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Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, learning, religion, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2019


A proposal to establish a new low-fee co-educational Anglican school in the Fremantle CBD is currently under consideration by the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC).

The ASC is keen to bring our brand of school to the community of Fremantle. Our schools provide outstanding teaching and learning in a safe, caring Christian environment.”

 The proposed new school would open in the next five years, initially catering for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, and expanding to Year 12 thereafter.

 It will be a multi-storey campus in the heart of Fremantle, providing a unique and creative learning environment which expands beyond the school grounds.

Tuition fees are estimated to be in the range of $6,000 – $9,000 in the primary school and $10,000 to $12,000 in the secondary school.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, education, fremantle ports, gardening, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2019


Great to hear that Fremantle Ports has supported Fremantle Primary School once again, this time sponsoring the creation of a mural by a local artist within its outdoor classroom area, as well as granting two student scholarships.

The school’s P&C are creating an area within the school grounds which will have an outdoor science lab and kitchen. It’s intended to be a space where children will be able to experiment, explore and discover the earth sciences while learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) concepts.

The mural will be based around the school’s values of ‘care’, ‘excellence’ and ‘diversity’.  It’ll be great to see what the mural turns out like and which artist is chosen to create it.

 The port has also given a grant to East Fremantle Community Garden, as a contribution towards a planned native garden at the entrance to the garden.

The East Freo community garden is behind 9 Seeds Café at 121 Marmion Street. The first plantings were in 2011 and, since then, the garden has realised a terrific orchard, multiple communal and private garden beds, worm farms and composing facilities. New members are welcome. The East Fremantle Community Garden can be found on Facebook.

 Fremantle Ports recently reviewed its approach to community investment, now focusing its assistance in four key areas – community enrichment, environmental leadership, arts and culture and education. It accepts applications online at any time, but only makes decisions about what to support once a quarter.

More information about how to apply on:


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, local government, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2019


Fremantle Councillors have been commenting on Facebook about the article I published yesterday on Freo’s View about the traffic ‘improvements’ at the South Fremantle Hampton Road/Scott Street intersection.

It is rather strange that Councillors don’t want to comment on my blog but do respond to my blog posts on FB rather than at the source.Only a few readers of Freo’s View connect with me on Facebook so they are missing out on the conversation, so I decided to copy and paste the FB comments and publish them here.

It is clear that there must be an understanding at the City of Fremantle that they want to control what is being said in the media and social media, but it makes little sense to me that they engage on Facebook but not on this Fremantle blog.

Hannah Fitzhardinge Roel the residents who live along the southbound side of Hampton Rd were finding it almost impossible to get safely in and out of their driveways when there was a right turn there. Tricky to make everyone happy!

Pip Sawyer Hannah Fitzhardinge well youve made a lot of people mad
I stopped using that shopping centre completely in late March. And thats sad because the IGA had put in a lot of improvements

Hannah Fitzhardinge Pip Sawyer it was a tough call but it didn’t seem right (to the majority of Councillors) to make people’s access to their homes so dangerous. I still use those shops…

Roel Loopers People who live along main roads often have huge difficulties exiting their drive way. The question is if the comfort of a few is more important than the safety of many.

Sam Wainwright Hannah Fitzhardinge and Roel Loopers

The main safety problem with “Option 1” was that retention of right turns from Hampton Rd into Scott St causes drivers who want to continue south to suddenly pull into the bus lane to get around vehicles waiting to turn right.

This certainly poses a hazard for people people pulling in and out of their driveways in the vicinity. However the *main* problem is the danger it creates for people at the adjacent pedestrian crossing. The cars queuing to turn into Scott obscure vision of crossing pedestrians for motorist that try to pass them by lurching into the bus lane. Similarly the pedestrian on seeing a stopped car in the centre lane can’t be expected to anticipate another vehicle travelling at 60 km/h to suddenly appear in the bus lane when they looked and saw no bus coming. This visibility problem is even more of an issue with children.

In their report the officers proposed proposed Option 1 not because they thought it was superior, but because they didn’t think council would have an appetite for blocking right the turn into Scott. They confirmed in discussion that they actually preferred Option 2 (as pictured in your blog post).

The road treatment we went with is not perfect. Inevitably it will deflect some vehicle movements down other streets making them busier, plus it has its own inconvenience. You have to play that balancing act whenever you block a street or put in traffic calming somewhere. Conversely it will make it safer and easier for people on bicycles to cross Hampton at Scott.

I would actually prefer that Scott and Hampton be signalised thus allowing motorists to turn right and giving pedestrians priority when crossing. However there were two issues with this. Main Roads won’t fund a crossing guardian for kids if it’s signalised and they did not want to help pay for traffic lights at this location anyway. From memory the design we opted for will make it easier and cheaper to signalise the intersection sometime in the future.

In that context I remain firmly of the view that Option 2 was the right decision. I put pedestrian safety over the inconvenience of motorists having to travel a bit further down to Lloyd St.

Hannah Fitzhardinge Sam Wainwright well said!

At least now Freo’s View readers can also see what Councillors Fitzhardinge and Wainwright have to say about it. Democracy at work.

Roel Loopers


Posted in accidents, cars, children, city of fremantle, family, local government, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2019


road 1

road 2


Traffic ‘improvements’ no one wanted have started in South Fremantle at the Hampton Road and Scott Street intersection. Right-hand turns are now permanently disallowed there.

The right-turn ban out of the shopping centre car park at Scott Street remains and that is also nonsensical because it means all cars going north need to exit at Lloyd Street where most of the issues are, but the exit there will somehow be improved as part of this expensive and useless exercise by the City of Fremantle.

Improving the crosswalk for students and parents of the Beaconsfield Primary School and local users was the aim of the extensive community consultation, but a handful of Councillors decided they knew better than the locals, their own staff and Mainroads experts and decided to do it their way.

I use the intersection several times a day on foot and in the car, so I am very familiar with the issues.

What a shame their is no higher authority to go to to get this stupidity overruled.

This and other matters will be discussed tomorrow, Tuesday April 23 at the South Fremantle Precinct meeting at The Local from 6.30pm.

Roel Loopers



Ride to School Day

Have you organised that your children, accompanied by a parent, ride to school this Friday?

March 22 is National Ride2School Day, so a great day to get started on not driving to school or using public transport.

If more kids rode to school we might need less of the 600 new Diesel!!! buses the McGowan government has announced it will get made for Perth.

We do not need more diesel pollution and we need to be more aware that all these things contribute to global warming. From little things big things grow!

Roel Loopers




school strike


It is THEIR FUTURE and they have every right to tell procrastinating politicians who are in denial about global warming that they demand more and immediate action!

So high school students will strike for a safe climate this coming Friday March 15 to get together for a march from St George’s cathedral in Perth from 11am to 1pm.

Non students are of course welcome to join the protest march.

Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, music, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018


Stringbeans Thursdays


Sounds like a great idea for the kids! The Stringbeans Orchestra will be at the North Fremantle Bowls Club every Thursday from 4 – 5.30pm.

It’s is for primary school students who play string instruments, or want to start it. Watch, listen and play!

Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2018



This is an early notice for parents who have children in the last Leavers year at high schools that Fremantle’s best in the west Notre Dame University will have an Open Day on Sunday August 19.

The NDA Open Days are always very nice days with lots of information stalls inside campus buildings and also along Mouat Street, and there is live entertainment and food stalls, so make sure to make a note of it in your diary, parents and students!

Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 2, 2018


The community information session about safer pedestrian crossing-especially for Beacy Primary school students- at Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection raised more questions for me than it provided answers.

It is good to see City of Fremantle staff together with Main Roads experts willing to answer questions from community members and parents, and it was also good to see the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk there and South Ward Councillor Jon Strachan.

But my first question is why did the City only do a trial for option 1 and closed off the right turns into Scott Street, when the initial thinking was that the pedestrian crossing would be safer if moved 40-50 metres south from the intersection?

Now they prefer to go ahead with the moving of the pedestrian crossing south, but still want to keep the restriction of turning right into Scott Street. Why not do a trial and move the pedestrian crossing and re-open Scott Street and test what happens, before doing both?

I also did not at all get the point the Main Road engineer made that a push button pedestrian crossing light was less safe for children than lollypop attendants, because supposedly motorists might not be able to stop in time for the red light in wet weather while the kids are already on the road. Surely the same danger applies with lollypop people in attendance, and for everyone on the road really.

I was also flabbergasted to hear that Maxwell Street, which now gets a lot more traffic since the no go right turn into Scott Street, does not get the flashing 40kmh school hours lights because it is not within the school zone. Hale Road runs east along the school and Maxwell Street west along the Beaconsfield Primary School, so why do Hale Road and Scott Street have such flashing school zone hour lights but Maxwell Street is not considered to be in the same school safety zone? Sorry, but that is Yes Minister kind of nonsense.

You can have your say till August 22 on the My Say section on the City of Fremantle website, and help make sure that the State Government’s $ 200,000 allocated for the improvements will be well and wisely spent to the satisfaction of the community.

Roel Loopers





Posted in children, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2018


The City of Fremantle is keen to do the right thing for the South Fremantle community, which has been demanding safer pedestrian crossing at Hampton Road for children and parents going to the Beaconsfield Primary School, but there won’t be pedestrian lights installed.

Main Roads has indicated to City officers that it won’t support that because of the low number of pedestrians crossing at the Scott Street intersection. On average only 83 pedestrians crossed in the mornings and 53 in the afternoons, while the Main Roads criteria is for at least 350 pedestrians crossings daily to support traffic lights.

So now another community consultation is under way with affected residents receiving letters in the mail from CoF.

Option 1 is to replace the pedestrian crossing bollards with flashing lights and to adjust the kerbing on the median island that was installed last year to allow vehicles to enter and exit properties on Hampton Road from the right. It still means no right turn into Scott Street when coming from the south on Hampton Road and that has increased traffic in Maxwell Street a lot.

Option 2 is replacing the bollards with flashing pedestrian crossing lights before and after school crossing times and improve the pedestrian refuge by widening the median island at Scott Street.

The preferred community option of moving the pedestrian crossing 50 metres south closer to Lloyd Street, preferred by 65% appears to have been abandoned, so neither options will please the community I assume.

A community information session will be held at Beacy Primary on Thursday August 2 at 6pm and you can have your say at: http://www.mysay.fremantle.wa,


Roel Loopers



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