Fremantle Port Sale Could Cripple City’s Economy: Mayor,,,,,,,Seriously?

The Barnett government’s plans to privatise the Fremantle Ports could drag the port city into an economic malaise it may never recover from warns, Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt. Brad isn’t it a bit late to blame that on someone else?

WA Today on economic downside of Freight Link

Source: Fremantle port sale could cripple city’s economy: Mayor

I thought Fremantle is in an economic malaise, retail is already pretty crippled as it is? Talk of selling the port crippling the city is petty scare mongering talk, especially when we have no idea what a new lessee of the port would do or bring to the table? Or what conditions would be placed on them by the government. Further to that the city had no real control of the plans the FPA had or has anyway, FPA are free to do as they will and currently do. Could the fear mongering be any more dramatic than with catches cries like “an economic malaise it may never recover from warns, Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt.” Its seems the mayor is trying to build fear into our community, perhaps to aid in the councils plan to blow $100, 000.00 of ratepayers and residents on a politically motivated electioneering agenda either for his own profile or that of his council team running into the next round of local elections? Fremantle’s $100,000 Fighting Fund Deferred.

The city over the last decade has been on a pretty much downward trend with no real light at the end of the tunnel.

What also comes across as strange is a council and mayor that have been doing their best to drive cars out of Fremantle, are now complaining that the state government are putting in a bi-pass to make traveling past Fremantle by car quicker?

I don’t see it making Fremantle any harder to get into. The council has been actively doing their best for years to achieve that for car users, with the selling of car parks, more road obstacles, talk of closing cars to streets, removing street parking which is like a cancer spreading across the CBD.  Plans to drop the speed limit in the CBD to 10km/hr, another councillors drive to make the whole greater speed limit thru the suburbs city to 30km/hr. Crazy parking policies, for residents actively encouraging developers not to have sufficient parking in new developments, the list is endless. It is our current council and Mayor who have actively made Fremantle a harder place to drive into, park, and given Fremantle’s its anti-car image that is to blame for helping to cripple our CBD’s economy over the last decade. Now to point fingers at a port that may be sold, or a road that may be built, for causing Fremantle’s demise is quite laughable.  If they want to see who has driven car users cash out of Fremantle look in the mirror, not now blame the State government for keeping cars out of Freo by roads that have not been built is ridiculous. Its just playing politics and a bit more state government bashing to cover the truth or misdirect blame and accountability of their own actions.

The loss of places like Myers really drove the nail into the coffin for retail. Encouraging the homeless and street begging, encouraging graffiti, anti-social behaviour, drinking, drug issues with their go softly attitude or just plain ignoring the issues, actively has driven shoppers out of Fremantle, as we have seen retailers complain about in the press. We recently see an increase in police activity (More Cops) to start stamping down on these issues. About time, as lately we have seen a councillor criticizing the police for pulling up bike users for not following the road rules, a mayor who has actively criticized the police for the giving tickets to cyclists not complying with basic road rules. These actions all send a clear message don’t worry about the rules or law. A mayor who encourages graffiti vandalism. We’re Freo, we are above such mundane issues as the laws of WA, hence we have the issues we have.

The city’s own  strategic transport policy makes it hard for cars to get into, travel around, park and get out of Fremantle, now they blame the Perth Freight Link for doing what they have been trying to do for years, please?

I pretty much think selling off assets to pay for today’s state government debt is pretty short sighted and bad for our long term future but I don’t think these arguments will go far with Barnett’s Boys. What is concerning is the councils current record of dealing with the state government to get positive outcomes for Freo (i.e. a tenant for Kings Sq DOH, shark nets, ocean pool, any real investment in Freo actually). Strangely the council is involved in the same activity as the Barnetts government by selling off city assets that are critical to the city future ie parking. Does that not strike anyone as hypocritical, perhaps Brad is going to run under a liberal flag for his run at state or federal politics?

Do we really think they can hit the winning runs considering we are 9 wickets down in the last over needing 40 to win? Will they be able to get a more positive outcome on these issues or will their anti- government on everything ideology seal our fate?

A concerning issue is that Mayor Brad pettitts comments that the new freight link will cut access to the CBD from the north and east. Now while I’m sure the mayor’s office has access to documents the average resident doesn’t, in all the plans I have seen for the Perth Freight link I have not seen one that cuts access to the old traffic bridge from Stirling Hwy.  If this road is still operational how will it change access to the CBD from the north. As it has been a bottle neck for years?

If no changes are made to Canning Hwy coming into Fremantle, as Stirling Hwy crosses it, how will that effect people coming into Freo’s CBD from the east? In any case the cities own transport policy doesn’t list Canning Hwy as a mayor or primary traffic link anyway.

If Marmion Street is supposed to have an underpass or fly over how will that effect people travelling into Freo from the east?

Apart from access to Freo from High St it seems pretty much as it was before. Which speaking of bottle necks is what happens as you cross over Ord St the carry on of Hampton Rd right now. Requesting a slip road off the new link onto the existing High St could solve this and would not be a big deal?

If the traffic coming in and out of Fremantle was a concern for the Mayor Brad Pettitt you think he would think twice before trying to  drastically increase density on thoroughfares like South St, which is already burdened at peak hours. This density will only make South St worse for congestion and more dangerous for users. As all of these residents will have cars, despite his fantasy ideas that an imaginary rail system down South St will take all these new residents to where they wish to go in the time they have, of course it won’t. I wonder if the city has had any professional independent traffic modelling done on these scenarios, especially as if High St is closed to the CBD, what impact will it have on South St as it gets an increase in traffic?

If the city has plans or info they should make it available to the general public so we are as well informed as possible, to make our own decisions, as taking their word for it is a bit much to swallow, especially as we have seen how they handle community engagement information over major projects,  the esplanade, J-shed, Kings Sq business plan, to name a few. Transparency is not a word you would use to describe them,  not unless it started with “Lack Of”. It is clear their own political agendas are their primary focus.

I find it quite hypocritical of our council and Mayor when they are shocked at the lack of detail from state government, when they continually do the same thing  to residents and ratepayers of Fremantle, maybe the heading for this story should be “The pot calling the kettle black”

It’s starting to look like the mayors plans to revitalise the city of Fremantle have failed his “Lets finish what we started” campaign is looking more like “Let’s start what we talked about last time”? So now of course Fremantle’s future economic failure looks to be blamed on the state government not the councils last decade of failure. As we see in last weeks Herald the mayor Brad Pettit preparing his exit from local government as he looks to bigger and better things like state or federal government. I guess he needs to lay the blame on someone for the cities last decade of decline, so pointing it at Barnett’s government would certainly appear to suit his political agenda and appeal to certain groups in our community. For sure the state government has a lot to answer for the lack of focus on Fremantle, be it Liberal or Labor, but our council is front & centre on this issue.

Perhaps instead of all the scaremongering being done by council they should approach this with a positive drive to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved by ensuring any road or tunnel has the best possible connections to get commuters in and out of the CBD. That of course would mean fixing the parking mess they the council and mayor created in town in the 1st place. If we get a more efficient road network in and out of town it could bring more people in then of course they would need somewhere to park.

So fingers crossed if the state government puts a tunnel through under WGV or such to join the Roe Hwy connection, saving all of the homes on High St, Leach Hwy, saving all the trees by the golf course, what then will be the Mayors objection to the road, as his concerns of cutting off Freos’s CBD will not be relevant?

I wonder where the Committee of Perth sits on this issue are they pro or anti Perth Freight Link?

Some articles to read

Fremantle’s Real Problem, Too Much Politics in Council

Fremantle port on Barnett Budget sale list

WA budget 2015: Fremantle Port part of WA $5b sell-off

WA Budget: Fremantle Port set to be sold in Government asset sales

 

 

Fremantle Flooding, Still an Issue on Daly St South Fremantle

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Last night we had our first consistent rain in months, heavy at times but nothing torrential.

Above is a google picture of the vacant block, drain and area where water can can come from to flood the street by filling this road side ditch.

Here are some pics from Daly st South Freo which flooded the road last night more than 200mm deep in places.

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Its seems that the road drain flows out into a ditch along side of the road.

From a safety point of view sumps are usually fenced in this case it is just a big water filled ditch with gods knows whats under the dirty waters surface? Imagine someones dog getting stuck in this road side mess and drowning let alone a child. As I believe the site is also contaminated imagine what toxins are being washed down in the ditch and into peoples yards where the families live and play. Not to mention any issues native or domestic animal will have from drinking it?

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It also seems that drain works both ways once the ditch is full from the run off from the vacant block and street it floods back onto the street from the drain, across the road over the footpath and into peoples houses, sound familiar? Yes just like Hampton Rd, another flooding issue I have been told that has gone on for years.

Again its back to basics while the council can plan to pull $100,000 out of the bag for a political campaign at the drop of a hat I don’t see them so fast to react to real issues effecting residents. Well fix a whole streets flooding issues may only attract a couple of votes, now put a $100,000 into a political campaign now there’s money well spent, right????, well maybe not for the residents and rate payers, but it will be great for the councillors?

Council is aware of this as it brought to the attention of a councillor some months ago and to council for years, but here they stand again ankle deep in water.

I wonder how many houses in this street they intend to buy to get this issue to go away?

 

Fremantle CEO Clanger Round 2 ?

Wow, can u imagine a bigger spun scenario than what we see on the city of Fremantle’s website today?

These questions have been asked since OCTOBER 2104. Now all of a sudden, after months of questions from residents, questions in parliament, dozens of blogs pages, letters to the editors, thinking allowed pieces, spun promo pieces on TV, coverage in both local papers, articles in business papers, etc, the city of Fremantle have posted a response to the questions raised. The same day the minister for Local Government has released his response to questions asked in parliament  by Peter Tinley for the residents of Fremantle, whoah imagine that coincidence?

What the city of Fremantle has failed yet again to do is publish the questions asked, its great they publish a response to the questions asked, but does it really address the questions that where actually asked?

The business plan its self is hard enough to read to make sense how they got to their NPV, the response they have just given, isn’t any better.

The only things I got from the response which is nothing new, is that the delay is coming from lack of interest in attracting a mayor tenant.

  • The city is not answering the questions asked?
  • The city needs to revitalize the CBD and is struggling to it?
  • We are losing a fair amount of revenue from the queensgate centre sitting mostly empty?
  • The city must be putting allot of effort into the spin needed to drive along this process,  i wonder how much this is costing the city?
  • I see on blogs now that its the residents who are to blame for asking a question of the COF, instead of driving the department for housing to come to freo, is that clear, no, i didn’t get it either. Perhaps if the city was transparent the residents wouldn’t need to keep asking the same questions over and over again or for a real novelty actually answer the questions asked, could u imagine?
  • Whats really amazing is that the city thought it more important to pander to a paper, whats more important than having some basic respect for the resident who first asked the questions, imagine putting PR ahead of common decency or putting first the rate payers and residents they are paid to represent, classic?
  • Where did the $97million figure come from as that seems rather critical in forming a position for the NPV, who’s figure is it?
  • Then again if they sent him their response maybe his first comment would be wheres the answers?

Ministers, Fizzle Not Sizzle

 

Straight up, how lame can a Minister be?

You sort of see why amalgamation flopped in WA, just check out the response he gave to serious concerns by multiple levels of the Fremantle’s rate payers and residents.

First the questions asked by Peter Tinley on behave of the electors of Fremantle, followed by the Ministers for Local Government response.

Question from Tinley to Minister for Local Government

(1) Is the Minister aware of community concerns over how the City of Fremantle has represented the financial implications of their $45 million investment of ratepayer funds in its Kings Square Business Plan, and if so, what action has the Minister taken to address these concerns?
(2) Has the Minister directed the City of Fremantle to answer legitimate ratepayer questions concerning the Kings Square Business Plan, and if not, why not?
(3) Has the Minister conducted a full and proper investigation into the questions raised with regard to the Kings Square Business Plan:
(a) if so, what were the findings; and
(b) if not, why not?
(4) Is the Minister satisfied that the Kings Square Business Plan:
(a) accurately represents the financial implications that the $45 million project will have on the City of Fremantle’s asset base; and
(b) correctly represents the rate of return and net present value derived from this investment of ratepayer funds?
(5) Is the Minister satisfied that the Kings Square Business Plan contains sufficient detail for ratepayers and Councillors to properly understand whether this project increases or decreases the asset base of the City of Fremantle, and if so, for what reason?

Answered on 5 May 2015 By Minister for Local Government

(1) Yes, I have received correspondence from the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association on this matter.
(2) No, theLocal Government Act 1995confers limited powers and authority for me to intervene or direct a local government in the performance of functions it is legally entitled and empowered to undertake.
(3) No
(a) Not applicable
(b) See answer to question 2 above
(4)(a)-(b) My Department of Local Government and Communities has not undertaken any analysis of the financial assumptions in the plan.
(5) The principal consideration for me, as Minister for Local Government, is whether the City has acted contrary to the Local Government Act 1995in its handling of the matter. The materials that have been forwarded to me do not demonstrate that the City has acted unlawfully or in a manner that is contrary to the Act.

My comments on minister responses

  1. The Minister has no comments on FRRA concerns or questions and it seems he has no interest in taking any action, not even having a look, seems too much to ask, to look into FFRA concern of $45 million dollars of ratepayers assets and/or funds, why is he not interested in FRRA concerns, why would he not seek the truth?
  2. A simple no, FRRA was not asking the minister, to stop the project or change it, just to have the City of Fremantle to answer simple questions that had been asked, pretty simple right? So a minister, who’s fiduciary duty is to oversee the portfolio of Local Government, it appears that simple questions are beyond the ability or scope of said Minister, imagine being a minister of a department that doesn’t have ability to ask questions of what it overseas? Classic? Bad enough a council ignores ratepayers questions now a minister who’s not even able to ask why they didn’t answer the questions asked?
  3. No, amazing a $30,000,000.00 question, the minister is not even interested in looking at the issue, just recently it was reported that “A spokeswoman for Mr Simpson said the proposal to extend the Auditor-General’s role to local government had merit and he would recommend it to the Government.”

So in one breath the minister wants the AG to have oversight for local government, in the next he is not even interested in looking at $30,000,000.00, questions raised to his office in regards to a business plan made by the COF, maybe if it’s the AG doing the heavy lifting its ok but  not but such a great idea when the ministers got to carry the load?

  1. No again, why would the minister’s office not have done any analysis on this issue especially when the question were laid out on a plate for them? Are they worried about what they will find, if everything was hunky dory, why not look and say nothing to see here folks? Now if he doesn’t even want to look that sounds pretty worrying, doesn’t it, are they worried what they will find? Is this a Pandora’s Box?
  2. Well it seems the minister is taking a leaf out the city of Fremantle’s book here and answered a question that was not asked, read the question, then his answer, seriously, I expect spin or distraction from COF but now the minister too?

Side bar I note that the minister and the City of Fremantle had their responses go public on the same day, must be a coincidence, right?

 

Council pressed over Kings Square finances | Business News

 

Source: Council pressed over Kings Square finances | Business News

No surprise the CEO of Fremantle council has promised more answers in the future, non in the past near 8 months, but some in the future,,,,,?

Let’s be clear the basic questions have not changed in almost 8 months, 8 months of NO ANSWERS.

  • The City Of Fremantle (COF) could have put this to rest back in October 2014, but choose not too answer fair reasonable questions?
  • Why did FRRA have to go to the lengths of getting questions asked in parliament, because the COF choose to not answer fair reasonable questions?
  • Why did the city berate publicly a resident for asking questions, why, because the COF choose to not answer his fair reasonable questions?
  • Now we see it in the press, why, because the COF choose to not answer fair reasonable questions?
  • Lots of stories, thinking allowed, letters to the editor in local papers, why, because the COF choose to not answer fair reasonable questions?
  • How do u take a $45million investment and turn it into a $90million+ value in 20 yrs. with only an approx. $800,000 a year revenue?
  • Where is the transparency this council says it has, as its actions don’t seem to do what their words say?

Well let’s see what the CEO has to say and if he has another response or real answers to the questions on the table?

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