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Posted in city of fremantle, local government, retail, shopping, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 9, 2016

I had a bit of a chuckle reading the front page of today’s Fremantle Herald, where the manager of the Manning family property holdings Anthony van der Wielen claims Fremantle council “is currently overrun by far left academics and greenies…”

Van Wielen is upset about the City of Fremantle wanting to have more control over who leases in the CBD, to stop whole streets only being occupied by food outlets. The City wants more diversity to make the CBD more attractive to visitors and is considering amending its planning scheme accordingly.

I wonder if Fremantle’s property owners realise why our city has gone downhill while shopping centres flourish? The answer is diversity! Shopping centres offer a complete shopping experience, from food halls and cafes to supermarkets, fashion franchises and boutiques and Myer, Big W, etc.

Property owners surely are also aware that many naive people have opened shop in Fremantle to go broke within a few months after having invested thousands of dollars in shop layout, etc.

In Market Street we had a chicken shop for a few months, that was then turned into Freo Kebabs and that has now also closed after a few months. Not sure that that is of great economic benefit to Fremantle and property owners.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Mark said, on September 10, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Lionel i think socialist alliance should be included, that’s extreme left, perhaps you should have added the term socialist in general as well, this will have picked up a few more
    Then you can mention the labor members, plus Coincillors who have or are working for sitting members of parliament

    Taking into consideration all the political party influence, it’s not hard to see why broader real community concern are brushed aside.

    It’s natural to compare subi and Freo together, compare the failures, instead of being aspirational and using success as a bench mark. As that would take work and effort.

    Claremont revitalized their retail and do all the things Freo don’t
    Parking they have
    No drunks
    No druggies
    Graffiti is cleaned up not idolised
    No begging
    Anti-social, abuse, profanity is not acceptable
    Choice of shopping,
    Not hard to see why Freoites go to places like this instead of banned and for lease Freo

    I guess it’s hardly surprisingly you are supporting the political backed candidate and not some without a political agenda

    For sure all of the political forces from council and its agents will be there to ensure no free voice will appear on freo council

  2. Mark said, on September 10, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Looks like Anthony summed it up nicely.

    The mayor is quoted in the past as not over concerned about Myers leaving Fremantle , just recently making the sort of comment about woolies planning to leave too.
    Another crash and burn desicion,

    Coffee shop across from target also left, replaced by a brand convenience story with a less than stirling reputation

    So as we have seen, diversity under this council is leaving the Freo

    Why did diversity leave.

    More than likely for the reasons we have seen on the front page of the herald, loss of foot traffic, due to anti-social issues like
    Drug addicts, not surprising as a needle exchange in the CBD would be a magnet.
    Graffiti another problem intenisfied by council/mayor encouraging Grafitti even when the police warned him of the ramifications
    Parking issues, only worsen by council sale of such assets, Freo is at a net loss of parking thanks to this councils actions
    Street begging another door opened by the mayor

    Now they think banning fast food shops is the answer

    What they don’t like, they want to ban, but somehow more large piss ups are supposedly good for Freo?

    Seriously do u think this council has a clue
    Their track record speaks for it’s self
    Just look at what a sad state Freo is in

    Their attack on Australia Day just recently showed their disconnect with the broader public who’s mass make up the numbers that choose to shop in locations outside Freo

    Hardly surprising this council is driving business out of town

  3. Suzanne said, on September 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Did you miss my point Roel?
    I did not say, as you aluded, it was criminal for Hannah to be a paid up member of the Labor Party. I said it is hard for the excellent Independents, Andrew, Fedele and Peter to compete alone, against the might of the Labor Power and finances.
    Why do you keep going off at FRRA FICRA and the Fremantle Society?
    They are volunteers, like you, who care about Fremantle, just like you do. It would be so easy to ignore Freo and just let awful stuff happen but they, like you, care.
    People will never all agree but the good of Fremantle is all that any of us/them/you wish.

  4. freoview said, on September 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Never knew it was criminal to be a member of a political party in theis country. Always believed that is democracy, the same as Luobikis gets the support of trio of Council bashers FRRA, FICRA and the Fremantle Society.

    Yes I do like Hannah Fitzhardinge as she will bring reason to Council, not negativity and aggression and that hatred towards what you guy call greenies. The immaturity of the three community groups frightens the shit out of me and I don’t want another four years of Dowson-like anti everything.


  5. freoview said, on September 9, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Oh but of course, Martin, why would I compare Fremantle with another older Perth character suburb like Subiaco instead of the very successful tourist strip in Mombassa,Kenya. or the Denneweg in Hague, Netherlands, etc.
    How bloody stupid off me to compare apples with apples. I am so glad you are always there to correct all us idiots.


  6. Suzanne said, on September 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Excellent Candidates in the Beaconsfield by-election.
    However, Lionel is correct, as we have seen at previous elections the Labor and Green Power Machines in full strength supporting their favorites.
    It is very hard for genuine Independents to compete against this might.

    Andrew, Fedele and Peter are out doing the hard slog without political support. Andrew was even criticised as he handed out icecreams and truths on Fathers Day.

    The reason the By-election was called is because the Deputy Mayor is now the Labor Member for Fremantle. I see you Roel, would like to replace that Labor Candidate, with another paid up Labor Party Member who worked for the Labor Party for 12 years.
    Hannah is a polished performer but surely we dont need another nodding lemming on Council, to follow religiously party/council policy. Nothing personal at you Hannah, you seem a really nice person. It’s council history to which I refer.
    If you win. Please prove me wrong.
    Good luck all.

  7. Lionel said, on September 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The ones that aren’t actually Green party members are still very much ‘greenies’ and have a far left political leaning. It is simply undeniable.

  8. martin said, on September 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm


    Why do you keep comparing Fremantle with Subiaco – we know it is also a retail basket case. Why not track down successful places and compare it with them.

    Further, Subiaco has undergone the exact infill and maximum density type developments that our own Council claims will come to our rescue. More people moving into the centre of Subiaco also coincided with the decline in retail [not that they are necessarily linked], so the evidence would suggest that the approach being pushed by Freo Council will not necessarily fix the problem. I am convinced that it will not! The problem is bigger than that.

    The local strip shopping centre where I grew up in Melbourne is absolutely heaving. Finding parking is a doddle. I live in Freo and won’t drive into the CBD to run a quick errand because I know I will be driving around in circles.

    Perhaps the Economic Development department at the City of Freo are not “experts” in retail. “Experts” tend to work in the private sector in these areas of business.

    I am the first person to say we need better diversity on Council. Sadly I think that Anthony van der Wielen is probably not far from the mark. Getting an independent on Fremantle council is all but impossible these days, because the Independents simply cannot compete against the resources of the Greens and Labor Parties, who divide the Wards between them. [They also seem to be cooperating with each other in the Beacy by-election, with the Greens not standing a candidate against the Labor backed and resourced candidate]. Hopefully we will get a pleasant surprise and an Independent will fall across the line?

  9. freoview said, on September 9, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    One academic, the Mayor, and as far as I am aware only 3 Councillors who are members of the Greens. Council has 13 Elected Members, so nine of them are not Green, so the “blinded by ideology” accusation should be directed at yourself, Lionel. I try to deal with facts as much as I can.


  10. Lionel said, on September 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Fremantle council “is currently overrun by far left academics and greenies…” is spot on. Anyone who thinks otherwise is blinded by ideology.

  11. freoview said, on September 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    BID is up for review soon as the first five years are nearly over. Many believe BID has not done a great job while others support it, so let’s see what the business survey comes up with.
    Fremantle has an Economic development department and they are there to advise Councillors as the experts on retail, etc. I’d hate to see a council that is only made up of shop keepers, or one only made up of property developers and real estate agents. even at councils we need diversity and there is a lot of that at the City of Fremantle in my opinion.

    retail is not only failing in Fremantle though. Have a look around Subiaco and other suburbs to see it is a real challenge for small businesses to survive and the large retailers will only go where the footfall is high, hence COF is trying to get more development in the CBD and more people utilising the inner city. It is a long, long-term and slow process that will take considerable time to be turned around.


  12. martin said, on September 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm


    Do you think there is anybody at Freo Council qualified to talk about how to revitalize the city’s retail sector? Their track record suggests the answer is NO!

    Elsewhere globally, BID groups work with Councils and property owners to create a retail precinct environment that aims to compete with the major shopping malls. Fremantle’s BID group has no such focus. If the Council wants a better retail mix, it should research how successful BID groups work elsewhere and then have a good hard look at what its own Council funded BID group does.

    For Council to now want to intervene in who leases in the CBD means it is admitting that BID is a failure. It set up BID and funds it.

    If they want to amend the planning scheme as you are suggesting, it shows that they truly are just a short step away from wanting to kill off the remaining retail in Freo – permanently!

    If retail is to recover in Fremantle, the Council need to discuss the key issues with the property owners and potential major retailers to understand why retail is failing. It needs to turn BID inside out, and get it functioning as successful BID groups do internationally. It needs to listen to the market, and not to the “…far left academics and greenies” that have no experience whatsoever in this sector.

    Like a broken record… my friends that refuse to visit Freo always put it is down to parking (perception or otherwise) and anti-social behavior. What does our Council actually think the problem is? Who knows!

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