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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.
Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.