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MICRO BREWERY FOR FREMANTLE MARKETS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 28, 2014

Plans are well under way for a 52 patron micro brewery Blacksall Cellar Door at the Fremantle Markets. The proposal comes from hotel operators Patrick Prendiville and Craig and Ian Hutchinson.

The proposal is to brew beer on the premises and sell it there, as an off spin of the already operating Blacksall micro brewery at Salt on Port Beach.

Roel Loopers

BEAT THE HEAT AT BATHERS BEACH MARKETS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 28, 2014

It’s going to be a stinker in Fremantle on Saturday, so what better way to beat the heat than to be near the Indian Ocean for a cooling breeze and a dip in the water.

Eat yummy international food and have delicious drinks, icecreams, etc. from the 30+ stalls at the BATHERS BEACH SUNSET FOOD MARKETS while listening to local music talent.

It always is a great and relaxing family atmosphere, so come along tomorrow from 5-9 pm.

AND PLEASE OBEY THE PARKING SIGNS AS RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING. There is a lot of FREE PARKING available at TAFE on Fleet Street near the South Mole!!!!!!!

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GREAT NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 28, 2014

One of the best finds for Fremantle in recent years is the always smiling and positive CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Tim Milsom. He sent me a recently published article from The New York Times by Baz Dreisingen and I want to share some excerpts relevant to Fremantle from it with you. Thanks Baz for loving our patch of the world!

“Conjure up a city embodying all things right about cities. Assuming you lean toward the progressive, I’ll wager your rendering includes the following: multiple parks and waterfronts; spotless subways and free public buses; restaurant menus with organic, locally sourced food and wine; cool bars in heritage buildings; and pop-up everything, from farmers’ markets to cinema and yoga.

Welcome to Perth.

The capital of Western Australia, where some 1.8 of the state’s two million residents live, left this New Yorker mesmerized: Could a city really be so easy, breezy, green and pristine — so positively livable? I’d thought Williamsburg was hipster heaven; it pales beside Perth.

The nearby town of Fremantle, meanwhile, felt like an Australian version of South Street Seaport. It is packed with 19th-century buildings, organic restaurants and coffee shops. At the Fremantle Prison, built in the 1850s and now a fascinating museum, I was stunned by the Aboriginal art gallery, with its vibrant paintings and murals, many depicting the racist legacy of Australia’s criminal justice system. Later I watched the sun set while listening to a jazz trio at Little Creatures, a warehouse of a microbrewery where, amid the nooks and crannies, there’s a sandy beer garden and magnificent outdoor terrace.”

It is really important for us very parochial people to not lose sight of the bigger picture and to not forget that we live in a splendid and peaceful part of the world, and in a beautiful historic city on the brink of becoming a modern gem as well. I have yet to speak to a tourist who does not like Fremantle and who does not envy our lifestyle.

Roel Loopers

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MORE GOOD FREO STUFF!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 28, 2014

More positive about Freo! Liz Sheenan wrote a lovely article about that new cafe YOCAL in Collie Street in WA TODAY on-line. I’ll put a few of her words below so you can all read that there are people who love Fremantle.

My list of places to visit and review is so huge that I can’t keep up anymore and it screams at me Fremantle Fremantle Fremantle!!!   It has been a long time since I have visited our port city and I was surprised to see how it has changed.

My Gran used to work  for the Freo council in the tourist information office and we’d go and see her after school some Thursdays and have fish and chips at a pub in the west end. Those side streets weren’t really somewhere you’d venture but now they are filled with new exciting shops and what I am especially interested in… cafes. Those tired old cafes on the strip finally have competition to contend with!

I would place a bet on Yocal having the nicest staff in Perth.  This isn’t even an exaggeration – they are SO friendly and thankful and eager to please… even in the middle of the mid-morning breakfast rush.

Yocal is what Fremantle has always been about – it’s down to earth, friendly and relaxed. So step away from the cappuccino strip and venture down the quieter end of town for a brekky that won’t disappoint.
Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/entertainment/about-town/fremantles-yocal-leaves-breakfast-customers-slackjawed-20140226-33i0u.html#ixzz2uaKfmpIF

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WELCOME TO FREMANTLE PRINCESS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 28, 2014

To continue with my intent to make this a positive day I went to Fremantle Port take photos of passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess descending into Fremantle. Hundreds were walking over the bridge to get into town, while others ambled along Victoria Quay, or waited for buses to take them onto sightseeing trip. Taxis were in very short supply so better coordination is required there. It is a really interesting vibe to hang out there for an hour or so and watch the coming and going of people on holidays.

WELCOME TO FREMANTLE TO YOU ALL!

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LET’S TRY A FREO LOVE DAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 28, 2014

GOOD MORNING FREO!

Let’s make it a special, unusual, Fremantle day, and let’s try to be nice to each other for a change. I’ll try a day without being cynical, without council criticism and without feeling my concerns are being ignored by our Elected Members. Let’s make today a Love In, where we are all happy smiling Freo people.

Send me some positive blog comments, say something nice about someone or something in Freo, and see the glass half full.

Now let’s test how long I’ll last. ; >)

Here the FREMANTLE FOREVER advertisement.

Roel Loopers

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FREO SKATEPARK OPENS APRIL 13

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 27, 2014

NEWSFLASH!

The Fremantle Esplanade Skate Park Youth Plaza will officially open on April 13.

I’m going to ride the half tube in my gopher. Please make sure the Ambos will be on stand-by. ; >)

Roel Loopers

J SHED ART CENTRE TO BECOME CONCERT VENUE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 27, 2014

When I use the words, spin, BS, dishonesty and alike, City of Fremantle Elected Members and officers get upset and claim I treat them unfairly.

Up till yesterday’s Council vote on the J Shed pub proposal by Sunset Events, we were told the spin that we would be getting an arts centre, and a family friendly pub that respected the heritage significance of the area and the arts precinct, where people could relax and enjoy the ambience of Bathers Beach. But what a difference a day makes. Here an important statement within the City’s media release:

“The centrepiece of the lease agreement is a boutique craft brewing and food operation with a strong emphasis on live music and other creative industries.

So now we suddenly have a strong emphasis on live music. Only 15 ticketed concerts a year could not be considered a strong emphasis on live music, so all it can mean is that the proponents plan to have very regular-non ticketed- outdoor concerts at historic Arthur Head. The other creative industries probably mean mediocre exhibitions by amateurs, as we often see at Little Creatures.

Is anyone surprised the community is getting more and more cynical about Fremantle Council?

Roel Loopers

FREO CELEBRATING COMMUNITY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 27, 2014

It is important to always find positive aspects of life, otherwise we’d go mad from disappointment, so let’s celebrate the great community work of Fremantle Forever. Check out the new advertisement in the Fremantle Herald tomorrow that celebrates the group’s W.A. Premier’s Award.

Fremantle Forever was the driving force in the local council amalgamation debate and all indications are that the Minister will support the alternative boundaries the City of Fremantle proposed.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CARNEVALE HITS THE STREETS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 27, 2014

The sixth annual Carnevale of the People’s Republic of Fremantle kicks off at Fremantle Markets at 7:30pm Friday 28 February with a vibrant Carnevale Opening Night Parade along Cappuccino Strip led by the WASAMBA Carnevale band and this year’s samba-dancing Queen of Carnevale.

‘Childrens Carnevale!
The Children’s Carnevale (Kings Square 10am – 5pm, Saturday 1 March) features workshops, circus, face-painting, mask making, drumming, clown capers, fairies, market stalls and more, in collaboration with Ladybird Entertainment,  Mad Hatter’s Markets and Pirate Radio 88FM Fremantle.

Chirigota!
At 5pm on Saturday 1 March, marauding masked chirigota musicians will invade Freo’s cafes and restaurants with satirical songs and outrageous music.

GO AND HAVE SOME FUN FREO! It’s a long weekend, so plenty of time to recover.

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