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HERITAGE OF THE FUTURE ARCHITECTURE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, perth by freoview on November 30, 2016

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I hopped on the train to Perth to listen to the free lunchtime Musical Morsels concert by WASO musicians at the Concert Hall there and on my way took some photos of the new Perth library.

What an exquisitely minimalist and classic building this is that would be a great iconic feature at Fremantle’s Kings Square. It’s the kind of heritage of the future architecture that I would love to see in Freo and it was designed by Freo architects Kerry Hill who also created the new Civic Centre for the City of Fremantle.

And the free WASO concert with cellist Louse McKay was superb and around 130 people were in the audience.

Roel Loopers

EXQUISITE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WIDLFLOWERS

Posted in fremantle, nature, perth, western australia, wildflowers by freoview on September 17, 2016

I escaped away from Fremantle, council politics, negativity and buildings and spent a few hours just wandering around in Kings Park to enjoy the beauty of nature and life.

The wildflowers are out in abundance and there were heaps of people, the different cultures emulating the variety of colours of the everlastings.

It is exquisitely beautiful in Kings Park at the moment, so go for a trip and leave all your worries behind you for a while!

And my apologies for the images, I am unfortunately not a very good nature photographer. ; >(

Roel Loopers

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PERTH RAINY WINTER SKYLINE

Posted in fremantle, perth, photography, rain, western australia, winter by freoview on August 8, 2016

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It has been wet, cold and miserable in Fremantle and I am not enjoying this winter, so I rarely ventured out on the weekend and became a couch potato.

But this morning I needed a change of scenery and fresh air, so here a photo I took around 10 am of the Perth skyline form the Melville foreshore.

It shows what a sook softy I am as I shot it from inside my car through the windscreen. ; >)

Roel Loopers

FREO KERRY HILL ARCHITECTS WIN MAJOR STATE AWARD

Posted in architecture, fremantle, perth, western australia by freoview on July 2, 2016

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Congratulations to Fremantle Kerry Hill Architects who have been awarded the top prize at the 2016 WA Architecture Awards for the new City of Perth Library and Perth’s State Buildings at Cathedral Square.

The library is the first new major civic building in Perth since the Perth Concert Hall was built around 40 years ago. The building has seven floors and 3,500 square metres of space and includes audio-visual spaces, reading areas and an history centre.

The Library and State Building were both designed by Kerry Hill Architects, while Palassis Architects assisted with heritage-related issues at the State Building.

Kerry Hill Architects have also designed the new Fremantle Civic Centre that will be built at Kings Square if that project goes ahead.

Roel Loopers

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NO CAR DRIVING LESSONS?

Posted in cars, fremantle, perth, western australia by freoview on June 27, 2016

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We all know that WA drivers are not the best, but isn’t it a bit over the top to conduct driving lessons without a car? That’s what this Tai Chi midday session at St George’s Cathedral today looked like for me at first glance from a distance.

Roel Loopers

BRAND PERTH A DUD FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURISM

Posted in fremantle, perth, state government, tourism, western australia by freoview on May 29, 2016

The Sunday Times reports today that WA Premier Colin Barnett, who is also the new Minister for Tourism, has indicated the promotions for WA should be focussing on Perth and not on the natural beauty of our state.

The Premier told the ST that Brand Perth should be our selling point focus, not beaches and the rugged Kimberley. The Premier believes that is what Asian tourists want.

Strange then that the national tourist body only recently said that Chinese tourists want a country/outback experience, and 95 per cent of visitors to the Fremantle Roundhouse I talk to have expressed that they find Perth dull and much like other big cities but that they love the heritage of Fremantle, Ningaloo Reef, the outback, Margaret River, Albany and the rugged coastline.

On that note I wonder if/what the City of Fremantle is doing in regard to offering package deals for the Street Art Festival to attract interstate and overseas visitors. This is a great free three day festival that deserves package deals with tourism operators and airlines. We could for example have a night performance in the Fremantle Arts Centre only for those who arrive here on a package deal for the SAF.

Reading the number of visitors the VIVID light festival in Sydney attracts, I believe Freo could step up a little in that regard as well and not just rely on large numbers of visitors from the suburbs on the long Easter weekend.

Roel Loopers

HAVE YOU SEEN CHILD ABUSER?

Posted in children, crime, fremantle, perth, police by freoview on April 20, 2016

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If you think you know this man or someone who looks like him please do call Crimestoppers immediately!

Two little kids were assaulted in North Perth yesterday by a man who looks like this, so he needs to be taken off the streets so children can play without fear.

Please pass this through your networks as widely as you can. Kids are sacred and no one should harm them ever!

Roel Loopers

DECENTRALISATION NOT SUCCESSFUL IN PERTH

Posted in fremantle, perth, planning by freoview on March 4, 2016

The FACTBase reports by the Committee for Perth are always interesting reading and the latest one on the failure of decentralisation is another one worth reading.

CfP concludes that despite many strategic activity centres being created for decades, the City of Perth still remains the number one destination for workers. More than 123,000 people commute to Perth daily.

The objective of getting people to work closer to home has not been achieved the Committee for Perth said, and there is a disparity between the number of jobs on offer and the number of workers in areas such as Cockburn, Melville and Rockingham in the southern suburbs, as well as Joondalup, Wanneroo, Armadale and Gosnells.

Committee for Perth CEO Marion Fulker said that “Interestingly, many of the people who are commuting to work are actually living in or near strategic development centres.”

The strategic metropolitan centres are Fremantle, Rockingham, Mandurah, Joondalup, Armadale, Midland, Morley, Cannington, Stirling.

We in Fremantle have been waiting for years for the State Government to move departments here to help restart the economy and help Freo to become an activity hub with many more office workers coming to work here and hopefully relocating and becoming residents of Fremantle.

Traffic congestion during peak hours is becoming worse and worse and people reject public transport because of over-crowded trains and busses, so decentralised activity hubs that offer real job opportunities are very important for the future of the Perth metropolitan area that is rapidly growing, but not coping with the population boom.

Roel Loopers

PERTH ELIZABETH LOW QUAY

Posted in elizabeth quay, fremantle, perth by freoview on January 30, 2016

 

I made my epic journey from Fremantle across the mighty roaring Swan river this morning to have a look at the Elizabeth Quay development in Perth and must say I am underwhelmed. It appears to be a whole lot of money for not that much at all, but that is just my first impression.

To be fair to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority EQ is still a work in progress and will benefit from more buildings around it and more hospitality venues. There is also still a major ceramics artwork by Sandra Hill and Jenny Dawson to be installed, so I will reserve my final judgment for a few years.

The thing that impressed me most was the giant bird man in a boat by Aboriginal artist Laurel Nannup. It’s stunning!

There was not much food on offer so why did the MRA not put signs around EQ to point out that the Swan River Community Market was on only metres to the east of the development? After all they pay to have the markets there so why not do some decent marketing to support the stallholders.

Roel Looper

COME TO THE BELLTOWER MARKETS!

Posted in fremantle, markets, perth by freoview on December 18, 2015

 

Tomorrow is this year’s last SWAN RIVER COMMUNITY MARKET at the Perth Belltower, so if you have not visited hop on the train or bike and come to the big smoke for a change.

There will be live music, food and craft stalls, fairies, face painting and an animal touch farm, and often we see dolphins in the river. It is only a five-minute walk from the Esplanade train station so taking a train from Murdoch station is also an option for Fremantle people.

The market is organised by Fremantle’s Kylie Wheatley of Red Tent Events fame for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and has supported many Freo musicians and stall holders, and me.

Roel Loopers

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