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BLOGGER ALL ABOUT SUPPORTING FREO, NOT POPULARITY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle society, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2018

 

Fremantle Society president John Dowson has sent yet another rant to the poor members of FS, accusing me of only wanting to be popular, because the narrow-minded no change advocate does not agree with what I publish on Freo’s View.

Mr President writes: The Heritage Council is a developer’s club, the National Trust is useless as an advocate, the Fremantle Herald cannot lead campaigns on its own, and the very few public commentators like the blogger Roel Loopers are only concerned with being popular.

I started this blog eight and a half years ago as a community forum, that does not create income for me. I spend many hours a week going to council, community and precinct meetings, talk to residents, do research, etc. and I do it because I love Fremantle and I love living here. I want to help make Freo an even better place than it already is for future generations.

Unlike Mr President I don’t try to be in the Fremantle Herald every week with negativity about Fremantle Council, developers, etc.

Unlike Mr President I don’t give negative lectures about Fremantle on cruise ships where I blast Fremantle development and Council.

Unlike Mr President I have written 33 positive reviews about Fremantle businesses and attractions for TripAdvisor, that were read by nearly 16,000 people last month. All because I believe that we all can make a small difference and support our local traders.

Unlike Mr President I don’t drive around in latest model Porsches while wanting the rest of Fremantle to still go by horse&cart, and unlike Mr President I’ll do everything I can to support good change, good development and good progress, because I don’t believe that living in the past and retaining the status quo is fair for future generations.

As for my perceived popularity; some people appreciate what I do for our community and others don’t, and so be it. I gain nothing personally or financially from my community involvement.

I am a volunteer tourist guide at the Roundhouse, unlike Mr President doing paid  lectures on cruise ships where he tries to sell his books.

It’s not about popularity John Dowson. It’s about integrity! You should try it.

Roel Loopers

 

VERY LONG COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

Posted in Uncategorized, politics, local government, city of fremantle by freoview on May 23, 2018

 

Anyone who believes that being a Councillor in Fremantle is just a walk in the park, should check out the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

The agenda for this evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting is a very long one and will probably attract a lot of people in the public gallery.

First agenda item is the very controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach and the next item is about new terms of reference for the Design Advisory Committee.

There is the Overdue Debtors report, Audit and Risk update for Assets, Toy Library report, the implementation of the three waste bin FOGO (not to be confused with the FOMO retail concept for Kings Square), the lease with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval, request for proposals for the old Weighbridge in Phillimore Street, Sets on the Beach events at Port Beach. There will also be a motion to ban gas filled balloons in public.

The replacement for the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square will also be debated. This will be a very expensive exercise, but I hear Council want to replace at least two trees with other mature Moreton Bay figs, so that will be nice in addition to the relocated London Plane trees.

The agenda is 229 pages long and there are additional agenda attachments as well, so anyone keen to read it all should download it from the City of Fremantle website.

I’ll be there at the meeting of course, so will report back to you about it tomorrow.

Roel Loopers

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

GOLDEN MORNING AT FREO RAILWAY STATION

Posted in city of fremantle, photography, public transport, trains, Uncategorized by freoview on May 16, 2018

 

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I had an early 6.30am catch up coffee with former Fremantle Councillor Dave Coggin at Il Cibo this morning. He is a man I greatly respect and really like and he is now working at the WA Premier’s Department.

When we walked out of the cafe Dave pointed at the railway station, saying “Look at that light!” I wandered over of course to take this stunning photo of it.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MP JOSH WILSON RESIGNS

 

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Fremantle Federal MP Josh Wilson is one of three Labor members who have resigned from parliament this morning after the High Court ruling about dual citizenship.

I am devastated for Josh as he is a highly intelligent and dedicated politician who has worked very hard in Canberra and in his electorate since he got elected.

Josh Wilson was one of my favourite Fremantle Councillors because he is a very genuine and likeable person and I have been impressed with the many speeches he has given in Federal Parliament.

Josh said in a media release this morning that he will fight the by-election that now needs to be held, short before the Prime Minister will call a general federal election.

I have no doubt the Fremantle people are a bit tired of yet another election campaign, but Josh Wilson deserves a second chance as he has been a tireless worker for Fremantle for many years. He will have my support!

Roel Loopers

From Josh Wilson’s media release:

The new interpretation of the law means the question of whether a person took all ‘reasonable steps’ to renounce foreign citizenship simply doesn’t exist for dual Australian-British citizens, irrespective of the administrative delay in the process (which is generally 2-4 months). Under the new interpretation any prospective candidate must have their British citizenship deregistered before the close of nominations. In my case that was effectively impossible.

I was endorsed as a late replacement Labor candidate in Fremantle on 12 May 2016 and completed the requisite UK Home Office paperwork to renounce my British citizenship on that day. I mailed the renunciation form and attached documents on Friday, 13 May, using express registered post. I received confirmation that the documents has been received by the UK Home Office on Monday, 16 May. The processing fee for renunciation was withdrawn from my bank on 6 June. I nominated the following day, two days before the close of nominations. I received a letter from the UK Home Office dated 24 June saying that my British citizenship had been deregistered, with a copy of the renunciation form stamped 29 June 2016.

I was elected on 2 July 2016. I have not served a single day as anything other than an Australian citizen.

I was born in London when my parents were on a working holiday. My mum was expecting me when they travelled to the UK, and I returned home with them at the age of one after we’d travelled in Europe for 6 months in a Kombi van. Both my parents were born in Australia. My great-great-grandfather came to Fremantle as a convict in the 1860s. I have never lived in the UK, and have only visited there twice, in 1998 and 2012, for a few weeks each time.

In any case, the High Court’s interpretation of the law has changed and I respect that ruling. That means I must resign as the Member for Fremantle and contest the forthcoming by-election.

As I said in my first speech, I can’t imagine a more meaningful kind of work than to represent the community where I’ve lived virtually all my life. Every opportunity I am given to ask the people of Fremantle to trust me with the responsibility of being their representative in the national parliament is an opportunity I will relish.

I am looking forward to once again seeking that trust and responsibility in the weeks to come, and I am happy to be considered by voters in the Fremantle electorate on the basis of my character, principles, work-ethic, and record.

PRECINCTS THE VOICE OF THE FREO COMMUNITY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2018

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this Wednesday deliberate if Council should implement a new Precinct Policy, to clarify working requirements and expectations.

The new Precinct Policy would allow for an Arts Centre, Inner City, Hilton, O’Connor, South City, White Gum Valley, Beaconsfield, Gibson Park, North Fremantle, Samson, and South Fremantle Precinct but would no longer consider FICRA and the Fremantle Society precinct groups.

It is clear under the Election Rules of the Precinct Policy, posted below, that the two groups no longer qualify. FICRA had their own candidate at the last October election and also were strong supporters of one of the Mayoral candidates, while the Fremantle Society endorsed election candidates in the election material of the candidates.

The Society also is not qualified to be a precinct because its members come from all over Fremantle and Perth and one of their committee members actually lives in Sydney, so they can hardly claim to be a precinct.

There needs to be a process in place though where members of the precinct community can vote out a convenor who is politically motivated and not objective, as happened during the last election in the South Fremantle Precinct.

Precinct can have a really important role in informing their community, liaising with city officers and councillors and help improve the area, as long as it is done without political bias, and that is a real challenge for all precincts.

Precincts must provide open, cost and commitment free membership where any interested community member is welcome to participate.

Administration 1. Each Precinct is to update the contact details for their precinct contact details and name of their convener with the community engagement team once a year. 2. All published material, including meeting notes and minutes, produced by a precinct, are to be made publically available within 14 working days of distribution or from when a meeting is held. 3. Each precinct group can decide: How to appoint their convener. The length of term and how many terms a convener can be appointed for Who will be the precinct contact person and action correspondence received. What the meeting schedule will be. If and how meetings will be recorded, for example, meeting notes or minutes. How best to share information with precinct members, for example, by email, social media, or through ‘Freospace’ (see definitions).

Elections 1. The Local Government Act 1995 does not allow the use of council resources to assist any individual candidate in their election activities. The City is also responsible for being objective, non-political and Agenda – Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee 11 April 2018 Page 73 unbiased therefore the City does not support local, state or federal electioneering and City funds must not be used for electioneering in local government elections. 2. The City acknowledges the role of the precincts in encouraging community interest in council elections, such as organising events to allow community members to meet candidates and hear what they have to say. However, Precincts must not use City funds to support any individual candidate or group of candidates in an election. 3. Precincts who wish to promote council elections must: include all candidates in any publications distributed containing information about the election. invite all candidates to participate in events or functions organised by the precinct, in relation to the election, in order to ensure each candidate is given an equal opportunity to participate.

Roel Loopers

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE SOUTH FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2018

 

The Fremantle South Ward by-election will be decided today after the unforgivable blunder by the WA Electoral Commission.

It is the last day today for voters in the ward to cast their vote at the Fremantle Townhall till 6pm. Votes will be counted straight after that, so we will know by 7pm if Andrew Sullivan retained his seat or if one of the two other candidates comes over the line first.

It was interesting to hear on SBS this week that voters in the Netherlands are turning  away from mainstream political parties, with more and more people voting for candidates representing local parties for their local governments, while in WA there appears to be the trend of the big political parties becoming more interested in local government politics.

VOTE! It’s a privilege and duty!

Roel Loopers

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LOW BENCHMARKS FOR SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

It was a kind of groundhog day and deja vu all over again feeling at the Fremantle South Ward candidate forum at The Local, that was attended by less than twenty members of the community.

We have basically heard it all before and a lot of it is based on ignorance and the fact that candidates can’t be bothered to attend council meetings, so they have an opinion based on hear say.

The accusations flew wild; There is only one narrative at Fremantle and councillors are too close so there is only rubber stamping. Council looks after developers and businesses but not after residents. There is no due process, community participation, or consultation.

The elected members set themselves low benchmarks, one candidate who has never been to a council meeting said, and that it was questionable if the new South Beach basketball court was a good return for money.

Ignorance always annoys me, but it annoys me even more when it comes from people who want to be our next councillors. If they are too lazy to do their homework and attend council meetings and inform themselves, what benchmark do they set themselves then to be an elected member one has to wonder?

I left the meeting when they started to dig in why there was a by-election and if maybe council or the incumbent should have done more to prevent the inexcusable blunder by WA Electoral Commission staff who allowed an non eligible person to be a candidate.

Did I hear any new ideas about where Fremantle should go, any long term plans? No, none, just good old council bashing. Very disappointing!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO COUNCILLORS EARNING THEIR KEEP TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

No one can claim with any credibility that Fremantle Councillors don’t earn their keep and that they are not working hard for our city.

Just have a look at the agenda for this evening’s Ordinary Council Meeting, which will be held from 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

COMMITTEE REPORTS- 1 PLANNING COMMITTEE 7 FEBRUARY 2018- 1 AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 13 FEBRUARY 2018- 2 ARMC1802-1 ADOPTION OF THE 2017 COMPLIANCE AUDIT RETURN- 2 ARMC1802-2 INVESTIGATION OF BEST PRACTICE PROCUREMENT OF ARTISTS IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR 5- ARMC1802-3 OVERDUE DEBTORS REPORT AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2017- 8 ARMC1802-4 INTERNAL AUDIT REPORTS – PURCHASING, DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY AND INFORMATION/RECORDS MANAGEMENT 11 -ARMC1802-5 AUDIT AND RISK UPDATE FOR ASSETS 18- ARMC1802-6 INFORMATION REPORT – OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL PROCUREMENT PERFORMANCE AUDIT 22- ARMC1802-7 INFORMATION REPORT – PURCHASING POLICY EXEMPTIONS DECEMBER 2017 AND JANUARY 2018 24- ARMC1802-8 INFORMATION REPORT – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REVIEW 2017 PROGRESS ON ACTIONS 26- ARMC1802-9 INFORMATION REPORT – LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUDITING REFORMS 33 -FINANCE, POLICY, OPERATIONS AND LEGISLATION COMMITTEE 14 FEBRUARY 2018 -35 FPOL1802-1 STATE GOVERNMENT SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAG BAN – SUBMISSION ON DISCUSSION PAPER -35 FPOL1802-5 PREFERRED TENANT AND KEY LEASE TERMS – EVAN DAVIES, LEVEL 1, 13 SOUTH TCE 44 FPOL1802-6 REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT – 1A O’HARA STREET- 47 FPOL1802-7 DOG EXERCISE AND PROHIBITED AREAS POLICY 51 FPOL1802-8 CONSIDERATION OF DATES FOR SPECIAL MEETINGS OF COUNCIL FOR NEW COUNCILLOR DECLARATION AND TO CONSIDER MOTIONS CARRIED AT THE AGME -66 FPOL1802-9 UPDATE POLICY D.A.15 – PROCEDURES FOR THE DEDICATION, UPGRADE OR CLOSURE OF RIGHTS OF WAY- 68 FPOL1802-10 REQUEST FOR COUNCIL TO SET A FEE FOR RESIDENTS OF 7-17 HENDERSON STREET FREMANTLE TO PARK IN THE NEW SOUTH TERRACE CAR PART- 61 74 FPOL1802-11 ADOPTION OF MEETING PROCEDURES POLICY 2018 78 LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 14 FEBRUARY 2018 -136 LAC1802-1 LIFELONG LEARNING QUARTERLY REPORT OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2017- 136 LAC1802-2 REPORT TOY LIBRARY QUARTERLY REPORT OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2017- 144 STRATEGIC PLANNING AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE 21 FEBRUARY 2018 -147 SPT1802 -1 KINGS SQUARE PROJECT – PUBLIC REALM CONCEPT DESIGN 147 SPT1802 -2 DRAFT LOCAL PLANNING POLICY 2.21 – R60 DEVELOPMENT UNDER CLAUSE 4.2.5 OF LPS4 – ADOPT FOR ADVERTISING 152 MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN 166 REPORTS BY THE MAYOR OR OFFICERS OF COUNCIL 167 STATUTORY COUNCIL ITEMS- 167 C1802-1 MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT – JANUARY 2018 167 COUNCIL ITEMS- 177 CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS -178 ARMC1802-10 CONFIDENTIAL REPORT – PROPERTY DISPUTE HIGH STREET ROAD RESERVE -178 FPOL1802-12 CONFIDENTIAL REPORT – CONSIDERATION OF REVISED OFFERS FOR PROPERTY DISPOSALS -179 FPOL1802-13 LEASE – 179 HIGH STREET, FREMANTLE- 180 AGENDA ATTACHMENTS 1 C1802-1 MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT – JANUARY 2018 -2 Agenda – Ordinary Meeting of Council 28 February 2018 Page 1 COMMITTEE REPORTS PLANNING COMMITTEE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 Nil.

I’ll will attend of course to keep Freo’s View readers up to date with Council decisions, and you can also read agendas and minutes on the City of Fremantle website to stay informed about what goes on in your community.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ANNUAL ELECTORS MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 17, 2018

 

An advanced notice that the Fremantle Annual General Meeting of Electors will be held this coming Wednesday, February 21, at the Fremantle Townhall at 6pm.

It will be followed at 7pm by the Strategy and Project Development Committee.

Have your say!

 

Roel Loopers

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