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THE FREO WEATHER IS WELL, WELL, WET

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, roel loopers, roundhouse, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 7, 2018

 

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The girls at the PLC-Perth Ladies College are raised the tough way. The wet and cold weather today did not stop them from hopping on the train to Fremantle, where they also visited the historic Roundhouse.

They are looking at the fresh water well here.

and two more wet weather photos from Arthur’s Head.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LEFT OFF NEW FREO TOURIST MAP

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

 

map

 

Not all change is good, as the new Fremantle tourist map shows.

For many years we had perfectly good maps to hand out at the Roundhouse, but while on duty yesterday I noticed the new maps and they have one major flaw, that they no longer show Fremantle Prison!

One of the most asked questions by tourists is how to get from the Roundhouse to Fremantle Prison, so we hand out the maps and show them to walk down High Street, turn right into the Cappuccino Strip and then left at the church on the corner of Parry Street, walk past Fremantle Oval and then right up the steps to the former prison.

But now the map stops and cuts Fremantle Oval in half and no longer includes Fremantle’s most popular museum. ┬áIt’s a remarkable and unacceptable oversight and needs to be addressed, City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

 

ROUNDHOUSE VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT FREMANTLE’S TOURISM

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2018

 

Nan at Roundhouse

 

This is Nan Jackson who today appeared in the Fremantle Gazette and in a Facebook promotional video. Nan has been a volunteer tourist guide at the Fremantle Roundhouse for ten years and deserves to be applauded during National Volunteer Week and the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Around 150,000 overseas and interstate visitors yearly visit the old building at Arthur’s Head. Many school groups visit to find out about the history of the former jail, so the guides are being kept busy, and Nan’s knowledge about the history of Fremantle is amazing..

The Roundhouse was built by free settlers, not convicts, who came to establish the Swan River Colony in 1829, and because of excessive drunkenness, stealing and disorderly behaviour it was decided in 1830 to build the small eight cell jail, which opened in January 1831.

Every day at 1pm the cannon on the gun deck that overlooks Bathers Bay is being fired by a visitor, who receives a certificate, and the time ball above the deck is lowered. The guides who are in charge of firing the cannon need a dangerous goods and a pyrotechnic license, and that costs the not for profit organisation quite a bit of money

It is quite remarkable that fewer than 30 mainly senior volunteers keep the Roundhouse open every day, but for two, of the year. Only on Good Friday and Christmas Day is the museum closed. Volunteers come from as far away as Darlington, Joondalup, Kelmscott and Rockingham, which shows the real dedication and love for the job of talking one on one with people from all over the world.

The Roundhouse guides are often the first port of call for tourists in Fremantle, so they point them to other attractions, the best cafes, fish&chips, bars, concerts, events, etc. and also give them tips for their travels through WA and Australia.

The building is also used for wedding photography, and it has housed night concerts, functions, theatre plays, movies, art exhibitions and other events, etc.

It is a constant battle to keep the Roundhouse open because of the limited guide numbers, as it is difficult to find new volunteers willing to spend a day a week at the old building from 10am to 3.30pm. It is a very positive experience. Most visitors tell the guides how much they love Fremantle and its character heritage buildings.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides would love to have more volunteers, so go and have a chat with them!

Roel Loopers

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FREO ROUNDHOUSE NEEDS VOLUNTEER TOURIST GUIDES

 

Volunteer Week

 

It is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, so the appropriate time to make Fremantle people aware that the Roundhouse volunteer guides are in desperate need of more volunteers to be able to keep WA oldest public building open to the public seven days a week.

I have been a volunteer at the Roundhouse for over seven years and love the one on one interactions with visitors from all over the wold and having talks with large student groups from primary and high schools.

Volunteering at the Roundhouse is a very positive experience and we leave at the end of our shift with a smile on our face because of all the lovely people we meet and the compliments they give us for Fremantle, WA and Australia.

Become a Roundhouse volunteer! It’s fun. Just pop in an sit down one day and watch how we interact with the visitors and sign up for once a week or once a fortnight guide duty!

Roel Loopers

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HAVE A FREO WHALE OF A TIME!

 

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The Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the historic Roundhouse has reopened and so has the dual pedestrian/bicycle path.

The protective walkway on the beach side is not a pretty sight but a necessity to protect people from potential rock fall.

It is now easier again to get to the art studios at J Shed and to Bathers Beach from High Street.

Roel Loopers

WHALERS TUNNEL ROCKFALL PROTECTION

 

Whalers Tunnel

 

Work is under way at the historic Fremantle Whalers Tunnel to provide safe passage for visitors to Arthur’s Head.

The danger of rock fall forced the City of Fremantle to close the tunnel three weeks ago but it will reopen again this week.

The rock face on the east end will be shaved off and the bicycle/pedestrian path will reopen also this week.

Roel Loopers

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

 

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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.

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