Freo's View

WONDERFUL FREO WINTER DAY

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, leeuwin foundation, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2017

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What a stunning clear and crisp winter morning it is in Fremantle today.

I took this photo of the SS Leeuwin in Fremantle Port just before 7 am and it was pretty cold, but a warm coffee upstairs at the Attic made it all better.

Off to take photos at the WINTERWORLD on the Esplanade later on and then German winter dinner at Gasthof Loopy. Sauerkraut, pork sausages and braised pork belly.

Mulled wine would be nice too. ; >)

Roel Loopers

STUNNING FREMANTLE PORT SUNRISE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 10, 2017

 

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The sunrises and sunsets are often spectacular this time of the year and that was the case again early this invigoratingly chilly morning at Fremantle Port.

A nice hot coffee at the Moore&Moore cafe with my good mate Henty warmed me up again.

Sad to hear the lovely Sarah will also be leaving one of my favourite cafes, as are Anna, Hannah and Ashlie, so a lot of personnel changes there. Not happy! ; >)

Roel Loopers

EARLY BIRDS CATCH FREMANTLE BEAUTY

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2017

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What a splendid start to the weekend this morning’s sunrise in Fremantle was.

The first Rottnest Express ferry was just entering the port when the sun poked her head above the horizon and behind the Maritime Museum.

It is well worth the effort for anyone interested in getting beautiful photos to get up before sunrise as it is often more stunning than sunsets.

The start of autumn has been brilliant with crispy nights and mornings and cosy warm days full of sunshine and blue sky.

Roel Loopers

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MARITIME MUSEUM REFLECTIONS

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2017

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There are so many visual aspects to the Fremantle Maritime Museum that it pulls me back a few times a year to discover new angles to take photos from.

I have photographed the modern museum at the port during stunning sunsets and at sunrise during heavy fog, in rain and shine.

Yesterday I shot some reflections.

Roel Loopers

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GOOD FRIDAY FREO FUN DAY

Posted in fishing, fremantle, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2017

 

The boring Good Fridays of the past are over in Fremantle and most cafes are open for business and were busy already just after nine this morning.

I have never seen so many people fishing on the South Mole as today, with (illegal) parking on both sides full.

Supermarkets are closed but the great Peaches in South Freo is open and so are the Fremantle Markets and the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.

The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is on at the Esplanade from 12-5 pm and there is live music at J Shed from midday and a pancake stall to have some yummy food.

Just go for a wander and explore beautiful old Freo and find more traders open for business.

Roel Loopers

REVIEW FREMANTLE PORT BUFFER ZONES

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on March 18, 2017

One of the first requests the City of Fremantle should make to new WA Premier Mark McGowan is for his government to review the buffer zone boundaries for Fremantle Port, to enable serious and realistic planning for the development of South Quay.

At present the buffer zones do not allow for residential or tourist accommodation at the southern side of the port. In my opinion it is inconsistent that cruise ships with thousands of older people on board can stay within the industrial and dangerous goods buffer zone, but residential and overnight accommodation on land next to it is not permitted.

The emergency evacuation of a low-rise hotel would take considerably less time than evacuating thousands of geriatrics off a cruise liner, and it would take a long time for such a vessel to leave port in an emergency.

Roel Loopers

WONDERFUL FREO COPENHAGEN A LONG WAY AWAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, tourism by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

Fremantle Councillor Rachel Pemberton suggests in the Fremantle Herald today that we should import Danish logic and develop Fremantle Port like the port of Copenhagen, but it is essential to be very realistic about the idea of developing South Quay into a residential estate and a tourist, markets, entertainment hub, because this is very, very long-distant vision.

Fremantle people need to be aware and pragmatic about the fact that Fremantle Port will be a working port for decades to come, even if the new state government started building an outer harbour at Kwinana on Monday when the election results are in.

The outer harbour plans for Kwinana have always only been about an overflow port when the inner city Freo port reaches capacity, so State Government planners will still have to find better ways of getting freight in and out of Fremantle for the next twenty years or so.

The Perth Freight Link is not the solution because the last link is missing and won’t get trucks into Fremantle Port faster and better. The existing railway line through the West End can’t handle double-stacking and the PTA is reluctant to mix passenger and freight rail, so a new railway line would have to be built to get the rail capacity anywhere near the maximum 30 per cent.

Short-term jobs will come with building a new outer harbour, but also with building the Roe 8,9, 10, or building a new railway line, but long-term jobs will be lost for wharfies once Kwinana port is built because of automation of the new modern port.

While we have heard a lot of election promises from everyone we need to be very aware of the fact that W.A. is closing in on a debt of over $ 40 billion dollars, so there really is no money to spent big on big projects and many promises will have to be broken because of lack of cash, no matter who wins tomorrow.

I wish, hope and pray that Mark McGowan will not find out on Monday that stopping the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link project will cost the State millions of dollars it can’t afford to spend on buying out contractors, or huge legal costs

The development of South Quay will not happen in my lifetime. It is a great very long-term vision by Fremantle Council but one that will not be realised in the next twenty years or more. Up till then we need to find better ways of moving freight and some of that could be achieved by more trucks to port at night time when the roads are empty.

Big dreams are great but we need to be realistic and deal with the problems at hand.

I took the photos above in Fremantle Port this morning. There is also a navy ship in and I noticed another two off the coast.

Roel Loopers

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WHAT A BRILLIANT FREMANTLE SUNDAY!

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, photography, sunset by freoview on March 5, 2017

 

That was a pretty brilliant and perfect Fremantle Sunday.

Nice and warm and great community spirit at the Walk The Bridge Roe 8 Highway protest in the morning.

After that a stunning concert by the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra and the superb Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman at the Townhall.

To finish it off we had a beautiful sunset so I took some happy snaps at Monument Hill and the harbour.

Roel Loopers

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GREAT FREO SUNRISE TO START LONG WEEKEND

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, photography by freoview on March 4, 2017

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What a beautiful morning to start the long weekend!

A stunning sunrise with lovely clouds created these photos of Fremantle Port and Point Walter.

Roel Loopers

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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

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