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MAKE HOTELS MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY

Posted in accommodation, children, city of fremantle, family, hospitality, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2018

 

Bradley Woods, the CEO of the Australian Hotel Association has a whinge about Bed&Breakfasts and the unfairness of it all in the West Australian today.

There is no doubt that some regulation needs to be in place for B&Bs, which are already required to have a registration here in Fremantle, but B&Bs are here to stay no matter how much the AHA is against them.

The reality the AHA will have to deal with is that hotels are expensive for families and large groups, in comparison to B&Bs, so what is the AHA going to do about that?

Hotels are also not very family and children friendly, so when are we going to see secure playgrounds and play spaces in hotels? Maybe new hotels could even include community kitchens so that families don’t have to go and eat out three times a day, which is very costly and prohibitive for many. It is one of the reasons people book a B&B, where they can do most of the cooking in house, and the kids might even have a garden they can play in.

While serviced apartments, such as Quest in Pakenham Street at least have a kitchen where one can prepare a meal or two, they still lack facilities for children and families.

I hope some of the new planned hotels in Fremantle will make an effort to cater better for families, to combat the trend toward B&Bs and away from hotel accommodation.

 

Roel Loopers

HAMPTON ROAD CROSSING STATUS QUO

Posted in children, city of fremantle, local government, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2018

 

I can’t even remember how many Fremantle Council sessions, and community information sessions, and South Fremantle Precinct meetings, I have attended that discussed the dangers of crossing Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection. I live there so I drive my car in and out of those streets and walk there every day, and shop at IGA and Peaches at the shopping centre between Lloyd  and Scott streets.

So it is fairly disappointing that after all this time and many, many months of talking the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council decided they did not like the officer’s recommendation of Option One, but preferred the status quo of Option Two.

It means the Scott Street intersection will remain closed and the pedestrian crossing will not be moved 50 metres further south.

They all agreed that the bus lanes were the major problem and that the Main Roads department is basically the enemy of pedestrians, because all that department wants is fast vehicle movement. Now that’s something for the state government to get its teeth into!

The state’s $ 200,000 allocated for better pedestrian crossing, through the election promise by Simone McGurk MLA, could now be spent on re-designing the Lloyd Street/Hampton Road intersection and how to get in and out of the carpark at the shopping centre there, and also at Scott Street.

For me, as a local with extensive local knowledge, the fact is that having no right turn at Scott Street will only entice more motorists to drive too fast and unlawfully use the bus lanes to overtake other vehicles. I have witnessed on many occasions that cars drive in the bus lanes during peak hours all the way from Douro Road to South Street and vice versa.

The FPOL Committee voted 6-1 in favour of Option Two. Only Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who is one of our two South Ward Councillors, voted against it.

For the record. 147 public submissions were received. 65% of those preferred option 1 and only 15% of them the option 2 Councillors voted for last night. And 20% did not like either option.

Roel Loopers

BEACY PRIMARY KIDS GET SAFER CROSSING

Posted in children, city of fremantle, local government, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2018

 

It has been a long road with many community consultations, but it looks as if the City of Fremantle will finally make a decision this Wednesday of moving the pedestrian crossing on Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection 50 metres south to make it safer, especially for kids who attend the Beaconsfield Primary School.

An important decision will also be the re-opening of the Scott Street intersection, so that motorists coming from the south can turn right into Scott St and don’t have to do the dog leg via Jennings and Maxwell streets.

The State Government is paying for it through a $ 200,000 grant under the Local Projects, Local Jobs Program.

The item is before the Finance, Policy and Legislation Committee on Wednesday.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION

Council approve Project 11664 to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection, in accordance with Option 1 of the community consultation, as shown on concept plan – drawing number 005-CP-17-001-D, in Attachment 1 of this report, to:

1. Move the guarded school pedestrian crossing approximately 50 meters south of its current location and create a new guarded school pedestrian crossing, complete with median island refuge and also pedestrian crossing lights that will flash at peak, before and after school crossing times.

2. Remove the existing guarded school pedestrian crossing.

3. Move the existing northbound bus stop approximately 20m north of its existing location, to provide a safe distance from the guarded school pedestrian crossing.

4. Reinstate access for vehicles turning right into Scott Street through the removal of the trial median installed in March 2017.

5. Trial the use of a riley kerb system to deter vehicular lane changes on the approach to the guarded school pedestrian crossing as shown in Attachment 1.

Roel Loopers

FREO TOY LIBRARY OPEN DAY

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2018

 

Toy Library

 

It’s going to be a day of big fun for small people tomorrow Thursday, October 4 at the Freo Toy Library Open Day.

The City of Fremantle’s toy library is the biggest in WA, with a huge range of toys, costumes, construction sets, musical instruments and puzzles.

The open day is a great opportunity for parents and kids to come down and check out all the things the Toy Library has to offer.

Buster It’s All About Play  is coming, there’s a Cozy Coupe race track happening, and a sensory play area, LEGO station, face painting and a sausage sizzle.

Wendy Binks – the author of the ‘Where’s Stripey’ children’s books – is coming to do a couple of story time sessions as well

The Freo Toy Library Open Day is on Thursday 4 October from 10am-3pm and entry is free.

The toy library, at the Fremantle PCYC at 34 Paget Street in Hilton, is open four days a week and is one of the few fully-staffed toy libraries in Perth.

It’s stocked with a range of toys to suit 0-7 year olds, with expert staff to provide advice on selecting age and skill appropriate toys.

For more information visit the Toy Library page on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers

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SPARE PARTS SHOWS THE NIGHT ZOO

Posted in children, city of fremantle, culture, family, spare parts puppet theatre, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on September 18, 2018

 

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School holidays are nearly here-again, so Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will be showing The Night Zoo from September 22 onward.

Jamie lives in a concrete jungle, a fast-paced and busy city. From her window high above the city Jamie dreams of making friends with animals, but Mum and Dad won’t let her have a pet in the apartment. Tonight, her dreams will take her on a one-of-a-kind visit to the zoo, where she discovers the remarkable joy an animal can bring into her life. The Night Zoo explores the special connection between humans and animals and the importance of caring for another living thing.

September 22 to October 6 Monday to Saturday 10am and 1pm daily (no shows Sundays or Public Holidays) plus special Friday 6.30pm performances on Sep 28 and Oct 5.

Price: From $23 (plus booking fee)
Duration: 45 mins
Bookings/Enquiries: http://www.sppt.asn.au

 

FRENCH FUN FOR KIDS AT MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in children, city of fremantle, france, history, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2018

 

The Fremantle MARITIME MUSEUM offers a weekend of family fun this weekend with French inspired activities as they launch the French Explorers in Western Australia exhibitions season.

Free family events include live music, circus performers, exhibition tours, kids craft activities, face painting, photo opportunities, car displays, and storytelling. And you can also enjoy a delicious range of French inspired food at the Museum café.

Saturday 15 September program:

Little Explorers Story Time (10am and 11am)

Kids Activities : Make a cool Captain’s spyglass or craft your own Rose de Freycinet dress up doll (10am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, Louis de Freycinet: The first map of Australia and his return to France Australe, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (11am)

Face painting with Rosie O (10am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, Finding Uranie & Rose de Freycinet: The Western Australian Museum  in the Falkland Islands, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (1pm)

Live music, featuring Nikki D’Agostino, Perth’s foremost accordionist (2pm-4pm)

Great coffee, pastries, and other delicious treats at the Museum café (11am-4pm)

Sunday 16 September program:

Little Explorers Story Time (10am and 11am)

Face painting with Rosie O (10am-12pm)

All ages Circus Workshop – Explore new skills with the great team from Yip Yip Circus (11am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, The Great Captains: Baudin and Flinders, Hamelin and  de Freycinet, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (11am)

Roving Circus Performance (12.30pm-2.30pm)

Exhibition floor talk, The WA Museum’s French Connection Program: 20-years-old and  so much more to do, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (1pm)

Live music, featuring Voudou Zazou : Traditional French songs and classic jazz (2pm-4pm)

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S WALKABLE ART

Posted in art, children, city of fremantle, creative, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2018

 

 

Fremantle has got some hidden art that is not hidden at all, but most people don’t notice it because they are walking on it.

All along High Street in the historic West End are these small plaques in the footpath. They are ideal for an I Spy With My Eye discovery adventure for children, so let them search for them.

The little artworks have been there for years, so I can’t remember who the artist is and can’t give her/him the credit they deserve.

Roel Loopers

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STRING MUSIC FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, music, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018

 

Stringbeans Thursdays

 

Sounds like a great idea for the kids! The Stringbeans Orchestra will be at the North Fremantle Bowls Club every Thursday from 4 – 5.30pm.

It’s is for primary school students who play string instruments, or want to start it. Watch, listen and play!

Roel Loopers

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COME PLAY WITH THE FREO DOCKERS, KIDS!

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2018

 

Nighthoops Aug 22

 

NIGHT HOOPS is having a very special event in Fremantle this coming Wednesday August 22 at the Hilton PCYC.

Come play a game of basketball and other games with Fremantle Dockers players between 4.30-6pm and enjoy a sausage sizzle as well.

Roel Loopers

BOOK WEEK AT FREO LITERATURE CENTRE

Posted in book, children, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2018

 

August 22. Shaun Tan bookweek

 

The Literature Centre at the Old Fremantle Hospital is celebrating Book Week next week and will open its galleries to the public on Wednesday August 22 from 4-8pm.

There will be children’s and young adults books and  book art for sale as well.

The centre is near the corner of Hampton Road and Knutsford Street.

Roel Loopers

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