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KEEP WILSON PARK FOR OVERFLOW PARKING

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, parking, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2020

 

South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic has given notice of a motion to be tabled at the Ordinary Council meeting this Wednesday.

Ms Vujcic believes that using the A Class Reserve Wilson Park for overflow parking during the summer months and for events held at South Beach is contradictory to the accepted use of an A Class Reserve.

Parking at South Beach is at a premium during the warmer months, and with the approved development of a tavern and brewery on the Sealanes site, parking will become even more of an issue.

Already local residents have been complaining of visitors to South Beach and events parking in nearby streets, so if overflow parking at Wilson Park would be stopped, this situation would get worse for South Freo residents.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has advised City officers that it considers the use of the Reserve for parking to be ancillary to the purpose of ‘recreation’.

I sincerely hope Fremantle Councillors will not support the motion by Councillor Vujcic, as it would have a negative impact on the South Beach Sunset Food Markets, concerts, and  beach enjoyment in general if people can’t find parking close by.

Roel Loopers

PALACE ARCADE ENTERTAINMENT FOR FREMANTLE

 

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If Fremantle Council approves the change of use for the former LAPA Brazilian barbeque, next to the National Hotel in High Street, to tavern, the venue will become a Palace Arcade electronic machines entertainment venue.

The new tavern, if approved, would also be allowed to sell takeaway liquor, which would no doubt cater for the many backpackers in the West End of Fremantle, once the Western Australian and Australian borders are re-opened.

The application by Silverleaf Investments will go before council this Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

COVID-A TIME TO RETHINK OUR PRIORITIES

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2020

 

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There is a sense of sadness to see children’s playgrounds closed, but it is essential to continue doing it to protect the young ones in our community from the coronavirus.

I took these historic photos at the Fremantle South Beach playground yesterday morning.

While so many people are struggling there is also something special about this period in our lives. There is so much time for stillness and contemplation, and the realisation we don’t actually have to be entertained and connect with people 24/7.

The fact that we no longer can go out to pubs and bars, concerts, restaurants and cafes will hopefully bring us back to realising what our priorities in life should be, because now more than in a very long time do we see how precious life is, and how awfully short it can be.

This is a time to spread love and support and show real great community spirit. This is the time for property owners to take on corporate responsibility and trying to support their tenants as best as they can.

We cannot allow the silence and loneliness to make people depressed and anxious, so we need to connect, while allowing life to take its course.

The overriding sentiment should be that most people are good people, and that most are willing to help, especially in Fremantle.

Stay safe and well, Freo!

Roel Loopers

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METROPOLIS INVESTMENT SHOWS CONFIDENCE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2020

 

 

The news that the owners of the Fremantle Metropolis nightclub will be investing one million dollars in the venue and upgrade the sound and light systems, shows that there is a lot of confidence in the future of our port city.

Just around the corner building work is under way for the tavern and boutique hotel between the Warders cottages and Fremantle Markets, and there will also be a new hospitality venue in the Manning building, that is nearing completion.

The success of Freo.Social and the Old Synagogue has shown that Freo has a lot to offer and there is a lot more to come.

Roel Loopers

 

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MOVIE MARATHON AT FREMANTLE PORTS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, entertainment, family, fremantle ports, movies, Uncategorized by freoview on January 6, 2020

 

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A marathon of FREE movies will start in B Shed on Victoria Quay from this Friday January 10.

Fremantle Ports is offering great family movies which start at 7pm, and there is free popcorn and icecream as well!

And to make it even better, they offer free beanbags to the first 50 visitors, so be aware that doors open at 6pm, if you want to grab one of those.

More movies coming up, so I’ll keep you in the loop every week about what’s on.

Roel Loopers

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FREO BIENNALE!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, festivals, local government, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on October 22, 2019

 

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GREAT FREO BIENNALE JUST A MONTH AWAY

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, events, festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

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A preview of all the great events that will be happening during the Fremantle Biennale in November.

Roel Loopers

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COUNCIL WANTS TO KEEP OUR TWO WORKING PORTS

 

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Fremantle Council wants the Fishing Boat Harbour to continue to operate as an authentic working harbour according to a position statement endorsed by Council on Wednesday evening.

The council adopted the statement to confirm its position in relation to future planning processes and development at the harbour.

The leaseholders of the Boat Lifters site at 38 Mews Road, next to the Little Creatures Brewery, are currently exploring redevelopment options for the site and the adjoining Sardine Wharf.

As part of their ‘Harbour Connect’ project AMB Capital Partners, a company owned by the Bennett family, have flagged a development that may involve a range of new land uses, including commercial, retail, accommodation and residential uses.

The Department of Transport has also sought the City of Fremantle’s input into a possible review of the vision for the harbour and the principles that would guide any future redevelopment.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fishing Boat Harbour was a vital part of Fremantle, both as a base for fishing and marine industries and as a visitor destination.

“The Fremantle Council is supportive of investment and any appropriate new development to sustain Fishing Boat Harbour into the future,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“However, there is no question that the harbour should continue to operate as a working harbour with fishing fleet-related and other marine industries, as these industries are essential to the retention of an authentic port attraction and visitor experience for the greater Fremantle area.

“Infrastructure and services to support ongoing use of the harbour by commercial and recreational vessels, including the boat lifting facilities, should either be maintained or replaced elsewhere within Fishing Boat Harbour if the existing facilities are affected by development proposals.

“Any proposal to introduce noise sensitive land uses like short or long stay accommodation should be limited in scale, and should only be permitted if the ongoing operations of the working harbour are legally protected.”

The council’s position statement also states Fishing Boat Harbour should be recognised as an important component of the Fremantle city centre and should not be treated as an isolated precinct.

Commercial and retail uses not directly related to maritime industries or needing a harbour location should complement, not draw away, investment from the city centre.

Any new development should respond to existing context and sense of place, and harmonise with the traditional low profile industrial character of the area.

Some additional building height could be entertained as part of a major development provided it could be demonstrated the development would deliver significant public benefits.

The council has also called for no net loss of parking in the area, key connections and vistas to be retained, connection to the Esplanade, Bathers Beach and the waterfront to be improved and the extension of Norfolk Street to be pursued as a the primary entrance to the harbour.

The Boat Lifters site is Crown Land reserved under the Metropolitan Region Scheme for Public Purposes (Special Use), so approval of any development under the City’s local planning scheme is not required. Approval by state planning authorities would be required.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HIDDEN TREASURES MUSIC STARTS TONIGHT!

 

The great Fremantle Hidden Treasures music festival starts tonight in Freo’s beautiful historic West End and it is cheap entertainment. For just $ 20.00 one gets entry to all the five venues!

On the music menu tonight are:

BUFFALO CLUB: Oosterbanger, Dawesville Cut, Filth Wizzard

NAVY CLUB: Trevalene&The Dashleys, Tashi, Lincoln MacKinnon

PS ART SPACE: DJs, Lxxvers, Gazey, DJs

WYOLA CLUB: Sgt.Hulka, Aborted Tortoise, the Chevelles

NATIONAL HOTEL: Cecilia Brandolini, James David with Mel Robinson and Geordie Batey, Donna and the Devils Johnson.

THE TRAM: Tanaya Harper.

Have fun!

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FIRST FREMANTLE WINTER FESTIVAL STARTS

 

This year is the first time that the Fremantle Festival is held in winter and it starts this Friday.

Fremantle’s 10 Nights in Port is a celebration of contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance fom July 12-21.

Spread across Fremantle’s precincts, 10 Nights in Port takes into consideration the traditions of the local community and the character of the historic city. Each component of the festival is carefully woven out of the fabric of this place, says Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Feast of the Deceiver, presented by Secret Squirrel Produc,ons, is a WA first and will lure guests into a world of ulterior motives, an immersive game and luxury dining. The luscious six-course dinner will occur in a secret central Fremantle location and will keep diners on their toes.

Also premiering, The Miss Behave Gameshow is a freewheeling, high-energy variety whirlwind. Direct from her sold out seasons in Las Vegas and Sydney, London cabaret queen Amy Saunders (La Soiree, La Clique) will intoxicate audiences with her special brand of gliBering chaos.

In its ninth year, the highly successful Hidden Treasures winter music series will return as part of 10 Nights in Port with an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage.

Between shows, audiences can take a Soak in a series of outdoor relaxation stations where they can submerge and unwind or warm themselves by one of the many Festival Fires around the city.

The Festival Club at the Moore&Moore cafe will also offer a place to leisurely hangout throughout 1the Fremantle Festival with a series of hearty communal dining experiences, delicious drinks and music.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Glass Houses and Green Futures

Friday 12 – Thursday 18 July

Free

Glass Houses & Green Futures is a celebration of the horticultural knowledge and passion that exists across Fremantle. Conversation and cultivation will take place in five artist-built hothouses, led by the artists and gardening enthusiasts who keep Fremantle green, growing and blossoming. The site-specific glasshouses will host public sessions in locations across Fremantle and its satellite precincts.

Feast of the Deceiver

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July

Ticketed

Venture into a world of ulterior motives, immersive games and luxury dining, presented by Secret Squirrel Productions. Beginning as a luscious six-course dinner in a secret central Fremantle location, Feast of the Deceiver is not all that it first appears.

Fired Up

Raku firing & hot drinks: Saturday 20 July

Free

Fired Up is a participatory community project that reflects on what can happen when one master shares their skills among many students. Beginning with a series of public workshops, each ceramic form will then be placed into the fire to be hardened and cured.

Hidden Treasures

Thursday 11, Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 July

Ticketed

In its ninth year, Hidden Treasures treats WA music fans to an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage. This series of gigs offers a rare peek into some of the West End’s most evocative and tucked-away workers’ clubs and small venues.

Future Treasures

Wednesday 17 July

Ticketed

Wowzzzeee

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July & Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 July

Free

The Miss Behave Gameshow

Friday 12, Saturday 13, Thursday 18, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July

Ticketed

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