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EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL FREO IN STUNNING MAY WEATHER

 

 

I had a bit of time between two meetings yesterday morning so took these photos around the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Bathers Beach.

The stunning May weather will continue until Wednesday when clouds will start moving in and rain expected on Thursday and Friday, so take advantage of it and explore our beautiful Freo!

Roel Loopers

TIME TO HAVE A SUNSET ON TAVERN PROPOSAL

 

 

The Sunset Events proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach will go to Ordinary Council-hopefully for the very last time!-this Wednesday and it could be a close call.

Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, who is against the tavern, is on holiday and Councillors Rachel Pemberton and Sam Wainwright will declare a conflict of interest, so these three won’t be voting.

If there are no other apologies there will be ten elected members who will vote on the item.

It is likely that Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Dave Hume, Adin Lang, Andrew Sullivan and Hannah Fitzhardinge will vote for the tavern, while Councillors Jeff McDonald, Bryn Jones and Jenny Archibald will probably vote against it. How Jon Strachan and Doug Thompson will vote would be a guess, but if they vote against the proposal the casting vote of the Mayor would get it over the line for recommending it for approval by the WAPC.

But the deciding authority is the WA Planning Committee, which rejected the previous proposal because a tavern was inappropriate use of the A Class reserve at historic Arthur’s Head. Will they change their opinion just because the number of patrons and the outdoor footprint has been reduced?

Whatever the outcome it is time to move on and have a long term Masterplan for the area.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! I have been advised that Councillor Jon Strachan is also an apology so that will make the voting by only 9 elected members very interesting.

HAVE A BRILLIANT MOTHERS DAYS MUMS!

 

Mothers Day 2018

 

Here a Mothers Day photo taken an hour ago at Bathers Beach, Fremantle.

Mothers are the most special people in the whole wide world and deserve to be spoiled rotten, so make sure you look after your gorgeous mum, kids!

Roel Loopers

HAVE A FREO WHALE OF A TIME!

 

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The Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the historic Roundhouse has reopened and so has the dual pedestrian/bicycle path.

The protective walkway on the beach side is not a pretty sight but a necessity to protect people from potential rock fall.

It is now easier again to get to the art studios at J Shed and to Bathers Beach from High Street.

Roel Loopers

FREO WHALERS TUNNEL REOPENS THIS WEEK

 

 

The historic Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the Roundhouse will reopen late this week. Work on the Arthur’s Head limestone cliff face will be done on Thursday and the foot/cycle path will open later that day.

Temporary scaffolding will extend the tunnel on the beach side to protect people from rock fall, until more permanent work has been done.

Roel Loopers.

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FREMANTLE COUNCIL J SHIT GOVERNANCE

 

The Fawlty Towers approach to governance by Fremantle Council on the proposed J Shed tavern development continued at the Planning Committee on Wednesday evening and will be repeated again at full Ordinary Council next week.

The Bathers Beach saga has been going on since November 2012 when the City asked for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) for a bar/cafe/gallery for the No 1 unit at J Shed on historic Arthur’s Head.

With stars in their eyes the naive Council then decided to sign the ‘applicant driven’ 21 year lease for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 patron outdoor live music venue, against the express and loud wishes of local residents and heritage groups, Fremantle Ports and neighbouring J Shed artists, as well as Noongar representatives.

But when Sunset Events finally put their planning proposal in Councillors got cold feet and rejected the application, which subsequently was also rejected by the WA Planning Commission, which is the deciding authority.

Since then the proposal has been watered down a few times and is now only for a 300 patron tavern on a reduced parcel of the A Class Reserve and no outdoor live music events. If that is actually financially viable for the proponent is very questionable, and according to a CoF director I spoke to this afternoon Sunset Events will need to find a financial partner for the around $ 1 million development to be able to realise it.

The WAPC rejected the proposal because it was inappropriate in use, bulk and scale for the area and Councillor Jeff McDonald passionately reminded his fellow Councillors of that.

McDonald said that the land is of regional significance, the parking requirements are not addressed, that it is not a low profile development, and it is not at all similar to Rottnest Island!

Mayor Brad Pettitt however believed that the proposal for a tavern is a real opportunity to activate the West End and Arthur’s Head and that the plans were now close to where the Council initially wanted to go. One has to wonder then why Council signed a 21 year lease for an large 850 patron tavern and an even bigger 1,500 patron music venue in the first place, when all they wanted was a small bar. Yes Minister!

The process has been unfair to everyone! Sunset Events had every reason to believe in good faith that Council would support the tavern and music venue when they signed the long lease, but the same elected members who approved the lease keep stuffing the proponents around until the proposal is close to no longer being viable.

The J Shed artists had to live with the anxiety of not knowing what is going to happen with their work spaces, studios and galleries and if the impact of the proposal might mean they will have to move elsewhere.

The heritage groups are of course concerned about the negative impact on one of the most significant historic areas in Western Australia and how that might impact also on tourism.

The inner city residents are rightly concerned about drunks, anti social behaviour, littering of Bathers Beach and parking issues. One can just imagine that at night time clever motorists will find that Mrs Trivett and Captain’s Lane, as well as Fleet Street are just fine for illegal parking and maybe having a quick wee in the dark. With the Whalers Tunnel closed at night it is a long walk around Arthur’s Head in the dark to the Little High Street and Victoria Quay carparks.

The fact that there are no plans for building a proper toilet block should also be a concern as portaloos are unsightly and smelly.

Councillor Jenny Archibald summed up pretty well what I have been saying for years. Arthur’s Head and the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct need a more cohesive approach from Council. She said it was disappointing Council is willing to compromise so much and that the original EOI was interesting. May I remind the Mayor that he agreed before the October election at an event in the National Hotel that the Bathers Beach Art Precinct needed to be revisited by Council because it was not working!

Councillor Adin Lang said it was unlikely a cafe could afford to spend $ 1 million on infrastructure.

Don’t waste your time folks watching a satirical program on TV, come attend Fremantle Council instead when they debate the J Shed proposal and you’ll get a mix of Yes Minister and Fawlty Towers all on the same night and free to hot air. If it wasn’t so sad to watch the incompetence it would be a good laugh.

Roel Loopers

WHALERS TUNNEL TO REOPEN SOON(ISH)

 

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It looks like the Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the historic Roundhouse and the foot/bicycle path along Arthur’s Head will reopen in a couple of weeks.

City of Fremantle officer Daniel Sharp told me that they will shave off the dangerous corner near the retaining wall along the path soon and also build scaffolding to extend the Whalers Tunnel on the beach side, so that any rockfall would not endanger people walking or cycling through the tunnel.

Together with the State Heritage Office Fremantle City is looking for more permanent solutions to the chronic problem of erosion and rockfall danger.

Roel Loopers

SUNSET AT FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, indian ocean, photography, sunset, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2018

 

 

How can one not love a city like Fremantle that has sunsets like this one today.

I shot it at Bathers Beach and there were close to a hundred people watching it.

Roel Loopers

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ACTIVATE FREMANTLE’S HIDDEN GEM

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 5, 2018

 

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Fremantle’s hidden gem Bathers Beach has a nice new long sign at Fleet Street to welcome tourists.

This little beach has a lot of potential but requires that Council walks the talk and actually supports the activation of Bathers Beach by putting public toilets  there.

In a perfect world the boardwalk should be extended all the way to J Shed, but at least new lights should be installed along the path from J Shed to Kidogo Arthouse, and they need  to be taller as the present low solar lights get vandalised regularly and that is becoming costly.

While the Leighton, Port and South beaches are packed with people Bathers Beach remains under utilised. One only ever sees a handful of people sun baking and swimming there, so the numbers need to increase to help the activation of Arthur’s Head and the historic West End.

 

Roel Loopers

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PROTECT BATHERS BEACH GRASS FROM LAZY MOTORISTS!

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, kidogo arthouse, Uncategorized by freoview on March 4, 2018

 

 

The City of Fremantle needs to install small wooden bollards or a row of seats to protect the new grass at Bathers Beach in front of Kidogo Arthouse, because motorists drive onto the lawn and over time will wreck it.

It does not matter at all if they are just there to load and unload, fact is that it is only 15 metres to walk from the hard surface to the gallery so it is just bloody laziness to drive onto the grass.

I took these photos at 3 pm today.

Roel Loopers

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