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HAZY FREMANTLE MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2019

 

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It’s a bit of a hazy morning in good old Freo so the perfect location to take some photos of the fog is Fremantle Port of course.

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OLD NOSTALGIC FREO PHOTOS

Posted in architecture, cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle port, heritage, historic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 20, 2019

 

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There has been so much talk over the last couple of months about the preservation of Fremantle heritage and the need to stabilise Arthur’s Head and preserve the Roundhouse that these two old photos I noticed at Sandrino’s yesterday made me feel a bit nostalgic.

The old Tram building facade in High Street is still standing and is now home to the lovely Chalkys cafe. Unfortunately a previous council allowed the horrendously ugly No 1 High Street building to be built which is an eyesore when one looks down on it from the Roundhouse.

Victoria Quay is still a feature for Freo but the old sheds have been neglected badly and Fremantle Ports really does need to do some urgent preservation work on the A and C sheds.

There are other heritage photos on display outside Sandrino’s so go and have a look-and a pizza!

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IS NEW FREMANTLE TRAFFIC BRIDGE A CORE ELECTION PROMISE?

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, freight, fremantle port, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on March 30, 2019

 

 

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Elections are like Christmas where the anticipation of what voters and communities will get out of it is high, but when we are all quite cynical if the promises all parties make will ever be realised, and if Father Christmas in the form of ScoMo or Shorto will actually deliver.

Is the promise by the Labor and Liberal parties of a new traffic bridge in Fremantle one of their core promises set in stone or is it just yet another sweetener to soften us up and vote for a particular party?

Should a new traffic bridge even be contemplated before we see the recommendations and outcome of the Westport Taskforce investigations into Western Australian ports and how freight should be handled? Is a new traffic bridge needed should a new port be built at Kwinana or would it be a waste of money?

The Libs and Labs have both promised $ 115 million for a new train traffic bridge, with the Libs throwing in a new pedestrian bridge as well for that money.

I noticed though that the pedestrian bridge is indicated as being to the east of the traffic bridge and that is a bit of a shame as uninterrupted views to the port would be magnificent and a tourist attraction if not obscured by the traffic bridge, so either put the pedestrian bridge to the west of the traffic bridge or make the traffic bridge lower or higher than the pedestrian bridge.

Anyway, it is unlikely to happen in my lifetime unfortunately, so my Christmas present this year will be the opening of FOMO at Kings Square. At least that is tangible and does not rely on promises from unreliable politicians.

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AUSTRALIAN NAVY VISITS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2019

 

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The landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra is at berth behind the Fremantle railway station and other ships are to arrive soon.

The ship at 231 metres long is the largest vessel of the Australian Navy.

This Saturday morning at 9am personnel of the HMAS Success will parade through Fremantle as part of the Freedom of Entry tradition. It will be at Kings Square so come and have a look!

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CRUISE SHIPS ON MAIDEN TRIPS TO FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 3, 2019

 

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The Silver Muse which arrived in Fremantle Port this morning is one of three cruise ships this month that will make a maiden call to our city. The ship is 213 metres long and carries 596 passengers.

Also sailing into Freo in March are the MSC Magnifica on the 26th and the Viking Sun on the 28th.

The Magnifica is 294 metres long and can comfortably accommodate 2,550 guests, but can take more if the bookings go crazy.

The Viking Sunset carries 930 passengers and is 743 feet long.

Keep an eye out for them!

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SUNSET AT THE SOUTH MOLE LIGHTHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, sunset, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Annual General Electors Meeting was over in under an hour this evening, so just enough time to capture the lovely sunset from the South Mole of Fremantle port.

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CRYSTAL SERENITY DEPARTS FREO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2019

 

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The Crystal Serenity cruise liner departed Fremantle Port at 6pm on Wednesday so I headed out to get some shots of it.

The ship was in Fremantle for just a day, as most of them are.

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CLOUDY FREO MORNING AFTER HOT WEEKEND

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on January 22, 2019

 

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Interesting clouds over Fremantle this morning and a chance of a shower tomorrow, according to BOM.

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BIRTHDAY OF ONE OF FREMANTLE’S GREATEST

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, history, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on January 12, 2019

 

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Yesterday, January 11, was the birthday of CY O’Connor, who no doubt was one of Freo’s and Western Australia’s greatest pioneers.

Charles Yelverton O’Connor built the Fremantle harbour and also the 530km long water pipeline from Perth to Kalgoorlie, but sadly he received a lot of criticism from politicians and the Sunday Times and became quite depressed. He killed himself at South Beach on March 10, 1902. A sculpture in the Indian Ocean by Tony Jones reminds us of CY’s sad ending.

CY O’Connor was born in Gravelmouth, Castletown, County Westmead in the Republic of Ireland on January 11, 1843 and migrated to New Zealand as a 21 year-old.

He became Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia in 1891.

I very often tell the remarkable and sad story of Charles Yelverton to tourists at the Roundhouse, because I consider him to be one of the great pioneers of our state and Fremantle.

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FOOD TRUCKS AND SUN SET AT THE SWAN RIVER

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle port, Uncategorized by freoview on January 7, 2019

 

 

The Under The Bridge Foodtrucks are back at the Fremantle East Street jetty from 5pm tonight, so go and enjoy great food, live music and watching the sun set behind the port.

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