The High Street mall in Fremantle is a very busy place where many people sit and watch the passing parade, read the local newspapers or have a bite to eat, so what a disgrace to see this bench full with bird shit on Wednesday morning. One would assume that the cleaning of public seats is a daily task each morning to make sure people don’t soil their clothes. Maybe the mall traders could also show more pride and check out the benches. It only takes a minute or two to clean them.
After all the positive hype about the outstanding Fremantle Festival, plus the fact that some buildings in the West End have been getting a new coat of paint, we also need to be aware of the ugly reality of Fremantle that most tourists will be seeing.
Imagine arriving on a cruise ship here and the first things you see going on land is the uncared for International Backpackers and the disgraceful Woolstores buildings. Then they follow the tourism map and will be seeing all the ‘great’ sites: the run down looking Town Hall, the empty former, all boarded up, synagogue just opposite the Fremantle Markets, the dilapidated buildings in Henry Street on the corner of High Street in our heritage West End, the empty former Wagamama, Dome and McDonalds restaurants on Bathers Beach in the Fishing Boat Harbour tourist attraction, etc.
It is time the people of Fremantle stopped believing the urban myth of its own greatness, and seriously started doing something about this decaying city. Wake up Freo!!