Perth Freight Link Damned if we do Damned if we don’t Pt 1.

Again today in the Herald we see the howling about the PFL and the road to rail crew beating on about his conspiracy theories in, Barnett, secrecy and Brookfields. Babbling about knots, kites and elephants?

Fremantle has a huge traffic problems right now on;

  • Hampton Rd
  • South St
  • High St
  • North Freo Stirling Hwy
  • Stirling Hwy Canning Hwy lights
  • Tydeman Rd
  • Rat runs developing through the suburbs
  • The council increasing density up to R160 which will just bring more and more cars.
  • Today Friday, I drove west down South St over Stock road, the traffic going east on South St were backup from Stock Rd backup to Travis St and it wasn’t even 1pm.

All of this will continue to get worse trucks or not. Port or not, as cars are the major part of the issues on the roads in and around Fremantle. Bad enough the council has actively made parking worse in Freo now our roads are more congested with no real improvements in roads infrastructure for decades.

So residents will have to accept if there are no PFL there will be NO improvement to our roads in the area, congestion will worsen, trucks will continue to increase for decades from the port about 7% a year with more and more trucks rat running off the main roads. Not having a PFL will guarantee more trucks through our suburbs on exactly the same roads they drive on now.

  • More trucks on Hampton Rd
  • More trucks on Stirling Hwy
  • More trucks on Curtin Ave
  • More trucks on High St
  • More accidents at Stirling Hwy and High St intersection
  • More congestion on all of them
  • More stop start with many changes between light changes to get through just one intersection.

Does anyone seriously think the Outer harbour will be operational in the 10 years or even started? Labour promises to build it, but where is the $5billion coming from plus the money for the Tonkin Hwy Link plus all the other infrastructure that will be needed in the area to make it all work.

Here is an extract from the EPA report on the impact of building the outer harbour from 2006, I imagine the criteria will be much tougher now, 9 years on?

“The EPA submits the following recommendations to the Minister for the Environment:

  1. That the Minister notes that the EPA does not express a preference for any particular port option. It appears all options would have significant environmental impacts, especially within Cockburn Sound.
  2. That the Minister notes that cumulative pressures along the eastern margin of Cockburn Sound will increase the threat to the improvements in the condition of Cockburn Sound which have been achieved through strong action by Government, industry and the community in recent decades.”

What the R2R fails to address is roads are not just used by trucks but cars, and an Eastern by pass for the city is not a new idea as claimed it has been around as long as the road reserve that it may run along, which has been around for decades. “Over a period of approximately 20 years, Main Roads Western Australia procured most of the land in question for the future road. In 1985, the first kilometre of this road was constructed, which extended Stirling Highway southwards from Canning Highway to Leach Highway (known as High Street west of Carrington Street).  The remaining 3 km strip of land south of High Street then became known as the Fremantle Eastern Bypass.” 1985 not exactly a new idea???

An eastern bypass would help take traffic off local roads that are now used by transient car traffic with no business in Fremantle but are just driving through to go somewhere else. That’s what highways, freeways, motorways and bypasses do.

See pt 2&3 for a follow up, to have it all in one blog may be a bit long as there is a lot to digest. So to make it a lighter read I have divided into 3 parts.


Questions in Parliament on City of Fremantle


On Wednesday questions on notice were given to the Minister for Local Government in parliament, in regards to City of Fremantle’s (COF) Kings Square plan.

I wonder how long to see what response the Ministers office will have?

Interesting timing with last nights withdrawal of the request for the COF to invest in another business venture in the north side of freo, which was well commented on in Roel’s freoview blog post “Fremantle City To Bailout Heirloom Project“?

Here is the link to WA parliaments hansard on the questions.

Question On Notice No. 3834 asked in the Legislative Assembly on 25 March 2015 by Mr P.C. Tinley

Question Directed to the: Minister for Local Government
Question Directed to: Hon A.J. Simpson
Minister responding: Hon A.J. Simpson
Parliament: 39 Session: 1


(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


Mark McGowan touts ‘metro hubs’ plan for Perth. The Freo Factor

ariel fremantle crop

Mark McGowan touts ‘metro hubs’ plan for Perth.

Hasn’t this idea been around for decades, I seem to recall it was a big issue back in the early to mid-90’s? I thought the government had a report made back in the 50’s that talked about a similar concept?

I was glad to read a comment reportedly from Mr McGowan “It’s not good enough to just whack down a block of units on a quiet suburban street and call it infill.” Cause that’s what places like Burt St are getting from the COF. No other infrastructure just a big lump of apartments with a huge R160 zoning. Isn’t that what the Kim Beazley site is getting not as dense but still out of character for the suburb? Isn’t that what’s planned for the Old Bunker site off Swanbourne St? There is no plans for services, PT, shops, retail, etc. certainly no light rail? Some aren’t even offering an additional 10% for open public space, to cater for the influx of people brought in by the infill. All this development  being driven by the COF with what seems to be none of the desired facilities/services mentioned in the article?

As the crow flies Fremantle is just under 15kms from Perth, it has a rail link, it has a bus hub, it has residential, and it has high-rise apartments, though its retail is dying. It has recreational activities, beaches, sporting clubs, parks, festivals, arts community. So Fremantle has all of the ingredients mentioned in the article, reported from Professor Newman, so what aren’t we flourishing?


Vegas knows a little about moving people

Areas like Booragoon have no light rail, no plans for light rail, no massive infill or high rises planned to the best of my knowledge. Though has plans to double its retail area, is attracting businesses with office space, but offers none of the key ingredients for success mentioned in the article (apart from free car parking and retail which seem to go hand in hand)?

Murdoch and Success seem to be thriving and going ahead in leaps and bounds, is that due to the rail going through the middle of their centres or is it also perhaps helped with a little 6 lane Freeway running alongside it? Small detail.

Further from reports that the government may be moving away from promised light rail in the northern suburbs due to a spiralling cost blow outs, does this not leave a massive hole in the FREO 2029 vision, just weeks after it came out? Without the light rail they dream about, no major business to employ all the people they wish to bring with their infill plans, housing diversity plan, new parking policy and one train line going north, will this vision have a chance? Where will all these people work and how will they get to their jobs. Will light rail solve the issue for parents dropping off kids at school and then shooting straight off to work and vise e versa for pickup time? It’s well and good to have a vision but when you are relying on a State Government to fund it that doesn’t seem to care about Freo, no matter which flavour is in, you could be dreaming?

Having lived in cities with light rail or undergrounds and great public transport systems, it’s easy to see the benefits of such a network. People’s lives are based around these networks. The challenge here is that people’s lives are based around the car or motorbikes, so the question is how much will people be happy to give up to use PT, how much will they be prepared to change in their lives to suit PT?     

Right now kids/teenagers are saving, thinking, dreaming about their 1st car, getting a license. I still recall staff I had working for me talk about getting their 1st car and the FREEDOM, they perceived it would give them, talk of servicing, insurance, repairs, new tyres, costs weren’t of interest to them. All they talked about was what it would allow them to have the freedom they wanted and for some of the girls the safety of not having to travel on PT. So good luck being the group that’s wants to take dreams from kids.

The other concern is that if all the infill and higher density comes, without the light rail and business/jobs how will the people living in these new carless environments get around. Further if jobs do come to town what’s the chance of people living close to work, it’s not like it was decades back when you could get a job for life and lived close by, with our transient employment style now, with companies, growing one day, downsizing the next, technology replacing workers, outsourcing, closing down and/or moving, promotions, job changes, etc. how do u plan to live close to where u work?

Finally Perth 9th most liveable city in the world things can’t be too bad here.


My response to the blog post above.

46% of the vote in i guess all this is a little late.
Closing the doors after the horse has bolted, so to speak.

Clearly EF residents have organized themselves to run this campaign,
If they look at what Burt St is facing,
Issues like Jshed,
Poor community consultation
The concerns at McCabe St,
Concrete in our Parks,
Esplanade given away for events to use for free and rate payers picking up the restoration costs,
Simple things like rubbish collection at major sites a ongoing issue,
Inappropriate developments for areas.
100+ mature trees cut at Kim Beazley site.
Sale of city assets, i.e. parking?
Empty shops
$50,000,000.00 outstanding maintenance,
Anti-car attitude
Housing diversity policy
Parking Policy
Poor anti graffiti policy or even a pro graffiti policy
Encouraging CBD begging, then moving it around or banning in certain places??????
A state government that doesn’t want to invest in Freo
No public facilities and closing existing ones in and around the CBD
i could go on,

You wonder why they are concerned??


Update 1, Residents Speak,,,,,, it didn’t appear so.

more monkeys

Residence’s Speak, When Will Fremantle Council Hear???

My 1st update, to the fore-mentioned,

So Burt St had a good showing, a strong voice from their community, sending a clear message to council. Sent but not heard it seems. Bill Massie heard it, while others did vote against the R160, sadly it didn’t appear it was because of community representation but due to their own ideology, a word mentioned by quite a few community speakers. So Burt St R160 was voted in, though I see their community advertising, meeting’s, and voice got them some token amendments sadly which will not change the outcome. Well I guess voting in the next election, just became allot clear for the Burt St! Precinct.

What hasn’t changed in council, is the shocking PA system leaving many in the gallery scratching their heads on what is being said by members. Just because council may be not interested in hearing what the community is saying, doesn’t we don’t listen in the gallery. If you want to encourage people to take an interest, in what happens at chambers then fix the PA problems or maybe that’s the plan to discourage/keep out the ones trying to participate?

McCabe St another great turn out, great speakers, good knowledge, real passion another great community group, they stayed the execution by council tonight with a great turnout again lead by a Mosman-councillor, ex-Freo councillors and a plethora of community speakers. So they got what looks like lip service to their community consultation while some reports are being completed. To note, that several councillors inferred it will not change the outcome and at meetings before we have heard councillors say that they will extend community consultation but don’t expect it to change their minds?

I heard some real strange statements by councillors tonight, I have to go and check a few of them out so that will be another post.

Bill Massie made a great comment tonight about getting closed toilet facilities back open, while other councillors believed that pot plants where great activator of areas, really u have to wonder, unless of course they intend that u take a leak in the pot plants. Brad prefer to wait till the Kings Square project is complete before getting a toilet open, that’s a long time to cross your legs could be years, if history tells us anything? It really makes u wonder Bill mentioned getting a toilet in the High St mall, can u believe  a councillor actually scoffed at him, pretty much tells the story of why Freo has sunk so low? Shame Dave Hume didn’t give his anti-social speech at full council, at the Planning committee meeting he made a good point with it, guess he knows the “u can lead a horse to water but …..”

Speaking of water, more complains about lack of basic services at the beach, not restaurants or bars but simple stuff like drinking water, toilets, change rooms,showers etc. Issues about poor facilities at south beach, non at bathers, nothing at Leighton? Council harps on about its second city status, yet 3rd world countries can supply better basic facilities at the beach. What is amazing is they can spend over $1.5 million  pouring concrete on the esplanade but can’t supply basic facilities which are used by thousands of resident and visitors each weekend and hundreds every week day at our local beaches. I was at Port Beach last Tuesday about 6pm it was packed.

It’s looking clearer and clearer that placing ideology, or flashy media bites it more important than supplying basic services. No one puts your picture in the paper or clicks your like button button or tweet sm your story, over a simple drinking fountains, building a shower for the beach, public toilets, a place for Mums to securely and hygienically tend their infant’s needs, guess it’s not just flashy enough? Councillor Sullivan made a good point in reference to something else tonight about it’s the little things that count, well it’s also the basics that count too. In references I used quite allot in my industry. It doesn’t matter how good a chef you are or what fancy products you buy, to sell your guests, it’s the 1st impression that counts, when your Riedel crystal flute, has lipstick on the rim or a dirty thumb mark on the glass, the fact it has Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blanc 2002 in it is lost, it’s that bad 1st impression u now have to overcome, instead of being ahead your behind. So it’s that a guest to our city that can’t find a car park at the beach, then somewhere to change or wash the sand off their feet or even get a sip of water. Its send quite a clear message, no one really cares, it’s the message graffiti sends, rundown public infrastructure, anti-social behaviour,,,, I can go on all night, but u get the idea.

1560393_594400603992912_1101543101530769146_nBy the way, give this one the finger by clicking and support your fellow Freo residents at Burt St

%d bloggers like this: