Greens for trees | Fremantle Herald Interactive, But their actions tell another story

THE Greens are promising to double Fremantle’s tree canopy by 2040 under an “urban forest” plan. Freo council has already adopted a policy to increase the dire coverage of trees over barren streets…

Source: Greens for trees | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Where’s the Trees, where’s the Green?

 

Words are one thing all politicians are good at, action is another thing completely.

The Fremantle Council has a few greens on it and currently Fremantle has the 2nd worst hard surface amount in WA, according to the 202020, report.

Since that report was done we have seen the Esplanade Concreted over, worsening that particular situation.

We have seen the majority of these councilors; approve a plan that cut down 100+ mature trees in White Gum Valley on the Old Kim Beazley site.

They also did not demand that the developer give the necessary 10% additional open public space as is normal with these developments, instead allowed them to use the public space that was already there. So the developer could get in more small blocks adding more concrete and hard surface covering.

Then we see the Burt St development went down a similar path with council again not stipulating the required 10% open public space, again allowing more concrete more hard surface covering.

We see this council with all these Fremantle council members most of houses, driving for smaller and small blocks, higher R-codes, high density, more med high rise development, which leads to more and more trees being cut down.

Again we see the Concrete from our green council pouring into our parks so they build basketballs on park land which Fremantle already in short supply.

Most councils in the world supply similar services to their residents, sporting areas are great. What most councils with an ounce of common sense do is invest that money into areas that are run down or poorly utilized, in disrepair etc, to build these public services. Not Fremantle council they go straight for the park land and trees, pouring in the concrete.

Then we see more concrete coming down a Port beach with the new flow rider system, more open land for concrete.

We see in a report last year that over 90% of new trees planted by councils don’t make, so for even the ones that do we have to wait 2 decades to see some benefit from them. You think that would make the existing trees even more precious, well I guess not for Freo council.

So when they say they will improve the tree canopy to double by 2040, I see they didn’t make a note of what the coverage is presently, so we are clear from what point we are starting from. Otherwise just expect more of our Mayors unique smoke and mirrors, slide of hand. Also not clarified is whether, Fremantle’s means the CBD, the greater city of Fremantle, the State Electoral boundaries, or the Federal election boundaries

We have many of these councilors and mayor for a decade now, yet still our tree canopy shrinks.

So with it taking at least 20 yrs. to get a tree and its canopy established , all going well, that means  for the Greens to succeed they would have to double all the trees currently in Fremantle, have them all survive and grow above the roof line of houses to be considered a canopy.

That’s a bit hard when the greens on council are hell bent on density, which now is just clearing blocks removing everything just to squeeze as many dwellings as possible.

Then we have the Councils drive for urban rail and the route the Mayor and his team are taking that will be hundred’s more trees cut down to facilitate that.

Then we have the ever increasing amount of containers coming from the Fremantle port even if the Outer Harbour is built, and of course our council has objected to that too. Instead building the massive Lat 32 which adds 140 km2’s of hard coverage to Cockburn and destroying any tree canopy there too. So it’s hard to see how they will double tree canopy when the Fremantle Council supported policy is to build the biggest industrial park in Australia.

So actions speaking louder than words, it’s a fairly pie in the sky promise, which should have its intended action of rallying a few voters for the green cause and have its disciples sprouting the virtues of the Green Dogma, while its agents at Council, keep driving up the R-zoning clearing more trees, and laying more concrete. Going in the opposite direction of the said promise, only to blame, capitalists, Tony Abbott or conservatives about the evil ways when in fact it looks like the greens are just showing their hypocrisy yet again.

What is Urban Tree Canopy?

Urban tree canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. In urban areas, the UTC provides an important storm water management function by intercepting rainfall that would otherwise run off of paved surfaces and be transported into local waters though the storm drainage system, picking up various pollutants along the way. UTC also reduces the urban heat island effect, reduces heating/cooling costs, lowers air temperatures, reduces air pollution, increases property values, provides wildlife habitat, and provides aesthetic and community benefits such as improved quality of life.

Urban Bush land Council’s Mary Gray agreed that more trees were needed in metropolitan areas,,,

“Unfortunately, they tend to bulldoze the whole landscape instead of looking at what’s there and then building in amongst it.

“It seems crazy to wipe the whole lot out.”

Killing the Great Australian Dream – Limit urban sprawl, says Freo mayor Brad Pettit – The West Australian

 

 

Freo ‘slum’ goes, crime stays – The West Australian. Freo continues its slippery slide

Fremantle slum on 169 Holland St. A young man leaves after “Redge” sold him $20 worth of marijuana. Pic by Sharon Smith The west Australian

Fremantle slum on 169 Holland St. A young man leaves after “Redge” sold him $20 worth of marijuana.
Pic by Sharon Smith
The west Australian

Will Fremantle councils drive for higher density and cheaper and smaller houses , just add to this problem?

A private security company now patrols a complex dubbed the Fremantle slum as two residents remain.

Source: Freo ‘slum’ goes, crime stays – The West Australian

Fremantle Council Direction Drives Anti-social Behaviour

Here’s another case with the same factors building up so whats our council doing to stamp out this sort of behaviour in our city. We have on the cnr, of High St and Stirling Hwy another squatters setup what are the council the police and the owners of the building doing about this, its unacceptable for this to continue.

Fremantle’s Anti-Social Issues

 

 

Councils bill ratepayers for 150 trips – The West Australian

 

Perth mayors and councillors took more than 150 ratepayer-funded trips last year at cost of nearly $500,000.

Source: Councils bill ratepayers for 150 trips – The West Australian

 

Looks like Fremantle council skates by critic on its flight even though the Mayor Brad Pettitt just returned from ✈ Europe on a trip to look at liveable cities, no serious that’s the reason,

Add to that a trip to Japan to look at burning rubbish, Freo’s net gain on these expenses, you guessed it zero. Well apart from the bill for our mayors junket trips incurred, and at  least for every day he’s out of the country is day’s less to damage Freo.

Killing the Great Australian Dream – Limit urban sprawl, says Freo mayor Brad Pettit – The West Australian

Call for urban boundary to define Perth’s metropolitan area rather than allow for continued growth.

Source: Limit urban sprawl, says Freo mayor Brad Pettit – The West Australian

As long as I can remember I have just wanted a house to live in, just like I grew up in. The block may not be as big no huge gum tree in the back yard to climb and play in but it’s pretty damn close. I’m lucky to have a house which has become a home for my family. Giving me a chance to give my child some of the great experiences I had growing up.

A safe place to play, invite friends to come over and play with, The great Aussie BBQ which we have had many with friends and family. Place for pets to roam freely, chicken taking care of our kitchen scraps, rewarding us with eggs for not throwing it in the rubbish, fruit trees, veggie garden, aquaponics for fish and herbs, giving my little boy and education on where food comes from and how to practically use our waste, with worm farms, compost, bokashi, solider fly farms etc great place for bees to live and another bonus of honey while pollinating our 15 so fruit trees..

Non of this will exist in Brads high rises, everything for rubbish will need to be collected and processed just like a large factory, not exactly living is it?

I have also had the good fortune to live all around the world in high density cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, KL, Miami, NY, London.

That’s when I realized how lucky we are in Australia with the life style we have.

While in these city you see every time there is an accident, fire, natural disaster, disease out break, the higher the density the greater the casualty rates.

Now to think that the only way we can be environmentally friendly is to live in high density areas is just crap. It might be the dumbest easy solution? But with the right mixture of incentives for business, government departments and jobs to develop out with the sprawl, and finding incentives  to encourage people to live with a certain distance of their jobs. We can maintain a live style worth having while controlling our foot print.

Or as Paul says build new hubs to drive businesses away from one hub and made several more satellites cities, like Mandurah, Joondalup and Midland.

Sooner or later cars will not run on fossil fuels, fixing the pollution argument, the style of car we drive in 20 yrs maybe completely different.

So while Brad Pettitt our Mayor is determined to force his personal ideology on the rest of us, even though he doesn’t seem to practice what he preaches, it should send a clear message to the wider community if guy runs for state or federal government, he’s the guy you want to vote for if you like living in a  hi-rise Dog box, no car, surrounded by concrete, no tree canopy, concrete parks and booze barns, while he lives in a house with a garden across from a great green oasis with his 2 cars parked out front. While your rates increase each year to fund he’s personally ideology and so he can give our assets for free for business to profit off while, spending your money on his jet set junket trips overseas. Sounds good right?

Cost of Fremantle Mayors Rate Payer Funded Junket, Doubles

He seems perfect for politics, a real hypocrite no?

But I’ll be voting to live not just to exist in a concrete jungle.

Fremantle Made Junkets

 

Fremantle Council Called Out For Wasting Rate Payers Money on Personnel Ideology

Freo’s green initiatives machine fails in plastic bag crusade

“Fremantle’s reputation for green causes precedes it and the council has been an assiduous supporter — often with ratepayer cash — of an array of environmental initiatives.”

Finally the main stream media in WA have removed their Rose coloured glasses in regards to Fremantle council.

This sort of reporting is a breath of fresh air for the dozen or so community groups that fremantle councils just dismisses out right when ever the try to raise issues with council or its grafitti loving Mayor Brad Pettitt, who publicly berated the President of the Fremantle Society, when he dared question a project the mayor is a major supporter of.

As we see below if u disagree with the mayor,  your  not sensible, words as typed by the mayor.

It is true that I was disappointed that Fremantle Society Henty Farrar (who is normally very sensible, informed and balanced in his views) based his rather critical public comments on,,,,,,,,,

The facts from Peirs Verstegen story in the West is clearly wrong as in fact MLC Peter Katsinbanis does officially represent people in Fremantle as its part of his electorate and it was not just libs who voted against it but 2 other parties as well, like normal quickly brushed over facts.

I love the greens outrage that another ban has failed, it seems that’s their whole policy for WA is a huge list of ban this ban that. Interesting that Lynn MacLaren talks of Fremantles councils legal entitlements to react to community desires, she has been very quiet on the communities desires NOT to have a booze barn at J-Shed for dozens of good reasons, guess its green backing green no matter what the cost.

What of course neither article mentioned were that Gareth Parkers article brings up a complaint,  that’s been made for years about the Fremantle council is the waste of rate payers money on their own personal ideologies.

Of course the greens would not complain about a carbon neutral fund ($30, 000+ of rate payers $$$$) for schools, being awarded by the city of Fremantle  to a member of the greens company, just about the time of her running for the bi-election for the federal seat of Canning, a mere coincidence to be sure.

These issues are just the tip of the iceberg for poor use or inappropriate of rate payers funds, should the West decide to dig a little deeper there is an Aladdin cave of stories to be published on the poor use of rate payers funds in Fremantle.

The Kings Sq business plan would be a great place to start, before we have a mayor building a monument to himself.

Its interesting the fear that local businesses have, about speaking openly about this issue,  as a shop owner put it to me, the FFF,( Freo Feral Factor) they did actually say the FFFF I’ll leave to your imagination what the 4th F was for. But there is a real concern by people if you voice your disapproval on certain issues, that some anti-social issues will be coming your way. Pretty poor in the 21st century in a Democracy like Australia that people have that concern, its more akin to stasi based organizations with stand over tactics or those who use public intimidation to drive their personal agendas.

This is an issue I have had mentioned to me before from other government bodies that have no wish to do community meeting issues, due to their staff being abused, spat on, intimated etc. Just like Telstra fixing vandalized equipment, their attitude why bother, new replaced today, trashed tomorrow.

Lucky Businesses had someone like Peter Katsambalis to turn too.

 

 

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