Freo's View

FREO PHOTO REALISM

Posted in art, fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 20, 2017

souvenirs

Whenever I see a photorealistic painting I wonder why I did not photograph the scene, so when I noticed this one in Fremantle Market Street at midday it reminded me of a Marcus Beilby painting.

Roel Loopers

PERFECT SUNDAY IN FREMANTLE PARADISE!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, food, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2017

 

Federal Hotel Sunday music

 

What a brilliant Sunday again in Freo paradise!

Don’t stay home but get out and about to the Growers Green Farmers Market that is still on till midday and there is also a car boot sale on there today.

Fresh produce, breads, pastries, yummy breakfasts, great atmosphere, live music, animal touch farm, face painting. Bring the family, friends, dogs!

When there help reduce the us of plastic bags and take part in making Boomerang Bags.

From 3pm on the Federal Hotel in William Street opposite the Townhall will have free live music, so for those who miss the Irish music they used to play there when it was Rosy O’Grady, this might be a good afternoon.

And all the shops, pubs, bars and cafes are open in Fremantle, so support our small businesses and the bigger ones, all of them!

Roel Loopers

POSITIVE SIGNS FOR KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2017

 

carpark

 

The Fremantle Kings Square project is not the bad news some people want us to believe it will be.

Food related businesses will no doubt serve many meals to the many construction workers who will be on site, and the streets around the square won’t be blocked off, so access should not be a big issue.

Very good news also that the Queensgate carpark will remain open to the public, but run by contractors for Sirona Capital.

The City of Fremantle is also providing extra car bays in the CBD on the large vacant block next to the Point Street carpark and along Adelaide Street. It will be managed by the CoF as a public carpark until the SKS Group starts building the Hilton Doubletree hotel there.

All day parking at the Woolstores shopping centre is only $ 9.00, so take advantage of that and Point Street is also around that price.

Roel Loopers

FREO IS DIFFERENT AND WELL LIKED!

Posted in city of fremantle, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2017

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WINNERS OF FREMANTLE BUSINESS AWARDS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists of the 2017 Fremantle Business Awards

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation WINNERS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD Black Swan Health & Fremantle Foundation EXCELLENCE IN HOSPITALITY AWARD The National Hotel Fremantle EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD Viewport Virtual Reality EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD Automotive Electrical Designs EXCELLENCE IN STRATEGY, MARKETING 
& COMMUNICATIONS AWARD The Blue Budha MARINE INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD TAMS GroupOUTSTANDING COMMUNITY EVENT AWARD The Duyfken 2016 Dirk Hartog 
Commemorative Voyage Program OUTSTANDING CULTURAL ENTERPRISE AWARD Artitja Fine Art OUTSTANDING NEW BUSINESS AWARD OM ThreeSixty OUTSTANDING PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Dylan Smith (Fremantle Foundation) RETAIL EXCELLENCE AWARD Fremantle Opals SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE
CITY OF FREMANTLE’S AWARD The Lupin Co TOURISM EXCELLENCE AWARD Fremantle Prison HIGHLY COMMENDED OUTSTANDING CULTURAL ENTERPRISE AWARD Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
I finally found this on Facebook this morning. ; >)
Roel Loopers

VILLA LA FRANCE FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017

 

It’s Vive La France! in the Fremantle High Street Mall with new homeware shop VILLA opening.

The shop looks great and also sells French poster art, furniture and all kinds of stuff, so go and have a look soon.

The owner told me that they do have plans to open up next door as well and start a French cafe if business is alright, so support them!

Roel Loopers

P.S. This is a community service and not an advertorial! I don’t make any money from publishing this blog.

PAVEMENT DANGER FOR PEDESTRIANS

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 12, 2017

 

mall danger

 

The City of Fremantle acted swiftly after I posted photos on Saturday of the bad pavement work in the High Street Mall that was done by workers putting the National Broadband in.

Warning signs have now been put there and Mayor Brad Pettitt commented that it was unacceptable and that he would notify CoF officers about it, while Councillor Rachel Pemberton said she had photographed it also and send it to the City administration.

Roel Loopers

TOO MANY PARKLETS IN FREO

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017

 

The owners of a new cafe that will open in the new building on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets have applied for a parklet in Pakenham.

I honestly do not understand why anyone would want to open a new cafe in the Fremantle West End as there is an abundance of them and some don’t do too well, as the recent closure of The Banker cafe in High Street showed.

Nairn Street already has The Loft and the Stable Hand cafe and the latter is often near empty when I walk by. Pakenham has four hospitality outlets, plus the Chats cafe/bar on the corner of High Street.

There are already three parklets in Pakenham Street, a lovely one at Bread in Common, one at the Fremantle Hostel and one at the Natural Light cafe and most of them are rarely used. That is also the case at Lapas next to the National Hotel where the alfresco parklet is mostly vacant.

The owner of the tiny Ghetto Blaster cafe in Pakenham Street told me a few months ago he would also apply for a parklet.

I absolutely get and see the attraction of parklets, but the problem is that they are not used often enough by patrons to install more.

Parklets mean fewer parking bays and less parking revenue for the City of Fremantle, so a compromise has to be found that works better.

Roel Loopers

 

HIGH STREET MALL PAVING NOT GOOD ENOUGH

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

 

 

I don’t know who the contractors are who were digging up the High Street Mall in Fremantle in front of HBF and the 7/11 shop, but they left a mess as they did not reinstate the pavement properly.

That kind of good enough attitude is not acceptable, so come back and do a professional job gentlemen!

Roel Loopers

FREO PARKING PROBLEMS JUST RUBBISH

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2017

 

Few things annoy me more than criticism and negative comments which are not based on facts, and the urban myth that Fremantle has parking problems, not enough parking bays, and that parking is expensive here is one of them.

Yesterday I read a comment on social media from a woman who claimed there is just no parking near Target when she and her mother go shopping in that area. Really?!

A two-minute walk away from Target is the large Wilson carpark on the corner of Queen and Cantonment streets, down the road from there are the Woolstores shopping centre, Point Street and Adelaide Plaza carparks, and there is street parking in Cantonment, Adelaide, Queen and Point streets. It is also just a three-minute walk from the Queensgate carpark when one exits at Queen Street.

Criticism from residents and CBD businesses about parking in Fremantle just don’t add up. Let me remind everyone that Fremantle residents with a parking permit can park for free on weekdays from 3pm to 11 am. That is 20 hours of free parking every day from Monday to Friday! There is also all day free weekend parking at the Beach Street carpark for residents of Freo.

Plus there is first hour free parking in City carparks, and several carparks are offering all day parking specials for just around $ 10.00 per day.

Not sufficient parking bays? I think there are over 500 of them and here they are: Parry Street carpark, Queensgate, William Street carpark near the Fremantle Markets, Collie Street carpark, Italian Club carpark, four carparks along Mews Road. It only takes ten minutes from there to the Cappuccino Strip, plus on-street parking in Norfolk, Essex, Collie, Nairn, Pakenham, Henry, Mouat streets.

Then there are the Shipwreck Museum and Little High Street carparks and on-street parking in Croke, Cliff and High streets.

For cheapos who don’t want to pay a cent for parking there is three-hour free parking on the South Mole, a leisurely 15-minute walk from Market Street, and there is huge parking on Victoria Quay all the way from the Maritime Museum to the railway station, plus on-street parking all along Phillimore Street.

We then end up where I started at the Wilson carpark one enters at Elders Place and the Beach Street carpark.

I might have forgotten some parking locations because I am writing this just from memory.

The City of Fremantle is also planning a new carpark at the Stan Reilley centre site as part of the Fremantle Oval project and a new one in Parry Street next to the tennis club.

On street parking fees in Fremantle are around $ 3.00 per hour I believe while the City of Perth has just increased theirs to $ 5.00 per hour.

The urban myth that Fremantle has parking problems is rubbish, but parking straight in front of the shop or cafe one wants to go to could be problematic, as it is in shopping centres such as Garden City where one has to park miles away from the shops one frequents.

As I wrote before; the glass is half full in Freo!

Roel Loopers

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