Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018


There is nothing more annoying for me than sitting in the public gallery at Fremantle Council and Council Committee meetings and not being able to hear everything the Councillors are saying.

I admit that I am an old fella whose hearing is no longer as good as it was when I tried to pretend I had not heard my parents, and later on when I grew up, my gorgeous partners, when they told me off, but I just wished the elected members would take my less than 20/20 hearing into account and actually speak INTO the microphones supplied to them.

Councillors Ingrid Waltham and  Jenny Archibald have the softest voices of all elected members, but they keep the microphone somewhere left or right of a shoulder so I find it very difficult to hear their valuable contributions to the debates.

Other Councillors do have the microphone in front of them but then turn their head away to address the Mayor and that makes the mike rather useless, and it makes my life pretty frustrating when I do my very best to get a proper and fair account of the debate, so I can report it on Freo’s View.

Thank you so much for your consideration Councillors! Should I wish for hearing aids for Christmas?

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on December 13, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Why don’t they wear headsets so that it does not matter in which direction they speak, or have more sensitive microphones, and loudspeakers were the public is.



  2. bigjulie said, on December 13, 2018 at 7:27 am

    The audio in our courts is just as bad. The lawyers mumble into their boots and the weary judges talk like a bishop. Court microphones are actually for recording, not amplification. Everywhere else we go including Bunnings they can blast us with music such as Tina Turner on Dial setting 9 down in plumbing but the lavish Perth courts subdue their wisdom by expunging the modern marvel of amplification. It’s unheard of!


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