Freo's View

SHEILAS UP BUT RELIGION DOWN IN AUSTRALIA

Posted in australia, fremantle, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2017

 

The fear that Australia is being swamped by a tsunami of Muslims has been proven unfounded by the latest CENSUS 2016 statistics, which shows that Buddhists are closing in on the only 2.6% of Australian residents who claim to be Muslims, while 2.4% are Buddhist.

In general people who claim to have no religion increased to 29.6% in 2016, compared to 0,8% in 1966.

The good news for us blokes is that there is a small majority of females with just over 50 %.

There have been 1.3 million new immigrants to Australia since 2011 and the most common countries they came from were China and India.

And the Turnbull government does not have to worry too much about the language skills of migrants with 72.7%  of CENSUS participants stating that they speak English at home.

The most important thing we should not underestimate is the enormous contribution immigrants to Australia are making. Without them we would not be the great multicultural and tolerant community we are!

Roel Loopers

 

EAST STREET JETTY SUNSET

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on January 23, 2017

east-street-jetty

 

Photography is soul music for me. Whenever I feel a bit down I go out and try to find good images. Taking creative photos makes me happy.

I took this one at the Fremantle East Street jetty today just before 7 pm.

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC PANORAMAS STUNNING HISTORIC VIEWS

Posted in fremantle, heritage, history, western australia by freoview on August 2, 2016

The new Historic Panoramas website features some stunning historic photos of Fremantle and Perth. It is a work in process and hopefully many more panoramas will be included on the site, but check it out and see if you can support it with historic and modern photos.

This is what the HP people say about the site:

The Historical Panoramas project provides a unique and visually interesting way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle as far back as the 1860s.

Photographic panoramas provide a very good way to understand the physical layout of a cityscape. Unlike individual photos which can be hard to understand context and location, panoramas often provide very good spatial awareness and convey a good visual impression of a location.

For this project we are fortunate that Perth and Fremantle are relatively young cities. Perth was established in 1829 and the dawn of commercial photography was in the 1840s. The oldest panorama of Perth we have found so far is from the 1860s – showing a very young city. We can therefore see the very early days of the city with the visual clarity that photography provides. Of course, prior to settlement these areas were inhabited by the local Noongar people and the older panoramas provide a glimpse of what that life might have been like with bushland visible in the distance.

Go here: http://www.historicalpanoramas.com.au

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STREET SCENES TO WARM THE HEART

Posted in fremantle, people, photography, western australia by freoview on July 15, 2016

prime position

keeping warm

 

I love walking around Fremantle and discover quirky moments in our daily life. One never knows what one finds, but this morning I was lucky.

I love this lady with her little stand in the High Street Mall, selling The Big Issue magazine and other things.

Just down the road these lovers kept each other warm during the lunch break.

Roel Loopers

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WE ARE ALL AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE

Posted in asylum seekers, community, culture, fremantle by freoview on May 19, 2016

aussie 1 aussie 2

 

Reminding us of our history often gets the points across, as these posters in Henry Street, Fremantle do for me. Too often we are frightened of something new and change, and throughout history we have initially failed to embrace and we even rejected migrants to Australia.

In hindsight though we appreciate how much migrants have contributed to our country, so time to lose that fear again and be open and open-minded to those who come from different cultures and religions.

Don’t judge the majority of good people on the madness of minorities.

Roel Loopers

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HOMELESSNESS WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP

Posted in city of fremantle, homelessness, notre dame university by freoview on May 9, 2016

Sleep Out Under the Stars

The Fremantle University of Notre Dame and St Pat’s Community Support Centre are organising a fundraising Sleep Out Under The Stars event this Saturday May 14 from 5.30 pm in the Malloy Courtyard in Mouat Street.

This is a family friendly fundraiser with music, activities for children, heart and soul warming soup and company and the chance to sleep a night under the stars and see what it feels like, or just come for a few hours to show your support and.

It is $ 25 for adults and $ 10 for children or $ 60 for a family of four.

On at six tonight is a talk by the CEO OF SHELTER and Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt about homelessness in Fremantle. It’s a free event at the Library and starts at 6 pm.

Roel Loopers

RECORD READERS OF FREO’S VIEW BLOG

Posted in city of fremantle, community by freoview on April 9, 2016

 

Thank you so much you weird and wonderful people of Fremantle and beyond for increasingly supporting this Freo’s View blog.

Yesterday’s visitors’ numbers of 7,056 were an absolute record in the five and a half years of Freo’s View and a vindication of all the hard work and commitment I put in to keep this blog relevant, up to date and interesting, and ideally a wee bit controversial and weird.

High fives for all who participate with comments and who send me information about what is going on in good old Freo! Thank you.

Roel Loopers

WHO WANTS GREATER FREO?

Posted in community, fremantle by freoview on January 13, 2016

There is a new community movement in our city named Greater Fremantle. Their Facebook page states “Greater Freo is a community campaign aimed at finding out if the people of Fremantle and Greater Fremantle, would like to see their City become Greater.” That does not mean a lot really so I wonder who and what is behind this movement.

What would a “greater Fremantle” be? For some it might be more free parking, for others the ban on plastic shopping bags.

Anyway we can all find out who the people behind Greater Freo are during an information session on Thursday January 21 from 6.30-7.30 pm at the Swan River Ballet at 1 Rockingham Road, Hamilton Hill. I’ll definitely go as it intrigues me to find out more

VERY FREO ART CLASSES

Posted in art, fremantle, photography by freoview on January 12, 2016

art class 1 art class 2

 

I took these very Freo photos of an art class session in Essex Street this morning with people painting the Fremantle Markets and Sail&Anchor pub.

Roel Loopers

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THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST ROE 8

Posted in Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on November 22, 2015

An estimated 3500 people turned up at Bibra Lake this Sunday morning to protest against the planned Roe 8 highway extension and the Perth Freight Link.

People laughed about the Sunday Times report that the State Government might change the name into People’s Highway, commenting that it would be extremely cynical for a government that has stopped listening to the community, some calling Premier Barnett Kim Yong Colin, in reference to the North Korean dictator of that ‘people’s republic’

City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett told the crowd that Liberal backbenchers had reported to him that they had been told that the protestors were just rent a crowd and did not represent the affected communities. That had the very community orientated crowd in uproar.

There were a lot of Fremantle faces in the crowd, local councillors and of course all the politicians, but I did not see any from the Liberal or National parties.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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