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IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE FOR COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2019

 

Nothing irritates me more than political candidates making statements and accusations based on ignorance, which again is often based on pure laziness because they refuse to inform themselves.

Such is the case with Michelle Cunningham, the candidate for East Ward of Fremantle Council at this year’s local government elections.

Fist I read on Facebook, on the South Ward Precinct page, that Cunningham had heard that precincts carefully groom political candidates. If she attended precinct meetings she would know better. It is also insulting to say this because the precinct convenors give their time to the community to organise meetings and events and liaise with City staff and councillors.

Then Cunningham accuses the City of Fremantle of doing noting about the Fremantle Public Golf Course, that will be affected by the widening of High Street for the High Street Upgrade Project freight improvements by Mainroads WA.

It is public knowledge and was reported in the media and here on Freo’s View that the City has appointed a design team with a golf course designer and architect to redesign the golf course so that it won’t lose two holes.

As also reported here yesterday the coming FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this Wednesday consider a project for a new clubhouse and cafe on the edge of the public golf course and Booyembara Park.

My suggestion to Michelle Cunningham is that before she shoots off at the mouth she actually takes the time to inform herself, because she is just looking very stupid by making these ignorant comments. She does not look like a very good option for a new councillor for East Ward in my books.

For Cunningham’s information here the facts:

The proposed collocation of the building provides the City with numerous potential benefits, these include:

  •   design and construction cost efficiencies
  •   shared services
  •   shared amenities
  •   increased capacity and activation
  •   improved passive security
  •   shared car parking
  •   reduced operating costs.

 

In reaching agreement to proceed with MRWA and key stakeholders, the City has committed to ensuring a suitable replacement community facility and the provision of a remediated Fremantle Public Golf Course with similar facilities and functionality, these include:

 A 9 hole golf course
 Minimum par 34
 Maximised course length
 Similar sized driving range facility (including an equivalent number of bays)  Comparable practice facilities including putting green
 Similar size / function of clubhouse facility
 Full irrigation system
 Minimal tree removal – offset by new tree planting
 Safety compliance
 Suitable car parking and access
 Minimal impacts on Booyeembara Park.

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PRECINCT GROUP FOR BEACONSFIELD

Posted in beaconsfield, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2019

 

Beaconsfield Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge is trying to get a precinct group going and there will be a meeting at the Fremantle Farmers Markets this Sunday at 10am:

This is an initial meeting to try and establish a Beaconsfield Precinct Group. All interested community members are welcome to attend. City of Fremantle officers will also deliver a FOGO Info Session. Meet in the undercover area near the market (under the school auditorium) and please BYO chair!

The Growers Green markets is at Fremantle College at Lefroy Road, so if you live in Beacy make sure to attend!

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HEAD OUT TO HILTON TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, gardening, hilton, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2019

 

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Hilton Tram Tour

Glass Houses&Green Futures is on today at the Hilton Harvest Community Garden from 2.30-6pm.

It is also on the route of the Magical Mystery Tram Tour that is on from 12 midday to 3pm.

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HILTON MAGICAL MYSTERY TRAM TOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, community, hilton, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2019

 

The Hilton Precinct Group wants to take the Fremantle community away on a Magical Mystery Tram Tour of Hilton hotspots this weekend.

From midday until 3pm this Saturday July 13 the Fremantle Tram will ferry people along a special route taking in local cafes and businesses, with entertainment at each venue and special offers for tram riders.

The free tram will be operating for three hours where people can jump on and jump off at any of the stops along the way.

It will leave from the car park at Hilltop Coffee every 30 minutes and finish at the local community garden, and there will be live music, DJ’s, face painting, coffee and dessert tastings and hamper giveaways.

On the tram there will be talented and entertaining musical MC Justin Walshe who will point out all the Hilton landmarks along the way.

The Magical Mystery Tour will include stops at Hilltop Coffee in the Hilton town centre, Rennie Crescent cafes and deli, Pound Coffee Roasters, Charlie’s Café and the Hilton Harvest Community Garden.

The end of the tour will coincide with the start of the Fremantle Festival event Glass Houses and Green Futures.

The City of Fremantle gave the Hilton town centre a facelift last year in an effort to slow traffic along South Street and create a safer and more welcoming environment.

The works included changing the colour of the roadway, removing the unsightly fences on the edge of the road and installing new garden beds and street furniture.

Co-convenor of Hilton Precinct Group Britta Mathews said another aim of the Magical Mystery Tour was to connect people within the Hilton community.

“We’re going to use it as a way to promote the precinct group and encourage people to come along to future meetings and do more things in the community,” Ms Mathews said.

 

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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!

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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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BUSY EVENING AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

It was a busy night at the full Ordinary Council of the City of Fremantle last night.

The Destination Marketing Fremantle was on the agenda, that will probably mean the demise of BID, and it sailed through with just a few mentions that BID had done a good job connecting small businesses and that the Economic Development and Marketing Department had a gap to close with the retailers in that regard.

Councillors expressed they hoped BID would survive in a kind of precinct form so that traders would stay connected and helped as volunteers at events.

It was unanimously decided to go ahead with the new marketing concept but $ 50,000 will be allocated from the budget for the Winter Festival and the Long Table Dinner.

Also-yes still!-on the agenda was the Sunset Venues lease for the No 1 unit at J Shed.

Councillors disagreed with speakers that the operators would not get the go ahead from the Western Australian Planning Committee for a smaller tavern, as there were examples on Rottnest Island and elsewhere where hospitality venues had been allowed on A Class Reserves and in heritage precincts.

It was mentioned that it would be hard to find another business that would be willing to spend a lot of money to put all the required infrastructure in and that Fremantle would get an improved asset.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said they had taken it back to where we originally wanted it to be as a small bar/cafe and restaurant that would activate the area.

The proponents will only have 12 months to start substantial development or the lease will be terminated. Only Councillors McDonald and Jones voted against the item.

Only Councillor Strachan did not support the License Agreement with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval. He questioned why the city was giving the club so much financial support in difficult fiscal times for the City.

The adoption of the new Precincts Policy was also approved with Councillor Sullivan expressing that he would like a more organic precincts system where groups would be less formal.

And the Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy also got the tick of approval from our elected members.

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DELAY FOR SPICER SITE SETTLEMENT

 

The monthly Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be held this coming Wednesday at 6pm and there are some interesting and controversial items listed on the agenda, so why not observe grassroots governance first hand and attend the meeting at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

On the agenda are Destination Marketing, the tavern lease for J Shed, the South Freo Solar Farm, the license with the South Fremantle Football Club for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Strategic Planning Framework, the new Precinct Policy,  and the Dog exercise areas policy.

Surprisingly listed as a confidential item is the request by Sirona Capital for the extension of the settlement for the former Spicer site, which now is the public car park on the corner of William Street and the Henderson Street mall.

The Spicer site development is part of the Kings Square Project the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital signed off on, and an important inner city development. Why does the Council debating the settlement extension request have to be confidential and not open to the public?

By the way, the new convenor for the South Fremantle Precinct is Sean Hefferon.

 

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FROM THE FREO FPOL COMMITTEE

 

The Fremantle Council Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee last night approved all, but one, items on the agenda. Some of them will have to go through full council next week before being implemented though.

  • The contract for J Shed between the City of Fremantle and Sunset Venues will be changed for a smaller venue. The Director of City Business explained that is not a planning approval, so the proposed  300 patron tavern might still be stopped when and if Sunset Venues applies for it and for a liquor license.
  • The Solar Farm also got the tick of approval but Councillor Andrew Sullivan said he would have liked to see officers explore the possibility and costs of remediation of the site as it might well be profitable if it could be developed for residential living.
  • The new Precinct Policy was also adopted with Councillor Andrew Sullivan saying he never saw the need for precincts to be managed by the City, as community groups should rise and fall depending on the interest and participation of residents.
  • The contract for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club will also go ahead, so the footy club is getting all their Christmases at once. It appears they have been playing a bit of hard ball with CoF, so I am not sure why we so desperately need the club at the oval as it will not generate any income for the City. Not even the outgoings for power, water, etc. have reached an agreement yet. Councillor Rachel Pemberton was very worried about the big LED sign and said the City should make sure that the SFFC would not put up more of them.

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PRECINCTS THE VOICE OF THE FREO COMMUNITY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2018

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this Wednesday deliberate if Council should implement a new Precinct Policy, to clarify working requirements and expectations.

The new Precinct Policy would allow for an Arts Centre, Inner City, Hilton, O’Connor, South City, White Gum Valley, Beaconsfield, Gibson Park, North Fremantle, Samson, and South Fremantle Precinct but would no longer consider FICRA and the Fremantle Society precinct groups.

It is clear under the Election Rules of the Precinct Policy, posted below, that the two groups no longer qualify. FICRA had their own candidate at the last October election and also were strong supporters of one of the Mayoral candidates, while the Fremantle Society endorsed election candidates in the election material of the candidates.

The Society also is not qualified to be a precinct because its members come from all over Fremantle and Perth and one of their committee members actually lives in Sydney, so they can hardly claim to be a precinct.

There needs to be a process in place though where members of the precinct community can vote out a convenor who is politically motivated and not objective, as happened during the last election in the South Fremantle Precinct.

Precinct can have a really important role in informing their community, liaising with city officers and councillors and help improve the area, as long as it is done without political bias, and that is a real challenge for all precincts.

Precincts must provide open, cost and commitment free membership where any interested community member is welcome to participate.

Administration 1. Each Precinct is to update the contact details for their precinct contact details and name of their convener with the community engagement team once a year. 2. All published material, including meeting notes and minutes, produced by a precinct, are to be made publically available within 14 working days of distribution or from when a meeting is held. 3. Each precinct group can decide: How to appoint their convener. The length of term and how many terms a convener can be appointed for Who will be the precinct contact person and action correspondence received. What the meeting schedule will be. If and how meetings will be recorded, for example, meeting notes or minutes. How best to share information with precinct members, for example, by email, social media, or through ‘Freospace’ (see definitions).

Elections 1. The Local Government Act 1995 does not allow the use of council resources to assist any individual candidate in their election activities. The City is also responsible for being objective, non-political and Agenda – Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee 11 April 2018 Page 73 unbiased therefore the City does not support local, state or federal electioneering and City funds must not be used for electioneering in local government elections. 2. The City acknowledges the role of the precincts in encouraging community interest in council elections, such as organising events to allow community members to meet candidates and hear what they have to say. However, Precincts must not use City funds to support any individual candidate or group of candidates in an election. 3. Precincts who wish to promote council elections must: include all candidates in any publications distributed containing information about the election. invite all candidates to participate in events or functions organised by the precinct, in relation to the election, in order to ensure each candidate is given an equal opportunity to participate.

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