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FREMANTLE CEO ON THE SAFETY BEAT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 3, 2018

 

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City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn wanted to find out first hand what issues the Community Safety Officers have to deal with daily, so he went out on the beat with them yesterday in the wet and cold weather.

I caught up with the team in the High Street Mall. The CEO is the one in the centre.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FOOLS IGNORE PATH CLOSURE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, health&safety, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

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Planet Earth is a fools’ paradise and Fremantle is not exempt from that as some people are just too stupid for their own good.

Some idiots have pushed aside the fencing that stops people from walking or cycling below the Arthur Head cliff face at the Roundhouse, and I photographed these two fellows at midday today.

The closure of that stretch is due to the danger of rock fall, so it is all about the health and safety of the public and best to not ignore it.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FORUM ON SAFER VENUES FOR WOMEN

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, hospitality, Uncategorized, women by freoview on January 27, 2018

 

The Fremantle Network presents a forum on respect and safety for women in our community and at events at 6pm on Monday 29 January, upstairs at the National Hotel, Fremantle.

Safer Venues WA is a newly established advocacy group that aims to improve standards of inclusivity and safety in Perth’s music and entertainment spaces.

They are doing this by:
• identifying harmful behaviours such as harassment, discrimination and assault as barriers to safety and inclusion,
• working with venues, audience, artists and industry to initiate a collective responsibility for change,
• using communication and research as tools to develop resources and frameworks for tangible change.

Research by Safer Venues WA found that over 67% of punters have experienced harassment (primarily experienced by women).

Perpetuation of discrimination against women based on their choice of dress, their state of intoxication or other forms of victim blaming continues in our community.

The Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services is a state-wide peak organisation committed to improving the status of women and children in society. Their work includes the transformative school-based “Promoting Respect Project”.

Kate Davis has worked in the community legal sector for over 15 years, including 5 years as Managing Solicitor of the Women’s Law Centre. Her career reflects her personal commitment to women’s rights and supporting disadvantaged women facing violence or homelessness.

Featuring:
Rebecca Sneddon and Will MacDonald, Safer Venues WA
Angela Hartwig, Women’s Council of WA
Kate Davis, community sector lawyer and local feminist

Whether you’re a man or a woman, a party goer, a venue operator or a by stander, you can make a difference in promoting respect and safety.

 

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INFLATABLE BIKE HELMET PERFECT FREO CHRISTMAS GIFT

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017

 

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The perfect Freo gift for Christmas must be the inflatable bicycle helmet that does not wreck one’s hair.

I am pretty cynical about laws that forces motorists to have at least one-metre distance from cyclists, to protect their safety, when very many of them don’t care much about their own safety and refuse to wear helmets, and wear dark clothes at night riding unlit bikes.

The onus for cyclists’ safety should not be on motorists only!

Have a safe Christmas on your bike and wear a helmet please!

Roel Loopers

 

REVIEW FREMANTLE PORT BUFFER ZONES

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on March 18, 2017

One of the first requests the City of Fremantle should make to new WA Premier Mark McGowan is for his government to review the buffer zone boundaries for Fremantle Port, to enable serious and realistic planning for the development of South Quay.

At present the buffer zones do not allow for residential or tourist accommodation at the southern side of the port. In my opinion it is inconsistent that cruise ships with thousands of older people on board can stay within the industrial and dangerous goods buffer zone, but residential and overnight accommodation on land next to it is not permitted.

The emergency evacuation of a low-rise hotel would take considerably less time than evacuating thousands of geriatrics off a cruise liner, and it would take a long time for such a vessel to leave port in an emergency.

Roel Loopers

SCOTT STREET INTERSECTION SAFER

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

It is good to finally see the intersection of Scott Street and Hampton Road in South Fremantle being made safer but it is a real worry that there are no signs warning motorists of the changes.

I noticed cars wanting to turn right into Scott coming from the south and it will just be a matter of time where someone will end up on the new traffic island.

Roel Loopers

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LESSONS FOR FREMANTLE FALLS FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, festivals by freoview on January 1, 2017

City of Fremantle officers should double-check the number of patrons Falls Festival organisers want to allow into the venue this coming weekend after the panic stampede at the Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria this weekend.

More than 60 young people were injured, some with broken bones, sprains and suspected spinal injuries.

One young woman told TV reporters that she had felt uncomfortable from the beginning because there were so many people and she felt squeezed in. She said it was “like drowning on land” and she had started to hyper-ventilate.

The set up of the Falls Festival at Kings Square is no doubt different from that in country Victoria but it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.

Roel Loopers

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SEA RESCUE AT CANTONMENT HILL

Posted in boating, fremantle, maritime, sailing, volunteers, western australia by freoview on September 5, 2016

signal station

 

Sea Rescue Fremantle is working hard to get ready for the move to their new home in the Signal Station at Cantonment Hill in Fremantle.

Riggers were up there today and work on the new Cantonment Hill playground at Tuckfield Street is also not far away.

Great views from Cantonment Hill over the port and river, so wander up from the east side one day.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CRIME AND SAFETY INCIDENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, local government, western australia by freoview on May 15, 2016

City of Fremantle Community Safety Officers attended 996 crime and safety incidents in the first four months of this year. 220 of them were related to anti-social behaviour, 125 for aggressive and/or opportunistic begging, and 120 for theft.

The officers also attended to 82 unauthorised camping and trespassing related incidents, 53 on nuisance buskers and 47 incidents that concerned consuming alcohol in public places.

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY TO LIVE IN FREO WHERE LISA LOOKS AFTER US

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, violence by freoview on March 10, 2016

I need to share an observation I made that will not please all those Fremantle blasters who believe nothing is right in our city and that Freo attracts undesirable people while in councils like the City of Perth it is all honky dory.

Going to a photo shoot I took the train to Perth and had coffee and read the paper at Forrest Place for an hour from 9.30 this morning. It basically was awful! There was a lot of shouting, people looking really angry, a man dressed only in jocks waving a bed sheet in the air while falling over his feet, a man on crutches wearing a full face mask, people pointing the bird at people relaxing on benches. I felt uncomfortable and kept looking over my shoulder because there was aggression in the air.

I just wanted to point out with this short message that the grass is not always greener on the other side and that other councils have similar problems as Fremantle has. These are not problems created by certain councils or certain elected members, but issues that our society has created because we are not dealing very well with them.

I was happy to hop back on the train after the shoot and even happier when I walked through Pioneer Park where City of Fremantle security officer Lisa had a smoko with a colleague. I told her I am lucky to live in a city where Lisa looks after me. ; > )

Roel Loopers

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