Freo's View

GROWING FISHING BOAT HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2017

 

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Good to see the extension to the Char Char Bull restaurant in Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour is nearing completion.

The new Piazza has been ready for over two months but the work at CCB means the public car park is still not open to the public.

It is a little disappointing that the new building did not copy the saw-tooth roof of Cicerello’s next door, as it looks like a cheap add-on unfortunately.

But with some interesting furniture and good interior design they might still pull it off. I hope so!

With the new Han’s opening last week there is only one more spot to be filled; the forlorn looking former Mussel Bar.

 

Roel Loopers

FALLS FESTIVAL BACK IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, culture, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

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The popular FALLS FESTIVAL, that was held at Kings Square in January this year, will be back again on January 6 and 7, 2018, but this time in the Fremantle Oval Precinct.

It will take over the oval, historic sites, Parry Street and some car parks, and it will have a pass-out policy, so that people attending the festival can roam around Freo and support local traders.

The FALLS FESTIVAL line-up is great:

Flume/ Fleet Foxes / Run The Jewels / The Kooks / Glass Animals/ Peking Duk / Angus & Julia Stone / Foster The People / Liam Gallagher / Vince Staples / Jungle / Dune Rats / The Smith Street Band / D.R.A.M / Daryl Braithwaite / Everything Everything / Allday / The Jungle Giants / Thundamentals / Methyl Ethel / Slumberjack / D.D Dumbo / Anna Lunoe / DZ Deathrays / Confidence Man / Julia Jacklin / Bad//Dreems / Cosmo’s Midnight / Winston Surfshirt / Luca Brasi / Alex Lahey / Camp Cope / Flint Eastwood / Ecca Vandal / Dave / Total Giovanni

Friends of Falls pre-sales commence at 9am local time Thursday 24 August.
Optus Perks pre-sales commence at 9am local time Friday 25 August.
General Sales commence 9am local time Tuesday 29 August.

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I love the idea of using Parry Street, and acknowledge that it might affect traffic and parking in the area, but it will be great for the creative activation of the area, and a good sign of things to come when the planned Fremantle Oval Project is finished.

Freo is on the move in a very positive way!

 

Roel Loopers

ALL ABOUT ART IN FREO

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

The Fremantle Network event about art in Fremantle at the National Hotel was yet again a very informative community session. Tom Mueller of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street and Robby Lang of the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street spoke about their art hubs.

Mueller said it was special to operate out of a federation style brick and iron heritage building, built in 1907. To financially support their arts program PSAS had to diversify through private functions such as weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, etc. This allowed them to plan their art exhibitions two years ahead.

Small art businesses needed to be adaptive and PSAS tried to make their shows all about giving people a voice, and an honest and emotional response to art, Mueller said.

It is all about the conservation with the community and being open to change, and about creating something in the big warehouse space of the building.

There are 36 studios upstairs with practising artists, but also an architect, and there is the Studio 37 cafe on the ground floor as well.

PSAS had host the Fashion Collective and Hidden Treasures music festival.

Robby Lang of The Fib said that creative people don’t like to work for someone else, and that’s why he started the arts incubator 15 years ago in a run-down warehouse in an industrial area.

People are looking for a different way to exist and keep out of the rat race, and artists look at the cracks in society.

The Fib has art studios, but also a central space for exhibitions and functions, and a cafe.

Lang said it was all about giving people the opportunity to do their own things, and it was not purely about art. It is an environment where people can hang out, express themselves, and feel safe.

You have to be massively flexible and open to what people want to do within the space of the Fib. Micro management only limits your own imagination.

The industrial area he started The Fib in 15 years ago has now changed and there are a lot of creative businesses in the surrounding streets. It probably needs its own branding as an arts precinct, Robby Lang said.

Fremantle is brave enough to take chances and make changes and that is good, as nobody looks back in history where people played it safe. Fremantle has the opportunity to embrace things that are a bit scary and new.

The Fib has been a fantastic journey but a financial disaster, he laughed.

The next project is a movable creative container space for makers and sellers, but council regulations often made it difficult to get innovative things off the ground.

During the public discussion Tom Mueller said that the age of entitlement for artists is over and that relying on public funding was not on anymore. Artists can’t rest on their laurels.

J Shed sculptor Greg James said that an art space is primarily where people create art, and it is not a tourist destination, but the license he has with the City of Fremantle requires him to be open to the public 20 hours a week and that interrupted the work flow and productivity.

I agree that Fremantle Council needs to revisit the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and be clear about what it wants to achieve. An arts hub of makers is not going to greatly activate the area, and if the City wants to create a Freo Montmartre it needs to come up with more innovative ideas for the area.

Robby Lang said it was important for artists to take chances and that an alternative culture needs to happen in Fremantle.

It was a really interesting couple of hours with two very good and likeable speakers!

Roel Loopers

HOTELS NEED TO ADAPT TO TOURIST NEEDS

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

The $ 2 million emergency campaign announced by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia to get more people using Perth hotels is not dealing with the changing demands for tourist accommodation.

The minister wants us to invite friends and family over, but it is not just lower visitors’ numbers that are to blame for the many empty hotel rooms.

Hotel rooms are expensive and not very family friendly, hence the success of Bed&Breakfast accommodation and AirBB.

In Fremantle one can get a 2-3 bedroom house with garden for as low as $ 170 a night. For a family with children that is much better and cheaper than hotel rooms.

People can cook in a B&B and don’t need to go out and buy three meals a day, and the kids can play in the garden.

Many B&B also allow dogs and that is very popular.

What hotel operators need to do is change with the times and offer more serviced apartments, where people can cook their own meals, as the new Fremantle Quest Hotel has.

What is wrong with hotels having some floors with rooms and suites, and other floors with serviced apartments with cooking facilities?

Having a whinge is not the solution, but changing with modern tourist demands is.

Roel Loopers

 

STUNNG FREO SUN-DAY

Posted in bathers beach, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2017

 

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What a stunningly beautiful Sunday in Fremantle today!

No need to take my word for it though, but the thousands of people came to Freo for a stroll, meal or coffee, show that I am right.

It is such a delight to see more people in town, and to know that this is going to assist our traders.

It is good to know that in the near future all the development that is happening in the inner city will see more people living and working in the CBD. A couple of hotels are also in the pipeline, so the hundreds of thousands of visitors will be able to stay in our port city overnight.

It’s all good and I am very optimistic about Freo’s future!

 

Roel Loopers

FREO BID LOOKING FOR CEO

Posted in bid, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

Fremantle BID is currently seeking to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer. Full details are below:

Fremantle BID
Chief Executive Officer

(Part-time position 22.5 hours per week contracted to 30 June 2018)

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2013 and was the first BID in Western Australia.

As an independent, not-for-profit company, the Fremantle BID operates on behalf of its members – the Fremantle CBD businesses and property owners – to improve the business environment. The BID takes a collaborative leadership approach to activation to build the economic wellbeing of the CBD.

CEO Role:

The CEO role is fundamental to the success of the Fremantle BID.  This position is a key strategic role within a small organisation and requires a high level of skills in relationship building, management and governance, setting and implementing strategies and business plans and working to a budget within limited time frames.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to lead and manage proactively, be self-motivated and able to formulate and drive ideas with a ‘can-do’ attitude. The candidate will preferably be well connected, respected and influential in the Fremantle community.

This position reports to a Board of Directors.

Salary range: $50,000 – $55,000 (to be negotiated)

Essential requirements:

  • Strong oral communication and relationship building skills
  • Ability to manage and work within a small team – including Board members.
  • Governance and budget/finance management skills
  • Report and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and with a range of different stakeholders including contractors, retailers, business owners, developers and government organisations and agencies

 Preferred requirements:

  • Relevant degree
  • Financial knowledge
  • Retail background
  • Marketing and customer service skills and experience
  • Broad knowledge and experience in the Fremantle community/business
  • Experience reporting to a Board
  • Fund raising and grant experience

To apply:

  • To apply, please send your application to bid.fremantle@gmail.com by 5pm, Friday, 1 September 2017
  • The detailed position description is available HERE
  • Applications close at 5pm, Friday, 1 September 2017

NEW GRASS FOR FREO ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

 

Only a few days a go I showed photos of all the puddles and mud on the path near the Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade.

So fair is fair, and here some photos of the City of Fremantle laying new grass on the reserve today.

 

Roel Loopers

RARE ROUNDHOUSE UPSTAIRS VIEWS

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

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Power is being installed in the Fremantle Roundhouse today, so a rare opportunity to climb the very steep and narrow steps and have a look the upstairs area, that is normally closed off.

It is quite clear that the steps are too dangerous to open up the upstairs of Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building to visitors, and most of the volunteer tourist guides have never been there either, so here some rare glimpses.

 

Roel Loopers

TOURISM SNUB FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, committee for perth, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

The Committee for Perth wants WA to become even more Perth-centric and snub Fremantle, according to their latest Fact Finding Bulletin 55.

The CfP states that “Tourism marketing campaigns should focus on ‘Brand Perth’ to attract visitors rather than sub categories of Fremantle, Rottnest Island or other regions.”

Only recently the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce lamented that Fremantle was not included enough in Western Australia’s tourism marketing, but now the Committee for Perth suggest we should get even less promotion for one of our Sate’s most favourite tourist destinations. How bizarre!

The thousands of visitors we receive at the Fremantle Roundhouse each week often remark how beautiful and different Fremantle is and that Perth is like most other major cities and far less attractive that the port city.

Maybe it is time for Fremantle Council and the Chamber of Commerce to send a delegation to the Minister for Tourism and have a serious talk about this, as Fremantle needs and deserves to be promoted all over the world as a unique attraction.

Other facts from the Committee of Perth fact sheet:

The total contribution of tourism to the WA economy in 2016 was $10.64 billion, or 4.6% of the state’s gross value-added (GVA) economy. By comparison, 23.8% of the state GVA was generated by the mining industry, 13.6% by construction, 5.6% by health care and social assistance and 5.2% by professional and technical services.

The sector directly and indirectly employs 109,000 people.

Over the past 10 years, intrastate and interstate visitor numbers declined in the year ending March 2016-17. The state only attracted 4.6% of the total national interstate visitors during the same period.

The distance to WA from major eastern states attractions and capitals is a disadvantage.
Indigenous tourism experiences have been identified as a major tourism opportunity for WA, with 78% of people who visited WA in 2015-16 saying they wanted to have an Aboriginal cultural experience but only 24% had one.

WA attracts less than its population based share of visitors and visitor spend from key markets including China and New Zealand, but attracts more than its share of visitors from the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore and Germany.

Of WA’s five defined tourist regions, tourists from Malaysia, Singapore and China are most likely to visit Experience Perth and Australia’s South West with only a small proportion travelling to Australia’s Coral Coast, North West or Golden Outback. By contrast, visitors from Germany, the USA and New Zealand are more likely to visit a range of destinations.

 

Roel Loopers

 

PEDESTRIAN WET MESS AT ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017

 

 

The City of Fremantle needs to improve the footpath on the Esplanade that runs from Essex Street to Little Creatures as it is a mess in winter after rainfall.

One has to walk through deep puddles or divert through the grass, and the latter creates mud.

People with prams or in wheelchairs have to plough through the wet mess, and that is not on.

There also needs to be a second ‘wayfinding’ path from Collie Street to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It is good and fine to do the big picture stuff and the concept of a hub, but one needs to look after the small stuff as well and create a path that can be used all seasons.

 

Roel Loopers

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