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Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2014

The Sunday Times reports today that former Western Australian Premier and Fremantle citisen Peter Dowding has complained about Freo hotels spewing out drunks, and that CCTV footage should be analysed to see how this can be stopped. I absolutely agree with Peter.

I have written in the past about observing drunks falling out of very crowded Fremantle pubs, and questioned if that is the under liquor licensing law required ‘responsible service of alcohol’ because it is not acceptable. Publicans blame ‘tanking’ for that, where people booze up at home before going out, to save money, but that would make it even easier, because intoxicated people have to be refused entry to licensed premises under the law.

As a rule CCTV footage from inside pubs and out on the streets should be scrutinised after weekends, to check that hotels, bars and nightclubs don’t let drunks out on the streets, who then become a nuisance and often danger to the community, and a lot of hard work for police. If it can be proven that licensed premises do not follow the law to a T, costly temporary closures as penalty will soon make publicans wake up to the fact that greed is partly to blame for Australia’s alcohol related problems.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 12, 2012

A brain dead hoon moron has left his signature on the paving in front of Fremantlec‘s Round House. The fool did his first tyre burning wheelies on Friday night and came back for seconds last night, I assume to admire his handy work. You’re an idiot mate and lucky there is no CCTV in the area.

It’s time for the City to install one and not do a sour grapes and leave the West End of High Street without a camera because we did not like the one you were going to put in front of the Round House.

Roel Loopers

Signature of a moron


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 20, 2012

The ugly CCTV mast in front of the Round House has been removed. If the City of Fremantle now also finally could send someone to severely trim the bushes up there, so the steps can be used on both sides and the views down town become visible again, that would be nice.

And what is happening at the Whalers Tunnel, COF? It is still being locked at 3.30 pm although it was announced it would stay open till 8 pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 13, 2012

Today’s editorial on heritage in the Fremantle Gazette is a strange mix of wanting to put different issues in one article. It even starts strange with claiming that “heritage value is a nebulous concept….”

However to insinuate that security is compromised because of the opposition of a CCTV camera smack bang in front of the historic Round House, is simply untrue. The camera location was not only criticised because of heritage, but also because of aesthetics, and that the privacy of residents at Little High Street could be compromised.

The relocation of the CCTV camera was strongly supported by FICRA, whose convenor is a high ranking police officer, so the argument that heritage has stopped progress and threatens security in the West End is bollocks.

People opposing the CCTV location are being criticised, while it should be the City of Fremantle. They got it wrong three times now, with the Round House camera, another one being put straight in front of the heritage Kulcha/Dome building, and an unnecessary new post on the Esplanade near Henry Street, next to an existing pole.

The duds who make those decisions at COF should get a stern talking to by the CEO!

Unfortunately it looks like the Cappuccino Strip one can’t be moved because it got state funding for that location. I can’t see what difference it would make to shift it to the other side of the street, where it would have very similar coverage.

And by the way, Fremantle Gazette, it is worth reading this blog. If you had, you would know there are already Aboriginal heritage tours in Fremantle, organised by Greg Nannup. Check out

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 11, 2012

I am almost tempted to start this post with an apology, as here yet again is a negative post about the City of Fremantle. I wished so much they would get it right more often, so I would be able to write words of thanks and gratitude, alas it is not to be.

After the debacle of the huge CCTV camera post in front of the Round House, I discovered this morning the city has now put a post smack bang in front of the beautiful Dome/Kulcha building on the Cappuccino Strip. It is probably one of the most photographed sites in Fremantle, so why does the CCTV camera has to be there? There is a perfect location for it on the other site of the street, in front of the ugly Timezone building, in fact there is a huge lamp post there to which one could attach a camera.

Does anyone care about aesthetics at the city, and how badly placed posts, signs and cameras spoil the photos tourists take?

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh Freo!!!!!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 27, 2012

The City of Fremantle has instructed the contractor to stop all work on the CCTV camera installation at the Round House until a better solution has been found.

Complaints from me on this blog, and by the Fremantle Society and  FICRA, have resulted in the COF  becoming aware the pole is in the wrong location and on a heritage site.

It is good to see the city reacting so fast and in a positive way.

People power still works now and then, even in Freo.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 25, 2012

There are quite a few unhappy people in Fremantle‘s West End who question why the city has put a huge post in front of the Round House to install a CCTV camera there. Residents say the camera could be zoomed into their bedrooms and fear invasion of privacy, while others wonder about the aesthetics of putting the ten metre pole on the heritage site. The camera could have been installed below the Round House on the other side of the railway line at Little High Street, where it would not have interfered with views to the Round House when looking up from High Street.

Has heritage architect Agnieshka Kiera and her staff been consulted at all about erecting the big pole in front of the historic Round House? I doubt it.

This is yet another half done job by the severly lacking City of Fremantle, where a good enough attitude seems to prevail and not many appear to care about excellence and professionalism. Can someone please take the sleeping pills away from the CEO.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 24, 2012

The residents and businesses in the West End of Fremantle will be happy the city is putting a CCTV camera at Arthur Head, but why does it need to be on a ten metre high pole just to the side of the historic Round House? It’s one of the highest points of the city and the camera could have been put on a much lower pole. This is overkill!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 2, 2012

The long awaited arrival of security CCTV cameras in the West End of Fremantle is finally approaching implementation, with five tradesmen checking out the site just in front of the Round House today. The camera will be put on a 10 metre tall post and will be able to monitor activities all the way down High Street, along the railway line at Little High Street, and the Arthur Head precinct.

If we now also could have the street light near the Round House steps get back on, we might get less of the drunken fools smashing glass bottles after a night of fun on the gun deck and lawns.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 20, 2011

Safety officers and more CCTV cameras are some of the solutions the City of Fremantle is planning for combating antisocial behaviour and crime in the city. Inner city lighting will be improved and the city is also looking at solutions for late night transport problems out of Fremantle. The CCTV surveillance upgrade will cost the city close to $ 400,000.

A Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan will be put out for public consultation soon.

Roel Loopers


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