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REVIEW FREMANTLE PORT BUFFER ZONES

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on March 18, 2017

One of the first requests the City of Fremantle should make to new WA Premier Mark McGowan is for his government to review the buffer zone boundaries for Fremantle Port, to enable serious and realistic planning for the development of South Quay.

At present the buffer zones do not allow for residential or tourist accommodation at the southern side of the port. In my opinion it is inconsistent that cruise ships with thousands of older people on board can stay within the industrial and dangerous goods buffer zone, but residential and overnight accommodation on land next to it is not permitted.

The emergency evacuation of a low-rise hotel would take considerably less time than evacuating thousands of geriatrics off a cruise liner, and it would take a long time for such a vessel to leave port in an emergency.

Roel Loopers

SCOTT STREET INTERSECTION SAFER

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

It is good to finally see the intersection of Scott Street and Hampton Road in South Fremantle being made safer but it is a real worry that there are no signs warning motorists of the changes.

I noticed cars wanting to turn right into Scott coming from the south and it will just be a matter of time where someone will end up on the new traffic island.

Roel Loopers

LESSONS FOR FREMANTLE FALLS FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, festivals by freoview on January 1, 2017

City of Fremantle officers should double-check the number of patrons Falls Festival organisers want to allow into the venue this coming weekend after the panic stampede at the Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria this weekend.

More than 60 young people were injured, some with broken bones, sprains and suspected spinal injuries.

One young woman told TV reporters that she had felt uncomfortable from the beginning because there were so many people and she felt squeezed in. She said it was “like drowning on land” and she had started to hyper-ventilate.

The set up of the Falls Festival at Kings Square is no doubt different from that in country Victoria but it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.

Roel Loopers

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SEA RESCUE AT CANTONMENT HILL

Posted in boating, fremantle, maritime, sailing, volunteers, western australia by freoview on September 5, 2016

signal station

 

Sea Rescue Fremantle is working hard to get ready for the move to their new home in the Signal Station at Cantonment Hill in Fremantle.

Riggers were up there today and work on the new Cantonment Hill playground at Tuckfield Street is also not far away.

Great views from Cantonment Hill over the port and river, so wander up from the east side one day.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CRIME AND SAFETY INCIDENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, local government, western australia by freoview on May 15, 2016

City of Fremantle Community Safety Officers attended 996 crime and safety incidents in the first four months of this year. 220 of them were related to anti-social behaviour, 125 for aggressive and/or opportunistic begging, and 120 for theft.

The officers also attended to 82 unauthorised camping and trespassing related incidents, 53 on nuisance buskers and 47 incidents that concerned consuming alcohol in public places.

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY TO LIVE IN FREO WHERE LISA LOOKS AFTER US

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, violence by freoview on March 10, 2016

I need to share an observation I made that will not please all those Fremantle blasters who believe nothing is right in our city and that Freo attracts undesirable people while in councils like the City of Perth it is all honky dory.

Going to a photo shoot I took the train to Perth and had coffee and read the paper at Forrest Place for an hour from 9.30 this morning. It basically was awful! There was a lot of shouting, people looking really angry, a man dressed only in jocks waving a bed sheet in the air while falling over his feet, a man on crutches wearing a full face mask, people pointing the bird at people relaxing on benches. I felt uncomfortable and kept looking over my shoulder because there was aggression in the air.

I just wanted to point out with this short message that the grass is not always greener on the other side and that other councils have similar problems as Fremantle has. These are not problems created by certain councils or certain elected members, but issues that our society has created because we are not dealing very well with them.

I was happy to hop back on the train after the shoot and even happier when I walked through Pioneer Park where City of Fremantle security officer Lisa had a smoko with a colleague. I told her I am lucky to live in a city where Lisa looks after me. ; > )

Roel Loopers

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SOUTHBOUND CANCELLED DUE TO BUSH FIRES!

Posted in music by freoview on January 7, 2016

This Facebook message from Sunset Events came just through, so please pass it on. SOUTHBOUND 2016 IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE BUSH FIRES.

URGENT: SOUTHBOUND 2016 CANCELLED

It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of Southbound 2016, due to the fire situation in the festivals surrounding areas. After ongoing communications and information provided from the West Australian Police, Main Roads Department and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, we have no option but to cancel this year’s event. We cannot compromise patron safety and proceed knowing people’s lives are at risk getting to the event.

The only alternate route given both main highways are closed is now compromised. The alternative access to the event communicated earlier today is now only open for essential travel. As of news recently to hand festival patrons are now not able to use this road leaving us with no access to the festival site.

First and foremost our thoughts are with our local community of the South West, in what has been a challenging day, with more challenges to come. We give all our love and support to our local family in this intense time of stress.

The fire, which started Wednesday afternoon and reached emergency status during the night and into Thursday morning, has left us with no time to relocate prior to gates opening tomorrow.

“Everyone on site is absolutely devastated as we were working so hard to bring the best Southbound yet. Please understand at this time we will be extremely busy dealing with the cancellation and our thoughts are with those in danger due to the nearby fire.” David Chitty, Director.

Information regarding ticket refunds will be released on Wednesday 13th January. Please rest assured Southbound patrons will receive a full refund on tickets purchased via official channels. Please sit tight at this time until further information is made available on Wednesday.

For a full list of road closures, visit mainroads.wa.gov.au and to keep updated with all alerts and warnings, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/alerts/Pages/default.aspx.

LIGHTING UP THE HIGH STREET MALL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on December 18, 2015

light 1 light 2

 

The upgrade of the Fremantle High Street mall is well underway with new street furniture and now five new light poles to put some brightness into the dark area at night.

Daniel Sharp, the officer in charge of street lighting at the City of Fremantle, told me this morning that the lights are of Italian design, so I am looking forward to seeing them at night soon. They are on so keep an eye out for them if you walk through the cbd.

Roel Loopers

FREO CITY FED UP WITH ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on October 23, 2015

The City of Fremantle today announced its Zero-Tolerance to Anti-Social Behaviour policy in collaboration with WA Police.

City and police officers will target street drinking, loud and intimidating behaviour and begging.

There will be increased undercover and uniform police patrols, additional CBD liaison and safety officers and more regular and visible patrols in the suburbs by Rangers.

Lighting in the CBD and suburbs will be increased and the City will investigate if it is viable to install CCTV in the suburbs.

Fremantle City discourages donating money to beggars and will instead install Spare Cash Collection Points where people can donate money that will then be distributed to those in need by charities.

One of the main issues I see in Fremantle is that there is no ‘pick up’ for people who come from breakfast at St Patrick’s. They are left without guidance and support for most of the day and meander aimlessly through the CBD from Princess May Park to the Woolstores shopping centre, Kings Square, then to Pioneer Park and on to Bathers Beach.

To stop a lot of what is going on there needs to be a space where that group of people can somehow connect and feel cared for. That could be a park somewhere with a bit of shelter where social workers could drop in now and then for a chat, or a sheltered space in one of the City of Fremantle’s vacant buildings. It’s the roaming the streets that creates most problems, so if we can address that somehow we might see fast improvement.

Roel Loopers

THURSDAY SOUTH FREMANTLE ELECTION FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 21, 2015

There is a community election forum for South Fremantle Ward on Thursday the 24th at 7 pm at the LOCAL Hotel, formerly Seaview, where people will be able to get to know the South Ward candidates a little bit better.

The City of Fremantle is in the process of wanting to do traffic calming and shared street along South Terrace near the Douro Road roundabout, and Councillor Rachel Pemberton suggested in the Herald to ban trucks from driving along Hampton Road, so what do the candidates think about that?

South Terrace is congested at rush hour during late afternoons with traffic banking from Hampton Road all the way down Douro Road and South Terrace as far at Little Lefroy Street. Traffic calming and reduced speed could make that worse, and trucks not allowed on Hampton Road will have to find other routes from south to north and vice versa and will start using South Terrace and Marine Parade instead.

Marine Parade also gets substantial traffic during rush hours, so South Fremantle needs to be looked at in more detail because shifting the problem from one street to the next one is not a solution.

South Fremantle has changed into a really nice community hub with local cafes, burger and sausage bars, a bicycle hire and buying shop, the upgraded South Beach Hotel, the huge East West shop and great mural painting, etc. so one needs to treat carefully here  and not make changes that will become detrimental for the local community.

It will be a hard task to get the balance right as traffic will have to go somewhere, delivery trucks have to get there, but there should also be safe pedestrian crossing, better cyclist safety, etc. Who wants to be a Councillor?

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

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