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NOONGAR SMOKING CEREMONY AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, bathers beach, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 16, 2018

 

Bathers Beach Smoking Ceremony 2018_web

 

KAYA!

Advance notice that the Aboriginal SMOKING CEREMONY will be held at Bathers Beach on January 28 at 7 am.

It was first held last year as part of the ONE DAY alternative Australia Day celebrations in recognition of Fremantle’s Whadjuk Noongar history.

The smoking ceremony was very moving and attracted a lot of people, so make sure not to miss it. It is a great way to connect with our Noongar people and work toward reconciliation together.

Roel Loopers

ONE DAY FOR ALL OF US IN FREMANTLE

Posted in Uncategorized, aboriginal, local government, city of fremantle, community by freoview on December 22, 2017

 

 

I am very disappointed that a few members of the Whadjuk Noongar community are complaining in the Fremantle Herald today that the City of Fremantle’s ONE DAY event on January 28 is just tokenism as it does not showcase enough of their culture.

Fremantle Council last years decided it would no longer hold the Australia Day fireworks, out of consideration for Aboriginal culture and instead have an event on the 28th.

The Whajuk Noongar smoking ceremony at Arthur Head in the morning was a big and very moving event, attended by many people, and the concert on the Esplanade attracted some 15,000 people in the afternoon.

One Day was never intended as an Australia Day protest or the celebration only of Aboriginal local culture, but it was and should be all about multiculturalism and the entire Fremantle community connecting.

It is disappointing that those in the Noongar community who complain won’t recognise that One Day is a big step forward to genuine reconciliation and a sign of respect for their culture.

 

Roel Loopers

THE YEAR WE HAD IN FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 21, 2017

 

Christmas is only fours sleeps away and the year has just ten days left, so this is a good time to reflect on what kind of year it was for Fremantle. I do this randomly as important issues come to my mind.

The October local government election was a resounding rebuke for the right-leaning very vocal social media negativity, with all the sitting members re-elected. I find it hard to argue that this is not a vote of confidence in the plans and policies Fremantle Council has implemented. City ward even elected a new Green councillor.

The positivity and negativity of massive planned development is a fine line between a stunning modern Fremantle CBD and an aesthetic disaster that could kill our city’s unique heritage character.

Quite a few new hotels are in the pipeline and that will be good to attract more tourism and for visitors to stay overnight, but the many plans for more taverns in the inner city are a worry.

The Kings Square Project is finally underway and will be the game-changer Fremantle desperately needs, and the new FOMO retail concept by Sirona Capital sounds very exciting.

The change of Australia Day celebrations on January 26 to One Day on the 28th shows Fremantle council is getting more serious about Aboriginal issues, and the funding to investigate a purpose-built Aboriginal centre is also a clear indication that council wants to do more than just tokenism.

The heritage listing of the entire West End is significant and well overdue.

The cancellation of the Roe 8 Perth Freight Link by the new state government, and the Westport taskforce could well open up opportunities for the development of Victoria Quay.

The Long Table Dinner along High Street was a resounding success and raised $ 80,000 for St Pats, so well done Freo community for caring!

Fremantle City took back ownership of Fremantle Oval which opens up opportunities for good development of that precinct. And good riddance to the greedy Dockers!

The development of the South Fremantle Senior High School into Fremantle College and the departure of TAFE also create fantastic opportunities for substantial development in the heart of Beaconsfield.

Well-overdue traffic improvement in the Hilton centre are happening and so is traffic calming in South Fremantle.

The J Shed tavern saga continues and is a stand-off between what the community wants and Freo council stubbornly does not want to accept, while it also fails to concede that the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct concept is a failure.

Notre Dame University listened to the community and scrapped plans for a five-storey School of Nursing and Midwifery in High Street and bought the three-building Customs House complex instead to accommodate expansion.

Fremantle culture is maturing very well with outstanding exhibitions and concerts at the Fremantle Arts Centre and the very impressive and creative High Tide Biennale during the Fremantle Festival. More of that please!

The Cantonment Hill Project is now underway with the opening of the Tuckfield Oval playground.

The City of Fremantle has added three new communication officers, so we should rightly expect much better genuine communication and information from the City. The October election showed that there is a lot of ignorance in the community about what Fremantle Council and the administration do and that needs to be improved.

Well, that’s all that comes to my mind early this Thursday morning, so remind me what I failed to mention and I might do another article on other important issues in a few days time.

Roel Loopers

STUNNING ABORIGINAL MURAL AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2017

 

NDA Aboriginal

 

It was full house at Fremantle Notre Dame University’s Manjaree Place this morning for the unveiling of the major 5.5 x 2.2 metre  Manjaree Mia Kaart Aboriginal painting.

The work was created by WA Aboriginal artist Neta Knapp with help from indigenous NDA students, who each tell their own story on the big mural.

Fifty indigenous students are enrolled at Notre Dame’s Fremantle campus.

Manjaree Place was opened earlier this year to provide a place for reflection and cultural awareness at NDA. It is a beautiful place for quiet meditation in between studies.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COMMITMENT TO ABORIGINAL CULTURE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2017

 

FINALLY!!!!  Fremantle Council has committed $30,000 towards a feasibility study for an Indigenous Cultural Centre at Victoria Quay.

The study will include consultation with the local Aboriginal community and investigate issues including location and funding opportunities.

The concept for the centre includes galleries and exhibition spaces, theatres for lectures and performances, office space for local Aboriginal tourism and cultural businesses, and outdoor areas connected to the Swan River.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said  “If traditional owners support the concept, the addition of an indigenous cultural centre near an upgraded cruise ship terminal would make Victoria Quay a substantial tourism destination.”

Other ideas the study will explore include partnering with local universities to create a world class centre for indigenous studies that will attract international conferences and events.

The centre could also host touring exhibitions from other parts of Australia and the world.

The study is expected to commence later this year and be completed early next year.

This is in my opinion a well-overdue process as our local Aboriginal people, and those calling for more  tangible reconciliation and less tokenism, have been advocating for an Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle for very many years.

Well done Fremantle Council for finally allocating money for the significant process!

Roel Loopers

 

MAKE IT A HOT COMMUNITY FREO SUNDAY

 

Never Again

 

It promises to be a hot Sunday, but there is plenty to do in Fremantle, so don’t stay at home.

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on from 8am till midday at Annie Street in Beaconsfield.

The Fremantle Arts Centre Christmas Bazaar is on from 10-5 and the In Cahoots Aboriginal art show is there as well.

Not far from there the East Fremantle Festival in George Street is on from 1-7pm.

And last but not least the NEVER AGAIN book launch about the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link protests is at the Town Hall from 5-10 pm with live music, readings, speeches, food and drinks.

It’s going to be a busy Sunday for those who like to connect with their Freo community. Have fun!

Roel Loopers

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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, christmas, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2017

 

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The CHRISTMAS BAZAAR opened at the Fremantle  Arts Centre last night and will be on all weekend from 10am to 5pm.

While there don’t forget to visit the galleries for the delightful IN CAHOOTS Aboriginal art exhibition by artists from remote communities.

If you decide to go to the FAC tomorrow you can combine your trip and also visit the lovely George Street Festival in East Fremantle, just down the road from the FAC.

 

Gorgeous George will be open from 1-7 pm on Sunday in the street lined with flowering jacaranda trees.

Art, craft, food and other stalls and live entertainment. Don’t miss it. It’s fun!

Roel Loopers

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WONDERFUL ABORIGINAL SHOW AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2017

 

 

The IN CAHOOTS exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre is a wonderful show of Aboriginal art and should not be missed.

The show by six remote Aboriginal art centres takes over the entire FAC galleries and is a collaboration across Country.

Leading artist were invited to communities as artists in residence, resulting in the very creative, intriguing and fun exhibition.

There are paintings, sculptures, photographs,installations, mirrors, recycled car doors, video, figures, etc.

The participating art centres are Mangkaja Arts from Fitzroy Crossing, Baluk Arts, Victoria, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Martumili, WA and Papulankutja, WA.

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL WEAVING CLASSES

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, craft, Uncategorized by freoview on November 24, 2017

 

Learn how to weave the Aboriginal way at the Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in December.

Join Indigenous artist Lea Taylor in a Nyoongar weaving class. Learn different traditional and contemporary weaving techniques using a combination of natural fibres to create a unique piece. Perfect for a homemade christmas gift, or to de-stress over the silly season!

All supplies included.

Suitable for children 10 and up in the company of an adult.

Saturdays 12.30 to 3.30 pm 2 to 23 December

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PURPOSE BUILT FREO INDIGENOUS CENTRE FEASIBILITY STUDY

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will deliberate on Wednesday to approve a feasibility study for a purpose built indigenous centre in central Fremantle or on Victoria Quay.

After consultation with the local Wajuk Noongar community over the last few months it was decided that the indigenous people in Fremantle preferred a purpose built cultural centre.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head did not really go off. It was always going to be an uphill battle there, as the location and the small Pilot’s Cottage were inappropriate and too small for a cultural centre.

Roel Loopers

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