Freo's View


I have been contemplating what a good alternative date would be for Australians to celebrate Australia Day. March 26 is very divisive because the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove is considered Invasion Day by our indigenous people.

On our west coast January 26 is pretty meaningless as W.A. had not been settled by the British when Cook took over what is now New South Wales.

Tonight’s Fremantle Council debate on the possible cancellation of Australia Day fireworks should consider another date if we want to continue wasting a lot of money on shooting stuff up in the sky and polluting the environment, to accommodate local traders who believe they’ll miss out on business. Why not do it on Federation Day on January 1, which would at the same time ring in the new year. (Australia became a federation on January 1, 1901). That day should also become our new date for Australia Day!

Alternatively we could end the Fremantle Festival with a nice medium size firework on the last Sunday and celebrate our city’s diversity and multiculturalism.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Lionel said, on August 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Australia Day will always be the 26th of January. It will never be changed. Anyone offended by this date is simply going to have to come to terms with it. I can see why aboriginal people aren’t thrilled but sadly for them, they are stuck with it.

  2. freoview said, on August 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    too cold?


  3. freoishome said, on August 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    No long weekends from early June to late September, so how about one on 18 July to coincide with the end of schools holidays?

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