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Posted in elections, fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2017

It is very disappointing that Fremantle Mayoral candidate Ra Stewart is engaging in cheap political point scoring.

This from her Facebook page: Why does Fremantle Council insist on focusing on issues beyond local government’s remit instead of those that truly impact on Fremantle like the loss of workers from Freo Hospital, the cleanliness of the city, decline in retail and the loss of cruise ships to Freo Port…?

I was expecting a lot more class, substance and fairness from Ra who was the Chair of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce for many years and who should know how local government works.

Ra is no doubt well aware that there is a (inter)national decline in retail and that shops are vacant all over the Perth metro area and around Australia.

Ra is no doubt also aware that Fremantle Council has no power whatsoever to direct WA government agency Fremantle Port or can influence the state government to do something about the ports of Broome, Geraldton and Exmouth. They are the main reasons P&O cruiseliners will no longer call Fremantle Port home!

Fremantle Council lobbied State Government for years to keep Fremantle Hospital and the emergency department going, but Ra could not be bothered to attend Councils meetings until she had her overnight calling to stand for Mayor.

Cleanliness can be an issue in Fremantle on weekends and festival days, but many overseas tourists at the Roundhouse tell me how impressed they are about how clean Freo is. Subjective. I know.

Very disappointing Ra and you are losing me fast!

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on May 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Yes I agree with you on those points, Andrew.


  2. Andrew Sullivan said, on May 10, 2017 at 11:23 am

    The issues that Ra raises are all very important and ones that most elected members have been labouring over for years. However, it’s a bit unfair of her to suggest that highly engaged elected members aren’t capable of exercising their social conscience while also remaining focussed for the most part on core local government business. As an example, the fact that the marriage equality motion was raised and dealt with in the blink of an eye had no bearing on the years of strategic planning that has gone in to build the case for a new passenger terminal that links the city and train station to the waterfront. The fact that the previous state government completely ignored the well argued need for improvements in the way cruise ships engaged with Fremantle can’t be sheeted home to our social conscience. Likewise, when Jim McGinty signed the death warrant for the Fremantle Emergency Department, he wasn’t punishing Fremantle people for giving a shit about social issues. Fremantle has always been a place where social values are front and centre and I’m not sure our community would have it any other way. The Council simply reflects that reality!

  3. freoview said, on May 10, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I believe previous council experience would help a future Mayor, and have no doubt that Ra Stewart would have been an excellent City Ward Councillor with her experience as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce.


  4. freoishome said, on May 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Personally I find the Mayoral election process strange, ie, that we can elect someone into the leading role on Council, who often has no experience as a Councillor! Hence, no idea of the unique requirements as well as the unique constraints and limitations of both LAs and also the Council (as opposed to the Staff).

    I think Roel has taken a responsible position on the this issue. He seldom misses a Council meeting, he knows what is going on, he hears what Councilors and the Mayor discuss. He is conversant with what Councils can and cant do. All things that many of the detractors of Council and even prospective candidates haven’t done in the past, and seemingly still don’t!

  5. freoview said, on May 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I am not going off at anyone Sue. I have been scrutinising Fremantle Council for many years and intend to do the same with candidates at the local government election. that is all and if I did not do that it would be unfair to everyone.

    You know as well as I do that I have often been very critical about the Mayor and Council decisions and that will not change. To insult me that I am the publicist for the Mayor is very cheap Sue and that disappoints me because you know me better!

    If you guys out there only want my critical opninion about elected members, but not about those who want to replace them then it shows that you have the attitude of anyone is better than the sitting members and I don’ agree with that. I will elect the right people once I get to know all their ideas and visions for Freo. Those who run a platform of only criticising council without having any idea how to do it better won’t get my vote.

    Give me facts, visions, innovation, creativity and fairness!



  6. freoview said, on May 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Indeed very important to get good councillors and Mayor so hence I’d like to cut through the BS and hot air and report facts, Rob.
    You know very well that I have been extremely critical of Fremantle Council on many occasions over the last 8 years on my blog and even before as a committee member, president and vice president of the Fremantle Society.

    I intend to keep pointing out over the next five months up to the election when people make wrong claims, don’t stick to facts, etc. and closer to the election I will ask all candidates what they are going to do about the many issues raise and what they would have done differently or better over the last four years had they been on council.

    I expect a fair campaign based on facts, not one full of bullshit.

    Strange that you and Sue never called me up when criticising Council, hey Rob. That suited you, but you now just want me to close my eyes about things Ra Stewart and supposedly other candidates say. Funny that!

  7. Rob said, on May 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Roel, you need to chill and not be so critical of anyone with a different opinion to yours or the council, wrongly labelling it ‘Council Bashing’. The Mayor’s job is pretty important and more discussions around the issues and not the individuals would be nice.

  8. Suzanne said, on May 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Roel why are you going off at someone putting there hand up to serve Fremantle?
    Firstly, the retail example was never a Perth comparison. Ra’s examples were Leederville, Mt Hawthorne, Vic Park, Mt Lawley, all thriving whereas Freo, far more unique, struggles.
    The current Council try their best but they cant seem to do their add-ups.
    Ra is a business woman, she has managed a balance sheet, she was head of the Chamber of Commerce.
    In other words she knows how precious a dollar is, especially when it belongs to other people. US.
    Of course you can have your point of view but it seems to this ratepayer that Mayor Pettit need not pay his usual Publicist with you on board.
    Thats your right of course but…….

  9. freoview said, on May 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

    and you too Sam have a right to your own opinion on this.

    It is not unfair to point out when Ra Stewart attacks Council on issues they are not responsible for and I intend to do that up to the election in October with all candidates!


  10. Sam said, on May 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

    You seem to be going out of your way to launch invective against a candidate six months out from the election. On typing in the candidates name into Google and get your blog post ‘UNCONVINCING MAYOR CANDIDATE’ blaring out on my screen. I also note that the candidate has responded to some of your points of criticism on her Facebook site, and her responses have far more ‘class, substance and fairness’ than what you display in these ‘itchy trigger’ type of posts.

  11. freoview said, on May 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Not at all Lionel! I put balance back into the debate and point out that Tra is criticising Fremantle Council for things they have no control over. That is not Ra bashing. I have no reason to bash her i just don’t like attacks on elected members that have no validity.


  12. Lionel said, on May 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    You say you don’t want mayor or council bashing but you have now publicly done exactly that to another candidate a couple of times.

  13. freoview said, on May 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    No one argues that the Passenger terminal needs to be improved or replaced, Rob, and most certainly not Fremantle Council or Mayor Brad Pettitt.

    I indeed want fairness and not Council and Brad bashing at the election, so to blame Freo Council for things they have no influence over is rubbish and that is what I pointed out.

    Peter Hughes Drive is not a council, but footpaths on this side of the railway line are. As for neglected buildings, they are privately owned so maybe blame Marylin New, the people who own Hotel Australia, etc. Or do we expect the Mayor to go and paint them all.

    Politics is not a one-eyed footy game and what really will Ra and other candidates bring that is different and will make a huge difference, when one knows the restrictions of local government, limited revenue, state laws, etc. That is what I would like to find out, not anyone making stupid attacks on Freo council.


  14. Rob said, on May 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Roel, I haven’t met Ra, but she clearly is a decent and caring professional who has a passion for Fremantle and has put her hand up for the important job of Mayor and needs to be given a go. She highlighted issues Fremantle people care about and instead of seeing it as negative requiring more class, maybe use your sense of fairness to encourage peoples opinions. My opinion is I love the cruise-liners and watching them arrive, many with elderly people struggling with their bags along damaged footpaths in front of unkept ugly graffiti buildings, unsure where to go or what to do. A pretty poor welcoming for our guests and it’s been like that for years and sadly is a local issue.

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