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GETTING A SOAKING AT BATHERS BEACH

 

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Oh my golly goodness did I just get soaking wet at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach! I was taking photos at the Fishing Boat Harbour without realising the boardwalk got flooded, so I was standing in ten centimetres of water. I hope my shoes will dry one day.

Then there was rain and a lot of spray from the massive waves at our city beach.

It is beautiful to watch, so well worth it that I needed to put new clothes on for the second time today.

The things I do for my Freo’s View readers, hey. Some will claim though I only report about negativity. ;>))

Roel Loopers

 

STORM GREAT FOR INVIGORATING WALK

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, indian ocean, storm, Uncategorized, weather, western australia by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

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My favourite photo of the day of the wild Indian Ocean, plus some banner damage in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

PORT BEACH ROCKWALL STILL STANDING

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, indian ocean, local government, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

 

Port Beach COAST restaurant and bar owner Ian Hutchinson said this morning that the new rockwall had saved his building from being damaged in the big storm that has been going on along the west coast since yesterday.

By the look at it though it is questionable how many storms the rockwall will be able to withstand before it gets swamped by waves during big winter storms.

I too got swamped, but that was delightfully invigorating. Big storms always remind that that no matter how much we pretend we humans are actually not in charge of planet earth, and that is a good thing. ;>))

Roel Loopers

IT’S GOING TO BE A WET FREO WEEK

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, storm, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

 

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There is more of this kind of weather to come this week, so try to stay out of the rain. We are still supposed to stay at home as much as possible anyway because of Covid-19, so if you don’t have to go to work buy a good book.

Stay safe and well, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

NEVER A BORING MOMENT IN FREMANTLE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2020

 

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There is always something happening in Fremantle, as my late afternoon walk proved yet again.

I wandered down to Bathers Beach in the hope of catching a spectacular sun set, but that was not to be, however there was this amazing short moment of a spout of rainbow when looking south over the Fishing Boat Harbour, then three people, one dressed as a monkey, were filming a video, a classy gentleman sat all by himself at the Bathers Beach House with a good bottle of red and a long-stem wineglass, and all of a sudden a very noisy helicopter did a very low loop over Bathers Beach. All that withing 15 minutes.

Love you, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

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PORT BEACH ROCKWALL WITHSTANDS STORMS

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2020

 

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The $ 400,000 rock wall to protect the Coast restaurant/bar, car park and public toilets at Fremantle’s Port Beach has withstood the first heavy storms of the season, as this photo I took early afternoon today shows.

The WA State Government contributed $ 200,000 to the project while Fremantle Ports engineers consulted on the construction of the wall.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FREMANTLE PORT!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime by freoview on May 4, 2020

 

 

1897 Official Opening of Fremantle Harbour

 

Today 123 years ago on May 4, 1897 Fremantle Port was opened with the arrival of the steamer Sultan.

Below a few parts of the article that was published in the West Australian a day later.

A SMOOTH, NAVIGABLE CHANNEL.

Yesterday an important ceremony was performed at Fremantle, when the first large ocean-going steamer, the Sultan, under command of Captain F. Pitts, steamed into the river in the smooth water which now lies where quite recently lay the formidable rooky bar of the Swan.

Although the ceremony was not official, it was dignified by the presence of the Premier(Sir John Forrest) and Lady Forrest, Mr. F. H. Piesse (Commissioner of Railways’Und Director of Public Works) and many members of both Houses of Parliament and public officials.

As the river is now practically open to ocean-going steamers it may be assumed that the gathering which assembled on board the Holt liner yesterday morning inaugurated the useful career for which the Fremantle harbour scheme has been designed.

As an omen of the altered state of things that is to be, the main Fremantle pier yesterday was almost bare of shipping. The three vessels alongside indicated by their display that they were, however, fully alive to the importance of the event of which the day was to witness the celebration.

On approaching the entrance the helm was taken by Lady Forrest, under whose guidance the Sultan steamed accurately along the new channel, and amidst the cheers of hundreds of spectators arrived at the south quay at noon.

ROCKY SWIM AT PORT BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2020

 

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Swimmers at Fremantle’s Port Beach are not happy-again-about the large number of small rocks at water’s edge.

The temporary rock wall to protect the COAST restaurant/bar and car park looks good, but hundreds of rocks on the beach make for an unpleasant entering and leaving the ocean.

Roel Loopers

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PORT BEACH ROCK WALL COMPLETED

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2020

 

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The construction of a temporary rock wall to protect coastal assets at Port Beach from erosion has been completed by the City of Fremantle.

In December last year Fremantle Council approved the construction of a temporary rock wall as the preferred interim measure to protect facilities including the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast Port Beach restaurant from coastal erosion.

The state government committed $200,000 towards the project.

The works involved digging into the existing dune, installing a geotextile membrane, construction of the wall, and the restoration of the dune in front and on top of the wall to maximise beach area.

The restored dune has been covered with hessian matting to prevent sand from blowing away in the short term. Work to revegetate the dune will be carried out in May and June.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was good to have the erosion defences in place ahead of the first winter storms.

“The first big storm of the winter is generally the one that causes the most erosion damage so it was really important to get this work done to avoid a repeat of last year, when assets like the change rooms and Coast restaurant were at serious risk,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Now that these protection measures are in place we can continue to work with Fremantle Ports and other government agencies to examine options for managing erosion at Port Beach for the next 20 years or so.

For beyond 2040 the council has adopted managed retreat as its preferred long-term strategy, in which all City assets such as the car parks and change rooms will eventually be removed from the erosion risk zone and set further back.

The state government’s Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia released in August last year identified Port Beach as one of the two hotspots in WA at the most imminent risk from erosion.

In May 2018 a severe erosion incident undermined the southern car park at the beach, while in June last year another serious erosion incident threatened facilities like the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast restaurant.

A report by coastal engineering experts received by Fremantle Council last year provided a number of potential management options which are now being reviewed and developed by officers, consultants and key stakeholders.

 

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IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD FRIDAY

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, covid-19, Easter, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2020

 

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I went for my late afternoon exercise walk, through the city, Victoria Quay and down to Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour, where I bought a disappointing fish&chips, which was over cooked and the fish too dry, from one of the two outlets that were open for take away there.

I bumped into a few people, so nice to have at least a short chat after a day of almost silence, but for the banging noises from my upstairs neighbour, and they were not even about having a good time. ;>))

There were a few people out riding bikes, walking, jogging, walking dogs, and I took the above photos of two ladies relaxing during a bike ride.

I must admit that I do find the socialising restrictions quite relaxing as I do not feel the need to go out and about all the time, so it works for me, as long as I’ve got enough books to read.

Roel Loopers

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