Freo's View


Posted in business, fremantle by freoview on November 26, 2014


There is always something new, innovative and creative happening in good old Fremantle and this Friday November 28 is the start of the first InsideOut event at Pioneer Park organised by fSpace.

This is a kind of a topsy-turvy day where the community can meet, become aware off and celebrate a wide diversity of Fremantle businesses.

fSpace promises there will be a lot of stuff to see and hear, so why not wander over and network, meet new people, find opportunities to collaborate and do business.

It’s happening between 11 am and 4 pm, so go and say hello and support our Freo business community! Historic Pioneer Park is just opposite the Freo railway station.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 12, 2014

The FREMANTLE NETWORK is a good initiative that was started by Rachel Pemberton before she became a Fremantle Councillor. The idea is to have a speaker or two who share inspirational stories on 3 0r 4 occasions a year and for the community to network. FN is now being organised by the very active Chamber of Commerce and last night at Kidogo Arthouse we had the pleasure of listening toDylan Smith, CEO of the Fremantle Foundation, and Pat Ryan of Dismantle.

Dylan told us the Foundation had awarded $ 130,000 in grants last year and helped many organisations, including Dismantle. This year their focus will be on mental health and wellbeing. He said the Foundation was still learning how to best serve the community, but it relied on donations and needed philanthropists. The Impact 100 initiative, where 100 people pledge thousand dollars each, had been successful and will continue.

The Freo Foundation CEO urged people to consider that even the smallest changes can have a huge impact and that we can all make a difference. It was disturbing to hear that only ten percent of urban Aboriginal children participate in organised sport, because the challenges for them are just too big. Equally disturbing was Dylan Smith’s claim that women and girls are still the most disadvantaged group in our society.

Pat Ryan of Dismantle talked about the huge success rate the organisation has with supporting youth, and that 75 % of the kids they had worked with are now doing full-time education. Dismantle was much more than about bikes, but getting social outcomes and teaching life skills. They support nearly 200 kids a year over ten week periods.

Dismantle now also has a mobile bike repair shop the Bike Doctor and Pat asked the Fremantle community to support them by getting their bikes repaired at their workshop on the Esplanade, as that will raise funds to support more children. For those who don’t know, Dismantle is next to the Youth Plaza skatepark.

The two stories last evening reminded me of the passionate talk by Griff Longley about Midnight Basketball some months ago. It is quite clear that grassroots work achieves better outcomes than huge government administrations. It are the people and the passion, willing to give time and respect to those who need and deserve our help, that make a huge difference. It is inspiring to see so much dedication and to feel the sincerity of people like Pat, Dylan and Griff, and Fremantle is a better place for it. Thank you!


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 4, 2014

The next FREMANTLE NETWORK meeting will be at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach on June 11 at 6 pm and will feature Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith and Pat Ryan of Dismantle. RSVP is essential for this even:

Dylan Smith. Fremantle Foundation

 The Fremantle Foundation is a natural evolution of our area’s great history of social justice, our care for each other, and for our “village.” The Foundation combines your interests as a donor, with our knowledge of community, to support important local issues. We understand the impact of informed philanthropy. It is the extraordinary achievement of a group of visionary local people lead by Dylan Smith.

Pat RyanDismantle

Dismantle uses the simple bicycle as a tool to reconnect young people to employment or education pathways. Dismantle runs a number of initiatives including the Bike Dr, Bike Rescue Project, Active Bus & Bike Hub. Dismantle was also the recipient of $100,000 from Impact100 Fremantle after it’s Accelerate program was voted the most deserving among four outstanding finalists.

This event is proudly sponsored by Poppet’s Pantry & Kidogo Art Institute





Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 25, 2014

The FREMANTLE NETWORK will have two interesting guest speakers at the Sundowner at the Fremantle Arts Centre on April 2. Griff Longley, columnist for the West Australian and CEO of Nature Play WA, will be speaking about his passion for the nightime basketball in Midland that has kept many kids off the street and away from abuse and crime, while Perth Think Tank CEO Marion Fulker no doubt will inspire us with future plans for the Perth metro area.

The event runs from 5-7 pm on Wednesday April 2, and it requires to RSVP the Chamber of Commerce via email

Roel Loopers

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