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DANGEROUS ROCKFALL AT ARTHUR’S HEAD

 

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Fremantle’s historic Arthur’s Head is a real worry for Fremantle Council, which does not have enough money to keep doing the ongoing repairs and maintenance of the popular tourism destination, and the State could not care less about it.

Tourists to the area are being confronted by ugly fences all around the cliff face because of the danger of rockfall, but it is hard to even control that as today’s rockfall shows.

This large and heavy rock fell all the way from the top of the cliff face at Captain’s Lane down onto the permit restricted carpark that is used by Roundhouse volunteer guides and MSC staff. I put my mobile next to it to give you an idea of the size of the rock

But far more worrying is that many people walk through the carpark, including large school groups and the wall is very popular as a backdrop for wedding photos.

Urgent repairs need to be done on the entire cliff face and we can’t wait any longer for more expert consultation. How much longer is it going to be?It has been nearly a year since the fences went up! That is not good enough.

Roel Loopers

 

EAST FREMANTLE BRIDAL TRAIL

 

 

March 31. Bridal Trial East Freo

 

East Fremantle wedding venues are emulating the Fremantle Wedding Walk with the Bridal Trail tomorrow, Sunday March 31, so go and check out some of the venues, have a meal or a drink and support the local businesses.

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FREO’S MOORE&MOORE CAFE CELEBRATES 11TH BIRTHDAY!

Posted in cafe, children, city of fremantle, cofee, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2019

 

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Congratulations to Simon Naber, who started the great Moore&Moore cafe in Fremantle’s Henry Street 11 years ago. Well done!!!

Simon developed the lovely cafe into a wedding and function centre and was also the first to build a parklet for alfresco dining in Fremantle. He also created a children’s playground in the back courtyard which is shared with the Paper Bird children’s book shop.

The M&M is very popular with Notre Dame University students, who manage to make a cup of coffee last for hours so that they can use the free wifi in the building.

Great food, great coffee, great service and often great art in the arts centre, and live music several mornings each week.

Roel Loopers

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RAIL LINE PHOTOGRAPHY IS STUPIDITY

 

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I just do not understand the fascination people have with rail lines and why they want to be photographed on them, when it is dangerous and illegal to do so.

Even wedding parties are being captured on the rails near the Fremantle Roundhouse, so what is the symbolism of it, I wonder?

I took this photo about an hour ago when these two young ladies walked a long way from the railway crossing to take photos. Pretty stupid as a lot of container freight trains come through there on their way to the port!

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FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEDDING WALL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized, wedding by freoview on September 7, 2018

 

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What a great job the stonemasons have been doing on the Fremantle ‘Wedding Wall’ in Cliff Street!

Notre Dame University decided to give the old heritage wall some tender loving care and re-open all the arches in the wall. I believe it looks fantastic already, but there is still some detailing to be done and a new coat of paint.

The ‘Wedding Wall’ got its name because it is one of the favourite backdrops in Freo for wedding parties. The open arches create new opportunities for wedding photographers.

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME HERITAGE NEGLECT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2018

 

 

It is time for Fremantle’s Notre Dame University to do some urgent maintenance on the so called Wedding Wall in Cliff Street.

The heritage listed wall looks very uncared for and is becoming an eyesore because of all the cracks. It will be only a matter of time until it falls apart.

NDA cancelled their plans to build a new school of nursing on the carpark behind the wall, but Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond said last year she would like to see that site converted into a park. Nothing has happened so far and the beautiful wall is looking worse by the day.

Heritage neglect is unacceptable in Fremantle, so pull your sleeves up NDA and get working on it please!

Roel Loopers

WEDDINGS AND TRAINS NOT A GOOD MARRIAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017

 

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The West Australian reports today that the WA Public Transport Authority has warned wedding photographers that it is illegal and dangerous to take photos of married couple on railway tracks.

In Fremantle we see this happen many times during the week at the railway crossing in front of the Roundhouse,  and also where wedding parties and tourists stand in the centre of the road in High Street to have their photos taken with the gorgeous heritage buildings in the background.

In the world’s biggest nanny state one should also be aware that it is dangerous for married couple to get their photos taken with their feet in the Indian Ocean because of great white sharks, rips, surfers, etc.

Taking photos in WA at daytime could also result in sun burn and melanoma and the bloody flies are a nuisance as well.

It is dangerous to follow the directions of those  irresponsible wedding photographers and jump in the air or off things, because one could sprain an ankle or do other damage. It is a bloody dangerous world out there!

And having your photos taken while you are totally pissed ain’t a good look either. Just saying. ; >)

The safest location for wedding photos is to just stay at home, because once we leave that safe heaven harm could come to us. Be aware!

 

Roel Loopers

 

BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION AT THE FREO NATIONAL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 22, 2017

 

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The historic Fremantle National Hotel will become a real hotel next year with the addition of twelve boutique hotel rooms.

Owner Karl Buller told me yesterday they will also develop a rooftop bar and wedding function centre, so these are very welcome additions to the Freo CBD.

Construction work is estimated to take six months, so it should all be up and running by mid next year. Stay tuned!

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WILL SUN SET ON ARTHUR HEAD CONCERT PROPOSAL?

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle by freoview on October 27, 2015

The temporary two-year live music events proposal at historic Arthur Head by Sunset Events depends very much on Fremantle Ports. The West Australian reports today that the organisers have met with Port management to iron out details and to see if FP would grant them access to Fleet Street for deliveries.

The latest info is that the first event planned is a two-day concert on the Australia Day long weekend on the 24th and 25th of January, so that would be a good test to see what works and what doesn’t, and how/if it will effect the West End of Fremantle with noise, parking and anti-social behaviour issues. There are also serious concerns about the effect live concerts could have on the tourist operation of the Roundhouse and on the many weekend weddings in the area.

I need to stress though that my concerns are not with Sunset Events, who are very good event organisers. I like the Blues&Roots and Laneway festivals and I hope the Drillhall-former Fly by Night- will become and outstanding music venue for Fremantle, but in my opinion Arthur Head is just not the right location for live outdoor concerts.

I still believe Fremantle Council made the wrong decision recommending approval of the project to the WA Planning Commission and I hope the proposal will be stopped by the WAPC because of the concerns of heritage groups, residents, Fremantle Ports and others. 76 out of 78 submissions to the City of Fremantle were against the proposal!

Roel Loopers

KIDOGO ARTHOUSE GOES ALFRESCO

Posted in fremantle, kidogo arthouse by freoview on October 25, 2015

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Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach has installed a large deck for outdoor events and functions and that comes as a bit of a surprise as we were waiting for toilets to be built to re-open the lovely Kelp Bar there.

I am not sure what plans owner Joanna Robinson has and if she is only going to apply for the occasional events liquor license, so time will tell. It is definitely a fantastic spot for small music events, wedings and to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Roel Loopers

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