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VOTERS DO NOT APPRECIATE THE DEMOCRATIC PRIVILEGE

Posted in city of fremantle, democract, elections, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on July 30, 2018

 

Saturday’s federal by-election had the lowest voter turnout in the history of compulsory voting, which was introduced a century ago, with just over 60% of people voting in Perth and Fremantle, and that is disappointing. Part of the reason for the low participation is no doubt that the Liberal party decided not to run candidates in Perth and Fremantle.

The idea of David Templeman, the WA Minister for Local Government, of trying to introduce on-line electronic voting for local elections is a good one, but his target of getting 50% of voter participation is far too low.

The problem with low voter participation is that the ‘clever’ ones among us then claim that those who were elected don’t really have a mandate because they only received a relative small percentage of the eligible votes. That is nonsense, because members get elected within the laws, rules and regulations.

In a way those who-immaturely-decide not to participate in elections also vote, as they elect to not show a preference for any of the candidates. They should be quiet and not complain afterwards then about the governments we get.

In the seat of Fremantle Labor’s Josh Wilson received 52.7% of the primary vote, so that is up by 11.7%

Greens Dorinda Cox received 16.5% of the primary votes, down 1.2% and Josh Gray of the Lib-Dems got 14%.

I consider voting an absolute privilege, so while we all are tired of more and more election campaigns and hubris, we should still make the effort to vote. The next one will be here before we know it. ; >(

 

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IT’S VOTING DAY FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2018

 

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It is voting day for the by-election for the federal seat of Fremantle, so make sure to appreciate the privilege and go to a polling booth!

Voting is compulsory but that does not really matter, as it is our responsibility and also a privilege many people in the world who don’t live in a democracy envy us for.

My vote goes to Labor’s Josh Wilson, here photographed with his delightful wife Georgia and groovy children Oscar, Priya and Abbey.

Josh has given some excellent speeches in Federal Parliament and was a great Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Fremantle. He is a dedicated and genuine person with a lot of passion for Fremantle, so vote for Josh Wilson today.

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MORE FROM THE FREMANTLE COUNCIL MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, development, dogs, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2018

 

A few more snippets from last evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting.

  • Mayor Brad Pettitt introduced a trial where Councillors and staff do not have to stand when they have been given the floor. Only Councillor Jon Strachan said he did not like it.
  • The sound system is not great so by remaining seated Councillors are closer to the microphone and that is good for the public gallery, but please point the microphone at your mouth and pull them close dear Elected Members! Thank you.
  • Councillor Adin Lang suggested when the City removes trees, such as the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square, that the wood be made available to artists, which was extended to the more general word re-use by Council. Good idea!
  •  The Director of Community Development said Council had budgeted $ 15,000 for eventual repairs during the removal of the yellow foil of the very successful Felice Varini High Street artwork. They might be well short here.
  • The love for dogs is always emotional so the community speakers on the proposed on leash and off leash area at Frederick Samson park were not happy, but the pristine bush there needs to be protected from everyone and community consultation is still going on.
  • Council at length debated a potential scheme amendment for a small area of White Gum Valley, after an irate member of the public had twice accused Councillor Andrew Sullivan of having been arrogant at a committee meeting the week before and ignoring the 25 submissions against the scheme amendment, pointing out the relative low votes Sullivan received at the South Ward re-election. The scheme amendment and probable development is a very long way away and still going through community consultation, but Councillor Rachel Pemberton succinctly pointed out that the community feed back of only 29 responses out of 400 direct mail outs was not exactly a very high percentage either. Councillors Ingrid Waltham and Jenny Archibald said the feedback they had received was that the White Gum Valley community is not against infill, but that they would accept two storey buildings but not three storey ones.

 

Roel Loopers

 

Henty's

FULL AGENDA FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on July 23, 2018

 

Have a look at all the items Fremantle Council will have to consider this Wednesday at the Ordinary Council meeting. Those who believe our Elected Members are overpaid and under worked should come and have a listen!

Local government is very challenging grassroots politics that requires a lot of time from our Councillors. Come and witness it for yourself and scrutinise those we elected to represent us.

This is the agenda, which is available with all attachments, on line on the City of Fremantle website:

FPOL1807-2 Award of tender FCC511.18 Integrated Parking Management System, FPOL1807-3 Naval Stores Tender Report, FPOL1807-4 Report – One Planet Action Plan 2018 21 FPOL1807, Esplanade Park – Park Hub Project Update, FPOL1807-6 Dog Exercise and Prohibited Areas Policy Sir Frederick Samson Memorial Park, FPOL1807-7 Nomination of members to the South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel, FPOL1807-8 Disposal of Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle,  42 SPT1807-01 42 SPT1807-02 45 SPT1807-03 63 SPT1807-04 67 SPT1807-05 74 SPT1807-06 Scheme Review (LPS4) – Proposed Process Potential Scheme Amendment 75 – New Sub Area White Gum Valley – Preliminary Engagement & Initiation Replacement of two Moreton Bay Fig Trees, Kings SquareStrategic Public Transport Links to Activity Centres and Growth Areas – South West Metropolitan Area Amendment 1 to Lefroy Road Quarry Local Structure Plan – Receipt Proposed Principles for Scheme Amendment – Lots 2, 1 and 8 Quarry Street Fremantle 79 13.Reports and recommendations from officers.

 

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PROPER TRAINING FOR LOCAL COUNCILLORS A GOOD IDEA

Posted in city of fremantle, local council, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2018

 

Good to read that WA Local Government Minister David Templeman wants local Councillors to get a proper induction. New members would have to complete thorough training for the new job to learn the Local Government Act and financial literacy.

I have expressed my dismay in the past that people nominate to become local Councillors without ever having attended council or council committee meetings. I can not understand at all why people would not do their basic homework on local government before they nominate to manage our cities.

Templeman told the Sunday Times that there have been new Councillors in the past who did find out on the job that it was nothing like they expected, presumably because they did not go to council meetings or read the often very extensive agendas on line before nominating.

It is also a very good initiative by the WA Government that they want to put new legislation in place where they can sack individual council members and do not have to sack all elected members because there are some duds on council.

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VOTING STARTS FOR FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2018

 

 

The early voting Fremantle office in the Adelaide Plaza in Adelaide Street opened this morning, the same day I received the official guide for the Fremantle by-election from the Australian Electoral Commission in my letterbox.

Only Labor candidate Josh Wilson and a small group of volunteers were at the polling booth this morning, but there are seven candidates for the federal seat of Fremantle.

Election day is Saturday July 28, so less than three weeks from now.

My vote will go to Josh Wilson, a man I have a lot of respect for.

 

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JOSH WILSON ELECTION LAUNCH TONIGHT

 

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The official election campaign launch of Fremantle Labor candidate Josh Wilson is on this evening, although Josh and his team have already been pounding the streets and been knocking on doors for weeks.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, one of my favourite politicians, will be at the launch at Victoria Hall tonight.

It starts at 6.30, so if you want to know what Josh can do for Fremantle, and what Labor wants to achieve if elected at the big federal election next year, come along.

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DON’T FORGET TO VOTE AT THE BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, federal government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2018

 

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If you are not on the electoral roll you can not vote at the Fremantle federal by-election next month.

You have only till Friday to get yourself registered on the roll to be able to vote on Super Saturday on July 28.

My vote will go to former Fremantle Councillor and Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson who has served our community very well and who gave some excellent speeches during his time in Canberra.

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LAST DAYS TO VOTE FOR SOUTH WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on March 11, 2018

 

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The Fremantle South Ward by-election will be decided this coming Friday Mach 16, so if you have not sent in your ballot paper yet do it now!

You can also drop off the envelope at the City of Fremantle reception at Fremantle Oval till Thursday and on Friday at the Townhall till 6pm when votes will be counted.

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LOW BENCHMARKS FOR SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

It was a kind of groundhog day and deja vu all over again feeling at the Fremantle South Ward candidate forum at The Local, that was attended by less than twenty members of the community.

We have basically heard it all before and a lot of it is based on ignorance and the fact that candidates can’t be bothered to attend council meetings, so they have an opinion based on hear say.

The accusations flew wild; There is only one narrative at Fremantle and councillors are too close so there is only rubber stamping. Council looks after developers and businesses but not after residents. There is no due process, community participation, or consultation.

The elected members set themselves low benchmarks, one candidate who has never been to a council meeting said, and that it was questionable if the new South Beach basketball court was a good return for money.

Ignorance always annoys me, but it annoys me even more when it comes from people who want to be our next councillors. If they are too lazy to do their homework and attend council meetings and inform themselves, what benchmark do they set themselves then to be an elected member one has to wonder?

I left the meeting when they started to dig in why there was a by-election and if maybe council or the incumbent should have done more to prevent the inexcusable blunder by WA Electoral Commission staff who allowed an non eligible person to be a candidate.

Did I hear any new ideas about where Fremantle should go, any long term plans? No, none, just good old council bashing. Very disappointing!

Roel Loopers

 

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