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INTEGRITY OF FREO’S VIEW ABOVE ALL

Posted in city of fremantle, development, hospitality, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2018

 

A comment to this blog accused me of receiving kick-backs from the MATCH Group because I published a post yesterday about their new development in South Fremantle.

I have previously also reported on Match’s Heirloom and Energy Museum developments, as I have reported the development plans of Silverleaf Investments, Sirona Capital and others.

Fact is that I try to report on anything that happens in Fremantle, be that development, the opening of new shops, bars, cafes, art exhibitions, events and concerts, etc. that are happening. If I know about it I will report it. It’s as simple as that.

I do the same on Facebook and Trip Advisor and try to support local traders, but I have never asked for, expected, or received payment from businesses I have reported about.

I do not get free coffees or meals in cafes, free tickets to events, or brown paper bags filled with cash from developers.

My own integrity and the integrity of this blog is extremely important to me, that’s why you don’t see advertising on Freo’s View, although God knows how much I could do with some additional income above the meagre $ 730 a fortnight old age pension I receive.

Roel Loopers

PUBLIC REALM DESIGN FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2018

 

An officers’ Public Realm Concept Design Plan for Kings Square will be presented to the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee of Fremantle Council this Wednesday at the Townhall at 7pm.

The next stage will then be to produce a sequencing plan for budgeting, phasing, delivery of the project and the start of design development.

It is deemed important to manage and curate activation of the future Kings Square public spaces to ensure they are vibrant, activated and often changing.

The Windows of the Past concept would created windows in the pavement to look down into the recent archeological findings and limestone foundations of the former St John’s church.

The overall budget for improvements to the Kings Square public realm are estimated to be $ 8 million, which has already been captured in the ten year financial plan.

Below some highlights from the agenda:

  •   Re-energise Kings Square and create a destination for people.
  •   Respect the history and cultural significance of the place.
  •   Integrate the various projects that are currently underway.
  •   Create a place that is welcoming, safe and attractive to all.
  •   Deliver a high quality urban space that is civic, resilient and sustainable.
  •   Ensure the project remains strategically aligned with other plans and strategies for the  city.

    In response to feedback on the draft plan, the following changes/proposals have been made to the Kings Square Public Realm Concept Plan:

    1. URBAN FOREST: Addition of one extra shade tree in the main Civic Space to provide improved amenity and further reinforce the mini ‘urban forest’ concept. This will be achieved through the relocation of an additional mature tree from within Kings Square.
    2. NEWMAN COURT: Set-down/pick-up bays in Newman Court have been removed from draft concept to enable full pedestrianisation to occur in Newman Court for specific times of day/week (yet to be determined). A loading zone remains in the concept – this may be time restricted to occur ‘out of hours’ to minimise impact on the future pedestrianised character of the street.
    3. KERBSIDE USES: Minor adjustments have been made to the draft plan to improve the overall functionality and balance between competing needs in the square:
      • –  new coach/tourist set-down/pick-up bays in William and Queen Streets;
      • –  CAT bus stop introduced to Queen Street;
      • –  a loading zone in Queen Street moved around the corner into Adelaide Street;
      • –  3 ACROD bays (instead of 5 general bays for people with mobility needs);
      • –  4 general parking bays in Queen Street converted to set-down/pick-up bays;
      • –  Minor adjustments to locations for motorcycle parking.
    4. STREET TREES: Two additional street trees have been included in Queen Street, near the proposed CAT bus stop. The preferred tree species for planting around the perimeter of the square is the Jacaranda, subject to availability of suitable stock.
    1. ROUNDABOUTS:Replacementofthetwomini-roundaboutsinQueenStreetwith pedestrian-friendly raised road platforms – extending the urban design detailing of Kings Square. (These elements are still subject to further traffic modelling and confirmation that bicycle route integration will be legible, convenient and safe.)
    2. CHILDRENS PLAY SPACE:Development and integration of the schematic playspace design into the overall concept for the square, noting that further refinement will be guided by safety audits (especially with regard to the close proximity of Queen Street).

 

Roel Loopers

KNITTING OASIS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, children by freoview on February 17, 2018

 

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This old lady quietly knitting in the hustle and bustle of the Freo Cappuccino Strip today created a little oasis. She was selling little baby shoes and other things.

Roel Loopers

 

BITCHES BREW NEW FREO ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

Bitches Brew

 

Long established Fremantle picture framers BITCHES BREW is expanding and have taken over the former space of the Adam Monk landscape photography gallery at 62 High Street.

Adam Monk decided to get out of  shop retail and will continue as an on-line business only. Check out his website https://www.adammonk.com

Bitches Brew will make the large space in front of their framing business available for rent as a gallery space for artists and other interests.

It is a beautiful space with lots of foot traffic passing by, so great to get attention from shoppers, tourists, art buyers and Notre Dame university staff and students.

If you want to book the space call 9430 5292 and talk to the delightful Ruth or Nigel Goodman at Bitches Brew, or just visit the gallery Tuesday to Saturday and have a chat with them.

For all your framing business Bitches Brew will continue as usual, as they have done in Freo for 30 years.

Roel Loopers

IGNORANT CRITICISM OF FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, law&order, local government, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on February 9, 2018

 

I find letters to editors and calls to talk-back radio by people who are ignorant of facts  very annoying. The writers, or callers, often unfairly blame people who can do very little to address the problems they complain about.

That applies to a letter in today’s Fremantle Herald by Steve Grady of Palmyra.

Mr Grady is rightly upset about the recent stabbing of a man in front of his partner and child and that anti social problems in Fremantle are not acceptable.

But to blame Mayor Brad Pettitt and tell him to spend less time on minority groups and bleeding hearts and concentrate on law enforcement is just a show of ignorance.

The Mayor, Council and City of Fremantle are not responsible for law enforcement, but WA police is. The City of Fremantle however has increased the number of  community safety officers and they do longer shifts into the night.

An article in today’s West Australian reports that the rate of crime in Western Australia has risen again, so Fremantle’s problems are not unique.

The correspondent to the Herald also complains about businesses closing down and that the Fremantle Mayor should do something about the rent shop owners have to pay.

There is a world-wide downturn in retail and many shops in Fremantle have closed because of new development, and Fremantle Council cannot dictate how much rent building owners can charge retail outlets, so why put the blame for it to Brad Pettitt.

The headline in the Chook is Brad cops it, yep, but for all the wrong reasons because none of it is his or the City of Fremantle’s fault.

Ignorance is not bliss!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CITY NOT INVOLVED IN KINGS SQUARE CONTROVERSY

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on February 8, 2018

 

COMMENT:

I am a strong supporter of the Fremantle Kings Square Project development, a partnership between the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital, but find it rather bewildering that Fremantle City has adopted an ostrich attitude toward the legal fight between builders Cooper&Oxley and Sirona, as reported earlier this morning and yesterday here on Freo’s View.

My query this morning if the City of Fremantle would issue a media statement about the controversy resulted in this reply: “The City is not involved in, and it would not be appropriate to speculate on, what is a commercial issue between Sirona Capital and Cooper & Oxley.

The Kings Square Renewal is progressing well and we look forward to delivering this project, which will transform the heart of Fremantle.”

I don’t want to be negative, and I don’t think for one minute that there is any reason at all to panic, or that the Supreme Court challenge by Cooper&Oxley will negatively impact on the biggest development ever undertaking in Fremantle, but fact is that anything that concerns Sirona Capital in connection with the Kings Square Project also in some way involves Fremantle City as a partner in the project.

If the Supreme Court decided that Sirona has to pay Cooper&Oxley five, six or seven million dollar, that is not a big amount on a $ 220 million dollar project, but financial markets are always fickle and investors a nervous lot, so for the City of Fremantle to say they are not involved is putting the head in the sand.

Cooper&Oxley went into administration today and appointed insolvency experts Hall Chadwick to run its operations.

 

Roel Loopers

BAILEY NELSON EYEGLASSES NOW IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, health, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on February 8, 2018

 

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BAILEY NELSON EYEGLASSES are opening a new store in Fremantle today at 71 Market Street, so make sure to check it out.

They’ve got an opening party this evening, so have a drink on them if you are around.

Roel Loopers

KINGS SQUARE DEMOLITION START

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2018

 

 

The demolition for the Fremantle Kings Square Project has started with workers removing the exterior awnings while preparing the interior for the main demolition.

There is also an archeological dig going on to find remnants of the original St John’s church, so go and have a look. On Monday they found a horse shoe and what looked like some small bones.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FENCES FOR THE FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on January 15, 2018

 

 

Things are getting a bit more serious at the Fremantle Kings Square Project development, with new permanent hoardings being erected around the former Myer and Queensgate buildings.

Project managers Sirona Capital have promised creative and attractive hoardings, so time will tell what kind of images about the FOMO retail project they will put up.

An inspector of the CFMEU was already on site today to make sure that everything is done by the book and told me power is off at the Queensgate carpark, so I assume that means free parking in the dark.

Also new temporary fences for the archeological dig that will start this week, looking for remnants of the old St John’s church.

Exciting times are ahead for Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

The Western Power failure in the carpark has now been repaired I hear. 3.4opm

SILVER LINING FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2017

 

Only one more sleep and we are starting a new year, which will be a very significant one for Fremantle.

I am very optimistic about the future of our delightful port city, as 2018 will be a year of transition, change and consolidation for Freo.

Major development will start early in the year at Kings Square and other massive development is in the pipeline.

The large LIV apartment building at Queen Victoria Street will be completed toward the end of the year, and the Warders Cottages boutique hotel will be built next to the Fremantle Markets.

One of the major development players in town is Silverleaf, which are embarking on the huge development of the Woolstores shopping centre site, the Manning Building and the Police and Justice complex at Henderson Street.

Being one of the major developers responsible for future building Fremantle Silverleaf does not only have a real opportunity to make a big impact, but also have an obligation to create beauty and character in the CBD.

Silverleaf, Match, Sirona Capital, and other developers can create history by building exceptional heritage of the future buildings of creative architecture and old-fashion craftsmanship pride.

Cheap and cheerful concrete boxes with a bit of cladding to make them more appealing are not very Freo at all, and should be refused. There needs to be softness and roundness instead of square hard corners, and lovely features that makes building attractive.

Building modern Fremantle just a stone’s throw from the old heritage town comes with responsibility to do more than just watching the triple bottom financial line for investors. It comes with community demand for outstanding design and respect for Freo’s character and lifestyle.

It is just mindset and goodwill that are the difference between building boring mediocrity or classy high-quality eye-catchers!

Roel Loopers

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