Freo's View




The staff at the Member for Fremantle, Minister Simone McGurk‘s office were far too polite to point out to me that I need to see an optometrist as I clearly urgently need spectacles.

The always kind Mat at the electoral office in Freo made me aware that there is a big sign at Fremantle Hospital that announces the relocation of the Fremantle Dental Clinic to the hospital, which is very good news. I drive by the hospital many times a day but failed to notice the sign. So much for being a very observant photographer, hey.

The City of Fremantle has sold the current home of the FDC on the corner of Holdsworth and Parry streets, so there was concern in the community that people on health and social benefit cards would have nowhere to go in our port city for free dental treatment.

The new clinic will have nine dental rooms, public waiting, staff support and administration and will be on the fifth floor of B Block.

Thank you Simone McGurk for following that up for me and pointing out the relocation is in the 2017/18 State budget.

Roel Loopers




More than 200 people enjoyed a three-course Christmas lunch in Princess May Park, organised by Fremantle’s St Patrick’s community care.

Fremantle Labor member Minister Simone McGurk was there, as were Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his young daughter Aoife, who was a bit worried about Santa, played by former Freo Councillor Rob Fittock.

St Pat’s Michael Piu and Victor Crevatin were supported by many volunteers when they were serving  the Christmas roast.

It was a heart-warming event and nice to see so many smiling faces from those who are doing it tough.

Roel Loopers


Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, community, family, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2018




This coming weekend is the time to take the children to the Christmas Carols fun in Fremantle.

It starts of on Saturday the 15th in the North Fremantle Community Hall with a cabaret-style evening and Carol-Sing for the whole family at 6.30pm.

Entry is $ 5.00 per person and $ 15.00 per family. Bring a plate!

And on Sunday the 16th the City of Fremantle is organising a free Carols by Candlelight in Fremantle Oval with the Libby Hammer Quintet and Arcadian Voices from 5-8.30pm.

There will be food stalls on site.

Roel Loopers




What will happen with the Fremantle Dental Clinic now that the City of Fremantle has sold the building on the corner of Holdsworth and Parry streets?

The clinic delivers a very essential social service for those on pension- and health cards, and unemployed people.

It is so busy that the waiting list for an appointment is six months, and the next free dental clinic is in Perth where one gets treated by students who study dentistry.

St Patrick’s also has a small dental weekly clinic for homeless people with the support of local dentists who generously volunteer their services.

When the item came before council a few months ago the CEO of the Fremantle Dental Clinic said it could cost up to $ 500,000 to relocate the clinic, so will the State Government invest in that and keep the essential service in Fremantle?

I am hoping it can be relocated to Fremantle Hospital.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, lifestyle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2018




The first South Fremantle Precinct placemaking pavement party on the corner of Little Lefroy Road and South Terrace was a big success during the late afternoon of Thursday.

Young and old and dogs turned up to connect with the local community and celebrate the new street furniture and traffic slowing project.

Many of the South Freo celebs turned up and so did Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillor Jon Strachan.

Well done to all the volunteers who beautified the area and organised the event!

Roel Loopers





As reported here on Freo’s View yesterday it is unlikely that Fremantle Council will sign off on a scheme amendment that would increase density of City owned lots in Quarry Street to R100, after the local community opposed it during public consultation time.

But positive members of the Fremantle Arts Centre Precinct, including local architect Murray Slavin, are offering an alternative solution for the development of the lots, which are for sale, that would see an increase from R25 to R60 and buildings of only three storeys.

The proposal is for 42 affordable residencies which include small studio apartments and a mix of two and three bedroom apartments that would include renewable energy, developed within a Mutual Not For Profit Structure.

The proposal is specifically designed for low-cost housing and aged care accommodation, with state of the art IT to accommodate on-line data and a health-ready response to enable the comfort and security of seniors.

The proponents believe the site is particularly appropriate for the elderly and less abled because of its proximity to the Fremantle Leisure Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Park and public transport. All City of Fremantle facilities for the residents would be within walking distance.

The project responds to the desire to downsizing by empty nest seniors and to the national need for low-cost public housing.

The specifically designed seniors’ apartments respond to the need of a simplified independent lifestyle for older Australians-a transition to delay entry into dedicated aged care facilities.

The project would also accommodate a mix of age groups, which would help against social isolation, and to showcase optimum use of renewable energy and water use, and fast evolving new transport developments.

The item about a possible scheme amendment for the City of Fremantle owned properties  are on on the agenda of Wednesday’s Planning Committee, so come along and have your say. It starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community Hall on Wednesday December 5.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, community, local government, placemaking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2018


Sth Terrace Party Dec 6


The South Fremantle precinct group is hoping to create a bit of David Engwicht style placemaking this Thursday, to celebrate the traffic calming and new streetscaping between Little Lefroy Road and Sydney Street along South Terrace.

The South Terrace Pavement Party is from 5.30-7.30 on December 6 and the organisors hope that local residents will bring chairs, couches, board games, musical instruments, etc. to connect with the local community.

The street facelift of new furniture, trees, bike racks and painted road service is only stage one of the City of Fremantle’s project, that will go all the way to Douro Road to emphasise it is a residential area and encourage motorists to slow down along South Terrace.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on December 2, 2018


Dec 6. Volunteer info session


If you have thought about doing some volunteer work in Fremantle this coming Thursday will give you the opportunity to get more information about the variety of volunteer jobs available in our beautiful city.

Volunteering is very rewarding, as I have experienced myself at the Roundhouse over the last eight years, so give it a o!

The information session is at the Fremantle Library at Fremantle Oval this Thursday December 6 from 2.3.30pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, homeless, social services, st patricks by freoview on November 29, 2018



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The Fremantle Long Table Dinner this evening was bigger and better than ever, stretching nearly 500 metres along historic High Street to accommodate 1,200 guests who all enjoyed a three-course dinner.

It is expected that the fundraising event organised by the National Hotel, St Patrick’s and many volunteers and supporting businesses will raise $ 100,000 for St Pats, that will go toward supplying services for the homeless and needy people in our city.

Four makeshift kitchens were used to prepare the meals and the guests were entertained by Circus WA performers, live music and street artists.

The Moore&Moore cafe also put up a Christmas Market in Henry Street to support the event.

This is an outstanding effort by everyone involved and they all deserve huge gratitude from the Freo community for making this such a special and heart-warming evening, although the sea breeze created a bit of a chill in the air.

Well done all and congratulations and thank you!!!


Roel Loopers





To paraphrase what Prime Minister Bob Hawke said when the America’s Cup was won, you are a bum if you are not at tonight’s great Fremantle Long Table Dinner.

Even if you don’t have a ticket to sit down and have a meal, you can still enjoy the activities and ambience and the Christmas Market in Henry Street.

The event is a fundraiser for St Patrick’s so bring a few dollars to donate for the very good cause and help people in need.

There is a great vibe at the long table dinner, so come along and be part of this VERY FREO! event.

Roel Loopers

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