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FRE-OH THE COMMUNITY WAY TO GO

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2019

 

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The quarterly City of Fremantle FRE-OH magazine is out and should be delivered in your letterbox. If not, it is available at the City, Visitor Centre and some businesses, so make sure to get a copy of it!

FRE-OH has a great Oldies are Golden feature about long-established businesses in Fremantle, such as Bodkin’s Bootery, Mills Records, the Capri, Culley’s, Gino’s and Roma Cucina as well as the Old Shanghai food market.

Another nice feature is the double spread Locals Love Freo that showcases Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith, sailor John Longley, designer Megan Salmon, writer David Wish-Wilson and comedian, author and playwright Ben Elton.

Lots of stuff to read about our gorgeous city and its even more gorgeous people so go FRE-OH!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE LOOKING FOR THEIR UPHILL DESTINATION

 

From the City of Fremantle:

Nominate now to lead the new City of Fremantle Destination Marketing Working Group, and help shape the future of tourism and visitor attraction in the Port City.

Following council’s recent approval of a new governance and funding model for Fremantle destination marketing, nominations are being sought for a chairperson, and members, of the working group.

The group will develop for council’s consideration a destination marketing plan that supports all business-to-customer industries in Fremantle including retail, hospitality, professional services and traditional tourism attractions.

“The focus will be on the long-term strategic marketing of Freo as a shopping and entertainment destination as well as day-to-day support and interaction with our local traders,” Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said.

The group will include the current chair of Fremantle BID, marketing experts and local business representatives. It will advise council on its overall strategic marketing approach, sponsorship and events and business activitation projects.

The chairperson must have suitable qualifications and/or experience in marketing. The successful candidate will be eligible to receive an allowance determined by the City’s Chief Executive Officer.

For further details, including the group’s terms of reference, visit the City’s website.

Nominations close at 5.00 pm Tuesday 8 May 2018

They should really just emulate my blog for their destination marketing, but why keep things simple when they can be made complicated. Only joking. I am not THAT up myself! ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

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BEACY COMMUNITY MEETING WITH MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, community, council, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2018

 

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Fremantle Council quite often, and often unfairly, gets accused of not communicating and consulting with the community, so tomorrow morning Beaconsfield residents and business owners can chat with Mayor Brad Pettitt and some Councillors at Davis Park from 11.30am.

The Mayor in the Square has been taken to the suburbs for a while now, so that community members do not have to come to Kings Square on Wednesdays to meet the Mayor.

Your local councillors and City staff are always available to answer queries, so don’t hesitate to contact them. They are there to work for us!

Roel Loopers

SOLAR FARM COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, family, health, local government, pollution, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

The public gallery at the Ordinary Council meeting in North Fremantle last night was packed full with people, many of them families and children with placards.

They were there for the Solar Farm Business Plan item on the agenda, that deals with the proposal for the solar farm on the former heavily contaminated South Fremantle tip site.

Most speakers supported the Solar  Farm but were very worried about possible health implications for the community if the contaminated soil gets disturbed. They wanted to be assured that all possible safeguards would be in place to make sure that the health of their children would not be affected by any work on the site.

One man in his ignorance claimed that Council had underhandedly sneaked the Solar Farm through without public consultation, when in fact this has been on the public record for nearly a decade and the public consultation process will start with the planning application, since that is a legal requirement. Last night’s item was only about starting a business plan.

The unsuccessful recent South Fremantle election candidate thundered “Shame on you council!” for ignoring the consultation process, but that is factually wrong. She must have forgotten that she attended the community consultation meeting in the Townhall organised by the solar farm proponents and she should also know how due process at local government works and that every box has to be ticked under the local government act, and that the Solar Farm proposal was widely reported in the local media.

It is very frustrating to time and time again hear members of the community complain they did not know anything about planning proposals and blame council for their own ignorance, when these plans have been announced on the City’s weekly page in the Herald and reported in the Fremantle Herald, Fremantle Gazette, on Freo’s View, on the CoF website, Facebook and other social media platforms.

To claim that Councillors try to sneak a planning proposal past the community without them noticing it is insulting and laughable, as it would be in contradiction to the Local Government Act. Our elected members are not crooks who do sinister deals the community is left in the dark about!

Mayor Brad Pettitt assured the public gallery that Council would only approve the proposal if it was safe for the community.

The community needs to take ownership and has the onus to inform itself as one cannot realistically expect to receive a letter in the mail for every new plan in the city.

Health issues are extremely important for the Solar Farm proposal and under the Contaminated Sites Register and EPA laws stringent environmental guidelines will have to be adhered to if any soil disturbance is to occur, and we all will make sure that it will be monitored daily! I too live not far from the site and the southerly wind could easily blow contaminated dust here where there is also a primary school.

Roel Loopers

HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 1, 2017

 

Have your say

 

The City of Fremantle is keen to get community feedback about how they communicate with the residents and ratepayers, to find out what is working and where Freo City can improve.

When you fill out the communications survey you have the chance to win some great prizes, including a double pass to the Fremantle Falls Festival, a Fremantle Arts Centre art course or a $100 voucher at Strange Company.

What information would you like to receive from CoF? How can they make better use of social media? How do you find navigating the City’s website?

The City of Fremantle is keen to do a better job of communication and this survey is the community’s chance to shape the approach.

Give your feedback on-line at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoFcommsurvey  or pick up a survey from the library or the customer service desk.

The survey closes on Friday 19 January 2018

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NEW FREO KIDS ON THE BLOG/BLOCK

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2017

 

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As a blogger I know too well how easy it is to let typos slip through when copy reading, so with a bit of Schadenfreude I discovered today that I am not the only one who makes mistakes.

The Fremantle Story advertisement in the Herald today should have read block instead of blog, but unlike this blogger the City staffers don’t have the luxury of  correcting a mistake once it’s gone into print. When I publish a typo, which I do far too often, and notice it I can still change it, which means I only look like an idiot a few times a week.

Check out all the new kids on the Freo blogs and block anyway! ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

NO PRINTED FREMANTLE FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Posted in city of fremantle, cultural, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017

 

I just found out that the City of Fremantle did not print a Fremantle Festival program this year, supposedly to be more sustainable as far as hardcopies go.

This sits very well with my previous blog post today about the City not communication well.

I was told the website would give me all the information. It does, but it is cumbersome as there is no simple overview of events with dates and times

Click on http://www.fremantlefestival.com.au  You then have to click on schedule and get more photos, and then have to click again on the individual images to find out what time they start.

What is wrong with a basic graphic calendar-style overview with the dates, titles of events and times, for heaven’s sake?!

Not having a printed program also cuts out tourists visiting Fremantle, as in the past we have handed them programs when they visit the Roundhouse.

This is again a clear example of the City administration relying far too much on the internet and not accepting that many people are not connecting to it.

 

Roel Loopers

BAD COMMUNICATION A FREO ISSUE

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017

 

I am not going to analyse the Fremantle Council election results, but to say that one needs to do more than just criticising the incumbents to take over. The community wants vision, reassurance, new ideas, and hope that Freo’s rebirth and revitalisation is well under way.

Voters are clever enough to understand that offering free parking is not a great vision, or even a solution.

The main lesson I learned, and Fremantle Council should take heed off, is that the community is largely ignorant about what Council does and the role the administration plays.

There is a real lack of knowledge in the community about what goes on at Council , so there is a lot of unwarranted blame addressed at the wrong people.

Communication is quite clearly an issue here and needs to be drastically improved and prioritised if Fremantle Council wants to get rid off the us and them feeling that exists in the community.

It is a very unhealthy situation when a large part of the community considers Council the enemy of the people. We vote Councillors in to represent the community, so we need to respect and trust them. That requires thorough understanding about what they are doing

There is an attitude in the administration that the community has to find out for themselves what goes on, instead of actually ‘hand-delivering’ information to the community. The assumption that people will find out on social media what the City of Fremantle does is lazy public relations and marketing and not good enough.

It was clear when talking to hundreds of people over the last couple of months that there is a disconnect between Freo City and the community, hence conspiracy, innuendo and negativity.

The facts and achievements need to be out there for all to read, and real changes need to be implemented fast on how the City communicates with the people.

When people know what goes on and take ownership off and pride in our city we can work better together to create an even better Freo.

I might have lost this one battle to get onto Council, but I’ll continue to demand better, more consistent and more balanced governance from our elected members, and a much better performance at many levels from parts of the City’s administration.

It is more than ever essential to scrutinise the City of Fremantle with a fine comb and to not let them get away with anything. I’ll endeavour to do that on Freo’s View!

 

Roel Loopers

SHOP CLOSURE OPPORTUNITY FOR KINGS SQUARE PROMOTION

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2017

 

The Daily. Kings square

 

It is disappointing that Best&Less in Fremantle’s William Street have closed, but it creates a very good opportunity to promote the Kings Square Project and exciting FOMO retail concept there.

The location of the shop and the huge windows are ideal for an imposing large display of the virtues of the Kings Square Project.

It is highly unlikely the shop can be leased during the KS construction period, so maybe Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle can come to an arrangement with the property owners to use the big windows to show artist’s impressions of the new buildings and FOMO retail concept.

That should not just be static images, but also large plasma screens with pictures and promotions for nearby businesses which are impacted by the project.

Another screen could live-stream the construction progress from already installed cameras, so that the public is constantly up to date on what is happening at Fremantle’s largest ever development project.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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LIVE STREAMING OF FREO COUNCIL MEETINGS

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

Fremantle Council is considering live-streaming council and committee meetings to create more transparency and for the public to better understand local government process.

Looking at the lack of interest in local government I doubt that many people would watch council meetings on their computer or smartphone, but anything that will minimise community ignorance is good, because it is astounding how little Fremantle residents know about what goes on in our city.

At the second last council meeting before the election last night not even the candidates bothered to turn up and get a better understanding of what could be their future place of work.

There is quite clearly a lack of proper communication with the community when most people in South Fremantle and beyond are not aware that the rubber speedhumps in South Terrace are just temporary and that they will be replaced with permanent traffic calming raised platforms, and that street furniture and new trees will give the area a more residential appearance.

When only a small percentage of residents have applied for a parking permit that allows them to park for free twenty hours per day, that has been available for over ten years, that shows that the information does not get through to the people, hence they complain about perceived parking problems.

The Fremantle Festival parade is scratched because of lack of interest from the community, and not many people turn up any more to watch the Blessing of the Fleet, that used to be a big draw card, simply because they do not know it is on. Even at ANZAC Day there are fewer people watching than in previous years, so what needs to be done?

Having a massive decline in spectators does affect our local traders, so let’s start with the basics, improve communication, and get the message out there that Freo is alive and well.

Live streaming might interest only a few but it is worth consideration. It is important though that the privacy of public speakers is protected so that they don’t attract social media bullies.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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