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PHOTOS OF A FREO SUNDAY STROLL

 

tourists

 

Here a few happy snaps I took around Fremantle on this glorious Sunday.

It was surprisingly quiet on the Cappuccino Strip but the Fishing Boat Harbour was buzzing with foreign tourists, mainly from Malaysia.

My favourite little cafe Chalkys just below the Roundhouse in historic High Street was also doing well and they deserve it because they have great staff, owners, coffee and food.

ROEL LOOPERS

 

FREMANTLE’S TWO HARBOURS

 

Port

FBH

 

There is a lot of activity going on in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour with ships being repaired and maintained until the season up north starts again.

At Fremantle Port two huge RoRo vessels are delivering hundreds of vehicles so that is always an impressive sight as well.

Roel Loopers

CONTROVERSY ABOUT FISHING BOAT HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

Fremantle is due for another huge debate about development if the first comments about the proposed residential, tourist and hotel precinct at the boat lifters in the Fishing Boat Harbour are anything to go by.

The West Australian today reports that the WA Fishing Industry Council has stated that a boat lifting facility is essential for a working harbour, while the owners of Cicerello’s and Bathers Beach House of course say the idea would be a one in a hundred year opportunity.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has said that he welcomes the idea by AMB Capital to explore development opportunities at the Fishing Boat Harbour, but former Freo Mayor Peter Tagliaferri told the West Australian that Freo’s identity would be lost without a working Fremantle Port and a commercial Fishing Boat Harbour, and I quite agree with Tagliaferri on this.

There is always a lot of talk in Fremantle about sustainability but no one talks about how much development is sustainable so that Freo’s charm and heritage character is not suffocated by modern development.

A working port and a working Fishing Boat Harbour are part of the unique character of Fremantle and without them we are in danger of becoming just another seaside town with the blandness of Scarborough or Cottesloe.

While Fremantle Council probably will have very little influence on the actual outcome the Fremantle community will need to let the State Government know loud and clear that we are not against good development as long as it respects Fremantle’s heritage and marine uniqueness.

I don’t believe that we need to panic yet as there was a proposal for a wrap around hotel at Little Creatures years ago, and that never happened, so we are a long way away from any development in the Fishing Boat Harbour. But let’s stay alert!

Roel Loopers

FISHING BOAT HARBOUR TOURIST ATTRACTION PLANS

 

Plans to develop some parts of the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour are at the early stages and will require good community consultation and also consideration of the City of Fremantle’s plans to extend Parry/Norfolk Street all the way over the railway line.

HARBOUR CONNECT is a project by AMB Capital and involves business people who have been in Fremantle for four generations.

The site for development is the current boat lifting and storage at 38 Mews Road and the adjoining Sardine Wharf car park, so it would be quite a substantial development.

AMB Capital envisage a development that supports a range of new land uses, which also embraces, showcases and supports the working roots of the Harbour.

The project team have broad aspirations for the site to:

  • Regenerate the currently inaccessible site to create a vibrant and engaging mixed-use precinct that everyone in the community can access
  • Generate future uses that support the existing maritime activity in Fishing Boat Harbour
  • Contribute towards improving connections between the City of Fremantle, the boat harbour and the Port.
  • Celebrate the culture and history of Fremantle
  • Support Fremantle’s creative commerce through a range of retail and commercial uses
  • Create public spaces for the local community that provide a connection to the waterfront
  • Become an iconic link between the ‘green lung’ of Fremantle (the Esplanade Park) to the east and the ‘blue lung’ (the water) to the west.
  • Enhance the visitor and tourist offering of Fishing Boat Harbour, including places for visitors to stay
  • Alternative attractions than food outlets.
  • Enable a diversity of residential accommodation
  • Deliver an environmentally sustainable built form outcome

 

What are your thoughts on growing and improving the very popular Fishing Boat Harbour and making it even more of a tourist attraction?

Roel Loopers

SAD TO HEAR THAT FREMANTLE SWEETLIPS CLOSES

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2019

 

 

I am very sad to hear that SWEETLIPS in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour has closed forever. It is the fish&chips outlet that was my Freo favourite and where I sent visitors to Freo to.

I have no idea why they closed as the Leederville outlet has also closed so something must have gone terribly wrong.

This is their Facebook message:

END OF AN ERA:
To all our Sweetlips friends, it’s with a heavy heart we let you know that our much loved Fremantle and Leederville stores will permanently close. Fremantle is officially closed from today and Leederville will close after trading on Sunday night. So many of you have supported Freo and Leederville for years and it’s been our privilege to serve you.
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*All vouchers can currently be redeemed at Sweetlips Melville or Scarborough or a voucher/credit can be obtained by the issuer as they have been notified. X

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE FOOD STORIES

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2019

 

 

Two Freo food snippets. My favourite fish&chips shop SWEETLIPS in the Fishing Boat Harbour is closed due to unforeseen circumstances and that is not good for them during the busy school holidays.

And up the hill Hilton Pizza clearly got issues with spelling Italian, so one has to wonder which sort of cheese they are really using, because it is not Mozzarella. 😍

Roel Loopers

NEW YORK DELI FOR FREO’S KAILIS

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2019

 

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Kailis in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour will be reinventing itself with an all new fish cafe that will focus on the cheaper species of fish such as garfish, mullet and herring.

The new cafe will be a New York style 80s deli with a grill and barbeque section and a raw bar for those of us who love raw fish.

Kailis will also bring back two of my favourites; whitebait and fishwings.

Renowned seafood chef Peter Manifis will be running the show as the company is moving with the changing times in hospitality where people want something special when they go out and eat something they don’t cook at home.

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY THE WA DAY SUNDAY

 

WA DAY

 

It is going to be a beautiful mild Sunday so go out and explore gorgeous Fremantle.

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road till midday for fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, yummy breakfast, lunch and coffee.

All the cafes and restaurants around Freo are open today, but some will be closed tomorrow, so take advantage of that, and the Fremantle Markets and E Shed Markets are open, as are Fremantle Prison, the Roundhouse, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum.

And at the Fishing Boat Harbour the WA DAY Festival is on all day till 8pm.

There really is no excuse to stay home, so grab the kids, the dog and hubby and head out to be part of our great Freo community.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers

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WARM WINTER WELCOME WA DAY WEEKEND

 

WA Dat program

 

Welcome to Winter! BOM predicts 26 degrees for today and 24 and 23 for Sunday and Monday, so enjoy the long WA DAY weekend in Fremantle.

There will be heaps of entertainment at the Fishing Boat Harbour on Sunday from 10am to 8pm so check out the time table above for the performances.

Spettacolo!

The Spettacolo! festival in the Townhall is sold out but there is still the free live music at Kings Square to enjoy on Sunday from 12.45 to 3pm.

Italy on Stage celebrates the Italian National Day and that is molto bene.

Have a great weekend and please be generous and support our Freo traders. They are part of our community and deserve and need our support!

Roel Loopers

 

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FUN FREO DRAGONBOATS FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, fishing boat harbour, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2019

 

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Hundreds of people came out early on Sunday to watch the dragon boats regatta, which was part of the all day Fremantle Dragonboats Festival in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It was fun to watch.

Roel Loopers

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