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Posted in children, community, education, fremantle, learning, schools, western australia by freoview on September 13, 2016

Herald Ad 2016 Open Day


My friends at the Fremantle LANCE HOLT School are holding an OPEN DAY this Saturday September 17 from 10-12 am.

The independent community school offers an integrated program  for children from 3-year-old Kindi to Year Six and is highly regarded by Freo parents who love the relaxed atmosphere at the school.

The school is at 10 Henry Street in the historic West End of town and was established in 1970 by Lance Holt.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, park(ing) day by freoview on September 18, 2015

Fremantle joined the annual global PARK(ing) Day this Friday where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to transform metered parking spaces for one day into temporary public spaces.

The Lance Holt School participated as did Wray Avenue, Victoria Hall was all dressed up, didgeridoos and bongos were on display, etc. It was a colourful display of how one can create a more visually attractive streetscape by just changing small things.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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Posted in fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on March 2, 2015

Circumstance is a very strange thing, as this morning proved yet again. I was asked to do an interview about migration to Australia by ten-year-old Remedy for a Lance Holt school assignment. Mum Natalie and Remy wanted to meet me at Lenny the Ox cafe but there was a queue outside so I suggested the Moore&Moore, but that too was packed. So what about that cosy little area in front of the Notre Dame University bookshop on the corner of Croke Lane and Henry Street that’s got nice big wooden benches under a tree. Fine.

The interview went well and dad Michael joined us and sat next to his wife when suddenly the back of the bench gave way and they both landed backward on the ground, with Natalie heavily banging her head against a tree trunk. She’s got a HUGE bump and hopefully no concussion and is lucky not to have broken her neck. She was going to open her LUCE DEL SOL swimwear boutique on Wray Avenue today but I am not sure now if she can do that.

Basic maintenance in public open areas, especially with wooden furniture, should be something UNDA staff has to improve on, if today’s experience was anything to go by.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 17, 2013

The VISIONING FREO 2029 event at historic Victoria Hall was a great success as far as attendance goes. The hall was packed full with 260 people so that people had to be refused entry because of fire regulations. I am all for these kind of community events and I am aware this was number one of a series of them,  so I will not be too critical, but why did the City of Fremantle promote the event as listening to the people but then there was hardly time at the end for the community to voice opinions because of the too many official speakers.

But I loved the speeches and visions of Sunny and Fred, the kids from Lance Holt School, and of Griff Longley, while former  Governor Dr Ken Michael spoke for far too long. Great also to hear the CUSP student perspective by Vanessa Rauland.

My vision for Fremantle, and I hope it won’t take till 2029, is that this city gets over its us and them mentality, where some elected members believe the community has a vendetta against them and many community members have a real hatred for their councillors. That is plain silly stuff in my opinion. With respect and tolerance we can move forward together much faster. Fremantle is already a great place and will be even better in 2029 if we work together, stop being selfish, learn to communicate and stop the top down patronising that is unhelpful.

The development and progress of Fremantle has to encompass the whole city not just the CDB and it is important not to lose sight of that. We also need to be inclusive, as Shani Graham so eloquently said, and not to leave out those who don’t come to community consultation events.

I was delighted to see so many younger people in the crowd and surprised to see so many faces I did not recognise, so I guess there were a good number of Curtin University of Sustainable Policy students there. It is good to see that level of interest for Fremantle’s future. With hard work and an open mind we can get it right. Freo won’t remain the same, and neither should it. As a community it is our duty to allow our city to grow and make it even better for future generations. That is a huge challenge and a great opportunity!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 27, 2013

Fremantle Kidogo Arthouse Director, Joanna Robertson and exhibiting artist Melanie Maclou (both Lance Holt parents!) will be giving a behind the scenes artists’ talk about the Sculpture@Bathers Exhibition as a fundraiser for Lance Holt School.

Meet at Kidogo Arthouse at 5:15 for a 5:30 start on Thursday March 28..

Tickets $20 (includes a glass of wine or a bottle of beer).

RSVP’s preferred 9335 9636.


Town of East Fremantle buys up big at Sculpture@Bathers choosing two magnificent works (Russell Sheridan’s  ‘Our Common Condition’ and Melanie Maclou’s ‘Wild Woman’s Scent’) and commission four more from artists whose exhibited pieces have already been sold!


Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 10, 2011

The lovely kids at the gorgeous Lance Holt school in inner city Fremantle need somewhere to store their bikes safely while they are at school. A shed or big backyard in walking distance from the school would be great. They had an arrangement with the University of Notre Dame, but the location was not secure and two bikes got stolen and another damaged, so they need a better solution.

Any ideas, or even better, an offer of using a space you’ve got?

Roel Loopers

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