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MORE PARKLETS FOR FREO’S WEST END

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, hospitality, local government, parklet, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2018

 

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The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will on Wednesday decide if it will allow two more parklets in Pakenham Street.

The one in front of the Natural Light cafe has been removed and the shop is now on Marine Terrace, but the operators of a new gin distillery, bar and restaurant want to put a new parklet there.

The owner of the Ghetto Blaster hole in the wall cafe also wants a parklet in front of his business, so if approved that would make it five parklets in Pakenham Street.

Roel Loopers

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EXTRA PARKING FOR STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, festivals, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

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Ahead of schedule the new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site will open tomorrow afternoon, just in time for the long Easter weekend and the very popular Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.

It will add another 155 car bays to the inner city. Fremantle already has approximately 5000 parking bays available in the city centre, including over a thousand on-street bays and more than 2300 bays in the 28 off-street carparks managed by the City.

It promises to be a brilliant weekend with warm and fine weather forecast.

There will be pop-up bars along the Cappuccino Strip, the Kelp Bar on Bathers Beach will be open, the West End Weekender along High Street will be fun and there is also a market in the Fremantle Malls between the Cappuccino Strip and Kings Square.

I am very much looking forward to my favourite Freo festival and all the related events, including the WOYLIE Aboriginal children’s festival in the Moores building!

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE CARPARK ALMOST THERE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

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The  new Fremantle Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site is near completion with solar lighting now also installed.

It will be good that it opens as the Queensgate carpark will close after the long Easter weekend to accommodate the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Roel Loopers

NO(TRE) PARKING!

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

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Notre Dame students often complain that it costs them a lot of money to park in Fremantle, but this attempt at free parking was not successful.

Of course the wrapping of a large Notre Dame University poster around this parking meter in Phillimore Street was done by an idiot and not by NDA students because they are perfect. It was removed pretty fast so no free parking.

Roel Loopers

Thanks Bob Sommerville for the tip off!

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FREMANTLE’S CAPPUCCINO STRIP CARPARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018

 

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The new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site near Fremantle Hospital and Fremantle Oval is scheduled to open early April.

Bitumen made of recycled road milling is being put down at present. It will capture rain water run off that will be used to water the water-wise plants.

There will be 156 car bays which will be lit at night by solar lighting, and there are also electric car charging bays.

Roel Loopers

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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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