I am disappointed to have to report that the SUNDAY ART MARKET up at Arthur Head, next to the Round House, I proposed to the City of Fremantle, won’t go ahead.
When I approached the city I told them I was prepared to organise this art market as my contribution to the community, and my desire to revitalise the rather dull and often dead West End, as long as it would not cost anything.
Today I received an email telling me the city would be happy not to charge me any fees, but that I still would have to pay for a public liability insurance, or that stall holders would have to have their own.
Let me make it totally and absolutely clear, that I had no financial interest in the proposed market. I was not going to earn a single cent out of it. All I wanted was another outlet for local artists to sell their work to tourists and interested locals who visit the Round House area. I was willing to put my own time into this market to get it going, do the PR and be there hands on every Sunday without any personal benefit to me. However the city can’t see the merits of paying for the public liability they insist the market needs to have. I was going to do all the work for free, but am supposed to pay for the insurance out of my own pocket, or slog participating artists for it?
Fremantle prides itself on being the CITY OF ARTS, but to me it seems more like the CITY OF FARTS, as there is a lot of hot air and talk about supporting artists, but when it comes to the crunch and a few thousand dollars to support an initiative that would do something positive for this town and its arts community, it closes the till.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH FREOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Why do I still love you? 3<(
While large parts of the city and surrounding areas got a drenching and pounding from heavy thunderstorms and rain, we poor old Freolovelies missed out again and did not get any relief from the oppressive humidity and heat. But there were some impressive skies, so here are some.
The FREMANTLE INNER CITY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION (FICRA) organised a successful Courtyard Gathering at the University of Notre Dame Malloy Courtyard on Sunday evening.
A good crowd of West End residents and business owners, supported by Notre Dame students, Greens Lynne MacLaren and councilor John Dowson enjoyed a sausage sizzle, cool drinks and pleasant conversations, while listening to the music played by A Beggars Second.
A raffle and silent auction were held to raise funds for the recent W.A. bush fire victims.
Oh My God it is bloody hot, just so that it rhymes. This is the worst heatwave I have experienced since migrating to Australia in 1982, and I actually normally really like the heat. The humidity is extraordinary!
I drink liters of water and soft drinks, the cold showers are lukewarm and the red wine needs to be chilled because room temperatures are extreme. The noise of the fans in lounge and bedroom starts annoying me, because I love peace and quiet, but without those whirly things life would be worse.
At nine o’clock this morning the parking around Port and Leighton beaches was already full and the same applied to South Beach, where many again parked illegally on the grass, so hopefully council inspectors take the heat into consideration before handing out fines.
But the heat was no issue when I bumped into gorgeous Mel, who used to work at the Moore&Moore cafe. Her stunning smile and unpretentious being made my day. Thanks Mel!
Off to the PIGRAM BROTHERS concert at the park above the Bicton Bath late afternoon, and praying for a bit of a sea breeze to make it bearable. Now back to the fridge for more cold drinks.
The first SUMMER SQUARE SOUNDS at Fremantle’s King Square were sadly affected by the high temperature and humidity this Friday.
The idea to revitalise the inner city, and especially the area around the town hall will always have my support, but you can’t win them all, as they say. Don’t give up because of the low turn out please, all of you at the city who organised this! I am sure once it gets a bit cooler more people will turn up to have a bit of fun in the centre of town.
I thought the band who played from 4pm are a very talented group. Sorry, guys that I don’t know the name of your band. Let me know, so I can make up for it and publish it here.
A MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL MUNTZ ABOUT PROPOSED COAL MINING NEAR MARGARET RIVER
Am hoping you are so against mining for coal only 15 kms from the town of Margaret River, you might wish to add your names to an online petition at
An ad directing viewers to this link will be going to air on Channels 7 and 9 in the very near future and can be seen now on this YouTube link.
Mining coal for export to India, in one of the most beautiful and pristine regions in the world, is absolute madness and it seems the only way the mine can be stopped is if the Government legislates to quarantine the Margaret River Region from mining.
I’m not anti mining – we all know the importance of mining to the economy of W.A. However even many who make their living in the mining industry agree that Margaret River is just too beautiful to mine and should be preserved for this and future generations to enjoy and cherish.
Margaret River is the South-West’s ‘Alamo’. If it falls to mining then no place is safe and the whole of the South West corridor will be opened up to mining.
Pour yourselves a glass of pollution-free Margaret River vino (French wineries can’t believe we want to mine coal in one of the most pristine wine growing regions in the world!) and help save Margaret River from mining by adding your name to the petition… before it’s too late.
p.s. Please forward this to anyone you know who might also want help save Margaret River.
I love street photography. Frenchman Cartier Bresson became famous because of his quirky observations of life on the streets, and I have been enjoying shooting those unexpected and unplanned moments for years. I had a street photo exhibition at the Fremantle Art Centre quite a few years ago now.
Today, strolling through Perth, to look for photos and for the right location for a photo shoot, I noticed this man, et voila! as the French say.
This morning I went on a location search for a photo shoot I have to do in Perth, and while walking around for three hours in the heat, I decided to take some photos of the new CENTRAL TAFE buildings in Northbridge.
PHOTOS COPYRIGHT ROEL LOOPERS PROFILE PHOTOGRAPHY
I am not one of the redneck law and order yelling people, and more someone who refuses to live in his home town in fear, however in the last two weeks two people I know were badly assaulted here in Fremantle, and that is just not on and we somehow need to get a grip on this.
First my friend Paul, innocently riding his bicycle from South Beach to the city on Saturday at 7.30pm, got a bottle smacked into his face, and then the idiots who did it danced around him as if they were having a party.
Last evening at 9.30, Rob, one of my neighbours, heard noises of people smashing glass and yelling, at the West End of High Street, and decided to investigate. He is a police officer. When he confronted the group of drugged and drunk people he was smashed in the face with a bottle and ended up on the ground being kicked and punched by the thugs. Thankfully he was not glassed and his injuries will not deform or blind him for life. I saw him before and he is alright!
We have serious problems which society needs to address urgently. Somewhere down the line we got it wrong and respect for people and property have been lost. The urge to get ‘pissed’, or take a few pills when people go out, is indicative of the problem. Why anyone goes out to get wasted is beyond me, when in the past we went out to socialise and meet new people. Sadly it appears a large group of young people just want to drink till they no longer know what they are doing, all that made worse by taking drugs as well.
We as a society deserve much better than that and need to take urgent action, especially when we know that kids start drinking and taking drugs in their very early teens.