Freo's View


Posted in events, fashion, fremantle by freoview on July 19, 2015

It looks like Fremantle will have a big Perth Fashion Festival event at Bathers Beach on November 29 this year. The proposal is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Strategic Planning and Services Committee and would see the boardwalk and area near it blocked off from the general public all of that Sunday, with the boardwalk being used as the catwalk for the models to show the latest local fashion designs.

The Bathers Beach House operators would extend the licensed area and become part of the ticketed event that no doubt would bring glamour and socialites to our inner city beach.

Another big DJ music event at Leighton Beach is also up for Council approval on Wednesday, so Council needs to be careful not to overdo it and make the same mistakes with our beaches as it has done with the overused and struggling Esplanade. Public open spaces are there for all to enjoy and there should only be a few events a year that restrict access for the general public.

And no bean bags on the beaches please. Last year thousands of small balls were polluting Leighton after a music event, so bean bags should be banned as part of the City of Fremantle approval for such events.

I am looking forward to another great summer, the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets and all the festivals, but let’s spread them out so that not only inner city people are inconvenienced by events.

Roel Loopers


Posted in clothes, fremantle, fundraising, nepal by freoview on May 22, 2015

Clothes Swap

Come and join the CLOTHES SWAP FOR NEPAL at the Drillhall of the Fremantle Notre Dame University TODAY FROM 4-8 PM!

Sell clothes, buy clothes, get yourself a whole new wardrobe with great designer labels, or just stock up for the fancy dress parties you are going to be part of. It will be fun with music and funds raised will go to support the earthquake victims and Gyuto monks in Nepal.

The Drillhall is at the corner of Croke Lane and Mouat Street near the Esplanade.

Roel Loopers


Posted in earthquake, fremantle, nepal by freoview on May 6, 2015

Nepal aid

RESTORING NEPAL-THE FUNDRAISING JOURNEY OF A COMMUNITY is a Fremantle based initiative to help the earthquake victims in Nepal. This is what the Facebook page states:

This is our journey to raise $20,000 in emergency earthquake relief in Nepal ~ being donated to Oxfam and The Gyuto Monks of Tibet.

We are a grass roots community group with members from the Perth Nepalese community, ethical fashion retailers based in Nepal, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet (based in Kathmandu), the University of Notre Dame, and individuals and families who have been personally affected by the earthquake disaster.

Come and meet our team at fashion and music events linked below or donate to our Crowd Funding page.

 Crowd Funding ~ ongoing

Fundraiser Clothes Swap ~ Maitreya for the Gyuto Monks of Tibet ~ 22nd May 2015

A Stitch at a Time Fashion Launch ~ 30th May 2015

Fundraising Concert ~ 13th June 2015 at the Fremantle Sailing Club
Details TBA

Our set fundraising goal represents 50 Major Emergency Appeal Relief kits from Oxfam each providing 11 families with life-saving water kits, emergency hygiene kits and a temporary toilet to avoid the spread of disease and provide dignity to people who have almost lost everything.

Together we aim to empower the capacity of Nepalese and Tibetan people to rebuild their country and preserve their cultural heritage.


Posted in earthquake, fremantle, nepal by freoview on May 5, 2015

Clothes Swap

CLOTHES SWAP FOR NEPAL is a fantastic idea to raise funds for the victims of the recent earthquake there, so make sure you participate and bring some good-quality clothes and swap them at the Notre Dame University Drill Hall on Friday May 22 between 4-8 pm.

The Drill Hall is on the corner of Croke Lane and Mouat Street.

Also on the agenda a few weeks later is the Concert for Nepal on June 13 at the Fremantle Sailing Club. Doors open at 7 pm and you can dance the night away  to the tunes of
Adelle Hitchcock Djing
Empire Blues
Lez Karski and The Nervous Investors
Mutimba Band

Nyoongar elder Richard Walley will do a welcome to country.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, sirona capital by freoview on February 23, 2015

Last week I was disappointed that the Fremantle Kings Square development by Sirona Capital is not going ahead faster, so I am delighted to announce that work on the Quest hotel serviced apartments development on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets has started, as Sirona’s Managing Director Matthew McNeilly promised me late last year.

There is quite a bit happening at Pakenham Street and it will be a much revitalised part of the West End in a few years.

On a sad note it is a shame to see the Vic Miller photo gallery in Market Street closing and that the small Pure Apparel fashion boutique next to Common Ground in High Street also closed its doors.

On an up note. The development of the Mediterranean Shipping Company-MSC building in Cliff Street is going well and should be finished in September this year.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, princess may markets by freoview on February 17, 2015

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It was very hard to compete against the Giant Puppets last weekend with thousands of Fremantle people flocking to Perth for the spectacle. So we had a far too quiet PRINCESS MAY MARKETS last Friday and we need the Fremantle community to support the new venture and the many local small businesses who are at the cosy park next to Clancy’s every Friday from 5-9 pm.

We had great entertainment on the stage by the Wal’tons, Farmer Damian had set up the animal touch farm for the kids and there was delicious international food on offer and a variety of market stalls from plants to books, clothing, preserves, etc.

There is plenty of parking in the area so no worries there.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, markets, princess may markets by freoview on February 11, 2015

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Here some photos of the utterly relaxing Fremantle PRINCESS MAY MARKETS, with which I am involved. It is on every Friday from 5-9 om in the cosy park next to Clancys.

It is a really family market with lots to do for children, outstanding live music on the Little Creatures stage, fantastic international food stalls and a great variety of market stalls to browse through.

And of course there is a huge selection of craft beers and good wines to sample at Clancy’s for the grown ups while the kids have a play with Fairy Sandie, or visit the animal touch farm or take graffiti art lessons from Lady Bananas.

Markets support small businesses and are all about community and the Princess May is very Freo!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, princess may markets by freoview on February 4, 2015

The weather bureau predicts a mild day for Friday so what better way to spend the evening with great live music, international food in the relaxed community ambience of the Fremantle PRINCESS MAY MARKETS. It will be the fourth one and families love it because the park next to Clancy’s is very safe for children as it is surrounded by walls.

There was high praise for the pannacotta and other sweets from the Peruvian food stall who sold all their yummy empanadas, and the bush tucker sliders were very good value as well I was told. The Goan Indian is a favourite with many and so is the large book stall. There is icecream and La Paleta, coconut drinks, pizza, Salvadorian cuisine and something for everyone. The animal touch farm, Fairy Sandie, facepainting and the graffiti art classes by Lady Bananas are a favourite with the kids.

We open from 5-9 and there is heaps of parking around. Street parking in the area is free after 5 pm. Come along and say hello and have fun!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, junkadelic, princess may markets by freoview on January 29, 2015

The energising and awesome JUNKADELIC Brass Band will be playing at Friday’s third PRINCESS MAY MARKETS in the park near Clancy’s. The markets will again feature Fairy Sandie, graffiti queen Lady Bananas and the animal touch farm for children and there will be international foodstalls, fashion, books, craft, art, shoes and a whole lot more.

Street parking in the area is now free after 5 pm so that frees up some dollars to buy food or a cold drink or two at Clancy’s.

The PMM already has its regulars who love the relaxed and very family-friendly ambience of the place, and that there is ample parking on the streets and the Point Street carpark.

The markets are open from 5-9 pm, so come and say hello and tell your friends about it!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 6, 2014

Many 6160

I wandered through MANY 6160, the retail incubator in the former MYER building at Fremantle Kings Square on Friday and it was the busiest I have seen it since it opened just over a year ago. That came as no surprise because the enormous eclectic and fun variety of creative ware is a real delight to browse through. There is art and fashion, and homeware and stuff, things, hundreds of quirky presents one could buy for Christmas, a birthday, or just for oneself.

It is really worth the trip because there is something for everyone’s taste at Many 6160 and the ambience is great and relaxing.

Have a wander and support the local new young businesses!

Roel Loopers

No, I don’t get paid for this promo. Just love the idea of the Many 6160 concept. ; >)


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