Freo's View


Posted in bathers beach, bathers beach house, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government by freoview on December 23, 2016



While there is public and political outrage about the proposed privatisation of Fremantle Port and Western Power the privatisation of Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach is well under way.

The Bathers Beach House became the first hospitality venue in Australia that is allowed to sell alcohol on the beach, but today they simply extended the beach chair bar with tables and umbrellas for alfresco dining on the sand. That is not on!

How many events and functions will this hospitality operator now hold on our public beach and will they simply extend the alfresco area onto the beach during busy periods. Who then could stop Kidogo Arthouse/Kelp Bar from doing the same?

Who at the City of Fremantle signed the permission for BBH to set up tables on the beach? What are they charged for using OUR beach?

Roel Loopers



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  1. bigjulie said, on December 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Even Christ had to cast out the traders from the Temple. Maybe the Mayor may be able to walk the talk?

  2. Suzanne said, on December 26, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Thanks Roel.
    These are Tourists and did as they were told. Pleasantly by a staff member, nevertheless it may well result in sand
    Bunkers at two paces very soon
    Terrible seaweed today anyway.

  3. bigjulie said, on December 26, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I am feeling a strong rising urge to do some sand mining at Bathers Beach. Start small and then expand and colonize. Modeled on the Far East India Company, we will have our own Army of ticket issuing Officers fining intruders or loiterers. True Grit Mining and Eco Sit Down Coffee New Wave Consortium has a certain dyslectic ring nes pas? Amplified public music assured – rock, Enya, Zither orchestras and running water looped taps for universal conversation and contemplation intrusion.
    Public shares to be floated soon. No worries. A VIP opening with free show bags of sand and coffee beans available from our selection bar for invited dignitaries.

    Once I get rid of all that messy sand, I will then open a piggery for salt bred pork?
    The architectural profile will copy the design of the recent toilet block just south, so nobody will even notice. Pigs have feelings too. We have suppressed them for too long. Free range pigs should sell and support the Freo community. Locally caught sea pigs on every café menu…. delivered by drones. A minimum 25 year lease with the customary sweetheart low rent would be mandatory thanks.

    On many Mediterranean beaches, you have to pay to enter thru a fenced off area with canvas chairs rented by the hour. No chair equals no swim. Have we come to this? That our sunburnt country’s beaches can be sequentially colonized by any carpetbagger who has the gall and audacity plus contacts to intrude upon their collective neighbours’ land? What kind of morality allows a council to allow prostitution or opportunistic gabbling of its entrusted iconic public space?

    To Council: Mandamus. Do your job to protect The People from miasmic creeping unfettered capitalism. You got it wrong with J Shed, then the acre of jarrah planking and now private commodes in the sinking sand.

  4. freoview said, on December 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    They have no right to tell anyone to move on! Everyone can use the seats on the beach no matter if they consume anything or not!!!!


  5. Suzanne said, on December 26, 2016 at 9:45 am

    8.30 am Boxing Day.
    Guests from Sydney at Bathers Beach with littlies before the heat.
    Already Bathers Beach House telling the family to move on.

  6. freoview said, on December 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

    You are a funny man!


  7. bigjulie said, on December 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Ten years ago, I was zombie sipping coffee by the shore of the Med at Cann. A beautiful lady appeared in a snow white bikini carrying a brand new baby. This mum was as thin as a pretzel and was genetically Hollywood in Motion. Fashion personified. An untampered stylistic apparition. Nearly instant love ’twas.

    With no warning, she entered the sand area (what we call “the beach”) and to her surprise – perhaps as a new initiate – she immediately commenced an unstable wobble increasing rapidly into a to and fro harmonic syncopation.

    Glad to embrace her – so to save the baby – I prepared to rush forward to gallantly rescue her but, alas, she suddenly diagnosed the cause of her life threatening instability by spiderly removing her high heel shoes. It was at that moment I realised no Aussie girl would ever ever enter the beach wearing white patent leather stiletto high heels. Must have been a Frog!

    All Freo cafés must be situated on asphalt, concrete or timber because of safety for French tourists.

  8. Graham Morgan said, on December 24, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Just go there and sit on their seats and tell them to F*** Off.

  9. bigjulie said, on December 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    As the early settlers said of the squatters: “give’em an inch and they will take the whole paddock, mate”

  10. luggerite said, on December 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Seriously unimpressed they spread out right up to the Long Jetty sculpture – I bet there were people who would have sat next to, or in the shade of the sculpture who were put off doing so by the looming legs of the “diners”. Is this even legal? I thought only a clearly limited rectangle of beach was actually licensed by the liquor licensing people?

  11. Suzanne said, on December 24, 2016 at 11:18 am

    However Roel, there are parklets and little seating areas taking over many carspaces throughout the CBD in
    ‘no where to park Fremantle’.
    The beach was obviously next to be invaded.
    Definitely In this state, and probably Australia wide, riverfront beach and ocean beach are sacrosanct.
    That land is for the use of the general public and not to be built on or acquired.
    Bathers Beach Club, having seen Kidigo’s deliberate flouting of the rules, in bypassing permission to build on public land, is merely following suit.
    Meanwhile Mayor Nero fiddles with the Feds whilst the fatcats do as they choose.

  12. freoview said, on December 24, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Street alfresco is very different from alfresco on the sand of the beach Pete and the Esplanade Hotel is not on the grass of the Esplanade.


  13. Pete said, on December 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    So the Esplanade Hotel can set up an alfresco eatery on the new Esplanade grass?? Can the Sail & Anchor set up a piazza eatery near the Freo Markets main gate ??

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