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SPANISH ARMADA IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, navy by freoview on February 22, 2017

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The unusual sight of two Spanish navy ships in Fremantle port attracted a few people this afternoon.

The Dutchy in me always thinks of the Spanish Armada and remembers the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands a trillion years ago, so I blame my history teacher for the trauma. ; >)

I don’t know what WELCOME in Spanish is, but I hope to see a lot of the sailors at the Roundhouse on Thursday when I am on volunteer guide duty.

Roel Loopers

WA POLITICIANS IGNORING THE WHITE RELEPHANT

Posted in democracy, election, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on February 22, 2017

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Only eighteen days to go till the WA election on March 11 and I am sure I am not the only one already tired of the promises, promises, promises campaigns and the one-sided negativity in the West Australian.

Is it a wonder voters are cynical and don’t believe much of what politicians promise us when Colin Barnett and Mark McGowan take not much notice of the spiralling debt of our state.

Those of us with common sense know that most promises can’t be fulfilled because there simply won’t be money for it, but who cares, here is another railway line, another billion dollar project and whatever.

The white elephant in the room is very relevant and very real, and that is the fact that we are closing in on a state debt of $ 41 million, but that does not seem to bother the Liberal and Labor leaders one bit.

One-sided spin from all sides about Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link also drives me mad with those opposing Roe 8 ignoring huge environmental issues with building an outer harbour, while those for it totally ignore the fact that there is no final link into the port and that traffic in North Freo is projected to increase by one-third.

One-eyed opinions that ignore facts are not going to help anyone to make informed decisions about the future of Western Australia and who to vote for, so is Paul Murray right in today’s West Australia or was Professor Peter Newman’s letter in that same paper correct? Who knows!

And because of all that people who are blissfully ignorant about these things will vote for One Nation to the detriment of good governance in WA.

There is a Fremantle ELECTION FORUM next Tuesday at Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University from 6.30-8.30 pm, so come along and ask our pollies how many banks they are going to rob to be able to keep their promises.

Roel Loopers

WOODSIDE’S FIRST LNG SHIP IN FREMANTLE

Posted in environment, fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on February 21, 2017

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Woodside christened its first LNG-powered vessel Siem Thiima at Fremantle’s Victoria Quay yesterday.

Here a photo of it with the cruiseliner Aurora in the background.

Roel Loopers

BARNETT DROWNING, NOT SWIMMING

Posted in beeliar wetlands, election, fremantle, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 16, 2017

 

Destroyed artwork February 16

Destroyed artwork February 16

 

Artwork February 14

Artwork February 14

 

Some not very creative people have painted over the Beeliar Wetlands caricature at Fremantle’s Stevens Reserve that showed Premier Colin Barnett bulldozing the wetlands.

It is a case of I have nothing substantial to say, but I don’t like the points you make, which is pretty silly and immature.

What the morons who destroyed the artwork did not realise in the dark is that is now looks as if poor old Colin is drowning. My gut feeling tells me the voters of Western Australia won’t come to his rescue.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE WELCOMES SILVER WHISPER

Posted in cruiseliner, fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism by freoview on February 15, 2017

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The beautiful Silver Whisper cruise ship is in Fremantle harbour but at the unusual location of C Shed, not the Passenger Terminal.

I believe Freo is due for many cruiseliners in the next weeks, which is great as it has been almost eerie quiet in town lately.

Roel Loopers

BUSY SUNDAY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cruiseliner, fremantle, shopping, tourism by freoview on February 12, 2017

 

It looks like it is going to be a busy Sunday in Fremantle although there is still rain forecast.

The Queen Mary 2 arrived this morning and thousands of passengers were disembarking to take in the sights. Many hopped on busses to the Pinnacles and the Swan Valley, but a large number also walked into Freo.

City of Fremantle volunteer guides were at hand to assist with directions and information.

Add to that the 10,000 spectators expected this afternoon at Fremantle Oval for the first home game of the Dockers AFL women’s team and it should be buzzing in good old Freo this afternoon.

Come visit Freo today and enjoy the unique atm0sphere and the many quirky shops and cafes you won’t find in any shopping centre!

Roel Loopers

 

BAD PLANNING NO EXCUSE FOR PERTH FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 11, 2017

There is an interesting opinion piece by Liberal party fan Paul Murray in the West Australian today about Fremantle Port and the Perth Freight Link.

Let me first state that I am sick and tired of politicising the debate about this issue and wished all politicians would stick with the facts because this is an extremely important and very expensive project for WA.

Murray writes that on August 13, 2014 nine senior Fremantle Port and Department of Transport officials plus consultants on transport economies and land use were involved in a workshop, and that the report they published in April 2015 states that the existing harbour will not reach capacity until 2055 and an overflow outer harbour would not be needed until 2038, so another 21 years from now.

The workshop concluded that Fremantle Port’s capacity was 2,1 million TEUs(container units) and not as had been assumed previously only around 1,3 million TEUs.

If Murray reports facts here, and why would he not, this puts a different light on the urgent need to build an outer harbour at Kwinana, but for me the Perth Freight Link still does not make sense, even if an outer harbour is not needed and built the next twenty years.

I disagree with Paul Murray that a major part of the PFL attraction is that is solves the problem of massive traffic congestion south of the river. It does not because the last link will not be built and there will not be a better connection into the port.

What will happen is that the proposed tunnel will spew out thousands of trucks and private cars near Stirling Highway that have nowhere to go but the two already congested bridges to North Fremantle. Traffic chaos in North Freo would be a result of bad government planning and not having been able to find a solution on how to connect Roe 8 and 9 to Fremantle Port.

The Perth Freight Link highway/tunnel is unresolved and until the port connection is solved it should not be built. There will not be better port efficiency because the new road will soon be congested and trucks to the port will end up in long queues at Stirling Highway and in North Fremantle. That in my opinion is bad planning that is politically driven without achieving the essential outcomes it should aim for.

Roel Loopers

STUNNING SKY OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in art, fremantle, fremantle port, nature, photography by freoview on February 2, 2017

 

Stunning sky over Fremantle late yesterday afternoon so here some photos of it at Fremantle Port and the Rainbow artwork.

Roel Loopers

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FREE SUNSET CONCERTS AT MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in concert, music by freoview on January 29, 2017

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The first of the FREE Harbour Sundays concerts at the Fremantle Maritime Museum starts today and will go on every Sunday from 6-9 pm until 26 February.

With local live music, DJs and panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, it’s the perfect way to finish your weekend.

Today The Durongs, The Floors and DJ Sarah Tout will provide the entertainment and the bar will be open.

Great views from the upstairs deck over Fremantle Port and the perfect location to watch the sunset.

Roel Loopers

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ITALIAN FRIGATE VISITS FREO

Posted in fremantle ports, maritime, navy by freoview on January 25, 2017

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The Italian naval frigate Carabiniere entered Fremantle Port this morning and will be open to the public tomorrow on Australia Day from 10-12am and from 2-4 pm.

Go say buongiorno!

Roel Loopers

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