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STUNNING BROODY HEN CAFE MURAL

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

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Fremantle has another stunning mural artwork at the Broody Hen cafe in James Street. It was created by artist Jackson Harvey. Great job!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MARKETS RE-OPEN ON FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

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The very popular Fremantle Markets will re-open tomorrow-Friday July 10 at 9am and will initially be open Friday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, with the food hall opening one hour earlier for those who want to buy fruit&vegetables.

The 150 small businesses in the market were severely impacted by the closure of the markets, which was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so go and say hello on the weekend and support them.

Ajay of the Lucky Elephant clothing stall is delighted that things are returning back to normal.

But even in the markets it is essential to be aware of the social distancing rules, so look after yourselves and your fellow markets visitors and operators!

Roel Loopers

GREETINGS FROM THE BIG SMOKE

 

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Terrible noise from tradies in the unit above me drilling into bathroom tiles evicted me from my own home this morning, but my ears are still ringing after five hours, so proper warning should have been given in advance to protect my hearing.

Anyhow, I hopped on the train to Perth, where I had not been for five months or so and took the photos above.

Pathetic to see the cleaning attempts for Covid-19 by four young women at the Fremantle train station. Each of them with a wet wipe in each hand, but no spray, walking along the carriage and totally ignoring the individual hand loops that hang from the ceiling in the trains. The upright hand bars were also only cleaned as far as they good reach while standing upright. PTA get your act together!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FACTS ARE BETTER THAN RANTS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle society, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2020

 

Fremantle Society president John Dowson is desperate to get some traction for the group that sadly has become irrelevant due to Dowson’s narrow-minded negativity and anti progress stands.

Last week Mister President proudly announced in the Fremantle Herald that the Society had started an art collection. Oops, the Pres had bought one single painting from a high school student, for about half the price it could have received, and he also commissioned the girl to do another painting of the old traffic bridge. Did the FS committee have a vote on starting the so-called art collection? I doubt it.

Now Dowson attacks me and several Fremantle Councillors about a tongue-in-cheek remark I made 3-4 weeks ago on Facebook about the reopening of the Ada Rose brothel, where I questioned how they could adhere to the Covid-19 social distancing rules.

Here some ‘highlights’ of the President’s latest email to Fremantle Society members.

The potty mouthed comments from some councillors, and hangers on like blogger Roel Loopers, need to be called out.

When council acolyte Roel Loopers discussed his penis on Facebook recently, several councillors joined in, with Councillor Sullivan making a comment that drew the Labour member for Beaconsfield Cr Fitzhardinge into making a comment, joking about a “double entendre.”

Arrogance and a dismissive attitude are too often heard.

You are right indeed, John Dowson, that arrogance and dismissive attitude are too often heard in Fremantle-from YOU! You treat our elected members with absolute disdain and disrespect. You engage in name-calling whenever someone like me has a different opinion from yours.

You don’t like the fact that I am trying to be fair and balanced on this blog and that I criticise Councillors when I believe they deserve it, and show my appreciation when I believe they have made the right calls. I also like to stick to the facts instead of distorting them.

Unlike you, John Dowson, I do not believe that replacing the Labor and Greens Councillors in Fremantle with Liberal party members will necessarily make for a better council, because I believe in balance and would love to see party politics removed from local government all together.

I am not an acolyte of Fremantle Council, but unashamedly a very big supporter of Fremantle, and I’ll do anything to try to make this gorgeous city and ever better place to live in, do business in, work in and visit. That includes embracing modern development in Fremantle, instead of wanting to stop change and progress at all cost, as John Dowson does.

I respect Fremantle’s Elected Members, because they have been democratically elected. They are not my mates. I do not socialise with them. I am not a member of a political party either. What about JD’s membership of the Liberal party and the friendship with former Premier Colin Barnett he liked to mention often? Which one of us is actually the acolyte, JD?

Roel Loopers

GLEN COWANS UNDERWATER PHOTO GALLERY RE-OPENS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2020

 

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The Covid-19 pandemic saw many Fremantle businesses close and one of them was the Glen Cowans underwater photography gallery next to the historic Roundhouse.

I am delighted to tell you that Glen and Louise have decided to re-open the beautiful gallery starting this weekend.

For the time being the gallery will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays, and if the weather is fine also on Fridays, so go and have a browse and buy some outstanding photos.

They are open from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Welcome back!

Roel Loopers

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COLOURFUL J SHED RE-OPENS

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Colourful J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is open to the public again, sculptor Greg James told me this morning.

The upstairs gallery at Greg James is open, as is the gallery at Jenny Dawson and Peter Zuvela.

At the James gallery one can find the art of Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett, Greg James and others, so pop in for a browse and a chat. If you are lucky there might be a bronze pour going on.

Next door stone sculptor Jina Lee is also always busy, so go say G’day to her as well.

Roel Loopers

 

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BLUES SKIES AND BROKEN HEARTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2020

 

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We have missed out on many art exhibitions over the last four months, due to the Covid-19 social restrictions, so good to see there will finally be a show again in Fremantle at the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street, opening this Friday at 6pm.

Blue Skies and Broken Hearts is a surreal show by Frans Bisschop of our modern Australian summer, complete with blue skies, sunburns, sharks and surfers.

Roel Loopers

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BRILLIANT ABORIGINAL ART SHOW AT FAC

 

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The Fremantle Arts Centre re-opened again today with a brilliant exhibition of Aboriginal art.

The REVEALED Exhibition of new and emerging Aboriginal artists from all over Australia is stunning and should not be missed, and neither should the Hunter Dreaming by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri.

The show is on until July 26, so plenty of time to go and have a look and enjoy a coffee and meal in the courtyard cafe.

Roel Loopers

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ART AUCTION TO HELP THE HOMELESS

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, homeless, homelessness, social services by freoview on June 15, 2020

 

HELP THE HOMELESS online art auction 5pm Sunday 21 June – 5pm Sunday 5 July

Online at https://www.artistschronicle.com

Soroptimist International of Fremantle is holding the eleventh annual Help the Homeless Art Auction – online for the first time. Previously held at Fremantle Town Hall, the Covid-19 forced move to an online event will open up the availability of purchases to a wider audience.

Beneficiaries are the Freo Street Doctor, Multicultural Futures and The Starlight Hotel Choir. See the 50 second video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m08opHvwcns&feature=youtu.be

Freo Street Doctor is a mobile health clinic serving the physical and mental needs of homeless, at-risk and marginalised people with low or no income, transients, substance abusers, and those with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness.

Multicultural Futures crisis and short-term accommodation program assists migrants and refugees who are homeless or about to become homeless.

The Starlight Hotel Choir is so-called for its reference to the night view of the homeless. The Choir is administered by St Patrick’s Community Support Centre in Fremantle. Members are homeless or at-risk of being homeless, and through music discover a sense of community and social inclusion.

Included in the Auction this year are works by Tony Jones, Jo Darvall, Greg James, Stewart Scambler, Miik Green, Sandra Black, Julie Podstolski, Lesley Barrettt, Anne Gee, Sheryl Chant, Carol Clitheroe, sisters June and Jean Pastore, Shirley Clancy, Madeleine Clear, Claire Davenhall, Susie Marwick, Lesley Whitham, Amok Island and Luda Korczynskyj.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COMING ALIVE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2020

 

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