No Majors for Fremantle

We see in the Herald again the state of Fremantle and its constantly demising situation with business and retail in town.

This week we read in the Herald that Coles is near to the end of its lease.


Woolies is already gone, so if Coles goes that will leave Fremantle the second city in W.A. after Perth without  a major supermarket. Possibly the only city in Australia with out a major supermarket, it would be another first for Mayor Brad.

Myers gone for more than 3 yrs and the place is still vacant, Kings Sq business plan keeping the CBD dead, at its heart. Well apart from the drunks and druggies, their dealers, the vagrants, beggars.and all of the rest of the people who seem to form there sadly giving Freo its  anti-social  reputation. This is a big killer for tourism as well. The history side has so much to offer but that is also being destroyed with issues like J-shed, showing the council complete lack of respect for this natural business/tourism draw of the Round House, Fremantle’s history and architecture

This council has seen many major retailers leave the city of the last decade or so.

  • Myer
  • Harvey Norman
  • Spotlight,
  • Dymocks
  • Gloria Jeans
  • Angus & Robertson
  • Thingz Gifts
  • Dick Smith
  • McDonald’s
  •  plus so many other retailers too numerous to list.



Fremantle Myer’s $30m makeover will ‘rival’ Claremont Quarter

Here we see the importance the mayor put on keeping Myers,

“Mr Pettit said the Myer building make-over would be the catalyst for the city’s rejuvenation.

“I hope it will really start the rejuvenation of retail in Fremantle as an eclectic centre,” he said.

“It’s looking a bit tired and rundown and in need of a face lift. This will start it off.”

A bit scary if he thought the place was tired and rundown then, what does he think it is now, not to mention the for Lease signs dotted all over the city. Here he see the Myers significance, when they go oh well, we don’t need them they are not so important, 3 yrs later, much bigger impact losing them, seemingly he  just has  no idea and flip flops back forth to which ever situation he finds himself in.

Now we see another icon gone from Freo if Mills leaves. THE FUTURE of one of the oldest record shops in Fremantle is in doubt.


I would ask when do we think he will wake up to reality, but from this spin doctor, I would say never.

Then we see a letter also in the Herald setting a few facts straight for council on a number of issues, including the fact Freo is dying in Front of them and they are more interested in playing their political games than ensuring Fremantle decline is brought to a halt and it can reestablish its self to its former glory, ie before they started screwing things up

Heres the letter from the herald, Highlight a few bits that people have been saying for years about this Mayor and his Merry band.

Australia Day not about racism
I should like to reply to Councillor Wainwright’s tirade in last week’s Thinking Allowed (“It takes a wilful ignorance,” Herald, September 24 2016).
But first would like to assure Councillor Wainwright that the sting most certainly hasn’t gone out of the debate about the Fremantle council decision to cancel the Australia day celebrations, and take this opportunity to remind him, that he and the other Fremantle Councillors, were elected to serve and represent the residents of Fremantle and not so they had a forum or stage to spout their own politically correct opinions.
How dare this man compare “unfavourably” Australia to other countries who have far-far less liberal views than ours. Despite both Cr Wainwright and Mayor Pettitt’s denials that their decision wasn’t [motivated by] political correctness, the decision to cancel the very popular Australia Day fireworks is of course nothing less than political correctness gone mad.
Despite this council’s claims to have attracted new business to Fremantle, under Mayor Pettitt’s leadership the opposite has been the case with many large retailers, including a cinema and Woolworths, upping stakes and leaving Fremantle, the old Myer building, empty for years, remains empty, with Mayor Pettitt being forced to go cap in hand to the State Government for help in finding a tenant—none of Mayor Pettitt’s boasts about various hotels opening have eventuated. Many old established business have, through lack of trade, been force to close their doors.
The council’s latest decision to cancel Australia Day will do nothing to improve this sad situation, nor will Mayor Pettitt’s claim to replace Australia Day with an “amazing” celebration. The politically correct decision by Fremantle council to cancel the popular Australia Day will not be followed by the rest of the nation because Australia Day is not, never has been, never will be about race or racism: It is a celebration that Aussies of all colours, creeds, religious and political persuasions can, and have, enjoyed for years.
One of the reasons given for cancelling Australia Day was they couldn’t justify spending $130,000 on a firework display, but the council’s decision to spend millions on upgrading/rebuilding the Town Hall seemed to them is perfectly reasonable?
The decision taken by the majority of Fremantle councillors proves beyond doubt that they have not only lost touch with the average Fremantle resident, but have also lost their trust and the only honourable thing for them to do is resign. In this writer’s opinion it’s a shame that we haven’t some kind of financial recourse from these councillors for the damage they have done.
Finally might I suggest if Fremantle council are truly interested in attracting new business and tourists to Fremantle they come out from the plush offices and do something about the drunks, drug takers/sellers and layabouts who are increasingly frequenting our streets.
Bob Loftus
Beach Street, Fremantle

Many in Freo can see the problems sadly our council is just out of touch.



Fremantle Council Shambles Continue


Amazing our council seems to know how to consistently make contracts that actually screw up the cities ability to move forward.

Council has made lemons out of deal after deal.

Kings Square business plan has kept the CBD dead (apart from the drunks, dregs and druggies) for over 3yrs now, first they screwed up by letting Myers leave then the Mayor, Brad Pettitts clanger of a Kings Square Business Plan.

He was warned by an ex mayor don’t do it, professional staff (that left) said the same. Members of the Community tried to raise questions, but where publicly vilified for it. Fremantle Society raised questions never got answers, several community groups fared no better. a Politician asked questions in Parliament the Minister pretty much ignored them. Financial specialists, with a puissance for this sort of financial application, have raised serious questions in the both the outcome and methodology of the so call business plan. Councillors have been written too as individuals asking direct questions of the procedure and their understanding of the outcome and their responsibilities in this chain of council decisions, that started back in 2012.

All this and they blissfully carried on with our piped piper leading them down the path, the only councillor who showed an ounce of free will was ex councillor Bill Massie and his replacement since. All of this leading to a possible $50,000,000.00 loss for the ratepayers.

Then the shocker of deal with the Dockers, leaving the council with a vacating footie team who has the ground locked  for peanuts, for decades, our councillors showing yet again their financial acumen. Rate payers screwed yet again.

Giving away the Esplanade for next to free for a select group. Another bill for the rate payers to cover.

Anyone wondering why we see our rates rise the way they do????

Then we see another couple of sweet deals for the a couple of groups at the old naval stores, somehow this group get an amazingly cheap deal and have the ability to sublease out space to profit on something they are killing time with. How this is a positive outcome for Freo is beyond me.

Then we come round to a deal which seems to have been a pet project for the mayor as he rode it pretty hard. Including a more than smoke screen of a farce community engagement, which went 180 degrees opposite to what the community groups came up with. Again community groups raised a whole range of objections, now seemingly mostly if not all justified, as the Mayor and co, completely ignored community objections and concerns and just did want they felt like.

So what we have again is another divide in our community, modeled by council and another part of our town left de-activated; this time for how long as we wait to see how our our council sorts another self made mess.

How many different spaces in the Queensgate centre are being used by groups who are paying well below market rate if anything at all, who are they and what connections do they have to our current council? What else is the rate payer funding, that they have no idea about.

The WAPC  finding a pretty much given for Freo,

  • Use of land reserved for parks & recreation, regional open space was not as specified and the plan Brad drove so hard for did not comply with intended use of such a reserve, oh yes the community did raise that, another thing he ignored.
  • Wait for it; the proposal did not have sufficient car-parking, right how many times was that mentioned? that’s pretty much a staple for our anti-car council.
  • Didn’t comply with the local planning for Fremantle
  • Had a negative impact on local residences and other businesses.
  • Didn’t comply with the COF own West-end policy.
  • They missed, it went against COF own Alcohol policy
  • There is a few more apart from their other stupid ideas, of using whalers tunnel, or the bike path to set up the events if FPA blocked use of the road.
  • Not to mention pissing off the local business and pretty much looked they were trying to drive them out?
  • FPA against the  proposal
  • Setting up a massive booze barn across from a TAFE.
  • It just goes on and on.

Even better when we see the WAPC ruling coming out, wheres our Mayor, oh yes off jet-setting overseas, increasing his carbon-footprint and now the proverbial is going down in freo, over councils latest cock-up, he’s off on his Holidays, leadership at its most. Possible a good plan overseas, let the heat die down, and hold another love in about small apartments that heat off their own poo.

So we see Roel ( J SHED INCOMPETENCE A WORRY FOR KINGS SQUARE ) coming out all guns blazing on the professional staff and fair enough, how did they let all that go by? Still he did not once call to account our Mayor or Councillors, whom were the ones to finally vote to allow this debacle to happen in the 1st place. Hes not publishing any council facts/critics now days, so another place council gets a walk.

I would ask another question, is this professional body that incompetent or is it a group that is ridden rough shot over and told what to do or what outcomes will be, to suit a certain person and his personal agenda?

Isn’t this why the final decisions rests with people who are so called representatives of the city residents and ratepayers or electors, our councillors and Mayor right, isn’t this what they get paid for ?

In these cases you have to ask who’s best interests were they taking care of, from the outcomes so far it doesn’t look like the old electors are faring to well?

It was great to see the CCC’s recommendation for the Auditor general office to get some oversite of local council.

Its fair to say many in the freo community would be happy to see the auditors general popping into freo any day real soon.







We cant we want to live here!

Its a horror movie

Beaconsfield Community Votes for Independence but did it just get more party politics?

We see on WAEC website the final result for the weekends extraordinary election result for Beaconsfield in the City of Fremantle (COF).

First up well done to all the candidates who took their time to engage in their community it takes time, effort and passion also congratulations to the winner Hannah Fitzhardinge.

Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Turnout rate 34.74%
Candidates Votes Percentage Expiry of Term
CRUICKSHANK, Peter 91 7.18%
LUOBIKIS, Andrew 279 22.02%
FITZHARDINGE, Hannah 534 42.15% 21 October 2017
CAMARDA, Fedele J 363 28.65%
Total valid votes 1,267 100%

This years extraordinary election in Beaconsfield has seen the biggest turn out since 2009, showing that the local community is more engaged than they have been in years.

Clearly the community gave its biggest vote against party aligned candidates since 2009.

Yet another sign the community is over this council and its wheeling and dealing, FB pics shows the Mayors ring masters awaiting the votes tally.

This election we even see complaints into the WAEC, against independents on electioneering issues, tossed aside by the authorities, I wonder how close those individuals are too Council?

Just showing how organised council is to keep the community voice limited to what it wants too hear.

Beaconsfield, since 2009 has had both councillors aligned to political parties, as members, staff or as the case is now, ex staff for the labor party.

Now we see the community direction giving its biggest vote since 2009 against the candidates with party politics backing with over 57.85% of voters voting for independence.

Sadly as we have seen over the last 10 years or so very little achieved for the actual electors in the COF, with the focus on party issues and agendas.

Lets hope Hannah steps up for beccie not party politics. Interesting the vote for Dave Humes 2011 election and this election in 2016 where very similar numbers, is that a reflection of the partys’ depth in the ward.

So big picture the community did not get what it wanted, an independent candidate.



What electors are mostly likely to get in any Freo local Elections, lets hope this time its different?

Another Blow to Freo; Murdoch precinct land released | Fremantle Herald Interactive

WITH an eye on Murdoch becoming a “new city centre”, LandCorp is releasing seven large development lots for office, retail and 400 new residences. The lots, ranging between 2000sqm and 6000sqm, wil…

Source: Murdoch precinct land released | Fremantle Herald Interactive


What freo councils not good at

Looks like Freo has another blow heading its way if this development takes off.

Easy access to Freeways north and south, Roe Hwy going east. Only congestion going thru or towards Freo.

Naturally council with its mainstream political leaning to labor and the greens direction has blocked  Roe 8 or PFL development. Allowing another newly developing suburb to benefit from easy access to the wider Perth metro network; while Freo languishes in its current dangerous  and  congested streets.

Fremantle Council (COF) blocking such basic infrastructure is ensuring Fremantle is not a designation for many travellers. Why bother with the traffic? Soon we will see Booragoon double in size. Strangely no doubling in residences in the area, it turns out people want to go to buy what that centre offers. Opposed to freo councils plan, is to build in what people don’t want, and cancel things they enjoy look the Australian Day fireworks and parking.

We here constantly dribble online about sterile shopping centres and how bad they are, but that seems to be what the vastly broader community wants, that’s why they are full and freo has the revolving door of retailers.

Now we see east of Freo a new development

“LandCorp is releasing seven large development lots for office, retail and 400 new residences.

The precinct is the first stage of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre, which is expected to provide 35,000 jobs, educational facilities for 44,000 students, and homes for 22,000 people.”

22,000 residence thats about 2/3 of Freo’s current population.

This attractive location and its easy access to  a good road network will be another blow for poor old freo.


Is this to be Fremantle’s Future under its current council?


Where Freo Council is taking our poor city

Apartments, Market Price Shock is it Coming to Freo?

We see lots of development in Freo planned, a lot being driven by policy shifts by council to fulfill their socialists political agendas.

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Caution needed in Freo for investment especially with current council, running down Brand Freo, while driving political agenda

We have seen the granny flat move from just that, to these ugly, unsafe container development in our suburbs. Also bringing  with it the 1/2 way house style housing, which will impact the regular housing value in the future, especially with what we see the industry predicting .



“Fremantle already has a higher than average % of homes west than the average suburb and needs no more. Just 2 weeks ago we see cars torched at the cold store area as drug dealing issues come to the front in homes west houses again.”


The worst is yet to come?

We see council policy pushing for smaller houses, no car parking etc, so when different entities try to manipulate the markets and drive it in a direction the natural capital market would take we see people getting badly caught out. This is a perfect way to build the slums of the future.

We see predictions of 20% drops in value of such developments, meaning people would walk away from deposits and leaving the developer to resell in a crashing market.

Where  we see regular traditional housing prices preforming better and the rural and outer suburbs and developments out preforming the metro areas.

Trying to drive cheap housing into areas with expensive real estate is counter productive, as it will impact the higher net worth properties too.

Council is scared of the market becoming to upmarket as this will kill off their voting base. easy to see their main concern, their own survival?

So we see infill, destruction of our urban canopy what looks like council trying to keep a centralized  voting base, by wrecking what makes our suburbs great.

Sadly the average home owner will only take notice, of the political agenda our council in Freo is running to late; based around the socialist agenda driven by groups like the UN. Who want to dictate to us how we live, where and with whom. Council plans to limit how many cars a family can own. Limit the ratio of the house size you can live in to the land you have to build on. It will not be hard to see why  Fremantle properties  could be hit hard, based on the low level of facilities/options Freo properties will have to offer, thanks to council, when compared to others.

Freo council seems good at working for very small groups, special interests, general supporters I imagine but broadly not so even good  at they poorly engage, the broader public.

Councils driving this small apartments and density it looks like this segment is about to get smashed lets hope, not to many lose their shirts in this crash. One thing for sure I wouldn’t be taking any investment or lifestyle advice from this crowd as, I don’t see many of them living the way the preach others should.

If this is style of development is acceptable to Freo council what else will they do to our suburbs, what will happen to  the most substantial investment most of us will make in yourh lives, what will it be worth after Freo Council is finished downgrading your suburb?

Freo Dongers

Freo’s future?


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