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Posted in beaconsfield, election, fremantle by freoview on September 3, 2015

I have had many sleepless nights over it but I have finally made up my mind and decided to stand for the BEACONSFIELD WARD at the Fremantle Council election on October 17. Ballot papers will be send out from September 23 so make sure you vote and mail it straight back or drop it off at the City of Fremantle reception.

The indication is that there are a few people standing for other wards and I wanted to make sure that all seats are contested and no one can retain their seat unopposed. Since I live in Beacy and recently lived ‘next door’ of it in White Gum Valley it makes sense to stand for Beacy where I do my shopping and love the Growers Green Sunday markets.

Spread the word please and ask your Beacy friends to join my ROEL FOR FREO Facebook page and read this blog. And wish me luck!

Roel Loopers

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Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162. 0419850981

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  1. freoview said, on September 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Yes disability access at the Roundhouse is unfortunately not possible yet Kel. When I lived at Captain’s Lane I lobbied Council to create a safe walkway there because people would hurt their ankles on the uneven surface and wheelchairs did find it very hard to push through it. When the new B Shed terminal opened on Victoria Quay I also urged Fremantle Port to put a wheelchair ramp up near the cafe, which they did pretty fast.

    I had a disable uncle so I am always looking on how we can improve access for disabled people.



  2. kel said, on September 8, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Hi Roel,

    Yes we need you in Council and the Blog site to be continued.

    Your support for Heritage in the City of Fremantle is to be applauded.

    Recent Blogs have included two very important issues namely Interior demolition of Heritage Buildings by Developers approved by Council and The Round House and the wonderful work done by our volunteers.I do intend to become a guide like you in the near future.

    This brings me to another very important point and that is Disability access.

    Disabled access is not available for disabled visitors to the Round House.I was there last week and chatted to a very disappointed person with his wheel chair at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the entrance.His family were there with him and also voiced their concerns.

    I`m sure you have witnessed this many times in the past and wonder if it would be possible to get Council toconsider some minor changes to facilitate an access for the disabled to view the internals of our First Public Building and Jail in WA.

    The Heritage Council should come to the Party considering their support for what Sunset Events propose for Arthurs Head.

    I will email you photo of the gent and his wheel chair who agreed to be photographed.

    Thank you


  3. freoview said, on September 8, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Thanks Jayne!
    Nominations close on Thursday and then the candidates will be displayed in the foyer of the City of Fremantle. Yesterday when I nominated only the photo of Councillor Dave Hume was on the wall, so presumably others have not yet officially signed the papers and paid the deposit.

    I don’t believe it is helpful one makes promises one can’t keep as that is one of the reasons we have become so cynical about politicians who promise us the earth before elections but not follow through with them when elected.

    If I get elected I will keep this blog going and hopefully be able to communicate how Council works and what I am doing for Fremantle, an it will be a perfect forum for people to let me know what they want and what they think of my efforts.



  4. Jayne said, on September 7, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Well, I don’t like all those election promises because all too often they’re either unrealistic, unfunded or broken, leaving voters disillusioned. Far better what you’re doing Roel and that’s showing your character and values. I don’t always agree with your views but I respect your integrity and passion for local issues. I believe you would be a great addition to Council and also hope Councillor Massie is continuing as he shows common sense.

    How do we find out who else is standing for election in the other wards? You seem to be the only person continually engaging in open dialogue with residents and ratepayers. That alone would make me vote for you!


  5. freoview said, on September 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I am not new to Beaconsfield as I lived in McCleary Street previously as well, Matthew, but that is pretty irrelevant really. As you should know Councillors represent the people in their Ward but need to vote for the common good and entire Fremantle community.

    My experience with promises by political leaders is that far too many are broken no matter if they are in the Labor or Liberal party, so I’ll leave empty meaningless promises to others. The one thing I already know now is that whatever decisions I make should I be elected on Council, is that it will please many and upset many, because one will never be able to please everyone when one is in government.

    Cost affect everyone in the community. When rates go up prices in shops and cafes go up, rents go up, low income earners can’t afford to stay, etc. so of course I will do my very best to keep rates to CPI. But I am also aware that Fremantle is a small council that does not have that much revenue to play around with, so the balance is to spend money on the most important things and not get side tracked. Prioritising is essential for good governance and I don’t believe Fremantle has been doing that well lately.

    Councils often do not manage finances well and have their priorities wrong and I want to be part of a council that keeps an eye on that carefully and not gets sucked into spending money on ideological feel good stuff when it should be used for maintenance, etc. and doing things 100% instead of being the City of 75%.

    I will carefully consider everything I vote for and I can’t tell you now what that is because I would have an uninformed opinion, and that would not be good governance.

    I am happy to accept you do things your way, Matthew, and I do it my way.



  6. Ilona Kettenis said, on September 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    You would have gotten my vote but my nationality blocks voting! I wish you good luck and I’m sure you are the best candidate for the job because you are an honest man, and you have passion for the region you live in and the word corruption is wiped out in your dictionary!


  7. Matthew Hanssen said, on September 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Roel, as someone who is house-sitting and previously has been renting, for quite sometime, and your new to Beaconsfield, I understand that your focus is not on trying to keep the rates to CPI.

    I think you have missed the point of representing the people of Beaconsfield by stating you only have a single vote. That single vote is supposed to represent the people, you are representing, not to just do what you like with, and only vote according to the rest of the mob mentality, which you state your not going to engage with.

    You need to quantify what you’re going to do for Fremantle and Beaconsfield over the next 4 years if elected, not provide wishy washy flowery feelgood statements. Your trying to be elected on what you will do. How you will vote. I don’t want to be stuck with someone who is no different to the existing clown we have.

    There’s nothing dishonest about promising something. It’s only dishonest when you don’t follow through with your promises. There’s nothing wrong with being the only person on council who votes against something, if that was the platform on which you were elected, by your ward. In fact, you would be doing your job properly and your ward would respect you for standing up for them and representing them “as you said you would”.

    It would be dishonest for you to NOT promise anything. You would be getting paid $30,000 a year to stand up and represent the people of Beaconsfield.

    The CPI is currently about 2.5% and people need to expect that rates will increase by the CPI, otherwise the City WILL go backwards, and you cannot have that. However, people are tired of the year, on year, on year, constant rate increases, coupled with the financial mismanagement. If the councils don’t reform themselves and become financially more accountable to the ratepayers, the State Government will step in and reform them.

    There will be 4 budgets over the next 4 years. Hypothetically, as a sitting ward member, you will be responsible for approving and debating the budget every year on its merits and approving the proposed rate increases, unless alternatives can be presented.

    People need to know if you will approve rate increases in the next 4 future budgets, or have them held to CPI each year, over the next 4 years.

    There are a lot more owners, than renters in Beaconsfield. There are also a few shops, which are frequented by a large majority of the people in the area. Increases in rates of 7% and 11% for businesses are not on and need to stop.

    Like I previously said. The first person to promise to keep rates to the CPI over the next 4 years, has my vote, and I will make sure they have many many others also. Think about it.


  8. freoview said, on September 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    No doubt I will try Matthew to keep rates down, but it would be dishonest to promise anything as I would only have one vote out of 13 on Council, as you know.

    I want more common sense, more consistent governance, real community consultation and adding a much needed dose of reality to Council deliberations. I won’t be influenced by political party policies or ideology because I am not affiliated with any political party.

    I want to truly listen to the Freo people and I want to look after them and after the basics.




  9. Murray Slavin said, on September 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Well done … very good choice

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  10. Matthew Hanssen said, on September 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    What are your policy’s Roel?

    What are you going to do for Fremantle in the next 4 years if elected?

    What are you going to do for Beaconsfield in the next 4 years if elected?

    I have lived in Beaconsfield for 10 years and know a lot of people in the area through my business and door knocking efforts. The current main issue for all local governments is keeping the cost of rates to CPI. I also know pretty much all the local business owners and operators.

    I was speaking to residents of Rockingham council yesterday and the number one issue is rate increases and rate hikes beyond CPI, inability to manage the finances of the City. The same is for Fremantle.

    If your promise is to keep rates to CPI for the next 4 years, you have my vote. Fremantle needs to live within its means.


  11. Diana Ryan said, on September 3, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I used to live in Beaconsfield. Shall spread the word!


  12. Suzanne said, on September 3, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Good Luck Roel.

    …..and very lucky Beaconsfield folks.
    Roel will be a hard caring worker who listens and supports the concerns of all Beacies.


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