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GREAT LINE UP FOR ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE EVENT

 

One Day

 

 

The line-up for Fremantle’s ONE DAY event on January 27 has been finalised.Talented young Indigenous singer Emily Wurramara, local band The Hunting Birds and indie-pop rockers The Spring Peaks will be joining headliner Montaigne and Adrian Eagle on the Esplanade stage.

20-year-old Wurramara, originally from Groote Eylandt off the coast of the Northern Territory, sings in both English and her first language Anindilyakwa.

She was nominated for the 2018 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album for her album Milyakburra.

Fremantle folk/rock five-piece The Hunting Birds have appeared at major festivals including Falls Festival Downtown and Bluesfest Byron Bay, plus support slots with folk heavyweights The Lumineers and English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner. Last year they released their debut EP In Its Nature.

Perth band The Spring Peaks have previously shared a stage with artists including End of Fashion and Birds of Tokyo. Their next single is set to be released in early 2019 which will be the title track of their forthcoming EP.

Headline act Montaigne said she was very proud to be part of One Day.

“I like that there’s an event in the country where we can celebrate Australia without alienating the descendants of its first people,” the Sydney-based singer songwriter said.

WA Music Industry Award winning Noongar singer Gina Williams will return to MC and perform at One Day for the third time, with Dr Richard Walley OAM and Marie Taylor delivering the Welcome to Country for the event.

One Day in Fremantle on 27 January will begin with a smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach at 8am, followed by a host of Aboriginal cultural workshops and activities at Kidogo Arthouse for everyone to enjoy.

At 2pm the focus will shift to the Esplanade Reserve for the One Day concert. In addition to the performers on the main stage there will also be activities, entertainment and food trucks.

For more information visit the One Day in Fremantle page on the City of Fremantle website and Facebook.

Roel Loopers

MORE VANDALISM AT HISTORIC ARTHUR’S HEAD

 

 

Morons continue to deface and vandalise Fremantle’s historic Arthur’s Head especially along the coastal path at Bathers Beach.

Graffiti has been sprayed on the Aboriginal Manjarree Trail signs and on the solar lights, which have again been vandalised with many small holes smashed into the panels.

I hear there are officers at the City of Fremantle who believe it is not appropriate to replace those small lights and to put taller solar lights in the area, as that would not be in keeping with the heritage significance, but I wonder how ugly, vandalised low lights suit the historic area any better.

This has been an ongoing problem for many years and Fremantle Council needs to address this. The path is very popular with tourists and locals so an unsightly appearance is not good enough!

Roel Loopers

PIGRAM BROTHERS BROOME TO BICTON

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, concert, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2019

 

feb 16 broome to bicton

 

One of Freo’s View’s readers asked last week if I knew about any upcoming Pigram Brothers concerts near Fremantle, so here an early warning about the annual free Broome to Bicton event in the park above the Bicton Bath on February 16.

Roel Loopers

MONTAIGNE STARS AT ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE

 

One Day

 

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Montaigne will be the headline act at the One Day in Fremantle event on January 27, held on the Esplanade from 2-7.30pm.

The 23-year-old won an ARIA award in 2016 for best breakthrough artist following the success of her debut album Glorious Heights, which featured the singles ‘Because I Love You’ and ‘In the Dark’.

The Triple J favourite also featured on the Hilltop Hoods hit ‘1955’.

She recently released a new single ‘For Your Love’ and will be returning to Fremantle in April next year as part of a national tour.

Montaigne will be joined on stage by up-and-coming South Australian soul singer Adrian Eagle, fresh off his European tour supporting the Hilltop Hoods earlier this year.

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

The One Day event will start at 8am on Bathers Beach with a Whadjuk Noongar smoking ceremony, followed by Aborignal cultural activities at Kidogo Arthouse all morning.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WANTS GST INVESTMENT

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has urged the state government to spend some of WA’s $4.7 billion GST windfall on essential infrastructure in the port city.

Changes to the GST distribution passed by the Senate yesterday will deliver $1.7 billion in top-up payments to WA over three years, and see the state about $4.7 billion better off over the next eight years, and the Freo Mayor wants to see some of that windfall invested in Fremantle.

Fremantle is having an unprecedented level of investment and development, so Mayor Brad Pettitt said  “Over the past few years the state government has invested billions of dollars in the Perth CBD in projects like Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the stadium, and now is the perfect time to invest in Perth’s second city.

“As a local government we’ve done a lot of the ground work with planning and feasibility studies, so there is an ideal opportunity for the government to partner with us to deliver some of these projects that are essential not just for Fremantle but for the entire state.”

Brad Pettitt mentioned the possible redevelopment of land surrounding the Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay and including Fremantle in the early stages of METRONET as key projects requiring government investment.

An independent report Freo City commissioned back in 2016 identified the development of the South Quay precinct would generate 3700 new jobs, attract private investment of $3.5 billion and return almost $1 billion to the state over 20 years.

The Mayor said “We want the government to bring forward the detailed planning for the Fremantle to Murdoch link – be it light rail or trackless trams – to fill the east-west public transport gap until the Fremantle to Cockburn passenger rail link is progressed.

I personally also want the State Government to invest in an Aboriginal Centre in Fremantle so that overseas tourists can enjoy and learn about our Aboriginal culture and history. This is well overdue and should be a priority!

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SPIRIT, SOUL AND SEA MARKETING

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, heritage, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018

 

Destination 2

Destination 1

 

The new Fremantle strategic Destination Marketing was launched on Tuesday evening by Minister Simone McGurk at the Bathers Beach House in front of a large number of people.

Josh Wilson MP was there, as were representatives of Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Ports, Chamber of Commerce, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle Markets, National Hotel, Benny’s bar, Many 2.0, WA Tourism, Rottnest Island Authority, Fremantle Mayor, Councillors and staff, and many others.

Lovely Lucy Peach sang a few beautiful songs while the sun was setting over the Indian Ocean.

Linda Wayman, the chair of the Destination Marketing Working Group said that culture and arts contribute to Fremantle’s soul and that it was important to have a narrative and new brand for Fremantle.

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said it was fair to say that we need to talk Fremantle up sometimes, but that the major developments that are happening will bring people back to Freo and that was extremely exciting!

The message needs to go out what Fremantle’s potential is and we need a really clear strategy on where we need to go as an organisation.

Minister, and Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk said that there are opportunities to showcase Aboriginal tourism and that we all share a common passion for Fremantle, the place that has an amazing get together of natural environment, entertainment and heritage.

The colour brochure that was handed out states that the Fremantle Story marketing campaign had not been greatly successful as it failed to capture the exclusivity of Fremantle and its unique essence.

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

The Destination Marketing Working Group believes there is a significant opportunity to improve the way we promote the walkability of Freo, work together and collaborate with stakeholders, position Fremantle as a staycation destination, as opposed to day trips, collaborate with local businesses about marketing campaigns, support activation and events delivered by external groups, engage hotel operators and the Perth Convention Centre to attract conference and exhibition business to Fremantle, deliver highly engaging content via digital platforms, reach intrastate and interstate and international visitor markets through campaign activity, position Fremantle as the gateway to Rottnest Island, Swan River and WA, promote our niche experiences such as Fremantle Prison and the West End, seek investment from state and federal governments, etc.

One question I would have asked Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, who was to do the launch but could not attend because his mother died, is when will the WA Government invest more in Fremantle and become less Perth centric? What about giving Fremantle funding for a much needed Aboriginal Cultural Centre, maybe on Victoria Quay close to the Swan River. We want it in Fremantle, and overseas visitors want an Aboriginal experience, so let’s stop the procrastination and get on with it!

Roel Loopers

 

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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.

Roel Loopers

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CULTURAL INAPPROPIATENESS AT WALYALUP CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2018

 

There are serious concerns in the Noongar community about cultural inappropriateness at the Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre-WACC on Arthur’s Head.

Our local indigenous friends believe the City of Fremantle Council and administration have not been advised properly by CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore that it is inappropriate to allow former Dockers player Scott Chisholm to operate his Yoondooroo Dreaming Cultural Walk from the WACC, because Chisholm is not a Noongar, but comes from the Yoingu People in the Northern Territory.

The insensitive decision by the City of Fremantle created unfair competion for the Indigenous WA cultural tours by the Noongar Nannup family, who had been doing it for years but received nu support or promotion from the WACC.

Dream and story lines are very important in Aboriginal culture and are very territorial, with only certain people allowed to tell certain dreamtime and cultural stories, so who made the decision at the City of Fremantle that  it would be o.k. for a Northern Territory Aborigine to do Dreaming tours out of our local Noongar centre?

Scott Chisholm is a really nice bloke with a ready smile, but surely the cultural sensitivity can’t be ignored by Fremantle City officers.

Roel Loopers

FREO AGE FRIENDLY WORKING GROUP

 

The City of Fremantle has established an Age Friendly City Working Group, which comprises of age care specialists and members of the Fremantle community.

The members of the committee are Steve Waddingham of Alzeimer’s WA, Stuart Tomlinson of the Fremantle Multicultural Centre, Julie Ray of Amana Living, and Leah Gray of the Hilton Foley Village and Souther Cross Care.

Community members are Betty Garlett, Sylvia Lang, Cathy Hall, Ella Peaty, Rob Fittock and Roel Loopers.

During the last election campaign in October voters expressed a need for a ‘circle of elders’ to cater for the fast ageing population, and Fremantle Council acknowledged that this was a good idea.

Roel Loopers

THE IMPORTANCE OF TELLING OUR STORIES

Posted in aboriginal, architecture, art, city of fremantle, city planning, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2018

 

 

I had no idea how big and impressive the new WA Museum at the Perth cultural centre was going to be until I saw the building site yesterday.

Museums, cultural centres and state galleries are such important places to tell our stories, so I hope he WA State Government will in the near future also make an investment in Fremantle and build a migrant museum on Victoria Quay and an Aboriginal Cultural Centre as well.

Fremantle Ports is creating two new websites, one for normal port business and the other specifically for Victoria Quay, so it looks like they might go ahead with development there after all, and connect the port better with Kings Square.

 

 

While in Perth, during one of my very rare visits to the big smoke, I also noticed the SKS Group building the Hilton Doubletree hotel at Elizabeth Quay, so now hoping they will prioritise the Fremantle one at Princess May Park as well.

And isn’t it nice to see that there are actually architects who design nicely curved and round buildings, instead of the boring and predictable rectangular ones. Yes, these buildings are too high for Freo, but I’d love to see some rounded corners at new developments.

Roel Loopers

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