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COUNCIL BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, dogs, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

The FPOL-Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee of the City of Fremantle met in North Fremantle last evening.

The Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy item on the agenda attracted many speakers who walk their dog in Frederick Samson Park and who were not at all happy with the proposed restrictions, with one of them saying that council was barking up the wrong tree.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton, who has a very cute little dog herself, said that maybe the policy was heavy handed. There are Bush Forever sites that allow dogs on a leash and we need more clarity on how we handle the bush and how we handle the walkers, with or without a dog, she said.

It was decided that a site visit by some Councilors and workshopping was needed before the Elected Members could make a proper decision, and the item was deferred.

The lease of the Evan Davies building upper level above the Dome cafe for bar and restaurant will have to be confirmed by full council. Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had expected a more cultural kind of outcome, but was assured by Director Tom Griffiths that live music events were planned.

The request for special parking permits for residents of the Warders Cottages is also still unresolved with Councillors being worried about setting a precedent for future residential development which does not supply parking, so officers will need to consider all the implications first.

The idea is that residents could be offered a yearly parking permit for CoF carparks at 50% discount.

It is probably prudent to check how much commercial carparks like Queensgate are charging annually for long-term parking, and also to consider if small business owners in Fremantle should also be offered the same courtesy, because quite a few of them park their car all day while they are attending their shop.

It is disturbing to hear from one Warders Cottage resident, who contacted me, that the State Heritage Office in a letter to prospective buyers of the cottages had suggested that the City of Fremantle might supply them with parking permits,

Just before the FPOL meeting was the Library Committee meeting, so interesting to hear that the Toy Library has now been made available to Cockburn and Melville residents as well.

Roel Loopers

TEMPORARY QUEENSGATE PARKING CLOSURE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, development, kings square, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 14, 2018

 

 

PROBUILD the builders for the Fremantle Kings Square Project have had a change of mind on how to proceed and the Queensgate carpark will now be closed for approximately four months straight after the Easter long weekend and Street Arts Festival.

After extensive structural testing of the concrete and steel reinforcement by the builders and specialist consultants for Sirona Capital it was decided that the work to remediate and protect the building is a lot more extensive than anticipated.

Removing redundant and corroded steelwork and applying protective poxy coatings will stop further degradation of the building, that also needs modern bigger lifts and improved accessibility, better lighting and security and modern equipment.

The closure is in the interest of public safety and the safety of workers.

A little compensation is the soon to open new carpark at the former Stan Reilly site which will offer 155 car bays in the city centre, plus the additional new street level parking next to the Point Street carpark.

As the old saying goes, there is no gain without pain.

There has been the perception of parking problems in Fremantle, but that ignores the fact that the multi-storey carparks in Fremantle are hardly used on weekdays, as I noticed again yesterday afternoon at 3.30 pm when Queensgate was almost empty.

There are over 5,000 car bays in Fremantle and there is one-hour free parking and all day parking for as little as $ 8.00 per day.

Residents with a permit can park for free before 11am and again after 3pm.

The only parking problem Fremantle has is on weekends of events and festivals when Freo is packed full with visitors, and that motorists want to park on the street straight in front of their destination, and that is an unrealistic expectation.

The carparks along Mews Road just across the railway line also have plenty of vacanct bays.

Roel Loopers

PARKING CONCESSION FOR WARDERS COTTAGES?

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 10, 2018

 

Residents of the recently sold six Warders Cottages at 7-17 Henderson Street are requesting special reduced parking fees from the City of Fremantle at the under construction Stan Reilly car park.

The item is listed on the agenda of the FPOL Committee for this Wednesday.

The residents and State Heritage Office have previously requested free parking in the Henderson Street mall, which was rejected by Fremantle Council.

Long term parking at the new Stan Reilly car park will cost $ 3,248,50 per annum, but the Officer’s Recommendation is to grant the Henderson Street residents a fee of only $ 1091,50 per annum.

It is interesting that people buy property in the inner city which does not have off street parking, but then want Fremantle City to bail them out and give them free or substantially reduced parking fees near their property.

This of course sets a precedent for future apartment blocks in the CBD that might not offer off-street parking, and also for future residents of the still vacant cottages at Henderson Street.

One buys a property with one’s eyes wide open and is very aware that no parking is provided, so why then should the City walk away from parking fees and much needed income to accommodate those who knew very well that parking is going to be an issue for them.

Roel Loopers

WEST INACCURATE ABOUT FREO PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, media, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2018

 

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It is pretty annoying when journalists only tell part of a story, as is the case with the article about parking by Kate Emery in the West Australian today.

Emery reports that the Town of Claremont no longer issues parking fines for first-time offenders and then goes on to write that Subiaco and Perth recently introduced free or discounted parking, without mentioning  Fremantle.

She does however point out that Fremantle issued the second-most parking fines of 29,280 after Perth 89,476 and Vincent coming a close third with 24,072 fines.

Why did Kate Emery omit to mention that there is first hour free parking in Fremantle and that local residents can park for free till 11am every morning and from 3pm every day of the week?

The West never corrected their inaccurate article about the City of Fremantle wanting to have alcohol-free sections in pubs either. A rubbish story that they continued by publishing letters to the editor about it, although Freo City had issues a media release stating the West got it wrong.

Not great journalism but who cares when you have a monopoly hey!

 

Roel Loopers

ALL ABOUT FREMANTLE STATISTICS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2018

 

Some interesting statistics from the City of Fremantle:

Over 300 000 unique users viewed almost two million pages on the Fremantle Story website throughout the year.

Community Safety Officers receive over 10 000 calls for assistance each year. The major achievement was the ability of the team to maintain a consistent level of ranger type services while transitioning into a new business model.

The City’s revenue from parking infringements is approximately $1.8 million.

For the period reported in the 2016-17 annual report, the City had forty (40) employees whose salary exceeded $100 000.

Of these employees

  •   five (5) had a salary between $100 000 and $110 000
  •   ten (10) had a salary between $110 000 and $120 000
  •   four (4) had a salary between $120 000 and $130 000
  •   five (5) had a salary between $130 000 and $140 000
  •   seven (7) had a salary between $140 000 and $150 000
  •   one (1) had a salary between $150 000 and $160 000
  •   three (3) had a salary between $160 000 and $170 000
  •   one (1) had a salary between $190 000 and $200 000
  •   three (3) had a salary between $210 000 and $220 000
  •   and one (1) had a salary between $260 000 and $270 000

A total of 472 019 people visited the leisure centre during 2016-17, an increase of 18 700 from the previous year.

The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival had record crowds of over 150 000 people across the Easter weekend, with the city’s streets, historic laneways and public spaces bursting with life as performers transformed the city into a world stage with 13 performance pitches (with Good Friday performances for the first time). It was the busiest Friday, Saturday and Sunday ever recorded in Fremantle.

The event consisted of 34 international acts and 10 Australian acts. In addition, WAHonk! Fest consisted of 91 performers (2 international, 24 interstate and 65 from WA). Over 150 individual performances took place over the five days with acts coming from Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Japan, Belgium, Spain, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Exhibitions attracted a total audience of 69 130 to 17 exhibitions presented over seven separate exhibition periods. FAC presented, for the second time, Revealed, a state government annual project that brings emerging Aboriginal artists and art centres from across WA together for workshops, public talks, an exhibition and an art market. The market turned over $430 000 with all proceeds going back to the artists and art centres.

The Fremantle Visitor Centre attracted 84 962 people through the doors and $546 774 in sales and $74 476 commission on those sales. Two thousand nine hundred and forty-five responses were provided for general information and business enquiries and 12 635 brochures were distributed for 19 conferences held in our region.

FVC had 137 446 unique visitors to the FVC website (visitfremantle.com.au) and have 20 369 Facebook followers. The centre provided opportunities for 215 businesses to advertise their business either through the visitfremantle.com.au website or brochure racking.

The customer service team serviced over 55 079 phone contacts, over 21 500 face-to-face enquiries and answered 21 294 emails.

During this period the team created 15 262 customer requests for service that were directed to the appropriate city officer, which is an increase of 70%.

339 logged requests for service were completed online via the City website.

 

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FACELIFT FOR UGLY FREO CARPARK

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 15, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle deserves credit for giving the run down Point Street car park a new coat of paint.

The area looks so much better, that one has to wonder why the wealthy SKS Group did not bother to maintain the car park and the vacant site next to it, which the City has now converted into a public car park, with one hour FREE parking!

We are still hoping SKS will actually build the Hilton Doubletree hotel and residential apartments on the site, but I am not holding my breath.

Well done Freo City!

Roel Loopers

SOUTH FREO TRAFFIC CHANGES AT COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2017

 

Fremantle Council will this coming Wednesday discus the plans for traffic calming, pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along South Terrace in South Fremantle, after lengthy community consultation.

The local community told the City of Fremantle that:
* 72.6% of people support the proposed changes, with 53.8% indicating they ‘strongly support’ the changes and a further 18.8% supportive of ‘most changes’.

* The proposal to improve the streetscape was the most supported change, with over 90% of respondents answering positively to the proposed new paving, street furniture, trees and planting.

* The proposal to reduce the carriageway to a trafficable width of 7 metres is the least supported change. While 58.2 % of people support narrowing the road to make it easier for people to cross the street safely, 22.2 % felt this would create more dangerous conditions for cyclists.

* The need for South Terrace to be calmed from South Street to Douro Road was mentioned by numerous people, along with the need to protect the interests of people living in the side streets.

* A plan for the area bounded by South Street, Douro Road, Marine Terrace and Hampton Road was suggested, following concerns that the proposed treatment at Little Lefroy and South Terrace will create traffic problems elsewhere.

* The need for a cycle lane on South Terrace between South Street and Douro Road was frequently mentioned, along with a desire to see similar treatments implemented at other nodes in this section.

If you did not have your say you can still address Council this Wednesday at 6pm!

Roel Loopers

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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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STAN REILLY DEMOLITION

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2017

 

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The demolition of the Fremantle Stan Reilly centre started in ernest today, to make way for a new 155 bay public carpark on the site.

It is next to the temporary new offices of the City of Fremantle in the former Dockers clubhouse at Fremantle Oval, where staff and the library will be housed during the construction of the new civic centre at Kings Square for the next two years.

Roel Loopers

MORE PARKING BAYS FOR FREMANTLE CBD

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on November 24, 2017

 

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The Fremantle CBD will have 50 more car bays from tomorrow in addition to the around 5,000 bays in the inner city.

The 50 bays on the corner of Adelaide and Point Street, next to the multi-storey carpark there will offer first hour free parking, so that is great for shoppers and shops.

In January another 155 parking bays will be added at the Stan Reilly site on South Terrace, which will make it a bit easier to visit the temporary Fremantle Council building at Fremantle Oval.

 

Roel Loopers

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