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TREE ART AT HISTORIC ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 19, 2017

 

tree art

 

Some lovely tree art up on Arthur Head at Mrs Trivett Lane, just below the Roundhouse.

Fremantle has so many hidden treasures that are waiting to be discovered, so wander around our beautiful city and connect with your community.

Roel Loopers

 

HELP THE DUYFKEN SAIL AGAIN!

Posted in city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2017

 

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FREMANTLE PRISON WINS TOURISM AWARDS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2017

 

old prison fremantle

 

Congratulations to Fremantle Prison which won two major awards at the 2017 WA Tourism Awards.

The world heritage listed prison won gold for Cultural Tourism and silver in the Major Tourist Attractions category.

Well done!

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SCOOTERS FOR POPPY DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, remembrance day, Uncategorized by freoview on November 12, 2017

 

 

The annual Poppy Run for Remembrance Day was held on Sunday.

More than one hundred scooters paraded through the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip before ending up at Princess May Park for lunch and a few coldies at Clancy’s.

Roel Loopers

FOUR DAYS TO CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA

Posted in australia day, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on November 12, 2017

 

The announcement by the City of Perth that it will extend next year’s Australia Day celebrations to a four-day long weekend shows that the City of Fremantle is on the right track with its changes to the national holiday.

The scrapping of the fireworks in Fremantle last year was controversial, and unfortunately the debate about it became political and sometimes racist for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, there could have been better community consultation, especially with the business community, but from experience we know that community consultations can drag on forever and not necessarily create the best outcomes. Leadership is about making tough decisions, in the knowledge one will never ever please everyone in the community.

Perth now wants fireworks on New Year’s Eve as well, which I consider a huge waste of money. Why have two firework displays just 26 days apart, or will they also walk away from the Australia Day firework display?

But I would love to see the Fremantle ONE DAY event extended and also have a night feature. Projections, laser show, lit-up floats at Bathers Bay, etc.

I would prefer it if BID spend the business money and energy on creating an evening event, instead of supporting only the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and share the cost of the Australia Day fireworks.

Fact is that most shops were already closed well before the spectators for the fireworks turned up, so there was little benefit for other traders, while the One Day event started in the afternoon when shops are still open.

Fremantle is different from Perth and other cities and I support the consideration for our indigenous people who call Australia Day Invasion Day, so let’s move on together, as other councils around the nation are now also doing.

Historically January 26 means nothing to Western Australia as the Britih had not even settled on this side of the country when the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay, so the date is only significant to New South Wales.

Like Perth, let’s celebrate Australia over the long weekend, until our politicians change the date to a more appropriate one that does not upset our indigenous friends.

Roel Loopers

 

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PURPOSE BUILT FREO INDIGENOUS CENTRE FEASIBILITY STUDY

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will deliberate on Wednesday to approve a feasibility study for a purpose built indigenous centre in central Fremantle or on Victoria Quay.

After consultation with the local Wajuk Noongar community over the last few months it was decided that the indigenous people in Fremantle preferred a purpose built cultural centre.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head did not really go off. It was always going to be an uphill battle there, as the location and the small Pilot’s Cottage were inappropriate and too small for a cultural centre.

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GHOST SHIPS OF THE PAST

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2017

 

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Ghost Ship is an experimental, experiential, site specific performance that offers unique and personal insights into Western Australia’s colonial history. Four Indigenous storytellers will share their individual insights and take us on a complex journey through our shared history and our complex past.

Unlike the books that hold the histories of European civilisation, nationhood and the colonial adventure, these Indigenous stories are momentary, ephemeral and tens of thousands of years old.

Come listen to Brett and Lily Nannup, Melissa Dinnison, Ezra Jacobs, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington

No matter who you are in Western Australia, it’s likely you have a relationship to the port of Fremantle. Many of us came here by ship. Fremantle’s rich history of migrants, exports, imports, exploration and multicultural melting pots culminate in varied social, cultural and political facets to the community.

Ghost Ship is the starting point for ongoing conversations that recognise our silenced histories and to take with us on our own journeys.

Curated Cultural Tours TODAY at the High Tide hub on Arthur Head next to the Roundhouse. 
11am – 12pm : Children Friendly
6pm – 7pm : With light installation

More info: http://www.hightidefremantle.com/line-up/ghost_ship/

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FREO HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL AT NIGHT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2017

 

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I went and had a look at the evening art of the High Tide biennale of the Fremantle Festival, although there was an ice-cold wind blowing last night.

The Ships in the Night projections by Jo Darbyshire on the Fremantle Port building, and the Uprising blue smoke by Tom Muleller inside the Roundhouse.

Felice Varini’s Arcs D’Ellipses looks different at night and the beautiful festival hub by Harris Architects looks wonderful.

 

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FREO’S BLESSING OF THE FLEET

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

Here some photos of today’s Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet, one of my favourite events in Freo.

Mayor Brad Pettitt was there with partner Emma and baby Aiofe, and so was Federal MP Josh Wilson, as was local member Minister Simone McGurk, and Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge.

 

 

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NEW SEALINK FERRY TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle port, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017

 

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It was very busy, and a bloody cold wind, in Fremantle Port early this morning when the new Sealink Rottnest Island ferry Quokka I left for the island.

The big cruiseliner Voyager of the Seas had just arrived in port, and a navy frigate was also at berth at Victoria Quay, while North Quay was busy with container ships and a livestock carrier.

The cafe at B Shed has a new operator and staff so go and try them out while watching the ships entering and leaving port, and keep an eye out for dolphins who come into the harbour daily.

On  different note, I am delighted to read that the former Quod prison cells on Rottnest will no longer be used as tourist accommodation.

The Quod was an inhumane gaol for Aboriginal people in the mid 1800s and 10 per cent of prisoners died there.

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