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TRANSPERTH BUSSES TAKE SHOPPERS’ PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, public transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 20, 2018

 

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It is disappointing when one wants to take advantage of the free before 11am parking for residents in the City of Fremantle when Transperth busses use local streets near the Woolstores shopping centre as overflow parking spaces.

These five busses took up 17 car bays at 10am this morning. It’s not on!

Roel Loopers

WEDDINGS AND TRAINS NOT A GOOD MARRIAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017

 

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The West Australian reports today that the WA Public Transport Authority has warned wedding photographers that it is illegal and dangerous to take photos of married couple on railway tracks.

In Fremantle we see this happen many times during the week at the railway crossing in front of the Roundhouse,  and also where wedding parties and tourists stand in the centre of the road in High Street to have their photos taken with the gorgeous heritage buildings in the background.

In the world’s biggest nanny state one should also be aware that it is dangerous for married couple to get their photos taken with their feet in the Indian Ocean because of great white sharks, rips, surfers, etc.

Taking photos in WA at daytime could also result in sun burn and melanoma and the bloody flies are a nuisance as well.

It is dangerous to follow the directions of those  irresponsible wedding photographers and jump in the air or off things, because one could sprain an ankle or do other damage. It is a bloody dangerous world out there!

And having your photos taken while you are totally pissed ain’t a good look either. Just saying. ; >)

The safest location for wedding photos is to just stay at home, because once we leave that safe heaven harm could come to us. Be aware!

 

Roel Loopers

 

BAD IDEA TO CHANGE PARKING PERMITS

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

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My relationship with Fremantle Council is like a volatile marriage. Sometimes I want to hug and kiss them for making great strategic long-term decisions and on other occasions I want an urgent divorce; the house, the car, the boat, the Margaret River weekender, the bank accounts, and even the kids.

The idea to change the residents parking permit conditions is one of those divorce situations, or like talking to teenagers and asking them to grow up to reality.

The timing of the proposed changes could not be worse, with Fremantle going through a welcome massive period of development. Long-term parking bays will be occupied by construction workers and tradies for the next three years because of the Kings Square Project, and it is highly likely that the Woolstores shopping development will also start early next year.

To relocate residents to free parking in City carparks only and no longer on the streets will hurt the CBD traders, and the change of time in the morning from 11 am to 10 am will also be bad.

The item is on the agenda of this evening’s FPOL Committee, so have your say and come along. It starts at 6pm.

And why is the City of Fremantle taking no action at all of Transperth busses occupying many parking bays in Goldsborough Street near the Woolstores? A bus takes up to 3-4 car bays and that is not at all helpful for shoppers.

I took this photo at 10.40am this morning.

Roel Loopers

PTA BUSES USE LOCAL STREETS AS OVERFLOW PARKING AREAS

Posted in fremantle, public transport authority by freoview on February 13, 2015

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The PTA bus parking nuisance in Goldsborough Street between Elder Place and Cantonment Street continues during the time where Fremantle residents can take advantage of free parking before 11 am and do their shopping at the Woolstores shopping centre. These three buses took ten parking bays away from shoppers at 10 am this morning and that is not acceptable. It is not on that the Public Transport Authority buses use a local street as an overflow parking area when just further east at Elder Place and Beach Street there is plenty of parking available to them.

On a happy note it is nice to have a blog that makes a difference. The unsightly piece of carpet has finally been removed from the Roundhouse carpark. Thank you City of Fremantle officers!

Roel Loopers

PROMISING VICTORIA QUAY DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, fremantle ports, victoria quay by freoview on October 9, 2014

The City of Fremantle Special Projects Committee had a first discussion about the just released plans for Victoria Quay by Fremantle Ports. My first impression is that the Ports have listened and taken all the community workshops input into account and the plans are so much better than the two ugly ING boxes proposed years ago that were abandoned due to public pressure.

What we now see is a series of low 4-5 storey buildings with just one higher 10-12 storey building east of Queens Street.

This is an integrated plan and a lot about connectivity between the CBD and the waterfront, with a shift of the busport to the east and a new entry from Queens Street.

There would also be a new railway crossing at Pakenham Street, and Peter Huges Drive in the Port, north of the railway line, would be extended all the way to Cliff Street, which would be an alternative east-west connection to Phillimore Street.

I think these are sensible and acceptable plans that  still require detailed fine-tuning and consideration, but as an overall concept they are positive for Fremantle and to activate Victoria Quay, so well done to Fremantle Ports and consultants CODA for listening so well to the community and all the stakeholders.

On behalf of the Fremantle Society I spoke yesterday against the proposal for a substantial building on Pioneer Park along Short and Pakenham streets and warned that we can not afford to lose more green open space in the inner city, even more so because new development will see many more people using the CBD and they will need green lingering nodes and places for people to relax and children to play.

I pointed out that the City’s desire to activate the reserve was partly to blame on them because they have done little to make the park attractive. For example why is there not a playground near the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre that attracts a lot of kids?

But thinking about it this morning I thought I could envisage a row of 2-3 storey residential townhouses along Short Street being quite attractive and taking up only a small percentage of the green space.

I believe that the City of Fremantle in general needs to better plan public and green spaces, as they do at Subi Centro in Subiaco where the Carter Lane precinct is being promoted as “Green Spaces Galore” and being a “distinctive feature of the precinct.”

There is a bit of ambiguity in the statement that Victoria Quay would have retail that does not undermine retail in the CBD. How is that going to work? The area is designed as a commercial/retail/tourism precinct so that would have cafes, bars and restaurants which would no doubt compete with those along the Cappuccino Strip and elsewhere in the inner city. It’s a silly notion really to believe a new waterfront destination will not attract people away from the CBD. Of course it will, but that is just the way the world works and CBD traders will have to counter act that.

Concerns were raised that there is the opportunity for building heights to go up if they have excellence in design, but that no limit has been set on the additional discretionary height. That is not acceptable and needs to be addressed, and there needs to be a Design Advisory Committee appointed for that and not been left to the discretion of Fremantle Ports.

The idea raised by some Councillors that there could be a “development authority’ for implementing the VQ development is not a bad one as it would bring cohesion to it and deal easier with stakeholders like the Public Transport Authority. This would also take care about a possibility that only the commercially most viable buildings would be built but the public realm neglected.

I am not sure why there would be the need for weather proof access to the train station from the Post Office in Market Street, as Councillor Sullivan keeps talking about. It sounds a bit too much to me as those ugly passage ways they build between school buildings and I can’t see any need for that in a city environment. All over the world one crosses station forecourt squares without being protected from the rain or sun, so why Fremantle needs to have something like it, that will be a visual barrier at Market Street, and needs to be high enough to accommodate buses and trucks, is not something I support. It is a walk that takes two minutes so why we would need protection from the rain and sun I do not understand.

The timeframe and implementation of the plans are crucial I believe. Ideally we would not want VQ commercial office space to compete with that being built at Kings Square, so hopefully Sirona Capital will get a head start and pre-lease the Myer and Queensgate buildings soon and can get started on the development there that is most essential for the re-activation of the inner city.

I am worried about Freo’s short-term future but excited about the long-term one. The modernisation and revitalisation of our city is essential to retain the State’s second city status and it is crucial for our local economy and traders. The entire development of Fremantle though needs to be handled sensitively and the authorities need to insist on high quality and well designed new buildings. Boring bland concret boxes will not do and have to be rejected vehemently.

Roel Loopers

HOW SAFE IS THE FREO RAIL BRIDGE?

Posted in fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2014

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Could the Public Transport Authority tell us why the passenger trains drive over the Fremantle railway bridge at snail’s pace, much slower than they used to go before the latest accident of a ship colliding with the bridge. If there are still issues with the bridge, why were they not fixed before the train service between Fremantle and Perth was continued?

Roel Loopers

THE OX IS SLOW BUT FREMANTLE IS PATIENT

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on September 3, 2014

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The ox is slow but the earth is patient, the saying goes. We can truly say that the Fremantle community, especially the business community, has been very patient and that we have been waiting for change, progress, new buildings and new businesses for a very long time.

The ox is moving, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and sun on the horizon, so don’t despair and just hang in there!

The demolition of the buildings at Adelaide and Point streets has started to make way for the new Hilton Hotel at Princess May Park, and in the west end of town ground work has begun on the new Mediterranean Shipping Company office building at Cliff Street.

I anticipate that we can also soon expect an announcement that a state government department will move into the former MYER building, which would be the start of the essential Kings Square revitalisation.

The final draft plan for Victoria Quay should also be made public soon, after a few details have been ironed out with the Public Transport Authority.

Roel Loopers

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FEWER USE PERTH PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 29, 2014

My call in the article below for our governments to start dealing with reality is supported by a report in the West Australian newspaper today, that the patronage of public transport in Perth fell by over two million people during 2013/14.

Of course the Public Transport Authority blames everything else but overcrowding and unreliable services. How many people in Fremantle will be fed up with trains not running, or only running part of the distance, and how many commuters are no longer willing to put up with over-crowded trains, and missing trains because of it, during peak hours?

The sale of Family Riders and Day Riders passes is also down, which a PTA spokesman blames on the economy. Not being able to get into Fremantle by train on weekends or out of Freo to go to Perth and beyond could also be another reason why families use trains less.

Lack of reliable bus services on weekends must also be an issue.

Spending billions of dollars on toll roads for trucks and lightrail to the airport ignores the daily urgent need for better public transport to the outer suburbs.

Roel Loopers

TWO SHIPS IN FREMANTLE BRIDGE ACCIDENT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on August 18, 2014

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More news has come to light about last night’s storm-related accident at Fremantle Port. The stern lines of two ships gave way according to Harbour Master Allan Gray, with the RoRo vessel Grand Pioneer hitting the bridge while the other commercial vessel hit the refueling bunker ship Parmelia I, the same ship coincidentally which hit the bridge in 2011.

Allan Gray told ABC Radio he was surprised the RoRo vessel was able to get over the Wangarra Shoal that is there to protect the bridge, as the tug boat that came to the rescue could not get past it.

Winds of over 110 kmh were the cause of the accident and came so sudden that the stevedores had not suspended work and were still unloading cars from the Roll On Roll Off vessel.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said  structural damaged had to be assessed as one concrete power pole had broken off and power lines were down. This could take up to a week to do and trains would not run between Fremantle and North Fremantle until then.

Roel Loopers

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FREO TRAFFIC BRIDGE COLLAPSE CATASTROPHIC

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on July 28, 2014

A report in today’s WEST AUSTRALIAN newspaper highlights again the unacceptable condition of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, with the newspaper citing a report by ARUP for the Public Transport Authority that a single blow to the bridge by a vessel the size of a Rottnest Island ferry could make the bridge collapse. Thousands of vehicles, including busses and trucks carrying livestock and containers cross the bridge daily, so a collapse would be catastrophic.

One has to seriously question how State Government sets its priorities when there is sufficient money for a new football stadium and the Elizabeth Quay project, but the Traffic Bridge only receives patch-up jobs, on which the government has spent over $ 12 million.

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said that ten years ago an expert engineers’ report said that the bridge was at an unacceptable risk of collapse if struck by a vessel. “A new bridge would be a much better use of taxpayers’ dollars than the Abbott Government ridiculous Perth Freight Line” McGurk said.

It is estimated that a new traffic bridge would cost approximately $ 190 million or a combined rail and traffic bridge $ 233 million.

Roel Loopers

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