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Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, football, sport, summer, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2019


beach soccer


It was officially 39 degrees when I took the photo of the Beach Football at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach today. It was probably hotter with the reflective heat of the sand, but that did not deter the male soccer players today, and the female ones played yesterday.

It is dead quiet in town and about a million vacant parking bays, so take advantage of it. ; > )

It is hot but very dry with little humidity so perfect weather for me.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, football, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2019


jan 201 beach football at bathers


Check out the first ever Beach Football at Freo’s Bathers Beach this coming weekend January 19 and 20!

It starts on Saturday with the women and mixed competition and on Sunday the blokes are kicking the round ball around.

It runs from 12 midday till 6pm on both days, so enjoy the outdoors and the Indian Ocean and have a meal in one of the many restaurants at the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers


Posted in afl, city of fremantle, football, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2018


premiers AAA


I know there are a lot of West Coast Eagles footy fans in Fremantle, even when some Dockers supporters believe that one needs to hate the Weagles when one loves the Dockers.

So I hopped on the train to Langley Park in Perth to get a glimpse of the celebrations of the new AFL premiers, who did not end up with the wooden spoon.

Thousands made the long pilgrimage from  the Esplanade train station to the far east end of Langley Park and the queues to get the very first and freshly printed Premiers merchandise were huge already at 12.30 pm as these photos show.

I am not a big fan of big crowds so hopped back on the train and did not wait for the team to arrive.

Go the Eagles!! I hope the premiership of their local rivals inspires the insipid Dockers.

Roel Loopers



Posted in charity, city of fremantle, community, football, music, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2018


Reclink timeline


The RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP is on tomorrow-Saturday at Fremantle Oval, so head out there for an afternoon of footy fun and an evening of music, while raising money for charity.

Gates open at midday and close at 10pm, so make it a day out.

Expect to see media personalities and musicians battling it out on the footy field, where they will be joined by WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt, Federal Freo Labor MP Josh Wilson, and Freo Councillor Adin Lang.

The Kill Devil Hills will be playing from 5pm-5.40, so that’s pretty cool as well.

And Mayor Brad Pettitt will be the DJ. Just hoping our Greeny Mayor won’t just be playing a loop of Greensleeves all day. ; >)

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, football, history, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018


NAIDOC at Paperbird


The Paperbird children’s bookshop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is flying the Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC Week.

It is good to see good things happening during NAIDOC Week and acknowledge that Australia has come a long way when it comes to our indigenous people, but there is a lot more to do and more and better education needed about our Aboriginal culture. Racism is not something of the past but a humiliating daily experience for Australia’s indigenous people. That needs to stop!

I was impressed with the apology Police Commissioner Chris Dawson offered yesterday and saddened to read the racist abuse story of former Dockers player Scott Chisholm in the West Australian today.

Chisholm conducts Aboriginal awareness tours from the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head every morning from 10am this month, so go and join one with your children.

The Roundhouse flies the Aboriginal flag every day of the year to acknowledge our Aboriginal culture and history.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, football, fremantle oval, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2018


For a city which is financially challenged the City of Fremantle is exceptionally generous with a professional WAFL football club.

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will debate on Wednesday a new lease for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club and the conditions are that we are given the SFFC the use of the oval and clubrooms for free plus we give them a lot of ratepayers’ money as well.

SFFC will not have to pay any rent for their 20+20 year lease and will receive all kinds of benefits from Fremantle City. I wonder if they will even have to pay for outgoings like power and water.

The City of Fremantle will agree in the lease to pay for the ground keeping of the oval and surroundings, estimated to be $ 120,000-$160,000 a year.

CoF would also transfer the groundkeeper position to it’s staff list, but what that will cost is not revealed in the agenda.

All the net parking revenue at the oval will be collected and managed by the City but will be donated to SFFC, estimated to be $100,000 a year.

In addition to all that Fremantle City will also make a $ 50,000 a year contribution to the WAFL club, and the club will be allowed to use the oval free of charge five times a year for events other than football games.

It is my understanding that SFFC is a commercial for profit organisation that gets funding from the WAFL and the national AFL through income from Dockers and Eagles contributions, so why does the City of Fremantle have to give away so much of ratepayers’ money that could be better used elsewhere?

This also sets a precedent for the intended move to Fremantle Oval by the East Fremantle Football Club. What financial concessions and incentives will the City of Fremantle offer them?

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, football, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017


Community Sept 3


The Fremantle COMMUNITY CUP this Sunday September 3 should be a day of fun, music, footy, laughter and true Freo community spirit.

It starts at Fremantle Oval at 12 midday.

The AFL match between local musicians and the media should be a ball, so come along!


Roel Loopers



Posted in afl, city of fremantle, football, fremantle dockers by freoview on December 4, 2016

The biggest disappointment about the Fremantle Dockers football club wanting a pay-out to leave Fremantle Oval is not just their corporate greed, but that they don’t care about the community and don’t recognise the importance of the development of the oval for the WAFL and for Fremantle.

Plans are to have the East Fremantle and South Fremantle footy clubs sharing the facilities and holding their home games at the oval, which would mean a weekend game at the oval every weekend during the footy season.

The development of the oval and Stan Reilly site will also connect the Cappuccino Strip all the way to Wray Avenue, and part of the masterplan is to go back to the good old days where events and concerts were held at Fremantle Oval, so all that is of great benefit to the entire Freo community and would support two WAFL clubs.

It appears the Dockers only have a narrow focus on the financial triple bottom line and don’t care at all about the Fremantle community, which has supported them for twenty years. That is a slap in the face.

What also worries me is that the City of Fremantle does not seem to have added an exit clause in the lease contract in 1994 that would require the Dockers to unconditionally hand back Fremantle Oval to the City when they move their training facilities and HQ somewhere else.

What did CoF pay its lawyers for when they set up the contract, I wonder? Where the COF officers and the lawyers really so naïve to believe the Dockers would remain at Fremantle Oval for 50 years?

Why are the Minister for Sport and Premier Colin Barnett not getting involved and tell the Dockers management that their demands are disgraceful and unacceptable?

Maybe it’s time for a name and shame protest event at the oval soon, so we can expose the disgraceful behaviour of the Dockers’ management in the national media.

Roel Loopers


Posted in afl, football, fremantle, fremantle dockers, western australia by freoview on June 15, 2016

The Fremantle Dockers had another win and pushed out the West Coast Eagles to have a women’s team in the new national female AFL competition that will start next year.

The ‘Delightful Dockers’ will join Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Brisbane and Great Western Sydney.

Womens soccer has become a great success in Australia and around the world and there are already many female Australian Rules teams, so exciting times ahead. Go Freo Fantastics, or whatever they might be called.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, development, football by freoview on April 16, 2016

Fremantle Oval


The City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee will on Wednesday debate to work on a masterplan for Fremantle Oval that would see the site developed in collaboration with relevant State Agencies and stakeholders. This would be similar to what is happening at Claremont Oval at present.

The initial development plans, estimated to cost $ 20 million, could start as early as next year and be completed by 2021, and see the oval turned and repositioned closer to the heritage-listed pavilion. The Stan Reilly aged-care site would be sold off to accommodate a six-storey mixed-use building that would house retail, offices and residential accommodation.

The idea is for the rival South and East Fremantle football clubs to be based and play their games at Fremantle Oval, as I and others suggested over a year ago,  which would see a WAFL game at the oval every weekend during the season. This would also support plans by the Town of East Fremantle to develop the oval at Marmion Street.

Fremantle Oval would become a venue for events and concerts as Fremantle City wants to shift events away from the too frequently used Esplanade. That would be perfect for Sunset Events who now lease the former Fly by Night club hall that is just over the road from the oval.

Pedestrian access to the oval would be improved to link it better to the Cappuccino Strip and there could even be a 250 bay underground carpark under the oval. The latter was a suggestion former Fremantle Society President Henty Farrar made during a meeting he and I had with Mayor Brad Pettitt last year.

One hurdle that stands in the way of achieving these significant plans is that the Dockers have a fifty-year lease over the oval and want the City to buy their HQ building off them.

Also on Wednesday’s FPOLC is a stinger net for South Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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