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Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, storm, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on July 1, 2020


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Fremantle Ports had a bit of bad weather recently, with yesterday’s announcement of alleged fraud by a staff member, but there has also been some storm damage with the roof of this shed on the South Mole being peeled back.

From memory that roof was only been renewed last year, so the storm must have really ripped into it.

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Fremantle Police have issued an arrest warrant for former Fremantle Ports employee Giacomo Merolla(54) and his wife Daniela Merolla(54) for alleged corrupt business practices between 2014 and 2020.

This comes after an internal investigation by Fremantle Ports found anomalies in expenditure patterns late last year, with possible fraudulent behaviour. The Ports reported the matter to Police and the Corruption and Crime Commissions.

Giacomo Merolla left Fremantle Ports before being dismissed. He and his wife left Australia earlier this years and are overseas.

More that one million dollars have been identified as having been transferred to bank accounts controlled by shelf companies. Police conducted a search warrant on a residence and storage unit, where they discovered $ 70,000.

Two people related to the couple have been arrested. A 23 year-old man from Woodvale and a 28 year-old woman from Wattle Grove have been charged with money laundering.

The alleged fraud involved the manipulation of the procurement of goods with local businesses, directing money to the benefit of the former Fremantle Ports employee.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, rain, Uncategorized by freoview on June 29, 2020



I dedicate these photos to Neil Stanbury, the very likeable Manager Corporate and Community Relations at Fremantle Ports.

Neil sent me a, tongue-in-cheek, email last week asking if I needed therapy for my puddle reflection photos. I think it is too late for that as I love taking photos of reflections on all kinds of reflective surfaces, as readers of Freo’s View well know.

For me it is all about awareness and being in the moments when I walk the streets of Freo, and not losing touch. It is like a walking meditation for me to hunt for photos. To discover a great reflection is better than drinking a bottle of Grange Hermitage for me. ;>))

Roel Loopers




B Shed


It’s easier to find the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal at Victoria Quay in the dark with the large B on the shed being lit up in a bright blue circle.

I noticed it all the way from Marine Terrace when looking down Cliff Street this morning.


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A late item about the new Fremantle traffic bridge was added to last night’s Fremantle Council meeting agenda, at the initiative of Mayor Brad Pettitt. This is very important because Freo Council and the community need to be proactive on this, to make sure that we not only get an outstanding new bridge of great creative design, but also that the old heritage-listed bridge will be preserved for the community.

The community wants a significant say in this and at the very early stages of planning, because we don’t want this project delayed by being presented with plans that are finalised and not negotiable. The bridge will be a new entry statement into Fremantle and hence needs to be attractive, maybe even one tourists can climb on to and get ggreat views of Fremantle Port and the Swan River, like the Sydney Harbour Bridge

  1. Welcomes the Federal and State funding commitment of $230m for the Swan River Crossing project, a project that will see major infrastructure delivered that will have an asset life in excess of 100 years;
  2. Adopts the following principles to assist with the City’s analysis and feedback to Government as the project unfolds and develops:
    1. PLANNING–That the StateGovernment provides clarity around how this project supports the long-term strategic planning scenarios for the region and how transport planning is fully integrated within this, and specifically how options will address:
      • the recommendations of the Westport Taskforce in relation to the future of the Inner Harbour of Fremantle Port;
      • land use, traffic, freight and passenger rail planning options for the areas on the north and south of the proposed new crossing;
    2. ALIGNMENT & CONNECTIONS – That the new bridge alignment(s) are optimised in terms of:• long-term planning scenarios;
      • uninterrupted flow / connectivity of the state’s Principle SharedPath (PSP) to Fremantle and North Fremantle Rail Stations. • low-speed cycling and pedestrian connectivity and amenity; • cultural heritage and place-making, in particular, impact onFremantle Traffic Bridge.
    3. DESIGN–That the Swan River Crossing demonstrates excellence in design – delivering infrastructure through a multi-discipline design process that celebrates contemporary bridge design and creates a memorable gateway experience and a place for people.
    4. HERITAGE – That a significant portion of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge is preserved at both ends – especially on the southern end – and adapted in a manner that:• retains pedestrian and cycling functions on its top deck;
      • retains a section over Beach Street, including its abutment andarchitectural embellishments;
      • is activated, connected and generates a destination for peopleon the foreshore;
      • remains an asset of the State Government.

5. CULTURE–That the Aboriginal significance of this rivercrossing/ location is clearly understood, respected and interpreted in the design and deliverables. This could be a major component of the % for Art program associated with this project.

  1. PUBLIC REALM & PLACE – That all public realm either created or modified by this project is safe, attractive, connected and inviting – with the potential to be extended and further connected with future riverside enhancements and developments – specifically, that increased curtilage is created in front of the Naval Stores building on Canning Highway to assist with activating this building and connection to foreshore.
  1. Requests that MRWA commence community engagement as soon as possible, and that this engagement process includes a full and transparent evaluation of design options and bridge alignments that respond to the principles noted above;
  2. Determines a final position on the various aspects of the Swan River Crossing in light of the comments and results that arise during the community engagement process.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, heritage, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on June 24, 2020




We have had some rain, and there is more to come toward the weekend, so there are puddles around, and for me puddles are reflections.

I took this photo of A Shed on Victoria Quay while on my morning walk today.


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The mayors of Fremantle, Melville and East Fremantle have put their collective support behind cleaner freight initiatives that will enable more efficient use of the road network by capping freight volumes and placing stricter controls on the types of trucks allowed to transport freight.

The mayors are calling for:

  • A new Fremantle Port accreditation system that will bring in cleaner and quieter trucks and over time ban older dirtier trucks.

  • State government incentives for clean, quieter trucks and ultimately a zero emissions truck fleet based on hydrogen and electric vehicles.

  • Government to work with industry to incentivise these quieter trucks to run outside of business and especially peak hours.

The intent is to reduce the effects of noise and diesel pollution on local residents by ensuring only cleaner and quieter trucks can access the port.

The three mayors said they would ideally like to see a working group comprising Fremantle Ports, Main Roads, the Freight Logistics Council, Western Roads Federation, Transport Workers Union, and local councils form a working party that can make recommendations to State Government on the best approach.

A key focus would be encouraging freight operators to upgrade to cleaner, more modern trucks included Euro 6 trucks and ultimately electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Possible options to achieve cleaner freight outcomes include:

  • Requirements for all trucks to have emissions control technology, such as exhaust gas recirculation.

  • Limiting truck movements during peak commute times and smoother freight runs encouraged through green light coordination on Leach Highway.

  • Roadworks to remediate areas of high risk and noise, such as the pending upgrade of the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway with potential for other improvements along other sections of Stirling and Leach Hwy.

  • Increasing day time rail freight via a dedicated line on the pending new Fremantle Traffic Bridge and exploration of coastal shipping – the ‘blue highway’ – are other options.


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Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, sheep, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2020

Port cranes


When I walk around Fremantle I tend to travel light with just one camera with a short zoom lens, but when I drove onto the South Mole yesterday afternoon to take photos of the Al Kuwait sheep ship I took a 300mm lens with me and also took this impressive photo of the huge port cranes.

The court case by animal rights activists was lost and the Al Kuwait can be loaded with some 50,000 sheep and is scheduled to depart Fremantle Port tomorrow.

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Al Kuwait


The Al Kuwait livestock ship has moved from Victoria Quay to North Quay in Fremantle Port, to be loaded with 50,000 sheep before her departure to the Middle East on Wednesday.

The sheep carrier arrived in Fremantle with 21 of her 48 crew members being diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus, so they were sent for self isolation to a Perth hotel. The last six cases recovered over the weekend, so the ship can now sail.

It is controversial that the Federal Government allowed the departure with thousands of sheep on board, because there is an Australian ban on live export during the hot summer months in the northern hemisphere.

Roel Loopers


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Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020


Slip Street


Slip Street at Fremantle Port is one of my favourite little streets in town.  I believe it has huge potential to one day become a real attraction with bars, restaurants, etc. once TAFE moves on and the development of Victoria Quay becomes a reality.

The old buildings are getting a facelift by replacing the corrugated walls and roofs and it already looks a whole lot better.

Slip Street is a great backdrop for wedding photos and family portraits.

Roel Loopers


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