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STORM DAMAGE IN BOOYEEMBARA PARK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, storm, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on May 30, 2020

 

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Yesterday’s storm did a bit of damage in Fremantle’s Booyeembara Park, with one tree uprooted and several others losing big branches.

It is a lovely park to have a quite walk in though and watch some of the wildlife.

Roel Loopers

BIG BAD STORM COMING FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2020

 

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Get ready for more of this on Friday as a big storm is expected to hit us from mid afternoon with heavy rain, very strong winds and unusually high tides.

If you are going away for the WA Day long weekend it will be best to leave in the morning.

Roel Loopers

GETTING A SOAKING AT BATHERS BEACH

 

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Oh my golly goodness did I just get soaking wet at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach! I was taking photos at the Fishing Boat Harbour without realising the boardwalk got flooded, so I was standing in ten centimetres of water. I hope my shoes will dry one day.

Then there was rain and a lot of spray from the massive waves at our city beach.

It is beautiful to watch, so well worth it that I needed to put new clothes on for the second time today.

The things I do for my Freo’s View readers, hey. Some will claim though I only report about negativity. ;>))

Roel Loopers

 

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STORM GREAT FOR INVIGORATING WALK

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, indian ocean, storm, Uncategorized, weather, western australia by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

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My favourite photo of the day of the wild Indian Ocean, plus some banner damage in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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PORT BEACH ROCKWALL STILL STANDING

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, indian ocean, local government, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

 

Port Beach COAST restaurant and bar owner Ian Hutchinson said this morning that the new rockwall had saved his building from being damaged in the big storm that has been going on along the west coast since yesterday.

By the look at it though it is questionable how many storms the rockwall will be able to withstand before it gets swamped by waves during big winter storms.

I too got swamped, but that was delightfully invigorating. Big storms always remind that that no matter how much we pretend we humans are actually not in charge of planet earth, and that is a good thing. ;>))

Roel Loopers

IT’S GOING TO BE A WET FREO WEEK

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, storm, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on May 25, 2020

 

 

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There is more of this kind of weather to come this week, so try to stay out of the rain. We are still supposed to stay at home as much as possible anyway because of Covid-19, so if you don’t have to go to work buy a good book.

Stay safe and well, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BUFFETED BY STORM

Posted in city of fremantle, storm, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on May 6, 2020

 

 

That is one hell of a storm this morning, with some of the strongest wind I have encountered in Fremantle. I literally could not keep on my feet at the Bathers Beach boardwalk.

If the answer is really blowing in the wind, we should be able to find it today.

I took a few photos on my way to Chalkys cafe, with the recycle bins at my apartment block being blown over, a branch of a tree in Norfolk Street and fences being flattened in Slip Street in Fremantle Port.

And it’s pretty nippy as well and I could have done with a jacket and long pants, but for real men like me that is just invigorating. ;>)) Brrrrrr!

Roel Loopers

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ROCKY SWIM AT PORT BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2020

 

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Swimmers at Fremantle’s Port Beach are not happy-again-about the large number of small rocks at water’s edge.

The temporary rock wall to protect the COAST restaurant/bar and car park looks good, but hundreds of rocks on the beach make for an unpleasant entering and leaving the ocean.

Roel Loopers

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PORT BEACH ROCK WALL COMPLETED

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2020

 

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The construction of a temporary rock wall to protect coastal assets at Port Beach from erosion has been completed by the City of Fremantle.

In December last year Fremantle Council approved the construction of a temporary rock wall as the preferred interim measure to protect facilities including the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast Port Beach restaurant from coastal erosion.

The state government committed $200,000 towards the project.

The works involved digging into the existing dune, installing a geotextile membrane, construction of the wall, and the restoration of the dune in front and on top of the wall to maximise beach area.

The restored dune has been covered with hessian matting to prevent sand from blowing away in the short term. Work to revegetate the dune will be carried out in May and June.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was good to have the erosion defences in place ahead of the first winter storms.

“The first big storm of the winter is generally the one that causes the most erosion damage so it was really important to get this work done to avoid a repeat of last year, when assets like the change rooms and Coast restaurant were at serious risk,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Now that these protection measures are in place we can continue to work with Fremantle Ports and other government agencies to examine options for managing erosion at Port Beach for the next 20 years or so.

For beyond 2040 the council has adopted managed retreat as its preferred long-term strategy, in which all City assets such as the car parks and change rooms will eventually be removed from the erosion risk zone and set further back.

The state government’s Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia released in August last year identified Port Beach as one of the two hotspots in WA at the most imminent risk from erosion.

In May 2018 a severe erosion incident undermined the southern car park at the beach, while in June last year another serious erosion incident threatened facilities like the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast restaurant.

A report by coastal engineering experts received by Fremantle Council last year provided a number of potential management options which are now being reviewed and developed by officers, consultants and key stakeholders.

 

Roel Loopers

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MOODY MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on February 26, 2020

 

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I drove onto the South Mole to get some nice fresh sea air before going to the Council meeting in North Fremantle, and the light was amazing at 5pm, as this photo shows.

Roel Loopers

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