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EPIC JOURNEY FOR MODERN DESIGN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, design, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on January 30, 2019

 

 

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When you think about explorers, forget Burke and Wills, Dampier, Cook, Hartog, Tasman and Flinders and start thinking Loopy instead.

I double checked so that I would not claim anything that can’t be substantiated, but when I Googled epic journeys, the journey I just completed did not even appear, probably because it was far too daunting a task for even the bravest to contemplate.

So here I am claiming to be the very first person ever to have walked all the way from the Perth train station to the new Perth Stadium and back. I endured hardship in the East Perth wilderness where food and water were hard to find, and I suffered from exposure, heat stress and dehydration, but I survived.

And I endured all that because I love creative modern structures and needed to see the Matagarup Bridge over the Swan river with my own eyes, and it’s a beauty!

Yet, I pondered that one major question on the train back to my beloved Freo. If the State Government can build such and expansive and expensive new footbridge for a stadium that operates mainly on weekends, why can’t it build a much-needed new rail and traffic bridge at Fremantle that will be used 24/7?

Roel Loopers

 

GREAT VIOLINIST RUDOLF KOELMAN BACK IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, fremantle chamber orchestra, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 30, 2019

 

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The great European violinist Rudolf Koelman returns to Fremantle this Saturday February 2 to play with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra.

The concert will feature Bruch, Weber and Schubert and is on at 3pm at the John Curtin College of the Arts, and is conducted by Paul Wright.

If you can’t make it on Saturday the concert will also be performed on Sunday at Government House in Perth.

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COSMIC COLLISION AT FREMANTLE CIRCUS

 

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It is promoted as a cosmic collision between circus and science, so CRITICAL at Fremantle’s Big Top in Princess May Park might well be a fascinating experience.

It is all part of this year’s FRINGE WORLD so check out http://www.fringeworld.com.au for more information.

It is on at Circus WA from January 31 to February 3 and standard tickets are just $ 25.

Roel Loopers

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FREO ROUNDHOUSE DESERVES FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING!

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

 

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The complaints about the lack of funding for the Duyfken Replica Foundation, expressed today in the West Australian by Graeme Cocks, are shared by the Fremantle Roundhouse, Western Australia’s oldest public building.

Prime Minister Scott Morison has committed $ 6,7 million to let the Endeavour replica sail around Australia next year to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Captain’s Cook first journey to this continent, but Western Australia’s most significant historic building does not receive any annual Federal, State or City of Fremantle funding.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides manage the tourism aspects of the Roundhouse and with just 30 volunteers open the historic jail 363 days a year and fire the cannon behind the building every day at 1pm, all just on meager donations from tourists.

Arthur’s Head, on which the Roundhouse stands, was vested in the City of Fremantle by the State Government, but with a small ratepayers’ base the City does not have the funds for the ongoing expensive maintenance of the area. Where is the State funding for that?!

The Roundhouse volunteers are in the process of getting all new modern interpretive historic displays, which will also tell the important Aboriginal story of the area, but the main funding of the estimated $ 200,000 project will have to come from Lotterywest, so we hope for the best as first indications have been promising.

As a Roundhouse volunteer myself I am asking why there is no yearly State and Federal funding and why the City of Fremantle does not spend more on this important tourist destination.

Why for example do Fremantle Ports not sponsor the Roundhouse when we fly their flag every day? Even paying for the explosives(Maroons) for the cannon would help, but that too has to be paid for from the few donations, and so do the summer and winter uniforms for the mainly senior guides, promotional leaflets, etc.

I find it unbelievable that such a significant historic building and tourist attraction does not receive support from our governments on an annual basis.

Roel Loopers

CRASHED CAR PULLED OUT OF OCEAN AT SOUTH MOLE

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, south mole, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

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I was on the North Mole this morning when I noticed the large crane on the South Mole, so it had to be there to put the Mitsubish Magna out of the Indian Ocean that crashed last night and left one person dead.

Unfortunately I did not have a long lens with me so the quality of the two photos is not great as I had to crop them considerably.

Roel Loopers

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ONE DEAD AFTER CAR DRIVES OFF FREMANTLE’S SOUTH MOLE

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

The body of a 75 year-old woman was recovered late yesterday off the Fremantle South Mole after the Mitsubishi Magna she and her husband were in drove off the South Mole. The 81 year-old husband managed to swim to safety.

The tragic accident happened around 7pm yesterday, and one has to wonder how, as the road on the mole is surrounded by large rocks.

Access to the South Mole was closed early this morning as the police are investigating and asking any witnesses who saw the car before the accident to come forward.

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AUSTRALIA DAY TOPIC AT POLITICS IN THE PUB TONIGHT

 

The first of this year’s Politics in the Pub events by the Fremantle Network will this evening debate the topic if the date of Australia Day should be changed.

This is becoming a yearly issue around Australia Day when conservative politicians engage in point scoring about it and conservative voters express dismay that there are even thoughts about moving Australia Day away from January 26 to another date.

Those who are supportive of changing the date point out that many of our indigenous Australians consider the day to be Invasion Day, so we should be more considerate and celebrate Australia on a different day.

Come along to The Local hotel in South Fremantle at 6.30pm this evening January 29 and respectfully express your views.

The bar and kitchen will be open, so have a meal and a cold drink while debating this important issue.

Roel Loopers

TASTE OF THE FRINGE FESTIVAL AT FREO’S LIV APARTMENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, entertainment, festival, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on January 28, 2019

 

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Check out what’s on at this year’s FRINGE FESTIVAL this Tuesday January 28 at the LIV apartments in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street.

A selection of fringe acts will perform under the stunning artwork by Rick Vermey from 6.30-8pm.

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SLIDE SHOW OF ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE EVENT

 

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HEART-WARMING ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE

 

 

What a beautiful, brilliant, emotional and satisfying day the ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE event was today.

It is so good to see so many Aboriginal people mingling with the rest of us, but while that should be the norm it sadly isn’t.

What a great way to connect and lose some of the ignorance we have about each other and what a delight to see so many families and young kids being part of it all.

But shades structures need to be erected at next year’s One Day because when it is as hot as today people need more shade.

I loved the day. It leaves me with so many warm and positive feelings and so much gratitude that I could be part of it. Kaya! Thank you!

 

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