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WILD WET WINTER WEATHER

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 10, 2019

 

wild weather

 

Well, that is a kind of sh.. start of the week for me. The wet and cold brought my prepatellar knee pain back, the rain is leaking into my bathroom, and when I took the above photo at Point Walter the car door was ripped out of my hand by the storm and would not close any more until my mate Bob came out to do some on-side repair in the rain. Thanks Bob!

It is pretty wild at times out there with the ocean all grey and green and massive dark clouds, so go and enjoy it.

More showers to come the next few days, but I am going to stay in with a book, the heater on, caramelised onion, garlic, chili tomato soup and nurse my poor old and very painful knee.

Four days of rain and I already want summer back.😖

 

Roel Loopers

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BOARDWALK FROM FREO TO SCARBOROUGH?

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, city planning, indian ocean, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2019

 

The idea by the Tourism Council of WA for a 25km boardwalk from Fremantle all the way to Scarborough is an interesting one, but can it ever be realised?

It would be a hugely expensive project to undertake, have environmental impact, and councils and communities along the path might not like the idea, and who would pay for it?

The proposed new long boardwalk would link the existing boardwalk that links Floreat Beach to City Beach.

I’d love to go for very long leisurely walks along the beautiful Indian Ocean without having to divert into the suburbs to get back to the ocean, but is it viable and has Fremantle Council be consulted about the idea?

I would love to see the Bathers Beach boardwalk extended to the J Shed A Class reserve. That would make a huge difference in the West End.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SAFETY OFFICERS SAVE LIFE

Posted in accidents, cars, city of fremantle, health, health&safety, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2019

 

Congratulations to the City of Fremantle Safety Officers who saved a man’s life on the Fremantle traffic bridge!

The man’s vehicle was involved in an accident and his airways got blocked so our very astute Safety Officers took care of that, cleared his airways, administered CPR, and kept him alive with a defibrillator on standby until the ambulance arrived.

Great job! Should we now call them Health and Safety Officers?

Roel Loopers

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS FOR BOOYEEMBARA PARK

Posted in bicycles, bikes, city of fremantle, fitness, local government, outdoors, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2019

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday consider to formalise the mountain bike trails that were created by the community in Booyeembara Park, at request of the Fremantle Mountain Bike Collective.

Trails have been constructed by the community but a feasibility and land-use compatibility study will have to be conducted since there are fragments of asbestos in the park.

The Fremantle Mountain Biking Collective proposal for mountain biking trails in Booyeembara Park proposes two key concepts:
1-3 narrow trails running from the ridge on the eastern side of the park south towards Stevens Street.
A pump/jump skills park.

The location/s and design elements will be finalised through the design process however are generally located in the eastern end of the park in the revegetated bushland.

Since the next mountain bike trails are 2 hours away near Kalamunda it would be fantastic to offer them here in Fremantle and encourage more young people to take up this outdoor activity.

Booyeembara Park could do with a bit more activation, so I hope Council will go ahead with it.

Roel Loopers

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HILTON CURRY CLUB RESTAURANT FINED

Posted in city of fremantle, food, health, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle has successfully taken the Hilton Curry Club restaurant to court for breaching food handling regulations.

The restaurant owner was fined $ 25,000 for multiple breaches including failing to store food properly, cleanliness of the kitchen and lack of hand washing facilities.

The restaurant was also fined previously three years ago.

Keeping a busy commercial kitchen clean is a constant battle for the operators, but it needs to be done to protect the health of the customers.

Roel Loopers

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POINT WALTER JOGGERS DOING IT TOUGH

Posted in city of fremantle, city of melville, fitness, health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

jogging at Point Walter

 

Photography is a constant journey to discover new images. I enjoy the rather restless task of walking and driving while looking for new photos.

These joggers were doing it tough on the sandbank at Point Walter yesterday mid afternoon and made for an interesting photo with the sun reflecting on the surface of the river.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HOSPITAL NEW LOCATION FOR GENERAL DENTAL CLINIC

Posted in aged, city of fremantle, health, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 2, 2019

 

The Fremantle General Dental Clinic has now moved to Fremantle Hospital after the WA State Government spent $ 2.99 million on the relocation of the clinic, which was on the corner of Parry Street.

The service has not only been relocated but improved and expanded.

The new clinic has nine treatment rooms, a dental laboratory, sterilisation areas and staff support rooms. It will offer patients:

  • Dental examinations and assessments;
  • Radiographic examinations and interpretation;
  • Preventive and prophylactic services;
  • Periodontics;
  • Extractions and minor oral surgery procedures; and
  • Fillings, dentures and some crown and bridge services.

Dental care in the new Fremantle Hospital clinic is only available to eligible patients, such a people who have a Pensioner or Health Care Card,

Roel Loopers

ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKERS DESERVE FREMANTLE APOLOGY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, health, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 28, 2019

 

While there has been a huge outrage, and rightly so, about the online racial abuse of West Coast Eagles indigenous player Liam Ryan we should never underestimate the daily racist abuse that is going on elsewhere in our society.

I just heard this disgusting little episode that happened in Fremantle this week. The Aboriginal Health Council of WA has a conference in the Esplanade Hotel Lead The Way; Challenge The Possibilities; Imagine the Future, where Aboriginal health workers from all over the state are gathering, and what happened?

Several of the female participants had a smoke outside the hotel during a conference break when a white male drove by and yelled out to them “Why don’t you get a job you black c….!”

Yes, this is still happening in 2019 in Australia! Our indigenous people still get racially abused daily by ignorant dickheads and we need to call it out, every time, each time, always, because it is unacceptable.

On behalf of the Fremantle community I want to apologise to the health workers for the racist fool’s abuse you had to suffer. Fremantle is better than that. I am so sorry!

Roel Loopers

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THANK THE LAW MY SISTER DIED WITH DIGNITY

 

Last night our time my oldest sister Marja died in the Netherlands. She was euthanised.

I am not sharing this with you because of narcissism but because the Western Australian government also want to legalise doctor assisted dying and I believe that is a very humane intent. There are community information sessions and community consultation and a very long online survey that took me 20 minutes, but is worth doing.

I am so grateful that my sister died in her own bed in her own home and with dignity and that she had plenty of time to receive family and friends and say goodbye.

The process she had to go through was lengthy and very thorough before an expert committee decided that she was eligible for euthanasia.

Legalising assisted dying is about giving people a choice instead of forcing them to commit suicide in awful and very lonely ways. It should not be politicised or being kidnapped by religious leaders.

There is no threat to religious or cultural values. No one can be forced to be euthanised and neither can doctors be forced to administer it. In my sister’s case her new doctor-the old one had retired-told her it was too early in his young career to feel comfortable assisting her so she was referred to an older colleague.

My sister Marja was assessed on her health and mental health by different practitioners who wrote reports which were considered by an independent panel. There was nothing easy or flippant about that process and not at all what some panel members at last year’s Notre Dame university forum claimed.

Call me an old cynic, but it comes as no surprise to me that the billion dollar age care industry and the billion dollar palliative care industry are against euthanasia, and so are those who believe that only a god can take a life. For those of us who are not religious the promise of heaven, paradise or nirvana is irrelevant, but euthanasia is our pragmatic and humane choice if life is coming to a painful, slow and unstoppable end. We don’t let animals suffer, so why not apply the same compassion to human beings.

It is astounding how unprepared we are for death. It is the elephant in the room that not many people want to talk about. We are not taught how to deal with it, so at the end we try to deal with it the best we can with empathy. I was lucky to be able to Skype with my sister often over the last couple of months and that was good for both of us.

Marja was just three years older than I am and was always there for me. She had inoperable cancer. I am so grateful that she was allowed to die with dignity. All her pain and worries are now over.

Roel Loopers

IT’S RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY THIS FRIDAY

 

Ride to School Day

Have you organised that your children, accompanied by a parent, ride to school this Friday?

March 22 is National Ride2School Day, so a great day to get started on not driving to school or using public transport.

If more kids rode to school we might need less of the 600 new Diesel!!! buses the McGowan government has announced it will get made for Perth.

We do not need more diesel pollution and we need to be more aware that all these things contribute to global warming. From little things big things grow!

Roel Loopers

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