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Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2017


The long-established Fremantle Society and the relatively new Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association have merged to combine forces for the Local Government election in October.

From what I gather FRRA will be swallowed up by FS and the groups will operate under the Fremantle Society name.

Many members would have been part of both groups, so it makes sense to reduce administration and duplications.

I hope a larger FS will make a more positive contribution to Fremantle and become part of the solution, instead of only being relentlessly negative and one-eyed about Fremantle Council.

It would be transparent if the larger Fremantle Society would now disclose how many paid members it does have, to substantiate its claims that it represents a large percentage of Fremantle residents.

Community groups are very important and can be hugely influential when they are willing to engage in respectful dialogue with Elected Members and Council staff, so I hope new Society members will push for that and stop the anti everything attitude of its president.

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  1. Suzanne said, on May 6, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Oopsie Andrew Priest.
    FYI. Obviously unaware, there was a huge turnout when the now President of the Fremantle Society was elected at a heavily contested PUBLIC meeting at the Freo Tennis Club.
    (the other Candidate was also excellent)

    Instead of complaining about only receiving a membership form in your letterbox, dropped off by a volunteer, interested enough in Fremantle to invite you to participate and present your own ideas and interests; why not pop up from your lounge chair and put up your hand.
    As you admit, you have not bothered to inquire as to why these Volunteer Groups feel the need to spend hours if their own valuable time, working on improving the city they love and live in.
    Criticism is so easy. Doing the hard yards is not.

  2. freoview said, on May 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Yes that is the case with most community groups I assume, Andrew. It can be quite insular as I found when I was on the FS committee for many years, and even the Pres and Vice Pres.

    Community groups are important as long as they are willing to work with Council instead of seeing them as the enemy.


  3. Andrew Priest said, on May 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Sorry I was probably not very clear in my comment. My referencing to hearing from the Fremantle Society was in the context of “direct” contact rather than via the media, e.g., Fremantle Herald or social media.

    Our family to my knowledge has never had the Fremantle Society seek our views (e.g., via a survey, via a market stall or door knocking) on anything at all and the only contact has been the membership flyer.

    Hence I struggle to see any evidence that they represent anything other than their members; they are not in my view representative of the community as they don’t engage with the community from what I have seen and there is of course no public vote (unlike the election of councillors).

  4. freoview said, on May 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Freo Society was established in 1974 Andrew and FRRA maybe 3 years or a bit longer ago.


  5. Rob Fittock said, on May 5, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Opus Dei is more transparent than the inner sanctum of FRRA and John Dowson never ceases to amaze one with his spiteful tirades….and try adding volunteer to your cosy
    list of hobbies, professions and lifestyles….you will find it very rewarding

  6. Andrew Priest said, on May 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    We received a membership drive flyer in the mailbox a couple of weeks or so ago from the Fremantle Society so I guess a bit of a membership drive is or was underway.

    First time I have heard from them as a Fremantle resident …

  7. Sarah wilson said, on May 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    That’s a horrible thing for John Dowson to do. I think he should apologise. If not, perhaps we should all start calling him John Dourson.

  8. freoview said, on May 4, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    You might think you are outrageously funny calling me Adolf, but I find it extremely offensive. If you do it again I will not publish your comment.

    My parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts in the Netherlands went through five years of enormous hardship during the Nazi Germany invasion of our country.



  9. Suzanne said, on May 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Thats rather mean spirited Ex paid Councillor Rob Fittock.
    The members of The Fremantle Society AND Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers AND Fremantle Inner City Residents would probably prefer to enjoy their own hobbies, professions and lifestyles rather than being volunteers. Unfortunately needs must.
    Thankyou to all volunteers in all spheres. Keep up the good work and lets hope one day the 3 aforementioned groups will not be needed.
    …..and pigs can fly….

  10. John Dowson said, on May 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Dear Adolf (Apologist for Damage to Our Lovely Fremantle): It is a positive move to amalgamate hard working community groups. It is positive to spend weeks putting in submissions like those for Federal Heritage Listing (not mentioned on your blog of course). It is council that is being negative with our heritage and our finances, and we will hold them to account. And, why should a fat leopard want to change its spots?

  11. Rob Fittock said, on May 4, 2017 at 7:14 am

    we live in hope….but does a leopard change it’s spots even if it does grow fatter

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