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IS THERE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WHALERS TUNNEL?

 

 

Vandals have caused more than $ 10,000 damage to the small solar lights along the coastal path at Bathers Beach between Kidogo Arthouse and J Shed since they were installed.

The City of Fremantle stopped repairing the lights over the last 18 months because of the constant and excessive vandalism, but officers have put a request to Council to include in next financial year’s budget replacement lights mounted on tall poles.

Such lights were proposed before by officers but deemed not in keeping with the heritage character of Arthur’s Head, but already two taller lights have been installed just south of J Shed in the vicinity of the former whaling station.

I took photos of the vandalism on Monday morning.

Roel Loopers

MORE VANDALISM AT HISTORIC ARTHUR’S HEAD

 

 

Morons continue to deface and vandalise Fremantle’s historic Arthur’s Head especially along the coastal path at Bathers Beach.

Graffiti has been sprayed on the Aboriginal Manjarree Trail signs and on the solar lights, which have again been vandalised with many small holes smashed into the panels.

I hear there are officers at the City of Fremantle who believe it is not appropriate to replace those small lights and to put taller solar lights in the area, as that would not be in keeping with the heritage significance, but I wonder how ugly, vandalised low lights suit the historic area any better.

This has been an ongoing problem for many years and Fremantle Council needs to address this. The path is very popular with tourists and locals so an unsightly appearance is not good enough!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PRISON LIGHTS UP AT NIGHT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, historic, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2018

 

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Christmas has started early at Fremantle Prison with the old entrance building now all lit up in different colours at night. It looks great!

Thank you to Ivan Dzeba from Benny’s bar&cafe for making me aware of it!

Roel Loopers

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REPLACE DAMAGED BATHERS BEACH PATH LIGHTS

 

Vandalism of the waist-high solar lights along the dune path at Bathers Beach is an ongoing concern and it looks terrible, but all the City of Fremantle does is costly repairs.

I hear that City staff have suggested that the solution is to put two or three large poles with solar floods along the path, that would have a wider spread of light and help to make the area feel safer, but this has been rejected because larger poles would not be in keeping with the heritage of Arthur’s Head.

Are they really suggesting that the damaged small lights are better at the path that is very popular with tourists than a few long poles?

Roel Loopers

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FADED NEON SHOW IS ON RECORD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2017

 

 

There is an interesting light exhibition upstairs at Mills Records at Fremantle’s Kings Square as part of the HIGH TIDE biennale for this year’s Fremantle Festival.

Zora Kreuzer and George Howlett have created the site-specific light installation Faded Neon.

The High Tide blurb reads as follows:

Working collaboratively with recycled music industry paraphernalia, the artists will ‘live’ in Mills Records. For 72 years this building has been a continuous and rich hub for music and culture in Fremantle.

Howlett and Kreuzer become the gatekeepers of the gallery and adjacent lane, while light and colour inform in the production and distribution of music. This is a dance between artists, light and the building in the iconic Mills Records.

Blank Space (Mills Records), 22 Adelaide St, Fremantle
Mon 30 Oct- Sun 12 Nov
10am – 5pm, Thur – Sun

 

Roel Loopers

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OVER PROTECTIVE FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 14, 2017

 

The protection of this light pole in Fremantle’s Paddy Troy Lane seems a bit overkill to me.

I assume a few trucks have backed into the pole when they deliver goods to the hospitality venues, but did the barrier need to be this massive?.

Roel Loopers

SOLAR LIGHTS FOR BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

 

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Two tall slim solar-powered lights have been installed at the northern end of Fremantle’s Bathers Beach near J Shed.

The small solar lights along the coastal path often have been vandalised because they are low on the ground, so this is much better.

Roel Loopers

HOW MANY PEOPLE TO CHANGE THE LIGHTS IN FREO?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on March 23, 2017

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.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE LIGHT REPAIRS

Posted in fremantle, photography, port by freoview on December 1, 2016

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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.

Roel Loopers

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VANDALS DAMAGE BATHERS BEACH LIGHTS

Posted in crime, fremantle, law&order, vandalism, western australia by freoview on July 4, 2016

 

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.

Roel Loopers

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