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Posted in city of fremantle, leighton beach, local government, market, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2020


There is an interesting prospect for the former Leighton Freight Yards in North Fremantle. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has been approached to see if there is government support for a very large permanent farmers market building on the site.

The proposal comes from the group that is running the popular Farmers Market in Bunbury, that is open seven days a week. People shop in the huge market and get fresh produce that is harvested only a day or two earlier. It would employ up to 600 people, so would be a huge boost for Fremantle.

Of course there would need to be sufficient new parking because there is already a need for more beach parking during the hot months.

The project is estimated to cost $ 30 million, so would be approved by JDAP and not Fremantle Council.

I found this in the City of Fremantle archives:

In 1994, the Fremantle Regional Strategy identified the possible redevelopment of the Leighton Marshalling Yards for urban use. Since that time, a number of more detailed studies and documents have investigated planning issues related to the site. This includes:1998, City of Fremantle, D.G.N12 Leighton Marshalling Yards Land Use and Development Policy,1998, WAPC, The Vlamingh Parklands, 2000, Ministry for Planning, Leighton Regional Planning Guidelines (LRPG),2000+, Fremantle to Cottesloe Transport Plan– still in preparation2001, City of Fremantle, Port and Leighton Beaches Management Plan

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle society, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2020


Fremantle Society president John Dowson is desperate to get some traction for the group that sadly has become irrelevant due to Dowson’s narrow-minded negativity and anti progress stands.

Last week Mister President proudly announced in the Fremantle Herald that the Society had started an art collection. Oops, the Pres had bought one single painting from a high school student, for about half the price it could have received, and he also commissioned the girl to do another painting of the old traffic bridge. Did the FS committee have a vote on starting the so-called art collection? I doubt it.

Now Dowson attacks me and several Fremantle Councillors about a tongue-in-cheek remark I made 3-4 weeks ago on Facebook about the reopening of the Ada Rose brothel, where I questioned how they could adhere to the Covid-19 social distancing rules.

Here some ‘highlights’ of the President’s latest email to Fremantle Society members.

The potty mouthed comments from some councillors, and hangers on like blogger Roel Loopers, need to be called out.

When council acolyte Roel Loopers discussed his penis on Facebook recently, several councillors joined in, with Councillor Sullivan making a comment that drew the Labour member for Beaconsfield Cr Fitzhardinge into making a comment, joking about a “double entendre.”

Arrogance and a dismissive attitude are too often heard.

You are right indeed, John Dowson, that arrogance and dismissive attitude are too often heard in Fremantle-from YOU! You treat our elected members with absolute disdain and disrespect. You engage in name-calling whenever someone like me has a different opinion from yours.

You don’t like the fact that I am trying to be fair and balanced on this blog and that I criticise Councillors when I believe they deserve it, and show my appreciation when I believe they have made the right calls. I also like to stick to the facts instead of distorting them.

Unlike you, John Dowson, I do not believe that replacing the Labor and Greens Councillors in Fremantle with Liberal party members will necessarily make for a better council, because I believe in balance and would love to see party politics removed from local government all together.

I am not an acolyte of Fremantle Council, but unashamedly a very big supporter of Fremantle, and I’ll do anything to try to make this gorgeous city and ever better place to live in, do business in, work in and visit. That includes embracing modern development in Fremantle, instead of wanting to stop change and progress at all cost, as John Dowson does.

I respect Fremantle’s Elected Members, because they have been democratically elected. They are not my mates. I do not socialise with them. I am not a member of a political party either. What about JD’s membership of the Liberal party and the friendship with former Premier Colin Barnett he liked to mention often? Which one of us is actually the acolyte, JD?

Roel Loopers



This Wednesday’s FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will address some items concerning the Annual Electors Meeting, which was held early this year. This one concerning the finances of the new Walyalup Civic Centre. Below an edited version of the agenda item.

This report considers a motion moved at the Annual General Meeting of Electors on 9 March 2020 which recommended that:

It is proposed that the City of Fremantle engage the Auditor General to conduct a Post Investment Review of the construction of the new Civic Administration building in Kings Square, and provide a public report as to whether it has been implemented in accordance with the approved 2012 Kings Square Business Case, and whether the $50 million project investment has been in the best interest of Fremantle ratepayers.

The report should highlight any differences between the 2012 Business Case, as approved by Council, with particular focus on the following:

  • Has the total cost of the Admin building been constrained to the cost stated in the 2012 Business Case, including all cost associated with the projects dating back to the approval of the Business Case by Council in early 2013?
  • Has the City of Fremantle been successful in delivering on its financial risk management strategy, where it clearly stated that all cost over-runs would be managed via a fixed price contract for the building construction, where the contractor would be liable for cost overruns not the City of Fremantle?
  • Was the Admin building funded via Project Financing, as clearly stated in the 2012 Business Case, whereby the project would not require funds to be drawn from the City’s other sources of financing. In other words, was any debt associated with the project ring-fenced to the project itself rather than putting an additional debt burden on Fremantle ratepayers?

The Kings Square Business Plan was prepared for Council and publicly advertised in the second half of 2012 and adopted by Council in February 2013. The Plan provided the following costs for the construction of the new civic building;

Civic Centre and Library $16,779,883

Administration $27,564,642

TOTAL $44,344,525

These costs included demolition, base build and fit-out.

When budgeting for these works in subsequent years the City applied the Consumer Price Index (Perth) increases to the figures used in the original Plan. These were applied as follows;


2014/15: $45,807,894

2015/16: $46,357,589

2016/17: $46,589,377

2017/18: $46,915,502

In late 2017 the City awarded a contract for the demolition of the former civic building and in late 2018 awarded a contract for the construction of the new civic, library and administration building and more recently a contract for additional furniture not contained in the construction contract. These amounts were for;

Demolition $ 2,383,743

Civic, Library, Administration $43,461,128

Additional Fit out/Furniture* $ 661,000

TOTAL $46,505,871

*(Not included in construction contract).

The project has been funded through reserve funds generated from the sale of property and debt funding as described in the Plan as below;

Reserves $29,550,000

Loan $20,000,000

TOTAL $49,550,000

Council meetings are in situ again and open to the public at the North Fremantle Community Centre, starting at 6pm.

Roel Loopers




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What a stunning morning in Fremantle! It was crisp on my way to Chalkys cafe, but the walk back home was worth coping with the chill when I took these three photos of our beautiful city.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, development, freight, local government, state government, traffic by freoview on June 27, 2020

There is an on-line petition to convince the State Government that the Fremantle community should have significant input on the planned new traffic bridge.

There is huge concern that Main Roads will use the crash and burn tactic to ignore what we in Fremantle want and present us with a done deal, which they will call community consultation, when they have already made up their mind. That is not on!

Please click on the link and sign the petition to Minister Rita Saffioti.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on June 19, 2020


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More good news for Fremantle that the former Technical College at the Cappuccino Strip has been sold by the WA State Government.

The heritage listed property spans from Essex Street to Norfolk Street and from Essex Lane to South Terrace. It is an iconic building in a prime location opposite Fremantle Markets, so we’ll have to wait and see who purchased it and what the future plans for it are.

Roel Loopers






Following in the footsteps of big brother the West Australian newspapers, that proclaims exclusivity whenever it reports a dog fart, I yell and scream and wave my arms and declare EXCLUSIVE! ;>))

Yep, the first photo of the installation of the large glass panels at the Kings Square entrance of the City of Fremantle Walyalup Civic Centre, which is under construction, and nearing completion, at our city square.

Roel Loopers




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I had a walk around Fremantle’s Kings Square this morning to check out the progress of the Walyalup Civic Centre development.

Good to see the tourist Visitor Centre is open and Sirona Capital promoting the FOMO brand for the future retail and hospitality hub.

It is interesting that over the last few weeks I have bumped into many people, who told me how much they like Freo and its lifestyle and the sense of community we have here. I totally agree. While good old Fremantle most definitely is not perfect, it is a great place to live and visit.

Roel Loopers





It’s a bit of a dreary old Freo day with showers and strong cold wins, so have some colour in your life to celebrate the end of the working week.

Roel Loopers




Fremantle has a lot of funny people who do not accept that others have a different opinion. I get called anything from a Commie Mate to a Labor Stooge, and the Fremantle Council Propaganda Machine, and that I am Full of Shit, because those who are only interested in criticising our council are not interested in balanced and factual reporting.

One newish social media page is all about slamming our Councillors, but I had to laugh about a comment by a gentleman with an Italian name, who wrote that it was clear that Fremantle Council has failed because no one invests in the port city. Really?

I don’t know where the man lives but he must have the blinkers on if he is not aware about unprecedented development in Fremantle, more than we have had in twenty years!

Heirloom and LIV apartments buildings in Queen Victoria Street and Social in Henry Street, development of the Atwell and Manning Arcades, the Little Lane development that is under way, and the Energy Museum development that is due to start. There is also the boutique hotel and tavern development at the Warders Cottages, development of a hospitality hub and hotel at the Police and Justice complex in Henderson Street, plus the huge Kings Square Redevelopment project.

Planning approval has been given for the Adina Hotel development at the Woolstores and the Hilton Doubletree development at Point Street, and also for an eight storey wooden frame commercial building opposite Victoria Hall.

Plans are being considered for a big development in the Fishing Boat Harbour, the Communities Department has announced a major residential development at Vale Street, just up from the Fremantle Arts Centre, there is significant development at Amherst/Blinco streets, and major plans are being considered for the Heart of Beaconsfield.

Let’s also not forget the opening of Freo.Social and the Old Synagogue pubs, and a microbrewery and pub planned for the Sealanes site in South Fremantle.

I might have forgotten some development, because there is so much going on in Fremantle, thanks to Silverleaf Investments, Sirona Capital, Yolk Property Group, the Match group and others.

I know this will just be dismissed again by some as council propaganda, but facts are facts, even when some people like to ignore them. ;>))

Roel Loopers


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