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FREO’S ARTHUR’S HEAD DESERVES MORE RESPECT AND CARE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, history, local government, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on November 29, 2018

 

 

It is good to see that Fremantle’s historic Arthur’s Head is getting some maintenance, but disappointing that it is only painting.

A contractor is giving the old Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane a facelift, while a City of Fremantle painter has been painting the picket fences at Arthur’s Head for a few months.

But serious maintenance need to be done as walls are crumbling and the steps up to the Roundhouse look very uncared for.

A section of the low wall near the grassed area has fallen off next to the sign that warn for Unsafe Cliff.

And maintenance should be properly and respectfully done! Just putting a blob of the wrong colour cement on damage really is not good enough, as the photo shows.

Roel Loopers

 

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TIME TO CLEAN UP THE WEST END MESS!

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2018

 

 

A group of tourists, on an historic tour of Fremantle yesterday, commented to me that the yellow Felice Varini artwork along historic High Street has started to look like a messy eyesore, and I agree with that.

All the trials to try to remove the yellow foil have left walls looking ugly and damaged, so it is really time for the City of Fremantle to get a move on.

Summer is just around the corner and there is already an increase in cruise ship visitors, backpackers and others, so our city should look at its best. Instead we got the yellow mess saga that appears to continue indefinitely, with some building owners taking legal action, and we also got lots of fences all around Arthur’s Head because of fear of rockfall there.

I know that the wheels of any government turn very slowly, but it is time to clean up the mess in the West End with urgency and priority!

Roel Loopers

 

J SHED TAVERN LEASE TERMINATED!

 

In a great exclusive the FREMANTLE HERALD today reports on its front page that Sunset Events has asked the City of Fremantle to terminate its 21-year lease for a tavern at J Shed.

The development approval was rejected by the WA Planning Commission last month, but there were fears in the community that Sunset Events might take it all the way to the State Administrative Tribunal, instead the events promoters decided to walk away from the Bathers Beach venture.

This is an amazingly good outcome for the Fremantle community and heritage groups who protested long, loud and clear against the inappropriate proposal, but the majority of Fremantle Councillors just did not want to listen to them and now have egg on their face for pursuing this for far too long.

It is now time for Fremantle Council to revisit plans for J Shed and the entire Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, which needs to have new innovative ideas to activate it more and better and to make it a tourist destination in the significant heritage area just below the Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S HISTORIC WEDDING WALL BEAUTIFICATION

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2018

 

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It is very good to see that the lovely so-called Wedding Wall in Fremantle’s historic West End is being returned to its old glory by builders Fairweather.

Notre Dame University is paying for the renovations of the Cliff Street wall, which are supervised by the City of Fremantle.

Plans to turn the carpark behind the wall into a public open space, maybe a park or a playground, are still under consideration by the university, I was told this morning, so stay tuned.

The renovations of the heritage-listed wall mean that the bricked up arched doors and windows are re-opened and additional support for the wall is being put at the back. Well done NDA!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE COUNCIL’S MOMENT OF INSANITY

 

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Predictably Fremantle Council last night voted to recommend for approval by the WA Planning Commission a 300 patron tavern at J Shed on Arthur’s Head, against the express wishes of the local community, Noongar people, artists and heritage groups.

But the battle was lost long before last night when over four years ago Council in a moment of collective insanity decided that the best applicant for the Expressions of Interest process for a bar/cafe/gallery was the proposal for a 1,500 patron live outdoor music venue and an 850 patron tavern, and signed a 21-year lease with Sunset Events.

Since then the live music aspect was taken away as the Council back tracked more and more because of public outrage, so at the end they believed everyone had compromised enough and 300 patrons was just a bit more than a small bar, and a tavern would activate Arthur’s Head.

The public gallery was jam packed full, and more than 30 people spoke for an hour and a half, with 80 per cent of them being against the tavern.

There were many new faces and young artists and valid arguments were made that a good arts venture would help activate J Shed and the historic area, while a very eloquent young psychologist warned about the dangers of alcohol and public health, but it was all to no avail and only four of the nine Councillors present voted against the proposal.

It was very disappointing that the elected members were abused by some people in the public gallery as that is totally inappropriate. The planning approval went through proper process and the community has elected Councillors to make decisions, and as with all decisions governments make half of the people won’t agree with them. For the record. I don’t agree with this one either.

The deciding authority is the WAPC and even if they approve Sunset Events’ application they will still need to convince the liquor licensing authority that a tavern at Bathers Beach with only portaloos is a good idea.

I am very disappointed with Fremantle Council about this issue. They did not have the backbone to admit the 21-year lease for a tavern was wrong, so they had to back their wrong decision all the way. That is not good governance.

Roel Loopers

 

TIME TO HAVE A SUNSET ON TAVERN PROPOSAL

 

 

The Sunset Events proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach will go to Ordinary Council-hopefully for the very last time!-this Wednesday and it could be a close call.

Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, who is against the tavern, is on holiday and Councillors Rachel Pemberton and Sam Wainwright will declare a conflict of interest, so these three won’t be voting.

If there are no other apologies there will be ten elected members who will vote on the item.

It is likely that Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Dave Hume, Adin Lang, Andrew Sullivan and Hannah Fitzhardinge will vote for the tavern, while Councillors Jeff McDonald, Bryn Jones and Jenny Archibald will probably vote against it. How Jon Strachan and Doug Thompson will vote would be a guess, but if they vote against the proposal the casting vote of the Mayor would get it over the line for recommending it for approval by the WAPC.

But the deciding authority is the WA Planning Committee, which rejected the previous proposal because a tavern was inappropriate use of the A Class reserve at historic Arthur’s Head. Will they change their opinion just because the number of patrons and the outdoor footprint has been reduced?

Whatever the outcome it is time to move on and have a long term Masterplan for the area.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! I have been advised that Councillor Jon Strachan is also an apology so that will make the voting by only 9 elected members very interesting.

PERFECT CAFE FOR HERITAGE WEEK

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, food, heritage, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2018

 

 

Very Freo to have coffee in the former Municipal Tramways building in Fremantle’s historic West End.

Chalkys cafe also has some interesting murals depicting the trams, Roundhouse and maritime history. The food, coffee and service is great!

The perfect spot during Heritage Week for breakfast and lunch I reckon.

Roel Loopers

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STUNNING FREMANTLE HERITAGE REFLECTION

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

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Regular readers of Freo’s View know that I love taking photos of reflections. I do it ‘to keep my eye in’ and to always be very observant and aware of my surroundings.

I took the photo above this morning in Cliff Street of the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC building reflected in the roof and windscreen of a red car. It’s upside down of course.

Fremantle Heritage Week is on next week, so check out the printed program. They are available at the Roundhouse, Fremantle Library and elsewhere.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LOOKING FOR HISTORIC ARTEFACTS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, history, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2018

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The World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison is calling for donations of artefacts to grow the Prison’s collection and encourage the return of objects with a connection to the Fremantle Prison site.

The Fremantle Prison collection holds approximately 12,000 items, including photographs, documents, furnishings, artworks, tools, clothing and textiles, institutional paraphernalia, letters, weapons and archaeological material.

The collection spans the entirety of the Prison’s operational life, from the beginning of construction in 1851 through to 1991 when the Prison was decommissioned and closed.

Fremantle Prison will be holding two ‘open days’ during which people can bring their items and discuss the donation and care of the items with the Prison’s curatorial team.

The first open day is planned for 18 May on International Museum Day, and the second on
26 May, as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Both open days are from 10am – 3pm.

Fremantle Prison is visited by around 200,000 people annually, so a big tourist attraction in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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HAVE A FREO WHALE OF A TIME!

 

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The Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the historic Roundhouse has reopened and so has the dual pedestrian/bicycle path.

The protective walkway on the beach side is not a pretty sight but a necessity to protect people from potential rock fall.

It is now easier again to get to the art studios at J Shed and to Bathers Beach from High Street.

Roel Loopers

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