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Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, kidogo arthouse by freoview on March 17, 2016

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OnePerth reports that the State Heritage Office is investigating the unauthorised erection of a large timber deck on the northern side of Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach. The building is also known as the  heritage listed Kerosene Store.

The gallery received permission in July 2015 to build a small toilet block and deck of a total area of 13.6mx3.8m but instead only built a large deck of 13.6mx5.12m but not the toilet block.

The State Heritage Office says the deck is inappropriate in material, height and size and built over a significant archaeological area, and that is detrimentally affects the cultural heritage significance of the building.

A state committee will decide on March 22 if retrospective approval will be given or the owner forced to demolish the $ 75,000.00 deck that already has been used for the pop-up Kelp bar, weddings and functions and the recent World Match Racing Tour.

This is not good news for owner Joanna Robinson who fought with Fremantle Council for years to get approval to build toilets, why she changed her mind after approval for that was finally given is anyone’s guess and might cost her dearly.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, fremantle, heritage by freoview on March 17, 2016


The heritage listed restored Fremantle Gunners Cottages Married Quarters at Cantonment Hill were officially unveiled yesterday by Defence Housing Australia, and it is a delight to see the old cottages looking all great again and ready to be occupied by Defence personnel after they were vacant for many years and left to deteriorate badly.

The cottages have all been given names of s0ldiers who served and died in wars, with signs behind the buildings explaining who these soldiers were. The one big disappointment for me is the use of colourbond fences at the pathway steps that show blatant disrespect for the historic significance of the site.

It took a lot of pressure and lobbying from the City of Fremantle, Melissa Parke MP and the Femantle Society to finally get some action from the Defence Department, who have added a few more houses to the ten old cottages which have great views over the harbour and are an easy fifteen-minute-walk to the Freo CBD.

Once the Cantonment Hill masterplan gets implemented the cottages will be at a prime location next to Fremantle’s most stunning park that has sensational ocean and river views and promises to become THE spot to be to watch the sunset.

It is fantastic and long overdue to see significant heritage restoration in Fremantle with the Warders Cottages in Henderson Street also under way and the City of Fremantle ready to spend around $ 2 million on fully restoring the dilapidated Townhall.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, concerts, heritage by freoview on March 11, 2016

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So this is what the City of Fremantle understands as activation of Arthur Head, our State’s most significant heritage area, and this is what Sunset Events director David Chitty believes is respectful to the area.

It is an absolute disgrace that we now have a junk yard at J Shed with stinking portaloos and sea-containers that make the area look like an industrial site and discourage tourists from visiting the J Shed art studios.

This has become a serious joke where nothing Sunset Events promised has been implemented. Where is the art theme of the venue? Where are the international food trucks for the Sunday BBQ? Instead they stick a small bbq closest to Greg James’ sculpture studio so the sea breeze blows his work space and gallery full with smoke and food fumes.

Who at the City of Fremantle actually takes responsibility to see that tenants comply with what they promise to do when they sign a lease or license? Who gave Sunset Events the permission to occupy public space 24/7 with ugly seafood containers and a junk yard?

This is a shambles Mayor Brad Petttitt, and it is now time to actually be true to your promises of heritage protection and clean this mess up as it is unacceptable!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Nice to hear that my suggestion to put the word heritage in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct is now being debated and might be implemented.


Posted in fremantle, heritage, vandalism by freoview on February 19, 2016


The City of Fremantle has just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating the heritage-listed former Boys School/FTI building at Princess May Park, but already the anti-social behaviour has started. The little back yard is full with booze bottles and rubbish and the metal fences have been damaged and pulled off their hinges.

I wonder why the CCTV camera in the park was removed as it was a great help to identify anti-social behaviour in the area fast, to the delight of Clancy’s. The mast is still standing high but the camera is no longer there.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, roundhouse, tourism by freoview on February 18, 2016

What an absolutely brilliant, positive and interesting day we had at the Fremantle Roundhouse today! It is such a delight to talk with people from all over the world who all love Freo and have got nothing negative to say. Only a few might mention that it is expensive in WA.

Volunteering as tourguide at the state’s oldest public building really makes you appreciate people and how nice, funny and delightful most of them are.

We had school kids from the Manjimup area, groups from Malaysia and Brasil, many German, Dutch, French and Swiss people, and Chinese, Korean, Italian, Belgian, USA, Canadian, Japanese, Ukrainian, Kiwis, English, Scottish, Irish, Aussies from all over the country, and more from elsewhere.

If you are thinking of doing volunteer work, contact the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides and bring international positivity into your life!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle, heritage by freoview on February 17, 2016

It seems the Fremantle Society meeting last week at Kidogo Arthouse about the West End state heritage listing was not exactly the “roaring success” the president of the organisation described it as in an email to FS members.

Fremantle Gazette reporter Jessica Nico writes that the group did not get support from former WA Premier and now Chair of the Australian Heritage Council Carmen Lawrence, whom they had invited to speak.

Lawrence told the crowd  that there was not much difference between the Fremantle Council and FS and they wanted more or less the same thing in getting more of Fremantle heritage listed.

The Fremantle Society argument that the initial West End Working Group recommended a larger area to Fremantle Council is irrelevant. Fact is that the WEWG in charge on September 25, 2013 recommended one option to Council and the Council adopted that recommendation and put it to the State Heritage Office.

To argue that a previous WEWG wanted a larger area is like arguing that past amendments, policies, laws and masterplans wanted something different. Fact is that life is constantly changing and new directions are decided on by the governments of the day and not by previous ones.

Change is inevitable and we should embrace good change in Fremantle. To get the old gold-boom West End town state heritage listed would be a very positive outcome, so FS should stop behaving like a child that wants the same lolly but a different coloured wrapping.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, fremantle chamber orchestra by freoview on February 12, 2016

Lovers of classical music are in for a real treat on Sunday week, February 21 when world-renowned Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman will perform with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra at the Fremantle Townhall.

To make it even more special Koelman will play on a rare Woolhouse Stradivarius violin made in 1720.

The concert will be pretty international as guest conductor will be Paris-based Ollivier-Philippe Cuneo.

The FCO will play Mozart’s Paris Symphony, Prokoviev’s Violin Concero No 2 and then the Australian premiere of Louis Farrence’s romantic masterpiece Symphony No 3.

Ticket prices for such an outstanding concert are ridiculously low at just $ 39.00, concessions $ 33.00 and for under 17 years of age only $ 20.00.

The Fremantle concert is on Sunday February 21 at 3pm, but you can listen to it twice if you also attend the concert at the Government House  Ballroom in Perth on Saturday, February 20 at 3 pm.

Don’t miss this concert because Rudolf Koelman is sublime and a virtuoso on the violin. It will give you goosebumps for pure delight!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, heritage by freoview on February 11, 2016


If you thought it was very humid hot today in Fremantle spare a thought for this rigger high up the mast at the gundeck of the historic Roundhouse. The only positive about it for him was probably that he caught the seabreeze earlier than most of us on the ground.

He is doing a pretty impressive job up there, starting at 7 am and still up the mast when we volunteers tour guides left at 3.30 pm. Well done!

Roel Loopers


Posted in development, fremantle, heritage by freoview on February 7, 2016

Gunners Cottages


Defence Housing Australia is doing a pretty good job at renovating the former Gunners Cottages Married Quarters at Fremantle’s Cantonment Hill, but could they not have come up with a more appropriate way of fencing. The zincalum does not suit the heritage cottages at all.

There are some new residential dwellings and carports at the back as well and the whole complex should be occupied later this year.

Defence Housing will also start soon on the massive residential project at Queen Victoria Street opposite the Heirloom by Match apartments which are being built there now in the former Dalgety wool stores.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, heritage by freoview on February 1, 2016

Arthur Head


Fremantle Society president John Dowson has called for a public meeting on February 11 about the proposed State Heritage listing for the West End Heritage Precinct. The meeting will be at Kidogot Arthouse on Bathers Beach and starts at 7 pm.

Dowson writes in his email to FS members that Fremantle council chopped in half the precinct proposed by the West End Working Group, a group made up of members of the community, business and experts. Dowson wrote that the committee recommended to Council to include the whole area including Kings Square be listed, but that appears to be incorrect.

The West End Working Group was given two options, surprisingly neither included Arthur Head and the state’s oldest public building the Roundhouse, and the WEWG decided to recommend to Council to adopt Option 1 with boundaries at Market Street/South Terrace and not Option 2 that went further and included Kings Square as far as Queens Street and Newman Court.

The option recommended by the WE Working Group was unanimously voted for at full Council meeting on September 25, 2013 and subsequently accepted as the area by the State Heritage Office which is now investigating to consider to ask State Government to include the Freo West End Heritage Precinct on the State Register of Heritage Places.

The State Heritage Office and I have made several attempts to talk to each other but have not been successful so far, so will call them back again later today.

I would specifically like to know why Arthur Head is not included in the present proposal.

Roel Loopers

15.45 pm update: I have talked to the State Heritage office and added a comment in the comment box in reply to John Dowson’s comment, so please click there.



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