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Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2019




High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End is my favourite street, as the beauty of the old Gold Rush Period architecture never disappoints.

Just before 7am this morning, on my way for coffee at Chalkys cafe, I took this reflection in the windows of the Roma Cucina.

Roel Loopers



Fremantle Council wants the working port to continue for as long as possible but it also wants development all along Victoria Quay, and those South Quay plans are now investigated by the WA government, but will development on Victoria Quay benefit Fremantle or compete with inner city development?

A working port means that the buffer zones around the port do not allow for residential development or a hotel, so all we would be getting at VQ is commercial development of office, retail and hospitality space, as the three suggestions by CODA showed, when this went through a lengthy community consultation process some years ago.

Will it really be good for Fremantle to have competing development at the port when it will be a challenge to fill the new commercial accommodation that will come on line soon in the CBD, and will the City of Fremantle receive council rates from any development within the Fremantle Ports boundaries, or will we have many more buildings that don’t contribute to the City’s coffers?

Any new development at VQ will no doubt have a substantial hospitality component where people can enjoy harbour views and sunsets while dining out or having a drink, and that will mean that the City’s safety rangers will have more work, or would the Port have their own security to police that?

I believe that any development at Victoria Quay should come under the jurisdiction of the City of Fremantle and building owners should pay council rates, as our city needs the extra income much more than Fremantle Ports do.

Roel Loopers



The City of Fremantle has committed to supporting local businesses by signing up to the Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative.

The initiative run by the Small Business Development Corporation requires local governments to sign a charter which outlines what they will do to support small business in their area.

The charter includes standard activities required of all local governments as well as at least three additional activities specifically suited to the size and demographics of individual councils.

It also includes recognition that the small business community is an important stakeholder, a commitment to provide clear advice and guidance on regulations and compliance and an agreement to limit administrative burdens on small business.

WA Small Business Commissioner David Eaton said small businesses were an essential part of Fremantle’s local economy.

“It’s pleasing to see the significant small business city of Fremantle commit to the Small Business Friendly Local Government initiative,” Mr Eaton said.

“Fremantle is in many ways defined by its amazing range of small businesses and the vitality they bring to the community.

“Through the SBFLG initiative, I’m confident the City’s small businesses will be even better placed to develop and grow.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt it was an important step to formalise the City’s support for small business by signing up to the Small Business Friendly Local Governments charter.

“We recognise that one of the main reasons why Fremantle is such a popular place to visit is because of our fantastic mix of independent retailers, hospitality venues and other small businesses,” Mayor Pettitt said.

The standard activities the City has agreed to as a Small Business Friendly local government are to ensure small business suppliers are paid within 30 days, regular meetings and consultation with the business community and establishing a timely and cost effective dispute resolution process.

The additional activities the City is undertaking to support small businesses include the ‘This Is Fremantle’ destination marketing campaign, the Business Capacity Building program and access to the online grant portal Fremantle Funding Finder.

The City is required to provide a report on its business friendly initiatives every six months.

To find out more about how the City of Fremantle is supporting small business visit the Business page on the City’s website.

For more information about the Small Business Friendly Local Governments initiative please visit the SBDC website.


Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 17, 2019



Quite a few changes are happening in the popular Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.  Kailis is changing their concept with a new 80s style fish cafe that will have a raw fish section and will feature the cheaper fish such as mullet, herring, etc.

The Helm bar that opened upstairs at Little Creatures in November last year was something I  and many others never liked and it clearly failed because now they are going back to the past and the old Harbour Bar will be recreated.

The demise of Sweetlips was very disappointing but there is work going on and signs stating that a new concept will open in that space soon, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 15, 2019





Well before the tourists arrive and the fish&chips outlets open the Fishing Boat Harbour in Fremantle is an oasis of tranquility, as I discovered yet again early this Sunday morning.

I talked with a lot of tourists from all over the world and Australia today and they all told me how beautiful and fantastic Freo is and that we locals should appreciate it more.

Roel Loopers




The Strategic Planning and Transport Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday consider the City’s position on the Fishing Boat Harbour and probable future development in the precinct.

The Officer’s Recommendation for Councillors to consider is:



1. Adopts the following as a statement of its current position in respect of the future of Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour:

  1. The Council recognises the Fishing Boat Harbour as a vital part of Fremantle City Centre, both in terms of its function as an employment and activity centre and visitor destination, and is supportive of investment and appropriate new development to sustain the harbour into the future. This can be most effectively achieved through the preparation of a comprehensive up-to-date plan for the whole of the Fishing Boat Harbour to guide investment, activities and development.
  2. The harbour should be recognised as a component of the Fremantle City Centre, and as a part of the state’s marine network. It should not be treated as an isolated precinct.
  3. The harbour should continue to operate as an authentic working harbour with fishing fleet-related and other marine industries.
  4. Landside infrastructure and services to support ongoing use of the harbour by a range of commercial and recreational vessels (including boat lifting facilities with no less lifting capacity than current facilities) should be maintained, or suitably replaced if existing facilities/services are affected by development proposals. Review and redefinition of necessary infrastructure in collaboration with the fishing fleet industry should occur.
  5. Management of land uses within the harbour to minimise conflict and contain non-marine uses (such as entertainment and tourism uses) should continue. The harbour ‘zones’ defined in policy DGF10 should be used as a starting point for guiding land use locations, but with some flexibility.
  6. Any proposal to introduce noise sensitive land uses (e.g. short or long stay accommodation) should acknowledge the primacy of the working harbour function, and demonstrate provisions to manage any potential conflict (for example built form noise mitigation measures, management arrangements, title/lease notifications).
  7. Employment-generating uses not directly related to maritime industries and/or needing a harbour location should complement, not draw away, investment in the Fremantle City Centre core. Specifically, retail and office uses should only be supported where they are directly related and/or incidental to the primary marine or tourism related use. Convenience retailing should not be supported.
  1. Built form in any new development should respond to existing context and sense of place, and harmonise with the traditional low profile coarse grain industrial character of the area (whilst still making adequate provision for pedestrians and passive surveillance). Views to and connection with the water from the public realm should be provided. Some additional height beyond the typical height of existing harbour buildings could be entertained on a single key site if a development could demonstrably deliver significant public benefits and amenity in the vicinity.
  2. Any substantial new development proposal (particularly anything large scale) should be subject to formal design review (potentially by the State Design Review Panel).
  3. Coordinated improvement of the public domain to establish a more coordinated and amenable pedestrian and cycling environment is supported. Any redevelopment of the public domain should avoid a net loss of parking (incorporating nodal parking provided at the entrance).
  4. Key connections and vistas should be retained and reinforced. Connection to the Esplanade, Bathers Beach and to the waterfront should be improved and made more legible. Extension of Norfolk Street should be pursued as the primary entrance to the harbour.
  5. Establishment of public infrastructure necessary to facilitate improvement of the harbour and funding and contribution mechanisms to achieve these should occur as a priority to ensure a coordinated and equitable approach. This should involve contribution to Norfolk St extension/relocated railway crossing, public realm enhancements and waterfront access.
  6. Car parking provision and management should recognise the different needs of different harbour user groups. Day tourists and visitors to the harbour should be provided with a consolidated parking venue/s at or near the entrance/s to the harbour (potentially supported by cash in lieu payments for new development) and encouraged to walk into it rather than seek parking within the precinct. Conversely the operational requirements of marine industries and maritime activities need to be accommodated within the harbour.
  7. Any significant expansion of tourism function or introduction of residential uses should incorporate or facilitate a high quality area of open space including green elements.

2. Notes continued officer participation in the process of Fishing Boat Harbour visioning and policy review and in doing so officers will advance Council’s position outlined in (1) above.

Roel Loopers





Destination marketing, redevelopment, placemaking, and all that stuff are not going to help Fremantle much when one of our major inner city car parks closes at 9pm.

That is happening at the Sirona Capital owned Queensgate carpark in Henderson Street, that used to be open till midnight, but is now only open from 6am to 9pm.

That is ridiculous! It should be open till midnight at least Friday-Sunday.

The irony about it is that the Kings Square Redevelopment project, of which the car park is a part, is supposed to turn Freo’s ailing economy around. Yep, but only if it is before 9pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2019


I will probably never understand how developers tick, so the latest news in the Fremantle Herald this morning that Silverleaf Investments have submitted yet another plan for the Woolstores development should not really surprise me, but it does.

After previous development applications were knocked backed by Fremantle Council and the Joint Development Panel-JDAP a revised and lower plan was finally approved and development was expected to start late this year.

Now Silverleaf have again submitted plans, which according to Mayor Brad Pettitt are the best yet.

It is a shame that this major hotel development is now also pushed back when the SKS Group has been procrastinating on the Hilton Doubletree hotel development on the Point Street carpark site. That delay is becoming more and more unacceptable but the City of Fremantle appear powerless to do something about it.

Fremantle needs more real and tangible development instead of development in the pipeline. Many of our traders are just hanging in there and won’t survive much longer unless real activation of Fremantle’s business centre is happening.

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019




I noticed this very early reflection of historic High Street in the windows of the former Tram building when I walked down from the Roundhouse to my favourite Freo cafe Chalkys this morning.

Roel Loopers




Early notice that the Fremantle Network will have the topic How To Make Fremantle A Better Place? at the next community event at The Local in South Fremantle.

It is on Tuesday September 24 and is on from 6.30pm till 9pm and guest speaker will be Danicia Quinlan, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce.

Food and drinks are for sale from the bar, so support The Local which makes the venue available to the community.

Roel Loopers

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