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NEW SPORTS HUB AT SOUTH BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, south beach, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2017

 

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The construction of the new sports hub at South Beach is underway and will hopefully be ready for summer.

The mixed-use court for basketball, futsall and volleyball is just south of the toilets and hugging the dunes.

Fremantle Council went through an extensive process to decide on the right location for the hub, as the initial plan was to put it in the northern carpark or on Wilson Park, but consideration for local residents, who were worried noise from the hardcourt might impact on their peace and quiet, dictated the court should be as far away from residential development as possible.

 

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HOW TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL BEACHES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

Fremantle City  is working together with Mosman Park on how to preserve and protect our local beaches and are seeking community input on a draft plan.

The two councils are investigating together on how to manage coastal erosion and identifying potential risks, such as those caused by storm surges and flooding along Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches.

Seawalls, dune stabilisation and revegetation, revised coastal management strategies, community awareness campaigns and additional ongoing monitoring programs are part of the draft accommodations. It would cost of around $34m over the next 50 years.

Local residents and visitors to our Freo/Mosman beaches are encouraged to  download the draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaption Plan by visiting: mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/coast-plan

 

Roel Loopers

 

SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST RUBBISH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, pollution, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

Students of Fremantle John Curtin College spent one hour on cleaning up Port Beach recently and were amazed at what they found in such a short time in winter.

Cigarette butts 166, Cigarette lighters 3, Straws 20, confection sticks and cups 50,Lids and tops 27, Plastic drink bottles 13, Plastic food packaging 38, Cylume glow sticks (mini) – recreational fishing 6, Recreational fishing items 15, Rope and net scraps less than a metre 17, Rope in metres 3 and Plastic bits and pieces hard and solid 162.
Others: Foam buoys 3, Earplugs 8, Glass beer stubbies 4, Broken glass 20, Cloth 9, Aluminium cans 5, Metal bottle caps 29, Paper and cardboard packaging 136, Rubber balls 1 and Rubber remnants 12.

One has to wonder how much other rubbish ended up in the ocean before the students collected it.

It is disgraceful that so many people believe someone else will clean up after them and leave their rubbish behind.

 

Roel Loopers

 

SOUTH BEACH WINTER WORRIES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

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Beach erosion is always a problem during the winter season, so it is good to see that serious dune rehabilitation work is happening at Fremantle’s South Beach.

 

Roel Loopers

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ALL ABOUT BATHERS AT BATHERS ON BATHERS

Posted in bathers beach, bathers beach house, beaches, fashion, fremantle by freoview on November 27, 2016

It was all about bathers at the Bathers Beach House on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach this Sunday late afternoon with a fashion show of swimwear for the bold and beautiful.

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SHARK NET FOR FREO’S BATHERS BEACH?

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, environment, tourism by freoview on October 25, 2016

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The Fremantle grapevine is abuzz with the rumour that the Fishing Boat Harbour traders want a shark net installed at Bathers Beach.

I have never heard of a shark being spotted at Bathers Bay and the community protest against the plans for a shark net at Cottesloe were huge, so no doubt many in Fremantle will strongly oppose a shark net at the inner city beach, as I do as well. I have little doubt Fremantle Council would not be in favour of it either.

Bathers Beach is hardly a well-visited beach, unlike Leighton, Port, Cottesloe, Swanbourne, etc. beaches further north, and that is not because of fear of sharks but because of lack of facilities and lack of proper promotion of the CBD beach. A shark net would be a waste of money.

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THE COAST IS FINE

Posted in beaches, food, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on October 19, 2016

The new COAST restaurant at Fremantle’s Port Beach looks very impressive and will officially open in a few weeks, but I noticed the cafe was already serving coffee this morning, so check it out.

It looks like the building is done in three parts, one more upmarket for fine dining, a bar, and a beach-style family venue at the western end of it.

It feels a whole lot better than the outlet that was there before, but I could not see any alfresco.

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THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEER BEACH CLEANERS!

Posted in beaches, environment, fremantle, rubbish by freoview on October 16, 2016

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! to all those dedicated volunteers who regularly clean up our beaches from the rubbish people leave behind or throw into the Indian Ocean.

It is an utter disgrace that there are so many people who believe others will clean up after them, as we see also at markets, festivals, concerts etc. where people simply walk away and leave food and drink containers as if it is none of their business to dispose of it properly in amply supplied rubbish bins.

I spotted a small group of Tangaroa Blue Conservation Volunteers at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach this Sunday morning. Well done!

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SAD CLOSURE OF POPULAR FREO CAFE

Posted in beaches, cafe, fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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It is a shame to see the closure of what I thought was the very popular Pickled Fig Cafe at South Beach. They were packing up today and I don’t know if someone will take that prime beach location over from them.

At Port Beach Salt on the Beach closed mid June but they are developing the site, however what it is going to be is shrouded in secrecy. Someone even came out today asking why I was taking photos and told me they would not disclose yet what they are doing with the site. I hear it might be a bar/restaurant, so time will tell.

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FREMANTLE’S GROWING GREEN LUNGS

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, nature, trees, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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The wet and cold weather did not deter a committed group of Fremantle volunteers, including Mayor Brad Pettitt, COF staff and MP Josh Wilson from planting trees on Sunday at South Beach, Bathers Beach and Wilson Park for the Planet Ark National Tree Day.

It is interesting to note in that context the call by Sue Murphy, the chief executive of the WA Water Corporation, for more appropriate verges and to get away from grassed verges to conserve water.

This will not please those who believe we have a right to the Great Australian Dream of houses with large front and back gardens and grass verges. As Sue Murphy said this is not appropriate for our Perth climate and we have to become more realistic about it and plant more trees and shrubs and minimise so-called heat islands in the suburbs.

I believe any new residential development should also be required to install rainwater tanks, as the fast increasing population is a severe threat to our water supply. I hope local and state governments will legislate for that soon.

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