Freo's View

FREMANTLE TOWNHALL CONSERVATION REVEALED

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage by freoview on March 27, 2017

 

The scaffolding is coming down at the Fremantle Townhall so go and have a look at all the conservation work done of the exterior of the building.

Roel Loopers

AUTUMN IN FREO PARADISE

Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, tourism by freoview on March 27, 2017

 

What a gorgeous autumn day it is in Freo paradise this Monday!

Roel Loopers

SUNSET EVENTS’ NEW PLANS FOR J SHED

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, heritage by freoview on March 27, 2017

Sunset Events is holding a public information session today at 5.30 about their new plans for the number one unit at J Shed at Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach.

Sunset Events’ previous plans for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people outdoor music venue on the A-Class reserve were rejected by Fremantle Council, the W.A. Development Assessment panel and the State Administrative Tribunal, so it will be a tough task to get a smaller tavern approved as that use was deemed inappropriate for the reserve by the two state agencies.

The meeting is at the Drill Hall-former Fly by Night club- at Parry Street at 5.30 pm today, Monday March 27.

Roel Loopers

WILL CUSTOMS AND CENTRELINK LEAVE FREMANTLE?

Posted in city of fremantle, development by freoview on March 27, 2017

The proposal for development of the Customs House and Centrelink properties in Fremantle’s West End raises the very important question where staff would move to if development eventuates. Will they leave Fremantle and what would that mean for our city’s economy if hundreds of public servants pulled out of the city? Or might they move into the future Woolstores development by Silverleaf and stay in Freo?

The State Government and private sector need to do more to decentralise the workforce and move people away from the Perth CBD as freeway congestion is at an all-time high and public transport use down by 2.1 per cent, with thousands of people staying away from overcrowded trains and buses during peak hours.

Fremantle can ill-afford to lose people working in our city, so hopefully the Customs and Centrelink staff will be relocated here if development of their present premises happens.

Roel Loopers

LET’S BE COMPASSIONATE ABOUT EUTHANASIA

Posted in fremantle, health, humanity, state government, western australia by freoview on March 26, 2017

Good to hear that the new WA Health Minister Roger Cook is saying that we need to have a community discussion about voluntary euthanasia in Western Australia.

Euthanasia has got nothing to do with religion or any of the gods people believe in but it is about humanity and dying with dignity.

We don’t allow animals to suffer and euthanise them when they no longer have a good quality of life, but we do keep people alive who should be able to decide if they want to go because the suffering is unbearable and there is no hope of recovery.

A Sunday Times survey last year found that nearly 90 per cent of Western Australians support voluntary euthanasia, and I do too!

Roel Loopers

RECORDING FREMANTLE’S HISTORY ESSENTIAL

Posted in architecture, history, city of fremantle, development by freoview on March 26, 2017

 

With so much development going on and planned for Fremantle I wonder if the City has diligently and professionally been recording streetscapes in the CBD so that there are historic photographic records of what the  inner city looked like before the rejuvenating facelift it is receiving at the moment.

Adelaide, Queen Victoria, Cantonment, Beach streets and others in the area will have a totally new look in a few years from now and so will Kings Square and the Fremantle Oval precinct, so it is essential that good photos are taken, so that future generations will be able to compare old and new Freo.

It is a very important duty of government to record history so don’t neglect to do it City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S HOLE IN THE WALL CAFE

Posted in cafe, coffee, fremantle by freoview on March 26, 2017

 

An interesting tiny hole in the wall cafe has opened in Pakenham Street just down the road from Bread in Common.

The Ghetto Blaster is open seven days a week and is challenging the BLINK cafe in High Street for being the smallest cafe in Fremantle.

The owner told me he will be applying to build a parklet outside the cafe and that would be the third one in that street if the City permits it.

Try it out!

Roel Loopers

MATHAS AND FEELS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, fremantle arts centre, culture by freoview on March 26, 2017

Winter is approaching and that means the Sunday concerts at the Fremantle Arts Centre will stop soon, but today it is still on with MATHAS and his intricate lyrics and beats.

He will be joined by the new percussion-electro duo FEELS, so it should be a delightful afternoon in the lovely courtyard.

The cafe, pizza bar and drinks bar are open and so are the galleries.

Roel Loopers

ARTISTS AT HOME IN FREMANTLE

Posted in art, culture, fremantle by freoview on March 25, 2017

 

BRILLIANT is a very good exhibition by Fremantle artists about the theme HOME.

Home is so important to all of us and can be anywhere as long as we have a sense of belonging and connect with the community.

I believe Fremantle is very good at making one feel at home. It embraces you with charm and warm friendliness and people who care.

The show is on at the Moores Contemporary Gallery in Henry Street that also houses the great Moore&Moore cafe and a children’s playground in the courtyard, so go spend some time there this weekend.

Participating artists are Claire Bailey, Theo Koning, Jo Darvell, Clyde McGill, Sharyn Egan, Alessandra Rossi, Megan Anderson, David Carson, Andrew Christie, Olga Cironis, Ben Crapsley, Jenn Garland, Fiona Gavino, Anisa Hirte, Darren Hutchens, Marcia Hadlow, Junko Kitamura, Steve Makse, Susie Marwick, Respoke, Jane Ryan, Nick Vervest, Annabelle Williamns, Mark Welsh, Rosina Wonglorz.

Roel Loopers

WEST END ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL ADVANTAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, development by freoview on March 24, 2017

Architect Carl Payne sent a comment to this blog about the article in the Fremantle Herald about yet another terrible development proposal for Fremantle’s West End. See the post below this one for it!

I believe Carls thoughts are very important so I am posting them here as well for those people who do not read the comments:

We really need to start thinking about what the West End of Fremantle is, in an Australian context.

It is a remarkably complete 19th Century urbanscape, which retains the essence of what this means. It’s a living museum; and this is important, because it is a functioning and workable collection of buildings that is rare in 21st century Australia.

Many overseas towns and cities can boast similar precincts; but few in Australia can. This is the first important point.

The second thing is that this is crucial because it has both economic and cultural advantages. The economic growth that Perth saw in the 60s; 70s; and 80s would have destroyed Fremantle’s West End if it had occurred here as it did in the State’s capital. We now have a chance to positively build on the magnificent streetscape we have inherited and – mostly – conserved. This can create significant economic advantages, because there is no doubt that Fremantle is now poised to grow its already significant Tourism marketplace.

But this is only part of the importance of the West End. It is also a cultural reminder for all of us who live here. It is a symbol of our past achievements. Cultures that demolish their past, weaken their future; they lose contact with their heritage, in both a physical and an emotional way. And adding a couple of floors to an old West End building destroys its integrity; it alters the streetscape; and it alters the skyline.

Look over Fremantle from the monument; or from the Town Hall; or from the Roundhouse. The roof-tops; and the old wall-parapet tops, are part of the heritage streetscape. They are what conservation is all about. We are talking about very fragile things here; connections; relationships; urban-scapes that are very easily lost.

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