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PROFESSOR NEWMAN DID NOT DEFAME FREMANTLE SOCIETY

 

In his desperation to get media exposure Fremantle Society President John Dowson has accused Curtin University Professor Peter Newman of defaming the society. This is about  a statement Newman gave the Sunday Times about community opposition to the Esplanade Youth Plaza skate park. This was done in context to the opposition in Cottesloe to the proposed skate park there.

Let me assure Peter Newman that as president of FS at the time of the EYP debate that I don’t feel defamed by him at all and neither will any of the committee members who were there at the time.

Dowson claims the action against the Fremantle skate park was done by FICRA and the Fremantle Society had no involvement, but that is once again Dowson re-writing history. Many people were not happy with putting the skate park on the grass of the Esplanade and suggested it should be an extension to the reserve on the Italian Club car park. I argued strongly for that in community meetings, addressed Council, had letters published in the newspapers and gave radio interviews. I even suggested that if the Italian Club car park was not good maybe the car park north of the reserve in front of the Shipwrecks Museum might be a suitable location for the skate park.

Dowson writes in his President’s Notes:

“Secondly, the campaign was run by FICRA (Fremantle Inner City Residents’ Association), not the Fremantle Society, who at the time were busy under President Roel Loopers focussed on QR codes and sending dirty socks to one of their members Premier Colin Barnett about the Warders Cottages (the Premier’s office received one pair of socks and didn’t respond, but did respond to the report presented by FICRA on the significance of the cottages, by visiting the Warders Cottages and allocating millions of dollars to have them fixed up).”

The Fremantle Society under my presidency had a big campaign at the Warders Cottages where one early and cold Saturday morning we knotted socks to the fences spelling out the word SHAME three times in large letters. That was reported on TV, in the print media and on radio. These were members of FS and FICRA and the wider community.

I have to apologise though to Mr Dowson for the trauma I caused him with the outrageous QR code project. It would have given the current anti-change, anti-development and anti-progress president sleepless nights of horror and agony that the Fremantle Society was embracing modernisation, innovation and new technologies with its Freopedia project, that would have created a virtual historic tour of Fremantle, where people could zoom in with their mobile phones on QR codes attached to buildings and significant sites and read the history about them via Wikipedia. After a promising start FS unfortunately did not proceed with it.

No matter how often John Dowson criticises my presidency and vice presidency of the Fremantle Society, I am happy with my achievements. FS under my leadership was inclusive, we had respectful dialogue with Fremantle Council instead of treating the democratically elected members as the enemies of the community. We collaborated with anyone who wanted to talk with us. I initiated the first contact with Notre Dame University and had a fantastic relationship for almost a decade with previous NDA Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond and many of the senior staff. I am proud of all my efforts to make a positive difference to the city I love.

John Dowson has a very special ability that no doubt would make him a class act in any circus. I have never met anyone anywhere in the world who can talk out of his arsehole while having his head stuck deep up it. ;>))

Roel Loopers

MESSAGE FOR COTTESLOE-SKATING FINE IN FREO

 

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I’ll do anything to promote Freo! ;>) This letter to the editor in the POST newspaper today.

Roel Loopers

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COVID-19 SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, esplanade youth plaza, food, health, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2020

 

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Three more historic photos taken today in Fremantle during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Musicians at Kidogo Arthouse without an audience, queueing up for burgers at Grill’d on the Cappuccino Strip, and for fish&chips at Twin Fin in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

There were also around 40 young people at the Esplanade Youth Plaza, although I don’t believe the state government have given permission to reopen skateparks yet. I did not take a photo of it as I don’t want the nice kids to get into trouble about it.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO FIRE FUND SKATE JAM TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade youth plaza, event, skatepark, skaters, skating, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on January 17, 2020

 

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City of Fremantle & Skateboarding WA supporting the Freo Fire Fund

A night for the skateboarding community to come together to raise funds to help fire-affected communities

Freo Fire Fund Skate Jam TONIGHT Friday 17 Jan 6pm-9pm
Games, Best Trick Jams, Giveaways & Prize Raffles

Donation on entry on the night.
Please pre-register www.skateboardingwa.com.au and bring QR code for check-in

Bring your spare change and donate to enter games, best trick jams & prize raffles.
Skateboarding WA Apparel for sale.
BBQ Fundraiser by Fremantle Rotary Club

Prizes generously donated by
1991 Skateshop Beyond Skate Hillzeez Momentum Skateshop Soggybones Star Surf+Skate Livid Skateboards

Butter Goods WA Skate Ramps Modus Bearings Picture Wheels GMTA Skateboards

Family friendly event, all ages welcome, drug & alcohol free.
100% of proceeds go to Freo Fire Fund, hosted by Fremantle Foundation.

To read more information here.
https://fremantlefoundation.simplero.com/purchase/99035-Freo-Fund-for-Fire-Affected

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FREO’S FUTURE CELEBRATES ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA

 

 

The Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza skate and parcour park celebrated its fifth birthday today.

Great to see so many very young people attending and loving the exciting sport.

I was asked by a City of Fremantle officer why I had mentioned in a blog post early this week that the majority of new Fremantle Youth Network members are female. For two reasons. It is a fact, and I like it that in a time when political partied quarrel about female quotas Freo has a Youth Network with a lot of young women in it-and five young blokes as well.

Let’s not forget also that the 13-member Fremantle Council only has four female Councillors, so I am all for more women power!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE YOUTH PLAZA FIVE YEARS YOUNG

 

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The Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza is five years young this weekend and that will be celebrated with a skating festival on Sunday the 14th of April from 12-5pm. This is part of WA Youth Week which runs from the 13th to the 20th of April.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Youth Week had always been a popular event with young people, and this Sunday was shaping up to be a fantastic festival with a range of engaging and fun activities planned.

The family-friendly event will include a skateboarding competition in association with Skateboarding WA, slacklining and parkour workshops, fascinating virtual reality stations, live interactive street art, Hip Hop classes, market stalls, amusements, etc.

The new Fremantle Youth Network members will be at the EYP surveying the community, so come along and have your say.

The City’s Esplanade Youth Plaza provides many free skateboarding and parkour workshops throughout the year, and is known as one of the best youth facilities across the country.

For more information about EYP Festival 5.0, visit the What’s On page on the City of Fremantle’s website.

Roel Loopers

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FREO ESPLANADE CARRIAGE CAFE TO STAY

 

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Fremantle Council wants to let the Carriage Cafe on the Esplanade operate for another three years but on a month by month term.

The reason for the extension is that the City wants to delay the development of the Esplanade Hub by up to three years.

The Esplanade Hub was supposed to be developed between the Youth Plaza and ferris wheel and a new hospitality venue built there, and the Carriage Cafe would have had to be removed or demolished, but the City of Fremantle no longer has the money to realise these plans.

The item is on the FPOL committee agenda this coming Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

LADIES NIGHT AT FREO YOUTH PLAZA

Posted in children, city of fremantle, esplanade youth plaza, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017

 

 

It’s LADIES NIGHT at the skatepark tonight in Fremantle.

From 7-9pm only women/girls will be allowed to use the Esplanade Youth Plaza, so take advantage of it ladies!

Roel Loopers

 

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NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK AT FREO ESPLANADE

Posted in community, esplanade youth plaza, fremantle, youth by freoview on April 9, 2017

It is a brilliant sunny Sunday in Fremantle so head out to the Esplanade Youth Plaza for Switch it On the National Youth Week event there.

It is a lot of fun to watch and participate in and is going till late afternoon.

Here some impressions of it.

Roel Loopers

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUICIDE AT FREMANTLE YOUTH PLAZA

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, esplanade youth plaza, mental health, suicide, youth by freoview on October 9, 2016

The Changing Your Tune event at the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza skatepark was a lot of fun but also a stark reminder that so many people in Australia suffer from mental health issues and commit suicide.

There was live music, burlesque and skating coaching clinics, but also hundreds of shoes on display to remind us that suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for 15-44 year olds.

In 2016 3,027 people took their own life, with the Aboriginal rate of suicide twice as high as that of non Aboriginal people.

Western Australia has the highest rate of Aboriginal suicide in Australia, and a very disturbing trend of very young people seeing no other way out of their despair than killing themselves.

Roel Loopers

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