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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 art, city of fremantle, community, culture, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2019


A great and challenging job opportunity at the City of Fremantle!

Director Community Development

Performance based contract – 4 years
Remuneration package up to $240,000 per annum, inclusive of superannuation

The City of Fremantle is seeking a high calibre person to replace our outgoing Community Development Director.

The suitable candidate for this vacancy will thrive and navigate with skill whilst providing leadership and management to the Community Development directorate.

The primary objective of this high-profile position is to ensure community expectations are met in the provision of Community Development Services, Communications, Events and Customer Service.

Responsibilities / accountabilities:

  • Direct the development and continuous improvement of the directorate’s broad range of services, its people and resources.
  • Develop and lead strategies to address long term strategic initiatives and provide strategic direction as a member of the executive leadership team.
  • Lead, facilitate and drive cultural change towards an “achieving” culture.
  • Plan, appropriate budget and deliver the community development program as approved by Council within timeframe and budget.
  • Ensure services are reviewed and improved to ensure a high level of customer and client services across the broad range of community service areas.
  • Ensure a high level of stakeholder engagement is achieved in all aspects of the operations of the directorate.


Visit the City of Fremantle website for more information.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fitness, health, recreation, sport, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2019


WA Premier Mark McGowan and Sport&Recreation Minister Mick Murray opened the new pavilion of the Fremantle Netball Association at Frank Gibdon Park on Sunday, just in time for the club’s 60th anniversary.

The $2.24 million upgrade includes a pavilion and change rooms, a first aid room, toilets and umpires’ rooms, and a canteen, kitchen and admin rooms.

The State paid $ 1.8 million toward the project while the club made up for the balance of it.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, dogs, north fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2019


Photo by Mark Bailey


Loyal Freo’s View reader Mark Bailey sent me this photo he took of a dog on the jetty near the Gilbert Fraser oval in North Fremantle.

The shot of the dog looking out over the Swan River is too cute not to share around. Well done Mark!


Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2019


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Work on the Manning Building redevelopment in the Fremantle inner city is progressing well with two large metal frames installed at the back of it in Paddy Troy Lane.

The Silverleaf Investments development will see a new tavern, micro brewery and distillery being added to the heritage building and hopefully help with the Fremantle Council’s efforts of  revitalising the CBD.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on June 23, 2019


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When I bumped into my young mate and passionate hobby photographer Paolo Gumina this morning, who was looking for reflections, I took him to my favourite Fremantle reflection of the Maritime Museum, which I take from different angles and puddles every winter.

The lady in yellow pants fishing and passers by added to the great winter picture.

Roel Loopers





It is an outrage that one of Fremantle’s most significant tourist destinations, the historic Roundhouse, is closed again today on Sunday, which is one of the busiest days of the week.

The weather is perfectly alright with some very dark clouds around but it is pleasantly warm and there are a lot of people wandering the streets.

The oldest public building in Western Australia was also closed last week on Friday, Saturday and Monday and that is not acceptable at all.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides who manage the Roundhouse sent a statement to the Fremantle Herald that before every winter an assessment is made, but that is nonsense of Trumpian proportions.

Fact is that traditionally the Roundhouse was only closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day and open to the public every other day of the year. If the weather is too inclement the team on the day might decide to close an hour or so early, but never have volunteer guides turned up and decided not to open this historic jail at all.

It is not good enough and it is reassuring to know that the City of Fremantle  is finally showing some interest to manage the tourist destination more professionally.

The unscheduled closures could well jeopardise the grant application with Lotterywest for new interpretive displays in the Roundhouse, which is a superb project just waiting for funding.

When is the State Government going to show interest in historically significant Arthur’s Head and the Roundhouse?

Roel Loopers




Although I have been closely following what goes on at Fremantle Council for over ten years I am still not sure why certain agenda items are considered to be confidential, and the public is excluded from attending the deliberations about them, while other similar topics remain open to the public and are not considered confidential.

On Wednesday the license agreement with the South Fremantle Football Club is a confidential item, but the license agreement for the public golf course is not.

Commercial confidentiality can hardly be the reason as there are no other clubs queuing up to lease Fremantle Oval, especially since the East Fremantle Football Club has decided to stay at East Fremantle Oval and not share Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle footy club.

So what are the reasons for making an agenda item confidential in Fremantle?

Also confidential at the Ordinary Council meeting this coming Wednesday is a report about the Summer Event Series at Port Beach and another confidential report about a Port Beach Music/Lifestyle event. But the Winter Festival on the Esplanade was not a confidential item. Why?

Plus there is also the confidential report about the performance of the Chief Executive Officer.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2019




Time is running out to get your entries in.

Closing date to upload is midnight July 7, that’s just 15 days away.

FIPP is open to ALL photographers, everywhere. There is a AU$20,000 Prize Pool with an $8,000 first prize for camera entries and $1,000 for mobile phone entries.

Here are some last minute tips to keep in mind:
1. Don’t be late.
2. Don’t oversharpen
3. Don’t complicate – keep it simple
4. Do choose an image that tells a story
5. Do choose an image with emotion
6. Do choose with your heart!


Posted in beaconsfield, city of fremantle, food, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2019



More bad news for the Lefroy Road shopping centre in Beaconsfield with Princi Butchers reported to be moving to East Fremantle soon.

After the closure of Romanos and IGA it was just a matter of time until one of Freo’s famous butchers would also make a move to a place where there are more customers and foot traffic.

Roel Loopers

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