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VOLUNTEER AT SCULPTURE AT BATHERS!

 

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I am very happy that the SCULPTURE AT BATHERS exhibition will be on again at Fremantle’s inner city beach in February this year. The Bathers Beach event has proven to be very popular and is a great showcase for Western Australian artists, where the artworks sell pretty well.

Sculpture at Bathers is looking for volunteers to guide visitors and hand out information, etc. and I will most certainly sign up to do a couple of days a week for that. It will be relaxing fun!

So if you love art, the beach, and making people feel welcome, contact the organisers via email: volunteer@sculptureatbathers.com.au

The show is on from February 15 to March 2, 2020.

Roel Loopers

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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CITY PLANNING NEEDS TO PROTECT UNIQUENESS

 

There is a very good opinion piece about city planning by Tanya Steinbeck in the West Australian today, that everyone should read.

Tanya Steinbeck is the chief executive of the Urban Planning Institute of Australia(WA), and her article makes a lot of sense to me, because it talks about the challenges of protecting the uniqueness of our cities, while supporting development. This is a challenge Fremantle is experiencing currently, with unprecedented and major development happening now, and in the pipeline for the next years.

Steinbeck writes that it is about authenticity, and that the planning experts believe we need a vision that articulates who we are and what we have to offer. It is important, she writes, not to lose ourselves as we grow, and that is a debate we are having in Fremantle at present. How do we retain and protect our unique heritage city, while encouraging new modern development? What is the Freo context? What is good and specific architecture for our city? I would love to have a public forum about that!

Tanya Steinbeck writes that identity is a complex concept, that always evolves because we evolve as people. Indeed, change is happening every day, everywhere, and is inevitable, but how do we manage change so that it does not destroy the uniqueness of our historic city? That is an issue not unique to Fremantle, but applies to many older suburbs.

I absolutely agree with Steinbeck when she says that we need to avoid homogenisation and that the planning system needs to lead there, so that we don’t get sameness when developing our cities. As she writes, it needs to be planning by people, for the people, and she points to the Town Team Movement, that is all about community-driven planning and is taking placemaking to a new level.

The article is on page 20 of today’s West Australian newspaper, so anyone interested in city planning and community, go and grab a paper from a newsagent.

Roel Loopers

NOT MUCH FREO STREET WISE

Posted in city of fremantle, media, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 3, 2020

 

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It is a bit disappointing to see that the editor of the quarterly Freo Street Wise magazine has found it challenging to source Fremantle relevant articles for its latest edition.

‘Fremantle’s independent street magazine’  has articles about Karratha, Cossack, Jarman Island, more Cossack, sand dunes, and the Pilbara on twelve pages of the publication, plus two pages about stars, and ten pages that are not about Fremantle.

There is also an article written by new South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic, who was strongly supported during the election campaign by Freo Street Wise, and an article titled Booze City, where Fremantle clinical psychologist Rachael O’Byrne speaks out against Fremantle Council approving development applications for small bars and taverns.

O’Byrne is wrong though to say “Approving tavern licenses in the hope they’ll run as small bars is irresponsible.” Bar, tavern, restaurant, etc. licenses are not issued by local councils but by the liquor licensing authorities. and they are very strict in what they approve.

Little magazines such as Freo Street Wise are a welcome addition to our local community, so I hope that the editor will find more Fremantle content for the next issue.

Roel Loopers

 

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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FAKE FREO CITY COUNCIL FACEBOOK SITE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2019

 

A White Gum Valley resident made me aware of a fake Fremantle City Council Facebook page that is a hard-try at satire, but is more an immature taking the p… site. The problem is that there are actually people who believe the page is managed by Fremantle Council, with reader Peter Dean being outraged about a photo of a bombed out city, questioning how this council can make a joke about what is going on in the Middle East and calling it a disgrace. They wouldn’t and they didn’t!

There is a post about Freo Council going to start a congestion charge on drivers and doubling street charges to make the CBD more pedestrian friendly, and that by 2022 there will be a complete car ban in the inner city.

The page is basically full with not very clever April Fool’s jokes, such as the one that the Fremantle Golf Course will be closed and could be used for white water sport, a gun range, or a cat sanctuary.

The question is if there should be a disclaimer somewhere to make readers aware that this is not an official site of the City of Fremantle, because there will always be people who are stupid enough to believe so.

Roel Loopers

 

BOSSA NOVA BABY AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, concert, culture, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2019

 

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It is going to be a nice cool, cloudy but fine day, the kind of weather they call heatwave in the UK, so too cold for the beach maybe but perfect for the Sunday Music Session in the lovely courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre, that features Juliana Areias

Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby is a Perth-based Brazilian singer-songwriter who brings a new edge to traditional Brazilian rhythms. She creates a colorful Latin-jazz fusion which is taking the Australian and the international music scene by storm.

The show is on from 2-4pm and the cafe, pizza bar and bar will be open.

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO MY FREO FAMILY!

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2019

 

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Wishing my Fremantle family-YOU!- a very relaxing and beautiful Christmas.

We live in a wonderful city with a wonderful community that has a very bright future.

Thank you all for your friendship and support.

The photo is of the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which I used to photograph every year for 13 years, when I worked for the newspapers there. A young woman from the community is chosen as the Christmas Child and there is an official opening of the very romantic market every year.

Yummy little Nuremberg Bratwurst and delicious mulled wine, but it’s bloody cold of course. ;>) It is well worth a visit!

Happy Christmas!

 

Roel Loopers

BIG CROWD ENJOYS ZYDECATS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, concerts, cultural, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 22, 2019

 

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No matter how long they have been around the ZYDECATS can still pull a big crowd, as was evident on Sunday afternoon at the Fremantle Arts Centre. The courtyard was packed full, and I have never seen so many people dancing at a Sunday session there.

The relaxed ambience and feeling of community gathering and connecting is what makes the Sunday Sessions at the FAC so special.

Roel Loopers

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QUICK PEEK AT FREO CAROLS PHOTOS

Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on December 15, 2019

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