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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.

Roel Loopers

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FREO DOCKERS ADORABLES IN NATIONAL FOOTY COMP

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

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GREEDY DOCKERS WANT MONEY TO LEAVE FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle dockers by freoview on October 8, 2015

Professional sport has very little to do with community but is all about making a lot of money out of people who follow their footy team like a religion. The Fremantle Dockers have shown this just to be the case by demanding a rumoured $ 4 million from the City of Fremantle for their building at Fremantle Oval when they move to Cockburn.

This is akin to someone kicking you in the guts and then asking you for compensation because they hurt you. Fremantle City did not want the Dockers to leave and offered them many incentives to stay, but none were good enough for the high profile footy club, so it was their choice to move to our neighbours.

The building the Dockers now want to sell to the City of Fremantle, while breaking the lease they signed till 2054, was built in 2000 with the help of a loan Freo City took out for them in support of the development.

Greed is the pretty ugly face of professional sport where it is all about money and the bottom line and where no one really connects with the community or feels an obligation to it.

It’s good riddance to the Dockers as far as I am concerned. The City of Fremantle should fine them the equivalent of what they want for the building for breaking their lease.

On the upside Fremantle Oval has huge potential to be developed into a multi-use stadium for sport, events, concerts, etc. and help take the pressure off the over-used Esplanade Reserve, while it is still attractive to organisers as an inner city venue close to the train station and public transport.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Fremantle 6162.

FREO’S PURPLE MADNESS

Posted in afl, fremantle, fremantle dockers by freoview on September 24, 2015

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Only one more sleep and the Fremantle Dockers will be fighting Hawthorn at Subiaco Oval to try to make it to the Grand Final.

There is purple everywhere in Freo and the shops have done excellent window decorations. There is even a Dockers banner on the large crane above Atwell Arcade.

Here a few photos I took of the footy madness.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

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RACIST DOCKERS FANS EMBARRASS FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle dockers, racism by freoview on September 13, 2015

Just wanted to let the far too many idiotic Dockers fans who booed Adam Goodes last night at the football final know that you are a disgrace and that Fremantle does not stand behind you!

You embarrassed your footy club and the City of Fremantle with your racist rubbish. It was not just a bit of fun, it was unacceptable treatment of a great footy player and a role model for his Aboriginal community and beyond. You who engaged in it last night disgust me!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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FREO TRADERS YELL GO THE DOCKERS!

Posted in afl, fremantle, fremantle dockers by freoview on September 11, 2015

No one can accuse me of bias. With a heavy heart this West Coast Eagles supporter acknowledges the effort by local Fremantle businesses and promotes arch rivals Dockers.

Clearly as someone passionate about Freo I hope the Dockers will win win, but should the Eagles and Dockers make it to the Grand Final I will be sitting on the fence and assume the best team on the day will win. What a cop out hey!

GO THE DOCKERS!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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