Freo's View

A TOURIST IN MY OWN FREO TOWN

 

 

I was a tourist in my own town today and took these photos of Fremantle during a two hour walk.

We are blessed to live in such a gorgeous city!

Roel Loopers

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GENUINE ABORIGINAL ART AT TRUE BLUE MARKETS

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, markets, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2019

 

 

The new Fremantle TRUE BLUE MARKETS has opened opposite the Fremantle Markets in the Henderson Street mall, so go and have a browse.

Brian and Annette Kent are well known faces in Fremantle and the Aboriginal art on offer is genuine and painted by local artists, and not from sweat shops in Indonesia or China.

It is very important when we send tourists to the  new markets to know that they support our local Aboriginal artists, so promote them and spread the word!

Roel Loopers

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NEW AUSSIE MARKETS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, markets, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

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I noticed the signs for the all new TRUE BLUE MARKETS this morning where the Pine Warehouse opposite the Fremantle Mrkets used to be.

It will be good to see that retail space activated again. This from the website:

True Blue Australia is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of postcards, greeting cards and locally produced souvenirs. Products featuring photographs by Annette Kent are produced for almost every town in Australia. True Blue also has their own kilns to produce glass and clay jewellery, platters, art glass and awards.

Many Aboriginal Artists from the Perth metropolitan area and regional WA produce paintings, artefacts, jewellery and souvenirs at their communities and the True Blue workshop.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE DOWN BUT NOT OUT!

 

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When things are down we have to remind ourselves of the good things as well, so I was thinking about the demise of Fremantle traders, the hardship of many retailers and the increasing vacancies of shops. Yep, we all know the problems are not unique to Fremantle and similar issues are happening in other parts of metropolitan Perth and WA,  but that does not help anyone.

What might be better for Fremantle though is to talk up our city’s uniqueness and achievements instead of having constant negativity in the news media, so I was thinking about all those iconic Freo traders who have been here seemingly ‘forever’.

I am sure my list is incomplete so please add all those long-term surviving traders I have overlooked.

The oldest shoe shop in metro Perth is Bodkin’s Bootery in Freo’s west end High Street, Bousfield and Warrens menswear have been here for as long as I know, and so has Ruocco’s pizza, the Capri, Culley’s, the news agency in the mall, Cicerello’s, Galati’s, Franks, the South Fremantle fish&chips.

Top that with the Sail&Anchor, National, Orient and Federal hotels, the Norfolk, Little Creatures and Newport, the Local and South Beach Hotel, the Tradeswind, Esplanade and Federal hotels, and the Fremantle Markets.

The Moore&Moore cafe has been open for more than ten years and so has the old Roma, that closed for a while but reopened. The Attic is still going well and so are Gino’s, Chalky’s, Picollo’s, and Duck Duck Bruce in Collie Street have been doing so well that they are opening a new second place in Bannister Street.

Kennedy’s the barber is also going well, and while Norm Wrightson’s will be closing  due to the Manning building development it has been THE iconic Freo barber for ages. And let’s not forget Bitches Brew the framers and art gallery, Kakula’s Sister,  and Japingka Gallery and Megan Salmon’s fashion shop.

The Manning building development with a new tavern, brewery and distillery will be great and so will be the Police&Justice complex tourist attraction with hotel, FOMO at Kings Square will offer a whole new shopping and hospitality experience, and a few new hotels  and residential apartment buildings will pop up in the centre of Freo over the next years as well

It might often feel as if Fremantle is on it’s knees but the fight is not over by a long way, and Freo people and traders know how to fight and the community knows how to support one another. We’ll get through these tough times by telling ourselves and others that Freo is a pretty outstanding place to visit, shop and live. We can do it Freo!

SHOP AND HAVE FUN IN FREO!

 

Roel Loopers

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MAKERS MARKET AT FREMANTLE ESPLANADE HOTEL

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, design, fashion, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on July 11, 2019

 

Made On The Left, the oldest Perth handmade artist markets, will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle this weekend July 13 and 14.

More than 80 WA artists and designers will show their works, from art to design, fashion, food, homewares, plants, etc.

There will also be retro and handmade vintage clothing, leather, candles, timber furniture, jewellery, artisan soaps, honey and more, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers

 

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PICTURES OF A FREO MARKET

Posted in city of fremantle, growers green markets, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2019

 

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It is a slow news weekend so a short stroll at the Growers Green Farmers Market this morning resulted in these three photos.

Roel Loopers

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SEE YOU AT THE GROWERS GREEN MARKET

 

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It looks like it is going to be a pretty good Sunday after all the rain we had this week, so why not head out to the Growers Green Farmers Market at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road. It is on from 8am till midday today for great fresh and organic fruit&vegetables, bread, pastries, eggs, etc.

And the perfect place for nice breakfast and great coffee or to buy some take-away for lunch.

Of course Farmer Damian’s animal touch farm is there, plus live music and face painting

There is also the Beaconsfield Precinct meet with Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge from 10-12am.

See you there!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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ENJOY THE WA DAY SUNDAY

 

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It is going to be a beautiful mild Sunday so go out and explore gorgeous Fremantle.

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road till midday for fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, yummy breakfast, lunch and coffee.

All the cafes and restaurants around Freo are open today, but some will be closed tomorrow, so take advantage of that, and the Fremantle Markets and E Shed Markets are open, as are Fremantle Prison, the Roundhouse, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum.

And at the Fishing Boat Harbour the WA DAY Festival is on all day till 8pm.

There really is no excuse to stay home, so grab the kids, the dog and hubby and head out to be part of our great Freo community.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers

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CHANGES FOR FREMANTLE VISITOR CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle is reviewing the Visitor Centre and the role it should play in the future. A consultant reviewed the operations of the centre and engaged with stakeholders and tourists to find out what is good and what is not working so well.

One recommendation is to cease taking bookings and selling merchandise at the Visitor Centre because of strong on-line competition. Bookings have gone down by 66% between 2012 and 2018.

There was also a lot of feedback about the poor web presence of the Visitor Centre that needs to be more relevant and up to date about what Fremantle has to offer.

It cost $ 460.000 yearly to run the centre which is managed by City staff and supported by many volunteers.

One of the things missing are multilingual fact sheets about what Fremantle has to offer, opening times of tourist attractions, etc.

Also missing, and that should also be the role of the Visitor Centre is connecting with stakeholders, so that everyone is aware what goes on in town. For example, at the Roundhouse the volunteers are not being informed about special exhibitions or events at the Maritime and Shipwreck museums or Fremantle Prison. There are also no flyers to hand out about festivals such as the Winter Festival, Hidden Treasures, Street Arts, etc.etc. and that is not good enough.

The Roundhouse very much plays the role of the second Visitor Centre so information needs to be shared better, so that the volunteers there can direct tourists to whatever is on in Fremantle.

Translations of the historic information about the Roundhouse are very popular with overseas tourists, especially those who speak no English at all, such as many Chinese, Korean and Japanese visitors, so fact sheets in many foreign languages should become a base for Fremantle’s information service to visitors.

The item is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s FPOL Committee, which unfortunately clashes with the Federal election Candidates Debate.

Roel Loopers

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FREO FARMER GOT HIS WIFE

Posted in city of fremantle, Uncategorized, wedding by freoview on May 6, 2019

 

 

It is not often a Fremantle farmer gets married, so when my mate Damian said he was marrying lovely Jo I had to tag along and take some photos of course.

Farmer Damian is well-known from his animal touch farms at the Growers Green Markets and Clancy’s on Sundays and elsewhere around Perth and also from his educational primary school visits with his cow.

The semi-rural setting for the wedding was provided by the Randwick Stables and that allowed for horses, sheep, goat, dogs, duck, chicken and rabbit to be part of the lovely relaxed ceremony.

Roel Loopers

 

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