I have been shaking my head in pure bewilderment since I noticed that some of the planter boxes have been returned to the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. When I asked on this blog some months ago why they had not been put back there after the festival season was over, Mayor Brad Pettitt replied that an artist would be painting the boxes while they were at the carpark near the Shipwreck Museum and that it would make little sense moving them back and forth. I agree!
But the planters returned to the Strip have not been painted, and if the Freo Dockers should get into the grand final we will no doubt have another great live telecast spectacle on the Cappuccino Strip in two weeks, and that would mean moving the boxes again to make way for the mega screens and thousands of spectators..
It’s no wonder Fremantle residents often criticise the administration for not doing the basic stuff, because this seems a futile exercise, or do the officers responsible for the planters’ journey hope the Dockers won’t make the big day?
Fremantle hospitality fox Nunzio Gumina is up to his old tricks and establishing a new and very different Mediterranean restaurant where the former Essex in Essex Street used to be. Nunzio told me today that his lease of the Villa Roma in High Street will be running out in 18 months, so he decided to already establish another restaurant that will open in September. Villa Roma will remain open till the end of the lease, so no need to panic yet!
Also opening soon opposite Nunzio’s new place is Tutti Frutti frozen yoghurt in that modern new building in Essex Street. Who said Freo’s retail is dying?
Dear Premier Colin Barnett,
The City of Fremantle needs and deserves more and better support from our State Government, because at present your are leaving our major development at Kings Square in limbo by not making an announcement about the move of the Department of Housing here, which Minister Troy Buswell promised before the state election.
Fremantle’s CBD needs urgent revitalisation to support our struggling retailers and economy. We need more people working and living in our inner city and that means we need serious development. I am sure, Premier, that you are aware of the quite massive development plans for Kings Square, but they can only progress when major tenants have signed up. That means you can give Fremantle real support by decentralising government services and relocating them to Fremantle, and help our State’s second city to grow and prosper. Fremantle needs your help, Premier, and it needs it now!
It is not acceptable to put all our State’s eggs in the one-Perth- basket, Fremantle also needs to grow and get government support.
It would also be good for Fremantle if the Fremantle Ports Victoria Quay development could be delayed by some years, so it is not in straight competition with inner city development around Kings Square.
Please come visit Freo and do a tour of all the planned development here and get a feeling of Freo’s bigger picture and great future, Premier, and don’t leave Freo in limbo any longer.
The Fremantle NEW EDITION bookshop is on the move to another premises on High Street. They will be at the old shop till March 15 and there is a 15% discount on books till then, so take advantage of it and support Freo’s only bookshop.
Unfortunately it will be a few days until I can post new articles on this blog. I am moving house and office and need to wait till my internet provider connects the service to the new abode.
So have a break from Roel. Have a KitKat. Relax, and click on this blog again in a few days to check out if I am back.
I need to move house, so if anyone knows a place in or near Fremantle ideally, please let me know. A unit, flat, granny flat, small house with good neighbours in a suburb with life and community and at affordable rent is what I am after.
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