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FREO CIVIC CENTRE DEMOLITION UNDER WAY

 

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Scaffolding, which was installed at the Fremantle Townhall to assist in removing asbestos from the civic centre, is now being dismantled, and that means that we will soon see the demolition of the building.

Just south from there the replacement of the Queensgate building is starting to look like a real building, so it’s all happening at Kings Square.

If you happen to come into Freo when it is dark, check out the large cranes lit up like Christmas trees. it’s a very impressive sight!

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GORGEOUS FREMANTLE SPRING DAY

Posted in bathers beach, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 26, 2018

 

 

It was real spring weather in beautiful Fremantle today, so here a few photos I shot on the hop. I am not known as Kangaroel for no reason. ; >)

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SUPPORT FREO WITH A SMILE!

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2018

 

International and interstate tourism visits to Western Australia  are down and so are the retail figures. Forecast about the latter is that these figures will come down even further

Fremantle is in a transition period with significant new development in the CBD and that also has a negative impact on some traders, so what can we as a community do to help?

Shopping and buying local is a must and so is going to local cafes, restaurants and bars. There are plenty of places that must be unknown to you, so make an effort to discover a new cafe every week.

Support Freo and our businesses on social media. Share positive posts on Facebook and Twitter, post lovely photos of Fremantle on Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Whatever you do, don’t talk our city down!

I made the effort over some years to write 32 reviews about Fremantle businesses and attractions for TripAdvisor and last month 14,759 people read one or more of my reviews, so hopefully that will entice some people to visit Freo and the businesses I wrote about.

It does not take a lot of effort to say good things about Fremantle when one has an open mind and that message needs to get out more and more.

Some of our traders will be struggling for the next couple of years while the Kings Square project is developed, and there is more development due soon that will greatly rejuvenate and reactivate our inner city, but there is no gain without pain, so we all need to do our best to help the traders pull through.

Here are some statistics about social media use from Social Media Perth:

84% of Australians access the internet daily

56% of Australians will access the internet more than 5 times per day

79% of the Australian population use mobile phones

67% of smartphone owners in Australia will access the internet 5+ times per day

16 million Australians are active on social media

68% use mobile apps to access social networking platforms

36% of webpages in Australia are served to mobile phones, the global average is 50%

Use of social media by business has dropped to 60% in Australia

24% of consumers in Australia follow a brand or businesses on social

60% of Australians have bought something online in the past month

Australian e-commerce consumers spend an annual average of US$815

Support the city we love and smile!

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY FREE FREO ARTS CENTRE MUSIC

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on March 18, 2018

 

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It is a delightful autumn day in Fremantle. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and it’s going to be a mild 27C degrees, so why not head for the Fremantle Arts Centre this afternoon for one of the last free courtyard concerts of the season.

Andrew Winton and Dave Brewer will be on stage so that guarantees great music in the lovely setting.

Andrew Winton & Dave Brewer’s Electric Blues Dancehall will deliver an exuberant, full band blues party. Get your dancing shoes ready for an afternoon of up-tempo rhythm and blues.

The cafe, pizza bar and bar ill be open, so relax, chill, enjoy!

Roel Loopers

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THANKS FOR HAVING ME FREO!

Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018

 

Today March 13 is my personal Australia Day. It is the day I migrated to Australia and arrived in Sydney 36 years ago in 1982.

The promised start at a Sydney newspaper did not eventuate because we happened to arrive when Australia was in a recession, so slogging as kitchenhand, cook and waiter was the start of my Aussie life.

Trying to deal with the culture shock and learning to understand cricket, Aussie Rules and rugby was harder than learning to accept cask wine, blue skies and sunshine.

Looking back it is amazing how much I have achieved in a country where I knew nobody. Coming to Perth in September 1985 and starting my own corporate/industrial photography business without having the support of friends or family, or having the right private school tie, was probably more youthful naivety than sound planning.

But from the very start I felt a real love for this country, even more so in Western Australia and especially Fremantle. When I first drove through the Pilbarra and Kimberley I had a real sense of home coming and that I belonged, and Freo has always been like that for me.

Even in my darkest hours I have never regretted I migrated to Australia and I have always felt a commitment that I need to make a positive contribution to my community and leave Freo an even better place than it is for future generations, when my time is up sooner than later.

I have met so many great people and have made really good friends. I love the Freo passion and that we are all so bloody opinionated, and I love it that most of us don’t take themselves too serious.

Thanks for having me, Freo!

Roel Loopers

BATTLING THE FLAG ON SS LEEUWIN

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, sailing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 27, 2018

 

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Fremantle Port is one of my favourite destinations in Fremantle. I visit it every day.

I love the always changing port with Rottnest ferries coming and going, the arrival and departure of container and massive RoRo ships, and the the great sight of majestic cruise liners.

Especially on weekends hundreds of small pleasure crafts create a buzz of excitement on their way out to the Indian Ocean in the early morning.

Yesterday this young man was struggling high up the mast with the WA flag on the Sailing Ship Leeuwin and that made for an interesting photo.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FANTASTIC ONE DAY, FABULOUS THE NEXT!

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!

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$ 1 MILLION FREO WAYFINDING SIGNS DONE OVER EAST

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!

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FALLS FESTIVAL COMES TO FREO!

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

GREAT NEW FREO TOURIST SIGNS

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

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