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.

Cost of Fremantle Mayors Rate Payer Funded Junket, Doubles

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Last week I posted a piece called Fremantle Junket. based on the agenda from the full council meeting of Feb 2015.

In this I reported that the mayor has made a request to have 50% of his trip to funded by the COF to look at cities in Europe.

Now as Brad was the topic of discussion he quite rightly left the chambers.

Josh the deputy mayor took the chair and made an ammendment. Now I have a copy of the minutes pg 135. (at times it was quite hard to hear clearly what is being said in chambers, not to mention no copies of minutes available again)  it shows where Josh has gone against the Officers recommendation and offered an ammendment to double the amount the Mayor had requested from council for funding which the officers recommended at 50%?

The voting remains the same with Bill Massie showing good governance by voting against the doubling of the mayors funded junket.

The rest of the councillors voting to double the Mayors funding for his European Junket.

Not forgetting the mayor is NOT using the remaining of his study/conference budget  $1586, thats being kept for other activities in the year?

So if the mayor had as it seems requested 50% funding the officers reportidly supported this, why was it necessary for Josh to Double the mayor request and the officers ecommendation, was this in the best interest of the Fremantle Rate Payers.

I doubt Fremantle rate payers will see any benefit in this, just as we saw little out of the Junket to Japan to look at incinerators, to burn rubbish?

If these issues concern you about local government decisions you should also read this? A good article reporting on questioning good governance in local government in WA.

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Fremantle Made Junkets

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Well you could take 2 basic meaning for this?

  1. Junket is light and refreshing custard made with milk, rennet, sugar and vanilla, or even flavoured milk?
  2. n: a conferenceretreat or otherwise third-party (read: company, government, etc.) subsidized event for which an individual personally pays little to nothing, but reaps benefits.

So what was today’s junket well let’s say it doesn’t involve rennet or milk.

It involved council voting on C1502-6 Application to join study tour of European liveable cities with local government planning association-Mayor Brad Pettitt.

So due to procedure as the mayor was the item of discussion he left the chambers, it was then open for discussion and some clarification.

Basically or summing up the facts the mayor has $1586 left in conference study account, but to doesn’t want to use this as it seems he has other uses for it planned for later in the year. It costs $7080 to go, he’s offering to pay 50% so the city needs to cough up the rest.

Bill Massie voted against and called it what it is a Junket, he raised several good points, i.e. how does the rate payer benefit, what is the deliverable, outcome? Just last year the Mayor flew to Japan to check out some incinerators for burning rubbish. (Not very green all those flights and/or burning rubbish). The only real question is what did the city (ratepayers) get out of it what did we learn that justified the expense, well we had a meeting shortly after his Japanese junket but have not seen/nor heard much since, so how did the Rate Payer benefit whats is the measurably benefit, we didn’t even get any sushi or sake?

So considering some guys already written a book on the subject, what would the city get out of this junket that we couldn’t get from the book or the internet?, Doctors can give prognosis online, we can explore wrecks in the deepest oceans, do scientific experiments on mars, but our Mayor has to fly around the world, to check out bikes paths, parks and where the office is in relation to home and the shop. Our leaders tell us of the great benefits of the NBN will bring us, bringing the world to our homes, offshores offices etc, well it can’t be true as everytime a pollie wants to learn something its all Jumbos, hotel suites and junket ahoy?

Forget the Perth and Fremantle Geographically, demographically, culturally, layout, infrastructure, population mass, density wise etc., are nothing like most European cities. I still love the comparisons between Fremantle and Vancouver, comparing issues like PT, rail use, the mass population differences not mentioned, just the lovely ideologies, Vancouver has Seattle just south, Perth has Bunbury, no real difference at all there?

Perhaps if its gardens or Parks I can recommend Genève or Lausanne, check out their policy on concreting parks and implement that in Freo. Or maybe go to Positano and see what we can learn about cycling as its very popular there, much more so than here in Freo no dedicated bike lanes there, well there is a decimated lane and it’s for everything, with wheels and feet and generally your lucky if it has a lane each way?

I think while a couple of councillors where shocked that Councillor Massie called it a Junket but it’s pretty close. But what I find really amazing is in all the chatter and even the written document is that it does not say what the COF hopes funding this Junket will delivery to the ratepayers in benefits? Where is our upside?

Even more notable is the this little quote, cut and paste from the agenda, Pg. 121 of the 25/02/2015 Ordinary meeting of council

“BACKGROUND Elected members are provided with an annual study/conference allowance of $2,000 to attend training and development opportunities. The CEO has delegated authority to approve attendance for elected members where it is relevant to local government matters, but that authority does not extend to international trips. The LGPA have invited the Mayor to join the tour as a vacancy on the tour has recently arisen and the Mayor has expressed a strong interest in joining the tour.”

So I wonder if the rules gave delegated Authority when or if we would we have heard of this?

I have put in a link to the minutes above should anyone want to read them and the book was by Professor Peter Hall’s recent book titled Good Cities, Better Lives1 , identified the places in mainland Europe that had become celebrated as examples of “best practice” – the best places in Europe to live and work in. I wonder if our libarary has it? I’ll check tomorrow!

Remember if you are in Bordeaux and ordering the foie gras by now the 75 d’Yquem is drinking superbly.

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Fremantle Myth, Fact or Paid Propaganda?

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Well in this week’s Herald (good to see COF spending locally) we see a Full Page add on the 1st page of the paper saying what a great job the city is doing for us. Pg 2 of the 14/02/15 edition

Generally I find if u are doing a good job you don’t need to pay someone else to tell everyone how great u are doing? Or maybe the electioneering has started early this year?

I read in the paper myths that supposedly have been said about the council.

Myth 1. Freo’s in a financial hole, well with the amount of city assets they are trying to sell I hope not, still makes u wonder if cash is no problems why did we get a rate rise the year after Mayor Brad was re-elected, why city assets are so poorly maintained, I wonder how much of the outstanding $50, 000, 000.00 maintenance bill has been worked down?

MYTH 2. New suburbs will not receive representation, bit of a silly myth really the council has no choice but to change ward boundaries if suburb boundaries move and even their voting in local elections is guaranteed as its state law. The issue for EF, is the same issue Freo feared from being taken over by Melville, one day fully in charge of your future the next u lose 80% or so of your say? Amazing how it’s relevant for Melville taking over Freo but not for Freo taking over EF? Ask people at Burt St if they feel they have representation? Many groups in Freo feel they have no representation so new suburbs get in line.

Myth 3. Care for public spaces will deteriorate, well I suppose u could wonder about that, surely the esplanade with the tonnes of concrete poured in will not need as much water, but I don’t think people using Point Walter want it looking like the esplanade, or the 3 type bins system they have turning into the Freos one over flowing type bin? As long as you like concrete u will feel right at home in Freo and it doesn’t even need to be watered. Could be a new slogan for Freo “save water concrete your park” “Or concrete coming to a park near u real soon”?

Myth 4. Reform is an opportunity to impose high rise development, this is clearly a ridiculous Myth, as for a year or so COF has been doing Barnett’s bidding by slapping high rise approval on any block they can, the old bunker tank area looking at 13 stories by WGV, tried to drive 40M+high at McCabe St, the new favela plan for Burt St. No wonder East Freo was worried? It’s not an opportunity looks like it started a way back? As long as they think about some affordable housing have another couple of stories?

Myth 5. Services and facilities will disappear or be scaled back, that’s an easy one to look at, Cockburn has verge services and tip passes, Freo doesn’t? So either Freo was planning to run different services for rate payers, or maybe everyone was getting back tip passes and verge mowing or not? Ask the seniors in Hammie Hill about the services they get now, then see if u can find equal services in Freo?

Myth 6. The city of Fremantle was trying to take over the Town of East Fremantle, which I would suggest is no truer than Melville taking over Fremantle? Its bit confusing how Fremantle’s absorption of East Freo is different than Melville  proposed absorption of Fremantle, when Fremantle launch a campaign to save Freo from Melville it was good and virtuous but when East Freo speaks up for its self, it’s all lies and Myths, confused, could a bit of hypocrisy be running here?

Myth 7. The Fremantle CBD is dying and we’re going nothing about it. Well this is easy, go have a look at the CBD for yourself,  think back to the Days of Myers operating, 2 book stores in the Mall, butchers on High St, Fish shop on Market St, shoe shops, Susans, etc etc, and compare to now, is it better or worse? Yes the city has been doing plenty for the CBD, by inviting the begging and homeless to our CBD, that Perth wanted out of theirs, encouraging graffiti, complaining when the police enforce state laws, I have never seen the anti-social issue’s in Freo as bad as they are now, drunks swearing, fighting is a regular occurrence right in front of the town hall, looks like council is doing plenty? I drove into Freo on Tuesday 11am a guy off his face walking down High St screaming at the cars, Wednesday I hear of a rolling brawl in front of Target. The question is COF helping or making it worse?

Myth 8. Rates will soar, I suppose that depends on what u mean by soaring, last rate increase I believe Freo was reported as one of the highest for increases, strangely no rate rise the year the Mayor goes for election though, soon we will hear about paying for cost of amalgamation, even though it didn’t happen, of course those costs of COF, fighting against Melville take over well that’s all Colins fault right?

Well this add would have to be the best use of rate payer’s funds I have ever seen?  Well done! All myths put to bed? Well till the sunrises the next day?

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Fremantle Wind Farm, Why Now?

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I see the Freo Wind Farm is back in vogue again, it seems to pop up at least a couple of times a year. Made a Saturday paper even a few weeks back. I thought the journos name seemed familiar so I did a google Search on Kate Emery, so if you put Brad Pettitt and Kate Emery and then google, it’s seems that this journalist is a bit pro Brad,  I don’t know how it works, but I now realize when I read an article in the West Australian  I have to look a lot deeper not just the spin laid out on top in black and white? Try googling their names together and see what pops up?

On FB  the wind farm it seems to have risen its head again back in December, I wonder what it’s all really about. Personally it will not look great and the issue of bird kill as well, doesn’t make it a great start?

I’m all in favour of renewable energy I have panels on my house, I asked about wind for home as well but it’s not available for residential. It’s ok for the city of Fremantle to have but not its residents? Wanted a bigger inverter to allow for wind later but it seems the industry is not that far along.

So we are back to hearing the drum being beaten for this little wind farm on FPA property,  Port Authority have said no way, so why is the issue being raised again?

Now I understand it’s planning to be a community wind farm,  so 1st of all, I ask why community funded, not commercial, well the first answer possibly  is if commercial has past it by, there’s no money it and/or the risk factors would out weight the benefits? So if it’s not good for commercial operators is it worth the risk to the community?

So how is this a good business proposal, especially for the community, what worries me is that city funds become part of the funding model? I’m sure that would suit some, as it’s another green catch cry, good for rallying the troops. Why is that important, ohhh could there be a local election rolling around this year? Yes time to dust off a few great community actions to show we care, outcome not so important, what counts is going through the motions to look the part. Another box to tick so to speak.

Hard to believe the environment is a concern to COF after pumping hundreds of tonnes of concrete in Freo CBD’s biggest park?….. cutting down 100+ trees at Kim Beazley site, seeking to approve a lease to put a huge pub on an A-Class reserve, having the second worse rating in Australia on the 202020 report? A shame Kim Beazley name is tied to a site that was deforested, especially with the great school system it had? Any Questions? The plans for the Burt St Favella will have no parks little real greenery just a lovely R160 zoning? Time to beat the social housing drum too?

I saw a couple of weeks ago a huge wind turbine come crashing down in Nth Ireland in light winds. Check out this article too? Then click on the picture below.

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Seems not much in info in the last couple of weeks has come to light, since then the rest of the turbines have been shut down, closing the whole wind farm. Could a community wind farm sustain such a closure? The size of this thing is huge. If it fell into the port if could shut down operations? What happens when a blade comes lose and flies off into the port operations full of ships, containers, cranes and more importantly people? Just this week we have seen a cable or pulley break sending a cranes cargo come crashing down. Imagine a turbine blade some 40m long weighting tonnes, braking off, slicing through the air only to hit a crane in operation.

imagesWhat a disaster that could lead too if a sucker this size got loss in Freo?

Here’s what one looks like when it comes apart.

The real question is does Freo want to risk having turbines on the harbour where passenger ferries travel in and out of regularly?

Could a turbine incident shut down our port and what impact would it have on the port operations in Freo and what financial impact could on the greater Perth metro business area?

I think the idea raises more and more issues the closer you look at it?

No to mention they have close to 2 yrs to go on their power contract with Synergy, so by the time they got set up Synergy could be locked into another contract for a for 5 or so?

Would I be putting my cash in right now, no I think not, doesn’t look like a safe bet for ratepayers funds either?

I also see a report on the ABC that the “The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s premier health research body, has called for Australian scientists to look into so-called “wind turbine sickness”, saying that very few scientifically rigorous studies have been done.”  From all I have read it on the FB page it sounds like a safe thing to have, guess you need to read a little further on such issues, perhaps FB is not the best place for real facts?

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/wind-turbine-crashes-to-the-ground-after-rotor-blades-spin-out-of-control-under-light-winds-9956194.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-30671607

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/wind-farm-scam-a-huge-cover-up/story-e6frgd0x-1226345185075

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