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FREO CITY SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, retail, shopping, tourism, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle has committed to continue with the delivery of its Business Capacity Building Program after the successful pilot program earlier this year.

The program provides small businesses in Fremantle access to subsidised training, support and one-on-one mentoring.

The City will continue to partner with independent small business advocates Freo Now and local business support organisation Business Foundations.

The City has also teamed up with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council WA to diversify the support on offer and provide alternative ways for businesses to engage with the program. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said that there are lots of positive signs for Fremantle’s economy and some exciting developments on the horizon, but that the City recognises that it will take some time for small business to feel the benefits of it.

In recognition of the importance of growing the tourism sector, the City will be delivering three workshops facilitated by Tourism Council WA exclusively for Fremantle tourism businesses.

The workshops will focus on taking advantage of the global travel distribution system, which enables businesses to establish connections with wholesaler and travel agents to promote their products nationally and internationally.

The dates for the tourism workshops are still to be finalised but it’s likely they’ll be held in October, November and December this year.

Following a successful trial during the pilot period, the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce will deliver a series of ‘Set the Month in Motion’ workshops and podcasts throughout the year.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Danicia Quinlan said the program would help small businesses to develop strategies to overcome the current economic headwinds.

In addition to mentoring and training, the Capacity Building Program also provides the Fremantle business community with access to the online grant portal, the Fremantle Funding Finder.

Powered by GrantGuru, the portal lists the grants and funding opportunities being offered by a range of agencies throughout Australia.

To apply for support through the Business Capacity Building Program or for information regarding upcoming workshops visit the Business Capacity Building page on the City of Fremantle website.

 

Roel Loopers

QUEUEING AT FREO’S HARU SUSHI

Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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While many traders in Fremantle are struggling it was nice to see a lunch time queue outside the little HARU Sushi bar in William Street today, on a Monday.

Roel Loopers

UNSIGHTLY SOUTH FREO CAFE PARKING

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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When Calogero’s cafe at South Terrace in South Fremantle received retrospective approval from Fremantle Council for the outdoor area they had erected without approval Councillors were worried about cars parking between the cafe and the Port City Roasters, but this was the situation this Monday morning at 11am when three cars were parked there.

Is someone at CoF actually monitoring if approval conditions are adhered to?

Roel Loopers

PHOTOS OF A FREO SUNDAY STROLL

 

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Here a few happy snaps I took around Fremantle on this glorious Sunday.

It was surprisingly quiet on the Cappuccino Strip but the Fishing Boat Harbour was buzzing with foreign tourists, mainly from Malaysia.

My favourite little cafe Chalkys just below the Roundhouse in historic High Street was also doing well and they deserve it because they have great staff, owners, coffee and food.

ROEL LOOPERS

 

STUNNING MURAL ART WORTH A VISIT TO THE BIG SMOKE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, perth, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2019

 

 

It is such a gorgeous day that I hopped on the train to Perth to look at the magnificent 27-storey high art mural by artist Matt Adnate on the new hotel in Hay Street that will be named after him; the Adnate Hotel. It is amazing, but difficult to photograph so I walked up all the nine levels of the adjacent car park to see if I could find a better location, but to no avail.

It is disturbing to see how many really mediocre and ugly highrise buildings are being erected in Perth, but great that there are many fantastic large mural artworks on some of them, especially in Northbridge.

Interesting the people one meets on a train ride. A talkative woman from Albany told us that she lives on a houseboat and had just sold her fish&chips shop after five years of hard yakka, while 26 year old Daniel told us he was on his way for a swim at Cottesloe after having spent two and a half years in jail.

While engaging with them I missed catching up with my old mate Michael Thorn, the CEO of Canberra based FARE-the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, who I saw hopping on the train as well. I wrote one of the very first articles for FARE’s blog many years ago.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S HILTON NOT SOLD TO TWIGGY OF COURSE

Posted in april fools, architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019

 

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It is taking forever for the SKS Group to build the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the former Point Street car park site and they are a bit slow reading Freo’s View blog posts as well it appears.

I received an email this morning threatening me with legal action if I do not remove my blog post that Twiggy Forrest had bought the site.

The blog post was one of four April Fools blogs I published on April 1 this year and I made it clear in a later post that the posts were only April Fools.

I have suggested to the SKS Group to walk down to the chemist and get an injection of humour.  ;>)

I have also asked them to please start with the construction of the hotel asap as the Fremantle community has been waiting for it to happen far too long.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SYNAGOGUE TAVERN PROGRESS

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019

 

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The development of a tavern and whisky bar at the former Synagogue next to Fremantle Oval is well under way as the photo I took this morning shows.

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WHEN FOMO MEETS MANY-AT FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

 

I received the exciting information below from SPACEMARKET about the FOMO retail at Fremantle’s Kings Square:

We’ve been working with Sirona Capital on an incredible new concept within the FOMO FREO Kings Square precinct, right in the heart of Freo. It’s going to be like nothing you’ve seen before in WA. This includes (drum roll) the return of MANY to its original home, with a beautiful new MANY Emporium spread across the lower ground floor— and as you’d expect, The Emporium will be full of your favourite local and independent businesses.

Alongside MANY, within the impressive open-plan shopping area bathed in natural light from the sweeping, skylit ceiling, we envision a sexy little wine bar, food offerings, a gorgeous beauty and wellness space, plus a heavy sprinkling of other lovely things. Think; flowers, conti rolls, a beaut bottle of wine, house plants, books, stationary….

Off the back of MANY 6160, which opened in 2013, Sirona have committed to continue the concept of borderless, open-plan retail. We’re equally committed to ensuring a dynamic mix of businesses trading right here in Freo, and are gunning to ensure the space is the opposite experience of a generic big box shopping centre.

This is where you come in!

When we launch in April 2020, we want to showcase the best of the best at FOMO FREO, and we’d love you to help us spread the word. There will be space available in our impressive lower ground level, but also street floor tenancies which face the newly revitalised Kings Square, library and civic centre.

From a retail perspective, this feels like an unmissable opportunity. Population and parking are often named as key barriers to small business success in WA — here in FOMO, we’ll have 2,000 office workers relocating into the upper levels (also planned for April 2020), and another 1,000 in neighbouring refurbished offices. And parking? There’ll be 600 bays right out the back.

Obviously, we’ve got a dream hit list of brilliant operators who we’d love to join us in this venture, but of course there will be many more out there who we don’t yet know about. We’d love them to be involved too! We’re calling on; barbers, specialist fashion shops, glasses and sunglasses boutiques, menswear designers, gorgeous homewares and lifestyle purveyors, fabulous florists, grocers, whole foods, art prints, YOU NAME IT. Bring us your best Perth.

Brilliant, enthusiastic and high quality operators – contact Kate@spacemarket.com.auor sarah@spacemarket.com.au (immediately!) for more info and to arrange a site visit.

 

Roel Loopers

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PURRRFECT CAT CAFE LOCATION

Posted in cafe, cat, city of fremantle, hospitality, pet, Uncategorized by freoview on August 6, 2019

 

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Your cats will adore you forever if you take them to the new Cat Cafe on Hampton Roiad, because the cafe is next to the fish&chips shops and cats love fish.

Roel Loopers

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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2019

 

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Another one bites the dust. It is a real shame to see another retailer closing its doors in Adelaide Street at Fremantle’s Kings Square, but as major retailer David Jones stated Australia is in a retail recession and that is impacting on all major shopping destinations in the Perth metro area.

I hear it is a serious challenge for developers in Fremantle to fill new retail and hospitality spaces and that a popular health food restaurant might also be on the verge of closing down because it is barely making enough money to pay the rent.

The Fremantle community needs to support our local traders or more will be forced to close shop!

Roel Loopers

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