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Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018



The new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site near Fremantle Hospital and Fremantle Oval is scheduled to open early April.

Bitumen made of recycled road milling is being put down at present. It will capture rain water run off that will be used to water the water-wise plants.

There will be 156 car bays which will be lit at night by solar lighting, and there are also electric car charging bays.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, planning, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018


There is a big conundrum about development in Fremantle and elsewhere. The difficult question about urban infill in older character places is how much, how big, how high, how good, what kind of and when to stop.

We are getting very confusing messages from people, with many moving from WA to Melbourne because it is so European, whatever that means, while I read that many people in Sydney want to move out and go to Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane because Sydney is getting too big, traffic too mad and property prices too high.

Feedback from tourists is that most of them love Fremantle but are not impressed with the bland mediocrity of many of the new buildings in Perth, while they adore Freo’s gorgeous heritage West End.

What is good and appropriate development for Fremantle and how much is needed? We can forever argue about what we like or not but for example the development of the dormant Henderson Street in connection with that of Kings Square and the future development of Fremantle Oval is a good thing I believe.

One can rightly question though if the massive planned Woolstores shopping centre development and the eight-storey Little Lane on the Spotlight site are just a bit too much for Fremantle and overkill.

Does Fremantle need more highrise apartment buildings or should is start encouraging micro lots of around 100sqm for terrace housing/townhouses, that would suit our inner city much better.

I believe it is all about balance, but developers and city and state planners are not getting the right mix in my opinion.

I left Sydney in 1985 because real estate was simply unaffordable there while house prices in Perth were very cheap then, and it looks like this is still going on, although Fremantle is relatively expensive to move to.

It is time the WA state government organised a symposium on how much and what kind of development is needed, so that it can give better guidance to developers and local councils and its own JDAP and SAT.

It is imperative to show real respect for character cities like Fremantle, Subiaco and others and develop with restraint. To keep pushing for urban infill when the targets might be unrealistic will be detrimental to the uniqueness of our heritage cities.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, indian ocean, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018




Rekindle your love of the ocean and learn about Sandy McKendricks intimate connection to the Western Australian coastline and how she draws inspiration from the land and sea.

Join Sandy for a 3 hour workshop, enjoy a stroll along Bathers Beach, talk with the artist, learn techniques for still life drawing and relax with a light morning tea.

Sunday March 18 from 8.30-11.30am at Little Space Freo. J Shed

It costs $65 pp. Numbers are strictly limited so book your place now early.

Sandy is a Fremantle based artist, performer, writer, director, puppeteer, designer, and ocean lover. Through her company Sandpiper Productions she has been involved in the Perth International Arts Festival and has toured performances both Nationally and Internattionally.


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, seasons, summer, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018


port 2

port 1


It looks like the big G. up in the heavens is getting old and confused because summer has finally arrived, now that we’ve moved into autumn. What a stinker it was yesterday- the hottest day since February last year.

It is not going to be much better today because high humidity will offsett the slightly lower temperature.

Good to get outside around sunset and feel the first quite cool seabreeze at 7pm. That’s when I took these photos of Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers



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spare parts 2


The Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre building is getting a modern facelift in form of a so-called exo-skeleton. It’s a kind of Zimmer frame for buildings, as the images above show.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries commissioned North Fremantle Slavin Architects to help solve a problem identified with the Spare Parts building at Pioneer Park.

Slavin Architects were engaged by the Department to assess the external walls which were showing signs of potential structural instability.

Instead of demolishing and rebuilding the walls, which would have had a dramatic impact on Spare Parts future programs, Slavin Architects took a more lateral approach which was to brace the outside of the building with an ‘exo-skeleton’ or space-frame. Not only was the cost substantially lower than rebuilding the walls, but the time lost was minimal.

“The minimalist works provide an elegant and sculptural solution to a building of cultural and social significance to the City and the State.


Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018


Today March 13 is my personal Australia Day. It is the day I migrated to Australia and arrived in Sydney 36 years ago in 1982.

The promised start at a Sydney newspaper did not eventuate because we happened to arrive when Australia was in a recession, so slogging as kitchenhand, cook and waiter was the start of my Aussie life.

Trying to deal with the culture shock and learning to understand cricket, Aussie Rules and rugby was harder than learning to accept cask wine, blue skies and sunshine.

Looking back it is amazing how much I have achieved in a country where I knew nobody. Coming to Perth in September 1985 and starting my own corporate/industrial photography business without having the support of friends or family, or having the right private school tie, was probably more youthful naivety than sound planning.

But from the very start I felt a real love for this country, even more so in Western Australia and especially Fremantle. When I first drove through the Pilbarra and Kimberley I had a real sense of home coming and that I belonged, and Freo has always been like that for me.

Even in my darkest hours I have never regretted I migrated to Australia and I have always felt a commitment that I need to make a positive contribution to my community and leave Freo an even better place than it is for future generations, when my time is up sooner than later.

I have met so many great people and have made really good friends. I love the Freo passion and that we are all so bloody opinionated, and I love it that most of us don’t take themselves too serious.

Thanks for having me, Freo!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, multicultural, st patricks day, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018



St Pats Clancys

I am sure many in Fremantle are just waiting for St Patrick’s Day, so here a couple of pubs that got something special on this Saturday.

It’s the day that starts off with people wearing green but at the end of the day many of them will look pretty green as well. Oh yes that delicious good old Guinness!

Lots of music at Clancy’s and specials at The Federal, so enjoy the day. The forecast its for Irish weather. Rain.

St Pats March 17


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, spare parts puppet theatre, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2018




If you always wanted to pull the strings this is YOUR opportunity!

Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre  is looking for Front of House, Performance Assistants and Technical Assistants.

Be a part of the world premiere production of Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock. This is a great opportunity to work alongside industry experts and gain insider experience into the wonderful world of theatre production! Help Spare Parts Puppet Theatre deliver its most ambitious project ever!

More info:


Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2018



The Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay will get a $ 3 million facelift this year with works starting this month.

There have been complaints from passengers and cruise ship operators about the heritage building which was built in 1960 and refurbished about twenty years ago.

The McGowan government will erect a new large canopy over the entrance to provide shade and shelter from the elements, the building will be painted and permanent screens will be put in front of the large windows.

144,000 cruiseline passengers arrived in Fremantle last financial year.

The facelift will do nothing though about passengers having to lug their luggage along either side of the railway line rain or shine and the ugly footbridge they have to conquer.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on March 11, 2018




The Fremantle South Ward by-election will be decided this coming Friday Mach 16, so if you have not sent in your ballot paper yet do it now!

You can also drop off the envelope at the City of Fremantle reception at Fremantle Oval till Thursday and on Friday at the Townhall till 6pm when votes will be counted.

Roel Loopers

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