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VOLUNTEERS ARE THE SPICE OF LIFE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on May 18, 2020

 

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It is National Volunteer Week, so it is time to publicly thank all the thousands of Australians who give up so much of their time to support their community, to look after those in need and basically after every part of our society.

Many sporting clubs would not be able to function without volunteers, and our sea rescue, volunteer firefighters, lifesavers, first aid people are absolutely essential.

Volunteers are undervalued and overworked, but they do it with a smile and real commitment. Thank you very much!

Roel Loopers

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TOILET PAPER IS NOT A FACE MASK!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, health, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2020

 

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I think I have found the reason for Australia’s toilet paper panic buying phenomena. So many people talk out of their a.se that they must think they are buying face masks. ;>)

Have a brilliant weekend and be assured nearly all of us will survive, unless we get run over by a speeding gopher.

Paranoia can kill. Sanity is a good survival skill.

Roel Loopers

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ONE DAY CONNECTING FOR THE FUTURE

Posted in aboriginal, australia, city of fremantle, community, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2020

 

 

Here a few impressions of the ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE event at Bathers Beach.

There is live music, dance, story-telling, art, culture, fun, face painting, sand painting, etc.

It goes till 8pm this evening and finishes with the burning of balga trees on the beach at sunset.

It is a much more intimate event than the previous years on the Esplanade and it is easier for everybody to connect. It feels good. I really like it!

Go and say KAYA!

Roel Loopers

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ONE DAY FOR ALL

Posted in aboriginal, australia, australia day, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2020

 

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ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE is on this Saturday, January 25, so come and enjoy Aboriginal music, food, art, etc. It is on all day at Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers

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CHANGING AUSTRALIA DAY JUST A MINOR ADJUSTMENT

 

I almost fell of my stool and choked on my double espresso yesterday when I saw the front page of the West Australian and read their editorial suggesting it is time to have a discussion about changing the date of Australia Day.

When Fremantle Council changed the date four years ago and stopped the fireworks it was blasted by the West and heavily criticised time and time again in editorials and columns by Paul Murray, so what a nice and positive change of heart for this right-leaning publication.

Contrary to what the West has written, and what some politicians and community members have said, this was never about silly politics by some left-leaning loonies, but only and all about respect for our Aboriginal people and their history, and the huge pain and displacement European settlement brought for them.

Moving Australia Day to another day will not diminish the achievements of the early settlers and it will not change Australia’s history. All it will do is show consideration for those Aboriginese whose families have suffered, whose children were taken away, who were moved on from their communities, and who were severely mistreated and their land taken away. The consequences of that are still felt in Aboriginal communities today.

I don’t believe we can take our history for granted and say Aboriginal people just need to move on and forget about the past, because from the past we can all learn, and we can acknowledge that mistakes were made, without having to feel guilty. Moving forward together by changing Australia Day away from January 26 is just a tiny adjustment for non Aboriginals to make, but it would make a huge difference to very many of our First Nation people.

The West is encouraging a community discussion about it, so let us start one with respect and without polemic and political point scoring.

Roel Loopers

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FREO BUTCHER CELEBRATES AUSTRALIA

Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on January 23, 2020

 

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When it comes to street level advertising Wray Avenue butcher Frank won’t be beaten, as he is showing again with putting many Australian flags on his advertising boards.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO FUNDRAISING FOR FIRE VICTIMS

Posted in bushfires, city of fremantle, community, fundraising, Uncategorized by freoview on January 7, 2020

 

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At the initiative of Fibonacci centre owner Robby Lang the Fremantle community is getting together to raise funds for the bushfire victims in the eastern states.

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CITIZENSHIP DRESS CODE IS UNAUSTRALIAN

 

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The directions from the Federal Government to local councils to make the Australia Day citizenship ceremonies more formal and enforce a dress code are as ridiculous as they are un-Australian.

Australians are loved around the world for their daggy dress sense, and that is understandable when one knows that thongs, ugg boots and singlets are considered fashion items in the land down under.

A citizenship ceremony is not about dress code or formality, but all about new Australians committing themselves to their new country, and as an immigrant myself I know what a big step that is to take, and even more when one loses the  passport from one’s birth country, as I did.

Becoming a new Australian is showing acceptance of one’s new home and culture and it is a very proud moment to receive the citizenship certificate from the mayor. It is wanting to be part of the nation, being allowed to vote and being eligible to stand for local, state and federal government. It is not only a privilege to become an Australian, but also a strong commitment.

Many people turn up at the ceremonies in dresses, shirts or T-shirts made out of the Australian flag, and others turn up in their national dress from their birth country. Some come in shorts, and why not on a stinking hot day in a country where boardies are the norm.

There is no disrespect in dressing who we are and what reflects our personality, and it is nonsense to believe people will turn up in formal wear to become citizens of a country that prides itself on freedom of choice.

Only three more weeks till Australia Day, and I am looking forward to being at the Fremantle ceremony, although we will celebrate our city’s diversity at the ONE DAY event a couple of days later.

And ‘well done’ again TRANSPERTH for closing the Fremantle line from January 27-30 at night, after the 7.55pm train to Perth. All those who want to come to the One Day concert on the Esplanade will now have to hop on buses. Our WA public transport authorities closed the Freo train line a few years in a row during the Fremantle Street Festival as well. Very inconsiderate!

Roel Loopers

DRINK AT BENNY’S TO HELP BUSH FIRE VICTIMS

Posted in bar, bushfires, charity, city of fremantle, donations, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on January 3, 2020

 

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Benny’s on the Fremantle Cappucino Strip is having a bush fire appeal this weekend, so go and support the good cause!

From every pint of Gage Roads Alby draught $ 2 will be donated to the NSW bush fire appeal, so this is one great excuse to have a few too many.

Robby Lang from the Fibonacci centre also wants to do a bush fire fundraising concert and they will be brainstorming at the Fremantle Townhall this Sunday the 5th at 2pm to see if they can get the support from enough bands to make it work.

What is happening over east is absolutely devastating and it affects so many families, businesses and communities, so let us all show the leadership that is lacking in Canberra and raise millions to help out!

Roel Loopers

 

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THE FUTURE IS OURS TO IMPROVE

 

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With the start of a new year there is a time for reflection, and also a time for hope, wishes and New Year resolutions, but I believe it is also a time to be realistic and stop all the nonsense that somehow Australia is the best country on earth.

I love living in Australia, but I have lived in other really good countries and traveled to many more that were also great, and I only have to think about New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern to realise that one of the things missing in Australia is good leadership and a good PM.

We cannot claim to be the best country in the world when we have one of the highest rates of domestic violence, when racism is still happening daily, and when Australia is still sending refugees to overseas detention centres.

We are not the best country in the world when we have tens of thousands of homeless people and when we still have Aboriginal people living in third world conditions.

We have to do much better also at caring for the elderly and for the environment, so let us not be complacent because of national pride, and fool ourselves that we are living in a perfect country, when there is a lot of improvement needed still on many levels.

I love living in Fremantle because of the very good community we have, but even our small city is far from perfect and needs improvement, and that has already started.

All I read on social and in the mass media is anger, division, people attacking others, and engaging in political point-scoring.

But there is a huge lack of real leadership both in government and the private sectors, when as a community we should work together, collaborate, create bridges of tolerance and acceptance, and reach out to those who need our support, and also reach out to those who are different and have a different opinion.

We all have to share this beautiful country and this amazing planet, and we all have to work together to preserve what we have and try to improve it for the generations after us.

Have a great New Year. Hug more and argue less. Love and smiles can conquer everything!

Roel Loopers

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