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MORONS DAMAGE KINGS SQUARE FENCES

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

 

Idiots vandalised and damaged some of the fences at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

Stupid moronic fools!

THAT FREO WEST END COMMUNITY FEELING

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

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Aboriginal artist Peter Farmer has completed his artwork on the PTA switchboard along the railway line at Little High Street in Fremantle’s West End.

It is nice to see the local residents of the townhouses take so much pride and create their own community garden with furniture and plants along their properties.

It is a real shame the City of Fremantle killed off the delightful Arthur Head community, just opposite the railway line, when they  created the flawed Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and evicted the residents of the Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane.

Sunshine and Remedy of the Crookes family used to bring their friends from Lance Holt School home and play outside. They connected with tourists and sometimes had a small stall where they sold drinks and sweets from. Their gorgeous grey cat Hunter must have been one of the most photographed cats in the world as every tourist stopped to take his photo.

The Crookes held BBQs and family celebrations with friends, while next door the Fremantle Society held events, used their cottage for meetings and helped activate the area. We held bowls evenings on the grass where local could connect. I lived in the cottage as the caretaker for FS until we were told to move out.

The two cottages plus the one occupied by the Port Pilots were occupied 24/7 and that meant no homeless people invading the cottages at night.

Now we have a dark ghost town up at Arthur Head and people shooting up, defecating and using the verandahs and backyards as bedrooms.

Even during day time the cottages are rarely occupied and the artists studios and the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre have not done anything to activate the area. Only the very professional Glen Cowans Underwater Photography Gallery has made a positive impact at Captain’s Lane

It is a shame Fremantle Council does not admit it was a mistake and failure to change the  heritage precinct into an arts precinct, as it was much more activated when the Pilot’s Cottages were occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ON THE RUN

Posted in city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 9, 2017

 

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It’s not always easy to do, or be, a runner. : >)

I took this photo at the back of the Fremantle Old Shanghai upmarket food market. Public art?

Roel Loopers

FREO RAINBOW ART VANDALISED AGAIN

Posted in art, city of fremantle, crime, graffiti, law&order by freoview on November 9, 2016

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I did not need the Trump election to make me realise there are a lot of idiots on our planet, but my mood soured even more this afternoon when I noticed some morons have vandalised the Fremantle Rainbow artwork by spraying graffiti on the second and third containers at the northern end.

No mate you are not clever, you are not an artist, you are a disrespectful fool! I hope the cops will catch you and put you in the slammer because all you are is a stupid little scum criminal our society does not want.

Roel Loopers

GRAFFIDIOTS VANDALISE FREO’S RAINBOW ARTWORK

Posted in art, fremantle, graffiti, vandalism by freoview on October 12, 2016

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I am not sure what to call the morons, dickheads, idiots, braindead vandals who put graffiti tagging on the stunning seacontainers Rainbow artwork at Fremantle’s Beach Reserve on Canning Highway, but I hope the fools will get caught by police and the new graffiti laws will come down hard on them.

One off graffiti fines are now a maximum of two years in jail or $ 24,000 fine, with compulsory clean-up orders for convicted vandals.

If they record their crimes on mobile phone, tablet, laptop, GoPro, computers, video, or other cameras these items will be confiscated by police and destroyed under new laws just implemented by the State Government.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S COLOURFUL GOOD, BAD AND UGLY

Posted in art, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 12, 2016

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I promised to keep you up to date with the good, the bad, and the ugly in Fremantle, so here three examples of it I found on a walk through Fremantle yesterday.

The display at the Chemist Warehouse is ugly, the tagging on the bins in front of the graffiti mural is bad, and at least the back of the Newport Hotel is very attractive.

Talking about attractive, go and have a look at the lovely new Herberts bar upstairs at the Federal Hotel(formerly Rosy O’Grady). It’s very cosy! I’ll do a photo blog on it as soon as I get permission from them.

Roel Loopers

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URGENT FENCE REPAIRS AT ROUNDHOUSE NEEDED

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 11, 2016

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No criticism, just hoping the City of Fremantle will be able to repair these fences at the back of the historic Roundhouse asap as they are a public health hazard.

Hundreds of people, and a lot of the kids and school students, walk along this path every day. The rusty and sharp chicken wire has come detached from the wooden fences and sticks out and is dangerous to those who walk by.

Could we also see the return of a needle container as I yet again picked up a used drug needle just next to the public toilets at Arthur Head this morning. There used to be one of those safe needle containers on the wall of that toilet, but when I looked for it this morning it was no longer there.

Thanks you Freo City!

EAST FREMANTLE ROYAL GEORGE NEGLECT DISGRACE

 

The neglect by the National Trust of the historic former Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle is a bloody disgrace and shows the organisation’s dismal failure of protecting the heritage buildings in it’s care.

The Royal George saga has been going on for many years, when artists were forced to move out and the building has been vacant since, making it a target for vandalism and homeless people.

Every now and then we are assured that yet again new developers are looking into the viability of renovating the building and making it habitable again, but it always turns out to be hot air and empty promises.

The Town of East Fremantle appears powerless to force the issue and demand that the site be renovated and activated.

It is an utter disgrace and something needs to be done at state and federal level to force the issue because the status quo is no longer acceptable and is endangering the beautiful heritage-listed building.

Roel Loopers

LAYERS OF MANURE WILL COVER FREO’S FIELDS OF ROSES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 31, 2016

An article about young architects and city development in today’s Sunday Times magazine has me wondering about certain facts in the article.

Journalist Jade Jurewicz mentions successful architect Nic Brunsdon, who among many innovative things such as Spacemarket and MOANA also started the Many 6160 retail and design incubator in the former Myer building at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

The article claims that Many pumped $ 1.7 million into the Fremantle economy since it opened in 2013 and because of Many there has been a 25 per cent reduction in vandalism in the area.

Where do these figures come from? Many is only open for four days a week, so I doubt it has a severe impact on the reduction of vandalism at Kings Square and I doubt it is highly successful as a retail environment as one rarely sees shoppers in the building.

I like fresh new innovative ideas, but the fact is that many mini retailers tried Many and left because it was not financially successful for them. Many is more or less a slightly more upmarket weekend market where presumably many traders have more secure income on weekdays to support their Many shop income, so how it has pumped $ 1.7 million into Fremantle, as the reporter claims, I’d like to know.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is also quoted in the article and rightly says that cities develop in layers. Archeologists will no doubt also agree with our Mayor, but while the layers of innovation, development and progress are good, the physical layer of boring and mediocre new buildings in our city will have a long-lasting negative affect on the character of Fremantle. At present it looks more as if we are trying to put layers of manure on top of fields of beautiful roses. That is not acceptable!

Roel Loopers

 

VANDALS DAMAGE BATHERS BEACH LIGHTS

Posted in crime, fremantle, law&order, vandalism, western australia by freoview on July 4, 2016

 

Idiotic vandals have yet again damaged the solar lights along the coastal path at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. It is such a shame that mindless morons believe they have the right to vandalise public and private property.

It is time to get CCTV at Arthur Head as this has been an ongoing problem for years and is costing money.

Roel Loopers

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