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HAVE FREO FUN ON NEW YEAR’S EVE!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 31, 2018

 

 

It is the last day of the year, a day where we contemplate the beauty and madness, the sins and sorrows, the love and delights of the year we had, and where we promise ourselves to do much better in the new year, and definitely get much better governments-again.

For some it will be important to party until the early hours of the first day of the new year, while others, like I, will hit the bed much earlier.

There are parties all over Freo, from the Gatsby one up on the roof terrace of the National Hotel to the family friendly early party at Clancy’s, and the old school Freo house party at The Local.

The kids-friendly part at Clancy’s starts at 4pm with a fancy dress competition for children, a bouncing castle, an obstacle course, face painting, and music by the Justin Walsh Folk Machine from 7pm.

There will be roaming entertainment from 8pm and an early countdown into the New Year at 9pm. Entry is free!

Whatever you do make sure not to drink and drive or make a nuisance of yourself to your neighbours or the community. It might be the last day of the year, but it is not the end of the world, so show respect and tolerance.

Roel Loopers

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HUGE CROWD AT 2018s FINAL ARTS CENTRE COURTYARD MUSIC

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2018

 

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I don’t think I have ever seen more people attending a Sunday music courtyard session at the Fremantle Arts Centre than today.

Young and old turned up in their hundreds for the last concert of the year, and are  still dancing the afternoon away on the hip swirling Congolese music of Soukouss Internationale. Great music! Great atmosphere!

The concert is still going till 4pm, so head out there fast! I had to leave early because hay fever won yet again. ; >(

Roel Loopers

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ILLEGAL FREMANTLE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS CLOSURE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, local government, pedestrians, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2018

 

 

The City of Fremantle has not received permission from the WA Planning Commission to close the Pedestrian Access Way-PAW between Kellow Place and Swanbourne Street, but the PAW has remained closed, disregarding the WAPC’s direction.

Fremantle Council decided on July 26 last year to grant a temporary trial closure of one year after an application had been made for the closure on December 1, 2014.

The My Say Freo residents’ survey resulted in two submissions by local residents presented to Council, one to re-open the PAW with 22 signatures and one to keep the PAW closed with 13 signatures, but in October this year Fremantle Council decided to keep the PAW closed anyway, despite the directive from the WAPC, and asked officers to start negotiating with the state agency to see if they would change their opinion.

Local residents who are for keeping the PAW open received a letter from David Caddy, the Chair of the WAPC, dated November 21, 2018, which states that “……insufficient evidence exists at this point in time to warrant the closure. The proposed closure is not supported.”

David Caddy also wrote “Should the City of Fremantle decide to proceed with the closure and seek revised recommendation from the WAPC, then further justification will need to be provided to support the City’s position.”

Residents who want the PAW open rightly ask why the City of Fremantle keeps the PAW closed although it has not received permission to do so, which means the PAW has now been illegally closed for pedestrian access since the trial period finished six months ago.

One of the property owners who applied for the PAW closure has extended his brush fence across the entries to the PAW.

Roel Loopers

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GET FREO STYLE FIT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2018

 

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Forget New Year resolutions of getting fit, do it on Sunday, the day before New Year’s eve instead at the Fremantle Arts Centre free courtyard music session.

Put on your dancing shoes for the hip-swinging, pumping Congolese rhythms of Soukouss International!

The concert is on from 2-4pm. The cafe, bar and pizza bar will all be open and the weather is going to be very Freo brilliant.

Roel Loopers

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LOOKING FOR YOUNG FREMANTLE LEADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on December 28, 2018

 

The city of Fremantle is relaunching their Youth Advisory Council and looking for local young people to join.

The aim is to connect Freo young people, youth agencies and schools so they can share what is happening with the broader community at a grass roots level.

If you’re aged between 12-24 and are interested in talking about youth issues, representing your neighbourhood and want to volunteer, then this is for you.

Visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/fyn for more info.

Roel Loopers

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THE FREO YEAR WE HAD IN PHOTOS

 

 

 

There is not much happening in Fremantle during the Christmas and New Year period, with politics on hold, so I decided to review the year through photos I published on Freo’s View in 2018. Enjoy!

Roel Loopers

and also as a slide show:

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WHEN DID WE DUMP BEING IN THE MOMENT?

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, communication, community, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on December 26, 2018

 

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When did we humans decide that we are so incredible important that we need to be in contact with the rest of the world every second of every day?

When did we decide that being in the moment is no longer relevant, and that we can take the people we are with for granted by constantly monitoring our smart phones for Facebook, Twitter and text messages and emails?

When did we decide that the world might desperately need our comments when we go for a long walk on the beach, or while we are having lunch, or dinner, or breakfast with friends?

When did we decide that it is polite to talk at length on the phone, or respond obsessively to text messages while in the company of others?

When did we decide it is an acceptable risk to kill or maim others because we just have to answer the phone, or text messages while driving a car?

When did the idiocy start that we need to have the smart phone next to our bed, just in case someone sends a ‘really important’ Facebook message?

When did it become more important to communicate with people far away than with the ones we are with?

The silly advertisement above says it all. Yep, we desperately need to check our emails while doing laps in the pool, or going for a jog, or while having sex, or whatever we are doing.

Enjoy your Boxing Day and switch your phone off for a while now and then and appreciate the moment you are in and the people you are with!

Roel Loopers

 

COFFEE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Posted in cafe, christmas, city of fremantle, coffee, Uncategorized by freoview on December 25, 2018

 

For those who long for a good coffee Callogero’s and the Roasting Warehouse on South Terrace, near the corner of Lefroy Road are open in South Fremantle, and I heard that the Mod cafe in Wray Avenue was also going to open.

No reason to sulk at home. It is pretty pleasant out there with a cooling breeze and the beaches are filling up.

Roel Loopers

CHRISTMAS EVE FUN AT THE SOUTH FREO LOCAL

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, entertainment, fremantle network, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2018

 

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The LOCAL Hotel in South Fremantle always generously hosts South Fremantle Precinct meetings and lately also the Politics in the Pub by the Fremantle Network, so they deserve our support.

If you haven’t got any family Christmas Eve commitment head out to The Local for some tunes by DJ Peggy Sue SMO and Santa’s Little Helper from 8pm.

Roel Loopers

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

 

I don’t like Christmas very much because I dislike the hype of frantic shopping, buying too much food, giving often useless presents, and drinking far too much alcohol, as if there is no tomorrow, or a New Year’s party coming up.

What I want from Christmas is for it to be a time of reflection, to see what we can learn from the past year, and how we as individuals can help improve the community we live in.

All I want for Christmas is real leadership from our politicians, and not the childish point- scoring bulling and hypocrisy we are getting from Canberra.

I want for Christmas respectful dialogue about the differences we have in Fremantle, and in WA and Australia, and stop the name-calling, innuendo and conspiracy.

I hope that one day soon people will return to being in the moment with the people they are with, instead of engaging on the internet with those far away, who are probably also in the company of others, who, like me, would enjoy the face to face communication and connection.

For Fremantle I want substantial State and Federal Government investment and the stop to the attitude that Freo is a safe Labor seat, and hence does not require support from Labor and does not warrant support from the Liberals.

What I want for Christmas is much harsher punishment for child abuse and domestic violence because the victims deserve much better protection.

I have given up on wanting peace on earth, because that is not going to happen until the human species is wiped out. We are too stupid to learn from the past and there are still those in power who believe that violence is a solution to the problems in the world.

What I want for Christmas is more communities like Fremantle, where we don’t take ourselves too serious, and where we care and share, and where we habitually blame everything that goes wrong on our local council.

What I want for Christmas is more temporary public artworks, like the yellow Felice Varini one, in Freo, but less problems when removing them.

And what Loopy wants for Christmas is just good health, and that the new interpretive historic displays at the Roundhouse will become a reality next year.

Have a very Happy Christmas everyone and look after those who are vulnerable at this time of the year!

.. and PLEASE, Santa, make Donald Trump disappear!

Roel Loopers

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