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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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FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL TRAINEESHIP SUCCESS

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle Aboriginal Traineeship Program has been a big success, with four of the six trainees being offered a 12-month position at the City.

Trainees were employed at a variety of departments, such as records, IT, communications, media, culture, etc. and said that personal growth was the most positive aspect of the traineeship for them, while learning different skills.

The trainees said they were guided and supported well by CoF staff and that it was good to have a group of Aboriginal trainees, so that they could support each other.

The City hopes to get some Aboriginal elders as mentors for future trainees.

Applications opened three days ago: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/career-opportunities/traineeships-and-apprenticeships.

Roel Loopers

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THE LAST FREMANTLE SUMMER FESTIVAL

 

The last summer Fremantle Festival starts in a month as it will become a winter festival from next year.

10 NIGHTS IN PORT will run from  12-21 July 2019  when the Fremantle Festival returns to a ten-day immersive experience of wild art and hidden treasures in 2019.

Presenting works across contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance, the program is designed to encourage discovery and celebration. Informed by a sense of place and the undeniable uniqueness of our port city. Full 2019 program will be announced April 2019.

This year’s festival starts on Friday October 26 with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre, followed on Sunday with the Blessing of the Fleet procession through the inner city to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

On Saturday November 2 Bathers Beach will be set alight when Kraken lights up a big Black Swan and when Karla-k Koorling lights many fires to connect the people of Fremantle, each fire hosting a dance, songs, puppetry, performance or spoken word.

Stay tuned for more info closer to the festival!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MOVING FORWARD WITH RECONCILIATION

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2018

 

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More than one hundred people attended a City of Fremantle forum this morning about How we can improve the relationship with the Aboriginal community.

Many Whadjuk Noongar people took part, as did Fremantle precincts representatives, many Councillors and the Mayor, people from support services, WA Police, Chamber of Commerce, Fremantle Prison, Education Department, City of Fremantle staff from a variety of departments, and other interested individuals.

It was pretty full on to get it all done in three hours but I believe it was a very worthwhile exercise that opened up opportunities for better communication, more respect and where the journey of reconciliation has been good and what can be improved.

What are effective ways to improve the relationship between Noongars and Wadjelas, and how can we improve doing it at grassroots level within our own suburbs and streets?

The Noongar people believe that local governments are leading the reconciliation process, and in Fremantle we are building it on an already strong foundation.

What forms of communication between the cultures works best and how can we improve it?

Reconciliation is an important process of understanding and acknowledgment of the past and of Aboriginal history and culture, and all together we are creating the future.

One of my laments is that many hundreds of school students a week do day excursions to Fremantle and visit the Fremantle Prison, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum, but leave our city without having engaged with Aboriginal history or culture. Only some schools engage the services of Greg Nannup of Indigenous WA to give them a tour about Aboriginal culture, but that is just not enough and the Education Department needs to be aware of the shortcoming.

It was a very positive and relaxed morning and so good to see Aboriginal and Wadjela people chatting and connecting with mutual respect.

Well done, City of Fremantle, now we need to do the next step and implement positive actions!

Roel Loopers

FREO MEN’S SHED VISITS WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2018

 

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Good to see members of the Fremantle Men’s Shed visiting the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Arthur’s Head on Wednesday morning.

A cuppa around the fire and a chat with Scott Chisholm under a bright blue sky was a good start of the day.

 

Roel Loopers

GIVING FREO A HELPING HAND

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2018

 

Like FREO NOW-the former BID, Tourism WA, the City of Fremantle, the Chamber of Commerce and others we all can do our bit to promote Fremantle interstate and overseas.

Quite a few members of the Freo community are also trying to help by posting reviews on Trip Advisor, and according to traders that can be very helpful.

Trip Advisor alerted me that last month one or more of my 33 Fremantle reviews were read by a total of 16,304 people, with 70% of them being from Australia and the other 30% from overseas.

The most favourite review last month was about Indigenous Tours WA which is run by Greg Nanup. However Greg now mainly does Walyalup tours for school groups at Arthur’s Head, so teachers make sure to book them for your classes when you come to visit the Roundhouse and Shipwreck Museum!

YOU too can review restaurants, shops, tours, attractions, etc. on Trip Advisor. Do it!

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL SILK SCARVES PAINTING

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018

 

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The Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre is teaching hand painting on silk scarves courses with renowned artist Peter Farmer

The materials are plain ‘Habotai Scarfs’ size 180cm x 45cm for designing and painting. If you’d like to purchase from the class, the cost is $30.

PETER FARMER DESIGNS are facilitating workshops for creatives that would like to try a hand at handpainted original designed silk scarfs and other materials.

Peter Farme Snr has showcased at Malaysia’s ‘Alta Moda’ in Kuala Lumpur and ‘Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s’ first ever Aboriginal Showcase.

This is an opportunity to share skills and knowledge and be creative with cutlural connections and content that is engaging and informative, about the oldest living culture on the planet.

Peter Farmer is the only Aboriginal Artist to collaborate with “Professor Jimmy Choo” creating an original print for the production of a couture shoe by the Professor.

The courses are on August 25 and September 1 and 8 at 2pm. Cost $ 15.00.

The WACC is at Mrs Trivett Lane on Arthur’s Head in the fourth cottage from the Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers

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KAYA! IT’S ABORIGINAL CHILDREN’S DAY!

Posted in aboriginal, children, city of fremantle, family, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2018

 

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A message from BEYONDBLUE:

Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – a special day to celebrate the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their culture.

BEYONDBLUE acknowledge the significant role that parents, carers and elders play in strengthening children’s connection to culture, community and identity. These connections are vital to building a child’s resilience, sense of belonging and social and emotional wellbeing.

BEYONDBLUE encourages all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal Children’s Day and the importance of celebrating children’s connection to their culture to support their resilience. You can find out more by visiting www.SNAICC.org.au

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WONDERFUL ABORIGINAL ART AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

 

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If you missed the opening at the Fremantle Arts Centre last night of Bush Women 25 Years On go and see it! If you love good visual art, don’t mis it! If you love great Aboriginal art this is the show for you. It is wonderful, wonderful!

The show by some of the best known female indigenous Kimberley artists is a pure joy for the eye and the soul.

Stunning works by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie Gara-Gara, Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies, Pantjiti Mary McLean.

Another show by female local artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo is in the same building, so make sure to also view Running Deep.

The FAC cafe is open, so hide from the bad weather and do something for the soul and tummy!

Roel Loopers

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