Fremantle Council Shambles Continue

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Amazing our council seems to know how to consistently make contracts that actually screw up the cities ability to move forward.

Council has made lemons out of deal after deal.

Kings Square business plan has kept the CBD dead (apart from the drunks, dregs and druggies) for over 3yrs now, first they screwed up by letting Myers leave then the Mayor, Brad Pettitts clanger of a Kings Square Business Plan.

He was warned by an ex mayor don’t do it, professional staff (that left) said the same. Members of the Community tried to raise questions, but where publicly vilified for it. Fremantle Society raised questions never got answers, several community groups fared no better. a Politician asked questions in Parliament the Minister pretty much ignored them. Financial specialists, with a puissance for this sort of financial application, have raised serious questions in the both the outcome and methodology of the so call business plan. Councillors have been written too as individuals asking direct questions of the procedure and their understanding of the outcome and their responsibilities in this chain of council decisions, that started back in 2012.

All this and they blissfully carried on with our piped piper leading them down the path, the only councillor who showed an ounce of free will was ex councillor Bill Massie and his replacement since. All of this leading to a possible $50,000,000.00 loss for the ratepayers.

Then the shocker of deal with the Dockers, leaving the council with a vacating footie team who has the ground locked  for peanuts, for decades, our councillors showing yet again their financial acumen. Rate payers screwed yet again.

Giving away the Esplanade for next to free for a select group. Another bill for the rate payers to cover.

Anyone wondering why we see our rates rise the way they do????

Then we see another couple of sweet deals for the a couple of groups at the old naval stores, somehow this group get an amazingly cheap deal and have the ability to sublease out space to profit on something they are killing time with. How this is a positive outcome for Freo is beyond me.

Then we come round to a deal which seems to have been a pet project for the mayor as he rode it pretty hard. Including a more than smoke screen of a farce community engagement, which went 180 degrees opposite to what the community groups came up with. Again community groups raised a whole range of objections, now seemingly mostly if not all justified, as the Mayor and co, completely ignored community objections and concerns and just did want they felt like.

So what we have again is another divide in our community, modeled by council and another part of our town left de-activated; this time for how long as we wait to see how our our council sorts another self made mess.

How many different spaces in the Queensgate centre are being used by groups who are paying well below market rate if anything at all, who are they and what connections do they have to our current council? What else is the rate payer funding, that they have no idea about.

The WAPC  finding a pretty much given for Freo,

  • Use of land reserved for parks & recreation, regional open space was not as specified and the plan Brad drove so hard for did not comply with intended use of such a reserve, oh yes the community did raise that, another thing he ignored.
  • Wait for it; the proposal did not have sufficient car-parking, right how many times was that mentioned? that’s pretty much a staple for our anti-car council.
  • Didn’t comply with the local planning for Fremantle
  • Had a negative impact on local residences and other businesses.
  • Didn’t comply with the COF own West-end policy.
  • They missed, it went against COF own Alcohol policy
  • There is a few more apart from their other stupid ideas, of using whalers tunnel, or the bike path to set up the events if FPA blocked use of the road.
  • Not to mention pissing off the local business and pretty much looked they were trying to drive them out?
  • FPA against the  proposal
  • Setting up a massive booze barn across from a TAFE.
  • It just goes on and on.

Even better when we see the WAPC ruling coming out, wheres our Mayor, oh yes off jet-setting overseas, increasing his carbon-footprint and now the proverbial is going down in freo, over councils latest cock-up, he’s off on his Holidays, leadership at its most. Possible a good plan overseas, let the heat die down, and hold another love in about small apartments that heat off their own poo.

So we see Roel ( J SHED INCOMPETENCE A WORRY FOR KINGS SQUARE ) coming out all guns blazing on the professional staff and fair enough, how did they let all that go by? Still he did not once call to account our Mayor or Councillors, whom were the ones to finally vote to allow this debacle to happen in the 1st place. Hes not publishing any council facts/critics now days, so another place council gets a walk.

I would ask another question, is this professional body that incompetent or is it a group that is ridden rough shot over and told what to do or what outcomes will be, to suit a certain person and his personal agenda?

Isn’t this why the final decisions rests with people who are so called representatives of the city residents and ratepayers or electors, our councillors and Mayor right, isn’t this what they get paid for ?

In these cases you have to ask who’s best interests were they taking care of, from the outcomes so far it doesn’t look like the old electors are faring to well?

It was great to see the CCC’s recommendation for the Auditor general office to get some oversite of local council.

Its fair to say many in the freo community would be happy to see the auditors general popping into freo any day real soon.

 

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Another Blow to Freo; Murdoch precinct land released | Fremantle Herald Interactive

WITH an eye on Murdoch becoming a “new city centre”, LandCorp is releasing seven large development lots for office, retail and 400 new residences. The lots, ranging between 2000sqm and 6000sqm, wil…

Source: Murdoch precinct land released | Fremantle Herald Interactive

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What freo councils not good at

Looks like Freo has another blow heading its way if this development takes off.

Easy access to Freeways north and south, Roe Hwy going east. Only congestion going thru or towards Freo.

Naturally council with its mainstream political leaning to labor and the greens direction has blocked  Roe 8 or PFL development. Allowing another newly developing suburb to benefit from easy access to the wider Perth metro network; while Freo languishes in its current dangerous  and  congested streets.

Fremantle Council (COF) blocking such basic infrastructure is ensuring Fremantle is not a designation for many travellers. Why bother with the traffic? Soon we will see Booragoon double in size. Strangely no doubling in residences in the area, it turns out people want to go to buy what that centre offers. Opposed to freo councils plan, is to build in what people don’t want, and cancel things they enjoy look the Australian Day fireworks and parking.

We here constantly dribble online about sterile shopping centres and how bad they are, but that seems to be what the vastly broader community wants, that’s why they are full and freo has the revolving door of retailers.

Now we see east of Freo a new development

“LandCorp is releasing seven large development lots for office, retail and 400 new residences.

The precinct is the first stage of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre, which is expected to provide 35,000 jobs, educational facilities for 44,000 students, and homes for 22,000 people.”

22,000 residence thats about 2/3 of Freo’s current population.

This attractive location and its easy access to  a good road network will be another blow for poor old freo.

 

Is this to be Fremantle’s Future under its current council?

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Where Freo Council is taking our poor city

Cartoonists summing up the Fremantle Council, Spot On

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The West’s Cartoonist, Alston, summed up the situation perfectly.

Nothing new here, Mayor Brad Pettitt seems to have his selective hearing on again/still;  ignoring the point of view of some community leaders, choosing only to listen to the ones singing from Brads own Hymn sheet.

One thing you can be sure of these sorts of decision, the general public will be saved from any thought or stress as the mayor has made up your mind for you, anyway he knows best and is right, just ask him?

Standard MO from the Mayor, of course, having  only have spoken to a few like minded individuals, of course Brad with his keen telepathic powers, knowing that the not so silent majority (this time) is complete instep with him. Bullsh!@!, sorry a bit of a cough. Clearly the majority of Fremantle residents are in Support  of Brads latest whacky idea,   ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,NOT.

borat not

 

 

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.

 

 

Ambitious plan to transform Freo port – The West Australian

Waterfront homes for thousands of people, an international standard cruise ship terminal and a $1 billion boost to State Government coffers are key outcomes of an ambitious plan to change the face of the southern side of Fremantle port.

 

Source: Ambitious plan to transform Freo port – The West Australian

 

More pie in the sky spin from our Mayor Brad Pettitt

How many decades before such infrastructure could be built and with Fremantle’s geographical  location would it ever warrant such a development for the cruise ship industry, the state gov would need to get commitment from the cruise industry before developing such a place, to ensure it just didn’t become unused infrastructure.
Barnett has already said live export would move to the outer harbour once its built. So why is bringing this into his discussion as its moving anyway.

No need to move the car off load for RORO and double the distance for cars to be delivered to car yards, just make this part of the development.

The picture attached of Broadwater is hardly a good comparison as this area of the gold coast is all estuaries, mariners, beaches, residential development, leisure activities parks etc.

The google link above to the map or earth shot is movable and can zoom in and out so have a look just touch and drag to explore it.

Not what fremantle harbour is, being active cargo port, narrow river mouth surrounded by concrete.


What escapes the Mayors grasp of reality or suits his latest agenda is without a proper road network how will the thousands of guests and crew, new residences, workers get in and out of the city area in a efficient manner.
He and his council have made our road system into a dogs breakfast with their Anti-car platform.
Not to mention he needs to remove the rail out of the way, as this will also be a problem for development of residential apartments with trains riding down the side of it with heavy freight rail at night. Which would just create another problem.

Attached here is a link (Click to see it) to a post I wrote a while back, doing some of things this idea above mentions, but also deals with removing the heavy rail from traveling through town,

  • Sorts out the traffic problems,
  • Opens the north side of Freo up to more residential use and provides better access PT to new residents,
  • Opens north Freo back to the beach fronts,
  • Slashes traffic movements down Stirling Hwy
  • Cuts traffic of South st
  • Diverts, trucks off Hampton road heading south or north
  • Removes passengers vehicles from Fremantle who are only driving through to get somewhere else.
  • Opens up poor used land for better use in the north port side
  • Brings back a village feel to the Tydeman road precinct, well till Sullivans try’s to approve a 15 story building for it.
  • Lowers noise pollution
  • Makes our local roads safer
  • Lowers emissions to the local area, by taking away the stop start of heavy vehicles making them more efficient.
  • Opens up the heavy freight line running south of Freo back to PT (Public Tranport), linking the new developing suburbs to the rail stations, with rail cutting the need for people to park and ride in town.
  • Giving space for more cycle and pedestrian ways.
  • Opens the possibility to link the north lines PT rail to Freo in a circle line opening up direct PT rail to Cockburn and the Mandurah line also allowing a rail service with one change to the hospital and Murdoch.
  • All while keeping an operational port in town.
  • Improving Freo’s Green space and lowering the amount of concrete surface our council loves so much.

In case it’s escaped his attention the outer harbour is not planned to replace Fremantle port but be a spill over once Freo harbour/port reaches a cap which is higher than its current container movements right now.

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Which will put more freight on rail without increasing the % moved on rail and will bring more container Trucks to our suburb as he was against the infrastructure that would have removed them. Being the PFL, Roe 8 or Roe 9 or which ever way its portrayed.

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So too add to the congestion he proposed thousands more to come to work, in the city and more visitors while he wants NO new roads, while increasing freight rail through town, creating More division and social problems and less car parking.

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Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but at least we have a rapid charging point for EV in town and guaranteed you can get pissed at a noisy concert right in the centre of a what was a quiet historic area of town, now  heavily used for residential.

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Maybe that’s the plan with J-shed if the noise is loud enough from his approved, piss up concerts, it may drown out the noise from the trains.

Oh and Paul I think this is offering a solution while disagreeing with another POV, just in case you missed that point again.

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