There are good things happening at Fremantle Arthur Head and the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. Kidogo Arthouse now has got nice large limestone pavers around the building and it looks so much better than the dirt. I wished the City of Fremantle had paved the entire dust bowl area there to make it look tidy and cared for.
The limestone cliffs below the Round House are being made safe, because the calcification of the cap/limestone rocks meant they were unstable and endangered people walking below them.
Even better news is that the entire cliff face at the beach side of Arthur Head will be lit up at night and the colours can be changed depending on demand and events. This will be a good continuation of the High Street coloured lights as an evening attraction to pull people to the West End. It will also enhance security to have the area lit up at night.
Bathers Beach is slowly becoming the attraction it should be, and it would be good if the City promoted the beach at the end of the beautiful heritage High Street as something special. Stencils on the footpaths, a good sign at Little High Street at the railway crossing there, and marketing Bathers Beach as a destination for visitors in tourism brochures, website, Facebook, etc. Pretty simple stuff really.
It was freezing cold in Fremantle port this morning, with and ice-cold easterly blowing straight at me on the South Mole, when I took these photos from 6.30 am onward. I warmed up over an espresso and a chat with friends, but when I left the Moore&Moore cafe at just before 9 am, it was even colder, so I am not sure if we will reach the promised 23 degrees today.
I like getting up early because sun rises are very different from sun sets. It’s a shame most people rarely see a sunrise because they are still in bed when it all happens.
The City of Belmont is having their annual art and photography awards again in July, so check out their website and participate in it. Good prizes to be won!
Fremantle Ports has created a mini windfarm at Rous Head with the installation of ten wind powered street lights near the new road house. The wind turbines are quite attractive and quite arty in two colours. It is a shame the lights and poles were not painted creatively as well.
Innovative lights like these would have been great at Fremantle’s new Youth Plaza and I wonder why this was not done in our carbon neutral city.
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.