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FREO SIGNAL STATION OPEN DAYS

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2017

 

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FREMANTLE SIGNAL STATION OPEN DAY

Posted in boating, cantonment hill, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2017

 

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The Fremantle Sea Rescue at the Signal Station on historic Cantonment Hill in Fremantle will have an Open Day all weekend on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12 between 1pm and 5 pm.

Great views from there over the port and Swan river and the city so make your way up the hill.

The Signal Station has no wheelchair access and the steps are quite steep, so consider that.

Roel Loopers

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BOAT STRANDED IN FREMANTLE CITY CENTRE

Posted in accidents, boating, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2017

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It is not often one sees a boat stranded in the middle of a city but that is what happened to the unfortunate driver of SeaWest 1 this morning when he lost his boat off the back of  his trailer outside Fremantle Oval on Parry Street.

The driver told me the brakes that hold the boat on the trailer had failed and he was now waiting for a crane to lift it back on.

Bad luck on a Monday morning.

Roel Loopers

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CANTONMENT HILL NEW SEA RESCUE HOME

Posted in boating, fremantle, maritime by freoview on January 18, 2017

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Fremantle architect and Sea Rescue volunteer Mark Zuvela kindly showed me around the new HQ of the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue organisation in the old Signal Station at Cantonment Hill this morning. The new HQ was officially opened on November 26 last year.

The Signal Station was built in 1956 and designed by Hobbs, Winning and Leighton architects, the same architects who designed the Fremantle Ports building. The communication tower on top of the Signal Station is identical to the one on top of the Port building

Fremantle Sea Rescue has over 100 active volunteers who assist and rescue over 750 boats a year. Two third of them are sea rescues, the other third river assists. It is the busiest sea rescue organisation in Australia. To put that in perspective, the Sydney Harbour Water Police does around 300 rescues a year.

Sea Rescue started in Fremantle in 1969 and nowadays does 30,000 radio transmissions a year. Licensed and certified volunteers are on duty 24 hours a day. Sea Rescue has 4 rescue vessels and 2 jet skis.

The new HQ at the Signal Station is state of the art with latest internet and satellite technology. The height of the communication tower means it now has 50 per cent more coverage and no more black spots along the Swan and Canning rivers.

Fremantle Sea Rescue covers the Indian Ocean from the old South Fremantle Power Station to City Beach and well beyond Rottnest Island, and the Swan and Canning rivers.

Thanks to donations, sponsorships and volunteers the costs of setting up at Cantonment Hill were reduced from $ 200,000 to just $ 60,000, so thank you to everyone for their generosity!

The views from Cantonment Hill over Fremantle and the port are magnificent so wander up there some time to see it for yourself.

Roel Loopers

SEA RESCUE AT CANTONMENT HILL

Posted in boating, fremantle, maritime, sailing, volunteers, western australia by freoview on September 5, 2016

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Sea Rescue Fremantle is working hard to get ready for the move to their new home in the Signal Station at Cantonment Hill in Fremantle.

Riggers were up there today and work on the new Cantonment Hill playground at Tuckfield Street is also not far away.

Great views from Cantonment Hill over the port and river, so wander up from the east side one day.

Roel Loopers

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FISHING BOAT HARBOUR $ 3.8 MILLION UPGRADE

Posted in boating, fremantle, western australia by freoview on May 5, 2016

 

Almost unnoticed the State Government is spending $ 3.8 million on new floating pens and safety improvements in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and the partial demolition and reconstruction of jetties.

Very disappointing to hear that very many car tyres had been dumped in the harbour by uncaring boat owners. It is a disgrace that those who so much enjoy the ocean and nature would soil it and not care for it.

Roel Loopers

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SHIP SHAPE AT THE FREO FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in boating, fremantle, photography by freoview on April 6, 2016

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Working hard to getting it all ship shape this morning at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

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FIRE AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fire, fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on August 3, 2015

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A large fire is happening right now on Rous Head at Fremantle port where 60 fire fighters are battling a blaze at Northport Marine Services. First reports said it was on a boat but it appears to be bigger than that with smoke coming out of a large building as we could observe from the North Mole.

Thirteen fore appliances from Fremantle, Murdoch, Success, Hope Valley, Joondalup, Canning Vale, Gosnells, Daglish and Jandakot are on the scene.

Roel Loopers

MARITIME SAFETY TRAINING FOR YEAR 12

Posted in fremantle, maritime, photography by freoview on March 24, 2015

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Year 12 students doing maritime safety training for two and a half days visited Bathers Beach in Fremantle this morning. Of course they also needed to relax among the sculptures, play cricket and have a bit of lunch.

Roel Loopers

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MAKING THE ROTTNEST EXPERIENCE A BETTER ONE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 7, 2014

Western Australian Tourism Minister Liza Harvey unveiled the Draft Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014-2019 this morning, which will interest most Fremantle people and our councillors, as Rottnest Island might well become part of the new bigger City of Fremantle after local council amalgamations.

There is a call for the private sector to build and manage modest to luxury accommodation, from backpackers in the barracks to an eco-resort at Mary Cove. There are also plans for a new marina and an overall better tourism experience on the island. Plans are to increase visitors numbers from the around 500,000 they are at present to 800,000 by 2034.

Cost to visitors are going to be one of the major factors I believe, as locals and visitors alike find the Rottnest experience expensive and for many it is prohibitive. Fremantle Labor MLA Simone McGurk said on ABC radio this morning that it costs a family $ 200.00 for a 20 minute ferry ride to the island, and she had to pay $ 340.00 for a night in a room at the Rottnest Lodge. I think it is very doubtful that private operators are going to make it cheaper to stay on the island, so not sure what the solution could be.

One thing that is essential though is that Rottnest will finally get a substantial memorial of some kind to remember the Aboriginal people who were incarcerated at the horrendous Quod prison and where hundreds of them died under atrocious conditions. This is long overdue and should no longer be delayed!

Roel Loopers

 

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