Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, perth, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2019


ferry shadows

red light


escalator reflection


I rarely go to Perth because the big city just does not interest me, but today I thought I needed to broaden my horizon a bit and jumped on the train to the big smoke.

It did not look anywhere near as bad and vacant as the media has been screaming about and during my two hours walking around I only noticed four beggars, so that ain’t too bad.

I thought to share these photos with my Freo readers. The top photo are shadows at the ferry terminal at Elizabeth Quay, the second one is more shadows at the traffic lights in Wellington Street, the third one is of arty seating at Rain Square, and the last one is a reflection at the escalators at Forest Place.

After having to endure standing next to Mathias Cormann at a pedestrian light for three minutes I was happy to return to good old Freo and am more convinced than ever that the best thing about Perth is Fremantle. 😍

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, markets, perth by freoview on December 11, 2015


The Swan River Community Markets at the Perth Belltower will be a special one this Saturday because the Perth Speed Week is held on the boardwalk adjacent to it. So all the lead feet and petrol heads out there should make the trip to the big smoke to have a look at racing cars and motorbikes and maybe a view celebrity guests.

There will be food and art and craft for sale, there is an animal touch farm, face painting and fairies for the children, so no one will miss out.

The market is open from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and the weather forecast is for a mild 27 degrees. See you there!

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, fremantle ports, victoria quay by freoview on October 9, 2014

The City of Fremantle Special Projects Committee had a first discussion about the just released plans for Victoria Quay by Fremantle Ports. My first impression is that the Ports have listened and taken all the community workshops input into account and the plans are so much better than the two ugly ING boxes proposed years ago that were abandoned due to public pressure.

What we now see is a series of low 4-5 storey buildings with just one higher 10-12 storey building east of Queens Street.

This is an integrated plan and a lot about connectivity between the CBD and the waterfront, with a shift of the busport to the east and a new entry from Queens Street.

There would also be a new railway crossing at Pakenham Street, and Peter Huges Drive in the Port, north of the railway line, would be extended all the way to Cliff Street, which would be an alternative east-west connection to Phillimore Street.

I think these are sensible and acceptable plans that  still require detailed fine-tuning and consideration, but as an overall concept they are positive for Fremantle and to activate Victoria Quay, so well done to Fremantle Ports and consultants CODA for listening so well to the community and all the stakeholders.

On behalf of the Fremantle Society I spoke yesterday against the proposal for a substantial building on Pioneer Park along Short and Pakenham streets and warned that we can not afford to lose more green open space in the inner city, even more so because new development will see many more people using the CBD and they will need green lingering nodes and places for people to relax and children to play.

I pointed out that the City’s desire to activate the reserve was partly to blame on them because they have done little to make the park attractive. For example why is there not a playground near the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre that attracts a lot of kids?

But thinking about it this morning I thought I could envisage a row of 2-3 storey residential townhouses along Short Street being quite attractive and taking up only a small percentage of the green space.

I believe that the City of Fremantle in general needs to better plan public and green spaces, as they do at Subi Centro in Subiaco where the Carter Lane precinct is being promoted as “Green Spaces Galore” and being a “distinctive feature of the precinct.”

There is a bit of ambiguity in the statement that Victoria Quay would have retail that does not undermine retail in the CBD. How is that going to work? The area is designed as a commercial/retail/tourism precinct so that would have cafes, bars and restaurants which would no doubt compete with those along the Cappuccino Strip and elsewhere in the inner city. It’s a silly notion really to believe a new waterfront destination will not attract people away from the CBD. Of course it will, but that is just the way the world works and CBD traders will have to counter act that.

Concerns were raised that there is the opportunity for building heights to go up if they have excellence in design, but that no limit has been set on the additional discretionary height. That is not acceptable and needs to be addressed, and there needs to be a Design Advisory Committee appointed for that and not been left to the discretion of Fremantle Ports.

The idea raised by some Councillors that there could be a “development authority’ for implementing the VQ development is not a bad one as it would bring cohesion to it and deal easier with stakeholders like the Public Transport Authority. This would also take care about a possibility that only the commercially most viable buildings would be built but the public realm neglected.

I am not sure why there would be the need for weather proof access to the train station from the Post Office in Market Street, as Councillor Sullivan keeps talking about. It sounds a bit too much to me as those ugly passage ways they build between school buildings and I can’t see any need for that in a city environment. All over the world one crosses station forecourt squares without being protected from the rain or sun, so why Fremantle needs to have something like it, that will be a visual barrier at Market Street, and needs to be high enough to accommodate buses and trucks, is not something I support. It is a walk that takes two minutes so why we would need protection from the rain and sun I do not understand.

The timeframe and implementation of the plans are crucial I believe. Ideally we would not want VQ commercial office space to compete with that being built at Kings Square, so hopefully Sirona Capital will get a head start and pre-lease the Myer and Queensgate buildings soon and can get started on the development there that is most essential for the re-activation of the inner city.

I am worried about Freo’s short-term future but excited about the long-term one. The modernisation and revitalisation of our city is essential to retain the State’s second city status and it is crucial for our local economy and traders. The entire development of Fremantle though needs to be handled sensitively and the authorities need to insist on high quality and well designed new buildings. Boring bland concret boxes will not do and have to be rejected vehemently.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on October 7, 2014

VQ sign

It is good to see that Fremantle Ports is doing what the City of Fremantle is not too good at; putting way-finding signs up, but unfortunately the typeface on the new sign at the Cliff Street roundabout is too small and not bold enough and that makes it very hard to read for people who come driving around the corner.

Cars often stop because they don’t know the way to Victoria Quay and the Rottnest ferry terminal and that is rather dangerous.

Didn’t they test the sign before going ahead with it? Unlikely.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 24, 2011

My second favourite cafe after the Moore&Moore cafe is Tasty@B-Shed on Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port. I love sitting at water’s edge watching the early light glow on the ships at North Quay, and see the departing 7.30 Rottnest Ferry, while waking up over a good strong Espresso.

Up till now that was quite pleasant, but the mornings have become quite chilly and the cafe has no heating at all. This morning I was told heating was at planning stage and not in this year’s budget, which seems very strange for a multi million dollar redevelopment. Did someone at Fremantle Ports forget it does get cold and did not allow for heating, or should the cafe owners supply portable gas heaters, as they do in the Moore&Moore? I’m wearing thermal underwear tomorrow. 5>)

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 15, 2011

B Shed Ferry Terminal won The Gerry Gauntlett Award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse at the 2011 Western Australian Heritage Awards announced last night (14 April).

B Shed, on Victoria Quay, is a general cargo shed that was built in 1926. Last year, it was refurbished by Fremantle Ports and now accommodates a new ferry terminal and waterfront café in modern facilities in a heritage setting.

Announcing the winners, Heritage Minister John Castrilli said the awards showcased the very best in the endorsement of conservation, adaptive reuse and interpretation of State-Registered heritage places

He said the clever design and excellent use of interpretation material and historical imagery in the B Shed project resulted in it named the outstanding adaptive reuse project of the year.

Fremantle Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter said the project objective was to create a ferry terminal that functioned efficiently and also offered patrons a comfortable and interesting experience.

“The B Shed project demonstrates all conservation practices including conservation of existing fabric, restoration and reconstruction of missing elements. Importantly, it includes a large component of adaptive re-use that follows Burra Charter principles very carefully.

“The ferry operators, the Rottnest Island Authority and the cafĂ© are housed within the shed in contemporary facilities which juxtapose with the original shed structure.

“Fremantle Ports has put considerable time and resources into this refurbishment, working with the Heritage Council of Western Australia, architects, heritage consultants and others to ensure that the heritage of this former cargo shed is well respected.”

Heritage interpretation elements include the incorporation of enlarged historical photographs in glass panels. Mosaic-style images of port scenes from earlier times are also featured, and in two locations, wharf decking has been taken up so that visitors can see the timber structure of the wharf.

Constructed in 1925-26 for general cargo storage, B Shed was built from karri and some oregon timber.

Refurbishment included repair and reconstruction, upgrading essential services, offices, a café (Tasty Express @ B Shed), heritage interpretation and signage.

The café’s  alfresco deck has been built of recycled railway sleepers and it has an awning.


B eautiful SHED

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 29, 2011

The secret of eye-catching photos often is the time of the day they were taken. Early and late light always enhance scenery, as this sunrise photo of the B Shed ferry terminal on Victoria Quay in Fremantle shows.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 17, 2011

I had an early morning walk through Fremantle before I had an Espresso at Tasty@ B-Shed in the new Rottnest Island ferry terminal. Here three photos of my walk.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 27, 2010

I have found my new favourite cafe in Fremantle in TASTY@B SHED ON THE WHARF, in the new Rottnest ferry terminal at Victoria Quay, right in the port of Fremantle. Ray and Dennis, who also run Tasty Express on the corner of South Terrace and Lefroy Street, are the energetic, mad, likable owners of the place, so fun is certainty, and so will be the appearance of many Fremantle Dockers players.

Already on the first day of trading many ferry boat passengers enjoyed the lovely ambience of the B-Shed, so go and check it out!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 25, 2010

With the installation of the beautiful photo windows in the new cafe at the new ferry terminal in B Shed on Victoria Quay, Fremantle Ports have reached another small milestone in the completion of what will be an exciting new tourist attraction for Fremantle.

Situated only a few steps from the water, the cafe will be managed by the jovial and hospitable Dennis and Ray, who also own the very popular Tasty Express in South Fremantle. I have no doubt that this will become one of the favourite locations for Fremantle’s soy latte sippers

Here a quick preview of the new photo windows, which I had to shoot through the fence.


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