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Posted in ecoburbia, environment, fremantle by freoview on February 8, 2017

Fremantle’s Ecoburbia presents the movie: A Convenient Truth – Urban Solutions from 
Curbita Brazil.

 Friday February 10th.
 7pm for a 7.30 start

This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, social benefits (affordable housing), parks, and the great philosophy behind the successful leaders that transformed Curitiba in a model green city.

This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. It is outside and it can get chilly so dress appropriately. There is seating in the garden but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows.

Feel free to bring you dinner from 7pm The movie will start at 7.30pm.

Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street.



Posted in city of fremantle, parking by freoview on June 12, 2015


The LAPA Brazilian restaurant did not wait long to start installing the parklet, that is taking a parking and a loading bay from High Street, approved by Fremantle Council only a couple of weeks ago.

I am of the opinion that Council should have reversed the decision after the officers failed to mention that the take-away section of the establishment for which the parklet is put up is only operating from 11.30 am to 2 pm, so the street level activation, mentioned at Council as desirable, is not going to happen throughout the operating hours of the restaurant but only for a short two and a half lunchtime hours only. Why give away two important vehicle bays that support the other traders in High Street for that?

Interesting to note that after I mentioned the operating hours of the take-away of LAPA on this blog the sign with those times has been removed from the premises.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, parking by freoview on May 26, 2015


Should a restaurant that already has a large street-frontage alfresco dining area be granted the take-over of a parking and a loading bay to add an additional alfresco space?

The new Brazilian restaurant LAPA in High Street, next to the National Hotel, has asked Fremantle Council to approve that they get use of the two bays and change them into alfresco, but local traders in High Street believe losing the loading bay and a car parking bay would be detrimental to their businesses. What do you think?

It is on the agenda of tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, so have your say now.

Roel Loopers


Posted in brazil, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on March 4, 2015

LAPA Brazilian bbq

Bon Dia! This will be exciting news for those Fremantle people who love great soccer and South American cuisine. LAPA Brazilian Barbeque Restaurant is being built next to the National Hotel in High Street and will be a very welcome addition to the West End.

It is still quite a few months away by the look of it but something to look forward to.

Roel Loopers



Posted in environment, fremantle, urban design by freoview on October 25, 2014

I am very interested in urban design because I believe that if we get that part of developing our cities right it will create a better lifestyle and better health, so it was interesting to hear the concerns about “Urban Heat Islands” on ABC TV last night.

Urban Heat Islands are the areas in cities that have an elevation of temperatures compared to the areas directly adjacent to them and can add up to six degrees to an area. It is often a result of urban design problems, e.g. not enough urban green open space and insufficient trees.

But the colour of roofs and walls of buildings are also important, with dark colours a big no-no in warmer climates like Fremantle. It is important to build more solar-passive houses and enlarge the tree canopy, and there is the need for more green vegetation that is supported by irrigation.

It was interesting to hear that the City of Sao Paulo in Brazil has added 200 square kilometres of green space over the last years to fight pollution and improve the health of the residents. This should be a lesson for Fremantle where we are losing green space and trees and are contemplating to build on Pioneer Park, when we should really be adding new green open spaces in the central city.

In this light the following from the University of Canberra is also important, so please do the survey as it will help all of us to better understand.

The University of Canberra has launched an Urban Wellbeing Survey that is focussed on collecting and providing information about wellbeing and way of life in Australia’s most populous cities.

This survey is distinctive because it covers much more than health and wellbeing; it also covers factors that can have a big effect on wellbeing, such as travel, access to services, community wellbeing and social connectedness.

Here is a summary of what it covers:
§ Socio-demographic characteristics
§ Walkable urban design
§ Travel behaviours and attitudes
§ Building comfort in work and home
§ Access to and quality of amenities and services
§ Neighbourhood cohesion, governance & safety
§ Social participation, inclusion and exclusion
§ Physical activity
§ Connectedness, efficacy and marginalisation
§ Mental health and wellbeing
§ Physical health and health behaviours

The survey is open now through November at: Anyone over 18 can do it and can enter the prize draw if they want to. We also have a facebook page at

The Urban survey is being conducted in tandem with the Regional Wellbeing Survey which covers all of regional, rural and remote Australia, as well as the rural-urban fringe:

The urban and regional versions of the survey are linked so that people can choose whether they go into the urban or regional version when they begin the survey based on where they live.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 9, 2014

Port A


I am not sure that Bloody Hell! is the right expression when one complains about the cold weather, because the hell and heaven experts tell us it is hot in hell, but anyway, bloody hell, it was bloody cold this morning in Fremantle harbour. I was even contemplating selling parts of my body to La Paleta for their frozen delights range.

But I digress, as I only wanted to show you, my dearest and most valued readers, the quite eerie and a bit misty light just after sun rise. Let’s pretend I only got up early to take this photo for you all, and not because I wanted to watch the German soccer team beat the crap out of the defenceless Brasilians. Let’s hope my Dutchies will do the same to Argentina tomorrow morning.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 23, 2013

Fremantle has stepped in Perth’ footsteps and are allowing mobile food vans to set up in parks around the city. I noticed the Pizza Queens on Wilson Park at South Beach last weekend and today I stumbled across the COMIDA DO SUL Brazilian van on the Esplanade. The young operators are selling food like Coxxina, a bit like a Brazilian pie they told me, they also do yummy bean and rice and Batata Frita, I assume that means fried potatoes.

I believe they were put in the wrong location by the City of Fremantle as they should be further north between the playground and toilets where more people walk by, the location near the BUG containers is not good and too close to the lovely Carriage Cafe.

The vans will be in different locations each day, so keep an eye out for them.

Roel Loopers

Comida do Sul

Carriage Cafe


Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 12, 2012

An amazing number of people turned up to watch the Fremantle Festival parade on Sunday. I can’t recall seeing that many people in the 20 years I have been coming to the parade. The chalk painting on the Cappuccino Strip is an absolute hit with young and old who could not wait to get started. Fantastic to see so much community support in the parade and many schools participating as well, with many of the young ones on the shoulders of their parents.

It was colourful, fun, noisy and very Freo indeed, but with Cockburn wanting to steal the Dockers footy club from us I wonder if not a Fremantle drum band could have started the parade instead of the City of Cockburn Pipeband. Or did I miss we have amalgamated already? ; >)

I found the large Sunday Times banner hanging off the Sail and Anchor balcony very annoying, and was disappointed the Brazilian Street Party had not even started at 5.45 a good forty minutes after the parade came through. There was a real loss of energy and the majority of people who had watched the parade left because nothing was going on. After waiting that long I left as well.

Roel Loopers


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