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The new clubhouse at Fremantle Park is an opportunity lost if the City of Fremantle approves the design of the building.

What is suggested is boring 1970s design that has no street appeal, and the proposed new building might well be in the wrong location for it to get maximum benefit out of it for all three clubs that will call it home.

I had envisaged a modern clubhouse surrounded by the playing fields, in the location of the present bowling club building, with a balcony all around, so that players and visitors could watch the tennis and lawn bowls from upstairs and enjoy views to the Fremantle Arts Centre and the port from there.

Why is the design so boring and does the building look cheap when the total budget for the project is $4.1 million?  $1.85 million is coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

When the community regularly complains about the mediocre architecture of new buildings the City of Fremantle has to show that great architecture is achievable in our city. This proposal is very disappointing.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018


Fremantle Park community centre


It has taken a while but there are finally plans for the new Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre at Parry Street, which will be the new home for the Fremantle Tennis Club, the Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers clubs.

The project will include the demolition of the existing tennis club and bowling club buildings, the construction of the new Sport and Community Centre and the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green.

As a complementary project, the City of Fremantle will also build new public carpark on Parry Street that can be used by club members.

The three clubs decided in 2013 that they would be better off in a new, shared facility rather than paying to upgrade and maintain their existing clubrooms, and the Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street was no longer financially sustainable.

The City of Fremantle’s Community Facilities Plan – Future Directions 2036 – identifies Fremantle Park as a key sporting precinct including Fremantle Leisure Centre, Fremantle Sport and Community Centre and the playing fields, so this is the first stage in wider plan to upgrade the whole area.

The plans for the new building include three indoor function rooms – including a cafe, bar and commercial kitchen – and an alfresco area and balcony overlooking the sporting areas.

The cafe and alfresco area will be open to public and the indoor function rooms will be available for hire to community groups and for private functions. The sporting areas will be available to club members and also through casual hire.

The total budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

The project is due to go to tender in July, with construction expected to be underway in October and completed by August 2019.

The plans can be seen on the My Say Freo website and a community information session will be held on Thursday 12 April from 5.30 – 7.30 pm at the Fremantle Bowling Club.

The feedback received during the consultation stage will help to further refine the plans before the City progresses with the detailed design.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, development, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2017


The plans for a new clubhouse at Fremantle Park on Parry Street can finally go ahead after Fremantle Council approved it on Wednesday.

The clubhouse will become the new home for the Fremantle Workers Club, Fremantle Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club which will share the two-storey premises.

The City of Fremantle also plans to build a public carpark next to it to accommodate inner city parking.

The $ 4,4 million project will be paid for by the Workers Club, the CoF and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The Fremantle Workers Club will pay $ 1.85 million, as will the City. The State Department will pay $ 400,000, and Fremantle City will pay another $ 300,000 for the public carpark, if the use is approved by the state.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, community, development by freoview on March 7, 2016

It is fantastic to hear the Western Australian government has had a change of heart and has approved to fund $400,000 toward the building of a new community centre at Fremantle Park,  through the annual CSRFF-Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund- grants.

A year ago the combined efforts by the Fremantle Workers, Fremantle Tennis, Fremantle Bowling clubs and the City of Fremantle was unsuccessful in trying to receive State Government funding but this year the community clubs are delighted that the City has been successful in its application.

There is a lot of residential development going on in the east CBD of Fremantle and that could well benefit the clubs and guarantee a rosy future, with more members helping to revitalise them.

Well done all who lobbied the State and got this great result!


Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, tennis by freoview on September 29, 2015

The Fremantle Tennis Club at Parry Street has put some lovely, quirky and endearing figures on their fance and is crying out to JOIN THE FAMILY!

They are having an OPEN DAY on October 10 from 2 pm, so go and join the fun and become part of the community group.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.



Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on August 26, 2015

Coming home this evening from the Fremantle monthly Council meeting and watching the very funny UTOPIA on ABC TV straight after that I thought that often reality is funnier than satiric fiction.

I would not attend as many Council and Council committee meetings as I can, and I would not stand for Council at the October election, if I did not believe local government democracy is extremely important, but tonight I shook my head in disbelief as the Elected Members went on and on…. and on about what Councils three most important priorities are when applying for Lotterywest funding. And a bloody difficult and near impossible decision it was to make, and it did not help either that the Director was not much help.

Is the relocation of the Men’s Shed, one that most local governments would fund themselves, the number one priority for Fremantle when talking to Lotterywest to get money, or is it the proposal by the Fremantle Tennis and Bowling clubs to build a new clubhouse at Fremantle Park together with the Fremantle Workers Club? Or could it just remotely be the massive $ 4 million development of Cantonment Hill, a huge Kings Park-like area that will become an enormous attraction for tourists and locals? Hard to decide hey. Well, one would think not when one sits in the public gallery with other people who have a grain of common sense, but our Freo Councillors managed to just keep talking and asking more questions and changing the wording of motions.  It could have been an episode of Utopia or Yes Minister.

I think they agreed at the end that Cantonment Hill, one of the biggest projects Fremantle will undertake for years, is the number one priority and that the other two come second and third. And all that for funding from a State agency that is not guaranteed.

It would have helped the Elected Members if the officers had given more precise recommendations and information and it would have saved a lot of time and boredom.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Truly independent.



Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 13, 2014

The Fremantle Workers Club is moving from Henry Street to Fremantle Oval to share space with the South Fremantle Football Club until a new building at the Fremantle Tennis Club will be built.

So this coming weekend is the very last weekend in the Workers Club’s traditional home, so go and say goodbye. President Don Whittington emailed following information about the entertainment:

This Friday evening, Acid-Tea, our favourite ukelele band have agreed to play for us again. We had such a fantastic time last Friday and they must have done as well. The Café will be open with a limited menu from 6 to 8pm.

On Sunday, one of our most popular bands, Déjà Vu, are playing from 1.30- 5pm so we expect another large crowd. Then the Zydecats will play their final gig at the Club from 6pm-9pm. All the band will be there which is great news and it is sure to be an evening that you won’t forget.

We are putting on a special Sunday roast lunch at 12.30pm, prepared by Bill and Norma of Village Caterers. It will include Roast Pork. Roast Beef and a fantastic choice of vegetables: see the attached menu. The cost will be: $25 members and $30 guests and we need you to pay in advance, so we can be sure of numbers. Could you please pay at the Club by Friday night or give us a call: 9335 1840. In the evening the Café will be open for the Zydecats from 5.30pm to 7.30pm: a limited menu, including grilled and battered fish and vegetarian lasagne.

The Club will start operating from South Fremantle Football Club next Wednesday November 19th. Don’t forget to carry your membership card with you and you will be pleased to see staff that you already know from Henry St. Opening hours will be the same except that they will open at 10am – one hour earlier- on Saturdays. Relocating the TAB is a complicated process which will start on Wednesday 19th but it won’t be open at SFFC until Wednesday 26th.

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