Turnball Gives Perth Freight Link (PKL) Tick Of Approval

Perth Freight Link is a really important, game-changing project for WA, with massive benefits for the freight industry, commuters and the livability of people living around Fremantle port,” he said.

Source: Light rail gets nod from Canberra – The West Australian by Andrew Probyn

He warned any Federal contribution to MAX light rail would not be at the expense of the Perth Freight Link, which has attracted $925 million in Federal funds.

Projects like MAX could be funded through the Fremantle Port privatisation which would trigger federal payments through the asset recycling program.

Fremantle Councillors Hypocrisy on Advertising or are they just having laugh?

I recall about a year or so ago the pompous Superior attitude of the Fremantle  councillors. When the Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club (FSLSC) came before council to ask for permission for a few signs to generate much needed funds (sponsorship) to sustain the FSLSC operations which are extremely costly and considering that the COF contributes next to nothing for its operational costs each year.Now FSLSC had over 500 nippers last season, a great service and educational system for the area. I thinks its disgraceful that the COF doesn’t support such an Australian institution more.

Getting to the point of the post, COF lame ass operations aside. The council and especially some of its councillors speeches where pathetic and condescending to say the least. Their concern lay in the subject matter of advertising that would generate much needed funds for FSLSC. They where concerned that a Surf Life Saving Club may attract inappropriate sponsors like Coca Cola or McDonalds, our deputy Mayor Josh was worried about the ambiance, look or ugly advertising signs polluting our shoreline.  So massive signs, stories high inflatable beers bottles are good for beach ambiance but a mineral water ad at Leighton beach maybe 5ft high on a wall, would be a blight on the landscape. Seriously you couldn’t make this shit up.

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Sounds very superior right? Well you may be surprised that our council just approved for south beach an event Sponsored by Corona run by Sunset events.

Sound strange that our council thinks a major brewery product is more appropriate to make funds for a profit making company than coke is to generate sponsorship for a community service like a surf life saving club. Not that FSLSC was looking at coke its just that our councillors thought it appropriate to give the club its superior moral ground, funny right.

So today with Fremantle’s anti-social issues, Australia domestic violence issues, so bad  that bad our federal government has committed an additional $100 million dollars  to fight the issue and our council is promoting, booze barns, booze based businesses and alcohol based beach parties from its superior point of view. The rest of the country is battling to fight these issues and our council is promoting them and working to make our social issues worse.

 

Clearly council has quite strict standards for volunteer, community service organizations that help train 100’s of youth free of charge, for life skills, community service, health and well being and that make our beaches safer for the general public., but are fine for booze based groups to make money for profit how ever they please.

Sorry but that’s just pathetic. Tells a story about our council, what do u think?

Well I guess that Surf Life Saving Clubs don’t donate enough for electoral campaigns?

With domestic violence being front and centre in the media and community concern over the last year, alcohol being such a big contributor to the issue, Fremantle council is clearly out of touch with reality.

Glad to see Councillor Rachels ad says shes wants to work with the police on anti-social behaviour, she didn’t make it clear if she was working to make it  better or worse.

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Green wants project probe | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Source: Claudia Green wants project probe | Fremantle Herald Interactive

What pile of crap is the Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is talking now? “The Herald has obtained an email exchange between mayor Brad Pettitt and a ratepayer in which the mayor says staff are so worried about the information falling into the wrong hands they don’t even want it emailed within council.”

My God what do they have to hide if they are keeping secrets from their own councillors or staff, what dodgy deal have been done with this business plan? Or is that they think so lowly of their other councillors and staff that information is not freely flowing. No matter what it tells a story of something to hide.

The sad thing is that the rate payers who are denied access to these secret documents helped  pay for them

A single rate payer asked a couple of simple questions about a year ago of the Fremantle council in regards to their Kings Square Business Plan, till today he has not had those questions answered. Is the mayor claiming that this individual a year earlier started to use these simple  question  to stir trouble in an local election? Please how paranoid can you be?

1st lets ask one simple question evenif he did so what, if the plan is sound and there is nothing to hide then questions would have simply answered, it would not have taken the council 3 months and legal advice to draft the answers for his simple questions. Furthermore I doubt he thought his simple questions would make such a drama, I doubt he even knew who brad pettitt was till drafted the questions? The drama and the fact these questions are still being asked a year after they where 1st raised, begs to question what is our Mayor and council hiding?

This council has gone out of its way to have to deflect questions being answered on this project, its a breath of fresh air for Fremantle to have the opportunity to get a councillor who will ask for true financial due diligence to be brought to the councils handling of asset management and the use of the Reserve fund. Which appears to have become a slush for the mayors personal pet projects. instead of base of positive funds generation to lessen the rate cost burden on the rate payers. I.e. the mayor is blowing the city’s inheritance. No wonder Fremantle has some of the highest yearly rate increase each year in W.A.

We have a FORMER Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri with more real business savvy more than our current mayor, call the Kings Square Business Plan, “CRAZY”.

KINGS SQUARE DEAL ‘CRAZY’ Tells a story just in the title.

Clearly the Mayor seems to have a strange definition of the word democracy, “Dr Pettitt defends the crowd-funded projects, saying they are an exercise in direct democracy.” As crowd funding can come from anywhere in the world, how is this relevant to how the electors of Fremantle deciding how its rate are spent, with this system not one person in Fremantle is needed to supply money to the crowd funding system before councils funds the 50% of the project So the rate payers will fund 50%  without one vote being cast, only an idiot would think this has any democratic process for the rate payers of Fremantle. Its very big of the Mayor to allow the world to decide how Fremantle rate payers money, I wonder if any other council in Australia has a dumb policies like that?

Furthermore if Mayor cared about democracy then you would think he would allow everyone to view the secret documents he offered a select electorate to view, the individual who was offered showed the character our council and mayor seem to lacks by declining the offer instead suggesting it should be open for all to see. Perhaps the Mayor needs to look at what governance is  about, Good governance is about the processes for making and implementing decisions, looks a like a big fail on the 1st couple of points of good governance, Accountability and Transparency as the Kings Square Business plan can’t have this with the financial justification hidden from public scrutiny.

This reported statement from the Mayor brad pettitt in the Herald needs to brought into close scrutiny  “Dr Pettitt says there are projections in the document related to tenanting a state government department that the council wouldn’t want competitors to know about.” Hows does a business plan based on the sale of public (COF) assets to fund the new council chambers and library  and its stated worth in 20 years have any think to do with a private company renting out a companies owned building to a state government department.??? HOW its all smoke, mirrors and spin to misdirect legitimate questions being asked by rate payers?

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Smoke and mirrors to attempt to distract us from the real issues and facts.

Great to see someone like Claudia Green is standing up to our council and show she is no just a sheep in the flock and will drive for real answers and true financial accountability for our great city.

Rate payers of Fremantle if you want to see why your rates increase at the highest levels each year just look at the pet projects driven by the mayor and voted for by the council, there is your answer.

To be sure the only way Fremantle rate payers are going to get to the bottom of the cesspool of a plan is to have a independent inquiry or investigation, perfect job for the Auditor General.

I have links to articles and questions/statements over Fremantle City’s Council’s Kings Square Business Plan, this has nothing to do with an election, despite what our paranoid Mayor thinks, these are actions of people who believe that someone is conning them, pulling the wool over their eyes and who are concerned about what financial mess the city will be left in once the  secret deal is put into motion.

Kings Square deal ‘crazy’ | Fremantle Herald Interactive

WA budget set for worst debt blowout in 20 years | afr.com Kings Square Impact

Council pressed over Kings Square finances | Business News

City of Fremantle’s Howzat, More Spin Than a Warnie Leggie, Kings sq Saga Contines

Kings Sq, Lots of Questions but No Answers, Fremantle Council Why??

Concerns over Kings Square raised – Community Newspaper Group

Fremantle’s Kings Sq, Questions But No Answers, Just SPIN, SPIn, SPin,Spin

Part 2 Questions to Council on Kings Square October 2014

Fremantle’s King Square, No News

Freo’s $2.35m park bench | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Fremantle’s $97.5 Million Question?

Fremantle CEO Clanger

Fremantle CEO Clanger Round 2 ?

Ministers, Fizzle Not Sizzle

CITY OF FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE LETTER | Freo’s View

Community, Kings Square Presentation

Fremantle’s House of Cards

update Fremantle’s King Sq Links, Plenty of Q’s, & No A’s

Fremantle’s Mayors, Vague Response to Online Questions

City of Fremantle’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Sequal

Simple Questions, 4 Fremantle Council, Why No Answers, Where’s the Transparency?

Fremantle Council Mauls Questioning Resident

King concerns | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Questions in Parliament on City of Fremantle

 

 

Perth Freight Link Councils at Opposite ends of Spectrum

Its amazing the the different points of view to bordering councils can have on the same issue as the Perth Freight Link or Roe8 which ever name you perfer.

In Fremantle councils, Fremantle Pulse we see the councils position.

“Council has adopted a position not to support the state government proposals for sections 1 and 2 of the Perth Freight Link (PFL). It has called on the state government to put the current proposal on hold until further long-term freight planning and better options are developed.

Council supports the planning and development of an outer harbour serviced by rail. The outer harbour concept is in keeping with many decades of settled freight transport and urban planning. A long-term solution to container freight transport issues based on rail as the key component would result in: • a more cost effective long-term solution for freight transport • saving the highly valued conservation area, Beeliar Wetlands, from decimation through road building • minimising localised freight impacts, especially at High Street and North Fremantle • a reduction of carbon intensive greenhouse gas emissions • a reduction in community health issues related to road trauma and exhaust emissions • better utilisation of existing road infrastructure.”

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City Of Melville

Where Melville councils position quite the opposite, an extract from their council minutes.

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION (3645) APPROVAL That the Council:- 1. Reconfirm its support for the extension of Roe Highway between the Kwinana Freeway and Stock Road in accordance with the plans adopted by Main Roads Western Australia to finalise the Perth Freight Link. 2. Request the Chief Executive Officer to write to Main Roads Western Australia requesting they approach the construction of the Roe Highway extension for that section within the Beeliar Regional Park, in such a way as to minimise any potential adverse environmental impacts on the Park, by ensuring the maximum protection of the flora and fauna, the wetlands and the amenity of the area, together with maintaining and enhancing public accessibility of this regionally important asset. 3. Reiterate its support for the extending the Roe Highway, west of Stock Road to Stirling Highway, utilising the alignment of the Fremantle Eastern Bypass for the Perth Freight Link. 4. Request the Chief Executive Officer to write to the State Government advising that in order to minimise the potential impact of utilising the Fremantle Eastern Bypass alignment for the Perth Freight Link, all or part of the route between Clontarf Hill and Stirling Highway be tunnelled.”

Sadly Fremantle council has abandoned their electorate to follow party politics with no intention to solve the traffic congestion, safety issues that faces its residents, where Melville councils officers and councillors have recommended and voted to address traffic congestion and safety issues for its residents.

Fremantle council is still bleating on about the outer harbour which will do nothing to address Fremantle’s traffic safety issues for the next decade at least, happy to leave its residents to have increasing congestion worsening safety issues and increasing pollution which will rapidly worsen with the stop start nature of traffic congestion and not to mention all the traffic lights.

With the local election and the door knocking in process its quite interesting to hear the number of people in the valley and towards freo who are in favour or have no objection to the tunnel option proposed but not so in favour of the high st expansion option. Clearly our council has once again slid down its political agenda instead of looking after the best interest of its rate payers.

Currently, only around 15% of containers are moved by rail, despite a substantial subsidy from the State Government. At present, Fremantle Port is one of the best performing ports in Australia with container movements by rail.

The city of fremantle  is misleading its residents by saying the outer harbour will solve the traffic issues, it will not its own study from CUSP, costing rate payers $20,000, (which several councillors have told me was a waste of money), shows that the traffic will worsen till the outer harbour is built another decade at least. Then when it opens it will drop the amount of trucks with the transition and then the truck traffic over the years will continue to increase out of fremantle to a much worsen situation than we have now. Increasing by as much as 30% more than we have currently 2015. That’s with the outer harbour fully operational and of course this will do nothing for the every increasing amount of other vehicles on our Fremantle roads.

Even with the outer harbour Fremantle will continue to have the same traffic problems we have now and it will continue to worsen and we will continue to get more trucks once the outer harbour is built and operational.

Whats worse is with the negative position our council has taken if the Roe 8 is built we will not have had any input into making sure we get the best outcome for Fremantle, to make all of our lives safer, healthier and happier.

 

Council robbing the kids of the Aussie backyard experience.

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Backyard fun with a Hills Hoist. SMH

A trend of smaller blocks,low-maintenance, designer backyards is robbing children of fun in the outdoors, a new book claims.

Source: Design trend takes child’s play out of backyards Please click to read its worth it.

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Good article based on a book from the CSIRO on the loss of the Aussie backyard.

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The decreasing blocks and house sizes, design are robbing kids of growing up my generation did. Now the council wants to limit the space for cars, the old driveway was a great cricket pitch, hand ball court, learning to ride a bike. Big back yard big trees, great natural play space, natural cooling, place for animals to find shelter or food, its all pluses, now look what council is pushing.

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Kids playing in backyard

Councils drive for tiny blocks are taking away the safety of the old backyard where kids could play with less supervision, longer, healthier, more creative and safer.

Their high density ideology is no way for a kid to grow up, i just came back form Hong Kong, there is no way I would want to raise a family there.

”Up until the 1990s, Australian backyards were like what you saw in Neighbours, with swimming pools and barbecues,” Prof Hall said. ”That kind of suburb is not being built any more. Instead, people tend to extend the house over as much of the block they can.

”Everybody in Australia should be concerned about the health and lifestyle implications of this.”

Professor Hall said front gardens and parks are no substitute for backyards, where children can run unsupervised in safety.

He said smaller backyards also contributed to environmental degradation, with vegetation around the house acting to absorb rain and cool the climate in summer.

”Plants give off moisture, trees give off shade and it all adds to biodiversity and attracts birds and things. This being close to nature is important for enjoying your house, especially for children.”

Plant and trees like this  are not built on shoe box size blocks or in planter boxes on the 6 story of a container city.

Its quite clear our council ideology is bad for our families health and well being., Everyone around the Kim Beazley site will feel the extra heat this summer from council decision approving  its tree canopy to be wiped out.

Councillor Rachel’s small blocks, Mayors Brads Highrise, high density are no place for kids to play and are killing our way of life. Along with  all their tree clearing, concreting parks, its leaving a nasty future for our families. Leaving Fremantle with the 2nd worse tree canopy in WA.

Their  path is just bad for our physical and mental well being.

 

 

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