Freo's View

FREO RETHINKS THE PRECINCTS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on January 19, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle has a draft policy to make changes to the precincts, that will go to a 28-day community consultation process, if council approves the policy.

Under the new system there will be eleven precincts, but the Fremantle Society and Fremantle Inner City Residents Association-FICRA will no longer be recognised as precinct groups.

Part reason for that is no doubt that FICRA and FS have been active in promoting and supporting election candidates, while the COF does not support electioneering by precinct groups.

The suggested precinct groups would be Arts Centre, City, Hilton, O’Connor, South City, White Gum Valley, Beaconsfield, Gibson Park, Samson and South Fremantle.

Some precinct groups have been very active and do a really good job liaising with officers and elected members of the City, while other groups are near dormant and do very little to get their voice heard and wishes considered.

Precincts can and should be an important part of grassroots local government where the community has a strong voice. It has been good that young people stepped up and became convenors of some precincts and organised meetings and get togethers with councillors and CoF staff.

I have no doubt that should the Fremantle Society and FICRA be eliminated as precincts their members will become also active in the City Precinct.

It is probably unrealistic though to believe precinct groups will be apolitical.

Roel Loopers

FROM BRAD TO BAR

Posted in city of fremantle, election, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

 

The local council election is over and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is very much into recycling and looking after the environment, so it is no surprise that this election poster was recycled and the back of it used to indicate the Fremantle Festival bar at Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

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WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING…….

Posted in city of fremantle, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

Kind off how I feel today. ; >)

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Don’t forget the Fremantle International Portrait Prize is on show at the Moores Gallery in Henry Street. See you there!

 

Roel Loopers

EAST FREMANTLE ELECTION RESULTS

Posted in east fremantle, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill retained his seat at the local council election yesterday.

In Preston Point Ward Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail was reelected and also Tony Natale.

Richmons Ward was won by Andrew McPhail and Tony Watkins got in Woodside Ward unopposed.

 

Roel Loopers

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EVERY VOTE COUNTS FOR FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, family, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2017

 

Dad for Freo!

 

My heart melts when I see babies, so I could not resist to publish this photo of the beautiful Aoife, the baby daughter of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his partner Emma.

Fantastic voter participation in the City of Fremantle local council election.

Votes in so far:

East Ward 43.32%- City Ward 45.52%- South Ward 50.05%- North Ward 43.30%-

Hilton Ward 42.63% and Beaconsfield Ward 45.21%

You can still drop off ballot papers at the City of Fremantle reception desk till end of business today, and between 8am and 6pm tomorrow at the Townhall.

Every vote counts, so make sure you have lodged yours! Thank you so much!!!!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

THE IMPACT OF FREMANTLE PLACEMAKING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

There were so many posts on Twitter yesterday about placemaking, that I contemplated overnight what the modern buzzword actually means in the context of local government and a small city like Fremantle.

Placemaking should not be about beautifying small pockets of the city, but should be about awareness of the whole and the reality that everything we do impacts on others, either positively or negatively. That really is the big challenge for local government to deal with.

An event will please many thousands of people, but can negatively impact on local residents or traders, as there will be noise, parking and traffic problems, so while it pleases some it upsets others.

At planning meetings we constantly hear people opposing development next to where they live, with claims of loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc. so whichever way council decide it will upset one of the parties.

Traffic-calming in South Fremantle might please most locals, but it could alter the flow of traffic to the CBD and have a negative impact on traders there. What is the right placemaking decision?

Placemaking is about wholeness, and making good choices for the common good, even if that upsets those with a NIMBY attitude. It requires courage of councillors to make the ‘right’ decisions, because the decisions they’ll make will never be right for everyone in the community. That’s the nature of us human beings that we never all agree on everything.

When I hear election candidates naively state that they will do what the community want, my immediate question is which part of the community do they mean, because there will be opposing views in the community. Councillors will have to vote one way or the other, displeasing those who are opposed to it.

It comes down to how much, and how negatively or how positively decisions we make in life impact on others. Loud parties, noise, dog barking, anti-social behaviour, where we park our car in the street we live, etc. it all impacts on others. So to make the right decisions we need to be considerate and constantly aware that our great personal lifestyle might not be considered so great by our neighbours.

What might be a good event that benefits local traders, could well have a negative impact on those who live nearby, and events can also be detrimental for local traders, so how do we find the right balance of placemaking in local government?

The Australian Hotel Association claimed in a survey they sent to local government election candidates that pop-ups negatively impact on their members, but surely that statement is not true for all pop-up events and for all pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars around Fremantle, because many of them benefit from events, even from markets, as they attract many more people to the area than would normally visit.

Should we embrace multi-storey development in the inner city to boost the local economy, or should we preserve the human-scale character of place, even in the run down east of the CBD that looks desolate and uninviting? What is the right placemaking and balance? You will hear very opposing views about that in the community.

Placemaking for me is about being extremely sensitive and understanding that there is no way in the world we can please everyone, and it is about not being selfish, and learning to acknowledge that the common good has priority over individual needs.

I know that it very difficult to accept when it impacts on one’s own life or business, but it is the only way good placemaking can become good governance, and hopefully council can take the majority of the community with them on the very challenging and delicate journey of progress, revitalisation and modernisation.

It is easy to understand that being a local councillor can be a very thankless task, so one has to admire all who nominated for this election.

VOTE to show you care about your community!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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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!

FREMANTLE’S ART AND HISTORY PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

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History is very important to me. It gives me a sense of belonging and comfort to know that many people worked so hard decades ago to leave beautiful Fremantle for future generations. It also puts the onus on us to leave a great place for the young ones, hence my nomination for the local government election.

Culture is very much part of that, as I was brought up in the Netherlands with the great art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, etc.

So I love hanging out at Arthur Head, where the Roundhouse stands proud as the oldest public building in Western Australia, and where artists such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Peter Zuvela, Ross Porter and Glen Cowans have made an artistic home for themselves.

The PS Art Space people have put three cherry-pickers at Little High Street in preparation for the installation of an exciting new art show, so stay tuned for that.

Here some impressions of the historic art area at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

As I said at the City Ward candidate forum last Thursday, in the unlikely event that I’ll get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to revisit the BBAP as I believe it can and needs to be improved, because some parts of it are not working. It has great potential but needs creative thinking and real collaboration with the local artists.

 

Roel Loopers

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HERALD OWNER ATTACKS EAST FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2017

 

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Andrew Smith, owner of the Fremantle Herald and former East Fremantle Mayor has attacked Mayor Jim O’Neill in a full page advertisement in the free-range Chook this weekend.

Smith claims that O’Neill refused to fight the proposed local government reform and amalgamation with Fremantle because he supported it, and that O’Neill had put his name up to manage the council merger for the WA government if it went ahead.

Smith says that the Mayor leads a divided council because of factionalism.

Jim O’Neill won’t be able to lead the plans for the future of East Fremantle Oval, Smith claims, because he lives next door to it, and that the town planning under O’Neill has resulted in massive development near the Townhall and that the Royal George Hotel site could go up to 18 storeys. The latter was denied recently on this blog by Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail.

Herald owner Andrew Smith also attacks the sacking of two CEOs, but for transparency reasons should have disclosed that sacked CEO Stuart Wearne is the brother of the Herald’s long-time advertising manager Natalie Hug.

It is clear that the mayoral debates in Freo and East Freo are heated, but that is alright for democracy as long as everyone tries to stick with the facts.

 

Roel Loopers

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GETTING TO KNOW FREO’S LOOPY

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

 

Background details about Fremantle election candidates are important and since there are rumours and innuendo flying about here a bit about myself:

  • Born in the Netherlands as the middle child of five behind the corner shop of my parents. Two older sisters and a younger sister and brother.
  • Started career as press photographer in Nuremberg, Germany in 1969, working for daily newspapers, German press agency DPA and Associated Press for 13 years
  • Migrated to Sydney, Australia, March 13, 1982. Worked as kitchenhand, cook, waiter, market researcher, and finally as photographer again
  • Moved to Perth, September 1985. Established Profile Photography. Bought house in Como.
  • Did photo assignments for advertising agencies, designers, mining industry, tourism, Fremantle Port, Legislative Council, redevelopment agencies, architects, etc. Was the official photographer during the visit of Princess Anne to WA.
  • Bought house in Swanbourne in 1987.
  • Had solo and group photo exhibitions in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Germany, etc. and curated and judged photo shows.
  • Supported my partner in her Artplace Gallery, Claremont.
  • Moved to Fremantle in 1992. Bought house in Bolton Place.
  • Joint Walyalup Reconciliation Group and sat on committee to implement Aboriginal policy for Fremantle.
  • 1995 eight months 4WD solo trip throughout Australia
  • January 1996 Back in Freo. Wrote my first letter to editor and had many published since.
  • Continued with my photography business, but digital was a game changer.
  • Assisted at Bathers Beach Sunset Market, Princess May Market and Elizabeth Quay Market.
  • Volunteer as tourguide at the Roundhouse since 2010.
  • Was committee member, president and vice president of the Fremantle Society and president of the Roundhouse guides.
  • Have been attending Fremantle Council and committee meetings for 8+ years.
  • Have published Freo’s View blog since October 2009, supporting Fremantle and scrutinising council.
  • Have lived at Arthur Head, Swanbourne and Forrest Street and Bellevue Terrace, and in White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield, where I live now.
  • I retired in early 2016 and if elected will be a full-time Councillor for Fremantle.

 

Roel Loopers

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