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?

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

 

 

Bond in the road for Roe 8 mates/ Fremantle Gazette

Interesting Article from the Fremantle Gazette exposing more reports that are kept from public view covering the impact of Not building the PFL or the Roe 8 & 9’s

Sadly this project, while able to lessen many stresses on our urban road networks, this issue has become highly politicized and the real benefits and negatives have been lost to small groups of individuals fear mongering the local communitys so no rational community discussion has actually been held to discuss the pros and cons and allow locals to have a balance thought without the hate and fear elements so commonly found in these issues.

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  • Fremantle Gazette
  • Josh Zimmerman facebook.com/ FremantleGazette
  • http://communitynewsgroup.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

PORTELLI BITTER ON SHELVING

BIBRA LAKE COCKBURN councillor Steve Portelli has joined with Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey to highlight the additional congestion and environmental consequences of shelving Roe 8, believing his own council is ignoring the findings of a traffic study which point toward a need for the road.

An independent traffic study commissioned by the City of Cockburn forecasts 35 stretches of road will need to be widened by 2031 to cope with the increase in daily vehicle movements in both Melville and Cockburn if Roe 8 is not built.

“It has got to the stage now that I am so frustrated and disappointed with the stalling of Roe 8 that I had to speak to someone that is for it,” Cr Portelli said.

“We have to get a strategy together and get the word out there because the community has been misled.

“Roe 8 is not just about diverting traffic away from South Street and Leach Highway but also from Cockburn’s east-west linking roads such as Farrington Road, Bibra Drive, Berrigan Drive, Russell Road, North Lake Road and Beeliar Drive.

“Close to 80,000 daily traffic movements will be taken away from those roads and out of our residential suburbs.”

Both Cr Aubrey and Cr Portelli believe that constructing a new outer harbour in Cockburn Sound, the alternative preferred by Cockburn council, will prove more environmentally damaging than Roe 8 itself.

“When you look at the impact on the environmental areas surrounding the roads that would need to be widened – and take into account the impact on the houses that abut those roads – you see that the aggregated environmental cost of not building Roe Highway is far greater than the cost of building it,” Cr Aubrey said.

“On top of that, residents will be stuck in congested traffic in perpetuity, with no other viable way of getting out of the situation.

“Certainly building the outer harbour will alleviate the trucks which is dangerous traffic to be mixed with light traffic but the fact is what we are looking at is getting 80,000 vehicles off our roads altogether with the construction of Roe Highway, compared to just 5000 trucks that would be moved to the outer harbour.”

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

 

 

Greens play dirty pool to get Mayor in to Canning? | CANNING ACCOUNTABILITY

 

Source: Greens play dirty pool to get Mayor in to Canning? | CANNING ACCOUNTABILITY

Interesting to see other councils are having issue’s with party politics riding rough shot over the real purpose of local government and the amenity it should provide, to its residents and ratepayers

There seems to be coordinate efforts made by party politics to take over local government to suit their own political agendas and to severe the community with services they should have and insert the ideology on these local governments.

The real issue here is how they raise rates to us to pay for their ideologies, bad enough we have state and federal government wasting our money, now we have to fund the waste and excesses of local government too.

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