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Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2017



I am very disappointed and extremely annoyed to hear that Fremantle Council has yet again not budgeted to get power into the very popular Roundhouse tourists destination, so that the volunteer guides can move forward with their plans for new and modern displays.

It does not cost the City of Fremantle a cent to keep the Roundhouse open 363 days a year, as it is run by just 40 volunteers, who also open the historic building up after hours for weddings and event.

Fremantle Councillors constantly lament that they want to activate Arthur Head when the Roundhouse receives 130,000+ visitors a year, but they are not willing to support the tourism industry.

I am totally flabbergasted about that when Tourism WA keeps telling us that tourism is a huge growth industry.

It only needs $ 10,000 to run power into the cells for interactive displays, so that the guides can start to get the funding for the $ 200,000 project for which the professionally designed plans are ready.

I often criticise the lack of priorities at Fremantle Council that seems to always be able to find money for greeny projects, but when it comes to support one of the most visited tourist destinations in our city it just can’t be bothered.

No, let’s just donate another $ 14,000 for a tiny parklet in Wray Avenue that only a handful of people use, but stuff a volunteer organisation that looks after 130,000 tourists a year.  It’s pathetic and I am disgusted!

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on April 30, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I am sure that there are quite a few ideas for Fremantle Ra and I would agree on and it is good to have a public discussion about what new people could bring to Fremantle Council. All I want is a fair campaign from everyone and not the typical opponent bashing we always get at state and federal level.
    There are many things I agree on with what the present Council and Mayor have done as well. Life and government is all about balance and getting priorities right.


  2. Jamie Dodds said, on April 29, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    A focus on ideas like this Roel is exactly the sort of project that Ra Stewart has in mind to activate, amount other things, tourism in Fremantle.
    Nice to see you both agree

  3. Steve said, on April 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    A solar shade structure at the roundhouse would have been a much better location than under shade trees in front of one cafe (still not sure where the solar is planned to go there). You wouldn’t need much more than 3-4 panels and some batteries to power interactive displays. $10k would get you more than enough solar and storage to power that.

  4. freoview said, on April 29, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Yes the Lenny the Ox cafe is for sale and the owners had nothing to do with the parklet, which is not theirs to manage or use.


  5. freoview said, on April 29, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Received feedback from Mayor Brad Pettitt that Council has not made budget decisions yet and that this might just be an officer’s recommendation.


  6. Suzanne said, on April 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Priorities or Greenie preferential treatment. Unfortunately our Council chooses the latter.
    Where would we be without Volunteers? The Round House is a prime example. Of course it should receive funding for necessities.

    With regard to the Wray Street Parklet to which fellow rate payers and myself contributed. The cafe is allegedly for sale. Is this unbelievable gossip or will we all get a share of the profit after participating in the upgrade of the facilities?

  7. freoview said, on April 28, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Yes I have suggested that to the Guides’ president and will do so again.


  8. Rob said, on April 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I agree Roel, I know some at the city have a deep passion for the west end and the great work you and the other amazing volunteers do. Perhaps they can communicate their concerns with some influence and get the small amount of funding needed. I know it’s strongly support by the residents and ratepayers.

  9. Lionel said, on April 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    It is madness that they find money to fund a parklet that only benefits one cafe instead of something like this that benefits hundreds of thousands of people. Typical greeny bullshit at the council.

  10. Edward Lewis said, on April 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Why don’t we crowd fund it Roel?

  11. freoview said, on April 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Not sure how solar panels are going to work in the heritage environment and it’s all about the City putting the power in as Lotterywest does not want to pay for it.


  12. Murray Slavin said, on April 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    What about a self-generating system? Solar and batteries?

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