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DOWSON NOMINATES FOR FREMANTLE CITY WARD

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, fremantle society, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

The biggest surprise at this year’s Fremantle local council election is no doubt that Fremantle Society president John Dowson has nominated for City Ward and will do battle with incumbent Rachel Pemberton.

Dowson spent four years on Fremantle Council previously, so he knows the ropes of local government.

In a city that is going through a bit of a development boom Dowson’s negativity about most new buildings might not sit well with those in the community who believe change is good and necessary for Fremantle, but I have no doubt that the more conservative voters will see Dowson as a good alternative to the Green-leaning Pemberton.

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  1. freoview said, on September 18, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I rarely report on police issues and of what happened today I am not aware. I don’t get police reports, did not see iton Twitter, facebook, the West, etc. so I can’t publish something I am not aware of.

    The rumours that Target will close are about ten years on, and no doubt it might happen one day as retail is struggling everywhere.

    Now I suggest if my integrity is such an issue with you and you continue to defame me you just move on. The comments on my blog became fewer when I told people I would nit publsih defamatory ones and I am very happy I got rid of this, including yours. Now go to to social media where your right wing mates are, those where whingers connect.

    Roel

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  2. marklw067 said, on September 18, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Still avoiding the issue/challenge that you just make stuff about people to suit your own agenda, I see.
    Boring is what you do, that why comments on your blog dried up, except for ones like this.

    I know you struggle with others being able to express their opinions and POV when they differ from yours

    So, while you were sanitising what really does on in Freo, the schools were emailing parents this morning a warning of a school child robbed on the high street yesterday, what is later reported as an armed robbery
    With another attempted robbery and harassment of women today on the bank strip by the rumoured soon to be closing Target. Can’t believe u missed those stories or did choose not to publish them, was it too controversial at this time?
    Just recently even at WGV primary a car was broken into at school drop off time, WTF

    As a community safety issue, you think you would have reported that? Or maybe that just my political agenda, a safe Freo for families!

    Seems bringing up anti-social issues and the policy of council, that helps drive these issues is very relevant, well actually it’s always relevant in Freo lately, sadly

    Great to see so many online comments on social media, encouraging the victims to report the crimes to police and not the constant sweep it under the carpet agenda we have had in the past.

    It’s only stats and public pressure that will get Fremantle, the extra police the city needs.

    Might be a good idea to fire up the blog again with all the issues poor Freo is having, especially after the plethora of stories in the west lately with many reported questionable activities in Freo. I wonder how many more, are too come?

    It’s ok i don’t expect you to publish this, it raises to many relevant issues

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  3. martin said, on September 18, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Roel,

    Mark has lived here his whole life, and is clearly upset about the current state of Fremantle, and the financial mismanagement of council’s finances.I bought my home here almost 20 years ago and I obviously share many of his frustrations as I have also witnessed first hand the decline that has accelerated over the past 10 years under Petit’s failed social experiment. It is real and it has happened.

    During this exact same period we are told by our council that they have been “revitalising” the place, at considerable expense to ratepayers. Now either Freo council is living in a parallel universe out there somewhere, or it is in complete denial about what is actually taking place here. A walk around Freo shows that their rhetoric does not match reality.

    Only property developers have prospered in Freo over the past 10 years, picking up ratepayer assets for a song, while retail, tourism and residents services and amenities have all taken a nose dive. I shop elsewhere, and stay well clear of much of the CBD, because there is practically nothing there anymore.

    If you want to brand this as being negative, that’s your choice. I want change. Freo should be better than 20 years ago, but sadly it is now far worse. For as long as our council continues to delude itself about how successful it has been, it will not change.

    Almost $65 million has gone into the Investment Reserve since 2012, and soon it will be all gone – what do we have to show for it except that half of our city’s investment properties are now sold to private developers. What can I point to and say “what a great return for my rates bill”? It needs to be called for what it is, and I believe real change will only happen at the ballot box.

    Mark has stood for council in the past, as you have, to put his hand up to contribute to making a difference. You may not agree with each other, but you both want this place turned around for the better. Do you honestly think he should leave Freo because he doesn’t like what his home town has descended into, and doesn’t agree with you?

    Why does this always descend into derogatory comments and nasty name calling. Opinions are just opinions. If people are not prepared to say it face to face, why put in on social media?

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  4. freoview said, on September 18, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Restart your own boring blog Mark. I am not interested giving you the audience. Or back to Freo Massive.

    Roel

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  5. marklw067 said, on September 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    So clearly u r still making stuff up and avoid the questions yet again when called out. Hardly surprising, but predictable

    Roel I have been in and around Freo since Iwas born and will be for a considerable time more

    I grew up here went to a primary school and high school in the COF, worked in the markets as a school kid, and on the High St in the west end.
    I know how good it was and can be again, it’s certainly not what it’s been run down to with a decade of mismanagement, poor policy and agendas

    Nothing wrong with Freo just its management, you don’t sell a classic car because of a few dents and some rust, you just remove them and fix it up.

    A car analogy seems appropriate with shocking state of parking

    Is it true Fremantle council sold the Henderson street car-park attached to old Myers for 1/2 its replacement value, really can’t see how that was in the best interest of rate payers/residents and businesses in Fremantle?
    Might be one of those mismanagement issues that need to be looked at?

    Don’t drink the Kool-aid

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  6. freoview said, on September 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    BlaBlaBla, Mark, as always.You have indeed not changed and remain negative about everything in Fremantle. Why live here when you hate it so much? Make the wise decision and move where it suits you better. I did!

    Roel

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  7. marklw067 said, on September 18, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Always offered a solution, you just don’t listen or don’t like them.

    Clearly u r making stuff up as you said I have a political agenda, so what is it ??
    quote “Unlike you I have no political agenda”
    So what is my political agenda??????????

    Unless wanting a better safer, cleaner, more prosperous, Freo is now a political agenda.
    If they actually did it I wouldn’t care who they were.
    All I see know is a tired run town with real issues struggling to survive. ask the shops owners they say that straight up, last week in the CBD, “surely it can’t get any worse”! well sadly for those businesses, they haven’t seen the bottom yet.

    Look at the asset sales over the last decade.
    Have those sales benefited the ratepayers and residents?
    Where will the revenue they generated come from in the future?
    Who will replace those $$$$$$ in years to come, the ratepayers and residents, that’s who, with higher rates and the subsequence rental increases.

    What people should be asking is who has benefited from those sales?
    Those declining assets are not renewable
    Just as our shrinking tree canopy seems not to be, all impacted by council agenda and policy.
    How far has Freo continued to sink, in reference to the 202020 report, it’s gotten worse, not better

    I fairly believe no state and federal politics should be in local government, that’s far from the case in Freo, the vast majority of them seem to be or have been linked to state or federal politics

    How is a quarantine site reported as a contaminated site? Has it changed status, if so where is the documentation to support that??
    Is council so uninterested in local’s families health and welfare, what good is an asbestos monitor, by time its detected, the kids will have breathed it in, playing in their own yards.

    I see your rose colour glasses are still in regular use.

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  8. freoview said, on September 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    To be honest with you, Martin, I would not know who to vote for in City Ward because I am not a fan of Dowson and Morgan, and while Pemberton is very good and well informed at Council meetings I do not believe she has enough appreciation and understanding of what retailers need and want. and that is probably really lacking at Fremantle Council.

    Roel

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  9. martin said, on September 18, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Lot’s of nasty personal attacks going on here Roel – is this really what you want on your blog?

    If people want Freo to continue heading in the direction it is heading, vote for Pemberton. If you don’t, vote for one of the others.

    I know John Dowson stands for preserving the heritage of Freo, addressing the declining finances and stop the selling off getting our income generating investment properties [half have already been sold and the funds squandered]. He has been standing up for Freo for many years, and without people like him taking a stand the place would have lost the heritage value that most tourists come here to enjoy. I moved here because of Freo’s unique character, and will support anyone that wants to preserve that for future generations.

    I’m still waiting to hear what Julie Morgan stands for.

    It’s a shame people can’t just focus on the issues affecting Freo’s future.

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  10. freoview said, on September 18, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Indeed Mark, I sometimes change my mind. Intelligent people do that because they think about issues.

    I don’t make stuff up Mark and it is insulting and defamatory for you to say so. You have not bothered with my blog for years and as far as I am concerned you are quite welcome to ignore it again as your contributions are repetitive and predictable smears at Fremantle council without offering solutions.

    Roel

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  11. marklw067 said, on September 18, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    What political agenda, still making stuff up Roel, unless its a political agenda to want to see freo improve? I’m not and never have been a member of any political organization.
    Then again I guess I’m just narrow minded for wanting to see Fremantle as a clean safe, prosperous, family friendly city, that attracts business, tourism and visitors, while protecting its true wealth, in its heritage.

    I forgot that you are the only one who can point out councils failures only to back flip when it suits you.

    Fremantle will only improve with people stepping up to offer a change, happy John and many others are and have in the past, and it seems gone are the days when the current crew can just fill in the nomination and take their job on council unopposed

    This council has a litany of bad decisions and shocking business deals as a history, the dockers one a real clanger, sooner or later people will wake-up. How bad was the Jshed deal and how much time money did that donkey idea lose for the city
    We are still waiting to see how buildings appreciate in value LOL, which is the centre justification for the Kings Square debt model

    It’s about time freo was put first and not tacky developments and their short term profits

    Which is probably why Hilton is in no rush to start development as they clearly have their doubts on Freos direction, as the hype is not living up to reality

    With scuttlebutt saying target is also on its way out of freo, leaving an ever shrinking CBD business model to attract new business and visitors wallets.

    So u focus on the personalities, and the axe u have to grind; all I care about is good policy and outcomes which freo isn’t/hasn’t been getting for years

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  12. freoview said, on September 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Yes Mark Woodcock, here you come out of the wood works to spread your same narrow-minded mantra and you can’t even be succinct. Unlike you I have no political agenda. I criticise Fremantle council when I believe they deserve it and I compliment them when I believe they make the right decisions.

    You really believe Fremantle would be a better place without all the festivals and events?

    I heard you held John Dowson’s hand when he nominated, so maybe be transparent about that. It is far too easy to blame Councilors for everything and far too easy to believe John Dowson on his own is going to make a big difference. He was very ineffective when he was on council.

    Roel

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  13. marklw067 said, on September 18, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Sad to see you still have your blinkers on Roel, Fremantle continues to sink and you continue to plug the leaking dyke with tissue paper.
    You think after a decade of watching Fremantle fail you would see a change in direction is needed

    Council has plenty to do with setting a scene that encourages anti-social behaviour and has done so for years.
    Pro graffiti
    Pettitt inviting in the homeless and street begging after Perth discourage them
    Their pro booze barn mentality, going against their own policy
    Their festivals which are huge drug magnets.
    Lock in festivals and more are planned
    Inaction around squats
    Inaction around all the street campers in the suburbs and city
    Run down look of so many areas of Freo
    Lack of street sweeping and cleaning
    His anti helmet campaign
    The constant signs of vomit, faeces, broken bottles, after a weekend still there days after the weekend is over
    The lack of action on anti- social issues for years has said a clear message to shoppers with the cash to support Freo businesses, don’t come here
    I have had visitors who are shocked about Freo current state and its rapid decline since their last visit
    Martin below has mentioned hearing similar comments.
    Social media is awash with similar comments.

    Parking, speed humps Freo is infamous for these problems
    If you’re seeing parking spaces around that’s because people just aren’t coming to Freo. Imagine how many more there would be if the council cancer of eating up street parking wasn’t happening. Possibly why VP is so busy, plenty of street parking

    Council selling off city assets, under value to build brads monument, which will do nothing to help Freo.
    Might be good for a couple of months, then it will just roll back to how it has been for the last the 1/2 decade or so.

    Anyway you keep covering for them and keep your head in the sand as it’s worked so well for Freo so far.
    To fix a problem you first need to admit there is one and look at the cause, this council and its support are all in serious denial

    I wish John Dowson the best, his knowledge experience would be welcome on council and fill a huge void.

    No one is coming to Freo to see brads latest approved ugly concrete shoe boxes, but they might come to visit if our real heritage is protected, that’s never going to happen under this council, how much more would have been destroyed if not for people like John Dowson and the Fremantle Society, I thanks him and that group for their years of thankless work.
    If not the roundhouse tunnel would have become the world’s largest urinal and the top grass area, “Junkies End”, if council had had, their way.

    Fremantle council has contributed to the anti-social issues Fremantle, the actions of simple things like cleaning graffiti and their focus on the underground petty criminal element, started the clean-up of New York City

    Oh and well said Martin & Bob, Hear Hear!

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  14. freoview said, on September 18, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Antisocial behaviour and crime are state issues for the WA Police and not Fremantle Council. There are plenty of parking bays in Freo’s CBD and very many are vacant during weekdays. Yes Fremantle does has problems with vagrants and so does Perth and all shopping districts have a huge problem with declining retail and most of that has nothing to do with the local councils.
    Development of hotels, residential and commercial accommodation, getting more people to live, work and frequent Fremantle is essential to create change and Fremantle Council has been active on trying to achieve that.

    And you are the one doing the diatribe Bob.

    Roel

    Roel

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  15. Bob said, on September 18, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Interesting Sam and Roel
    After having a long look at JD FB page I can’t find your so called diatribe of anything other than cars or Freo.
    Seems the diatribe of hate on a public platform is yours with slanderous style comments
    The reference I did find in regards to Islam was a comment supporting an Imam

    Seems like the standard mud slinging that u can expect in Freo when anyone stands up for Fremantle for the great place it is, by questioning the shocking agenda that has driven it into the ground over the last decade.

    Another ugly concrete block is not going solve Fremantles issues

    The first thing, is to address the shocking issues of antisocial behaviour that is a key to Fremantle challenges along with parking problems and many others

    Great to see that Freo personal attacks role on for anyone willing to stand up against the diatribe of disastrous agendas councils and its supporters have run driving Freo into the ground

    A quick look, it’s clear and simple that Freo is in trouble and a new shopping block, or council chambers isn’t going to fix that.

    But true to form, the personal attacks roll on to distract from the truth about the disaster that Freo has become .

    Seems JD has a great knowledge of Freo and his knowledge, experience will be a threat to the establishment, so I guess the personal
    attacks on him will roll out thick and fast

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  16. freoview said, on September 17, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Hear, hear!

    Well said Sam!

    Roel

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  17. Sam said, on September 17, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Bob, a passion for, and knowledge about Freo is a prerequisite for any candidate. If he/she publishes diatribes of hate on a public platform then in my mind they aren’t fit for job.

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  18. freoview said, on September 17, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I don’t believe that international and national issues are not relevant to being on Fremantle Council, so Sam and others have every right to express that they are appalled by what they read on Dowson’s Facebook page, and so am I.

    Roel

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  19. Bob said, on September 16, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Whoa looks like Sam has some issues and non of them relevant to Freo
    Interesting how someone like Dowson scares people so much

    Maybe it’s his real care passion and knowledge of Freo that scares them so much

    So many cheap con people looking to profit from Freo, while people like Dowson have invested decades in protecting what makes Freo special and unique

    Freo development over the last 1/2 decade or so is mostly just tacky crap focused on turning a quick dollar with no substance

    Looks like the poor old wool stores is about to get another 💩 plan

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  20. Sam said, on September 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    One look at Dowson’s Facebook was all I needed to confirm my upcoming vote for Julie Morgan. I’m closer to the right side of politics myself but can’t in full conscience support an individual who is a Trump supporter with such appalling attitudes toward people of Muslim faith.

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  21. freoview said, on September 16, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I can’t publish your second comment Shane because it could be deemed defamatory, however I am appalled by John Dowson’s anti refugees and anti Muslim comments on his Facebook page and suggest everyone read those for themselves. I knew Dowson was right wing but I had no idea how far right. Disgusting!

    Roel

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  22. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on September 16, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    martin, I suggest you take a 5 mintue look at John Dowson’s FB page to see the type of my you are backing. Roel, this has nothing to do with Julie’s campaign as I have continuously called out John Dowson for his myopic views – and you cannot sit on the fence when bigotry raises its head.

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  23. Sean said, on September 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    marklw067 you state: “Sean most candidates have skin in the game or are you saying that no councillors own property or their homes they live in. Amazing, normally you get attacked for running where you don’t live.” If you are suggesting I am attacking John Dowson then you are wrong. I am stating that he owns a residence in the ward he is running in which is great – skin in the game. So not only is he invested in the Ward in which he chooses to run (which is good) he is a font of knowledge of many things Freo-related. Plus previous council experience.

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  24. martin said, on September 14, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Wow!!! It didn’t take long for the healthy and respectful debate to go out the window. Thanks for revealing the identity Roel, as this is pretty shocking behaviour from someone on the campaign trail.

    Mind you, it looks like a massive own goal to me…

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  25. freoview said, on September 14, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I know, Shane that even bloggers won’t save Fremantle, and I don’t believe either that those who constantly refer to their living experience in New York are the experts Fremantle needs either. ; >)

    The combination of more people living in the CBD, including Notre Dame students, tourists who spend more days in Fremantle in new hotels, festivals, people working here, etc. etc. will all contribute to revitalising cities and that includes street-level shops with residential above.

    Roel

    Roel

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  26. freoview said, on September 14, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Pretty harsh words, Shane Braddock. I most of the time don’t agree with John Dowson, but I do respect that in his own special way he has the best of Fremantle at heart.
    Just because he is competition for your wife Julie Morgan in the City Ward election does not give you the right to offend him.

    Roel

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  27. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on September 14, 2019 at 7:59 am

    That anyone can consider a hypocritical, anti-everything bigot such as John Dowson a step forward is laughable. Maybe if this was the 1890s.

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  28. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on September 14, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Anyone who thinks tourism (involving day-trippers, students who don’t live in the community, festival guests, or even bloggers) is going to save Fremantle is a fool.

    Look at Dubrovnik, Firenze, Barcelona, Amsterdam, etc who are all reacting to new-liberal marketing-driven town planning.

    Tourism doesn’t produce an economically deep society – just t-shirts and trinket shops and more cafes.

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  29. marklw067 said, on September 13, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Spot on Martin.

    Freo has all the elements that sent tourism to another location. Dirty, empty shops, vandalism, graffiti, anti-social behaviour, run down, substance abusing individuals to roam the streets,etc.

    Had a group of mates fly in a month ago, Austrians, Fins, Brits and some other aussies.

    Took a drive to little creatures, the comment was WTF happened to Fremantle, they have all been before some 15 yrs ago and loved it

    They were shocked at the decline, the dirt, vandalism, graffiti, squatters, street begging etc, all involved in food tourism and hospitality, non surprised that tourism is taking a hit in WA, especially when an icon like freo has dropped so far.

    The race now is to see what retailers they can round up in town to try and get some tenants to move to the old Myers site.
    If the plan is just to drag a few business around town to a new location, that’s just robbing Peter to pay Paul and will just drive another nail in freo coffin. One office block with a few shops below is no solution to freo issues, strangely enough a new council office won’t help that either

    After a decade of ever increasing loss and decline, can’t they realise their plan is a failure, looking to benchmark your failures on others lack of success, is a recipe for disaster

    But a quick look at Freo and that is clear.

    You have to admit there is a problem, to have any chance of addressing it.

    I was in Vic Park last week, the place was pumping, could get a car park, Free, and didn’t have to listen to the rantings from the substance abuse crowd, got what I wanted, couldn’t get it in Freo, left with a feeling of happy to go back to VP again.
    Fremantle second city for WA, seriously

    Don’t drink the Koolaid

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  30. martin said, on September 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I agree Roel – lots of good ideas there, and like with Newcastle, not everything will work. We need to listen, learn and adapt.

    There are plenty of intelligent people in the Freo community that could be drawn upon for new ideas, but many many have battle fatigue from dealing with this council, and keep away – I could rattle of a dozen names without even thinking…

    Sadly, I overheard a Hostie on an international flight just last week telling a Dutch tourist not to waste their time going to Fremantle – she said it had become such a dump, full of empty shops, druggies and anti-social behaviour, and that she refused to go there any more because she did not feel safe!!!

    Let’s hope that there will be a healthy and respectful debate during these council elections. We will get what we vote for.

    Martin

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  31. freoview said, on September 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I agree that creating more shops is most likely not the solution, but more and good tourist accommodation, more people living and working here will help.
    Fremantle does not have enough attractions and the city does not even bother to get involved with the Roundhouse. Package deals to jump on the quokka bandwagon so that people come to Fremnantle and come back here after visiting Rottnest.
    Embracing new technologies and not do the same same all over again. And I absolutely agree that we can learn a lot from the successes and mistakes made in other countries.
    I just talked to people from Newcastle, that has been the showcase of city revitalisation, and they say it is not working there either, so let’s listen and learn!

    Roel

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  32. martin said, on September 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Roel, I’m not going to read the documents for you.

    I’ve pointed you in the direction of where communities just like Fremantle have been extremely successful around the world in addressing the retail issues you raise. Why re-invent the wheel when you can learn from the experiences and successes of others.

    Yep it takes quite a lot of time to research these issues, and maybe there are people who just can’t be bothered doing it, but it is rewarding if you do. The older I get, the more I realise how little I know…

    Do you honestly think that building more shops is the solution to filling the 100+ empty shops already dotted around Freo. Only a property developer would push that line!

    If things are not working, and they certainly are not in Fremantle, then logic suggests you should try something different. Only an fool would keep repeating the same mistakes with the expectation that the outcomes will somehow miraculously change.

    What do you suggest are the answers to Freo’s retail woes?

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  33. freoview said, on September 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    You are saying nothing new, Martin. Traditional high streets are struggling all over the worl. Shopping centres are full because all the major franchises are in the one location, which is airconditioned, warm in winter, cool in summer and it’s always dry, and yes there is three hour free parking. How do you suggest Fremantle, Subi, Perth, Mt Lawley and Leederville address that? A roof over the CBD and aircondition it?

    Roel

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  34. martin said, on September 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Roel,

    Garden City, Cockburn Central and Claremont Quarter are bustling with shoppers. While shopping areas like Fremantle and Subiaco are struggling, it has a lot to do with shoppers [like myself] shifting to the successful shopping precincts, where parking is perceived to be accessible and the shops and amenities are as required.

    Successful BID concepts around the world have revitalised the fortunes of local shopping centres, and a lot could have been learned from those success stories. There is plenty of published literature on the topic. What was clear from reading that literature was that the BID project introduced to Fremantle bore no resemblance to any of these successful BID concepts, and failed to introduce any of the initiatives common to the successful BID programmes globally. I doubt that the City of Fremantle or the Fremantle BID participants even understand what I am referring to – I doubt they actually understood what a successful BID initiative involved.

    To pretend that our local government is somehow impotent when it comes to addressing Fremantle’s retail woes is defeatist. Nobody else is going to fix it!simply run out of ideas and is not prepare learn from its mistakes and adjust.

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  35. freoview said, on September 13, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Fremantle has actually been very active on creating change and that is happening at Kings Square and with other developments that are already completed and others that will start soon.

    It is ridiculous to blame Fremantle council for the decline in retail. That is happening all over Perth, all over Australia and all over the world.
    Fremantle does not need an anti development agenda where everything proposed higher than two bricks is rejected by the Fremantle Society president.

    Fremantle does need positive change, activation, more people and students living in or near the CBD, more hotels so tourists will stay overnight and longer. We also need bakers, butchers, delis, etc. in our high streets.

    Roel

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  36. marklw067 said, on September 13, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Sean most candidates have skin in the game or are you saying that no councillors own property or their homes they live in.
    Amazing, normally you get attacked for running where you don’t live.

    Couldn’t think of a better person to protect Fremantle’s future, John will prove to be an amazing asset for the opportunities around tourism in Freo.
    Tourism and hospitality, brings business
    Hospitality and tourism business are job intensive which is what Freo needs

    Not more ugly concrete blocks which people leave on mass at 4p

    Fremantle has had a decade of demise, last week a shop owner said to me surely it can’t get any worse. Well, actually it can, if the city stays on the course it’s on currently
    Seems a few of its decision makers may have abandoned the sinking ship

    With the list of candidates running Freo may have a chance to NOT end in the pit its currently heading too
    Vote for Freo, vote for a change, she deserves so much better!

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  37. martin said, on September 13, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Many, many thanks must go to John Dowson for nominating – we need real change on Fremantle Council, and John has a long record of standing by his principles and standing up to be counted, not to mention the experience and balance that comes with being a former Deputy Major of Fremantle.

    Since when has opposing ugly and cheap box like developments embedded in Fremantle’s invaluable heritage precinct been negative? In progressive communities in Europe this stance would elevate someone like John to hero status.

    It is great to have a real alternative to the status quo. Fremantle once used to be a vibrant shopping precinct, but now we have no alternative but to drive to Garden City or Cockburn Central to buy even the basics. Freo must vote for change if it wants change, and it needs a proper balance on Council – and someone that is prepared to make a stand for the interests of the broader community.

    Best of luck John.

    Martin

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  38. suzanne said, on September 12, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    WOW.
    Fantastic news. Has to be the most knowledgeable Freophile in the world.
    Has preached Fremantle internationally.
    JD so cares about our city.

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  39. seanhefferon said, on September 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Interesting nomination. He does have skin in the game however being a property owner in the City Ward.

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