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IS LIVESTOCK TRADE BACK IN FREMANTLE?

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live transport, sheep, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2018

 

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There was a small livestock vessel at North Quay in Fremantle Port this morning, so is the transport of sheep been allowed again? I had not heard that the ban had been lifted.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S PORT SUNDAY ACTIVITY

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on August 5, 2018

 

 

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I love Fremantle’s working port and visit the South Mole every day of the week.

This morning I decided to do a small photo feature on the anglers, but departing and arriving container ships opened up another photo opportunity.

Roel Loopers

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THE WEST AUSTRALIAN ON FREO’S FUTURE

 

The West Australian newspaper published a feature article by Ken Acott today about Fremantle’s future with the headline Freo ripe for new investment to retain its edge.

The article is based on analysis by PCW City Pulse and features the opinion of Nadia van Dommelen, who is a partner in that firm, and also Freo Mayor Brad Pettit.

A lot of what van Dommelen says is not new and she puts a lot of hope in a new waterfront development along Victoria Quay and the move of the container port to Kwinana, so that is still far too far away to be realised.

But Nadia van Dommelen rightly states that Fremantle needs to stop comparing itself with other cities and be proud of the special character and gritty uniqueness of the old port city.

While van Dommelen is excited about eventual waterfront development she believes that the working port, sheds and railway are all part of Fremantle’s charm, and any future development needs to be authentic. She says there is now major opportunity for transformative investment in Fremantle, and that is already happening

I believe Fremantle’s immediate future needs intensive city planning that deals with all the current and imminent development, and that the City’s Council and planners need to have a strategic plan for creating better and more public realm that connects the new developments in the CBD.

The Heirloom and LIV apartments at Queen Victoria Street will be joined in the next few years by the Little Lane apartments in Adelaide Street, the Hilton Doubletree hotel development and apartments at Point Street and the Adani Hotel on the Woolstores site.

Add to that the development of the Manning building, the huge Kings Square development, plans for a new Fremantle Oval Precinct, a small boutique hotel next to the Fremantle Markets plus a four-storey hotel at the former Court and Police site at Henderson Street, and one can envisage a huge change in the inner city that will require more detailed planning for people movement, parking, safety, and enjoyment.

It is imperative that Fremantle Council is very realistic and very pragmatic about what it needs to do and what can be achieved. This is not the time for pie in the sky ideas but for the elected members to have their feet firmly on the ground.

I hope it’s not a bad omen that the West Australian on-line article about Fremantle’s future features a photo of the Botega cafe that recently closed. ; >)

Roel Loopers

 

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LOVING FREMANTLE’S WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2018

 

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I went out to get some bad weather photos this morning, but while it was still blowing a gale on the Fremantle South Mole the sun popped out, so I took some shots of RoRo vessel Trans Leader entering the port.

The Nikon 80-200-F 2.8 I took the photos with is such a brilliant lens, but it was a challenge to keep it steady in the storm.

I love the working port and mis it that I no longer do the professional photography for Fremantle Ports. But I did it for 14 years, so I can’t really complain hey.

Roel Loopers

 

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BEAUT SUNRISE ON A STORMY FREO DAY

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, hospitality, sunrise, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on July 21, 2018

 

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My traditional 7am Saturday coffee catch up with my good mate Henty was at B Shed in Fremantle Port this morning, and did I need two double Espressos badly after a sleepless night.

I love early mornings and the many stunning sunrises we get here in Fremantle, so took this photo toward C Shed, where unusually the Leeuwin II was at berth.

Only 37 passengers had booked the early Rottnest Express ferry trip to quokka island and that is no surprise with the wet and stormy forecast for the weekend.

Roel Loopers

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WESTPORT TASKFORCE FREMANTLE COMMUNITY SESSION

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2018

 

The WESTPORT TASKFORCE has another Fremantle community session tomorrow July 11 from 5.30-7.30 pm at Stackwood, 10 Stack Street, White Gum Valley.

Come along to talk with the Westport Taskforce about the development of key WA ports, the planning needed, best locations for long term development of ports alongside the industries that need to access them, and sustainable solutions to the many questions you may have.

The Westport Taskforce is the government agency overseeing the development of these key WA ports in Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury. The session will be in a workshop format where you have the chance to speak to people from the various Westport work streams.

RSVP required – email enquiries@westport.wa.gov.au or call (08) 6551 6479 to register.

It is a shame that this session is happening on the same day and around the same time as the City of Fremantle FPOL Committee, so it means I won’t be able to attend it.

A note to Westport that Fremantle city council and council committee meetings are always on Wednesdays, so please schedule Fremantle community sessions on other days and not Wednesday. Thank you!

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORT B SHED GREAT FOR SUMMER EVENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, event, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2018

 

 

Got a special event this coming summer, but have not found yet the special location you are looking for? Try B Shed on Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port!

Fremantle Ports is looking for EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR B SHED SUMMER ACTIVATION .

Fremantle Ports are now seeking EOIs for community-based activation and family friendly entertainment/events to be held at B Shed, Victoria from November 2018 – March 2019.

To submit your ideas and obtain EOI documents, register on the Fremantle Ports Tender Portal.

Reference No: FREPRT-811895 – B Shed Summer Activation
Closing Date: 2.00PM WST, Friday 13 July 2018

For furtherurther information: Call Franco Andreone on (08) 9430 3555 or visit the Fremantle Ports website: http://www.fremantleports.com.au/Pages/default.aspx

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WESTPORT COMMUNITY SESSIONS IN JULY

 

A series of community information sessions will take place throughout July, giving community members an opportunity to learn more about the Westport Strategy.

Westport was established by the McGowan Labor government to establish the best location for a new port once Fremantle Port has reached its capacity.

The six interactive sessions will be held in Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, where community members can drop in to find out more about the land use, transport, environmental and economic issues being considered in the development of the strategy.

The sessions will build on previous feedback provided by the community, which is summarised in the consultation report ‘Westport: What you have told us’.

All feedback received at the sessions will be used to inform the next discussion paper, which will be released for comment later this year.

Once complete, the Westport Strategy will fulfil an election commitment to plan solutions for port and freight related transport issues in Western Australia to meet the needs and expectations of the community and industry into the future.

Details of the location and timing for each information session are available on the Department of Transport’s website at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/westport

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LIVE SHEEP LICENSE SUSPENDED

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

 

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The federal government has suspended the export license of Emanuel Exports, the company which owns the Awassi Express live sheep vessel, that controversially made headlines for the inhumane treatment of sheep on its journey from Fremantle to the Middle East.

Roel Loopers

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MOODY MARITIME MUSEUM REFLECTION OF WINTER

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, rain, Uncategorized by freoview on June 19, 2018

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When I saw the rainbow over Fremantle this morning I just had to get a photo of it with the Maritime Museum. While there I also could not resist to take yet another reflection photo in one of the big puddles.

Roel Loopers

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