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BULLIES ARE COWARDS!

 

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It’s the National Day Against Bullying and Violence  and that should be a reminder that we all need to stand against bullying in our society.

Bullying unfortunately has become the norm on social media, in schools, the workplace and basically everywhere else and has driven people to suicide.

If you witness bulling speak out! If you are the victim of bullying speak out! All together we can change this despicable attitude of the morons who engage in it. Do it now!

Roel Loopers

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WOMEN DESERVE AND DEMAND RESPECT

 

The Fremantle Network at the National Hotel last night debated the unacceptable high instances of sexual attacks on women in clubs, pubs and during music events.

Rebecca Snedden and Will MacDonald of Safer Venues WA spoke about the need to raise awareness, collaborate with venues, the alarming statistics of prevalence of harassment on women, and what kind of harassment it is and what causes it.

Safer Venues WA did an online survey in which 80% of female participants reported harassment, unsolicited sexual comments, verbal harassment, non consensual touching, and intimidation by men in venues in Perth and Fremantle.

Of the women who participated in the survey 42% had left a venue because of harassment, but most of them had not reported it to the venue management.

Steps are being taken to address this in venues with better staff and security staff training, signage in venues, that victims coming forward will be believed, better gender balance of security people, musicians calling out from stage to respect women, etc.

It is also important for other people to call out unacceptable behaviour. It just takes one to step between a woman who is harassed and the perpetrator and to take her away from him.

Community lawyer Kate Davis said that only 15% of sexual attacks are reported to police and from that only 10% make it to court. Australia has an incredibly low rate of convictions for sexual assault, to the point that it has become a concern for the United Nations.

Often women who have complained about sexual assault are character assassinated in court and hence most don’t bother to report the crime because of the humiliation they face.

Western Australia has the highest rate of domestic violence in Australia and it has been growing alarmingly I read a couple of weeks ago, which is a clear indication that far too many men do not respect women and don’t treat them as equals. That is not on.

Here my message to men who don’t know how to behave toward women:

It is not manly, macho or blokey to assault women physically or verbally. It’s what cowards do, and it is a criminal offence!

Women don’t ask for it because they are dressed sexy, and you have no reason whatsoever to believe that they dress up for you to touch them, attack them, or insult them.

When you buy a women a drink you don’t buy the right to her body.

To make absolutely sure there are no confusing messages, let the woman take the initiative. If she wants to get to know you better and more intimately she will let you know in no uncertain terms. But even when she kisses and cuddles you she might still not want to have sex with you, so chill, relax and treat her with respect!

Roel Loopers

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SAD FREMANTLE REMINDER OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized, violence, women by freoview on December 11, 2017

 

 

There is a very important reminder in front of the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum about the unacceptable high numbers of domestic violence in Australia, so go and check it out and spread the word through social media!

Although just about everyone should understand that domestic violence, mainly against women, is not acceptable, the statistics show the numbers have actually increased in Australia in recent years. We need to put a stop to that!

50,000 incidents of family and domestic violence were reported last year in WA. That is outrageous!

If you observe domestic violence report it, because the victims are often too frightened to do it themselves.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

FREMANTLE HOMELESS FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, community, homelessness, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2017

 

Oct 18. Homeless Forum Townhall

 

The HOMELESS FORUM at the Fremantle Townhall tomorrow evening is very important to attend to learn to understand better why people are homeless and how they can be better supported by the community and local, state and federal government.

It is on Wednesday October 18 from 6 pm to 7.30pm, so do come along please!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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ST PAT’S LONGER SUPPORT FOR WOMEN

Posted in city of fremantle, st patricks, Uncategorized, women by freoview on August 11, 2017

 

A very important message from the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre:

It’s with a mix of optimism and gratitude that we announce that St. Pat’s Sisters’ Place will be transitioning from a short-term accommodation option to a medium-term service for women.

This decision was made in response to the growing need for medium term accommodation for women in the Fremantle area.

In the new service, women will be able to stay in the accommodation for up to 12 months, working with case workers to get their lives back on track.

Emergency, short-term accommodation will be continued to be offered by St. Pat’s Street To Home and Emergency Relief programs.

As Sisters’ Place transitions into its new role, we’d like to thank all the volunteers who have so faithfullly served the community over the last seven years. From all of us here at St. Pat’s, thank you.

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HOMELESSNES A VERY REAL PROBLEM

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, homelessness, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2017

 

An article in today’s West Australian by Ian Carter, the CEO of Anglicare WA, should be reminder to us all that we need to do more for homeless people. It is a blight on society that in a rich country like Australia thousands of people have to live on the streets.

Ian Carter writes that only one per cent of rental properties in the Perth area are affordable to people on Newstart or on a pension. That is ridiculously low and not acceptable.

Affordable rent is considered to be no more than 30 per cent of income, hence the latest Census shows we have 9592 homeless people and another 7070 are at risk of becoming homeless, as they live in caravan parks and overcrowded accommodation.

The main reasons for becoming homeless, according to Anglicare, are domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health, financial troubles, and substance use.

The Anglicare CEO writes in the West Australian that social housing should be near transport nodes and accessible to human services and government resources.

It is important not to see homeless people as an unsightly sight on our streets, but as people who deserve and require our compassion and support. I have no doubt we could do a whole lot better if we really tried.

 

Roel Loopers

 

STAND UP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, family, violence, women by freoview on November 22, 2016

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Domestic violence against women dramatically increased in Australia this year and that is unacceptable, so everyone needs to be aware of it and help change this around.

There are absolutely no excuses for men to assault women. It does not matter if you are drunk, drugged or just in a bad mood, women deserve respect and have the right to feel safe at home.

This Friday is WHITE RIBBON DAY where we are reminded of the senseless violence against women, the mothers of our children, our sisters, aunties, friends and as a community we need to speak out and help protect those who get beaten up. The silence around domestic violence has to stop!

Beating up a woman is not a silly mistake that one regrets the next day but it is a violent crime for which there are no excuses whatsoever and ever!

Come to Kings Square on Friday November 25 between 8-12 am, where there will be guest speakers, live entertainment, free legal advise and stalls.

Show solidarity with women who get abused by their partners. It needs to stop NOW!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HOMELESSNESS NOT A LIFESTYLE CHOICE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, homelessness, st patricks, western australia by freoview on July 13, 2016

I am a big fan of the monthly Fremantle Network events at the National Hotel because we can hear first hand and face to face what is going on in Fremantle and the vision people have for our city. We can contribute by sharing ideas and asking questions, so that we can make informed decisions.

Last night TFN presented Victor Crevatin who is the director for homelessness and support services at St Patrick’s, which was established in Fremantle in 1972.

Victor told us that 200 people a day come to Freo’s St Pats and that they provided 16,300 meals in six months, some of them served by primary school volunteers. They also provided 1,800 free health services in the six months.

Crevatin said St Pats were branching out and diversifying their services, reaching out to women with The Sisters Place, free dental health care for homeless people, youth and mental health housing programs, women shelters, etc, but disappointingly they could not assist 300 people due to lack of resources.

The yearly Street Register counted 68 homeless people over two mornings, but there are many who don’t want to be caught and counted within the system. Nearly 60% of those counted were Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders and that is a big concern that needs to be addressed, Victor said. He also urged for a special health service for this group.

Most homeless people in Fremantle were 25 years and older and homeless for five years while those under 24 years had been homeless for six and a half years.

Victor Cretavin said that agencies needed to collaborate better but egos at management levels were often in the way and the fact that the agencies were all fighting for the same limited pot of gold of funding.

He said it was not good enough to just offer affordable housing but that support needed to be provided to the tenants to make it work. But he said affordable housing needed to be accepted by the community as there was a NIMBY attitude to providing accommodation because of perceived social issues.

“Homelessness is not going away and we need to do something together as a community!”

Cretavin said he was disappointed that the recent long Federal election campaign had not addressed homelessness and housing and he put new Fremantle MP Josh Wilson who was in the audience on the spot to say a few words about that. It was probably Josh’s first public talk since being elected.

Wilson said the challenge is one for all of us and that in real terms public housing was the same as twenty years ago. “We need a common ground model for agencies to work better together.”

The Labor party understands that homelessness is a huge issue with some 100,000 homeless people in Australia, Wilson said and that while in government Labor had a policy of halving homelessness by 2025.

Victor Cretavin then took over and told us that many homeless people were on the streets because of domestic violence, alcohol, mental health and drug issues, etc and that many are just scared. The system is so bogged down in risk assessment that it turns down people who end up living on the streets.

We need better education and plant the seeds of community awareness so the community understands the issues around homelessness better, and that should start in primary schools. “Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice!”

He said an 11-year-old boy had made 200 homelessness packs and there was scope for all kind of volunteers, even data collecting.

We are looking for small little wins, Victor said and suggested the City of Fremantle could make a carpark available for those who sleep in cars, to create a safer environment for them.

I believe if that was done portable toilets and showers would also need to be provided and of course on site security, but would the community near that designated carpark accept it and how to stop it from becoming another backpackers camping ground?

These are huge challenges but we need to address them as a community. Homelessness is not acceptable in our wealthy country and it is not a pretty sight. It’s a bit like looking in the mirror and seeing shit on your face.

I am convinced that especially here in Fremantle with all the caring and warm-hearted people we can and must do better!

Roel Loopers

 

 

 

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WHITE RIBBON DAY FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, white ribbon day by freoview on November 25, 2015

 

The City of Fremantle held a WHITE RIBBON DAY breakfast event at Kings Square this morning to raise awareness about domestic violence in our society. One in four women in Australia have been a victim of domestic violence by a partner or former partner and that is totally unacceptable, so we all need to speak out when we witness or hear about domestic violence.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’s BLIND EYES ON THE STREET

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 24, 2015

There was another Fremantle local council election forum for South Fremantle Ward at the LOCAL-formerly Seaview Hotel, with the four candidates, and a good crowd turned up.

While there were some specific South Freo questions, such as traffic calming on South Terrace, these forums tend to be more general and critical about what Council does. The passion of all candidates, especially Tony Toledo and Andrew Luobikis, and their apparent willingness to work hard to make a positive contribution was inspiring an gives hope that there are some very good alternatives in most of the wards and at least the electorate will have a choice this time.

What is disappointing is that most people in the community simply do not understand Local Government process  and its restrictions. It was outrageous and defamatory of one of the candidates to claim Fremantle Council is corrupt without providing one iota of proof. Everyone who knows me knows that I am not an apologist for Freo Council but I am confident that none of our Elected Members engage in unlawful conduct and the moderator should have stepped in there and protect Councillor Strachan who was accused of being part of a corrupt Council. That is not acceptable!

But staying with Jon Strachan I believed that he more or less personified what is wrong with Fremantle Council. Jon said that Climate Change and Domestic Violence were some of the major issues for him. No one would probably disagree, but these two huge issues are not local government issues and are for the big boys in the world and in Australia to combat.

What impact could a tiny local council like Fremantle possible have of changing the world and the environment? Even the CEO of the Committee for Perth stated the other day at a forum that there is no evidence that Fremantle does any better when it comes to the environment than any other council in WA, so why are we for example spending $ 100,000 on One Planet projects instead of just doing basic local governance right where local council governs for local people and businesses and where it has an eye for detail and looks at the small pictures and details of maintenance, etc.

Domestic violence is abhorrent and unacceptable but will the City of Fremantle transform the Queensgate building at Kings Square into a giant refuge for battered women and children? I think not because it is a state and federal issue, and the Prime Minister announced today Canberra is going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat domestic violence as a priority, and not before time either!

But the City of Fremantle needs to get back to basics. Having vehicles with slogans like Eyes on the Street is not good enough. It basically is spin because we appear to have blind officers who don’t report what is wrong and who don’t care that the footpaths are dangerous or street lights not working.

The Eyes on the Street vans need to get guide dogs to help them see the issues everyone else in the communty, but Council workers, seem to observe, so let’s stop trying to play in the big league and let’s start looking after local people, local streets, verges, lights, suburbs, beaches, etc. first. Fremantle Council cannot change the world but it can have a huge positive impact on our local community if it gets its priorities right! That is the message that comes from these election forums and when one talks to the community.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162

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