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GETTING THE OLD AND YOUNG BALANCE RIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle has a higher than average of older people living here than the other metropolitan councils, but policy making does not reflect that sufficiently, I believe.

We have a Youth Council, and that is great because we really need to get young people interested in local government, but we should also have a Senior Council, in the old tradition of a circle of elders.

Fremantle Council’s wish to reduce cars in the inner city can’t be dismissed, but it needs to be far more sensitive to the needs of seniors, disabled people, and parents with children.

Parking far away from shopping destinations will deter seniors from coming into town to shop and visit cafes. It”s a safety and a comfort issue for them.

We provide affordable and artist spaces, such as WGV and Nightingale, but we need to create communities for seniors as well. Men Sheds are good, but mainly for men, and many men, myself included, are not interested in handiwork, but would love to hang out with like-minded creative people in senior hubs, that could be inspired by the Fibonacci Centre.

There are opportunities at the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, and the number one unit at J Shed could have been perfect for a creative community centre, but was unfortunately and inappropriately leased to Sunset Events to start a tavern and micro-brewery.

We also need to create community spaces where seniors can hang out with younger people, so that both sides can share their knowledge.

I personally love engaging with younger people in Fremantle because they often have a different perspective on life and different priorities, and it can be inspiring to listen to them.

In the Netherlands, where I was born, university students are offered free rooms in retirement centres, on the condition they spend a certain number of hours each week communicating with the older residents. A win win for all!

My next door neighbour told me that there are many single women in their 40s and 50s who feel a sense of isolation and are looking for safe housing options that suit them better, but there is not enough diversity of small dwellings available in Fremantle.

There are many people in our society who feel isolated and lonely and we need to reach out to them. Fremantle is the perfect city to do that. We care, we are creative, we are passionate and generous, so let’s work on some ideas and how we can make improvements.

What do YOU think?

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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

FALLS FESTIVAL BACK IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, culture, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

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The popular FALLS FESTIVAL, that was held at Kings Square in January this year, will be back again on January 6 and 7, 2018, but this time in the Fremantle Oval Precinct.

It will take over the oval, historic sites, Parry Street and some car parks, and it will have a pass-out policy, so that people attending the festival can roam around Freo and support local traders.

The FALLS FESTIVAL line-up is great:

Flume/ Fleet Foxes / Run The Jewels / The Kooks / Glass Animals/ Peking Duk / Angus & Julia Stone / Foster The People / Liam Gallagher / Vince Staples / Jungle / Dune Rats / The Smith Street Band / D.R.A.M / Daryl Braithwaite / Everything Everything / Allday / The Jungle Giants / Thundamentals / Methyl Ethel / Slumberjack / D.D Dumbo / Anna Lunoe / DZ Deathrays / Confidence Man / Julia Jacklin / Bad//Dreems / Cosmo’s Midnight / Winston Surfshirt / Luca Brasi / Alex Lahey / Camp Cope / Flint Eastwood / Ecca Vandal / Dave / Total Giovanni

Friends of Falls pre-sales commence at 9am local time Thursday 24 August.
Optus Perks pre-sales commence at 9am local time Friday 25 August.
General Sales commence 9am local time Tuesday 29 August.

To receive updates, become a subscriber – http://Fallsfe.st/

I love the idea of using Parry Street, and acknowledge that it might affect traffic and parking in the area, but it will be great for the creative activation of the area, and a good sign of things to come when the planned Fremantle Oval Project is finished.

Freo is on the move in a very positive way!

 

Roel Loopers

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GREENS ABILITY TO SHINE IN CANBERRA

Posted in fremantle, greens, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2017

 

Isn’t it interesting how difficult it appears to be to walk the talk, no matter if one is on the right or left side of politics.

According to the West Australian today the WA Greens are in a bit of turmoil after the dual-citizenship resignation of Senator Scott Ludlam.

The person who came second on the ballot has got the right to step into Ludlam’s position and go to Canberra, but that person is 22-year-old Jordon Steele-John.

Not only is Jordon just 22 but he is also disabled, so now the Greens are lamenting that it should be decided by the grassroots members of the party who will follow Scott Ludlam.

I have witnessed Jordon Steele-John a few times during community forums and he is a very intelligent young man who speaks very well and is really likeable, so why not give him the go he deserves?

It is not as if there are a lot of good breaks in life for disabled people, and if we talk about quotas in politics disabled people are rarely mentioned.

Jordon would be a breath of fresh air in the Canberra Senate and has the intelligence to grow into the job and become an excellent representative for Fremantle.

 

Roel Loopers

SUPPORT YOUNG FREMANTLE ARTISTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 14, 2017

 

Go support young Fremantle artists and view the 25 Under 25 exhibition  at the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street.

The show opens at 6 pm today, Friday July 14.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COLLEGE DEVELOPING WELL

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

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The new building at the South Fremantle Senior High School in Lefroy Road is developing well and looking good. I finally stopped yesterday to take photos.

The school will merge in January with the Hamilton Senior High School and become the new FREMANTLE COLLEGE, but is celebrating its 50th anniversary in September a sign says.

I hope that once the development is completed the Growers Green Farmers Market can return to its old location, but time will tell.

Roel Loopers

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LOCAL COUNCIL VOTE IMPORTANT!

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2017

 

While the Fremantle local government election in October is still months away I urge everyone to make sure they are registered on the Electoral Roll. This is especially important for young people who have just turned 18 as YOUR vote is so very important.

Councils make decisions for YOUR future and you have the power to vote for the people who YOU believe will best represent you and youth issues in general.

While we have a vast-ageing population the future is with younger generations, so governments need to make decisions that are progressive and look at the long-term implications.

I was told a few years ago by university students that they are not interested in local government and that is a real shame because local government is the closest we can get to grassroots representation.

In Fremantle we have easy access to our Councillors and Mayor, so we can influence their decisions. But it means we need to participate and we need to understand how local government works.

Council and council committee meetings are not boring. They give a real insight into how the democratic process works and how complex it can be.

Councils need to do far more than putting the motions in place for street cleaning and maintenance, they are responsible for long-term strategies and policies.

We are witnessing how long-term Council planning is slowly making a very significant impact in Fremantle, with unprecedented investment through massive development in Fremantle, and a whole lot more is in the pipeline.  That was very deliberate action by a Council which realised it needed to be pro-active on trying to turn the economic downturn around and revitalise and activate the city.

But we need to have plans that will make sure that we have affordable student accommodation and for young people to live in the inner city and only when young people care to vote will they be represented by Councillors.

Fremantle does have a Youth Council, but it works in the dark and I have no idea what they are doing and how they influence the elected members. I also don’t know if many young Freo residents know about the Youth Council and how to contact them, and I don’t understand why that council is not more in the public domain.

VOTE! Get yourselves enrolled and take part in the very important democratic privilege!

Roel Loopers

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YOUNG FREO ART AWARD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2017

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The 2017 25 under 25 Art Award is now open for entries!
Young WA artists aged 14-25 are invited to enter their most exciting, accomplished and imaginative artworks and be in the running to win $1500 cash, plus loads of other prizes including $500 cash, an artist residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre and a portfolio mentorship.
It’s free to enter so you’ve got nothing to lose!
Get your entries in before midnight on Sunday May 14.
Full details at www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/25under25

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NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK AT FREO ESPLANADE

Posted in community, esplanade youth plaza, fremantle, youth by freoview on April 9, 2017

It is a brilliant sunny Sunday in Fremantle so head out to the Esplanade Youth Plaza for Switch it On the National Youth Week event there.

It is a lot of fun to watch and participate in and is going till late afternoon.

Here some impressions of it.

Roel Loopers

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CONNECT WITH OUR YOUTH AT FREO SKATE PARK

Posted in community, family, fremantle, youth by freoview on April 9, 2017

It is very important that the community connects with its youth and try to find out how they tick, what they desire, and that we listen to the many innovative ideas they have, so today is a good day to do that at the Fremantle skate park on the Esplanade.

National Youth Week 2017 is closing in spectacular style at our very own Esplanade Youth Plaza. A local lineup of musicians, DJs and WA’s best skateboarders surrounded by chill zones and food vans from 12-4 pm today.

The SWITCH ( Fremantle youth advisory council) will also be hosting a Ferris Forum – jump in for a ride and share your opinion on the forums hot topic.

LINE UP:
– Skate Comp 12-4pm *‘Game of Skate and Best Trick’
Skateboarding WA
– Ferris Forum 1pm -3pm
Propel Youth Arts WA Fremantle SWITCH
– Parkour 1pm – 2.30pm (8-11yr) & 2.30pm-4pm (11yrs+)
Perth Parkour
– Silent Disco
Local DJs programmed across three channels.
– Game Vault 1pm-3pm
Game Vault
– Roving Circus
– Music 3pm
Catch Music
– Food vans and chill zones available all day.
headspace Fremantle

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