Freo's View

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

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!

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

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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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

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD! 

 

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

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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INDIGENOUS CANDIDATE FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

I went to the South Fremantle election forum last night at The Local, where four of the five candidates sat through an interesting Q&A, but I have decided to not report on it, since I have not attended other ward forums and don’t want to prioritise South Freo.

What I do want to say though is that I was very impressed with Liam Carter, Ben Moodie and Andrew Sullivan, who are all excellent speakers, and I admired the courage of Jennifer Suffling. The fifth candidate decided not to participate.

But I do want to go into more detail about Ben Moodie, because he is to my knowledge the first ever indigenous candidate for Fremantle Council. I was going to do an interview with Ben, but his young daughter got sick, so we twice had to postpone our meeting, and we are both time poor because we are door knocking.

Moodie is an indigenous man from the north of New South Wales, and a young professional who lives in South Freo. He is a very articulate and likeable speaker who was well across all the subjects that matter to Fremantle and life, and his focus is on future generations.

Ben Moodie works in the WA prison system and has extensive experience within human services, employment services, the justice system, disability services and substance use intervention.

He wants to help make things happen in Fremantle and strengthen our reputation as an inclusive community that values diversity.

If elected he would aim to unite generations and connect seniors with younger people, from an innovative young perspective.

Moodie says that local government touches our daily lives and wants to increase community projects.

Ben Moodie expressed gratitude for Fremantle’s Council brave but controversial decision to cancel Australia Day celebrations, and said this has given his people a voice in Australia and the world, with other local councils now considering to follow in Freo’s footsteps.

I have no doubt that Ben Moodie would be an excellent Fremantle Councillor. He would also make a huge difference on how some in our community still view Aborigines, and cut through the ignorant and silly stereotypes unfairly attached to them.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

FREO ELECTION FORUMS THIS WEEK

 

 

The long weekend makes for a short week, so here a reminder that there are three election forums on next week.

On Tuesday the 26th of September North Fremantle and South Fremantle candidates can be grilled by the public, so take advantage of it.

There are only two candidates in North Freo and the meeting is at the Community Hall there at 6.30 pm.

Five candidates battle for South Fremantle, including indigenous man Ben Moodie and the youngest candidate 21-year-old Liam Carter. It’s on at The Local at 6.30 pm on the 26th.

It’s a shame the two forums are on the same day as I would have liked to attend both of them.

On Thursday the 28th at 6.30 City Ward candidates, including me, will be part of a Q&A upstairs at the National Hotel.

This will be a interesting debate, with Claudia Green claiming the high-ground in the belief that only she had the God-given right to nominate. She discredits the other four candidates Roel Loopers, Julie Morgan, Adin Lang and Linda Wayman, by claiming they are just “a disingenuous attempt to dilute votes.” It’s actually called democracy!

And a reminder that the big Mayoral Forum will be on October 3 at 6.30 at Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

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