Freo's View

BEAUTIFUL FREMANTLE WITH GREAT COMMUNITY

 

 

There is so much noise and chatter about the negativity of social media currently, with many politicians and those in the mainstream media ignoring they are part of the problem, that it is time to remind ourselves that while not everything is perfect here Fremantle is a very special place to live in with people who have a great sense of community.

So here just a few photos I took yesterday afternoon while trying to walk off my hay fever.

Opening your eyes, heart and mind to beauty is so much better than focusing on the few negative aspects of life. Most people in the world are good people, so let’s not concentrate on the few bad apples.

Roel Loopers

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A WORLD OF ACCUSATIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, media, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on March 31, 2019

 

I first thought it was an April Fools joke when I received this comment to my blog today, but it is a day early:

Roel
I am requesting you take down the story regarding World of Renovation and you defamatory and inaccurate comments immediately.
should you link not be removed within 48 hours, I will be taking legal action and involving the media for your defamatory, damaging and inaccurate story about your assumptions, not others and not facts.
https://freoview.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/world-of-renovation-closed-down/

I request confirmation of the removal of this link urgently or I will pursue with legal action against you

Sasha deBretton

This is by now a long forgotten story which I posted on April 18 last year after the mainstream media; The West Australian, Perth Now/Sunday Times, Channel 7, and others had reported that Sasha deBretton’s companies had gone into voluntary liquidation and that she owed a lot of money. See links below:

https://www.perthnow.com.au/business/perths-sasha-debretton-places-rich-list-renovation-companies-into-liquidation-ng-b88809626z

https://thewest.com.au/business/70-suppliers-and-tradies-owed-620000-in-million-dollar-makeovers-liquidation-ng-b88822231z

https://www.propertychat.com.au/community/threads/sign-of-the-times-million-dollar-makeovers-wa.31280/

Nothing I posted on Freo’s View about that is defamatory and neither is the post inaccurate as it was widely published that Million Dollar Makovers and World of Renovations had closed shop.

But I did what Miss deBretton demanded and deleted the post from last year, otherwise her threatening comment I received today would also have disappeared as it would have been attached to the post.

The news has been all over cyberspace, social media; Twitter, Facebook, and mass media and I have not read any retractions in any of the newspapers, so what is Miss deBretton on about threatening me with legal action and going to the media nearly a year after the post was published on this blog?

In my very long life I have learned that one takes responsibility for one’s own failures and not blame others, so my friendly advise to Ms deBretton is to do the same.

It is not very clever to rekindle the fire when you want to hide the facts, but that is what Sasha deBretton has done. I deleted the post, not because it is defamatory or inaccurate, but so that she realises that it is not a good idea to threaten and bully me, because now the demise of her failed businesses is in the news again.

For those who can’t remember. The World of Renovations in Fremantle’s High Street was opened by Mayor Brad Pettitt, but by February 2018 it became clear that not all was well as the great-looking cafe closed first and then the large showroom as well.

The place is still vacant and the name is still on the facade.

Roel Loopers

RESPECT CREATES A BETTER COMMUNITY

 

There is a lot of hypocrisy gong on in the mainstream media and from politicians in the wake of the white supremacist terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to play the blame game about irresponsible social media without taken responsibility for their own contributions.

Mainstream media has moved so far right that it is not funny, with the West Australian newspaper becoming the mouthpiece for the Liberal/National Federal government and right-wing  columns by  Andrew Bolt, Paul Murray, Gemma Tognini and others.

Federal politicians have been engaging in fear mongering about Muslims and refugees, while the ultimate hypocrites must be Sunrise which puts Pauline Hanson on a weekly panel to sprout her racist nonsense, but suddenly attack her for those views after the Christchurch massacre.

There is no doubt though that social media has created a terribly negative community conversation that spreads hatred, ignorance, racism, innuendo, conspiracy and name-calling and where all respect for people with a different view point has disappeared, and that also happens on a local level here in Fremantle.

I want to believe that Australia is better than that! I want to believe that we are still the fair-go and tolerant multicultural country, where every law abiding person from all over the world can make a new home and where we welcome those who need a safe haven away from war, violence and abuse.

But we all need to be more aware of what we are writing on social media and try not to engage so dismissively and angrily when we don’t agree with posts of others, and the mainstream media needs to start to be more considerate and respectful as well and understand how damaging sensationalist reporting can be to individuals. The Jesse Hogan story of the Fremantle Dockers is such a case. This young man does have a mental health issue and he does not need to be humiliated in the media for that. Leave him alone and let him heal!

We should all take a lesson from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What empathy and compassion, what dignity, strength and integrity, and what outstanding leadership!

Roel Loopers

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MINISTER WORRIED ABOUT COUNCIL BULLYING

 

Bullying of local Councillors and council staff is so frequent that even Local Government Minister David Templeman is concerned about it.

The minister expressed in a speech that he was disturbed about the abuse and he believed that the mob mentality of some has the potential to hinder councils to function properly.

It is a sad fact that social media is full of often unwarranted attacks, innuendo, name-calling and conspiracy of Elected Members and Council officers. We frequently see the mainly uniformed members of our community making outrageous statements about Fremantle Council on social media.

It is a real shame, because social media such as Freo Massive has so much potential to connect people within seconds, create a support base in our communities, help find lost dogs, inform about upcoming events and newly opened retailers, etc. but social media far too often is antisocial media and has become a platform for haters, trolls and bullies.

Councillors get attacked everywhere, not just in Freo, and that is fine as long as it is fair.  I don’t have an issue with scrutinising our democratically elected members and telling them what we believe they should be doing, or what we believe they have got wrong, but the absolute fact of politics is that no one in any form of government will ever be able to please everyone in the community and 100 per cent of voters.

What is essential though, and far too often overlooked, is that one should at least get one’s facts right before making outrageous and often defamatory claims.

I am not sure that Minister David Templeman will be able to find solutions to protect our officers and Councillors better from attacks on social media, so stricter moderation rules might have to apply.

Roel Loopers

 

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WHEN DID WE DUMP BEING IN THE MOMENT?

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, communication, community, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on December 26, 2018

 

silly

 

When did we humans decide that we are so incredible important that we need to be in contact with the rest of the world every second of every day?

When did we decide that being in the moment is no longer relevant, and that we can take the people we are with for granted by constantly monitoring our smart phones for Facebook, Twitter and text messages and emails?

When did we decide that the world might desperately need our comments when we go for a long walk on the beach, or while we are having lunch, or dinner, or breakfast with friends?

When did we decide that it is polite to talk at length on the phone, or respond obsessively to text messages while in the company of others?

When did we decide it is an acceptable risk to kill or maim others because we just have to answer the phone, or text messages while driving a car?

When did the idiocy start that we need to have the smart phone next to our bed, just in case someone sends a ‘really important’ Facebook message?

When did it become more important to communicate with people far away than with the ones we are with?

The silly advertisement above says it all. Yep, we desperately need to check our emails while doing laps in the pool, or going for a jog, or while having sex, or whatever we are doing.

Enjoy your Boxing Day and switch your phone off for a while now and then and appreciate the moment you are in and the people you are with!

Roel Loopers

 

DON’T GAG LOCAL COUNCILLORS FROM BEING TRANSPARENT

 

The alleged attempts to silence local councillors and stop them from commenting on social media raise serious concerns about our democracy, although Fremantle councillors are very-almost too- restraint in their use of social media to publish facts to combat the often ridiculous and uninformed comments made by members of the public.

While I understand that Mayors should be the official spokespeople for local councils, it should not stop the other elected members from participating in social media. They are after all our local parliament, so gagging them is like denying a state or federal minister from commenting, because the PM and Premiers are the official spokespeople.

Our Fremantle councillors comment now and then on Facebook and Freo Massive but rarely here on Freo’s View, unless it is local government election time and they want another four years, so they us this platform to increase their public profile. It might well be Fremantle Council policy that only the Mayor can comment on this blog.

I believe the Fremantle community would welcome more engagement on social media with their councillors, as it helps transparency and to clarify issues people might not understand or are not well enough informed about. One should not just leave that to the Mayor and the City of Fremantle’s media people.

It is definitely not up to our State Government to dictate how the elected local members communicate with their community and sensor or gag our councillors. We elected them to govern our city and they are accountable to explain to us why and how.

Roel Loopers

 

 

Roel Loopers

FREO BLOGGER SPEEDS UP PASSENGER TERMINAL PROJECT ;>)

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, social media, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018

 

 

port

 

OMG! What incredible power this Freo’s View blog has. ;>)

This morning I complained that the construction of the shade canopy in front of the Fremantle Ports Passenger Terminal still had no started, but by five o’clock this afternoon they had put all these posts in which will support the canopy.

Social media and a delusional blogger, who is clearly very up himself, are no doubt responsible for the fast action………. I wished. ;>)

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW WEBSITES FOR FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

The rejuvenation of Fremantle is extending to Fremantle Port as well, with the state government agency having created a new website. In fact there are now two new websites, one for the normal port information and the second one just for Victoria Quay.

Fremantle Ports also have a new manager External Affairs in Neil Stanbury, who replaces the highly motivated and dedicated Ainslie de Vos, who was at the port for over twenty years.

I hope the new manager will direct that Freo’s View will be included in their media releases, which is not happening at the moment, so that I can report more often about what goes on at the port. Send info to roel.loopers@iinet.net.au

The refurbishment of the Passenger Terminal is also in progress, albeit is very slowly. There is still no sign of the new shade structure in front of the old building, although Premier Mark McGowan announced early in March that $ 3 million would be spent on the ageing terminal. Eight months later, and with the cruise ships starting to arrive, there is still no sign of that structure, but there is new signage on the building that lights up at night.

Check out the two new high resolution live harbour cams. One from Monument Hill and the other an aerial view from the top of a mast behind B Shed. Amazing views!

Roel Loopers

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FREO BLOGGER NOT DEAD YET

Posted in city of fremantle, health, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2018

 

My apologies to regular Freo’s View readers for not having published any blog posts since early on Thursday, but I am very sick in bed with violent shaking of the body and liters of sweat pouring out of me, so sleeping is the best remedy until I find the strength to see the GP.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S VIEW IS NINE YEARS OLD

 

In October 2009, so nine years ago, I decided to start this Freo’s View blog, and what a labour of love it has become.

I daily wander and drive the streets of our lovely city to look for things to photograph and write about, and I attend most Fremantle Council and council committee meetings, precinct and community consultation meetings, etc.

In the nine years of Freo’s View I have published 9,200 blog posts and close to 30,000 comments by the public, so the blog has become an important community forum.

I started the blog as a community service and don’t make any money from it, because the integrity of the blog is more important than trying to make money through advertising.

There is no political agenda, no agenda whatsoever! I am only interested in getting the best for Freo, the city I love and am very passionate about.

If I know something happens in Fremantle I will blog about it, so keep me informed about new ventures, events, concerts, art exhibitions, etc.etc. Just email roel.loopers@iinet.net.au.

Thank you all for your support, and keep those comments coming!

Roel Loopers

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