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Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, tavern, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2019




I got a sneak preview of the Old Synagogue tavern development today, and I already know this is going to be my local and favourite watering hole in Fremantle.

It is a fantastic development that has got so many gorgeous features. I specifically like all the greenery; trees, planter boxes, lawn.

The Old Synagogue is next to Fremantle Oval and opposite the Norfolk Hotel. It has three levels and will have two rooftop bars, one of them looking straight down the Cappuccino Strip.

There will be a cosy whiskey bar, a great restaurant, many, many craft beers, a changing wine list featuring WA wines and the favourite wines of the moment.

And the good news is that it will open at the end of this month, so in time for all the office Christmas parties and functions. Book now!

Roel Loopers


Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, local government, marketing, PR,, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2019




The City of Fremantle has released a light-hearted new video as part of its campaign to encourage more people to do their Christmas shopping in Fremantle, WA’s best open air shopping centre.

Directed by Fremantle-based photographer, film-maker and Australian Survivor contestant Jarrad Seng, the video stars local musician Timothy Nelson performing a Freo version of the classic carol The Twelve Days of Christmas while riding on the ferris wheel at the Esplanade Park.

It was shot at iconic Fremantle locations like the West End, Cappuccino Strip, Fremantle Markets and Bathers Beach and features products and styling from local designers, retail stores and boutiques.

“Our team had a lot of fun devising each mini-scene in a way that promoted great Fremantle stores, experiences and locations – as well as providing just that little pop of unexpected delight, which is also very Freo.

“In total over 70 locals volunteered their time to be a part of this and show their love for Fremantle and our entire film crew was sourced locally, which is a testament to the creative talent in town.

“Let me tell you, directing 11 nonnos in Gino’s to stay in one place and sip coffee in unison is no easy feat.”

The release of the video coincides with the launch of the City’s #shopfreo Christmas shopping competition.

Just spend $20 in any participating store and ask for your unique code, then go online to enter the codeword for your chance to win $500 to spend in the store.

Two winners will be drawn every Monday from 25 November through to 23 December.

To make shopping in Freo easier this Christmas the City of Fremantle is also offering up to two hours free parking at all of its off-street car parks.

Running from 1 December until Boxing Day, the free parking offer will be available Monday to Thursday from 9am-4pm via the City of Fremantle’s PayStay mobile parking app.

The PayStay app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the PayStay website.

In addition to the free parking offer through PayStay, Free Parking Santa will also return to the streets of Fremantle this year offering to pay for shoppers parking at variety of car park ticket machines across the City.

Shoppers are urged to keep an eye on City of Fremantle social media for Free Parking Santa locations.

To enter the Christmas #shopfreo competition and find out more about what’s happening in Fremantle for Christmas go to

To watch the Twelve Days of Christmas in Freo video, click here.


Posted in charity, christmas, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 19, 2019


The fantastic FREO LONG TABLE dinner event on November 28  is only two weeks away and will also feature a Christmas Market in Henry Street, organised by the Moore&Moore cafe.

The Freo West End Christmas will be a feast for the senses to accompany the Fremantle Long Table Dinner.

Working in partnership with St Pat’s and The National Hotel, M&M invites the community to explore a range of homemade gifts and goodies on offer at more than 40 market stalls; grab a bite to eat from one of many food sellers and enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening.

Visitors will love the visually spectacular roaming performances from Circus WA and WASAMBA – and Freo favourites the Witchy Djypsies will deliver another fantastic set of their signature gypsy jazz tunes.

Any profits made on the night will go directly to St Pat’s, to ensure they can continue to provide services for people who are homeless and disadvantaged in Fremantle and across south-west metro.

Stallholders include Paperbird; Dingo Sauce; Inkling Art Space; Little Seed Handmade Jewellery; Kath Wrote a Picture; High Spirits Distillery; Luke’s Pure Raw Honey; The Natural Food Emporium; Simply Sustainable Market Co; Excuse my French; Pearls and Diamonds by Dana; Pure Relaxation; Mamatree and many, many more.

Roel Loopers




One of Fremantle’s favourite musucians Lucky Oceans will be back with regular concerts at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach this summer. Lucky by the Ocean are sundowners on Wednesday nights.

Wednesday, November 20 @ 7:00PM        
Bill Rogers and Family Boots ‘n All – Soul, Blues and Gospel
Bill is joined by his daughters Anna and Billie for a rare, inspiring night of family soul, laughs and togetherness. With Dave Brewer on guitar and Lucky Oceans on pedal steel.

Wednesday, November 27 @ 7:00PM        
Dave Brewer and Lucky Oceans Quartet – Blues
When Dave and Lucky play together, they urge each other on to greater heights of passion and innovation. With Ric Eastman on drums and Karl Florisson on bass, this is the same band that sold out Kidogo and rocked the room last year, so be quick to reserve!
Wednesday, December 4 @ 7:00PM          
Sassafras Quartet with Lucky Oceans – Gypsy Jazz
Expanding out from their mastery of Gypsy Jazz, Sassafras adopt a unique approach to Western swing while applying their intricate arrangements to toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy jazz, wistful french ballads and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music, all performed with the dazzling virtuosity and passion that is intrinsic to the Gypsy jazz tradition.

Wednesday 11 December @ 7:00pm
Dave Milroy and the Wilarra Band with Mr. Crowbones – Blues & Indigenous Songs

Award winning playwright and his band play his haunting, unique songs with Wayne Freer on double bass and tuba, Lucky Oceans on pedal steel guitar and Lauralee Faith on vocals. This was a sellout last time so be quick!

The bonus second set will feature a mysterious band, called ‘Mr. Crowbones’ who will play old blues with their old hands on their old instruments with stories to accompany the songs. Some of the stories will even be true! Last year, people were dancing on the tables!

Wednesday 18 December @ 7:00pm
Jams with Sam (And Adam and Lucky!)  – Swing

Everyone’s favourite Perth expat guitarist Sam LeMann returns home from Melbourne after his triumphant show at WA Guitar Festival to join up with Adam Gare and Lucky Oceans for something of a Nansing Quartet reunion. This sold out last year.

Friday 20 December @ 7pm
Hawaiian Sundowner Howie Morgan, Lucky Oceans & the Lemanns – Swing
Revisiting their sell-out show of last year, with Pacific sounds from Howie, Lucky, Sam and Lucy Lemann and Alistair Peel. Experience the beauty of island music without the schlock!
Wednesday 15 January @ 7pm
Jeff Lang and  Lucky Oceans – Roots, Folk, Blues 

Startlingly unique live performer and musical dynamo Jeff Lang teams up with Lucky Oceans to recreate their dynamic sellout show of 2018.


Roel Loopers


Posted in charity, city of fremantle, homelessness, st patricks, Uncategorized by freoview on November 18, 2019




It is close to Silent Night… and one should never be silent about the plight of our homeless and disadvantaged people, but a SILENT AUCTION is all together a different form of silence where one can make a difference and support charity while bidding on something special.

St Patrick’s LONG TABLE DINNER silent auction is on:

Whether it’s a weekend away you’re after; a new piece of art for the front room; or some signed Dockers gear for your loved one’s Christmas gift, the Freo Long Table Dinner charity auction has something for everyone and is NOW OPEN! All proceeds go directly to St Pat’s to help us in our mission to end homelessness in Fremantle and surrounds. Check it out:

Thank you to all the amazing and generous local business, artists and the community who donated.


Posted in east fremantle, environment, local government, Uncategorized, water by freoview on November 18, 2019




The Town of East Fremantle has commenced the process of becoming endorsed as a Waterwise Council by the end of 2019. This involves the Town committing to various projects, policies or procedures that will improve the efficiency of the Town’s water use.

For more information on this initiative and to learn how you can become more waterwise, visit


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, market, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on November 18, 2019




South Beach Sunset Food Market operator Georgie Adeane is not at all happy with Fremantle Council and the, FPOL Committee deferred decision, to put an Expression of Interest out to see if anyone else just want to take over from her after this summer because of the, in my opinion, City’s silly competitive lease/license policy.

Adeane told me that under the new proposed City charges she would be losing between $40,000-50,000 if she continued with the markets, so I presume it is unlikely she will put her EOI in.

Fremantle Council’s lack of understanding of how retail and hospitality actually works is very distressing, because it is highly likely that the very popular market, that attracts on average 5,000 people on the Saturdays it operates, will no longer be viable  if Council signs off on the EOI idea, and that this summer could be the last of it. That will not only create unfair hardship for Georgie Adeane but also to the 25 stallholders who will lose out on substantial income. These are small businesses Fremantle Council pretends to be supportive off.

A new operator would have to charge stallholders a whole lot more to be part of a new market to cover cost, or allow many more stalls at the event. Either way will cost the small businesses money as it will reduce their income.

A Council that relentlessly talks about activating Fremantle surely cannot let such a successful event disappear because Councillors and officers fail to appreciate the nuances of running markets and small businesses.

Maybe Georgie Adeane should rename the markets into the South Beach Green, Sustainable and New Innovation Markets and no doubt Freo Council would actually go out of their way to let her continue to run the market at South Beach.

This is a VERY BAD CALL, Fremantle Council, and it is one where you should just admit that the idea of an EOI and higher charges are wrong!

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, backpackers, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2019




The former Commercial Hotel in Freo’s High Street, now known at the Sundance Backpackers, has lost its veranda posts. I don’t know if they will be replaced, but they should be reinstalled.

Down the road on the corner of Henry Street former Councillor Gorman has been sandblasting the facade of the long neglected building and I hear he will be putting the bullnose veranda back.

There is a lot happening in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, greg james, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2019


back view


Two rather different photos of J Shed sculptor Greg James‘ artwork in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Workers who are repairing the jetty have caught one of the bronze fisherman, while the Bathers Beach House looks different when taken through the massive legs of the big sentinel.

The stolen Bella sculpture by Greg James still has not been found.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, festival, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019


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It was packed full at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday evening for the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. It was pretty moorditj-deadly, as our Noongar friends say.

There were a lot of great young, and a bit older, dancers, good music, and a nice relaxed ambience where our indigenous culture and Australia’s multiculturalism was showcased at its best.

This old fella  had a big day on our hottest November day on record, and I was too tired to stay on all evening, so here just a few impressions of the first hour of the great event.

Roel Loopers

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