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MOST TREES RETAINED AT HIGH STREET UPGRADE

 

MAINROADS has issued a statement concerning the preservation of trees at the Fremantle High Street Upgrade project, which I post in part below.

There is still no word if the City of Fremantle will receive land at Clontarf Hill in exchange for the loss of CoF land for the High Street Upgrade.

Since Commonwealth and State funding was received in May 2017, we have been working in partnership with the City of Fremantle to develop a concept plan that meets the key objective of improving safety on High Street, while minimising impacts to the surrounding environment – particularly established trees. These measures include:

Overall clearing footprint: There are 245 large trees in the project area between Carrington Street and Stirling

Highway. While earlier versions of this project would have required significant clearing, our final concept design retains at least 178 (or 72%) of these trees. 67 (28%) will be cleared.

Nesting hollows: No current or potential nesting hollows for black cockatoos or other species are impacted by the project.

Future potential breeding trees: 64 (of 245) trees within the project area are considered to be future potential breeding trees (there is no current evidence of breeding).

The project will retain at least 48 (75%) of these trees. 16 (25%) will be cleared.

Tuart trees: 31 trees within the project area are tuarts. We’ve changed our design to save at least 13 of these tuarts. This includes specimens close to the Fremantle Netball Centre estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old.

Design changes: The project will provide a tree-lined median between the eastbound and westbound carriageways. While providing an attractive gateway into the city, this measure allows 28 trees to be preserved.

Landscaping and Urban Design: We have developed a Landscape and Urban Design Framework and specified a high standard of urban design for the project through consultation with local stakeholders including the City of Fremantle and the local community. The detailed development of the urban design will involve a coordinated team of urban designers, landscape architects, a public artist and public arts coordinator, and will include further consultation with local stakeholders. The detailed landscaping plan comprises soft landscaping, involving extensive planting and revegetation with species appropriate to the local area. The planting work will be done by a specialist contractor in the first winter following construction completion.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S OLD SHEDS

 

J Shed 1

E Shed in B Shed

C Shed in B Shed

 

The story of four old sheds in three photos. Late afternoon light created the J Shed art studios exterior, while the windows of the B Shed cafe offered great reflections of C Shed and the E Shed markets.

Yes indeed, This is Fremantle! 😎

Roel Loopers

FOOD TRUCKS AT B SHED TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2019

 

food trucks

 

The winter location for the Food Trucks Under The Bridge is at B Shed on Victoria Quay and it is on tonight and every Monday from 5-8pm.

It is a lovely spot to watch the sun set and see ships arriving and departing from Fremantle Port, so take the family or just yourself and enjoy a good meal from some of our best food trucks.

Roel Loopers

FOOD TRUCKS AT B SHED TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2019

 

Under The Bridge

 

The very popular Under The Bridge Food Trucks event will be held for the first time tonight inside B Shed on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay for the start of the winter season.

Great food in a great setting with live music, harbour and sunset views, so what better way to spend the last hours of the long WA Day weekend. It is on from 5-8pm.

We’ve got @eatnoevil1, @piadina_nonna_pina, @juicepalacefremantle and @stampede_gelato PLUS live music!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORTS HERITAGE PRESERVATION A PRIORITY

 

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It is good to finally see some restoration work on heritage buildings at Fremantle Ports. They started on the former Immigration Building and are also doing some work at B Shed.

But the neglect of A Shed that has been rotting away for years now is not acceptable, and since the public has no access to other sheds along Victoria Quay we don’t really know how bad it is elsewhere.

Fremantle Ports is keen on activating Victoria Quay, and that is a good thing, and they are also keen to start with development there, but that is unlikely to occur until the final Westport Taskforce report has been delivered and the State Government has made a decision about the future of Fremantle Port and Victoria Quay, so that is a long way away still.

Up to then it is the duty of Fremantle Ports to look after the heritage there. It is not acceptable to have a demolition by neglect attitude, so they need to prioritise the maintenance of the old sheds.

Roel Loopers

 

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MARITIME MONUMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime, navy, north mole, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

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On my daily discovery tours around Fremantle, to see if anything new is happening, I ‘discovered’ this big three-metre high bronze sculpture next to the submarine at the Maritime Museum.

It is stage one of the Australian Sailor Monument, which will be installed on the North Mole at Rouse Head.

It will be the first monument in Australia to recognise all those who discovered, settled, developed and defended our country-“those who go down to the sea in ships.”

The huge artwork, designed by Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith will honour Australia’s maritime history.

I still don’t like the idea of having such a significant monument so far out of Fremantle all the way on the North Mole. It would be much better on Victoria Quay as far more people could see it there.

Roel Loopers

WINTER IN PORT FOR UNDER THE BRIDGE FOOD TRUCKS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

Under the Bridge June 3

 

Good to see that Under The Bridge Food Trucks took up my suggestion when they asked on Facebook for a winter location for the popular Monday event.

I suggested B Shed on Victoria Quay as I know Fremantle Ports is keen to activate VQ more, and the two parties reached an agreement.

From coming Monday June 3 on the Under the Bridge Food Trucks will be in B Shed straight on the wharf from 5-8pm where they offer delightful meals, live music, great sunsets and port activities, so go and check it out on the long WA Day weekend!

It is on throughout winter at B Shed till August 19  and after that it will return in summer to the East Street jetty

Roel Loopers

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MOU FOR FREMANTLE PORTS AND NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

 

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The University of Notre Dame Australia and Fremantle Ports have signed a partnership agreement designed to create new study, research, training and graduate opportunities for both organisations and the wider Fremantle community.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) features a range of initiatives including jointly-funded research scholarships, shared use of facilities for events, professional development opportunities for Fremantle Ports staff and the port providing internships and prizes in health sciences, business leadership and environmental studies for high-achieving students.

Benefits from the MOU flow beyond the University and Fremantle Ports to community based initiatives including environmental research, more community events and engagement on Victoria Quay and bringing together education and industry to create a highly-skilled future workforce in Fremantle and WA’s maritime industry.

The four-year agreement was signed by Notre Dame Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus (Fremantle), Professor Selma Alliex, and Fremantle Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter.

Kicking off the formal partnership, an injury prevention and fitness program for Fremantle Ports staff will be run by the University’s Health Science students, providing students with hands-on experience while improving health and wellbeing for Fremantle Ports staff.

In addition, the port will provide Notre Dame with a broad list of areas of interest for research and jointly-funded research scholarships for postgraduate students.

The MOU is also set to benefit Fremantle Ports staff by offering options for both undergraduate and postgraduate study including professional development programs available through Notre Dame.

FREO’S FANTASTIC WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 19, 2019

 

 

I love all the activity in Fremantle Port and yesterday it was a busy Saturday with two live trade ship at berth, a container ship leaving and another one arriving, while on Victoria Quay was a display of vintage cars, motorcycles and buses.

I took photos of the container ship CMA CGM Rossini leaving port and half an hour later of the Al Rawdah arriving.

While waiting I took photos of a Heron sun baking on one of the old cranes, a tiny inflatable keeping well out of the way of a huge freighter, and of a mum and daughter watching daddy fishing.

I love Freo’s working port so I hope it will remain just that for the last years of my life.

Roel Loopers

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LOVING THE FREO VIEW CORRIDORS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 16, 2019

 

port views

 

I love the view corridors to Fremantlte Port through the streets where parts of the port are framed by the beautiful heritage buildings, such as here in Pakenham Street.

If more people made themselves tourists in our own twon there would be a higher appreciation for how special Freo is and that we should feel blessed to love here. I certainly do!

By the way, the building site front left is of the new Fremantle Republic tavern, gin distillery and micro brewery, so more excitement coming to the West End of town soon. Taking the facade back to its original tuckpointing has improved it a lot already.

Roel Loopers

 

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