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VANDALS SET FIRE AT FREO’S J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, crime, fire, j shed, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on July 18, 2019

 

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There was again serious vandalism at Fremantle’s Arthur’s Head last night with idiots setting fire to the northern wall of the J Shed art studios.

No major damage was done but the power had to be cut off for safety reasons. It is just lucky that the fire brigade arrived early as otherwise the entire shed and some very important artworks could have been destroyed.

Although vandalism is frequent in the area there are still no CCTV cameras in the historic precinct.

Roel Loopers

FIRE AT FREMANTLE’S SHACKS HOLDEN

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, emergency, fire, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2019

 

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An electrical fire caused approximately $ 120,000 damage last night around 2am at the Shacks Holden car dealership at Queen Victoria Street in Fremantle.

I suppose that is a relatively good outcome when one considers all the cars in the showroom. Damage could have gone into the millions.

Roel Loopers

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LOST OF Ks FESTIVAL AT BATHERS BEACH

 

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The Fremantle Kraken Festival is on from 1pm today at Arthur’s Head with stalls, a licensed area, music and performances, and a market.

And as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean the Karla-K Koorling will light fires along Bathers Beach, each with a theme; puppetry, dance, song, story telling and spoken word.

The Kraken event will be a small taste of Blazing Swan, offering free public entry to experience some of the Blaze spirit. The Kraken effigy constructed on Bathers Beach will be something to behold, incorporating a pirate ship and sea monster emerging from the sands! A selection of Blazing Swan theme camps will also have open tents at Kraken displaying art, playing music and offering a special experience in themselves………not to miss out hot n spicy street food at The Indian Grill.

At the southern end of Bathers Beach Kidogo Arthouse will open the cute Kelp Bar as well.

Roel Loopers

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VERY HOT COFFEE AT PORT CITY ROASTERS

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2018

 

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Customers of the Port City Roasters in South Fremantle can expect some potent strong coffee in the next few weeks.

The company roasted just a little bit too much this morning and set the chimney on fire. No major damage was done and it was trading as usual on the corner of South Terrace and Little Lefroy Road.

Roel Loopers

MISTY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on June 1, 2017

 

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I got up unusually late today but there was still a lot of fog around mid morning, so I went to take this photo of Fremantle port.

The pollution is due to controlled burning in the hills near Darlington, so the sea breeze will be blowing it away this afternoon.

Roel Loopers

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BUSH FIRE VOLUNTEERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted in fire, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2017

 

The 114th WA Volunteer Fire Rescue Services Easter Championships are being held this weekend at the Gilbert Fraser reserve in North Fremantle. Go and have a look at it from 9am this easter Sunday morning. It’s fun to watch!

Bush firies from as far away as Port Hedland, Esperance and even Victoria are taking part and they deserve recognition and support for their tireless work to protect their communities.

The event has been held at the North Freo oval for over 40 years but I was not aware of it until I read a tiny one line somewhere on Thursday.

It needs to get a lot better promotion so that the local community comes out in droves to watch it. It’s rather pathetic that just under 100 spectators attend the events and they were family and a few supporters.

Roel Loopers

IS THERE LOGIC IN FREO MADNESS?

Posted in city of fremantle, fire, local government by freoview on February 17, 2017

Bureaucracy-like car salesmen, lawyers, politicians, Dutchmen, journalists, and Roel Loopers, to name just a few-has a bad reputation.

I know one should never generalise so let me declare that I have often dealt with excellent public servants at the City of Fremantle and all levels of government.

Why am I writing this? Because I thought there must be some reason and order within City of Fremantle madness I do not understand. It’s probably not the fault of an officer but of the system and lack of rules.

Yesterday the two new fire extinguishers in the Roundhouse were tested and the contractor told me the only other devise he needed to test at Arthur Head for CoF was the one in the Gunners Cottage, which is the office of the Roundhouse volunteers.

This means that none of the artist’s studios at Captain’s and Mrs Trivett lanes have fire extinguishers installed although some of them have highly flammable goods in them. I don’t know a painter who would not have turpentine in their studio.

It seems illogical to me that the Roundhouse, that is highly unlikely to ever catch fire, needs to have two fire extinguishers, but highly flammable artist’s studios in tiny residential cottages that are also open to the public don’t have any.

If a fire broke out in one of the cottages it could very easily and rapidly spread to the others along the lane and all that heritage would be gone.

Roel Loopers

HOUSE FIRE IN SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in emergency, fire, fremantle by freoview on November 14, 2016

A house fire broke out around 3 pm today in Jenkins Street, near the corner of Chester Street in South Fremantle. Big plumes of smoke filled the sky and school kids were the first spectators.

The fire brigade was there quick smart, so now hoping for the owners/occupiers that not too much damage has been done.

Roel Loopers

FIRE AT OLD FREMANTLE PANEL BEATERS

Posted in emergency, fire, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 16, 2016

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A fire that broke out last evening at 6.30 at the long-established Fairway Panel Beaters at South Terrace, Fremantle has done substantial damage to the building. Local residents had to be evacuated because of toxic fumes and asbestos fears.

The business has been owned by brothers Brian and Robert Richardson for 46 years, so it is quite a shock to the family.

Workers turned up this morning not knowing if they still had a job, but the general sentiment was that it is great no one was hurt and the business can be rebuilt. I wish them well!

Roel Loopers

 

INCONSIDERATE FIRE TEST IN WEST END

Posted in development, fire, fremantle, western autralia by freoview on July 14, 2016

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That was a rather interesting fire emergency test at the new MSC building in Cliff Street this morning, when men shot huge sprays of water in the air from the roof of the building, and the strong wind blowing it all over High Street and inside Chalkys cafe. Lucky no one sat at the outside tables or they would have got drenched.

Barista Keith yelled out to them to stop it and they finally did, after a few pedestrians got a good soaking.

I believe it was very inconsiderate and lazy as they could have alerted the cafe and stopped pedestrian traffic during the test. I hope no one at No 1 Little High Street left their windows or balcony doors open.

Roel Loopers

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