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FREO SOUTH MOLE PARKING PROBLEMS

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

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Fremantle’s perceived parking problems took on a whole new meaning when the driver of this car ‘parked’ his/her vehicle rather awkwardly on the South Mole on Sunday night.

I am a day late reporting this, as yesterday was so hectic that I did not have the time to follow my daily routine of checking out what goes on in port.

Very remiss of me, so please don’t cancel your subscriptions and multi-million dollar advertising campaigns. ; >)

=Roel Loopers

 

PRIME MINISTER WANTS TO FUND NEW WA PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, federal government, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

Busy Fremantle Port today

 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been battling the Abbott virus for some time, mentioned in an interview with the Sunday Times on the weekend that his government is interested in helping to fund a major port project in Western Australia.

One has to assume he meant the overflow port at Kwinana, which would open up Fremantle Port for part development, such as the South Quay Project suggested by the City of Fremantle.

Now that Fremantle Port will not be sold/leased out for 50 years the opportunities for development and changes at the port are real, but it requires more flexibility from the Port administration and board, and willingness to change some of the buffer zones around the harbour.

Fremantle Ports need to start behaving more like it is part of the Fremantle community, rather than as if it is not connected to it, and they should learn from Notre Dame University on how to become a better corporate citizen of Freo.

It seems rather inconsistent that large cruise ships with thousands of mainly elderly passengers on board can be in Port for a day or more, but that the buffer zones don’t allow for tourist accommodation or residential development at Victoria Quay.

If some of the port operations could be moved to Kwinana it would create fantastic opportunities to develop non operational areas of the port.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS NEGLECT HERITAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2017

 

 

Fremantle Ports is badly neglecting the old A Shed on Victoria Quay and that is not acceptable.

The shed is the one closest to the very popular Maritime Museum and should be looked after, so that we don’t have another case of demolition by neglect.

Last year Fremantle Ports demolished the old crane next to the E Shed Markets because it was in such a bad condition, for which they were responsible.

B Shed is maintained better because it has the Rottnest ferry terminal and events are held there, but one has to wonder what the condition of C and D Sheds are when one looks at the awful state of A Shed.

Roel Loopers

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THE END OF A WET FREO WEEK

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 7, 2017

 

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I was sitting in my car on the Fremantle South Mole this morning reading the Fremantle Herald when a heavy shower drenched the area.

Any excuse to take photos will do for me, so here it is.

Roel Loopers

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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

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