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Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, heritage, historic, maritime, state government, western australia by freoview on September 20, 2016

Maybe I am just a sentimental old fool but it makes me really sad to watch the demolition of the old luffing crane near the E Shed Markets on Victoria Quay in Fremantle.

It is outrageous that the crane was not offered for sale years ago when Fremantle Ports decided it was going to let it rot and not maintain it. The excuse that it now has to be demolished for safety reasons is rubbish. It could have been put in front of the Shipwreck Museum or at J Shed for example to add another attraction for tourists.

I am all for progress and have nothing against good change, but the disgraceful demolition by neglect in WA needs to stop, or we’ll soon see the old George Hotel in East Fremantle go down for “safety” reasons as well.

If we don’t respect our past we have no hope in hell creating a better future!

Roel Loopers


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  1. Henty farrar said, on September 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Fremantle Council/people paid $60,000 to paint the crane when it was moved to that location in the 90’s. The E shed location was a fake location in the first place but at least our industrial history was being maintained. Lost now to scrap.

  2. Cate Rose said, on September 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Couldn’t agree more on this one Roel. Such a pity. And letting the Old George Hotel fall into decline…a historical tragedy in the making.

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