I wonder how many of us who live in Freo have read Wikipedia’s article about our home. It’s a bit like reading the Lonley Planet guide to where one lives: a mixture of “well yes, I knew all that” and “how could they get such-and-such so wrong?!” But remember that for many people around the world — tourists, researchers, the idly curious — that article is possibly the first little intro to Fremantle that they will read.

So I would like to invite you all to head on over to the Fremantle, Western Australia article, read through it, and see what you think.

Screenshot of Wikipedia article.

Now, the fun bit is this: if you read something that is wrong, or notice something missing, or don’t like the emphasis given to some topics over others, or think that anything should be different in any way, just click the edit button at the top right, and improve the article!

It really is that simple. Doesn’t take very long, and isn’t much harder than composing an email!


What would Fremantle have looked like in 2010 if the Fremantle Society had not fought hard to preserve the heritage of the city? It could have been terrible!

If you are interested to find out how it all went, hop on one of DON’S TRAM TOURS, where former councilor and long time Fremantle Society committee member, Don Whittington wil tell you all about it. Don is a superb raconteur with a gentle cheeky smile, and insight knowledge of  Freo’s turbulent past. He’ll make you wish the tours last forever.

Join in the fun and fights of Fremantle’s history.

TOUR 1: Saturday. November 6. 4-5pm.Starts at Meeting Place. 245 South Terrace.

TOUR 2: Wednesday. November 10. 12-1 pm. Starts at Fremantle Arts Centre. 1 Finnerty Street

It’s only $ 10.00


As a relatively new and active member of the Fremantle Society I would like to give you my ideas of what the society should be, and hope this will trigger an on-line discussion on this blog, with members of the society, the general public, and city councilors and planners.

First I like to acknowledge the passion, commitment and hard work done since 1972 by present and past members of the society. Fremantle could have been an awful place if it wasn’t for you voluntarily taking on the custodianship of the city. You stood guard and succeeded in preserving so much of our beautiful heritage.

It has been a long time, and times have changed. We now have access to modern and very fast communication tools like the internet, where we can converse with people all over the world and in real time. No waiting for snail mail anymore. This gives us new opportunities, but also challenges, to reach a much wider audience for our ideas and passions.

The Fremantle Society has reacted to this with starting this FREO TRIBE blog, we have a FACEBOOK page, members Sam Wilson and Michael Adeane are working on modernising and expanding our website, and we’ll have the launch of the FREMANTLE FIGHTERS book, written by Ron and Dianne Davidson, on November 19 by Premier Colin Barnett at Deckchair Theatre.

All this indicates that this group wants to move on to become more pro-active, and change our image from being seen as negative, anti-development, and against everything.

I only speak for myself, but I believe development is essential for the vitality and future of Fremantle. The city needs an inspiration to move it into a new and exiting phase, with more and better public open spaces, like town squares, mixed, and cheaper, housing, quality retail outlets, small wine bars, better street scapes, etc.

The East End is in desperate need of revitalisation, the Princess May area near Clancys could become a wonderful community space, the Woolstores need to be developed urgently. I’d like to see a better connection to the train station, with the busport not hiding the beauty of it, and better direct access to Victoria Quay and the E-Shed Market, cafes, and the soon to open new ferry passenger terminal at the port, and King Square needs to become a real vibrant town square and meeting place.

I would like the society to come up with its own plans for the city, not just being reactive and put essential submissions to the council about new development. I do understand that this will be difficult to achieve for a group with very limited funds, as we would need experts to draw up plans, involve architects, etc.

But there are always solutions, and one of them could be to involve university students in that. Wouldn’t it be great if they embraced the concept of assisting the Fremantle Society in helping to make Fremantle a modern, vibrant place, where students can afford the rent and enliven our streets not only during uni hours but also in the evenings, and they too become a vital part of our city, not just day time visitors.

We should also start regular forums in cafes and other meeting places like Kulcha, and the society needs to take a greater part in events that happen in Fremantle. We need to lift our public profile by being out there and amongst the rest of our community, as we did with our strong presence and hard work at the Concert for Pakistan.

I have great hopes for Fremantle. We have a very inclusive mayor in Brad Pettitt and some good young councillors. I am convinced they will work hard on making Fremantle grow in a sustainable and modern way, with great respect for our heritage, and they are aware we are watching them closely.

Those who believe unlimited high-rise development is the way to go for Fremantle are in the wrong city. Our heritage is non negotiable and we will not compromise the beauty of it. Respect for Fremantle’s history, heritage, and unique lifestyle is the most essential ingredient for any development!

Roel Loopers


THE FREMANTLE TRIBE blog does now have a second administrator in Sam Wilson, who is a kind of an IT guru, apart from being an exceptionally nice young man, so if you can’t get hold of me, Roel Loopers, please do email articles, information and anything you believe might be good reading on this blog, to


P.S. My email addresses are:



The Kimberley is one of Australia’s most amazing wilderness regions, and is home to many endangered marine species. Due to it’s isolation and inaccessibility this environment has been preserved in time, remaining almost untouched. Until now…
A major liquefied natural gas processing plant is in the advanced stages of planning for the Kimberley coast in the far north-west of Western Australia by Woodside Energy Ltd.
If this proposal goes ahead this environment will be under serious threat.



The National Hotel is for sale.  After the devastating fire it was fantastic to see the owners do their utmost to bring the place back to it former greatness. Unfortunately it looks like they haven’t been able to raise the funds to complete the work.

A big thanks to the owners for the great efforts in getting it as far as they did.  We just hope it sells to interests who are prepared to invest in quality and character fitout.

Henty Farrar



Fremantle Festival at Deckchair
We are delighted to be playing host to four of the Fremantle Festival’s outstanding new events. The 2010 festival season offers an eclectic range of performances that are sure to tantalise the senses.
Orpheus and Eurydice presented by Night Train Productions. Helpmann award winning actor Humphrey Bower recites this age old story with Jess Bower and Danielle Micich. 5th & 6th November, $20 & $15 concession.
Cut to the Quick presented by theMOXY collective. Performed by Mark Storen, this interactive and chaotic solo musical adventure takes the audience on a wild ride.12th November, $20 & $15 concession.
Rhapsody in Red is a modern girls guide to love, laundry, lipstick and the perfect gun. Fall dangerously in love as The Cover Girls belt out the songs of 60’s diva’s Diana, Tina, Aretha and more! 13th November, $30 & 20 concession.
Australian Theatre in the 21st Century Forum, supported by the Australian Writers’ Guild, 14th November, 4pm, $5.

Bindjareb Pinjarra Anniversary Performance
Commemorating the 176th Anniversary of WA’s Pinjarra Massacre, The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre & The Pinjarra Project proudly presents BINDJAREB PINJARRA on October 28, 2010.
“Powerful and moving…delicious satire”- The West Australian.
Bookings can be made through Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.