Freo's View


Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, western australia by freoview on April 2, 2016


The Fremantle Cantonment Hill open day started with the very good news this morning that Lotterywest has granted the important City of Fremantle  project a $ 2,2 million grant and work on stage one will start in the second half of this year.

The Volunteer Sea Rescue organisation also received the keys for the Signal Station today and they will start moving brand new equipment in soon as well.

The move of innovators and incubators ENKEL into the former Naval Stores is just a matter of time and fine tuning the fine print of the long-term lease with the City.

Cantonment Hill will be a fantastic project for Fremantle that will become a very important tourist attraction because of its stunning views over the river, port and city, but also because of its very significant Aboriginal and British settlement history.

I was less than impressed by some local residents who claimed to have absolutely no knowledge of the project at their doorsteps and who already started complaining about losing views.

This project had extensive community consultation and coverage in the local media, City of Fremantle PR and even the West Australian, plus on social media and blogs, and the Friends of Cantonment Hill did do house to house letterbox drops with information, but the poor locals must have been asleep for the last three years and never heard of it all. Pathetic really! Don’t blame the process for your own ignorance but take part in the community you live in and inform yourselves.

The Cantonment Hill project is very important for Fremantle and will be another feature for our city.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, fremantle festival by freoview on October 30, 2015

Freo festival

Kaya and G’day! There will be the traditional finish to the annual FREMANTLE FESTIVAL this weekend with the big Festival Parade at 4 pm on Sunday. Expect a huge float from the Perth Freight Link opponents, a lot of music, school kids, fairies, fun floats and political ones and it all ends with a party at Kings Square.

On Saturday from 6-9 pm the WARDARNJI ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL will be on at the Fremantle Arts Centre with a lot of music, dancing, bush tucker etc. The event is sponsored by Make Smoking History, so not sure if that means no smoking ceremonies from now on. I am only kidding! It will be moorditj, which is the Whadjuk Nyoongar word for deadly, as in great!

I love the Wardarnji and the Parade, so you’ll see me there taking lots of photos.

Roel Loopers



Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on October 7, 2015

It is disappointing to read Fremantle City Ward Councillor Rachel Pemberton’s disingenuous blog post on the proposed Sunset Events temporary tavern and music venue at historic Arthur Head, where she compares the proposed venue with the Fremantle Arts Centre. I believe that Pemberton is a relatively good performer in the Chamber who does her homework, so why did she write a post like this one?

Like Rachel I go to many of the concerts at the FAC, especially the Sunday afternoon ones, so I know the proposed J Shed venue will be nothing like the FAC experience.

The plain fact is that the main purpose and core business of the FAC is art and culture, while the core business and main purpose of a tavern is the sale of alcohol. The vast majority of people who frequent pubs go there to drink alcohol and only a small percentage also have food. The tavern no doubt will have many beers on tap while at the FAC one can buy only one brand of mid strength or one brand of full strength beer in a stubby and one brand of white or red wine and a cider.

I did not read a mention of restricted alcohol sales and no spirits for the J Shed temporary tavern proposal and neither is there a mention of under 18 alcohol-free events, so let’s stop the spin and pretend the tavern will be similar to the FAC. It will be nothing like it!

State agency Fremantle Ports is against the proposal because it is worried about anti social behaviour, parking and traffic issues, etc. The Roundhouse volunteer guides are against it because it will severely impact on the tourist experience and amenity of Arthur Head and their operations there. The arts businesses and local residents are against the J Shed venue proposal and so are the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. The hospitality operators at the Fishing Boat Harbour are not keen on it either but because of some bewildering solidarity don’t want to go public with their opposition to the J Shed pub.

Connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour will be interrupted when the area is fenced off. Ugly portable toilets and other semi-permanent structures will visually pollute the Bathers Beach experience for visitors to our State’s most significant historic precinct that stars the oldest public building in Western Australia, the Roundhouse.

And then when Council has approved the proposal after all because it does not give a four X about community opinion the Fremantle Doctor will take care of it all and will make the experience a very unpleasant one, as we found out when we extended the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets to J Shed one year. Or would they dare to take the Indian Ocean vista away by planting double-stacked sea containers there as a wind break?

I think this issue is far too important to be rushed. Council should more or less be in caretaker mode when half of Council is up for election on October 17, so why not defer the item till after the election, so people can vote for Councillors who are for or against the proposal, whatever their preference is. Sounds fair to me.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162


Posted in fremantle, refugees by freoview on June 14, 2015

A large crowd turned up on Sunday for the annual REFUGEES FIESTA at the Fremantle Esplanade. Whadjuk Nyoongar Elder Theresa Walley gave a welcome to country while Deputy and Acting Mayor Josh Wilson welcomed the people to the city.

There was a drumming circle and food and information stalls and live music entertainment after the march through the inner city.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, indigenous by freoview on June 4, 2015

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK was celebrated at the Fremantle Townhall last evening where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville combined forces.

Only around one hundred people turned up to listen to the stories, music and savouring bush tucker, but the passion and emotion and genuine respect for Aboriginal culture made up for the small crowd.

I have long wondered though how much of what we Wadjelas(white people) do is tokenism. Every meeting of Fremantle Council and Council committees start with paying respect to Aboriginals past and present, but when it comes to an official event like last night not a single Elected Member of Fremantle Council was in attendance. That is pretty poor form I believe. I realise the Planning Services Committee was on at the same time and the Mayor is overseas, but least one Councillor should have been delegated to be at the event.

At least Logan Howlett the Mayor of the City of Cockburn was there and gave a very good speech acknowledging that the colonialisation was basically a stuff-up that ignored Aboriginal culture and did great damage to the indigenous people of Australia.

Reconciliation needs to be more than a word and should be a priority for all levels of government. Aboriginal recognition in the Australian Constitution is another big step that needs to be taken and hopefully that will be a referendum at the 2017 federal election.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, fremantle by freoview on June 3, 2015

Reconciliation Week poster

RECONCILIATION WEEK is celebrated at the Fremantle Town Hall today by the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville. The free event starts at 6 pm Wednesday June 3, and will offer music, dance, story telling, art, food and an evening of relaxation where we acknowledge the importance of Whadjuk Nyoongar culture.

Roel Loopers


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