Freo's View



Fremantle will host the second only WIKIMEDIA ASIA OCEANIA CONVENTION next year from October 31 to November 2. The first one is held on Bali this month.

Between 400-500 delegates are expected to visit and stay in Fremantle for the convention at the Esplanade Hotel, so that is a boost for our local traders.

Wikimedia partnered with the Fremantle Society years ago for the Freopedia project, which put QR codes on historic buildings for tourist information, but unfortunately the project was later discontinued.

No doubt Fremantle will prominently feature on the internet and social media when all the international guests are in town.

Roel Loopers



Posted in blog, city of fremantle, communication, community, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2018


yellow reflection


I have received a few emails in the last few days from people who want to follow this Freo’s View blog and receive email notification whenever I publish a new post.

It is pretty simple. On the right bottom side is a little CUSTOMIZE window. Open it and click on FOLLOW and c’est ca, as the French say.

All blog posts also automatically go to Twitter and Facebook, so if you prefer that just follow me on Twitter or befriend me on Facebook.

Freo’s View is very popular and has many followers but I can only write about things I know about, so if something interesting is happening, if you are organising an event, exhibition, open a new shop, etc. please do inform me by sending an email to My blog is a free not for profit community service!

I photographed the yellow art reflection around lunchtime today.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017


East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail has written an excellent opinion piece in the West Australian today about the declining standards of civic debate during the local government election campaign. 

It is indeed disappointing to read all the aggressive nonsense on social media by people who revel in personal attacks and negativity, and it is sad that some Fremantle candidates have also preferred to be negative, instead of offering ideas, visions and solutions.

McPhail writes that the democratic process has become increasingly vitriolic, with a culture of bullying and intimidation.

Democracy for me is all about people with different opinions having a robust, but respectful, conversation. It is not fair on candidates, new or incumbent, when it goes down to the low level of name-calling, personal attacks, innuendo, conspiracies and lies.

Michael McPhail writes that the declining display of compassion and kindness toward those who are willing to put their hand up is a concern.

McPhail rightly points out that we can never have too many reasonable, sensible, thoughtful, caring and open-minded councillors, and that the we need to call out disrespectful behaviour from candidates and community members.

All Fremantle Wards have now returned ballot papers of over 40% with South Fremantle ahead with 48.75% today.

You can still drop off your vote at the Fremantle Townhall reception desk today and tomorrow, and on Saturday in the Townhall till 6pm.


Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!



Posted in accommodation, fremantle, social media, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2017

The Be. serviced apartments in Fremantle Challenger Harbour are adding more units to the tourist accommodation, so just what Freo needs to attract more visitors and enable them to stay overnight instead of having to commute to Perth.

All the older apartments at Be. have been refurbished recently and are considered to be four and a half star quality accommodation.

They have great views to Bathers Bay and historic Arthur Head or the Fishing Boat Harbour, so keep them in mind when friends are coming over to visit WA.

Roel Loopers

This is a community service, not a paid advertorial! 



Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle, social media by freoview on October 18, 2016

It’s FREO’S VIEW seventh birthday today and I am pretty proud that my blog has become so popular in Fremantle.

The first two and a half years were hard and I published for only a handful of readers but now there are hundreds of followers and many regular readers, up to 10,000 a week!

In the last seven years I published 6,891 posts and thousands of photos promoting businesses, events, festivals, etc. and reporting on Council business.

It takes a lot of commitment to publish articles every day of the week and it requires me to be out and about in Freo daily and talk to a lot of people, and I rely on receiving information from the community about what goes on, what is planned and what they like and don’t like about our city.

I have published hundreds of comments, good and bad, as I tried to make Freo’s View a community forum. Some regular commenters decided to pull out when I asked for balance, fairness and no personal attacks, but I believe one can harshly criticise the City of Fremantle without name-calling.

I will continue to critically scrutinise Fremantle Council and the administration, but also give credit when credit is due. I will also keep fighting for good, beautiful and appropriate development and oppose ugly boring boxes.

Keep me in the loop on what goes on in Freo so that I can keep the community in the loop.

Thank you all for supporting Freo’s View. It’s a labour of love for which I do not charge a single cent.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, social media by freoview on May 5, 2016

A comedian suggested on TV the other day that we should start a second internet where we don’t get all the rubbish and spam. Of course the idea was only tongue in cheek, but I am wondering how we can improve the net, especially social media.

Facebook drowns in spam advertising, making it a real pain to find the postings one is interested in as it takes forever to scroll down pages without stumbling over a million yoga classes, people offering services, etc.

I decided to keep this Freo’s View blog advertising free to retain the integrity and so that no one believes my opinion can be bought. It would be nice to make a bit of extra money out of this very popular blog but unwanted advertising is annoying.

The internet has given us the great opportunity of being able to communicate with the world instantaneously and that is a good thing, but sadly many people see that as an opportunity to be aggressive, negative and racist.

When the internet arrived we discovered there are many millions of experts on everything and the net became the voice of the voiceless and faceless, and of the anonymous who relentlessly attack, insult, defame and engage in unproven conspiracy theories. The internet made sarcasm and cynicism the new art forms in communication.

Facebook, Twitter and blogs receive so many negative postings that it is annoying, and social media is self- destructing as more and more people bail out and no longer engage, because there are still some of us left who believe that most people on the planet are pretty good.

It is up to Facebook page moderators to stop the trend of spam and negativity and be very firm and assertive on what is acceptable. Social media can be fantastic to get support and spread the word and it is the modern notice board of what goes on in our communities, as pages like Freo Massive show, but the negativity and unwanted advertising needs to stop.

Roel Loopers


If you are one of so many who believe most things in Perth are overpriced, go and have a whinge on FedUP Perth on Twitter and Facebook. The complaints are mainly about food and coffee, but also about high rents, etc.

What annoys me most is that a lot of the stuff we pay for is not worth the money, but also the difference in price. In Fremantle I pay anything for $ 2.50 to 3.50 for a tiny one gulp Espresso and a third of the time the coffee is not that great. Renting in Freo has become ridiculous, as my latest attempts to find something suitable have shown. Up to $ 200 for a room in a house to share with 3-4 people is way over the top, even more so when there is a crappy tiny old bathroom and very basic kitchen.

Consumers need to start voting with their feet and stay away from cafes, restaurants and so called gourmet shops which are money vacuum cleaners that suck our pockets empty.

Roel Loopers

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