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Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, heritage, history, local government, roundhouse, tourism by freoview on August 22, 2019


As the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteers embark on the biggest project ever with a $ 200,000 interpretive historic new display project it is urgent time for Fremantle Council to stop its arm’s length dealing with one of our most important tourist attractions and leaving it all to a small group of well-meaning amateurs.

While there is no issue with volunteers doing the day to day grind of opening the Roundhouse for visitors, the City should take over the management of the operations and be a very active part in the decisions of what the new displays will look like and what the historic content of it will be.

The Roundhouse is the oldest remaining public building in Western Australia and attracts around 150,000 visitors yearly, so it is a significant attraction for our city that needs to be managed professionally and by our local council.

The City of Fremantle has heritage experts who know more about the Roundhouse and Arthur’s Head than most people, so they should be involved dealing with the curator and designer instead of letting the volunteers make decisions on what will be a significant improvement of what the Roundhouse will offer tourists from all over the world, Australia, and local school groups.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, retail, shopping, tourism, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2019


The City of Fremantle has committed to continue with the delivery of its Business Capacity Building Program after the successful pilot program earlier this year.

The program provides small businesses in Fremantle access to subsidised training, support and one-on-one mentoring.

The City will continue to partner with independent small business advocates Freo Now and local business support organisation Business Foundations.

The City has also teamed up with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council WA to diversify the support on offer and provide alternative ways for businesses to engage with the program. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said that there are lots of positive signs for Fremantle’s economy and some exciting developments on the horizon, but that the City recognises that it will take some time for small business to feel the benefits of it.

In recognition of the importance of growing the tourism sector, the City will be delivering three workshops facilitated by Tourism Council WA exclusively for Fremantle tourism businesses.

The workshops will focus on taking advantage of the global travel distribution system, which enables businesses to establish connections with wholesaler and travel agents to promote their products nationally and internationally.

The dates for the tourism workshops are still to be finalised but it’s likely they’ll be held in October, November and December this year.

Following a successful trial during the pilot period, the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce will deliver a series of ‘Set the Month in Motion’ workshops and podcasts throughout the year.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Danicia Quinlan said the program would help small businesses to develop strategies to overcome the current economic headwinds.

In addition to mentoring and training, the Capacity Building Program also provides the Fremantle business community with access to the online grant portal, the Fremantle Funding Finder.

Powered by GrantGuru, the portal lists the grants and funding opportunities being offered by a range of agencies throughout Australia.

To apply for support through the Business Capacity Building Program or for information regarding upcoming workshops visit the Business Capacity Building page on the City of Fremantle website.


Roel Loopers





Here a few happy snaps I took around Fremantle on this glorious Sunday.

It was surprisingly quiet on the Cappuccino Strip but the Fishing Boat Harbour was buzzing with foreign tourists, mainly from Malaysia.

My favourite little cafe Chalkys just below the Roundhouse in historic High Street was also doing well and they deserve it because they have great staff, owners, coffee and food.




Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, markets, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2019



The new Fremantle TRUE BLUE MARKETS has opened opposite the Fremantle Markets in the Henderson Street mall, so go and have a browse.

Brian and Annette Kent are well known faces in Fremantle and the Aboriginal art on offer is genuine and painted by local artists, and not from sweat shops in Indonesia or China.

It is very important when we send tourists to the  new markets to know that they support our local Aboriginal artists, so promote them and spread the word!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, maritime, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2019




Not much news in Fremantle so I went for a leisurely walk on this beautiful morning and noticed the group of visitors on the submarine at the Maritime Museum.

If you have not visited the Owen sub or Maritime Museum put it on your bucket list. Free entry on Tuesdays.

Did you know that Fremantle was the biggest submarine port in the southern hemisphere during WWII?

Roel Loopers




AH 1


Twenty two long months ago the City of Fremantle erected fences all around historic Arthur’s Head to protect the public from rock fall, but not much has been done since at one of Fremantle’s most popular tourists precincts.

An engineer’s report was tabled at a Council meeting with an estimated cost for stabilisation works of $ 1,8 million, but that report failed to monitor if the vibrations of the heavy container trains have any impact on the deterioration of the cliff face and the Roundhouse building.

I hear that heritage and local government minister David Templeman met with senior CoF officers and that he indicated the State Government was willing to help, but that the City would not get the $ 1,8 million needed. And another at least half a million dollars is required for the restoration of the Roundhouse walls.

There is no money in the budget for Arthur’s Head for this financial year, but for a small amount to install new lights along the dune path at Bathers Beach, so does that mean tourists and locals will just have to put up with the ugly fences for another year at least? It’s pathetic when one considers that Fremantle Council is constantly bleating about wanting to activate Arthur’s Head, but our Councillors are not walking the walk.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2019


down under tours


Fremantle will have a new tourist attraction with  Down Under Tours today launching tricycle tours around the port city.

Roel Loopers




walk 3


When things are down we have to remind ourselves of the good things as well, so I was thinking about the demise of Fremantle traders, the hardship of many retailers and the increasing vacancies of shops. Yep, we all know the problems are not unique to Fremantle and similar issues are happening in other parts of metropolitan Perth and WA,  but that does not help anyone.

What might be better for Fremantle though is to talk up our city’s uniqueness and achievements instead of having constant negativity in the news media, so I was thinking about all those iconic Freo traders who have been here seemingly ‘forever’.

I am sure my list is incomplete so please add all those long-term surviving traders I have overlooked.

The oldest shoe shop in metro Perth is Bodkin’s Bootery in Freo’s west end High Street, Bousfield and Warrens menswear have been here for as long as I know, and so has Ruocco’s pizza, the Capri, Culley’s, the news agency in the mall, Cicerello’s, Galati’s, Franks, the South Fremantle fish&chips.

Top that with the Sail&Anchor, National, Orient and Federal hotels, the Norfolk, Little Creatures and Newport, the Local and South Beach Hotel, the Tradeswind, Esplanade and Federal hotels, and the Fremantle Markets.

The Moore&Moore cafe has been open for more than ten years and so has the old Roma, that closed for a while but reopened. The Attic is still going well and so are Gino’s, Chalky’s, Picollo’s, and Duck Duck Bruce in Collie Street have been doing so well that they are opening a new second place in Bannister Street.

Kennedy’s the barber is also going well, and while Norm Wrightson’s will be closing  due to the Manning building development it has been THE iconic Freo barber for ages. And let’s not forget Bitches Brew the framers and art gallery, Kakula’s Sister,  and Japingka Gallery and Megan Salmon’s fashion shop.

The Manning building development with a new tavern, brewery and distillery will be great and so will be the Police&Justice complex tourist attraction with hotel, FOMO at Kings Square will offer a whole new shopping and hospitality experience, and a few new hotels  and residential apartment buildings will pop up in the centre of Freo over the next years as well

It might often feel as if Fremantle is on it’s knees but the fight is not over by a long way, and Freo people and traders know how to fight and the community knows how to support one another. We’ll get through these tough times by telling ourselves and others that Freo is a pretty outstanding place to visit, shop and live. We can do it Freo!



Roel Loopers




Plans to develop some parts of the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour are at the early stages and will require good community consultation and also consideration of the City of Fremantle’s plans to extend Parry/Norfolk Street all the way over the railway line.

HARBOUR CONNECT is a project by AMB Capital and involves business people who have been in Fremantle for four generations.

The site for development is the current boat lifting and storage at 38 Mews Road and the adjoining Sardine Wharf car park, so it would be quite a substantial development.

AMB Capital envisage a development that supports a range of new land uses, which also embraces, showcases and supports the working roots of the Harbour.

The project team have broad aspirations for the site to:

  • Regenerate the currently inaccessible site to create a vibrant and engaging mixed-use precinct that everyone in the community can access
  • Generate future uses that support the existing maritime activity in Fishing Boat Harbour
  • Contribute towards improving connections between the City of Fremantle, the boat harbour and the Port.
  • Celebrate the culture and history of Fremantle
  • Support Fremantle’s creative commerce through a range of retail and commercial uses
  • Create public spaces for the local community that provide a connection to the waterfront
  • Become an iconic link between the ‘green lung’ of Fremantle (the Esplanade Park) to the east and the ‘blue lung’ (the water) to the west.
  • Enhance the visitor and tourist offering of Fishing Boat Harbour, including places for visitors to stay
  • Alternative attractions than food outlets.
  • Enable a diversity of residential accommodation
  • Deliver an environmentally sustainable built form outcome


What are your thoughts on growing and improving the very popular Fishing Boat Harbour and making it even more of a tourist attraction?

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, cruising, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2019


I received this media statement from the State Government so will publish it in part here:

Representatives from Western Australia’s port destinations have a chance to pitch their business to major players from the cruise industry at an event to raise the profile of the State as a cruise shipping destination.

The WA Cruise Exchange (WACE), hosted by Tourism WA, has attracted representatives from eight global cruise lines to WA for workshops and networking opportunities.

A host of leading cruise lines including Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Cruise and Maritime Voyages and Ponant are attending the 2019 exchange, along with first-time attendees, Silversea, Australian Pacific Touring, MSC Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

National travel group Journey Beyond has also joined the event for the first time. Their involvement confirms the growing popularity among interstate and overseas tourists for WA package holidays combining train and cruise ship travel.

The exchange gives cruise industry leaders a forum to meet with WA port destination representatives and learn about the exciting range of on-shore activities the State can offer their guests.

WA’s 11 port destinations of Fremantle; Esperance; Albany; Busselton; Bunbury; Geraldton; Exmouth; Dampier; Broome; Kuri Bay and Port Hedland are being represented at the event, as well as the peak body for Aboriginal tours and experiences in WA; WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council.

Cruise representatives will also have an opportunity to visit some of the port destinations, including the Coral Coast and Burrup Peninsula, with the aim of including them in future itineraries.

They will also visit Albany, including a tour of the National Anzac Centre and Torndirrup National Park before watching an AFL game at Perth’s world-class Optus Stadium.

An inaugural WA itinerary has recently been confirmed by Crystal Cruises, with its newest cruise ship Crystal Endeavor scheduled to visit WA in April 2021, while Dampier is set to welcome two cruise ship visits from APT’s Caledonian Sky in 2020.

It is the fifth time WA has hosted the exchange, with the number of cruise lines taking part more than doubling since the inaugural event in 2013.

One would assume that the WA Cruise Exchange is held here in Fremantle but the media statement does not specify where it is held.

Roel Loopers


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