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Posted in city of fremantle, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on August 8, 2018



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I am an incurable romantic and a very Sensitive Old Age Guy, so hence me looking for beauty in just about everything.

There is a bit of rain around Freo today and a lot more expected tomorrow, so try to stay dry and warm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, development, dogs, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2018


A few more snippets from last evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting.

  • Mayor Brad Pettitt introduced a trial where Councillors and staff do not have to stand when they have been given the floor. Only Councillor Jon Strachan said he did not like it.
  • The sound system is not great so by remaining seated Councillors are closer to the microphone and that is good for the public gallery, but please point the microphone at your mouth and pull them close dear Elected Members! Thank you.
  • Councillor Adin Lang suggested when the City removes trees, such as the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square, that the wood be made available to artists, which was extended to the more general word re-use by Council. Good idea!
  •  The Director of Community Development said Council had budgeted $ 15,000 for eventual repairs during the removal of the yellow foil of the very successful Felice Varini High Street artwork. They might be well short here.
  • The love for dogs is always emotional so the community speakers on the proposed on leash and off leash area at Frederick Samson park were not happy, but the pristine bush there needs to be protected from everyone and community consultation is still going on.
  • Council at length debated a potential scheme amendment for a small area of White Gum Valley, after an irate member of the public had twice accused Councillor Andrew Sullivan of having been arrogant at a committee meeting the week before and ignoring the 25 submissions against the scheme amendment, pointing out the relative low votes Sullivan received at the South Ward re-election. The scheme amendment and probable development is a very long way away and still going through community consultation, but Councillor Rachel Pemberton succinctly pointed out that the community feed back of only 29 responses out of 400 direct mail outs was not exactly a very high percentage either. Councillors Ingrid Waltham and Jenny Archibald said the feedback they had received was that the White Gum Valley community is not against infill, but that they would accept two storey buildings but not three storey ones.


Roel Loopers




Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, rain, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2018




Wet weather creates its own art, with reflections in puddles, photos through windows full of raindrops, and raindrops on tables, cars, etc.

Every day is a good day for photographers who have the eye and are observant enough to see the beauty in the ordinary.

I took this photo at the Fremantle Arts Centre this morning.

Happy winter shooting!

Roel Loopers



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I know I’ll get kicked in the bum, slapped around the face and abused on social media, but I quite like the much lighter look of Kings Square with the London plane trees.

The Jean Hobson playground is now all demolished in a heap and the public toilets closed, but replaced with large portable loos that are accessible for disabled people.

Freo is on the move and a lot of good things are happening, but patience is required as it will take considerable time for the retail and hospitality economy to turn around in our little city.

Roel Loopers




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There will be an information session about the health of the Fremantle Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square next Thursday June 21, at 6pm in the Fremantle Townhall.

It has been suggested by tree experts that two more fig trees will have to be removed because of bad health and public safety concerns, so if you are passionate about the trees make sure to get all the relevant information about their future, and if they can be saved or not.

Mature replacement trees could cost up to $ 14,000 each, so that would be a considerable cost to ratepayers.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2018


Anyone who believes that being a Councillor in Fremantle is just a walk in the park, should check out the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

The agenda for this evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting is a very long one and will probably attract a lot of people in the public gallery.

First agenda item is the very controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach and the next item is about new terms of reference for the Design Advisory Committee.

There is the Overdue Debtors report, Audit and Risk update for Assets, Toy Library report, the implementation of the three waste bin FOGO (not to be confused with the FOMO retail concept for Kings Square), the lease with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval, request for proposals for the old Weighbridge in Phillimore Street, Sets on the Beach events at Port Beach. There will also be a motion to ban gas filled balloons in public.

The replacement for the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square will also be debated. This will be a very expensive exercise, but I hear Council want to replace at least two trees with other mature Moreton Bay figs, so that will be nice in addition to the relocated London Plane trees.

The agenda is 229 pages long and there are additional agenda attachments as well, so anyone keen to read it all should download it from the City of Fremantle website.

I’ll be there at the meeting of course, so will report back to you about it tomorrow.

Roel Loopers





The relocation of the London Plane trees at Fremantle’s Kings Square started this morning. It is a major and impressive operation, so it was fun to watch and photograph.

The trees are being relocated to the north of the Townhall to make way for the construction of the new civic centre as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The other London Plane trees will be moved tomorrow, Friday and next week on Monday, so be aware that  traffic through that part of Adelaide and William Street and parking will be restricted.

Roel Loopers





If Fremantle Council and the Heritage Council approve it two more Moreton Bay fig trees will be removed from Kings Square due to very poor health and public safety concerns. One of the trees is known as the Christmas Tree, estimated to be between 120-140 years old. Two Moreton Bay fig trees were already removed this week.

Independent arborists, including from the Eastern States, have assessed the trees and found them in very poor health with little hope of recovery.

A large 250mm diametre limb broke off in March last year and it was lucky that no one got injured.

As part of the Kings Square public realm concept Fremantle City is going to plant an urban forrest and relocate the plane trees south of the civic centre to the north of the Townhall.

It will take 18-24 months to source, prepare and transplant appropriate mature trees and the costs for it will be extensive. Council staff is investigating it but at present the cost are estimated to be between $ 15,000-40,000 per tree!

It will be sad to see the gorgeous old trees go, because they have been a real feature on Kings Square.

Roel Loopers



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The removal of two sick Moreton Bay fig trees south west of St John’s church at Fremantle’s Kings Square started this morning, while preparation also commenced for the relocation of Plane trees from the south of the civic centre to the north of the Townhall.

The Queensgate building is now demolished so we should be seeing building activities and hundreds of workers pretty soon.

Roel Loopers




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As I reported earlier this week Fremantle Council  on Wednesday approved concept plans to upgrade public spaces in Freo’s historic Kings Square. Here some more details.

The key components of the $8 million upgrades which form part of the broader renewal of the Kings Square precinct include:

• more shaded areas, with a 5% increase in tree canopy
• over 2,300sqm of public gardens and grassed areas
• a new outdoor interactive children’s play space with artistic light and sound elements
• a designated church yard and urban garden area
• new paving and street furniture extending further out to the edges of the square
• a greater priority on pedestrians but with the retention of service vehicle access, universally accessible parking and vehicle drop-off zones
• flexible outdoor spaces for events
• wider footpaths to encourage alfresco dining
• historical interpretation including glass floor viewing windows to interpret the former church and other material found in recent archaeological excavations
• enhanced lighting and CCTV coverage.

Roel Loopers

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