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A LOVELY FREO WAY TO END THE WEEKEND

Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, victoria quay, markets, food by freoview on February 18, 2019

 

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The Merchants’ Mess Food Truck Markets on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is a nice way to activate the area on a Sunday afternoon and  early evening.

Good food, mellow music, ships entering and leaving the port, the Rottnest Island ferries dropping off and picking up passengers, and the sun setting behind the port is a lovely way to end the weekend.

There is a very big Portside Traders Markets coming up on Saturday March 16 from 10am-4pm, so make a note of it!

Roel Loopers

GOLDEN CONTAINERS AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2019

 

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The Fremantle Council Planning Committee meeting finished early for me on Wednesday evening, so enough time to drive onto the South Mole of Fremantle Port and capture the golden light of the setting sun on the containers of the Maersk Yangtze which entered the port just before 7.30pm.

There were plenty of clouds in the sky and the prospect of rain and even thunder on Thursday.

Roel Loopers

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ONE DEAD AFTER CAR DRIVES OFF FREMANTLE’S SOUTH MOLE

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

The body of a 75 year-old woman was recovered late yesterday off the Fremantle South Mole after the Mitsubishi Magna she and her husband were in drove off the South Mole. The 81 year-old husband managed to swim to safety.

The tragic accident happened around 7pm yesterday, and one has to wonder how, as the road on the mole is surrounded by large rocks.

Access to the South Mole was closed early this morning as the police are investigating and asking any witnesses who saw the car before the accident to come forward.

Roel Loopers

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DANCING TUGS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2019

 

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It had been surprisingly cool after the hot weekend, with the strong sea breeze creating quite a chill when one walks around.

I took a few Fremantle Port photos around 1pm on Wednesday while I was almost being blown off the South Mole.

It was a rare sight to see the tugs ‘dancing’ bow to bow.

Roel Loopers

 

CLOUDY FREO MORNING AFTER HOT WEEKEND

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on January 22, 2019

 

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Interesting clouds over Fremantle this morning and a chance of a shower tomorrow, according to BOM.

Roel Loopers

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BIRTHDAY OF ONE OF FREMANTLE’S GREATEST

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, history, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on January 12, 2019

 

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Yesterday, January 11, was the birthday of CY O’Connor, who no doubt was one of Freo’s and Western Australia’s greatest pioneers.

Charles Yelverton O’Connor built the Fremantle harbour and also the 530km long water pipeline from Perth to Kalgoorlie, but sadly he received a lot of criticism from politicians and the Sunday Times and became quite depressed. He killed himself at South Beach on March 10, 1902. A sculpture in the Indian Ocean by Tony Jones reminds us of CY’s sad ending.

CY O’Connor was born in Gravelmouth, Castletown, County Westmead in the Republic of Ireland on January 11, 1843 and migrated to New Zealand as a 21 year-old.

He became Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia in 1891.

I very often tell the remarkable and sad story of Charles Yelverton to tourists at the Roundhouse, because I consider him to be one of the great pioneers of our state and Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

LOVING FREO’S WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2019

 

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Maybe I am just an unrealistic romantic, but I hope that Fremantle Port will remain a working port with container ships, cranes, cruise ships, ferries and all the things that make ports exciting, for as long as I live, so for another 5-10 years. ;>)

Seeing the cranes and ships as a background for gorgeous heritage buildings is something very special and very Freo.

I get all the political, environmental, NIMBY and other reasons for the port to be moved away from Fremantle, but there are many who just like it the way it is, as I do.

No doubt North Quay and Rouse Head are prime real estate areas, but so are Arthur’s Head, the West End, Monument Hill and Cantonment Hill, so shall we just develop all those significant places?

There is a much stronger case in my opinion to start developing Victoria Quay. It does not all have to be done in one go, but Fremantle Ports really should start on it.

I took the photos above this morning, with the ferries to Rottnest being very popular during the school holidays.

Roel Loopers

MAKE OVER FOR FREO OLD WEIGHBRIDGE

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, heritage, historic, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 16, 2018

 

 

The lovely little old weighbridge building in the Phillimore/Cliff street roundabout is getting a make over.

Tuck pointing has finished and the City of Fremantle painter will be doing the rest to make it look good again, but I don’t think anyone has showed interest to move in and do something with the building.

The plans for a small bar there have been abandoned and that is probably better, as the roundabout is quite dangerous with motorists traveling against one way directions out of the car park and Fleet Street daily.

Roel Loopers

SUMMER FUN AT FREO’S VICTORIA QUAY

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, entertainment, food, fremantle port, hospitality, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on December 14, 2018

 

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The very popular pop-up summer DOCK Bar at Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port has opened again for a month, so a perfect spot to watch the sunset and have a cold drink.

The logo above is Vicky.  She is the face of summer at Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port .

Throughout summer there will be terrific activities including maritime movies by the quay, food and merchant markets, Rock Rattle and Roll  Festival and heaps more.

Roel Loopers

 

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WESTPORT TASKFORCE FIRST PROGRESS REPORT IS OUT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018

 

 

The first progress report by the WESTPORT Taskforce is an interesting read. It came out yesterday, so check it out on-line as it is quite substantial.

I had a quick look at the WHAT HAVE WE FOUND SO FAR report and there are two points I consider very important for Fremantle. The first one is that the report states that Fremantle Port would be capable of handling double the number of containers it does now, as long as improved road and rail access to deliver and pick up container freight is part of the development.

The second one is maybe even more important as it means that residential and other development along Victoria Quay does not have to be halted until the port stops accepting containers.

The reports states: However, the Fremantle Port buffer is a guideline rather than a State statutory and use planning instrument. It does not preclude planning for additional residential development, even in the area closest to the port, and is dependent on local governments to regulate.

This is really important, because so far any attempt at wanting to build residential or hotel accommodation at Victoria Quay has been dismissed as not being possible because of the buffer zone around the port. It might just need a different, less rigid, approach by the Fremantle Ports board and management.

And a few more snippets from the report:

Changing community expectations about what is shipped from the port should be recognised as a constraint to development in the Fremantle study area. With the relocation of some trades, the port could expand its container operations or alternatively, use the space for non-port purposes.

Changing land use within the port buffer could open opportunities for a range of recreation, commercial and residential activities around Victoria Quay and in North Fremantle.

Key considerations of future work will be to: determine how long Fremantle’s Inner Harbour can efficiently and safely operate alongside the increasingly urban environment of the City of Fremantle; assess the impacts that trucks and other traffic has on suburbs west of the Kwinana Freeway as well as on access to the port; identify opportunities to facilitate and grow trade; assess if and when any trades should be moved to a different port location; and plan for the infrastructure required to keep freight moving efficiently and the economy growing for decades to come.

Any change to Fremantle Port operation will be long-term and won’t be happening for many years. It is quite clear from this progress report that there is no immediate need to move all port operation to Kwinana or Bunbury, but that a long transitional period might be required to move some operations.

The Westport Taskforce will continue to work, explore and consult with all affected communities and stakeholders, and nothing will happen overnight, or next year.

Roel Loopers

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