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GREENS SELECT FEDERAL CANDIDATE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, greens, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2019

 

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High school teacher Jesse Hutchison has announced that he will be the Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle at this year’s election in May.

Hutchinson grew up in Fremantle and is the father of two young girls.

I am sure we’ll hear more about Hutchinson’s ideas at the candidates forums in five months time.

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IT HAS BEEN A VERY BIG YEAR FOR FREO’S FUTURE

 

I have been contemplating what the memorable moments in Fremantle were for me this year, so let’s make a start.

  • The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is no doubt the most significant one in decades for our city, so I walk by daily to have a look.
  • The Heart of Beacy project could positively change and modernise the suburb and provide much-needed urban infill.
  •  Andrew-Twiggy- Forrest showing faith in Freo’s future by investing in property here is significant.
  •  The Woolstores hotel development finally approved and two other hotels in Henderson Street as well.
  • If it is environmentally safe the South Fremantle solar farm will be a good development.
  • No more single-use plastic bags.
  • The tavern proposal by Sunset Events for J Shed was finally given the boot by the WAPC.
  • The removal of the stunning Felice Varini yellow art work is a major headache for the city and property owners in High Street.
  • Traffic calming in South Fremantle looks great and so does the Hilton Town centre.
  • Destination Marketing planning for Freo is under way, so let’s wait and see.
  • By-election for South Fremantle won by Andrew Sullivan-again.
  • The Long Table Dinner is huge, great and very Freo.
  •  Age Friendly City working group established.
  • Highrise proposal for Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle stopped.

It has been a big year for Fremantle and next year is going to be similar when many of the approved developments will start and the FOMO retail concept opens at Kings Square before Christmas 2019.

And at the risk of some people accusing me of sucking up, I want to express my thanks to Freo’s very diligent councillors. I do not always like their decisions, but they make them with care and after long deliberations, as I witnessed myself by going to about 80 per cent of council and council committee meetings this year, to see first hand how our grassroots democracy works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

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JOSH WILSON RE-WINS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2018

It is hardly a surprise that Labor party candidate Josh Wilson re-won the federal seat of Fremantle today, with the Liberal party not putting up a candidate.

It has overall been a very good day for the Labor party during this by-election day with also wins in Tasmania and Queensland.

The disappointing reality of it all is that this will be very short lived with a Federal election due early next year, so we will have to endure another long election campaign, with lots of hubris, hot air and promises from the uninspiring federal leaders of the major parties.

I am glad Josh Wilson will be going back to Canberra as he deserves it. He is a genuine person committed to and passionate about Fremantle and he has represented us well.

Congratulations Josh and all the door knocking and other volunteers who were up in the cold and rain early to meet with people on their way to work. Well done all!

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

LOCATION COUNTS EVEN AT ELECTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on July 28, 2018

 

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Come on Josh 4 Freo team! Surely there are better spots to promote my favourite Fremantle candidate than at a rubbish bin. We all know what some cynical people believe politics are.

I voted for Josh right here at the Beacy Primary school where there is a mean sausage sizzle and cake stall going on, and very few people voting, so no long queues.

Roel Loopers

 

IT’S VOTING DAY FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2018

 

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It is voting day for the by-election for the federal seat of Fremantle, so make sure to appreciate the privilege and go to a polling booth!

Voting is compulsory but that does not really matter, as it is our responsibility and also a privilege many people in the world who don’t live in a democracy envy us for.

My vote goes to Labor’s Josh Wilson, here photographed with his delightful wife Georgia and groovy children Oscar, Priya and Abbey.

Josh has given some excellent speeches in Federal Parliament and was a great Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Fremantle. He is a dedicated and genuine person with a lot of passion for Fremantle, so vote for Josh Wilson today.

Roel Loopers

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SUPPORT THE SCHOOLS P&Cs ON ELECTION DAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, education, election, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2018

 

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One makes enemies for life when one ignores the North Fremantle community, so I’d better give a plug for the catering at the North Freo Primary School at Saturday’s FEDERAL BI-ELECTION DAY, after I did the same for the Freo Primary School.

It’s not a competition, so people in those areas please supports the P&C of these schools, and others such as the Beacy Primary, close to where I live!

Vote for Labor’s Josh Wilson. He is a good bloke!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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WAKE UP FREO AND VOTE THIS SATURDAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2018

 

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The West Australian reports today that many people in Fremantle are not aware that there is a federal by-election this coming Saturday and that leaves me gobsmacked.

Don’t people read newspapers, social media, watch TV or listen to the radio anymore at all? What then are they constantly doing on their smartphones and computers?

There is little use in whingeing about our governments, be that federal, state or local when one does not participate in the democratic process and informs oneself about what is going on in this country.

So go vote THIS SATURDAY JULY 28, and do it at the Fremantle Primary School to support them. See poster above.

My preferred candidate is Labor’s Josh Wilson, who was an excellent Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Fremantle.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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URGENT CARE CLINIC FOR FREMANTLE HOSPITAL PROMISE

Posted in city of fremantle, election, fremantle hospital, health, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018

 

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It is good to hear from Fremantle Labor by-election candidate Josh Wilson that opposition leader Bill Shorten has pledged to invest $ 5 million in Fremantle Hospital if Labor wins next year’s federal election.

Bill Shorten announced that Fremantle Hospital would get a walk in clinic for urgent medical care, that would help take the strain away from the emergency department of Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Fremantle lost its emergency department three years ago and thousands of Freo people have to travel to Fiona Stanley for immediate care and outpatient clinics.

Fremantle’s urgent care clinic would open seven days a week and stay open later than most GP practises and deal with non life threatening cases.

I have no doubt that the traders in Wray Avenue would love to see more activity at Fremantle Hospital as it would be a boost for their businesses.

Roel Loopers

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VOTING STARTS FOR FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2018

 

 

The early voting Fremantle office in the Adelaide Plaza in Adelaide Street opened this morning, the same day I received the official guide for the Fremantle by-election from the Australian Electoral Commission in my letterbox.

Only Labor candidate Josh Wilson and a small group of volunteers were at the polling booth this morning, but there are seven candidates for the federal seat of Fremantle.

Election day is Saturday July 28, so less than three weeks from now.

My vote will go to Josh Wilson, a man I have a lot of respect for.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION ON JULY 28

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

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The Federal by-election for the seat of Fremantle is still two months away with the Electoral Commission announcing it will be held on July 28.

It looks like the Liberal/National government quite likes a depleted opposition, so we should be glad the five by-elections around the nation will be held this year. The by-elections are necessary because of dual citizenship issues.

I will back Josh Wilson, whom I like and respect as a person and as a politician. He was an excellent councillor and Deputy Mayor of Fremantle, so Josh4Freo will get my vote.

The photo above is of Josh Wilson with his wife and three children in their Fremantle home.

Roel Loopers

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