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Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, kings square by freoview on October 28, 2016

It’s all happening at Kings Square for the Fremantle Festival today with people installing artworks and an alfresco entertainment area.

There is a very nice minimalist artwork on the eastern side of the St John’s church that will light up at night, so go and have a look.

Aspire by Blazing Swan is a huge pinewood structure with a pirate flag flying above it and I assume one needs to walk up and down it for a new view of Kings Square and the High Street mall.

The Fremantle Festival is for all of us so make sure to take part and enjoy it!

Roel Loopers


Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, placemaking, plcemaking by freoview on October 28, 2016


The new Fremantle Market Street Piazza behind Gino’s and the Dome will be officially opened this evening at 6 pm by City Ward Councillor Rachel Pemberton.

It will have 400 metres of continuous lights above it, new seating and trees, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, festivals, indigenous by freoview on October 28, 2016



The annual Fremantle Festival starts today with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 6.30-8.30 pm. This is a free family event.

I very much like it that our port city festival starts with due recognition of our Whadjuk Noongar culture and history and hope it will become a tradition to start the Fremantle Festival with this indigenous event.

On Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 10 pm is the Little Italy by the Sea event at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat harbour and on Sunday the traditional Blessing of the Fleet will take place from 2 pm with fireworks at 8 pm.

The Fremantle Festival is a real community festival that showcases our multiculturalism and engagement so make sure to come along and tell your friends.

I also want to acknowledge that this is the first festival in seven years that has not been organised by festival coordinator Alex Marshall, or Marshall Arts as I call him. Alex did a great job but decided to move on, so thanks for all the good work you did!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, employment, job, local government by freoview on October 27, 2016

Project Officer – Youth. City of Fremantle – Fremantle WA. $66,656 – $79,520 a year

Position number: 36805. Applications close: 09/11/2016. Type of appointment: Fixed term full time

Business unit: Community Development

Fixed Term Full Time (12 month contract)
Salary range $66,656 – $79,520 per annum plus superannuation
Have you worked on a range of community projects? Are you passionate about working with young people? The City of Fremantle has an exciting opportunity for an organised and resourceful individual to join our Community Development team.

This position will be responsible for;
Developing, implementing and evaluating plans to improve outcomes for young people within the City of Fremantle.
Developing and implementing a range of community based initiatives involving young people.
Building collaborative relationships to maximise community engagement with young people. and increase their participation in local community life.
Engaging with young people and networking with other relevant agencies.
Prior experience in a similar role, excellent written and verbal communication skills, project management and research skills and experience in implementing community projects will ensure success in this role.

Tertiary qualifications in Community Development, Youth Work, Social Science or equivalent as well as relevant experience, will be highly regarded.


Posted in alfresco, city of fremantle, economy, fremantle, hospitality, retail, tourism by freoview on October 27, 2016



Some of the best and easiest ways of supporting Fremantle businesses is to buy local and to write positive reviews about our retailers, restaurants, cafes, etc. on Trip Advisor.

I have 14 Fremantle reviews on Trip Advisor and received information today that in September 12,999 readers read my reviews, so think how big we could be all together if many more people contributed!

73% of readers were from Australia, 8% from Singapore, 4% from Malaysia and 15% from other countries.

Do YOUR bit to support our Freo traders and start writing reviews now!

I took this photo at the Cappuccino Strip late Wednesday afternoon on my way to Council.

Roel Loopers

PS: I just wrote and posted another five reviews on TA.


Posted in cappuccino strip, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on October 27, 2016


Not sure at all that I like the new Coca Cola awning at the old Fremantle CAPRI restaurant on the Cappuccino Strip.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, sustainability, environment, energy, solar, technology by freoview on October 27, 2016

Fremantle based Carnegy Wave Energy has acquired 100% of the Australian Energy Made Clean solar company, adding 65% of the shares to the 35% they already had.

AEMC are specialists in the design, construction and operation of microgrids and large-scale commercial solar projects and storage systems.

Carnegie managing director Michael Ottaviano said that “The potential for the global microgrid market is estimated at US$40 billion by 2020. This acquisition unlocks Carnegie’s ability to deliver a unique, in-house capability to capitalize on a rapidly growing segment of the renewable energy market globally.

“Microgrids are increasingly a major part of the renewable energy market as they can deliver cost competitive, clean power and energy security.”



Posted in city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel by freoview on October 27, 2016

The start of construction of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site has been delayed again with Fremantle Council on Wednesday agreeing to extend the contract by one year.

Council approved the sale of the site in December 2012 and the contract required the SKS group who bought the property to commence building within three years of receiving planning approval, however SKS has now advised the City of Fremantle it will not start construction before the second quarter of 2017.

Council does have the option to buy back the property at an estimated value of $ 9.6 million, but what would it do with it then?

The construction delay is because of dewatering issues for the basement of the new building that now has to be redesigned, according to SKS.

What is means is that we will have to live with this ugly eyesore for another year in the centre of the city.

Sirona Capital was also granted a six months extension to finalise its lease negotiations with the WA Government for the Department of Housing to move to Kings Square.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, hospitality by freoview on October 27, 2016

Fremantle Council threw a lifeline at the Esplanade Carriage Cafe owners by deferring the part of the committee recommendation that Council intends to end the lease for them on April 30, 2019.

Councillors Strachan, Waltham and Hume questioned if it was good use of ratepayers’ money to build a new hospitality venue to accommodate a burger restaurant. Councillor Ingrid Waltham believed the Carriage could be relocated to another location on the Esplanade, while Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had a soft spot for the Carriage.

Council did accept the George Kailis owned Parklife as the preferred proposal for a hamburger restaurant in the to be built new venue.

I hope Council will learn from the mistakes made by Cottesloe Council and the Indiana Teahouse where public toilet issues have been a serious concern for many years and resulted in many disagreements between the the city and the restaurant operators.

I believe a relocation of the carriage cafe building to the front of the Shipwreck Museum might be a better idea than relocating it on the Esplanade, or alternatively it could fit in very well on the reserve at J Shed at Bathers Beach.

One big worry though is that former owner Kel Smith, who built the Carriage, claims it can’t be relocated because the base of it is too entangled with the root system of the surrounding trees.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, property, real estate by freoview on October 26, 2016

One of the highest property sales in Fremantle for a long time has been completed with the $ 38 million sale of the Collie Street carpark in the city centre.

The uninspiring building was built in 2003.

Roel Loopers

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