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EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF FREMANTLE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2018

 

 

I always feel like a tourist in my own town when I walk along Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour. Once the sun is out people love to sit under the Norfolk Island pine trees and umbrellas at the Bathers Beach House and Sweetlips and watch the Indian Ocean.

When it gets a wee bit warmer the sun lounges straight on the little beach are very popular as well.

Explore Freo! The gorgeous city has got so much to offer and so many hidden treasures to discover, even for those of us who have lived here for a long time.

Roel Loopers

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J SHED TAVERN LEASE TERMINATED!

 

In a great exclusive the FREMANTLE HERALD today reports on its front page that Sunset Events has asked the City of Fremantle to terminate its 21-year lease for a tavern at J Shed.

The development approval was rejected by the WA Planning Commission last month, but there were fears in the community that Sunset Events might take it all the way to the State Administrative Tribunal, instead the events promoters decided to walk away from the Bathers Beach venture.

This is an amazingly good outcome for the Fremantle community and heritage groups who protested long, loud and clear against the inappropriate proposal, but the majority of Fremantle Councillors just did not want to listen to them and now have egg on their face for pursuing this for far too long.

It is now time for Fremantle Council to revisit plans for J Shed and the entire Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, which needs to have new innovative ideas to activate it more and better and to make it a tourist destination in the significant heritage area just below the Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers

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J SHED SAGA NOT OVER YET

 

Word on the J Shed grapevine is that Sunset Events is going to take the application for a tavern at Bathers Beach all the way to the State Administrative Tribunal, after it was refused this week by the WA Statutory Planning Commission as being an inappropriate use of the A Class Reserve.

I believe it is disappointing that the SE directors are so stubborn and want to fight a proposal that has been strongly rejected by many community groups and the WASPC.

Rumours also have it that if Sunset Events do not get their way at SAT they are considering legal action against the City of Fremantle, although CoF are not the deciding authority.

So here we go again, deja vu and groundhog dag all together.

Roel Loopers

HERITAGE GUIDES MISREPRESENTED AT PLANNING COMMITTEE

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, j shed, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 5, 2018

 

A disturbing fact turned up in the minutes of the most recent WA Statutory Planning Committee, that dealt with the application for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

It is recorded in the minutes and clear that former Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides president Cheryl Greaves misrepresented herself to the state government committee as a spokesperson for the Roundhouse volunteer guides organisation, when she was not authorised to do so.

7.3 Proposed Change of Use to Tavern and Additions to Existing Building at Lot 2051 Fleet Street, Fremantle (J-Shed) (Item 8.5) Presenter: Ms Cheryl Greaves – Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides Association Ms Greaves made a presentation to members on behalf of the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides Association in support of the recommendation by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Ms Greaves discussed the historic importance of the Arthur Heads Reserve and that it is a dedicated A Class reserve because of its heritage significance and that the nature and scale is not fit for the reserve and the application should be refused.

While the on-line minutes of the WASPC still have to be authorised at the next committee meeting I assume that they are correct.

Current Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides president Frank Duffy confirmed yesterday to me that Ms Greaves had asked for permission to speak on behalf of the volunteer organisation but that request had been refused.

Cheryl Greaves was a very controlling president of the Roundhouse volunteers group and a stickler for rules and regulations when she was in charge. Everything had to be done by the book, so it is astonishing that against the express directions of the present committee she decided to address the WASPC without the authority to do so.

No matter how passionate we all are about protecting Fremantle’s heritage and character, we can not walk around and claim to speak on behalf of an organisation and its members, when all we do is express a personal opinion. It is very bad form, unprofessional and not acceptable.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO J SHED TAVERN REFUSED BY WAPC!

 

The WA Statutory Planning Committee announced in the Minutes today of their meeting on August 28 that they REFUSE the development of a tavern by Sunset Events of the No 1 studio at J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

The committee members agreed that the area could be activated but there was a need to find an appropriate and compatible use.

“1. The proposed application does not comply with there requirements of the Clause 30 (1) of the Metropolitan Region Scheme as it is inconsistent with the purpose for which the land is reserved under the scheme, inconsistent with the orderly and proper planning of the locality and does not allow the preservation of amenities in the locality.
2. The proposed application does not comply with there requirements of Development Control Policy 5.3 – Use of Land Reserved for Parks and Recreation and Regional Open Space as it is not of a nature and scale compatible with the use and zoning of the surrounding land, the nature and purpose of the reserved land and the environmental character of the location.”

This is a huge win for Fremantle heritage groups, local residents and the J Shed artists who have been fighting Fremantle Council from the very start of the proposal.

Council signed a 21-year lease with Sunset Events for an 850 patron tavern and a 1,500 patron outdoor live music area against the strong opposition of all the community groups and Fremantle Ports. Even a packed Townhall for a special electors meeting did not sway the elected members to change their mind.

Sunset Events watered down their proposal to a tavern for only 350 patrons and no live outdoor concerts but the WASPC still believed that this would be an inappropriate use of the A Class Reserve.

The lease contract between the City of Fremantle and Sunset Events will now be declared null and void.

Roel Loopers

 

D DAY FOR BATHERS BEACH J SHED TAVERN

 

It is D Day for the proposed tavern at J Shed with the development application coming before the WA Statutory Planning Committee today.

The application by Sunset Events is recommended by officers for refusal, so now we have to wait and see if the committee members agree with that.

It has been a very long saga that will hopefully end today, so Fremantle can move on.

Roel Loopers

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GORGEOUS FREMANTLE SPRING DAY

Posted in bathers beach, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 26, 2018

 

 

It was real spring weather in beautiful Fremantle today, so here a few photos I shot on the hop. I am not known as Kangaroel for no reason. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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J SHED TAVERN RECOMMENDED FOR REFUSAL BY SPC

 

The WA Statutory Planning Committee will next week on August 28 debate the application by Sunset Events for a tavern at J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

Contrary to Fremantle Council the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage ‘Considers the current application has not fully addressed the SPC’s reasons for refusing the previous application and it is therefore recommended that the application be refused’

I believed from the start that the SPC would not change their mind that a tavern is inappropriate use of the A Class Reserve at historic Arthur’s Head, and that in this case size would not matter, so reducing the number of patrons would have no impact on the decision.

If the committee agrees with the refusal recommendation Fremantle Council urgently needs to go back and revisit the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, as it is not working in its present form.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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GLORIOUS SUNDAY FOR FREMANTLE

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Beach House

Arcs D'Ellipse

The forecast for today is 24 degrees and sunny so get out and about and (re)discover beautiful Fremantle.

Start at the Growers Green Farmers Markets at Fremantle College in Beaconsfield, open from 8am till midday.

Then have coffee at one of our delightful cafes, before checking out Open Day at Notre Dame University in the historic West End.

While there you can re-acquaint yourself with the Felice Varine yellow artwork along High Street, as a lot of people did yesterday.

And then it’s just about time for lunch or an afternoon drink at our inner city Bathers Beach, or at 1pm watch the firing of the cannon behind the Roundhouse, and visit the amazing Glen Cowans underwater photography gallery next to the old jail.

Freo is never boring!

Roel Loopers

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EXPLORING FREMANTLE ALWAYS PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

 

on ocean watch

 

being watched

 

The weather is just too nice, the sky so blue and the sun so warm that I ignored doctor’s advise and took my knee brace off for a few hours, so that I could have a slow stroll through good old Freo.

Here a few photos I took while doing that.

Roel Loopers

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