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HARMONY DAY CELEBRATING OUR MULTICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, multicultural, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2019

 

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It is HARMONY DAY today, so let’s make a start and make Australia that tolerant and change-embracing country again.

Let us all stop politicians from using race, religion and culture for fear mongering and political gain and tell them we are better than that.

We live in a peaceful multicultural society and should not fear new migrants or claim they take jobs away from those who have lived here longer.

The contributions migrants have made to Australia is enormous. The Ghan, Indian Pacific railway lines and other major projects would not have been built without the Afghan camel caravans. Muslims have lived in Australia peacefully since the 1830s!

We live in a good country full of freedom and opportunities and we should by now have enough self-esteem to no longer fear those who come from foreign countries. Hatred, racism and ignorance are the enemies, not different cultures and religions.

Today is a day to smile and look back at our achievements and how all of us together made Australia the great country it is!

Roel Loopers

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RESPECT CREATES A BETTER COMMUNITY

 

There is a lot of hypocrisy gong on in the mainstream media and from politicians in the wake of the white supremacist terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to play the blame game about irresponsible social media without taken responsibility for their own contributions.

Mainstream media has moved so far right that it is not funny, with the West Australian newspaper becoming the mouthpiece for the Liberal/National Federal government and right-wing  columns by  Andrew Bolt, Paul Murray, Gemma Tognini and others.

Federal politicians have been engaging in fear mongering about Muslims and refugees, while the ultimate hypocrites must be Sunrise which puts Pauline Hanson on a weekly panel to sprout her racist nonsense, but suddenly attack her for those views after the Christchurch massacre.

There is no doubt though that social media has created a terribly negative community conversation that spreads hatred, ignorance, racism, innuendo, conspiracy and name-calling and where all respect for people with a different view point has disappeared, and that also happens on a local level here in Fremantle.

I want to believe that Australia is better than that! I want to believe that we are still the fair-go and tolerant multicultural country, where every law abiding person from all over the world can make a new home and where we welcome those who need a safe haven away from war, violence and abuse.

But we all need to be more aware of what we are writing on social media and try not to engage so dismissively and angrily when we don’t agree with posts of others, and the mainstream media needs to start to be more considerate and respectful as well and understand how damaging sensationalist reporting can be to individuals. The Jesse Hogan story of the Fremantle Dockers is such a case. This young man does have a mental health issue and he does not need to be humiliated in the media for that. Leave him alone and let him heal!

We should all take a lesson from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What empathy and compassion, what dignity, strength and integrity, and what outstanding leadership!

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, hospitality, multicultural, st patricks day, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2019

 

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It is St Patrick’s Day today where all that is Irish comes together for music, dance, fun and drinking Guinness and wear green.

We used to have a St Patrick’s Day parade through Fremantle, but unfortunately that was moved to another part of Perth, but many of our pubs will have something special on today, so go for a wander and check them out.

One great spot to go is the new rooftop bar at the National Hotel with fantastic views to the port and over the historic West End.

Roel Loopers

ABORIGINAL SMOKING CEREMONY STARTS FREO’S ONE DAY EVENT

 

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KAYA! A big crowd turned up this morning for the Aboriginal smoking ceremony which started the One Day in Fremantle event.

Minister Simone McGurk, Federal member for Fremantle Josh Wilson MP and Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt were among the large mob that included many familiar faces.

Roel Loopers

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HAVE A HAPPY ST PATS FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, drinking, entertainment, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2018

 

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It is going to be a rather cool 23C degrees today so enjoy your St Patrick’s Day, Fremantle.

The pubs got specials on and Clancy’s have a big music program from midday till late.

Guinness is a great drink as long as it is consumed in moderation, so keep that in mind and don’t drink and drive please.

Roel Loopers

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THANKS FOR HAVING ME FREO!

Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018

 

Today March 13 is my personal Australia Day. It is the day I migrated to Australia and arrived in Sydney 36 years ago in 1982.

The promised start at a Sydney newspaper did not eventuate because we happened to arrive when Australia was in a recession, so slogging as kitchenhand, cook and waiter was the start of my Aussie life.

Trying to deal with the culture shock and learning to understand cricket, Aussie Rules and rugby was harder than learning to accept cask wine, blue skies and sunshine.

Looking back it is amazing how much I have achieved in a country where I knew nobody. Coming to Perth in September 1985 and starting my own corporate/industrial photography business without having the support of friends or family, or having the right private school tie, was probably more youthful naivety than sound planning.

But from the very start I felt a real love for this country, even more so in Western Australia and especially Fremantle. When I first drove through the Pilbarra and Kimberley I had a real sense of home coming and that I belonged, and Freo has always been like that for me.

Even in my darkest hours I have never regretted I migrated to Australia and I have always felt a commitment that I need to make a positive contribution to my community and leave Freo an even better place than it is for future generations, when my time is up sooner than later.

I have met so many great people and have made really good friends. I love the Freo passion and that we are all so bloody opinionated, and I love it that most of us don’t take themselves too serious.

Thanks for having me, Freo!

Roel Loopers

FREO BLESSING OF THE FLEET TODAY!

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

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The BLESSING OF THE FLEET is one of the great Fremantle traditions for me and I never miss being there. It is on TODAY, so make sure to come and watch it!

It is very special to see the procession slowly walking through the inner city and ending up at the Fishing Boat Harbour where they all board fishing boats that then snake through the harbour.

There are fireworks at 3 pm and 8 pm, so come along for this very special Freo afternoon!

It starts at 2 pm at the Basilica in Adelaide Street.

Roel Loopers

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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

 

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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.

Roel Loopers

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MINISTER WANTS YOUNG, ETHNIC, FEMALE LOCAL COUNCILLORS

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 11, 2017

 

New Local Government Minister David Templeman is considering making changes to the local government act, and change the payment to councillors and mayors, depending on the accredited training courses they attend.

Templeman wants to bring greater diversity to our councils, and more women, younger people, and a diversity of people from different cultural backgrounds and professions.

Under the proposed plans councillors should take a minimum of accredited training courses to prepare them for the job.

David Templeman also wants the reporting of gifts to be changed and made more transparent.

Fremantle has three female councillors in Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, Hannah Fitzhardinge and Rachel Pemberton, but little ethnic variety, but for some Poms.

There is one real ethnic and diverse councillor in Jeff McDonald, who is not white, Anglo Indian and gay.

The creative community is also not well represented at Fremantle Council, and neither are younger people.

I am all for candidates being better informed and understand local government process, as most of them don’t even bother to attend council meetings, which I believe is essential when one does the ‘job interview’ at election time.

While I am an older white male, I’d tick the boxes of  coming from a different ethnic background and bringing diversity to council, having been a small business owner in a creative industry. ; >)

The youngest candidate  at this election is 21-year-old Liam Carter who nominated for South Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

DIFFERENT VIEWS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, photography, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on August 4, 2017

 

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Even after over twenty years of wandering the streets of Fremantle, someone once called it loitering with intent, I always find new images to shoot, as I did this cold Friday morning.

Roel Loopers

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