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BUILDING THE FREO FALLS DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 1, 2019

 

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Work has started on erecting the stages, lights and sound system at Fremantle Oval for this weekend’s Falls Downtown festival, which will bring two days of great music to our port city, and hopefully a lot of business for our local traders.

I don’t want to sound like a patronising out-of-touch old fool, but please stay away from drugs as far too many young people have died from them during festivals recently!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S WEST END DRUG WORRIES

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2018

 

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Local residents and business owners in the area of High and Henry streets in Fremantle’s historic West End are fed up with anti-social behaviour and drug dealing, and the lack of decisive action by the authorities.

Photos and videos taken by the locals show that drug dealing is going on many times a day and that allegedly also affects the backpackers hostel above Bar Orient.

There have been meetings with Fremantle Police, the City of Fremantle safety rangers, Councillors and affected business owners and residents, but there is no relief from the steady stream of itinerants playing up in the area.

The problems near the backpackers on the corner of Henry and High streets have been going on for years, so Fremantle Council will need to have some serious thoughts about how it can improve the amenity for those who get all the negative impact from drug users and dealers.

There is a visual increase in the number of homeless people in Fremantle over the last few months, as often happens during the summer months, and when they roam around in groups they become intimidating.

Up at the Roundhouse homeless people are making the public toilets their day destination and hang out inside, so many tourists are not comfortable using the toilets.

The rangers mainly show up at Arthur’s Head early in the morning to evict people from the verandahs of the cottages, but rarely come up to patrol the area later in the day any more, so that also needs to improve.

Homelessness is a sad reality in Australia and so is the increase in drug use, but law abiding citizens should feel safe on the streets of our cities, and so should our overseas and interstate visitors.

Roel Loopers

HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE SOCIETY’S SHAME

Posted in city of fremantle, community, homeless, housing, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018

 

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It always rattles my soul and upsets my heart when I see homeless people sleeping on the streets of our cities, especially when it is cold and wet.

Australia has well over 100,000 people who sleep rough every night of the week and who are at great risk of being abused, robbed and raped.

It is society’s shame that a rich nation like ours has so many homeless people and that affordable and social housing is not a top priority for our federal and state governments. This needs to change!

I took this photo at 11am today in Fremantle’s historic and beautiful High Street.

Roel Loopers

SLEEP OUT UNDER THE FREMANTLE STARS

 

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Only a week to go until the Sleep Out Under The Stars fundraiser for homeless people will be held at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle on May 5.

The great people from St Patrick’s yearly organise this event that is well worth participating in. Contrary to the plight of those forced to sleep on the streets the event is a bit of fun with live music, activities for children, etc.

It costs only $ 25 for adults, $ 10 for kids and $ 15 concessions, or a family $ 60.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STABBING IN FRONT OF FOUR-YEAR OLD

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on February 2, 2018

 

I have not reported the stabbing of a man in front of the Fremantle courthouse on Wednesday the 24th of January out of consideration for the victim and his parents, whom I have known for over twenty years. But the Fremantle Herald and 6PR reported about it today, so no need for me to hold back any more.

The victim is the son of a long-time High Street business operator and the family are all in shock and have totally lost their sense of safety in Fremantle since the attack.

The victim, his partner and their four-year old daughter had been to the Peace Boat event at B Shed and had a meal at the Upmarkets afterward.

When they returned to their car they were threatened by two men, with one of them stabbing the victim in his upper chest with a screwdriver and smashing a car window with a beer bottle, all in front of a terrified child.

While Fremantle community safety officers and police do a good job, there is not enough police presence in Fremantle at night on weekdays, and that makes walking through Freo pretty risky at times, depending on if one happens to come across a drunken or drugged lunatic.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FORUM ON SAFER VENUES FOR WOMEN

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, hospitality, Uncategorized, women by freoview on January 27, 2018

 

The Fremantle Network presents a forum on respect and safety for women in our community and at events at 6pm on Monday 29 January, upstairs at the National Hotel, Fremantle.

Safer Venues WA is a newly established advocacy group that aims to improve standards of inclusivity and safety in Perth’s music and entertainment spaces.

They are doing this by:
• identifying harmful behaviours such as harassment, discrimination and assault as barriers to safety and inclusion,
• working with venues, audience, artists and industry to initiate a collective responsibility for change,
• using communication and research as tools to develop resources and frameworks for tangible change.

Research by Safer Venues WA found that over 67% of punters have experienced harassment (primarily experienced by women).

Perpetuation of discrimination against women based on their choice of dress, their state of intoxication or other forms of victim blaming continues in our community.

The Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services is a state-wide peak organisation committed to improving the status of women and children in society. Their work includes the transformative school-based “Promoting Respect Project”.

Kate Davis has worked in the community legal sector for over 15 years, including 5 years as Managing Solicitor of the Women’s Law Centre. Her career reflects her personal commitment to women’s rights and supporting disadvantaged women facing violence or homelessness.

Featuring:
Rebecca Sneddon and Will MacDonald, Safer Venues WA
Angela Hartwig, Women’s Council of WA
Kate Davis, community sector lawyer and local feminist

Whether you’re a man or a woman, a party goer, a venue operator or a by stander, you can make a difference in promoting respect and safety.

 

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THAT FREO WEST END COMMUNITY FEELING

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

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Aboriginal artist Peter Farmer has completed his artwork on the PTA switchboard along the railway line at Little High Street in Fremantle’s West End.

It is nice to see the local residents of the townhouses take so much pride and create their own community garden with furniture and plants along their properties.

It is a real shame the City of Fremantle killed off the delightful Arthur Head community, just opposite the railway line, when they  created the flawed Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and evicted the residents of the Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane.

Sunshine and Remedy of the Crookes family used to bring their friends from Lance Holt School home and play outside. They connected with tourists and sometimes had a small stall where they sold drinks and sweets from. Their gorgeous grey cat Hunter must have been one of the most photographed cats in the world as every tourist stopped to take his photo.

The Crookes held BBQs and family celebrations with friends, while next door the Fremantle Society held events, used their cottage for meetings and helped activate the area. We held bowls evenings on the grass where local could connect. I lived in the cottage as the caretaker for FS until we were told to move out.

The two cottages plus the one occupied by the Port Pilots were occupied 24/7 and that meant no homeless people invading the cottages at night.

Now we have a dark ghost town up at Arthur Head and people shooting up, defecating and using the verandahs and backyards as bedrooms.

Even during day time the cottages are rarely occupied and the artists studios and the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre have not done anything to activate the area. Only the very professional Glen Cowans Underwater Photography Gallery has made a positive impact at Captain’s Lane

It is a shame Fremantle Council does not admit it was a mistake and failure to change the  heritage precinct into an arts precinct, as it was much more activated when the Pilot’s Cottages were occupied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Roel Loopers

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SMALL BAR PROTEST NOT ABOUT PATIENTS

Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

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There appears to be a bit more to the small bar protest story in Fremantle’s High Street than the initial newspaper report this morning revealed.

This is not just the case of a psychiatrist wanting to protect his patients who have drug, alcohol and suicide issues, but much more about protecting his own patch. It’s classic not in my backyard stuff.

It turns out the good doctor actually lives at the premises and works from home next to the proposed bar and he clearly does not want his evening peace disturbed.

The bar proponents tell me it will just be a tiny 50-patron bar in the cellar with table service and no outdoor area.

Living in the inner city means one has to compromise and realise there will be bars and pubs and entertainment, and a tiny bar operated by responsible operators won’t create anti-social havoc in the West End that is in dire need of  night-time activation.

To put a mental health clinic in an entertainment area is puzzling.

Roel Loopers

FREO PSYCHIATRIST BELIEVES BAR NEXT DOOR WOULD BE STRANGE COMPANY

Posted in city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

 

I find it rather strange to read on Perth Now/Sunday Times on-line that a Fremantle psychiatric clinic operator objects to a new small bar proposal at 10 High Street in the historic West End.

Psychiatrist Dr Keven O’Daly told Perth Now it would be totally inappropriate to have a bar next to his premises where they deal with drug, alcohol and suicide issues.

The proposed bar would be a sister bar to the great Strange Company bar in Nairn Street that is very popular and last Monday even introduced a book club. The new bar would operate from 4.30 pm to midnight, so mostly when the clinic next door would be closed for business.

It is rather bizarre that Dr O’Daly opened his clinic in High Street where there are already licensed premises when that is a concern for his clients. The temptation to grab a drink would be a lot less outside the cbd one would think.

Roel Loopers

BEHAVE OR PACK YOUR BAGS!

Posted in accommodation, backpackers, city of fremantle, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

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A heated exchange has been happening on social media about Fremantle West End residents having problems with the anti-social behaviour of backpackers from the Fremantle Beach Backpackers hostel in High Street.

Emotive accusations are flying high and residents have erected an arty gate, set back from the street, in Henry Street to try to keep drugged and drunken backpackers from invading their property.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton has accused the owners of having put the fence up without proper planning approval while they say the inner city Councillor is not supportive enough to help solve their problems. The ugly sliding fence the hostel erected to put rubbish bins behind reportedly also did not receive planning approval.

There is an irony in the fact that the owners are allegedly breaking the law to protect themselves from alleged law breakers but I do have sympathy for the fact that the safety of their small children and family is their priority and not planning laws.

The saga with the backpackers has been going on for far too long with some of them recently climbing onto the roof of the house of the young family one night, trying to get into their backyard, and the family’s children no longer feeling safe in their bedroom.

That is not on as the number one priority of society should be the protection of innocent children, so Fremantle Council, which approved the backpackers hostel, needs to take stronger action.

The community policing model introduced by the Commissioner years ago is not working as there are not enough cops on the beat and police presence in Fremantle is often next to nothing, especially during the evenings and nights.

It is not acceptable that visitors to Fremantle have disregard for the law and the residents of our city. We welcome them with a smile and hospitality and treat them with respect, and we have the right to demand the same attitude from them.

Roel Loopers

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