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FREMANTLE MARKETS RE-OPEN ON FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

Fremantle Markets

 

The very popular Fremantle Markets will re-open tomorrow-Friday July 10 at 9am and will initially be open Friday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, with the food hall opening one hour earlier for those who want to buy fruit&vegetables.

The 150 small businesses in the market were severely impacted by the closure of the markets, which was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so go and say hello on the weekend and support them.

Ajay of the Lucky Elephant clothing stall is delighted that things are returning back to normal.

But even in the markets it is essential to be aware of the social distancing rules, so look after yourselves and your fellow markets visitors and operators!

Roel Loopers

FANTASTIC FISHING BOAT HARBOUR PIAZZA

 

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What a fantastic new public piazza has been created in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, between Cicerello’s and Joe’s Fish Shack!

The Bon Scott statue is now in an elevated position on a stunning recycled jarrah deck with lots of seats around it.

There is also an amphi theatre with a lot of seating around the grass area, so a real improvement to what was there before.

Eating fish&chips has suddenly become a classy five star experience. ;>))

Roel Loopers

FREO’S VERY HAPPY LUCKY ELEPHANT

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

 

Fremantle Markets

 

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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B SHED BLUES FOR ROTTNEST FERRY

 

 

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It’s easier to find the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal at Victoria Quay in the dark with the large B on the shed being lit up in a bright blue circle.

I noticed it all the way from Marine Terrace when looking down Cliff Street this morning.

 

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE DESERVES STATE’S RESPECT AND SUPPORT!

 

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Fremantle Council has voted to formally request the state government contribute $500,000 towards urgent conservation works at one of Western Australia’s most important heritage sites.

Last night the council voted to commit $500,000 towards works to improve the safety of the severely eroded cliffs at Arthur Head – the site of the historic Round House – and called on the state government to match that commitment.

Over the past decade City of Fremantle ratepayers have spent more than $3.5 million on the management and maintenance of Arthur Head and the Round House, but the scope of the works now required to make the Arthur Head cliffs safe after decades of erosion goes above and beyond what would normally be expected of a local government.

Arthur Head and the Round House are owned by the state and are a place of great heritage significance so Fremantle Council and the Freo community believe that it is reasonable for the state government to share the cost of the urgent conservation works.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said “At a time when both the state and federal governments have declared their intent to support vital community projects with COVID-19 stimulus money, I am hopeful we will get the help we need to preserve this hugely important part of the state’s heritage.”

It has been a long and frustrating period for Fremantle. In March 2018 the City of Fremantle closed the Whalers Tunnel under the Round House and fenced off areas at the base of the cliffs in the historic Arthur Head Reserve after receiving advice that overhanging rock could be unstable and posed a safety risk.

The tunnel was reopened after the City erected temporary scaffolding at the western entrance to protect pedestrians in the event of a rock fall.

The City also commissioned geotechnical and heritage experts to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the condition of the cliffs and man-made walls at Arthur Head and make recommendations on how to limit further erosion and ensure public safety.

Those recommendations, including remedial works worth an estimated $1.8 million, were endorsed by Fremantle Council in April 2019.

The works subject to the $500,000 funding request to the state government include reinforcing the western entry to the Whalers Tunnel and the construction of a new rock fall canopy, and extending the retaining wall on the eastern side of Arthur Head near the railway line.

The Round House was the first permanent building built in the Swan River Colony and is the oldest public building still standing in Western Australia.

It was built as a jail and opened in 1831, with the Whalers Tunnel added in 1838.

Due to the exposed marine environment, vandalism and well-intentioned but damaging repairs carried out during previous decades the building now requires urgent conservation works.

Arthur Head was substantially quarried between the 1830s and 1960s, which reduced the size of the headland by 60 per cent and left the quarried cliff faces exposed to the harsh coastal environment.

In my opinion this is a MUST PROJECT for the State Government, that deserves to be prioritised. We don’t want to wait another six months to hear an announcement during the state election campaign, because that would delay the urgent repairs while the state is promoting Western Australians to explore their own state, and Freo would be on the wish list of many people.

Roel Loopers

 

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CITY SEEKS STATE FUNDING FOR ARTHUR’S HEAD REPAIRS

 

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Fremantle Council will be considering this evening to apply for state funding for remedial work at Arthur’s Head, so hat the unsightly temporary fences can be removed.

While the total costs for repairs of Arthur’s Head and the Roundhouse are close to $ 2,5 million, the City only wants to spend $ 1 million and do following work, while wanting an additional half a million for the Roundhouse:

To progress these works the City is considering a proposal to bundle the essential cliff and surround works to enable unsightly scaffolding and fencing to be removed to areas 1,4,7 and 8 which would value approximately $1,000,000 and seek 50% funding for this from the state government. The City is also seeking the amount of $540,000 from the state government to undertake the entire renewal works on the roundhouse.

Arthur’s Head has been a real mess for over two years now and that really is unacceptable for one of Western Australia’s most significant historic areas.

Roel Loopers

BON SCOTT STATUE ON A HIGH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, music, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 12, 2020

 

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The Bon Scott statue in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour has been relocated to a more prominent and higher location.

The bronze of the famous AC/DC singer was created by J Shed artist Greg James and has been cleaned up, as part of the works the Marine&Harbours department is doing in the area.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SCRAPS RED CAT BUS

 

As flagged on Freo’s View last weekend Fremantle Council wants to scrap half of the free CAT bus service, to make necessary budget savings.

On Wednesday evening Councillors agreed to ask the Public Transport Authority for a variation in contract and scrap the Red CAT that runs a loop from the Maritime Museum to the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Fremantle Council also wants to reduce the frequency of the Blue CAT that loops from the railway station to South Beach from one bus every ten minutes to one every 20 minutes.

If the PTA agrees to the contract changes it would save Fremantle $ 432,000 per year. The PTA pays 40% and the City of Fremantle 60% of the service.

Roel Loopers

NEW LEASE TO FINANCE FREMANTLE MARKETS REPAIRS?

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 10, 2020

 

Freo Markets

 

Essential works are urgently needed at the Fremantle Markets, but the City of Fremantle will have to rely on the tenant to pay for the cost or part of it, so a lease extension or an all new lease is on the table for negotiations, with the tenant willing to pay between $ 1,2 and $ 1,7 million, depending on which of three options Fremantle Council prefers. The market lease is a significant revenue for the City of Fremantle with a rent of approximately $ 870,000 and rates of $ 215,000 per year.

A new roof is required in the food hall and services such at power and gas need to be upgraded in other parts of the very popular market and tourist attraction.

The item is on tonight’s agenda.

There were three possible arrangements discussed with the tenant.

Option 1 – Refund proportion of costs at lease end in 2026

This option seeks the tenant to provide a contribution of up to $1.928m for works to be undertaken as soon as possible, then if the tenant was unsuccessful in gaining a new lease at the expiry of the current lease in 2026, the City would reimburse a proportion of the contribution based on a time based formula. This could see works being undertaken in a relatively quick timeframe if negotiations were successful. The formula has not yet been discussed.

The tenant is not in favour of this option.

Option 2 – Extension of Current Lease Agreement

This option considers extending the current lease term to allow appropriate time for the tenant to recover their contribution, if agreement could be reached. This would provide sufficient extension to allow between 10 and 15 years for the tenant to recover their contribution. This would take longer than option 1 to negotiate and requires consideration of advertising requirements under the Local Government Act 1995. It would allow a medium term to get works underway if negotiations were successful. Depending on how COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed from now, this may also require consideration of works being undertaken during the re-opening of the markets.

The tenant is open to this option and stated a preference for closer to a term of 15 years. The tenant prefers the time aspect of getting works started under this option.

Option 3 – New Lease Agreement

This option would consider the early termination of the current lease subject to the City and tenant entering negotiations for a new lease. This would allow the City to renegotiate terms of a lease, it may provide opportunity to gain a greater tenant contribution, depending on the length of term of a new lease. This would take longer to negotiate and finalise as it would require significant advertising through a business plan process under the Local Government Act 1995 which would likely take up to six months to finalise.

This option is the tenants preferred option, although the timing aspect is of concern to them.

Tenant Contribution

The contribution by the tenant is important to the consideration of this report. The costs above identify that the City could reasonably seek up to $1.928m from the tenant and the City has sought this type of contribution from them. To date, the tenant has provided “in- principle” support to provide up to $1.7m towards works and agreed that this contribution would be provided for the initial urgent works of a similar value. The tenant is of a mind that they would likely only provide $1.7m in the context of a new lease. They have stated that in the context of a lease extension the figure would more likely be a maximum of $1.2m.

If supported by Council, it is intended that the City negotiate with the tenant to consider a lease extension (option 2). This would provide an opportunity to negotiate a contribution from the tenant and provide a more timely response to undertaking the works with the possibility of limited disruption to the trading operations of the markets. The City has commenced the process of seeking formal design and specification detail for the essential works to ensure any works undertaken meet desired specification requirements and to ensure readiness to commence the works if agreement can be reached.

Like every business in Fremantle the Fremantle Markets have been hit hard by the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions and have been unable to operate for months. It attracts many thousands of people every weekend of the year and is a very important drawcard for the inner city, that also benefits other businesses in the CBD, but lease negotiations about the markets will always be controversial in the Freo community, so time will tell what the outcome will be. 

Roel Loopers

SLIP INTO SLIP STREET

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020

 

Slip Street

 

Slip Street at Fremantle Port is one of my favourite little streets in town.  I believe it has huge potential to one day become a real attraction with bars, restaurants, etc. once TAFE moves on and the development of Victoria Quay becomes a reality.

The old buildings are getting a facelift by replacing the corrugated walls and roofs and it already looks a whole lot better.

Slip Street is a great backdrop for wedding photos and family portraits.

Roel Loopers

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