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Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 2, 2014

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The great Fremantle LEEUWIN FOUNDATION has put a cry out for support from the Freo community and beyond, so let’s all give them a hand. Here their message:


The Leeuwin Foundation is one of the top 10 finalists in the Orange Seed Project and we need your help in the way of votes! Follow the link and click ‘vote’ for our video. Simple as that! The 2014 winner will receives a total gift package of more than $100,000 in marketing support that will allow us to spread awareness about the Leeuwin’s life-changing program.

Please share this with your networks! Voting closes 19th October so please take a minute to follow the link and VOTE FOR US!!!!


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 30, 2014

Not sure what to do with your day this Sunday? Fremantle has plenty to offer for young and old with three very Freo community events.

Start your day early at the Growers Green Market, open from 8 am to noon, move from there to McAtee Court for the HUGE GARAGE SALE from 9 am to 1 pm, and after that have fun with the kids at the skaters competitions at the Esplanade Youth Plaza from 10.30 on.

Freo is fun. Be part of it!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 26, 2014

skate contest

Spring is in the air at the Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA skatepark with the Volcom Let the Kids Ride Free-Wild in the Parks contest this Sunday August 31.

There will be competitions for under 15s, over 16s, and females and there are prizes to be won and giveaways.

Registration starts at 9.30 am and the real fun kicks off at 10.30, so make it a family day out, buy some takeaway from the local cafes in the area and watch the kids having a whole heap of fun!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, skaters, youth by freoview on August 25, 2014


The Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA skatepark is getting rid of some misconceptions and urban myths about modern youth I hope, because it is a fine example of how well a large group of young people can respectfully engage and have fun.

There is no screaming, no four letter words, no alcohol, no vandalism, but there is a lot of consideration, sharing, learning, teaching and supporting going on. It is how the entire community should be, because the kids at the EYP are far more selfless than a large percentage of grown ups in our society are.

There is no queue jumping, no elbows out to get in first, and ahead of others who have been waiting their turn, and it’s all done with appreciating the efforts of others, complimenting them, or giving tips on how to improve. Although they all come as individuals they have amazing skills at team work.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on July 23, 2014

The City of Fremantle and City of Cockburn are introducing NIGHT HOOPS, a program to engage at-risk young people on Saturday nights for six weeks. It is about having fun and staying safe and out of trouble, while learning life skills and getting better at basketball.

The tournament runs for six weeks and the participants will get a hot meal before it starts. They will play three games per night and also get one training session.

It is fantastic to see such a fast response, after Griff Longley only two months ago inspired an audience at the Fremantle Arts Centre with his passionate story about the success of Midnight Basketball in Midland. Good to see that red tape could be by passed for this project!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 6, 2014

I don’t understand the world. There is an international effort that costs a huge amount of money to find a crashed plane with dead people, but none to find 200+ Nigerian teenage girls kidnapped by religious morons. These girls might be raped, sold off as slaves or ‘wives’ and the international powerful world sits on its arse, probably because they are only poor and black and from a third world country, and nothing really special?

It disgusts me!!



Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 16, 2014






















I know it is still early days to make a considered judgment on the success of the Fremantle YOUTH PLAZA skate park, but it is interesting to read that researchers of the University of Western Australia-UWA-have found that skateparks are more likely to promote good behaviour, instead of anti-social behaviour, feared by some in the community. The UWA report said that young people at skate parks learn from each other, teach, cooperate, help and respect others, and that they learn the art of compromise and negotiation.

From my observations at the Freo Youth Plaza that is how it is. Young kids watch and get shown by older ones how to do certain movements, they respectfully wait till someone finishes before starting their own spin and they are careful not to hurt each other. I have been there on three occasions and was surprised about the lack of foul language and swearing and the relative peacefulness of it all.

It’s a delight to see so many kids on skateboards, bikes and scooters coming from all parts of the city and beyond to have a spin at the Youth Plaza, while others are happy to continue at the old Woolstores ramp. Youth rock!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 13, 2014

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The opening of the Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA skate park attracted a huge crowd today. Kids and parent and teenagers battled for space with the more mature, but it was smiles all over. Awesome was the word I heard most, and cool came close second. What a whole lot of fun is was to watch the incredibly skilled young people on skateboards, scooters, and BMX bikes, or the ones jumping and climbing doing the parkour track.

I fell in love with an unbelievably brave and talented girl who looked like just five years old. WOW! She’ll be a pro skater and world champion one day.

When I see young people I see potential, not hoodlums who want to commit crimes and are off the rails, and I believe they will take ownership of their Youth Plaza, respect it and each other and will look after it. Already today one noticed they were all very aware of one another and keen to share and that is a good sign.

The Youth Plaza is without a doubt a great asset for Fremantle, as Youth Minister Tony Simpson said, and I hope the entire community will now embrace it and leave all the controversy about it behind.

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on March 15, 2013

It’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence today, so a timely reminder that bullying and violence occur widely in our community and are not acceptable. Bullying is not exclusive to school kids and teenagers but is pretty common in the workplace as well. There are plenty of  mature people who have not really grown up and use bullying as a coward’s way to try to intimidate and defame people.

Violence has increased dramatically in our society from schoolyard brawls to drunken king hits and glassings. It’s all about not respecting others and that needs to change. A little respect goes a long way!

Roel Loopers





Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 10, 2012

The gorgeous and the even more beautiful were up and ready today when large groups of teenagers came to the Fremantle Festival Norfolk Lanes Youth Musical Festival. It was all relaxed and fun as the hoolahoops spun and some of the braver ones wriggled their hips.

Roel Loopers

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