It seemed out of proportion that light pollution at the Shacks car dealer in Queen Victoria Street had to go to full Fremantle council. I appreciate that it must be a nuisance for the residents of the apartments behind the alfresco showroom that the strong lights on high posts shine into their rooms, but why the issue could not be resolved by the administration is concerning.
This is a problem that has a very simple solution and is something camera lighting crews deal with daily when they make movies. One controls light spill by putting flaps around the lights and at Shacks those lights also need to be angled much further downward so that they only light up the cars on displays.
This should not have gone all the way to the Elected Members who have got enough and far more serious and important things on their plate.
Also on the agenda:
It looks like the former KULCHA space above the Dome cafe in the Evan Davies building at the Cappuccino Strip will finally be used again for a music and restaurant venue.
Councillor Jon Strachan expressed his deep frustration that this great space in the centre of the city had been vacant for three years, at yesterday’s Fremantle Council meeting.
While at the Fremantle Rainbow artwork this early evening I spotted a cherry picker going up to do some light repairs on Canning Highway and took this moody photo with port cranes in the background.
Idiotic vandals have yet again damaged the solar lights along the coastal path at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. It is such a shame that mindless morons believe they have the right to vandalise public and private property.
It is time to get CCTV at Arthur Head as this has been an ongoing problem for years and is costing money.
Two new art exhibitions open tonight at 6 pm at Kidogo Arthouse on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.
Artist David Kenworthy shows his cute and lovely kitsch flashing coloured lights children’s paddle bath art in the small gallery, while in the large space Michelle Maliepaard shows her paintings and wooden statues.
Both shows are well worth a visit so head down to Bathers!
The upgrade of the Fremantle High Street mall is well underway with new street furniture and now five new light poles to put some brightness into the dark area at night.
Daniel Sharp, the officer in charge of street lighting at the City of Fremantle, told me this morning that the lights are of Italian design, so I am looking forward to seeing them at night soon. They are on so keep an eye out for them if you walk through the cbd.
I do not understand the logic that the Fremantle Whalers Tunnel is closed at 7 pm every day of the week, but Saturday, where it stays open till 9 pm. That’s what they have to do a Wilson Security officer told me on Monday.
Bathers Beach has seen an real increase in activation with many more people using it than even two years ago, but direct access from High Street is not possible after 7 pm six days of the week. That is stupidity!
The City of Fremantle spent thousands of dollars to light up the Arthur Head cliff face on the beach side and BID spent thousands as well to light up the heritage buildings along High Street, but the most logical connectivity is denied to backpackers, visitors and local residents after seven in the evening. That is bureaucracy gone mad, and for what reasons I wonder.
We constantly hear Councillors calling for activation of the West End of Fremantle, even introducing a highly attractive night ghost town that is named Bathers Beach Art Precinct. The area is now so popular at night that it has become an open air public toilet where artists of the Captain’s Lane cottages literally step into shit every time they open up in the morning.
All Elected Members were this week sent an email of complaint about that and I have personally mentioned this to the Fremantle mayor, but no action has been taken to light up the buildings to deter unauthorised use of them at night.
The potential of the West End is huge, and it does not require an outdoor music venue to make it work, but the City needs to urgently invest money into security and making the area attractive at night for sightseeing, not to have a crap. That includes better light in the Whalers Tunnel and keeping it open longer to attract tourists.
I had a chat at Chalkys cafe yesterday with the owner of one of the beautiful apartments at Little High Street in the former warehouse so beautifully designed for adaptive re-use by architect Ralph Hoare. Greg asked why BID had not continued with lighting up all of High Street and although electricians worked many days on putting cables underground at his building and the former Tram building opposite, there were still no lights, so maybe someone at BID can explain why the money was spent and people inconvenienced for nothing.
Greg also questioned why the City of Fremantle had spent all that money on lighting up the cliff face of Arthur Head but closed the Whalers Tunnel at 7 pm. Councillors constantly talk about reactivating the area but for some reason the 10 pm closing time of the tunnel has been put forward to 7 pm. Please explain COF!
That brings me to another point about reactivation and the Bathers Beach Art Precint. Homeless people invade the verandas and backyards of the cottages at Captain’s Lane at night because the place is a dark unoccupied ghost town after 5 pm. The gallery at no 11 now only has one single artists left instead of the 4 who started it and Wild Twig is trying very hard but lacks professional appearance. The two galleries open infrequently while the Aboriginal centre is only open on weekdays till 1 pm and not on weekends. That is not activation!
The only professional outfit on top of the hill is the great looking Glen Cowans Photo Gallery but how long can he battle on on his own? The Bathers Beach Art Precinct has been badly handled by COF and Council needs to revisit this and come up with better solutions to activate the area, even more so now that it appears that Sunset Events is in no hurry to start a pub and live music venue at J Shed any time soon.
J Shed artist Jenny Dawson said yesterday that DAADA is fitting in really well next to Greg James in the studio earmarked for Sunset Events. Delighted to hear also that she is involved with artist Sandra Hill in a large artwork around the water feature at Elizabeth Quay. Unfortunately confidentially prevented her from telling me more or showing me what it is going to look like.
Arthur Head is a fantastic heritage area and I am glad to see many more people at Bathers Beach sun baking and swimming. The SCULPTURE@BATHERS show in March will bring thousands of people to the area for a few weeks so let’s make it one huge beach party to celebrate Fremantle’s and Western Australia’s creative talent and artists’ initiative!
The things that take me away from a bad mood and crappy days are taking photos, sit at the ocean, or enjoy the great Australian bush, so today it was happy snapper time for a very disappointed Loopy.
The Christmas tree at Fremantle Kings Square was lit by Mayor Brad Pettit and there were carols, Santa and the invigorating WASAMA drummers all lit up and that made for interesting movement photos.
Go and check out the lights and also wander down High Street to see them all along there, and walk trough the Whalers Tunnel to see the lit up historic Arthur Head. The kids will tell you you are the best mum and dad in the world!
Today in a month is Christmas Day, so the time for celebrations and carols has begun. This Friday November 28 the City of Fremantle will light the Christmas tree on Kings Square with an event that features Santa, the High Voltage Carollers, St John’s Church Choir, Acapella West Choir, and WASAMBA. There will also be a market with food and art and craft stalls, so bring the family.
It starts at 6.30 and the lights will be switched on around 7.20. The tree looks amazing, so if you have not seen it, it’s worth the trip!
I have no idea who put it there, but the furniture at Bathers Beach looks pretty good and it would be nice if it was a permanent feature of our Fremantle inner city beach.
The Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets starts this Saturday from 5-9 pm and the Arthur Head cliff face lights will be officially switched on at 7 on Saturday November 22, so come along!