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WHY NOTRE DAME UNI IS GOOD FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2017

 

 

I believe that people who think Notre Dame University is bad for Fremantle, and who claim that NDA have killed the historic West End, are not accepting reality.

Visit the Cappuccino Strip at daytime from Monday to Thursday and you’ll find it is pretty deserted, but go to High, Henry, Mouat, Cliff and Phillimore streets and you’ll see hundreds of NDA students and staff on the streets and in cafes.

The cafes on those streets would not survive without NDA patronage, and that’s why some of them close during the university’s summer break and on weekends because there are not enough people around for business without the NDA people.

It is true that after 5pm the West End loses appeal because there is not enough street level activation of night-time bars and restaurants, but NDA is working on changing that, and the acquisition of the Customs House complex will support those changes.

Let’s be realistic also about night-time ghost town accusations levelled at Notre Dame Uni. Ask the pub owners in Freo how trade is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and you’ll see a lot of long faces, because Fremantle is mainly a weekend destination and not a bustling entertainment centre during the week.

Development of the Customs House complex and possible student accommodation will help activate the West End, but a lot more needs to change in the Fremantle CBD to make it an attractive seven day a week day and night destination, and Notre Dame is not responsible for that.

New tourist and residential accommodation will help to achieve activation and so will more commercial and retail space. Some of that is under way and more planned, so patience is required.

The new buildings at Pakenham and Philimore streets will give NDA the opportunity to move some of its ground level offices to the new site and by doing that free up spaces for commercial use and increase street level activation along High Street.

It is estimated that NDA staff and students yearly spent $ 1 million in Fremantle, probably mainly on coffee and food, but without them the West End would be dead during weekdays.

The constant lament that the university does not pay rates is unfair because educational institutions in Australia do not have to pay council rates, and neither do churches, or Fremantle Port for that matter.

It would be better for the City of Fremantle if NDA had to pay rates, but that is not up to the uni or the city to change that. What should be done though is that when NDA lease out spaces to other businesses for commercial use it should at least pay some kind of rates for those properties, or agree to invest more in Fremantle through the Memorandum of Understanding they sign with CoF.

I am a big fan of NDA and love seeing the students in our inner city, as they create a real vibrancy and activation. The more of them we can keep in town after 5pm the better it will be for Freo.

More students living in Fremantle will increase demand for more small bars, shops, and night-time entertainment and that will help activate the West End after 5 pm.

So let’s encourage Notre Dame and property developers to create more affordable student accommodation in Fremantle. That would be a win win for all!

Roel Loopers

FOUR DAYS TO CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA

Posted in australia day, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on November 12, 2017

 

The announcement by the City of Perth that it will extend next year’s Australia Day celebrations to a four-day long weekend shows that the City of Fremantle is on the right track with its changes to the national holiday.

The scrapping of the fireworks in Fremantle last year was controversial, and unfortunately the debate about it became political and sometimes racist for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, there could have been better community consultation, especially with the business community, but from experience we know that community consultations can drag on forever and not necessarily create the best outcomes. Leadership is about making tough decisions, in the knowledge one will never ever please everyone in the community.

Perth now wants fireworks on New Year’s Eve as well, which I consider a huge waste of money. Why have two firework displays just 26 days apart, or will they also walk away from the Australia Day firework display?

But I would love to see the Fremantle ONE DAY event extended and also have a night feature. Projections, laser show, lit-up floats at Bathers Bay, etc.

I would prefer it if BID spend the business money and energy on creating an evening event, instead of supporting only the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and share the cost of the Australia Day fireworks.

Fact is that most shops were already closed well before the spectators for the fireworks turned up, so there was little benefit for other traders, while the One Day event started in the afternoon when shops are still open.

Fremantle is different from Perth and other cities and I support the consideration for our indigenous people who call Australia Day Invasion Day, so let’s move on together, as other councils around the nation are now also doing.

Historically January 26 means nothing to Western Australia as the Britih had not even settled on this side of the country when the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay, so the date is only significant to New South Wales.

Like Perth, let’s celebrate Australia over the long weekend, until our politicians change the date to a more appropriate one that does not upset our indigenous friends.

Roel Loopers

 

ENJOY FREO MELLOW AND YELLOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2017

 

High Street from tunnel

Fremantle High Street

 

It is going to be a nice warm week in Fremantle, so come and enjoy the sunshine in beautiful  historic High Street and be part of the Felice Varini yellow artwork.

Great coffee and food at the Yellow Lines Cafe, also known as CHALKYS!

 

Roel Loopers

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC AT THE SWAN HOTEL

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2017

 

OCT 20 Swan Hotel music

If you feel like a bit of music and a dance on this hot Friday why not head out to the Swan Hotel at the old traffic bridge in North Freo.

For just $ 10.00 you can enjoy the sounds of Harvest Rd, Dawesville Cut, Mossy Fogg and Billie Rogers.

 

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CUTE NORTH FREMANTLE HUB

Posted in city of fremantle, community, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2017

 

 

I really like the little North Fremantle hub where Mojo’s, the Propeller, Mrs Brown, Flipside, Habitue, etc. are, so when I went to photograph the demolition of the large fuel tanks in the area I also took a few shots in the centre of town.

 

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FREE PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

free parking

 

One hour FREE PARKING is now available around the Kings Square precinct.

There is really no excuse anymore not to come to Fremantle, do your shopping, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and support our local traders.

The free parking is every day of the week, including weekends!

Fremantle residents with parking permit can park for free from 3 pm to 11 am every day, so that is 20 hours of free parking. Take advantage of it!

If you haven’t got a parking permit yet, apply for one at the reception desk at the Townhall. Bring ID and proof of residency and it will take ten minutes to get one for a year.

 

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ANOTHER GREAT FREMANTLE SUNDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2017

 

This Way North

 

It is going to be a great day in Fremantle, so why not start at the Growers Green Farmers Market this morning. It’s on from 8am to midday at Annie Street, Beaconsfield.

After that visit one of our many lovely local cafes and then from 2-4 pm relax in the courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre, where Victorian duo This Way North will entertain us with soulful vocals and alt-pop melodies, combined with solid groove based drumming.

They are sometimes likened to the Black Keys and Tame Impala.

Also performing at the FAC this afternoon is Belle Harvey. who will be singing alt-country and folk tales.

Oct 15. National Hotel

And if you need more after that, Jook Joint is performing at the National Hotel from 3.30-6.30 pm.

 

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FREO FOLK FESTIVAL ON TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2017

 

Perfect weather today to start the Freo festivals, events and outdoor concerts season with the FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL at Princess May Park, organised by Clancy’s.

This is a family-friendly event with lost of things to do for children, so bring a rug and have fun in the sun!

This is the line-up and times the different bands are on stage.

Folk Fest line up and times

 

Tickets:

Adults $ 65.00

Youth (13-17) $ 40.00

Kids (5-12) $ 25.00

Wee Ones (0-4) Free

Family ticket (2 adults+ 2 youths) $ 170.00

 

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THE IMPACT OF FREMANTLE PLACEMAKING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

There were so many posts on Twitter yesterday about placemaking, that I contemplated overnight what the modern buzzword actually means in the context of local government and a small city like Fremantle.

Placemaking should not be about beautifying small pockets of the city, but should be about awareness of the whole and the reality that everything we do impacts on others, either positively or negatively. That really is the big challenge for local government to deal with.

An event will please many thousands of people, but can negatively impact on local residents or traders, as there will be noise, parking and traffic problems, so while it pleases some it upsets others.

At planning meetings we constantly hear people opposing development next to where they live, with claims of loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc. so whichever way council decide it will upset one of the parties.

Traffic-calming in South Fremantle might please most locals, but it could alter the flow of traffic to the CBD and have a negative impact on traders there. What is the right placemaking decision?

Placemaking is about wholeness, and making good choices for the common good, even if that upsets those with a NIMBY attitude. It requires courage of councillors to make the ‘right’ decisions, because the decisions they’ll make will never be right for everyone in the community. That’s the nature of us human beings that we never all agree on everything.

When I hear election candidates naively state that they will do what the community want, my immediate question is which part of the community do they mean, because there will be opposing views in the community. Councillors will have to vote one way or the other, displeasing those who are opposed to it.

It comes down to how much, and how negatively or how positively decisions we make in life impact on others. Loud parties, noise, dog barking, anti-social behaviour, where we park our car in the street we live, etc. it all impacts on others. So to make the right decisions we need to be considerate and constantly aware that our great personal lifestyle might not be considered so great by our neighbours.

What might be a good event that benefits local traders, could well have a negative impact on those who live nearby, and events can also be detrimental for local traders, so how do we find the right balance of placemaking in local government?

The Australian Hotel Association claimed in a survey they sent to local government election candidates that pop-ups negatively impact on their members, but surely that statement is not true for all pop-up events and for all pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars around Fremantle, because many of them benefit from events, even from markets, as they attract many more people to the area than would normally visit.

Should we embrace multi-storey development in the inner city to boost the local economy, or should we preserve the human-scale character of place, even in the run down east of the CBD that looks desolate and uninviting? What is the right placemaking and balance? You will hear very opposing views about that in the community.

Placemaking for me is about being extremely sensitive and understanding that there is no way in the world we can please everyone, and it is about not being selfish, and learning to acknowledge that the common good has priority over individual needs.

I know that it very difficult to accept when it impacts on one’s own life or business, but it is the only way good placemaking can become good governance, and hopefully council can take the majority of the community with them on the very challenging and delicate journey of progress, revitalisation and modernisation.

It is easy to understand that being a local councillor can be a very thankless task, so one has to admire all who nominated for this election.

VOTE to show you care about your community!

 

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THE FREMANTLE WEDDING WALK IS ON!

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2017

 

The inaugural FREMANTLE WEDDING WALK is on this Thursday October 12, so anyone who is planning a wedding should go and check it out.

By the time you have decided on a venue and all the details, we might even have marriage equality is Australia.

Full details at bit.ly/2fgUck2.

Participants are:

Bathers Beach
Char Char Restaurant + Bar
Kidogo Arthouse Fremantle
Western Australian Museum
Little Creatures Brewing
Moore & Moore Cafe
Quest Fremantle
Hougoumont Hotel
Be. Fremantle
The National Hotel
Blue HQ Marinas
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges
The Monk Brewery & Kitchen
Botanica Naturalis
The Pretty Parlour
KAREN WILLIS HOLMES
Suited For Him
Lime Flowers of East Fremantle

 

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