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FREO’S J SHED ARTISTS MAKE THEIR MARK

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2017

 

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Sometime local artists are undervalued because we take them a bit for granted, and that seems to be the case with the Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach.

Artist Greg James has just finished another bronze sculpture for Busselton. It will be his fourth artwork for the main street there and two more are commissioned, so that will make the main stretch of Busselton into the Greg James art boulevard.

Artist Lesley Barrett, who works out of J Shed has won the Pemberton art prize and artist Yuko Takahashi, who also creates at J Shed won the Claremont art prize.

And in the meantime J Shed artist Jina Lee has been creating stone sculptures in Italy for a few weeks.

Greg James’ Diego sculpture is about the Spanish settlers to Busselton who introduced olives and wine grapes in the region. It took over 12 months to create the work that weights 310 kilo.

Artist David Johansen, he on the right, was the model for the face of Diego.

Greg James’ next artwork is already on the go and will be a sculpture of Edmund Rice for the Christian Brothers School in Fremantle.

 

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CREATING NEW FREO TOURISM ATTRACTIONS

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2017

 

The number of interstate visitors to Perth is down, but international visitors’ numbers have increased, and the good news for Fremantle is that most people who visit do not travel far but stay in the metro area.

The main complaint is how expensive food, coffee and drinks are, and that is a concern. Backpackers even find our supermarkets expensive, they tell me when I am on volunteer tour guide duty at the Roundhouse.

The very good news is that just about everyone who visits loves Fremantle, and that brings up the question on how we can increase the tourism experience and get people to stay longer in the port city, and spend more time and money here.

If you don’t like history the Shipwreck and Maritime museums are not your cup of tea, and neither are Fremantle Prison and Roundhouse, so what else can people do in good old Freo? A tour about Whadjuk Noongar history along Bathers Beach with Greg Nannup will be different, but how many visitors do know the tours are available?

Sun baking on one of our beaches is also not everyone’s favourite, and going to Rotto is very expensive, and we’d like visitors to stay in Freo of course.

Unlike the east coast we don’t have theme parks, but for Adventure World, and that is a long way out of Freo, and we don’t have a Darling Harbour or Federation Square either.

We need some real creative and innovative thinking on how we can improve the Freo experience, and I have come up with two thought bubbles that might start some thinking about it in the business community and at Fremantle Council.

The first one is rather simple. Make the planned new playground at Kings Square a dual attraction by giving it an Aboriginal theme. Great for the kids, but it would also become a tourist attraction.

The second one would require a lot of planning, and even more money. Instead of a children’s Nature Play ground create one above and in the ocean at Bathers Bay over the summer period. Not just a floating platform to jump from, but climbing stuff, water sprays, fun for young and old that embraces our great climate and fun Freo lifestyle. Add BBQs, tables and chairs, shade structures in front of J Shed and make it THE destination for family fun in WA.

There should be no problem with charging an entry fee to cover all or part of the cost, and the sale of fish&chips would go through the roof, so the Fishing Boat Harbour traders might like to invest in it.

We need to learn to think big(ger)!

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VANDALISM AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

 

It looks like some idiotic, braindead morons smashed the big pot plants in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach over night.

It’s hard enough for small businesses and artists to survive, and they really don’t need stupid vandalism on the eve of an art exhibition which is opening tonight.

 

Roel Loopers

BATHERS BEACH TOURISM POTENTIAL

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017

 

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Good to see some dune restoration at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

The BB precinct is developing well with the new Piazza at the Fishing Boat Harbour, the extension to Char Char Bull restaurant and the recent opening of the new Han’s Cafe.

The dustbowl in front of Kidogo Arthouse will also be replaced with grass, so it is all good.

My wishes for the area are to extend the boardwalk all the way to J Shed and provide public toilets at Bathers Beach.

The Arthur Head area is such a gorgeous part of the inner city, but I believe it is under-valued and not treated as a tourism development potential.

What it needs is real appreciation of it’s historic significance, the lovely under-used beach, and what the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and artists provide.

What it does not need is a soul-destroying tavern and brewery.

 

Roel Loopers

STUNNG FREO SUN-DAY

Posted in bathers beach, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2017

 

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What a stunningly beautiful Sunday in Fremantle today!

No need to take my word for it though, but the thousands of people came to Freo for a stroll, meal or coffee, show that I am right.

It is such a delight to see more people in town, and to know that this is going to assist our traders.

It is good to know that in the near future all the development that is happening in the inner city will see more people living and working in the CBD. A couple of hotels are also in the pipeline, so the hundreds of thousands of visitors will be able to stay in our port city overnight.

It’s all good and I am very optimistic about Freo’s future!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HAN’S CAFE IS NOW OPEN!

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

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The Han’s Cafe at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is now open for business, so go and try it out when you feel like Asian food.

It is next to the Sweetlips fish&chips outlet in the Bathers Beach House building.

 

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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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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.

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

SOLAR LIGHTS FOR BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

 

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Two tall slim solar-powered lights have been installed at the northern end of Fremantle’s Bathers Beach near J Shed.

The small solar lights along the coastal path often have been vandalised because they are low on the ground, so this is much better.

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