Monthly Archives: March 2012

KINGS SQUARE DEVELOPMENT

The Fremantle Network is back with a discussion about plans for the redevelopment of Kings Square.

5.30pm – 7pm, Friday 30 March
Rosie O’Grady’s – in the Claddagh Room

Meet Matthew McNeilly, Managing Director of Sirona Capital – the company that owns the Myer building – and hear about their vision for the Fremantle’s city centre and Sirona’s potential role in its revitalization.

Plus hear from David Shetliffe, who has been working with the City of Fremantle to stimulate economic development and investment with a particular focus on redevelopment of King’s Square.

RSVP to thefremantlenetwork@gmail.com

BUILDING FREMANTLE’S FUTURE FORUM

The Fremantle Greens invite you to attend a public forum on how to make Fremantle a more vibrant and sustainable city.

Forum date: Thursday March 29th from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

Venue: Fremantle Town Hall

Forum panel:
Brad Pettitt, Mayor of Fremantle
Annie Matan, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP)
Roel Loopers, President of The Fremantle Society
Scott Ludlam, Greens Senator
Emma Powell, The Fremantle Inner City Residents Association
Cole Hendrigan, The Fremantle Network.

Facilitator: Martin Drum from Notre Dame University

Format: Each panel member to speak for 2-3 minutes presenting their most important one or two ideas for a better Fremantle. Then we will have 60 minutes of audience questions and comments.

Forum focus: A BETTER FREMANTLE. How can we create a city that is:
VIBRANT – a place where people want to be
SUSTAINABLE – produces a minimal per-person ecological footprint

Speakers are encouraged to base their comments on the planning principles of Jan Gehl as presented in his book Cities for People. His four goals are a city that is:
LIVELY: it attracts people to its diversity of activities and invites people to linger
SAFE: there are enough people in the public spaces for everyone to feel comfortable and welcome (plenty of “eyes on the street”)
SUSTAINABLE: low energy designs, green transport modes encouraged
HEALTHY: city design promotes walking and cycling.

Everyone is welcome to attend and ask questions

Free entry. No RSVP required

FREMANTLE’S BIKE WEEK

City of Fremantle taking community for a ride

The City of Fremantle’s is urging the local community to get on their bikes for the City’s annual Bike Week, which kicks off next week (Sunday 18 March) with the Bikes for Africa busy bee.

This year’s Bike Week, which runs until 25 March, has a full program of activities that includes everything from the annual Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma and other cycling group events through to a bike-inspired fashion parade and even a progressive dinner. The events are designed to cater for a range of age groups, from children right through to seniors; and cycling abilities ranging from beginners to those who ride regularly.

This year will also see the grand opening of a community bike workshop set up by local bicycle action group, Dismantle, at Fremantle’s Esplanade Reserve. There has been very strong support for Bike Week from a number of local businesses, cycling groups and the community.

The City of Fremantle is supporting Bike Week with the aim of promoting bike use not only to promote a healthier lifestyle by integrating regular exercise into people’s daily routines, but also as a sustainable form of transport.

“Our aim is to be a leader in the provision of sustainable transport solutions and for Fremantle to be recognised as a bicycle-friendly city,” Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt said.

“Bike Week is a fantastic way of showcasing what Fremantle has on offer for cyclists and is something that the City supports wholeheartedly, not just to promote cycling as a means of transport, but also as a way of encouraging a healthy lifestyle.”

“I also love the very Fremantle events like the Freo Cycle Chic and bike inspired fashion parade. It should be a great week and I encourage the local community to participate – riding a bike is not only good for the environment and your health, but it’s also a lot of fun, especially when riding with family and friends,” he added.

The City, through its Fremantle Local Bicycle Plan 2011-2016 , has a clear vision for creating  safer and more usable bike infrastructure around the city. Several initiatives already undertaken by the City include bike paths painted green to make them more easily identifiable to motorists and safer for cyclists, dedicated bikes lanes marked out along South Terrace, Queen Victoria Street and Parry Street; and WA’s first bike-only railway crossing on Wardan Lane near Fishing Boat Harbour.