Freo's View

NO SWEARING AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 19, 2018

 

A catchy headline for a non event. ; >)

The swearing in ceremony for Andrew Sullivan, who won the South Ward by-election on Friday will not take place today during an extraordinary council meeting, but will instead be conducted an the Ordinary Council meeting on Wednesday March 28 at 6 pm.

Council meetings are held at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

Roel Loopers

SULLIVAN WINS SOUTH FREMANTLE AGAIN

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2018

 

South Ward voting

 

Andrew Sullivan won the Fremantle South Ward local government by-election and will return to his seat at Fremantle Council.

Sullivan received 50% of the votes and got 856 votes, while the two other candidates also got 50% of the vote; Marija Vujcic 608 and Chris Williams 248. Nine votes were invalid.

Voter participation was around 44 % so that is fairly good.

Roel Loopers

LOOPY ON YET ANOTHER FREO ELECTION FLYER

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

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Look who made it onto the flyer of Andrew Sullivan for the Fremantle South Ward by-election.

It’s a young(er) looking Roel-Loopy-Loopers when he received the Australia Day Fremantle Citizen of the Year Award in 2013..

Vote for Andrew. He is the best candidate for the job by many country miles!

 

Roel Loopers

SULLIVAN FOR SOUTH WARD

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2018

 

 

Ballot papers will be arriving in Fremantle South Ward homes early next week for the local government by-election.

The October 2017 election was declared invalid in South Ward because of a blunder by the Electoral Commission, so we need to vote again.

Andrew Sullivan, who is my preferred candidate, posted his flyer on line, so here it is.

Roel Loopers

BY-ELECTION FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 21, 2017

 

The Court of Disputed Returns ruled this morning that the City of Fremantle South Ward Election held on 21 October 2017 was invalid.

This decision was due to one of the unsuccessful ward candidates being declared ineligible to stand in the election.

As a result of the election being declared invalid, Andrew Sullivan is no longer a councillor and the position has been declared vacant.

A new election for the vacant South Ward position will be held on 16 March 2018. It will be funded by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

The election will again be conducted as a postal election with polling closing at 6.00pm on Friday 16 March 2018.

The roll close date for this election is 5.00pm, Thursday 25 January 2018. Nominations will open on Wednesday 31 January and close at 4.00pm Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Any further enquiries can be made to the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

This is a disgrace and total incompetence of WA Electoral Commission staff, who should have checked the eligibility of all candidates. Sadly Andrew Sullivan has to pay for it now. Humbug!

Roel Loopers

SOUTH FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION?

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017

 

Will the people of South Fremantle have to endure a by-election and will Andrew Sullivan’s win be contested?

According to the Fremantle Herald today unsuccessful candidate Marija Vujicic is contemplating a protest because of the supposed in-illegibility of candidate Ben Moodie.

Andrew Sullivan won the South Ward seat with just 57 vote more than Liam Carter, and Vujicic was 138 behind Sullivan, while Moodie received 268 votes.

Moodie’s eligibility had been a major discussion on social media during the election campaign, but he Electoral Commission had allowed his nomination, so one has to question why there are no better check ups to see if candidates are eligible.

In an hour we will know the outcome of the High Court decision about Federal politicians with dual citizenships, so there needs to be an inquest into the Electoral Commission and how it is they do not properly check if candidates can legally become politicians in Australia.

A  by-election in South Fremantle would be pretty unfair to the candidates as it demands more door knocking and printing material, and it is likely that many voters would not bother to send in new ballot papers.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO COUNCIL ELECTS DEPUTY MAYOR TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on October 26, 2015

Special Fremantle Council and Council Committee meetings are on this evening after the local government election to elect a Deputy Mayor and chairpersons for the committees.

Present Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson will be challenged by Councillor Andrew Sullivan and that will be a close vote I feel. Both members are popular and very active and outspoken in the Chamber, so it could be decided by just a couple of votes. Not sure if the Mayor has a casting vote when it comes to selecting the Deputy.

The meetings start at 6 pm this evening, so go along and check out how local government ticks.

Roel Loopers

DAMNED IF YOU DO, COUNCILLORS

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on March 3, 2015

It is a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation for Fremantle’s Elected Members who engage on social media. Councillor Andrew Sullivan gets attacked quite a bit on this blog while people accuse Mayor Brad Pettitt of not publishing or deleting comments he does not like from his blog and Facebook. I know that the Mayor comments less on this blog because he believes it attracts a minority group of people who like to engage in council bashing.

Elected Members like Pettitt and Sullivan at least take the time, and are brave enough, to engage with the public, and the risk of being criticised, unlike other Councillors who fly under the radar through their absence from engaging with the community on social media and blogs like this Freo’s View.

I personally think it is immature to have the us and them hatred toward Elected Members or the entire Council, as they are all trying very hard to serve our community. Some are inconsistent and could do better, others do o.k. but the reality is that it is impossible to please everyone and that Councillors were elected to make the hard calls and decisions. As long as they do that with impartiality we will have to accept that decision-makers are always going to upset large parts of the population.

I for one would love to see more Councillors taking part in the community engagement on this blog, but maybe they just can’t be bothered and believe they are wasting their time or would be in for unfair attacks. We might not agree with Andrew Sullivan but at least he has the courage of taking the flack, that is often addressed at the entire Council.

Roel Loopers

BASKETBALL COURT FOR SOUTH BEACH OR ALFRESCO GYM?

Posted in community, fremantle by freoview on January 20, 2015

The City of Fremantle is considering putting a basketball court back at South Beach and is asking for public submission until February 9. The court that used to be there made way for more parking bays but at the moment Councillor Andrew Sullivan is looking at the possibility of putting the new court on the grass between the dunes and the toilets at the kiosk part. I am not sure if a (half)basketball court is still in the pipeline as well to be added to the Esplanade Youth Plaza(EYP).

Residents on Marine Parade complain about skateboard noise from the EYP, and the sound of bouncing balls can be very irritating, so any basketball court should have sound protection around it and maybe even a non-concrete, softer-less noisy-surface to pacify nearby residents and business owners.

Unlike East Fremantle, Fremantle has very little in regard to “alfresco gym” work-out equipment near beaches and the river, so COF should consider that as well for South Beach and instead add a half court to the EYP.

Sent your submissions to the Parks&Gardens Department at the City of Fremantle and have your say.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Nice to hear that one of my suggestions to make a percentage of public open space a requirement to receive discretionary additional height for buildings is now being proposed for the Matilda Bay Brewery site in North Fremantle. It is basic common sense to make sure there is sufficient public amenity and community space near high-density residential development.

THE PROS AND CONS OF FREMANTLE COUNCIL WARDS

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on November 27, 2014

Among a long list of agenda items Fremantle Council last night debated the pros and cons of having a Wards system in place for the first election of the new supersize-withoutf fries- City of Fremantle after the amalgamation with the Town of East Fremantle.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan held a passionate speech in support of the Wards and how important they are for real local government democracy and input from the community in Council’s decision-making process.

Councillor Doug Thompson however warned against waiting for Wards to be implemented as that would mean extending the time a Commissioner will be in charge, saying Commissioners could do a lot of harm and might undo what Council has been trying to achieve for years. He cited Canning and Cockburn as examples.

I am a strong supporter of local government as that it where real grassroots democracy can work if Councillors listen to and respect the opinion of the community, but at the same time I wonder if for example the City Ward electors, especially business owners, feel well represented by Councillors Pemberton and Naber.

It was interesting to hear from CEO Graeme McKenzie that State Government has indicated they might prefer to make the Mayors of the amalgamating councils Commissioners with support from a third party. The many strong opponents of Brad Pettitt could well be up in arms if he was given almost free reign for nine months or so.

Interesting times ahead for Freo!

Roel Loopers

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