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Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 6, 2017


Here is some interesting news! If the 70+ per cent of voters who did not bother to vote at the local council election two years ago had all voted for me, I would have won the Beaconsfield Ward election. ; >). It shows how important it is for young and old to vote!

In eleven weeks from now we will know what the new Fremantle Council will look like, and if voters go for continuity during the very important and challenging transition period of the Kings Square Project development, and stay with present Mayor Brad Pettitt, or trust candidate Ra Stewart, who has no local government experience.

There will definitely be two new Councillors, for East Ward’s Dave Cogging, who resigned to become and advisor to Premier Mark McGowan, and City Ward where Simon Naber will not contest the election.

Sam Wainwright in Hilton, Hannah Fitzhardinge in Beaconsfield, Andrew Sullivan in South Ward and Doug Thompson in North Fremantle all will need to battle to retain their seat.

The biggest battle for local government though is apathy and getting voters to participate, so I would love to see Fremantle Council run a non-political advertising campaign to urge people to vote.

If you are one of the 70+ per cent who don’t bother to vote you really have no right to whinge about your local council.

You have the chance to make a difference, so grab your democratic right and privilege and vote. PLEASE!!!!

It’s a postal vote so all you have to do is fill out a form, stick it in the supplied envelope and put it in a mail box on your way to work, school, shopping, the train station. Do it!

Election results will be counted from 6pm on October 21 at the Fremantle Townhall.


Roel Loopers

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  1. Rob Fittock said, on August 7, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    If I was a betting man I would call him a dark horse

  2. freoview said, on August 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I agree sue. Never heard of the man and never saw him involved with community consultation, etc. so how much does he know about Fremantle apart from being a business owner here, or his wife is.


  3. Suzanne said, on August 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Roel, the husband of one of the Kalkulas Sisters, is a Cottesloe resident. Often featured in the Cottesloe Post, of his involvement in Cottesloe. Good for him, there.
    Never seen him at a Freo Council meet or any of the constant drama’s that have occurred over recent years concerning Freo.
    What is this with people who jump in at the last minute at election time?
    You are so right, when 70% dont vote. Sadly, activation by major parties and
    also-rans get in.
    With respect, Simon Nabor is probably a nice person but you and I attended more Council meetings than he did.
    Kakulas’s sisters husband sounds a bit the same. Never heard of him till now.
    Still have not sighted him. Though I do love his wife and sisters shop.
    Good on you Girls.

  4. freoview said, on August 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Hannah stepped in for Josh Wilson when he was elected as federal MP, so hence she needs to do it again after only a short term.

    Claudia Green and the husband of one of Kakulas Sisters are running for City Ward at present, but often there are 4-5 candidates in that ward, so more might announce that they will nominate.


  5. Paula Amaral said, on August 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Do you know who is running for City Ward?
    I thought Hannah Fitzhardinge has been only 2 years in the job, are you sure it’s her?

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