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SOUTH FREO PAVEMENT PLACEMAKING PARTY

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, lifestyle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2018

 

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The first South Fremantle Precinct placemaking pavement party on the corner of Little Lefroy Road and South Terrace was a big success during the late afternoon of Thursday.

Young and old and dogs turned up to connect with the local community and celebrate the new street furniture and traffic slowing project.

Many of the South Freo celebs turned up and so did Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillor Jon Strachan.

Well done to all the volunteers who beautified the area and organised the event!

Roel Loopers

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SOUTH TERRACE PAVEMENT PARTY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, community, local government, placemaking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2018

 

Sth Terrace Party Dec 6

 

The South Fremantle precinct group is hoping to create a bit of David Engwicht style placemaking this Thursday, to celebrate the traffic calming and new streetscaping between Little Lefroy Road and Sydney Street along South Terrace.

The South Terrace Pavement Party is from 5.30-7.30 on December 6 and the organisors hope that local residents will bring chairs, couches, board games, musical instruments, etc. to connect with the local community.

The street facelift of new furniture, trees, bike racks and painted road service is only stage one of the City of Fremantle’s project, that will go all the way to Douro Road to emphasise it is a residential area and encourage motorists to slow down along South Terrace.

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HILTON TOWN CENTRE PARTY!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 22, 2018

 

Nov 23 Hilton town party

 

The Hilton Town Centre Party is on tomorrow, Friday November 23 from 3-5pm so come and enjoy the fun!

It is about celebrating the new look of the town centre which also hopes to have created a safer environment for pedestrians.

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INTERNATIONAL CITIES, TOWN CENTRES, COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2018

 

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More than 270 of Australia’s leading specialists in urban renewal and town planning will join experts from around the world in Fremantle next week for 2018 International Cities, Town Centres and Communities conference.

The conference at the Esplanade Hotel from 14-16 November will feature 48 presentations from local, national and international experts, as well as field trips, workshops and special interest group sessions.

ICTC Society director Renee O’Halloran said the Fremantle conference had attracted huge interest from city leaders and urban planners.

“Fremantle and Perth are really leading the way across Australia in delivering innovative urban development, housing and place making initiatives and we’re not surprised that delegates have been so enthusiastic to visit Perth to hear about these projects,” Ms O’Halloran said.

The three day ICTC program, featuring world-renowned urban regeneration and economic development specialists from the US, Europe and Asia Pacific, will focus on how to deliver progressive and people-centric cities that are vibrant, innovative, connected and liveable for the future.

The City of Fremantle was selected as the host city for the ICTC conference last year following a competitive bidding process.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the event would provide a significant boost to the local economy.

“The conference will bring more than 270 delegates to Fremantle, who will be staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants and spending money on entertainment and gifts,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“A number of local businesses have also been engaged to provide meals and refreshments during the field trips, as well as being used as venues for networking functions and site visits during the event.

“The conference will also provide an opportunity for Fremantle to showcase our successful urban renewal projects like Kings Square, Heirloom apartments and WGV, and show off our beautiful city to industry professionals from around Australia.”

As a precursor to the ICTC conference the City of Fremantle is hosting an event at Bathers Beach House on Tuesday evening where the City’s new Destination Marketing Strategic Plan will be officially launched by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia.

The City’s Economic Development Manager Matt Hammond and the chair of City’s Destination Marketing Working Group Linda Wayman will also give a presentation on the plan at the ICTC conference on Thursday.

The marketing plan identifies high yielding conferences and business tourism as a new opportunity for Fremantle thanks to the many new hotel developments in the city.

To view the Destination Marketing Strategic Plan 2018-22 visit the Destination Marketing page on the City of Fremantle website.

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THE FUTURE OF FREO’S J SHED

 

With the saga about a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach now finally closed it is now time for Fremantle Council to look at a long-term plan for historic Arthur’s Head because the Bathers Beach Art Precinct idea has clearly not improved activation of the area, and that is what Council supposedly was hoping for when approving the 21-year tavern lease with Sunset Events.

There are a few simple facts about the art precinct and that is that quite a few artists have tried but could not even earn enough to pay the rent, and only a few real professionals such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson and Glen Cowans have survived and contributed to the area, and to a lesser extend also the messy looking David Giles gallery where many Sunday painters gather.

We also know that hospitality operators looked at the No 1 glass wall studio at J Shed but did not believe it was financially viable to start a business because they would have had to invest in sewerage, toilets and building a commercial kitchen, and the costs were prohibitive. It was also questioned if a hospitality venue would be a good neighbour next to a semi-industrial art workshop where grinding, welding, wax and bronze melting takes place.

Activation is a buzz word in Fremantle, as was placemaking for a few years, but what does it really mean and how much of it is needed at Arthur’s Head? Already the Roundhouse attracts some 150,000 visitors a year and that is the number of people actually going through the door, while many who walk up to the limestone cliff face just wander around without entering. It is a coming and going that make the place look popular, and the Glen Cowans gallery next to it offers fantastic underwater photography that is admired by many visitors from all over the world.

If Fremantle Council is seriously interested in activating the area why does it not use the lawn next to the Roundhouse and the A Class reserve in front of J Shed more often for events, one has to wonder. Why for example is the far west end of High Street not used as a stage for the Street Arts Festival to attract people there and help the activation Freo councillors keep dreaming about? Why is there no weekend art and craft market in the area?

Where is the investment in the area when Bathers Beach still does not have public toilets and where the connectivity from The Fishing Boat Harbour to Victoria Quay is still not resolved properly? Why are the Pilot’s Cottages not lit up at night, that would also discourage homeless people from using them?

Why also do we live with scaffolding and fencing around the cliff face since May, and work has still not started on it when tourists numbers and cruise ship visits will increase during the warmer summer months? Why has it taken so long, nearly half a year!, to find a solution?

Fremantle Council needs to walk the walk and put ratepayers’ money to good use at Arthur’s Head, because the area looks run down and uncared for and that is unacceptable for this heritage and tourist precinct. Forget activation, prioritise tender loving care first!

Roel Loopers

THE FUTURE IS OURS, FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, development, future, lifestyle, living, placemaking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2018

 

Place Partners

 

I just saw this poster or billboard of PLACE PARTNERS  on Twitter and thought that it is very relevant to Fremantle.

PLACE PARTNERS-Placemaking Consultancy Australia are in beautiful Paddington in Sydney, NSW, but no doubt they will be happy to advise WA local councils about placemaking as well. Phone 02-8065 7401.

The future is ours if we are daring enough to reach for it and embrace it, Freo!

By the way, retail will thrive in WA over the next five years according to Deloitte, so the draught might soon be over for our struggling traders.

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SOUTH FREO SOUTH TERRACE UPGRADE STARTED

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, placemaking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2018

 

 

South Terrace upgrade

 

Works to improve the streetscape along a section of South Terrace in South Fremantle have started

The upgrade, at the intersections of South Terrace, Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, will create new road surfaces and footpaths painted in vibrant colours inspired by Fremantle’s street art. It will also include new bike racks and seating, street trees, rubbish bins and drainage improvements.

The placemaking includes the widening of the footpath which will create a bigger, pedestrian-friendly area and increase the amount of alfresco space, while the new paving, street furniture and trees will make it a better lingering node space for people to enjoy,

It is anticipated that reducing the width of the road will make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down, which will also allow the removal of the very unpopular temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.

The project is being funded with the assistance of a $200,000 grant from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program.

The design was the subject of community consultation in November last year, with 73 per cent of respondents supporting the changes. Several other public meetings organised by the South Fremantle precinct, and attended by South Fremantle Councillors and City of Fremantle staff, were held at The Local last year to hear community concerns and ideas.

This is only stage one of the improvements to South Terrace in South Fremantle, so let’s hope that they work for traffic calming and making the area more pleasant and safe for all. The entire stretch from South Street to Douro Road is due for a traffic calming and an upgrade that will hopefully result in Mainroads allowing the City to lower the speed limit to 40kph.

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STUTTERING FREO WEST END ACTIVATION

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

 

There is always so much talk about the activation of the Fremantle historic West End, but then projects are stalled or abandoned and that is a real shame.

The former cute Notre Dame University bookshop building on the corner of Henry Street and Marine Terrace is still vacant, and the considerations of making the boring back wall of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street into a heritage wall also have not eventuated, and neither has the planned activation node on Phillimore Street.

I hear from the hospitality industry that the former bookshop rent is far too high at $ 40,000 a year, indexed at 3-4%. An interested party told me they would have to invest around $ 200,000 for a commercial kitchen, etc. and that the figures simply don’t end up for them to open a cafe in the space that has a lovely courtyard in front of it.

The very good refurbishment of the Prindiville Hall in Mouat Street is positive, but it is a space for students rather than for the community

The Fremantle community and West End traders want more than talk and want to see action on activating the area.

Roel Loopers

 

LIGHTER NEW LOOK KINGS SQUARE

 

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I know I’ll get kicked in the bum, slapped around the face and abused on social media, but I quite like the much lighter look of Kings Square with the London plane trees.

The Jean Hobson playground is now all demolished in a heap and the public toilets closed, but replaced with large portable loos that are accessible for disabled people.

Freo is on the move and a lot of good things are happening, but patience is required as it will take considerable time for the retail and hospitality economy to turn around in our little city.

Roel Loopers

 

WA PLANNING GREEN PAPER BUT NO ARCHITECTS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2018

 

The WA state government has released a green paper of changes to the planning process. It is 81 pages long, so too long to blog it all, but below the most important aspects of it.

Fremantle architect Tobias Bush already remarked on social media that the word architect has not once been used on all the 81 pages, and that is a rather remarkable oversight, and a slap in the face of those professionals who create the future of our cities.

 

  • Local governments to have up-to-date local planning strategies, including one for housing, through which the community has a say in how their neighbourhood will be developed.
  • Make strategic planning for sustainable development the purpose of planning in Western Australia.

Make the planning system easy to access and understand

  • A single concise State Planning Policy framework with common elements for State, regional and local plans and policies.
  • A comprehensive local planning scheme will be available online for each local government including a local planning strategy, the statutory scheme and local planning policies.
  • Reduce red tape by standardising commonly used zones.

Open up the planning system and increase community engagement in planning

  • A Community Engagement Charter with a focus on up-front community involvement in strategic planning.
  • Re-balance Development Assessment Panel processes including recording meetings, providing reasons for decisions, and undertaking more comprehensive investigation and consideration of complex proposals.
  • Local governments to report annually on their planning responsibilities.

Make the planning system well-organised and more efficient

Refocus the planning system to deliver quality urban infill

  • Revise the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to include 5-7 specialist members and increase their focus on strategic planning and policy development.
  • WAPC to delegate more statutory matters to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and accredited local governments.
  • Rethink administrative processes that add unnecessary time and cost to approvals processes.
  • The State Government, WAPC and local government to collaborate on the planning and delivery of key centres and infill locations and forward planning of infrastructure.
  • Develop a state planning policy focused on delivering consolidated and connected smart growth.
  • Provide for coordinated land use and transport planning of key urban corridors.

 

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