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Posted in fremantle, markets by freoview on January 16, 2015

Princess May Markets

Fremantle’s new PRINCESS MAY MARKETS at CLANCY’S will open today from 5-9 pm! This is very Freo fun for all with international foodstalls offering spit roast, pizza, paella, papusa, Moroccan, Goan Indian, Peruvian, Tequenos(cheese fingers), pies, La Paletta, crepes, juices, etc.

Fairy Sandie will be there to have fun with the kids. There will be face painting and renowned graffiti artist Lady Bananas will do her Street Art for Kids workshops each Friday as well. There is also Henna painting, massage, stalls that sell clothing, accessories, vintage, retro, bricabrac, flowers, Indian fairtrade, plants, shoes, jewellery, preserves, books, etc.

Clancy’s live outdoor music stage will feature Melbourne-based roots legend Benny Walker and there will be a Little Creatures outdoor bar in the alfresco area of the famous family pub.

The trees in the park will be lit up and of course the Basilica will be a beautiful backdrop for the weekly event.

Come and join Kylie Wheatley and me and say hello. It will be a great night out and a vibrant start to the weekend.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, heritage by freoview on January 8, 2015

Boys School

Good to see that heritage conservation works have started on the former Fremantle BOYS SCHOOL at Princess May Park. The City is spending a lot of money on it so let’s hope they will find a new tenant to replace the Film and Television Institute-FTI- which occupied the building for many years. An art film and international films cinema would be nice there.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, markets by freoview on December 15, 2014

Be ready for a whole new Friday night market, Fremantle!

Kylie Wheatley of Red Tent Events has announced than in collaboration with Clancy’s Fish Pub the Princess May Night Market will start on January 16 next year.

Food, vintage, market and artist’s stalls will be there with live bands and DJs.

If you have great products to sell contact Kylie via de website:

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on November 16, 2014

I am so thrilled about development just a stone’s throw away from the Fremantle Townhall that I can’t get enough of the demolition along Queen Adelaide Street.

The boring buildings have gone and the Westgate car park is to follow suit, to make way for the all new Hilton Doubletree hotel that will be built on that site.

The City of Fremantle now needs to be pro active and develop plans to make Princess May Park an attractive green oasis in the CBD with creative seats and shade structures. The former Boys School would make a great cafe, art gallery or small bar.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 8, 2014


I am not a very macho man so earthmoving machines normally don’t do much for me, but to see this pile of rubble at the Port Cinema site at Princess May Park in Fremantle made my day already (and it’s only going to get better with perfect weather and festival events!)

This is the very welcome start of the construction of the Hilton hotel on the Point Street carpark site and something Freo desperately needs. The more tourists we can accommodate to stay overnight, the better it will be for our retail economy and hospitality industry, so I can’t wait till the hotel opens in 2016.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on September 3, 2014

building 1 building 2

The ox is slow but the earth is patient, the saying goes. We can truly say that the Fremantle community, especially the business community, has been very patient and that we have been waiting for change, progress, new buildings and new businesses for a very long time.

The ox is moving, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and sun on the horizon, so don’t despair and just hang in there!

The demolition of the buildings at Adelaide and Point streets has started to make way for the new Hilton Hotel at Princess May Park, and in the west end of town ground work has begun on the new Mediterranean Shipping Company office building at Cliff Street.

I anticipate that we can also soon expect an announcement that a state government department will move into the former MYER building, which would be the start of the essential Kings Square revitalisation.

The final draft plan for Victoria Quay should also be made public soon, after a few details have been ironed out with the Public Transport Authority.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 6, 2014

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It was organised chaos at Fremantle’s Clancys today, as staff were in a rush to get the place ready for the “very sssssoft opening” on Friday, where any glitches can be ironed out.

I like the vibrant colours and new feel of the place, which is still very much our own Clancys. Booths have been installed inside and the alfresco area at Princess May Park has substantially grown. The new inside toilets have a bit of class, there is airconditioning and also heating outside, and music will be piped everywhere, including the kitchen.

The menu will remain very much like the old one, but the new relocated kitchen looks stunning as well,with a few more state of the art deep fryers and other gadgets, so go and check out Clancys this weekend!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 4, 2014

Clancys 1 Clancys 2


Justin Rogan, the manager of CLANCY’S in Fremantle, showed me around today to point out the improvements they are making to the building. It looks promising!

They are building a whole new kitchen, cool, store, and staff room on the south-western corner, while the old toilet block has been demolished and the toilets are relocated to the former kitchen area.

The alfresco areas on both sides of the building are extended and will be under cover, with heating in winter and cooling in summer.

Clancys is going back to the 80s with booths installed in the room where the stage is, but the interior design will all be in the same Clancy’s style as City Beach, Dunsborough and Canning Bridge. The estimated re-opening time is mid to late August, so not far away at all. If you can’t wait that long, hop on the bus to Canning Bridge or spend a long weekend in Dunsborough.

The whole area at Princess May Park will transform even more with renovations of the former Boys School-FTI building, and the building of the Hilton Hotel on the Point Street carpark site. Good things are happening in Freo, just a bit of patience needed!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 28, 2014

The renovations at Fremantle Clancy’s Fishpub are progressing well, and by the look of it there will be a larger alfresco area at the back of the pub at Princess May Park. That will give more parents the opportunity to sit outside and watch over their children, who can safely play in the park away from traffic.

Clancys will open again in mid August, so stay tuned. I’ll keep you up to date.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 16, 2013

It has been a long time coming, but finally one of Fremantle’s oldest heritage buildings, the Fremantle Boys School Building occupied by the Film and Television Institute (FTI), has received $850k funding from the City for the first stage of its restoration.
Built in 1854 and located at 92 Adelaide Street Fremantle, the building is highly valued for its heritage connections, but given its age, requires significant restoration work to ensure its structural integrity for the benefit of future generations. The first stage of restorative works will include asbestos management planning, chemical analysis of mortar mix to ensure compatibility, stonemason repairs to chimneys and parapets, new gutters, storm water management and the replacement of a portion of its roof shingles. All works will be done in full consultation and collaboration with the City’s Heritage Coordinator.
“The City places great importance on its heritage stock and as one Fremantle’s oldest heritage buildings and given its visible location and usage, the restoration of the FTI-occupied building has been one of our highest priorities,” said City of Fremantle Technical Services Director, Peter Pikor. “Certain aspects of the building have deteriorated over a number of years and following a thorough investigation, it was decided that the best resolution was to use a staged approach to restore the building. This approach will allow a detailed analysis to be undertaken at the completion of each stage to address risk issues and clarify the scope of following stages,” Mr Pikor said.
Stage one restoration works are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2014 with additional stages subject to council funding approval.

The Fremantle Television Institute, FTO, in the former boys school at Princess May park.

The Fremantle Television Institute, FTI, in the former boys school at Princess May park.


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