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FREO ELECTION FORUMS THIS WEEK

 

 

The long weekend makes for a short week, so here a reminder that there are three election forums on next week.

On Tuesday the 26th of September North Fremantle and South Fremantle candidates can be grilled by the public, so take advantage of it.

There are only two candidates in North Freo and the meeting is at the Community Hall there at 6.30 pm.

Five candidates battle for South Fremantle, including indigenous man Ben Moodie and the youngest candidate 21-year-old Liam Carter. It’s on at The Local at 6.30 pm on the 26th.

It’s a shame the two forums are on the same day as I would have liked to attend both of them.

On Thursday the 28th at 6.30 City Ward candidates, including me, will be part of a Q&A upstairs at the National Hotel.

This will be a interesting debate, with Claudia Green claiming the high-ground in the belief that only she had the God-given right to nominate. She discredits the other four candidates Roel Loopers, Julie Morgan, Adin Lang and Linda Wayman, by claiming they are just “a disingenuous attempt to dilute votes.” It’s actually called democracy!

And a reminder that the big Mayoral Forum will be on October 3 at 6.30 at Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

GREAT FREMANTLE PRINT AWARD

Posted in Uncategorized, art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on September 24, 2017

 

 

The annual Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award exhibition is on and it is outstanding, so don’t miss it!

In my opinion it is one of the most excellent print award shows we have had for years.

Winner of the City of Fremantle $ 16,000 first prize was the huge four-metre print Keeping the Bastards Honest by Evan Pank of New South Wales.

The $ 6,000 second prize was awarded to Valerie Sparks of Victoria for her moody Prospero’s Island SouthWest.

Judges were Rebecca Beardmore of NSW,  FAC curator Andre Lipscombe and Franchesca Cubillo of the ACT.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

WORRIED ABOUT ESPLANADE TREE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2017

 

 

Reader Kel Smith is all up in arms that I photographed the wrong tree on the Esplanade and that I called him a worrier, so here the tree he is concerned about.

Relax, Kel! I did not go out in the storm and rain on Friday to deliberately shoot the wrong tree or ridicule you, I simply got it wrong, because unlike everyone else in Fremantle I am not perfect!

I too am a Freo worrier, and so are all those who care for our city, so no offence meant there either.

Now let me go back contemplating mountains and mole hills. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

 

KIDS’ IDEAS FOR KINGS SQUARE PLAYGROUND

Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, children, kings square by freoview on September 23, 2017

 

The weather at the start of school holidays and the long weekend is not great, so maybe Fremantle parents can have a creative and productive session with their children on what kind of playground they would like to see at Kings Square, as part of the new retail development and Civic Centre.

The City of Fremantle is asking kids–and their mums and dads– what they would like to be included in the new outdoor play space at Kings Square.

The ideas of 170 local students have included musical stepping stones, a tree-top dance floor, giant flying foxes, a crystal cave, mushroom swings, giant fidget spinners and surprise pools that spray water ‘every now and then’.

These and more ideas are now on display at the Fremantle Library until October 24.

Other thoughts and suggestions can be shared on the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo online portal.

CONCERN ABOUT ESPLANADE TREES

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2017

 

 

Fremantle worrier Kel Smith is concerned about the big tree at the Esplanade and the huge branch that runs across Marine Terrace. He is worried it might break off and kill someone.

Near the public toilets and Vasco da Gama monument the City of Fremantle planted more new trees yesterday.

Driving along Marine Terrace on Thursday night I was surprised how dark the area is and wondered if there could be a string of small lights from tree to tree to lighten up the street and park and make it look more attractive and festive.

It would also make the Esplanade feel a bit safer for pedestrians.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

NO COMMUNITY PARADE AT FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

festival parade

 

There will be no Festival Parade at this year’s Fremantle Festival, because of lack of public interest. Instead there will be a shopping kart race to support St Patrick’s at Kings Square on the last Sunday of the festival.

The Fremantle Festival appears to be moving away from the traditional community festival to a more sophisticated and classy, fully curated, festival, but the risk is that it will leave sections of the community behind.

More ticketed events mean that people on low incomes miss out, as is already the case with the Perth International Arts Festival, that has become unaffordable to many.

I am not at all certain that a small city like Fremantle should move away from a community festival and try to compete with the capital city of WA.

We should embrace the difference and Freo’s uniqueness, instead of wanting to do the same as other festival cities do.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD~

NORTH FREO SECESSION FROM FREO?

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

 

The Town of Mosman Park council has expressed in principle support for a change in boundaries for the secession of the entire North Fremantle area from Fremantle.

The Minister for Local Government rejected the call of North Freo residents who wanted to merge with Mosman Park, but apparently there are now even more residents who want to move to the northern neighbours.

 

Roel Loopers

FINALLY FREO DRILLHALL PROGRESS

Posted in city of fremantle, fly by night club, music, sunset events, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

After three years of procrastination since the eviction of the Fly by Night musicians club from the Fremantle Drillhall, Sunset Events has announced that they secured a liquor license for the 800 patron  Freo Social Hall venue.

I noticed last Friday when I had a meeting at Fremantle Prison, that there were a lot of tradesmen around the hall, so hopefully it will open sometime next year.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

HOW TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL BEACHES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

Fremantle City  is working together with Mosman Park on how to preserve and protect our local beaches and are seeking community input on a draft plan.

The two councils are investigating together on how to manage coastal erosion and identifying potential risks, such as those caused by storm surges and flooding along Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches.

Seawalls, dune stabilisation and revegetation, revised coastal management strategies, community awareness campaigns and additional ongoing monitoring programs are part of the draft accommodations. It would cost of around $34m over the next 50 years.

Local residents and visitors to our Freo/Mosman beaches are encouraged to  download the draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaption Plan by visiting: mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/coast-plan

 

Roel Loopers

 

GOOD CITY COMMUNICATION A PRIORITY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

A major issue in Fremantle is the lack of proper community consultation. The resentment in the community about it creates an us and them attitude, where Council becomes the enemy of the people, so we need to make a real effort to change that.

It is essential in my opinion to take the community with you when Council makes decisions and unfortunately that has not always been the case. I know they will never be able to please everyone, but they have to do better.

The Australia Day controversy is a good example of that, where only one community group was consulted, but not the entire community, and not even the business community. That is not good enough.

It does not matter how well Councillors meant and that they showed great sensitivity toward the Noongar community, they should have taken the entire community with them on this extremely important journey on how we can improve celebrating our history. They did not do that, so the issue became divisive, and sometimes even racist, and that was very disappointing.

The fact that the date of Australia Day is now a national discussion is good, and I acknowledge that Fremantle Council started it, and I do support that, but surely this should have been handled so much better, and we need to learn from that.

The Smoking Ceremony during One Day was quite emotional and it was great to see so many people tun up to witness it, and so was the concert in the afternoon, but we need to have a chat with the entire community about how we can accommodate a better outcome that will be embraced by more people.

Communication is insufficient at many levels. Social media comments show that very many people in Fremantle do not know what goes on and are quite ignorant about facts, and that is due to lack of good communication by the City of Fremantle, I believe.

If thousands did not know that there are free parking permits for residents available, until it became a political election issue, that is a clear sign of bad communication.

The City needs to reach out more and better, as it cannot expect that people will try to find important information on websites or social media. The City of Fremantle needs to ‘home deliver’ information, not wait for people to come to them to find out what is going on.

Lack of communication creates an us and them sentiment in the community, where council becomes the enemy of the people, and that is plain silly. It also creates conspiracy theories and innuendo, because there is a lack of trust, due to a perceived lack of transparency and accountability. Excellent communication can solve most of these issues.

Councillors are part of our community, and we elect them to make the hard and good decisions. Many Fremantle City officers live in Freo and are our neighbours and friends, so let’s stop treating them as opponents.

If I get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to have monthly meetings with the board and committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Fremantle Society, FICRA, the Fishing Boat Harbour, Cappuccino Strip, West End, South Freo, North Freo traders, etc. and also attend precinct meetings, because only when elected members constantly listen to the community, and communicate with them, will they understand what the issues and priorities are.

We are all in this together, and the better we work together the greater the outcomes will be! There is a great future ahead for Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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