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NEWS FROM OUR LOCAL STATE MEMBER

Posted in city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

Here some info from the newsletter of Fremantle state member Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection, Women’s Interest, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, and Community Services.

In March, the people of WA elected a McGowan Labor Government, and we have gotten straight to work delivering better and fairer management of our state. Since taking office, the Government has:
Stopped the Perth Freight Link;
Kept Western Power in public hands;
Frozen TAFE fees;
Put education assistants back into classrooms;
Reduced the number of State Government Departments from 41 to 25;
Introduced domestic violence leave for WA public sector workers
Heritage listed Fremantle’s iconic West End.

Fremantle has lots to look forward to: the relocation of a Government Department to our CBD, the opening of Fremantle College in 2018, the construction of WA’s first MediHotel at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the establishment of an Urgent Care Clinic in Fremantle, much needed upgrades to local roads, and planning for the second port at Kwinana.

As always, I am keen to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office on 9336 7000 if there are any issues you’d like to raise with me.

DIFFERENT VIEWS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, photography, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on August 4, 2017

 

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Even after over twenty years of wandering the streets of Fremantle, someone once called it loitering with intent, I always find new images to shoot, as I did this cold Friday morning.

Roel Loopers

LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT ABORIGINAL TOURISM

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 26, 2017

 

When it comes to Aboriginal issues tokenism is always high, and walking the talk less of a reality.

Yesterday WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia stated that Aboriginal culture is WA’s secret weapon, but it appears the minister was only talking about giving tourists an outback experience, with no plans to offer an Aboriginal experience in Perth, Fremantle and other major cities around the state.

It is quite disturbing that neither of the two major cities has a serious Aboriginal cultural centre where overseas visitors can find out about Aboriginal history, culture, art, music, story telling, and food.

The City of Fremantle made a half-hearted attempt by running a small historic cottage at Arthur Head as the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, but it was doomed to failure from the start, because of the inappropriate small building and location.

When one goes up to Derby the Mowanjum Aboriginal Centre is a great place to visit, as is the Aboriginal art centre at Warmun (Turkey Creek) and Mangkaja in Fitzroy Crossing, but there is nothing like that in the Perth metro area, but for commercial art galleries run by white fellas.

It is time the State Government started walking the talk and helped funding some serious Aboriginal cultural centres in our cities!

 

Roel Loopers

SAY NO TO RUBBISH DEVELOPMENT IN FREO’S WEST END!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 21, 2017

 

Pakenham Street development proposal

 

EARLY WARNING FOR HERITAGE PROTECTION!!!!!

The absolutely inappropriate huge five-storey development for Fremantle’s Pakenham Street and the Customs Building is on the Fremantle Council agenda for this coming Wednesday.

It needs to be refused and it needs to be made clear to the WA Development Assessment Panel(JDAP) that the Fremantle community will not compromise on the preservation of the historic West End!

I understand that the C0F officers’ recommendation is for a robust refusal of the proposal, but we need to be there in force to tell our Elected Members that this is a rubbish proposal. It’s not only too heigh and too big for the heritage precinct, but it is also very ugly.

I will publish more about this once the agenda becomes available on-line at 4pm today, and when I have read all the details of the Fremantle Design Advisory Panel and planning staff.

SAY NO TO RUBBISH DEVELOPMENT IN FREO’S HERITAGE WEST END PRECINCT!

Roel Loopers

GRANTS FOR HERITAGE CONSERVATION AVAILABLE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, state government, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 20, 2017

 

 

WA Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Arts David Templeman MLA liked my blog post about the heritage listing of Fremantle’s West End so much that he shared it on his Facebook page. That’s a nice acknowledgement, so thank you David.

I forgot to mention in that post on Wednesday that private owners are eligible to apply for a Heritage Council grant of up to $ 100,000 to help with conservation works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE’S UNIQUE HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE ACKNOWLEDGED

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 18, 2017

 

 

The new Western Australian Minister for Heritage David Templeman came into Fremantle today, in the company of Freo’s own Minister Simone McGurk, to announce at the National Hotel the official permanent listing of the historic West End in the State Register of Heritage Places.

The Minister said this was the largest single place to be included in the state register. The area of the Goldrush Period includes 250 buildings and 200,000sqm.

Templeman said that the City of Fremantle had played a critical role in the very long process and that the report about it is 574 pages long. It was a process of collaboartion with state and federal agencies, property owners and Fremantle Council and administration.

Fremantle is unique, the Minister said, and the state heritage listing has the potential to increase tourism marketing and attract new bars and eating opportunities.

The listing does not mean however that the place can not be altered and developed, he said.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said he was proud to have been part of the process that took a very long time.

The listing changes the way we understand heritage, the Mayor said, and he quoted CoF heritage architect Alan Kelsall that Fremantle is not a museum and that it was essential to restore and use heritage buildings.

National Hotel owner Karl Bullers said there needed to be more state and national marketing for the historic area and the state listing would be a catalyst to drive heritage tourism to Fremantle.

Heritage and business need to work together as there needs to be a good return on investment.

Heritage is getting quite trendy, Bullers told the audience.

Roel Loopers

WE ARE LUCKY TO LIVE IN FREMANTLE!

 

SMILE!!!!!

 

Waking up this morning I thought how lucky I am to live in Fremantle. The sun is out and the sky is blue and it is a mild 23 degrees at the start of our winter.

We live in a very special and unique city but sadly there are those who only make negative comments and never see the beauty we have and the special close community we live in.

I don’t suggest for one moment that Freo is perfect and that there is not a lot of room for improvement, but I believe we are doing very well and that our city has a very positive future.

We are seeing massive unprecedented development in Fremantle, not seen in 40 long years, which means in the very near future we will have many more people living, working and staying overnight in the inner city.

That will create confidence for more developers and businesses and we’ll see new shops and bars, new hotels and more investment also from Fremantle council and state government.

But sadly there are those with a political agenda who don’t want to recognise the strategic and long-term planning our elected members have made.

The Kings Square, Fremantle Oval, Cantonment Hall, South Quay projects are huge for our city and so are the private developments of the Woolstores shopping centre, Heirloom, Liv apartments by Defence Housing and many more that are popping up around town or are planned.

Some people in Fremantle treat our democratically elected members as the enemy of the community and more often than not their criticism is based on ignorance.

Many people do not understand the separation between the councillors and administration and blame councillors when the streets are not clean or maintenance not done.

Fact is that council sets rules and regulations in place, makes policies and development approvals, but it’s up to staff to implement them. It is like a footy club where no one would consider the board of directors responsible for the players underperforming.

It is too simplistic, and unfair, to attack councillors and the mayor when it is out of their hands, and I often hear how frustrated too they are when things are not done.

There are the conspiracy people who frequently accuse council of being communists or socialists, but how ridiculous is that when the present council has done more to encourage and support capitalist development in Freo than the councils before them.

I am not a one-eyed supporter of Fremantle council and I don’t have the blinkers on. I also don’t care if councillors are left, right or centre of politics and I don’t socialise privately with any of them, but credit needs to be given where due and criticism handed out fairly. I have been doing that on this blog for nearly eight years and in letters to editors for over 25 years.

Whenever I talk to tourists they tell me how cute, clean, beautiful and special Fremantle is, but far too many locals I talk to only have negativity on their mind.

Many people do not engage with local government and fail to inform themselves adequately, hence there is a lot of misinformation out there and people are blaming Fremantle council for things outside their control and state responsibility.

We live in a community where people really care, where they are willing to stand up and make a difference and where many want to be part of the solution.

But the internet and social media has also created large numbers of people all over the world who are only interested in writing spiteful, nasty, insulting comments that are only meant to be personal attacks and hurt. That to me is not acceptable, hence I will speak out and defend our utterly decent and very likeable councillors, collaborate with them, put suggestions to them for improvement and show them the respect they deserve.

Fremantle is a magic and magnificent place to live. We have the stunning heritage West End, great beaches, markets, lifestyle, festivals, events and we actually care.

Be passionate about Freo, as I am, and stand up for what you believe in. I support anyone who wants to help make Freo a better place, no matter if you vote Liberal, Labor, Green or any other political colour, but please let us engage in respectful and informed dialogue and not ignorant hyperbole and hot air.

Have a brilliant week, Freo and acknowledge how green the grass is on this side of the fence!

Roel Loopers

STUPID WA OVER REGULATION

Posted in fremantle, law&order, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on June 5, 2017

 

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Overseas tourists to Western Australia often mention that there are too many rules and regulations in our state, and that it is expensive over here.

Two large signs on the Fremantle Esplanade at the WA DAY event shows how stupid, irrelevant and inappropriate a lot of these rules are.

No drugs and alcohol. Well it is already illegal so why bother. No chairs, seats, whatever and the one that irritated me most was the rule about no professional photography.

The event was not fenced off so the Esplanade remained a public open space and hence every photographer, professional or amateur, with a pro SLR or just a mobile phone was allowed to take photos by law. I was hoping someone would try to stop me so I could have given them a blast, but no luck.

I assume that the Freo signs are just copies of what they put up at Elizabeth Quay but why bother!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WA DAY PHOTOS

Posted in children, family, fremantle, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on June 5, 2017

 

WA DAY 1

 

Children outnumbered adults in Fremantle today as large family groups, babies and prams came to celebrate WA DAY on the Esplanade and all around town.

Some cafes were closed and others charged a public holiday surcharge, but who cares, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s pretty warm for a winter’s day.

Roel Loopers

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WESTERN POWER BALL

Posted in energy, fremantle, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on May 30, 2017

 

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Western Power must have won the Powerball as it is hard to imagine how our financially broke state can afford 41 vehicles attending one job at Hampton Road in Fremantle. I counted them.

Roel Loopers

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