Freo's View

NEW GRASS FOR BATHERS BEACH

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

It looks like the City of Fremantle is finally getting rid of the dust bowl in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach and replace it with grass.

There have been complaints about dust being blown into the galleries and around the area since 2012, but now Wednesday’s FPOL Committee is asked to release the $ 32,000 set aside for putting turf there.

If approved the work will be undertaken in November and December, and additional Norfolk Pines would also be planted in 2018.

I have supported the grass option for the last five years, but it is essential for the City to stop vehicles driving on to the new grassed area to access the art gallery for events, weddings and functions, as the turf would be wrecked within months.

Bollards along the dual foot/bicycle path would keep vehicles off the grass.

Roel Loopers

THE BEAUTY OF FREMANTLE. COME VISIT!

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2017

 

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I wandered around Fremantle’s lovely West End just before sun set on Friday and took some tourist photos of the beautiful late light.

 

Roel Loopers

A WHALE OF A FREO FESTIVAL

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 26, 2017

 

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I believe that this year’s Fremantle Festival, which starts tomorrow with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre, will be one of the best ever.

The addition of the two-yearly High Tide adds another international dimension to our port town festival and that is lifting the quality.

While Swiss artist Felice Varini has finished his epic Arcs D’Ellipses yellow artwork along High Street, down at the J Shed No 4 studio Ross Potter was still patiently drawing a life-size humpback whale that will be on display at the Maritime Museum from tomorrow till mid November.

Up on Arthur Head next to the Roundhouse they are building a lovely festival hub meeting place, and there will be shows in the Roundhouse and Whalers Tunnel.

Take part in the festival as it is all about community!

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES

 

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Where other people see negativity in Fremantle I see opportunities and reason for optimism. We have been through a long struggle, and it is not over by a long shot, but I can see light and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Fremantle is so unique and has such a good community and lifestyle, that I strongly believe that if we can work collaboratively and positively together we can create an even better city for the next generations and for all the visitors who’ll come here.

I would love to work toward attracting many more tourists to Fremantle and offer them more, and would like to see the City of Fremantle, with funding from the federal and state governments build a significant Aboriginal Cultural Center in the heart of the city.

A place where indigenous people can create art, have a big gallery space to sell the art from, an outdoor space for music, dance and story telling, and a cafe that sells bush tucker.

I would also love to see a migrant museum that tells the story of those people from far away countries who built our state and city and acknowledge them.

And as a very long-term plan I would like to see a significant Bathers Beach project, where the J Shed area in 20-30 years or so could become something like the Bondi Pavilion, with a sea pool, and where our inner city beach becomes as popular as the South, Port and Leighton beaches.

Developing Fremantle Festival into a showcase that would attract interstate and overseas visitors would also be great, and the present High Tide project along High Street will no doubt be a huge attraction with photos sent all over the planet via Snap Chat, Facebook, etc.

We have great opportunities in the Knutsford Street area to develop a good variety of diverse housing, from single, to medium and high density, tiny houses, townhouses, etc.

The Cantonment Hill Project is under way and the newly-opened playground is already very popular I noticed this morning.

The Fremantle Oval Project is a huge opportunity to do something outstanding there, but I warn against modelling it on the Claremont Oval development, which is pretty boring. Freo can do much better than that!

Fremantle has so much to offer for residents and visitors, and I have no doubt that with all the new development under way and planned Freo will also become attractive again for retailers and shoppers. All we need is a bit of patience, a positive attitude and not talking our city down.

Together we can move mountains. Let’s do it, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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TOURIST SIGN TO BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 18, 2017

 

Bathers Beach sign

 

It has been a long time coming, but now there is finally a dedicated sign in High Street pointing to Bathers Beach.

I would have liked Fremantle City to put this sign all along High Street on posts to make visitors more aware that we have this lovely little beach on the edge of the city centre.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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FREMANTLE INDIGENOUS TOURS

Posted in abeautifulcity, city of fremantle, indigenous, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2017

 

Indigenous Tours WA

 

My mate Greg Nannup is doing indigenous tours in the Bathers Beach, Arthur Head area on Thursdays and Saturdays.

They are really good tours to learn more about the history and culture of the Wadjuk people who lived in the Walyalup area, as the Freo region is called by them.

Greg also does tours for school groups, so if your child’s school has not organised one, suggest it to them.

The tours run from 10.30 am to midday and start from the lawn at the Shipwreck Museum, corner Marine Terrace and Cliff Street.

It costs $ 35 for adults, $ 25 concession and $ 15 for a child.

You can book on http://www.wadjuk.com or phone 0405 630606

Book a tour now!

 

Roel Loopers

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ORIONS FLY OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

Orion

 

The visitors to Fremantle’s Round House traditional 1pm cannon fire got a nice extra attraction when three Orion planes flew low and slow over the Indian Ocean and past Arthur Head and the Maritime Museum.

My young Dutch friend Isa Bo fired the cannon today, under the watchful eyes of mum, and dad, and opa and oma who are visiting from the Netherlands, and will have to change her name to Isa Boom now. ; >)

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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FREMANTLE’S ART AND HISTORY PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

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History is very important to me. It gives me a sense of belonging and comfort to know that many people worked so hard decades ago to leave beautiful Fremantle for future generations. It also puts the onus on us to leave a great place for the young ones, hence my nomination for the local government election.

Culture is very much part of that, as I was brought up in the Netherlands with the great art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, etc.

So I love hanging out at Arthur Head, where the Roundhouse stands proud as the oldest public building in Western Australia, and where artists such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Peter Zuvela, Ross Porter and Glen Cowans have made an artistic home for themselves.

The PS Art Space people have put three cherry-pickers at Little High Street in preparation for the installation of an exciting new art show, so stay tuned for that.

Here some impressions of the historic art area at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

As I said at the City Ward candidate forum last Thursday, in the unlikely event that I’ll get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to revisit the BBAP as I believe it can and needs to be improved, because some parts of it are not working. It has great potential but needs creative thinking and real collaboration with the local artists.

 

Roel Loopers

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BEING PART OF THE SOLUTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

I am not good at showing off and promoting myself, but have been told I’ll just have to do it during the election campaign. So it’s time to give myself some credit for the positive difference I make to Fremantle. I don’t claim that I change the world, but I try to be part of the solutions and get the small things fixed.

So here a few examples of the many times I have made a positive difference:

Most recently I was made aware of the property on the corner of Suffolk Street and South Terrace being used as an illegal dump. I took some photos, published them on this blog on Tuesday lunchtime, was contacted by the City of Fremantle, and on Thursday morning three skip bins were at the site that was being cleaned up.

When National Broad Band contractors left the High Street Mall in a mess, I blogged about it. The City put warning signs around it the next day and got the contractors back within a week to level the pavement.

When I name&shame the lack of maintenance, etc. in Fremantle the City administration does take notice and repairs happen pretty fast, especially when I point out there is a public liability issue.

I was part of a working group to beautify Arthur Head and we recommended that Council should approve a new path from Kidogo Arthouse to J Shed, with solar lighting, and to light up the cliff face. That was implemented and is there for all to enjoy now.

When I lived in one of the old Pilot’s Cottages next to the Roundhouse I observed that people were having trouble negotiating the dirt path along Captain’s Lane. Disabled people found it hard to get from the disabled parking bays to the tourist attraction, and women in high heels attending weddings had major problem not spraining ankles. I took photos and published two blog posts about it and within six months the city put down a nice path.

A friend who has MS told me that if he wanted to go to the cafe at B Shed he had to ride his gopher on the road against traffic to the other end of B Shed, so I alerted Fremantle Ports to that problem, and within a few weeks a temporary ramp was put down, that has now been made permanent. Whenever I walk past it I call it Roel’s ramp. ; >)

Getting rubbish bins cleaned west of the railway line at Arthur Head was a real problem for a long time, to the annoyance of J Shed artists and Roundhouse volunteers. So I kept plugging away at it and reporting about it for a long time. Now regular cleaning is the routine.

I regularly engage with Fremantle Councillors and officers on how things can be improved, because I strongly believe that we can all be part of problem solving and finding solutions. While others say that they should be doing something about it, I just do something about it and take ownership and responsibility. Whinging is only good when it creates positive outcomes, so I rather offer suggestions for solutions.

It helps that I walk the streets daily, and I wished more CoF officers would do the same, because one observes so much more walking than driving a vehicle.

Parking inspectors should be made de-facto rangers and report back maintenance issues they observe, as should all City staff.

If we all make Fremantle issues our problem, we’ll get faster results and fewer unhappy people!

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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VANDALISM AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

 

It looks like some idiotic, braindead morons smashed the big pot plants in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach over night.

It’s hard enough for small businesses and artists to survive, and they really don’t need stupid vandalism on the eve of an art exhibition which is opening tonight.

 

Roel Loopers

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