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ST PAT’S LONGER SUPPORT FOR WOMEN

Posted in city of fremantle, st patricks, Uncategorized, women by freoview on August 11, 2017

 

A very important message from the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre:

It’s with a mix of optimism and gratitude that we announce that St. Pat’s Sisters’ Place will be transitioning from a short-term accommodation option to a medium-term service for women.

This decision was made in response to the growing need for medium term accommodation for women in the Fremantle area.

In the new service, women will be able to stay in the accommodation for up to 12 months, working with case workers to get their lives back on track.

Emergency, short-term accommodation will be continued to be offered by St. Pat’s Street To Home and Emergency Relief programs.

As Sisters’ Place transitions into its new role, we’d like to thank all the volunteers who have so faithfullly served the community over the last seven years. From all of us here at St. Pat’s, thank you.

VELVET SUSHI FASHION NEW BOUTIQUE

Posted in fashion, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2017

 

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That lovely very Freo tiny fashion empire VELVET SUSHI had to move shop because of the Kings Square development and you can now find the boutique in Bannister Street just off the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip.

New shop location 5 BANNISTER Street. FREMANTLE.

The Attic Cafe, Stable Hands Restaurant and Hougoumont Hotel are neighbours, so go and check out the new shop.

Open for business from this Thursday 27th April

Shop Hours

Tues- check in before you pop in
Wed- 11-5pm
Thurs- 11-5pm
Fri- 11-5pm
Sat- 11-5pm
Sun- closed
Mon- closed

 

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EQUALITY IS RESPECT FOR WOMEN

Posted in fremantle, western australia, women by freoview on March 8, 2017

 

It is International Women’s Day today, so a good opportunity to celebrate all the great and strong women all over the world.

In Fremantle we are lucky to be represented in State Parliament by Simone McGurk and Lyn McLaren, and we have three female Councillors in Hannah Fitzhardinge, Ingrid Waltham and Rachel Pemberton.

W.A very first female Senator Dorothy Tangny is recognised in a mural at the Norfolk Hotel.

Notre Dame University is also lead by a female Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce CEO is Olwyn Williams.

There is an abundance of wonderful, strong women in Fremantle who are community leaders in their own right.

Equality remains a dream unfortunately when women still get paid less than men and the top positions in Australia are predominantly occupied by men. That needs to change!

I am not a fan of quotas though because I believe women can make it on their own merit. Quotas are a bit of tokenism to make political parties, or governments look good.

I do recognise however that it is difficult for women to climb the corporate and political ladders when the majority of decision-makers are men.

Today is a day for women to celebrate their achievements and for men to contemplate why women are still not treated the same in 2017 and why there is still so much domestic violence against women.

We need to do a whole lot better and that starts with one simple word. RESPECT!

Roel Loopers

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BUSY SUNDAY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cruiseliner, fremantle, shopping, tourism by freoview on February 12, 2017

 

It looks like it is going to be a busy Sunday in Fremantle although there is still rain forecast.

The Queen Mary 2 arrived this morning and thousands of passengers were disembarking to take in the sights. Many hopped on busses to the Pinnacles and the Swan Valley, but a large number also walked into Freo.

City of Fremantle volunteer guides were at hand to assist with directions and information.

Add to that the 10,000 spectators expected this afternoon at Fremantle Oval for the first home game of the Dockers AFL women’s team and it should be buzzing in good old Freo this afternoon.

Come visit Freo today and enjoy the unique atm0sphere and the many quirky shops and cafes you won’t find in any shopping centre!

Roel Loopers

 

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STAND UP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, family, violence, women by freoview on November 22, 2016

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Domestic violence against women dramatically increased in Australia this year and that is unacceptable, so everyone needs to be aware of it and help change this around.

There are absolutely no excuses for men to assault women. It does not matter if you are drunk, drugged or just in a bad mood, women deserve respect and have the right to feel safe at home.

This Friday is WHITE RIBBON DAY where we are reminded of the senseless violence against women, the mothers of our children, our sisters, aunties, friends and as a community we need to speak out and help protect those who get beaten up. The silence around domestic violence has to stop!

Beating up a woman is not a silly mistake that one regrets the next day but it is a violent crime for which there are no excuses whatsoever and ever!

Come to Kings Square on Friday November 25 between 8-12 am, where there will be guest speakers, live entertainment, free legal advise and stalls.

Show solidarity with women who get abused by their partners. It needs to stop NOW!

Roel Loopers

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LABOR WANTS TO KEEP BEACONSFIELD SEAT

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local council, politics, western australia, women by freoview on June 17, 2016

The Labor party is trying to hold on to the Fremantle Council seat of Beaconsfield that has become available now that former Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson resigned to contest the Federal seat of Fremantle. Hannah Fitzhardinge, a former advisor to WA Premier Geoff Gallop has put her hand up to sit next to Labor’s Councillor Dave Hume.

The by-election will be held probably in September at a date yet to be announced by the Electoral Commission.

Fitzhardinge told the Fremantle Herald that Fremantle Council does not have gender balance, which also applies to most local councils and State and Federal governments, and that she wants better pedestrian safety on South Terrace with mural gardens and street beautification. That process is already well under way of course and was only recently addressed by a large South Fremantle Precinct meeting.

Hannah Fitzharding also wants  the relocation of a State department to Freo and attract more State funding, which has been the aim of the City of Fremantle for years.

I am all for more women in power positions everywhere but the gender balance stuff does not cut it for me as I fear it can become tokenism. I believe Hannah can easily win this on her own merits and the voter participation will be very low. She would no doubt be a great addition to Ingrid Waltham and Rachel Pemberton and Fremantle Council, so I wish her the best of luck!

Roel Loopers

FREO DOCKERS ADORABLES IN NATIONAL FOOTY COMP

Posted in afl, football, fremantle, fremantle dockers, western australia by freoview on June 15, 2016

The Fremantle Dockers had another win and pushed out the West Coast Eagles to have a women’s team in the new national female AFL competition that will start next year.

The ‘Delightful Dockers’ will join Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Brisbane and Great Western Sydney.

Womens soccer has become a great success in Australia and around the world and there are already many female Australian Rules teams, so exciting times ahead. Go Freo Fantastics, or whatever they might be called.

Roel Loopers

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IT’S ALL (NANN)UP FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle by freoview on April 6, 2016
Fremantle Network organisor Em Bagg, Dr Noel Nannup, Councillor Rachel Pemberton.

Fremantle Network organisor Em Bagg, Dr Noel Nannup, Councillor Rachel Pemberton.

 

The talk by indigenous elder Dr. Noel Nannup organised by the Fremantle Network last night felt a bit like one big bear hug from this very likeable man who never made accusations or portrayed himself or his people as victims.

Noel was all optimistic about the future of Fremantle and our journey together and said that we share this place now and it has to be done together. “Let’s take advantage of the awesome place we share.”

He told us he was exited about the opportunities we have at our finger tips to take Fremantle to a whole different level and said “Let’s take up the challenge of making this the best place to live in in the world.” But to not wait for governments to make things happen, but do it all together.

Noel said that the relationship between Aboriginal people and Fremantle Council has strengthened and that the healing process has already begun. “There is no room for heroes, only room for a better outcome.”

He expressed his deep admiration for his mother and women in general and told us he, like his seven siblings, had all left school at 14 but none of them had ended up in jail. The jail system is making money out of our people but the future is education, health and housing, Noel told us.

But it is important to lay a complete pathway for the future and do things better,  and not just talk and talk about action. “We have so many opportunities here in Fremantle.”

I walked away inspired and with hope and delighted to have met such a delightful man. Thanks Noel!

Roel Loopers

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FREO FISHERMEN SALUTE WOMEN’S DAY

Posted in fremantle, international women's day by freoview on March 8, 2016

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Even the fisherman sculptures by Greg James in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour are celebrating International Women’s Day. They put skirts on.

ROEL LOOPERS

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WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO EQUALITY!

Posted in fremantle, international women's day, women by freoview on March 8, 2016

 

It is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY today, so here a small tribute to all women around the world, especially those who still have to fight for basic rights and equality. It is also a tribute to my very strong mother Annie and my equally strong sisters Marja, Bep and Anita.

I was amazed to learn last night on Q&A on ABC TV that women and girls in Australia still earn substantially less than men, even at executive levels where men on average receive $ 100,000 a year more than women in similar positions. It was also a surprised to learn that often girls receive less pocket money from their parents than their brothers do.

It’s time to let go off gender discrimination as it is ridiculous. Women rock!

 

Roel Loopers

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