Fremantle 2029 Community Visioning Project facilitator James Best has had the onerous job of reading our handwriting and transcribing and compiling the 1000 odd comments to the questions posed by our speakers to the launch.
Below I have pasted a smattering of your 250 odd responses to the first question which was:
What is the one thing I like Freo to be known for in 2029 ?
James has kindly grouped a good selection of the comments into following themes (and I have pasted the full comments under each of these at the end of this blog post).
- Fremantle’s CBD is the cultural capital of WA – a fabulous place to live and work and enjoying a diverse range of services and activities.
- People and family – an inclusive and diverse community actively caring about everyone
- Environmental and community sustainability – walkability, cycling, accessibility
- Leadership, innovation and capability focused on future conditions
- Excellent Architecture and town planning & design. Urban Renewal and integration with leading edge sustainability and sympathetic to our unique heritage and character
- Affordable living & quality of life – especially housing for ordinary people
- Economic Development, Business and education
- Culture and the arts, music, heritage, and sports
Thanks for everyone for participating in the launch and your feedback don’t forget to put on your diaries the first fully participatory workshop on the 27th of June. Enjoy the comments below and this wordle:
Fremantle’s CBD is the cultural capital of WA – a fabulous place to live and work and enjoying a diverse range of services and activities.
A vibrant 24-hour city with attractions including: high-quality retail/ well maintained heritage fabric/ livable city for residents of all ages/ a safe city where families can enjoy the night life/ and have the highest quality public spaces possible.
Additional housing allows more families to live downtown and enjoy access to work, services, great beaches and other public facilities
Fremantle in 2029 is the alternative for perth people enjoying a vibrant and modern yet classical place – sustainably advanced city
In 2029 we will be the cultural capital of WA for all things we are known for now but on a larger scale providing services and events for all people of all ages
We enjoy our urban vitality with economic activity and prosperity. Our culture focuses on interactions of all sorts especially with children and dogs and celebrating our beach culture with sandy toes while drinking mohitos with friendly local people that talk to each other.
A place where lots of people live in the centre of things
People and family – an inclusive and diverse community actively caring about everyone
Celebrated for our diverse community of all ages and abilities cultures and faiths
An inclusive place providing all people with a place to live work and play. A fun place full of things for everyone to do
Freo in 2029 is the most viable inclusive and vibrant community in Australia with the best blend of old and excellent new Architecture and urban landscapes
A city that is progressive, forward thinking, youth friendly, really welcoming and inviting to the people who live in Fremantle, as well as people from all around the world
An inclusive place that promotes and accepts all people regardless of social status gender or race through community projects that encourage equality and togetherness between all generations.
We actively reach out to people in the shadows of our society in meaningful ways – to the disadvantaged, the homeless, the disengaged and alienated.
A richness of possibilities — a place of variety and diversity
Environmental and community sustainability – walkability, cycling, accessibility
I will be able to walk to obtain everything I need for a good quality of life – to work, to the shops, for my social life, for exercise facilities, medical services, arts & culture, access to the beach & river, and a very good train service in case I want to venture house out of paradise
The most walkable, vibrant, architecturally beautiful and sustainable city in Australia
A tram system all around Fremantle and down to Coogee and only pedestrians, public transport and bicycles in the town centre
Fremantle will be known for being the first carbon neutral city in Australia (in the world ?)
People living with ecological values in practice through connected inner city living
World’s best practice examples of sustainable living and education
You choose to live in Fremantle so you can walk or bike to everything you need you can stay healthy and green by not driving but you can take public transport when you sprain your ankle
Leadership, innovation and capability focused on future conditions
Innovation and future thinking, practical everyday sustainability and a strong vibrant and resilient community
A leader in a sustainable economy and how to be a progressive city that embraces a sense of the equality and fun
A place that is adventurously challenging the status quo from a confident foundation of its unique heritage
A city known for its innovation and resilience as well as its intellectual think tanks
A pioneer of the gross city happiness index that creates happiness based on the new economy, social capital, societal health, human dignity and working collaboratively
Thought leadership groups (Fremantle Society, Group 4 Fremantle, Freo Network, FERN etc) are working positively together for Freo and facilitating conversations about what needs to be done to meet future challenges
Excellent Architecture and town planning & design. Urban Renewal and integration with leading edge sustainability and sympathetic to our unique heritage and character
Fremantle is known for its high-quality contemporary buildings and public spaces that compliment the heritage but provide sustainable and affordable lifestyles
A successful and vibrant city with a good balance between its economic environmental social and heritage elements with it’s working port continuing to operate efficiently and sustainability
Fremantle is known for its own architecture pragmatically designed to suit its conditions of climate, scale, adaptability, density, social equity and diversity of housing choices
Safe friendly neighbourhood scale parks and facilities, creative and tolerant people, a place that did not sell out its soul to high-rise and quick fixes. A place that gave enough thought to preserve its wonderful buildings with sensitive modernisation and adequate breathing space around them to maintain their intrinsic value, access to sunshine and free of other impacts of overcrowding.
Freo in 2029 is linked with a relaxed, yet vibrant, multicultural arts and entertainment hub connected to the city, river, and ocean with walkways cycleways green spaces and a diverse mix of spaces and places for people of all ages. It has retained buildings of its heritage that enhance the special sense of community
Its highest quality urban design with the most beautiful public realm with quality architecture — not backward looking — but respectful of heritage yet innovative and timeless
The Port has been relocated to create a sustainable eco city
A vibrant sustainable friendly city where everyone feels welcome and kids have spaces of fun appropriate and welcoming for all ages
Affordable living & quality of life – especially housing for ordinary people
Affordability for all demographics and ages. Freo is a place of inclusivity, variety, vibrancy a place for ages to be able to afford to live here
Housing is close to work and community facilities such as kindy, school, health care centres and other services
Freo is recognized for having the best quality of life in Australia
Changing demographics is factored into the housing mix/ availability – not all of us want a mansion for just me living on my own.
Building more houses will accommodate more people and hopefully at a price that people are able to afford. I would like Fremantle to continue to be an example of a great community and a good place to live
Economic Development, Business and education
By being a business friendly city that attracts people into the centre every day for work or leisure thereby maintaining a strong base for all to enjoy this great city.
Thinking commercial — being a quaint fishing village that attracts tourists on weekends and leaves deserving residents alone during the week — no crime, no homeless, no empty stores, no op shops and no sex shops.
The defence of the 2029 America’s Cup building on 1980’s America’s Cup defence that triggered the biggest improvement in Fremantle indicates maybe we need another big idea to trigger the next change
Shops that support locally produced goods. A great place to live and go about your business
A vibrant local community with a thriving local economy and local food supply
Culture and the arts, music, heritage, and sports
To be the centre for cultural and outdoor activities in the metropolitan area
It’s flourishing original and world music scene
Being the centre for arts and culture in W.A – contribution to social resilience
Our culture and the arts attract artists and visitors from around the world – learning and sharing with global connections
A Noongar Centre for culture and indigenous arts
Places where good art can happen and where artists are valued
It’s cultural and built heritage which coexists in a modern vibrant city for all parts of the community and visitors to enjoy
Awesome festivals and events that can’t be missed
Strengthening connections between culture food, arts and music
World class sporting facilities