Votes Cast Plunge for Fremantle Council, Shows Community Clearly Against Council Direction

Putting aside;

The best drive in the last 3 elections for candidates to run against fremantle council. Not one ward uncontested.

The huge amount of rate payers money spent on advertising by council to promote themselves.

The backing of two political parties in labor and the greens supporting their candidates

The sudden re emergence of several in active precincts.

Councillors throwing themseleves at the press with decade old ideas to get their faces in the media.

Council blowing huge amounts of cash on personal ideology to attract the political active  minority groups.

The $100, 000′ s of dollars on the perth freight link issue, with all councillors throwing themselves into it to draw ever drop of publicity possible. Considering not one of them have a solution to fix the ever worsening traffic issue in and around freo, abandoning freo residents to a decade of worsening dangerous traffic issues. Issues brought to WGV precinct for years now with nothing but lame answers.

All that and the Fremantle council clik took a huge hit in votes with a a higher % of votes cast against council than for it.

2013 53% of votes cast for council clik group

2015 46% of votes cast for councils clik group

So amazing that council thinks this vote was a vote for them but at well over 50% of the vote cast against them it tells a clear story, not to mention the damning 2015 community survey councils worst on record.

Pretty weak considering the 2 party support, the 1000’s of $ of rate payers money spent promoting themselves. $100’s of thousands or rate payers funds spent driving minority party political agendas.

All that for a huge hit in their voting support, tells a clear story doesn’t it. Step by step this council is out the door.

 

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  1. freoishome says:

    Mark do you really see current councillors being voted out?

    I think the mostly likely outcome is current elected members stop contesting. Hardly voting them out!

    Will their replacements be so very different?

    As elections are only for half the positions each time, there will never be a clean sweep. By the time the subsequent election comes along, the previous new members will already be inculcated in the style of operation.

    If a community can’t fundamentally change the composition, then we need to change the way the incumbents operate. Whinging isn’t working, so get a groundswell going for different behaviour.

    How do you want them to operate?

    Paul

    • Mark says:

      I have better things to do than waste my time trying to change the mind of fundamentalists like this.
      Their actions clearly show they have no interest in community engagement unless the community is agreeing with them or unless they think they can change your mind.
      Again when someone else brings up concerns or issues they are whinging, when you disagree or whinge about something its a valid issues or concern.
      I’m under no illusion that this council will be swept aside, the general community lost interest years ago.
      but if year after year they lose a few seats to where the council gets to a point where there is real debate on issues that’s good enough.
      I don’t expect to have a council that i agree with a 100% of the time on big issues.
      I don’t expect to have a council that will do everything I want.
      I do expect to be able to engage and actually be listen to and even have a councillor that will take on our issue or concerns and actually represent the rate payers.
      This is clearly not the situation now, well about the 2 new councillors I can not say, we will wait and see if they fall into line or stand for the community.
      Lets not forget with less than 30% of people voting and about 45% of the voters voting for council the council is sitting on about 14% support from the community, hardly a ringing endorsement.
      The silent majority is growing faster than the councils rabbit problem.
      So I guess the council will be ordering more crystal balls and weegie boards for community consultations. As they clear ignore written submissions.
      I wonder if our Mayor realises how stupid some of the stuff he says really is. The silent majority will write to him and councillors but not write a submission?????????
      Seriously?????????????????????

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