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BEAUTIFUL CICERELLO’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2019

 

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There is not a lot of good Christmas decoration in Fremantle so Cicerello’s in the Fishing Boat Harbour deserves credit for this great display.

The thousands of little lights moving in the breeze look stunning, so take your children for a stroll one evening from about 7.30pm.

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FREMANTLE’S BRONZE FISHERMAN CAUGHT

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, greg james, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2019

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Two rather different photos of J Shed sculptor Greg James‘ artwork in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Workers who are repairing the jetty have caught one of the bronze fisherman, while the Bathers Beach House looks different when taken through the massive legs of the big sentinel.

The stolen Bella sculpture by Greg James still has not been found.

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FROM SWEETLIPS TO TWIN FIN FISH&CHIPS

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2019

 

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A new Fish&Chips outlet has opened at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. TWIN FIN has taken over the site where Sweetlips used to be, so make sure to give it a try and support a new small business in town.

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BLESSING OF THE FLEET TODAY!

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, culture, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour was packed full at lunch time on Saturday so I ended up having fish&chips at Joe’s Fish Shack for the first time and it was very good.

On Sunday the annual Blessing of the Fleet will parade through the inner city to the Fishing Boat Harbour from 2pm, so I expect big crowds in town.

If you have never watched the Blessing come and see it. It is impressive and a lovely tradition.

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FISHING BOAT HARBOUR WORK BAD TIMING

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2019

 

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Now that the weather is warming up and tourists are coming back to Fremantle it seems to be strange planning by the Marine&Harbours department to start work on the Fishing Boat Harbour boardwalk in front of Joe’s Fishshack.

The first cruiseship  will be arriving on October 20, so let’s hope the maintenance work does not take months to complete.

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RELAXING AT A FREMANTLE ARTWORK

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2019

 

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Overseas tourists relaxing at the great Greg James bronze sculpture in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour on the long weekend.

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AN UPLIFTING PHOTO OF FREMANTLE

Posted in boating, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2019

 

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High up in the sky are these yachts at a boat lifter on Mews Road in Fremantle and created this uplifting photo.

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FACELIFTS AT THE FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

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The refurbishment of the Kailis Fish Cafe in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour have been completed and the popular fish&chips destination is open to the public again, with a raw fish bar added.

Down the road the sterile HELM bar at Little Creatures has been gutted and the old Harbourside bar has been brought back with cosy launches and armchairs. I much prefer it that way!

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COUNCIL WANTS TO KEEP OUR TWO WORKING PORTS

 

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Fremantle Council wants the Fishing Boat Harbour to continue to operate as an authentic working harbour according to a position statement endorsed by Council on Wednesday evening.

The council adopted the statement to confirm its position in relation to future planning processes and development at the harbour.

The leaseholders of the Boat Lifters site at 38 Mews Road, next to the Little Creatures Brewery, are currently exploring redevelopment options for the site and the adjoining Sardine Wharf.

As part of their ‘Harbour Connect’ project AMB Capital Partners, a company owned by the Bennett family, have flagged a development that may involve a range of new land uses, including commercial, retail, accommodation and residential uses.

The Department of Transport has also sought the City of Fremantle’s input into a possible review of the vision for the harbour and the principles that would guide any future redevelopment.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fishing Boat Harbour was a vital part of Fremantle, both as a base for fishing and marine industries and as a visitor destination.

“The Fremantle Council is supportive of investment and any appropriate new development to sustain Fishing Boat Harbour into the future,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“However, there is no question that the harbour should continue to operate as a working harbour with fishing fleet-related and other marine industries, as these industries are essential to the retention of an authentic port attraction and visitor experience for the greater Fremantle area.

“Infrastructure and services to support ongoing use of the harbour by commercial and recreational vessels, including the boat lifting facilities, should either be maintained or replaced elsewhere within Fishing Boat Harbour if the existing facilities are affected by development proposals.

“Any proposal to introduce noise sensitive land uses like short or long stay accommodation should be limited in scale, and should only be permitted if the ongoing operations of the working harbour are legally protected.”

The council’s position statement also states Fishing Boat Harbour should be recognised as an important component of the Fremantle city centre and should not be treated as an isolated precinct.

Commercial and retail uses not directly related to maritime industries or needing a harbour location should complement, not draw away, investment from the city centre.

Any new development should respond to existing context and sense of place, and harmonise with the traditional low profile industrial character of the area.

Some additional building height could be entertained as part of a major development provided it could be demonstrated the development would deliver significant public benefits.

The council has also called for no net loss of parking in the area, key connections and vistas to be retained, connection to the Esplanade, Bathers Beach and the waterfront to be improved and the extension of Norfolk Street to be pursued as a the primary entrance to the harbour.

The Boat Lifters site is Crown Land reserved under the Metropolitan Region Scheme for Public Purposes (Special Use), so approval of any development under the City’s local planning scheme is not required. Approval by state planning authorities would be required.

 

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CHANGES IN FREO’S FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 17, 2019

 

 

Quite a few changes are happening in the popular Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.  Kailis is changing their concept with a new 80s style fish cafe that will have a raw fish section and will feature the cheaper fish such as mullet, herring, etc.

The Helm bar that opened upstairs at Little Creatures in November last year was something I  and many others never liked and it clearly failed because now they are going back to the past and the old Harbour Bar will be recreated.

The demise of Sweetlips was very disappointing but there is work going on and signs stating that a new concept will open in that space soon, so stay tuned.

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