I love industrial, mining and architectural photography, and am much better at taking photos of man-made things than of nature. It is probably because there is a sense of order that suits my liking of minimalism.
Sadly my times as a commercial photographer seem to have come to an end as I am out of the loop and very bad at promoting myself, so I am keeping my eye in by taking photos every day of things I discover while enjoying the great city of Fremantle and surrounds.
I took this photo at Rous Head at Fremantle Ports this morning.
I love Freo’s working port, so had a look around Rous Head today and took these two interesting photos.
A report in today’s Fremantle Gazette about the increase of container freight to the port by rail was revealing as the company in charge of the rail terminal stated it handles on average 12-14 trains per week. That is not even 2 per day, so why is rail not used more often I wonder?
The number of containers handled at the North Quay Rail Terminal at Fremantle Port has increased by an average of nine per cent per annum over the last five years. The NQRT has handled over 100,000 TEU, or twenty-foot equivalent units, which has reduced 400 truck trips on the roads per day.
The Intermodal Group which manages the NQRT claims that the intermodal area at Forrestfield could handle up to 20 per cent of freight by rail, which would be an increase of five per cent of its present capacity.
It shows that 80 per cent of container freight to and from Fremantle Port still comes by trucks and that is far too high. State Government should invest in a new rail bridge or tunnel and a new rail corridor that does not run through the populated west end of Fremantle, and start priority planning for a new outer harbour at Kwinana.
It is bold, brave, beautiful and very Freo and will no doubt have its knockers, but who cares.
Congratulations are due to artist Marcus Canning and the City of Fremantle for creating something so stunning that will be a real entry statement to our port city for many years to come, and maybe even after Fremantle Port is no longer a container port.
This is a very Freo work that connects us to the port and the colourful lifestyle and it will become a huge tourist attraction and a place for weddings and functions, and the location just below the developing Cantonment Hill is perfect.
And be assured this is not the entrance to the new Perth Freight Link tunnel. ; >)
Fremantle has long claimed to be the city of arts without having much daring to show for but that changed today. I love the work and will no doubt take many more photos of it in the future.
Fantastic to see so many people coming to watch the installation. Heaps of tiny kids as well.
Well done all involved. I am delighted!
Assembly of the huge ‘Rainbow’ sculpture by artist Marcus Canning started this morning at Fremantle Beach Reserve on Canning Highway near East Street and should be completed by late afternoon today.
The sculpture is made up of nine colourful containers and will be nine metres high. It weights 66 tonne.
The $ 145,000 artwork was commissioned by the city of Fremantle and is the biggest and most expensive artwork in Fremantle. In a few weeks time lights will be installed and the artwork will light up with the port cranes in the background. That should be an impressive entry statement to our port city.
Marcus Canning is the director of the Perth Fringe Festival and also created the stunning Ascalon sculpture at St George’s Cathedral in our capital city.
I will post photos of the artwork later today as there was not much to see at 8.30 this morning.
I wonder when we will see a protest march by emergency services and bus drivers about the ever increasing speed humps and roundabouts in Fremantle.
At the F-POL Committee of the City of Fremantle it was announced that “plateaus” would be installed at Ord Street between Ellen Street and Queen Victoria Street to deter container truck drivers on the way to Fremantle Port from using the road.
Recently a ridiculous number of ugly and noisy speed humps were installed at East Street, but that is different from “plateaus” as the latter also are pedestrian crossings.
Speed humps of any kind make for a very uncomfortable journey and seriously slow down emergency vehicles, and many motorists will find alternative routes through suburban streets.
I am not sure why Hampton Road and Ord and can’t have a container truck ban, if the desired outcome is to get rid of these trucks.
Sunset Events has revealed that the first concerts at the new J Shed venue at Bathers Beach on historic Arthur Head in early 2016 will be Missy Higgins and the home-grown South Freo band San Cisco.
The concerts are limited to 1,000 patrons so make sure to get your tickets early.
As I understand it the very first event at J Shed will be on the Australia Day long weekend on the 23rd and 24th of January, so stay tuned to find out what will be on offer then.
The battle for the operation of the container terminals on North Quay at Fremantle Ports is getting serious with the Ports soon to announce the shortlisted operators. Present stevedores Patrick’s and DP World are having serious competition from Australian and overseas companies who have moved into port operations in the Eastern States. Part of the contract will be the development of North Quay, so the port will be there for a long time to come.
The new contracts will be for a period of 25 years from 2017, so anyone dreaming about the port leaving Fremantle any time soon and the area free for residential and commercial development will be disappointed. I am not, as I believe the working port is an integral and exciting part of Fremantle.
703,327 containers were moved at Freo port in 2013-2014 so it is a lucrative business for those who win the tender.