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SOUTH BEACH A CLASS PARKING TO CONTINUE

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, parking, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2020

 

Good to hear that Fremantle Council did not support the motion by South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic to ban overflow parking at Wilson Park at South Beach. At Wednesday’s digital meeting none of the other 12 elected members supported the motion, so overflow parking on busy summer weekends, for the Sunset Food Markets and other events will remain.

That is a pragmatic decision by council, because stopping parking on the A Class Reserve would have meant that many motorists would have to find parking in local streets, and that would have a negative impact on the residents in the area.

Roel Loopers

 

GETTING A SOAKING AT BATHERS BEACH

 

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Oh my golly goodness did I just get soaking wet at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach! I was taking photos at the Fishing Boat Harbour without realising the boardwalk got flooded, so I was standing in ten centimetres of water. I hope my shoes will dry one day.

Then there was rain and a lot of spray from the massive waves at our city beach.

It is beautiful to watch, so well worth it that I needed to put new clothes on for the second time today.

The things I do for my Freo’s View readers, hey. Some will claim though I only report about negativity. ;>))

Roel Loopers

 

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STORM GREAT FOR INVIGORATING WALK

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, indian ocean, storm, Uncategorized, weather, western australia by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

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My favourite photo of the day of the wild Indian Ocean, plus some banner damage in Fremantle.

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PORT BEACH ROCKWALL STILL STANDING

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, indian ocean, local government, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

 

Port Beach COAST restaurant and bar owner Ian Hutchinson said this morning that the new rockwall had saved his building from being damaged in the big storm that has been going on along the west coast since yesterday.

By the look at it though it is questionable how many storms the rockwall will be able to withstand before it gets swamped by waves during big winter storms.

I too got swamped, but that was delightfully invigorating. Big storms always remind that that no matter how much we pretend we humans are actually not in charge of planet earth, and that is a good thing. ;>))

Roel Loopers

KEEP WILSON PARK FOR OVERFLOW PARKING

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, parking, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2020

 

South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic has given notice of a motion to be tabled at the Ordinary Council meeting this Wednesday.

Ms Vujcic believes that using the A Class Reserve Wilson Park for overflow parking during the summer months and for events held at South Beach is contradictory to the accepted use of an A Class Reserve.

Parking at South Beach is at a premium during the warmer months, and with the approved development of a tavern and brewery on the Sealanes site, parking will become even more of an issue.

Already local residents have been complaining of visitors to South Beach and events parking in nearby streets, so if overflow parking at Wilson Park would be stopped, this situation would get worse for South Freo residents.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has advised City officers that it considers the use of the Reserve for parking to be ancillary to the purpose of ‘recreation’.

I sincerely hope Fremantle Councillors will not support the motion by Councillor Vujcic, as it would have a negative impact on the South Beach Sunset Food Markets, concerts, and  beach enjoyment in general if people can’t find parking close by.

Roel Loopers

PORT BEACH ROCKWALL WITHSTANDS STORMS

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2020

 

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The $ 400,000 rock wall to protect the Coast restaurant/bar, car park and public toilets at Fremantle’s Port Beach has withstood the first heavy storms of the season, as this photo I took early afternoon today shows.

The WA State Government contributed $ 200,000 to the project while Fremantle Ports engineers consulted on the construction of the wall.

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RELAX, FREO, BUT DON’T GET COMPLACENT!

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2020

 

 

It is going to be a very warm weekend, so many people will want to enjoy the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions and head to the beaches, river foreshore and parks, but please do stay alert that the social distancing rules of 1.5 metre between individuals still apply, even when we are allowed to meet with up to ten people.

It would be madness to throw away what we have achieved over the last four weeks, by relaxing too fast and too much and ignoring the social distancing rules.

Have fun and go out, but first and foremost stay healthy and safe and don’t take the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Have a fun weekend!

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A STUNNING FREO SUNDAY

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, health, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on April 26, 2020

 

It is a stunning ANZAC weekend Sunday, so there are a lot of people around Fremantle going for rides on their bicycles, walking and driving cars.

I wandered over to South Beach and noticed a lot of pleasure crafts on the Indian Ocean as well, so people are taking advantage of the pleasant weather, while most are adhering to the social distancing rules.

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced this morning that from Monday, indoor and outdoor non work gatherings will be relaxed to 10 people and that the number of people allowed to be at weddings has increased to 10, the same as funerals

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ROCKY SWIM AT PORT BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2020

 

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Swimmers at Fremantle’s Port Beach are not happy-again-about the large number of small rocks at water’s edge.

The temporary rock wall to protect the COAST restaurant/bar and car park looks good, but hundreds of rocks on the beach make for an unpleasant entering and leaving the ocean.

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PORT BEACH ROCK WALL COMPLETED

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2020

 

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The construction of a temporary rock wall to protect coastal assets at Port Beach from erosion has been completed by the City of Fremantle.

In December last year Fremantle Council approved the construction of a temporary rock wall as the preferred interim measure to protect facilities including the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast Port Beach restaurant from coastal erosion.

The state government committed $200,000 towards the project.

The works involved digging into the existing dune, installing a geotextile membrane, construction of the wall, and the restoration of the dune in front and on top of the wall to maximise beach area.

The restored dune has been covered with hessian matting to prevent sand from blowing away in the short term. Work to revegetate the dune will be carried out in May and June.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was good to have the erosion defences in place ahead of the first winter storms.

“The first big storm of the winter is generally the one that causes the most erosion damage so it was really important to get this work done to avoid a repeat of last year, when assets like the change rooms and Coast restaurant were at serious risk,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Now that these protection measures are in place we can continue to work with Fremantle Ports and other government agencies to examine options for managing erosion at Port Beach for the next 20 years or so.

For beyond 2040 the council has adopted managed retreat as its preferred long-term strategy, in which all City assets such as the car parks and change rooms will eventually be removed from the erosion risk zone and set further back.

The state government’s Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia released in August last year identified Port Beach as one of the two hotspots in WA at the most imminent risk from erosion.

In May 2018 a severe erosion incident undermined the southern car park at the beach, while in June last year another serious erosion incident threatened facilities like the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast restaurant.

A report by coastal engineering experts received by Fremantle Council last year provided a number of potential management options which are now being reviewed and developed by officers, consultants and key stakeholders.

 

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