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SLEDGEHAMMER FOR FREO’S FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

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I find the election poster of Marija Vucjic for Fremantle South Ward rather confusing. What is the message of the photo and the symbolism of the sledge hammer?

Does Marija want to wreck Fremantle should she be elected on Council?

Strange. Very strange campaigning indeed, and not the kind of message I, as a South Ward voter, makes me want to vote for her.

Marija is locking horns with sitting member Jon Strachan, so with only two candidates in South Ward she and Jon have a 50% chance.

Roel Loopers

FACELIFTS AT THE FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

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The refurbishment of the Kailis Fish Cafe in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour have been completed and the popular fish&chips destination is open to the public again, with a raw fish bar added.

Down the road the sterile HELM bar at Little Creatures has been gutted and the old Harbourside bar has been brought back with cosy launches and armchairs. I much prefer it that way!

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GREAT FREO BIENNALE JUST A MONTH AWAY

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, events, festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

Biennale

 

A preview of all the great events that will be happening during the Fremantle Biennale in November.

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FOR THE GRETA GOOD AT COOGEE BEACH

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

For the Greta Good

 

Great idea, or should that be Greta idea, to put these challenging words in the sand at Coogee Beach.

It is a real shame, and a clear indication that there is a lack of maturity in the debate  about global warming, that it has become political ping pong, and that is very disappointing.

I picked this photo up from Facebook, so no idea who took it, so please let me know and I’ll credit the photographer and the people who put the words in the sand!

Roel Loopers

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THE REAL FREO MARKETS RIVALRY

Posted in city of fremantle, food, markets, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

 

There is a bit of healthy rivalry going on between the two markets in Henderson Street with the Fremantle Markets pointing out they are the REAL market.

All that because the True Blue Markets opened a few weeks ago just opposite, so more choice for visitors to Freo.

The new markets specialises in Aboriginal art and craft while our great Freo markets offers a wide range of goods and foods, so check them both out today!

Roel Loopers

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RELAXING AT FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, indian ocean, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2019

 

Long weekend

 

It is the long Queen’s Birthday weekend in WA, so one can not let decorum slip and needs to be appropriately dressed, even when going to Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

These gentlemen were relaxing there at 9am, or were they curing a hangover? ; >)

 

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DO VOTE AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION!

 

The news in the Sunday Times today that many council positions will not be contested at the October 19 Local Government Elections in WA,  because no one nominated, is a worry, because it is essential for good government to have balance. Different view points are desirable as long as it does not become fifty/fifty votes and a Mayor has the deciding vote on most issues. That would not be healthy either.

It is believed that community apathy about local government and the relentless attacks on social media are reasons for people not to nominate for local council, so that is disappointing. Local government is grassroots democracy where our vote and involvement really can make a difference, so don’t let the trolls frustrate anyone from participating!

Many people, mostly those who don’t like the council the community elected, say that councils should only worry about rates, roads and rubbish, but I believe that local government does have a role to play in other issues, such as climate change, racism, domestic violence, homelessness, etc. as they affect all of us in some way.

Every one of us at some point in life has believed we have an easy solution, but governance is never easy and always complex, and whatever the decision by our elected members it will leave some in the community disappointed and disgruntled, believing that they have not been listened to because the decision went the opposite way of what they wanted.

Politics is a bit like footy. One-eyed fans accusing others of wearing rose-coloured glasses, and neither side can see the positive things the other sides are doing, hence we have people who claim they do not have a political agenda, although all they want is to replace left-leaning politicians with right-leaning politicians, or vice versa. I don’t believe that is having the best interest of the city, the state, or the country at heart.

We need a strong opposition in our parliaments and in our councils, to keep those in power honest and on their toes. I would be worried if Councillors saw themselves as being part of Team Fremantle where sameness and mateship is embraced but opposing views ignored.

We will have at least three new Councillors in Fremantle after the election and there could well be a few surprises in our changing political climate, and that I believe is a good thing. It is up to us, to each and everyone of us, to create the councils we want and we can only achieve that by voting.

If you want the sitting member in your ward to stay, VOTE. If you want to kick out the sitting member in your ward and replace her/him with someone you believe will do a better job, VOTE! Not voting is not an option.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2019

 

The following work is planned for the week commencing Monday 30 September:

  • Monday 30 September
    • No work will take place on the Queens Birthday public holiday.
  • Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 3 October
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street.
    • Driveway access for residents will be maintained.
  • Night works Tuesday 1 October and Wednesday 2 October
    • Work will be completed between 7pm and 7am at the intersection of Pakenham Street and High Street.
    • This work is carried out at night to avoid impacting busy road traffic during the day.
  • Wednesday 2 October
    • Pakenham Street from High Street to Leake Street will be closed between 7am and 5pm.
  • Water outage 10pm Wednesday 2 October to 6am Thursday 3 October
    •  Properties on the south side of High Street between Pakenham Street and Market Street only.
  • Thursday 3 October
    • The intersection of Bannister Street and Pakenham Street will be partially closed with traffic management in place.
    • Pakenham Street from Bannister Street to High Street will reopen by COB.

 

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I AM SHAKING MY ARTHUR’S HEAD

 

When the City of Fremantle many years ago evicted the long-term residents and Port Pilots at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head to create the Bathers Beach Art Precinct I warned they would be creating a ghost town at night that would attracts vagrants, homeless people and anti social behaviour, and I was right.

Fremantle Council is now finally acknowledging that the BBAP does not work in its current conception, so one has to wonder what will be coming next.

The J Shed artists have been stressed for far too long about their future at Arthur’s Head, with having to fight the ridiculous decision by Fremantle Council  to lease the shed for a tavern and outdoor music venue to Sunset Events. That madness was only stopped by the WA Planning Commission after years of protests from residents .

Now the J Shed artists have not got their four-year leases renewed because Council is dreaming about an Aboriginal culture centre there, so what is the future for Greg James, Jenny Dawkins, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett, Jina Lee, Peter Zuvela and others?

Fremantle Council has been talking for years about activating Arthur’s Head and the West End of town, but have spent very little money on the area. The tavern nonsense would have given them sewerage and public toilets, paid for by others, and they have neglected one of our state’s and the city’s most significant historic precinct for yonkers.

The City should have built public toilets, a small cafe at J Shed, and extend the boardwalk from the Bathers Beach House to J Shed, but instead they have been living in LaLa land in the hope that commercial investment will do what the city does not want to finance.

Arthur’s Head is falling to bits with rock fall forcing the fencing off of large areas. It looks terrible!

For twenty years Fremantle Council has shown no interest whatsoever in the management and running of the Roundhouse. The oldest public building in Western Australia receives no annual funding from the city, it does not get financial and in kind support for marketing, or uniforms or anything, and it is a struggle for the volunteers to get the smallest repairs done.

The Roundhouse receives around 150.000 visitors a year so it is a significant tourist attraction, but the City says when the volunteers started they wanted to be autonomous, so what?! That does not mean Council should not show a very close interest in how it is working out and if the volunteers might just need a bit of help and TLC now and then. The mainly senior guides definitely deserve it, as they keep the old goal open seven days a week throughout the year. That’s a massive effort!

When the Crookes family, the Fremantle Society and the Port Pilots were still up on Arthur’s Head there was 24/7 activation. The kids brought friends home from Lance Holt school. They played on the grass, had lemonade stands to sell drinks to tourists, the Society held Bocce nights, heritage festival and Australia Day events, etc. And there was a lot of interaction from the verandas with passing visitors, but all that was not good enough for our elected members.

The place has now become an eyesore after many artists failed to succeed in the residential former pilots’ cottages, and even the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre does not have a big impact there.

Fremantle Council wants more activation, but closes the Whalers Tunnel at 7pm, which is well before sun set in summer. It could have made the pilots’ cottages into B&B to guarantee activation of Captain’s and Mrs Trivett Lane, but instead they added them to the artist studios program of the Fremantle Arts Centre, which means that many don’t even have to, or are allowed to, open to the public.

Arthur’s Head is shambles, it brings shame on Fremantle, and it is a sign of very bad governance of the area. And of course the State Government conveniently states that the cliff was vested in the City of Fremantle so it is not their problem to stabilise the cliff face, do urgent repairs and beautifications, and show a serious interest in the historic Roundhouse. All that while Fremantle Prison and the Shipwrecks and Maritime museums are getting all the financial support they need from the state government.

It is not good enough Fremantle Council and Premier Mark McGowan!

Roel Loopers

PICTURES OF A CHANGING PORT CITY

 

 

 

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Three more big concrete cores have been poured for the new Fremantle Civic Centre, and  amazing how much bigger Kings Square looks now that the large raised planter boxes and the Moreton Bay fig trees have been removed.

Just around the corner in Paddy Troy lane the Manning development by Silverleaf Investments is really starting to take shape.

Freo is on the move and let’s all hope and wish that it will revitalise our city very soon.

 

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