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VELVET SUSHI EYE CANDY

Posted in city of fremantle, fashion, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017

 

Velvet Sushi

 

Let’s finish Tuesday’s blog posts on a positive note. This is one of the reasons I love Fremantle!

What a stunning window display at the Velvet Sushi fashion boutique in Bannister Street.

If a few more shop owners took pride in their window dressing they might have less to complain about.

Roel Loopers

FOUR DAYS TO CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA

Posted in australia day, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on November 12, 2017

 

The announcement by the City of Perth that it will extend next year’s Australia Day celebrations to a four-day long weekend shows that the City of Fremantle is on the right track with its changes to the national holiday.

The scrapping of the fireworks in Fremantle last year was controversial, and unfortunately the debate about it became political and sometimes racist for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, there could have been better community consultation, especially with the business community, but from experience we know that community consultations can drag on forever and not necessarily create the best outcomes. Leadership is about making tough decisions, in the knowledge one will never ever please everyone in the community.

Perth now wants fireworks on New Year’s Eve as well, which I consider a huge waste of money. Why have two firework displays just 26 days apart, or will they also walk away from the Australia Day firework display?

But I would love to see the Fremantle ONE DAY event extended and also have a night feature. Projections, laser show, lit-up floats at Bathers Bay, etc.

I would prefer it if BID spend the business money and energy on creating an evening event, instead of supporting only the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and share the cost of the Australia Day fireworks.

Fact is that most shops were already closed well before the spectators for the fireworks turned up, so there was little benefit for other traders, while the One Day event started in the afternoon when shops are still open.

Fremantle is different from Perth and other cities and I support the consideration for our indigenous people who call Australia Day Invasion Day, so let’s move on together, as other councils around the nation are now also doing.

Historically January 26 means nothing to Western Australia as the Britih had not even settled on this side of the country when the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay, so the date is only significant to New South Wales.

Like Perth, let’s celebrate Australia over the long weekend, until our politicians change the date to a more appropriate one that does not upset our indigenous friends.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE MANNING BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

Manning Estate copy

Manning 2

 

Fremantle residents have until the end of the month to have their say on the planned refurbishment of the Manning Buildings in the city centre.

The heritage buildings – bounded by Market Street, High Street Mall and William Street – were built between 1902 and 1906.

The development proposal includes the restoration of original shopfronts and facades along High Street and Market Street, internal alterations and conservation works to the upper floor offices and ground floor shops.

The plans also include the partial demolition of some existing buildings at the rear of site, with the addition of two-storey offices off Paddy Troy Mall and a new building for a brewhouse, bar and restaurant at rear of existing buildings on William Street, including an undercroft carpark with 25 car bays.

A community information session will be held in the Reception Room on the first floor of the council offices at 8 William Street on Thursday 16 November from 5.30-6.00pm.

More information can be found on the My Say Freo website or by calling the City of Fremantle on 9432 9999.

People have until 28 November to comment on the proposal.

 

VERY FREO SHOPPING BAG!

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

Freo bag

 

It’s Christmas in two months, so Fremantle is the place to go for unique and quirky presents.

I noticed this Freo bag in the window of the Compendium Design Shop in High Street west yesterday, so check out that cute little shop and others along one of the world’s most beautiful shopping streets.

It beats plastic shopping bags by an environment-caring country mile

Roel Loopers

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NEW WOOLSTORES DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on October 26, 2017

 

Woolstores

 

Brand-new plans for the development of the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre at Cantonment Street by Silverleaf are out and open for public submissions, so check out the City of Fremantle website.

The proposal is for a 4-10 storey mixed-use complex that would have shops, a market, a tavern, offices, student and aged-care accommodation, a carpark, etc.

There would be 799 car bays, 141 hotel rooms, 261 student accommodation and 155 retirement units.

 

Roel Loopers

FREE PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

free parking

 

One hour FREE PARKING is now available around the Kings Square precinct.

There is really no excuse anymore not to come to Fremantle, do your shopping, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and support our local traders.

The free parking is every day of the week, including weekends!

Fremantle residents with parking permit can park for free from 3 pm to 11 am every day, so that is 20 hours of free parking. Take advantage of it!

If you haven’t got a parking permit yet, apply for one at the reception desk at the Townhall. Bring ID and proof of residency and it will take ten minutes to get one for a year.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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FREMANTLE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES

 

Arcs D'Ellipse

 

Where other people see negativity in Fremantle I see opportunities and reason for optimism. We have been through a long struggle, and it is not over by a long shot, but I can see light and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Fremantle is so unique and has such a good community and lifestyle, that I strongly believe that if we can work collaboratively and positively together we can create an even better city for the next generations and for all the visitors who’ll come here.

I would love to work toward attracting many more tourists to Fremantle and offer them more, and would like to see the City of Fremantle, with funding from the federal and state governments build a significant Aboriginal Cultural Center in the heart of the city.

A place where indigenous people can create art, have a big gallery space to sell the art from, an outdoor space for music, dance and story telling, and a cafe that sells bush tucker.

I would also love to see a migrant museum that tells the story of those people from far away countries who built our state and city and acknowledge them.

And as a very long-term plan I would like to see a significant Bathers Beach project, where the J Shed area in 20-30 years or so could become something like the Bondi Pavilion, with a sea pool, and where our inner city beach becomes as popular as the South, Port and Leighton beaches.

Developing Fremantle Festival into a showcase that would attract interstate and overseas visitors would also be great, and the present High Tide project along High Street will no doubt be a huge attraction with photos sent all over the planet via Snap Chat, Facebook, etc.

We have great opportunities in the Knutsford Street area to develop a good variety of diverse housing, from single, to medium and high density, tiny houses, townhouses, etc.

The Cantonment Hill Project is under way and the newly-opened playground is already very popular I noticed this morning.

The Fremantle Oval Project is a huge opportunity to do something outstanding there, but I warn against modelling it on the Claremont Oval development, which is pretty boring. Freo can do much better than that!

Fremantle has so much to offer for residents and visitors, and I have no doubt that with all the new development under way and planned Freo will also become attractive again for retailers and shoppers. All we need is a bit of patience, a positive attitude and not talking our city down.

Together we can move mountains. Let’s do it, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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SHOP CLOSURE OPPORTUNITY FOR KINGS SQUARE PROMOTION

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2017

 

The Daily. Kings square

 

It is disappointing that Best&Less in Fremantle’s William Street have closed, but it creates a very good opportunity to promote the Kings Square Project and exciting FOMO retail concept there.

The location of the shop and the huge windows are ideal for an imposing large display of the virtues of the Kings Square Project.

It is highly unlikely the shop can be leased during the KS construction period, so maybe Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle can come to an arrangement with the property owners to use the big windows to show artist’s impressions of the new buildings and FOMO retail concept.

That should not just be static images, but also large plasma screens with pictures and promotions for nearby businesses which are impacted by the project.

Another screen could live-stream the construction progress from already installed cameras, so that the public is constantly up to date on what is happening at Fremantle’s largest ever development project.

 

Roel Loopers

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THE IMPACT OF FREMANTLE PLACEMAKING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

There were so many posts on Twitter yesterday about placemaking, that I contemplated overnight what the modern buzzword actually means in the context of local government and a small city like Fremantle.

Placemaking should not be about beautifying small pockets of the city, but should be about awareness of the whole and the reality that everything we do impacts on others, either positively or negatively. That really is the big challenge for local government to deal with.

An event will please many thousands of people, but can negatively impact on local residents or traders, as there will be noise, parking and traffic problems, so while it pleases some it upsets others.

At planning meetings we constantly hear people opposing development next to where they live, with claims of loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc. so whichever way council decide it will upset one of the parties.

Traffic-calming in South Fremantle might please most locals, but it could alter the flow of traffic to the CBD and have a negative impact on traders there. What is the right placemaking decision?

Placemaking is about wholeness, and making good choices for the common good, even if that upsets those with a NIMBY attitude. It requires courage of councillors to make the ‘right’ decisions, because the decisions they’ll make will never be right for everyone in the community. That’s the nature of us human beings that we never all agree on everything.

When I hear election candidates naively state that they will do what the community want, my immediate question is which part of the community do they mean, because there will be opposing views in the community. Councillors will have to vote one way or the other, displeasing those who are opposed to it.

It comes down to how much, and how negatively or how positively decisions we make in life impact on others. Loud parties, noise, dog barking, anti-social behaviour, where we park our car in the street we live, etc. it all impacts on others. So to make the right decisions we need to be considerate and constantly aware that our great personal lifestyle might not be considered so great by our neighbours.

What might be a good event that benefits local traders, could well have a negative impact on those who live nearby, and events can also be detrimental for local traders, so how do we find the right balance of placemaking in local government?

The Australian Hotel Association claimed in a survey they sent to local government election candidates that pop-ups negatively impact on their members, but surely that statement is not true for all pop-up events and for all pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars around Fremantle, because many of them benefit from events, even from markets, as they attract many more people to the area than would normally visit.

Should we embrace multi-storey development in the inner city to boost the local economy, or should we preserve the human-scale character of place, even in the run down east of the CBD that looks desolate and uninviting? What is the right placemaking and balance? You will hear very opposing views about that in the community.

Placemaking for me is about being extremely sensitive and understanding that there is no way in the world we can please everyone, and it is about not being selfish, and learning to acknowledge that the common good has priority over individual needs.

I know that it very difficult to accept when it impacts on one’s own life or business, but it is the only way good placemaking can become good governance, and hopefully council can take the majority of the community with them on the very challenging and delicate journey of progress, revitalisation and modernisation.

It is easy to understand that being a local councillor can be a very thankless task, so one has to admire all who nominated for this election.

VOTE to show you care about your community!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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ABOUT FREO PARKING AND RATES

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

During the Fremantle local election campaign I often get asked about parking and Notre Dame University not paying rates, so I want to share my thoughts on that with you.

I have stated for many years that Fremantle has a perceived parking problem, as there is ample parking in the inner city. The one ‘problem’ Freo has is that street parking is not always available close to where one wants to go, and on weekdays that is often due to Notre Dame students occupying the bays in the West End all day.

Especially on weekdays the multi-storey carparks at Point, Collie and Henderson streets have plenty of vacant car bays, and so do the car parks along Mews Road, west of the railway line, and at Victoria Quay and Beach Street.

I do not believe that broadly supplying more free parking would help our traders and visitors, as uni students would just take them.

We also need to consider that parking fees and fines are a major revenue source for the City of Fremantle, so how would we make up for that financial loss? Reducing services would not be welcomed by ratepayers and residents.

Staying with rates. Like all educational institutions in Australia Notre Dame University is not required to pay council rates, and neither do churches and Fremantle Port.

Notre Dame is a great asset to Fremantle and I am a big supporter of the university. It brings over 7,000 people daily to Fremantle, and West End cafes would not be there without them.

Freo City signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Notre Dame every two years and the uni is required to spend an agreed amount of money on activation events.

UNDA is working on installing street activation nodes at the moment, and is also planning a heritage wall at the back of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street.

In an ideal world a small city like Fremantle should receive rates from each and every property owner in our city, but they have no power to enforce that.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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