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Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2017




We live in strange times, where respect for fellow humans and property are often just a second thought, if at all.

I was quite surprised to see it is business as usual at the Fremantle Sail&Anchor pub this Sunday, after a young man fell from their balcony last evening at 8.30 and died in Fiona Stanley Hospital last night.

I am not blaming anyone for the accident, but I wonder why the Sail&Anchor does not show more respect for the dead man and his family by closing the pub for a day.


Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, law&order, police, western australia by freoview on July 1, 2016

The body of a man was found at near C Shed in Fremantle harbour at around 11 am this morning.

Nine days ago 40 year-old Daniel McCartney went missing from Bathers Beach and has not been located yet, so it will be interesting to find out the identity of the body in Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre, western australia by freoview on May 20, 2016

Noriko Nishimoto


I am sad to hear that charming Fremantle puppeteer Noriko Nishimoto has died from cancer at the age of 75.

Many people will remember the diminutive and elegant woman from her days at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre where she was the founding puppetry master.

Over the last few years I often saw Noriko on her walks through Freo in her white sneakers, always with that gentle smile on her face, and she performed in the first ever Spare Parts show I watched many years ago.

May she rest in peace.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, marcus collins, notre dame univesrity by freoview on July 21, 2015

Marcus Collins the architect who had a significant influence on the design of the Fremantle Notre Dame University campus has died. Collins was part of the Notre Dame family since 1993 and in 2009 received a Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to the Fremantle campus design.

Some of the stunning adaptive re-use design of the university heritage buildings was done by Marcus Collins and his team and he will be well remembered in Fremantle for the excellent work he did.

Roel Loopers



Posted in alcohol, fremantle, violence by freoview on July 1, 2015

If my memory serves me right Fremantle once had an “Accord” between the hospitality industry, the City and  the Police that was about the responsible service of alcohol. I thought that also included not having “Happy Hour” but by the look of it that no longer applies.

The Police Commissioner warned in the West Australian this week that “the alcohol industry has contributed to WA’s biggest substance abuse problem” that affects thousands of children and families and that has resulted in a huge increase in domestic violence, and that should be a serious concern for us all.

Whilst there is a move away from big booze barns to small bars, there also seems to be an increase in happy hours and cheap meal incentives to come to pubs more often and drink more. I noticed $ 6 pints at one CBD pub between 5-6 pm while one hotel on the main stretch has even introduced a lunch time happy hour. It does not say a lot about responsible service of alcohol when pub operators are trying to entice people to drink more at lunchtime, while at the same time they push for longer night hours.

Drink more, drink cheaper, drink longer and we’ll sell you a fifteen dollar steak is not great support for those in the community who want to reduce the intake of alcohol because it is a huge problem in society. How many more coward punches do we need to hear about? How many more young people have to die or become disabled because of alcohol related violence and drink-driving accidents before the hospitality industry wakes up and accept they have a corporate responsibility?

So what happened to the Fremantle Accord I wonder? When did it lapse, or did no one bother to keep it going? Can it be reinstated?

Roel Loopers


Posted in ANZAC DAY, fremantle, war by freoview on April 24, 2015

anzac day

It is ANZAC Day tomorrow and a day I alway look forward to. There is something special about the parade through Fremantle and the hundreds of Australian flags waved by children and grown ups, when veterans, soldiers, sailors, pilots and cadets march through the city centre.

For many years I was reluctant to join in as I believed it would be a celebration of war, but when one sees the faces of the mainly old men one realises this is a day to celebrate and commemorate the lives of all those young people who died or were maimed in atrocious circmstances. For many the trauma is still there and quite visible on their solemn faces and I am happy Australia pays so much respect and that the nation stops to honour people and not a sporting event.

Dawn service is at Monument Hill, breakfast at Kings Square, and the parade will be at 11 am, so come along!

Roel Loopers



Posted in accidents, fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 19, 2015


When I see these reminders of precious human life of people killed in road accidents I always have to pause and I ask why we are in such a mad rush to get from A to B. Even on Sundays there is no patience, no consideration for other car users, and even less care for pedestrians and cyclists.

What makes individuals so special and selfish that they are happily taking risks that could maim or kill others. Leaving five minutes earlier solves most of the problems much better than speeding, ignoring road signs, not using indicators, cutting other people off, and driving through stop signs and red lights.

Yesterday Hampton Road in South Fremantle was closed all afternoon because a female scooter driver had been killed in an accident with a cement truck an some people who love her has left the teddy bear and flowers on the site of the tragic waste of life.

Let’s just all slow down, relax, chill a bit and contemplate what it would mean to every single one of us if a person we love would not return home.

Roel Loopers

P.S. I don’t know the details of the accident so this is in no way to lay blame on the truck driver who will be in a state of shock no doubt!


Posted in fremantle, terrorism by freoview on January 10, 2015

I have been wondering for a long time what it is that makes so many people believe they are superior to others. My thoughts have been going there for years. Why are people racist, why do people believe their god, their culture, their skin tone is superior? And it does not stop there because it happens in schools and in the workplace and on our roads. People become bullies because they believe they are superior to others, they kill because they believe their religion and their god are superior and that they should punish those inferiors who dare to believe in a different god and who have a different culture

The West Australian reports today about an increase in road accidents involving cyclists, who end up badly hurt under trucks and four-wheel drives, mainly because motorists believe they are superior to other road users. It’s not often ones sees a car give way to pedestrians when rounding a corner, although that is a requirement.

Religious zealots around the world believe they have a god-given right to kill people and kids believe it is okay to defame and humiliate other children on social media, because society is becoming more righteous and selfish. The ME society is more about ego than about sharing and tolerance. Lack of respect for others makes people feel superior and hence they don’t care about the consequences of their actions. Killing an ‘infidel’ or a cyclist is no big deal for those whose arrogance is disproportionate to their intelligence. Inconsiderate speeding hoons terrorise our roads daily while religious terrorists go on rampages to prove points their prophets have never made.

What we don’t seem to understand is that we are all just ripples in the big pond of life and that our self-importance is basically silly. Life is like a market with many stalls and there would not be a market if there were only one single stall, run by someone with a big over-inflated ego. It is a very simple message really, but one that many people don’t seem to get.

Share and care, show empathy instead of judgment, show love not hate, embrace and don’t reject. Have enough confidence to respect other gods and cultures because it won’t diminish the importance of your god and your belief. Your car does not make you the owner of the roads or superior to cyclists, so slow down, give way, take care, and show that you care!

The world is a grandiose place of immense beauty and there is enough of it for all of us to share, no matter what we look like or believe in. Let’s go out there each and every day and show that we care and that we value the lives of everyone.

Je suis Charlie. R.I.P.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, children alllergy, fremantle, health by freoview on November 29, 2014

I published a letter from a concerned parent last week that Lonestar in the Cockburn Gateway shopping centre sells buckets of peanuts and that this poses a real threat to his young son who has a severe peanut allergy. This week the West Australian also published an article with a photo of the parents and their two children and the public outcry on social media has been quite devastating to them.

There has been unbelievable abuse, people writing that it is just natural that weaker children should die, and yesterday some morons even smeared peanut butter on the house where they live thus threatening the life of the allergic child. That is extreme fascist behaviour by ignorant and uncaring morons!

Sure, we can have a debate if it is community’s responsibility to deal with allergies or if it is only the problem of those concerned and parents should simply restrict the movements of their children rather than the community being restricted to what they eat and do. But that debate needs to be a mature and informed one and should not be about attacking the poor parents who rightly want to protect their child. Freedom of speech is not freedom of abuse, and engaging in fascist behaviour. Those who attacked the parents should be ashamed of themselves.

Children are sacred and have every right to expect to be safe and protected, and I for one believe the entire community should be taking responsibility for that. The issue here is much bigger than just peanuts.

Roel Loopers

P.S. I have not mentioned the name of the family as I do not want them to receive more abuse. The father works here in Fremantle and I know him well.


Posted in fremantle, lonestar by freoview on November 21, 2014

Food allergies can be life threatening, so I believe it is important to publish this letter from a concerned parent, sent to Lonestar restaurant in Cockburn about them selling buckets of peanuts that are a danger to allergic children.

Dear owner/manager Lonestar Cockburn,
I’m writing to ask that Lonestar does not include buckets of peanuts in your new Cockburn store as has been advertised on your facebook page
The times of Lonestar having peanuts as part of their appeal surely must be long gone, with the incidence of peanut related allergies, particularly in our kids, growing at an astronomical rate over the past 10-15 years.
Fact – 3% of children in Australia now have this allergy and the figure is growing.
Fact – peanut allergy is the most deadly of all food allergies and can cause death within minutes.
Fact – peanut allergy can be triggered not just be ingesting but by touching or inhaling even small traces of peanuts – even airborne traces.

Sure, other restaurants serve dishes that people are allergic too: be it peanuts, seafood, gluten, dairy etc etc… What is different here is that the deadliest of all food allergens will effectively contaminate every table, every square centimetre of floor and literally by the bucket load! It will also be trampled outside and fall off people’s clothes after they leave.
There is a public children’s playground directly outside your restaurant (metres away) that kids like to use (my kids want to go on it every time they visit Gateway). Have you considered that kids lucky enough not to have a peanut allergy will eat peanuts at your restaurant and then play on the equipment outside. What happens when a peanut allergy kid is playing at the same time or straight after? He/she runs the risk of anaphylactic shock and you may just see a death unfold right outside your front door.

You will find that as a young community, Cockburn has a very large proportion of families and given this fact, this decision is baffling from a business point of view as well as a social/health one. You are effectively reducing your potential market instantly and by much more than just the 3% of kids affected. Have you considered that family/social gatherings will be forced to go elsewhere if just one person in their group has a peanut allergy? Is this a sound business decision?
If you’re allergic just don’t come right? “Why wreck it for the rest of us?” is another common thing I’m hearing. I understand why people say this and sure, it’s a novelty but is not having a bucket of peanuts a deal breaker for coming to Lonestar? I’ll put it another way – Me and my family and many others like us simply cannot come to Lonestar if there are peanuts, would others not go because there wasn’t peanuts? That’s the question you need to ask yourselves as business operators.
For the record I have an almost 4yo who is severely allergic to peanuts. We had to rush him to emergency after he had his first reaction in 2012 when he was less than 18mo. He couldn’t breathe and the look on his face looking up at me and his mum in terror is etched forever in my mind. It’s something I would do anything to avoid seeing again.
We try our best to avoid peanuts but we are not obsessive, nor are we ‘helicopter parents’ I like to think of me and my wife as vigilant but not overprotective. I would say that most parents of peanut allergy kids are similar. Unfortunately, because we have the burden of protecting our kids from this life and death situation we can be labelled quickly and there is a stigma attached. It’s the price we pay through no fault of our own and any parent would do the same in our situation.
I hope some common sense prevails here and you reconsider your decision.
At the end of the day it’s up to you to ultimately decide if a child’s life is worth more than peanuts.

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