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FREMANTLE DOWN BUT NOT OUT!

 

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When things are down we have to remind ourselves of the good things as well, so I was thinking about the demise of Fremantle traders, the hardship of many retailers and the increasing vacancies of shops. Yep, we all know the problems are not unique to Fremantle and similar issues are happening in other parts of metropolitan Perth and WA,  but that does not help anyone.

What might be better for Fremantle though is to talk up our city’s uniqueness and achievements instead of having constant negativity in the news media, so I was thinking about all those iconic Freo traders who have been here seemingly ‘forever’.

I am sure my list is incomplete so please add all those long-term surviving traders I have overlooked.

The oldest shoe shop in metro Perth is Bodkin’s Bootery in Freo’s west end High Street, Bousfield and Warrens menswear have been here for as long as I know, and so has Ruocco’s pizza, the Capri, Culley’s, the news agency in the mall, Cicerello’s, Galati’s, Franks, the South Fremantle fish&chips.

Top that with the Sail&Anchor, National, Orient and Federal hotels, the Norfolk, Little Creatures and Newport, the Local and South Beach Hotel, the Tradeswind, Esplanade and Federal hotels, and the Fremantle Markets.

The Moore&Moore cafe has been open for more than ten years and so has the old Roma, that closed for a while but reopened. The Attic is still going well and so are Gino’s, Chalky’s, Picollo’s, and Duck Duck Bruce in Collie Street have been doing so well that they are opening a new second place in Bannister Street.

Kennedy’s the barber is also going well, and while Norm Wrightson’s will be closing  due to the Manning building development it has been THE iconic Freo barber for ages. And let’s not forget Bitches Brew the framers and art gallery, Kakula’s Sister,  and Japingka Gallery and Megan Salmon’s fashion shop.

The Manning building development with a new tavern, brewery and distillery will be great and so will be the Police&Justice complex tourist attraction with hotel, FOMO at Kings Square will offer a whole new shopping and hospitality experience, and a few new hotels  and residential apartment buildings will pop up in the centre of Freo over the next years as well

It might often feel as if Fremantle is on it’s knees but the fight is not over by a long way, and Freo people and traders know how to fight and the community knows how to support one another. We’ll get through these tough times by telling ourselves and others that Freo is a pretty outstanding place to visit, shop and live. We can do it Freo!

SHOP AND HAVE FUN IN FREO!

 

Roel Loopers

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LOOPY LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME

Posted in city of fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, real estate, rent, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2019

 

The few critics I have in Fremantle claim that my life is all about narcissistic me and my huge ego, so I might as well prove them right and do a call out on my own behalf for a change.

I need to move out as my landlord is coming back from France and will take over the cozy little Beaconsfield cave I have been living in for last three and a half years, so I am looking for an unfurnished small apartment, townhouse, granny flat, etc. in Fremantle.

Any help appreciated so please share this with your network.

Any tips please email me: roel.loopers@iinet.net.au

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT ON RAIL RECORD

 

The WA State Government has announced that in April this year a record of 23.7 per cent of container freight to Fremantle Port was by rail and more than 20 per cent freight on rail in 2018-19. This equates to taking around 110.000 one-way truck movements off our roads

The substantial 30 per cent increase of freight by rail comes after the McGowan government raised the subsidy when it came into power.

Western Australia has the highest proportion of containers on rail in Australia, so that is a pretty good effort.

Experts believe that 30 per cent container freight on rail is achievable for Fremantle Port operations, but critics believe the noise the additional and longer container trains create in the west of Fremantle is a severe nuisance to local residents, who also complain about strong vibrations.

It is great though to get so many trucks off our roads, but a good balance needs to be achieved to try to keep everyone happy.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH WEST GROUP PRIORITIES

 

The South West Group has identified 11 major projects for the region that could be realised with the support of the federal, state and local governments.

The South West Group was established in 1983 to assist local councils to collaborate on significant projects. The group consists of Fremantle, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Melville, Kwinana and Rockingham councils.

The recently released brochure by the group is substantial, so I’ll add it as a pdf to this blog post, but here some of the projects the South West Group has identified:

  •  Fremantle to Cockburn transit line.
  •  Fremantle to Murdock transit line
  • Rockingham transit line
  • Canning Bridge Activity Centre Redevelopment
  • Western Trade Coast
  • Redevelopment of Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port
  • Kwinana Freeway and Tonkin Highway upgrades
  • Investment Attraction Plan
  • South West Region Tourist Network
  • South West Smart Region Initiatives

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Roel Loopers

 

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HUB NIGHTS AT THE MOORES

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, culture, food, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2019

 

HUB Nights at the Moores. August 1

 

HUB NIGHTS start tomorrow at the Moore&Moore cafe in Fremantle’s Henry Street so go and check out what’s on offer!

We hope you are ready to get your feet tapping and show us your dance moves to the amazing tunes of The Witchy Djypsies

Hub Nights on Henry Street with Soul Festival is happening THIS Thursday 1 August from 6:00pm.

There will be plenty to see, do and eat at the Launch Party of Hub Nights. Immerse yourself in the wonderful night of music, workshops and market stalls.

We can’t wait to see you!

Register your interest through Eventbrite: https://hubnightswithsoulfestival.eventbrite.com

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FREO’S MAYOR’S SISTER WINS WA BOOK AWARD

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt must be very proud of his sister Renee Pettitt-Schipp who received the WA Premier’s Award for Emerging Writer for her book The sky runs through us, published by UWA Press.

Winner –  The Sky Runs Right Through Us by Renee Pettitt-Schipp​
Published by UWA Publishing (2018)

In this evocative, memorable collection of poems, Pettitt-Schipp writes of experiences that are both personal and political. Formally diverse, tough-minded but always accessible, the poetry addresses issues ranging from Australia’s contemporary treatment of asylum seekers to the poet’s coming to terms with her father’s decline and death, to her appreciation of the natural environments which in which the poetry is set.

Congratulations to Renee and to her proud brother and family!

Roel Loopers

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CONNECTING FREO’S FUTURE TO THE PAST

 

I enjoy talking with architects, city planners and developers about Fremantle’s future and have found it educational and inspiring to have discussions with City of Fremantle heritage coordinator architect Alan Kelsall about how we should try to grow Fremantle.

Alan and I agree that in general the Fremantle community recognises that the need for regeneration of the city is necessary and that it is desirable if done well: if it is managed, planned and implemented in ways that reinforce and sustain the sense of Fremantle’s distinctiveness embodied in it, such as the rich mix of built heritage and unique urban character.

However, without broad, long-term public support and commitment to the planning vision for Fremantle it is unlikely to be successful. As a community we therefore need to have a clear understanding of what we mean when we try to articulate it. The ultimate outcome will set the standard for good design within Freo’s heritage areas and getting it right is essential to securing the future of our heritage buildings.

Let’s consider Fremantle’s history and what it means in the context of future growth of our city. Fremantle was developed as a port town and a centre of trade, and for most of its history it was prosperous and acknowledged as the second city in the metro area. That underscores the city’s distinct character and its rich heritage.

The prosperity of Fremantle encouraged the construction of its present heritage buildings. These developments were not simply utilitarian or profit based, but showed a desire to display a mix of business confidence and civic pride. That is probably why these buildings have a quality that people continue to find attractive, and why most people in our community believe it is worth conserving them, not only as memorial of the past but also as exemplars of successful, high quality architecture, urban design and city planning.

Fremantle had buildings with a strong association with the working port, but also buildings that provided a diverse mix of uses. These included schools, shops, places to work and socialise, etc. which people living in its densely populated catchment could reach on foot or by public transport. It is what we now consider to be an example of sustainable urban design.

Fremantle Port played a primary role in Freo’s success and its distinct character due to the facts that processing, storage and distribution of export and import commodities took place in buildings located near the harbour. It created the mutual interdependence between the port and the city that generated and sustained our port city character.

However this pattern of beneficial evolution changed in 1969 with the introduction of containerisation, which caused profound changes in Fremantle, not only because it changed the way in which ships were loaded and unloaded but also because storage and distribution of export and import commodities no longer took place near the harbour. These changes completely severed the earlier mutual supporting interdependencies between the harbour, city centre and surrounding residential suburbs. The changes impacted not only on shipping and its associated industries but also affected the commercial, retail, social and residential vitality of the city. In addition it caused deterioration of the quality of public areas and less appreciation of the worth of its heritage buildings.

It is obviously impossible, and probably not even desirable, to try to replicate the primary role played by the port in the past, but it is possible, through new higher density mixed-use development located between Victoria Quay and Kings Square, within reach of the railway station, to reproduce the type of mutually supporting interdependencies that used to exist between the port and the city centre. For this to be successful though it demands that development is guided by integrated strategic planning that is inspired, but not limited, by the past to create the conditions of genuine everyday activities, that should come as a result of more people living and working and enjoying social leisure time in all its diversity within the same area.

It is important to recognise that the role residential development on appropriate sites in the CBD can play is crucial to generating the vitality and resilience needed to cope with future problems and to adjust to changing circumstances. A fundamental benefit of regenerating and revitalising the area in this way is that it would promote positive change and would contribute to re-establishing Fremantle’s city centre as the heart of the community, which has already started with the Kings Square redevelopment project.

If Fremantle’s heritage is not managed carefully because it is considered to be too hard it will be at risk of being lost and with this its potential to enrich the city in ways that give a sense of distinctiveness, meaning and quality to the places in which people live and work, as well as the sense of destination that attracts people to Freo and makes them want to come and spend time in our city and thus contribute to secure its future.

It is a huge challenge to get it right, but with respectful dialogue between developers, city planners and the community we can all positively contribute to Fremantle’s progress and future.

Roel Loopers

A huge thank you to Alan Kelsall for his collaboration with constructing this article!

 

 

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RETROFITTING SUBURBIA AT ECOBURBIA

Posted in city of fremantle, ecoburbia, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on July 30, 2019

 

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There are a few tickets left for this Saturday’s ECOBURBIA conference with David Holgrem and Sue Dennett, so make sure to contact Shani and Tim.

It is on from 9am to 4pm on Saturday August 3.

I have no further details about the event so check Ecoburbia on Facebook and website for bookings, etc.

 

Roel Loopers

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KINGS SQUARE PUBLIC SPACES CONTRACT AWARDED

 

A $1.6 million contract to upgrade to the public spaces around Kings Square has been awarded by the Fremantle Council.

The council awarded the tender to construct stage one of the Kings Square public realm upgrade to Perth-based civil engineering and construction company MG Group.

The public realm upgrades are an important part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project. The contract is for the provision of civil works to Newman Court and part of High Street to complete the public realm adjacent to the new Sirona development and the City’s new civic centre and library.

It includes supply and installation of concrete pavement, cobbles and pavers, soft landscaping, lighting and electrical, CCTV, furnishings and other associated works.

The contract will be delivered in two stages, with the aim to have public realm works open to the public as soon as possible after the completion of the neighbouring buildings.

The first part is aligned with the construction and opening of the Sirona development, with works planned to commence in August and finishing in late 2019.

The second part is aligned with the construction and opening of the City’s civic building and library, with completion expected towards the end of 2020.

MG Group are a highly respected local company that has recently worked on landmark projects like Perth Stadium, Scarborough Beach foreshore, the Elizabeth Quay Island Playground and Perth Children’s Hospital.

They have previously worked for the City of Fremantle on the Tuckfield Oval project at Cantonment Hill and delivered the project on time, within budget and to a high quality.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE OVAL NEEDS COAT OF PAINT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle oval, heritage, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on July 30, 2019

 

 

I sincerely hope that the City of Fremantle will give Fremantle Oval a coat of paint soon and will not wait another 5-10 years until they might start the big redevelopment project for the precinct.

It is such an eyesore to look at the back of the pavilion with big patches of flaking paint and that opposite Fremantle’s most popular tourist destination the Fremantle Markets.

The Synagogue tavern development next door to the oval is well under way, so the City should be considerate to its neigbours and paint the back of the historic grand stand.

Roel Loopers

 

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