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Kidogo lawn parking


A reminder to the City of Fremantle that something needs to be done about vehicles driving and parking on the new lawn in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, unless the ratepayers are prepared to spend thousands of dollars each year to replace and repair grass damaged by vehicles.

I photographed these two vehicles on Sunday and when I walked by an hour later another car had taken the spot of one of them.

This is regularly happening, so damage to the grass will be inevitable, unless Fremantle City prevents vehicles from driving onto the lawn.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, kidogo arthouse, Uncategorized by freoview on March 4, 2018



The City of Fremantle needs to install small wooden bollards or a row of seats to protect the new grass at Bathers Beach in front of Kidogo Arthouse, because motorists drive onto the lawn and over time will wreck it.

It does not matter at all if they are just there to load and unload, fact is that it is only 15 metres to walk from the hard surface to the gallery so it is just bloody laziness to drive onto the grass.

I took these photos at 3 pm today.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2017


Kidogo lawn


It took many years of complaints from Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna Robinson and local residents about the dust bowl at Bathers Beach before the City of Fremantle saw reason.

Initially the complaints were dismissed because of the heritage interpretation of the project and Fremantle Council and its officers refused to acknowledge that the soft surface simply was not practical and created dust and dirt problems in the art galleries.

Expensive dust suppression material was sprayed onto the surface, but it made little difference, so now finally new turf is being laid at the popular West End beach, to the delight of the Kidogo owner and local community.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017


It looks like the City of Fremantle is finally getting rid of the dust bowl in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach and replace it with grass.

There have been complaints about dust being blown into the galleries and around the area since 2012, but now Wednesday’s FPOL Committee is asked to release the $ 32,000 set aside for putting turf there.

If approved the work will be undertaken in November and December, and additional Norfolk Pines would also be planted in 2018.

I have supported the grass option for the last five years, but it is essential for the City to stop vehicles driving on to the new grassed area to access the art gallery for events, weddings and functions, as the turf would be wrecked within months.

Bollards along the dual foot/bicycle path would keep vehicles off the grass.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017



Only a few days a go I showed photos of all the puddles and mud on the path near the Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade.

So fair is fair, and here some photos of the City of Fremantle laying new grass on the reserve today.


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, nature by freoview on November 7, 2016



What an absolute shame to see the state of the Fremantle Esplanade grass after the City spent so much money on it last year.

No one is to blame as the surface has some kind of disease that can only be treated by taking many metres off the top soil and that would be an enormously expensive job.

But I wonder if the Esplanade Masterplan actually addresses this very important issue. It is no good to remove the Carriage cafe and build another hospitality venue when the reserve looks awful. It is not practical or financially viable to just keep putting new grass on it that dies within months because of the disease.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on November 5, 2015

greener grass

This poster came up on Facebook and I thought that it very much applied to Fremantle. The world is not better somewhere, anywhere else, but is pretty good here on our side of the fence. There is no doubt that Freo can be improved but it takes all of us to participate and be part of the solution.

Don’t just get involved before local government elections and don’t only express an opinion when you have something to complain about, but be part of Fremantle all the time. Tell the City of Fremantle, the Councillors and staff, tell me, tell this blog what your ideas for Fremantle are, what changes you would like to see, what easy and fast improvements you believe could be made, and what long-term plans we should have for our city.

What is it you love about Freo and what is it you loath?

The grass is not always greener on the other side and other local councils receive a lot of criticism as well, so let’s try to make Fremantle the best place it can be by all working together! That would be a good New Year’s pledge.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, green plan, local government, nature by freoview on November 4, 2015
Smoke haze at the Swan River.

Smoke haze at the Swan River.

The City of Fremantle’s draft GREEN PLAN is out for community input so make sure to download it from the COF website and put submissions in to make it a really good plan to protect and enhance our public green spaces, increase our city’s essential tree canopy, create more small green lingering nodes all over Fremantle, protect established mature trees from demolition through new development, etc.

Here is some of what the Green Plan says:

The 2020 Green Plan provides the background, rationale and framework to deliver projects and programs over the next five years. Key initiatives and targets include:

 Every resident and worker to be within walkable distance to public open space.  Progressively increase tree canopy across the city to achieve up to 20% by 2020.  Design adaptable open space that allows for future flexibility as the community and open space function and needs change over time.  Planning for future water security to identify opportunities for best available water sources for existing and new open space.  Develop links that increase the amount of flora/vegetation and increase habitats for native fauna and encourage their movement between green spaces and to increase and improve biodiversity areas.

Key projects over the next five years include:  Investigation and identification for accessing public open space in the priority areas of Hilton, O’Connor, White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield.  Investigation and identify options to improve and/or expand public open space is proximity to future high density areas.  Undertaking an Urban Forest Strategy to manage and guide tree and vegetation population across the public and private realm, to increase canopy and biodiversity and to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect.  Undertaking water demand modelling to inform future fit for purpose water supply options.  Prepare landscape concept plans for green links and develop a biodiversity plan.

Public submissions closing date is November 11, so participate and be part of the solutions!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade, local government by freoview on October 22, 2015


The Fremantle Esplanade Reserve has not looked this good for many years and the challenge for the City is now to keep it that way and don’t let the expensive surface upgrade be destroyed by too many large events.

It is also important to get the new Masterplan for the Esplanade right, and also the one for historic Princess May Park.

Connectivity and way finding are the buzz words that have substituted placemaking, and instead of looking well after our parks we are getting so called parklets with a few plants.

Planned paths through the Esplanade and Princess May should not be the cheap and common concrete ones but creative paving, maybe even some cobblestone at Pioneer Park?

I do understand that we all want to keep our green areas but I also accept that in our hot climate large grass areas are difficult to maintain and need a lot of water. There is a need for compromise and that should be more trees, more shade for people, more protection from the sun for grass, and trees and large bushes create a nicer overall amenity than just vast areas of lawn.

It did cost a hell of a lot of money to make the Esplanade look great again, so let’s see if it will be protected better or if the City of Fremantle just wasted ratepayers’ money by letting it be damaged again.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, green space by freoview on September 16, 2015

I was made aware by one of the many readers of my blog of this TED Talk by Amanda Burton, the former Planning Director of New York City, on public open and green spaces. You can either view the talk or read the manuscript of it on the link here:

I am passionate about the creation of many small creative green public spaces spread all over Fremantle and would love to see the introduction of a percentage for green public space in our planning policies. If elected on Council I would initiate discussions with planning staff on how practical such a scheme might be and if it could be implemented within Local and State Laws.

There are many interesting observations in this TED Talk and many apply to Fremantle and Perth, so it is well worth reading it. I just copy the last paragraph as a little teaser.

“So you see, no matter how popular and successful a public space may be, it can never be taken for granted. Public spaces always — this is it saved — public spaces always need vigilant champions, not only to claim them at the outset for public use, but to design them for the people that use them, then to maintain them to ensure that they are for everyone, that they are not violated, invaded, abandoned or ignored. If there is any one lesson that I have learned in my life as a city planner, it is that public spaces have power. It’s not just the number of people using them, it’s the even greater number of people who feel better about their city just knowing that they are there. Public space can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city, whether you choose one city over another, and public space is one of the most important reasons why you stay in a city.”

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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