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Posted in australia by freoview on November 17, 2013

I am sure late-night revelers would like the ‘safe’ new taxi stand in the Fremantle Henderson Street mall, the city has now opened on weekend nights, but one can only hope the mobile lights and CCTV unit will only be there temporarily, as they are pretty ugly to look at for people visiting the Fremantle Markets during the day.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 27, 2012

Hundreds of women, men and even children marched through Fremantle on Friday night to RECLAIM THE NIGHT and call for an end to violence in our cities. It was a show of strength to make our leaders aware that we are not prepared to put up any longer with anti-social behaviour, rape, drunkenness, fighting, or domestic violence.

We all have the right to feel safe wherever we are, be that on the streets , in bars, nightclubs, on public transport or at home. Violence is unacceptable!

I noticed politicians Lynn MacLaren, Simone McGurk and Scott Ludlam in the crowd and also Fremantle councillors Rachel Pemberton and Andrew Sullivan

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 26, 2012

Don’t forget to join the Reclaim the Night in Fremantle this evening (Friday October 26) at 6.30. The march starts at Pioneer Park opposite the railway station and will go through the Cappuccino Strip and past the nightclubs and hotels to wind up at Kings Square where there will be speeches, entertainment and stalls.

Sadly Fremantle has become a place where many people don’t feel safe any longer on weekend nights because of drunkenness, violence and ant-social behaviour. That needs to stop. We all have the right to enjoy our city at any time of the day without fearing for our safety. Let’s get that message out loud and clear!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 25, 2011

The Perth Transport Authority will start Friday and Saturday night train trials from tomorrow night to assist night club revelers to get home without lengthy waits for costly taxis. With a bit of luck this might also reduce violence near taxi ranks in places like Fremantle and Northbridge. Check the Transperth website for details.

This is an initiative by a group of people on Facebook and it is positive the State Government took it on. You would not want to be a train cleaner though.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 19, 2011

NOISE! It drives me mad at times. There is noise everywhere I go. The quiet morning coffee with a newspaper in Fremantle is spoiled because kitchen and waiting staff in cafes need their noise fix, without it they can’t perform their duties it appears.

In bars and restaurants one has to shout to be heard, and often one just sits nodding, pretending to hear what the other person is shouting at you.

Why do people need all that constant music. Are they afraid silence will force them to think and connect with the inner self?

Joggers can’t listen to the silent of the morning, but need to have earphones in to listen to mindless music, instead of the sound of waves, wind, or their own footsteps.

Televisions are left on while people entertain guests, so we all hear the noise we are not actually listening to, or interested in.

The BOOM, BOOM, BOOM music in nightclubs and bars mixed with alcohol and drugs surely must be partly to blame for the aggressive behaviour of many patrons. The mind cannot relax, there is no way of communicating over the extremely loud and repetitive noise, so let’s glass someone for the fun and boredom of it all.

Many of us go out to socialise, meet up with friends, report the latest gossip, talk politics, football, kids and schools, but the mind numbing music takes over and does not allow us to enjoy the moment. Why do we have to endure that?

Like most people I enjoy good music. I love to go out and listen to a good band now and then, have a dance and fun, but there is a time and place for it. 24/7 music is not what I need or want, and I don’t want it forced upon me by those who lack consideration, especially not if I am a paying guest.

Turn your music way down you guys in the hospitality industry, or you’ll have to do without my business and that of many of my friends. We want quiet quality time together, not anti-social noise pollution!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 12, 2010

Last evening on the six o’clock TV news Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt promised something would be done about the increasing violence, drunkenness and anti-social behaviour, after a violent Friday night in our city. He talked about more CCTV cameras and additional lighting, but will that stop anything? Thugs don’t care if they get filmed or not. They are too drunk to notice anyway.

This morning I read this Facebook entry by a very decent young man, who often works in the Moore&Moore cafe I frequent, and want to share it with you, without mentioning his name.

“IT”S OFFICIAL FREO IS THE NEW NORTHBRIDGE. Well at 3am on Saturday night it is. Driving home from work only to have to turn back as several police chase down a drunken shoeless slag and her posse of shirtless thug mates as they yell abuse, smash street signs and fight amongst each other in front of my car!

Detour to Sth Terrace and I’m confronted with trash everywhere, both human and inanimate. What the hell?!? GET THE F$@# OUT OF MY TOWN ASSHOLES!”


The problem is with greedy publicans serving alcohol to people who are already inebriated. If they don’t know when their patrons are drunk, they should give me a job as drunks spotter, because I can spot a drunk from a mile away. Too much alcohol mixed with a few pills is disaster in the making. How many more glassed faces do we need to see in newspapers and on television, how many more young people will be beaten senselessly and receive life threatening injuries, before we make a stop to this?


I refuse to walk around my own town in fear.

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle, west australian, western australia by freoview on October 14, 2010

Two letter writers in the West Australian today disagree with me about my letter, pasted below, the West published earlier this week.

They claim women/people have to earn respect before one can give it to them, but how does that apply to people we don’t know? Does it mean I should disrespect strangers, because I know nothing about them? Should I have no respect for people who dress, or look, a certain way? That would be an awful judgmental attitude to have.

I am not saying that I don’t feel uncomfortable with drunk people, and yes, I admit, even more so when they are female, but is that reason enough to disrespect them?

Do I know why they got drunk? Did they have a bad day, a funeral, a broken heart?

There can be many reasons why people sometimes drink too much, but there can never be a reason to abuse them because they had a skin full.

Roel Loopers

“Whenever one of the football codes “heroes” is accused of having sexually assaulted a woman, another one of them thinks he needs to defend his mates by blaming the alleged victim.
My message to former AFL player Peter Everitt and all his brothers in arms is simple; a woman who dresses in a mini skirt, a deep cut top, who is drunk or on drugs, is not some kind of slut you can abuse for your own desires.

No matter what state women are in, or how they dress, they deserve respect day and night. No ifs or buts. No excuses. She did not ask for it. Got it?!”


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