Freo's View

SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN FREO

 

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It was good to see the ferris Tourist Wheel turning again, on my late afternoon walk yesterday, and that Cicerello’s has also has started trading.

Passing by some places it looked as if the maximum of 20 patrons had already been ignored, probably in the knowledge that from coming Saturday on they are allowed to have 100 people in the hospitality venues with only 2 sqm per person.

At Victoria Quay families were trying to take advantage of the rain to catch a feed of fish, while there was a mist coming from the Indian Ocean.

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I love walking around out beautiful Fremantle while trying to find interesting photos, such as the painterly reflection in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers

REFLECTIONS OF OUR PORT CITY

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2020

 

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When I bumped into City of Fremantle’s Director of City Business Glen Dougall and CEO Phil St John this morning, the director told me with a big smile on his handsome face that the City was going to introduce a law that would stop me from aimlessly walking around town taking photos. I told the gentlemen that my wanderings are never aimless. Street photographers like me loiter with intent. ;>))

My intent this morning was to shoot more smoke haze photos, but instead I noticed some nice reflections in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

We are truly blessed to live in such a gorgeous city!

Roel Loopers

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COLOURFUL FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on May 12, 2020

 

 

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A bit of colour from the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour to brighten up this gorgeous Tuesday even more.

Smile, relax, but don’t be complacent about the dangers of Covid-19. Keep the social distancing and frequent hand washing up!

Roel Loopers

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THIS IS FREMANTLE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 15, 2019

 

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Well before the tourists arrive and the fish&chips outlets open the Fishing Boat Harbour in Fremantle is an oasis of tranquility, as I discovered yet again early this Sunday morning.

I talked with a lot of tourists from all over the world and Australia today and they all told me how beautiful and fantastic Freo is and that we locals should appreciate it more.

Roel Loopers

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THE FUTURE OF FREO’S FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

 

The Strategic Planning and Transport Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday consider the City’s position on the Fishing Boat Harbour and probable future development in the precinct.

The Officer’s Recommendation for Councillors to consider is:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION

Council:

1. Adopts the following as a statement of its current position in respect of the future of Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour:

  1. The Council recognises the Fishing Boat Harbour as a vital part of Fremantle City Centre, both in terms of its function as an employment and activity centre and visitor destination, and is supportive of investment and appropriate new development to sustain the harbour into the future. This can be most effectively achieved through the preparation of a comprehensive up-to-date plan for the whole of the Fishing Boat Harbour to guide investment, activities and development.
  2. The harbour should be recognised as a component of the Fremantle City Centre, and as a part of the state’s marine network. It should not be treated as an isolated precinct.
  3. The harbour should continue to operate as an authentic working harbour with fishing fleet-related and other marine industries.
  4. Landside infrastructure and services to support ongoing use of the harbour by a range of commercial and recreational vessels (including boat lifting facilities with no less lifting capacity than current facilities) should be maintained, or suitably replaced if existing facilities/services are affected by development proposals. Review and redefinition of necessary infrastructure in collaboration with the fishing fleet industry should occur.
  5. Management of land uses within the harbour to minimise conflict and contain non-marine uses (such as entertainment and tourism uses) should continue. The harbour ‘zones’ defined in policy DGF10 should be used as a starting point for guiding land use locations, but with some flexibility.
  6. Any proposal to introduce noise sensitive land uses (e.g. short or long stay accommodation) should acknowledge the primacy of the working harbour function, and demonstrate provisions to manage any potential conflict (for example built form noise mitigation measures, management arrangements, title/lease notifications).
  7. Employment-generating uses not directly related to maritime industries and/or needing a harbour location should complement, not draw away, investment in the Fremantle City Centre core. Specifically, retail and office uses should only be supported where they are directly related and/or incidental to the primary marine or tourism related use. Convenience retailing should not be supported.
  1. Built form in any new development should respond to existing context and sense of place, and harmonise with the traditional low profile coarse grain industrial character of the area (whilst still making adequate provision for pedestrians and passive surveillance). Views to and connection with the water from the public realm should be provided. Some additional height beyond the typical height of existing harbour buildings could be entertained on a single key site if a development could demonstrably deliver significant public benefits and amenity in the vicinity.
  2. Any substantial new development proposal (particularly anything large scale) should be subject to formal design review (potentially by the State Design Review Panel).
  3. Coordinated improvement of the public domain to establish a more coordinated and amenable pedestrian and cycling environment is supported. Any redevelopment of the public domain should avoid a net loss of parking (incorporating nodal parking provided at the entrance).
  4. Key connections and vistas should be retained and reinforced. Connection to the Esplanade, Bathers Beach and to the waterfront should be improved and made more legible. Extension of Norfolk Street should be pursued as the primary entrance to the harbour.
  5. Establishment of public infrastructure necessary to facilitate improvement of the harbour and funding and contribution mechanisms to achieve these should occur as a priority to ensure a coordinated and equitable approach. This should involve contribution to Norfolk St extension/relocated railway crossing, public realm enhancements and waterfront access.
  6. Car parking provision and management should recognise the different needs of different harbour user groups. Day tourists and visitors to the harbour should be provided with a consolidated parking venue/s at or near the entrance/s to the harbour (potentially supported by cash in lieu payments for new development) and encouraged to walk into it rather than seek parking within the precinct. Conversely the operational requirements of marine industries and maritime activities need to be accommodated within the harbour.
  7. Any significant expansion of tourism function or introduction of residential uses should incorporate or facilitate a high quality area of open space including green elements.

2. Notes continued officer participation in the process of Fishing Boat Harbour visioning and policy review and in doing so officers will advance Council’s position outlined in (1) above.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE’S TWO HARBOURS

 

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There is a lot of activity going on in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour with ships being repaired and maintained until the season up north starts again.

At Fremantle Port two huge RoRo vessels are delivering hundreds of vehicles so that is always an impressive sight as well.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S FANTASTIC WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 19, 2019

 

 

I love all the activity in Fremantle Port and yesterday it was a busy Saturday with two live trade ship at berth, a container ship leaving and another one arriving, while on Victoria Quay was a display of vintage cars, motorcycles and buses.

I took photos of the container ship CMA CGM Rossini leaving port and half an hour later of the Al Rawdah arriving.

While waiting I took photos of a Heron sun baking on one of the old cranes, a tiny inflatable keeping well out of the way of a huge freighter, and of a mum and daughter watching daddy fishing.

I love Freo’s working port so I hope it will remain just that for the last years of my life.

Roel Loopers

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CATCHING EASTER DINNER ON THE NORTH MOLE

Posted in city of fremantle, Easter, fishing, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2019

 

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Good to see that it is relatively busy in Fremantle with quite a few people around.

The Fremantle Markets are open and many of the Cappuccino strip cafes and eateries, so no need to stay at home.

Easter is the time where we are supposed to eat fish and where the price for fish always increases, so there were plenty of people on the North Mole this morning trying to catch their own Easter dinner.

Roel Loopers

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EARLY BIRDS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in animals, birds, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2018

 

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The Nankeen Herons were out in force on the Fremantle South Mole early this morning in the hope to get a fish from a lonely angler.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BLESSING OF THE FLEET PROCESSION

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2018

 

 

It is amazing to think that the Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet is 70 years old, as old as I am.

I love the beautiful tradition every year when the procession parades from the St Patrick’s Basilica to the Fishing Boat Harbour. It is very special for the entire Fremantle community.

Mayor Brad Pettitt, Councillor Bryn Jones and Labor MP Josh Wilson took part, and Councillor Jeff McDonald was also on the scene.

I am only operating on 25% so had to take it slow, so here the photos I managed to get today.

Roel Loopers

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