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Great moorditj news and well deserved!

The City of Fremantle’s alternative Australia Day One Day in Fremantle event has  received an Australian Government award for promoting Indigenous reconciliation.

One Day in Fremantle took out the Promoting Indigenous Reconciliation category at the 2019 National Awards for Local Government in Canberra today.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and the City’s Aboriginal Engagement Officer Brendan Moore were presented with the award by the federal Minister for Local Government Mark Coulton.

Mayor Pettitt said he was thrilled the City’s efforts to establish the One Day event had received national recognition.

“Our intention with One Day was to create an inclusive, family-friendly event where all members of the community felt comfortable to celebrate what’s great about being Australian,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“I said after the first One Day concert that it was the best event I had ever been involved with. The spirit among the crowd and the sense of belonging and community was a beautiful experience.

“It was never about being anti-Australian or divisive. It was about encouraging people to come out and enjoy Australia’s diversity, bringing people together and promoting reconciliation – which is why I’m so pleased the event has received this award.”

The City of Fremantle first staged the One Day in Fremantle event in January 2017.

The event starts with a traditional smoking ceremony and other Aboriginal cultural activities at Bathers Beach before the focus shifts to the One Day concert at the Esplanade Reserve.

In its first three years the event has featured major Australian artists like Dan Sultan, John Bulter, Kate Miller-Heidke, Montaigne and Kevin Parker from Tame Impala.

It has also showcased emerging Aboriginal artists like Baker Boy, Adrian Eagle and Emily Warramara.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2019



Some of the feedback given at the RAP Working Group about the One Day in Fremantle event and Smoking Ceremony is worth considering as both events lacked the same spark as the very first year the alternative Australia Day celebrations were held.

The first Smoking Ceremony on top of Manjaree/Arthur’s Head and in the Roundhouse was nothing short of powerful and inspirational, but the subsequent years it was watered down to a much smaller event with a lot less impact and next to the Kidogo Arthouse boardwalk at Bathers Beach.

The area is too small for all the people attending and the event is not significant enough anymore because only a small number of Aboriginal people conduct it, and none of them are women. It needs to get back to the powerful ceremony it was the first year of One Day in Fremantle.

There is also a disconnect between the Smoking Ceremony, which starts at 8am, and the One Day concert, which only starts in earnest at 5pm. There needs to be either more on offer between 10am and 5pm, or the Smoking Ceremony needs to be much later in the day.

While the symbolism of the Smoking Ceremony at Bathers Bay is important the connection to the One Day concert would be much more apparent if both events were held in the same location. Would Fremantle Oval be an option?

The lack of shade on the Esplanade forced people to hide under the trees, which gave the area a deserted impression when I arrived at 4.30pm this year, so shade structures need to be erected and there needs to be entertainment on the stage all day, not just from 5-7.30pm, because it lacked energy.

Some Aboriginal people at the RAP meeting on Monday believed that the One Day in Fremantle event is an Aboriginal event and they complained it had become too multicultural, but the alternative Australia Day entertainment was moved from January 26 out of respect for Aboriginal culture because many believe that Invasion Day should not be celebrated, but that does not mean the alternative day should not be about multiculturalism.

Important though to make visitors from outside Fremantle aware that it is the alternative Australia Day, although Fremantle Council no doubt does not want to make it too political and controversial. I am confident a good compromise can be found.

So a few adjustments are needed to improve the day. A more inclusive Smoking Ceremony in a better location, and more visual recognition during the concert of the Bibulmen, Whadjuk, Noongar culture and history would be a good outcome.

Roel Loopers



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



one day timeline!!


For the many of thousands of people who will flock to the Fremantle Esplanade for the One Day In Fremantle concert on Sunday, here is the timeline.

MONTAIGNE, the big act, will be on stage from 6.30-7.30pm

ADRIAN EAGLE will be on just before her from 5.30-6.15pm

The Spring Peaks are on from 4.30-5.15pm

Emily Wurramara will entertain us all from 3.30-4.15pm

The Hunting Birds will start the music part of the event from 2.30-3.15pm

And don’t forget the Noongar SMOKING CEREMONY at Bathers Beach at 8am!

See you there!

Roel Loopers





Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, food, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on January 26, 2019


franks oz day 1


This is a pretty impressive multicultural celebration of Australia Day at Franks, the Italian butcher in Wray Avenue, Fremantle.

Moroccan, Italian, German, Thai, American, Spanish, Aussie, Chines and Portuguese, and probably food inspired by foreign cuisines.

Roel Loopers



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




There is plenty on this long weekend, from the cicitzenship ceremony, to the One Day event, and of course Abbey May is also at the Fremantle Arts Centre free courtyard music session on Sunday from 2-4pm.

rock rattle and roll


All weekend the Rock Rattle and Roll Festival is at Victoria Quay, so here a few more details about that event:

This event is a festival of nostalgia. 1950’s through to the 60’s through music, fashion & rides of all descriptions. Held annually with part proceeds to a chosen beneficiary in Western Australia.

To see what’s new, who’s coming or to book your tickets, or apply to be an exhibitor, pop onto the website at
#rrr2019 #victoriaquayfreo #quaytosummer

To be held at Victoria Quay Fremantle with the The Vintage Collective Markets Perth Western Australia showcasing vintage and rockabilly vendors, inside the iconic Fremantle B-Shed. Food and beverage services will be on the waters edge so you can enjoy the stunning sunset and water views.
Our iconic All Wheel Show’N’Shine will be hosted around the venue with an INVITATIONAL static display along side a rolling show and shine to be held on Sunday the 27th January.
VCMPerth Events has been working hard on securing the venue to meet the needs of this unique one of a kind event.
The Vintage Collective Markets Perth Western Australia will again curate the content of this event with the Kool Katz you love from right here in WA, indoors in Bshed.
V.I.P artists, Fashion shows, Pinup contest, Armed forces radio broadcast (1950’s) vendors and All Wheel Show’n’Shine. Complementing, tattoo displays, artists, free activities, workshops and demonstrations of skills and trades of a bygone era
Licensed bar and Food zone (outdoors) will also be incorporated.

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia, australia day, citizenship, city of cockburn, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2019




All those people who wrongly believe that Fremantle Council is un-Australian, whatever that means, can sleep in peace and have happy dreams again now that the City has raised the Australian flag on the Townhall again.

The big flag will stay up 24/7 as it will be illuminated at night, so check it out.

Talking about being Australian, tomorrow at 10.30, yes, on Australia Day, the City of Fremantle will hold its annual citizenship ceremony at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

67 new Aussies will pledge their allegiance to their new country. It will be a very special moment for them.

The new Aussies are from France, Spain, Israel, USA, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Columbia, Brazil, Turkey, UK, Ireland and Austria.

Roel Loopers




one day at kidogo


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.


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



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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