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BIG FREMANTLE PARK COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, community, hospitality, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2019

 

 

I was given a preview of the new Fremantle Park sport and community clubhouse this morning, which is under construction and will open in the first quarter of next year.

The $ 4.7 million development will house the Fremantle tennis, bowling and workers clubs, who will be sharing the space, and the building will also be made available to community groups.

The ground-level bowling and tennis club premises are quite modest in comparison to the upstairs space of the Fremantle Workers&Social club. The huge timber dance floor is rather ostentatious and designed with a lot of optimism. It can accommodate at least a hundred dancers. Time will tell if this is over the top and if the clubs will really be able to generate enough interest from the general public to make it all financially viable.

Roel Loopers

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PRESIDENTS HAPPY WITH FREMANTLE PARK NEW CLUBHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

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Representatives of the clubs that will soon be moving in to the new Fremantle Park sport and community centre at Ellen Street are very happy with how their new home is shaping up. It will be completed before the end of the year

The Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will be home for the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club.

A fantastic feature of the new centre will be the wide alfresco areas and the first floor balcony offering sweeping views over Fremantle Park towards St Patrick’s Basilica and Fremantle Port.

Tennis Club President and Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre Chair Lawrence Apps said he couldn’t wait to be sitting on the balcony sipping a drink and taking in the view. “It’s going to be absolutely magnificent”

“The views are fantastic and the patrons, members of our clubs and visitors, are just going to love being up here”

The project, which also includes the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green, requires the demolition of the old bowling club and tennis club buildings.

Bowling Club President Keith Bowden said he had mixed emotions when the old bowling club was demolished last month.

“It’s a little bit sad but we need to move on,” Mr Bowden said.

Workers Club President and Fremantle Park Deputy Chair Don Whittington said it was a big decision for the club to move out of its old home, but it was clear they’d made the right choice.

“I’m just so excited about getting in here, particularly for our members who’ve had to put up with a lot over the past five years,” Mr Whittington said.

“All three clubs that are sharing this facility are over one hundred years old, and I’m quite certain that our clubs will last for at least another one hundred years.”

The approved budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

On top of this, Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club have contributed another $120,000 and the tennis and bowling clubs have added $30,000 each to include additional features that were outside the original scope of works.

The City of Fremantle will build a new public car park on the Parry Street side of the facility once the building works are complete.

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE PARK SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, CLUBS, local government, parking, social club, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 4, 2019

 

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It has been eight years in the making but work has finally started on the new Fremantle Park Sports and Community Centre at Parry Street.

The existing bowling and tennis club buildings and the bowling courts will be demolished to make way for a new home shared with the Fremantle Workers Club.

The new building for the three clubs will have three function rooms, a bar, commercial kitchen, cafe, alfresco area and balcony.

New synthetic bowling courts will be put in and also two additional hardcourt tennis courts.

The functions rooms and sporting facilities will be available for casual hire by the public and the cafe and alfresco will be open daily to the public.

The $ 4.1 million building is built with $ 1.85 million from the City of Fremantle and the same amount from the Fremantle Workers Club, plus $ 400.000 through the WA Sport and Recreation Fund. The clubs have also invested $ 180.000 for additional items.

The City will also build a new carpark next to the tennis courts in Parry Street.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PARK SPORTS CENTRE DEVELOPMENT STARTING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on March 24, 2019

 

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It has been a very long time coming but the development of the new Fremantle Park Sports and Community Centre will finally start in just over a week on April 1, and let’s hope that is not an April Fools joke.

The centre will become the new home for the Fremantle Tennis, Fremantle Bowling and Fremantle Workers clubs and will have spaces the general community can also access.

The development is a financial collaboration between the City of Fremantle and the three clubs and will give the clubs much better facilities.

Roel Loopers

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WHY ANOTHER BORING BUILDING FOR FREMANTLE?

 

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The new clubhouse at Fremantle Park is an opportunity lost if the City of Fremantle approves the design of the building.

What is suggested is boring 1970s design that has no street appeal, and the proposed new building might well be in the wrong location for it to get maximum benefit out of it for all three clubs that will call it home.

I had envisaged a modern clubhouse surrounded by the playing fields, in the location of the present bowling club building, with a balcony all around, so that players and visitors could watch the tennis and lawn bowls from upstairs and enjoy views to the Fremantle Arts Centre and the port from there.

Why is the design so boring and does the building look cheap when the total budget for the project is $4.1 million?  $1.85 million is coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

When the community regularly complains about the mediocre architecture of new buildings the City of Fremantle has to show that great architecture is achievable in our city. This proposal is very disappointing.

Roel Loopers

CLUBS GET NEW HOME AT FREMANTLE PARK

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development by freoview on March 7, 2016

It is fantastic to hear the Western Australian government has had a change of heart and has approved to fund $400,000 toward the building of a new community centre at Fremantle Park,  through the annual CSRFF-Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund- grants.

A year ago the combined efforts by the Fremantle Workers, Fremantle Tennis, Fremantle Bowling clubs and the City of Fremantle was unsuccessful in trying to receive State Government funding but this year the community clubs are delighted that the City has been successful in its application.

There is a lot of residential development going on in the east CBD of Fremantle and that could well benefit the clubs and guarantee a rosy future, with more members helping to revitalise them.

Well done all who lobbied the State and got this great result!

 

Roel Loopers

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JOIN THE FREO TENNIS CLUB FAMILY!

Posted in fremantle, tennis by freoview on September 29, 2015

The Fremantle Tennis Club at Parry Street has put some lovely, quirky and endearing figures on their fance and is crying out to JOIN THE FAMILY!

They are having an OPEN DAY on October 10 from 2 pm, so go and join the fun and become part of the community group.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

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STATE GOVERNMENT SNUBS FREMANTLE CLUBS

Posted in CLUBS, fremantle, sport, western australia by freoview on April 21, 2015

It is very disappointing that the W.A. State Government has yet again let down the Fremantle community, with the Department of Sport and Recreation not supporting the grant application that would have seen a new club house built at Parry Street for the Fremantle Workers, Tennis and Bowling clubs. The proposal also included an essential car park on the site to cater for users of the tennis and bowling facilities, club bar and restaurant, and that would also have catered for visitors to the Basilica, Clancy’s, Christian Brothers School, St Patrick’s Community group, etc.

The idea was that the COF would invest $ 1.3 million, the three clubs a similar amount, and that the State would cover the other $ 1.3 needed to make the development viable.

The proposal is now some $ 1.3 million short and it has to be seen if the City of Fremantle believes that income from the proposed carpark would be able to cover the shortfall.

It looks like State Government spent most of the available grant money on country sporting clubs but did not see the benefit a clubhouse sharing of the three Freo clubs would bring.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CLUBS TEAM UP FOR THE FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on August 21, 2014

The concept plan for the Fremantle Park Club amalgamation of the Fremantle Lawn Tennis, Fremantle Bowling, and Fremantle Workers clubs was on the agenda at Wednesday’s City of Fremantle Strategic Planning and Services Committee, which was tightly and professionally chaired by Councillor Dave Coggin.

The “clearly defined project” could become a model for other clubs in the area and is considered major infrastructure in the inner city, with the possibility of also building a City carpark on the Parry Street site.

A merger of the clubs would be very good for the east of the inner city and would create much-needed recreational and sports facilities for new residents, like those of Heirloom by Match, moving into the area. It would sit well close to the Leisure Centre and only a two-minute walk from the future Hilton Hotel, so hotel guests could also benefit from the new clubhouse, that should include a gym.

I believe this would be an exciting development for the rather dull area along Ellen and Parry streets that could invigorate the clubs and that part of the city.

Roel Loopers

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OLD AND TIRED WORKERS CLUB ON THE MOVE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 7, 2014

The 100 year-old Fremantle Workers Club is old and tired and not surviving financially, no matter how much effort a group of great and hard working volunteers are putting in. Although the club significantly increased its membership and number of events, it is still struggling to the point that there are now serious considerations to sell off the building, with a possible move to a new to be built club house at Ellen Street that would be shared with the tennis and bowling club there.

If this should happen, the Workers Club would find a temporary home at the South Fremantle Football Club, while the Ellen Street clubhouse is being built.

It is sad that in our modern times workers clubs are no longer viable. The hundreds of wharfies who worked at the port have dwindled to just a few because of modernisation, and the average punter wants more ambience when going out for a drink than just a big empty space that lacks atmosphere.

President Don Whittington and his partner Ruth Belben, together with a very small team of dedicated volunteers, have kept the club going, but there is only so much they can do, and if the community does not support these clubs better they will all disappear out of the inner city and that would be a real shame.

This Sunday at 7 pm the invigorating ZYDECATS will be playing at the Fremantle Workers Club. Come on! Go have a dance and a few drinks at the Club!!!

With the move to Cockburn by the Fremantle Dockers, and the City of Fremantle keen to get the oval and facilities back, I wonder if there would not be an option to make the Workers Club into the Dockers club house, as they have indicated they want to keep a presence in Freo. With financial input from the Dockers, maybe a first floor and roof deck could be added to the Henry Street premises, and the two clubs could share.

Roel Loopers

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