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REUSABLES AT GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL

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At the East Fremantle GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL two weeks ago all food & beverage vendors were required to use GO2CUP in an effort to reduce unnecessary waste at the very popular annual festival

GO2CUP supplied over 20 vendors with reusable cups, plates and cutlery which were then placed in allocated bins to be washed and used again at other events. Over 9,000 reusable items were used on the day!

Approximately 9,500 people came along to the event with only 300 – 400kg of waste being collected for the whole day!

The Town of East Fremantle is very grateful to all volunteers who kindly assisted at the bins stations, including members from the East Fremantle Junior Football Club, WREN and Recycle Right WA.

Well done everyone. Great effort!

Roel Loopers

FRE-OH! SUMMER MAGAZINE A GREAT READ

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, marketing, PR,, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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The summer edition of the quarterly City of Fremantle FRE-OH! magazine is out and a great read. It will be delivered to your letterbox but is also available on-line on Facebook and the City’s website.

The cover is of the delightful milliner Kate Hulett, well known from her Kate and Abel hat shop at Many 2.0 and from her involvement with Spacemarket.

There is also a good story about Gerard O’Brien and Silverleaf Investments, and the brilliant restoration work they are doing at the historic Manning building, a story about new businesses, one about book clubs, a spread about North Fremantle, another one about lifesaving, etc. There is even a short story about this Loopy blogger in it.

FRE-OH! is a good way to stay connected with our community and to find out all about the latest news in the port city.

Roel Loopers

CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT FREMANTLE OVAL

Posted in children, christmas, city of cockburn, family, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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I hope the heatwave won’t discourage parents to take their children to the Carols by Candlelight at Fremantle Oval this Sunday. It should be a very lovely and pleasantly warm evening, so no need to stay at home, and there will be food and drinks available as well.

Gates open at 5pm but the carols only start at 6.30 and will go till 8pm, so it won’t be a too late night for the young ones.

I’ll see you all there!

Roel Loopers

STAY COOL IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, summer, Uncategorized by freoview on December 11, 2019

 

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With Perth bracing for heatwave conditions for the rest of the week, there are lots of ways to beat the heat in Fremantle.

The weather bureau is forecasting a maximum of 38 degrees in Perth today, 39 degrees on Thursday and 40 degrees on Friday through to Sunday, prompting the WA Health Department to activate the State Hazard Plan for heatwaves.

Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, killing more people than cyclones, floods and bushfires combined. Young children, seniors and people with chronic diseases are at particular risk.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fremantle was a good option for people looking to escape the heat.

“Being by the ocean Fremantle is generally two or three degrees cooler than Perth, but that still means we’re expecting temperatures in the high thirties for the next few days,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Our Community Safety Team will be keeping a close eye out for people who are showing signs of heat stress and handing out water to people who need it.

“There are also lots of places in Fremantle that are inexpensive or free, like the Fremantle Library”

Fremantle Library located at Fremantle Oval offers a cool space to relax, read and study, with free WiFi and computers available to use. One can als keep cool and enjoy great exhibitions a coffee and food at the Fremantle Arts Centre, and of course a dip at the Fremantle Leisure Centre will cool one down as well.

Roel Loopers

PICK UP THE RUBBISH, FREO CITY!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2019

 

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I have no issue that this piece of pallet was presumably left behind after the fantastic Fremantle Long Dinner. Bumping out in the dark after a big night one can forget something, but I do have an issue with that for the last ten days City of Fremantle parking inspectors, rangers, street cleaners and rubbish collectors must have walked or driven by this many times a day, and no one cared to take responsibility and get the rubbish picked up.

It is in our historic West End that is frequented by many visitors, so someone just do your bloody job and get rid off it, PLEASE!

Roel Loopers

POSITIVE ENERGY FOR FREMANTLE’S FUTURE

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, city planning, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle invited movers and shakers to The Republic Of Fremantle venue in Pakenham Street on Friday afternoon to thank them for being part of the very important journey Fremantle has been on, as Mayor Brad Pettitt said in his short speech.

The Mayor said it had been a very long, but immensely worthwhile journey for Freo, and that Fremantle is turning a corner with all the new development and more planned development.

Dr Pettitt said that there are so many great opportunities in Fremantle but as a Council they could not deal with them all ourselves, and funding was needed for big projects such as the restoration of Arthur’s Head, the railway station forecourt plans, and lightrail for the Freo region.

There are a lot of new challenges to get excited about, the Mayor said.

Pete Adams of the Yolk Property Group said that Fremantle was unique for developers with many opportunities and the group was investing many millions of dollars in Fremantle.

Jason Townes, one of the partners of The Republic of Fremantle gin distillery and tavern that will open in autumn, said he and his partner would not do it anywhere else because they were long-term Freo residents from birth.

By opening Strange Company, Ronnie Nights and The Republic of Fremantle we are tapping into the energy that only exists in Fremantle, Townes said. “Whenever I drive on the freeway and see the hundreds of cars I ask myself why are all these people not living in Fremantle!”

Tourists like to go where locals go so the three venues attract locals and visitors alike, Townes said, so we find back street venues that are different.

He said they were a small company but intended to sell thousands of liters of gin overseas each year, because the gin was unique and used Western Australian wines from the SouthWest. Using wine to distill gin made for a much better product, and they had plans to also make brandy and vermouth out of the Pakenham Street distillery in the coming years.

The people I talked with were all very positive and excited about Freo’s future and that was a really good feeling.

 

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE’S STEEL CENTRE

 

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The steel structure of the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre is very impressive as it becomes bigger and higher.

Roel Loopers

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ONE STEP CLOSER TO FREMANTLE HILTON DOUBLETREE HOTEL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, hotel, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2019

 

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Waiting for the development of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel by the SKS Group has been like the theatre play Waiting for Godot, where two people wait for Godot but he never turns up, so it is a huge Christmas present for Fremantle that the SKS Group now appear to be serious about the development with new plans submitted to Fremantle Council.

It is for a seven-storey, 168 hotel rooms, 45 residential apartments, five shops, two commercial units, a bar and a restaurant on the Point Street carpark site.

A public information session about the proposal will be held on 9 January 2020 from 5:30-6pm at the City of Fremantle’s administration offices at Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street, Fremantle.

The plans and associated documents are available on the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo website or can be viewed during business hours at the City’s customer service desk at Fremantle Oval.

The deadline for public submissions is 14 January 2020.

The plans will then be considered by the Fremantle Council’s Planning Committee before being referred to the Joint Development Assessment Panel for a final decision.

The Doubletree by Hilton proposal is just one of many hotel developments in the pipeline for Fremantle.

The City is also assessing a new application to redevelop the Woolstores shopping centre, which includes a 141-room hotel along with new commercial office space, retail outlets, police station, and a child care centre.

Work is currently underway to convert a row of the historic Warders Cottages on Henderson Street into a boutique 11-room hotel with a new indoor and outdoor bar and dining area nestled between the rear of the cottages and the Fremantle Markets.

Plans have also been approved to transform Fremantle’s state heritage-listed Police and Courthouse complex into a hotel and restaurant precinct.

For more information and to have your say on the Point Street proposal visit the My Say Freo website.

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LET SANTA PAY FOR FREO PARKING!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking by freoview on December 3, 2019

 

 

Santa Claus and his helpers are back in Freo spreading Christmas cheer and paying for shoppers’ parking.

The big guy from the North Pole will be visiting car parks and businesses in the city centre on Mondays through to Thursdays, handing out lollies to the kids and paying for parking, from now right up until Christmas Eve.

For tips on Santa’s whereabouts and updates on the latest sightings, check out the City of Fremantle Facebook page.

If you see Santa and his elf grab a selfie and tag the City of Fremantle.

Along with free parking Santa, the City of Fremantle’s Christmas shopping initiative to provide two-hour free parking at all of its off-street car parks has kicked off today.

The free parking offer will run until Boxing Day and be available Monday to Thursday from 9am-4pm via the City of Fremantle’s PayStay mobile parking app.

To take advantage of the free parking offer all people need to do is download the PayStay app and activate their parking sessions via the app.

It is no longer a requirement to pre-load credit to use PayStay. People who download the app and register for the first time using a postcode in the Perth metro area will have their minimum credit balance and minimum top-up amount automatically set to zero.

People who have already registered with PayStay can login to their account on the website or the app and set their minimum balances to zero.

The PayStay app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the PayStay website.

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FREEO PARKING CLARIFICATION

Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019

 

THERE WAS A COMMENT ABOUT THE FREE CHRISTMAS PARKING IN FREMANTLE AND THE CLAIM MOTORISTS HAD TO PAY UPFRONT TO USE THE NEW PARKING SERVICE, BUT THAT HAS CHANGED ACCORDING TO THE CITY OF FREMANTLE, SEE BELOW:

I noticed the comment on your post about the free parking offer via Paystay about having to ‘pre-load’ credit in order to use PayStay.

When PayStay was first launched that was true – although it wasn’t $20 (it required a minimum credit balance of $5 and then a minimum top up amount of $5, so effectively the pre-load was $10).

However based on the initial feedback we received from the public we got PayStay to change that quite some time ago.

Now people can go onto the PayStay website https://www.paystay.com.au/ (they can do this on their phone) and set their minimum balance and top-up to zero, which therefore means you pay as to you go.

And the free parking offer is not on weekends! Only Monday to Thursday.

Roel Loopers

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