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FREO HIGH STREET ART PROJECT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2017

 

 

The Arcs D’Ellipse yellow and white circles by artist Felice Varini in Fremantle’s High Street are slowly taking shape.

The work is part of the HITIDE project of the Fremantle Festival and will no doubt attract many people to Fremantle.

Best vantage point will be from the step to the Roundhouse, so make sure to also visit WA’s oldest public building while you are there.

 

Roel Loopers

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YELLOW CIRCLES ART FOR FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2017

 

Festival art

 

A small section of the Fremantle Townhall is coloured yellow. It is part of the Fremantle Festival artwork Arcs D’Ellipses by artist Felice Varini.

The huge circles will be ‘painted’ with paper all along High Street and will create a fantastic artwork when viewed from the Roundhouse steps.

It will be on show from late October till mid November, so make sure to come into town for it then.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

ORIONS FLY OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

Orion

 

The visitors to Fremantle’s Round House traditional 1pm cannon fire got a nice extra attraction when three Orion planes flew low and slow over the Indian Ocean and past Arthur Head and the Maritime Museum.

My young Dutch friend Isa Bo fired the cannon today, under the watchful eyes of mum, and dad, and opa and oma who are visiting from the Netherlands, and will have to change her name to Isa Boom now. ; >)

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

ART(HUR HEAD) EVENT IMPACT ON BUSINESS

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2017

 

 

Fremantle photographer Glen Cowans and the Roundhouse volunteer tourist guides are concerned about the closure of the Roundhouse steps for the testing of the nightly Hitide event that will be held during the Fremantle Festival.

Cowans operates the Glen Cowans Underwater Photography Gallery next to the Roundhouse and believes closing the steps will negatively impact on his business this week, while the Roundhouse is very popular during school holidays.

Cowans told me he was only advised by email late last evening of the closure of the steps and is now very worried that they could be closed from October 28 to November 12, as that would severely reduce visitors’ numbers to Arthur Head and his gallery.

I tried to contact Tom Mueller of PS Art Space, who is the curator of Hitide, but he was not in his office.

I drove by last night and saw the projections of big black circles on the historic buildings along High Street and have no doubt the event will become an attraction, but it would not be acceptable to close off the step for a fortnight in early November, as Glen Cowans and other galleries at Captain’s Lane have every right to insist on good access to their businesses.

It is also inconsiderate to leave the arms of the cherry pickers up so high during the day as they spoil the view to the historic Roundhouse.

What’s the story, City of Fremantle?

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

 

 

FREMANTLE’S ART AND HISTORY PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

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History is very important to me. It gives me a sense of belonging and comfort to know that many people worked so hard decades ago to leave beautiful Fremantle for future generations. It also puts the onus on us to leave a great place for the young ones, hence my nomination for the local government election.

Culture is very much part of that, as I was brought up in the Netherlands with the great art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, etc.

So I love hanging out at Arthur Head, where the Roundhouse stands proud as the oldest public building in Western Australia, and where artists such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Peter Zuvela, Ross Porter and Glen Cowans have made an artistic home for themselves.

The PS Art Space people have put three cherry-pickers at Little High Street in preparation for the installation of an exciting new art show, so stay tuned for that.

Here some impressions of the historic art area at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

As I said at the City Ward candidate forum last Thursday, in the unlikely event that I’ll get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to revisit the BBAP as I believe it can and needs to be improved, because some parts of it are not working. It has great potential but needs creative thinking and real collaboration with the local artists.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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BEING PART OF THE SOLUTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

I am not good at showing off and promoting myself, but have been told I’ll just have to do it during the election campaign. So it’s time to give myself some credit for the positive difference I make to Fremantle. I don’t claim that I change the world, but I try to be part of the solutions and get the small things fixed.

So here a few examples of the many times I have made a positive difference:

Most recently I was made aware of the property on the corner of Suffolk Street and South Terrace being used as an illegal dump. I took some photos, published them on this blog on Tuesday lunchtime, was contacted by the City of Fremantle, and on Thursday morning three skip bins were at the site that was being cleaned up.

When National Broad Band contractors left the High Street Mall in a mess, I blogged about it. The City put warning signs around it the next day and got the contractors back within a week to level the pavement.

When I name&shame the lack of maintenance, etc. in Fremantle the City administration does take notice and repairs happen pretty fast, especially when I point out there is a public liability issue.

I was part of a working group to beautify Arthur Head and we recommended that Council should approve a new path from Kidogo Arthouse to J Shed, with solar lighting, and to light up the cliff face. That was implemented and is there for all to enjoy now.

When I lived in one of the old Pilot’s Cottages next to the Roundhouse I observed that people were having trouble negotiating the dirt path along Captain’s Lane. Disabled people found it hard to get from the disabled parking bays to the tourist attraction, and women in high heels attending weddings had major problem not spraining ankles. I took photos and published two blog posts about it and within six months the city put down a nice path.

A friend who has MS told me that if he wanted to go to the cafe at B Shed he had to ride his gopher on the road against traffic to the other end of B Shed, so I alerted Fremantle Ports to that problem, and within a few weeks a temporary ramp was put down, that has now been made permanent. Whenever I walk past it I call it Roel’s ramp. ; >)

Getting rubbish bins cleaned west of the railway line at Arthur Head was a real problem for a long time, to the annoyance of J Shed artists and Roundhouse volunteers. So I kept plugging away at it and reporting about it for a long time. Now regular cleaning is the routine.

I regularly engage with Fremantle Councillors and officers on how things can be improved, because I strongly believe that we can all be part of problem solving and finding solutions. While others say that they should be doing something about it, I just do something about it and take ownership and responsibility. Whinging is only good when it creates positive outcomes, so I rather offer suggestions for solutions.

It helps that I walk the streets daily, and I wished more CoF officers would do the same, because one observes so much more walking than driving a vehicle.

Parking inspectors should be made de-facto rangers and report back maintenance issues they observe, as should all City staff.

If we all make Fremantle issues our problem, we’ll get faster results and fewer unhappy people!

Roel Loopers

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FREO PARKING RED TAPE SILLY

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2017

 

Government process and irrational red tape annoys most people in our community, and today’s example in Freo was another one where I left shaking my head.

The mainly senior volunteer tour guides at the Roundhouse have reserved parking bays along the railway line, and for the last ten days a car, probably a Notre Dame student, has parked in one of the bays illegally for the entire day.

The Roundhouse office is no longer occupied every day, so today I stopped my car when I noticed a parking inspector. I told him the story and gave him the rego of the car, but oh no! that’s not how it goes, mate.

You need to call the office and lodge a complaint, and the office will then call a parking officer. That means the process becomes a triangular one that requires two phone calls, instead of the officer walking one minute down the street where I stopped him.

I got muzak when I called the City and since I was on my mobile I decided not to wait, so the matter was not resolved.

Why complicate matters when they could be simple? I don’t blame the officer, whom I know well, as he was following directions, but the process stinks!

 

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE POWER MYSTERY

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 17, 2017

 

 

Maybe the euphoria about power supply to the historic Roundhouse was a bit premature. Electricians were there on Monday and Tuesday, and the volunteer guides were expecting power point blocks, or at least distribution points, to all four cells and two rooms, but all that was done is that two ceiling lights were put in. One in the entry and one in the room to the right.

None of us could detect power supply to the cells, where the new interpretative signs are planned to be installed, so what is going on?

The idea that power supply to the cells can be done when the new signs are installed is dubious, as Fremantle Council would have to budget for it, and that might not happen for a year.

I do not understand why two lights were put in that are not a priority, because the Roundhouse is only open during daytime hours, and very rarely for the odd event at night.

The City of Fremantle administration sometimes thinks in mysterious ways.

 

Roel Loopers

RARE ROUNDHOUSE UPSTAIRS VIEWS

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

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Power is being installed in the Fremantle Roundhouse today, so a rare opportunity to climb the very steep and narrow steps and have a look the upstairs area, that is normally closed off.

It is quite clear that the steps are too dangerous to open up the upstairs of Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building to visitors, and most of the volunteer tourist guides have never been there either, so here some rare glimpses.

 

Roel Loopers

POWER FOR FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE GOAL

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2017

 

Royndhouse volunteers

 

A City of Fremantle officer told me this morning that on Monday next week electricity will be connected to the Roundhouse goal, Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building.

Having power in the Roundhouse will open up new opportunities for evening events, and also for the planned new displays. That will also assist in getting more people to visit Arthur Head and activate the area.

 

Roel Loopers

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