Roel outside the CBD I don’t think Freo has any big issues in retail, but its all based around daily, or perishables purchases i.e. food, thou lots of this business in these areas have , Duro Rd area has seen a few shops go through that area, the Bakers Delight was closed 4 months, the pasta place, coffee tea place. What the area does have is a great post office, the service from both owners have been brilliant a great draw card.

Peaches is great along with IGA, both the main draw cards. Lefroy Rd area is great too, the IGA, the bakers, Princis, the bottle shop friendly staff.
But seriously CBD retail is a shocker, Myers near empty, Woolstores 50% empty, just walk around the CBD and see the vacant shops, if this doing well I would hate to see doing bad?
You know what the pluses are for all, those areas, that are turning over good business, Lefroy rd Shops, Duro Rd, Hiltons fresh and IGA, South freo Hampton Rd Peaches, free easily accessible parking, and little to non anti social behaviour.
Like the markets at south freo, great products, free parking, nice atmosphere, no drunks, druggies, swearing, losers causing problems.
Till the CBD issues of anti social behaviour are addressed, drunks, druggies, violence, stealing , graffiti, begging, etc, etc, it will not turn around.

Fremantle Special Projects Committee Last Night ITS

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Well the wheels almost fell off the committee last night as after 6pm they were struggling for a forum, so final they kicked off with 7 out of 12 councillors.

Bill Massie started off the night with a straight up, common sense, good governance, real representation question to the fill-in chair, Brad Pettitt. (Brad was filling in as the chair and vice chair where no shows) Bill asked if it was appropriate to go ahead with voting on motion before them, as at that moment the COF did not even know what Fremantle will be, whom it will effect, what suburbs it will impact and whether it was appropriate,  for those suburbs. Not to mention if suburbs are added to Fremantle those new residents would have had no say or voice in the process, welcome to Freo, better get use too it right?

Bill raised the issue of budgets and the impact from adding suburbs and what feasibility studies had been done, sounds sensible, good questions?

Brad hand balled to the CEO, he gave the answer a crack then a quick hospital pass out too to the acting director Paul Garbett, whom gave a fairly long answer, though I must say Mr Garbett seems to be a pretty switched on guy.

Needless to say Bill concerns where brushed over like normal and the rest of the council voted in favour of the motion.

The councils ITS Integrated Transport Strategy, was pasted through so COF delivered a strategy that pretty much will be done by someone else other than the COF. Most of these thing are out their control so mostly it’s a wishful thinking list. How I believe the Transport Authority is also so about to release a strategy, so instead of waiting to see what they have done and coordinate Freo’s ITS with a group capable of delivering actual outcomes? Freo’s has just happily made up a plan, they need someone else to actually deliver.

COF will assist the strategy by closing streets buses run on, selling the car parks, removing car parking from the west end, limiting time to max of 4hrs in the suburbs for street parking, one car per house limit, making Hampton Rd dangerous for trucks to drive on, adding more bike lanes, did I mention selling off car parks, putting a road thru the esplanade. While wishing for thousands of jobs to suddenly appear in the city where clearly there is an exodus leaving.

I believe we will get more and more people living in the city, but for the council’s figures to be achievable how many thousands of permanent full time jobs do we need in the city? Currently we see a glut of office space around Perth another 150,000sqm or so of new space coming on line this year, 15% vacancies and increasing and Freo’s plan, is to add another 70,000 sqm of office space, what developer in their right mind would build office space on some of the most expensive real estate in WA when there is a massive and increasing amount of vacancies? So the councils ITS strategy really only works if all the people coming to Freo are going to work by walking cycling to work, or are using easily accessible PT routes.

Their ITS plan is to more than quadruple bike riding as a transport means for going to work, triple walking as mode of transport to work and almost 1/2 the use of cars in 15 yrs?

Who’s to say someone living in Freo will work anywhere near Fremantle, gone are the days when people had jobs for 20yrs, the workforce is possibly more transient than it has been in years, just look at the FIFO situation?

The ITS plan is made around the personal ideologies of council, like one planet not around the reality of the situation we are in. Is there anything wrong with one planet ideas no but if we follow that blindly without looking at the reality of demographics and geography we are in, I think Freo will end up a lot worse off than it is now?

How will parents get kids to day-care, kindie or school then go to work, return from work, collect the kids, do the shopping, go to after school activities, doctor appointments and specialists to squeeze in etc, etc, is all this to be bike or foot powered? Time becomes more and more critical. Stand in front of any school in Freo and count how many bikes you see coming to drop off kids now compare that to the amount of cars, that’s reality.

Currently according to ABS WA homes about 40% have 1 car, over 33 % have 2 cars, over 12 % have 3 cars or more, that’s not including motorbikes, scooters, caravans, motorboats, sailboats, jet skis, trailers, campers, RUV’s etc. Where will we keep these things with a max one car per house policy and time limited street parking? Fremantle 1 car per household is 8% higher than the states average!

Now these number are increasing not decreasing so reality is going in one direction, Fremantle council’s ideology driven policy seem to be is heading in quite the opposite?

Anyway don’t believe everything I say have a read of the policy and decide for yourself, click onto the link it will take you to the daft discussed at last night’s meeting. I have only just highlighted a few of the clangers this policy has.

One sensible idea is to increase the CAT bus service, but they can’t increase it now as they can’t afford to?

A couple of other highlights below,

No trucks on Hampton Rd, how will fuel stations get petrol, how would all the marine industry survive at fisherman’s harbour, let’s have more jobs in Freo but no trucks which many need to function, maybe Little Creatures can get supplies and make deliveries by bike? Let’s not even mention all the businesses along Hampton road that need truck access to function? The classic last year council approved a restaurant to be built just of Hampton road on the west side and 2 weeks later pasted a motion not wanting container trucks on Hampton Rd. Yet the restaurant concept they approved was based on the restaurant being built out of 40ft containers, which they applaud as an innovative idea, the real innovation now will be how to get the containers there.

No Cars in the CBD?

Rail down South St, who’s going to pay for that?

No primary road transit corridor going north?

Increasing rail use but a better access from CBD to Port, will we have a tunnel or bridge?

Better visual and physical access to fisherman harbour but tripling the rail going through there that will make all the new home owners happy in South Freo?

On their Map Freo is a bigger destination than Booragoon or Gateways, who’s kidding who?

They oppose the Roe 8 great, but if it comes what’s the point in planning like it’s not, I believe main roads has upped the tempo to bring it in even quicker.

Do they seriously believe taking away car access to Fremantle will help retail or attract new business? The ITS really is just a big anti-car policy, though they end take pains to say it’s Not? Just google anti-car Fremantle and it’s enough reading for the night. If there is smoke there’s fire?

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Fremantle Engagement


On the City of Fremantle’s website is a page called Community Engagement.

This is where the city places surveys on projects developments, polices and such like for the community to find so you can have your say in in regards to the policy, development or survey that they are asking for your input on.

The City of Fremantle is currently developing a new Economic Development Strategy for 2015 – 2029 that will build on the achievements of its 2011 – 2015 strategy. It closes on 16/02/2015. 

So to be fair if you wish to comment on the city’s direction this is a good place to start. Whether they take any notice of the surveys input is a matter for debate, still if you wish to express your self on the record this is a good place to start.

Have a say on the Economic Development Strategy click here. God knows it will have  to be a hell of a strategy?

Some of the questions are quite amusing and very leading the parking is one i had a chuckle about, plus the beggaring situation, first they invite them to Freo, when Perth pushed them out, then strangely its doesn’t seem to have worked out  for our COF and have now limited the locations for non commercial begging?? But i heard at chambers a couple of weeks ago that all charity collectors have been banned from the High St Mall as i understand it.? From one extreme to another ???

Anyway click on the link above and give the city some direction, they need all the help they can get.


Fremantles Councils, Anti-car Message, Out of Touch with Community Reality??

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I went out to run some errands this morning and dropped in at the Fremantles Growers Green Market, great crowd though it looked like it might rain, the place was pumping.

What was surprising is the amount of cars at the event, not that its bad but the parking areas where packed, and looking like they where quite well run. Clearly an organizer who understands that supplying parking is crucial as there where attendees in high-vis giving directions and nicely controlling the steady flow of traffic.


Then I had to see someone in Nth Freo so popped by Leighton to see how the carnival was running, nippers had their day between Port and Leighton beach. Again the message council is spruking on car use, has little effect on few, the beach south of port to out past cables was packed, every last space was packed with cars and thousands have been enjoying our great beaches.

So the question begs when will reality hit home to council, cars are an everyday part of the average West Australians life, to think any different, just flies in the face of reality.

All the comparisons with Europe, Canada etc, on car use, concrete, parking, made me do a quick google search as i remember a story from Sth beach (Miami USA) some years back about a shopping centre and its car park, good old google 20 seconds in  I found it, so another car installment coming soon, to keep a little balance and reality to the discussion.


Common Sense Hits Freo Council like a Bolt of Lightning


Tonight at SGS Common Sense came in like a lightning bolt from Dave Hume.

Maybe it was because Dave was sitting in Bill Massie’s chair, maybe as he stated he had listened to concerns of rate payers and residents.

The issue was investment in High St Mall upgrades councils calls it a Revitalisation Strategy, anyway back to Dave bolt of common sense. he question not the upgrade its self but the idea of the timing of doing it, which is intended to attracted better retailers, shoppers etc, etc, without addressing 1st, the underlying problems/reputation Freo has for anti-social behaviour.

Dave argued that these issues are part of the core of Fremantle woes in attracting back retailers and shoppers, possible new businesses and their customers as well.

As Dave started his comment on cleaning up Fremantle, fixing the begging issues, homeless, drunks, druggies, anti-social behaviour, graffiti is part of it too, a stunned look appeared on a few councillors faces, I think surprise that he would dare bring these issues up. Imagine a councillor raising real community concerns, how dare he???

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Strangely over the last year Freo was reported to welcomed street begging, that Perth was driving out, then they later start restrictions on them just before Christmas, so first they make the problem, then try to sort it out??? Bit like the graffiti issue as reported by police many taggers claimed that Freo Mayor  is pro graffiti so its ok here????

Dave well done, good to see a voice of the community being represented in the council.

Strangely no mention of issues like public facilities were listed, thought I have heard Bill Massie, promoting public Toilets and parent areas for infants in the mall.

Further to Dave bolt he questioned approving funds where there was no specific costing done on any areas or even discussion on what the money would be spent on. Cr Pemberton asked the committee to commit the funds for the area, but asked the wording to be change for item one in the officer’s recommendation, to allow more general use of the funds not necessarily limited to the actual list presented at council. Another presented the window of opportunity was small and action was needed quick, personally i think they should check the window is open before they dive on in marking more work to be undone.

So all in all good common sense points from Dave on that, sadly it was lost 4/2 with SGS passing the motion.

High St Mall does need revitalisation, then again so does most of Freo, let’s hope our funds are invested wisely and council takes on the issues raised by Dave and Bill.

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