Freo's View

GOOD PEOPLE TOGETHER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, culture, people, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Now that the year is coming to an end I want to reflect a little bit about life in general, and I want to make the statement that I love almost everything about life.

I love nature, music, theatre, culture, history, art, books, good food and cooking, wine, animals, coffee and cafes, etc. and I am totally in love with Fremantle, but what I love about life most is people.

While none of us is perfect, people make the planet the very special place it is, with all our opinionated righteousness, with our willingness to care and share, and with our efforts to make the world a better place for future generations, and yes, we fail at that quite often.

We love, disappoint and are disappointed, we fail and succeed, and hopefully we succeed more often than we fail. Not trying to make a positive difference is not an option, even when one’s opinion is often criticised aggressively on social media.

We are all different, and we all have different tastes, solutions and opinions, but no one has all the answers and solutions, so we need to learn to respectfully disagree, instead of defamation, insults and name-calling.

Our cynicism about politicians is often warranted, because politics appear to be mainly about power, rather than about good governance. Only this morning on Twitter I got so frustrated about politicians from all parties engaging in silly point-scoring and blaming others, instead of engaging in positive dialogue and collaboration in the best interest of Australia.

I adore people, although I have been deeply hurt a few times, and I have no doubt I have also hurt people, but I am absolutely convinced that most people around the world, no matter what their culture or religion is, are good people, and good people together can make planet Earth and even more brilliant place to live on!

Smile at strangers, hug the ones you know and tell them they are special, keep an open mind about everything, accept change, and don’t fear those who are different.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2020. It is going to be a very big year of change for Freo.

Roel Loopers

EXHIBITION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION AT DADAA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, homelessness, housing, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2019

 

A very interesting exhibition No Fixed Address that explores survival tactics, social rituals and ways of moving within and occupying public space will open this Friday at the new DADAA gallery in the former Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park.

Artists Olga Cironis, Janet Carter, Hannan Jones, Tanya Lee, Lincoln Mackinnon, Mike Moshos, Rebecca Riggs-Bennett, Susan Roux and Wade Taylor collaborated with homeless people and St Patrick’s staff for this show that will deal with the gentrification of the East End of Fremantle.

There will be an exhibition, workshops, public events, installations and films.

A Carpe Noctum walking tour will be held on the 30th of November and 9th of December from 8pm to explore who has the right to occupy our urban spaces after dark.

A penel discussion will be held about housing diversity on January 23 from 6pm.

The exhibition opens this Friday from 6-8pm at DADAA.

 

Roel Loopers

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ALWAYS A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FUNKY FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

 

This is Freo 1

 

There is always a photo opportunity in Fremantle for those who are aware, alert and have their eyes wide open.

I LOVE this city!

Roel Loopers

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HOW TO GET MORE COMMUNITY VALUE OUT OF PERCENTAGE FOR THE ARTS

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, culture, development, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2019

 

An interesting article by Kim Macdonald on the Property Pages of the West Australian reports that some developers do not believe that public art is value for money and that the percentage for the arts scheme some councils, such as Fremantle, have is arbitrary and does not give enough consideration to location.

Good public art, that provokes debate and public engagement enhances our streets, but sometimes public art is only decorative and not of very high creative standards, but that of course is about personal taste as well.

Some of the huge mural paintings in Perth are outstanding, and I regret that the stunning artwork on the Fremantle Myer building as Kings Square could not be saved because I really liked it.

Developers do not like the percentage for the arts scheme because it adds cost to the building, but in Fremantle’s case the Manning building development by Silverleaf Investments for example has been allowed to use the percentage for the arts contribution to reinstate the old veranda along William Street.

Flexibility is what is needed, and I believe it is a sensible idea from Richard Pappas of Celcius Properties, who told the West that the public art money should be put into a pool, and not necessarily be part of a new development. Money could be spent instead on public spaces, amenities, playgrounds, extending the tree canopy, etc.

There is quite a bit of sameness in public art, especially 3D art where big steel beams appear to be the favourite for local and state development. The one thing the percentage for the arts need to do is enhance the quality and lifestyle of the community, so if that is a new park a few kilometres away from a new development that is an alternative councils should consider.

Roel Loopers

 

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HOW TO IMPROVE FREMANTLE DISCUSSION

Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, fremantle network, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2019

 

A reminder that this Tuesday September 24 the Fremantle Network will be debating How to make Fremantle a better place, with Chamber of Commerce CEO Danicia Quinlan.

It is on at The Local hotel on South Terrace in South Fremantle from 6.30pm and several Fremantle local government election candidates will be present, so it will be good to hear what ideas for improvement they might have, or not have.

This is a free event, but do support The Local as the kitchen and bar will be open.

Roel Loopers

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PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2019

 

Some people will again accuse me if wearing rose-coloured glasses but the Great WA Home Survey, according to the West Australian newspaper have come out that Fremantle is fifth on the list of If Money Is No Issue Where Would You Live?

Fremantle came 5th with 10.3%, while Cottesloe was top of the list with 20.9%, City Beach came 2nd with 18.5% and South Perth 3rd with 16.1%

So while some Freo people whinge about a lot of things people in other suburbs still believe Fremantle is a desirable location to live in, and I could not agree more. I love Freo!

Roel Loopers

ARE WE REALLY OK?

Posted in city of fremantle, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

 

It is R U OK? day today and like every day of the year we need to be asking that question.

There are so very many people in Australia with mental health problems, with depression and anxiety, and suicide far too often seems to be the only solution for those in despair.

As someone who suffered from depression for a very long time, now thankfully years ago, I know the struggle, the feeling of being abandoned by the world and the black hole that seems to be getting deeper and darker as there appears to be no future.

It is so very important to turn to friends of family and tell them how you feel, without being judged or pitied, and it is very important that we all ask ourselves and those around us R U OK?

Life can be an enormous struggle sometimes, and no one should feel ashamed when they are down in the doldrums, not even when it is self-inflicted. There is always hope and there is so much beauty in our world and so many very good people!

Be honest with yourself and don’t pretend to be happy, because acknowledging the problem is the very first important step to recovery and healing.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BACK YARDS

Posted in beaconsfield, city of fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on August 26, 2019

 

 

I love it that the sun is out in Fremantle and that winter will come to an end this week. Wildflowers are already popping up and thank heavens it is finally getting warmer. I do not like the cold!

A couple of photos I took of two backyards in Beacy.

Roel Loopers

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COUNCIL CHANGES TO HILTON FENCING POLICY

 

Fremantle Council’s Strategic Planning and Transport Committee will this Wednesday consider changes to the fencing policy for the suburb of Hilton, so this is what the Officer’s Recommendation is:

Note the outcomes of the community consultation on the proposed changes to Local Planning Policy 3.7, as detailed in agenda Attachment 1.2.

Adopt the following amendments to clause 1.5 of Local Planning Policy 3.7: Hilton Garden Suburb Heritage Area, in accordance with Schedule 2, Clause 4 (3) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015:1.5 Street Walls and Fences 1.5.1 Street walls and fencing forward of the building line shall be a maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be a minimum of 30% visually permeable above 300 millimetres.

For properties located on the following streets, front fencing shall be visually permeable above 1.2 metres to a maximum height of 1.8 metres, with piers no higher than 2.0 metres:• South Street, between Stock Road and Lee Avenue.• Carrington Street, between South Street and Winterfold Road. • Winterfold Road, between Carrington Street and Collick Street.

Solid masonry (brick) rear fencing shall be permitted for those properties backing onto Stock Road to a maximum height of 2.0 metres.

Council may, at its discretion, vary the requirements of clause 1.5.1 where it is satisfied that the proposed street wall and/or fence: a. Is consistent with character of the prevailing streetscape (including, in relation to this clause only, the house directly across the street and the three houses on either side of that opposing house, where these are located within the Hilton Heritage Areas) AND maintains clear surveillance between the street and the dwelling; orb. is a maximum of 1.5m in height and a minimum of 50% visually permeable. Notwithstanding the above, visually impermeable fencing above 300 millimeters in height will not be supported.

Fencing with a high proportion of visual permeability and reflective of fencing styles and materials traditional to the area (primarily post and wire/mesh infill) is strongly encouraged.

Roel Loopers

 

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BEACY HOME OF MANY ANGLES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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No, this photo was not taken somewhere in the south of Europe but in McCleery Street, Beaconsfield. All those angles just fascinated me when I walked past it today.

Roel Loopers

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