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Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2018


South Ward voting


Andrew Sullivan won the Fremantle South Ward local government by-election and will return to his seat at Fremantle Council.

Sullivan received 50% of the votes and got 856 votes, while the two other candidates also got 50% of the vote; Marija Vujcic 608 and Chris Williams 248. Nine votes were invalid.

Voter participation was around 44 % so that is fairly good.

Roel Loopers


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




Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2018




There will be a candidate forum for the Fremantle South Ward local government by-election this Thursday March 1 at 7.30pm at The Local hotel on South Terrace.

I won’t be attending though as I have already voted, and so have most people who bother to take part in the council election.

Ballot papers were delivered 10 days ago and according to the WA Electoral Commission the vast majority of people vote during the first five days of receiving their ballot paper, so Thursday’s exercise seems a bit futile.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2018



Ballot papers will be arriving in Fremantle South Ward homes early next week for the local government by-election.

The October 2017 election was declared invalid in South Ward because of a blunder by the Electoral Commission, so we need to vote again.

Andrew Sullivan, who is my preferred candidate, posted his flyer on line, so here it is.

Roel Loopers


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


It comes as a big surprise to read in the Fremantle Herald this morning that Liam Carter will not re-nominate for the March City of Fremantle South Ward by-election.

Carter came only 57 votes behind Andrew Sullivan at the October election, which has since been declared invalid because of a huge blunder by the Electoral Commission, which wrongly accepted the nomination of Ben Moodie.

The election results were challenged in court by Maria Vujcic, who came third after Sullivan and Carter.

It will be interesting to see if new candidates will nominate now that it looks to be only a two people race between Sullivan and Vujcic.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 21, 2017


Christmas is only fours sleeps away and the year has just ten days left, so this is a good time to reflect on what kind of year it was for Fremantle. I do this randomly as important issues come to my mind.

The October local government election was a resounding rebuke for the right-leaning very vocal social media negativity, with all the sitting members re-elected. I find it hard to argue that this is not a vote of confidence in the plans and policies Fremantle Council has implemented. City ward even elected a new Green councillor.

The positivity and negativity of massive planned development is a fine line between a stunning modern Fremantle CBD and an aesthetic disaster that could kill our city’s unique heritage character.

Quite a few new hotels are in the pipeline and that will be good to attract more tourism and for visitors to stay overnight, but the many plans for more taverns in the inner city are a worry.

The Kings Square Project is finally underway and will be the game-changer Fremantle desperately needs, and the new FOMO retail concept by Sirona Capital sounds very exciting.

The change of Australia Day celebrations on January 26 to One Day on the 28th shows Fremantle council is getting more serious about Aboriginal issues, and the funding to investigate a purpose-built Aboriginal centre is also a clear indication that council wants to do more than just tokenism.

The heritage listing of the entire West End is significant and well overdue.

The cancellation of the Roe 8 Perth Freight Link by the new state government, and the Westport taskforce could well open up opportunities for the development of Victoria Quay.

The Long Table Dinner along High Street was a resounding success and raised $ 80,000 for St Pats, so well done Freo community for caring!

Fremantle City took back ownership of Fremantle Oval which opens up opportunities for good development of that precinct. And good riddance to the greedy Dockers!

The development of the South Fremantle Senior High School into Fremantle College and the departure of TAFE also create fantastic opportunities for substantial development in the heart of Beaconsfield.

Well-overdue traffic improvement in the Hilton centre are happening and so is traffic calming in South Fremantle.

The J Shed tavern saga continues and is a stand-off between what the community wants and Freo council stubbornly does not want to accept, while it also fails to concede that the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct concept is a failure.

Notre Dame University listened to the community and scrapped plans for a five-storey School of Nursing and Midwifery in High Street and bought the three-building Customs House complex instead to accommodate expansion.

Fremantle culture is maturing very well with outstanding exhibitions and concerts at the Fremantle Arts Centre and the very impressive and creative High Tide Biennale during the Fremantle Festival. More of that please!

The Cantonment Hill Project is now underway with the opening of the Tuckfield Oval playground.

The City of Fremantle has added three new communication officers, so we should rightly expect much better genuine communication and information from the City. The October election showed that there is a lot of ignorance in the community about what Fremantle Council and the administration do and that needs to be improved.

Well, that’s all that comes to my mind early this Thursday morning, so remind me what I failed to mention and I might do another article on other important issues in a few days time.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017


Will the people of South Fremantle have to endure a by-election and will Andrew Sullivan’s win be contested?

According to the Fremantle Herald today unsuccessful candidate Marija Vujicic is contemplating a protest because of the supposed in-illegibility of candidate Ben Moodie.

Andrew Sullivan won the South Ward seat with just 57 vote more than Liam Carter, and Vujicic was 138 behind Sullivan, while Moodie received 268 votes.

Moodie’s eligibility had been a major discussion on social media during the election campaign, but he Electoral Commission had allowed his nomination, so one has to question why there are no better check ups to see if candidates are eligible.

In an hour we will know the outcome of the High Court decision about Federal politicians with dual citizenships, so there needs to be an inquest into the Electoral Commission and how it is they do not properly check if candidates can legally become politicians in Australia.

A  by-election in South Fremantle would be pretty unfair to the candidates as it demands more door knocking and printing material, and it is likely that many voters would not bother to send in new ballot papers.


Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017


To the idiot(s) who wrote loser on one of Ra Stewart’s large window displays in Market Street.

Ra Stewart should be thanked and appreciated for putting her hand up and for wanting to take on the role of Mayor of Fremantle.

It takes a lot of effort and personal commitment to stand for local government, and none of the candidates is a loser.

We constantly hear that so-called losers should be gracious in defeat, but I believe it is even more important to be gracious and respectful when one wins!

Armchair critics will never change the world or make a positive contribution to society, but those willing to stand up and be counted will.

Whoever wrote the word on Stewart’s display; YOU are the loser!


Roel Loopers


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!


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




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!


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