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What impact is increasing density is having our lives and health and where will it stop?

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Here we go again with more of what Fremantle Council loves, increasing density. Just for the record I’m not blaming COF for this one. Just saying they love density at any cost.

More trees to be cut down to make way for more high density developments. Why is it not possible to subdivide the blocks if need be and keep the trees as a mandatory condition of the subdivision. 

We have just see what happened to the Kim Beazley site which lost over 100 mature trees thanks to Fremantle council approval. Burt St is getting R100, parts of WGV are heading for R160, McCabe St, is heading the same way. Only last month parts of South St are being looked at for R100 as well.

Right now there is a community backlash against the PFL, quite rightly if they are going to be flattening people’s homes if it’s not needed. Why is the PFL is constantly being branded a truck sewer, it’s the car and other vehicles that make up the bulk of the traffic. The higher councils drive density, the worse that congestion is going to get. It’s fanciful to think the state government is bringing light rail to Freo in the next couple of decades. The higher the density the worse congestion will get. So everytime Freo council infills, increases density they add cars to the roads, then protest when the state government plans to build roads to accommodate the increase in traffic being partly driven by councils increases in density.

So we are set to get higher density, more congestion, less green space and eroded green canopy, more anti-social issues and in general a lower standard of living just to suit the ideology of a few on council so they can obtain their next step up the political ladder. Blindly adding density without the services needed to make it function is folly indeed, one that we the community will pay for.

I know some will say claim building roads build congestion, well its the increase in population that adds cars to roads.

Just like the PFL will add more trucks to our roads, really, only more containers being off loaded will increase trucks on our roads. If you want less trucks driving out of the port buy less stuff u don’t really need, or buy more local products, means less importation, better trade balance and more jobs for Australians. You are either part of the problem or part of the solution.

Check out these links so you can an idea what other parts of the world are up to.

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1st night of council @ Freo 4 2015

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Well council kicked off 2015 tonight with Planning Services committee.

All were onboard, we heard that Brad is on Holidays.

So while we are into  a new year the issues the residents are taking/complaining  to council are still the same.

Tonight there where residents amenity,  traffic, density, R- Rating being set to high (seriously from R-25 to R160 that’s a hell of a jump for across the road), open space,  loss of tree canopy a few others and finally u guessed it, PARKING.

It makes u question the lifestyle u buy into  today with  a stroke of the your quite urban heritage style street precinct could get a R-160 zoning in a quiet place like that of Burt st, Vale St, and Skinner st, just NE of the arts centre, west of East st (Google Map). Can u imagine some 900 people being added to that little area.

Tonight this group of residents brought up the issue of representation and were is theirs,  53 public submissions on the issue 47 against the proposal.

Seems strange to have such a massive density in an area with plenty of physical challenges, some issues raised in the submissions and by residents talking to night.

  • Limited infrastructure
  • Train station 2 kms away, unusual for such high density planning, strange choice for a new social housing development
  • Limited road size and ability for such heavy traffic
  • Narrow roads and footpaths
  • Limited access to bus routes
  • No shops
  • Small footpaths
  • Massive R-160 increase
  • Not greenfield but infill
  • Limited or no parking, the area already has a massive parking issue
  • Steep hills
  • How much open public space will there be
  • Impact on amenity of the local residents some have been there for 50yrs
  • Lack of primary school access
  • Lack of community services
  • Destruction of heritage value in the area
  • Petty crime is already and issue

I could go on but u get the idea, as i will try and keep this brief.

So allot of angry people there tonight.

It will be interesting to see were this issue finally comes out.

In general their seemed to be an issue of moving things or items along tonight, not in a meeting sense but that the fact that several councillors made mention of the looming date of 1st of July 2015, the day proposed for commissioners to take the helm of our city for a yet to be undetermined time. So it looks like council will be trying to push through as much as they can to leave their mark on our city before C-Day. Lets hope these issues are all in the best interest of the residents and rate payers.

Lets hope for 2015 we get an independent commissioner, and a October 2015  local government election. Giving the electors of Fremantle the best democratic outcome.

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