WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT | Freo’s View

A local newspapers is reporting on its front page about parking issues, markets, vacant shops, controversial development, high rents, etc. in a local council. Fremantle? Nah, Subiaco! Front page of…

Source: WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT | Freo’s View

 

If we look back a few years and refer to media reports, the city of Fremantle and its Mayor Brad Pettitt recognized or at least talk about the need for retail environment to improve in Fremantle, as we see in the Wests story below.

Sadly 6 years on things have only gotten worse.

Freo needs more people, shops: mayor

“Fremantle needs to renew itself as an economic centre by growing its population, bringing in more office workers and attracting a high-profile department store such as David Jones in order to boost its stagnating retail sector, according to the city’s mayor. “

Sadly the Mayor missed the other part needed, the one the council could have the most influence on the anti-social, issues, Graffiti problems, maintenance of the city control assets, the city has a bad parking image, so what has councils done, sell off more parking, plus removed more on street parking. Not to mention approving more office, business and residential projects all lacking in parking infrastuure, while whining about the poor retail situation Fremantle is in. Go figure they are not helping the situation.

So while other centres and expanding and are aggressively increasing their parking assets, freo’s regressing and selling off the parking it does control. Freo council is just anti-car, which will lead to anti growth.

Fremantle opposes Garden City plan

“The City of Fremantle says a plan to double the size of Garden City Shopping Centre flouts the guidelines and will siphon more retail from the port city and undermine its efforts to establish a key economic centre. “

So while other centres are going, Fremantle is reaching for Kleenex to cry about others doing their jobs while they continue on the blind campaign running Freo’s opportunities  further into the ground.

Garden City to double floor space

“Garden City shopping centre at Booragoon will become the retail heart of a restaurant, entertainment, commercial and higher-density residential precinct under plans endorsed by the WA Planning Commission.

An expansion to make the shopping centre WA’s biggest is just one plank in a broader city centre overhaul that includes the development of a new high street and piazza, a revamped cinema complex and the introduction of small bars and restaurants intended to draw people to the area outside shopping hours.”

So now it will not be long before new bars and restaurant takes over from Freo as a night time entertainment district. As long as they (Melville) controls anti-socials issues, benefits like massive free parking and the ability to shop, go for dinner and park once, is a win win for Booragoon and lose lose, sadly for Fremantle.

When Councillors have attitudes like we see from Andrew S comments on Roels Freo View, it doesn’t bode well for Freo’s future.

A cut and paste of part of Andrews comment, the link above at the top of the page will link anyone interested in reading the full list of comments, plus Roel’s orginal post. Its important to read the full context of ones comments not just trust my POV.

“The third issue is that regional boxes like Garden City transfer the cost of parking into the rents and thats equitable because all the people parking there are visiting the one centre. There is really no other reason to be parking there because there is nothing else to do but to go in to that centre – yawn!. In essence, you pay for parking at Booragoon through the shop till rather than in the car park. In a diverse and complex city centre, that opportunity really doesn’t exist even through the rate system. Paid parking is adopted as a more direct and equitable user-pays system.”

A simple example of the inaccuracy of such statements is going to a place like the coffee club in freo or Garden city where you would see the price is the same at both locations, no extra charge at Booragoon because parking is free. No to mention all the other added benefits of booragoon

  • Better ambiance with much less anti-social issues
  • Close to the Freeways, Canning Hwy, leach Hwy, Roe Hwy, easy enter and exit in your drive in and out
  • Bus Terminal hub
  • Air-condition shopping experience from top to bottom,
  • No crossing streets, or dodging cyclists and skaters, etc, safely navigating with the kids with less to worry about
  • No druggies and drunks laying in the centre of the shopping trip.
  • No parking tickets for being back to your car, when your a minute late from your max parking time of 30mins
  • No caught in the heat or rain
  • ETc, etc.

Sadly Freo over the last decade has only gone down hill, both  state and federal governments have done little for Freo over the same time. Not much interest from our local members either who seem more interested in events outside our city than what is happening too it. When the state has tried to give needed infrastructure its met with councils protesting, spending thousands of dollars on meaningless reports, to object to simple needed infrastructure like roads to ease congestion in and around the city. More interested in driving political party rhetoric than amenity of its residents.

Hence Fremantle is where it is and sadly little sign that recover is coming as other centres surge ahead and fremantle is moving backwards.

HUGE URBAN DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL FOR FREMANTLE | Freo’s View

My thoughts on Roel post on his blog, my family live in this area so i think i have quite a good understanding of what locals think, i don’t know anyone who owns there own home in the area that wants high density or large apartment blocks. the area has been plagued with anti-social issues, drug dealing and petty crime and vandalism. History from the world tells us that the higher the density the worse the problem. We have a council that drives this high density but as best i know most of them live in houses with yards, garages, drive ways etc, not the they preach how everyone should live.

Source: HUGE URBAN DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL FOR FREMANTLE | Freo’s View

Roel the community in Blinco St are galready up in-arms about development just across the road as their homes/houses where getting two story in front of them. Not to mention the street already has huge parking issues. So how you think that 8 stories is OK I have no idea.

The area has a mountain of homes West housing just up the street, just over in Beaconsfield is a whole lot more, known as the Beacy Broncs, also well known for massive police raids and a continually hot bed of trouble, petty crime home invasions, vandalism graffiti and intimation to those who call the authorities to complain. Across the road on the northern side of High St is a heap more.

Just up the Hill from this area going East, they have over a couple of years homes demolished, Homes West houses, which were also well known for drug dealing hot spots and domestic violence.

Some quotes from the herald

https://heraldonlinejournal.com/2015/05/15/homeswest-shafts-freo/

“He says some locals will welcome Homes west’s exit as tenants’ drug-dealing has been an issue for years.”

“Hope Street’s Les Moyle has lived in the area for 32 years and he’s glad to see the back of Homes west and hopefully backyard meth labs and police visits.”

https://heraldonlinejournal.com/2015/09/11/ice-concern-grips-valley/

I was standing alongside Steve Grant when he took the photo at this community group meeting, 6 or 7 mins walk from the place your article is referring too. Again lots of promises at the this meeting about actions the council was going to take, (possibly as it was just before an election) now the election has past, action seems pretty much nothing on the  issue.

Fremantle already has a higher than average % of homes west than the average suburb and needs no more. Just 2 weeks ago we see cars torched at the cold store area as drug dealing issues come to the front in homes west houses again.

Tales of blood and bins

https://heraldonlinejournal.com/2016/02/19/driven-out/

“Car blaze last straw for terrified tenant

A CAR that was set alight in an alleged arson attack belongs to a man who was last week involved in a fracas with neighbours at Fremantle’s Cold Stores housing complex(“Residents besieged,” Herald, February 13, 2016).

A 43-year-old fellow tenant of the WA Housing complex between Queen Victoria and Beach Streets has been charged with criminal damage by fire”

We shouldn’t even need to mention the traffic issues in the area as both High St and Stevens St have traffic issue leaving the valley on Steven St at both ends is already dangerous with dumb design on Hampton Rd and the council ignoring a decade of complaints about the other end on Carrington where you have to blindly out onto a major rd.

South St has its own set of problems and the High St intersection with Stirling Hwy is another traffic black spot, well known for accidents and is full of trucks from the port as it’s the major route out.

The local primary school is full, past capacity with transportable units on the school oval. The Kim Beazley site is yet to have single resident move in, which is set to add 100’s more on just one block, in the middle of the mess I have just mentioned

And you think adding thousands on more people into a suburb area in high rises to create future slums is a good idea?

You may not have noticed but people who spend millions on penthouses don’t like the idea of a possible drug dealer or meth lab on the ground floor under their penthouse, having to rely on the roll of the dice you get from homes west.

High density in this area would be a disastrous outcome for what was another leafy green suburb, rapidly being destroyed by a political motivated councils density drive which is destroying our tree canopy and massively increasing our urban heat sink

Ours suburbs should look more like this

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/10/more-trees-on-your-street-means-fewer-health-problems-says-study

Residents report feeling better and having fewer health problems when there are more trees on their street. Photograph: Jon Hrusa/EPA

Residents report feeling better and having fewer health problems when there are more trees on their street. Photograph: Jon Hrusa/EPA

than more concrete boxes like we see on Amherst St as in your pics.

Roel Loopers Freoview

Roel Loopers Freoview

 

Leaving less and less space for kids to play while driving more traffic in poorly designed and maintained road network

The council could not f-/: up more if they tried.

I have been to places our Mayor  Brad Pettitt wants to mimic like Malmo, I have friends from there and outlaying districts all have seen their amenity deteriorating, as Malmö has become a centre for crime, violence, drug dealing and organized crime.

Not exactly what I would like to see copied into Freo we have enough shit as it is.

 

http://www.thelocal.se/20150824/you-get-street-smart-when-you-live-in-malm

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/09/18/interview-retired-swedish-police-chief-says-malmo-crime-skyrocketing-due-uncontrolled-immigration-no-go-zones/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sweden-grenades-idUKKCN0QE09F20150809

 

 

 

Is Fremantle on its way back from the brink? Domain missing the main points

Once recognized as Western Australia’s thriving, cosmopolitan second city, many of Fremantle’s retailers and small business owners have been struggling to stay afloat in recent years but the winds of change are in the air.

Source: Is Fremantle on its way back from the brink?

The first issue is what took Freo to the brink in the 1st place? Is it back, I don’t think so?

The so called anti-development did not drive out all the businesses and cause all the “For Lease” signs across the city. Protecting heritage is essential as its one of the things that makes Freo unique.

The loss of many key Fremantle icons and draw cards are at the heart of what killed Freo, or is still killing it.

To say not building a new office block or apartment is killing the city is not true, if it was then many old historical cities would have died off instead they thrive. Taking what they have, working with, protecting it, maintaining it and using them to drive their cities forward.

If Freo can make the top 10 places on Lonely Planet to visit it wasn’t talking about new hi-rises, or the Mayors drive for development at any cost, as most of the new stuff we see going up is pretty tacky. Of course there is some great stuff coming online as well.

Freo’s real decline is seen in the loss of places like Myers, the Dockers, the deal for oval has just inept, the decline of places like Fly by Night.

Deckchair Theatre to close after 30 years

How many of these types of business, has the council seen go under in its time?

Then there is Freo’s shocking reputation for parking and its councils anti-car policies it’s driving constantly.

Freo’s even worse reputation for anti-social issues. Business and locals have been complaining about this for years its only just recently the council has woken from their slumber on this issue, of course we have the likes of wainwrights and his socialist buddies, who seem more worried about the druggies, vagrants, anti-social drunken crew, the vulgar language etc, etc. Than he is on the ones who pay the rates to fund the cities, councilor driven ideology, oh and pay the fees, that puts in his pocket. Of course it’s all the state governments fault not the city’s councilors and Mayor who have made these issues worse. Amazing how the Mayor of Perth clean up these issues in Perth, yet our Mayor and councillors laid out the carpet for it now they are trying to pull it back. 1-step forward, 2 steps back.

The Mayor Brad Pettitts drive for bigger and bigger booze events and venues where in some cases he gives away the space to the operator for free, letting local rate payers foot the bill the repair bills. Of course the bigger the booze event the more anti-social problems?

To show the hypocrisy the councils wants to have some sort of drive for stamping out domestic violence, yet on the other continues to drive bigger and bigger booze based events and business, it’s just laughable, you will see Wainwright talk about all these issues but vote for a massive booze sponsored event on south beach.

Fremantle Councillors Hypocrisy on Advertising or are they just having laugh?

REFUGE BACKLASH

HILTON councillor Sam Wainwright says his council probably erred by keeping locals in the dark over its plans for Warrawee women’s refuge.”

Again they talk about transparency yet vote to close the door on it.

ZERO-TOLERANCE FOR BEGGING ‘FLAWED’

“Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt is on record claiming police research had identified many beggars in the city aren’t homeless.

But when the Herald checked the research, it didn’t back up Dr Pettitt’s claim.”

FREMANTLE’s BLIND EYES ON THE STREET

Fremantle’s declining tree canopy

2nd worse place in Australia for coverage of concrete and bitumen in a city, our councils lust for pouring concrete into our parks.

Fremantle’s councils drive to call graffiti art giving our once great city its ghetto look.

The cities lack of focus on basic maintenance our town hall on the verge of ruin if basic gutter and rood repairs are not done.

Hi-rise development for offices and apartments are not what makes a city great, of course I don’t expect anyone profiting of this to agree as its their pockets the money flows too. As long as its all honest and above board nothing wrong with that but don’t kid yourself that a developer has the best interest  of the city at heart, that’s like thinking a mining company has best interest of the environment in their mind 1st and fore most. No its about $$$$ the bottom line.

Another piece of journalism written with COF issued blinkers, I wonder if the Mayor gets to proof read these before they go to press?

The picture in the piece is one of the Mayors white elephants, the Kings Square Business Plan and issue that has been questioned in parliament and a minister responsible refuses to even give it due scrutiny. Google this and list of questions is endless, a project that could cost the Fremantle rate payers over $30,000,000.00

People investing like to see a steady reliable record of operation before investing in a location, the back flipping policies and style of council hardly sends that message.

The last survey report of the rate payers in Fremantle shows a city at its lowest point in history. the reputation it has for graffiti is shocking.

The recent election show’s them having their lowest vote turn out in history and more than 54% of the votes cast in the election for non sitting councillors, a clear majority that voted aren’t happy with the current direction.

All these issues are what’s killing freo, building a few new offices isn’t going to fix these problems. It would be great if it could.

 

Fremantle Council Direction Drives Anti-social Behaviour

 ARTHUR ASSAULT

01-40news

by the Fremantle Herald

 

 

Fremantle council has been driving our fair our city into the ground for years.

A mixture of poor decisions, miss management, poor policy and actively ignoring policies they have, just sees Freo go from bad to worse, driving up or encouraging anti-social behaviour.

Fremantle councillors removing residents from Arthur’s Head started the areas decline some years ago and was just the start,

  • they have encouraged grafitti
  • they have attracted drug and alcohol abuse in Arthur’s Head area, by it poor decisions and mismanagement.
  • they have encouraged or attracted vagrancy to Fremantle
  • they have encouraged the homeless to sleep in and around the CBD.
  • Poor Maintanance around the city of its assets helping to give Fremantle its run down look.
  • Deactivating Kings Square.
  • they have driven out shoppers from fremantle with these issues mentioned above and their anti-car policies.
  • As they have driven out the shoppers, business after business has closed

Fremantle’s Anti-Social Issues

Their pro graffiti policy just drives vandalism across the board, most suburbs have  this issue but councils policy of judging whether it has artist merit goes against common sense and the state law.

Designing out Crime is a crime prevention strategy which aims to reduce opportunities for crime through the design and management of the built and landscaped environment.

It is also known as CPTED (pronounced ‘sep-ted’), which is an acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.   It is based on the theory that “the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life”.

Fremantle council has CETLOCS, “Crime Encouragement Through Lack Of Common Sense.” pronounced Homer-Simpson-wingnuts-dohwhat was I thinking? but its clear swag

The police warned them this would increase grafitti and with it, comes other crime. No crystal ball needed there.

ART VANDALISM AT HISTORIC ARTHUR HEAD

Going against their own alcohol policy by approving the new new booze barn business @ J-shed, which will destroy Arthur’s Head, the round house and the impact of all this anti-social behaviour will wreck bathers beach, with as we have seen in the herald, drunks and druggies, crapping on the beach, used condoms, needles, crack pipes, the violence that follows. We have already seen several murders, drug over-doses deaths in Fremantle as well.

Police probe homeless man’s death at Fremantle Harbour D-Shed

Homeless youth jailed for WA murder

Fremantle council is actively killing the family friendly environment as they attract more and more substance abuse and anti-social issues.

ICE CONCERN GRIPS VALLEY

The lack of proper surveillance by councils actions, in the West End has just fuelled, anti-social behaviour, public drunkenness, drug use, vandalism, public defecation,  slowly destroying the environment around Western Australia’s 1st and most prominent building.

The eyes on the street van seems to spend most of its time at night parked out in front of council chambers, or least any evening i have walked or driven by.

Broken Windows Theory, does it fit Fremantle

If the Double Tree Hilton is to open and the block around target stays the way it is this hotel will get a shockingly bad image very quickly, once in place it will hard and expensive to improve the locations image on the worldwide web.

God knows what tourist must think going to Arthurs Head and seeing the location of WA oldest building so mismanaged, dirty toilets, overflowing bins, broken bottles and booze containers littering the area, human excrement, used condoms, used syringes, grafitti, vandalism, businesses having to wait for the drunks and drug effected to leave the doorways so they can open up.

What’s council refer to it as oh yes was it the grunge factor?

Whats the councils biggest contribution to Fremantle could it be the, no parking arrowsor 4 wise monkeysor 12312333204_6ba99fca27_bmaybe jet polutionordownload no this should be no1.

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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.

WHY DOES FREO CITY PAY FOR BUSINESS PARKLET?

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.

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