Last Wednesday’s full council meeting was the last one for this year and consolidated what has been a very active year for Fremantle Council. Items from the Planning Committee showed the council still has a strong strategic vision for Fremantle.
Planning project priorities are developing a structure plan for activity centres, finalising the precinct plan for central Fremantle, working with Fremantle Ports, stakeholders and community on Victoria Quay commercial precinct plan and furthering the work on achieving State Heritage listing for Fremantle’s West end.
Council has also been working hard to get a good outcome on the large Department of Housing site on Burt Street. This is a large site that the Department intends to develop into both commercial and community housing. It has the potential to offer some stunning new homes with panoramic views of the harbour and river mouth, with funds from the sale of these lots being used to develop a social housing component to the project.
Just next door to the Burt Street site is Cantonment Hill, which reached a significant milestone with the adoption of the Master Plan for the Hill. Community and Council, with Coda’s help have developed a clear vision for the area which will be implemented in a staged process, as funding becomes available.
The now familiar West Coast Blues & Roots festival will again return to Fremantle, and a new Festival based on the Notting Hill Carnival, the Good Times Festival is approved to come to Fremantle in February.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Wilson moved a notice of motion to initiate a community survey to garner community views on Local Government reform. The Robson Report has now been released and recommends radical council amalgamations, is this what our community wants? The survey will be run by an independent company, please be involved if you are contacted, any amalgamations should reflect community wishes rather than council wishes.
An item not on the Council agenda, but important to many in Fremantle is the Fremantle Dockers move to Cockburn. The club issued a press release on Friday confirming their intention to go to Cockburn. Frankly the club has been less than honest with Fremantle Council throughout the negotiations, it they think that is their way of playing hardball, it does them no service at all. What it does do is free up the Stan Reilly site for another community use.
Have a great Christmas, and unlike many other councils’ Fremantle will be back at work with meetings in January, that way we can start the year ahead of the game.