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Posted in fremantle, housing, planning by freoview on October 8, 2015

A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies-ACOLA tells us a lot what we already know but is important to remind us all about it time and time again.

The ACOLA reports says that by the middle of next century the population will be double in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and that the cost of urban congestion will increase four-fold in the next 20 years to $ 53 billion by 2031.

We all know and understand that urban sprawl is the major factor in this, so ACOLA recommends to reduce and avoid the need to travel through creating economic hubs so people live close near where they work, and to shift to environmentally friendly transport; public, bikes, walking, and improve energy efficiency; electric cars.

The recommendation I like best, and wonder why it is not happening already, is to get all three levels of government, Federal, State and Local to actually coordinate planning.

ACOLA also suggest to establish a planning philosophy where the need for mobility is reduced and the aim of good health and sustainability advanced.

It all makes sense but how do we get the Great Australian Dream of a big house and garden out of the Australian culture?

The W.A. State Government is not exactly rushing to create so called satellite cities around the Perth metro area and move large departments to places like Fremantle, and neither are big businesses keen to move away from their highrise palaces in Perth and West Perth.

One option would be for Landcorp to release less land for single housing and insist on higher density new suburbs, and urban infill needs to increase faster than at the present rate and that is a challenge for local governments as residents are reluctant to embrace it.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.


Posted in cycling, fremantle by freoview on October 7, 2015


I received this email from Alex Fletcher and want to share it with you, as it sounds like an interesting project:

I am trying to get Perth people (starting in Freo) to reduce their driving, in favour of walking, cycling and public transport. I also want to support local businesses. I’m working on an app called Freewheeler ( ) with my dad to track commutes and modes then reward people for active & sustainable commuting.

I’m doing a crowdfunding campaign at the moment to raise funds to help roll out a Fremantle pilot project. The campaign page is at

If this initiative interests you at all, then I’d appreciate any exposure you’d care to give on your blog. Crowdfunding is proving to be pretty hard work and I’m really keen to get the Fremantle community on board, as I think it could make a big difference to Fremantle (and hopefully later Australia).

Check it out Freo!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers if 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.


Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on May 7, 2015


It is a common occurrence in Fremantle that event organisors put up signs to forget all about them after the event is over, and the removal of them becomes someone else’s problem. It does not look as if the City of Fremantle sees it as their job to get rid of the ugly signs because many of them are left for many weeks after the events, although rangers, parking inspectors and other COF staff would no doubt have driven or walked past these eyesores many times.

This broken sign at Mews Road near Cicerello’s was for the bicycle criterium on the Esplanade on March 26, but it was still there on May 2, five weeks after the event. Why? Are there no requirements when Council gives approval for events to clean up signage afterwards, and why do COF staff not believe it is their job to remove them? The big electronic sign for that same event was still flashing away in Pioneer Park eight days after it was over, so something needs to improve and organisors should be fined for not removing signs.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, sign, tour de perth by freoview on April 1, 2015


One whole week after the event was held this big sign is still flashing away in Fremantle’s Pioneer Park, warning motorists about road closures and delays. It is a big ugly eyesore that serves no purpose but to confuse people.

Are the Tour de Perth organisors paying for it or the City of Fremantle and who is responsible for removing it. Or will it still be flashing during the Street Art Festival on the long weekend?

Roel Loopers


Posted in cycling, fremantle, photography, sport, tour de perth by freoview on March 26, 2015




I was disappointed this evening when I found out that theFremantle prologue of the Tour de Perth meant it was only a time trial and not a race. Pretty boring photos shooting individual riders doing laps I thought, so I decided to do it the arty way that captures speed and colour.

Nice to see a bit of a crowd at the start and finish at the Esplanade Hotel.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cycling, fremantle, sport, tour de perth by freoview on March 26, 2015

The South Metropolitan Police have announced that they will enforce helmet bike laws in Fremantle today but that won’t affect the speeding riders in the TOUR DE PERTH this evening. They always wear helmets.

Stage 1-Fremantle Prologue will be held from 6 pm with start and finish at the Esplanade and riders going around very tight corners at Mouat, Croke and Cliff streets at high speeds.

It is a great spectacle that deserves far more spectators than it had last year, so forget the TV for a few hours and support this event.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, urban adventure race by freoview on March 1, 2015

Around 300 very fit people participated in Sunday’s URBAN ADVENTURE RACE around Fremantle’s Arthur Head, with part of the proceeds going to the Fremantle Foundation. It started with a swim, a bike ride, a run and finished with a surfski paddle and went all the way from Bathers Beach to Manning Park and up to the Roundhouse and South Mole.

The weather was pretty perfect and the Indian Ocean quite calm, but I was happy to just be an observer.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, fremantle foundation by freoview on February 10, 2015

The third annual Urban Adventure Race Fremantle is set to be held on Sunday 1st of March, 2015 at The Esplanade in Fremantle.

This urban adventure race features 5 disciplines: a 750m Ocean Swim, 15km Mountain Bike, 4km Trail Run, 3km/4.5km Ocean Paddle and an 8km Coast Run, in a triathlon style event suitable for competitors with a range of abilities.

Competitors are challenged across multiple terrains around the Fremantle area, racing individually or as a part of a team. This fun adventure race is the first of its kind as it features an urban setting.

Fremantle and its surrounds offer the ideal setting for urban adventure racing thanks to a vast range of terrain and the beautiful coastline. Each of the 5 legs follow a different course around the Fremantle area, all starting and ending at The Esplanade. While on course competitors will take in areas including the Roundhouse, South Beach and Fishing Boat Harbour.

The Urban Adventure Race Fremantle is proud to continue the partnership with the Fremantle Foundation in 2015.

Through this partnership, the Urban Adventure Race Fremantle helps to raise funds for the Fremantle Foundation to allow them to address important social issues in the greater area of Fremantle, including homelessness, mental wellbeing and disadvantaged young people

An example of the Fremantle Foundation’s work is the 100 Hampton Road project run by FORM. In 2015, 192 residents of this lodging house will network by sharing meals together, take part in cooking classes and engage with the wider community to help build a better life for themselves.

When you give through the Fremantle Foundation you are improving the lives of others, both now and for future generations.

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Posted in cycling, fremantle by freoview on December 8, 2014

I am always trying to get the balance right on this blog because I am not a big believer in one-eyed, narrow-minded and blinkered views, so the article in The Guardian about the European cycling industry needs to be mentioned to please Fremantle’s bike groupies.

The Guardian reports that the European cycling industry employs more people than the mining industry there and twice as many as the steel industry. 650,000 people work in the cycling economy the newspaper reports with most jobs being in bicycle tourism, which includes accommodation and restaurants.

The fact that should be opening some eyes in the Fremantle retail industry is that cyclists contribute more to the local economy than other modes of transport, because cyclists go to local shops, restaurants and cafes. Of course our problem is that cyclists are still a tiny minority compared to motorists, and for the cycling community to have a real impact on the Western Australia economy there needs to be a change in culture and mindset.

Full article in The Guardian here:

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on November 8, 2014

It’s interesting to read that Mount Lawley has taken a far more creative and artistic approach to slowing down traffic than boring old Fremantle Council. While we here have to live with ugly huge signs of bicycles painted on the roads, Mt Lawley has sprayed large colourful triangles on their streets to make motorists aware that they need to learn to share better and slow down.

Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt did hang out with former Vancouver chief city planner Brent Toderian earlier this week, and the West Australian reports the Canadian city expert spent a week in Perth and talked about how to plan and create better “multimodal” cities.

What Toderian says is nothing new and basically common sense that requires commitment from all levels of government and that seems to be the crux in Western Australia. There is little to gain with local governments wanting to make their cities more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly when State Government keeps building roads and does not grow and improve public transport services.

The West reports today that Toderian believes we need to put more money toward walking, cycling and public transport and less for freeways. We need to make our cities more pedestrian- friendly through designing more attractive buildings that make walking a treat. He also promotes mix-use buildings and more compact/higher-density communities.

I am quite amazed that the City of Fremantle is still less inclined to encourage mixed-use in the central city with concerns raised at Wednesday’s Planning Services Committee that buildings along Queens Street might not become office accommodation but residential. With the planned massive office space for the Myer and Queensgate buildings and a new and bigger Civic Centre at Kings Square I would have assumed that a mix-use of retail, office and residential for Queens Street would have been ideal. A vibrant day-time inner city that closes at 6 pm and becomes a ghost town at night is not what we should be planning for the CBD. Only residents living in the inner city will guarantee a 24/7 revitalisation of the City and we should aim for that instead of only wanting offices and shops around the Town Hall. This is even more important with the competition the Victoria Quay development will become for the CBD, but the positive is that VQ can’t have residential accommodation due to the port buffer zone, while city central could and should make up for that.

Real long-term vision should not be blinded by short-term economic recovery. Planning Fremantle’s future requires creativity and demanding excellence in building design.

Roel Loopers

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