Freo's View


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, photography, retail,, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2018


Freo lifestyle


Just another beautiful Sunday morning in gorgeous Fremantle! I took this photo at the East West Design warehouse in South Fremantle a couple of hours ago.

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 cars, city of fremantle, fremantle, heritage, photography, wa day, western australia by freoview on June 5, 2016


The first Fremantle Heritage Festival  FREO 1960 classic car day in historic High Street in the West End was a huge success with thousands of people flocking to the heritage street to see the stunning collection of classic cars all along the street van Market Street to the Roundhouse.

The few cafes that were open did a roaring trade and the Roundhouse got an abundance of visitors as well.

It was the perfect event for that part of the city and will hopefully become a regular annual event.

Well done to organiser Adin Lang and his team and the City of Fremantle staff involved. A great day!

Roel Loopers/ROEL.COM.AU


Posted in community, fremantle, western autralia by freoview on June 3, 2016

There is quite a bit on this long WA Day weekend, so check out social media, Heritage Festival, etc.

Sunday is FREO 1960 Day in High Street in the gorgeous West End of Fremantle, where the street will be closed off and the organisers will be trying to create a 1960s streetscape with classic cars that pre-date 1970, classic motorbikes and pushbikes. People are encouraged to dress in theme!

It’s a free event from 10 am on and ends with a car cruise through Freo at 2 pm.

Also on Sunday morning is the HUGE GROWERS GREEN Farmers Market with heaps of stalls, great fresh produce, yummy breakfast and many more things. Of course Farmer Damian will be there with his touch farm for the kids and so will be Fairy Sandy, face painting, and live music by local artists.

Growers Green poster

There are other Fremantle Heritage Festival events on at the weekend. On Saturday the J Shed artists will have open house, so watch the magic of creating bronze sculptures at Greg James and large public art by ceramic artist Jenny Dawson.

Roel Loopers


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