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Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, children, cafe by freoview on January 17, 2018


cosy mm courtyard


There is still a bit of rain around, but it is pretty warm, so no excuse to not enjoy one of Fremantle’s lovely cafes.

This is the cosy courtyard of the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street, that also has a children’s playground, and it is next to the Paper Bird children’s book shop, so the perfect destination during school holiday.


…and rain drops in my little backyard.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2018


Some interesting statistics from the City of Fremantle:

Over 300 000 unique users viewed almost two million pages on the Fremantle Story website throughout the year.

Community Safety Officers receive over 10 000 calls for assistance each year. The major achievement was the ability of the team to maintain a consistent level of ranger type services while transitioning into a new business model.

The City’s revenue from parking infringements is approximately $1.8 million.

For the period reported in the 2016-17 annual report, the City had forty (40) employees whose salary exceeded $100 000.

Of these employees

  •   five (5) had a salary between $100 000 and $110 000
  •   ten (10) had a salary between $110 000 and $120 000
  •   four (4) had a salary between $120 000 and $130 000
  •   five (5) had a salary between $130 000 and $140 000
  •   seven (7) had a salary between $140 000 and $150 000
  •   one (1) had a salary between $150 000 and $160 000
  •   three (3) had a salary between $160 000 and $170 000
  •   one (1) had a salary between $190 000 and $200 000
  •   three (3) had a salary between $210 000 and $220 000
  •   and one (1) had a salary between $260 000 and $270 000

A total of 472 019 people visited the leisure centre during 2016-17, an increase of 18 700 from the previous year.

The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival had record crowds of over 150 000 people across the Easter weekend, with the city’s streets, historic laneways and public spaces bursting with life as performers transformed the city into a world stage with 13 performance pitches (with Good Friday performances for the first time). It was the busiest Friday, Saturday and Sunday ever recorded in Fremantle.

The event consisted of 34 international acts and 10 Australian acts. In addition, WAHonk! Fest consisted of 91 performers (2 international, 24 interstate and 65 from WA). Over 150 individual performances took place over the five days with acts coming from Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Japan, Belgium, Spain, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Exhibitions attracted a total audience of 69 130 to 17 exhibitions presented over seven separate exhibition periods. FAC presented, for the second time, Revealed, a state government annual project that brings emerging Aboriginal artists and art centres from across WA together for workshops, public talks, an exhibition and an art market. The market turned over $430 000 with all proceeds going back to the artists and art centres.

The Fremantle Visitor Centre attracted 84 962 people through the doors and $546 774 in sales and $74 476 commission on those sales. Two thousand nine hundred and forty-five responses were provided for general information and business enquiries and 12 635 brochures were distributed for 19 conferences held in our region.

FVC had 137 446 unique visitors to the FVC website ( and have 20 369 Facebook followers. The centre provided opportunities for 215 businesses to advertise their business either through the website or brochure racking.

The customer service team serviced over 55 079 phone contacts, over 21 500 face-to-face enquiries and answered 21 294 emails.

During this period the team created 15 262 customer requests for service that were directed to the appropriate city officer, which is an increase of 70%.

339 logged requests for service were completed online via the City website.



Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, war by freoview on January 16, 2018


Peace Boat

The Peace Boat will arrive at B Shed in Fremantle next Wednesday January 24 at 4pm.

Survivors of the nuclear attack on Japan during WW II will tell their stories, and also the next day at 12 noon in the Folley Hall of Notre Dame University.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, australia day, bathers beach, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 16, 2018


Bathers Beach Smoking Ceremony 2018_web



Advance notice that the Aboriginal SMOKING CEREMONY will be held at Bathers Beach on January 28 at 7 am.

It was first held last year as part of the ONE DAY alternative Australia Day celebrations in recognition of Fremantle’s Whadjuk Noongar history.

The smoking ceremony was very moving and attracted a lot of people, so make sure not to miss it. It is a great way to connect with our Noongar people and work toward reconciliation together.

Roel Loopers


Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, youth, sport, swimming by freoview on January 15, 2018




Finland’s Youth Swimming Team has been lapping up the sunshine while training at the Fremantle Leisure Centre for their annual summer camp this month.

The group of 13 to 20-year-olds are some of Finland’s top young talent in training for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.

Coach Petteri Paatos said Finland experienced only a few hours of sunlight per day at this time of year.

“It’s snowing at the moment and in complete darkness so we are all enjoying the weather here in Fremantle; there is a time when the sun doesn’t rise at all in the winter,” he said.

“We did some training in the Gold Coast and Brisbane last year but we prefer Fremantle.”

The team is in town for four weeks until 21 January and are putting in 28 hours of training per week in preparation for the European youth championships.

The swimmers have been enjoying the sights of Fremantle during their down time while staying at Fremantle Prison Youth Hostel and even took a trip to Penguin Island.


Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on January 15, 2018



Things are getting a bit more serious at the Fremantle Kings Square Project development, with new permanent hoardings being erected around the former Myer and Queensgate buildings.

Project managers Sirona Capital have promised creative and attractive hoardings, so time will tell what kind of images about the FOMO retail project they will put up.

An inspector of the CFMEU was already on site today to make sure that everything is done by the book and told me power is off at the Queensgate carpark, so I assume that means free parking in the dark.

Also new temporary fences for the archeological dig that will start this week, looking for remnants of the old St John’s church.

Exciting times are ahead for Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

The Western Power failure in the carpark has now been repaired I hear. 3.4opm


Posted in city of fremantle, food, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on January 15, 2018


French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that the famous French breadstick Baguette should be heritage listed, so I was wondering what great food items we in Australia could put on the world heritage list.

No doubt that the good old meat pie and sausage roll are favourites, and probably the chiko roll is still up there for some, although I have never eaten one.

Anzac biscuits are a safe bet for heritage listing, and in our seaside town of Fremantle fish&chips is a must. Or if we want to stick with bread like the French president, why not Bread Pettitt?

As a multicultural society we probably also claim pizza and sushi as Australian food.

Any other suggestions? ; >)


Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, concert, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on January 15, 2018


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The Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard was jam packed full on Sunday afternoon when hundreds of people came to listen to upcoming star Stella Donnelly.

The eery doomsday light, created by the Mundaring bushfire, created a moody ambience that went well with the excellent songs and singing of the delightful young singer song writer.

It is fantastic to hear such outstanding local talent, who will no doubt have a great future in Australia and beyond.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, food, growers green markets, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2018


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A couple of arty photos I took this morning of the Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market that has been relocated to its old spot next to the brand new modern Fremantle College building.

Redtents events owner Kylie Wheatley now is also the owner of Freo’s favourite market after the school was reluctant to continue with it.

The proximity to Lefroy Road and parking at TAFE opposite the college will no doubt see the market return to its huge popularity soon.

The market is open till midday today and every Sunday from 8am till 12 noon.

Support our local small businesses!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2018




BOM predicts that it will get very wet for a few days from late this afternoon, so make sure to go and enjoy the outdoors while you can today.

Tripl J UNEARTHED winner Stella Donnelly will be performing her emotive songs at the free Fremantle Arts Centre concerts from 2-4pm, supported by Mei Sarawati.

Stella’s emotive song writing and intriguing stage presence make her performances an unforgettable experience.




The homely Growers Green Farmers Market is back at Lefroy Street from 8am till midday, so head out there for yummy breakfasts, coffee, breads, fresh produce, eggs, organic stuff, etc.

And it is the last day of the Fenians Fremantle Festival, so check out the events on their Facebook page. I hope the Hougoumont Street Dinner tonight will not be too wet.

There is a very good exhibition about the Fenians at the Fremantle Prison.

Roel Loopers

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