Freo's View

THANKS FOR HAVING ME FREO!

Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018

 

Today March 13 is my personal Australia Day. It is the day I migrated to Australia and arrived in Sydney 36 years ago in 1982.

The promised start at a Sydney newspaper did not eventuate because we happened to arrive when Australia was in a recession, so slogging as kitchenhand, cook and waiter was the start of my Aussie life.

Trying to deal with the culture shock and learning to understand cricket, Aussie Rules and rugby was harder than learning to accept cask wine, blue skies and sunshine.

Looking back it is amazing how much I have achieved in a country where I knew nobody. Coming to Perth in September 1985 and starting my own corporate/industrial photography business without having the support of friends or family, or having the right private school tie, was probably more youthful naivety than sound planning.

But from the very start I felt a real love for this country, even more so in Western Australia and especially Fremantle. When I first drove through the Pilbarra and Kimberley I had a real sense of home coming and that I belonged, and Freo has always been like that for me.

Even in my darkest hours I have never regretted I migrated to Australia and I have always felt a commitment that I need to make a positive contribution to my community and leave Freo an even better place than it is for future generations, when my time is up sooner than later.

I have met so many great people and have made really good friends. I love the Freo passion and that we are all so bloody opinionated, and I love it that most of us don’t take themselves too serious.

Thanks for having me, Freo!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S SAM KERR YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Posted in aboriginal, australia, australia day, city of fremantle, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2018

 

Congratulations to our wonderful Fremantle role model Sam Kerr for being awarded YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR.

The young super soccer player is so delightfully down to earth that many so-called sports stars should follow her lead and let go off their over-inflated egos. (A certain misbehaving tennis player with a Greek name comes to mind).

Sam Kerr is a real pleasure to watch on the soccer pitches of the world and is a real ambassador for women’s soccer.

Roel Loopers

 

WIKI LOVES EARTH PHOTO PRIZE

Posted in australia, bird, fremantle, nature, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 11, 2017

WINNER! White necked heron by Katarina Christenson

 

For the second year in a row I was invited to be one of the judges of the WIKI LOVES EARTH 2017 Australian section.

1,500 entries were received from all over the nation. The judges had to select the ten best photos that will be entered into the international competition from countries from all over the planet.

The international winner will receive a trip to Cape Town.

The Australian winner we selected was this stunning photo by Katarina Christenson of a juvenile white necked heron in the Darling River.

Roel Loopers

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SHEILAS UP BUT RELIGION DOWN IN AUSTRALIA

Posted in australia, fremantle, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2017

 

The fear that Australia is being swamped by a tsunami of Muslims has been proven unfounded by the latest CENSUS 2016 statistics, which shows that Buddhists are closing in on the only 2.6% of Australian residents who claim to be Muslims, while 2.4% are Buddhist.

In general people who claim to have no religion increased to 29.6% in 2016, compared to 0,8% in 1966.

The good news for us blokes is that there is a small majority of females with just over 50 %.

There have been 1.3 million new immigrants to Australia since 2011 and the most common countries they came from were China and India.

And the Turnbull government does not have to worry too much about the language skills of migrants with 72.7%  of CENSUS participants stating that they speak English at home.

The most important thing we should not underestimate is the enormous contribution immigrants to Australia are making. Without them we would not be the great multicultural and tolerant community we are!

Roel Loopers

 

MAKE FEDERATION DAY THE NEW AUSTRALIA DAY

I have been contemplating what a good alternative date would be for Australians to celebrate Australia Day. March 26 is very divisive because the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove is considered Invasion Day by our indigenous people.

On our west coast January 26 is pretty meaningless as W.A. had not been settled by the British when Cook took over what is now New South Wales.

Tonight’s Fremantle Council debate on the possible cancellation of Australia Day fireworks should consider another date if we want to continue wasting a lot of money on shooting stuff up in the sky and polluting the environment, to accommodate local traders who believe they’ll miss out on business. Why not do it on Federation Day on January 1, which would at the same time ring in the new year. (Australia became a federation on January 1, 1901). That day should also become our new date for Australia Day!

Alternatively we could end the Fremantle Festival with a nice medium size firework on the last Sunday and celebrate our city’s diversity and multiculturalism.

Roel Loopers

CENSUS SOFTWARE FROM COLES? IT’S DOWN, DOWN, DOWN!

Posted in australia, democracy, statistics by freoview on August 9, 2016

I don’t often engage in Schadenfreude, but today is the day, when probably most people expected there would be a Census computer crash, but the government assured us they had been working on this for more than 4 years, tested it with even more people than the population of Australia and it was all honky dory.

So let me just give one advise to  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, don’t buy your Census software at Coles because it will be Down, Down, Down!

What a censusless exercise today has been, showing dismal failure by the IT people , bureaucrats and politicians.

And don’t forget for one second that they also promised us our privacy would be protected!

Roel Loopers

NEW AUSSIE FLAG AT SAIL&ANCHOR

Posted in australia, fremantle, hospitality, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 9, 2016

flag

flag disgrace

 

Good to see that the Sail&Anchor have taken down the badly damaged Australia flag I complained about and replaced it with a new one, and rewarding to note that this Freo’s View blog makes a little difference in our Fremantle community.

At Freo’s View I care about the little details because a lot of little things make up the big picture. From little things big things grow. ; >). (Thanks Paul Kelly!)

Roel Loopers

FLYING THE FLAG NEEDS RESPECT

Posted in australia, fremantle, hospitality, pubs, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 27, 2016

flag disgrace

 

The totally ripped Australian flag on top of the Sail&Anchor in Fremantle is not acceptable as it shows disrespect for our national flag. This surely did not happen over night, so management at the hotel needs to take more care of details such as this.

Surely the pub can afford to buy a  new flag now and then, and if not they should stop flying the flag as this one looks awful.

Roel Loopers

HUNDREDS AT FREO SAFE HARBOUR REFUGEE RALLY

Posted in asylum seekers, australia, fremantle, politics, refugees, western australia by freoview on June 25, 2016

 

Many hundreds of people marched through the Fremantle CBD at lunchtime on Saturday during the FREO SAFE HARBOUR rally, demanding the closure of detention centres and an end to off shore processing, and a more humanitarian approach toward refugees by the Australian government.

Roel Loopers

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THE MEANING OF AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia, australia day, fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2016

Today we celebrate Australia Day and the achievements of our nation and I will be at the Fremantle Esplanade for the citizenship ceremony that is so life-changing for those of us who come from foreign countries and commit ourselves to our new home.

Australia Day is also invasion day, the day where foreigners forcefully occupied the land that indigenous people had looked after for some 50,000 years. It was the start of racism in this country when white people believed they were superior to those ‘black savages’ and ignored their culture and knowledge of the land. Racism is still a daily occurrence for Aboriginal people and others with a dark skin because some ignorant white people believe they are better just because of the colour of their skin. A woman on Facebook even suggested “These Aboriginals should go back to the country they came from.” I think that shows the intelligence of racists.

It is good to celebrate Australia’s achievement but January 26 is just not the right day for it. I hope that once we become a republic Australia Day will be celebrated on the day of our independence from England.

Australia is a good country and it has been very good to me since I arrived here in 1982. I love living in Fremantle where we are more like a family than a community. We care, share, participate and try to make a difference and we all in our own way want to make this a better place.

I love it that we have such a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society. Those who become Australian citizens today should know that Fremantle people are very tolerant and embracing and that we welcome you with open arms and will support you whenever we can.

Every year on Australia Day people claim this is the greatest country on earth but that of course is nonsense as there is no best country on the planet. We are doing well but are less than perfect and there is a lot of room for improvement.

A rich country that still has so many homeless and poor people, where many indigenous people live in third-world conditions, where the disabled and aged are struggling to get by, and where real equality between women and men is a long way away, cannot claim to be the best country in the world.

A country that refuses to approve same gender marriage and that believes that real love can only be between people of opposite sex is not the best country on earth, because it shows Australia is still holding on to old archaic values and is yet to move on to become a genuine progressive nation that embraces change and tolerates diversity.

Australia is a country of immense opportunity for those who live and come here but the gap between the very rich and very poor is growing and that needs to be addressed as a priority. Corporate greed is no substitute for culture and substance and high-rise buildings are no substitute for old-growth forests.

Life is all about balance and willingness to share and I believe we can achieve that in Australia, so instead of getting pissed on this special day and waste money on grog why not ask someone less fortunate to join you today for a real Aussie BBQ or picnic and show them we don’t take our fellow Aussies for granted.

Have a happy Australia Day, Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

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