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VISION FOR GREATER FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 26, 2017

 

East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail is Australia’s youngest Deputy Mayor. His impressive presentation at the Fremantle Network of the vision plan for the East Freo Leeuwing Barracks and foreshore showed why he was elected by his peers to the position.

A lot of water will flow under the bridges before the plans will be realised as the Defence Department owns the land and will have the final say after all, but at least the Town of East Fremantle is pro-actively involved in what must be one of the most significant development projects for the town and greater Fremantle.

McPhail said this was Fremantle’s day and Fremantle’s time and that the area is an emerging area for opportunity thanks to Fremantle Council, and it needs a regional big picture view.

He said the two major future visions for river foreshore development in the Perth metro area are the Leeuwin Barracks and the South Quay project, and he showed East Fremantle’s Port to Point Vision, all the way from Fremantle Port to Point Walter. It is about how we reconnect Fremantle to its foreshore McPail said.

He rightly pointed out that the South Quay project is a long way away still, while the Leeuwin development is imminent with land sales starting later this year, and said the East Street jetty area could be beautified by Fremantle Council before that.

Riverside Drive is old and needs to be realligned to accommodate the vision plans and the huge Leeuwin development that would see some 1,400 new residents moving into new apartment buildings, a new hotel, shops and large green open spaces for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

The vision showed two major 15-storey towers on the 14 hectare site plus 4-8 storey buildings spread among the large public spaces that will connect to river boardwalks.

It will require careful planning by the Town of East Fremantle and Mainroads to accommodate the additional vehicle movement along Preston Point Road and Riverside Drive as the majority of the new residents and visitors will be driving cars.

Michael McPhail is right that he sees this as a huge opportunity for Greater Fremantle and I believe it is essential for the two local councils and State Government to work together on a vision plan for the foreshore area from the Fremantle railway station all the way to Point Walter.

Roel Loopers

FOOD MAKES MONDAYS GREAT AGAIN

Posted in food, fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 6, 2017

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The Under The Bridge Foodtrucks organisers came up with the Trumpish slogan Make Mondays Great Again, so I am stealing it from them.

It’s on again today from 5-8.30 pm at the Fremantle East Street Jetty and a lot of fun. It’s also a great spot to watch the sun set behind the port, fall in love, network, meet new friends, take the dog for a walk, or have a quick swim in the Swan River.

Roel Loopers

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FINE FREO FOOD UNDER THE RAINBOW

Posted in food, fremantle by freoview on January 24, 2017

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The Under The Bridge food van market at the Fremantle East Street jetty has become very popular with hundreds of people sitting at the Swan river watching the sun set behind the port and enjoying great food.

It is on every Monday in summer from 5 to 8.30 pm, so go and check it out next week!

Roel Loopers

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EAST STREET JETTY SUNSET

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on January 23, 2017

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Photography is soul music for me. Whenever I feel a bit down I go out and try to find good images. Taking creative photos makes me happy.

I took this one at the Fremantle East Street jetty today just before 7 pm.

Roel Loopers

FOOD TRUCKS AT THE SWAN RIVER

Posted in food, fremantle by freoview on November 28, 2016
Photo by Alma Sarhan

Photo by Alma Sarhan

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It’s a beautiful day in Fremantle yet again, so why not enjoy the sunset at the Under The Bridge Food Trucks at the East Street jetty this evening and watch the sun set behind the port.

Five trucks will offer a variety of international food to choose from and you can even throw in a line and catch some fish while there.

It’s on from 5-9 pm, so head out to the Swan River!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE TRAFFIC BRIDGE STRENGTHENING

Posted in freight, fremantle, TRAFFIC, trains by freoview on October 25, 2016

The WA government is spending another $ 3 million on strengthening the Fremantle traffic bridge after it completed the fender system upgrade earlier this year.

Advanteering Civil Engineers has the contract to use specialist divers to repair and strengthen the 100 pilons under water. The work should be completed by May next year.

Roel Loopers

LABOR LEEUWIN BARRACKS COMMUNITY EVENT

Posted in community, east fremantle, fremantle by freoview on October 5, 2016

Nearly one hundred people attended the information session about development plans for the East Fremantle Leeuwin Barracks at the East Freo Tennis Club on Tuesday evening.

The event was organised by the Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley and chaired by Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk. WA Labor leader Mark McGowan and Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson were also present.

The Leeuwin residential development at the Swan river is probably the most significant modern development for the Town of East Fremantle, so community input is essential as the site if developed well could become the jewel in the crown for East Freo.

Lisa O’Malley said it was important to bring local, state and federal representatives together to complement the visioning process the Town of East Fremantle is conducting with the community and stakeholders.

Mark McGowan said he knew the site very well from his days as a Navy Officer and commented on the thoughtful contributions from the public gallery.

Josh Wilson said he has been talking to the Federal Defence Minister’s office about the significance of the project for East Fremantle and beyond and mentioned the very positive outcome negotiations had achieved with Cantonment Hill.

Height, density and traffic issues were the main concerns raised by residents and suggestions made to acknowledge the plight of veterans and create open spaces for seniors and youth at this prime location.

Roel Loopers

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HOLIDAY IN NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in community, fremantle, holiday, nature, western australia by freoview on September 25, 2016

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You don’t have to go far in Fremantle to feel you are on holiday, as I again discovered at the North Fremantle foreshore this morning.

It is the kind of morning normal people refer to as bloody cold, and only those eternally optimistic glass is half full people call it invigorating, so I decided a change in routine would be good, after the routinely morning coffee and newspaper in a West End cafe, and had a stroll along the  north bank of the Swan river.

There were quite a few people out and about walking dogs and the only negative up that way is the constant noise of cars on the bridges.

Here some impressions. Enjoy the long weekend!

Roel Loopers

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FREO UNDER THE BRIDGE FOOD TRUCKS SUNSET

Posted in food, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 11, 2016

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The Under The Bridge food truck sunset fiesta will return on Mondays throughout summer at the East Street jetty between the Fremantle bridges.

Five trucks will be at the Swan River from 5-9 pm, so come and enjoy the international food by Eat No Evil, Flying Falafels, Comida do Sul and others.

It’s a nice location to watch the sunset over the port, so come along! It starts tomorrow September 12!

Roel Loopers

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WA GOVERNMENT PLANS FIVE BRIDGES AT NORTH FREMANTLE

The preferred option for the WA Government for the final stage of the Perth Freight Link is a bridge, or actually a couple of bridges.

The idea is to duplicate the Stirling Bridge and to also build a new freight rail bridge over the Swan River to get freight into Fremantle Port by rail and road.

It would mean we would have five bridges in a short distance from each other and somehow North Fremantle’s Tydeman Road and Stirling Highway are supposed to cope with it.

I can’t see the logic in this madness as the present rail line can’t handle double stacking, so a new bridge will not necessarily mean that more freight can go to Fremantle Port by rail. The transport through the West End is also being criticised by locals who complain about the noise.

Roel Loopers

 

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