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GREAT VIBE IN AWAKENED FREO

 

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There has been a really good vibe in Fremantle this week and a real buzz around town with so many people walking the streets.

The opening of the Fremantle Markets was significant and the number of people, partly due to school holidays, was impressive.

Also a great idea by the City of Fremantle to offer familiarisation tours for the 1,750 staff of the Communities Department, who have moved into their new offices at Kings Square.

I bumped into a group, conducted by Michael Deller of Fremantle Tours yesterday, that was also attended by Mayor Bard Pettitt.

I believe Freo is on the right track to recovery, but it needs all our support, so BUY LOCAL or BYE, BYE, LOCAL!

Roel Loopers

150 SMALL BUSINESSES RE-OPEN IN FREMANTLE

 

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When one thinks about it, it is quite a milestone in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic that 150 small businesses re-opened in Fremantle today. The FREMANTLE MARKETS is open for business again!

I could feel the happiness among the stallholders that they are finally back in business, and already many people were visiting mid morning.

The Fremantle Markets started operating in 1987 so it is an iconic Freo institution. Go and support all those small businesses. They need and deserve our support!

Roel Loopers

STUNNING BROODY HEN CAFE MURAL

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

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Fremantle has another stunning mural artwork at the Broody Hen cafe in James Street. It was created by artist Jackson Harvey. Great job!

Roel Loopers

GIVE FREO TRADERS SOME TLC!

 

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Wake up Freo and get out and about while the weather is fine. There is thunder and rain forecast for late afternoon and the evening, so make the best of it!

The Freo Farmers Market is on from 8am till noon, the cafes are open and need our support, so have a nice breakfast somewhere, and then stroll around our beautiful city and support our retailers, restaurants and pubs, who need a bit of TLC.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO BUSINESS CARE PACKS NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, retail, shopping, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2020

Pipes for Fremantle is offering care packs for businesses:

The care pack contains information on the ways we’re supporting you, including:  

  • Loss of business support 
  • Signage opportunities 
  • Fremantle Water Perks loyalty card competition
  • Parking support 
  • Social media promotion

Visit our website to see everything included in the care pack. 

We’re also supporting the City of Fremantle and High Street in two additional business support initiatives:

 

Roel Loopers

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE TRADERS LOYALTY CARD

 

Many traders in Fremantle’s West End are quite frustrated about the slow progress of the Pipes for Fremantle works in High Street and the road closures, with the noise and inconvenience keeping customers from visiting cafes and shops, so this new loyalty promotion by the Water Corporation will be welcome.

Fremantle Water Perks is a loyalty card competition which gives your customers a chance to win prizes by shopping at participating businesses in Fremantle.

 The prizes are 2 x $50 and 1x $100 vouchers per month from any of the participating businesses, as chosen by the winners. We will cover the cost of all cards, materials and prizes.

 The competition will run from Wednesday 1 July to Thursday 31 December 2020. Winners will be drawn every month from July 2020 through to January 2021.

The loyalty card has five water drops which are to be signed each time a customer makes a purchase at a participating business. Once all water drops on the card are signed, the customer leaves their completed card with a participating business. 

 Your business then drops the cards at the pop-up shop at 66 High Street before the last Thursday of each month. If you’d prefer, we can organise to collect the cards from you.

Winners will be drawn at random on the last Thursday of each month. We will work with the winners and businesses to redeem the vouchers.

 To take part, simply email Pipes for Perth and Water Corporation will provide 150 loyalty cards for you to collect from the pop-up shop.

We will promote your business’ involvement on our website, provide full competition instructions and terms and conditions, as well as a Fremantle Water Perks digital social media pack and point of sale material.

All businesses on streets in the 2019 and 2020 pipe renewal works are eligible to participate, including businesses on streets impacted by the Fremantle Drainage works. See the project website for a full list of eligible streets. 

For all Fremantle Water Perks enquiries, call Lara Fox, Senior Community Engagement Advisor, on 9420 2985 or email PipesforPerth@watercorporation.com.au.

 

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FREMANTLE MARKETS RE-OPEN JULY 10!

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2020

 

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Just in from the Fremantle Markets!

The Fremantle Markets will be back Friday 10th July! 🙌

To assist our traders with rebuilding their businesses, we will be operating on the following reduced hours:

Friday to Saturday 9am-6pm (the Yard will be open from 8am).

These hours will be reviewed monthly as we rebuild.

 

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET CLOSURE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, retail, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2020

 

Here the latest update from Pipes for Fremantle about road closures in the West End:

Due to forecasted wet weather conditions, construction work on High Street between Henry Street and the Roundhouse is now scheduled to start on Thursday 25 June, and the full length of High Street will now be closed to traffic from Thursday 25 June to Saturday 4 July.

The full length of High Street is still on schedule to be completed the week of 27 July.

This work will result in the following updated impacts:

Full High Street closure:

At this stage, the whole length of High Street will be closed to traffic between Thursday 25 June and Saturday 4 July. Please note that these dates are dependent on weather and we will endeavour to complete this work before 4 July. We will update you if these dates change.

Construction fencing will come down along High Street between Market Street and Henry Street on Friday 26 June and event fencing will be in place until Saturday 4 July to allow for reinstatement work. Footpaths will be fully accessible and most machinery will be removed from this area from Friday 26 June.
Intersection and partial road closures:

High Street at the intersections of Pakenham, Market and Mouat Street will have closures this week.

Pakenham Street between Leake and Bannister Streets will continue to be restricted to local traffic and deliveries only.

These closures will also be in place during the week of 29 June. However, the exact dates for each of these closures will be dependent on weather.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREE FREO PARKING ALMOST OVER

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Free street parking in Fremantle will only last for another week. Motorists will have to start paying again to park on Freo streets from July 1.

Because of Covid-19 and the decline in visitors and shoppers to Fremantle Council decided to make street parking free, but now that most state government social restrictions have been relaxed the City of Fremantle is keen to get much needed revenue from parking again.

So take advantage of the free parking for another week and go shopping, dining and pub crawling in Freo!

Roel Loopers

 

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NO LIMITS FOR HOSPITALITY VENUES FROM SATURDAY!

 

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Very good news for the hospitality and events industries with more watering down of Covid-19 social restrictions from this Saturday June 27.

There will be no restriction on the number of people allowing to gather and patrons will be allowed to consume food and drinks while standing.

I am not sure why the 1.5 metre distance has now increased again to 2 metres between people, but that is going to be impossible to police anyway unfortunately.

Live music in venues and concerts hall will be allowed again and major events in sports stadiums is allowed with a 50% capacity, so that is significant should the Dockers and Eagles ever play at Optus Stadium again.

I for one can’t wait to have my regular spot back at Chalkys and read the newspaper, without feeling I have to hurry to make space for other customers. Yep, I am a selfish SOB. ;>)

Roel Loopers

 

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