Fremantle Councillor Drive To Kill Off Local Business and Jobs

Source: Truck ban bid | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Lets look at the practicality of banning Trucks from Hampton Rd. Its Fremantle’s councils answer for everything ban, ban, ban.

All businesses west of Hampton Rd would be impacted with deliveries or operations that require trucks

The average brewery trucks are longer than a 20ft container truck, so that would make it quite difficult for pubs to get supplies.

No petrol for petrol stations west of Hampton Rd

I wonder how fishing boat harbour would function with no truck deliveries.

How would cruise ships get stores or deliveries on in Victoria Quay.

I guess that would make Little Creatures operations near impossible, no deliveries for them.

The council had an opportunity to redirect trucks off Hampton Rd by engaging with the state government to ensure that the Perth Freight Link did this function, leaving Hampton Rd only for necessary deliveries by trucks not through truck traffic. I guess they choose to not to ensure a good outcome for Freo.

Sadly as they are anti-car, anti-truck, anti road development they are also, anti business, anti jobs, anti development. You can’t have basic water front businesses that cant get deliveries. I guess this will make it difficult for businesses to move into Freo as they don’t know what our loony council will ban next. Bit hard to establish a business future with such instability.

Do they really think that they will be able to do all the development in Fremantle and ban containers at the same time.

I wonder how their events will run without containers?

When I drive down Hampton road the fastest traveling vehicles flying down the road are buses, trucks are stuck in the single congested lane with all the cars. the close calls I’ve seen for cyclists are the buses trying to overtake the bike riders without enough room for it when other vehicles are along side the bus.

You really wonder why a city ward councillor is trying to get traffic lights in Henderson, miles from Fremantles borders, this is the issue with many Fremantle councillors ,their constant meddling in others a fares, if they just stuck to relevant Fremantle issues which is what they are paid and there for.

Perhaps the real reason and timing for this story  is just another attempt by a councillor who has rarely been seen around town by the residents and ratepayers of the city ward, to get her profile out there for election time. Pretty sad a couple of months of community engagement ever 4 years.

Even sadder it must have been a slow news day for the herald to put his story on the front page of their paper, a rehashed idea that has been going on for 20 yrs plus, and the best the Councillor is promising is to lead a petition??? There is a reason its never been done, as with out a replacement route its a stupid impractical idea that shows little sense of the practicalities of life, business or common sense.

As a business and job killer its a great way to go. Fremantle already has a shocking reputation with delivery drivers as a place not to go to, business in town don’t need anymore challenges or extra costs.

What’s not surprising is this councillor Rachel Pemberton has spent her whole time saying what she is going to do, what she wants, I haven’t yet seen the action of representation, it seems to be all about her and what she wants.

 

River tunnel gets minister’s ear | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Source: River tunnel gets minister’s ear | Fremantle Herald Interactive Perth Freight Link issue

Just a few clarifications, while I did speak to Main Roads about the PFL their meeting was not 90 mins, they suggested another person who gave us a 90 mins meeting which lead to the meeting with Dean Nalder. Whom I must say was very generous with his time and open to our suggestions. I imagine he has dozens of restricting issues let alone how much they it would cost.

Also our idea was a little more sophisticated than dumping the rocks over the end of the port, but the intent or suggestion was to use the earth extracted from the tunnel to further extend the port for space, giving the port almost double its dock  current space, freeing up other space for residential or mixed space use, partly to offset the additional cost of tunneling option. A huge cost and time saving issue i’m sure?

The main idea if we had a tunnel and motorway that serviced the area it would work for the port , then at a later date if it had another use, the motorway access would service its next function as well as freeing up our major roads from through traffic, these are the  roads used by local residences and businesses.

It has the potential to seriously lighten traffic on

  • Stirling Hwy
  • Old Fremantle bridge and Queen Victoria St
  • Hampton Rd
  • High St
  • South St
  • Canning Hwy
  • Curtin Ave
  • etc.

Again the point is if the PFL is going to be built, trying to get the best possible outcome for Fremantle, its business and residents, instead of just a motorway in and out of the port.

Perhaps not perfect but the 1st step in a bigger conversation for the greater benefit of Fremantle.

 

 

Perth Freight Link Damned if we do Damned if we don’t Pt 1.

Again today in the Herald we see the howling about the PFL and the road to rail crew beating on about his conspiracy theories in, Barnett, secrecy and Brookfields. Babbling about knots, kites and elephants?

Fremantle has a huge traffic problems right now on;

  • Hampton Rd
  • South St
  • High St
  • North Freo Stirling Hwy
  • Stirling Hwy Canning Hwy lights
  • Tydeman Rd
  • Rat runs developing through the suburbs
  • The council increasing density up to R160 which will just bring more and more cars.
  • Today Friday, I drove west down South St over Stock road, the traffic going east on South St were backup from Stock Rd backup to Travis St and it wasn’t even 1pm.

All of this will continue to get worse trucks or not. Port or not, as cars are the major part of the issues on the roads in and around Fremantle. Bad enough the council has actively made parking worse in Freo now our roads are more congested with no real improvements in roads infrastructure for decades.

So residents will have to accept if there are no PFL there will be NO improvement to our roads in the area, congestion will worsen, trucks will continue to increase for decades from the port about 7% a year with more and more trucks rat running off the main roads. Not having a PFL will guarantee more trucks through our suburbs on exactly the same roads they drive on now.

  • More trucks on Hampton Rd
  • More trucks on Stirling Hwy
  • More trucks on Curtin Ave
  • More trucks on High St
  • More accidents at Stirling Hwy and High St intersection
  • More congestion on all of them
  • More stop start with many changes between light changes to get through just one intersection.

Does anyone seriously think the Outer harbour will be operational in the 10 years or even started? Labour promises to build it, but where is the $5billion coming from plus the money for the Tonkin Hwy Link plus all the other infrastructure that will be needed in the area to make it all work.

Here is an extract from the EPA report on the impact of building the outer harbour from 2006, I imagine the criteria will be much tougher now, 9 years on?

“The EPA submits the following recommendations to the Minister for the Environment:

  1. That the Minister notes that the EPA does not express a preference for any particular port option. It appears all options would have significant environmental impacts, especially within Cockburn Sound.
  2. That the Minister notes that cumulative pressures along the eastern margin of Cockburn Sound will increase the threat to the improvements in the condition of Cockburn Sound which have been achieved through strong action by Government, industry and the community in recent decades.”

What the R2R fails to address is roads are not just used by trucks but cars, and an Eastern by pass for the city is not a new idea as claimed it has been around as long as the road reserve that it may run along, which has been around for decades. “Over a period of approximately 20 years, Main Roads Western Australia procured most of the land in question for the future road. In 1985, the first kilometre of this road was constructed, which extended Stirling Highway southwards from Canning Highway to Leach Highway (known as High Street west of Carrington Street).  The remaining 3 km strip of land south of High Street then became known as the Fremantle Eastern Bypass.” 1985 not exactly a new idea???

An eastern bypass would help take traffic off local roads that are now used by transient car traffic with no business in Fremantle but are just driving through to go somewhere else. That’s what highways, freeways, motorways and bypasses do.

See pt 2&3 for a follow up, to have it all in one blog may be a bit long as there is a lot to digest. So to make it a lighter read I have divided into 3 parts.

 

Fremantle Flooding, Still an Issue on Daly St South Fremantle

IMG_1827IMG_3158

Last night we had our first consistent rain in months, heavy at times but nothing torrential.

Above is a google picture of the vacant block, drain and area where water can can come from to flood the street by filling this road side ditch.

Here are some pics from Daly st South Freo which flooded the road last night more than 200mm deep in places.

IMG_8441IMG_8310IMG_3652

Its seems that the road drain flows out into a ditch along side of the road.

From a safety point of view sumps are usually fenced in this case it is just a big water filled ditch with gods knows whats under the dirty waters surface? Imagine someones dog getting stuck in this road side mess and drowning let alone a child. As I believe the site is also contaminated imagine what toxins are being washed down in the ditch and into peoples yards where the families live and play. Not to mention any issues native or domestic animal will have from drinking it?

IMAG0599 resized downIMAG0600 resizedIMAG0603 r

It also seems that drain works both ways once the ditch is full from the run off from the vacant block and street it floods back onto the street from the drain, across the road over the footpath and into peoples houses, sound familiar? Yes just like Hampton Rd, another flooding issue I have been told that has gone on for years.

Again its back to basics while the council can plan to pull $100,000 out of the bag for a political campaign at the drop of a hat I don’t see them so fast to react to real issues effecting residents. Well fix a whole streets flooding issues may only attract a couple of votes, now put a $100,000 into a political campaign now there’s money well spent, right????, well maybe not for the residents and rate payers, but it will be great for the councillors?

Council is aware of this as it brought to the attention of a councillor some months ago and to council for years, but here they stand again ankle deep in water.

I wonder how many houses in this street they intend to buy to get this issue to go away?

 

%d bloggers like this: