Freo's View

COPYRIGHT ISSUES AT FREO ELECTION

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017

 

Photographer Gnangarra Lake is not very happy with Fremantle mayoral election candidate Ra Stewart’s use of his dingo flour mill photo as the header for her campaign Facebook page. He wrote:

Gnangarra Lake I love to see businesses, potential Politicians, and their staff supporting local artists they can start by respecting the copyright holders and licensing conditions of the images they use, just like that lovely photograph of mine of Dingo Flour you have been using as the banner of your facebook page for the last 6 weeks, who shall I invoice for its use contrary to its publish copyright license, for which you have by uploading it facebook you also granted others the right to use that image without paying any royalties. Artists have a right to respected, as well as appreciated.

Stewart posted a photo about the City of Melville annual art award, saying she “would love to see an annual arts award happening in the City of Fremantle” and Gnangarra Lake posted his comments there.

The mayoral candidate does not seem to appreciate that there is already a City of Fremantle annual national FAC Print Award that is very highly regarded. It has been held for over 40 years and is the richest and most prestigious print award in Australia, with a first prize of $ 16,000 and second prize of $ 6,000. It is held at the Fremantle Arts Centre, as the name suggests.

The Fremantle print award is distinctly different from the often mediocre art awards many councils put up every year, because it is of a much higher standard than that of most councils, with the exception of a few.

The internet has caused a lot of copyright abuse and people using other people’s creative images for their own often unauthorised use, so my sympathy is with Gnangarra Lake. Photographers, artists, designers, musicians, etc. have a right and need to get paid and credited for their work, as it is their profession and income source.

The photo is on Wikimedia with following conditions:

Attribution: Photographs by Gnangarra…commons.wikimedia.org
You are free:

  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:

  • attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

 

 

I just received this comment to my blog from Gnangarra Lake at 3.38 pm so in fairness to Ra Stewart I’ll publish it here as readers might otherwise not see it:

gnangarra
gnangarra.wordpress.comx
gnangarra@gmail.com
125.209.163.249
The issue was resolved Ra has given credit as per the licensing terms on the image on Wikipedia. Ra has also graciously acknowledge the error and is making a donation to a charity

 

Roel Loopers

YOUR VOTE COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2017

 

VOTE!

 

Enrol to vote and VOTE PLEASE!!!! at the Fremantle Local Government Election.

Local Council elections notoriously get a very small percentage of the community voting, and that is such a waste of your democratic right.

Just around 30 per cent of eligible voters posted their ballot paper two years ago, so 70 per cent elected not to have a voice, that in my books is just plain silly.

If you are passionate about Freo and want to make it an even better place than it is, the least you can do is vote. Better even better if you nominate for one of the seven seats up for grabs and make it a contest.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO MAYOR ENTERS THE ELECTION BATTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 18, 2017

 

Brad slogan

 

It comes as no surprise that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will be trying for another four- year term at the October 19 local government election, as announced in the Fremantle Herald today.

Well, I actually had he scoop last Tuesday, when the Pettitt for Mayor campaign accidentally went live on Facebook, but I deleted my post on Freo’s View after Brad called me and said he wanted to enjoy his maternity leave with gorgeous baby daughter Aoife, before announcing it.

I hope the fact that Brad Pettitt started his campaign on the birthday of my beautiful late father Nico will be a good omen for him.

There is no doubt that the last four years have often been controversial, and Fremantle Council have been accused of being Greens and socialists, but one cannot deny the economic achievements of encouraging unprecedented development in the CBD, which will set Fremantle on the right course for the future, in my opinion.

I have had and still have my doubts about the One Planet priorities, when council should have been more focussed on other matters, but I strongly believe the glass is half full for Freo and that we are growing, so that our traders will benefit soon from more people living and working in the inner city, and more visitors being able to stay here in new tourist accommodation.

I had serious issues in the past with Brad Pettitt, and what I considered to be his stubborn ego, but he has grown into a strong leader, who is willing to compromise, listen, take advise, and change his mind when better outcomes can be achieved.

The City of Fremantle does need to improve though and do all the basic small things better, and the Mayor and Councillors need to demand that from the CEO. Fremantle City  also needs to strongly improve the way it communicates with the community, as far too many people remain uninformed about what goes on at council.

Why for example does the weekly full page in the Fremantle Herald not report all the Council decisions made every week? Just a three liner per agenda item, that people can follow up on line in the minutes of Council and committee meetings. That is very simple and straight forward communication.

Fremante is on the right track and needs Elected Members who understand local government process.

 

Roel Loopers

 

B-RA-D FOR FREO MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 17, 2017

 

Good morning Freo!

I had this thought overnight, and am as surprised as you are that I can still remember it in the morning. ; >)

There is no need to swap Brad for Ra as Mayor, because we already have both of them. B-RA-D

 

Have a brilliant day in one of the most loveliest places on the planet!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY WARD CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2017

 

According to Fremantle Society president John Dowson City Ward candidate Michael Finn has withdrawn from the race, which will leave only Claudia Green and Linda Wayman as hopefuls to replace retiring member Simon Naber.

In his usual ranting negativity the FS president  tells his members that FS does not support Claudia Green, and that the Mayor has encouraged Wayman to stand. He supposedly heard the latter from Councillor Andrew Sullivan.

Mister president also accuses Fremantle Council of having caused damage to Freo’s heritage.

Dowson also accuses social media and “keyboard warriors” for Finn’s withdrawal, but I have seen very little negativity about Finn, but for the fact that he lives in Cottesloe.

 

Roel Loopers

POPULAR FREMANTLE CITY WARD

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

Fremantle City Ward is always popular with local government election candidates and it looks like this year is not going to be different.

I hear that the former general Manager of Austereo Linda Wayman will put her hat in the ring and compete against former FRRA convenor Claudia Green and Kakulas Sisters director Michael Finn.

Wayman was in charge of radio stations 94.5 and 93.9 for over a decade until her shock resignation in March this year.

She now works as a business consultant and leadership coach.

In ten weeks from now we will know what the new Fremantle Council will look like, so make sure you have enrolled. Your vote is every important as this is one of the most crucial elections for Fremantle in a long time!

 

Roel Loopers

NO COMPROMISES FOR FREO’S WEST END

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2017

 

The FREMANTLE HERALD was kind enough to publish my Thinking Allowed about the necessary protection of Fremantle’s permanently heritage-listed West End this weekend. In case you don’t get the Chook home delivered or pick up a copy in town, I’ll post it here as well.

The attack by developers on Fremantle’s historic West End needs to be stopped and the City of Fremantle needs more support from State Government agencies to do that.

Applications for five-storey buildings keep coming although architects and developers are well aware that there is a three storey limit in the West End precinct.

There is an option for additional discretionary height of one floor, if it creates a better heritage outcome, or if the architecture of the building is considered to be of exceptional high quality.

What we see though are applications for boring and mediocre concrete boxes which would destroy the streetscape.

Architects show little to no respect for the spatial environment and the history of place, they just want to bang a totally inappropriate modern building in the middle of heritage buildings. This was shown in the recent application for three five-storey buildings behind Customs House in Henry Street going all the way to the former Centrelink site in Pakenham Street.

There was also a five storey application for the former Workers Club site in Henry Street, but fortunately that was rejected.

But even when Fremantle Council rejects development proposals the State’s Joint Development Assessment Panel or State Planning Commission can overrule council decisions, and they often do.

The State’s Heritage Office in my opinion sometimes also fails, as was the case with the now cancelled application by Notre Dame University for a mediocre five-storey building on the corner of High and Cliff streets. The Heritage Office recommended approval of the building, but Fremantle Council rejected it.

If UNDA had decided to go to JDAP with it they might well have approved the building the community and council did not want, on the recommendation of the Heritage Office.

It is only the sense of community and corporate responsibility of UNDA’s Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond that made the university decide to withdraw the plans for the new School of Nursing and Midwifery and start the process from scratch with a whole new design.

I am not against the development of some derelict sites and renovation of buildings in the West End, but there is nothing that can convince me that more than four storeys is appropriate for the heritage precinct. We only want outstanding development in the heritage area and nothing above four storeys!

Fremantle Council approved the five-storey nothingness of the Quest Hotel in Pakenham Street, because according to the planning and heritage officers of CoF it would preserve the interior heritage integrity of the building, but it hasn’t! Walk into the foyer of the serviced apartments buildings and you have no clue whatsoever that this is a heritage building. The blue artwork on the top corner of it is not suitable either.

Developers believe they can get away with murder in Fremantle because we are desperate for economic recovery in the port city. Yes we are, but not at any cost and the destruction of the unique character of our city.

If developers need extra height to please the bottom triple line they can develop in the east of Fremantle, and not even there indiscriminately.

Fremantle deserves more consideration when one wants to develop here and we need more support from State Government to protect the unique qualities of our city!

Roel Loopers

GREEN CANDIDATES FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

Liam Carter for South Fremantle

 

The local government election for the City of Fremantle is on October 21 and things are heating up in South Fremantle Ward, with two Greenies announcing their nomination.

Sitting member Andrew Sullivan will contest the seat again and young and upcoming Liam Carter has also announced he will be standing.

They are both good candidates, with Sullivan being a very good performer in Council who is very well versed in all the planning rules and regulations.

Liam Carter initiated the Fremantle Youth Council and is also convenor of the South Freo precinct. He is a very impressive and grounded young man with a lot of commitment to his community.

The choice will be hard. Experience or young exuberance?

It will be a fascinating election, so I hope that most people will make the effort to vote.

Fremantle is in a time of very important transition and needs level-headed people, which both candidates for South Freo are. It is important we get substance and not just promises that can’t be realised, so carefully assess all the candidates who will be putting their hand up and separate hot air from achievable goals.

Good luck to Liam and Andrew. You are my Ward candidates, so looking forward to a public meeting and hearing your thoughts.

(I have no poster for Andrew Sullivan. He only posted an old one from four years ago on Facebook, so did not want to use it.)

 

Roel Loopers

 

ESPLANADE NEW HUB ON SLOW BURNER

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

A new burger restaurant on the Fremantle Esplanade remains a pipe dream for the time being, as City of Fremantle officers do not believe building the new hospitality venue should be a priority for the City, and they are hesitant to recommend that proponent Parklife should construct the building themselves on crown land.

The City has nominated $ 1.1 million in its forward budget estimates to construct the so-called Esplanade Hub in the 2018/19 financial year, however it is likely the officers will recommend to council that this is a lower priority project when compared to other projects. so it is probable that it will be delayed till at least 2019/20.

The Esplanade Reserve Masterplan was signed off in 2015, but has been controversial in the community, with even some senior officers at the City not being supportive of the new ‘hub’ idea near the railway line and Tourist Wheel.

At the Strategy and Project Development Committee last night Councillor Rachel Pemberton mentioned that sometimes Council loses track of Masterplans and they grow too big, and she said the area is surrounded by food and beverage options already.

Other Councillors said they would not want to be burned again, as happened with the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed.

Councillors Doug Thompson and Andrew Sullivan were at loggerheads, with Thompson saying that the Kings Square Project was the main focus for the City and it could not afford another major project for five years or so, while Sullivan said the Esplanade was crying out right now for that kind of development and that a city like Fremantle should be able to handle more major projects at the same time.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said the City should be looking for other options, a smaller cafe, and that the proposed burger restaurant was too big. Councillor Pemberton agreed and said the community would not be too happy to lose more of the grassed area, and that it might be better to do the project in the future when the Esplanade was extended into the Italian Club carpark.

Councillor Thompson made one of the best observations of the evening, by saying that no one had ever said to him that we need to redevelop the cafe on the Esplanade.

Councillor Pemberton also questioned if the Dismantle containers were actually used and suggested strongly that if they are not used they should be removed, or Council could take them over for uses related to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, such as skateboard hire.

I believe the City of Fremantle would do well to investigate what can be done to retain the Carriage Cafe in its present location, as moving it might structurally not be possible. Instead of spending a lot of money on building a new food outlet, Council should be looking at how it can support the existing cute cafe and help it grow into a restaurant and small bar with nearby public toilets.

We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in Freo and we don’t really need another burger outlet, or another food outlet when there are nine of them on the other side of the railway line at the Fishing Boat Harbour, from Little Creatures, Baskin&Robbins, Joe’s Fish Shack, Han’s Cafe, Cicerello’s, Kailis, Char Char Bull, Bathers Beach House, all the way to Sweetlips.

 

Roel Loopers

SLOW MOTION FOR FREO PUBLIC TOILETS

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle Strategy and Project Development Committee, chaired by Councillor Rachel Pemberton, met last night to deliberate some interesting items, one of them was public toilets at the Kings Square Project.

There was a presentation by a CoF officer who had looked into duplicating the CitiPlace model of the City of Perth, that operates at the railway station there, but it would cost $ 500,000 for a 150sqm. space within the new Civic Centre at Kings Square plus $ 10,000 per week in staffing cost. That was considered a wee bit too much.

There will be seven public toilet locations in the new retail development of Sirona Capital and Civic Square, but all of them will be closed after business hours.

It seems strange that the Kings Square development is promoted as the activation of the CBD with bars, cafes, restaurants, cinema, etc. but does not cater for visitors who need to have a number one or number two after 6 pm.

I had scribbled down that strangely the committee members only seemed to consider public toilets in the new Civic Centre, until Councillor Dave Hume piped up and said he believed the toilets should be in a different location, for example Queen Street. Hear. hear!

I agree with Dave Hume as there is a need for public toilets near the bus stops around Target, and homeless people, tourists, etc. will need to have access to public toilets 24/7 or they will do it in doorways and all over the place.

There used to be two automatic toilets in William Street in the Queensgate building that were open all hours, so maybe a few of those could be put around the inner city.

 

Roel Loopers

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