Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, parking, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2019



Fremantle Market Street traders have established a fighting fund war chest to take legal action against the City of Fremantle about the planned closure of four 15-minute short-stay parking and loading bays in the street.

The new owners of the Manning Building, Silverleaf Investments, asked Fremantle Council to close the vehicle bays so that they could extend the awning over the footpath when they develop the property, with a tavern and micro brewery at William Street.

The owner of Terrace Men has collected over 1,000 signatures against the closure of the car bays.

It is alleged that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the traders that a safety plan had been completed by the City which recommends the closure of the bays, but the traders claim there is no evidence that this has been done.

From my own experience, walking that street daily, the parking bays are not so much a danger to pedestrians but at times a mere inconvenience when cars drive up onto the footpath and out of town pedestrians are not aware of it.

I observed Silverleaf owner Gerard O’Brien leaving the Manning building with five architects at noon on Friday, so the start of the development should not be too far away.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018


A few news snippets from the City of Fremantle:

  • Fremantle ratepayers will fork out $ 1,013,086 for the roll out of the new third bin FOGO recycling next year.
  • ENKEL will finally receive the keys for the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, after a very lengthy delay, so it will be interesting to watch if they will manage to activate the area considerably.
  • The height of the balustrade of the beautiful Fremantle Townhall balcony needs to be raised as the current height is no longer to Australian standards.
  • Unless there is strong demand from the Fremantle community there will not be live streaming of Council and Council committee meetings in the new civic centre. I just hope they’ll improve the sound system in the chamber.
  • Council approved the transfer of ownership for the Spicer site from Sirona Capital to Forrest Family Investments.
  • Two hour parking restrictions on the east side of Marine Terrace and the west of Mews Road will be implemented on weekdays from 8am to 5pm.
  • Four hour time restrictions will apply at the South Beach car park north of the kiosk.
  • A $ 3.50 per day parking fee will apply on the west side of Marine Terrace and the east side of Mews Road.

Roel Loopers


Posted in backpackers, beaches, cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2018


Fremantle Council will on Wednesday debate if they should start with time limited and/or paid parking along Marine Terrace in South Fremantle and at South Beach, due to the fact that the parking bays in the area during weekdays are occupied by the cars of commuters, who hop on the CAT bus to Fremantle Station, and by the vehicles of Notre Dame university students and backpackers.

This means that local residents, shoppers and those who want to go to the beach often can’t find short-term parking, so the officers are putting the following recommendation to the elected members:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION Council: 1. Implements a two hour time restriction on the east side of Marine Terrace and the west side of Mews Road with the time restriction applying from Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm and the parking being unrestricted after these hours and on weekends. 2. Implements a four hour time restriction in the portion of South Beach Car Park 58 north of South Beach Café which faces the beach. 3. Authorise the Chief Executive Officer enter into negotiations with the Department of Transport and Fremantle Sailing Club to implement a four hour time restriction in the Dog Beach Car Park and that these time restrictions apply from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm with the parking being unrestricted after these hours and on weekends. 4. Authorise the Chief Executive Officer to extend the four hour time restriction to other portions of South Beach Car Park 58 and to South Beach Car Park 59 if the current time restrictions are not achieving the goal of ensuring that there is sufficient parking available to beach users. 5. Implements a $3.50 per day fee on the west side of Marine Terrace adjacent to the railway line and the east side of Mews Road south.


Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, city planning, coffee, food, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2018


Calo 1


The future of the alfresco area of  Calogero’s is still uncertain after Fremantle’s Planning Committee last night decided to defer it and give the owners the opportunity of sourcing for a location in the vicinity for two parking bays.

Personally I don’t see what the fuss is all about as that area from Little Lefroy Road to Jenkin Street along South Terrace has become a really lovely community hub, and even more so since the City of Fremantle improved the streetscape.

Parking in the area is always at a premium, but that applies to Pakenham Street in the inner city as well, and I doubt that Bread in Common and others there had to provide parking for their patrons.

Councillor Adin Lang was all for retrospective approval of the restaurant, while Councillor Dave Hume said that Council needed to become more flexible about parking if it wanted more activation and higher density in Fremantle.

This evening from 5.30-7.30pm there will be a community placemaking event with games, music, etc. at the little hub so come along and meet your fellow South Freo community members! See you there.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2018


santa parking


I happened to walk by when Fremantle’s parking Santa and his lovely little helper paid the parking fees for some motorists in the William Street car park on Wednesday afternoon.

The City of Fremantle Christmas campaign lets Santa and his helper wander the streets for the first half of the week and offer to pay for parking, so when you see the red man you’ll get free parking.

Roel Loopers



Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2018


Santa parking


When you are parking your car in Fremantle Mondays to Thursdays till Christmas keep an eye out for Santa and his helper and ask them to pay for your parking! It is a little present from the City of Fremantle.

Roel Loopers



Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, local government, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2018


The City of Fremantle is inviting frazzled shoppers to take the stress and hard work out of Christmas this year by shopping in the heart of Freo.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Freo offered WA’s best open air shopping experience, with a variety of quirky stores to find that gift with a difference, plus a host of places to relax and unwind after a successful shopping expedition.
“Freo has a wide range of shopping options, including unique outlets that are the perfect place to find gifts for the special people in your in your life that are just impossible to buy for.

“We also have plenty of funky cafés for that afternoon pick me up, or reward yourself with a stop at one of Freo’s famous small bars or breweries once you’ve finally ticked that impossible gift off your list.”

The City of Fremantle’s Christmas campaign kicks off this week with the launch of the #shopFREO Christmas competition.

Two prizes of $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle will be drawn each Friday from 23 November to 21 December 2018.

Just ask for the unique code word when you spend $20 or more in a participating store, then head to the Fremantle Story website to enter.

The City has also produced a new Fremantle map highlighting key shopping areas in the city, the best places to park, toilets, things to do and places to grab a bite to eat or have a drink.

Early in December, Free Parking Santa and his elves will be back for their annual visit from the North Pole.
They’ll be appearing in Freo right up until Christmas looking for happy shoppers and paying for their parking. Check the City’s Facebook page for locations all through December.

The City is also working with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce to coordinate a window display competition for shopfront business in Fremantle, with Sirona Capital providing $2500 in prizes for the best windows.


Posted in alfresco, city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, parklet, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2018




Interesting to note that the Brazilian carnivore paradise LAPA in Fremantle’s High Street got rid of their alfresco parklet.

I wonder if they have to make way for more police car parking or if the alfresco was not worth the money because it was rarely used by patrons.

And talking about parking, several parking bays in front of the Esplanade Hotel on Marine Terrace have disappeared to make way for a taxi rank, that used to be in Collie Street.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2018




The modified electronic parking sign at South Terrace near the corner of Parry Street is much better than the previous one, as it is showing many more carparks in the area, and the available car bays.

I assume the other signs around the Fremantle CBD also have been modified, but I will check it out.

Roel Loopers



Q 1

Q 2


The Fremantle Queensgate carpark in Henderson Street is open again, adding 470 car bays for inner city parkers.

The hourly rate is $ 3.00 but there is also a $ 9.00 all day early bird parking, so take advantage of that if you can.

Access to the carpark is via Queen Street and William Street, so from both ends, but when leaving there is only a right turn toward William Street, since Queen Street remains one way during the construction of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Roel Loopers


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