Freo's View

LOCAL COUNCILS WANT AUSTRALIA DAY CHANGE

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2017

The decision by the Australian Local Government Association, which represents 560 local councils, to lobby the Commonwealth to change the date of Australia Day away from January 26 is a clear indication that the City of Fremantle’s decision to no longer have firework and celebrations on Australia Day was not a lunatic decision by some lefty socialists, but good and sensitive leadership that is now debated all around the country.

January 26, the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay, Sydney, is seen as an insensitive date to celebrate Australia by many of our indigenous people, who regard the day as Invasion Day.

ALGA will at their July meeting decide what action to take, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE SEEING THE LIGHT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, heritage, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2017

Roundhouse

 

If the State Heritage Office has no objections the Fremantle Roundhouse will finally get electricity so that the volunteer guides can start applying for funding to Lottery West and elsewhere to install the new displays that have been designed by museum designers after community consultation.

This will finally also give us the change to properly recognise the Whadjuk Noongar people and correct incorrect information.

The displays have been looking tired and outdated for some years now and the Roundhouse needs to become even more attractive to international, interstate and local visitors and use modern technology.

Thanks to the hard work of the Roundhouse  committee, the lobbying of Freo’s View, and the personal commitment from Mayor Brad Pettitt the City has now found a way of funding the power into the oldest public building in WA from a maintenance budget.

We are keen to have more evening events in and around the Roundhouse to help activate Arthur Head after hours and already the High Tide Festival in October will be using the Roundhouse and the Irish Festival in January has also put feelers out to do some events in the Roundhouse.

All we need now is substantial financial support to implement the changes!

Roel Looper

ROUNDHOUSE IS ABOUT ALL HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

I am disappointed to read Mayor Brad Pettitt’s comment in the Fremantle Herald today about the Roundhouse.

The Mayor told the Herald that the Roundhouse could talk better about the history, in regard to the indigenous people.

I suggest the Mayor and all Councillors read the proposal for new displays in the Roundhouse that was produced by museum designers two years ago and where one of the four cells would be dedicated to the Whadjuk Noongar history of Fremantle and the Roundhouse.

We have a very thick proposal that the Roundhouse volunteer guides’ president no doubt would be delighted to leave at Freo Council for a couple of weeks so that the Elected Members can see the plans in detail.

But we have not been able to get the City of Fremantle to commit to funding to connect power to the Roundhouse, so we can get started on modern displays.

I for one always talk about the Noongar history, the atrocities, the Rottnest Quod, etc. Especially visitors from Canada and North Ameraica are interested as they see the similarities with their Inuit First Nation People and what displacement did to them; the alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre just a stone’s throw from the Roundhouse was a missed opportunity to tell visitors about the Noongar history of Fremantle.

The Roundhouse would love to have a real display about Aboriginal history of Arthur Head and Fremantle, but we need power and financial support to make that work!

Roel Loopers

VOICES FROM OUR HERITAGE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle dockers, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2017

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The Australian Heritage Festival is on and the Fremantle Volunteer Roundhouse Guides conducted Voices of the Past, talking about specific people who are important to our W.A. history.

Whadjuk Noongar man Greg Nannup was one of five speakers this Saturday morning.

Roel Loopers

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RACIST FOOLS LITTER FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, multicultural, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2017

Just three days before ANZAC Day racist fools have plastered offensive posters around the Fremantle Bathers Beach area proclaiming  we should be proud to be white Australians.

It would do these ignorant idiots a whole lot of good if they read a bit about the history of Australia and the immense contribution people from all races, cultures and skin colours made to this country and help make it the great multicultural society we now are.

I am grateful to those people who scratched and removed some of the posters, so if you are around the area, bring something sharp to scratch this rubbish off. They are on the Esplanade and at Bathers.

Roel Loopers

DELIGHTFUL ABORIGINAL ART MARKET

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on April 9, 2017

There was a lot of interest for the REVEALED Aboriginal art market at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday morning and rightly so, as there were many stunning artworks for sale.

There was a bit of buying frenzy which made a few people forget they were dealing with art as they disrespectfully stepped onto the canvasses that were displayed on the ground to try to find a bargain.

It is overall a lovely and colourful atmosphere though but I wished the music they played on the day was more traditional.

The cafe was pumping out coffee like a factory assembly line, so for them too it was a good day.

I love Aboriginal art and while it was hard to get a good look because of the big crowd it is a great showcase for indigenous art from some of the very remote communities, so I hope it will continue next year.

Roel Loopers

ABORIGINAL FLAG DISGRACE AT WALYALUP CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, western australia by freoview on April 4, 2017

 

I was called an arsehole because I dared to criticise the underperforming Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur Head.

But a picture tells a whole lot more than words. This is the ‘welcome to country’ visitors who walk past the now closed centre get, and I find that very embarrassing.

Come on City of Fremantle, surely this lack of care is not acceptable!

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL ART REVEALED AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on April 4, 2017

The REVEALED art market at the Fremantle Arts Centre last year was just fantastic so I am really looking forward to going there again this coming Saturday between 10am and 5 pm.

You can also go to the Aboriginal Artists in Conversation on Friday from 10-12 am and to the official opening that night from 6.30 pm.

As you can see above Aboriginal artists from all over WA will be offering their great work for sale.

Roel Loopers

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NOONGARS WANT DIDGERIDOO BAN FOR SOUTH WEST

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, indigenous, western australia by freoview on April 1, 2017

The South-West Land Council, the body representing the Noongar people of Western Australia, has called for a ban on the use of didgeridoos during Welcome to Country ceremonies in the South West.

The Council said that the didgeridoo is not a traditional instrument for the Noongar people and that clapsticks should be used instead.

Noongar elder UWA professor Len Colard does use a didge at welcome to country ceremonies and has done that often in Fremantle, but the elder, whose name I don’t remember, who does the WTC at Fremantle Notre Dame University always points out that the use of didgeridoo would be inappropriate and uses clapsticks.

Roel Loopers

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NOOGARS DESERVE BETTER THAN DOGOODERISM

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, culture by freoview on March 20, 2017

Fremantle Council will consider this Wednesday if they should start a six-months process for a Noongar ‘Eldership’ to come up with a concept for the Beach Street building at the East Street jetty, that will be vacated by DADAA soon.

The issue for me is that I hear that this time a different group of Noongars will be consulted than those who were involved with the Walyalup Centre and I believe that is a problem.

It seems to me that the City of Fremantle is putting the cart before the horse and have already decided on this one location, when there is not even a proper concept of what the local Aboriginal people want and need, and what they want might be better somewhere else.

I know Fremantle Council’s heart is in the right place but for me it smells a wee bit of patronising tokenism as the Wadjelas are generously offering a space that might not be suitable at all for the Noongars, as is the case with the present Walyalup Centre at Arthur Head, that has failed for many reasons that have yet all to be assessed.

Why not have a proper and inclusive process managed by the Aboriginal South West Land Council, instead of selectively including and excluding certain families in the decision-making for a new Aboriginal cultural community centre?

Why not find out first if the Noongar people want a community centre as a meeting place for themselves, or if they want a Noongar showcase for tourists that could generate income through the sale of art and events, or a combination of both.

Why restrict the Noongars to only the one location at Beach Street when maybe a nature-based location would be better for them in Booyeembarra Park or out of town. Maybe a bigger bush project where Fremantle collaborates with Cockburn could be an option?

To me it feels too much like dogooders wanting a feel-good process instead of a best-outcome based one where Noongar people will take on ownership of the new centre and manage and run it autonomously.

What we should want for our Whadjuk Noongar people is the very best cultural centre, not just any space that is available.

Roel Loopers

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