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FEMALE FOOD FOR BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, culture, fremantle by freoview on March 27, 2017

There was such an air of negativity at the Sunset Events community information session about new plans for J Shed at Bathers Beach that I left before the questions started, as the interruptions were annoying.

I walked away asking how one can create trust between parties when there is so much negativity. Honesty helps to achieve that, so why did Sunset Events director David Chitty in his presentation omitted to mention plans for a brewery, as well as the tavern, restaurant and picnic area he mentioned?

That is so silly and tactically so unwise because now the people who are already against it will think SE have got more to hide and other controversial plans they don’t want to mention.

That was really disappointing because I quite like the concept of an affordable family restaurant, with function space(s), a cultural program and creative director to implement it and a nice picnic area on the grass in front of the artists’ studios.

A 400 patron venue is not huge but is a tavern appropriate for the A-Class reserve? Not according to the state’s DAP and SAT.

I liked that David Chitty admitted the trial period had shown that what they initially wanted did not work for them and the community, and that could have been the start of positively moving forward together but PLEASE cut the bullshit!

The restaurant is going to serve female friendly meals that are not too blokey? You must be kidding! Are sausages phallic symbols?

Australian BBQ, local fresh produce and seafood, yes please. Generous serves to assist obesity, no thank you!

Fostering a progressive cultural program is paramount to the project. I don’t think so as a pub environment is just not suited for it. Film nights are great, especially outdoors but the northern end of Bathers Beach is very bloody windy, as we found out when we ran the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Market there. Ask the Kelp Bar how they struggle with the Freo Doctor.

I want something special at that end of Bathers Beach but am not sure that bookend pubs are the go, but I do actually like the idea of something like COAST at Port Beach that could well work at BB and I believe David Chitty could pull that off with the right chef and leaving all the bullshit and brewery stuff behind.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S HOLE IN THE WALL CAFE

Posted in fremantle, cafe, coffee by freoview on March 26, 2017

 

An interesting tiny hole in the wall cafe has opened in Pakenham Street just down the road from Bread in Common.

The Ghetto Blaster is open seven days a week and is challenging the BLINK cafe in High Street for being the smallest cafe in Fremantle.

The owner told me he will be applying to build a parklet outside the cafe and that would be the third one in that street if the City permits it.

Try it out!

Roel Loopers

NEW FREMANTLE SHIPPING NEWS MAGAZINE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, lifestyle, maritime by freoview on March 12, 2017

 

Check out the new on-line FREMANTLE SHIPPING NEWS magazine: http://fremantleshippingnews.com.au. I think it is very good and a great addition to local Freo media.

It’s not just about the port and maritime issues but about Fremantle lifestyle, food, heritage, architecture, art, etc.

FSN aims to be an online magazine about today’s Fremantle, with content and imagery provided, as much as possible, by interested locals.

The idea for the magazine was born out of daily drives past Fremantle Port and admiring and wondering about the activity of the coming and going ships.

The magazine is run by Fremantle local Michael Barker with assistance from local designers Superminimal, a number of Freo volunteer writers and photographers.

They welcome contact from anyone who would like to contribute to the magazine.

They have a subscribe button at the bottom of the webpage. Subscibers will receive an email notifying them of new articles.

FSH also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fremantleshippingnews/ which will promote new content and an instagram page https://www.instagram.com/fremantleshippingnews/ which will feature shipping and ‘Seen in Freo’ images.

FREMANTLE VOTES FOR COFFEE

Posted in cafe, coffee, election, fremantle by freoview on March 11, 2017

 

It’s quite clear what the people of Freo’s Chalkys cafe at the Roundhouse want you to vote for.

Roel Loopers

NEW FREMANTLE BAR HAS BALLS

Posted in bar, food, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on March 8, 2017

 

A new bar is opening on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip next to the Dome Cafe.

It’s a cocktail bar that has got balls, if the name is an indication.

Welcome to The Meatball and Cocktail Bar!

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FORMER KULCHA SPACE TO BE REACTIVATED

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, hospitality, music by freoview on March 6, 2017

It looks like the former Kulcha space above the Dome cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip will be activated again soon as a bar/restaurant and music venue.

To be able for Mitchelstown PtyLtd, the preferred tenderer after an Expression of Interest period in March last year, to make the interior changes to the building, such as a commercial kitchen and sound proofing, the City of Fremantle will make required changes and invest in making the venue accessible for disabled people and build a lift and new stairs in Collie Street as well as a universal toilet.

It is a lovely space above the Dome and I fondly remember the many performances and exhibitions and the free Saturday concerts on the balcony, so let’s hope the activation and new entertainment venue will be supported by Fremantle residents.

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR FREO LONG WEEKEND

Posted in art, culture, entertainment, fremantle by freoview on March 3, 2017

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It is full steam ahead for a fantastic Fremantle long Labour Day weekend.

There is a lot on from concerts and markets to Roe 8 protests, Men’s Shed open day, sculptures at Bathers Beach, art exhibitions, and much more, so check out Facebook, social media and City of Fremantle website for all the details.

Only one more week till the election, so hang in there for more and more promises by everyone. I believe the Liberals will give every voter a Rolls Royce and from Labor we will be getting a thirty-metre yacht each. It’s going to be very busy on the roads and water after the election

Roel Loopers

 

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GREAT SHOPPING IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in fremantle, heritage, retail, shopping by freoview on March 1, 2017

 

High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End is the most beautiful street in Western Australia in my opinion.

It is also a fantastic old-style high street shopping experience that has a sense of wonderment about it. If it had a roof over it it would be one of the world’s most stunning shopping arcades.

There is such a large variety of traders in the Goldrush period buildings that I thought to mention them all, because there are probably quite a few you don’t know about:

  • The National and Orient hotels, Lapa Brazilian restaurant, Roma Cucina Italian restaurant.
  • Chalkys, Blink, Hush, Breakers, High Street Dispensary, Piccolo, Cafe 55, Quinlans, and Common Grind cafes.
  • Japingka, Adam Monk, Artisan Store galleries.
  • New Edition and the Second Hand bookshops

and there is a whole lot more!

Clara Beauty, Remedy, Bousfield, Adulshop, the Police station, Notre Dame University, Enzo D’Allessandro hairdresser, Djurra, Ugg Australia shoes, Three Stories fashion, Common Ground fashion, Fremantle Beach and the Sundance backpackers, Printline, Bitches Brew framers, Unique Hair, Bodkins Bootery, Anjel MS fashion and Fremantle Art Space, Kartique. Ame Belle fashion, Port Stationary, Dreske Somoff leather, Tuart Place social services, Australian Maritime Officers Union, West Coast Cruise&Travel Centre, High Street Chemist, Haute on High fashion, Lee’s newsagency, Compendium, Ancient Earth, Lavita hairdresser, Finishing Touch gallery, Rialto Apartments, The Record Finder with two shops, Port Jarrah furniture, Absolutely Adult, the Buffalo and Navy clubs, ACAI Bros raw food, Brazilian Butterfly beauty, Miss Chats Bar.

You still want to argue there is no shopping variety in Fremantle? This is just one street full with it!

To top it all off Freo’s most gorgeous street ends at WA’s oldest public building the Roundhouse and the lovely Bathers Beach.

It is anyone’s guess why the City of Fremantle and BID don’t do more to promote High Street as a great shopping experience that has character, is very Freo, and very different from the sterile shopping boredom in the major centres.

Roel Loopers

IS BID GOOD FOR FREO BUSINESS?

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, tourism by freoview on February 27, 2017

I am surprised to hear Fremantle Council has again deferred a decision about extending Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District.

Surely by now Council should have made up their mind if BID is good for Fremantle retailers or if it is better to handle all the marketing in-house at the CoF’s Economic Development and Marketing Department. I have no doubt Director Tom Griffiths will have strong views on this and Councillors should listen to his expert advise.

It is interesting that the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce opposes the continuation of BID, which must be a clear sign that the two organisations did not work and communicate well together, but the Chamber is also critical about just about everything the City is doing, so there is a lot of room for improvement there on all sides.

I am not sure what it actually is the Chamber of Commerce does for traders, especially smaller ones in Fremantle, as their main activity seems to be to organise parties. One has to wonder if networking between members is going to benefit any of the small retailers or cafes.

Is a Sparkling&Oysters Twilight Sail, Business Luncheon, Sundowner with Westpac, or Tourism Industry Sundowner with Quest really doing anything to promote, support and market Fremantle retailers to potential customers?

For BID to survive though and get support from the City of Fremantle and CBD businesses it needs to have a clear concept and understanding of what its role is.

I for one don’t believe BID should be organising major events, as the CoF and external event organisers already do that. But it should be one of BID’s roles to connect Freo businesses with events or run promotional events concurrently with major events in the CBD. An early weekdays loyalty card/App system might also attract more shoppers into town at the start of the week.

One thing BID and or the City of Fremantle also could do is promote Fremantle in Perth. A pop-up shop near the railway station there would be an idea, or people with sandwich boards, as would be a pop-up Visitor Centre at Pioneer Park on event days and when cruise ships arrive in Fremantle Port. We need to do more little things better and more often.

The best way to move forward is to get rid of egos and for BID, the Chamber and the City to work closer together for the benefit of all Freo businesses.

BID’s new CEO Tim Milsom is a hands on man with a can do attitude and that is the positive energy we need and want in Fremantle, so why not do a one-year trial period at least to see if Milsom can reinvigorate BID.

Roel Loopers

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MOORES BUILDING CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND

Posted in art, children, family, fremantle by freoview on February 17, 2017

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Opening of the new children’s playground at the Paper Bird children’s bookshop and Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street this Sunday February 19 from 9-11.30.

They are launching the new courtyard and joining with the rest of the Moores Building to create an open arts precinct.

Art studios will be open, including the Moores Gallery Studios Resident Artists, and free kids activities: 9am Wild Movement Perth will run a nature play session, 9.30am Story Time, 10am Inkling Art Space open workshop + Great food & coffee from Moore & Moore Cafe. See you there!

 

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