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FREO GETTING A FEW SHOWERS

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, roundhouse, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on April 12, 2018

 

showers

 

A few nice showers in Fremantle this morning, so I took this photo during my short stint at the Roundhouse, which I had to cut short.

Roel Loopers

 

ROUND HOUSE GUIDES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

 

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, who look after WA’s oldest remaining public building the Roundhouse, are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

It is a remarkable effort and great service to the tourism industry that around forty mainly senior volunteers open the Roundhouse to the public every day of the year, rain or shine, and fire the cannon each day at 1pm. They only close on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Guides come for their shift from as far as Darlington, Kelmscott, Joondalup and Rockingham and engage mainly on one on one basis with visitors, but also receive many large school group who get a tour.

I have been part of the FVHG for over seven years now and really love engaging with all the international and national visitors, who are 99.99% positive about Fremantle and WA.

FVHG are always looking for new volunteers willing to work for a day each week from 10am to 3.30pm so don’t stay at home and feel bored!

I took these photos while on duty yesterday. We had heaps of visitors from the Golden Princess cruise ship and others from all over the world, including six men from the port city of Gdansk in Poland.

FVHG are at the concept stage for new interpretative displays and it is going to cost a lot of money. We welcome sponsors very much so if you won Lotto on Thursday or win it tomorrow, just send us a big donation please! Thank you!!!

Roel Loopers

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WHALERS TUNNEL CLOSED AND OPEN

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

tunnel

 

After yesterday’s announcement by the City of Fremantle that the Whalers Tunnel underneath the Roundhouse would be closed it was a surprise to see the tunnel open to the public this morning, but only from the city end.

I believe it is much better to only close the gates on the Bathers Beach side so that tourists visiting the Roundhouse can still walk into the tunnel and experience it.

Roel Loopers

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HISTORIC WHALERS TUNNEL CLOSURE

 

 

One of Fremantle’s favourite tourist destinations, the historic Whalers Tunnel underneath the Roundhouse will be temporarily closed from today.

Out of safety concerns and the chance of rock fall the City of Fremantle will also be closing a small section of the foot and bicycle path along the east side of Arthur Head between the railway crossings at the Roundhouse and Croke Lane. Two bush paths along the cliff face on the southern and western sides will also be affected by the closure.

Wind and salt erosion has destabilised the rock face and the CoF can’t take the risk of a rock collapse similar to the Gracetown disaster. The Arthur Head cliff face has been reinforced in the past and sections which could cause rock fall have been shaved off, but the latter can’t go on indefinitely.

The foot and bicycle path west of the cliff face will remain open to ensure connectivity between the Fishing Boat Harbour and J Shed, Victoria Quay and the Maritime Museum.

The City is liaising with the Heritage Council for permanent solutions so that access to the area can be guaranteed.

Roel Loopers

COMMENT: Excellent public relations by the City of Fremantle! Officer Daniel Sharp called me yesterday morning and asked to meet at the Roundhouse, where he walked around Arthur Head with me and pointed out all the danger spots and the work the City will have to do to remedy the problem.

VIEW FROM THE FREO ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 1, 2018

 

clouds

 

The clouds over Fremantle created an unpleasant humidity for the Roundhouse volunteers and the sea breeze came in rather late and quite weak, so it was a bit of a struggle for just two of us.

But school holidays are over so it was rather quiet anyway. Nice view though.

Roel Loopers

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VISITORS LOVE FREO FOR ITS DIFFERENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2018

 

harbour views

 

Fremantle is such a special and lovely place according to the thousands of visitors who come to visit the Roundhouse.

It is such a joy when I volunteer at WA’s oldest public building to hear only positive comments about Fremantle from overseas and interstate visitors.

They all love it that Freo is so different from the norm and, that in contrast to Perth, we kept many of our beautiful heritage buildings, and they love the view corridors from the West End streets to the port.

People from Sydney on their second visit to Fremantle commented today on how friendly people here are and that we take the time to engage with our visitors, and all of them love the blue sky and Indian Ocean, the beaches and Rottnest Island, and the lack of people.

My love for this old port town gets reaffirmed every  day I volunteer at the old gaol.

We are blessed to live in Freo!

Roel Loopers

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KELSEY ASHE’S ART SHOW IN THE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fashion, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2017

 

ashe 5

The Fremantle Roundhouse, Western Australia’s oldest public building was a wonderful setting for a very wonderful art show on Wednesday evening.

Fremantle artist Kelsey Ashe had created ten limited edition drawings as a fund raiser for the Fremantle Fashion Collective and many people turned up to admire and buy her work.

The Roundhouse is a great setting for small events and functions, so keep it in mind.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FASHION COLLECTIVE ART AT ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fashion, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2017

 

There is an interesting art show on inside the Fremantle Roundhouse this Wednesday evening between 6.30 and 8pm.

Renowned Freo textile artist Kelsey Ashe has created limited edition artworks for the Fremantle Fashion Collective. All proceeds will go to the collective to support upcoming fashion designers.

Kelsey Ashe’s detailed drawings are hand embellished and have a Fremantle theme, so they are something different and not to be missed.

While up on Arthur Head enjoy a beautiful sunset and the last rays of sunshine of the day on the sublime Felice Varini artwork along High Street.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE OLD AND NEW

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on October 25, 2017

 

high st roundhouse

 

Western Australia’s oldest public building the Roundhouse goal squeezed in between modern art on historic buildings in Fremantle’s High Street.

All you overseas and interstate people come over for a visit to the port city on the Indian Ocean coast!

There are a lot of festivals and events during our summer months.

 

Roel Loopers

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NO SHADE AT ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

roundhouse rest

 

I spotted this man having a rest on a bench next to the Fremantle Roundhouse in front of the Glen Cowans underwater photography gallery, so had to take a photo of course.

While admiring the Felice Varine artwork along High Street from there Glen Cowans and I were talking about why there are no shade structures for visitors to Arthur Head on the lawn next to the Roundhouse.

Some 140,000 visitors enter the Roundhouse yearly and many of them are seniors who need a rest after walking up the steps, but there are only two benches outside WA’s oldest building, and neither of them are in the shade. The bench at the gallery is in shade only late afternoon.

Trees would be nice, but probably not possible because of the Whalers Tunnel below, but a couple of nice shade structures would be good and also assist to give shade to wedding guests up there.

 

Roel Loopers

Roel for City Ward!

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