Freo's View


Posted in bars, city of fremantle, concerts, culture, entertainment, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2018




The weather bureau predicts rain from tomorrow on and showers all weekend, so what better way to spend the day than celebrating Fremantle’s CLANCY’S 30th birthday.

Thirty Years of Clancy’s Music is on at the fish pub this Saturday. Check their Facebook page for details.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, food, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2018


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Photos I took this morning of two well-known Freo cafes. The shadows are at the Carriage cafe on the Esplanade and the arty entrance is of the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street.

Fremantle has a lot of hidden little gem cafes, so go out and explore!

Roel Loopers




The Sunset Events proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach will go to Ordinary Council-hopefully for the very last time!-this Wednesday and it could be a close call.

Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, who is against the tavern, is on holiday and Councillors Rachel Pemberton and Sam Wainwright will declare a conflict of interest, so these three won’t be voting.

If there are no other apologies there will be ten elected members who will vote on the item.

It is likely that Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Dave Hume, Adin Lang, Andrew Sullivan and Hannah Fitzhardinge will vote for the tavern, while Councillors Jeff McDonald, Bryn Jones and Jenny Archibald will probably vote against it. How Jon Strachan and Doug Thompson will vote would be a guess, but if they vote against the proposal the casting vote of the Mayor would get it over the line for recommending it for approval by the WAPC.

But the deciding authority is the WA Planning Committee, which rejected the previous proposal because a tavern was inappropriate use of the A Class reserve at historic Arthur’s Head. Will they change their opinion just because the number of patrons and the outdoor footprint has been reduced?

Whatever the outcome it is time to move on and have a long term Masterplan for the area.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! I have been advised that Councillor Jon Strachan is also an apology so that will make the voting by only 9 elected members very interesting.


Posted in city of fremantle, festival, heritage, historic, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2018


May 25 Scandal at Courthouse


As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival the National Hotel is holding an evening of murder solving fun in the heritage setting of the historic Drill House Courtyard on May 25.

Scandal at the Courthouse includes a three course dinner and drinks, so it will be a fun night out.

See details on the poster above.

And a little historic detail. Did you know a former drunken publican of the National Hotel shot a Fremantle Councillor at the Townhall?

Roel Loopers





Once the London Plane Trees have been relocated the demolition of the City of Fremantle civic hall can start. This will take much longer than the demolition of the Queensgate building as there is asbestos removal involved, so it is estimated to take up to six months for the relatively small building.

The former Queensgate site is now nearly ready for three weeks of ground work and than the prefabricated elements will arrive and pop up fast, so that will be really exciting to watch.

The modernisation of Kings Square with a port themed children’s playground is very significant for Fremantle. It will change the way locals and visitors view and use our city square and will hopefully attract people here seven days a week, day and night.

Roel Loopers



Sirona Capital Managing Director Matthew McNeilly and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt with the directory



The Kings Square Fremantle Business Directory is a joint initiative by the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital to support Fremantle traders who are affected by the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The directory is being distributed to more than 15,000 households in the Fremantle area to promote the diverse range of retail and food and beverage offerings surrounding Kings Square.

The 44 page booklet is designed to support local traders through the construction period of arguably the most important redevelopment project in the port city’s history.

The business directory, which includes vouchers and promotion of businesses adjacent to Kings Square is one of many ways the City and Sirona have supported local traders since the project commenced late last year.

Other initiatives have included:

# one hour free on-street parking in surrounding streets
# directional signage and site fence advertising with ‘Shop local and support Freo traders’ messaging
# bunting and pole wraps to attract people and showcase the Kings Square retail precinct
# free parking permits for customers of businesses directly affected by the recent Queen Street road closures
# regular face-to-face contact with traders to share information and discuss ideas for promoting the area
# a series of ‘trader forums’ where local businesses receive project updates and can provide feedback and ask questions of project staff
# free advertising space for local businesses in construction workforce lunchrooms
# free custom designed outdoor signage for eligible local businesses.

Construction of the new buildings will commence soon and that means hundreds of workers in Fremantle, so hopefully that too will support our struggling local traders!

Roel Loopers




Little Lane development


The YOLK group has started the sale of new 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments of its Little Lane development on the former Spotlight building site next to Target in Adelaide Street in Fremantle.

The seven-storey building will have residential apartments above a retail and cafe hub that will modernise and revitalise the run down Westgate Mall.

There are also plans for the development of the Woolstores shopping centre site and for a Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site, which will reinvigorate the lacklustre east of the Freo CBD

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 12, 2018


The AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER rates Fremantle No 2 in their long list of Alternative Capitals, after Bendigo in Victoria which was rated No 1.

Also on the list of gorgeous alternative cities are No 3 Bundaberg, QLD, No 4 Newcastle, NSW, No 5 Townsville, QLD, No 6 Ballarat, Vic, No 7 Alice Springs NT, No 8 Launceston, Tas, No 9 Mount Gambier, SA and No 10 Armidale NSW.

AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER wrote about Fremantle: #2: Alternative capital – Fremantle, Western Australia Eat : Port city Fremantle is known for its precincts of late Victorian and early Edwardian buildings that were spared the wrecking ball when the (wheat and gold) glory days ended and economic activity shifted to Perth. A wander down the lively stretch of South Terrace known as Cappuccino Strip provides a great snapshot of this. Stop for coffee, of course, but also restaurants, pubs and breweries and the nearby Fremantle Markets. Drink: Fremantle’s iconic Little Creatures Brewery is based out of a huge waterfront shed that was once a crocodile farm. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, perhaps the lure of a pale ale and pizza in the buzzy Great Hall or in the sunny backyard will do the trick. Play: Housed in a former asylum built by convicts, today the Fremantle Arts Centre is a contemporary cultural space. It hosts exhibitions such as Revealed Exhibition: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists (until 21 May), talks and gigs – from local musicians to big-ticket international acts – across its ample grounds.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, hospitality, local government, parklet, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2018


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The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will on Wednesday decide if it will allow two more parklets in Pakenham Street.

The one in front of the Natural Light cafe has been removed and the shop is now on Marine Terrace, but the operators of a new gin distillery, bar and restaurant want to put a new parklet there.

The owner of the Ghetto Blaster hole in the wall cafe also wants a parklet in front of his business, so if approved that would make it five parklets in Pakenham Street.

Roel Loopers




From the City of Fremantle:

Nominate now to lead the new City of Fremantle Destination Marketing Working Group, and help shape the future of tourism and visitor attraction in the Port City.

Following council’s recent approval of a new governance and funding model for Fremantle destination marketing, nominations are being sought for a chairperson, and members, of the working group.

The group will develop for council’s consideration a destination marketing plan that supports all business-to-customer industries in Fremantle including retail, hospitality, professional services and traditional tourism attractions.

“The focus will be on the long-term strategic marketing of Freo as a shopping and entertainment destination as well as day-to-day support and interaction with our local traders,” Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said.

The group will include the current chair of Fremantle BID, marketing experts and local business representatives. It will advise council on its overall strategic marketing approach, sponsorship and events and business activitation projects.

The chairperson must have suitable qualifications and/or experience in marketing. The successful candidate will be eligible to receive an allowance determined by the City’s Chief Executive Officer.

For further details, including the group’s terms of reference, visit the City’s website.

Nominations close at 5.00 pm Tuesday 8 May 2018

They should really just emulate my blog for their destination marketing, but why keep things simple when they can be made complicated. Only joking. I am not THAT up myself! ; >)


Roel Loopers


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