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FREO CITY, SUPPORT THE WEST END ACTIVATORS!

 

Carriage Cafe

 

I hear that the owners of the cute Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade have been told that they can stay till March next year and then will be offered a lease until 2022, but with the option for the City of Fremantle to terminate the lease on a monthly basis.

This is ridiculous, unprofessional and unworkable, as no one in their right mind will invest in a business that does not have a secure long-term tenure.

Last winter the thick plastic ‘curtains’ that keep the wind and rain out of the cafe’s dining area where ripped to pieces during a storm, so the owners will have to put new ones in which will cost thousands of dollars. Why would they do that if they can be chucked out on short notice? Even a pop-up shop gets a six-month lease, for heaven’s sake!

Why does Fremantle Council make it so hard for businesses who want to stay in Fremantle, when vacant shop fronts pop up faster than weeds in our city? Does anyone at all understand what commercial viability means and how important safe tenure is?

Let’s be realistic and pragmatic about the Esplanade masterplan. The new hub and new cafe won’t happen for years, if at all, because the City of Fremantle does not have the money to finance it, so accept the reality and support the Carriage Cafe owners who have plans to also open at night as a restaurant.

West End businesses were left off the new shopping map, and Arthur’s Head businesses are not sure about their future there, while the place is falling apart because of poor maintenance, so it’s urgent time for Fremantle Council to stop talking about wanting to activate the West End of Fremantle and actually start supporting those who are already activating it!

Roel Loopers

 

THE ROUNDHOUSE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE TO VOLUNTEER

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2018

 

Roundhouse school holidays

 

School holidays are a busy time for the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides and it shows the dedication of the mainly seniors who come from wide and far to keep the Roundhouse open for visitors every day of the year.

Gino, who is pictured in the photo above, drives 45 minutes from Sorento to Arthur Head to provide his unique Italian charm. Other guides come from Darlington, Kelmscott and Rockingham to provide the invaluable tourist service. Without them the oldest public building in Western Australia might not have become the tourist attraction it is.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides are in desperate need of more volunteers to do a day shift a week, or a fortnight. If you like to meet people from all over the world contact: enquiries@fremantleroundhouse.com.au

Roel Loopers

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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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