Freo's View


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 13, 2014

Tell your wife it’s all about saving money when you argue if you should go out on Friday night. A pint of Guinness for only $ 7.00 and an Irish music concert by Sean Roche for only $ 15.00 (members $ 10,00) is such a bargain that one cannot stay at home.

It’s all happening at the FREMANTLE WORKERS CLUB in Henry Street at 7.30 this Friday, and is a bit of an early St Patrick’s Day celebration.

The cafe will be open from 5.30 for a good and cheap meal, so go join the fun, and bring the wife!

Roel Loopers

Workers Club Irish


Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 28, 2014

Plans are well under way for a 52 patron micro brewery Blacksall Cellar Door at the Fremantle Markets. The proposal comes from hotel operators Patrick Prendiville and Craig and Ian Hutchinson.

The proposal is to brew beer on the premises and sell it there, as an off spin of the already operating Blacksall micro brewery at Salt on Port Beach.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 31, 2014

The Indonesian Consul will be visiting the Fremantle Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets tomorrow in the company of Tim Milsom, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.

It looks like it will be a pleasant day, not too hot and just perfect to eat good international food, listen to local musicians and enjoy Western Australia’s only pop up bar BAR POP, which will be setting up near the boardwalk for a perfect view of the sunset while holding a coldie. Bar Pop pours the beer straight from taps on the back of a vintage Chevy, for those of you who like old cars.

BATHERS is on from 5-9 so tell a few out of towners about it!

Roel Loopers




Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 15, 2014

After last evening’s informative and very long session at the City of Fremantle about the Sunset Events proposal for J Shed, I thought the whole issue is indicative of how Fremantle council does not plan, or does not stick to the plans and policies they decided to implement in the past.

The war cry for activation of the West End of town can be heard loud and clear from Council chambers, but why have all the previous plans for the revitalisation not been implemented and ignored. Now Councillors are just keen for anything to help activate the area, and are likely to sign off on the out of scale and inappropriate for the area pub and outdoor music venue.

The argument from Councillors that nothing is happening around Arthur Head is mainly to blame on the fact that the City for many years ignored to promote our town beach properly. There are no signs from the centre of town to make people aware that only a few hundred metres away is a rather gorgeous little beach. When nearly two million dollars were spent on the Old Port Project, public toilets were not included and the showers were put in the wrong place, and then relocated at considerable cost.

The Pilot’s Cottages along Captain’s Lane have long been neglected by Council and should have been painted and repaired years ago. There is no good way finding signage at Arthur Head, and visitors still don’t know Fremantle has an art precinct there. Signage for that has now been delayed to April, while it was promised to be installed before Christmas. The reason for that is that the experts at CoF are not putting directional signs there but want to include the individual galleries. That’s an expensive idea because some of the galleries will not survive and others will move in, which means a regular demand for new signs. Pretty silly really!

The public open green space at J Shed has been an eyesore. If it wasn’t for J Shed artists watering the grass, bushes and trees, it would resemble even more of arid land.

West End traders talked as early as 2011 about signage to Bathers Beach, or stencils on the footpath, to make tourists aware of that little gem in the inner city, but nothing has been forthcoming.

It comes as no surprise that people at the J Shed meeting last night expressed they had little confidence in Council because they believe Councillors ignore the wishes of the community. When a majority of people express opposition, the City wants us to believe the “silent majority” is actually behind their plans, or try to make it a youth versus aged issue, thus dividing the community unnecessarily.

No one is against the activation of Arthur Head. Not many oppose a small bar, cafe, restaurant, function centre and art gallery at J Shed, but that is dismissed. Those who are against it are being seen as old, negative, anti-progress, etc. Well maybe they are also worried about their investment, because retail values in the West End of Freo will go down considerably if the Sunset Events proposal goes ahead, because the outdoor concerts will not just be 12-15 ticketed events a year, but there will also be music during the week, and that won’t be confined to the inside of the venue if the weather is fine to do it outside. Who wants to live next to a noisy pub in a million dollar plus home?

What the City of Fremantle needs to do is not constantly change and chop and make ad hoc and wrong decisions. The just implemented Alcohol Management Plan can’t be dismissed, unless Councillors want to make laughing-stock of themselves, and neither should the Bathers Beach Art Precinct plans be ignored. The leases even state the lessees have a right to “quiet enjoyment” of their art studios. Yep sure, with a big pub and live music next to them? A new public path wil alsol cut their studios off from foot traffic between Fishing Boat Harbour and Victoria Quay, and that might well mean fewer visitors to the studios and fewer opportunities to make sales.

The Sunset Events proposal is a bad idea, no matter how much money the proponents want to throw at it. It is a bad idea also because the City wants to hide how inadequately they have serviced and looked after the area, by now putting a huge pub in our State’s most significant historic area. Wrong remains wrong, no matter how much money is involved!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on October 1, 2013

The month of October started today and it’s only 24 more days till the start of the annual FREMANTLE FESTIVAL. All the traditional goodies are there with the starting weekend seeing the Blessing of the Fleet and the Seafood Festival on October 27. The next weekend will let us celebrate our Indigenous and coffee culture when the Wardarnji Festival and the Coffee Festival are on November 2 and 3. The last weekend is traditionally the Street Parade and that will be on November 10. There will also be the first Craft Beer&Food Festival on the Esplanade that day, so we might see some inspired people taking part in the parade.

May I also mention how deeply touched I am that the City of Fremantle decided to celebrate my 65th birthday as the start day of this year’s festival on October 25. ; >) What a thoughtful mob those festival officers are.

Roel Loopers

Fremantle Festival 2013


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 3, 2013

Another attraction for the inner city of Fremantle and the West End is nearing completion with signs at the National Hotel stating that it is getting there and they plan to reopen the gorgeous old hotel in December this year.

Phase 1 as they call it will see the opening of a ground level bar catering for 150 patrons with an alfresco area on High Street allowing for another 50 customers. On the first floor there will be a lounge bar and restaurant for 160 people with an additional 100 patrons catered for alfresco on balconies. There will be a huge open-plan kitchen and we will be able to enjoy 30 draught beers on tap.

Then there is going to be a roof bar and boutique accommodation, so the National could well become the jewel in the crown for Freo.

Roel Loopers

national hotel


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 12, 2013

The Little Creatures bar and brewery at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour was packed full today and a large number of people was well under the legal drinking age because the brewery was holding a community fair with clowns and face painting, sand sculpture, free popcorn, and koala and snake cuddling.

Of course as a contributor to the Drinktank blog by FARE(Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) I have to be a wee bit critical of holding an event for children in a big booze barn, but I have acknowledged Little Creatures in the past for their very responsible service of alcohol, and I am a big believer that children deserve the best and a lot of fun, so good on the Creatures crew for organising this during school holidays.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on February 22, 2013

The heat in Fremantle forced me out of the house and demanded a cold drink, so Little Creatures seemed the right place for a coldie. The delicious smokey Puffing Billy will only be on tap today again, so a White Rabbit had to kill my thirst. It was pretty quiet at the Loft so looking around I found some cute still-life photos I am sharing with you here.

Roel Loopers





Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 27, 2012

Good to see more development proposals in the West End of Fremantle with an application for the development of a bar, restaurant, cafe at number 1 Pakenham Street near the corner of Phillimore Street. If all goes to plan that would be the third bar in Pakenham Street with Jarrahcorp on the corner of High Street also being transformed into a bar/cafe, and the bakery bar, put on hold for the time being, between High and Collie Street. They will all be welcome attractions for the West End of the CBD that is in dire need of revitalisation.

Just under the Round House at No 1 High Street 3 young Victorians are creating the arty espresso bar Chalkys, which will open in early January, and word is out that there is serious interest in creating a restaurant/cafe/bar in the most southern studio of J Shed on Bathers Beach.

Also on the cards is an Aboriginal Cultural Centre as part of the Arthur Head transformation into an art hub.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 14, 2012

It was organised chaos but a lot of fun at Clancys in Fremantle last eve when amateur wannabee chefs tried their luck at the BBQ Cook-Off.

Some of the knife skills were less than impressive, some food under, other over cooked, but the majority of dishes presented to the judges looked delicious and got the thumbs up from top judge Nimrod.

The deserting Dockers team of Ben Allan and Clancy Pearce produced a stunning spaghetti marinara that took them into the final against the Maestros team of Lucky Oceans and Nick Sheppard, who had cooked a Mexican seafood wrap.

The Brewers team of Cindy from Nail Brewery and Jan from Last Drop Brewery made great prawn skewers and lamb cutlet and a lovely beer induced sauce.

The VIPS, or Tim Team, of councillor Tim Grey Smith and Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Milsom also created a stunning prawn dish.

Clancys Fremantle will have its 25th birthday next year, so get ready to party!

Roel Loopers


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