Freo's View

ROUNDHOUSE SEEING THE LIGHT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, heritage, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2017

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If the State Heritage Office has no objections the Fremantle Roundhouse will finally get electricity so that the volunteer guides can start applying for funding to Lottery West and elsewhere to install the new displays that have been designed by museum designers after community consultation.

This will finally also give us the change to properly recognise the Whadjuk Noongar people and correct incorrect information.

The displays have been looking tired and outdated for some years now and the Roundhouse needs to become even more attractive to international, interstate and local visitors and use modern technology.

Thanks to the hard work of the Roundhouse  committee, the lobbying of Freo’s View, and the personal commitment from Mayor Brad Pettitt the City has now found a way of funding the power into the oldest public building in WA from a maintenance budget.

We are keen to have more evening events in and around the Roundhouse to help activate Arthur Head after hours and already the High Tide Festival in October will be using the Roundhouse and the Irish Festival in January has also put feelers out to do some events in the Roundhouse.

All we need now is substantial financial support to implement the changes!

Roel Looper

ARTHUR HEAD WALL NEEDS REPAIR

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017

 

 

The wall in front of the Fremantle Roundhouse needs some tender loving care as it is falling apart again, and the risk is that rocks will fall down onto the steps where thousands of tourists walk.

The crumbling wall is an ongoing problem that needs long-term maintenance rather than the infrequent patch-up jobs it receives.

Roel Loopers

REINSTATE THE MISSING ROUNDHOUSE CELLS

 

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The suggestion by the FRRAemantle Society that Notre Dame University should reinstate heritage features on buildings they own in Fremantle’s historic West End is very unrealistic.

Notre Dame is a business and not the National Trust so why should they reinstate features of building that were removed before they bought them, and is FS suggesting all owners of heritage buildings should reinstate details that have been removed over time?

FS does not believe it is too much to ask Notre Dame to reinstate verandahs at the former Watsons building at High Street, and the corner cupola on the former P&O Hotel, and the verandahs of His Majesty’s Hotel at Phillimore Street.

And why stop there, as the Society seems to believe that UNDA has unlimited funds, so the university should also add the verandahs and original openings of the Traveller’s Rest on Marine Terrace, reinstate the verandahs at the Cleopatra Hotel, and the Fremantle Hotel needs to gets it’s missing tower and cupola back.

Financial reality no doubt dictates how much Notre Dame University can afford to make improvements to the buildings they own and the dream list of the FRRAemantle Society is nothing more than unrealistic media attention seeking.

Why does the FRRAemantle Society not try to get funding, instead of badgering UNDA, to reinstate the interior wall and the four demolished cells of the Roundhouse as a bicentennial project when W.A. will be 200 years old in 2029. It’s after all the oldest remaining government building in the state. Now that would be a worthwhile project!

Roel Loopers

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ROUNDHOUSE IS ABOUT ALL HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

I am disappointed to read Mayor Brad Pettitt’s comment in the Fremantle Herald today about the Roundhouse.

The Mayor told the Herald that the Roundhouse could talk better about the history, in regard to the indigenous people.

I suggest the Mayor and all Councillors read the proposal for new displays in the Roundhouse that was produced by museum designers two years ago and where one of the four cells would be dedicated to the Whadjuk Noongar history of Fremantle and the Roundhouse.

We have a very thick proposal that the Roundhouse volunteer guides’ president no doubt would be delighted to leave at Freo Council for a couple of weeks so that the Elected Members can see the plans in detail.

But we have not been able to get the City of Fremantle to commit to funding to connect power to the Roundhouse, so we can get started on modern displays.

I for one always talk about the Noongar history, the atrocities, the Rottnest Quod, etc. Especially visitors from Canada and North Ameraica are interested as they see the similarities with their Inuit First Nation People and what displacement did to them; the alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre just a stone’s throw from the Roundhouse was a missed opportunity to tell visitors about the Noongar history of Fremantle.

The Roundhouse would love to have a real display about Aboriginal history of Arthur Head and Fremantle, but we need power and financial support to make that work!

Roel Loopers

FREO ROUNDHOUSE ENLIGHTENMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 11, 2017

After some grumpy looks and words from Arthur Head and Freo’s View toward the Fremantle Townhall there has been a bit of action regarding putting power into the historic Roundhouse, so that the volunteer guides can get started on their plans for a big $ 200,000 new displays project.

City staff and electricians came to WA’s oldest public building today to check it out and see what can be done and according to them it should not be a big deal to supply the old goal with power needed for the displays.

Now hoping Council and administration will make it a priority as Lotterywest funding takes a while to get approved. Stay tuned!

Last year 145,000 visitors walked through the door of the Roundhouse, so a significant contribution to tourism in Fremantle and W.A.

Any corporate sponsors out there to help fast track getting the displays up?

Roel Loopers

 

ROUNDHOUSE CELEBRATES VOLUNTEER WEEK

Posted in fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on May 9, 2017

 

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It is National Volunteer Week and the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides took that as an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of the 40 mainly senior volunteers who open the Roundhouse every day of the year, but for Christmas Day and Good Friday.

They met for breakfast today at the Moore&Moore cafe and moved on for this group photo.

The guides at Western Australia’s oldest public  building welcome over 130,000 visitors through the door every year.

They are there in 40 degree heat and in rain, storm and winter cold and always with a smile on their face and a joke to share with people from all over the world.

Every day at 1 pm the cannon on the gun deck behind the Roundhouse gets fired and they are always looking for a visitor to push the button. Those who do are given a signed certificate to take home.

Tell your visitors about historic Arthur Head, Bathers Beach and the gorgeous West End!

Roel Loopers

 

VOICES FROM OUR HERITAGE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle dockers, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2017

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The Australian Heritage Festival is on and the Fremantle Volunteer Roundhouse Guides conducted Voices of the Past, talking about specific people who are important to our W.A. history.

Whadjuk Noongar man Greg Nannup was one of five speakers this Saturday morning.

Roel Loopers

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NO CITY SUPPORT FOR FREO TOURIST IKON

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2017

Roundhouse

 

I am very disappointed and extremely annoyed to hear that Fremantle Council has yet again not budgeted to get power into the very popular Roundhouse tourists destination, so that the volunteer guides can move forward with their plans for new and modern displays.

It does not cost the City of Fremantle a cent to keep the Roundhouse open 363 days a year, as it is run by just 40 volunteers, who also open the historic building up after hours for weddings and event.

Fremantle Councillors constantly lament that they want to activate Arthur Head when the Roundhouse receives 130,000+ visitors a year, but they are not willing to support the tourism industry.

I am totally flabbergasted about that when Tourism WA keeps telling us that tourism is a huge growth industry.

It only needs $ 10,000 to run power into the cells for interactive displays, so that the guides can start to get the funding for the $ 200,000 project for which the professionally designed plans are ready.

I often criticise the lack of priorities at Fremantle Council that seems to always be able to find money for greeny projects, but when it comes to support one of the most visited tourist destinations in our city it just can’t be bothered.

No, let’s just donate another $ 14,000 for a tiny parklet in Wray Avenue that only a handful of people use, but stuff a volunteer organisation that looks after 130,000 tourists a year.  It’s pathetic and I am disgusted!

Roel Loopers

PACKED FULL FREO FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2017

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It is packed full in Fremantle on Good Friday with standing traffic in the West End of town, the Street Arts Festival on at the Esplanade and the WAHONK band practising inside the Roundhouse. Hard to keep the tourists ou with so much invigorating loud music and colourful costumes.

Two drum bands and a brass section, the Wasamba and Jukadelics waking up this gorgeous sleepy town.

Today at 5 pm they will be outside Cicerello’s on Saturday at the Walyalup Pitch at noon and 6 pm, Sunday on South Terrace at noon and 6 pm and Monday at noon at the National Hotel Pitch.

Check out the full program on line at http://www.streetartsfestival.com.au

Roel Loopers

WEDDING AT THE FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in arthur head, fremantle, roundhouse, wedding by freoview on March 31, 2017

 

A beautiful wedding next to the historic Fremantle Roundhouse on Friday afternoon.

Power for the music had to be supplied after hours by the Glen Cowans photo gallery because the city has not made provisions to have an easily accessible power point for weddings.

Roel Loopers

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