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FRE-OH! SUMMER MAGAZINE A GREAT READ

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, marketing, PR,, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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The summer edition of the quarterly City of Fremantle FRE-OH! magazine is out and a great read. It will be delivered to your letterbox but is also available on-line on Facebook and the City’s website.

The cover is of the delightful milliner Kate Hulett, well known from her Kate and Abel hat shop at Many 2.0 and from her involvement with Spacemarket.

There is also a good story about Gerard O’Brien and Silverleaf Investments, and the brilliant restoration work they are doing at the historic Manning building, a story about new businesses, one about book clubs, a spread about North Fremantle, another one about lifesaving, etc. There is even a short story about this Loopy blogger in it.

FRE-OH! is a good way to stay connected with our community and to find out all about the latest news in the port city.

Roel Loopers

BEAUTIFUL NEW FREO BOB’S SHOE STORE

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shoes, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2019

 

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A lot of shops have moved sideways in the Manning building to accommodate the redevelopment that Silverleaf Investments are doing there.

When walking back from the Christmas Carnival at Victoria Quay yesterday I noticed that the Bob’s Shoe Store has relocated and now is in a lovely modern new shop with exposed brick walls, designed by the son of owner Cory Fong.

Broome resident and Aboriginal elder Fong told me that Bob’s had been at the Cappuccino Strip for over 30 years. That is about as long as I have known Cory.

Roel Loopers

COLES LEAVING FREMANTLE CBD?

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2019

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The Fremantle grapevine is abuzz with the rumour that Coles will be leaving the Woolstores shopping centre and that staff have been told the supermarket chain won’t be part of the new hotel, retail, child care and police station development by Silverleaf Investments, that still needs planning approval by JDAP.

It would be a pretty big shock for Fremantle if there were no longer a supermarket in the CBD, but I am quietly confident that with all the development happening and in the pipeline in Freo another chain like IGA or Woolworths will find the Woolstores option an attractive opportunity.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE at 1.50pm:

The rumours are only partly correct as Coles will only close doors during the development, but return when the new building is finished, which will still leave the CBD without a supermarket for at least two years.

 

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LET SANTA PAY FOR FREO PARKING!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking by freoview on December 3, 2019

 

 

Santa Claus and his helpers are back in Freo spreading Christmas cheer and paying for shoppers’ parking.

The big guy from the North Pole will be visiting car parks and businesses in the city centre on Mondays through to Thursdays, handing out lollies to the kids and paying for parking, from now right up until Christmas Eve.

For tips on Santa’s whereabouts and updates on the latest sightings, check out the City of Fremantle Facebook page.

If you see Santa and his elf grab a selfie and tag the City of Fremantle.

Along with free parking Santa, the City of Fremantle’s Christmas shopping initiative to provide two-hour free parking at all of its off-street car parks has kicked off today.

The free parking offer will run until Boxing Day and be available Monday to Thursday from 9am-4pm via the City of Fremantle’s PayStay mobile parking app.

To take advantage of the free parking offer all people need to do is download the PayStay app and activate their parking sessions via the app.

It is no longer a requirement to pre-load credit to use PayStay. People who download the app and register for the first time using a postcode in the Perth metro area will have their minimum credit balance and minimum top-up amount automatically set to zero.

People who have already registered with PayStay can login to their account on the website or the app and set their minimum balances to zero.

The PayStay app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the PayStay website.

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FREMANTLE WA’S BEST OPEN AIR SHOPPING

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, local government, marketing, PR,, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle has released a light-hearted new video as part of its campaign to encourage more people to do their Christmas shopping in Fremantle, WA’s best open air shopping centre.

Directed by Fremantle-based photographer, film-maker and Australian Survivor contestant Jarrad Seng, the video stars local musician Timothy Nelson performing a Freo version of the classic carol The Twelve Days of Christmas while riding on the ferris wheel at the Esplanade Park.

It was shot at iconic Fremantle locations like the West End, Cappuccino Strip, Fremantle Markets and Bathers Beach and features products and styling from local designers, retail stores and boutiques.

“Our team had a lot of fun devising each mini-scene in a way that promoted great Fremantle stores, experiences and locations – as well as providing just that little pop of unexpected delight, which is also very Freo.

“In total over 70 locals volunteered their time to be a part of this and show their love for Fremantle and our entire film crew was sourced locally, which is a testament to the creative talent in town.

“Let me tell you, directing 11 nonnos in Gino’s to stay in one place and sip coffee in unison is no easy feat.”

The release of the video coincides with the launch of the City’s #shopfreo Christmas shopping competition.

Just spend $20 in any participating store and ask for your unique code, then go online to enter the codeword for your chance to win $500 to spend in the store.

Two winners will be drawn every Monday from 25 November through to 23 December.

To make shopping in Freo easier this Christmas the City of Fremantle is also offering up to two hours free parking at all of its off-street car parks.

Running from 1 December until Boxing Day, the free parking offer will be available Monday to Thursday from 9am-4pm via the City of Fremantle’s PayStay mobile parking app.

The PayStay app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the PayStay website.

In addition to the free parking offer through PayStay, Free Parking Santa will also return to the streets of Fremantle this year offering to pay for shoppers parking at variety of car park ticket machines across the City.

Shoppers are urged to keep an eye on City of Fremantle social media for Free Parking Santa locations.

To enter the Christmas #shopfreo competition and find out more about what’s happening in Fremantle for Christmas go to visitfremantle.com.

To watch the Twelve Days of Christmas in Freo video, click here.

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FREE-O CHRISTMAS PARKING

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, parking, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2019

 

People shopping in Fremantle will be getting free parking from December 2 to Boxing Day at 27 carparks in the CBD.

Motorists will be able to park for free for up to two hours from Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4pm in one of the 2,300 bays.

Fremantle Council is trying to do everything to convince people to shop locally in our port city.

I do support the free parking but question why it is for two hours only and not for a three-hour period, so that shoppers have time to shop more leisurely and have enough time also to enjoy lunch and breakfast.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MALLS MALLS

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 12, 2019

 

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There are definitely more than one Fremantle Malls. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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LATEST GREAT PLANS FOR FREO WOOLSTORES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2019

 

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The exciting latest proposal for the development of the Woolstores shopping centre site has been revealed and has a lot of potential.

Fremantle based Silverleaf Investments want to build a six storey mixed use complex that will have a 141-room hotel, the new Freo Police Station, a child care centre, offices, retail at ground level, and five levels of parking that will be accessed from Elder Place.

If the development application gets the support of Fremantle Council and the approval from JDAP and the development would start early next year, so that would be great.

While it is always difficult to imagine what a building will look like I do really like what I see in these renders. It would be a great addition to Fremantle.

It will also be very good to keep the Police Station in the centre of the city and it would help a lot to combat antisocial behaviour in that part of town.

Roel Loopers

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BE A FREO LOCAL SUPPORTER

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on October 25, 2019

 

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