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FREMANTLE COMMITMENT TO ABORIGINAL CULTURE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2017

 

FINALLY!!!!  Fremantle Council has committed $30,000 towards a feasibility study for an Indigenous Cultural Centre at Victoria Quay.

The study will include consultation with the local Aboriginal community and investigate issues including location and funding opportunities.

The concept for the centre includes galleries and exhibition spaces, theatres for lectures and performances, office space for local Aboriginal tourism and cultural businesses, and outdoor areas connected to the Swan River.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said  “If traditional owners support the concept, the addition of an indigenous cultural centre near an upgraded cruise ship terminal would make Victoria Quay a substantial tourism destination.”

Other ideas the study will explore include partnering with local universities to create a world class centre for indigenous studies that will attract international conferences and events.

The centre could also host touring exhibitions from other parts of Australia and the world.

The study is expected to commence later this year and be completed early next year.

This is in my opinion a well-overdue process as our local Aboriginal people, and those calling for more  tangible reconciliation and less tokenism, have been advocating for an Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle for very many years.

Well done Fremantle Council for finally allocating money for the significant process!

Roel Loopers

 

WONDERFUL ABORIGINAL SHOW AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2017

 

 

The IN CAHOOTS exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre is a wonderful show of Aboriginal art and should not be missed.

The show by six remote Aboriginal art centres takes over the entire FAC galleries and is a collaboration across Country.

Leading artist were invited to communities as artists in residence, resulting in the very creative, intriguing and fun exhibition.

There are paintings, sculptures, photographs,installations, mirrors, recycled car doors, video, figures, etc.

The participating art centres are Mangkaja Arts from Fitzroy Crossing, Baluk Arts, Victoria, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Martumili, WA and Papulankutja, WA.

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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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NEW SEALINK FERRY TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

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

 

sealink

 

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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FREO ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL ON TONIGHT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017

 

Wardarnji

 

KAYA! The Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival is on tonight from 6.30 pm at the Fremantle Arts Centre. It is a free and alcohol free family event, so let’s hope the weather will be kind.

There will be music and dance, food stalls, etc. It’s moorditj, so come along!

It is good that Wardarnji has become the traditional opening of the Fremantle Festival and that the community can connect with our indigenous people.

There are many events on over the weekend, so make sure to check out the program.

The Blessing of the Fleet is on this Sunday from 1 pm, and the Little Italy by the Sea festival is on at Bathers Beach all weekend.

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KIMBERLEY ART AT KIDOGO ARTHOUSE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, kidogo arthouse, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2017

 

Oct 20. Kimberley Art Kidogo

 

There is a good exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Kimberley on at Fremantle’s  Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach.

Works by Jimmy Pike, Sonia Kurarra, Mervyn Street, Betty Carrington, Elizabeth Nyumi and others will be on display an for sale.

It starts with an auction this evening at 6.30pm to support artists and the environment.

It will be opened by former WA Premier Carmen Lawrence.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES

 

Arcs D'Ellipse

 

Where other people see negativity in Fremantle I see opportunities and reason for optimism. We have been through a long struggle, and it is not over by a long shot, but I can see light and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Fremantle is so unique and has such a good community and lifestyle, that I strongly believe that if we can work collaboratively and positively together we can create an even better city for the next generations and for all the visitors who’ll come here.

I would love to work toward attracting many more tourists to Fremantle and offer them more, and would like to see the City of Fremantle, with funding from the federal and state governments build a significant Aboriginal Cultural Center in the heart of the city.

A place where indigenous people can create art, have a big gallery space to sell the art from, an outdoor space for music, dance and story telling, and a cafe that sells bush tucker.

I would also love to see a migrant museum that tells the story of those people from far away countries who built our state and city and acknowledge them.

And as a very long-term plan I would like to see a significant Bathers Beach project, where the J Shed area in 20-30 years or so could become something like the Bondi Pavilion, with a sea pool, and where our inner city beach becomes as popular as the South, Port and Leighton beaches.

Developing Fremantle Festival into a showcase that would attract interstate and overseas visitors would also be great, and the present High Tide project along High Street will no doubt be a huge attraction with photos sent all over the planet via Snap Chat, Facebook, etc.

We have great opportunities in the Knutsford Street area to develop a good variety of diverse housing, from single, to medium and high density, tiny houses, townhouses, etc.

The Cantonment Hill Project is under way and the newly-opened playground is already very popular I noticed this morning.

The Fremantle Oval Project is a huge opportunity to do something outstanding there, but I warn against modelling it on the Claremont Oval development, which is pretty boring. Freo can do much better than that!

Fremantle has so much to offer for residents and visitors, and I have no doubt that with all the new development under way and planned Freo will also become attractive again for retailers and shoppers. All we need is a bit of patience, a positive attitude and not talking our city down.

Together we can move mountains. Let’s do it, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

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GIVE SOUTH FREO CANDIDATE BEN MOODIE A FAIR GO!

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2017

 

Ben Moodie, one of the five local government election candidates in South Fremantle claims he has been unfairly attacked on social media by journalist Carmelo Amalfi, who publishes the pocket-size quarterly advertorial Street Wise.

Former Fremantle Herald journalist Amalfi continues to claim that Moodie is not eligible to stand for a Fremantle council seat because he lives in Hamilton Hill, but the advise Ben Moodie received from three officers of the Electoral Commission is that he is eligible, because at the time of his nomination he was listed on the Electoral Roll as resident of the City of Fremantle.

Moodie said he was forced to find temporary emergency accommodation when health hazards were discovered in the house he rented in South Fremantle. To protect the health of his young daughter and wife he took the first suitable accommodation, which happened to be in Hamilton Hill, but that the family intends to return to South Fremantle when appropriate accommodation can be found there.

Ben Moodie is the first indigenous candidate for a seat on Fremantle Council and it is a real shame that some people keep attacking him, when the Electoral Commission says it is all above board.

I have been very impressed with Moodie’s level-headed maturity and intelligence and his broad knowledge. His work with juvenile offenders and people on substance abuse in the prison system would be a good knowledge base for Fremantle Council to have when dealing with homeless people and anti social behaviour in our city.

It has been very hard for Aboriginal people to get any traction in Australian politics, but we now finally have indigenous representation in state and federal parliament, and it would be fantastic to also have an indigenous councillor in Fremantle.

I voted for Ben Moodie because I believe he will bring a new perspective to council, and because he is a really good, intelligent and hard-working, decent bloke who deserves a fair go.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE INDIGENOUS TOURS

Posted in abeautifulcity, city of fremantle, indigenous, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2017

 

Indigenous Tours WA

 

My mate Greg Nannup is doing indigenous tours in the Bathers Beach, Arthur Head area on Thursdays and Saturdays.

They are really good tours to learn more about the history and culture of the Wadjuk people who lived in the Walyalup area, as the Freo region is called by them.

Greg also does tours for school groups, so if your child’s school has not organised one, suggest it to them.

The tours run from 10.30 am to midday and start from the lawn at the Shipwreck Museum, corner Marine Terrace and Cliff Street.

It costs $ 35 for adults, $ 25 concession and $ 15 for a child.

You can book on http://www.wadjuk.com or phone 0405 630606

Book a tour now!

 

Roel Loopers

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INDIGENOUS CANDIDATE FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

I went to the South Fremantle election forum last night at The Local, where four of the five candidates sat through an interesting Q&A, but I have decided to not report on it, since I have not attended other ward forums and don’t want to prioritise South Freo.

What I do want to say though is that I was very impressed with Liam Carter, Ben Moodie and Andrew Sullivan, who are all excellent speakers, and I admired the courage of Jennifer Suffling. The fifth candidate decided not to participate.

But I do want to go into more detail about Ben Moodie, because he is to my knowledge the first ever indigenous candidate for Fremantle Council. I was going to do an interview with Ben, but his young daughter got sick, so we twice had to postpone our meeting, and we are both time poor because we are door knocking.

Moodie is an indigenous man from the north of New South Wales, and a young professional who lives in South Freo. He is a very articulate and likeable speaker who was well across all the subjects that matter to Fremantle and life, and his focus is on future generations.

Ben Moodie works in the WA prison system and has extensive experience within human services, employment services, the justice system, disability services and substance use intervention.

He wants to help make things happen in Fremantle and strengthen our reputation as an inclusive community that values diversity.

If elected he would aim to unite generations and connect seniors with younger people, from an innovative young perspective.

Moodie says that local government touches our daily lives and wants to increase community projects.

Ben Moodie expressed gratitude for Fremantle’s Council brave but controversial decision to cancel Australia Day celebrations, and said this has given his people a voice in Australia and the world, with other local councils now considering to follow in Freo’s footsteps.

I have no doubt that Ben Moodie would be an excellent Fremantle Councillor. He would also make a huge difference on how some in our community still view Aborigines, and cut through the ignorant and silly stereotypes unfairly attached to them.

 

Roel Loopers

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