Freo's View

THE GOOD OLD FREO DAYS

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, historic, history, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2020

 

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The STREETS OF FREMANTLE Facebook page posted this hand-coloured photo of High Street, looking west toward the Roundhouse, so I need to share it with you all, because it is such a gorgeous and vibrant image and I love historic photos of our beautiful city.

We rarely see that many people in High Street anymore unfortunately.

Roel Loopers

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HEAPS OF PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, health, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2020

 

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Two more historic photos of Fremantle during the Covid-19 crisis.

At 1pm on Wednesday the carpark in William Street is all but empty, and at the Buys and Loans store they do have strict social distancing rules.

Roel Loopers

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HISTORIC FREMANTLE COVID-19 PHOTOS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 13, 2020

 

 

Capturing Fremantle during the coronavirus crisis.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE CLOSED DUE TO VIRUS CONCERNS

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 15, 2020

 

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The Fremantle volunteer Roundhouse guides have made the sensible and right decision to close WA’s oldest public building for the time being, due to Covid-19 concerns.

The old jail on Arthur’s Head gets hundreds of visitors every day, and very many of them come from overseas, so there is a threat to the health of the mainly elderly guides.

Will Fremantle Prison, the Shipwrecks Museum and the Maritime Museum follow suit?

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S HERITAGE LOOKING EVEN BETTER

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on January 31, 2020

 

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Nice to see Silverleaf Investments putting a new balustrade on the building south of the Manning building in Freo’s William Street.

The work the company has been doing on the facade of the Manning building all along the High Street Mall and Market street is remarkable and a real feature for Fremantle. I love all the new entries into the retail outlets as they remind me of the good old high streets.

Roel Loopers

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ARTHUR’S HEAD NEGLECT A DISGRACE

 

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The fenced off carpark below the Roundhouse now looks like this. Disgraceful!

 

I reported previously about the state of neglect at the fenced off carpark below the Fremantle historic Roundhouse tourist attraction (2nd photo), with weeds of a metre-high popping up, but now an idiot has thrown down a rubbish bin that belongs to 10 Captain’s Lane, and it looks even worse for all those who walk and cycle by.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S BEAUT MARKET STREET

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

 

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A photo of Fremantle’s Market Street I took at 6.45am this morning.

Come do your Christmas shopping in beautiful Freo!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S RENT A FENCE DOES NOT WIN TOURISM AWARD

 

 

It will not come as a surprise to the Fremantle community and overseas and interstate visitors that Freo’s Rent A Fence attraction at Arthur’s Head did not win a Tourism Award nor a Heritage Award.

Two years ago Fremantle Council decided to fence off large parts of historic Arthur’s Head because of danger of rockfall from the limestone cliff. It took a very long time before an engineer’s report was commissioned and that told us that there is interior erosion because of rain water and that repairs to the cliff on which Western Australia’s oldest public building the Roundhouse stands will cost approximately $ 1,8 million.

While the report recommended solutions it failed to test if vibrations from the heavy container trains that run within a few metres of the cliff face have any impact on the deterioration of the heritage precinct.

As I understand it the City invited the Minister for Mandurah, …err Heritage, David Templeman to do a site inspection but he could not be bothered, and so the ugly fences remain and absolutely nothing is done to repair the damage and make one of our state’s most significant historic areas an attraction again.

At present new solar lights are being installed along the coastal path but looking at fences is not a tourist attraction and does nothing to activate the West End of our gorgeous city.

It is a total disgrace that the Western Australian McGowan government does not care one bit about it!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S GORGEOUS HISTORIC WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2019

 

 

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Henry Street in Fremantle’s historic West End has some beautiful buildings.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORTS WANT A SHED ACTIVATION

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, development, fremantle ports, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Fremantle Ports is looking for Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment of historic A Shed on Victoria Quay.

The 2,225 sqm building is the closest one to the very popular Maritime Museum and a short walk to the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal, so perfect for tourist and leisure orientated development.

I am really happy that Fremantle Port finally wants to reactivate A Shed as it has been forlorn and neglected for far too long.

EOI close on November 29 so don’t miss out to make A Shed great again.

Roel Loopers

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