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As reported here on Freo’s View yesterday it is unlikely that Fremantle Council will sign off on a scheme amendment that would increase density of City owned lots in Quarry Street to R100, after the local community opposed it during public consultation time.

But positive members of the Fremantle Arts Centre Precinct, including local architect Murray Slavin, are offering an alternative solution for the development of the lots, which are for sale, that would see an increase from R25 to R60 and buildings of only three storeys.

The proposal is for 42 affordable residencies which include small studio apartments and a mix of two and three bedroom apartments that would include renewable energy, developed within a Mutual Not For Profit Structure.

The proposal is specifically designed for low-cost housing and aged care accommodation, with state of the art IT to accommodate on-line data and a health-ready response to enable the comfort and security of seniors.

The proponents believe the site is particularly appropriate for the elderly and less abled because of its proximity to the Fremantle Leisure Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Park and public transport. All City of Fremantle facilities for the residents would be within walking distance.

The project responds to the desire to downsizing by empty nest seniors and to the national need for low-cost public housing.

The specifically designed seniors’ apartments respond to the need of a simplified independent lifestyle for older Australians-a transition to delay entry into dedicated aged care facilities.

The project would also accommodate a mix of age groups, which would help against social isolation, and to showcase optimum use of renewable energy and water use, and fast evolving new transport developments.

The item about a possible scheme amendment for the City of Fremantle owned properties  are on on the agenda of Wednesday’s Planning Committee, so come along and have your say. It starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community Hall on Wednesday December 5.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, festival, movie, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2018


The Other Film Festival road show is coming to Fremantle for the first time this weekend. Over 2 days, catch amazing films from around the world by, with, and about people with disability.

There is a show on today-Saturday at 11am and tomorrow-Sunday at 8.15pm, so check the sessions.

DADAA is proud to present the inaugural Act-Belong-Commit WA Stories showcase made by DADAA artists and the Screenwest panel sessions to discuss screen culture. Sessions are FREE but bookings are required.

Choose your sessions and book here:

Films and panels are audio described and open captioned. Auslan interpretation available for Session 4 on Sunday 7 October, as well as the panel discussions.

DADAA is in the former Boys School at 92 Adelaide Street in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 15, 2018


A big well done to Fremantle’s Leighton Beach restaurant Bib&Tucker and East Fremantle’s May Street Larder for providing BRAILLE menus for blind and sight impaired people.

These little things give so much independence and respect to disabled people. I hope many other eateries will follow this great lead!

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018


Arts and disability organisation, DADAA is moving ahead with the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Old Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park with the creation of a cafe in the lovely courtyard behind the building.

The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the Fremantle heritage building is the next area to receive an upgrade with the creation of the new café Humble Pantry Fremantle.

DADAA had a dream of turning the old kitchen and courtyard into a great café that not only serves excellent coffee and healthy food, but also provides training and employment opportunities for people with disability.

DADAA, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to art programs for people with disability, have partnered with dynamic mother-son team Clare and Kieran Cranny to open the café later this year.

The new café initiative is pursuing a sustainable financial model that is not reliant on government funding in order to meet its goal of providing employment for people with disability. DADAA and its new café operators are keen to work with businesses and individuals to meet this mission.

Local business Brayco got on board early, generously donating the commercial kitchen.

DADAA are now seeking other local businesses and donors to assist in raising the remaining $30,000 through crowdfunding to complete the fit-out of Fremantle’s first truly inclusive café – a place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity.

Locals are invited to join the ‘Humble Coffee Club’ and to join in on this exciting community-building project with a contribution, large or small.

The campaign, which ends on 30 June 2018, has been launched with a video on the leading platform for cause-driven crowdfunding, StartSomeGood:

Donors and supporters will recognise their name on a Giving Wall created by DADAA artists and will be invited to a celebratory opening to meet other generous individuals who want to see social enterprise like this initiative flourish in Fremantle.



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


Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, disability, local governmet, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2018




It is not a well-known fact that there are FREE beach wheelchairs available for hire in Fremantle at South Beach and Bathers Beach, so that disabled people can also go for a swim

Bathers Beach can be booked on 1300 134 081 or

South Beach can be booked on 9432 9999 or


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017



The City of Fremantle needs to improve the footpath on the Esplanade that runs from Essex Street to Little Creatures as it is a mess in winter after rainfall.

One has to walk through deep puddles or divert through the grass, and the latter creates mud.

People with prams or in wheelchairs have to plough through the wet mess, and that is not on.

There also needs to be a second ‘wayfinding’ path from Collie Street to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It is good and fine to do the big picture stuff and the concept of a hub, but one needs to look after the small stuff as well and create a path that can be used all seasons.


Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, australia day, fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2016

Today we celebrate Australia Day and the achievements of our nation and I will be at the Fremantle Esplanade for the citizenship ceremony that is so life-changing for those of us who come from foreign countries and commit ourselves to our new home.

Australia Day is also invasion day, the day where foreigners forcefully occupied the land that indigenous people had looked after for some 50,000 years. It was the start of racism in this country when white people believed they were superior to those ‘black savages’ and ignored their culture and knowledge of the land. Racism is still a daily occurrence for Aboriginal people and others with a dark skin because some ignorant white people believe they are better just because of the colour of their skin. A woman on Facebook even suggested “These Aboriginals should go back to the country they came from.” I think that shows the intelligence of racists.

It is good to celebrate Australia’s achievement but January 26 is just not the right day for it. I hope that once we become a republic Australia Day will be celebrated on the day of our independence from England.

Australia is a good country and it has been very good to me since I arrived here in 1982. I love living in Fremantle where we are more like a family than a community. We care, share, participate and try to make a difference and we all in our own way want to make this a better place.

I love it that we have such a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society. Those who become Australian citizens today should know that Fremantle people are very tolerant and embracing and that we welcome you with open arms and will support you whenever we can.

Every year on Australia Day people claim this is the greatest country on earth but that of course is nonsense as there is no best country on the planet. We are doing well but are less than perfect and there is a lot of room for improvement.

A rich country that still has so many homeless and poor people, where many indigenous people live in third-world conditions, where the disabled and aged are struggling to get by, and where real equality between women and men is a long way away, cannot claim to be the best country in the world.

A country that refuses to approve same gender marriage and that believes that real love can only be between people of opposite sex is not the best country on earth, because it shows Australia is still holding on to old archaic values and is yet to move on to become a genuine progressive nation that embraces change and tolerates diversity.

Australia is a country of immense opportunity for those who live and come here but the gap between the very rich and very poor is growing and that needs to be addressed as a priority. Corporate greed is no substitute for culture and substance and high-rise buildings are no substitute for old-growth forests.

Life is all about balance and willingness to share and I believe we can achieve that in Australia, so instead of getting pissed on this special day and waste money on grog why not ask someone less fortunate to join you today for a real Aussie BBQ or picnic and show them we don’t take our fellow Aussies for granted.

Have a happy Australia Day, Fremantle!

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle, politics by freoview on July 26, 2015

Is it time for an independent political party in Australia, a truly balanced party that has values and morals and where elected members always have a conscious vote instead of having to vote along party lines?

Many Australians are very disappointed with the major parties. Cynicism about politicians and their egos, arrogance and power lust is increasing daily.

The lack of balance and only wanting to rubbish whatever the opposition parties are proposing is a mind-blowing show of narrow-mindedness and lack of intelligence.

Politicians are not interested what is best for our country, or state, they only want to get into or remain in power at all cost. Any values they or their party might have had in the past have all but disappeared in the greedy grab for power.

The gap between the rich and the poor is getting bigger and those who need society’s support most are being ignored more and more because our politicians look for the lowest denominator when it comes to increasing their popularity. It is much easier to dismiss those irrelevant minority groups, the narcissistic disabled, the always complaining aged and those nasty lazy dole bludgers, than to actually get millionaires pay tax.

Racism is yet again increasing in Australia because of a severe lack of leadership by those who take more and more freedom away from us under the guise of wanting to protect us from all those foreign nasties. Our Christian politicians are happy to implement inhumane laws and policies because they don’t care about people and compassion.

Our leaders are building monuments to show their greatness instead of shelters for the homeless and the poor. There is always money in the budget for impressive projects but less and less for education, health, social services and science.

There are millions of dollars available for a pedestrian bridge to a new and expensive football stadium but not to replace the dodgy Fremantle railway bridge.

I have long given up believing in what the leaders of the Labor or Liberal party promise because all they do is try to win votes at the next election so their hunger for power gets satisfied. I no longer believe that Bill Shorten would be a better leader than the disgraceful Tony Abbott is or that Mark McGowan would to a better job than the arrogant Colin Barnett, and it pisses me off that there are no alternatives and that my vote will be wasted again at one of the next elections, because there are no true leaders with true values who actually care. That is so frustrating and disappointing!

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

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