Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, city of melville, perth, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 9, 2018


B&W rain


Because it is a bit of a slow news day today, and because it rained a lot over night, and because I am not looking forward to a very wet day volunteering at the Roundhouse, I republish the photo I showed yesterday, but this time in Black&White.

It was taken on the Melville foreshore just up from Point Walter, and if you look carefully you can see the Perth skyline through the rainy mist, on the right hand side.

Roel Loopers




Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, perth, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2018


ca 6



I lasted just over an hour in Perth this morning as I find the CBD there rather boring.

I was surprised how quiet it was and how many vagrants were lurking around, and there were ample retail vacancies and for lease signs all over the place. Buskers played amplified music way too loud and so did some of the cafes.

Most of the new buildings under construction are average or worse, and the inappropriateness in context to heritage buildings is staggering.

The saving grace was the gorgeous tranquil architecture of the Cadogan Singing School at St George’s cathedral, and the stunning new Perth Library where window cleaners were doing a high trapeze act.

So happy to be back in Fremantle. It’s far from perfect, but so much more beautiful than the Perth CBD.

Roel Loopers






I am always committed to making Freo a better place to live, visit and work, so I hopped on the train to Perth this morning to have a look at the new Yagan Square and to see if Fremantle can learn anything from it for the Kings Square development. The answer is yes.

While Yagan Square has some really nice features the overall impression for me was disappointing. There is quite a bit of pretentious look-at-me design and the large space is ostentatious instead of good placemaking.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority-MRA clearly did not learn from the Elizabeth Quay mistakes because there is far too much heat-reflecting hard surface of concrete and pavement and not enough shade. There are also the now typical BYB seats-Burn Your Bum, which will heat up from the sun.

The Market Hall inside is just another food hall but this one is dark and claustrophobic, so nothing to write home about either.

While the Yagan statue artwork is stunning I was surprised to see no story telling about the great warrior and Whadjuk Noongar history. It might be somewhere, but I failed to notice it, which means it is not significant enough.

There are a lot of struggling Balga grass trees, but I did not get a cultural experience about our indigenous history. That saddens me as it is an opportunity lost.

My overall feelings were that the square looks as if it was only partly designed and the rest just filled with concrete and seats, so please City of Fremantle learn from that and make Kings Square a much more special and enjoyable experience!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, perth, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on December 19, 2017



This morning I followed into the footsteps of some of the great photographers in the world, who battled storms on the high oceans, oxygen deprivation and avalanches in the high mountains, and extreme heat and cold in the deserts. All that hardship just to get some stunning photos.

I took the train to Perth and watched the mighty Swan River flow patiently under the bridges.

While I am not a great fan of Perth there is something exciting about the buzz of many people on the streets and the new development of Yagan Square looks pretty impressive.

Here the photos I took on my epic journey that lasted all of two hours. ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, perth by freoview on November 30, 2016



I hopped on the train to Perth to listen to the free lunchtime Musical Morsels concert by WASO musicians at the Concert Hall there and on my way took some photos of the new Perth library.

What an exquisitely minimalist and classic building this is that would be a great iconic feature at Fremantle’s Kings Square. It’s the kind of heritage of the future architecture that I would love to see in Freo and it was designed by Freo architects Kerry Hill who also created the new Civic Centre for the City of Fremantle.

And the free WASO concert with cellist Louse McKay was superb and around 130 people were in the audience.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, nature, perth, western australia, wildflowers by freoview on September 17, 2016

I escaped away from Fremantle, council politics, negativity and buildings and spent a few hours just wandering around in Kings Park to enjoy the beauty of nature and life.

The wildflowers are out in abundance and there were heaps of people, the different cultures emulating the variety of colours of the everlastings.

It is exquisitely beautiful in Kings Park at the moment, so go for a trip and leave all your worries behind you for a while!

And my apologies for the images, I am unfortunately not a very good nature photographer. ; >(

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, perth, photography, rain, western australia, winter by freoview on August 8, 2016

perth winter


It has been wet, cold and miserable in Fremantle and I am not enjoying this winter, so I rarely ventured out on the weekend and became a couch potato.

But this morning I needed a change of scenery and fresh air, so here a photo I took around 10 am of the Perth skyline form the Melville foreshore.

It shows what a sook softy I am as I shot it from inside my car through the windscreen. ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, fremantle, perth, western australia by freoview on July 2, 2016

City of Perth Library


Congratulations to Fremantle Kerry Hill Architects who have been awarded the top prize at the 2016 WA Architecture Awards for the new City of Perth Library and Perth’s State Buildings at Cathedral Square.

The library is the first new major civic building in Perth since the Perth Concert Hall was built around 40 years ago. The building has seven floors and 3,500 square metres of space and includes audio-visual spaces, reading areas and an history centre.

The Library and State Building were both designed by Kerry Hill Architects, while Palassis Architects assisted with heritage-related issues at the State Building.

Kerry Hill Architects have also designed the new Fremantle Civic Centre that will be built at Kings Square if that project goes ahead.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cars, fremantle, perth, western australia by freoview on June 27, 2016

tai chi


We all know that WA drivers are not the best, but isn’t it a bit over the top to conduct driving lessons without a car? That’s what this Tai Chi midday session at St George’s Cathedral today looked like for me at first glance from a distance.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, perth, state government, tourism, western australia by freoview on May 29, 2016

The Sunday Times reports today that WA Premier Colin Barnett, who is also the new Minister for Tourism, has indicated the promotions for WA should be focussing on Perth and not on the natural beauty of our state.

The Premier told the ST that Brand Perth should be our selling point focus, not beaches and the rugged Kimberley. The Premier believes that is what Asian tourists want.

Strange then that the national tourist body only recently said that Chinese tourists want a country/outback experience, and 95 per cent of visitors to the Fremantle Roundhouse I talk to have expressed that they find Perth dull and much like other big cities but that they love the heritage of Fremantle, Ningaloo Reef, the outback, Margaret River, Albany and the rugged coastline.

On that note I wonder if/what the City of Fremantle is doing in regard to offering package deals for the Street Art Festival to attract interstate and overseas visitors. This is a great free three day festival that deserves package deals with tourism operators and airlines. We could for example have a night performance in the Fremantle Arts Centre only for those who arrive here on a package deal for the SAF.

Reading the number of visitors the VIVID light festival in Sydney attracts, I believe Freo could step up a little in that regard as well and not just rely on large numbers of visitors from the suburbs on the long Easter weekend.

Roel Loopers

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