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SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN FREO

 

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It was good to see the ferris Tourist Wheel turning again, on my late afternoon walk yesterday, and that Cicerello’s has also has started trading.

Passing by some places it looked as if the maximum of 20 patrons had already been ignored, probably in the knowledge that from coming Saturday on they are allowed to have 100 people in the hospitality venues with only 2 sqm per person.

At Victoria Quay families were trying to take advantage of the rain to catch a feed of fish, while there was a mist coming from the Indian Ocean.

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I love walking around out beautiful Fremantle while trying to find interesting photos, such as the painterly reflection in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS’ DISGRACEFUL HERITAGE NEGLECT

 

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Every time I walk past A Shed on Victoria Quay I get-excuse the language- totally pissed off about the disgraceful state of disrepair and heritage neglect by Fremantle Ports.

Fremantle Ports is a WA state agency that makes millions of dollars of profit each year and they have an obligation to the community and our history to look after the heritage buildings under their care.

One might well ask if this is another one of those deliberate demolition by neglect attempts by the port authority because they want to develop Victoria Quay. They put out an EOI last year to lease the building, but why would anyone want to move into a building that has been so disgracefully neglected. Will we get to read an consultant engineer’s report soon that will claim the building is structurally unsafe and will need to be demolished?

Where is the Heritage Council and David Templeman, the Minister for Heritage, who seems to be going out of his way to avoid coming to Fremantle? Why is this allowed to happen?!

Roel Loopers

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SO MUCH ON OFFER IN FREO TODAY!

 

Harbour Sundays

 

It’s going to be busy in gorgeous Fremantle today, with something on offer for everyone.

The St Jerome Laneway Festival is on the Esplanade from 10am till 9pm, and the first game of the season is on for the women Fremantle Dockers footy team against Geelong at Fremantle Oval. This is a free event!

At the Fremantle Arts Centre the free courtyard music session is on from 2-4pm with Harry James Angus, and there are some very good new art exhibitions on show as well.

From 4pm it is time to head out to Victoria Quay for  the free Sunset Dub Club and Food Trucks at B Shed with DJ’s, food, bar, silent disco for the kids, etc.

And just down the road at the Maritime Museum is the also free Harbour Sundays music event from 4pm. Both events are great to also watch the sunset and the activities in the port.

The sun is out, the humidity gone, so enjoy the Freo lifestyle!

Roel Loopers

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FOOD TRUCK SUNDAYS ON VICTORIA QUAY

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on February 4, 2020

 

Sunday food trucks at VQ

 

My apologies for not posting anything today, but there are two reasons for it. There is not much to report and I am struggling with a stomach virus and in bed today. I haven’t even read the newspaper yet. ; > (

Anyhow, something new will be happening on Victoria Qua for the next three Sundays in February. Food Truck Sundays is on from4-8pm, so go check it out, enjoy the port activities and the sunset!

Roel Loopers

 

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TRADERS MARKET AT VICTORIA QUAY

 

Feb 1. VQ TRaders Market

 

Early warning that the Victoria Quay TRADERS MARKETS will be held this coming Saturday, February 1 from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a huge indoor plant sale in B Shed, plus food trucks, vintage, collectables, artisan products, etc.

Roel Loopers

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VICTORIA QUAY CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL

 

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An early note that the Fremantle Ports Victoria Quay Christmas Carnival will be on this coming Saturday December 7.

The free fun is on from 3-9pm with free rides for the kids, food stalls to buy dinner from, port and sunset views, etc.  The perfect way to end a Saturday.

Kids will enjoy an Elf Show, skate workshops, face painting, giant bubbles and, of course, a visit from Santa himself, while big kids can grab a bite to eat from a selection of food trucks, browse market stalls, groove along to the sounds of WA Samba  and take in great roving performances ‑ all set against the stunning backdrop of the working port.

I’ll see you there!

 

Roel Loopers

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REFLECTION OF FREMANTLE MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on June 23, 2019

 

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When I bumped into my young mate and passionate hobby photographer Paolo Gumina this morning, who was looking for reflections, I took him to my favourite Fremantle reflection of the Maritime Museum, which I take from different angles and puddles every winter.

The lady in yellow pants fishing and passers by added to the great winter picture.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S OLD SHEDS

 

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E Shed in B Shed

C Shed in B Shed

 

The story of four old sheds in three photos. Late afternoon light created the J Shed art studios exterior, while the windows of the B Shed cafe offered great reflections of C Shed and the E Shed markets.

Yes indeed, This is Fremantle! 😎

Roel Loopers

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A LOVELY FREO WAY TO END THE WEEKEND

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, markets, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on February 18, 2019

 

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The Merchants’ Mess Food Truck Markets on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is a nice way to activate the area on a Sunday afternoon and  early evening.

Good food, mellow music, ships entering and leaving the port, the Rottnest Island ferries dropping off and picking up passengers, and the sun setting behind the port is a lovely way to end the weekend.

There is a very big Portside Traders Markets coming up on Saturday March 16 from 10am-4pm, so make a note of it!

Roel Loopers

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ANOTHER TALK FEST ABOUT FREMANTLE’S VICTORIA QUAY DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, fremantle ports, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on February 5, 2019

 

Old plans for Victoria Quay by CODA

 

I am glad I don’t eat Weet-Bix because I would have choked on them reading the Fremantle Gazette this morning, where on page three it is announced that a ‘steering group’ has been formed with plans for the transformation of Victoria Qiay in Fremantle Port.

I wonder how many more steering and working groups, community and expert consultations and how many more announcements and spin doctoring it will take before we actually see any development on Victoria Quay.

The Steering Group will be chaired by Simone McGurk MLA and will yet again have members of Fremantle Ports, Freo City, Department of Transport, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the Chamber of Commerce and the Westport Taskfoce on it.

A few years ago CODA architects were engaged by Fremantle Ports to go through a lengthy consultation process and plans were drawn up for Victoria Quay, but nothing ever happened.

Many, many years ago when she was also the Minister for Fremantle Port I walked around with Alannah MacTiernan and other dignitaries where she showed off the Phillimore Street/Cliff Street plans to connect the port better with the city, but nothing ever was done about it. The intersection there is awful with many motorists driving against the one-way traffic flow, while others who want to go to the B Shed ferry terminal end up on the South Mole due to very poor way-finding signs.

So now we’ll have another steering group where Transperth will tell us they don’t want to move the busport further east, we will also not see Pakenham street extended into the port, and I bet that the Cliff Street intersection at Phillimore Street will remain an unacceptable nightmare for motorists for many more years to come.

When will Fremantle Ports and the State Government stop wasting everyone’s time with more talk fests which have no action plans? It is a waste of manpower and taxpayers’ money!

Roel Loopers

 

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