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CONTROVERSIAL ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE CHANGES

 

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Fremantle’s alternative Australia Day event ONE DAY in Fremantle will be significantly different this year and much more low key than the previous expensive concerts on the Esplanade.

One Day will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25 at Bathers Beach, with focus on Aboriginal culture, music and food, and will be showcasing young and emerging talent.

It will start with a smoking ceremony at 8am behind Kidogo Arthouse and finish with the burning of six Balga trees on the beach at sunset.

While the City says the changes were made because it did not want the event to become stale, and I agree, there had been a disconnect between the smoking ceremony in the morning and the concert late in the afternoon, there is little doubt that the changes are also made because the concerts became too expensive and did not attract the big audiences the very first concert with John Butler did.

It is questionable though that the day is no longer about cultural diversity  and will instead become another Aboriginal festival, similar to the Australia Day Survival Concert in Perth, when Fremantle already has the annual Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival during the Fremantle Festival.

I believe One Day needs to be all about Fremantle’s and Australia’s great multiculturalism and should not just be about our First Nation people and their culture, no matter how much I love and respect Aboriginal people. The cancellation of Australia Day celebrations, out of respect for Aboriginal concerns, received huge criticism when it was initiated four years ago, and this change is not the right way forward toward reconciliation, in my opinion. Changes were needed, Fremantle Councillors, but not these ones.

Roel Loopers

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FREO BUZZING ON A THURSDAY? I’D LIKE TO SEE THAT!

Posted in bars, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2020

 

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Fremantle is buzzing with visitors on this Thursday. So many families, couple, singles, tourist groups, and all are having fun, with the kids loving the dinosaurs.

Little Creatures was at capacity when I walked past at 1pm, Joy Kitchen was doing well, and the Old Synagogue (photo above) has become a favourite in a very short time.

What we are seeing today will hopefully become the future for Fremantle, once the many development projects have been realised and attract people back to our beautiful port city.

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Meanwhile common sense has prevailed at the MONK, with the tables now turned parallel instead of at a ninety degree angle. There is now more space to pass through for pedestrians and those in wheelchairs and gophers.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MARKETS OPEN!

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, Uncategorized by freoview on December 23, 2019

 

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The FREMANTLE MARKETS is open this week today on Monday and even tomorrow Tuesday-Christmas Eve till 4pm, so get your fruit end vegies for Christmas dinner at one of Freo’s favourite locations.

Roel Loopers

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SOUTH BEACH FOOD MARKET STARTS TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, food, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2019

 

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The first of the  SUNSET SOUTH BEACH MARKETS starts today and will run every Saturday night, weather permitting, till mid April.

The food market offers some 25 stalls with food from all over the world, live music, a bar, great sunsets, and a very relaxed community ambience.

My friend Linda will be there with her TREACLE TREAT stall selling Dutch flavourites, as she calls it, so try the delicious tiny fluffy poffertjes pancakes. Your kids will love you forever! YUM!!!!!!!!

The market is open from 5-9pm and it should be a nice warm night. Hop on the CAT bus to get there!

Roel Loopers

FOOD TRUCKS AND PORT SUNSET

Posted in city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2019

 

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The food trucks are back under the bridge at the Fremantle East Street jetty today from 5pm, so take advantage of the warm weather to have a meal at the Swan river with lovely views of the port and sunset.

Roel Loopers

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NEW ALFRESCO COURTYARD AT BENNY’S

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2019

 

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Benny’s bar&cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip now has a new alfresco area at the back in Paddy Troy Lane.

There is a funky sea container as a bar, a big art mural, and the musicians play on a stage that is on the roof of the container. Go and check it out!

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COLES STAYING AT FREO WOOLSTORES!

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, food, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2019

 

 

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I received information from Silverleaf Investments director Gerard O’Brien who assured me that the Coles supermarket will stay at the Fremantle Woolstores.

It will only close for 14 months during part of the development, so that is good news.

Now could we have a pop-up supermarket somewhere in the CBD during that period? Is the space Woolworths occupied in the Adelaide Plaza still available, Sirona Capital?

Roel Loopers

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COLES LEAVING FREMANTLE CBD?

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2019

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The Fremantle grapevine is abuzz with the rumour that Coles will be leaving the Woolstores shopping centre and that staff have been told the supermarket chain won’t be part of the new hotel, retail, child care and police station development by Silverleaf Investments, that still needs planning approval by JDAP.

It would be a pretty big shock for Fremantle if there were no longer a supermarket in the CBD, but I am quietly confident that with all the development happening and in the pipeline in Freo another chain like IGA or Woolworths will find the Woolstores option an attractive opportunity.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE at 1.50pm:

The rumours are only partly correct as Coles will only close doors during the development, but return when the new building is finished, which will still leave the CBD without a supermarket for at least two years.

 

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GO ENJOY THE FREO SUNSHINE!

Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019

 

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The Sunshine Harvester Works at Fremantle’s Beach Street is now open Thursdays to Sundays from 5 to 10 pm.

SUMMER OPENING HOURS // You can now eat your way through our Sunshine Harvester foodies Thursday – Sunday from 5pm! 🥟🍔🍕🍦

Go enjoy the good Sunshine food!

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GREAT NEW SYNAGOGUE VENUE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in bar, cafe, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019

 

 

The official opening of the Fremantle Old Synagogue tavern, bar, restaurant and cafe is this coming weekend, but they did a soft opening yesterday, and I noticed when I walked by that they are also open today.

Here some more photos I took yesterday. What a great new venue, and so nice to see that important corner of Freo being activated.

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