Freo's View

NO PRINTED FREMANTLE FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Posted in city of fremantle, cultural, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017

 

I just found out that the City of Fremantle did not print a Fremantle Festival program this year, supposedly to be more sustainable as far as hardcopies go.

This sits very well with my previous blog post today about the City not communication well.

I was told the website would give me all the information. It does, but it is cumbersome as there is no simple overview of events with dates and times

Click on http://www.fremantlefestival.com.au  You then have to click on schedule and get more photos, and then have to click again on the individual images to find out what time they start.

What is wrong with a basic graphic calendar-style overview with the dates, titles of events and times, for heaven’s sake?!

Not having a printed program also cuts out tourists visiting Fremantle, as in the past we have handed them programs when they visit the Roundhouse.

This is again a clear example of the City administration relying far too much on the internet and not accepting that many people are not connecting to it.

 

Roel Loopers

NO SHADE AT ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

roundhouse rest

 

I spotted this man having a rest on a bench next to the Fremantle Roundhouse in front of the Glen Cowans underwater photography gallery, so had to take a photo of course.

While admiring the Felice Varine artwork along High Street from there Glen Cowans and I were talking about why there are no shade structures for visitors to Arthur Head on the lawn next to the Roundhouse.

Some 140,000 visitors enter the Roundhouse yearly and many of them are seniors who need a rest after walking up the steps, but there are only two benches outside WA’s oldest building, and neither of them are in the shade. The bench at the gallery is in shade only late afternoon.

Trees would be nice, but probably not possible because of the Whalers Tunnel below, but a couple of nice shade structures would be good and also assist to give shade to wedding guests up there.

 

Roel Loopers

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TINY FREMANTLE HOTEL PLANS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle markets, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

warder_cottage_image

 

The City of Fremantle is already a leader in tiny houses development, but now there is an application at the City for what might become the smallest hotel in Australia.

East Fremantle Matthew Crawford Architects have applied for a development license for an eleven-room hotel in the heritage-listed Warders Cottages in the Henderson Street mall adjacent to the Fremantle Markets.

They would renovate the cottages and also build a dining and bar area between the cottages and the markets, plus on-side parking.

The application is for 19-29 Henderson Street, which runs from William Street to the market laneway. The laneway would become the main entrance to the hotel.

The development decision will be made by the WA Development Assessment Panel, not by Fremantle Council.

You can see the plans on the City of Fremantle website. Submissions for or against the proposal need to be in by November 10.

 

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FREMANTLE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES

 

Arcs D'Ellipse

 

Where other people see negativity in Fremantle I see opportunities and reason for optimism. We have been through a long struggle, and it is not over by a long shot, but I can see light and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Fremantle is so unique and has such a good community and lifestyle, that I strongly believe that if we can work collaboratively and positively together we can create an even better city for the next generations and for all the visitors who’ll come here.

I would love to work toward attracting many more tourists to Fremantle and offer them more, and would like to see the City of Fremantle, with funding from the federal and state governments build a significant Aboriginal Cultural Center in the heart of the city.

A place where indigenous people can create art, have a big gallery space to sell the art from, an outdoor space for music, dance and story telling, and a cafe that sells bush tucker.

I would also love to see a migrant museum that tells the story of those people from far away countries who built our state and city and acknowledge them.

And as a very long-term plan I would like to see a significant Bathers Beach project, where the J Shed area in 20-30 years or so could become something like the Bondi Pavilion, with a sea pool, and where our inner city beach becomes as popular as the South, Port and Leighton beaches.

Developing Fremantle Festival into a showcase that would attract interstate and overseas visitors would also be great, and the present High Tide project along High Street will no doubt be a huge attraction with photos sent all over the planet via Snap Chat, Facebook, etc.

We have great opportunities in the Knutsford Street area to develop a good variety of diverse housing, from single, to medium and high density, tiny houses, townhouses, etc.

The Cantonment Hill Project is under way and the newly-opened playground is already very popular I noticed this morning.

The Fremantle Oval Project is a huge opportunity to do something outstanding there, but I warn against modelling it on the Claremont Oval development, which is pretty boring. Freo can do much better than that!

Fremantle has so much to offer for residents and visitors, and I have no doubt that with all the new development under way and planned Freo will also become attractive again for retailers and shoppers. All we need is a bit of patience, a positive attitude and not talking our city down.

Together we can move mountains. Let’s do it, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

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TOURIST SIGN TO BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 18, 2017

 

Bathers Beach sign

 

It has been a long time coming, but now there is finally a dedicated sign in High Street pointing to Bathers Beach.

I would have liked Fremantle City to put this sign all along High Street on posts to make visitors more aware that we have this lovely little beach on the edge of the city centre.

 

Roel Loopers

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SUMMER IS COMING!

Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 12, 2017

 

summer

 

I like it hot, so can’t wait for summer, and the season of markets, festivals and events to start in Fremantle.

Took this photo on my way to the Council meeting late yesterday afternoon at the Cappuccino Strip near the very cosy Benny’s bar and cafe.

 

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HG NELSON REPORT ABOUT FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, election, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2017

 

We often believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and we can’t see the forest for the trees, because we are too close, and take for granted the beauty and special lifestyle of the city we live in.

This has been the case a bit during the Fremantle local council election campaign, where  a few candidates and community groups only have negative things to say about our great little city.

So it’s time to get our eyes opened again to how special Freo is, tonight on SBS TV where comedian H.G. Nelson will file his report about Fremantle in Secrets of our Cities at 7.30 pm.

Watch it and realise how blessed we are to live here!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HOME PORT FOR PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

maritime museum sunset

 

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced on board the Sea Princess cruise liner in Fremantle port today the state government’s $ 7 million commitment to upgrade WA ports so they can better accommodate cruise ships.

This will allow Carnival Australia’s Sun Princess cruise ship to have her home port in Fremantle from next year.

According to the Premier that’s 400 jobs for Western Australians, and around $135 million for the WA economy.

Mc Gowan said that we want people from all over the world to visit WA and cruise ships are an important component of our plans to boost tourism and create WA jobs.

 

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ROEL’S POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 7, 2017

 

Some inner city snobs believe I have no right to stand for City Ward at the Fremantle local government election, and that I should just F… off to Beaconsfield where I live, but it is strange that they never complained when I supported them against the inappropriate tavern at J Shed, the equally inappropriate-now scrapped- five-storey Notre Dame proposal for Cliff Street, and the awful five-storey Customs House proposal, etc.

NIMBY parochialism is best left to the narrow-minded, so I will continue to support Fremantle whenever and wherever I can, as I have done for many years.

TRIP ADVISOR notified me today that last month 13,303 people read some or all of my 28 reviews about Fremantle businesses and attractions. That is the stuff I already do for Fremantle!

From those readers 72% where from Australia, 9% from Singapore, 4% from Malaysia and 15% from other countries.

I’ll leave it to others to talk down our city whenever they can, to score political points, while I’ll continue with my positive support for our traders.

If elected on Council I will be part of finding creative solutions and good outcomes.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE INDIGENOUS TOURS

Posted in abeautifulcity, city of fremantle, indigenous, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2017

 

Indigenous Tours WA

 

My mate Greg Nannup is doing indigenous tours in the Bathers Beach, Arthur Head area on Thursdays and Saturdays.

They are really good tours to learn more about the history and culture of the Wadjuk people who lived in the Walyalup area, as the Freo region is called by them.

Greg also does tours for school groups, so if your child’s school has not organised one, suggest it to them.

The tours run from 10.30 am to midday and start from the lawn at the Shipwreck Museum, corner Marine Terrace and Cliff Street.

It costs $ 35 for adults, $ 25 concession and $ 15 for a child.

You can book on http://www.wadjuk.com or phone 0405 630606

Book a tour now!

 

Roel Loopers

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