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Posted in art, city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2017


High Street from tunnel

Fremantle High Street


It is going to be a nice warm week in Fremantle, so come and enjoy the sunshine in beautiful  historic High Street and be part of the Felice Varini yellow artwork.

Great coffee and food at the Yellow Lines Cafe, also known as CHALKYS!


Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, hospitality, tourism by freoview on March 31, 2016

Congratulations to Sarah and Shaun Mulcock, the delightful owners of Chalkys cafe in Fremantle’s West End, who had their first baby on Sunday. Little Noah will in the good old Freo tradition no doubt be a barista before he can walk, so I can’t wait for him to make an espresso for me.

Chalkys will also be opening a new cafe just down the road in High Street. The High Street Dispensary will open next to the new chemist there. Two new babies in one year, now that’s a commitment!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on March 23, 2016



Fremantle’s West End is getting another cafe in High Street with the owners of the very popular Chalkys in the process of opening HSD, the High Street Dispensary, next to the new chemist there and opposite the Picollo cafe.

It is great to see the owners, young couple Sarah and Shaun Mulcock having so much faith in Freo’s future, and even more so because they are expecting their very first child in a few weeks time.

Also under construction is a new restaurant at the recently closed Vila Roma restaurant, where one of the daughters of the former Roma will re-open, while at the Quinlan TAFE training restaurant that closed some months ago there is now a new private cooking school operating.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on February 20, 2015

I had a chat at Chalkys cafe yesterday with the owner of one of the beautiful apartments at Little High Street in the former warehouse so beautifully designed for adaptive re-use by architect Ralph Hoare. Greg asked why BID had not continued with lighting up all of High Street and although electricians worked many days on putting cables underground at his building and the former Tram building opposite, there were still no lights, so maybe someone at BID can explain why the money was spent and people inconvenienced for nothing.

Greg also questioned why the City of Fremantle had spent all that money on lighting up the cliff face of Arthur Head but closed the Whalers Tunnel at 7 pm. Councillors constantly talk about reactivating the area but for some reason the 10 pm closing time of the tunnel has been put forward to 7 pm. Please explain COF!

That brings me to another point about reactivation and the Bathers Beach Art Precint. Homeless people invade the verandas and backyards of the cottages at Captain’s Lane at night because the place is a dark unoccupied ghost town after 5 pm. The gallery at no 11 now only has one single artists left instead of the 4 who started it and Wild Twig is trying very hard but lacks professional appearance. The two galleries open infrequently while the Aboriginal centre is only open on weekdays till 1 pm and not on weekends. That is not activation!

The only professional outfit on top of the hill is the great looking Glen Cowans Photo Gallery but how long can he battle on on his own? The Bathers Beach Art Precinct has been badly handled by COF and Council needs to revisit this and come up with better solutions to activate the area, even more so now that it appears that Sunset Events is in no hurry to start a pub and live music venue at J Shed any time soon.

J Shed artist Jenny Dawson said yesterday that DAADA is fitting in really well next to Greg James in the studio earmarked for Sunset Events. Delighted to hear also that she is involved with artist Sandra Hill in a large artwork around the water feature at Elizabeth Quay. Unfortunately confidentially prevented her from telling me more or showing me what it is going to look like.

Arthur Head is a fantastic heritage area and I am glad to see many more people at Bathers Beach sun baking and swimming. The SCULPTURE@BATHERS  show in March will bring thousands of people to the area for a few weeks so let’s make it one huge beach party to celebrate Fremantle’s and Western Australia’s creative talent and artists’ initiative!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 7, 2014


Nature in its simplicity can be so utterly beautiful. I noticed these gorgeous little clouds when walking to Chalkys in Fremantle’s west end for my morning coffee.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 10, 2014

Fremantle West End resident and writer of the Freoramble blog Graham Morgan is a nice bloke, but sadly he loses the plot now and then and makes all-out attacks. His latest blog post about a market proposal in the area is such a case.

Without mentioning me he calls me “the chief blogger” who is employed by markets proponent Georgie Adeane and she, according to Morgan, “is not content taking over the beautiful precinct around Bathers Beach” but now also dares to suggest a market at the end of High Street near Chalkys Cafe.

Morgan claims I have been dismissive about his complaints about people parking when the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets are on, so let’s deal with the facts, hey Graham.

When Morgan alerted me to people parking in front of his carpark exit I emailed him to say I would check it out, which I did. I went to his building three times during a five-hour Saturday market session, and while people were illegally parking in High Street west of Cliff Street, no cars were parking in front of the carpark exit to Morgan’s building. I did however also inform the City of Fremantle about Morgan’s complaint and asked to send parking inspectors to the area. I also advised Morgan we promoted that people park at TAFE and J Shed to get to the markets.

Graham Morgan just hates markets. He told me he does not like Growers Green either because markets take business away from shops. And that might not be good for Graham’s wholesale fruit&vegie business maybe?

The owners of Sweetlips at Bathers Beach love the summer sunset markets because it has increased their Saturday trade enormously. The markets attract thousands of people who would not normally come to the area on a Saturday evening. Henry Liascos of Cicerrelo’s, Char Char Bull and the soon to open Bathers Beach House also told me he is happy for the sunset markets to continue, so why does Morgan have a problem with it?

Morgan also claims I do not disclose that Georgie Adeane employs me to help with the markets during the summer months. Yes I get one day a week work from her between November and April, nothing else, and I have disclosed that on many occasions.

Graham just doesn’t like it. He sent me photos of a small 30 centimetre-high sign I put near the Whalers Tunnel because it was in an inappropriate location, another time I was told we left a sign at Sweetlips promoting the weekly markets.

Graham, chill out or move out! You live in the centre of a vibrant city and contrary to most other people who live in your building, you are the only one complaining, the others actually come to the markets and enjoy it.

Markets are great for cities and extremely popular all over the world. It is one of the first things tourists will ask about, so if you don’t like a lively inner city, maybe a retirement village in the country is something you should be contemplating.

Baseless attacks on me are pretty silly, Graham and I have no idea why you continue making them. According to Graham I am also a Greenie who works for a Greenie.

And I have not been informed by Georgie Adeane that she has applied for the Alleycat markets or any others but am aware she wanted to do others and in other suburbs as well.

By the way, Graham, I will continue to oppose the proposed tavern and live music venue at J Shed although it does not affect me personally in any way or form. I am sure this blog post will help to put freoramble on the map. Check out the number of hits you get because I promoted it for you. Next drinks are on you! ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 21, 2014

Fremantle is getting a retail boost in the West End of the City with several businesses opening shop there soon. In PSAS art studios in Pakenham Street Studio 37 Cafe is opening with great coffee made by barista Tom Wearne, known from Chalkys and the Moore&Moore Cafe.

At 82 High Street, where New Edition bookshop previously was, Common Ground will open with lots of fashion, a cafe, small bar, studios, and it will also be available for events and functions. They will be trading seven days a week and are one of the first recipients of the City of Fremantle Business Attraction Incentives that gave them a direct up front cash payment of $ 10,000.

Also opening in High Street is Vintage and Fair Trade boutique BiBi, who also received COF support, and of course New Edition will re-open soon on the corner of High and Henry Street next to Brooker Furniture.

Common Ground and BiBi both come from MANY 6160, the retail incubator at Kings Square.

The CoF Business Attraction Incentives is a scheme to attract new retailers to Fremantle and will pay up front cash, give discounted rates to landlords, or discounted leases of City owned buildings, similar to a scheme that is in place at the City of Perth.

The lease figures for 82 High Street I have heard mentioning are huge, so I sincerely hope the Common Ground operators have done a very realistic assessment of where Freo’s retail is at.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 12, 2014

Amazing team












The Amazing Place Race team from the Fremantle Society, minus me.


The Amazing Place Race held on Saturday by the Fremantle Society as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival was a lot of fun for family groups and others. How well would you have done, do you think? How well do you know Fremantle? Here are some of the tasks the participants had to do:

* Which cafe is in the former tram building?

* In what High Street building is the oldest shoe shop? Name both.

* Find the locations of the three public CBD hanging wall gardens.

* Make a point and take photo of graffiti art-Ned Kelly on a rocking horse next to an old car park.

* In whose honour is the Porcelli and Reilly monument near the proclamation tree?

* Famous Freo watering hole between two educational institutions. Name all three.

* Where is the bike container behind a famous night club?

* Where is the Dorothy Tagney mural near pub. What was she famous for?

* Take photo of reclining pregnant lady near iconic ethnic centre.

* How many dedicated climbing walls are there at the Youth Plaza?

* How many informations signs on the Aboriginal Manjarree Trail?

* Take photo of the Joan Campbell memorial.

and the participants also had to get a horseshoe around a pole and hit the jack with bocce balls.

It was good and healthy fun to walk around Freo for a couple of hours, and the sausage sizzle at the finish was pretty popular as well.

Prizes were donated by the Moore&Moore cafe, Frank’s Butcher and the Fremantle Society.

Our next event is the STORY TELLING CIRCLE on Tuesday May 13 at 3.30 at the Chamber of Commerce boardroom. 16 Phillimore Street

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 16, 2014

What a beautiful Sunday morning in Fremantle. The weather is just perfect to go for a nice walk, have coffee or a nice long lunch and enjoy music in clubs and pubs, the Freo Arts Centre and at Kings Square.

I love this place when it is relaxed like today. I did not mind they forgot my espresso at Chalkys, as it gave me time for a chat with my mate Rob, here for a few days from Karratha to sort out a new tenant for his gorgeous apartment. Photographer Peter was also around for a quick chat, but needed to attend to his students, so he’ll have a busy day teaching the beauty of photography.

At the Growers Green Markets families were enjoying a bit of breaky and music while shopping for fresh fruit, vegies and other quality food products.

Is there a better lifestyle than this?

Roel Loopers

standing up



Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on January 24, 2014

The beauty of life is often in little things. My Fremantle morning started just great, first with a talk about the importance of history and the preservation of heritage with historian Susie at the Fibonacci art centre, and then with Japanese artist Junko there talking about culture shock, adapting to a new country and the sometimes overwhelming, and quite frightening,  feeling of not belonging. Then a talk with Dave of the Blinco Street Cafe about food, music and life.

Then I caught up with Peter and Dick at Chalkys talking about West End issues, and finding solutions for them, and to finish the morning taking these arty stillife in the port.

It’s been a special day so far and that’s why I love living in Freo!

Roel Loopers

port a port b port c

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