Freo's View


Posted in family, festival, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 6, 2016


Another glorious day in Fremantle paradise today and I just loved wandering around the city and seeing all the visitors and so many families during the school holidays.

It is an absolute delight to walk through the west end streets with the gorgeous heritage buildings, see the dolphins in the port and just relax. Freo is perfect for that.

The Winter Festival at the Esplanade was packed full and kids and parents having fun skating on the ice rink, speeding down the toboggan slide and the massive slide.

The Esplanade Youth Plaza skate park was also packed, so there is a lot of activity at that end of town at the moment. Join in the fun!

To all interstate and overseas readers of Freo’s View, if you haven’t visited Fremantle yet book it for your next holiday. We’ll make you feel very welcome!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, design, local government, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 1, 2016

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I think it is very clear that I am delighted that the City of Fremantle is putting up brand spanking new wayfinding signs throughout the CBD, and they look very good. It is something long overdue and I have been advocating for them for years, but does a project worth around $ 1 million really have to be done by an easter states design company when local businesses are struggling?

The City has a pool of designers who are supposed to get the design jobs that need to be done, but it looks now as if they are only getting the crumbs like festival brochures, etc. and the big prestigious new tourist sign job gets done somewhere over east, no doubt adding additional costs for staff to fly over here. Are they produced over east as well or were local companies used to make the signs?

Even if this specialist design job was considered to be outside the expertise of the City of Fremantle design pool members, there are very many outstanding designers in Perth who could have done the job. Think global, buy local, I think is the slogan, so a local government should look after its local businesses first!

Roel Loopers


Posted in concerts, festival, fremantle, music, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on June 30, 2016

Now this will excite Fremantle music fans! The very popular FALLS FESTIVAL has added Fremantle as one of its locations in 2017. The festival is being held at Byron Bay in NSW, Lorne in Victoria and Marion Bay in Tasmania, but next year the acts will also fly to the west and perform in Freo on January 7 and 8 in and around Kings Square.

There will be concerts for up to 500 patrons in St John’s church and the Townhall and performances in the MANY 6100(former Myer) building and on the roof there.

A total of 16,000 tickets will be available for the two days-8,000 per day, so it will be a very substantial addition to the Fremantle festivals and should boost the Freo economy at the start of the year.

The Falls Festival organisers say there will be international and local bands and that they offer “Bunkered basement danceteries, interactive art installations, makers markets and unexpected performance areas.”

This will be big competition for the Blues&Roots festival that is normally held in February and is going to return to the Esplanade next year after the festival was held at Fremantle Park for the last years.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, western australia by freoview on June 29, 2016

More and more wayfinding signs are going up in the Fremantle CBD and I think they look pretty good and impressive. What do you think?

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography, public transport, western australia by freoview on June 26, 2016

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A Fremantle photo that does not require an explanation.

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, art, fremantle, heritage, photography, western australia by freoview on June 15, 2016






Not much newsworthy happening in delightful Freo, and I am a bit low on energy due to a flu that makes me dizzy, so what better way to combat it than walking through the old town and shooting a few reflections.

I love the discovery and finding new photos in the city I have lived in for 25 years. It is a real challenge that demands power of observation and looking for details everywhere. The grainy looking one is a reflection in a marble column at the police station.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, photography, western autralia by freoview on June 11, 2016

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Another glorious sunrise for all those lazy people who did not bother to get out of bed at 6 am this morning. There is more rain on the way the bureau says, so enjoy the hours of sunlight this morning.

Roel Loopers


Posted in community, fremantle, history, western australia by freoview on June 6, 2016

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What a gloriously beautiful start to W.A. Day with this stunning sunrise. There is a lot on in Fremantle, especially on the Esplanade, so check out the details and have fun:

Esplanade Park

A Book Out Of Nowhere, the Literature Centre
11:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm -2:00pm
The Literature Centre presents fun 11am and 1pm sessions for kids at Fremantle’s Esplanade Park with WA author Raewyn Caisley and illustrator Karen Blair. Karen draws while Raewyn reveals her story ‘Hello from Nowhere’.

Across Cultures Art Classes, the Wayalup Centre
An aboriginal artist will paint tapping sticks, which are unique Nyoongar musical instrument, and share stories of the Nyoongar language, history & culture. Presented by Fremantle’s Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

African Drumming Circles performance & workshop
African Music Circles interactive rhythm performance and workshop that bring people together like nothing else.

Cameo Rascal – Roving circus performer
1:00pm, 2:00pm
Combination of acrobatic dance, juggling, stilt walking, unicycling and death-defying balancing acts – all with a comedians hilarity and cabaret panache.

Census 2016 Your Moment To Make A Difference
10:00am – 4:00pm
Have fun learning about Census – Test your geography skills, take a snapshot of your family household or be your own Mayor. Learn how Census is important to you and everybody living in Australia!

Circus Fun
10:00am – 4:00pm
The Juggle Fun (Circus Skills) event stand has proven to be an event favourite for all ages. An interactive event stand where everybody can have a go. Spinning diabolos, colourful poi & ribbon twirling, ball and scarf juggling, spin stix twirling, hoola hoops, spinning plates – there is something for fun all ages to learn.

Face painting, fairy tale fun and crafts
10:00am – 4:00pm
Face painting, Craft and Fairytale Fun. Join the Freedom Fairies in their world of imagination and play to celebrate all things magical and WA.

Fremantle Press presents: BOOKS OUT LOUD!
What do ghosts, smugglers, treasure hunters, robots, a walking house and a little lost girl all have in common? To find out join local writers for storytelling and free family-friendly activities.

Fremantle Press presents: Riddle Gully Secrets Launch
Just when famed youth reporter Pollo di Nozi thinks she’ll never find another news story, she stumbles upon not one but two very surprising secrets. With hidden treasure, cunning crooks, mistaken identities and mysterious disappearances, unravelling them may be Pollo’s greatest challenge yet.

Giant Games
10:00am – 4:00pm
Ten giant games providing interactive activities that the whole family can join in together. All ages can have a go and up to 40 can play at the same time.

Henna Hand Panting with Maneesha
Hand painting with traditional Henna paste.

Kite exhibition and workshop, Kite Kinetics
10:00am – 4:00pm
Decorating the skies with various kites trains and miniature butterfly kite workshops.

Know Your Nation presents Up close and personal with Greg Hastings and Horatio T Birdbath
Get to know the personal histories and stories of the people around us. Pre-submit your questions to

Greg Hastings – 1:00pm
A founder of the Mucky Duck Bush Band, Greg is an engaging performer of Australiana and has traversed over 400,000km of Australia doing just that. Career highlights include the Children’s’ interactive show ‘Wandering In The Bush’ and his 200 songs penned and 11 original albums recorded.

Horatio T. Birdbath – 3:00pm
Renowned artist Horatio T.Birdbath has been involved in the cultural history of Fremantle for many years. His public legacy includes Horatio’s Wall (behind Gino’s), the Kings Square bollards and the mosaic planter boxes along the cappuccino strip.

Live Music Performances
African Drumming Circles 10:00am
Nat Ripepi – acoustic vocalist 11:00am and 12:00pm
Andrew Winton – Australian Contemporary Singer / Songwriter 1:00pm and 2:15pm
Electrochic, acoustic French musical duo 3:15pm

My Place & My People in WA, the Literature Centre
10:00am – 4:00pm
See displays of student writing about WA people and places.

Numbat Mask Making
10:00am – 4:00pm
Children are given the opportunity to learn about an iconic West Australian numbat and then make their own mask to wear and take home.

PCYC Climbing Wall and ‘Fun Truck’
10:00am – 4:00pm
The PCYC Climbing Wall provides the excitement and challenge of a rock climbing experience, whilst the ‘Fun Truck’ is filled with fun recreational activities for all ages.

Tastes of the world – Food vendors
10:00am – 4:00pm

WA Children’s Theatre Flash Mob dancers
11:00am, 11:20am, 11:40am, 12:00pm, 12:20pm, 12:40pm
WA Childrens Theatre will perform FLASH mob dances promoting their new show ‘The Wolf has no teeth’, the story of red riding hoods grandson and his determination to overcome anxiety.

WA Day Coles Community Barbie
10:00am to 3:00pm
Get on down and enjoy a good ole West Australian sausage on the barbie. All fresh, local produce provided thanks to Coles, proudly supporting WA Day and your local Police and Community Youth Centre (PCYC – Fremantle branch).

Esplanade Youth Park

Skateboarding Clinic with Skateboarding WA
Join in on some WA Day fun with a skateboarding clinic at Esplanade Youth Plaza with Skateboarding WA. Registration forms available on the day or download here Under 18s require a parent/guardian signature.

Little Creatures Jetty

Tours of a 16th Century Dutch replica ship
10:00am – 4:00pm
Duyfken is a little ship that had such a big impact on the history of Australia, being recognised as the first European ship to make contact with the shores of Australia in 1606 – some 164 years before Captain James Cooks and the British claim to Australia’s history.



Posted in community, fremantle, heritage, retail, tourism, western australia by freoview on June 6, 2016

Freo 1960


I talked with quite a few people yesterday, including some officers and Councillors of the City of Fremantle about how good the FREO 1960 classic car event in the West End was. It did everything good placemaking should be all about. It attracted many visitors, who supported local traders. Cafes did a roaring business and Bodkins Bootery had one of its best days of the year.

For me it was all about minimalism and not trying to do too much. There were no market stalls or anything that did distract from the main event, and from the retailers in the area, and that was a very good thing.

Contrary to yesterday the trial closure of the Cappuccino Strip did not work for me because it was over organised. The trials did not give people the chance to just enjoy the strip, instead most of the space was taken up by bars extending out further into the street and it made it look cramped and not a place to relax unless one wanted to drink booze. It did not create the family ambience it could have done and it needs a rethink, because it mainly supports a few traders to the disadvantage of others.

Create public seating, instead of private alcohol related ones and make it a space to enjoy where kids can draw on the street, etc.

What FREO 1960 did yesterday was showcase Fremantle’s heritage, and very many people walked up to have a look at the Roundhouse as well. I don’t believe the jewel in the crown of Fremantle is in the limelight enough and High Street is the perfect location for events like this that support our retailers.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, fremantle, heritage, photography, wa day, western australia by freoview on June 5, 2016


The first Fremantle Heritage Festival  FREO 1960 classic car day in historic High Street in the West End was a huge success with thousands of people flocking to the heritage street to see the stunning collection of classic cars all along the street van Market Street to the Roundhouse.

The few cafes that were open did a roaring trade and the Roundhouse got an abundance of visitors as well.

It was the perfect event for that part of the city and will hopefully become a regular annual event.

Well done to organiser Adin Lang and his team and the City of Fremantle staff involved. A great day!

Roel Loopers/ROEL.COM.AU

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