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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

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

 

FREMANTLE LEGO ADVENTURE FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, local government, schools, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle has partnered with Water Corporation to invite families on a free LEGO adventure through the streets of Fremantle these school holidays.

From Monday 6 July until Sunday 19 July, kids will be able to collect an Adventure Trail map from the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Kings Square.

The map will guide them to participating stores in Fremantle’s historic West End, where they’ll be able to collect the pieces for their very own LEGO toy.

The little explorers can use the Adventure Trail map to find their way through the streets of Freo and spot the LEGO-themed shop windows to collect the pieces.

There are six different toys available for the kids to build, but stocks are limited so they should get in quick.

As they visit each store they can also collect special stamps on their map. Collect all five stamps and they can enter the draw to win one of three LEGO vouchers from Toyworld Fremantle.

In another special LEGO treat, kids will have the chance to build their own LEGO masterpiece and watch a live build with Fremantle’s very own LEGO Masters Alex Towler and Jackson Harvey.

The 2020 Australian LEGO Masters Champions will be at Fremantle’s Kings Square on Thursday 16 July from 10am – 2pm.

For other school holiday ideas, special deals and offers and information on things to do in Fremantle go to visitfremantle.com.au.

 

Roel Loopers

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

HIGH STREET ROADWORKS UPDATE

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

 

Here the latest update about the Pipes for Fremantle replacement of water pipes project in the West End by the Water Corporation.

Good news is that the stretch from Market Street to Henry Street will get a temporary resurface, due to the wet weather, so that will allow traffic down that way again.

Construction work is finished along High Street between Henry Street and Market Street. Due to continued wet weather conditions, a temporary road reinstatement is now planned for completion by midday Sunday 5 July to ensure this section of road is reopened as soon as possible. A full reinstatement of this section of road will be undertaken at another time, still yet to be determined – we will continue to keep you updated.

The full length of High Street is still on schedule for construction to be completed the week of 27 July. This work will result in traffic and customer impacts, including night work on Cliff Street from 7pm to 5am on Monday 6 July.

To view a full list of traffic and customer impacts between 2 July and 10 July, please visit the project website.

 

Roel Loopers

ROADWORKS IN FREMANTLE’S WEST END

Posted in city of fremantle, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020

 

I received some updates from the Pipes for Fremantle project by the Water Corporation, which is happening all over the Fremantle CBD.

At the moment they are replacing the pipes between Market Street and Henry Street along High Street. From there they will be doing Henry Street to Little High Street and the details will be announced before July 17.

Work in Essex Street will be done between late July and late August.

In Leake and Cantonment streets they will be working from mid August to late September.

They will then be in Nairn Street from early to late September, and in Norfolk Street from early October till early November.

There are some traffic delays and road closures in Market Street, High Street and Pakenham Street currently, so best to avoid the area and drive through Cliff Street.

Roel Loopers

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LET’S HAVE A FREO CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

 

I bumped into Ruth and Nigel Goodman of Bitches Brew framers, printers and artspace in High Street, and Ruth came up with this great idea to get activity going and bring shoppers back into Fremantle.

She suggested we should do a Christmas in July, with street stalls selling hot chocolate, mulled wine, window displays, Father Christmas, etc. and I believe that should be supported by the City of Fremantle and Chamber of Commerce, who could coordinate and promote the event, maybe on a weekend, starting Friday night?

Let’s get out there and support our local traders, now that we are getting a semblance of normality back!

Roel Loopers

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TRENCHES IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in city of fremantle, state government, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on May 30, 2020

 

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The water corporation and gas people are in Fremantle’s West End and have dug a deep trench for new pipes along High Street.

It is very strange that the Pipes for Fremantle people no longer send media releases to this blog because it would be nice if I could inform the public and businesses about disruptions, as I did last year when PFF used to send me information.

Roel Loopers

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT AT BITCHES BREW

Posted in bitches brew, business, city of fremantle, covid-19, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2020

 

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What a great attitude and community spirit! I bumped into Ruth and Nigel of Freo’s BITCHES BREW framers, printers and art space and wondered why they still keep their shop open.

They were adamant that they have an obligation to the community and businesses around them, and although there was very little trade for them they wanted to have the shop open to support the local cafes and few shops that are still trading.

If the Covid-19 crisis is the perfect period to redecorate your home, go and get photo prints done, pictures framed or buy works from local artists at Bitches Brew. They are gorgeous people!

The shop is near the corner of Pakenham Street and opposite Cafe 55 and Lee’s newsagency.

Roel Loopers

FREO CITY SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS GRANTS

Posted in business, city of fremantle, local government, state government, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle is providing assistance to local businesses to help them take advantage of COVID-19 support packages being offered by the state and federal governments.

The City of Fremantle, as part of its Small Business Capacity Building Program, has partnered with Business Foundations to deliver complimentary one-on-one advisory sessions to provide information about the federal and state stimulus packages.

Business Foundations can offer the service online, over the phone or face-to-face if required. Advisors will spend an hour with each business providing tailored advice.

To register for a session, which is provided free of charge through the City’s Small Business Capacity Building Program, businesses simply need complete a registration form, select COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Advisory and email to business@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Only a limited number of places are available for eligible businesses. Refer to the Small Business Capacity Building Program website for a registration form and eligibility criteria.

The Australian Government has announced a COVID-19 support package for businesses that includes:

  • Cash flow payment of up to $25,000 for employers
  • 50 per cent wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees
  • Increase in the instant asset write off threshold to $150,000
  • 50 per cent accelerated depreciation for investments

The WA State Government has also announced it will be providing relief for business through its own stimulus package including:

  • $607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19
  • $114 million in additional measures to support small businesses
  • Small businesses that pay payroll tax will receive a one-off grant of $17,500
  • $1 million payroll tax threshold brought forward by six months to July 1, 2020
  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can defer payroll tax payments until July 21, 2020

Further resources and information relating to the Federal Government’s program and others has been provided below:

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