Fremantle Council Only Green in Politics

Its quite sad that we have a Greens political driven council yet over the last 8-10 years our parks and Tree canopy and has suffered at their hands and has gotten worse across the board.

Research reveals Perth’s hottest real estate… in terms of tree canopy.

  • Fremantle has the 2nd worse Metro Tree Canopy in WA, now shown to have direct negative health issues.
  • Fremantle has the second worse hard surface covering in Australia, according to the 202020 study
  • Fremantle council has approved to concrete over parts of the esplanade reserve, replacing grass with concrete, how this suits a green plan I have no idea.
  • Fremantle council has plans to approve more buildings for Princess park, more concrete to replace grass and cutting down more mature trees.
  • Fremantle council has approved plans to build on and fence part of an A class reserve at J-Shed, turning over public space for private companies to profit off.
  • Fremantle council has more plans approved for more concrete for the esplanade reserve, maybe they should call it Fremantles grey plan, not green plan
  • Fremantle council has approved plans to concrete grass areas at south beach, again more concrete to replace grass.
  • Fremantle council approved plans to cut down 100+ mature trees at Kim Beazley, which will take decades to replace and thousands of tonnes of additional water with possibly a 30 % of trees that are planted that will not survive. Leaving this area with lost tree canopy for decades.
  • Fremantle council approved plans for the Kim Beazley site not to have the additional 10% open public space.
  • Fremantle council approved a plan for the green fill site @Burt St to ramp up zoning to over R100, with no need to supply the required 10% open public space again.
  • Plan to flatten 100’s of homes and cut down all the trees on South st to build their light rail.

So from all this, we should believe they give a damn about open public space, parks and the tree canopy of our suburbs?

I know I  have raised these points before but as council consistently says it cares about, open space, tree canopy etc, but its actions tell another story completely.

Read the article from the West above in blue, its worth reading.

Remember don’t just believe what council says but look at their actions as it tells a different story.

Since the 202020 report was done, in Fremantle hard surface has increased and tree canopy has got worse. That’s just in 2 years under a council driven by green politics. So since our mayor brad pettitt and many of the current councillors have on council, our tree canopy has got worse and hard coverage has increased, leaving Fremantle in current,  2nd worse rating in Australia.

They drive their own politic ideology not the resident’s best interests. Politics 1st people later.

 

 

Fremantle Council Strives to be No1.

Tonight was another classic example of the time we waste on community engagement run by the city and they wonder why people don’t engage more, This evening was a perfect example.

It’s clearly it’s just a box ticking exercise.  Tonight at council we had the south beach basketball court issue on the agenda.

Community consultation had a couple of options or choices to comment on, so what appears at council and driven by councillor Sullivan the chair of SGS, the option not put to the public but a new option 3, well i suppose its close to 1 & 2. Sound familiar, it’s how the Esplanade concreting went, the J-shed now the signal station as well, to name a couple. Why did the council popular option come in so late, my first guess it would have court, LOL, too much opposition, so instead slide it in later, run a workshop dominated by its intended users, tick community consultation DONE, Freo style.

No real mention was given that the biggest single option from public feedback was for no court at all, as most where concerned about the courts impact on the current use of the public space and facilities at south beach. Pg.117 of the agenda attachments Considering councillor sullivan was seen actively taking the community feedback forms to basketball games to drive his agenda its not a great showing, not what you would call organic feedback, more force driven hydro. Option 1 was the next strongest choice, followed closely by  option others, but where is council now focusing option 3 the one no one knew about, see Pg.131 of the agenda, now has the option that weren’t out for public consultation. (same link as just above no need to down load twice.)

Here is the link to what was put up originally for dare I use the words community consultation;

South Beach proposed basketball court

Submission close date:
09/02/2015

These options weren’t even really considered tonight, the big issue for councillor Sullivan was to get the Wilson park ideas off the table. What should be off the table is everything that was not on the ADVERTISED SOUTH BEACH BASKETBALL COURT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROPOSAL OR SHOULD I SAY, SIDE SHOW

Oh the reference to Fremantle Council striving to be No.1, metre by metre they seem to concrete over the parklands, more concrete coming. It seems being no.2 in Australia for the worse hard surfaced city, is not good enough the goal appears to be No.1 as judge by the 20202 report. South beach grass to be lost, size of area to be concreted or similar hard surface, that of a full basketball court +, and another 1/2 size court on the esplanade, seems they are struggling for funds from the budget, but rest assured they will find it. When it comes to concrete they will find away. Didn’t the city just drop funding for the women’s refugee, well that should free up a bit cash for a 1/2 court game.

Let’s skip over the part, that the area is well used over summer by thousands of people, it gives shelter from the hot westerly sun and it gives shelter from the strong afternoon sea breeze. Oh it’s in a bit of a hollow, I recall right next to the dune, that should work well a basketball court needing a drain or drains, that will need to be constantly cleaned out of beach sand, brilliant choice the most maintenance intensive model possible, it’s not like the city of Fremantle doesn’t have enough issues with blocked drains as it is. At least they won’t have to buy the court if it floods!

Tonight at council issue of the signal station lease, complete chaos with complete lack of understanding on what the actual lease/licence contained, clearly councillors had different understanding of what the lease meant or terms contained in it. Is it 10yrs or 20yrs? If the councillors have trouble understanding what they paid to do, how is this stuff ever clear in the minds of interested residents and ratepayers? Issues like we saw in the community engagement on the basketball courts just adds to the confusion, why do they propose one thing then  go with ideas that weren’t even in the discussion, well not publicly anyway? The transparency of these processes is about as see-thru as an earth rammed wall.

They seemed so tied up in their own agendas do they even consider what the general community thinks,, who dem u saay?

I go to council meetings really regular, tonight’s debate left me wondering what goes on, how can councillors have such different understandings of the real facts, different opinions on something I get, but it’s not even clear what the issue of discussion is, it’s amazing how they can vote on issues that are not even clear, but will have the facts tidied up later? Does anyone get that?! I don’t?

One meeting its really good to see detail and clarity the next just drive it home and work out it later, no matter what?

Lastly I’m not against the council providing a basket ball court, its why they have to put concrete in the park again? All over the world I have seen all forms of government provide community amenity, the first place they normally look is to spend money and add facilities in locations that are run down or crappy, using that money/opportunity to make the community as a whole better, this is the first one I have witnessed that’s 1st choice is take good park space and pour in concrete.

 

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

More Council Concrete for Fremantle Parks?

COF Council has a new community submission page for the their plans for a basketball court in a south beach park.

Council just received a damning report form the 202020 group for Green space and tree canopy,etc. see here

Page 21 for WA.

HARD SURFACE HEAVY, Fremantle,  comes in the top two. These reports  information were gathered, before the council approved concrete for the Esplanade, or approved to cut down 100+  trees at the Kim Beazley site. So how much worse would it be adding in these factors

HARD SURFACE HEAVY

1. City of Maribyrnong (VIC)
2. City of Fremantle (WA)
3. City of Holdfast Bay (SA)
4. City of Rockdale (NSW)

Now its quite common in recent media reporting  that green space is good for you. 202020 click here to read if u are interested to read more.  FRRA also held a community info event on this and invited all councillors to come along. Here is their FB page Fremantlerra

Why is our council, so determind to keep concreting our parks, ok it could be asphalt/bitumen, still you can bet more grass will go?

Anyway  if you don’t want more concrete poured in our parks, have your say.

Say No To More Concrete in our parks

See court locations

For the amount of school areas that have easily accessible courts throughout our city, is there really a need to build more, not to mention the Frank Gibson Park Reserve?

 

 

 

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