Freo's View


Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2018


Channel 9 TV had a bit of a beat-up story yesterday about Fremantle not having Australia Day fireworks this year because the local business group BID did not want to finance them.

Federal Liberal MP Ben Morton claimed that this was due to activists abusing small businesses. It’s the first thing I have heard about this and was not reported in the local media, so where does Morton’s claim come from?

Fact is that the Business Improvement District-BID did a survey among their 400 members and there was no clear support to continue with financing the fireworks.

As I pointed out last year the fireworks in Fremantle were never a great trading day for the broader business community because all shops had closed well before the masses arrived, and so had many cafes.

Australia Day fireworks were an excellent trading day for Fishing Boat Harbour operators, but did not do much for the rest of the CBD traders, as most people arrived late and left the city straight after the fireworks were over.

It’s a done deal for the time being, so let’s move on. Those who want big Australia Day celebrations and fireworks can enjoy them in Perth, and Freo has it’s ONE DAY celebrations on January 28.

A survey this week showed that most Australians don’t care about the date or even know why January 26 is supposedly significant.

Let’s be happy that we live in such a good country and great city!


Roel Loopers

ONE DAY poster

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  1. freoview said, on January 20, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I’ll be at ONE DAY and the Smoking Ceremony, Joe!



  2. Joe Hall said, on January 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Morton is lying. He is trying to paint this whole thing as some conspiracy by left wing extremists bullying honest traders trying to make a living, in order to whip up support and indignation around the country, rather than a town full of people with social conscience, intelligence and compassion striving to achieve true inclusivity.
    Dirty tactics like this are not a surprise from someone like Ben Morton.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you – then One Day will be a national thing and taken for granted by the next generation.
    See you there hopefully Roel!


  3. freoview said, on January 20, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Who is ignorant Sean?



  4. Sean Hefferon said, on January 20, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Ignorance is bliss- supposedly


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