All over the world heritage buildings, that are hundreds of years older than those in Fremantle, are colourfully lit up at night, but former councillor John Dowson, who wants to become the next president of the Fremantle Society, believes the new lights in Freo make High Street “look like a candy bar.”
Dowson is also not in support of the FREOPEDIA QR code project, which is a smart phone guide to sharing our history with international visitors.
A VOTE FOR PRESIDENT HENTY FARRAR AT THE SOCIETY AGM ON DECEMBER 10 IS A VOTE FOR REALISM AND PROGRESS AND WILL STOP THE SOCIETY FROM RETURNING TO OBSESSIVE NEGATIVITY UNDER DOWSON!
If you like it or not, Fremantle is on the move, and while most of it is about building new modern buildings, the heritage significance of our city has not been forgotten. A great idea that started just over two years ago at a West End Traders committee meeting has finally been realised because Fremantle BID (Business Improvement District) just about makes all the right decisions, so with strong support from Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Milsom and the City of Fremantle, today all the beautiful buildings in Freo’s historic High Street were lit up in changing colours, and what a great sight it is!
A very special thank you has to go to photographer Adam Monk who took the project on and saw it to fruition. His tenacity shows that people with passion can move mountains. Also not to forget are the electricians from Pro Design Lighting, who were working till the very early hours throughout the night to get it all done in time.
It is a really great job by all that deserves a heritage award!
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.
MYRE the all new retail concept at Fremantle Kings Square is doing very well, according to the shop owners I talked to today. They refute the negative comments that the place is struggling, telling me it is going really well, that they love working there, and that sales have past expectations. They are hoping to get a big boost over the Christmas shopping period that will be starting soon.
Go and check out MYRE if you are coming to the city for Fremantle Festival events on Sunday. MYRE is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am.
A beautiful new feature and tourist attraction for Fremantle will be unveiled during the Fremantle Festival in early November. Electricians have worked hard to install coloured lights along a large part of historic High Street and the gorgeous heritage buildings will be lit up every night of the week.
I understand the project has been funded by the Fremantle BID group and is a collaboration between photographer Adam Monk, who did the leg work, liaised with electricians, got quotes, etc. the City of Fremantle and Tim Milsom CEO of the Chamber of Commerce (and candidate for Preston Point Ward of East Fremantle council-VOTE FOR TIM!).
The idea was branded last year at a committee meeting of the now defunct West End Traders and it is great to see Adam Monk took ownership off it and saw the project through. BID also should be congratulated for supporting it.
It is pretty frustrating when stupid idiots vandalise things and even more so when they do it to things that have just been installed. The nice unobtrusive solar lights at the new path along Bathers Beach that connects J Shed with Kidogo Arthouse, where damaged within a week of having been put there, so today Aryan Vargas and Chris Mitchell from Kardiniya company WILCO Electrical were repairing the damage, of course we, the community are paying for it.
Let’s hope the morons who did the damage won’t return to do it again.
Two brand-new prototype lights were installed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach today by Canning Vale company STATS. They are the first self-contained combined solar and wind power lights in the Perth metropolitan area.
No doubts these light suit the local conditions very well, but in now almost typical Fremantle manner they were placed in a location where the new path that connects Kidogo Arthouse with J Shed was not continued. The City of only 70% has done it again!
The second Fremantle BATHERS BEACH SUNSET FOOD MARKETS yesterday was equally successful to the first one with several stall holders selling out. Local residents absolutely love it and it was so nice to see many children enjoying the beach and the ocean while the parents watched from the boardwalk. The grassed area was one of the favourite spots while the dust bowl was not used at all, which shows that resurfacing the area should be a priority for the City of Fremantle.
Council was initially reluctant to grand a license for the market but now that is has been shown to be a success the City needs to get its act together and supply lighting. The foot lights, installed as part of the million dollar plus Old Port Project development, have never worked and they should be connected to power, while the city should liaise on behalf of the market operators with the real estate agent of the vacant Poisson D’Or/McDonalds/Dome building, so access will be granted to switch on the large flood lights on the roof. It seems silly these lights are there but no one is willing to switch them on.
While at the markets yesterday I was told Fremantle, together with Claremont and Stirling are the least favourite local governments with market people because things are made difficult for them because of red tape. While the City of Perth has a market license that covers all markets for a year at $ 160.00, in Fremantle stall holders need to apply for each and every individual market. The paper work, especially for people from non English speaking countries, often makes them abandon plans to be part of a market in Freo. I believe stream lining this process would be a very good idea and would help all markets around the city.
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What is going on with the opening and closing times of the Fremantle Whalers Tunnel under the Round House. Can the security company who gets paid for it simply decide for themselves? On several occasions the tunnel still had not been opened till at late a 9.30 am although the City of Fremantle information provided last year stated it was going to open from 7 am.
The last few weeks I have noticed the tunnel closed as early at 6.50 pm although it is supposed to remain open till 8 pm.
And why are half of the street lights and Christmas lights down High Street west not working on the night where the Christmas tree is officially switched on