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CHARGE EVENTS FEES FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, esplanade reserve, events, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle should stop giving financial concessions to events organisers who use the Esplanade, and relocate events which are too big for the reserve.

Events, especially those with no pass-outs, do not support local traders, but the City often hands over the Esplanade for free or at reduced rates, while the organisers make many tens of thousands of dollars profit.

I do understand that Fremantle wants to attract events and build on our festival city brand, but the very popular South Beach Sunset Markets pay rent and artists at Arthur Head also pay commercial rates for their studios and galleries, so why should large events be exempt?

Allowing events to overflow onto Marine Terrace has created traffic chaos in the West End, partly due to incompetent traffic management. As a result motorists could not be bothered and bypassed the area, to the detriment of local traders.

Residents and traders at Marine Terrace and surrounding streets are significantly inconvenienced by events that are too large for the Esplanade, so these events should be moved to Fremantle Oval or Fremantle Park, and fees should be charged for those areas as well.

No matter how much we want to keep and encourage events in Fremantle, the City should either charge commercial rent, or take a risk and receive a percentage of the profits for the use of our public spaces.

 

Roel Loopers

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WORRIED ABOUT ESPLANADE TREE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2017

 

 

Reader Kel Smith is all up in arms that I photographed the wrong tree on the Esplanade and that I called him a worrier, so here the tree he is concerned about.

Relax, Kel! I did not go out in the storm and rain on Friday to deliberately shoot the wrong tree or ridicule you, I simply got it wrong, because unlike everyone else in Fremantle I am not perfect!

I too am a Freo worrier, and so are all those who care for our city, so no offence meant there either.

Now let me go back contemplating mountains and mole hills. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

 

NEW GRASS FOR FREO ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

 

Only a few days a go I showed photos of all the puddles and mud on the path near the Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade.

So fair is fair, and here some photos of the City of Fremantle laying new grass on the reserve today.

 

Roel Loopers

PEDESTRIAN WET MESS AT ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017

 

 

The City of Fremantle needs to improve the footpath on the Esplanade that runs from Essex Street to Little Creatures as it is a mess in winter after rainfall.

One has to walk through deep puddles or divert through the grass, and the latter creates mud.

People with prams or in wheelchairs have to plough through the wet mess, and that is not on.

There also needs to be a second ‘wayfinding’ path from Collie Street to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It is good and fine to do the big picture stuff and the concept of a hub, but one needs to look after the small stuff as well and create a path that can be used all seasons.

 

Roel Loopers

ESPLANADE NEW HUB ON SLOW BURNER

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

A new burger restaurant on the Fremantle Esplanade remains a pipe dream for the time being, as City of Fremantle officers do not believe building the new hospitality venue should be a priority for the City, and they are hesitant to recommend that proponent Parklife should construct the building themselves on crown land.

The City has nominated $ 1.1 million in its forward budget estimates to construct the so-called Esplanade Hub in the 2018/19 financial year, however it is likely the officers will recommend to council that this is a lower priority project when compared to other projects. so it is probable that it will be delayed till at least 2019/20.

The Esplanade Reserve Masterplan was signed off in 2015, but has been controversial in the community, with even some senior officers at the City not being supportive of the new ‘hub’ idea near the railway line and Tourist Wheel.

At the Strategy and Project Development Committee last night Councillor Rachel Pemberton mentioned that sometimes Council loses track of Masterplans and they grow too big, and she said the area is surrounded by food and beverage options already.

Other Councillors said they would not want to be burned again, as happened with the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed.

Councillors Doug Thompson and Andrew Sullivan were at loggerheads, with Thompson saying that the Kings Square Project was the main focus for the City and it could not afford another major project for five years or so, while Sullivan said the Esplanade was crying out right now for that kind of development and that a city like Fremantle should be able to handle more major projects at the same time.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said the City should be looking for other options, a smaller cafe, and that the proposed burger restaurant was too big. Councillor Pemberton agreed and said the community would not be too happy to lose more of the grassed area, and that it might be better to do the project in the future when the Esplanade was extended into the Italian Club carpark.

Councillor Thompson made one of the best observations of the evening, by saying that no one had ever said to him that we need to redevelop the cafe on the Esplanade.

Councillor Pemberton also questioned if the Dismantle containers were actually used and suggested strongly that if they are not used they should be removed, or Council could take them over for uses related to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, such as skateboard hire.

I believe the City of Fremantle would do well to investigate what can be done to retain the Carriage Cafe in its present location, as moving it might structurally not be possible. Instead of spending a lot of money on building a new food outlet, Council should be looking at how it can support the existing cute cafe and help it grow into a restaurant and small bar with nearby public toilets.

We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in Freo and we don’t really need another burger outlet, or another food outlet when there are nine of them on the other side of the railway line at the Fishing Boat Harbour, from Little Creatures, Baskin&Robbins, Joe’s Fish Shack, Han’s Cafe, Cicerello’s, Kailis, Char Char Bull, Bathers Beach House, all the way to Sweetlips.

 

Roel Loopers

COMMOTIONS AT THE FREO CARRIAGE CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, esplanade reserve, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2017

 

carriage 1

carriage 2

 

The lovely Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade has new owners(again), a new name CARRIAGE COFFEE SHOP, a new coffee brand, new menu, new chef, new events and new ideas, so make sure to try them out soon!

Owners Rochelle and Dave are well-known local musicians who live in Freo’s West End and are members of the FLUID GROOVE band.

On weekends they are running Commotions@The Carriage where local buskers play on Fridays from 2-4 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4 pm.

The Carriage Coffee Shop is close to the playground, Esplanade Youth Plaza skatepark and the Tourist Wheel, so perfect for families.

They can operate for another two years before the City of Fremantle wants them to move on. That is a real shame, because the cafe should stay and also become a small bar at night.

It is questionable if the building can be relocated without destroying it, as the roots of the trees have grown into the foundations.

The City has offered the owners three locations to consider; the grassed area at South Beach, where there are already two cafes, Pioneer Park, that is close to many cafes in the area, or the grassed area at Bathers Beach near Kidogo Arthouse.

The Bathers Beach option is remarkable and shows how inconsistent the City of Fremantle can be, because Kidogo arthouse was not allowed to build toilets to the south of the gallery as it would affect the view corridor to the ocean. The Carriage building is much bigger and would impact on the historic interpretation of the area.

Anyway, go and support the Carriage Coffee Shop and tell Fremantle Council we don’t really need a new hub near the ferris wheel and another burger bar.

They are on Facebook, so keep up to date with what they do.

Roel Loopers

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CARRIAGE CAFE TO STAY

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2017

 

I hear that the Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade has been sold and that the new owners have an understanding with the City of Fremantle that they can stay there for several years, and don’t have to move or demolish the building to make way for the Esplanade masterplan development.

This is probably due to Freo City not being in the financial position to build the planned new hospitality venue near the ferris wheel that was to become a burger bar.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ESPLANADE GRASS A MESS AGAIN

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, nature by freoview on November 7, 2016

esplanade-grass

 

What an absolute shame to see the state of the Fremantle Esplanade grass after the City spent so much money on it last year.

No one is to blame as the surface has some kind of disease that can only be treated by taking many metres off the top soil and that would be an enormously expensive job.

But I wonder if the Esplanade Masterplan actually addresses this very important issue. It is no good to remove the Carriage cafe and build another hospitality venue when the reserve looks awful. It is not practical or financially viable to just keep putting new grass on it that dies within months because of the disease.

Roel Loopers

COUNCIL LIFELINE FOR ESPLANADE CARRIAGE CAFE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, hospitality by freoview on October 27, 2016

Fremantle Council threw a lifeline at the Esplanade Carriage Cafe owners by deferring the part of the committee recommendation that Council intends to end the lease for them on April 30, 2019.

Councillors Strachan, Waltham and Hume questioned if it was good use of ratepayers’ money to build a new hospitality venue to accommodate a burger restaurant. Councillor Ingrid Waltham believed the Carriage could be relocated to another location on the Esplanade, while Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had a soft spot for the Carriage.

Council did accept the George Kailis owned Parklife as the preferred proposal for a hamburger restaurant in the to be built new venue.

I hope Council will learn from the mistakes made by Cottesloe Council and the Indiana Teahouse where public toilet issues have been a serious concern for many years and resulted in many disagreements between the the city and the restaurant operators.

I believe a relocation of the carriage cafe building to the front of the Shipwreck Museum might be a better idea than relocating it on the Esplanade, or alternatively it could fit in very well on the reserve at J Shed at Bathers Beach.

One big worry though is that former owner Kel Smith, who built the Carriage, claims it can’t be relocated because the base of it is too entangled with the root system of the surrounding trees.

Roel Loopers

NEW BURGER RESTAURANT FOR FREMANTLE ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, food, hospitality, local government by freoview on October 7, 2016

The City of Fremantle will be spending an estimated $ 700,000 on building a new hospitality venue for the new Esplanade Hub near the railway line and ferris wheel, while telling the owners of the long-established Carriage Cafe to close business by the end of April 2019 and demolish or dismantle the building and pack it up.

The FPOL Committee of Council will on Wednesday debate to lease the new building to  Park Burger, the preferred tenderer out of three, for between $ 150-250 per square metre per annum. The new burger restaurant “Will be set in an architecturally significant building” according to CoF documents, and will be 250-350 square metres large.

The building will run on “green power” and the operators might grow organic products on and around the building. They will also seek to acquire a liquor license.

It will be managed and operated by a team of professionals with extensive hospitality experience in WA and Fremantle, but the documents do not disclose who these people are. My  guess is that they will include Fishing Boat Harbour operators getting a bit more of the hospitality share in Freo.

The entertainment section for the hub was also tendered for and the preferred tenderer is the Tourist Wheel that is already there, so nothing new in that regard.

Roel Loopers

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