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SULLIVAN HALL 60TH BIRTHDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, history, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2019

 

Sullivan Hall

 

SULLIVAN HALL in Fremantle’s White Gum Valley is celebrating its 60th birthday tomorrow, Sunday August 11

1.00pmHall opens
1.45pm Pipers from the Fremantle Sailing Club Pipe Band.

2.00pm Welcome to Country – Marie Taylor
2.10pm Introduction – MC Juliet Marchant
2.10pm Children’s activities commence in outside tents

2.15pm Glyde In Singers – songs of the sixties
2.30pm History of Sullivan Hall – Stephanie Jennings

2.45pm White Gum Valley Square Dancers demonstration

3.20pm Men of the West – traditional Georgian singing

3.25pm Sixties singalong with the Glyde In Singers

3.40pm Cutting of the birthday cake
3.50pm Racing pigeon release
4.00pm Thanks, cake and conversation

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ROUNDHOUSE COMMITTEE REFUSES MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized, volunteers, western australia by freoview on July 9, 2019

 

In a stampede of dented egos the committee of the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteers have rejected the renewal of my membership, after I have been a member and volunteer tourist guide for nine years.

The letter I received today states that ‘In the interest of the FVHGA committee and its members we reject your application for renewal of membership.’

This is of course only sour grapes from a committee that did not like it that I reported here on Freo’s View the recent ad hoc and unacceptable closures-4 in 11 days!- of the Roundhouse.

Committee also did not like my suggestions for improvements and changes, but in a previous email last week, when they erroneously thought I had resigned as a member they said:

‘The FVHGA Committee and volunteer guides would like to thank you for the work you have done for the FVHGA and the Round House for many years.

You have been the instigator of many ideas and have achieved a lot.

We will treasure all your outstanding photography of the Round House and the committee work you have successfully undertaken.  Your work will be part of the long term history of the Round House.’

Because of my pro-active dedication to the volunteer organisation we received many thousands of dollars of sponsorship from Fremantle Ports for the firing of the 1pm cannon, and volunteers from the City of Fremantle Visitor Centre have now also started to try out at the Roundhouse after I suggested that when I addressed the Ordinary Council. I also made sure Fremantle Council pledged $ 20,000 for the new interpretive displays project, that is now finally going ahead after I started a sub-committee last year.

In the nine years I have volunteered at the Roundhouse I have been an excellent visitor guide for people from all over the world and primary and high school students.  I have also enabled private functions, festival events etc. as early as 7am in the morning and have been at the Roundhouse till late in the evening many times to accommodate concerts, theatre plays, festival events, smoking ceremonies, fundraisers, art exhibitions, fashion shows, film productions, etc.

I have also saved the FVHGA many hundreds of dollars by doing the photography they needed for promotional material.

It is irresponsible from the FVHGA committee to not renew my membership in a time where they are short of volunteers, especially those who have the permit to fire the cannon.

The WA Association Advisor advised that associations can not arbitrarily refuse to renew memberships, so the decision by the committee is illegal.

What a shame that egos are prioritised over what is best for the volunteer organisation. That shows a clear lack of professionalism.

Roel Loopers

MSC ROOFTOP DISRESPECTFUL TO HERITAGE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2019

 

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One has to wonder why the City of Fremantle approved the inappropriate modern veranda-like structure on top of the heritage-listed Dalgety building in Cliff Street.

I really like the Slavin Architects designed modern building next to the historic building that is owned and occupied by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, but the rooftop addition is disrespectful to the heritage of the building and the West End of Fremantle. It looks awful from Phillimore Street.

Just want to make it clear that Slavin Architects did the original design but were not involved with the rooftop addition!

Roel Loopers

 

ROUNDHOUSE CLOSED AGAIN ON SUNDAY

 

Roundhouse

 

It is an outrage that one of Fremantle’s most significant tourist destinations, the historic Roundhouse, is closed again today on Sunday, which is one of the busiest days of the week.

The weather is perfectly alright with some very dark clouds around but it is pleasantly warm and there are a lot of people wandering the streets.

The oldest public building in Western Australia was also closed last week on Friday, Saturday and Monday and that is not acceptable at all.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides who manage the Roundhouse sent a statement to the Fremantle Herald that before every winter an assessment is made, but that is nonsense of Trumpian proportions.

Fact is that traditionally the Roundhouse was only closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day and open to the public every other day of the year. If the weather is too inclement the team on the day might decide to close an hour or so early, but never have volunteer guides turned up and decided not to open this historic jail at all.

It is not good enough and it is reassuring to know that the City of Fremantle  is finally showing some interest to manage the tourist destination more professionally.

The unscheduled closures could well jeopardise the grant application with Lotterywest for new interpretive displays in the Roundhouse, which is a superb project just waiting for funding.

When is the State Government going to show interest in historically significant Arthur’s Head and the Roundhouse?

Roel Loopers

 

ROUNDHOUSE CLOSURE A REAL WORRY FOR FREMANTLE

 

 

It is a real worry that the Fremantle Roundhouse is closed today, and I was told it was closed most of yesterday as well.

A sign on the door says it is closed due to bad weather, but a few showers have never forced the Roundhouse volunteers to close all day in the nine years I worked there.

Fremantle Council now needs to take urgent action because it is not acceptable that the oldest public building in WA and one of Fremantle’s most significant tourist attractions is now randomly closed, presumably because of lack of volunteers.

In the nine years I was on duty only on the worst winter days did we close an hour early at 2.30pm, but all day closure only ever happened on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

I hear that at committee level of the volunteers it has been suggested they might have to wind up and hand the management of the building back to the City, but what then when there is no contingency plan in place?  Even if they staff the Roundhouse with volunteers from the Visitor Centre they would still need some of the current volunteers who have the license to fire the 1pm cannon.

Both Fremantle Council and the Roundhouse committee are to blame for not having been pro-active enough in trying to get new volunteers and annual funding. With enough State, City and Federal funding Roundhouse guides could get paid and the tourist attraction would be on the same level as Fremantle Prison, the Maritime Museum and the Shipwreck Museum, which all receive government funding.

The Roundhouse is very significant to Fremantle’s  and Western Australia’s history and the City can’t just sit back and let it close due to procrastination and lack of vision.

Roel Loopers

 

EAST FREO Z CARD FOR HERITAGE TRAIL

 

Heritage card

From the Town of East Fremantle: We recently launched a new Heritage Trail map with watercolour depictions of the local architecture around town.

You can pick up a Z-CARD from Town Hall or text the word ‘Heritage’ to 0475 111 222 for a digital copy.

Thanks to the team at Z-Card PocketMedia Solutions for working with us on this project!

This should inspire the City of Fremantle to do something similar. The Freopedia QR codes on building which were started by the Fremantle Society were unfortunately not continued and the East Freo smartphone Z-Card is an even better idea, so what about it This Is Fremantle?

Roel Loopers

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THE FREO ROUNDHOUSE EVEN ROUNDER

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2019

 

Roundhouse

 

I borrowed the round hand mirror from the Glen Cowans Photography Gallery yesterday to take this unusual photo of the Fremantle Roundhouse and High Street.

I always like the looking backward and forward of reflections, so here is another one for you.

It was very busy up on Arthur’s Head yesterday with a very large number of Asians visiting Fremantle, so we are very popular with our neighbour countries.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORTS HERITAGE PRESERVATION A PRIORITY

 

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It is good to finally see some restoration work on heritage buildings at Fremantle Ports. They started on the former Immigration Building and are also doing some work at B Shed.

But the neglect of A Shed that has been rotting away for years now is not acceptable, and since the public has no access to other sheds along Victoria Quay we don’t really know how bad it is elsewhere.

Fremantle Ports is keen on activating Victoria Quay, and that is a good thing, and they are also keen to start with development there, but that is unlikely to occur until the final Westport Taskforce report has been delivered and the State Government has made a decision about the future of Fremantle Port and Victoria Quay, so that is a long way away still.

Up to then it is the duty of Fremantle Ports to look after the heritage there. It is not acceptable to have a demolition by neglect attitude, so they need to prioritise the maintenance of the old sheds.

Roel Loopers

 

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GOVERNMENT FUNDING ESSENTIAL FOR HISTORIC ARTHUR’S HEAD

 

Arthur's Head

 

Good to see the Fremantle Herald dedicating the front page to the stabilisation issues at Arthur’s Head and preservation works required at the Roundhouse.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the State Government has taken one of our state’s most significant historic precincts and WA’s oldest public building for granted for far too long. Sure, the City has on occasions received a grant to do work there, but there really should be annual funding for the upkeep of the Roundhouse and surrounding cliff face and buildings.

It was uplifting how many visitors to the Roundhouse yesterday had seen the Today Tonight program on Channel Seven with none of them aware that there is no funding for the tourist destination, and that just 30 volunteers keep the building open 363 days a year on the smell of an oily rag, from the few visitors gold coin donations received.

In an ideal world the Roundhouse would have enough volunteers to do two three and a half hour shifts, so that the building can remain open two hours longer each day from 10am to 5pm, in line with the Shipwrecks and Maritime museums.

Annual funding and marketing support from the City of Fremantle is needed to support the popular building, and State and Federal funding is required to maintain Arthur’s Head as the significant historic site it is!

Roel Loopers

OLD NOSTALGIC FREO PHOTOS

Posted in architecture, cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle port, heritage, historic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 20, 2019

 

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There has been so much talk over the last couple of months about the preservation of Fremantle heritage and the need to stabilise Arthur’s Head and preserve the Roundhouse that these two old photos I noticed at Sandrino’s yesterday made me feel a bit nostalgic.

The old Tram building facade in High Street is still standing and is now home to the lovely Chalkys cafe. Unfortunately a previous council allowed the horrendously ugly No 1 High Street building to be built which is an eyesore when one looks down on it from the Roundhouse.

Victoria Quay is still a feature for Freo but the old sheds have been neglected badly and Fremantle Ports really does need to do some urgent preservation work on the A and C sheds.

There are other heritage photos on display outside Sandrino’s so go and have a look-and a pizza!

Roel Loopers

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