Freo's View

HOW THE WARDS WERE WON

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

This will be the last post about the Fremantle local government election, so here the winners of the wards and the people who will represent you for the next four years.

The new faces on council are former Freo Mayor Jenny Archibald in East Ward and Adin Lang in City Ward.

Councillors Andrew Sullivan, Doug Thompson, Hannah Fitzhardinge and Sam Wainwright all retained their seat.

This is overall a resounding rejection of the negative voices in Fremantle and a clear message that the community wants progress, development and the revitalisation of our great city.

Like all those who lost I feel soundly rejected and am deeply disappointed,  so I will pull back from my community engagement and scrutinising council. and will use my passion for Fremantle in other activities.

Thank you to all the candidates and to all the people who voted. Well done!

 

Roel Loopers

You Did Not Vote Roel for City Ward!

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2017

 

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The location to drop of ballot papers today has changed and is in the City of Fremantle reception area, not in the Townhall where it traditionally was.

A few supporters set up displays early, but were not prepared to do it at two entrances, so not sure why that was not communicated to the candidates.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton and her cute little dog dropped by, while some supporters must have believed Christmas had already arrived for their preferred candidate.

Of course in City Ward you’ll just have to vote for that beautiful wildflower Roel Loopers.  :>)

Music and sausage sizzle from 11 onward. See you there!

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

LAMENT ABOUT DECLINING STANDARDS OF ELECTION DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail has written an excellent opinion piece in the West Australian today about the declining standards of civic debate during the local government election campaign. 

It is indeed disappointing to read all the aggressive nonsense on social media by people who revel in personal attacks and negativity, and it is sad that some Fremantle candidates have also preferred to be negative, instead of offering ideas, visions and solutions.

McPhail writes that the democratic process has become increasingly vitriolic, with a culture of bullying and intimidation.

Democracy for me is all about people with different opinions having a robust, but respectful, conversation. It is not fair on candidates, new or incumbent, when it goes down to the low level of name-calling, personal attacks, innuendo, conspiracies and lies.

Michael McPhail writes that the declining display of compassion and kindness toward those who are willing to put their hand up is a concern.

McPhail rightly points out that we can never have too many reasonable, sensible, thoughtful, caring and open-minded councillors, and that the we need to call out disrespectful behaviour from candidates and community members.

All Fremantle Wards have now returned ballot papers of over 40% with South Fremantle ahead with 48.75% today.

You can still drop off your vote at the Fremantle Townhall reception desk today and tomorrow, and on Saturday in the Townhall till 6pm.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

FREO ELECTION CAMPAIGN HUBRIS

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2017

 

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It looks like a last rush of votes could mean that Fremantle will have one of the highest voter participations in history and that is good news.

The Freo election campaign has been an interesting one, with dubious claims that certain candidates are independent, while others are accused of being in the Brad Pettitt camp.

Yesterday on a social media site a journalist claimed that Claudia Green is the only independent in City Ward, because candidate Julie Morgan is a Facebook friend of Enkel. The journo’s logic is that because Enkel has expressed support for Fremantle’s Mayor, Morgan is also in his camp.

If those in the Ra Stewart camp believe that innovation incubator Enkel is a political force, why then don’t they also concede the strong political influence of the pro Ra FICRA and Fremantle Society?

The hypocrisy is that the so-called independent candidates have strong support from FICRA and the Fremantle Society and that Green’s posters are plastered on buildings next to Stewart’s posters. That presumable does not matter, and neither does it that many FICRA members attended the $ 140 a head fundraiser for Ra Stewart at the Bathers Beach House.

Green and her supporters are clearly in the Ra camp, but that is not questioned, and that’s why their claims of being independent are laughable.

There is nothing wrong with having a political conviction and opinion, but don’t pretend to be an independent candidate when you are clearly not, especially when you make it feel as if it is an indecent act to be a supporter of the present Mayor.

Over the last eight years on this blog I have on occasions harshly criticised Fremantle Council and its Mayor for making decisions I did not agree with, but in fairness I have also given them credit and kudos whenever I believed they deserved that for making good decisions I agreed with.

I am a true individual independent who is not a member off or aligned to any political party or politically active community group, and I have had no support from any groups or political parties during my campaign.

I am my own person and call it as I see it, without fear or favour. I am not interested in playing politics. All I want is the best for Fremantle!

I am confident and optimistic about Freo’s future, and confident that a progressive council over the next four years will become a major asset for our city. We are on the right track. Let’s not get side-tracked and lose focus!

Voted yet?

Today is the last day to send in your postal vote, or it might arrive too late, so stick the ballot paper in a mail box immediately!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

GIVE SOUTH FREO CANDIDATE BEN MOODIE A FAIR GO!

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2017

 

Ben Moodie, one of the five local government election candidates in South Fremantle claims he has been unfairly attacked on social media by journalist Carmelo Amalfi, who publishes the pocket-size quarterly advertorial Street Wise.

Former Fremantle Herald journalist Amalfi continues to claim that Moodie is not eligible to stand for a Fremantle council seat because he lives in Hamilton Hill, but the advise Ben Moodie received from three officers of the Electoral Commission is that he is eligible, because at the time of his nomination he was listed on the Electoral Roll as resident of the City of Fremantle.

Moodie said he was forced to find temporary emergency accommodation when health hazards were discovered in the house he rented in South Fremantle. To protect the health of his young daughter and wife he took the first suitable accommodation, which happened to be in Hamilton Hill, but that the family intends to return to South Fremantle when appropriate accommodation can be found there.

Ben Moodie is the first indigenous candidate for a seat on Fremantle Council and it is a real shame that some people keep attacking him, when the Electoral Commission says it is all above board.

I have been very impressed with Moodie’s level-headed maturity and intelligence and his broad knowledge. His work with juvenile offenders and people on substance abuse in the prison system would be a good knowledge base for Fremantle Council to have when dealing with homeless people and anti social behaviour in our city.

It has been very hard for Aboriginal people to get any traction in Australian politics, but we now finally have indigenous representation in state and federal parliament, and it would be fantastic to also have an indigenous councillor in Fremantle.

I voted for Ben Moodie because I believe he will bring a new perspective to council, and because he is a really good, intelligent and hard-working, decent bloke who deserves a fair go.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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!

ELECTORAL COMMISSION INCOMPETENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, Uncategorized, voting by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

The missing ballot papers saga for the Fremantle local government election appears to be more widespread, with voters in the inner city and South Fremantle also only receiving the Ward ballot paper, but not the one to elect the next Mayor of Fremantle.

I hear it is not contained to Fremantle only, but is also happening at other councils.

We already read the story of Kalgoorlie ballot papers having been sent to Nedland, 600 km away, so this is a true shambles.

Only a few years ago there was a big investigation into how the WA Electoral Commission managed to lose hundreds of votes during the federal election, so heads need to roll now as this is not acceptable.

The outcome of the mayoral election might well be challenged by either or both of the candidates. It could even delay the election.

And let’s just remind ourselves that the tax payers will have to pay for the incompetence as new ballot papers will have to be sent out.

It is unbelievable!

 

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!

HYPOCRITICAL FREMANTLE SOCIETY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle society, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

Fremantle Society president John Dowson has emailed his members to advise them whom to vote for at the local government elections, and has this to say about the City Ward candidates:

In City Ward, while there is no doubt Adin Lang is charismatic and genuinely useful on green issues, Lynda Wayman seriously well qualified but seen as the mayor’s candidate, and Roel Loopers well intentioned but a total ‘flip flop’ on issues, the candidate who would best scrutinise council and who has done the hard yards in preparation is Claudia Green. There is another candidate Julie Morgan, who did so much modernisation to the heritage facade of her building (Bairds Buildings between P&O and Orient in High Street), that she should not be eligible to run, except perhaps out of town.

Of course Dowson does not spell out where I supposedly am a total ‘flip flop’ on issues, but I am very happy to concede that unlike Dowson I am comfortable to change my mind when I receive additional information. That is what intelligent open-minded people do, John, and I highly recommend you’ll try it for a change, instead of your my way or the high way philosophy.

FS president Dowson also supports Ra Stewart for Mayor and writes:

It has been tough for the sole contender against the incumbent to get traction when every time she explains why she is running she gets accused of being ‘negative’. That tactic is used by the mayor and his coterie of councillors all the time.

May I remind Dowson, all Fremantle Society members, and everyone who cares for our heritage that Stewart was a long-time board member and president of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, an organisation that has publicly expressed support for five-storey development in the historic West End, something the Fremantle Society is absolutely opposed to.

And may I remind the self-proclaimed purists that while Peter Tagliaferri, one of Stewart’s most vocal supporters, was mayor of Fremantle the hight restrictions for the West End mysteriously disappeared, until heritage custodian Les Lauder found out and made a big stink about it.

The word hypocrisy comes to mind, John Dowson!

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

LET’S GET ON WITH FREO’S FUTURE!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2017

 

Last night it was packed house upstairs at the National Hotel for the local government election forum for Fremantle City Ward, where there are five candidates, including I.

I also attended the South Ward forum two days earlier at The Local where just over 30 people attended.

The two forums together with the feedback I have been getting during door knocking has been far more positive than I expected, after all the name calling and bullying on social media. There is more a sense in the community of let’s get on with it and make the best off it, rather than council bashing or extreme left or right political views.

There is one observation about the forums I would like to make, and hope it will be changed for the mayoral debate between mayor Brad Pettitt and Ra Stewart this coming Tuesday, and that is the in my opinion too short time to respond to questions from the floor.

In South Freo candidates only had one minute and at City Ward a minute and a half and that is not enough. It encourages ‘news bytes’ but does not allow for more substantial and in depth reflections, so I hope this will be increased to 3 minutes for the mayoral debate, where there are only two candidates.

There is a clear passion for Freo in the community, but also a clear difference of opinion about what is good for our city, so it will be a nail-biting election night on October 21, as it will be close in many wards and for the big one.

It is YOUR decision, so please VOTE!!! Ballot papers will be arriving in your letterbox next week.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

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