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WHAT IF FREO DID NOT BUILD THE CIVIC CENTRE AT KINGS SQUARE?

 

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Since I published the article about the Kings Square new Civic Centre yesterday I had some comments saying they like the open space where the Civic Centre is going to be built, and the Fremantle Society is demanding the building should be constructed somewhere else and not at our City square.

Let’s have a pragmatic and realistic look at that.

The City of Fremantle does very likely have contractual obligations with Sirona Capital and the architects, so that would create a major headache.

What would we do with the empty square? Fountains, trees, shade structures, seating, drink water fountains, more CCTV, etc. would cost a lot of money.

A new Civic Centre has to be built and that will cost close to what the one at Kings Square is going to cost. Where would we build it? The City’s properties which are for sale in Quarry Street could probably handle a 2-3 storey Civic Centre, but parking for visitors would be a major headache.

Building the Civic Centre at the also for sale Works Depot site at Knutsford Street would get rid of the parking issues, but is it a good location for a Civic Centre?

And let us not forget that one of the main reasons for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project is activation of the CBD, so would we really want to pull out the around 400 Council workers and the many hundreds of people who go to the library or visit the administration building each week. That seems counter productive to me.

I am well aware of all the grandiose town squares in Europe, but Kings Square has not and will not be like that, because Fremantle does have its own unique character, on which we can build on and modernise, and progress for the future.

It is my understanding that even after the new Civic Centre has been built Kings Square still has more square metres of public open space than Forrest Place in Perth. Correct me if I am wrong.

Roel Loopers

 

 

SOS-FREMANTLE SOCIETY DROWNING IN NONSENSE

 

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One has to wonder what is going on at the Fremantle Society when one reads today’s tabloid-style advertisement in the Fremantle Herald.

SOS-Save Our Square it yells, insinuating that if the new Civic Centre is built by the City of Fremantle Kings Square will be lost, which is utter nonsense.

Kings Square has been two triangles, separated by the High Street road reserve, for decades, so what is all the Fremantle Society grand-standing about?

The northern triangle is the property of the St John’s church and the southern triangle belongs to the City. That will remain so.

Do the members of FS really expect that Fremantle Council will change the decision they made years ago, when they agreed on the Kings Square Redevelopment Project with Sirona Capital? Surely FS knows the horse has bolted and the start of the construction of the new Civic Centre is only a month or two away.

The Society calls for the square to be reinstated, so they want that big empty space that was created by the demolition of the former Civic Centre just to remain that? And they are happy for the City to have wasted many thousands of dollars on architects and consultants, which would have to start all over again if we were to build a civic centre elsewhere in Fremantle?

How on the ball about Fremantle issues is the Frematle Society when one of their committee members lives in Nannup, another one travels the world, and its president also spent at least a third of last year overseas? Not much up to date local knowledge at FS committee meetings one might suggest.

The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is good for Fremantle, and so are the many other developments in our city. It is time for the Fremantle Society to start accepting that the world changes constantly and Freo will do the same. That is a good thing!

Roel Loopers

NEW CHANGES IN FREMANTLE

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A few news snippets from the City of Fremantle:

  • Fremantle ratepayers will fork out $ 1,013,086 for the roll out of the new third bin FOGO recycling next year.
  • ENKEL will finally receive the keys for the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, after a very lengthy delay, so it will be interesting to watch if they will manage to activate the area considerably.
  • The height of the balustrade of the beautiful Fremantle Townhall balcony needs to be raised as the current height is no longer to Australian standards.
  • Unless there is strong demand from the Fremantle community there will not be live streaming of Council and Council committee meetings in the new civic centre. I just hope they’ll improve the sound system in the chamber.
  • Council approved the transfer of ownership for the Spicer site from Sirona Capital to Forrest Family Investments.
  • Two hour parking restrictions on the east side of Marine Terrace and the west of Mews Road will be implemented on weekdays from 8am to 5pm.
  • Four hour time restrictions will apply at the South Beach car park north of the kiosk.
  • A $ 3.50 per day parking fee will apply on the west side of Marine Terrace and the east side of Mews Road.

Roel Loopers

MORE TWIGGY FORREST INVESTMENT IN FREMANTLE

 

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While the Fremantle knockers will always be there, Andrew-Twiggy-Forrest, one of Western Australia’s most prominent business man, is showing confidence in our port city.

The Forrest Family Investments Pty Ltd. intends to purchase the Spicer site on the corner of William Street and the Henderson Street mall from Sirona Capital, once this is agreed on by Fremantle Council on Wednesday.

Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation only a few months ago bought the Orient Hotel in the historic West End and I have been told also another property in Pakenham Street.

The Spicer site is stage three of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project, after the completion of the Myer and Queensgate construction and the City of Fremantle’s new civic centre.

Under the sale contract  the Forrest Family Investments agrees to assume all of Sirona Capital’s obligations in relation to the development of the site.

I believe this is very good news for Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

 

FUTURE FACADES OF FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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The Newman Court facades of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project late on Wednesday afternoon.

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THE NEW FACE OF KINGS SQUARE

 

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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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FREMANTLE’S RENAISSANCE REFLECTED

 

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A rather symbolic photo of Fremantle’s renaissance. The Townhall reflected in the new facade of the FOMO building, which replaced the Queensgate building at Kings Square.

 

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THE GLASS IS HALF FULL AT KINGS SQUARE

 

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There is a lot of glass put up at the new Fremantle Kings Square buildings, a development by Sirona Capital.

I must admit that I quite like the minimalism of the building,which replaces the former Queensgate one, with its high and slim widows. The vertical impression is good.

The mount where the Christmas Tree used to be was also flattened this morning to start preparing the soil for the replacement Moreton Bay fig tree.

Roel Loopers

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.

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ENJOY AN ARTY SUNDAY IN FREMANTLE!

 

 

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It was a rather cool and cloudy early Sunday morning in Freo, but the sun is coming through right now at 9am, so get out and about and enjoy our beautiful city!

The Growers Green Farmers Market at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road is already underway and open till midday.

The FOMO Colour event by Sirona Capital at Fremantle Oval runs from 10am to 2pm and the hundreds of easels will create one very large canvas. Will it be a Guinness Book of Records entry?

The idea is for anyone-young and old- to come to the oval and paint an image, supported by local artists Anya Brock and Dave Spencer. It is a free event with entertainment and food stalls, so support it!

And from 2-4pm Emily Baker will be singing at the free courtyard music session in the Fremantle Arts Centre, where Animaze is also on with amazing animals for kids and lots to do.

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