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FREMANTLE MARKETS CLOSES

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, Freo Farmers Market, health, Uncategorized by freoview on March 25, 2020

 

The Fremantle Markets has just announced that it will be closed for the the time being, due to coronavirus concerns and government restrictions. This is very sad news as it will again affect many small businesses and sole operators, who rely for income on the markets.

The Freo Farmers Market is still going ahead on Sunday, but I presume they will only be allowed to sell food.

Many national retailers today also announced closures of their shops, so times are well and truly dire.

I feel for all who have been made unemployed. It is not your fault, so don’t feel embarrassed to apply for Centrelink support! You have a right to it, deserve it, and need it!

Let us all you hope that all these measures will slow down the pandemic considerably and that life can go back to normal earlier that anticipated. Stay well and look after each other!

 

Roel Loopers

FREO MARKETS ESSENTIAL FOOD SUPPLIERS

 

It is good news that, with all the coronavirus restrictions in place, the Fremantle Markets and the Freo Farmers Markets are allowed to continue trading, as they have been classified as essential services providers for fresh food.

It will no doubt be a far more pleasant experience to shop for fruit and vegetables, etc. there than in the panic buy environment of supermarkets.

It was very quiet around Fremantle last night with hospitality providers struggling to do the right thing and create the 4 square metre distance between patrons the Federal Government is demanding. At the Synagogue every second table was off limits to create distance between the patrons, and that worked well in the outdoor area where I sat with a friend.

So far though the rules appear ambiguous. Could cafes create larger tables by putting two or three together and thus creating space between the tables, but are strangers allowed to sit together at large bench tables that we see at Bread in Common for example?

We all will have to adapt an relax and embrace it as a community challenge. We will get through it, and most of us unharmed!

Roel Loopers

A T SHIRT SO I REMEMBER WHO I AM

Posted in city of fremantle, clothes, fremantle markets, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2020

 

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When you get old you sometimes forget who you are, so that very nice man Stuart Endersby of Freo T Shirts in the Fremantle Markets decided to make sure I’ll remember that I take photos, and made a T shirt especially for me. ; >)

The technique Freo T Shirts uses is unique in WA as it not just prints text and images on T Shirts but ‘burns’ them into the fabric, so they are far more durable and don’t fade fast.

Check them out by entering the market from Henderson Street and go left.

Now where did I leave my pipe? Oh, I forgot. I don’t smoke.

Roel Loopers

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JELLYFISH MESSAGE AT FREMANTLE MARKETS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, environment, fremantle markets, plastic, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2020

 

 

BLOOM is an interesting exhibition by primary school students at the Fremantle Markets.

A lot of jellyfish are hanging down from the ceiling, and they have been created by using recycled plastics.

The idea is to create more awareness about the reuse and recycling of single-use plastics.

Go and have a look and check out all the things on offer!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MARKETS NEED DISABLED TOILET

 

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Here is another challenge for Fremantle Council at the start of the new decade.

Fremantle Markets traders have been telling me that there are many disappointed visitors when they realise there is no disabled toilet in one of Freo’s most popular weekend destinations, that attracts some two-hundred-thousand people each years.

The next public toilets are the portaloos at Kings Square, and they can be a challenge for users as they are often very dirty when vagrants leave their trash there, and the cleaners just can’t be there all the time.

Public toilets, or the lack thereof, are a concern in Fremantle and Council needs to start addressing that with priority!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Stuart who runs Freo T-Shirts at the markets posted on Facebook: :There actually is. It’s located in the toilet area in the main hall. Next to Megabes.”

If market traders and disabled people don’t know than maybe some more prominent signs are required and letting all the stallholders know.

Thanks, Stuart!

FREMANTLE MARKETS OPEN!

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, Uncategorized by freoview on December 23, 2019

 

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The FREMANTLE MARKETS is open this week today on Monday and even tomorrow Tuesday-Christmas Eve till 4pm, so get your fruit end vegies for Christmas dinner at one of Freo’s favourite locations.

Roel Loopers

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POPULAR FREMANTLE MARKETS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2019

 

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Relaxing outside Fremantle Markets.

Roel Loopers

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A TOURIST IN MY OWN FREO TOWN

 

 

I was a tourist in my own town today and took these photos of Fremantle during a two hour walk.

We are blessed to live in such a gorgeous city!

Roel Loopers

Click on photos to enlarge!

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FREMANTLE MARKETS MANAGEMENT CRITICISED

 

 

Two articles in the West Australian raise concerns about the rents and management of the Fremantle Markets, and that is a real shame because it is one of Freo’s most popular weekend destinations that attracts many thousands of visitors each day of trading.

The West questions if the City of Fremantle is getting maximum value out of its property when the Market operators pocketed some $ 11 million over the last five years and under the contract agreement only paid back $ 3.8 million to the City.

I understand building maintenance is City of Fremantle’s responsibility.

It is alleged in the articles in the West Australian that rents for stallholders in the markets is seven times more than along the Cappuccino Strip, although the markets only trade three weekend days a week and on public holidays. It is claimed that in this time of rent increases in the markets rents along the Cappuccino Strip halved because of the economic downturn.

Some market stall holders, according to the West Australian and Fremantle Herald, claim there is Russian dictatorship management at Femantle Markets after a doughnut trader was evicted for trying to re-start the tenants association, which is denied by markets CEO Natasha Atkinson.

The decision by a previous Fremantle Council to grant an extension of the markets lease to the Murdoch family was highly controversial at the time and created a lot of anger in the community.

The Fremantle Markets are very popular with tourists, visitors from all over Perth, and locals and have in my opinion improved a lot, especially in the food hall. It is the go to attraction in Freo on the weekends, so it is a real shame it is getting so much negative publicity. It is time for Fremantle Council to mediate and support the traders.

Roel Loopers

EARLY CHRISTMAS AT FREMANTLE MARKETS

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, fremantle markets, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2018

 

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Early birds….. It’s only October 5 but the Fremantle Markets already got signs out to let us know their Christmas trading hours, so take note.

Roel Loopers

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