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Posted in aboriginal, ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 21, 2019


Anzac Day


This year’s Fremantle Anzac Day dawn service at Monument Hull will be different when the Ode of Remembrance will be recited in Noongar language for the first time ever.

The Ode of Remembrance was written in 1914 and recounted at every Anzac Day service around the country.

 Last year Noongar Elder Professor Len Collard from the Australian Research Council and The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies translated the Ode into Noongar language,”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said that it will be a significant occasion for Fremantle, and that it furthers the City’s commitment for cultural inclusivity and respecting Aboriginal history and people.

The Dawn Service at Fremantle War Memorial commences at 5.50am, with a second service at North Fremantle’s Fallen Soldiers Memorial Park at 9am.

To assist people attending the Dawn Service, the City has organised designated free parking at Beach Street carparks (CP12A and CP12B) and John Curtin College of the Arts’ carpark (90 Ellen Street) until 12pm.

There will be a free shuttle bus service running from Beach Street and John Curtin College of the Arts to Monument Hill between 5-6am and 6.30-7.30am.

Fremantle’s Anzac Day program – Thursday 25 April 2019
• 5.50 – 6.30am: Dawn Service, Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill, Knutsford Street
• 9 – 9.30am: North Fremantle Service, Fallen Soldier Memorial, corner Queen Victoria Street and Harvest Road
• 10.15 – 10.45am: Anzac Day March, Esplanade Reserve, Marine Terrace and surrounds
• 10.45 – 11.30am: Closing Ceremony, Esplanade Reserve, Marine Terrace

Roel Loopers





Here just a few impressions of what Fremantle looks like during the Street Arts Festival. I did my back so could not stay on, but will shoot some more pics the next two days

Hundreds of people were wandering around the Cappuccino Strip well before noon, so not really sure why the performances there only start at 1pm, but a few lucky ones knew the entertainment did start on the Esplanade at 12.

Really good vibe around town, happy people and happy smiling children, and the sun was shining.

Come and enjoy the fun. It is on all day Sunday and Monday from midday!

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle port, heritage, historic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 20, 2019


heritage 1

heritage 2


There has been so much talk over the last couple of months about the preservation of Fremantle heritage and the need to stabilise Arthur’s Head and preserve the Roundhouse that these two old photos I noticed at Sandrino’s yesterday made me feel a bit nostalgic.

The old Tram building facade in High Street is still standing and is now home to the lovely Chalkys cafe. Unfortunately a previous council allowed the horrendously ugly No 1 High Street building to be built which is an eyesore when one looks down on it from the Roundhouse.

Victoria Quay is still a feature for Freo but the old sheds have been neglected badly and Fremantle Ports really does need to do some urgent preservation work on the A and C sheds.

There are other heritage photos on display outside Sandrino’s so go and have a look-and a pizza!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 20, 2019



Start portrait shooting, Freo and beyond! The great Fremantle International Portrait Prize biennial is on again this year in early May and it is open to all!

The very popular event attracted over 1,500 entries last time and the judges expect to have to go through even more stunning portrait photography entries this year.

The not-for-profit event has raised $ 55,000 for a good cause so far and this year will donate to The Kai Eardly Fund and Arthritis&Osteoporosis WA.

There are $ 20,000 in prizes to be won so check out the Facebook page for more information.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, Easter, fishing, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2019




Good to see that it is relatively busy in Fremantle with quite a few people around.

The Fremantle Markets are open and many of the Cappuccino strip cafes and eateries, so no need to stay at home.

Easter is the time where we are supposed to eat fish and where the price for fish always increases, so there were plenty of people on the North Mole this morning trying to catch their own Easter dinner.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, marketing, PR,, rain, storm, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on April 19, 2019


weather one

weather 2


No signs of major storm damage in Fremantle. A few broken branches along Riverside Drive in East Freo and along Point Walter Road but that’s it. At present the sun is even shining in Beaconsfield, so I might not need the heater today after all.

Some THIS IS FREMANTLE banners at South Terrace got loose but not ripped.

I hear people say the new Destination Marketing banners are supportive of Alzheimer sufferers as they now always know they are in Freo, but my theory is that Fremantle Council has, as always, been leading the way and future focused.

In case those ‘pesky Chinese or North Koreans’ jam the satellites and all GPS systems break down people who drive or ride into our gorgeous port city will just have the Eureka moment- AAAAH, we are in Fremantle. 😇

There could be some nice rainbows today. Go and have a look!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, Easter, photography, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on April 19, 2019


B&W rain


This is one of my all time favourite photos, which I took early last year on the Melville foreshore just east of Point Walter, and it suits today’s bad weather Good Friday mood to a T, so I republish it to start this wet public holiday.

The big storms did not hit Fremantle overnight in the area where I live, but there are a lot of hours in the day still where the forecast is for strong winds, hail and more rain, so stay safe.

Roel Loopers





Winter-like conditions forecast for Good Friday are making it into a bad Friday for the Fremantle Street Arts Festival which has been cancelled, but only for Friday!

Fourteen degrees and 100% chance of rain, hail and storms means we can spend Good Friday at home and contemplate, read a good book, drink mulled wine, etc.

But do support those cafes which are open tomorrow please. Chalkys in the West End of High Street, The Attic in Bannister Street, Duck Duck Bruce in Collie Street, TLC in Wray Avenue and the Lumos Cafe in White Gum Valley.

Also open are Benny’s Bar, Sail&Anchor, Little Creatures, Mexican Kitchen, Cicerello’s, Bathers Beach House.

The Festival is of course on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and in a cashless society do stock up at an ATM to get money to give to the performers.

Roel Loopers




“It is well beyond our capacity of funding” said Councillor Andrew Sullivan about the Council agenda item to do a $ 50.000 feasibility study for a Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the preferred J Shed location at Bathers Beach.

And that is unfortunately the huge problem, because indications from the WA State Government are that they want to built the Aboriginal centre in Perth, ideally in Burswood, the electorate of Ben Wyatt, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Treasurer.

While I would absolutely love to have an Aboriginal Centre in Fremantle, and have been calling for it for many years, I believe it is unrealistic for the City of Fremantle to do a feasibility study before getting funding commitment from the State. Should we spend $ 50,000 of ratepayers money on what might only be a pipe dream that will never be realised because the State Government is so bloody Perth-centric?

If I were wealthy I would be very happy to donate my own money for an Aboriginal Centre in Freo because the story of our indigenous people needs to be told, and international tourists need to and want to have an Aboriginal experience.

Now how can we convince the Premier and Cabinet that Fremantle deserves another tourist attraction?

Roel Loopers



round house- arthur head


Fremantle’s Ordinary Council meeting this evening decided to try to get State and Federal funding for the stabilisation of historic Arthur’s Head. Estimated cost for the preservation work are $ 1.8 million, plus $ 500.000-1million for renovations to the Roundhouse.

1. Endorse the Arthur Head design and documentation package as detailed in the Arthur Head Cliff Stabilisation Final Report, provided in Attachment 1 of this report in the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee Agenda (10 April 2019).
2. Request the City proceed with referring details of the proposed works to the relevant state government agencies under public works procedures and obtaining all necessary statutory approvals.
3. Request the City seek State and Federal funding in order to progress the required remediation projects.
4. Request the City investigate the impact of vibrations from trains to the topography and buildings at Arthur Head.

I believe this is not far-reaching enough as the City of Fremantle should lobby the State and Federal Governments for ongoing annual financial support to preserve one of Western Australia’s most significant historic precincts.

As French President Emannuel Marcon said yesterday after the Notre Dame cathedral fire “We owe is to our history to preserve it.” And as I said to the Elected Members today that is not optional but a duty we have.

I also pointed out that the Roundhouse is the only one of the four Fremantle museums: Shipwreck Museum, Maritime Museum and Fremantle Prison that does not get any funding, not from the City, not from the WA Government and not from the Federal Government. That is not fair and reasonable.

The oldest public building in Western Australia welcomes around 140.000 international and national visitors a year, but is managed by mainly senior volunteers. Just 30 of them keep the Roundhouse open 363 days a year and fire the 1pm cannon.

The Roundhouse needs and deserves much more support from the City of Fremantle and State Government and it needs to happen as a priority!

Roel Loopers


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