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Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018



The new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site near Fremantle Hospital and Fremantle Oval is scheduled to open early April.

Bitumen made of recycled road milling is being put down at present. It will capture rain water run off that will be used to water the water-wise plants.

There will be 156 car bays which will be lit at night by solar lighting, and there are also electric car charging bays.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 10, 2018

The City of Fremantle is investigating the likelihood of success-or not- for a car share project , with a consultant report going to the FPOL Committee of Council this coming Wednesday

Here some excerpts of the agenda item:

The report findings suggest that for a car share operator to be successful in Fremantle, support from Council is critical. Recommended support includes the use of car share vehicles in preference to fleet vehicles, and the provision of free car share parking bays.

The report suggests that Council seek Expressions of Interest to gauge the willingness of car share operators to enter the Fremantle market, and to determine the most appropriate applicant.

Fremantle Council adopted a specific Car Share policy in 2014. This indicated its intention to undertake a 2 year trial to facilitate car share scheme/s in Fremantle, the support the City was willing to offer operators, and the requirements it had of operators in return for this support. Uptake during the trial period has, however, been limited. Conversely, the prevalence of car share schemes, nationally, has increased, with these now successfully operating Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Car share services are most relevant to non-car owners or any owner of a low use vehicle (> 5000km per year). Car share operators own, service and clean vehicles, and customers pay to hire the cars on an hourly basis, returning them to the same pick up location. The hourly cost usually covers petrol, servicing and repairs, and some level of insurance. Public benefits from car share services include financial benefits (lower costs associated with having access to a vehicle), easier parking options, reduced congestion and improved urban amenity. Owners of a low use vehicle may choose to sell their vehicle and opt to use car share instead. Research indicates that one car share vehicle usually reflects a net reduction of nine vehicles.

Operators are likely to be cautious about developing a car share network in Fremantle due to the relatively low population and job density, generous parking permit controls for residents and availability of parking for business vehicles, all of which may reduce demand for the scheme and so undermine its viability. Reasons to be optimistic include that 13% of households do not own a private vehicle, which is relatively high, a large number of residents (2200) commute without a car, and CAT bus routes can provide free transport to the initial car share locations.

Commercial car share schemes are unlikely to be successful in Fremantle unless proactively supported by Council through:

staff use of car share vehicles as an alternative to fleet vehicles,

provision of parking bays for car share vehicles,

widespread promotion of the service, and

encouraging other large local organisations (such as Notre Dame, Fremantle Hospital) to use the services.

One has to wonder how long such a car share scheme would last with the probability of autonomous driverless cars on our roads within the next five years. Council should take that into account before committing to car share. A survey among residents would also reveal how many of us would be likely to use car share arrangements.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018


Dutchman Wiebke Wakker will soon be crossing from Indonesia to Australia and will hopefully also visit Fremantle on his epic journey.

Wakker, which means awake, has been on the road for 687 days in an electric car, visited 31 countries and has driven 60,000 kilometres without having to fill up at a petrol station.

His Plug Me In project gets him to ask people to allow him to recharge the car batteries and he has been welcomed everywhere. See more on

The always innovative and change embracing Dutch have a target of 200,000 electric vehicles on the road in the Netherlands by 2020. That’s a whole lot more than the meagre few hundred on Australian roads.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2018


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The Migratory Projects-House Drag/Maquette 2018 exhibition at Fremantle’s PS Art Space in Pakenham Street made me wonder what art is, so I let artists Andrew Sunley Smith and Daniel Egger explain the reasons for dragging a house behind cars.

This iteration of the three part project functions as an abstracted full size 1:1 sacle framework/house/maquette, exhibited as a working open form, along with a series of process related components, comprising of films, a specially created and restored full size vehicle, plus a series of sculptural objects, tools/equipment, print works, photographs and drawings-the objective of which is to further display, explore and momentarily situate the projects intent and scope, pulling focus toward its logistic, psychological(often silent) poetics and visceral realities.

The show is on till February 14 Tuesday-Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

Roel Loopers



Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017




The perfect Freo gift for Christmas must be the inflatable bicycle helmet that does not wreck one’s hair.

I am pretty cynical about laws that forces motorists to have at least one-metre distance from cyclists, to protect their safety, when very many of them don’t care much about their own safety and refuse to wear helmets, and wear dark clothes at night riding unlit bikes.

The onus for cyclists’ safety should not be on motorists only!

Have a safe Christmas on your bike and wear a helmet please!

Roel Loopers



Posted in cars, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 19, 2017

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Fremantle Port’s Victoria Quay was a huge car park this morning when I photographed it from the Fremantle-Perth train.

I know the Fremantle community would like to develop that part of the port, but it is still an impressive sight.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2017


Fremantle Council will this coming Wednesday discus the plans for traffic calming, pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along South Terrace in South Fremantle, after lengthy community consultation.

The local community told the City of Fremantle that:
* 72.6% of people support the proposed changes, with 53.8% indicating they ‘strongly support’ the changes and a further 18.8% supportive of ‘most changes’.

* The proposal to improve the streetscape was the most supported change, with over 90% of respondents answering positively to the proposed new paving, street furniture, trees and planting.

* The proposal to reduce the carriageway to a trafficable width of 7 metres is the least supported change. While 58.2 % of people support narrowing the road to make it easier for people to cross the street safely, 22.2 % felt this would create more dangerous conditions for cyclists.

* The need for South Terrace to be calmed from South Street to Douro Road was mentioned by numerous people, along with the need to protect the interests of people living in the side streets.

* A plan for the area bounded by South Street, Douro Road, Marine Terrace and Hampton Road was suggested, following concerns that the proposed treatment at Little Lefroy and South Terrace will create traffic problems elsewhere.

* The need for a cycle lane on South Terrace between South Street and Douro Road was frequently mentioned, along with a desire to see similar treatments implemented at other nodes in this section.

If you did not have your say you can still address Council this Wednesday at 6pm!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017


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I have been calling for better communication by the City of Fremantle for a while, because the good stories have to be told as they don’t seem to reach residents and ratepayers, but the latest media release about parking is a strange one.

Free After 3 parking is being embraced by the community, the media release states and that before its introduction last month only 81 residents’ parking permits were issued in July, but in August 202 and in September 265.

The problem with the statement is that it is factually wrong and that Free After 3 was not introduced last month, as it has been going on for many years. I’ve got eight parking permit stickers on my windscreen to prove it!

The only changes that were made last month is that free parking after 3pm and before 11 am for residents with parking permits now also applies on weekends.

Before the changes there was no free parking on Saturdays and there was only free parking with permit at the Beach Street carpark all day on Sunday.

What has been added, because of the Kings Square Project, is one-hour free parking at Queen and William streets and Paddy Troy Lane.

The election is over, but it is still important to get the facts right!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017


The City of Fremantle has just announced that it will be introducing one-hour free parking in selected areas around Kings Square.

Local traders are concerned that the Kings Square Project construction over the next two and a half years might negatively impact on their business, hence the Freo City administration has decided to support them with more free parking.

Stay tuned for updates!


Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, parking, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2017


Government process and irrational red tape annoys most people in our community, and today’s example in Freo was another one where I left shaking my head.

The mainly senior volunteer tour guides at the Roundhouse have reserved parking bays along the railway line, and for the last ten days a car, probably a Notre Dame student, has parked in one of the bays illegally for the entire day.

The Roundhouse office is no longer occupied every day, so today I stopped my car when I noticed a parking inspector. I told him the story and gave him the rego of the car, but oh no! that’s not how it goes, mate.

You need to call the office and lodge a complaint, and the office will then call a parking officer. That means the process becomes a triangular one that requires two phone calls, instead of the officer walking one minute down the street where I stopped him.

I got muzak when I called the City and since I was on my mobile I decided not to wait, so the matter was not resolved.

Why complicate matters when they could be simple? I don’t blame the officer, whom I know well, as he was following directions, but the process stinks!


Roel Loopers

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