Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on January 6, 2019




There are a lot of activities planned for Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port this summer.

On January 15 and 24 Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will hold workshops for kids 4+. there will be outdoors Maritime Movies on January 12 and the Merchants’ Mess Markets with food trucks from 4-9pm on January 20 and February 17.

And on the long Australia Day weekend January 26 and 27 the Rock Rattle and Roll Festival will be on VQ.

There is more so check out the website.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2019


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Maybe I am just an unrealistic romantic, but I hope that Fremantle Port will remain a working port with container ships, cranes, cruise ships, ferries and all the things that make ports exciting, for as long as I live, so for another 5-10 years. ;>)

Seeing the cranes and ships as a background for gorgeous heritage buildings is something very special and very Freo.

I get all the political, environmental, NIMBY and other reasons for the port to be moved away from Fremantle, but there are many who just like it the way it is, as I do.

No doubt North Quay and Rouse Head are prime real estate areas, but so are Arthur’s Head, the West End, Monument Hill and Cantonment Hill, so shall we just develop all those significant places?

There is a much stronger case in my opinion to start developing Victoria Quay. It does not all have to be done in one go, but Fremantle Ports really should start on it.

I took the photos above this morning, with the ferries to Rottnest being very popular during the school holidays.

Roel Loopers




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Two cruise liners are in Fremantle Port this morning and I can’t recall that they have ever visited our city before.

The 188-metre-long Azamara Quest, which can carry 686 passengers is at berth along the 203-metre-long AIDAaura, which can carry up to 1,300 passengers.

There are also hundreds of vehicles on Victoria Quay that have been unloaded, so head up to Cantonment Hill and have a look at our vibrant Freo port!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, environment, fremantle ports, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 17, 2018


It is often difficult to see the facts through the haze of spin when important community, environmental and political issues are raised, as is the case with the strong lobbying for an alternative port at Kwinana by some community and political groups and by the Town of Kwinana council.

There were strong opinions for and against Roe 8, but it seems that now has been abandoned forever with the road reserve being canceled by the WA Labor government recently.

But when one reads Paul Murray’s column in the weekend West Australian a port at Kwinana would have the most negative and biggest environmental and social issues of Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, with Fremantle Port having the lowest impact assessment.

It seems strange that there has been political interference by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti who, according to Murray’s article, edited the report released by the Westport Taskforce last week. If that is true that should worry us all, as the environmental assessment published by the MUA is no longer part of the report.

It is very clear that the traffic bottleneck in North Fremantle  will hamper any substantial growth of Fremantle Port, so what will the State Government do about that?

The Maritime Union of Australia is strongly opposed to a Kwinana Port, because it would see a loss of jobs, and they say that Fremantle Port could double its container intake and could operate for another 20 years, but at what cost to the traffic flow in effected suburbs?

The Westport Taskforce started with a big bang and the assurance that everyone would be consulted and that it would be a transparent process, so it is essential for the State Government not to interfere with the process and not “edit” any of the findings by the supposedly independent taskforce.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, city of fremantle, entertainment, food, fremantle port, hospitality, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on December 14, 2018




The very popular pop-up summer DOCK Bar at Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port has opened again for a month, so a perfect spot to watch the sunset and have a cold drink.

The logo above is Vicky.  She is the face of summer at Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port .

Throughout summer there will be terrific activities including maritime movies by the quay, food and merchant markets, Rock Rattle and Roll  Festival and heaps more.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018



The first progress report by the WESTPORT Taskforce is an interesting read. It came out yesterday, so check it out on-line as it is quite substantial.

I had a quick look at the WHAT HAVE WE FOUND SO FAR report and there are two points I consider very important for Fremantle. The first one is that the report states that Fremantle Port would be capable of handling double the number of containers it does now, as long as improved road and rail access to deliver and pick up container freight is part of the development.

The second one is maybe even more important as it means that residential and other development along Victoria Quay does not have to be halted until the port stops accepting containers.

The reports states: However, the Fremantle Port buffer is a guideline rather than a State statutory and use planning instrument. It does not preclude planning for additional residential development, even in the area closest to the port, and is dependent on local governments to regulate.

This is really important, because so far any attempt at wanting to build residential or hotel accommodation at Victoria Quay has been dismissed as not being possible because of the buffer zone around the port. It might just need a different, less rigid, approach by the Fremantle Ports board and management.

And a few more snippets from the report:

Changing community expectations about what is shipped from the port should be recognised as a constraint to development in the Fremantle study area. With the relocation of some trades, the port could expand its container operations or alternatively, use the space for non-port purposes.

Changing land use within the port buffer could open opportunities for a range of recreation, commercial and residential activities around Victoria Quay and in North Fremantle.

Key considerations of future work will be to: determine how long Fremantle’s Inner Harbour can efficiently and safely operate alongside the increasingly urban environment of the City of Fremantle; assess the impacts that trucks and other traffic has on suburbs west of the Kwinana Freeway as well as on access to the port; identify opportunities to facilitate and grow trade; assess if and when any trades should be moved to a different port location; and plan for the infrastructure required to keep freight moving efficiently and the economy growing for decades to come.

Any change to Fremantle Port operation will be long-term and won’t be happening for many years. It is quite clear from this progress report that there is no immediate need to move all port operation to Kwinana or Bunbury, but that a long transitional period might be required to move some operations.

The Westport Taskforce will continue to work, explore and consult with all affected communities and stakeholders, and nothing will happen overnight, or next year.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, leeuwin foundation, maritime, sailing, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on December 11, 2018


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It is pretty spectacular to see all those young people high up on the mast of the STS Leeuwin II sailing ship in Fremantle port.

I took the photos on Monday afternoon when they were securing the sails after a trip out on the Indian Ocean.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, cruising, fremantle ports, harbour, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2018




I love the Fremantle working port at any hour of the day and took this photo just before sunset yesterday, after I had taken some photos of the Foodtrucks Under the Bridge event at the East Street jetty.

I love the visual impact of all the cranes pulled together by the 200mm lens I used for the photo.

I added the golden oldie I took some time ago, as it is heating up this week. Summer is coming!

Next week the canopy will be put on top of the posts in front of the Passenger Terminal to improve the arrival for the thousands of cruise ship passengers who will visit Fremantle this summer season, so stay tuned for photos of that.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2018



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The Shirase is in Fremantle, but before you Freo drunks get excited about the Japanese Grange Hermitage that you haven’t tried yet, it is not a wine but an icebreaker. ; >)

The SHIRASE(AGB-5003) was commissioned in 2009 and was named after Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, who was a pioneer of Antarctic exploration.


Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, heritage, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018


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The new Fremantle strategic Destination Marketing was launched on Tuesday evening by Minister Simone McGurk at the Bathers Beach House in front of a large number of people.

Josh Wilson MP was there, as were representatives of Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Ports, Chamber of Commerce, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle Markets, National Hotel, Benny’s bar, Many 2.0, WA Tourism, Rottnest Island Authority, Fremantle Mayor, Councillors and staff, and many others.

Lovely Lucy Peach sang a few beautiful songs while the sun was setting over the Indian Ocean.

Linda Wayman, the chair of the Destination Marketing Working Group said that culture and arts contribute to Fremantle’s soul and that it was important to have a narrative and new brand for Fremantle.

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said it was fair to say that we need to talk Fremantle up sometimes, but that the major developments that are happening will bring people back to Freo and that was extremely exciting!

The message needs to go out what Fremantle’s potential is and we need a really clear strategy on where we need to go as an organisation.

Minister, and Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk said that there are opportunities to showcase Aboriginal tourism and that we all share a common passion for Fremantle, the place that has an amazing get together of natural environment, entertainment and heritage.

The colour brochure that was handed out states that the Fremantle Story marketing campaign had not been greatly successful as it failed to capture the exclusivity of Fremantle and its unique essence.

Fremantle is seen as a city that is vibrant, lively, fun, colourful, quirky, gritty and relaxed.

The Destination Marketing Working Group believes there is a significant opportunity to improve the way we promote the walkability of Freo, work together and collaborate with stakeholders, position Fremantle as a staycation destination, as opposed to day trips, collaborate with local businesses about marketing campaigns, support activation and events delivered by external groups, engage hotel operators and the Perth Convention Centre to attract conference and exhibition business to Fremantle, deliver highly engaging content via digital platforms, reach intrastate and interstate and international visitor markets through campaign activity, position Fremantle as the gateway to Rottnest Island, Swan River and WA, promote our niche experiences such as Fremantle Prison and the West End, seek investment from state and federal governments, etc.

One question I would have asked Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, who was to do the launch but could not attend because his mother died, is when will the WA Government invest more in Fremantle and become less Perth centric? What about giving Fremantle funding for a much needed Aboriginal Cultural Centre, maybe on Victoria Quay close to the Swan River. We want it in Fremantle, and overseas visitors want an Aboriginal experience, so let’s stop the procrastination and get on with it!

Roel Loopers



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