Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on June 5, 2014

I am slightly bewildered to hear the City of Fremantle‘s Planning Services Committee last night deferred a decision on the refurbishment of the Carriage Cafe on the Esplanade and to go into a community consultation process about it.

There is no doubt the new Youth Plaza attracts a lot more people to the area daily and the cafe needs to be able to cater for that. Why a minor extension to the structure needs community consultation, when council ignored all protests against building the skatepark on the A Class reserve, appears to just wanting to make it that much harder for the small business to compete in an environment of new cafes opening and the Esplanade Hotel, just over the road from the cafe, extending its alfresco cafe and bar area.

I suspect that some elected members have likes and dislikes for certain business owners and make it near impossible for the ones they don’t like to grow, while they support those business owners they like. The still not resolved Kelp Bar issue at Kidogo Arthouse is one example of that, and I fear the outspokenness of Carriage owner Kel Smith and his involvement with the Residents and Ratepayers Association, has made him a few enemies on council.

On the other hand the Mayor himself fell over backward to keep the New Edition bookshop in town and moved heaven and earth to get them a space in a City owned building. Moving their micro businesses from Many 6160 to a High Street building earned the designers of Common Ground a $ 10,000 reward from the CoF.

It might be better to shut up and be nice to them if you want City of Fremantle support for your business. Behave children!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 11, 2014

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Just to keep you all in the loop, here the renovation plans for the Fremantle Esplanade CARRIAGE CAFE, that is next to the new Youth Plaza. It’s not a huge change but in my opinion a positive one, so now hoping the City of Fremantle will sign off on it, so it can be done fast. We don’t want another part of the Esplanade to be a building site for too long.

I hope the City will now also prioritise the overall resurfacing and landscaping of the entire Esplanade, that was damaged by events held there in the last few months.

Roel Loopers

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