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.
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.
Hannah Fitzhardinge today won the Beaconsfield by-election of the City of Fremantle and will the the third female on Fremantle Council.
Only 35.7 per cent of eligible people elected to vote so only a total of 1267 votes were posted.
Hannah Fitzhardinge received 534 votes, Fedele Camarda 363 votes, Andrew Luobikis 279 votes and Peter Cruikshank 91 votes.
The clear message here is that the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association and Fremantle Society, who supported Luobikis, don’t have the support of the community they claim to have, as even Fedele Camarda, who did it all on his own, received more votes than Luobikis.
It will be nice to have another voice of reason and balance on Freo Council and nice to have a female for Beacy next to that macho bloke Dave Hume. ; >)
Congratulations to Hannah Fitzhardinge and the three other candidates. Your passion for Fremantle is laudable!
The candidates’ forum of the Beaconsfield Ward by-election at the Hilton Bowling Club on Tuesday evening did not rock the boat but was still interesting for other reasons. One not often sees members of the Fremantle Society, FICRA and the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association at these suburban meetings and none of them were at the election forum in Beacy in October last year when I was a candidate.
That might have had to do with the fact that candidate Andrew Luobikis is a big supporter of these community groups, so they were clearly out there to support him and possibly are helping him with letterbox drops etc.
Candidate Hannah Fitzhardinge also had her Labor party supporters in the public, with even Simone McGurk turning up, as did Councillors Dave Hume, Dave Coggin and Rachel Pemberton.
The same issues always come up at these forums; crime, antisocial behaviour, maintenance, parking and shopping, communication, transparency and accountability, and rates.
It was a pretty positive forum though where Andrew Luobikis was the candidate who criticised Fremantle Council most, especially about Kings Square, poor decision-making and poor community consultation.
Fedele Camarda said Fremantle has the same problems other communities have and that he intended to consult and listen, if elected. He would be guided by people in his decision-making.
Fedele said there needed to be other forms of revenue raising for COF and it needed good budget management. He also said the ugly entry to the city for cruise ship passengers needed to be beautified.
Peter Cruickshank said the vibe and culture of Fremantle is attractive, but that the city needs to develop smart and well, and maintain its heritage. He wants better value for money for rates and tangible infrastructure. He would be asking a lot of questions and seek advise .
Peter also believes State Housing density in Fremantle needs to be reduced and spread out more. I want to do what is best for my family, Beacy and Fremantle, he said.
Andrew Luobikis said the City was giving away the family silver with the Kings Square Project and that it made poor planning decisions. The KS project will have a profound affect on the City’s finances, he claimed.
Andrew wants a fair share for Beaconsfield and rates capped at CPI. Council is accountable to its shareholders and community consultation is essential. He also said the police did little to stop crime in the area and that there was too much party politics at council level.
Hannah Fitzhardinge is the only female candidate for Beacy and she made the important point that 51% of the Fremantle popultation is female but that there are only two female Councillors. Only one in five leadership positions in Australia are taken up by women, she told us.
Hannah believes the City of Fremantle should become a more responsive organisation with real community engagement and that she would be asking the right questions at the right time. She said it was very important to find the common ground by bringing in the community early in the conversation, and I absolutely agree with her on this!
She said there needed to be a masterplan for Beaconsfield that included the so-called Bronx but also the former quarry site. Fremantle has a history of inclusiveness we need to continue.
Hannah believes that Fremantle deserves much more support and investment from State Government as it is more than just a local council because of our historic importance and tourist town. The burden for that should not be on the ratepayers alone and the State should pay its fair share.
Local government is about local people and should not be by political parties, Hannah stated.
And while all that was going on there were dancing classes and silver shoes next door. It was a very Freo and mainly positive evening where I was especially impressed with the level headedness and positive attitude of Hannah Fitzhardinge.
Fremantle resident Andrew Luobikis’ Thinking Allowed in the Fremantle Herald today is worth reading as it makes some important factual points about electric cars and the City of Fremantle investing $ 130,000.00 in an electric vehicle charging station at the Esplanade carpark.
I have pointed out in previous blogs how low the use of electric vehicles in Australia is, but Luobikis, who works in the auto industry, adds a few more facts to that. There are only 170 registered electric cars in WA and the sale of electric cars is going down. According to Luobikis 100,000 cars were sold in 2015 but of that there were only 73 electric ones, so that is an extremely low percentage to justify the $ 130,000 outlay for a charging station hardly anyone will be using. In Australia more than one million vehicles were sold in 2015 but just 890 electric vehicles, Luobikis writes. I think that gets the point across very well.
Fremantle Council has been spending large amounts of ratepayers money on low hanging, low-impact, fruit that has no major benefit for the general community and is pure tokenism to minority interest groups. Have they even asked themselves why so few local governments on earth have signed up for One Planet, probably because more mature and realistic councils see it as a gimmick that wastes money that could be spent on far more worthwhile projects?