Freo's View

YOUR VOTE COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2017

 

VOTE!

 

Enrol to vote and VOTE PLEASE!!!! at the Fremantle Local Government Election.

Local Council elections notoriously get a very small percentage of the community voting, and that is such a waste of your democratic right.

Just around 30 per cent of eligible voters posted their ballot paper two years ago, so 70 per cent elected not to have a voice, that in my books is just plain silly.

If you are passionate about Freo and want to make it an even better place than it is, the least you can do is vote. Better even better if you nominate for one of the seven seats up for grabs and make it a contest.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO MAYOR ENTERS THE ELECTION BATTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2017

 

Brad slogan

 

It comes as no surprise that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will be trying for another four- year term at the October 19 local government election, as announced in the Fremantle Herald today.

Well, I actually had he scoop last Tuesday, when the Pettitt for Mayor campaign accidentally went live on Facebook, but I deleted my post on Freo’s View after Brad called me and said he wanted to enjoy his maternity leave with gorgeous baby daughter Aoife, before announcing it.

I hope the fact that Brad Pettitt started his campaign on the birthday of my beautiful late father Nico will be a good omen for him.

There is no doubt that the last four years have often been controversial, and Fremantle Council have been accused of being Greens and socialists, but one cannot deny the economic achievements of encouraging unprecedented development in the CBD, which will set Fremantle on the right course for the future, in my opinion.

I have had and still have my doubts about the One Planet priorities, when council should have been more focussed on other matters, but I strongly believe the glass is half full for Freo and that we are growing, so that our traders will benefit soon from more people living and working in the inner city, and more visitors being able to stay here in new tourist accommodation.

I had serious issues in the past with Brad Pettitt, and what I considered to be his stubborn ego, but he has grown into a strong leader, who is willing to compromise, listen, take advise, and change his mind when better outcomes can be achieved.

The City of Fremantle does need to improve though and do all the basic small things better, and the Mayor and Councillors need to demand that from the CEO. Fremantle City  also needs to strongly improve the way it communicates with the community, as far too many people remain uninformed about what goes on at council.

Why for example does the weekly full page in the Fremantle Herald not report all the Council decisions made every week? Just a three liner per agenda item, that people can follow up on line in the minutes of Council and committee meetings. That is very simple and straight forward communication.

Fremante is on the right track and needs Elected Members who understand local government process.

 

Roel Loopers

 

B-RA-D FOR FREO MAYOR

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

 

Good morning Freo!

I had this thought overnight, and am as surprised as you are that I can still remember it in the morning. ; >)

There is no need to swap Brad for Ra as Mayor, because we already have both of them. B-RA-D

 

Have a brilliant day in one of the most loveliest places on the planet!

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIA DAY THREAT TO LOCAL COUNCILS

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2017

 

Australia Day smoking ceremony in the Fremantle Roundhouse

 

According to a report in the West Australian today the Federal Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has written to all 547 local councils in Australia, and warned them that they will be stripped off their right to hold citizenship ceremonies, if there are politically motivated attacks on Australia Day.

Fremantle Council this year stopped the Australia Day firework on January 26 and instead had a One Day event on the Esplanade on the 28th.

The fireworks still went ahead and were paid for by the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.

I am not sure that I consider the now national discussion about a more appropriate date to celebrate Australia Day as political motivated. It is only genuine consideration for Australia’s indigenous people, who consider January 26 as invasion day.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY WARD CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2017

 

According to Fremantle Society president John Dowson City Ward candidate Michael Finn has withdrawn from the race, which will leave only Claudia Green and Linda Wayman as hopefuls to replace retiring member Simon Naber.

In his usual ranting negativity the FS president  tells his members that FS does not support Claudia Green, and that the Mayor has encouraged Wayman to stand. He supposedly heard the latter from Councillor Andrew Sullivan.

Mister president also accuses Fremantle Council of having caused damage to Freo’s heritage.

Dowson also accuses social media and “keyboard warriors” for Finn’s withdrawal, but I have seen very little negativity about Finn, but for the fact that he lives in Cottesloe.

 

Roel Loopers

POPULAR FREMANTLE CITY WARD

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

 

Fremantle City Ward is always popular with local government election candidates and it looks like this year is not going to be different.

I hear that the former general Manager of Austereo Linda Wayman will put her hat in the ring and compete against former FRRA convenor Claudia Green and Kakulas Sisters director Michael Finn.

Wayman was in charge of radio stations 94.5 and 93.9 for over a decade until her shock resignation in March this year.

She now works as a business consultant and leadership coach.

In ten weeks from now we will know what the new Fremantle Council will look like, so make sure you have enrolled. Your vote is every important as this is one of the most crucial elections for Fremantle in a long time!

 

Roel Loopers

FACTS NOT IMPORTANT FOR FREO MAYORAL CANDIDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017

 

Fremantle Mayoral candidate Ra Stewart does not bother much about facts and is happy to continue criticising Fremantle Council with non-factual claims.

On her Facebook page she writes: …..Mayor Brad Pettitt has come out in the last couple of days and proposed changes to the current Council policy by offering free parking after 3:00 pm for Fremantle residences.

But if Stewart had bothered to take the time to inform herself, such as checking the City’s website, she would have known that free residents parking, with the appropriate permit, after 3 pm and before 11 am has been on for very many years. I have eight stickers on my car windscreen to prove it, and had them on previous cars as well, so it must have been implemented over ten years ago.

This is the person who wants to lead our Council and community, but who is not at all interested in facts. Stewart is either very lazy or too arrogant to check facts, and that is not the quality I would like to see in a Mayor.

The other day she claimed the Portuguese Club might be moving to Cockburn, when only two months ago the City and the club signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the club to relocate to the St John’s site in Parry Street.

We are getting a lot of hyperbole and hot air from Stewart but not a lot of substance, and that is extremely disappointing and a serious worry.

 

Roel Loopers

PEDESTRIAN WET MESS AT ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017

 

 

The City of Fremantle needs to improve the footpath on the Esplanade that runs from Essex Street to Little Creatures as it is a mess in winter after rainfall.

One has to walk through deep puddles or divert through the grass, and the latter creates mud.

People with prams or in wheelchairs have to plough through the wet mess, and that is not on.

There also needs to be a second ‘wayfinding’ path from Collie Street to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It is good and fine to do the big picture stuff and the concept of a hub, but one needs to look after the small stuff as well and create a path that can be used all seasons.

 

Roel Loopers

GREEN CANDIDATES FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

Liam Carter for South Fremantle

 

The local government election for the City of Fremantle is on October 21 and things are heating up in South Fremantle Ward, with two Greenies announcing their nomination.

Sitting member Andrew Sullivan will contest the seat again and young and upcoming Liam Carter has also announced he will be standing.

They are both good candidates, with Sullivan being a very good performer in Council who is very well versed in all the planning rules and regulations.

Liam Carter initiated the Fremantle Youth Council and is also convenor of the South Freo precinct. He is a very impressive and grounded young man with a lot of commitment to his community.

The choice will be hard. Experience or young exuberance?

It will be a fascinating election, so I hope that most people will make the effort to vote.

Fremantle is in a time of very important transition and needs level-headed people, which both candidates for South Freo are. It is important we get substance and not just promises that can’t be realised, so carefully assess all the candidates who will be putting their hand up and separate hot air from achievable goals.

Good luck to Liam and Andrew. You are my Ward candidates, so looking forward to a public meeting and hearing your thoughts.

(I have no poster for Andrew Sullivan. He only posted an old one from four years ago on Facebook, so did not want to use it.)

 

Roel Loopers

 

ESPLANADE NEW HUB ON SLOW BURNER

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

A new burger restaurant on the Fremantle Esplanade remains a pipe dream for the time being, as City of Fremantle officers do not believe building the new hospitality venue should be a priority for the City, and they are hesitant to recommend that proponent Parklife should construct the building themselves on crown land.

The City has nominated $ 1.1 million in its forward budget estimates to construct the so-called Esplanade Hub in the 2018/19 financial year, however it is likely the officers will recommend to council that this is a lower priority project when compared to other projects. so it is probable that it will be delayed till at least 2019/20.

The Esplanade Reserve Masterplan was signed off in 2015, but has been controversial in the community, with even some senior officers at the City not being supportive of the new ‘hub’ idea near the railway line and Tourist Wheel.

At the Strategy and Project Development Committee last night Councillor Rachel Pemberton mentioned that sometimes Council loses track of Masterplans and they grow too big, and she said the area is surrounded by food and beverage options already.

Other Councillors said they would not want to be burned again, as happened with the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed.

Councillors Doug Thompson and Andrew Sullivan were at loggerheads, with Thompson saying that the Kings Square Project was the main focus for the City and it could not afford another major project for five years or so, while Sullivan said the Esplanade was crying out right now for that kind of development and that a city like Fremantle should be able to handle more major projects at the same time.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said the City should be looking for other options, a smaller cafe, and that the proposed burger restaurant was too big. Councillor Pemberton agreed and said the community would not be too happy to lose more of the grassed area, and that it might be better to do the project in the future when the Esplanade was extended into the Italian Club carpark.

Councillor Thompson made one of the best observations of the evening, by saying that no one had ever said to him that we need to redevelop the cafe on the Esplanade.

Councillor Pemberton also questioned if the Dismantle containers were actually used and suggested strongly that if they are not used they should be removed, or Council could take them over for uses related to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, such as skateboard hire.

I believe the City of Fremantle would do well to investigate what can be done to retain the Carriage Cafe in its present location, as moving it might structurally not be possible. Instead of spending a lot of money on building a new food outlet, Council should be looking at how it can support the existing cute cafe and help it grow into a restaurant and small bar with nearby public toilets.

We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in Freo and we don’t really need another burger outlet, or another food outlet when there are nine of them on the other side of the railway line at the Fishing Boat Harbour, from Little Creatures, Baskin&Robbins, Joe’s Fish Shack, Han’s Cafe, Cicerello’s, Kailis, Char Char Bull, Bathers Beach House, all the way to Sweetlips.

 

Roel Loopers

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