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YOU GOT IT WRONG, FREMANTLE COUNCIL!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, market, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on November 18, 2019

 

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South Beach Sunset Food Market operator Georgie Adeane is not at all happy with Fremantle Council and the, FPOL Committee deferred decision, to put an Expression of Interest out to see if anyone else just want to take over from her after this summer because of the, in my opinion, City’s silly competitive lease/license policy.

Adeane told me that under the new proposed City charges she would be losing between $40,000-50,000 if she continued with the markets, so I presume it is unlikely she will put her EOI in.

Fremantle Council’s lack of understanding of how retail and hospitality actually works is very distressing, because it is highly likely that the very popular market, that attracts on average 5,000 people on the Saturdays it operates, will no longer be viable  if Council signs off on the EOI idea, and that this summer could be the last of it. That will not only create unfair hardship for Georgie Adeane but also to the 25 stallholders who will lose out on substantial income. These are small businesses Fremantle Council pretends to be supportive off.

A new operator would have to charge stallholders a whole lot more to be part of a new market to cover cost, or allow many more stalls at the event. Either way will cost the small businesses money as it will reduce their income.

A Council that relentlessly talks about activating Fremantle surely cannot let such a successful event disappear because Councillors and officers fail to appreciate the nuances of running markets and small businesses.

Maybe Georgie Adeane should rename the markets into the South Beach Green, Sustainable and New Innovation Markets and no doubt Freo Council would actually go out of their way to let her continue to run the market at South Beach.

This is a VERY BAD CALL, Fremantle Council, and it is one where you should just admit that the idea of an EOI and higher charges are wrong!

Roel Loopers

SOUTH BEACH MARKETS UP FOR GRABS

 

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this Wednesday deliberate about a new license for the South Beach Sunset Markets and an Expression of Interest period for new operators to engage in a competitive process to run the markets after the license of Georgie Adeane expires at the end of this season.

Georgie Adeane had the idea and started the markets on Bathers Beach in 2012 but was forced to move the already very popular market to South Beach in 2015 after the opening of the Bathers Beach House and a larger lease area for Kidogo Art House.

The markets attracts on average 5,000 people on every Saturday in summer between 5-9pm.

The City has invested $ 30,000 per year in the markets by providing free bins and paying part of the cost for generators, but now wants the next license to be an Events Agreement, not a License Agreement and the operators paying $ 95,154 per year, which would be reduced by 50% for three years.

The markets run for approximately 18 times a year, depending on weather conditions, with about 40 stalls, that reportedly pay $ 300 each to Georgie Adeane for being allowed to participate.

I personally find the competitive policy by the City of Fremantle rather strange as it punishes successful operators who do all the hard work to establish a new event or business, but once they have made it an attraction the City forces them to compete for a lincense with other interested parties, who can simply steal the intellectual copyright of the idea of the initial operator and reap all the benefits of all the hard work that was done in the first years to try to establish the business. Maybe Council could include a goodwill clause, so in case Georgie Adeane is not the new license holder she will receive a payout for making the markets such a popular event in Fremantle.

It is rather peculiar that the City’s competitive policy did not apply two months ago for a new lease for the public golf course, or that it never applies to Gino’s for example, so there appears to be a worrying inconsistency here that question the integrity of the policy.

Roel Loopers

HOW MANY MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR SOUTH BEACH?

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will have to deal with the conundrum of how many festivals are sustainable for our Festival City.

Two event operators have requested to shift events from Port Beach to South Beach because of the uncertainty of the Port Beach erosion, but how many music and other summer events are acceptable to the South Fremantle community that is already getting the weekly Sunset Markets and a new tavern opening at the Sealanes site.

One also has to consider the beach goers whose local beach will be closed off and where parking will be a nightmare, so what is the solution?

Applications have been made for Sets on the Beach and Sundown Sessions, as well as For the Love music events on February 29, March 1 and March 7 so it would become very busy at South Beach.

City officers recommend that Council only approves one event at South Beach, but that would mean Fremantle loses two major events that would attract crowds of up to 5,000 each and that is not perfect either.

All events applied for are beach events so they can’t be shifted to Fremantle Oval or the Esplanade, and Bathers Beach is probably too small.

What will the preferred compromise be? Have your say at the FPOL Committee this Wednesday 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

Roel Loopers

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SUNDAY MUSIC AT FREO’S SOUTH BEACH

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, food, music, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2018

 

Sunday music November

BISTRO 21 on Fremantle’s South Beach will have live music sessions every Sunday in November through to February from 2.30pm on, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers

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SOUTH FREMANTLE FISH&CHIPS&ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, food, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2018

 

Fish&Art

 

Fremantle has a new mural art work on the side of the South Beach Fish&Chips take-away on South Terrace.

The artist had not signed the work by this morning so I am not sure who did the art, but if I am correct the creation was done by Art by Destroy. Please correct me if I am wrong!

Roel Loopers

SOUTH BEACH BASKETBALL COURT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, south beach, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2017

 

south beach

 

The construction of a basketball court at Fremantle’s South Beach is well underway.

Already there have been complaints from people who are not aware of the community consultation and process. They just assume this happened out of the blue, but let me assure everyone that nothing at any level of government happens overnight.

Several options were discussed with the community as possible locations for the court; Wilson Park, the northern end of the car park, on the grass north of the kiosk, and the present location just to the west of the toilets.

One of the main reasons to put it there was to protect nearby residents from the noise of bouncing balls and players calling out.

The young people of Fremantle and surroundings asked for a full-size basketball court, and it has to go somewhere, and no location will be ideal for everyone.

Roel Loopers

NEW SPORTS HUB AT SOUTH BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, south beach, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2017

 

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The construction of the new sports hub at South Beach is underway and will hopefully be ready for summer.

The mixed-use court for basketball, futsall and volleyball is just south of the toilets and hugging the dunes.

Fremantle Council went through an extensive process to decide on the right location for the hub, as the initial plan was to put it in the northern carpark or on Wilson Park, but consideration for local residents, who were worried noise from the hardcourt might impact on their peace and quiet, dictated the court should be as far away from residential development as possible.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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SOUTH BEACH BISTRO MUSIC

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, music, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on September 10, 2017

 

Cafe Styles sunday lunch

 

BISTRO 21 at Fremantle’s South Beach is starting with Sunday music today, a welcome sign that the wet winter is over and we are moving toward warmer weather and outdoor concerts.

David Pensabene and Dave Johnson, who should call themselves the DD Duo, will do “Cafe Styles” from 12 to 2 pm.

Bistro 21 will in summer also do tapas and drinks afternoons from 5pm to 8 pm, so check them out.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO NEEDS CAMPERS SOLUTIONS

mole camping

 

 

Parking of campervans is again posing a problem in Fremantle and will get even worse during the summer months, with backpackers ignoring the no parking signs on the South and North Mole at the port and at South Beach.

The idea to lock up the moles during the night is not a good one as it affects people fishing from there and those who like a bit of romantic sightseeing in the dark. It would also only shift the problems and make it worse for South Beach and that is not fair to those who frequent that beach.

There is either a problem with not enough space for campervans at Woodman Point or the backpackers don’t want to pay for legal camping and that needs to be addressed.

In Broome during the busy tourist months they used to use one of the sports ovals as an overflow caravan park at Roebuck Bay, so maybe this is something the City of Fremantle should look into. If the problem is not enough space at Woodman Point, could we make a part of Fremantle Park or Princess May Park available at reduced costs and what would the implications be as far as health regulations go because there would be no showers and toilets.

Backpackers are important for our tourism industry, so somehow we need to be flexible in accommodating their needs. Any bright ideas anyone out there?

Roel Loopers

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