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Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle herald, media, newspaper, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 11, 2019


I am not sure why Andrew Smith, the owner, publisher and editor of the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice, believes the fact that his company did not get a Federal Government grant is worth a large comment on the entire front page of today’s Chook. Is it really THAT important to the readers of the Herald and the Freo community? I doubt it.

Rumours that Smith will now publish front page comments by any Fremantle individual and company that did not receive the grants they applied for are malicious nonsense of course. ; >)

But far more important to me is the fact that Andrew Smith “had sought funding to train ‘citizen’ journalists for online publishing” So-called citizen journalism is basically amateurs doing the work for free for which professional journalists should get paid, so does that really deserve a government grant, I wonder?

Journalists are being sacked in droves by the big media companies, which are all stream lining their operations, hence there is very little difference in the reporting of the West Australian, Sunday Times, Perth Now and Channel 7, all owned by the same owner, where journos are sharing the same newsroom, and the same articles and photos are shared and published in all of the publication on-line and in print.

But to put Andrew Smith’s lament in perspective though, from 186 applicants across Australia for the new innovation fund grant, not one from WA received one, so that is indeed a worry as it feels far too much like election pork barreling.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, culture, fremantle by freoview on June 5, 2015

It’s a good weekend for art and culture in Fremantle. Two photography exhibitions open at the Fremantle Arts Centre this evening and at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Centre former J Shed artist Magali Dincher shows cute easy on the eye works with lots of Fremantle heritage buildings. The prints on perspex that create a 3D feel because of the shadows behind it are a bit more dynamic. It’s well worth a visit and enjoy some good coffee and a meal at the Moore&Moore cafe there at the same time.

On Sunday the great FREMANTLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA will perform works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Farrenc at the Fremantle Townhall from 3 pm. Don’t miss the fantastic 17-year-old violinist Emily Leung!

Tickets are from $ 20.00 only.  The FCO is sponsored by The Fremantle Herald, Perth Voice, Fremantle Ports and MP Melissa Parke.

Roel Loopers

P.S. I am sure that more is happening but I can only report what I know, so email me with your events and exhibitions. A jpeg photo is always good to add.



Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 8, 2012

I am very happy to announce, in the true spirit of Easter, the resurrection of Fremantle Herald photographer Jeremy Dixon. You might remember my outrage that the photographer, who had just survived a life threatening cancer operation, had been told by Herald owner Andrew Smith his services were no longer required.

It is disappointing that the matter had to go to the Industrial Relations Tribunal, but the good outcome is that Jeremy will be reinstated as the Fremantle/Melville/Cockburn Herald and Perth Voice photographer.

I like the Herald and Andrew Smith, so I am disappointed common sense did not prevail but stubbornness did, and that Jeremy Dixon has to take this matter further. He shouldn’t have been put through the stress after the major operation. Not very Freo, Andrew!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 18, 2012

Today I am in shock, as what I heard from sources in the photographic industry around Perth, is so disgraceful that I cannot believe it involves the Fremantle Herald, a paper I have supported for a long time.

This is a story about inhumanity, about not caring. It is the story of highly respected photographer Jeremy Dixon, who worked for the Fremantle Herald for many years before falling badly ill last year with life threatening cancer. Jeremy barely survived the ordeal and is still not one hundred percent, but what kept him going was the promise by the Herald chief of staff that he could return as the photographer of the newspaper whenever he was ready.

Yesterday Fremantle/Cockburn/Melville Herald and Perth Voice owner Andrew Smith wrote Jeremy Dixon a letter that his services are no longer required. Jeremy is absolutely gutted, as are all people in the industry I talked to today.

It is hard not to cry with and for Jeremy, who is a very decent bloke liked by everyone. It is hard not to go and bash a door in at the Chook and kick Andrew’s arse, because what he has done it utterly disgraceful!

This is not how one treats a human-being, this is not how one treats staff, even casual non contracted staff. This is the action of a hard-nosed capitalist, who does not care one bit if the photographer who serviced the papers very well for a long time might now have a set-back in his recovery. The word bastard comes to mind easily when one thinks about this media owner who pretends to stand up for social justice and rights, but let’s one of his people down this badly.

Jeremy has got a huge medical bill to pay and has no idea how to do it without going back to the job they promised would be his again after convalescing. He has no income, it will be hard to find another job at his age, and he still is not totally well.

I am almost speechless as I always considered Andrew Smith a decent man.

Today I am angry and in shock, and I have this feeling of utter disbelief that something like this can happen in our Freo, a place where people care, stand up and fight, and show compassion. Andrew Smith, you and your community newspapers are the disgrace story of the year in Fremantle and you should be ashamed of yourself!

As Smith always says “this is a story that needed to be told”

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 14, 2011

Welcome to the Fremantle Herald‘s new business manager, who starts the job today! It will be a challenge to work with those hippie journos, but someone has to keep them in line. ;> )

Does it mean Fremantle/Cockburn/Melville Herald and Perth Voice owner Andrew Smith, who is 65, is slowing down a bit and wants to hand over the reigns? Don’t disappoint our Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Andrew. She wants us all to work much later in life, so you are far too young at 65 to retire, acccording to the PM. Take your vitamins and early morning jogs and get out there and slog on for another 15 years or so.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 8, 2011

As promised here more impressions of the fun of the Perth Royal Show. It’s all over this weekend. You can see some printed photos in the Perth Voice and Fremantle Herald community newspapers as well.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 6, 2011

I went to the Perth Royal Show at the Claremont Showground yesterday to take photos and interview kids for the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice newspapers. One surely has to like crowds of people, everyone bumping into everyone. Screaming teenagers on the trains. Wow, young girls can talk and talk and talk, and say not much more than “like” every second word.

I’ll post a few more photos on the weekend once the newspapers have been published, so here is just the one to wet the appetite.

Roel Loopers


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Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 22, 2011

Congratulations to Andrew Smith, the owner of the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice community newspapers, who according to Inside Cover of the West Australian, wrote to the Western Australian Government Media Office to let them know he was no longer interested in receiving an avalanche of emails from them, but preferred if they talked on the phone or face to face to his reporters.

It is about time we all stood up against spin and getting sanitised and one-sided information from the people we elected to represent us. It is not good enough we are taken for granted and politicians patronise us as if we are naive children. Stop the stupid spin and start talking to us with honesty. This applies to all levels of government, so City of Fremantle also take note of this!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 12, 2010

I am a wee bit handicapped after an eye operation yesterday and was very busy early in the week taking photos for the Fremantle Herald and The Perth Voice. Their photographer Jeremy Dixon was having some well deserved R&R in Queensland.

So belated congratulations to Hamilton Hill artist Jean-Marc Rivalland for winning a $ 15,000.00 scholarship for his his stainless steel wave structure at Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe.

Fremantle will be hot this coming weekend with the Araluen Chilli Festival on the Esplanade on Saturday and Sunday. Lovers of these yummy delights should not miss it!

On Saturday at 4 p.m. is a concert by the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra at the Freo town hall. It features the amazing Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman. I have heard him play live 3 times now and his music creates goose bumps all over. It is great!

On Sunday morning we see the arrival of the largest cruise liner ever to visit Fremantle, the Queen Mary. Unfortunately the arrival has been pushed forward and she now will have pilot on board at 5 a.m. and will turn in the harbour at 6.30. If that is too early for you she departs at 5 p.m. on Sunday and there will be entertainment on Victoria Quay all afternoon, so if you combine that with the Chilli Festival you’ll have a royal hot day.

Have fun!

Jean-Marc Rivalland and his winning sculpture.


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