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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

 

Fremantle Park new building

 

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

 

Fremantle Park

 

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

RESIDENTS SWAMP EAST FREMANTLE ELECTORS AGM

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 5, 2013

The Town of East Fremantle Electors AGM was a bit of a shock for the elected members when close to 150 people turned up to show their opposition to the planned East Fremantle Oval development. Two of the Town’s previous mayors spoke against the proposed sell off, with Jim O’Neill putting following motion to the meeting: “This meeting calls upon the TOEF Council to-not to proceed with any further planning of the rezoning of the East Fremantle A class reserve which is bounded by Marmion, Fletcher, Moss and Allen Streets and it remain as an A class reserve in its entirety- leave the croquet and bowling clubs in their present locations with their current land holding-a community group be formed that will work with the Council to ensure better public access and passive recreational development and landscaping to the East Fremantle Oval A class reserve that better address it’s A Class reserve status and community recreational needs”  The vote on the motion was 136 in favour, 2 against.

The huge majority vote contradicts statements made by the East Fremantle Mayor Alan Ferris that there are a lot of people who support the development plans for the A Class reserve. Those alleged supporters clearly could not be bothered to attend the Electors AGM.

A comment from the floor that those opposing the development were a group of Allen Street residents with a self-interest appeared off the mark. As someone commented “It must be a bloody long street then.”

Roel Loopers

OZ BIGGEST CHOIR AT MARKETS TODAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 10, 2011

The AUSTRALIAN GIRLS CHOIR, the longest running and biggest choir in Australia, will perform at the Fremantle Markets at 12.30 today, Sunday July 10.

This is the launch of the institution in Western Australia, which started in Melbourne in 1984 and is also in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

These girls have sung at the Australian Open, for Oprah Winfrey and also at the G’Day USA Week in the United States.

Combine your fruit and vegies shopping at the markets today with a wee bit of culture. With luck you can listen to the choir while munching on a special burger at one of the outdoor tables at the new JUS Burgers.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Amazing! They have been performing as long as I have been in Western Australia! I arrived in Perth in September 1984 after having enjoyed Sydney for two and a half years.

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