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Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, historic, roundhouse, western australia by freoview on September 8, 2016


Brainless idiots are out and about again and have slammed a a rock through one of the floodlights at the Fremantle Roundhouse on Arthur Head just under the gun deck mast. While at it they also threw a lot of rocks from the cliff face onto the path below which could have caused serious harm to people.

Along the dune path some solar lights have also been damaged again.

Five hundred visitors came through the Roundhouse today, a sign that the season has changed and it’s warming up.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on September 9, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Agreed Dave. Arthur Head needs some real creative thinking and new ideas!
    Investing in the Roundhouse would be a good start. Install power, financially support the new display plans and make the old building an evening attraction as well during summer.



  2. spencertive said, on September 9, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Engaging public activities both in the day and at night at Arthur Head would also deter this mindless vandalism.

  3. freoview said, on September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am

    There are serious social issues , vandalism drug taking, homeless people etc. at Arthur Head that need better management by the City but also WA Police. The fact that the CCTV camera they wanted to install in front of the Roundhouse years ago was opposed by local residents who feared their privacy could be compromised and by the Roundhouse guides because the pole was obscuring a free view to the heritage building does not help. That needs to be revisited as the area needs better surveillance and the locals along Little High Street will ave to learn to do what the rest of us do and that is close their blinds and curtains when they go to bed so the CCTV can’t zoom in on it.


  4. freoview said, on September 9, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Yes it’s a real shame Daniel that these morons vandalise the lights as they work very well and don’t stick out above the dunes. Floodlights attached just below the lawn next to the Roundhouse could work but would spoil the coloured uplighting of the cliff face.

    Thanks for attending so fast to this issue, Dan, you do the City proud!


  5. Michael said, on September 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    As I said this afternoon, it is eye watering how much the Freo taxpayer has forked out for the continual replacement/repair of those “maintenance-free” solar bollards that are the ideal height for kicking in by the “youfs” who congregate there late at night. Methinks its time for a rethink i.e.: floodlighting from the cliff face. The odd permanent CCTV camera might also help to analyse the behaviour of these clowns, and determine when and why they congregate there. An occasional police or ranger presence might be good too, particularly since those rocks remained a trip hazard on the Bather’s Beach path all day today.

  6. Daniel said, on September 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Roel, I’ll look into alternative options for the path lighting next week. These particular ones I thought were quite modern and attractive and saved high costs in cabling through caprock. I knew there would be occasions when idiots would damage some but hadn’t factored in how often they’d be smashed. I hate having to cage everything for the mindless few. I made a mistake with these ones so will go back to the drawing board. Maintenance long term will counter the cost benefit we made. We needed to factor in the sub surface terrain, heritage views from beachfront looking back at the cliffs etc. we should have a chat and give me your thoughts. I’ll get the uplight on top fixed as well.

  7. Rob said, on September 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t blame the city for this obviously but the entire area of Bathers Beach continues to be poorly managed and run by the City managers. We still have the dust bowel outside Kidogo which has now become a beachside car park, there is almost zero light at night, there is beggars and homeless flooding the buildings and bushes of Bathers Beach and to be honest it is an area people keep away from ay night. Again I ask who at the City is responsible for managing this area. Ratepayers pay a fortune in rates but get a very low substandard service. I hope that the new CEO comes to grips with these issues quickly and gets his managers to do their jobs.

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