This is the third time in a year I am writing an article about the lack of professionalism of the security company the City of Fremantle has contracted to open and close the gates of the historic Whalers Tunnel tourist attraction under the Round House. I have personally called the security company at least four times in the past to make them aware they had forgotten to open the gates, and today it happened again and they were never opened, so the tunnel remained closed all day. This happened although I called CoF reception, the Marketing Department and sent a text to the media coordinator.
Attempts by the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides to open the gates were unsuccessful because the keys we have no longer fit the padlocks
The City of Fremantle is paying good money to a contractor for a service that is not delivered and although I have made them aware of it, this is still happening. It is now time to change the security company to one that is more professional and actually does the work they get paid for. Having the tunnel closed because someone keeps forgetting is not on and it needs to stop.
What action will you take CEO Graeme McKenzie?
As so often during the wet season, tourists visiting Fremantle‘s historic Arthur Head could not walk through the Whalers Tunnel because the security person did not open the gates at the Bathers Beach end of it. This was because a large deep rain water puddle makes access impossible, unless one wants to wade through over ankle-deep water. The security man did not want to do that and I can’t blame him.
All it needs is for the City of Fremantle to fill in the sunken part of the ground with a few kilos of gravel. One would think that is a pretty basic and cheap service tourism in this city deserves. Can someone at CoF please take fast action on this.
It is all well and good for the City of Fremantle to want more activity at Arthur Head and create the Arthur Head Art Hub, but surely they need to take responsibility for letting the place fall apart. Look at the mess the front of the newly painted J Shed is. Would anyone want to walk there to view an art exhibition or go to an opening?
Imagine women dressing up for a special night out and their shoes getting all messed up in the mud and huge puddles. Maybe the name Arthur Head Art Hub should be changed to J Shed Lakes.
Get a move on CoF. It’s a bloody disgrace how you allow our heritage precinct to fall into disrepair!
Assuming the report in today’s Fremantle Herald is correct, it should greatly worry us that W.A. Premier Colin Barnett is contemplating to sell the Fremantle Henderson Street historic Warders Cottages to private owners. This would be shirking responsibility by the state to repair, maintain and manage these important buildings which are closely connected with the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison. How does the Premier intend to control what the new owners would do with the cottages?
The City of Fremantle is doing a due diligence financial report to see if Fremantle should take on the Warders Cottages, so only God(Colin) knows what the outcome will be.
I love the Fremantle grapevine as it is full of information, gossip and conspiracy theories and there is a lot of quirky stuff that comes up as well sometimes. The serious grapevine tells me that there are plans to extend the most southern studio of J Shed on Bathers Beach to make it a bigger venue for events and functions. It would go almost as far as the small rock wall you can see in the photo. Arguments I hear is that J Shed is not heritage listed, but the City of Fremantle should be very aware that the entire Arthur Head and Bathers Beach are historically extremely significant to our city and state and any development there needs to be treated with great sensitivity and care.
I have not heard confirmation that Sunset Events has signed a lease to take over the former artist’s studio, so stay tuned.
The Dutch tall ships Europa, Oosterschelde and Tecla, accompanied by the Fremantle based Duyfken, left Fremantle harbour on this glorious Sunday afternoon and what a majestic sight it is to see these tiny ships. They are on their way to the Abrolhos Islands, so I hope they will not follow in the footsteps of those early Dutch ships that got shipwrecked near there.
It was good to see many people on Victoria Quay and the South Mole to say farewell and bon voyage to the ships. From me it’s Goede Reis!
Photos Copyright Roel Loopers/Profile Photography.
The well overdue improvement of Arthur Head and Bathers Beach have started with a new path snaking through the coastal landscape from J Shed to Kidogo Arthouse, making it a more pleasant experience for cyclists who will no longer have to try to ride through sometimes deep sand. The path also has small solar lights so it will be easier to navigate in the dark.
I hope the City of Fremantle will extend the path so it connects with the South Mole and create better connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour, and that it will also prioritise to resurface the large space in front of J Shed that has been a mess for years.
Improving the, urban design award-winning, Old Port Project surface is also on the cards, so it is good to see things are slowly happening in the historic west end of Fremantle.
Interesting priorities! According to the Fremantle Herald Fremantle council budget has $ 350,000 for a new men’s shed in Hilton, but will only spend $ 220,000 on the heritage listed Arthur Head buildings.
The Dutch are known or should I say notorious for being stingy, they even pack their campervans full with Dutch delicacies (a kind of an oxymoron) when they go on their long summer holidays to the warm south of Europe to avoid having to buy expensive local food when they get to Spain, Italy, France or Austria. So it came as no surprise to me to notice this morning at Victoria Quay in Fremantle Ports that the three Dutch tall ships had brought their own bloody wet and cold Dutch weather. It was blowing a gale as well. From memory the Dutch call this summer.
What a great sight though the Bark Europa, the Oosterschelde and the Tecla are. They sailed from the Netherlands in October last year to follow the 400 year-old spice trade routes and visited Brazil, South Africa and Mauritius on their way to Fremantle.
The ships can be visited this Saturday when there is entertainment on Victoria Quay and the High Street mall to welcome them, so bring the kids for face painting, etc.
I did not realise a simple new path in Fremantle could be such an exciting thing, but the work at Arthur Head to create a path from Kidogo Arthouse along Bathers Beach to J Shed is fantastic and just what the area needed.
Connectivity between Fremantle Ports Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour, and between the Maritime Museum and the Shipwreck Museum has been severely lacking and this is a big step in the right direction.
There will also be solar powered lights along the path so that will make the area just that little bit more safe at night as well. The next step needs to be better signage so visitors know where to go, and surface work at J Shed is also badly needed.
I am delighted Freo that real improvement in the West End of town is finally happening.