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START OF STAN REILLY DEMOLITION

Posted in city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017

 

 

The demolition of the Stan Reilly centre has started, to make space for a public carpark on the site at South Terrace.

City of Fremantle staff will be moving into the former Dockers clubhouse at Fremantle oval mid December, so that the construction of the new civic centre at Kings Square can commence.

Fremantle is in an amazing period of transition and rejuvenation, which will revitalise our city.

Roel Loopers

 

NEW FREMANTLE CARPARK ALMOST READY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2017

 

 

What a difference a bit of landscaping makes!

The vacant site on the corner of Adelaide and Point streets in Fremantle, destined to become a Hilton Doubletree hotel and ANCORA apartment development, has received some TLC from the City of Fremantle.

The site will become a temporary public carpark next to the multi-storey Point Street carpark, until the SKS Group starts the development in 2019.

There is also a new sales office for the residential apartments, which is open on weekends, so go and have a look.

Roel Loopers

FREE FREMANTLE RESIDENT PARKING POPULAR

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017

 

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I have been calling for better communication by the City of Fremantle for a while, because the good stories have to be told as they don’t seem to reach residents and ratepayers, but the latest media release about parking is a strange one.

Free After 3 parking is being embraced by the community, the media release states and that before its introduction last month only 81 residents’ parking permits were issued in July, but in August 202 and in September 265.

The problem with the statement is that it is factually wrong and that Free After 3 was not introduced last month, as it has been going on for many years. I’ve got eight parking permit stickers on my windscreen to prove it!

The only changes that were made last month is that free parking after 3pm and before 11 am for residents with parking permits now also applies on weekends.

Before the changes there was no free parking on Saturdays and there was only free parking with permit at the Beach Street carpark all day on Sunday.

What has been added, because of the Kings Square Project, is one-hour free parking at Queen and William streets and Paddy Troy Lane.

The election is over, but it is still important to get the facts right!

Roel Loopers

NEW CARPARK FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on October 24, 2017

 

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It looks like the new public carpark on the corner of Point and Adelaide streets could be ready before Christmas, so there will be additional parking for the festive season and the many Fremantle festivals and events during the summer period.

A big sign has been added to the sales office for the Ancora/Hilton Doubletree development, so check that one out. The office is open on weekends only.

Roel Loopers

 

FREE PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

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One hour FREE PARKING is now available around the Kings Square precinct.

There is really no excuse anymore not to come to Fremantle, do your shopping, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and support our local traders.

The free parking is every day of the week, including weekends!

Fremantle residents with parking permit can park for free from 3 pm to 11 am every day, so that is 20 hours of free parking. Take advantage of it!

If you haven’t got a parking permit yet, apply for one at the reception desk at the Townhall. Bring ID and proof of residency and it will take ten minutes to get one for a year.

 

Roel Loopers

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ABOUT FREO PARKING AND RATES

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

During the Fremantle local election campaign I often get asked about parking and Notre Dame University not paying rates, so I want to share my thoughts on that with you.

I have stated for many years that Fremantle has a perceived parking problem, as there is ample parking in the inner city. The one ‘problem’ Freo has is that street parking is not always available close to where one wants to go, and on weekdays that is often due to Notre Dame students occupying the bays in the West End all day.

Especially on weekdays the multi-storey carparks at Point, Collie and Henderson streets have plenty of vacant car bays, and so do the car parks along Mews Road, west of the railway line, and at Victoria Quay and Beach Street.

I do not believe that broadly supplying more free parking would help our traders and visitors, as uni students would just take them.

We also need to consider that parking fees and fines are a major revenue source for the City of Fremantle, so how would we make up for that financial loss? Reducing services would not be welcomed by ratepayers and residents.

Staying with rates. Like all educational institutions in Australia Notre Dame University is not required to pay council rates, and neither do churches and Fremantle Port.

Notre Dame is a great asset to Fremantle and I am a big supporter of the university. It brings over 7,000 people daily to Fremantle, and West End cafes would not be there without them.

Freo City signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Notre Dame every two years and the uni is required to spend an agreed amount of money on activation events.

UNDA is working on installing street activation nodes at the moment, and is also planning a heritage wall at the back of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street.

In an ideal world a small city like Fremantle should receive rates from each and every property owner in our city, but they have no power to enforce that.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BAD SPORT POLITICS

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

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One-hour free parking has now been introduced in the Kings Square area, after the City of Fremantle consulted with local traders, who are worried the city square development might negatively impact on their business.

The reaction to it on social media shows that politics resembles sport more and more. One-eyed blinkered supporters of one team do not want to see the quality of the players of the other team and vice versa. The other team is always wrong and our team always right.

When the free parking was announced the mayoral candidate opponent questioned if council has now changed their mind on reducing car use in the CBD, while she herself has a platform of one-hour free parking and extensive community consultation.

One camp keeps going on about the lack of community consultation on scrapping the Australia Day firework, and I agree it should have been much better, but the other camp says there was no consultation about the introduction of the firework in the first place

Fremantle council boasts about unprecedented development in Fremantle, not seen for four decades, but a former Mayor says that is not true, and claims there was a lot of development while he was there as well.

Planning Scheme Amendment 49 has not created new development, opponents say, but what about Kings Square, the biggest project in Freo ever, the Hilton Doubletree and the Woolstores development plans, say those who initiated the scheme amendment.

Social media is full of innuendo, conspiracy and name-calling, but it is often not supported by facts. We hear claims that elected members vote along party lines, but my long time observation of council and committee meetings does not support that. Only last week two Labor members voted for and one against the new verge garden policy for example. It is correct that there are several Labor and Greens members on Fremantle Council, but they vote as individuals, and that is how they got elected.

I understand that those who support the Liberal or National party, or One Nation, Family First, etc. are not pleased to have a left-leaning council, but that is democracy. The Fremantle community voted the elected members in and we should respect that.

Elections should not be about discrediting opponents, so I was delighted that non of the five City Ward candidates said anything bad about their opponents at last week’s candidate forum.

Unfortunately social media attracts a lot of non-factual nonsense, which is unfair to those who are willing to put their hand up for their community. We are better than that in Freo!

Left, right, or centre, have your say and VOTE, because that is the only way you get the representation you want, and that applies to the young over 18 and the seniors. Don’t sit on your bum and criticise those who are getting off theirs, do your bit for Freo. Voting is the least you can do.

The ballot papers will be arriving this week, so it takes only two ticks, a signature, putting it in an envelope and in the mail box to participate. VOTE PLEASE, no matter if you vote for or against me. Vote for Fremantle!

The Mayoral Candidate Forum is on tonight at 6.30pm at Tannock Hall, corner of Cliff and Croke Streets.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

LIVE STREAMING OF FREO COUNCIL MEETINGS

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

Fremantle Council is considering live-streaming council and committee meetings to create more transparency and for the public to better understand local government process.

Looking at the lack of interest in local government I doubt that many people would watch council meetings on their computer or smartphone, but anything that will minimise community ignorance is good, because it is astounding how little Fremantle residents know about what goes on in our city.

At the second last council meeting before the election last night not even the candidates bothered to turn up and get a better understanding of what could be their future place of work.

There is quite clearly a lack of proper communication with the community when most people in South Fremantle and beyond are not aware that the rubber speedhumps in South Terrace are just temporary and that they will be replaced with permanent traffic calming raised platforms, and that street furniture and new trees will give the area a more residential appearance.

When only a small percentage of residents have applied for a parking permit that allows them to park for free twenty hours per day, that has been available for over ten years, that shows that the information does not get through to the people, hence they complain about perceived parking problems.

The Fremantle Festival parade is scratched because of lack of interest from the community, and not many people turn up any more to watch the Blessing of the Fleet, that used to be a big draw card, simply because they do not know it is on. Even at ANZAC Day there are fewer people watching than in previous years, so what needs to be done?

Having a massive decline in spectators does affect our local traders, so let’s start with the basics, improve communication, and get the message out there that Freo is alive and well.

Live streaming might interest only a few but it is worth consideration. It is important though that the privacy of public speakers is protected so that they don’t attract social media bullies.

Roel Loopers

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GOOD CITY COMMUNICATION A PRIORITY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

A major issue in Fremantle is the lack of proper community consultation. The resentment in the community about it creates an us and them attitude, where Council becomes the enemy of the people, so we need to make a real effort to change that.

It is essential in my opinion to take the community with you when Council makes decisions and unfortunately that has not always been the case. I know they will never be able to please everyone, but they have to do better.

The Australia Day controversy is a good example of that, where only one community group was consulted, but not the entire community, and not even the business community. That is not good enough.

It does not matter how well Councillors meant and that they showed great sensitivity toward the Noongar community, they should have taken the entire community with them on this extremely important journey on how we can improve celebrating our history. They did not do that, so the issue became divisive, and sometimes even racist, and that was very disappointing.

The fact that the date of Australia Day is now a national discussion is good, and I acknowledge that Fremantle Council started it, and I do support that, but surely this should have been handled so much better, and we need to learn from that.

The Smoking Ceremony during One Day was quite emotional and it was great to see so many people tun up to witness it, and so was the concert in the afternoon, but we need to have a chat with the entire community about how we can accommodate a better outcome that will be embraced by more people.

Communication is insufficient at many levels. Social media comments show that very many people in Fremantle do not know what goes on and are quite ignorant about facts, and that is due to lack of good communication by the City of Fremantle, I believe.

If thousands did not know that there are free parking permits for residents available, until it became a political election issue, that is a clear sign of bad communication.

The City needs to reach out more and better, as it cannot expect that people will try to find important information on websites or social media. The City of Fremantle needs to ‘home deliver’ information, not wait for people to come to them to find out what is going on.

Lack of communication creates an us and them sentiment in the community, where council becomes the enemy of the people, and that is plain silly. It also creates conspiracy theories and innuendo, because there is a lack of trust, due to a perceived lack of transparency and accountability. Excellent communication can solve most of these issues.

Councillors are part of our community, and we elect them to make the hard and good decisions. Many Fremantle City officers live in Freo and are our neighbours and friends, so let’s stop treating them as opponents.

If I get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to have monthly meetings with the board and committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Fremantle Society, FICRA, the Fishing Boat Harbour, Cappuccino Strip, West End, South Freo, North Freo traders, etc. and also attend precinct meetings, because only when elected members constantly listen to the community, and communicate with them, will they understand what the issues and priorities are.

We are all in this together, and the better we work together the greater the outcomes will be! There is a great future ahead for Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

NEW FREMANTLE CBD CAR PARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2017

 

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Work has started on the new public car park on the corner of Adelaide and Point Street in Fremantle, on the site for the planned Hilton Doubletree Hotel.

The construction of the hotel by SKS has been delayed till the start of 2020, so Fremantle Council insisted they would return control of the site to the City, so that the space can be used, instead of being an eyesore.

SKS will also put a portable sales office on the corner of the site.

The City of Fremantle will also manage the Point Street multi-storey car park from January next year, until SKS starts building in about two years.

The new car park at the Stan Reilly site next to Fremantle Oval is also due to open early next year, so that will help local traders.

And the City has added one-hour free parking during the Kings Square Project development in Queen, Adelaide and William streets. Check the signs though!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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