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DON’T DEMOLISH FREMANTLE TRAFFIC BRIDGE!

 

The building of a new Fremantle traffic bridge is likely to be brought forward, in the State Government’s attempt to create jobs by fast forwarding major public works. A new bridge is badly needed, so I welcome the news, however the Fremantle community and Council should have a say in this matter, because we do not want just any ugly modern functional bridge, but something iconic and very Freo.

We also do not want the demolition of the present bridge because it is part of Freo’s heritage. It should be preserved and used, maybe as a dedicated bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, a viewing platform where we can hold events and markets, and make it a tourist destination.

The destruction of the North Fremantle town centre would be absolutely unacceptable, so one very important question is where will the bridge end in North Freo?

I sometimes disagree with the opinion of the Fremantle Society, but I absolutely agree with what Agnieshka Kiera, who was the City of Fremantle’s heritage architect for 25 years, wrote about preserving the old bridge, so I partly copy her well argued opinion piece.

We want extensive community consultation, and not just Main Roads creating a bridge that can accommodate a lot of vehicles fast!

Here is what Agnieshka Kiera wrote:

  • the historic Fremantle bridge has to stay. Not only for the reason of its heritage significance and, being listed on State Heritage, planning and compliance reasons. It should also stay for its greater importance to the city as the strategic urban feature and gateway to Fremantle, as follows:
    • since its construction the bridge has provided the vital pedestrian (and traffic) connection, not only between Fremantle and Perth but equally importantly between Fremantle and North Fremantle historic town centre; 
    • while the main vehicular traffic connection to Perth has been taken over by the Stirling Bridge, the much-reduced traffic using the historic bridge has helped to keep the North Fremantle’s historic centre accessible and to date a viable local hub of commercial and social activity;
    • the bridge acts as an important entry point and gateway to Fremantle: on the approach to Fremantle by the bridge, the closed vista of Cantonment Hill and the Signal Station, the Fremantle Port to the right and Swan River to the left, all the iconic urban features and Fremantle icons, create an exceptional landscape setting, reinforcing the city’s identity as the historic landmark of Western Australia;
    • the proposed bridge could potentially relieve the historic bridge of the vehicular traffic altogether and let it act as the vital pedestrian/cyclist link with Fremantle proper. There are numerous very successful examples around the world of saving the historic bridges from demolition. And while building new bridges to take on the modern essential role of carrying the vehicular traffic, many cities conserved the old bridges utilising them for the ancillary (mainly pedestrian) purposes. The most famous examples include the Burt Bridge in San Francisco, the Brooklyn Bridge on New York’s East River, Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Pot du Gard in France, Chenguyang Inmud and Rain Bridge in China etc. Each of them was replaced by a new bridge while being preserved for new functions. The same could be done in Fremantle, as freeing the Fremantle Bridge from vehicular traffic would facilitate its proper restoration as the pedestrian/cyclist bridge;
    • However, the plan in Brad Pettit’s blog doesn’t show where the new bridge’s roadway goes. Would it go through the North Fremantle old centre? It looks very likely. Would this result in some massive demolitions of the heritage buildings on its way? That would be the death not only to the old bridge but to the North Fremantle historic centre as well. The Fremantle bridge’s traditional role as a gateway and the significant connection between North Fremantle and Fremantle proper via Queen Victoria Street would be destroyed. That is a devastating prospect and should be stopped.

 

Roel Loopers

DAVIS PARK STRUCTURE PLANS AT COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on May 26, 2020

 

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Below some information about the new structure plans for Davis Park, the Heart of Beaconsfield project. It will go before Fremantle Council this Wednesday and the agenda item can be viewed in full on the City of Fremantle website. Click on agendas and minutes.

The structure plan itself is divided into sub-precincts to facilitate a mixture of residential and commercial development at a range of densities (refer Figure 1 above). Broadly speaking, the proposal comprises of the following:

Land Use

  •   The plan shows a mostly residential precinct, and states an aim of providing for a variety of different housing types. Each precinct, aside from the Mixed Use precinct along South Street, has a low-to-medium residential density ranging between R30 and R80.
  •   A Mixed Use precinct is proposed along South Street and has been allocated a high density coding of R-AC0. The Structure Plan provides for up to 4,600sqm retail floor space within this. The Mixed Use zone is intended to act as an expansion of the existing Beaconsfield local centre on South Street, immediately to the east.
  •   The existing educational establishment (childcare) centre adjacent to Davis Park is proposed to be retained. The child care centre site is shown on the structure plan map as being reserved for ‘Education’ purposes.

    Access and Transport

  •   A new access road into the structure plan area is proposed from South Street, continuing the same alignment as Nannine Avenue to the north. A set of traffic signals is proposed at this intersection.
  •   The plan seeks to facilitate a north-south connection through the precinct via a public access way (‘green link’) to provide access between Davis Park, Doig Place and Lefroy Road.
  •   Conversion of internal cul de sac roads into through-roads is also proposed; this would also allow for improved east west and north south connectivity for both vehicles and pedestrians.

    Public Open Space

  •   The public open space at the centre of the precinct Davis Park is shown as being retained and expanded to the north. The expanded park provides the required 10 percent open space contribution, as required by state policy.
  •   The structure plan also shows integration of the existing child care centre (Fremantle Early Learning Centre) into the Davis Park open space.

 

Public submissions can be send in until June 21, so take part in the democratic process. Most of the land is owned by the Department of Communities, so the the state government will have considerable input on what will happen with the area.

Roel Loopers

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NO GO ZONES FOR FREMANTLE CATS

Posted in cat, city of fremantle, local government, pet, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2020

 

Fremantle Council has adopted a new local law to protect native wildlife from predation by cats.

The City of Fremantle already conducts a regular trapping program for cats and other feral animals in parks and nature reserves.

The Cat Management Local Law designates 12 areas within the City of Fremantle as cat prohibited areas, including parks like Booyeembara Park and Sir Frederick Samson Park, beach and river reserves and golf courses.

If any registered cat is captured in one of the cat prohibited areas the owner would be committing an offence and subject to a $200 fine.

It is a legal requirement in Western Australia that all domestic cats over 6 months old be sterilised, microchipped, wearing a tag in a public place and registered with their local government.

The new cat law will also require cat owners to have a permit to keep more than three cats.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said he hoped the new local law would encourage responsible cat ownership.

“Roaming cats can kill and disturb native wildlife and can cause a nuisance through spraying and fighting,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“They’re also in danger of being hurt by vehicles or by fighting with other cats, and may interact with wild populations and produce unwanted kittens.

“Prohibiting cats from certain natural areas and encouraging owners to be responsible for their cat’s whereabouts will reduce the impact on local wildlife as well as keep domestic cats safe.”

The new local law is now required to be published in the State Government Gazette, and will come into force 14 days after gazettal.

The 12 cat prohibited areas are:

  • Booyeembara Park
  • The Royal Fremantle Golf Course
  • The Fremantle Public Golf Course
  • Bathers Beach Reserve
  • Sir Frederick Samson Park
  • Cantonment Hill
  • Leighton Beach Reserve
  • Port Beach Reserve
  • Rocky Bay Reserve
  • North Fremantle Foreshore Reserve (including Prawn Bay)
  • South Beach Reserve
  • Hollis Park, Sandown Park and any other land within the boundary of the former South Fremantle landfill site

For more information visit the Responsible Pet Ownership page on the City of Fremantle website.

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FREO LIBRARY, TOILETS AND CUSTOMER DESK REOPEN

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 14, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle has announced its first steps towards the reopening of facilities and services in line with the easing of state government COVID-19 restrictions.

The Fremantle Library and the customer service desk at the City’s administration building at Fremantle Oval will reopen on Monday 18 May.

The library will be open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and then normal hours on weekends. In accordance with state government guidelines library patrons will be limited to 20 people and the four square metre rule will be applied.

There will be access to loans and returns services, internet PCs, photocopying and printing services. The local history service will also be available but the Justice of the Peace service will not resume at this time.

The customer service desk will be open from 8am-5pm to answer queries, process applications and permits and accept EFTPOS payments.

For the safety of staff and customers temporary sneeze screens have been installed and hand sanitizers will be in place at the front counter and by the visitor sign-in kiosk. Staff and customers will also be asked to maintain physical distancing.

Public toilets and change rooms at Kings Square, the Esplanade Reserve, South Beach, Leighton Beach and Port Beach will be open from tomorrow.

From Friday 22 May all public toilets, showers, barbecues and drinking fountains will be reopened with an enhanced cleaning regime.

The Fremantle Community Legal Centre will reopen on Monday 25 May from 9am-4pm, but with limits on the number of people allowed into the office.

In addition to the reopening of the library and the customer service desk, City of Fremantle staff who’ve been working from home will start returning to the office from next week so that will also provide a boost to the local economy.

Roel Loopers

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FREE PHOTO SUPPORT FOR FREO TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, photography, retail, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2020

 

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My mate Saffi Ali had the idea of offering our professional photography services for FREE to local businesses, and of course I jumped on board, because I love to support our Freo traders.

So if you need promotional photography, or want to refresh your website or social media page, whatever, contact us and one of us will come and take professional photos of your business and staff, whatever is needed.

You can contacts Saffi Ali and me on our Facebook pages, but you are also welcome to text me on 0419850981 or email roelloopers48@gmail.com

Don’t be shy. This is a genuine offer of support with no strings attached!

Roel Loopers

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NEVER A BORING MOMENT IN FREMANTLE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2020

 

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There is always something happening in Fremantle, as my late afternoon walk proved yet again.

I wandered down to Bathers Beach in the hope of catching a spectacular sun set, but that was not to be, however there was this amazing short moment of a spout of rainbow when looking south over the Fishing Boat Harbour, then three people, one dressed as a monkey, were filming a video, a classy gentleman sat all by himself at the Bathers Beach House with a good bottle of red and a long-stem wineglass, and all of a sudden a very noisy helicopter did a very low loop over Bathers Beach. All that withing 15 minutes.

Love you, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

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ESPLANADE TOILETS REOPEN SOON

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2020

In case Freo’s View readers missed the comment Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt posted under my article about the closed Esplanade public toilets, here is some good news:

I have spoken to staff today about how we reopen the city now people are starting to come back, Council did agree that the only toilets open were Kings Square, South Beach, and Leighton but we are reviewing this and agree the Esplanade will need to open too shortly if restrictions continue to ease.

Let’s hope they will reopen the Esplanade toilets before Mothers Day this Sunday, where the weather is expected to be in the mid 20s, so perfect for a picnic.

Roel Loopers

RELAXED COVID-19 FREO SUNDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on May 3, 2020

 

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Clouds are already moving in for the big rain which is forecast for tomorrow, but many people are taking advantage of the warm Sunday weather and Covid-19 restrictions relaxation.

They were queueing up outside Joe’s Fish Shack and Twin Fin in the Fishing Boat Harbour and take away restaurants around Fremantle.

While it was takeaway only, people did take advantaged of the tables and benches outside the closed Bathers Beach House.

 

Roel Loopers

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RELAX, FREO, BUT DON’T GET COMPLACENT!

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2020

 

 

It is going to be a very warm weekend, so many people will want to enjoy the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions and head to the beaches, river foreshore and parks, but please do stay alert that the social distancing rules of 1.5 metre between individuals still apply, even when we are allowed to meet with up to ten people.

It would be madness to throw away what we have achieved over the last four weeks, by relaxing too fast and too much and ignoring the social distancing rules.

Have fun and go out, but first and foremost stay healthy and safe and don’t take the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Have a fun weekend!

Roel Loopers

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THESE BOOKS ARE MADE FOR WALKING

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2020

 

Fremantle Library has an expanded home delivery service and a new contactless drive-through option to return borrowed books to support the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

While Fremantle Library had to close in response to a mandated Federal Government direction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, staff were eager to keep library services functioning and expand other areas to members to help them stay connected.

When a lot of people engage in social isolation it is important for the community to have all the library services they need during these tough times.

To ensure people could still access library resources, including books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and more, the City extended its housebound library delivery service to twice weekly drop-offs on Mondays and Thursdays to library members residing in the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle Local Government areas.

This service was previously provided to elderly or otherwise housebound people who were unable to visit the library, but now it’s been expanded to cater for any local library members staying at home due to the COVID-19 virus.

Since closing the Fremantle Library building on 23 March, they have made 135 home deliveries to East Fremantle and Fremantle residents and, overall, welcomed nearly 100 new members to Fremantle Library.”

From today, library members will also be able to return their borrowed items to the Fremantle Recycling Centre, where the library has set up a contactless drive-through drop off point.

Simply place items in a disposable plastic bag (provided onsite if you require one), enter the drive-through drop off point via Montreal Street and pop your bag of items into the marked crates.

From here, library staff will quarantine these items before processing them and getting them back into circulation

As always, members can explore Fremantle Library’s virtual shelves and have electronic access to books, magazines, the Fremantle and State Library Catalogue and educational online resources.

For all Fremantle Library queries, call 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 796) or email frelib@fremantle.wa.gov.au. To join Fremantle Library, visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/fremantle-library-membership.

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