Fremantle Council Addicted to Booze

How can a council with a policy such as their own SG50 be so driven to push thru clearly destructive booze outlets as the one planned at Jshed, people should read this agenda and decide from them selves about the actions of council.

For me reading it, they come across as an addict who will do and say anything to get their next fix. Its booze booze and more booze and no matter what anyone says they will seek some way  to justify there addiction, to explain the need for it, any cost is not to much in their need to for fill that urge.

Reading the agenda is quite sad, it does not matter what impact it has on local business, driving out existing operations, no need for parking, concrete over the last remaining bits of greenery to ensure access to their fix. Adding anti-social behaviour is not an issue to be considered as its not relevant? Reading this document it comes across as a desperate  drive by an organization to find any reason to justify a drive for councillors need to approve more huge booze barns not the small bars their own policy calls for.

This going ahead just shows councillors clear disregard for rate payers concerns and puts to bed the idea that councillors has any interest in representing rate payers, unless of course its in their own interest 1st.

Anyone looking for reasons why anti-social behaviour is such an issue in Fremantle, our councillors decisions led by our Mayor should be your 1st port of call.

 

 

Fremantle’s Broken Window’s

A few days ago I posted a blog titled Broken Windows Theory, does it fit Fremantle, this raise the association of allowing petty crime to go unpunished/unchecked to attract or encourage much more serious crime. Have a read it has lots of detail and links.

So today we see the Herald with an article of the growing Ice problem, ICE CONCERN GRIPS VALLEY ,  in the eastern side of WGV.

“In response to criticism that overgrown verges, scruffy council-owned sumps and sloppy maintenance in the parks are contributing to the problem, Cr Coggin says he’ll ask council managers to do better.”

These issues have brought to councils attention for years now, I have written about them on this blog, left comments on Roels freoview, called the council and made comments, spoken to councillors about these issues, been discussed at Precinct meetings. Its these issues that allow the environment or ambience to led people who are involved in these illegal businesses to think they can do these activities and no one will notice or care. Now to drive these illegal trades, dealers and users out will take  months if not years, hundreds of man hours from the police and lots of stress and concerns from the local residences.

Council is far to distract with all their world issues, party political agendas pet projects, and spend far to little time dealing with the basics of of our cities, I know verges will not get you on TV or your picture and story in the West Australian, but it would represent the concerns of the residents they should be representing.

Issues like Neighborhood Watch again not a flash sound bite for talk back radio, and would requre lots of effort but would better tend to locals concerns more than solar or wind farms . Herald quote “There was a strong desire from the residents to work together to combat the problem, and a suggestion from local precinct co-convenor Mark Woodcock to resurrect Neighbourhood Watch and the Safe Houses program received a round of applause.”

Council is about “Local not Global”. Instead they need to wait till residents are screaming for the issues to be dealt with before the basics are addressed.

Sadly the city is too distract by the mayors, big issues like electric cars, one planet and irrelevant nonsense, with no focus on the basics, children should not to find used needles in their parks. One resident raised a good point about the needle exchange in Fremantle if it enforces the policy of bringing back one to get a clean one? I guess drug addicts aren’t the most responsible of people for public health and safety

Children shouldn’t have to find drug baggies on the walk to school. Not to mention the long grass on verges is a great place for snakes to hide, with the Kim Beazley site in dug up state how many snakes have been driven out into the suburbs.

Its time for council to focus on the basics, over the months I’ve made many comments or blog on the lack of councils focus to the basics. Its disgraceful that these issues have to reach such a low point to get basic action from our so called elected representatives.

Just recently I wrote a post on called ” Fremantles Dangerous Street Sumps” look at the picture, drive past the sump all that was done is a new piece of plastic netting was replaced. Allowing as the police stated for drug dealers to stash drug, use as a place to hide etc. Again giving this anti-social group, criminals added space to operate their sick destructive business.

Soon another poor decision one widely argued against by residences of our city will kick off the J-Shed this will become another anti-social issue for city not to mention the plethora of other issues it will cause. This one the council was not just asleep at the wheel for they intentional drove it off the cliff. If WGV has its problem in a quite suburb with ICE imagine a venue like this what it will attract? Another council created problem to be solved in the future.

The question will be at what cost?

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?
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The scenery our new Hilton guests can view from their windows

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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?

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