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RETAIL PENALTY RATES NOT SUPPORTED BY SAT

Posted in business, city of fremantle, local government, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2018

 

I am not sure at all why Fremantle Council is wasting officers’ time to investigate higher(penalty) rates for long time vacant street level retail spaces, when other councils have already done so, but their plans were rejected by the State Administrative Tribunal.

Blaming ‘greedy’ landlords for empty retail spaces is ignoring the global downturn in retail and online shopping becoming more popular.

It is even more flabbergasting that Fremantle Council has instructed the administration to investigate penalty rates in a time where traffic and parking in the CBD is impacted by the Kings Square redevelopment and more shops have closed in William Street and the Fremantle Mall because of that.

It is pie in the sky thinking that temporary pop ups by amateurs who don’t have the money to invest in a long time sustainable business is a solution for the retail problems Fremantle and the rest of Australia has.

Many traders in Fremantle have closed after only 6-12 months of trading because they did not do any research on the viability of their business in the locations they opened up shop. A cafe in Phillimore Street that took over from another unsuccessful cafe only lasted three months, which shows the naivety and lack of financial backing of some who start a new business.

Don’t waste officers’ time Fremantle Council!

Roel Loopers

 

SUPPORT OUR FREO TRADERS!

 

Business Directory

 

I haven’t received the Fremantle  Kings Square Business Directory yet, what about you?

We can collect them also at the Visitor Centre at Kings Square if they don’t land in our letter box, so that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow morning.

It is vitally important to support our local traders during the Kings Square Redevelopment Project construction period, so make an extra effort please and shop local, have a second or third coffee/tea/drink and don’t bother cooking at home but have your meals in town.

Roel Loopers

ANOTHER SUNDAY IN FREO PARADISE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, photography, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2018

 

Freo lifestyle

 

Just another beautiful Sunday morning in gorgeous Fremantle! I took this photo at the East West Design warehouse in South Fremantle a couple of hours ago.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PULP PAPER FAIR

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

Pulp Paper Fair

 

This sounds like a fun event to go to!

Saturday March 3 from 12 noon to 5 pm marks the first ever PULP PAPER FAIR at Smart Casual gallery in retail incubator MANY 2.0. 52 Adelaide Street. Fremantle. 

PULP is part zine fair, part art market, part paper-nerd convention. We’ll have over 40 stalls representing creatives that work with and sell products made from paper. That means; zines, artist publications, art prints, magazines, illustrations, graphic design, boutique printing, original works on paper, and much, much more!

It’s going to be fun! Come along and bring your paper-loving mates.

SELLERS INCLUDE:
Smart Casual, Bunyip, Adult Contemporary, Pulp Flicktion, Eeka, Tim Palman, Dan Martin,Em Williamson, Hotel Bravo, Rebound, Anthony Iacomella, Natsumi de Dianous, Ryan Tuke TV, Xero Boys Distro, Prints by Bow, Alex Maciver, Naomi Ground,  State Team,  Jane Grierson, Eeva Margita, Latibule Art, Zoe Barry,  akreampuff, Kukomise, Anema Designs, Kallie Creative, Maz Effect, The Little Topiary,
Whiteman Park Print Shop, Anniebello,  Sponthanaeity, Lallagret, Sofie Seyah Illustration, Wildergrim, Neighborhood Press,
+ More to be announced!

Smart Casual is located inside MANY 2.0, 52 Adelaide St, Fremantle (between Target and the Chemist Warehouse, over the road from Jacksons).

It is a wheelchair accessible venue, and everyone is always welcome!

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BITCHES BREW NEW FREO ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

Bitches Brew

 

Long established Fremantle picture framers BITCHES BREW is expanding and have taken over the former space of the Adam Monk landscape photography gallery at 62 High Street.

Adam Monk decided to get out of  shop retail and will continue as an on-line business only. Check out his website https://www.adammonk.com

Bitches Brew will make the large space in front of their framing business available for rent as a gallery space for artists and other interests.

It is a beautiful space with lots of foot traffic passing by, so great to get attention from shoppers, tourists, art buyers and Notre Dame university staff and students.

If you want to book the space call 9430 5292 and talk to the delightful Ruth or Nigel Goodman at Bitches Brew, or just visit the gallery Tuesday to Saturday and have a chat with them.

For all your framing business Bitches Brew will continue as usual, as they have done in Freo for 30 years.

Roel Loopers

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BUSY FREMANTLE HOLIDAY WEEK

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail,, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2017

 

 

I am very glad for the Fremantle traders to see so many people in town this week. On Wednesday and Thursday the city centre was packed full, and that is very unusual, and today is the same.

At the Roundhouse yesterday we had a record day with 1,399 people coming through the door, and we might have forgotten to count a few as the three volunteer guides on duty were flat out for five hours.

Roel Loopers

 

ONLY A LITTLE BIT CONFIDENTIAL AT FREMANTLE CITY

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, retail,, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 19, 2016

The world of government is an interesting one that has its own rules, so hence the public is sometimes bewildered about processes and outcomes at the City of Fremantle.

Some weeks ago I attended a Council Committee meeting that had as Confidential Items the market review for Mountain Design in the Queensgate building at Kings Square and the Old Fire Station backpackers at Phillimore Street. Confidential Items mean the public gallery has to be vacated and the media can’t attend either.

However the agenda for next week’s Ordinary Council meeting I just read on line is disclosing all the financial details of the confidential items mentioned above. So when did the items become n0n-confidential when the same commercial confidentiality should still apply?:

This report is CONFIDENTIAL in accordance with Section 5.23(2) of the Local Government Act

1995 which permits the meeting to be closed to the public for business relating to the following:

(e) a matter that if disclosed, would reveal –

  1. (i)  a trade secret;
  2. (ii)  information that has a commercial value to a person; or
  3. (iii)  information about the business, professional, commercial or financial affairs of

    a person

    Roel Loopers

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