Freo's View

FREMANTLE MAYOR WANTS FREO PORT TO STAY

 

The opinion piece by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt in today’s West Australian about the pros and cons of an outer harbour, and the continuation of Fremantle as a working port is pragmatic and realistic, and without the political spin we are often getting about this important topic.

Brad Pettitt rightly argues that there is no immediate need for an outer harbour in Kwinana and that the environmental damage to Cockburn Sound might well be unacceptable. The Mayor also points out that shifting the port away from Fremantle would “erode Fremantle’s history and identity and lead to a big loss of economic activity…”

I agree with the Freo Mayor that the Perth Freight Link was a flawed plan that did not resolve how to get freight to the port, and that increased container freight by rail, with a new rail bridge across the Swan River, could see Fremantle continue as our much-liked working port.

It is a good idea to move the offloading of imported vehicles to Kwinana, or even Bunbury, and maybe also the scrap metal and live sheep transport.

A new rail bridge and rail line and better use of freight on roads, where we no longer see empty trucks running in and out of the port, and more freight by road during the evenings, are all part of the solution.

Fremantle Ports and the State Government should also become serious about part development of Victoria Quay and prioritise this by changing the buffer zones around the port, so that tourist and residential accommodation will be possible.

Moving the car imports away from Fremantle can be done very fast and does not need large infrastructure investment and the same applies to sheep trade.

I love the working port of Fremantle and would hate to see it become only a port for cruise ships. The container ships are part of Freo’s history and should continue to be so for many more years.

Roel Loopers

PROTEST CALLS FOR LIVE ANIMAL TRADE BAN

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, live transport, Uncategorized by freoview on October 7, 2018

 

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Many hundreds of people walked onto the Fremantle Stirling Bridge on Sunday morning to protest against the live animal trade and called for a stop to it.

They spanned the entire long bridge to make their points about animal cruelty and the need for a much better solution.

Roel Loopers

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LIVE SHEEP EXPORT RESUMES FROM FREMANTLE

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, sheep, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2018

 

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It appears that live sheep export is starting again from Fremantle. Two ships were being loaded at North Quay in Fremantle Port this Sunday morning.

Roel Loopers

IS LIVESTOCK TRADE BACK IN FREMANTLE?

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live transport, sheep, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2018

 

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There was a small livestock vessel at North Quay in Fremantle Port this morning, so is the transport of sheep been allowed again? I had not heard that the ban had been lifted.

 

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LIVE SHEEP LICENSE SUSPENDED

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

 

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The federal government has suspended the export license of Emanuel Exports, the company which owns the Awassi Express live sheep vessel, that controversially made headlines for the inhumane treatment of sheep on its journey from Fremantle to the Middle East.

Roel Loopers

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LIVE STREAM ALL LIVE TRANSPORT TRIPS

 

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I just want to put this out there and see how serious the Australian government, our politicians, and the live trade exporters are.

We all know shit happens in the world, especially on sheep ships, and we also suspect that we only get to see the tip of the iceberg as far as animal cruelty during transport to the Middle East  is concerned.

My suggestion is to put cameras on every deck of every live trade transport ship and live stream the images 24/7 on the internet, so that everyone in the world can monitor what goes on and alert authorities when the animals are not treated well and are in distress.

Roel Loopers

SHEEP SHAME SHIP BACK IN BUSINESS

Posted in abuse, animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, LIVESTOCK, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on April 26, 2018

 

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The Awassi Express is back at berth at North Quay in Fremantle Port and ready to be loaded with thousands of sheep again, after she made national headlines for the animal cruelty on board the ship, that was leaked by a whistleblower.

I believe that the photos and videos we are confronted with now and then are just the tip of the iceberg and that this happens far more often than the public is aware.

We also need to acknowledge that different cultures have different standards of animal care and if Australians don’t like the conditions the sheep and cattle face when being transported to the Middle East and elsewhere we need to stop the live trade from our country.

We have heard too often that conditions will improve and that animal cruelty will never happen again, until it happened again.

Roel Loopers

Stop Press: Latest news on Friday morning is that the ship will sail out empty from Fremantle but might take cattle on board in Broome, according to media reports.

 

 

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LIVE SHEEP SHIP BLOCKED FROM LEAVING FREMANTLE

Posted in abuse, animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018

 

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority(AMSA) last night blocked the departure from Fremantle Port of the live sheep carrier Awassi Express after serious concerns were raised on the 60 Minutes TV program about more than 2,000 sheep dying from heat exhaustion on a previous trip of the vessel.

The operators have been forced to reduce the number of sheep by 17.5 per cent to only 57,000 and improve the airflow for the animals. They will also be required to have a government appointed observer on board.

Fremantle federal MP Josh Wilson said that the live export industry is fundamentally rotten and that we have been lied to for 15 years.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2017

 

 

School holidays are coming up, so parents will be keen to find things to do in Fremantle with their children, so take note of these two events!

On Saturday it is PIRATE DAY at the lovely Duyfken replica sailing ship from 11 am to 4pm. It is at berth behind Little Creatures in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It’s one of your last chances to visit the ship in Freo as it will be sailing up the Swan River and be at berth at Elizabeth Quay in Perth for several months.

On Sunday the Growers Green Farmers Market has something very special on for the kids. There will be sheep shearing at Farmer Damian’s animal touch farm, something not to be missed!

 

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LIVE SHEEP TRADE TO LEAVE FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on December 18, 2015

WA Treasurer Mike Nahan has indicated the State wants to move the live animal trade away from Fremantle Port and to the outer harbour as it is an unsightly and smelly part of the inner harbour operations.

More than 2 million sheep and close to 140,000 cattle are transported on trucks to Fremantle port which creates a constant outcry by animal rights protestors.

An outer harbour solution could be the James Point location near Rockingham where the Buckeridge group wanted to built a private port. And while the State is relocating the live trade they might as well get started on planning and building the outer harbour and overflow container facilities so that fewer trucks will have to come to Fremantle Port once the new harbour has been built.

Roel Loopers

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