The disgraceful neglect of the beautiful historic Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle continues, which is unacceptable.
Every now and then we get to hear that a developer is taking over the building, but then nothing happens and the graffiti and neglect goes on.
Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk was very outspoken when she was in opposition, so now that she is a Cabinet Minister she has to talk to her colleagues and do something about the unacceptable eyesore urgently.
Next to the old hotel the former Lauder&Howard building is being developed respectfully, so it’s time to walk the talk Labor government!
Simone McGurk the Labor member for Fremantle has been appointed by Premier Mark McGowan to become the Minister for Child Protection, Women’s Interests, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services.
That’s a lot of portfolios, so good luck Simone!
Two ‘locals’ have been appointed by Labor leader Mark McGowan into the new Western Australian cabinet.
Simone McGurk and Peter Tinley will be told on Thursday by the new Premier which portfolios they will be responsible for.
Well done Simone and Peter. Now the hard yakka starts!
The political career of Fremantle Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson appears all but over after he was beaten by the might of the unions for the second time. The WA Labor party yesterday endorsed Maritime Union of Australia candidate Chris Brown, who is not well known in Fremantle, to be the candidate for Freo for the federal election.
Wilson was also the victim of union power within the Labor party at the W.A. state election when they preferred Unions WA secretary Simone McGurk instead of him.
This must be a devastating blow for Josh Wilson as it is likely he will also lose his job at the Fremantle MP office where he has been the right hand of retiring Melissa Parke.
I am personally extremely dismayed about this and will now make this blog a Labor free zone till after the Federal election. I will not let Labor use Freo’s most popular blog to help improve largely unknown Chris Brown’s public profile. The same applies to my Facebook page. The Fremantle Labor candidate will not be mentioned here on Freo’s View and support comments for him will not be published.
I am sick and tired of the factions crap within the Labor party, the unwarranted power of the unions, and the pissweak leadership of the party. Labor has lost my support and my vote because they keep parachuting people in who have contributed very little to the Freo community.
Hopefully the Liberal party will put up a very strong candidate and Labor will receive a kick in the arse for taking Fremantle for granted, in the belief this is a safe Labor seat. There is no doubt for me that excellent Greens candidate Kate Davis will poll very well, so the election for the Fremantle seat will probably be decided by preferences.
Don’t misunderstand me though, this is not against unionism! I am all for unions protecting and fighting for the rights of workers, and they have been doing a very good job at it, but I want the Fremantle MP to represent the people of Fremantle and not be a spokesperson for the unions mainly. Chris Brown had little to no participation with the Fremantle community for all the years he has lived here, so where was he and why is he now so suddenly supposedly a strong Freo community member?
The State Government is correct to finally start focusing on family and domestic violence says Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, but it will fail if it doesn’t follow words with action. WA Labor’s Shadow Community Services, Women’s and Children’s Interests says more resources are needed if the government is really serious about tackling the problem.
Western Australia currently faced unacceptable levels of family violence but under the current Liberal Government existing services already struggled to cope, McGurk said. Without ensuring there are additional resources for shelters, specialist services and education, the government’s strategy is unlikely to reduce family violence.
WA Labor welcomes the government’s adoption of the Labor’s 2013 election policy, which proposed the use of electronic monitoring of violence restraining order (VRO) respondents.
Simone McGurk’s response comes after an article in today’s West Australian by Helen Morton, the WA Minister for Child Protection. Morton wrote that a staggering 40,000 calls about domestic violence were made in WA last year and that in 65 per cent of the cases children were the victims of domestic violence or witnessed it.
Disturbingly the biggest night of the year for domestic violence in Western Australia is on AFL grand final day according to Minister Morton, so maybe the AFL should invest in an advertising campaign against domestic violence during footy TV telecast.
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Congratulations to Simone McGurk, the Member for Fremantle and Peter Tinley, Member for Willagee for having been appointed by Labor leader Mark McGowan to the front bench of the shadow ministry of the Western Australian Parliament.
I have great respect for both members who work very hard for their electorate and our state.
Simone McGurk has been in parliament since 2013. She was the secretary of Unions WA before that and also a radio producer and consultant to the Yamatji Land and Sea Council.
Peter Tinley has been in Parliament since 2010 and is a decorated former SAS soldier, who had a distinguished 25 tear military career.
It is pretty impressive for the southern suburbs to have two members in the shadow ministry, so well done Simone and Peter! Drinks are on you! ; >)
Fremantle MP Simone McGurk has started a petition to make sure the heritage-listed Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle is not handed over by State Government to private developers without the guarantee that the heritage of the building will be respected.
The old hotel in Duke street has been under the ‘care’ of the National Trust for many years, who have badly neglected the building whilst promising renovations and occupancy which never eventuated.
Heritage conservation in Western Australia is unacceptable and needs to be addressed by our political parties, because allowing the unique buildings to rot away and to eventually be demolished is unacceptable. History is the roots of our society and needs to be respected and cared for.
Contact Simone McGurk’s office on: Fremantle@mp.wa.gov.au or call by her office in Market Street to get copies of the petition.
It is interesting to note that in his first major policy speech about revitalisation of suburban centres W.A state Labor leader Mark McGowan did not mention Fremantle.
It is nice to see Labor thinking along the same lines as I proposed to decentralise work destinations and to create activity centres in suburbs to curb the urban sprawl, but it is disappointing McGowan mentioned Joondalup, Rockingham, Cockburn, Murdoch, Ellenbrook, Mirrabooka and Morley, but not a word about Freo.
History shows that neither Labor nor the Liberals have done much for Fremantle when in power in Western Australia, so would Labor look after the port city better should they win the state election in about two years from now?
Maybe it is time for Fremantle Member Simone McGurk to let the Freo community know what her wish list for Fremantle is and how hard she is lobbying her leader to finally get things done for Freo. Without state and federal support and a lot of private investment non of the transformational dreams of Fremantle Council will ever become reality unfortunately.