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Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017


Fremantle City Ward is always popular with local government election candidates and it looks like this year is not going to be different.

I hear that the former general Manager of Austereo Linda Wayman will put her hat in the ring and compete against former FRRA convenor Claudia Green and Kakulas Sisters director Michael Finn.

Wayman was in charge of radio stations 94.5 and 93.9 for over a decade until her shock resignation in March this year.

She now works as a business consultant and leadership coach.

In ten weeks from now we will know what the new Fremantle Council will look like, so make sure you have enrolled. Your vote is every important as this is one of the most crucial elections for Fremantle in a long time!


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  1. Rob Fittock said, on August 16, 2017 at 10:52 am

    why the hell don’t people first attempt to get to know a little bit about every candidate before ill-informed criticism

    there is an old saying….’know thy enemy’ and another ‘put your brain into gear before opening your mouth’

  2. freoview said, on August 16, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I don’t question Linda’s or anyone’s passion for Fremantle. It’s one of the most used words during election campaigns in Freo. I do question however her lack of involvement with local government because that is quite a big step away from sporting clubs and schools.

    The voters decide and all have their own opinion, as you and I do, Lionel.


  3. Lionel said, on August 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

    * Spent entire life in Fremantle
    * Runs business in Fremantle
    * Owns home in Fremantle
    * Makes an effort to explain her connection to Fremantle

    * Never posted on niche Freo blog most people don’t know about
    * Never attended a council meeting

    Roel’s descision
    I am skeptical of your passion for Fremantle

  4. Suzanne said, on August 15, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I too have never heard of or seen Linda and that is a shame because it sounds like you are are a long term Freo person Linda. Even more of a problem because there have been so many issues where we have needed Freophiles to be involved, be seen, speak up for residents, ratepayers and retailers in all manner of necessities to aid our city. Where were you?
    I read you are the Mayors chosen one, like your Council predecessor Simon Naber.
    Never heard of him before his election either,
    Or when on Council, but he runs a great cafe. Might just be me but I reckon one should do the hard yards first to prove they really care about Freo. Not just choose a new personal career even if our extremely shrewd Mayor is your mentor.

  5. Rob Fittock said, on August 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    patience for another 15 days Roel….there may well be more folks out there ready to put up their hand to run just to cop the same ill-informed criticism

  6. Rob Fittock said, on August 15, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    While on council I met with Linda, and a few of her neighbours, to discuss a planning matter on Tuckfield Street which she followed up by attending CoF planning meetings….she also attended public consultation workshops for Cantonment Hill when I was chair of that Working Group

    I found her well versed on the issues at hand and she possessed a very good knowledge of Council procedures

    Not sure why you need to be seen at ‘important’ functions or attend council meetings when there are so many other means available to inform yourself on what is important to you and your family

    I wish her and Claudia the best of luck come October

  7. freoview said, on August 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you Linda for sending your family history. In a way that answers the criticism of some people. Up till your nomination to stand for City Ward you have never bothered to communicate through this eight year old blog with the community. I also can’t recall ever having seen you at Fremantle Council, or being involved as a committee member of the Fremantle Society, despite your passion for heritage. So excuse my cynicism.

    No doubt we’ll quite suddenly be hearing much more from you in the media in the next eight weeks, and I am looking forward to it.


  8. Linda Wayman said, on August 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hello. I am not sure if some of the comments about “newbies’ to Fremantle people being “parachuted in” etc were directed at me. But just in case…I should perhaps put people’s minds at rest. My parents were both born in Fremantle – Mum in North Fremantle; Dad in East Fremantle. I grew up sailing at East Fremantle Yacht Club and spent most of my high school years eating hot chips in Fremantle waiting for the 148. Indeed, I worked on the chip counter in Coles in Fremantle on Saturday morning before rushing off to play netball at Gibson Park. My children went to Beaconsfield Primary school and played for Fremantle Hawks. My husband (whose work hours were more flexible than mine) was on the building committee for the school and was treasurer for the Hawks. I would be disappointed if raising children and being involved in local school and sport communities was considered not being “involved’ in Fremantle. How disrespectful of that silent majority of parents who put so much into the fabric of our community. I bought a house in Thomas Street, South Fremantle in 1987 after, as a young journalist, I had returned home to work on the America’s Cup. We now own a business in Beaconsfield and a house in Tuckfield Street which is still under renovation (sigh). I wanted to live there so I could hear the sound of the ships hooting and because I have a fatal attraction to old houses (sigh). Did I mention that my father was a marine engineer on the Fremantle tugs and a real treat for me as a young teenager was to go out on the tugs and watch up close the ships being assisted to moor? Perhaps I should also mention that I was GM for EventsCorp for five years and was on the committees for the Whitbread race, the world windsurfing championship and several other events which have played such an important part in Fremantle’s vibrancy. Is it so bad to have someone who has grown up in and around Fremantle, been successful at business and worked in government, is passionate about heritage, who has raised a family in Fremantle, who lives 100 metres from the City ward boundary, and now has some time to contribute to the continued revitalisation of Fremantle, standing for the City Ward? Kind regards, Linda Wayman (a.k.a As an incurable optimist – see previous comments about old houses).

  9. Lionel said, on August 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    No one is denying that your experience would make you a good councillor, I just don’t think it is a requirement to be one. There are many people qualified to do the job who have never been to a council meeting or community meeting.

  10. freoview said, on August 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

    It is just disappointing we are getting candidates parachuted in who have not bothered to go to council meetings or community sessions, etc. I want a much higher standard and a real good understanding of local government process, which I have acquired by diligently going to most council and community meetings for over ten years.


  11. freoishome said, on August 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    CoF needs Fremantle residents as candidates because our city has some unique requirements.

    There are very few other WA Cities that where the City’s core is also one of the prime entertainment precincts, that provides the whole metro with recreational, mainly hospitality amenity and facilities. City Ward is that place.

    However, CoF is much more than that. Very few CoF residents live in City Ward, and most are not in the city everyday in the cafes and restaurants, ie, benefiting directly from them, yet we in the suburbs are expected to tolerate the negative impacts of the City Ward, while the blow-in business people and their clients want all the benefits, primarily to maximise the ‘bucks’ out of our City. A great deal of what we hear about is very City Ward focused, to the detriment of the other suburbs.

    The other dominating feature of City Ward which the bulk of residents get no direct benefit from is Notre Dame Uni, which now owns or occupies nearly 50 of the largest and most prominent buildings in City Ward.

    We need candidates whose objectives are primarily about the suburbs, ie, us. With the City Ward making sure that benefits of it are greater than the negatives to us, rather than just supporting the developers and businesses who just want to profit from our town and its special amenity.


  12. Lionel said, on August 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Then according to your requirements almost no one can run for council.

  13. freoview said, on August 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I expect candidates to do their homework, and that is witnessing first hand how council works. Reading it in the newspapers is not good enough and just checking minutes now and then isn’t either.

    There is nothing I have to deal with, Lionel, but those who can’t be bothered to inform themselves properly should bother.


  14. Lionel said, on August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Just because you guys don’t know these candidates doesn’t mean they aren’t credentialed. They might not go to council meetings but that doesn’t mean they aren’t well versed in the comings and goings of council and the CoF. Roel, you often tell us that council meetings are only attended by a small handful of the same people – if this is the requirement to run for office then it would only be you and the other few people at these meetings doing so.

    There are many passionate, well informed people who don’t participate in Freo in the same way you do. That doesn’t mean they aren’t qualified or suitable. Deal with it.

  15. freoview said, on August 14, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Exactly my view in this, Sue. It’s not about the quantity of candidates but about their quality as far as intimate knowledge of Fremantle is concerned, and understanding how local government works. Not many bother to do their homework and just blow in because they have support from influential people with an agenda.


  16. bigjulie said, on August 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    We do have a democracy which does encourage anyone to run for office, yet, one would expect potential candidates to have been active even as observers prior to announcing their candidacy.

  17. Rob Fittock said, on August 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    another dark horse with impressive creds….the silent majority might be aroused

  18. Suzanne said, on August 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Speaking apparently, as a fellow fickle mush-head, I think you missed the point Lionel.
    I presume Roel, similar to myself and many others want good, informed, Fremantle based
    Candidates for all Wards. Our argument with last minute fly-by-nighters is they generally know
    nothing of what has transpired before, or the needs of Fremantle, because they have not been involved
    or interested prior to nomination. Or even now for that matter, two months out from election.
    You can read a perfect example of that in an earlier blog about the City Ward, on Freo View.

  19. freoview said, on August 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I am not complaining that too many people are participating, Lionel. City Ward traditionally gets 4-5 nominations.

    Why the name calling? I have many flaws, but fickle and mush-head are not some of my short-comings.


  20. Lionel said, on August 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    First you lament the fact not enough people get involved, then you complain too many are participating. You people are nothing but a pack of fickle mush-heads.

  21. freoview said, on August 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I am wondering about the same, Sue. People we never hear off, or who engage with the community, are suddenly out there and want to be part of the council, and sadly many of them don’t have a clue about what goes on in Fremantle. We don’t see them at Council meetings, community consultations, etc.etc. That worries me a lot because some have powerful people backing them.


  22. Suzanne said, on August 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Here we go again!!!
    What is it with these newbies coming out of the woodwork?
    I wonder if its the lure of big kid politics. Fremantle Council is a noted stepping stone for moving into the State and Federal Parliamentary arena. Is that the sudden interest?
    Where have the latest two of your aforementioned candidates been over the long (and even recent) years
    of Fremantle fiascos? Why have I (we) never sighted them at important Fremantle functions?
    Sorry but City Ward and Fremantle generally, need people who are passionate about their city and have given
    their time and energy long before an election.

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