Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2017


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Good to see the extension to the Char Char Bull restaurant in Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour┬áis nearing completion.

The new Piazza has been ready for over two months but the work at CCB means the public car park is still not open to the public.

It is a little disappointing that the new building did not copy the saw-tooth roof of Cicerello’s next door, as it looks like a cheap add-on unfortunately.

But with some interesting furniture and good interior design they might still pull it off. I hope so!

With the new Han’s opening last week there is only one more spot to be filled; the forlorn looking former Mussel Bar.


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017


A new burger restaurant on the Fremantle Esplanade remains a pipe dream for the time being, as City of Fremantle officers do not believe building the new hospitality venue should be a priority for the City, and they are hesitant to recommend that proponent Parklife should construct the building themselves on crown land.

The City has nominated $ 1.1 million in its forward budget estimates to construct the so-called Esplanade Hub in the 2018/19 financial year, however it is likely the officers will recommend to council that this is a lower priority project when compared to other projects. so it is probable that it will be delayed till at least 2019/20.

The Esplanade Reserve Masterplan was signed off in 2015, but has been controversial in the community, with even some senior officers at the City not being supportive of the new ‘hub’ idea near the railway line and Tourist Wheel.

At the Strategy and Project Development Committee last night Councillor Rachel Pemberton mentioned that sometimes Council loses track of Masterplans and they grow too big, and she said the area is surrounded by food and beverage options already.

Other Councillors said they would not want to be burned again, as happened with the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed.

Councillors Doug Thompson and Andrew Sullivan were at loggerheads, with Thompson saying that the Kings Square Project was the main focus for the City and it could not afford another major project for five years or so, while Sullivan said the Esplanade was crying out right now for that kind of development and that a city like Fremantle should be able to handle more major projects at the same time.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said the City should be looking for other options, a smaller cafe, and that the proposed burger restaurant was too big. Councillor Pemberton agreed and said the community would not be too happy to lose more of the grassed area, and that it might be better to do the project in the future when the Esplanade was extended into the Italian Club carpark.

Councillor Thompson made one of the best observations of the evening, by saying that no one had ever said to him that we need to redevelop the cafe on the Esplanade.

Councillor Pemberton also questioned if the Dismantle containers were actually used and suggested strongly that if they are not used they should be removed, or Council could take them over for uses related to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, such as skateboard hire.

I believe the City of Fremantle would do well to investigate what can be done to retain the Carriage Cafe in its present location, as moving it might structurally not be possible. Instead of spending a lot of money on building a new food outlet, Council should be looking at how it can support the existing cute cafe and help it grow into a restaurant and small bar with nearby public toilets.

We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in Freo and we don’t really need another burger outlet, or another food outlet when there are nine of them on the other side of the railway line at the Fishing Boat Harbour, from Little Creatures, Baskin&Robbins, Joe’s Fish Shack, Han’s Cafe, Cicerello’s, Kailis, Char Char Bull, Bathers Beach House, all the way to Sweetlips.


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, islam, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017



Fish&Chips is not only multicultural but it is also multi-faith, as these delightful students of a Perth Islamic college showed at Kailis in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour today.

They’re just normal kids in school uniform enjoying one of the delights all kids love to eat.

If only Pauline Hanson had realised she was selling halal food when she had her Fish&Chips shop.


Roel Loopers


Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2017


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In between showers yesterday it was quite pleasant in Fremantle and father and son took advantage of it, feeding the seagulls in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It something the traders there don’t like, hence the signs, Don’t feed the seagulls or they’ll S.O.Y (Shit On You).

Walking around town I noticed these three generations of bicycles parked at Phillimore Street and thought they looked cute.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2017


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There is beauty in everything, and in the eye of the beholder, so here some arty rope photos taking in the Freo Fishing Boat Harbour today.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2017



The extension of the CHAR CHAR BULL restaurant in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is nearing completion.

The new piazza there has already been finished but is still fenced off because of the CCB construction work. It should not be long now!

Roel Loopers


Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017



We just love our signs in Western Australia. It will just be a matter of time until the government will demand we put a sign at the exit to our homes that warns that we might get run over by a roadtrain, trip over pavement, get sun burnt, or that a tiger might escape from Perth zoo. Don’t leave home. It’s bloody dangerous out there!

So now we know that there is no lifeguard on duty at the Fishing Boat Harbour, and just in case of diving after one’s fish&chips that was blown into the drink by the Fremantle Doctor, there also have been a buoy installed.

WA is so over-regulated that it baffles overseas tourists and the visual pollution is getting worse by the day.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2017


Big Top Littl Creatures 24 June

The great Fremantle LITTLE CREATURES tavern/restaurant/brewery is making a circus of it all this Saturday June 24 from midday till late.

There will be pop-up performances, workshops and roving carni creatures in Live in the Big Top.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fishing boat harbour, food, fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 12, 2017




It is nice to be a tourist in your own town sometimes, so when I wandered past Fremantle’s Little Creatures on Saturday morning I decided to take some photos of the very popular brewery restaurant .

My favourite part of Creatures is the Next Door bar on the first floor that overlooks the Fishing Boat Harbour, but it wasn’t open yet when I took these shots.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 12, 2017


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It is another stunning day, so a brilliant start of the week.

Let me add a bit more colour with this water colour photo I took in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers


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