If you are getting a bit tired of blaming Fremantle Council for everything that goes wrong, here is a new target.
This is the new Western Australian Mark McGowan Labor government for the next four years, so keep them on their toes and under scrutiny.
I wish the new Premier and Ministers all the best and don’t envy them their task of governing under extremely tight financial conditions.
May they make more good than bad decisions for our state. Good luck!
It’s W.A. Election Day!
There is an overkill of signs at all the polling boots around Fremantle. Volunteers from all parties were out all through the night to put them up, so good on them for their commitment.
Long queues already at the Beacy Primary School at 8 am and it’s going to be a warm day so enjoy the sausage sizzles and cake stalls.
There has been some confusion about the day of the Fremantle WA State Election Forum, so just to confirm that it is Tuesday February 28 at 6.30 pm.
It is as always at the Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets.
All candidates have been invited, but it is a bit of a tradition for the Liberal candidate not to turn up, so let’s wait and see.
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.
The WA state election campaign is heating up with lots of promises, so time to get rid of the ‘fake facts’ and grill the candidates to see what they will be doing, or promise to do, for Fremantle.
The traditional election forum will be held on Tuesday February 28 from 6.pm at the Notre Dame University Tannock Hall on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets, so dot it down in your diary.
I have already received one comment claiming that my demand for respectful and on topic comments to this Freo’s View blog is censorship, so let me make a few points.
First of all as the publisher of this blog I am legally responsible, so if people write defamatory comments that I publish I could end up in court, and that is not going to happen. I am only asking for self-regulation and a bit of restraint so that I don’t have to block certain comments, that’s all. Newspapers don’t publish hundreds of letters to the editor each week, while I have published 99% of comments I received over the last seven years of this blog.
Local politics is complex and not as black&white and simple as some people want us to believe. For every 5000 people who disagree with Council decisions there are 5000 who agree with the Elected Members.
Politics is as one-eyed, as supporters of sports team. One cannot see the failures of one’s own team and only criticises the other team, so that makes it hard to get balanced debate and comments because some people want to believe that everything Fremantle Council does is wrong.
In the same comments we hear that Freo Council is socialist, but does deals behind closed doors with developers. The latter is not very socialist but capitalist, so the points made become quite ridiculous.
Those who strongly support whatever the State government is doing criticise Fremantle Council for wanting to implement infill and higher density, as demanded by State government, so why is Freo Council to blame for Liberal/National party decisions?
It is wrong to believe that community groups have a larger representation than the voters who elected the Councillors and that Council should do what those vocal minority groups want. Councillors are democratically elected by those few who bother to vote in our community and it is their duty to get advise from officers, consultants and experts and make decisions.
I have on many occasions not agreed with decisions by Fremantle Council. I believed and still do that Planning Scheme Amendment 39 went too far as far as height is concerned, but I do support the strong move by Freo Council for more residential, office and retail development in the inner city. I did not believe the Youth Plaza should be built on the Esplanade, but next to it, and I did not believe a tavern at J Shed was a good decision either, to name just a few.
One of the major problems I see is the lack of good detailed communication, transparency and accountability and that has to improve, as the City is unnecessarily creating divisiveness, anger and frustration in the community, because we only get selective information through the newspapers. For example an editorial in the West Australian claimed that the City of Fremantle was banning Australia Day celebrations, which is absolutely false.
I too get very frustrated when I see things not being done, or not done properly, and when I observe inconsistent decision-making at COF, but I am trying to keep it in balance and see all sides of the story. I have in the past blown steam with angry words, and while I try to be tolerant and open-minded I have no doubt that I will snap again sometime in the future, because I am very passionate about Fremantle.
The City of Fremantle is far from perfect and that’s why it is important we keep engaging with positive suggestions and trying to be part of the solution. Council will not always do what I like, but that will please others, and we need to keep that in mind when we criticise them. Just because I don’t like it does not necessarily mean it is wrong and just because I like other decisions does not necessarily mean they are the right decisions.
While some loath the Labor, Liberal or Greens parties, others love them. That is the simple reality of politics and the way we humans are. Love it or hate it.
Feel free to comment. ; >)
New Fremantle MP Josh Wilson held his first speech in Parliament House in Canberra yesterday and posted this photo and quote.
I have asked for a full transcript of the very good 25-minute speech, so I can write a bit more about it, so this is only the stop press version.
Nice to see Josh’s wife, his two daughters and his son in the public gallery, as well as Melissa Park and former Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri.
I am sure Josh Wilson will do Fremantle proud!