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SUNNY START TO SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

 

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It’s a perfect start to school holidays in Fremantle with the sun shining and the sky blue. There are heaps of families all over town and many trying skating at Winter World on the Esplanade.

There is also a maritime conference at the Esplanade Hotel and because of that the Glen Cowans Photo Gallery next to the Roundhouse is open every day this week, so go and check out the great photos by Glen and the videos and jewelry by his wife Louse.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WINTERWORLD FUN STARTS SATURDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, skating, Uncategorized, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 25, 2019

 

Winterworld

 

Work is under way to create the 2019 Fremantle WINTERWORLD skating festival at the Esplanade.

The event is on from this Saturday June 29 until July 21 and is open every day from 10am onward till mid evening.

It is always a fun spectacle to watch with little kids hanging on a parent’s leg or a penguin for their dear life, or seeing grownups hitting the ice with a bang.

And a friendly reminder to the boys and girls in blue that not every old man with a camera is a paedophile. Last year I was stopped by two Fremantle Police officers who wanted to know why I took photos of people skating. Because I wanted to, and under Australian law I am allowed to photograph anything and anyone in a public open space.

At the first WINTERWORLD a security guard told me I could not take photos unless I had family members on the ice rink. Bulldust!

It is insulting to regularly being confronted when next to me dozens of people take photos with mobile phones, but I stick out because I use a real camera.

I promote as many Fremantle events, festivals and businesses on this blog as I can and don’t want to be intimidated by police or security when I do absolutely nothing wrong!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S FUTURE CELEBRATES ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA

 

 

The Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza skate and parcour park celebrated its fifth birthday today.

Great to see so many very young people attending and loving the exciting sport.

I was asked by a City of Fremantle officer why I had mentioned in a blog post early this week that the majority of new Fremantle Youth Network members are female. For two reasons. It is a fact, and I like it that in a time when political partied quarrel about female quotas Freo has a Youth Network with a lot of young women in it-and five young blokes as well.

Let’s not forget also that the 13-member Fremantle Council only has four female Councillors, so I am all for more women power!

Roel Loopers

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WINTERWORLD SPONSORSHIP TOO MUCH FOR ONE FREO COUNCILLOR

 

To keep sponsoring the more and more successful Fremantle WINTERWORLD Festival we should get some guarantee of exclusivity, Councillor Rachel Pemberton argued at the FPOL Committee on Wednesday evening. There is a Winterworld in Perth and Hillaries at the same time as Fremantle, she said, and we don’t want another one at Bibra Lake or near Fremantle..

Winterworld this year will for the first time coincide with the Fremantle Festival, which has been moved from a summer to a winter festival, so that means more and better promotion for the festival.

The Winterworld organisers have again asked for cash sponsorship of $ 25,000 from the City plus $ 45,000 of in-kind sponsorship for a waiver of car park fees at the Italian Club, so a total of $ 70,000. The proposal is for a three-year sponsorship up to and including 2021.

Councillor Doug Thompson was the only one who does not like the cash sponsorship, but the FPOL members asked for the CEO to renegotiate the contract, because a more successful Winterworld creates more profits and hence should be able to do with less financial sponsorship from the City.

80,000 people attended Winterworld last year and it is estimated 100,000 will visit it this year.

I think it is quite funny that the City officers claim in the agenda that “the event created strong attendance from interstate” but the figures provided with the statement show that only 300 tickets were sold interstate, so that is hardly a strong attendance from the eastern states.

And one more issue I have been raising since Winterworld started. Where are the posters and flyers so that tourist destinations such as the Roundhouse can hand them out and make interstate and overseas visitors aware that the skating festival is on?

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S WINTERWORLD SKATING DELIGHT

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, festival, Uncategorized, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 24, 2018

 

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The Fremantle WINTERWORLD skating festival opened yesterday to the delight of young and old.

The ice rink has been made all weather proof with a roof over it, because last year there was a lot of rain which discouraged people from skating.

The big blue slide is always a big attraction and so are the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. There are a lot of food stalls, from Indian to pizza, so head out to the Fremantle Esplanade for some hours of real winter fun.

WINTERWORLD is open every day till mid July.

Roel Loopers

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LADIES SKATE NIGHTS AT YOUTH PLAZA

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fitness, skating, Uncategorized by freoview on February 4, 2018

 

Ladies skate nights 16+

 

There will be Ladies Skate Nights for 16+ the next three Tuesday of February: 6, 13, 20.

So get your skates on all you gorgeous Freo females and head out to the Esplanade on Tuesday evening.

Roel Loopers

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LADIES NIGHT AT FREO YOUTH PLAZA

Posted in children, city of fremantle, esplanade youth plaza, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017

 

 

It’s LADIES NIGHT at the skatepark tonight in Fremantle.

From 7-9pm only women/girls will be allowed to use the Esplanade Youth Plaza, so take advantage of it ladies!

Roel Loopers

 

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ABOUT FREO SKATEBOARDS AND MARSHMALLOWS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, retail, shopping, skating, Uncategorized by freoview on July 7, 2017

 

Just a little Freo’s View free community service and promotion for two new businesses in Fremantle.

1991 Skateshop has opened shop at 7/2 Cantonment Street and is a core skateboard shop. Owned and run exclusively by skateboarders, 1991 Skateshop has a huge range of skateboard decks, hardware, shoes and apparel online and in store.

Check it out!

Little Polkadot Pantry  at 147 South Terrace is the home of Perth’s first artisan marshmallow salon located within The Coop @ The Corner Store.

It features a beautiful handmade marshmallow centric menu created by some of the most exciting pastry chefs in Perth. With a focus on local and small batch a carefully curated daily menu (inc sweet & savoury) features along with a pantry stocked with local artisan goodness.       

A fine selection of Seven Seas Tea & Karvan Coffee is available from “Betsy” the marshmallow pink Wega machine to compliment the artisan treats along with a healthy dose of good old fashioned service.

Support our local businesses. They are doing it tough!

Roel Loopers

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WONDERFUL FREO WINTER DAY

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, leeuwin foundation, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2017

Leeuwin sunrise

 

What a stunning clear and crisp winter morning it is in Fremantle today.

I took this photo of the SS Leeuwin in Fremantle Port just before 7 am and it was pretty cold, but a warm coffee upstairs at the Attic made it all better.

Off to take photos at the WINTERWORLD on the Esplanade later on and then German winter dinner at Gasthof Loopy. Sauerkraut, pork sausages and braised pork belly.

Mulled wine would be nice too. ; >)

Roel Loopers

FREO’S WARM WINTER WORLD

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 20, 2017

 

The Fremantle WINTERWORLD skate season is on again at the Esplanade from this Saturday June 24 to July 16, so make sure to take the kids there for a day of fun and sore bottoms.

It is in the Italian Club carpark just metres away from the Esplanade Youth Plaza, so if the weather remains as sunny as it it the two combined make a perfect day out for families.

There will be food stalls, a bar, mulled wine, so a great celebration of winter and the Freo lifestyle.

Roel Loopers

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