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WHAT IF FREO DID NOT BUILD THE CIVIC CENTRE AT KINGS SQUARE?

 

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Since I published the article about the Kings Square new Civic Centre yesterday I had some comments saying they like the open space where the Civic Centre is going to be built, and the Fremantle Society is demanding the building should be constructed somewhere else and not at our City square.

Let’s have a pragmatic and realistic look at that.

The City of Fremantle does very likely have contractual obligations with Sirona Capital and the architects, so that would create a major headache.

What would we do with the empty square? Fountains, trees, shade structures, seating, drink water fountains, more CCTV, etc. would cost a lot of money.

A new Civic Centre has to be built and that will cost close to what the one at Kings Square is going to cost. Where would we build it? The City’s properties which are for sale in Quarry Street could probably handle a 2-3 storey Civic Centre, but parking for visitors would be a major headache.

Building the Civic Centre at the also for sale Works Depot site at Knutsford Street would get rid of the parking issues, but is it a good location for a Civic Centre?

And let us not forget that one of the main reasons for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project is activation of the CBD, so would we really want to pull out the around 400 Council workers and the many hundreds of people who go to the library or visit the administration building each week. That seems counter productive to me.

I am well aware of all the grandiose town squares in Europe, but Kings Square has not and will not be like that, because Fremantle does have its own unique character, on which we can build on and modernise, and progress for the future.

It is my understanding that even after the new Civic Centre has been built Kings Square still has more square metres of public open space than Forrest Place in Perth. Correct me if I am wrong.

Roel Loopers

 

 

AUSTRALIAN DAYS TO CELEBRATE INCLUSIVENESS

 

So what is the fuss about again about Australia Day? It was all over the news yesterday but there is very little new in what ScoMo and other politicians said, besides a new dress code for those who receive the citizenship certificate, which is soooooo un-Australian.

Already last year local councils were told by the Federal Government that citizenship ceremonies had to be held on January 26 and the City of Fremantle obliged, but also held the One Day event two days later on Sunday the 28th.

This year again we will have the very good One Day event on Sunday the 27th in Fremantle and the citizenship ceremony at Fremantle Oval on the 26th, and then we have the Australia Day Monday to do whatever we like.

And after we heard all the political stuff about how sacrosanct Australia Day supposedly is, it turned out that the ScoMo government only wants to introduce the changes in 2020, when they are most likely no longer in power. What a waste of time!

And just for the sake of the argument, why isn’t the Australian of the Year announcement on Australia Day, but the day before, and what actually is Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 for?

Personally I am looking forward to being at the citizenship ceremony in Freo because as a migrant myself I know how special and important that is, and I am very much looking forward to the Smoking Ceremony on Bathers Beach at 8am and the all day One Day event on the 28th. There is something for everyone. It is inclusive and it should not offend anyone to celebrate that way together!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE TO CHANGE THE DATE OF NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

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I do know that April Fools Day is still four months away, but what the …. There are people who celebrate Christmas in July, so why should April Fools only be in April, and there is far too little to blog about, so I might as well do what the mainstream media and Donald Trump are so good at and report fake news and hopefully make the New Year start with a smile for you.

Anyway, I had this nightmarish kind of a dream that the progressive Fremantle Council, always keen to lead with innovation, will be changing the date of New Year’s Eve to June 30. Fremantle already changed Australia Day to One Day and celebrates it a day or two after the rest of the nation.

The reasons for it are that those lefties on Council believe that there are already too many celebrations and inebriations around Christmas time and that there are a multitude of events and fireworks to compete with for our small port city.

For those reasons Fremantle Council has already decided that the Fremantle Festival in 2019 will be a winter festival in July, when the rest of greater Perth hibernates. This will link the festival with fireworks and the celebration of the new financial year.

So we will be seeing a return of the Fremantle fireworks, but it won’t be on Australia Day or New Year’s Eve, but on June 30. That will make it far more family friendly, because the sun sets earlier in winter and that means the kiddies can be in bed at a far more appropriate time than when the fireworks are in summer.

 

Roel Loopers

LET’S HAVE A SPLENDID NEW YEAR FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on January 1, 2019

 

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This is a kind of historic photo because it is my first one of 2019, but of course all photos we take throughout the year record the history of the time we live in. This one shows they are ready to go at Peaches in South Fremantle.

Good news for those who are addicted to caffeine! There are plenty of cafes open this morning, although several are closed as well.

Il Cibo, the Attic and Gino’s were open in the CBD and in South Freo the Roasting warehouse and Callogero’s.

I wish all Freo’s View readers a splendid, remarkable, healthy and happy New Year. Let’s work together to make a positive difference to the city we love!

Roel Loopers

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HAVE FREO FUN ON NEW YEAR’S EVE!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2018

 

 

It is the last day of the year, a day where we contemplate the beauty and madness, the sins and sorrows, the love and delights of the year we had, and where we promise ourselves to do much better in the new year, and definitely get much better governments-again.

For some it will be important to party until the early hours of the first day of the new year, while others, like I, will hit the bed much earlier.

There are parties all over Freo, from the Gatsby one up on the roof terrace of the National Hotel to the family friendly early party at Clancy’s, and the old school Freo house party at The Local.

The kids-friendly part at Clancy’s starts at 4pm with a fancy dress competition for children, a bouncing castle, an obstacle course, face painting, and music by the Justin Walsh Folk Machine from 7pm.

There will be roaming entertainment from 8pm and an early countdown into the New Year at 9pm. Entry is free!

Whatever you do make sure not to drink and drive or make a nuisance of yourself to your neighbours or the community. It might be the last day of the year, but it is not the end of the world, so show respect and tolerance.

Roel Loopers

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HUGE CROWD AT 2018s FINAL ARTS CENTRE COURTYARD MUSIC

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2018

 

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I don’t think I have ever seen more people attending a Sunday music courtyard session at the Fremantle Arts Centre than today.

Young and old turned up in their hundreds for the last concert of the year, and are  still dancing the afternoon away on the hip swirling Congolese music of Soukouss Internationale. Great music! Great atmosphere!

The concert is still going till 4pm, so head out there fast! I had to leave early because hay fever won yet again. ; >(

Roel Loopers

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LOOKING FOR YOUNG FREMANTLE LEADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on December 28, 2018

 

The city of Fremantle is relaunching their Youth Advisory Council and looking for local young people to join.

The aim is to connect Freo young people, youth agencies and schools so they can share what is happening with the broader community at a grass roots level.

If you’re aged between 12-24 and are interested in talking about youth issues, representing your neighbourhood and want to volunteer, then this is for you.

Visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/fyn for more info.

Roel Loopers

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CHRISTMAS EVE FUN AT THE SOUTH FREO LOCAL

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, entertainment, fremantle network, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2018

 

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The LOCAL Hotel in South Fremantle always generously hosts South Fremantle Precinct meetings and lately also the Politics in the Pub by the Fremantle Network, so they deserve our support.

If you haven’t got any family Christmas Eve commitment head out to The Local for some tunes by DJ Peggy Sue SMO and Santa’s Little Helper from 8pm.

Roel Loopers

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BIG ST PATRICK’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH

 

 

More than 200 people enjoyed a three-course Christmas lunch in Princess May Park, organised by Fremantle’s St Patrick’s community care.

Fremantle Labor member Minister Simone McGurk was there, as were Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his young daughter Aoife, who was a bit worried about Santa, played by former Freo Councillor Rob Fittock.

St Pat’s Michael Piu and Victor Crevatin were supported by many volunteers when they were serving  the Christmas roast.

It was a heart-warming event and nice to see so many smiling faces from those who are doing it tough.

Roel Loopers

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS WEEKEND IN FREMANTLE

Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, community, family, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2018

 

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This coming weekend is the time to take the children to the Christmas Carols fun in Fremantle.

It starts of on Saturday the 15th in the North Fremantle Community Hall with a cabaret-style evening and Carol-Sing for the whole family at 6.30pm.

Entry is $ 5.00 per person and $ 15.00 per family. Bring a plate!

And on Sunday the 16th the City of Fremantle is organising a free Carols by Candlelight in Fremantle Oval with the Libby Hammer Quintet and Arcadian Voices from 5-8.30pm.

There will be food stalls on site.

Roel Loopers

 

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