Freo's View

IT’S COOL TO VISIT FREO

Posted in Uncategorized, tourism, city of fremantle, hospitality by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

FBH sunning

 

Those only interested in spewing negativity about Fremantle should take notice of the comments from overseas and interstate travellers who visit us.

The British Telegraph newspapers published an article stating that Perth was one of the coolest travel destinations in the world and mentions eclectic Fremantle that has undergone a huge transformation.

Food and drinks at the Coast on Port Beach and the East Freo Sweetwater rooftop bar are mentioned, and so are the Segway tours, Fremantle Markets, Maritime Museum and Arts Centre, and The Telegraph suggest to enjoy a swim at Bathers Beach.

And of course the Little Creatures brewery also got a mention.

I count my blessings daily that I live in Fremantle. We are so lucky to live here!

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIA HOTEL IN FULL GLORY

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2017

Australia Hotel

 

Nice to see the Fremantle Hotel Australia backpackers all painted again after it took years of dispute with the heritage department on what the right process was for the street level facade.

It’s looking good and is a much nicer sight now for cruiseship passengers when they arrive in Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers

REDLIGHTS FOR FREO’S WEST END

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2017

 

Imagine Arthur Head

 

We all have them, those Eureka moments in life, when one wakes up and one has found the solution for a major problem, as I did this morning knowing I had found the perfect activation concept for Fremantle’s historic West End and Arthur Head.

Not even Jay Dee the Pres. of Ef Es could have anything against something that is older than heritage, and it is something most port cities of the world have.

My award-winning placemaking brilliance will see Arthur Head transformed into a red light district, mirrored on the famous Reeperbahn in Hamburg and the Walletjes in Amsterdam. It will guarantee 24/7 activation of the dormant West End and substantially add to Fremantle’s port city reputation.

Prostitution is one of the oldest professions in the world, so very heritage, and a port city without a red light district is like a ship without the ocean.

The area has been struggling since all the pubs in High Street were closed and Fremantle Council decided to make the heritage precinct into an arts precinct, and when our elected members thought that a 1,500 patron live outdoor music venue and 800 patron booze barn was exactly what they wanted when they asked in the Expressions of Interest for an art related cafe. They kinda got the wording of the EOI wrong, one has to assume. But no worries, Loopy comes to the rescue!

Imagine the cottages alongs Captain’s and Mrs Trivett lanes, and the Roundhouse all lit up in red at night, and girls offering their beauty behind the windows. Imagine what a fantastic and popular tourist attraction it would be!

I fondly remember the days when my mum insisted dad should take me with him when he delivered cigarettes to the aunties of the redlight district in the Hague. Especially during the Christmas period it was a sight to behold when the aunties lit up their bodies with flashing Christmas lights that wound around their substantial and well-exposed boobs, and to my bewilderment also in a V-shape between their equally well-exposed thighs. It took me many years of growing up to found out what was so special about that V-spot.

I also propose a Swingers Swap Market in the Roundhouse on Friday nights, where couples can exchange partners, or hook up for foursomes, and Sexpos in the old goal once a month there.

If the posts of the Curfew Bell were changed from square ones to round we could also have pole-dancing nights in the historic setting.

Instead of the proposed tavern train wreck at J Shed Sun Sex Erects could transform the Number One unit into a live sex venue with peep shows, striptease and simulated sex acts on stage, and a bar that sells cheap ‘champagne’ for exorbitant prices.

The rhythmic sound of many one hands clapping would go well with the industrial sounds of grinders and power tools coming from the Greg James sculpture studio next door.

I truly believe that this is an award-winning idea and that I have just written the perfect job application to replace the City of Fremantle’s director of economic development and marketing. Sorry Tom!

Someone more famous than I ever will be once said “Let there be Light!” so I’ll steal it from him and say Let there be Redlight Freo!

Roel Loopers

FREO IS DIFFERENT AND WELL LIKED!

Posted in city of fremantle, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2017

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FREMANTLE BUSINESS WINNERS DESERVE RECOGNITION!

My sincere apologies to the Fremantle businesses and individuals who won an award at the Fremantle Business Awards 2017 for not having acknowledged your achievements on Freo’s View!

I have been trying to get a list of winners from the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce since Monday this week.

I emailed CEO Olwyn Williams on Monday and asked her again last night at Fremantle Council, but disappointingly I have not received any information from the FCOC to date.

Congratulations to all the winners and I am sorry I can’t mention you by name because that information is not available to me. ; >(

Roel Loopers

POSITIVE FIGURES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

Some interesting statistics in the agenda of this Wednesday’s City of Fremantle FPOL Committee, so here is a summary of the high-level KPIs. The full report is in the FPOL agenda for June that is on the CoF website.

• 58% of customers said that ‘compared to two to three years ago’, they hear either ‘much more about Fremantle’ or ‘more about Fremantle’.
• 58% of customers said that ‘compared to two to three years ago’, they think Fremantle is either ‘much more appealing’ or ‘more appealing’.

• 87% of customers said they were ‘definitely likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend Fremantle as a place to go. This is an increase from 71% in 2013.
(Fremantle based and non-Fremantle based customer responses were almost identical)

• Tourism nights (stays) in Fremantle increased by 45% in 2015/16 (1 930 883) compared to the average of the previous seven years (1 332 782), according to Tourism Research Australia (TRA) who conduct research on behalf of the ABS.

• Domestic (intrastate) day trips increased by 69% in 2015/16 (959 286) compared to the average of the previous seven years (565 507), according to (TRA).

• Fremantle Story website usage has increased to 45 000 unique users per month.
• Fremantle Story social media following has increased to 60 000.
• Fremantle Story e-newsletter is distributed to over 10 000 people each edition.

• In October 2015, Fremantle was selected as a 2016 top ten city in the Lonely Planet Best in Travel publication (worldwide). Media coverage reached an estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide.

• In 2014/15, the City’s efforts at promoting Fremantle as a world class visitor destination was recognised with the national gold medal in the ‘Local Government Award for tourism’ category, awarded by Tourism Council of Australia.

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

FISHING BOAT HARBOUR PIAZZA

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2017

 

 

The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour PIazza is well underway and trees are planted, seats made and the new timber deck looks great.

Roel Loopers

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FREO ROUNDHOUSE ENLIGHTENMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 11, 2017

After some grumpy looks and words from Arthur Head and Freo’s View toward the Fremantle Townhall there has been a bit of action regarding putting power into the historic Roundhouse, so that the volunteer guides can get started on their plans for a big $ 200,000 new displays project.

City staff and electricians came to WA’s oldest public building today to check it out and see what can be done and according to them it should not be a big deal to supply the old goal with power needed for the displays.

Now hoping Council and administration will make it a priority as Lotterywest funding takes a while to get approved. Stay tuned!

Last year 145,000 visitors walked through the door of the Roundhouse, so a significant contribution to tourism in Fremantle and W.A.

Any corporate sponsors out there to help fast track getting the displays up?

Roel Loopers

 

CRUISESHIP DISASTER FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism by freoview on May 8, 2017

The announcement by Australia’s largest cruiseship company Carnival Cruises that it no longer will use Fremantle Port as a home port for their cruises is a disaster for Fremantle and will come at a high cost to the local economy.

No P&O superliners will be based in Fremantle any more and that means that the number of cruises out of Fremantle will go down from 60 cruises during the 2016/17 season to only 17 during the 2018/19 season.

This will no doubt have a negative impact on retailers and the hospitality industry in Fremantle and that is hugely disappointing.

Carnival Cruises say that issues with WA Ports such as Geraldton, Broome and Exmouth are to blame and new WA Tourism Minister Paula Papalia says that outdated facilities at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal are also responsible for the pull out.

Passengers arriving or boarding in Fremantle have to pull their luggage for miles on either side of the railway line, rain or shine, to and from the railway station or inner city accommodation.

Now before anyone starts bleating and blame Fremantle Council for this, it has nothing to do with them but with State Governments of the past not being pro-active enough to relocate the passenger terminal closer to B Shed and the railway station.

Fremantle Council has suggested improvements for many years and does have significant plans for development of Victoria Quay with their South Quay Project, but it needs to be supported by the WA government and Fremantle Port, and that has not been forthcoming.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said: “It would be a serious blow to Fremantle retailers if we were to see a decline in the number of cruise ships coming to Fremantle. They play an important role in bringing more tourists not only to Fremantle but the whole of Perth.

While I understand a lot of the concerns are facilities in Broome, Geraldton and Exmouth, there is also a legitimate concern as to the experience passengers have when they arrive in Fremantle. Arriving in the middle of giant car park and a sea of cars is hardly inviting and I know many of us cringe when we see often elderly people pulling suitcases in the hot sun towards the Fremantle CBD.

But as they say where there is a crisis there is an opportunity. This will hopefully see a stronger focus on improvements to South Quay. The new ALP State Government have pleasingly made this one of their election commitments and I am looking forward to bring this to reality as soon as possible.”

Roel Loopers

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