Looks the City of Fremantle has kicked off the 2015 Local government election with a great self promo in the Herald, great for the herald but you have to ask over months of little in the Herald from the COF all of a sudden its local election time and out comes a 3 page wrap for the Fremantle Council. Wham Front page!
When I first looked at it, I thought it was an article done by the Herald, it was not till I opened to the next page I realized it was an advertisement from the city. Amazing months of nothing and just before the local election rolls up, out comes an ad like that. Nothing surprising about that I guess, timed nicely for the mayors letter to the paper as well. Don’t worry I’m sure it’s all a massive coincidence, right?
Mayor Brad Pettitt’s letter to the Herald claiming there is no party politics on council was a classic, does he really expect anyone who is watching what goes on to actually believe such statements. The fact that he is online saying it, in the herald saying it, just tells us that’s the perception in the community is different, otherwise why make the statement in the 1st place.
Possibly about as believable as the statement that Fremantle council does not have an anti-car image, just look at the parking space they have sold or curbed over and the Strategic Transport paper it’s all about driving cars out of Fremantle.
Who actually believes that party politics are not present on council, how many of them have run for state or federal government seats. Currently work for political parties or have worked for them in the past and or are/were members of political parties. The question is how much time and funds are diverted into policy or issues that these parties support and drive, opposed to what rate payers and residents really need. Could you find a council with more political influence, god I’d would feel sorry for that community.
Could explain why the public toilet situation is as bad as it is in Fremantle.
Just watch as we see precincts becoming active and groups like the Fremantle Network have started gearing up again, is it Spring or is there a local government election soon, but right, there’s no political group think bias at all?? Seriously?? I wonder if councillors seeking re-election will benefit off these activities, how much rate payer funds or assets are used to drive them?
Then he states again that he does not support candidates in the upcoming election, again why state what you are not doing, guess that’s a perception locals have and I wonder why?
Strange as last local election he did support candidates in the local elections and they do in general support his platforms on many issues.
Roel’s Freoview has a good article “NO PARTY POLICIES ON FREO COUNCIL PLEASE!” calling for NO Party politics in the upcoming election. Is that another who thinks that state and federal politics has too much influence at our council?
I wonder what a 3 page wrap around in the Herald would cost a candidate running in the local election, in the range of $10,000 I would think? Not a bad start for the local election, with a promo piece like that to kick things off even better when the rate payers pick up the cheque, who wouldn’t like that? Rate payers you say, well they seem to be seen but not heard?
The bottom line is if the Fremantle community are unhappy with how Fremantle is currently then they need to vote for change. Just look at that ad and they wonder why people are Cynical ?
One question to ask of new candidates is what affiliations they have to current Councillors and political parties? The answers to that could speak volumes.