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SEA SHEPHERD VOLUNTEERS CLEAN UP BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, environment, indian ocean, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2019

 

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Dozens of people turned up this Sunday morning for the Sea Shepherd clean up of Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

Great to see so many people volunteering their time to get rid of the mess other people make. Well done!

Roel Loopers

 

BEAUTIFUL FREMANTLE SPRING SUNDAY

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on September 8, 2019

 

Spring

 

What a stunningly beautiful spring day it is in Fremantle. The sun is out and the sky is blue and I have no doubt that many people are at the beach because it is relatively quiet in our port city.

Roel Loopers

HOTTEST AUGUST DAY EVER COMING UP

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, sculpture@bathers, sunset, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 27, 2019

 

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Get ready for a hot one! The forecast is for 28 degrees celsius tomorrow and that would mean the hottest day ever recorded in August in Fremantle. But it won’t last long with rain returning on Thursday for another five or so wet days ahead.

While I was shooting SAB-Sunset at Bathers a team from SAB-Sculpture at Bathers was having a meeting and preparing for the next great SAB show in January.

Roel Loopers

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THIS IS FREMANTLE 300MM

 

 

 

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When I started my career as a professional photographer just over 50 years ago there were no zoom lenses, so we carried a bagful of lenses with us for all occasions.  When zoom lenses were invented they were a big help, but also saw the creation of many lazy photographers who believed that zooming in was all they needed to do instead of walking to the perfect location to take a photo.

This morning I decided to take a few shots with a 300mm lens and took these photos of Kidogo Arthouse and the Fremantle Port cranes from the back of Kailis in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

I could not decide which photo I like best so publish two of them.

Roel Loopers

THIS IS FREMANTLE-in winter

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on July 12, 2019

 

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THIS IS FREMANTLE-in winter! I took this photo at Bathers Bay this morning while chatting to fellow shooter Peter Zuvela of J Shed.

More fine weather ahead this weekend and next week so perfect for school holidays and for supporting our local Freo traders.

Roel Loopers

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THIS IS FREMANTLE-IN WINTER

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, indian ocean, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on June 18, 2019

 

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Very crisp morning today but a gorgeous blue sky with some nice clouds. One really can’t complain much about winter in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

SCULPTURES AT BATHERS BEACH IS BACK!

 

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I am delighted that the great SCULPTURE AT BATHERS exhibition will be back on next year with the organisers calling for entries.

The show at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach attracted thousands of people in the past and is a great showcase of Western Australian 3D art.

Roel Loopers

J SHED ARTISTS CREATE OWN SIGNS

 

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The Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach have had enough of Council constantly talking about activating the historic precinct while they ignore their own placemaking advise of low hanging fruit of supporting and promoting existing businesses, instead of just pipe dreaming about the big projects for Arthur’s Head.

So the arty J Shed mob have started to put their own way finding signs around to make visitors aware there is creative light at the end of the Whalers Tunnel, and by the way, also a gorgeous beach.

Roel Loopers

IS THERE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WHALERS TUNNEL?

 

 

Vandals have caused more than $ 10,000 damage to the small solar lights along the coastal path at Bathers Beach between Kidogo Arthouse and J Shed since they were installed.

The City of Fremantle stopped repairing the lights over the last 18 months because of the constant and excessive vandalism, but officers have put a request to Council to include in next financial year’s budget replacement lights mounted on tall poles.

Such lights were proposed before by officers but deemed not in keeping with the heritage character of Arthur’s Head, but already two taller lights have been installed just south of J Shed in the vicinity of the former whaling station.

I took photos of the vandalism on Monday morning.

Roel Loopers

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PRAGMATISM REQUIRED FOR FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL CENTRE

 

 

Fremantle Council minutes that deal with J Shed must be reaching biblical proportions when one considers how often the art shed at Bathers Beach comes before Council and Council committees.

It is on again this Wednesday at the FPOL Committee where officers recommend not to engage in new lease negotiations with the current artists there but continue the existing leases, with a 12 month termination-of-lease clause because of Council’s desire to built an Aboriginal cultural centre in that location.

Perth is well overdue for a WA Aboriginal centre and it should be in Fremantle, but it is highly premature to not extend the artists’ leases as it will be many years, if at all, when such a centre will be built at Bathers Beach.

A Western Australian Aboriginal centre is well beyond the scope of the City of Fremantle and should be a State facility; financed, curated and managed by the WA Government.

It will require extensive and very lengthy consultation with our indigenous people from Wyndham to Albany and Fremantle to Kalgoorlie and beyond, so that is going to take years.

Then there should be an architecture competition for a remarkable and outstanding building, plus detailed curatorial work that will require years of research with the support of the WA Museum, Bernd Museum, WA’s Aboriginal people, historians, art experts, etc.

Once the historical, cultural and art content has been agreed on the design of the displays will need to be dealt with, and that won’t be done overnight either.

It will be brilliant to have a stunning Aboriginal centre at Bathers Beach, as Manjaree/Arthur’s Head is where the first contact between the British colonists and local indigenous people took place. It is also the location of the Roundhouse, WAs oldest remaining public building, and the location from where many Aboriginal men and boys were transported from to the horrible Quod prison on Wadjemup/Rottnest Island.

And if this becomes a State project Fremantle’s feasibility study might be superfluous as the State will have to go through a process first of identifying preferred locations for the new centre and decide if it will actually be in Fremantle, or Elizabeth Quay, Burswood, or elsewhere. That is not going to happen¬† in just a few years, so why not give the J Shed artists at least a two-year lease that can be extended by 12 months from thereon. It’s the realistic and pragmatic course to take.

Roel Loopers

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