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Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2018


When I received information that allegedly two major Aboriginal organisations are investigating the cultural inappropriate use of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur’s Head I of course wanted to report about it, which I did last week. Even more so when my mate Greg Nannup claims there might be a personal vendetta against the Nannups at the WACC.

But all is not what it appeared to be and the City of Fremantle has put me on the straight and narrow about this.

First of all CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore was not involved in the decision to allow Scott Chisholm to conduct Aboriginal cultural tours out of WACC, so my sincere apology to Brendan Moore for mentioning him in my blog post.

Second, and very important, is that Noongar elders endorsed that Scott Chisholm could conduct his tours out of WACC, so Scott Chisholm deserves an apology from me as well, which I offer him here.

I took the word of a mate when I should have double-checked, so that was unprofessional of me and unacceptable! I accept all the blame for that.

Family feuding is a nightmare in the Noongar community and something a Wadjela like I will probably never understand, because for me all Aboriginal people are good people whom I respect and like.

And to provide even more clarity this below from the City of Fremantle:

Scott Chisholm has been endorsed by the local Elders Committee to share his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour in Fremantle. Noel Nannup was part of the eldership group meeting where permission was given for Scott to operate his activities from the WACC. Scott Chisholm’s tours do not attempt to tell Noongar stories but to share his own connections with Fremantle and his country.

 The WACC promotes programs offered through the facility. Scott Chisolm is not currently employed to operate from the WACC. He was booked as a facilitator to provide his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour as part of the WACC program of activities during Naidoc Week (he also runs his own private business). The City has also approached Greg Nannup to do tours and work with WACC but he decided at that time not to be involved. We have recently supported/offered Indigenous WA tours with work from 25 tourists and as guides on the wildflower walk at Samson park during September 2018.

 The City of Fremantle supports many families in the Aboriginal community, with particular support for the local Noongar people. The Nannups are valued members of the community.

Accusing Brendan Moore of providing improper advice – particularly in such a sensitive area – and naming him without fact-checking the circumstances was surprising and disappointing. For the record, Brendan has not worked on programming at the WACC since early 2017 and has had no involvement in programming decisions involving Scott Chisholm. As stated earlier, the permission for Scott to offer his programs was provided by the local Elders Committee.

I hope this clears it up, as it is very important to me to publish a balanced and fair blog. Kaya!

And to make it absolutely clear. I have been advocating for an Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle for many years. I don’t believe the WACC is very successful though, partly due because of it’s location, so I hope the City of Fremantle will establish an Aboriginal community centre maybe in Hilton, plus a city central separate one as an Aboriginal cultural centre for tourism, which will offer Noongar art and craft for sale, story telling, history, music, dancing, etc.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2018


There are serious concerns in the Noongar community about cultural inappropriateness at the Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre-WACC on Arthur’s Head.

Our local indigenous friends believe the City of Fremantle Council and administration have not been advised properly by CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore that it is inappropriate to allow former Dockers player Scott Chisholm to operate his Yoondooroo Dreaming Cultural Walk from the WACC, because Chisholm is not a Noongar, but comes from the Yoingu People in the Northern Territory.

The insensitive decision by the City of Fremantle created unfair competion for the Indigenous WA cultural tours by the Noongar Nannup family, who had been doing it for years but received nu support or promotion from the WACC.

Dream and story lines are very important in Aboriginal culture and are very territorial, with only certain people allowed to tell certain dreamtime and cultural stories, so who made the decision at the City of Fremantle that  it would be o.k. for a Northern Territory Aborigine to do Dreaming tours out of our local Noongar centre?

Scott Chisholm is a really nice bloke with a ready smile, but surely the cultural sensitivity can’t be ignored by Fremantle City officers.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2018




More than one hundred people attended a City of Fremantle forum this morning about How we can improve the relationship with the Aboriginal community.

Many Whadjuk Noongar people took part, as did Fremantle precincts representatives, many Councillors and the Mayor, people from support services, WA Police, Chamber of Commerce, Fremantle Prison, Education Department, City of Fremantle staff from a variety of departments, and other interested individuals.

It was pretty full on to get it all done in three hours but I believe it was a very worthwhile exercise that opened up opportunities for better communication, more respect and where the journey of reconciliation has been good and what can be improved.

What are effective ways to improve the relationship between Noongars and Wadjelas, and how can we improve doing it at grassroots level within our own suburbs and streets?

The Noongar people believe that local governments are leading the reconciliation process, and in Fremantle we are building it on an already strong foundation.

What forms of communication between the cultures works best and how can we improve it?

Reconciliation is an important process of understanding and acknowledgment of the past and of Aboriginal history and culture, and all together we are creating the future.

One of my laments is that many hundreds of school students a week do day excursions to Fremantle and visit the Fremantle Prison, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum, but leave our city without having engaged with Aboriginal history or culture. Only some schools engage the services of Greg Nannup of Indigenous WA to give them a tour about Aboriginal culture, but that is just not enough and the Education Department needs to be aware of the shortcoming.

It was a very positive and relaxed morning and so good to see Aboriginal and Wadjela people chatting and connecting with mutual respect.

Well done, City of Fremantle, now we need to do the next step and implement positive actions!

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2018




Good to see members of the Fremantle Men’s Shed visiting the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Arthur’s Head on Wednesday morning.

A cuppa around the fire and a chat with Scott Chisholm under a bright blue sky was a good start of the day.


Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2018


Like FREO NOW-the former BID, Tourism WA, the City of Fremantle, the Chamber of Commerce and others we all can do our bit to promote Fremantle interstate and overseas.

Quite a few members of the Freo community are also trying to help by posting reviews on Trip Advisor, and according to traders that can be very helpful.

Trip Advisor alerted me that last month one or more of my 33 Fremantle reviews were read by a total of 16,304 people, with 70% of them being from Australia and the other 30% from overseas.

The most favourite review last month was about Indigenous Tours WA which is run by Greg Nanup. However Greg now mainly does Walyalup tours for school groups at Arthur’s Head, so teachers make sure to book them for your classes when you come to visit the Roundhouse and Shipwreck Museum!

YOU too can review restaurants, shops, tours, attractions, etc. on Trip Advisor. Do it!

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018




The Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre is teaching hand painting on silk scarves courses with renowned artist Peter Farmer

The materials are plain ‘Habotai Scarfs’ size 180cm x 45cm for designing and painting. If you’d like to purchase from the class, the cost is $30.

PETER FARMER DESIGNS are facilitating workshops for creatives that would like to try a hand at handpainted original designed silk scarfs and other materials.

Peter Farme Snr has showcased at Malaysia’s ‘Alta Moda’ in Kuala Lumpur and ‘Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s’ first ever Aboriginal Showcase.

This is an opportunity to share skills and knowledge and be creative with cutlural connections and content that is engaging and informative, about the oldest living culture on the planet.

Peter Farmer is the only Aboriginal Artist to collaborate with “Professor Jimmy Choo” creating an original print for the production of a couture shoe by the Professor.

The courses are on August 25 and September 1 and 8 at 2pm. Cost $ 15.00.

The WACC is at Mrs Trivett Lane on Arthur’s Head in the fourth cottage from the Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, children, city of fremantle, family, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2018




A message from BEYONDBLUE:

Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – a special day to celebrate the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their culture.

BEYONDBLUE acknowledge the significant role that parents, carers and elders play in strengthening children’s connection to culture, community and identity. These connections are vital to building a child’s resilience, sense of belonging and social and emotional wellbeing.

BEYONDBLUE encourages all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal Children’s Day and the importance of celebrating children’s connection to their culture to support their resilience. You can find out more by visiting





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If you missed the opening at the Fremantle Arts Centre last night of Bush Women 25 Years On go and see it! If you love good visual art, don’t mis it! If you love great Aboriginal art this is the show for you. It is wonderful, wonderful!

The show by some of the best known female indigenous Kimberley artists is a pure joy for the eye and the soul.

Stunning works by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie Gara-Gara, Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies, Pantjiti Mary McLean.

Another show by female local artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo is in the same building, so make sure to also view Running Deep.

The FAC cafe is open, so hide from the bad weather and do something for the soul and tummy!

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2018


Japingka show July 20


The great Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street must be one of the first and oldest Aboriginal art galleries in the Perth metro area.

This Friday their new show by Lockhart River artists Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok opens, so make sure to go and have a look. The show will be on display till August 29.

The painters’ style, using thick layers of paint overlaid and scraped back to reveal earlier layers, gives a sense of the lush tropical landscape and bright light. It also reflects the importance of the people in recognising the meanings and stories associated with the land, the sea and the ceremonies that connect all of these together.

Fiona Omeenyo focuses on the importance of family and clan connections, depicting groups of people fishing and working the coastal regions and river estuaries. In essence the spirits of the people and their ancestors are suggested in the imagery, which is both human-like and representative of ancient rock engravings.

Rosella Namok creates images of the broader landscape, the seasons and the changing light as day merges into night. Her paintings of tropical rainstorms and the tidal patterns left by the Flow of the ocean suggest the importance of the natural rhythms of life and nature.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, craft, culture, indigenous, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018


Walyalup ACC


The City of Fremantle WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE is looking for Noongar facilitators, teachers, artists and musicians to teach about Noongar culture.

Contact the WACC on:


Roel Loopers


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