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POLITICS IN PUBS DEBATES THE MEDIA

 

Fremantle’s Politics in the Pub next week will have a very timely topic after the election about the media in Australia.

Problems in the media: is the solution as easy as ABC?

It’s not an easy time for Australian media, especially its traditional forms. Print journalism in particular has been challenged by the growth of social media and is struggling to retain readership numbers and advertising revenue. The ABC and SBS have suffered from funding cuts for many years now.

Then there are all the allegations of bias. The ABC is under relentless attack from governments and many commercial media for its left-wing bias. At the same time, many are disgusted by what they see as the Murdoch media’s blatant cheering of right-wing conservative politics, totally the opposite what we expect from our media – serious balanced reporting and holding power to account. Fake news, anyone?

On Tuesday May 28th The Fremantle Network invites you to have your say on these issues that are central to the health of our democracy. We are pleased to have a special guest to get our discussion started:

Bobbie Mackley, National Secretary, ABC Friends WA
and
Andrew Porter, Academic Chair, Murdoch University School of Journalism

It is on at The Local hotel on Tuesday May 28. Arrive 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN DRAFT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2019

 

RAP Working Group

 

The draft Fremantle Reconciliation Action Plan-RAP is out for public consultation, so I copy and paste this below from the City of Fremantle:

Our vision for reconciliation

The City’s vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive, caring community where Aboriginal people experience the same life outcomes as other Australians, and where their special place in our nation and our City is recognised. We want a community and an organisation in which Aboriginal people are acknowledged, listened to and understood; a community and organisation that respect and tell the truth about history, and where healing and growth is nurtured by all of us. Ultimately, we want this to be a shared vision for Fremantle, where the City embraces culture and heritage, and where Aboriginal people are part of making decisions and improvements for the wellbeing of people.

Our Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a three year plan that is reported on annually. This is Council’s first RAP following the formative policy for respect, recognition and conciliation with Aboriginal people in 2000. Based on recommendation from Reconciliation Australia on the work the City of Fremantle has done thus far, Council decided to begin with a Stretch RAP.

This draft RAP was developed in consultation with the RAP Working Group, local Aboriginal community, elders and other stakeholders through a series of workshops and meetings facilitated by Kambarang Services. The diverse input from over 100 people has been summarised into a practical plan for Reconciliation, focused around Relationships, Respect, Opportunity and Governance. It contains 15 actions and 74 deliverables.

Our hope is that, in working together, speaking together, hearing each other and most of all committing to a better future together we will replace ignorance, mistrust, racism and hostility with genuine connection, trust and unity.

There are several ways to access the draft RAP or find out more:

  • View the draft RAP online, by clicking here or visiting the document library on this page.
  • A hard copy is available at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre(External link) (WACC), Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Staff are also available at the WACC during these times to tell you more about the RAP and a paper submission form is available.
  • A hard copy is also available in the Wanjoo Lounge(External link) at Fremantle Library, staffed by volunteers Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm. A paper submission form is available.

We encourage you to read the draft Walyalup RAP including the actions and tell us your thoughts below by 4.00pm Monday 27 May 2019.

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NOTHING NEW AT FREMANTLE ELECTION DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2019

 

The Fremantle Candidate Debate at Tannock Hall was never going to be a great debate with the absence of the Liberal Party candidate, so it was not surprising that there were fewer people in the audience than at previous election debates. It did not help either that ScoMo and Shorto were having a third TV debate at the same time.

I had been hoping for a few laughs listening to the One Nation candidate, but could only feel sorry for the politically inadequate mumbling Brett Weary who clearly was enormously out of his depth. What was funny though that he kept enthusiastically nodding whenever Socialist Alliance candidate Sam Wainwright spoke. If Pauline only knew.

The gross inaction on climate change by the present Australian government was lamented by Greens candidate Jesse Hutchinson who said we needed to get out of the coal business and change the narrative to renewable energy. Sam Wainwright for the Socialist Alliance agreed and said it was as if we are in a bus with a lunatic in the driver’s seat. “Forgo the profits and stop selling coal to the world.”

Labor MP Josh Wilson said it all depended on what Australia was going to do about climate change and that his party will take action, if elected. They would supercharge renewable energy. While the current government does not believe in climate change Labor has a clear policy and are ambitious about what can be done. “We have to make a start!”

Janetia Knapp for the Western Australian Party said that Aboriginal people knew how to look after the environment, that wildlife was disappearing and landfill affecting the environment.

What about electric cars? Josh Wilson said we are so far behind the rest of the world in Australia, while Jesse Hutchinson promised we can be the world leader in electric cars and reach a 100% electric car use by 2030. Youthful optimism or naivety?

It was a rather strange question what the next Federal Government would do about Fremantle’s retail challenge, and Josh Wilson rightly pointed out that the challenge is not unique to Fremantle but is happening all over Perth and Australia.

Sam Wainright said better public transport needed to be provided to those living outside of Freo so that it would be easier to get into town without a car. The One Nation candidate though that we just needed to relocate Adventure World into Fremantle and all our retail worries would be over.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has structural flaws and people do not get the quality of support they need, and there is not enough support for people who need to be out in the community. The cultural leadership of the NDIS has to be provided by people with a disability, Josh Wilson suggested.

Homelessness was also a topic with 16,000 youth under the age of 12 being without shelter in Australia. Janetia Knapp said kids as young as seven were roaming the streets at night because for some it was not safe to go home. “Governments need to talk to the Aboriginal people!”

Jesse Hutchinson said it was a disgrace and nobody should have to sleep rough. Raising Newstart would help them pay the rent, and education can help liberate kids. Homelessness is a big issue and needs to be a national priority!

There is far too much under-employment of young people and Janetia Knapp questioned why Aboriginal youth can’t get work even when they have the right qualifications.

Sam Wainwright said that small businesses should share the responsibility of training, that migrant workers were not the issue, but those on temporary working visas are.

Jesse Hutchinson said we needed to ask ourselves what work in the future would look like. “Bring back the free Uni and TAFE”  That got thunderous applause in the Notre Dame University hall.

Josh Wilson said that 9 out of 10 future jobs would at least require TAFE level education and that Labor would give more funding to public schools and TAFE. “We have not closed the gap (as far as Aboriginal education is concerned).

What to do about the distrust and disengagement of political parties being at an all-time high? The Greens candidate said that the massive corporate donations needed to stop. “Clean up politics and bring it back to the people!”

Josh Wilson believed that the lack of trust came from media sensationalism and that politicians needed to lead by example by being open, trustworthy and honest.

All in all there was nothing said that we had not heard before, and no doubt many of it will be relentlessly repeated over the next ten days.

For me the best moment of an election campaign is when it is over.

Roel Loopers

 

FUN SOUTH FREMANTLE PAVEMENT PARTY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2019

 

May 9. Street Party Sth Freo

The second South Fremantle PAVEMENT PARTY will be held tomorrow, Thursday May 9 on the corner of South Terrace and Little Lefroy Road from 5.30-7.30pm.

Come along with board games, instruments, couches, beanbags, kids, dogs, etc. and meet your fellow South Freo community members.

The Pavement Party had a fantastic ambience last years, so join us all!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE RAP WORKING GROUP

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2019

 

RAP Working Group

 

Here a photo taken about an hour ago of the Fremantle RAP Working Group. RAP stands for Reconciliation Action Plan, as explained in the previous blog post below.

We all can make a positive difference at local level, so get involved and get your voice heard!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ANZAC DAY PARADE

Posted in ANZAC DAY, australia, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2019

 

click on photos to enlarge!

It was a busy day in Fremantle with ANZAC Day attracting a lot of people.

Fremantle Ports volunteers handed out Australian flags for the 13th year in a row and that is always very popular with young and old.

Here some photos I took of the parade marching through the Cappuccino Strip. I could not stay on for the ceremony on the Esplanade as I was on volunteer tourist guide duty at the Roundhouse, where we welcomed 722 visitors in five hours.

Roel Loppers

 

 

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NEW FREMANTLE PARK SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, CLUBS, local government, parking, social club, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 4, 2019

 

Fremantle Park new building

 

It has been eight years in the making but work has finally started on the new Fremantle Park Sports and Community Centre at Parry Street.

The existing bowling and tennis club buildings and the bowling courts will be demolished to make way for a new home shared with the Fremantle Workers Club.

The new building for the three clubs will have three function rooms, a bar, commercial kitchen, cafe, alfresco area and balcony.

New synthetic bowling courts will be put in and also two additional hardcourt tennis courts.

The functions rooms and sporting facilities will be available for casual hire by the public and the cafe and alfresco will be open daily to the public.

The $ 4.1 million building is built with $ 1.85 million from the City of Fremantle and the same amount from the Fremantle Workers Club, plus $ 400.000 through the WA Sport and Recreation Fund. The clubs have also invested $ 180.000 for additional items.

The City will also build a new carpark next to the tennis courts in Parry Street.

Roel Loopers

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BEAUTIFUL FREMANTLE WITH GREAT COMMUNITY

 

 

There is so much noise and chatter about the negativity of social media currently, with many politicians and those in the mainstream media ignoring they are part of the problem, that it is time to remind ourselves that while not everything is perfect here Fremantle is a very special place to live in with people who have a great sense of community.

So here just a few photos I took yesterday afternoon while trying to walk off my hay fever.

Opening your eyes, heart and mind to beauty is so much better than focusing on the few negative aspects of life. Most people in the world are good people, so let’s not concentrate on the few bad apples.

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY THE GORGEOUS FREO SUNDAY!

 

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It is going to be another gorgeous Fremantle Sunday so why not start the day this morning at the lovely Growers Green Farmers Market at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road in Beaconsfield.

It is open from 8am till noon with live music, fairies, face painting , Farmer Damian animal touch farm, fresh produce, great breakfast, coffee, lunch, organic fruit and vegies, etc.

The Growers Green is what Freo is all about!

plus

sundau music

 

The last of the Fremantle Arts Centre Sunday Music courtyard sessions is on for this season with Grace Barbe, the queen of tropical rhythms. It’s free from 2-4pm and the cafe, pizza bar and bar are open.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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MELVILLE WAVE PARK REJECTION SIMILAR TO FREO’S J SHED TAVERN

 

The rejection by the State Government of the proposed wave park in the City of Melville is a huge win for the community there and has a lot in common with the State’s rejection of the planned tavern at J Shed on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

It is quite intriguing to notice that both local councils approved the controversial plans against huge community opposition and outrage and that even the community votes at special electors meetings were ignored.

One has to wonder also about the proposed location of a wave park in Melville that is just a 20-minute drive to Fremantle beaches. From memory there has even been an application for a small wave park near Port Beach, which makes even less sense.

It is nice to notice that the planning approval process, that is often criticised, worked well in both instances and that inappropriate uses of crown land were rejected by the State.

Roel Loopers

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