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Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, multicultural, st patricks day, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018



St Pats Clancys

I am sure many in Fremantle are just waiting for St Patrick’s Day, so here a couple of pubs that got something special on this Saturday.

It’s the day that starts off with people wearing green but at the end of the day many of them will look pretty green as well. Oh yes that delicious good old Guinness!

Lots of music at Clancy’s and specials at The Federal, so enjoy the day. The forecast its for Irish weather. Rain.

St Pats March 17



Posted in charity, city of fremantle, homeless, multicultural, muslim, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018


There has been an amazing interest for this blog post on Facebook, which I published a few weeks ago.

All my Freo’s View blog articles are automatically shared on Facebook and Twitter, but this one about the Muslim Perth Homeless Run has created the most response I have had on FB with 268 LIKEs so far and 88 people sharing the post.

For those who missed it here is a re-run.

Perth Homeless Run

I finally caught up today with six handsome Muslim men from the Perth Homeless Run. I have noticed them for several months on Sundays when they come to Fremantle to offer food, cold drinks, and today even icecream to the homeless people around town. They also do it in Northbridge on Friday night they told me.

With all the negativity about Muslims supposedly not integrating it is important to show that the reality is quite different and that Australian Muslims make a very positive contribution to society. Well done gentlemen!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, culture, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2018


FENIANS festival events calendar


Here a message from Kidogo owner Joanna Robinson about the FENIANS FESTIVAL that will be held from January 4 to 14.

You are all invited to the Exhibition Opening of our Fenians show “89 Days…” and the “Soft Opening” of the “Irish Festival Hub Beach Bar @ Kidogo Arthouse” this Thursday 4th Jan from 4pm onwards. All your friends are welcome!

We are delighted that Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill will be over for the Festival and playing the following eve at JCCA in Fremantle – we have an amazing line up of events in store for you over the following 10 days!! (

A bit of history: The frigate Hougoumont was the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle on January 9, 1868.

It had 262 convicts on board, including 62 Irish Fenian political prisoners.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, multicultural, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 1, 2018


Horoscopes are for the true believers who are convinced the stars tell our future, but others are extremely sceptical about the predictions for the New Year, so here my readings for Fremantle for 2018, which I found in the rings left on the table by red wine glasses. Believe it or not!

  • Fremantle Council will apply to the State Government for a special tourist exemption to keep shops open on Christmas Day. Freo Council argues that we are not only a multicultural community but also an interfaith one that should consider the non-Christians in our society and visitors to Fremantle from Muslim neighbouring countries Malaysia and Indonesia.

Tourists from non-Christian countries are totally flabbergasted to find all shops and most cafes and restaurants in Fremantle closed on Christmas Day, as well as the tourist destinations.

  • After successfully getting single-use plastic bags banned the Greenies on Freo Council want to ban the sale of paper towels and napkins to protect the environment, but most Councillors are unwilling to vote for Sam Wainwright’s amendment to include toilet tissue.

Wainwright, who is a big fan of Sri Lanka, argues that people in those countries clean up by hand and with water, and that toilet tissue is an unnecessary capitalist luxury.

  • Developers Silverleaf will be asking Freo Council for a planning scheme amendment that will lower the maximum heights in the CBD. Siverleaf say the existing maximum heights in the inner city under PSA 49 put pressure on developers to build higher than they want to.
  • Notre Dame University agrees to open up their courtyards during the summer break for pop-up bars and music venues. They will also start a summer school to help activate the dormant West End.
  • Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will be parachuted into the leadership of the WA Liberal party to take over from Mike-No Hope-Nahan.
  • Two-time local council election loser Loopy nominates for the South Fremantle Ward by-election, because he believes that he’ll be third time lucky, and he hopes that voters in South Freo will be more sophisticated than those in City and Beacy ward, who rejected him.
  • Sunset Events wants $ 5 million compensation from the City of Fremantle for not allowing them to build the tavern they signed a 19-year lease for with the city.

Fremantle’s stars for the future are very bright, but my red rings call for patience, tolerance and less negativity.


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, cultural, entertainment, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017


Belly Dance, Nov 18


It could be a wet Saturday so why not heat up a bit at the BELLYDANCE OASIS at Fremantle’s Victoria Hall.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $ 35 pre-sale or $ 40 on the door.

Book at


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017




Another public artwork of the High Tide biennale has been completed on the Liebler wall in Fremantle’s Cliff Street.

The colourful ARCADE work by Zora Kreuzer, on what is better known as the wedding wall, is part of the Fremantle Festival.

Tonight the projection show SHIPS IN THE NIGHT  by Jo Darbyshire on the Fremantle Port building will start after sunset, so check it out. There is also UPRISING inside the Roundhouse by Tom Mueller after dark, so easy to combine the two.

The Little Italy by the Sea event starts at 11 today in front of the Shipwreck Museum and will also run on Sunday when the Blessing of the Fleet procession snakes through the city centre from 1pm.

The weather is improving so come and enjoy our Freo festival!


Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2017


The fear that Australia is being swamped by a tsunami of Muslims has been proven unfounded by the latest CENSUS 2016 statistics, which shows that Buddhists are closing in on the only 2.6% of Australian residents who claim to be Muslims, while 2.4% are Buddhist.

In general people who claim to have no religion increased to 29.6% in 2016, compared to 0,8% in 1966.

The good news for us blokes is that there is a small majority of females with just over 50 %.

There have been 1.3 million new immigrants to Australia since 2011 and the most common countries they came from were China and India.

And the Turnbull government does not have to worry too much about the language skills of migrants with 72.7%  of CENSUS participants stating that they speak English at home.

The most important thing we should not underestimate is the enormous contribution immigrants to Australia are making. Without them we would not be the great multicultural and tolerant community we are!

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, multicultural, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2017

Just three days before ANZAC Day racist fools have plastered offensive posters around the Fremantle Bathers Beach area proclaiming  we should be proud to be white Australians.

It would do these ignorant idiots a whole lot of good if they read a bit about the history of Australia and the immense contribution people from all races, cultures and skin colours made to this country and help make it the great multicultural society we now are.

I am grateful to those people who scratched and removed some of the posters, so if you are around the area, bring something sharp to scratch this rubbish off. They are on the Esplanade and at Bathers.

Roel Loopers


Posted in Easter, fremantle, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2017




It’s Easter and the wattle is starting to blossom in Fremantle. It’s a brilliant morning that does not deserve or require negativity and it is a special and important day for Christians, so let us celebrate life instead of finding an excuse for attacking our Muslim brothers and sisters, as a columnist in the Sunday Times today does.

Religions are important and valuable for those who believe in their gods and who gain strength from it and it is not up to anyone to judge people because of their religion.

It is so irrelevant if some Muslim women don’t shake hands with men as culture, tradition and religions are all different. I have been to countries where I was told not to touch children on their head because of culture or religion. No big deal.

When I arrived in Australia 35 years ago it was the norm for men to shake hands with men but not with women. I never embraced that practice because I was brought up in the Dutch culture of shaking hands with men and women, but it never was a big deal, just different and for me slightly awkward to observe.

Many religious traditions have over hundreds of years become more cultural traditions with people often not knowing what it is we celebrate. How many of us will reflect today on the biblical Christian belief that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ who was nailed to a cross? This is very meaningful to all Christians but pretty meaningless to other religions and non-believers. No big deal.

Easter eggs and Easter bunnies have probably very little to do with Jesus Christ, but that is not a big deal either, as long as we all try to live peacefully and with mutual respect for each other.

This weekend is perfect to celebrate our great Australian multiculturalism and the acceptance of all different religions, cultures and traditions. When you walk around the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival the next two days that is what you will be witnessing; people living together in near perfect harmony.

Have a great Easter!

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, australia day, fremantle, multicultural by freoview on January 22, 2017


The media reports that Reclaim Australia want to hold a rally in Fremantle on Australia Day, and as someone who migrated from Europe to Australia 35 years ago I have been wondering what Reclaim Australia actually want to reclaim and whom from.

Australia has become the great nation it is because of everyone who came here, including our first nation people, who also wandered into this part of the world some 50,000 years ago.

Why is there a fear of foreigners when foreigners have helped to make Australia great? Why is there a fear of non Christians when people of other religions have lived peacefully here for hundreds of years?

Muslims from Asia traded with Aborigines long before British settlement of this continent and Muslim Afghan cameleers came to Melbourne in 1890 and were reported to be in Western Australia even earlier.

Wander through Northbridge and witness the hive of activity and the enormous success of Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Japanese immigrants.

Visit Fremantle and see how this city prospered because of the Italians, Greeks and Croats. Our fishing industry would not exist without them.

Look at these statistics: Nearly 50 per cent of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. Two hundred languages are spoken in Australia, including 48 indigenous one, so who are the real Australians according to those who want to reclaim Australia?

Less than 3 per cent of the Australian population is Muslim and of those people 99.9 per cent are peaceful, law-abiding citizens who positively contribute to our nation. I am lucky to have made many friends with Muslim market stall holders in Fremantle, all hard-working decent family people who don’t pose a threat to anyone.

Are ‘real Australians’ only white Christian Anglo-Saxons and where does that leave our Aboriginal people and all immigrants who have been here for many generations? Are children who are born here not considered to be ‘real Australians’ when they are not white and not Christian?

What about Australia the country of freedom, tolerance and fair go for all, why does that no longer apply to those from different cultures or religions. Surely the colour of one’s skin does not affect one’s ability to be a contributing member to our society, and neither does it matter what clothes people wear.

The City of Fremantle has not cancelled Australia Day, only the fireworks. There is a citizenship ceremony on the 26th where we welcome many new Australians from all over the world and from all different cultures and religions.

It is not political correctness gone mad by some left wing loonies that many of us want to debate if a different date for Australia Day would be more appropriate for all states and territories and more respectful to our indigenous history. January 26 has only historic significance for NSW where the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove on that day, but it means very little to other parts of the country.

Australia only became a nation on the day of federation which is January 1, so why not have a mature debate about the issue. It does not deny anyone to celebrate Australia and it is not disrespectful to any part of our history.

Moving forward and looking to the future does not mean we should belittle the wrongs of the past, but acknowledge that we can improve and become and even better society.

Freedom is all about tolerance, acceptance and the willingness to share with everyone on earth, so instead of judging and condemning difference we should embrace the diversity and multiculturalism and be grateful for the contribution immigrants have made to Australia.

Giving EVERYONE a Fair Go is what Australia Day should be all about!

Roel Loopers

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