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MORE FREMANTLE TOURIST ACCOMMODATION

Posted in accommodation, fremantle, social media, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2017

The Be. serviced apartments in Fremantle Challenger Harbour are adding more units to the tourist accommodation, so just what Freo needs to attract more visitors and enable them to stay overnight instead of having to commute to Perth.

All the older apartments at Be. have been refurbished recently and are considered to be four and a half star quality accommodation.

They have great views to Bathers Bay and historic Arthur Head or the Fishing Boat Harbour, so keep them in mind when friends are coming over to visit WA.

Roel Loopers

This is a community service, not a paid advertorial! 

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RELAXED BACKPACKER

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

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I am always on the look out for so-called street photos when wandering around inner city Fremantle and noticed this backpacker relaxing at the old Orient Hotel this morning.

Roel Loopers

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BEHAVE OR PACK YOUR BAGS!

Posted in accommodation, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

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A heated exchange has been happening on social media about Fremantle West End residents having problems with the anti-social behaviour of backpackers from the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel in High Street.

Emotive accusations are flying high and residents have erected an arty gate, set back from the street, in Henry Street to try to keep drugged and drunken backpackers from invading their property.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton has accused the owners of having put the fence up without proper planning approval while they say the inner city Councillor is not supportive enough to help solve their problems. The ugly sliding fence the hostel erected to put rubbish bins behind reportedly also did not receive planning approval.

There is an irony in the fact that the owners are allegedly breaking the law to protect themselves from alleged law breakers but I do have sympathy for the fact that the safety of their small children and family is their priority and not planning laws.

The saga with the backpackers has been going on for far too long with some of them recently climbing onto the roof of the house of the young family one night, trying to get into their backyard, and the family’s children no longer feeling safe in their bedroom.

That is not on as the number one priority of society should be the protection of innocent children, so Fremantle Council, which approved the backpackers hostel, needs to take stronger action.

The community policing model introduced by the Commissioner years ago is not working as there are not enough cops on the beat and police presence in Fremantle is often next to nothing, especially during the evenings and nights.

It is not acceptable that visitors to Fremantle have disregard for the law and the residents of our city. We welcome them with a smile and hospitality and treat them with respect, and we have the right to demand the same attitude from them.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE QUEST HOTEL NOW OPEN!

Posted in accommodation, economy, fremantle, hospitality, hotel, tourism by freoview on December 13, 2016

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The Fremantle QUEST serviced apartments hotel in Pakenham Street opened yesterday, so let your visitors know about this new accommodation in the port city.

It is very important for the Fremantle economy to keep visitors here over night, instead of them going to Perth or elsewhere, so the more tourist accommodation the better.

Roel Loopers

FIFO ACCOMMODATION FOR CITY OF FREMANTLE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on December 9, 2016

Fremantle Council will decide on Wednesday at the full council meeting if it will move into FIFO-style portable accommodation at the Stan Reilly site during the demolition of the council building at Kings Square and the construction of the new civic centre there.

The demolition of the Stan Reilly building and erection of transportable buildings is considered the best and cheapest option for the City.

The site will become a car park once staff move back to Kings Square into the new civic centre building, designed by Kerry Hill architects, until final decisions have been made about the Fremantle Oval masterplan.

Roel Loopers

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LIVING TOGETHER BETTER HOUSING ALTERNATIVE

Posted in accommodation, fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on November 22, 2016

Living Together Better is on tonight at 6.30 at the Fremantle Townhall, so everyone interested in alternative living/sharing projects should attend and share their opinion and ideas.

It is organised by Meriam Salama who is an architect and founder of a social enterprise that seeks to provide affordable housing through co-ownership. Her venture, The Henry Project, seeks to provide opportunities for multiple small households to share ownership of a single dwelling, living independently, but with some shared facilities. The basic premise is that living together equates to living better; living together provides better affordability, and better social connectedness.

Living Together Better will give people the space to meet others similarly interested in the idea, to start developing connections that may lead to this type of co-living.

More details on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-together-living-better-tickets-28594873035

The model Salama is offering can make affordable housing, with genuine social benefit, a viable alternative in the Fremantle area.

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THIS IS THE FREO TOURIST STAY TO Be.

Posted in accommodation, development, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 29, 2016

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Good to see new short-stay accommodation units added to the Be. apartments on Mews Road that overlook Bathers Bay and have a great view of the Roundhouse and Fremantle Port cranes, and good to see that they are doing it in the same style as the older ones.

It’s no doubt the best tourist stay accommodations in Fremantle at the yacht harbour and only a lovely ten-minute walk into the centre of Freo.

Roel Loopers

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UNACCEPTABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR KINGS SQUARE!

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, development, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 26, 2016

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A worrying development application is current for 22 Adelaide Street, where Mills Records is. The developers want to build a five storey building for tourist accommodation there.

While I believe it is important to have a mix of retail, office, tourist and residential accommodation at Kings Square this proposal is far too high for that site.

Urgent time to let the City of Fremantle know that a five, even four, storey building in that location is absolutely inappropriate and only a maximum of three storey should be approved.

Submissions need to be in latest by October 6 for DA 0117/16.

Unfortunately I can’t find anything on the City’s website but the plans can be viewed at the reception. No idea though why they are not on-line where they are far more accessible for public scrutiny. It’s 2016, not 1985. I did a search for them and we should not be forced to have to come to the administration building to view some plans. Not good enough COF!!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE QUEST HOTEL NEARLY THERE

Posted in accommodation, architecture, development, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 22, 2016

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Rain interrupted the installation of large glass art panels at the new Quest Hotel in Pakenham Street this morning, but the feature should be a new attraction for Fremantle from this week on, and the serviced apartments hotel opening very soon.

The new panel cladding has improved the look of the building significantly and I wished they had continued it around the corner in Leake Street where there is now a huge blank wall.

The interior courtyard looks interesting from what I could see, so looking forward to seeing the finished product and having more tourist accommodation in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREO BACKPACKERS

Posted in accommodation, backpackers, fremantle, tourism by freoview on February 28, 2016

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There is another backpackers hostel in Fremantle in the Orient Hotel on the corner of Henry and High streets. The Fremantle Beach Backpackers is only a five-minute-walk from gorgeous Bathers Beach, so a pretty good location.

This is the 7th backpackers in our city, if I haven’t overlooked one, so now it’s time to get a few more upmarket tourist accommodation venues as well. The 4 star Quest short-stay hotel in Pakenham Street is progressing well so will probably open later this year.

Roel Loopers

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