Greens for trees | Fremantle Herald Interactive, But their actions tell another story

THE Greens are promising to double Fremantle’s tree canopy by 2040 under an “urban forest” plan. Freo council has already adopted a policy to increase the dire coverage of trees over barren streets…

Source: Greens for trees | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Where’s the Trees, where’s the Green?

 

Words are one thing all politicians are good at, action is another thing completely.

The Fremantle Council has a few greens on it and currently Fremantle has the 2nd worst hard surface amount in WA, according to the 202020, report.

Since that report was done we have seen the Esplanade Concreted over, worsening that particular situation.

We have seen the majority of these councilors; approve a plan that cut down 100+ mature trees in White Gum Valley on the Old Kim Beazley site.

They also did not demand that the developer give the necessary 10% additional open public space as is normal with these developments, instead allowed them to use the public space that was already there. So the developer could get in more small blocks adding more concrete and hard surface covering.

Then we see the Burt St development went down a similar path with council again not stipulating the required 10% open public space, again allowing more concrete more hard surface covering.

We see this council with all these Fremantle council members most of houses, driving for smaller and small blocks, higher R-codes, high density, more med high rise development, which leads to more and more trees being cut down.

Again we see the Concrete from our green council pouring into our parks so they build basketballs on park land which Fremantle already in short supply.

Most councils in the world supply similar services to their residents, sporting areas are great. What most councils with an ounce of common sense do is invest that money into areas that are run down or poorly utilized, in disrepair etc, to build these public services. Not Fremantle council they go straight for the park land and trees, pouring in the concrete.

Then we see more concrete coming down a Port beach with the new flow rider system, more open land for concrete.

We see in a report last year that over 90% of new trees planted by councils don’t make, so for even the ones that do we have to wait 2 decades to see some benefit from them. You think that would make the existing trees even more precious, well I guess not for Freo council.

So when they say they will improve the tree canopy to double by 2040, I see they didn’t make a note of what the coverage is presently, so we are clear from what point we are starting from. Otherwise just expect more of our Mayors unique smoke and mirrors, slide of hand. Also not clarified is whether, Fremantle’s means the CBD, the greater city of Fremantle, the State Electoral boundaries, or the Federal election boundaries

We have many of these councilors and mayor for a decade now, yet still our tree canopy shrinks.

So with it taking at least 20 yrs. to get a tree and its canopy established , all going well, that means  for the Greens to succeed they would have to double all the trees currently in Fremantle, have them all survive and grow above the roof line of houses to be considered a canopy.

That’s a bit hard when the greens on council are hell bent on density, which now is just clearing blocks removing everything just to squeeze as many dwellings as possible.

Then we have the Councils drive for urban rail and the route the Mayor and his team are taking that will be hundred’s more trees cut down to facilitate that.

Then we have the ever increasing amount of containers coming from the Fremantle port even if the Outer Harbour is built, and of course our council has objected to that too. Instead building the massive Lat 32 which adds 140 km2’s of hard coverage to Cockburn and destroying any tree canopy there too. So it’s hard to see how they will double tree canopy when the Fremantle Council supported policy is to build the biggest industrial park in Australia.

So actions speaking louder than words, it’s a fairly pie in the sky promise, which should have its intended action of rallying a few voters for the green cause and have its disciples sprouting the virtues of the Green Dogma, while its agents at Council, keep driving up the R-zoning clearing more trees, and laying more concrete. Going in the opposite direction of the said promise, only to blame, capitalists, Tony Abbott or conservatives about the evil ways when in fact it looks like the greens are just showing their hypocrisy yet again.

What is Urban Tree Canopy?

Urban tree canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. In urban areas, the UTC provides an important storm water management function by intercepting rainfall that would otherwise run off of paved surfaces and be transported into local waters though the storm drainage system, picking up various pollutants along the way. UTC also reduces the urban heat island effect, reduces heating/cooling costs, lowers air temperatures, reduces air pollution, increases property values, provides wildlife habitat, and provides aesthetic and community benefits such as improved quality of life.

Urban Bush land Council’s Mary Gray agreed that more trees were needed in metropolitan areas,,,

“Unfortunately, they tend to bulldoze the whole landscape instead of looking at what’s there and then building in amongst it.

“It seems crazy to wipe the whole lot out.”

Killing the Great Australian Dream – Limit urban sprawl, says Freo mayor Brad Pettit – The West Australian

 

 

Is Kings Sq Cash Cow, the Department of Housing Move All Over, Lost with other Barnett’s Proposed Fire Sale of Public Assets?

So we see in Parliament that some of the Liberals government sale of public assets, are off the table as the depressed property market is killing off the chance of a good sale price.

The other night WA Treasury has admitted that the sale of Assets like the Department of Housing (DOH) is no longer fiscally responsible, so they are off the table.

Will Fremantle’s Mayor Brad Pettitt, obsession over Kings Square at any cost to its rate payers, now finally do down in flames saving the COF from a potential financial  disaster? Has the sway of luck finally fallen Fremantle’s way.

 

 

So with the sale of the DOH property all over, how will the state government justify the relocation of the DOH to Fremantle, as they now live/reside in a rent free bottom line. Not to mention the millions of tax payers funds needed to relocate the 1000’s+ work force from Perth to Freo.

The question is, how  would the government justify the movement of such a department when clearly now the financial position has completely changed?

Many financial questions will be asked of this government in the next state election, will the Fremantle’s Councils Kings Square debacle be one of them?

Or will Barnetts boys brush this skeleton finally from its closet?

Fremantle Fire Sale by Council? How is it different from Barnetts?

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Amazing how crowds can protest thru Fremantle for union day about the State Government selling our assets, where the very city there are protesting in, is going exactly the same thing they are protesting against, Barnett about. Makes it all look political not practical, the hordes of pollies doesn’t help the appearance.

This is sadly where common sense leaves the discussion and politics enters. Naturally the unions are anti -Barnett and lets face it, he does in my opinion  some dumb shit. But here I can see the Fremantle council and our Mayor doing exactly the same sort of stuff that Barnett is going. Whats the difference? The politics.

But some, due to their political blinders, or blind hate of anything right of the labor party, clouds their common sense and sight form viewing whats right in front of them.

 

City of Fremantle has sold or is planning to sell the following assets

  • Point St Car park block
  • Bannister St Car park
  • Queens gate building
  • The Spicer site
  • Henderson st Car park
  • The Stan Reilly aged-care site.

Have all these sales, been  put out for public tender? perhaps not.

Imagine the up roar if Barnett put the Freo port up for a private one vendor only choice lease, not even a sale but just a lease, the Freo uproar would be incredible.

Well that’s exactly what Freo council has done with one company for 3 separate assets in Fremantle, well not quite,  Fremantle council is selling them at a cut rate, not just leasing them without any public tender. At least the port we get back in 50 or so years for our kids to benefit from. Fremantle Councils assets are straight up just selling our kids inheritance. Cue another council rate rise.

All in the name of profiteering, isn’t that another thing May Day addresses, use of public assets for private profit? Right here in Freo, no need to look to hard.

HUGE FREMANTLE OVAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS from freoview

Now we see the council  wanting to sell off the Stan Reilly site, and invest the money in the oval.  Sounds good to a point. Will this investment make money and if so, for who??

Will it benefit the residents and rate payers or will it benefit the a select few event organizers who run festivals  in Freo?

Do these festivals all pay for the public space they take to use for their own personal profits?

Or does the council give these public spaces for Free at rate payers expense??

Do they pay to fix and repair the damage their events do the public park space, they so happily fence off?

Or do the rate payers and residences cough up for that bill too?

For a Mayor who, likes to talk about transparency, you have to wonder where it actually is?

Do these events take over all the parking in town limiting whats left for the rest of the cities businesses to use? So what do you think this new car park is paid for by, the sale of rate payers assets, will it be for the benefits of the said residents or will this car park become the free VIP car park for events included in their ticket price for companies to increase their gate charge and up the profit margin?

So the May parade photos of protesters make me laugh they are so one eyed they can’t see the Green and ALP dominated council is doing exactly the same thing and most of these locals who would march are the one who would  support the council.

So are they mad that the assets are being sold or is it just who’s selling them that is a problem?

That’s politics over common sense.

 

 

Amazing similarities between Barnett and Pettitts policy and agenda,,,,,, Speak with your feet | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Amazing similarities between Barnett and Pettitts agenda, controlling how you live

Barnett’s laws are part of a growing trend of legislation that undermines civil rights.

Source: Speak with your feet | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Amazing that the greens candidate brings up this issue, well not really hypocrisy could be considered policy for many of them? anyway while the greens candidate for Fremantle is complaining against a bill to become law that stops protesters from interfering with people going about their lawful activity. Its not against protesting its self, just about protesters interfering with other peoples lawful activity. Seems reasonable to me.

Anyway while she is protesting and writing about Barnett’s interfering with peoples rights, her green party members on council are doing the same thing with how people live. Our Mayor in Freo Brad Pettitt wants to limit the size of the house you can build on your own block, while he is driving sub-division at the same time hes got other plans up his sleeve that will effect your family rights in Fremantle.

 

Things like one car per house, banning street and verge parking encouraging development in town with out adequate if parking? What effect will this have on your investment? When streets are packed with people cars who’s apartments don’t have a car parking space. Long term it will have a negative impact on growth for these properties, especially when every where else is ensuring adequate parking space. This is WA a state bigger than western europe.

So while the greens candidates is complaining about a law that will really only effect the professional protesters and their activities to stop businesses going about their lawful activity, the Mayors Plan will impact how your family life at home 24/7, 365 days a year.

Now that’s worth protesting about.

 

Fremantle Mayor Still in Denial? as,,,,, Woolies exits | Fremantle Herald Interactive

WOOLWORTHS in Fremantle will close at the end of the month. Staff were told last week the shutters on the Adelaide Street store will pull down for the last time on May 27. A dwindling customer base…

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Woolworths in Fremantle is flying the coop. Photo by Stephen Pollock

Source: Woolies exits | Fremantle Herald Interactive

NO Surprise at all to see Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, quoted in the media again.

“Mayor Brad Pettitt says the city will not try to persuade Woolworths to stay: “I would have liked it to stay, but it does not have the same strategic value as a store like Myer does,” he says. “Woolworths has always been in a strange location in Fremantle.”

In 2012 the Mayors very astute business acumen  had him quoted as saying -Myer leaving is not the end of the world, King Sq will still go ahead. – Really Mayor perhaps you should walk down the steps from your chambers and see the state of our once great citys CBD and Kings Square, was this your plan?

A place surrounded by vacant and struggling business, a city with a shocking reputation for anti-social behaviour, a rising crime rate, the few shoppers  left harassed by drunks, druggies, beggars while walking thru graffiti,  vandalized streets and still a shocking reputation for parking. Considering the amount of car-parking you have sold off and plan to sell if you get a chance its not surprising, not to mention your infatuation of turning street parking into waste of space parklets, but does also possibly feeds your love for concrete.

4 years later, in 2016 the situation is worse and still sliding, Woolies a tribute to that, the Mayors plan is clearly not working., if he has one at all?

The Hilton development delay ( or if its built at all) bares testament to that.

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