GPP Minutes of Meeting … 29th November 2016

by kpaterson on 15 February, 2017

Minutes of Gibson Park Precinct Meeting Tuesday 29 November 2016

Councillors’ Lounge, Council Bldg, Fremantle

Attendance: Coralie Clarke, Val Cousins, Ron Kawalilak, Karl Paterson, Gerald Shepperson, June Shepperson, Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt, Cr Bryn Jones, Cr Dave Coggin, Cr Doug Thompson, Cr Ingrid Waltham
Apologies: None

Meeting opened – 6.10 pm Chairperson – Val Cousins Minutes – Ron Kawalilak


  1. Approval of Agenda and Minutes – Attendees agreed with the agenda presented.

    Minutes of the meeting held 25 October 2016 were approved.

  2. Committee Election – Coralie Clarke, Val Cousins, Ron Kawalilak and Karl Paterson (Secretary) were elected as Committee Members for 2017.
  3. Role of Secretary – As Karl’s ability to take minutes of GPP meetings is affected by Parkinson’s, Ron volunteered to take and prepare the minutes for all GPP meetings he attends, and to organise an alternative minute taker when he is unable to attend. Karl will continue to handle all the other duties and responsibilities of GPP Secretary. Members unanimously expressed a vote of thanks to Karl for the work he has done over the years, and will continue to do, as GPP Secretary.
  4. Perth Freight Link – While the next court hearing concerning the environmental approvals for the Roe 8 highway extension is scheduled for 16 December 2016, the state government’s process of signing contracts for the highway has began. It was noted that freight traffic to Fremantle Harbour had declined to what it was about five years ago. As discussed at the meeting, GPP does not support the state government’s proposals for Roe 8 and the tunnel to High Street, Stages 1 and 2 of the Perth Freight Link, but supports the City of Fremantle’s position that the state government put these proposals on hold until further long-term freight planning and better options are developed. Update – On December 16th, the High Court refused the Save Beeliar Wetlands Group special leave to appeal against a Court of Appeal decision, which revalidated environmental approvals for the controversial Roe 8 highway extension. The court concluded that there were “insufficient grounds” to appeal the Court of Appeal decision.
  5. Proposed Gibson Park improvements – While the meeting was told that Fremantle’s 2016-17 budget includes an allocation for Stage 1 (of 3) of the proposed

improvements to Gibson Park, staff changes within the city’s parks and garden team have delayed this work. The meeting was also told that city staff have been briefed on the noise issues some nearby residents are experiencing with the netball loudspeaker system when netball is played at night, and the unnecessary parking of cars on the grassed, lower playing field.

  1. Redevelopment of King’s Square – Mayor Pettitt provided an update on the Kings Square redevelopment. With the early November decision of the state government to move more than 1,500 of its workers to central Fremantle in 2020 (from the Housing Authority, Department of Corrective Services and Department of Transport), work will get underway in Kings Square early in 2017. Demolition of the Queensgate Cinema building will begin in April, along with the revamping of the Myer building. At about the same time, the city will begin work on a new library, visitor centre and administrative building. The project will deliver a revamped city square complete with grassed areas, public art, indoor and outdoor community spaces and new street furniture; a new children’s playground; new retail, commercial and hospitality spaces; as well as the state government and city buildings noted above.
  2. Other Business – Coralie told the meeting that, following a request by the committee mid-year, city parks and garden staff had planted kangaroo paws and other native plants in the roundabout at the corner of Forest and Wilkinson, and this had greatly improved the look of the roundabout. There was also some discussion about the proposed new town square near the Fremantle Railway Station.

Meeting closed – 7:30 pm

Next Meeting – Tuesday, 28 February 2016 7:00 pm

Library, East Fremantle Primary School

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