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FREO BLOGGER REFUSED ENTRY TO FREMANTLE OVAL DOCKERS WOMEN GAME

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, football, fremantle dockers, fremantle oval, Uncategorized by freoview on February 9, 2020

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I thought it would be nice to take some photos of the community ambience at the first AFLW Fremantle Dockers women’s game at Fremantle Oval today, but was refused entry because one of my lenses, a 300mm, was deemed too long in focal length without receiving AFL approval to use it.

All I wanted to do is a nice series of photos of people enjoying themselves, the new chill out deck, that is sponsored by the City of Fremantle, and some footy action, but alas I was not allowed to do so and returned home. That’s disappointing.

Roel Loopers

 

SO MUCH ON OFFER IN FREO TODAY!

 

Harbour Sundays

 

It’s going to be busy in gorgeous Fremantle today, with something on offer for everyone.

The St Jerome Laneway Festival is on the Esplanade from 10am till 9pm, and the first game of the season is on for the women Fremantle Dockers footy team against Geelong at Fremantle Oval. This is a free event!

At the Fremantle Arts Centre the free courtyard music session is on from 2-4pm with Harry James Angus, and there are some very good new art exhibitions on show as well.

From 4pm it is time to head out to Victoria Quay for  the free Sunset Dub Club and Food Trucks at B Shed with DJ’s, food, bar, silent disco for the kids, etc.

And just down the road at the Maritime Museum is the also free Harbour Sundays music event from 4pm. Both events are great to also watch the sunset and the activities in the port.

The sun is out, the humidity gone, so enjoy the Freo lifestyle!

Roel Loopers

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LOUNGEROOM COMFORT AT FREMANTLE DOCKERS WOMEN GAMES

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, community, football, fremantle dockers, sport, Uncategorized, women by freoview on February 8, 2020

 

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The City of Fremantle has partnered with the Fremantle Dockers to create a very comfy new fan experience at AFLW games at Fremantle Oval this season.

The Visit Fremantle Chillout Deck will give Freo supporters the chance to lay back on artificial lawn and lounge furniture while enjoying the best seat in the house on the raised and shaded deck at the southern end of the oval. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase on the deck, with exclusive giveaways on offer for some lucky Freo fans.

There will also be free icy poles for the kids, face painting, giant Jenga and other lawn games on offer.

Entry to all AFLW games at Fremantle Oval this season is free, but access to the deck is first-come first-in and capacity is limited, so fans are advised to arrive early to secure their spot.

The female Dockers had a great season last year, with six wins from seven games, so we can expect a great game this Sunday.

The Visit Fremantle Chillout Deck kicks off this Sunday, when Fremantle take on Geelong in their first game of the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s competition. Gates open at 1.10pm.

The car park inside Fremantle Oval, car park 16 on Parry Street and the Cappuccino Strip car park on South Terrace will be closed to the general public.

Fremantle’s other AFLW matches at Fremantle Oval this season are against Collingwood on 22 February, Brisbane on 8 March and Melbourne on 22 March.

I’ll see you all there!

Roel Loopers

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FREE PARKING FOR FEMALE FREMANTLE DOCKERS GAMES?

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, fremantle dockers, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2019

 

There are a lot of people around who have easy, but often very unrealistic, solutions for just about everything.

A letter in today’s West Australian by R.Correla of Beaconsfield fits in that category.

Correla writes that the City of Fremantle should provide free parking one hour before and three hours after the Fremantle Dockers women’s team games at Fremantle Oval.

But those games are on weekends when Fremantle is at its busiest and where the lack of inner city parking is often complained about. Parking fees are also a substantial source of income for the City and council rates would need to be increased if more free parking were to be provided.

It is also quite insulting from R.Correla to say Fremantle needs more smart people on council, and not a minority who are only about themselves. Fremantle Council is far from perfect, but the elected members do their best to make the right decisions for our community.

May I suggest to R.Correla to actually attend and observe council meetings. It’s always good to be informed first hand, rather than making ignorant assumptions and accusations.

Roel Loopers

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DOCKERS WOMEN PLAY AT FREMANTLE OVAL ON SUNDAY

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, football, fremantle dockers, fremantle oval, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on February 8, 2019

 

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The first game of the season for the female Fremantle Dockers team last week was a huge success and a big win for our ladies, so head out to Fremantle Oval this Sunday to support them when they play Collingwood.

Entry is free and the game starts just after 3pm, so let’s create a big crowd of supporters!

Roel Loopers

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FREO COMMUNITY GETS BACK ITS OVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle dockers, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2017

 

 

The City of Fremantle will get back the keys to Fremantle Oval this week after a deal was struck with the Dockers AFL football club to relinquish their 37-year-lease over the oval.

It has been a disappointing process as the Dockers insisted on getting paid for their clubhouse and Fremantle City after lengthy negotiations reluctantly agreed to pay the footy club $ 1,5 million over three years.

The City will now use the precinct for temporary staff accommodation during the construction of the new Civic Centre at Kings Square. It will also create 140 new public car bays on the Stan Reilly site next to the oval.

The very good news for the Fremantle community is that the city has a concept Fremantle Oval Project plan that will see the oval used again for concerts and events. This will help spread the load of all the festivals, events and concerts in Fremantle and will reduce the use of the suffering Esplanade reserve.

The Fremantle Oval Project, together with the Kings Square Project and the imminent development of the police and justice complex in Henderson Street by Silverleaf will positively change the southern heart of the CBD and connect Wray Avenue with the Cappuccino Strip.

I am delighted to see so much progress in the inner city, as long as we stop some of the the loony development proposals for the heritage West End.

 

Roel Loopers

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VOICES FROM OUR HERITAGE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle dockers, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2017

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The Australian Heritage Festival is on and the Fremantle Volunteer Roundhouse Guides conducted Voices of the Past, talking about specific people who are important to our W.A. history.

Whadjuk Noongar man Greg Nannup was one of five speakers this Saturday morning.

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FREO OVAL DEVELOPMENT IMPORTANT FOR WAFL AND COMMUNITY

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

GREEDY FREMANTLE DOCKERS NOT GOOD SPORTS

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, community, fremantle dockers, fremantle herald by freoview on December 3, 2016

The Thinking Allowed article in the Fremantle Herald by passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter Chris Lewis makes good points about corporate greed.

Lewis points out that the Dockers want cash for a lease they don’t pay for and that was handed to them rent-free by the City of Fremantle, which wanted to support the new club in 1994 and also gave them a loan guarantee.

Chris Lewis calls it “One of the most selfish one-sided community plays ever seen in Australian elite sport.”

Lewis, who led the Keep Freo in Freo campaign, for which I started the Facebook page, is very irate that the Dockers are happy to use the outstanding brand Fremantle in their name, even when they are moving to Cockburn in 2017, so maybe the City of Fremantle should insist the Dockers drop Fremantle from their name, similar to the Fitzroy Football Club when they moved to Brisbane and became the Brisbane Lions.

There is always something very unsavoury about corporate greed and a lack of values, and sport is moving more and more away from being community-minded. It’s all about money and the triple bottom line and paying often  under performing young “stars’ and over-paid administrators big bucks at the expensive of the community and supporters.

The Fremantle Dockers’ demand for payment from the City of Fremantle  to leave Fremantle Oval is a disgrace and should become a national shame for them!

Roel Loopers

LITTLE ITALY BY THE SEA FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in community, food, fremantle dockers, italy, multicultural by freoview on October 25, 2016

The Fremantle Festival starts this weekend so make sure to get a printed program or check it out on-line and Facebook because there is a lot on that you don’t want to miss!

It is less than a week to go until Little Italy by the Sea is on at Bathers Beach, Fremantle.

The Italian community is bringing you a weekend of food, drinks, entertainment, and fun on 29 and 30 October, so come and enjoy traditional and modern Italian cuisine from an array of food vendors at one of the piazzas!

Check out the website for more information http://www.littleitalybythesea.com.au

Taste yummy food from: Black Pearl Oyster Shucking, Dal Pizzaiolo / Domenico Catering, La Pizzeria Mobile, Mondo Butchers – Mondo Di Carne (World of Meat), Parlapa, Piadina Bar, The Mattarello, The Pasta Truck, Eataly Fine Foods, Piadina nonna Pina, That Little Gelato Cart, Cold Matter Cold Brew Coffee, Roasting Depot, Rubra Coffee, Dolce & Salato, Miss Tartufo, Woolworths Supermarkets WA, Juice Day Events, Fremantle Sardine Company, Gelato Amico, Fremantle’s Family Cookbook, Cas in the Kitchen, Tarzan’s Chilli Oils…and Little Italy by the Sea’s Mambo Italiano Bar and Bambino Panini Bar, with the Campari Aperitivo Bar on Sunday 30 October.

On Sunday from 2 pm is also the Blessing of the Fleet and 8 pm fireworks, so come enjoy this lovely tradition. It starts at the Basilica at Adelaide Street and winds through the West End to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

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