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FREO READY TO WELCOME YOU TOMORROW!

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020

 

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There is a lot of activity all over Fremantle where the hospitality venues are getting ready for the near normal that will be in place from midnight tonight.

They are all expecting large crowds to come to Freo and enjoy a cold drink and a meal on a warm winter day.

Roel Loopers

ONE MORE SLEEP TO NEAR NORMAL!

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020

 

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The very Freo mobile barista at Gypsy Tapas in Queen Street might no longer be needed when we are going to near normal stage from midnight tonight where hospitality venues are allowed to have 100 customers, and the bigger ones up to 300 if they can create separate areas.

The National Hotel will have live music all weekend, Char Char  and Cicerello’s are open again and Kailis in the Fishing Boat Harbour will also re-open from tomorrow.

Little Creatures announced that as soon as they have found solutions to keep staff and patrons safe and can adhere to the Covid-19 social distancing requirements they will also reopen.

I am expecting, and hoping for, a very busy weekend in Fremantle, one that our traders have been hanging out for for months, so be patient when there is more traffic on the road, parking spots harder to find and a lot of people walking around.

When visiting pubs be aware that only table service will be available, so it might take a wee bit longer to get a drink or a meal, but after waiting for so long that should not be an issue. Staff will try their very best to be fast and efficient, so relax, chill, be nice and enjoy the moment, and remember that the pandemic is not over by a long shot, so keep your distance, wash your hands!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE RATES UPPERCUT.

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, economy, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on June 1, 2020

 

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Fremantle Council has not officially  released the budget yet and the cuts they will have to make due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but those who have unrealistically called for rates to be reduced are in for a big shock, if the article in the Fremantle Herald this week is correct and that rates will increase by 10 per cent. That is huge and might well be unprecedented.

The sad reality is that the City of Fremantle has a huge decline in revenue from parking, property leases, etc. Reportedly that is some $ 2 million a month CoF is missing out on, hence some services will have to be cut, staff and councillors took a 20 per cent pay cut, and some have lost their jobs.

It is easy to put blame on councillors and directors, but no one in the world could guess that the worldwide pandemic would cripple the economy everywhere, but is shows also that a small local council such as Fremantle need to be extremely prudent with expenditure because it relies too much on parking and tourism, in a world where High Street retail is declining rapidly.

Fremantle has had no income from festivals, concerts, events, etc. this summer, because of the social distancing restrictions, and it does not have enough money in the bank to make up for that loss of income.

The 10% rate rise is a huge shock, although some claim it is not a real rate rise because the rate in the dollar based on gross rental values is going up about 10% because the average GRV has gone down about 10%. The total rates income is exactly the same.

But I fear there is more to come and that some good services will be cut, while public works will not been done.

These are incredibly hard times for so many people, so hard for many small businesses that might not survive or might not re-open at all. The WA Treasurer has warned we will get into a recessions, and that is basically happening in Fremantle as well.

I just hope and wish that Freo will get out of it a better place, with much development still happening, but how patient is the community going to be and how long can businesses struggle on?

Stay safe and well, Freo!

Roel Loopers

SIX MORE SLEEPS BACK TO NEAR NORMAL

 

 

It is not only us humans hanging out for pubs and restaurants to open again, the poor seagulls in the Fishing Boat Harbour are also keen for a feed of fish&chips.

Roel Loopers

CAFES RETURNING TO NORMAL

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, covid-19, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2020

 

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I am happy that from June 6 on cafes can accommodate about double the number of customers than they can currently, under the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

When winter weather is there no one wants to sit out in the open, so the seats inside are taken fast, as was the case this morning at my favourite Freo cafe. That was disappointing. I want my local cafe back to normal! ;>))

This man decided to at least read the newspaper without getting wet.

Roel Loopers

GOOD NEWS FOR FREO HOSPITALITY VENUES

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, food, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2020

 

 

Good news for the struggling Fremantle hospitality industry with WA Premier Mark McGowan today announcing the relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions.

From Saturday June 6 hospitality venues are allowed to have only 2sqm per customer, which doubles the current capacity.

Larger venues which can split into self-contained section are allowed to have up to 100 people per section, with a maximum of 300 patrons per venue.

Alcohol can be served without meals, but patrons will need to be seated at all times, which means table service only.

Phase 3 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap allows for:

  • indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people at any one time, per single undivided space, applying the revised two square metre per person capacity rule for WA venues
  • for venues that can fully re-open under stage 3, up to 300 patrons in total at the venue, but with no more than 100 patrons in a single undivided space at any one time (referred to as 100/300 rule) and applying the revised two square metre per patron capacity rule for WA venues.
  • food businesses and licensed premises may operate with seated service
  • alcohol may be served without a meal (patrons must be seated)
  • food courts can reopen with a seated service
  • businesses that provide beauty therapy and personal care services (including tanning, waxing, massages, nails services, tattooing and piercing) to reopen in line with the requirements for hairdressers and barbers
  • saunas, bath houses, float centres and wellness centres to reopen
  • galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues can reopen (during any performance, the patrons must be seated)
  • Rottnest Island to open (Rottnest ferries are considered public transport)
  • The Perth Zoo to open with no patron limit for the whole venue (the 100/300 rule applies to indoor spaces and cafés/restaurants)
  • wildlife and amusement parks can reopen
  • arcades (including pool/snooker, ten pin bowling, Timezone), skate rinks and indoor play centres to reopen
  • auction houses and real estate auctions can reopen
  • TAB and other gaming venues (other than the Casino which is being considered separately) are permitted to reopen
  • contact sport and training is now permitted
  • playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment is permitted to be used
  • gyms, health clubs, indoor sports centres can open and will be able to offer the normal range of activities provided staff are present, including use of all gym equipment
  • travel permitted throughout all of Western Australia (excluding entry into remote Aboriginal communities).

Everyone is encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene at all times.

Roel Loopers

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AL KUWAIT CREW ON BOARD SINCE DECEMBER

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, fremantle ports, health, LIVESTOCK, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2020

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If it is true that the crew of the Al Kuwait have not been allowed off the live sheep ship since December, it is a worry.

I received this interesting comment to the blog from Ivana C S, and if this is correct how did the people on the Al Kuwait get Covid-19 when they have not disembarked since December, as Ivana C S claims?

My dad is a cook on this ship. He went to work there before Covid was reported to China. Since December he, and the rest of the crew were not allowed to disembark in any port. Even they don’t know how this happened! He is now in a hotel waiting for test results. I need to say this too, he was supposed to come back in March…because of worldwide lockdown he is still working. So…. no crew were walking the streets of Fremantle… this is a great shock to as all. Greetings from Croatia.

Roel Loopers

HOPING FOR BRIGHT FOMO FUTURE

 

 

A cool and wet day in Freo, so starting it off with a bit of colour from the Henderson Street carpark, which is part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project by Sirona Capital.

I must admit that in the current climate and Covid-19 economy I am anxious about the FOMO retail concept planned for our city square.

While there is some optimism about Fremantle’s future and the revitalisation of the CBD through residential, commercial, hospitality and tourism development, the pandemic will no doubt delay some of those projects and I just hope that FOMO will still start before Christmas this year, once the Walyalup Civic Centre is completed.

Roel Loopers

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SAYING SORRY IS NOT A BIG DEAL PREMIER!

 

I have never understood why it is so difficult for politicians to admit they were wrong and simply apologise.

Such is the case with WA Premier Mark McGowan yesterday accusing the Federal Government of not sending WA the relevant information about the Al Kuwait live sheep vessel that arrived in Fremantle Port with crew members who have the Covid-19 virus.

It turned out that the WA Health Department received information but decided to not take action because, according to the officer who spoke at the media conference with the Premier, they receive a lot of emails, and that of course is not good enough.

But McGowan today should just have admitted the stuff up was here in WA and he was not given all the facts, and apologise to the Federal Government. He looked very uncomfortable instead.

But WA Liberal opposition leader Liza Harvey is well out of her depth, accusing the Premier of a “stunt” that brought anxiety to the most vulnerable, when it was an unacceptable blunder of communication and lack of action by the Health Department.

Let’s not forget for one moment that only days ago Liza Harvey wanted Western Australian borders to be re-opened and the state government no longer be able to control who comes to WA. That is hypocrisy!

I have been in WA since September 1985, and we have had quite a few dud Premiers and leaders of the opposition, both Labor and Liberal, but Liza Harvey is one of the worst. The Libs should dump here as soon as possible.

And as for you, Mark McGowan, just say sorry. That is a sign of great leadership and personality. And kick arse at the Health Department, because these kind of failures could end up like the Ruby Princess disaster in NSW!

 

Roel Loopers

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EVERYTHING IS OK FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, graffiti, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2020

 

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The sign on the old Woolstores, that told people off for not staying at home during the Covid-19 crisis, has been replaced with a more positive one. Everything is FREOOOOO-K and a thumbs up.

The Al Kuwait cluster of the virus shows though that we can not become complacent and relax too much. It is essential to keep to the social distancing rules, no matter what we do.

Roel Loopers

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