Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019


traffic calming


I noticed this photo on the internet and wanted to share it with those in our community who believe that the road painting and traffic calming along South Terrace and Wray Avenue are just a mad brain snap by a left loony fringe Fremantle Council.

This road art is in Memphis in the USA.

There is also still the road art in Mouat Street that was painted for the first Fremantle Biennale. That stretch of road should be converted into a shared road with lower speed limit and a more pedestrian friendly environment for Notre Dame University students.

I wished we had more colour in our cities, also on large developments.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2019


I received this email from the City of Fremantle regarding issues with credit card payments at parking meters, so rest assured this is only temporarily:

Our parking meters are not ‘hard wired’. They rely on the 4G mobile network to process credit card payments.

Yesterday there were some intermittent network issues affecting all of our ticket machines that meant credit card payments could not be processed. These issues were beyond the control of the City and have now been resolved.

In addition, there are two ticket machines on Goldsbrough Street (I’m assuming these are the ones near the Woolstores that you referred to) where the credit card readers have malfunctioned. We are seeking to replace those faulty credit card readers as soon as possible.

So the unavailability of credit card payments for parking was due to technical issues, not because of any decision by the City to remove credit card payments.

One other thing is that we are going through the process of upgrading our ticket machines with new credit card readers that only accept PayWave/PayPass payments, rather than requiring people to insert their credit card into the machine. This will eventually be the case with all of our ticket machines.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2019



Fremantle welcomes its international visitors with new banners in foreign languages along South Terrace, as part of the THIS IS FREMANTLE destination marketing campaign.

Freo’s season is just starting with the first cruiseship in port last Sunday and the fantastic Fremantle Biennale starting on the first of November.

This coming Sunday the Blessing of the Fleet will parade through the city centre from 2pm with fireworks in the evening.

THIS IS FREMANTLE. Take part in it!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, festivals, local government, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on October 22, 2019




Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019


Good news for Fremantle traders and for motorists that Sirona Capital has been able to extend the parking hours of the Henderson Street car park now that it is no longer attached to the development site.

New hours are Monday to Thursday 5am-11pm and Friday to Sunday 5am-2am.

What is not good though is that readers informed me that credit card payment at City of Fremantle owned parking meters all over town is no longer available, and the response they receive from the info desk is to get coins or the parking app. One lady from out of Freo was half an hour late for a meeting this morning because of the change. Ridiculous!

Roel Loopers







The latest photos of the Fremantle Civic Centre development at Kings Square, taken this Monday morning.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019


Parking is always the talk of town in Fremantle, and while I don’t believe it is a huge issue, and that there are plenty of parking bays, things could still improve.

The parking meters near the Woolstores shopping centre do not accept credit cards any more and that is ridiculous as not everyone wants to download a smart phone app to pay and we live in  cashless society where many people do not have coins with them.

Parking permits for residents require the administration to send out reminders and after that the stickers, while with the recently introduced number plate recognition CCTV parking inspectors should be able to just scan the rego plate and get a green light if the car gets free parking before 11am and after 3pm.

Making parking easier in Fremantle will be a big step forward to getting rid off the perception that it is difficult and/or expensive to park here.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2019


tourist info


Good to see the City of Fremantle putting a few more signs up to make tourists aware of the Visitor Centre at Kings Square.

The first cruiseship of the season will be arriving tomorrow morning at 6.30am.

Roel Loopers



Two articles in the Fremantle Herald this weekend should be a little eye-opener for Fremantle Council, and hopefully they have learned some lessons.

The front page is all about the City wanting to support the creative sector more with their interim economic development action plan, while inside the paper former Councillor Tim Grey-Smith is rightly annoyed that City Ward candidates use the demise of his business for political election reasons.

The lesson is that the City of Fremantle should of course support the creative sector, but should be very aware not to support unsustainable small businesses, because the unrecoverable debts the City writes off regularly are of great concern to the ratepayers.

Kulcha, Fly by Night, art studios at Captain’s Lane, the Soup cafe, etc. all cost the City much-needed income, because lack of market research and too much naivety and dreams are not really helpful to make a good business case for new small businesses, and when they flounder the ratepayers pay for the failures.

City properties should create income for the community, and while subsidised leases might well be helpful for start-ups, these cases need to be carefully considered. How many of us can recall the City investing $ 20,000 as part of the One Planet policy to get a business starting to grow mushrooms from coffee waste? It was successful for just over a year and has now disappeared.

We have successful creative businesses such at Greg James, Jenny Dawson and Jina Lee at J Shed, and Kidogo Arthouse, and the Glen Cowans photo gallery at Captain’s Lane who pay full commercial rates, but their future is uncertain because Fremantle Council has failed to appreciate how important these art businesses are for Fremantle, so any new ideas need to first deal with giving these artists the certainty of tenure they deserve, before heading of yet again into dreamworld.

Roel Loopers

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