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INTRIGUING ART AT PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

 

There is an intriguing art exhibition by Gwenael Velge on at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street in Fremantle.

The show is excellent and well worth a visit, although I have no idea what it is about.

Simulation/Simulcra/Sisyphus is a show of aerial photographs of containers in port and installations; local landscapes-reality-meaning.

There are futuristic-looking boxes and CD disks, and a harness to strap on your back and you supposedly can fly away in it, maybe suggesting the aerial photos were not taken from a drone or helicopter.

It is a journey of discovery in the great huge art space, and it did not matter to me that I was lost to understand the meaning of it all, as it did not seem to matter.

Go and have a look for yourselves and let me know what you thought of it!

 

Roel Loopers

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UNION TRUTH ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

I was given a copy of an eight-page flyer The Truth About The Flawed Outer Harbour Plan, written by the Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch secretary and National President Christy Cain.

It’s always good to try to see all sides of an argument, so let’s have a look at the facts the MUA published in the leaflet.

# The MUA claims that Fremantle Port is only running at 50% capacity and that there is no need for a premature costly duplication of the port at Kwinana.

# The MUA supports the long-term vision of an overflow port at Kwinana when it is needed, but say it is not needed yet, and that the volume at Fremantle Port has been falling for some time.

# The proposed cap on Fremantle Port is lower than the current volume and would be anticompetitive, the union claims. It would prevent the current terminal operators to grow.

# 90% of containers to and from the port are on the road between 6am-6pm Monday to Friday. The port operates 24/7 but nearly all containers are handled in just 35% of all the hours available.

# Better coordination of road transport, plus general decline in volume has seen a 11% reduction in truck visits to Fremantle Port over the last two years.

# Rail is underutilised as is handles only 14.5% of containers, while it is designed to carry 30% of container traffic.

# The MUA says that if the outer harbour was built now, 20-30 years before it is needed, it would add $ 10 billion to the construction cost, making it a $ 15-16 billion dollar dud, that would cause a dramatic increase to freight costs.

# Fremantle Port supports 2,000 direct employees and an estimated total workforce of 6,000 direct and indirect employees servicing the port.

# The outer harbour would be automated and would have less jobs than Fremantle Port.

# Government Treasury predicts another 25 years of growth potential for Fremantle Port. It stated that artificial capping would result in earlier capital investment in the Outer Harbour and related road and rail infrastructure-imposing an unnecessary financial burden on the WA Government, container trades and the community.

If you have any questions it is best to contact the MUA as I won’t have the answers.

 

Roel Loopers

SURREAL FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2017

 

 

There is something surreal about the palm trees and containers in the industrial Fremantle Port and they create interesting photos I believe.

Roel Loopers

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CONTAINERS GALORE AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime by freoview on March 16, 2017

 

The arrival yesterday afternoon of the container ship Carl Schulte in Fremantle Port was pretty impressive. The vessel was packed full loaded with containers stacked eight high.

The Carl Schulte is 255 metres long and 37.3 metres wide and has a container capacity of 14t(TEU).

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CURTIN AVE TO REMAIN FREIGHT LINK TO FREO PORT

Posted in freight, fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on October 11, 2016

Plans by the Mainroads Department to put a tunnel from Stock Road under the Swan River, Dalkeith and Nedlands to connect with Mount Claremont, indicate that Curtin Avenue and West Coast Highway will remain an important freight link even if the Perth Freight Link is built.

The plans show a widening of Fremantle’s Curtin Avenue to four lanes for its full length to West Coast Highway. “Curtin Avenue and West Coast Highway are classified as a major freight route and form part of the northerly freight route from the Fremantle Inner Harbour to the northern suburbs, the Subiaco POST reports.

The plans are open for comment until October 28.

Curtin Avenue would be extended to link with Stirling Highway near the North Fremantle Primary School.

This is a part of the Perth and Peel strategic land use plan that aims to achieve 3.5 million people in the region by 2050, although recent numbers have shown a slowing of people moving to WA and many moving away since the mining downturn.

STOP PRESS! Transport Minister Bill Marmion has just announced the State Government signed two contracts worth $ 450 million for the extension of Roe 8 Highway and a Stock Road interchange. The Minister told the media this morning that he hoped construction could start before Christmas this year.

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FREMANTLE PORT MINIMALISM

Posted in art, containers, fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, photography, western australia by freoview on September 28, 2016

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I love industrial, mining and architectural photography, and am much better at taking photos of man-made things than of nature. It is probably because there is a sense of order that suits my liking of minimalism.

Sadly my times as a commercial photographer seem to have come to an end as I am out of the loop and very bad at promoting myself, so I am keeping my eye in by taking photos every day of things I discover while enjoying the great city of Fremantle and surrounds.

I took this photo at Rous Head at Fremantle Ports this morning.

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SOOPERB INSPIRATION FOR RAINBOW PHOTOS

Posted in art, fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on September 26, 2016

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My good friend and fellow seeker of light Lismore photographer Andrew Sooby’s recent stunning photo on Facebook of the new Fremantle Rainbow sculpture inspired me to go back yesterday when the sky was blue and the sun was shining, to take a few more photos of the magnificent artwork on Beach Reserve by Marcus Canning.

It is a very overcast and dreary day today, so we need some colour, and Andrew is a Pom so this is my colourful birthday card for his beloved Queen.

Thanks for the inspiration Andrew!

Roel Loopers

FREO MUA AGAINST NEW PORT AND FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on September 22, 2016

Christy Cain, the secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia-MUA- has declared the union is against the building of a new port at Kwinana, against the privatisation of Fremantle Port and against the Perth Freight Link.

Can told the media that a new port would be fully automated and no wharfies needed and that would mean a loss of jobs.

He said Fremantle Port has plenty of room still to expand and that the PFL would not be needed if truck operators worked 24 hours a day as wharfies do, so more freight could be trucked to and from the port at night.

Roel Loopers

STOPPING PERTH FREIGHT LINK COSTS $ 1,1 BILLION

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on September 18, 2016

W.A. Transport Minister Dean Nalder, who yesterday resigned from Cabinet, has told the Sunday Times that Premier Colin Barnett’s decision not to go ahead with the Perth Freight Link tunnel between Stock Road and Strirling Highway would cost the state $ 1,1 billion.

In the “exclusive” by reporter Joe Spagnolo Nalder says “The Premier has instructed me not to proceed with the second phase, the Fremantle Tunnel, and only proceed with the Roe 8 section.”

The handling of the PFL at State and Federal level has been shambolic, as there are still no firm plans for the link to connect with Fremantle Port, although that is the initial reason for the project and funding from the Federal Government.

With the sale/49-year lease of Fremantle Port also still in limbo it looks like WA has been wasting a lot of money on two projects that might never proceed as the WA Labor Party will not go ahead with either of them should they win the election in March next years.

The finances of Western Australia are in an incredible mess due to wasteful spending by the Liberal/National party.

Roel Loopers

LABOR TO BUILT OUTER HARBOUR AND SCRAP FREIGHT LINK

Labor party leader Mark McGowan will today announce that if his party should win the state election in March next year it will scrap the Perth Freight Link and instead invest $ 20 million on planning a new outer harbour at Kwinana.

McGowan said if he became Premier he would also put a cap on the capacity of Fremantle Port.

Whoever is in government though will still need to do something about traffic around Fremantle as the building of an outer harbour would still be 10-15 years away if it was dealt with as a priority.

Roel Loopers

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