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Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2017

Interesting to listen to an interview of Fremantle Mayoral candidate Ra Stewart on 6PR’s Perth Live show with Oliver Peterson.

Stewart cited a decline in retail and vacant shops as a Fremantle Council problem, when everyone knows that retail has been in decline for years everywhere in Perth and Australia.

The Australia Day changes were divisive and not the role of local government, Stewart said and that Fremantle had failed to take its position as the jewel in the crown because everybody loves Freo.

Interesting to note in that regard that other councils such as Cockburn, Hobart and others are also considering changes to their Australia Day activities.

Ra Stewart said she would bring Council back to basics, if elected, and implement sound financial management of city assets. I believe that is a fair point as Freo’s finances are not great and could have been handled better.

She also believes Council need to consult with the broader community and find out what their priorities are. The City of Fremantle did that with its Visioning Fremantle 2020 extensive community consultation sessions a few years ago, that lasted nearly a year.

Stewart believes there are lots of opportunities for Fremantle, and when asked about it by Oliver Peterson said that Mayor Brad Pettitt showed a lot of promise in his first term and that “there had been some investment in the city”

That must be the under-statement of the millenium as Fremantle has not seen the kind of enormous investment through development it is experiencing in over thirty years. Some development alright!

Ra Stewart also said she believes she would be able to pull all the community groups together. Anyone in politics knows that this is an extremely naïve statement, because for every person one pleases, someone else will be dissatisfied with government decisions.

One thing I do agree with is that Ra Stewart believes the City of Fremantle should have organised a big celebration of the anniversary of winning the America’s Cup. That is definitely an opportunity lost that the City’s marketing department, and BID, and the Chamber of Commerce, and the yacht clubs all missed.

Anyone who wants my vote to become the next Mayor of Fremantle needs to have realistic and achievable ideas, substance, a long-term vision for our city, and good knowledge of how council works.

The unconvincing interview I heard did not give me the feeling that Stewart would do a better job than the incumbent, so let’s wait and see if more impressive candidates nominate.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on April 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I was not invited or aware that there was a launch but got feedback from a Fremantle business man this morning who is very anti Council, that he felt R lacked substance and was not well informed about issues.

    I am sure I will have many opportunities in the next five months to hear Ra speak and will make my judgement about her and any other candidates at the October election.


  2. Suzanne said, on April 29, 2017 at 9:25 am

    You should have attended the
    ‘Ra Stewart for Mayor’ Launch Friday night Roel, instead of criticising a mere radio interview.
    A big crowd heard a very informative interesting speech by an accomplished successful business woman.
    Ra Stewart answered your (not personally) criticism easily and persuasively by covering and commenting generally on the necessities for Fremantle and surrounds.
    No one doubts Mayor Pettit has worked diligently with what he believes is important for his city.
    Perhaps a new broom sweeps clean.
    Good luck to both contenders.

  3. Sam said, on April 28, 2017 at 9:26 am

    You have listed five plausible policy ideas (two of which you endorse) which strike me as being achievable and have substance. The current major’s rampant blue-sky aspirations and lack of business acumen has left our city practically bankrupt. I’d love to see a new mayor bring the Council ‘back to basics’.

  4. Fred said, on April 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Sounds OK to me

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