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Posted in cars, cbd, city of fremantle, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018


A  $ 928.336 Safer Community grant from the Federal Government will be used by the City of Fremantle to install automatic number plate recognition cameras at the entries to the city. The technology is similar to that used in WA police cars.

The new cameras would be an addition to the existing Fremantle CCTV network and installed at main roads into the CBD and also at Beach Street, Marine Terrace, Market Street, South Terrace and Queen Victoria Street.

The Fremantle CCTV system is controlled by the CoF and footage release on request to the WA Police, lawyers and members of the public as evidence in court cases.

The cameras scan all passing vehicles and identify persons of interest, unregistered  and stolen vehicles and drivers without a license.

Roel Loopers


Posted in crime, fremantle, law&order, vandalism, western australia by freoview on July 4, 2016


Idiotic vandals have yet again damaged the solar lights along the coastal path at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. It is such a shame that mindless morons believe they have the right to vandalise public and private property.

It is time to get CCTV at Arthur Head as this has been an ongoing problem for years and is costing money.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, vandalism by freoview on April 8, 2016






More vandalism has occurred at Arthur Head and the urgency for CCTC in the area is becoming more and more important.

Two days ago I reported on the overflowing skip bin at J Shed that Sunset Events left there since the last concert on Saturday, and last night an idiot or two set fire to the bin and  FESA had to attend.

And while this is happening at Arthur Head our city ‘leaders’ are sitting on their hands and do nothing about it, because admitting they were wrong would be far worse than the heritage precinct going up in flames.

The area needs immediate action, City of Fremantle. Do it now and stop the procrastination and favouratism of Sunset Events!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, crime, vandalism by freoview on December 27, 2015



Mindless morons did more damage at Fremantle’s historic Arthur Head this weekend with windows at J Shed and the public toilet being damaged and large graffiti painted on the fence at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

It should be a priority for the City of Fremantle to install CCTV in the area and improve lighting and patrols and it’s time for WA police to ‘discover’ the historic precinct and patrol it at night as the vandalism can’t be allowed to continue.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, LAW&ORDER by freoview on December 21, 2015


Drunken idiots left a trail of damage and empty beer and liquor bottles at Fremantle’s historic Arthur Head on the weekend that had local artists shaking their head and asking how much longer this will continue until the City of Fremantle installs CCTV and additional lighting in the area.

Most of the solar lights along the Bathers Beach dune path were vandalised, a car had its back, site and windscreen windows smashed and several windows of the J Shed art studios were damaged by rocks. Jenny Dawson who is working on a huge public artwork for Elizabeth Quay in Perth was clearly worried that the work she and Sandra Black have been working on for many months might get vandalised before it is being installed early next year.

One door of the brand new cute change rooms next to Kidogo Arthouse was also damaged by the mindless morons who get a kick out of vandalism.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on October 23, 2015

The City of Fremantle today announced its Zero-Tolerance to Anti-Social Behaviour policy in collaboration with WA Police.

City and police officers will target street drinking, loud and intimidating behaviour and begging.

There will be increased undercover and uniform police patrols, additional CBD liaison and safety officers and more regular and visible patrols in the suburbs by Rangers.

Lighting in the CBD and suburbs will be increased and the City will investigate if it is viable to install CCTV in the suburbs.

Fremantle City discourages donating money to beggars and will instead install Spare Cash Collection Points where people can donate money that will then be distributed to those in need by charities.

One of the main issues I see in Fremantle is that there is no ‘pick up’ for people who come from breakfast at St Patrick’s. They are left without guidance and support for most of the day and meander aimlessly through the CBD from Princess May Park to the Woolstores shopping centre, Kings Square, then to Pioneer Park and on to Bathers Beach.

To stop a lot of what is going on there needs to be a space where that group of people can somehow connect and feel cared for. That could be a park somewhere with a bit of shelter where social workers could drop in now and then for a chat, or a sheltered space in one of the City of Fremantle’s vacant buildings. It’s the roaming the streets that creates most problems, so if we can address that somehow we might see fast improvement.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on July 3, 2014

Here is the City of Fremantle 2014/2015 budget, approved by Council on Wednesday:

     $97.3m expenditure budget with $100k surplus.

  • ~$27m in capital expenditure for key strategic projects:

$8.5m for new community facilities / upgrade of existing buildings (including heritage building restoration)

$2.8m to upgrade community amenities at parks and reserves

$4.5 million on infrastructure projects including $1m for bike infrastructure

$7.8 million purchase of new council operations centre (depot) in O’Connor.

  • Increase of 5.9% inclusive of rates and waste costs.
  • Operating efficiencies improved by 3% (on top of 3% improvement in 2013/14).
  • $1m local government reform contingency to ensure smooth transition through the reform process.

 Key infrastructure projects (2014/15)

 Parks and reserves

–       $100k for Gold Street park and playground upgrades,

–       $130k for a playspace program at Fremantle Primary School

–       $100k for the development of a playground area at Davis Park

–       $350k for infield irrigation and playground upgrade works at Bruce Lee Reserve

–       $150k for stage one of the Cantonment Hill upgrade

–       $100k for Monument Hill Anzac Centenary Celebration

 Community facilities

–       $1.2m for a new Leighton Beach kiosk and changerooms

–       $1.1m to re-align the Fremantle Public Golf Course and for a new community integrated facility and clubhouse

–       $400k for Fremantle Arts Centre sustainability work

–       $340k for new facility for Mens Shed in Hilton

–       $200k to upgrade Port Beach changerooms

–       $165k for a full basketball court at South Beach

–       $55k for a basketball half court at the Esplanade Youth Plaza

 Arts and culture

–       An additional $100k for community arts program to provide for suburban art projects (total budget for community art projects of $140,000)

–       Ongoing financial support for a dedicated Arts and Culture Project Officer to develop Fremantle’s art sector


–       $1m allocated to upgrading Fremantle bicycle infrastructure

–       $1.4m road improvement program


–       $560k for restoration works of the Town Hall

–       Stage 1 of the upgrade of the Old Fremantle Boys School for $850,000

–       $500k for further conservation works at Fremantle Markets

–       490k for maintenance work at Victoria Pavilion (Fremantle Oval)

–       480k  for upgrade works on the Evan Davies building in South Terrace

–       $200k for Old Fire Station upgrades

 Land and buildings

–       $8m to develop the new council depot

–       $500k for design work and development application for the new $45m City administration centre in Kings Square

 Community safety

–       $350k to improve lighting in the Fremantle CBD

–       $65k for additional CCTV cameras


–       1% of rates to renewable energy reserve

–       $582k for Leighton beach landscaping

–       $100k to implement permanent street recycling bins in Fremantle CBD

–       $50k for greening the West End



Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 6, 2014

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It is always good to see Fremantle in the limelight for positive reasons, so the Today Tonight report on Channel 7 this week about the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings was a great promotion for the city, showing Bread in Common, the National Hotel, the Hougoumont Hotel, and the Heirloom by Match project of the Fort Knox woolstores.

I also noticed Fremantle based Nicholas Takacs, owner of ABEAUTIFULCITY, on the front page of the Western Suburbs newspaper. Nicholas offers people counting services to local councils, shopping centres, etc. and the article was about what kind of technology local councils use to collect data about the number of people that visit, and their movement around town.

Fremantle BID(Business Improvement District) has four people counters installed by abeautifulcity that count the numbers of people passing underneath them. They are in Market, High and Adelaide streets and South Terrace. The City of Fremantle is also in the early stages of a people counter trial with mobile phone technology, using the WiFi signals of mobiles, which enables the tracking of the movement of people from one area to another, e.g. where do people go before and after they visit an event on the Esplanade.

Both technologies are not perfect because people counters count the same person passing underneath them more than once as multiple people, while the mobile phone technology has its shortcomings that it does not count children and people without a mobile, and those who have not enabled WiFi on their phone.

There have been privacy concerns raised in Australia and overseas about using the WiFi tracking people method, but the “IINSIGHTS” technology tried by the City of Fremantle does not take mobile phone data of individuals. Of course CCTV cameras can also be used for people counting and are now often used with face recognition technology to assist Police in solving crimes.

It’s funny to think that I was blown away by the incredible technology of fax machines not that long ago. Technology in my lifetime has changed dramatically and a lot of it has been very good and positive. I could not do without my mobile or email any more, but privacy concerns will remain an issue and governments and the community need to be prudent and stay alert that Big Brother does not record all our movement and communication.

But for all the technology it is Fremantle’s lifestyle and character that attract people to our city, so I’d like to quote Luis Puig, the City’s Economic and Marketing coordinator:  I always like to think of Freo as playing a good old classic vinyl record, instead of downloading a mp3 song from iTunes – do you know what I mean? Playing that vinyl record is an experience many people like, it has that character, charm and history that we like here in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2014

The Sunday Times reports today that former Western Australian Premier and Fremantle citisen Peter Dowding has complained about Freo hotels spewing out drunks, and that CCTV footage should be analysed to see how this can be stopped. I absolutely agree with Peter.

I have written in the past about observing drunks falling out of very crowded Fremantle pubs, and questioned if that is the under liquor licensing law required ‘responsible service of alcohol’ because it is not acceptable. Publicans blame ‘tanking’ for that, where people booze up at home before going out, to save money, but that would make it even easier, because intoxicated people have to be refused entry to licensed premises under the law.

As a rule CCTV footage from inside pubs and out on the streets should be scrutinised after weekends, to check that hotels, bars and nightclubs don’t let drunks out on the streets, who then become a nuisance and often danger to the community, and a lot of hard work for police. If it can be proven that licensed premises do not follow the law to a T, costly temporary closures as penalty will soon make publicans wake up to the fact that greed is partly to blame for Australia’s alcohol related problems.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 12, 2012

A brain dead hoon moron has left his signature on the paving in front of Fremantlec‘s Round House. The fool did his first tyre burning wheelies on Friday night and came back for seconds last night, I assume to admire his handy work. You’re an idiot mate and lucky there is no CCTV in the area.

It’s time for the City to install one and not do a sour grapes and leave the West End of High Street without a camera because we did not like the one you were going to put in front of the Round House.

Roel Loopers

Signature of a moron

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