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




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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



Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2018


Japingka show July 20


The great Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street must be one of the first and oldest Aboriginal art galleries in the Perth metro area.

This Friday their new show by Lockhart River artists Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok opens, so make sure to go and have a look. The show will be on display till August 29.

The painters’ style, using thick layers of paint overlaid and scraped back to reveal earlier layers, gives a sense of the lush tropical landscape and bright light. It also reflects the importance of the people in recognising the meanings and stories associated with the land, the sea and the ceremonies that connect all of these together.

Fiona Omeenyo focuses on the importance of family and clan connections, depicting groups of people fishing and working the coastal regions and river estuaries. In essence the spirits of the people and their ancestors are suggested in the imagery, which is both human-like and representative of ancient rock engravings.

Rosella Namok creates images of the broader landscape, the seasons and the changing light as day merges into night. Her paintings of tropical rainstorms and the tidal patterns left by the Flow of the ocean suggest the importance of the natural rhythms of life and nature.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, craft, culture, indigenous, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018


Walyalup ACC


The City of Fremantle WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE is looking for Noongar facilitators, teachers, artists and musicians to teach about Noongar culture.

Contact the WACC on:


Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, football, history, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018


NAIDOC at Paperbird


The Paperbird children’s bookshop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is flying the Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC Week.

It is good to see good things happening during NAIDOC Week and acknowledge that Australia has come a long way when it comes to our indigenous people, but there is a lot more to do and more and better education needed about our Aboriginal culture. Racism is not something of the past but a humiliating daily experience for Australia’s indigenous people. That needs to stop!

I was impressed with the apology Police Commissioner Chris Dawson offered yesterday and saddened to read the racist abuse story of former Dockers player Scott Chisholm in the West Australian today.

Chisholm conducts Aboriginal awareness tours from the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head every morning from 10am this month, so go and join one with your children.

The Roundhouse flies the Aboriginal flag every day of the year to acknowledge our Aboriginal culture and history.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 7, 2018


NAIDOC Week July 8


The City of Fremantle is hosting a range of events to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because of her, we can!’ – chosen to highlight the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played at the community, local, state and national level.

The free opening event at the PCYC in Paget Street Hilton will start at 1pm tomorrow-Sunday July 8 with a Welcome to Country by Marie Taylor and feature Natasha Eldridge and her band and a weaving circle with Sharyn Egan.

There are many other special events in Freo this week, so take advantage of the school holidays and come down and enjoy NAIDOC week in Fremantle.

Other highlights of Sunday’s opening event will be a special performance by the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, a community canvas painting session and damper making.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre near the Round House will be the focal point for many NAIDOC week events, with former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm hosting walking tours, a storytime session, an art day, barbecue tucker, boomerang throwing and much more.

The WACC will also host the NAIDOC week closing ceremony next Sunday, 15 July.

Other events around Fremantle include the WAFL NAIDOC round clash between South Fremantle and Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Saturday, and a screening of the filmWe Don’t Need a Map by acclaimed director Warwick Thornton as part of the Hilton Winter Film Festival.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, children, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2018



Hey kids this will be great!!

Join former Fremantle Dockers player Scott Chisholm for the school holidays program at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Fremantle, near the Round House.

Classes will be running daily across four days, with a wide range of activities and fun and even West Coast Eagles fans are welcome!

What’s on:
– Yoondoordo Dreaming Kids Walking Tour – July 3, 4, 5 and 6 from 9:30am-11:30am

Kids Cultural Art Day – July 4 and 5 from 12:30pm- 2:30pm

Dhatj for kids BBQ – July 6 from 12:30pm-2:30pm

Parents are welcome to all events and must attend with children under 13 years.

Book in quick at Evenbrite.

For all enquiries email




Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous by freoview on June 19, 2018




I happened to bump into my good mate Greg Nannup this morning while he was conducting one of his Aboriginal history tours at Arthur Head with a group of school students.

The tours by Indigenous Tours WA are very informative and great for local people and overseas visitors to get to know more about the Whadjuk Noongar history of Walyalup, as the Fremantle region is known in Noongar.

If you want to book a tour contact email is or phone Greg Nannup on 0405 630606 and check the website:


Roel Loopers




The Sunday Times reports today that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt would “seriously consider” to use Walyalup side by side with Fremantle, to acknowledge the Aboriginal history.

I would welcome that move, and Fremantle Walyalup does sound good, but question why it is taking so long to get more recognition of our indigenous history with more street and place names getting Noongar names.

It makes far more sense to add Aboriginal names than to delete the names of some of the early settlers, so what are we waiting for? The call for more Aboriginal names in Fremantle has been going for three decades, and while we now see Wanju Whadjuk Boodja signs underneath City of Fremantle ones, that is not good enough.

Fremantle Council also needs to be very clear that if it is serious about adding Walyalup to the Fremantle city name, the decision needs to be made before a major destination marketing concept has been developed, so that Walyalup can be included in all promotional material.

Ayers Rock became Uluru years ago, and the Bungles in the Kimberley are now better known as Purnululu, so there are no great obstacles that prevents our leaders to introduce more Aboriginal names for places of significance.

Roel Loopers




There is plenty of time for contemplation and soul searching during the cold and wet winter days and nights, so when it was suggested to me that I should try to speak at one of the new TEDx Fremantle events about Perception and Reality, I wondered what it was I would like to speak about.

My thoughts don’t comply with the TEDx Fremantle categories of; only good science, no political agenda and no religious proselytizing, so I decided to just write down my contemplations and publish it here on Freo’s View instead. Here it is:

When we talk about reality and perception we should start with the elephant in the room first, and that is that Australia is not the best country in the world. Simply because no country is! There are many great countries in the world. I lived in three of them.

Our soldiers are not braver than those from other countries, and there is nothing specifically Australian about people helping each other in a crisis. When there are floods in Bangladesh, earthquakes in Mongolia, or wars and disasters in other parts of the world, the communities rally to give a helping hand.

Australia has lived on the urban myth of being the fair go country, but how can we claim that when the British settlers mostly ignored Aboriginal culture and language and treated our indigenous people as primitive idiots. How can a fair country take children away from their parents to bring them up as Christians and does not allow them to speak their native languages, and how can a fair country allow many of these children to be abused and raped?

How can we believe to be the fair country when we ban genuine refugees from coming to Australia, but lock them up instead in camps of neighbouring countries, but want priority immigration for supposedly ‘endangered’ white South African farmers?

How can we claim that we live in the best country on earth, when tonight, like every night, 115,000 homeless Australians sleep rough in the cold and wet?

The perception of greatness has always confused the Australian identity and that’s why we are still looking for one. We are not the Akubra hat-wearing cowboys, who live in the red dirt outback, but 90% of our population lives on the coastal plains and in big cities.

You might be surprised now when I say that I really love living in Australia, and even more that I live in Fremantle. But we need to start cutting the crap and let go off the hubris, because to be able to move forward together as a community and nation we need to acknowledge the harsh reality that Australia is far from perfect and that there is a lot of room for improvement.

We at the grassroots need to insist that political debate is about issues and has substance, and is not about point-scoring and name-calling, and we need to let all politicians know that we will no longer put up with their infantile behaviour in our parliaments.

We need to stop believing in the urban myth of our own greatness and start by showing real compassion for the less well off in our society.

It is not acceptable that we spend millions of dollars on non-essential things when our pensioners are barely making ends meet, when our hospitals are over-crowded and have long waiting lists, as does social housing, and when so many suffer from serious mental health issues.

Australia joined the so-called war on terrorism, but why haven’t we begun a war on poverty, and a war on unemployment and homelessness?

We are not all equal when multinational companies don’t pay tax, but low-income earners, pensioners and people on social benefits constantly get scrutinised to the point that is causes anxiety and depression for many.

It is good to have dreams, but it is not good to live in dreamworld and ignore the pragmatic reality of Australian life. Racism is a daily experience for those who are not white, and verbal abuse is also a daily worry for Muslim women, who have become the easy targets for ignorant fools. Western Australia has the highest rate of domestic violence in the nation!

Australia is a beautiful country, and I strongly believe that most people are good, caring and tolerant, and even more so here in Fremantle, but there are also many intolerant haters, who do not positively contribute to our community.

The Australia I love was summed up pretty well one evening in the Fitzroy Crossing pub in the stunning Kimberly when a drunk and huge Aboriginal man looked down on me in the toilet and said “Isn’t it amazing brother that we both have red blood and brown shit.” Yes indeed. We have a lot more in common than what divides us!

My wish for Australia is to wake up to reality and stop claiming that this is the best country on the planet. There is a huge different between being proud of one’s nation or becoming dangerously-and unrealistically- nationalistic. We can only find Australia’s real identity when we stop the tokenism and engage in real reconciliation with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. To do that we need to use the word RESPECT more often.

To show real respect we need to acknowledge Aboriginal people in our constitution, we need to build a substantial Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle, so that overseas visitors can engage and learn about our indigenous history and culture, and we need a memorial on Rottnest Island telling the awful story of the inhumane Quod Aboriginal prison, where nearly 400 boys and men from all over Western Australia died.

Only with real mutual respect, and only with real, deep and soul searching honesty can we make Australia the best country in the world. Dismissing and patronising others is only holding us back.

Roel Loopers

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