Freo's View

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

WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING…….

Posted in city of fremantle, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

Kind off how I feel today. ; >)

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Don’t forget the Fremantle International Portrait Prize is on show at the Moores Gallery in Henry Street. See you there!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2017

 

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The location to drop of ballot papers today has changed and is in the City of Fremantle reception area, not in the Townhall where it traditionally was.

A few supporters set up displays early, but were not prepared to do it at two entrances, so not sure why that was not communicated to the candidates.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton and her cute little dog dropped by, while some supporters must have believed Christmas had already arrived for their preferred candidate.

Of course in City Ward you’ll just have to vote for that beautiful wildflower Roel Loopers.  :>)

Music and sausage sizzle from 11 onward. See you there!

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

FACING THE FREO ELECTION MUSIC

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local council, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2017

 

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Today is Fremantle Council election day!

If you have not lodged your ballot paper yet you can still do so in the Fremantle Townhall between 8am and 6pm.

It will be a close election, so your vote really does count as candidates could win with just a handful of votes more than their opponents.

Counting will take place straight after 6 pm and the results should be known by 8pm.

Local musicians will be in front of the Townhall from 11am to 2 pm and there is a sausage sizzle, so come and say hello to the candidates and their supporters!

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

FREMANTLE PHOTO PORTRAIT PRIZE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2017

 

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The fantastic Fremantle International Portrait Prize of photography will be on show at the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street from tomorrow, so make sure to go and see it.

The prize winners will be announced this evening.

Renowned South Fremantle photographer and FIPP organiser Dale Neill took a photo of me when I visited yesterday.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward

EVERY VOTE COUNTS FOR FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, family, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2017

 

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My heart melts when I see babies, so I could not resist to publish this photo of the beautiful Aoife, the baby daughter of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and his partner Emma.

Fantastic voter participation in the City of Fremantle local council election.

Votes in so far:

East Ward 43.32%- City Ward 45.52%- South Ward 50.05%- North Ward 43.30%-

Hilton Ward 42.63% and Beaconsfield Ward 45.21%

You can still drop off ballot papers at the City of Fremantle reception desk till end of business today, and between 8am and 6pm tomorrow at the Townhall.

Every vote counts, so make sure you have lodged yours! Thank you so much!!!!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

LAMENT ABOUT DECLINING STANDARDS OF ELECTION DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail has written an excellent opinion piece in the West Australian today about the declining standards of civic debate during the local government election campaign. 

It is indeed disappointing to read all the aggressive nonsense on social media by people who revel in personal attacks and negativity, and it is sad that some Fremantle candidates have also preferred to be negative, instead of offering ideas, visions and solutions.

McPhail writes that the democratic process has become increasingly vitriolic, with a culture of bullying and intimidation.

Democracy for me is all about people with different opinions having a robust, but respectful, conversation. It is not fair on candidates, new or incumbent, when it goes down to the low level of name-calling, personal attacks, innuendo, conspiracies and lies.

Michael McPhail writes that the declining display of compassion and kindness toward those who are willing to put their hand up is a concern.

McPhail rightly points out that we can never have too many reasonable, sensible, thoughtful, caring and open-minded councillors, and that the we need to call out disrespectful behaviour from candidates and community members.

All Fremantle Wards have now returned ballot papers of over 40% with South Fremantle ahead with 48.75% today.

You can still drop off your vote at the Fremantle Townhall reception desk today and tomorrow, and on Saturday in the Townhall till 6pm.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

FREMANTLE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES

 

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Where other people see negativity in Fremantle I see opportunities and reason for optimism. We have been through a long struggle, and it is not over by a long shot, but I can see light and sunshine at the end of the tunnel.

Fremantle is so unique and has such a good community and lifestyle, that I strongly believe that if we can work collaboratively and positively together we can create an even better city for the next generations and for all the visitors who’ll come here.

I would love to work toward attracting many more tourists to Fremantle and offer them more, and would like to see the City of Fremantle, with funding from the federal and state governments build a significant Aboriginal Cultural Center in the heart of the city.

A place where indigenous people can create art, have a big gallery space to sell the art from, an outdoor space for music, dance and story telling, and a cafe that sells bush tucker.

I would also love to see a migrant museum that tells the story of those people from far away countries who built our state and city and acknowledge them.

And as a very long-term plan I would like to see a significant Bathers Beach project, where the J Shed area in 20-30 years or so could become something like the Bondi Pavilion, with a sea pool, and where our inner city beach becomes as popular as the South, Port and Leighton beaches.

Developing Fremantle Festival into a showcase that would attract interstate and overseas visitors would also be great, and the present High Tide project along High Street will no doubt be a huge attraction with photos sent all over the planet via Snap Chat, Facebook, etc.

We have great opportunities in the Knutsford Street area to develop a good variety of diverse housing, from single, to medium and high density, tiny houses, townhouses, etc.

The Cantonment Hill Project is under way and the newly-opened playground is already very popular I noticed this morning.

The Fremantle Oval Project is a huge opportunity to do something outstanding there, but I warn against modelling it on the Claremont Oval development, which is pretty boring. Freo can do much better than that!

Fremantle has so much to offer for residents and visitors, and I have no doubt that with all the new development under way and planned Freo will also become attractive again for retailers and shoppers. All we need is a bit of patience, a positive attitude and not talking our city down.

Together we can move mountains. Let’s do it, Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

FREO ELECTION CAMPAIGN HUBRIS

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

 

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It looks like a last rush of votes could mean that Fremantle will have one of the highest voter participations in history and that is good news.

The Freo election campaign has been an interesting one, with dubious claims that certain candidates are independent, while others are accused of being in the Brad Pettitt camp.

Yesterday on a social media site a journalist claimed that Claudia Green is the only independent in City Ward, because candidate Julie Morgan is a Facebook friend of Enkel. The journo’s logic is that because Enkel has expressed support for Fremantle’s Mayor, Morgan is also in his camp.

If those in the Ra Stewart camp believe that innovation incubator Enkel is a political force, why then don’t they also concede the strong political influence of the pro Ra FICRA and Fremantle Society?

The hypocrisy is that the so-called independent candidates have strong support from FICRA and the Fremantle Society and that Green’s posters are plastered on buildings next to Stewart’s posters. That presumable does not matter, and neither does it that many FICRA members attended the $ 140 a head fundraiser for Ra Stewart at the Bathers Beach House.

Green and her supporters are clearly in the Ra camp, but that is not questioned, and that’s why their claims of being independent are laughable.

There is nothing wrong with having a political conviction and opinion, but don’t pretend to be an independent candidate when you are clearly not, especially when you make it feel as if it is an indecent act to be a supporter of the present Mayor.

Over the last eight years on this blog I have on occasions harshly criticised Fremantle Council and its Mayor for making decisions I did not agree with, but in fairness I have also given them credit and kudos whenever I believed they deserved that for making good decisions I agreed with.

I am a true individual independent who is not a member off or aligned to any political party or politically active community group, and I have had no support from any groups or political parties during my campaign.

I am my own person and call it as I see it, without fear or favour. I am not interested in playing politics. All I want is the best for Fremantle!

I am confident and optimistic about Freo’s future, and confident that a progressive council over the next four years will become a major asset for our city. We are on the right track. Let’s not get side-tracked and lose focus!

Voted yet?

Today is the last day to send in your postal vote, or it might arrive too late, so stick the ballot paper in a mail box immediately!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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