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Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on July 28, 2014

I received this comment from Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt on the Traffic Bridge debacle:



Roel, I notice that there is an”assumption a new bridge would be built in the next 10 to 15 years” but given they now plan to spend around $ 20 million just fixing the old one I fear that is no longer the case.

An investment in a new combination road/rail bridge would have not only safety benefits but also enables double stacked freight trains and more trains to run during the day and as a result more freight on to rail. It’d be a great investment.

Cheers, Brad.


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on July 28, 2014

A report in today’s WEST AUSTRALIAN newspaper highlights again the unacceptable condition of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, with the newspaper citing a report by ARUP for the Public Transport Authority that a single blow to the bridge by a vessel the size of a Rottnest Island ferry could make the bridge collapse. Thousands of vehicles, including busses and trucks carrying livestock and containers cross the bridge daily, so a collapse would be catastrophic.

One has to seriously question how State Government sets its priorities when there is sufficient money for a new football stadium and the Elizabeth Quay project, but the Traffic Bridge only receives patch-up jobs, on which the government has spent over $ 12 million.

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said that ten years ago an expert engineers’ report said that the bridge was at an unacceptable risk of collapse if struck by a vessel. “A new bridge would be a much better use of taxpayers’ dollars than the Abbott Government ridiculous Perth Freight Line” McGurk said.

It is estimated that a new traffic bridge would cost approximately $ 190 million or a combined rail and traffic bridge $ 233 million.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 26, 2014

Maritime Museum 1


This photo somehow shows the essence of Fremantle; the heritage A and B sheds with the modern-and future heritage-Maritime Museum, the Indian Ocean, Swan river, and a young lady on a bike. All that around sunset pretty much sums up Freo’s lifestyle.

The uniqueness of place, which makes it so attractive to visitors and locals alike should never be underestimated. The brand Fremantle is a very strong one that needs to be nurtured, and can still be improved. I strongly believe that Freo has a very promising future ahead if we all promote the brand, instead of talking our city down.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 25, 2014

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It is hard to stay inside when it is such a perfect day. Stunning blue sky, the sun blazing and 20 degrees, so what better way to spend part of the morning than wandering along the shore of the Swan River at North Fremantle. I am planning to go back there soon and shoot more streetscapes and take photos of some of the lovely buildings they got up that way.

I sincerely hope that North Freo will remain with the City of Fremantle when the new council boundaries are announced by State Government in late July. Fingers crossed!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, fremantle, photography by freoview on May 26, 2014

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Someone’s pile of rubble is someone else’s art installation, so when I drove by the East Fremantle jetty today and discovered all these big chunks of wood and lots of barnacles pulled out of the Swan River, I had to prove that there is beauty in the ordinary.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on May 12, 2014

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Getting up at 4.30 a.m. means that it is going to be a very long day for me, so I went for a walk along the Swan river just out of Fremantle along the Melville foreshore.

People love their dogs, hey! There were hundreds of them walking their pooches of all sizes and temperaments, but I was more interested in the rising sun and clouds.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 30, 2014

The City of Fremantle is looking for interested people to run a cafe at Cantonment Hill in the old Signal Station. The area has huge potential with its great views over Fremantle harbour , the Swan River and the city, so go and check it out. The former Navy building there would be a great arts and/or community venue.

Is there a time line for the development of the area, COF? It seems to be very slow, with workshops conducted well over a year ago.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 2, 2014

Five new signs have gone up along Bathers Beach and Arthur Head to tell visitors to Fremantle about the Nyoongar history. The Manjarree Trial runs from the old jetty to the Round House.

The project is part of the Noongar Coastal Trial and was done by the City’s Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore. It was sponsored by Perthregionnrm, formerly known as the Swan Catchment Council.

The Manjarree Trial will enhance the Aboriginal tourism experience in Fremantle and will also be great for school groups who visit Fremantle.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 3, 2014

It must be a long weekend as there are a lot of people around today. The Moore&Moore cafe was doing a roaring trade this morning, and hundreds of small boats were leaving the river to get out onto the Indian Ocean. There were people fishing all along the river shore in Fremantle and East Freo and Victoria Quay was packed with people visiting the E Shed markets and passengers from yet another cruise liner, that arrived this morning. While all that was going on, a navy ship was turned around so it could leave Fremantle port.

Now hoping this will be a really busy day for our traders and that being open on the long weekend pays off for them.

Roel Loopers

harbour 1



Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on October 10, 2013

Early summer has arrived at Bicton Bath with a colourful artwork by Fremantle father and son artists Tony and Ben Jones. The three-metre high bathers are ready with towels in hand to enjoy a dip in the Swan river pool.

Roel Loopers



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