A big CONGRATULATIONS to Night Hoops which last night was awarded the $ 100,000 Impact 100 grant by the Fremantle Foundation.
Night Hoops was conceived by Griffith Longley to try to take kids off the streets at night and give them something to do under supervision, with mentors, serve them a meal, play basketball, and give the kids a safe bus drive home.
This very popular program in Fremantle and Cockburn is run by dedicated volunteers and with sponsorship, so the big grant will help them to achieve even more.
Impact 100 is a project where 100 people are asked to donate $ 1,000 each and the total sum of that is then awarded to a community organisation each year.
I am delighted the so very worthwhile and effective Night Hoops received this year’s grant. Well done Griff and all involved. You are my kind of heroes!!
The Changing Your Tune event at the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza skatepark was a lot of fun but also a stark reminder that so many people in Australia suffer from mental health issues and commit suicide.
There was live music, burlesque and skating coaching clinics, but also hundreds of shoes on display to remind us that suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for 15-44 year olds.
In 2016 3,027 people took their own life, with the Aboriginal rate of suicide twice as high as that of non Aboriginal people.
Western Australia has the highest rate of Aboriginal suicide in Australia, and a very disturbing trend of very young people seeing no other way out of their despair than killing themselves.
The monthly speaker session of the Fremantle Network upstairs at the National Hotel presented Liam Carter on Tuesday evening. It was interesting to listen to the very articulate young man who proposed to the City of Fremantle to start a Youth Advisory Council(YAC).
Liam told us he came up with the YAC idea because of the scarcity of young people involved in local community and council work and was thinking of how he could get more young people involved, because every issue dealt with at local councils affects young people. Other councils already have YACs.
70 youth have signed up to be part of YAC and 40 of them are now in a pool to be part of decision-making meetings, citizen juries, etc. This makes Fremantle’s YAC the biggest one, overtaking Subiaco. YAC members are as young as 12 year-old he said.
Liam Carter told the small audience that the opportunities are absolutely huge and that youth through YAC can have an influence on council policy and add more nuances to the community conversation.
Running events would be a simple way of engaging with a broad section of the community. He also mentioned youth juries, the Robin Hood project where young people decide who gets funding and the Upskill Project where young people run courses for young people. “It is important to get young voices heard”
Issues that concern and affect youth are mental health, disability access and affordable housing and he believes citizen juries, participatory budgeting and strengthening community consultation would be a good way forward. “I want young people to be heard!”
Youth could help create positive change and the next idea might be the big change maker for Fremantle.
Liam believes there needs to be more and better collaboration between community groups and said he would be interested to have speakers from groups like FRRA and the Fremantle Society come to YAC and vice versa.
Liam Carter is a very bright and likeable young man who has practical ideas. It was a shame that not more people turned up for his talk, especially older people as working together respectfully is in my opinion the best way forward for Fremantle. We should never lose sight that we are building Freo’s future for our youth.
The next Fremantle Network event ill be on the first Tuesday in September.
The 25 under 25 Art Award is on show at the Fremantle Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street, so go and have a look at some young non-pretentious art.
There is $ 2,000 worth of prize money up for grabs and a four week artist residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre. The winners will be announced this evening from 6.30 pm.
There is a very well done 3D piece Toilets by Elizabeth Bills, a realist painting of the New Edition bookshop by Megan Bouwer, while Lizzy Joyce takes the piss out of Coles with her Down Down Bilbys are Down 3D work of a bilby pushing a shopping trolley.
Open/Closed of grass growing out of bed sheets by Sophie Nixon is very tranquil, while cricketer Adam Gilchrist was painted in a huge colourful acrylic by Jaidip Singh.
And there is a very impressive oil painting on a metal lid by Lara Sawyer.
It is important to show support for young, fresh emerging artists, so go and say hello tonight!
I have never seen the Esplanade Youth Plaza skate park totally empty. Even when it rains some of the braver or more desperate skaters turn up, but today was clearly too hot even for the most addicted to the sport.
I took this photo at around 11.30 am when it was just 38 degrees, so probably a lot hotter with the heat reflecting back from the concrete.
If the hot weather continues it could affect visitors’ numbers to the St Jerome Laneway Festival which is on this Sunday, so let’s hope it will cool down a bit especially for those who will set up the stages, etc.
This is not a Fremantle story but it is one many of us cried about. MALALA YOUSAFZAY, who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she spoke out about education for girls in her country, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Kailash Satyarthi.
They were awarded the prestigious prize “For their struggle against surpression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
It is a reminder to all of us that “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
I believe it is our duty in Australia to engage in the privilege of the democratic process and to stand up for minority groups and social justice.
It is really good to see how popular the Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA is. The place was packed today with kids and families, doing all sorts of activities, and a couple of police officers also keeping an eye on it. But it is a very peaceful and respectful environment at the EYP and that is one of the best things of it all.
At the Spare Parts Theatre the FARM play is on but also the School of Puppetry doing workshops for kids, and outside in Pioneer Park there are big colourful figures made by the people of the wheatbelt town of Merredin.
The Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA skatepark is getting rid of some misconceptions and urban myths about modern youth I hope, because it is a fine example of how well a large group of young people can respectfully engage and have fun.
There is no screaming, no four letter words, no alcohol, no vandalism, but there is a lot of consideration, sharing, learning, teaching and supporting going on. It is how the entire community should be, because the kids at the EYP are far more selfless than a large percentage of grown ups in our society are.
There is no queue jumping, no elbows out to get in first, and ahead of others who have been waiting their turn, and it’s all done with appreciating the efforts of others, complimenting them, or giving tips on how to improve. Although they all come as individuals they have amazing skills at team work.
What a delightfully positive article by a mother about the Fremantle skatepark in today’s Fremantle Herald. Do we need a more tangible example that it is a huge success?
No doubt those who complain about the costs to build it and future maintenance costs will find a negative angle, but I think it is just great that the Esplanade Youth Plaza has been embraced by most in the community.
It is a great and very respectful place for young people to hang out, for families to connect and for oldies like me to admire the acrobatic skill of the skaters, BMXers and scooter riders.