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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. ; >(

 

Roel Loopers

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JOSH WILSON RE-WINS FREMANTLE

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

It is hardly a surprise that Labor party candidate Josh Wilson re-won the federal seat of Fremantle today, with the Liberal party not putting up a candidate.

It has overall been a very good day for the Labor party during this by-election day with also wins in Tasmania and Queensland.

The disappointing reality of it all is that this will be very short lived with a Federal election due early next year, so we will have to endure another long election campaign, with lots of hubris, hot air and promises from the uninspiring federal leaders of the major parties.

I am glad Josh Wilson will be going back to Canberra as he deserves it. He is a genuine person committed to and passionate about Fremantle and he has represented us well.

Congratulations Josh and all the door knocking and other volunteers who were up in the cold and rain early to meet with people on their way to work. Well done all!

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

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.

Roel Loopers

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NO NEED FOR CLIVE PALMER TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS

Posted in city of fremantle, politicians, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

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What horror to see that infamous Queensland mining millionaire Clive Palmer is back on the political scene. Make Australia Great. Yes please, but we don’t need your help Clive! Thanks.

I noticed the billboard on the left at Little Lefroy yesterday and thought it best to juxtapose it with something much more significant; Marriage Equality.

Roel Loopers

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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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