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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.



Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on January 23, 2016

Don’t forget it is Open Day all weekend at the Fremantle BATHERS BEACH ART PRECINCT at historic Arthur Head.

The art studios will be open and there will be entertainment and live music at J Shed and special midday events at the Roundhouse.

Come along and support our local artists!

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle, heritage by freoview on January 22, 2016

heritage 2


The WA Heritage Council is considering adding the entire historic West End of Fremantle to the State Register of Heritage Places after it received a request from the City of Fremantle.

The area nominated is about 20 ha big and goes from Market to Collie, Marine Terrace, Little High Street and Phillimore Street.

If the report I read is correct this would mean that Arthur Head and WA’s oldest public building the Roundhouse and the heritage listed Pilot’s Cottages are not included, so I assume that is incorrect.

Talk about listing the entire West End of Freo on the heritage list has been going on for years and ideally the area should be included on the World Heritage List, but this is a good step forward and I hope the Heritage Council will recommend it to the state government for approval.

Well done City of Fremantle for trying to get additional protection for our significant heritage. The proposal includes some 250 buildings so it is substantial.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on January 21, 2016

The Fremantle BATHERS BEACH ART PRECINCT at historic Arthur Head is having an Open Day weekend and on Sunday Sunset Events will hold its first event at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

Gold coin donations will go to the Fremantle Foundation and local band San Cisco will perform.

I don’t have detailed information about what else is happening but all artist studios will be open and the Walyalup Aboriginal Culture Centre as well.

Also open for a week will be the cute Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse and the huge new deck will be a great location to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while having a nice glass of wine.

Roel Loopers


Posted in development, fremantle by freoview on January 2, 2016



It wasn’t a good start for the first working day of the year for the builders of the Heirloom by Match residential development in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street. Fire broke out in a generator at around 8.30 this Saturday morning and the fire brigade had to attend to it.

The Heirloom heritage project is a joined development between the Match group and Sirona Capital and will create around 160 apartments in Freo’s east CBD. It is the beginning of the revitalisation of that part of the inner city with several other developments starting soon.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, vandalism by freoview on December 27, 2015



Mindless morons did more damage at Fremantle’s historic Arthur Head this weekend with windows at J Shed and the public toilet being damaged and large graffiti painted on the fence at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

It should be a priority for the City of Fremantle to install CCTV in the area and improve lighting and patrols and it’s time for WA police to ‘discover’ the historic precinct and patrol it at night as the vandalism can’t be allowed to continue.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on December 24, 2015

high street magic



I want to wish all the readers of Freo’s View, the entire Fremantle community, and my friends all over the world a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

It has been an amazing year with the Supreme Court win against the Roe 8 highway extension being a highlight that shows that people power still matters.

Being involved in the local government election was exciting. It was disappointing for me to receive so few votes but far more disappointing was the overall lack of voter participation. Around 25 per cent is not acceptable and it should become compulsory to vote for local councils.

It is a worrying trend to see the State Government wanting to diminish the power of local councils and the State’s Development Assessment Panels and State Administration Tribunal basically rubber stamping development applications against the wishes of local councils and communities. We need to fight that with all our might because the unique character of communities is being destroyed by uncaring bureaucrats.

There is a real feeling that Freo’s fortunes are turning with a lot of development all over the CBD. In five years from now many more people will live and work in the inner city and that is very positive. It is also positive that we are building more tourist accommodation, so that visitors can stay in Fremantle overnight and spend their money here and not in Perth. There has been a steep increase in tourism to Fremantle from the eastern states and the City of Fremantle should take note of that.

The Freo community likes to have a whinge about all the things that are supposedly wrong here but interstate and overseas visitors love it and rarely have a bad word to say. If at all it is about how expensive Fremantle is, so maybe we can learn from that as well. If one cafe can make an excellent Espresso for just $ 2.50 I don’t know why others charge nearly $ 4.00 for a tiny cup of hot brew.

I love Freo. I always have and I always will. We are a unique and opinionated mob who deeply care, who want to be part of change and solutions and who are willing to give up our own time to help others, to volunteer, to be part of community groups and to fight what we believe is wrong.

While I sometimes despair about the negativity of the comments on Freo’s View I am delighted I have created a public forum where the general community and the decision makers have their say, so keep it coming and keep sending me information about events, exhibitions, development, etc.

Have a relaxed and outstanding Christmas!

Roel Loopers


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