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HISTORIC LAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, historic, history, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2017

 

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Normally photography in the Fremantle Council Chambers is not allowed, but I was granted special permission to take photos yesterday of the special historic occasion.

As photos they are nothing special, but as historic documentation these photos of the last Ordinary Council meeting of the City of Fremantle in the present chambers are.

The building will be demolished to make way for the new Civic Centre at Kings Square, and for the next two years council and committee meetings will be held in the North Fremantle community hall.

The big wish of everyone ever attending a council meeting is that the new council chambers will have a much improved public sound system as it has been very challenging at times to hear what the elected members are saying.

 

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC LAST COUNCIL MEETING TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2017

 

It looks like the historic last Ordinary Council meeting in the old Fremantle civic centre could be a very long one this evening.

There are many interesting items on the agenda, where members of the community will want to address Councillors about, so I’ll be in for the long haul.

Here some of the items on the agenda:

  • Annual Financial statement
  • Report on Financial Management Review
  • Proposed tavern at J Shed
  • Local Planning Policy for the Beaconsfield and White Gum Valley town centres
  • Planning policy for taverns and hotels in the CBD
  • Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre future
  • South Terrace traffic calming in South Fremantle
  • Safe Hampton Road crossing at Scott Street

City of Fremantle staff will be moving to Fremantle Oval from Monday December 18 and the next Council meetings will be held in North Fremantle and other location until the new Civic Centre has been built at Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

 

IS ANZUS OUTDATED? JOHN CURTIN LECTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, history, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2017

 

The statue of former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin is prominently visible next to the Town Hall at Fremantle’s Kings Square, so the Curtin Family Home Lecture 2017 by the National Trust WA will interest Freo people.

The lecture is on Thursday November 23 at 6pm by Dr Daniel Baldino of Notre Dame University. The event is hosted by Freo’s Josh Wilson MP.

It is at the Grove Library on Stirling Highway, Cottesloe.

ANZUS – Australian American Alliance at the Cross-roads?

The foundation of Australia’s security relationship with the United States began with John Curtin’s bold stance on foreign policy now fomalised as the ANZUS Treaty. However, in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, speculation surrounds the politics of the management of the alliance and Australia’s ongoing role and obligations as an alliance partner.

Is ANZUS outdated? What are the actual costs and benefits of the treaty? Can Australia continue to depend on ANZUS in the 21st century with American leadership increasingly under challenge? How far could Australia rely on the United States if it was attacked?

This talk will explore current attitudes towards ANZUS, assess the reliability of the United States as an Australian ally and examine the significant concept of ‘great and powerful’ friends as Australia attempts to adapt to ongoing political and strategic change in modern-day global affairs.

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GIVE SOUTH FREO CANDIDATE BEN MOODIE A FAIR GO!

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2017

 

Ben Moodie, one of the five local government election candidates in South Fremantle claims he has been unfairly attacked on social media by journalist Carmelo Amalfi, who publishes the pocket-size quarterly advertorial Street Wise.

Former Fremantle Herald journalist Amalfi continues to claim that Moodie is not eligible to stand for a Fremantle council seat because he lives in Hamilton Hill, but the advise Ben Moodie received from three officers of the Electoral Commission is that he is eligible, because at the time of his nomination he was listed on the Electoral Roll as resident of the City of Fremantle.

Moodie said he was forced to find temporary emergency accommodation when health hazards were discovered in the house he rented in South Fremantle. To protect the health of his young daughter and wife he took the first suitable accommodation, which happened to be in Hamilton Hill, but that the family intends to return to South Fremantle when appropriate accommodation can be found there.

Ben Moodie is the first indigenous candidate for a seat on Fremantle Council and it is a real shame that some people keep attacking him, when the Electoral Commission says it is all above board.

I have been very impressed with Moodie’s level-headed maturity and intelligence and his broad knowledge. His work with juvenile offenders and people on substance abuse in the prison system would be a good knowledge base for Fremantle Council to have when dealing with homeless people and anti social behaviour in our city.

It has been very hard for Aboriginal people to get any traction in Australian politics, but we now finally have indigenous representation in state and federal parliament, and it would be fantastic to also have an indigenous councillor in Fremantle.

I voted for Ben Moodie because I believe he will bring a new perspective to council, and because he is a really good, intelligent and hard-working, decent bloke who deserves a fair go.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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THE NOT SO GREAT FREO DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2017

 

The great Fremantle election debate last night turned out to be a bit of a fizzer, because it was a no contest on my scoring card, mainly because the alternative mayor appeared ill-prepared for it and was not across issues.

I found that Ra Stewart’s aggressive negativity and inappropriate sarcasm was at times uncomfortable to watch.

From the vey start of her campaign I have suggested to Stewart to inform herself better and get her facts right, but even for the most important event of the election campaign she still did not do that. She was at times like a learner driver who can’t be bothered to learn the road rules because she already knows how to change the gears.

While Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fremantle was on its way back with new development and more people coming to live, work and visit, Ra Stewart talked about not having had a verge collection last year and that Fremantle has too many vacant shops, but she did not offer suggestions on how she would change that.

Stewart said the ideological experiment of Council was not working and asked if we wanted more of the same. Fremantle needed someone with her business acumen she said, but offered very few new ideas on what she would do differently and better, but for more free parking and parking concessions for Notre Dame University students.

Why should we reward students for driving to Fremantle? They should be encouraged to use public transport or hop on their bike to free up parking in the West End on weekdays for shoppers and visitors. I believe it is a stupid idea to consider parking concessions for them.

We need to bring people into the city, Stewart said. Agreed, but again there were no suggestions on how to do that. We need shops people can go to, such as camping, fishing tackle, etc. Agreed again, and add baker, butcher, deli, hardware, but how is the City going to achieve that, Ra, if you are elected?

Ra Stewart questioned the diversity and affordability of housing in Fremantle, but Brad Pettitt said Council had mandated that everything from small dwellings, to apartments, affordable housing and family homes should be built in Fremantle. I agree with Stewart that housing is too expensive, both buying and renting, but how Council can influence the real estate market I don’t know.

Brad Pettitt quoted from a City of Fremantle officer’s report to reject claims by Ra Stewart that the hockey and rugby cubs were leaving for Cockburn and was adamant that the clubs would be staying in Fremantle. Ra has claimed during her campaign that the Portuguese club was leaving as well, when in fact they had then just signed an MOU with the CoF to relocate to the St John’s site in Parry Street at Fremantle Park.

Stewart’s response to a question about proposed five-storey development in the heritage-listed West End was strange, when she said the highest building should be the Port building.

Pettitt said the West End was protected from high-rise but the East End created opportunity for buildings higher than 3-4 storeys, and that the Woolstores shopping centre site development proposal was now at the planning department for consideration. That site allows for up to 11 storeys under PSA 49.

Visitors’ numbers are down and we need to do something now and can’t wait four years, Ra Stewart said, but again she failed to come up with creative ideas on how to achieve that. If we wait there won’t be a Fremantle here, she said, to loud laughter in the audience. I wrote down the word naïve, as my reaction to some of her statements.

While Brad Pettitt remained calm and to the point, it was clear that he was annoyed with Stewart talking down Fremantle and that she ignored facts. Her aggressive remark that “Brad is flashing around statistics” was stupid.

What to do with Fremantle port? Pettitt suggested to upgrade the passenger terminal, move the RoRo car facilities to Kwinana and free up the heritage building for conferences, concerts and events, while Stewart suggested it could be used to house the City of Fremantle art collection.

Ra Stewart’s best idea of the debate was to create a super fast internet connection in the CBD, and that should be seriously considered by Council, but cost could be an issue.

The last words of the debate were that Ra Stewart said she is concerned about the next four years and that she would be a voice for all of you, while Brad Pettitt talked about the Heart of Beaconsfield and Fremantle Oval projects and his hope for a significant Aboriginal cultural centre when we celebrate Freo’s 200th year in 2029. I hope my daughter will love Fremantle as much as I do, he said.

During election debates one does get to know the personality of the candidates a bit better, and no doubt everyone who was at the debate will have their own opinion, because we all have different political preferences and ideas.

Former ABC reporter and now UNDA lecturer Peter Kennedy was as always an excellent moderator and needs to be thanked!

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

GREAT MARRIAGE EQUALITY ART

 

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A wall at Fremantle’s Stevens reserve has become the favourite canvas for political graffiti artworks, and the latest one by an anonymous artist about marriage equality is a ripper again.

Roel Loopers

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! 

 

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!

 

WOMEN URGED TO GET ON BOARD

Posted in city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized, women by freoview on September 20, 2017

 

For all the great Fremantle women who would like to get involved, but don’t know how, the State Government has set up OnBoard WA.

It is a register where you can express your interest to be appointed on a government board, committee, or advisory body, so check it out!

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk published an article in the West Australian about it today, so contact her office if you want to know more about it.

I am one of the lucky blokes who was raised in a family with three strong sisters and an amazing mother, and throughout my life have had the pleasure, and the challenge ; >) , of being in love and living with strong, independent women.

It is not acceptable that commercial boards are stacked with men, and only a minute number of women are appointed to them. Even our governments don’t do very well in appointing women to senior positions. It’s time the macho Aussie image changed!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THE LETTER BOX

Posted in family, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

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I just received my Marriage Equality ballot paper in the letterbox, so make sure to tick the YES box and put it in the mail fast.

I vote YES because I believe everyone should have the right to make an official commitment to love.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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