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NEW PARKING SIGNS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 18, 2019

 

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New parking signs to support the PayStay smartphone App. have been going up around Fremantle, so take note of them.

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TRADERS UPDATED ABOUT KINGS SQUARE PROCESS

 

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Only a handful of local traders turned up yesterday for an update about the building progress of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

These updates at the Federal Hotel have been regular events to keep affected traders in the loop.

Those who came heard form builders Pindan and Probuild, Sirona Capital and City of Fremantle Director Infrastructure and Project Delivery Graham Tattersall that things are going very well and to schedule.

Completion of our Civic Centre community facility will be in July 2020, so a construction period of 18 months. Excavation will start in two weeks for the lower level and the main structure will be up before Christmas this year, so that will give us all a much better idea of what we can expect and how it works in the space.

Sirona is on the home straight with their two buildings and they are estimated to be completed by August/September this year. The paving of Newman Court on the Sirona side will be done in September and the Civic Centre half toward completion of that building.

Queen Street should be back to normal in July when the hoarding there comes down, so that will make traffic flow a bit easier.

The Newman Court thoroughfare between William Street and Queen Street will be open before Christmas, so that is good news as well. Scaffolding around the carpark will be removed in July.

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PAYSTAY IN FREO BUT NOT WHEN YOU ARE OLD

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2019

 

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It appears the new City of Fremantle PayStay parking App. has a flaw. A South Fremantle resident reported on the precinct Facebook page that she tried to sign up and had to enter her date of birth, but the App only went as far as 1950, so people born before that are in a bit of a worry.

I am sure it is just a small glitch that can be rectified fast, unless the parking contractor believed only young people live in good old Freo. 😩

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TREES TO BEAUTIFY UNSIGHTLY CAR PARK

 

 

Some West End residents have expressed concern about the pruning of the lovely little tree on the corner of Cliff and High streets, but it is all good because the City of Fremantle wanted to create a bit more head space and to put new benches under the tree.

The City will also put four olive trees in large square concrete boxes along the unsightly Notre Dame University car park from Cliff Street to the Chalkys cafe.

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PAYSTAY APP FOR CASHLESS PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle’s new PayStay parking app is coming to a phone near you next week. The new app, which allows visitors to find and pay for parking using their mobile phone, will launch on Tuesday 5 March.

The new app will make it easier and cheaper to park in Fremantle and the PayStay app is a smarter and faster way to pay for parking.

Once motorists have downloaded the app and added their car registration and credit card details they’ll be saved for future use, so they can just park, start their parking session on PayStay and go.

Drivers can also choose to be sent an alert when their parking session is about to expire, and it’s timed down to the minute so they’ll only pay for the time they actually use.

An exciting new feature of the PayStay app is the parking map. The parking map shows all of the City’s on-street and off-street parking in Fremantle, which visitors can then click onto to find out information like the car park’s capacity, the parking rate and time limits.

The PayStay app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the PayStay website.

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CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO GETS APPROVAL

Posted in alfresco, cafe, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2019

 

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South Fremantle’s Calogero’s cafe are allowed to keep their unauthorised alfresco area after Fremantle Council reluctantly agreed to approve it with some modest modifications such as providing substantial bike racks.

The main issue with the unauthorised development was the removal of four car parking bays from the site to make way for tables and benches, but Councillor Dave Hume argued that there were other means, such as the CAT bus to get to the area and it did not rely on cars only as transport.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said that when he looked at the alfresco from a community perspective it worked and he would not swap the ambience it created for a few car bays.

But Councillor Rachel Pemberton was not at all happy with the cavalier-attitude of the cafe owners who seem to think they can just do anything they like and ignore council laws and processes.

Now the cafe owners will have to put bike racks in the cross-over so that they cannot park their delivery van there either, so they’d better get on with that fast.

My one comment about this is that I in general don’t like retrospective approval, but I also don’t get it that it is o.k. for cafes to take street parking bays away to create alfresco parklets but that one cannot do that on one’s own property. That makes little sense to me.

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IMPRESSIVE FREMANTLE SNAPSHOTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, cruiseliners, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2019

 

While we often complain about our local government, well, all governments really, we also should acknowledge the huge and varied work they are doing and what a challenge this must be for the elected members and officers.

Here some snap shots provided by the City of Fremantle at the Annual General Electors Meeting last evening:

  • 200 applications for alfresco dining, food stalls, short stay accommodation and liquor licenses
  • 493 residential parking permits issued
  • 490,709 visitors to the Fremantle Leisure Centre
  • 301 entries to the Fremantle Arts Centre Print award
  • 18,015 cruise ship passengers visited
  • 9,682 children’s toys loaned through the Fremantle Toy Library
  • 59,647 phone calls received by customer service
  • 43,327 contributed to local groups through community development grants
  • 1.000+ new trees and shrubs planted in the suburbs
  • 70,744 visitors to Fremantle Arts Centre-a record!
  • 142.5 tones of material recycled at Fremantle Recycling Centre
  • 155 new parking bays at Cappuccino Strip carpark
  • 5,765 callouts for Community Safety Officers
  • 1276 people assisted at Fremantle Community Legal Centre
  • 4,597 parking bays in carparks managed by City of Fremantle
  • 30,000 people engaged with Kids’ Corner at FAC
  • $ 70,000 upgrade to changerooms at Gilert Fraser reserve, North Fremantle
  • 109 new Australian citizens at Fremantle citizenship ceremonies

 

I am out of breath just typing all this.

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FREE PARKING FOR FEMALE FREMANTLE DOCKERS GAMES?

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, fremantle dockers, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2019

 

There are a lot of people around who have easy, but often very unrealistic, solutions for just about everything.

A letter in today’s West Australian by R.Correla of Beaconsfield fits in that category.

Correla writes that the City of Fremantle should provide free parking one hour before and three hours after the Fremantle Dockers women’s team games at Fremantle Oval.

But those games are on weekends when Fremantle is at its busiest and where the lack of inner city parking is often complained about. Parking fees are also a substantial source of income for the City and council rates would need to be increased if more free parking were to be provided.

It is also quite insulting from R.Correla to say Fremantle needs more smart people on council, and not a minority who are only about themselves. Fremantle Council is far from perfect, but the elected members do their best to make the right decisions for our community.

May I suggest to R.Correla to actually attend and observe council meetings. It’s always good to be informed first hand, rather than making ignorant assumptions and accusations.

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IT IS A COUNCIL NO FOR CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2019

 

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The unauthorised alfresco area on the Calogero’s property on South Terrace in South Fremantle will have to be dismantled as the Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle last night refused the retrospective approval for it.

The removal of four parking bays from the site was the main concern for the elected members who were against it, but Councillor Dave Hume said that ratepayers paid for the CAT bus so people did not have to use their own vehicle to get to the cafe.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said the proposal needed good planning, and not the ad-hoc way it had been dealt with by the applicants. “Does the area really need another cafe?” she questioned.

Planning Committee chair Jon Strachan said he supported the refusal because the applicant needed a wake-up call, as work needed to be done on the ad-hoc application.

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LONG-TERM PARKING FOR PAKENHAM STREET CARPARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2019

 

The unauthorised short-term car park in Pakenham Street will close in six months from now to make way for a long-term car park that will see less vehicle movement, no doubt to the delight of the unhappy neighbours who have had to put up with the illegal car park for over a year.

The City of Fremantle Planning Committee last evening approved the change to a car park for long-term use and the removal of all parking signs on the exterior of the building.

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