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BY-ELECTION FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2017

 

The WA Electoral Commission will be calling a by-election for the South Fremantle Ward which was won by Andrew Sullivan at the October 21 election last month.

Concerns had been raised about the legibility of candidate Ben Moodie and it appears the WAEC has agreed that he should not have been permitted to nominate because he lives in the City of Cockburn.

Andrew Sullivan received only 57 votes more than Liam Carter, so it was a very close race between the two greenies.

The results were: Moodie 268, Vujcic 517, Carter 598, Suffling 23, Sullivan 655.

It is very disappointing that we now have to go through the whole process again, and it is likely that voters will be fed up and that the return of ballots could be very low.

One has to wonder though why no one seems to be responsible for checking the legibility of political candidates. We have been witnessing the dual-citizenship shambles in Canberra and now this is happening in Fremantle.

It is not fair to all the candidates who spent a lot of time doorknocking, and money on printing flyers. They’ll have to do that all again.

When I nominated for City Ward I was not even asked to show proof of identity, proof of citizenship, or even that I am actually a permanent resident of Australia, so the process is far from perfect and needs an urgent overhaul.

 

Roel Loopers

 

SOUTH FREO TRAFFIC CALMING COMMUNITY INPUT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2017

 

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A reminder that there will be a City of Fremantle community session this evening at the Meeting Place about traffic calming in South Fremantle along South Terrace, and about the intersection of Scott Street and Hampton Road.

It is from 5.30-6.30 pm, so come along and have your say.

Roel Loopers

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ALDI SOUTH FREO BOTTLESHOP

Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, health, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle’s Planning Committee will this evening deliberate if it will grant ALDI approval to change the use from shop to liquor shop in their South Fremantle shopping centre premises.

If Fremantle Council approves the application it would mean that three bottle shops would operate from the shopping centre on the corner of Douro and Hampton roads, as Liquorland and Dan Murphy’s already got shops there.

 

Roel Loopers

SOUTH FREO TRAFFIC CALMING INFO SESSION

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017

 

South Freo calming Nov 2

 

There have been a lot of negative  comments about the temporary speedhumps between South Street and Douro Road along South Terrace in South Fremantle by those who did not attend any of the community consultation sessions the precinct had organised.

So everyone in South Freo should take note that there is an information session by the City of Fremantle on Thursday November 2 at 5.30 pm at the Meeting Place. 

We want to create a pedestrian-friendly environment that supports street life. Following previous community engagement in 2016, we have prepared a concept plan that involves five key components:

  1. Reduce the width of the road to make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down in this section.
  2. Replace the temporary speed bumps with a raised platform to slow drivers down.
  3. Surface the road with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down.
  4. Widen the footpath to create a bigger pedestrian area and add new paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.
  5. Increase the amount of alfresco space.

The info evening also includes the intersection of Hampton Road and Scott Street that was recently changed.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH FREMANTLE BY-ELECTION?

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017

 

Will the people of South Fremantle have to endure a by-election and will Andrew Sullivan’s win be contested?

According to the Fremantle Herald today unsuccessful candidate Marija Vujicic is contemplating a protest because of the supposed in-illegibility of candidate Ben Moodie.

Andrew Sullivan won the South Ward seat with just 57 vote more than Liam Carter, and Vujicic was 138 behind Sullivan, while Moodie received 268 votes.

Moodie’s eligibility had been a major discussion on social media during the election campaign, but he Electoral Commission had allowed his nomination, so one has to question why there are no better check ups to see if candidates are eligible.

In an hour we will know the outcome of the High Court decision about Federal politicians with dual citizenships, so there needs to be an inquest into the Electoral Commission and how it is they do not properly check if candidates can legally become politicians in Australia.

A  by-election in South Fremantle would be pretty unfair to the candidates as it demands more door knocking and printing material, and it is likely that many voters would not bother to send in new ballot papers.

 

Roel Loopers

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

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FREO ALMOST BETTER THAN LIFE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on August 24, 2017

 

 

Politics at all levels is often backward-looking negativity, rather than progressive positivity, so I needed to get away from it on such a beautiful day, and did this little photo feature on South Fremantle, also known as speedhump boulevard, which I shot during two hours of walking around.

NO! This is not at all an indication that I will be nominating for South Ward at the local government election, although I live in the ward.

No doubt those two lefties/communist/socialist/dogooders/bleedinghearts Greenies Liam Carter and Andrew Sullivan could do with opposition from a far right wing One Family Nation First kind of guy like me, but hey I can’t win the war against the Reds under the Beds all on my own.

I sleep bad enough as it is, without having to look under the bed every few minutes to see if anyone is hiding there.

Life is good and Freo is even better!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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GREEN CANDIDATES FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

Liam Carter for South Fremantle

 

The local government election for the City of Fremantle is on October 21 and things are heating up in South Fremantle Ward, with two Greenies announcing their nomination.

Sitting member Andrew Sullivan will contest the seat again and young and upcoming Liam Carter has also announced he will be standing.

They are both good candidates, with Sullivan being a very good performer in Council who is very well versed in all the planning rules and regulations.

Liam Carter initiated the Fremantle Youth Council and is also convenor of the South Freo precinct. He is a very impressive and grounded young man with a lot of commitment to his community.

The choice will be hard. Experience or young exuberance?

It will be a fascinating election, so I hope that most people will make the effort to vote.

Fremantle is in a time of very important transition and needs level-headed people, which both candidates for South Freo are. It is important we get substance and not just promises that can’t be realised, so carefully assess all the candidates who will be putting their hand up and separate hot air from achievable goals.

Good luck to Liam and Andrew. You are my Ward candidates, so looking forward to a public meeting and hearing your thoughts.

(I have no poster for Andrew Sullivan. He only posted an old one from four years ago on Facebook, so did not want to use it.)

 

Roel Loopers

 

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SOUTH FREMANTLE ALDI OPENS

Posted in aldi, city of fremantle, food, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

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German supermarket giant ALDI opened today at the South Fremantle Marketplace on the corner of Douro and Hampton Road.

Parking bays were hard to find but it was quiet inside the supermarket when I went for a look at midday.

I bumped into a very excited English lady who gushed about cheap German beer for only $ 8.00 a six pack.

I was delighted to get a Dutch rookworst for only $ 2.99 when they are $ 9.00 at Woolies and bought fresh Australian salmon for about $ 4.00 less than I normally pay elsewhere.

I did not have too much of a look around but noticed a giant 58″ high definition TV for only $ 499.00.

Nice touch to have special close-by parking for those special parents with babies.

Roel Loopers

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NEVER ENOUGH CAFES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2017

Threeo Coffee

 

There is another new cafe in South Fremantle. THREEO COFFEE & EATS at 244 South Terrace.

This is what the owners say about their new venture:

Threeo Coffee & Eats is the culmination of my French and Aussie backgrounds, and is serving up delicious treats from 244 South Terrace — enter through Salty Gold plants and homewares. We offer specialty coffee choices, cold brew and French press using locally-roasted Micrology coffee beans. For your hungry tummies we have amazing French pastries, rustic toasties, breaky crepes, quiches, salads and more!

Open weekdays from 6.30am and weekend from 7.30am. Free wifi, comfy couches and seating — come and hang out with us!

Give them a try and support all our local Freo businesses as much as you can. They are doing it tough.

Roel Loopers

 

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