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FROM THE FREO FPOL COMMITTEE

 

The Fremantle Council Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee last night approved all, but one, items on the agenda. Some of them will have to go through full council next week before being implemented though.

  • The contract for J Shed between the City of Fremantle and Sunset Venues will be changed for a smaller venue. The Director of City Business explained that is not a planning approval, so the proposed  300 patron tavern might still be stopped when and if Sunset Venues applies for it and for a liquor license.
  • The Solar Farm also got the tick of approval but Councillor Andrew Sullivan said he would have liked to see officers explore the possibility and costs of remediation of the site as it might well be profitable if it could be developed for residential living.
  • The new Precinct Policy was also adopted with Councillor Andrew Sullivan saying he never saw the need for precincts to be managed by the City, as community groups should rise and fall depending on the interest and participation of residents.
  • The contract for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club will also go ahead, so the footy club is getting all their Christmases at once. It appears they have been playing a bit of hard ball with CoF, so I am not sure why we so desperately need the club at the oval as it will not generate any income for the City. Not even the outgoings for power, water, etc. have reached an agreement yet. Councillor Rachel Pemberton was very worried about the big LED sign and said the City should make sure that the SFFC would not put up more of them.

Roel Loopers

 

PUTTING YOUR LIFE ON THE FREO LINE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, freight, tourism, trains, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2018

 

stupidity

 

We should never underestimate the stupidity of our fellow human beings, as this photo I took this morning at 10am shows.

This group of young tourists literally put their life on the line by walking on the railway track, because the footpath at Arthur Head is closed due to rockfall danger.

It would have taken a panic run of about 100 metres to get to safety if a container freight train had come. Stupidity at its worst!

Roel Loopers

CHOKE ON YOUR EASTER EGGS YOU FOOL!

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 2, 2018

 

 

The idiocy and irresponsible behaviour of some people is very annoying! This was the picture at 4pm this Easter Monday at the foot/bike path underneath Arthur’s Head that has been closed off by the City of Fremantle because of the danger of rockfall.

Thousands of people, including many families with small children were endangered because of an idiot deciding the path to the Fishing Boat Harbour needed to be open.

It is now time for Fremantle City to take action and put heavier fences theres as it is the second time in a week they have been pushed aside.

I hope whoever did this will choke on his Easter eggs!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FOOLS IGNORE PATH CLOSURE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, health&safety, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

fool's paradise

 

Planet Earth is a fools’ paradise and Fremantle is not exempt from that as some people are just too stupid for their own good.

Some idiots have pushed aside the fencing that stops people from walking or cycling below the Arthur Head cliff face at the Roundhouse, and I photographed these two fellows at midday today.

The closure of that stretch is due to the danger of rock fall, so it is all about the health and safety of the public and best to not ignore it.

Roel Loopers

ROUND HOUSE GUIDES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

 

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, who look after WA’s oldest remaining public building the Roundhouse, are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

It is a remarkable effort and great service to the tourism industry that around forty mainly senior volunteers open the Roundhouse to the public every day of the year, rain or shine, and fire the cannon each day at 1pm. They only close on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Guides come for their shift from as far as Darlington, Kelmscott, Joondalup and Rockingham and engage mainly on one on one basis with visitors, but also receive many large school group who get a tour.

I have been part of the FVHG for over seven years now and really love engaging with all the international and national visitors, who are 99.99% positive about Fremantle and WA.

FVHG are always looking for new volunteers willing to work for a day each week from 10am to 3.30pm so don’t stay at home and feel bored!

I took these photos while on duty yesterday. We had heaps of visitors from the Golden Princess cruise ship and others from all over the world, including six men from the port city of Gdansk in Poland.

FVHG are at the concept stage for new interpretative displays and it is going to cost a lot of money. We welcome sponsors very much so if you won Lotto on Thursday or win it tomorrow, just send us a big donation please! Thank you!!!

Roel Loopers

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HISTORIC WHALERS TUNNEL CLOSURE

 

 

One of Fremantle’s favourite tourist destinations, the historic Whalers Tunnel underneath the Roundhouse will be temporarily closed from today.

Out of safety concerns and the chance of rock fall the City of Fremantle will also be closing a small section of the foot and bicycle path along the east side of Arthur Head between the railway crossings at the Roundhouse and Croke Lane. Two bush paths along the cliff face on the southern and western sides will also be affected by the closure.

Wind and salt erosion has destabilised the rock face and the CoF can’t take the risk of a rock collapse similar to the Gracetown disaster. The Arthur Head cliff face has been reinforced in the past and sections which could cause rock fall have been shaved off, but the latter can’t go on indefinitely.

The foot and bicycle path west of the cliff face will remain open to ensure connectivity between the Fishing Boat Harbour and J Shed, Victoria Quay and the Maritime Museum.

The City is liaising with the Heritage Council for permanent solutions so that access to the area can be guaranteed.

Roel Loopers

COMMENT: Excellent public relations by the City of Fremantle! Officer Daniel Sharp called me yesterday morning and asked to meet at the Roundhouse, where he walked around Arthur Head with me and pointed out all the danger spots and the work the City will have to do to remedy the problem.

ACTIVATE FREMANTLE’S HIDDEN GEM

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 5, 2018

 

Bathers Beach tourism 1

Bathers Beach tourism 2

 

Fremantle’s hidden gem Bathers Beach has a nice new long sign at Fleet Street to welcome tourists.

This little beach has a lot of potential but requires that Council walks the talk and actually supports the activation of Bathers Beach by putting public toilets  there.

In a perfect world the boardwalk should be extended all the way to J Shed, but at least new lights should be installed along the path from J Shed to Kidogo Arthouse, and they need  to be taller as the present low solar lights get vandalised regularly and that is becoming costly.

While the Leighton, Port and South beaches are packed with people Bathers Beach remains under utilised. One only ever sees a handful of people sun baking and swimming there, so the numbers need to increase to help the activation of Arthur’s Head and the historic West End.

 

Roel Loopers

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VIEW FROM THE FREO ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 1, 2018

 

clouds

 

The clouds over Fremantle created an unpleasant humidity for the Roundhouse volunteers and the sea breeze came in rather late and quite weak, so it was a bit of a struggle for just two of us.

But school holidays are over so it was rather quiet anyway. Nice view though.

Roel Loopers

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WILL THERE BE J SHED MEDIATION OR NOT?

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2018

 

When Fremantle Council at its meeting on December 13 decided it would engage a professional mediator to move forward with the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern at J Shed, it was expected that this meant mediation between J Shed artists, the proponents and the City of Fremantle, but that assumption appears to be wrong.

There has not been mediation between the artists and Sunset Events but some Councillors and Creating Communities have visited J Shed to consult with the artists.

There are of course the rumours that Freo City and Sunset Events will agree on a change to the contract and scale down the use of the A Class reserve to create a much smaller foot print for the controversial hospitality outlet.

Sunset Events director David Chitty mentioned at the council meeting in December that  permitting fewer patrons would mean a smaller foot print for the tavern and that SE might not need all the Bathers Beach A Class Reserve allocated to them.

There is still nothing official and the saga drags on further, but one has to wonder when mediation is actually mediation and why council decide to have it but than not implement the action.

Freo Council often works in mysterious ways hey. ; >)

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Of course there are other ways to activate J Shed as yoga instructor Ava Irani points out:

A few months ago I was really sick of the lack of activation of studio 1 at the J shed and decided to take some action to create a 1 day yoga festival for the community.

It has been birthed, and we will enjoy music, family, yoga, meditation, sound healing, dance, busking and healthy food on Sunday the 18th of February.

We want to create a community vibe outside the shed as well, where kids activities will carry on on the grass, and a space for people to gather in a relaxed way on the grass and at the beach. Of course this will all be free.

However, if participants want to take a class on the schedule IN the J shed its around $15-20 per class.

I’d really love eventually for the city to support something like this. I’m happy to put in the work with my team and put up the money to rent the space but I want the community and city to recognise that we can have alcohol-free, wellness based, community-building yet totally funky family friendly offerings in this space.

Here some more details :
http://spandaschool.com/class/classes/fremantle-yoga-festival/

 

So maybe it was just a typo and Fremantle council meant meditation, and not mediation. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

VISITORS LOVE FREO FOR ITS DIFFERENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2018

 

harbour views

 

Fremantle is such a special and lovely place according to the thousands of visitors who come to visit the Roundhouse.

It is such a joy when I volunteer at WA’s oldest public building to hear only positive comments about Fremantle from overseas and interstate visitors.

They all love it that Freo is so different from the norm and, that in contrast to Perth, we kept many of our beautiful heritage buildings, and they love the view corridors from the West End streets to the port.

People from Sydney on their second visit to Fremantle commented today on how friendly people here are and that we take the time to engage with our visitors, and all of them love the blue sky and Indian Ocean, the beaches and Rottnest Island, and the lack of people.

My love for this old port town gets reaffirmed every  day I volunteer at the old gaol.

We are blessed to live in Freo!

Roel Loopers

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