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HAVE YOUR SAY ON HEART OF BEACONSFIELD DEVELOPMENT

 

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One of the key pieces in the plan to revitalise the Fremantle Heart of Beaconsfield has been released for public comment.

The Davis Park precinct is an area of 10 hectares of land bounded by South Street, Lefroy Road, Caesar Street and Fifth Avenue consisting of mostly state-owned social housing.

City of Fremantle Director of Strategic Planning Paul Garbett said the state government is looking to redevelop the area and has submitted a structure plan to guide the process.

“The state government through the Department of Communities has a policy to decentralise large pockets of social housing and redevelop the land to create a range of more diverse and affordable housing options,” Mr Garbett said.

“The Davis Park precinct currently contains around 260 dwellings that are fairly old, low-scale residential. These homes are accessed by a number of cul-de-sac roads, so connectivity with the surrounding neighbourhood is poor.

“For this reason the Department of Communities is keen to redevelop the Davis Park precinct to create a more diverse mix of housing, with both private and public housing and better connections to surrounding areas.

“The structure plan submitted by the Department of Communities shows details such as where roads and public open space will go, as well as types and locations of housing, community facilities and other land uses.

“As the authority responsible for local planning, the City of Fremantle’s role is to assess the plan and make a recommendation to the WA Planning Commission, which will make the final decision on whether the plan is approved or not.

“To help the City prepare its recommendation to the WAPC, we’d really like to hear from the local community and get some feedback on the structure plan.

“Community feedback at this stage is important because, although it doesn’t include details such as the design of new buildings, a structure plan does guide later stages of planning such as subdivision and development applications.”

The Davis Park structure plan proposes the creation of a mixed-use precinct along South Street, with retail, commercial and residential properties.

Public open space around Davis Park will be expanded and an innovation precinct will be established to provide opportunities for alternative housing styles.

Redevelopment of the Davis Park area is a key part of the broader Heart of Beaconsfield planning project, which will guide the redevelopment of surrounding areas like the Lefroy Road Quarry and the former South Metropolitan TAFE site.

An information stall will be set up at the Growers Green Farmers Markets at Fremantle College on Sunday 16 June, with the opportunity to speak with representatives from the Department of Communities and the City’s planning staff on the structure plan proposal.

For more information and to make a submission visit the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo website. Public comments close on 21 June.

GOOD AFFORDABLE PROPOSAL FOR QUARRY STREET

 

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As reported here on Freo’s View yesterday it is unlikely that Fremantle Council will sign off on a scheme amendment that would increase density of City owned lots in Quarry Street to R100, after the local community opposed it during public consultation time.

But positive members of the Fremantle Arts Centre Precinct, including local architect Murray Slavin, are offering an alternative solution for the development of the lots, which are for sale, that would see an increase from R25 to R60 and buildings of only three storeys.

The proposal is for 42 affordable residencies which include small studio apartments and a mix of two and three bedroom apartments that would include renewable energy, developed within a Mutual Not For Profit Structure.

The proposal is specifically designed for low-cost housing and aged care accommodation, with state of the art IT to accommodate on-line data and a health-ready response to enable the comfort and security of seniors.

The proponents believe the site is particularly appropriate for the elderly and less abled because of its proximity to the Fremantle Leisure Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Park and public transport. All City of Fremantle facilities for the residents would be within walking distance.

The project responds to the desire to downsizing by empty nest seniors and to the national need for low-cost public housing.

The specifically designed seniors’ apartments respond to the need of a simplified independent lifestyle for older Australians-a transition to delay entry into dedicated aged care facilities.

The project would also accommodate a mix of age groups, which would help against social isolation, and to showcase optimum use of renewable energy and water use, and fast evolving new transport developments.

The item about a possible scheme amendment for the City of Fremantle owned properties  are on on the agenda of Wednesday’s Planning Committee, so come along and have your say. It starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community Hall on Wednesday December 5.

Roel Loopers

HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEBATE

 

The next POLITICS IN THE PUBS by the Fremantle Network is this Tuesday November 20 from 7pm at The Local hotel in South Fremantle.

This months politics in the pub tackles the issue of homelessness, which we see too much of in Fremantle

There are many reasons why people become homeless, but the lack of affordable rental housing is a big factor.

The 2016 Census recorded 116,000 Australians as Homeless, but that certainly understates the total number of people who lack an affordable and secure roof over their head.

Politics in the Pubs invite people to join in discussing the big picture issues behind the closely related problems of housing affordability and homelessness – and also the local perspective.

Special guests for this evening are:
Sam Knight from RUAH Fremantle (50 homes, 50 lives program).
Victor Crevatin, Director of Housing and Support Services at St Pats
Peter Anthony and Derek Parkin from St Pats Starlight Hotel Choir.

See you there!

 

Roel Loopers

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HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE SOCIETY’S SHAME

Posted in city of fremantle, community, homeless, housing, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018

 

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It always rattles my soul and upsets my heart when I see homeless people sleeping on the streets of our cities, especially when it is cold and wet.

Australia has well over 100,000 people who sleep rough every night of the week and who are at great risk of being abused, robbed and raped.

It is society’s shame that a rich nation like ours has so many homeless people and that affordable and social housing is not a top priority for our federal and state governments. This needs to change!

I took this photo at 11am today in Fremantle’s historic and beautiful High Street.

Roel Loopers

HOW TO GET MORE SOCIAL HOUSING?

 

 

Winter, wet weather and cold nights are not far away and make me worry about the many homeless people we have.

There are around 13,000 homeless people in WA and 105,250 in Australia and the main reasons for homelessness are poverty, unemployment, lack of affordable housing and poor mental or physical health.

The waiting list to rent a Homeswest place is three years, so why do governments not legislate for more affordable and social housing I wonder.

Maybe the City of Fremantle could add affordable housing as an incentive to receive extra height for new development in some appropriate pockets of our city. What about allowing for a discretionary extra height of one storey if the developer agrees to make half of the floor space of that extra storey available for affordable and social housing?

The floor space for affordable/social housing is allowed to be spread within the building and does not have to be on the top floor that will create additional income through penthouse apartments.

I believe Fremantle Council should seriously consider this as an option to entice developers to embrace social housing.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FOUNDATION MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 4, 2014

The Fremantle Foundation invites 100 people to donate $ 1,000 each for their IMPACT 100 campaign to help raise funds for mental wellbeing and homelessness support in Fremantle.

The Foundation is holding a dinner on Thursday November 13 from 7 pm at the Esplanade Hotel with cocktail food and drinks provided. Cost: $ 100.00 per person.

The finalists for the funding will present their projects. The winners of the game-changing $ 100,000 will be announced on the night.

Contact: dylan@fremantlefoundation.com

Impact100 Fremantle Shortlisted Applications – 2014 are:

DADAA 
DADAA will partner senior Fremantle artists with clients of local hostels, care facilities and emergency accommodation to explore creative solutions for providing shelter for homeless people. The project will engage participants at iconic Fremantle locations, build valuable skills and empower people who are homeless to create their own solutions for shelter and provide links to vital future support. www.dadaa.org.au

FORM – 100 Hampton Road
The 100 Hampton Road project aims to build personal and community wellbeing through cooking classes and communal eating onsite at the local lodging house by installing a commercial kitchen. 100 Hampton Road provides supportive accommodation to some of the most underprivileged people in our community. Many residents have mental health issues, substance abuse problems and are living isolated lives with limited social connections. form.org.au

Fremantle Mulitcultural Centre (FMC) – Our David Park
FMC is a highly respected Fremantle organisation woking in the identified ‘hot spot’ of David Park in Beaconsfield. Our Davis Park seeks to address systemic, long term disadvantage by bringing together a number of organisations and delivering important community building activities at this specific location. Our Davis Park is supported by the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (Partnership Forum), a group of organisations working collectively together in the community.  http://www.fmcwa.com.au

South Lake Ottey Family & Neighbourhood Centre – Noongar Rangers
Noongar Rangers is an educational and life-skills program, providing strong beginnings and cultural pride for Noongar children, aged 6-12 years. Noogar Ranges programs have previously led to significant increase in school attendance.The successful program has clear preventative strategies and supports alleviation of social isolation for children and their families. www.facebook.com/OtteyCentre

St. Patricks Community Support Centre (St. Pats) – The Fremantle Community Hub
The Fremantle Community Hub will be a ground breaking project that will support the most vulnerable in our community, particularly those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by bringing services together, in the one place, for the first time. This will ensure service users are able to readily gain access to what they need to support them on their journey to independence and quality of life. This project is supported by the Partnership Forum.  www.stpats.com.au

Roel Loopers

LIFE-CHANGING FREMANTLE SOCIAL HOUSING PROJECT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 26, 2014

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It was a very uplifting experience to listen to Rebecca Eggleston and Rebecca Clarkson from project manager FORM  last eve at the Fremantle Network function at Clancys. The ladies talked about the Fremantle 100 Hampton Road social housing project.

This is not simply about providing accommodation for those in need but also about supporting them with social and life-skill issues.

100 Hampton is a 190-bed lodging house where residents receive a single room and shared kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities for 25% of their income.

But what FORM creates is also a safe environment with cooking, furniture-making, bike repair classes, and on Wednesdays it is shared-lunch day.

100 Hampton is about taking the paranoia out of the neighbourhood by trying to be better neighbours, and communicate and collaborate with those who live around them.

They create recreational opportunities for the residents and support them. They also make cheap living much more enjoyable with great art murals, beautification of the building and a social room to share and receive visitors.

As the Rebeccas said, more housing like this will be needed in the future.

I believe it is so important to give people self-worth and make them feel good about how and where they live and this project appears to tick all the positive and life-changing boxes. Well done!

Roel Loopers

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 2, 2014

I am delighted to read in the West Australian today that Fremantle St Patrick’s has bought the property at 3 Beach Street and that it will be developed into much-needed affordable housing. Not much seems to be going on as far as the Housing Department is concerned, so it’s nice to see other groups picking up the slack.

Roel Loopers

HOMESWEST MESS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 3, 2012

News that the Homeswest flats on Vale Street, at the back of the John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle, will be demolished, is a slap in the face of those who have been on the huge waiting list for years and are desperate for affordable housing. It is made even worse with Homeswest having no plans for the site.

Tenants at the Homeswest cottages at Henderson Street, known as the historic Warders’ Cottages, were also asked to leave last year, and had to be relocated, presumably to other Homeswest units people on the waiting list should have got instead. Those cottages have now been vacant for nearly half a year, while the Western Australian state government is trying to get a private operator to buy, restore and manage the properties.

It is not good enough Premier Colin Barnett. Poor people also deserve to be looked after. It is not acceptable that we have so many homeless people!

Roel Loopers

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