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NO SHADE AT ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

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I spotted this man having a rest on a bench next to the Fremantle Roundhouse in front of the Glen Cowans underwater photography gallery, so had to take a photo of course.

While admiring the Felice Varine artwork along High Street from there Glen Cowans and I were talking about why there are no shade structures for visitors to Arthur Head on the lawn next to the Roundhouse.

Some 140,000 visitors enter the Roundhouse yearly and many of them are seniors who need a rest after walking up the steps, but there are only two benches outside WA’s oldest building, and neither of them are in the shade. The bench at the gallery is in shade only late afternoon.

Trees would be nice, but probably not possible because of the Whalers Tunnel below, but a couple of nice shade structures would be good and also assist to give shade to wedding guests up there.

 

Roel Loopers

Roel for City Ward!

ART(HUR HEAD) EVENT IMPACT ON BUSINESS

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2017

 

 

Fremantle photographer Glen Cowans and the Roundhouse volunteer tourist guides are concerned about the closure of the Roundhouse steps for the testing of the nightly Hitide event that will be held during the Fremantle Festival.

Cowans operates the Glen Cowans Underwater Photography Gallery next to the Roundhouse and believes closing the steps will negatively impact on his business this week, while the Roundhouse is very popular during school holidays.

Cowans told me he was only advised by email late last evening of the closure of the steps and is now very worried that they could be closed from October 28 to November 12, as that would severely reduce visitors’ numbers to Arthur Head and his gallery.

I tried to contact Tom Mueller of PS Art Space, who is the curator of Hitide, but he was not in his office.

I drove by last night and saw the projections of big black circles on the historic buildings along High Street and have no doubt the event will become an attraction, but it would not be acceptable to close off the step for a fortnight in early November, as Glen Cowans and other galleries at Captain’s Lane have every right to insist on good access to their businesses.

It is also inconsiderate to leave the arms of the cherry pickers up so high during the day as they spoil the view to the historic Roundhouse.

What’s the story, City of Fremantle?

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S ART AND HISTORY PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

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History is very important to me. It gives me a sense of belonging and comfort to know that many people worked so hard decades ago to leave beautiful Fremantle for future generations. It also puts the onus on us to leave a great place for the young ones, hence my nomination for the local government election.

Culture is very much part of that, as I was brought up in the Netherlands with the great art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, etc.

So I love hanging out at Arthur Head, where the Roundhouse stands proud as the oldest public building in Western Australia, and where artists such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Peter Zuvela, Ross Porter and Glen Cowans have made an artistic home for themselves.

The PS Art Space people have put three cherry-pickers at Little High Street in preparation for the installation of an exciting new art show, so stay tuned for that.

Here some impressions of the historic art area at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

As I said at the City Ward candidate forum last Thursday, in the unlikely event that I’ll get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to revisit the BBAP as I believe it can and needs to be improved, because some parts of it are not working. It has great potential but needs creative thinking and real collaboration with the local artists.

 

Roel Loopers

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RARE ROUNDHOUSE UPSTAIRS VIEWS

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

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Power is being installed in the Fremantle Roundhouse today, so a rare opportunity to climb the very steep and narrow steps and have a look the upstairs area, that is normally closed off.

It is quite clear that the steps are too dangerous to open up the upstairs of Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building to visitors, and most of the volunteer tourist guides have never been there either, so here some rare glimpses.

 

Roel Loopers

POWER FOR FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE GOAL

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2017

 

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A City of Fremantle officer told me this morning that on Monday next week electricity will be connected to the Roundhouse goal, Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building.

Having power in the Roundhouse will open up new opportunities for evening events, and also for the planned new displays. That will also assist in getting more people to visit Arthur Head and activate the area.

 

Roel Loopers

A KRACKER OF A KRAKEN

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2017

 

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TODAY! Saturday  July 22 Blazing Swan and the City of Fremantle  present ‘KRAKEN – A mid winters blaze’ an activation of the Bathers Beach Art precinct providing a free community event for Fremantle residents and the wider community.

Bathers Beach and surrounds will host a sunset sculpture burning of the Kraken, as well as a series of family friendly art workshops and activities.

What to expect –

  • 12pm – 5pm Acoustic music at Bathers Beach boardwalk gazebo
  • 12pm – 7pm Fashion and craft markets on Bathers Beach boardwalk
  • 3pm – Welcome to Country by Reverend Sealin Garlett (Bathers Beach Gazebo)
  • 5.30pm – Effigy burn on the beach at sunset accompanied by fire twirling and drumming
  • 12pm – 11pm Food and theme camp activities at J-shed
  • 3pm – 11pm DJs at J-Shed grass
  • 12pm – 7pm Food trucks in front of Kidogo
  • 12pm – 9pm Pop up bar at Kidogo
  • 12pm – 5pm J Shed and Mrs Trivett’s place residents hosting workshops
  • 12pm – 9pm Photography and light exhibition in the Whalers Tunnel

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LET’S GET KRAKEN FREO!

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2017

 

The Fremantle KRAKEN Festival is on at Bathers Beach all day this Saturday July 22.

Come enjoy a day of free community activities as the Bathers Beach Art Precinct comes to life for this winter warmer for the whole family.

What’s on at Kraken? 

1 pm – 6 pm  Acoustic music at Bathers Beach boardwalk gazebo

12 pm – 7 pm Fashion and craft markets on Bathers Beach boardwalk

3 pm Welcome to Country by Reverend Sealin Garlett (Bathers Beach Gazebo)

5.30 pm  Effigy burn on the beach at sunset accompanied by fire twirling and drumming

12 pm – 11 pm Food and theme camp activities at J-shed

12 pm – 7 pm Food trucks in front of Kidogo

3 pm – 6 pm Drinks at Kidogo

12 pm – 5.30 pm J Shed, Captain’s Lane and Mrs Trivett’s Lane artists open for business

12 pm – 9 pm Chill theme camps at the Round house

Plus roving entertainment and so much more!

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FREO COUNCIL NEEDS ARTHUR HEAD RETHINK

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2017

 

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I have been thinking about this for many months, because I am confused, annoyed, flabbergasted and puzzled. I cannot believe that the same Fremantle Council which has done such tremendously good strategic and long-term planning work has messed up Arthur Head so badly.

It is beyond me that the Elected Members have created the Bathers Beach Art Precinct mess and J Shed debacle, when they were so good at future planning Fremantle in other areas.

The new Sunset Events proposal for a 400 patron tavern at J Shed should still be un-approvable because it is inappropriate for the heritage location and A Class Reserve, but why did Fremantle Council let it come this far in the first place,?

Let’s stop blaming Sunset Events, which has every right to pursue with the tavern idea after Fremantle Council signed a 21-year lease with them. Sunset Events at that time had the support of Fremantle Council for a 850 patron tavern and a 1,500 patron outdoor live music venue. Let’s not forget that!

Why that contract was ever signed, after severe public opposition and even a special electors meeting at the Townhall, is anyone’s guess. I believe it was the stubbornness of certain Councillors rather than common sense.

We now have a stalemate where Council and Sunset Events more or less have each other by the balls, so to speak, and no one can make a move without inflicting severe pain.

Council cannot rip up the contract and Sunset Events won’t get the size of venue that will be a financial success for them, but there is a legally-binding contract that neither can get out off.

The Bathers Beach Art Precinct has been a shambles that created a ghost town at night at Captain’s and Mrs Trivett Lane, where homeless people reside, shoot up and defecate.

The artist’s studios have done absolutely nothing to activate the area and attract more people, and the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in a tiny old residential cottage was tokenism at its worst and failed dismally as well.

Only the highly professional Glen Cowan underwater photography gallery bravely battles on, but gets little to no support from the neighbouring cottages, that are mainly closed.

But no one at Fremantle Council wants to admit it was a failure and they keep telling the community and affected J Shed artists that it is a work in progress, when the rest of us know that train wrecks have no future, but for the scrap heap.

Council urgently needs to revisit and revise the Bathers Beach Art Precinct concept because it is not working. It also needs to realise that cutting off the connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour at the proposed J Shed tavern is bad for tourism, and unfair to the J Shed artists.

Everyone makes mistakes, and great people admit to them. It is time for Fremantle Council to show greatness and start from scratch!

And why are there still no signs on the Number One unit at J Shed that Sunset Events has applied for planning and liquor licensing approval?

Roel Loopers

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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

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