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FREMANTLE RESPONDS TO KWINANA PORT FUTURE

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has responded to today’s announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan that a new port will be build at Kwinana and operating there from 2032. The Mayor said the council’s position on the future of Fremantle port was clear.

“For more than 120 years the inner harbour has been central to Fremantle’s identity as a port city, and the employment and activity associated with the operations of the inner harbour are a critical component of the Fremantle region’s economy,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“While we recognise the need for an expanded role for the outer harbour at Kwinana, the council has been very firm in its view that the inner harbour should be retained as a working port.

“We will need to take some time to sit down and properly review today’s announcement and consider where to from here, but obviously any move to end container handling at North Quay will have massive implications for Fremantle.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from the state government what they have in mind to compensate Fremantle for the loss of such an important asset and how they plan to support the Fremantle economy during the transition to the outer harbour.”

In August 2018 Fremantle Council reaffirmed a position that container handling should be maintained at North Quay, provided the associated land side transport arrangements had no greater impact on the local community than current port operations.

The council also called for Victoria Quay to be progressively developed for community, tourism and commercial uses, with a focus on improved facilities for cruise ship passengers, and that car imports and other freight shipments coming through Victoria Quay should be transferred to another location as soon as possible.

As I suggested about a week ago the announcement by the Premier today appears to be one to make it palatable for Kwinana and Fremantle, with so many unknown factors still that might change the direction of the government in the future. No jobs are at risk for at least a decade, with promises of thousands of jobs when the new port and roads get built.

 

Roel Loopers

 

MUA NOT HAPPY WITH SIMONE MCGURK

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, politics, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 6, 2020

 

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The MUA-Maritime Union of Australia WA, is jumping the gun a bit by claiming that 8,000 jobs will be lost and defacing the advertising for the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

The sticker over the face of McGurk at the bench in Norfolk Street is making a big claim, because even if the state government should announce that they will be building a new port in Kwinana it is doubtful that will affect the job of 8,000 people.

As a strong supporter of Fremantle Port I am disappointed that the Westport Taskforce findings have not been made public and can only wonder if there is some editing going on that should not happen, before parts of it will be shared with the public.

For the record; Simone McGurk is the Minister for Child Prevention, Women’s Interest, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services and in my humble opinion is doing a splendid job in her portfolios.

Roel Loopers

FISHING BOAT HARBOUR ACTIVITY

Posted in boating, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, hospitality, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2020

 

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Some photos I took in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour earlier this week.

Two shots of the hopper dredger MODI R, that just arrived as I walked along the boardwalk, and a photo of work on the very large new floating function centre under construction, that will be sailing from Elizabeth Quay in Perth once it is finished.

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BECOME A FREMANTLE PORTS VOLUNTEER

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on July 23, 2020

 

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A message from one of my favourite places in Freo-Fremantle Port:

We are seeking expressions of interest from people of all ages who have a strong connection with the Port of Fremantle for our inaugural ‘Friends of Fremantle Ports’ community volunteering program.

Building further on our highly successful activation, education and Maritime Day initiatives, we need your help to give Victoria Quay visitors an opportunity to learn more about Fremantle’s busy working port and its operations.

If you’re keen for a chance to get involved, just follow the link below to tell us a bit about yourself. We’re looking forward to having you on board.

This sounds like a lot of fun, so I might sign up for it myself.

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SHEEP, SHEEP AHOY

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, sheep, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2020

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When I walk around Fremantle I tend to travel light with just one camera with a short zoom lens, but when I drove onto the South Mole yesterday afternoon to take photos of the Al Kuwait sheep ship I took a 300mm lens with me and also took this impressive photo of the huge port cranes.

The court case by animal rights activists was lost and the Al Kuwait can be loaded with some 50,000 sheep and is scheduled to depart Fremantle Port tomorrow.

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AL KUWAIT HOT TRIP FOR 50,000 SHEEP

 

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The Al Kuwait livestock ship has moved from Victoria Quay to North Quay in Fremantle Port, to be loaded with 50,000 sheep before her departure to the Middle East on Wednesday.

The sheep carrier arrived in Fremantle with 21 of her 48 crew members being diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus, so they were sent for self isolation to a Perth hotel. The last six cases recovered over the weekend, so the ship can now sail.

It is controversial that the Federal Government allowed the departure with thousands of sheep on board, because there is an Australian ban on live export during the hot summer months in the northern hemisphere.

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DUYFKEN GETS A NEW MAST

Posted in city of fremantle, historic, history, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020

 

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My daily loitering with intent paid off late this morning when I came across the replacing of a mast at the Duyfken replica at the Sardine Wharf in Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour.

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PICTURES OF THE WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2020

 

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A few different photos of Fremantle Port, taken from the old traffic bridge yesterday. The container ship is not actually on the railway bridge of course. ;>))

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AL KUWAIT CREW ON BOARD SINCE DECEMBER

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, fremantle ports, health, LIVESTOCK, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2020

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If it is true that the crew of the Al Kuwait have not been allowed off the live sheep ship since December, it is a worry.

I received this interesting comment to the blog from Ivana C S, and if this is correct how did the people on the Al Kuwait get Covid-19 when they have not disembarked since December, as Ivana C S claims?

My dad is a cook on this ship. He went to work there before Covid was reported to China. Since December he, and the rest of the crew were not allowed to disembark in any port. Even they don’t know how this happened! He is now in a hotel waiting for test results. I need to say this too, he was supposed to come back in March…because of worldwide lockdown he is still working. So…. no crew were walking the streets of Fremantle… this is a great shock to as all. Greetings from Croatia.

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CONTAINERS ON THE LEASH

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2020

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The tugs in Fremantle Port were keeping this container ship on the leash at lunchtime today.

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