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GREAT LINE UP FOR ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE EVENT

 

One Day

 

 

The line-up for Fremantle’s ONE DAY event on January 27 has been finalised.Talented young Indigenous singer Emily Wurramara, local band The Hunting Birds and indie-pop rockers The Spring Peaks will be joining headliner Montaigne and Adrian Eagle on the Esplanade stage.

20-year-old Wurramara, originally from Groote Eylandt off the coast of the Northern Territory, sings in both English and her first language Anindilyakwa.

She was nominated for the 2018 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album for her album Milyakburra.

Fremantle folk/rock five-piece The Hunting Birds have appeared at major festivals including Falls Festival Downtown and Bluesfest Byron Bay, plus support slots with folk heavyweights The Lumineers and English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner. Last year they released their debut EP In Its Nature.

Perth band The Spring Peaks have previously shared a stage with artists including End of Fashion and Birds of Tokyo. Their next single is set to be released in early 2019 which will be the title track of their forthcoming EP.

Headline act Montaigne said she was very proud to be part of One Day.

“I like that there’s an event in the country where we can celebrate Australia without alienating the descendants of its first people,” the Sydney-based singer songwriter said.

WA Music Industry Award winning Noongar singer Gina Williams will return to MC and perform at One Day for the third time, with Dr Richard Walley OAM and Marie Taylor delivering the Welcome to Country for the event.

One Day in Fremantle on 27 January will begin with a smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach at 8am, followed by a host of Aboriginal cultural workshops and activities at Kidogo Arthouse for everyone to enjoy.

At 2pm the focus will shift to the Esplanade Reserve for the One Day concert. In addition to the performers on the main stage there will also be activities, entertainment and food trucks.

For more information visit the One Day in Fremantle page on the City of Fremantle website and Facebook.

Roel Loopers

WALYALUP APOLOGIES NECESSARY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2018

 

When I received information that allegedly two major Aboriginal organisations are investigating the cultural inappropriate use of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur’s Head I of course wanted to report about it, which I did last week. Even more so when my mate Greg Nannup claims there might be a personal vendetta against the Nannups at the WACC.

But all is not what it appeared to be and the City of Fremantle has put me on the straight and narrow about this.

First of all CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore was not involved in the decision to allow Scott Chisholm to conduct Aboriginal cultural tours out of WACC, so my sincere apology to Brendan Moore for mentioning him in my blog post.

Second, and very important, is that Noongar elders endorsed that Scott Chisholm could conduct his tours out of WACC, so Scott Chisholm deserves an apology from me as well, which I offer him here.

I took the word of a mate when I should have double-checked, so that was unprofessional of me and unacceptable! I accept all the blame for that.

Family feuding is a nightmare in the Noongar community and something a Wadjela like I will probably never understand, because for me all Aboriginal people are good people whom I respect and like.

And to provide even more clarity this below from the City of Fremantle:

Scott Chisholm has been endorsed by the local Elders Committee to share his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour in Fremantle. Noel Nannup was part of the eldership group meeting where permission was given for Scott to operate his activities from the WACC. Scott Chisholm’s tours do not attempt to tell Noongar stories but to share his own connections with Fremantle and his country.

 The WACC promotes programs offered through the facility. Scott Chisolm is not currently employed to operate from the WACC. He was booked as a facilitator to provide his Yoondoordo Dreaming walking tour as part of the WACC program of activities during Naidoc Week (he also runs his own private business). The City has also approached Greg Nannup to do tours and work with WACC but he decided at that time not to be involved. We have recently supported/offered Indigenous WA tours with work from 25 tourists and as guides on the wildflower walk at Samson park during September 2018.

 The City of Fremantle supports many families in the Aboriginal community, with particular support for the local Noongar people. The Nannups are valued members of the community.

Accusing Brendan Moore of providing improper advice – particularly in such a sensitive area – and naming him without fact-checking the circumstances was surprising and disappointing. For the record, Brendan has not worked on programming at the WACC since early 2017 and has had no involvement in programming decisions involving Scott Chisholm. As stated earlier, the permission for Scott to offer his programs was provided by the local Elders Committee.

I hope this clears it up, as it is very important to me to publish a balanced and fair blog. Kaya!

And to make it absolutely clear. I have been advocating for an Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle for many years. I don’t believe the WACC is very successful though, partly due because of it’s location, so I hope the City of Fremantle will establish an Aboriginal community centre maybe in Hilton, plus a city central separate one as an Aboriginal cultural centre for tourism, which will offer Noongar art and craft for sale, story telling, history, music, dancing, etc.

Roel Loopers

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CULTURAL INAPPROPIATENESS AT WALYALUP CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2018

 

There are serious concerns in the Noongar community about cultural inappropriateness at the Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre-WACC on Arthur’s Head.

Our local indigenous friends believe the City of Fremantle Council and administration have not been advised properly by CoF Aboriginal liaison officer Brendan Moore that it is inappropriate to allow former Dockers player Scott Chisholm to operate his Yoondooroo Dreaming Cultural Walk from the WACC, because Chisholm is not a Noongar, but comes from the Yoingu People in the Northern Territory.

The insensitive decision by the City of Fremantle created unfair competion for the Indigenous WA cultural tours by the Noongar Nannup family, who had been doing it for years but received nu support or promotion from the WACC.

Dream and story lines are very important in Aboriginal culture and are very territorial, with only certain people allowed to tell certain dreamtime and cultural stories, so who made the decision at the City of Fremantle that  it would be o.k. for a Northern Territory Aborigine to do Dreaming tours out of our local Noongar centre?

Scott Chisholm is a really nice bloke with a ready smile, but surely the cultural sensitivity can’t be ignored by Fremantle City officers.

Roel Loopers

THE IMPORTANCE OF TELLING OUR STORIES

Posted in aboriginal, architecture, art, city of fremantle, city planning, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2018

 

 

I had no idea how big and impressive the new WA Museum at the Perth cultural centre was going to be until I saw the building site yesterday.

Museums, cultural centres and state galleries are such important places to tell our stories, so I hope he WA State Government will in the near future also make an investment in Fremantle and build a migrant museum on Victoria Quay and an Aboriginal Cultural Centre as well.

Fremantle Ports is creating two new websites, one for normal port business and the other specifically for Victoria Quay, so it looks like they might go ahead with development there after all, and connect the port better with Kings Square.

 

 

While in Perth, during one of my very rare visits to the big smoke, I also noticed the SKS Group building the Hilton Doubletree hotel at Elizabeth Quay, so now hoping they will prioritise the Fremantle one at Princess May Park as well.

And isn’t it nice to see that there are actually architects who design nicely curved and round buildings, instead of the boring and predictable rectangular ones. Yes, these buildings are too high for Freo, but I’d love to see some rounded corners at new developments.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL TRAINEESHIP SUCCESS

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle Aboriginal Traineeship Program has been a big success, with four of the six trainees being offered a 12-month position at the City.

Trainees were employed at a variety of departments, such as records, IT, communications, media, culture, etc. and said that personal growth was the most positive aspect of the traineeship for them, while learning different skills.

The trainees said they were guided and supported well by CoF staff and that it was good to have a group of Aboriginal trainees, so that they could support each other.

The City hopes to get some Aboriginal elders as mentors for future trainees.

Applications opened three days ago: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/career-opportunities/traineeships-and-apprenticeships.

Roel Loopers

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FREO MEN’S SHED VISITS WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2018

 

Walyalup

 

Good to see members of the Fremantle Men’s Shed visiting the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Arthur’s Head on Wednesday morning.

A cuppa around the fire and a chat with Scott Chisholm under a bright blue sky was a good start of the day.

 

Roel Loopers

KAYA! IT’S ABORIGINAL CHILDREN’S DAY!

Posted in aboriginal, children, city of fremantle, family, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2018

 

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A message from BEYONDBLUE:

Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – a special day to celebrate the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their culture.

BEYONDBLUE acknowledge the significant role that parents, carers and elders play in strengthening children’s connection to culture, community and identity. These connections are vital to building a child’s resilience, sense of belonging and social and emotional wellbeing.

BEYONDBLUE encourages all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal Children’s Day and the importance of celebrating children’s connection to their culture to support their resilience. You can find out more by visiting www.SNAICC.org.au

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NOONGAR FACILITATORS WANTED FOR FREO CULTURAL CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, craft, culture, indigenous, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018

 

Walyalup ACC

Kaya!

The City of Fremantle WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE is looking for Noongar facilitators, teachers, artists and musicians to teach about Noongar culture.

Contact the WACC on: wacc@fremantle.wa.gov.au

 

Roel Loopers

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NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATING OUR INDIGENOUS CULTURE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 7, 2018

 

NAIDOC Week July 8

 

The City of Fremantle is hosting a range of events to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because of her, we can!’ – chosen to highlight the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played at the community, local, state and national level.

The free opening event at the PCYC in Paget Street Hilton will start at 1pm tomorrow-Sunday July 8 with a Welcome to Country by Marie Taylor and feature Natasha Eldridge and her band and a weaving circle with Sharyn Egan.

There are many other special events in Freo this week, so take advantage of the school holidays and come down and enjoy NAIDOC week in Fremantle.

Other highlights of Sunday’s opening event will be a special performance by the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, a community canvas painting session and damper making.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre near the Round House will be the focal point for many NAIDOC week events, with former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm hosting walking tours, a storytime session, an art day, barbecue tucker, boomerang throwing and much more.

The WACC will also host the NAIDOC week closing ceremony next Sunday, 15 July.

Other events around Fremantle include the WAFL NAIDOC round clash between South Fremantle and Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Saturday, and a screening of the filmWe Don’t Need a Map by acclaimed director Warwick Thornton as part of the Hilton Winter Film Festival.

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL CULTURE FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Posted in aboriginal, children, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2018

 

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Hey kids this will be great!!

Join former Fremantle Dockers player Scott Chisholm for the school holidays program at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Fremantle, near the Round House.

Classes will be running daily across four days, with a wide range of activities and fun and even West Coast Eagles fans are welcome!

What’s on:
– Yoondoordo Dreaming Kids Walking Tour – July 3, 4, 5 and 6 from 9:30am-11:30am

Kids Cultural Art Day – July 4 and 5 from 12:30pm- 2:30pm

Dhatj for kids BBQ – July 6 from 12:30pm-2:30pm

Parents are welcome to all events and must attend with children under 13 years.

Book in quick at Evenbrite.

For all enquiries email wacc@fremantle.wa.gov.au

 

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