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Posted in city of fremantle, lightrail, transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2017


How nice to hear local councils in the Fremantle area working together for a change, instead of viewing each other as competition.

They could not agree on local government reform, council amalgamations and the Roe 8 highway, but now the South West Group of Cockburn, Fremantle, Melville, Kwinana, East Fremantle and Rockingham are planning ahead together for light rail, according to a report in today’s Sunday Times.

A Fremantle to Murdoch lightrail corridor is a high priority according to the report, but also a loop with Rockingham and the coast.

There is no doubt in my opinion that lightrail from Fremantle to Rockingham would be used extensively by locals and tourists alike and connect the two cities.

The South West Group report also considers lightrail from Fremantle to Canning Bridge and linking Cockburn and Fremantle.

Long-term planning by local councils for lightrail and traffic corridors is essential to pin point where new residential and commercial development should be encouraged so that planing schemes can be introduced to accommodate that.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that local councils had a role to play in planning transit systems as they would need to rezone areas for transport hubs.

Lightrail has been on Fremantle’s wish list for a long time but low residential figures make it difficult to build a sound business case for it. However the development boom in Fremantle and Cockburn and along to coast to Rockingham is starting to make lightrail a very good option for the not too distant future, and we need to plan for that now.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, fremantle, j shed by freoview on October 23, 2016


Janet Nixon receives the City of Rockingham Castaway award for her recycled sculpture from Mayor Barry Sammels

Janet Nixon receives the City of Rockingham Castaway award for her recycled sculpture from Mayor Barry Sammels


Fremantle J Shed artist Janet Nixon has won the Rockingham Castaway Sculpture Award with her beautiful dog artwork Checkers, made of recycled materials.

Janet really deserves this recognition as she has flown under the radar a bit in the shadow of her partner Greg James, so I am truly delighted for her as she is a wonderful person and her series of dog sculptures are amazing.

There are more doggies on display at the Bathers Beach studio in the big southern one with the large glass wall facing the beach, so go and check out all the great work that is going on at J Shed.

Congratulations Janet!!!


Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, j shed by freoview on October 22, 2016


Fantastic to see Fremantle J Shed artists getting serious recognition in the West Australian today with an entire article by Annelies Gartner on the arts pages about their involvement with the CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards in Rockingham.

Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johansen all work out of Greg James’ J Shed studio at Bathers Beach and are all represented at the Rocky beach show that starts today, so go down south and have a look!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, artists, fremantle, recycling by freoview on October 20, 2016

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The CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards are on again from Saturday October 22 to 30 on the beach at Rockingham next to the lovely boardwalk with the many cafes.

The artworks are made from recycled materials and always great fun. Several Fremantle J Shed artists are participating such as Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johanson, so make your way to Rocky on the hot weekend.

The show is curated by Fremantle based Lyn DiCiero who is the owner/editor of the Artist Chronicle magazine.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, global warming, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

A report on Channel Nine TV last night by Jane Grljusich painted a wet future for the west end of Fremantle where rising sea levels due to global warming will see many coastal properties disappear in the Indian Ocean unless seawalls are being built.

Grljusich talked about flooded cellars in the west of Fremantle that already require 24/7 pumping by the building owners.

The predicted higher ocean levels would see the Roundhouse become an island and even flooding of the Esplanade, so the state and federal governments need to become pro-active in making plans on how to protect Fremantle’s coast line and significant heritage area.

There is a Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham work together and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the TV reporter a plan will be released in a few weeks.

I have wondered for a long time why governments still allow so much development very close to the coast, as at Coogee for example, and wonder if insurance companies are still willing to insure properties in locations where rising seawater levels will create flooding and damage.

Are people naive or just don’t care that their expensive houses might get flooded or destroyed in 15-20 years from now, and what responsibility do governments have when releasing coastal land for development?

And to add insult too injury and make life even worse for us is a report from Brazil that climate change will cut coffee production by 50%, which no doubt will mean much higher prices for coffee in caffeine-mad Freo in the future.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, western australia by freoview on April 30, 2016

The WA State Government has a new My Council website where we can compare and see how our councils are doing. Nice to see the City of Fremantle page has one of my photos of Bathers Beach on it.

So I now know that the Fremantle area is 19 square kilometres small, that we have a population of 30,883 and 19,777 electors.

Fremantle’s revenue is $ 71,426,672 and its operating expenditure $ 71,070,614.

The total value of assets of the City of Fremantle is $ 486,608,885.

Rates are always a discussion point so I compared rates in the area and the recent rate increases were:

Fremantle 6%, Cockburn 11%, Mosman Park 5%, Cottesloe 5%, East Fremantle 6%, Melville 40%(is that a typo?), Mandurah 7%, Rockingham 10%.

The website is:

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 14, 2015

A report by the Property Council of Australia calls for the Western Australian government to build the outer harbour in Cockburn Sound and other infrastructure projects to keep the economy going while the mining industry is facing difficulties.

The report written by URBIS also suggests the building of the MAX lightrail, expansion of the industrial areas at the Henderson marine complex, Kwinana and Rockingham.

The reports states that at a cost of $ 4,5 billon the proposed projects could create $ 27 billion of economic benefit and some 32,500 jobs. It is suggested this could be financed through the sale of assets such as Western Power.

The Property Council said there is a lack of long-term planning and the state needs to consider what is next after Elizabeth Quay, the Burswood stadium and Perth Freight Link.

Roel Loopers


Posted in alcohol, fremantle by freoview on July 2, 2014

Print ad for new alcohol awareness campaign


The W.A. Government is launching another anti-drinking campaign “Alcohol: It’s what you can’t see that cause the most damage” warning about brain and liver damage caused by excessive and binge drinking. Western Australians drink quite a bit more than the average Australian, consuming the equivalent of 12 litres of pure alcohol or 43 bottles of vodka a year, compared to 10 litres nationally.

It’s DRY JULY, so let’s hope many will stay away from alcohol for a month, or at least reduce alcohol intake. I am in my 6th week of not drinking a single drop of booze and it is quite liberating.

I am wondering though about the hypocrisy of State Government doing anti alcohol campaigns, when the Liquor Licensing Board overrules local councils and allows the opening of huge mega bottleshops against the wishes of the local community, while new small bars find it hard to get a liquor license approved, although they are supported by councils. The refusal to give Fremantle’s Clancy’s a temporary license, to trade at Victoria Hall during renovations, is such a case and has cost 20 people their jobs for three months.

Good to hear though that the controversial Zelda nighclub in Rockingham has lost its liquor license. It’s been a nightmare for the locals there.

Anyway, life is about moderation, so look after yourselves and your friends!

Roel Loopers




Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on May 12, 2013

I went to Boganville, also known as Rockingham, today to have a look at the Castaways Art Prize. The recycled sculptures looked great on the beach. I was impressed with the ingenuity, creativity and craftsmanship of the works. Many of the pieces would have stood out at the Fremantle Sculpture@Bathers and the Cottesloe Sculptures By The Sea.

Good to see so many people coming to see the show, especially children. Public art on the beach is a great way of introducing kids to art.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 9, 2013

Weather and car permitting I will make the epic trip from Fremantle to Rockingham on the weekend to view the Castaways Sculpture Awards that is opening this Saturday. Almost 50 works will be on show for two weekends beginning Saturday and closing at 2pm Sunday 19 May.

All works in the the exhibition are created from recycled materials. The bases of plastic drink bottles become an amazing Beach Chandelier, a beacon on a beach evening; old real estate signs become a miniature estate of houses, and recycled plastic wine bottles are the perfect vehicle for a message of love across the oceans in the much anticipated show.

Rose Skinner’s Play Safe, recycled children’s play equipment covered in bubble wrap, asks the question: How is playing it safe affecting future generations? A shoe tree tells the real story of why shoes are hung on trees, and a wave swell of recycled DVD’s is Yuko Takahashi’s response to the tragedy of the March 2011 Tsunami striking her home country of Japan.

Castaways includes both established and emerging artists. In a first for Castaways, artist Olivia Samec has created a work mimicking the unique patterns of a real whaleshark named Stumpy. A QR link on the exhibition label will allow visitors to find Stumpy on the world renowned Ecocean Spot Identification Library via their mobile phones. The work is the result of her collaboration with Brad Norman, celebrated conservationist and global leader in whaleshark research. Samec also provides a QR link to 24-hour time-lapse film of the sculpture as the changing light reveals Stumpy’s glowing markings. The work is also the subject of a short film at launched on Monday 13 May.

Castaways is administered by the City of Rockingham, highlighting the City’s strong commitment to recycling. Alcoa has sponsored a major prize of $5000 and second prize of $3000 for works which must have an aluminium component. The City of Rockingham Prize for recycled sculpture in any medium is valued at $3000; the International Power Mitsui prize for the most innovative sculpture is $3000; Street Hassle Events have sponsored the $3000 Sustainable Living Award and the Waste Authority have sponsored the $1500 Collective Award for groups. All prizes are non-acquisitive, and most works in the exhibition are for sale.

Judges for Castaways in 2013 are Sam Deal, Castaways visiting artist from Victoria and Laetitia Wilson, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Landscape and the Visual Arts at the University of WA and visual arts reviewer at the West Australian.

Make the trip to Rockingham and support recycled art!

Roel Loopers


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