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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

 

DRAFT VISION FOR EAST FREMANTLE OVAL PROJECT

 

The Town of East Fremantle has published a draft vision report for the East Fremantle Oval Precinct Revitalisation Project.

See it all here: https://www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/Profiles/eastfremantle/Assets/ClientData/Documents/Governance/PUBLIC_CONSULTATION__East_Freo_OvalPrecinct_VisionReportFeb2019_LR_.pdf

 

CONSENSUS STATEMENTS TO GUIDE REVITALISATION (PRINCIPLES)

The precinct should be revitalised

A community and sporting space that is open to all

An inter-generational, inter-connected open space

A sporting precinct – with or without WAFL games

Preference to retain the entire precinct as a Class A Reserve

Affordable and equitable revitalisation with multiple funding options

Improve physical and visual accessibility into the precinct

Create shared facilities that meet the needs of clubs and community

Preference to retain the social heritage of existing clubs

Maximise use of existing areas, and better utilise underused space

 

There are two vision concepts with Vision Concept 1 Opening The Park, which supports to retain the current functional arrangements on site with the least/minimal intervention and extensive landscaping.

Vision Concept 2 Community Hub, supports the oval as a community hub in the heart of the precinct, surrounded by parklands which maximise connectivity, and visual aesthetic to all boundaries.

East Fremantle Council has stated it prefers the East Fremantle Football Club to stay at the oval and not as was flagged move to  Fremantle Oval and share facilities and playing ground with the South Fremantle Football Club.

Roel Loopers

 

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SOUTH FREO FOOTY WOMEN NEED VOLUNTEERS

 

Volunteers required for our mighty South Fremantle Football Club’s Women’s Teams.

A variety of positions with plenty of rewards in return.

We are well known as a Club that commits to our Volunteers, Players and Members…a Family Club.

We welcome anyone that is generous enough to volunteer their time for a couple of hours or a day here and there.

Working With Children Card is essential and we can assist you in obtaining that.

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DOCKERS WOMEN PLAY AT FREMANTLE OVAL ON SUNDAY

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, football, fremantle dockers, fremantle oval, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on February 8, 2019

 

Dockers women game

 

The first game of the season for the female Fremantle Dockers team last week was a huge success and a big win for our ladies, so head out to Fremantle Oval this Sunday to support them when they play Collingwood.

Entry is free and the game starts just after 3pm, so let’s create a big crowd of supporters!

Roel Loopers

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MAD DOGS AND BATHERS BEACH FOOTBALL

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, football, sport, summer, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2019

 

beach soccer

 

It was officially 39 degrees when I took the photo of the Beach Football at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach today. It was probably hotter with the reflective heat of the sand, but that did not deter the male soccer players today, and the female ones played yesterday.

It is dead quiet in town and about a million vacant parking bays, so take advantage of it. ; > )

It is hot but very dry with little humidity so perfect weather for me.

Roel Loopers

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BEACH SOCCER AT FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, football, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2019

 

jan 201 beach football at bathers

 

Check out the first ever Beach Football at Freo’s Bathers Beach this coming weekend January 19 and 20!

It starts on Saturday with the women and mixed competition and on Sunday the blokes are kicking the round ball around.

It runs from 12 midday till 6pm on both days, so enjoy the outdoors and the Indian Ocean and have a meal in one of the many restaurants at the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers

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HUGE CROWDS AT WEST COAST EAGLES CELEBRATION

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, football, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2018

 

premiers AAA

 

I know there are a lot of West Coast Eagles footy fans in Fremantle, even when some Dockers supporters believe that one needs to hate the Weagles when one loves the Dockers.

So I hopped on the train to Langley Park in Perth to get a glimpse of the celebrations of the new AFL premiers, who did not end up with the wooden spoon.

Thousands made the long pilgrimage from  the Esplanade train station to the far east end of Langley Park and the queues to get the very first and freshly printed Premiers merchandise were huge already at 12.30 pm as these photos show.

I am not a big fan of big crowds so hopped back on the train and did not wait for the team to arrive.

Go the Eagles!! I hope the premiership of their local rivals inspires the insipid Dockers.

Roel Loopers

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FOOTY AND MUSIC FUN AT RECLINK CUP

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, community, football, music, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2018

 

Reclink timeline

 

The RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP is on tomorrow-Saturday at Fremantle Oval, so head out there for an afternoon of footy fun and an evening of music, while raising money for charity.

Gates open at midday and close at 10pm, so make it a day out.

Expect to see media personalities and musicians battling it out on the footy field, where they will be joined by WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt, Federal Freo Labor MP Josh Wilson, and Freo Councillor Adin Lang.

The Kill Devil Hills will be playing from 5pm-5.40, so that’s pretty cool as well.

And Mayor Brad Pettitt will be the DJ. Just hoping our Greeny Mayor won’t just be playing a loop of Greensleeves all day. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CELEBRATES NAIDOC WEEK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, football, history, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018

 

NAIDOC at Paperbird

 

The Paperbird children’s bookshop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is flying the Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC Week.

It is good to see good things happening during NAIDOC Week and acknowledge that Australia has come a long way when it comes to our indigenous people, but there is a lot more to do and more and better education needed about our Aboriginal culture. Racism is not something of the past but a humiliating daily experience for Australia’s indigenous people. That needs to stop!

I was impressed with the apology Police Commissioner Chris Dawson offered yesterday and saddened to read the racist abuse story of former Dockers player Scott Chisholm in the West Australian today.

Chisholm conducts Aboriginal awareness tours from the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head every morning from 10am this month, so go and join one with your children.

The Roundhouse flies the Aboriginal flag every day of the year to acknowledge our Aboriginal culture and history.

Roel Loopers

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FREE USE OF FREO OVAL FOR FOOTY CLUB

Posted in city of fremantle, football, fremantle oval, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2018

 

For a city which is financially challenged the City of Fremantle is exceptionally generous with a professional WAFL football club.

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will debate on Wednesday a new lease for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club and the conditions are that we are given the SFFC the use of the oval and clubrooms for free plus we give them a lot of ratepayers’ money as well.

SFFC will not have to pay any rent for their 20+20 year lease and will receive all kinds of benefits from Fremantle City. I wonder if they will even have to pay for outgoings like power and water.

The City of Fremantle will agree in the lease to pay for the ground keeping of the oval and surroundings, estimated to be $ 120,000-$160,000 a year.

CoF would also transfer the groundkeeper position to it’s staff list, but what that will cost is not revealed in the agenda.

All the net parking revenue at the oval will be collected and managed by the City but will be donated to SFFC, estimated to be $100,000 a year.

In addition to all that Fremantle City will also make a $ 50,000 a year contribution to the WAFL club, and the club will be allowed to use the oval free of charge five times a year for events other than football games.

It is my understanding that SFFC is a commercial for profit organisation that gets funding from the WAFL and the national AFL through income from Dockers and Eagles contributions, so why does the City of Fremantle have to give away so much of ratepayers’ money that could be better used elsewhere?

This also sets a precedent for the intended move to Fremantle Oval by the East Fremantle Football Club. What financial concessions and incentives will the City of Fremantle offer them?

Roel Loopers

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