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FREMANTLE COUNCIL WANT TENT CITY CLOSURE

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2021

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this evening debate the closing down of the controversial Tent City at Pioneer Park.

I have been annoyed by the baseless nonsense on some Fremantle social media platforms that accuse the Mayor and City Ward Councillors of having approved the tent city, when in fact this never went to a council meeting. All that political conspiracy crap really is not at all helpful to address a major problem our society has!

I copied the below from the agenda item for this evening, which I unfortunately can’t attend:

St Patrick’s outreach staff attending Pioneer Park have undertaken assessments using the VI-SPDAT (vulnerability indicator) to assess the individual needs and vulnerabilities of those staying at the camp.

The assessment indicates: ▪23% identify as being at risk of being attacked or beaten▪ 42% have legal issues▪ 88% have AOD indicators, with 58% having tried treatment before but returned tousing▪ 58% have mental health indicators (this appears low and will be reviewed), with 27% having been hospitalised for this against their will. Of those that indicated they had mental health issues, almost third had not seen a mental health professional in the past 6 months▪ 66% indicate some form of disability most of these are serious head trauma or brain injury. ▪Total number of people 70 tents about 100 people▪ Estimated that the people in the park are 50% local and 50% from Perth and surrounds.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION: Council adopt the following position in relation to the camp at Pioneer Park:

1.The camp has not been approved by the City of Fremantle and the City does not support the camp remaining at the park.

2.The camp is occupied by a number of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Council is greatly concerned for their welfareand does not consider that remaining in the camp is in their long-term best interests. Council believes the needs of the occupants can best be addressed through engagement with the professional support agencies who have the skills, knowledge and experience to tailor appropriate solutions to each individual situation.

  1. Council is greatly concerned by the largely uncontrolled nature of the camp and is also concerned about the impacts of the camp on nearby businesses and other users of Pioneer Park.
  2. 4. Council is seeking the closure of the camp and return of Pioneer Park to its intended purpose and will work constructively and collaborativelywith the State Government and service agencies to seek a closure that prioritises the welfare needs of the occupants. A timeframe and process for this will be developed in collaboration with other key stakeholders. The target timeframe for this will be within two weeks of this resolution.
  3. 5. Council acknowledges the work of volunteers at the camp and recognises their community spirit. Council now calls on the camp organisers and supporters to work withthe City to return the site to its intended use and to channel their efforts into supporting existing service agencies.
  4. 6. Council will:(a) Continue to provide waste collection and toilet cleaning services in the interests of maintaining basic hygiene at the camp, however it recognises there will be a time when these services are discontinued as part of the camp closure process; and(b) Support and provide full cooperation with WA Police in their efforts to ensure community safety and legal compliance at the camp.

Roel Loopers

SILLY ZAK KIRKUP ON FREO’S TENT CITY

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2021

What a silly, irrelevant and immature politician WA Liberal leader Zak Kirkup is. A man without ideas and new innovative policies and without substance has challenged Premier Mark McGowan on the Fremantle tent city, according to the West Australian:

Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup has challenged Premier Mark McGowan to accommodate all the rough sleepers at Fremantle’s tent city by the end of the month.

What the voters would be far more interested in, silly Zakky, is how you would deal with this crisis. Don’t play stupid games with the most vulnerable in our society!

Roel Loopers

TOASTIES TO MELTS YOUR HEART

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2021

Fremantle has a new food outlet in William Street. MELTS Gourmet Toastie Bar is opposite the Fremantle Townhall just around the corner from the High Street Mall.

Roel Loopers

PAVING AT THE WALYALUP CIVIC CENTRE

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2021

The Fremantle Walyalup Civic Centre at Kings Square is nearing completion. Paving slabs are being put down in Newman Court to match the ones on the FOMO site of the street.

Roel Loopers

ANOTHER FREO SORRY SIGN

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2021

This sign has been on the ground in Fremantle’s High Street, near the corner of Henry Street, for many weeks now, but no one appears to be responsible for removing it.

There are no roadworks anywhere nearby so it’s probably just another traffic ‘management’ company that can’t be bothered to check that they have picked up all their signs, witches hats, etc. It’s a common problem around town.

Roel Loopers

NO, PREMIER, IT IS NOT TENT SHITTY!

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 19, 2021

I am extremely disappointed that WA Premier Mark McGowan has labeled the people who are organising Fremantle’s tent city “professional anarchists”. McGowan is my Covid hero and is so for most Western Australians, but him dismissing the dedicated volunteers is just not on. How do you know, Mark? I have been walking through the camp every day since Boxing Day and I have not seen you or the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk there.

What I have witnessed though is a sense of community and volunteers sweating in the extreme heat and humidity to look after people in need. I have also witnessed some fights and saw the very sad moment of one of the volunteers with a black eye, which made Aboriginal elder Herbert Bropho on Sunday afternoon tell the camp people they needed to respect and look after the people who cared for them.

This is not anarchy by bleeding hearts and do-gooders with a political agenda, but it is about far too many people having to sleep rough because there are not sufficient public, social and affordable housing and support services.

To defame those willing to give so much of their time to help others is unbecoming for the Premier and government of this State. I am deeply disappointed and pretty pissed off, Mark McGowan!

Roel Loopers

SUMMER DAY END AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 19, 2021

Two of the photos I took on my early evening walk today, both taken at Freo’s lovely Bathers Beach.

The very high humidity has created interesting clouds the last few days and today was pretty good as well.

While there the Wasamba drum band started rehearsing so that was a really nice way of finishing the day. Thank you!

Roel Loopers

LET’S REINSTATE CUPOLAS TO CELEBRATE FREMANTLE’S 200th

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 19, 2021

It is only eight more years until Fremantle will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2029, so wouldn’t it be nice if those pointed cupolas we see in this photo could be reinstated. I think they look really special and would enhance gorgeous High Street.

Can we get some community and Freo City action going to lobby the State Government to fund such a project.

Roel Loopers

SMOKING CEREMONY AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 19, 2021

A reminder that the Fremantle One Day Smoking Ceremony will be held this Sunday morning at 8am at Bathers Beach, so come along and spread the message.

After that there will be a barbeque at Kidogo Arthouse and some music where the community can get together and catch up.

I’ll see you there!

Roel Loopers

PEDAL FOR THE PLANET DAY

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on January 19, 2021

It is Pedal for the Planet Day this Saturday, so meet at the northern end of South Beach to ride into Fremantle and back at 11am. The theme is Oceans are Rising, so dress up in blue, swimmers, sea creatures.

Gather at 10am, do some bike repairs, screen printing and other activities.

Roel Loopers

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