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FREMANTLE’S OCEAN COLOURS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, indian ocean, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2019

 

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The predictions are is that it is going to be a pretty awful weekend with rain and storms and even lightning and thunder, so here a bit of Fremantle colour to help you through the next couple of days. Stay warm and dry!

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE IMPACT ON TREES

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2019

 

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MAINROADS has supplied the above graph to show how many trees will be saved and which ones will be lost for the Fremantle High Street Upgrade, which is anticipated to make the freight journey to Fremantle Port faster and easier.

Work is due to start in just a few months from now and will take some of the public golf course.

Roel Loopers

MOST TREES RETAINED AT HIGH STREET UPGRADE

 

MAINROADS has issued a statement concerning the preservation of trees at the Fremantle High Street Upgrade project, which I post in part below.

There is still no word if the City of Fremantle will receive land at Clontarf Hill in exchange for the loss of CoF land for the High Street Upgrade.

Since Commonwealth and State funding was received in May 2017, we have been working in partnership with the City of Fremantle to develop a concept plan that meets the key objective of improving safety on High Street, while minimising impacts to the surrounding environment – particularly established trees. These measures include:

Overall clearing footprint: There are 245 large trees in the project area between Carrington Street and Stirling

Highway. While earlier versions of this project would have required significant clearing, our final concept design retains at least 178 (or 72%) of these trees. 67 (28%) will be cleared.

Nesting hollows: No current or potential nesting hollows for black cockatoos or other species are impacted by the project.

Future potential breeding trees: 64 (of 245) trees within the project area are considered to be future potential breeding trees (there is no current evidence of breeding).

The project will retain at least 48 (75%) of these trees. 16 (25%) will be cleared.

Tuart trees: 31 trees within the project area are tuarts. We’ve changed our design to save at least 13 of these tuarts. This includes specimens close to the Fremantle Netball Centre estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old.

Design changes: The project will provide a tree-lined median between the eastbound and westbound carriageways. While providing an attractive gateway into the city, this measure allows 28 trees to be preserved.

Landscaping and Urban Design: We have developed a Landscape and Urban Design Framework and specified a high standard of urban design for the project through consultation with local stakeholders including the City of Fremantle and the local community. The detailed development of the urban design will involve a coordinated team of urban designers, landscape architects, a public artist and public arts coordinator, and will include further consultation with local stakeholders. The detailed landscaping plan comprises soft landscaping, involving extensive planting and revegetation with species appropriate to the local area. The planting work will be done by a specialist contractor in the first winter following construction completion.

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FOOD TRUCKS AT B SHED TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2019

 

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The winter location for the Food Trucks Under The Bridge is at B Shed on Victoria Quay and it is on tonight and every Monday from 5-8pm.

It is a lovely spot to watch the sun set and see ships arriving and departing from Fremantle Port, so take the family or just yourself and enjoy a good meal from some of our best food trucks.

Roel Loopers

FOOD TRUCKS AT B SHED TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2019

 

Under The Bridge

 

The very popular Under The Bridge Food Trucks event will be held for the first time tonight inside B Shed on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay for the start of the winter season.

Great food in a great setting with live music, harbour and sunset views, so what better way to spend the last hours of the long WA Day weekend. It is on from 5-8pm.

We’ve got @eatnoevil1, @piadina_nonna_pina, @juicepalacefremantle and @stampede_gelato PLUS live music!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORTS HERITAGE PRESERVATION A PRIORITY

 

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It is good to finally see some restoration work on heritage buildings at Fremantle Ports. They started on the former Immigration Building and are also doing some work at B Shed.

But the neglect of A Shed that has been rotting away for years now is not acceptable, and since the public has no access to other sheds along Victoria Quay we don’t really know how bad it is elsewhere.

Fremantle Ports is keen on activating Victoria Quay, and that is a good thing, and they are also keen to start with development there, but that is unlikely to occur until the final Westport Taskforce report has been delivered and the State Government has made a decision about the future of Fremantle Port and Victoria Quay, so that is a long way away still.

Up to then it is the duty of Fremantle Ports to look after the heritage there. It is not acceptable to have a demolition by neglect attitude, so they need to prioritise the maintenance of the old sheds.

Roel Loopers

 

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WINTER IN PORT FOR UNDER THE BRIDGE FOOD TRUCKS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

Under the Bridge June 3

 

Good to see that Under The Bridge Food Trucks took up my suggestion when they asked on Facebook for a winter location for the popular Monday event.

I suggested B Shed on Victoria Quay as I know Fremantle Ports is keen to activate VQ more, and the two parties reached an agreement.

From coming Monday June 3 on the Under the Bridge Food Trucks will be in B Shed straight on the wharf from 5-8pm where they offer delightful meals, live music, great sunsets and port activities, so go and check it out on the long WA Day weekend!

It is on throughout winter at B Shed till August 19  and after that it will return in summer to the East Street jetty

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LOVING THE FREO VIEW CORRIDORS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 16, 2019

 

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I love the view corridors to Fremantlte Port through the streets where parts of the port are framed by the beautiful heritage buildings, such as here in Pakenham Street.

If more people made themselves tourists in our own twon there would be a higher appreciation for how special Freo is and that we should feel blessed to love here. I certainly do!

By the way, the building site front left is of the new Fremantle Republic tavern, gin distillery and micro brewery, so more excitement coming to the West End of town soon. Taking the facade back to its original tuckpointing has improved it a lot already.

Roel Loopers

 

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FIVE WEEKS FOR WESTPORT TASKFORCE SHORT LIST

 

 

One can only agree with one of the public comments made that the Westport Taskforce is doing a fantastic job at community consultation and information and a very thorough job overall.

Another meeting was held this morning in the Fremantle Townhall and around 70 members of the community attended to listen to Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt and the Chair of Westport Nicole Lockwood.

The Mayor said that Fremantle Council had been pretty frustrated about the Perth Freight Link proposal and were very pleased that it had been abandoned.

Council believes that a working port is critical for Fremantle’s economic future and a survey showed that a massive70% of participants agreed with that. It was however important that a growing port would not have a greater negative impact on the community.

How can we be smart and have container freight on road not mainly during business hours, the Mayor asked. We need a dedicated freight rail line that does not conflict with the passenger trains.

Nicole Lockwood explained that the focus of the Westport Taskforce was on Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana and this has created many options which needed to be considered. It was about how to accommodate freight for the next fifty years and how we can get more out of the current network.

Social values and the environment are priorities, but we needed to be clear that the current infrastructure will not meet future needs. All options considered needed to be able to handle the long-term container trade projections, and must use the existing supply chain corridors.

The capacity of Fremantle Port is only at 37% Lockwood said, but the rail lines are very near capacity.

Westport is building an interactive digital spatial tool to create real-time modelling.

An small increase in growth of containers will have huge cumulative impacts over time.

Nicole Lockwood is very impressive. She is well across all the details and did not need notes to point out the pros and cons. She said the taskforce was about five weeks away from shortlisting the best options.

With so many container trucks arriving or leaving Fremantle Port empty I wonder if a system could be created where freight operators could swap trips so that a policy of no pick up without drop off and vice versa could be implemented. That would take a substantial number of trucks off our roads.

Very informative session that ended in a Q&A where most public speakers went over old ground complaining about train noise and vibration and traffic issues in North Fremantle. Short-term solutions for these issues are clearly not on the cards.

Roel Loopers

 

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HAZY FREMANTLE MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2019

 

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It’s a bit of a hazy morning in good old Freo so the perfect location to take some photos of the fog is Fremantle Port of course.

Roel Loopers

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