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SHOULD RATEPAYERS PAY FOR DREAMS?

 

Two articles in the Fremantle Herald this weekend should be a little eye-opener for Fremantle Council, and hopefully they have learned some lessons.

The front page is all about the City wanting to support the creative sector more with their interim economic development action plan, while inside the paper former Councillor Tim Grey-Smith is rightly annoyed that City Ward candidates use the demise of his business for political election reasons.

The lesson is that the City of Fremantle should of course support the creative sector, but should be very aware not to support unsustainable small businesses, because the unrecoverable debts the City writes off regularly are of great concern to the ratepayers.

Kulcha, Fly by Night, art studios at Captain’s Lane, the Soup cafe, etc. all cost the City much-needed income, because lack of market research and too much naivety and dreams are not really helpful to make a good business case for new small businesses, and when they flounder the ratepayers pay for the failures.

City properties should create income for the community, and while subsidised leases might well be helpful for start-ups, these cases need to be carefully considered. How many of us can recall the City investing $ 20,000 as part of the One Planet policy to get a business starting to grow mushrooms from coffee waste? It was successful for just over a year and has now disappeared.

We have successful creative businesses such at Greg James, Jenny Dawson and Jina Lee at J Shed, and Kidogo Arthouse, and the Glen Cowans photo gallery at Captain’s Lane who pay full commercial rates, but their future is uncertain because Fremantle Council has failed to appreciate how important these art businesses are for Fremantle, so any new ideas need to first deal with giving these artists the certainty of tenure they deserve, before heading of yet again into dreamworld.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE SECTOR

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2019

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has published a discussion paper on the City’s Economic Development Interim Action Plan that I believe is worth sharing with Freo’s View readers in a slightly edited shorter version. I post it here:

The Economic Development Interim Action Plan 2020 – 2022 that has been developed in order to provide a temporary plan for the delivery of city led economic development activities while a new economic development strategy is developed for beyond 2020.

The creative sector is at the heart of what makes Freo special from the This is Fremantle brand to  what attracts people to Fremantle as an authentic and creative city.

Over the past two economic development strategies we have focussed on – and been successful in – attracting investment, jobs and people back into Fremantle. But these have primarily been centred on attracting mainstream industries and jobs such as state government jobs. In addition to this we have successfully enabled primary mainstream housing options – with the exception of projects like SHAC.

That has provided as strong basic economic foundation for Fremantle but what it doesn’t support, protect or enhance is the diversity of our creative industries, arts community and with this uniqueness of our brand and offering.

Now that we have got these economic fundamentals back on track there needs to be a focus over the next few years on supporting the kinds of economic activity that makes Fremantle unique and special – which is spaces and programs for our creative community to thrive and ways to expand and enhance this creative sector when the above economic resurgence will in all likelihood push up property process and rents.

Over the past two economic development strategies we have focussed on – and been successful in – attracting investment, jobs and people back into Fremantle. But these have primarily been centred on attracting mainstream industries and jobs such as state government jobs. In addition to this we have successfully enabled primary mainstream housing options – with the exception of projects like SHAC.

That has provided as strong basic economic foundation for Fremantle but what it doesn’t support, protect or enhance is the diversity of our creative industries, arts community and with this uniqueness of our brand and offering.

I strongly support assisting the creative sector, but Fremantle Council needs to be careful not to subsidise small creative businesses that are not viable in the long run and only last until the financial support finishes, as has often been the case with pop up shops and other ventures. There have been far too many ‘unrecoverable debts’ in the past in that regard.

Fremantle Council recently signed off on a film friendly city policy to encourage more film and TV crews to film in our city and one pro-active initiative they might want to consider is a location image library that is accessible on line and will save time for the often lengthy and expensive location scouting film teams engage in.

The library should especially include the hidden treasures of Fremantle; the cellars, bars, backyards, spaces such as PSAS, Fibonaci, the garden suburb of Hilton, semi industrial area around Wood Street, and also O’Connor, etc. Finding those special locations could be as simple as asking the community to report them to the location library.

Roel Loopers

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SPACEMARKET TO ACTIVATE FREO’S VICTORIA HALL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2019

 

I just received this message from SPACEMARKET who will be activating Fremantle’s historic Victoria Hall for at least two years.

Below an edited version of the message they sent out:

Exciting news — this week we’ve been handed the [space activation] keys for the next two-years to one of Fremantle’s most stunning buildings — the historic Victoria Hall on High Street! 

We propose to inject life back into this special building with workspaces for arts & cultural organisations, the re-opening of the tiny bar alongside, and the return of the hall to the community as an affordable venue and event space. This is an interim activation over the next two years, while the new Civic Centre is built in King’s Square. 

Within the building, we have office space for up to six cultural production and creative service businesses. We’ve got a particular focus on film and broadcasting – think production offices, rehearsal space, screenings, workshops and filming – but also music and performing arts, publishing and visual arts, and services such as advertising and marketing, architecture and design, creative software and digital content. Note, this building isn’t suitable for art studios, but we’re on the hunt for new maker spaces as I write this.  

As for the hall itself, it has capacity for up to 280 persons and we’d love the calendar to be bursting with every type of local event you can think of —meetings, fundraisers, school shows, performance, workshops, clothes sales, markets, music, weddings, club meets, dance classes, yoga classes — you name it. It’s going to take a mo to get the venue hire booking system up and running, but we’ll be back to you as soon as we’ve made the online hire process smooth and easy for you to use. 

In the meantime, if you’re a small film biz, design outfit, a production company, a not-for-profit org, an architecture firm, a dance school etc. and looking for a new home (in a stunning space right in the centre of Fremantle) please get in touch. Likewise, if you need a space for reoccurring meetings / get-togethers / rehearsals etc – let us schedule you in before we start booking in the one-off events. 

We’ll be taking expressions of interest throughout October, to apply please fill out an EOI form here and we will be back to you shortly. If you would like to look at booking the hall for a re-occurring event or for more info please email us at at kate@spacemarket.com.au or sarah@spacemarket.com.au with VICTORIA HALL RENTAL as the subject line. 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE YOUTH OPEN MIC NIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, creative, hospitality, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on October 2, 2019

 

Oct 3 Youth Open Mic

 

The Fremantle Youth Network is holding a Open Mic Night at the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street this Wednesday October 3 from 5-9pm.

Comedians, Poets, Singers, Story tellers and others are invited to share their thoughts.

Roel Loopers

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COME SHOOT IN FILM FRIENDLY FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, creative, local government, photography, TV, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2019

 

It’s a wrap! Fremantle is now officially a Film Friendly City after Council adopted a policy on Wednesday in the hope to attract more film and TV productions to the port city.

The City of Fremantle will reduce fees and charges, streamline applications and provide support with locations and logistics.

Fremantle Councillors believe there are potential marketing and tourism benefits for the city with the new policy, and that film and TV productions also create jobs as they use local talent, professionals, caterers, make-up artists, hairdressers, costume makers, etc. so it stimulates the local economy while getting the Freo name and brand out in the world.

Two Australian film productions have been shot in Fremantle this year.

I Met a Girl – the story of an impulsive young musician struggling with schizophrenia who falls for a mysterious woman – was shot at various locations in the West End, while Below – a black comedy-drama starring Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr – was shot at Fremantle Prison.

Roel Loopers

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THIS IS ARTY FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, graffiti, Uncategorized by freoview on August 27, 2019

 

 

It is only a few more weeks until the local government election campaign starts and where negativity about Fremantle Council will be severe and sometimes unfair, so I am trying to make the best of waking up from my winter hibernation with long walks through our delightful city.

Today I did a little photo essay on art and murals.

Roel Loopers

FILM FRIENDLY FREO ATTRACTION FOR MOVIE MAKERS

Posted in city of fremantle, creative, culture, local government, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on February 23, 2019

 

The agenda for this Wednesday’s Ordinary Council meeting of the City of Fremantle is huge-250 pages long!- with most items having already been debated at various council committees.

But one item stands out for me and that is the suggestion by Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge  to consider a Film Friendly Freo policy.

ELECTED MEMBER SUMMARY
The City of Fremantle is a film friendly location and it would be a positive step forward to support the professional film and television industry to use the City for this purpose.
Fremantle’s iconic locations, from our beaches to our working port and heritage West End, provide an abundance of attractive settings for films of all types. A ‘Film Friendly Freo’ policy will make it quicker and easier for film-makers to gain approvals and support from the City of Fremantle to film in our city.”

Many cities in Australia do charge fees for commercial photo shoots and filming, so Hannah Fithardinge’s suggestion might attract more film productions to Fremantle. It is important though that the city would get credit for its generosity, with a prominent mention that the movie was shot on location in Fremantle, free of charge.

I can’t wait for Hollywood and Bollywood to discover Freo! 😍

Roel Loopers

FANTASTIC CREATIVE FUN AT FOMO COLOUR

 

 

What a fantastic fun FOMO Colour event at Fremantle Oval today!

More than 600 creative people, young and old, came to altogether create one of the biggest canvasses ever painted in WA, if one put all the images together.

The event was organised by the Kings Square Redevelopment Project partners Sirona Capital.

The event was booked out very fast and they had a waiting list of 600 people, which they had to close.

FOMO, by the way, stands for Fremantle On My Own and is the motto for the new retail concept at Kings Square, which will open late next year.

Roel Loopers

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DESIGNER CHRISTMAS MARKET IN PRINCESS MAY PARK

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, creative, design, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2018

 

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There is a big Christmas Market on in Fremantle this weekend at Princess May Park in Adelaide Street.

The Made on the Left 2018 Christmas Market will be held at the park at the Old Boys School, opposite St Patrick’s Basilica, this Saturday and Sunday November 17 and 18 between 9am and 5pm..

This free outdoor event will feature over 60 designer and artisan stalls. Bring the kids along to enjoy the free children’s activities.

Celebrate the 10th year of Perth’s longest running designer market.

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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