Freo's View


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019


Good news for Fremantle traders and for motorists that Sirona Capital has been able to extend the parking hours of the Henderson Street car park now that it is no longer attached to the development site.

New hours are Monday to Thursday 5am-11pm and Friday to Sunday 5am-2am.

What is not good though is that readers informed me that credit card payment at City of Fremantle owned parking meters all over town is no longer available, and the response they receive from the info desk is to get coins or the parking app. One lady from out of Freo was half an hour late for a meeting this morning because of the change. Ridiculous!

Roel Loopers







The latest photos of the Fremantle Civic Centre development at Kings Square, taken this Monday morning.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019


Parking is always the talk of town in Fremantle, and while I don’t believe it is a huge issue, and that there are plenty of parking bays, things could still improve.

The parking meters near the Woolstores shopping centre do not accept credit cards any more and that is ridiculous as not everyone wants to download a smart phone app to pay and we live inĀ  cashless society where many people do not have coins with them.

Parking permits for residents require the administration to send out reminders and after that the stickers, while with the recently introduced number plate recognition CCTV parking inspectors should be able to just scan the rego plate and get a green light if the car gets free parking before 11am and after 3pm.

Making parking easier in Fremantle will be a big step forward to getting rid off the perception that it is difficult and/or expensive to park here.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, living, photographer, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019



Hundreds of Fremantle people turned up at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach this Sunday morning to celebrate the life of that wonderful human being and great photographer Matthew Dwyer, who sadly died at Bluff Knoll in WA’s south a few weeks ago.

Matthew’s parents, children and friends came together to remember a lovely man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019





Getting up at 4.30am for the arrival of the Sea Princess meant I had time on my hands, even after coffee and browsing through the Sunday Times at Chalkys cafe, so I went to the Passenger Terminal of Fremantle Port and took some snaps of the few passengers who were out and about early.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, marketing, PR,, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019


I thought I was pretty on the ball and well informed but I must have totally missed a more recent council amalgamation. On Facebook this morning VISIT FREMANTLE gushes aboutĀ  the Top Dup Donuts shop in Willagee, but I believed Willagee was in the City of Melville.

Yesterday a letter writer from Palmyra complained in the Fremantle Herald, what is happening to our city. He meant Fremantle and is clearly not aware that he lives in Melville.

I am all for a bigger Fremantle and local government reform, but until that happens Visit Fremantle should really promote Freo businesses.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019


Sea Princess


The Sea Princess, the first cruiseliner of the summer season, arrived in Fremantle at 5.30am this morning on an overcast day, with 1,800 passengers on board. She will depart at 11pm this evening.

Princess Cruises announced earlier this year that it has 141-day deployment in Fremantle this season with a total of 29 cruise ships carrying 64,000 passengers.

The cruise industry contributes $ 276 million to the Western Australian economy.

Welcome to Freo Sea Princess passengers and crew!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2019


Fremantle will have four new Councillors after the count of votes this evening for the Local Government Election 2019, with Jon Strachan the only one of the three sitting members losing his seat for South Fremantle .

There were some close calls, the closest one in Beaconsfield where the difference was just 32 votes.

Here all the results:

HILTON: Frank Mofflin 571, Lynn McLaren 372, Tony Miosic 326

EAST: Su Groome 801. Michelle Cunningham 383

SOUTH: Marija Vujcic 937, Jon Strachan 849

CITY: Rachel Pemberton 680, John Dowson 588, Julie Morgan 357

NORTH: Bryn Jones 826, Steve Woods 507

BEACONSFIELD: Geoff Graham 531, Gemma Hohnen 499, Chris Jenkins 351

My apologies for posting the results so late but a very officious gent played it by his own rules and even disallowed the media from taking photos or using mobile phones. It was the slowest vote count I have ever been part of.

My sincere thanks to all the candidates who stepped up and wanted to represent their community. You are all special people!

Returned postal votes in Fremantle were 35.45% with close to 300 ballot papers handed in at the Townhall on Saturday in addition to that.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, sculpture@bathers, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on October 19, 2019




The great SCULPTURE AT BATHERS art exhibition will be held again early next year at Freo’s Bathers Beach and they are looking for volunteers.

SaB say that the volunteers will assist in interaction with the public, distribution of catalogues and verbal information, direction of visitors to points of interest and exhibition, invigilation of the works, observation of safety issues on site, checking artworks daily for damage or need for cleaning, directing potential buyers to sales desk,
recording of enquires, suggestions and complaints, interact with the artists and their work.

Training sessions will be held to familiarise volunteers with exhibition work.

Sign up for volunteer duty at or email

Roel Loopers





As everyone who reads Freo’s View should know by now I absolutely love the working Fremantle Port, so when I got there this morning for my Saturday morning coffee with my mate Henty at the Express Cafe at B Shed I just had to take photos of the departing container ship just before 7am.

There were heaps of young people on their way to Rottnest Island which always makes me feel I am on holiday.

Roel Loopers

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