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Kis books Growers Green


The Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market has a special addition to the market this coming Sunday November 26.

The Kids pre-loved books, toys and clothes sale is on from 8am to midday at Annie Street, Beaconsfield, so let the kids have their own stall, sell, barter, swap, buy and have a lot of fun.

Roel Loopers




Fremantle Performing Artists


There is a new community theatre company with a difference. They don’t just perform stage plays, and don’t just concentrate on traditional theatre.

Fremantle Performing Artists is a new community group which is looking for new members.

If you or somebody you know is interested in the performing arts, regardless of experience level, send an email to or contact Brenton Foale on 0457447333.

At the moment FPA are asking for expressions of interest, while they build the group. In the coming weeks they will be holding a welcome event.

The Fremantle Performing Artists will be open to two different age groups, with separate sessions for each group. For members aged 13 to 18, and aged 19 & over.

Experience in the performing arts is not necessary, you will develop these skills and experience through continued workshops with industry professionals.

Workshops will include traditional theatre, street theatre, filmmaking, and more. Through workshops you will build confidence, develop new skills and expand on existing skills.

Each year the Fremantle Performing Artists plan to perform a minimum of two stage productions.

Organiser, Brenton Foale, has in excess of 35 years experience in the entertainment industry, including stage, screen, and television.


Roel Loopers




Arcs D'Ellipse


Where other people see negativity in Fremantle I see opportunities and reason for optimism. We have been through a long struggle, and it is not over by a long shot, but I can see light and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Fremantle is so unique and has such a good community and lifestyle, that I strongly believe that if we can work collaboratively and positively together we can create an even better city for the next generations and for all the visitors who’ll come here.

I would love to work toward attracting many more tourists to Fremantle and offer them more, and would like to see the City of Fremantle, with funding from the federal and state governments build a significant Aboriginal Cultural Center in the heart of the city.

A place where indigenous people can create art, have a big gallery space to sell the art from, an outdoor space for music, dance and story telling, and a cafe that sells bush tucker.

I would also love to see a migrant museum that tells the story of those people from far away countries who built our state and city and acknowledge them.

And as a very long-term plan I would like to see a significant Bathers Beach project, where the J Shed area in 20-30 years or so could become something like the Bondi Pavilion, with a sea pool, and where our inner city beach becomes as popular as the South, Port and Leighton beaches.

Developing Fremantle Festival into a showcase that would attract interstate and overseas visitors would also be great, and the present High Tide project along High Street will no doubt be a huge attraction with photos sent all over the planet via Snap Chat, Facebook, etc.

We have great opportunities in the Knutsford Street area to develop a good variety of diverse housing, from single, to medium and high density, tiny houses, townhouses, etc.

The Cantonment Hill Project is under way and the newly-opened playground is already very popular I noticed this morning.

The Fremantle Oval Project is a huge opportunity to do something outstanding there, but I warn against modelling it on the Claremont Oval development, which is pretty boring. Freo can do much better than that!

Fremantle has so much to offer for residents and visitors, and I have no doubt that with all the new development under way and planned Freo will also become attractive again for retailers and shoppers. All we need is a bit of patience, a positive attitude and not talking our city down.

Together we can move mountains. Let’s do it, Freo!


Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!






A wall at Fremantle’s Stevens reserve has become the favourite canvas for political graffiti artworks, and the latest one by an anonymous artist about marriage equality is a ripper again.

Roel Loopers





My good mate Bob made me aware of this sign on the Fremantle South Mole.

Not sure what the message is but it looks good.


Roel Loopers





The long weekend makes for a short week, so here a reminder that there are three election forums on next week.

On Tuesday the 26th of September North Fremantle and South Fremantle candidates can be grilled by the public, so take advantage of it.

There are only two candidates in North Freo and the meeting is at the Community Hall there at 6.30 pm.

Five candidates battle for South Fremantle, including indigenous man Ben Moodie and the youngest candidate 21-year-old Liam Carter. It’s on at The Local at 6.30 pm on the 26th.

It’s a shame the two forums are on the same day as I would have liked to attend both of them.

On Thursday the 28th at 6.30 City Ward candidates, including me, will be part of a Q&A upstairs at the National Hotel.

This will be a interesting debate, with Claudia Green claiming the high-ground in the belief that only she had the God-given right to nominate. She discredits the other four candidates Roel Loopers, Julie Morgan, Adin Lang and Linda Wayman, by claiming they are just “a disingenuous attempt to dilute votes.” It’s actually called democracy!

And a reminder that the big Mayoral Forum will be on October 3 at 6.30 at Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame.


Roel Loopers





Clancys chili and bbq. Sept 24


There is always something new to keep the Fremantle community delighted, and this event is a very HOT one!

Clancy’s is organising the inaugural Smokin’ BBQ and Chilli Festival in Princess May Park this coming Saturday September 23 from 10am-11pm, and on Sunday the 24th from 11am-4 pm.

What better way to start the school holidays for the challenged parents than to partake in the chilli eating competition, and for all the family to learn how to have the best BBQ at home.

There will be food and other stalls, and knowing the Clancy’s mob there will no doubt be some live music and entertainment as well.

It’s a FREE event!

Roel Loopers






Unfortunately the very strong and cold sea breeze and the forecast of inclement weather kept people away from the Folk&Roots event at J Shed on Sunday afternoon, presumably because they did not know the music was performed inside the No 1 studio, with views to Bathers Beach through the huge window and sheltered from the weather.

Those who stayed at home missed out on very good music, a really nice atmosphere and yummy food from the Flying Falafels food van.

The No 1 studio at J Shed is perfect for events and the large space is very comfortable, so I hope Fremantle Council will approve the application for  a six months use by Emilia Galati who has applied to start O6M in that space, until Sunset Events take up their 25 year lease on July 1.

Emilia has really good energy and  was the brilliant manager of the former Merenda Aboriginal Gallery in High Street. She was also involved in organising the fantastic Aboriginal art market at the Fremantle Arts Centre earlier this year, so she will bring new vitality to J Shed.

Roel Loopers




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Scaffolding is going up at the Fremantle Townhall for the well overdue exterior restoration of the heritage building at Kings Square.

It is a real shame that the City of Fremantle does not have more money available to do more regular maintenance of the City owned historic buildings, but at least we have seen an improvement over the last two years with work done at the Old Boys School, the Evan Davies building, the one on the corner of High and Henry streets, and now the Townhall.

Roel Loopers


There are some letters in the Fremantle Herald today about the Fremantle Society’s AGM on Monday and the two candidates for the presidency. I like and respect John Dowson and Chris Lewis, so at the end it would have to be a decision on what members believe is best for Fremantle, so I expect a bit of heat and negativity on Monday at the Fremantle Tennis Club.

I hear people say that Chris Lewis is pro development, suggesting John Dowson is anti development. I leave it to you to make your own judgment on that and also if Fremantle can afford to have an anti development community group that will basically treat Council as the enemy. As far as I am aware there is nothing in the Fremantle Society constitution that says it has to be against development or change. My personal feeling is that the times of negative anti Council Townhall events are well and truly over, and they have been ineffective for the last few years.

Fremantle can’t afford to be anti change and progress because our retailers are barely surviving and we need to get more people living and working in the inner city.

Cities all over the world organically grow and Fremantle is slowly doing that, but the preservation and protection of our unique heritage and character must be a priority no matter which side of politics one supports.

What Fremantle and the Fremantle Society need is balance and a willingness to engage and find the best possible compromise, because accepting new development will always be a compromise, and development will happen no matter how loud we yell.

I see a bigger picture for the Society that would give power back to the local communities, and that is being at the front of demanding either the abandonment or significant changes to the Development Assessment Panels and the power of the State Administrative Tribunal, who basically rubber stamp 90 per cent of planning applications, and often against the recommendations of the local councils. It is not acceptable that the State bullies councils into accepting inappropriate buildings that show little or no regard to the heritage and character of place. That is not on and the Society should start yelling and screaming way up and deal with the reality that the City of Fremantle Council and Design Advisory Panel are lame ducks that have very little influence on what can be built in our beautiful city.

The Society committee needs balance as well. Active and committed people from both sides of the pro or anti development and it needs realistic people who don’t believe they can keep Fremantle the way it is. Change is inevitable because it is the way life is, and Fremantle is desperate for change, improvement and modernisation in the run down areas of the city, but that does not mean we should be willing to compromise in the historic West End that deserves to be protected unconditionally.

I want a forward looking, change-embracing, progressive and realistic Fremantle Society president and committee, because only then will the community group become relevant again to Freo. That is the challenge for Monday’s AGM.

Roel Loopers

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