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Committee for Perth WA stats

The Committee for Perth released its latest Fact Sheet with this easy to read graphic.

Interesting to note that the huge state of Western Australia only has 10% of Australia’s population, so over-population is not something we have to greatly worry about here in the west.

While the unemployment rate is 6.3% in WA the forecast for employment growth is 2%, so let’s hope that will be at least the case as the nation’s average is 5%.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, federal government, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017


Busy Fremantle Port today


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been battling the Abbott virus for some time, mentioned in an interview with the Sunday Times on the weekend that his government is interested in helping to fund a major port project in Western Australia.

One has to assume he meant the overflow port at Kwinana, which would open up Fremantle Port for part development, such as the South Quay Project suggested by the City of Fremantle.

Now that Fremantle Port will not be sold/leased out for 50 years the opportunities for development and changes at the port are real, but it requires more flexibility from the Port administration and board, and willingness to change some of the buffer zones around the harbour.

Fremantle Ports need to start behaving more like it is part of the Fremantle community, rather than as if it is not connected to it, and they should learn from Notre Dame University on how to become a better corporate citizen of Freo.

It seems rather inconsistent that large cruise ships with thousands of mainly elderly passengers on board can be in Port for a day or more, but that the buffer zones don’t allow for tourist accommodation or residential development at Victoria Quay.

If some of the port operations could be moved to Kwinana it would create fantastic opportunities to develop non operational areas of the port.


Roel Loopers


Posted in elections, fremantle, politics, western australia by freoview on May 16, 2016

wilson for fremantle


The Labor Party’s WILSON FOR FREMANTLE campaign launch at Clancy’s this eve had a great  positive vibe, and they came from far and wide to be part of it.

Fantastic to finally meet one of my heroes, actually my only one, in Pat Dodson and shake the hand of the great indigenous leader. It made my year!

All the way from Canberra came Anthony Albanese who has infectious enthusiasm. I also spotted former Labor ministers Kay Hallahan and Fran Logan, local member Simone McGurke was there as was Freo Councillor Dave Hume, Vice President of the Fremantle Society Don Whittington and many Freo personalities.

I want to specially mention the unfairly dumped Chris Brown who showed bravery and class by attending this evening’s launch!

Josh Wilson said it was quite overwhelming and he was humbled to be the candidate. He said it would be a tough fight but he had no doubt “We’ll win Federal Fremantle.”

Senator Pat Dodson said that Labor had made opportunities for indigenous people and that there is a sense of bond, friendship and concern within the party. “Labor makes sure the small person in our society is not left behind!”

He said it was important “That the community demand from us there are outcomes and not just hot air.”

Anthony Albanese started with saying that Pat Dodson has made an extraordinary contribution to our nation.

“We have a clear idea where we want to take our country” he said and that the government has to intervene in the economy to make a difference.

Labor will fund Metronet, he promised, saying that Malcolm Turnbull likes to ride on trains but not fund them.

“We can win many more seats in WA, possibly 7-8. “We can’t have the smiling face of Turnbull selling Abbott’s policies.”

“You can win, Josh! You will win, Josh, and you will be part of a Labor government!”

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community by freoview on March 30, 2016


If you want to make a difference to the future of Fremantle you have to participate and voice your opinion. Don’t ever think your opinion does not matter or that it will be ignored, because in the long run that is not true.

Most good changes come from the people and not top down from those who lead us, because politics replace leadership as soon as community leaders get into a position of power.

Yell, scream, cry, stand on your head, run through town naked, whatever you do, make yourself heard!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, melissa parke, politicians by freoview on December 30, 2015

Nice to hear that our delightful Fremantle federal MP Melissa Parke shops locally. She has commissioned Freo designer Deborah McKendrick of VELVET SUSHI to design her wedding dress and that of her mother and also for the bridesmaids.

Melissa will get married to Perth business man and arts patron Warwick Hemsley in 2016.

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia, fremantle, politics by freoview on July 26, 2015

Is it time for an independent political party in Australia, a truly balanced party that has values and morals and where elected members always have a conscious vote instead of having to vote along party lines?

Many Australians are very disappointed with the major parties. Cynicism about politicians and their egos, arrogance and power lust is increasing daily.

The lack of balance and only wanting to rubbish whatever the opposition parties are proposing is a mind-blowing show of narrow-mindedness and lack of intelligence.

Politicians are not interested what is best for our country, or state, they only want to get into or remain in power at all cost. Any values they or their party might have had in the past have all but disappeared in the greedy grab for power.

The gap between the rich and the poor is getting bigger and those who need society’s support most are being ignored more and more because our politicians look for the lowest denominator when it comes to increasing their popularity. It is much easier to dismiss those irrelevant minority groups, the narcissistic disabled, the always complaining aged and those nasty lazy dole bludgers, than to actually get millionaires pay tax.

Racism is yet again increasing in Australia because of a severe lack of leadership by those who take more and more freedom away from us under the guise of wanting to protect us from all those foreign nasties. Our Christian politicians are happy to implement inhumane laws and policies because they don’t care about people and compassion.

Our leaders are building monuments to show their greatness instead of shelters for the homeless and the poor. There is always money in the budget for impressive projects but less and less for education, health, social services and science.

There are millions of dollars available for a pedestrian bridge to a new and expensive football stadium but not to replace the dodgy Fremantle railway bridge.

I have long given up believing in what the leaders of the Labor or Liberal party promise because all they do is try to win votes at the next election so their hunger for power gets satisfied. I no longer believe that Bill Shorten would be a better leader than the disgraceful Tony Abbott is or that Mark McGowan would to a better job than the arrogant Colin Barnett, and it pisses me off that there are no alternatives and that my vote will be wasted again at one of the next elections, because there are no true leaders with true values who actually care. That is so frustrating and disappointing!

Roel Loopers


Posted in freight, fremantle, transport by freoview on July 9, 2015

The lecture PERTH FREIGH LINK: making the right investment in Perth’s freight task, by transport and sustainability expert Professor Peter Newman at the Fremantle Townhall on July 14, 6-7 pm becomes even more interesting in context to the just released report by the Federal Infrastructure Department.

The report confirms a “substantial growth” of Fremantle Port of up to 5.5 per cent over the past decade, and it states that the biggest issue is transport around our cities.

The number of passenger vehicle kilometres travelled on Perth roads grew five times over the past ten years to 16.2 billion kilometres, and Perth has the biggest increase in traffic delays of all Australian cities. It took 31 seconds longer to drive one kilometre over the last decade.

With the population of Perth estimated to grow to up to 5,5 million residents transport and congestion issues will only get worse with the Federal Infrastructure Department reports saying that investment will need to be made to improve road, rail, bike paths, public transport, ports and airports, but that funding to build all the necessary infrastructure won’t be available. That will create a huge headache for future generations and governments, so prioritising funding for essential infrastructure should be demanded by voters at the next state and federal elections.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, governance, local government, state government by freoview on July 4, 2015

I dislike one-eyed sport fans as much as I dislike one-eyed supporters of political parties. People who can only see black&white and only the failures of the other teams and parties are not my cup of tea. Life is more complex than just criticising the opposition and not seeing one’s own mistakes and shortcomings. We all know that it matters not all that much which political party has the power as parties no longer have strong principles and values, so to keep bashing on about certain issues makes one look a bit insincere at times.

Here in Fremantle we have very vocal opponents of the present Council, and as everyone knows I don’t shy away from giving our Elected Members and officers a kick in the bum now and then when I believe they deserve it. And it happens more often than I would like it to be. But we can’t generalise and blame the City of Fremantle for everything that happens. For example drunks, violence and anti-social behaviour are issues for the police, not a local council, and it is far too easy to compare Fremantle with other suburbs or cities in other states where these things don’t happen.

Why does Freo appears to have an unfair large percentage of anti-social problems? Partly because we have quite a bit of  Homeswest housing and partly because we have St Patrick’s looking well after people in need and supplying them with free meals and blankets, clothing, etc. so that attracts people in need to our city. We even have the Freo Street Doctor, something places like Claremont and Cottesloe don’t have, hence they have fewer issues attracting those who are unfortunately at the bottom of society. Can we blame Fremantle Council for that though? I don’t believe so.

The parade of the needy starts the same way every day. Breakfast at St Pat’s and then groups move to Princess May Park and Woolstores shopping centre. If they misbehave police will give them a move on notice which basically shifts the problem somewhere else, so off they go to Kings Square, from there to Pioneer Park and on to Bathers Beach. Some stay around and sit and beg for money. Late in the afternoon the ‘procession’ back to St Pat’s goes on the return journey. And then there are those who use the busses near Target who often misbehave and make that area feel unsafe for those of us who go shopping there.

I don’t blame Freo Council for that, but I do blame them for having created a ghost town at night on Arthur Head that attracts homeless people like moths to a light, and I blame Freo Council for not keeping our city as clean and tidy as it should be. Policing and law&order are the responsibility of the State Government and far too complex issues for small local councils to deal with, and so is social housing, so Freo Council should concentrate on the things they are responsible for and they can improve on, and we all know there are quite a few.

Priorities for our Council should be how Fremantle can attract new exciting retailers instead of opening more and more temporary pop-up shops. How can Freo City combat the perception that parking is a problem in the inner city? I walked past the carpark at the Italian Club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at midday and there was plenty of parking just a stroll away from the Cappuccino Strip. The Point Street carpark is near empty on most days, so why do motorists keep claiming we have parking issues?

So to go back to the start of this ‘ramble’ we have every right to feel unhappy with the City of Fremantle about certain issues, but we should not be one-eyed about it and also acknowledge that many of the problems are not the responsibility of local government. So let’s write letters to State Government and demand they look after Freo better. My rather cynical view though is that no matter which political party is in power Freo has got Buckley’s getting much support from them.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, lifestyle, residential, seniors by freoview on July 2, 2015

Talking about higher density is a bit of a no-no in Fremantle, where many in the community believe that high-density automatically means highrise, but we know from European countries that that does not have to be the case and 5-8 storey buildings will do the job and look a whole lot better than massive 20+ storey residential towers that create social issues as well as visual pollution.

Strangely when we talk higher density in Perth we talk about young people and families moving into inner city apartments, but rarely do we hear there is a need for seniors to move there as well and that needs to be addressed by developers and local and state governments.

Research in the USA has found that once seniors who live in the suburbs loose their license and right to drive a car, the public transport systems fail them and older people often become hermits without a social life, because they have to depend on friends and family to drive them around, so there is a need for them to relocate closer to the inner city.

The problem though is that inner city rents are quite a bit higher than those in the burbs, so how can seniors afford to live there? Whilst I absolutely understand the need for privacy I believe we need to find a new and cheaper way of accommodating seniors and other on low incomes, be that with one bedroom flats or bedsitters and shared use of kitchen(s), laundry and communal dining rooms, and maybe even gophers.

With a fast ageing population in Australia we need to find creative ways in dealing with what could become a serious issue in the near future. That might well mean that we need to accept that we don’t all need to have our own washing machine and stuff we only use once every ten days or so, and that sharing is cheaper and reduces the need for individual laundries, dining areas and kitchens in each and every apartment. I know I would be a huge compromise and change in lifestyle and thinking, and I am not even sure I would like it for myself, but it could be a way of finding solutions to deal better with an ageing population.

Roel Loopers


Posted in culture, fremantle, tourism by freoview on May 27, 2015

A walk trail map to discover Fremantle’s sites of cultural significance is being planned by the Office of Multicultural Interest, which recently launched three of  the trails for the Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth. Check them out here:

The Discover Multicultural Perth project so far involves three maps that highlight the cultural diversity and uncover the history behind some of the city’s best known landmarks. It leads people through parks and past monuments, places of worship, past buildings, grocery stores and artworks.

Sounds like a brilliant idea to me. I assume the maps will be available on mobile phones and tablets, so let’s hope the Freo walk trail map will be released soon.

Roel Loopers


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