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.
I have had a few queries about where the giant TV screens will be located in Fremantle for Saturday’s Grand Final telecast of the game between the Fremantle Dockers and Hawthorn, so I copy the information from the City of Fremantle below.
If the weather is good it will be a great and very Freo afternoon, so join in the fun and support our local footy team!
Of course if you’re one of those people who can’t watch footy without drinking alcohol, local pubs will also be showing the Grand Final; Clancys, Rosy O’Grady, the Orient, Moondyne Joe, the Seaview, are some that come to mind for a great atmosphere.
Three giant 6m LED TV screens will be strategically placed in South Terrace this Saturday as Fremantle’s famous Cappuccino Strip becomes home base for thousands of Dockers’ supporters unable to make the trip across the Nullarbor for this year’s historic AFL Grand Final between Fremantle and Hawthorn.
“It’s the most anticipated sporting event to hit Fremantle in the past 30 years and everywhere I look in Freo is purple – it’s purple mania,” says Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt.
“A lot of people I talk to are likening the buzz around Freo at the moment with that of when Australia won the America’s Cup in 1983. It’s really exciting and a great boost for our city, both economically and to showcase Fremantle not only to Australia, but to the worldwide audience that an AFL Grand Final commands.”
With a crowd that could top 20,000 people or more, the City of Fremantle has been busily organising the event, which poses some logistical challenges given the short time timeframe of under a week to prepare.
The planning includes closing South Terrace between High Street and Norfolk Streets and limited access to adjoining streets from 6.00 am Saturday to 6.00 am Sunday.
Additional parking will be available at Fremantle Park and Wilson Park on the day but the City is advising people to utilise public transport where available.
Being a family-friendly event, there will be a zero tolerance approach taken to anti-social behaviour and the consumption of alcohol in the streets, with a bolstered police and security contractor presence as well as CCTV monitoring.
Given the anticipated crowds there will be an additional outdoor ‘families with kids’ area (including large outdoor TV screen) set up in Kings Square as a dedicated space for families to view the game. There will also be face painting and other activities to entertain the younger members of the crowd.
If you don’t want to stay home, or go to a pub, to watch the AFL Grand Final between the Fremantle Dockers and Hawthorn a next Saturday, come to the Cappuccino Strip and watch the game live on a huge screen at the Grand Final Street Party. Bring a chair and picnic or book a table at one of the many restaurants. It should be a great afternoon!
Fremantle on a Sunday sometimes feels as if someone has called for a party and the social media went wild and everyone turned up. Today was such a day. What a buzz there was around town with people everywhere. The Fishing Boat Harbour was packed full with people dancing and singing along with the music outside Cicerello’s, while inside they were lining up to order fish&chips. Little Creatures was packed, as were the B Shed and Fremantle Markets and Cappuccino Strip. I felt like being on holiday.
Is this Fremantle‘s cheapest coffee? The SOHO bar cafe on the Cappuccino Strip, opposite the Dome cafe is offering take-away coffee for only $ 1.50. It’s only for flat white. I know several cafes have been offering cheaper coffees after lunch time and quite a few all day cheap take-away coffees, but I haven’t see one this cheap.
I acknowledge that many retailers in Fremantle are struggling but I do have to question the number of visually polluting signs this newsagency on the Cappuccino Strip puts up each day, even in front of the adjacent restaurant. It is plain ugly and unnecessary and in my opinion counter productive. The more signs retailers put up, the less we will notice them I believe.
That brings me to the question if there is a council by-law about what signs and how many individual retailers can put up near their shops. Quite a few cafes also display too many signs and the streetscape looks all cluttered and untidy because of it.