Freo's View

EARLY MORNING AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, maritime, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2019

 

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I love being in Fremantle Port in the morning when the sun rises and the light is clear and crisp.

There is always a lot of activity at the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal and the cafe there, so nice to sit and watch ships and people coming and going.

The Sea Princess arrived just after 7am when I had my second Espresso, so just a view from my table.

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GREAT ROTTO JOB!

Posted in city of fremantle, employment, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 5, 2018

 

Rottnest Island Authority
Famils Coordinator
RIA3123673
PSGOCSAGA, Level 4, $78,452 – $82,797 p.a. plus 9.5% Superannuation
Use your experience and passion for tourism to help promote Rottnest Island as a “must see” tourist destination.

Similar appointments may be made from this process in locations throughout Western Australia within a 12 month period to positions that may be permanent or contract, including contract appointments with the possibility of subsequent permanency.

THIS IS A PERMANENT, FULL-TIME POSITION

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION CLOSE AT MIDDAY ON TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Job Description

This position plans, coordinates and executes familiarisation activities to promote visitor experiences and Rottnest Island as a must-see destination. This includes liaison with island stakeholders and related agencies to attain appropriate support to facilitate the activities.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should address the following three (3) essential criteria. These should be addressed in no more than three (3) pages.

  1. Knowledge and experience in public relations or communications with the proven ability to develop, coordinate and implement famils programs involving multiple participants, contractors and venues.

  2. Sound understanding of the tourism industry and current issues and trends impacting on the environment.

  3. Strong organisation, project and teamwork skills and capacity to co-ordinate multiple projects under tight deadlines.

Note: In accordance with relevant legislation and departmental policy, the successful applicant will be required to possess or obtain a current and satisfactory National Police Check prior to commencement.

For the full role description, including detailed responsibilities and a full list of criteria including those that are not required to be addressed in the application please refer to attached Job Description below.

For Further Job Related Information: Please contact Ms Danielle Ayres on (08) 9432 9125, or for further information about the Rottnest Island Authority please visit www.rottnestisland.com.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a written response addressing the above three (3) requested criteria (in no more than three (3) pages) together with a current resume. Failure to do so may jeopardise the selection panel’s ability to make an assessment of your application.

For detailed assistance to ensure that you submit all of the required and appropriate information in your application, please ensure that you read the attached Job Application Kit carefully. All documents attached with your application must be in Word or PDF format.

No late or proforma applications will be accepted.

To avoid last minute congestion of the system, please endeavour to submit your application well before the closing time.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online.

A search for additional applicants may be conducted for this position where necessary in order to provide a more diverse and/or competitive field.

Substantive Equality Statement

Rottnest Island Authority supports and values diversity and aims to build a workforce that is representative of the community we live in. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse background and people with disabilities.

 

Attachments: DBCA Job Application Kit.docx
Job Description RIA3123673.pdf

You can view and print these PDF attachments by downloading Adobe Reader.

 

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ENJOY IT, FREO-SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, heritage, hospitality, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2018

 

 

A nice early morning start to have the traditional Saturday coffee catch up with my mate Henty. This morning it was at the Express Lane cafe in B Shed at the Rottnest Island ferry terminal on Victoria Quay, where I took these photos.

Spring is here and a pleasant Fathers Day forecast for tomorrow, so enjoy the weekend in Fremantle, as the rain will return next week.

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QUOKKA PARK FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2018

 

Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) looking into the camera, Rottnest Is

 

The City of Fremantle has applied to the Department of Parks and Wildlife to be allowed to open a Quokka reserve in Pioneer Park, opposite the railway station.

Fremantle wants to jump on the bandwagon of the popularity of the little marsupials that are one of the main attractions of Rottnest Island.

If the plans get approval Pioneer Park would be fenced off and many Guichenotia bushes planted. The oily leaves and purple flowers are the favourite food source of the herbivorous quokkas.

There are well over 10,000 Quokkas on Rottnest and the City of Fremantle has started liaising with the Rottnest Island Authority through Freo Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge, who is on the board of the authority, to get a minimum of 500 Quokkas for the Quokka Park.

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ROTTNEST ISLAND VISITORS RECORD

Posted in city of fremantle, holiday, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

 

Rottnest

 

Visitors’ numbers to Rottnest Island are increasing, with last year being a record with nearly 665,000 visitors.

December and January saw a 16 per cent increase compared to the previous year and I have no doubt that is due to ferry competition and reduced ticket prices to go to Rotto.

Since Sealink became a Rottnest ferry operator the Rottnest Express have slashed their prices and now run hourly morning ferries to the holiday island. Sealink offers free children fares, so that is all good for those who complained in the past that ferry fares were ridiculously high.

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VISITORS LOVE FREO FOR ITS DIFFERENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2018

 

harbour views

 

Fremantle is such a special and lovely place according to the thousands of visitors who come to visit the Roundhouse.

It is such a joy when I volunteer at WA’s oldest public building to hear only positive comments about Fremantle from overseas and interstate visitors.

They all love it that Freo is so different from the norm and, that in contrast to Perth, we kept many of our beautiful heritage buildings, and they love the view corridors from the West End streets to the port.

People from Sydney on their second visit to Fremantle commented today on how friendly people here are and that we take the time to engage with our visitors, and all of them love the blue sky and Indian Ocean, the beaches and Rottnest Island, and the lack of people.

My love for this old port town gets reaffirmed every  day I volunteer at the old gaol.

We are blessed to live in Freo!

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SPECIAL ROTTNEST FERRY JANUARY OFFER

Posted in city of fremantle, holiday, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on January 3, 2018

 

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From SEALINK the new kids on the block of Rottnest Island ferry services comes this special offer.

JANUARY SPECIAL!
Depart Fremantle after 12pm and pay $29 for a same day return ferry and Kids travel FREE. We have an 8:05pm departure to take you back home. What are you waiting for?
https://www.sealinkrottnest.com.au/ferry/specials/afternoon-delight-29

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BEAUTIFUL BOXING DAY

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 26, 2017

 

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port 1

 

There is something invigorating for me to watch the buzz at the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal in Fremantle port early in the morning.

People are excited and the cafe is pumping out hundreds of cups of good coffee, while commercial ships enter or leave the port.

It was kind off reassuring to see that I am not the only one who has aged in the last eight years, but that my former Sri Lankan lover Indira’s stunningly beautiful face now also has a few wrinkles. She was on her way to Rotto.

(We oldies keep telling everyone it’s the youthful attitude that counts, not the years we have been battling to survive on this planet. ; >)

The cafes and shops are open, the beaches clean and the weather a pleasant 27 degrees, so enjoy Freo today and support our local traders!!

….. and for the couch potatoes and sports fanatics there is the Boxing Day cricket test match and the Sydney to Hobart sailing spectacle on TV. I love those traditions.

 

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ROTTNEST FERRY COMPETITION

Posted in city of fremantle, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

Rottnest Express

 

Having early morning coffee at the B Shed ferry terminal on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is like being on holiday.

There is a real buzz around when people arrive on foot or on their bike and queue up to get on board one of the ferries to Rottnest Island.

It will be interesting to observe how long it will take new operator Sealink to grab a good share of the ferry market, because the Rottnest Express brand is clearly very strong.

I have on several occasions observed that the early Sealink ferry departs with only a handful of passengers, while the Rottnest Express one half an hour later gets many more people on board.

I hear that prices for the trip to Rotto have come down considerably and that Rottnest Express is now departing hourly from Freo in the mornings.

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THE FREMANTLE SOUTH QUOKKAMOLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

South Mole

 

Life is far too often too serious, and this has been a shit year for me, so the best escape is having a laugh now and then.

After seeing yet another smashed avocado dish on a Freo cafe menu, I had the idea of making the entrance to Fremantle Port a bit more catchy, and that spicy avocado dip guacamole inspired me.

Since the Rottnest Island ferries are steady visitors to Fremantle Port we should rename the moles to South Quokkamole and North Quaokkamole.

It could even become an avocado dish on the island in one of its cafes. :>)

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