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FREMANTLE SOCIETY TO ARTHUR’S HEAD RESCUE

 

I hear the Fremantle Society has set up a sub-committee that will concentrate on lobbying and trying to get funding for the urgent repairs of Arthur’s Head, so good on them!

What Fremantle Council has been doing about it is pathetic and absolutely inadequate. The area is vested in the City, but they wash their hands off one of our state’s most significant historic and tourists areas and just wait to see if the state government, or anyone else, will cough up the $ 2 million needed. That is not good enough!

I have been told the action by the Fremantle Society will be bipartisan and trying to get as many people on board as possible, so I will be happy to promote anything the group will be doing in that regard.

I have a suspicion that the WA Labor government is not going to do anything about it until the next state election, but that is too far away.

Arthur’s Head has been looking awful for two years now with all the ugly fencing around it. The look at the Whalers Tunnel and the cliff face from Bathers Beach is a total eyesore, but it has been put in the too hard basket by Fremantle’s elected members. I find that extremely disappointing.

So go for it, Freo Society! Lobby politicians from all parties at state and federal level, look for grants, try to get financial support from the resources industries, etc. because Fremantle deserves better than having to accept a major problem that is not being addressed with the urgency it demands.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S KINGS SQUARE TO BECOME MIDGEGOOROO PLACE

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will on Wednesday debate the proposal to include Aboriginal names at the  Kings Square Redevelopment Project, and I have no doubt that this will become very controversial in the community.

The new Civic Centre will be named Walyalup Centre, which is the Whadjuk Noongar name for the Fremantle area, so proper acknowledgment of our Aboriginal culture and history.

Kings Square, that was once also called St John’s Square, would be renamed Midgegooroo Place. Midgegooroo was the father of Yagan and a very important elder.

The proposals are in line with the fact that the Department of Communities, which will occupy the top levels of the FOMO buildings, is also considering giving Whadjuk Noongar names to their North and South Campus.

There have long been talks, and complaints, that we do not name significant places in Western Australia with the Aboriginal names for them, and this would be a very good step forward I believe to make a real start with the renewal of Kings Square.

I do not agree however with naming the Civic Centre just the Walyalup Centre and would not agree to call it Fremantle Centre either, since that is not specific enough what the centre’s function is. It should be the Walyalup Civic Centre, or Walyalup Council House or Walyalup Council Centre, so that it is clear what the building is there for.

Roel Loopers

ONE DAY CONNECTING FOR THE FUTURE

Posted in aboriginal, australia, city of fremantle, community, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2020

 

 

Here a few impressions of the ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE event at Bathers Beach.

There is live music, dance, story-telling, art, culture, fun, face painting, sand painting, etc.

It goes till 8pm this evening and finishes with the burning of balga trees on the beach at sunset.

It is a much more intimate event than the previous years on the Esplanade and it is easier for everybody to connect. It feels good. I really like it!

Go and say KAYA!

Roel Loopers

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HUGE MOB AT FREO’S ONE DAY SMOKING CEREMONY

 

 

The ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE reconciliation event started at 8am this morning with a smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach.

A huge crowd of around 500 people attended, and that is special so early in the morning at the start of a long weekend.

There were a lot of Aboriginal elders and younger generations and federal, state and local politicians.

It was a lovely relaxed gathering with a lot of mutual respect shown.

There are activities, live music, food, and much more at Bathers Beach all day and it finishes at sunset with the burning of six Balga trees on the beach.

Come and join in. Connect with our indigenous friends, have fun together, lose the fear and prejudice!

Roel Loopers

 

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CHANGING AUSTRALIA DAY JUST A MINOR ADJUSTMENT

 

I almost fell of my stool and choked on my double espresso yesterday when I saw the front page of the West Australian and read their editorial suggesting it is time to have a discussion about changing the date of Australia Day.

When Fremantle Council changed the date four years ago and stopped the fireworks it was blasted by the West and heavily criticised time and time again in editorials and columns by Paul Murray, so what a nice and positive change of heart for this right-leaning publication.

Contrary to what the West has written, and what some politicians and community members have said, this was never about silly politics by some left-leaning loonies, but only and all about respect for our Aboriginal people and their history, and the huge pain and displacement European settlement brought for them.

Moving Australia Day to another day will not diminish the achievements of the early settlers and it will not change Australia’s history. All it will do is show consideration for those Aboriginese whose families have suffered, whose children were taken away, who were moved on from their communities, and who were severely mistreated and their land taken away. The consequences of that are still felt in Aboriginal communities today.

I don’t believe we can take our history for granted and say Aboriginal people just need to move on and forget about the past, because from the past we can all learn, and we can acknowledge that mistakes were made, without having to feel guilty. Moving forward together by changing Australia Day away from January 26 is just a tiny adjustment for non Aboriginals to make, but it would make a huge difference to very many of our First Nation people.

The West is encouraging a community discussion about it, so let us start one with respect and without polemic and political point scoring.

Roel Loopers

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EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE.

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2020

 

My ‘gospel’ for this beautiful Sunday.

Not all change is bad, and we should not be worried about progress, as these photos of me, taken some 45 years apart, show. ; >)

Life is good along the journey we take and the changes we make. It is nice to look back at our past while embracing the future, and that’s what is happening in Fremantle.

Enjoy the challenge!

Roel Loopers

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FENIANS LECTURE AT MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, convicts, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2020

 

Today 152 years ago the Hougoumont arrived in Fremantle to deliver the last of the convicts brought to Western Australia.

On board were 62 Irish political Fenians prisoners, and this Sunday Melbourne human rights lawyer Bernie Bropho will talk about that at the Freo Maritime Museum at 4pm.

Roel Loopers

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STOP RECORDING FREO’S HISTORY? I DON’T THINK SO!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, history, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2019

 

Manning

 

I don’t know if the ridiculous no photography sign at the Fremantle Manning building redevelopment was put up by builders Buckingham or developers Silverleaf Investments, but it is utter rubbish that I will absolutely ignore, because all of us have every right to take photos of anything and anyone in a public open place, and that is what Paddy Troy lane is.

The recording of history and the progress of Fremantle is essential for our archives, so that future generations can see what was happening in Freo in the 2000s. So-called street photography is a great way of recording our history and I will continue to do so, no matter how many silly signs people put up, or how many times I get questioned what I am doing, because what I am doing is well within my legal rights.

Civic Centre

 

Contrary to the stupid sign at the back of the Manning building the Civic Centre construction site even put viewing windows in the fences, but they are  now unfortunately obscured by the new hoardings. One gets great views of it though from the first level of the Fremantle Malls.

Roel Loopers

Roel Loopers

CONSERVATION PLAN FOR ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

The City of Fremantle is seeking your stories, connection and curiosity about the Round House, to help guide the future conservation and care of this important building.

The City is preparing a conservation management plan for the Round House building. A conservation management plan helps us to understand the place and its heritage values and provides policies to enable its significance to be retained in its future use and development.

We’re seeking your stories, connection and curiosity about the Round House to guide the direction of this work. Your input is an important part of ensuring the heritage values of the Round House are appropriately recognised, assessed and conserved.

The Round House building is located on Manjaree (Arthur Head) and the City will also consult specifically with Traditional Owners as part of our Aboriginal Engagement Plan.

How can I contribute?

Everyone with a connection to, or interest in, the Round House is welcome to contribute. The Round House has had many uses over the years including a gaol for the settlement, a holding point for Aboriginal prisoners being sent to Rottnest, a lock-up, house and for storage. Many workers have also been involved in repairs or works over the years. Today it operates as a significant tourist destination manned by the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, who are preparing an interpretation project.

Your stories and historical photographs (particularly incidental images) will supplement the City’s History collection or may help identify particular aspects of the building fabric which would assist with management and interpretation. Information on your curiosity will help build a picture of what our community and visitors would like to know more about.

You can:

  • Share your stories or upload information online (below), or
  • Complete a photographic donation form (click here or find in the document library) and drop in to the Fremantle Library 70 Parry Street Fremantle (Fremantle Oval) with your material.

Submit your stories on line at My Say Fremantle, or at Fremantle Library by Sunday 22 December 2019.

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE PAINTING THE TOWN RED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Fremantle Biennale, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2019

 

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Artists from the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale have been painting the town red, all the way from South Beach to Fremantle Port.

CY O’Connor is seeing red on Victoria Quay with the lawn below his statue all red and even a red pool ball put on his shoulder.

Roel Loopers

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