What are your thoughts on the Kings Square project? This week is the week to let us know

The draft Kings Square Project Business Plan has been released for public comment.

The preparation of the business plan is a key milestone for the Kings Square Project which will dramatically change the more run down parts of our city centre.

The plan will allow the City to commence contract negotiations with Sirona Capital Management Ltd for the integrated development of key sites in the Kings Square precinct.

We would love your feedback at the following consultation events and/or in writing

Open day – Thursday 29 November, 10.00 am–12 noon

Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William Street

Project information will be available with staff on hand to answer your questions.


Public information session – Saturday 1 December, 9.30–11.30 am

City of Fremantle Reception Room (entry via the curved staircase opposite Myer)
8 William Street, Fremantle

Hear presentations by the City of Fremantle, project partner Sirona Capital Management Ltd and the project consultant; followed by a question and answer session.

Register to attend by 29 November 2012 by contacting the community engagement team.

And the award goes to…Freo

I realize talking about awards the City of Fremantle has won can be a bit dull and PR-like but the recent run of awards we’ve received over the last couple of weeks does deserve a special mention because it has been quite amazing.

Last night the City of Fremantle’s economic development strategy won the 2012 Premier’s Award category for ‘developing the economy’

Last week the City of Fremantle was also a multiple winner in coveted Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards 2012 and awarded silver medal with high commendation in ‘local government award for tourism’ category. The Fremantle Street Arts Festival was awarded silver medal in ‘festival and events’ category.

Last week the City of Fremantle’s ‘small secondary dwellings scheme’ (granny flats without grannies) took out top honours at this year’s recipient of the Planning Institute Australia (PIA) President’s Award for planning excellence in Western Australia. It also won the PIA category award for ‘Best Planning Ideas Award – Large Projects’.

In addition to this the Hilton Community Centre by Bernard Seeber Architects won the George Temple Poole Award at the Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter 2012 Architecture Awards and 58 Stevens Street, White Gum Valley (picture below) by Officer Woods Architects won the Harold Krantz Award for Multiple Residential, the Walter Greenham Sustainable Architecture Award, and the National Multi Density Residential award.

A very impressive list of Fremantle awards from economics to planning, festivals and sustainability! Well done to all involved.

City of Fremantle’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

The City of Fremantle’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan is about to be released for public consultation.

It has already got some good publicity this week both on the first page of the Fremantle Gazette and in The West today:


The plan identifies a number of actions across the themes of rising sea level, increased temperature, decreased rainfall and increased storm intensity. Climate change is happening and due to a weak global response is likely to be more severe than hoped more like 4°C than 2°C.

It is timely as it comes back on a rather confronting report just released by the World Bank called Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided with research from the Potsdam Climate Institute. Here is quote from its forward and the fact the World Bank is a quite conservative international organisation makes it all the more confronting:

“The 4°C scenarios are devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.

And most importantly, a 4°C world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs. The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development.

It is clear that we already know a great deal about the threat before us. The science is unequivocal that humans are the cause of global warming, and major changes are already being observed”

Invitation to participate in Victoria Quay design forum

Consultation is now underway to provide wide-ranging input into the Commercial Precinct on Victoria Quay, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) land around the Fremantle Train Station and the City of Fremantle’s nearby Pioneer Park.
You are invited to register for all or part of:
•    Planning Development and Design Forum (Wednesday 5 December, 3 pm – 7.15 pm), followed by
•    Design Studio and Community Feedback Sessions (Thursday 6 December, 8.30 am – 7.30 pm).
This is an exciting and important opportunity for interested members of the community to contribute to the discussions.
Issues to be analysed include land uses, urban design, economic aspects, transport and traffic, infrastructure and heritage as well as social, landscaping, environmental and cultural issues.

For me the most important aspect will be to achieve improved linkages between the city and the Victoria Quay waterfront.

Where: in Fremantle (venue to be confirmed)

RSVP by 30 November (register for all or part of the consultation): Kerrin Simmonds, kerrin.simmonds@fremantleports.com.au or tel 9430 3446.

Planning Scheme Amendment 49 approved by Minister

While I know it has been a controversial change I am very pleased Planning Scheme Amendment 49 was approved by Planning Minister John Day last Friday. As it happened I had lunch at a Property Council sponsored Directions 2031 update that day and sat with Minister Day and he signalled out Fremantle for high praise on a number of issues for its leadership in planning to the whole audience.

For those of you living in a hole the past year or two the planning scheme amendments cover twelve key sites in the less attractive parts of city central area of the CBD, focused around Queen Street between the Fremantle Railway Station and Kings Square. These sites were identified by the City of Fremantle as capable of supporting redevelopment that would make a significant contribution to revitalising Fremantle.

I think this could herald a new era for the Fremantle CBD that will see many thousands more people living, working and shopping in the heart of our city.

I am also confident that these amendments will allow the type of sustainable development with more affordable housing that under the current planning scheme were simply not possible,”

It is one of the most significant, if not the most significant, planning decision this council has ever made, and one which will have far reaching consequences for the future of Fremantle’s city centre

In his media statement, Minister Day said the amendment would accommodate a higher residential and business population in Fremantle and enable greater use of local services and higher frequency public transport facilities. He added that the amendment took into consideration issues such as building heights and heritage protection in the centre of Fremantle.

Now we can all focus on getting the best developments possible within these areas. This pic is from one of the big ships in last week.

Reverse vending machine in Kings Square today

Come try the reverse vending machine in Kings Square, Fremantle today. 10c for every can or bottle. WA councils are pressing the state government to introduce a ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme to curb high levels of rubbish dumped in streets and parks.

The plan would provide a direct financial incentive for people to recycle empty cans, bottles or cartons by submitting them to a collection depot and receive 10 cents for each container.

Local governments in the West estimate that the scheme could halve the amount of litter they are now forced to clean up at a cost of $20 million a year to ratepayers.

The adoption of a container deposit scheme would make WA the third Australian jurisdiction to sheet the costs of waste collection back to industry. South Australia introduced its now entrenched scheme in 1977, while the Northern Territory introduced deposits in January this year.

Hulbert Street talk on biking in Europe followed by Beauty and the Bike movie

Tomorrow night (Friday the 16th)  Roy Lewisson and I will talk about insights from our recent cycling trip in Europe. We will share how the trip influenced them and local biking policy. Then we will screen Beauty and the Bike, a fascinating documentary and young ladies and cycling (see details below).

Our evening, on the southern end of Hulbert Street, will start at 6.30 pm with a picnic dinner (BYO everything) followed by the talk and then movie at about 7.30ish. Movies will cost $5. Please bring chairs, doonas, pillows etc and all your picnic needs. And please respect the needs of Hulbert Street residents but parking on Douro Road, South Beach or the shopping centre – we use our street for all sorts of things. Of course those on bikes can some right on up!

Why do British teenage girls stop cycling? This documentary film follows a group of girls in the north east English town of Darlington as they ask themselves the same questions. When they are introduced to a group of their peers in the cycling friendly sity of Bremen, they begin to discover how everyday cycling can be – and how UK transport policy has failed everyday cyclists so badly.
With the twin crisis of climate change and obesity demanding radical policy shfits away from car-centric lifestyles, this young generation of women points out what will need to be done to make cycling the more attractive option for urban mobility. It’s the infrastructure, stupid! Talk 7.00 movie 7.30 ish 55 minutes