Freo's View

SURF DIVE ‘N SKI OPENS IN HIGH STREET MALL

Posted in city of fremantle, clothes, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2020

 

 

An exciting new shop will open in the Fremantle High Street mall very soon. Surf Dive ‘n Ski are stocking the shop currently and will be open to the public soon.

Also opening in the area, at the back of the Manning Arcade, will be a Thai restaurant.

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TIME TO CLEAN UP THE MORNING MESS

 

Business owners in the Fremantle CBD have been complaining for many years about homeless people sleeping in their shop entrances. It is not so much that they don’t want the poor bastards to find some shelter, but that many of the rough sleepers leave their rubbish behind. Bousfield in High Street had signs on the windows asking not to urinate and defecate in their shop entrance, and I have heard many reports from shop owners finding crap on their doorsteps when they want to open for business.

These problems are not unique to Fremantle, as the same issues arise in Perth, Midland, etc, but that means nothing to our Freo business owners who are keen for our council and state government to come up with solutions.

Business owners assume it is local council’s responsibility to clean up the mess, but that is arguable, because the mess is left on private property. However as far as I know the City of Fremantle will send a cleaner if business owners request it.

Homelessness is a huge problem for our society. More than 5,000 people sleep rough in Western Australia every night. Perth Lord Mayor wannabe Basil Zempilas has declared that if elected he would forcefully remove homeless people from Perth, but that would be unlawful. As senior WA police have pointed out many times, it is not illegal to be homeless. Question is though if sleeping on private property/doorways is trespassing and hence unlawful.

I absolutely sympathise with affected business owners, as it is disgusting to have to clean up the stinking mess many homeless people leave behind, but I also feel extremely sorry for those who have to sleep rough when it is wet and cold.

There is not enough social housing and we are not making inroads, with more and more people sleeping on the street and the waiting list for social housing growing yearly.

When walking through the West End of Fremantle most mornings I am annoyed how messy it looks with rubbish all over the place and in the doorways of businesses, so Fremantle Council should consider a cleaning strategy, because even as late at 10am on a Sunday there is still rubbish everywhere along High Street. We can’t just put this in the too hard basket and business owners deserve support! The City of Fremantle can make a start by extending the early morning cleaning of the Cappuccino Strip to High Street.

Roel Loopers

COMMUNITY DREAMS FOR GEORGE STREET

 

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It is always good for those who’d like to start a new business to find out what the community actually wants, because they don’t necessarily see the need for yet another cafe.

A mini community survey in East Fremantle discovered what people would really like in beautiful George Street, as the poster above shows.

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FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC AND PEOPLE

Posted in business, city of fremantle, music, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2020

 

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Mark LaHogue’s smiling face is well known around Fremantle. The owner of The Record Finder shop is seen walking to his shop with large vinyl records under his arm every morning of the week.

Mark’s father started the shop in New Zealand in 1966 and when he decided to quit Mark took over. He has been trading now in Freo since 1985 and his sister is also working there. Now that’s a family business!

The Record Finder has many thousands of vinyls, but also sells CDs, DVDs, books, posters and record players. It is a great place for a slow browse and to soak up the ambience.

Mark says he does not do it for the money, but for his love of music and people. “Music connects people and makes them happy and it is a great escape from all the negativity in the world. I have three generations of the same families coming to my shop, so music connects families as well. I am trying to make people happy!”

Mark has some old test pressings of the Beatles and Animals, bought in from an engineer who used to work at the Apple recording studios in London.

Mark was open every day during the Covid-19 lock down and says that more people are visiting the shop and Fremantle because they can’t travel overseas and are now exploring their own state.

The Record Finder is at 43 High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End and open every day of the week.

http://www.therecordfinder.com  and is on Facebook

Go for a browse. Have a chat with Mark and support a really nice guy and his small business!

Roel Loopers

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BUSINESS IN FREO THROUGH LOCKDOWN AND BEYOND

 

The Fremantle Network and Politics in the Pub gather for the first time after the Covid-19 lock down on Tuesday, July 28 at 6.30 at The Local in South Fremantle

The COVID-19 lockdown had major impacts on business in the port city. Taps at well-loved and brand-new pubs ran dry, and restaurants took to providing takeaway through the window. Retail slowed to a crawl, as we went from treasure hunting at op-shops and boutique stores to working from home in pyjama pants. Jobs and events took a hit, while new and creative ways of getting-by revitalised communities. There are stories to be told and insights to be had here.

The Fremantle Network and Politics in the Pub are excited to present our first post-lockdown event: Business in Freo: through the lockdown and beyond. Come for a drink and a bite in company at the Local Hotel. Share your lockdown experiences and join the discussion over what’s next for work and life in Freo. We start at 7pm and encourage you to arrive earlier for friendly conversation.

Speakers are Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter Australia, Piers Verstegen, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of WA, Dave Furness, of the Carriage Cafe and Group General Manager of Wenco, and Councillor Frank Mofflin, Head of the Fremantle Covid Recovery Group.

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GREAT VIBE IN AWAKENED FREO

 

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There has been a really good vibe in Fremantle this week and a real buzz around town with so many people walking the streets.

The opening of the Fremantle Markets was significant and the number of people, partly due to school holidays, was impressive.

Also a great idea by the City of Fremantle to offer familiarisation tours for the 1,750 staff of the Communities Department, who have moved into their new offices at Kings Square.

I bumped into a group, conducted by Michael Deller of Fremantle Tours yesterday, that was also attended by Mayor Bard Pettitt.

I believe Freo is on the right track to recovery, but it needs all our support, so BUY LOCAL or BYE, BYE, LOCAL!

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FREMANTLE MARKETS RE-OPEN ON FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

Fremantle Markets

 

The very popular Fremantle Markets will re-open tomorrow-Friday July 10 at 9am and will initially be open Friday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, with the food hall opening one hour earlier for those who want to buy fruit&vegetables.

The 150 small businesses in the market were severely impacted by the closure of the markets, which was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so go and say hello on the weekend and support them.

Ajay of the Lucky Elephant clothing stall is delighted that things are returning back to normal.

But even in the markets it is essential to be aware of the social distancing rules, so look after yourselves and your fellow markets visitors and operators!

Roel Loopers

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WOW! SO MANY KIDS IN FREO FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, local government, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020

 

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Amazing! The City of Fremantle LEGO Adventure Trail for school holidays is a huge success. This morning I witnessed hundreds of little kids and parents walking down High Street and others were lining up at the Visitor Centre to get started.

It must be one of the most popular school holidays projects Fremantle has done. Great job to see so many people coming into town and visiting shops to get the stamps!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE LEGO ADVENTURE FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, local government, schools, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle has partnered with Water Corporation to invite families on a free LEGO adventure through the streets of Fremantle these school holidays.

From Monday 6 July until Sunday 19 July, kids will be able to collect an Adventure Trail map from the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Kings Square.

The map will guide them to participating stores in Fremantle’s historic West End, where they’ll be able to collect the pieces for their very own LEGO toy.

The little explorers can use the Adventure Trail map to find their way through the streets of Freo and spot the LEGO-themed shop windows to collect the pieces.

There are six different toys available for the kids to build, but stocks are limited so they should get in quick.

As they visit each store they can also collect special stamps on their map. Collect all five stamps and they can enter the draw to win one of three LEGO vouchers from Toyworld Fremantle.

In another special LEGO treat, kids will have the chance to build their own LEGO masterpiece and watch a live build with Fremantle’s very own LEGO Masters Alex Towler and Jackson Harvey.

The 2020 Australian LEGO Masters Champions will be at Fremantle’s Kings Square on Thursday 16 July from 10am – 2pm.

For other school holiday ideas, special deals and offers and information on things to do in Fremantle go to visitfremantle.com.au.

 

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FREO BUSINESS CARE PACKS NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, retail, shopping, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2020

Pipes for Fremantle is offering care packs for businesses:

The care pack contains information on the ways we’re supporting you, including:  

  • Loss of business support 
  • Signage opportunities 
  • Fremantle Water Perks loyalty card competition
  • Parking support 
  • Social media promotion

Visit our website to see everything included in the care pack. 

We’re also supporting the City of Fremantle and High Street in two additional business support initiatives:

 

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