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WINTER MORNING AT FREO’S PORT BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on August 17, 2019

 

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That was a very wet and stormy night in Fremantle and this morning it was invigorating when I and a few other mad people had a walk at Port Beach.

The sun is coming out now so it should be warming up a bit I hope.

Go and enjoy Fremantle, shop around, visit the cafes and restaurants and support our local traders!

Roel LooperS

HOW MANY MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR SOUTH BEACH?

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will have to deal with the conundrum of how many festivals are sustainable for our Festival City.

Two event operators have requested to shift events from Port Beach to South Beach because of the uncertainty of the Port Beach erosion, but how many music and other summer events are acceptable to the South Fremantle community that is already getting the weekly Sunset Markets and a new tavern opening at the Sealanes site.

One also has to consider the beach goers whose local beach will be closed off and where parking will be a nightmare, so what is the solution?

Applications have been made for Sets on the Beach and Sundown Sessions, as well as For the Love music events on February 29, March 1 and March 7 so it would become very busy at South Beach.

City officers recommend that Council only approves one event at South Beach, but that would mean Fremantle loses two major events that would attract crowds of up to 5,000 each and that is not perfect either.

All events applied for are beach events so they can’t be shifted to Fremantle Oval or the Esplanade, and Bathers Beach is probably too small.

What will the preferred compromise be? Have your say at the FPOL Committee this Wednesday 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

Roel Loopers

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RELOCATION OF PORT BEACH BUILDINGS CONSIDERED

 

 

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An ABC News report by Rhiannon Shine this morning  reveals that the State Government and City of Fremantle are considering relocating some of the buildings at Port Beach, such as the change rooms and the COAST restaurant bar.

An expert report compiled for the WA Government has relocation of infrastructure as one of the many options, which also include a seawall and groynes.

The report looked at the coastal erosion at hotspots along the WA coastline and Port Beach in Fremantle is clearly one of those.

Relocating an existing business such as Coast would be a very expensive exercise, so let’s wait and see what the government will conclude and what actions it will undertake, because this is no doubt too big a project for the City of Fremantle to attack.

Roel Loopers

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PORT BEACH CLIMATE WAR ZONE TOO BIG FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, climate change, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle is not big enough to win the war against climate change at Port Beach on its own. The erosion is happening every winter and is getting worse, to the point where the owners of the COAST restaurant must be getting worried about the investment they made in the building.

An earth moving machine was fighting a lonely, and not winnable, battle this morning, but a proper seawall should be the responsibility of the State Government.

Roel Loopers

INVIGORATING FREO BEACH WEATHER

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, storm, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on June 8, 2019

 

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I grew up in weather like we are having this weekend. It was always quite refreshing to walk along the beach of Scheveningen in Holland when the storm was cold and the rain was pelting my face. I believe optimists call it invigorating. It is indeed!

There were quite a few people walking along the beach and about five kite surfers in the water, and all that was missing was a kiosk with mulled wine and hot chocolate

I took this shot along Leighton and Port beaches. Port Beach has been closed south of the restaurant because of the danger of dune erosion and collapse.

Roel Loopers

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BOARDWALK FROM FREO TO SCARBOROUGH?

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, city planning, indian ocean, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2019

 

The idea by the Tourism Council of WA for a 25km boardwalk from Fremantle all the way to Scarborough is an interesting one, but can it ever be realised?

It would be a hugely expensive project to undertake, have environmental impact, and councils and communities along the path might not like the idea, and who would pay for it?

The proposed new long boardwalk would link the existing boardwalk that links Floreat Beach to City Beach.

I’d love to go for very long leisurely walks along the beautiful Indian Ocean without having to divert into the suburbs to get back to the ocean, but is it viable and has Fremantle Council be consulted about the idea?

I would love to see the Bathers Beach boardwalk extended to the J Shed A Class reserve. That would make a huge difference in the West End.

Roel Loopers

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PLASTIC FREE FISH AND SIPS A FIRST FOR FREMANTLE

 

The Fish and Sips festival at  the Coast Port Beach this weekend will be the first Fremantle festival that will be single-use plastic free.

Fremantle Council adopted the sustainable events policy in November last year. The policy excludes the provision, use, distribution or sale of single-use plastics including straws, cutlery, bottles, cups, plates, containers, bags and cling-wrap at all events produced by the City of Fremantle.

Although single-use plastics are not banned from third party events in Fremantle, the policy does encourage event organisers not to use them.  Fish and Sips wants to support that, so they’ve purchased 15,000 reusable polycarbonate and melamine cups specifically for the festival.

Coast is very aware of the beach environment they are operating in and for the Cuban club event recently they served 35,000 drinks in a day with no single-use plastic, and in this Fish and Sips event they’ll be doing similar numbers over the weekend – all of this in reusable cups.

The venue management believe it’s essential to the survival of Coast Port Beach that they’re able to use the beach and the beautiful ocean backdrop, so they are doing their part to preserve this and also blazing a trail by being the first event to do this on a large scale

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said “The impact of plastic in our environment is well documented, with some studies suggesting that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.  The fact that you can put on a large event like Fish and Sips and not use single-use plastic demonstrates there are cost effective alternatives available.”

The Fish and Sips festival is on from Friday 29 March until Sunday 31 March.

For more information visit the Coast Port Beach website.

 

Roel Loopers

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HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT FREO’S BEACH MANAGEMENT

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 23, 2019

 

Planning to manage Fremantle’s coastline from the risk of erosion is about to enter a new phase.

The state government’s planning policies require local governments across the state to appropriately plan for coastal hazard risk management and adaptation.

During 2016 and 2017 the City of Fremantle – in partnership with the Town of Mosman Park and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage – completed a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning (CHRMAP) process to assess the vulnerability of the coastline along Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches.

The CHRMAP process identified the Port Beach area, including Sandtrax Beach, was vulnerable to immediate and future coastal change.

The next step is for the City to investigate a range of risk management options for Port Beach and provide the community with a defined concept plan for managing coastal erosion.

Last year Fremantle were successful in obtaining a Coastal Adaptation and Protection grant from the Department of Transport, which has allowed the City, in conjunction with Fremantle Ports, to engage specialist consultants to investigate different risk management options.

Those options may include beach and dune nourishment – which basically means trucking in sand to replenish the beach, the relocation of beach infrastructure like the car parks and changing rooms, building groynes or seawalls or a combination of all of these things.

But it is not going to be easy or cheap, e.g. beach nourishment may maintain the amenity of the beach but it will be an ongoing and expensive exercise. Alternatively, a seawall will protect important coastal assets but may result in the loss of the beach from time to time.

That’s why Fremantle Council  need to hear from people who use the beach, to understand what they most value about the beach and what trade-offs they would be prepared to accept in coming up with suitable risk management measures.

As part of its community engagement the City has established a reference group with representatives from local and state government agencies and community groups including the Port Beach Polar Bears, Leighton Action Coalition, North Fremantle Precinct Group and Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club.

Community members can provide their feedback until Sunday 24 March 2019.

For more information about coastal adaptation planning for Port Beach and to have your say, visit the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo website.

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MAD DOGS AND BATHERS BEACH FOOTBALL

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, football, sport, summer, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2019

 

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It was officially 39 degrees when I took the photo of the Beach Football at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach today. It was probably hotter with the reflective heat of the sand, but that did not deter the male soccer players today, and the female ones played yesterday.

It is dead quiet in town and about a million vacant parking bays, so take advantage of it. ; > )

It is hot but very dry with little humidity so perfect weather for me.

Roel Loopers

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BEACH SOCCER AT FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, football, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2019

 

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Check out the first ever Beach Football at Freo’s Bathers Beach this coming weekend January 19 and 20!

It starts on Saturday with the women and mixed competition and on Sunday the blokes are kicking the round ball around.

It runs from 12 midday till 6pm on both days, so enjoy the outdoors and the Indian Ocean and have a meal in one of the many restaurants at the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers

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