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FREE PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

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One hour FREE PARKING is now available around the Kings Square precinct.

There is really no excuse anymore not to come to Fremantle, do your shopping, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and support our local traders.

The free parking is every day of the week, including weekends!

Fremantle residents with parking permit can park for free from 3 pm to 11 am every day, so that is 20 hours of free parking. Take advantage of it!

If you haven’t got a parking permit yet, apply for one at the reception desk at the Townhall. Bring ID and proof of residency and it will take ten minutes to get one for a year.

 

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GORGEOUS FREMANTLE SUNDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2017

 

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It is a gorgeous day in Freo paradise, so enjoy a walk through our beautiful city, do some shopping in the many cute shops in the West End, at Many 2.0, etc. and have lunch in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants.

The Fremantle Markets are open, the buskers are having fun and it’s a great day to get a bit of sun tan.

It was the usual delightful community ambience at the Growers Green Farmers Market this morning.

Have a great day!

 

Roel Loopers

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WHICH ARE FREMANTLE’S BEST RETAIL DAYS!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2017

 

Retailers in the Fremantle CBD are saying it is not necessarily true that Freo is only a weekend shopping destination, with some stating that they do better business during the week.

Robert Bodkins of the cosy Bodkin’s Bootery in High Street has mentioned this a few times to me now, so I would like to see the City of Fremantle or BID do a survey to find out which the best days of trading are for retailers.

From my own observation cafes and restaurants do very well on weekends, but some in the West End do also very well during the week as Notre Dame University staff and students support their businesses.

I’d love to see some facts on this, so who will take it on CoF, BID, Chamber of Commerce and do a proper survey?

 

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BUSY FREO WEEKEND GOOD FOR TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, retail, tourism by freoview on September 17, 2017

 

 

I am always happy for our traders when I see a lot of visitors in Fremantle on weekends, because most week days are not very good for retailers and the food businesses in Freo.

Great to see the Fishing Boat Harbour Piazza and the Char Char Bull restaurant renovations now completed and open to the public.

Down the road at Little Creatures there is a Sunday art market, and at the Fremantle Markets there was the delightful buzz of every weekend.

 

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TOURISM SHOULD BE FREMANTLE PRIORITY

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 17, 2017

 

 

The rather optimistic prediction by Sirona Capital that the Kings Square Project innovative and exciting FOMO retail concept will double tourism in Fremantle made me think on how we can increase tourist numbers and offer a better tourism experience in the port city.

For reasons I cannot understand there is reluctance to sell the great brand of Fremantle in destination marketing, and our retail marketing is not anywhere good enough. Retail is hard to sell anyway, as Fremantle lacks variety in shopping.

There is lack of coordination between the major players, and I have the feeling there are a few egos in the way. The City’s marketing people don’t really believe BID is necessary and the Chamber of Commerce is also not a big fan of it, and the major players in town are often left out, so everyone does their own bit, instead of working together on major strategies.

There is an assumption of communication, simply because visitors to Fremantle can access the Fremantle Story on-line or go to different Facebook pages about festivals, etc.

Fact is though that there are many people who do not engage with social media and who can’t be bothered to do long searches to see what is available to them.

Why can’t a visitor to Fremantle, who is staying Tuesday and Wednesday night, find out where live music is on those nights, which pubs have got specials on, etc?

At the Roundhouse we are not supplied with information about events. Many of the volunteer guides don’t live in Fremantle, so they do not know what is going on. It should be a matter of routine that the City’s marketing department emails a list of events, etc. every Monday morning to the Maritime and Shipwreck museums, Fremantle Prison, the Roundhouse, etc. but that is not happening.

Every year we have to contact the City to beg for festival programs, flyers, even a small poster about the Winter, Beer, Chilli festivals, whatever, but it is not forthcoming.

The City of Fremantle does not see tourism as a priority and great opportunity to boost the retail and hospitality industries. If thousands more people come to Freo and stay longer they will shop, eat and drink and support our traders, but BID mainly does cutesy things for locals during school holidays and festivals, which already attract people, instead of being a conduit for all the major players, such as developers, Fishing Boat Harbour, museums, etc.etc. come together, and work on strategies for Freo’s tourism.

The majority of overseas visitors are looking for an indigenous experience, but can’t find it. There is an opportunity here for Fremantle, but we do tokenism better that high impact stuff. There is no big picture thinking on tourism.

We light up the Arthur Head cliff face at night, but close the Whalers Tunnel at 7 pm, so there is no direct access from High Street. Why?!

We should have substantial tourist promotion for Fremantle at the airport, in the Perth CBD, and in Kalgoorlie and Esperance for those who drive here, but we preach to the locals mainly.

The Roundhouse volunteers want to improve the displays, but the City is not pro-actively involved in supporting them, and appears quite happy to leave it to the mostly senior amateurs to sort something out, while they could do with good professional advise and financial support.

The City should lobby the Royal Australian Navy and ask them to reconsider putting the planned Sailor monument on the North Mole, and instead put it on Victoria Quay or in Pioneer Park, or even Kings Square, because tens of thousands of visitors to Fremantle will miss out on seeing it. The North Mole is too remote for people who don’t have a vehicle, and riding one’s bike there is a challenge with all the trucks in the area.

The City of Fremantle needs a think tank on tourism, something substantial and outcome based. We have plenty of talkfests and don’t even do those well, because they procrastinate into nothing.

Our traders deserve and demand support, and we need to have a more innovative approach on how we can sell brand Freo, because our promotion is stale, and Fremantle does not get much help from the Perth-centric state tourism promotions.

Many tourists to Fremantle comment on how different we are, and that Perth is just like other big cities, but we do not sell our heritage beauty well, or even our gorgeous High Street that ends up at Bathers Beach.

Fremantle needs creative people who are willing and able to think outside the box, and who don’t do same same every year, time and time again. Fremantle’s marketing is boring, uninspiring and not working!

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PERMANENT FESTIVAL FOR FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, kings square, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

This is such big and good news for Fremantle that I have simply copied it off the Fremantle Mayor’s blog, since I did not receive any information about this from Sirona Capital or the City of Fremantle, which is disappointing.

Kings Square Fremantle will play host to a semi-permanent festival under a radical but carefully curated multimillion-dollar plan for a borderless retail, community and entertainment precinct.

FOMO, as the precinct has been christened, will reverse the effect of decades of neglect to allow Fremantle to reclaim its status as a thriving tourist destination, according to Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly, the developer of the $270 million office, retail, church and civic precinct.

“We threw out the retail rule book,” Mr McNeilly said.

“We saw a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harness the unique personality of Fremantle to create a retail environment where the journey will be as important as the destination.”

The flavour of FOMO, the 5783sqm retail space at the heart of Kings Square, will be devised in a series of workshops with the community, artists and musicians of Fremantle, highlighting and intensifying the best of Fremantle’s makers and artisans.

The Daily will be part of an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.Picture: Supplied

 

Its precincts include Street Alley, Tidal Land and Newman Court — a food space with slow food, good food, fast and fresh food which then morphs into spaces selling homewares, fashion and homemade goods.

Radical retail architect, HDR Rice Daubney principal Susanne Pini, said the double-storey Emporium (the former Myer building) would echo a “cool container” with an eclectic mix of organic and free flowing retail concepts.

For example, an area called The Daily, will offer local makers workspace, gallery, retail space around the base of the old carpark area and a window for passing pedestrians into how artisans bring their ideas to life.

City of Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said FOMO will be an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.

The project, to include two office campuses with 20,400sqm of A-grade office space, a revamped 800 bay carpark and outdoor retail, entertainment and eating spaces and a new $50 million civic precinct for the City of Fremantle, was “a unique opportunity to take a retail risk”, Mr McNeilly, said.

The office complex will house more than 1500 workers and Mr McNeilly said that in curating and intensifying the appealing elements of Fremantle, FOMO would almost double the number of tourists visiting Fremantle from 1.6 million to 3 million a year.

40 SPEED LIMIT FOR WRAY AVENUE

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

Wray Ave speed limit

 

It took a year for the City of Fremantle to get the go ahead from Mainroads Department to lower the speed in Wray Avenue to 40 kilometres per hour, but it has finally be improved.

The local community had asked for a reduction in traffic speed as the Wray Ave hub is very popular for its cafes and shopping, and frequented by students and parents of the Fremantle Primary School, and by staff and visitors of Fremantle Hospital.

So next time you drive through Wray Avenue, slow down!

 

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WA BANS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, plastic, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

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It is good to hear that Fremantle Council’s leadership on the banning of single-use plastic shopping bags has resulted in WA Premier Mark McGowan this morning announcing the bags will be banned in Western Australia from July 1, 2018.

The City of Fremantle tried twice to introduce the ban, but it was blocked by the Barnett government.

The Project on Channel TEN for months also named and shamed the states and territories that do not have a ban on single-use plastic bags, so finally community pressure has resulted in this sensible decision.

 

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SPECIAL WRAY AVENUE HUB

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

 

Traders in the lovely Fremantle Wray Avenue hub are hopeful that the planned new public car park on the Stan Reilly site will be a boost to their businesses, as some of them have seen a significant downturn in trade since the downgrading of Fremantle Hospital and the closure of the emergency ward.

The popular Lenny the OX cafe has closed, but renovations are under way for The MOD, the Modern Cafe that already has a new mural painted on the wall.

My friend Natalie at Luce Del Sol can’t wait for warmer weather, in the hope the sales of swimwear will increase drastically as it has been pretty quiet recently.

I always like walking or driving past Frank’s the butcher and seeing all the signs in front of the shop, and love the atmosphere at Galati’s.

The Fremantle Oval Project will bring Wray Avenue a bit closer to the Cappuccino Strip and some street beautification between Parry Street and Wray Avenue would also help.

 

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CREATIVE HAMILTON HILL COMMUNITY

Posted in art, city of cockburn, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2017

 

 

I drove over the border to the City of Cockburn today, so I took my long-expired passport to prove that I am a citizen of the world and a resident of the global village.

My epic journey took me to the IGA at Simms Road in Hamilton Hill where the community were painting a large mural.

Just great to see kids and families engaged in creating a more beautiful community!

 

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