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PICTURES OF FREMANTLE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, notre dame university, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on January 5, 2018

 

pictures 1

pictures 2

 

I like the juxtaposition of these two photos I took in Fremantle this morning.

The top one is a table at the Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach and the second one of a car of Notre Dame University.

Roel Loopers

FAMILY DAY AT FENIANS FESTIVAL

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2018

 

Fenians family day. Jan 6

 

It is FAMILY DAY at the Fremantle Fenians Festival this Saturday.

Come to Bathers Beach between 10am and 4pm for kite making, art, music, dance and more.

It’s for young and old, so have some fun!

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FREMANTLE FENIANS FESTIVAL STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2018

 

FENIANS festival events calendar

 

Here a message from Kidogo owner Joanna Robinson about the FENIANS FESTIVAL that will be held from January 4 to 14.

You are all invited to the Exhibition Opening of our Fenians show “89 Days…” and the “Soft Opening” of the “Irish Festival Hub Beach Bar @ Kidogo Arthouse” this Thursday 4th Jan from 4pm onwards. All your friends are welcome!

We are delighted that Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill will be over for the Festival and playing the following eve at JCCA in Fremantle – we have an amazing line up of events in store for you over the following 10 days!! (www.feniansfestival.com.au)

A bit of history: The frigate Hougoumont was the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle on January 9, 1868.

It had 262 convicts on board, including 62 Irish Fenian political prisoners.

Roel Loopers

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FREO J SHED ARTIST JINA LEE IN THE MEDIA LIMELIGHT

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2017

 

Jina Lee

 

Great to see Fremantle J Shed artist Jina Lee getting a big photo in the Sunday Times today.

The Korean-born artist is an outstanding sculptor who travels all over the world to create stunning stone carvings. At the moment she is in New Zealand for a sculpture event, after having returned from Italy only recently.

The work in the Sunday Times photo is for the Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea, so go and have a look at it. It’s on from March 2-19.

Jina is one of the most delightful down to earth people one can ever meet and can be seen grinding, chiselling and polishing behind the Greg James studios at J Shed on Bathers Beach most days when she is in town.

She won the $ 10,000 Rio Tinto Emerging Sculptor Mentorship 2017.

 

Roel Loopers

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NATURE’S BEAUTY IN FREMANTLE CITY CENTRE

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on December 15, 2017

 

Bathers Bay

Arthur Head 1

 

I was early for my shift as volunteer tourguide at the Roundhouse, so had the time to walk around Arthur Head a bit.

I took the photos of the little cave and wildflowers in the cliff face, near the entrance to the so-called secret tunnel, that leads from the Gunners Cottage into the Whalers Tunnel, and also two people and their dog enjoying the Indian Ocean at Bathers Bay.

And we have got all this beauty in the centre of Fremantle. How amazing hey!

Roel Loopers

J SHED MEDIATION FAR TOO LATE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2017

 

Arthur Head

 

Fremantle Councillors will be pleasantly surprised that they are getting a lot of agreement from this obnoxious blogger about the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

I agree with Mayor Brad Pettitt that there must be a way forward, and I agree with Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge that mediation between the J Shed artists, City of Fremantle and Sunset Events is a good idea.

I also agree with Councillor Adin Lang that Sunset Events need not only convince Fremantle Council but also the local residents and neighbouring artists, and I agree with Councillor Jenny Archibald that the proposal for a tavern does not resemble anything the City asked for in its expression of interest.

And I agree with Councillor Andrew Sullivan about the connectivity of places around the inner city and about activation of that rather dormant part of Bathers Beach.

But the major question for me is WHY NOW AFTER FOUR YEARS?! Why was this not suggested much earlier in the process to avoid all the negative polarisation between the stakeholders? It’s mind-boggling.

And why does Sunset Events put a planning proposal to Council, but director David Chitty then told us tonight they actually won’t need to use all the leased area for a 400 patron tavern.

Why did Sunset Events not put in a proposal showing that they are going to make the tavern a much smaller footprint, and why did they not go to the City of Fremantle and ask for a new lease for a smaller area?

And let’s be clear about connectivity between Bathers Beach and Victoria Quay here too. There needs to be a path in front of the J Shed studios so tourists don’t have to divert to the west to walk between those tourist destinations. A tavern fence there is not ever acceptable, no matter how small the footprint or the number of patrons.

We will now have three months of mediation to see if there actually will be a good compromise, a way forward and a whole lot less negativity, but I fear the polarisation, dislike and disrespect between the J Shed artists and Sunset Events is now so ingrained that it will just become more nastiness, and the City of Fremantle deserves all the blame for that.

Roel Loopers

GREAT LAWN AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on December 11, 2017

 

 

How much better does Bathers Beach look with the lawn extended all the way in front of Kidogo Arthouse.

The ugly dustbowl has disappeared and it makes so much sense and does not diminish the historic interpretation of the area.

Roel Loopers

FRESH IDEAS NEEDED FOR ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2017

 

The desire of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge to extend the decision period on the proposed tavern at J Shed by Sunset Events comes in my opinion far too late. What could possibly be achieved in 2-3 months of talking that could not have been achieved in the last four years?

Fremantle Council did have many opportunities to listen to the community but instead created a divide that has now become too polarised to be resolved and end in a good outcome for the proponents and opponents.

Sunset Events has in desperation asked Freo Massive readers what they believe is acceptable for the J Shed studio at Bathers Beach, as director David Chitty also did at the Council meeting on Wednesday. The community already told you that, David, so why engage social media when there has been community consultation, meetings, information sessions, a special electors meeting, written and verbal submissions, etc?

The dilemma is that the two sides are too far apart to find a compromise, and there appears to be a bit of stubbornness on both sides as well. The stuff them attitude is not going to help anyone!

Would Sunset Events be happy to just run a day-time cafe and small bar with a nice deck to watch Bathers Bay and the sunset? I doubt it, as they want big numbers of patrons to make their investment worthwhile, and that is fair enough from a business perspective.

The J Shed artists appear to not want anything but another art studio in that location, so they will probably also object to a small bar at the No 1 studio.

Community groups might well be happy with a 150-patron small bar there, as I would be, but I don’t think Sunset Events will want to scale down its proposal that far.

Fact is that the City of Fremantle should not have wandered off so far from the initial Expression of Interest and CoF should not have signed a 21-year lease for a tavern and outdoor music venue.

Councillors and the administration have to accept all the blame for this fiasco and they now will have to do their utmost best to get Sunset Events to relinquish the lease and start from scratch.

It is however also important for the J Shed artists to show more willingness to compromise as they should not dictate who their next door businesses can be. A small bar and cafe is totally acceptable for the venue and would become a good attraction for tourists and local residents.

The A Class reserve is very suitable to support the artists and create a sculpture park, with the addition of some shade structures and more seating. That would also support a new cafe/bar at J Shed. And a small playground for the kids would also be a nice addition for the area.

The Bathers Beach Art Precinct should go back to the drawing board as it is not working. The Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane are closed too many days of the week and do very little to help activate the area. The only exemptions up there are the Glen Cowans photo gallery and the very popular Roundhouse which attract a lot of visitors, and so did the High Tide biennale by the way.

I still wonder if the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre would not have been far more successful at the J Shed No 1 unit and complement the existing art businesses there better.

Fremantle Council need to acknowledge they got it wrong as far as the activation of Arthur Head is concerned and should start all over again with an open mind. This might well be the opportune time to engage an outside consultant to get some new and fresh ideas.

In the meantime the Roundhouse volunteer guides want to put new displays inside the popular tourist attraction, and they need big money to do that. Time for Fremantle Council to engage with them and collaborate and also to give them some assistance!

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

COUNCIL INCOMPETENCE IN J SHED FARCE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2017

 

The highly farcical tavern proposal at J Shed on Bathers Beach saga continued last night when the Planning Committee of Fremantle Council refused again the proposal by Sunset Events for a 400-patron tavern at the number one studio on the A Class reserve.

In its utter incompetence in this matter Fremantle Council has managed to make victims of both the proponents and opponents of the development at historic Arthur Head. That is a remarkable feat!

Some four years ago Council supported the applicant driven proposal for a 1,500 patron outdoor music venue and 850-patron tavern and signed a 21 year lease with Sunset Events.

This was against strong opposition of West End residents, J Shed artists, FICRA, Aboriginal and  heritage groups and Fremantle Ports, but our Councillors had their rose-coloured ACTIVATION glasses on and suddenly wanted something much bigger than a cafe, restaurant or small bar, as was invited for in the Expressions of Interest document.

All public submissions were ignored and even the packed full Townhall special electors meeting was dismissed because our elected members knew best what is good for us.

In good faith and with the justifiable assumption that Council would approve the tavern and music venue Sunset Events signed a 21-year lease, but now their scaled-down proposals keep getting rejected and that is extremely unfair to them.

I agree with last night’s refusal and the refusals before that because a large tavern is not acceptable for one of our state’s most significant historic areas, but to leave the proponents in limbo with no room to move shows arrogance, naivety and incompetence by those Councillors who voted for the 21-year lease.

J Shed artists have had their nerves stretched to the limit as their livelihood is at stake, and Sunset Events rightly insists that the project has to be financially viable for them before they invest millions in sewerage, toilets, a commercial kitchen, etc.

The way Fremantle Council has handled the J Shed proposal is so absurd and incompetent that it might well have been an episode of the satirical TV series Utopia.

Sunset Events has every right to being frustrated and should take legal action against Fremantle Council for wasting their time and money, because reducing the scale of the tavern even more would not make financial sense for them.

One has to seriously wonder why it is that only after four years officers and Councillors now decide that a tavern is inappropriate for the A Class reserve, the heritage area and the Bathers Beach Art Precinct, although they signed a lease for it. That, as Planning Committee chair Jon Strachan pointed out, will make any size tavern un-approvable in the future and leaves Sunset Events in limbo.

It is an absolute disgrace and those Councillors who voted for the long-term lease should kick themselves in the backside really hard and get an injection of a dose of reality.

Roel Loopers

TREE ART AT HISTORIC ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 19, 2017

 

tree art

 

Some lovely tree art up on Arthur Head at Mrs Trivett Lane, just below the Roundhouse.

Fremantle has so many hidden treasures that are waiting to be discovered, so wander around our beautiful city and connect with your community.

Roel Loopers

 

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