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FREO MAN CANDIDATE FOR SOUTH METRO REGION

Posted in election, fremantle, politics, state government, western australia by freoview on February 16, 2017

Fremantle resident Andrew Luobikis will be running for the WA State Election/Upper House in the South Metro Region for the new Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party.

Andrew is very committed to Freo and unsuccessfully stood for South and Beaconsfield Ward, and that gives us something in common as I was also unsuccessful standing for Beacy Ward.

While Andrew and I are probably miles apart politically I believe he deserves a plug on Freo’s View because of his passion for our city. Here is what Andrew Luobikis has to say about his candidacy:

Why am I running:

After several years of exposure to local government politics and seeing how the system is not only manipulated by the major political parties it is also very much broken. Reflecting on the lost economic opportunities for WA, especially during the mining boom it was clear that our wonderful state was not getting its fair share. Our state has been held to economic ransom by the political parties from the East. While WA digs up every mineral and harvests every inch of arable land, the rest of Australia lives on GST welfare generated and paid for by hard working Western Australians.

I could see that reform is necessary on many issues and the only way to enact real change is from the State level.

 Having met Julie Matheson during the last Beaconsfield Council By-Election I was drawn to the fact the Julie Matheson For Western Australia Party is the only party that represents the interests of Western Australia and its people, not political parties from the Eastern States. The party’s policies stood out in that they reflected many of the issues I was standing for locally and knew it would be an easy transition for me to get behind and support.

It was obvious to me running as an independent at local government level that if  I were to be successful in effecting any real change I would require the support of a team with values similar to that of mine. It is a team of real people standing up on the real issues for WA and especially the South Metropolitan Region.

 I am a member of Western Australia’s only party that puts Western Australia’s interests FIRST.  The other parties seeking your vote are controlled by politicians from the East.  These politicians want to control WA’s parliament for their own political gain and continue the GST welfare system for the benefit of other states.  It’s our GST, a ‘State tax’ and it belongs in WA.

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I also decided to run to help elect our Party’s candidate for Fremantle Janetia Knapp.  Janetia works tirelessly in the Fremantle community to include Aboriginal culture in mainstream day to day living.  She promotes the loving and caring of people and the land on which we all live.  Fremantle will be a better place to live with Janetia Knapp as our elected member of parliament.

 We have a great candidate for Fremantle in the Lower House – Janitia Knapp.  When we met, we just gelled and I could see that a great team was forming that could exert influence and make some fantastic systemic changes for the betterment of the local community.

 

BARNETT PLEDGE TO BUILD PERTH FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway, state government, western australia by freoview on January 15, 2017

In an interview today with the Sunday Times  WA Premier Colin Barnett has pledged to go ahead with building the Perth Freight Link despite massive community protest.

Barnett said that if re-elected the construction of the tunnel would start in 2020 and that there was no need to build another bridge over the Swan river or a tunnel underneath it to accommodate the container trucks to Fremantle Port.

While the pros and cons of the PFL can be debated forever it is mind-blowing that the Premier believes the PFL will adequately work without building the last link into the port. That is putting his head in the sand and refusing to acknowledge the huge bottleneck it will create at Stirling Highway and in North Fremantle.

Even those who agree with the PFL concept know it won’t work properly unless a new Swan river crossing is provided specifically for freight, so why the state government only wants to build 90% of the freight tollway and not finish it shows they have not found a proper solution to do so, but stubbornly want to go ahead anyway. That is childish and not good governance.

Roel Loopers

PLANNING MINISTER IGNORES FREO’S DEVELOPMENT BOOM

Posted in city of fremantle, development, state government, western australia by freoview on January 9, 2017

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The article about development by WA Planning Minister Donna Faragher in today’s West Australian newspaper shows the Liberal party has resigned to the fact they can’t win the seat of Fremantle at the state election in March.

While the minister is excited about all the development in Cockburn, Midland, etc. she does not mention Fremantle once, although the port city is in an unprecedented development boom. So let’s update the minister on what goes on in good old Freo nowadays.

The Heirloom by Match apartments have just opened and opposite from there the LIV Defence Housing is building a huge residential development. Down the road next to St Pat’s another large apartment building will be built and just a couple of metres from there another one at Beach Street.

The Hilton Doubletree development should start early this year and the Quest hotel opened late last year in Packenham Street, while the B. apartments at Bathers Bay are also building new rooms.

Plans for an eight storey apartment building on the former Spotlight site have been approved and plans are well under way for residential development of the former Fremantle Workers Club, while Match is also building new apartments opposite the Local Hotel in South Freo and are developing the former Energy Museum site.

Oh and Minister, there is also a huge development commencing at Kings Square this year, in case you have not heard about it, and the Atwell Arcade development has also been completed, and there are many more substantial building projects in the pipeline for Fremantle.

And the heritage Warders and Gunners cottages are now also ready for occupation, dear Donna.

There is a lot going on in Fremantle and it is disrespectful of the Minister for Planning to not mention it at all.

Roel Loopers

PREMIER OPENS FREMANTLE WARDERS COTTAGES

Posted in fremantle, heritage, state government, western australia by freoview on November 3, 2016

 

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WA Premier Colin Barnett accompanied by Heritage Minister Albert Jacob officially opened the renovated historic Warders Cottages next to the Fremantle Markets this morning.

The cottages look very cute inside and have a nice little courtyard, so no doubt there will be plenty of takers for them.

I believe they are ideally suited for B&B but too small for a bar, especially with the very steep steps to the first floor being a challenge to walk down on.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, CEO Phil StJohn, MLA Simone McGurk and MP Josh Wilson were all there, as were Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly and Silverleaf boss Gerard O’Brien.

It is fantastic to see the cottages restored after far too many years of neglect and vacancy. They are a real attraction in the Henderson Street mall.

Roel Loopers

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BARNETT WILL START ROE 8 BEFORE ELECTION

Posted in beeliar wetlands, fremantle, perth freight link, state government, western australia by freoview on September 23, 2016

Disgruntled members of the Liberal parliament claim Premier Colin Barnett does not listen and consult and today’s announcement by the Premier that the Roe 8 extension will start before the March 2017 state election shows the Premier does not even wants to listen to the High Court, because the Save Beeliar Wetlands legal challenge is due to be heard soon.

Surely the government should wait with signing contracts and starting the highway project until the High Court ruling has been made to make sure it is not signing million dollar contracts they might have to pay out if the High Court rules in favour of the opponents of the Roe 8 project.

Roel Loopers

 

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RESPECT FOR THE PAST CREATES A BETTER FUTURE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, heritage, historic, maritime, state government, western australia by freoview on September 20, 2016

Maybe I am just a sentimental old fool but it makes me really sad to watch the demolition of the old luffing crane near the E Shed Markets on Victoria Quay in Fremantle.

It is outrageous that the crane was not offered for sale years ago when Fremantle Ports decided it was going to let it rot and not maintain it. The excuse that it now has to be demolished for safety reasons is rubbish. It could have been put in front of the Shipwreck Museum or at J Shed for example to add another attraction for tourists.

I am all for progress and have nothing against good change, but the disgraceful demolition by neglect in WA needs to stop, or we’ll soon see the old George Hotel in East Fremantle go down for “safety” reasons as well.

If we don’t respect our past we have no hope in hell creating a better future!

Roel Loopers

 

NALDER ONLY GOT 15 VOTES

Posted in fremantle, parliament, politics, state government, western australia by freoview on September 20, 2016

Colin Barnett remains the leader of the WA Liberal Party and Premier of the state after a spill motion was defeated and Barnett received 31 votes and challenger Dean Nalder only got 15 votes.

I hope Nalder will now try to reduce his ego and drastically improve his skills at being a politician.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORT SALE WORTH $ 2.5 BILLION

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, state government, western australia by freoview on September 20, 2016

The recent sale of the Port of Melbourne gives hope that the planned sale/49-year lease of Fremantle Port might be worth $ 2.5 billion for the cash-strapped WA government.

The Melbourne port which handles 36 percent of the national container volumes, was bought by a consortium, so the Freo port, which handles 10.4 per cent of the national volumes, could well be an attractive buy in the current economic climate.

Interesting to read in the West today that WA Premier Colin Barnett is lukewarm on going ahead with the Perth Freight Link. One has to wonder though if that is because a state election is due soon.

Roel Loopers

WA LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER RESIGNS

Posted in city of fremantle, state government, western australia by freoview on September 17, 2016

Interesting to hear that Tony Simpson, Minister for Local Government, resigned from WA Parliament today, citing lack of leadership and policy.

This is the minister who properly messed up the local government reform and left local councils with tens of thousands of dollars in costs.

Councils wasted a year and a half on getting legal and other advise on amalgamations and boundary reform, and attended dozens of meetings, but at the end it came to nothing because the minister and his Premier were too gutless to see it through.

Roel Loopers

LABOR TO BUILT OUTER HARBOUR AND SCRAP FREIGHT LINK

Labor party leader Mark McGowan will today announce that if his party should win the state election in March next year it will scrap the Perth Freight Link and instead invest $ 20 million on planning a new outer harbour at Kwinana.

McGowan said if he became Premier he would also put a cap on the capacity of Fremantle Port.

Whoever is in government though will still need to do something about traffic around Fremantle as the building of an outer harbour would still be 10-15 years away if it was dealt with as a priority.

Roel Loopers

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