Perth low density stuns planner – The West Australian

Expert says Perth the lowest density major city he has seen.

Source: Perth low density stuns planner – The West Australian

Currently we see in Fremantle a protest against the Perth Freight Link.

One of the issues driving congestion on roads is obviously more cars.

Now as density increases it is only going to make the issues worse. Seems we are creating problems and then looking for a solution to the problem we have just made for ourselves, wouldn’t it be better to not create the problems in the 1st place.

Fremantle council seems very good at creating its own problems then to spend even more of our rates on finding solutions and then even more money telling us what a great job they are doing at solving problems they have in fact create or made worse.

A few examples

  • Selling car parking and making Freo harder to get into and find car parking, they have spent years giving Freo a anti-car image, then they spent reportedly $20,000 on an app for parking which get a iTunes Customer ReviewsAlmost useless, by nickname1950. Can’t say I have ever met anyone who admits to using it. Problem made, money spent, no solution. Or even better their great big parking signs which are regularly broken and no-one really knows what they mean anyway. More $$$$ gone.
  • It’s a bit like the massive bug killer lamp outside at chambers, great idea, then you look around and see stagnant water everywhere in their street flower pots, made an environment to breed mosquitos, then bought the solution to kill them, brilliant?
  • Mayor Brad says Fremantle is a progressive city so they view graffiti vandalism as art, now we have graffiti everywhere and spend a small fortune cleaning it up and leaving Freo like ghetto that no-one cares about, which in reality should be a thriving tourist destination, another council made problem needing to be fixed.
  • Mayor makes areas for “dedicated begging” in our streets, the solution he made for the problem he created when Perth clamped down on street begging and homeless and our mayor invited them to come to Freo, it surprisingly created another problem, needing to be fixed. What’s not so easy to fix is the dodgy anti-social image it gave Freo killing off more business.
  • Fremantle has an anti-social image with substance abuse driven by the number of large licensed areas in town, Fremantle makes a good alcohol policy then completely ignores it by leasing the J-Shed out for another 1800+ booze barn. Another problem to be fixed in the future?
  • Fremantle has the second worse rating for hard cover surfaces in the 202020 report, then concretes the esplanade, then straight into a new green plan after approving a plan that involved cutting down over 100 mature trees at the Kim Beazley site. They currently say they want to increase the park space in Freo yet are wanting to build or develop on Pioneer Park.
  • Fremantle councils direction over the years has allowed all the negative issues for Fremantle to build up, graffiti, substance abuse,, drunkenness, the need for a spew patrol, anti-social behaviour, loss of parking, the constantly messed with road systems, loss of groups like Myers, causing a loss of visitors frequenting Fremantle, hence causing a loss of business, leaving COF in its current situation, causing Fremantle again to spend $$ fix a problem it help create. Like $42M or is it $44M perhaps $52Million to help regenerate a CBD its help run down. Sorry about the different figures it’s not clear what the is cost is going to be, its only rate payer money, perhaps another issue to fix in the future with a massive rate hike for instance?

The scenery our new Hilton guests can view from their windows


The scenery our new Hilton guests can view from their windows

Does this seem logical to anyone, you could go with dozens of examples like this.

Now we come to density. So we cut block sizes, up the R-code, increasing hard surface coverage, causing more mature trees to be destroyed, increasing the population then yell about not building road to help with congestion caused by increasing density. Now as people don’t have backyards we have to build more parks and connections to the ones we have, another problem caused by council to then need fixing.

Here’s a quote from the article

“Perth’s the lowest density major city I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Mr Gordon said the good news was that Perth had land near major roads and railways that could be developed. He said it was not always necessary to “disturb stable residential communities” to do infill well.

“You’ve got miles and miles and miles of main roads just strung with dreck, low density shopping centres half abandoned, car dealerships, industrial areas . . . these are fantastic opportunities for infill and growth,” he said.”

So why is our council driving density in areas with traffic congestion issues in some cases over R100? Why are we doing infill to areas that are stable residential communities, building more problems like destroying tree canopy, increasing congestions, lowering services, increasing rates, causing more disputes with neighbours over development. Not ensuring suitable parking is allocated for new developments, only to cause more disputes in the future.

Fremantle’s road infrastructure has been eroded over the years, now by having one of the higher density increases in the metro area, these problems are being added to, while all the necessary services needed to help cater for this increase in density are not being supplied.

The Council has blindly followed Barnett’s government infill strategy while getting none of the services needed to support the density increase. We see more people coming to the area, no improvements or even plans to improve Public Transport. We have seen thousands of jobs leave the Freo CBD, yet more people planned to live here. If you want all these people to live here would it be better to ensure jobs are here for them, so they all don’t have to drive miles to get work, again adding to the congestion issues. Let’s face it you struggle to get a pair of kid’s school shoes in Freo and the council calls Freo the second city for the state.

Are residents happy about it judging by the satisfaction survey I guess not?

So again they have created another plan to create more problems only needing to be solved in the future. Every $ spent fixing a problem they made or help make is a $ less spent on services to rate payers and residents.

Of course we can increase density in perth buts lets do it where we have the infrastructure and the right ingredients to make it work well. I guess they will just add their poor density and its impacts to their legacy of solutions needing to be found?

Future Freo 2029 Concerns and Beyond?

space port

Plenty of Concrete


Recently the COF council, had the Future Freo presentation in the city chambers for general public, it was not a bad showing the reception room was 3/4 full and a bit of a different crowd from usual?

Now I take it this plan was formed from the 2029 workshops back in 2013, I attended a couple before they were cancelled. Late in 2104 a year or so after the workshops were finished, the finalized report was ready for public release. Reading it I was a little surprised as it did not reflect the meetings I had been too, I can’t recall anyone wanting a train running through the cappuccino strip, I did hear discussion back and forth about closing to cars and buses but no clear direction came out of that discussion that I saw, or heard. Not surprising it was seemingly a great document for supporting council’s current ideologies that they are driving? Surprising that, really, ok maybe not? It only cost us about $100,000.oo

I was one of many who were surprised to see the report released in December 2014 and how it resembled little of the workshops I had attended. I’m sure in the discussion we had at the workshops on increased density no residents envision things like Burts St R160 zoning proposal, in a completely inappropriate location and so close to the Fremantle Arts Centre. The area already has a parking issue, if council’s requirements for this development will be as weak as they area they have been other places in regards to parking, the problem will only be exacerbated. No requirements for open public space, for this new development, or councils plan to drive for 40m+ at McCabe St? While @2029 workshops there was a clear message of additional park space for new developments? No luck for Burt St just suck it up?

For me the concerning part of the direction is that why council is planning for light rail (a nice idea I would love to see it happen) the body (state Gov), COF council is expecting to pay for the idea, reports a week later in the press they move away from light rail to more bus oriented. You would think that if COF council was coming up with a vision it would at least be in the realms of possibility? Even labor is not promising rail for Fremantle and Freo MLA Simone McGurk was reported as being pessimistic about the vision coming to fruition. “It’s one thing to come up with ideas for how to revitalise Fremantle, but to my mind the real issue is how this is actually achieved,” she said”

It’s one thing to be on a different page but it seems COF council is at the other end of the Dewey decimal system from state government plans and more importantly budgeting, Speaking of libraries that was the other hot topic for the presentation that the Mayor caught some flack on was


February 27, 2015 · by Your Herald · in News. ·

BIBLIOPHILES have declared war on plans to bury Fremantle library.

As part of its long-planned revamp of Kings Square, the council wants to put the library underground.

But critics say the plan is short-sighted and fails to harness the library’s potential as an attraction in its own right.” end quote.

It seems a few residents don’t like the idea of stairs for our library as it will be underground or maybe it’s the electrical power hungry lifts or escalators they object to and with the aging population demographics of Fremantle, it’s probably a smart comment, and I see the same issues hit the comments/letter to the Herald last week too.

Another comment raised was apart from the CBD what does this plan do for the other 90% of rate payers or so? But a question for another day perhaps, as I trying not to let these posts get to long.

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