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Posted in east fremantle, environment, local government, Uncategorized, water by freoview on November 18, 2019




The Town of East Fremantle has commenced the process of becoming endorsed as a Waterwise Council by the end of 2019. This involves the Town committing to various projects, policies or procedures that will improve the efficiency of the Town’s water use.

For more information on this initiative and to learn how you can become more waterwise, visit



Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019


Pipes 1

Pipes 2


The Pipes for Fremantle project to replace old water pipes in the Fremantle CBD by Water Corp has started today in Bannister and Collie streets.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, hospitality, parking, retail, tourism, traders, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 31, 2019


I received the latest update for the PIPES for FREMANTLE from the Water Corporation so I’ll publish it in full here so that the Freo community is aware of all the details:

Please read the below update about upcoming work to renew the ageing water mains across Fremantle.

Meeting with City of Fremantle

On Monday 27 May 2019 members of the Water Corporation project team met with City of Fremantle CEO Philip St John and Mayor Brad Pettit to discuss the work including concerns raised by the business community.

Together, we all agreed the work must be done as quickly and safely as possible, with the least amount of impact as practically possible to the whole community.

We are currently working closely with the City to identify flexible working hour options for each individual street for renewal. Each street is home to residents and businesses, or a combination of both. This means a 24 hour, seven days a week approach may not always be the best option for a residential street, as we do prefer to offer customers some reprieve from the work.

Other flexible working hour options can include working on the weekends, longer shifts and the potential for both day and night work shifts where appropriate.

Customer survey

You will soon receive an invitation to participate in a survey about your preferred working days and hours for the construction work to be carried out. This information and your feedback will be used in determining suitable working days and hours for the project.

The survey will be sent within the next week.

Awarding a contract of work

We’re still yet to award a contract. This is taking longer than expected, however we will share this information with all customers once it becomes available.

Project timeline

To ensure we’re vacating the area before the summer months, we’ve decided to split the renewal of streets into two packages of work.

Streets for renewal mid-July to November 2019

Bannister Street, between Pakenham Street to Market Street
Collie Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
Essex Lane, between Collie Street and Essex Street
Essex Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
High Street, between Little High Street and Market Street
Marine Terrace, between Cliff Street and Suffolk Street, and Howard Street and Price Street
Norfolk Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
Streets for renewal March to mid-2020 (months be confirmed)

Pakenham Street, between Collie Street and Leake Street
Leake Street and Cantonment Street, between Pakenham Street and Queen Street
Nairn Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street
Market Street, between High Street and Bannister Street
South Terrace, between Bannister Street and Norfolk Street
Please note, the above timings are subject to change pending a contract being awarded. Work will be carried out in a staged approach. We will share a proposed construction schedule and traffic management with customers once this information becomes available.

Pipes for Perth pop up shop – 66 High Street, Fremantle

A Pipes for Fremantle pop up information centre will be located at 66 High Street, Fremantle, for the duration of the construction work. Members of the project team will be on hand at the shop to discuss the project in detail, answer questions and listen to any concerns the local community or businesses may have.

Business information sessions will take place at the pop up shop between 18 and 20 June 2019.

Further information about the information sessions, opening hours and an official pop up shop open date will be provided shortly.

The next project update will be sent Friday 7 June 2019.

Who to contact

For more information, please visit Alternatively, telephone our dedicated Pipes for Perth Customer Solutions team on (08) 9420 3529, available weekdays during business hours or email

Kind Regards
Community Engagement
Water Corporation




Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, rain, state government, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 29, 2019


Winter sprinklers off!


The last week of autumn promises warm days in the mid twenties, but do not forget that the winter sprinkler ban will start this weekend, so adjust your timers to make sure that our precious water is not wasted.

Roel Loopers







There is always something different to photograph in photogenic Fremantle when one walks around and is observant.

I took this photo on the beach in front of the Bathers Beach House where Perth’ first and only beach alfresco location is.

Great views of the Indian Ocean, the arrival and departure of ships from Fremantle Port, and of course those gorgeous sunsets.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, events, state government, traffic, Uncategorized, water by freoview on February 20, 2019


new water mains for fremantle


Anyone planning any significant outdoor events in the Fremantle CBD between April and December this year should be aware that the Watercorporation is planning major works in many streets in that period.

Watercorporation are going to renew 4.2 kilometres of water mains pipes in these streets: Market, High, South Tce, Essex, Leake, Marine Tce, Norfolk, Nairn, Phillimore, Pakenham, Short, Henry, Bannister.

This might well have an impact on traffic flow around town and for some businesses.

Check it out on their website and ask any questions you might have about disruptions, etc. Go to:

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, sailing, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2018




If you always wanted to learn sailing this coming Sunday’s Discover Sailing Day at the Fremantle Sailing Club is going to be perfect for you when you can check out what the sport is all about!

Sunday 21st October 10am to 2pm. It’s FREE and you’ll be able to get aboard a boat and have a go! There will be people with sailing experience on offer for both kids and adults.

Kids will be able to try sailing in the small optimist sailing dinghies. These are designed for kids and are perfect to learn to sail in.

For the adults, you’ll be able to try sailing on an SB20 Keelboat. An experienced skipper will take you onto the water and show you the ropes.

The Fremantle Sailing Club will tell you all about or learn to sail programs on the day.

So come down with the friends and family between 10am and 2pm to join the fun.

If you have any questions email:
Dinghy Administrator – Sam

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fishing, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2018




No, this is not an abstract painting by Loopy, and neither are they creatures from out of space!

There are thousands of these tiny jelly fish in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.  The seagulls are not much interested in them as they prefer fish&chips. Does anyone know their name by any chance?

I assume my underwater photographer mate Glen Cowans at the Round house will know.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, technology, Uncategorized by freoview on November 18, 2017


The City of Fremantle has received part of an $ 8 million Australian Government grant for the Power Ledger Platform.

The project will assess how cities can use blockchain technology and data to integrate distributed energy and water systems.

The funding is part of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. There will be $ 2,57 million for this cutting edge project, plus $ 5,68 million for project partners Curtin and Murdoch universities, LandCorp, CSIRO/DATA61, CISCO, Power Ledger.

The projects also involves support by AEMO, Western Power and the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

Highly-resilient low-carbon and low-cost systems will be installed and connected using blockchain technology. This involves a solar photovoltaic plant, rooftop solar panels, a precinct size battery, a charging station for electric vehicles.

Precinct water treatment and capture systems will use the same blockchain technology and data analytics, to demonstrate the interconnected infrastructure of the smart cities of the future.

The project will start in the next two month and will take two years.

Up to now I had never heard of blockchain technology but it appears to be decentralised technology that is hosted not just by some computers but by millions, thus making the data available to everyone.

It sounds like a fascinating and innovative project, so it is good to see the City of Fremantle leading the pack again.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, environment, rain, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on August 9, 2017


When it rains as heavily, and heavenly, as last night I always regret the many tens of thousands of litres of water that run down the streets, into the drains and into the ocean in the metropolitan area, because it is such a waste of precious water in our state.

We have already reached the average for August and there is more heavy rain expected today and tomorrow morning, so why don’t we try to catch that rain at our homes.

Why is it not compulsory to build rainwater tanks at new houses, when it would make a dramatic difference when hundreds of thousands of homes collected rainwater. The demand on our water supply and stressed aquifers would be substantially less.

Instead of doing that W.A. will now start recycling sewage at the Beenyup wastewater treatment plant, after health-regulators have given the all clear for it.   Treated sewage will be pumped into the Gnangara aquifer and through the process this will later become our drinking water.

I’d prefer compulsory rainwater catchment at homes over treated sewage anytime.


Roel Loopers

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