WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT | Freo’s View

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Source: WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT | Freo’s View

 

If we look back a few years and refer to media reports, the city of Fremantle and its Mayor Brad Pettitt recognized or at least talk about the need for retail environment to improve in Fremantle, as we see in the Wests story below.

Sadly 6 years on things have only gotten worse.

Freo needs more people, shops: mayor

“Fremantle needs to renew itself as an economic centre by growing its population, bringing in more office workers and attracting a high-profile department store such as David Jones in order to boost its stagnating retail sector, according to the city’s mayor. “

Sadly the Mayor missed the other part needed, the one the council could have the most influence on the anti-social, issues, Graffiti problems, maintenance of the city control assets, the city has a bad parking image, so what has councils done, sell off more parking, plus removed more on street parking. Not to mention approving more office, business and residential projects all lacking in parking infrastuure, while whining about the poor retail situation Fremantle is in. Go figure they are not helping the situation.

So while other centres and expanding and are aggressively increasing their parking assets, freo’s regressing and selling off the parking it does control. Freo council is just anti-car, which will lead to anti growth.

Fremantle opposes Garden City plan

“The City of Fremantle says a plan to double the size of Garden City Shopping Centre flouts the guidelines and will siphon more retail from the port city and undermine its efforts to establish a key economic centre. “

So while other centres are going, Fremantle is reaching for Kleenex to cry about others doing their jobs while they continue on the blind campaign running Freo’s opportunities  further into the ground.

Garden City to double floor space

“Garden City shopping centre at Booragoon will become the retail heart of a restaurant, entertainment, commercial and higher-density residential precinct under plans endorsed by the WA Planning Commission.

An expansion to make the shopping centre WA’s biggest is just one plank in a broader city centre overhaul that includes the development of a new high street and piazza, a revamped cinema complex and the introduction of small bars and restaurants intended to draw people to the area outside shopping hours.”

So now it will not be long before new bars and restaurant takes over from Freo as a night time entertainment district. As long as they (Melville) controls anti-socials issues, benefits like massive free parking and the ability to shop, go for dinner and park once, is a win win for Booragoon and lose lose, sadly for Fremantle.

When Councillors have attitudes like we see from Andrew S comments on Roels Freo View, it doesn’t bode well for Freo’s future.

A cut and paste of part of Andrews comment, the link above at the top of the page will link anyone interested in reading the full list of comments, plus Roel’s orginal post. Its important to read the full context of ones comments not just trust my POV.

“The third issue is that regional boxes like Garden City transfer the cost of parking into the rents and thats equitable because all the people parking there are visiting the one centre. There is really no other reason to be parking there because there is nothing else to do but to go in to that centre – yawn!. In essence, you pay for parking at Booragoon through the shop till rather than in the car park. In a diverse and complex city centre, that opportunity really doesn’t exist even through the rate system. Paid parking is adopted as a more direct and equitable user-pays system.”

A simple example of the inaccuracy of such statements is going to a place like the coffee club in freo or Garden city where you would see the price is the same at both locations, no extra charge at Booragoon because parking is free. No to mention all the other added benefits of booragoon

  • Better ambiance with much less anti-social issues
  • Close to the Freeways, Canning Hwy, leach Hwy, Roe Hwy, easy enter and exit in your drive in and out
  • Bus Terminal hub
  • Air-condition shopping experience from top to bottom,
  • No crossing streets, or dodging cyclists and skaters, etc, safely navigating with the kids with less to worry about
  • No druggies and drunks laying in the centre of the shopping trip.
  • No parking tickets for being back to your car, when your a minute late from your max parking time of 30mins
  • No caught in the heat or rain
  • ETc, etc.

Sadly Freo over the last decade has only gone down hill, both  state and federal governments have done little for Freo over the same time. Not much interest from our local members either who seem more interested in events outside our city than what is happening too it. When the state has tried to give needed infrastructure its met with councils protesting, spending thousands of dollars on meaningless reports, to object to simple needed infrastructure like roads to ease congestion in and around the city. More interested in driving political party rhetoric than amenity of its residents.

Hence Fremantle is where it is and sadly little sign that recover is coming as other centres surge ahead and fremantle is moving backwards.

Bond in the road for Roe 8 mates/ Fremantle Gazette

Interesting Article from the Fremantle Gazette exposing more reports that are kept from public view covering the impact of Not building the PFL or the Roe 8 & 9’s

Sadly this project, while able to lessen many stresses on our urban road networks, this issue has become highly politicized and the real benefits and negatives have been lost to small groups of individuals fear mongering the local communitys so no rational community discussion has actually been held to discuss the pros and cons and allow locals to have a balance thought without the hate and fear elements so commonly found in these issues.

  • 23 Feb 2016
  • Fremantle Gazette
  • Josh Zimmerman facebook.com/ FremantleGazette
  • http://communitynewsgroup.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

PORTELLI BITTER ON SHELVING

BIBRA LAKE COCKBURN councillor Steve Portelli has joined with Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey to highlight the additional congestion and environmental consequences of shelving Roe 8, believing his own council is ignoring the findings of a traffic study which point toward a need for the road.

An independent traffic study commissioned by the City of Cockburn forecasts 35 stretches of road will need to be widened by 2031 to cope with the increase in daily vehicle movements in both Melville and Cockburn if Roe 8 is not built.

“It has got to the stage now that I am so frustrated and disappointed with the stalling of Roe 8 that I had to speak to someone that is for it,” Cr Portelli said.

“We have to get a strategy together and get the word out there because the community has been misled.

“Roe 8 is not just about diverting traffic away from South Street and Leach Highway but also from Cockburn’s east-west linking roads such as Farrington Road, Bibra Drive, Berrigan Drive, Russell Road, North Lake Road and Beeliar Drive.

“Close to 80,000 daily traffic movements will be taken away from those roads and out of our residential suburbs.”

Both Cr Aubrey and Cr Portelli believe that constructing a new outer harbour in Cockburn Sound, the alternative preferred by Cockburn council, will prove more environmentally damaging than Roe 8 itself.

“When you look at the impact on the environmental areas surrounding the roads that would need to be widened – and take into account the impact on the houses that abut those roads – you see that the aggregated environmental cost of not building Roe Highway is far greater than the cost of building it,” Cr Aubrey said.

“On top of that, residents will be stuck in congested traffic in perpetuity, with no other viable way of getting out of the situation.

“Certainly building the outer harbour will alleviate the trucks which is dangerous traffic to be mixed with light traffic but the fact is what we are looking at is getting 80,000 vehicles off our roads altogether with the construction of Roe Highway, compared to just 5000 trucks that would be moved to the outer harbour.”

Perth Freight Link Councils at Opposite ends of Spectrum

Its amazing the the different points of view to bordering councils can have on the same issue as the Perth Freight Link or Roe8 which ever name you perfer.

In Fremantle councils, Fremantle Pulse we see the councils position.

“Council has adopted a position not to support the state government proposals for sections 1 and 2 of the Perth Freight Link (PFL). It has called on the state government to put the current proposal on hold until further long-term freight planning and better options are developed.

Council supports the planning and development of an outer harbour serviced by rail. The outer harbour concept is in keeping with many decades of settled freight transport and urban planning. A long-term solution to container freight transport issues based on rail as the key component would result in: • a more cost effective long-term solution for freight transport • saving the highly valued conservation area, Beeliar Wetlands, from decimation through road building • minimising localised freight impacts, especially at High Street and North Fremantle • a reduction of carbon intensive greenhouse gas emissions • a reduction in community health issues related to road trauma and exhaust emissions • better utilisation of existing road infrastructure.”

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City Of Melville

Where Melville councils position quite the opposite, an extract from their council minutes.

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION (3645) APPROVAL That the Council:- 1. Reconfirm its support for the extension of Roe Highway between the Kwinana Freeway and Stock Road in accordance with the plans adopted by Main Roads Western Australia to finalise the Perth Freight Link. 2. Request the Chief Executive Officer to write to Main Roads Western Australia requesting they approach the construction of the Roe Highway extension for that section within the Beeliar Regional Park, in such a way as to minimise any potential adverse environmental impacts on the Park, by ensuring the maximum protection of the flora and fauna, the wetlands and the amenity of the area, together with maintaining and enhancing public accessibility of this regionally important asset. 3. Reiterate its support for the extending the Roe Highway, west of Stock Road to Stirling Highway, utilising the alignment of the Fremantle Eastern Bypass for the Perth Freight Link. 4. Request the Chief Executive Officer to write to the State Government advising that in order to minimise the potential impact of utilising the Fremantle Eastern Bypass alignment for the Perth Freight Link, all or part of the route between Clontarf Hill and Stirling Highway be tunnelled.”

Sadly Fremantle council has abandoned their electorate to follow party politics with no intention to solve the traffic congestion, safety issues that faces its residents, where Melville councils officers and councillors have recommended and voted to address traffic congestion and safety issues for its residents.

Fremantle council is still bleating on about the outer harbour which will do nothing to address Fremantle’s traffic safety issues for the next decade at least, happy to leave its residents to have increasing congestion worsening safety issues and increasing pollution which will rapidly worsen with the stop start nature of traffic congestion and not to mention all the traffic lights.

With the local election and the door knocking in process its quite interesting to hear the number of people in the valley and towards freo who are in favour or have no objection to the tunnel option proposed but not so in favour of the high st expansion option. Clearly our council has once again slid down its political agenda instead of looking after the best interest of its rate payers.

Currently, only around 15% of containers are moved by rail, despite a substantial subsidy from the State Government. At present, Fremantle Port is one of the best performing ports in Australia with container movements by rail.

The city of fremantle  is misleading its residents by saying the outer harbour will solve the traffic issues, it will not its own study from CUSP, costing rate payers $20,000, (which several councillors have told me was a waste of money), shows that the traffic will worsen till the outer harbour is built another decade at least. Then when it opens it will drop the amount of trucks with the transition and then the truck traffic over the years will continue to increase out of fremantle to a much worsen situation than we have now. Increasing by as much as 30% more than we have currently 2015. That’s with the outer harbour fully operational and of course this will do nothing for the every increasing amount of other vehicles on our Fremantle roads.

Even with the outer harbour Fremantle will continue to have the same traffic problems we have now and it will continue to worsen and we will continue to get more trucks once the outer harbour is built and operational.

Whats worse is with the negative position our council has taken if the Roe 8 is built we will not have had any input into making sure we get the best outcome for Fremantle, to make all of our lives safer, healthier and happier.

 

East Freo Damning Indictment of Fremantle?

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Over the last couple of weeks a group of East Freo residents have run an advertising campaign to encourage their eligible electors to come out and vote in the poll deciding the amalgamation of East Freo and Fremantle City Councils.

The adds they have had raised some good questions/issues, I’m sure there will be many different opinions on whats right wrong and somewhere in between lies the truth.

Clearly there is a strong feeling one way or the other in East Freo with the strong voter turn out.

Already with just on a week to go 42.93% of votes have been returned, only needing about 366 more to come in over the week to make the poll count.

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If the vote turns out to be against amalgamation, and it looks like that’s where the Kwinana poll one is going too, what will Freos future be? I have asked this question at the reform dlg office I did not really get a clear response as they seemed unsure of what would actually happen if both amalgamations failed the poll test. Though it still seemed likely that Melville would get its chunk of Freo but not so certain if the areas of Cockburn would still be merged into Fremantle? Fremantle could end up being the same or even smaller than it is now. So the real question is what will happen to Fremantle, would the government go back to its original plan or maybe look at a Cockburn Fremantle merger, through parliament?

What ever happens, the amalgamations have raised a lot of questions about how Fremantle is run with such a strong voice coming from East Freo against joining Fremantle. Seemingly a growing list of groups/residents that are unhappy with the direction Fremantle is going, the gallery again full at last council meeting with objections to council direction. Last EF local election had just a 23.1% turn out so much is their disdain for COF that they have doubled the voter response for the poll and there is still a week to go.

Have a read of the articles or add in the Fremantle Herald over the last 3 week they have been run. 24/1/2105  pages 6&7.20150123_162906

 

 

 

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