The Fremantle Tourist Wheel on the Esplanade had some faulty lights, but it is now restored to full glory again and an impressive structure to see at night. It is also a great platform to get a sneak preview of the impressive new Youth Plaza, so on your way home from the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets tonight, go past the Esplanade and hop on the ferris wheel for stunning views over the city and Fishing Boat Harbour.
I finally found a way uploading photos by using a different browser, so here some stunning sunset shots I took on Wednesday evening at Fremantle Bathers Beach.
Isolated showers are forecast for today but we are still going ahead with the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets, so come along to celebrate EARTH WEEK with a one hour drumming circle, eat great food, and maybe we’ll have another amazing sunset.
The Fremantle HILTON HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN TWILIGHT FAIR -yes it is a mouthful- is back for the 4th year this Saturday March 29 from 4-9.30 pm. The media release does not state the location of the event, so I can’t tell you where it is unfortunately.
There will be entertainment, cargo rides, music, the Wadumbah dancers, stalls of all kinds, and food. All stalls are run by non for profit community groups. It’s a FREE EVENT!
The evening will also celebrate EARTH HOUR, a global movement during which all non-essential lights are switched off in cities all over the world, so bring a candle to participate in it.
West Australian newspaper columnist Paul Murray is not impressed that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt condones unlawful behaviour by cyclists and that the Mayor wants to reward them by giving law breakers free lights and bells.
Like many people I have spoken to Murray believes the police should be allowed to do their job, and that Fremantle can’t expect special treatment because some of our free and easy cyclist don’t want to wear helmets and can’t be bothered having a bell on their bikes and lights at night.
Those who do the right and lawful thing questioned why they should be paying for the necessities, when those who can’t be bothered to buy them get them as a present from the City of Fremantle for breaking the law. It would be quite different to have something like a Free Bell Day at Kings Square as a promotion to encourage bike riding, similar to handing out free trees.
As I said in my previous article about this, I believe this is once again one of those naive thought bubbles where all the consequences are not being considered. The fact that the Mayor announced it on ABC radio without Council having approved the idea also shows that our Mayor thinks he’ll get his way and that the Elected Members will just sign on the dotted line whenever he wants it.
Fremantle is not outside State law, and while we should do everything to encourage more people to use their bikes and keep cars out of the inner city, rewarding law breakers is not the solution, and it sends the wrong message to children.
Paul Murray’s column is in the West today.
There has been a lot of criticism about Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt’s announcement that the City will be giving away free bicycle lights and bells to those who get caught by police for not having them. Many people questioned why ratepayers should pay for other people breaking the law, just to support the Mayor’s philosophy that Fremantle needs to encourage the use of bikes. Others questioned how the Mayor can go to the media with something that has not yet been approved by council, as he is the spokesperson for the City of Fremantle, unless of course the Mayor wants to pay for this scheme out of his own pocket.
Questions have also been raised about the legality of a local government being exempt from State law and why residents and ratepayers of other cities should not expect the same treatment. And will the City of Fremantle also pay for bike bells and lights for non Freo residents who get stopped by police in our city?
The other issue is that COF would have to buy hundreds of lights and bells wholesale and that local retailers would miss out on selling these items to the public and that is unfair competition.
A friend of mine who recently bought lights and a bell told me this morning he will be sending a demand for reimbursement for $ 55.00 to the City, as he believes he should be rewarded for doing the right and legal thing.
It feels as if this is yet another thought bubble that has not been considered deeply and carefully. Financially rewarding people for breaking the law seems a very strange and inappropriate way of promoting bicycle use.
ABC radio presenter John McGlue was wondering why the City of Fremantle wants to reward unlawful behaviour of those who ride their bicycles without lights and bells and offer them the items for free. He interviewed Mayor Brad Pettitt about this new idea the City wants to implement in collaboration with the Freo police. What it means is that if you get caught without a light on your bike, or the bell is missing, Police will only give you a caution and you’ll receive the missing item free of charge, courtesy of the City of Fremantle ratepayers.
The Mayor kept saying it was a good and relatively cheap idea, while McGlue did not like the idea that people will get rewarded for not obeying the law. Free or half-price helmets might be next on the cards, Brad Pettitt told the ABC.
Very fast action by City of Fremantle officer Daniel Sharp on the faulty street lights at the Round House and Bathers Beach in the West End. He contacted me this morning after reading my blog post. Electricians are coming to fix the fault tomorrow, but to make sure there is light tonight, Dan has gone to override the system and the lights are on now and he will switch them off manually tomorrow morning.
That is the kind of professional conduct we would love all CoF officers to have. Great job, Dan!! Thanks.
I have always liked markets. My dad and I would often go to the Saturday markets in Hague, Holland in the morning and always ended up in the market pub where dad had a couple of beers and I got patat met kroketten (chips and beef croquettes). No matter which countries I visited on my holidays, if there was a market nearby it was a must do on my agenda.
Evening markets are even better. There is a sense of romance about it when all the stalls light up in different colours. It reminds me of the kermis(fair) we had at home. While it was exciting to go during the day, it was magic to go there at night for us kids, and I still have that same experience now.
Last night’s Fremantle Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets was just magic. It was perfect harmony of people, nature, food, music and ambience. I accept I am a little biased because I help organise the event, but I would give the same credit if someone else organised it. It is so stunningly Freo, so relaxed, and it is so good to see so many smiles and people saying how much they love the markets.
For us fellas it is a bit like being in paradise as well. Aren’t we lucky that we live in a city that has such an abundance of stunningly gorgeous women. It was an absolute feast for the eyes last night.
I admit I am a wee bit bias because I am involved with the organisation of it, but I love the Fremantle BATHERS BEACH SUNSET FOOD MARKETS. The atmosphere is so special and very Freo, and the food and craft stalls, people playing music, kids having fun, and the camel ride make it one of the best markets around. We receive great compliments about the food, and people are so relaxed and friendly that it is a joy to be part of it.
It’s bloody hard labour though to set it up and dismantle it, so I am still far too tired to process all the photos I took last night, but here are two of them. The second one is our very own charismatic and quirky artist Horatio Birdbath dressed up in fairy lights. He’s such a really likable and interesting guy. Check him out working on the mural behind Gino’s.
Something exciting will be happening at Bathers Beach from next week, but I have been sworn to secrecy, so you’d better come to the markets next Saturday to enjoy something new, well not so new really. ; >)
On your way to the Fremantle Bathers Beach markets this evening? Go for a walk through High Street and check out the changing colourful lights on the heritage buildings. The kids will like it, so make it a family night out, walk through the fairy-lit Whalers Tunnels and along the romantic fairy-lit beach path that could well become Freo’s lovers’ lane. There are more hidden treasures in Fremantle than on a pirate boat!