Freo's View

GLORIOUS SUNDAY FOR FREMANTLE

DSC_9999

NDA 2

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

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

REPLACE DAMAGED BATHERS BEACH PATH LIGHTS

 

Vandalism of the waist-high solar lights along the dune path at Bathers Beach is an ongoing concern and it looks terrible, but all the City of Fremantle does is costly repairs.

I hear that City staff have suggested that the solution is to put two or three large poles with solar floods along the path, that would have a wider spread of light and help to make the area feel safer, but this has been rejected because larger poles would not be in keeping with the heritage of Arthur’s Head.

Are they really suggesting that the damaged small lights are better at the path that is very popular with tourists than a few long poles?

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on REPLACE DAMAGED BATHERS BEACH PATH LIGHTS

A MAGIC FREO WINTER MOMENT

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2018

 

Beach House

 

With more heavy rain predicted for next week people took advantage of the nice winter sunshine on Sunday.

What a delightful spot the balcony at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach House is for a quiet drink and a meal while watching the Indian Ocean..

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on A MAGIC FREO WINTER MOMENT

FREMANTLE’S BEACH IN THE CITY CENTRE

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2018

 

Bathers Beach

 

The great thing about great places is that they are always controversial, so there is plenty of negativity about Fremantle from those who are not open-minded enough to see our city’s beauty.

Although I have lived in Freo for 25 years I still  find it easy to take charming photos daily, like this one I took this morning at Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers

ARCHITECTURE COMMENDATION FOR ROUNDHOUSE FESTIVAL HUB

 

Hub commendation

 

THE HUB next to the Fremantle Roundhouse, created by Fremantle-based Harris Architects, was awarded a commendation at the recent WA architecture awards.

The Hub was created for the High Tide Biennale as the festival hub and has since become very popular for weddings on Arthur Head and school groups on excursions having their lunch break in it.

It is a delightful, light and open structure that mirrors the Roundhouse, so I am one of many who hope and wish that the City of Fremantle will allow The Hub to remain permanently on the Bathers Bay look out.

Roel Loopers

KIDOGO LAWN PARKING NOT ON!

Kidogo lawn parking

 

A reminder to the City of Fremantle that something needs to be done about vehicles driving and parking on the new lawn in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, unless the ratepayers are prepared to spend thousands of dollars each year to replace and repair grass damaged by vehicles.

I photographed these two vehicles on Sunday and when I walked by an hour later another car had taken the spot of one of them.

This is regularly happening, so damage to the grass will be inevitable, unless Fremantle City prevents vehicles from driving onto the lawn.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on KIDOGO LAWN PARKING NOT ON!

COMMUNITY OUTRAGE ABOUT FREMANTLE HERALD’S F WORD USE

 

The front page of the Fremantle Herald does not have the head line Community Outrage About F Word, but the paper did publish several letters to the editor expressing outrage about last week’s article about the J Shed debate at Fremantle Council.

Editor and owner of the Herald Andrew Smith does however apologise to Aboriginal elder Herbert Bropho for publishing the awful F word headline above a photo of him.

According to Andrew Smith the F word headline reflected the mood of the council meeting and hence it was deemed appropriate by him to publish it.

The Herald then publishes it’s own Thinking Allowed-why not call it an editorial?- in which it claims that most community members miss the main point that Fremantle Council is ‘badly divided, split down the middle’ and argues it is time for a rethink about the activation of Arthur’s Head.

Fremantle Council is indeed divided about a tavern at J Shed but only 4 Councillors voted against it at the last meeting. Councillors Strachan, Pemberton and Waltham were absent and Councillor Wainwright did not vote, as he had declared a conflict of interest.

It is not a factual understanding of procedures to claim Fremantle Council is badly divided, but that probably comes from the fact that the Fremantle Herald very rarely has a reporter present at Council and Council Committee meetings.

The first things that needs to happen before Council can rethink the activation of Arthur’s Head is for the WAPC or the Liquor Licensing Authority to reject the tavern proposal.

While I too would love to see a substantial Whadjuk Noongar presence at J Shed it would be up to our indigenous leaders to decide if that would be an appropriate location for an Aboriginal cultural centre as a tourist attraction.

Roel Loopers

 

Comments Off on COMMUNITY OUTRAGE ABOUT FREMANTLE HERALD’S F WORD USE

WOW! STUNNING FREMANTLE SUNSET

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, indian ocean, photography, sunset, Uncategorized by freoview on May 30, 2018

 

sunset here 1

 

What a truly amazing sunset that was this evening over the Indian Ocean at Fremantle.

It was so incredibly beautiful that it took my breath away. Nature is just so more awesome than any manmade stuff.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on WOW! STUNNING FREMANTLE SUNSET

FREMANTLE COUNCIL’S MOMENT OF INSANITY

 

J Shed

 

Predictably Fremantle Council last night voted to recommend for approval by the WA Planning Commission a 300 patron tavern at J Shed on Arthur’s Head, against the express wishes of the local community, Noongar people, artists and heritage groups.

But the battle was lost long before last night when over four years ago Council in a moment of collective insanity decided that the best applicant for the Expressions of Interest process for a bar/cafe/gallery was the proposal for a 1,500 patron live outdoor music venue and an 850 patron tavern, and signed a 21-year lease with Sunset Events.

Since then the live music aspect was taken away as the Council back tracked more and more because of public outrage, so at the end they believed everyone had compromised enough and 300 patrons was just a bit more than a small bar, and a tavern would activate Arthur’s Head.

The public gallery was jam packed full, and more than 30 people spoke for an hour and a half, with 80 per cent of them being against the tavern.

There were many new faces and young artists and valid arguments were made that a good arts venture would help activate J Shed and the historic area, while a very eloquent young psychologist warned about the dangers of alcohol and public health, but it was all to no avail and only four of the nine Councillors present voted against the proposal.

It was very disappointing that the elected members were abused by some people in the public gallery as that is totally inappropriate. The planning approval went through proper process and the community has elected Councillors to make decisions, and as with all decisions governments make half of the people won’t agree with them. For the record. I don’t agree with this one either.

The deciding authority is the WAPC and even if they approve Sunset Events’ application they will still need to convince the liquor licensing authority that a tavern at Bathers Beach with only portaloos is a good idea.

I am very disappointed with Fremantle Council about this issue. They did not have the backbone to admit the 21-year lease for a tavern was wrong, so they had to back their wrong decision all the way. That is not good governance.

Roel Loopers

 

%d bloggers like this: