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I am very happy that the SCULPTURE AT BATHERS exhibition will be on again at Fremantle’s inner city beach in February this year. The Bathers Beach event has proven to be very popular and is a great showcase for Western Australian artists, where the artworks sell pretty well.

Sculpture at Bathers is looking for volunteers to guide visitors and hand out information, etc. and I will most certainly sign up to do a couple of days a week for that. It will be relaxing fun!

So if you love art, the beach, and making people feel welcome, contact the organisers via email:

The show is on from February 15 to March 2, 2020.

Roel Loopers



I had another read of the Fremantle Council FPOL committee agenda item about leasing the triangle part of the new Civic Centre at Kings Square to the Fremantle Doctor Restaurant and Bar Pty Ltd, and it becomes evident that the proposed hospitality operators are expecting a large financial incentive from the City of Fremantle.

The commercial rent for the three levels is $ 233,100 per annum, but the proposed venue operators want the first three years to be rent free, and the fourth year to pay only 5% of the gross income of the venue, plus they want a $ 500,000 contribution from the City for the fit out.

I am aware that it is common to offer rent free periods for long commercial leases, and this one is 10+10 years, but I believe that paying half a million dollars on top of three rent free years, and only a relatively small rent for the fourth year is asking the cash-strapped City of Fremantle for too much.

Reading between the lines it appears that not many hospitality operators were willing to commit to Kings Square before it has proven to be a success, and of course the City is keen to lease out the space that will be close to the new playground, but is a cash incentive of $ 500,000 realistic?

New venues, such as the Old Synagogue and Freo.Social, have become immediate attractions from the start, and presumably run profitable businesses, so how far should Fremantle Council go financially to lure an operator for its Civic Centre hospitality part?

In that context I was disappointed to read in the Sunday Times today that the FOMO retail and food concept by Sirona Capital is now only due to open in June/July, while it had been on the cards for April this year, after the initial marketing for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project mentioned late 2019 as the opening date. I do however understand very well that in the current retail climate it must be a huge challenge for Sirona to find enough tenants willing to sign long-term leases.

The Civic Centre construction  is well underway to be completed in the last quarter of this year, and the State Housing Department is moving in in April with approximately 1,500 staff, so it is all pretty good, but it needs to hurry up.

The item is on the FPOL Committee agenda for this Wednesday and will then go to full Council in a few weeks for a final decision.

Roel Loopers




Lisa O’Malley, the Member for Bicton, standing in for minister Rita Saffioti, announced this morning at the SAVE PORT BEACH festival that the State and City of Fremantle will go half and half to build a protective rockwall at the very popular endangered beach.

The City of Fremantle and the Western Australian government will each provide $ 200,000 to do what is basically a stop gap measure, as a substantial ocean wall will have to be built to ensure that Port Beach won’t disappear and the restaurant and carpark won’t have to be relocated.

Strong erosion during the winter months means that the future of Port Beach is in limbo and so is the future of the COAST bar, restaurant and cafe.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2020


BB reflection

BB ghosts


A couple of arty photos I took late on Friday afternoon at Bathers Beach. I am always on the look for different views and angles of beautiful Fremantle and had not discovered the interesting reflections at the Bathers Beach House before.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, bushfires, city of fremantle, fundraising, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2020




The LEVEL UP GALLERY at 24 Cliff Street in Fremantle’s West End is having a fundraising exhibition for those affected by the bushfires. 100% of the proceeds will be donated, so this is a fantastic way to buy original local art while supporting our friends over east.

It is on from 6pm TODAY, Saturday January 18.

Roel Loopers


Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, containers, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 18, 2020




The container exhibition by the Maritime Museum is still on at Victoria Quay, so make sure to go and have a look and learn all about the history of containers.

Talking about the port, the Save Port Beach event is on all day this Saturday with music, food stalls, etc. so let’s put some pressure on the State Government to invest in one of Fremantle’s favourite beaches and protect and preserve it.

Roel Loopers




Great news for the future vitality of Fremantle’s Kings Square with Fremantle Council  considering the lease terms for a major new hospitality venue in the new under construction Civic Centre at a committee meeting next week.

The proposal from the City’s preferred applicant is to lease all three floors of the triangular portion of the City’s new building, with a café, bar and alfresco area on the ground floor, dining room on the first floor and function space on the top floor.

The proposed offering is based around providing casual and formal family-friendly food and beverage options, and aims to activate the area both day and night, seven days per week, by catering for different markets throughout the day.

The ground floor will feature bi-fold doors to create a seamless transition between inside and outside, with the substantial alfresco area overlooking the City’s planned new Kings Square play space.

The lease to be considered by the council’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee on Wednesday includes terms consistent with current market expectations.

Following consideration of the lease by the FPOL committee the item will be referred to the full council meeting on 29 January for a final decision.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade youth plaza, event, skatepark, skaters, skating, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on January 17, 2020



City of Fremantle & Skateboarding WA supporting the Freo Fire Fund

A night for the skateboarding community to come together to raise funds to help fire-affected communities

Freo Fire Fund Skate Jam TONIGHT Friday 17 Jan 6pm-9pm
Games, Best Trick Jams, Giveaways & Prize Raffles

Donation on entry on the night.
Please pre-register and bring QR code for check-in

Bring your spare change and donate to enter games, best trick jams & prize raffles.
Skateboarding WA Apparel for sale.
BBQ Fundraiser by Fremantle Rotary Club

Prizes generously donated by
1991 Skateshop Beyond Skate Hillzeez Momentum Skateshop Soggybones Star Surf+Skate Livid Skateboards

Butter Goods WA Skate Ramps Modus Bearings Picture Wheels GMTA Skateboards

Family friendly event, all ages welcome, drug & alcohol free.
100% of proceeds go to Freo Fire Fund, hosted by Fremantle Foundation.

To read more information here.


Posted in art, city of fremantle, environment, fremantle markets, plastic, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2020



BLOOM is an interesting exhibition by primary school students at the Fremantle Markets.

A lot of jellyfish are hanging down from the ceiling, and they have been created by using recycled plastics.

The idea is to create more awareness about the reuse and recycling of single-use plastics.

Go and have a look and check out all the things on offer!

Roel Loopers




The City of Fremantle is installing some new solar lights at Kings Square to brighten up our city square a bit more at night. They replace the old ones, so are using existing posts.

Roel Loopers

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