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THE 300mm FREMANTLE WALK

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2020

 

My old Nikon 300mm lens has been complaining that I don’t take it for a walk often enough. The N in Nikon must stand for narcissist, so I relented today and took some photos with the long(ish) lens, which I will publish over the next few days.

Here are two of historic Arthur’s Head with the Roundhouse and J Shed art HQ.

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THINGS POINTING AT THE SKY

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2020

It is a risk for an old man with a camera to spend time at a children’s playground, as I did this morning at Tuckfield Oval, but I was there for a reason, as the blog post below will show.

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DEEP-SEA FISHING VESSEL CALLS FREO HOME

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on August 24, 2020

 

 

The Australian Fisheries vessel Cape Arkona entered Fremantle Port this morning on her maiden voyage.

Fremantle will be the home port of the deep-sea fishing, electric hybrid vessel, so we’ll see a lot more of the ship in the future.

It is at berth at C Shed on Victoria Quay.

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CLEAN FREIGHT CALL FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2020

A low-noise, low-emission truck and trailer combination that could be the future of road freight in WA has been put on display in Fremantle.

The combination, commissioned by WA freight company Warners Transport, utilises a modern Scania prime mover and trailers built by local manufacturer Howard Porter.

Western Roads Federation Chief Executive Officer Cam Dumesny said the combination was the type of vehicle that could position Fremantle Port as the Australian leader in how to have efficient freight connections without adverse impacts on the community.

“This combination is a low-noise, low-emission and far safer vehicle combination that has the potential to reduce the number truck movements by as much as 20 per cent because of its higher productivity,” Mr Dumesny said.

“It’s low-noise because it includes the use of a gear box retarder to replace the exhaust brakes, and it meets the Euro 6 emission standards which means it produces up to 95 per cent less Nitrogen Oxide and 97 per cent less Particulate Matter emissions than some of the older trucks that are still on our roads.

“It also has a full safety pack with adaptive cruise control, advanced emergency braking and lane departure warning, as well as electronically controlled disc brakes, while the trailer combinations have been engineered to include full EBS braking which is critically important as it stops the rear trailer sliding when braking hard or in the wet.

“The other bonus is the trailers have been designed and built in WA by Howard Porter which creates local manufacturing jobs.”

The combination was inspected by the mayors of two of the local governments most heavily impacted by road freight to the Fremantle Port – Fremantle and Melville.

In June Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Melville Mayor George Gear and East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill put their collective support behind a clean freight initiative that would enable more efficient use of the road network by capping freight volumes and placing stricter controls on the types of trucks allowed to transport freight.

“It was clear in the Westport Taskforce final report that was released earlier this month that the biggest constraint around Fremantle Port was not the capacity of the port itself but the transport network used to get freight to the port and the impact that has on local communities,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Using modern, safer, quieter and less polluting trucks like this one would dramatically reduce the impact of road freight on local residents.

“And because they are quieter they can be operated at night, away from periods of peak traffic congestion, which would make the road network much safer and more efficient.

“By introducing a new Fremantle Port accreditation system to bring in cleaner and quieter trucks and over time ban older, dirtier trucks it would make the existing road network far more efficient.”

As part of the Clean Freight Initiative the mayors are calling for:

  • A new Fremantle Port accreditation system that will bring in cleaner and quieter trucks and over time ban older, dirtier trucks.
  • State government incentives for clean, quieter trucks and ultimately a zero-emissions truck fleet based on hydrogen and electric vehicles.
  • Government to work with industry to incentivise these quieter trucks to run outside of business and especially peak hours.

The intent is to reduce the effects of noise and diesel pollution on local residents by ensuring only cleaner and quieter trucks can access the port.

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AMAZING PIPE LAYING VESSEL IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2020

 

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A very unusual sight in Fremantle Port this morning with the pipe laying vessel North Ocean 105 sticking out at Victoria Quay. The vessels is capable of laying pipes in 10,000 feet of water.

While there the 334 metre-long container ship E.R. Tokyo was leaving and when I walked back from the pipe laying vessel the 300 metre-long CMA CGM Loire entered the harbour.

I LOVE Freo’s working port!

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FREMANTLE WITHOUT WORKING PORT CONVERSATION

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, local government, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2020

 

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No matter what the financial and practical reasons are for the state government to want to move the port away from Fremantle it will always leave a huge void in our heritage city, I believe.

This is not just about being romantic or nostalgic, but because the port is such an integral part of Fremantle’s history. It started with the first short, then long jetty in Bathers Bay, until C.Y. O’Connor designed the current port and a large part of the Arthur’s Head limestone cliff had to be cut off to make way for port operations and the south mole.

Fremantle Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge has a well considered article published about the future of Fremantle and the port areas in the Fremantle Herald today. Make sure to read it, because Fremantle Council and the state government will now need to start planning the future of Fremantle without the working port.

It will be an economic loss for Fremantle, so how can the state government support Fremantle and guide the transition? That also applies to those who work in the port and whose jobs might become redundant due to the automation of the new Kwinana port.

I hear though that Kwinana would only cater for container freight and that Fremantle  might still be getting the smelly live sheep and cattle ships, noisy scrap metal and the large RoRo vehicle vessels. And should the cruise industry ever recover from Covid-19 we might also get some of the floating hotels back.

Hannah Fitzhardinge’s article is a good start to get the conversation about Fremantle without a working port going, so let’s be creative and innovative and make Freo the best former port city in the world!

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WHERE IS THE STATE SUPPORT FOR FREMANTLE?

 

Whilst I welcome the activation of Fremantle’s Victoria Quay with Gage Roads Brewery opening one of the largest hospitality venues in Perth at A Shed, I had to laugh a bit yesterday that the announcement was made by Premier Mark McGowan and three ministers, after all, this is a private investment that does not cost the state anything, so for me it appeared to be all about the upcoming election.

It made me wonder also why Fremantle keeps getting treated like the black sheep in the family, or the unwanted child, because we here in the port city only get the crumbs, but no substantial support from the state government. Instead of being rewarded by the Labor government for being a safe Labor seat, we are taken for granted and get token gestures, such as the insufficient $ 500,000 for Arthur’s Head, when a proper job needs $ 2 million.

The state government talks about activation of Victoria Quay, so why not announcing the plans for a WA or Australian indigenous cultural centre on the water front, or a migrant museum, honouring al those who arrived here and contributed to make WA great? If we are going to lose the working port in a decade or so, we need to start preparing for the future of Fremantle without that attraction.

Where is the state’s investment in connectivity along Bathers Beach from the Fishing Boat Harbour to Victoria Quay and a historic Port to Port project from the former long jetty to VC? Where is any substantial state investment that supports the Fremantle community and Fremantle Council? Or does the McGowan government believe we should be grateful for the High Street/Stirling Highway roundabout upgrade and the new traffic bridge, which are all about getting freight to the port?

Fremantle deserves more and our state governments, be that Labor or Liberal, need to stop treating Fremantle as a third-rate city that does not deserve substantial investment!

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FILM INDUSTRY NOT RIGHT FOR VICTORIA QUAY

 

Plans and ideas for the development of the waterfront at Victoria Quay have been around almost as long as I have been in Fremantle. We had the strongly rejected ING plans for some big ugly boxes and we went through a year of community consultation with CODA architect Kieran Wong about what kind of development the community would like, but alas not much happened at all.

Now old plans are rehashed or slightly changed, but one of them is quite ridiculous because the Fremantle community would never accept huge sheds to accommodate the film industry settling down at the port. The idea of trying to attract film makers to Freo is great, but the location at Victoria Quay is plain stupid, so I am very happy that the City of Fremantle has also been active on this.

Film industry stakeholders have inspected an industrial site in O’Connor to assess its suitability as a location for a WA screen production hub.

A variety of professional film makers including directors, producers and actors visited the site at Jones Street this afternoon.

John Fairhead, a passionate local screen freelancer and Vice President of the Professional Film Crew Association of WA, said the Jones Street site represented an exciting shovel ready opportunity to quickly establish a home for the local screen industry.

“Within about six to eight months we could have this site set up to host projects currently known to be in development that will need a production base,” Mr Fairhead said.

“It would allow WA to take advantage of our unique global position and establish national and international connections who are seeking a COVID-safe production environment over the next year or two.

“With the support offered by the City of Fremantle, a Jones Street production hub could be established with minimal investment by the state government and would build capacity in crew, equipment and expertise through a consistent and sustainable level of production activity by providing a home for the WA screen industry.”

“For the longer term industry is actively supportive of efforts to establish world class studio facilities for bigger national and international productions at another future proof site, and then Jones Street could be used as an overflow to the bigger production hub, an economical option for locally grown projects, also potentially as a creative screen hub or multi-purpose creative space.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said establishing a screen production hub at Jones Street would be a welcome development.

“When the council adopted our Film Friendly City Policy in August last year it was part of our vision to establish a thriving film and television industry here in Fremantle,” Mayor Pettitt said.

The support on offer through Fremantle’s Film Friendly Policy includes having a single point of contact at the City of Fremantle to assist film productions with approvals, advice and local information.

The City will also waive or reduce filming permit fees, provide parking for production vehicles and assist in identifying temporary office space for the production crew and write letters of support to potential funding bodies or other stakeholders.

The level of support offered is based on criteria such as to what extent a film production will promote Fremantle as a visitor destination, the size of the production crew and how long they’ll be based in Fremantle, the number of local jobs created and the production’s potential audience.

For more information visit the Film Friendly City page on the City of Fremantle website.

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ON THE ROAD TO VICTORIA QUAY ACTIVATION

 

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WA Premier Mark McGowan, in the company of Ministers Alannah MacTiernan, Simone McGurk and Rita Saffioti, this morning announced that Gage Road brewery has taken a long lease on A Shed at Victoria Quay.

The Premier said that Victoria Quay was much loved, but underused and that the new hospitality venue will become a tourist attraction. “It is a great development of a historic space.”

The run down building will be totally redeveloped by Gage Roads and the project is not just activation of Victoria Quay but done by a West Australian company who wants to use local produce in its restaurant

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the new venue would showcase beers and food from around the state.

There will be a micro brewery that will concentrate on limited edition releases, a large children’s playground, a large alfresco area and a restaurant.

It was interesting also to hear the Premier say to the attending media that developing Fremantle Port and continue with it would cost $ 8 billion, compared to a new port at Kwinan for half the cost. One wonders though where those figures come from. McGowan said the new port plan was a long-term visionary plan for the state and to manage freight on road and rail.

I believe that the activation of Victoria Quay could play a major role in activating the West End of our historic city. When we create destinations visitors and locals will go and visit, so this is just the start.

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GAGE ROADS OPENS AT A SHED ON VICTORIA QUAY!

Posted in brewery, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on August 11, 2020

 

Just a quick note on which I will update you later with details. I am on my way to Victoria Quay where WA Premier Mark McGowan will this morning announce that Gage Roads brewery will take over the old A Shed at Victoria Quay and establish a brewery, tavern and restaurant there.

The historic shed urgently needs tender love and care because it has been neglected and looks pretty bad on the outside.

I like to see Victoria Quay more activated, but wonder how many more taverns Fremantle can sustain before we’ll get the same violence and antisocial behaviour as in Northbridge.

The Premier will announce some other things, so stay tuned. I’ll post about that mid morning.

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