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Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2019




Hey Freo, are we all getting ready for a great long weekend in our beautiful little port city?

The weather is going to be just fine, so go for nice long walks and (re)discover our gorgeous Fremantle, and enjoy the cafes, restaurants, bars and unique shops we have here.

I took this photo at Bathers Beach early yesterday evening just before the City Ward candidates forum

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, roads, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 24, 2016

There is a long weekend coming up again and no doubt more people will die on Western Australia’s roads, and no doubt politicians will blame police and police the government.

Since I arrived in WA in 1984 I have been aware that very many drivers here are not very good and not very considerate and that far too many have no sense of awareness and anticipation. They would not last half an hour on a German Autobahn.

The problem on our roads is not with the police or government or lack of signage, but with inconsiderate motorists who drink and drive, exceed the speed limits and basically don’t care a bit about other road users. They sit in their little castles on wheels, like kings who care little about those peasants who share the roads with them and are just a nuisance that stop them driving from A to B very fast and in the most reckless way.

When did WA allow people to drive cars without knowing the road rules? When did using indicators go out of fashion and when were speed limits just something that made you go faster instead of slowing down?

I drive my car every day and have near misses at least twice a week with people who ignore road rules. They speed through roundabouts and orange and red traffic lights, they ignore stop signs and have no idea how to merge, or they do but don’t care because it is more important to get one car space ahead in the traffic jam.

On Fremantle social media people complain how unfair it is that they have received speeding fines and lament the 50kmh limit is not signed and that it is all about revenue raising. It should not have to be signed because the road rules are clear, so learn the rules or get off the road and out of your car, because not knowing the rules makes you a danger on our roads and you’ll kill other people!

I know many people who drink and drive at least once a week and who believe there is nothing wrong with it, and I witness the aggression on the road daily with people yelling and screaming in outrage with pumping fists because someone sticks to the speed limit.

In WA it is a sport to make sure one gets ahead of the car in front when lanes merge, and no one gives a XXXX about giving way to pedestrians when they round a corner with their car.

The photo-mad egotistic selfie society turns into a selfish society when people get into their car. It’s all about me and I don’t care if that endangers other motorists, cyclists, bike riders or pedestrians

Why are we in such a mad hurry, why do we need to communicate every second of the day and can’t wait to read text messages till we have reached the end of our road trip? Why do we take unacceptable risks and don’t think about the consequences. What is wrong with us?!

It’s double demerit points, so use your brain and common sense and show some consideration on the roads this Easter weekend!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography, wa day by freoview on June 1, 2015

Here a few photos to show how relaxed Fremantle was on WA Day to celebrate the foundation of our state.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, festival, fremantle by freoview on April 5, 2015

The yearly Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL is my favourite festival. It beats the Fremantle Festival by a million country miles because it is very funny and very compact over only three days of the Easter long weekend.

There are some outstanding hilarious international acts and I recommend not to miss it. The trains are running from Perth, so leave the car at home as many inner city streets have been closed off. Avoid the hassle and just come and relax, smile, have a belly laugh, something nice to eat and drink, and soak up the good old Freo lifestyle.

There are alfresco street bars and beer gardens all over and High Street is an oasis with comfy armchairs and sofas and good music and art.


Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 24, 2011

As promised here more photos of Fremantle’s STREET ART FESTIVAL, all taken on this Easter Sunday.

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 5, 2011

No reason to feel bored or sit at home alone (or with the whole family) this weekend, as there is plenty to do all around.

In Fremantle today there is the free music on the balcony at Kulcha from 2-4, and from there it is just a short stroll to King Square to join the Carnevale Children’s Party, which starts at 5pm. You’ve got an hour, so downstairs from Kulcha try out the Red Spoons frozen yogurt. It’s yum!

Tomorrow there is free bluegrass courtyard music at the Fremantle Art Centre from 2-4, and after that,walk over to join the Fremantle JAZ Club concert in High Street, corner Henry Street. Still on your feet? Clancys great tradition, the Zydecats will play from 7.30. It’s a long weekend after all, so why go home early.

The very adventurous could go North of the river to the Skateboard Championships in Leederville or the Hyde Park Community Festival. You will be flogged if you do though.

AND…………………. Watch your speed and road manners. Double demerit points!!!

Roel Loopers

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