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KEEP WILSON PARK FOR OVERFLOW PARKING

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, parking, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2020

 

South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic has given notice of a motion to be tabled at the Ordinary Council meeting this Wednesday.

Ms Vujcic believes that using the A Class Reserve Wilson Park for overflow parking during the summer months and for events held at South Beach is contradictory to the accepted use of an A Class Reserve.

Parking at South Beach is at a premium during the warmer months, and with the approved development of a tavern and brewery on the Sealanes site, parking will become even more of an issue.

Already local residents have been complaining of visitors to South Beach and events parking in nearby streets, so if overflow parking at Wilson Park would be stopped, this situation would get worse for South Freo residents.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has advised City officers that it considers the use of the Reserve for parking to be ancillary to the purpose of ‘recreation’.

I sincerely hope Fremantle Councillors will not support the motion by Councillor Vujcic, as it would have a negative impact on the South Beach Sunset Food Markets, concerts, and  beach enjoyment in general if people can’t find parking close by.

Roel Loopers

PHOTO FOCUS ON FREO’S LEIGHTON BEACH

Posted in beaches, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, leighton beach, recreation, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2019

 

 

I don’t go to Leighton Beach very often so decided to give myself an assignment today and do a photo feature on the development and leisure at the North Fremantle beach.

I discovered the lovely MRKT SPACE cafe, boutique bottle shop and food finery, and the beach chairs at the kiosk are very popular with the young people.

Roel Loopers

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NEW CLUBHOUSE FOR FREMANTLE GOLF COURSE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2019

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday consider to sign of on plans for a new club house and community facility at the Fremantle Public Golf Course at Montreal Street.

The golf course has to be partly redesigned due to the High Street Upgrade works by the Mainroads Department.

The City is now considering building a new clubhouse as a collocated building that would bridge the golf course and Booyeembara Park, making it more attractive to the general public.

Following from the agenda item:

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.

The City has agreed, in consultation with MRWA that in consideration of a financial contribution, the City of Fremantle will manage the design and delivery of the required works. The scope and delivery requirements will be defined, managed and audited through a Deed of Agreement between the City of Fremantle and MRWA.

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AN UPLIFTING PHOTO OF FREMANTLE

Posted in boating, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2019

 

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High up in the sky are these yachts at a boat lifter on Mews Road in Fremantle and created this uplifting photo.

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PRESIDENTS HAPPY WITH FREMANTLE PARK NEW CLUBHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

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Representatives of the clubs that will soon be moving in to the new Fremantle Park sport and community centre at Ellen Street are very happy with how their new home is shaping up. It will be completed before the end of the year

The Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will be home for the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club.

A fantastic feature of the new centre will be the wide alfresco areas and the first floor balcony offering sweeping views over Fremantle Park towards St Patrick’s Basilica and Fremantle Port.

Tennis Club President and Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre Chair Lawrence Apps said he couldn’t wait to be sitting on the balcony sipping a drink and taking in the view. “It’s going to be absolutely magnificent”

“The views are fantastic and the patrons, members of our clubs and visitors, are just going to love being up here”

The project, which also includes the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green, requires the demolition of the old bowling club and tennis club buildings.

Bowling Club President Keith Bowden said he had mixed emotions when the old bowling club was demolished last month.

“It’s a little bit sad but we need to move on,” Mr Bowden said.

Workers Club President and Fremantle Park Deputy Chair Don Whittington said it was a big decision for the club to move out of its old home, but it was clear they’d made the right choice.

“I’m just so excited about getting in here, particularly for our members who’ve had to put up with a lot over the past five years,” Mr Whittington said.

“All three clubs that are sharing this facility are over one hundred years old, and I’m quite certain that our clubs will last for at least another one hundred years.”

The approved budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

On top of this, Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club have contributed another $120,000 and the tennis and bowling clubs have added $30,000 each to include additional features that were outside the original scope of works.

The City of Fremantle will build a new public car park on the Parry Street side of the facility once the building works are complete.

 

Roel Loopers

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GET READY FOR A LOT MORE FREO FUN!

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019

 

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Fremantle has been in a development boom for a few years now with the major Kings Square Redevelopment Project looking at the finishing line, while the LIV and Heirloom residential apartments have been completed.

The recent opening of Freo.Social in Parry Street was the start of more to come, with down the road The Old Synagogue tavern, whisky and rooftop bar starting to look good, and the Fremantle Republic gin distillery and micro brewery in Pakenham Street looks great and should also open soon, and the massive Manning building project that will bring us a tavern, whisky distillery and micro brewery is also looking impressive.

On Friday the Beerpourium above the Dome cafe on the Cappuccino Strip will open its doors to the public from 11am on, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers

DISCOUNT FOR FREMANTLE LEISURE CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, fitness, health, local government, swimming, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle has a special offer for Fremantle Leisure Centre new members. Purchase a 12-month membership before 8 September and receive a 20% discount, plus they’ll waive the $45 joining fee. Conditions apply. Find out more: call 9432 9999

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WHY SHOULD FREMANTLE PAY FOR HIGH STREET UPGRADE?

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle has now taken possession of the FERN site at Montreal Street and golf course designers have been appointed to redesign the public golf course because the High Street Upgrade by Main Roads will be intruding into the current gold course.

The big question Fremantle ratepayers are now asking is who is paying for it all? Is Main Roads paying for the costly redesign and development work of the golf course or does Fremantle City need to find the money for it?

There were also talks that the City would be compensated for the loss of land, because of the widening of High Street at the golf course, and that a land swap would occur where Main Roads would give Fremantle land at Clontarf Hill, but nothing has progressed in that regard either.

Surely the State Government needs to compensate the City of Fremantle as the widening of High Street is all about getting freight to Fremantle Port faster and safer, and Fremantle Ports is very profitable, so let them be financially responsible for creating the new golf course.

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THE VALLEY COMMUNITY CELEBRATES SULLIVAN HALL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, recreation, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019

 

 

Sullivan Hall in Fremantle’s White Gum Valley celebrated its 60th birthday on Sunday and the community turned out in droves.

The weather was perfect to share memories about the old hall, that it started when parents wanted a hall for the Girl Guides Association and collected money for building materials.

The hall official opened in 1959 but was enlarged in 1962 when community members raised ten shillings per family.

The hall has been used for weddings, birthdays, engagements, balls, discos, dancing, yoga, meditation and karate, and more.

The White Gum Valley dancers have been using Sullivan Hall since 1961.

Sunday’s celebrations included a choir, racing pigeons, children activities, pipers, etc.

Great to watch a community coming together and sharing.

Roel Loopers

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GOOD THAT COUNCILS ARE MUCH MORE THAN RATES, ROADS AND RUBBISH

Posted in city of fremantle, community, events, festivals, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

I agree with WA Local Government Minister David Templeman that local councils have evolved and are much more than just about rates, roads and rubbish. The unfair criticism in the media and from many in the community ignore the facts that councils do a lot more for their communities than in the past, and that is mainly due because people demand more and better services and because some of the services state governments supplied have been pushed to local councils.

What would Fremantle be for its residents, traders and visitors if all council did was look after the rates, the roads and the rubbish collection? Think about it for a moment.

Should Fremantle get rid off the Samson Rec. Centre, the Meeting Place, the Hilton PCYC and the North Freo Community Hall? Should councils no longer be responsible to look after playing fields  and sporting ovals. Would the State Government happily step in and take over all these services, and at what financial cost to us?

Should Fremantle Council sell or lease the arts and leisure centres because running them is well beyond rates, roads and rubbish, and what about our festivals? Would the Freo community prefer to not have the Fremantle Festival, Hidden Treasures, Wardarnji Aboriginal festival, One Day in Freo events, etc. because they are not part of the basic rates, roads and rubbish local governments have to do? Surely not.

What about the library, legal advise service and social services, and why should the City of Fremantle have community safety officers when law&order is the responsibility of WA Police?

If we got rid of all these services rates would come down, but will Freo be a better place for it?

Would those who whinge about councils having lost the plot really be more happy if all the things that make Fremantle the special place it is be scrapped because councillors supposedly are only elected to look after the rates, roads and rubbish? I think not!

Roel Loopers

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