Freo's View


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



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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



Posted in art, city of fremantle, parking, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2018



Everyone can be an artist. I took this photo of a sign and sky at the Adelaide Piazza carpark while waiting for the Blessing of the Fleet yesterday.

A bit of colour to start off the new week.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, Kings Square Redevelopment Project, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2018




The Queensgate carpark, which was closed for seven months due to the Kings Square Redevelopment Project, will reopen in ten days on October 31.

It will add another 470 car bays in the centre of Fremantle just in time for Christmas shopping and the festival season, which will no doubt delight CBD traders and shoppers.

Sirona Capital has refurbished the carpark with new lighting and CCTV cameras and epoxy coatings of the floors.

Parking fees are up to $ 3.00 an hour but there is also a $ 9 a day early-bird parking rate. And a very special FREE PARKING from 6am to 7pm applies until November 5!

Roel Loopers




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Some more photos of what it looked like at Fremantle’s Kings Square on Wednesday morning.

The demolition team is very carefully removing the building parts that are touching the heritage listed Townhall, so that no damage will occur to the old building.

The back steps that used to be the entrance to the council chambers have already been demolished.

Behind it the Queensgate carpark building is almost ready to be reopened with a few last touches to be done before shoppers can park their cars their again.

Just over a year to go until the Kings Square Redevelopment Project will be finished!

Roel Loopers



Posted in cars, city of fremantle, Kings Square Redevelopment Project, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 2, 2018




Very good news for Fremantle inner city traders and motorists! The reopening of Queensgate car park is on track for later this month.

Up to 500 bays will be available with some further work required until the entire carpark is reopened.

Roel Loopers




What makes a walkable city, and is Fremantle one of them, was asked at the Politics in the Pubs forum by the Fremantle Network at The Local in South Fremantle on Tuesday evening.

A panel with Olwyn Williams, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, Dr Annie Matan of CUSP(Curtin University of Sustainable Policy), and City of Fremantle urban and transport planner Martin Spencer addressed the topic before a general discussion

Martin Spencer said that on the walkability index Fremantle gets 72-79 out of 100 and is the 19th most walkable suburb in the Perth metro area.

We need to make the city open, invite people in, and make them walk. Drag people into the shops and off the footpaths, and connect destinations with better signage.

Dr Annie Matan said that being pro pedestrians and cyclists did not mean we are anti car, but we need great public transport and walking and cycle infrastructure to make the city work better. There needs to be a safe and interesting environment for pedestrians, which includes good public toilets, water fountains, benches, shade structures and trees, etc.

“Every road needs to tell a story to our visitors and ourselves”

Footpaths are where we meet friends, and importantly also strangers. It is where we connect with our communities.

We need to create authentic places as they are important, and destinations to walk to, and do connections better, such as walking from the CBD to South Beach or the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Many footpaths are cluttered and become a hazard and Fremantle City needs a strong policy for planning walkability, Dr Matan said.

Olwyn Williams said that Fremantle has got more than anyone else; the port, heritage, the university, beaches, cafes, art, shopping, festivals and concerts, but we are a small community with a small ratepayers’ base, so we need the outside world to come to Freo and make it economically viable to set up shop here.

We need more visitors, more people working here and more residents, and to become a better place we need to embrace medium density living.

Connections with the suburbs is vital and important as Fremantle is not just the CBD.

Road closures in the CBD often have a negative impact on nearby businesses and the City should consider that more carefully. The second hour free parking the City of Fremantle has just implemented, is a very good idea as it will make people linger longer, Williams said.

Wayfinding needs to improve as signs don’t tell you that you could walk just a block further to enjoy Wray Avenue, or that it is a nice half hour walk to South Beach, and we need much better lighting to make us feel safer at night.

Olwyn Williams also said that the High Street Mall is a disaster and the closure should never have happened.

Martin Spencer said it was about time the community took ownership as it can’t be just left to local governments to implement change.

Comment: I believe we need to make the walking journey more attractive and make it a discovery, an adventure, walks where we connect all our Freo hidden treasures, and where we decentralise more and better utilise the A Class reserve at Arthur’s Head, the lawn next to the Roundhouse, Pioneer, Princess May and Fremantle parks, etc.

Fremantle offers a unique experience and that is what our new destination marketing should be all about. People will be encouraged to walk if we offer them a better shopping and lifestyle experience.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2018




When it comes to parking in Fremantle we mainly hear and read complaints; There is not enough parking, parking is too expensive, the parking inspectors are greedy, etc.

But last Sunday during the Freo Strawberry Sunday the City of Fremantle was very lenient and berry funny, as the ‘parking ticket’ shows that reminded motorists they had overstayed their parking time.

Roel Loopers

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