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SILVER LINING FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2017

 

Only one more sleep and we are starting a new year, which will be a very significant one for Fremantle.

I am very optimistic about the future of our delightful port city, as 2018 will be a year of transition, change and consolidation for Freo.

Major development will start early in the year at Kings Square and other massive development is in the pipeline.

The large LIV apartment building at Queen Victoria Street will be completed toward the end of the year, and the Warders Cottages boutique hotel will be built next to the Fremantle Markets.

One of the major development players in town is Silverleaf, which are embarking on the huge development of the Woolstores shopping centre site, the Manning Building and the Police and Justice complex at Henderson Street.

Being one of the major developers responsible for future building Fremantle Silverleaf does not only have a real opportunity to make a big impact, but also have an obligation to create beauty and character in the CBD.

Silverleaf, Match, Sirona Capital, and other developers can create history by building exceptional heritage of the future buildings of creative architecture and old-fashion craftsmanship pride.

Cheap and cheerful concrete boxes with a bit of cladding to make them more appealing are not very Freo at all, and should be refused. There needs to be softness and roundness instead of square hard corners, and lovely features that makes building attractive.

Building modern Fremantle just a stone’s throw from the old heritage town comes with responsibility to do more than just watching the triple bottom financial line for investors. It comes with community demand for outstanding design and respect for Freo’s character and lifestyle.

It is just mindset and goodwill that are the difference between building boring mediocrity or classy high-quality eye-catchers!

Roel Loopers

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FREO J SHED ARTIST JINA LEE IN THE MEDIA LIMELIGHT

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2017

 

Jina Lee

 

Great to see Fremantle J Shed artist Jina Lee getting a big photo in the Sunday Times today.

The Korean-born artist is an outstanding sculptor who travels all over the world to create stunning stone carvings. At the moment she is in New Zealand for a sculpture event, after having returned from Italy only recently.

The work in the Sunday Times photo is for the Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea, so go and have a look at it. It’s on from March 2-19.

Jina is one of the most delightful down to earth people one can ever meet and can be seen grinding, chiselling and polishing behind the Greg James studios at J Shed on Bathers Beach most days when she is in town.

She won the $ 10,000 Rio Tinto Emerging Sculptor Mentorship 2017.

 

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NEW YEAR’S MUSIC AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2017

 

boom bap pow

 

Come celebrate the last day of the year and get rid of any ghosts at the free courtyard music at the Fremantle Arts Centre today.

BOOM! BAP! POW will be playing their Pop, Soul, Funk and Sass from 2-4pm today.

 

And tomorrow there is the New Year’s Day Concert

NY Concert

The FAC promo reads:

LET’S ♥ 2018 WITH A SUPREMELY CHILLED EVENING OF SWEETNESS, MUSIC & LIGHT featuring AN INSPIRING BLEND OF LIVE REGGAE, SOUL, FUNK, AFRO, BLUES & WORLD RHYTHMS. It’s been 10 years now that we’ve been lucky enough to find ourselves in the sweet ritual of lazing around the lawns of the magical Fremantle Arts Centre on New Years Day and guaranteeing that we start the year with smiles, good times, respect and positivity. Being January 1 it is always the best show of the year so far and the perfect way to have a celebration that bypasses the New Years Eve buffoons, bozos and queues or to simply relax away the effects of your buffoonery from the night before. If you are doing a walk of shame there is no better destination than Fremantle Arts Centre late New Years Day afternoon to regain your sophistication and integrity and to relearn your hand-eye co-ordination and signature dance moves. It’s a cheap ticket with an exquisite selection of reggae, soul, funk, afro, blues grooves played live and with love by the best in town. It’s a great time with feeling. Don’t miss it!
SUNSHINE BROTHERS | SOUKOUSS INTERNATIONALE
OLD BLOOD | BAMBUSEAE RHYTHM SECTION
HOT FOOD, COOL MUSIC, COLD BOOZE, SOFT GRASS, SHADY TREES, GOOD TIMES, UNITY & COMMUNITY

Check out the Fremantle Arts Centre Facebook page for more details.

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MORE HOLIDAY SEARCHES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2017

 

Travel and holiday search site wotif.com data for 2017 have revealed that Fremantle is not one of the top ten holiday destinations for Australians, but the good news is that interest in Fremantle has increased by 85% over the last twelve months.

The most popular WA summer destinations for Aussie travellers were Perth, Margaret River, Broome, Bunbury, Mandurah, Esperance, Busselton, Dunsborough, Albany and Geraldton.

WOTIF rates the top five movers and shakers for 2017 Bridgetown, Cervantes, Fremantle, Coral Bay, Carnarvon.

I am not sure how relevant these statistics are though as there are many other search engines for travel, hotels, holidays, accommodation, etc.

While there is ample B&B accommodation in Fremantle it lacks sufficient hotel rooms, and that could well have an impact on the above data, as overnight hotel stays are limited.

Plans for new hotels in Freo will no doubt make a big difference to help make our city a more attractive tourist destination.

Roel Loopers

 

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BUSY FREMANTLE HOLIDAY WEEK

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail,, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2017

 

 

I am very glad for the Fremantle traders to see so many people in town this week. On Wednesday and Thursday the city centre was packed full, and that is very unusual, and today is the same.

At the Roundhouse yesterday we had a record day with 1,399 people coming through the door, and we might have forgotten to count a few as the three volunteer guides on duty were flat out for five hours.

Roel Loopers

 

FAMILY NEW YEAR PARTY AT CLANCYS

Posted in city of fremantle, family, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2017

 

NEW YEAR at Clancys

 

If you are looking for something to do with the family on New year’s eve why not join the family friendly NYE Party at Fremantle’s Clancys.

It’s on from 4pm to 10 pm, so you don’t have to stay up till midnight to start the new year.

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HIGHER SUBSIDY FOR FREO PORT FREIGHT BY RAIL

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2017

 

containers 2

 

In an effort to get more freight on rail and fewer trucks on the road Transport Minister Rita Saffioto has announced that the WA state government will increase the rail subsidy for freight operators to Fremantle Port, to rise from $ 30 to $ 50 per twenty-foot container.

This is the result of the cancellation of the Perth Freight Link by the new Labor government.

The minister said the subsidy would be paid for all loaded containers that move between North Quay Rail Terminal, Forresfield and Kwinana, as well as for containers filled with hay that are received by rail at NQRT for export.

“The rail service plays a significant role in achieving greater efficiency in the container supply chain as well as improving community amenity and environmental benefits along metropolitan roads that link to Fremantle Port,” Saffioti said.

The state government has also formed the Westport taskforce that will investigate a new outer harbour at Kwinana and related issues..

Roel Loopers

BORING FOMO FACEBOOK PROMOTION

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2017

 

 

The FOMO retail concept for the Fremantle Kings Square Project has been promoted as a new innovative, exciting and creative shopping experience by developers Sirona Capital. A Rhythm of Restlessness they say, so why then are the photos on their Facebook promotion so dull and uninspiring and not very quirky Freo at all.

This is the kind off try-hard pretentiousness that PR and advertising agencies often come up with. The amateur photos are boring and neither promote Fremantle nor sell the exciting new concept. I see more inspiring and creative photos of Fremantle daily on Facebook than the FOMO PR offers. Disappointing!

FOMO will be a diverse destination designed to breathe new life into the heart of Fremantle. 
Marching to the beat of its own drum and never sitting still. FOMO sits at the heart of the Kings Square redevelopment and forms a key component of the future revitalisation of Fremantle. 
A destination of discovery, from the basement emporium to the laneways that meander through the space. FOMO will create bold, daring connections for the community to sit in, walk through and engage with as they wander and explore.

Come on Sirona. You can do better than that! (and no, I am not applying for the gig)

 

Roel Loopers

WORLD SAILING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, sailing, Uncategorized by freoview on December 28, 2017

 

The International 420 Class World Sailing Championships started off the Fremantle coast yesterday.

Participants from 43 countries will be competing for the titles.

Keep an eye out for the small dinghy boats that will be on the Indian Ocean daily for the next two weeks.

 

Roel Loopers

 

SPARE PARTS BACK IN FREMANTLE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, culture, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on December 27, 2017

 

Good news for Freo’s children and grown-ups who love puppetry. The SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE company is coming back home to Fremantle, after a short stint at UWA for building renovations of their Short Street premises

They are performing the World Premiere of Roald Dahl’s very irreverent classic, The Twits, the jumpswiffling comedy of two grizzly old grunions is a super high energy combination of storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre.
 
The Twits takes you into the world of grumpy old couple, Mrs and Mrs Twit who haven’t had a good thought or done a kind thing in years. They like nothing more than dreaming up terrible tricks to play on each other. They are bound to put a grizzly grin on your face!

The Twits is a ringbeller adventure of scrottiness and goodness, rebellion and justice. The show’s gloriumptious blend of comedy and puppetry is the perfect way to have a whoopsy wiffling time this summer with the whole family.

The world premiere season of The Twits runs from January 8 to 27 with daytime and special twilight performances scheduled throughout the run. For performance times and tickets for The Twits, as well as the company’s School of Puppetry holiday workshops and many other programs and activities, visit http://www.sppt.asn.au or call 08 9335 5044.

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