Fremantle Rates Increase to Fund Council Idealogy

The post on Roels Blog today is another reminder of why we have such high rates rises in Fremantle. To fund the Mayor and councillors green political party agendas.


Its amazing how often the words Curtin or CUSP come in relation to issues in Fremantle.

The CUSP report $20,000 of rate payers and what did it achieve, it just told us what Brads being saying in the past. The question is what positive outcome did it have for Fremantle? Not much I can see.

Now the rate payers are paying more rates to help fund building of solar parklets, which take away parking and and will achieve very little for the rate payers of Fremantle, it might help the business they are in front of but that’s about it, does this one also have a CUSP or Curtin connection too on the mayors blog it seems too?

The Circus School was taken out of the running for the old naval stores in favour of Enkel, do they also have a Curtin connection?

The  city drove out the business and revenue from the Queensgatge redevelopment which has now sat vacant for over a year.  Losing revenue for the city rate payers, taking more people out of the CBD. Now we hear that its may be leased out short term at a discounted rate to another group without calling for an expression of interest from the general public, bit of a closed door deal so to speak. I wonder if this group has a Curtin connection?

Then we see another Curtin connection getting the deal to set up a pilot project for the carbon neutral schools, what does this have to do with rate payers funds you ask? Well nothing u would think but its quite clear the council is raising rates for rate payers, while others get discount deals or funding for projects that have nothing to do with sound use of rate payers funds.

For all these crappy funding models, what does the rate payer get apart from an increase in rates.

Another confidential meeting over the green bean cafe, then they left, now the cafe is open again with someone else, I didn’t see a call for expressions of interest called for by the council as you would expect, I wonder who got that deal and for what?

Time for rate payers to start asking why the high rate increases year in & year out, and what is the money being spent on and how does it benefit the amenity of the rate payers if at all? Actually rates are going up, services and down and council seems consumed in finding ways to waste rate payers money.

Fremantle’s $100,000 Fighting Fund Deferred.

Good to see item  (SPC1505-1 NOTICE OF MOTION – CR JON STRACHAN – FREMANTLE COUNCIL’S POSITION ON THE PROPOSED PERTH FREIGHT LINK) for allocating $100,000 of COF funds for their attack on the state government was deferred. No chance of them voting it down out right, I think a couple were salivating at the idea of wasting that much money on trying to stick it to the government? For information it was not Strachan who came up with the magic $100K figure he said that it came from the CEO/staff.

The point Rachel Pemberton raised was correct it’s not clear what they would be protesting against. As the actual plan has not been finalized yet. Maybe she has been reading my blog post? What was clear is that again Dave Hume brought a touch of reality to the issue perhaps he has been speaking to residents and ratepayers on the issue? As his point was what I have heard a lot over the last couple of days, is that this $100,000 of rate payers funds is pretty much to fund certain councillors personal political agendas.

Following Dave Humes touch of reality, Bill Massie brought his no nonsense, practical, common sense to the conversation, cautioning councillors to be responsible with rate payer’s funds, which brought the usual scoffs and snickers from the same councillors? Amazing Bill speaks of responsibility, no waste, fiduciary responsibility and they laugh, tells a story doesn’t it? Makes you wonder who the sustainable ones are and who just use it as a political catch cry?

Of course several said that of course this was not the case but Dave Hume made a good point which is pretty obvious that council’s action need to be in the best interest of the general good of Fremantle, not their personal concern or political ideals etc.

With the actions of council over the last year or so it seems clear political agenda is the first and foremost issue and general amenity of residents and ratepayers appear to be well down the list. The current councils not driving a political agenda is as believable as them being, not anti-car?

I get there are certain parts of the community would love the council to spend a fortune fighting against the state government, on this issue or others but is this the function of council? I’m sure there are groups in our community, who couldn’t damn for councils political agenda ideals and others are dead against it?

I would like to see an impact/modeling study on the impact on Fremantle if the current train system was to be maximised on freight use, would all those residents along the train line be happy with volume of train use, their heavy diesel pollution brought in the CBD, the noise pollution etc? The council wants to re-engaged the port through the Freo train station area, how is that possible if we quadruple the rail traffic?

What impact would that have on the businesses in fishing boat harbour? How would this effect emergency services accessing these areas?

What impact would that have on access to the south mole?

What impact would that have on southern harbour operations, Rottnest island ferries, retail on the port, cruise ships etc?

Impact on the arts precincts in the west end, round house, bather’s beach, J-shed area, etc. All areas the council is telling us they are trying to activate?

Sadly I don’t think one system or the other will maintain the ports transport needs into the future but it will be a mixture of both. I would also like to hear from the port authority on what is practical for their operational point of view? The real issue is it also seems impossible to go to one location and get unbiased information on the issue as a whole?

According to Brad all will be clear once CUSP finishes or releases their studies, no agenda from that group is there? What’s was concerning is listening to Brad discuss the timing of CUSP releases with the city use $100,000 fighting fund to maximise impact? No political agenda there right, so much for waiting for the findings of the minister request for proposals, or the CUSP reports, it seems from these comments the course of action to be already pre-determined?

Just waiting now for the Fremantle rate payers and residents to foot the bill again?


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