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Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on November 3, 2015

PFL Ball

The BEHIND THE FREIGHT BALL event this Friday evening November 6 at 7.30 pm at the Fremantle PS Art Space in Pakenham Street could be a whole lot of fun, a wee bit of sarcasm, political grand standing and genuine community concern, all that while having a bit of a laugh, a meal and a drink and consider the impact the Perth Freight Link would have on communities south of the Swan River.

Details are on the poster above, so book your table and support the Rethink the Link community movement.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on November 2, 2015


Federal Minister Jamie Briggs believes the Perth Freight Link should go ahead in full, but WA Premier Colin Barnett only wants to do Roe 8 and wait with the next stages of the PFL, but he forgot to mention that to Jamie Briggs and his own Transport Minister Dean Nalder, and while all that is going on a lot of money is being spent on consultants and public servants who are planning a road that appears highly unlikely to ever being built.

I thought the way the State Government handled the Local Government Reform was a disaster, but the PFL shambles is beating it by a country mile. Was the State pushed by Canberra to go for it and now realises it is an almost impossible problem to solve, or does the Premier have cold feet because according to him it will be much more expensive than initially anticipated to built the freight link all the way to Fremantle port?

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle festival, perth freight link, photography by freoview on November 1, 2015

Photos COPYRIGHT Roel Loopers but free to use for community groups.

I have photographed the Fremantle Festival parade for some 25 years now, but today’s one was the best one I can remember. It was a huge one with a lot of community participation but the stand out one was the huge protest against the Perth Freight Link.

In my estimation it was as big as the Save Ningaloo campaign, so well done to all those committed community groups. It was truly heart warming and one of the reasons I love living in Fremantle.

More photos of the parade here tomorrow.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on November 1, 2015

Interesting articles by Joe Spagnolo in the Sunday Times today with the reporter claiming that WA Premier Colin Barnett stopped Transport Minister Dean Nalder from signing the contracts for Stage Two of the Perth Freight Link.

The Roe 8 highway extension is all but signed off on, but for a legal challenge by the Save Beeliar Wetlands, but the continuation of the freight link all the way into Fremantle port appears too big a challenge for the Barnett government with the Sunday Times claiming a decision will be made on it only after the 2017 State election.

It is a huge problem to find an appropriate route and method for the Perth Freight Link that has received enormous public opposition from affected communities and councils, so it would be interesting to see this ending up as one of the main election campaigns together with light rail and public transport in Western Australia.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, development, western australia by freoview on October 30, 2015

It is interesting to read Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt’s call in the media today for the State Government to introduce cut off boundaries for development to stop urban sprawl, which Brad Pettitt says is unsustainable. The WA government already has an infill policy but that is contested at almost every local council.

The Cambridge Mayor who supported infill was defeated at the recent local government election by someone strongly opposing it, while the City of Nedlands also believes it should be exempt from infill to preserve it’s character and identity.

The Property Council claims that infill development is more expensive and that stops it from building affordable housing in established suburbs. That contradicts what the Fremantle Mayor is claiming about Freo’s inner city development and that  “It is about offering real good housing choice.” There is no proof though that Fremantle is doing any better at providing more affordable and social housing than other councils.

I agree that urban sprawl is not sustainable, but the Great Australian Dream of a house with garden is still very much alive and part of our culture, so who is going to force people into inner city apartments when most of them are not suitable for families, or for couples who want to have children, and most apartments don’t allow pets either.

New development on the periphery should also include medium and high density and not just blocks with single or two-storey homes, as that would start helping reduce the urban sprawl. At the end of the day we are all paying for the infrastructure to the outer suburbs, so maybe people willing to live in inner city apartments should get cheaper housing or rates, or those who want the Great Aussie Dream need to pay a premium to live the dream.

I am expecting the Fremantle Mayor  to give us a detailed, and hopefully factual, account on how well Freo is doing with affordable housing soon, as he promised to do it by the weekend in response to a previous blog post here earlier this week.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on October 28, 2015

The WA State Government has appointed a consortium to build the $ 500 million Roe 8 highway extension, which is part of the proposed Perth Freight Link.

The consortium is made up of Leighton Contractors, Georgiou, GHD, AECOM, WA Limestone and BG&E. It is the same consortium that is building the Gateway WA project around Perth Airport.

The government says it will create 600 jobs and came in under budget, and that the project will include an innovative road layout at the Kwinana/Roe highways interchange.

The wait is now on to see if engineers and planners can find a decent solution to actually finish the PFL into Fremantle Ports without destroying North Fremantle and parts of East Fremantle, Hamilton Hill, Beaconsfield and White Gum Valley.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, markets, perth by freoview on October 27, 2015

Here some more impressions of Saturday’s SWAN RIVER COMMUNITY MARKETS at Elizabeth Quay/Barrack Street jetty in Perth, that  is being organised by Fremantle’s Kylie Wheatley of Red Tent Events fame, and that I am also involved with.

The market has huge potential in my opinion once the Elizabeth Quay building site is finished. I believe the official opening of that will be around Christmas time this year, so only two months away. It is a very impressive development that could well become a major tourist attraction. Go and see for yourself.

The markets are on Saturdays from 8 am to 1pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on October 26, 2015

Freo’s View has been publishing a lot of comments about the Perth Freight Link and sadly it has all gone negative again with people trying to get political mileage out of it.

I have no idea why the opposition against the Perth Freight Link is considered to be political. That might apply to media stuff from the Labor, Liberal and Greens parties, but certainly not from the community groups and councils who are against it. This is not Barnett bashing but trying to find proper solutions for what is a real difficult problem to solve.

Even the Premier admitted at a North Fremantle community forum that there are no elegant solutions to get from Stirling Highway into the port, and that is his realistic assessment, which Curtin University Professor Peter Newman agreed with. Mainroads told a meeting at Fremantle Ports that there are no final plans, no timeline and no budget to build stage 2 and 3, so let’s stop the nonsense of attacking all and sundry and try instead to help solve the problem and find solutions.

An outer harbour has not been budgeted for and there is no money in the State coffers, and even if there was, it will take up to ten years to build the outer harbour and it will have severe environmental impact on Cockburn Sound and traffic issues in the area.

More freight on rail would be great but the present line will never accommodate the desired but unrealistic 30%, so a lot of money is needed to build a new line that can accommodate double-stacking. It is not fair to believe the present line through the west of Fremantle should handle more trains as it already negatively impacts on people living along it.

Let’s have a rational, mature and constructive debate about the issue and stop bashing people who have different views on how to solve the problem. I am sick and tired of the relentless negative comments on this blog!



Posted in fremantle, perth, swan river community markets by freoview on October 18, 2015

We do markets well in Fremantle, even when we do them in Perth. Freo’s Red Tent Events owner Kylie Wheatley, who also manages the Growers Green Farmers Markets in Beaconsfield, was contracted by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to create the SWAN RIVER COMMUNITY MARKETS at Barrack Street on Elizabeth Quay.

The market is wedged between the Swan River ferry terminal and the Belltower and is rather special in that location. It has food stalls, fresh produce, arts and crafts, an animal touch farm, live music, Fairy Sandie and live music.

Leave your car at Murdoch and hop on the train to the Esplanade Station. The market is on on Saturdays from 8.30 am to 1 pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government by freoview on October 18, 2015

It is bewildering to me and extremely disappointing that so few people voted in the Fremantle local government election and I wonder what the reasons are. Do people believe democracy and politics are only relevant at State and Federal level or are they even more cynical about local politics than they are about the bigger leagues?

In the Beaconsfield Ward I stood for there were 3,539 eligible voters but fewer than 900 bothered to vote and I don’t believe that is acceptable and the State Government needs to change the rules.

What mandate do the successful candidates bring into the Council chambers around Perth when only a few hundred people supported them but the majority did not vote? How relevant does that make Local Government and who are the Councillors representing when the much larger part of the community did not vote for them?

People say that at least those who vote will have an informed view, but I believe that is unfair to those who did not vote. Most people in our society have political views and they write letters to editors and call talkback radio and many are members of political parties, so those who don’t vote are not the stupid uninformed silent majority, so why their complacency?

It was suggested to me that local councils should give people incentives to vote by giving them a rate reduction, but I don’t believe that buying voters is a good idea. Is postal voting supporting laziness, should the State make voting for councils compulsory? I don’t have the answers but I hope there is a way of getting many more voters to participate in two years from now.

And to Dour Johnson who told me it is now time to get back into my small box, and who find this blog irritating, and no doubt other who are rubbing their hands in glee that I did not win last night, let me assure you that I will not go away but will continue to make a positive contribution to my community.

Those who sit on their arse and never step up, but criticise people like me who selflessly give many hours a week to our community, are as pathetic as those people who could not be bothered to vote.

I am very proud of what I do for Fremantle and my personal endeavour to make Freo and even better place to live and work in, and to visit will continue!

Roel Loopers


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