Freo's View

HOW TO CREATE MORE LIVABLE CITIES

 

There are two interesting opinion pieces in the West Australian today that are well worth reading. They are about the City of Perth, but very relevant to the City of Fremantle as well.

Ben Harvey writes about the challenges of dealing with homeless people and rightly points out that homelessness is not a crime. He also mentions that no matter how many cops one puts on the streets it is impossible to prevent crime and antisocial behaviour from happening.

Move-on notices are useless because people without a home have nowhere to go, so they ‘move-on’ somewhere else in the city. As Ben Harvey write ‘It’s complicated.’

What we need in Fremantle, Perth and elsewhere is many more outreach workers, a larger support system for those in need and that includes ongoing support when homes can be found for them.

Marion Fulker, the CEO of Committee for Perth writes about how we can make our cities more attractive, so that people return to them for their shopping and leisure and points out that it is essential to have more people living in our inner cities, instead of on the outskirts-she calls shoulders-of them. Something Fremantle Council has been very keen on and partly achieved with more apartment buildings constructed in the CBD over the last few years.

Fulker mentions that the retail environment has changed a lot, with on-line shopping and larger suburban shopping centres, which changed the attraction of the traditional high street inner city shopping for many. That is neither unique to Perth or Fremantle, but an international reality.

How do we achieve the critical mass needed to make cities successful and how much of that should be left to private developers? The reality is that most developers are not creating public realm. They want to build big apartment blocks without providing new public spaces, and I believe that mindset has to change.

Many more people on our streets 24/7 will provide a more secure environment, so CBDs have to cater for more than just office workers. The mix of residential and tourist accommodation is essential to have a vibrant city where one feels comfortable to walk through any time of the day and night.

Too many people express they no longer come into Fremantle and Perth because they no longer feel safe, and the many vacant shops don’t make for a great ambience either.

These are serious challenges that local governments alone won’t be able to find solutions for. It is therefor essential that the state and local governments collaborate much more and better to create cities people want to live in, visit and work in. To get that mix right will make a significant difference.

Roel Loopers

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FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC AND PEOPLE

Posted in business, city of fremantle, music, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2020

 

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Mark LaHogue’s smiling face is well known around Fremantle. The owner of The Record Finder shop is seen walking to his shop with large vinyl records under his arm every morning of the week.

Mark’s father started the shop in New Zealand in 1966 and when he decided to quit Mark took over. He has been trading now in Freo since 1985 and his sister is also working there. Now that’s a family business!

The Record Finder has many thousands of vinyls, but also sells CDs, DVDs, books, posters and record players. It is a great place for a slow browse and to soak up the ambience.

Mark says he does not do it for the money, but for his love of music and people. “Music connects people and makes them happy and it is a great escape from all the negativity in the world. I have three generations of the same families coming to my shop, so music connects families as well. I am trying to make people happy!”

Mark has some old test pressings of the Beatles and Animals, bought in from an engineer who used to work at the Apple recording studios in London.

Mark was open every day during the Covid-19 lock down and says that more people are visiting the shop and Fremantle because they can’t travel overseas and are now exploring their own state.

The Record Finder is at 43 High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End and open every day of the week.

http://www.therecordfinder.com  and is on Facebook

Go for a browse. Have a chat with Mark and support a really nice guy and his small business!

Roel Loopers

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GREAT VIBE IN AWAKENED FREO

 

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There has been a really good vibe in Fremantle this week and a real buzz around town with so many people walking the streets.

The opening of the Fremantle Markets was significant and the number of people, partly due to school holidays, was impressive.

Also a great idea by the City of Fremantle to offer familiarisation tours for the 1,750 staff of the Communities Department, who have moved into their new offices at Kings Square.

I bumped into a group, conducted by Michael Deller of Fremantle Tours yesterday, that was also attended by Mayor Bard Pettitt.

I believe Freo is on the right track to recovery, but it needs all our support, so BUY LOCAL or BYE, BYE, LOCAL!

Roel Loopers

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150 SMALL BUSINESSES RE-OPEN IN FREMANTLE

 

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When one thinks about it, it is quite a milestone in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic that 150 small businesses re-opened in Fremantle today. The FREMANTLE MARKETS is open for business again!

I could feel the happiness among the stallholders that they are finally back in business, and already many people were visiting mid morning.

The Fremantle Markets started operating in 1987 so it is an iconic Freo institution. Go and support all those small businesses. They need and deserve our support!

Roel Loopers

WOW! SO MANY KIDS IN FREO FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, local government, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020

 

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Amazing! The City of Fremantle LEGO Adventure Trail for school holidays is a huge success. This morning I witnessed hundreds of little kids and parents walking down High Street and others were lining up at the Visitor Centre to get started.

It must be one of the most popular school holidays projects Fremantle has done. Great job to see so many people coming into town and visiting shops to get the stamps!

Roel Loopers

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GIVE FREO TRADERS SOME TLC!

 

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Wake up Freo and get out and about while the weather is fine. There is thunder and rain forecast for late afternoon and the evening, so make the best of it!

The Freo Farmers Market is on from 8am till noon, the cafes are open and need our support, so have a nice breakfast somewhere, and then stroll around our beautiful city and support our retailers, restaurants and pubs, who need a bit of TLC.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO BUSINESS CARE PACKS NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, retail, shopping, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2020

Pipes for Fremantle is offering care packs for businesses:

The care pack contains information on the ways we’re supporting you, including:  

  • Loss of business support 
  • Signage opportunities 
  • Fremantle Water Perks loyalty card competition
  • Parking support 
  • Social media promotion

Visit our website to see everything included in the care pack. 

We’re also supporting the City of Fremantle and High Street in two additional business support initiatives:

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S VERY HAPPY LUCKY ELEPHANT

Posted in city of fremantle, clothes, fremantle markets, retail, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2020

 

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Always smiling Ajay of the Lucky Elephant stall in the Fremantle Markets is very happy that the very popular markets will re-open in just eight days.

In the meantime Ajay is trading in the Henderson Street mall in front of the markets, so support him.

Roel Loopers

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE TRADERS LOYALTY CARD

 

Many traders in Fremantle’s West End are quite frustrated about the slow progress of the Pipes for Fremantle works in High Street and the road closures, with the noise and inconvenience keeping customers from visiting cafes and shops, so this new loyalty promotion by the Water Corporation will be welcome.

Fremantle Water Perks is a loyalty card competition which gives your customers a chance to win prizes by shopping at participating businesses in Fremantle.

 The prizes are 2 x $50 and 1x $100 vouchers per month from any of the participating businesses, as chosen by the winners. We will cover the cost of all cards, materials and prizes.

 The competition will run from Wednesday 1 July to Thursday 31 December 2020. Winners will be drawn every month from July 2020 through to January 2021.

The loyalty card has five water drops which are to be signed each time a customer makes a purchase at a participating business. Once all water drops on the card are signed, the customer leaves their completed card with a participating business. 

 Your business then drops the cards at the pop-up shop at 66 High Street before the last Thursday of each month. If you’d prefer, we can organise to collect the cards from you.

Winners will be drawn at random on the last Thursday of each month. We will work with the winners and businesses to redeem the vouchers.

 To take part, simply email Pipes for Perth and Water Corporation will provide 150 loyalty cards for you to collect from the pop-up shop.

We will promote your business’ involvement on our website, provide full competition instructions and terms and conditions, as well as a Fremantle Water Perks digital social media pack and point of sale material.

All businesses on streets in the 2019 and 2020 pipe renewal works are eligible to participate, including businesses on streets impacted by the Fremantle Drainage works. See the project website for a full list of eligible streets. 

For all Fremantle Water Perks enquiries, call Lara Fox, Senior Community Engagement Advisor, on 9420 2985 or email PipesforPerth@watercorporation.com.au.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREE FREO PARKING ALMOST OVER

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Free street parking in Fremantle will only last for another week. Motorists will have to start paying again to park on Freo streets from July 1.

Because of Covid-19 and the decline in visitors and shoppers to Fremantle Council decided to make street parking free, but now that most state government social restrictions have been relaxed the City of Fremantle is keen to get much needed revenue from parking again.

So take advantage of the free parking for another week and go shopping, dining and pub crawling in Freo!

Roel Loopers

 

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