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FREMANTLE DRIVERS SEEING RED

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

 

 

One of the final events of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale 2019 was a tour of red-coloured cars through the streets of Fremantle on Saturday at lunch time.

They gathered at the Beach Street carpark where I took these photos.

The Biennale ends with a party on the deck of the Maritime Museum this Sunday from 5pm. See you there!

Roel Loopers

FREO TAKING THE PUBLIC PISS

Posted in beer, beer festival, city of fremantle, festivals, local government, toilets, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2019

 

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Festivals bring a lot of people into Fremantle and that is a good thing, but what is not good is that the Esplanade public toilets are not available to the general public during the Beer Festival this weekend.

There are no public toilets in the Fishing Boat Harbour, only those a long walk south from Little Creatures near the carpark, and who knows about those?  Nor are there public toilets at Bathers Beach, so the next public toilets are inside the Fremantle Markets and at Kings Square. That is not good enough City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

LAST CHANCE TO SEE MAGIC WATER LICHT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2019

 

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This evening from 7.30pm onward is your last chance to see the magic light and smoke Water Licht show by Daan Roosegaarde, which is part of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale at the Esplanade.

There were thousands of people watching it on Saturday mesmerised by the serene beauty of it, so don’t miss it!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE STARTS TODAY!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2019

 

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The FREMANTLE BIENNALE UNDERCURRENT starts this evening with an amazing show on the Esplanade from 7.15pm. The show is only on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so don’t miss it!

Water Licht (Water Light) by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is a call to action on climate change and raising awareness about rising sea levels.

As a virtual flood, Waterlicht visualizes what level the water could reach if it wasn’t for human intervention. The immersive light installation creates a collective experience to share the importance of water innovation and raise awareness around rising water levels.

 

Check out all the Biennale events and exhibitions on the Facebook page and website.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE BILLBOARD ART PROJECT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2019

 

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Only two more sleeps until the FREMANTLE BIENNALE 2019 starts on Friday, so here another little teaser.

Artist Sam Bloor invites you to step inside Fremantle’s galleries and museums with his playful and ambiguous words in ‘The Billboard Project’. This series of large-scale, hand-painted signs, will be on display outside several cultural institutions and woven through the streets of Fremantle.

Sam Bloor (b 1987) is a visual artist from Perth, with a sign-writing background. His practice investigates points of contention within the designation of urban space along with perceived notions of value and labour. Bloor has exhibited both nationally and internationally in shows including, Totem In Tribute (2016) in Edinburgh, UK and the Fremantle Print Award (2016, 2018) in which he was awarded first prize.

 

Roel Loopers

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FREO BIENNALE!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, festivals, local government, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on October 22, 2019

 

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GOOD THAT COUNCILS ARE MUCH MORE THAN RATES, ROADS AND RUBBISH

Posted in city of fremantle, community, events, festivals, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

I agree with WA Local Government Minister David Templeman that local councils have evolved and are much more than just about rates, roads and rubbish. The unfair criticism in the media and from many in the community ignore the facts that councils do a lot more for their communities than in the past, and that is mainly due because people demand more and better services and because some of the services state governments supplied have been pushed to local councils.

What would Fremantle be for its residents, traders and visitors if all council did was look after the rates, the roads and the rubbish collection? Think about it for a moment.

Should Fremantle get rid off the Samson Rec. Centre, the Meeting Place, the Hilton PCYC and the North Freo Community Hall? Should councils no longer be responsible to look after playing fields  and sporting ovals. Would the State Government happily step in and take over all these services, and at what financial cost to us?

Should Fremantle Council sell or lease the arts and leisure centres because running them is well beyond rates, roads and rubbish, and what about our festivals? Would the Freo community prefer to not have the Fremantle Festival, Hidden Treasures, Wardarnji Aboriginal festival, One Day in Freo events, etc. because they are not part of the basic rates, roads and rubbish local governments have to do? Surely not.

What about the library, legal advise service and social services, and why should the City of Fremantle have community safety officers when law&order is the responsibility of WA Police?

If we got rid of all these services rates would come down, but will Freo be a better place for it?

Would those who whinge about councils having lost the plot really be more happy if all the things that make Fremantle the special place it is be scrapped because councillors supposedly are only elected to look after the rates, roads and rubbish? I think not!

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC FOG SHOW IN HENRY STREET

 

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This could be an interesting fog art installation at the Moores Building in Fremantle’s Henry Street tonight. Go check it out!

Fog rumours for Fri July 12: a film/music/fog installation is happening outside Moore & Moore Cafe on Henry St approx 7pm weather permitting, with potential repeat performances there, or later outside Shipwrecks Museum (Cliff Street), if weather holds. Updates will be posted here and Fogotten | 10 Nights in Port if we move around.

Tonight’s installation is dedicated to the many sailors from The Carlisle Castle and City of York who lost their lives in a horrific storm off Fremantle exactly 120 years ago on July 12th 1899.

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HOW MANY MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR SOUTH BEACH?

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will have to deal with the conundrum of how many festivals are sustainable for our Festival City.

Two event operators have requested to shift events from Port Beach to South Beach because of the uncertainty of the Port Beach erosion, but how many music and other summer events are acceptable to the South Fremantle community that is already getting the weekly Sunset Markets and a new tavern opening at the Sealanes site.

One also has to consider the beach goers whose local beach will be closed off and where parking will be a nightmare, so what is the solution?

Applications have been made for Sets on the Beach and Sundown Sessions, as well as For the Love music events on February 29, March 1 and March 7 so it would become very busy at South Beach.

City officers recommend that Council only approves one event at South Beach, but that would mean Fremantle loses two major events that would attract crowds of up to 5,000 each and that is not perfect either.

All events applied for are beach events so they can’t be shifted to Fremantle Oval or the Esplanade, and Bathers Beach is probably too small.

What will the preferred compromise be? Have your say at the FPOL Committee this Wednesday 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE TRAINS NOT RUNNING TODAY

 

Yesterday I saw a notice on Facebook by the PTA that Fremantle trains would not be running at night this weekend but a Roundhouse volunteer guide just told me she had to take a bus from Mosman Park because the trains are not running during the day either.

With WINTERWORLD just starting today it is amazing how the Public Transport Authority so often cancel Freo trains when festivals are on. Is there any collaboration with the City of Fremantle at all?

Roel Loopers

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