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FREMANTLE DEALING WITH COVID-19

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2020

 

 

A few more historic photos of how Fremantle is coping with the coronavirus restrictions.

There are curb pick ups, take away, home deliveries and other adaptions to the social isolation challenges, so support our local businesses as best as you can.

Some businesses that closed are now opening again, such as Bousfields men’s wear in High Street that will open three days a week. Parlapa cafe in William Street is also reopening on May 4.

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REDEPLOY FREMANTLE STAFF ASAP!

 

With May Day just around the corner it is very disappointing that Fremantle Council last night voted to stand down around 60 staff members, as part of the special Covid-19 budget amendment, with no commitment from the elected members to redeploy the affected staff in the future.

It is also extremely disappointing that the State Government is not taking any responsibility and action, with Local Government Minister David Templeman saying there is no need for councils to stand down staff and Premier Mark McGowan on record saying that the action by Fremantle Council is appalling.

A city that gets a large part of its revenue from parking fees and fines, tourism and the hospitality industry clearly is far more in financial strive than other councils. For the State Government to just say that it is a local government problem is unfair and unrealistic.

The Labor State Government needs to look better after local council workers and can’t just let them rot. These are the people who keep our communities going, who do a lot of the basic jobs and who deserve acknowledgment for that. To put them on the scrap heap because of financial difficulties at local government level is not right and the unions need to step up and start crying a lot louder than what they have done so far.

May Day should be the day where the entire Fremantle community makes it very clear that we want the affected staff members to be redeployed as soon as possible! All the bullsh.t that we are all in this together is just a PR slogan!

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WA HYGIENE AND SANITATION COURSE FOR HOSPITALITY WORKERS

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, health, hospitality by freoview on April 29, 2020

 

VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL FREMANTLE HOSPITALITY OPERATORS AND STAFF!

I just picked this up on the ABC Perth Facebook page, so share it with you all:

The State Government has announced a compulsory online hygiene and sanitation course for all hospitality staff before venues can reopen.

Premier Mark McGowan said this did not mean cafes, restaurants and bars were about to reopen, but would give them confidence they were in the best position to manage COVID-19 risks when they did.

The online course will take between 45 minutes and an hour to complete and will be paid for by the State Government.

Venues will not be able to reopen until all staff have completed the course.

DETAILS | https://ab.co/2KEQ8cS

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NEED HELP? GRANT GURU IS THERE!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2020

 

As we are currently operating in unprecedented times both in the community and the economy there are more funding opportunities being made available to community and not for profit organisations, with a focus on responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

Grant Guru is a database of available funding opportunities at both a state and national level and is a really helpful resource in accessing grants. The City’s Grant Guru site is as follows: https://fremantle.grantguru.com.au/.

Lotterywest have also established a COVID-19 Relief Fund, that has a large emphasis on community level response and recovery, for information in accessing this funding please visit their website. https://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/lotterywest/covid-19/covid-19-grants

If the City can assist you in applying for grants with a letter of support please get in contact with our grants officer: SOPHIED@fremantle.wa.gov.au

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NEW LAYOUT FOR FREO PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2020

 

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The City of Fremantle has unveiled an updated layout for the revamped Fremantle Public Golf Course.

The course redesign, which is required to make room for the Main Roads WA High Street upgrade, includes three completely new holes, the introduction of a par 5 hole, the replacement of all tees and greens and new bunkering scenarios.

As a result of the extent of the required works, the new course design will also include a renewed irrigation system, new cart paths and renewed course furniture.

The updated layout follows extensive collaboration between the design team from Perth-based landscape architects Aspect Studios, the course operator and local golfers.

The critical goals with the redevelopment are to maintain the 34-par card, take the opportunity to greatly enhance the greens and tees, have minimal impact of the natural landscape and trees, and retain the unique character of the challenging aspects of the narrow fairways.

Project manager Mal Birch said new layout would offer a fun and interesting challenge for golfers, despite it being slightly shorter than the old course.

“The old course was a golfing experience that required accuracy, good club selection and skill over brute force, so the slight reduction in length will in no way diminish that experience,” Mr Birch said.

“Added to this the course now has a genuine par 5 for the first time which will markedly enhance the playing interest, particularly for those many people for whom the course has been a part of their sporting and social lives for many years.

The redesign of the golf course is required to make way for the Main Roads WA upgrade of High Street, which will result in the loss of the existing third and sixth holes.

As part of the High Street project Main Roads will fund a program of accommodation works including the reconfiguration of the golf course and the construction of a replacement club house.

The official opening of the new course with temporary club house facilities is scheduled for May 2021.

A preliminary design for the combined new club house and community facility is expected to be presented to Fremantle Council next month, followed by further community consultation.

The final location and orientation of the new club house may lead to further refinement of the location of the first tee and the practise chipping and putting greens.

Construction of the club house is scheduled to take place between March 2021 and January 2022.

For more information visit the Fremantle Public Golf Course project page on the City of Fremantle website.

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COLOURS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, covid-19, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2020

 

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Rediscovering the city we live in is a very good way of dealing with the coronavirus social restrictions. I took these photos on my way to food shopping at the Woolstores this morning.

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NEW PORT FOR FREO’S GRUMPY SAILOR

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2020

 

Fremantle’s Grumpy Sailor cafe, which is very popular with council staff, is moving from Paddy Troy lane to the redeveloped Manning Building, just 200 metres north of its present location.

It will take them about four weeks they told me this morning, so expect a whole new Grumpy Sailor in the gorgeous Manning Building by the start of June.

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STATE SUPPORT NEEDED FOR FREMANTLE

 

The news that the WA State Government wants to fast track major public works, such as the planned new Fremantle traffic bridge, are welcome, but Freo needs a lot more than that and some serious big picture thinking and spending from the McGowan Government.

Talks about the development of Victoria Quay and the Fremantle Council South Quay ideas have just been chatter and nothing has happened but a few plans here and there.

Some 15 years ago, or maybe even longer than that, I walked in a group with then Minister Alannah McTiernan from the Fremantle Ports building to the railway station and the media got told about the big plans for Philimore Street, a new railway court, and a much improved roundabout at Cliff Street, but alas, it was empty talk and no action. I hear this is again on the menu of the State Government, but will it ever eventuate?

The idea that the Indian Pacific train journey could start and finish in Fremantle would be wonderful, but it would need much more than a very long platform to accommodate the tourist train. It would require serious planning for how to connect Victoria Quay and the Passenger Terminal with the Fremantle CBD, and it might just have to be something as big as what happened in Perth with the sinking of the railway line and creating a new precinct over the top of it…… and pigs do fly.

A new police station if Fremantle would be a nice start, but it needs to be done in context with the masterplan  Fremantle Council is creating for Fremantle Oval, and the realisation that the former Stan Riley site might not be the best location for it as it would not go well with the plans Fremantle City has for the oval precinct.

Another major public work the State Government needs to prioritise is the stabilisation work of Arthur’s Head and urgently needed maintenance work on the Roundhouse. Once the state and country’s borders are reopened tourism will be one of the major ways to help Freo back on its feet, but there is no money at local council level to do any major public works. The State Government and our local member Simone McGurk need to step up and start getting serious about supporting Fremantle. Talk alone is not good enough!

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CHEAP PARKING ON VICTORIA QUAY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2020

 

Cheap parking on Victoria Quay! Fremantle Ports reduced all day parking to just $ 5.00 per day.

They have also reduced hourly parking fees at Victoria Quay from today to assist the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fees have been reduced from $2.50 for an hour to $1.50, with the all-day parking fee reduced from $10 to $5.

The fee reduction is in effect from today until 1 June, when it will be reviewed. See the new fees on our website: https://www.fremantleports.com.au/…/parking-fees-reduced-on…

COVID CROSSES ON VICTORIA QUAY

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, fremantle ports, health, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2020

 

 

 

The long row of crosses along Victoria Quay could be an art installation, but they have a more practical function than just looking interesting. They are the spaces indicating the proper distance between people for social distancing when one wants to hop on one of the Rottnest Island ferries.

Rottnest is currently closed for tourism, but it all ready for eventual self isolation, as has already been done with passengers from the Artania and Vasco Da Gama.

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