Freo's View


Posted in fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on January 30, 2017

Fremantle resident Leanne McKenzie is passionate about Freo and alternative living and sees a need for innovative new ideas to deal with the fact that Fremantle is becoming more expensive and becoming less accessible to those on lower incomes.

Leanne believes that people who want to live in and be part of Fremantle should have diverse housing options available. She says “Fremantle is what it is because of passionate community minded people, so if this type of person wants to live here they should have access.“

She has years of experience with construction and renovations, and personal experience as owner builder renovating her Fremantle workers cottage on a very tight budget, and exactly how she needed it, but paying tribute to its humble origins.

Leanne says she took the decision to help the many others who struggle to get started extending and renovating their homes, and she has assembled an excellent team of designers, real estate professionals and trades to help guide others in taking the step.

“It is better reducing our ecological footprint, solar, thermal efficiencies etc. and upcycling our homes if practicable, rather than bowling over and starting from scratch.”

When Leanne McKenzie was told that her 90 sqm 3 bedroom home was too small for energy efficient hydronics systems, she decided to design one herself.

I want to equip people with the information and processes so they can make informed designs about their renovations, incorporating new technology and not spend big dollars if they are not precisely sure what they want. We don’t need BIG to live happy, we need quality spaces that enhance our lives and connect us to our neighbourhoods.

She is working to design a very special tiny house. “Mobility, ecological footprint, advanced technology is all part of our future for how we will live, but (re)connecting to our natural world, our neighbourhoods and communities is more important. This is what Fremantle does so well, and this should be accessible to all of us. “

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 2, 2014

To rephrase a Chinese proverb, Government is slow, but the community patient, and that has certainly been the case with the neglected heritage Warders Cottages in the Henderson Street mall.

The Fremantle community has been in uproar about the neglect of the historic buildings since the Housing Department vacated all tenants from them, and the Fremantle Society organised a SHAME campaign to raise awareness of the disgraceful condition of the important buildings.

In May Premier Colin Barnett announced State Government would be spending some $ 4 million on heritage and today Heritage Minister Albert Jacobs announced in a media release that the State has lodged a development application with the City of Fremantle.

$ 2 million will be spend to conserve, modernise and return the cottages to active use again, with drainage and the limestone walls the priority of the initial work that will start in the first quarter of 2015. Mid next year the Government will decide on the most appropriate use for the renovated cottages.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 28, 2010

Today was the second day of cleaning out one of the Pilot’s Cottages next to the Round House. It will become my home and the new headquarters of the Fremantle Society, so it is quite exciting for all involved. The disgusting filthy carpets were pulled out, and the dust it created was horrible, but what makes up for it all is the superb view from the front veranda of the cottage. Tomorrow we’ll be starting to paint the rooms, and in a few weeks time it will be time to party!

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 25, 2010

With the installation of the beautiful photo windows in the new cafe at the new ferry terminal in B Shed on Victoria Quay, Fremantle Ports have reached another small milestone in the completion of what will be an exciting new tourist attraction for Fremantle.

Situated only a few steps from the water, the cafe will be managed by the jovial and hospitable Dennis and Ray, who also own the very popular Tasty Express in South Fremantle. I have no doubt that this will become one of the favourite locations for Fremantle’s soy latte sippers

Here a quick preview of the new photo windows, which I had to shoot through the fence.


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