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June 9. FCA concert


It is wet and stormy out there in beautiful Freo, so a perfect day to go to the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra concert in the Townhall at 3pm today.

Delight in the gorgeous classical music of Boccherini, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.

Tickets at the door.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2018


The Fly by Night Club, which has been an iconic part of the Fremantle music scene for more than 30 years, will leave Victoria Hall in August this year.

The City of Fremantle has gone out of its way to help the Fly survive, including offering half-price rent on Victoria Hall, spending more than $20,000 to improve the acoustics of the hall and giving them a $20,000 cash grant. Fremantle Council also agreed to waive the club’s outstanding debt to the City, which was around $70,000.

Despite lots of hard work by the Fly by Night board and staff and support from the City of Fremantle, the Fly has not been able to make Victoria Hall work as a profitable venue.

While not supporting a long-term extension of the lease when it was considered in February, the council did agree to a six-month, rent-free lease to allow the club to honour existing bookings and give it time to transition to a new arrangement.

Over the past few months the City has been working with the club to help them improve the sustainability of the business and find a new home in Fremantle. This has included exploring opportunities for the Fly to continue to present shows after August in other suitable venues in Fremantle, including the Navy Club, Fremantle Town Hall and South Fremantle Football Club event space.



The front page of the Fremantle Herald does not have the head line Community Outrage About F Word, but the paper did publish several letters to the editor expressing outrage about last week’s article about the J Shed debate at Fremantle Council.

Editor and owner of the Herald Andrew Smith does however apologise to Aboriginal elder Herbert Bropho for publishing the awful F word headline above a photo of him.

According to Andrew Smith the F word headline reflected the mood of the council meeting and hence it was deemed appropriate by him to publish it.

The Herald then publishes it’s own Thinking Allowed-why not call it an editorial?- in which it claims that most community members miss the main point that Fremantle Council is ‘badly divided, split down the middle’ and argues it is time for a rethink about the activation of Arthur’s Head.

Fremantle Council is indeed divided about a tavern at J Shed but only 4 Councillors voted against it at the last meeting. Councillors Strachan, Pemberton and Waltham were absent and Councillor Wainwright did not vote, as he had declared a conflict of interest.

It is not a factual understanding of procedures to claim Fremantle Council is badly divided, but that probably comes from the fact that the Fremantle Herald very rarely has a reporter present at Council and Council Committee meetings.

The first things that needs to happen before Council can rethink the activation of Arthur’s Head is for the WAPC or the Liquor Licensing Authority to reject the tavern proposal.

While I too would love to see a substantial Whadjuk Noongar presence at J Shed it would be up to our indigenous leaders to decide if that would be an appropriate location for an Aboriginal cultural centre as a tourist attraction.

Roel Loopers




Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, festival, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018


Heritage Week


The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts this weekend with the Noongar Wanjoo Welcome at the Maritime Museum on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. It’s a free event.

There is heaps on offer so make sure to get a printed program or check it on Facebook and the City of Fremantle website.

Former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm will do an Aboriginal cultural tour at 10am from May 27 to June 3 at Bathers Beach. Tickets are $ 10.00.

There are also two-hour long walking tours of Fremantle on May 26 and 27, and June 2 and 3 from2-4pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre at Kings Square.

The History Tour at the National Hotel sounds great and is on 28, 29,30 May at 11 am. It’s a free event.

Activists and Agitators is a walking tour that starts at B Shed on Victoria Quay on Sunday June 3 from 10.30 am. It’s a free event.

Notre Dame University also has several events so check it out on

Thirty Years of Clancy’s Music is on tomorrow Saturday May 27 from 7pm. Tickets $ 25. and there is Fish&Chops woodchopping in Princess May Park on June 2 from 1pm. A free event.

and there is much much more on offer!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018


A musician who spoke at the Fremantle Council meeting last night claimed that the Fly by Night club will be leaving Fremantle next month.

I have heard the rumour before and am also aware that the Fly wanted a rent reduction from the City of Fremantle, but I have no confirmation that the musicians club will vacate Victoria Hall.

It would be sad to lose a live music venue, so I am keen to find out what is going on.

Does any of Freo’s View readers know more about it?

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2018


Fremantle’s DADAA is in a new partnership with Channel 7’s Telethon for 2018 and 2019.

Experience Collider is a dynamic and original arts project designed especially for teenagers with high support needs. It aims to offer young people exciting ways to build physical strength, communication skills, confidence and resilience, while developing new friendships and networks to help them connect.

“DADAA is delighted to be supported by Telethon in this innovative and collaborative arts project,” said DADAA’s Executive Director, David Doyle. “Teenagers with disability and high support needs can become socially isolated, lonely and depressed. This project will break down these barriers through quality arts participation and engagement.”

Experience Collider will also involve researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute to further their Quality of Life research program.

Experience Collider will blend digital media with dance, circus and theatre through a series of workshops over 18 months, culminating in a professional festival-style performance showcase in 2019.

This new project sees DADAA joining creative forces with Circus WA, enhancing the new creative hub activated since both organisations co-located to the historic Old Boys’ School at Princess May Park.

Roel Loopers



The City of Fremantle Planning Committee will next Wednesday, May 2, deliberate another planning approval by Sunset Venues for the No One unit at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

The application is for Partial change of use to tavern, additions and alterations to existing building.

Fremantle Council agreed two weeks ago to change the lease conditions for a smaller-300 patron-venue and rent reduction, so the next steps are planning approval and a liquor license.

I would have been a lot more at ease if the application had been for a large licensed restaurant/cafe that could cater for weddings and corporate functions. The insistence of creating a tavern at Arthur’s Head does not sit well with inner city residents and the neighbouring artists at J Shed.

There is little doubt that the planning approval with sail quickly through Fremantle Council and it will then be up to the WA Planning Commission and liquor licensing authorities to stop the tavern, or approve it.

Whatever the outcome, this has been going on for far too long!

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2018


Kidogo 19 April opening Daisy Ward


PURLTIKATJA is a stunning show of work by Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward that opens this Thursday evening at Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach. The exhibition runs from the 19-25 April

The exhibition, curated by anthropologist Jan Turner, features canvasses from the deserts of Western Australia and in particular the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Canvasses gathered over twenty years to tell stories, to communicate, to make explicit, Indigenous concepts, histories and family relationships. Canvasses used as tools of explanation in the contexts of land rights, native title, mining negotiations and the politics of representation. Canvasses that by their existence have provided a conduit for two worlds to come together in often difficult circumstances.

The desert woman, Daisy Tjuparntari Ward makes a guest appearance at this exhibition. An artist, a cross-cultural educator, an ambassador for her people, a political rights activist and a proud upholder of her culture. Ward and Turner have shared for thirty years an inter-cultural space, as tjurturarra [a two sister team]. Born in the same year, cultures apart, they have grown together learning much about their own and each other’s cultures.

Many of the canvasses come from the period prior to the establishment of community based commercial art centres. The artists represented in this highly personal collection come from several language groups: Ngaanyatjarra, Mantjiltjara, Pitjantjatjara and Pintupi. The artworks are tangible representations of the anthropologist’s relationships through generations and across language groups. They were collected specifically for the purpose of cross-cultural education, as visual components of an anthropologist’s toolkit.




MIssing Sock. Spare Parts

FCO April 14:15

Two cultural highlights for Fremantle this weekend. At the Shipwrecks Museum Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will start the Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock, while the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra will perform with clarinetist Michael Hodgkins in the Fremantle Townhall this Sunday.

….and more cultural greatness: Fremantle Arts Centre has confirmed its position as one of Perth’s most popular concert venues, with ticket sales for events over the next few months topping $1.2 million.
The historic venue will host Welsh rockers Stereophonics on 5 May, Angus and Julia Stone on 26-27 May and Vance Joy on 23-24 September.
City of Fremantle Arts and Culture Manager Pete Stone said combined the three acts had sold more than 15,000 tickets.

Roel Loopers.




Fremantle Council is relentless in ignoring the clear messages from the community about not wanting a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

This Wednesday the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee will debate to  change the lease conditions for Sunset Venues for the No 1 unit at J Shed as below:


Council approve the following amendments to the lease with Sunset Venues for Unit 1 J Shed, Fremantle:

  1. a)  Reduce the patron capacity to a maximum of 300;
  2. b)  Removal of clause/s relating to concert events;
  3. c)  Reduce the size of the lease area by approximately forty percent (40%)from 1493m2 to 892m2;
  4. d)  Reduce rent from $83,950p.a to $50,370p.a.;
  5. e)  Add a condition precedent clause to provide for planning approval andliquor license approval to be achieved; and
  6. f)  Add a clause to provide for development to commence within twenty-four (24) months or lease to be terminated.

While the number of patrons capped at 300 more resembles that of a slightly larger small bar, I have no doubt that this new proposal will also receive strong opposition from the neighbouring J Shed artists and the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association-FICRA.

Roel Loopers

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