Freo's View

FREO EVENTS ARE CAFE TRADE KILLERS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 30, 2014

Yet again this morning there was an event on the Fremantle Esplanade and along Marine Parade that required the closure of Henry, Mouat and Cliff streets and I am wondering if the events organisors will be asked to pay compensation to the cafes whose trade were significantly down today. It is the third time in about six weeks that there was no car access to the Moore&Moore Cafe in Henry Street for example, so that was very bad for the breakfast business and is unfair to them.

I do realise our City masters want us all to only ride bikes around town, but it is not acceptable that time and time again the same west end businesses are out of pocket because of street closures due to events on the Esplanade. The burden needs to be shared around town and places like Fremantle Park could be used for some of these events.

A bad weekend morning trade can mean a very bad week for some small businesses and the City of Fremantle needs to be more considerate of that, because it can kill a business. We know that cafes are already struggling because we have too many of them in inner city Freo, so the COF needs to be more supportive and look after them better.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Michael said, on March 31, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Whilst stuck in the bike race traffic jam outside the Fire Station on Phillimore Street last Wed, I did notice a couple of fires anxiously talking on mobiles and casting looks up and down the lines of banked up traffic in both directions. Essentially there seems no way they could have responded to a call-out around 5 – 5.30 that evening – and that’s bad!

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  2. Pete said, on March 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    So West End cafes haven”t factiored in occasional road closures into Business Plan? It seems not. and perhaps they should.

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  3. Mark said, on March 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Brad if activation is the goal why are things like opening the tunnel on weekends for tourists such a problem?
    No point in bring people to the city for a negative experience?

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  4. Mark said, on March 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Roel I think to see the effect on local business the city needs an independent survey based over 12 months on events held in freo based on turnover customer counts feedback etc, from business owners etc, the city has to have someone completely independent to run the survey.
    From this you would get a good gauge on whether businesses really benefit from all these so called activating events or if it’s as we think just spin?
    Also a section for local residents and rate payers to voice the impact it has on there amenity, as I sure no one should be locked out of their own home till the early hours of the morning because freo has an event on.
    I would also be interested to hear if all emergency services are fully appraised of events that close streets and what written contingency plans they have in place for each blocked street scenario, if any or if they are even properly informed?

    From personal experience if freo is running an event I avoid the city completely.
    Events aside the missus went to freo today to try and buy a book to read, with new edition closed that simple task was not even possible, her comment why do I even bother? Another reason to go else where, I not sure what the council is activating but it doesn’t look like it’s business or retail.

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  5. freoishome said, on March 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I think you have hit the nail on the head Steve.
    Traffic Mgt Plans have to go through a few hoops, the first being the Local Authority, before MRWA (sometimes TransPerth) and the Police. So if the LA doesn’t like the date, location, timing, the actual process of setting up signage and management of the event, plus all the peripheral arrangements, it doesn’t progress.
    Sometimes it just makes me wonder if the City read the TMgt Plans. Some TMgt companies are better than others with events as opposed to say site or roads works, it seems with the Freo events they may have picked a dud, or several of them!
    Paul

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  6. Rob Harrison said, on March 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Its about sharing the good and the bad. If you didn’t know better you would think that Fremantle was South Terrace. The west end streets gets a lot of disruption but very little events. I feel sorry for businesses down that end of Freo. Also is the new Notre Dame University Vice Chancellor going to do what the previous promised and never achieved with regards activating their street level buildings and old Fremantle Hotel.

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  7. Brad Pettitt said, on March 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Steve
    Well said. There is room for better execution obviously but I think the activation approach is still the right one. Brad.

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  8. gomb said, on March 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    You mean FEWER events, Steve. If that IS your name.

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  9. Steve said, on March 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I stopped in at Chalky’s this morning and it was getting a nice trade from the runners post-event. I would say the slow crowds were probably due more to the weather than the event which was over before most people got up. Events like triathlons and bike races are good for Fremantle and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

    The traffic management issues, like the whaler’s tunnel, is the result of poor performance by the city’s contractors and the its contracting process. The answer isn’t less events, it’s better performance from all involved and responsible with event execution.

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