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Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, holidays, local government, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2019




Kids have something special to look forward to at the start of the new year with huge moving dinosaurs around the Fremantle CBD

I discovered five of them early this morning, and am aware there is also one at Clancy’s in Princess May Park. There are a total of seven, I believe, so go hunting for them kids!

Roel Loopers

PS: Ian Kerr made me aware there is actually a map with the locations of the dinosaurs, so here it is.


Posted in children, city of fremantle, local government, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on December 18, 2019




Fremantle will become a hunting ground for children to find big dinosaurs during the school holidays from January 1 next year.

From 1 January until 2 February there will be ten dinosaurs around the city, including the Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Prison and Fishing Boat Harbour.

The animatronic dinosaurs, which move and roar, include the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex and everyone’s favourite herbivore Triceratops.

The dinosaur trail is one of many fun things to see and do in Fremantle during the school holidays, together with school holiday favourites like the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, the Shipwrecks and Maritime Museum, the Roundhouse and the many kids’ activities at the Fremantle Arts Cent

To help find all the dinosaurs around Fremantle simply download the trail map or collect a map from participating attractions including Fremantle Visitor Centre, Fremantle Library, Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Prison and Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle.

There will be also special dinosaur-themed kids activities taking place at the WA Shipwrecks Museum, Kidogo Arthouse, Toyworld and Fremantle Library.

While on the dinosaur trail, don’t forget to snap a selfie for the chance to win one of the fabulous weekly prizes or the Ultimate Kids Birthday Party.

To enter just find a dinosaur in Fremantle, take a selfie and post it on Instagram using the #dinosinfreo hashtag.

There will be a weekly draw with some great prizes including vouchers from Fremantle Prison, Little Creatures, Fremantle Markets, Cicerello’s, Twin Fin, Kailis Fishmarket Café and Tourist Wheel Fremantle.

The major prize, to be drawn on 3 February, is the ultimate dinosaur-themed birthday party for up to 20 kids at Clancy’s Fish Pub, including one static dinosaur, birthday party food and a dinosaur-themed cake.

Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2019




The North Fremantle Primary School is having an Open Day this Sunday from 10am till 12 noon, so it is a very short ‘open day’ and more an open lunchtime event.

It coincides with the annual North Freo Cake Bake, so enjoy the cakes and coffee and all the fun.

Roel Loopers



Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019




Coming out of Chalkys cafe on High Street this morning I noticed these two colourful ladies riding their bikes, so had to take a photo of course as it is so very Freo.

The lady in the back is helping to organise the East Fremantle Primary School Fair that will be held this Saturday afternoon October 26. Go and support them!

Roel Loopers



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


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