Where are we going?

Fremantle Society AGM-  7pm Wednesday 7 December, 2016

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Dear Member – It is Annual General Meeting time again!

With state and council elections due in 2017, the Fremantle Society must use the talents of all its members to get the best possible developments for Fremantle.  We need to hear the diverse views of all members. We are keen to unite members and their passions.  So, please share your views.

The AGM will be held on Wednesday December 7 at 7pm at the Fremantle Tennis Club on Parry Street, Fremantle, the same location as last year.

President John Dowson will make a presentation entitled
Where Are We Going?

Three forms follow:
a) Letter from President
b) Nomination form for office bearers
c) Membership renewal form

Donations:
We ask that you consider making a donation to our Special Projects Fund to help pay for the reports we commission from professionals. Reports commissioned this year include a report on King’s Square, Atwell Arcade development, 52 Adelaide Street, 18-22 Adelaide Street, and 8 Pakenham Street. Please consider adding $50 or $100 or more to your membership renewal.

Come on the Committee! 
We also ask that you consider being an officer bearer or committee member next year, as we embark on our exciting program of advocacy for quality development, a youth Eisteddfod on heritage, and events which include visits to interesting heritage properties. We will also be focussing on the subject of good architecture and fostering discussion on that.

You may have a particular interest you wish to help with, such as media and Facebook, or writing and research, or planning and heritage.

Being on the committee is not an onerous task, and we fully understand that many people travel and are busy and thus not always available.

Please return nomination forms by 23 November, either electronically to info@fremantlesociety.org.au or by post to:

The Fremantle Society, PO Box 828, WA 6959

John Dowson, President
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 Nomination Form 2016-2017

The Committee will take office from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 7th December 2016.

Office Bearers and Committee
Members are invited to nominate as Office Bearers and Committee Members. The Positions being :
President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and up to nine Committee Members.

Only financial members are eligible to make and second nominations and to be nominated.

Financial membership requires that the annual subscription be paid prior to beginning of the AGM.

Membership fees have been kept low for years and are not being increased for next year.

Nomination for committee:

I (print name)………………………………………………………………………………….

Nominate (print name of member being nominated)………………………………………

For the position of: President/treasurer/Secretary/Committee

Signature of Nominator………………………………………………………………………

I, (Name of Seconder)………………………………………………………………………..

Signature of Seconder………………………………………………………………………..

Am pleased to second the nomination detailed above

I (member being nominated) consent to the nomination as
detailed above

Signature of member being nominated……………………………………………………..

Completed nomination forms must be received by Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Please post or email form to:

Fremantle Society Inc, PO Box 828, Fremantle 6959

or email to info@fremantlesociety.org.au
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2016-2017 Membership Renewal

Membership Fee:
Ordinary Member:  $30.        Family Member:  $40
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Corporate:  $100.      Concession: $15     Life:  $250    Organisation:  $50.

Name:……………………………………………

Update if necessary:

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PLEASE ENSURE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS LEGIBLE

As a member I/we agree:

  •  to support and promote the Society’s objectives
  •  to abide by the Society’s Constitution
  •  to receive communications giving notices of meetings and events of the Society and at the discretion of the Society’s committee, like organisations.

I/we understand that:

  •  the Society undertakes to keep private my/our email address and phone number
  •  Society communications will normally be by email when an email address has been provided
  • Membership fees may be paid by cheque with this application form or by electronic funds transfer to:Fremantle Society IncBendigo Bank

    BSB: 633000

    Account: 143193530

    PLEASE ENSURE YOUR NAME IS ADDED TO ELECTRONIC TRANSFER INFORMATION

    Please post your application form to:
    The Secretary
    The Fremantle Society
    PO Box 828
    FREMANTLE WA 6959

My/our rights and obligations as a member are defined in the Society’s Constitution and further defined in the Associations Incorporation Act 1987.

For more information about the Fremantle Society please email :

info@fremantlesociety.org.au

The Objectives of the Fremantle Society: 

  •     To give responsible voice on matters affecting the overall character and development of the Fremantle area
  •  To encourage the improvement of the Fremantle area as a desirable residential and commercial district whilst retaining its unique character.
  •  To encourage the retention and restoration of buildings of historic and aesthetic value.
  •  To encourage the preservation of the natural heritage of the Fremantle area.
  •  To ensure that the new development complements established patterns, is of high architectural and aesthetic standards, and served the long-term interests of the area.
  •  To foster the development of the area as a major cultural, educational and entertainment centre.

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ARCHITECT’S CRITIQUE – FREMANTLE HERALD

October 7, 2016 · by Your Herald · in News

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

A FREMANTLE architect who established heritage guidelines for the redevelopment of Atwell Arcade says the project has “gone off the rails” and deviates from its planning approvals.

“[Stripped] of its historical references, [it] shares its impersonal and generalist design with shopping…malls anywhere,” Sasha Ivanovich says.

He was on Fremantle council’s design advisory committee when the $16.5 million redevelopment was approved in 2014, and says the arcade’s heritage has been ignored and the building modernised, counter to approvals.

“During construction, original heritage features like timber mouldings were uncovered but these have been ignored,” he says.

“Though there has been some restoration of original glass shopfronts, new contemporary style materials have been introduced.

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“Substantial restoration has been performed…intermixed with a modern look fascia to the street canopies.”

Council’s system of checking whether developments comply with planning approvals is flawed and should be revamped, Mr Ivanovich says.

He sits on Vincent council’s design advisory committee and is a member of the state government’s Development Assessment Panel, and says the DAC must review documents when they reach the building license and construction phase.

“They would be most sensitive to design issues and be alert to the carefully worded conditions of original planning approval,” he says.

“Whilst council remains shy of enforcing every detail in planning approvals, there can only be more breaches in a process that is considerably invested in time and professional resources.”

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The Fremantle Society backs Mr Ivanovich’s call for a revamp

“You only need to look at the brutal aluminium shopfronts on Boost Juice and City Beach to see the system is failing,” president John Dowson says.

“City Beach installed a timber-framed shop front, but recently it was ripped out and replaced with a totally modern full glass shop front… inappropriate to the heritage of the arcade.

“[It] represents a missed opportunity, and is another sub standard development in the tsunami of unacceptable developments hitting Fremantle’s valuable heritage heart.”

Fremantle council planning director Paul Trotman says he is aware of Mr Ivanovic’s concerns and is reviewing the matters raised.

 

NO HERITAGE WEEK? OVER MY DEAD BODY!

Last year, having a decent budget for a change,  we had a very good Fremantle Heritage Festival. Having a new mayor helped, as did having a very energetic officer in Alex Marshall.  Also, the Fremantle Society did a lot of work and their events attracted many people. I had 96 people attend a talk I did with Fremantle’s senior architect Rob McCampbell at the old asylum.

It will be over my dead body that Council gets rid of the long running Heritage Festival. Apart from anything else, it  incorporates the annual Heritage Awards, something which has run  successfully for 30 years.

We already have seen Council ditch the very strong heritage committee it had, and the Heritage Festival should be left where it is as a major annual event on our calendar at the end of May.

This year, with the ISAF sailing championships, there will be increased numbers in town for the November Fremantle Festival. I would certainly support an improved Fremantle Festival, and heritage should always be part of that festival too, as it is the character and stories of Fremantle which attract people in the first place.

But, Fremantle needs a good festival every few monthsI during the year.  I would like to see a few blockbuster heritage events this year, like a Son et Lumiere at the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison for example. I am speaking with some hotshot experts to see if they can be enticed to Fremantle to present their views and expertise on heritage issues, whether those issues be planning matters, port related, advice on restoration, or here just as an excuse for a good debate.

City of Fremanle Councilor John Dowson