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FREMANTLE ANNUAL ELECTORS MEETING THIS MONDAY!

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2022

The Annual Electors Meeting of Fremantle Council is this Monday, October 3 from 6pm in the Fremantle Walyalup Civic Centre. Take not that it is not as usual in the Townhall.

This is OUR meeting, where the community can ask questions, put motions to the vote and where grassroots democracy is really at work, so come along if you got any issues you want to raise.

This is for City of Fremantle residents only, so bring proof of where you live, e.g. driver’s license.

Roel Loopers

SAVE OUR SHORE FROM MAIN ROADS MADNESS!

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2022

Fremantle Beach Street residents are rightly very concerned about Main Roads plans to realign Canning Highway, as part of the new Fremantle Traffic Bridge, and let it run under the new bridge into Beach Street, and along the foreshore there.

They have started the SOS-Save Our Shore Fremantle group and you can catch them on Sundays from 1-3pm near and opposite the East Street Jetty.

They have a Facebook group as well to get in contact with: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113433372712441/?ref=share

We are talking about some 14,000 vehicles coming down Canning Highway daily and continuing their journey into Fremantle along Beach Street!

Roel Loopers

BUT IS IT DEMOCRACY?

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2022

The Fremantle Herald today published my fourth column of the weekly Roel’s Round and it’s all about democracy, and if the community still has a voice.

Go get our only real Fremantle local community newspaper. An in depth article also about the attempt to evict Tuart Place, so keep up to date about what’s going on in our beautiful city and read the Chook.

Roel Loopers

PERFECT DAY FOR A VERY LONG LUNCH

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2022

It’s the last day of September and we are expecting close to 30C, so a nice warm Friday to enjoy during the school holidays.

A perfect day for a long breakfast, or long brunch, or long lunch, or why not all of them. Find yourselves a nice place under an umbrella in one of Freo’s many alfresco venues and eat and drink your heart out. We only live once, so we might as well enjoy it to the fullest.

Have a great day and weekend!

Roel Loopers

GOOD COMMUNICATION AT FERRY TERMINAL

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2022

Nice to see Fremantle Ports put up a lot of highly-visible signs to point to the new Rottnest Ferry Terminal, that is now in portable offices east of the E Shed Markets at Victoria Quay.

Rottnest Express and Sealink are there, as is the Freo Merchant cafe, that operates out of a large bus. Portable public toilets have also been installed.

Roel Loopers

TUART PLACE EVICTION DISGRACE

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2022

The Christian Brothers want to evict the very important TUART PLACE from their Fremantle High Street home.

Tuart Place is the West Australian support service for adults who were in any type of out-of-home care when they were children, including former child migrants, members of the Stolen Generations and Forgotten Australians.”

We have a vision of creating a meaningful difference in the lives of adults who were in any type of out-of-home care during childhood, and we’re always on the lookout for passionate people to join the Tuart Place team.”

I can only assume that the Christian Brothers want to sell the property, because they need money for lawyers and paying victims of historic child abuse.

It is a shame that the Brothers do not realise that evicting Tuart Place is a very negative continuation of their awful past of child abuse. The people who come to Tuart Place need the support they are getting there and that should be a priority for the Christian Brothers.

Roel Loopers

BIG NEW FREMANTLE PORTS CLINKER FACILITY

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2022

Fremantle Ports today announced work would start next month on a new $55m clinker import circuit facility at its Kwinana Bulk Terminal in the Outer Harbour.

The clinker facility will streamline the importation of clinker – the principal element in the manufacture of cement – and consist of a storage dome nearly 40m high and a covered conveyor network. The dome will be the first of its type in Australia.

More than 1.1 million tonnes of clinker a year are imported through Kwinana Bulk Terminal, destined for domestic, commercial and industrial construction projects throughout the State. Around half comes from Indonesia, with the remainder from Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and the United Arab Emirates.

Fremantle Ports CEO Michael Parker said the new clinker circuit would link directly to the adjacent Cockburn Cement Ltd plant and also deliver efficiency benefits to the State’s other major clinker importer, BGC.

“Without clinker industry stops and every tonne of the commodity entering WA comes through Kwinana Bulk Terminal,” Mr Parker said.

Mr Parker said the storage dome would be able to hold an entire shipment of clinker – around 40,000 tonnes – with this project replacing cargo-handling assets that do not have the same capacity and are near end-of-life.

With construction starting next month, the new assets are scheduled to be in use by the second quarter of 2024.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Roger Cook MLA officiated today at a ground- breaking ceremony on-site, also attended by representatives from Cockburn Cement, BGC, principal contractor COVA-Haywards, Kwinana Industries Council and the cities of Kwinana and Rockingham.

FREO SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE LAND

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2022

Free adventurous fun and maritime vibes will be sailing into Freo for the City of Fremantle’s upcoming school holiday activation.
Armed with a treasure trail map, families who visit Fremantle during the second week of the school holidays can follow a guided trail to unlock 8 free rides, crack a secret codeword, and go into the draw to win a bounty of prizes.
This free ticketed event aimed at families with children aged 2–12 years will lean into the port city’s nautical heritage and creative spirit. 

Between Monday 3 and Sunday 9 October, four vibrant Freo locations will be transformed into magical adventure playgrounds:

  • ‘Pirates’ Landing’ (Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour)
  • ‘Enchanted Playground’ (Walyalup Koort and FOMO)
  • ‘Secret Garden’ (Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle)
  • ‘Treasure Trove’ (Fremantle Markets)

Kids can choose to scale giant climbing walls, jump on pirate ships, bounce in a magical castle, tackle huge slides, or make their way through energetic obstacle courses.

Fremantle’s Adventureland is a free ticketed event and bookings are essential! Register now at visitfremantle.com.au/adventureland.

Families will be entertained at Walyalup Koort with music, buskers, roaming pirates, giant outdoor games, gardening workshops, traditional face painting, and pirate and adventure themed crafts. 

Mischief McGee will walk the plank during Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour’s daily pirate shows, then pirates will engage with families to take photos with the stocks and play treasure hunts, sack races and tug of war. 

WA Shipwrecks Museum’s school holiday trail will invite visitors to Fremantle to imagine themselves as shipwreck survivors and decorate their own take home treasure island map with stamps and fancy flourishes.

A pirate ‘Bubbleologist’ will get into the festive spirit at FOMO each day from 11 am to 2 pm, and kids will love the animal farm and fairy face painting at Clancy’s Fish Pub on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.

To find out more about what to do in Fremantle these school holidays go to visitfremantle.com.au/schoolholidays

NEW WA LAW TO MAKE FREMANTLE ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCTS SAFER

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2022

The WA State Government will introduce new laws to enhance safety in popular entertainment precincts by banning perpetrators of violent or threatening behaviour.

The new laws aim to protect people going out for a good time, creating safer precincts for everyone, and conversely take a tough, no-tolerance approach to those who do the wrong thing.

Following advice from WA Police, indicative boundaries have been created for five precincts in Fremantle, Northbridge-Perth, Scarborough, Hillarys and Mandurah.

  • Protected Entertainment Precincts to be established in Northbridge-Perth, Fremantle, Scarborough, Hillarys and Mandurah
  • Legislation will ban violent offenders and perpetrators of antisocial behaviour from precincts
  • Penalties up to five years prison and $12,000 for breaching mandatory exclusions
  • Consultation underway, with Bill set to be introduced to Parliament next month

Exclusion orders can apply when:

  • a person behaves in an unlawful, antisocial, disorderly, offensive, indecent and threatening way in a precinct; and
  • the person being in the precinct could cause violence or public disorder or impact the safety of others.

Roel Loopers

FREO COUNCIL NOT PART OF STATE GOVERNMENT TEAM

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2022

A few thoughts about community concerns about the plans for the new Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

Not sure why there is a petition for a Special Electors Meeting, concerning the new Fremantle Traffic Bridge, when the annual electors meeting is next Tuesday, October 3, plus the bridge will be on the FPOL Committee and Ordinary Council agendas next month as well.

Not sure either that community opposition to the plans, at Fremantle Council meetings, will have any impact on what the State Government will be doing. It is State Government authority, not Fremantle Council’s.

Not sure why the Mayor of Fremantle publicly supports the Main Roads department traffic bridge plans, when Fremantle Council does not have an official position on it yet.

Fremantle Council and its Mayor can’t be part of a State Government team. A team has to do what the coach, in this case the Premier, tells them to do. Freo needs to lobby, participate, engage and collaborate with total independence.

Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge is the official spokesperson for Fremantle Council and the City of Fremantle, so she needs to make it clear if she is expressing her personal opinion, or if she is speaking on behalf of the City.

It is naïve to believe that the WA Government will always have the best for Freo at heart!

Roel Loopers

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