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WALYALUP APOLOGIES NECESSARY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2018

 

When I received information that allegedly two major Aboriginal organisations are investigating the cultural inappropriate use of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur’s Head I of course wanted to report about it, which I did last week. Even more so when my mate Greg Nannup claims there might be a personal vendetta against the Nannups at the WACC.

But all is not what it appeared to be and the City of Fremantle has put me on the straight and narrow about this.

First of all CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore was not involved in the decision to allow Scott Chisholm to conduct Aboriginal cultural tours out of WACC, so my sincere apology to Brendan Moore for mentioning him in my blog post.

Second, and very important, is that Noongar elders endorsed that Scott Chisholm could conduct his tours out of WACC, so Scott Chisholm deserves an apology from me as well, which I offer him here.

I took the word of a mate when I should have double-checked, so that was unprofessional of me and unacceptable! I accept all the blame for that.

Family feuding is a nightmare in the Noongar community and something a Wadjela like I will probably never understand, because for me all Aboriginal people are good people whom I respect and like.

And to provide even more clarity this below from the City of Fremantle:

Scott Chisholm has been endorsed by the local Elders Committee to share his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour in Fremantle. Noel Nannup was part of the eldership group meeting where permission was given for Scott to operate his activities from the WACC. Scott Chisholm’s tours do not attempt to tell Noongar stories but to share his own connections with Fremantle and his country.

 The WACC promotes programs offered through the facility. Scott Chisolm is not currently employed to operate from the WACC. He was booked as a facilitator to provide his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour as part of the WACC program of activities during Naidoc Week (he also runs his own private business). The City has also approached Greg Nannup to do tours and work with WACC but he decided at that time not to be involved. We have recently supported/offered Indigenous WA tours with work from 25 tourists and as guides on the wildflower walk at Samson park during September 2018.

 The City of Fremantle supports many families in the Aboriginal community, with particular support for the local Noongar people. The Nannups are valued members of the community.

Accusing Brendan Moore of providing improper advice – particularly in such a sensitive area – and naming him without fact-checking the circumstances was surprising and disappointing. For the record, Brendan has not worked on programming at the WACC since early 2017 and has had no involvement in programming decisions involving Scott Chisholm. As stated earlier, the permission for Scott to offer his programs was provided by the local Elders Committee.

I hope this clears it up, as it is very important to me to publish a balanced and fair blog. Kaya!

And to make it absolutely clear. I have been advocating for an Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle for many years. I don’t believe the WACC is very successful though, partly due because of it’s location, so I hope the City of Fremantle will establish an Aboriginal community centre maybe in Hilton, plus a city central separate one as an Aboriginal cultural centre for tourism, which will offer Noongar art and craft for sale, story telling, history, music, dancing, etc.

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WA STATE HERITAGE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

 

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Nominations for the Western Australian HERITAGE AWARDS 2019 are now open.

For more information visit: http://www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/awards

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DRAMATIC FREO CIVIC CENTRE DEMOLITION

 

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The remnants of the now former City of Fremantle Civic Centre look more like a war zone at the moment, but it is all in the interest of good change and progress for our beautiful city.

I took these photos an hour ago.

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HISTORIC FREO VICTORIA HALL FOR SALE!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, property, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2018

 

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The City of Fremantle has started to advertise the sale of historic Victoria Hall in High Street, just east of Kings Square.

St John of God church has expressed an interest in the past to purchase it and open the hall to the community. That would probably be the best outcome, as developers would want to build something behind the beautiful hall.

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IS DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS? NOTRE DAME FORUM

 

The Is Democracy in Crisis? forum organised by the Fremantle Network and politics students of Notre Dame University was interesting and attracted 60 spectators.

The event was held on Tuesday evening in the Santa Maria lecture theatre of Notre Dame, with panelists Liberal MP Ben Morton, Labor MP Josh Wilson and political journalist Jane Marwick, and facilitator Dr Martin Drum who is a political lecturer at NDA and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor.

The panel agreed that democracy is not in crisis but in a bit of a mess, with Ben Morton saying that democracy should be celebrating different views, and that is has become harder to be an active citizen in our democracy as we need to work harder to keep informed, despite social media.

Jane Marwick said the media largely responded to the left/right focus in politics and that the media is far too cosy with politicians and staff. There is too much focus on personalities, not on conviction and policy. “We should all be skeptical about the media!”

Josh Wilson said that democracy was not in crisis in this part of Australia. “This room is full of people who are active at grassroots democracy.”

But he said tribalism, self-interest and self-engrandising was a problem in Canberra and that the media was focussed on conflict rather than policy.

Jane Marwick said the 24-hour media cycle left little time to fact check and get all sides of the story, but Martin Drum said it was more an opinion cycle than a news cycle.

Longer and fixed-term parliaments should be considered as the three-year term can cause instability, and is in reality only two years and four months.

Jane Marwick said that former Deputy PM John Anderson has said that trust has broken down in all our institutions. She said that meat on the bone does not get reported, only juicy stories.

Josh Wilson said it was not good democracy when the parties ran a war against their own Prime Minister and that Labor had put measures in place to stop that.

Certain journalists are having too much power and are trying to influence the behaviour of politicians. We need more women in parliament and all parties should have a quota for that, that means we need to make parliament a more attractive place to work at and accommodate women and their families better. It should not be either having children or having a career.

OPINION:

I feel disconnected with our political leaders in Canberra. I feel patronised, belittled and talked down to, and told what is good for me by them, instead of being part of the conversation.

Question Time is a disrespectful and childish session of bullying. It is about political point scoring instead of good governance, hence the public’s skepticism and lack of respect for parliament.

I wish federal, and also state parliament, would be as respectful and professional as Fremantle Council, where no personal attacks are made and no political point scoring takes place. We have a mature debate about the topics at hand in Fremantle Council. They don’t always get it it right, but at least they behave like professionals who thoroughly debate all topics, and whose main priority is  not self interest, but looking after the community and good governance.

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A LAUGH, A PINT AND A MEAL AT THE NATIONAL

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2018

 

Nov 1 Comedy at National

 

The COMEDY GONG stand up comedian festival is on at the Fremantle National Hotel this Thursday November 1. Tickets are only $ 15 so check out the details on the website.

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SUNDAY MUSIC AT FREO’S SOUTH BEACH

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, food, music, south beach, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2018

 

Sunday music November

BISTRO 21 on Fremantle’s South Beach will have live music sessions every Sunday in November through to February from 2.30pm on, so go and check it out.

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FREO FUNDRAISER FOR NINGALOO

Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2018

 

 

There will be a fundraising art exhibition at the Glen Cowans Photo Gallery and Fremantle Roundhouse to PROTECT NINGALOO on Friday November 16 from 5.30-7.30pm. All proceeds will go to protecting Exmouth Gulf from inappropriate development.

Artworks, donated by the artists, will be for sale and an entry fee of $ 25 applies.

The proceeds will be used to protest agains a pipe building plant that will service the oil and gas industry. Pipes known as bundles will be welded together and two 10km-long railway lines to move the bundles out will connect the facility with Exmouth Gulf at Heron Point.

Ningaloo Reef is one of WA’s most pristine nature areas and  very popular with Australian and overseas visitors who love to go diving with the Whale Sharks. It needs to be protected from development at all cost!

Remember how many years ago 20,000 of us marched through Fremantle to stop development at Ningaloo Reef then? We did it then and we will do it again!

Come to the fundraiser, have a drink, experience the Rounhouse at dark and see some great art!

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KINGS SQUARE DEMOLITION UPDATE

 

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The demolition of the City of Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square is now at a critical point with the demolition of the southern facade at Newman Court starting this morning.

It all looks quite dramatic and there is a sense of excitement around the Kings Square Redevelopment Project now as we can sniff the change in the air.

It’s all good and better times are just around the corner.

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SPIRIT, SOUL AND SEA FREO DESTINATION MARKETING

Posted in advertising, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2018

 

The secret of Fremantle’s new Destination Marketing is out, after there were confidential attachments the public could not read at the recent council meeting about it. So this below from the City of Fremantle. It’s a bit long but I did not want to edit it:

Spirit, Soul and Sea have been identified as the values that capture the essence of Freo in a new marketing plan adopted by Fremantle Council.

The Destination Marketing Strategic Plan 2018-22 was developed by the City of Fremantle’s Destination Marketing Working Group, which was established in May as part of a revamp of the City’s promotional and marketing activities.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said a key element of the plan was to develop a brand that reflected the unique character that gave Fremantle a competitive advantage over other destinations.

“People who live in Freo understand what makes it such a special place, and this strategy seeks to define and promote those unique qualities to a wider audience,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Fremantle is seen as a city that is vibrant, lively, fun, colourful, quirky, gritty and relaxed.

“Spirit relates to Fremantle’s vibrancy, liveliness, colour and fun. Soul captures our arts and culture, heritage and live music, while Sea reflects our beaches, maritime history, the port and unique coastal precincts like Bathers Beach and Fishing Boat Harbour.”

The Destination Marketing Working Group is comprised of local tourism, retail and business experts and chaired by the former general manager of Southern Cross Media, and current Tourism Western Australia Board Member Linda Wayman.

Ms Wayman said the plan identified a number of marketing opportunities for Fremantle to capitalise on, including a focus on refreshing Fremantle’s current brand identity.

“Fremantle has diverse assets and product, like Fremantle Prison, the maritime museum and the Fremantle Markets, as well as interesting and different locals,” Ms Wayman said.

“Together they contribute to Fremantle’s brand identity. It’s important to focus on those unique aspects and present a compelling narrative for Fremantle as a destination. 

“The group believes there is a significant opportunity for Fremantle to better leverage leisure tourism, business tourism, major events and cruise ships.

“The completion of Elizabeth Quay and Perth Stadium provides the opportunity to position Fremantle as a gateway to the Swan River, Rottnest Island and to those travelling to Western Australia via cruise ships.

“The rapid growth in the number of hotel rooms available in Fremantle also opens up the ability for Fremantle to attract more high-yielding business events and conferences.

“Plus there are things like the fact that Fremantle is also the only place in Perth, and one of the few places in WA, where people can legally have a glass of wine on the beach and watch the sunset, so that’s something special we can take advantage of.”

The destination marketing plan also identifies Aboriginal cultural experiences and marine tourism as emerging markets.

It also makes recommendations on how to improve the experience of visitors to Fremantle and develop stronger partnerships with organisations like Tourism WA, Destination Perth and the Perth Convention Bureau.

To view the City’s Destination Marketing Strategic Plan visit the Destination Marketing page on the City of Fremantle website.   

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