Installation of the artworks for the Sculpture@Bathers show on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach started this morning.
Eighty Western Australian sculptors will showcase their art from Saturday for two weeks all around the beach, on the boardwalk and inside Kidogo Arthouse.
I hear Fishing Boat Harbour traders are telling fellow business people the State Government have promised them $ 200,000 to install a shark net at Fremantle’s inner city Bathers Beach.
This would be a ridiculous waste of money as the beach is hardly used and only a handful of people swim there and I have never heard of a shark scare in Bathers Bay.
I have seen dolphins, seals, pelicans, drunks and even a dead whale there but never a shark, so why waste tax payers money on a shark net?
Some of the major traders down there are treating Bathers Beach as if it is their own property and that does not sit well with the community and other businesses.
There were thousands of people protesting against a shark net at Cottesloe Beach a few years ago so I wonder how the Fremantle community will react to this news.
The claim in the Fremantle Herald today by Fishing Boat Harbour traders that Australia Day was a big hit for Fremantle businesses is a very one-sided view of the reality. It’s more like a Donald Trump alternative facts statement.
The fish&chips traders in the FBH might have done very well when thousands of people came to Fremantle in the early evening to watch the fireworks, but during the day there was hardly anyone in the city centre because it was simply too hot, so many businesses did very little trade at all. We had only 114 visitors at the Roundhouse compared to over 1,400 two weeks ago.
No one is to blame for that and it is a shame the Freo Fiesta efforts were hampered by the hottest Australia Day in 79 years, but let’s not try to make a very average day look like it was an outstanding success because the Fishing Boat Harbour people organised it.
Also funny to read that the FBH traders have approached State Government to get $ 500,000 to install a shark net at Fremantle’s most underused beach where one rarely sees more than a handful of people in the ocean. No wonder the City of Fremantle is not keen about the idea, that I believe would be a waste of money.
But having said all that, I believe the City of Fremantle needs to become serious about the activation of Arthur’s Head and what better way to do that than activating the gorgeous inner city beach. More significant signs to promote the beach would also help.
Bathers Beach needs public toilets, showers at the northern end near J Shed and the extension of the boardwalk all the way to J Shed. Creating better connectivity between the Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour and linking the Maritime Museum, Roundhouse and Shipwreck Museum would be very helpful.
The Whalers Tunnel also needs to remain open longer in the evenings so there is direct access from High Street for people to watch the sunset and the lit up cliff face there.
There are a lot better ways of spending half a million dollars on Bathers Beach than a shark net.
The FREO FIESTA is on today and all weekend, so check it out! More info on http://www.fremantlebid.com
The FREO FIESTA starts today with entertainment all over Fremantle, so check out the program on http://www.fremantlebid.com.
At Bathers Beach there is a beautiful old carousel the children will enjoy and the lovely Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse will be open every day. Dal Pizza has put his food van next to the deck so you don’t have to move far to get a very good pizza with your cold drink while watching the Indian Ocean. Tom Fisher and his band will provide the music and at 8 pm there will be fireworks at the Fishing Boat Harbour.
The Italian navy frigate at C Shed at Victoria Quay is also open between 10 and 12 and 2 to 4 today so the boys might like to have a look.
Remember while having fun today that 30 per cent of cases at our seven major hospitals on Australia Day are alcohol related, so don’t overdo it as drink driving, anti social behaviour and domestic violence are very often the outcome of drinking too much alcohol.
Have a great, very long and very hot Freo weekend!
While there is public and political outrage about the proposed privatisation of Fremantle Port and Western Power the privatisation of Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach is well under way.
The Bathers Beach House became the first hospitality venue in Australia that is allowed to sell alcohol on the beach, but today they simply extended the beach chair bar with tables and umbrellas for alfresco dining on the sand. That is not on!
How many events and functions will this hospitality operator now hold on our public beach and will they simply extend the alfresco area onto the beach during busy periods. Who then could stop Kidogo Arthouse/Kelp Bar from doing the same?
Who at the City of Fremantle signed the permission for BBH to set up tables on the beach? What are they charged for using OUR beach?
A special photography show opens at Fremantle’s J Shed at Bathers Beach this Thursday November 24.
Elizabeth Looker the winner of the National Portrait Prize will be showing her photographs at the Greg James Gallery at Fleet Street.
The INTROSPECTIVE exhibition opens at 5-8 pm so come along and enjoy a great sunset as well.
The West Australian reports today that Fremantle’s Bathers Beach House is the first hospitality outlet in WA that has received a liquor license to serve alcohol on the beach. This will no doubt attract criticism from those who believe beaches should remain public spaces and not be leased to commercial operators, but I believe it is a good step forward for our nanny state to catch up with European standards on this issue.
What I don’t like is the awful metal steps that have been added to the timber deck that is part of the heritage interpretation of the area and it is disappointing the City of Fremantle did not insist on timber steps in character with the boardwalk.
That brings me to the issue of locals complaining that people who use the Mortuary area for weddings and functions close off the boardwalk to the public. That should not be allowed.
There is a little reprieve for the Kidogo Arthouse large deck that was built without proper planning approval at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.
I hear the State Administrative Tribunal has referred the issue back to the WA Planning Commission, so that will delay the final outcome yet again.
It is imperative that Fremantle’s heritage is protected at all cost and that people can’t get away with ignoring planning rules at their peril.
Maybe a properly planned and approved smaller deck can be build there instead of this huge one?
It’s going to be a warm day this Sunday so why not head out to Bathers Beach for a few hours of culture and great art.
The Margaret River Gallery has moved to Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach to showcase the talents of artists from the south west.
All artists showing are exclusively with the Margaret River Gallery and have no representation in Fremantle or Perth, so this is a rare opportunity for city people to view works from the south west creatives. Mediums include painting, watercolour, ceramics, photography, sculpture and jewellery, musical instruments and light boxes.
Alice Linford Forte- a young Margaret River artist, is represented in her fourth show with the gallery- her previous shows a sellout. Troy Barbital – graphic artist and artist in diverse mediums, Shem Spina – works on paper.
Martine Perret – photography – Martine worked for the united nations before settling recently in Margaret River. Martine is a winner in the Kalgoorlie Art Prize and finalist in many other prestigious art prizes.
Anthony and Kate Debbo – an artist couple with their own ideas, Anthony creates walls sculptures from reclaimed jarrah from the south west, whilst Kate is an abstract painter exploring colour and form.
Melissa Boughey – an artist from the deeper south explores the landscape with her incredible illustrative style in mixed media on canvas or paper. Chris Bellamy – and her love of the forest. Chris paints from her childhood memories of the mystery and intrigue of the forests in south west WA.
Sculptors include Leslie Whitham, Di West and Fleur Marron and Len Zuks.
The show is on until 23 November 2016. Also on is the J Shed Open Day on today!