Freo's View

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

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NEW FREMANTLE CBD CAR PARK

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

 

Point Street

 

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

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FREE FREO KINGS SQUARE PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017
 

Good news for Fremantle CBD traders and shoppers!

The City of Fremantle will trial free one hour on-street (kerbside) parking at locations in Paddy Troy Mall, William Street, Queen Street and High Street (east) to support local traders during the Kings Square Project construction.

The decision to offer free parking follows a number of meetings Freo City had with traders and representatives of the Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID), to discuss how CoF could support them.

Other priorities identified include additional directional signage, the removal of alfresco fees; and events and activities to continue to attract people to Kings Square during construction

The City will trial the free parking for 12 months and if successful, will extend it throughout the Kings Square renewal which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

 Free parking at these locations is expected to take effect later this month once new signage is installed to reflect the new rules.  Time restrictions will remain in place from 9.00am–5.00pm.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREE PARKING SUPPORT FOR FREO TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle has just announced that it will be introducing one-hour free parking in selected areas around Kings Square.

Local traders are concerned that the Kings Square Project construction over the next two and a half years might negatively impact on their business, hence the Freo City administration has decided to support them with more free parking.

Stay tuned for updates!

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW CAR PARK IN FREO INNER CITY

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

 

Fences have gone up around the Stan Reilly Centre, next to the Fremantle Oval, for the construction of a new 155-bay new public car park.

The heritage wall along South Terrace will be retained, and 21 non-native trees will be removed and replaced with 45 native trees once the car park is complete. It is estimated that the car park will open in January next year.

The new parking bays will be an addition to the 5,000 bays in the city centre. Early next year the vacant site next to the Point Street car park will also be converted into a public car park, until the commencement of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel there is about two years.

I have no doubt that traders and the public will welcome new car parking in the inner city, but have concerns about traffic flow on weekends, where we might experience traffic jams on Parry Street for traffic going west and south and on South Terrace for traffic going South, but time will tell how well the City of Fremantle will manage that.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO PARKING RED TAPE SILLY

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2017

 

Government process and irrational red tape annoys most people in our community, and today’s example in Freo was another one where I left shaking my head.

The mainly senior volunteer tour guides at the Roundhouse have reserved parking bays along the railway line, and for the last ten days a car, probably a Notre Dame student, has parked in one of the bays illegally for the entire day.

The Roundhouse office is no longer occupied every day, so today I stopped my car when I noticed a parking inspector. I told him the story and gave him the rego of the car, but oh no! that’s not how it goes, mate.

You need to call the office and lodge a complaint, and the office will then call a parking officer. That means the process becomes a triangular one that requires two phone calls, instead of the officer walking one minute down the street where I stopped him.

I got muzak when I called the City and since I was on my mobile I decided not to wait, so the matter was not resolved.

Why complicate matters when they could be simple? I don’t blame the officer, whom I know well, as he was following directions, but the process stinks!

 

Roel Loopers

FREO SOUTH MOLE PARKING PROBLEMS

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

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Fremantle’s perceived parking problems took on a whole new meaning when the driver of this car ‘parked’ his/her vehicle rather awkwardly on the South Mole on Sunday night.

I am a day late reporting this, as yesterday was so hectic that I did not have the time to follow my daily routine of checking out what goes on in port.

Very remiss of me, so please don’t cancel your subscriptions and multi-million dollar advertising campaigns. ; >)

=Roel Loopers

 

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FACTS NOT IMPORTANT FOR FREO MAYORAL CANDIDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017

 

Fremantle Mayoral candidate Ra Stewart does not bother much about facts and is happy to continue criticising Fremantle Council with non-factual claims.

On her Facebook page she writes: …..Mayor Brad Pettitt has come out in the last couple of days and proposed changes to the current Council policy by offering free parking after 3:00 pm for Fremantle residences.

But if Stewart had bothered to take the time to inform herself, such as checking the City’s website, she would have known that free residents parking, with the appropriate permit, after 3 pm and before 11 am has been on for very many years. I have eight stickers on my car windscreen to prove it, and had them on previous cars as well, so it must have been implemented over ten years ago.

This is the person who wants to lead our Council and community, but who is not at all interested in facts. Stewart is either very lazy or too arrogant to check facts, and that is not the quality I would like to see in a Mayor.

The other day she claimed the Portuguese Club might be moving to Cockburn, when only two months ago the City and the club signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the club to relocate to the St John’s site in Parry Street.

We are getting a lot of hyperbole and hot air from Stewart but not a lot of substance, and that is extremely disappointing and a serious worry.

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREO PARKING CONDITIONS FROM TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

From the City of Fremantle.

Residents can look forward to simpler conditions for their free parking permit.

Effective today (Tuesday 1 August), new conditions will allow City of Fremantle residents to park for free at all standard on-street (kerbside) car parking bays during the following times (including public holidays):

• Valid Monday-Sunday (seven days per week):
° free parking from 9.00–11.00 am. Permit holders must abide
by the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
° free parking from 3.00–5.00 pm. Permit holders must abide by
the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
° free parking from 5.00 pm–1.00 am. Time restrictions do not
apply.

The only question left is why there is no free parking from 1am at night to 9am in the morning, but I doubt there will be any parking officers on the beat at those hours. ; >)

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO DO BETTER

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

I have been contemplating this since Wednesday’s Fremantle Council meeting, as I simply cannot understand the reasoning behind the residents parking permit yoyo process, that reeks of incompetence.

I reacted very negatively when I first read that the City of Fremantle wanted to change the residents free permit parking from on-street to off-street only, and the next thing that happens is that it is all reversed and we are now back to on-street parking, with a few minor adjustments.

For me that is proof of a thought-bubble gone all wrong, where officers did not do their homework and considered all the consequences. Only when there was a community outcry they changed their mind and went back to the past.

The only changes we will see from September on is that residents with the appropriate permit can now also park for free in street bays on Saturdays before 11am and after 3 pm. There is no free Saturday parking at present.

The negative is that all day free Sunday parking now also has been restricted to the before 11am and after 3pm times. That is not good as there are shops that only open at 10am on Sundays and close at 4pm. Sunday lunch with free parking in the CBD is now also out for Fremantle residents.

Then we had the speedhump shambles, where too many speedhumps were installed along three streets, and some were too high. At no doubt considerable cost speedhumps were then removed again and others flattened.

I am sorry to say this but these are mediocre performances by the responsible officers, which the CEO needs to jump on as these mistakes cost a lot of money.

Questions need to be asked why too many speedhumps were installed in the first place and who gave the go ahead for them, and questions need to be asked why the consequences of changes to residents parking were not considered before the item went to council.

The other thing I do not understand is why on-street and off-street parking is not going to be introduced for a trial period of one year, so that the officers can properly evaluate what the financial consequences would be, and how many motorists would prefer off-street parking over on-street parking. This cannot be tested without actually implementing it!

It’s been a disappointing few weeks by the City of Fremantle administration. Our Councillors need to start asking a few hard questions, because the community will blame them.

Let me ask these questions:

  • How much did the installation of speedhumps in South Terrace, Ord Street and Wray Avenue cost, including cost for traffic management staff and electronic signs?
  • How much did it cost to remove some of these speedhumps and modify others, including cost for traffic management and electronic signs?

 

Roel Loopers

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