Freo's View

GREAT VIBE IN AWAKENED FREO

 

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There has been a really good vibe in Fremantle this week and a real buzz around town with so many people walking the streets.

The opening of the Fremantle Markets was significant and the number of people, partly due to school holidays, was impressive.

Also a great idea by the City of Fremantle to offer familiarisation tours for the 1,750 staff of the Communities Department, who have moved into their new offices at Kings Square.

I bumped into a group, conducted by Michael Deller of Fremantle Tours yesterday, that was also attended by Mayor Bard Pettitt.

I believe Freo is on the right track to recovery, but it needs all our support, so BUY LOCAL or BYE, BYE, LOCAL!

Roel Loopers

WOW! SO MANY KIDS IN FREO FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, local government, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020

 

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Amazing! The City of Fremantle LEGO Adventure Trail for school holidays is a huge success. This morning I witnessed hundreds of little kids and parents walking down High Street and others were lining up at the Visitor Centre to get started.

It must be one of the most popular school holidays projects Fremantle has done. Great job to see so many people coming into town and visiting shops to get the stamps!

Roel Loopers

GIVE FREO TRADERS SOME TLC!

 

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Wake up Freo and get out and about while the weather is fine. There is thunder and rain forecast for late afternoon and the evening, so make the best of it!

The Freo Farmers Market is on from 8am till noon, the cafes are open and need our support, so have a nice breakfast somewhere, and then stroll around our beautiful city and support our retailers, restaurants and pubs, who need a bit of TLC.

Roel Loopers

 

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SEE YOU AT THE FREO FARMERS MARKET!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, Freo Farmers Market, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2020

 

As I am writing this the dedicated stallholders are setting up at the Freo Farmers Market in the dark.

Go get fresh/organic fruit&vegetables, bread, pastries, eggs, and much more, plus yummy breakfast and coffee, while being entertained by live music.

It is on today, and every Sunday from 8am till midday and for the time being at Bruce Lee Oval, just off South Street, in Beaconsfield.

 

Roel Loopers

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STUNNING VIEWS AT EAST FREMANTLE YACHT CLUB

Posted in boating, city of fremantle, community, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2020

 

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Like most businesses sporting clubs have also been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions and loss of revenue from bar sales, restaurant, functions, etc. so today I went for a chat with Bronwyn at the East Fremantle Yacht Club to see how they are going.

They are looking forward to being back to almost normal in about three weeks, where they will again open to the public for breakfast, and they are keen to start taking bookings for weddings, corporate functions, corporate training, birthdays, club functions, etc.

The EFYC is at the far end of Petra Street overlooking the Swan River. It is a beautiful location, so make an appointment and go have a look if you are planning an event or party.

The EFYC was established in 1933 and has around 1,200 members, and for them the kitchen is also open for lunch and dinner. Of course new members are welcome!

Roel Loopers

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NO LIMITS FOR HOSPITALITY VENUES FROM SATURDAY!

 

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Very good news for the hospitality and events industries with more watering down of Covid-19 social restrictions from this Saturday June 27.

There will be no restriction on the number of people allowing to gather and patrons will be allowed to consume food and drinks while standing.

I am not sure why the 1.5 metre distance has now increased again to 2 metres between people, but that is going to be impossible to police anyway unfortunately.

Live music in venues and concerts hall will be allowed again and major events in sports stadiums is allowed with a 50% capacity, so that is significant should the Dockers and Eagles ever play at Optus Stadium again.

I for one can’t wait to have my regular spot back at Chalkys and read the newspaper, without feeling I have to hurry to make space for other customers. Yep, I am a selfish SOB. ;>)

Roel Loopers

 

FREO MEN’S SHED A GREAT COMMUNITY HUB

Posted in city of fremantle, community, education, men, mental health, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2020

 

 

The Freo Men’s Shed is not at all a meeting place for grumpy old men, but instead a real community hub were people gather, relax and do handy and community work together.

Of the 330 members the shed has 50% are under the age of 50 and there are 50 female members among them. I heard there was a meeting in Booyeembara Park yesterday to start a women’s shed.

I had a chat with president Mark Thomas and lifelong member Bill Johnstone on Friday and they told me about the many things the Freo Men’s Shed has been involved in, from woordworking classes for Christian Brothers College students, to looking after the organic vegetable gardens, helping out at the women’s health centre, supporting the Hilton PCYC, doing handy services for single women who need support, making a book tree for a local school, assisting with mental health programs for youth, music jam sessions, etc.

There are wood and metal workshop spaces, a music space, and they are happy to help out and give handy tips

They also have a team removing non spray graffiti every Tuesday around Fremantle, and told me they are very disappointed about the bad and incorrect press they have been getting lately.

The official name is the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, and one can see why, because the shed is a place to hang out, meet mates, help out in the community, tend to the gardens.

They also make beautiful woodwork for the shop, which is in an old railway carriage, so if you are looking for great handmade cheese or cutting boards, etc. make sure to visit the shop.

Find out opening times by emailing freomenshed@iinet.net.au or give them a call on 9337 8614

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE COMING ALIVE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2020

 

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BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY TODAY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2020

 

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I dragged this photo of the BlackLivesMatter projections on the Rainbow container artwork off Twitter as a reminder that there will be a rally at Langley Park in Perth today from noon.

The projections were put up last night in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FACTS ARE NOT PROPAGANDA

 

Fremantle has a lot of funny people who do not accept that others have a different opinion. I get called anything from a Commie Mate to a Labor Stooge, and the Fremantle Council Propaganda Machine, and that I am Full of Shit, because those who are only interested in criticising our council are not interested in balanced and factual reporting.

One newish social media page is all about slamming our Councillors, but I had to laugh about a comment by a gentleman with an Italian name, who wrote that it was clear that Fremantle Council has failed because no one invests in the port city. Really?

I don’t know where the man lives but he must have the blinkers on if he is not aware about unprecedented development in Fremantle, more than we have had in twenty years!

Heirloom and LIV apartments buildings in Queen Victoria Street and Social in Henry Street, development of the Atwell and Manning Arcades, the Little Lane development that is under way, and the Energy Museum development that is due to start. There is also the boutique hotel and tavern development at the Warders Cottages, development of a hospitality hub and hotel at the Police and Justice complex in Henderson Street, plus the huge Kings Square Redevelopment project.

Planning approval has been given for the Adina Hotel development at the Woolstores and the Hilton Doubletree development at Point Street, and also for an eight storey wooden frame commercial building opposite Victoria Hall.

Plans are being considered for a big development in the Fishing Boat Harbour, the Communities Department has announced a major residential development at Vale Street, just up from the Fremantle Arts Centre, there is significant development at Amherst/Blinco streets, and major plans are being considered for the Heart of Beaconsfield.

Let’s also not forget the opening of Freo.Social and the Old Synagogue pubs, and a microbrewery and pub planned for the Sealanes site in South Fremantle.

I might have forgotten some development, because there is so much going on in Fremantle, thanks to Silverleaf Investments, Sirona Capital, Yolk Property Group, the Match group and others.

I know this will just be dismissed again by some as council propaganda, but facts are facts, even when some people like to ignore them. ;>))

Roel Loopers

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