Freo's View

FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2019

 

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High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End is my favourite street, as the beauty of the old Gold Rush Period architecture never disappoints.

Just before 7am this morning, on my way for coffee at Chalkys cafe, I took this reflection in the windows of the Roma Cucina.

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REFLECTION OF FREMANTLE HERITAGE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

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I noticed this very early reflection of historic High Street in the windows of the former Tram building when I walked down from the Roundhouse to my favourite Freo cafe Chalkys this morning.

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FREO’S FANTASTIC FACELIFT

 

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It is really exciting for me that there is so much going on in Fremantle and that good old Freo is getting a well-deserved facelift all over town.

At Kailis in the Fishing Boat Harbour work has started on the new 80s cafe that will feature more affordable fish such as herring and mullet and will have a raw fish section. I love sashimi so I’d better win Lotto so that I can become a regular at the raw fish bar.

In gorgeous High Street another heritage facade is being restored while at ground level the Breaks cafe is being renovated.

And at Kings Square the raised tree beds are being removed so that the new pavement can be put down.

Fremantle’s rejuvenation has been a long time coming but I hope and believe that brilliant times are the future of our beautiful city.

Roel Loopers

NEW OLD LOOK FOR FREMANTLE MANNING BUILDING

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, conversation, development, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2019

 

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The veranda posts of the Manning building along Market Street are being put in and looking very good, while workers are now removing the paint on the facade in the High Street mall and William Street.

In Paddy Troy lane one really becomes aware of how significant this development is, so go and have a look!

This is an important development of the historic building by Fremantle based Silverleaf Investments which are one of the major players in our city.

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INAPPROPRIATE SIGNS FOR HERITAGE BUILDING

 

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I disliked the ugly signs, all five of them, at the Fremantle B&B in Mouat Street from the moment they were put up some years ago, and every time I walk by I wonder why there is no council policy or by-law that prevents these kind of awful signs on heritage buildings.

I am not alone in this as Freo people often mention the visual pollution at the lovely Tarantella building that has such a colourful history.

Roel Loopers

CORRUGATED AWNING NOT GREAT FOR MANNING BUILDING

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on August 26, 2019

 

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I have mentioned the development of the Manning building in the centre of Fremantle previously and believe it is a positive step for our city.

The renovated facade along Market Street has been revealed now that the scaffolding has come down and it looks great, but I wonder if the corrugated awning is really the best Silverleaf Investments can do.

The veranda at William Street will be reinstated and be financed from the percentage for the arts money Silverleaf have to invest, so a shame that a more appropriate solution was not used for Market Street.

At the back in Paddy Troy lane the big tavern, brewery and distillery development is starting to look very impressive.

Roel Loopers

A TOURIST IN MY OWN FREO TOWN

 

 

I was a tourist in my own town today and took these photos of Fremantle during a two hour walk.

We are blessed to live in such a gorgeous city!

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FREO CITY SHOULD MANAGE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, heritage, history, local government, roundhouse, tourism by freoview on August 22, 2019

 

As the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteers embark on the biggest project ever with a $ 200,000 interpretive historic new display project it is urgent time for Fremantle Council to stop its arm’s length dealing with one of our most important tourist attractions and leaving it all to a small group of well-meaning amateurs.

While there is no issue with volunteers doing the day to day grind of opening the Roundhouse for visitors, the City should take over the management of the operations and be a very active part in the decisions of what the new displays will look like and what the historic content of it will be.

The Roundhouse is the oldest remaining public building in Western Australia and attracts around 150,000 visitors yearly, so it is a significant attraction for our city that needs to be managed professionally and by our local council.

The City of Fremantle has heritage experts who know more about the Roundhouse and Arthur’s Head than most people, so they should be involved dealing with the curator and designer instead of letting the volunteers make decisions on what will be a significant improvement of what the Roundhouse will offer tourists from all over the world, Australia, and local school groups.

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SNOWBALL HELPS FREO HERITAGE APPEAL

 

 

I bumped into the City of Fremantle heritage officers and a lady from the Heritage Council this morning who were inspecting the repainted heritage facades along historic High Street, after the stunning Felice Varini yellow art work had created difficulties in removing it.

But out of a bad thing good things happened and other property owners, such as the Finishing Touch Gallery, also wanted to give the facades of their buildings a facelift, and the building next to the RSL club is now also getting a new coat of paint.

High Street has never looked better, so while the snowball effect has not been intentional it is certainly welcome!

Roel Loopers

ROYAL GEORGE FUTURE IN DOUBT AGAIN

 

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The future of the heritage listed Royal George hotel in East Fremantle remains in doubt with owners Saracen Properties telling East Freo council that a seven-storey limit for the site is not financially viable for them to develop because they need a minimum plot ratio of 2:1 to make it work. Saracen had proposed a 21 storey residential tower behind the old hotel.

The Town of East Fremantle Council passed amendments last week with new restrictions for development and a maximum height of seven storeys.

It is great to hear though that Saracen has confirmed they will go ahead with the $ 6 million restoration of the beautiful building and will start with that next year.

W.A. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has the final say in this, so let’s wait and see what the outcome will be.

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