Roels blog post 

It looks like ‘emperor’ Colin Barnett could well be in deep trouble with his local government reform with an unprecedented number of voters having their say in the Dadour Act election. There is the likelihood that the proposed amalgamation of some of the councils will not go ahead. Already more than the required 50% of Kwinana voters have voted and East Fremantle is nearing 49%. One can assume that most of these are NO votes and it requires only half of the votes to be against the amalgamations for them to be stopped” for more……


Roel i would have to disagree with you its not Barnett who’s in trouble its us, we pay for all the taxes and rates, that pay for the cost of this amalgamation should it work or not?
How much time effort and money has the council put in possibly for nothing, not their fault the work had to be done, but waste all the same.

Barnett did not make the boundaries that the East Fremantle electors are voting on, if that idea fails its not his failure but the ones who proposed the boundaries.

After Saturday we will find out which pickle barrel we are in?
The amalgamation would not fix issues the council has, it was never going to be big enough?
The voting system would have more effect on council letting them be judged by the whole community not just pockets, they can easily garner support in.
Hence why council is fighting so strongly for the ward system to stay, they fear the district system and use all sorts of fear mongering to drive their own agenda.
The district system leaves them open to judgement from the whole community, they have spent to long shoring up support in the Ward areas to let it go without a fight.
Strangely Kwinana has a district voting system currently, yet they where the first to hit 50% showing the greatest community interest, freo is lucky to get to the mid 30% on a voting day.

Last night i heard that a district system would lead to political parties being more involved, is their any other city with more political party influence than Fremantle on council.

How many sitting on council, have either run for state or federal politics or both?
Work for or have worked in political campaign offices or work for sitting members of government, right now.
You would be hard pressed to find a council that is more influenced by party politics.



Not much else to say other than they are at 49.69%

15 more votes to the 50 %

From this we will here the judgement on the East Freo, Fremantle proposed amalgamation, boundaries.

Fremantle You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

homer one love

Saw a story in the herald yesterday about  350 kicking off their launch  in Freo today, click 350 and you can read more about them. Nothing new for our mayor to be launching a such group in Freo. The city had passed a motion on the issue of investment, I blogged about it just recently. “Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander, Freo style?”  Last year the COF voted to divest cities funds from the companies that make money from fossil fuels. Strange the city won’t invest in banks that deal with fossil fuel companies. Though are quite happy to pay the fossil fuel companies money directly by buying the fuel they are using to power all the city run vehicles, I imagine most of the councillors have cars that burn fossil too? Reminds me of an old GF that went vegetarian, due to animal rights concerns, can’t fault her for that but her hypocrisy was she kept buying those nice expensive leather bags.

Strangely struggled to get a parking spot on a Tuesday night in town, i thought “there must be an event on”, then as i walked around the council building saw it was the 350 group, cars need fuel, no? Sorry but that’s worth a laugh?

I looked up some of theirs campaigns, Go Fossil Free is one, this is against saving funds with finance groups that loan or deal money to fossil fuels companies. If that’s what people wish to do, sounds fine to me, their money their choice, we are lucky to live in a place where we have such freedom and rights. The strange part, the bit I question is, that Brad is launching a group that’s against using fossil fuels or investing in groups funding fossil fuels etc, one day.

Yet another day is the on the steering committee of Future Freo, the little brother of the Committee of Perth, who’s Foundation members are based around fossil fuel groups, or business i assume that does business with fossil fuel companies?

That’s a bit like a Rabbi endorsing a brand of bacon? Personally I like bacon but i’m not telling others its bad for u, while scoffing it down myself. Or the other classic i saw years ago when a doctor gave me a lecture about the evils of smoking, then pulled out a cigarette and lit up, i have a cigar once or twice a year this guy was 2pkts a day and he’s lecturing me?

When the local surf club was trying to get permission for their advertising space on the side of their own club to raise funds for their community service organization that provides water safety to thousands of local beach goers every weekend. Council was adamant that advertising could not come from groups like fast food or sugar based drinks, (so i don’t name companies) etc. Yet their Future Freo comes under a committee founded by fossil fuel companies? Does that seem hypocritical to anyone?

Don’t just listen to what a person says look at their own actions and see what they do, you may find it more true than the PR they spin?



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