Freo's View


Posted in cars, fremantle, parking by freoview on December 26, 2016



We humans are a funny lot and I had to laugh out loud when I noticed all these cars parked along the Cappuccino Strip on Christmas Day.

It was not as if there was a shortage of parking bays in Fremantle as there was hardly anyone in town, but it must have been on the bucket list of some of those who went to Sandrino and Pizza Bella Roma for lunch to finally park on the strip.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle, tourism by freoview on October 7, 2016



Work has started on the new Fremantle Market Street PIAZZA behind Gino’s and the Dome cafe.

New trees were planted this morning and new seating and lighting will also soon be installed, all ready to go for summer.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, tourism, TRAFFIC by freoview on October 4, 2016



Work on the Little Market Street Piazza behind the Dome and Gino’s will start soon in Fremantle and through traffic from Collie and Nairn streets to the Cappuccino Strip is now no longer an option.

New seats and trees will be installed in the next weeks, weather permitting, so enjoy Freo’s tiny new square.

Roel Loopers




Posted in community, fremantle, heritage, retail, tourism, western australia by freoview on June 6, 2016

Freo 1960


I talked with quite a few people yesterday, including some officers and Councillors of the City of Fremantle about how good the FREO 1960 classic car event in the West End was. It did everything good placemaking should be all about. It attracted many visitors, who supported local traders. Cafes did a roaring business and Bodkins Bootery had one of its best days of the year.

For me it was all about minimalism and not trying to do too much. There were no market stalls or anything that did distract from the main event, and from the retailers in the area, and that was a very good thing.

Contrary to yesterday the trial closure of the Cappuccino Strip did not work for me because it was over organised. The trials did not give people the chance to just enjoy the strip, instead most of the space was taken up by bars extending out further into the street and it made it look cramped and not a place to relax unless one wanted to drink booze. It did not create the family ambience it could have done and it needs a rethink, because it mainly supports a few traders to the disadvantage of others.

Create public seating, instead of private alcohol related ones and make it a space to enjoy where kids can draw on the street, etc.

What FREO 1960 did yesterday was showcase Fremantle’s heritage, and very many people walked up to have a look at the Roundhouse as well. I don’t believe the jewel in the crown of Fremantle is in the limelight enough and High Street is the perfect location for events like this that support our retailers.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on May 4, 2016


The world is full of facades that don’t always tell the whole story of politicians, ourselves, buildings and streetscapes, so here a different view of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. The back of it.

The delightful toilet mural by Lady Bananas at Grill’d Burgers, next to the colourful bin section of the Mexican Kitchen and the tired looking Capri backyard.

Roel Loopers



Posted in community, festivals, fremantle by freoview on April 17, 2016



I hope the rain will disappear soon as there are so many outdoor activities in Fremantle today.

The Esplanade Youth Plaza Festival is on from 10-4. It’s a free event so take the kids there, sit on the grass and watch the amazingly skilled young ones.

First things first, of course, so I will traditionally start my Sunday with a stroll at the Growers Green Farmers Market and buy some yummy Dutch bitterballen at Treacle Treat. Linda also sells those delicious fluffy little Dutch pancakes! Hey kids time to take your parents there!

After that I am off to have a look at SAGRA at Kings Square. It’s a traditional Italian cultural community event of food, wine, music and dancing, and of course I’ll be enjoying the traffic free Cappuccino Strip and the alfresco and entertainment there.

And when I have done all that I will go home and  put my feet up and watch the Dockers game. Hopefully that will not spoil the fun day.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, tourism by freoview on April 9, 2016


I watched the very disappointing Time Walks episode by Tony Robinson about Fremantle on ABC TV last night.

I realise that it is probably priceless promotion for our heritage port city but I found it excruciatingly superficial.

As a presenter Tony Robinson is all about look at me, look at me, and his ‘reinactment’ of an historic moment at Fremantle Prison was at best bizarre, if not extremely weird.

I wondered what frantic Robinson was on and if maybe a Viagra pill might have gone the wrong way up to his brain.

It looked like one mad rush when in fact the TV crew would have been in Freo for several days, but the ‘doco’ lacked depth and forgot to mention 50,000 years of indigenous history. Ooops!

Roel Loopers


Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle by freoview on April 7, 2016

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I know the part closure of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip on Sundays is only a trial but I’d like to give my five cents worth already.

I don’t understand when there are road closures with huge signs that there is still a need for traffic control people in high visibility all weather gear to be standing around all day doing nothing, as the traffic control is done by signage and does not require human intervention during the period of the closure.

There were at least four such people last Sunday from around 9 am till 10 pm, so that is a cost the City of Fremantle does not have to have. That also applies to other events and festivals where the yellow and orange people are just engaging in people watching and take no active part in traffic control once they have put the signs in place. This is not an attack on the traffic controllers but I am asking why are they there all day when they are not needed?

Unfair trading is also something Council needs to consider as those cafes, bars, restaurants who are operating outside the closed part of the Cap Strip are disadvantaged as they can not have more tables and seats outside, while those within the area can double their alfresco areas. That is not fair and affects profits. There is a herd mentality in humans, so most people will want to be where the crowd is and that is within the closed off part of the street.

I cannot see a reason why the road could not be closed from Essex Street to High Street, as traffic from the South to the Colllie Street carpark can be diverted into Essex, right into the laneway behind the Mexican Kitchen and then left into Collie for parking or to continue to the Esplanade or right into Pakenham through to the west end and Philimore Street.

Traffic should be diverted at the High Street intersection, not at Bannister Street. There is no benefit in allowing cars to drive down Market, turn right into Bannister, then right into Pakenham and then left into High Street, so one might as well put market stalls and/or buskers in Market Street between High and Bannister.

I was at last week’s event  from 10.30 till 12.30 and there were no buskers during that time. I was told one did not turn up at 10 am. There needs to be more and constant entertainment and the facepaint fairy tent should be brought to the corner of Market and the Cappuccino Strip, so that families can easier find it.

I like the idea of a permanent closure of the Strip on Sundays, especially during the warmer months, but it needs to be fine tuned a bit. We also need to find out if those who now extend their alfresco areas without paying for it would be happy to pay for the additional space.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism by freoview on April 3, 2016


The first of three closures of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip is on today from 10am to 10 pm, but it was quiet in Fremantle after a very busy long Easter weekend. It looked o.k. but the part closure did not do it for me.

It makes little sense to let cars drive into Market Street, divert them through Bannister and Pakenham Street back into High Street, when one could close off Market Street at High Street. That would also help to not create a traffic jam in Pakenham Street, where traffic coming from Collie Street meets up with the diverted traffic from Barrister Street.

It seems unfair to the traders between Collie and Essex Street that the closure does not include their part of the strip and that is a disadvantage to their trade and profits. Do the cafes and bars in the closed off area pay more for their extended alfresco areas? If not that is unfair to those who pay for their alfresco areas and can’t more than double it for free during closure of the street.

It is a trial, so we will all learn from it and see what works and does not work. I would like to see stalls between High and Bannister Street.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, lifestyle by freoview on April 2, 2016

I am really far too old for quickies, but here a very short quick quicky to remind you all that tomorrow’s GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET will be a big one as it is the first Sunday of the month.

After that head out to the Cappuccino Strip for the first of the Sunday traffic closure trial. Live entertainment, cafes out on the strip, cosy seats, kids stuff, just very relaxing Freo fun!

I’ll be at both events so if you can’t stand me put some shades on and ignore me, but don’t miss out on the fun! ; >)

Roel Loopers


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