It’s another perfect autumn day in beautiful Fremantle so ideal to enjoy the school holidays.
There are lots of families and young people wandering around Freo and many are sampling the seafood delights in the Fishing Boat Harbour.
It is not often one sees people fishing at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach but today there were a few, probably because the South Mole was packed full. But it paid off. I watched one man reeling in an 80 centimetre-long salmon.
Got this lovely colourful family selfie photo, as well as the dressed-up fisherman sculpture in the Fishing Boat Harbour.
The lovely little dove Duyfken replica is back in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and will have Pirate Days during the Easter school holidays, so go visit it while you are here for the International Street Arts Festival on the very long weekend!
It is at berth at the back of Little Creatures so easy to find from the Esplanade.
The work on the new Piazza in the Fishing Boat Harbour is also progressing well and will create another nice location to watch the sunset and enjoy fish&chips.
Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is more and more becoming a leisure destination for locals and tourists and it showed on Sunday afternoon when many were basking in the gorgeous warm golden glow of the setting sun.
Work is also well under way at the new piazza in the Fishing Boat Harbour that no doubt will become another attraction.
I am very confident that Freo is turning it all around and that we’ll have an invigorated and vibrant city in the very near future!
The fishing industries and Department of Fisheries are holding the W.A. Sustainable Seafood Day at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour tomorrow, Friday March 31.
This is an industry day but the public is welcome, so if you like seafood and are around tomorrow go and check it out.
Could we please also have an affordable seafood day where the fishing industries try to find solutions to make seafood cheaper and more affordable. The 50+ dollar per kilo for fish is not affordable for low-income earners.
The new piazza at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is very slowly taking shape. The progress of it has been slow and frustrating but the outcome should be good for Fremantle and tourism.
I hear Fishing Boat Harbour traders are telling fellow business people the State Government have promised them $ 200,000 to install a shark net at Fremantle’s inner city Bathers Beach.
This would be a ridiculous waste of money as the beach is hardly used and only a handful of people swim there and I have never heard of a shark scare in Bathers Bay.
I have seen dolphins, seals, pelicans, drunks and even a dead whale there but never a shark, so why waste tax payers money on a shark net?
Some of the major traders down there are treating Bathers Beach as if it is their own property and that does not sit well with the community and other businesses.
There were thousands of people protesting against a shark net at Cottesloe Beach a few years ago so I wonder how the Fremantle community will react to this news.
The claim in the Fremantle Herald today by Fishing Boat Harbour traders that Australia Day was a big hit for Fremantle businesses is a very one-sided view of the reality. It’s more like a Donald Trump alternative facts statement.
The fish&chips traders in the FBH might have done very well when thousands of people came to Fremantle in the early evening to watch the fireworks, but during the day there was hardly anyone in the city centre because it was simply too hot, so many businesses did very little trade at all. We had only 114 visitors at the Roundhouse compared to over 1,400 two weeks ago.
No one is to blame for that and it is a shame the Freo Fiesta efforts were hampered by the hottest Australia Day in 79 years, but let’s not try to make a very average day look like it was an outstanding success because the Fishing Boat Harbour people organised it.
Also funny to read that the FBH traders have approached State Government to get $ 500,000 to install a shark net at Fremantle’s most underused beach where one rarely sees more than a handful of people in the ocean. No wonder the City of Fremantle is not keen about the idea, that I believe would be a waste of money.
But having said all that, I believe the City of Fremantle needs to become serious about the activation of Arthur’s Head and what better way to do that than activating the gorgeous inner city beach. More significant signs to promote the beach would also help.
Bathers Beach needs public toilets, showers at the northern end near J Shed and the extension of the boardwalk all the way to J Shed. Creating better connectivity between the Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour and linking the Maritime Museum, Roundhouse and Shipwreck Museum would be very helpful.
The Whalers Tunnel also needs to remain open longer in the evenings so there is direct access from High Street for people to watch the sunset and the lit up cliff face there.
There are a lot better ways of spending half a million dollars on Bathers Beach than a shark net.
The FREO FIESTA is on today and all weekend, so check it out! More info on http://www.fremantlebid.com
Here some Fremantle fireworks you can look at all year.
Use them as your screen saver or your desktop background. Enjoy!
I suppose it’s short pain for long-term pain but the boardwalk works by Marine&Harbours at the Fishing Boat Harbour are processing very slowly.
Stage 1 is due for completion by December this year and Stage 2 by June next year, but it’s not a good look and must negatively affect the traders as people can’t walk from Kailis to Cicerello’s and Joe’s.