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Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, western australia by freoview on March 6, 2017

While WA is having a state election in five days here in Fremantle the knives are already out for the October Council election that includes electing a new Mayor.

Although Mayor Brad Pettitt has yet to announce if he will be standing and try to get another four years, former Mayor Peter Tagliaferri launched a major attack on Petitt in the Fremantle Herald, that was strongly criticised by Councillor Jon Strachan on his blog.

Strachan told ‘Tags’ that he had served under him and Pettitt and that the leadership of the two Mayors was poles apart. Strachan claims there was “deep division” in the Tagliaferri Council while the Pettitt Council professionally works together.

Strachan writes that during the greatest economic boom in W.A. Mayor Tagliaferri had failed to attract investment into Fremantle.

It is evident from all the building sites around the Fremantle CBD that the present Council headed by Mayor Brad Pettitt has opened the doors of Freo wide and very substantial development is happening in the port city and much more in the pipeline.

Jon Strachan asked Peter Tagliaferri who his candidate for Mayor will be in October. I wonder if it could be someone from the Labor party?

There are rumours abound that former state politician Adele Carles might put her hand up, but time will tell and we’ll need to wait and see if Pettitt wants to continue with the very-demanding and highly-criticised job.

On a personal note; although I have been asked by many Freo residents to stand for Council I will not contest the October election!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Clayton Gunning said, on March 7, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Roel you are kidding! There is no person living within Fremantle’s boundaries who is more across the workings of Council than yourself and you should be running for City Ward.

    I urge you to reconsider.

  2. Suzanne said, on March 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    ‘Come into my web said the spider to the fly’….. and that is exactly what Cr. Jon Strahan did, in stating he disagreed with ex Mayor Tagliaferri because the current Council always agreed with Mayor Pettit.
    That is why your ratepayers and residents refer to you all as lemmings. Make up your own minds on important issues. Irrespective of agreeing with the Mayor. The figures of loss re-reported by Tagliaferri are true. We are bleeding money with the poor sales of buildings like Queensgate. We are still arguing with Sunset Events (themselves allegedly in trouble) who were given a 25 year lease at JShed Bathers Beach. Did Cr. Strahan put his hand up that the Council agreed to all of these financial disasters? Awkward!!

  3. Mary Callan said, on March 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Brad has been a great asset to Fremantle. I don’t agree with his politics but he has always been helpful to me when I have had reason to ask questions of him. I would vote for Brad if he stood for the position of mayor again
    Mary Callan

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