GPP Minutes of Meeting … 11th April 2017

by kpaterson on 2 May, 2017

                            Minutes of Gibson Park Precinct Meeting

                              Tuesday 11 April 2017

Library, East Fremantle Primary School


Attendance: Clinton Chambers, Coralie Clarke, Val Cousins, Gail Harper, Greg Harper, Christina Johnstone, Ron Kawalilak, John Lineham, Karl Paterson, Karen Wheatland, Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Lisa O’Malley MLA, Mayor Dr Brad Pettit, Cr Ingrid Waltham

Apologies: None


Meeting opened – 7.05 pm

Chairperson – Val Cousins

Minutes – Ron Kawalilak




  1. Approval of Agenda and Minutes – Attendees agreed with the agenda presented. Minutes of the meeting held 28 February 2017 were approved.


  1. Perth Freight Link – Lisa O’Malley told the meeting that the State election result put a line through Roe 8 and 9 and, while contractual issues had to be worked through, attention was now turning to revegetation of the area cleared by the previous government. Lisa will chair the Roe 8 Revegetation Committee with the vision being one of connecting the ocean to the wetlands. Forty-two hectares were cleared and a total of 50 hectares will be revegetated.


  1. High Street / Stirling Highway Intersection Upgrade – Now that the Perth Freight Link project has been cancelled, attention now turns back to the long overdue upgrade of High Street and the Stirling highway intersection. There was wide-ranging discussion on this at the meeting.


Mayor Pettit told the meeting that the previously proposed major upgrade to High Street and Stirling Highway, which allowed freight trucks to travel at 60kmh around a wide High and Stirling bend, was unnecessary, overly intrusive and expensive. He said options to be considered included an immediate upgrade at the intersection to make it safer and more efficient, reducing noise and pollution impacts on nearby residents, and a moderate and immediate upgrade to High Street from Stirling to Carrington.


Simone McGurk spoke of the need for community input, for adequate pedestrian crossings of High Street and Stirling, for safety, and for the project to proceed soon.


High Street residents at the meeting spoke of the need to move the upgraded road as far from their homes as possible to reduce noise and pollution impacts.


Other issues raised at the meeting included not proceeding, as originally proposed, with a six-lane wide trench, retaining many of the mature trees south of High Street, making it safer for netballers to park and access the courts, and making it safer for High Street residents who currently have driveways onto High Street.


  1. Gibson Park Improvements – Cr Waltham told the meeting that Stage 1 (of 3) of the proposed improvements to Gibson Park had been delayed in 2016-17 because of staff changes within the city’s parks and garden team. There is a budget item for this project in Fremantle’s 2017-18 draft budget. In a presentation to the Precinct on 23 February 2016, Stage 1 involved consolidating various fences for a more uniform appearance; installing a footpath and associated plantings along the Forrest Street verge of the park; removing existing fitness equipment from the swing pit; replacing mulch in existing play areas with clean white sand; and installing new adventure play equipment and associated plantings.


In a discussion on the proposed improvements to the playground area, Coralee pointed to research that indicated that many children today do not spend enough time in play outdoors and in nature.


  1. Gibson Park Netball Upgrade – During the major netball season (April to September), netball activity at the park each Saturday involves 5,000 players, 40 clubs and over 500 teams ranging from eight years old to adults. Netball is also played evenings during and outside this season and midweek.


Karen Wheatland, representing the Fremantle Netball Association, broadly explained how the Association planned to use the $1.8m Labor had pledged for the upgrade of GP netball facilities. This would include improvements to existing buildings, more shade areas between the buildings and improvements to spectator seating. There will be no enclosing of any netball courts, as had been incorrectly reported in one media story.


There was a wide-ranging and positive discussion on how the Association, the City and local area residents could work together to deal with issues such as parking on and around the park on Saturdays, loudspeaker noise during the week, and the middle gate (i.e. old access road) being left unlocked, allowing unauthorized vehicle parking on the lower grassed field.


  1. Inner Harbour Community Liaison Group – Ron, who represents GPP at these meetings, provided a brief summary of the 14 March 2017 meeting of the Inner Harbour Community Liaison Group.


Trade is still subdued: total port trade is down 2%; vehicle trade is also down. Fremantle Ports is waiting on information from the new State Government about the port sale proposed by the previous government and other matters. Fremantle Ports has been looking at new initiatives for Victoria Quay including, what could be done to support the cruise ship industry, and how the west end of Victoria Quay could be upgraded and integrated better with the Fremantle CBD.


Minutes of all meetings of the IHCLG are available at the Fremantle Ports website ( in the ‘Community & Education’ section under ‘Community liaison groups’.


  1. Other Business – Cr Waltham told the meeting that the White Gum Valley Precinct was holding a special meeting concerning the High Street Upgrade on 2 May 2017, 7:30pm, at the White Gum Valley Primary School. The Hon Simone McGurk MLA, will be attending and addressing the meeting. All Gibson Park Precinct residents are invited to attend this meeting.



Meeting closed – 8:00 pm



Next Meeting – Tuesday, 27 June 2017

7:00 pm

Library, East Fremantle Primary School


Check Freospace for details:


Contact Person:

Karl Paterson           6161 5890



Attachment: Minutes of the Inner Harbour Community Liaison Group meeting, 14 March 2017.



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