Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2018



It is a very busy day at Fremantle Port this Friday with ten vessels at berth.

At Victoria Quay there are three cruise liners, the delayed Regatta that was supposed to sail out last evening, the Astor, and the Silver Shadow, which arrived just after 1 pm.

There is also a RoRo vessel and two supply ships at Victoria Quay.

At North Quay there are three container ships and one scrap metal vessel.

Lots of pleasure boats also passing through the port plus the Rottnest Island ferries.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 27, 2012

I like Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and I like most of the Fremantle councillors. I’d be happy to have a drink with any of them any time!

But sometimes hype and spin take over, or is it the exuberant naivety of youth? Such is the case in today’s Fremantle Gazette community newspaper, where Brad Pettitt is quoted about ISAF 2011 “Our handling of what was a world-scale and complex event has given both the council and the community extreme confidence that Fremantle can and should host other events of this scale.”

In case you don’t remember, ISAF 2011 was the international sailing event held off Bathers Beach, that was predicted to attract up to half a million visitors to Fremantle, but sadly only a few thousand made it to our coast.

We already knew Fremantle could handle world-scale events like the America’s Cup and other big sailing events, but what was not proven though is how Fremantle would handle 500,000 visitors over a two week period. How would the city cope with traffic jams, how with the influx of foreigners wanting to dine and wine, where would we have accommodated them had they turned up, how many would have been injured trying to cross Marine Parade where we still have no pedestrian crossings, how would public transport have coped, etc?

These are the kinds of issues the City of Fremantle needs to address before trying to get future events to the city, because there might be events that could attract huge numbers, unlike ISAF 2011. ISAF 2011 only showed Freo can handle lots of sailing races, it did not prove much else.

It is o.k. to try to put a positive spin on things for Freo’s sake, Brad, but there needs to be some semblance of reality in it.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 30, 2011

Bad news for boaties around Fremantle with the West Australian newspaper reporting today that the waters between Leighton and Woodman Point will be off limit for leisure craft and commercial boating for 16 days during the ISAF 2011 sailing championships, which will be held off Bathers Beach from December 3 this year.

ISAF estimates to have at times up to 850 boats in the water and fear it would be chaos not restricting pleasure and other crafts from entering the area.

Roel Loopers


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