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SOD TURNED FOR FREMANTLE CIVIC CENTRE

 

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The first sod was turned for the construction of the new $ 41.3 million Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square on Tuesday morning.

Sean McGivern of Kerry Hill architects, Matthew McNeilly of Sirona Capital, George Allingame of Pindan, Member for Fremantle Minister Simone McGurk and Mayor Brad Pettitt grabbed a spate to show the work has started.

The Civic Centre development is part of the broader $ 41.3 million Kings Square Redevelopment Project the City of Fremantle is partnered in with Sirona Capital.

I was surprised to hear Sirona’s managing director say in his speech that the FOMO retail section will now only open next year, but when I asked Mr McNeilly about it he said that FOMO was never intended to open this year but always in April next year. Really?!

It was nice to see the former Fremantle CEO Graeme McKenzie attending the ceremony and also Minister Peter Tinley.

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YOU ARE HERE-BUT ARE WE THERE YET?

 

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I went to have a look at Fremantle’s new branding along the Cappuccino Strip this morning and like I said in my previous blog post I am less than impressed with it.

THIS IS FREMANTLE might as well have been replaced with YOU ARE HERE, since that has been successfully used for decades in national parks and cities around the world.

I acknowledge that shit happens and that only recently a plane flew from London to Edinburgh instead of its Dusseldorf destination, but that is rare.

I doubt very many visitors to Fremantle will be surprised to learn that they are in Fremantle, and not in Bratislava or Margaret River, so what the hell is going on spending $ 300.000 on a campaign that does the contrary to what the Mayor and the media release say?

This is NOT “a bold new marketing campaign” and the new brand DOES NOT “highlight Fremantle’s vibrancy and culture.”

It’s more like being on the train where the voice says at every stop this is Daglish, this is Subiaco, etc.

This Is Fremantle, but Are We There Yet? Not by a long stretch as far as the marketing of our delightful city is concerned. I am so very deeply disappointed that I am disgusted!

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and here the two-minute video, which I do like. It is the 30 second promos I have got an issue with, and the uninspiring banners around the city.

https://cofremantle.wordpress.com/2019/04/05/this-is-fremantle-video/

 

REAL SUPPORT FOR FREMANTLE’S SMALL BUSINESSES

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, retail, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2019

 

Great new idea to support Fremantle’s small businesses!

Small businesses in Fremantle will have access to subsidised training, support and mentoring under a new pilot program being trialed by the City of Fremantle.

The City has appointed independent small business advocates Freo Now and local business support organisation Business Foundations to offer the Business Capacity Building program.

The program will initially be open to up to 40 retail or hospitality, bricks and mortar small businesses based in the City of Fremantle, with the City contributing 80 per cent of the cost.

Business Foundations will provide general business advice and performance assessment services, while Freo Now will offer assistance with sales and promotion and financial management.

At the end of the pilot period, the City will consider extending and broadening the program based on the feedback of businesses and the service providers.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the capacity building program was designed to give local small businesses a helping hand in a tough economic climate.

Many small businesses close within a year because they have not done their market research and just follow a dream, so a program that deals with the hard-hitting facts of running a small business in challenging economic times is fantastic.

To apply for the program go to the Business Capacity Building page on the City of Fremantle website: https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/business/your-business/managing-and-growing-your-business

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A NEW KINGS SQUARE MILESTONE

 

 

The second crane of the Sirona Capital development of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project came down this morning, so things are going well at our city square.

A new crane should be going up in a few weeks for the new Civic Centre building of the City of Fremantle, but that development was unfortunately delayed by six months, without the City explaining the reasons for it. That is quite frustrating for the Freo community, local traders and the Kings Square development partners of the City.

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TRADERS UPDATED ABOUT KINGS SQUARE PROCESS

 

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Only a handful of local traders turned up yesterday for an update about the building progress of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

These updates at the Federal Hotel have been regular events to keep affected traders in the loop.

Those who came heard form builders Pindan and Probuild, Sirona Capital and City of Fremantle Director Infrastructure and Project Delivery Graham Tattersall that things are going very well and to schedule.

Completion of our Civic Centre community facility will be in July 2020, so a construction period of 18 months. Excavation will start in two weeks for the lower level and the main structure will be up before Christmas this year, so that will give us all a much better idea of what we can expect and how it works in the space.

Sirona is on the home straight with their two buildings and they are estimated to be completed by August/September this year. The paving of Newman Court on the Sirona side will be done in September and the Civic Centre half toward completion of that building.

Queen Street should be back to normal in July when the hoarding there comes down, so that will make traffic flow a bit easier.

The Newman Court thoroughfare between William Street and Queen Street will be open before Christmas, so that is good news as well. Scaffolding around the carpark will be removed in July.

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WHAT UTTER NONSENSE! FREO HAS TOO MANY TOURISTS?

Posted in bid, city of fremantle, local government, notre dame university, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2019

 

Too many tourists

 

A friend sent me this screen shot, presumably from Facebook, and I was flabbergasted by the comments made by Fremantle High Street resident Julie Morgan, who will probably stand for City Ward again at the next Council election in October.

Morgan is also on the committee of Fremantle Now, the former BID, that is there to support local traders.

Fremantle does not have too many tourists, as is clear when one hears the complaints of so many struggling retailers. The hundreds of tourists who come into Fremantle can’t be compared to the millions who visit Venice in Italy and literally overrun it.

Weekend suburban ‘tourism’ is what keeps Fremantle alive and if that stopped we would be in even bigger trouble and more shops would close.

“Tourists” of Notre Dame University students and staff are the majority of cafe customers on weekdays. Without them many of our West End cafes would have to close because of lack of trade.

Festivals bring thousands of people to Fremantle and while these “tourists’ might not go shopping on those festival days they become aware of the businesses and things Freo also has to offer.

It is irrational and wrong of Julie Morgan to claim that Fremantle has too many tourists. It’s a ridiculous statement, but that comes as no surprise, because she also had No More Notre Dame signs in her office windows in High Street. What’s going to be your election slogan, Julie? Fremantle needs fewer people?

Fremantle needs more, many more, visitors and shoppers and many, many more tourists seven days a week, and it needs many more people working and living here, so that it will be activated and revitalised.

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DANICIA QUINLAN NEW FREO CHAMBER CEO

Posted in business, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce has announced that Danicia Quinlan will be the new CEO from March 11.

Here is what they wrote:

Danicia is an experienced business leader and strategist, with a passion for organisational change, social and economic development and creative implementation, built across 25 years of management, corporate consulting and leadership roles. 

Her diverse background has included management positions with the Fashion Council WA, Woodside Energy, BHP Billiton and the City of Westminster in the UK. She has a close working relationship with Tourism WA, State Government Agencies and the City of Perth.

Danicia also has a successful project and consulting track record.  Her high profile work has included a social and economic impact for Fremantle Ports Outer Harbour Project, Boddington Gold Mine and a closure plan for Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines. Most recently she has worked with Block Branding on a WA regional food producer awards initiative for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

A 2004 Business News 40 Under 40 Award Recipient and a Foundation for Young Australians Youth Leaders Delegate, she has also held positions on the boards of Fashion Council WA, Style Aid Committee for the WA Aids Council, FPWA Sexual Health Services, WAAPA’s 25th Anniversary Committee and Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce President Ivan Dzeba said: “Danicia’s diverse background will add significant experience and depth to the Chamber’s team and we look forward to working with her to deliver on the Chamber’s new strategic plan and engage with local Fremantle businesses to maintain and develop a thriving business community”.

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NEW FEMALE CEO FOR FREO CHAMBER

Posted in business, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2019

 

When is an exclusive not an exclusive I wonder, because while I have had confirmed that the next CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is going to be a woman who is a resident of Fremantle, I have not been able to find out who she is.

There is a rumour that it is an East Fremantle lady who works in the fashion industry, and while I do have her name I am reluctant to publish it without having confirmation from the FCC.

Stay tuned! 😨

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COPS ON THE BEAT NOT MEDIA BEAT UP IS WHAT FREMANTLE NEEDS

 

While the concerns of the Fremantle retailers about antisocial behavior, violence and shoplifting are genuine and need to be much better attacked by WA Police, it is not at all helpful for their businesses to get a silly tabloid headline such as “Is Fremantle On Its Knees?” on Channel 7 Today Tonight and negative articles on line in the West Australian and Perth Now/Sunday Times.

Big negative headlines in the media will no doubt have an impact on visitors and shoppers and while retailers claim shoppers stay away from Fremantle because they don’t feel safe, it is more likely they will stay away because of the negativity in mainstream and on social media.

The City of Fremantle does extremely well when one considers all the CCTV around town and the Community Safety officers patrolling the streets daily from early till late, but at the end it is the State Government that will need to demand from the Police Commissioner that we will get a regular and constant number of officers on foot, on bike and in cars in Fremantle, and not just for a few weeks after bad press.

Bad press is not helping Fremantle! We have read for years that parking supposedly was an issue, but it wasn’t really, and we had a former CEO of the Chamber of Commerce who loved to be photographed in front of vacant shops complaining that retail was declining-as it did everywhere else-and now we have the outrage about homeless people, vagrants, foul language, abuse, etc.

I do totally get the frustration of those who have to deal with this shit daily and are victims of it, in and in front of their shops, but it is much better to put pressure on the Police Commissioner, the Minister for Police and the Premier of this state to let them know that it is not good enough, no matter that incidents such as we have in Fremantle also regularly occur in Cockburn, Midland, Perth, Northbridge, etc.

Our traders, shoppers, tourists, residents, workers and everyone who comes into Freo deserve to have a good time. Feeling unsafe might just be a perception for many, but that makes it a reality for them and that needs to be stopped. Now! We want and need more police on the beat each and every day and indefinitely to prevent all the unacceptable and unlawful incidents happening, not to write reports after the event!

Roel Loopers

MAJOR WATER WORKS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, events, state government, traffic, Uncategorized, water by freoview on February 20, 2019

 

new water mains for fremantle

 

Anyone planning any significant outdoor events in the Fremantle CBD between April and December this year should be aware that the Watercorporation is planning major works in many streets in that period.

Watercorporation are going to renew 4.2 kilometres of water mains pipes in these streets: Market, High, South Tce, Essex, Leake, Marine Tce, Norfolk, Nairn, Phillimore, Pakenham, Short, Henry, Bannister.

This might well have an impact on traffic flow around town and for some businesses.

Check it out on their website and ask any questions you might have about disruptions, etc. Go to: http://www.watercorporation.com.au/pipesforfremantle

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