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COTTESLOE SCULPTURES BY THE SEA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, sculptures by the sea, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2018

 

 

It is not often I venture out far north but I always do make the trip to Cottesloe from Fremantle for the annual Sculptures by the Sea.

I was there at 7.30am this morning, so well before the masses arrived and there were still many works being assembled, so this is just a first impression.

Roel Loopers

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SCULPTURE@BATHERS FLAMING FINALE

Posted in art, bathers beach, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 11, 2017

 

It finally is election day. I am so happy the pathetic campaign of buying voters with empty promises is over and the likelihood of a change in government.

It is also the last two days of the Fremantle  Sculpture@Bathers show, so go and see the sculptures by 85 Western Australian artists, like the beautiful stone work above by J Shed artist Jina Lee.

S@B ends with a flaming finale on Sunday from 6 pm when Replants artist Bruce Abbott sets fire to the 35 jarrah trees on Bathers Beach.

The Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea is still on for another week and has many Freo artists represented, so check that out as well.

Roel Loopers

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COTTESLOE SCULPTURES BY THE SEA

Posted in art, cottesloe, fremantle, sculpture@bathers, sculptures by the sea by freoview on March 4, 2017

 

The annual Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea opened on Friday and will be on for two weeks, so make sure to ride, walk, drive or train it up the coast on the long weekend.

This is a show by Australian and international artists that compliments the all Western Australian Sculpture@Bathers in Fremantle well.

We should consider ourselves lucky to have two outstanding beach art shows at the same time.

Roel Loopers

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COMPARE COUNCILS ON MY COUNCIL WEBSITE

Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, western australia by freoview on April 30, 2016

The WA State Government has a new My Council website where we can compare and see how our councils are doing. Nice to see the City of Fremantle page has one of my photos of Bathers Beach on it.

So I now know that the Fremantle area is 19 square kilometres small, that we have a population of 30,883 and 19,777 electors.

Fremantle’s revenue is $ 71,426,672 and its operating expenditure $ 71,070,614.

The total value of assets of the City of Fremantle is $ 486,608,885.

Rates are always a discussion point so I compared rates in the area and the recent rate increases were:

Fremantle 6%, Cockburn 11%, Mosman Park 5%, Cottesloe 5%, East Fremantle 6%, Melville 40%(is that a typo?), Mandurah 7%, Rockingham 10%.

The website is: mycouncil.wa.gov.au

Roel Loopers

OLGA CIRONIS WINS SCULPTURES BY THE SEA SCHOLARSHIP

Posted in art, fremantle, sculptures by the sea by freoview on March 5, 2016

Congratulations to Fremantle artist Olga Cironis who won the $ 10,000 scholarship prize at the Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea!

Olga will be at the show weaving 400 metres of human hair together, so go and visit her.

Roel Loopers

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COTTESLOE SCULPTURES BY THE SEA PHOTOS

Posted in art, fremantle, sculptures by the sea by freoview on March 4, 2016

 

It is not often I encourage people to leave Fremantle for distant shores, but the Cottesloe SCULPTURES BY THE SEA exhibition is well worth hopping on the bike or train for, or driving your car over.

There are some outstanding art works there, some quirky ones and a few not that great, but overall it is a very good show of three dimensional art.

I thoroughly enjoyed walking around early this morning before the big crowds arrive and probably will have to go back for another look in different afternoon light.

PHOTOS COPYRIGHT Roel Loopers/ROEL.COM.AU

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PERTH FREIGHT LINK. IF IT SMELLS LIKE SHIT…

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on October 6, 2015

No doubt it is all just one huge coincidence that W.A. Mainroads want a wider road reserve at Port Beach Road in North Fremantle to feed Fremantle Ports trucks to a future realigned Curtin Avenue into Cottesloe, as the Western Suburbs newspaper reports today.

It has of course absolutely nothing to do with the planned Perth Freight Link, if one can believe the spokeswoman who talked to the newspaper.

Cottesloe also has nothing to fear from trucks spilling into the town, Mainroads told Cottesloe Council and that only two per cent of Port related trucks travel along Port Beach Road and that will not change with the PFL. Maybe not but if the number of trucks doubles that will double as well.

But wait! Its own documents and estimations show that Mainroads believes up to 42 per cent of trucks will be leakings, as they call it, from major routes to suburban streets. It is estimated some 13,200 trucks will use the PFL so you can do your own calculations on how many trucks will keep going along Leach Highway for example and through Melville. Take note Mayor Russell Aubrey!

The Leighton Beach area east of Tydeman Road is earmarked for residential development, a hotel has just been approved at the beach, but Mainroads wants to widen the road to accommodate more trucks. Great planning!

Mainroads might us all want to believe that the Perth Freight Links smells like roses but if it looks and smells like shit, it most likely is shit.

Roel Loopers

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JINA LEE ART ON SHOW IN SYDNEY

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on October 5, 2015

Jina Lee

Fremantle J Shed artist Jina Lee has just finished several stunning sculptures for Sculptures at the Sea in Sydney. The Korean born artist who works out of the Greg James studio at Bathers Beach was polishing the work this morning before they are going to be transported tomorrow.

Jina’s work is much appreciated. She sold all her sculptures at the Cottesloe Sculptures at the Sea this year and also the one she showed at Sculpture@Bathers in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

PERTH FREIGH LINK NOT THE BEST OPTION

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link by freoview on July 22, 2015

It was a packed house at the Fremantle Townhall, that overflowed onto Kings Square, on Tuesday evening for the RETHINK PERTH FREIGHT LINK forum with Federal politicians Allannah MacTiernan and Scott Ludlam and the Mayors of Fremantle, Cockburn, East Fremantle and Melville. The Maritime Union of Australia was represented as was the Residents and Ratepayers Association of Cottesloe.

North Freo comedian and author Ben Elton was the MC and started the night with a powerful speech telling the audience that we might need advise from Bronwyn Bishop on how to cart dead weight around. Container freight by helicopter? He also stressed this was a community issue and not a political one.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the State had assured him the old railway bridge would be replaced in the future but all indications were the Barnett government wanted to duplicate the Stirling traffic bridge to accommodate more trucks to the port. It would cost at least $ 500 million to do that and would have a huge impact on East Fremantle. He said that 92% of vehicles using the proposed freight link would be private cars, not trucks.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the future is in our hands and there is a better way than the PFL. Don’t trash our heritage, culture and nature for a road to nowhere.

Alannah MacTiernan told the crowd that the PFL proposal came out of the blue as there had been no State Government plans for it and it was not in the budget either. It was pushed by the Federal Government that only wants to support and fund roads. She said plans for an outer harbour had been advanced and going on since 1996 by both the Liberal and Labor governments when in power. This is truly a disgrace! Her request for documentation had been rejected because the release of the documents would cause damage between the State and Federal governments. It is such a flawed process, she said.

Senator Scott Ludlam sprouted optimism saying he believed the forum was the critical mass moment as had happened with the Ningaloo Reef and James Price Point protests that were won by the community. He said this movement could achieve the same as the city of Portland in the USA where the community rejected more freeways and the government listened and built lightrail.

Ludlam made one very important observation we should all think about “What is all this stuff in those containers? It is stuff we might not actually need!” He is right that excessive consumerism is a huge part of the problem.

He said that the Melville people were being sold-out as those along Leach Highway believed the PFL is a solution, while it would create more trucks through Melville. “It is a bullshit waste of taxpayers’ money!”

Senator Ludlam suggested to set up funds to take legal action and slow the process down in the courts and got 50 people to hand over $ 100 each to start it off.

The Mayor of Melville who supports the PFL was brave to attend and said he was talking about people’s life and that the current road network was never designed to cope with the volume of traffic it had now.

Lawyer John Hammond, who is President of the Cottesloe Residents and Ratepayers Association, told the appreciative crowd that “In Cottesloe we are getting pissed off! We don’t want it!”

It was a good forum that could have been better with shorter speeches and a longer Q&A period, but it was positive that it was not a political Barnett government bashing but real concerns about lifestyle, communities, nature and the preservation of culture.

There are other options and the State and Federal governments should explore those before they make the huge mistake of building the Perth Freight Link to Fremantle Port that only has a limited time left until it reaches capacity. A new outer harbour port near Kwinana is essential but even that needs to be handled sensitively so that it has minimal impact on the communities and nature there.

Roel Loopers

COTTESLOE RESIDENTS SAY NO TO FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, local governmet, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on July 17, 2015

Cottesloe Councillor Sally Pyvis is going to try to get Cottesloe Council to join the protest against the PERTH FREIGHT LINK by putting a motion up at the next council meeting. The last motion on the PFL was defeated because Mayor Jo Dawkins used her casting vote against it.

Experts have predicted a severe increase in truck and general traffic along Curtin Avenue should the PFL be built.

There have been two public meetings in Cottesloe that were critical of the PFL proposal by State Government and it was the top topic at the Cottesloe Ratepayers and Residents Association meeting earlier this month and a resolution was passed to oppose the project.

The Fremantle Townhall meeting this Tuesday is booked out, but weather permitting, will be broadcast on Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

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