Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, election, local council, politics, western australia, women by freoview on June 17, 2016

The Labor party is trying to hold on to the Fremantle Council seat of Beaconsfield that has become available now that former Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson resigned to contest the Federal seat of Fremantle. Hannah Fitzhardinge, a former advisor to WA Premier Geoff Gallop has put her hand up to sit next to Labor’s Councillor Dave Hume.

The by-election will be held probably in September at a date yet to be announced by the Electoral Commission.

Fitzhardinge told the Fremantle Herald that Fremantle Council does not have gender balance, which also applies to most local councils and State and Federal governments, and that she wants better pedestrian safety on South Terrace with mural gardens and street beautification. That process is already well under way of course and was only recently addressed by a large South Fremantle Precinct meeting.

Hannah Fitzharding also wants  the relocation of a State department to Freo and attract more State funding, which has been the aim of the City of Fremantle for years.

I am all for more women in power positions everywhere but the gender balance stuff does not cut it for me as I fear it can become tokenism. I believe Hannah can easily win this on her own merits and the voter participation will be very low. She would no doubt be a great addition to Ingrid Waltham and Rachel Pemberton and Fremantle Council, so I wish her the best of luck!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on April 20, 2016

Residents of Maxwell Street in Beaconsfield are a bit in limbo at what to do with their cars. They received a notice from the City of Fremantle that the street would be resurfaced and cars needed to be off the road by 8 am till 4 pm from Monday the 18 to and including Wednesday 20. The letter also warned that access to the properties might be interrupted.

The profiling was indeed done on Monday but nothing has been done since, although everyone got up to move their car for the three days.

One can assume the new surface will now be put on this Thursday but that means the garbage truck won’t be able to enter the street and pick up the rubbish.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! The machine broke down and they have just turned up but will do most of the resurfacing tomorrow, so get your cars off the road and out of your driveway early, Maxwell Street people!


Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government by freoview on February 18, 2016

The plan by Fremantle Council to increase density from R 20 to R 80 along parts of South Street and make modifications to Planning Scheme Amendment 65 has White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield residents worried.

People who live in small suburban streets off South Street believe their lifestyle and amenity could be negatively affected by medium density buildings which will overlook their backyards, increase traffic in the local streets and create parking issues. They also fear that new higher development could encroach deep, up to six blocks, into the urban community streets to create big blocks that will accommodate large buildings.

Local residents also fear that substantial development in the area will impact on the tree canopy of the many well-treed streets and mature trees of over 50 years old would have to make way for development.

There are also several heritage-listed buildings that could be affected.

I lived in Stokes Street, White Gum Valley for two years and liked the cosy feel of the street where off-street parking was essential for many as there is no, or not sufficient, on-site parking at some properties. New development that might have no parking bays or just one per apartment would mean new residents will also want to park in the small side streets, thus increasing traffic, becoming a danger to playing children and creating parking problems.

Trying to get to the bus to take a ride into Fremantle is very dangerous and even more so during rush hours as crossing South Street is nearly impossible as there are no traffic islands to take refuge on, so the City urgently needs to address that now, well before any higher density development gets off the ground.

South Street is not very attractive, like most major artery roads, and is in my opinion well-suited to accommodate medium density along a public transport corridor, but the impact on the small suburban side streets needs to be carefully considered by Fremantle Council now and not on the hop in the future.

As a community we also need to be aware that State Government demands higher density in all local councils and we are not even close to the target set by the government. I fear that if Councils do not comply, the State could well legislate and forcefully acquire properties along transit routes that would then be sold off to developers as larger blocks for medium and high density housing. That needs to be avoided!

The South Street development corridor and changes to PSA 65 need more detail and very considerate long-term planning, so that we do not see an exodus of residents from the urban street while trying to increase the number of residents in those suburbs.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government by freoview on October 18, 2015

It is bewildering to me and extremely disappointing that so few people voted in the Fremantle local government election and I wonder what the reasons are. Do people believe democracy and politics are only relevant at State and Federal level or are they even more cynical about local politics than they are about the bigger leagues?

In the Beaconsfield Ward I stood for there were 3,539 eligible voters but fewer than 900 bothered to vote and I don’t believe that is acceptable and the State Government needs to change the rules.

What mandate do the successful candidates bring into the Council chambers around Perth when only a few hundred people supported them but the majority did not vote? How relevant does that make Local Government and who are the Councillors representing when the much larger part of the community did not vote for them?

People say that at least those who vote will have an informed view, but I believe that is unfair to those who did not vote. Most people in our society have political views and they write letters to editors and call talkback radio and many are members of political parties, so those who don’t vote are not the stupid uninformed silent majority, so why their complacency?

It was suggested to me that local councils should give people incentives to vote by giving them a rate reduction, but I don’t believe that buying voters is a good idea. Is postal voting supporting laziness, should the State make voting for councils compulsory? I don’t have the answers but I hope there is a way of getting many more voters to participate in two years from now.

And to Dour Johnson who told me it is now time to get back into my small box, and who find this blog irritating, and no doubt other who are rubbing their hands in glee that I did not win last night, let me assure you that I will not go away but will continue to make a positive contribution to my community.

Those who sit on their arse and never step up, but criticise people like me who selflessly give many hours a week to our community, are as pathetic as those people who could not be bothered to vote.

I am very proud of what I do for Fremantle and my personal endeavour to make Freo and even better place to live and work in, and to visit will continue!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on October 16, 2015


Voting for Local Government elections is traditionally disappointingly low and this year is not different. Only 27.28% of the City of Fremantle community has voted so far, so not even one in three.

South Ward has been most active with a voter participation of 28.96% and Hilton comes second with 28.65%.

There is still time to vote though as you can go the the Fremantle Townhall between 8am and 6 pm tomorrow and lodge your vote if you have forgotten it, or not received or lost your ballot papers.

Whatever the outcome tomorrow all candidates deserve thanks from the Freo community for stepping up and nominating. It could be pretty close in many of the wards as just a few hundred votes will get candidates over the line in the first past the post election that does not have preferences.

I was told today by three people that they had just dropped their ballot papers off at the Townhall and voted for me, so at least I’ll receive some votes and won’t be embarrassed.

Please do make the effort to go to the Townhall on Saturday if you have not voted. It is your democratic privilege and duty and it is extremely important to get the right people representing the community!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162 (This is the last time I’ll have to write this below my posts)


Posted in fremantle, school by freoview on October 13, 2015

Beacy Primary FestThe BEACONSFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL are looking for parents who are entertainers (musicians, magicians, whatever your talent may be!) who would like to perform as part of the school fete on Saturday, 24th October.

If this is something you would like to do please contact to register your interest.

It should be a fun day, so be part of it!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162


Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government by freoview on October 11, 2015

It amazes me that after years of reading and hearing complaints about Fremantle and other local councils, the voter participation in the Perth metropolitan area is very low. Do people really believe it is enough to whinge, bleat, attack and worry about their Council in newspapers and on talk back radio, but not vote?

Voting is a democratic right, and it is a privilege that we should be grateful for. We can have a say about who will represent us at the true grassroots level of government like local council, so why don’t people vote. It is only a matter of making a tick on the ballot paper, sign and date the envelope and sticking it in a post box, so surely that should not be too much to ask.

In Fremantle only 4,092 people out of 20,227 eligible voters have voted so far and that is just 20,29%. That is very disappointing I believe. In contrast 53.25% of people voted in the country town of Cue. Still not great but a whole lot better than we city folks are doing.

Postal votes have to be in by Friday October 16, so allowing for Australia Post to maybe take up to three days to deliver your envelope should be mailed latest by Tuesday. Alternatively you can still go and drop it off at the Fremantle Townhall all day till 6 pm on Saturday the 17th when the votes will be counted. VOTE! IT IS IN YOUR OWN INTEREST!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.


Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on October 5, 2015

Mouat Street

The worst kept secret about Freo photographer Roel Loopers is that he loves reflections. I noticed this one in Mouat Street, Fremantle this morning.

A man with an eye for detail is absolutely perfect Councillor talent for Fremantle. Vote for me if you live in Beaconsfield and Hilton and are in the Beaconsfield Ward!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.


Posted in city of fremantle, election by freoview on September 28, 2015

vote for roel

If you have not received your ballot papers for the Local Government Election yet you should receive it this week, so PLEASE VOTE! It is essential for the Fremantle community to elect the people they believe will make a positive difference to the future of our city.

I will bring realism, common sense, creativity, balance, fairness and independence to Council if elected and will work hard toward genuine and better community consultation. I want Council to concentrate on local governance for local people and local businesses.

Fremantle needs to grow and prosper but it needs to retain its unique character and identity and protect its stunning heritage precincts. Good modern development is essential and so is the right mix so we can accommodate families, singles, young and old, poor and wealthy, creative and conservative. We pride ourselves on Freo’s multiculturalism and our creative industries so we need to look after them better and support them.

A vote for ROEL LOOPERS is a positive photo for the entire Fremantle community, so when you live in Beaconsfield and Hilton you could be in the Beaconsfield Ward I am standing for. VOTE FOR ME! VOTE NOW! DON’T FORGET!

Roel Loopers

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162


Posted in fremantle, growers green, markets by freoview on September 26, 2015

The best hangover cure after the disappointing Fremantle Dockers finals loss to Hawthorn is a Sunday morning with the community at the delightful GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET. Besides great fresh fruit and vegetables and the great atmosphere you’ll also have the chance to meet some of your candidates for the Fremantle Council election.

In between shopping, drinking coffee and having breaky wander over to my ROEL FOR FREO! stall and say G’day. I hear East Ward Councillor Ingrid Waltham will also be there, and the last two weekends I noticed Hilton candidate Sam Donovan and South Ward candidate Andrew Luobikis there, so catch up with any of us and tell us what changes you would like to see at Council. I think I might also have glimpsed South Ward Councillor Jon Strachan last week, unless he has a double.

See you all at the GG this Sunday!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.


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