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?

FREMANTLE COMMUNITY FAR FROM HAPPY WITH COUNCIL

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Fremantle residents and rate payers disapproval of council

After I read Roels Freo view article, FREO COMMUNITY HAPPIER WITH COUNCIL,  I thought I would check out the report on the Fremantle’s City website.

On 1st review it looks ok, I start to think, hey I’m way off base with my opinion of the council, in what the rate payers and residences think. Crap, oh well I had better take my medicine and see what issues I’m so off base on. So I download the attached reports made by CATALYSE® Community Perceptions Survey  

Good news is the Herald was ranked as the best Source of information about what’s happening locally, well done Herald

Once you start reading the report and taking into consideration the data inside, it paints a completely different picture of what I read on the city’s site and Roels page. Which is pretty much a cut and paste of the city’s PR page, where they tried to make lemonade from raw onion juice. No criticism of that I cut and paste myself all the time. The real issue is the city page excerpt is completely misleading, while it makes it sound that things are on the up and moving forward, its the reading of the details that paints the real picture and moving up from where and when is one of the questions to ask?

There are several parameters to look at before you worry about the actual issues.

One is the date for studies taken, if you compare the 2005 data with data reported from 2015 survey, you will find that most of the community responses are far worse now, than the data taken from 10 years ago, hence in the last decade Fremantle on most fronts, is worse off than 10 years ago. Not a good look for our Mayor Brad Pettitt, isn’t this his 10 year anniversary for being on council?

Another is the comparison to similar or like councils in regards to best practice or the average result across the board. So here is the kicker while on things like festival most other councils don’t seem to rate, Fremantle comes out on top. While on most of the issues that directly effect residents and rate payers, Fremantles gets the worse scores, a bit concerning when this is the city we live in.

A few facts from the report out of the 25 councils that where surveyed Fremantle was ranked 18th

Overall performance compared to other councils

  • Industry high or benchmark 67%
  • Industry average 52%
  • Fremantle  overall 43%

Overall satisfaction with City of Fremantle as a place to live, down from 2012 with no records reported before 2012.

Economic development and job creation down from the 2005 score of 72, to the 2015 of 40, a huge 32 point drop.

If you take all the heading or categories of the “City of Fremantle Community Perceptions 2015” report/survey and count up the categories that use the headings

  • Benchmarking ( a couple of categories were not counted at other councils)
  • Level of satisfaction
  • History (Some history does not go back 10yrs)

Number of categories was about 37, Freo was average in 6 of them below average in 31. (in comparisons to other councils in WA)

7 where had no data doing back to 2005. In 7 of the categories, Fremantle was ahead of its 2005 score and in a couple the same. 20+ where below the 2005 standard. Making in general Fremantle  far worse than it was back in 2005 according to the feedback. In a decade the survey shows a clear decline in real standards, while we have a loss of services and some of the highest rate increases in the metro area.

Hold on, think for a second, what do you think the 4 worse areas for concern were for Fremantle residents and rate payers,

  • Economic Development and Job Creation
  • How the City Centre is being developed
  • Parking in the City Centre
  • Graffiti, vandalism and anti-social behaviour

No surprise there right.

Now when you look at what the city has promoted on its website

Some of the key areas of improvement (based on levels of community satisfaction) are:

  • overall satisfaction with the City as a governing organisation  – up 7% * up 7% from last report but no data recorded prior, seems strange
  • council’s leadership – up 9% * When I read the report from Council’s leadership within the community its actually down 9 pts from 2005
  • youth services and facilities – up 21% *Actually only up 19 pts from 2005 but a good increase all the same
  • openness and transparency – up 9% *Again I don’t see where this came from as I see it’s down 7pts from 2005, even it they use 2012 its only 7
  • value for money (rates) – up 11% *No figure from 2005 though still down 5 pts from the 2008 report
  • parks and other green spaces – up 9% *Actually down 3 pts from 2005
  • family services and facilities –  up 13% *Actually up 1 pt from 2005 not 13pts
  • access for people with disabilities – up 10%* Actually down 8 pts from 2005, this is really poor if the city did a better job in early 2000
  • conservation and environmental management – up 12%*Actually up 3 pts from 2005, really poor considering how much councillors talk about this issue
  • planning and building approvals – up 8%*Actually down 7pts from 2005 sending a really clear message to community and business
  • parking in the city centre – up 8%.*Seriously parking is better? Please, actually down 15pts from 2005

Its pretty disingenuous to claim things have gotten better when you are actually down from a true point of view from when reports/surveys started. Your standards should be set on the best achieved not benchmarking off the fact that you have run it into the ground and claim a small bounce up as an achievement, when it is well below where you started.

A quick comparison of  this council in reference to the 2005 benchmark shows they made Fremantle a worse place even the overall satisfaction with City of Fremantle as a place to live has come down 2 pts since the last survey in 2012, with no data shown before this I wonder why?

Then again we don’t really need to read the report, a quick read of the paper or walk through town tells us the story. If they want to actually make things better its only done by taking a good honest look at the real situation, not with heavily rose tinted glasses.

Don’t take my word for it, top of the page is a link to the report, have a read and decide for yourself .

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Sometimes we go around deceiving ourselves into thinking things are a lot better than they actually are.

Freo’s View / Flow House Fremantle

Source: Freo’s View

Seriously, what was the council thinking

Activate this area, in Summer this area does not need activation, to think so you would need to have had a crack to the head, or have never have been to this beach, on the weekend this place is packed.

I have written posts already last summer on the parking problems on the weekend. I have invited Councillors down the the beach to see the issue with parking.

Fremantle Beach Chaos

By 8am on the average Sunday morning over summer the parking is full between Port and Leighton beach.

This is not taking into consideration when surf carnivals run at  Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club.

The council claims it wants to activate the area, who do they think they are kidding,  Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club has over 500 members just in nippers, on its best day Fremantle council could not supply the activation to Leighton/port beach that the FSLSC  does on a routine basis over summer.

All the council needs to do is supply suitable parking infrastructure for the beach. Maybe working public toilets, change rooms and showers would be a plus?

Not approve infrastructure to be built over the top of areas used for parking.

Again a council that’s clearly out of touch with reality here.

 

 

Aldi’s plans for a discount supermarket in Fremantle on shaky ground

Interesting situation for the Aldi,

Personally I’m not in favour of multi nationals wiping out small local businesses. Putting them against Coles or Woollies is a much better scenario.

Now it seems the COF is against the Aldi in Hilton, the question is why? What has changed Brads in general support for Aldi?

Is it that the Aldi is against small business, is it that the residents of Hilton r against the Aldi with a petition?

Or perhaps the Aldi hasn’t prescribed to Mayor Brads Pettitt ideology of his street scape vision, his idea of cheap apartments with no car bays, his idea of high density everywhere, his sustainable whatever next idea? I think Aldi will be making their decisions on sound business practices, not the Mayors ideology

Sadly I doubt the ideas of Hilton residents had any impact, the loss of small business no impact, the idea  of another multinational killing off local manufactures/ producers no impact?

Is it all about Brads high density, cheap apartments, 6 star means little, anti-car agenda, big congestion,  image that holds sway,  or is this what progressive means in Freo?

Change at any cost, whether it’s good for existing residents or not, progression, progress that’s what this council is about for better or worse, no matter what the cost? Maybe the Aldi doesn’t have enough concrete?

Anyway some speculation, should be settled tonight as it goes before planning session at council tonight.

Hiltons Aldi Factor

We have seen lots of comments on the new Aldi, old Dick Smith has a comment on his site here’s a link.

There is lots of issues to talk about, whether people want an Aldi or not?

It’s not great that all the small businesses are being driven out by Aldi another foreign based company killing off small local business. I would rather see them battling with Coles and Woolies than the small businesses

The issue that does not seem to in discussion is the traffic. Anyone who drives down this street (south st) knows that the traffic is shocking a real bottle neck, with bad entrances onto South Street, badly placed PT pick up and set down points and small roads that are challenging to get out of.

Add to this in the future plans for the High St upgrade and may have real increase of diverted traffic to South St when High St stops as a thoroughfare into Fremantle.

I wonder if any traffic impact study/report has been done on the\is area for the impact of what the high st upgrade will do, as if traffic has to use other routes to get into town u can bet South St will be one, option.

So before the Mayor tries to make traffic congestion worse for the area by adding another apartment tower to a location that already struggles to cope with its traffic congestions, he should have some professional modelling done for the area, by main roads or just like?

End of the day Aldi will just be another foreign owned business killing off small business with its profit doing overseas. Every time a foreign company imports food products we lose control of what we feed our families.

Anyone watching the news would have seen the horse meat scandal that rock Europe a couple of years back. It’s these sort of issues we expose ourselves to with imported foods and much worse. The berry incident, Coles with freshly baked products from Ireland to name a few recent incidents

Then we have the issue that woolies think Aldi not playing on a level field, classic comment from woolies

I can’t see an Aldi wanting apartments above their story with the residents using the car parking space needed for shoppers

Oh well read up on them, google them you will find lots of info and make your decision what u think is best for yourself and your family. Link to council form

 

 

 

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