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NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATES ABORIGINAL CULTURE

 

NAIDOC

 

NAIDOC Week is on in July to celebrate our Aboriginal culture so here early notice of the events in Fremantle:

NAIDOC Week Opening Event
Fremantle PCYC
Sunday 7 July, 10am–2pm

NAIDOC Week displays
Fremantle Library, The Meeting Place
7–14 July

School Holidays Colouring-In
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Wednesday 10 July, 12–2pm

Community Canvas
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Thursday 11 July, 12–2pm

Aboriginal Face Painting and Activity Workstations
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Friday 12 July, 12–2pm

Nyoongar Language for Kids
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Saturday 13 July, 1–3pm

Roel Loopers

RECONCILIATION AWARD FOR ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE

 

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Great moorditj news and well deserved!

The City of Fremantle’s alternative Australia Day One Day in Fremantle event has  received an Australian Government award for promoting Indigenous reconciliation.

One Day in Fremantle took out the Promoting Indigenous Reconciliation category at the 2019 National Awards for Local Government in Canberra today.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and the City’s Aboriginal Engagement Officer Brendan Moore were presented with the award by the federal Minister for Local Government Mark Coulton.

Mayor Pettitt said he was thrilled the City’s efforts to establish the One Day event had received national recognition.

“Our intention with One Day was to create an inclusive, family-friendly event where all members of the community felt comfortable to celebrate what’s great about being Australian,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“I said after the first One Day concert that it was the best event I had ever been involved with. The spirit among the crowd and the sense of belonging and community was a beautiful experience.

“It was never about being anti-Australian or divisive. It was about encouraging people to come out and enjoy Australia’s diversity, bringing people together and promoting reconciliation – which is why I’m so pleased the event has received this award.”

The City of Fremantle first staged the One Day in Fremantle event in January 2017.

The event starts with a traditional smoking ceremony and other Aboriginal cultural activities at Bathers Beach before the focus shifts to the One Day concert at the Esplanade Reserve.

In its first three years the event has featured major Australian artists like Dan Sultan, John Bulter, Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Kevin Parker from Tame Impala.

It has also showcased emerging Aboriginal artists like Baker Boy, Adrian Eagle and Emily Warramara.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE CLOSURE DISGRACE!

 

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The closure of the Fremantle Roundhouse today is the third day out of four the very popular tourist attraction has been closed to the public. It was closed on Friday and Saturday, supposedly due to bad weather, although the weather was in no way extreme and intolerable, and today the sign states that WA’s oldest public building is closed  due to a shortage of volunteers.

Fact is that the current president and some committee members of the volunteer group have been procrastinating instead of tackling the major issues of funding and volunteers.

I was a volunteer at the Roundhouse for nine years and loved talking with tourists from all over the world, but I resigned two weeks ago after a rude email from the president in reply to my email suggestions for improvements and changes. I was told that my emails to committee were a waste of energy and he reminded me I was not on committee, indicating I should just shut up.

It is now time for the City of Fremantle to immediately take over the management of the Roundhouse as this significant building has to be open to the public.  I am happy to get involved again under new more progressive and committed management.

A school group that arrived at 1.30pm today stood in front of the closed doors and that is very disappointing.

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE CLOSURE A REAL WORRY FOR FREMANTLE

 

 

It is a real worry that the Fremantle Roundhouse is closed today, and I was told it was closed most of yesterday as well.

A sign on the door says it is closed due to bad weather, but a few showers have never forced the Roundhouse volunteers to close all day in the nine years I worked there.

Fremantle Council now needs to take urgent action because it is not acceptable that the oldest public building in WA and one of Fremantle’s most significant tourist attractions is now randomly closed, presumably because of lack of volunteers.

In the nine years I was on duty only on the worst winter days did we close an hour early at 2.30pm, but all day closure only ever happened on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

I hear that at committee level of the volunteers it has been suggested they might have to wind up and hand the management of the building back to the City, but what then when there is no contingency plan in place?  Even if they staff the Roundhouse with volunteers from the Visitor Centre they would still need some of the current volunteers who have the license to fire the 1pm cannon.

Both Fremantle Council and the Roundhouse committee are to blame for not having been pro-active enough in trying to get new volunteers and annual funding. With enough State, City and Federal funding Roundhouse guides could get paid and the tourist attraction would be on the same level as Fremantle Prison, the Maritime Museum and the Shipwreck Museum, which all receive government funding.

The Roundhouse is very significant to Fremantle’s  and Western Australia’s history and the City can’t just sit back and let it close due to procrastination and lack of vision.

Roel Loopers

 

EAST FREO Z CARD FOR HERITAGE TRAIL

 

Heritage card

From the Town of East Fremantle: We recently launched a new Heritage Trail map with watercolour depictions of the local architecture around town.

You can pick up a Z-CARD from Town Hall or text the word ‘Heritage’ to 0475 111 222 for a digital copy.

Thanks to the team at Z-Card PocketMedia Solutions for working with us on this project!

This should inspire the City of Fremantle to do something similar. The Freopedia QR codes on building which were started by the Fremantle Society were unfortunately not continued and the East Freo smartphone Z-Card is an even better idea, so what about it This Is Fremantle?

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GOOD WINTER SHOWS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle arts centre, history, Uncategorized by freoview on June 9, 2019

 

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There are five new exhibitions at the Fremantle Arts Centre so perfect to visit on a cold winter day.

There are shows by Trever Richards, James Angus, Dai-Rong Lee and former harbourmaster Captain George Forsyth and a show of Harbour images.

It is a shame that for conservation reasons the old photos and artworks of Fremantle harbour are in a very dark room and I did find it impossible to see much of the details, so that was very disappointing.

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NEW BOOK ABOUT FREMANTLE’S FIRST HARBOURMASTER

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle port, harbour, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2019

 

Freo's first harbourmaster

 

I bumped into one of the grandsons of Fremantle’s first harbourmaster late yesterday afternoon in front of the Roundhouse, so I was surprised to hear that Ron and Ian Forsyth have published a book about this important man tittled A Hazardous Life.

Captain George Forsyth (1843-1894) lived in the harbourmaster’s house next to the Roundhouse jail and was an influential man in those days.

All those interested in Fremantle hsitory, or maritime history, should buy a copy of the book. It is available in the Fremantle Arts Centre shop, where on Friday an exhibition of paintings by Captain Forsyth will open.

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WARM WINTER WELCOME WA DAY WEEKEND

 

WA Dat program

 

Welcome to Winter! BOM predicts 26 degrees for today and 24 and 23 for Sunday and Monday, so enjoy the long WA DAY weekend in Fremantle.

There will be heaps of entertainment at the Fishing Boat Harbour on Sunday from 10am to 8pm so check out the time table above for the performances.

Spettacolo!

The Spettacolo! festival in the Townhall is sold out but there is still the free live music at Kings Square to enjoy on Sunday from 12.45 to 3pm.

Italy on Stage celebrates the Italian National Day and that is molto bene.

Have a great weekend and please be generous and support our Freo traders. They are part of our community and deserve and need our support!

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MARITIME MONUMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime, navy, north mole, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

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On my daily discovery tours around Fremantle, to see if anything new is happening, I ‘discovered’ this big three-metre high bronze sculpture next to the submarine at the Maritime Museum.

It is stage one of the Australian Sailor Monument, which will be installed on the North Mole at Rouse Head.

It will be the first monument in Australia to recognise all those who discovered, settled, developed and defended our country-“those who go down to the sea in ships.”

The huge artwork, designed by Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith will honour Australia’s maritime history.

I still don’t like the idea of having such a significant monument so far out of Fremantle all the way on the North Mole. It would be much better on Victoria Quay as far more people could see it there.

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FREMANTLE WILL NOT DISAPPEAR

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2019

 

 

How can we stop the ridiculous claims in the media that Fremantle wants to change its name to Walyalup? The Reconciliation Action Plan, that is out for community consultation, suggests to acknowledge Aboriginal names for our city and its landmarks, that means we add Noongar names to the English names, not replace them.

Already there are many negative comments on social media, as if our Aboriginal history is something we should be ashamed about when we should be proud that we are part of a 50.000 year ancient history.

It is not as if before British settlement this country we now call Australia was a fascist society with a past we’d better not mention. It is a huge island where Aboriginal people lived in relative peace and harmony. They lived respectfully in an often nomadic lifestyle off mother earth, in a society with strong tribal laws which kinship and tribal boundaries that were adhered to.

Men in the communities educated the boys and the women were responsible for bringing up the girls, and food was often shared in the best communal sense of extended families.

It is a proud history of stories and songlines and of sacred sites and of deep respect for nature and the earth.

Why should we not share our Aboriginal history by letting people know the names the traditional owners have for all the landmarks and rivers? It is not as if a Big Bang happened in 1829 on the west coast of this huge continent and suddenly there was population in this terra nullius, or uninhabited land. That disrespectful suggestion was soundly rejected by the High Court of Australia which acknowledged that Aboriginal people have lived here for some 50.000 years. A history of hardship and resilience to be proud of!

What is the big deal to have signs that show Fremantle and underneath it Walyalup to acknowledge that history. What is wrong with pointing out that Arthur’s Head is also known as Manjaree and Rottnest Island as Wadjemup?

The acceptance of Aboriginal names is already widespread around Australia. Most people now call Ayers Rock Uluru, the Olgas are known as Kata Tjuta, the Bungles as Purnululu, and Turkey Creek is better known as Warmun.

The TV reporter who smugly told his viewers last night that Fremantle could not change the name of the Swan River to Derbarl Yerrigan because it would need State Government approval to do so was only starting a fear campaign because all Fremantle Council might do is put some signs along the river to also acknowledge the Aboriginal name and history of the river.

No one’s history is threatened people and Fremantle will not disappear from the map of WA and Australia. Our post settlement history and names will remain and be told next to the pre European settlement history of our Aboriginal people. It is showing respect for our now shared past and future, and in my opinion it is very welcome and a long time overdue.

 

Roel Loopers

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