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FREO VOLUNTEERS ARE SPECIAL

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on May 20, 2019

 

 

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It is NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS WEEK from May 20-26, so a good opportunity to thank all our Fremantle volunteers who are doing a splendid job day in day out.

Volunteers are essential for many charities which look after homeless and disadvantaged people, and they are also very important for tourists to our city. The Roundhouse and Visitor Centre volunteers provide inside information about Fremantle and our history, and so do those at the Shipwrecks and Martime museums.

It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to stand in oppressive heat or ice cold winds at the Roundhouse, but rain or shine the historic building is open to visitors 363 days of the year.

May I remind the State Government that this important tourist attraction does not receive any funding at all from the State or local council, so it is time to make amends and spend some money on the management of the oldest public building in WA.

I took the photo above of three guides on duty at the Roundhouse this morning when just after opening already large groups of primary students were climbing up the steps to see the old jail.

At the Fremantle Library a photo exhibition about volunteers  Freo Heroes- A Hundred years of Helping is on show till May 24.

Roel Loopers

 

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ARTHUR’S HEAD MESSY TOURIST EXPERIENCE

 

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This mess is what visitors to the Bathers Beach Art Precinct saw yesterday at one of the art studios at Mrs Trivett Lane.

Behind it there is bedding from homeless people, and in the garden of the cottage where the Roundhouse guides have their office people also had left bedding and rubbish and trampled the bushes.

Fremantle safety officers drive up to Arthur’s Head a couple of times a day but police officers are rarely seen up there any more.

Arthur’s Head is a ghost town at night, since Fremantle Council decided to make it into an art precinct and evicted the people who lived in the Pilot’s Cottages. I warned them at the time that this would be happening but my concerns were ignored because I was one of the people who lived there as caretaker for the Fremantle Society, hence I was considered a NIMBY whose concerns were irrelevant.

Fremantle Council is currently reconsidering the art precinct, but whatever the outcome they need to create a better night environment up on our historic hill.

Roel Loopers

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STATE STOPS FREO STREET DOCTOR FUNDING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, health, homeless, local government, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2019

 

Black Swan Health has applied to the City of Fremantle for a $ 20,000 per annum sponsorship to be able to continue with the Fremantle Street Doctor services, which they have supplied for over 14 years.

The WA Health Department will stop funding the project at the end of this financial year on June 30, which in my books is an absolute disgrace!!!!

The Freo Street Doctor runs six mobile health clinics a week and is the only medical service for many people, so very essential for those who are doing it tough.

Black Swan Health Ltd. is seeking a $20,000 donation from the City to enable
continuation of the ‘Freo Street Doctor’ clinics. The donation request would support
indirect costs, including:
• Two “Freo Street Doctor’ vehicle running costs, licence, registration, insurance,
service, maintenance and repair, tyres and fuel.
• Outreach worker salary costs.
• Clinical consumable costs.
• Information Technology costs.
• Utilities

To put the money in perspective, the annual Winterworld Festival gets $ 25,000 cash from the city, plus the city loses out on parking fees at the Italian Club, and that comes combined to a total of $ 75,000 for just a few weeks of ice skating fun.

I know what I would prioritise.

Both items are on the agenda of Wednesday’s FPOL Committee, so come and speak out in support of the Freo Street Doctor!!!! 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Centre.

Roel Loopers

BIG ST PATRICK’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH

 

 

More than 200 people enjoyed a three-course Christmas lunch in Princess May Park, organised by Fremantle’s St Patrick’s community care.

Fremantle Labor member Minister Simone McGurk was there, as were Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his young daughter Aoife, who was a bit worried about Santa, played by former Freo Councillor Rob Fittock.

St Pat’s Michael Piu and Victor Crevatin were supported by many volunteers when they were serving  the Christmas roast.

It was a heart-warming event and nice to see so many smiling faces from those who are doing it tough.

Roel Loopers

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BRILLIANT LONG TABLE DINNER IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, homeless, social services, st patricks by freoview on November 29, 2018

 

 

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The Fremantle Long Table Dinner this evening was bigger and better than ever, stretching nearly 500 metres along historic High Street to accommodate 1,200 guests who all enjoyed a three-course dinner.

It is expected that the fundraising event organised by the National Hotel, St Patrick’s and many volunteers and supporting businesses will raise $ 100,000 for St Pats, that will go toward supplying services for the homeless and needy people in our city.

Four makeshift kitchens were used to prepare the meals and the guests were entertained by Circus WA performers, live music and street artists.

The Moore&Moore cafe also put up a Christmas Market in Henry Street to support the event.

This is an outstanding effort by everyone involved and they all deserve huge gratitude from the Freo community for making this such a special and heart-warming evening, although the sea breeze created a bit of a chill in the air.

Well done all and congratulations and thank you!!!

 

Roel Loopers

JOIN THE FREO LONG DINNER TABLE

 

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To paraphrase what Prime Minister Bob Hawke said when the America’s Cup was won, you are a bum if you are not at tonight’s great Fremantle Long Table Dinner.

Even if you don’t have a ticket to sit down and have a meal, you can still enjoy the activities and ambience and the Christmas Market in Henry Street.

The event is a fundraiser for St Patrick’s so bring a few dollars to donate for the very good cause and help people in need.

There is a great vibe at the long table dinner, so come along and be part of this VERY FREO! event.

Roel Loopers

MAKING WAVES FOR THE HOMELESS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, homelessness, social services, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

homeless

 

It breaks my heart when I see homeless people sleeping on the streets of Fremantle.

I took the photo this morning at Kings Square where a $ 220 million redevelopment is under way.

Sometimes I wonder about our priorities in life.

Roel Loopers

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FREO LONG TABLE TICKETS SALE TOMORROW!

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2018

 

Long Table Monday tickets sale

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FREO’S FAMOUS LONG TABLE DINNER BIGGER AND BETTER

Posted in charity, christmas, city of fremantle, food, homeless, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2018

 

 

Tickets for this year’s, even bigger and even better, Fremantle LONG TABLE DINNER go on sale on Monday 3rd September at 9AM. Last year tickets sold out in a matter of hours and the organisers hope they will achieve the same outcome this year.

The LONG TABLE DINNER will be serving 1,200 three-course Christmas Dinners
There will be half a kilometre of dining table
There will be an army of more than 200 volunteers
Over 100 businesses will contribute goods or services to the event

They expect to raise well in excess of $100,000 for homeless and disadvantaged people

There will be over 40 street performers and roving Circus stars brought to you by Circus WA

Moore and Moore Christmas Markets along Henry St with 50 festive craft stalls, food and beverages

Showcasing the stunning West End Heritage and the amazing spirit of the Fremantle Business Community

Brought to you by The National Hotel and St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.

 

Roel Loopers

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HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE SOCIETY’S SHAME

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

 

society's shame

 

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

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