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FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2019

 

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High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End is my favourite street, as the beauty of the old Gold Rush Period architecture never disappoints.

Just before 7am this morning, on my way for coffee at Chalkys cafe, I took this reflection in the windows of the Roma Cucina.

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J SHED ARTISTS CREATE OWN SIGNS

 

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The Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach have had enough of Council constantly talking about activating the historic precinct while they ignore their own placemaking advise of low hanging fruit of supporting and promoting existing businesses, instead of just pipe dreaming about the big projects for Arthur’s Head.

So the arty J Shed mob have started to put their own way finding signs around to make visitors aware there is creative light at the end of the Whalers Tunnel, and by the way, also a gorgeous beach.

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FREMANTLE HIGH ON HERITAGE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2019

 

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Fremantle’s historic High Street is without a doubt my favourite street in our little port city, so when the sun shone bright this afternoon I could not resist to take another photo of it, with the Roundhouse at the far end.

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TREES TO BEAUTIFY UNSIGHTLY CAR PARK

 

 

Some West End residents have expressed concern about the pruning of the lovely little tree on the corner of Cliff and High streets, but it is all good because the City of Fremantle wanted to create a bit more head space and to put new benches under the tree.

The City will also put four olive trees in large square concrete boxes along the unsightly Notre Dame University car park from Cliff Street to the Chalkys cafe.

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JUNGLE BIRD OPENS IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in bar, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019

 

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The old sailors used to like a bit of rum in their coffee, so the new bar and cafe on the corner of Pakenham and High Street in Fremantle’s West End is well suited to them.

JUNGLE BIRD rum&coffee has replaced the former Mrs Chats bar next to the newsagency and opposite Bitches Brew framers and art space.

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LESS RED TAPE TO WORK ON FREMANTLE HERITAGE BUILDINGS

 

The announcement by WA Local Government and Heritage Minister David Templeman MLA might be a relief to owners of heritage properties in Fremantle but I have no doubt it will also concern those of us who believe that heritage protection is not negotiable and needs to be a priority in our city.

Here the media statement from David Templeman:

The City of Fremantle will be able to approve minor heritage building works in Fremantle’s West End without needing to refer to the Heritage Council under a new legislative framework.

The Heritage Council’s Delegations Framework grants the City of Fremantle authority to assess minor or routine works to heritage buildings, in accordance with Section 11 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990.

The new system will provide a more simplified approval process for West End landowners, proposing minor works to their heritage listed properties.

To identify minor or routine works an Impact Matrix has been developed to accompany the Delegation Framework and are available at https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au 

Proposals for moderate to major works to a heritage building will still be referred to the Heritage Council for advice and comment.

Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman: “I am delighted the City of Fremantle will play a key role in safekeeping their local heritage. I believe this delegation will result in the conservation of the historic Fremantle West End for the benefit of all Western Australians.

“By removing red tape, West End landowners will have a more streamlined process when considering routine works to heritage buildings.”

Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk: “Our historic West End is a wonderful window into the past and a significant tourism attraction. By allowing the City of Fremantle to remove some of the red tape associated with minor building works on heritage buildings, this will make things easier and less cumbersome for local owners and businesses.”

So is this a good thing? What do you think?

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NOTRE DAME CAR PARK WEST END EYESORE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on February 6, 2019

 

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Fremantle West End residents are wondering what Notre Dame University‘s plans are for the car park on the corner of Cliff and High streets now that the new School of Nursing won’t be built there.

The site is an eyesore in our beautiful heritage precinct, and while Notre Dame did renovate the so-called Wedding Wall it has been procrastinating on the development of the corner block.

The university’s Vice Chancellor told me a year ago that she would like to see a park created on the site, but nothing is happening. I hear the City of Fremantle is now contemplating planting some olive trees along the car park edge on High Street to obscure the ugly car park.

I emailed NDA’s Chief of Staff yesterday morning about this but have not received a reply from him.

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FREO CITY REPLIES TO YELLOW ART CRITICISM

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle has reacted to the ‘exclusive’ in the West Australian earlier this week about the removal issues with the yellow artwork along High Street, so I’ll publish that unedited below:

“The work program for the removal of the artwork and its timing were developed in consultation with the building owners. Works started on 2 January at the Round House end of High Street. Works to numbers 1, 2, 4a and 4 will be complete by 23 January. We will then move to number 6 and work our way up the north side of High Street and back down the other side. Work is currently programmed until mid-March.

A photographic/measured survey has been carried out on each building and the method being applied and area of the works was agreed with each owner prior to commencement. The remediation works not only address the areas that were covered by the yellow foil, but entire ‘panels’ of buildings, so that work does not appear as ‘patching’ but a more complete remediation to ensure an acceptable blended finish.

Step 1 is removal of the yellow foil. Foil is removed by abrasive action. This is similar to normal prep work which might be carried out prior to painting. The contractor is using a couple of different methods. For painted render, painted brickwork, timber frames and metal window bars, removal is through the use of a hand-held grinder fitted with a silicon carbide stripping disk. For more intricate areas such as tuck pointed brickwork and decorative scrolls, a hand-held scraper is used.

Step 2 is preparation. In addition to removing any small remaining pieces of foil (from step 1), the team are filling, carrying out minor repairs, scraping off loose paint, sanding and washing down the building. After that, if any additional cracks are uncovered as part of the wash-down they are also filled and sanded.

Step 3 is painting. Samples of the existing paintwork are taken and matched. A high quality paint is being used.

The approved budget for the removal of the artwork project is $211,000.

The majority of owners have been entirely happy with the process. Owners and tenants are being kept well informed. City officers are on-site daily to ensure works are progressing as agreed. As each building is completed, the City will meet with the owner to ensure they are satisfied with the work that has been done.

The contractor is doing an extremely good job and is very thorough. Officers will continue to actively engage with the contractor throughout the project and are very confident the project will provide a quality outcome. Officers also continue to liaise with representatives of the Heritage Council, who are happy with both the progress, the extent and the quality of the preparation and repainting works.

One property owner has initiated legal proceedings against the City, which the City will defend vigorously.

While the difficulties with removing the artwork – and the additional costs – are unfortunate, they should not overshadow the fact that the artwork was a great success which attracted thousands of people to the West End and contributed to their favourable impression of Fremantle.”

 

In fairness I need to add that former Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri claims that he did not give the City permission to use the building he owns at 7 High Street for the public artwork, so if Tagliaferri’s claim is correct the City trespassed and engaged in property vandalism, but the court will rule no doubt on that as well in due course.

 

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EARLY MORNING IN THE FREO WEST END

 

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I had time left between having an early coffee and reading the West Australian and Fremantle Herald before my meeting with a designer about the planned new historic interpretive displays at the Roundhouse, so I had a walk around the West End where I took the photos above.

A group of people attending an art class on the corner of Cliff and High streets, a colourful alfresco cafe in High, a crane signalling rare new development in the heritage-listed West End and a colourful reflection at J Shed on Bathers Beach at the new temporary studio of stone sculptor Jina Lee. Make sure to visit her and all the other Arthur’s Head artists soon!

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BUILDING CRANE IN FREO’S HISTORIC WEST END

Posted in architecture, buildings, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2018

 

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It is rather unusual to see a big building crane going up in Fremantle’s historic West End, but this one was put together all day in Henry Street for the construction of the four-storey residential building on the former Fremantle Workers Club site.

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