Perth low density stuns planner – The West Australian

Expert says Perth the lowest density major city he has seen.

Source: Perth low density stuns planner – The West Australian

Currently we see in Fremantle a protest against the Perth Freight Link.

One of the issues driving congestion on roads is obviously more cars.

Now as density increases it is only going to make the issues worse. Seems we are creating problems and then looking for a solution to the problem we have just made for ourselves, wouldn’t it be better to not create the problems in the 1st place.

Fremantle council seems very good at creating its own problems then to spend even more of our rates on finding solutions and then even more money telling us what a great job they are doing at solving problems they have in fact create or made worse.

A few examples

  • Selling car parking and making Freo harder to get into and find car parking, they have spent years giving Freo a anti-car image, then they spent reportedly $20,000 on an app for parking which get a iTunes Customer ReviewsAlmost useless, by nickname1950. Can’t say I have ever met anyone who admits to using it. Problem made, money spent, no solution. Or even better their great big parking signs which are regularly broken and no-one really knows what they mean anyway. More $$$$ gone.
  • It’s a bit like the massive bug killer lamp outside at chambers, great idea, then you look around and see stagnant water everywhere in their street flower pots, made an environment to breed mosquitos, then bought the solution to kill them, brilliant?
  • Mayor Brad says Fremantle is a progressive city so they view graffiti vandalism as art, now we have graffiti everywhere and spend a small fortune cleaning it up and leaving Freo like ghetto that no-one cares about, which in reality should be a thriving tourist destination, another council made problem needing to be fixed.
  • Mayor makes areas for “dedicated begging” in our streets, the solution he made for the problem he created when Perth clamped down on street begging and homeless and our mayor invited them to come to Freo, it surprisingly created another problem, needing to be fixed. What’s not so easy to fix is the dodgy anti-social image it gave Freo killing off more business.
  • Fremantle has an anti-social image with substance abuse driven by the number of large licensed areas in town, Fremantle makes a good alcohol policy then completely ignores it by leasing the J-Shed out for another 1800+ booze barn. Another problem to be fixed in the future?
  • Fremantle has the second worse rating for hard cover surfaces in the 202020 report, then concretes the esplanade, then straight into a new green plan after approving a plan that involved cutting down over 100 mature trees at the Kim Beazley site. They currently say they want to increase the park space in Freo yet are wanting to build or develop on Pioneer Park.
  • Fremantle councils direction over the years has allowed all the negative issues for Fremantle to build up, graffiti, substance abuse,, drunkenness, the need for a spew patrol, anti-social behaviour, loss of parking, the constantly messed with road systems, loss of groups like Myers, causing a loss of visitors frequenting Fremantle, hence causing a loss of business, leaving COF in its current situation, causing Fremantle again to spend $$ fix a problem it help create. Like $42M or is it $44M perhaps $52Million to help regenerate a CBD its help run down. Sorry about the different figures it’s not clear what the is cost is going to be, its only rate payer money, perhaps another issue to fix in the future with a massive rate hike for instance?
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The scenery our new Hilton guests can view from their windows

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The scenery our new Hilton guests can view from their windows

Does this seem logical to anyone, you could go with dozens of examples like this.

Now we come to density. So we cut block sizes, up the R-code, increasing hard surface coverage, causing more mature trees to be destroyed, increasing the population then yell about not building road to help with congestion caused by increasing density. Now as people don’t have backyards we have to build more parks and connections to the ones we have, another problem caused by council to then need fixing.

Here’s a quote from the article

“Perth’s the lowest density major city I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Mr Gordon said the good news was that Perth had land near major roads and railways that could be developed. He said it was not always necessary to “disturb stable residential communities” to do infill well.

“You’ve got miles and miles and miles of main roads just strung with dreck, low density shopping centres half abandoned, car dealerships, industrial areas . . . these are fantastic opportunities for infill and growth,” he said.”

So why is our council driving density in areas with traffic congestion issues in some cases over R100? Why are we doing infill to areas that are stable residential communities, building more problems like destroying tree canopy, increasing congestions, lowering services, increasing rates, causing more disputes with neighbours over development. Not ensuring suitable parking is allocated for new developments, only to cause more disputes in the future.

Fremantle’s road infrastructure has been eroded over the years, now by having one of the higher density increases in the metro area, these problems are being added to, while all the necessary services needed to help cater for this increase in density are not being supplied.

The Council has blindly followed Barnett’s government infill strategy while getting none of the services needed to support the density increase. We see more people coming to the area, no improvements or even plans to improve Public Transport. We have seen thousands of jobs leave the Freo CBD, yet more people planned to live here. If you want all these people to live here would it be better to ensure jobs are here for them, so they all don’t have to drive miles to get work, again adding to the congestion issues. Let’s face it you struggle to get a pair of kid’s school shoes in Freo and the council calls Freo the second city for the state.

Are residents happy about it judging by the satisfaction survey I guess not?

So again they have created another plan to create more problems only needing to be solved in the future. Every $ spent fixing a problem they made or help make is a $ less spent on services to rate payers and residents.

Of course we can increase density in perth buts lets do it where we have the infrastructure and the right ingredients to make it work well. I guess they will just add their poor density and its impacts to their legacy of solutions needing to be found?

Fremantle Herald No1 Information Source for Freo

Good to the Fremantle Herald has been ranked as Fremantle’s number 1 information source.

According to the councils “City of Fremantle Community Perceptions 2015 the herald is used by 70% of the people surveyed in the COF recently conducted report/survey made by CATALYSE® Community Perceptions Survey.

If you read the councils report on the survey, it needs to be read with a couple of grains of salt as it doesn’t really paint the true picture, reading the whole report will give you a better idea of where we stand.

COUNCIL MEDIA UNDER FIRE  “When asked where they sourced their local information—and without being prompted—70 per cent nominated the Fremantle Herald.”

Always interesting when I google items/issues about Freo how often the Herald comes up.

 

Well done Fremantle Herald

FREMANTLE COMMUNITY FAR FROM HAPPY WITH COUNCIL

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Fremantle residents and rate payers disapproval of council

After I read Roels Freo view article, FREO COMMUNITY HAPPIER WITH COUNCIL,  I thought I would check out the report on the Fremantle’s City website.

On 1st review it looks ok, I start to think, hey I’m way off base with my opinion of the council, in what the rate payers and residences think. Crap, oh well I had better take my medicine and see what issues I’m so off base on. So I download the attached reports made by CATALYSE® Community Perceptions Survey  

Good news is the Herald was ranked as the best Source of information about what’s happening locally, well done Herald

Once you start reading the report and taking into consideration the data inside, it paints a completely different picture of what I read on the city’s site and Roels page. Which is pretty much a cut and paste of the city’s PR page, where they tried to make lemonade from raw onion juice. No criticism of that I cut and paste myself all the time. The real issue is the city page excerpt is completely misleading, while it makes it sound that things are on the up and moving forward, its the reading of the details that paints the real picture and moving up from where and when is one of the questions to ask?

There are several parameters to look at before you worry about the actual issues.

One is the date for studies taken, if you compare the 2005 data with data reported from 2015 survey, you will find that most of the community responses are far worse now, than the data taken from 10 years ago, hence in the last decade Fremantle on most fronts, is worse off than 10 years ago. Not a good look for our Mayor Brad Pettitt, isn’t this his 10 year anniversary for being on council?

Another is the comparison to similar or like councils in regards to best practice or the average result across the board. So here is the kicker while on things like festival most other councils don’t seem to rate, Fremantle comes out on top. While on most of the issues that directly effect residents and rate payers, Fremantles gets the worse scores, a bit concerning when this is the city we live in.

A few facts from the report out of the 25 councils that where surveyed Fremantle was ranked 18th

Overall performance compared to other councils

  • Industry high or benchmark 67%
  • Industry average 52%
  • Fremantle  overall 43%

Overall satisfaction with City of Fremantle as a place to live, down from 2012 with no records reported before 2012.

Economic development and job creation down from the 2005 score of 72, to the 2015 of 40, a huge 32 point drop.

If you take all the heading or categories of the “City of Fremantle Community Perceptions 2015” report/survey and count up the categories that use the headings

  • Benchmarking ( a couple of categories were not counted at other councils)
  • Level of satisfaction
  • History (Some history does not go back 10yrs)

Number of categories was about 37, Freo was average in 6 of them below average in 31. (in comparisons to other councils in WA)

7 where had no data doing back to 2005. In 7 of the categories, Fremantle was ahead of its 2005 score and in a couple the same. 20+ where below the 2005 standard. Making in general Fremantle  far worse than it was back in 2005 according to the feedback. In a decade the survey shows a clear decline in real standards, while we have a loss of services and some of the highest rate increases in the metro area.

Hold on, think for a second, what do you think the 4 worse areas for concern were for Fremantle residents and rate payers,

  • Economic Development and Job Creation
  • How the City Centre is being developed
  • Parking in the City Centre
  • Graffiti, vandalism and anti-social behaviour

No surprise there right.

Now when you look at what the city has promoted on its website

Some of the key areas of improvement (based on levels of community satisfaction) are:

  • overall satisfaction with the City as a governing organisation  – up 7% * up 7% from last report but no data recorded prior, seems strange
  • council’s leadership – up 9% * When I read the report from Council’s leadership within the community its actually down 9 pts from 2005
  • youth services and facilities – up 21% *Actually only up 19 pts from 2005 but a good increase all the same
  • openness and transparency – up 9% *Again I don’t see where this came from as I see it’s down 7pts from 2005, even it they use 2012 its only 7
  • value for money (rates) – up 11% *No figure from 2005 though still down 5 pts from the 2008 report
  • parks and other green spaces – up 9% *Actually down 3 pts from 2005
  • family services and facilities –  up 13% *Actually up 1 pt from 2005 not 13pts
  • access for people with disabilities – up 10%* Actually down 8 pts from 2005, this is really poor if the city did a better job in early 2000
  • conservation and environmental management – up 12%*Actually up 3 pts from 2005, really poor considering how much councillors talk about this issue
  • planning and building approvals – up 8%*Actually down 7pts from 2005 sending a really clear message to community and business
  • parking in the city centre – up 8%.*Seriously parking is better? Please, actually down 15pts from 2005

Its pretty disingenuous to claim things have gotten better when you are actually down from a true point of view from when reports/surveys started. Your standards should be set on the best achieved not benchmarking off the fact that you have run it into the ground and claim a small bounce up as an achievement, when it is well below where you started.

A quick comparison of  this council in reference to the 2005 benchmark shows they made Fremantle a worse place even the overall satisfaction with City of Fremantle as a place to live has come down 2 pts since the last survey in 2012, with no data shown before this I wonder why?

Then again we don’t really need to read the report, a quick read of the paper or walk through town tells us the story. If they want to actually make things better its only done by taking a good honest look at the real situation, not with heavily rose tinted glasses.

Don’t take my word for it, top of the page is a link to the report, have a read and decide for yourself .

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Sometimes we go around deceiving ourselves into thinking things are a lot better than they actually are.

Fremantle’s Anti-Social Issues

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The derelict houses have been described as an eyesore.

How has Fremantle got to the situation it’s in?

Over last couple of weeks there has been plenty of reporting on the various issues that just seem to be s regular occurrence in Fremantle over last few years.

We see letters to the editor, stories in the local papers, state papers, multimedia news, web-based groups, etc, of drug abuse/dealing, crime, anti-social behaviours, housing issue’s?
Residents in Perth’s south are pleading with the West Australian Government to promptly demolish a series of derelict houses

Beacy Better?

Main Roads owned house in Fremantle/White Gum Valley derelict

RUN-DOWN, ABANDONED HOUSES NEED TO BE DEMOLISHED

PATROLS DOUBLE

UNFRONDLY TIMES AT FERN

It seems some of FERNS problems have moved from that site to just down the road to derelict homes

FERN SPLIT ON BLAME GAME

What a load of shit from the Lord Mayor of Perth this article is from last year with comments about the Mayors of Fremantle and Perth, as it reports our Mayor Brad Pettitts seems to flip-flop about a bit on the anti-social issues,  “In August 2012, the Fremantle Council Mayor, Brad Pettit, shamed himself when his comments of moving on the “eyesore” of beggars from Fremantle’s commercial strips were broadcast on prime time television.” then goes on in later media reports to then invite begging and the homeless to Freo then when that goes sour he’s back to a tougher stance. Doesn’t send a clear message and as we can see today has left the door open to increase our issues for anti-social behaviour in Freo’s CBD and now seems to be spreading through the suburbs, as we read in the above articles.

A quick read through the local papers letters to the editor leads close to hundreds of comments on Fremantle’s anti-social behaviour and the problems it has caused over the years.

FREO SHOWS A SOFTER SIDE

BEGGING CRACKDOWN

FREO GETS TOUGH ON ‘PRO’ BEGGARS

BITTER TASTE article in the herald shows the impact of the anti-social behaviour in Fremantle over the years making it harder for retail to trade in the city, just giving us another challenge we don’t need.

“As locals we have become used to the socially derelict state of the centre of Fremantle,” she says, urging a clean-up of both the streets and what she believes is a damaging sub-culture of begging, abusive behaviour and public swearing.

She hears the “c-word” yelled out daily and what goes on in Kings Square might make for dramatic viewing, but is not good for business.

“It can be scary,” she says, saying she was physically assaulted at least once. Blaming it on rent would be a cop-out,” she says.”

Fremantle Graffiti, Crime or Art it’s all the little things that add up to give Fremantle its anti-social image and feel. It’s the 1st impressions that visitors get as they drive in look for a car parking space, which sets the tone for their visit, if you are down points before their real experience starts its ground you have to make up, not a good start.

TALES OF BLOOD AND BINS

FREO MOVES ON SKID ROW

In the recent past we have seen murders in town, drug overdose, suicides, a huge increase in drug abuse and dealing. The state government is now only adding to the issues with cut backs in services which local councils aren’t funded to provide. It makes the issues worse by leaving abandon buildings to have squatters take them over, using them for god knows what, with reports of the police and fire services attending, drug paraphernalia found inside. Illegal electrical set ups, poor sanitation and being school holiday do suburbs really need unmonitored situations like this building up.

HOMESWEST ‘HELL’ We have seen how just a few households in a suburb that are legally occupied can make life hell on the street for the other residents in the area, do we now need squatters moving in as well.

It seems crazy that the police and various government departments spend so much money/resources to fix issues in our suburbs that draw in criminal activity, so to leave these building to just be vacant and opportunity for more anti-social issues in the suburbs seems counter-productive and a another waste of our taxes. Either rent them out properly or if they are not suitable for that, then demolish them.

Above is a dozen or so articles based around Fremantle’s anti-social challenges, it’s time for our council to realise, what they are doing doesn’t work, if anything they are adding to the problem not helping to solve it with their living in denial attitude of distraction, look another pop-up shop has open, ah yes all is well?

It’s hard to believe they are trying to revitalise Fremantle with such basic problems as anti-social behaviour are not properly addressed. It’s all fingering point now with the sale of the port will destroy Fremantle. Firstly it’s a lease, secondly the council has not control over what the FPA does anyway.

Then it’s the Perth Freight Link PFL will cut off traffic too Fremantle. Seriously with this council’s anti-car platform, selling off carparks making the road network as difficult as possible to navigate. they have done that job perfectly themselves. This and Freo’s image of anti-social behaviour, parking problems is what has helped drive our Beloved city to where it is now, perhaps the lowest point I have seen in my life time. Pointing at things that have not even happened as distractions or blame to why Fremantle sits in its sad level of decline isn’t going to solve anything.

Premier takes passenger s seat – The West Australian

Premier Colin Barnett joins State Political Editor Gareth Parker to discuss issues concerning WA voters.

Source: Premier takes passenger s seat – The West Australian

Here is the bit I’m sure interests all the locals on the PFL.

The section on the light rail is interesting as well.

PERTH FREIGHT LINK

GP: One of the issues that a lot of people wanted to talk about on our Facebook pages and on Twitter is the Perth Freight Link. It’s a very expensive project, it’s a very contentious project. Why are you going ahead with it?
CB: Perth is quite a unique city. We have a population of just under 2 million, but Perth is also a major trading point. We don’t have much manufacturing industry scattered around the suburbs of Perth, and yet we’ve got huge mining, petroleum and agricultural industries. So we’ll always have large amounts of heavy transport, chemicals transport, agricultrual produce, minerals, coming out of rail systems and the like. That makes us a little bit different, our ports are very important. The project, I think, should be looked at in two stages. The first stage is Roe 8, which is taking (traffic) from the (Kwinana) Freeway through to Stock Road. Now, whatever the future of the port may be, Roe 8 is needed, both to service the Fremantle Port and a future port at Cockburn.

GP: Do you say that Roe 8 could take traffic south as well as north (from Stock Road?)
CB: Wherever the port goes, you need Roe 8. So Roe 8 will be the first stage and a lot of work has done into that, its design, environmental approvals, it really is ready to go. We think work will probably start next year on Roe 8. The second component is getting heavy vehicles, not only through Roe 8, but into the port. There are all sorts of issues there, because we’re going through established residential areas. So the design work is not yet complete. A fair bit of work needs to happen on that. We do need to have a better access into Fremantle. Fremantle will continue to grow as a port for another 15 years, then it will continue (as a working port). It’s not going to close. There seems to be a view that Fremantle is going to close. It won’t. It will reach its capacity then continue to operate at that capacity. In about 15 years time you will start to see extra port facilities develop in Cockburn. It won’t be as big as Fremantle initially, but by 2030 maybe it will become the main port. So at that stage, you will also need the access to go to Cockburn.

GP: There’s two main options beyond Roe 8. One is to take it north on Stock Road, then west on Leach Highway and High Street. The other option the Transport Minister is looking at is tunnelling. You’re supposed to award a contract by December. Are you confident you’ll have enough information to be able to pick an option that’s within Budget by December?
CB: No I’m not. I think that’s probably a bit tight.

GP: It will be pushed out?
CB: Well I think we’ve got to get this right. And it is complicated. For the moment, the concentration will be getting Roe 8 underway.

GP: So you’re now saying this is really a two-stage process?
CB: There are two projects. Interconnected, but Roe 8 is the start, get Roe 8 built, then build the connection into Fremantle. So there is a bit of time to sort that out, and there are complex issues, one of which is the choice between different road routes, or tunnelling – a lot of work to be done to investigate that. There is also the issue of how do you get across the Swan River and into North Fremantle and the port facilities.

GP: Indeed, because even if you build the $1.6 billion link, it only takes you to Canning Highway, doesn’t it.
CB: It will get you there, then you need to get across the river. That’s the southern part of my electorate of Cottesloe. I’m very conscious of the issues of getting that tight corner into the Fremantle port area.

GP: So I guess given that uncertainty, and that issue about getting traffic into the port, a lot of people are wondering why you don’t just take the investment, send it further south to service a new road and rail corridor into a new port down at Cockburn.
CB: Well, the new port is probably $4 billion or $5 billion to build. And it’s not needed yet. It will be needed, but probably not for another 15 years. So we’re not going to build a road system to a port that isn’t there.

 

 

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