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NOTHING COMMON ABOUT MONTREAL STREET DEVELOPMENT

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2020

More residential development for Fremantle!

OP Properties in partnership with Power Ledger will build a diverse range of 39 apartments in a five storey development at East Village at Fremantle’s Montreal Street.

Montreal Commons will be one of the first carbon neutral apartment developments in Australia and will deliver a 50 per cent reduction on strata levies, which is a substantial annual saving.

The ground floor will have a cafe and there will be basement parking.

Roel Loopers

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FREO HILTON START IN DECEMBER?

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2020

 

 

 

 

I am not alone when I declare that I am very keen for the planned Fremantle Hilton hotel and the Woolstores shopping centre development to go ahead, and hopefully start soon, because they would be significant developments for our inner city.

I checked out the SKS Group‘s website this morning, because the developers have been delaying the start of the Hilton for far too many years. It is good to see that SKS says the commencement of the $ 115 million mixed-use development will be December this year, so let’s hope they are serious about that.

The six-level The Point development would house the hotel, retail and 45 residential units from Point Street to Princess May Park.

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PERFECT MATCH FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on August 5, 2020

 

Match 1

Match 2

 

More exciting news for Fremantle! As flagged on Freo’s View a few weeks ago the Match property group has commenced with the construction of the M/27 by Match residential development behind the former Energy Museum at Fremantle Park.

The four-storey building will house 40 apartments, so that means more people living in Freo’s inner city.

Match’s managing director Lloyd Clark said “After the great success of the Heirloom project, which really ignited the apartment boom in Fremantle’s East End, we’re delighted to be involved in bringing life back to another of Fremantle’s heritage treasures.

“Match has had significant involvement in Fremantle and its stretch of coastline for almost a decade with many varying projects catering to people from all walks of life.

“There really is no other place in the world like Fremantle, and with the revitalisation that is currently underway we’re very confident it has a bright future.”

A few hundred metres down the road the Yolk Property Group is well under way with the construction of the eight-storey residential apartment block on the former Spotlight sight, so Freo is positioning itself for the future.

The Match group did the fantastic Heirloom woolstores development in Queen Victoria Street and already redevelopment the former S.E.C. museum for a food and beverage outlet or boutique office space.

Roel Loopers

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NO COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

The planned new WA residential development codes changes are interesting and will be controversial, because it will diminish local government power.

Single houses on small residential blocks, smaller than 260sqm would no longer need development approval, as long as they are within the local planning scheme regulations, but all new residential development have to allow for the space of a tree in the front.

Two storey residential development will get additional height of one metre above the current local planning laws, if the State Government signs off on the changes, which are released for community consultation from this weekend.

Building  pergolas or swimming pools would also no longer need council approval.

Already large property developments over $ 20 million will no longer have to go through local councils, but will be decided by JDAP.

It will be interesting to read all the details of the proposed changes and see how many local governments will put submissions in.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ADOPTS 2020/21 BUDGET

Posted in budget, city of fremantle, finances, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

There has been a lot of debate in Fremantle and other councils about when a rates increase is or isn’t a real rates increase. It is all quite discombobulated, so I will just copy and paste the media release from the City of Fremantle without any comment:

Fremantle Council has adopted a 2020-21 annual budget that features no increase in rate revenue and a freeze on the majority of fees and charges.

The decision to maintain rate revenue at the same level as the previous financial year was made in recognition of the financial impact of COVID-19 on ratepayers and the business community.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the 2020-21 budget was developed in an environment unlike any other in living memory.

“The tremendous public health, social and economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in ways that we could not have imagined a short time ago,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“We know there are many Fremantle residents and businesses that have taken a big financial hit as a result of COVID-19, which is why we’ve chosen not to have any increase in rate revenue.

“We’ve also adopted a new hardship policy to provide relief to ratepayers facing financial stress.

“It must be remembered that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the City’s finances as well. We estimate we will lose about $4 million in revenue in 2020-21 from things like parking and commercial rents.

“That means we’ve have had to make some very tough decisions to tighten our belts and choose to focus on the provision of core services and the delivery of our capital works program.

“The council will monitor this position during the year to ensure any improvement is delivered back into community services or recovery projects to support our community.”

Mayor Pettitt said the situation with rates had been made more complicated by this year’s revaluation of properties by the state government’s Valuer General.

“While the City has committed to no overall increase in rate revenue this year, individual rates notices may go up or down depending on the change in the Gross Rental Value of specific properties,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Almost three quarters of Fremantle ratepayers will see their rates notice for 2020-21 either stay the same or go down compared to last year’s rates bill. Ten per cent will see an increase of less than two per cent, and 16 per cent of ratepayers will see their rates go up by more than two per cent.

“Some commentators have argued that because on average GRV’s have gone down rates should go down by the same amount, but that’s a misunderstanding of how rates are calculated.

“Every year councils work out how much revenue is required to provide the services and facilities the community needs, and then calculate the rate-in-the-dollar based on that.

“This year because on average GRV’s in Fremantle have gone down by about 10 per cent the rate-in-the-dollar has gone up by 10 per cent, but the amount of revenue collected will stay the same as last year.”

Despite the financial impact of COVID-19 the 2020-21 annual budget still includes funds for a substantial capital works program, including:

  • Completion of Walyalup Civic Centre and Library
  • New Kings Square play space
  • Public realm upgrades at Newman Court and Kings Square
  • Fremantle Golf Course, club house and community facility
  • Fremantle Markets building works
  • Arthur Head conservation works
  • Container Deposit Scheme refund point at Fremantle Recycling Centre
  • New Fremantle Park car park

In addition to adopting the 2020-21 annual budget at a special meeting last night, the council also endorsed a new Financial Hardship Policy.

The policy was developed to assist ratepayers that may be experiencing financial hardship and require a different approach to paying outstanding rates and service charges.

The support offered under the policy includes the City accepting reduced payments and establishing an alternative payment plan, pausing the payment of rates, administration fees and charges, ceasing penalty interest for up to six months and suspending debt recovery action.  

For more information on how local governments calculate rates please visit the Council Rates Explained page on the WA Local Government Association website.

FREMANTLE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP POLICY FOR RATEPAYERS

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, finances, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020

 

It has only now come to my attention that the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this evening sign off on a Financial Hardship Policy for ratepayers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each application will be determined on a case by case basis and where possible, the City will provide assistance subject to the following conditions:

•In the opinion of the Chief Executive Officer the ratepayer is experiencing genuine financial hardship

•The ratepayer’s circumstances can be substantiated upon request

•The ratepayer is not bankrupt or subject to a bankruptcy petition

•The property is the principal place of residence or the principal place of business of the ratepayer

•The applicant must be the owner or co-owner of the property and legally liable for payment of rates and charges

When a ratepayer is determined by the City to be in Financial Hardship, the City will offer the following options:

•Temporarily accept reduced payments and establish an alternative payment arrangement plan;

•Temporarily pause payment of rates, administration fees and charges;

•Cease any penalty interest for up to 6 months;

•Suspend any debt recovery action.

Payment arrangements will be facilitated in accordance with Section 6.49 of the Local Government Act 1995and the City will endeavour to establish payment terms that are realistic and achievable for the ratepayer.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE SOLD

Posted in city of fremantle, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on June 19, 2020

 

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More good news for Fremantle that the former Technical College at the Cappuccino Strip has been sold by the WA State Government.

The heritage listed property spans from Essex Street to Norfolk Street and from Essex Lane to South Terrace. It is an iconic building in a prime location opposite Fremantle Markets, so we’ll have to wait and see who purchased it and what the future plans for it are.

Roel Loopers

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COUNCIL RATES EXPLAINED BY WALGA

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2020

 

Rates-Q-A-2-page

I saw this explanation by WALGA- WA Local Government Association– about council rates, so share it with you.

 

Roel Loopers

EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL RATES

 

There is quite a bit of controversy about the City of Fremantle rates for the next financial year, with even the local papers Fremantle Herald and Fremantle Gazette having an argy-bargy about it, so here also the Town of East Fremantle rates for the new financial year:

The following are the proposed Differential General Rates and Minimum Payments for the 2020/21 financial year.
Residential (GRV)                             7.4225 cents in the dollar
Commercial (GRV)                          11.403 cents in the dollar
Minimum (Residential)                     $1106
Minimum (Commercial)                    $1654
A statement of the Rating Objects and Reasons has been prepared and is available to view on the Town’s website www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au.

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ARE FREO COUNCIL RATES RAISED OR NOT?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on June 4, 2020

 

As always the debate about council rates being raised or not rising in Fremantle has become political, with both sides of the argument saying the other side is wrong, so what is really happening?

Is Fremantle Council, as reported in the Fremantle Herald last week, raising rates by 10% or is there no rise in rates revenue?

The simple question here for me is do property owners pay more in rates this coming financial year than they did last year? Do they who paid e.g. $ 2,000 in rates last time, have to pay $ 2,200 this time?

To make the debate more factual and apolitical I copy the comment from Ian Kerr, who does not live in Fremantle, but who was a Councillor at the City of Vincent for 14 years:

Because the Valuer-General has revised GRV down in a falling property market, City of Fremantle needs to increase the rate in dollar by 10% in order to maintain the same level of rate revenue in total. Overall, ratepayers will pay the the same amount as previously.
As always in such revaluations, some values will have been adjusted by more than others, so some people will find they are paying less and others (especially those that have made improvements to their property) will pay more. This is always difficult to explain to ratepayers (as I know from 14 years on Vincent Council) but Council has no say in this – and the Valuer General is required, by law, to undertake a revaluation every three years.

I hope Ian Kerr’s comments clarify the issue.

Roel Loopers

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