Freo's View

ROUNDHOUSE POWER MYSTERY

Posted in Uncategorized, tourism, city of fremantle, roundhouse by freoview on August 17, 2017

 

 

Maybe the euphoria about power supply to the historic Roundhouse was a bit premature. Electricians were there on Monday and Tuesday, and the volunteer guides were expecting power point blocks, or at least distribution points, to all four cells and two rooms, but all that was done is that two ceiling lights were put in. One in the entry and one in the room to the right.

None of us could detect power supply to the cells, where the new interpretative signs are planned to be installed, so what is going on?

The idea that power supply to the cells can be done when the new signs are installed is dubious, as Fremantle Council would have to budget for it, and that might not happen for a year.

I do not understand why two lights were put in that are not a priority, because the Roundhouse is only open during daytime hours, and very rarely for the odd event at night.

The City of Fremantle administration sometimes thinks in mysterious ways.

 

Roel Loopers

RARE ROUNDHOUSE UPSTAIRS VIEWS

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

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Power is being installed in the Fremantle Roundhouse today, so a rare opportunity to climb the very steep and narrow steps and have a look the upstairs area, that is normally closed off.

It is quite clear that the steps are too dangerous to open up the upstairs of Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building to visitors, and most of the volunteer tourist guides have never been there either, so here some rare glimpses.

 

Roel Loopers

POWER FOR FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE GOAL

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2017

 

Royndhouse volunteers

 

A City of Fremantle officer told me this morning that on Monday next week electricity will be connected to the Roundhouse goal, Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building.

Having power in the Roundhouse will open up new opportunities for evening events, and also for the planned new displays. That will also assist in getting more people to visit Arthur Head and activate the area.

 

Roel Loopers

HOW THE FREO WEST END LOOKED

Posted in city of fremantle, historic, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2017

Cliff and High old jhistoric building with Roundhouse

 

CHALKY’S one of my favourite Fremantle cafes in the far west end of High Street posted this historic photo on their Facebook page, so I want to share it with you.

CHALKY’S is in the former Tram Building (second one). The mural paintings inside the cafe depict the Roundhouse, Fremantle tram, and other historic things. The coffee and food is great, so try it out!

The corner building is now a vacant carpark where Notre Dame University will be building their new School of Nursing and Midwifery next year.

As you can see the steps to the Roundhouse were going up from both sides but that changed when they built the railway line to Fremantle Port in front of it.

Take the kids during the school holidays to the firing of the cannon on the gundeck behind the Roundhouse. Every day at 1 pm. It’s fun and bloody loud.

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE SEEING THE LIGHT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, heritage, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2017

Roundhouse

 

If the State Heritage Office has no objections the Fremantle Roundhouse will finally get electricity so that the volunteer guides can start applying for funding to Lottery West and elsewhere to install the new displays that have been designed by museum designers after community consultation.

This will finally also give us the change to properly recognise the Whadjuk Noongar people and correct incorrect information.

The displays have been looking tired and outdated for some years now and the Roundhouse needs to become even more attractive to international, interstate and local visitors and use modern technology.

Thanks to the hard work of the Roundhouse  committee, the lobbying of Freo’s View, and the personal commitment from Mayor Brad Pettitt the City has now found a way of funding the power into the oldest public building in WA from a maintenance budget.

We are keen to have more evening events in and around the Roundhouse to help activate Arthur Head after hours and already the High Tide Festival in October will be using the Roundhouse and the Irish Festival in January has also put feelers out to do some events in the Roundhouse.

All we need now is substantial financial support to implement the changes!

Roel Looper

ARTHUR HEAD WALL NEEDS REPAIR

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017

 

 

The wall in front of the Fremantle Roundhouse needs some tender loving care as it is falling apart again, and the risk is that rocks will fall down onto the steps where thousands of tourists walk.

The crumbling wall is an ongoing problem that needs long-term maintenance rather than the infrequent patch-up jobs it receives.

Roel Loopers

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ROUNDHOUSE IS ABOUT ALL HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

I am disappointed to read Mayor Brad Pettitt’s comment in the Fremantle Herald today about the Roundhouse.

The Mayor told the Herald that the Roundhouse could talk better about the history, in regard to the indigenous people.

I suggest the Mayor and all Councillors read the proposal for new displays in the Roundhouse that was produced by museum designers two years ago and where one of the four cells would be dedicated to the Whadjuk Noongar history of Fremantle and the Roundhouse.

We have a very thick proposal that the Roundhouse volunteer guides’ president no doubt would be delighted to leave at Freo Council for a couple of weeks so that the Elected Members can see the plans in detail.

But we have not been able to get the City of Fremantle to commit to funding to connect power to the Roundhouse, so we can get started on modern displays.

I for one always talk about the Noongar history, the atrocities, the Rottnest Quod, etc. Especially visitors from Canada and North Ameraica are interested as they see the similarities with their Inuit First Nation People and what displacement did to them; the alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre just a stone’s throw from the Roundhouse was a missed opportunity to tell visitors about the Noongar history of Fremantle.

The Roundhouse would love to have a real display about Aboriginal history of Arthur Head and Fremantle, but we need power and financial support to make that work!

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE CELEBRATES VOLUNTEER WEEK

Posted in fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on May 9, 2017

 

Royndhouse volunteers

 

It is National Volunteer Week and the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides took that as an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of the 40 mainly senior volunteers who open the Roundhouse every day of the year, but for Christmas Day and Good Friday.

They met for breakfast today at the Moore&Moore cafe and moved on for this group photo.

The guides at Western Australia’s oldest public  building welcome over 130,000 visitors through the door every year.

They are there in 40 degree heat and in rain, storm and winter cold and always with a smile on their face and a joke to share with people from all over the world.

Every day at 1 pm the cannon on the gun deck behind the Roundhouse gets fired and they are always looking for a visitor to push the button. Those who do are given a signed certificate to take home.

Tell your visitors about historic Arthur Head, Bathers Beach and the gorgeous West End!

Roel Loopers

 

VOICES FROM OUR HERITAGE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle dockers, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2017

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The Australian Heritage Festival is on and the Fremantle Volunteer Roundhouse Guides conducted Voices of the Past, talking about specific people who are important to our W.A. history.

Whadjuk Noongar man Greg Nannup was one of five speakers this Saturday morning.

Roel Loopers

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NO CITY SUPPORT FOR FREO TOURIST IKON

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2017

Roundhouse

 

I am very disappointed and extremely annoyed to hear that Fremantle Council has yet again not budgeted to get power into the very popular Roundhouse tourists destination, so that the volunteer guides can move forward with their plans for new and modern displays.

It does not cost the City of Fremantle a cent to keep the Roundhouse open 363 days a year, as it is run by just 40 volunteers, who also open the historic building up after hours for weddings and event.

Fremantle Councillors constantly lament that they want to activate Arthur Head when the Roundhouse receives 130,000+ visitors a year, but they are not willing to support the tourism industry.

I am totally flabbergasted about that when Tourism WA keeps telling us that tourism is a huge growth industry.

It only needs $ 10,000 to run power into the cells for interactive displays, so that the guides can start to get the funding for the $ 200,000 project for which the professionally designed plans are ready.

I often criticise the lack of priorities at Fremantle Council that seems to always be able to find money for greeny projects, but when it comes to support one of the most visited tourist destinations in our city it just can’t be bothered.

No, let’s just donate another $ 14,000 for a tiny parklet in Wray Avenue that only a handful of people use, but stuff a volunteer organisation that looks after 130,000 tourists a year.  It’s pathetic and I am disgusted!

Roel Loopers

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