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CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

There is still very little news to report in good old meditating Freo, so a few photos of some of the cruise ships that visit Fremantle Port.

Yesterday at 5pm the relatively small Astor departed, and an hour after her the Maasdam, which carries 1,258 passengers and is 220-metres long.

This morning at 9am the 216-metre long Seven Seas Mariner arrived with 700 passengers and 445 crew. It will depart Fremantle again early this evening.

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TWO NEW CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

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Two cruise liners are in Fremantle Port this morning and I can’t recall that they have ever visited our city before.

The 188-metre-long Azamara Quest, which can carry 686 passengers is at berth along the 203-metre-long AIDAaura, which can carry up to 1,300 passengers.

There are also hundreds of vehicles on Victoria Quay that have been unloaded, so head up to Cantonment Hill and have a look at our vibrant Freo port!

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NEW WELCOME FOR FREMANTLE CRUISE PASSENGERS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2018

 

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The cruise ship Astor arrived in Fremantle Port today, so that gave me the opportunity to have a close up look at the new shade structure in front of the Passenger Terminal.

It looks pretty good I reckon and provides plenty of shade.

I am an impatient SOB, so would not wait for the morning light that would create better photos, so here the shots I took around 3pm today.

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FREMANTLE PORT PASSENGER TERMINAL UPGRADE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2018

 

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The new shade structure in front of the Fremantle Port Passenger Terminal is nearing completion with workers putting the glass panels on top of the steel frame this morning.

The upgrade of the terminal was an important factor in Princess Cruises’ decision in making our port their home port this season.

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FREMANTLE WANTS GST INVESTMENT

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has urged the state government to spend some of WA’s $4.7 billion GST windfall on essential infrastructure in the port city.

Changes to the GST distribution passed by the Senate yesterday will deliver $1.7 billion in top-up payments to WA over three years, and see the state about $4.7 billion better off over the next eight years, and the Freo Mayor wants to see some of that windfall invested in Fremantle.

Fremantle is having an unprecedented level of investment and development, so Mayor Brad Pettitt said  “Over the past few years the state government has invested billions of dollars in the Perth CBD in projects like Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the stadium, and now is the perfect time to invest in Perth’s second city.

“As a local government we’ve done a lot of the ground work with planning and feasibility studies, so there is an ideal opportunity for the government to partner with us to deliver some of these projects that are essential not just for Fremantle but for the entire state.”

Brad Pettitt mentioned the possible redevelopment of land surrounding the Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay and including Fremantle in the early stages of METRONET as key projects requiring government investment.

An independent report Freo City commissioned back in 2016 identified the development of the South Quay precinct would generate 3700 new jobs, attract private investment of $3.5 billion and return almost $1 billion to the state over 20 years.

The Mayor said “We want the government to bring forward the detailed planning for the Fremantle to Murdoch link – be it light rail or trackless trams – to fill the east-west public transport gap until the Fremantle to Cockburn passenger rail link is progressed.

I personally also want the State Government to invest in an Aboriginal Centre in Fremantle so that overseas tourists can enjoy and learn about our Aboriginal culture and history. This is well overdue and should be a priority!

 

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FREO BLOGGER SPEEDS UP PASSENGER TERMINAL PROJECT ;>)

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, social media, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018

 

 

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OMG! What incredible power this Freo’s View blog has. ;>)

This morning I complained that the construction of the shade canopy in front of the Fremantle Ports Passenger Terminal still had no started, but by five o’clock this afternoon they had put all these posts in which will support the canopy.

Social media and a delusional blogger, who is clearly very up himself, are no doubt responsible for the fast action………. I wished. ;>)

 

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FIRST CRUISE SHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruiseship, fremantle ports, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2018

 

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The first cruise liner of the summer season arrived in Fremantle Port this morning. The Sea Princess started her circumnavigation of Australia in Sydney and will continue this evening north along the WA coast.

It is a shame that the new shade structure, promised by Premier Mark McGowan several months ago, has still not been installed, but the two huge shade umbrellas that used to be there were removed months ago, so no shade for the passengers.

Nice to see that Councillor Rachel Pemberton  has joined the Fremantle Visitors Guides. I saw her up at the Roundhouse, which I opened an hour earlier at 9.30am to accommodate all the international visitors. It was a lovely day in the sun.

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CAN BID SURVIVE FREMANTLE DESTINATION MARKETING?

 

The future of the Fremantle Business District-BID is in doubt after the FPOL Committee of Fremantle last night approved the Destination Marketing Fremantle concept, which will see the additional differential rates CBD businesses pay go to the marketing department budget and no longer to BID.

It is very doubtful BID will be able to continue without funding from the City of Fremantle, although several councillors mentioned that there was a need for something like BID and that is had done grassroots work well.

There were public speakers in support of continuing BID and others supporting the new destination marketing strategy, but the consensus of the elected members was that a new marketing approach is needed and that BID was not the way forward.

Supporters for BID said BID was a lifeline and a voice for small retailers and that BID had businesses working together for the first time. That is true and nothing stops traders from continuing to work together in a kind of precinct format, I believe, so not all is lost and the good momentum BID created could continue.

BID wanted another 12 months extension and believed it could become self funding, but they had already been granted the extension and could not show they were raising enough money to be able to continue without council giving them the differential rates.

Councillors said this was not a debate about BID versus the destination marketing strategy but if Council wanted a new marketing approach for the city. It is not either or, Councillor Andrew Sullivan said. He also said the City needed to support the concept of BID and offer more support for retailers.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said that we needed to acknowledge the incredible work BID had done and that BID was always about collaboration and grassroots level liaising with businesses, and that can continue.

Councillors agreed the City needed to try something different as the present marketing is not working and businesses are not happy with it.

Councillor Doug Thompson wanted to know before the item goes to full council next week who the marketing experts would be the marketing department wants on a panel of experts.

Councillor and FPOL chair Hannah Fitzhardinge said clarity had been lacking about what BID does and what the marketing department does.

I want to make one point that gets ignored at the Freo City marketing department and that is the lack of information the City sends out to tourist destinations in the city. More often than not the tourist guides at the Roundhouse are not informed about festivals and events, so they can’t send tourists to them. We have never had a poster or leaflets for example to promote the Winter Festival and other events that happen on the Esplanade. We have begged for info about the Hidden Treasures music festival, Street Arts Festival, etc.etc. We can’t even tell tourists what’s on at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

There is also no communication between the tourist destinations, so Roundhouse volunteers don’t know about special exhibitions or events at the Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison, etc. That needs to be coordinated by the City’s marketing department and could be as easy as emailing a short list of what is on next week. It’s very good to get more people visiting Fremantle, but we need to be able to keep them here longer and tell them what else they can do.

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FACELIFT FOR FREMANTLE PASSENGER TERMINAL

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2018

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The Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay will get a $ 3 million facelift this year with works starting this month.

There have been complaints from passengers and cruise ship operators about the heritage building which was built in 1960 and refurbished about twenty years ago.

The McGowan government will erect a new large canopy over the entrance to provide shade and shelter from the elements, the building will be painted and permanent screens will be put in front of the large windows.

144,000 cruiseline passengers arrived in Fremantle last financial year.

The facelift will do nothing though about passengers having to lug their luggage along either side of the railway line rain or shine and the ugly footbridge they have to conquer.

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STUNNING SKY FAREWELLS CRUISESHIP

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

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Beautiful sky just before sunset yesterday when the Seven Seas Navigator departed Fremantle Port.

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