Freo's View

BEAUTIFUL MORNING AT FREMANTLE PORT

 

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As everyone who reads Freo’s View should know by now I absolutely love the working Fremantle Port, so when I got there this morning for my Saturday morning coffee with my mate Henty at the Express Cafe at B Shed I just had to take photos of the departing container ship just before 7am.

There were heaps of young people on their way to Rottnest Island which always makes me feel I am on holiday.

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ROTTNEST ISLAND AUTHORITY FOR NEW FREO CIVIC CENTRE?

 

Quokkas for Kings Square?

I heard the exciting, but yet unconfirmed, rumour that the City of Fremantle might have a coup with the possibility of the Rottnest Island Authority setting up office on the third floor of the new Civic Centre that is under construction at Kings Square.

The RIA is in a way a local government, so it would make sense to have representation in the new Freo Civic Centre at Kings Square that will open late next year.

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COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR NEW FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL CENTRE

 

 

Plans for an Aboriginal cultural centre at J Shed were talked about in detail at last night’s FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council.

Although I first suggested we could keep J Shed and the cultural centre could be built on Victoria Quay, I quite agree  with Councillor Rachel Pemberton that Manjaree/Arthur’s Head is very significant, as it was the first point of contact between the British settlers/invaders and the Whadjuk Noongar people.

Pemberton said this would be an opportunity to make the precinct a place of healing where we could move forward together and share our cultures.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said the officers’ report was amazing and much better than what Councillors had received previously. The area was important for all Aboriginal and local people, not just the Noongars and that a cultural centre should have the appropriate State level importance and not be a Freo City facility.

Sullivan also warned about rising sea levels that might impact on a new building at Bathers Beach and was skeptical about relocating J Shed-again.

Councillor Sam Wainwright said this was the right direction in consideration with the relationship Bathers Bay has with Wadjemup/Rottnest Island, while Councillor Doug Thompson called for further investigation and community consultation.

Councillor and FPOL Chair Hannah Fitzhardinge also pointed out the opportunities to collaborate with what is planned for Rottnest Island and that there should be a Walyalup Wadjemup dialogue about that. Great idea!

I wonder though if J Shed is going to be relocated, and that is still many years away, if the present artists there could not also relocate with the shed or be offered alternative studios in A Shed on Victoria Quay or elsewhere in Fremantle, instead of just letting them go, as their contribution to our city has been significant.

Roel Loopers

PS: The yellow circle in the photo is of an art studio for lease at Captain’s Lane.

 

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BUSY MORNING AT ROTTNEST FERRY TERMINAL

 

B Shed

 

There is always a photo opportunity in picture perfect Fremantle, so here one I took at the B Shed cafe and Rottnest Island ferry terminal on Victoria Quay yesterday morning.

People waiting to board a ferry, three navy ships at berth, and wake-up coffees at the  cafe.

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AT THE ROTTNEST FERRY TERMINAL

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, rottnest island, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2019

 

rotto terminal

At the Rottnest ferry terminal, B Shed on Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port.

Interesting, hey, that by turning it into a Black&White photo it immediately looks like a historic photo.

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ROTTNEST EXPRESS TAKES A DIVE

Posted in city of fremantle, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 1, 2019

Fremantle’s Rottnest Express ferry service has taken a massive $ 26.7 million dive since Sealink also started a ferry service to the Quokka island 15 months ago.

Financial results published by Journey Beyond, which purchase Rottnest Express in 2016 states that competitor business impacted on the performance of Rottnest Express.

From my own observations it has been very busy at the Victoria Quay B Shed ferry terminal, but Sealink initially struggled to gain ground.

Competition has shown to be good though for passengers as there are more specials on offer since the second ferry service was established.

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LOVING FREO’S WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2019

 

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port 2

 

Maybe I am just an unrealistic romantic, but I hope that Fremantle Port will remain a working port with container ships, cranes, cruise ships, ferries and all the things that make ports exciting, for as long as I live, so for another 5-10 years. ;>)

Seeing the cranes and ships as a background for gorgeous heritage buildings is something very special and very Freo.

I get all the political, environmental, NIMBY and other reasons for the port to be moved away from Fremantle, but there are many who just like it the way it is, as I do.

No doubt North Quay and Rouse Head are prime real estate areas, but so are Arthur’s Head, the West End, Monument Hill and Cantonment Hill, so shall we just develop all those significant places?

There is a much stronger case in my opinion to start developing Victoria Quay. It does not all have to be done in one go, but Fremantle Ports really should start on it.

I took the photos above this morning, with the ferries to Rottnest being very popular during the school holidays.

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GREAT ROTTO JOB!

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 5, 2018

 

Rottnest Island Authority
Famils Coordinator
RIA3123673
PSGOCSAGA, Level 4, $78,452 – $82,797 p.a. plus 9.5% Superannuation
Use your experience and passion for tourism to help promote Rottnest Island as a “must see” tourist destination.

Similar appointments may be made from this process in locations throughout Western Australia within a 12 month period to positions that may be permanent or contract, including contract appointments with the possibility of subsequent permanency.

THIS IS A PERMANENT, FULL-TIME POSITION

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION CLOSE AT MIDDAY ON TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Job Description

This position plans, coordinates and executes familiarisation activities to promote visitor experiences and Rottnest Island as a must-see destination. This includes liaison with island stakeholders and related agencies to attain appropriate support to facilitate the activities.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should address the following three (3) essential criteria. These should be addressed in no more than three (3) pages.

  1. Knowledge and experience in public relations or communications with the proven ability to develop, coordinate and implement famils programs involving multiple participants, contractors and venues.

  2. Sound understanding of the tourism industry and current issues and trends impacting on the environment.

  3. Strong organisation, project and teamwork skills and capacity to co-ordinate multiple projects under tight deadlines.

Note: In accordance with relevant legislation and departmental policy, the successful applicant will be required to possess or obtain a current and satisfactory National Police Check prior to commencement.

For the full role description, including detailed responsibilities and a full list of criteria including those that are not required to be addressed in the application please refer to attached Job Description below.

For Further Job Related Information: Please contact Ms Danielle Ayres on (08) 9432 9125, or for further information about the Rottnest Island Authority please visit www.rottnestisland.com.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a written response addressing the above three (3) requested criteria (in no more than three (3) pages) together with a current resume. Failure to do so may jeopardise the selection panel’s ability to make an assessment of your application.

For detailed assistance to ensure that you submit all of the required and appropriate information in your application, please ensure that you read the attached Job Application Kit carefully. All documents attached with your application must be in Word or PDF format.

No late or proforma applications will be accepted.

To avoid last minute congestion of the system, please endeavour to submit your application well before the closing time.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online.

A search for additional applicants may be conducted for this position where necessary in order to provide a more diverse and/or competitive field.

Substantive Equality Statement

Rottnest Island Authority supports and values diversity and aims to build a workforce that is representative of the community we live in. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse background and people with disabilities.

 

Attachments: DBCA Job Application Kit.docx
Job Description RIA3123673.pdf

You can view and print these PDF attachments by downloading Adobe Reader.

 

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QUOKKA PARK FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2018

 

Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) looking into the camera, Rottnest Is

 

The City of Fremantle has applied to the Department of Parks and Wildlife to be allowed to open a Quokka reserve in Pioneer Park, opposite the railway station.

Fremantle wants to jump on the bandwagon of the popularity of the little marsupials that are one of the main attractions of Rottnest Island.

If the plans get approval Pioneer Park would be fenced off and many Guichenotia bushes planted. The oily leaves and purple flowers are the favourite food source of the herbivorous quokkas.

There are well over 10,000 Quokkas on Rottnest and the City of Fremantle has started liaising with the Rottnest Island Authority through Freo Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge, who is on the board of the authority, to get a minimum of 500 Quokkas for the Quokka Park.

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ROTTNEST ISLAND VISITORS RECORD

Posted in city of fremantle, holiday, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

 

Rottnest

 

Visitors’ numbers to Rottnest Island are increasing, with last year being a record with nearly 665,000 visitors.

December and January saw a 16 per cent increase compared to the previous year and I have no doubt that is due to ferry competition and reduced ticket prices to go to Rotto.

Since Sealink became a Rottnest ferry operator the Rottnest Express have slashed their prices and now run hourly morning ferries to the holiday island. Sealink offers free children fares, so that is all good for those who complained in the past that ferry fares were ridiculously high.

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