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HERALD OWNER ATTACKS EAST FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2017

 

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Andrew Smith, owner of the Fremantle Herald and former East Fremantle Mayor has attacked Mayor Jim O’Neill in a full page advertisement in the free-range Chook this weekend.

Smith claims that O’Neill refused to fight the proposed local government reform and amalgamation with Fremantle because he supported it, and that O’Neill had put his name up to manage the council merger for the WA government if it went ahead.

Smith says that the Mayor leads a divided council because of factionalism.

Jim O’Neill won’t be able to lead the plans for the future of East Fremantle Oval, Smith claims, because he lives next door to it, and that the town planning under O’Neill has resulted in massive development near the Townhall and that the Royal George Hotel site could go up to 18 storeys. The latter was denied recently on this blog by Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail.

Herald owner Andrew Smith also attacks the sacking of two CEOs, but for transparency reasons should have disclosed that sacked CEO Stuart Wearne is the brother of the Herald’s long-time advertising manager Natalie Hug.

It is clear that the mayoral debates in Freo and East Freo are heated, but that is alright for democracy as long as everyone tries to stick with the facts.

 

Roel Loopers

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WHICH ARE FREMANTLE’S BEST RETAIL DAYS!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2017

 

Retailers in the Fremantle CBD are saying it is not necessarily true that Freo is only a weekend shopping destination, with some stating that they do better business during the week.

Robert Bodkins of the cosy Bodkin’s Bootery in High Street has mentioned this a few times to me now, so I would like to see the City of Fremantle or BID do a survey to find out which the best days of trading are for retailers.

From my own observation cafes and restaurants do very well on weekends, but some in the West End do also very well during the week as Notre Dame University staff and students support their businesses.

I’d love to see some facts on this, so who will take it on CoF, BID, Chamber of Commerce and do a proper survey?

 

Roel Loopers

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FUNNY FREO SIGN

 

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My good mate Bob made me aware of this sign on the Fremantle South Mole.

Not sure what the message is but it looks good.

 

Roel Loopers

 

LET’S GET ON WITH FREO’S FUTURE!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2017

 

Last night it was packed house upstairs at the National Hotel for the local government election forum for Fremantle City Ward, where there are five candidates, including I.

I also attended the South Ward forum two days earlier at The Local where just over 30 people attended.

The two forums together with the feedback I have been getting during door knocking has been far more positive than I expected, after all the name calling and bullying on social media. There is more a sense in the community of let’s get on with it and make the best off it, rather than council bashing or extreme left or right political views.

There is one observation about the forums I would like to make, and hope it will be changed for the mayoral debate between mayor Brad Pettitt and Ra Stewart this coming Tuesday, and that is the in my opinion too short time to respond to questions from the floor.

In South Freo candidates only had one minute and at City Ward a minute and a half and that is not enough. It encourages ‘news bytes’ but does not allow for more substantial and in depth reflections, so I hope this will be increased to 3 minutes for the mayoral debate, where there are only two candidates.

There is a clear passion for Freo in the community, but also a clear difference of opinion about what is good for our city, so it will be a nail-biting election night on October 21, as it will be close in many wards and for the big one.

It is YOUR decision, so please VOTE!!! Ballot papers will be arriving in your letterbox next week.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

HAVE YOUR SAY ON KINGS SQAUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2017

 

The Daily. Kings square

 

The City of Fremantle is inviting the public to have their say on what they would like to see at Kings Square as part of the significant and exciting development of our city square.

Key aspects of the draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design include:

more shaded areas, with a 5% increase in tree canopy

an additional 600sqm of public gardens and grassed areas (a 3.4% increase)

a new outdoor children’s play space

a designated church yard and urban garden area

new paving and street furniture extending further out to the edges of the square

the retention of service vehicle access, universally accessible parking and vehicle drop-off zones

designated outdoor spaces for events

wider footpaths to encourage alfresco dining

integrated public artworks celebrating Fremantle’s Aboriginal and European heritage.

The draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design was developed using principles developed and endorsed by a community ‘citizens jury’ in 2012. These principles include the prioritisation of pedestrian space by minimising vehicle movements and non-essential parking, better activating the edges of the square and respecting the historic character of Kings Square.

 View the draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design

 The draft design will be available for public comment shortly via the City’s My Say Freo online community engagement portal.

 

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GETTING TO KNOW FREO’S LOOPY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

Background details about Fremantle election candidates are important and since there are rumours and innuendo flying about here a bit about myself:

  • Born in the Netherlands as the middle child of five behind the corner shop of my parents. Two older sisters and a younger sister and brother.
  • Started career as press photographer in Nuremberg, Germany in 1969, working for daily newspapers, German press agency DPA and Associated Press for 13 years
  • Migrated to Sydney, Australia, March 13, 1982. Worked as kitchenhand, cook, waiter, market researcher, and finally as photographer again
  • Moved to Perth, September 1985. Established Profile Photography. Bought house in Como.
  • Did photo assignments for advertising agencies, designers, mining industry, tourism, Fremantle Port, Legislative Council, redevelopment agencies, architects, etc. Was the official photographer during the visit of Princess Anne to WA.
  • Bought house in Swanbourne in 1987.
  • Had solo and group photo exhibitions in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Germany, etc. and curated and judged photo shows.
  • Supported my partner in her Artplace Gallery, Claremont.
  • Moved to Fremantle in 1992. Bought house in Bolton Place.
  • Joint Walyalup Reconciliation Group and sat on committee to implement Aboriginal policy for Fremantle.
  • 1995 eight months 4WD solo trip throughout Australia
  • January 1996 Back in Freo. Wrote my first letter to editor and had many published since.
  • Continued with my photography business, but digital was a game changer.
  • Assisted at Bathers Beach Sunset Market, Princess May Market and Elizabeth Quay Market.
  • Volunteer as tourguide at the Roundhouse since 2010.
  • Was committee member, president and vice president of the Fremantle Society and president of the Roundhouse guides.
  • Have been attending Fremantle Council and committee meetings for 8+ years.
  • Have published Freo’s View blog since October 2009, supporting Fremantle and scrutinising council.
  • Have lived at Arthur Head, Swanbourne and Forrest Street and Bellevue Terrace, and in White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield, where I live now.
  • I retired in early 2016 and if elected will be a full-time Councillor for Fremantle.

 

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CITY WARD ELECTION FORUM TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

The Fremantle CITY WARD election candidate forum is on tonight at 6.30 upstairs at the National Hotel, so please do come along and bring your neighbours, business colleagues and friends.

Even if you are not interested in local government, do it for me, so that I’ll see a few friendly faces in the crowd!

I have done the leg work and the hard yards over the last 8+ years to get a very good understanding of local government process, so it is natural progress that I want to make the next step up into Council.

It is important to understand that Councillors need to know what goes on in all of Fremantle, not just their ward, suburb or street, as they will be required to vote on all issues that come to Council and committee meetings.

A thorough understanding of all the issues in all the suburbs is essential to be a good and effective Councillor, and I am proud to say that I have done my homework over very many years.

Come listen to the five candidates and ask your questions during the Q&A that will be the main part of the evening, and may the best Roel win. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

LIVE STREAMING OF FREO COUNCIL MEETINGS

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

Fremantle Council is considering live-streaming council and committee meetings to create more transparency and for the public to better understand local government process.

Looking at the lack of interest in local government I doubt that many people would watch council meetings on their computer or smartphone, but anything that will minimise community ignorance is good, because it is astounding how little Fremantle residents know about what goes on in our city.

At the second last council meeting before the election last night not even the candidates bothered to turn up and get a better understanding of what could be their future place of work.

There is quite clearly a lack of proper communication with the community when most people in South Fremantle and beyond are not aware that the rubber speedhumps in South Terrace are just temporary and that they will be replaced with permanent traffic calming raised platforms, and that street furniture and new trees will give the area a more residential appearance.

When only a small percentage of residents have applied for a parking permit that allows them to park for free twenty hours per day, that has been available for over ten years, that shows that the information does not get through to the people, hence they complain about perceived parking problems.

The Fremantle Festival parade is scratched because of lack of interest from the community, and not many people turn up any more to watch the Blessing of the Fleet, that used to be a big draw card, simply because they do not know it is on. Even at ANZAC Day there are fewer people watching than in previous years, so what needs to be done?

Having a massive decline in spectators does affect our local traders, so let’s start with the basics, improve communication, and get the message out there that Freo is alive and well.

Live streaming might interest only a few but it is worth consideration. It is important though that the privacy of public speakers is protected so that they don’t attract social media bullies.

Roel Loopers

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JDAP REFUSES FREO SIGN MADNESS

Posted in advertising, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

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The WA Joint Development Assessment Panel has refused the application for a large video advertising sign at 116 Wray Avenue, corner Hampton Road in Fremantle with a 3-2 vote.

The City of Fremantle had already refused the application because it does not comply with the discretionary height provisions under the planning scheme, does not meet Fremantle’s planning policy for advertising, and the location of the sign is deemed to be a risk to road safety.

I personally am very annoyed about visual pollution and signs all over the place. There are A-signs everywhere in the CBD, and the election campaign signs are making Fremantle look like a cheap car yard.

Motorists get constantly distracted by signage and flashing video screens have no place along busy roads, I believe.

It is a worry though the JDAP vote was so close, so we can only hope that the applicants won’t try to force it through at the State Administrative Tribunal.

 

Roel Loopers

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SPRING BEAUTY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

spring

 

Isn’t it gorgeous! Came across this lovely spring scenery in Shuffrey Street while I was doorknocking in the east end of City Ward.

Met some very lovely people too, but the old legs were calling for a break, so reading a book until I’ll attend Council at 6pm this eve,

Roel Loopers

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