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Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, family, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2019



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What an absolutely lovely brilliant Christmas Carnival on Victoria Quay by Fremantle Port.

How nice to see so many children and adults have a real ball on the free rides. A delight to see so many smiling faces!

Roel Loopers


Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, family, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2019

VQ Christmas Dec 7



Bring the family down to Victoria Quay Fremantle from 3-9pm, and while the kids are busy having fun on the Carnival Amusements, you can stroll through the outdoor stalls and pop into E Shed markets.

The Dream Swinger will be ready to go along with
* Santa
* Elf Show
* Giant bubbles
* Skate workshops
* Market Stalls
* Live music
* Food trucks
* Entertaining stilt walkers
* FREE rides FREE entertainment FREE Popcorn & fairy floss
* FREE parking at Victoria Quay!



Posted in bar, city of fremantle, city planning, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2019




The City of Fremantle invited movers and shakers to The Republic Of Fremantle venue in Pakenham Street on Friday afternoon to thank them for being part of the very important journey Fremantle has been on, as Mayor Brad Pettitt said in his short speech.

The Mayor said it had been a very long, but immensely worthwhile journey for Freo, and that Fremantle is turning a corner with all the new development and more planned development.

Dr Pettitt said that there are so many great opportunities in Fremantle but as a Council they could not deal with them all ourselves, and funding was needed for big projects such as the restoration of Arthur’s Head, the railway station forecourt plans, and lightrail for the Freo region.

There are a lot of new challenges to get excited about, the Mayor said.

Pete Adams of the Yolk Property Group said that Fremantle was unique for developers with many opportunities and the group was investing many millions of dollars in Fremantle.

Jason Townes, one of the partners of The Republic of Fremantle gin distillery and tavern that will open in autumn, said he and his partner would not do it anywhere else because they were long-term Freo residents from birth.

By opening Strange Company, Ronnie Nights and The Republic of Fremantle we are tapping into the energy that only exists in Fremantle, Townes said. “Whenever I drive on the freeway and see the hundreds of cars I ask myself why are all these people not living in Fremantle!”

Tourists like to go where locals go so the three venues attract locals and visitors alike, Townes said, so we find back street venues that are different.

He said they were a small company but intended to sell thousands of liters of gin overseas each year, because the gin was unique and used Western Australian wines from the SouthWest. Using wine to distill gin made for a much better product, and they had plans to also make brandy and vermouth out of the Pakenham Street distillery in the coming years.

The people I talked with were all very positive and excited about Freo’s future and that was a really good feeling.


Roel Loopers



Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, summer, sunset, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on December 6, 2019


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Summer has really started with a bang, and is now officially the hottest start of December since the recording of daily temperatures started.

Friday was a real stinker with the seabreeze never arriving, so people were out and about in Fremantle.

I don’t recall ever having seen so many people watching the sunset at Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, christmas, city of fremantle, craft, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2019




The Fremantle Christmas Bazaar is on again at Fremantle Arts Centre this weekend for its 40th year.

The three-day Bazaar features 50 of WA’s most talented designers and makers and is held in the lovely surrounds of FAC’s front garden.

With a bar, delicious food and DJs, it’s the perfect chance to pick up unique, quality Christmas gifts, find the finest jewellery, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork and textiles, and support local artists this festive season.

Bazaar opens this afternoon at 4pm and continues all day Saturday and Sunday from 9am–5pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2019


VQ Christmas Dec 7


It is a stinker of a Friday, not only very hot but also humid, but tomorrow will be much cooler and a good day to be out at Fremantle Port for the Victoria Quay CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL

Free rides for the kids, giant bubbles, lots of things to do, the Wasamba drummers and roving performers, and food stalls.

It is a free event on from 3-9pm.

Roel Loopers



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The steel structure of the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre is very impressive as it becomes bigger and higher.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, food, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2019





I received information from Silverleaf Investments director Gerard O’Brien who assured me that the Coles supermarket will stay at the Fremantle Woolstores.

It will only close for 14 months during part of the development, so that is good news.

Now could we have a pop-up supermarket somewhere in the CBD during that period? Is the space Woolworths occupied in the Adelaide Plaza still available, Sirona Capital?

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2019


The Fremantle grapevine is abuzz with the rumour that Coles will be leaving the Woolstores shopping centre and that staff have been told the supermarket chain won’t be part of the new hotel, retail, child care and police station development by Silverleaf Investments, that still needs planning approval by JDAP.

It would be a pretty big shock for Fremantle if there were no longer a supermarket in the CBD, but I am quietly confident that with all the development happening and in the pipeline in Freo another chain like IGA or Woolworths will find the Woolstores option an attractive opportunity.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE at 1.50pm:

The rumours are only partly correct as Coles will only close doors during the development, but return when the new building is finished, which will still leave the CBD without a supermarket for at least two years.



Posted in championships, city of fremantle, cricket, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2019


I love a good game of cricket, so might spend a bit of time at Fremantle’s Stevens Reserve at Swanbourne Street this weekend. The future stars of Australian cricket will be on display there when the 2019-20 Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships come to Stevens Reserve.

New South Wales Country will take on the Northern Territory on Sunday 8 December, while the combatants in a second game on Monday 9 December will be determined by results throughout the tournament.

A reserve day on Tuesday 10 December has also been pencilled in case of bad weather.

Players in the current Australian test squad like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Travis Head all used the Under 19 championships as an important stepping stone in their careers.

To help in preparing for the championships and to protect the playing surface during the event dogs at Stevens Reserve will be required to be kept on a lead from 7pm on Friday 6 December until the close of play on Monday 9 December.

In the unlikely event that the reserve day is required due to bad weather dogs will also be required to be on lead on Tuesday 10 December.

For more information about the Under 19 National Championships visit the Nationalchamps website.

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