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GREAT FREO BIENNALE JUST A MONTH AWAY

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, events, festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

Biennale

 

A preview of all the great events that will be happening during the Fremantle Biennale in November.

Roel Loopers

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GOOD THAT COUNCILS ARE MUCH MORE THAN RATES, ROADS AND RUBBISH

Posted in city of fremantle, community, events, festivals, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

I agree with WA Local Government Minister David Templeman that local councils have evolved and are much more than just about rates, roads and rubbish. The unfair criticism in the media and from many in the community ignore the facts that councils do a lot more for their communities than in the past, and that is mainly due because people demand more and better services and because some of the services state governments supplied have been pushed to local councils.

What would Fremantle be for its residents, traders and visitors if all council did was look after the rates, the roads and the rubbish collection? Think about it for a moment.

Should Fremantle get rid off the Samson Rec. Centre, the Meeting Place, the Hilton PCYC and the North Freo Community Hall? Should councils no longer be responsible to look after playing fields  and sporting ovals. Would the State Government happily step in and take over all these services, and at what financial cost to us?

Should Fremantle Council sell or lease the arts and leisure centres because running them is well beyond rates, roads and rubbish, and what about our festivals? Would the Freo community prefer to not have the Fremantle Festival, Hidden Treasures, Wardarnji Aboriginal festival, One Day in Freo events, etc. because they are not part of the basic rates, roads and rubbish local governments have to do? Surely not.

What about the library, legal advise service and social services, and why should the City of Fremantle have community safety officers when law&order is the responsibility of WA Police?

If we got rid of all these services rates would come down, but will Freo be a better place for it?

Would those who whinge about councils having lost the plot really be more happy if all the things that make Fremantle the special place it is be scrapped because councillors supposedly are only elected to look after the rates, roads and rubbish? I think not!

Roel Loopers

HOW MANY MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR SOUTH BEACH?

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will have to deal with the conundrum of how many festivals are sustainable for our Festival City.

Two event operators have requested to shift events from Port Beach to South Beach because of the uncertainty of the Port Beach erosion, but how many music and other summer events are acceptable to the South Fremantle community that is already getting the weekly Sunset Markets and a new tavern opening at the Sealanes site.

One also has to consider the beach goers whose local beach will be closed off and where parking will be a nightmare, so what is the solution?

Applications have been made for Sets on the Beach and Sundown Sessions, as well as For the Love music events on February 29, March 1 and March 7 so it would become very busy at South Beach.

City officers recommend that Council only approves one event at South Beach, but that would mean Fremantle loses two major events that would attract crowds of up to 5,000 each and that is not perfect either.

All events applied for are beach events so they can’t be shifted to Fremantle Oval or the Esplanade, and Bathers Beach is probably too small.

What will the preferred compromise be? Have your say at the FPOL Committee this Wednesday 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BANS GAS-FILLED BALLOONS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, events, festivals, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2019

 

A new policy was endorsed by Fremantle Council last night to ban the release of gas-filled balloons on City property and at City of Fremantle events.

Deflated balloons often end up in the ocean and endanger wildlife, so it is another small step to looking after our environment better.

The ban will become law once it has been gazettet by the State Government in about a month.

Roel Loopers

CONFUSING CONFIDENTIALITY AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

 

Although I have been closely following what goes on at Fremantle Council for over ten years I am still not sure why certain agenda items are considered to be confidential, and the public is excluded from attending the deliberations about them, while other similar topics remain open to the public and are not considered confidential.

On Wednesday the license agreement with the South Fremantle Football Club is a confidential item, but the license agreement for the public golf course is not.

Commercial confidentiality can hardly be the reason as there are no other clubs queuing up to lease Fremantle Oval, especially since the East Fremantle Football Club has decided to stay at East Fremantle Oval and not share Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle footy club.

So what are the reasons for making an agenda item confidential in Fremantle?

Also confidential at the Ordinary Council meeting this coming Wednesday is a report about the Summer Event Series at Port Beach and another confidential report about a Port Beach Music/Lifestyle event. But the Winter Festival on the Esplanade was not a confidential item. Why?

Plus there is also the confidential report about the performance of the Chief Executive Officer.

Roel Loopers

 

MAJOR WATER WORKS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, events, state government, traffic, Uncategorized, water by freoview on February 20, 2019

 

new water mains for fremantle

 

Anyone planning any significant outdoor events in the Fremantle CBD between April and December this year should be aware that the Watercorporation is planning major works in many streets in that period.

Watercorporation are going to renew 4.2 kilometres of water mains pipes in these streets: Market, High, South Tce, Essex, Leake, Marine Tce, Norfolk, Nairn, Phillimore, Pakenham, Short, Henry, Bannister.

This might well have an impact on traffic flow around town and for some businesses.

Check it out on their website and ask any questions you might have about disruptions, etc. Go to: http://www.watercorporation.com.au/pipesforfremantle

Roel Loopers

CHARGE EVENTS FEES FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, esplanade reserve, events, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle should stop giving financial concessions to events organisers who use the Esplanade, and relocate events which are too big for the reserve.

Events, especially those with no pass-outs, do not support local traders, but the City often hands over the Esplanade for free or at reduced rates, while the organisers make many tens of thousands of dollars profit.

I do understand that Fremantle wants to attract events and build on our festival city brand, but the very popular South Beach Sunset Markets pay rent and artists at Arthur Head also pay commercial rates for their studios and galleries, so why should large events be exempt?

Allowing events to overflow onto Marine Terrace has created traffic chaos in the West End, partly due to incompetent traffic management. As a result motorists could not be bothered and bypassed the area, to the detriment of local traders.

Residents and traders at Marine Terrace and surrounding streets are significantly inconvenienced by events that are too large for the Esplanade, so these events should be moved to Fremantle Oval or Fremantle Park, and fees should be charged for those areas as well.

No matter how much we want to keep and encourage events in Fremantle, the City should either charge commercial rent, or take a risk and receive a percentage of the profits for the use of our public spaces.

 

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FREMANTLE GIFT REGISTER UPDATED

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, events, local government, western australia by freoview on July 24, 2016

The City of Fremantle has updated its on-line gift register where Elected Members and officers declare gifts they have received, after I asked two weeks ago on Freo’s View how many complimentary tickets for events were given to Fremantle Councillors.

You can see for yourself now which organisers offered free tickets to events to Councillors and which Councillors accepted the gifts, presumably to be able to see for themselves how these events are being conducted. Go to the COF website to view the register: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au

Roel Loopers

GIFT DISCLOSURE NEEDS TO BE BETTER IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, council, events, fremantle, local government, western australia by freoview on July 18, 2016

I don’t engage in conspiracy accusations about Fremantle Council, but since the declaration of gifts to Elected Members and COF staff is on the F-POL committee meeting this Wednesday I decided to check out the Register on the COF website.

The gift declarations I could view were for the period of July 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 and in that period not a single Councillor has declared they received tickets to concerts. That is even more remarkable since two Councillors; Pemberton and McDonald declared a conflict of interest on the recent Sunset Events/J Shed item because they had received free tickets.

The Mayor and former CEO declared they had received tickets to AFL matches. The Mayor also declared travel and accommodation gifts to seminars.

So who at COF actually monitors the Gift and Travel Register? Is the CEO responsible for it and why are Councillors not reminded about their duty to declare gifts?

This is just another lack of transparency and accountability the community gets so irate about and hence the perception remains that something is not right. Surely this can be improved with an email from the CEO to all Elected Members and staff and someone being made responsible to check that the declarations are made and entered on the Register immediately.

My question to the CEO: How many complimentary free tickets to events were given to Fremantle Councillors in the last 12 months? Who were the Elected Members concerned and why are these gifts not on the Register?

Let’s put a stop to gifts. If Elected Members and staff are required to attend events to monitor and report on them the City of Fremantle should pay for it. That way no one can ever accuse anyone at COF of repaying favours to event organisers.

Roel Loopers

 

GIFTS NO LONGER A GIVEN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, events, local government, western australia by freoview on July 17, 2016

The Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee-FPOL will on Wednesday debate a new Attendance and Events policy for Elected Members and staff of the City of Fremantle.

Reading the agenda item I am not sure why there is a need for it as Regulation # 12 of the Local Government Regulations of 2007 clearly state what a gift is and what Elected Members are required to do.

The Act states that a Notifiable Gift is one between $ 50 and $ 300 over a six months period and that a Prohibited Gift is one of $ 300 or more by the same person/organisation to an Elected Member over a period of six months. Reading this I wonder why not more Fremantle Councillors have declared a conflict of interest dealing with Sunset Events related items, as two tickets each for two concerts within a six months period clearly would have exceeded $ 300.00 and also is classified as a prohibited gift.

I also believe there is a loophole that needs to be addressed, as legally it could be argued that if events promoter sign a deal with the City of Fremantle that includes free tickets and tickets are distributed by officers to community organisations, Councillors and staff members, those tickets are not directly gifts to Elected Members or staff and hence do not require disclosure and registration on the Gift Register.

That would only create more conspiracy innuendo and  not help transparency and accountability.

Stopping free tickets for Councillors would be the best to stop community suspicion, so why not rotate two elected members per event to monitor what goes on and report back to council or committees. The City pays for these tickets and the community can no longer argue that members get influenced by event operators by getting gifts in the form of tickets.

Roel Loopers

 

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