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.

First Solar, Dumps Fremantle Solar Farm Idea

The proposed developer of a 10-megawatt solar power station in South Fremantle has withdrawn from the project, citing issues with the market and the development site, which previously housed landfill.

Source: New developer for Freo solar project | Business News

This is one issue the rate payer and residents need to watch carefully.

The USA based First Solar has dumped freo council solar dream due to “limited site capacity and market issues”. I take this to be it does not generate enough power to make it worth while and the no-one wants to pay enough to make it profitable.

Hense this is where the the rate payers need to watch out. As there is a new player interested which, I imagine will have the same issues the last provider had.

So what we need to be cautious of are any deals the COF makes to take that generated power and at what price?

We clearly have a council obsessed with their one planet, green party political ideas, so to what lengths  (our money) will they go to get this project off the ground? What premium price would COF pay for that power generated to suit their ideology at the rate payers expenses?

Another issue for Fremantle rate payers to watch, a deal here could impact the citys finances for years? The tighter the projects finances, the longer the deal they will want

To be sure its the rate payers who pay for these ideologies thru the nose

Fremantles Future, Where Are we Headed?

I am stuck behind a big yellow recycling lorry in Bristol, which this year became the UK’s first European Green Capital. It is collecting food waste from the special brown… Read more

Source: Bristol, the European capital of green nannying and bureaucracy » The Spectator

Take this story, remove the word Bristol and replace it with the word Fremantle, add a couple of years and you will see where Fremantle is heading with its current political ideological driven council, if things continue on the way they are.

A few choose cut & pastes to set the tone of the article, its long but the mintues it will take to read are a window to future freo.

“If you want to be a Green City, anti-car is what you have to be. And so when I finally make it past the wretched yellow truck, my journey continues to be blighted by the overweening traffic regulations with which we are now awash. We have a dense network of car-sharing lanes, bus lanes and cycle lanes strewn about our streets like chopped spaghetti. It’s dangerous, because to avoid falling foul of enforcement cameras it is necessary to veer from lane to lane while trying to read what times of which day you are allowed to drive where. I find it tricky enough and I live here; heaven knows how visitors cope.”

“And then there are the dozens of new 20mph zones, introduced at a cost of more than £2 million, and neatly denounced by one local councillor as ‘a total waste of time and money’. Our nitwit elected mayor, George Ferguson, voted for by less than 12 per cent of Bristolians, forced through this idea only to then be nabbed for speeding himself. The incident seemed emblematic of the city’s increasingly totalitarian brand of environmental idealism. Like fundamentalists the world over, here was our green leader failing to practise his own preachings while dismissing rational objections — such as the Swedish study which shows that 20mph zones increase accident levels due to the creation of a false sense of security.”

Any of this sound familiar to Freo? Our council is pushing for 10km/hr zones, try driving in that, it will be mixed zone, pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, wandering from any which way, between cars trying to drive safely to their destination, its just another Step in their Anti-Car Campaign. The wedge driven in a little deeper.

“In some situations, residents’ parking zones have a place, but predictably the mayor and the anti-car zealots have overdone it. In my own street, for example, there never was a parking problem — but now we have to pay to park in a designated bay. Parking is now harder for residents, because the total space to park in has been reduced. Tradesmen and even doctors, carers and district nurses have had to buy expensive permits in order to visit customers and patients without penalty. It follows that, as a city, our collective bill for both plumbing and healthcare has just gone up substantially.”

Looks Like freo’s plan when you read their Parking policy proposals?

“Worst of all, though, is the change in the city’s mood. Life here is feeling increasingly parochial, anal, nagged and petty. The boho artsy feel we used to have is being slowly strangled by a sanctimonious mayor and local authority who seem to want to colour-code our lives with a barrage of rules and regulations that simply make it harder to function. It may well be that the less we are able to go about our lives, the less carbon we produce — but Is becoming inefficient and dysfunctional an intelligent approach to preserving the planet?”

This is coming to Freo, greens lanes, armadillos, plans for 10km/hr speed zones, blocked streets, lost street parking, useless speed humps, sold parking sites the list just goes on.

“Of course we were promised rewards for our sacrifices: in return for giving up our cars, public transport would be improved. Precious little seems to have happened so far, though work is in hand to introduce a rapid-transit metrobus scheme, which essentially comprises building extra lanes for specially coloured buses.”

Fremantles Public Transport  dream is nothing more than a thought bubble (on a rate payer funded glossy brochure), that only a couple on council have conjured up, “light rail”, with no funding, just plans for more increases in parking fees and rates. The two major state partys  not even considering the possibility. All talk no delivery, but it sounds nice. Not even on main roads radar, they don’t even have enough road reserve to do it.

“Don’t get me wrong. I love this city, really I do. It is just a shame I now live in Bristol, the style-over-substance, ideology-over-common-sense, baby-out-with-the-bath-water Capital of Europe 2015.”

My thoughts exactly. Remember replace Bristol with Freo.

Hit the link the whole story is worth a read it will be like looking into a crystal ball to freo’s future. So Sad.

 

Fremantle Council Whats the Real Deal on Plastic Bag Ban?

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

plastic bag smile1

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.

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