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A HOT QUEEN

Posted in fremantle, photography, tourism, western australia by freoview on February 28, 2010

Decency prevented me from giving this photo another caption, or actually more the fear that my female friends might bash me up. %>)

Sunset hitting the Queen Victoria on departure. This is not a Photoshop trick but how it looked when I shot it.

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QUEEN VICTORIA ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, photography, tourism, western australia by freoview on February 28, 2010

Here a few photos I took this morning in Fremantle port of the arrival of the cruise liner Queen Victoria. A very impressive sight indeed!

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PORT LEAD BALLOON

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 28, 2010

According to an article by Jane Hammond in the West Australian newspaper on Saturday lead levels around Fremantle port are 40% above the accepted levels. This is obviously a worry to Fremantle residents and workers and should be investigated further.

What riles me though is that everyone immediately put their interpretation of the figures, or should that be spin, to it. Stop trying to be clever people. Just give us the truth, not speculations or interpreting the figures to your liking.

Magellan Metals, who started shipping lead through Fremantle since the Esperance disaster, claims that fingerprinting shows it is not their lead. Councillor Sam Wainright speculates it could come from the dredging, while Ports spokesman Gino Valenti reads the figures in a very different way than Lee Bell of the National Toxics Network, with the latter stating that the levels are unacceptably high.

The only one not putting spin on it is MUA state secretary Chris Cain who said he was waiting for further details before commenting on it.

I am sure we’ll here from all sites of politics on this during the week, but can everyone please stop the bulls… of playing politics with the health of the people of Fremantle. Esperance was a disgrace, surely we have learned something from it, or have we?

Roel Loopers

PORT DREDGING DEBATE

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 23, 2010

Maybe I am naive, ill informed or ignorant, but I do not totally understand the reasons why some people are so against the dredging of the Fremantle harbour.

My main question is why those who now protest have not been vocal in trying to protect the Swan River from pollution before. The river has been dying for years, but now somehow the activities in and around the harbour are being blamed for that.

Why have we not tried harder to stop the run off of chemicals into the river upstream, and why have those people, who claim they walk along the river daily, not protested about the pollution and the man-made rubbish prior to the dredging? Did they not notice the stuff boaties throw overboard from their pleasure crafts, the sediments they stir up with the hundreds of small boats on weekends, or the rubbish left behind on the banks and in the water by uncaring people who have picnics there?

There are also those who believe the air bubble curtains installed at the traffic bridge will affect fish, but upstream the Swan River Trust has been pumping oxygen into the river for quite some time without anyone being concerned about that. Is there a real difference?

As far as I am aware the EPA. has given the all clear to the dredging and it is also independently monitored. If we don’t accept their findings, whom can we trust? I refuse to be so cynical to think there is some kind of conspiracy between Fremantle Ports and EPA and that they are all lying to us.

I believe only in facts and if someone can show me all the facts, rather than only those that support their arguments, if anyone can prove that the dredging affects the health of beaches, river or people, I will change my mind. Up till then I believe the future commercial viability of the Fremantle port depends on deepening the harbour and that is should go ahead.

Disclaimer: I have supplied photographic services to Fremantle Ports for 14 years. I also voted for Greens MP Adele Carles at the last election.

Roel Loopers

LEEUWIN LIONESSES

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on February 22, 2010

Brave young lionesses climbing up to dizzy making heights on the Sailing Ship Leeuwin in Fremantle harbour this morning.

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R.I.P. RUBY HUNTER

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on February 18, 2010

I am very sad to hear the news of the death of Aboriginal singer Ruby Hunter. She was only 54 and one of the many Stolen Generation children. Life is not fair hey!

Ruby had this most amazing huge deep voice and often performed with her life-long partner Archie Roach. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform a few times and was always impressed.

We will be hearing Ruby’s voice for a very long time to come. She deserves that.

Roel Loopers

BUILDING BEAUTY

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on February 18, 2010

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THE DOCO CLUB AT FTI

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on February 16, 2010

The Doco Club was launched at the Film and Television Institute yesterday with two excellent documentaries about two very different photographers.

The first doco was about a photographer who takes his large format cameras onto Lake Eyre on the back of a bike and trailer. He pushes through deep and heavy mud to get to the locations from which he shoots huge landscapes. He camps for weeks at a time. What outstanding work application.

After this peaceful doco came the adrenaline pumping one of watching Philip Blenkinsop doing his photojournalistic work. He is based in Bangkok and covers large areas of Asia for international magazines. Philip also exhibits his work extensively.

Blenkinsop shows inspiring passion, professionalism, commitment and humanity and his photos reflect all that.

I hope the Doco Club is here to stay. It was a very good evening with a packed house.

Roel Loopers

TONELLO TO SUNSET

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 13, 2010

I visited the excellent show of Patrizia Tonello at Gallery East in East Fremantle late yesterday. I have aways liked Patrizia’s work. She is a sublime painter, who creates a quite stunning three dimensional feeling to her paintings. There are a lot of small scale, and very affordable, paintings of industrial pre-fab pop up walls against a blue sky. Very minimalist.

A stunning large painting on 6 panels of concrete, I think it is, is yet another example of Tonello’s painterly qualities.

There are also some very good three dimensional works. I agree with Gallery East’s co-owner Janis Nedela that these sculptures would look fantastic on a much larger scale as public art.

On my way back I noticed the setting sun hitting the gorgeous old buildings in High Street and could not resist to take some photos. Here they are.

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FORT KNOX REDEVELOPMENT

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 10, 2010

Good news that the council has approved the proposed development of the Fort Knox building. From the plans it looks like a real asset to the East end of the city, with the many apartments attracting more people to that part of town. Hopefully that will entice others to open cafes and shops in that bland part of Fremantle.

Now hoping that Marylyn New will stop holding us at ransom and that we will see a speedy development of the ramshackle Woolstores as well.

Roel Loopers

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