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HERITAGE PRESERVATION IS NOT OPTIONAL BUT OUR DUTY

 

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Fremantle’s Ordinary Council meeting this evening decided to try to get State and Federal funding for the stabilisation of historic Arthur’s Head. Estimated cost for the preservation work are $ 1.8 million, plus $ 500.000-1million for renovations to the Roundhouse.

1. Endorse the Arthur Head design and documentation package as detailed in the Arthur Head Cliff Stabilisation Final Report, provided in Attachment 1 of this report in the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee Agenda (10 April 2019).
2. Request the City proceed with referring details of the proposed works to the relevant state government agencies under public works procedures and obtaining all necessary statutory approvals.
3. Request the City seek State and Federal funding in order to progress the required remediation projects.
4. Request the City investigate the impact of vibrations from trains to the topography and buildings at Arthur Head.

I believe this is not far-reaching enough as the City of Fremantle should lobby the State and Federal Governments for ongoing annual financial support to preserve one of Western Australia’s most significant historic precincts.

As French President Emannuel Marcon said yesterday after the Notre Dame cathedral fire “We owe is to our history to preserve it.” And as I said to the Elected Members today that is not optional but a duty we have.

I also pointed out that the Roundhouse is the only one of the four Fremantle museums: Shipwreck Museum, Maritime Museum and Fremantle Prison that does not get any funding, not from the City, not from the WA Government and not from the Federal Government. That is not fair and reasonable.

The oldest public building in Western Australia welcomes around 140.000 international and national visitors a year, but is managed by mainly senior volunteers. Just 30 of them keep the Roundhouse open 363 days a year and fire the 1pm cannon.

The Roundhouse needs and deserves much more support from the City of Fremantle and State Government and it needs to happen as a priority!

Roel Loopers

CURTIN CHALLENGE FOR FORMER FREO MP MELISSA PARKE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2019

 

The election for the Federal seat of Curtin is taking on a distinct Fremantle flavour with the Labor Party yesterday endorsing Melissa Parke as their candidate to try to win the seat of Julie Bishop who retired.

Melissa Park was the Federal Member for Fremantle from 2007-2016 and Minister for International Development. She will take the fight to Celia Hammond who recently retired as Vice Chancellor of Freo’s Notre Dame University.

Julie Bishop won with an over 20 per cent margin at the last election, so it is highly unlikely Melissa Park will succeed to gain that many votes, but Parke and Hammond are both highly intelligent and very likeable women, so good luck to them.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO VICE CHANCELLOR TO REPLACE JULIE BISHOP

 

Huge news for Fremantle’s Notre Dame University with their Vice-Chancellor Celia Hammond resigning immediately to try to win the seat of Curtin for the Liberal party in the Federal election in a few month and replace Julie Bishop. It will have to be seen if the Curtin branch will elect Mrs Hammond as their preferred candidate.

Celia Hammond was going to finish in October this year at NDA anyway as she wanted a change, but her immediate resignation from the very popular university will come as a shock to them.

Over the years that I have had contact with Celia Hammond I have found her a delightful and down to earth person who is very much liked by staff and students, so she would be a formidable candidate for the Liberal party in the safe seat of Curtin.

Mrs Hammond is a lawyer and daughter of WA Chief District Court Judge Kevin Hammond and will leave very big shoes to fill at Notre Dame. She was 21 years at Notre Dame, and 11 of those years as Vice-Chancellor.

While I am not a fan of Liberal party politics and even less of many of its leaders I am a big fan of Celia Hammond and wish her all the best. She will make a great politician.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO ROUNDHOUSE DESERVES FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING!

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2019

 

 

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The complaints about the lack of funding for the Duyfken Replica Foundation, expressed today in the West Australian by Graeme Cocks, are shared by the Fremantle Roundhouse, Western Australia’s oldest public building.

Prime Minister Scott Morison has committed $ 6,7 million to let the Endeavour replica sail around Australia next year to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Captain’s Cook first journey to this continent, but Western Australia’s most significant historic building does not receive any annual Federal, State or City of Fremantle funding.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides manage the tourism aspects of the Roundhouse and with just 30 volunteers open the historic jail 363 days a year and fire the cannon behind the building every day at 1pm, all just on meager donations from tourists.

Arthur’s Head, on which the Roundhouse stands, was vested in the City of Fremantle by the State Government, but with a small ratepayers’ base the City does not have the funds for the ongoing expensive maintenance of the area. Where is the State funding for that?!

The Roundhouse volunteers are in the process of getting all new modern interpretive historic displays, which will also tell the important Aboriginal story of the area, but the main funding of the estimated $ 200,000 project will have to come from Lotterywest, so we hope for the best as first indications have been promising.

As a Roundhouse volunteer myself I am asking why there is no yearly State and Federal funding and why the City of Fremantle does not spend more on this important tourist destination.

Why for example do Fremantle Ports not sponsor the Roundhouse when we fly their flag every day? Even paying for the explosives(Maroons) for the cannon would help, but that too has to be paid for from the few donations, and so do the summer and winter uniforms for the mainly senior guides, promotional leaflets, etc.

I find it unbelievable that such a significant historic building and tourist attraction does not receive support from our governments on an annual basis.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S GROWING BIG BROTHER

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, federal government, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 23, 2019

 

Fremantle Council’s FPOL Committee will this evening decide if it will approve the tender by Astute Trust, trading as Zenien Pty Ltd for the installation of new CCTV cameras in the CBD, and authorise the CEO to discuss the scope of work with the preferred tenderer, to meet the financial limits of the Federal Government Safer Communities grants.

The tender is to:

  • add 25 fixed high definition 360 degree CCTV cameras
  • install 5 fixed Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras
  • purchase two mobile CCTV trailers
  • install fibre optic within the CBD
  • future expansion to other locations outside the CBD.

The City of Fremantle received a Federal Government grant of $ 928,390 for this project.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
That the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation committee acting under delegation 1.1:
1. Accepts the tender submitted for tender FCC529/18 by The Trustee for Astuta Trust t/as Zenien Pty Ltd, for the supply and install new CCTV infrastructure and upgrade existing.
2. Approves the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate with The Trustee for Astuta Trust t/as Zenien Pty Ltd on the basis of amendments to the scope of work to deliver the services for the amount of $928,390 (ex GST), as provided for by the Federal Government Safer Communities Grant and any contractual variations, in accordance with Regulation 20 of the Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S ADVOCACY POLICY AIMS TO GET MORE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

 

Fremantle Council will sign off on a new strategic Advocacy Policy at Wednesday’s FPOL Committee meeting.

The advocacy will be aimed at State and Federal Governments for projects, funding, services, infrastructure outside of the City’s capacity.

Advocacy is the process of influencing others to create change.

An Internal Reference Group will be established chaired by the CEO and with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 2-3 Councillors.

The City has identified four priorities for its advocacy policy:

  • Improving public transport
  • Furthering Fremantle’s position as a tourism gateway
  • Creating local jobs around a seven-day per week economy
  • Connectivity, roads, rail/light rail, traffic bridge and bicycles
  • Investment in Fremantle

The City of Fremantle 2015–25 Strategic Community Plan is the overarching document
that sets out the Council vision for achieving the key priorities and commitments on
issues that matter to our community.
The Freo 2029 Transformational Moves document was prepared to support the
Fremantle Activity Centre Structure Plan and illustrates how five key ‘moves’ will help to
rejuvenate and revitalise the city as it approaches its 200th birthday.
Both the strategic community plan and the Freo 2029 Transformational Moves document
are products of a major community visioning project conducted during 2013–14 that set
the blueprint for Fremantle’s future growth and direction.

Fremantle has been the Cinderella for government funding, investment and tourism promotion for far too long because it is deemed a safe Labor seat that does not warrant investing in by both major parties and that needs to change.

Our city needs and deserves major investment from the State and Federal Governments, more prominence in the Perth-centric tourism promotions and a new traffic bridge, as well as the development of Victoria Quay, and that’s just the start.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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IS HERALD GRANT REFUSAL WORTH FRONT PAGE ?

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle herald, media, newspaper, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on January 11, 2019

 

I am not sure why Andrew Smith, the owner, publisher and editor of the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice, believes the fact that his company did not get a Federal Government grant is worth a large comment on the entire front page of today’s Chook. Is it really THAT important to the readers of the Herald and the Freo community? I doubt it.

Rumours that Smith will now publish front page comments by any Fremantle individual and company that did not receive the grants they applied for are malicious nonsense of course. ; >)

But far more important to me is the fact that Andrew Smith “had sought funding to train ‘citizen’ journalists for online publishing” So-called citizen journalism is basically amateurs doing the work for free for which professional journalists should get paid, so does that really deserve a government grant, I wonder?

Journalists are being sacked in droves by the big media companies, which are all stream lining their operations, hence there is very little difference in the reporting of the West Australian, Sunday Times, Perth Now and Channel 7, all owned by the same owner, where journos are sharing the same newsroom, and the same articles and photos are shared and published in all of the publication on-line and in print.

But to put Andrew Smith’s lament in perspective though, from 186 applicants across Australia for the new innovation fund grant, not one from WA received one, so that is indeed a worry as it feels far too much like election pork barreling.

Roel Loopers

GREENS SELECT FEDERAL CANDIDATE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, federal government, greens, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2019

 

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High school teacher Jesse Hutchison has announced that he will be the Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle at this year’s election in May.

Hutchinson grew up in Fremantle and is the father of two young girls.

I am sure we’ll hear more about Hutchinson’s ideas at the candidates forums in five months time.

Roel Loopers

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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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LIVE SHEEP LICENSE SUSPENDED

Posted in animals, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, live trade, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

 

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The federal government has suspended the export license of Emanuel Exports, the company which owns the Awassi Express live sheep vessel, that controversially made headlines for the inhumane treatment of sheep on its journey from Fremantle to the Middle East.

Roel Loopers

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