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FREO POLITICS IN THE PUB TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, pedestrians, politics, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2018

 

A reminder that the Politics in the Pub by the Fremantle Network is on tonight at The Local in South Fremantle from 6.30pm.

Topic of the evening is the question if Fremantle is pedestrian friendly, so it will be interesting to hear suggestions on how we can improve the pedestrian experience and make it safer.

Far too many motorists don’t give way to pedestrians when rounding corners, and only a  few of them stop during busy weekends on the Cappuccino Strip and Marine Terrace to let pedestrians cross. That lack of consideration, and how/if we can improve it needs to be discussed as well.

See you at The Local. It’s a free event, but meals and drinks available at the bar.

Roel Loopers

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DOROTHY TANGNEY 75 YEARS AGO FIRST WOMAN IN AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, politicians, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018

 

Dorothy Tangney

 

Seventy-five years ago Dorothy Tangney became the first woman to be elected in federal parliament, but we are still debating gender equality in our parliaments and political parties.

This artwork is in Fremantle’s Norfolk Street on the side of the Norfolk Hotel, so contemplate when you walk or drive by why it is taking so unacceptably long until we have real gender balance in our country.

It’s not just about equal pay but even more so about equal respect!

Roel Loopers

SPARTANS FUNDRAISER WITH WA PREMIER

Posted in city of fremantle, fundraising, politicians, politics, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2018

 

Doing a favour for a mate to promote this event, although it’s not in Freo.

The Leeming Spartan Cricket Club offers everyone the opportunity to meet with the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, at our clubhouse on Friday 12th October 2018 for a business breakfast seminar and ninety-minute question and answer session!

He will be joined by the Member for Jandakot, Yaz Mubarakai MLA for the session, where locals are encouraged to speak with their state representatives about any topic.

Tickets are priced at $100 per person (purchasable by emailing secretary@spartans.com.au), with tables of between eight and ten also available. All proceeds will go towards the Spartans’ one-hundredth anniversary celebrations!

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FULL AGENDA FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 23, 2018

 

Have a look at all the items Fremantle Council will have to consider this Wednesday at the Ordinary Council meeting. Those who believe our Elected Members are overpaid and under worked should come and have a listen!

Local government is very challenging grassroots politics that requires a lot of time from our Councillors. Come and witness it for yourself and scrutinise those we elected to represent us.

This is the agenda, which is available with all attachments, on line on the City of Fremantle website:

FPOL1807-2 Award of tender FCC511.18 Integrated Parking Management System, FPOL1807-3 Naval Stores Tender Report, FPOL1807-4 Report – One Planet Action Plan 2018 21 FPOL1807, Esplanade Park – Park Hub Project Update, FPOL1807-6 Dog Exercise and Prohibited Areas Policy Sir Frederick Samson Memorial Park, FPOL1807-7 Nomination of members to the South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel, FPOL1807-8 Disposal of Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle,  42 SPT1807-01 42 SPT1807-02 45 SPT1807-03 63 SPT1807-04 67 SPT1807-05 74 SPT1807-06 Scheme Review (LPS4) – Proposed Process Potential Scheme Amendment 75 – New Sub Area White Gum Valley – Preliminary Engagement & Initiation Replacement of two Moreton Bay Fig Trees, Kings SquareStrategic Public Transport Links to Activity Centres and Growth Areas – South West Metropolitan Area Amendment 1 to Lefroy Road Quarry Local Structure Plan – Receipt Proposed Principles for Scheme Amendment – Lots 2, 1 and 8 Quarry Street Fremantle 79 13.Reports and recommendations from officers.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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JOSH WILSON ELECTION LAUNCH TONIGHT

 

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The official election campaign launch of Fremantle Labor candidate Josh Wilson is on this evening, although Josh and his team have already been pounding the streets and been knocking on doors for weeks.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, one of my favourite politicians, will be at the launch at Victoria Hall tonight.

It starts at 6.30, so if you want to know what Josh can do for Fremantle, and what Labor wants to achieve if elected at the big federal election next year, come along.

Roel Loopers

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DON’T FORGET TO VOTE AT THE BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2018

 

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If you are not on the electoral roll you can not vote at the Fremantle federal by-election next month.

You have only till Friday to get yourself registered on the roll to be able to vote on Super Saturday on July 28.

My vote will go to former Fremantle Councillor and Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson who has served our community very well and who gave some excellent speeches during his time in Canberra.

Roel Loopers

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WE ALL GOT RED BLOOD AND BROWN SHIT

 

There is plenty of time for contemplation and soul searching during the cold and wet winter days and nights, so when it was suggested to me that I should try to speak at one of the new TEDx Fremantle events about Perception and Reality, I wondered what it was I would like to speak about.

My thoughts don’t comply with the TEDx Fremantle categories of; only good science, no political agenda and no religious proselytizing, so I decided to just write down my contemplations and publish it here on Freo’s View instead. Here it is:

When we talk about reality and perception we should start with the elephant in the room first, and that is that Australia is not the best country in the world. Simply because no country is! There are many great countries in the world. I lived in three of them.

Our soldiers are not braver than those from other countries, and there is nothing specifically Australian about people helping each other in a crisis. When there are floods in Bangladesh, earthquakes in Mongolia, or wars and disasters in other parts of the world, the communities rally to give a helping hand.

Australia has lived on the urban myth of being the fair go country, but how can we claim that when the British settlers mostly ignored Aboriginal culture and language and treated our indigenous people as primitive idiots. How can a fair country take children away from their parents to bring them up as Christians and does not allow them to speak their native languages, and how can a fair country allow many of these children to be abused and raped?

How can we believe to be the fair country when we ban genuine refugees from coming to Australia, but lock them up instead in camps of neighbouring countries, but want priority immigration for supposedly ‘endangered’ white South African farmers?

How can we claim that we live in the best country on earth, when tonight, like every night, 115,000 homeless Australians sleep rough in the cold and wet?

The perception of greatness has always confused the Australian identity and that’s why we are still looking for one. We are not the Akubra hat-wearing cowboys, who live in the red dirt outback, but 90% of our population lives on the coastal plains and in big cities.

You might be surprised now when I say that I really love living in Australia, and even more that I live in Fremantle. But we need to start cutting the crap and let go off the hubris, because to be able to move forward together as a community and nation we need to acknowledge the harsh reality that Australia is far from perfect and that there is a lot of room for improvement.

We at the grassroots need to insist that political debate is about issues and has substance, and is not about point-scoring and name-calling, and we need to let all politicians know that we will no longer put up with their infantile behaviour in our parliaments.

We need to stop believing in the urban myth of our own greatness and start by showing real compassion for the less well off in our society.

It is not acceptable that we spend millions of dollars on non-essential things when our pensioners are barely making ends meet, when our hospitals are over-crowded and have long waiting lists, as does social housing, and when so many suffer from serious mental health issues.

Australia joined the so-called war on terrorism, but why haven’t we begun a war on poverty, and a war on unemployment and homelessness?

We are not all equal when multinational companies don’t pay tax, but low-income earners, pensioners and people on social benefits constantly get scrutinised to the point that is causes anxiety and depression for many.

It is good to have dreams, but it is not good to live in dreamworld and ignore the pragmatic reality of Australian life. Racism is a daily experience for those who are not white, and verbal abuse is also a daily worry for Muslim women, who have become the easy targets for ignorant fools. Western Australia has the highest rate of domestic violence in the nation!

Australia is a beautiful country, and I strongly believe that most people are good, caring and tolerant, and even more so here in Fremantle, but there are also many intolerant haters, who do not positively contribute to our community.

The Australia I love was summed up pretty well one evening in the Fitzroy Crossing pub in the stunning Kimberly when a drunk and huge Aboriginal man looked down on me in the toilet and said “Isn’t it amazing brother that we both have red blood and brown shit.” Yes indeed. We have a lot more in common than what divides us!

My wish for Australia is to wake up to reality and stop claiming that this is the best country on the planet. There is a huge different between being proud of one’s nation or becoming dangerously-and unrealistically- nationalistic. We can only find Australia’s real identity when we stop the tokenism and engage in real reconciliation with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. To do that we need to use the word RESPECT more often.

To show real respect we need to acknowledge Aboriginal people in our constitution, we need to build a substantial Aboriginal cultural centre in Fremantle, so that overseas visitors can engage and learn about our indigenous history and culture, and we need a memorial on Rottnest Island telling the awful story of the inhumane Quod Aboriginal prison, where nearly 400 boys and men from all over Western Australia died.

Only with real mutual respect, and only with real, deep and soul searching honesty can we make Australia the best country in the world. Dismissing and patronising others is only holding us back.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION ON JULY 28

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

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The Federal by-election for the seat of Fremantle is still two months away with the Electoral Commission announcing it will be held on July 28.

It looks like the Liberal/National government quite likes a depleted opposition, so we should be glad the five by-elections around the nation will be held this year. The by-elections are necessary because of dual citizenship issues.

I will back Josh Wilson, whom I like and respect as a person and as a politician. He was an excellent councillor and Deputy Mayor of Fremantle, so Josh4Freo will get my vote.

The photo above is of Josh Wilson with his wife and three children in their Fremantle home.

Roel Loopers

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VERY LONG COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2018

 

Anyone who believes that being a Councillor in Fremantle is just a walk in the park, should check out the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

The agenda for this evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting is a very long one and will probably attract a lot of people in the public gallery.

First agenda item is the very controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach and the next item is about new terms of reference for the Design Advisory Committee.

There is the Overdue Debtors report, Audit and Risk update for Assets, Toy Library report, the implementation of the three waste bin FOGO (not to be confused with the FOMO retail concept for Kings Square), the lease with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval, request for proposals for the old Weighbridge in Phillimore Street, Sets on the Beach events at Port Beach. There will also be a motion to ban gas filled balloons in public.

The replacement for the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square will also be debated. This will be a very expensive exercise, but I hear Council want to replace at least two trees with other mature Moreton Bay figs, so that will be nice in addition to the relocated London Plane trees.

The agenda is 229 pages long and there are additional agenda attachments as well, so anyone keen to read it all should download it from the City of Fremantle website.

I’ll be there at the meeting of course, so will report back to you about it tomorrow.

Roel Loopers

WAYMAN HEADS FREO DESTINATION MARKETING COMMITTEE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2018

 

It is very questionable if politicians ever learn from past mistakes. The appointment of Linda Wayman to head the Destination Marketing advisory committee of the City of Fremantle is controversial and will no doubt be seen as a political move by Fremantle Council.

Wayman, the former general manager of Southern Cross Austereo, is a close friend of Brian Smith, who is a close friend of and advisor to Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Wayman unsuccessfully stood for City Ward at the October local government election in Fremantle, where she was strongly supported by Brian Smith. Her appointment could be seen as giving her a public profile leading up to the next council election in 17 months from now.

Roel Loopers

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