Fremantle Council Strives to be No1.

Tonight was another classic example of the time we waste on community engagement run by the city and they wonder why people don’t engage more, This evening was a perfect example.

It’s clearly it’s just a box ticking exercise.  Tonight at council we had the south beach basketball court issue on the agenda.

Community consultation had a couple of options or choices to comment on, so what appears at council and driven by councillor Sullivan the chair of SGS, the option not put to the public but a new option 3, well i suppose its close to 1 & 2. Sound familiar, it’s how the Esplanade concreting went, the J-shed now the signal station as well, to name a couple. Why did the council popular option come in so late, my first guess it would have court, LOL, too much opposition, so instead slide it in later, run a workshop dominated by its intended users, tick community consultation DONE, Freo style.

No real mention was given that the biggest single option from public feedback was for no court at all, as most where concerned about the courts impact on the current use of the public space and facilities at south beach. Pg.117 of the agenda attachments Considering councillor sullivan was seen actively taking the community feedback forms to basketball games to drive his agenda its not a great showing, not what you would call organic feedback, more force driven hydro. Option 1 was the next strongest choice, followed closely by  option others, but where is council now focusing option 3 the one no one knew about, see Pg.131 of the agenda, now has the option that weren’t out for public consultation. (same link as just above no need to down load twice.)

Here is the link to what was put up originally for dare I use the words community consultation;

South Beach proposed basketball court

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These options weren’t even really considered tonight, the big issue for councillor Sullivan was to get the Wilson park ideas off the table. What should be off the table is everything that was not on the ADVERTISED SOUTH BEACH BASKETBALL COURT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROPOSAL OR SHOULD I SAY, SIDE SHOW

Oh the reference to Fremantle Council striving to be No.1, metre by metre they seem to concrete over the parklands, more concrete coming. It seems being no.2 in Australia for the worse hard surfaced city, is not good enough the goal appears to be No.1 as judge by the 20202 report. South beach grass to be lost, size of area to be concreted or similar hard surface, that of a full basketball court +, and another 1/2 size court on the esplanade, seems they are struggling for funds from the budget, but rest assured they will find it. When it comes to concrete they will find away. Didn’t the city just drop funding for the women’s refugee, well that should free up a bit cash for a 1/2 court game.

Let’s skip over the part, that the area is well used over summer by thousands of people, it gives shelter from the hot westerly sun and it gives shelter from the strong afternoon sea breeze. Oh it’s in a bit of a hollow, I recall right next to the dune, that should work well a basketball court needing a drain or drains, that will need to be constantly cleaned out of beach sand, brilliant choice the most maintenance intensive model possible, it’s not like the city of Fremantle doesn’t have enough issues with blocked drains as it is. At least they won’t have to buy the court if it floods!

Tonight at council issue of the signal station lease, complete chaos with complete lack of understanding on what the actual lease/licence contained, clearly councillors had different understanding of what the lease meant or terms contained in it. Is it 10yrs or 20yrs? If the councillors have trouble understanding what they paid to do, how is this stuff ever clear in the minds of interested residents and ratepayers? Issues like we saw in the community engagement on the basketball courts just adds to the confusion, why do they propose one thing then  go with ideas that weren’t even in the discussion, well not publicly anyway? The transparency of these processes is about as see-thru as an earth rammed wall.

They seemed so tied up in their own agendas do they even consider what the general community thinks,, who dem u saay?

I go to council meetings really regular, tonight’s debate left me wondering what goes on, how can councillors have such different understandings of the real facts, different opinions on something I get, but it’s not even clear what the issue of discussion is, it’s amazing how they can vote on issues that are not even clear, but will have the facts tidied up later? Does anyone get that?! I don’t?

One meeting its really good to see detail and clarity the next just drive it home and work out it later, no matter what?

Lastly I’m not against the council providing a basket ball court, its why they have to put concrete in the park again? All over the world I have seen all forms of government provide community amenity, the first place they normally look is to spend money and add facilities in locations that are run down or crappy, using that money/opportunity to make the community as a whole better, this is the first one I have witnessed that’s 1st choice is take good park space and pour in concrete.


Fremantle’s Real Problem, Too Much Politics in Council

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Are there Delusions of Grandeur on Fremantle Council?

Yesterday on Freoview we see one of the real problems Fremantle faces, state and federal political ideology deeply entwined in Councillor fundamental position.  Quote ”Worse still, not only is Barnett willing to sell the Port but will use scarce funds to privatise the road that feeds it. Barnett & Abbott are racing to build their new truck sewer straight through the middle of East Fremantle and North Fremantle. In doing so, they will sever with the swiftness of a terrorist’s sword the connectivity’s that several generations of Fremantle people have fought so hard to maintain and rebuild.

Imagine a life behind high concrete walls that divides Fremantle like Berlin was. The freeway style toll road will make access in and out of our city centre hopelessly constrained especially from the north and east.”

I don’t get how he thinks the road is being privatised by selling the port?

Tonight Councillor Sullivan’s comments are emotive, politically motivated and basically should have no place in the council arena. Making emotionally provocative statements comparing the sale of state assets to the actions of terrorists beheading people have nothing to do with local government issues.

It seems clearer and clearer that council’s political ideologies and allegiances are clouding the real operation of council from its true function. The political links/loyalties of councillors should be secondary to their paid responsibilities of council duties.

If they feel their political ideologies are more important than their fiduciary duties to the rate payers and residents of Fremantle they should fore go their council positions to concentrate on state or federal politics.

It must be quite clear now if not before that comments that Dave Hume, Bill Massie made on Wednesday night that council’s actions be driven by their responsibilities and duties to its rate payer and residents base not personal political agendas is valid, as it is a real issue in Fremantle council?

The state government decision to sell the port may be dumb but the effect is on the whole state and best handled there.  The FPA make their own operational decisions, state or private owned, the COF opinion is just that?

Here is a little tit bit of the freoview discussion from Andrew and his Shakespearean style theatrics over the Perth Freight Link

Here is my response to Andrews’s theatrics, in fairness you should read his comments as well as mine, as I unlike the City of Fremantle believe people should read both sides of the story to better judge for themselves. I have posted it here on Fremantle Reform, so I can add links easily, so click on Roels link to see Andrews and others comments on the issue


My Comment to Andrews, see link above as seen on freoview

“First Andrew I will wait to see what proposal the 3 consortiums come up with before, I support one thing or the other (a point made by Rachel Pemberton at SPC) or start comparing High St to an active berlin wall. I would rather see an actual plan in black or white to form a view than make one, based on your over sensationalist rhetoric with executioners, swords, terrorists, communist walls, sewers etc, Isn’t it possible to have a normal discussion?

Trying to cross High St now on foot at times is a pretty risky affair now! I wouldn’t say it’s a safe road for neighbours to ample across now. Come to think of it if I wanted to go north or south I wouldn’t use that part of High St anyway I would cross over at Amherst where I’m not running the current truck gauntlet.

I must have missed the game of thrones series where they had terrorists, your quote was “In doing so, they will sever with the swiftness of a terrorist’s sword” doesn’t sound like a game of thrones analogy to me, though people should try and google “terrorist sword” and see how many links they get back to the game of thrones series. It may prove to be a fruitless task?

As for guaranteeing what kids will and don’t do I will leave their actions and accountability to their responsible guardians.

For a highway dividing a community I can show you examples of how they can be built where it’s a positive outcome with parks and grass but that would just leave you with another place to pour concrete as we saw in More Council Concrete for Fremantle Parks or you could look at Fremantle’s Councils Perceived Anti-Car Stance


Hamburger Deckel project in Germany is burying the A7 autobahn to make parks and new land

As the state government is about as forthcoming with detail on plans as the City of Fremantle is, i.e. Kings Sq hidden documents, I expect to see little in transparency from either. Didn’t the CEO reference that fact in his mini-series called the response.

As for little eco systems, I wasn’t the one who voted for the chainsaws and chippers to destroy 100+ trees on the old Kim Beazley site. In the name of higher density, that sounds like something Barnett would do though oh and a group of Fremantle councillors.

It’s great you’re so concerned about Cockburn wetland, perhaps if the councillors put as much effort into the tree canopy/open public spaces of Fremantle we wouldn’t have the second worse rating in Australia from 202020 report. Perhaps you could focus on the city you were elected to actually represent, a good point made by Dave Hume on Wednesday night. A quick look at google earth shows how barren Freo is from Parkland and the only significant greens spots are the esplanade, some sports grounds and the golf course and you poured concrete onto one. (I would mention the footie ground but if that’s handed over to the COF I can’t imagine it lasting to long.) Luckily the 202020 report was done before that, as that little gem could have tipped us over the line for no1 spot for worse hard covering report from the 202020 report.


  1. City of Maribyrnong (VIC)
  2. City of Fremantle (WA)
  3. City of Holdfast Bay (SA)
  4. City of Rockdale (NSW)”




Roel link

The residents around Burt Street would feel less than happy with Council approving the Department of Housing development there that will have considerable parking, traffic and social impact on the area. Councillor Bill Massie was on the side of the residents, saying that it needs a lesser scale development and that Council should listen to the community on this, while Councillor Sam Wainwright said it would be a Berlin-style development that would be o.k. as long as traffic management considered bicycle and pedestrian priorities.”



Good to see council Massie has a better understanding, than most of the representation we see.

Strange a councillor would mention Berlin in this discussion, as just recently a resident group led a battle against government plans to build high density developments on the old Tempelhofer Park (airport) the residents being victorious in their kämpfen (struggle). This was done by a similar polling system to our current amalgamation process, petition with signatures, to call for a poll, the polling giving electors their voice.

I find it quite amusing to hear our council complaining about their wants from state and not being heard, “bit like kettle calling the pot black” don’t u think?

Berlin is an example of where the resident’s voice was heard and acted upon by government saving the old closed Berlin airport from inappropriate development, now planned to continue being used as a park  with many activities for locals and tourists alike. The local residents feared the outcome of another high density development, rightly so with issues it has brought in the past. Perhaps why Berlin keeps such a high open public/green space ratio unlike our own cities dismal 202020 report.

As mentioning Berlins high density also comes its huge crime rate and social issues being more than double that of places like Munich in the south. Which has far less gang, drug, violent crime and dense living or high rises.

Update 1, Residents Speak,,,,,, it didn’t appear so.

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Residence’s Speak, When Will Fremantle Council Hear???

My 1st update, to the fore-mentioned,

So Burt St had a good showing, a strong voice from their community, sending a clear message to council. Sent but not heard it seems. Bill Massie heard it, while others did vote against the R160, sadly it didn’t appear it was because of community representation but due to their own ideology, a word mentioned by quite a few community speakers. So Burt St R160 was voted in, though I see their community advertising, meeting’s, and voice got them some token amendments sadly which will not change the outcome. Well I guess voting in the next election, just became allot clear for the Burt St! Precinct.

What hasn’t changed in council, is the shocking PA system leaving many in the gallery scratching their heads on what is being said by members. Just because council may be not interested in hearing what the community is saying, doesn’t we don’t listen in the gallery. If you want to encourage people to take an interest, in what happens at chambers then fix the PA problems or maybe that’s the plan to discourage/keep out the ones trying to participate?

McCabe St another great turn out, great speakers, good knowledge, real passion another great community group, they stayed the execution by council tonight with a great turnout again lead by a Mosman-councillor, ex-Freo councillors and a plethora of community speakers. So they got what looks like lip service to their community consultation while some reports are being completed. To note, that several councillors inferred it will not change the outcome and at meetings before we have heard councillors say that they will extend community consultation but don’t expect it to change their minds?

I heard some real strange statements by councillors tonight, I have to go and check a few of them out so that will be another post.

Bill Massie made a great comment tonight about getting closed toilet facilities back open, while other councillors believed that pot plants where great activator of areas, really u have to wonder, unless of course they intend that u take a leak in the pot plants. Brad prefer to wait till the Kings Square project is complete before getting a toilet open, that’s a long time to cross your legs could be years, if history tells us anything? It really makes u wonder Bill mentioned getting a toilet in the High St mall, can u believe  a councillor actually scoffed at him, pretty much tells the story of why Freo has sunk so low? Shame Dave Hume didn’t give his anti-social speech at full council, at the Planning committee meeting he made a good point with it, guess he knows the “u can lead a horse to water but …..”

Speaking of water, more complains about lack of basic services at the beach, not restaurants or bars but simple stuff like drinking water, toilets, change rooms,showers etc. Issues about poor facilities at south beach, non at bathers, nothing at Leighton? Council harps on about its second city status, yet 3rd world countries can supply better basic facilities at the beach. What is amazing is they can spend over $1.5 million  pouring concrete on the esplanade but can’t supply basic facilities which are used by thousands of resident and visitors each weekend and hundreds every week day at our local beaches. I was at Port Beach last Tuesday about 6pm it was packed.

It’s looking clearer and clearer that placing ideology, or flashy media bites it more important than supplying basic services. No one puts your picture in the paper or clicks your like button button or tweet sm your story, over a simple drinking fountains, building a shower for the beach, public toilets, a place for Mums to securely and hygienically tend their infant’s needs, guess it’s not just flashy enough? Councillor Sullivan made a good point in reference to something else tonight about it’s the little things that count, well it’s also the basics that count too. In references I used quite allot in my industry. It doesn’t matter how good a chef you are or what fancy products you buy, to sell your guests, it’s the 1st impression that counts, when your Riedel crystal flute, has lipstick on the rim or a dirty thumb mark on the glass, the fact it has Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blanc 2002 in it is lost, it’s that bad 1st impression u now have to overcome, instead of being ahead your behind. So it’s that a guest to our city that can’t find a car park at the beach, then somewhere to change or wash the sand off their feet or even get a sip of water. Its send quite a clear message, no one really cares, it’s the message graffiti sends, rundown public infrastructure, anti-social behaviour,,,, I can go on all night, but u get the idea.

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Freo Future

Online yesterday I read on Perth News an article on Perth neighbors disputes at all time high.

Reading this I immediately though of the situation at Burt St

Is our current council ideology driving us into this situation, as density increases, more neighbour disputes seem to be happening, this has an added cost to society apart from the stress, increased need for emergency services to attend, police government agencies etc?

As increased density happens in our suburbs we increase the stress level of our lives, so in the future we will have more cost for dealing with stress, medical issue’s etc. Similar to other studies which show tree canopy, open spaces, parks, green areas, are good for our personal health, yet councils direction to concrete and build on parks, clear blocks of trees, increase density will only worsen our situation, is this the future we want for Fremantle?

You can see why Burt St is up in arms, they can see where Fremantle council direction is heading and how it will negatively impact on our amenity.

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