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Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 11, 2018




Music legend Dom Mariani will be performing with The Majestic Kelp at the Fremantle Arts Centre free courtyard music session today from 2-4pm.

Dom Mariani and The Majestic Kelp are one of Australia’s great instrumental outfits, who combine a love of surf guitar, blues and psychedelic sounds.

This performance will celebrate the release of the band’s fourth album Hi-Seas.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 10, 2018

The City of Fremantle is investigating the likelihood of success-or not- for a car share project , with a consultant report going to the FPOL Committee of Council this coming Wednesday

Here some excerpts of the agenda item:

The report findings suggest that for a car share operator to be successful in Fremantle, support from Council is critical. Recommended support includes the use of car share vehicles in preference to fleet vehicles, and the provision of free car share parking bays.

The report suggests that Council seek Expressions of Interest to gauge the willingness of car share operators to enter the Fremantle market, and to determine the most appropriate applicant.

Fremantle Council adopted a specific Car Share policy in 2014. This indicated its intention to undertake a 2 year trial to facilitate car share scheme/s in Fremantle, the support the City was willing to offer operators, and the requirements it had of operators in return for this support. Uptake during the trial period has, however, been limited. Conversely, the prevalence of car share schemes, nationally, has increased, with these now successfully operating Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Car share services are most relevant to non-car owners or any owner of a low use vehicle (> 5000km per year). Car share operators own, service and clean vehicles, and customers pay to hire the cars on an hourly basis, returning them to the same pick up location. The hourly cost usually covers petrol, servicing and repairs, and some level of insurance. Public benefits from car share services include financial benefits (lower costs associated with having access to a vehicle), easier parking options, reduced congestion and improved urban amenity. Owners of a low use vehicle may choose to sell their vehicle and opt to use car share instead. Research indicates that one car share vehicle usually reflects a net reduction of nine vehicles.

Operators are likely to be cautious about developing a car share network in Fremantle due to the relatively low population and job density, generous parking permit controls for residents and availability of parking for business vehicles, all of which may reduce demand for the scheme and so undermine its viability. Reasons to be optimistic include that 13% of households do not own a private vehicle, which is relatively high, a large number of residents (2200) commute without a car, and CAT bus routes can provide free transport to the initial car share locations.

Commercial car share schemes are unlikely to be successful in Fremantle unless proactively supported by Council through:

staff use of car share vehicles as an alternative to fleet vehicles,

provision of parking bays for car share vehicles,

widespread promotion of the service, and

encouraging other large local organisations (such as Notre Dame, Fremantle Hospital) to use the services.

One has to wonder how long such a car share scheme would last with the probability of autonomous driverless cars on our roads within the next five years. Council should take that into account before committing to car share. A survey among residents would also reveal how many of us would be likely to use car share arrangements.

Roel Loopers






I am always committed to making Freo a better place to live, visit and work, so I hopped on the train to Perth this morning to have a look at the new Yagan Square and to see if Fremantle can learn anything from it for the Kings Square development. The answer is yes.

While Yagan Square has some really nice features the overall impression for me was disappointing. There is quite a bit of pretentious look-at-me design and the large space is ostentatious instead of good placemaking.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority-MRA clearly did not learn from the Elizabeth Quay mistakes because there is far too much heat-reflecting hard surface of concrete and pavement and not enough shade. There are also the now typical BYB seats-Burn Your Bum, which will heat up from the sun.

The Market Hall inside is just another food hall but this one is dark and claustrophobic, so nothing to write home about either.

While the Yagan statue artwork is stunning I was surprised to see no story telling about the great warrior and Whadjuk Noongar history. It might be somewhere, but I failed to notice it, which means it is not significant enough.

There are a lot of struggling Balga grass trees, but I did not get a cultural experience about our indigenous history. That saddens me as it is an opportunity lost.

My overall feelings were that the square looks as if it was only partly designed and the rest just filled with concrete and seats, so please City of Fremantle learn from that and make Kings Square a much more special and enjoyable experience!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 6, 2018


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Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today unveiled a proposal for the widening of High Street, between Stirling Highway and Carrington Street, to improve safety and address peak hour congestion in the area.

The draft concept plans, which will now be taken to the community for feedback, include a roundabout at the Stirling Highway intersection; a wide median to separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees; and a single-lane service road for residents north of High Street.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it appeared the message provided by the public that previous models were overly intrusive and expensive had been heard.

“Our community wants to see reduced noise and pollution, and improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, as well as those living along High Street and users of the nearby Frank Gibson Park netball courts.

“We are also keen to ensure the upgrade provides a suitable sense of ‘arrival’ and welcome at what is a key gateway into Fremantle.”

Mayor Pettitt said the City would play a partnership role with the State Government and Main Roads to ensure local stakeholders including members and officials of the nearby Fremantle Public Golf Course, High Street residents and the broader community were consulted closely during the process to develop and finalise the upgrade design.


This is promising news but it is disappointing that the WA Government Media department still has not reached the 2000s and acknowledges the importance of blogs such as Freo’s View.

I have often and in detail reported about all the plans by the former government and the news that suddenly the High Street upgrade was scrapped for a tunnel to nowhere.

Neither the Premier’s media people, nor those of our local representatives Josh Wilson MP and  Minister Simone McGurk, or the City of Fremantle flak catchers bothered to inform me. I need an emoji with a one finger salute! ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 27, 2018


The Fremantle Network meeting at the National Hotel on Monday evening was mainly about community safety, crime and anti social behaviour.

The acting officer in charge of the Fremantle Police station Detective Sergeant Phil Gazzone, who also lives in Freo, gave a detailed account of the crime rate in Fremantle that has gone down steadily over the last few years, with the new bicycle patrol considered to be one of the reasons for it as officers can visit known trouble spots more often and faster.

The Detective Sergeant said that Fremantle was different from anywhere else in WA because it has all the elements. We are the second entertainment centre of the state, have many festivals, concerts, events, the beaches, museums, heritage, tourism and the port and that attracts a large number of people.

He said the vast network of City of Fremantle CCTV cameras was of great assistance to Police, who sat down each morning for briefings and create a list of benchmark balance contacts.

He said the key message he wanted to give is that crime in Fremantle is down by 5.7%, but that Police can not work in isolation and needs the support of the community, local traders, BID and the Freo City Community Safety officers.

Theft from shops, cars and bicycles theft is the highest crime rate in the CBD, but all crime rates are continually down on a weekly basis.

There is an online Smartbox where authorised people can upload photos of offenders that go straight to the officers on the beat and the 1300 366 666 number for the public was very efficient to report crime and get a fast response.

The new model soon to be introduced by the new Police Commissioner would see a focus on Perth and Fremantle.

Chris Scanlon, the officer in charge of the City of Fremantle Community Safety team spoke about their support for the Police and being on the streets from 7am to 9pm and now also had added till 2 am on Wednesdays to Saturdays.

He said the Community Safety team was keen to work with the Precincts and set up a Neighbourhood E Watch system.

The City would install 35 new CCTV cameras soon in locations decided in collaboration with Police, and would also introduce license plate recognition cameras at the entries to Fremantle.

Chris Scanlon said that improving the design of public spaces and better lighting was also a priority for his team.

There is no doubt that many people in the Fremantle community feel intimidated by anti social behaviour and foul language, but most of that is not considered crime and only move on notices are given, but the official figures provided by the relaxed and well informed Detective Sergeant Phil Gazzone prove that crime is coming down in Fremantle and that Police, Community Safety and BID are doing their very best to make Freo a happy and safe place to visit and live in.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 25, 2018


According to an article by Jenne Brammer in the West Australian yesterday a legal fight is looming over the famous North Fremantle Dingo Flour trademark.

WA farmer Mathew Walker, who owns Great Southern Flour Mills registered the Dingo Flour name in 2015 and applied for the trademark, but national company Allied Pinnacle (formerly Allied Mills)  claim to have ownership of the trademark, although the name Dingo Flour has not been used by them for retail flour for decades.

Protecting brands, trademarks and registered names is a bit of a minefield, but this will be an interesting David and Goliath battle.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on August 10, 2017


Here some info from the newsletter of Fremantle state member Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection, Women’s Interest, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, and Community Services.

In March, the people of WA elected a McGowan Labor Government, and we have gotten straight to work delivering better and fairer management of our state. Since taking office, the Government has:
Stopped the Perth Freight Link;
Kept Western Power in public hands;
Frozen TAFE fees;
Put education assistants back into classrooms;
Reduced the number of State Government Departments from 41 to 25;
Introduced domestic violence leave for WA public sector workers
Heritage listed Fremantle’s iconic West End.

Fremantle has lots to look forward to: the relocation of a Government Department to our CBD, the opening of Fremantle College in 2018, the construction of WA’s first MediHotel at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the establishment of an Urgent Care Clinic in Fremantle, much needed upgrades to local roads, and planning for the second port at Kwinana.

As always, I am keen to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office on 9336 7000 if there are any issues you’d like to raise with me.


Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, photography, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on August 4, 2017


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Even after over twenty years of wandering the streets of Fremantle, someone once called it loitering with intent, I always find new images to shoot, as I did this cold Friday morning.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 26, 2017


When it comes to Aboriginal issues tokenism is always high, and walking the talk less of a reality.

Yesterday WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia stated that Aboriginal culture is WA’s secret weapon, but it appears the minister was only talking about giving tourists an outback experience, with no plans to offer an Aboriginal experience in Perth, Fremantle and other major cities around the state.

It is quite disturbing that neither of the two major cities has a serious Aboriginal cultural centre where overseas visitors can find out about Aboriginal history, culture, art, music, story telling, and food.

The City of Fremantle made a half-hearted attempt by running a small historic cottage at Arthur Head as the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, but it was doomed to failure from the start, because of the inappropriate small building and location.

When one goes up to Derby the Mowanjum Aboriginal Centre is a great place to visit, as is the Aboriginal art centre at Warmun (Turkey Creek) and Mangkaja in Fitzroy Crossing, but there is nothing like that in the Perth metro area, but for commercial art galleries run by white fellas.

It is time the State Government started walking the talk and helped funding some serious Aboriginal cultural centres in our cities!


Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 21, 2017


Pakenham Street development proposal



The absolutely inappropriate huge five-storey development for Fremantle’s Pakenham Street and the Customs Building is on the Fremantle Council agenda for this coming Wednesday.

It needs to be refused and it needs to be made clear to the WA Development Assessment Panel(JDAP) that the Fremantle community will not compromise on the preservation of the historic West End!

I understand that the C0F officers’ recommendation is for a robust refusal of the proposal, but we need to be there in force to tell our Elected Members that this is a rubbish proposal. It’s not only too heigh and too big for the heritage precinct, but it is also very ugly.

I will publish more about this once the agenda becomes available on-line at 4pm today, and when I have read all the details of the Fremantle Design Advisory Panel and planning staff.


Roel Loopers

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