Freo's View

FREMANTLE LOOKING FOR NEW VISITOR CENTRE IDEAS

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 23, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle will undertake an Expression of Interest(EOI) for a new tourist Visitor Centre somewhere in the inner city. It is seeking ideas and concepts for the development and delivery of an innovative and world class visitor centre model for Fremantle, but this can only be at no additional cost to the city above the current operating levels.

It is interesting to note here that the City states the Visitor Centre needs to be in the inner city at street level, when I for one assumed a significant space for the Visitor Centre would have been allocated already in the new under construction Civic Centre at Kings Square, which to me seems the most logical and practical location for a Visitor Centre.

The City is hoping to achieve a world class Visitor Centre that will have a significantly improved servicing model, but ideally at less than or comparable with the current operating costs, because the City’s 10 year financial plan has no additional allocation over and above the current funding.

One thing Fremantle Council needs to prioritise with urgency is to maintain and repair one of our City’s most significant tourist destinations and historic site Arthur’s Head and the Roundhouse, that are in a state of disrepair and an absolute disgraceful eyesore.

Roel Loopers

 

FRE-OH! SUMMER MAGAZINE A GREAT READ

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, marketing, PR,, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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The summer edition of the quarterly City of Fremantle FRE-OH! magazine is out and a great read. It will be delivered to your letterbox but is also available on-line on Facebook and the City’s website.

The cover is of the delightful milliner Kate Hulett, well known from her Kate and Abel hat shop at Many 2.0 and from her involvement with Spacemarket.

There is also a good story about Gerard O’Brien and Silverleaf Investments, and the brilliant restoration work they are doing at the historic Manning building, a story about new businesses, one about book clubs, a spread about North Fremantle, another one about lifesaving, etc. There is even a short story about this Loopy blogger in it.

FRE-OH! is a good way to stay connected with our community and to find out all about the latest news in the port city.

Roel Loopers

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LOOPY BLOGGER’S REPUTATION IN TATTERS

Posted in blog, city of fremantle, communication, community, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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My reputation as a hard-nosed, hard-drinking, uncompromising, but fair and balanced, investigative blogger with impeccable integrity is in tatters, now that I have been pulled down into the category of celebrities.

There is no way I can recover from having my ugly old mug plastered on the new hoardings along the construction site of the City of Fremantle new Civic Centre at Kings Square, and it was made worse by now also appearing in the City’s quarterly FRE-OH! magazine this week.

What’s next?! Will I end up on the social pages of the West and Sunday Times, and get invited on celebrity panels of irrelevant TV daytime shows?

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My enemies will claim that I reached the status of Freo celebrity by being a sycophant who is the mouthpiece for the Freo Mayor, and by receiving kickbacks from all the property developers in our city, but that is fake news. All I received was $ 25,000 for being a model for the Robert Frith photography, and the Fremantle hospitality industry agreeing that for the short rest of my life I can have free meals, drinks and coffees in any cafe, bar, tavern and restaurant of my choice. ; >)

In the meantime I’ll endeavour to continue to give you as much information about what is happening in Fremantle as I can, and to live on the bones of my arse, formerly known as the government pension.

Anyway, I feel honoured and humbled, and appreciated, which is lovely. I am touched, thank you!

Roel Loopers

 

Anything going on in Freo? Events, new businesses, news. Let me now! roelloopers48@gmail.com

FREMANTLE HERALD CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle Herald owner Andrew Smith and all the staff to the 30th birthday of our own iconic Freo rag.

The Chook is no doubt an institution in our port city and has done itself proud with many exclusives and even more controversial articles over the three decades.

It takes a lot of effort and commitment to publish a community newspaper, especially during the hard times when the advertising dollars dry up significantly, but Smith and his team just kept going.

I too have fond memories standing in for the Chook photographers when they went on holidays or were sick.

All of us in Fremantle need to realise that the Herald can only survive if it gets the advertising support it needs, and we also need to be aware what a great loss it would be for Freo if the Chook were no longer published.

Thanks Andrew, Steve and all the great people who make the Fremantle Herald what it is!

Roel Loopers

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LOOPY’S FREO BLOG TEN YEARS BIRTHDAY

 

October is always a special month for me because it is my birthday month, but it is even more special this year because in October ten years ago I started the publication of this FREO’S VIEW blog, so happy birthday bloggy!

It has been a true labour of love for me to report about anything that happened in Fremantle over the last ten years. It required dedication and commitment and a lot of my time, but I love doing it, so I will continue with it indefinitely.

I have reported on Fremantle Council business, festivals and events, opening and closing of businesses, new development proposals and development issues, and many more things. Basically, if I know about something new or interesting happening in Fremantle I’ll publish a blog post or photo.

Over the last ten years I published around 10,350 posts and 22,500 comments and many hundreds of photos, so I have created my own kind of time capsule of Freo’s recent history.

I have tried very hard to be balanced in my reporting and not being biased, but I clearly express my own views on everything, and that makes me a very opinionated person who gets criticised often for just expressing those views. That is fine, because I was born in the Netherlands and that makes me perfect. ; >)

But my blog is all about Fremantle, a place I love dearly and want to support and help improve. I don’t care much if good ideas on how to make Fremantle a better place come from people to the right or the left of politics. Good ideas are not exclusive or unique to any political party or person!

Fremantle is a beautiful and unique city with a very special community of really good people. Fremantle is my home and my family and the place where I will die. It is a place I have a deep emotional attachment to, and the place that has given me the confidence to express myself without fear or favour.

Thank you to all the regular readers and people who sent me information and comments. Freo’s View is your blog, so the more info you send me the more I can share with the community.

Roel Loopers

FRE-OH THE COMMUNITY WAY TO GO

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2019

 

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The quarterly City of Fremantle FRE-OH magazine is out and should be delivered in your letterbox. If not, it is available at the City, Visitor Centre and some businesses, so make sure to get a copy of it!

FRE-OH has a great Oldies are Golden feature about long-established businesses in Fremantle, such as Bodkin’s Bootery, Mills Records, the Capri, Culley’s, Gino’s and Roma Cucina as well as the Old Shanghai food market.

Another nice feature is the double spread Locals Love Freo that showcases Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith, sailor John Longley, designer Megan Salmon, writer David Wish-Wilson and comedian, author and playwright Ben Elton.

Lots of stuff to read about our gorgeous city and its even more gorgeous people so go FRE-OH!

Roel Loopers

TELSTRA’S BAD CONNECTION WITH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2019

 

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We all know that the Australian National Broad Band is slower than Usain Bolt with two broken legs, but the slackness of Telstra leaving this manhole near Fremantle’s Victoria Quay open for over half a year is beyond the pale.

The area is frequented by people using the Rottnest Island ferries and office workers of the Fremantle Ports highrise, so this blight on the streetscape is not on.

Roel Loopers

FRE-OH THE COMMUNICATION WAY TO GO

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 30, 2019

 

 

Fremantle people can look forward to the new FRE-OH magazine-Celebrating the City of Fremantle, that will be distributed to residents next week and will also be out in cafes so that out of towners can also read the good Freo stories.

There will be four quarterly-seasonally publications per year and 17,5000 copies will be printed. An E-version is in the making so that people can receive the magazine via email.

It is a vibrant magazine with on the cover one of our city’s most noticeable identities Horatio T Birdbath.

The magazine is a showcase about people, places and pastimes that make Freo unique. It covers a lot of ground about cafes, hospitality, sustainable living and eating, recycling, art, culture, Noongar culture, Fremantle Prison, South Fremantle, the Toy Library, young people, volunteers, etc.

It is a great way of telling Freo’s positive stories, of which there are many!

Roel Loopers

 

POLITICS IN PUBS DEBATES THE MEDIA

 

Fremantle’s Politics in the Pub next week will have a very timely topic after the election about the media in Australia.

Problems in the media: is the solution as easy as ABC?

It’s not an easy time for Australian media, especially its traditional forms. Print journalism in particular has been challenged by the growth of social media and is struggling to retain readership numbers and advertising revenue. The ABC and SBS have suffered from funding cuts for many years now.

Then there are all the allegations of bias. The ABC is under relentless attack from governments and many commercial media for its left-wing bias. At the same time, many are disgusted by what they see as the Murdoch media’s blatant cheering of right-wing conservative politics, totally the opposite what we expect from our media – serious balanced reporting and holding power to account. Fake news, anyone?

On Tuesday May 28th The Fremantle Network invites you to have your say on these issues that are central to the health of our democracy. We are pleased to have a special guest to get our discussion started:

Bobbie Mackley, National Secretary, ABC Friends WA
and
Andrew Porter, Academic Chair, Murdoch University School of Journalism

It is on at The Local hotel on Tuesday May 28. Arrive 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Roel Loopers

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NEWSLETTER ABOUT WA PORTS PROCESS

 

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The WESTPORT TASKFORCE has published its first newsletter, the BEACON. The Beacon will provide information about the community and expert consultation process which is going on about Western Australian ports.

It is addressing Fremantle Port issues about freight, access issues, traffic problems, a new or overflow port in Cockburn Sound, moving some of the Fremantle operations to other ports, etc.

The Beacon is online here: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ehq-production-australia/80f0fdd7480e83887141a686019c37d72dd31183/documents/attachments/000/101/243/original/Westport_Beacon_1_Introducing_the_Beacon_Mar_19.pdf?1553062243

 

Roel Loopers

 

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