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Quite a few people criticising the new Woolstores plans on social media say it is not very Fremantle, so when are we going to define what very Fremantle is, and who is going to make that judgment?

Is modern and daring architecture not very Freo? Is anything taller than five storeys not very Freo? Is mock heritage very Freo? What is very Freo when it comes to new and existing buildings?

We can all and always argue about taste because we all have a different opinion about what beauty is, but what makes a building very Freo?

A well-known Cottesloe architect said on Facebook some weeks ago that the architects who designed the Kings Square buildings did not get the Fremantle context, so what is the Fremantle context when we talk about architecture, and how can the state make planning rules, so that our Council and state agencies such as JDAP and SAT understand what very Freo development should be?

Roel Loopers



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




The City of Fremantle has committed to supporting local businesses by signing up to the Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative.

The initiative run by the Small Business Development Corporation requires local governments to sign a charter which outlines what they will do to support small business in their area.

The charter includes standard activities required of all local governments as well as at least three additional activities specifically suited to the size and demographics of individual councils.

It also includes recognition that the small business community is an important stakeholder, a commitment to provide clear advice and guidance on regulations and compliance and an agreement to limit administrative burdens on small business.

WA Small Business Commissioner David Eaton said small businesses were an essential part of Fremantle’s local economy.

“It’s pleasing to see the significant small business city of Fremantle commit to the Small Business Friendly Local Government initiative,” Mr Eaton said.

“Fremantle is in many ways defined by its amazing range of small businesses and the vitality they bring to the community.

“Through the SBFLG initiative, I’m confident the City’s small businesses will be even better placed to develop and grow.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt it was an important step to formalise the City’s support for small business by signing up to the Small Business Friendly Local Governments charter.

“We recognise that one of the main reasons why Fremantle is such a popular place to visit is because of our fantastic mix of independent retailers, hospitality venues and other small businesses,” Mayor Pettitt said.

The standard activities the City has agreed to as a Small Business Friendly local government are to ensure small business suppliers are paid within 30 days, regular meetings and consultation with the business community and establishing a timely and cost effective dispute resolution process.

The additional activities the City is undertaking to support small businesses include the ‘This Is Fremantle’ destination marketing campaign, the Business Capacity Building program and access to the online grant portal Fremantle Funding Finder.

The City is required to provide a report on its business friendly initiatives every six months.

To find out more about how the City of Fremantle is supporting small business visit the Business page on the City’s website.

For more information about the Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative please visit the SBDC website.



Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recycling, rubbish, Uncategorized, WASTE by freoview on August 30, 2019



Fremantle residents have been asking what will happen to the old bins when the three bin FOGO-Food Organic Garden Organic will be implemented over the next weeks.

The big general waste bin will be replaced with a new lime-green lidded bin and a smaller general waste red-lidded one, while we keep the yellow-lidded recycling bin.

City of Fremantle Director of Infrastructure and Project Delivery Graham Tattersall explained that from the 11,000 bins collected 600 will be kept in Fremantle for reuse, and the others will go to Adelaide bin supplier Mastec, which will recycle the old bins by shredding them and reuse them for the manufacturing of new bins.

The initial costs for the FOGO system is just over one million dollars.

Roel Loopers





A partnership between state and local government, the private sector and community service providers to address rough sleeping in Fremantle was announced today.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt joined Community Services Minister and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, Sirona Capital Managing Director Matthew McNeilly and other key stakeholders in Fremantle today to launch the 20 Lives 20 Homes campaign.

20 Lives 20 Homes is two-year initiative which will provide housing and wrap-around support to some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Fremantle.

It is based on the 50 Lives 50 Homes collective impact project, which has successfully housed more than 147 rough sleepers in Perth over the past three years.

The program will be coordinated by Ruah Community Services in conjunction with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, Fremantle Foundation and the City of Fremantle.

Sirona’s Matthew McNeilly has driven private sector support for the program, raising almost $1 million from a small number of individuals with strong Fremantle connections.

The state government is contributing a further $395,000 over two years, while the City of Fremantle has committed $40,000 this year with a further $40,000 proposed for next year.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the program was an important step towards addressing homelessness in Fremantle. “This commitment to solve rough sleeping, rather than just manage it, is potentially a game changer on an issue that has sadly become more prevalent in many communities.

“I look forward to seeing some of the most vulnerable people in Fremantle being given a home and the support they need to get their lives back together.”

Mr McNeilly said the plight of homeless people in Fremantle hit home when the Kings Square Renewal project was about to commence.

“At the point Sirona was about to turn Kings Square into a construction site, I realised the redevelopment would displace a significant number of people who were using the doorways and vacant shops of the old Myer and Queensgate buildings for shelter,” Mr McNeilly said.

“I didn’t want anyone to be negatively impacted by the redevelopment, particularly the people sleeping rough.

“I remember overhearing a local business owner’s disparaging comment about a homeless person, saying that someone should do something about these people. The reality is it takes multiple ‘someones’, hence this initiative.”

Ruah Community Services Chief Executive Debra Zanella said 20 Lives 20 Homes would deliver a person-centred approach that links people to accommodation and support services that can address personal circumstances.

“We are privileged to be invited to deliver this targeted program to Fremantle, in partnership with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, the state government, the City and the private sector,” Ms Zanella said.

“We believe the success of the 50 Lives 50 Homes program is proof that ending rough sleeping in WA is achievable, as we work toward tackling the much broader and complex issue of homelessness.”

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said the state government was proud to support a program that would make a difference for people sleeping rough in Fremantle.

“The 20 Lives 20 Homes program takes a housing-first approach and will help people experiencing homelessness get a roof over their head, which is an important first step, but it will also connect them with the support services that can get them out of homelessness permanently,” Ms McGurk said.



Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recycling, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2019


FOGO bins


Waste bin collection days for most City of Fremantle residents will be changing next month. The change to bin collection days will take effect from 19 August. 

The City have come up with a more streamlined route, but it will mean about 80 per cent of Fremantle households will be getting their bins collected on a new day, and they are also changing the fortnightly collection cycle for recycling bins. From 19 August they will pick up all the recycling bins on the same week.

This means that the week starting 19 August will be a recycling week for everyone, and everyone should put out both their general waste bin and their recycling bin.

This will put everyone in the City on the same fortnightly rotation for their recycling collection.

The City of Fremantle will send out postcards to residents to advise them of their new bin day.

New Bin Days!

Residents can also check their bin day by typing in their address into the Find My Bin Day function on the City’s website.

The change to bin days comes ahead of the roll-out of the new three-bin Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) system to more than 11,000 City of Fremantle households this September.

Under the new system residents will keep their yellow-lidded recycling bin, but the dark green general waste bin will be replaced with a new lime green-lidded FOGO bin and a new smaller red-lidded general waste bin.

FOGO households will also receive a kitchen caddy and a year’s worth of compostable liners when the new bins are delivered.

The new FOGO bin will be emptied weekly, while the yellow recycling bin and the red general waste bin will be emptied fortnightly on alternating weeks.

Roel Loopers







Fremantle is due for another huge debate about development if the first comments about the proposed residential, tourist and hotel precinct at the boat lifters in the Fishing Boat Harbour are anything to go by.

The West Australian today reports that the WA Fishing Industry Council has stated that a boat lifting facility is essential for a working harbour, while the owners of Cicerello’s and Bathers Beach House of course say the idea would be a one in a hundred year opportunity.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has said that he welcomes the idea by AMB Capital to explore development opportunities at the Fishing Boat Harbour, but former Freo Mayor Peter Tagliaferri told the West Australian that Freo’s identity would be lost without a working Fremantle Port and a commercial Fishing Boat Harbour, and I quite agree with Tagliaferri on this.

There is always a lot of talk in Fremantle about sustainability but no one talks about how much development is sustainable so that Freo’s charm and heritage character is not suffocated by modern development.

A working port and a working Fishing Boat Harbour are part of the unique character of Fremantle and without them we are in danger of becoming just another seaside town with the blandness of Scarborough or Cottesloe.

While Fremantle Council probably will have very little influence on the actual outcome the Fremantle community will need to let the State Government know loud and clear that we are not against good development as long as it respects Fremantle’s heritage and marine uniqueness.

I don’t believe that we need to panic yet as there was a proposal for a wrap around hotel at Little Creatures years ago, and that never happened, so we are a long way away from any development in the Fishing Boat Harbour. But let’s stay alert!

Roel Loopers



trackless tram


Lightrail is allegedly popular because buses are deemed to be boring and uncomfortable while trains are sexy, hence TV stations in Perth yesterday showed Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and CUSP Professor Peter Newman promoting trackless trams through Fremantle and all the way to Murdoch.

“The world is watching us” Newman proclaimed, but the new technology is not that new at all with the first guided systems dating back to the late 1980s, while it has had limited commercial success since the 2000s in places like Rouen in France, Castellon in Spain and Las Vegas, and there is one somewhere in China as well I believe.

Trackless trams look good, I have to agree, and at only $15 million per kilometre are about a third cheaper than trams on rail, but they can get stuck in traffic, like buses and that is not very good for public transport.

The promo video on TV yesterday showed a trackless tram along the Cappuccino Strip and High Street in the West End where traffic often comes to a standstill because of traffic volume or people parking. A trackless tram down the popular Freo strip would also be the end for any parade such as the Blessing of the Fleet and Anzac Day going through there because unlike buses lightrail can’t just be diverted through other streets.

The low gradient for trackless trams is also a worry. Could they drive up to South Street at the Hilton Hill or High Street near Monument Hill?

According to Professor Newman two trackless trains are waiting for a trial in Australia, but Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth also are interested which will make Fremantle unlikely to be the preferred option.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2019


Council rates in Fremantle will only rise by 1.8% and that put our local council at number 16 on the list of local government rates rises.

Our neighbours East Fremantle come in at number 9 with a 2.4% rise, Cockburn at number 14 with a 1.9% rise and Melville at number 21 with a 1.1 rates rise.

The top of the list at number 1 is the City of Rockingham with a 3.6% rise, no doubt to reflect the status of being the home of the WA Premier Mark McGowan. 😳

Cottesloe is number 2 with a 3.5% rise and Nedlands comes in at number 3 with a 2.95% rise.

Roel Loopers



Posted in brewery, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2019


The City of Fremantle Planning Committee last night unanimously approved the long overdue development of the vacant Sealanes buildings between South Terrace and Marine Terrace in South Fremantle.

The 300 patron venue is proposed to operate as a high quality ‘gastro tavern’ incorporating a working boutique micro-brewery and micro-distillery offering patrons a mix of high quality beverage and dining and ‘cellar door’ in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It will be operated by Running With Thieves.

Alterations to the Marine Terrace and South Terrace frontages, including the provision of new doors, metal balustrades, alfresco bench seating, and new shop front windows will allow views across to South Beach.

Roel Loopers

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