Killing the Great Australian Dream – Limit urban sprawl, says Freo mayor Brad Pettit – The West Australian

Call for urban boundary to define Perth’s metropolitan area rather than allow for continued growth.

Source: Limit urban sprawl, says Freo mayor Brad Pettit – The West Australian

As long as I can remember I have just wanted a house to live in, just like I grew up in. The block may not be as big no huge gum tree in the back yard to climb and play in but it’s pretty damn close. I’m lucky to have a house which has become a home for my family. Giving me a chance to give my child some of the great experiences I had growing up.

A safe place to play, invite friends to come over and play with, The great Aussie BBQ which we have had many with friends and family. Place for pets to roam freely, chicken taking care of our kitchen scraps, rewarding us with eggs for not throwing it in the rubbish, fruit trees, veggie garden, aquaponics for fish and herbs, giving my little boy and education on where food comes from and how to practically use our waste, with worm farms, compost, bokashi, solider fly farms etc great place for bees to live and another bonus of honey while pollinating our 15 so fruit trees..

Non of this will exist in Brads high rises, everything for rubbish will need to be collected and processed just like a large factory, not exactly living is it?

I have also had the good fortune to live all around the world in high density cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, KL, Miami, NY, London.

That’s when I realized how lucky we are in Australia with the life style we have.

While in these city you see every time there is an accident, fire, natural disaster, disease out break, the higher the density the greater the casualty rates.

Now to think that the only way we can be environmentally friendly is to live in high density areas is just crap. It might be the dumbest easy solution? But with the right mixture of incentives for business, government departments and jobs to develop out with the sprawl, and finding incentives  to encourage people to live with a certain distance of their jobs. We can maintain a live style worth having while controlling our foot print.

Or as Paul says build new hubs to drive businesses away from one hub and made several more satellites cities, like Mandurah, Joondalup and Midland.

Sooner or later cars will not run on fossil fuels, fixing the pollution argument, the style of car we drive in 20 yrs maybe completely different.

So while Brad Pettitt our Mayor is determined to force his personal ideology on the rest of us, even though he doesn’t seem to practice what he preaches, it should send a clear message to the wider community if guy runs for state or federal government, he’s the guy you want to vote for if you like living in a  hi-rise Dog box, no car, surrounded by concrete, no tree canopy, concrete parks and booze barns, while he lives in a house with a garden across from a great green oasis with his 2 cars parked out front. While your rates increase each year to fund he’s personally ideology and so he can give our assets for free for business to profit off while, spending your money on his jet set junket trips overseas. Sounds good right?

Cost of Fremantle Mayors Rate Payer Funded Junket, Doubles

He seems perfect for politics, a real hypocrite no?

But I’ll be voting to live not just to exist in a concrete jungle.

Fremantle Made Junkets


Fremantle Town Hall On Deaths Door

Tonight we see where council will pull the money from for the Town Hall restoration work.

Last week at SGS we heard that the town has 12 months of life left as if it has to face another winter rain the damage.

Even from google street cam it doesn’t look real flash does it, decades of neglect.

The exterior of the historic Fremantle Town Hall building is in need of urgent conservation work to arrest the rapid rate of deterioration occurring due to water penetration. It has now been almost thirty years since the last major capital expenditure on the building and key elements such as the roof cladding and rainwater goods need to be replaced before winter 2016. Problems caused by inappropriate surface treatments and repairs to masonry elements carried out in the1950s – 60s when there was little understanding of how to conserve traditional building fabric, also need to be addressed to prevent ongoing deterioration of masonry, embedded steel and timbers and decorative stucco work”

Lets hope we don’t get any heavy summer rains in 2016 before the needed work starts?

It’s a little hard to see how this has been allowed to get so bad, for years the COF has been finding restoration work that was done badly from decades ago, so it can hardly been surprising that the town has a similar issue.

Then there is the stories about the town hall rood access being dangerous as I understand they could not use the flag poles due to access restrictions for safety.

The fact that our town hall is in such a poor state of repair is disgraceful. The council has no problems finding for funds for concreting our grass areas, parks, funding political rallies/advertising, etc, spending millions of dollars on issues like that. How many 10 of thousands of dollars has Brad Pettitt the Mayor spent on his Junket trips to Japan, Europe over the last couple of years to name a few? No problems funding those.

Here’s a few items out of the 2015/16 budget they can find money for;

  1. One Planet crowd match $100,000 which appears to be a crowd funding group in Holland great value to the Fremantle rate payer
  2. One planet sustainability $100,000 festival
  3. EV Highway gateway $20,000, one day they are against people using cars and pushing for public transport, how they are investing in something hardly anyone uses. How many people in Fremantle have a 100% EV, as hybrids don’t need recharging stations, just a regular petrol station? I’m sure the carbon emissions to build the network will far out way the carbon savings of the handful of people who may use it.
  4. CUSP report another $20,000, which reads more like a political/ideology document than a factual representation of the issues not in the budget that I can find but spend it they shall.

That’s just a quick glance and that’s getting towards $250,000 on feel good stuff with no measurable outcomes, or KPI’s

Looking through the budget they seem to have stashed away cash from the investment reserve everywhere, I thought the investment reserve was to be used to invest in property to generate revenue to ensure the city can provide amenities, services and lower the burden to the rate payers?

So while we have funds for basketball courts on the beach, we are $700,000 short of funds to save the town hall. thats if it all goes to plan with no cost over runs, which is highly unlikely?

The question is responsibility and priority, 1st you spend funds on things that need to be done, then the excess if any we use to build or improve ratepayer’s amenity.

It’s hard to do when we give out the parks for free to profit making organizations and then also pick up the bills for the damage they do paces like the esplanade?

How have things gotten so bad in maintenance issues which ultimately will led the final costs of repairs being higher than they should be. Last I heard the city was $50,000,000.00 behind in maintenance issues, I wonder where it stands now?


Cost of Fremantle Mayors Rate Payer Funded Junket, Doubles

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Last week I posted a piece called Fremantle Junket. based on the agenda from the full council meeting of Feb 2015.

In this I reported that the mayor has made a request to have 50% of his trip to funded by the COF to look at cities in Europe.

Now as Brad was the topic of discussion he quite rightly left the chambers.

Josh the deputy mayor took the chair and made an ammendment. Now I have a copy of the minutes pg 135. (at times it was quite hard to hear clearly what is being said in chambers, not to mention no copies of minutes available again)  it shows where Josh has gone against the Officers recommendation and offered an ammendment to double the amount the Mayor had requested from council for funding which the officers recommended at 50%?

The voting remains the same with Bill Massie showing good governance by voting against the doubling of the mayors funded junket.

The rest of the councillors voting to double the Mayors funding for his European Junket.

Not forgetting the mayor is NOT using the remaining of his study/conference budget  $1586, thats being kept for other activities in the year?

So if the mayor had as it seems requested 50% funding the officers reportidly supported this, why was it necessary for Josh to Double the mayor request and the officers ecommendation, was this in the best interest of the Fremantle Rate Payers.

I doubt Fremantle rate payers will see any benefit in this, just as we saw little out of the Junket to Japan to look at incinerators, to burn rubbish?

If these issues concern you about local government decisions you should also read this? A good article reporting on questioning good governance in local government in WA.




Fremantle Made Junkets

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Well you could take 2 basic meaning for this?

  1. Junket is light and refreshing custard made with milk, rennet, sugar and vanilla, or even flavoured milk?
  2. n: a conferenceretreat or otherwise third-party (read: company, government, etc.) subsidized event for which an individual personally pays little to nothing, but reaps benefits.

So what was today’s junket well let’s say it doesn’t involve rennet or milk.

It involved council voting on C1502-6 Application to join study tour of European liveable cities with local government planning association-Mayor Brad Pettitt.

So due to procedure as the mayor was the item of discussion he left the chambers, it was then open for discussion and some clarification.

Basically or summing up the facts the mayor has $1586 left in conference study account, but to doesn’t want to use this as it seems he has other uses for it planned for later in the year. It costs $7080 to go, he’s offering to pay 50% so the city needs to cough up the rest.

Bill Massie voted against and called it what it is a Junket, he raised several good points, i.e. how does the rate payer benefit, what is the deliverable, outcome? Just last year the Mayor flew to Japan to check out some incinerators for burning rubbish. (Not very green all those flights and/or burning rubbish). The only real question is what did the city (ratepayers) get out of it what did we learn that justified the expense, well we had a meeting shortly after his Japanese junket but have not seen/nor heard much since, so how did the Rate Payer benefit whats is the measurably benefit, we didn’t even get any sushi or sake?

So considering some guys already written a book on the subject, what would the city get out of this junket that we couldn’t get from the book or the internet?, Doctors can give prognosis online, we can explore wrecks in the deepest oceans, do scientific experiments on mars, but our Mayor has to fly around the world, to check out bikes paths, parks and where the office is in relation to home and the shop. Our leaders tell us of the great benefits of the NBN will bring us, bringing the world to our homes, offshores offices etc, well it can’t be true as everytime a pollie wants to learn something its all Jumbos, hotel suites and junket ahoy?

Forget the Perth and Fremantle Geographically, demographically, culturally, layout, infrastructure, population mass, density wise etc., are nothing like most European cities. I still love the comparisons between Fremantle and Vancouver, comparing issues like PT, rail use, the mass population differences not mentioned, just the lovely ideologies, Vancouver has Seattle just south, Perth has Bunbury, no real difference at all there?

Perhaps if its gardens or Parks I can recommend Genève or Lausanne, check out their policy on concreting parks and implement that in Freo. Or maybe go to Positano and see what we can learn about cycling as its very popular there, much more so than here in Freo no dedicated bike lanes there, well there is a decimated lane and it’s for everything, with wheels and feet and generally your lucky if it has a lane each way?

I think while a couple of councillors where shocked that Councillor Massie called it a Junket but it’s pretty close. But what I find really amazing is in all the chatter and even the written document is that it does not say what the COF hopes funding this Junket will delivery to the ratepayers in benefits? Where is our upside?

Even more notable is the this little quote, cut and paste from the agenda, Pg. 121 of the 25/02/2015 Ordinary meeting of council

“BACKGROUND Elected members are provided with an annual study/conference allowance of $2,000 to attend training and development opportunities. The CEO has delegated authority to approve attendance for elected members where it is relevant to local government matters, but that authority does not extend to international trips. The LGPA have invited the Mayor to join the tour as a vacancy on the tour has recently arisen and the Mayor has expressed a strong interest in joining the tour.”

So I wonder if the rules gave delegated Authority when or if we would we have heard of this?

I have put in a link to the minutes above should anyone want to read them and the book was by Professor Peter Hall’s recent book titled Good Cities, Better Lives1 , identified the places in mainland Europe that had become celebrated as examples of “best practice” – the best places in Europe to live and work in. I wonder if our libarary has it? I’ll check tomorrow!

Remember if you are in Bordeaux and ordering the foie gras by now the 75 d’Yquem is drinking superbly.




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