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PICTURES OF FREMANTLE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, notre dame university, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on January 5, 2018

 

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I like the juxtaposition of these two photos I took in Fremantle this morning.

The top one is a table at the Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach and the second one of a car of Notre Dame University.

Roel Loopers

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BATHERS BEACH SHOWCASE FOR W.A. SCULPTORS

Posted in art, bathers beach, culture, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 4, 2017

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Don’t forget to visit Fremantle’s Sculpture@Bathers at our gorgeous inner city beach over the long Labour Day weekend.

It is a the showcase for 85 Western Australian sculptors, so support our local creatives!

The lovely Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse is open and a great location to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Roel Loopers

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PRIVATISATION OF FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, bathers beach house, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government by freoview on December 23, 2016

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While there is public and political outrage about the proposed privatisation of Fremantle Port and Western Power the privatisation of Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach is well under way.

The Bathers Beach House became the first hospitality venue in Australia that is allowed to sell alcohol on the beach, but today they simply extended the beach chair bar with tables and umbrellas for alfresco dining on the sand. That is not on!

How many events and functions will this hospitality operator now hold on our public beach and will they simply extend the alfresco area onto the beach during busy periods. Who then could stop Kidogo Arthouse/Kelp Bar from doing the same?

Who at the City of Fremantle signed the permission for BBH to set up tables on the beach? What are they charged for using OUR beach?

Roel Loopers

 

 

IT’S D DAY FOR KIDOGO DECK

Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, heritage, kidogo arthouse by freoview on November 6, 2016

 

This coming Wednesday is deck decision day for Kidogo Arthouse when the State Administrative Tribunal will decide if the unauthorised large timber deck at the heritage-listed building on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach will have to be dismantled or if it overrules the Western Australian Planning Commission’s decision and allow it to remain.

It is a real shame Kidogo owner Joanna Robinson did not follow proper planning procedure and decided to build the deck without planning approval as she had received approval to build a small toilet block in that location.

Joanna has a great positive can-do attitude and creativity and her occasional Kelp Bar has been a big success with locals and tourists, but it appears that this time she broke the rules.

I hope some sort of compromise can be reached as it cost over $ 30,000 to build the deck, and it will cost a lot of money to dismantle it, but one cannot ignore planning rules, especially at such a significant historic location, and Joanna Robinson should have known better than just go ahead without approval from the State Heritage Office and City of Fremantle. Maybe a smaller deck is acceptable to the heritage people?

Roel Loopers

 

WA LIQUOR LICENSING IS NOT FAIR

Posted in alcohol, fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on March 27, 2016

The Western Australian liquor licensing laws are very strange and need to be looked at because what is going on at present is not fair.

In Fremantle the Fly by Night musicians club needs financial help from the City because it has taken over a year for a liquor license for Victoria Hall to be approved and that severely affected their bar profits, but at the same time pop up bars and events can get a license whenever they like. Sunset Events at J Shed has a special events license which allows them to sell alcohol whenever they put an event on, and also at Bathers Beach the Kelp bar at Kidogo Arthouse gets an occasional license often. They are open again on Easter for three days and were open three weeks ago for the Seafood Festival.

While on Good Friday bottleshops have to close and restaurants can only serve alcohol if patrons consume a substantial meal, Little Creatures was allowed to sell takeaway beer according to messages on social media because they have a special license. How can that be right and fair?

It appears that the liquor act has a preference for pop-up venues while being excruciatingly slow in granted licenses for permanent venues. Pop ups don’t invest much in the properties and get away with unsightly and stinking portaloos, while permanent venues need to spend a lot of money on having disabled toilets, male and female ones etc.

I am not criticising those operators who get special licenses but believe the system is not fair and needs an overhaul.

Roel Loopers

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KIDOGO DECK DETRIMENTAL TO HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, kidogo arthouse by freoview on March 17, 2016

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OnePerth reports that the State Heritage Office is investigating the unauthorised erection of a large timber deck on the northern side of Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. The building is also known as the  heritage listed Kerosene Store.

The gallery received permission in July 2015 to build a small toilet block and deck of a total area of 13.6mx3.8m but instead only built a large deck of 13.6mx5.12m but not the toilet block.

The State Heritage Office says the deck is inappropriate in material, height and size and built over a significant archaeological area, and that is detrimentally affects the cultural heritage significance of the building.

A state committee will decide on March 22 if retrospective approval will be given or the owner forced to demolish the $ 75,000.00 deck that already has been used for the pop-up Kelp bar, weddings and functions and the recent World Match Racing Tour.

This is not good news for owner Joanna Robinson who fought with Fremantle Council for years to get approval to build toilets, why she changed her mind after approval for that was finally given is anyone’s guess and might cost her dearly.

Roel Loopers

BATHERS BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IS ON

Posted in festival, food, fremantle by freoview on February 27, 2016

 

Come to Bathers Beach this weekend for the Fremantle Seafood Festival! It’s bigger and better than last year with food, wine and olive oil sampling, cooking demonstrations, music, etc. and the cute Kelp Bar at Kidogo is also open for a nice cold drink.

There is also a floating bar in the Fishing Boat Harbour that was packed full with fish late Friday afternoon.

Come try local sardines, prawns and other yummy food and support our local traders. Plenty of parking on Victoria Quay just a ten-minute walk away!

Roel Loopers

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OPEN DAY AT FREO’S ART PRECINCT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on January 21, 2016

The Fremantle BATHERS BEACH ART PRECINCT at historic Arthur Head is having an Open Day weekend and on Sunday Sunset Events will hold its first event at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

Gold coin donations will go to the Fremantle Foundation and local band San Cisco will perform.

I don’t have detailed information about what else is happening but all artist studios will be open and the Walyalup Aboriginal Culture Centre as well.

Also open for a week will be the cute Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse and the huge new deck will be a great location to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while having a nice glass of wine.

Roel Loopers

WINTER MORNING AT THE RIVER

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, winter by freoview on July 19, 2015

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Winter is not my favourite time of the year as I like it hot and sunny, but winter light is very different from summer and creates different images, as this one at the Swan river foreshore in Melville.

The very large grass area is always busy with people walking their dogs with the Perth skyline as backdrop.

The small dog exercise area suggested for Fremantle’s Stevens Reserve at Swanbourne Street is on the Council agenda this Wednesday but the officer does not recommend it because of community opposition to it.

It will be interesting to see if Fremantle Council will not implement something that sensibly protects small dogs and give them a safe area to run around in because other users of the reserve object to it. If council is consistent it ignores the community input, as it has done on far bigger and more controversial issues such as the tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

Talking about Bathers Beach, there are no indications the toilets at Kidogo Arthouse will be built and the Kelp Bar resurrected. I’ve got the feeling that owner Joanna Robinson has realised it is not going to be such a goldmine and that the location, weather and council restrictions might make a bar there  not financially viable and just bloody hard work for little return.

Roel Loopers

 

THOUSANDS VISIT SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Posted in fremantle, seafood by freoview on March 29, 2015

Fremantle’s Bathers Beach was as crowded as a jar of anchovy today when thousands visited the Seafood Festival.

Celebrity chefs showed how to best cook seafood and there were wine and olive oil tastings and yummy food on offer. The cajun prawn sliders and the crumbed sardines in a mini breadroll were delicious, but the mussel paella looked stunning as well.

It was a day of family fun and the perfect weather for it at Fremantle’s most gorgeous little beach.

Roel Loopers

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