Freo's View

GIVE FREO COUNCIL CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, politics by freoview on February 26, 2017

I have once again had an exchange on Freo’s View with one of the readers about the accusation that most Fremantle Councillors just vote with Mayor Brad Pettitt. It is an urban myth that insults and defames our Elected Members and it is not based on facts.

Anyone who has been reading this blog for the last seven years knows that I am not an apologist for Fremantle Council or its Mayor and that I strongly criticise them whenever I believe it is warranted, but it is wrong that those who never or very rarely attend council meetings make these accusations against the very hard and diligent working Freo Councillors.

To claim that Fremantle Councillors most of the time vote en-bloc with the Mayor is absolute bullshit. I specifically use this strong word because this crap has been going on for far too long!

Those who make these accusations should get off their lazy bums and attend Council and committee meetings so that they can actually witness how our Councillors perform and how well they are informed. Listen to the statements they make, the questions they ask and the amendments they put forward.

Having an opinion based on utter ignorance is nothing else than malicious political point-scoring. It’s the kind of stuff Pauline Hanson does and Donald Trump calls ‘Alternative Facts’.

There is no doubt that Freo Councillors not always get it right and that some residents believe they are not listened to. It is a worry to me sometimes that there seems to be a priority on One Planet issues when money could be spent better elsewhere, but after decades of stagnation we finally see significant development happening in the CBD that will make a huge positive long-term economic difference to our city and help our traders.

I too get frustrated and annoyed when Council is inconsistent and when the administration is slack, but the one thing I know absolutely for sure is that all the thirteen Elected Members make up their own mind on how they are going to vote and that the vast majority of them are very well-informed and do their home work. They deserve credit for that, instead of the nasty innuendo that they are mere puppets of the Mayor.

Roel Loopers

NORTH FREO ROE 8 PROTEST

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 22, 2017

 

The good people of North Fremantle protested against the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link on Wednesday afternoon in the knowledge that the unresolved last link into the port will mean more and longer traffic congestion in the North Freo township.

Experts predict an increase of vehicles of one-third if a tunnel ends three kilometres from the port, which would mean a traffic, pollution and noise disaster for North Freo.

Roel Loopers

WA POLITICIANS IGNORING THE WHITE RELEPHANT

Posted in democracy, election, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on February 22, 2017

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Only eighteen days to go till the WA election on March 11 and I am sure I am not the only one already tired of the promises, promises, promises campaigns and the one-sided negativity in the West Australian.

Is it a wonder voters are cynical and don’t believe much of what politicians promise us when Colin Barnett and Mark McGowan take not much notice of the spiralling debt of our state.

Those of us with common sense know that most promises can’t be fulfilled because there simply won’t be money for it, but who cares, here is another railway line, another billion dollar project and whatever.

The white elephant in the room is very relevant and very real, and that is the fact that we are closing in on a state debt of $ 41 million, but that does not seem to bother the Liberal and Labor leaders one bit.

One-sided spin from all sides about Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link also drives me mad with those opposing Roe 8 ignoring huge environmental issues with building an outer harbour, while those for it totally ignore the fact that there is no final link into the port and that traffic in North Freo is projected to increase by one-third.

One-eyed opinions that ignore facts are not going to help anyone to make informed decisions about the future of Western Australia and who to vote for, so is Paul Murray right in today’s West Australia or was Professor Peter Newman’s letter in that same paper correct? Who knows!

And because of all that people who are blissfully ignorant about these things will vote for One Nation to the detriment of good governance in WA.

There is a Fremantle ELECTION FORUM next Tuesday at Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University from 6.30-8.30 pm, so come along and ask our pollies how many banks they are going to rob to be able to keep their promises.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ELECTION FORUM ON TUESDAY

Posted in democracy, election, fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 17, 2017

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There has been some confusion about the day of the Fremantle WA State Election Forum, so just to confirm that it is Tuesday February 28 at 6.30 pm.

It is as always at the Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets.

All candidates have been invited, but it is a bit of a tradition for the Liberal candidate not to turn up, so let’s wait and see.

Roel Loopers

FREO MAN CANDIDATE FOR SOUTH METRO REGION

Posted in election, fremantle, politics, state government, western australia by freoview on February 16, 2017

Fremantle resident Andrew Luobikis will be running for the WA State Election/Upper House in the South Metro Region for the new Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party.

Andrew is very committed to Freo and unsuccessfully stood for South and Beaconsfield Ward, and that gives us something in common as I was also unsuccessful standing for Beacy Ward.

While Andrew and I are probably miles apart politically I believe he deserves a plug on Freo’s View because of his passion for our city. Here is what Andrew Luobikis has to say about his candidacy:

Why am I running:

After several years of exposure to local government politics and seeing how the system is not only manipulated by the major political parties it is also very much broken. Reflecting on the lost economic opportunities for WA, especially during the mining boom it was clear that our wonderful state was not getting its fair share. Our state has been held to economic ransom by the political parties from the East. While WA digs up every mineral and harvests every inch of arable land, the rest of Australia lives on GST welfare generated and paid for by hard working Western Australians.

I could see that reform is necessary on many issues and the only way to enact real change is from the State level.

 Having met Julie Matheson during the last Beaconsfield Council By-Election I was drawn to the fact the Julie Matheson For Western Australia Party is the only party that represents the interests of Western Australia and its people, not political parties from the Eastern States. The party’s policies stood out in that they reflected many of the issues I was standing for locally and knew it would be an easy transition for me to get behind and support.

It was obvious to me running as an independent at local government level that if  I were to be successful in effecting any real change I would require the support of a team with values similar to that of mine. It is a team of real people standing up on the real issues for WA and especially the South Metropolitan Region.

 I am a member of Western Australia’s only party that puts Western Australia’s interests FIRST.  The other parties seeking your vote are controlled by politicians from the East.  These politicians want to control WA’s parliament for their own political gain and continue the GST welfare system for the benefit of other states.  It’s our GST, a ‘State tax’ and it belongs in WA.

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I also decided to run to help elect our Party’s candidate for Fremantle Janetia Knapp.  Janetia works tirelessly in the Fremantle community to include Aboriginal culture in mainstream day to day living.  She promotes the loving and caring of people and the land on which we all live.  Fremantle will be a better place to live with Janetia Knapp as our elected member of parliament.

 We have a great candidate for Fremantle in the Lower House – Janitia Knapp.  When we met, we just gelled and I could see that a great team was forming that could exert influence and make some fantastic systemic changes for the betterment of the local community.

 

BARNETT DROWNING, NOT SWIMMING

Posted in beeliar wetlands, election, fremantle, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 16, 2017

 

Destroyed artwork February 16

Destroyed artwork February 16

 

Artwork February 14

Artwork February 14

 

Some not very creative people have painted over the Beeliar Wetlands caricature at Fremantle’s Stevens Reserve that showed Premier Colin Barnett bulldozing the wetlands.

It is a case of I have nothing substantial to say, but I don’t like the points you make, which is pretty silly and immature.

What the morons who destroyed the artwork did not realise in the dark is that is now looks as if poor old Colin is drowning. My gut feeling tells me the voters of Western Australia won’t come to his rescue.

Roel Loopers

UNFAIR ROE 8 ATTACKS ON FREMANTLE HERALD

Posted in fremantle, fremantle herald, media, newspaper by freoview on February 15, 2017

I am disappointed to hear that the Fremantle Herald has received a lot of negative calls and emails regarding the Liberal Party wrap around they published a few weeks ago, which promoted the Perth Freight Link/Roe 8 highway project. People even told the Chook to no longer deliver the paper to them.

The Fremantle Herald is a very important institution for our city. It is so iconic that it should be heritage listed and it does not deserve the unwarranted attacks by narrow-focussed people.

It also published a wrap around by the Labor Party against the Roe 8/PFL project, so that pretty much balances it out.

Simple fact is that a small community paper like the Herald only can operate because of advertising revenue. Without substantial ads it can not pay staff and delivery people and we all would miss out on our only independent local paper.

Unlike our major daily newspaper that tries to brainwash us with right-wing opinion pieces by Andrew Bolt, Miranda Devine and Paul Murray the Chook is nowadays quite balanced, after a period of being extremely negative about the City of Fremantle.

Newspapers do not endorse the companies that advertise with them. An advertisement in the Herald for a cafe or restaurant does not mean it recommends you go there or that the food is great. If the Herald only published advertisement from companies and products they endorse, they would not survive. It’s as simple as that!

Fact is that the Herald does not get several pages of advertising each week from major department and retail stores, because we don’t have any in the Chook’s distribution area, so our local paper is struggling to survive, as many of our traders are.

I love Fremantle because of the many passionate and caring people and I am very impressed with the Beeliar Wetlands daily protest they have kept up, but to say that the Herald cannot publish ads of political parties you don’t agree with is very Hanson/Trumpish and it is a very unrealistic stand to take.

The Herald deserves a fair go and our support because without it Fremantle would be poorer for it.

Roel Loopers

FREO ARTISTS DON’T BELIEVE COLIN IS DOING HIS JOB

Posted in art, artists, beeliar wetlands, election, fremantle by freoview on February 14, 2017

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The Fremantle Artists Anonymous have painted a political artwork at Stevens Reserve in protest of the destruction of the Beeliar Wetlands.

Now that Colin did his Valentines with Pauline I hear the new election slogan of the Liberal Party will be IT’S ABOUT POWER, NOT POLITICS!

Roel Loopers

IT IS OKAY TO NOT AGREE!

I am very disappointed that social media brings out so much negativity and bullies and name-calling as there is absolutely no need for it. It is okay to disagree and have a different opinion but it is not okay to express that by making personal and unwarranted attacks on those who disagree with you.

The cancellation of the Australia Day fireworks by the City of Fremantle has resulted in vile attacks on Fremantle Council and more specifically Mayor Brad Pettitt and he does not deserve that.

As the Mayor Brad Pettitt is the spokesperson for Fremantle Council but he does not and can not under the local government act make dictatorial decisions on his own. The Australia Day decision was made by full council and required a majority vote.

To claim that 99.9 per cent of Fremantle people are against the Council decision is not based on any facts or surveys, so why make that claim? Facts are these: 15,000 people attended yesterday’s One Day in Freo concert, 1,300 attended the Nyoongar smoking ceremony at the Roundhouse, and  60 people attended the pro Australia Day rally the day before. And 5223 people viewed my photos of the smoking ceremony here on Freo’s View and many others on Facebook.

The same applies to the Roe 8 protests. You want Roe 8 and believe it will be good for traffic and some local communities. Fine, you have every right to express and support that, but please do not call these genuinely concerned people the unwashed, dreadlock, dole bludgers, etc. as the protestors represent a big cross section of our community. They are business people, mums and dads, pensioners, etc. and not some leftwing loonies.

It is healthy to disagree and it is great that we live in a country where we can openly express our opinions and feelings, but we can do so in a mature and rational way without making personal, defamatory and insulting attacks on people who stand up for what they believe is right. We are better than that!

Roel Loopers

ASBESTOS FEAR AT ROE 8 CONSTRUCTION SITE

Posted in fremantle, health, health&safety, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 16, 2017

Residents near the Roe 8 highway clearing at the Beeliar Wetlands have raised serious concerns about the lack of dust repression measures by the building contractors. They say the area is a known location for asbestos dumping and that the clearing of the bushland is dangerous for the health of local residents, police officers and workers.

It seems unbelievable that the EPA, Worksafe and unions do not insist on watering trucks being used to spray down the dust at the Roe 8 works, as that is even required in the most remote locations of WA at mining sites.

I have been to hundreds of mines around Australia in the last 30 years and have never not seen dust repression measures at any of them, so why does the WA state government ignore this basic rule of protecting the health of everyone near the construction site?

Roel Loopers

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