If you weren’t already aware the world’s largest plane has touched down in Perth, sending around16,000 aviation fanatics into a frenzy as they gathered at Perth Airport to catch a glimpse of the impressive aircraft.
It was the Antonov 225’s first visit to Australia for its first commercial flight. The plane took off from Kiev carrying a 133 tonne generator made in The Czech Republic. The plan can carry up to 250 tonnes.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the massive plane was stranded in Ukraine but in 2001 it was decided that the plane would be recommissioned.
Once it leaves Australia, the plane will visit Turkmenistan, India and Malaysia.
It seems pier erosion was to blame for the recent Fremantle bridge closure. Although the bridge has since been reopened, the erosion was found at the foundation of one of the bridge’s piers leading authorities to close the bridge.
As a precautionary safety measure Main Roads closed the bridge and northern river channel to all traffic after an inspection revealed concerns.
The inspection found erosion at the foundation of one of the bridge’s four piers.
Read more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-29/fremantle-traffic-bridge-closed-for-up-to-a-week-pier-erosion/7372590
Following the Fremantle prison fire, a 44 year old man has been arrested and sentenced to 2 years in jail.
The man broke into Fremantle Prison and lighting a fire.
The middle aged man, Adam John Douglas Merrett was arrested and sentenced by the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He will serve a minimum of 12 months over the incident that happened in April 2014.
The man gained access into the cottage number 2 at the prison, WA’s only world heritage listed building by smashing a window and used paint to set alight a wooden door inside the cottage. Source: https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Fremantle-Prison-fire:-man-sentenced-to-two-years-in-jail/7687036
You can now watch an aerial view of Fremantle, as captured by drone footage.
Sky Perth owner, Rodrigo Matsumoto flew a drone over Fremantle 10-15 times over the summer to capture the city from the sky.
His latest video shows historic sites such as the Dingo Flour sign in North Fremantle, overlooking the seas as well as the SkyView Observation Wheel at the Esplanade.
Mr Matsumoto said he wanted to show a different perspective to the beautiful Fremantle streets.
The Fremantle Winter Festival will return this year and run from June 24 to July 17.
Organisers recently announced the largest pop-up ice rink in Australia would be returning at the Esplanade Reserve.
The winter wonderland would feature a 2 storey wrap around bar which would serve hot beverages. It would also have family entertainment and an inflatable pop-up slide.
Some of the improvements made this year include cheaper tickets, more activities and winter date nights.
Tragedy struck when a Byford man was killed after falling from the second floor of the old South Fremantle Power Station.
It is believed the 24 year old man fell approximately 15 metres through a hole in the floor while with a woman at the derelict building on Saturday night.
Although emergency crews arrived at the scene and administered medical assistance, the man did not survive. He died on the scene.
The building is a heritage site that has been closed since 1985. Source: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/man-24-dies-after-falling-from-old-south-fremantle-power-station-20160501-gojfoq.html
Mandurah residents are finding new local treasures thanks to an app.
The app is revealing secrets about local gems that even lifelong residents didn’t know existed.
From rock climbing places to play escape rooms, people are being surprised about what’s going on around them.
The app shows where the user is on a map and what is around them. It benefits both residents and businesses. Source: http://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/3871870/new-app-reveals-local-secrets/
Residents have opposed the redevelopment of Fremantle Kings Square.
According to an article on Abc.net.au the economic slump affecting Fremantle’s CBD will probably continue for at least the next 6 months as the council awaits a decision on a bid to move 1,250 public servants there.
The Fremantle City Council developed a plan to revitalise Kings Square and entered into a contract with private equity firm Sirona Capital Management in 2013.
The project has since stalled with the council’s contract with Sirona expiring on May 10.
Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-21/fremantle-kings-square-redevelopment-stalls/7346386