Notes: April 2018 Meeting

by Margherita on 25 April, 2018

Notes: April 2018 Meeting

Twenty one people including Councillor Rachel Pemberton attended, with quite a few apologies.

The main agenda item was again Hampton Road and we heard many more first hand stories of issues from those in attendance. It was excellent having Councillor Pemberton there to hear these so she could report back to CoF but also to have her explain or answer questions as well.

The Hampton Road Working Group (HRWG) gave an update of several of the activities they have been progressing with, including:

  • A walk along Hampton / Ord with several staff from the City of Fremantle including from the Roads and Infrastructure area and also the Parks and Reserves area. This was to point out areas where there were specific issues or where new trees and vegetation could be planted this winter. It was also a chance to discuss opportunities for changing how things are. One area in particular is the enormous area of tarmac/road in the section next to the Prison, including several long  ‘No standing zones’ on the eastern side which are in stark contrast to the rest of Hampton further south where parking is allowed everywhere. The staff were at a loss to explain why it was like this.  Nick explained that one potential improvement would be to create a dual use (pedestrian/bike) path in roughly the location of the existing footpath on the western side and use the space taken up by the existing cycle path to increase the width of the median strip.  This would then be able to take more significant planting. Although this would avoid any change in the outside width of the road, David from CoF explained that a key problem here would be that the tarmac colour would have to be changed – no simple thing as that layer needs to be stripped off, but totally feasible when this section gets resurfaced in 2019/2020.
  • A very positive meeting with the Director of Fremantle Prison to share the Working Group’s  ideas about Hampton Reserve – ie the area between the eastern prison perimeter wall and the footpath on the western side of Hampton Road. One of the HRWG members, Anne, an acclaimed local artist, has produced two fantastic water colour ‘visualisations’ which were displayed at the meeting. Unfortunately Anne was overseas so Mark and Nick from the WG spoke to her visualisation and also to the collective ideas of the WG for this area. The visualisations show this area with a meandering path through a WA native landscaped world-class Sculpture Garden, with the path and Sculpture Garden being part of a new ‘tourist trail’ around the perimeter of the prison and linking up to other heritage features close by including Monument Hill, the Knowle (a heritage building in the Hospital grounds which is earmarked for future restoration), the existing grave/headstones at Fremantle Primary school – both not far from the southern prison perimeter wall – and the Ord-Bateman State Heritage listed housing precinct etc. The Director of the Prison really loved the ideas the HRWG presented and hopes to include them in the Prison Master Plan which is in preparation and will be released for public comment later in the year.
  • Julie spoke on some recent traffic data that was sent that morning to the HRWG by CoF. It appears from preliminary analysis that that traffic is increasing which is of concern. For those who might be interested there is a Main Roads website that contains current and historical traffic data – see https://mrapps.mainroads.wa.gov.au/TrafficMap/ including in some cases breakdowns by type and by speed.
  • Julie, Mark and Harvey appeared at the Council’s FPOL meeting the previous night and made the case that additional funding should be allocated to address safety issues as part of the planned resurfacing between Fothergill and High Sts in 2019/2020. This could include measures such as widening the northbound bike lane at Ord, green cyclist headstart box at Ord / High; widening of all pedestrian refuges etc. You can download a copy of the HRWG submission and questions.

The second agenda item was an update on the proposed closing of part of Attfield St between the schools. Councillor Pemberton advised this was on the ‘back-burner’ at present.

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