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Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

The City of Fremantle is the first city in Australia to join the Biophilic Cities and will officialy do so on Thursday June 28 from 4-5.30pm in the Garden Room of the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

The Biophilic Cities Project is an umbrella term that refers to research and policy work on biophilic cities, both domestically and internationally, by Professor Tim Beatley and his team at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Its principal aim is to advance the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange, and teaching. Researchers at UVA partner with city collaborators, to assess and monitor biophilic urban qualities and conditions, to identify obstacles and impediments to achieving more biophilic cities, and to identify and document best practices in biophilic urban design and planning. The Project helps to foster discussion and dialogue between and among researchers (and planners and policymakers in case study cities), periodically convenes researchers and practitioners, and publishes working papers, reports and other publications that disseminate the project’s findings. Work on Biophilic Cities at UVA is supported through a generous grant from the Summit Foundation, based in Washington, DC.

Now you may ask, as I did, what biophillia is; Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.


Posted in city of fremantle, health, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 15, 2018




I was  at the Fremantle Cemetery this morning to say farewell to the truly delightful Marie France, who died at the age of 73.

As always I was far too early for the 10am ceremony, so had a walk in the sun and took some photos. After all, being on the cusp of my 70th birthday, this is soon going to be my new home as well, so it was a bit like real estate shopping for me.

Wandering around and listening to the very full and adventurous life of Marie France, I thought what an immense place of millions of memories the cemetery is.


Roel Loopers


Posted in community, fremantle, newspaper by freoview on March 21, 2016

Oud Hagenaar



I have been called a do-gooder, bleeding heart, lefty, socialist, Greenie, communist, egomaniac, anti-development, alcoholic, Fremantle Council basher, weirdo, heathen, and so on, so it is nice to feel appreciated with a full page in De Oud Hagenaar community newspaper in the city where I was born 67 long years ago.

They distribute 74,000 copies of the paper around the city and train stations and I have already received a few emails from people in Hague, Netherlands who wanted to get in touch with me.

I left Holland in 1969 to start my career as a media photographer in Nuremberg, West Germany and migrated to Australia in March 1982

If only 10% of those who read the article are inspired to visit Fremantle I have done my job at promoting the city I love.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, history, know your nation by freoview on September 18, 2015

Story Telling history

Story telling is a fantastic and important way of passing on history and is still being used by indigenous people around the world as a way of recording their passage in time.

Fremantle people are now asked to participate in KNOW YOUR NATION a project that will be audio recording their stories, where two generations come together and the younger person will listen to and ask questions about the older person’s life. That younger person can be a friend, family member or even a stranger, so if you want to tell your story contact or call 9432 9725.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in accidents, fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 19, 2015


When I see these reminders of precious human life of people killed in road accidents I always have to pause and I ask why we are in such a mad rush to get from A to B. Even on Sundays there is no patience, no consideration for other car users, and even less care for pedestrians and cyclists.

What makes individuals so special and selfish that they are happily taking risks that could maim or kill others. Leaving five minutes earlier solves most of the problems much better than speeding, ignoring road signs, not using indicators, cutting other people off, and driving through stop signs and red lights.

Yesterday Hampton Road in South Fremantle was closed all afternoon because a female scooter driver had been killed in an accident with a cement truck an some people who love her has left the teddy bear and flowers on the site of the tragic waste of life.

Let’s just all slow down, relax, chill a bit and contemplate what it would mean to every single one of us if a person we love would not return home.

Roel Loopers

P.S. I don’t know the details of the accident so this is in no way to lay blame on the truck driver who will be in a state of shock no doubt!


Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 11, 2014

Roel Loopers

I received a rather macabre call from the Fremantle Herald an hour ago to ask me if I was still alive, so to the chagrin of my enemies, of which I have none, and the delight of my fans, who can all be counted on one hand, I have to declare that Fremantle’s Loopy is still kicking and not a corpse yet.

It appeared a staff member at the Chook had heard an ABC broadcast by Gilian O’Shaugnessy, in which she talked about a Freo personality who had died, and mistakenly thought Gil meant me.

My apologies for my self indulgence and spoiling the boozy wake .

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 9, 2014

Wanderkin cover






Fremantle artist, author and illustrator Jessica Berry is curious about life and the nature of existence. Her children’s book WANDERKIN is a whimsical story set in a tiny snow-dome. She wrote and illustrated the book and it is for sale at Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach or contact Jess via the website:

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 13, 2014

A quick reminder that the Fremantle Heritage Festival story telling circle is on today at 3.30 pm in the boardroom of the Chamber of Commerce at 16 Phillimore Street.

Come and listen to the intriguing life stories of artist Ian de Souza, fashion designer Sheree Dornan, Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith, Chamber CEO Tim Milsom and others, and share your own story with us.

It’s a free event organised by the Fremantle Society, so come along and bring some friends.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 30, 2014

Legendary Western Australian CY O’Connor is being put on trial this May – in a play that re-imagines his tragic end. There will be a special one-off performance at the Fremantle Workers Club for the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Irish-born Charles Yelverton O’Connor was most famously responsible for building Fremantle harbour and the Mundaring-to-Kalgoorlie pipeline, known as the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.

But on March 10, 1902, exhausted by over-work, libellous press criticism and lack of political support, he rode his horse into the ocean at South Beach and shot himself.

The play imagines a different ending, played out in a courtroom, where O’Connor is put on trial to answer the accusations levelled at him during his lifetime and beyond. Director Peter Nettleton said the playwright had allowed him considerable liberty in bringing the dramatisation to life. “The CY O’Connor story is one of the most controversial but seldom told tragedies from WA colonial history,” he said. “Being a history buff and also a practicing lawyer, the idea of testing the story in a courtroom environment was irresistible to me.”

The Trial of CY O’Connor plays at the Fremantle Workers’ Club at 8pm, May 10.  Tickets for May 10 are $20 guests, $15 members – book on 9335 1840 or



Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2014

green death




This will be very popular with the Fremantle sustainability supporters; an urn that turns into a tree. A kind of rebirthing and coming back to earth as something else, so check it out.

Roel Loopers

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