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POLITICS IN PUBS DEBATES THE MEDIA

 

Fremantle’s Politics in the Pub next week will have a very timely topic after the election about the media in Australia.

Problems in the media: is the solution as easy as ABC?

It’s not an easy time for Australian media, especially its traditional forms. Print journalism in particular has been challenged by the growth of social media and is struggling to retain readership numbers and advertising revenue. The ABC and SBS have suffered from funding cuts for many years now.

Then there are all the allegations of bias. The ABC is under relentless attack from governments and many commercial media for its left-wing bias. At the same time, many are disgusted by what they see as the Murdoch media’s blatant cheering of right-wing conservative politics, totally the opposite what we expect from our media – serious balanced reporting and holding power to account. Fake news, anyone?

On Tuesday May 28th The Fremantle Network invites you to have your say on these issues that are central to the health of our democracy. We are pleased to have a special guest to get our discussion started:

Bobbie Mackley, National Secretary, ABC Friends WA
and
Andrew Porter, Academic Chair, Murdoch University School of Journalism

It is on at The Local hotel on Tuesday May 28. Arrive 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Roel Loopers

TODAY TONIGHT FILMING ARTHUR’S HEAD NEGLECT

 

 

A team from Channel Seven-Today Tonight spent most of the morning in Fremantle to film a story about the neglect of historic Arthur’s Head and WAs oldest public building the Roundhouse.

They interviewed a structural engineer about stabilisation solutions for the rockfall problem and a Roundhouse tourguide about the historic significance of the area.

It will be screened tomorrow, Wednesday at 6.30pm so make sure to watch it, and hopefully WA State politicians will watch it as well and put their hands in their pockets and fund the essential maintenance and repairs as a priority.

Send an email to Heritage Minister David Templeman, Premier Mark McGowan, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, and urge them to preserve one of Western Australia’s most significant historic precincts!

Roel Loopers

POPULAR FREMANTLE CAFES

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 25, 2018

 

Sunday breakfast

 

I really like the courtyard of the Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street with its heritage feel.

It was packed full this Sunday morning and I even spotted TV reporter Elly Cormack sitting at the door.

Great to see that so many Freo cafes are very popular and people coming from far and wide.

The M&M came fourth for the best coffee in Perth last week. Well done!

Roel Loopers

NO FREMANTLE BID MONEY FOR AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2018

 

Channel 9 TV had a bit of a beat-up story yesterday about Fremantle not having Australia Day fireworks this year because the local business group BID did not want to finance them.

Federal Liberal MP Ben Morton claimed that this was due to activists abusing small businesses. It’s the first thing I have heard about this and was not reported in the local media, so where does Morton’s claim come from?

Fact is that the Business Improvement District-BID did a survey among their 400 members and there was no clear support to continue with financing the fireworks.

As I pointed out last year the fireworks in Fremantle were never a great trading day for the broader business community because all shops had closed well before the masses arrived, and so had many cafes.

Australia Day fireworks were an excellent trading day for Fishing Boat Harbour operators, but did not do much for the rest of the CBD traders, as most people arrived late and left the city straight after the fireworks were over.

It’s a done deal for the time being, so let’s move on. Those who want big Australia Day celebrations and fireworks can enjoy them in Perth, and Freo has it’s ONE DAY celebrations on January 28.

A survey this week showed that most Australians don’t care about the date or even know why January 26 is supposedly significant.

Let’s be happy that we live in such a good country and great city!

 

Roel Loopers

ONE DAY poster

AUSTRALIAN RUGBY TEAM AT FREO ESPLANADE

Posted in fremantle, sport, TV by freoview on October 10, 2016
Michael Hagan, Saf Ali, Mal Meninga

Michael Hagan, Saf Ali, Mal Meninga

 

My mate Saf Ali of Smartchoice Realty made me aware that the Australian Rugby Team is staying at the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel this week and that the The Voice TV series were doing auditions today there as well, so I thought I’d better try my luck.

The Voice people were really lovely but told me I can’t sing or dance, but suggested I would have excellent chances of becoming Australia’s next Bachelor or even Supermodel, so I’ll audition for that next time.

Keep an eye out for all the sporting and singing celebrities in Freo and make them feel welcome!

Roel Loopers

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CLIMATE CHANGE DANGER TO FREO’s HERITAGE AND COFFEE

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, global warming, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

A report on Channel Nine TV last night by Jane Grljusich painted a wet future for the west end of Fremantle where rising sea levels due to global warming will see many coastal properties disappear in the Indian Ocean unless seawalls are being built.

Grljusich talked about flooded cellars in the west of Fremantle that already require 24/7 pumping by the building owners.

The predicted higher ocean levels would see the Roundhouse become an island and even flooding of the Esplanade, so the state and federal governments need to become pro-active in making plans on how to protect Fremantle’s coast line and significant heritage area.

There is a Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham work together and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the TV reporter a plan will be released in a few weeks.

I have wondered for a long time why governments still allow so much development very close to the coast, as at Coogee for example, and wonder if insurance companies are still willing to insure properties in locations where rising seawater levels will create flooding and damage.

Are people naive or just don’t care that their expensive houses might get flooded or destroyed in 15-20 years from now, and what responsibility do governments have when releasing coastal land for development?

And to add insult too injury and make life even worse for us is a report from Brazil that climate change will cut coffee production by 50%, which no doubt will mean much higher prices for coffee in caffeine-mad Freo in the future.

Roel Loopers

MAN MISSING AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, police, western australia by freoview on June 22, 2016

Bathers

 

Daniel mcCartney

 

The media and police were at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach this morning as 40 year-old Daniel McCartney went missing there early on Monday morning. His car was found at the railway station and some of his belongings at the beach.

If you have seen McCartney since Sunday night please do contact police!

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DISAPPOINTING TONY ROBINSON FREMANTLE TIME WALKS

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

 

I watched the very disappointing Time Walks episode by Tony Robinson about Fremantle on ABC TV last night.

I realise that it is probably priceless promotion for our heritage port city but I found it excruciatingly superficial.

As a presenter Tony Robinson is all about look at me, look at me, and his ‘reinactment’ of an historic moment at Fremantle Prison was at best bizarre, if not extremely weird.

I wondered what frantic Robinson was on and if maybe a Viagra pill might have gone the wrong way up to his brain.

It looked like one mad rush when in fact the TV crew would have been in Freo for several days, but the ‘doco’ lacked depth and forgot to mention 50,000 years of indigenous history. Ooops!

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LET FREMANTLE BECOME A LEADER IN INNOVATION

Posted in city of fremantle, innovation technology, roel loopers, technology by freoview on March 28, 2016

I just watched a very fascinating Q&A on ABC TV about innovation. Since innovation is a bit of the new black and has replaced placemaking, I wonder if the City of Fremantle would be interested in inviting Emergent Solutions CEO Holly Ransom for a public talk or forum.

The City has expressed it would like an innovation organisation to take up the former FTI space at the old Boys School and ENKEL has been given a long lease for the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, so why not get someone with real international know-how to inform us all what can be done to support innovation groups and individuals. Holly Ransom has been dealing with the world leaders in innovation technology Israel and Silicon Valley for years.

Wyatt Roy, the Federal Assistant Minister for Innovation, told Q&A that the Federal government is very keen for local governments and state governments to play a leading role in providing innovation hubs, so come on Freo, let’s be a leader in something I know very little about but am very keen to learn more about.

By the way, Holly Ransom is a really good down to earth speaker, so she won’t baffle us all with geek speak.

Roel Loopers

EX MASTERCHEF OPENS FREO’S LEAKE STREET CAFE

Posted in cafe, fremantle by freoview on November 9, 2015

Ex MASTERCHEF contestant Wade Drummond, famous for his crumpets, has opened a new tiny cafe in Fremantle behind Kakulas Sisters in the old Princess May Theatre building on the corner of Leake and Market streets.

The LEAKE ST. CAFETERIA was supported by Freo’s A Beautiful City through the Kickstarter program and promises to be different and offer healthy food and great coffee, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers

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