Innovation in small homes being investigated for Freo

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A traditional Freo cottage

The current R-Codes and Scheme does not always deliver good outcomes in our neighbourhoods. Too often we end up with developments without gardens, with excessive building bulk and overshadowing that negatively affects neighbours.

To combat this, and provide more diverse quality housing options, The Council is investigating a possible Scheme Amendment that would create more modest, affordable, sustainable homes and provide housing diversity that suits different peoples needs.

The amendment proposes:

– maximum dwelling size 120m2

– 70% open space

– 20% deep root planting zone (trees)

– minimum 5m setback at the rear

– maximum 1 car bay per dwelling

– strict design guidelines and mechanisms will apply

– streetscape policy will apply

We are taking a very cautious approach, thoroughly investigating the potential interpretations with the help of experts from the Australian Urban Design Research Centre to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved. A report on the investigation and next steps will be debated at the Special Projects Committee this Wednesday (see the SPC agenda and agenda attachments here for all the details).  Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

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? Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Perth Freight Link – motion

A motion on the Perth Freight Link passed unanimuosly at the Strategic and General Services Committee Meeting 17 June 2015 (page 69-70 of the minutes)

That Council:

  1. Rejects the State Government proposals for Sections 1 and 2 of the Perth Freight Link as there is insufficient planning and analysis of the many serious and negative implications associated with these proposals, and as it contradicts the planning that has been in place for many years.

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See the Urban Forest for the Trees

Booyeembarra Park - by Garry Gillard www.garrygillard.net

Booyeembarra Park – by Garry Gillard www.garrygillard.net

See the urban forest for the trees

It has been expressed many times within the local media, in community debates, in the Freo 2029 community visioning process and in café conversation: Fremantle people love our beautiful parks, our pristine beaches, the majestic trees and soft landscapes. They breathe life into our city and joy into our lives and we want to keep and care for what we have and add more green spaces where and when we can. Continue reading

Transformational Moves for Freo

COF_Freo_2029_Transformational_Moves-2-1Fremantle Council launched the “Freo 2029 Transformational Moves” report this week.

This is a document years in the collective making. It compiles all the major plans and projects, vision and ideas that have been proposed and developed by community members, state governments, the Port, the PTA and the Council. It brings them all together into a coherent vision for where we are heading as a city and reflects what the people of Fremantle have expressed they want to see through various consultation processes held over recent years. Continue reading

A contemporary role for Traditional Owners in Freo

Last week the Fremantle Council adopted its One Planet Living Strategy – a comprehensive plan for how the City of Fremantle plans to improve the quality of live while simultaneously reducing our use of the earth’s resources. (Read all the detail on pages 89 – 109 here.)

I added a specific goal to the “Culture and Heritage” principle that is close to my heart, that we:

“Establish policy and procedures to adopt best practice engagement and consultation with Traditional Owners by October 2015.”

Len Collard opened the new council in October 2013 - the first time a Traditional Owner has been invited to do so.

Len Collard opened the new Council in October 2013 – the first time a Traditional Owner has been invited to do so.

In 2011 Council endorsed terms of reference for an Aboriginal Working Group that had four aims,
including:

1. Representation of Aboriginal people on Council.

– Work with council to pass on knowledge which may influence the decision making function of the Elected Members.
– To investigate and recommend a formal mechanism to ensure ongoing Aboriginal representation on Council Continue reading