Roe 8: Turnbull Government agrees to $300 million deal | PerthNow

 

THE Turnbull Government has struck a  with WA to start construction of the controversial Roe 8 highway.

Source: Roe 8: Turnbull Government agrees to $300 million deal | PerthNow

Looks like things are starting to move ahead.

Lets hope the Roe 9 development is announced quick so the people effected by the possible High St & Stock  Rd,etx can get on with the lives and not have it hanging over their heads.

Even if the government holds off on developing it they should announce the planned route or where its road or tunnel to give people in the area certainty. Then invest the money so this link to the port goes in with as little impact on the residences as possible and delivers a better transport corridor than Fremantle has now.

Fix the North Freo issue, open up the beach to the suburbs and sink the port link underground right till it rise in the port giving back the surface roads to the residents and directing transient traffic underground, to the south or the east.

Fremantle council has failed the community with ideology politically based approached, playing politics instead of ensuring the best come for Fremantle residents.

A properly planned road network linking into this planned system could have given Fremantle huge benefits, sadly our council said no to safer roads in and around Fremantle.

 

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.

 

Hiltons Aldi Factor

We have seen lots of comments on the new Aldi, old Dick Smith has a comment on his site here’s a link.

There is lots of issues to talk about, whether people want an Aldi or not?

It’s not great that all the small businesses are being driven out by Aldi another foreign based company killing off small local business. I would rather see them battling with Coles and Woolies than the small businesses

The issue that does not seem to in discussion is the traffic. Anyone who drives down this street (south st) knows that the traffic is shocking a real bottle neck, with bad entrances onto South Street, badly placed PT pick up and set down points and small roads that are challenging to get out of.

Add to this in the future plans for the High St upgrade and may have real increase of diverted traffic to South St when High St stops as a thoroughfare into Fremantle.

I wonder if any traffic impact study/report has been done on the\is area for the impact of what the high st upgrade will do, as if traffic has to use other routes to get into town u can bet South St will be one, option.

So before the Mayor tries to make traffic congestion worse for the area by adding another apartment tower to a location that already struggles to cope with its traffic congestions, he should have some professional modelling done for the area, by main roads or just like?

End of the day Aldi will just be another foreign owned business killing off small business with its profit doing overseas. Every time a foreign company imports food products we lose control of what we feed our families.

Anyone watching the news would have seen the horse meat scandal that rock Europe a couple of years back. It’s these sort of issues we expose ourselves to with imported foods and much worse. The berry incident, Coles with freshly baked products from Ireland to name a few recent incidents

Then we have the issue that woolies think Aldi not playing on a level field, classic comment from woolies

I can’t see an Aldi wanting apartments above their story with the residents using the car parking space needed for shoppers

Oh well read up on them, google them you will find lots of info and make your decision what u think is best for yourself and your family. Link to council form

 

 

 

Common Sense Hits Freo Council like a Bolt of Lightning

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Tonight at SGS Common Sense came in like a lightning bolt from Dave Hume.

Maybe it was because Dave was sitting in Bill Massie’s chair, maybe as he stated he had listened to concerns of rate payers and residents.

The issue was investment in High St Mall upgrades councils calls it a Revitalisation Strategy, anyway back to Dave bolt of common sense. he question not the upgrade its self but the idea of the timing of doing it, which is intended to attracted better retailers, shoppers etc, etc, without addressing 1st, the underlying problems/reputation Freo has for anti-social behaviour.

Dave argued that these issues are part of the core of Fremantle woes in attracting back retailers and shoppers, possible new businesses and their customers as well.

As Dave started his comment on cleaning up Fremantle, fixing the begging issues, homeless, drunks, druggies, anti-social behaviour, graffiti is part of it too, a stunned look appeared on a few councillors faces, I think surprise that he would dare bring these issues up. Imagine a councillor raising real community concerns, how dare he???

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Strangely over the last year Freo was reported to welcomed street begging, that Perth was driving out, then they later start restrictions on them just before Christmas, so first they make the problem, then try to sort it out??? Bit like the graffiti issue as reported by police many taggers claimed that Freo Mayor  is pro graffiti so its ok here????

Dave well done, good to see a voice of the community being represented in the council.

Strangely no mention of issues like public facilities were listed, thought I have heard Bill Massie, promoting public Toilets and parent areas for infants in the mall.

Further to Dave bolt he questioned approving funds where there was no specific costing done on any areas or even discussion on what the money would be spent on. Cr Pemberton asked the committee to commit the funds for the area, but asked the wording to be change for item one in the officer’s recommendation, to allow more general use of the funds not necessarily limited to the actual list presented at council. Another presented the window of opportunity was small and action was needed quick, personally i think they should check the window is open before they dive on in marking more work to be undone.

So all in all good common sense points from Dave on that, sadly it was lost 4/2 with SGS passing the motion.

High St Mall does need revitalisation, then again so does most of Freo, let’s hope our funds are invested wisely and council takes on the issues raised by Dave and Bill.

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