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Posted in april fools, architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019




It is taking forever for the SKS Group to build the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the former Point Street car park site and they are a bit slow reading Freo’s View blog posts as well it appears.

I received an email this morning threatening me with legal action if I do not remove my blog post that Twiggy Forrest had bought the site.

The blog post was one of four April Fools blogs I published on April 1 this year and I made it clear in a later post that the posts were only April Fools.

I have suggested to the SKS Group to walk down to the chemist and get an injection of humour.  ;>)

I have also asked them to please start with the construction of the hotel asap as the Fremantle community has been waiting for it to happen far too long.

Roel Loopers



Posted in april fools, city of fremantle, fremantle society, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2019




I missed the Blessing of the Fools today to celebrate April Fools Day, so I publish a golden oldie I took a few years ago at Fremantle’s St John’s church.

I  also have to make a confession that my blog posts about the sale of the Hilton hotel site to Twiggy Forrest, the secret merger talks between Freo and East Freo councils, and the departure from Fremantle of Fremantle Society president John Dowson were all made up stories to celebrate the first day of April.

And I added the City of Fremantle’s funny April Fools about Freo Time and daylight saving.

It was all done in good fun, so I hope I fooled a few of you and that it gave you something to smile about!

Roel Loopers


Posted in april fools, city of fremantle, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2018


I published two Roel’s APRIL FOOLS today, but one went unnoticed.

The Quokka story was clearly a hoax but so was the solar panels on Fremantle roads article.

It’s always a challenge to try to fool my unbelievably clever, wise, and sceptical readers, and I did not ask for assistance from the Australian cricket team.

I hope you are all having a great Easter weekend!


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, mining, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017


mining the port


What a shame April 1 is still four months away, otherwise I could have made up a nice April Fools with this photo.

The State Government desperate to get rid of our state’s enormous debt is going to allow mining in Fremantle Port?

Nah, it’s the Joides Resolution research vessel in port, just behind the railway station.


Roel Loopers


Posted in april fools, fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2017

No panic Freo, the Kings Square blog this morning was an April Fools, but rewarding to receive a slightly worried SMS from Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly asking if it was an April Fools.

Also fake news was the didgeridoo story and unfortunately the one about J Shed as well.

Great April Fools also from Freo Sea Rescue who claimed the traffic bridge would become a toll bridge for boats passing underneath it, to pay for repairs.

So welcome to April, one of my favourite months because it has the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival and ANZAC Day.

Roel Loopers



Posted in april fools, community, fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2016


Okay you delightfully gullible (April) fools, April Fools is over and I got quite a few of you.

Most of you did not believe that our Mayor Brad Pettitt would be the Liberal party candidate at the Federal election, but many more of you believe that the City is seriously considering making High Street west a pedestrian mall, and I am surprised there was so little protest.

Most of you did not pick up that the BIKEMATE was also an April Fools. I thought if I post three white lies I’ll confuse you, and it worked. One needs a slightly mad and creative brain to come up with this stuff, but hey, I am known for being Loopy. ; >)

I had fun and I hope you had as well.

Here some photos of the Blessing of the Fools at St John’s Church at Kings Square. They told me they also had a Catholic blessing at the Notre Dame University chapel.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on April 1, 2015

Don’t let anyone think the City of Fremantle staff does not have a sense of humour. This great April Fools was posted on the COF website. Well done. I love it!!

The City of Fremantle is shocked and outraged by today’s state government announcement that it has secretly passed legislation that will see many metropolitan councils, including Fremantle, merge into larger super councils.

The plans will see Fremantle merge with Cockburn, East Fremantle, Kwinana, Rockingham and Melville to become the City of South Swan. Councils have been given until the end of the year to finalise the arrangements, with the changeover happening on 1 January 2016.

The decision was announced at a press conference in Perth today by Premier Colin Barnett with only a few hours’ notice to councils with the Premier stating that the new boundaries aligned with WALGA’s zone boundaries and those of the South-West Group of councils.

Former Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri was announced as interim commissioner on the new merged local government.

Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt, said the decision had come as a shock and that the City of Fremantle would be fighting to oppose the shock merger plans.

“It’s come right out of left field and quite frankly, we’re outraged that this has happened with absolutely no notice to us. We will be fighting this decision and I call upon all other councils to do the same,” Dr Pettitt said.

“This is a backflip with a triple-pike by the state government. After it rescinded its previous amalgamation plans just a couple of months ago it has now gone for super-sized local governments”

“It’s completely unrealistic for the state government to expect local councils already battered by the previous reform process to now plan for even greater upheaval,” said City of Fremantle CEO Graeme Mackenzie.

The City is now in discussion with its lawyers to decide the best course of action moving forward.


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2014

Yep, some of you got fooled by my April Fools about the City of Fremantle engaging Relationships Australia to help to better communicate with the community, but the unfortunate reality will remain that not much will change and the concerns of the vocal majority will largely be ignored by Freo Council.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 2, 2013

It is certainly proof that his blog is read widely when so many people contacted Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and me about his alleged resignation. Brad tells me even the Minister and his own mother contacted him and were concerned about him quitting the job. So to make it clear to all; “FREMANTLE MAYOR QUITS” IS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE I created and has no substance of reality at all. Brad is very happy to continue as Freo’s number one bloke.

Sorry Brad. I thought it was pretty obvious, but clearly others got sucked in. That’s a pretty good April fools then. ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2013

Disillusioned Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt exclusively told Freo’s View that he intends to announce his resignation from office today.

Brad said that constant criticism of Fremantle Council had got to him and that the unwarranted attacks on Planning Scheme Amendment 49, the Esplanade skate park, the Arthur Head arts hub, and other development planned to create more business and vibrancy in the port city, had convinced him he was more appreciated in academia than in local government and politics.

A visibly distressed Dr Pettitt told me that he doesn’t suffer fools gladly and that he worked day and night for his community and received hundreds of phone calls and emails every day since he became Mayor, but that he gets attacked by individuals, community groups and the Fremantle Herald all the time. Enough is enough, Brad said.

I personally wish Brad all the best and thank him for always making himself available. It must have been a pretty hard job to try to please everyone.

Roel Loopers

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