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BUSY FREO WEEKEND GOOD FOR TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, retail, tourism by freoview on September 17, 2017

 

 

I am always happy for our traders when I see a lot of visitors in Fremantle on weekends, because most week days are not very good for retailers and the food businesses in Freo.

Great to see the Fishing Boat Harbour Piazza and the Char Char Bull restaurant renovations now completed and open to the public.

Down the road at Little Creatures there is a Sunday art market, and at the Fremantle Markets there was the delightful buzz of every weekend.

 

Roel Loopers

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BATHERS BEACH TOURISM POTENTIAL

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017

 

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Good to see some dune restoration at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

The BB precinct is developing well with the new Piazza at the Fishing Boat Harbour, the extension to Char Char Bull restaurant and the recent opening of the new Han’s Cafe.

The dustbowl in front of Kidogo Arthouse will also be replaced with grass, so it is all good.

My wishes for the area are to extend the boardwalk all the way to J Shed and provide public toilets at Bathers Beach.

The Arthur Head area is such a gorgeous part of the inner city, but I believe it is under-valued and not treated as a tourism development potential.

What it needs is real appreciation of it’s historic significance, the lovely under-used beach, and what the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and artists provide.

What it does not need is a soul-destroying tavern and brewery.

 

Roel Loopers

GROWING FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2017

 

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Good to see the extension to the Char Char Bull restaurant in Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour┬áis nearing completion.

The new Piazza has been ready for over two months but the work at CCB means the public car park is still not open to the public.

It is a little disappointing that the new building did not copy the saw-tooth roof of Cicerello’s next door, as it looks like a cheap add-on unfortunately.

But with some interesting furniture and good interior design they might still pull it off. I hope so!

With the new Han’s opening last week there is only one more spot to be filled; the forlorn looking former Mussel Bar.

 

Roel Loopers

ESPLANADE NEW HUB ON SLOW BURNER

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

A new burger restaurant on the Fremantle Esplanade remains a pipe dream for the time being, as City of Fremantle officers do not believe building the new hospitality venue should be a priority for the City, and they are hesitant to recommend that proponent Parklife should construct the building themselves on crown land.

The City has nominated $ 1.1 million in its forward budget estimates to construct the so-called Esplanade Hub in the 2018/19 financial year, however it is likely the officers will recommend to council that this is a lower priority project when compared to other projects. so it is probable that it will be delayed till at least 2019/20.

The Esplanade Reserve Masterplan was signed off in 2015, but has been controversial in the community, with even some senior officers at the City not being supportive of the new ‘hub’ idea near the railway line and Tourist Wheel.

At the Strategy and Project Development Committee last night Councillor Rachel Pemberton mentioned that sometimes Council loses track of Masterplans and they grow too big, and she said the area is surrounded by food and beverage options already.

Other Councillors said they would not want to be burned again, as happened with the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed.

Councillors Doug Thompson and Andrew Sullivan were at loggerheads, with Thompson saying that the Kings Square Project was the main focus for the City and it could not afford another major project for five years or so, while Sullivan said the Esplanade was crying out right now for that kind of development and that a city like Fremantle should be able to handle more major projects at the same time.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said the City should be looking for other options, a smaller cafe, and that the proposed burger restaurant was too big. Councillor Pemberton agreed and said the community would not be too happy to lose more of the grassed area, and that it might be better to do the project in the future when the Esplanade was extended into the Italian Club carpark.

Councillor Thompson made one of the best observations of the evening, by saying that no one had ever said to him that we need to redevelop the cafe on the Esplanade.

Councillor Pemberton also questioned if the Dismantle containers were actually used and suggested strongly that if they are not used they should be removed, or Council could take them over for uses related to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, such as skateboard hire.

I believe the City of Fremantle would do well to investigate what can be done to retain the Carriage Cafe in its present location, as moving it might structurally not be possible. Instead of spending a lot of money on building a new food outlet, Council should be looking at how it can support the existing cute cafe and help it grow into a restaurant and small bar with nearby public toilets.

We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in Freo and we don’t really need another burger outlet, or another food outlet when there are nine of them on the other side of the railway line at the Fishing Boat Harbour, from Little Creatures, Baskin&Robbins, Joe’s Fish Shack, Han’s Cafe, Cicerello’s, Kailis, Char Char Bull, Bathers Beach House, all the way to Sweetlips.

 

Roel Loopers

HEY PAULINE. FISH&CHIPS IS HALAL!

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, islam, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

 

Fish&Chips is not only multicultural but it is also multi-faith, as these delightful students of a Perth Islamic college showed at Kailis in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour today.

They’re just normal kids in school uniform enjoying one of the delights all kids love to eat.

If only Pauline Hanson had realised she was selling halal food when she had her Fish&Chips shop.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE GENERATIONS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2017

 

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In between showers yesterday it was quite pleasant in Fremantle and father and son took advantage of it, feeding the seagulls in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It something the traders there don’t like, hence the signs, Don’t feed the seagulls or they’ll S.O.Y (Shit On You).

Walking around town I noticed these three generations of bicycles parked at Phillimore Street and thought they looked cute.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2017

 

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There is beauty in everything, and in the eye of the beholder, so here some arty rope photos taking in the Freo Fishing Boat Harbour today.

Roel Loopers

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NEW ADDITION TO FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2017

 

 

The extension of the CHAR CHAR BULL restaurant in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is nearing completion.

The new piazza there has already been finished but is still fenced off because of the CCB construction work. It should not be long now!

Roel Loopers

TOO MANY SIGNS ARE VISUAL POLLUTION

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

 

We just love our signs in Western Australia. It will just be a matter of time until the government will demand we put a sign at the exit to our homes that warns that we might get run over by a roadtrain, trip over pavement, get sun burnt, or that a tiger might escape from Perth zoo. Don’t leave home. It’s bloody dangerous out there!

So now we know that there is no lifeguard on duty at the Fishing Boat Harbour, and just in case of diving after one’s fish&chips that was blown into the drink by the Fremantle Doctor, there also have been a buoy installed.

WA is so over-regulated that it baffles overseas tourists and the visual pollution is getting worse by the day.

Roel Loopers

LITTLE CREATURES CIRCUS

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2017

 

Big Top Littl Creatures 24 June

The great Fremantle LITTLE CREATURES tavern/restaurant/brewery is making a circus of it all this Saturday June 24 from midday till late.

There will be pop-up performances, workshops and roving carni creatures in Live in the Big Top.

Roel Loopers

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