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FREO’S ART WALK THIS WEEKEND

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2019

 

June 15 Artwalk

Rain or shine, Artwalk Freo is on this weekend from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Check out the studios and art of Ian de Souza, Megan Salmon, Michael Knight and Pippin Drysdale.

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BOARDWALK FROM FREO TO SCARBOROUGH?

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, city planning, indian ocean, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2019

 

The idea by the Tourism Council of WA for a 25km boardwalk from Fremantle all the way to Scarborough is an interesting one, but can it ever be realised?

It would be a hugely expensive project to undertake, have environmental impact, and councils and communities along the path might not like the idea, and who would pay for it?

The proposed new long boardwalk would link the existing boardwalk that links Floreat Beach to City Beach.

I’d love to go for very long leisurely walks along the beautiful Indian Ocean without having to divert into the suburbs to get back to the ocean, but is it viable and has Fremantle Council be consulted about the idea?

I would love to see the Bathers Beach boardwalk extended to the J Shed A Class reserve. That would make a huge difference in the West End.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT A TINY FREO LANE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, local government, pedestrians, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

WOW! OMG!!! The FPOL committee of Fremantle Council spent 65 minutes, including some public speakers, debating the closure of the tiny laneway between Kellow Place and Swanbourne Street, after the City of Fremantle had been directed by the WA Planning Commission to reverse the decision they made about two years ago on the closure of the pathway.

An alternative recommendation was put to the elected members that the City should approach the chair of the WAPC and get them to change their ruling. The reason for that recommendation is that the access way could be easily replicated with a footpath at Bolton Place. Yep, let’s close an existing path and build a new one instead. Really?

Two petitions by local residents were there, with 22 signatures to reopen the path and 13 for keeping it closed, but public speakers argued that the majority of Kellow Place residents supported the closure while many in Bolton Place wanted it open. Interesting to note that there was a sense of entitlement by those who appeared to believe the little lane is a Kellow Place issue for people who live in the street, and not one for the local community which uses the pathway.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said there was not much crime in the area, which was a reason the lane was closed by Council in the first place, and that the WAPC ruling says that this is not the best urban outcome.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan disagreed and said that he was not convinced that the WAPC was a better judge than the local authority. He believed the initial design of the area was extremely flawed that there is a sound argument for the closure, and that the lane did not even have universal access.

The motion was carried 3-2 so now officers will approach the WAPC to see if they are willing to change their ruling and if the path can remain closed.

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MAKING FREMANTLE MORE WALKABLE

 

What makes a walkable city, and is Fremantle one of them, was asked at the Politics in the Pubs forum by the Fremantle Network at The Local in South Fremantle on Tuesday evening.

A panel with Olwyn Williams, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, Dr Annie Matan of CUSP(Curtin University of Sustainable Policy), and City of Fremantle urban and transport planner Martin Spencer addressed the topic before a general discussion

Martin Spencer said that on the walkability index Fremantle gets 72-79 out of 100 and is the 19th most walkable suburb in the Perth metro area.

We need to make the city open, invite people in, and make them walk. Drag people into the shops and off the footpaths, and connect destinations with better signage.

Dr Annie Matan said that being pro pedestrians and cyclists did not mean we are anti car, but we need great public transport and walking and cycle infrastructure to make the city work better. There needs to be a safe and interesting environment for pedestrians, which includes good public toilets, water fountains, benches, shade structures and trees, etc.

“Every road needs to tell a story to our visitors and ourselves”

Footpaths are where we meet friends, and importantly also strangers. It is where we connect with our communities.

We need to create authentic places as they are important, and destinations to walk to, and do connections better, such as walking from the CBD to South Beach or the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Many footpaths are cluttered and become a hazard and Fremantle City needs a strong policy for planning walkability, Dr Matan said.

Olwyn Williams said that Fremantle has got more than anyone else; the port, heritage, the university, beaches, cafes, art, shopping, festivals and concerts, but we are a small community with a small ratepayers’ base, so we need the outside world to come to Freo and make it economically viable to set up shop here.

We need more visitors, more people working here and more residents, and to become a better place we need to embrace medium density living.

Connections with the suburbs is vital and important as Fremantle is not just the CBD.

Road closures in the CBD often have a negative impact on nearby businesses and the City should consider that more carefully. The second hour free parking the City of Fremantle has just implemented, is a very good idea as it will make people linger longer, Williams said.

Wayfinding needs to improve as signs don’t tell you that you could walk just a block further to enjoy Wray Avenue, or that it is a nice half hour walk to South Beach, and we need much better lighting to make us feel safer at night.

Olwyn Williams also said that the High Street Mall is a disaster and the closure should never have happened.

Martin Spencer said it was about time the community took ownership as it can’t be just left to local governments to implement change.

Comment: I believe we need to make the walking journey more attractive and make it a discovery, an adventure, walks where we connect all our Freo hidden treasures, and where we decentralise more and better utilise the A Class reserve at Arthur’s Head, the lawn next to the Roundhouse, Pioneer, Princess May and Fremantle parks, etc.

Fremantle offers a unique experience and that is what our new destination marketing should be all about. People will be encouraged to walk if we offer them a better shopping and lifestyle experience.

Roel Loopers

 

 

IS FREMANTLE REALLY WALKING FRIENDLY?

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle network, pedestrians, Uncategorized by freoview on September 18, 2018

 

The next POLITICS IN THE PUB by the Fremantle Network is on next Tuesday September 25 from 6.30-8.30pm at the Local hotel in South Fremantle.

The topic is Is Fremantle really walking friendly? and will be discussed by a panel of Urban and Transport Planner Martin Spencer, Dr Annie Matan of CUSP(Curtin University of Sustainable Policy) and Olwyn Williams, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce.

Of course there is also community participation during the Q&A.

Catch up with your community, have a meal and drink, and positively contribute to Freo’s future!

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PEDESTRIAN WET MESS AT ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017

 

 

The City of Fremantle needs to improve the footpath on the Esplanade that runs from Essex Street to Little Creatures as it is a mess in winter after rainfall.

One has to walk through deep puddles or divert through the grass, and the latter creates mud.

People with prams or in wheelchairs have to plough through the wet mess, and that is not on.

There also needs to be a second ‘wayfinding’ path from Collie Street to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It is good and fine to do the big picture stuff and the concept of a hub, but one needs to look after the small stuff as well and create a path that can be used all seasons.

 

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FREMANTLE MAN WALKS 15,600 KM AROUND AUSTRALIA

Posted in fremantle, health, walking, western australia by freoview on July 27, 2016

 

The Fremantle community welcomed back 75 year-old Michael Pauly at Kings Square today where he finished his epic 15,600 kilometre, 26 months long Oz Soul Walk around Australia.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Federal MP Josh Wilson, State MLC Simone McGurk and Councillor Jon Strachan were all there, as were many from the Freo Men’s Shed.

The walk was aimed at raising funds for men’s mental health and arthritis and was supported by Men’s Sheds around Australia as well as Fremantle Transition Towns.

Mike has arthritis so the walk put immense strain on his knees and joints. He estimates he lost over 30 kilos of weight on his journey where he endured storms, lightning, intense heat, a leaking tent, and a trolley that broke down several times.

It is not the first time Mike walked a long distance as he crossed Australia on foot in 2009 and again in 2011.

It is an incredible achievement by Michael Pauly that deserves proper recognition by the City of Fremantle.

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A LOVELY RIVER WALK IN NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, nature, western australia by freoview on July 25, 2016

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I took advantage of the beautiful sunny Monday morning and went for a nice walk from Rule Street in North Fremantle to Mosman Park along the lovely path above the Swan River.

It is a great walk to also learn about nature and history while exercising at there are a lot of information signs.

I found out about the State Implement and Engineering Works that used to be there, that held the patent for the revolutionary stump jump plough. It also produced the keel of Australia II that won the America’s Cup in 1983.

The first WA land grand was given along the path in 1839 to the ‘Billy Goat Farm’ and there was a limestone quarry and Colonial Sugar.

The Wadjuk Noongar people used the area for camping and fishing and tools were found at Minim Cove that date back 9,930 years. The local indigenous people knew that when the paper bark flowered the mullet would run, so a great spot for fishing.

I walked for just a bit over an hour, but one can venture further into Mosman Park. Great views back to Fremantle and some interesting and very expensive houses north of the path.

There is a good car parking spot at the end of Rule Street, or take the train to North Fremantle, or hop on your bike.

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WINTER IN FREO IS ALMOST OVER

Posted in fremantle, nature, western australia by freoview on July 22, 2016

 

Blackwall Reach is one of my favourite walks in the Fremantle area. The other one is the walk from Rule Street in North Fremantle to Mosman Park just above the river.

I had a walk along the former today and sat soaking up the sun for half an hour listening to the birds. It was very quiet and I only saw three people, but on weekends there are a whole lot more and also many cyclists.

A tram from Fremantle ran through the Blackwall Reach reserve to Point Walter from 1915 to 1940. Point Walter was a very popular holiday destination for city slickers then.

I took some happy snaps along the way and am happy to announce that spring is in the air.

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EXPLORE FREMANTLE AND STAY FIT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle, health, heritage, tourism, western australia by freoview on June 20, 2016

The City of Fremantle has launched EXPLORE FREMANTLE, self-guided walking tours to explore iconic Fremantle tourist attractions, history, cultural heritage and the arts.

Explore Fremantle works on iPhone and Android devices and visitors to our city can connect to FREBytes free wifi in the CBD.

The City suggests people look for the ‘tips’ along the way for a bit of extra local knowledge and share their photos on social media #exploreFremantle.

There is the 6.88 long kilometre Discovery Trail, the 3.97 km Umbrella Walking Trail, the 6.61 km Multicultural Fremantle and Heritage Highlights, which is 5.72 km long.

This is a very good idea and will be supported by the new way finding signs they City of Fremantle will be installing this week.

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