Freo's View

FREO’S WEST END REVITALISATION

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 27, 2012

Good to see more development proposals in the West End of Fremantle with an application for the development of a bar, restaurant, cafe at number 1 Pakenham Street near the corner of Phillimore Street. If all goes to plan that would be the third bar in Pakenham Street with Jarrahcorp on the corner of High Street also being transformed into a bar/cafe, and the bakery bar, put on hold for the time being, between High and Collie Street. They will all be welcome attractions for the West End of the CBD that is in dire need of revitalisation.

Just under the Round House at No 1 High Street 3 young Victorians are creating the arty espresso bar Chalkys, which will open in early January, and word is out that there is serious interest in creating a restaurant/cafe/bar in the most southern studio of J Shed on Bathers Beach.

Also on the cards is an Aboriginal Cultural Centre as part of the Arthur Head transformation into an art hub.

Roel Loopers

CLANCYS BBQ COOK-OFF FUN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 14, 2012

It was organised chaos but a lot of fun at Clancys in Fremantle last eve when amateur wannabee chefs tried their luck at the BBQ Cook-Off.

Some of the knife skills were less than impressive, some food under, other over cooked, but the majority of dishes presented to the judges looked delicious and got the thumbs up from top judge Nimrod.

The deserting Dockers team of Ben Allan and Clancy Pearce produced a stunning spaghetti marinara that took them into the final against the Maestros team of Lucky Oceans and Nick Sheppard, who had cooked a Mexican seafood wrap.

The Brewers team of Cindy from Nail Brewery and Jan from Last Drop Brewery made great prawn skewers and lamb cutlet and a lovely beer induced sauce.

The VIPS, or Tim Team, of councillor Tim Grey Smith and Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Milsom also created a stunning prawn dish.

Clancys Fremantle will have its 25th birthday next year, so get ready to party!

Roel Loopers

LITTLE DOVE AT LITTLE CREATURES

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 10, 2012

The replica of the historic Dutch sailing ship Duyfken has found her new home at the back of Fremantle‘s Little Creatures in the Fishing Boat Harbour. Being at the boardwalk will make it easier for tourists to find and visit her, so spread the word and pay a visit to the delightful little dove.

While ‘on the job’ I had to do some research at Little Creatures and tried a glass of the yummy Puffing Billy, a smoked bock beer well worth trying!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S LITLLE CREATURES A GREAT PLACE IN SUMMER

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 8, 2012

I love Fremantle even more when the weather warms up, when we live more outdoors than indoors, and I like taking pictures from outside through insides to outsides, if that makes any sense. For this one I was standing in the lane between the two Little Creatures buildings and photographed through the window.

Roel Loopers

Little Creatures, Fremantle.

PRESERVE FREO’S BOXING KANGAROO

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 24, 2012

With the Swan Brewery operations closing in Canning Vale it is important this sign of the Boxing Kangaroo on the side of the Fremantle National Hotel will be preserved and restored as it is now of heritage significance, linking the brewery to the America’s Cup challenge held off Fremantle in the eighties.

Roel Loopers

LEISURELY LONG WEEKEND IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 27, 2012

With hail forecast today it is hard to believe we will have a warm and sunny long weekend, but that’s what the experts say. Like many around Australia I will be watching the AFL Grand Final somewhere in Fremantle. If I feel like a noisy crowd I might go to Clancys or I might just stay at home with a Culley’s Chicken Korma pie and a bottle of stout or three.

On Sunday morning I want to take some photos of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bike Ride that starts at 10 am at the Fremantle Art Centre and  from 4-8 is the free KULCHA Caravan Club, so I might pop in there for a bit of  Gypsy Swing music.

Good news for those who don’t want to go to the Royal Show in Claremont with the Fremantle Ferris Wheel staying here. It was not dismantled as planned to go to the Royal Show, so enjoy a ride at the Esplanade and see the city and Fishing Boat Harbour from the air in airconditioned comfort. Not sure if the Duyfken will be moored there yet, but it might be.

Roel Loopers

KONICHI W.A. KIRIN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 18, 2012

Fremantle boutique brewery Little Creatures is no longer in Western Australian control with 99.7% of the shareholders in favour of the $ 362 million dollar take-over bid by Japanese brewery Kirin.

It is a bit of a sentimental loss to Freo I assume, but we are used to it as the Sail&Anchor left us in similar fashion, starting as a boutique brewery and then being sold for huge money.

One can’t blame the people behind Little Creatures for taking the profits of this success story, so now hoping the Fishing Boat Harbour brewery will retain its great character.

I’m taking my chopsticks up to the Loft next time I go because the dark White Rabbit and Sashimi would be a combination made in heaven.

Roel Loopers

MORE POLICE TO FIGHT FREMANTLE’S DRUNKS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 10, 2012

Long overdue increased police presence on Friday and Saturday nights in Fremantle might well make the difference for the city to having a great summer or not. Many locals don’t go out after 9 pm anymore on weekends as the drunks and louds create an atmosphere of anti social behaviour that makes one fear for one’s safety. That is not acceptable.

This is our city and as a community we should feel safe here day and night, no matter what day of the week it is, but the number of assaults in Fremantle has increased again.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan rightly pointed out on TV that operators of licensed premises are partly to blame. If they followed the rules of responsible service of alcohol no one should leave their premises drunk, the Commissioner said.

It is time the liquor licensing laws were more strictly adhered to and that the responsible authorities withdraw the licenses from those operators who want to make big bucks and don’t care one bit if they serve drunks more alcohol. One only has to watch people leaving hotels, staggering past security people, to know they are well and truly drunk and should have been forced to leave hours earlier.

Society has got a problem with binge drinking and the drinking to get drunk attitude that prevails amongst young people and it needs to be addresses with urgency and priority.

While our governments ferociously attack smoking, the same appetite does not seem to exist to combat drinking. Smokers don’t become violent but drunks often do. Smokers don’t create drink driving car crashes, but drunks do. Domestic violence is not created by smoking but often by excessive drinking of alcohol. It is time the authorities stepped up the fight against alcohol abuse as it affects the whole community.

Roel Loopers

WITH EYES WIDE OPEN

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on August 14, 2012

At first impression it looks as if the Fremantle Markets have turned into a pub, but take a second look and discover it is simply the reflection of the market in a window of the Sail&Anchor hotel.

Reflections make it possible for us to look left and right, up and down, and back and forward, at the same time. That always intrigues me and makes me feel like a very young child, discovering the world with wide open eyes.

Roel Loopers

Fremantle Markets reflected in the Sail&Anchor hotel.

FREO’S WONDERFUL WEST END

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 17, 2012

Things are progressing well to make the West End of Fremantle more vibrant. In Pakenham Street the bakery, bar, restaurant is starting to look pretty good, while Steve Wood at Jarrah Corp has put his application for a liquor license in to also create a wine bar on the corner of Pakenham and High streets. On top of that we will also be getting a micro brewery at the former McDonalds, Dome site at Bathers Beach.

Walking through High Street this morning I though what a difference a good street profile and window display makes to the appeal of a shop. Have a look at the B&M Store window dressing. It is gorgeous and so are the stunning big bags. Karteque and Djura always look very appealing and so does Love in Tokyo.

Anyone who sees me knows I am not a fashion freak, people probably describe me more as daggy, but I love Sheree Dornan‘s very feminine clothes at Love in Tokyo and hope my next lover will be wearing her designs. A reason for more hugs!

On the other side of the street is Bill Campbell‘s second hand bookshop. It is so homely that I’d love to live their.

The West End has got many hidden treasures, so go for a treasure hunt on a gorgeous day like today and check out the gems. Freo’s Wonderful West End is a special place to visit, shop and relax.

Roel Loopers

The development of a bakery, bar and restaurant in Pakenham Street

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