Fremantle Port Worth $3 Billions in Lease Deal as Early as Jan 2016

Fremantle Port is gaining great interest in its privatization deal, by as early as Jan 2016.

Interest is high in what is likely to be Australia’s fourth and final big container port privatisation and it is understood potential buyers have been in touch with Western Australian government officials in recent weeks, seeking clarification on a number of important issues which will determine the port’s appeal and likely value.

PFL and the outer harbour will be key consideration in this lease deal of the FPA. Profit are up the container business is growing at over 6% annually.

Our new PM has stated he still supports the PFL funding model, stage one is finalized and interested parties are looking at stage 2 to further drive the price of the FPA operation.

WA stands to make a great windfall in the lease of Fremantle Port, freeing up funds generated in the lease deal for developing public transport (PT) which is a direction the new PM Turnball would like to see with use of the funds raised by leasing assets like the FPA.

Of course a minority group are against the PFL which could impact the final lease revenue generated for the port which could means less funds for Perth’s public transport infrastructure.

Sadly due to the Fremantle councils negative attitude for development in fremantle ( bar a select few) the PFL is likely to just be a truck route for the port instead of a positive development, improving locals road safety, lessening congestion and lowering pollution for our suburbs.

Guess theirs no donation for election campaigns for the right people, in the PFL so it looks like it will not be getting the golden tick of approval. Maybe if it started or finished at a mirco brewery it would get a look in?

 

Perth Freight Link some other Facts

“MATT TAYLOR is the state Liberal MP for Bateman and in this week’sTHINKING ALLOWED defends the Perth Freight Link.

I AGREE with the federal member for Fremantle Melissa Parke MP (Herald Thinking Allowed, September 5, 2015) that it is vitally important we take this opportunity to focus on a project critical to Perth’s long-term transport network.”

FIGHTING FOR YOU

A good piece by Matt Taylor bringing up some facts that are not forward by the objectors to the PKL.

It surprises me when I talk to people how little facts they have on the issue, its generally based on emotion, which is also partial the governments fault with them being so slow to release information in an easy to find format.

The amount of misinformation in the community is huge, things like a huge alley being carved thru White Gum Valley are just simply rubbish, how gullible would you need to be to believe such crap.

To be sure if the stage 2 part of Roe 8 is not done right Fremantle residents will get no real benefits and could get a road that divides our community.

Done right it could be a great benefit making travel faster, more efficient, safer, cheaper and open up Fremantle for business that it is not exposed to now. As well as removing from our streets all the traveling through, traffic with no intention of stopping in Fremantle traffic from our suburbs.  Not to mention the trucks. Opening good medium density residential on a heavy rail line. Raising revenue to help fund the project. Improving the freight rail link, opening great opportunities for increasing and improving public transport without Fremantle’s Councils destructive light rail link going up south st and at cheaper cost to the tax payer. Opening up a great pedestrian and cycle link from Coogee to Leighton beach.

Sadly the vocal minority have decided to just oppose but not engage which could sadly leave us with the worse outcome if the road goes ahead.

 

Updated, Fremantles Light Rail, More Destructive to Fremantle Homes and Businesses, Than PFL?

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I understand the South St reserve link (Intramaps)is not quite working as I would like so here is a screen shot of what I was intending to show from intramaps. Now this is an indication of a reserve set aside some time ago and is not complete for the rail system to be built, so it would need to be expanded. Of course to see the full impact of how the reserve would impact homes an actual detailed plan would be needed. Not to mention the cycle paths they would want, car lanes and buses.

The Red line running down South St shows the properties impacted. Also allowing for the expansion west of the road reserve to Fremantle to allow the light rail to be added.

South St Rd Reserve

The link above takes you to a map that takes a few seconds to load. It may need to be zoomed in to South St , between, Carrington St and Bruce Lee Reserve

This map will show you South St reserve,  coloured in red which starts just west of Bruce Lee Oval and heads east out of Fremantle.

This is the space set aside to expand South St, which would be needed to incorporate a light rail system. Unless councils plan is to just ban cars on South St? In the Herald last month we see the article about  Rachel Pemberton,  EYES ON A LIGHT RAIL FUTURE

This would appear to make Fremantle Councils light rail more destructive to Fremantle than the PFL.  All the verge trees and many in peoples front yards would need to be cut down, or cleared to make way for Rachel’s Pemberton’s Light Rail Future.

  • How many families would lose homes on South St?
  • How many businesses would need to knocked down to make way for the new rail line?
  • How much of their blocks will be reclaimed for the new verges area?
  • All the big pine trees on South St before Carrington St would need to go.
  • About 80 trees between Carrington St and Stock St would need to go.
  • The impact east of Stock Rd could also be huge if over head power is needed, with many old large trees could over hang the power system.
  • How will this effect the value of all homes along South St especially those close to road with added rail noise and vibration. Wheel squeal and flanging noise are often causes of annoyance to residents as the high pitch screeching is mainly found at the high frequency end of the human audible noise spectrum?
  • Now its been made so public will real estate agents now have to warn prospective buyers of the developments the council is driving for.
  • Now the Councillor has come out and spoken about it so publicly, what impact could this have on Trans Perth not prioritizing new bus routes or possible rapid bus transit lanes, which TP development speaks of?
  • The months of turmoil on people and businesses while South St is dug up and the new infrastructure is put in place?
  • Worse, no road reserve is noted for the final leg to Fremantle, so who’s street could it drive through and what is the impact on loss of homes and businesses to for fill their ideology? Leaving years of uncertainly for local families
  • This is just the start of the questions of the impact that such a project could have.

The devastation on an old established suburb will be huge by driving a light rail system through these old heritage areas.

Some other links to the issue

FREMANTLE LIGHTRAIL NOT A PIPE DREAM

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/light-rail-on-track-for-perths-south-with-route-from-murdoch-to-fremantle-mooted/news-story/f62357a00d5ab598645dc701c6c1e84b

 

 

 

 

Fremantles Light Rail, More Destructive to Fremantle Homes and Businesses, Than PFL?

 

South St Rd Reserve

The link above takes you to a map that takes a few seconds to load. It may need to be zoomed in to South St , between, Carrington St and Bruce Lee Reserve

This map will show you South St reserve,  coloured in red which starts just west of Bruce Lee Oval and heads east out of Fremantle.

This is the space set aside to expand South St, which would be needed to incorporate a light rail system. Unless councils plan is to just ban cars on South St? In the Herald last month we see the article about  Rachel Pemberton,  EYES ON A LIGHT RAIL FUTURE

This would appear to make Fremantle Councils light rail more destructive to Fremantle than the PFL.  All the verge trees and many in peoples front yards would need to be cut down, or cleared to make way for Rachel’s Pemberton’s Light Rail Future.

  • How many families would lose homes on South St?
  • How many businesses would need to knocked down to make way for the new rail line?
  • How much of their blocks will be reclaimed for the new verges area?
  • All the big pine trees on South St before Carrington St would need to go.
  • About 80 trees between Carrington St and Stock St would need to go.
  • The impact east of Stock Rd could also be huge if over head power is needed, with many old large trees could over hang the power system.
  • How will this effect the value of all homes along South St especially those close to road with added rail noise and vibration. Wheel squeal and flanging noise are often causes of annoyance to residents as the high pitch screeching is mainly found at the high frequency end of the human audible noise spectrum?
  • Now its been made so public will real estate agents now have to warn prospective buyers of the developments the council is driving for.
  • Now the Councillor has come out and spoken about it so publicly, what impact could this have on Trans Perth not prioritizing new bus routes or possible rapid bus transit lanes, which TP development speaks of?
  • The months of turmoil on people and businesses while South St is dug up and the new infrastructure is put in place?
  • Worse, no road reserve is noted for the final leg to Fremantle, so who’s street could it drive through and what is the impact on loss of homes and businesses to for fill their ideology? Leaving years of uncertainly for local families
  • This is just the start of the questions of the impact that such a project could have.

The devastation on an old established suburb will be huge by driving a light rail system through these old heritage areas.

 

Chalk and Cheese over Perth Freight Link

What a well-run meeting by the North Fremantle Community great job by Gerry MacGill, a nice civil community Q&A. Well done to the crowd that attended too.

But Whoa what a difference a couple of weeks makes. I went to the Victoria Hall meeting with Peter Newman as the headline name for the night, all on the Perth Freight Link (PFL). Last night I went to the Nth Fremantle community meeting on the PFL impact especially focused on Nth Freo. Here Peter Newman was again a headline draw card with the Premier Colin Barnett giving the governments opinion, as the local member. But the sting was really not in his presentation in Nth Freo as it was in Victoria Hall. Side note at vic hall when the council wants a crowd they put one buffet, no need at Nth Freo.

Great to see the Premier make time to speak to his electorate.

What surprised me was the whole CUSP report was all front and centre at Victoria Hall, the Mayor sprouting its contents and not surprising as it cost the rate payers $20,000. At Nth Freo it barely rated a mention, Peter Newman spent as much time talking about his new book as he did the CUSP report that our council dropped $20 k on.

In fact I think the City of Kwinana’s new Indian Ocean Gateway document got more attention than the CUSP report, that Fremantle council paid $20,000 for. Good to see at least one council driving for investment, jobs, infrastructure and developments in the city, well done Kniwana.

So I wonder what we the rate payer paid for in the CUSP report as I expected  Prof Newman would be using it to give the Premier both barrels, instead they spent the most of the night agreeing with each other. Peter Newman put forward of course the inter-nodal issue which I believe various governments have been talking about for years with Lat 32.

Peter Newman could not even definitely say the Roe 8 was not needed for the outer harbour system as it’s in the plans for the Lat 32.

His point was the Roe 8 went to the wrong port, which sounds like an endorsement for the Roe 8 to be built. Yet he no solution for Fremantle’s coming years of traffic issues as the current ports needs to operate for at least the next 20-30 years till it gets to the cap and transition that Peter and Colin agreed on. Quite a surprise from the Victoria Hall presentation? It was agreed by both speakers that Fremantle’s Port could double in container volume over the next 10 years to about 1.4 million containers, yet Peter Newman had no solution for how to handle the increase of containers Fremantle will have until the Outer Harbour is finally operational.

So one question that needs answering is that if PFL is not built, what is the container solution for Fremantle as even Peter Newman believes the maximum achievable container on rail will be just over 30%. Leaving 70% of container movements to go by truck.

Good to see someone bring up the emission control regulations from Euro 5&6 for diesel engines and Peter Newman admitted that truck emissions dropped drastically over the years with new technology and believed that trucks would go to gas over the coming years removing the diesel emission issue.  California is also moving into trucks running on Hydrogen also cutting out truck emissions as an issue. We could also bring in the 80/20 diesel blends which would have an immediate reduction on emissions.

Strangely the Mayor was very quiet at the meeting not even a question?

It was also interesting to see the 2 speakers agree that WA was the best performer for freight on rail and they both agreed, even if the Outer Harbour is built without massive investment in the inter-nodal systems the rail volume would still not increase much past 30% which is the current target of the Inner Harbour.

It was good to see the Premier so clearly state the Roe 9 part is still under evaluation and needs lots of work before the final route is chosen. While good that the decision will get public debate, sucks for those who live on the proposed routes as they will be left hanging in limbo till a decision is made.

I think the argument that the Roe 8 will bring more trucks to Fremantle is done, it’s only more containers that will bring more trucks to fremantle, which will still come whether PFL is built or not.  Something needs to be built to handle the next decades of increasing trucks to the Port and the ever increasing smaller vehicles on the road around Fremantle.

Our council has blindly followed the Barnett governments in fill plan while not getting any infrastructure to handle the increased density, population and the cars they bring. Last night the Premier said about 90% of houses have 1 car and over 50% have two. I think those figures are from a census some time back as I drive around my suburb the number of cars in front of one house is more than that. Just think our Mayor Brad has 2 cars himself.

Time for council to stand up for our amenity and tell the government no more infill or density increases till we start to see the necessary infrastructure to deal with it, PT or better roads I don’t mind which I just want to see some guarantees of delivery. Of course that also means when the government tries to put some in place it helps for the council not to say no.

So I go back to my “Thinking Allowed OPEN MINDS” where I called for public debate on this issue. If the 2nd leg of PFL Roe 9 goes ahead, now is the time for people to say what we need from this road/tunnel, to make our suburbs more livable,  as truck free and safe as we can make it.

 

 

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