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THE FUTURE IS OURS TO IMPROVE

 

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With the start of a new year there is a time for reflection, and also a time for hope, wishes and New Year resolutions, but I believe it is also a time to be realistic and stop all the nonsense that somehow Australia is the best country on earth.

I love living in Australia, but I have lived in other really good countries and traveled to many more that were also great, and I only have to think about New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern to realise that one of the things missing in Australia is good leadership and a good PM.

We cannot claim to be the best country in the world when we have one of the highest rates of domestic violence, when racism is still happening daily, and when Australia is still sending refugees to overseas detention centres.

We are not the best country in the world when we have tens of thousands of homeless people and when we still have Aboriginal people living in third world conditions.

We have to do much better also at caring for the elderly and for the environment, so let us not be complacent because of national pride, and fool ourselves that we are living in a perfect country, when there is a lot of improvement needed still on many levels.

I love living in Fremantle because of the very good community we have, but even our small city is far from perfect and needs improvement, and that has already started.

All I read on social and in the mass media is anger, division, people attacking others, and engaging in political point-scoring.

But there is a huge lack of real leadership both in government and the private sectors, when as a community we should work together, collaborate, create bridges of tolerance and acceptance, and reach out to those who need our support, and also reach out to those who are different and have a different opinion.

We all have to share this beautiful country and this amazing planet, and we all have to work together to preserve what we have and try to improve it for the generations after us.

Have a great New Year. Hug more and argue less. Love and smiles can conquer everything!

Roel Loopers

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CRIME SCENE ON FREMANTLE ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019

 

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A crime scene has been established in front of the Fremantle Esplanade hotel by WA Police with forensic officers and detectives on site this morning.

I have not been able to get any details of what happened, but that there was a fight that started somewhere between the Esplanade Youth Plaza and the Carriage cafe last night that spread to over the road on the corner of Essex Street and Marine Terrace, with one resident telling me there had been a lot of blood behind the cafe on the Esplanade.

Just down the road a resident of Norfolk Street has taken residential property protection to a different level with a razor wire, or was it put up by the Norfolk Hotel?

Roel Loopers

 

NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, family, Uncategorized, violence, women by freoview on November 22, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle is helping raise awareness of violence against women by hosting a White Ribbon Day event on Friday 22 November.

White Ribbon Day, which is officially commemorated on 25 November, is an internationally recognised day of action and calls upon all Australians to stand up, speak out and act to stop violence against women.

Fremantle Acting Mayor Andrew Sullivan said on average per year, one woman was killed every week in Australia as a result of domestic violence.

“Violence against women in any way is unacceptable and we hope Fremantle’s White Ribbon Day event will raise critical awareness of an issue that is very important in our community,” Acting Mayor Sullivan said.

“It’s imperative we all work together to build and foster a community where every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of abuse.”

This year, the Fremantle Community Legal Centre, Fremantle Library and The Meeting Place have joined forces to build an origami display ahead of Friday’s White Ribbon Day event.

Fremantle residents, workers and visitors are encouraged to visit Henderson Street Mall (the open space between Fremantle Markets and Sail & Anchor) between 11am–2pm and take part in the origami display.

People can hang their own white paper crane, which will have stories of victims printed on them, and support the campaign to end domestic violence.

While White Ribbon Australia has recently closed its doors, supporters and communities are encouraged to continue raising their voice alongside the international White Ribbon movement. For more information, visit whiteribbon.ca

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STOLEN BELLA SCULPTURE POLICE CHARGES

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on October 24, 2019

 

Fremantle District – WA Police Force: Fremantle Detectives charged three people as a result of their investigation into a stolen statue.

Around 3.30am on 9 October 2019, unknown person(s) stole the statue ‘Bella’ from Bathers Beach in Fremantle. The statue is valued at approximately $100,000 and is the work of local J Shed sculptor Greg James. Sadly the statue has not been recovered.

As a result of information provided by the public, Fremantle Detectives were able to identify the men.

A 40-year-old man from Fremantle has been charged with:
• Stealing;
• Possess Methylamphetamine with Intent to Sell/Supply;
• Possess Drug Paraphernalia; and

• Possess Stolen Property.

He is due to appear in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on 22 November 2019.

A 38-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, both from Fremantle will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date in relation to drug and stolen property offences.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of “Bella” is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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STOLEN BELLA STATUE PERSON OF INTEREST

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2019

 

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Fremantle POLICE wants to question this man as a person of interest about the stolen Bella sculpture from Bathers Beach, so if you recognise this person please do call Police!

At about 3.30am on Wednesday 9th October 2019, offender/s stole the ‘Bella’ statue valued at $50,000 from Mews Road, Bathers Beach, Fremantle.
The male depicted below is wanted for questioning in relation to the stealing. He was last sighted travelling in an Easterly direction along the cycle lane, parallel to the Fremantle Station rail line with the distinctive bicycle trailer.
If you have any information please contact Fremantle Detectives on 9431 1228.
Incident Report 091019 1315 89131 refers.

Roel Loopers

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GREG JAMES SCULPTURE STOLEN FROM BATHERS BEACH

 

 

There are some effing morons in this world! Last night the lovely Bella sculpture by J Shed artist Greg James was stolen from its bench at Bathers Beach.

The bronze sculpture is one of the most photographed artworks in Fremantle and is worth well over $ 100,000. It probably weights 150kilo, so it would have taken a few people to lift it up on the back of a van.

If you read this post, crooks, let me tell you that people like you disgust me! Greg James puts a huge effort into his artwork. It takes time and dedication and it belongs at Bathers Beach, not in some fool’s backyard. Return it!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE POLICE ON THE BEAT

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 2, 2019

 

Important FREMANTLE POLICE message on Twitter:

Operation Swanfield. Providing increased bike/foot patrols of Fremantle CBD area. Assisting local retailers with crime prevention and anti-social behaviour.

 

Roel Loopers

PAINTING STOLEN FROM FREO NATIONAL HOTEL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, crime, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2019

 

A painting by a local artist was stolen on the weekend from the National Hotel in Fremantle.

A man with a child on his shoulders lifted the painting off the wall as he and his companions made their way down the stairs from the rooftop bar.

This is the Facebook link with the CCTV footage on it. If you recognise the crook please do call Fremantle Police: https://www.facebook.com/kiya.kalem/videos/2458563700887673/UzpfSTE2NjMwMzk4NjE6MTAyMTc3ODAzMjY2OTQyMTU/

I wonder if committing a crime while accompanied by a child should be classified as child abuse because this man is clearly not a fit and proper person to raise children..

Roel Loopers

COUNCIL CHANGES TO HILTON FENCING POLICY

 

Fremantle Council’s Strategic Planning and Transport Committee will this Wednesday consider changes to the fencing policy for the suburb of Hilton, so this is what the Officer’s Recommendation is:

Note the outcomes of the community consultation on the proposed changes to Local Planning Policy 3.7, as detailed in agenda Attachment 1.2.

Adopt the following amendments to clause 1.5 of Local Planning Policy 3.7: Hilton Garden Suburb Heritage Area, in accordance with Schedule 2, Clause 4 (3) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015:1.5 Street Walls and Fences 1.5.1 Street walls and fencing forward of the building line shall be a maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be a minimum of 30% visually permeable above 300 millimetres.

For properties located on the following streets, front fencing shall be visually permeable above 1.2 metres to a maximum height of 1.8 metres, with piers no higher than 2.0 metres:• South Street, between Stock Road and Lee Avenue.• Carrington Street, between South Street and Winterfold Road. • Winterfold Road, between Carrington Street and Collick Street.

Solid masonry (brick) rear fencing shall be permitted for those properties backing onto Stock Road to a maximum height of 2.0 metres.

Council may, at its discretion, vary the requirements of clause 1.5.1 where it is satisfied that the proposed street wall and/or fence: a. Is consistent with character of the prevailing streetscape (including, in relation to this clause only, the house directly across the street and the three houses on either side of that opposing house, where these are located within the Hilton Heritage Areas) AND maintains clear surveillance between the street and the dwelling; orb. is a maximum of 1.5m in height and a minimum of 50% visually permeable. Notwithstanding the above, visually impermeable fencing above 300 millimeters in height will not be supported.

Fencing with a high proportion of visual permeability and reflective of fencing styles and materials traditional to the area (primarily post and wire/mesh infill) is strongly encouraged.

Roel Loopers

 

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PORTRAIT EXHIBITION OF VICTIMS OF RAPE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, crime, exhibition, photography, ps art space, Uncategorized, women by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

 

There is a very powerful photo exhibition on at PS Art Space in Fremantle’s Pakenham Street that shows portraits of Indian women who have been sexually assaulted and some of them gang-raped.

Perth photographer Jessica Eva traveled to Lucknow to take photos for her exhibition and book Woman in Red.

The exhibition is on until August 30, so make sure to go and view it!

Roel Loopers

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