The Italian naval frigate Carabiniere entered Fremantle Port this morning and will be open to the public tomorrow on Australia Day from 10-12am and from 2-4 pm.
Go say buongiorno!
Fremantle architect and Sea Rescue volunteer Mark Zuvela kindly showed me around the new HQ of the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue organisation in the old Signal Station at Cantonment Hill this morning. The new HQ was officially opened on November 26 last year.
The Signal Station was built in 1956 and designed by Hobbs, Winning and Leighton architects, the same architects who designed the Fremantle Ports building. The communication tower on top of the Signal Station is identical to the one on top of the Port building
Fremantle Sea Rescue has over 100 active volunteers who assist and rescue over 750 boats a year. Two third of them are sea rescues, the other third river assists. It is the busiest sea rescue organisation in Australia. To put that in perspective, the Sydney Harbour Water Police does around 300 rescues a year.
Sea Rescue started in Fremantle in 1969 and nowadays does 30,000 radio transmissions a year. Licensed and certified volunteers are on duty 24 hours a day. Sea Rescue has 4 rescue vessels and 2 jet skis.
The new HQ at the Signal Station is state of the art with latest internet and satellite technology. The height of the communication tower means it now has 50 per cent more coverage and no more black spots along the Swan and Canning rivers.
Fremantle Sea Rescue covers the Indian Ocean from the old South Fremantle Power Station to City Beach and well beyond Rottnest Island, and the Swan and Canning rivers.
Thanks to donations, sponsorships and volunteers the costs of setting up at Cantonment Hill were reduced from $ 200,000 to just $ 60,000, so thank you to everyone for their generosity!
The views from Cantonment Hill over Fremantle and the port are magnificent so wander up there some time to see it for yourself.
I wandered around Fremantle with Midge and Robin yesterday afternoon so that Midge could get used to her new camera before travelling to Canada and got these two nice shots of a Nankin Herron and the sunset at the Maritime Museum.
Don’t worry about staying at home as the Aussie cricketers will get slaughtered by South Africa, so head out to Fremantle Victoria Quay and the Maritime Day instead and get some salty sea air and sunshine.
There are boat rides in the harbour, music, displays, a fancy dress competition for kids and other activities and there is food available from Kazoomies, the E Shed Markets and the Rottnest Express cafe.
Maritime Day is always a fun day and the harbour sailing racing will be on from 1 pm as well, so get a close-up look of that.
There were some very black clouds over Fremantle Port early this morning and there have been a few good showers already, so now hoping it will clear up for the Little Italy by the Sea festival that starts at midday at Bathers Beach today.
I took this photo at 6.30 am.
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.
I love industrial, mining and architectural photography, and am much better at taking photos of man-made things than of nature. It is probably because there is a sense of order that suits my liking of minimalism.
Sadly my times as a commercial photographer seem to have come to an end as I am out of the loop and very bad at promoting myself, so I am keeping my eye in by taking photos every day of things I discover while enjoying the great city of Fremantle and surrounds.
I took this photo at Rous Head at Fremantle Ports this morning.
I went to take some more photos of the demolition of the historic luffing crane on Victoria Quay this morning.
It’s a disappointing sight that is even more concerning when the excuse is that there is an identical crane next to the Maritime Museum, because a source at the museum tells me that the crane is a so-called State asset but the State does not supply the museum with funding to maintain it. This means we could hear the same story in a few years that for safety reasons the cranes at the Maritime Museum also have to be demolished.
I also hear the Maritime Museum suggested to Fremantle Ports to relocate the E Shed crane to a location near A Shed and the museum but that was rejected by Fremantle Ports.
I am sure this is all due to Fremantle Ports’ plans for the development of Victoria Quay and a hotel on the Challenger TAFE site near the South Mole.
When money talks heritage protection has no voice!
Maybe I am just a sentimental old fool but it makes me really sad to watch the demolition of the old luffing crane near the E Shed Markets on Victoria Quay in Fremantle.
It is outrageous that the crane was not offered for sale years ago when Fremantle Ports decided it was going to let it rot and not maintain it. The excuse that it now has to be demolished for safety reasons is rubbish. It could have been put in front of the Shipwreck Museum or at J Shed for example to add another attraction for tourists.
I am all for progress and have nothing against good change, but the disgraceful demolition by neglect in WA needs to stop, or we’ll soon see the old George Hotel in East Fremantle go down for “safety” reasons as well.
If we don’t respect our past we have no hope in hell creating a better future!