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FREMANTLE STREET CLEANING AND RUBBISH COLLECTION INADEQUATE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2019

 

Some traders in Fremantle’s popular Wray Avenue claim that the City of Fremantle fails to clean their street regularly.

Calls to send the street sweeper have been ignored they say, while one shop owner sent me a photo of a gutter full with leaves when the City had stated that the street sweeper had been through there.

Down in Beaconsfield a home owner has been asking for a replacement rubbish bin for over ten days but nothing has happened and the damaged bin is still out on the street.

At the same time Fremantle Council has signed off on spending over a million dollars to introduce a third-FOGO– bin.

Maybe best to do the basics first hey!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S ADVOCACY POLICY AIMS TO GET MORE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

 

Fremantle Council will sign off on a new strategic Advocacy Policy at Wednesday’s FPOL Committee meeting.

The advocacy will be aimed at State and Federal Governments for projects, funding, services, infrastructure outside of the City’s capacity.

Advocacy is the process of influencing others to create change.

An Internal Reference Group will be established chaired by the CEO and with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 2-3 Councillors.

The City has identified four priorities for its advocacy policy:

  • Improving public transport
  • Furthering Fremantle’s position as a tourism gateway
  • Creating local jobs around a seven-day per week economy
  • Connectivity, roads, rail/light rail, traffic bridge and bicycles
  • Investment in Fremantle

The City of Fremantle 2015–25 Strategic Community Plan is the overarching document
that sets out the Council vision for achieving the key priorities and commitments on
issues that matter to our community.
The Freo 2029 Transformational Moves document was prepared to support the
Fremantle Activity Centre Structure Plan and illustrates how five key ‘moves’ will help to
rejuvenate and revitalise the city as it approaches its 200th birthday.
Both the strategic community plan and the Freo 2029 Transformational Moves document
are products of a major community visioning project conducted during 2013–14 that set
the blueprint for Fremantle’s future growth and direction.

Fremantle has been the Cinderella for government funding, investment and tourism promotion for far too long because it is deemed a safe Labor seat that does not warrant investing in by both major parties and that needs to change.

Our city needs and deserves major investment from the State and Federal Governments, more prominence in the Perth-centric tourism promotions and a new traffic bridge, as well as the development of Victoria Quay, and that’s just the start.

Roel Loopers

 

 

FREMANTLE BEGGARS BLAME GAME NOT HELPFUL

 

While there is no doubt that beggars and homeless people do create problems in Fremantle it is unfair to blame Fremantle Council for it, as the tabloid emotive article by Josh Zimmerman in the Sunday Times does today.

The headline screams that business furious at council inaction, and further in the article it is claimed that Fremantle has the reputation as a soft-touch on anti-social behaviour.

Beggars increase in numbers during the summer months in Fremantle and there is no doubt there are heaps of them around at the moment, many of them with mental health issues.

The Community Safety Officers of the City are on the beat every day from early till late, but they don’t have move-on power like the WA Police does, and anyway, that just shifts the problem elsewhere.

There have been several community safety forums held by the CoF which are attended by police and support services, but the frustration is always evident that there is little they can do about homeless people.

Homelessness is not a crime, but public drunkenness, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour are, and that needs to be addressed more consistently, because there are a few too many who behave aggressively  on our streets who make people feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

There is no doubt in my mind that the fact that there are many support services in Fremantle attract homeless people to our city, because there is always a free meal, a new blanket, the Freo Street Doctor, etc. to help them out. Services they can’t get in most other suburbs in the Perth metro area.

Fremantle Council can’t be blamed for that however. We are yet again getting more CCTV cameras which are live monitored 24/7 and we have more Community Safety Officers on the streets as well. Law&order issues are State Government responsibility and not in the power of local councils.

It is an annoying and frustrating problem for which there are no easy solutions unfortunately, but the blame game in tabloid newspapers is not helpful either.

Roel Loopers

NO COUNCIL SYMPATHY FOR MARKET STREET TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, parking, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2019

 

It does not look as if the Fremantle Market Street traders will be getting much sympathy from Council in their quest to keep the four 15-minute parking bays between High and Bannister Street.

On Wednesday the FPOL committee of Fremantle Council will acknowledge the receipt of a petition with just under 1,100 signatures against the removal of the bays.

The officers recommend to the FPOL members to “continue to monitor any impact to short term parking in adjacent areas after the removal of the bays.”

Now, I am no Albert Einstein, but I have no idea how one monitors something that is no longer there. It will have to be a very futuristic innovation by the City.

The reason the parking bays, plus the loading bay, will be removed is because of the imminent development of the Manning Building by Silverleaf Investments. The developers want to put a new verandah along the building at Market and William streets.

Market Street traders have set up a fighting fund to take legal action against the City but I doubt that will do them any good.

Roel Loopers

FREO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOOKING FOR NEW CEO

 

olwyn willams

 

The position for a new CEO for the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is advertised on SEEK, so that means that the vivacious Olwyn Williams will be leaving the Freo Chamber.

Williams took over from Tim Milsom three or four years ago and was a very strong voice for Fremantle’s traders.

From the Seek.com website:

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce (FCC) is focused on economic development across the Fremantle region and its purpose is to build, support and sustain strong business activity and growth. As an advocate for business, FCC has been part of the fabric of Fremantle for well over a century and is committed to its future.

Fremantle has an eclectic mix of economic sectors including one of the Western Australia’s major tourism destinations, main street retail and commercial centre, a key hub for port, marine, trade and logistics, a university town, an innovative industrial zone and a centre of creative economies.

A strong and robust business sector is a conduit to develop Fremantle’s economy and workforce and grow its community

About the role

The Chief Executive Officer is to promote the Chamber as a recognised voice and forum for business opinion on matters affecting the retail, tourism, commercial and industrial base of the City of Fremantle.

Key Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Leadership:

Making Fremantle the place for business and include representing the business community to influential stakeholders.

Leading the region’s business community by promoting a robust environment and enhancing economic activity throughout the Fremantle region.

Identify new avenues for future economic growth.

Prepare a strategy on how to deliver the Greater Fremantle Action Plan (GFAP) with key stakeholders.

Sustainability & business growth:

Strengthen FCC’s three business revenue streams, namely membership, building management and export documentation.

Prepare a comprehensive business development strategy which connects all three revenue streams.

Business operations & finance:

Responsible for the finance performance of the organisation.

Prepare annual budgets, monitor and control expenditure.

In association with the FCC Book Keeper and Treasurer ensure that accurate financial reports are submitted, on time, monthly to the FCC Board.

 

MARKET STREET TRADERS UP IN ARMS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, parking, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2019

 

 

Fremantle Market Street traders have established a fighting fund war chest to take legal action against the City of Fremantle about the planned closure of four 15-minute short-stay parking and loading bays in the street.

The new owners of the Manning Building, Silverleaf Investments, asked Fremantle Council to close the vehicle bays so that they could extend the awning over the footpath when they develop the property, with a tavern and micro brewery at William Street.

The owner of Terrace Men has collected over 1,000 signatures against the closure of the car bays.

It is alleged that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the traders that a safety plan had been completed by the City which recommends the closure of the bays, but the traders claim there is no evidence that this has been done.

From my own experience, walking that street daily, the parking bays are not so much a danger to pedestrians but at times a mere inconvenience when cars drive up onto the footpath and out of town pedestrians are not aware of it.

I observed Silverleaf owner Gerard O’Brien leaving the Manning building with five architects at noon on Friday, so the start of the development should not be too far away.

Roel Loopers

IT HAS BEEN A VERY BIG YEAR FOR FREO’S FUTURE

 

I have been contemplating what the memorable moments in Fremantle were for me this year, so let’s make a start.

  • The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is no doubt the most significant one in decades for our city, so I walk by daily to have a look.
  • The Heart of Beacy project could positively change and modernise the suburb and provide much-needed urban infill.
  •  Andrew-Twiggy- Forrest showing faith in Freo’s future by investing in property here is significant.
  •  The Woolstores hotel development finally approved and two other hotels in Henderson Street as well.
  • If it is environmentally safe the South Fremantle solar farm will be a good development.
  • No more single-use plastic bags.
  • The tavern proposal by Sunset Events for J Shed was finally given the boot by the WAPC.
  • The removal of the stunning Felice Varini yellow art work is a major headache for the city and property owners in High Street.
  • Traffic calming in South Fremantle looks great and so does the Hilton Town centre.
  • Destination Marketing planning for Freo is under way, so let’s wait and see.
  • By-election for South Fremantle won by Andrew Sullivan-again.
  • The Long Table Dinner is huge, great and very Freo.
  •  Age Friendly City working group established.
  • Highrise proposal for Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle stopped.

It has been a big year for Fremantle and next year is going to be similar when many of the approved developments will start and the FOMO retail concept opens at Kings Square before Christmas 2019.

And at the risk of some people accusing me of sucking up, I want to express my thanks to Freo’s very diligent councillors. I do not always like their decisions, but they make them with care and after long deliberations, as I witnessed myself by going to about 80 per cent of council and council committee meetings this year, to see first hand how our grassroots democracy works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

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FREO’S SANTA PAYS FOR YOUR PARKING

Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2018

 

santa parking

 

I happened to walk by when Fremantle’s parking Santa and his lovely little helper paid the parking fees for some motorists in the William Street car park on Wednesday afternoon.

The City of Fremantle Christmas campaign lets Santa and his helper wander the streets for the first half of the week and offer to pay for parking, so when you see the red man you’ll get free parking.

Roel Loopers

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THE NEW FACE OF KINGS SQUARE

 

KS

 

We are getting more and more an idea what the buildings at Fremantle’s Kings Square will look like, with these steel structures now being added to the facade of the former Myer building.

Probuild are working hard for developers Sirona Capital to finish the project on time so that the FOMO retail precinct can open late next year.

 

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FANTASTIC CREATIVE FUN AT FOMO COLOUR

 

 

What a fantastic fun FOMO Colour event at Fremantle Oval today!

More than 600 creative people, young and old, came to altogether create one of the biggest canvasses ever painted in WA, if one put all the images together.

The event was organised by the Kings Square Redevelopment Project partners Sirona Capital.

The event was booked out very fast and they had a waiting list of 600 people, which they had to close.

FOMO, by the way, stands for Fremantle On My Own and is the motto for the new retail concept at Kings Square, which will open late next year.

Roel Loopers

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