Freo's View


Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, publishing, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on December 5, 2018




This important message for young creative writers from FREMANTLE PRESS:

We are very pleased to announce that The Fogarty Foundation will partner with Fremantle Press to provide a significant new award for young writers. The Fogarty Literary Award will be a biennial prize awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a Western Australian author aged between 18 and 35 for a work of fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult fiction.

The winner receives a cash prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press

Roel Loopers



Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on November 9, 2018




The van stolen from Elizabeth’s Bookshops in Fremantle a few days ago has been found in Victor Harbour, South Australia, so that is an indication how well social media works when people make a positive contribution.

Another good Freo story is that WA Police have been targeting shop lifting this week and arrested 9 shoplifters in three days. Well done!

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2018


There are serious concerns in the Noongar community about cultural inappropriateness at the Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre-WACC on Arthur’s Head.

Our local indigenous friends believe the City of Fremantle Council and administration have not been advised properly by CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore that it is inappropriate to allow former Dockers player Scott Chisholm to operate his Yoondooroo Dreaming Cultural Walk from the WACC, because Chisholm is not a Noongar, but comes from the Yoingu People in the Northern Territory.

The insensitive decision by the City of Fremantle created unfair competion for the Indigenous WA cultural tours by the Noongar Nannup family, who had been doing it for years but received nu support or promotion from the WACC.

Dream and story lines are very important in Aboriginal culture and are very territorial, with only certain people allowed to tell certain dreamtime and cultural stories, so who made the decision at the City of Fremantle that  it would be o.k. for a Northern Territory Aborigine to do Dreaming tours out of our local Noongar centre?

Scott Chisholm is a really nice bloke with a ready smile, but surely the cultural sensitivity can’t be ignored by Fremantle City officers.

Roel Loopers



WA Local government Minister David Templeman has an article in today’s West Australian in which he encourages the community to get involved in the review of the local government act and make suggestions on how we can improve our local councils and administrations.

Here some information from the government website about it:

Phase one: modernising local government

Phase one of the review focuses on four key areas:

  • Meeting community expectations of standards, ethics and performance
  • Meeting public expectations for accountability, including gift disclosures
  • Electronic availability of information
  • Building capacity through introducing administrative efficiencies

Local governments and the community were invited to have their say throughout the consultation period. The phase one discussion paper was released on 8 November 2017 and public consultation closed on 9 March 2018.

Phase two: delivering for communities

​Commencing in 2018, phase two will ensure local governments are positioned to deliver for the community by examining:

  • Elections
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Integrated Planning and Reporting
  • Financial management
  • Rates and charges
  • Beneficial organisations (council controlled organisations)
  • Local laws
  • Interventions
  • Administrative efficiencies

What you need to know

What is the Local Government Act review?

The Local Government Act review will introduce changes that will modernise the Act and ensure that local governments are positioned to deliver for the community into the future. The review is being undertaken in two phases. The first consultation paper released on 8 November 2017.

Phase two of the review is now underway.

Local government is real grassroots government so we should all take an active part in trying to improve the performance of our elected members and staff, and get greater transparency and better communication, so have your say!

Roel Loopers






The Fremantle WA DAY fireworks were not very spectacular and the crowds stayed away as well for the ten-minute explosions of colours, but funds were limited so it was a good effort to organise it by the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.

Festivities with live music continue today at our most popular fish&chips destination, so head out before the big storm arrives late today.

Here some photos I took from the gundeck at the Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, public transport, western australia by freoview on January 21, 2015

The figures reported on-line WA Today on the decline in the use of trains shows that an integrated approach is needed to attract more people to public transport and to attack the huge traffic challenges of the Perth metropolitan region. There is little gain in small local councils like Fremantle stubbornly wanting to minimise motorvehicle traffic and for the State Government to have the Direction 2031 for higher denisty living near public transport corridors and railway stations, when the community is reluctant to use what is provided. The declining public transport figures create even less incentive for the federal and state governments to start paying for public transport infrastructure like lightrail and rapid bus routes, no matter how often the City of Fremantle bleats about it.

According to WAToday there were nearly 740,000 less trips in the five-months period from June to November last year, when compared to the previous years. That is huge!

It matters little if the reasons are overcrowding, safety, comfort, paid parking, not enough parking near stations, or more expensive tickets. Fact is that in the fasted-growing population state fewer people are now using public transport. That is not a trend we want to see continue!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 16, 2014


One of the most very Freo weekly events is no doubt the Growers Green Markets on Lefroy Road each Sunday morning from 8 am till 12 noon. It is a real community event that attracts families and lots of children and dogs from all over Fremantle and beyond.

There is so much fresh produce to buy and great food stalls that cater for breakfast and hangover needs and the coffees and pastries are yum!

There is live music by local artists and face painting for the kids. It is a fantastic relaxing way to chill out and start a Sunday.

Go and say hello to the ever-smiling Albert and buy some of his very freerange eggs and fruit&vegetables.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 10, 2014

freo forever













Today at 12 noon the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, Mayor Brad Pettitt and Fremantle Society President Henty Farrar will hand over the petition to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson against the State Government’s proposal to merge Fremantle with Melville. The Fremantle Forever campaign collected thousands of signatures around Fremantle asking State Government to reconsider the boundaries.

The Fremantle Forever campaign grew out the Sock It Colin! campaign, initiated by the Fremantle Society with a full page advertisement in the Fremantle Herald, and became an a-political and bipartisan community movement with the positive agenda to suggest better alternative boundaries to grow Fremantle to a larger local council.

Close collaboration with the City of Fremantle meant we agreed that merging with Melville would not be beneficiary for Fremantle, but merging with East Fremantle and moving the boundaries further South into Cockburn, as far as Russell Road and as far East as Stock Road would make cohesive new boundaries for a larger Fremantle. The City followed this up with an advertising campaign in the local papers and strong lobbying. First indications from State Government were that they agreed and they significantly changed their proposal to accommodate Freo’s wishes.

Local government reform has now been handed to the Local Government Advisory Board who will present State Government with its preferred boundaries in the next weeks. The State can then accept or reject those suggested boundaries, but not change them. The anticipation in Fremantle and other councils is high, with many councils rejecting change and amalgamations and some wanting to take legal action.

How many local governments will W.A. have after the reform and what will the new boundaries be? I for one hope State Government will largely accept the recommendations by Fremantle Council, because the new boundaries they suggest make far more sense than a merger with Melville.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 12, 2014

I think we should all be trying to do what the W.A. State Government wants to do and that is to get someone else to pay for something you desperately want. Local councils, most of which do not want to amalgamate with other councils, will be forced to pay most of the extensive costs the mergers will cost, because our State Government is more or less broke and can’t afford to pay for what they want.

Today Mayors and CEOs of the affected councils will meet with Local Government Minister Tony- Scrooge- Simpson, and the Minister will see some angry and disappointed faces. Local governments fear they might have to sell assets, raise rates and cut services because all the State wants to offer them is some loans, and that is not good enough they say.

Fremantle could well be liable for millions of dollars to amalgamate with East Fremantle and get bits of Melville and Cockburn, but are Freo’s residents willing to pay for it?

I just saw a lovely house. It’s only 1.3 million. Can someone please transfer the money into my account today. Premier Colin Barnett told me that’s how you do it.

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on April 5, 2014

election 1 election 2

















The re-election is on today where W.A. votes again for the Federal Senate, because of the previous ballot ruled invalid, so don’t forget to vote Fremantle!

The front page of yesterday’s West Australian newspaper created some stir when the editor called for voters to accept the Abbott’s government mandate. That mandate will either be rejected or reinforced after today’s Senate election, so this is not the time to be complacent and not bother to vote.

There were no queues at all at the East Fremantle Primary School this morning when I voted around 9.30 and that is not a good sign as normally the line is pretty long there.

Roel Loopers

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