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CANTONMENT HILL PLAYGROUND PROGRESS

Posted in cantonment hill, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

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The children’s playground at Fremantle’s Cantonment Hill is progressing well and due for completion by the end of August.

Contractors have started to install play equipment today. Just a shame though about the faux limestone walls on such and important and expensive project.

 

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BABY GIRL FOR FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on August 11, 2017

 

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS! to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his partner Emma.

The couple had their first child earlier this week. It’s a girl!!!!

No doubt the parents are as much in awe off their newborn as I am about babies in general. These beautiful little creatures are the true miracles in the world and a blessing.

 

Roel Loopers

CUTE AND GOOD ART AT B SHED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, education, Uncategorized by freoview on August 5, 2017

 

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The East Fremantle Primary School Art Ex 2017 is on this weekend at Fremantle’s B Shed on Victoria Quay.

There is some very cute art by the young students and some good art by established artists, so go and support it.

It’s on from 10am to 4pm today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday.

 

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MUSICIANS FOR MALAWI AT FLY BY NIGHT

Posted in charity, children, education, fly by night club, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

In 2015, Nola Formentin sold everything she owned in Fremantle and moved to Malawi in SE Africa. After an initial six months volunteering with an NGO, she was offered a job teaching music, swimming, art and environmental issues at a primary school near the city of Blantyre.

Nola now ants to raise money for Malawi at the Musicians for Malawi concert to be held at Victoria Hall on Saturday 5 August. Doors open 7pm and the night is run by The Fly By Night Musicians Club.

Headlining the evening will be Opera Australia’s Baritone Jose Carbo accompanied by David Wickham, supported by local opera singers Alexandra Bak, Jenna Robertson, Kelly Robertson, Helen Brown and Alessia Pintabona. The night then turns contemporary, with upcoming singer/songwriter Synaed Roche and The David Hyams Trio. Then finally, local country blues band The Suntones will have everyone dancing the night out! All artists are donating their time and talents for the evening. There will even be food available at the club. All proceeds go to Nola’s causes.

There are many NGOs around Blantyre in the south of Malawi. Nola has visited some that have touched her heart and she hopes to find donations to help them on their way. These include Morning Star JS Ministries, a locally run organisation that provides a safe and caring place for young men to gather and learn life skills.

They run a soccer team and need funding for uniforms and equipment, as well as rent for the clubhouse. The Jacaranda Foundation is an incredible school run solely for children affected by HIV/AIDS and has fostered some amazing talent both musically and artistically, sending students to summer schools in USA and Europe. The Fatima Centre is a small orphanage run by a retired English couple, fostering 25 orphans from their local village.

All these organisations are run entirely on donations and Nola would like to invite you to help her raise money to support these wonderful schools, which in turn will help educate and nurture these special children.

 

Tickets are available at www.flybynight.org or phone 9430 5208

Musicians for Malawi
Saturday 5 August
Doors open 7pm
Fly By Night Musicians Club
Victoria Hall 179 High St Fremantle

FREMANTLE GENERATIONS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2017

 

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In between showers yesterday it was quite pleasant in Fremantle and father and son took advantage of it, feeding the seagulls in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It something the traders there don’t like, hence the signs, Don’t feed the seagulls or they’ll S.O.Y (Shit On You).

Walking around town I noticed these three generations of bicycles parked at Phillimore Street and thought they looked cute.

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CANTONMENT HILL WORK GOING WELL

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2017

 

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The Friends of Cantonment Hill have created a lovely walking tour map at Burt Street, so that people are aware that one can walk up the hill to get some of the best views of Fremantle, the port, and the Swan river.

Work on the playground area is well underway with retaining walls and steps being built, so the historic area will become a great destination for families in the very near future.

ENKEL should also be taking over the former Navy Stores building, as soon as earth works have been completed.

The former Signal Station is already well used by the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue.

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OLD PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE NOT PAEDOPHILES!

Posted in children, fremantle, photography, police, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

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Parents have been complaining about all that rain during the school holidays, so with the weather back to Freo fantastic I wanted to see how busy the Winterworld ice skating n Fremantle was this morning.

I took a few wide-angle shots to show the crowd and when I turned around two police officers looked at me inquisitively, so I took my sunnies off and said hello.

Once I crossed over to the Esplanade Hotel side I noticed they were behind me and I hear “excuse me sir”

The officers wanted to know why I was taking photos, and while it is my lawful right to take pictures of anyone in a public open space, I explained I published a Fremantle blog, gave them my business card, even let them look at the few photos I had taken, and explained I was very well known in Freo, even by the head of police media who is a mate of mine, but they still wanted to see my drivers license.

I absolutely accept that the officers have a job to do, but I find it extremely offensive that an old man with a camera is automatically classified as a potential deviant paedophile, and questioned.

There were plenty of people taking photos with mobile phones, but I stood out with a professional DSLR Nikon. Would a child abuser really be that obvious and stupid?

I adore children and believe they are sacred. Anyone who interferes with a child should be shot as far as I am concerned, but it is not right to target professional photographers just because they are male and over 50.

I have great respect for police officers and the often awful job they have to do, but I feel quite insulted right now.

Roel Loopers

 

PAPER BIRD PUPPET SHOW FOR KIDS

Posted in BOOKS, children, culture, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

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The delightful PAPER BIRD Children’s Books & Arts shop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is putting up a very special puppet show with mini workshop for children between the age of 3 and 7 years old.

The puppet show will be performed by the Five Elements Theatre.

It is on Monday July 10 from 10 am till 1 pm and ticket door sales are $ 25.00.

The shop is next to the Moores Building arts centre at 42 Henry Street and good coffee and food next door at the Moore&Moore cafe that also shares a nature playground with Paper Bird.

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SUICIDE ART IS NOT FOR CHILDREN

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2017

 

The Fremantle Arts Centre acted swiftly on a complaint by the Liberal Member for Tangney Ben Morton and has put an attendent in front of the controversial suicide exhibit he wrote about in the West Australian today.

There were already signs warning that the video created by artist Roxby Smith is not suitable for children, and barriers now make visitors even more aware that part of the show is challenging.

I commented about this when I reviewed the entire new shows at the FAC a couple of weeks ago.

While I believe art should be challenging instead of being mere decorative, I personally find the suicide video, where an animation of a woman shoots herself in the head multiple times in different street locations, tasteless and not at all helpful to having a serious discussion about mental health and all the reasons why people feel they have no option but to take their own life.

I reluctantly show some screen shots of the video so that those who can’t get to the FAC know what I am talking about.

This is definitely not a video children should be viewing so keep them away from it!

Roel Loopers

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY IS FREO CIRCUS TIME

Posted in children, circus wa, family, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2017

 

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School holiday has started and my mother used to call it a circus when all five kids were home, so why not get your children to join the circus in Fremantle.

CIRCUS WA has school holiday workshops in the big top at Princess May Park, so contact them for details: www.circuswa.com or 0435 374 492

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