Archive from August, 2015
Aug 27, 2015 - News    Comments Off on City playgrounds get upgrades

City playgrounds get upgrades

Last freo primarynight Council approved upgrades to four playgrounds, including two in the City Ward.

My old school, Fremantle Primary School will get a $143,000 upgrade to the park on the corner of Stevens and Brennan Streets. This is a key local park and playground for inner city residents as well as the school.  Read more »

Aug 23, 2015 - News    Comments Off on Major new development for Queen Victoria Street

Major new development for Queen Victoria Street

DHA developmentAn application for a major development in Fremantle’s “East End” has been submitted to council for consideration in coming months.

Defence Housing Australia bought the old Toyota site on Queen Victoria Street and have engaged Hassell Architects to design a significant mixed use development that will transform the area. Read more »

Aug 17, 2015 - Development, News    1 Comment

So what can Council do about Light Rail?

light rail freoThis month’s Special Projects Committee progressed changes for Hilton local centre along South Street and in doing so, increased the viability of light rail.

South Street was identified as a desirable light rail route in the future to better connect Murdoch train station, the university and hospitals to Fremantle with fast efficient public transport. Despite this already having a high frequency bus route, the state government (and some detractors) don’t think there is enough patronage growth or activity along this road to justify planning for light rail.

As always, it’s a chicken and egg matter.

Which comes first? The light rail, or the development? Read more »

Aug 9, 2015 - Development, News    Comments Off on SPC stands for Transparency

SPC stands for Transparency

Council Chamber- where everyone is welcome

Council Chamber- where everyone is welcome

Transparency and accountability of the Council is a high priority for many people in Fremantle. This was reflected in the most recent community perception survey.

Genuine community engagement has been something I hold very dear and work hard to ensure and facilitate.

About 18 months ago, I became the Chair of a new Council committee formed to do just that. The Special Projects Committee (SPC) was established so that crucial informal discussions – that had previously been held behind closed doors – became open to the public. Read more »