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Posted in anti-social, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, tourism by freoview on March 22, 2017


Residents in Fremantle’s West End in High and Henry streets are very concerned about the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel above the Orient Hotel.

They claim excessive noise from parties, drug dealing and drug taking, drunks, urination and overflowing rubbish bins.

The residents have a meeting with Fremantle security officers and police this afternoon and will also attend the BID security event for the East End tomorrow evening.

They claim people and university students, especially women no longer feel safe in the area and that the problems are 24/7 but the police station in High Street only has one receptionist officer at night and move-on notices do very little to stop the problems.

Anti-social behaviour has been an ongoing problem in Fremantle for many years and WA Police simply does not do enough to control it, and the City’s security officers can’t be everywhere.

Fremantle is the second highest destination in Western Australia for international tourists and the historic West End is one of the main attractions, so the Fremantle Beach Backpackers management need to be told to stop the noisy parties, drunks and drug use and dealing. It’s not on, so close them down if they can’t comply!

We all want our visitors to Fremantle, including backpackers, to have a great time, but they need to show respect for the community they are temporarily guests in.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on March 24, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Yes different operators, Steve, and it used to be a language school up there.


  2. Steve said, on March 24, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Are you sure? Seems to be pretty well integrated as per your photo and the clientele at the two places. They seem to always have people going between the two and the backpackers didn’t open until the Orient renovation if I remember correct. Didn’t those rooms used to be used for UND exchange students?

  3. freoview said, on March 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The Orient Hotel is a different business than the backpackers Steve! Very important to make that point as the local residents do not have an issue with the operation and management of the hotel, it’s only the backpackers and that has a different owner and management!!


  4. Steve said, on March 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Such a shame for such a beautiful building to be lost to such a poor operator. When they closed and ‘renovated’ the Orient it somehow came back worse than before! The Orient is somewhat representative of Fremantle as a whole – amazing location, heritage and character ruined by poor business operators running second rate operations that cater only to deros and drunks.

  5. Sam said, on March 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve heard that this is due to the discount rates, apparently as low as $7 per night for shared room – which is attracting the dosshouse brigade.

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