised before the state election.
Fremantle’s CBD needs urgent revitalisation to support our struggling retailers and economy. We need more people working and living in our inner city and that means we need serious development. I am sure, Premier, that you are aware of the quite massive development plans for Kings Square, but they can only progress when major tenants have signed up. That means you can give Fremantle real support by decentralising government services and relocating them to Fremantle, and help our State’s second city to grow and prosper. Fremantle needs your help, Premier, and it needs it now!
It is not acceptable to put all our State’s eggs in the one-Perth- basket, Fremantle also needs to grow and get government support.
It would also be good for Fremantle if the Fremantle Ports Victoria Quay development could be delayed by some years, so it is not in straight competition with inner city development around Kings Square.
Please come visit Freo and do a tour of all the planned development here and get a feeling of Freo’s bigger picture and great future, Premier, and don’t leave Freo in limbo any longer.
The Fremantle NEW EDITION bookshop is on the move to another premises on High Street. They will be at the old shop till March 15 and there is a 15% discount on books till then, so take advantage of it and support Freo’s only bookshop.
Unfortunately it will be a few days until I can post new articles on this blog. I am moving house and office and need to wait till my internet provider connects the service to the new abode.
So have a break from Roel. Have a KitKat. Relax, and click on this blog again in a few days to check out if I am back.