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Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, western australia by freoview on August 12, 2016

There are four candidates for the City of Fremantle Beaconsfield Ward by-election that will be held on September 16. The election became necessary after Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson resigned and was elected the new federal MP for Fremantle.

The only female candidate Hannah Fitzhardinge has lived in Fremantle since 1983. She is a leadership consultant and was an advisor to former WA Premier Geoff Gallop.

Andrew Luobikis unsuccessfully stood for South Ward at the October election, so good to see he is putting his hat in the ring again. He works in the car industry and is active at the Beaconsfield Primary School and community groups.

Fedele Camarda is a lobster fisherman who coaches local cricket and football and has a bachelor of education.

Peter Cruickshank is a veteranarian who has lived in Beacy with his family for three years and wants a safe environment for our children.

From the four candidates the only one who has regularly attended Fremantle council and committee meetings and addressed them on behalf of community groups is Andrew Luobikis. I have never seen any of the other three show an interest in local government and that surprises and worries me. Would you apply for a job without knowing anything about the company?

Understanding the process of local government is in my opinion essential for someone who wants to represent the community as a Councillor, so why not do the homework required?

Roel Loopers

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  1. Blog Admin said, on August 22, 2016 at 9:13 am


    I’d like to take up your question about whether or not I did my research on cruise ship tourism to Fremantle. Yes I did. I have also invested in researching the cruise ship experience from Fremantle and return on the Astor. Eoin Cameron was also a passenger.

    I will write about it as a comment under your blog posting “Subi Councillor to Stand as Freo Independent”. Thank you.

  2. Kevin Ingham said, on August 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    “From the four candidates the only one who has regularly attended Fremantle Council and committee meetings and addressed them is candidate x”

    By this reckoning Roel, and with the amount of football I have attended and watched over the years, you would have me on an AFL List.

  3. freoview said, on August 17, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I am sure all four candidates do stand because they believe they can make a positive difference, not because they have the need to raise their public profile. I admire people in our community who are willing to step up and try to get on council and do the hard work there and we should be grateful to all of them for having nominated for Beacy Ward.


  4. Gaby said, on August 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Out of the four candidates nominated only fedele and Peter live in the Beaconsfield ward central catchment area. I wonder why Andrew and Hannah put themselves up pretending to do something for others where they obviously just want to raise their profile and get their name out! I believe Peter and Fedele will have the best chances in really supporting their neighbours HONESTLY in council decisions. At least it’s common sense since they will be benefiting from their support as well. While I don’t know Fedele, Peter is very passionate and will be amazing in this role. He has a strong focus on supporting young families and has some great ideas. Go Peter!

  5. freoview said, on August 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Urban sprawl also creates enormous cost for the community, so we either pay through rates, or taxes, higher power, water and gas costs, or/and more for our regos and drivers license, etc.

    If you did research on tourism you’ll see that a large number of visitors from cruise ships contribute very little to the Fremantle economy because they hop on busses early in the morning for tours to the Pinnacles, Swan Valley, etc. and arrive just back in time before the cruiseliners leave again. Most cruise ships only stay in port between approximately 6 am and 6 pm. for one day only.


  6. Blog Admin said, on August 14, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Agree. The activities and dynamics of a port will change with technology. An historic port isn’t what it does now or in the future. It represents it’s role in history – sailing ships, prison, settlement, immigrants, sheep ships, container ships, and its future cruise ships and recreational boating.

    Infill won’t solve rate relief. In fact more infill = equals more costs to ratepayers – social, character, amenity, loss of tree canopy, traffic, roads, inadequate water and power infrastructure, inadequate drainage, sewerage, etc.

    A reliable source of rate relief comes from investment asset income, and many prosperous business districts who cater to the demands of the residents, ratepayers and visitors (tourists from cruise ships).

  7. freoishome said, on August 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    You have raised some significant issues housing density and the Port, assets, rates.

    As a Freo ratepayer and Beaconsfield resident, I am very aware of the disparity between the time, energy and resources put into the City ward versus the Residential wards like Beaconsfield. I’ve suggested that the CoF needs a proper stakeholder analysis to help determine where the effort ought to go, but it falls on deaf ears. But we don’t need more large Mc-mansions in Beaconsfield and we do need higher density, as do all the Freo residential suburbs, if we are to increase the rate base to fund the myriad needs. Infill will be the outcome through re-zoning, the pace of change can be managed, and maybe some streets should be set aside to retain certain characteristics and density.

    Retaining Freo’s History as part of continuing the tourism is obviously worthy. But retaining a Historic Port, like one does relics, is a different issue. One can, should and eventually will refer to it as ‘History’, because the writing is on the wall for Freo as a container port. 25+ years ago the whole harbour had to be dredged, and since then every decade or so it has needed a partial dredging. This is true of all estuary based ports due to alluvial deposition. But we have run out of places to put the ‘spoil’, unless the supporters of continuing the port want to sacrifice more of Port or Bathers beaches? I don’t! Although Kwinana will probably never need to handle the deepest draft container vessels, it nevertheless will be able to handle significantly larger vessels than Freo ever will. It will only be a matter of time before it replaces Freo as the only Metro based container harbour. That change will form part of Fremantle’s ongoing history, just as containerization replaced Wharfies in the 50/60s. Likewise the drivers of forklifts, HGVs and container cranes will be replaced by robots within 20 years – more history. Does that mean the end of Fremantle as a working port, not necessarily, just different without containers. The recent rainbow coloured sculpture may show more foresight than imagined, ie, the memorial of those days.

    Before selling CBD property our Mayor went to Melbourne, but didn’t heed their words of wisdom about retaining your assets and control their development. Assets aren’t just financial; they are levers for power and control. We need to retain assets if they are going to influence future development wherever they might be; we probably need more of them, ie, sacrifice some services, and buy property when prices fall. CoF can influence rental values where it dominates, that can have serious economic outcomes, eg, the type of retail, commerce, industry or residents in an area. The type, proportion and architectural quality of development. These may have a negative financial consequence, but give us the city we enjoy!

  8. Blog Admin said, on August 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    The Beaconsfield ratepayer has been sadly neglected in the Fremantle Council’s budget. Beaconsfield deserves a Councillor who is prepared to ask the hard questions about rates, how much and where are they being spent. Fremantle has a number of quality investment properties which provide income and rate relief to ratepayers now and in the future. It is important that any sale of these assets is replaced with another asset which provides rate relief. Fremantle does not need bigger government (council) in a bigger building. The Councillor for Beaconsfield must protect the identity of Fremantle as an historic port with historic buildings and a unique character which attracts tourism. Fremantle should not blindly follow the flawed ideology of infill stopping out fill. The Council should support #ScraptheDAP. There are lots of other places along the new railway line to take up the infill if there is a shortage of housing. Fremantle is special and needs a vision for heritage and tourism.

  9. martin said, on August 13, 2016 at 10:32 am


    We need more Independent people like Andrew Luobikis on Council. He is not afraid to stand up to Council and ask the tough questions, and hold them accountable for their actions. As you say, he has a track record of getting involved and often attends Council meetings.

    The last thing we need is another Councillor with political party affiliations pushing a political agenda guided from elsewhere. Our local Council should get back to representing local people on local issues and making sure our rates are wisely spent.

    Andrew Luobikis has a record of standing up for residents and ratepayers in Freo. While the other candidates sound impressive, I haven’t heard of the others getting involved before.

    I’ll be interested to see how all candidates present themselves

    Good luck Andrew

  10. Alison said, on August 13, 2016 at 7:28 am

    thanks Suzanne. Andrew is passionate about making a difference in our community and works hard to achieve this. This isn’t just the things that he does publicly around Council but also in our private life where he does lots to help people at risk and in need of a start

  11. Suzanne said, on August 13, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Well said Roel.
    I totally agree.
    The others sound pretty good candidates for the job but I have never seen them involved around Fremantle issues. Andrew however, is a constant in supporting ratepayers, residents and their issues.
    Good luck Andrew.

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