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FREMANTLE CELEBRATES NAIDOC WEEK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, football, history, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018

 

NAIDOC at Paperbird

 

The Paperbird children’s bookshop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is flying the Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC Week.

It is good to see good things happening during NAIDOC Week and acknowledge that Australia has come a long way when it comes to our indigenous people, but there is a lot more to do and more and better education needed about our Aboriginal culture. Racism is not something of the past but a humiliating daily experience for Australia’s indigenous people. That needs to stop!

I was impressed with the apology Police Commissioner Chris Dawson offered yesterday and saddened to read the racist abuse story of former Dockers player Scott Chisholm in the West Australian today.

Chisholm conducts Aboriginal awareness tours from the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head every morning from 10am this month, so go and join one with your children.

The Roundhouse flies the Aboriginal flag every day of the year to acknowledge our Aboriginal culture and history.

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL TOURS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous by freoview on June 19, 2018

 

IndigenousWA

 

I happened to bump into my good mate Greg Nannup this morning while he was conducting one of his Aboriginal history tours at Arthur Head with a group of school students.

The tours by Indigenous Tours WA are very informative and great for local people and overseas visitors to get to know more about the Whadjuk Noongar history of Walyalup, as the Fremantle region is known in Noongar.

If you want to book a tour contact email is tours@indigenouswa.com or phone Greg Nannup on 0405 630606 and check the website: http://www.indigenouswa.com

 

Roel Loopers

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KAYA AND WELCOME TO FREMANTLE WALYALUP

 

The Sunday Times reports today that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt would “seriously consider” to use Walyalup side by side with Fremantle, to acknowledge the Aboriginal history.

I would welcome that move, and Fremantle Walyalup does sound good, but question why it is taking so long to get more recognition of our indigenous history with more street and place names getting Noongar names.

It makes far more sense to add Aboriginal names than to delete the names of some of the early settlers, so what are we waiting for? The call for more Aboriginal names in Fremantle has been going for three decades, and while we now see Wanju Whadjuk Boodja signs underneath City of Fremantle ones, that is not good enough.

Fremantle Council also needs to be very clear that if it is serious about adding Walyalup to the Fremantle city name, the decision needs to be made before a major destination marketing concept has been developed, so that Walyalup can be included in all promotional material.

Ayers Rock became Uluru years ago, and the Bungles in the Kimberley are now better known as Purnululu, so there are no great obstacles that prevents our leaders to introduce more Aboriginal names for places of significance.

Roel Loopers

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COLOURFUL FREMANTLE WA DAY OPENING

 

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The Aboriginal smoking ceremony to open WA DAY at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour attracted a good crowd. It’s always nice to see so many children at these events as they are a very essential part of moving forward with the reconciliation process.

Noongar elder Neville Collard gave a welcome to country and the Wadumbah dancers performed.

Also saying hello were WA Minister Simone McGurk, Fremantle Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge and Federal MP in waiting Josh Wilson.

There are lots of activities, including a pocket market and of course the 6pm fireworks are on.

The weather is great so don’t waste your time and stay at home to watch TV and the Dockers lose. ; >)

Roel Loopers

IT’S NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, heritage, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2018

 

Nat Reconciliation Week May 27

 

KAYA! A reminder that it is National reconciliation Week next week, so connect with our Whadjuk Noongar friends, read about indigenous history and culture or just buy a ork of Aboriginal art. There is a beautiful new exhibition at the Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES OUR HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, festival, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018

 

Heritage Week

 

The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts this weekend with the Noongar Wanjoo Welcome at the Maritime Museum on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. It’s a free event.

There is heaps on offer so make sure to get a printed program or check it on Facebook and the City of Fremantle website.

Former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm will do an Aboriginal cultural tour at 10am from May 27 to June 3 at Bathers Beach. Tickets are $ 10.00.

There are also two-hour long walking tours of Fremantle on May 26 and 27, and June 2 and 3 from2-4pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre at Kings Square.

The History Tour at the National Hotel sounds great and is on 28, 29,30 May at 11 am. It’s a free event.

Activists and Agitators is a walking tour that starts at B Shed on Victoria Quay on Sunday June 3 from 10.30 am. It’s a free event.

Notre Dame University also has several events so check it out on http://www.nd.edu.au/heritagefestival.

Thirty Years of Clancy’s Music is on tomorrow Saturday May 27 from 7pm. Tickets $ 25. and there is Fish&Chops woodchopping in Princess May Park on June 2 from 1pm. A free event.

and there is much much more on offer!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE COUNCIL’S MOMENT OF INSANITY

 

J Shed

 

Predictably Fremantle Council last night voted to recommend for approval by the WA Planning Commission a 300 patron tavern at J Shed on Arthur’s Head, against the express wishes of the local community, Noongar people, artists and heritage groups.

But the battle was lost long before last night when over four years ago Council in a moment of collective insanity decided that the best applicant for the Expressions of Interest process for a bar/cafe/gallery was the proposal for a 1,500 patron live outdoor music venue and an 850 patron tavern, and signed a 21-year lease with Sunset Events.

Since then the live music aspect was taken away as the Council back tracked more and more because of public outrage, so at the end they believed everyone had compromised enough and 300 patrons was just a bit more than a small bar, and a tavern would activate Arthur’s Head.

The public gallery was jam packed full, and more than 30 people spoke for an hour and a half, with 80 per cent of them being against the tavern.

There were many new faces and young artists and valid arguments were made that a good arts venture would help activate J Shed and the historic area, while a very eloquent young psychologist warned about the dangers of alcohol and public health, but it was all to no avail and only four of the nine Councillors present voted against the proposal.

It was very disappointing that the elected members were abused by some people in the public gallery as that is totally inappropriate. The planning approval went through proper process and the community has elected Councillors to make decisions, and as with all decisions governments make half of the people won’t agree with them. For the record. I don’t agree with this one either.

The deciding authority is the WAPC and even if they approve Sunset Events’ application they will still need to convince the liquor licensing authority that a tavern at Bathers Beach with only portaloos is a good idea.

I am very disappointed with Fremantle Council about this issue. They did not have the backbone to admit the 21-year lease for a tavern was wrong, so they had to back their wrong decision all the way. That is not good governance.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO ROUNDHOUSE NEEDS VOLUNTEER TOURIST GUIDES

 

Volunteer Week

 

It is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, so the appropriate time to make Fremantle people aware that the Roundhouse volunteer guides are in desperate need of more volunteers to be able to keep WA oldest public building open to the public seven days a week.

I have been a volunteer at the Roundhouse for over seven years and love the one on one interactions with visitors from all over the wold and having talks with large student groups from primary and high schools.

Volunteering at the Roundhouse is a very positive experience and we leave at the end of our shift with a smile on our face because of all the lovely people we meet and the compliments they give us for Fremantle, WA and Australia.

Become a Roundhouse volunteer! It’s fun. Just pop in an sit down one day and watch how we interact with the visitors and sign up for once a week or once a fortnight guide duty!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LOOKING FOR HISTORIC ARTEFACTS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, history, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2018

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The World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison is calling for donations of artefacts to grow the Prison’s collection and encourage the return of objects with a connection to the Fremantle Prison site.

The Fremantle Prison collection holds approximately 12,000 items, including photographs, documents, furnishings, artworks, tools, clothing and textiles, institutional paraphernalia, letters, weapons and archaeological material.

The collection spans the entirety of the Prison’s operational life, from the beginning of construction in 1851 through to 1991 when the Prison was decommissioned and closed.

Fremantle Prison will be holding two ‘open days’ during which people can bring their items and discuss the donation and care of the items with the Prison’s curatorial team.

The first open day is planned for 18 May on International Museum Day, and the second on
26 May, as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Both open days are from 10am – 3pm.

Fremantle Prison is visited by around 200,000 people annually, so a big tourist attraction in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FIREWORKS ARE BACK!

 

Those who missed the Fremantle fireworks on Australia Day will be delighted that the Fishing Boat Harbour traders have organised fireworks on WA DAY, June 3 from 6 pm.

The early 6pm time will be good for families with very young children, so it’s a win win.

The move by Fremantle Council to scrap the fireworks and Australia Day events and replace them with the ONE DAY concert have ben very controversial, but also been followed by other councils in Australia.

Holding fireworks on WA Dy is probably a much better idea and will be a lot less upsetting for our indigenous people, but for me personally I find fireworks a huge waste of money and would rather see a laser and projections show.

Anyway, folks, Fremantle fireworks are back!

Roel Loopers

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