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Posted in city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2017


Stan Reilly


The self-importance and officialdom of some people can be very annoying, as I experienced again today.

I went to take a progress photo of the demolition of the Fremantle Stan Reilly Centre, as one can now see the Fremantle Oval grandstand and Queensgate carpark from there.

I took the photo above from exactly the same location behind the fence, as I did Monday week ago when City of Fremantle staff and a media photographer were also shooting there.

Today however I was challenged by a supervisor who told me I should know better not to come onto a construction site without the proper safety gear on. I pointed out to him I was actually behind the fence that indicates the perimeter of the demolition/construction site, but the gentleman told me I was wrong and the path outside the fence I was on also was part of the construction site.

As a commercial/industrial photographer I have worked on thousands of industrial sites over the 50 years of my career, so let me point out that there are a few issues here, Sir!

  • I would never have entered the site without permission and proper safety gear on, and heath&safety regulations would then have required I take photos while being accompanied by one of your company’s staff members.
  • I was behind the perimeter fence and not trespassing, so if your construction/demolition site extends beyond the fences it is your company’s duty to make the site secure, so that members of the public can’t accidentally enter the site. No doubt your public liability insurance won’t be too happy knowing that you have not secured the site properly.


Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2017





The demolition of the Fremantle Stan Reilly centre started in ernest today, to make way for a new 155 bay public carpark on the site.

It is next to the temporary new offices of the City of Fremantle in the former Dockers clubhouse at Fremantle Oval, where staff and the library will be housed during the construction of the new civic centre at Kings Square for the next two years.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017



The demolition of the Stan Reilly centre has started, to make space for a public carpark on the site at South Terrace.

City of Fremantle staff will be moving into the former Dockers clubhouse at Fremantle oval mid December, so that the construction of the new civic centre at Kings Square can commence.

Fremantle is in an amazing period of transition and rejuvenation, which will revitalise our city.

Roel Loopers




Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2017


Fences have gone up around the Stan Reilly Centre, next to the Fremantle Oval, for the construction of a new 155-bay new public car park.

The heritage wall along South Terrace will be retained, and 21 non-native trees will be removed and replaced with 45 native trees once the car park is complete. It is estimated that the car park will open in January next year.

The new parking bays will be an addition to the 5,000 bays in the city centre. Early next year the vacant site next to the Point Street car park will also be converted into a public car park, until the commencement of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel there is about two years.

I have no doubt that traders and the public will welcome new car parking in the inner city, but have concerns about traffic flow on weekends, where we might experience traffic jams on Parry Street for traffic going west and south and on South Terrace for traffic going South, but time will tell how well the City of Fremantle will manage that.


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, development, football by freoview on April 16, 2016

Fremantle Oval


The City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee will on Wednesday debate to work on a masterplan for Fremantle Oval that would see the site developed in collaboration with relevant State Agencies and stakeholders. This would be similar to what is happening at Claremont Oval at present.

The initial development plans, estimated to cost $ 20 million, could start as early as next year and be completed by 2021, and see the oval turned and repositioned closer to the heritage-listed pavilion. The Stan Reilly aged-care site would be sold off to accommodate a six-storey mixed-use building that would house retail, offices and residential accommodation.

The idea is for the rival South and East Fremantle football clubs to be based and play their games at Fremantle Oval, as I and others suggested over a year ago,  which would see a WAFL game at the oval every weekend during the season. This would also support plans by the Town of East Fremantle to develop the oval at Marmion Street.

Fremantle Oval would become a venue for events and concerts as Fremantle City wants to shift events away from the too frequently used Esplanade. That would be perfect for Sunset Events who now lease the former Fly by Night club hall that is just over the road from the oval.

Pedestrian access to the oval would be improved to link it better to the Cappuccino Strip and there could even be a 250 bay underground carpark under the oval. The latter was a suggestion former Fremantle Society President Henty Farrar made during a meeting he and I had with Mayor Brad Pettitt last year.

One hurdle that stands in the way of achieving these significant plans is that the Dockers have a fifty-year lease over the oval and want the City to buy their HQ building off them.

Also on Wednesday’s FPOLC is a stinger net for South Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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