Governing Freo-style

We at the Shipping News are pleased to introduce our new feature on ‘Governing Freo-style’.

Yes, we’re influenced by the South Korean Gangnam Style phenomenon of a few years back, although we suspect we can’t quite match the dance moves of the folk from Seoul! But, then again …

Fremantle has, however, always had its own distinctive political style.

We use the little ‘p’ on ‘political’, because politics in Freo seems always to have had an engaging, if occasionally willing, spirit to it. Not so formal, but quite immediate.

In some communities people are excessively polite, even cautious, before raising the topics of sex or religion, and politics. Not so in Freo. Not always a good thing, perhaps, but liberating nonetheless.

Leaving aside sex and religion, at least for present purposes, and sticking with politics, over the years we’ve had merchant princes on the High Street, bosses and commos on the wharf, militant unions everywhere, nuclear disarmament protesters, Jack Mundey-style conservationists saving central Freo, and unreconstructed Greenies saving everywhere else, not to mention those brave enough to wear badges declaring themselves to be ‘Businessmen’ and ‘Developers’.

Goodness, what a cast! (And we apologise if we’ve left out your category, as we’re sure we will have, and about which you’ll soon remind us!)

We’ve had a Prime Minister; and Premiers; and Federal and State Cabinet Ministers. Sandover Medallists too, not to forget a multiple Brownlow Medallist, but not sure if they count!

And we’ve had famous and long-serving mayors, Sir Fred being the most notable we’d suggest.

We at the Shipping News by and large have managed to steer clear of the ‘dark art’ of politics, especially Politics with a capital P, but we remain keenly interested in what governments, including local governments, do, and say they are going to do, in and around Fremantle.

In other words, we are interested in Governing Freo-style!

Local government is perhaps the most visible level of government in Freo. While the ‘Three Rs’ – Rates, Roads and Rubbish – were once the mainstay of local councils, and pretty much still are, we suppose, the focus and ambition of the City of Freo have always seemed much more than that.

Supported by its citizens, Freo has always aspired to be something of a leader in things local, if not a republic in its own creative mind. Certainly it has exhibited a distinct ambition to be a place in charge of its own destiny.

With that rather long introduction, we are pleased to bring you our new ‘Governing Freo-style’ feature, replete with interviews with the Mayor and members of the Council of the City of Fremantle – the Councillors – in which we will explore with them their ambitions for our beloved City, especially in the time of covid.

Here’s our Governing Freo-style story so far.

Dr Brad Pettitt, the Mayor. We interviewed the Mayor last week. Don’t miss our audio interview with him here.

Adin Lang.  Adin is one of the two City ward Councillors. He was elected in 2017 and comes up for re-election in 2021. Here’s the interview.

Andrew Sullivan.  Andrew is one of the two South ward Councillors. Our audio interview with him can be found here.

Hannah Fitzhardinge.  Hannah represents the Beaconsfield ward. Our interview with her can be found here.

Jenny Archibald.  Jenny is Fremantle’s East ward councillor. Listen to the interview here.

Sam Wainwright. Sam is a Hilton ward Councillor. Here’s Sam’s interview.

Doug Thompson. Doug is an North Ward Councillor, and the longest serving Councillor – 33 years! Here’s the interview.

Rachel Pemberton. Rachel is a City ward Councillor. Here’s the interview.

Frank Mofflin. Frank is a Hilton ward Councillor. Here’s the interview.

Marija Vujcic. Marija is a South ward Councillor. Here’s the interview.

Su Groome. Su is an East ward Councillor. Here’s the interview.

Bryn Jones. Bryn is a North ward Councillor. Here’s the interview.

Geoff Graham. Geoff is a Beaconsfield ward Councillor. Listen here!

Let’s recap who the Councillors are from the 6 wards, remembering the Mayor is directly chosen by the people.

Dr Brad Pettitt – Mayor
Fremantle Mayor until 2021
9432 9799
mayor@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Dr Pettitt was elected as mayor in 2009 and re-elected in 2017. His expertise include climate change, international aid policy and sustainability planning. He was previously the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University and was appointed to the Heritage Council of WA in 2014.

Beaconsfield ward – Cr Geoff Graham
Elected until 2023
0431 816 992
geoffg@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Graham was elected in 2019.
Cr Graham is a member of the following committees of council:
Planning committee (Deputy Presiding Member)
Strategic planning and transport committee
CEO performance committee.

Beaconsfield ward – Cr Hannah Fitzhardinge
Elected until 2021
0410 464 491
hannahf@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Fitzhardinge was re-elected in 2017.
Cr Fitzhardinge is a member of the following committees of council:
Finance, policy, operations and legislation committee (Presiding Member)
Audit and risk management committee
CEO performance committee.

City ward – Cr Adin Lang
Elected until 2021
0438 908 829
adinl@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Lang was first elected in 2017.
Cr Lang is a member of the following committees of council:
Finance, policy, operations and legislation committee
Strategic planning and transport committee (Deputy Presiding Member)
Audit and risk management committee (Presiding Member)

City ward – Cr Rachel Pemberton
Elected until 2023
0408 988 977
rachelp@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Pemberton was first elected in 2011.
Cr Pemberton is a member of the following committees of council:
Planning committee.

East ward – Cr Jenny Archibald
Elected until 2021
0417 985 152
jennifera@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Archibald first served on Council from 1990 to 1994 and was elected as Mayor from 1994 to 1997. Cr Archibald was re-elected to Council in 2017.
Cr Archibald is a member of the following committees of council:
Finance, policy, operations and legislation committee (Deputy Presiding Member)
CEO performance committee.

East ward – Cr Su Groome
Elected until 2023
0438 508 189
sug@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Groome was elected in 2019.
Cr Groome is a member of the following committees of council:
Planning committee
Strategic planning and transport committee.

Hilton ward – Cr Frank Mofflin
Elected until 2023
0435 300 680
frankm@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Mofflin was elected in 2019.
Cr Mofflin is a member of the following committees of council:
Planning committee
Audit and risk management committee. (Deputy Presiding Member)

Hilton ward – Cr Sam Wainwright
Elected until 2021
0412 751 508
samw@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Wainwright was first elected in 2009.
Cr Wainwright is a member of the following committees of council:
Finance, policy, operations and legislation committee
Strategic planning and transport committee. (Presiding Member)

North ward – Cr Bryn Jones
Elected until 2023
0448 417 036
brynj@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Jones first served on council from 1993 until 1999, and was re-elected in 2015.
Cr Jones is a member of the following committees of council:
Planning committee (Presiding Member)
Strategic planning and transport committee.

North ward – Cr Doug Thompson
Elected until 2021
0405 307 152
dougy@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Thompson was first elected in 1988 and is the City’s longest serving councillor. Cr Thompson serves on the State Council.
Cr Thompson is a member of the following committees of council:
Finance, policy, operations and legislation committee.

South ward – Cr Andrew Sullivan – Deputy Mayor
Elected until 2021
0407 447 972
andrews@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Sullivan first served on Council from 1992 to 1998, and then from 2009 to October 2017. Cr Sullivan was re-elected to South Ward in March 2018.
Cr Sullivan is a member of the following committees of council:
Finance, policy, operations and legislation committee
Planning committee.

South ward – Cr Marija Vujcic
Elected until 2023
0408 950 446
marijav@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Cr Vujcic was elected in 2019.
Cr Vujcic is a member of the following committee of council:
Strategic planning and transport committee.

 

And here’s the audio interview with Adin Lang.

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