Freo's View


Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2019


High 6


When I walked out of Chalkys cafe and noticed the beautiful early sun light illuminating the historic buildings along High Street this Sunday morning, I could not resist and take some more photos of the splendid work the City of Fremantle is doing on the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arc D’Ellipses artwork.

It looks great! Perfect movie set backdrops, I reckon.

It is still a work in progress with many more buildings to do, so something I am really looking forward to.

Roel Loopers


Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on February 21, 2019


mess 4


I find the neglect of Fremantle’s historic Arthur’s Head very frustrating and annoying. I have mentioned before here on Freo’s View that I don’t believe it is acceptable that Western Australia’s oldest public building, the Roundhouse, does not get annual funding from the State and/or Federal government or from the City of Fremantle.

But basic care and maintenance are surely not too much too ask for! Look at the bloody mess of broken chairs at the cottages on Mrs Trivett Lane, where the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides have their office, where the public toilets are, and where hundreds of tourists walk along the path and see this mess. That is unacceptable!

Vagrants occupy the public toilets, so that tourists don’t feel comfortable entering them,  and they vandalise the area frequently. Two days ago a window was damaged at the volunteers cottage.

There are no CCTV cameras up there and the police can’t be bothered to walk up the hill, so it is left to deteriorate and no one seems to care about it.

Send a rubbish truck and pick up all that broken furniture, City of Fremantle! It’s not good enough to blabber on about how important tourism and heritage is for our city when you allow the most significant part of it to look like a dump. I am very pissed off!

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2019



It is good to see some action at the Market Street Piazza behind Gino’s where painters are working on the two vacant restaurant buildings, so hopefully they will be activated again soon, which would go well with the new Beerpourium in the former Kulcha building they are facing.

Also news on the planned boutique hotel in the former Warders Cottages in the Henderson Street mall, next to the Fremantle Markets, with the West Australian reporting that hotelier Patrick Prendiville, who also owns the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street, has finalised the purchase of the six cottages, for which he paid $ 2.83 million.

The new hotel will have 11 rooms, an interior and exterior bar and a nice shady courtyard.

Down the road Silverleaf Investments have also started on the development of the former police and justice complex and they will also be building a four-storey hotel facing Parry Street.

Freo is on the move to bigger and better things!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2019




The City of Fremantle is looking for proposals for the lease of the old Weigh Bridge in Phillimore Street at the Cliff Street intersection.

Operators of bike or scooter hire, or similar are encouraged to apply, but other proposals will also be considered.

Fremantle Council some years ago now approved the lease of the heritage-listed building for small bar use, but the proponents had medical issues and could not realise their plans.

The lease of for a five-year pear at $ 10,000 per annum, plus outgoings.

Go to the City of Fremantle website to apply:


Roel Looper





A lot of people have commented to me on how good Fremantle’s historic High Street is starting to look now that the City of Fremantle is in the process of removing the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse artwork and partly or totally paint the facades of the gorgeous buildings.

The building at 10 High Street still does have the yellow foil attached but that is because architect Michael Patroni, who owns the building, wants to take it all the way back to the original tuckpointed facade, and no worries, the City won’t pay for that.

It’s great to see heritage building beautified, but that does not mean I condone the mess  the city administration made out of the fantastic public artwork and not doing their homework about how to safely remove the foil. That should not have happened.

I hear that the City also wants to install more seating along High Street and that no doubt will be welcomed by tourists, locals and Notre Dame university students

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2019


st john's


The WA Heritage Council has announced that two Fremantle buildings will receive a heritage grant this year, so that is good news.

The St John’s Anglican church at Kings Square will receive $ 87,812.04 for the repair of the collapsing northwest corner of the church and stabilisation work on the building.

The developers of 3 Pakenham Street will get $ 40,105.10 for reinstating the tuckpointing of the facade of what is in the process of becoming the Republic of Fremantle tavern, gin distillery and micro-brewerey.

There are a lot of really good things happening in Fremantle that will set up our city on a course of revival.

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, bar, brewery, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019


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Contractors for Silverleaf Investments have started on the building redevelopment of the historic Manning Building, which takes up the entire south of the High Street mall and runs along William and Market streets.

The redevelopment will include a tavern and micro brewery and will hopefully help to reactivate Fremantle’s CBD.

Roel Loopers




The announcement by WA Local Government and Heritage Minister David Templeman MLA might be a relief to owners of heritage properties in Fremantle but I have no doubt it will also concern those of us who believe that heritage protection is not negotiable and needs to be a priority in our city.

Here the media statement from David Templeman:

The City of Fremantle will be able to approve minor heritage building works in Fremantle’s West End without needing to refer to the Heritage Council under a new legislative framework.

The Heritage Council’s Delegations Framework grants the City of Fremantle authority to assess minor or routine works to heritage buildings, in accordance with Section 11 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990.

The new system will provide a more simplified approval process for West End landowners, proposing minor works to their heritage listed properties.

To identify minor or routine works an Impact Matrix has been developed to accompany the Delegation Framework and are available at 

Proposals for moderate to major works to a heritage building will still be referred to the Heritage Council for advice and comment.

Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman: “I am delighted the City of Fremantle will play a key role in safekeeping their local heritage. I believe this delegation will result in the conservation of the historic Fremantle West End for the benefit of all Western Australians.

“By removing red tape, West End landowners will have a more streamlined process when considering routine works to heritage buildings.”

Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk: “Our historic West End is a wonderful window into the past and a significant tourism attraction. By allowing the City of Fremantle to remove some of the red tape associated with minor building works on heritage buildings, this will make things easier and less cumbersome for local owners and businesses.”

So is this a good thing? What do you think?

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2019


Samson House SMALL


Fremantle’s historic SAMSON HOUSE will open to the public every first Sunday of each month from March this year.

Samson House was designed by Sir Talbot Hobbs and completed in 1888 and was the home of Sir Frederick Samson, who was Fremantle’s longest serving Mayor from 1951-1972.

Sir Frederick campaigned hard to preserve the Lunatic Asylum, which was transformed into a museum and arts centre, and now is the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The National Trust, which owns Samson House, is looking for volunteers for the open day Sundays.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on February 6, 2019


NDA car park


Fremantle West End residents are wondering what Notre Dame University‘s plans are for the car park on the corner of Cliff and High streets now that the new School of Nursing won’t be built there.

The site is an eyesore in our beautiful heritage precinct, and while Notre Dame did renovate the so-called Wedding Wall it has been procrastinating on the development of the corner block.

The university’s Vice Chancellor told me a year ago that she would like to see a park created on the site, but nothing is happening. I hear the City of Fremantle is now contemplating planting some olive trees along the car park edge on High Street to obscure the ugly car park.

I emailed NDA’s Chief of Staff yesterday morning about this but have not received a reply from him.

Roel Loopers


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