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AUSTRALIA HOTEL IN FULL GLORY

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2017

Australia Hotel

 

Nice to see the Fremantle Hotel Australia backpackers all painted again after it took years of dispute with the heritage department on what the right process was for the street level facade.

It’s looking good and is a much nicer sight now for cruiseship passengers when they arrive in Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers

RELAXED BACKPACKER

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

backpackers

 

I am always on the look out for so-called street photos when wandering around inner city Fremantle and noticed this backpacker relaxing at the old Orient Hotel this morning.

Roel Loopers

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BEHAVE OR PACK YOUR BAGS!

Posted in accommodation, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

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A heated exchange has been happening on social media about Fremantle West End residents having problems with the anti-social behaviour of backpackers from the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel in High Street.

Emotive accusations are flying high and residents have erected an arty gate, set back from the street, in Henry Street to try to keep drugged and drunken backpackers from invading their property.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton has accused the owners of having put the fence up without proper planning approval while they say the inner city Councillor is not supportive enough to help solve their problems. The ugly sliding fence the hostel erected to put rubbish bins behind reportedly also did not receive planning approval.

There is an irony in the fact that the owners are allegedly breaking the law to protect themselves from alleged law breakers but I do have sympathy for the fact that the safety of their small children and family is their priority and not planning laws.

The saga with the backpackers has been going on for far too long with some of them recently climbing onto the roof of the house of the young family one night, trying to get into their backyard, and the family’s children no longer feeling safe in their bedroom.

That is not on as the number one priority of society should be the protection of innocent children, so Fremantle Council, which approved the backpackers hostel, needs to take stronger action.

The community policing model introduced by the Commissioner years ago is not working as there are not enough cops on the beat and police presence in Fremantle is often next to nothing, especially during the evenings and nights.

It is not acceptable that visitors to Fremantle have disregard for the law and the residents of our city. We welcome them with a smile and hospitality and treat them with respect, and we have the right to demand the same attitude from them.

Roel Loopers

ANTI SOCIAL FREO WEST END BACKPACKERS

Posted in anti-social, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, tourism by freoview on March 22, 2017

 

Residents in Fremantle’s West End in High and Henry streets are very concerned about the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel above the Orient Hotel.

They claim excessive noise from parties, drug dealing and drug taking, drunks, urination and overflowing rubbish bins.

The residents have a meeting with Fremantle security officers and police this afternoon and will also attend the BID security event for the East End tomorrow evening.

They claim people and university students, especially women no longer feel safe in the area and that the problems are 24/7 but the police station in High Street only has one receptionist officer at night and move-on notices do very little to stop the problems.

Anti-social behaviour has been an ongoing problem in Fremantle for many years and WA Police simply does not do enough to control it, and the City’s security officers can’t be everywhere.

Fremantle is the second highest destination in Western Australia for international tourists and the historic West End is one of the main attractions, so the Fremantle Beach Backpackers management need to be told to stop the noisy parties, drunks and drug use and dealing. It’s not on, so close them down if they can’t comply!

We all want our visitors to Fremantle, including backpackers, to have a great time, but they need to show respect for the community they are temporarily guests in.

Roel Loopers

FREO AIRPORT SHUTTLE IS BACK

Posted in flying, fremantle, travel by freoview on November 16, 2016

airport-shuttle

 

The Fremantle to Airport shuttle bus is back, so all those people who don’t want to pay nearly $ 100.00 for a taxi to the airport can hop on the shuttle again.

Check out the website for more details:www.myairshuttle.com

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NO RESPECT FOR FREMANTLE’S HERITAGE

Posted in backpackers, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 27, 2016

backpackers

Is this terribly ugly partition at the Fremantle Beach Packpackers in the heritage Orient Hotel in Henry Street really acceptable to the City of Fremantle heritage experts?

It looks bloody awful and should be removed!

Roel Loopers

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ONLY A LITTLE BIT CONFIDENTIAL AT FREMANTLE CITY

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, retail,, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 19, 2016

The world of government is an interesting one that has its own rules, so hence the public is sometimes bewildered about processes and outcomes at the City of Fremantle.

Some weeks ago I attended a Council Committee meeting that had as Confidential Items the market review for Mountain Design in the Queensgate building at Kings Square and the Old Fire Station backpackers at Phillimore Street. Confidential Items mean the public gallery has to be vacated and the media can’t attend either.

However the agenda for next week’s Ordinary Council meeting I just read on line is disclosing all the financial details of the confidential items mentioned above. So when did the items become n0n-confidential when the same commercial confidentiality should still apply?:

This report is CONFIDENTIAL in accordance with Section 5.23(2) of the Local Government Act

1995 which permits the meeting to be closed to the public for business relating to the following:

(e) a matter that if disclosed, would reveal –

  1. (i)  a trade secret;
  2. (ii)  information that has a commercial value to a person; or
  3. (iii)  information about the business, professional, commercial or financial affairs of

    a person

    Roel Loopers

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PARKLETS MAKE FREO CBD PARKLESS.

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, parking by freoview on March 18, 2016

parklet

 

The Fremantle CBD has another parklet in Pakenham Street, that makes it the third parklet in that street and the removal of six parking bays. The well-built parklet by Scapes Unlimited is at the Fremantle Backpackers.

Just down the road a new one was installed at the Natural Light cafe and Bread in Common has had one since opening. Together with the parklet in High Street at Lapa, that is rarely used by diners, alfresco dining parklets have removed eight bays from the West End and retailers are not at all happy about it.

Roel Loopers

NEW FREO BACKPACKERS

Posted in accommodation, backpackers, fremantle, tourism by freoview on February 28, 2016

backpackers

 

There is another backpackers hostel in Fremantle in the Orient Hotel on the corner of Henry and High streets. The Fremantle Beach Backpackers is only a five-minute-walk from gorgeous Bathers Beach, so a pretty good location.

This is the 7th backpackers in our city, if I haven’t overlooked one, so now it’s time to get a few more upmarket tourist accommodation venues as well. The 4 star Quest short-stay hotel in Pakenham Street is progressing well so will probably open later this year.

Roel Loopers

HOW TO HAVE FUN AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison by freoview on February 20, 2016

old prison fremantle

 

Fremantle Prison is holding a community workshop at 6pm on Tuesday February 23 to gather ideas for new uses of the 160-year-old world heritage listed building.

They are thinking about concerts, festivals and even extreme sports, but recognise there might be better left off field ideas they could take up, so if you are keen to participate contact them on:  functions@fremantleprison.com.au or phone 9336 9205.

The building is already very popular and gets around 200,000 visitors per year. They have been holding art exhibitions and other events and the prison is now also home to a backpackers.

Roel Loopers

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