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KNITTING OASIS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on February 17, 2018

 

knitting

 

This old lady quietly knitting in the hustle and bustle of the Freo Cappuccino Strip today created a little oasis. She was selling little baby shoes and other things.

Roel Loopers

 

COUNCIL BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, dogs, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

The FPOL-Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee of the City of Fremantle met in North Fremantle last evening.

The Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy item on the agenda attracted many speakers who walk their dog in Frederick Samson Park and who were not at all happy with the proposed restrictions, with one of them saying that council was barking up the wrong tree.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton, who has a very cute little dog herself, said that maybe the policy was heavy handed. There are Bush Forever sites that allow dogs on a leash and we need more clarity on how we handle the bush and how we handle the walkers, with or without a dog, she said.

It was decided that a site visit by some Councilors and workshopping was needed before the Elected Members could make a proper decision, and the item was deferred.

The lease of the Evan Davies building upper level above the Dome cafe for bar and restaurant will have to be confirmed by full council. Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had expected a more cultural kind of outcome, but was assured by Director Tom Griffiths that live music events were planned.

The request for special parking permits for residents of the Warders Cottages is also still unresolved with Councillors being worried about setting a precedent for future residential development which does not supply parking, so officers will need to consider all the implications first.

The idea is that residents could be offered a yearly parking permit for CoF carparks at 50% discount.

It is probably prudent to check how much commercial carparks like Queensgate are charging annually for long-term parking, and also to consider if small business owners in Fremantle should also be offered the same courtesy, because quite a few of them park their car all day while they are attending their shop.

It is disturbing to hear from one Warders Cottage resident, who contacted me, that the State Heritage Office in a letter to prospective buyers of the cottages had suggested that the City of Fremantle might supply them with parking permits,

Just before the FPOL meeting was the Library Committee meeting, so interesting to hear that the Toy Library has now been made available to Cockburn and Melville residents as well.

Roel Loopers

FREOTOPIA! I WANT TO BE A KID AGAIN!

Posted in children, city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2018

 

I want to be a kid again after last evening seeing the draft concept plans for the Fremantle Kings Square play space FREOTOPIA children’s playground at a community forum in the Townhall.

This Fremantle themed playground will be so good that it will become a tourist attraction in its own right, with sound and light features that will even make it an evening destination to visit as a special treat for our beautiful Freo children.

The theme is about containers, port cranes, ships, bridges, rail tracks, water, cottages and jetty, with some of the lighting and sound activated by those using the play space, while soft light will light up the trees.

KS

Kings Square will also have a St John’s church garden and an urban forest will be created by relocating the plane trees, while jacarandas will line the perimeter of the square.

Adelaide Street between Queen and William streets will become a shared space street while the verdict is still out if to open Newman Court for vehicle traffic from east to west, which I think is a bad idea.

Probuild, the builders contracted by Sirona Capital for the construction of the Kings Square project, are busy building new black hoardings and gate signs have been placed around the construction site.

I am really excited and optimistic about Freo’s future. It’s a shame I am too old to use the new playground and that I might not see all the planned development realised, but that’s life.

Roel Loopers

 

MAKE A WISH FOR A BETTER WORLD

Posted in charity, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 23, 2018

 

make a wish

 

I met these lovely young people in the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre this morning where they were on duty to sign up new members for the very worthwhile MAKE A WISH foundation.

Say hello to Tilly and Aidan when you walk by and support the good cause!

Roel Loopers

 

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LITTLE GREEN BEAR AT LITTLE SPACE

Posted in art, children, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2018

 

Little Green Bear

 

There is a lovely event at the No4  LITTLE SPACE studio of Fremantle’s J SHED at Bathers Beach this Sunday from 1-4pm.

Enter from Fleet Street or walk through the Whalers Tunnel.

Join January and February as they embark on an epic adventure that takes them to strange new places and introduces them to wonderful new friends. Will they ever find December… or will their friend be lost forever?

Fremantle Author and Illustrator Chrissy Haywood of Little Green Bear Publishing invites you to an afternoon of community fun at the J-shed in Fremantle. We are celebrating the long-awaited arrival of “Finding Summer’ (a delightful tale of friendship and adventure) and we would love for you to join us!

Bring your picnic blanket and come and hang-out with us for an afternoon of celebrating shared literacy. There will be free kids activities, rock painting (as part of the WA ROCKS hide-and-seek craze), an art display of how the book was developed and a reading by the Author. And for those who need a quick cool off, the beach is right next door to the venue.

Little Green Bear Publishing have organised a free seed planting workshop with Lara from Plants For Friends and we’ll be expecting a visit from our mates at Coco Lycious to provide us with delicious, vegan ice-creams to top off the summer fun!

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FREMANTLE GREAT RAIN OR SHINE

Posted in cafe, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2018

 

cosy mm courtyard

 

There is still a bit of rain around, but it is pretty warm, so no excuse to not enjoy one of Fremantle’s lovely cafes.

This is the cosy courtyard of the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street, that also has a children’s playground, and it is next to the Paper Bird children’s book shop, so the perfect destination during school holiday.

 

…and rain drops in my little backyard.

Roel Loopers

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ENROL FOR WA CIRCUS SCHOOL NOW

Posted in children, circus wa, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 13, 2018

 

Sign up to enrol for the WA Circus School now.

The big top is at Princess May Park or check it out on line: http://www.circuswa.com

 

Circus WA

FREE NAN&POP DAY AT SPARE PARTS THEATRE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, spare parts puppet theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

Nan&Pop Day at Spare Parts

 

Hey boys and girls, tomorrow is a great day to give Nan and Pop a special treat and it is free!

SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE  is having NAN&POP Day on Thursday and that means the oldies get in for free and you’ll only have to pay for the tickets of the children.

There is a very funny Roald Dahl play on, so don’t miss it!

Bookings through their website.

Roel Loopers

 

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DAHL’S WORLD PREMIERE AT SPARE PARTS THEATRE

Posted in art, children, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on January 6, 2018

 

 

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre returns home to their Short Street theatre in Fremantle for the summer holidays with the world premiere of Roald Dahl’s The Twits.

The new razztwizzling adaption of Roald Dahl’s very irreverent classic opens on January 8 and will run till January 27.

The world premiere season of Dahl’s jumpswiffling comedy of two grizzly old grunions is a super high energy combination of storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre.

The Twits takes you into the world of grumpy old couple, Mrs and Mrs Twit who haven’t had a good thought or done a kind thing in years. They like nothing more than dreaming up terrible tricks to play on each other. They are bound to put a grizzly grin on your face!

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SPARE PARTS BACK IN FREMANTLE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, culture, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on December 27, 2017

 

Good news for Freo’s children and grown-ups who love puppetry. The SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE company is coming back home to Fremantle, after a short stint at UWA for building renovations of their Short Street premises

They are performing the World Premiere of Roald Dahl’s very irreverent classic, The Twits, the jumpswiffling comedy of two grizzly old grunions is a super high energy combination of storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre.
 
The Twits takes you into the world of grumpy old couple, Mrs and Mrs Twit who haven’t had a good thought or done a kind thing in years. They like nothing more than dreaming up terrible tricks to play on each other. They are bound to put a grizzly grin on your face!

The Twits is a ringbeller adventure of scrottiness and goodness, rebellion and justice. The show’s gloriumptious blend of comedy and puppetry is the perfect way to have a whoopsy wiffling time this summer with the whole family.

The world premiere season of The Twits runs from January 8 to 27 with daytime and special twilight performances scheduled throughout the run. For performance times and tickets for The Twits, as well as the company’s School of Puppetry holiday workshops and many other programs and activities, visit http://www.sppt.asn.au or call 08 9335 5044.

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