Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2017





Only some oldies might remember the song by the Isley Brothers, released in 1959, but it is a good message to announce that I’ll be door knocking City Ward in the next few weeks.

So get the coffee ready, bake some cookies, and take the time to tell me what your issues are, and what you believe we could improve in Fremantle.

I am the number three on your ballot paper.


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017


The City of Fremantle has a higher than average of older people living here than the other metropolitan councils, but policy making does not reflect that sufficiently, I believe.

We have a Youth Council, and that is great because we really need to get young people interested in local government, but we should also have a Senior Council, in the old tradition of a circle of elders.

Fremantle Council’s wish to reduce cars in the inner city can’t be dismissed, but it needs to be far more sensitive to the needs of seniors, disabled people, and parents with children.

Parking far away from shopping destinations will deter seniors from coming into town to shop and visit cafes. It”s a safety and a comfort issue for them.

We provide affordable and artist spaces, such as WGV and Nightingale, but we need to create communities for seniors as well. Men Sheds are good, but mainly for men, and many men, myself included, are not interested in handiwork, but would love to hang out with like-minded creative people in senior hubs, that could be inspired by the Fibonacci Centre.

There are opportunities at the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, and the number one unit at J Shed could have been perfect for a creative community centre, but was unfortunately and inappropriately leased to Sunset Events to start a tavern and micro-brewery.

We also need to create community spaces where seniors can hang out with younger people, so that both sides can share their knowledge.

I personally love engaging with younger people in Fremantle because they often have a different perspective on life and different priorities, and it can be inspiring to listen to them.

In the Netherlands, where I was born, university students are offered free rooms in retirement centres, on the condition they spend a certain number of hours each week communicating with the older residents. A win win for all!

My next door neighbour told me that there are many single women in their 40s and 50s who feel a sense of isolation and are looking for safe housing options that suit them better, but there is not enough diversity of small dwellings available in Fremantle.

There are many people in our society who feel isolated and lonely and we need to reach out to them. Fremantle is the perfect city to do that. We care, we are creative, we are passionate and generous, so let’s work on some ideas and how we can make improvements.

What do YOU think?

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 11, 2017



I am such a softy! I am quite emotional to announce that I have nominated for CITY WARD for the Fremantle local government election today.

I am a truly independent candidate, who is not a member of a political party or community group. (I am a volunteer tourguide at the Roundhouse).

Criticism that I am the Mayor’s mouthpiece, on a promise by him to get a seat on council, or that I am a council bugle are quite ridiculous, as Brad Pettit’s team is supporting Linda Wayman.

Pettitt’s close friend and campaign advisor Brian Smith was on the weekend doing letterbox drops for their preferred candidate. He would not do that if it was not supported by his mate the Mayor.

I am in nobody’s camp and call it as I see it. I did not nominate for council to get cosy with the administration or elected members, but to do the very best for Fremantle, as I have already done for very many years.

Please send this on to your City Ward friends and business owners who trade in the CBD.


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, election, environment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2017


It must be election time, the cynic in me thinks, because the good news stories coming from the City of Fremantle are abundant.

This week we read that the vast majority of residents love to live in Freo, according to a CoF survey, and yesterday a media release came out about the City of Fremantle planting 500 more trees in streets and parks and 1,000 in bushland.

This, the blurb tells us, is in addition to the 20,000 plants and shrubs planted across Fremantle in parks and reserves:

The City’s urban forest plan forms part of its Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020.

The strategy aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage.

To achieve this, the City has an ongoing tree planting and revegetation program and is integrating new trees into road and path upgrades where possible.

The City now even has a public relations officer, so stay tuned for a lot more good news between now and October 21.

Under the Local Government act the elected members can not direct the administration, so we will just naively have to believe that the marketing department is doing this all on their own accord. I just noticed some pigs flying over Beacy, as I am writing this. ; >)


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, Uncategorized by freoview on September 8, 2017


Candidate Forums


The Fremantle community is always good at organising election candidate forums, where voters can listen to those who want to represent them on council and ask questions during the Q&A.

So write the dates down in your diaries, or record them in any of your electronic devices.

The big mayoral one between Mayor Brad Pettitt and candidate Ra Stewart is on Tuesday October 3 at 6.30 pm at Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame, at Cliff Street, opposite the Fremantle Herald.

East Ward candidates will have their forum on September 19, Beaconsfield/Hilton candidates on September 20, City Ward is on September 28 and South and North Wards are yet to be determined.

I will update you as we go when I got starting times, but most of them will probably be from 6 pm.


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2017


I am never ever late for anything, so it is rather embarrassing that I assumed the speeches at the BRAD FOR FREO campaign launch on Saturday would be held around 6 pm, as the event was from 4-8 pm. However when I arrived at 5.20 the official part was all but over and the place so packed that I had to take photos first.

It means I can’t tell you a thing about the welcome to country by Ingrid Cummins, the introduction speech by Griffith Longley, or what Brad the dad Pettitt said. But I was told that Griff Longley said that the Fremantle Mayor was not about ego, but about a man with a vision for what Fremantle should be and that he was proud to have Brad Pettitt as his Mayor.

The vibes in the packed to the rafters room at The Local hotel in South Fremantle were so great and full of positive energy, and felt very Freo, so that everyone had a smile on their face.

I bumped into heaps of people I know, and I actually remembered some names, which I wrote down to share with my Freo’s View readers.

If you are not mentioned it means I did not notice you, or forgot to take note of it, so my apologies!

Sighted by the first time late in his life Loopy were: former Labor MP Melissa Parke, former deputy Freo Mayor Dave Coggin, Freo Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge with daughter and mum Jenny, Councillor Jon Strachan and partner Cathy Hall, Councillor Rachel Pemberton, former Councillor Tim Grey-Smith, South Freo Candidate Liam Carter, Kim Dravnieks and Kate Kelly of Roe 8 fame , Paul Gamblin with wife Tracy and daughter Charlotte, the America’s Cup hero John Longley, designer John Douglas and his wife, Ellen Health GP Kathrine, developer Bruce Moriarty, former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, architect Kieran Wong, marketing angel Sarah Langley, photographer Alma Sahran with her Flying Fallafels husband Ali, Brad Pettitt’s friend Brian Mitchell, former Fremantle Society president and former Freo Councillor Henty Farrar with his Notre Dame uni librarian daughter Sophie, artist Tim Burns, Jason Townsend, Paul and Pat Winnacott, Paper Bird children’s bookshop owner Jennifer Jackson, Deputy Mayor of East Fremantle Michael McPhail, Curtin Uni professor Peter Newman, and many, many more.

And of course the Mayor’s partner Emma was there with their beautiful daughter Aoife, who wore a DAD FOR FREO shirt.

I promise that if I am still alive at the next election campaign I’ll be on time. ; >(

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2017


Brad fpr Freo campaign


It is always better to find out first hand and from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, what politicians stand for and believe in, rather than relying on the media or the usual conspiracy and innuendo on social media.

This Saturday September 2 Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will launch his election campaign at The Local Hotel from 4-8 pm.

I understand there is a small entry fee for just over $ 20.00.

CORRECTION! Tickets cost $ 39 and for concession holders $ 29. The launch is part fundraiser and the entry fee pays for the entertainment and toward the election campaign.

Isn’t it amazing how little I know for someone supposedly in the Mayor’s pocket? ; >)


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on August 24, 2017


Local Government is real grassroots politics, and the only tier of government where we can address our elected members at Council and Committee meetings.

To get good local government it is essential to get a good cross-section representation of the community, and in my opinion ideally one that is removed from party politics.

So if you are tempted to nominate for the Fremantle Council elections, there is an information sessions next week:

People interested in becoming an elected member are invited to an information session on Wednesday 30 August, 6.00 pm in the City of Fremantle Reception Room.

The session will include election information provided by the Western Australian Electoral Commission, an insight into elected member life by Deputy Mayor, Ingrid Waltham and an outline of the City’s strategic big picture projects by Director City Business, Glen Dougall.


Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017


Photographer Gnangarra Lake is not very happy with Fremantle mayoral election candidate Ra Stewart’s use of his dingo flour mill photo as the header for her campaign Facebook page. He wrote:

Gnangarra Lake I love to see businesses, potential Politicians, and their staff supporting local artists they can start by respecting the copyright holders and licensing conditions of the images they use, just like that lovely photograph of mine of Dingo Flour you have been using as the banner of your facebook page for the last 6 weeks, who shall I invoice for its use contrary to its publish copyright license, for which you have by uploading it facebook you also granted others the right to use that image without paying any royalties. Artists have a right to respected, as well as appreciated.

Stewart posted a photo about the City of Melville annual art award, saying she “would love to see an annual arts award happening in the City of Fremantle” and Gnangarra Lake posted his comments there.

The mayoral candidate does not seem to appreciate that there is already a City of Fremantle annual national FAC Print Award that is very highly regarded. It has been held for over 40 years and is the richest and most prestigious print award in Australia, with a first prize of $ 16,000 and second prize of $ 6,000. It is held at the Fremantle Arts Centre, as the name suggests.

The Fremantle print award is distinctly different from the often mediocre art awards many councils put up every year, because it is of a much higher standard than that of most councils, with the exception of a few.

The internet has caused a lot of copyright abuse and people using other people’s creative images for their own often unauthorised use, so my sympathy is with Gnangarra Lake. Photographers, artists, designers, musicians, etc. have a right and need to get paid and credited for their work, as it is their profession and income source.

The photo is on Wikimedia with following conditions:

Attribution: Photographs by Gnangarra…
You are free:

  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:

  • attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).



I just received this comment to my blog from Gnangarra Lake at 3.38 pm so in fairness to Ra Stewart I’ll publish it here as readers might otherwise not see it:

The issue was resolved Ra has given credit as per the licensing terms on the image on Wikipedia. Ra has also graciously acknowledge the error and is making a donation to a charity


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017




Only seven days left to enrol to vote for marriage equality, but also a good idea to do it for our Fremantle local council election, which is in October.

Don’t be lazy! We want everyone to have their say in Freo. Young and old, so please take part.

In other parts of the world they envy our democratic right to vote. It is a privilege and a civic duty. Do it!


Roel Loopers

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