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HAVE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR FREO!!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 31, 2013

We are almost at the end of the long jetty that is 2013 and tomorrow we start all over again and wander in to 2014 with renewed energy, hope and wishes. It has been fascinating to be part of the active Fremantle community, three elections, observing Freo council and trying to make a difference through this blog and community activities.

I am delighted to see progress in Fremantle, with many new buildings already on the way and many more planned for the very near future. I am especially delighted that we will see significant hotels in the inner city and the two planned for the Westgate Mall and Point Street car park site, will make a positive change to the run down inner east of the city. It will be good for Fremantle that more and more tourists will be able to stay overnight and it will be good to have many more residents and office and shop workers in town as well.

The Kings Square development will make a huge difference to the CBD ambience and shopping experience, and changes to Princess May Park and Cantonment Hill will hopefully see a real effort by the City of Fremantle to improve our public open green spaces and accommodate a larger number of people.

The Fremantle Forever campaign against forced amalgamation with Melville was a success for common sense and community collaboration and the Fremantle Society deserves praise for initiating it with the Sock it Colin campaign.

I hope we have learned from our mistakes and will do certain things better next year. Community consultation needs to be more than simple tokenism where Council appears to have done the right thing. If the Elected members keep ignoring community input, cynicism will become distrust and anger. The last thing we need in Freo is an us and them mentality where the community becomes the enemy of Council. That would be a major negative force Freo does not need in a time where there is a good move toward a more vibrant and modern city. While Councillors deserve respect for all their hard work, they should not take the community for granted. We too deserve that our suggestions will be respected and treated as serious alternatives. Arrogance has no place in local government, as working together is a far more constructive way to achieve positive results for our city.

I am happy this blog has become a serious go to place for community debate, where members of the public, councillors and City officers participate in. People in 146 countries have read Freo’s View this year, with the highest number of hits for a week being nearly 15,000. The highest hits for a single day were just over 4,900.

I feel very positive about Fremantle’s future, but Council needs to show restraint and don’t go over the top and make changes for change sake. While activation is good, it does not need to happen all at once, but is does need to happen also outside the CBD.

I want to thank everyone in our community who participated in making Freo an even better place. All those who spent hours at community workshops, information sessions, council and committee meetings, and of course our Councillors deserve acknowledgment for giving up so much of their private time for the betterment of our City. And the Federal and State Members for Fremantle, Melissa Parke and Simone McGurk should also be thanked for their hard work.

Fremantle is a fantastic place with great people, and if we all work respectfully together it will improve to the benefit of all who love it.

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR FREO!!!

Roel Loopers

New year

THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE TRAINING AT MUTIMA ARTHOUSE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 31, 2013

My friends from Mutima Arthouse on Fremantle‘s Arthur Head sent me the following information about youth workshops early next year:

Youth Theatre and Performance training in Fremantle Workshops on the Move & Mutima Art House and Studio proudly present Summer-Workshops for young theatre makers at the Mutima Art House and Studio
Monday 6th – Friday 10th January 2014
“A fresh breeze” for 10 -12 year olds
Monday 6th – Friday 10th January 2014
8.30am – drop off at bathers beach – movement theatre training & a swim
9.30am – drumming and singing session with Wajipha and Freddy at Mutima
10.30am – Theatre makers’ workshop with Ralf (theme: a fresh breeze)
11.30am – pick up
Maximum 10 participants, minimum 6
Fee: $250 – Early bird fee $200 (upto 1 week prior)
Friday 8.30pm – Workshop presentation at Mutima
To welcome a summer’s day at the beach, an hour of dy- namic movement training and a swim in the Indian Ocean will wake us up in the best possible way. This workshop is about how to create “a fresh breeze” on stage as an ensemble and with drum beats and singing this gathering will be celebrated. At the end of the week we will present a short performance of “A Fresh Breeze” to an invited audience. The Theatre makers’ workshop with Ralf will include training your fundamental acting, improvisation and script development skills. Bring your favourite sum- mer outfits so that we can find the best costumes for our show.

“Message in a bottle” for 13 -16 year olds
Monday 6th – Friday 10th January 2014
5.30pm – Theatre makers’ workshop with Ralf (theme: message in a bottle)
7.30pm – drumming and singing session with Wajipha and Freddy at Mutima
8.30pm – Workshop presentations
Maximum 10 participants, minimum 6
Fee: $250 – Early bird fee $200 (upto 1 week prior)
Friday 8.30pm – Workshop presentation at Mutima
At the end of a summer’s day we need to find refreshment to reawaken our senses. And on stage it is all about being awake and aware. Drumming and singing together will bring us to the next level of an increased awareness. Now we are ready for a mysterious message in a bottle, which is the starting point for a short performance that we will create as a team of theatre makers during this week. Participants will perform and write their own script for the workshop presentation on Friday. The Theatre makers’ workshop with Ralf will include training your fundamental acting, improvisation and script development skills. Bring your favourite summer outfits so that we can find the best costumes for our show.

To book your space, email your expression of interest to us@mutima.net or call 0410008162 for more information.

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NO BATHERS BEACH MARKET THIS SATURDAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 27, 2013

The Fremantle Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets is on holiday, so no market this Saturday. We will be back on January the 4th, so join us to celebrate the first one of the new year next week.

Roel Loopers

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE RAILWAY HOTEL

Posted in fremantle, music by freoview on December 27, 2013

If you are already planning New Year’s Eve and don’t want to sit at home and listen to the clock ticking till midnight, the Railway Hotel in North Fremantle is putting up the Under The Stars concert on two stages. Check out the details on the poster below.

Roel Loopers

Under the Stars NY concert

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LOCAL COUNCILS DROWN IN CALLS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 27, 2013

For those who believe Fremantle council is the pits and everywhere else councils are just great, perfect and fantastic, a report in today’s West Australian will pull you back to reality.

The City of Joondalup received 538,500 calls this year, Stirling 211,500 and Cockburn got around 8400 a week, with councils also receiving hundreds of emails a week.

What are all those calls about? Rubbish collection, bins, lost and barking dogs, planning issues, rates and graffiti. Now that does ring a bell hey and reminds us of the bad things we hear about Freo council.

What the West report shows is that councils all over Western Australia receive similar complaints and queries and that Fremantle is not the leader of the pack when it comes to that, and neither is Cockburn the perfect saint it would like us to believe it is. What it also shows is that running a council is bloody hard work and that it is impossible to please everyone who believe their case is more important and should be prioritised. No doubt though that there is a lot of room for improvement and that Freo council needs to step up and become better, as performance levels have dropped the last few years.

I’ll try to get the Freo figures early next year when they are all back from holidays.

Roel Loopers

 

 

SHOPPERS IGNORE FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 27, 2013

If ever there was a case made for development and retail revitalisation in Fremantle, it was yesterday on Boxing, or should that be SALE, Day. While media reports claimed high numbers in shopping centres and Perth, Freo was a ghost town, with hardly anyone on the streets, and Many(Myre) at Kings Square not even open for business. The numbers picked up a bit from mid afternoon, but one could have fired the Round House cannon down High Street without hurting anyone.

Roel Loopers

PARKS ARE FOR PEOPLE NOT BUILDINGS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 26, 2013

I know the Victoria Quay development plans are still in their early days and that many changes will be made, but one of the proposals worries me, and that is building on Pioneer Park. There is heritage significance with the remnants of a cottage built there by the early settlers, and Fremantle really cannot afford to lose more green open space. The high number of inner city residential, retail and office buildings planned for the CBD means we need more public open spaces for people to relax in.

We often hear arguments that buildings help wayfinding, and with the proposal of a railway crossing to VQ at Pakenham Street, the argument was put forward that the corner of Pakenham and Phillimore Street needs to be defined better by building on Pioneer Park there. Maybe I am naive, and I am definitely not a city planner, but could that corner not be made more prominent, for wayfinding purposes, by planting a whole row of beautiful trees, landscape Pioneer Park so it becomes a real inner city feature and lingering node, where people want to spend time, meet people arriving by train, and where children can play. A small playground there would be nice and maybe the City could erect a shade structure that tells the story of the historic cottage that was once in that location.

The argument that Pioneer Park is not popular is a cop-out. The park is not attracting many people because it is an unattractive area that needs good landscaping, so people will enjoy being there. It’s that chicken and the egg thing. People will come and use Pioneer Park more frequently once the area has been made attractive.

Wayfinding often appears to be just an excuse to build significant buildings, when better and more creative solutions should be considered first by using that other buzzword placemaking.

Roel Loopers

NEW YEAR FUN AT THE RAILWAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 26, 2013

Christmas Day is over and it is now food left-over and hangover management time. Maybe just hanging out at home in Fremantle watching the Boxing Day Ashes test match on TV, or going to the madness of shopping for bargains at all the sales specials, or a long walk on the beach and a refreshing swim.

But time also to start planning New Year’s Eve, so check out what the Railway Hotel in North Fremantle has to offer:

FREMANTLE GROOVE CLUB PRESENTS UNDER THE STARS
NYE 2013 A FREMANTLE SPACE ODYSSEY
THE RAILWAY HOTEL AND BEER GARDEN
6:30PM TILL 2AM TWO STAGE EVENT

MOONLIGHT STAGE
FEATURING
THE AMANI CONSORT
(URBAN SOUL FUNK)
DILIP N THE DAVS
(SKA, ROOTS & REGGAE)
THE CRUX
(OLD SCHOOL FUNK)
NGATI
(NZ SOUL REGGAE)

CRATER CLUB
FEATURING
JKASH
(SOUL, FUNK & HIP HOP)
DJ IRON PALM
(PARTY BREAKS & DUB)
EMPRESS CORBY
(ROOTS & CULTURE)
DJ SCREECH
(SUNSET BEATS)

FIRE PERFORMERS
GOURMET WOOD FIRED PIZZA AVAILABLE FROM BOX PIZZA
PRIZES FOR THE BEST DRESSED SPACE CADETS

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FOR WHOM THE FREMANTLE BELLS TOLL

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 25, 2013

The Jan ter Horst house, that Fremantle monument crying out against government incompetence, on top of the hill in Beaconsfield, became a Christmas meeting point for the neighbours, and to ring the century-old bells Jan has on his roof deck. The oldest bell is from 1796.

The house must have one of the best views in the area. 360 degrees uninterrupted from the hills to Perth and Scarborough and from Rottnest to way past Kwinana. Stunning!

Ter Horst’s battle against Fremantle council and State Government has become legendary and one can still see him driving around Fremantle with a coffin on the roof of his car. He’s a stubborn old Dutchman.

The first lines of the Metallica song For Whom The Bells Toll seemed apt this morning:

Make his fight

on the hill in the early day

constant deep chill inside.

Roel Loopers

bells 2 bells 1 bells 3

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FREO SAND SCULPTURE AND CHRISTMAS BELLS

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on December 24, 2013

That amazing Fremantle sand sculpture artist Tim Darby has done it again! Check out his latest work of Little Red Riding Hood and the Dragon on the verge at 16 Livingstone Street, Beaconsfield. Tim can be booked for assignments, so if your council, business or event wants something special give Tim a call.

People around Beaconsfield make sure to listen to the sounds of many bells at 8 am on Christmas morning when Tim, his partner Shani Graham, and friends will ring the bells from the roof terrace of the famous Jan ter Horst house on top of the hill. Many of the bells are over 100 years old!

Roel Loopers

sculpture 2 sculpture 1

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