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UNSIGHTLY SOUTH FREO CAFE PARKING

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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When Calogero’s cafe at South Terrace in South Fremantle received retrospective approval from Fremantle Council for the outdoor area they had erected without approval Councillors were worried about cars parking between the cafe and the Port City Roasters, but this was the situation this Monday morning at 11am when three cars were parked there.

Is someone at CoF actually monitoring if approval conditions are adhered to?

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WILLIAM STREET ACCESS TO CAR PARK NOW OPEN

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, Kings Square Redevelopment Project, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2019

 

 

Traders in the Fremantle CBD will be happy that Sirona Capital has opened the core of the Henderson Street car park and that people can now enter and exit via William Street and the two new lifts in the building.

The car park has been renovated as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project but the roof top is still a construction site for a few more weeks.

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LATEST INFO FOR PIPES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

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Here the latest info from Water Corp about the Pipes for Fremantle:

Bannister Street and Collie Street construction work will start on week of Monday 12 August 2019.

This work will be carried out Monday – Saturday 7am-7pm.

  • Bannister Street – Week of 12 August to the week of 2 September 2019
  • Collie Street – Week of 12 August to the week of 9 September 2019

Construction dates for Pakenham Street, Market Street and South Terrace will be provided in due course.

Service locating:

Market Street and South Terrace underground service locating will continue from the week of Monday 12 August 2019.

  • 12 August to 16 August 2019 from 7am to 5pm (weekdays only).
  • 19 August to 21 August 2019 from 8pm to 5am (noise management plans will be in place during night works).

Members of the project team will be visiting businesses on Market Street and South Terrace next week to discuss the work including any planned traffic management.

Open House sessions – Businesses invited for Tuesday, 3 September 2019 (4pm-6pm).

Another Open House Information session will take place at our Pipes for Fremantle Pop-Up shop located at 66 High Street, Fremantle.

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WILLIAM STREET PARKING BAYS ARE BACK!

 

I noticed this morning that all the parking bays along William Street in the Fremantle CBD are back now that the builders for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project have pulled back the fences.

As mentioned previously Queen Street is back to two-way traffic, but there should be a sign in High Street warning motorists of the changed conditions because even I almost forgot to look left this morning to check for traffic as I am so used to Queen Street being one way for two years.

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QUEEN STREET TWO-WAY TRAFFIC AGAIN

 

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Queen and Henderson streets in the Fremantle CBD are two-way traffic again now that the building site restrictions were removed this morning. It also means a left turn out of the Henderson Street car park is now possible again.

Beautifying features are being installed all over the Kings Square Redevelopment Project as the second photo shows.

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FREMANTLE CHAMBER REJECTS WEST AUSTRALIAN CLAIMS

 

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has hit back at The West Australians article that casts doubt on Fremantle’s economic growth potential and position.

In a media release the FCOC wrote:

Unlike many urban centres in Australia, Fremantle is currently experiencing unprecedented investment and renewal underway, with the combined value of private and public investment in the pipeline totaling more than $1.3 billion.

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is actively connecting, uniting and assisting in the growth of a successful and vibrant business community that builds on Fremantle’s unique advantage, its heritage and its maritime focus.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, Danicia Quinlan said: “Fremantle, like most urban centres, is affected by the current wave of societal change in the way people gather, shop, dine, interact commercially and manage environmental challenges. Learning from other Councils, or even other cities locally,mand internationally, is an important way to navigate our way through these changes. We need Fremantle Councillors and the Mayor to be an active part of trying to find ways to manage all of these complex challenges.”

And more feedback from Fremantle traders:

The damage The West Australian is doing to Fremantle and its businesses far surpasses any perceived damage by council. Fremantle Markets is running at full occupancy with over 56,000 visitors last weekend for the 3 days period. Feedback from traders was “sales were excellent”.

Councils everywhere are going through a difficult time, however, the City of Fremantle Economic Development team and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce regularly engage with businesses and continue to make many great improvements to the city” .

Natasha Atkinson – Chief Executive Officer Fremantle Markets and Winner Business News 2019 40 Under 40

Our focus is on Fremantle with our affordable and green residential developments. Our projects generally achieve an equity internal rate between 15-30% and we don’t see this slowing. Fremantle business has a great future as we focus on building on our competitive advantage of heritage, environmental consciousness and community spirit”.

Tao Bourton, Fremantle’s Yolk Property Group Director

It is exciting to see so many new businesses have decided to invest their potential in Fremantle not only for today, but for many years to come. We look forward to working together to build a unique and vibrant business community.”

Ivan Dezba, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce President and Managing Director, Benny’s

People more cynical than I am might well suggest the constant attacks on shopping in local councils are a PR exercise to promote urban shopping centres, from where more advertising dollars can be obtained than from the traditional High Street shopping destinations.

One week we read and see that all is wrong and violent in Cockburn, then it is Rockingham, Fremantle, Subiaco, Mount Lawley, Leederville, Perth, etc.

Is it PR, is it political to give less power to local councils, or is it just lazy journalism during slow news cycles?

A West End cafe owner told me that last Friday, Saturday and Sunday had been some of the busiest days they have experienced. Maybe it is time for the West and its sister TV and radio stations to be more balanced and allow Freo’s positive stories to come out in the open instead of always focusing on the negative aspects.

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WRAY AVENUE PARKING BAYS TO STAY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2019

 

It looks like the request made at the Fremantle Annual General Electors Meeting by Fremantle resident Shirley Burbidge to remove the four parking bays in front of Moondyne Joe in Wray Avenue will not succeed.

The item is on this Wednesday’s FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council with the officer’s report stating that design software used for scenario analysis have shown that there would be minimal benefit in terms of intersection efficiency with Hampton Road.

Officers do recommend that the Clear Way period at Wray Avenue when heading west will be extended by half an hour to 9.30am.

The traffic flow is obstructed by the four parking bays because cars wanting to turn left from Wray Avenue into Hampton Road have to move into the right lane as well when cars are parked there.  I have no doubt that has a negative impact on the traffic flow at the intersection.

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COMMUNITY NEEDS TO SUPPORT LOCAL TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, parking, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 7, 2019

 

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There is a bit of a discussion going on on Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt‘s Facebook page about the decline of retail when he posted the good article by Nathan Hondros on WATODAY about it. Hondros’ article “Striponomics’ The reasons Perth’s main streets are struggling is no big secret is worth a read.

The usual quick fixes are suggested by some readers; free parking and councils forcing property owners to reduce rents, but neither is a solution in a world where retail has been declining for at least five years and where major shopping centres have replaced traditional high street shopping.

I don’t know all the reasons for the decline in Perth, Mouth Lawley, Subiaco and elsewhere but I do know that the City of Fremantle has been trying hard to keep and get a diversity of retail in the city, instead of more and more cafes and taverns.

Fact is that councils can’t force property owners to lower rents and that many retailers are struggling because of rising outgoings such as power, water and gas. More competition might lower coffee prices for patrons but at the end that is not sustainable either for the operators.

Pop-up shops are the flavour of most councils but they are not a long-term solution because most of those who start a pop-up realise they can’t earn enough if they have to pay full commercial rates plus outgoings, so pop-ups do what their name suggest; they pop up and die after three or six months.

The always suggested free parking is not at all a solution because free parking will be taken up all day by commuters from Fremantle to Perth, backpackers, and Notre Dame students, so that would not leave too many bays for shoppers.

There is plenty of parking in Fremantle on weekdays and residents get free street parking before 11am and after 3pm.

Fremantle Council has a small ratepayers base so parking fees and fines are essential income for our city. Free parking would mean higher rates and I doubt property owners would agree that they had to pay for free parking of others. If it happened they would pass on the council rate increase to their tenants.

On very busy Sundays Fremantle might have the occasional parking issue, but surely no one expects Council to cater for weekend parking by creating more parking bays that would be vacant the rest of the week. It is like suggesting we should have 16-lane freeways to cater for rush hour traffic when for the rest of the day six lanes are sufficient.

I love the feeling of a good old high street, where there is a diversity of shops and were shop operators live above or behind their shops, as was the case in my home town of Hague in the Netherlands, where our family of seven lived behind the corner shop my parents ran, the pharmacist family on the other corner lived above their shop, the grocery shop people and the bookbinder next door lived behind the shop, as did the butcher on the other side of the street.

But times have changed and 25% of Australians engaged in on-line shopping last year, and money is tight with too many unemployed people.

There are never easy solutions, but we can all help by shopping local, even when it costs a few dollars more. Councils can not enforce shopping diversity or lowering of rents and we can only keep asking for property owners to keep the rents as low as possible so that our traders can survive and new traders are more willing to take the risk of starting in Freo.

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ANGST ABOUT NEW WATER PIPES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, traders, traffic, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 30, 2019

 

There is quite a bit of apprehension about the Pipes for Fremantle works which are scheduled by the Water Corporation to start in June in the Fremantle CBD.

Traders and Council staff are concerned about the inevitable impact the road works will have with road closures, accessibility problems and loss of parking bays, so what can be done to make it as good as possible?

Of course the first that was considered was free parking, but it is doubtful it would have a tangible impact and would be more of a goodwill gesture than anything else.

How can Watercorp make it any better because there is day-time and night-time trading in the inner city, so moving the essential renewal of the pipes to the evenings is not a solution. Day and night work would make the project faster and roads would be closed for a shorter time, but is that practical?

To put it bluntly, without wanting to create panic, there are no easy solutions. The work has to be done or we might end up with water mains bursting and flooding and other damage, so our struggling traders will have to cop it again. I hope for them that financial compensation is an option because there is little doubt that the water pipes work will impact on their businesses.

Streets for renewal include:

  • Bannister Street, between Pakenham Street to Market Street.
  • Collie Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace.
  • Essex Lane, between Collie Street and Essex Street.
  • Essex Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace.
  • High Street, between Little High Street and Market Street.
  • Leake Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street.
  • Marine Terrace, between Cliff Street and Suffolk Street, and Howard Street and Price Street.
  • Market Street, between High Street and Bannister Street
  • Nairn Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street.
  • Norfolk Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
  • Pakenham Street, between Collie Street and Leake Street
  • South Terrace, between Bannister Street and Norfolk Street

We estimate this construction work will take now place between June and November 2019.

Streets no longer included in this package of work include:

  • Henry Street, between Marine Terrace and Phillimore Street.
  • Pakenham Street, Leake Street to Phillimore Street.
  • Phillimore Street, between Henry Street and Pakenham Street.
  • Short Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street

Renewal of the water mains on these streets will be completed at a later date.

Roel Loopers

 

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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