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.

BEACONSFIELD WARD
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.

 

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

Fremantle Council Crackers over Crackers (Australia Day)

Its amazing that from 2015 to 2016 a complete back-flip over how Australia day is celebrated and the Mayor bringing into question if it should be celebrated at all.

Here we see a Fremantle council press release on this very issue, its all big, fantastic, inclusive , what changed in 12 months, the celebration didn’t, the day didn’t , what Australia Day means hasn’t changed for decades.

Fireworks & festivals – Fremantle kicks off a massive 2015 with biggest ever Australia Day fireworks

Australia Day must the most inclusive day Australia has. everyone is welcome, people may choose not to come, that’s their choice

A couple of quotes from a then freo councillor on Australia Day.

“Fremantle Deputy Mayor, Josh Wilson said he was excited to see the Australia Day celebrations kick-off a year of unparalleled activity in terms of festivals and events in Fremantle.
“Families from all over Perth have enjoyed Fremantle’s distinctively relaxed Australia Day celebrations since its humble Cracker Night beginnings many years ago and  I know everyone in Freo has taken pride in seeing our celebration blossom into this fantastic one-of-a-kind event in recent times,” Deputy Mayor Wilson said.
“This year the fireworks also mark the start of an incredible period of arts and cultural activity with both the inaugural Freo Royale fringe program and the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival arriving in February.  These major events are part of a massive 2015 arts calendar that delivers on Fremantle Council’s vision for making Freo a world-class festival city.”
No mention of invasion day then, strange if its such a big issue now, wouldn’t you think?
So if was all great last year, what happened, did Josh take the council matchbox of common sense/reality when he left? How did it go from biggest ever to canceled?
Australia Day includes, citizenship events, Australian of the year ceremonies, families and friends getting together, The Australian day committee claims that 1/2 the population of Australia goes to these events around our country. Can it get much more inclusive than than.
So we have gone from this it last year being a massive community and business success; to Mayor Killjoy (brad pettitt) wanting to kill off the atmosphere and run down another local tradition and ban stuff again.

Fremantle Mayor Suggests  Moving  Australia Day Away From January 26

Even better the Mayor is stated as saying  “The mayor of Fremantle has expressed his surprise that a decision to cancel the city’s Australia Day celebrations has become a nationwide debate.” Seriously how clueless can you be, is he that blinded by his own personal party political agendas, he can’t see thousands of people enjoying  this national celebration. Try looking at your at local community leaders coming out to condemn the councillors actions,

  • Warren Mundine labels Freo fireworks snub ‘a silly
  • Australia Day fireworks axe slammed by indigenous MP Ben Wyatt
  • Fremantle chamber of commerce
 It takes years to build these events into an attraction where people look forward to coming, it costs money and lots of effort to build the events to get such recognition. Now we see the Fremantle Mayor and majority of councillors take decades of work and throw it aside for a chance to drive an Politically based agenda at the communities expense, nothing knew there for Freo its councils MO.
The only people who are not welcome at Australia Day are people who make them selves not welcome. The date is a place maker in history banning what-ever will not change this.
No one involved in the actual events is still around they are all long gone centuries ago. For sure they event date could change will it solve the issues, not really, quickly enough, something else be an issue to replace it. Europe over the space of 80 years or so had 2 world wars then moved to establish,  European Union, common currency etc.
This so called protest is bathed in politics and has very little to do with actual issues and if anything will only cause more divide, which seems to be the real intent.
Over the last decade we see the green/lefty groups with their attacks on ANZAC, with claims it glorifies war, completely ignoring the main theme for ANZAC day, “Lest we forget”.
It doesn’t really matter what the subject is these groups are driven to cause divide in our community, as our basic principle of government (democracy doesn’t suit them) as they know the mass will not agree with their big picture plan. So we see small groups attacking the Australian Way of life and at best are divisive in our community.  Bad timing for them as ANZAC day has just gone from strength to strength in our Australian community.
Sadly this attack on Australia Day is just another attempt at going against the establishment by a  few in the lefty greenie political arena.
We read of the regular dribble from Councillors,  now about evil people who drive utes, or have BBQ’s, even worse the racists who dare to display the Australian Flag, and finally the fascists who are so despicable that they fly an Australia Flag from their cars; can you imagine. This is the level of conversation and BS our councillors have reached to drive divides in our community, its really quite pathetic.
Does it do their job being councillors?
Does it improve the amenity of Rate Payers?
Does it do anything to do, apart from drive their political agendas, using council as a tool to further, their minority divisive rhetoric?

I have a lot more to say about the so called invasion and the complete lack of facts and again we lefties giving new meanings to words in our language to suit their own agendas, i.e. definition of Colonization and invasion to start with.  The lefties need to learn the can’t ignore facts and re-write history to suit their twisted agendas.

More on that in another post as this is getting too long already.

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Freo Council; Damaging Brand Fremantle?

We see a week or so ago Roel criticizing the local Rate Payers and Residents Association for trying to get the government off its complaisant lazy ass and for it properly look into the dodgy, constantly changing so called business plan the city has for Kings Sq.

I wonder whats worse the rate payers asking the questions, or the city making a risky business decision and leaving the city 10’s of millions of dollars in Debt with a depleted revenue based portfolio as our current Mayor wants to sell off anything, his &^%$s haven’t leased out.

Anyway on the issue of Damaging Brand Freo, apart from council seemingly attempting to bankrupt the city, the Mayors latest debacle, his canceling of the Australian Day fireworks.

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Whats Not Happening Australia Day 2017 with our present Freo council and mayor

While I’m not overly enthused with fireworks per-say , and they aren’t necessary to celebrate Australia Day. Its hardly surprising to see the community reaction. Many do take the chance to celebrate Australia Day its a great way for family’s to do an outdoor activity  and when you go to the local parks to watch, you see what a great community we have in Freo, everyone coming together to celebrate our national day, in a happy, peaceful,respectful atmosphere.

Its great you don’t need to go to Fremantle centre and expose your young family to the anti-social types, Fremantle centre has become a magnet for, drunk’s  druggies, the vandalism, the drug dealers, the violence and foul language which has just gotten out of control in the CBD, over the last decade or so.

So back to the question who is really damaging “BRAND FREMANTLE”, concerned community members, or a council, which has overseen;

  • The crash of retail
  • The exodus of jobs
  • The decline of business in general
  • The increase in Alcohol based events, its the one way our council drives people to the city, killing off its once family friendly reputation. Even simple events like meet the candidates, needs an open bar, I see co-run by the network, another council directed community group.
  • The decline of basic maintenance
  • The loss of Parking, a key ingredient to the success of any Australian retail/business precinct
  • The encouragement of graffiti vandalism by the COF/Mayor
  • Increase in anti-social behaviour
  • Increase in crime
  • Fremantle known as a top 10 worse suburbs for assaults in WA, nothing unusual to see this for freo, https://www.crimestopperswa.com.au/open-cases/assault-south-terrace-fremantle/
  • Etc.

Now we see worldwide, the laughing stock the mayor has made of Fremantle, with his attack on an Australian Day; a favoured celebration, the fireworks night; as he’s concerned its upsetting a small part of our community, but happily the mayor is willing to piss-off the majority to achieve nothing.

Community leaders have come out condemning the mayor for his actions,

Indigenous leader Warren Mundine slams cancellations of Fremantle Australia Day fireworks

Read more: http://news2.onlinenigeria.com/world/510957-indigenous-leader-warren-mundine-slams-cancellations-of-fremantle-australia-day-fireworks.html#ixzz4IasNW71w

Labor MP Ben Wyatt says the cancellation will cause division

 

http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/fremantle-mayor-suggests-moving-australia-day-away-from-january-26/ar-BBw4iYO?li=AAavLaF&ocid=spartanntp

“The mayor of Fremantle has expressed his surprise that a decision to cancel the city’s Australia Day celebrations has become a nationwide debate.

Brad Pettitt said while plenty of people contacting him after yesterday’s decision were unhappy, he believed the majority of Fremantle residents backed the move.”

What a pile of crap the mayor believing the community would want this. Just showing how completely out of touch with reality he is. And Brad its not nationwide its gone international. Blogs are posting worldwide even with video of how bad this idea is.

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In his last election only approx 18%, of the community voted for him , so he’s entitled to say he speak for that minority group, he is clueless arrogant  to what the majority want.
Whats next, canceling Christmas, Easter or blessing of the fleet, where will he’s attacks stop on Australian celebration days, in his need to appease a few minority at the expense of the broader community. Looking more and more like a need to have his face in the paper, is he that insecure?

These issues are political motivated by national and state politics, this well could be the thin edge of the wedge; as party politics has infested our local council like a cancer.

Council is about the amenity of the residents and ratepayers, not there for a select few to drive their personal party political agendas which have failed on a state and national level. This is why local councils like freo support groups, like 350, One planet, as they can not penetrate politics the way they like, at a larger level, especially where compulsory voting is in place, so they attack areas, like councils, where the general community takes little interest until it directly effects them, then being to late to stop. When continually ignored by the council its not surprising that they lose interest in participation.

Councils that are dominated by groups like this, rely on the complacency of the wider public to sneak their agendas in.

Great way to kill of tourism, people come to Australia to see Australia, not a washed out versions of its former self, as our council attempts to make whats great bland and uninteresting, in case it offends someone.

So for me its quite clear whats damaging “The BRAND FREMANTLE” its our Fremantle council.

Uproar as Fremantle council cancels Australia Day events

Quotes and links to the COF website.

Apart from the mayor perhaps going his usual i chat to whom i knows agrees with me; I see no evidence on any community engagement from the council, with its rate payers and residents on this issue, clearly the Mayor Brad Pettitt, got it wrong again, as he does so often.

Functions of council

The Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) sets out the general functions of local government to:

  • provide for good government
  • provide services and facilities to meet the community needs
  • deliver services effectively and efficiently
  • be accountable to the community.

Community Engagement

The City of Fremantle is committed to best practice community engagement and engages on a diverse range of issues and projects.

Community engagement is a way of acknowledging the skills, knowledge and passion contained within the citizens and stakeholders of the City and seeks to combine these with the skills, knowledge and passion of staff and elected members.”

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Caught in the Spin

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?

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