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Posted in city of fremantle, community, environment, health, local government, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on September 18, 2018


All playgrounds, footpaths and road kerbs in Fremantle will be subject to chemical-free weed control under a new tender awarded by the City of Fremantle.

The City’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation committee last week awarded the tender to GreenSteam Australia to provide chemical-free weed control for the next two years, with the option of a one year extension.

Under the contract footpaths, cycle ways and road kerbs in suburban areas will be steam treated twice a year, while the city centre, high priority roads and playgrounds will be treated six times a year.

The contract is part of the City’s goal to reduce chemical use as much as possible.

Fremantle City has an integrated management approach to control weeds which includes a range of measures including steam control, mechanical means like mowing and the use of chemicals where necessary.

Steam weeding is very effective, but also more expensive than other methods, and there are some places like playing fields, parks and bush areas where chemical control is the only viable option.

There are a lot of new non-chemical herbicides being developed, so hopefully in the coming years they will become more effective and affordable and the City can adopt them for broad-scale weed control.

The City of Fremantle’s 2017 One Planet Strategy annual report included an additional action to reduce the use of chemicals for weed control.

A key project for 2018 is to prepare a report for the council with strategies for the City to reduce the use of glyphosate.


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on September 15, 2018



Start the Saturday and weekend with a little bit of colour!

The mornings are still very fresh and yesterday’s early sea breeze was very cold and made the early birds shiver.

I took these photos at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Lovely hey.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, nature, neglect, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2018




It is such a wonderful day in Fremantle today that I went for a walk in the lovely Booyeembara Park in White Gum Valley.

It is a delight to wander around in this under utilised public green space, but it is sad to see the awful neglect by the City of Fremantle of the amphi theatre. That area has been closed off for a very long time because of asbestos, but nothing is being done to remedy the problem and use the amphi theatre for performances, community events, concerts, NAIDOC week, etc.

It is not good enough to just put ugly fences around it and let it rot and being vandalised, especially since the golf course might take up some of the Booyeembara Park because it has to make way for the widening of High Street.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

The City of Fremantle is the first city in Australia to join the Biophilic Cities and will officialy do so on Thursday June 28 from 4-5.30pm in the Garden Room of the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

The Biophilic Cities Project is an umbrella term that refers to research and policy work on biophilic cities, both domestically and internationally, by Professor Tim Beatley and his team at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Its principal aim is to advance the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange, and teaching. Researchers at UVA partner with city collaborators, to assess and monitor biophilic urban qualities and conditions, to identify obstacles and impediments to achieving more biophilic cities, and to identify and document best practices in biophilic urban design and planning. The Project helps to foster discussion and dialogue between and among researchers (and planners and policymakers in case study cities), periodically convenes researchers and practitioners, and publishes working papers, reports and other publications that disseminate the project’s findings. Work on Biophilic Cities at UVA is supported through a generous grant from the Summit Foundation, based in Washington, DC.

Now you may ask, as I did, what biophillia is; Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.





The City of Fremantle is conducting community consultation about the possible removal of two old ailing Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square and replace them. It is possible to replace them with two healthy mature Moreton Bay figs or native trees, at approximately $ 14,000 per new tree.

The removal of the old trees would no doubt cause an emotive reaction from many in our community, but if the trees are in fact a public health hazard that would be a great concern for the redevelopment of Kings Square and the planned children’s playground adjacent to the so-called Christmas tree.

Here the info from Freo City:

Help us decide on the future of two Moreton Bay figs in Kings Square.

The trees are an important part of the Kings Square Renewal public space upgrades, but a rapid decline in health and increased public safety risks means a decision now needs to be made about their future.

Council will need to decide whether to retain and manage them until the end of their life, or remove and replace them with two healthy mature trees.

To find out more and have your say visit

You can also listen to Mayor Pettitt talk about the trees in the video below.

For a full summary of the key items from the latest council meeting visit


Posted in art, artsource, city of fremantle, culture, nature, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2018



Fremantle photographer Brad Rimmer’s Don’t Look Down exhibition at ARTSOURCE is mesmerising. His photo show about the Swiss Alps is not the run of the mill pretty colourful postcard panoramic stuff but a deep connection with the environment he was in.

There is something haunting and an eerie stillness, a sense of isolation, desolation and aloneness about Rimmer’s excellent photos, which are displayed like an installation in the magnificent space once occupied by Circus WA.

Brad Rimmer understands his craft and he allows himself to be emotionally vulnerable when he lets the overpowering landscape of the Alps awe and inspire him to find the essence in smaller sections of the overwhelming mountain landscape and the forrest.

Since Foto Freo was unfortunately abandoned many years ago Fremantle has not had many good photo exhibitions, and we definitely have not had one that is as stunning and powerful as this show by Brad Rimmer. Go and see it!

ARTSOURCE is in Phillimore Street near the intersection of Cliff Street.


Roel Loopers





Greening Samson

Come down to Sir Frederick Samson Park (near the playground) for free hands-on activities such as revegetation planting in Samson Park bushland (volunteers welcome please register at 9am) on Saturday May 12.

Buster the Fun Bus and children’s activities.
– Expert advice on greening your property and information on the Greening Samson Project
– Free native plant giveaways to get you started (City of Fremantle residents – please bring proof of ID)
– Samson Primary P&C cake stall and fundraising
– News on the Samson playground renewal
– Bring your household batteries, car batteries, fluorescent lights, mobiles phones and ink cartridges for the City’s Resource Recovery Team to take away.
– ‘Let’s Talk Rubbish!’ – helpful info on the City’s new recycling centre, FOGO and the State Government plastic bag ban



Posted in city of fremantle, community, indian ocean, lifestyle, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on May 3, 2018


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sunset 2


The ocean has always been the big leveller in my life. It is the place where everything comes in perspective and where one’s own relevance diminishes in the realisation of the enormity of the universe.

When the body gets invigorated by the cold storm that sprays water in one’s face and when one sees the mighty dramatic sky above the roaring waves, one realises that we are all so different, but so very much the same.

The oceans makes me more aware of our vulnerability and that we all want to be liked, loved and respected and that basically we want to wake up tomorrow and live in peaceful harmony with our fellow human beings and with nature.

Late yesterday afternoon when I took these photos on the South Mole I though how incredibly lucky I am to be living in beautiful Fremantle, a city with a strong, caring and compassionate community and that I live in this amazingly beautiful island country of Australia.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, indian ocean, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018




Rekindle your love of the ocean and learn about Sandy McKendricks intimate connection to the Western Australian coastline and how she draws inspiration from the land and sea.

Join Sandy for a 3 hour workshop, enjoy a stroll along Bathers Beach, talk with the artist, learn techniques for still life drawing and relax with a light morning tea.

Sunday March 18 from 8.30-11.30am at Little Space Freo. J Shed

It costs $65 pp. Numbers are strictly limited so book your place now early.

Sandy is a Fremantle based artist, performer, writer, director, puppeteer, designer, and ocean lover. Through her company Sandpiper Productions she has been involved in the Perth International Arts Festival and has toured performances both Nationally and Internattionally.



Posted in city of fremantle, environment, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2018


Come to South Fremantle’s The Local hotel on March 1 from 5-7pm. and find out more about the campaign to save Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo Reef and protect the beauty and value of one of Western Australia’s most iconic places!

There will be speakers and lots of info available on the night. The Ningaloo Reef World Heritage Area is renowned for its beauty and biodiversity but its under threat from the oil and gas industry with a pipeline fabrication and towing facility now under consideration by the EPA.

Now we need to raise public awareness about Protect Ningaloo and why saving Exmouth Gulf is so important.


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