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.
- Harvey Norman
- Gloria Jeans
- Angus & Robertson
- Thingz Gifts
- Dick Smith
- plus so many other retailers too numerous to list.
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.
Beach Street, Fremantle
Many in Freo can see the problems sadly our council is just out of touch.