Freo's View




The announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan about the Fremantle High Street upgrade has resurrected the debate about the canceled Perth Freight Link and Roe 8 highway.

There have been quite a few letters in the West Australian in support of Roe 8 and the PFL and there was an opinion piece by Liza Harvey MLA, who was the deputy premier of the previous government under Colin Barnett.

It is very intriguing to note that Liza Harvey now suddenly writes there would be other options for the McGowan government to consider than going through the Beeliar wetlands. If that is the case, why did the former Liberal/National state government not consider those options but instead, and in spite, decided to start the demolition of the wetlands, although all the indications were that they would be kicked out of government. Liza Harvey’s hypocrisy is unbelievable.

Fact is also that the Perth Freight Link was not exclusively for freight and trucks, as some letter writers claim and that it actually did not go to Fremantle Port but finished at Stirling Highway. A part solution really was no solution. Ask North Freo residents!

The new plans are not ideal either as they don’t address pedestrian crossing adequately and while I do like roundabouts I don’t like that so many Perth motorists don’t seem to know how to use them, so that could become a problem.

Freight trucks have overturned in the past at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway because of taking the corner at excessive speed, a roundabout won’t fix that problem either.

A new outer harbour is still a very long way away and freight to the port will no doubt increase, so when is the state government going to address more freight by rail?

Roel Loopers


Posted in beeliar wetlands, city of fremantle, perth freight link, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2017



I just received a copy of the fascinating NEVER AGAIN book about the Roe 8+9 highway and Perth Freight Link by Andrea Gaynor, Peter Newman and Philip Jennings.

Although I have only read a few pages and flicked through the substantial book, I highly recommend it as a Christmas present because it is the very uplifting and inspiring story of people power and grassroots impact.

As Professor Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville writes in his foreword, It is the story of the world.

Andrea Gaynor and Peter Newman write that it was remarkable that the despoliation of the Beeliar wetlands and Coolbellup bushland was carried out by the Colin Barnett government in the last few months of an unpopular and desperate government.

They say that previous environmental and Aboriginal heritage assessments were overruled to accommodate the development and that is was about a federal government funding a foisted and unwanted project on a vulnerable community, and that the story is about an extraordinary grassroots campaign.

The freight tollroad to nowhere, which would have stopped 3km from Fremantle Port near Stirling Highway, and that would have severely impacted on the black cockatoo habitat and Aboriginal heritage was stopped by the community when it kicked out the Barnett government.

One of the first announcements by new Premier Mark McGowan was that the Perth Freight Link would not be built, as he had campaigned for during the election.

The book authors say the Roe 8 process raises many important issues about the processes of government and agencies such as Mainroads and the EPA.

They ask what kind of integrated transport planning process can be introduced to prevent unwanted development being forced upon the community.

In an optimistic note they write that the Beeliar Wetlands are evidence that community leadership can drive a sustainable and inclusive process where and when political leadership fails.

The Perth Fright Link saga has shown that the community does not have to accept government decisions and that it is our democratic right to stand up for the protection of our heritage and environment, and that future generations expect that off us.

Buy some copies for Christmas presents!

Roel Loopers

Disclosure: Two of my photos are printed in the book, which I supplied free of charge.



Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017


PFL protest


There is a forum on the planning of a Kwinana Port this coming Monday, November 20 at Victoria Hall in Fremantle. It is on from 7pm-9.30 pm.

The Kwinana Outer Harbour has been in the pipeline for over twenty years and was the solution to freight hitting Fremantle long before the Perth Freight Link was dreamed up. The new Westport Task Force was recently formed by the State Government to finally make it a reality. 

Nicole Lockwood, Chair of Westport will talk of her plans,  and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt will speak on the opportunities this opens up for Fremantle.

Infrastructure adviser Cameron Edwards will speak on why a Kwinana port will lead to jobs growth and massive economic potential for WA, Professor Philip Jennings on the environmental considerations, and Professor Peter Newman on transport planning and why this all makes sense.

A Q&A will follow presentations.

The Western Harbours Alliance purpose is to help establish new partnerships between community, government and business to create the opportunities and overcome the barriers to building a new 21st century port in the Perth Metropolitan Region, bringing great economic, employment and social benefits for the people of Western Australia. WHA is a member of the Westport Reference Group.



Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017




UWA Publishing are in the process of editing a book about the Roe 8 highway/Perth Freight Link, and the huge community protest.

University of Western Australia’s Andrea Gaynor, Philip Jennings and Professor Peter Newman are doing all the work, so stay tuned for the book that should be out by November, just in time for Christmas presents.

Roel Loopers


Posted in election, fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on March 31, 2017

It’s a day early for April Fools so it must be the real thing that there is a protest against the new WA Labor government stopping the Roe 8 highway.

I believe the very convincing election results have clearly shown the government has a strong mandate to stop Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link, so it is nonsense to now want to force the government to break this promise and have protests and petitions to continue with it when the voters clearly showed they do not want it.

Premier Mark McGowan made it very clear during the election campaign that he would not continue with the highway and tunnel, so it is a waste of time to try to convince the new government to change their mind when they are doing the sensible thing of now negotiating with the contractors to relocate their workforce to other government projects.

We should be more outraged about the wanton destruction of the Beeliar Wetlands by the Barnett government, and that they did go ahead although their own departments recommended not to start there but at Fiona Stanley instead. That should be investigated.

Anyway, if you are so inclined and have nothing better to do, go and waste your time at this useless protest that will achieve absolutely nothing.

It’s at 5 pm today at Bibra  Drive, north of Hope Road.

Roel Loopers


Posted in election, federal government, fremantle, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on March 15, 2017

The rather delusional Federal Liberal member for Tangney Ben Morton claims the WA state election results show that there is a lot of support in the southern suburbs for the Perth Freight Link/Roe 8 project.

I am not sure how anyone can read into the election results anything else than a very clear mandate for the Mark  McGowan Labor government to stop the Roe 8 project as there are substantial increases in the Labor vote in Fremantle, Bicton, Tangney, etc.

The voting results should also send a clear message to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the federal government that WA does not want to build the Perth Freight Link and that federal funding should be allocated to projects such as the planning for an outer harbour and Metronet public transport.


Roel Loopers


Posted in community, democracy, election, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on March 13, 2017

The Save Beeliar Wetlands and Roe 8-Perth Freight Link community protest has been so successful that I believe there should be an exhibition of photos and videos of what happened over the last years.

Thousands of photos were taken and hours of video recorded and that should not be lost but end up in the Fremantle history library, but first in a big exhibition at the Moores building.

People power had a big impact on the W.A. election on Saturday and there is no doubt in my mind that Labor’s Lisa O’Malley won the seat of Bicton because of the Roe 8 issues.

Saturday’s election was not so much about the Labor win but more about democracy and how we all can make a difference when we stand up for what we believe in. It takes guts to do that and I greatly admire those who never protested before but who took on leadership because they wanted to leave their children a better place.

Forget all the politics and parties and all the negativity and see the very positive message the Roe 8 community protest has delivered. It is about us the people! We are not numbers. We are passionate people who care about our environment and community and we know we are just the custodians for a short time. That brings with it a great responsibility to look after our planet for future generations.

Well done all and a great strong and deep message for all politicians in Australia.

Let’s have that exhibition!

Roel Loopers


Posted in community, fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway by freoview on March 6, 2017


The LIVE FOR THE WETLANDS concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Labour Day Monday attracted hundreds of people young and old and many of them families.

They gathered to protest against the Roe 8 Highway and Perth Freight Link and show Premier Colin Barnett that the community-led campaign has gone from strength to strength thanks to a few mothers who never had been activists before.

It was a very Freo relaxed event with great music by Mathas, Grace Barbé, POW Negro, Usurper of Modern Medicine, Lucy Peach, Luke Dux & the Atomic Lunchbox, DJ Mama Cass.

The future of future generations depends on the sustainability of Planet Earth and it is no surprise that parents are very worried about the relentless destruction of our environment and stepped up to create their own campaign.

Well done and thank you to all who put so much effort and work into it!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway, western australia by freoview on March 5, 2017



LIVE FOR THE WETLANDS is on Labour Day, Monday March 6 at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 3-8 pm.

Families for the Wetlands is bringing another incredible line up of musicians together to celebrate community and this incredible campaign.

Artists include: Mathas, Grace Barbé, POW Negro, Usurper of Modern Medicine, Lucy Peach, Luke Dux & the Atomic Lunchbox, DJ Mama Cass
with more surprises, guests and artists to be announced.

Street food: The famous Freo Arts Centre wood fired pizza oven will be turning out the dough and if that’s not your thing some other famous Freo food vans will be rolling in.

Drinks: The Arts Centre bar will be open 🙂

This event is by community for community and will be raising funds for Rethink the Link.

Entry is by minimum donation of $5 per person (kids free), but please give what you think the gig is worth and what you can afford.

This event is 18+ (minors can attend with parent/legal guardian)



Posted in election, fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway, western australia by freoview on March 5, 2017




An estimated 1,300 people walked from North and East Fremantle onto the Fremantle Stirling traffic bridge on Sunday morning in protest of the planned Roe 8, 9, 10 highway and Perth Freight Link tunnel.

They had a lot of support from passing motorists and even truck drivers who tooted their horn and waved.

There was a strong call for rejecting the Colin Barnett Liberal/National government at Saturday’s state election.

Roel Loopers

Community and not for profit groups can use the photos above. Photo credit required!


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