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WE DON’T BUILD COMMUNITIES. WE BUILD PLACES OF ISOLATION

 

There was an interesting panel discussion NO FIXED ADDRESS, to discuss the importance of social housing and building diversity in our urban centres, in the lovely courtyard of DADAA in Fremantle’s Princes May Park, last night with Dr. Mariana Atkins, Research Associate Professor, The Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia and the UWA Living Lab, Dr Holly Farley, Research Fellow, Fremantle School of Architecture, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Dr. Shane Greive, Urban and Regional Planning, School of Design and Built Environment, Curtin University, Michael Piu (CEO, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre), and  Heather Thompson (Senior Assertive Outreach Worker, 20 Lives 20 Homes Program, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre).  It was facilitated by Lisette Kaleveld, Senior Consultant, The Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia.

Changing cityscapes are inevitable with urban infill making places such as Fremantle desirable, especially since most of the services are provided in town, and that attracts a diversity of people, including homeless ones, and those who require social and affordable housing, but we are not designing and building for that diversity and the needs of individuals. Not many local governments have the capacity and desire to change with the times, so how do you design a city for all?

People want to be connected, be in contact with nature and there is a real disconnect there, so we need to bring the community on board because it is about the collective, not individuals. To do that we need to start understanding the history of Australia and the values, and where we want to go. We need to understand the diverse perspective, and need to learn to understand the different realities. Design should not be about excluding people!

Homelessness is nothing new and has been around for decades, so the whole community needs to own the issues and solutions, but there is a lack of value judgement. It is a fallacy that homeless people are in control of their own future! We all are only a few steps away from homelessness and if we come together the solutions are in our own hands. Start a conversation and humanise the issue!

A social worker said she had met some of the most amazing, caring and resilient people one would like to meet.

Architects and developers need to start actively listen to everybody’s stories from a design perspective. Bring the focus of development back to the people! We need a change of mindset there, as the next generation of home buyers can’t afford to buy the homes of the present generation. Inter-generational housing is not available, the housing options are not there.

There is huge value in diversity in a community, and we don’t want people with similar social/financial issues all living together, there needs to be a mix and we need to understand what home means for different people. Public housing often results in people failing because of the wrong set up and location and the lack of support. For some community housing or a boarding house is better because they don’t have to look after paying bills and connect with others. Community housing is more flexible.

There is also an interesting small exhibition in the DADAA gallery, so go and have a look at it!

COMMENT:

We don’t build communities, we build spaces where people are alone, spaces of loneliness, because at the lower end of the apartment market there are no community spaces where people can connect. There are no swimming pools, gyms, roof gardens, etc. We build highrise along transit corridors, instead of building them around green open spaces where people can meet and play.

There are tens of thousands of single middle aged and older women and men who have no social life because they can no longer afford to go to pubs, concerts, festivals, theatres, etc. where they used to connect with friends and meet new people. They don’t meet anyone and get isolated. High density living does not cater for that by providing community spaces. Many single people live in a small box with no communical spaces where they can meet their neighbours and make new friends that way.

Roel Loopers

HOUSING DIVERSITY PANEL AT DADAA

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, homelessness, housing, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on January 15, 2020

 

As the built landscape of Fremantle’s East End begins to change, a public panel will bring together not-for-profit organisations, urban planning experts, the St Pat’s community and artists to discuss the importance of social housing and building diversity in our urban centres.

It is on Thursday, January 23 from 6-8pm at DADAA in the former Boys School building at Princess May Park.

This public panel is presented as a part of DADAA’s No Fixed Address program, a collaborative project between Perth contemporary artists, filmmakers and the St Pat’s community, based in Fremantle’s East End. Exploring themes of resilience, adaptation and displacement, No Fixed Address responds to the social and built environments of this radically changing part of the city and the significant role St Pat’s holds within our community.

FREE | RSVP essential

The No Fixed Address exhibition will be open from 5pm.

PANEL SPEAKERS:
Dr. Mariana Atkins, Research Associate Professor, The Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia and the UWA Living Lab.

Dr. Shane Greive, Urban and Regional Planning, School of Design and Built Environment, Curtin University.

Michael Piu, CEO, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.

Heather Thompson, Senior Assertive Outreach Worker, 20 Lives 20 Homes Program.

Facilitated by Lisette Kaleveld, Senior Consultant, The Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia.

More information: https://www.dadaa.org.au/gallery/nofixedaddress/

 

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DECLUTTER YOUR HOME WITH KIAH

Posted in city of fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2019

 

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Fremantle’s Kiah Bouchet wants to help us de-cluttering our homes and businesses.

It is very ZEN to live in a minimalist home, and less clutter is supposed to be much better for our mental well-being, but unintentional hoarding happens daily in most homes.

Call Kiah on 0403 239506. She’ll help you decide what to throw out, or recycle.

Do you open your cupboards and scream, HELP!! And then quickly close them again?
Well you shouldn’t have to, you should open up your pantry or wardrobe and breath out a large sigh of relief because you can finally find everything. This is a job for a perfectionist, one would even call these people OCD!
And that is me…im here to help re organise, stylise what ever it may be that you need help with. Office work, that’s lying around, clothes that need sorting, labeling food containers so you don’t keep buying another bottle of you know what?!.
Let me help you at a really reasonable price$ and spring clean calm into your life. “A clean house makes for a clean mind”
A consult fee is included in your first declutter session, I charge by the hour, so let’s prioritise together, what is the most important part of your house that needs a spruce.

 

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GOOD PEOPLE TOGETHER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, culture, people, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Now that the year is coming to an end I want to reflect a little bit about life in general, and I want to make the statement that I love almost everything about life.

I love nature, music, theatre, culture, history, art, books, good food and cooking, wine, animals, coffee and cafes, etc. and I am totally in love with Fremantle, but what I love about life most is people.

While none of us is perfect, people make the planet the very special place it is, with all our opinionated righteousness, with our willingness to care and share, and with our efforts to make the world a better place for future generations, and yes, we fail at that quite often.

We love, disappoint and are disappointed, we fail and succeed, and hopefully we succeed more often than we fail. Not trying to make a positive difference is not an option, even when one’s opinion is often criticised aggressively on social media.

We are all different, and we all have different tastes, solutions and opinions, but no one has all the answers and solutions, so we need to learn to respectfully disagree, instead of defamation, insults and name-calling.

Our cynicism about politicians is often warranted, because politics appear to be mainly about power, rather than about good governance. Only this morning on Twitter I got so frustrated about politicians from all parties engaging in silly point-scoring and blaming others, instead of engaging in positive dialogue and collaboration in the best interest of Australia.

I adore people, although I have been deeply hurt a few times, and I have no doubt I have also hurt people, but I am absolutely convinced that most people around the world, no matter what their culture or religion is, are good people, and good people together can make planet Earth and even more brilliant place to live on!

Smile at strangers, hug the ones you know and tell them they are special, keep an open mind about everything, accept change, and don’t fear those who are different.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2020. It is going to be a very big year of change for Freo.

Roel Loopers

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EXHIBITION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION AT DADAA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, homelessness, housing, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2019

 

A very interesting exhibition No Fixed Address that explores survival tactics, social rituals and ways of moving within and occupying public space will open this Friday at the new DADAA gallery in the former Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park.

Artists Olga Cironis, Janet Carter, Hannan Jones, Tanya Lee, Lincoln Mackinnon, Mike Moshos, Rebecca Riggs-Bennett, Susan Roux and Wade Taylor collaborated with homeless people and St Patrick’s staff for this show that will deal with the gentrification of the East End of Fremantle.

There will be an exhibition, workshops, public events, installations and films.

A Carpe Noctum walking tour will be held on the 30th of November and 9th of December from 8pm to explore who has the right to occupy our urban spaces after dark.

A penel discussion will be held about housing diversity on January 23 from 6pm.

The exhibition opens this Friday from 6-8pm at DADAA.

 

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FREMANTLE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

 

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Good signs for Fremantle! The M/27 residential development by the Match group of the former Energy Museum at Parry Street is getting closer to realisation with only seven units left, so pre-sales have been going well.

The Yolk property group have also indicated they will be starting soon on the Little Lane residential development on the former Spotlight site next to Target, so that would be two major residential developments in the hart of the Freo CBD.

Roel Loopers

HOW TO IMPROVE FREMANTLE DISCUSSION

Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, fremantle network, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2019

 

A reminder that this Tuesday September 24 the Fremantle Network will be debating How to make Fremantle a better place, with Chamber of Commerce CEO Danicia Quinlan.

It is on at The Local hotel on South Terrace in South Fremantle from 6.30pm and several Fremantle local government election candidates will be present, so it will be good to hear what ideas for improvement they might have, or not have.

This is a free event, but do support The Local as the kitchen and bar will be open.

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MORE NEW HOMES IN WHITE GUM VALLEY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, home, living, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2019

 

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A large residential development is under construction in White Gum Valley. The boundaries of the East Village by Landgate are Montreal, Blinco, Wood and Knutsford streets, so a welcome addition to Fremantle.

It is close to public transport, Booyeembara Park, the golf course and Monument Hill.

As a demonstration project, East Village in Fremantle will be a living laboratory, delivering valuable lessons from real-life initiatives to support a more sustainable way of living.

A range of water initiatives have been designed to bring Waterwise living to life at the estate. Other features will include electric vehicle fast charging, solar panels and battery storage, share electric vehicle scheme, quality landscaped private and public spaces.

The estate will deliver Australia’s first blockchain ready homes, with new residents participating in leading trials of this new technology. Residents will be supported to embrace One Planet Living through a range of innovation initiatives.

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PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2019

 

Some people will again accuse me if wearing rose-coloured glasses but the Great WA Home Survey, according to the West Australian newspaper have come out that Fremantle is fifth on the list of If Money Is No Issue Where Would You Live?

Fremantle came 5th with 10.3%, while Cottesloe was top of the list with 20.9%, City Beach came 2nd with 18.5% and South Perth 3rd with 16.1%

So while some Freo people whinge about a lot of things people in other suburbs still believe Fremantle is a desirable location to live in, and I could not agree more. I love Freo!

Roel Loopers

ARE WE REALLY OK?

Posted in city of fremantle, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

 

It is R U OK? day today and like every day of the year we need to be asking that question.

There are so very many people in Australia with mental health problems, with depression and anxiety, and suicide far too often seems to be the only solution for those in despair.

As someone who suffered from depression for a very long time, now thankfully years ago, I know the struggle, the feeling of being abandoned by the world and the black hole that seems to be getting deeper and darker as there appears to be no future.

It is so very important to turn to friends of family and tell them how you feel, without being judged or pitied, and it is very important that we all ask ourselves and those around us R U OK?

Life can be an enormous struggle sometimes, and no one should feel ashamed when they are down in the doldrums, not even when it is self-inflicted. There is always hope and there is so much beauty in our world and so many very good people!

Be honest with yourself and don’t pretend to be happy, because acknowledging the problem is the very first important step to recovery and healing.

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