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FREO CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

Posted in australia day, citizenship, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 3, 2018

 

Nominations for Fremantle’s Citizen of the Year awards are now open.

The City of Fremantle is calling for nominations in four categories: Citizen of the Year; Citizen of the Year – Youth, for people under 25; Citizen of the Year – Senior, for people over 65; and the Active Citizenship award for groups or events.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the awards recognise and reward individuals and organisations that have made a notable contribution during the current year, or those who have given outstanding service over a number of years.

“Every day around Freo I see generous and passionate people sacrificing their time and effort to support our community,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“The Citizen of the Year Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge that effort and promote all the good work that’s been done.

“It’s really easy to put in a nomination, so if you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their contribution to our society, is an inspiring role model or has shown leadership on an important issue jump online and nominate them for an award.”

Nominees should live or work principally within the City of Fremantle.

Outstanding contribution and community service can include areas such as education, health, fund-raising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, social inclusion or any other area that contributes to the advancement and wellbeing of the community.

Last year youth counsellor and educator Simone Ryan was recognised as the Fremantle Citizen of the Year, while the Street Friends Pop-Up Street Shop won the Active Citizenship Award.

Nominations close on 31 October, with the awards to be presented at the City’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony on 26 January.

For more information or to register a nomination visit the Citizen of the Year Awards page on the Australia Day Council WA website.

Comment:

I am very proud that I was awarded Citizen of the Year on January 26, 2013, so five years ago. It is very special when one’s community recognises the positive contribution one tries to make for the city we all love.

Roel Loopers

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FREO WELCOMES NEW AUSTRALIANS

Posted in citizenship, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2018

 

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A relaxed City of Fremantle citizenship ceremony at Fremantle Oval this morning saw forty people becoming new Australians.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and WA Minister Simone McGurk handed the citizenship certificates to people from such countries as  Zambia, Brazil, Philippines, Belgium, France, Scotland and Ireland.

Also present were Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham and Councillors Hannah Fitzhardinge, Bryn Jones and Dave Hume and friends and families of those who committed to the luck country.

Roel Loopers

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MOST IMMIGRANTS ARE GOOD

Posted in citizenship, fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on April 21, 2017

If Australia, as the Prime Minister claims, is the most successful multicultural country on the planet then we need to embrace that multiculturalism when accepting new citizens.

Immigrants to Australia have made immense contributions to our country and many did so without ever being able to speak English to native standards. Look at the many very successful Chinese, Vietnamese, Italians and Croats. Go to Chinatown and experience that some of those who serve you in restaurants barely speak English, and there are quite a few old Italians walking around Freo who have lived here for sixty plus years whose English language skills would not be good enough to get Australian citizenship today.

Fact is that holding on to one’s language, culture, food, traditions and religion when one migrates gives a sense of belonging, safety and security in a foreign country, even more so for those who were forced to leave their countries.

But it does not matter because the actual integration starts with the children and grandchildren of the original immigrants, and see how they too are successful with many immigrant children being the top students at high schools and in universities, to the benefit of Australia because they will become our future leaders.

By introducing questions about domestic violence to obtain citizenship the government emphasises difference in culture when it should realise that people change when migrating and most of them will accept the rules and laws of their new country, because most have been brought up to be law-abiding people no matter where they live.

Christians don’t break the law and kill people because the Bible preaches and eye for an eye, so why would Muslim men break Australian laws and beat their wife because the Koran says they can?

Domestic violence is rampant in Australia where drunken men beat up their female partners. Muslims don’t drink alcohol so it is more likely that there is less domestic violence in their culture because of that.

We need to have a bit of a reality check in our country. Politicians always talk about values when often they set the standards very low themselves, and many Australians still believe the urban myth of fair go and that we are the best country in the world.

As someone who was born in the Netherlands, where I lived for 19 years, and who lived in Germany for 13 years, before migrating to Australia 35 years ago, I have often been staggered by the racism, ignorance and lack of tolerance of many Australians. There is no doubt in my mind that Australia is more racist than those two countries.

The difference between the countries is that many Australians only tolerate foreigners and different cultures while the two European countries I lived in actually accept and respect migrants for what they are. That is a big difference we in Australia still need to work on.

The cute thing about it all is that all these bogans who get drunk on Friday night and eat kebabs, curries and fish&chips don’t realise they are eating Hahal food often prepared by Muslims.

Migrants from all over the world generously contribute to Australia. They volunteer in community groups, schools, mosques, churches, sporting clubs, etc. and their respect for their new country and involvement with their community makes up for their lack of English language skills.

My own personal experience travelling the world has been that most people are good, caring, compassionate, hospitable and law-abiding, but that there are morons and criminals in every culture and religion.

Accepting and respecting difference should be one of Australia’s core values because it enriches all of us and we should welcome those who want to commit themselves to become new Australians.

Roel Loopers

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PATHETIC CANBERRA FORCES FREO CITIZENSHIP EVENT

Posted in australia day, citizenship, city of fremantle, local governmet by freoview on December 9, 2016

Two conflicting reports in the media today with the West Australian reporting the City of Fremantle missed the deadline to announce a date for the January citizenship ceremony, while the Fremantle Herald reports it will be held on January 26 at the Town hall, after the Federal Assistant Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke refused Fremantle to hold it on any other day in January, not even on Sunday the 29th during the Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard music session.

Enough has been said about Australia Day but I’d like to say to the Assistant Minister that great politicians find solutions and compromises, but his stand shows that he is just a power-hungry little man with a my way or the highway attitude that is unbecoming to a minister of the crown. No wonder the Liberal government is failing to make a significant impact with mediocre politicians like Alex Hawke.

Roel Loopers

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