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Posted in art, city of cockburn, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2017



I drove over the border to the City of Cockburn today, so I took my long-expired passport to prove that I am a citizen of the world and a resident of the global village.

My epic journey took me to the IGA at Simms Road in Hamilton Hill where the community were painting a large mural.

Just great to see kids and families engaged in creating a more beautiful community!


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, lightrail, transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2017


How nice to hear local councils in the Fremantle area working together for a change, instead of viewing each other as competition.

They could not agree on local government reform, council amalgamations and the Roe 8 highway, but now the South West Group of Cockburn, Fremantle, Melville, Kwinana, East Fremantle and Rockingham are planning ahead together for light rail, according to a report in today’s Sunday Times.

A Fremantle to Murdoch lightrail corridor is a high priority according to the report, but also a loop with Rockingham and the coast.

There is no doubt in my opinion that lightrail from Fremantle to Rockingham would be used extensively by locals and tourists alike and connect the two cities.

The South West Group report also considers lightrail from Fremantle to Canning Bridge and linking Cockburn and Fremantle.

Long-term planning by local councils for lightrail and traffic corridors is essential to pin point where new residential and commercial development should be encouraged so that planing schemes can be introduced to accommodate that.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that local councils had a role to play in planning transit systems as they would need to rezone areas for transport hubs.

Lightrail has been on Fremantle’s wish list for a long time but low residential figures make it difficult to build a sound business case for it. However the development boom in Fremantle and Cockburn and along to coast to Rockingham is starting to make lightrail a very good option for the not too distant future, and we need to plan for that now.

Roel Loopers



Posted in beeliar wetlands, community, concert, fremantle, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 2, 2017


Here is the line up of great musicians for TODAY’s  LIVE! In The Wetlands concert at Manning Park, so don’t forget to go and enjoy it.

It’s a free family concert in opposition to the Roe 8 Highway and the destruction of the Beeliar Wetlands.

Roel Loopers



Posted in beeliar wetlands, city of cockburn, concert, fremantle by freoview on December 30, 2016




The New Year really only starts on January 2 with the LIVE! in the Wetlands free concert at Manning Park to show the community opposition to the Roe 8 Highway.

This is a very special concert with Koi Child, Pow! Negro, Grace Barbe, Dilip ‘n the Davs, Donna Simpson, Neil Murray and many more.

It’s on from 2-7 pm and is an alcohol, drug and smoke free family event, so just come and enjoy great music, have a dance, bring a picnic, and feel embraced by the community and the lovely park.

See you all there!

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, beeliar wetlands, environment, fremantle, nature, perth freight link by freoview on December 18, 2016


The concert against Roe 8 highway at the Beeliar Wetlands Centre on Sunday afternoon attracted hundreds of people from all over the region, including many Noongar people.

The event was organised by concerned mothers worried about the future of their children, so not at all one of those “loony lefty greenies” events that often are belittled. This was a broad section of the community. Even the Cottesloe residents and ratepayers association was there, and that part of town is not exactly known as a loony lefty heartland.

Genuine community concern and opposition should not be dismissed by the Barnett government as a political stunt by minority groups but should be treated with respect and admiration for their willigness to stand up and speak out.

The opposition to Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link is supported by the Town of Mosman Park, Town of East Fremantle, City of Cockburn and the City of Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

Community groups and individuals please feel free to drag photos off the blog to spread the word! A photo credit will be appreciated.



Posted in community, concert, family, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on December 15, 2016



I want to share this Roe 8 protest event with you that has been organised by Fremantle mother Danielle Loizou Lake, so I copy her Facebook text below:

You may have seen my letter in the West Australian yesterday ‘Mums protest Roe 8’. The support for this was overwhelming and it really highlights how we are ‘regular people’ in the community in this together to peacefully display our concern and opposition to this devastating project.

A group of us have got together to organise a joyful FAMILY FRIENDLY event where we can share a lovely afternoon of great music, food and entertainment at the Cockburn Wetlands Centre this Sunday afternoon 18 December from 2 pm.

Come along with your picnic blanket, some food to share and enjoy our wonderful community as we join together to peacefully and joyfully display our opposition to Roe 8.

This is a community event by the community so share – share – share. Bring your friends! This one is for community and most importantly for our children 💜😊🐢🌿🌎 Danielle Loizou Lake



Posted in city of cockburn, community, fremantle, markets by freoview on October 22, 2016


The first Manning Park Market was on this Saturday from 8.30 to 12.30 and already attracted a lot of people, including the City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and his wife and the Gyuto monks of Tibet, and lots of families and dogs.

Natalie Gillespie performed and the food stalls were very popular.

It’s a stunning location not far from the lake and the playground and there is plenty of parking, so head out there next Saturday!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of cockburn, community, food, fremantle, markets by freoview on October 21, 2016



Not only locals know how good Manning Park is, as I and many Fremantle people visit the lovely park regularly, and now there is another reasons to go to Manning Park on Saturdays, as tomorrow the  Manning Park Farmers and Artisan Market starts with 50 hand-picked stalls by Marketeer Kylie Wheatley and her team at Red Tent Events.

The original farm and now park combines both histories to create a market that supports local shopping and small business trends as well as the social, recreational and inclusive nature of parks.

From 8.30am to 12.30pm every Saturday baristas, bakers, passionate foodies will be serving up everything from Laksa to Spelt pizza, soft shell crab baos, Indian pies to Beef Kofta Burgers, Grilled Capsicum & Beetroot Yoghurt Sauce.

Freshly picked produce, fish and bacon smoked a few hundred metres from the site, the market highlights the fact that Cockburn is still home to many market gardeners, olive oil producers, and families who have been connected to the area. Traditional makers and bakers will line up with the gluten free bread stalls, modern ottoman, fermenters and Tokyo street food.

Even a descendent of the Manning family, Elizabeth Manning will be selling the family’s olive oil. Elizabeth’s father lived at the farm in 1948 and her brother was the last baby born in the Old Homestead (now ruins).
In fact over 70% of the stallholders live locally.

Live music, kids artisan craft area’s, will entertain all the family and the market kicks off with a bang on the 22nd October with Mayor Logan Howlett opening the market and much loved performers Natalie Gillespie, Rose Parker and Dave Brewer opening the Sound Shell with a Soul Sister Saturday set.  Visiting Gyuto Monks from Nepal will do an auspicious morning blessing.




Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, global warming, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

A report on Channel Nine TV last night by Jane Grljusich painted a wet future for the west end of Fremantle where rising sea levels due to global warming will see many coastal properties disappear in the Indian Ocean unless seawalls are being built.

Grljusich talked about flooded cellars in the west of Fremantle that already require 24/7 pumping by the building owners.

The predicted higher ocean levels would see the Roundhouse become an island and even flooding of the Esplanade, so the state and federal governments need to become pro-active in making plans on how to protect Fremantle’s coast line and significant heritage area.

There is a Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham work together and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the TV reporter a plan will be released in a few weeks.

I have wondered for a long time why governments still allow so much development very close to the coast, as at Coogee for example, and wonder if insurance companies are still willing to insure properties in locations where rising seawater levels will create flooding and damage.

Are people naive or just don’t care that their expensive houses might get flooded or destroyed in 15-20 years from now, and what responsibility do governments have when releasing coastal land for development?

And to add insult too injury and make life even worse for us is a report from Brazil that climate change will cut coffee production by 50%, which no doubt will mean much higher prices for coffee in caffeine-mad Freo in the future.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, public transport, western australia by freoview on June 10, 2016

Looking at all the development and planned development along the coast just south of Fremantle I wonder what plans the WA State Government has for public transport in the area, as the high number of new residents there, who will  commute to work, will have a substantial impact on Fremantle roads in the near future.

Cockburn Road and Hampton Road are already congested during peak hours and new commuters using those roads will make that worse. South Fremantle is already suffering from too many vehicles using Douro Road, South Terrace and Marine Parade, so good public transport strategies need to be in place well before all the new residents move in. Rapid bus or lightrail along that corridor would be great and could connect central Fremantle to central Cockburn, so maybe it is time for the two cities to start collaborating and planning for this together.

Recent figures show that substantially fewer people use public transport and more and more the freeways and other roads to commute to and from work, so long-term efficient transport planning should be a priority for this part of the metropolitan area.

In many European cities public transport is often in place well before housing development starts, and trams and busses are running when people move in. We should follow that example and not plan public transport as an after thought.

Roel Loopers

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