Amazing how crowds can protest thru Fremantle for union day about the State Government selling our assets, where the very city there are protesting in, is going exactly the same thing they are protesting against, Barnett about. Makes it all look political not practical, the hordes of pollies doesn’t help the appearance.
This is sadly where common sense leaves the discussion and politics enters. Naturally the unions are anti -Barnett and lets face it, he does in my opinion some dumb shit. But here I can see the Fremantle council and our Mayor doing exactly the same sort of stuff that Barnett is going. Whats the difference? The politics.
But some, due to their political blinders, or blind hate of anything right of the labor party, clouds their common sense and sight form viewing whats right in front of them.
City of Fremantle has sold or is planning to sell the following assets
- Point St Car park block
- Bannister St Car park
- Queens gate building
- The Spicer site
- Henderson st Car park
- The Stan Reilly aged-care site.
Have all these sales, been put out for public tender? perhaps not.
Imagine the up roar if Barnett put the Freo port up for a private one vendor only choice lease, not even a sale but just a lease, the Freo uproar would be incredible.
Well that’s exactly what Freo council has done with one company for 3 separate assets in Fremantle, well not quite, Fremantle council is selling them at a cut rate, not just leasing them without any public tender. At least the port we get back in 50 or so years for our kids to benefit from. Fremantle Councils assets are straight up just selling our kids inheritance. Cue another council rate rise.
All in the name of profiteering, isn’t that another thing May Day addresses, use of public assets for private profit? Right here in Freo, no need to look to hard.
Now we see the council wanting to sell off the Stan Reilly site, and invest the money in the oval. Sounds good to a point. Will this investment make money and if so, for who??
Will it benefit the residents and rate payers or will it benefit the a select few event organizers who run festivals in Freo?
Do these festivals all pay for the public space they take to use for their own personal profits?
Or does the council give these public spaces for Free at rate payers expense??
Do they pay to fix and repair the damage their events do the public park space, they so happily fence off?
Or do the rate payers and residences cough up for that bill too?
For a Mayor who, likes to talk about transparency, you have to wonder where it actually is?
Do these events take over all the parking in town limiting whats left for the rest of the cities businesses to use? So what do you think this new car park is paid for by, the sale of rate payers assets, will it be for the benefits of the said residents or will this car park become the free VIP car park for events included in their ticket price for companies to increase their gate charge and up the profit margin?
So the May parade photos of protesters make me laugh they are so one eyed they can’t see the Green and ALP dominated council is doing exactly the same thing and most of these locals who would march are the one who would support the council.
So are they mad that the assets are being sold or is it just who’s selling them that is a problem?
That’s politics over common sense.