Kings Square Car Park reopens Wednesday 31st of October

Following a multi-million dollar upgrade over the past seven months, the privately-owned Kings Square car park (formerly known as Queensgate) will partially re-open on Wednesday 31 October.

There will initially be around 470 bays available, with more bays coming on line as work is completed.

Good to have it open in time for the busy Christmas trading period.

The broader Kings Square Renewal project is progressing well and having the car park back in operation is another major milestone.

We’re pleased Sirona and their builder Probuild have honoured a commitment made earlier this year to have the car park back up and running by November.

The lead up to Christmas is a critical time for local traders in Fremantle who have told us having these bays available is very important. This will give them a boost, especially those businesses in and around Kings Square.”

The upgrades include structural works, protective epoxy coatings to decks, new paint and line markings, new lighting and services throughout.

The new lift and stairwell is expected to be completed in a few more months with the original lift and stairwell available until then.

Parking costs have been set at $3 per hour with a $9.00 early bird all day parking rate available.

As an opening special, car park owner Sirona Capital have announced there will be free parking between 6am to 7pm up to an including Sunday 4 November.

 

For any queries relating to the car park people should visit the Secure Parking website secureparking.com.au  or call 1300 727 483

 

 

 

Maritime Day this Saturday, 27th October.

Fremantle Ports have put together an action-packed schedule for this year’s Maritime Day, to be held on Saturday, 27th October.

Bring the whole family down to Victoria Quay between 10.00am and 4.00pm to celebrate our working port and learn more about the maritime industry, including educational paths and career opportunities.

Meet an Australian Border Force detector dog, jump onboard to explore a tugboat, watch a Royal Australian Navy dive display and much more!

Fremantle Festival returns this Friday

Fremantle Festival returns this Friday evening with a celebration of Australian Indigenous culture at Wardarnji at Fremantle Arts Centre.

On Sunday is the colour and pageantry of the 70th Blessing of the Fleet.

Next weekend, for the first time, the City of Fremantle presents Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire, inviting audiences to gather around many fires to enjoy intimate performances, including song, spoken word, puppetry and dance. This sits along side the return of Kraken.

As the sun sets over the ocean, the historic Fremantle Port will be illuminated in a mass celebration of our community. The event is inspired by the people of greater Fremantle who have shaped our festivals, whether they are participants, creatives or spectators.

This is a taste of what’s to come, with the Fremantle Festival set to move to the depths of winter in 2019, with a ten-day immersive experience of wild art and hidden treasures.

Intimate spaces, port history and cosy corners make Fremantle an ideal place for a winter festival. As our city continues to evolve, we thought it was time to offer the people of Fremantle and beyond something that’s unique.

This year’s three-day festival format will pave the way for the transition to an expanded ten-day format in winter in 2019.

Now in its 113th year, Fremantle Festival is Australia’s longest running festival and continues to evolve as a celebration of one of the most unique cities in the world and its extraordinary community.

Here is the link to the f Festival website:

http://www.fremantlefestival.com.au/whats-on/

 

 

The Freo Network debates: “Is Democracy in Crisis?”

This month we take politics out of the pub and into a very serious forum to discuss if democracy is failing us (or perhaps working very well?) with local political players including Josh Wilson MP and Ben Morton MP and political reporter Jane Marwick.

The Fremantle Network and the Notre Dame Labor and Liberal clubs invite you to join them in a conversation: Is Democracy in Crisis?

Since 2010 Australia has seen five changes of Prime Minister, with each change involving alarming levels of angry disunity within our major parties. Worldwide, we see voters becoming disenchanted with the democratic process, either refusing to be involved or voting for populist and extremist leaders.

Is our Democracy in crisis? Why are citizens reporting low levels of trust in political leaders and the system itself? And how can we restore our democracy to good health?

The Fremantle Network and Notre Dame University Politics students invite you to join them for a conversation about the problems facing our Democracy and possible solutions.

With special guests: 
Ben Morton, Liberal Party MP for Tangney
Josh Wilson, Labor Party MP for Fremantle
Jane Marwick, political journalist 

Tuesday 30th October, 7.00pm to 8.30pm 
Santa Maria Lecture Theatre
Notre Dame University

13 Mouat Street Fremantle

A Social Ride to Look at Bike Infrastructure in Freo

Members and supporters of Bike Freo (the Fremantle Bicycle Users Group) invite anyone interested in safer cycling to join us on a ride to explore the state of bicycle infrastructure in Fremantle.

The ride is from 10am to about 11.30am on Sunday October 28th, starting and finishing at Pioneer Park, opposite Fremantle Station.

Come along and enjoy an easy bike ride in the company of people who share a desire to create more cycling and safer cycling in our region. Participants are encouraged to stop the ride for a discussion at places where they feel improvements need to be made and also to linger for a drink and chat at the end of the ride.

 

Phone Rob Delves   0409 376 926  or  robdelves1088@gmail.com if you have any questions about this event.

Freo’s urban forest is growing

More than 1800 trees have been planted over the past 12 months as part of the plan to create an urban forest in Fremantle.

In the 2017-18 financial year a total of 714 trees were planted by the City of Fremantle on residential verges and in local parks, while another 92 were added as part of the landscaping component of City projects like pocket parks, car parks and walkways.

This follows the planting of 500 verge and park trees in the previous year, and is the result of the doubling of the City’s tree-planting budget from $60,000 to $120,000.

In addition, the City also planted 12,000 plants – including 1015 trees – in dunes, bushland and the river foreshore during nine community planting days and 21 volunteer planting days with conservation volunteers and local schools.

City of Fremantle Parks and Landscapes manager Ryan Abbott said it was all part of the plan to grow the urban forest in Fremantle.

“The City’s Urban Forest Plan forms part of our Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020, which aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage,” Mr Abbott said.

“An assessment last year showed our canopy coverage was around 13 per cent, so to hit the 20 per cent target we have an ongoing tree planting and revegetation program and are integrating new trees into road and path upgrades wherever we can.

“For this current financial year we’re looking to continue to expand our tree-planting program and plant another thousand trees across Fremantle.”

The suburb of Samson had the highest tree planting numbers in 2017/18 due to the City’s targeted Greening Samson project.

Mapping undertaken for the Urban Forest Plan identified Samson had some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle, which meant Samson was on average two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs due to the urban heat island effect.

A total of 212 trees were planted in Samson alone, while another 299 were planted in Beaconsfield, Hilton and Fremantle, and 203 in South Fremantle, North Fremantle, White Gum Valley and O’Connor.

The species of trees planted included red flowering gums, bottlebrushes, jacarandas and tuart trees, with the varieties carefully chosen to best suit the local conditions and surroundings.

As well as reducing the urban heat island effect by providing more shade, trees also absorb carbon dioxide, filter air pollutants and provide a natural cooling effect by releasing moisture through their leaves.

Planting more trees also helps to connect regional bushland to the coast and provides habitat and food for native animals.

For more information visit the Urban Forest Plan page on the City of Fremantle website.

From the Council Chambers September 2018

Thanks for deputy-mayor Ingrid Waltham for doing this good little summary of last month’s council decisions.