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Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2019


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This photo of the former St Andrew’s Mariners Chapel in Fremantle’s historic High Street, taken late yesterday afternoon, clearly shows the challenges the contractors face in removing the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse artwork from the buildings.

The building to the west if it escaped major damage as they could pull off the foil, but this one looks pretty awful, so it appears that it will need a lot more work before it can be re-painted.

It is quite clear that all the buildings will need individual treatment, as the City of Fremantle has indicated, so I don’t envy those who have to find solutions for the problems they encounter. Good luck!

Roel Loopers



Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2018



Remediation works starting today will ensure that Port Beach in North Fremantle, one of Fremantle’s most popular beaches, will be back to its best in time for summer.

Severe storms in May this year caused significant erosion at Port Beach, washing away beach access paths and undermining parts of the southern car park.

Since then the City of Fremantle has been working to repair the access paths, monitoring the dunes and reinforcing the revetment wall in front of the car park.

Parks and Landscapes manager Ryan Abbott said the works starting today will complete the remediation of the car park and also add a new pedestrian walkway and fencing.

“The erosion over winter was quite significant, but over the past few months the natural changes in the weather and coastal conditions have seen the sand build up again and beach is looking great,” Mr Abbott said.

“There are about 40 parking bays at Port Beach that have been fenced off for safety reasons after they were undermined in the storms.

“The works the City will be undertaking over the next few weeks will remove the undermined sections of the car park, provide for additional dune establishment and install a new walkway and fencing.

“The works are expected to take about two weeks, so provided the weather is kind we’ll be all done and Port Beach will be ready to go in time for summer.”

Remaining works to remove exposed remnant infrastructure and remediate beach access paths at Sandtrax beach are scheduled for completion in December.

Roel Loopers





A year ago Fremantle celebrated the inclusion of the historic West End on the WA State Heritage List, but at present it is playing deaf and dumb about the damage done and problems with the removal of the Arcs D’Ellipse yellow artwork along High Street.

There has been no official word from the City of Fremantle, probably because they don’t want to admit liability in case it becomes a legal process with property owners, and probably it is just one of those immature PR exercises where the idea is that if you don’t respond to criticism it will just fade away.

I had another look yesterday at some of the damage already done by removing the yellow foil from heritage listed buildings and it’s not pretty. It is unlikely that building owners will accept a patch up job where the paint does not perfectly match the existing paint, and that might well mean that some of the buildings will have to have a significant paint job at huge costs to the ratepayers.

The process has been back to front, with the City now getting testing done on how to safely remove the foil, when that should have been done well before permission was given to the artist to attach it.

Will the City of Fremantle insurance cover the damage when it was attached by volunteers who are not staff of the City? Will the City of Fremantle admit this was amateur hour incompetence, and what about the silence of the High Tide Biennale directors and curator about this shambles? All those who were keen to take credit and be photographed with the Felice Varini artwork are now nowhere to be seen or heard.

Not commenting won’t make it go away, City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

I received this official statement from the City of Fremantle late on Wednesday afternoon:

The Arcs d’Ellipses artwork proved to be hugely popular and helped to raise Fremantle’s profile and attract thousands of visitors to the West End.

The City commenced the removal of the artwork last month by removing it from the Town Hall without any difficulties, but has encountered some problems removing it from some buildings on High Street.

It was always a condition of the agreement with property owners that the City would make good any damage to paintwork as a result of the removal of the artwork. There is provision for this in the City’s budget.

The City will work with building owners to ensure any damage caused by the removal of the artwork is repaired.

The City is looking to engage a paint specialist within the next week to assist in the removal of the artwork and repair of the buildings. Once they’ve been engaged we will have a better understanding of the costs involved.



Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, storm, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017




A woman was seriously injured in North Fremantle this afternoon when part of a wall at the Matilda Bay Brewery collapsed on top of her car, that was parked to the side of the building in Coventry Parade.

It appears the strong wind caused the brick rubble to fell down from the three-storey building at Stirling Highway.

Emergency services attended the scene and there are concerns that more of the wall might collapse.


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, LAW&ORDER by freoview on December 21, 2015


Drunken idiots left a trail of damage and empty beer and liquor bottles at Fremantle’s historic Arthur Head on the weekend that had local artists shaking their head and asking how much longer this will continue until the City of Fremantle installs CCTV and additional lighting in the area.

Most of the solar lights along the Bathers Beach dune path were vandalised, a car had its back, site and windscreen windows smashed and several windows of the J Shed art studios were damaged by rocks. Jenny Dawson who is working on a huge public artwork for Elizabeth Quay in Perth was clearly worried that the work she and Sandra Black have been working on for many months might get vandalised before it is being installed early next year.

One door of the brand new cute change rooms next to Kidogo Arthouse was also damaged by the mindless morons who get a kick out of vandalism.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, planning by freoview on September 12, 2015

Don’t forget to have a look at and have your say on the proposed new Fremantle ESPLANADE RESERVE Masterplan which will be on display there near the Youth Plaza from 10-12.30 today, Saturday, September12!

The Esplanade has been mismanaged and over used for many years and that needs to stop. Events have to be spread throughout the inner city but also the outer areas like Booyeembara Park, Princess May, etc. And Kings Square should be activated more often as well.

Wayfinding paths, better wheelchair accessibility, and some shade structures would be a good start. It is also essential to put heavy vehicle restrictions on most parts of the Esplanade where strict traffic controls are being enforced on bump in and bump out days of events.

The Esplanade is our major inner city community green space and it needs to be protected.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade, local government by freoview on September 9, 2015

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Fremantle ratepayers subsidised the WINTER GARDEN Festival with a staggering $ 92,000 dollars for the repair of the grass surface of the Esplanade Reserve! The total cost was $ 117,000 and the festival operators only paid $ 25,000 toward that. The rest was paid by Fremantle City.

It is quite unbelievable that the City of Fremantle subsidises a commercial enterprise to that extend. Let’s do some figures here. The Winter Garden reports they had 100,000 visitors. Let’s make tickets for the icerink an average of $ 25 and the turn over for ticket sales alone would be $ 2.5 million! On top of that the takings of the bar etc.

This is only one of the far too many events on the Esplanade, so what were the costs of cleaning up after the Laneway Festival, Chilli Festival, Beer Festival an other major events, and what did it cost the City of Fremantle, and how much did the event organisors pay towards the cost? These are questions the City of Fremantle needs to answer as the ratepayers and residents have a right to know how our money is spent!

The spin that it would have brought enormous economic benefits for Freo traders can be taken with a grain of salt I would suggest.

A BID survey found that from those businesses who responded 44% had an increase in turnover during the Winter Garden festival, 74% said they thought it benefited Fremantle and 80% would like it to return next year. But I do not have the figures on how many businesses actually responded to the survey and that would be important to know to give value to the survey.

Plans for next year are to put the Winter Garden icerink on the carpark at the Italian Club near the Youth Plaza, but we should still be told how much the other events cost to repair damage to the Esplanade.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on September 4, 2015

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Hundreds of metres of new grass are being laid at the Fremantle Esplanade Park  and making the surface look great again just in time for summer.

There is no doubt for me that the Esplanade needs to be better managed by the City of Fremantle and that events there have to be limited as the surface simply can’t cope with thousands of feet trampling on it, heavy vehicles driving on it and stages being built on many weekends in summer.

Fremantle City needs to be more clever and rotate events around the city. Smaller events could go to Pioneer Park, Princess May Park, Kings Square and South Beach, and larger ones could be accommodated at Fremantle Park. There might also be scope for a few more daytime events at the Fremantle Art Centre on the southern big lawn.

The Esplanade needs to be treated with more consideration as it is not acceptable that it looks a total mess for many months a year. Common sense needs to prevail here and it is Council’s responsibility to implement and manage that!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle, photography, rain by freoview on August 21, 2015

Wherever I go in Fremantle I see buckets put down to catch the rain water leaking through the ceilings of older buildings. I’ve got three water catch containers at the place I am house sitting and the ceiling is sagging, so I hope it does not get any worse.

But there is beauty in the ordinary and reflections always make interesting photos so here some of the Point Street car park that soon will become a Hilton Doubletree hotel.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on July 31, 2015

The Winter Garden Festival at the Fremantle Esplanade park is all but gone but it looks like we’ll have to live with the aftermath for quite some time looking at the state of the grass surface. It is a proper mess and this is what it looked like mid morning today Friday.

What amazes me most is that heavy vehicles have been allowed on the newly planted grass and already damaged it. Surely they new areas could have been protected and fenced off from traffic instead of allowing the wastage of ratepayers’ money.

A little bit of forward thinking and planning is all that was required and some officers get paid very well to actually do that.

Roel Loopers

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