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FROM BRAD TO BAR

Posted in city of fremantle, election, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

 

The local council election is over and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is very much into recycling and looking after the environment, so it is no surprise that this election poster was recycled and the back of it used to indicate the Fremantle Festival bar at Kings Square.

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COUNCIL CANDIDATE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST FREMANTLE SOCIETY

Posted in city of fremantle, election, fremantle society,, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 26, 2017

 

Fremantle City Ward candidate Julie Morgan has taken legal action against the Fremantle Society for an email its president John Dowson sent to the members, writing that Morgan should be run out of town because of the, in Dowson’s opinion, inappropriate veranda she and her husband built in High Street.

Fremantle lawyers Ralph Legal sent the following letter to the Electoral Commission.

Please accept the attached letter as formal complaints under section 4.96(2) of the Local Government Act 1995 (LGA) by Mrs Morgan in relation to certain publications by the Fremantle Society in relation to the following:

That a statement by Mr John Dowson on behalf of the Fremantle Society published on 3 October 2017, as detailed in the attached letter, amounted to a threat or suggestion of detriment under section 4.85(2)(a) of the LGA.

That material published by the Fremantle Society as detailed on the attached letter is deceptive and contrary to section 4.88 of the LGA.

That material published by the Fremantle Society detailed in the attached constituted electoral material within the meaning defined in section 4.87(3) of the LGA not having been authorised constitutes an offence under section 4.87 (1) of the LGA.

I am instructed to request the Electoral Commissioner and the Returning Officer for the 2017 Local Government Elections to the Fremantle City Council that the Commissioner formally investigates the actions of the Fremantle Society and of the person who caused the material to be published in the name of the Society.

This comes after Local Government Minister David Templeman called for a stop to on-line bullying of local council candidates and supporters and to show more respect.

Templeman said that trolling and negativity does not help in attracting quality and diverse candidates for local government elections.

I experienced courtesy and respect while door knocking, but sadly there are a few people on social media who delight in name-calling, innuendo and conspiracy, and that is very disappointing.

 

Roel Loopers

 

THERE ARE NO ELECTION LOSERS

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017

 

To the idiot(s) who wrote loser on one of Ra Stewart’s large window displays in Market Street.

Ra Stewart should be thanked and appreciated for putting her hand up and for wanting to take on the role of Mayor of Fremantle.

It takes a lot of effort and personal commitment to stand for local government, and none of the candidates is a loser.

We constantly hear that so-called losers should be gracious in defeat, but I believe it is even more important to be gracious and respectful when one wins!

Armchair critics will never change the world or make a positive contribution to society, but those willing to stand up and be counted will.

Whoever wrote the word on Stewart’s display; YOU are the loser!

 

Roel Loopers

HOW THE WARDS WERE WON

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

This will be the last post about the Fremantle local government election, so here the winners of the wards and the people who will represent you for the next four years.

The new faces on council are former Freo Mayor Jenny Archibald in East Ward and Adin Lang in City Ward.

Councillors Andrew Sullivan, Doug Thompson, Hannah Fitzhardinge and Sam Wainwright all retained their seat.

This is overall a resounding rejection of the negative voices in Fremantle and a clear message that the community wants progress, development and the revitalisation of our great city.

Like all those who lost I feel soundly rejected and am deeply disappointed,  so I will pull back from my community engagement and scrutinising council. and will use my passion for Fremantle in other activities.

Thank you to all the candidates and to all the people who voted. Well done!

 

Roel Loopers

You Did Not Vote Roel for City Ward!

BRAD PETTITT WINS FREO MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2017

 

The Fremantle voters elected to give Fremantle Mayor a third term and preferred him over Ra Stewart.

Pettit received 6492 votes and Stewart 4770 votes.

Not sure who won the wards, but the battle in City Ward was close between Adin Lang and Linda Wayman, both supported by Brad Pettitt.

 

Roel Loopers

FACING THE FREO ELECTION MUSIC

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local council, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2017

 

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Today is Fremantle Council election day!

If you have not lodged your ballot paper yet you can still do so in the Fremantle Townhall between 8am and 6pm.

It will be a close election, so your vote really does count as candidates could win with just a handful of votes more than their opponents.

Counting will take place straight after 6 pm and the results should be known by 8pm.

Local musicians will be in front of the Townhall from 11am to 2 pm and there is a sausage sizzle, so come and say hello to the candidates and their supporters!

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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FREO ELECTION CAMPAIGN HUBRIS

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2017

 

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It looks like a last rush of votes could mean that Fremantle will have one of the highest voter participations in history and that is good news.

The Freo election campaign has been an interesting one, with dubious claims that certain candidates are independent, while others are accused of being in the Brad Pettitt camp.

Yesterday on a social media site a journalist claimed that Claudia Green is the only independent in City Ward, because candidate Julie Morgan is a Facebook friend of Enkel. The journo’s logic is that because Enkel has expressed support for Fremantle’s Mayor, Morgan is also in his camp.

If those in the Ra Stewart camp believe that innovation incubator Enkel is a political force, why then don’t they also concede the strong political influence of the pro Ra FICRA and Fremantle Society?

The hypocrisy is that the so-called independent candidates have strong support from FICRA and the Fremantle Society and that Green’s posters are plastered on buildings next to Stewart’s posters. That presumable does not matter, and neither does it that many FICRA members attended the $ 140 a head fundraiser for Ra Stewart at the Bathers Beach House.

Green and her supporters are clearly in the Ra camp, but that is not questioned, and that’s why their claims of being independent are laughable.

There is nothing wrong with having a political conviction and opinion, but don’t pretend to be an independent candidate when you are clearly not, especially when you make it feel as if it is an indecent act to be a supporter of the present Mayor.

Over the last eight years on this blog I have on occasions harshly criticised Fremantle Council and its Mayor for making decisions I did not agree with, but in fairness I have also given them credit and kudos whenever I believed they deserved that for making good decisions I agreed with.

I am a true individual independent who is not a member off or aligned to any political party or politically active community group, and I have had no support from any groups or political parties during my campaign.

I am my own person and call it as I see it, without fear or favour. I am not interested in playing politics. All I want is the best for Fremantle!

I am confident and optimistic about Freo’s future, and confident that a progressive council over the next four years will become a major asset for our city. We are on the right track. Let’s not get side-tracked and lose focus!

Voted yet?

Today is the last day to send in your postal vote, or it might arrive too late, so stick the ballot paper in a mail box immediately!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2017

 

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Australia Post is not the most reliable service, so if you want your vote to count for the Fremantle local government election you will need to post your ballot paper latest tomorrow, so that it will arrive by Friday.

Votes will be counted at the Freo Townhall on Saturday October 21 from 6pm.

If you live in City Ward or have a business there vote for me please!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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LOW RETURN OF FREMANTLE BALLOT PAPERS

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2017

 

Today in one week we will know the outcome of the Fremantle local government election, but the voter participation is disappointingly low again.

So far of all wards together only 31.97% of eligible voters have returned their ballot papers and surprisingly City Ward  has the lowest participation of all wards with just 30.11%

South Ward has the highest participation with 34.79%.

It is very disappointing that so many people have an opinion about Fremantle Council but that so few bother to vote.

Voting is a privilege and a duty, so please make those two ticks, sign the form and stick the pre-paid and pre-addressed envelope in an Australia Post mail box. It has to arrive by end of business on Friday October 20, so don’t leave it too late.

Alternatively you can still hand in your ballot paper at the Fremantle Townhall between 8am and 6pm on Saturday October 21.

PLEASE VOTE! Have your say.

Roel Loopers

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FREDERICK SAMSON PARK NOT FOR SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 12, 2017

 

Fremantle Councillor Sam Wainwright is not happy with the scare campaign his election opponent Catherine Hammond is engaging in.

The Hilton Ward Councillor reported to Fremantle Council yesterday that Hammond had claimed in a flyer she has distributed that Council wants to sell off Frederick Samson Park and the Samson Recreation Centre for development.

Wainwright, who also reported the beat-up, authorised by Fremantle Society president John Dowson, to the Electoral Commission, stated there has never been a suggestion at Fremantle Council to sell of Frederick Samson Park and that it is crown land anyway vested in the City.

Wainwright conceded that the ten-year budget has a suggestion of selling off a part of the land the recreation centre is built on, but that this is unlikely to happen any time soon, and would require State approval as the land title use is for recreational only.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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