Good news for the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip that there might finally be someone starting a new business in the long-vacant former The Merchant Tea&Coffee Co building on the corner of Collie Street. Empty buildings are never a good look and I wish the new business will be something else than just another cafe, and hopefully not a MacDonalds either.
It is really time inner city Freo attracted some of those funky little eateries one can find in Leederville, Perth and even Victoria Park.
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I have been in one of those reflective moods for some days now, so I thought to write and ode to Fremantle. We often forget how special life is and how privileged we are to live in a country like Australia, in a city like Fremantle.
I have been living in Freo now since 1992 and I have never had a greater sense of belonging than here in our cute little port city. We often hear that Fremantle is unique and from my personal experience I believe it is. Of course there is a lot of room for improvement, but I have never lived in a community that is so engaged, diverse and tolerant.
Whenever I hear visitors to Freo raving about the beauty of our heritage buildings, the friendly people and the great weather, I feel proud that I too am one of those who makes this place the special experience it is for tourists and for those who live here. It is our dedication and willingness to participate in community debate and local politics, our acceptance of change and our respect for the past that drives this city. Fremantle is all about creative minds and warm hearts, people who care and who are willing to share.
We are often too close to see the beauty we live in and we have a good old whinge about just about everything. I too am guilty of that. One does not even need to travel though, but only watch TV or read a newspaper, to so see how lucky we are to live in a country of peace and tolerance, a country with good schools and a good health system, and with low unemployment rates. Of course we should still do better to look after those who need our support; the disabled, the homeless, the Aboriginese, etc.
Whenever I wake up in a bad mood, or am worried about my future, I feel happy that at least I wake up in Fremantle, because I am truly in love with this unique city, that will grow and progress into an even better place.
Let us never forget that it is people who make places and who give a city a sense of belonging, and that it is all of us who create this special community. Thank you for sharing Freo with me!
It is interesting to hear that Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District, is working on a project to occasionally close off Little Market Street behind Gino’s and the Dome for events and market stalls, and that they are going to put furniture and lights there to create a piazza.
It sounds very much like the very popular Cappuccino Strip Street Club that was held in the CBD for a couple of years on Thursday nights, and I am sure the Freo population would very much like to see it coming back, albeit it in a different format.
I decided to take some photos of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip new Christmas lights at dusk, but since this not too clever old fella left his tripod at home, just happy snaps will have to do, to give you an impression.
This is a great three-minute video on people watching the Fremantle Dockers grand final on the big screens on the Cappuccino Strip. You might see yourself there! CLICK HERE.
It was filmed and edited by Dorian Gray and Lauren Beldi and the soundtrack music is Viva la Vida by Coldplay
I am a bit disturbed to hear that the Stan Reilly site next to Fremantle Hospital on South Terrace is being considered for a carpark, because up till then it had been earmarked for retail, medical offices and residential, maybe even affordable housing. I thought it was the intention of the City of Fremantle to extent the Cappuccino Strip to create connectivity to the lovely Wray Avenue hub, but a carpark won’t achieve that.
I believe a carpark on that site is unsuitable as it will create traffic jams on one of the major south-north roads, a road used daily by people coming from Spearwood, Hilton, White Gum Valley, Beaconsfield, etc. and by a massive amount of visitors on weekends. A carpark in that vicinity, near the bus stop, would create chaos, and even more so on those weekends when the strip is closed for traffic.
I am not sure what council’s thinking is here, as on one hand they talk about making the inner city more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, but on the other hand wanting to build a new multi-storey carpark smack bang in the middle of town, and with that destroying the opportunity of extending the Cappuccino Strip and embracing Wray Avenue as an inner city feauture.
A large crowd was waiting outside the Sail&Anchor at 8 am this morning, workers were busy erecting the huge screens on the Cappuccino Strip and the cafes were overflowing, all that to celebrate the Fremantle Dockers football team made it into the AFL Grand Final. It will be a HUGE DAY FOR FREO!
The City of Fremantle is desperately trying to get more bandwagons as everyone is jumping on the FREMANTLE DOCKERS one, including this West Coast Eagles supporter, so it’s getting pretty full. ; >)
The purple painted Cappuccino Strip has been made into an advertising street with the logos of Channel 7 and the West Australian painted in the purple and banners hanging from the light posts.
Even in the soon to be amalgamated Town of East Fremante businesses support their neighbours’ footy team, as these lovely AFL CUP cakes at the George Street Bistro & Merchants show. Go and buy some to take to the street footy telecast on Saturday!
This is from an official City of Fremantle communication about Saturday’s Grand Final celebrations on the Cappuccino Strip:
Licensed premises are responsible to:
Ensure responsible service of alcohol.
Ensure they have sufficient crowd control staff and service staff on duty.
With South Terrace to be closed between the Newport Hotel and Norfolk Hotel all alfresco areas to be properly roped off and licensed areas identified.
Ensure patrons do not leave venues with opened containers of liquor.
Those venues with balconies are properly supervised.
Fremantle Police and the City of Fremantle will require the cooperation of all licensed venues to ensure this event occurs without any trouble.