Fremantle Time to Update Google

 

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I was checking out some streets on google Fremantle maps again tonight and was annoyed to find out google is not quite as accurate as it could be for how it defines Fremantle as a greater city.

Its seems when you type into google “Fremantle map” it does not give an accurate representation of the suburbs.

Now while the definition of Fremantle changes in the political arena i.e. state and federal government it should be accurately reflected by the local governments boundaries?

Type this into google “map of Fremantle suburbs”  this is what I got.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zqj9NRTa14q0.k67F74RrfQuI&hl=en

Strangely WGV, Hilton, O’Connor, Hilton and Samson aren’t part of Fremantle but East Freo is. Though I have heard people in the burbs make this comment before especially with the councils strong CBD blinker view of the city and lack of attention to the Eastern suburbs.

Sadly if its on google its considered fact. So maybe it might be good if the council used the google comment section to make some adjustments to get google on the right page.

 

Fremantle Council Whats the Real Deal on Plastic Bag Ban?

My god what’s the drama over the plastic bags?

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As I read in the Herald online the story on the plastic bag ban laws proposed by Freo Council, it seems some on the council are having a whinge over talk of the state gov knocking back the councils new law. Now if you believe the quotes “Fremantle acting Mayor Josh Wilson says the council followed good process, including consultation with business, in putting the bylaw together.”

Well if you had seen the debacles Wednesday night at SGS council meeting with the south beach issue and  the signal station both  involving community consultation. That would not be very reassuring, as it looks like the way both items will go  for outcomes, that were never discussed or included in the that community engagement process. If you are familiar with the esplanade and J-shed they went the same way, community consultation, then a decision on an option that was never proposed in the consultation process, then a quick workshop with a very select community representation, to seal the deal. So that statement (of good process) gives little reassurance to those of us familiar to council process. Well you could ask good for who?

Now if it is true as stated that the council has great support from business, the community, residents, chamber of commerce, all being full supportive of the proposed law, then why do the council need the law past?

Brad and Josh have both stated good community agreement, business supports it, so why doesn’t the mayor just set a date for it to start, if everyone is supportive and in agreement, it would just happen, no need for a law right?

Now if it’s only the threat of fines, that makes the system (Plastic  bag ban) work that would tend to say perhaps the support is not as wide spread as portrayed.  A bit of Spin, nothing new to Freo.

So I suppose if Brad believes the community is solidly behind him on this, he doesn’t need a law, just ask everyone to show their support by giving up using plastic bags in their shops, if the community is behind they will accept this? As if he gets the law in place and shoppers don’t support it, all that will happen is local residents may tend to shop more in Melville, EF, Cockburn, Cott etc, bringing their plastic bags back from other suburbs, hence achieving nothing, apart from Brad further crippling Fremantle retail again.

Now personally I hope he would give this ago and though some may not believe this, I hope he succeeds. As it’s only through real community support that true changes in our daily lives, will initiatives like this succeed. If he can only do it by fining people then he has failed to make any change in our culture of waste, he’s just another enforcer with a stick as his incentive.

If other councils have to wait to see if Freo can make up its own laws, then leadership is clearly a problem for them and they can’t be that motivated to do it in the 1st place.

If Brad initiative succeeds with out the law being passed and the state government sees an appetite in the community for these initiatives they may be motivated to make such laws state wide, fixing a real problem.

Let’s face it banning plastic bags in only Fremantle with a state population of  over 2 million people would achieve as much as emptying an Olympic size swimming pool with a teaspoon, while a garden hose was topping it up. That’s what we get when u have symbolism/ideology over real serious practical outcomes. It’s a lot of effort, time and  expense for such a negligent outcome, if he actually gets the law passed.

Fremantle’s Plastic Bag Saga

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Are plastic bags bad, yes I don’t think many people think they are good think, handy yes, but good for us I doubt it?

Fremantle plastic bag ban should be overturned, says WA Liberal MP Peter Katsambanis

Anyway last year Fremantle had a shot at it, (banning plastic bags) it was overturned by state government, why, well probably because it’s up to the state government to make laws for WA, not Fremantle Council. That may come as a shock to some of them but that’s reality.

I can hear the calls from some now, it’s what the Fremantle community wants, really, and if that was so it would already be in place as a good business practice. As if that’s what business wanted they would just buy the already easily obtainable biodegradable or degradable bags, about twice the price but if that’s what your customer wants, it would be a poor business decision not to use them. The fact that businesses do not have on mass in Freo just shows it’s not a priority for its customers base. If I go to peaches and they ask me box or bag, I choose the box also because it’s good for my compost.

It’s ridiculous that you can walk across the road, from Fremantle to East Freo walk into a deli buy something that will come in a plastic bag and walk home to Fremantle with your now illegal purchase. Fremantle is not big enough to have any impact on this issue to be worthwhile. If individual’s want this to happen then petition your local state or better federal members and take the issue to that level of government where it belongs, it’s not a local government issue.

Don’t know anything about Peter Katsambanis but his reported comments all seemed like common sense. I can hear the liberal bashing coming already.

Now I’m sure some will argue “it’s a great test case” seriously S.A. has been doing it for years if you need any facts just look at their data.  That’s not an invitation for council to sponsor a plastic bag junket to S.A., I’m sure the facts are online or maybe a couple of quick emails would get all the info needed on the situation. Same as their can recycle system, been around for years no need for test cases, they have all the info one would need.

Well just to wait and see what the government decides to do now, allow Freo to make its own laws, maybe take the issue state wide or just a quick no, time will tell?

Fremantle Amalgamation Finalized

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Here is a direct quote from the MetroReform DLG bringing to a close the issue of amalgamation for Fremantle for now?

“Metropolitan Local Government Reform Update

 

Governor’s Orders

Local government boundary changes that were due to take effect on 1 July will not go ahead.

A notice that the Governor’s Orders have been revoked will be published in the Government Gazette on Friday.

The orders are being revoked at the request of Local Government Minister Tony Simpson following meetings with affected metropolitan local governments. The Minister has advised the councils involved regarding the changes.

City of Perth

Work is continuing on the proposed City of Perth Act which the Government intends to introduce into Parliament in the current session.

The legislation will give clear recognition to Perth as Western Australia’s capital city and acknowledge its central role in the State’s tourism and economic development.

Under the legislation, Kings Park, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, the new Perth Children’s Hospital and The University of Western Australia will be in the City of Perth.

Final Update

This is the final edition of the Metropolitan Local Government Reform Update.

The first Update was distributed in May 2013 to provide information about plans for changes to Perth’s metropolitan local governments. Since then, weekly editions have been emailed to subscribers and other interested readers with a special interest in the future of our local governments.

Thank you to all of those who have contributed ideas and provided feedback on the newsletter.

The Department of Local Government and Communities will continue to feature information about local government and related developments on its website.

You may also be interested in subscribing to the department’s newsletter, ‘connect’, for the latest information on our work in strengthening and supporting local governments and communities across Western Australia.  “

Mark McGowan touts ‘metro hubs’ plan for Perth. The Freo Factor

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Mark McGowan touts ‘metro hubs’ plan for Perth.

Hasn’t this idea been around for decades, I seem to recall it was a big issue back in the early to mid-90’s? I thought the government had a report made back in the 50’s that talked about a similar concept?

I was glad to read a comment reportedly from Mr McGowan “It’s not good enough to just whack down a block of units on a quiet suburban street and call it infill.” Cause that’s what places like Burt St are getting from the COF. No other infrastructure just a big lump of apartments with a huge R160 zoning. Isn’t that what the Kim Beazley site is getting not as dense but still out of character for the suburb? Isn’t that what’s planned for the Old Bunker site off Swanbourne St? There is no plans for services, PT, shops, retail, etc. certainly no light rail? Some aren’t even offering an additional 10% for open public space, to cater for the influx of people brought in by the infill. All this development  being driven by the COF with what seems to be none of the desired facilities/services mentioned in the article?

As the crow flies Fremantle is just under 15kms from Perth, it has a rail link, it has a bus hub, it has residential, and it has high-rise apartments, though its retail is dying. It has recreational activities, beaches, sporting clubs, parks, festivals, arts community. So Fremantle has all of the ingredients mentioned in the article, reported from Professor Newman, so what aren’t we flourishing?

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Vegas knows a little about moving people

Areas like Booragoon have no light rail, no plans for light rail, no massive infill or high rises planned to the best of my knowledge. Though has plans to double its retail area, is attracting businesses with office space, but offers none of the key ingredients for success mentioned in the article (apart from free car parking and retail which seem to go hand in hand)?

Murdoch and Success seem to be thriving and going ahead in leaps and bounds, is that due to the rail going through the middle of their centres or is it also perhaps helped with a little 6 lane Freeway running alongside it? Small detail.

Further from reports that the government may be moving away from promised light rail in the northern suburbs due to a spiralling cost blow outs, does this not leave a massive hole in the FREO 2029 vision, just weeks after it came out? Without the light rail they dream about, no major business to employ all the people they wish to bring with their infill plans, housing diversity plan, new parking policy and one train line going north, will this vision have a chance? Where will all these people work and how will they get to their jobs. Will light rail solve the issue for parents dropping off kids at school and then shooting straight off to work and vise e versa for pickup time? It’s well and good to have a vision but when you are relying on a State Government to fund it that doesn’t seem to care about Freo, no matter which flavour is in, you could be dreaming?

Having lived in cities with light rail or undergrounds and great public transport systems, it’s easy to see the benefits of such a network. People’s lives are based around these networks. The challenge here is that people’s lives are based around the car or motorbikes, so the question is how much will people be happy to give up to use PT, how much will they be prepared to change in their lives to suit PT?     

Right now kids/teenagers are saving, thinking, dreaming about their 1st car, getting a license. I still recall staff I had working for me talk about getting their 1st car and the FREEDOM, they perceived it would give them, talk of servicing, insurance, repairs, new tyres, costs weren’t of interest to them. All they talked about was what it would allow them to have the freedom they wanted and for some of the girls the safety of not having to travel on PT. So good luck being the group that’s wants to take dreams from kids.

The other concern is that if all the infill and higher density comes, without the light rail and business/jobs how will the people living in these new carless environments get around. Further if jobs do come to town what’s the chance of people living close to work, it’s not like it was decades back when you could get a job for life and lived close by, with our transient employment style now, with companies, growing one day, downsizing the next, technology replacing workers, outsourcing, closing down and/or moving, promotions, job changes, etc. how do u plan to live close to where u work?

Finally Perth 9th most liveable city in the world things can’t be too bad here.

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