Freo's View



I am surprised to read that the Australian Hotel Association is outraged about the booze buying restrictions the WA Government has introduced, but I also question the effectiveness of the restrictions.

People who want alcohol will still be able to buy it, and in more than sufficient quantities that should last a few days, and can then go back and buy alcohol again the next day, or whenever wanted, so none of the alcohol outlets will suffer from a lack of sales.

People could also go to different bottleshops on the same day and stock up, so that makes me wonder how effective the restrictions will be.

What also worries me is that by restricting the sale of alcohol the government creates a situation where people might leave their home more often to restock, when social distancing and staying at home is so important to try to beat the coronavirus spread.

But I do know the harm alcohol can do, and bored people sitting at home, starting to drink earlier than normal, and the risk of domestic violence in homes.

The world has never had to deal with a crisis as big as Covid-19 and governments try to do their very best, make policy on the run, and react. That is not perfect but it requires leadership to make unpopular decisions.

The McGowan government in WA is doing a good job in my humble opinion, so let’s stop whinging about only being able to buy a carton of beer and a bottle of spirits per day, when hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, and many more will follow, and when many businesses will go bankrupt and never open again. Having a drink really is not a priority!

Stay well, Freo!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on February 2, 2018


I have not reported the stabbing of a man in front of the Fremantle courthouse on Wednesday the 24th of January out of consideration for the victim and his parents, whom I have known for over twenty years. But the Fremantle Herald and 6PR reported about it today, so no need for me to hold back any more.

The victim is the son of a long-time High Street business operator and the family are all in shock and have totally lost their sense of safety in Fremantle since the attack.

The victim, his partner and their four-year old daughter had been to the Peace Boat event at B Shed and had a meal at the Upmarkets afterward.

When they returned to their car they were threatened by two men, with one of them stabbing the victim in his upper chest with a screwdriver and smashing a car window with a beer bottle, all in front of a terrified child.

While Fremantle community safety officers and police do a good job, there is not enough police presence in Fremantle at night on weekdays, and that makes walking through Freo pretty risky at times, depending on if one happens to come across a drunken or drugged lunatic.

Roel Loopers


Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2017


I am not the only one concerned with the high number of planning applications for the Fremantle CBD which include taverns.

City of Fremantle Councillor and Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham will put following motion to full council on Wednesday:


Council request that the administration prepare a draft Local Planning Policy to provide guidance in the assessment of planning applications involving premises proposed to be licensed as Tavern or Hotel within the City Centre zone. This policy shall not address issues ordinarily dealt with through the Liquor Licensing process but shall consider relevant planning issues and specifically include consideration of the proportion of the licensed area to the site area occupied by other proposed uses, with a view to ensuring new proposals include an appropriate mix of complementary land uses.


One tavern was just recommended by the CoF Planning Committee for JDAP approval for the Warders Cottages hotel, another tavern is planned for the Police and Justice complex just meters away also in Henderson Street, and just down the road from there in William Street a micro-brewery and tavern is proposed in the Mannings Building.

Add to that another tavern proposal for the Woolstores shopping centre development, plus a large licensed music venue at the Drillhall(former Fly by Night) and one has to wonder how many taverns the Freo CBD can handle before we become the Booze Bash destination in the metro area.

Can Fremantle really cope with another 2000-25000 inebriated people roaming the streets on weekends, and who will pay for the street cleaning in front of all those licensed premises?

Have a look at the mess on Saturday and Sunday mornings along the Cappuccino Strip, that gets hosed clean early those mornings and rubbish swept up from the footpaths and road.

Roel Loopers


Posted in accommodation, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

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A heated exchange has been happening on social media about Fremantle West End residents having problems with the anti-social behaviour of backpackers from the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel in High Street.

Emotive accusations are flying high and residents have erected an arty gate, set back from the street, in Henry Street to try to keep drugged and drunken backpackers from invading their property.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton has accused the owners of having put the fence up without proper planning approval while they say the inner city Councillor is not supportive enough to help solve their problems. The ugly sliding fence the hostel erected to put rubbish bins behind reportedly also did not receive planning approval.

There is an irony in the fact that the owners are allegedly breaking the law to protect themselves from alleged law breakers but I do have sympathy for the fact that the safety of their small children and family is their priority and not planning laws.

The saga with the backpackers has been going on for far too long with some of them recently climbing onto the roof of the house of the young family one night, trying to get into their backyard, and the family’s children no longer feeling safe in their bedroom.

That is not on as the number one priority of society should be the protection of innocent children, so Fremantle Council, which approved the backpackers hostel, needs to take stronger action.

The community policing model introduced by the Commissioner years ago is not working as there are not enough cops on the beat and police presence in Fremantle is often next to nothing, especially during the evenings and nights.

It is not acceptable that visitors to Fremantle have disregard for the law and the residents of our city. We welcome them with a smile and hospitality and treat them with respect, and we have the right to demand the same attitude from them.

Roel Loopers


Posted in anti-social, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, tourism by freoview on March 22, 2017


Residents in Fremantle’s West End in High and Henry streets are very concerned about the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel above the Orient Hotel.

They claim excessive noise from parties, drug dealing and drug taking, drunks, urination and overflowing rubbish bins.

The residents have a meeting with Fremantle security officers and police this afternoon and will also attend the BID security event for the East End tomorrow evening.

They claim people and university students, especially women no longer feel safe in the area and that the problems are 24/7 but the police station in High Street only has one receptionist officer at night and move-on notices do very little to stop the problems.

Anti-social behaviour has been an ongoing problem in Fremantle for many years and WA Police simply does not do enough to control it, and the City’s security officers can’t be everywhere.

Fremantle is the second highest destination in Western Australia for international tourists and the historic West End is one of the main attractions, so the Fremantle Beach Backpackers management need to be told to stop the noisy parties, drunks and drug use and dealing. It’s not on, so close them down if they can’t comply!

We all want our visitors to Fremantle, including backpackers, to have a great time, but they need to show respect for the community they are temporarily guests in.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, local government by freoview on March 22, 2016

Fremantle inner city residents are taking legal action against what they believe is unacceptable behaviour and lack of care by events organisers. Two Cliff Street residents told me on Sunday that during the St Jerome Laneway Festival they have many people climbing onto their roof to gain free access to the event. Those people enter from the driveway next to the former Vila Roma restaurant in High Street and then proceed to walk over the roofs. They said that talking to the events managers and City of Fremantle was useless so they are taking it to court.

Residents of Little High Street are complaining about the “very loud” San Cisco concert on Saturday and vandalism afterwards that was reported to the police. I myself noticed a lot of drink bottles all around the area on Sunday morning.

Roundhouse guides have also observed groups of young people gathering up at Arthur Head to listen to concerts that are below at J Shed.

I think told you so is not out of order and not arrogant, but I and others warned the City of Fremantle this would happen, as we warned them homeless people would invade the cottages at Captain’s Lane once they evicted the residents and port pilots.

Fremantle Council is responsible for the mess it has created at Arthur Head, our State’s most significant historic area, and it is now time for them to lose their arrogance and start cleaning up the mess they created and stamp down on organisers who promise the world.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, hospitality by freoview on February 23, 2016

Cries of outrage on social media because the new Fremantle Federal Hotel, formerly Rosy O’Grady, does not serve beer in pints. Claims that midi-size beer will evaporate in the heat before one gets to one’s table are lovingly ridiculous, as it is more likely your pint will get pretty warm in our hot summers unless you drink it really fast, while a midi stays nice and cold.

Responsible service of alcohol is an interesting dilemma between the need to make money and the need to try to keep people sober. One of my favourite small bars Strange Company only serves beer in pints I found out on Sunday, but I go there for a glass of wine, so it does not bother me.

In the eastern states pints are rarely used in pubs, so maybe the big-size glass drinking culture of WA is slowly changing and the Federal is taking the lead. Time will tell if Freo patrons will embrace the Federal Hotel’s policy or give the pub the cold shoulder.

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, local government by freoview on December 15, 2015

With Christmas, the traditional time for charity, only ten days away I wonder why it takes so long for the City of Fremantle to install the so-called Charity Boxes they announced in October in the city’s clamp down on beggars and anti social behaviour.

Might the reason be that the COF is actually getting these boxes designed and hand-made at considerable cost? I hear figures between $ 20,000-30,000 to make and install the boxes, and that is not counting the numerous council staff meetings and City officers having to collect the donations.

Would it not make more sense to donate the money that would be required to make the boxes to charity instead and for example make a yearly donation of a percentage of parking fees to charity instead of making just a feel good gesture of donation boxes that looks great in the media. That would be the more practical and efficient way.

None of it of course will guarantee that beggars will no longer sit on our streets and ask for money because often they want the cash to do the things many of us also like to do; buy a drink or a smoke, something charity will not supply them with.

Roel Loopers



Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on November 25, 2015

Fremantle Council will debate this evening if it will set up a special committee to deal with alcohol advertising and events and I believe that is a step in the right direction as alcohol creates serious problems in our society and city.

The initiative comes from Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson and I hope his colleagues on Council will support him in this.

But banning or restricting alcohol advertising alone is not enough as we also need to start looking at events which main aim is the promotion and consuming of alcohol. Are events such as the Beer Fest and the Corona Beer Beach Festival appropriate for Fremantle? Should we as a community support the intense and targeted promotion of drinking to young people when we know the damage it does to health and our society?

The disappointing fact is that the responsible service of alcohol policies are often not enforced by events organisers and pubs in Fremantle. I have witnessed drunks literally falling out of pubs and events past bouncers and that is a clear indication that bar people keep serving drinks to people who already had too much to drink. That is not acceptable and the Police and Liquor Licensing Department should take stronger action.

The City of Fremantle also needs to be more consistent and implement its own Alcohol Policy of supporting small bars instead of bigger pubs and boozy concerts because at the end the community is paying the price and we have to fear violence and anti social behaviour by those who only go out to get mindlessly drunk.

Roel Loopers


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