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FREMANTLE’S BEACH IN THE CITY CENTRE

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2018

 

Bathers Beach

 

The great thing about great places is that they are always controversial, so there is plenty of negativity about Fremantle from those who are not open-minded enough to see our city’s beauty.

Although I have lived in Freo for 25 years I still  find it easy to take charming photos daily, like this one I took this morning at Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers

THE HORIZON IS THE FUTURE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, future, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2018

 

leavers

 

For these school leavers pondering what to do next in life at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach, the horizon is the future. Only the limitations we set for ourselves prevent us from reaching the great potential we all have.

It is better to fail than not to have tried!

Roel Loopers

KIDOGO LAWN PARKING NOT ON!

Kidogo lawn parking

 

A reminder to the City of Fremantle that something needs to be done about vehicles driving and parking on the new lawn in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, unless the ratepayers are prepared to spend thousands of dollars each year to replace and repair grass damaged by vehicles.

I photographed these two vehicles on Sunday and when I walked by an hour later another car had taken the spot of one of them.

This is regularly happening, so damage to the grass will be inevitable, unless Fremantle City prevents vehicles from driving onto the lawn.

Roel Loopers

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ROUNDHOUSE VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT FREMANTLE’S TOURISM

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2018

 

Nan at Roundhouse

 

This is Nan Jackson who today appeared in the Fremantle Gazette and in a Facebook promotional video. Nan has been a volunteer tourist guide at the Fremantle Roundhouse for ten years and deserves to be applauded during National Volunteer Week and the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Around 150,000 overseas and interstate visitors yearly visit the old building at Arthur’s Head. Many school groups visit to find out about the history of the former jail, so the guides are being kept busy, and Nan’s knowledge about the history of Fremantle is amazing..

The Roundhouse was built by free settlers, not convicts, who came to establish the Swan River Colony in 1829, and because of excessive drunkenness, stealing and disorderly behaviour it was decided in 1830 to build the small eight cell jail, which opened in January 1831.

Every day at 1pm the cannon on the gun deck that overlooks Bathers Bay is being fired by a visitor, who receives a certificate, and the time ball above the deck is lowered. The guides who are in charge of firing the cannon need a dangerous goods and a pyrotechnic license, and that costs the not for profit organisation quite a bit of money

It is quite remarkable that fewer than 30 mainly senior volunteers keep the Roundhouse open every day, but for two, of the year. Only on Good Friday and Christmas Day is the museum closed. Volunteers come from as far away as Darlington, Joondalup, Kelmscott and Rockingham, which shows the real dedication and love for the job of talking one on one with people from all over the world.

The Roundhouse guides are often the first port of call for tourists in Fremantle, so they point them to other attractions, the best cafes, fish&chips, bars, concerts, events, etc. and also give them tips for their travels through WA and Australia.

The building is also used for wedding photography, and it has housed night concerts, functions, theatre plays, movies, art exhibitions and other events, etc.

It is a constant battle to keep the Roundhouse open because of the limited guide numbers, as it is difficult to find new volunteers willing to spend a day a week at the old building from 10am to 3.30pm. It is a very positive experience. Most visitors tell the guides how much they love Fremantle and its character heritage buildings.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides would love to have more volunteers, so go and have a chat with them!

Roel Loopers

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VERY LONG COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2018

 

Anyone who believes that being a Councillor in Fremantle is just a walk in the park, should check out the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

The agenda for this evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting is a very long one and will probably attract a lot of people in the public gallery.

First agenda item is the very controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach and the next item is about new terms of reference for the Design Advisory Committee.

There is the Overdue Debtors report, Audit and Risk update for Assets, Toy Library report, the implementation of the three waste bin FOGO (not to be confused with the FOMO retail concept for Kings Square), the lease with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval, request for proposals for the old Weighbridge in Phillimore Street, Sets on the Beach events at Port Beach. There will also be a motion to ban gas filled balloons in public.

The replacement for the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square will also be debated. This will be a very expensive exercise, but I hear Council want to replace at least two trees with other mature Moreton Bay figs, so that will be nice in addition to the relocated London Plane trees.

The agenda is 229 pages long and there are additional agenda attachments as well, so anyone keen to read it all should download it from the City of Fremantle website.

I’ll be there at the meeting of course, so will report back to you about it tomorrow.

Roel Loopers

EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL FREO IN STUNNING MAY WEATHER

 

 

I had a bit of time between two meetings yesterday morning so took these photos around the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Bathers Beach.

The stunning May weather will continue until Wednesday when clouds will start moving in and rain expected on Thursday and Friday, so take advantage of it and explore our beautiful Freo!

Roel Loopers

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TIME TO HAVE A SUNSET ON TAVERN PROPOSAL

 

 

The Sunset Events proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach will go to Ordinary Council-hopefully for the very last time!-this Wednesday and it could be a close call.

Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, who is against the tavern, is on holiday and Councillors Rachel Pemberton and Sam Wainwright will declare a conflict of interest, so these three won’t be voting.

If there are no other apologies there will be ten elected members who will vote on the item.

It is likely that Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Dave Hume, Adin Lang, Andrew Sullivan and Hannah Fitzhardinge will vote for the tavern, while Councillors Jeff McDonald, Bryn Jones and Jenny Archibald will probably vote against it. How Jon Strachan and Doug Thompson will vote would be a guess, but if they vote against the proposal the casting vote of the Mayor would get it over the line for recommending it for approval by the WAPC.

But the deciding authority is the WA Planning Committee, which rejected the previous proposal because a tavern was inappropriate use of the A Class reserve at historic Arthur’s Head. Will they change their opinion just because the number of patrons and the outdoor footprint has been reduced?

Whatever the outcome it is time to move on and have a long term Masterplan for the area.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! I have been advised that Councillor Jon Strachan is also an apology so that will make the voting by only 9 elected members very interesting.

HAVE A BRILLIANT MOTHERS DAYS MUMS!

 

Mothers Day 2018

 

Here a Mothers Day photo taken an hour ago at Bathers Beach, Fremantle.

Mothers are the most special people in the whole wide world and deserve to be spoiled rotten, so make sure you look after your gorgeous mum, kids!

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NEW PLANS FOR SMALLER J SHED TAVERN

 

The City of Fremantle Planning Committee will next Wednesday, May 2, deliberate another planning approval by Sunset Venues for the No One unit at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

The application is for Partial change of use to tavern, additions and alterations to existing building.

Fremantle Council agreed two weeks ago to change the lease conditions for a smaller-300 patron-venue and rent reduction, so the next steps are planning approval and a liquor license.

I would have been a lot more at ease if the application had been for a large licensed restaurant/cafe that could cater for weddings and corporate functions. The insistence of creating a tavern at Arthur’s Head does not sit well with inner city residents and the neighbouring artists at J Shed.

There is little doubt that the planning approval with sail quickly through Fremantle Council and it will then be up to the WA Planning Commission and liquor licensing authorities to stop the tavern, or approve it.

Whatever the outcome, this has been going on for far too long!

Roel Loopers

WHALERS TUNNEL TO REOPEN SOON(ISH)

 

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It looks like the Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the historic Roundhouse and the foot/bicycle path along Arthur’s Head will reopen in a couple of weeks.

City of Fremantle officer Daniel Sharp told me that they will shave off the dangerous corner near the retaining wall along the path soon and also build scaffolding to extend the Whalers Tunnel on the beach side, so that any rockfall would not endanger people walking or cycling through the tunnel.

Together with the State Heritage Office Fremantle City is looking for more permanent solutions to the chronic problem of erosion and rockfall danger.

Roel Loopers

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