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NON VOTERS GET THE COUNCIL OTHERS ELECT

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2019

 

There is something hypocritical about people complaining about local councils, and demanding more and better community consultation, when seven out of ten people in Fremantle can’t even bother to vote at the Local Government Election, and most of them don’t come to precinct or community consultation events either.

One only has to look at what one of the two South Ward candidates is promising. She will get rid off the speedhumps along South Terrace, but they were installed after lengthy and thorough community consultation. The same candidate also promises that she will only do what the community wants, so how can she get rid of the speedhumps when traffic calming was demanded by the South Fremantle community she wants to represent?

Recent comments to this blog demand consultation about mural art on public and private buildings, but how could we even believe to get consensus on what is good and appropriate art for a building and a street when our tastes are so different? And how many people would in reality take part in that process? Probably just a handful, as history shows.

In City Ward a former Councillor wants parking fee reductions when he is well aware that this populist promise is nonsense because parking revenue is important for Fremantle. If we have less income from parking fees and fines council rates might have to be increased, and no one would want to pay higher rates so that people from out of town and Notre Dame students can park cheaper and longer.

I already mentioned the ignorant nonsense of an East Ward candidate who claims Fremantle Council has done nothing about the impact the High Street Upgrade project by Mainroads will have on the public golf course, when the fact is that the City has engaged a team of architects and golf course designers, and also will build a new clubhouse and cafe on the border with Booyeembara Park.

The disappointing fact is that the majority of people in our community are not well informed about what goes on at Fremantle Council, so they are gullible to believe just about anything, and that is why some wannabe councillors engage in negativity and make accusations not based on facts, and make promises they won’t be able to keep.

Democracy is a two-way road and if you decide not to participate in the process you really have no legs to stand on when you complain about the council you get. And don’t forget that a single candidate will not be able to change anything unless they get the support of other councillors.

Taking unrealistic promises and false accusations with a huge grain of salt is a sensible way of dealing with election campaigns.

Roel Loopers

LAST POSTAL VOTE DAY FOR COUNCIL ELECTION!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2019

 

If you have not voted for the Fremantle local government election yet, today Tuesday is the last day for your postal vote, but you can still drop off your ballot paper at Fremantle Council at Fremantle Oval until Friday 5pm and at the Fremantle Townhall on Saturday till 6pm.

Up until today only 28.82% of eligible voters have returned their vote for the Fremantle Council election and that is disappointing-as always.

South Ward is leading voters’ participation with 33.51% while East Ward is the lowest with only 24.20% of voters returner their vote.

VOTE NOW!

Roel Loopers

 

PATHETIC FREMANTLE VOTERS

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2019

 

I am disappointed that the vast majority of the Fremantle community is not voting at the local government election. The numbers of the returned ballot papers is very low and the last chance to post your vote is next week Tuesday as the votes  have to be at the City by Friday October 18. Counting will start at 6pm on October 19.

So far only 19.04% have voted in East Ward, 24.21% in City Ward, 27.20% in South Ward, 20.82% in North Ward, 25.64% in Hilton and 22.33% in Beaconsfield.

So where are all those social media keyboard warriors who blast Fremantle Council so often and have quick fixes for everything? Where are all those ‘engaged’ community members who believe that Fremantle Council is called Brad, and where are all those ‘engaged’ eligible voters who too often fail to inform themselves when criticising what goes on in Fremantle?

If you want improvement you need to vote! If you want to kick out sitting members you have to vote! If you want sitting members to retain their seat on council you have to vote! Not voting is not an option.

It is not good enough to have strong opinions about your local councils in cafes and pubs and at the computer keyboard, when you can’t be bothered to fill out your ballot papers. It really is lazy and pathetic!

There will be at least three new Councillors after the election, in Hilton, Beaconsfield and East Ward, so if you want to shake up Freo Council this is a good year for it. If you are happy with the direction Fremantle Council has taken and you want to continue with a progressive council that is pro development this is also an opportunity to let them know you believe they are on the right track.

How many people around the world envy us for being allowed to vote. How many women on the planet still have no voting rights, and how privileged should we consider ourselves to live in a democracy where we have a say in the destination of our country and can vote for our local, state and federal governments.

The duty and privilege of voting should fill us with pride. Do it today!

Roel Loopers

NOT VOTING AT COUNCIL ELECTION IS LAZY!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2019

 

With only ten days to go until the local government election votes will be counted on October 19 the low participation in Fremantle is very disappointing so far, so people get off your lazy arses, instead of complaining throughout the year!

East Ward has had a voter participation of only 14.65%, City Ward 19.65%, South Ward is second best with 21.02% and North Ward is second last with only 16.28% of voters having returned their ballot paper.

Hilton tops it with 20.04% and Beaconsfield is also low with only 17.96% of voter participation up till the close of business today.

It really is not good enough to whinge about and criticise our council when the vast majority of people can’t even bother to do a postal vote. We should be better than that and more engaged with local politics, Freo!

Roel Loopers

IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE FOR COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2019

 

Nothing irritates me more than political candidates making statements and accusations based on ignorance, which again is often based on pure laziness because they refuse to inform themselves.

Such is the case with Michelle Cunningham, the candidate for East Ward of Fremantle Council at this year’s local government elections.

Fist I read on Facebook, on the South Ward Precinct page, that Cunningham had heard that precincts carefully groom political candidates. If she attended precinct meetings she would know better. It is also insulting to say this because the precinct convenors give their time to the community to organise meetings and events and liaise with City staff and councillors.

Then Cunningham accuses the City of Fremantle of doing noting about the Fremantle Public Golf Course, that will be affected by the widening of High Street for the High Street Upgrade Project freight improvements by Mainroads WA.

It is public knowledge and was reported in the media and here on Freo’s View that the City has appointed a design team with a golf course designer and architect to redesign the golf course so that it won’t lose two holes.

As also reported here yesterday the coming FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this Wednesday consider a project for a new clubhouse and cafe on the edge of the public golf course and Booyembara Park.

My suggestion to Michelle Cunningham is that before she shoots off at the mouth she actually takes the time to inform herself, because she is just looking very stupid by making these ignorant comments. She does not look like a very good option for a new councillor for East Ward in my books.

For Cunningham’s information here the facts:

The proposed collocation of the building provides the City with numerous potential benefits, these include:

  •   design and construction cost efficiencies
  •   shared services
  •   shared amenities
  •   increased capacity and activation
  •   improved passive security
  •   shared car parking
  •   reduced operating costs.

 

In reaching agreement to proceed with MRWA and key stakeholders, the City has committed to ensuring a suitable replacement community facility and the provision of a remediated Fremantle Public Golf Course with similar facilities and functionality, these include:

 A 9 hole golf course
 Minimum par 34
 Maximised course length
 Similar sized driving range facility (including an equivalent number of bays)  Comparable practice facilities including putting green
 Similar size / function of clubhouse facility
 Full irrigation system
 Minimal tree removal – offset by new tree planting
 Safety compliance
 Suitable car parking and access
 Minimal impacts on Booyeembara Park.

Roel Loopers

 

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HAVE YOU VOTED FOR FREO YET?

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2019

 

In a fortnight today voted will be counted for the Western Australian local government elections, so have YOU voted for Freo yet?

Fremantle Council will change after October 19 because three sitting members have not nominated, so they can’t be re-elected.

Don’t be complacent and think that your vote does not matter much because it does! There notoriously is a small voter participation at local council elections and only a handful of votes can make the difference which of the candidates wins the election and gets a seat on Fremantle Council, so VOTE!

Local councils make crucial decisions for their local communities so it is real and tangible grassroots democracy where you are consulted and have a say in the future of your city and suburb.

Grab your ballot paper this weekend, tick a box, sign the declaration, stick it in the reply paid envelope and put it in a mail box.

Good luck to all the candidates and thank you for nominating and stepping up!

Roel Loopers

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VOTE FOR FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on October 2, 2019

 

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The ballot papers for the local government election have now been arriving, so make sure to tick a box, sign and put it in a return envelope and in the mail box.

It is a simple procedure that makes a whole lot of difference, so take advantage of this important democratic right and vote!

Your vote will help decide who will represent the Fremantle community on our council, so it is very important that everyone participates, no matter which candidate you prefer.

The election is on October 19 when votes will be counted in the Townhall from 6pm.

Roel Loopers

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SLEDGEHAMMER FOR FREO’S FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

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I find the election poster of Marija Vucjic for Fremantle South Ward rather confusing. What is the message of the photo and the symbolism of the sledge hammer?

Does Marija want to wreck Fremantle should she be elected on Council?

Strange. Very strange campaigning indeed, and not the kind of message I, as a South Ward voter, makes me want to vote for her.

Marija is locking horns with sitting member Jon Strachan, so with only two candidates in South Ward she and Jon have a 50% chance.

Roel Loopers

DO VOTE AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION!

 

The news in the Sunday Times today that many council positions will not be contested at the October 19 Local Government Elections in WA,  because no one nominated, is a worry, because it is essential for good government to have balance. Different view points are desirable as long as it does not become fifty/fifty votes and a Mayor has the deciding vote on most issues. That would not be healthy either.

It is believed that community apathy about local government and the relentless attacks on social media are reasons for people not to nominate for local council, so that is disappointing. Local government is grassroots democracy where our vote and involvement really can make a difference, so don’t let the trolls frustrate anyone from participating!

Many people, mostly those who don’t like the council the community elected, say that councils should only worry about rates, roads and rubbish, but I believe that local government does have a role to play in other issues, such as climate change, racism, domestic violence, homelessness, etc. as they affect all of us in some way.

Every one of us at some point in life has believed we have an easy solution, but governance is never easy and always complex, and whatever the decision by our elected members it will leave some in the community disappointed and disgruntled, believing that they have not been listened to because the decision went the opposite way of what they wanted.

Politics is a bit like footy. One-eyed fans accusing others of wearing rose-coloured glasses, and neither side can see the positive things the other sides are doing, hence we have people who claim they do not have a political agenda, although all they want is to replace left-leaning politicians with right-leaning politicians, or vice versa. I don’t believe that is having the best interest of the city, the state, or the country at heart.

We need a strong opposition in our parliaments and in our councils, to keep those in power honest and on their toes. I would be worried if Councillors saw themselves as being part of Team Fremantle where sameness and mateship is embraced but opposing views ignored.

We will have at least three new Councillors in Fremantle after the election and there could well be a few surprises in our changing political climate, and that I believe is a good thing. It is up to us, to each and everyone of us, to create the councils we want and we can only achieve that by voting.

If you want the sitting member in your ward to stay, VOTE. If you want to kick out the sitting member in your ward and replace her/him with someone you believe will do a better job, VOTE! Not voting is not an option.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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CITY, CITY BUT LITTLE BANG BANG

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 26, 2019

 

The City Ward candidate forum in Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University was pretty good, although very little new came up, and fewer than 100 people attended.

John Dowson said that councillors needed to consider the annual community surveys more and act on them because the community is often angry about issues that do not receive enough attention.

He was also not happy with council selling off assets cheaply, and we need a council that can negotiate on our behalf.

Julie Morgan said that City Ward does not embrace families and that new development also ignored families. Seniors are an unrepresented part of our community.

She was also not happy that council rates kept rising, and said she had been told the FOGO bins would not be rolled out in the CBD, which was new to Councillor Pemberton.

Rachel Pemberton said that Kings Square was a once in a generation development that will renew the inner city and attract families, workers, shoppers, etc.

She agreed that antisocial behaviour was a real problem, but the city had been working closely with WA police.

John Dowson said that Arthur’s Head was one of our most important assets but had been disgracefully neglected, But Julie Morgan said that council probably did not have any money to do anything.

Both Julie Morgan and John Dowson did not believe council was doing enough to combat antisocial behaviour in Fremantle, while Rachel Pemberton said it was a complex issue that needed different ways to resolve it. “We spent $ 2 million a year on it!”

Morgan and Dowson said they would look into rate reduction if elected, but Pemberton said that was unlikely to happen as it was in-line with inflation. Dowson said that because of the new three bin FOGO project rates went up by 2% and that would continue year after year. And Morgan asked why they had to pay for it when they would not receive the third bin in High Street.

John Dowson lamented again that Fremantle assets have been chopped and chopped and sold and sold.

Julie Morgan questioned the number of workers moving into Kings Square, as she had heard the Corrective Services department would no longer move into the Sirona Capital building.

Rachel Pemberton said the city was using its assets to renew the city and that the sale of the Leisure Centre carpark was no longer in the new ten-year plan that will be released for community consultation later this year.

John Dowson said the Fremantle Arts Centre was a stand out gem and that Fremantle did very well with festivals, but let’s bring back a few things that celebrate our heritage.

Rachel Pemberton said the city invested $ 4 million in the arts, including the upcoming Biennale.

John Dowson said growing the Freo tree canopy and putting power underground would make a huge difference, but removing the street lights from his street(Mouat) was not good.

Arthur’s Head and the J Shed artists also attracted attention with Dowson saying it was extremely distressing what was happening as we should be telling the history of place. “It has been seriously neglected and I want the J Shed artists to stay!”

Julie Morgan also said that J Shed had been tragic and she supported the artists and Rachel Pemberton said she understood the predicament as the Bathers Beach Art Precinct has not worked. She had contacted the Roundhouse volunteers group to see how the city can better support them.

Both Morgan and Pemberton said CBD family living and mixing seniors with young people would be a good idea.

The forum was excellently moderated by a gentleman whose name I did not catch, so thank you to him!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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