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WILL AUSTRALIA EVER HAVE A BLACK PM?

Posted in abc, aboriginal, city of fremantle, democracy, elections, indigenous, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2019

 

Black PM?

 

The ABC screening this Saturday at 7.40 pm of Will Australia Ever Have a Black PM? is very timely three weeks before the Federal Election.

I remember the joy of a first female PM, when Obama was elected President of the USA, and marriage equality, so I hope that a black PM, or president, of Australia will still happen in my lifetime, but I think that might be a bit too optimistic.

It is special for me that my friend young Fremantle Aboriginal woman Shari Hutchison was the Attachment Producer of the documentary. She traveled all over Australia with the team to film the interviews, so I am looking forward to viewing the result of all the hard work.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE BEST LOCATION FOR ABORIGINAL CENTRE

 

“It is well beyond our capacity of funding” said Councillor Andrew Sullivan about the Council agenda item to do a $ 50.000 feasibility study for a Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the preferred J Shed location at Bathers Beach.

And that is unfortunately the huge problem, because indications from the WA State Government are that they want to built the Aboriginal centre in Perth, ideally in Burswood, the electorate of Ben Wyatt, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Treasurer.

While I would absolutely love to have an Aboriginal Centre in Fremantle, and have been calling for it for many years, I believe it is unrealistic for the City of Fremantle to do a feasibility study before getting funding commitment from the State. Should we spend $ 50,000 of ratepayers money on what might only be a pipe dream that will never be realised because the State Government is so bloody Perth-centric?

If I were wealthy I would be very happy to donate my own money for an Aboriginal Centre in Freo because the story of our indigenous people needs to be told, and international tourists need to and want to have an Aboriginal experience.

Now how can we convince the Premier and Cabinet that Fremantle deserves another tourist attraction?

Roel Loopers

MINISTER DOES NOT WANT FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL CENTRE

 

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I rest my case about the WA State Government being Perth-centric. The West Australian today published an “exclusive” by Peter de Kruijff about the money needed to maintain the Fremantle Roundhouse and historic Arthur’s Head and that the City of Fremantle wants to do a feasibility study for the creation of an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Bathers Beach.

But Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt hits that straight on the head by stating that an Aborigonal Cultural Centre should be as close to the centre of Perth as feasible. Why?

Fremantle was the first point of contact between the Whadjuk Noongar people and the British settlers and surely the second city in Western Australia deserves a new tourist attraction, when Perth got Elizabeth Quay, the new WA Museum, the Burswood Stadium, etc.

The question now is if Fremantle should be spending $ 50,000 on a feasibility study when it appears unlikely they will get financial support from the State Government, and two Aboriginal centres would probably not a good idea either.

I would love to see a significant Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Freo, but the City is financially not doing well at all, so should they spend $ 50,000 of ratepayers money for something that is unlikely to be built in Fremantle?

Roel Loopers

 

COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR NEW FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL CENTRE

 

 

Plans for an Aboriginal cultural centre at J Shed were talked about in detail at last night’s FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council.

Although I first suggested we could keep J Shed and the cultural centre could be built on Victoria Quay, I quite agree  with Councillor Rachel Pemberton that Manjaree/Arthur’s Head is very significant, as it was the first point of contact between the British settlers/invaders and the Whadjuk Noongar people.

Pemberton said this would be an opportunity to make the precinct a place of healing where we could move forward together and share our cultures.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said the officers’ report was amazing and much better than what Councillors had received previously. The area was important for all Aboriginal and local people, not just the Noongars and that a cultural centre should have the appropriate State level importance and not be a Freo City facility.

Sullivan also warned about rising sea levels that might impact on a new building at Bathers Beach and was skeptical about relocating J Shed-again.

Councillor Sam Wainwright said this was the right direction in consideration with the relationship Bathers Bay has with Wadjemup/Rottnest Island, while Councillor Doug Thompson called for further investigation and community consultation.

Councillor and FPOL Chair Hannah Fitzhardinge also pointed out the opportunities to collaborate with what is planned for Rottnest Island and that there should be a Walyalup Wadjemup dialogue about that. Great idea!

I wonder though if J Shed is going to be relocated, and that is still many years away, if the present artists there could not also relocate with the shed or be offered alternative studios in A Shed on Victoria Quay or elsewhere in Fremantle, instead of just letting them go, as their contribution to our city has been significant.

Roel Loopers

PS: The yellow circle in the photo is of an art studio for lease at Captain’s Lane.

 

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ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS DESERVE FREMANTLE APOLOGY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, health, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 28, 2019

 

While there has been a huge outrage, and rightly so, about the online racial abuse of West Coast Eagles indigenous player Liam Ryan we should never underestimate the daily racist abuse that is going on elsewhere in our society.

I just heard this disgusting little episode that happened in Fremantle this week. The Aboriginal Health Council of WA has a conference in the Esplanade Hotel Lead The Way; Challenge The Possibilities; Imagine the Future, where Aboriginal health workers from all over the state are gathering, and what happened?

Several of the female participants had a smoke outside the hotel during a conference break when a white male drove by and yelled out to them “Why don’t you get a job you black c….!”

Yes, this is still happening in 2019 in Australia! Our indigenous people still get racially abused daily by ignorant dickheads and we need to call it out, every time, each time, always, because it is unacceptable.

On behalf of the Fremantle community I want to apologise to the health workers for the racist fool’s abuse you had to suffer. Fremantle is better than that. I am so sorry!

Roel Loopers

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AUSTRALIA DAY TOPIC AT POLITICS IN THE PUB TONIGHT

 

The first of this year’s Politics in the Pub events by the Fremantle Network will this evening debate the topic if the date of Australia Day should be changed.

This is becoming a yearly issue around Australia Day when conservative politicians engage in point scoring about it and conservative voters express dismay that there are even thoughts about moving Australia Day away from January 26 to another date.

Those who are supportive of changing the date point out that many of our indigenous Australians consider the day to be Invasion Day, so we should be more considerate and celebrate Australia on a different day.

Come along to The Local hotel in South Fremantle at 6.30pm this evening January 29 and respectfully express your views.

The bar and kitchen will be open, so have a meal and a cold drink while debating this important issue.

Roel Loopers

ABORIGINAL SMOKING CEREMONY STARTS FREO’S ONE DAY EVENT

 

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KAYA! A big crowd turned up this morning for the Aboriginal smoking ceremony which started the One Day in Fremantle event.

Minister Simone McGurk, Federal member for Fremantle Josh Wilson MP and Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt were among the large mob that included many familiar faces.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CITIZENS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2019

 

 

An advocate dedicated to preventing Aboriginal families from being evicted from their homes has been named Fremantle’s Citizen of the Year.

Jennifer Kaeshagen is the founder and director of the First Nations Homelessness Project, which supports at-risk families and specialises in helping families avoid eviction from public housing.

With the assistance of an army of volunteers, the project has reduced the eviction rate of Aboriginal families from public housing by 25 per cent.

In the past 15 months alone Jennifer and her team have prevented the evictions of more than 100 households.

Nurse and midwife Ronelle Brossard was named Fremantle’s Senior Citizen of the Year for her decades-long commitment to providing culturally diverse women access to health and well-being support services.

Ronelle was a champion for the founding of the Meeting Place in South Fremantle, which still provides community programs today, and in 1984 established the Fremantle Women’s Health Centre which provides medical and counselling services as well as a program of health education and activities.

Fremantle Young Citizen of the Year award was presented to local Nyoongar woman Sally Gamble, who works with the Fremantle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and volunteers her time with the Hilton PCYC.

The Active Citizenship award was won by the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, while a certificate of appreciation was presented to Boomerang Bags Fremantle for their efforts to reduce plastic bag use.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said all of the Fremantle Citizens of Year embodied the community spirit Fremantle is famous for.

“The Citizen of the Year awards recognise and celebrate active citizenship and significant contributions to the life of our community,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“All of this year’s recipients share a passion for Fremantle and a love of its people, and they’ve all have made huge sacrifices to provide help and support to people who need it.

 

Roel Loopers

 

CULTURAL TOGETHERNESS AT KIDOGO ON ONE DAY IN FREO

 

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Only two more sleeps until the big ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE event will be on.

It starts with the Noongar smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach at 8am and after that there are activities at Kidogo Arthouse.

From 2pm the Esplanade will host the family-friendly and alcohol-free event and concert with singer Montaigne as the headline.

Montaigne will headline the celebrations after recently releasing her latest single ‘For Your Love’. The 23-year-old won an ARIA award in 2016 for best breakthrough artist following the success of her debut album Glorious Heights, which featured the singles ‘Because I Love You’ and ‘In the Dark’.

Joining Montaigne will be up-and-coming soul singer Adrian Eagle who toured Europe with the Hilltop Hoods earlier this year, the mesmerising Emily Wurramara who sings in both English and her first language Anindilyakwa, as well as local legends The Hunting Birds and The Spring Peaks.

The Welcome to Country will be delivered by Dr. Richard Walley OAM and Marie Taylor, and the event will be hosted by the talented Gina Williams.

~~~ ACTIVITIES ~~~

In addition to great music, there’ll be a range of free family-friendly activities to enjoy throughout the day. Strike a pose in the photo booth or get creative with the community canvas painting. Join in the craft workshops and make a musical instrument from recycled materials, or have a try at the nature weaving workshops.

Enjoy traditional Ochre face painting and sample a bite of barbeque bush tucker.

~~~ EATS ~~~

One Day in Fremantle doesn’t just have an amazing line-up of bands, a selection of delicious food trucks will be rolling in too!

* Antica Gelateria Italiana * Bootlegger Coffee Co. * Crafted Events WA * Bangkok Jump Street * La Crepe de Paris WA * Marcelita’s Colombian Empanadas, Perth * Mosaic Bites * Paitumaca Paella on the Move * Sultan Pepper * The Habibs * Toast My Curry * T Sisters Fresh Foods *

 

Roel Loopers

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POLITICS IN THE PUB ABOUT AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, fremantle network, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2019

 

The first Politics in the Pub of 2019 by the Fremantle Network will deal with a very controversial topic. Should We Change the Date of Australia Day?

It is happening straight after the Australia Day long weekend on Tuesday the 29th at The Local hotel in South Fremantle.

Proceedings start at 7pm and all are welcome. The bar and kitchen will be open!

Roel Loopers

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