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Great moorditj news and well deserved!

The City of Fremantle’s alternative Australia Day One Day in Fremantle event has  received an Australian Government award for promoting Indigenous reconciliation.

One Day in Fremantle took out the Promoting Indigenous Reconciliation category at the 2019 National Awards for Local Government in Canberra today.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and the City’s Aboriginal Engagement Officer Brendan Moore were presented with the award by the federal Minister for Local Government Mark Coulton.

Mayor Pettitt said he was thrilled the City’s efforts to establish the One Day event had received national recognition.

“Our intention with One Day was to create an inclusive, family-friendly event where all members of the community felt comfortable to celebrate what’s great about being Australian,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“I said after the first One Day concert that it was the best event I had ever been involved with. The spirit among the crowd and the sense of belonging and community was a beautiful experience.

“It was never about being anti-Australian or divisive. It was about encouraging people to come out and enjoy Australia’s diversity, bringing people together and promoting reconciliation – which is why I’m so pleased the event has received this award.”

The City of Fremantle first staged the One Day in Fremantle event in January 2017.

The event starts with a traditional smoking ceremony and other Aboriginal cultural activities at Bathers Beach before the focus shifts to the One Day concert at the Esplanade Reserve.

In its first three years the event has featured major Australian artists like Dan Sultan, John Bulter, Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Kevin Parker from Tame Impala.

It has also showcased emerging Aboriginal artists like Baker Boy, Adrian Eagle and Emily Warramara.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2019



Some of the feedback given at the RAP Working Group about the One Day in Fremantle event and Smoking Ceremony is worth considering as both events lacked the same spark as the very first year the alternative Australia Day celebrations were held.

The first Smoking Ceremony on top of Manjaree/Arthur’s Head and in the Roundhouse was nothing short of powerful and inspirational, but the subsequent years it was watered down to a much smaller event with a lot less impact and next to the Kidogo Arthouse boardwalk at Bathers Beach.

The area is too small for all the people attending and the event is not significant enough anymore because only a small number of Aboriginal people conduct it, and none of them are women. It needs to get back to the powerful ceremony it was the first year of One Day in Fremantle.

There is also a disconnect between the Smoking Ceremony, which starts at 8am, and the One Day concert, which only starts in earnest at 5pm. There needs to be either more on offer between 10am and 5pm, or the Smoking Ceremony needs to be much later in the day.

While the symbolism of the Smoking Ceremony at Bathers Bay is important the connection to the One Day concert would be much more apparent if both events were held in the same location. Would Fremantle Oval be an option?

The lack of shade on the Esplanade forced people to hide under the trees, which gave the area a deserted impression when I arrived at 4.30pm this year, so shade structures need to be erected and there needs to be entertainment on the stage all day, not just from 5-7.30pm, because it lacked energy.

Some Aboriginal people at the RAP meeting on Monday believed that the One Day in Fremantle event is an Aboriginal event and they complained it had become too multicultural, but the alternative Australia Day entertainment was moved from January 26 out of respect for Aboriginal culture because many believe that Invasion Day should not be celebrated, but that does not mean the alternative day should not be about multiculturalism.

Important though to make visitors from outside Fremantle aware that it is the alternative Australia Day, although Fremantle Council no doubt does not want to make it too political and controversial. I am confident a good compromise can be found.

So a few adjustments are needed to improve the day. A more inclusive Smoking Ceremony in a better location, and more visual recognition during the concert of the Bibulmen, Whadjuk, Noongar culture and history would be a good outcome.

Roel Loopers



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



one day timeline!!


For the many of thousands of people who will flock to the Fremantle Esplanade for the One Day In Fremantle concert on Sunday, here is the timeline.

MONTAIGNE, the big act, will be on stage from 6.30-7.30pm

ADRIAN EAGLE will be on just before her from 5.30-6.15pm

The Spring Peaks are on from 4.30-5.15pm

Emily Wurramara will entertain us all from 3.30-4.15pm

The Hunting Birds will start the music part of the event from 2.30-3.15pm

And don’t forget the Noongar SMOKING CEREMONY at Bathers Beach at 8am!

See you there!

Roel Loopers





Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, food, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2019


franks oz day 1


This is a pretty impressive multicultural celebration of Australia Day at Franks, the Italian butcher in Wray Avenue, Fremantle.

Moroccan, Italian, German, Thai, American, Spanish, Aussie, Chines and Portuguese, and probably food inspired by foreign cuisines.

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia, australia day, citizenship, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2019



Fremantle welcomed 67 new Australians from all over the world at the Fremantle Arts Centre this Australia Day Saturday.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Minister and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk handed out the citizenship certificates to the new Aussies in front of friends and family.

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, australia day, citizenship, city of cockburn, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2019




All those people who wrongly believe that Fremantle Council is un-Australian, whatever that means, can sleep in peace and have happy dreams again now that the City has raised the Australian flag on the Townhall again.

The big flag will stay up 24/7 as it will be illuminated at night, so check it out.

Talking about being Australian, tomorrow at 10.30, yes, on Australia Day, the City of Fremantle will hold its annual citizenship ceremony at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

67 new Aussies will pledge their allegiance to their new country. It will be a very special moment for them.

The new Aussies are from France, Spain, Israel, USA, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Columbia, Brazil, Turkey, UK, Ireland and Austria.

Roel Loopers




one day at kidogo


Only two more sleeps until the big ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE event will be on.

It starts with the Noongar smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach at 8am and after that there are activities at Kidogo Arthouse.

From 2pm the Esplanade will host the family-friendly and alcohol-free event and concert with singer Montaigne as the headline.

Montaigne will headline the celebrations after recently releasing her latest single ‘For Your Love’. 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’.

Joining Montaigne will be up-and-coming soul singer Adrian Eagle who toured Europe with the Hilltop Hoods earlier this year, the mesmerising Emily Wurramara who sings in both English and her first language Anindilyakwa, as well as local legends The Hunting Birds and The Spring Peaks.

The Welcome to Country will be delivered by Dr. Richard Walley OAM and Marie Taylor, and the event will be hosted by the talented Gina Williams.


In addition to great music, there’ll be a range of free family-friendly activities to enjoy throughout the day. Strike a pose in the photo booth or get creative with the community canvas painting. Join in the craft workshops and make a musical instrument from recycled materials, or have a try at the nature weaving workshops.

Enjoy traditional Ochre face painting and sample a bite of barbeque bush tucker.

~~~ EATS ~~~

One Day in Fremantle doesn’t just have an amazing line-up of bands, a selection of delicious food trucks will be rolling in too!

* Antica Gelateria Italiana * Bootlegger Coffee Co. * Crafted Events WA * Bangkok Jump Street * La Crepe de Paris WA * Marcelita’s Colombian Empanadas, Perth * Mosaic Bites * Paitumaca Paella on the Move * Sultan Pepper * The Habibs * Toast My Curry * T Sisters Fresh Foods *


Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, fremantle network, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2019


The first Politics in the Pub of 2019 by the Fremantle Network will deal with a very controversial topic. Should We Change the Date of Australia Day?

It is happening straight after the Australia Day long weekend on Tuesday the 29th at The Local hotel in South Fremantle.

Proceedings start at 7pm and all are welcome. The bar and kitchen will be open!

Roel Loopers




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

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