Recently the COF council, had the Future Freo presentation in the city chambers for general public, it was not a bad showing the reception room was 3/4 full and a bit of a different crowd from usual?
Now I take it this plan was formed from the 2029 workshops back in 2013, I attended a couple before they were cancelled. Late in 2104 a year or so after the workshops were finished, the finalized report was ready for public release. Reading it I was a little surprised as it did not reflect the meetings I had been too, I can’t recall anyone wanting a train running through the cappuccino strip, I did hear discussion back and forth about closing to cars and buses but no clear direction came out of that discussion that I saw, or heard. Not surprising it was seemingly a great document for supporting council’s current ideologies that they are driving? Surprising that, really, ok maybe not? It only cost us about $100,000.oo
I was one of many who were surprised to see the report released in December 2014 and how it resembled little of the workshops I had attended. I’m sure in the discussion we had at the workshops on increased density no residents envision things like Burts St R160 zoning proposal, in a completely inappropriate location and so close to the Fremantle Arts Centre. The area already has a parking issue, if council’s requirements for this development will be as weak as they area they have been other places in regards to parking, the problem will only be exacerbated. No requirements for open public space, for this new development, or councils plan to drive for 40m+ at McCabe St? While @2029 workshops there was a clear message of additional park space for new developments? No luck for Burt St just suck it up?
For me the concerning part of the direction is that why council is planning for light rail (a nice idea I would love to see it happen) the body (state Gov), COF council is expecting to pay for the idea, reports a week later in the press they move away from light rail to more bus oriented. You would think that if COF council was coming up with a vision it would at least be in the realms of possibility? Even labor is not promising rail for Fremantle and Freo MLA Simone McGurk was reported as being pessimistic about the vision coming to fruition. “It’s one thing to come up with ideas for how to revitalise Fremantle, but to my mind the real issue is how this is actually achieved,” she said”
It’s one thing to be on a different page but it seems COF council is at the other end of the Dewey decimal system from state government plans and more importantly budgeting, Speaking of libraries that was the other hot topic for the presentation that the Mayor caught some flack on was
“BIBLIOPHILES have declared war on plans to bury Fremantle library.
As part of its long-planned revamp of Kings Square, the council wants to put the library underground.
But critics say the plan is short-sighted and fails to harness the library’s potential as an attraction in its own right.” end quote.
It seems a few residents don’t like the idea of stairs for our library as it will be underground or maybe it’s the electrical power hungry lifts or escalators they object to and with the aging population demographics of Fremantle, it’s probably a smart comment, and I see the same issues hit the comments/letter to the Herald last week too.
Another comment raised was apart from the CBD what does this plan do for the other 90% of rate payers or so? But a question for another day perhaps, as I trying not to let these posts get to long.