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HERITAGE PRESERVATION IS NOT OPTIONAL BUT OUR DUTY

 

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Fremantle’s Ordinary Council meeting this evening decided to try to get State and Federal funding for the stabilisation of historic Arthur’s Head. Estimated cost for the preservation work are $ 1.8 million, plus $ 500.000-1million for renovations to the Roundhouse.

1. Endorse the Arthur Head design and documentation package as detailed in the Arthur Head Cliff Stabilisation Final Report, provided in Attachment 1 of this report in the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee Agenda (10 April 2019).
2. Request the City proceed with referring details of the proposed works to the relevant state government agencies under public works procedures and obtaining all necessary statutory approvals.
3. Request the City seek State and Federal funding in order to progress the required remediation projects.
4. Request the City investigate the impact of vibrations from trains to the topography and buildings at Arthur Head.

I believe this is not far-reaching enough as the City of Fremantle should lobby the State and Federal Governments for ongoing annual financial support to preserve one of Western Australia’s most significant historic precincts.

As French President Emannuel Marcon said yesterday after the Notre Dame cathedral fire “We owe is to our history to preserve it.” And as I said to the Elected Members today that is not optional but a duty we have.

I also pointed out that the Roundhouse is the only one of the four Fremantle museums: Shipwreck Museum, Maritime Museum and Fremantle Prison that does not get any funding, not from the City, not from the WA Government and not from the Federal Government. That is not fair and reasonable.

The oldest public building in Western Australia welcomes around 140.000 international and national visitors a year, but is managed by mainly senior volunteers. Just 30 of them keep the Roundhouse open 363 days a year and fire the 1pm cannon.

The Roundhouse needs and deserves much more support from the City of Fremantle and State Government and it needs to happen as a priority!

Roel Loopers

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TODAY TONIGHT FILMING ARTHUR’S HEAD NEGLECT

 

 

A team from Channel Seven-Today Tonight spent most of the morning in Fremantle to film a story about the neglect of historic Arthur’s Head and WAs oldest public building the Roundhouse.

They interviewed a structural engineer about stabilisation solutions for the rockfall problem and a Roundhouse tourguide about the historic significance of the area.

It will be screened tomorrow, Wednesday at 6.30pm so make sure to watch it, and hopefully WA State politicians will watch it as well and put their hands in their pockets and fund the essential maintenance and repairs as a priority.

Send an email to Heritage Minister David Templeman, Premier Mark McGowan, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, and urge them to preserve one of Western Australia’s most significant historic precincts!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ROCKFALL RAPID RESPONSE

 

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The City of Fremantle did not lose any time today to make the car park below Arthur’s Head safe by erecting temporary fences immediately, once they were being made aware of the rock fall of a large rock.

The issue now is how to accommodate the cars of the Roundhouse tourists guides as the area where they have been parking for years is now no longer available to them.

The second photo shows how run down the place really is. These are the steps to the Roundhouse, one of Fremantle’s most significant historic sites and tourism destinations. It’s a disgrace!

And the fences really have to be temporary only as we can’t go on having this area looking uncared for. It needs to be prioritised with urgency by the City with financial support from the Heritage Council!

Roel Loopers

WHALERS TUNNEL TO REOPEN SOON(ISH)

 

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It looks like the Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the historic Roundhouse and the foot/bicycle path along Arthur’s Head will reopen in a couple of weeks.

City of Fremantle officer Daniel Sharp told me that they will shave off the dangerous corner near the retaining wall along the path soon and also build scaffolding to extend the Whalers Tunnel on the beach side, so that any rockfall would not endanger people walking or cycling through the tunnel.

Together with the State Heritage Office Fremantle City is looking for more permanent solutions to the chronic problem of erosion and rockfall danger.

Roel Loopers

CHOKE ON YOUR EASTER EGGS YOU FOOL!

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 2, 2018

 

 

The idiocy and irresponsible behaviour of some people is very annoying! This was the picture at 4pm this Easter Monday at the foot/bike path underneath Arthur’s Head that has been closed off by the City of Fremantle because of the danger of rockfall.

Thousands of people, including many families with small children were endangered because of an idiot deciding the path to the Fishing Boat Harbour needed to be open.

It is now time for Fremantle City to take action and put heavier fences theres as it is the second time in a week they have been pushed aside.

I hope whoever did this will choke on his Easter eggs!

Roel Loopers

ROCKFALL CRUSHES CAR AT FREO’S ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 9, 2015

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What appears to be a major rockfall has crushed a car at Fremantle’s historic Arthur Head, but on closer inspection it turns out to be the very first installation artwork by renowned Darlington artist Anthony Muia, titled CRUSH.

It is one of 70 works being installed this week for the SCULPTURE@BATHERS that will showcase Western Australian artists from March 14 to March 29.

Roel Loopers

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