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.

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  1. Julia says:

    I think Roel should be blaming the Labor and now the Green party for the mess Fremantle is in. I briefly caught the end of a radio talk-back show about 12 months ago and the commentator mentioned that the Labor Party became very nervous a few years ago with the real possibility of losing the seat of Fremantle, so have worked hammer and tongs at making sure this never happens. Nothing will ever happen in Fremantle while you have State and Federal political parties representing
    Fremantle who will never allow the wrong type of progress to happen in case the wrong type of voter is then attracted to the electorate. It now seems the Green party are working at a furious pace to ensure Fremantle becomes a Green paradise – without the parks, trees and greenery of course. If it wasn’t so sad, it would be friggin hilarious – It’s about time the residents of Fremantle stopped allowing these parties from taking the pis#. Have Fremantle Council lobbied hard for grants from the Government? Roel talks about keeping things non political, but it’s very political, that’s why Fremantle is up shit creek because of too much political influence. Doesn’t Lynn MacLaren and Melissa Parke and Jim Mcginty live in East Fremantle? Very upper middle class wouldn’t you think? They obviously don’t like to live amongst the weird, grungy and dirty people across the border.

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