Freo's View





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


Posted in fremantle, photography, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on May 13, 2017




I could not stop myself from going out again and take more photos of this morning’s fog in Fremantle.

I drove along the Swan river to Blackwall Reach and Point Walter to take these images.

Roel Loopers


Posted in boating, fremantle, maritime by freoview on January 18, 2017




Fremantle architect and Sea Rescue volunteer Mark Zuvela kindly showed me around the new HQ of the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue organisation in the old Signal Station at Cantonment Hill this morning. The new HQ was officially opened on November 26 last year.

The Signal Station was built in 1956 and designed by Hobbs, Winning and Leighton architects, the same architects who designed the Fremantle Ports building. The communication tower on top of the Signal Station is identical to the one on top of the Port building

Fremantle Sea Rescue has over 100 active volunteers who assist and rescue over 750 boats a year. Two third of them are sea rescues, the other third river assists. It is the busiest sea rescue organisation in Australia. To put that in perspective, the Sydney Harbour Water Police does around 300 rescues a year.

Sea Rescue started in Fremantle in 1969 and nowadays does 30,000 radio transmissions a year. Licensed and certified volunteers are on duty 24 hours a day. Sea Rescue has 4 rescue vessels and 2 jet skis.

The new HQ at the Signal Station is state of the art with latest internet and satellite technology. The height of the communication tower means it now has 50 per cent more coverage and no more black spots along the Swan and Canning rivers.

Fremantle Sea Rescue covers the Indian Ocean from the old South Fremantle Power Station to City Beach and well beyond Rottnest Island, and the Swan and Canning rivers.

Thanks to donations, sponsorships and volunteers the costs of setting up at Cantonment Hill were reduced from $ 200,000 to just $ 60,000, so thank you to everyone for their generosity!

The views from Cantonment Hill over Fremantle and the port are magnificent so wander up there some time to see it for yourself.

Roel Loopers


Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, nature, trees, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

tree planting 1 tree planting 2


The wet and cold weather did not deter a committed group of Fremantle volunteers, including Mayor Brad Pettitt, COF staff and MP Josh Wilson from planting trees on Sunday at South Beach, Bathers Beach and Wilson Park for the Planet Ark National Tree Day.

It is interesting to note in that context the call by Sue Murphy, the chief executive of the WA Water Corporation, for more appropriate verges and to get away from grassed verges to conserve water.

This will not please those who believe we have a right to the Great Australian Dream of houses with large front and back gardens and grass verges. As Sue Murphy said this is not appropriate for our Perth climate and we have to become more realistic about it and plant more trees and shrubs and minimise so-called heat islands in the suburbs.

I believe any new residential development should also be required to install rainwater tanks, as the fast increasing population is a severe threat to our water supply. I hope local and state governments will legislate for that soon.

Roel Loopers


Posted in development, fire, fremantle, western autralia by freoview on July 14, 2016



That was a rather interesting fire emergency test at the new MSC building in Cliff Street this morning, when men shot huge sprays of water in the air from the roof of the building, and the strong wind blowing it all over High Street and inside Chalkys cafe. Lucky no one sat at the outside tables or they would have got drenched.

Barista Keith yelled out to them to stop it and they finally did, after a few pedestrians got a good soaking.

I believe it was very inconsiderate and lazy as they could have alerted the cafe and stopped pedestrian traffic during the test. I hope no one at No 1 Little High Street left their windows or balcony doors open.

Roel Loopers


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