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FREO CITY WARD COUNCILLOR UNDER FIRE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics by freoview on December 23, 2016

The Fremantle Inner City Residents Association-FICRA has joined the Fremantle Society in their criticism of City Ward Councillor Simon Naber.

The Society last month asked Naber to stand down, which he refused to do, and now FICRA in a letter in the Fremantle Herald says that “His attendance record is patchy and his record of effective advocacy totally non-existent.

As a mate of Simon Naber I too am disappointed with his performance at council where he rarely speaks at public meetings and if he does his opinions are shallow and appear not well-informed. For that reason I asked him last year if he would resign before the October election so I could stand for City Ward where sitting member Rachel Pemberton’s seat was contested, but he decided against doing that.

It is quite clear that Simon Naber, who is a really nice man and operates the very popular Moore&Moore cafe, is not passionate about and involved enough in Council business. At the two Notre Dame University community meetings about the proposed new building in High Street Naber was a noticeable absentee, although this is a huge issue for the inner city and the heritage preservation of the West End.

As a friend I suggest Simon should have a real hard look at himself and seriously question whether he is representing the inner city residents and businesses well enough, because most people in City Ward are very disappointment with his lack of commitment, some to the point where they have told me they also boycott Naber’s cafe.

Local government relies on passionate and well-informed community members to step up. If one does not have the time or passion to do that one is not the right person to be a Councillor.

Roel Loopers

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  1. bigjulie said, on December 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Not very Nabourly not turning up to the paid meetings? Do the ratepayers get a credit?

  2. Suzanne said, on December 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

    He was allegedly the Mayors pick, nominated merely hours before close of entry, allegedly to divide the vote.
    No one expected him to win, probably least of all him, hence understandably, not having his house in order to devote anything but the absolute minimal required attendance at meetings.
    As far as working for the City Ward.
    Null and void.
    The Mayor is no fool. Betcha he has a likely contender waiting in the wings
    and Cr. Nabor can slink back to his excellent (I am told) cafe.

  3. Lionel said, on December 23, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Naber is useless. The only reason he is on council is to support Brad and collect the pay check. He doesn’t give two hoots about inner city residents.

  4. Craig said, on December 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve emailed Simon Naber a couple of times on local inner city issues and have not had any reply or even an acknowledgement.

    Patchy performance is the polite version.

    If not turning up to council meetings then in addition to resigning suggest there should be pro-rata claw-back of the councillor allowance.

  5. Clayton Gunning said, on December 23, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Roel, I don’t not live in City Ward but I once again, as your friend, encourage you to run at the next election. You have the time, passion and much to contribute. Your experience of living and working abroad will add balance and make our group of elected officials stronger.

    I have met but don’t know Simon Naber and whilst he seems a nice guy it’s probably just that running a business in a very competitive market doesn’t allow him the time required to meet his obligations to his elected position. It doesn’t make him a bad guy or bad business person but it does make him a bad Councillor.


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