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SOUTH FREMANTLE ROAD ‘IMPROVEMENTS’ NO ONE WANTED

Posted in accidents, cars, children, city of fremantle, family, local government, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2019

 

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Traffic ‘improvements’ no one wanted have started in South Fremantle at the Hampton Road and Scott Street intersection. Right-hand turns are now permanently disallowed there.

The right-turn ban out of the shopping centre car park at Scott Street remains and that is also nonsensical because it means all cars going north need to exit at Lloyd Street where most of the issues are, but the exit there will somehow be improved as part of this expensive and useless exercise by the City of Fremantle.

Improving the crosswalk for students and parents of the Beaconsfield Primary School and local users was the aim of the extensive community consultation, but a handful of Councillors decided they knew better than the locals, their own staff and Mainroads experts and decided to do it their way.

I use the intersection several times a day on foot and in the car, so I am very familiar with the issues.

What a shame their is no higher authority to go to to get this stupidity overruled.

This and other matters will be discussed tomorrow, Tuesday April 23 at the South Fremantle Precinct meeting at The Local from 6.30pm.

Roel Loopers

TRAFFIC DEATH TRAUMA PHOTO EXHIBITION AT PSAS

Posted in accidents, art, city of fremantle, exhibition, photography, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 10, 2019

 

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My mate Perth photographer Guy Vinciguerra drove all over Australia to photograph the roadside shrines people create in memory of loved ones who lost their life in a road accident. Guy drove 40,000 km and it took him five years to shoot the photos for this exhibition.

His powerful and sensitive images will be on show at PS Art Studios in Fremantle’s Pakenham Street from Friday. The opening of Sacred Places is on Friday March 15 at 6pm.

PSAS writes:

Guy Vinciguerra’s images expose to our view sites of memorial usually seen only fleetingly as we speed by on our sure and confident way to our destination. Glimpsed occasionally here and there in the landscape, in this space they are brought together in an evocation of what Paul Virilio conceptualised as a ‘museum of the accident’, a gathering of instances that present evidence of the inherent failures of the technologies of our lives, as opposed to the lauding of our efforts at progress. They are individual, personal representations of a communal trauma particular to this era of fossil-fuelled technologies, an era in itself passing. The Sacred has been defined as something ‘set aside’ and dedicated, a discrete fixed point where meaning gains coherence.

In this space lies the opportunity to pause and to contemplate these memorials in their multitude and pathos, saturated with colour and paradox, raw sorrows opened to the public gaze. We are invited to look, sanctioned to be voyeurs. Every feature is in sharp focus, like the heightened reality experienced in moments of shock, perceptions are intense with detail. The sumptuous colour contrasts with the greys and greens of ground and landscape. We are confronted with the juxtaposition of beauty and the banality of objects, of ordinary peoples’ lives shattered by an extraordinary event. The Sacred is unifying, it represents the shared interests of a community, it can inhere in things, in symbols and objects, and in places as power and resistance. These images are Sacred Places.

While I highly recommend to come and view the exhibition I am  less impressed with the over the top info blurb and pretentious writing in the catalogue. There is nothing pretentious about Guy Vinciguerra or his photos, which are straight forward and powerful in their own right.

Roel Loopers

CRASHED CAR PULLED OUT OF OCEAN AT SOUTH MOLE

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, south mole, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

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I was on the North Mole this morning when I noticed the large crane on the South Mole, so it had to be there to put the Mitsubish Magna out of the Indian Ocean that crashed last night and left one person dead.

Unfortunately I did not have a long lens with me so the quality of the two photos is not great as I had to crop them considerably.

Roel Loopers

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ONE DEAD AFTER CAR DRIVES OFF FREMANTLE’S SOUTH MOLE

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

The body of a 75 year-old woman was recovered late yesterday off the Fremantle South Mole after the Mitsubishi Magna she and her husband were in drove off the South Mole. The 81 year-old husband managed to swim to safety.

The tragic accident happened around 7pm yesterday, and one has to wonder how, as the road on the mole is surrounded by large rocks.

Access to the South Mole was closed early this morning as the police are investigating and asking any witnesses who saw the car before the accident to come forward.

Roel Loopers

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BEN FRENCH COOKING UP A STORM IN HEAVEN

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, community, food, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2018

 

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I am deeply saddened to hear that that beautiful man Ben French, co-owner of the Eat No Evil foodtruck has died.

Ben had a terrible scooter accident on Koh Samui in Thailand and was flown to Perth after a huge crowd funding effort, but sadly to no avail.

Ben was a really nice guy with always a smile on his face and foodies around town will mourn for him for a very long time.

My sympathies are with Ben’s family and friends. May he rest in peace and cook up a storm in heaven!

Roel Loopers

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TERRIBLE ACCIDENT FOR EAT NO EVIL OWNER

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, food, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on March 30, 2018

 

 

Terrible news about one of Fremantle’s nice guys Ben French of the Eat No Evil foodstall fame many know from the Under the Bridge Foodtrucks, Bathers Beach market, etc..

Benjamin ventured to Thailand on what was meant to be a break from reality.
When suddenly things turned for the worst. On the 28th of March 2018 Benjamin was involved in an accident which has now lead to the fight for survival. With extensive and life threatening injuries, Ben is currently in a critical condition.

Some of his current injuries include severe brain trauma, broken spine, punctured lungs, broken ribs, many broken bones throughout his body and severe damage to his skull. Several brain surgeries and blood transfusions have already taken place in order to stabilise his condition before the rest of his injuries can be attended to and assessed properly, but as his condition is extremely critical the hospital costs are continuing to rise – currently at $44 000 on day 2.

Ben is currently in a coma and alongside the extent of his injuries, the doctors have given us a time frame of 2 weeks to 3 months of ongoing hospital treatment for small gains to take place.

This page has been organised in hopes to help fundraise enough money to partially cover his hospital treatments. With positivity and blessings we hope to see his condition stabilise, where he can return to his hometown here in Perth and be surrounded by his family and friends with the continual care he requires. We are extending all helping hands in this time of need and are hopeful that you can find it within you to donate anything possible to help us reach the target. Thank you in advance to everyone who has extended their generosity. Please keep Benjamin in your thoughts and prayers.

If you can help financially please go to the Gofundme page:

https://www.gofundme.com/benfrench

Please share this information, so that we can get a lot of funding to help Ben!!! Thank you.

 

Roel Loopers

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DANGEROUS ONE WAY IN WEST END

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle needs to do something about the intersection of Cliff and Phillimore streets because it is dangerous to drive there, due to motorists ignoring the One Way that leads to Fleet Street and Victoria Quay.

I drive through that intersection on average three times a day and do have a near miss at least twice a week, when a car comes at me against the one way direction. I had one incident yesterday and one on Sunday.

When one turns left out of Cliff Street and has to watch oncoming traffic and traffic from the right one does not look for traffic coming against the one way.

People who park their car near the old Weighbridge often also turn left against the one way when the leave , so the risk of head-on collisions is great.

 

Roel Loopers

NORTH FREO STORM WALL COLLAPSE

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

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A woman was seriously injured in North Fremantle this afternoon when part of a wall at the Matilda Bay Brewery collapsed on top of her car, that was parked to the side of the building in Coventry Parade.

It appears the strong wind caused the brick rubble to fell down from the three-storey building at Stirling Highway.

Emergency services attended the scene and there are concerns that more of the wall might collapse.

 

Roel Loopers

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MAN FALLS FROM SAIL&ANCHOR BALCONY

Posted in accidents, alcohol, city of fremantle, drinking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

A West Perth man died in hospital last night after falling from a balcony at the Fremantle Sail&Anchor pub.

He fell through the plastic weather protection that surrounds the first floor verandah to the ground of South Terrace around 8.30 pm.

People who were out and about in Fremantle last night were shocked that the Sail&Anchor remained open after the accident. Many believed it should have closed after the incident.

 

Roel Loopers

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TOO MANY SIGNS ARE VISUAL POLLUTION

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

 

We just love our signs in Western Australia. It will just be a matter of time until the government will demand we put a sign at the exit to our homes that warns that we might get run over by a roadtrain, trip over pavement, get sun burnt, or that a tiger might escape from Perth zoo. Don’t leave home. It’s bloody dangerous out there!

So now we know that there is no lifeguard on duty at the Fishing Boat Harbour, and just in case of diving after one’s fish&chips that was blown into the drink by the Fremantle Doctor, there also have been a buoy installed.

WA is so over-regulated that it baffles overseas tourists and the visual pollution is getting worse by the day.

Roel Loopers

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