Freo's View

BIG LAND BIG SKY ART SHOW

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on June 30, 2014

Big Land Big Sky is a new art exhibition by Jeremy Parnell at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Centre in Henry Street, Fremantle. It’s a collection of architectural paintings, mixed media and collage. I quite like it, because it reminds me a little of the art of the early 80s. It’s nice to seeing competent art that does not follow trends and does not try to be part of the flavour of the year.

The great thing also it that the works are very affordable, with the smaller-sized ones starting at just$ 150.00. Go and check it out! The Moores is open seven days a week from 7 am to 4 pm.

Roel Loopers

ROEL’S FREMANTLE PHOTO TOURS

Posted in fremantle, photography, tourism by freoview on June 30, 2014

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Yesterday I did the first trial run of ROEL’S FREMANTLE PHOTO TOURS. The walking tours are designed to show visitors to Fremantle the best locations and best angles in the best-afternoon-light. Tours start at 2.30 pm in winter and take at least 3 hours and cost only $ 50.00 per person. They finish around sunset at Bathers Beach and start at the Visitors Centre on Kings Square daily and on demand. 9 am morning tours are available on request.

Bookings are essential!  Email roel.loopers@iinet.net.au or send a text to 0419 850981 at least one day before you want to take a tour.

We are working on a website, DL brochure, Facebook, Trip Advisor, etc. and getting the bookings done through the Visitor Centre, etc. but that will take a few weeks.

The group I took around yesterday included children and they enjoyed it, and it also gave me the chance to show the parents how to take better and more creative family photos.

The tours are designed for visitors to Fremantle, but locals might also enjoy rediscovering their own city.

I would appreciate if you passed this info on through your networks!

Roel Loopers

 

FREO’S CLANCYS GETTING BIGGER

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 28, 2014

The renovations at Fremantle Clancy’s Fishpub are progressing well, and by the look of it there will be a larger alfresco area at the back of the pub at Princess May Park. That will give more parents the opportunity to sit outside and watch over their children, who can safely play in the park away from traffic.

Clancys will open again in mid August, so stay tuned. I’ll keep you up to date.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S HERITAGE HOTELS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 27, 2014

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It’s Friday, Fremantle, so let me inspire you and recommend you beat the winter chill and have a mulled wine this eve in one of Fremantle’s pubs. Don’t overdo it though and don’t drive if you have a few too many, because life is precious.

Have a great weekend!

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT DISRESPECTFUL TO FREO’S CHARACTER

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 27, 2014

 

There was an information session at the City of Fremantle on the proposed development of the Atwell Arcade site at 120 High Street. It runs from the mall to Cantonment Street and the developers want to erect a five-storey 21.4 metre high building there that would have a huge impact on the ambiance of the CBD.

The site is not one of  the 12 sites designated in Planning Scheme Amendment 49 that allows for higher buildings, but is within Planning Scheme 4, where only building of up to 14 metres-high are allowed under special conditions.

There were an unusual high number of members of the public at the info session and most were aghast about the bulk, mass and height of the proposed development and about the lack of quality of it. The design shows no consideration or respect for the surrounding streetscapes and heritage buildings along Market Street and in High Street mall. From Kakulas Sisters it would look like a bunker-like structure, sticking out above the adjoining buildings like a boring eyesore. The design is certainly not of the high standards required to even dream about getting additional height approval from the Design Advisory Committee, and Fremantle council should dismiss the application out of hand.

You will find more info and some images on the City’s website, so check it out and voice your concern about this monstrosity that has no place in central Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

I am unable to show artist’s impressions of the proposal as my request for them was not met.

DISCOVERING NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 25, 2014

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It is hard to stay inside when it is such a perfect day. Stunning blue sky, the sun blazing and 20 degrees, so what better way to spend part of the morning than wandering along the shore of the Swan River at North Fremantle. I am planning to go back there soon and shoot more streetscapes and take photos of some of the lovely buildings they got up that way.

I sincerely hope that North Freo will remain with the City of Fremantle when the new council boundaries are announced by State Government in late July. Fingers crossed!

Roel Loopers

IS FREMANTLE TAKING HISTORY FOR GRANTED?

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 22, 2014

It is disappointing that the exciting development of the Mediterannean Shipping Company(MSC) site at 13 Cliff Street is now receiving criticism, because the City of Fremantle‘s Planning Department failed to make an archeological inspection of the carpark site a requirement of approving the new building. Notre Dame University would like to do an archeological search of the site, and approached the City last year, but without success. The Cliff Street area is where the very first settlers set up camp when they arrived here in 1829.  A dig by UNDA at the old Fremantle Hotel, just opposite the development site, discovered items from the early 1830s.

I was informed two weeks ago by CoF Heritage Coordinator Alan Kelsall that he is writing a report on the site, so hopefully that will be released soon. As a matter of course though, and with a council policy on archeology already in place, one has to wonder why Council approved the development without demanding a heritage survey of the site. This could have been done straight after development approval, so that the building development would not be delayed. Fremantle’s heritage is one of our main assets, so it is bewildering that the existing archeology policy was not implemented.

Roel Loopers

FREO WINTER WARMERS

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on June 22, 2014

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What a huge storm last night in Fremantle. I hardly slept because the storm kept banging branches on the roof of my tiny abode, but I quite like listening to the elements, as long as I am safe, warm and dry.

I planned to take some wet weather photos today but am not feeling great, so I dug out a few golden oldies of reflections in puddles and rain drops instead, just to add a bit of colour to this rather dull Sunday.

My reflection photos are for sale at the Glen Cowans Photo Gallery next to the Round House. Buy a few and make my day! ;>)

Roel Loopers

ATWELL ARCADE DEVELOPMENT INAPPROPRIATE IN SCALE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 12, 2014

The proposal for a quite massive five-storey building that would be built from High Street Mall to Cantonment Street on the present Atwell Arcade site in central Fremantle is a worry. The impact of such a building on its surroundings is huge and I believe only a very scaled down and lower version should be considered by the City of Fremantle.

It is interesting to see that developers still think they are clever by not including artist’s impressions from all angles. For example they show an image of Atwell Arcade in the mall, but only from west to east. An image from east to west would of course show the overpowering impact and dwarfing effect the building would have on the old Atwell Arcade and even on the nearby National Hotel.

The overall design is also not acceptable as it shows little respect for older buildings in the mall next and opposite it, so it needs to be lowered, redesigned and split up to get away from the bunker-like impact the present design has.

The plans can be viewed and discussed on June 24 at 5.30 pm at the City of Fremantle community room. Use the back steps. They should also be on the Freo website now

Roel Loopers

OLD SYNAGOGUE DEVELOPMENT HALTED

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 11, 2014

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It is a worry that the development of the old Synagogue building in Fremantle, on the corner of Parry Street and South Terrace has been stopped. The building site has been idle for at least six months and that is disappointing after all the good exterior work that was done on the building.

Work had started on the short-term accommodation units at the back, but then it was suddenly stopped. I heard there was a breach of the planning approval rules, but don’t know any details.

Roel Loopers

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