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MOOMIN TROLLS AT FREO SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

 

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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre presents its  production of Moominpappa at Sea, an adaptation of celebrated Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson’s book, at its Fremantle Short Street theatre at Princess May Park from January 14 for the 2019 summer holidays.

Moominpappa at Sea follows a family of Moomin trolls who embark on a great adventure to find a new home on a rocky, windswept island far out to sea. As the Moomins explore the mysterious surroundings of their new island home, we get a unique opportunity to see the world through their eyes, and this adventure story of a family ‘at sea’ becomes a journey of self-discovery for us all.

This timeless and imaginative story is brought to life by the director and solo performer, Michael Barlow who draws you into the lives of these enchanting creatures as they face challenges with courage, humour and optimism.

Moominpappa at Sea is the eighth novel in the legendary Moomin series. Jansson’s witty and whimsical Moomin characters have captured the imaginations of millions around the world, inspiring movies, TV shows and theme parks, and even the naming of the asteroid, Moomintroll in 1995.

The season begins on January 14 and runs until February 2, with two shows daily at 10am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday (no shows Sundays or Public Holidays).

There are also three special evening performances on January 18 and 25, and February 1 at 6.30pm. At 45 minutes and suitable for ages five and above, Moominpappa at Sea is a charming and timeless show that will delight and inspire all ages to be more curious about the world around us.

Book online at http://www.sppt.asn.au or by calling 9335 5044.

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

 

I don’t like Christmas very much because I dislike the hype of frantic shopping, buying too much food, giving often useless presents, and drinking far too much alcohol, as if there is no tomorrow, or a New Year’s party coming up.

What I want from Christmas is for it to be a time of reflection, to see what we can learn from the past year, and how we as individuals can help improve the community we live in.

All I want for Christmas is real leadership from our politicians, and not the childish point- scoring bulling and hypocrisy we are getting from Canberra.

I want for Christmas respectful dialogue about the differences we have in Fremantle, and in WA and Australia, and stop the name-calling, innuendo and conspiracy.

I hope that one day soon people will return to being in the moment with the people they are with, instead of engaging on the internet with those far away, who are probably also in the company of others, who, like me, would enjoy the face to face communication and connection.

For Fremantle I want substantial State and Federal Government investment and the stop to the attitude that Freo is a safe Labor seat, and hence does not require support from Labor and does not warrant support from the Liberals.

What I want for Christmas is much harsher punishment for child abuse and domestic violence because the victims deserve much better protection.

I have given up on wanting peace on earth, because that is not going to happen until the human species is wiped out. We are too stupid to learn from the past and there are still those in power who believe that violence is a solution to the problems in the world.

What I want for Christmas is more communities like Fremantle, where we don’t take ourselves too serious, and where we care and share, and where we habitually blame everything that goes wrong on our local council.

What I want for Christmas is more temporary public artworks, like the yellow Felice Varini one, in Freo, but less problems when removing them.

And what Loopy wants for Christmas is just good health, and that the new interpretive historic displays at the Roundhouse will become a reality next year.

Have a very Happy Christmas everyone and look after those who are vulnerable at this time of the year!

.. and PLEASE, Santa, make Donald Trump disappear!

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ST JOHN’S CAROLS AT KINGS SQUARE TODAY!

Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, community, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on December 23, 2018

 

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The Anglican St John’s church on Fremantle’s Kings Square is holding a Carols by Candlelight from 7pm today Sunday December 23.

Before that at 5pm there will be a Nativity and Children’s Mass.

It should be a lot cooler by that time as it is pretty humid early this morning.

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CIRCUS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FUN FOR KIDS

Posted in children, circus wa, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2018

 

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School holidays are starting so check out the activities at CIRCUS WA at Fremantle’s Princess May Park.

It’s the perfect spot for parents. Drop off the kids to learn circus skills such as juggling, aerials, tumbling, stilt walking, unicycling, etc. and have a relaxing break at Clancy’s Fish Pub next door. ; >)

For bookings and more info go to: http://www.circuswa.com

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS WEEKEND IN FREMANTLE

Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, community, family, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2018

 

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This coming weekend is the time to take the children to the Christmas Carols fun in Fremantle.

It starts of on Saturday the 15th in the North Fremantle Community Hall with a cabaret-style evening and Carol-Sing for the whole family at 6.30pm.

Entry is $ 5.00 per person and $ 15.00 per family. Bring a plate!

And on Sunday the 16th the City of Fremantle is organising a free Carols by Candlelight in Fremantle Oval with the Libby Hammer Quintet and Arcadian Voices from 5-8.30pm.

There will be food stalls on site.

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SPEAK OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

 

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Early notice that it is White Ribbon Day on Friday and that there will be a floral installation in Fremantle’s Henderson Street between the Sail&Anchor and Fremantle Markets from 9am to 1pm.

Domestic violence, mainly against women, is an abhorrent crime that has been increasing in Australia, and that needs to be stopped!

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AMAZING ART ANIMALS FOR KIDS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, children, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2018

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Great event for children at the Fremantle Arts Centre this Saturday November 17!

For the first time, Fremantle Arts Centre presents a contemporary art exhibition specifically for kids. Animaze is about amazing animals of all sorts, where kids can wander and explore the wonderful world of animals and art.

With the work of more than 40 artists, specially designed play spaces, animal story readings and hands-on kids’ workshops, Animaze is a full-on animal art safari for kids and families.

Drop in and watch artist Ross Potter working on his huge, life-size drawing of every kid’s favourite elephant, Tricia from the Perth Zoo.

With prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, textiles, aquatic critters, snakes, bears, bats and budgies Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids has it all.

Join the FAC on opening weekend SAT 17 NOV, 10AM. The exhibition runs until WED 23 JAN. FREE ENTRY

For the full program of workshops and activities visit https://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/animaze-amazing-animals-kids/

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MAKE HOTELS MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY

Posted in accommodation, children, city of fremantle, family, hospitality, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2018

 

Bradley Woods, the CEO of the Australian Hotel Association has a whinge about Bed&Breakfasts and the unfairness of it all in the West Australian today.

There is no doubt that some regulation needs to be in place for B&Bs, which are already required to have a registration here in Fremantle, but B&Bs are here to stay no matter how much the AHA is against them.

The reality the AHA will have to deal with is that hotels are expensive for families and large groups, in comparison to B&Bs, so what is the AHA going to do about that?

Hotels are also not very family and children friendly, so when are we going to see secure playgrounds and play spaces in hotels? Maybe new hotels could even include community kitchens so that families don’t have to go and eat out three times a day, which is very costly and prohibitive for many. It is one of the reasons people book a B&B, where they can do most of the cooking in house, and the kids might even have a garden they can play in.

While serviced apartments, such as Quest in Pakenham Street at least have a kitchen where one can prepare a meal or two, they still lack facilities for children and families.

I hope some of the new planned hotels in Fremantle will make an effort to cater better for families, to combat the trend toward B&Bs and away from hotel accommodation.

 

Roel Loopers

HAMPTON ROAD CROSSING STATUS QUO

Posted in children, city of fremantle, local government, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2018

 

I can’t even remember how many Fremantle Council sessions, and community information sessions, and South Fremantle Precinct meetings, I have attended that discussed the dangers of crossing Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection. I live there so I drive my car in and out of those streets and walk there every day, and shop at IGA and Peaches at the shopping centre between Lloyd  and Scott streets.

So it is fairly disappointing that after all this time and many, many months of talking the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council decided they did not like the officer’s recommendation of Option One, but preferred the status quo of Option Two.

It means the Scott Street intersection will remain closed and the pedestrian crossing will not be moved 50 metres further south.

They all agreed that the bus lanes were the major problem and that the Main Roads department is basically the enemy of pedestrians, because all that department wants is fast vehicle movement. Now that’s something for the state government to get its teeth into!

The state’s $ 200,000 allocated for better pedestrian crossing, through the election promise by Simone McGurk MLA, could now be spent on re-designing the Lloyd Street/Hampton Road intersection and how to get in and out of the carpark at the shopping centre there, and also at Scott Street.

For me, as a local with extensive local knowledge, the fact is that having no right turn at Scott Street will only entice more motorists to drive too fast and unlawfully use the bus lanes to overtake other vehicles. I have witnessed on many occasions that cars drive in the bus lanes during peak hours all the way from Douro Road to South Street and vice versa.

The FPOL Committee voted 6-1 in favour of Option Two. Only Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who is one of our two South Ward Councillors, voted against it.

For the record. 147 public submissions were received. 65% of those preferred option 1 and only 15% of them the option 2 Councillors voted for last night. And 20% did not like either option.

Roel Loopers

BEACY PRIMARY KIDS GET SAFER CROSSING

Posted in children, city of fremantle, local government, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2018

 

It has been a long road with many community consultations, but it looks as if the City of Fremantle will finally make a decision this Wednesday of moving the pedestrian crossing on Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection 50 metres south to make it safer, especially for kids who attend the Beaconsfield Primary School.

An important decision will also be the re-opening of the Scott Street intersection, so that motorists coming from the south can turn right into Scott St and don’t have to do the dog leg via Jennings and Maxwell streets.

The State Government is paying for it through a $ 200,000 grant under the Local Projects, Local Jobs Program.

The item is before the Finance, Policy and Legislation Committee on Wednesday.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION

Council approve Project 11664 to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection, in accordance with Option 1 of the community consultation, as shown on concept plan – drawing number 005-CP-17-001-D, in Attachment 1 of this report, to:

1. Move the guarded school pedestrian crossing approximately 50 meters south of its current location and create a new guarded school pedestrian crossing, complete with median island refuge and also pedestrian crossing lights that will flash at peak, before and after school crossing times.

2. Remove the existing guarded school pedestrian crossing.

3. Move the existing northbound bus stop approximately 20m north of its existing location, to provide a safe distance from the guarded school pedestrian crossing.

4. Reinstate access for vehicles turning right into Scott Street through the removal of the trial median installed in March 2017.

5. Trial the use of a riley kerb system to deter vehicular lane changes on the approach to the guarded school pedestrian crossing as shown in Attachment 1.

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