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PATHETIC LOCAL GOVERNMENT VOTER APATHY

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government by freoview on October 18, 2015

It is bewildering to me and extremely disappointing that so few people voted in the Fremantle local government election and I wonder what the reasons are. Do people believe democracy and politics are only relevant at State and Federal level or are they even more cynical about local politics than they are about the bigger leagues?

In the Beaconsfield Ward I stood for there were 3,539 eligible voters but fewer than 900 bothered to vote and I don’t believe that is acceptable and the State Government needs to change the rules.

What mandate do the successful candidates bring into the Council chambers around Perth when only a few hundred people supported them but the majority did not vote? How relevant does that make Local Government and who are the Councillors representing when the much larger part of the community did not vote for them?

People say that at least those who vote will have an informed view, but I believe that is unfair to those who did not vote. Most people in our society have political views and they write letters to editors and call talkback radio and many are members of political parties, so those who don’t vote are not the stupid uninformed silent majority, so why their complacency?

It was suggested to me that local councils should give people incentives to vote by giving them a rate reduction, but I don’t believe that buying voters is a good idea. Is postal voting supporting laziness, should the State make voting for councils compulsory? I don’t have the answers but I hope there is a way of getting many more voters to participate in two years from now.

And to Dour Johnson who told me it is now time to get back into my small box, and who find this blog irritating, and no doubt other who are rubbing their hands in glee that I did not win last night, let me assure you that I will not go away but will continue to make a positive contribution to my community.

Those who sit on their arse and never step up, but criticise people like me who selflessly give many hours a week to our community, are as pathetic as those people who could not be bothered to vote.

I am very proud of what I do for Fremantle and my personal endeavour to make Freo and even better place to live and work in, and to visit will continue!

Roel Loopers

LESS THAN 30% VOTE FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on October 16, 2015

VOTE!

Voting for Local Government elections is traditionally disappointingly low and this year is not different. Only 27.28% of the City of Fremantle community has voted so far, so not even one in three.

South Ward has been most active with a voter participation of 28.96% and Hilton comes second with 28.65%.

There is still time to vote though as you can go the the Fremantle Townhall between 8am and 6 pm tomorrow and lodge your vote if you have forgotten it, or not received or lost your ballot papers.

Whatever the outcome tomorrow all candidates deserve thanks from the Freo community for stepping up and nominating. It could be pretty close in many of the wards as just a few hundred votes will get candidates over the line in the first past the post election that does not have preferences.

I was told today by three people that they had just dropped their ballot papers off at the Townhall and voted for me, so at least I’ll receive some votes and won’t be embarrassed.

Please do make the effort to go to the Townhall on Saturday if you have not voted. It is your democratic privilege and duty and it is extremely important to get the right people representing the community!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162 (This is the last time I’ll have to write this below my posts)

BEACY PRIMARY LOOKING FOR ENTERTAINERS FOR THE FETE

Posted in fremantle, school by freoview on October 13, 2015

Beacy Primary FestThe BEACONSFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL are looking for parents who are entertainers (musicians, magicians, whatever your talent may be!) who would like to perform as part of the school fete on Saturday, 24th October.

If this is something you would like to do please contact daniellewares@hotmail.com to register your interest.

It should be a fun day, so be part of it!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162

VOTER APATHY A REAL WORRY

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government by freoview on October 11, 2015

It amazes me that after years of reading and hearing complaints about Fremantle and other local councils, the voter participation in the Perth metropolitan area is very low. Do people really believe it is enough to whinge, bleat, attack and worry about their Council in newspapers and on talk back radio, but not vote?

Voting is a democratic right, and it is a privilege that we should be grateful for. We can have a say about who will represent us at the true grassroots level of government like local council, so why don’t people vote. It is only a matter of making a tick on the ballot paper, sign and date the envelope and sticking it in a post box, so surely that should not be too much to ask.

In Fremantle only 4,092 people out of 20,227 eligible voters have voted so far and that is just 20,29%. That is very disappointing I believe. In contrast 53.25% of people voted in the country town of Cue. Still not great but a whole lot better than we city folks are doing.

Postal votes have to be in by Friday October 16, so allowing for Australia Post to maybe take up to three days to deliver your envelope should be mailed latest by Tuesday. Alternatively you can still go and drop it off at the Fremantle Townhall all day till 6 pm on Saturday the 17th when the votes will be counted. VOTE! IT IS IN YOUR OWN INTEREST!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

VOTE FOR A COUNCILLOR WITH AN EYE FOR DETAIL!

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on October 5, 2015

Mouat Street

The worst kept secret about Freo photographer Roel Loopers is that he loves reflections. I noticed this one in Mouat Street, Fremantle this morning.

A man with an eye for detail is absolutely perfect Councillor talent for Fremantle. Vote for me if you live in Beaconsfield and Hilton and are in the Beaconsfield Ward!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

A VOTE FOR ROEL IS A POSITIVE VOTE FOR FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, election by freoview on September 28, 2015

vote for roel

If you have not received your ballot papers for the Local Government Election yet you should receive it this week, so PLEASE VOTE! It is essential for the Fremantle community to elect the people they believe will make a positive difference to the future of our city.

I will bring realism, common sense, creativity, balance, fairness and independence to Council if elected and will work hard toward genuine and better community consultation. I want Council to concentrate on local governance for local people and local businesses.

Fremantle needs to grow and prosper but it needs to retain its unique character and identity and protect its stunning heritage precincts. Good modern development is essential and so is the right mix so we can accommodate families, singles, young and old, poor and wealthy, creative and conservative. We pride ourselves on Freo’s multiculturalism and our creative industries so we need to look after them better and support them.

A vote for ROEL LOOPERS is a positive photo for the entire Fremantle community, so when you live in Beaconsfield and Hilton you could be in the Beaconsfield Ward I am standing for. VOTE FOR ME! VOTE NOW! DON’T FORGET!

Roel Loopers

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162

SEE YOU ALL AT THE GROWERS GREEN ON SUNDAY!

Posted in fremantle, growers green, markets by freoview on September 26, 2015

The best hangover cure after the disappointing Fremantle Dockers finals loss to Hawthorn is a Sunday morning with the community at the delightful GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET. Besides great fresh fruit and vegetables and the great atmosphere you’ll also have the chance to meet some of your candidates for the Fremantle Council election.

In between shopping, drinking coffee and having breaky wander over to my ROEL FOR FREO! stall and say G’day. I hear East Ward Councillor Ingrid Waltham will also be there, and the last two weekends I noticed Hilton candidate Sam Donovan and South Ward candidate Andrew Luobikis there, so catch up with any of us and tell us what changes you would like to see at Council. I think I might also have glimpsed South Ward Councillor Jon Strachan last week, unless he has a double.

See you all at the GG this Sunday!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

VOTE ROEL LOOPERS FOR BEACONSFIELD!

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

RFF P1

Received your ballot papers yet? I got mine on Friday and its already on its way back, so DON’T FORGET TO VOTE for the Fremantle Council election!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

MORE GREEN SPACE PRIORITY WITH FREO DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 25, 2015

election 1 election 2

Nice to see the Fremantle Herald today reporting on the percentage for green space idea I have, to make sure that we will have ample public open spaces among all the new planned development in Fremantle. People living in apartments, office workers, hotel visitors and tourists all will want to enjoy green relaxation nodes with creative seating, trees and shade structures, so I believe it is important to put that in Freo’s planning policies.

Also great to feel appreciated and get the support of Little High Street residents who put some election signs on their apartment.

Ballot papers should be arriving from today so PLEASE DO VOTE, as Councillor Ingrid Waltham also promotes in a letter to the Herald today, and embrace your democratic right to elect the person who you believe will represent you and Fremantle best.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

LETS HAVE FACTS NOT FICTION AT FREO COUNCIL ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 23, 2015

I just became aware of this social media entry of September 4 by Councillor Dave Hume, who wants to continue as councillor for the Beaconsfield Ward at the October election. “Nominations are still open and so far I’ve only heard of one opponent, an unusual one in that he has no interest or relationship with the ward. Now it’s true that elected councillors represent the whole of the city, but really they should have some interest or connection with the ward, I mean how can you represent the interests of the residents if you don’t have any connection with the area? 

I Roel Loopers am the opponent DH mentions here.

Like so many politicians the Councillor engages in bullshit and misrepresentation. I have no interest in the Ward and no connection with it? I have worked my guts out for all of Fremantle for many many years. I live in Beaconsfield, lived in Hilton, lived in neighbouring White Gum Valley and lived in Beaconsfield again before that.  I shop at Hela Butchers and IGA in Hilton and Romanos in Beaconsfield and other shops in the area. I wrecked my knees playing squash at the Hilton Squash courts. No connection with the Ward I am standing for? I don’t think so DH!

My connection with the Fremantle community, and interest in all areas of it, is that I care about all of them and that I have made a difference time and time again because of my commitment to this city and its people. Unlike DH I have communicated with all of Fremantle for many many years, and more intensely than the four years the Labor party member had on council.

I don’t set my diary for community consultation two months before the next election, but engage 365 days a year with the people of Fremantle. I reckon that shows my real and true commitment and passion for my community, and I have been doing it all for 25 years without getting paid for it.

It would be nice if the sitting member showed some respect for the democratic process and didn’t belittle and lie about his opponents.

Roel Loopers

P.S. I entered the election period with the aim and desire not to engage in Council bashing or to attack my opponents, but I cannot let this deliberate misrepresentation about me stand without responding to it.

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

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