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Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle foundation, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018


The Fremantle Foundation is holding a Vital Conversation about Australia’s shared history – opening hearts, opening minds

It is an intensive one day workshop exploring ‘Australia’s Shared History’.

We learnt about Captain Cook, Stirling and Fremantle and the history of British colonisation but most of us know very little about Australia’s history from the Indigenous perspective.

With discussions around Australia Day increasing and the success of One Day in Fremantle, this Vital Conversation offers the chance to take the next step in your personal understanding.

This one day intensive brings knowledge and deep insights into the shared history of Australians. It looks through the eyes of the First Australians and with this Indigenous perspective sheds light on a past we all share.

Specifically it will increase effective and respectful professional and personal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by:

  • gaining knowledge of our shared history from an Indigenous perspective
  • increasing awareness of the impacts which continue to affect Aboriginal Australians today
  • learning to be comfortable and confident in the third space

It is on at 8.30AM – 4.30PM, Tuesday 27th February in the Big Hall in the Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide St. Fremantle, just opposite the Basilica.

Cost: $80 per person

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

The day is facilitated by Jenny Hunter and Kelly Terry, with guest Aboriginal presenters including respected Aboriginal elder Dr Noel Nannup.


Roel Loopers


Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, dogs, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018


The FPOL-Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee of the City of Fremantle met in North Fremantle last evening.

The Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy item on the agenda attracted many speakers who walk their dog in Frederick Samson Park and who were not at all happy with the proposed restrictions, with one of them saying that council was barking up the wrong tree.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton, who has a very cute little dog herself, said that maybe the policy was heavy handed. There are Bush Forever sites that allow dogs on a leash and we need more clarity on how we handle the bush and how we handle the walkers, with or without a dog, she said.

It was decided that a site visit by some Councilors and workshopping was needed before the Elected Members could make a proper decision, and the item was deferred.

The lease of the Evan Davies building upper level above the Dome cafe for bar and restaurant will have to be confirmed by full council. Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had expected a more cultural kind of outcome, but was assured by Director Tom Griffiths that live music events were planned.

The request for special parking permits for residents of the Warders Cottages is also still unresolved with Councillors being worried about setting a precedent for future residential development which does not supply parking, so officers will need to consider all the implications first.

The idea is that residents could be offered a yearly parking permit for CoF carparks at 50% discount.

It is probably prudent to check how much commercial carparks like Queensgate are charging annually for long-term parking, and also to consider if small business owners in Fremantle should also be offered the same courtesy, because quite a few of them park their car all day while they are attending their shop.

It is disturbing to hear from one Warders Cottage resident, who contacted me, that the State Heritage Office in a letter to prospective buyers of the cottages had suggested that the City of Fremantle might supply them with parking permits,

Just before the FPOL meeting was the Library Committee meeting, so interesting to hear that the Toy Library has now been made available to Cockburn and Melville residents as well.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018


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The Felice Varini art installation along Fremantle’s historic High Street has attracted thousands of people, and hundreds of thousands of photos have been taken of it since it was installed in October for the High Tide biennale as part of the Fremantle Festival.

But now it is time to start taking the foil down from the buildings as it is starting to look messy in some places.

The only criticism I have of the stunning art work is that there were no signs placed along High Street to let people know that the vantage point to see the entire work from was the steps to the Roundhouse, as many visitors questioned why these yellow bits were stuck on beautiful heritage buildings.

Roel Loopers





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There is a lot less humidity in Fremantle today after three rather unpleasant sticky days, so head out and enjoy the Freo lifestyle!

There is the monthly BIG Growers Green Farmers Market and craft market on at Lefroy Road till midday and it’s looking good back in the old location. YUM breakfast, fresh produce, bread, etc.

Hugh Jennings will be performing at the FREE Fremantle Arts Centre Sunday courtyard music session from 2-4pm.

Hugh played in seminal Perth bands Autopilot, End of Fashion, The Avenues, Bob Evans, Eskimo Joe and more. With his new band he’ll perform songs from his long awaited pop/folk debut album Hound.

And from 5pm the FREE Harbour Sounds concerts are on upstairs on the deck of the Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay.

Freo. Perfect one day, even better the next!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, concert, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 31, 2018


Laneway Fest line up

This is the line-up for the Fremantle St Jerome’s Laneway Festival that will be held on Sunday February 11, 2018 from 11am to 10pm on the Freo Esplanade.

Check out the Facebook page and website for more details and bookings.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on January 31, 2018


COF Arts Grant February 2018


The City of Fremantle Community Arts Grants period for applications opens on February 1, so take advantage of the opportunity

Artists, arts organisations and community agencies are invited to apply and funding is available for arts projects and/or activities in any art form or practise taking place in the City of Fremantle.

For more information visit or call 08 9432 9999.



Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2018




I hear that one of the reasons for the scaled-down Noongar Smoking Ceremony yesterday was because of several elders pulling out of the event at the last minute in protest of Neville Collard’s support in the West Australian for not changing the date of Australia Day.

Elder Ben Taylor who was going to be involved in the ceremony called Mayor Brad Pettitt on Saturday to say it was not okay to have someone conducting the ceremony who was agains changing the date, but Taylor was told that the Mayor did not want to make it political. But it is political of course.

Disappointing to see this happening when the Smoking Ceremony as part of ONE DAY is very important and special for Fremantle and should become an annual tradition.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on January 28, 2018




They came out of nowhere at 4.30pm this afternoon to enjoy the City of Fremantle’s ONE DAY concert event at the Esplanade.

It officially started at 2pm but most people decided to stay away until the national performers came on the stage.

The Djuki Mala group from Arnhem Land got the message across when they performed Zorba the Greek during their dancing performance. Two of the oldest cultures in the world, and it was fun!

It was a real delight to see so many Aboriginal people at the event and the call for Change The Date was very strong, as it was in Melbourne where 60,00 people marched!

Roel Loopers

P.S. I am as disappointed as regular Freo’s View readers are, as I would have liked to show you more photos. Unfortunately I do not get issued with a media pass by the City of Fremantle for events, so it was very limiting to try to take photos in a packed crowd.

I pride myself on the high standards of my photography and refuse to just take amateur happy snaps, so left early.


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2018




The free Harbour Sundays concerts are back at the Fremantle Maritime Museum for 2018 for Sunday nights of local music for five weeks.

Harbour Sundays is the perfect way to spend a summer by the Indian Ocean, with stunning ocean views at an iconic Fremantle landmark and some of the best sunsets.

It’s is upstairs on the deck, so great views of the port activities as well.

Music starts at 5 pm.


Sunday January 28
Delilah Rose and The Gunslingers
Kat Wilson Trio
DJ Jas Hughes (Drivetime)

Sunday February 4
Grace Sanders
Jacob Diamond
DJ Lorraine Clifford (Drastic on Plastic, SMCD)

Sunday February 11
Human Contact
De Cuba Son
DJ Claude Mono (El Ritmo, GAOTS)

Sunday February 18
Racoo Charles and The Moke Folk
Justin Walshe Folk Machine
DJ Tamara Szep (Rockin’ The Roots)

Sunday February 25
Crucial Rockers
Boom Bap Pow
DJ Foxman (Soulsides)



Posted in art, children, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2018


Little Green Bear


There is a lovely event at the No4  LITTLE SPACE studio of Fremantle’s J SHED at Bathers Beach this Sunday from 1-4pm.

Enter from Fleet Street or walk through the Whalers Tunnel.

Join January and February as they embark on an epic adventure that takes them to strange new places and introduces them to wonderful new friends. Will they ever find December… or will their friend be lost forever?

Fremantle Author and Illustrator Chrissy Haywood of Little Green Bear Publishing invites you to an afternoon of community fun at the J-shed in Fremantle. We are celebrating the long-awaited arrival of “Finding Summer’ (a delightful tale of friendship and adventure) and we would love for you to join us!

Bring your picnic blanket and come and hang-out with us for an afternoon of celebrating shared literacy. There will be free kids activities, rock painting (as part of the WA ROCKS hide-and-seek craze), an art display of how the book was developed and a reading by the Author. And for those who need a quick cool off, the beach is right next door to the venue.

Little Green Bear Publishing have organised a free seed planting workshop with Lara from Plants For Friends and we’ll be expecting a visit from our mates at Coco Lycious to provide us with delicious, vegan ice-creams to top off the summer fun!


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