No Majors for Fremantle

We see in the Herald again the state of Fremantle and its constantly demising situation with business and retail in town.

This week we read in the Herald that Coles is near to the end of its lease.

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Woolies is already gone, so if Coles goes that will leave Fremantle the second city in W.A. after Perth without  a major supermarket. Possibly the only city in Australia with out a major supermarket, it would be another first for Mayor Brad.

Myers gone for more than 3 yrs and the place is still vacant, Kings Sq business plan keeping the CBD dead, at its heart. Well apart from the drunks and druggies, their dealers, the vagrants, beggars.and all of the rest of the people who seem to form there sadly giving Freo its  anti-social  reputation. This is a big killer for tourism as well. The history side has so much to offer but that is also being destroyed with issues like J-shed, showing the council complete lack of respect for this natural business/tourism draw of the Round House, Fremantle’s history and architecture

This council has seen many major retailers leave the city of the last decade or so.

  • Myer
  • Harvey Norman
  • Spotlight,
  • Dymocks
  • Gloria Jeans
  • Angus & Robertson
  • Thingz Gifts
  • Dick Smith
  • McDonald’s
  •  plus so many other retailers too numerous to list.

COLES NEAR END OF LEASE

WOOLIES EXITS

Fremantle Myer’s $30m makeover will ‘rival’ Claremont Quarter

Here we see the importance the mayor put on keeping Myers,

“Mr Pettit said the Myer building make-over would be the catalyst for the city’s rejuvenation.

“I hope it will really start the rejuvenation of retail in Fremantle as an eclectic centre,” he said.

“It’s looking a bit tired and rundown and in need of a face lift. This will start it off.”

A bit scary if he thought the place was tired and rundown then, what does he think it is now, not to mention the for Lease signs dotted all over the city. Here he see the Myers significance, when they go oh well, we don’t need them they are not so important, 3 yrs later, much bigger impact losing them, seemingly he  just has  no idea and flip flops back forth to which ever situation he finds himself in.

Now we see another icon gone from Freo if Mills leaves. THE FUTURE of one of the oldest record shops in Fremantle is in doubt.

MILLS TO GO?

I would ask when do we think he will wake up to reality, but from this spin doctor, I would say never.

Then we see a letter also in the Herald setting a few facts straight for council on a number of issues, including the fact Freo is dying in Front of them and they are more interested in playing their political games than ensuring Fremantle decline is brought to a halt and it can reestablish its self to its former glory, ie before they started screwing things up

Heres the letter from the herald, Highlight a few bits that people have been saying for years about this Mayor and his Merry band.

Australia Day not about racism
I should like to reply to Councillor Wainwright’s tirade in last week’s Thinking Allowed (“It takes a wilful ignorance,” Herald, September 24 2016).
But first would like to assure Councillor Wainwright that the sting most certainly hasn’t gone out of the debate about the Fremantle council decision to cancel the Australia day celebrations, and take this opportunity to remind him, that he and the other Fremantle Councillors, were elected to serve and represent the residents of Fremantle and not so they had a forum or stage to spout their own politically correct opinions.
How dare this man compare “unfavourably” Australia to other countries who have far-far less liberal views than ours. Despite both Cr Wainwright and Mayor Pettitt’s denials that their decision wasn’t [motivated by] political correctness, the decision to cancel the very popular Australia Day fireworks is of course nothing less than political correctness gone mad.
Despite this council’s claims to have attracted new business to Fremantle, under Mayor Pettitt’s leadership the opposite has been the case with many large retailers, including a cinema and Woolworths, upping stakes and leaving Fremantle, the old Myer building, empty for years, remains empty, with Mayor Pettitt being forced to go cap in hand to the State Government for help in finding a tenant—none of Mayor Pettitt’s boasts about various hotels opening have eventuated. Many old established business have, through lack of trade, been force to close their doors.
The council’s latest decision to cancel Australia Day will do nothing to improve this sad situation, nor will Mayor Pettitt’s claim to replace Australia Day with an “amazing” celebration. The politically correct decision by Fremantle council to cancel the popular Australia Day will not be followed by the rest of the nation because Australia Day is not, never has been, never will be about race or racism: It is a celebration that Aussies of all colours, creeds, religious and political persuasions can, and have, enjoyed for years.
One of the reasons given for cancelling Australia Day was they couldn’t justify spending $130,000 on a firework display, but the council’s decision to spend millions on upgrading/rebuilding the Town Hall seemed to them is perfectly reasonable?
The decision taken by the majority of Fremantle councillors proves beyond doubt that they have not only lost touch with the average Fremantle resident, but have also lost their trust and the only honourable thing for them to do is resign. In this writer’s opinion it’s a shame that we haven’t some kind of financial recourse from these councillors for the damage they have done.
Finally might I suggest if Fremantle council are truly interested in attracting new business and tourists to Fremantle they come out from the plush offices and do something about the drunks, drug takers/sellers and layabouts who are increasingly frequenting our streets.
Bob Loftus
Beach Street, Fremantle

Many in Freo can see the problems sadly our council is just out of touch.

 

 

Beaconsfield Community Votes for Independence but did it just get more party politics?

We see on WAEC website the final result for the weekends extraordinary election result for Beaconsfield in the City of Fremantle (COF).

First up well done to all the candidates who took their time to engage in their community it takes time, effort and passion also congratulations to the winner Hannah Fitzhardinge.

BEACONSFIELD WARD
Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Turnout rate 34.74%
Candidates Votes Percentage Expiry of Term
CRUICKSHANK, Peter 91 7.18%
LUOBIKIS, Andrew 279 22.02%
FITZHARDINGE, Hannah 534 42.15% 21 October 2017
CAMARDA, Fedele J 363 28.65%
Total valid votes 1,267 100%

This years extraordinary election in Beaconsfield has seen the biggest turn out since 2009, showing that the local community is more engaged than they have been in years.

Clearly the community gave its biggest vote against party aligned candidates since 2009.

Yet another sign the community is over this council and its wheeling and dealing, FB pics shows the Mayors ring masters awaiting the votes tally.

This election we even see complaints into the WAEC, against independents on electioneering issues, tossed aside by the authorities, I wonder how close those individuals are too Council?

Just showing how organised council is to keep the community voice limited to what it wants too hear.

Beaconsfield, since 2009 has had both councillors aligned to political parties, as members, staff or as the case is now, ex staff for the labor party.

Now we see the community direction giving its biggest vote since 2009 against the candidates with party politics backing with over 57.85% of voters voting for independence.

Sadly as we have seen over the last 10 years or so very little achieved for the actual electors in the COF, with the focus on party issues and agendas.

Lets hope Hannah steps up for beccie not party politics. Interesting the vote for Dave Humes 2011 election and this election in 2016 where very similar numbers, is that a reflection of the partys’ depth in the ward.

So big picture the community did not get what it wanted, an independent candidate.

 

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What electors are mostly likely to get in any Freo local Elections, lets hope this time its different?

Fremantle Council Crackers over Crackers (Australia Day)

Its amazing that from 2015 to 2016 a complete back-flip over how Australia day is celebrated and the Mayor bringing into question if it should be celebrated at all.

Here we see a Fremantle council press release on this very issue, its all big, fantastic, inclusive , what changed in 12 months, the celebration didn’t, the day didn’t , what Australia Day means hasn’t changed for decades.

Fireworks & festivals – Fremantle kicks off a massive 2015 with biggest ever Australia Day fireworks

Australia Day must the most inclusive day Australia has. everyone is welcome, people may choose not to come, that’s their choice

A couple of quotes from a then freo councillor on Australia Day.

“Fremantle Deputy Mayor, Josh Wilson said he was excited to see the Australia Day celebrations kick-off a year of unparalleled activity in terms of festivals and events in Fremantle.
“Families from all over Perth have enjoyed Fremantle’s distinctively relaxed Australia Day celebrations since its humble Cracker Night beginnings many years ago and  I know everyone in Freo has taken pride in seeing our celebration blossom into this fantastic one-of-a-kind event in recent times,” Deputy Mayor Wilson said.
“This year the fireworks also mark the start of an incredible period of arts and cultural activity with both the inaugural Freo Royale fringe program and the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival arriving in February.  These major events are part of a massive 2015 arts calendar that delivers on Fremantle Council’s vision for making Freo a world-class festival city.”
No mention of invasion day then, strange if its such a big issue now, wouldn’t you think?
So if was all great last year, what happened, did Josh take the council matchbox of common sense/reality when he left? How did it go from biggest ever to canceled?
Australia Day includes, citizenship events, Australian of the year ceremonies, families and friends getting together, The Australian day committee claims that 1/2 the population of Australia goes to these events around our country. Can it get much more inclusive than than.
So we have gone from this it last year being a massive community and business success; to Mayor Killjoy (brad pettitt) wanting to kill off the atmosphere and run down another local tradition and ban stuff again.

Fremantle Mayor Suggests  Moving  Australia Day Away From January 26

Even better the Mayor is stated as saying  “The mayor of Fremantle has expressed his surprise that a decision to cancel the city’s Australia Day celebrations has become a nationwide debate.” Seriously how clueless can you be, is he that blinded by his own personal party political agendas, he can’t see thousands of people enjoying  this national celebration. Try looking at your at local community leaders coming out to condemn the councillors actions,

  • Warren Mundine labels Freo fireworks snub ‘a silly
  • Australia Day fireworks axe slammed by indigenous MP Ben Wyatt
  • Fremantle chamber of commerce
 It takes years to build these events into an attraction where people look forward to coming, it costs money and lots of effort to build the events to get such recognition. Now we see the Fremantle Mayor and majority of councillors take decades of work and throw it aside for a chance to drive an Politically based agenda at the communities expense, nothing knew there for Freo its councils MO.
The only people who are not welcome at Australia Day are people who make them selves not welcome. The date is a place maker in history banning what-ever will not change this.
No one involved in the actual events is still around they are all long gone centuries ago. For sure they event date could change will it solve the issues, not really, quickly enough, something else be an issue to replace it. Europe over the space of 80 years or so had 2 world wars then moved to establish,  European Union, common currency etc.
This so called protest is bathed in politics and has very little to do with actual issues and if anything will only cause more divide, which seems to be the real intent.
Over the last decade we see the green/lefty groups with their attacks on ANZAC, with claims it glorifies war, completely ignoring the main theme for ANZAC day, “Lest we forget”.
It doesn’t really matter what the subject is these groups are driven to cause divide in our community, as our basic principle of government (democracy doesn’t suit them) as they know the mass will not agree with their big picture plan. So we see small groups attacking the Australian Way of life and at best are divisive in our community.  Bad timing for them as ANZAC day has just gone from strength to strength in our Australian community.
Sadly this attack on Australia Day is just another attempt at going against the establishment by a  few in the lefty greenie political arena.
We read of the regular dribble from Councillors,  now about evil people who drive utes, or have BBQ’s, even worse the racists who dare to display the Australian Flag, and finally the fascists who are so despicable that they fly an Australia Flag from their cars; can you imagine. This is the level of conversation and BS our councillors have reached to drive divides in our community, its really quite pathetic.
Does it do their job being councillors?
Does it improve the amenity of Rate Payers?
Does it do anything to do, apart from drive their political agendas, using council as a tool to further, their minority divisive rhetoric?

I have a lot more to say about the so called invasion and the complete lack of facts and again we lefties giving new meanings to words in our language to suit their own agendas, i.e. definition of Colonization and invasion to start with.  The lefties need to learn the can’t ignore facts and re-write history to suit their twisted agendas.

More on that in another post as this is getting too long already.

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Fremantle Fire Sale by Council? How is it different from Barnetts?

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Amazing how crowds can protest thru Fremantle for union day about the State Government selling our assets, where the very city there are protesting in, is going exactly the same thing they are protesting against, Barnett about. Makes it all look political not practical, the hordes of pollies doesn’t help the appearance.

This is sadly where common sense leaves the discussion and politics enters. Naturally the unions are anti -Barnett and lets face it, he does in my opinion  some dumb shit. But here I can see the Fremantle council and our Mayor doing exactly the same sort of stuff that Barnett is going. Whats the difference? The politics.

But some, due to their political blinders, or blind hate of anything right of the labor party, clouds their common sense and sight form viewing whats right in front of them.

 

City of Fremantle has sold or is planning to sell the following assets

  • Point St Car park block
  • Bannister St Car park
  • Queens gate building
  • The Spicer site
  • Henderson st Car park
  • The Stan Reilly aged-care site.

Have all these sales, been  put out for public tender? perhaps not.

Imagine the up roar if Barnett put the Freo port up for a private one vendor only choice lease, not even a sale but just a lease, the Freo uproar would be incredible.

Well that’s exactly what Freo council has done with one company for 3 separate assets in Fremantle, well not quite,  Fremantle council is selling them at a cut rate, not just leasing them without any public tender. At least the port we get back in 50 or so years for our kids to benefit from. Fremantle Councils assets are straight up just selling our kids inheritance. Cue another council rate rise.

All in the name of profiteering, isn’t that another thing May Day addresses, use of public assets for private profit? Right here in Freo, no need to look to hard.

HUGE FREMANTLE OVAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS from freoview

Now we see the council  wanting to sell off the Stan Reilly site, and invest the money in the oval.  Sounds good to a point. Will this investment make money and if so, for who??

Will it benefit the residents and rate payers or will it benefit the a select few event organizers who run festivals  in Freo?

Do these festivals all pay for the public space they take to use for their own personal profits?

Or does the council give these public spaces for Free at rate payers expense??

Do they pay to fix and repair the damage their events do the public park space, they so happily fence off?

Or do the rate payers and residences cough up for that bill too?

For a Mayor who, likes to talk about transparency, you have to wonder where it actually is?

Do these events take over all the parking in town limiting whats left for the rest of the cities businesses to use? So what do you think this new car park is paid for by, the sale of rate payers assets, will it be for the benefits of the said residents or will this car park become the free VIP car park for events included in their ticket price for companies to increase their gate charge and up the profit margin?

So the May parade photos of protesters make me laugh they are so one eyed they can’t see the Green and ALP dominated council is doing exactly the same thing and most of these locals who would march are the one who would  support the council.

So are they mad that the assets are being sold or is it just who’s selling them that is a problem?

That’s politics over common sense.

 

 

The Hamburg Port Authority’s Impressive IoT Project – Forbes #fremantle

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has engaged in the most impressive Internet of Things (IoT) projects that the logistics industry has seen. And their work is not yet done. Sascha Westermann, the Head of ITS and Intermodal Traffic Management, spoke at SAPinsider on March 21st about HPA’s progress to date and […]

Source: The Hamburg Port Authority’s Impressive IoT Project – Forbes

Interesting to read the comments on Freoview today in regards so the blog post titled.

FREMANTLE CITY REINVENTING THE PORT DEVELOPMENT WHEEL

No surprise that commentators, comments actually disagree with the point they are trying to make. Stating that modern ports don’t need to be as large as they used to be contridict the point they make later about having to built a new port to cater for expansion.

Fremantle port can dispense allot more TEU’s than it does now, but it is restricted with its trucks movements as not to flood the local road network with trucks, jamming the entire local network making its decades out dated road network completely congested.

What the new port crowd will not tell is about ports that are completely residential locked and with no space to expand, are they moving as the anti-port crowd wants for Freo, of course not they are mechanizing, becoming more efficient and investing in technology and infrastructure , something that Fremantle council fights constantly against.

Here is a couple of quotes from Fobres magazine April 2016 on the 2nd busiest container port in Europe with over 40,000 TRUCK movements a day. Europe use trucks for port and container movements, you wouldn’t believe it with all the anti-truck & car crap you hear from a select elite self appointed  few in Fremantle.

“The Port of Hamburg is the second busiest container port in Europe, and is a key trade lane connecting Eastern Europe to Germany and the rest of the world. The HPA is in charge of providing efficient infrastructure in the port area: managing the real estate; making sure quay walls, bridges, wharves and other waterfront structures are maintained, maintaining 140 kilometers of roads and 130 bridges within the port area, and managing the traffic,

Over 9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) are transported through the port every year, and this is forecast to double by 2025. But the Hamburg Port is located in an urban area and they cannot increase the size of the port to handle increased traffic. To handle shipments efficiently, the HPA must operate smarter. Better traffic management also helps to minimize pollution. The port and city are impacted by up to 40,000 truck trips daily and no one wants those trucks spending a high amount of time idling.”

European port can you believe, the statistics, nothing like the BS we here from the anti establishment crowd, completely distorting the facts on what is going on overseas to suit their own personal and political agendas.

So the second biggest port in the EU.

  • 140kms of Roads
  • 130 bridges
  • Tunnels (can’t do that in Freo the world may end our suburb may fall into it. Strangely the rest of the worlds cities, have networks of tunnels under them, Freo we prefer, folklore over fact and evil tunnel stories to scare our kids with.)
  • Traffic management, not anti car as Freo council but management.
  • 9,000,000 TEUs movements, compared to Freo’s 700,000 a year, whats the difference, roads, tunnels, bridges, thousands of trucks infrastructure not quite the story painted by Freo’s anti car and truck political elite.
  • 40,000 truck visits a day, WHAT trucks in Europe ins’t it all on rail, powered by wind and solar power, you mean they use trucks running on diesel in the middle of residential area with a population of 1,700,000 people not quite the same as freo’s 30,000 is it.

Never let the facts get in the way of a bullshit story.

Fremantle Hacked, Don’t drink the coolaid Freo your getting a con j ob story from a few designed to scare the mass for their ideological purpose.

Oh and for container ships the draft is only one issue for efficient loading we need cranes that can get out to width of the vessel the draft is less important as thats more about harbour depth and dredging.

Its amazing how just one new crane in Freo about 2103 significantly increased the efficiency of Freo port operations. Imagine what 4 would do?

So why do we need a new port which would need the same new cranes anyway, oh right, they hate roads etc, they will have to build twice as much road space to make their new harbour work, plus new break-yards, and have freight travel twice the distance, all in the name of efficiency and pollution reduction.

LOL. Where does the BS stop.

Oh and all that development still leaves freo for freight, trucks, trains, and passenger vehicles numbers worse off after they only invest in the new harbour.

Make sense, NO, right so “Dont Drink the Coolaid”,  its all they are selling.

 

 

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