Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, western australia by freoview on March 6, 2017

While WA is having a state election in five days here in Fremantle the knives are already out for the October Council election that includes electing a new Mayor.

Although Mayor Brad Pettitt has yet to announce if he will be standing and try to get another four years, former Mayor Peter Tagliaferri launched a major attack on Petitt in the Fremantle Herald, that was strongly criticised by Councillor Jon Strachan on his blog.

Strachan told ‘Tags’ that he had served under him and Pettitt and that the leadership of the two Mayors was poles apart. Strachan claims there was “deep division” in the Tagliaferri Council while the Pettitt Council professionally works together.

Strachan writes that during the greatest economic boom in W.A. Mayor Tagliaferri had failed to attract investment into Fremantle.

It is evident from all the building sites around the Fremantle CBD that the present Council headed by Mayor Brad Pettitt has opened the doors of Freo wide and very substantial development is happening in the port city and much more in the pipeline.

Jon Strachan asked Peter Tagliaferri who his candidate for Mayor will be in October. I wonder if it could be someone from the Labor party?

There are rumours abound that former state politician Adele Carles might put her hand up, but time will tell and we’ll need to wait and see if Pettitt wants to continue with the very-demanding and highly-criticised job.

On a personal note; although I have been asked by many Freo residents to stand for Council I will not contest the October election!

Roel Loopers


Posted in elections, fremantle, perth freight link, politics, western australia by freoview on January 5, 2017



It’s election time so we can expect a lot of promises from all political parties, but I believe some words of caution are due, because many promises made by politicians in the past never eventuated.

Everyone who knows me knows I am strongly against building the Roe 8 highway and the Perth Freight Link because it will not solve the traffic problems to Fremantle Port. I am all for starting to plan the outer harbour that will be needed in years to come, but will Labor leader Mark McGowan be able to keep his promises and not build the PFL or will he discover, if he gets into power, that the state of Western Australia is so broke that there is no money for the outer harbour, Metronet, and other major projects he wants to build?

Will McGowan have to admit that stopping the Roe 8, after three months of frantic work on it by the State Government contractors, is going to be too costly and we can’t afford it?

Liberal party supporters will tell you that the Barnett government has done very well in investing in infrastructure, but opponents ask if Elizabeth Quay was really needed and if it is good value for money. They will rightly question the huge expense of the footbridge to the new Burswood stadium and a new train station there that will only operate during sporting matches and events, so probably only 25 times a year. Opponents will say they squandered state money disgracefully and I tend to agree.

I suggest to take promises from every politician with a huge grain of sand over the next three months, because whoever wins power will tell us they were not aware that the coffers of the state are so depleted that we can’t afford major infrastructure.

As far as the Liberals claim that jobs will be lost if the PFL is not built , surely the bridges, Metronet and outer harbour Labor promises to build will also give thousands of people work, just on different projects.

Don’t get sucked in by political populist promises because the pot of gold is missing to fulfil them all!

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, democracy, elections, local government by freoview on December 12, 2016

The annual Electors Meeting of the City of Fremantle was an interesting one with public questions about the financial report and assets sales by concerned members of Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association and the Fremantle Society who are worried about the financial health of Fremantle.

There was also strong public support for the One Day in Fremantle event on January 28 next year.

The Electors Meeting became farcical though when Claudia Green for FRRA and FS put a motion of no confidence in Council, arguing that because the elected members only received votes from the wards they get voted by they do not represent the Fremantle people.

This is not a City of Fremantle issue but should be addressed with the State Government and the Minister for Local Government, as at present the democratic process for the Fremantle local government is that two people per ward get elected on council. If community groups want to change that they need to lobby the State Government.

The FRRA/FS spokes person also claimed the two groups represented many people, without giving evidence of the number of people who have signed up with them. I doubt the combined numbers of FRRA and FS would be anywhere near the combined number of votes Fremantle councillors received at elections. An indication of that is that FRRA and FS did not even manage to get enough people in the public gallery to support the two motions they put up and were both defeated.

Fact is that just about 30% of eligible voters vote at local council elections, so that is the challenge community groups should be addressing, instead of making unsubstantiated claims that they represent a majority.

In general I do agree though that community consultation needs to be improved by the City of Fremantle, but to question the validity of decisions made by Fremantle Council because supposedly they do not have the numbers to represent the electorate is……, well……., because we are close to Christmas, let’s just call it interesting instead of a much stronger word.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, elections, local government, politics, western australia by freoview on September 15, 2016

Tomorrow is another historic day for Femantle with the election of the new Beaconsfield Ward Councillor, who will replace Josh Wilson who resigned to stand for the federal election and has been elected the new MP for Fremantle.

If you are among the estimated 65% of people in the ward who have not yet voted and sent in your postal votes, you can still drop them off at the Fremantle Townhall between 8am and 6 pm tomorrow-Friday!

My gut feeling is that Andrew Luobikis will win the election followed by Hannah Fitzhardinge, Fedele Camarda and Peter Cruikshank. But one never knows which section of the electorate bothers to vote and Camarda could get many votes from the Italian community in Beacy and Hilton.

There is no doubt for me that those people disgruntled with Fremantle Council will vote for Luobikis, who has been vocal over the last two years against some Council decisions. The fact that Fitzhardinge is a member of the Labor party might be seen by some that local governments are being taken over by political parties, but women might prefer a third woman on the male-dominated Fremantle Council.

Whatever the outcome, which will be announced at the Townhall just before 7 pm on Friday, we should be grateful to all candidates for putting their hand up and wanting to make a contribution to the Fremantle community, so from me a heart-felt Thank You to all four of them!

Roel Loopers



Posted in democracy, elections, fremantle, politics, western australia by freoview on September 13, 2016

In a surprising and sensational move disgruntled ALP member Chris Brown has engaged the services of prominent lawyer John Hammond to claim compensation for being removed by the Labor party as the candidate for the federal seat of Fremantle before the recent election.

Brown was replaced by Josh Wilson for not disclosing spend convictions to the party, but he claims that was discriminatory.

Wilson was backed by the Fremantle branch of the ALP but the state conference selected the MUA backed Brown, who was then removed to make place for Wilson who was subsequently elected as the new MP for the federal seat of Fremantle.

Roel Loopers





Posted in elections, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on May 30, 2016

fun with the freo fishers


The sun is out so a nice start of the week. Enjoy it and appreciate how special it is to live in Fremantle.

I need a bit of sunshine after the dull and uninspiring leaders debate between Turnbull and Shorten. Decided to switch the TV off after 40 minutes of repetitiveness and realising none of them has a real vision for Australia.

These kids were enjoying the great Greg James sculptures in the Fishing Boat Harbour yesterday.

Roel Loopers



Posted in elections, fremantle, western australia by freoview on May 25, 2016

The traditional CANDIDATES DEBATE is on again for the Federal Election and will be held at Tannock Hall corner Croke Lane and Cliff Street at 6 pm on June 21.

The event is organised by Notre Dame University in collaboration with the Fremantle Network, Chamber of Commerce and Fremantle Society and should be a lively one.

Meet and question Labor’s Josh Wilson, Greens Kate Davis, Socialist Alliance Chris Jenkins and the Liberal candidate Pierrette Kelly.

It’s a free event so come and grill the candidates!

Roel Loopers


Posted in elections, fremantle, greens, politics, western autralia by freoview on May 24, 2016


The Fremantle GREENS party invited the true believers to the beautiful Victoria Hall on Monday night where Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam did the presentation after a nervous introduction by Kate Davis, who is the candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle.

The smell of fresh Eucalypt leaves and the sound of frogs and crickets welcomed the guests. How very Green.

It wasn’t the usual fat headline shouting political event, but a rather subdued, cool, professional and academic presentation of the GREENS ideas and policies for our future.

We heard about the significant increase of container movement at Fremantle Port from just 53,944 in 1971 to an estimated 700,000 in 2015 and were introduced to the “Budget Principles” such as Diversity the Green Economy, Raise the Revenue We Need, A Lifetime of Learning, Budget Should Reduce Inequality, Right to Social Security, Designing the Future, Clean Energy by 2030, Transit City, Building Urban Forrest, etc.

The speakers said they wanted meaningful conversations with the people during this election and that the GREENS‘ vision is bold, courageous and possible, but for me they did not get that message across.

Scott Ludlam did most of the talking but he did it without his usual passion and was rather subdued. The presentation was so understated that it became underwhelming and uninspiring, and I left undecided and not sure what I would write about.

The GREENS invited all their followers to bring at least four friends to the major event Perth-Wadjuk Country at His Majesty’s on June 2 at 6.30 pm and I suggest they’ll make it less academic and more passionate so people will leave inspired and full of hope.

Roel Loopers




Posted in democracy, elections, fremantle, politics, western australia by freoview on May 20, 2016

The Federal seat of Fremantle is jinxed or got very bad karma. Today the Liberal Party candidate Sherry Sufi resigned after receiving the cold shoulder from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier this week, who visited Fremantle without Sufi by his side.

Sufi said that he is putting the interest of the party first and that he did not want to embarrass the Prime Minister.

Sherry Sufi’s controversial remarks against the recognition of indigenous Australians in the constitution and against the apology to the Stolen Generations created uproar in the community, as did his stand against gay marriage and claiming it would create polygamy.

This comes after the Labour Party dumped its candidate Chris Brown last week and replaced him with Josh Wilson.

Roel Loopers


Posted in elections, fremantle, politics, western australia by freoview on May 16, 2016

wilson for fremantle


The Labor Party’s WILSON FOR FREMANTLE campaign launch at Clancy’s this eve had a great  positive vibe, and they came from far and wide to be part of it.

Fantastic to finally meet one of my heroes, actually my only one, in Pat Dodson and shake the hand of the great indigenous leader. It made my year!

All the way from Canberra came Anthony Albanese who has infectious enthusiasm. I also spotted former Labor ministers Kay Hallahan and Fran Logan, local member Simone McGurke was there as was Freo Councillor Dave Hume, Vice President of the Fremantle Society Don Whittington and many Freo personalities.

I want to specially mention the unfairly dumped Chris Brown who showed bravery and class by attending this evening’s launch!

Josh Wilson said it was quite overwhelming and he was humbled to be the candidate. He said it would be a tough fight but he had no doubt “We’ll win Federal Fremantle.”

Senator Pat Dodson said that Labor had made opportunities for indigenous people and that there is a sense of bond, friendship and concern within the party. “Labor makes sure the small person in our society is not left behind!”

He said it was important “That the community demand from us there are outcomes and not just hot air.”

Anthony Albanese started with saying that Pat Dodson has made an extraordinary contribution to our nation.

“We have a clear idea where we want to take our country” he said and that the government has to intervene in the economy to make a difference.

Labor will fund Metronet, he promised, saying that Malcolm Turnbull likes to ride on trains but not fund them.

“We can win many more seats in WA, possibly 7-8. “We can’t have the smiling face of Turnbull selling Abbott’s policies.”

“You can win, Josh! You will win, Josh, and you will be part of a Labor government!”

Roel Loopers

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