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WILL CUSTOMS AND CENTRELINK LEAVE FREMANTLE?

Posted in city of fremantle, development by freoview on March 27, 2017

The proposal for development of the Customs House and Centrelink properties in Fremantle’s West End raises the very important question where staff would move to if development eventuates. Will they leave Fremantle and what would that mean for our city’s economy if hundreds of public servants pulled out of the city? Or might they move into the future Woolstores development by Silverleaf and stay in Freo?

The State Government and private sector need to do more to decentralise the workforce and move people away from the Perth CBD as freeway congestion is at an all-time high and public transport use down by 2.1 per cent, with thousands of people staying away from overcrowded trains and buses during peak hours.

Fremantle can ill-afford to lose people working in our city, so hopefully the Customs and Centrelink staff will be relocated here if development of their present premises happens.

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC FREMANTLE GUNNERS COTTAGES FULLY RESTORED

Posted in architecture, fremantle, heritage by freoview on March 17, 2016

 

The heritage listed restored Fremantle Gunners Cottages Married Quarters at Cantonment Hill were officially unveiled yesterday by Defence Housing Australia, and it is a delight to see the old cottages looking all great again and ready to be occupied by Defence personnel after they were vacant for many years and left to deteriorate badly.

The cottages have all been given names of s0ldiers who served and died in wars, with signs behind the buildings explaining who these soldiers were. The one big disappointment for me is the use of colourbond fences at the pathway steps that show blatant disrespect for the historic significance of the site.

It took a lot of pressure and lobbying from the City of Fremantle, Melissa Parke MP and the Femantle Society to finally get some action from the Defence Department, who have added a few more houses to the ten old cottages which have great views over the harbour and are an easy fifteen-minute-walk to the Freo CBD.

Once the Cantonment Hill masterplan gets implemented the cottages will be at a prime location next to Fremantle’s most stunning park that has sensational ocean and river views and promises to become THE spot to be to watch the sunset.

It is fantastic and long overdue to see significant heritage restoration in Fremantle with the Warders Cottages in Henderson Street also under way and the City of Fremantle ready to spend around $ 2 million on fully restoring the dilapidated Townhall.

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FREMANTLE DOES NOT NEED ROYAL GLORIFICATION

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, royalty by freoview on February 26, 2016

What! A royal walkway in Fremantle to celebrate that Queen Elizabeth II occupied the throne for 63 years? A walkway at Arthur Head that only a few years ago became the Manjarree Trail to inform people about the Aboriginal history of the area.

Have people conveniently forgotten that British settlement of Western Australia did not happen at the invitation of the Wadjuk Nyoongar people but was forced upon them? Shall we ignore the atrocities at the Quod indigenous prison on Rottnest Island, the massacres and the Stolen Generations and the abuse handed out to Aboriginal children?

And why would we want to celebrate a selfish monarch not willing to step down and make way for her son Charles, who is now almost getting too old to become king,  because mummy does not care about his royal career.

Australia is well on its way to become a republic in the foreseeable future and we don’t need a path to celebrate the archaic institution of royalty.

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIA’S DISGRACEFUL ACTION ON FOREIGNERS

Posted in australia, fascism, fremantle, racism by freoview on August 28, 2015

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers will check people’s visas on the streets of Melbourne this weekend as part of a police operation in the city’s CBD, the Federal Government has revealed.

The agency says people will not be targeted on the basis of race or religion
Part of a broader operation including Victoria Police and other agencies

Officers will be positioned at various locations around the city and will speak with any individual they cross paths with.

No, Australia this is not a belated April’s Fool joke, this is the reality in Australia in 2015 where the Abbott Government introduces racist and fascist actions! What is next, maybe something like foreigners wearing the Star of David as the Jews were forced to do under Hitler’s regime, or another form of immediate visual indentification?

This is a disgraceful and unacceptable action by the federal government that will affect tourism to Australia!

How are we going to prove on what sort of visa were are, or that we are Australian citizens? No doubt the majority of people who will be stopped and questioned by the Australian Border Force will non-white people. OMG all those broun people who are already subjected to racism in this country often, now will have officials in uniform frighten the living daylight out of them. How many will have poor English skills. Ooooh FUCK Australia. What are you doing!!!!!!

Roel Loopers

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PREMIER BARNETT ON THE PERTH FAILED LINK

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on August 26, 2015

The North Fremantle Community had invited WA Premier Colin Barnett and CUSP Professor Peter Newman for a Q&A on the proposed PERTH FREIGHT LINK and the community came out en-masse and there was standing room only. Former Premier Carmen Lawrence was there, as were author and comedian Ben Elton and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk. Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt was there, and it is election time, four Councillors also attended.

It was a surprisingly civil event with not much aggression. Colin Barnett was relaxed and matter of fact about how difficult Stage 2 of the project will be, reassuring the crowd that nothing had yet been decided because it was near impossible to find what he called an elegant solution to get trucks from Roe 8 to Fremantle Port. He stressed the route had not been finalised yet and engineers had not designed the road and/or tunnel, and the environmental work also had not been done yet. “No one will be making a decision tomorrow.” the Premier said, pointing out his cabinet and not the departments would make the final decision.

But he was adamant, and said it several times, that Roe 8 will be built. “No road has been studied as much as the Roe 8 and it will be built so it has minimal impact on the Beeliar wetlands.” Barnett assured the crowd. It will take 2,500 trucks per day off Leach Highway, he claimed.

The Premier also said it was impossible to get all containers to the port by rail and that the 14% we have in WA was the highest freight on rail of any port in Australia, but it was desirable to increase that. At least 70% of freight would be going by truck, and we are talking about 1,2 million containers that need to be moved around the city.

Barnett pointed out that WA accounts for 50% of international trade in Australia and that trade is going up because people buy more washing machines from China, etc. He also pointed out that even when an outer harbour is built at Cockburn Sound, that would take ten years, Fremantle Port will continue as a port and the outer harbour would initially be an overflow port only, but there would be severe environmental impacts on an outer harbour in that location and it “Will be contentious.”

Professor Peter Newman agreed on quite a few points with Colin Barnett but said there was a significant shift in the world to drive less and that urban rail is growing around the word. The Perth Freight Link is not good planning when the end is not clear, he said and “No one questions that the process is flawed.” “We need more intermodal hubs like the one in Kewdale.”

Newman said the economy will grow but there would be more growth in the non-resources-based industries.

Questions were asked about diesel fume pollution and health impact on the North Fremantle community and if health studies had been and would be done, and why pervious and the present governments had not made a start on the outer harbour when it would take so long to be built. The Premier assured the Perth Freight Link was not being built to support the sale of Fremantle Port.

Building an outer harbour would be the biggest infrastructure project ever done in this state Colin Barnett said, and that it would cost $ 4 billion. “It is a daunting project with enormous issues!”

Peter Newman said the PFL “Was the biggest threat I have seen to the future of Fremantle.” and former Councillor Anna Forma said it would be the end of North Fremantle and the area won’t survive this.

Barnett said he had no argument with building more public transport but what will we do with a million plus containers, and that he did not believe in doing nothing for ten years until an outer harbour might be built.

One of the last and most powerful words came from Kate Kelly of the Save Beeliar Wetlands who said there were significant defects in the environmental assessments of Roe 8 and they would take up a legal fight. “See you in court!”

I believe community information session like this one are very good and should happen more often, but I wonder why neither Barnett nor Newman went into details on the impact an outer harbour would have on Cockburn Sound.

Roel Loopers

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EX FREO PORTS CEO NEW WA GOVERNOR

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 25, 2014

Former Fremantle Ports CEO Kerry Sanderson has been appointed the new Governor of Western Australia by Premier Colin Barnett on behalf of the Queen of England. She was the CEO of the Ports for 17 years and the Agent General in London after that.

Now bring on the republic so we can get rid of the monarchy in Australia, and these archaic institutions, that cost taxpayers a huge amount of money.

Roel Loopers

HISTORY CHANNEL FILMS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 25, 2014

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The filming of an episode for the Time Walks series by British TV personality Tony Robinson for the History Channel attracted a large crowd to the Fremantle Army Barracks and Museum. Over a thousand queued up outside the complex because the start was delayed by over 20 minutes, but they were keen to see Tony and show their historic war treasures, so no one complaint.

People brought their memorabilia; old photos, medals, a swag, a bugle, etc. while Robinson made a memorable entry on an armed vehicle.

Roel Loopers

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CHOGM-WHO CARES

Posted in perth by freoview on October 29, 2011

Perth CHOGM party? Who cares, when one can just relax in the sun and have a nap.

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CHOGM BLOCK FULL

Posted in fremantle, perth by freoview on October 28, 2011

I proved to myself again today that there is madness in most Dutchman, as I actually took the train into Perth to have a look at the CHOGM celebrations on this holiday Friday. It wasn’t a big deal really, some market and food stalls, movies on a big screen, and bands playing on a stage in front of PICA. But holy Moses, the people! Multicultural, international, you name it, and they were there from dark black Africans to coffee brown Indians, our own blackfellas and plenty of Wadjelas (it means white people in Noongar language). Very CHOGM indeed, and the colourful clothes matched all those gorgeous skin tones.

There was police everywhere and although I like to feel safe, I am looking forward to far less on the beat than I witnessed today. It is intimidating and I am sure that was meant to be so, but it did not feel good. I accept though that it was essential to have a large police presence with so many foreign dignitaries in town.

There was a protest march and every conceivable action group appeared to be there. It was very colourful as well.

Roel Loopers

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FREO SAYS G’DAY TO CHOGM YOUTH

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 20, 2011

A special welcome for the 130 delegates to the CHOGM YOUTH FORUM will be held in Fremantle on October 23. The Kings Square Sounds will rock the inner city between 1-5 this Sunday afternoon, so come along and party with our international visitors.

Roel Loopers

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