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Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020




Fremantle has another stunning mural artwork at the Broody Hen cafe in James Street. It was created by artist Jackson Harvey. Great job!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020


Fremantle Markets


The very popular Fremantle Markets will re-open tomorrow-Friday July 10 at 9am and will initially be open Friday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, with the food hall opening one hour earlier for those who want to buy fruit&vegetables.

The 150 small businesses in the market were severely impacted by the closure of the markets, which was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so go and say hello on the weekend and support them.

Ajay of the Lucky Elephant clothing stall is delighted that things are returning back to normal.

But even in the markets it is essential to be aware of the social distancing rules, so look after yourselves and your fellow markets visitors and operators!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020


After a long Covid-19 induced break Fremantle J Shed photographer is starting his photo teaching again:

With tutor and freelance photographer Peter Zuvela (with an Adv Dip. in Photography). Very practical courses with fun excursions with your camera around beautiful Bathers Beach and the West End of Fremantle.
LEVEL 1A – 6 week course for a very cool $290.00.

The classes will running on SUNDAYS 2pm – 4.30pm starting the 12th OF JULY.

IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS AND SOME EXPERIENCE- learn more techniques with your camera to capture- great images- carefully structured classes- small groups- beautiful studio setting for classes run at Bathers Beach (J Shed), hands on photo excursions to learn all about how to use your camera
Peter Zuvela has been teaching digital photography for more than 10 years and experience has taught him that it’s best to learn photography in small groups within a 6 week period. Photography is a complicated beast and it takes a little extra time and care to get your mind around the fascinating world of photography with an experienced tutor.

Mobile:  041 793 9783


Posted in budget, city of fremantle, finances, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020


There has been a lot of debate in Fremantle and other councils about when a rates increase is or isn’t a real rates increase. It is all quite discombobulated, so I will just copy and paste the media release from the City of Fremantle without any comment:

Fremantle Council has adopted a 2020-21 annual budget that features no increase in rate revenue and a freeze on the majority of fees and charges.

The decision to maintain rate revenue at the same level as the previous financial year was made in recognition of the financial impact of COVID-19 on ratepayers and the business community.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the 2020-21 budget was developed in an environment unlike any other in living memory.

“The tremendous public health, social and economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in ways that we could not have imagined a short time ago,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“We know there are many Fremantle residents and businesses that have taken a big financial hit as a result of COVID-19, which is why we’ve chosen not to have any increase in rate revenue.

“We’ve also adopted a new hardship policy to provide relief to ratepayers facing financial stress.

“It must be remembered that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the City’s finances as well. We estimate we will lose about $4 million in revenue in 2020-21 from things like parking and commercial rents.

“That means we’ve have had to make some very tough decisions to tighten our belts and choose to focus on the provision of core services and the delivery of our capital works program.

“The council will monitor this position during the year to ensure any improvement is delivered back into community services or recovery projects to support our community.”

Mayor Pettitt said the situation with rates had been made more complicated by this year’s revaluation of properties by the state government’s Valuer General.

“While the City has committed to no overall increase in rate revenue this year, individual rates notices may go up or down depending on the change in the Gross Rental Value of specific properties,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Almost three quarters of Fremantle ratepayers will see their rates notice for 2020-21 either stay the same or go down compared to last year’s rates bill. Ten per cent will see an increase of less than two per cent, and 16 per cent of ratepayers will see their rates go up by more than two per cent.

“Some commentators have argued that because on average GRV’s have gone down rates should go down by the same amount, but that’s a misunderstanding of how rates are calculated.

“Every year councils work out how much revenue is required to provide the services and facilities the community needs, and then calculate the rate-in-the-dollar based on that.

“This year because on average GRV’s in Fremantle have gone down by about 10 per cent the rate-in-the-dollar has gone up by 10 per cent, but the amount of revenue collected will stay the same as last year.”

Despite the financial impact of COVID-19 the 2020-21 annual budget still includes funds for a substantial capital works program, including:

  • Completion of Walyalup Civic Centre and Library
  • New Kings Square play space
  • Public realm upgrades at Newman Court and Kings Square
  • Fremantle Golf Course, club house and community facility
  • Fremantle Markets building works
  • Arthur Head conservation works
  • Container Deposit Scheme refund point at Fremantle Recycling Centre
  • New Fremantle Park car park

In addition to adopting the 2020-21 annual budget at a special meeting last night, the council also endorsed a new Financial Hardship Policy.

The policy was developed to assist ratepayers that may be experiencing financial hardship and require a different approach to paying outstanding rates and service charges.

The support offered under the policy includes the City accepting reduced payments and establishing an alternative payment plan, pausing the payment of rates, administration fees and charges, ceasing penalty interest for up to six months and suspending debt recovery action.  

For more information on how local governments calculate rates please visit the Council Rates Explained page on the WA Local Government Association website.


Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, finances, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020


It has only now come to my attention that the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this evening sign off on a Financial Hardship Policy for ratepayers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each application will be determined on a case by case basis and where possible, the City will provide assistance subject to the following conditions:

•In the opinion of the Chief Executive Officer the ratepayer is experiencing genuine financial hardship

•The ratepayer’s circumstances can be substantiated upon request

•The ratepayer is not bankrupt or subject to a bankruptcy petition

•The property is the principal place of residence or the principal place of business of the ratepayer

•The applicant must be the owner or co-owner of the property and legally liable for payment of rates and charges

When a ratepayer is determined by the City to be in Financial Hardship, the City will offer the following options:

•Temporarily accept reduced payments and establish an alternative payment arrangement plan;

•Temporarily pause payment of rates, administration fees and charges;

•Cease any penalty interest for up to 6 months;

•Suspend any debt recovery action.

Payment arrangements will be facilitated in accordance with Section 6.49 of the Local Government Act 1995and the City will endeavour to establish payment terms that are realistic and achievable for the ratepayer.


Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020




Really fantastic to see that the LEGO Adventure Trail has to be cut short due to its popularity, as the message below from the City of Fremantle indicates:

Due to popular demand, Thursday 9 July will be the last day for the LEGO Adventure Trail. We’ve completely exhausted Perth’s entire supply of LEGO Minifigures. Make sure you get in early as once we run out that’s it folks.

It was great to see so many families having fun in Fremantle this week doing the trail.

Kids will still be able to pick up an adventure trail map from the visitor centre in Kings Square and collect the 5 stamps on their map to go into the draw to win one of 3 LEGO vouchers from Toyworld Fremantle.

And don’t forget the live build with Fremantle’s very own LEGO Master Alex Towler and Jackson Harvey on Thursday 16 July from 10-2 pm in Kings Square.

Photos courtesy of Cassie Gunthorpe/City of Fremantle


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, creative, perth, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020




Another arty photo I took yesterday in Perth, just to show I don’t need puddles to be creative. ;>))

Roel Loopers


Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, local government, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020


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Amazing! The City of Fremantle LEGO Adventure Trail for school holidays is a huge success. This morning I witnessed hundreds of little kids and parents walking down High Street and others were lining up at the Visitor Centre to get started.

It must be one of the most popular school holidays projects Fremantle has done. Great job to see so many people coming into town and visiting shops to get the stamps!

Roel Loopers



The Duke of George in East Fremantle is launching its dedicated “Jazz Thursdays” with double Grammy Award winner and local music legend Lucky Oceans, and two of Australia’s greatest US-based jazz musicians, saxophonist Troy Roberts and guitarist Tim Jago on Thursday 30 July.

Due to the Covid-19  pandemic, Troy and Tim have temporarily returned to the relative safety or their hometown, Perth. New York-based saxophonist Troy Roberts has recorded 12 albums in his own name, been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has played with Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Van Morrison, and Wayne Shorter.

Check out the Facebook page for more details about events at the Duke of George.


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, rain, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on July 7, 2020



The view from my balcony at 4.45pm today toward South Fremantle, with part of the hospital on the left.

Roel Loopers

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