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Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, parking, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2017


From the end of July parking fees at Queensgate car park will change ensuring it continues to be one of Fremantle’s best value carparks.

A new flat rate of $2 per hour, every hour, will apply to all car park users after 27 July, resulting in a simplified and easy to understand fee structure. An early bird rate of $9 will also be available.

Queensgate will continue to offer parking rates at or below the cost of other facilities in Fremantle including surrounding commercial facilities and City-operated meter parking.

Sirona will also undertake a multi-million-dollar refurbishment of the car park which will make Queensgate a more attractive, cleaner, safer and reliable facility.

The upgrade starts next week with the installation of new boom-gates and easy to use ticketing and payment equipment.

Announcing the new simplified fee structure, Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly said there had been no adjustment in fees since July 2015.

“We’ve thought long and hard about the best way to structure parking fees at Queensgate both in terms of legacy issues and the overall outcome we’re expecting in the precinct with the Kings Square Fremantle renewal,” Mr McNeilly said.

“Our analysis of the car park operations found that simplifying the fee structure would contribute to a better performing and more user-friendly car park.

“Our independent analysis has recommended other ways to activate the car park and deliver broader positive outcomes for the precinct beyond free parking.

“We’ll be implementing those concepts both during and after the Kings Square Fremantle renewal,” he said.

The car park and adjacent Queensgate building were purchased by Sirona as part of the City of Fremantle’s contribution to the City’s $50m investment in the $270m Kings Square Fremantle Renewal project.

Queensgate car park is operated by Secure Parking on behalf of Sirona.



Posted in city of fremantle, parking, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2017





Don’t take my word for it that parking in Fremantle does not have to be expensive, check it out for yourselves!

Street parking is only $ 2.80 per hour, and at the Westgate car park in Point Street it is only $ 8.00 for all day parking.

Just over the road from there at the Woolstores shopping centre all day parking is just $ 9.00.

Both these car parks are only a leisurely five-minute stroll from Kings Square, so well within the shopping and hospitality precinct.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017


stupid parking


Pretty inconsiderate and stupid parking of this cherry picker at the Fremantle Townhall this morning.

The arm of the vehicle was just 1.8 metres above the footpath, so a danger to taller people and those on bicycles.

Why did the operator not lift the arm a bit, or at least put warning signs on the footpath, I wonder?

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017




My relationship with Fremantle Council is like a volatile marriage. Sometimes I want to hug and kiss them for making great strategic long-term decisions and on other occasions I want an urgent divorce; the house, the car, the boat, the Margaret River weekender, the bank accounts, and even the kids.

The idea to change the residents parking permit conditions is one of those divorce situations, or like talking to teenagers and asking them to grow up to reality.

The timing of the proposed changes could not be worse, with Fremantle going through a welcome massive period of development. Long-term parking bays will be occupied by construction workers and tradies for the next three years because of the Kings Square Project, and it is highly likely that the Woolstores shopping development will also start early next year.

To relocate residents to free parking in City carparks only and no longer on the streets will hurt the CBD traders, and the change of time in the morning from 11 am to 10 am will also be bad.

The item is on the agenda of this evening’s FPOL Committee, so have your say and come along. It starts at 6pm.

And why is the City of Fremantle taking no action at all of Transperth busses occupying many parking bays in Goldsborough Street near the Woolstores? A bus takes up to 3-4 car bays and that is not at all helpful for shoppers.

I took this photo at 10.40am this morning.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking by freoview on July 8, 2017


While reading the agenda for the upcoming City of Fremantle FPOL Committee meeting on Wednesday I thought that we should never take the sanity of governments for granted and that we can only hope our elected members have more lucid moments than bad ones.

Parking is one of the most controversial subjects in Fremantle. Some claim it is too expensive, others that there are not enough parking bays, etc.

So why on earth would Fremantle Council even want to consider making changes to the residential parking permits, in a time where traders are struggling and where inner city development will make life much harder for them for the next three years? It is absolute pure idiotic madness, conceived by people who are clearly bored shitless and have too much time on their hands, so they come up with crap ideas!

The agenda item proposes that we no longer can park for free as residents (with the appropriate permit) on the streets before 11am and after 3pm on weekdays, but will only be allowed to do that in CoF carparks, and only till 10am. And we can do that seven days a week.

Many shops in Fremantle only open at 10am and many people do their food shopping before 11am or after 3pm in streets closest to the shops they frequent, but would now have to find a city carpark in the vicinity and hoping there are vacant bays.

For example when I want to have my morning coffee at the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street, where I normally park straight in front, I would in future have to find a Fremantle City carpark and walk all the way to the cafe, where I will only be for half an hour. It won’t be worth the effort, so the M&M will miss out on my patronage.

Here part of the agenda item:

The City provides residents with a free parking permit that allows them to park without charge in Fremantle’s city centre, in certain locations and at certain times. Currently there are 6 761 permits issued by the City, which is approximately one permit for every second household.

Officers have reviewed the current permit conditions and consider them to be overly complicated and difficult to communicate to residents (see attachment). This report recommends adjusting the permits for the purpose of:

  •   simplifying them so that they are easier to understand
  •   providing a greater number of hours of free parking for residents
  •   aligning more closely with the City’s Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS).This report recommends that council approve the new conditions for the residents’ free parking permits, to take effect from 1 December 2017.


Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

Very disturbing to hear that one of the City of Fremantle’s parking inspectors was attacked by a motorist yesterday afternoon.

Police arrested a Riverton man in Beaconsfield and had to smash in car windows to apprehend the driver who had been driving erratically along Hampton Road.

The thirty-year old parking inspector received minor injuries when he was pinned between two cars in William Street.

I know many of Freo’s ‘ticketeers’ and most of them are really nice people with whom one can have a bit of banter. They are just doing their job and no one has the right to abuse them!

Roel Loopers



Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2017


Now that the City of Fremantle has sold the Queensgate carpark to Sirona Capital I wonder if they will continue with the expensive incentive of free staff parking for hundreds of employees.

There would have been substantial loss in parking revenue from Queensgate, but now the City will have to pay for parking and that would be even more costly.

I understand that during the 30-months construction of the Kings Square Project staff will park at the Beach Street carpark, but what will happen once the new Civic Centre is completed?

It seems very inconsistent with Fremantle Council’s desire to reduce car traffic in the inner city when it rewards hundreds of staff to drive to work, although Kings Square is just minutes away from public transport.

Isn’t it time the City of Fremantle stopped encouraging staff to drive to work?

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2017




The Fremantle Kings Square project is not the bad news some people want us to believe it will be.

Food related businesses will no doubt serve many meals to the many construction workers who will be on site, and the streets around the square won’t be blocked off, so access should not be a big issue.

Very good news also that the Queensgate carpark will remain open to the public, but run by contractors for Sirona Capital.

The City of Fremantle is also providing extra car bays in the CBD on the large vacant block next to the Point Street carpark and along Adelaide Street. It will be managed by the CoF as a public carpark until the SKS Group starts building the Hilton Doubletree hotel there.

All day parking at the Woolstores shopping centre is only $ 9.00, so take advantage of that and Point Street is also around that price.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, Uncategorized by freoview on June 15, 2017


Here a few more snippets from Wednesday’s City of Fremantle Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee.

* Olwyn Williams, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce argued that the statistics published in the agenda were incorrect and that visitors’ numbers and overnight stays in Fremantle had declined, not improved.

She was also not impressed with the place marketing plan update, but when questioned by Elected Members did not say what the Chamber wanted the City of Fremantle to do differently, but that more effort should be made into destination marketing.

Williams argued that the Fremantle Story website did well locally but did not sell Fremantle to overseas and interstate visitors, and that stronger emphasis needed to be placed on marketing Fremantle outside of Fremantle.

* The CEO of the State Heritage Office addressed the FPOL Committee at length arguing that the people who bought the historic Warders Cottages in Henderson Street should get preferential treatment and free parking permits, but the Elected Members did not agree and unanimously voted to reject the request.

I agree with Councillor Sullivan that in the long term parking in the Henderson Street Mall should be abandoned, especially once the Spicer’s site carpark has been developed into a new commercial building.

It would also be substantial revenue loss for the CoF to give away free parking to residents of the 14 cottages. I remember my neighbours at Captain’s Lane at the Roundhouse had to pay close to $ 20,000 a year to have two parking bays on the carpark below Arthur Head.

* Councillor Rachel Pemberton was not a happy person last night, especially about the item of the City signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Portuguese Club, which would like to move to the St John’s site at Parry Street and become part of the Fremantle Park community hub.

Pemberton argued that it would be hypocritical off her fellow councillors if they voted with the item when they had voted against handing over the DAADA building on Beach Street to the Aboriginal community. Pemberton said the same process of a public and open Expressions of Interest period should apply in both cases.

While I can see where Pemberton comes from the process is different because the Portuguese Club exactly knows what they want, while the failure of the Walyalup Centre at Arthur Head has shown that the different Noongar families and elders still have a long way to go in agreeing what a new cultural and community centre for them should be.

* A new parklet in Pakenham Street at a new cafe on the corner of Bannister Street was approved, but Councillors agreed that parklets need to be monitored by staff as some of them are just a waste of space and not frequented enough.

I believe the new parklet will be a traffic hazard as it is already difficult to see traffic coming from the left in Pakenham Street when one drives from Bannister Street into the T-junction. It will be the fourth parklet in Pakenham Street and two more parking bays gone in the West End.

* Last but not least I want to compliment Councillor Andrew Sullivan on the way he chairs the FPOL Committee. While it makes the sittings a bit longer, and at times even a bit long-winded, Sullivan makes a real effort of explaining in detail to the public gallery how proper council process works.

That is very important because so many people in the community do not have an iota of an idea and make presumptions and accusations based on ignorance.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017


The owners of a new cafe that will open in the new building on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets have applied for a parklet in Pakenham.

I honestly do not understand why anyone would want to open a new cafe in the Fremantle West End as there is an abundance of them and some don’t do too well, as the recent closure of The Banker cafe in High Street showed.

Nairn Street already has The Loft and the Stable Hand cafe and the latter is often near empty when I walk by. Pakenham has four hospitality outlets, plus the Chats cafe/bar on the corner of High Street.

There are already three parklets in Pakenham Street, a lovely one at Bread in Common, one at the Fremantle Hostel and one at the Natural Light cafe and most of them are rarely used. That is also the case at Lapas next to the National Hotel where the alfresco parklet is mostly vacant.

The owner of the tiny Ghetto Blaster cafe in Pakenham Street told me a few months ago he would also apply for a parklet.

I absolutely get and see the attraction of parklets, but the problem is that they are not used often enough by patrons to install more.

Parklets mean fewer parking bays and less parking revenue for the City of Fremantle, so a compromise has to be found that works better.

Roel Loopers


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