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Posted in cantonment hill, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017


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The children’s playground at Fremantle’s Cantonment Hill is progressing well and due for completion by the end of August.

Contractors have started to install play equipment today. Just a shame though about the faux limestone walls on such and important and expensive project.


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 children, city of fremantle, community by freoview on March 4, 2017

Now here is a innovative approach by the City of Fremantle to try to  accommodate Circus WA.

The community group has been given notice by state agency Artsource to vacate its existing premises on Phillimore Street by 7 April 2017.

Circus WA is seeking approval from the City to licence a portion of Princess May Park to temporarily accommodate its operations. It plans to erect a large tent to the west of the Old Boys School that will allow it to operate for up to three years while it identifies appropriate long term premises in another part of Fremantle.

Nearby businesses DADAA, Clancy’s Fish Pub and The Fremantle Education Centre are supportive of the temporary move.

The proposed licence is for 1 year with two further terms of 1 year each at the City’s approval. This means that the City has the option not to extend for the second or third year should the license conflict with the development of 2 Point Street.

I am not sure how practical this is going to be with the imminent development of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel just west of the proposed location for the tent, and also the security of the tent with Princess May Park being infamous for being a favourite location for homeless people day and night.

Circus WA has been looking for new premises in Fremantle for many years and wanted to share the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill with Enkel but that fell unfortunately through.

The item is on the agenda for Wednesday’s FPOL Committee.

Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle, development by freoview on February 12, 2017

The City of Fremantle is planning a nationwide competition for the design of a nature playground at Kings Square as part of the Kings Square Project development.

The area allocated would be to the east of the St John’s church, on land owned by the church, and close to the new cafe that will be part of the new Civic Centre and Library at Kings Square.

It is estimated the design and construction of the playground will cost $ 500,000.00.

A jury which would have members of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, CoF  Design Advisory Committee and Fremantle City officers would decide on the winning submission for the project.

Roel Loopers


Posted in festival, fremantle, skatepark, western australia by freoview on July 12, 2016



Fantastic to see so many families at the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza skate park and the Winter Festival ice rink this morning, and the food stalls were also doing a roaring trade.

It also makes for happy trading in the Fishing Boat Harbour, so that is all good for the traders down that way and hopefully also for other cbd businesses.

The weather will be good for another few days so take advantage of it and head out to the Esplanade before the rain returns.

Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle by freoview on April 20, 2016

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Nice to see so many young kids having fun at the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza today, trying out their scooters and getting some advise from coaches.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, retail by freoview on April 18, 2016




Congratulations to the Fremantle BID group for coming up with the FREO FUNOPOLY  concept for the school holidays. What a great way marketing our city by asking children, accompanied by adults, to discover and wander around Freo.

I talked with many of them at the Roundhouse, where we had been supplied with a stamp by BID to put on the map, and they not only loved it, but consumed quite a bit and discovered new elements of our city.

We quite often get people up at Arthur Head who do Amazing Place races with their companies, as part of their group and leadership building, so it is something BID and the City’s marketing department should offer more often.

It would be perfectly suited to a heritage festival for example.

Well done Business Improvement District for this innovative support for our traders!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community by freoview on March 29, 2016

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Sometimes the City of Fremantle does actually listen to the community and implement what we are asking for. During three Sundays in April the Cappuccino Strip will be closed for traffic and will be a pedestrian mall only.

It will happen this coming Sunday April 3 and 10 and 17, so come and join the SUNDAYS ON THE STRIP very Freo fun!

The cafes and bars will extend out onto the strip, there will be lounge areas to just sit and watch the passing parade, and there will be a kids craft zone, fairies, face painting, live music and street performers. It will be a hoot!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, development, housing by freoview on March 26, 2016

An article on Twitter by Canadian Sightline Institute talks about one of my passions for diverse housing in inner city Fremantle and tells the story of how downtown Vancouver BC has 5 times more kids than Seattle and 9 times more than Portland.

Town planners in Vancouver BC made a conscious decision some 20 years ago to not leave the inner city to singles, couples, aged and low income earners, but to also encourage families.

Apartments and townhouses in big developments have to have dining rooms with easy to clean floors, accessible stroller storage, lockable bicycle storage, and outdoor play spaces, ideally where parents can look out on from windows to supervise the children.

At least 25 percent of the development needs to be suitable for families and 20 percent for low-income people.

High density development needs to incorporate parks, open space, daycares, libraries, community centres and elementary schools, and there needs to be soundproofing between the apartments and between the sleeping and living areas.

This is the kind of development that I would like to see in the Knutsford/Blinco/Montreal street area, and not just a small housing scheme only suitable for singles. I would also encourage developers to build more family apartments with a minimum of two bedrooms in the CBD, so that we get real diversity and not just childless couples and singles buying apartments in new Fremantle development.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on February 26, 2016

There is outrage on social media by Fremantle motorists who received speeding fines for driving faster than 50 km per hour along Douro Road in South Fremantle. They claim there are no signs indicating that it is not a 60kph zone and that the speed cameras in that location are only for revenue raising.

I believe it is clear that the speed limit in built-up areas in only 50 kph and that does not require special signs to make motorists aware off, as they should know those basic road rules, but those who got caught, some twice!, are not at all happy and some even want to challenge the fine they got.

South Freo traffic has become a bit of a problem, especially during morning and afternoon rush hour, with traffic banking up and often at a standstill at the Douro Road, South Terrace roundabout.

The intersection of Lefroy Road and South Terrace has become dangerous as it is near impossible to see traffic coming from Fremantle when one wants to turn right from Lefroy Road onto South Tce toward the city. If 4WD or vans are parked next to the Little Lefroy Cafe one has to drive into the flow of traffic so that one can observe traffic coming from Freo.

The area is now packed with very popular cafes and eateries and traffic management needs to be improved soon before bad accidents happen. I am aware the City of Fremantle has plans for more pedestrian and bike-friendly traffic so I hope that will be implemented soon.

And as for those who got caught driving too fast. Don’t speed! This is a residential area where lots of families live, so just slow down and get wherever you want to go 30 seconds later.

Roel Loopers

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