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Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, development, living, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2019


Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt just put this on his blog, so it is rather short notice as the event is TOMORROW, Wednesday August 21.

The evening will include a panel session on ‘planning for positive transformational change in a time of climate emergency’, a presentation on One Planet Living by Suzette Jackson, networking and refreshments.

Join us at our Future Focus Forum to:

  • learn about one planet living impacts
  • join the panel discussion on ‘planning for positive transformational change’
  • network with like-minded colleagues

Wed 21 August 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location –  Liv Apartments, 51 Queen Victoria Street Fremantle, WA 6160

Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp

Sheldon Day, Yolk Property Group

Brad Pettitt, Mayor -City of Fremantle




timber building


The WEST AUSTRALIAN reports in its property section today about exciting plans by the Yolk Property Group to build a six-storey commercial timber building in Fremantle on the corner of Josehpson and High Street, just opposite from historic Victoria Hall.

If approved by Fremantle Council the building would use photovoltaic and renewable power battery storage systems and an operable facade to allow cool air into the building and release warm air from it. There would also be grey and storm water collection, and a recycling system for shower and handbasin water to be used to reticulate the green facade.

The ground-level would be built using concrete but the levels above that would use mass timber and cross-laminated timber.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on September 17, 2018




The Yolk Property Group received top honours on Saturday night at the WA Awards of the Urban Development Institute of Australia(UNDIA).

YOLK received the top award for it’s affordable and highly sustainable Evermore project in White Gum Valley, and were also a finalist in the Environmental Excellence category.

The 24 apartments development, in two buildings, is trialling new technology such as solar photovoltaicss and lithium battery technology.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, community, environment, hospitality, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 31, 2018


Fremantle will have its own REPAIR CAFE as part of a global movement to reduce waste. We all know how annoying it can be to be told that it is cheaper to buy a new item than to getting it repaired, hence many usable items end up in landfill.

Starting on Sunday September 9 at 10.00am and finishing at midday, volunteer repairers from the greater Fremantle community will be available to help make repairs to household items brought in by community members, such as clothes, bikes, toys, small furniture, electrical appliances (only those with an AC adaptor or battery operated), at no cost, but with donations being warmly received.

There will also be a gluing and taping workstation, and help with devices such as laptops, tablets and phones, will also be available.

By promoting repairs, Repair Cafe Fremantle wants to directly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Co-organiser Joanna Blackley says “We throw away so much, even items which have small defects, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair, and this has serious ongoing consequences for our environment and future generations. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired, or maybe they don’t have the tools or repair skills required. Repair Café Fremantle aims to support community members with repairing items, where possible.”

Repair Café Fremantle is also offering an opportunity for repair skills to be practised and learnt, as jointly made repairs by the owner of the item and the volunteer repairer is encouraged.

Repair Cafe Fremantle will be running monthly on a Sunday, 10am-12pm, at Stackwood. News about dates will be available on the Repair Cafe Fremantle Facebook page and on Instagram. Email with any questions or feedback!

Repair Cafe Fremantle is part of a global movement of repair cafes encouraging repair culture and reducing waste going to landfill. Repair Cafe Fremantle is a member of the international Repair Cafe Foundation. Check out their world map to see the global repair cafe movement in action at

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2018


Fremantle Professor Peter Newman was awarded the WA Premier’s Award of Scientist of the Year 2018 on Wednesday night.

Newman heads the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy-CUSP and is renowned as a sustainable cities advocate. He also strongly opposed the Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, environment, solar, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2018




RENeW Nexus is the recently announced Smart Cities Project that will be running in Fremantle supported by Curtin Uni, Murdoch Uni, Synergy, Landcorp, Powerledger, Western Power,  the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

RENeW Nexus is seeking City of Fremantle Residents Expression of Interest in  the project and is after residents who:

Have solar PV and/or a rainwater tank, want to better understand their energy and water consumption and generation, are interested in the future of smart cities.

For more information, and to register your interest now, follow the link:

A drop-in information session will be held on Friday 18th May 2018 between 14.30 and 18.30, location to be announced. EOI close on 25th May 2018




Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2018


Depot site


In a surprise move the City of Fremantle has invited tenders for the sale of its Knutsford Street depot.

The 25,316m2 site is in a prime location opposite the Fremantle Public Golf Course and Fremantle City had been in negotiations with LandCorp for a long time to develop the site. LandCorp was however reluctant because of the high Green sustainability rating Fremantle Council wanted for the site, as it believed it would deter potential buyers and developers.

The Knutsford Street East Structure Plan was amended in 2017 to allow for increased height and density and  identifies the depot as a prime redevelopment site in Fremantle.

The City’s strategic plan specifically nominates the Knutsford East precinct as an area for development, while the One Planet Fremantle Strategy highlights the Knutsford depot site redevelopment as one of the City’s top five corporate actions.

The request for tender is for redevelopment of the site as a medium/high density mixed residential development incorporating leading edge environmental sustainability performance.

The City may be prepared to negotiate the sale of a portion of the site rather than the whole site, with the remaining area retained by the City as an industrial/mixed use operations centre.

Potential buyers can register interest at

A decision to build a new depot or reconfigure a portion of the Knutsford Street site will be made once tenders have closed and the council is able to evaluate the best option based on the income generated and the preferences of the preferred tenderer.

The City of Fremantle has purchased a property in O’Connor for the new depot site.

Roel Loopers


Posted in april fools, city of fremantle, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2018


I published two Roel’s APRIL FOOLS today, but one went unnoticed.

The Quokka story was clearly a hoax but so was the solar panels on Fremantle roads article.

It’s always a challenge to try to fool my unbelievably clever, wise, and sceptical readers, and I did not ask for assistance from the Australian cricket team.

I hope you are all having a great Easter weekend!


Roel Loopers



railless tram

Railless tram with road sensors

Solar Farm

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Ingrid Waltham and Adin Lang with South Fremantle Solar Farm proponents


Fremantle is more and more becoming a leader in sustainability! Fremantle Council will from July this year start a trial of solar power collection through panels glued onto the road surface.

Stage One of the One Planet trial will be the panels installed along South Terrace including Market Street all the way to the new Solar Farm which will be constructed on the former South Fremantle tip site.

If the first six months are successful the trial area will be expanded to include Carrington and Hampton roads and South Street and Marine Terrace, with further expansion of the solar collection area likely.

The trial will use new wireless Internet of Everything(IoE) technology similar to the railless tram sensors, but instead of supplying energy the large Fremantle panels will collect it. The collected solar power will feed into the new Solar Farm and will supply part of the city’s energy.

Fremantle has been proudly showing its environmental awareness with its carbon neutral credentials for years and is building on that. The new civic centre at Kings Square will have an eight star green rating and the new Cappuccino Strip carpark that just opened on Thursday has solar lights, run off water collection and charging points for electric cars. The solar panels on road surfaces is another brilliant and innovative way of caring for our planet.

Roel Loopers




It is URBAN DESIGN DAY today so I went to an event at the Fremantle Library this morning where CUSP professor Peter Newman, Dr Annie Matan and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt gave interesting presentations.

Peter Newman started with The theory of urban fabrics and Fremantle stating that there are three cities within cities; the walking city, the transit city and the car based city.

It is important to recognise the fabric of a city, respect that fabric and rejuvenate the fabric to ensure the city has what it needs.

Walking cities such as Fremantle need to be dense, mixed land zoning, narrow streets, pedestrian priority and minimal parking, with minimal setbacks at medium density development.

My question to Newman after his presentation if medium/high density did not demand setback to create public open space received the reply “parklets I assume” when all those people living in small apartments probably would like to relax in decent parks, not tiny parklets.

Fremantle has the highest concentration of heritage buildings in Australia and the tram used to drive here from 1905-1952 and according to Newman the future is ring rail with light rail and rapid bus transport and the new railless lightrail that drives along sensors built in the road.

Newman said that I was thinking like a transport planner and that it works in other cities when I asked if the reality of lightrail for Fremantle was not a chicken and the egg scenario where we simply do not have the population numbers that would convince private operators to invest in lightrail. I thought my question was more about economic reality and that so called triple bottom line. Yes, it works in other cities which have ten times more residents than Fremantle.

Lightrail in Freo will in my opinion only happen because of and when we collaborate with Cockburn, Murdoch and even Curtin where huge development is happening in Coogee, etc. and thousands of people will move to

Dr Annie Matan talked about placemaking which is all about creating opportunities and engaging with the community very early, so that they get what they want and take ownership of projects, such as the lovely Wray Avenue parklet.

Because of the way we live we no longer get the accidental interaction we used to get on the streets, but we need public spaces for our mental health and happiness and we should improve our streets as places where people meet and connect.

It is important to prioritise human experience over design Matan said. There is a lack of connection and a lot of isolation.

Reinventing community planning would also be desirable so that people are involved from the very start and work together with planning experts. We need to make our cities work for 8 year olds and 80 year olds, because they are the most vulnerable groups in our society, so we need to plan for those groups.

Injecting fun in public spaces is also very important and telling the story of our citizens.

Mayor Brad Pettitt talked about Urban Density and Design for Sustainability in Fremantle which include allowing higher density in the CBD and beyond and sustainable transport.

After nearly forty years of development stagnation Fremantle is finally seeing substantial development with plans to have 5,000 more residents within walking distance of the train station.

We need to stop the unsustainable car dependent urban sprawl and Fremantle is helping with that with the creation of 1,679 new dwellings, 38,697 square metres of new retail and hospitality space, 44,061 sqm of office floor pace and 727 new hotel rooms, while also improving the public realm at Kings Square and Princess May Park.

It was a really interesting morning and I am glad I attended!

Roel Loopers



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