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Posted in fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on May 9, 2017


Royndhouse volunteers


It is National Volunteer Week and the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides took that as an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of the 40 mainly senior volunteers who open the Roundhouse every day of the year, but for Christmas Day and Good Friday.

They met for breakfast today at the Moore&Moore cafe and moved on for this group photo.

The guides at Western Australia’s oldest public  building welcome over 130,000 visitors through the door every year.

They are there in 40 degree heat and in rain, storm and winter cold and always with a smile on their face and a joke to share with people from all over the world.

Every day at 1 pm the cannon on the gun deck behind the Roundhouse gets fired and they are always looking for a visitor to push the button. Those who do are given a signed certificate to take home.

Tell your visitors about historic Arthur Head, Bathers Beach and the gorgeous West End!

Roel Loopers



Posted in boating, fremantle, maritime, sailing, volunteers, western australia by freoview on September 5, 2016

signal station


Sea Rescue Fremantle is working hard to get ready for the move to their new home in the Signal Station at Cantonment Hill in Fremantle.

Riggers were up there today and work on the new Cantonment Hill playground at Tuckfield Street is also not far away.

Great views from Cantonment Hill over the port and river, so wander up from the east side one day.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, heritage, history, tourism, volunteers, western australia by freoview on September 1, 2016

Roundhouse visitors


Volunteering at the Fremantle Roundhouse, and no doubt the rest of the tourism industry, is a very positive experience. We meet very nice people from all over the world and engage one on one with them, so many of our visitors shake our hand when they leave because we give them that very personal attention, and find out what they are interested in and where they are going, so we can give them tips for great cafes, nature, the South West or west coast.

It is a really fun day where we meet a lot of quirky and lovely people from all over the world. Today they came from Lithuania , Persia, Saudie Arabia, South Africa, India, China, Pakistan, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Japan, Korea, France, etc. and from all over Australia. We had school groups from Kalgoorlie, Coogee and Hillary as well.

The people in the photo were on a corporate team building session, groups turned up as nurses, pirates, ACDC fans, football teams, etc.

Volunteering is very rewarding and very uplifting, so give it a try!

Roel Loopers



Posted in education, fremantle, heritage, roel loopers, tourism, volunteers, western australia by freoview on February 7, 2015

Lotterywest grant


The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, who look after the historic Roundhouse, have received a $ 17,440.00 grant from LOTTERYWEST for an interpretive plan for new displays at the Roundhouse. The FVHG will also put $ 5,000.00 of their own money toward the project and are hoping the City of Fremantle will match that amount.

Creative Spaces and Savagely Creative have been awarded the contract for the interpretive plan which will provide a framework for interpretive experiences at the Roundhouse in the future.

It will be very exciting to see new, interactive, modern displays in Freo’s and Western Australia’s oldest public building, so let’s hope that will eventuate in the near future. The Roundhouse attracts well over 100,000 visitors per year and is a significant tourist attraction in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, volunteers by freoview on December 5, 2014


It is INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY today so the City of Fremantle put up a spread at the Town Hall to thank the volunteers of the Visitor Centre, Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, One Stop Shop, and the Roundhouse guides.

Mayor Brad Pettitt was there, as were Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson and Councillors ingrid Waltham, Bill Massie and Jon Strachan.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, volunteers by freoview on October 5, 2014
Ken Brown photo by Theo Fakos-Sunday Times

Ken Brown photo by Theo Fakos-Sunday Times


Congratulations to Fremantle Round House tourguide Ken Brown who won the Community Spirit medal at this year’s Pride of Australia event in Kings Park, sponsored by the Sunday Times and Perth Now.

Ken is a really good, down to earth bloke who loves to help others, hence he volunteered to help rebuilt homes in the Perth Hills that had been destroyed by bush fires. Ken did that while he was battling cancer, but that did not deter him from rebuilding homes during the day and teaching students in the evening.

Volunteers are a huge asset to Australia, no matter what kind of work they do, and they all deserve our praise! Well done, Ken!

Roel Loopers

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