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COUNCIL HURRY UP FOR SUNSET EVENTS

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, sunset events, Uncategorized by freoview on June 29, 2017

 

Sunset Events received a hurry up notice from Fremantle Council last night when the elected members unanimously rejected the request to delay the start of their lease for the number one unit at J Shed, by one year to July 2018.

This means Sunset Events will now have to start paying rent for the Bathers Beach unit from July 1 this year.

Councillors expressed their disappointment that Sunset Events had not used their best endeavour to obtain planning and liquor licensing approval, and that they had sat on their hands for eight months since the initial proposal for a tavern and outdoor concert venue was rejected by the WA Planning Commission.

As Councillor Bryn Jones said Council should not reward Sunset Events for doing nothing for a long period but then to come at the midnight hour to want an extension of the lease.

Councillors Thompson, Waltham and Sullivan believed that the alternative proposal would give the City more leverage to cancel the lease if Sunset Events did not get a move on, but several public speakers had wanted a full rejection and the elected members voted the way the community wanted them to vote.

Good to see election candidates Ra Stewart and Claudia Green in the public gallery. Anyone who stands for Council and put their hand up to support their community has my respect!

Roel Loopers

P.S.

Members of the public have been questioning why Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Sam Wainwright and Rachel Pemberton declare a conflict of interest when Council debates the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed. They leave the Chamber and do not take part in the discussion and do not vote on the agenda item.

It is not clear at all, so I did some thorough investigation and found out the real reasons for it.

It turns out that Councillor Pemberton as a four-year-old once listened to the music of a certain band and she had heard rumours that Sunset Events guru David Chitty had bought an LP of that same band in 1987, hence she believes the community might have the impression that because she shares the same love for the same band as Chitty she could not be impartial.

Councillor Sam Wainwright’s seventh cousin of the sixth uncle of his grandfather was a union representative in Victoria, which looked after brewery workers. It is possible that beer from that brewery was once sold at a Sunset Events concert, hence the conflict of interest for this councillor.

Mayor Brad Pettitt had concerns that in 1975 French backpacker Bradouin Petit might have worked as a kitchenhand for a foodstall at a Sunset Events Concert and because of the similarity of names the community might question his impartiality, hence his declaration of conflict of interest.

This makes it all very clear, as mud, but one still has to wonder why the three elected members initially voted to grant a 21-year lease to Sunset Events and their conflict of interest did not exist then.

THAT FREO WEST END COMMUNITY FEELING

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

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Aboriginal artist Peter Farmer has completed his artwork on the PTA switchboard along the railway line at Little High Street in Fremantle’s West End.

It is nice to see the local residents of the townhouses take so much pride and create their own community garden with furniture and plants along their properties.

It is a real shame the City of Fremantle killed off the delightful Arthur Head community, just opposite the railway line, when they  created the flawed Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and evicted the residents of the Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane.

Sunshine and Remedy of the Crookes family used to bring their friends from Lance Holt School home and play outside. They connected with tourists and sometimes had a small stall where they sold drinks and sweets from. Their gorgeous grey cat Hunter must have been one of the most photographed cats in the world as every tourist stopped to take his photo.

The Crookes held BBQs and family celebrations with friends, while next door the Fremantle Society held events, used their cottage for meetings and helped activate the area. We held bowls evenings on the grass where local could connect. I lived in the cottage as the caretaker for FS until we were told to move out.

The two cottages plus the one occupied by the Port Pilots were occupied 24/7 and that meant no homeless people invading the cottages at night.

Now we have a dark ghost town up at Arthur Head and people shooting up, defecating and using the verandahs and backyards as bedrooms.

Even during day time the cottages are rarely occupied and the artists studios and the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre have not done anything to activate the area. Only the very professional Glen Cowans Underwater Photography Gallery has made a positive impact at Captain’s Lane

It is a shame Fremantle Council does not admit it was a mistake and failure to change the  heritage precinct into an arts precinct, as it was much more activated when the Pilot’s Cottages were occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Roel Loopers

REDLIGHTS FOR FREO’S WEST END

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2017

 

Imagine Arthur Head

 

We all have them, those Eureka moments in life, when one wakes up and one has found the solution for a major problem, as I did this morning knowing I had found the perfect activation concept for Fremantle’s historic West End and Arthur Head.

Not even Jay Dee the Pres. of Ef Es could have anything against something that is older than heritage, and it is something most port cities of the world have.

My award-winning placemaking brilliance will see Arthur Head transformed into a red light district, mirrored on the famous Reeperbahn in Hamburg and the Walletjes in Amsterdam. It will guarantee 24/7 activation of the dormant West End and substantially add to Fremantle’s port city reputation.

Prostitution is one of the oldest professions in the world, so very heritage, and a port city without a red light district is like a ship without the ocean.

The area has been struggling since all the pubs in High Street were closed and Fremantle Council decided to make the heritage precinct into an arts precinct, and when our elected members thought that a 1,500 patron live outdoor music venue and 800 patron booze barn was exactly what they wanted when they asked in the Expressions of Interest for an art related cafe. They kinda got the wording of the EOI wrong, one has to assume. But no worries, Loopy comes to the rescue!

Imagine the cottages alongs Captain’s and Mrs Trivett lanes, and the Roundhouse all lit up in red at night, and girls offering their beauty behind the windows. Imagine what a fantastic and popular tourist attraction it would be!

I fondly remember the days when my mum insisted dad should take me with him when he delivered cigarettes to the aunties of the redlight district in the Hague. Especially during the Christmas period it was a sight to behold when the aunties lit up their bodies with flashing Christmas lights that wound around their substantial and well-exposed boobs, and to my bewilderment also in a V-shape between their equally well-exposed thighs. It took me many years of growing up to found out what was so special about that V-spot.

I also propose a Swingers Swap Market in the Roundhouse on Friday nights, where couples can exchange partners, or hook up for foursomes, and Sexpos in the old goal once a month there.

If the posts of the Curfew Bell were changed from square ones to round we could also have pole-dancing nights in the historic setting.

Instead of the proposed tavern train wreck at J Shed Sun Sex Erects could transform the Number One unit into a live sex venue with peep shows, striptease and simulated sex acts on stage, and a bar that sells cheap ‘champagne’ for exorbitant prices.

The rhythmic sound of many one hands clapping would go well with the industrial sounds of grinders and power tools coming from the Greg James sculpture studio next door.

I truly believe that this is an award-winning idea and that I have just written the perfect job application to replace the City of Fremantle’s director of economic development and marketing. Sorry Tom!

Someone more famous than I ever will be once said “Let there be Light!” so I’ll steal it from him and say Let there be Redlight Freo!

Roel Loopers

SUNSET, SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT!

 

The City of Fremantle FPOL debate about the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern in J Shed at Bathers Beach was a bit of a lengthy, but futile exercise in democracy as three members declared a conflict of interest, so the committee had no quorum, but it has to be a full council decision anyway.

There were quite a few residents and artists who spoke against the J Shed proposal but Chairperson Andrew Sullivan explained in detail that this was not a case of ripping up the contract between the City and SE and that the process had to run its course.

Sunset Events is asking for a one-year delay in starting the lease, until July 2018, so that they don’t have to start paying rent from July this year on, but none of the Councillors believed that was acceptable.

It was questioned why it had taken the events organisers so long to apply for planning approval and a liquor license and that they had wasted eight months since their first proposal was rejected by the WA Planning Commission.

The sentiment in the chamber was that Sunset Events needs to get a move on, or as Councillor Sullivan put it eloquently “Shit or get off the pot!”

A spokesman for the proponents said that Sunset Events had no intention to walk away from the J Shed project and that the stable was strong and ready to invest and committed to it.

The Officer’s Recommendation of not supporting the proponent’s request for a delay was the voting outcome by the committee, but it will now all be debated again at full Ordinary Council meeting in a few weeks.

Roel Loopers

SUNSET EVENTS WANT LEASE DELAY FOR J SHED TAVERN

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 10, 2017

 

The sad saga of Sunset Events proposed tavern at J Shed on historic Arthur Head in Fremantle continues. The company has asked the City of Fremantle to delay the start of their lease for a year until July 2018, but the officer’s recommendation is for Fremantle Council to reject the request.

For me the proposed tavern at Bathers Beach is a black mark on Fremantle Council and its failed concept of making an arts precinct out of one of Western Australia’s most significant heritage precincts.

I fail to understand how our Elected Members ever thought it would be appropriate to put a large watering hole on the A Class Reserve just below the Roundhouse, and the Western Australian Planning Commission agreed with that and rejected the proposal.

To be fair, after the initial Council approval, they too rejected the live outdoor music venue and tavern because of its scale and purpose. One has to wonder though why they entered into a lease agreement with Sunset Events in 2014.

Sunset Events now says it will need at least a year to receive planning and liquor licensing approval, but that was pretty clear from the very beginning, so why didn’t they start on that process long ago.

The WAPC rejected the proposal in September last year so it has taken SE eight months to now hope they don’t have to start paying rent. Let’s not forget they are only required to pay 25% of the rent in the first year!

Media reports have indicated SE might be in a bit of financial bother, so maybe they are taking too much on as they need to spend a few millions on the renovation of the heritage Drillhall at Parry Street, which was the former home of the Fly by Night club.

The West End community, heritage groups, Fremantle Ports, the Arthur Head artists, and the Roundhouse volunteer guides all don’t want a tavern at J Shed so why not let it rest and find a better solution for the site.

From the FPOL agenda for June 14, 2017:

The City has received a request from Sunset Venues Pty Ltd (Sunset) for an extension of the lease commencement date from 1 July 2017 to 1 July 2018 for Unit 1, J Shed, Fleet Street, Fremantle.

Sunset has requested the extension to allow further time to gain development approval, a liquor licence, and to minimise the time they are required to pay rent without the ability to trade effectively.

This report recommends that council reject the request from Sunset for an extension of the lease commencement date on the basis that the lease already provides for this scenario.

 

Roel Loopers

BATHERS BEACH ART BONANZA AT J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2017

My friends at the Fremantle J SHED art studios on Bathers Beach are having an open studios day this Friday May 12 from 6 pm.

There will be eclectic shows in the four studios, from ceramics, to sculptures, paintings and photography and there is even a stunning camper van work in progress at the number 1 studio.

Photographer Peter Zuvela has used interesting Photoshop techniques for his old crane port photos, while next door Axel Kayser has done some stunning wildflower photos and also fascinating aerial photos of very creative crop creations.

Ross Potter will show his integrate pencil drawings, Brett Todman paintings and sculpture and Jenny Dawson ceramics.

The A Class reserve has been transformed into a sculpture park, so come a bit early to watch the sun set!

The artists received a phone call from a City bureaucrat to tell them they do not have a license to play live music at the opening and that is just plain bloody stupid!

Many art exhibition openings have live music and Fremantle Council has been keen to activate the Bathers Beach Art Precinct for many years, but when the artists collaborate and initiate new ideas, some red tape addict wants to stop them from attracting the community to the event by banning live music by local musos who donate their time and talent.

Just get a life City of Fremantle. Your management of the Arthur’s Head arts precinct is less than satisfactory!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the delightful Janet Nixon! Enjoy the bubblies Greg James just brought in. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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WEDDING AT THE FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in arthur head, fremantle, roundhouse, wedding by freoview on March 31, 2017

 

A beautiful wedding next to the historic Fremantle Roundhouse on Friday afternoon.

Power for the music had to be supplied after hours by the Glen Cowans photo gallery because the city has not made provisions to have an easily accessible power point for weddings.

Roel Loopers

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SUNSET EVENTS’ NEW PLANS FOR J SHED

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, heritage by freoview on March 27, 2017

Sunset Events is holding a public information session today at 5.30 about their new plans for the number one unit at J Shed at Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach.

Sunset Events’ previous plans for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people outdoor music venue on the A-Class reserve were rejected by Fremantle Council, the W.A. Development Assessment panel and the State Administrative Tribunal, so it will be a tough task to get a smaller tavern approved as that use was deemed inappropriate for the reserve by the two state agencies.

The meeting is at the Drill Hall-former Fly by Night club- at Parry Street at 5.30 pm today, Monday March 27.

Roel Loopers

SAX IN THE WHALERS TUNNEL

Posted in arthur head, fremantle, heritage, music by freoview on February 27, 2017

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The beautiful sound of a saxophone came out of the Fremantle historic Whalers Tunnel this morning and what soul touching and melancholic music it is.

I wonder if the saxophonist is the same man who sometimes plays in the Fremantle Port underpass at Peter Hughes Drive.

Roel Loopers

 

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SCULPTURE@BATHERS SHOW ON IN FREMANTLE

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on February 25, 2017

 

The Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS exhibition is on at Bathers Beach for the next two weeks, so make sure to go and have a look.

It is the showcase for 85 Western Australian artists, so support our local creatives.

I specifically liked the sensual stone works by Jina Lee and Pascal Proteau, the colourful wind powered work on the groyne by Cameron Robbins and the forrest on the beach by Bruce Abbott.

Antony Muia is very much his own artist and the two pillars of coloured rocks and a pile of rocks inside a fenced-off space is fascinating, as are Muia’s challenging but beautiful paintings and prints he has been creating for years.

Peter Knight’s work is one of his best, and I always love the art Peter Dailey creates.

Also in my top list are the artworks by Ben Jones, Gordon Mitchell, Bjorn Rainer Adamson, Susan Flavell and Greg James.

Everyone will have their own favourites, so head for Bathers Beach!

Roel Loopers

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