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POINT WALTER JOGGERS DOING IT TOUGH

Posted in city of fremantle, city of melville, fitness, health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

jogging at Point Walter

 

Photography is a constant journey to discover new images. I enjoy the rather restless task of walking and driving while looking for new photos.

These joggers were doing it tough on the sandbank at Point Walter yesterday mid afternoon and made for an interesting photo with the sun reflecting on the surface of the river.

Roel Loopers

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WET AND WILD GOOD FRIDAY AHEAD

Posted in city of fremantle, Easter, photography, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on April 19, 2019

 

B&W rain

 

This is one of my all time favourite photos, which I took early last year on the Melville foreshore just east of Point Walter, and it suits today’s bad weather Good Friday mood to a T, so I republish it to start this wet public holiday.

The big storms did not hit Fremantle overnight in the area where I live, but there are a lot of hours in the day still where the forecast is for strong winds, hail and more rain, so stay safe.

Roel Loopers

MELVILLE WAVE PARK REJECTION SIMILAR TO FREO’S J SHED TAVERN

 

The rejection by the State Government of the proposed wave park in the City of Melville is a huge win for the community there and has a lot in common with the State’s rejection of the planned tavern at J Shed on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

It is quite intriguing to notice that both local councils approved the controversial plans against huge community opposition and outrage and that even the community votes at special electors meetings were ignored.

One has to wonder also about the proposed location of a wave park in Melville that is just a 20-minute drive to Fremantle beaches. From memory there has even been an application for a small wave park near Port Beach, which makes even less sense.

It is nice to notice that the planning approval process, that is often criticised, worked well in both instances and that inappropriate uses of crown land were rejected by the State.

Roel Loopers

FREE PIGRAM BROTHERS CONCERT IN BICTON

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, city of melville, concert, entertainment, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2019

 

Broome to Bicton. 16Feb

 

The 17th annual free Broome to Bicton concert by the PIGRAM BROTHERS is on again this Saturday February 16 at Quarantine Park in Bicton, next to the Bicton Bath, from 4.30pm.

Bring a rug and picnic and enjoy great music while watching the sun go down over the Swan river.

Roel Loopers

WET, WET, WET, A GOOD DAY TO STAY IN BED

Posted in city of fremantle, city of melville, perth, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 9, 2018

 

B&W rain

 

Because it is a bit of a slow news day today, and because it rained a lot over night, and because I am not looking forward to a very wet day volunteering at the Roundhouse, I republish the photo I showed yesterday, but this time in Black&White.

It was taken on the Melville foreshore just up from Point Walter, and if you look carefully you can see the Perth skyline through the rainy mist, on the right hand side.

Roel Loopers

 

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BEAUTIFUL BLACKWALL REACH

Posted in food, fremantle, health, Uncategorized by freoview on July 30, 2017

 

 

A beautiful friend of mine whom I like very much told me on Facebook yesterday that since she saw me last, about five months ago, I have become and ugly fat blob of a man. (Only joking! She said I looked good. ; >)

Being human I immediately reacted and blamed my poor health at the start of the year for my weight gain, because walking was not a great experience with a catheter inserted. I totally forgot to mention my liking for sweets, ice cream, pork belly, chips with mayo, pies, pizza, etc.

Anyway, my Pigmy penis was successfully amputated in a ten-second operation in May, so with the sky blue and the sun shining I no longer had an excuse this morning to stay on the couch and read books.

Off I went to Blackwall Reach, that really should be part of Freo. The Fremantle Tram used to run through there to Point Walter, so historically we have a claim.

If only the former State Government had not messed up the local government reform so badly, that beautiful part of the world would have been ours.

Talked to a lovely couple from Victoria who arrived yesterday and who are regrowing a rain forrest there near Mildura. She was picking up rubbish that people had left behind on the rocks.

Here some photos of my epic walk to show my now former friend whom I liked very much that I am trying to lose weight. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE LIGHTRAIL NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in city of fremantle, lightrail, transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2017

 

How nice to hear local councils in the Fremantle area working together for a change, instead of viewing each other as competition.

They could not agree on local government reform, council amalgamations and the Roe 8 highway, but now the South West Group of Cockburn, Fremantle, Melville, Kwinana, East Fremantle and Rockingham are planning ahead together for light rail, according to a report in today’s Sunday Times.

A Fremantle to Murdoch lightrail corridor is a high priority according to the report, but also a loop with Rockingham and the coast.

There is no doubt in my opinion that lightrail from Fremantle to Rockingham would be used extensively by locals and tourists alike and connect the two cities.

The South West Group report also considers lightrail from Fremantle to Canning Bridge and linking Cockburn and Fremantle.

Long-term planning by local councils for lightrail and traffic corridors is essential to pin point where new residential and commercial development should be encouraged so that planing schemes can be introduced to accommodate that.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that local councils had a role to play in planning transit systems as they would need to rezone areas for transport hubs.

Lightrail has been on Fremantle’s wish list for a long time but low residential figures make it difficult to build a sound business case for it. However the development boom in Fremantle and Cockburn and along to coast to Rockingham is starting to make lightrail a very good option for the not too distant future, and we need to plan for that now.

Roel Loopers

 

SATURDAY FOG PHOTOS

Posted in fremantle, photography, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on May 13, 2017

 

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I could not stop myself from going out again and take more photos of this morning’s fog in Fremantle.

I drove along the Swan river to Blackwall Reach and Point Walter to take these images.

Roel Loopers

RAIN CLOUDS AT POINT WALTER

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on May 18, 2016

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A very early start to do some blogging this morning, but then I could not get on line, so went for a drive through Fremantle and beyond instead to feel the autumn rain.

I am not much of a nature photographer but took this moody shot just beforeĀ sunrise at Point Walter.

Roel Loopers

COMPARE COUNCILS ON MY COUNCIL WEBSITE

Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, western australia by freoview on April 30, 2016

The WA State Government has a new My Council website where we can compare and see how our councils are doing. Nice to see the City of Fremantle page has one of my photos of Bathers Beach on it.

So I now know that the Fremantle area is 19 square kilometres small, that we have a population of 30,883 and 19,777 electors.

Fremantle’s revenue is $ 71,426,672 and its operating expenditure $ 71,070,614.

The total value of assets of the City of Fremantle is $ 486,608,885.

Rates are always a discussion point so I compared rates in the area and the recent rate increases were:

Fremantle 6%, Cockburn 11%, Mosman Park 5%, Cottesloe 5%, East Fremantle 6%, Melville 40%(is that a typo?), Mandurah 7%, Rockingham 10%.

The website is: mycouncil.wa.gov.au

Roel Loopers

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