Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2018


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On my daily stroll around Fremantle I took this reflection photo of a window at Kailis in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2018


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Finally a building application for Fremantle that passes my visual beauty test.

The plans for a four-storey mixed-use development at 18-26 Parry Street look pretty cool and different to me.

It will be tourist and residential apartment accommodation and cafe.

Check it all out at Have Your Say on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers





In two weeks the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will be held during the long Easter weekend and also on Good Friday.

It is my favourite Freo festival and it will the the 20th anniversary of the all free delightful creative and fun street spectacle, so make sure to let friends know and make it very relaxing days out.

I love the buzz on the streets, the smiles and excitement and the family friendly ambience and there is always so much to see all over the inner city.

This year there will even be evening events AFTER DARK on Saturday and Sunday till 8pm and the fully licensed Seraphim pop-up bar pitch at Little Creatures.

The program is full of international and national acts and includes the energy laden WAHONK Fest street bands spectacle and the West End Weekender stalls along High Street.

There are printed programs out available at the City of Fremantle library and Visitor Centre and you can also get them at the Roundhouse, and of course there is a Facebook page with all the info .

I am really looking forward to this Fremantle weekend of fun where the streets will be packed full with people!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2018



The Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay will get a $ 3 million facelift this year with works starting this month.

There have been complaints from passengers and cruise ship operators about the heritage building which was built in 1960 and refurbished about twenty years ago.

The McGowan government will erect a new large canopy over the entrance to provide shade and shelter from the elements, the building will be painted and permanent screens will be put in front of the large windows.

144,000 cruiseline passengers arrived in Fremantle last financial year.

The facelift will do nothing though about passengers having to lug their luggage along either side of the railway line rain or shine and the ugly footbridge they have to conquer.

Roel Loopers



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The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council last night recommended for approval by the WA JDAP the development of a five-storey hotel, restaurant, tavern and shops at the heritage listed Henderson Street Police and Justice complex and Warders Cottages by Fremantle’s Silverleaf Investments.

The Fremantle Society was concerned that five storeys on the site did not fit in with the City’s own criteria, but planning staff and Councillors had a different opinion.

It was agreed that further work needed to be done on dealing with the noise of the future live music venue of the Drillhall, but the overall concept was welcomed by the elected members and officers.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was a good outcome and Councillor Dave Hume said it was a really good outcome and good interpretation of the historic site, and the access way through the development from Henderson to Parry streets was excellent.

Councillor Adin Lang said he had given it a lot of consideration and while the sightlines might impact somewhat the development showcases what is inside the old buildings. We are lucky we don’t have the site empty for ten years as was the case with the Warders Cottages, Lang said.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said it was a fantastic adaptive re-use of the convict precinct and a good outcome.

The City’s heritage architect Alan Kelsall said the additional fifth storey allows the developers to have a minimal impact on the heritage buildings. “The benefit on the heritage buildings out weights the impact of the higher building.”

The deciding authority for the $10 million development is the state’s Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cruiseliner, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 5, 2018


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Cruiseliner Celebrity Solstice arrived in Fremantle Port this morning and is an impressive sight at Victoria Quay.

The 317 metre long ship can accommodate 2,852 passengers and cost $ 750 million to build.

The Express Lane cafe at the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal did a roaring trade with lost of people heading off to the island while a strong easterly was blowing in hot air.


Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 5, 2018


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Fremantle’s hidden gem Bathers Beach has a nice new long sign at Fleet Street to welcome tourists.

This little beach has a lot of potential but requires that Council walks the talk and actually supports the activation of Bathers Beach by putting public toilets  there.

In a perfect world the boardwalk should be extended all the way to J Shed, but at least new lights should be installed along the path from J Shed to Kidogo Arthouse, and they need  to be taller as the present low solar lights get vandalised regularly and that is becoming costly.

While the Leighton, Port and South beaches are packed with people Bathers Beach remains under utilised. One only ever sees a handful of people sun baking and swimming there, so the numbers need to increase to help the activation of Arthur’s Head and the historic West End.


Roel Loopers


Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, kidogo arthouse, Uncategorized by freoview on March 4, 2018



The City of Fremantle needs to install small wooden bollards or a row of seats to protect the new grass at Bathers Beach in front of Kidogo Arthouse, because motorists drive onto the lawn and over time will wreck it.

It does not matter at all if they are just there to load and unload, fact is that it is only 15 metres to walk from the hard surface to the gallery so it is just bloody laziness to drive onto the grass.

I took these photos at 3 pm today.

Roel Loopers


Posted in chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, comsumers, retail, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2018


Ivan Dzeba, the very likeable and always relaxed new president of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce spoke at the Fremantle Network at the National Hotel on Monday night.

Dzeba has been operating the very popular Benny’s Bar and Cafe on the Cappuccino Strip for 18 years so he has witnessed many changes in Fremantle and he firmly believes that Freo is a safer place now than when he opened his bar.

He said the priority for the Chamber was to support local businesses and attracting people in the present day.

Fremantle needs to become better at how we market ourselves and not create negative impressions.

The Chamber sees incredible scope in connecting businesses in O’Connor and Hilton.

We have so many things in Fremantle that other destinations don’t have but our destination marketing brand is not strong enough. There needs to be an umbrella message for Fremantle, not just lots of little unconnected messages we are getting on Fremantle Story, Dzeba said.

I have been wondering for years why there is no stronger focus on destination marketing from the City of Fremantle and getting the Fun Freo message out better, stronger and more focused.

Retail marketing is wasted as we can not compete at present with the large shopping centres. If destination marketing gets the people to Fremantle they will also shop.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018




Congratulations to Fremantle Prison for receiving the Gold Medal for Cultural Tourism at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards!

Visiting Fremantle Prison is a great experience which I recommend to young and old.

Knowing one’s history is very important to staying connected to our roots.

Have you tried the new CONVICT HISTORY tour there yet?

Roel Loopers


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