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COUNCIL WANTS TO KEEP OUR TWO WORKING PORTS

 

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Fremantle Council wants the Fishing Boat Harbour to continue to operate as an authentic working harbour according to a position statement endorsed by Council on Wednesday evening.

The council adopted the statement to confirm its position in relation to future planning processes and development at the harbour.

The leaseholders of the Boat Lifters site at 38 Mews Road, next to the Little Creatures Brewery, are currently exploring redevelopment options for the site and the adjoining Sardine Wharf.

As part of their ‘Harbour Connect’ project AMB Capital Partners, a company owned by the Bennett family, have flagged a development that may involve a range of new land uses, including commercial, retail, accommodation and residential uses.

The Department of Transport has also sought the City of Fremantle’s input into a possible review of the vision for the harbour and the principles that would guide any future redevelopment.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fishing Boat Harbour was a vital part of Fremantle, both as a base for fishing and marine industries and as a visitor destination.

“The Fremantle Council is supportive of investment and any appropriate new development to sustain Fishing Boat Harbour into the future,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“However, there is no question that the harbour should continue to operate as a working harbour with fishing fleet-related and other marine industries, as these industries are essential to the retention of an authentic port attraction and visitor experience for the greater Fremantle area.

“Infrastructure and services to support ongoing use of the harbour by commercial and recreational vessels, including the boat lifting facilities, should either be maintained or replaced elsewhere within Fishing Boat Harbour if the existing facilities are affected by development proposals.

“Any proposal to introduce noise sensitive land uses like short or long stay accommodation should be limited in scale, and should only be permitted if the ongoing operations of the working harbour are legally protected.”

The council’s position statement also states Fishing Boat Harbour should be recognised as an important component of the Fremantle city centre and should not be treated as an isolated precinct.

Commercial and retail uses not directly related to maritime industries or needing a harbour location should complement, not draw away, investment from the city centre.

Any new development should respond to existing context and sense of place, and harmonise with the traditional low profile industrial character of the area.

Some additional building height could be entertained as part of a major development provided it could be demonstrated the development would deliver significant public benefits.

The council has also called for no net loss of parking in the area, key connections and vistas to be retained, connection to the Esplanade, Bathers Beach and the waterfront to be improved and the extension of Norfolk Street to be pursued as a the primary entrance to the harbour.

The Boat Lifters site is Crown Land reserved under the Metropolitan Region Scheme for Public Purposes (Special Use), so approval of any development under the City’s local planning scheme is not required. Approval by state planning authorities would be required.

 

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NEW BOOK ABOUT FREMANTLE’S FIRST HARBOURMASTER

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle port, harbour, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2019

 

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I bumped into one of the grandsons of Fremantle’s first harbourmaster late yesterday afternoon in front of the Roundhouse, so I was surprised to hear that Ron and Ian Forsyth have published a book about this important man tittled A Hazardous Life.

Captain George Forsyth (1843-1894) lived in the harbourmaster’s house next to the Roundhouse jail and was an influential man in those days.

All those interested in Fremantle hsitory, or maritime history, should buy a copy of the book. It is available in the Fremantle Arts Centre shop, where on Friday an exhibition of paintings by Captain Forsyth will open.

Roel Loopers

DANCING TUGS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2019

 

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It had been surprisingly cool after the hot weekend, with the strong sea breeze creating quite a chill when one walks around.

I took a few Fremantle Port photos around 1pm on Wednesday while I was almost being blown off the South Mole.

It was a rare sight to see the tugs ‘dancing’ bow to bow.

Roel Loopers

 

THE CRANES OF FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruising, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2018

 

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I love the Fremantle working port at any hour of the day and took this photo just before sunset yesterday, after I had taken some photos of the Foodtrucks Under the Bridge event at the East Street jetty.

I love the visual impact of all the cranes pulled together by the 200mm lens I used for the photo.

I added the golden oldie I took some time ago, as it is heating up this week. Summer is coming!

Next week the canopy will be put on top of the posts in front of the Passenger Terminal to improve the arrival for the thousands of cruise ship passengers who will visit Fremantle this summer season, so stay tuned for photos of that.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS NEGLECT HERITAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2017

 

 

Fremantle Ports is badly neglecting the old A Shed on Victoria Quay and that is not acceptable.

The shed is the one closest to the very popular Maritime Museum and should be looked after, so that we don’t have another case of demolition by neglect.

Last year Fremantle Ports demolished the old crane next to the E Shed Markets because it was in such a bad condition, for which they were responsible.

B Shed is maintained better because it has the Rottnest ferry terminal and events are held there, but one has to wonder what the condition of C and D Sheds are when one looks at the awful state of A Shed.

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WONDERFUL FREO COPENHAGEN A LONG WAY AWAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, tourism by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

Fremantle Councillor Rachel Pemberton suggests in the Fremantle Herald today that we should import Danish logic and develop Fremantle Port like the port of Copenhagen, but it is essential to be very realistic about the idea of developing South Quay into a residential estate and a tourist, markets, entertainment hub, because this is very, very long-distant vision.

Fremantle people need to be aware and pragmatic about the fact that Fremantle Port will be a working port for decades to come, even if the new state government started building an outer harbour at Kwinana on Monday when the election results are in.

The outer harbour plans for Kwinana have always only been about an overflow port when the inner city Freo port reaches capacity, so State Government planners will still have to find better ways of getting freight in and out of Fremantle for the next twenty years or so.

The Perth Freight Link is not the solution because the last link is missing and won’t get trucks into Fremantle Port faster and better. The existing railway line through the West End can’t handle double-stacking and the PTA is reluctant to mix passenger and freight rail, so a new railway line would have to be built to get the rail capacity anywhere near the maximum 30 per cent.

Short-term jobs will come with building a new outer harbour, but also with building the Roe 8,9, 10, or building a new railway line, but long-term jobs will be lost for wharfies once Kwinana port is built because of automation of the new modern port.

While we have heard a lot of election promises from everyone we need to be very aware of the fact that W.A. is closing in on a debt of over $ 40 billion dollars, so there really is no money to spent big on big projects and many promises will have to be broken because of lack of cash, no matter who wins tomorrow.

I wish, hope and pray that Mark McGowan will not find out on Monday that stopping the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link project will cost the State millions of dollars it can’t afford to spend on buying out contractors, or huge legal costs

The development of South Quay will not happen in my lifetime. It is a great very long-term vision by Fremantle Council but one that will not be realised in the next twenty years or more. Up till then we need to find better ways of moving freight and some of that could be achieved by more trucks to port at night time when the roads are empty.

Big dreams are great but we need to be realistic and deal with the problems at hand.

I took the photos above in Fremantle Port this morning. There is also a navy ship in and I noticed another two off the coast.

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FREMANTLE PORTS PROFIT RISE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime by freoview on October 5, 2016

One has to wonder why the WA government is so keen to sell profitable Fremantle Port that made a $ 52.3 million profit, a rise of 9 per cent, last financial year although there was a dip in trade.

Container trade was down by 3.8 per cent and bulk loading at the outer harbour at Kwinana was also down.

Cruise ship visits increased to 58 ships and 152,734 passengers and this year 60 tourist ships will visit Fremantle.

It is estimated Fremantle Port is worth $ 2.4 billion.

 

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BODY FOUND IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, law&order, police, western australia by freoview on July 1, 2016

The body of a man was found at near C Shed in Fremantle harbour at around 11 am this morning.

Nine days ago 40 year-old Daniel McCartney went missing from Bathers Beach and has not been located yet, so it will be interesting to find out the identity of the body in Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers

THE QUIET FREO FESTIVE SEASON

Posted in fremantle, harbour by freoview on December 27, 2014

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There is not much happening in Fremantle this time of the year, so an early morning photo of Fremantle harbour will have to do. There were a lot of people hopping on the early Rottnest Express ferry, while along the river boaties were keen to get out on the water before the sea breeze comes in later.

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THE LAUNCH OF ROEL.COM.AU

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Thirty years ago in September 1984 my then partner Brigitte Braun and I established Profile Photography in Perth and today in Fremantle is the launch of the new brand ROEL.COM.AU. The company needed a bit of refreshing, a rebirth, a facelift, just something that invigorates me to keep going in an industry that has even become more challenging than it ever was.

My career in Western Australia has been fantastic from the moment we started all those years ago. We soon picked up the State Energy Commission account, many mining, design, PR and advertising companies followed. Architects, magazines, property developers and state departments and agencies followed suit.

Fremantle Port was loyal to me for 15 years, the Midland Redevelopment Authority for 11, JAZ Creative became my family, and Cape Mentelle my drinking companion.

WA State Government gave me assignments for years and so did Government House. I was the official photographer for the visit of Princess Ann and travelled throughout the north of WA with her and shared her table for dinner in Kunnunara.

Some of my clients ended up in jail, because WA inc was not their greatest moment, but my business kept blossoming until the big change to digital photography introduced a lot of mediocrity to the industry.

I love my profession and have not ever regretted I became a photographer. I met so many great people and did so many great jobs and I learned so much about life, people and photography.

Today there is a new start in my professional life that is not only corporate, commercial and private photography but also the Roel’s Fremantle Photo Tours.

My motto FINDING BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY has become my lifestyle, trying to enjoy the small precious moments in life, even in the difficult times.

I have always given my best, because when one works unsupervised it is too easy to cut corners, and at the end of each assignment only I knew if I had given it all the time it deserved, if I should have tried more angles, different light, got up earlier, or keep shooting later. I learned to be brutally critical about my work, to make sure I would never take an assignment or a client for granted. No doubt I messed up a few times, but looking back I believe I overall succeeded.

Today is a proud day for me, because I start again at an age where most people think about retirement. I love photography far too much to start looking for a rocking chair.

Check out the new website: http://www.roel.com.au

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