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FREMANTLE HIGH STREET UPGRADE STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, state government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2020

 

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Fremantle HIGH STREET UPGRADE project this morning with Premier Mark McGowan, the Member for Fremantle, Minister Simone McGurk, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, and Mainroads officials, but no one though about inviting this Freo blogger, so all I can show is this latest plan.

There will no doubt be traffic disruptions when the work starts in a few weeks from now, so I will try to keep you up to date, but that will depend a lot on receiving the relevant information.

Roel Loopers

 

SAVE FREMANTLE’S PORT BEACH!

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, containers, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2020

 

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The container exhibition by the Maritime Museum is still on at Victoria Quay, so make sure to go and have a look and learn all about the history of containers.

Talking about the port, the Save Port Beach event is on all day this Saturday with music, food stalls, etc. so let’s put some pressure on the State Government to invest in one of Fremantle’s favourite beaches and protect and preserve it.

Roel Loopers

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NEW CRANE FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2019

 

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It is good to see that the Fremantle Port stevedore companies are still investing in our port, with another large $ 15 million crane delivered by the Zhen Dua 24.

It must be very hard for the board and management of Fremantle Ports to make plans for the future when one does not know if the port has a future still in Fremantle, or if the industrial part of it will be moved entirely to Kwinana in 15-20 years, and Fremantle only being a port for cruise ships and the Rottnest Island ferries.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE NEEDS TO GROW TO PROSPER

 

Now that we are nearing the end of the year, and the end of the decade, it is good to reflect on Fremantle’s progress and opportunities.

While other councils refused to accept the State Government’s direction of higher density infill Fremantle Council was more realistic about the fact that urban infill is necessary because the urban sprawl won’t be sustainable.

Fremantle introduced new planning schemes that encouraged developers to invest in Freo, especially the CBD, and it worked with Sirona Capital on the much-needed modernisation of Kings Square that will see many more people working in the city centre from early next year.

It took a while until developers saw the unique opportunities to build in Fremantle, but they came and we saw the Heirloom and LIV residential apartments being built, plans approved for the Little Lane residential development on the former Spotlight site, redevelopment of the Manning building and the Atwell Arcade office building, plans approved for the development and hotel on the former Police&Justice complex in Henderson Street, the start of the Warders Cottages hotel and tavern development, and new hotel plans will soon be approved for the Woolstores shopping centre site.

Plans have also been approved for a wood frame commercial development in High Street, just east of Kings Square, and we are still waiting for the Match group to start on the development of the former Energy Museum, and for the SKS Group to finally commence the Hilton Doubletree hotel building in Point Street.

The residential development of the former Workers Club in Henry Street is nearing completion, there is substantial development in the Knutsford Street area, and there is development in South Fremantle.

Top that with the Freo Social and Old Synagogue attractions and big plans for the Fishing Boat Harbour and no one can argue that Fremantle has not positioned itself very well for an exciting future that embraces old and new, and low and medium high buildings.

Already the second part of this year Fremantle has seen an increase in visitors and there is little doubt that the new FOMO retail and hospitality precinct, with supermarket, at Kings Square will become an attraction, and the four new hotels will create the 24/7 activation of the CBD that is badly needed.

When one compares Fremantle with Subiaco, where council has been reluctant to embrace urban infill, and have now been told by Planning Minister Rita Safiotti that they will have to approve buildings of up to 20 storeys near the train station, one has to be grateful that Fremantle Council took our city’s destiny in their own hands and kept building heights to a more Freo-friendly level. Future Fremantle Councils will need to start planning for a port city without a container port, as there is little doubt that the Westport Taskforce will recommend to the State Government a relocation of the port to Kwinana.

There is sometimes fair criticism about the architectural quality of buildings, but that is an issue that needs to be addressed at State level, and I am not alone to wish for a bit more colour in our city, instead of the drab colours we have been getting.

I honestly believe that Freo’s future is great and that we all have a lot to look forward to. Anti development sentiments constantly expressed by a few people who are disgruntled with Fremantle Council are not very helpful. Fremantle needs to grow to prosper!

Happy New Year!

 

Roel Loopers

PS and former North Fremantle Councillor Rob Fittock chastised me rightly for not mentioning the Leighton Beach and other development in North Freo. Mea Culpa!

FOOD TRUCKS AND PORT SUNSET

Posted in city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2019

 

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The food trucks are back under the bridge at the Fremantle East Street jetty today from 5pm, so take advantage of the warm weather to have a meal at the Swan river with lovely views of the port and sunset.

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY CHRISTMAS AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2019

 

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It is a stinker of a Friday, not only very hot but also humid, but tomorrow will be much cooler and a good day to be out at Fremantle Port for the Victoria Quay CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL

Free rides for the kids, giant bubbles, lots of things to do, the Wasamba drummers and roving performers, and food stalls.

It is a free event on from 3-9pm.

Roel Loopers

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WESTPORT TASKFORCE LATEST REPORT ON NEW CONTAINER PORT OPTIONS

 

The Westport Taskforce has just released their latest report about the options for a probable new container port near Kwinana, so I copied and paste it for you all:

 

Changes to Westport’s shortlist

Westport announced its shortlist of five port options in August 2019. The shortlist, which was the result of the first multi-criteria analysis (MCA-1) on the long-list, consisted of three stand-alone Kwinana options and two shared Fremantle/Kwinana options.

After the release of Westport Beacon 7: Westport’s shortlist, the order and cataloguing of the options (which are now A-E) was subsequently changed for the purposes of MCA-2 and to allow the options to be re-assessed with a clean slate regardless of how they were ranked in MCA-1.

Since then, the Westport Taskforce has gathered information to enable a deeper understanding of how each option performs against the MCA-2 criteria.As work for the MCA-2 got underway, it became evident that two sub-options (Option D2 and Option E2) were required to allow separate assessment of a staged transition from the shared port options (Options D and E) to a stand-alone port in Kwinana. The transition Options D2 and E2 did not form part of MCA-1, but have now been added to the shortlist to enable investigations into infrastructure staging, timing and cost implications.

The addition of the two transition options highlights the complexity of Westport’s work and how the project has remained flexible to adapt to new inputs as required. This ensures that the best outcome can be achieved.The revised shortlist of options assessed in MCA-2 are summarised in Table 1 below. Options A to E are all end-state options, while Options D2 and E2 are transition options that both lead to Option B as the end-state.

Table 1: Summary of shortlist options assessed in MCA-2OptionDescription Operation

Option A KwinanaCockburn Sound North (vicinity Rowley Road) narrow island port with intermodal operations at Latitude 32End-state

Option B KwinanaCockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) conventional land-backed portEnd-state

Option C KwinanaCockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road)conventional island portEnd-state

Option D Fremantle and Kwinana. Unmodified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium conventional land-backed portEnd-state

Option D2 Fremantle and Kwinana. Unmodified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium land-backed port transitioning to Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) land-backed port (Option B)Transition to Option B

Option E Fremantle and Kwinana. Slightly modified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium conventional land-backed port with Blue HighwayEnd-state

Option E2 Fremantle and Kwinana. Slightly modified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium land-backed port with Blue Highway, transitioning to Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) land-backed port (Option B)Transition to Option B

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LOOK OUT FOR FIRE ANTS IN FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 30, 2019

 

Fire Ants!

 

Fremantle residents are asked to look out for Fire Ants. Three nests of them were recently discovered oin the port area and they are a real pest with a nasty sting, so be aware and double check when you see ants.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S PRINCESS BACK IN PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliner, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2019

 

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The Sun Princess is back in her home port of Fremantle. It is always a great sight to see one of the majestic cruiseliners in Fremantle, so welcome to all the passengers and crew.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE PAINTING THE TOWN RED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Fremantle Biennale, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2019

 

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Artists from the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale have been painting the town red, all the way from South Beach to Fremantle Port.

CY O’Connor is seeing red on Victoria Quay with the lawn below his statue all red and even a red pool ball put on his shoulder.

Roel Loopers

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