Freo's View

A FUNNY PLACE THIS IS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2011

The world is a funny place. I have known it for a long time, but was made aware of it yet again with the City of Fremantle removing a link to my Profile Photography website from the Art Centre Precinct blog on the new FREOSPACE blog, I promoted here only yesterday.

The link to my website was a small thank you for me doing $ 600.00 worth of pro-bono photography for that precinct to support my community. I did the same for FICRA.

It is of course easy for bureacrats at the city, who get paid a decent salary and know there will be money put into their account every fortnight, to make decisions like that, but doesn’t anyone think it is rather unfair. Do they prefer having shitty, amateur photos on the blogs? The reality is probably that they don’t give a rat’s a.. about the quality of the blogs!

Sorry Precincts. No more free photography from me.

Roel Loopers

THE ARTY CITY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2011

If there is one decision in life I do not regret is the one to become a professional photographer. I absolutely love taking photos. I fear I might be addicted to it.

Street photography is one of my favourite parts of photography, going out for the hunt, not knowing what I will discover. Sometimes it is the quirky human element, sometimes art created by nature. It is all about the power of observation and being in the moment, concentrating on what it says on my business cards : “FINDING BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY”

Here some shots I took in Fremantle around lunchtime today on my way back from the bank.

Roel Loopers

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BATHERS BEACH BEAUTIFICATION

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2011

It appears that the Bathers Beach development will be starting soon, with fences around the site erected. This is part of the $ 250.000 upgrade of the area with a boardwalk, landscaping, seating and lighting.

FREO CAT LIKE RABBITS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2011

The Fremantle free CAT BUS service has multiplied and instead of one we now have two CATS running around town, the Red Cat serving the northern part and the Blue Cat the southern part of the city.

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CELEBRATE GROWERS GREEN’S BIRTHDAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2011

On Sunday the GROWERS GREEN MARKET at the South Fremantle Senior High School in Lefroy Street, Beaconsfield, will be celebrating its first birthday, so go along and support this inniative by a few local Fremantle women. It runs from 8.30-12.30 and there will be entertainment besides great fresh produce, meat, eggs and yummie food and coffee.

The market was started by Sonia Martinez, Georgie Adeane, Ingrid Waltham and Kathy Anketell and has proved to be a real Fremantle crowd puller.

The atmosphere is just great. I love the coffee, the ultra fresh free range eggs and vegies, and the whiskey cured smoked salmon is something I always need to take home.

This Sunday will be a BIG MARKET day with stalls selling hand-made, used and vintage clothing, crafts, gifts, books, and much more.

Bring the family! Plenty of space for the kids to have a run around and have fun, while the parents can sit down and have breakfast.

Roel Loopers

EATERN GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT APPROVED

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 28, 2011

The W.A. Planning Commission has approved plans to start the redevelopment of the Eastern Gateway to the city at Queen Victoria Street.  Up to five storey buildings will be allowed along that street, while those on Beach Street facing the harbour can be as high as seven.

This will not please everyone in Fremantle and I fear that buildings of such heights could create a windtunnel and also lack of sunlight in Queen Victoria Street, however I feel the area is well suited for multi-storey buildings, although I personally would have preferred a maximum of 4 storey buildings there and only 5 at Beach Street.

There is no doubt that Fremantle needs development, more vibrancy and more inner city residents and this is a start. I just pray to all the gods in the whole universe that we get really beautiful buildings there, and not the cheap, easy and fast, boring blocks we see all over Perth. That is now the challenge for the council. Don’t approve cheap and boring, PLEASE!!!

Roel Loopers

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GOOD FREO STUFF

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 28, 2011

Here some news snippets from Fremantle:

# Congratulations to the RED HERRING restaurant in East Fremantle for winning the W.A. Best Seafood Restaurant Award 20110. Well done!

# Also well done, well kind off, to Fremantle’s ever smiling and likable CEO Graeme McKenzie. He and all other local council CEOs will receive a 4.1% pay rise from July this year. Could we now please have more bins in the city and more regular cleaning around town, Graeme. We are far away from ever winning the Tidy Town award.

# We now have two CAT Bus loops in Fremantle, one serving the north, the other the south of the city and both commencing at the train station.

Roel Loopers

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FREOSPACE THE PRECINCTS BLOG

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 28, 2011

FREOSPACE, the precincts blog was launched by Councilor Robert Fittock at the North Fremantle Bowling Club last evening. It is a brilliant initiative by the City of Fremantle to get more and better community communication within the precincts while enabling all members of the public to take part, comment, initiate debate, etc.

Community blogs like FREOSPACE give Fremantle residents the opportunity to embrace democracy and participate in the decision making process. Tell the world what is good and bad about Fremantle, where and how we can improve the city we love.

Post articles on your favourite cafes, shops, quirky things that happen, acknowledge the work of volunteers, teachers, etc. You can make it as positive or negative as you want, as long as you don’t defame individuals, post racist remarks or treat people unfairly. Blogs are not for bullies, but for people who would like to make a positive difference!

Grab your chance to be heard and go to.  www.freospace.com.au

Roel Loopers

FREO’S WORST BLACK SPOT MADE SAFE!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 27, 2011

I am delighted to report that one of Fremantle’s worst black spots, the location of many fatal accidents, head on collisions and traffic jams, has finally been made safe! Yes residents of Fremantle, we now have one way traffic at Monument Hill with lots of one directional arrows pointing in the right direction!! YEAY!!!!  To make sure no one can get it wrong the city also installed those pretty bollards and painted parking bays on the bitumen. I am surprised they did not install traffic lights and parking meters as well.

I can’t help being sarcastic about this as the decision to do this flabbergasts me to the extreme. Why waste money on doing useless things COF? Haven’t we got more pressing priorities like cleaning up the city and giving it some colour and flair!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Thank you to Bob Sommerville for pointing this out to me. If you want to read what Bob thinks about it all read his comment below the Retail facts for Peter Nolin article on this blog. Just scroll down.

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DELIGHTFUL DESIGN DESIGN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 27, 2011

Fremantle designer Michael Adeane has finally moved his long established business DESIGN DESIGN from West Perth to Fremantle and is now at 10 High Street in the beautiful West End of town.

Michael is not only a great and creative designer but also a great man to work with, so for all your design needs; annual reports, brochures, books, banners, websites, advertising, etc. give him a call or send him a message. He recently designed the colourful and eclectic DL size brochure for the Fremantle Society which has been received with acclaim.

Here are the contact details:

Michael Adeane
Design Design
T: (08) 9433 3634
F: (08) 9433 3640
M: 0419 918 625
Level 3/10 High Street
Fremantle 6160
PO Box 1000
Fremantle WA 6959

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