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STUNNING FREMANTLE PRINT AWARDS

Posted in art, fremantle, fremantle print awards by freoview on September 28, 2015

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The 40th annual FREMANTLE PRINT AWARD opened on Friday evening at the same time the Dockers got bashed, so make sure you don’t miss it and get cultural compensation for your sporting loss.

64 artists from all over Australia and beyond are participating this years and there are some outstanding works on display. First prize is $ 16,000 and second prize $ 6,000.

The Fremantle Arts Centre is cool place to hang out and have a coffee or a meal in the courtyard or on the lawn. They have built a permanent stage there now for the free Sunday summer concerts that will be starting in a month or so.

The exhibition is open till November 15 so ample time to go and view it.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

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LOOKING AFTER THE HOMELESS

Posted in city of fremantle, homeless, local government by freoview on September 28, 2015

The recent Arthur Head vandalism and homeless people invading backyards there keeps reminding me that we need to do better as a society to look after people in need. It is not only alcohol and drugs but often also mental health that puts these people on the street and lose their dignity.

The City of Fremantle does have empty spaces such as the former Queensgate cinema, to name just one, so would there be options to work with St Patrick’s and other support agencies to at least offer homeless people shelter, and maybe even a shower there?

For me it is unacceptable that a rich state like WA has homeless people and I believe we can improve on how we deal with them and support them. It breaks my heart to see families shivering and wet in the early mornings because they have been out on the streets all night without protection from being bashed and robbed of their very few belongings.

There must be State an Federal funding that a local government can tap into to to collaborate with agencies and support those in need better.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

DISC GOLF FOR HILTON

Posted in city of fremantle, sport by freoview on September 28, 2015

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This sounds like a good idea for Fremantle! The City is planning a nine disc catching disc golf course at Dick Lawrence Oval in Beaconsfiled and part of Hilton Park, so let them know if you like it or not.

I enjoy throwing the good old frisbee around a bit and running like hell to catch. It’s a fun way to stay fit and can be enjoyed by the whole family, and even dogs who like to catch the discs.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

ARTHUR HEAD VANDALISM SIGN OF WORSE TO COME

Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, vandalism by freoview on September 28, 2015

What a shame to see that idiots vandalised Arthur Head this weekend with heavy wooden tables and benches thrown down the rock face, walls defaced with stupid tags, etc.

Arthur Head has become the preferred destination for those who believe anti-social behaviour is a way of life and who take drugs, get drunk, shoot up and leave a stinking mess behind them. All this is happening because Fremantle Council insisted the historic area had to become the Bathers Beach Art Precinct and long term tenants such as the Port Pilots, the Crooks family and the Fremantle Society were evicted to make way for art studios.

Fremantle City was warned that they would create a ghost town and attract undesirable people because no one would live at and look after Arthur Head at night, and even at daytime most art galleries are only open for a few days a week, but they ignored that.

While Fremantle Council signed off on a responsible alcohol policy it also approved a booze barn and outdoor music venue for 1500 patrons at Arthur Head, although everyone in the West End of town is in uproar about it.

Police figures show that 35 per cent more people were barred from licensed premises in Perth metro than last year because of violent and anti-social behaviour, but the City of Fremantle allows a large new tavern in a heritage tourist area, and adds another alcohol event with the Corona beer festival on South Beach.

Fremantle residents, workers and visitors no longer feel safe in Fremantle because there are too many unsavoury people who are abusive and drunk and who use foul language unsuitable for families who might want to spend time in Freo.

I keep hearing at Council that events put Freo on the world map, but do we really want Freo on a world map that is connected to massive sales of alcohol and the promotion of it to young people? Is that really where we want to position the brand Fremantle?

Why does the City of Fremantle not encourage alcohol-free and under 18 concerts when it keeps telling us they want to support and promote a youth culture in our city? The Esplanade Youth Plaza attracts many young people and is a great success, and I have not yet seen a drunk or drug affected person there. It shows young people do not need booze to have a good time.

Arthur Head has got a lot worse since residents and harbour pilots were forced to leave and it will get a  lot lot worse once it attracts 1500 alcohol and drug filled people to live concerts there.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

SEE YOU ALL AT THE GROWERS GREEN ON SUNDAY!

Posted in fremantle, growers green, markets by freoview on September 26, 2015

The best hangover cure after the disappointing Fremantle Dockers finals loss to Hawthorn is a Sunday morning with the community at the delightful GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET. Besides great fresh fruit and vegetables and the great atmosphere you’ll also have the chance to meet some of your candidates for the Fremantle Council election.

In between shopping, drinking coffee and having breaky wander over to my ROEL FOR FREO! stall and say G’day. I hear East Ward Councillor Ingrid Waltham will also be there, and the last two weekends I noticed Hilton candidate Sam Donovan and South Ward candidate Andrew Luobikis there, so catch up with any of us and tell us what changes you would like to see at Council. I think I might also have glimpsed South Ward Councillor Jon Strachan last week, unless he has a double.

See you all at the GG this Sunday!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

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VOTE ROEL LOOPERS FOR BEACONSFIELD!

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 26, 2015

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Received your ballot papers yet? I got mine on Friday and its already on its way back, so DON’T FORGET TO VOTE for the Fremantle Council election!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

MORE GREEN SPACE PRIORITY WITH FREO DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 25, 2015

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Nice to see the Fremantle Herald today reporting on the percentage for green space idea I have, to make sure that we will have ample public open spaces among all the new planned development in Fremantle. People living in apartments, office workers, hotel visitors and tourists all will want to enjoy green relaxation nodes with creative seating, trees and shade structures, so I believe it is important to put that in Freo’s planning policies.

Also great to feel appreciated and get the support of Little High Street residents who put some election signs on their apartment.

Ballot papers should be arriving from today so PLEASE DO VOTE, as Councillor Ingrid Waltham also promotes in a letter to the Herald today, and embrace your democratic right to elect the person who you believe will represent you and Fremantle best.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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

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PRINCESS MAY PARK MASTERPLAN ON DISPLAY

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on September 25, 2015

The City of Fremantle will hold a community consultation session on site at Princess May Park this Saturday to show the draft Masterplan for the area. It will be at the back of Clancy’s from 10-12 am, so just in time to stay on and have lunch at Freo’s great family pub.

The Princess May Park heritage precinct is on the cusp of development and community activation with the start of the Hilton hotel building very soon and a lot of building activity to the East of it along Queen Victoria, Quarry and Beach streets. The former Energy Museum site is also destined for development, so it is essential to integrate the Masterplan with traffic management along there as the intersection at Parry and Adelaide Street is a pretty awful one.

Go and have a look, have your say, put a written submission to Council and be pro-active. There is little use complaining when the horse has bolted so be creative and part of the solution!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

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THE VERY FREO GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET

Posted in fremantle, growers green by freoview on September 25, 2015

The absolutely lovely and very Freo GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET is on again this Sunday from 8 am till midday so join the Fremantle community for a relaxing family morning and buy some fresh produce and great food.

There will be live music, Damian’s animal touch farm, face painting and Fairy Sandie, lots and lots of yummy breakfast and coffee, etc. It’s just a great place to hang out on a Sunday morning and catch up with friends, network a bit, see some amazing dogs and just chill. I love it and will be there of course!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written an authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Stree. Beaconsfield 6162.

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FREMANTLE’s BLIND EYES ON THE STREET

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 24, 2015

There was another Fremantle local council election forum for South Fremantle Ward at the LOCAL-formerly Seaview Hotel, with the four candidates, and a good crowd turned up.

While there were some specific South Freo questions, such as traffic calming on South Terrace, these forums tend to be more general and critical about what Council does. The passion of all candidates, especially Tony Toledo and Andrew Luobikis, and their apparent willingness to work hard to make a positive contribution was inspiring an gives hope that there are some very good alternatives in most of the wards and at least the electorate will have a choice this time.

What is disappointing is that most people in the community simply do not understand Local Government process  and its restrictions. It was outrageous and defamatory of one of the candidates to claim Fremantle Council is corrupt without providing one iota of proof. Everyone who knows me knows that I am not an apologist for Freo Council but I am confident that none of our Elected Members engage in unlawful conduct and the moderator should have stepped in there and protect Councillor Strachan who was accused of being part of a corrupt Council. That is not acceptable!

But staying with Jon Strachan I believed that he more or less personified what is wrong with Fremantle Council. Jon said that Climate Change and Domestic Violence were some of the major issues for him. No one would probably disagree, but these two huge issues are not local government issues and are for the big boys in the world and in Australia to combat.

What impact could a tiny local council like Fremantle possible have of changing the world and the environment? Even the CEO of the Committee for Perth stated the other day at a forum that there is no evidence that Fremantle does any better when it comes to the environment than any other council in WA, so why are we for example spending $ 100,000 on One Planet projects instead of just doing basic local governance right where local council governs for local people and businesses and where it has an eye for detail and looks at the small pictures and details of maintenance, etc.

Domestic violence is abhorrent and unacceptable but will the City of Fremantle transform the Queensgate building at Kings Square into a giant refuge for battered women and children? I think not because it is a state and federal issue, and the Prime Minister announced today Canberra is going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat domestic violence as a priority, and not before time either!

But the City of Fremantle needs to get back to basics. Having vehicles with slogans like Eyes on the Street is not good enough. It basically is spin because we appear to have blind officers who don’t report what is wrong and who don’t care that the footpaths are dangerous or street lights not working.

The Eyes on the Street vans need to get guide dogs to help them see the issues everyone else in the communty, but Council workers, seem to observe, so let’s stop trying to play in the big league and let’s start looking after local people, local streets, verges, lights, suburbs, beaches, etc. first. Fremantle Council cannot change the world but it can have a huge positive impact on our local community if it gets its priorities right! That is the message that comes from these election forums and when one talks to the community.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162

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