Freo's View

LAMENT ABOUT DECLINING STANDARDS OF ELECTION DEBATE

Posted in Uncategorized, local government, city of fremantle, social media, elections by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail has written an excellent opinion piece in the West Australian today about the declining standards of civic debate during the local government election campaign. 

It is indeed disappointing to read all the aggressive nonsense on social media by people who revel in personal attacks and negativity, and it is sad that some Fremantle candidates have also preferred to be negative, instead of offering ideas, visions and solutions.

McPhail writes that the democratic process has become increasingly vitriolic, with a culture of bullying and intimidation.

Democracy for me is all about people with different opinions having a robust, but respectful, conversation. It is not fair on candidates, new or incumbent, when it goes down to the low level of name-calling, personal attacks, innuendo, conspiracies and lies.

Michael McPhail writes that the declining display of compassion and kindness toward those who are willing to put their hand up is a concern.

McPhail rightly points out that we can never have too many reasonable, sensible, thoughtful, caring and open-minded councillors, and that the we need to call out disrespectful behaviour from candidates and community members.

All Fremantle Wards have now returned ballot papers of over 40% with South Fremantle ahead with 48.75% today.

You can still drop off your vote at the Fremantle Townhall reception desk today and tomorrow, and on Saturday in the Townhall till 6pm.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

FREE PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

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One hour FREE PARKING is now available around the Kings Square precinct.

There is really no excuse anymore not to come to Fremantle, do your shopping, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and support our local traders.

The free parking is every day of the week, including weekends!

Fremantle residents with parking permit can park for free from 3 pm to 11 am every day, so that is 20 hours of free parking. Take advantage of it!

If you haven’t got a parking permit yet, apply for one at the reception desk at the Townhall. Bring ID and proof of residency and it will take ten minutes to get one for a year.

 

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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!

 

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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

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GIVE SOUTH FREO CANDIDATE BEN MOODIE A FAIR GO!

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2017

 

Ben Moodie, one of the five local government election candidates in South Fremantle claims he has been unfairly attacked on social media by journalist Carmelo Amalfi, who publishes the pocket-size quarterly advertorial Street Wise.

Former Fremantle Herald journalist Amalfi continues to claim that Moodie is not eligible to stand for a Fremantle council seat because he lives in Hamilton Hill, but the advise Ben Moodie received from three officers of the Electoral Commission is that he is eligible, because at the time of his nomination he was listed on the Electoral Roll as resident of the City of Fremantle.

Moodie said he was forced to find temporary emergency accommodation when health hazards were discovered in the house he rented in South Fremantle. To protect the health of his young daughter and wife he took the first suitable accommodation, which happened to be in Hamilton Hill, but that the family intends to return to South Fremantle when appropriate accommodation can be found there.

Ben Moodie is the first indigenous candidate for a seat on Fremantle Council and it is a real shame that some people keep attacking him, when the Electoral Commission says it is all above board.

I have been very impressed with Moodie’s level-headed maturity and intelligence and his broad knowledge. His work with juvenile offenders and people on substance abuse in the prison system would be a good knowledge base for Fremantle Council to have when dealing with homeless people and anti social behaviour in our city.

It has been very hard for Aboriginal people to get any traction in Australian politics, but we now finally have indigenous representation in state and federal parliament, and it would be fantastic to also have an indigenous councillor in Fremantle.

I voted for Ben Moodie because I believe he will bring a new perspective to council, and because he is a really good, intelligent and hard-working, decent bloke who deserves a fair go.

 

Roel Loopers

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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.

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VOTE!

THE IMPACT OF FREMANTLE PLACEMAKING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

There were so many posts on Twitter yesterday about placemaking, that I contemplated overnight what the modern buzzword actually means in the context of local government and a small city like Fremantle.

Placemaking should not be about beautifying small pockets of the city, but should be about awareness of the whole and the reality that everything we do impacts on others, either positively or negatively. That really is the big challenge for local government to deal with.

An event will please many thousands of people, but can negatively impact on local residents or traders, as there will be noise, parking and traffic problems, so while it pleases some it upsets others.

At planning meetings we constantly hear people opposing development next to where they live, with claims of loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc. so whichever way council decide it will upset one of the parties.

Traffic-calming in South Fremantle might please most locals, but it could alter the flow of traffic to the CBD and have a negative impact on traders there. What is the right placemaking decision?

Placemaking is about wholeness, and making good choices for the common good, even if that upsets those with a NIMBY attitude. It requires courage of councillors to make the ‘right’ decisions, because the decisions they’ll make will never be right for everyone in the community. That’s the nature of us human beings that we never all agree on everything.

When I hear election candidates naively state that they will do what the community want, my immediate question is which part of the community do they mean, because there will be opposing views in the community. Councillors will have to vote one way or the other, displeasing those who are opposed to it.

It comes down to how much, and how negatively or how positively decisions we make in life impact on others. Loud parties, noise, dog barking, anti-social behaviour, where we park our car in the street we live, etc. it all impacts on others. So to make the right decisions we need to be considerate and constantly aware that our great personal lifestyle might not be considered so great by our neighbours.

What might be a good event that benefits local traders, could well have a negative impact on those who live nearby, and events can also be detrimental for local traders, so how do we find the right balance of placemaking in local government?

The Australian Hotel Association claimed in a survey they sent to local government election candidates that pop-ups negatively impact on their members, but surely that statement is not true for all pop-up events and for all pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars around Fremantle, because many of them benefit from events, even from markets, as they attract many more people to the area than would normally visit.

Should we embrace multi-storey development in the inner city to boost the local economy, or should we preserve the human-scale character of place, even in the run down east of the CBD that looks desolate and uninviting? What is the right placemaking and balance? You will hear very opposing views about that in the community.

Placemaking for me is about being extremely sensitive and understanding that there is no way in the world we can please everyone, and it is about not being selfish, and learning to acknowledge that the common good has priority over individual needs.

I know that it very difficult to accept when it impacts on one’s own life or business, but it is the only way good placemaking can become good governance, and hopefully council can take the majority of the community with them on the very challenging and delicate journey of progress, revitalisation and modernisation.

It is easy to understand that being a local councillor can be a very thankless task, so one has to admire all who nominated for this election.

VOTE to show you care about your community!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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.

 

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LAST COUNCIL MEETING BEFORE ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2017

 

This evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be the last one of the four-year term before the election, so when Council meets again in a few weeks there will be at least two new faces.

Dave Coggin vacated his seat to join the team of advisers to Premier Mark McGowan and City Ward Councillor Simon Naber is not contesting his seat, so a new Councillor will take over from him.

Mayor Brad Pettitt, North Ward Councillor Doug Thompson, South Ward’s Andrew Sullivan, Beaconsfield Ward Hannah Fitzhardinge and Hilton Ward Sam Wainwright have all been busy door knocking to retain their seat, so the voters will decide if they’ll return or be replaced by another candidate.

Whatever the outcome it is important that we acknowledge their commitment to the community and the hard work they have put in to make Fremantle an even better place.

Being a Councillor is often a thankless task as the feedback elected members get is most often criticism, but rarely kudos and that is a bit unfair.

All of us sometimes disagree with some of the decisions Councillors make, but most of the time they do a pretty good job and the community is quite unaware of how many hours that involves.

As someone who has been observing Fremantle Council for over eight years I have been impressed with the diligence and thoroughness and that every item is discussed and voted on without fear or favour, and most definitely not along party lines.

In ten days time on October 21 we will know how much Fremantle voters have appreciated what this Council has been trying to achieve, and if we want them to stay on for another four years, to finish projects they implemented and see the fruits of their labour at Kings Square.

From me personally a big thank you to all of you. I sometimes despaired about decisions you made, but often agreed, and I believe Freo is now on the right track to recovery and real economic progress. Thank you!

And no matter what the outcome in North Fremantle will be, can we get Doug Thompson heritage listed please for his very many years on Council.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S SECRET MERGER WITH EAST FREO?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2017

 

I am very aware that the City of Fremantle is keen to grow, but the marketing department must know something I did not know; that we secretly merged with our neighbours after all.

I am certain that East Fremantle rejected the merger with Fremantle during the local government reform attempt by the former Liberal state government, so why does the Fremantle Story page of the City of Fremantle promote the Monday mediations at the May Street Larder, which is at 155 Canning Highway, East Fremantle?

It might be more helpful to promote Freo traders instead of those of our neighbours!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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