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FREMANTLE’S TWO HARBOURS

 

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There is a lot of activity going on in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour with ships being repaired and maintained until the season up north starts again.

At Fremantle Port two huge RoRo vessels are delivering hundreds of vehicles so that is always an impressive sight as well.

Roel Loopers

WRAY AVENUE PARKING BAYS TO STAY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2019

 

It looks like the request made at the Fremantle Annual General Electors Meeting by Fremantle resident Shirley Burbidge to remove the four parking bays in front of Moondyne Joe in Wray Avenue will not succeed.

The item is on this Wednesday’s FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council with the officer’s report stating that design software used for scenario analysis have shown that there would be minimal benefit in terms of intersection efficiency with Hampton Road.

Officers do recommend that the Clear Way period at Wray Avenue when heading west will be extended by half an hour to 9.30am.

The traffic flow is obstructed by the four parking bays because cars wanting to turn left from Wray Avenue into Hampton Road have to move into the right lane as well when cars are parked there.  I have no doubt that has a negative impact on the traffic flow at the intersection.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S OCEAN COLOURS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, indian ocean, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2019

 

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The predictions are is that it is going to be a pretty awful weekend with rain and storms and even lightning and thunder, so here a bit of Fremantle colour to help you through the next couple of days. Stay warm and dry!

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FREO GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, city planning, development, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2019

 

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The opportunity for two large Fremantle gateway developments are on offer with the two Shacks Holden properties at Queen Victoria being put up for sale.

The two properties on either sides of James Street are more than 11,000sqm, with one of them next to the Heirloom warehouse apartments and opposite the LIV Defence Housing residential building.

One site is 3,464sqm and the other 6,725sqm and offer fantastic opportunities to make a stunning entry statement to Fremantle.

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NEW PARKING SIGNS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 18, 2019

 

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New parking signs to support the PayStay smartphone App. have been going up around Fremantle, so take note of them.

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PAYSTAY APP FOR CASHLESS PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle’s new PayStay parking app is coming to a phone near you next week. The new app, which allows visitors to find and pay for parking using their mobile phone, will launch on Tuesday 5 March.

The new app will make it easier and cheaper to park in Fremantle and the PayStay app is a smarter and faster way to pay for parking.

Once motorists have downloaded the app and added their car registration and credit card details they’ll be saved for future use, so they can just park, start their parking session on PayStay and go.

Drivers can also choose to be sent an alert when their parking session is about to expire, and it’s timed down to the minute so they’ll only pay for the time they actually use.

An exciting new feature of the PayStay app is the parking map. The parking map shows all of the City’s on-street and off-street parking in Fremantle, which visitors can then click onto to find out information like the car park’s capacity, the parking rate and time limits.

The PayStay app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the PayStay website.

Roel Loopers

 

FIRE AT FREMANTLE’S SHACKS HOLDEN

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, emergency, fire, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2019

 

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An electrical fire caused approximately $ 120,000 damage last night around 2am at the Shacks Holden car dealership at Queen Victoria Street in Fremantle.

I suppose that is a relatively good outcome when one considers all the cars in the showroom. Damage could have gone into the millions.

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FREMANTLE MAYOR WANTS FREO PORT TO STAY

 

The opinion piece by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt in today’s West Australian about the pros and cons of an outer harbour, and the continuation of Fremantle as a working port is pragmatic and realistic, and without the political spin we are often getting about this important topic.

Brad Pettitt rightly argues that there is no immediate need for an outer harbour in Kwinana and that the environmental damage to Cockburn Sound might well be unacceptable. The Mayor also points out that shifting the port away from Fremantle would “erode Fremantle’s history and identity and lead to a big loss of economic activity…”

I agree with the Freo Mayor that the Perth Freight Link was a flawed plan that did not resolve how to get freight to the port, and that increased container freight by rail, with a new rail bridge across the Swan River, could see Fremantle continue as our much-liked working port.

It is a good idea to move the offloading of imported vehicles to Kwinana, or even Bunbury, and maybe also the scrap metal and live sheep transport.

A new rail bridge and rail line and better use of freight on roads, where we no longer see empty trucks running in and out of the port, and more freight by road during the evenings, are all part of the solution.

Fremantle Ports and the State Government should also become serious about part development of Victoria Quay and prioritise this by changing the buffer zones around the port, so that tourist and residential accommodation will be possible.

Moving the car imports away from Fremantle can be done very fast and does not need large infrastructure investment and the same applies to sheep trade.

I love the working port of Fremantle and would hate to see it become only a port for cruise ships. The container ships are part of Freo’s history and should continue to be so for many more years.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH TERRACE PAVEMENT PARTY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, community, local government, placemaking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2018

 

Sth Terrace Party Dec 6

 

The South Fremantle precinct group is hoping to create a bit of David Engwicht style placemaking this Thursday, to celebrate the traffic calming and new streetscaping between Little Lefroy Road and Sydney Street along South Terrace.

The South Terrace Pavement Party is from 5.30-7.30 on December 6 and the organisors hope that local residents will bring chairs, couches, board games, musical instruments, etc. to connect with the local community.

The street facelift of new furniture, trees, bike racks and painted road service is only stage one of the City of Fremantle’s project, that will go all the way to Douro Road to emphasise it is a residential area and encourage motorists to slow down along South Terrace.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S CREATIVE TRAFFIC CALMING

Posted in bicycles, cars, city of fremantle, local government, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2018

 

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The traffic calming along South Terrace in South Fremantle has become a bit more creative with the City of Fremantle painting red patterns on the road near the intersection with Lefroy Road.

It looks great CoF!

Roel Loopers

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