While at the Fremantle Rainbow artwork this early evening I spotted a cherry picker going up to do some light repairs on Canning Highway and took this moody photo with port cranes in the background.
There are at least two sides to every story so the media blast by an Eastern State travel agent that Perth is far too expensive to recommend it to travellers is just one side of the story. The other side is that I yesterday at the Roundhouse talked to many USA sailors who are on R&R in Fremantle this week and who told me with big smiles and real appreciation that this is the best port they have ever visited, so that’s the other side of the coin.
Five US Navy personnel have been living in the B&B next to me and I was fearing loud nights, but they have been exemplary and I have hardly noticed them living next door.
The three ships will be leaving today and I am sure the hospitality industry and retailers in Fremantle did very well this week.
Workers have been upgrading the railway line in the west of Fremantle and told me this morning that is to accommodate an increase of trains along there. This will be good news for the Road2Rail mob in the east of the city but west end residents might not be of that opinion.
There is no doubt that we need fewer trucks on the roads driving containers to and from Fremantle Ports and I doubt there are on average more than six cargo trains a day, so that’s not a big inconvenience.