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While the concerns of the Fremantle retailers about antisocial behavior, violence and shoplifting are genuine and need to be much better attacked by WA Police, it is not at all helpful for their businesses to get a silly tabloid headline such as “Is Fremantle On Its Knees?” on Channel 7 Today Tonight and negative articles on line in the West Australian and Perth Now/Sunday Times.

Big negative headlines in the media will no doubt have an impact on visitors and shoppers and while retailers claim shoppers stay away from Fremantle because they don’t feel safe, it is more likely they will stay away because of the negativity in mainstream and on social media.

The City of Fremantle does extremely well when one considers all the CCTV around town and the Community Safety officers patrolling the streets daily from early till late, but at the end it is the State Government that will need to demand from the Police Commissioner that we will get a regular and constant number of officers on foot, on bike and in cars in Fremantle, and not just for a few weeks after bad press.

Bad press is not helping Fremantle! We have read for years that parking supposedly was an issue, but it wasn’t really, and we had a former CEO of the Chamber of Commerce who loved to be photographed in front of vacant shops complaining that retail was declining-as it did everywhere else-and now we have the outrage about homeless people, vagrants, foul language, abuse, etc.

I do totally get the frustration of those who have to deal with this shit daily and are victims of it, in and in front of their shops, but it is much better to put pressure on the Police Commissioner, the Minister for Police and the Premier of this state to let them know that it is not good enough, no matter that incidents such as we have in Fremantle also regularly occur in Cockburn, Midland, Perth, Northbridge, etc.

Our traders, shoppers, tourists, residents, workers and everyone who comes into Freo deserve to have a good time. Feeling unsafe might just be a perception for many, but that makes it a reality for them and that needs to be stopped. Now! We want and need more police on the beat each and every day and indefinitely to prevent all the unacceptable and unlawful incidents happening, not to write reports after the event!

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on March 4, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Pretty subjective and personal likes, Shane. I don’t want to see the High Street mall re-opened for traffic, I believe FOMO replace pretty average buildings and activating Kings Square is good, drugs at the backpackers next to you is Police responsibility to sort out, and if you believe Council should have allowed six storeys on the Customs site in the West End Heritage area that has a restriction of four storeys, you are one of only a few who want to see such high buildings in Fremantle’s most beautiful precinct.
    And what local law would Julie apply to force Notre Dame to activate the street level of their buildings? As you know a Memorandum of Understanding has no legal enforcement.

    If Councillor Adin Lang is not aware of antisocial problems in the CBD he should get on his bike and come into town more often. That’s the job he was elected to do.



  2. Sippel Harald said, on March 4, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Hi Roel, nach mehr Polizei rufen, kann‘s doch nicht sein. end of the pipe Maßnahmen greifen immer zu kurz und kommen zu spät. nicht mehr Polizei und damit auch Überwachung ist gefragt, sondern der Abbau immer weiter um sich greifender sozialer Ungleichheit.


  3. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on March 3, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Once again you have it backwards – we don’t complain about council because Julie wants to be a councillor – Julie wants to be a councillor because there are so many problems with both the councils and the councillors.


  4. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on March 3, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    As I have shown in the previous comments it’s the majority (not the exception) of retailers telling to fix the problem.

    By posting the break-in of Rip Curl on Friday night to Freo Massive, I have generated a lead for police. If fear of discussing the issues is overcome solutions can be found.


  5. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on March 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm


    Julie has had numerous meetings with Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton. She also met with the Inspector in charge of Fremantle last week. There is a meeting organized with the Shadow Ministers of Women’s Issues and Police over the next two weeks. Letters have also been sent to the Police Minister and ignored. All these meetings were organized by Julie personally except for that involving the police inspector.

    What is to be done when Brad Warburton contradicts (lies) on tv what he says in meetings? He is a career policeman only interested in artificially deflating statistics so he can move up the command chain?

    What is to be done when Adin Lang comes to a Freo Now meeting and says that he is not aware of an anti-social problem?

    Yes, many of the issues are state issues – yes, we have always said that the number one part of the solution is more police on the beat getting to know the community. (Relook at the Today Tonight video.)

    But there are numerous things the council can do but has not got the guts. The decision regarding the Woolstores, the decision regarding Custom House, the poor urban planning of FOMO, the continued presence of the High Street Mall, the failure to stand-up to UNDA regarding true activation of the West End, the failure to stand-up to Coles regarding the mess on the streets of their trolleys, the failure to deal with the Backpackers which become a drug centre in the West End, the lack of lights in the Esplanade Park, the lack of communication with residents and businesses in the CBD, the lack of representation by our City Ward Councillors, the branding of businesses and businesses that have raised issues for years as ‘trouble makers” or ‘whiners’ are all problems that the council can fix.


  6. freoview said, on March 3, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Nowhere in my blog article do I write or suggest that this shit is not happening, Shane. I am very well informed about what goes on in town, but I simply do not agree with you and others that going to the media is going to make it better.

    You are-yet again-attacking the Council and Councillors but you know as well as I do that policing is not a local government responsibility, in every council in Australia! It is a state responsibility, so trying to get political mileage out of it on a local level is deliberate on your part in light of the Council elections in October. Attack the Police Commissioner, the Police Minister and the entire state government for always treating Fremantle as a third-rate place that is not high on their priority list. That is where the problem is and that’s why they don’t invest in Fremantle and really don’t give a shit.



  7. Suzanne said, on March 3, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Well what does The Member for Fremantle actually do, if she can’t assist the Freo female shop owners, who remain in constant fear.
    Simone McGurk is the Minister for Child Protection & Womans Interests. Surely it’s her portfolio irrespective of being the local member.
    Her shopfront is just up the road.
    Do something Minister.


  8. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on March 3, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Freo Now presented over 30 emails from traders with problems last week to the police and council – their response, “We are tired of the negativity.”

    Previous media reports have been generated by Jesse (see the link I provided), Sam and Nick, Rhett Pace, etc. They are all traders who are fed up with the police and council excuses.

    You should also read this article –

    So police officers are fed up as well.

    Maybe go talk to Vanda at the Newsagency in the mall, or Courtney at Boost Juice, or Lu at Rip Curl, or Jesse at Common Ground, or Four Eyes Optometrists, or Clear Skin, or Ricky at 5star Tattoos, or La Vita, or My Life, or Hype, or Red Dot, or Priceline, or Mills Records, or Eros, or the second hand clothes shop at the eastern end of the mall, or Terrace Menswear, or Warren Menwear, or Haute on High, or Seven-11, or Woolstores security – they don’t care about reputation anymore- they just want it dealt with.

    If the Council and Councillors don’t want negative reviews then they need to stop giving us reasons to be upset and start listening. Them complaining about bad press is a bit like a Cardinal Pell complaining that the choirboys have disrupted his life.


  9. freoview said, on March 3, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I walk around Fremantle every day with my eyes wide open, Shane, and I am well aware what goes on in the inner city and elsewehere, but that does not contradicts the arguments I made in my article.

    I know you love being aggressive and negative about just about everything and have a great desire for exposure on Freo Massive and the general media. For me that is counter productive as all it does is creating resentment.

    The pressure must be maintained to get more and more regular cops on the beat, but not through the media. In my opinion that just creates negativity about Fremantle to the detriment of our traders. When people stop coming because people like you put the fear of God in them, than more retailers will close.



  10. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on March 3, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Did you this this on Friday Roel?


  11. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on March 3, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Roel – you ned to stop looking through your lens and actually walk around with your eyes open.

    When continued attempts by residents and businesses fall on the deaf ears of the police and council, where are they supposed to turn?

    Have you had your kids involved in a robbery, anti-social behaviour or in the middle of a drug deal recently? For several of the business owners and residents these are daily occurrences.

    The cops only appear on the beat for a short time after any media report – to keep them on the street the pressure must and will be maintained.

    Unfortunately Roel you defend many of the instituations causing the problem. Crime rises in the CBD when UNDA is not here – all of December and January, after hours and weekends. One female business owner contacted Simone McGurk to raise The issue of sexually- based anti-social behaviour and was told the issue wasn’t within her portfolio. Senior-Sergeant Brad Warburton told Julie Morgan that there is no specific CBD patrol yet on TV he says the opposite.

    More media to come.


  12. ANDREW said, on March 3, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Totally agree,need more police on the streets.


  13. Nicola said, on March 2, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Agree Roel. More police presence is needed.


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