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VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

Posted in Uncategorized, local government, city of fremantle, election, democracy by freoview on October 16, 2017

 

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Australia Post is not the most reliable service, so if you want your vote to count for the Fremantle local government election you will need to post your ballot paper latest tomorrow, so that it will arrive by Friday.

Votes will be counted at the Freo Townhall on Saturday October 21 from 6pm.

If you live in City Ward or have a business there vote for me please!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

LOW RETURN OF FREMANTLE BALLOT PAPERS

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2017

 

Today in one week we will know the outcome of the Fremantle local government election, but the voter participation is disappointingly low again.

So far of all wards together only 31.97% of eligible voters have returned their ballot papers and surprisingly City Ward  has the lowest participation of all wards with just 30.11%

South Ward has the highest participation with 34.79%.

It is very disappointing that so many people have an opinion about Fremantle Council but that so few bother to vote.

Voting is a privilege and a duty, so please make those two ticks, sign the form and stick the pre-paid and pre-addressed envelope in an Australia Post mail box. It has to arrive by end of business on Friday October 20, so don’t leave it too late.

Alternatively you can still hand in your ballot paper at the Fremantle Townhall between 8am and 6pm on Saturday October 21.

PLEASE VOTE! Have your say.

Roel Loopers

VOTE!

LAST COUNCIL MEETING BEFORE ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2017

 

This evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be the last one of the four-year term before the election, so when Council meets again in a few weeks there will be at least two new faces.

Dave Coggin vacated his seat to join the team of advisers to Premier Mark McGowan and City Ward Councillor Simon Naber is not contesting his seat, so a new Councillor will take over from him.

Mayor Brad Pettitt, North Ward Councillor Doug Thompson, South Ward’s Andrew Sullivan, Beaconsfield Ward Hannah Fitzhardinge and Hilton Ward Sam Wainwright have all been busy door knocking to retain their seat, so the voters will decide if they’ll return or be replaced by another candidate.

Whatever the outcome it is important that we acknowledge their commitment to the community and the hard work they have put in to make Fremantle an even better place.

Being a Councillor is often a thankless task as the feedback elected members get is most often criticism, but rarely kudos and that is a bit unfair.

All of us sometimes disagree with some of the decisions Councillors make, but most of the time they do a pretty good job and the community is quite unaware of how many hours that involves.

As someone who has been observing Fremantle Council for over eight years I have been impressed with the diligence and thoroughness and that every item is discussed and voted on without fear or favour, and most definitely not along party lines.

In ten days time on October 21 we will know how much Fremantle voters have appreciated what this Council has been trying to achieve, and if we want them to stay on for another four years, to finish projects they implemented and see the fruits of their labour at Kings Square.

From me personally a big thank you to all of you. I sometimes despaired about decisions you made, but often agreed, and I believe Freo is now on the right track to recovery and real economic progress. Thank you!

And no matter what the outcome in North Fremantle will be, can we get Doug Thompson heritage listed please for his very many years on Council.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

RELAXED FREO ARTS CENTRE SUNDAY MUSIC

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

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Spending Sunday afternoons at the Fremantle Arts Centre is one of my favourite things to do.

The Sunday Music sessions have such a relaxed community ambience, with kids running around, people sitting on the grass, while the smoke from the pizza oven keeps the flies away.

Today was just lovely with great blues by Lightning Jack and Old Blood, and the sun was out, so a perfect Freo day!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

FREO ARTS CENTRE SUNDAY MUSIC SESSIONS ARE BACK!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, music, Uncategorized by freoview on October 7, 2017

 

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The SUNDAY MUSIC sessions in the Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard have started again and tomorrow OLD BLOOD will be on stage from 2-4pm.

Old Blood are widely regarded as one of the best live acts in WA, beating a path into the hearts and minds of their audiences thanks to their modern blues stylings and the captivating stage presence of front man Tony Papa-Adams.

They’re supported by Lightning Jack, showcasing his fresh roots sound driven by heavy slide guitar.

The cafe, bar and pizza bar will all be open, so be there for this great family event and fantastic community afternoon!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

THE NOT SO GREAT FREO DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2017

 

The great Fremantle election debate last night turned out to be a bit of a fizzer, because it was a no contest on my scoring card, mainly because the alternative mayor appeared ill-prepared for it and was not across issues.

I found that Ra Stewart’s aggressive negativity and inappropriate sarcasm was at times uncomfortable to watch.

From the vey start of her campaign I have suggested to Stewart to inform herself better and get her facts right, but even for the most important event of the election campaign she still did not do that. She was at times like a learner driver who can’t be bothered to learn the road rules because she already knows how to change the gears.

While Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fremantle was on its way back with new development and more people coming to live, work and visit, Ra Stewart talked about not having had a verge collection last year and that Fremantle has too many vacant shops, but she did not offer suggestions on how she would change that.

Stewart said the ideological experiment of Council was not working and asked if we wanted more of the same. Fremantle needed someone with her business acumen she said, but offered very few new ideas on what she would do differently and better, but for more free parking and parking concessions for Notre Dame University students.

Why should we reward students for driving to Fremantle? They should be encouraged to use public transport or hop on their bike to free up parking in the West End on weekdays for shoppers and visitors. I believe it is a stupid idea to consider parking concessions for them.

We need to bring people into the city, Stewart said. Agreed, but again there were no suggestions on how to do that. We need shops people can go to, such as camping, fishing tackle, etc. Agreed again, and add baker, butcher, deli, hardware, but how is the City going to achieve that, Ra, if you are elected?

Ra Stewart questioned the diversity and affordability of housing in Fremantle, but Brad Pettitt said Council had mandated that everything from small dwellings, to apartments, affordable housing and family homes should be built in Fremantle. I agree with Stewart that housing is too expensive, both buying and renting, but how Council can influence the real estate market I don’t know.

Brad Pettitt quoted from a City of Fremantle officer’s report to reject claims by Ra Stewart that the hockey and rugby cubs were leaving for Cockburn and was adamant that the clubs would be staying in Fremantle. Ra has claimed during her campaign that the Portuguese club was leaving as well, when in fact they had then just signed an MOU with the CoF to relocate to the St John’s site in Parry Street at Fremantle Park.

Stewart’s response to a question about proposed five-storey development in the heritage-listed West End was strange, when she said the highest building should be the Port building.

Pettitt said the West End was protected from high-rise but the East End created opportunity for buildings higher than 3-4 storeys, and that the Woolstores shopping centre site development proposal was now at the planning department for consideration. That site allows for up to 11 storeys under PSA 49.

Visitors’ numbers are down and we need to do something now and can’t wait four years, Ra Stewart said, but again she failed to come up with creative ideas on how to achieve that. If we wait there won’t be a Fremantle here, she said, to loud laughter in the audience. I wrote down the word naïve, as my reaction to some of her statements.

While Brad Pettitt remained calm and to the point, it was clear that he was annoyed with Stewart talking down Fremantle and that she ignored facts. Her aggressive remark that “Brad is flashing around statistics” was stupid.

What to do with Fremantle port? Pettitt suggested to upgrade the passenger terminal, move the RoRo car facilities to Kwinana and free up the heritage building for conferences, concerts and events, while Stewart suggested it could be used to house the City of Fremantle art collection.

Ra Stewart’s best idea of the debate was to create a super fast internet connection in the CBD, and that should be seriously considered by Council, but cost could be an issue.

The last words of the debate were that Ra Stewart said she is concerned about the next four years and that she would be a voice for all of you, while Brad Pettitt talked about the Heart of Beaconsfield and Fremantle Oval projects and his hope for a significant Aboriginal cultural centre when we celebrate Freo’s 200th year in 2029. I hope my daughter will love Fremantle as much as I do, he said.

During election debates one does get to know the personality of the candidates a bit better, and no doubt everyone who was at the debate will have their own opinion, because we all have different political preferences and ideas.

Former ABC reporter and now UNDA lecturer Peter Kennedy was as always an excellent moderator and needs to be thanked!

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

GORGEOUS FREMANTLE SUNDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2017

 

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It is a gorgeous day in Freo paradise, so enjoy a walk through our beautiful city, do some shopping in the many cute shops in the West End, at Many 2.0, etc. and have lunch in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants.

The Fremantle Markets are open, the buskers are having fun and it’s a great day to get a bit of sun tan.

It was the usual delightful community ambience at the Growers Green Farmers Market this morning.

Have a great day!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON KINGS SQAUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle is inviting the public to have their say on what they would like to see at Kings Square as part of the significant and exciting development of our city square.

Key aspects of the draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design include:

more shaded areas, with a 5% increase in tree canopy

an additional 600sqm of public gardens and grassed areas (a 3.4% increase)

a new outdoor children’s play space

a designated church yard and urban garden area

new paving and street furniture extending further out to the edges of the square

the retention of service vehicle access, universally accessible parking and vehicle drop-off zones

designated outdoor spaces for events

wider footpaths to encourage alfresco dining

integrated public artworks celebrating Fremantle’s Aboriginal and European heritage.

The draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design was developed using principles developed and endorsed by a community ‘citizens jury’ in 2012. These principles include the prioritisation of pedestrian space by minimising vehicle movements and non-essential parking, better activating the edges of the square and respecting the historic character of Kings Square.

 View the draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design

 The draft design will be available for public comment shortly via the City’s My Say Freo online community engagement portal.

 

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

CITY WARD ELECTION FORUM TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

The Fremantle CITY WARD election candidate forum is on tonight at 6.30 upstairs at the National Hotel, so please do come along and bring your neighbours, business colleagues and friends.

Even if you are not interested in local government, do it for me, so that I’ll see a few friendly faces in the crowd!

I have done the leg work and the hard yards over the last 8+ years to get a very good understanding of local government process, so it is natural progress that I want to make the next step up into Council.

It is important to understand that Councillors need to know what goes on in all of Fremantle, not just their ward, suburb or street, as they will be required to vote on all issues that come to Council and committee meetings.

A thorough understanding of all the issues in all the suburbs is essential to be a good and effective Councillor, and I am proud to say that I have done my homework over very many years.

Come listen to the five candidates and ask your questions during the Q&A that will be the main part of the evening, and may the best Roel win. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

IT’S ALL ABOUT POPULATION FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

There were calls at the South Fremantle election forum last night, and we have heard them before, that Fremantle should be like Copenhagen or Amsterdam when planning the future of transport, and that lightrail is a top priority for our city, but is this realistic?

Fremantle is not a European city, but a small port city on the west coast of Australia with a population of just 30,000. It would be considered a country town in Europe. Copenhagen had 583,525 residents and Amsterdam had 821,752 in 2015, so that is a significant and very important difference, because it is all about population numbers.

Shared streets are popular and safe in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, etc. because of the sheer numbers. When you are in your car at a traffic light behind 200 cyclists there is no way that you are going to consider to sneak passed them. You just stay behind until they turn left or right, or onto a bicycle lane. It’s safety in numbers!

In Fremantle probably fewer than 100 cyclists a day ride through the Cappuccino Strip, and mostly on their own and not in numbers, so some idiot drivers will try to sneak by them, careful not to scratch their car on the planter boxes, so they are dangerously close to cyclists.

Lightrail is not a financially viable option in a city of just 30,000, so we need drastic population growth before the state government or private investors would consider it. It is at least 15-20 years away, like the outer harbour, no matter how often we dream about it.

But why the obsession with European cities anyway? Fremantle is a very unique small city that needs to be nurtured and be allowed to organically grow. It needs sensible and sensitive medium-density infill and strongly improve residential, commercial and visitors’ numbers to help boost our economy, but we’ll never be a huge city like the European cities, and I like that.

European cities have slowly grown, layer upon layer for many centuries and Freo is still relatively young at 188 years old in that regard. Fremantle’s population has only grown slightly from 20,444 residents in 1901 to just 30,000 in 2017, so fewer than 10,000 people in 116 years. And Aboriginal people were not counted in 1901!

Why do some people want to change Freo into a city with a European character, when it is a pretty comfortable place that just needs good adjustments, more eye to detail and a lot of TLC?

Fremantle is a tree that already has strong roots, but that needs some healthy fertiliser in the form of good development, population growth and strategic planning, and some of that has to come from state and federal governments.

We need to lose the inferiority complex and be proud of Freo. We should stop believing it needs to change to a more European model, because we are very different, with a very different climate and outdoor lifestyle, and not anywhere near as hectic as the big European cities are, and our population numbers do not stack up to compare Freo with Copenhagen or Amsterdam.

It is telling that Sirona Capital gets it! They have come to the conclusion that Fremantle is like no other place and that it needs an all new and exciting very Freo retail concept at Kings Square. FOMO does not exist anywhere else in the world and will help Freo’s reputation of having a unique character and lifestyle, and we can build on that.

Let’s assist in Freo’s growth by collaborating better. If we all take ownership of our city we can create something together for future generations that we can be very proud off!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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