Freo's View

CHRISTMAS ON ROTTO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017

 

 

It was unusually quiet on the waters and at the Fremantle B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal this Sunday morning, but that might be the quiet before the storm tomorrow and the fact that most people would have left for Rotto yesterday for a nice long Christmas weekend.

I had a 6.30 am double espresso at the B Shed cafe and took these photos of Victoria Quay.

Roel Loopers

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NATURE’S BEAUTY IN FREMANTLE CITY CENTRE

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on December 15, 2017

 

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I was early for my shift as volunteer tourguide at the Roundhouse, so had the time to walk around Arthur Head a bit.

I took the photos of the little cave and wildflowers in the cliff face, near the entrance to the so-called secret tunnel, that leads from the Gunners Cottage into the Whalers Tunnel, and also two people and their dog enjoying the Indian Ocean at Bathers Bay.

And we have got all this beauty in the centre of Fremantle. How amazing hey!

Roel Loopers

A LITTLE BIT MORE PARKING AT LEIGHTON BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 1, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle will be spending $ 70,000 on adding 19 car parking bays to the Leighton Beach area, where parking during peak hours is an issue.

This will be in addition to the 260 bays that are already there, so really only a drop in the ocean, that will make little difference to the parking problems at the popular beach.

So get on your bike Freo people to visit our northern beaches, or hop on the train to North Fremantle and leave the car bays for people from out of town.

Roel Loopers

A STUNNING FREO SATURDAY MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2017

 

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It’s not often one gets sunburnt before 9am in the morning but that is what happened today when I sat at the B Shed cafe on Victoria Quay from 6.30 to 8.30am.

I love Fremantle Port and the quay was packed with very fit-looking people and expensive racing bikes for an event on Rottnest Island.

The Indian Ocean was dead calm early this morning, so the ferry ride to the island would have been nice and smooth.

The B Shed cafe has new management and very good coffee and the views from there are great, and there are often dolphins in the harbour!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SIGNAL STATION OPEN DAY

Posted in boating, cantonment hill, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2017

 

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The Fremantle Sea Rescue at the Signal Station on historic Cantonment Hill in Fremantle will have an Open Day all weekend on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12 between 1pm and 5 pm.

Great views from there over the port and Swan river and the city so make your way up the hill.

The Signal Station has no wheelchair access and the steps are quite steep, so consider that.

Roel Loopers

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FREO BLESSING OF THE FLEET TODAY!

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

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The BLESSING OF THE FLEET is one of the great Fremantle traditions for me and I never miss being there. It is on TODAY, so make sure to come and watch it!

It is very special to see the procession slowly walking through the inner city and ending up at the Fishing Boat Harbour where they all board fishing boats that then snake through the harbour.

There are fireworks at 3 pm and 8 pm, so come along for this very special Freo afternoon!

It starts at 2 pm at the Basilica in Adelaide Street.

Roel Loopers

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NEW SEALINK FERRY TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle port, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017

 

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It was very busy, and a bloody cold wind, in Fremantle Port early this morning when the new Sealink Rottnest Island ferry Quokka I left for the island.

The big cruiseliner Voyager of the Seas had just arrived in port, and a navy frigate was also at berth at Victoria Quay, while North Quay was busy with container ships and a livestock carrier.

The cafe at B Shed has a new operator and staff so go and try them out while watching the ships entering and leaving port, and keep an eye out for dolphins who come into the harbour daily.

On  different note, I am delighted to read that the former Quod prison cells on Rottnest will no longer be used as tourist accommodation.

The Quod was an inhumane gaol for Aboriginal people in the mid 1800s and 10 per cent of prisoners died there.

Roel Loopers

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HAZE SUNSET AT FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, sunset by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

 

There was a bushfire south of Fremantle, I hope controlled burning, and that often makes for good sunsets, so I went out again after a very busy day to take these photos.

My apologies to FICRA convenor Mary-Rose Baker that I dared to tread the boards of the West End again.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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HOW TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL BEACHES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

Fremantle City  is working together with Mosman Park on how to preserve and protect our local beaches and are seeking community input on a draft plan.

The two councils are investigating together on how to manage coastal erosion and identifying potential risks, such as those caused by storm surges and flooding along Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches.

Seawalls, dune stabilisation and revegetation, revised coastal management strategies, community awareness campaigns and additional ongoing monitoring programs are part of the draft accommodations. It would cost of around $34m over the next 50 years.

Local residents and visitors to our Freo/Mosman beaches are encouraged to  download the draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaption Plan by visiting: mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/coast-plan

 

Roel Loopers

 

SOUTH BEACH WINTER WORRIES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

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Beach erosion is always a problem during the winter season, so it is good to see that serious dune rehabilitation work is happening at Fremantle’s South Beach.

 

Roel Loopers

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