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SUPPORT OUR FREMANTLE TRADERS!

 

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There are a lot of good stories about the Covid-19 crisis, with many Fremantle people saying that there is more kindness and consideration in the community, but some people are doing it really tough and are struggling, and that includes many small businesses.

Just imagine buying the High Street Dispensary cafe in the historic West End and a week after you have done so the social distancing restrictions are enforced. It’s just not fair!

Or the market stall holders at the Fremantle Markets not being able to trade, but the man in the photo has created a bazaar feeling by putting the clothes out in the Henderson Street mall, while he makes a lonely figure sitting on a chair placed on a rug.

The Korean BBQ at the markets in South Terrace has also opened for takeaway.

Support our small traders. They will be forever grateful!

Roel Loopers

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FREO SUNDAY DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, fremantle markets, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2020

 

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It was still very quiet in Fremantle around midday on this Covid-19 Sunday, but there are more people out and about than three weeks ago, when the pandemic restrictions came into place.

I took these two historic photos around 12 noon of the Henderson Street mall that is normally packed with people visiting the Fremantle Markets, the Sail&Anchor and enjoying the street performers.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MARKETS CLOSES

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, Freo Farmers Market, health, Uncategorized by freoview on March 25, 2020

 

The Fremantle Markets has just announced that it will be closed for the the time being, due to coronavirus concerns and government restrictions. This is very sad news as it will again affect many small businesses and sole operators, who rely for income on the markets.

The Freo Farmers Market is still going ahead on Sunday, but I presume they will only be allowed to sell food.

Many national retailers today also announced closures of their shops, so times are well and truly dire.

I feel for all who have been made unemployed. It is not your fault, so don’t feel embarrassed to apply for Centrelink support! You have a right to it, deserve it, and need it!

Let us all you hope that all these measures will slow down the pandemic considerably and that life can go back to normal earlier that anticipated. Stay well and look after each other!

 

Roel Loopers

FREO MARKETS ESSENTIAL FOOD SUPPLIERS

 

It is good news that, with all the coronavirus restrictions in place, the Fremantle Markets and the Freo Farmers Markets are allowed to continue trading, as they have been classified as essential services providers for fresh food.

It will no doubt be a far more pleasant experience to shop for fruit and vegetables, etc. there than in the panic buy environment of supermarkets.

It was very quiet around Fremantle last night with hospitality providers struggling to do the right thing and create the 4 square metre distance between patrons the Federal Government is demanding. At the Synagogue every second table was off limits to create distance between the patrons, and that worked well in the outdoor area where I sat with a friend.

So far though the rules appear ambiguous. Could cafes create larger tables by putting two or three together and thus creating space between the tables, but are strangers allowed to sit together at large bench tables that we see at Bread in Common for example?

We all will have to adapt an relax and embrace it as a community challenge. We will get through it, and most of us unharmed!

Roel Loopers

A T SHIRT SO I REMEMBER WHO I AM

Posted in city of fremantle, clothes, fremantle markets, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2020

 

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When you get old you sometimes forget who you are, so that very nice man Stuart Endersby of Freo T Shirts in the Fremantle Markets decided to make sure I’ll remember that I take photos, and made a T shirt especially for me. ; >)

The technique Freo T Shirts uses is unique in WA as it not just prints text and images on T Shirts but ‘burns’ them into the fabric, so they are far more durable and don’t fade fast.

Check them out by entering the market from Henderson Street and go left.

Now where did I leave my pipe? Oh, I forgot. I don’t smoke.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HERITAGE HOTEL NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2020

 

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Although there are a lot of pipes sticking out of the ground the Fremantle Warders Cottages heritage boutique hotel and tavern is not a pipe dream, as this photo I took of the development yesterday afternoon shows.

The hotel will only have a few tiny rooms in the cottages, but a substantial tavern between the old cottages and Fremantle Markets.

Roel Loopers

JELLYFISH MESSAGE AT FREMANTLE MARKETS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, environment, fremantle markets, plastic, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2020

 

 

BLOOM is an interesting exhibition by primary school students at the Fremantle Markets.

A lot of jellyfish are hanging down from the ceiling, and they have been created by using recycled plastics.

The idea is to create more awareness about the reuse and recycling of single-use plastics.

Go and have a look and check out all the things on offer!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MARKETS NEED DISABLED TOILET

 

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Here is another challenge for Fremantle Council at the start of the new decade.

Fremantle Markets traders have been telling me that there are many disappointed visitors when they realise there is no disabled toilet in one of Freo’s most popular weekend destinations, that attracts some two-hundred-thousand people each years.

The next public toilets are the portaloos at Kings Square, and they can be a challenge for users as they are often very dirty when vagrants leave their trash there, and the cleaners just can’t be there all the time.

Public toilets, or the lack thereof, are a concern in Fremantle and Council needs to start addressing that with priority!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Stuart who runs Freo T-Shirts at the markets posted on Facebook: :There actually is. It’s located in the toilet area in the main hall. Next to Megabes.”

If market traders and disabled people don’t know than maybe some more prominent signs are required and letting all the stallholders know.

Thanks, Stuart!

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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POPULAR FREMANTLE MARKETS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2019

 

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Relaxing outside Fremantle Markets.

Roel Loopers

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