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FACTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO COUNCIL CRITICISM

Posted in Uncategorized, local government, city of fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on May 26, 2017

A letter to the editor in today’s Fremantle Herald:

Dear Brad

Why are you spending millions of dollars on Fremantle Kings Square and leaving our port in such a horrible state for our visitors who arrive. Think twice and see which is more important.

Abelle Wards. Cockburn Rd. Coogee

Dear Abelle,

Fremantle Port is a state agency and not the jurisdiction of Fremantle Council, so the City of Fremantle can do nothing, but ask, beg and plea for upgrades of the Passenger Terminal, etc.

However the City has revealed its South Quay Project plans for the development of Victoria Quay and beyond, but to realise those plans it will need collaboration from state government and Fremantle Ports.

I am making this point not to defend Fremantle Council and its Mayor but because I am getting very annoyed with the often-made ignorant and ill-informed comments about our hard-working council.

It is not very intelligent to not inform oneself and make comments that are baseless.

Yesterday someone posted that Freo Council are naysayers who have no balls, and the truck accident at Stirling Highway somehow could be blamed on them, but Mainroads is responsible for the long-overdue upgrade that was cancelled because of the Perth Freight Link plans. The upgrade at High Street is now back under the new Labor government.

Criticise Fremantle Council and Mayor Brad Pettitt as much as you like, as I regularly do, but base it on facts, not ignorance.

Roel Loopers

GRAIN TRUCK OVERTURNS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2017

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A large 12-wheel grain truck overturned this morning in Fremantle on its way to Fremantle Port at the notorious intersection of High Street and Stirling Hiwhway.

Traffic was diverted for many hours as two big tow trucks tried to get the grain vehicle back on its wheels.

The intersection has been overdue for an upgrade and State Government has held community sessions, but nothing has been done to improve the intersection, and that needs to be done with priority now by the new Labor government which stopped the Perth Freight Link.

Roel Loopers

MIGHTY TUGBOATS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in containers, fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

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Those mighty little tugboats dwarfed by the big container ships always impress me in Fremantle Port, so I had to take a photo of this one this morning pulling strongly.

Roel Loopers

STIRLING HIGHWAY TRAFFIC OPTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2017

Media release from the office of W.A. Minister Rita Saffioti:

Options for High Street and Stirling Highway to be developed

  • Upgrade options for Stirling Highway and High Street to be discussed
  • Solution will tackle congestion and improve road safety
  • McGowan Government delivering on election commitment

The McGowan Government is developing a number of options towards addressing traffic concerns along Stirling Highway and High Street.

The State and Commonwealth governments recently reached an agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia.

As part of the agreement, an amount of $118 million was dedicated to an inherited proposal to upgrade a section of Stirling Highway and High Street, as outlined under the previous government.

The McGowan Government is now keen to work with the City of Fremantle to develop the best solution to address traffic issues in the area.

The investigation of new options is in line with the McGowan Government’s election commitment to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the Perth Freight Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will be meeting with stakeholders in coming weeks to discuss strategies.

Various options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We understand the community interest in the future of these roads and will be developing options towards relieving congestion and improving safety.

“There will be a range of options considered that will relieve congestion and improve road safety.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

 

CRUISESHIP DISASTER FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism by freoview on May 8, 2017

The announcement by Australia’s largest cruiseship company Carnival Cruises that it no longer will use Fremantle Port as a home port for their cruises is a disaster for Fremantle and will come at a high cost to the local economy.

No P&O superliners will be based in Fremantle any more and that means that the number of cruises out of Fremantle will go down from 60 cruises during the 2016/17 season to only 17 during the 2018/19 season.

This will no doubt have a negative impact on retailers and the hospitality industry in Fremantle and that is hugely disappointing.

Carnival Cruises say that issues with WA Ports such as Geraldton, Broome and Exmouth are to blame and new WA Tourism Minister Paula Papalia says that outdated facilities at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal are also responsible for the pull out.

Passengers arriving or boarding in Fremantle have to pull their luggage for miles on either side of the railway line, rain or shine, to and from the railway station or inner city accommodation.

Now before anyone starts bleating and blame Fremantle Council for this, it has nothing to do with them but with State Governments of the past not being pro-active enough to relocate the passenger terminal closer to B Shed and the railway station.

Fremantle Council has suggested improvements for many years and does have significant plans for development of Victoria Quay with their South Quay Project, but it needs to be supported by the WA government and Fremantle Port, and that has not been forthcoming.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said: “It would be a serious blow to Fremantle retailers if we were to see a decline in the number of cruise ships coming to Fremantle. They play an important role in bringing more tourists not only to Fremantle but the whole of Perth.

While I understand a lot of the concerns are facilities in Broome, Geraldton and Exmouth, there is also a legitimate concern as to the experience passengers have when they arrive in Fremantle. Arriving in the middle of giant car park and a sea of cars is hardly inviting and I know many of us cringe when we see often elderly people pulling suitcases in the hot sun towards the Fremantle CBD.

But as they say where there is a crisis there is an opportunity. This will hopefully see a stronger focus on improvements to South Quay. The new ALP State Government have pleasingly made this one of their election commitments and I am looking forward to bring this to reality as soon as possible.”

Roel Loopers

SURREAL FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2017

 

 

There is something surreal about the palm trees and containers in the industrial Fremantle Port and they create interesting photos I believe.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE D-SHED SPY STATION?

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime by freoview on March 25, 2017

 

Beautiful early light made an interesting photo of the Fremantle Port D-Shed and parts of a Chinese ship at berth behind it this morning.

Roel Loopers

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REVIEW FREMANTLE PORT BUFFER ZONES

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on March 18, 2017

One of the first requests the City of Fremantle should make to new WA Premier Mark McGowan is for his government to review the buffer zone boundaries for Fremantle Port, to enable serious and realistic planning for the development of South Quay.

At present the buffer zones do not allow for residential or tourist accommodation at the southern side of the port. In my opinion it is inconsistent that cruise ships with thousands of older people on board can stay within the industrial and dangerous goods buffer zone, but residential and overnight accommodation on land next to it is not permitted.

The emergency evacuation of a low-rise hotel would take considerably less time than evacuating thousands of geriatrics off a cruise liner, and it would take a long time for such a vessel to leave port in an emergency.

Roel Loopers

CONTAINERS GALORE AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime by freoview on March 16, 2017

 

The arrival yesterday afternoon of the container ship Carl Schulte in Fremantle Port was pretty impressive. The vessel was packed full loaded with containers stacked eight high.

The Carl Schulte is 255 metres long and 37.3 metres wide and has a container capacity of 14t(TEU).

Roel Loopers

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NAVY FORCE FOR BAD BOY BOOM BUST BARNETT

Posted in election, fremantle, fremantle ports, politics by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

Fremantle Port looks as if Labor leader and former Navy officer Mark McGowan has called in a few favours to show Bad Boy Boom Bust Barnett and his supporters who will be in charge from Monday on.

There are five warships in the port and one off shore, so that is a clear show of force. ; >)

One more sleep!

Roel Loopers

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