Fremantle Rates Increase to Fund Council Idealogy

The post on Roels Blog today is another reminder of why we have such high rates rises in Fremantle. To fund the Mayor and councillors green political party agendas.


Its amazing how often the words Curtin or CUSP come in relation to issues in Fremantle.

The CUSP report $20,000 of rate payers and what did it achieve, it just told us what Brads being saying in the past. The question is what positive outcome did it have for Fremantle? Not much I can see.

Now the rate payers are paying more rates to help fund building of solar parklets, which take away parking and and will achieve very little for the rate payers of Fremantle, it might help the business they are in front of but that’s about it, does this one also have a CUSP or Curtin connection too on the mayors blog it seems too?

The Circus School was taken out of the running for the old naval stores in favour of Enkel, do they also have a Curtin connection?

The  city drove out the business and revenue from the Queensgatge redevelopment which has now sat vacant for over a year.  Losing revenue for the city rate payers, taking more people out of the CBD. Now we hear that its may be leased out short term at a discounted rate to another group without calling for an expression of interest from the general public, bit of a closed door deal so to speak. I wonder if this group has a Curtin connection?

Then we see another Curtin connection getting the deal to set up a pilot project for the carbon neutral schools, what does this have to do with rate payers funds you ask? Well nothing u would think but its quite clear the council is raising rates for rate payers, while others get discount deals or funding for projects that have nothing to do with sound use of rate payers funds.

For all these crappy funding models, what does the rate payer get apart from an increase in rates.

Another confidential meeting over the green bean cafe, then they left, now the cafe is open again with someone else, I didn’t see a call for expressions of interest called for by the council as you would expect, I wonder who got that deal and for what?

Time for rate payers to start asking why the high rate increases year in & year out, and what is the money being spent on and how does it benefit the amenity of the rate payers if at all? Actually rates are going up, services and down and council seems consumed in finding ways to waste rate payers money.


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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.

Councils’ Costly World Tour For Rubbish Junkets Continues

Perth councils’ costly world tour for a rubbish solution.

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Here we go again, we see reported in the West another overseas junket trip for councils to look at how to manage waste?

What a joke, with the internet why is it necessary to travel over the world to see how to handle rubbish. 

Just recently we see council in Fremantle approve the Mayors trip to Europe to see how our city can be made more liveable, another waste of rate payer’s money, then he was just recently off in Adelaide, now it’s to Poland to look at rubbish.

Last year it was Japan to see how the Japanese run an incinerator to burn waste.

Just recently Brad was quoted in the Herald as saying it’s a job for state government to handle. “Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt supports the SMRC conducting the review but wants the WA government to take over waste management.”

So why does he need to go?

What’s the next trip going to be for? 

Shouldn’t the issue be how to create less waste not just burn it, wouldn’t that be more sustainable than flying around the world burning jet fuel leaving a massive carbon foot print. It would certainly be more sustainable for our rates

Fremantle Myth, Fact or Paid Propaganda?


Well in this week’s Herald (good to see COF spending locally) we see a Full Page add on the 1st page of the paper saying what a great job the city is doing for us. Pg 2 of the 14/02/15 edition

Generally I find if u are doing a good job you don’t need to pay someone else to tell everyone how great u are doing? Or maybe the electioneering has started early this year?

I read in the paper myths that supposedly have been said about the council.

Myth 1. Freo’s in a financial hole, well with the amount of city assets they are trying to sell I hope not, still makes u wonder if cash is no problems why did we get a rate rise the year after Mayor Brad was re-elected, why city assets are so poorly maintained, I wonder how much of the outstanding $50, 000, 000.00 maintenance bill has been worked down?

MYTH 2. New suburbs will not receive representation, bit of a silly myth really the council has no choice but to change ward boundaries if suburb boundaries move and even their voting in local elections is guaranteed as its state law. The issue for EF, is the same issue Freo feared from being taken over by Melville, one day fully in charge of your future the next u lose 80% or so of your say? Amazing how it’s relevant for Melville taking over Freo but not for Freo taking over EF? Ask people at Burt St if they feel they have representation? Many groups in Freo feel they have no representation so new suburbs get in line.

Myth 3. Care for public spaces will deteriorate, well I suppose u could wonder about that, surely the esplanade with the tonnes of concrete poured in will not need as much water, but I don’t think people using Point Walter want it looking like the esplanade, or the 3 type bins system they have turning into the Freos one over flowing type bin? As long as you like concrete u will feel right at home in Freo and it doesn’t even need to be watered. Could be a new slogan for Freo “save water concrete your park” “Or concrete coming to a park near u real soon”?

Myth 4. Reform is an opportunity to impose high rise development, this is clearly a ridiculous Myth, as for a year or so COF has been doing Barnett’s bidding by slapping high rise approval on any block they can, the old bunker tank area looking at 13 stories by WGV, tried to drive 40M+high at McCabe St, the new favela plan for Burt St. No wonder East Freo was worried? It’s not an opportunity looks like it started a way back? As long as they think about some affordable housing have another couple of stories?

Myth 5. Services and facilities will disappear or be scaled back, that’s an easy one to look at, Cockburn has verge services and tip passes, Freo doesn’t? So either Freo was planning to run different services for rate payers, or maybe everyone was getting back tip passes and verge mowing or not? Ask the seniors in Hammie Hill about the services they get now, then see if u can find equal services in Freo?

Myth 6. The city of Fremantle was trying to take over the Town of East Fremantle, which I would suggest is no truer than Melville taking over Fremantle? Its bit confusing how Fremantle’s absorption of East Freo is different than Melville  proposed absorption of Fremantle, when Fremantle launch a campaign to save Freo from Melville it was good and virtuous but when East Freo speaks up for its self, it’s all lies and Myths, confused, could a bit of hypocrisy be running here?

Myth 7. The Fremantle CBD is dying and we’re going nothing about it. Well this is easy, go have a look at the CBD for yourself,  think back to the Days of Myers operating, 2 book stores in the Mall, butchers on High St, Fish shop on Market St, shoe shops, Susans, etc etc, and compare to now, is it better or worse? Yes the city has been doing plenty for the CBD, by inviting the begging and homeless to our CBD, that Perth wanted out of theirs, encouraging graffiti, complaining when the police enforce state laws, I have never seen the anti-social issue’s in Freo as bad as they are now, drunks swearing, fighting is a regular occurrence right in front of the town hall, looks like council is doing plenty? I drove into Freo on Tuesday 11am a guy off his face walking down High St screaming at the cars, Wednesday I hear of a rolling brawl in front of Target. The question is COF helping or making it worse?

Myth 8. Rates will soar, I suppose that depends on what u mean by soaring, last rate increase I believe Freo was reported as one of the highest for increases, strangely no rate rise the year the Mayor goes for election though, soon we will hear about paying for cost of amalgamation, even though it didn’t happen, of course those costs of COF, fighting against Melville take over well that’s all Colins fault right?

Well this add would have to be the best use of rate payer’s funds I have ever seen?  Well done! All myths put to bed? Well till the sunrises the next day?




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