Freo's View

FREO PLAYGROUND WITH PORT VIEWS

Posted in cantonment hill, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on October 12, 2017

 

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Stage One of the City of Fremantle Cantonment Hill project, the children’s playground, has been completed and will be officially opened by Mayor Brad Pettitt at 4 pm today.

But parents and children could not wait for the opening and were already using the equipment this morning.

The views to Fremantle Port are great, there is a BBQ and a lawn to kick the footy, so go and check it out soon. It’s going to be over 30 degrees tomorrow, so a perfect day for it.

 

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HAZE SUNSET AT FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, sunset by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

 

There was a bushfire south of Fremantle, I hope controlled burning, and that often makes for good sunsets, so I went out again after a very busy day to take these photos.

My apologies to FICRA convenor Mary-Rose Baker that I dared to tread the boards of the West End again.

 

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FUNNY FREO SIGN

 

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My good mate Bob made me aware of this sign on the Fremantle South Mole.

Not sure what the message is but it looks good.

 

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SUNRISE, DOLPHIN, HERON, FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2017

 

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There is something special about being in Fremantle Port early and see the sun rise behind the Maritime Museum.

It was a little bit misty this morning, when a single dolphin was hunting for food and the OOCL Kuala Lumpur, flanked by two tugboats, arrived in the already crowded port.

Out on the South Mole two grumpy-looking Nankeen Herons were wondering what the bearded guy was photographing.

When that was all done I continued with the nice tradition of meeting with my mate Henty at the Moore&Moore cafe, where we are always the first patrons on Saturdays.

Some time later this morning I’ll head back to the West End for another espresso at Chalkys or Studio 37, or the Attic, Hush, or any other of the delightful cafes.

I feel so at home and blessed in our little port city, and I always think how much there is to love about this place, that gets unwarranted negativity too often.

Fremantle ain’t paradise, but we could do a lot worse!

 

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MAGIC FREMANTLE PORT SUNRISE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on September 10, 2017

 

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Beautiful dark clouds and very strong directional early sun rays made for a pretty magic early morning in Fremantle Port today.

There is rain forecast, so this looks like a good indication of it coming in.

I heard that yesterday humpback whales were frolicking inside the port, but I missed them.

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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. ; >)

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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WONDERFUL FREO WINTER DAY

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

Leeuwin sunrise

 

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. ; >)

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