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

 

 

HUGE URBAN DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL FOR FREMANTLE | Freo’s View

My thoughts on Roel post on his blog, my family live in this area so i think i have quite a good understanding of what locals think, i don’t know anyone who owns there own home in the area that wants high density or large apartment blocks. the area has been plagued with anti-social issues, drug dealing and petty crime and vandalism. History from the world tells us that the higher the density the worse the problem. We have a council that drives this high density but as best i know most of them live in houses with yards, garages, drive ways etc, not the they preach how everyone should live.

Source: HUGE URBAN DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL FOR FREMANTLE | Freo’s View

Roel the community in Blinco St are galready up in-arms about development just across the road as their homes/houses where getting two story in front of them. Not to mention the street already has huge parking issues. So how you think that 8 stories is OK I have no idea.

The area has a mountain of homes West housing just up the street, just over in Beaconsfield is a whole lot more, known as the Beacy Broncs, also well known for massive police raids and a continually hot bed of trouble, petty crime home invasions, vandalism graffiti and intimation to those who call the authorities to complain. Across the road on the northern side of High St is a heap more.

Just up the Hill from this area going East, they have over a couple of years homes demolished, Homes West houses, which were also well known for drug dealing hot spots and domestic violence.

Some quotes from the herald

https://heraldonlinejournal.com/2015/05/15/homeswest-shafts-freo/

“He says some locals will welcome Homes west’s exit as tenants’ drug-dealing has been an issue for years.”

“Hope Street’s Les Moyle has lived in the area for 32 years and he’s glad to see the back of Homes west and hopefully backyard meth labs and police visits.”

https://heraldonlinejournal.com/2015/09/11/ice-concern-grips-valley/

I was standing alongside Steve Grant when he took the photo at this community group meeting, 6 or 7 mins walk from the place your article is referring too. Again lots of promises at the this meeting about actions the council was going to take, (possibly as it was just before an election) now the election has past, action seems pretty much nothing on the  issue.

Fremantle already has a higher than average % of homes west than the average suburb and needs no more. Just 2 weeks ago we see cars torched at the cold store area as drug dealing issues come to the front in homes west houses again.

Tales of blood and bins

https://heraldonlinejournal.com/2016/02/19/driven-out/

“Car blaze last straw for terrified tenant

A CAR that was set alight in an alleged arson attack belongs to a man who was last week involved in a fracas with neighbours at Fremantle’s Cold Stores housing complex(“Residents besieged,” Herald, February 13, 2016).

A 43-year-old fellow tenant of the WA Housing complex between Queen Victoria and Beach Streets has been charged with criminal damage by fire”

We shouldn’t even need to mention the traffic issues in the area as both High St and Stevens St have traffic issue leaving the valley on Steven St at both ends is already dangerous with dumb design on Hampton Rd and the council ignoring a decade of complaints about the other end on Carrington where you have to blindly out onto a major rd.

South St has its own set of problems and the High St intersection with Stirling Hwy is another traffic black spot, well known for accidents and is full of trucks from the port as it’s the major route out.

The local primary school is full, past capacity with transportable units on the school oval. The Kim Beazley site is yet to have single resident move in, which is set to add 100’s more on just one block, in the middle of the mess I have just mentioned

And you think adding thousands on more people into a suburb area in high rises to create future slums is a good idea?

You may not have noticed but people who spend millions on penthouses don’t like the idea of a possible drug dealer or meth lab on the ground floor under their penthouse, having to rely on the roll of the dice you get from homes west.

High density in this area would be a disastrous outcome for what was another leafy green suburb, rapidly being destroyed by a political motivated councils density drive which is destroying our tree canopy and massively increasing our urban heat sink

Ours suburbs should look more like this

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/10/more-trees-on-your-street-means-fewer-health-problems-says-study

Residents report feeling better and having fewer health problems when there are more trees on their street. Photograph: Jon Hrusa/EPA

Residents report feeling better and having fewer health problems when there are more trees on their street. Photograph: Jon Hrusa/EPA

than more concrete boxes like we see on Amherst St as in your pics.

Roel Loopers Freoview

Roel Loopers Freoview

 

Leaving less and less space for kids to play while driving more traffic in poorly designed and maintained road network

The council could not f-/: up more if they tried.

I have been to places our Mayor  Brad Pettitt wants to mimic like Malmo, I have friends from there and outlaying districts all have seen their amenity deteriorating, as Malmö has become a centre for crime, violence, drug dealing and organized crime.

Not exactly what I would like to see copied into Freo we have enough shit as it is.

 

http://www.thelocal.se/20150824/you-get-street-smart-when-you-live-in-malm

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/09/18/interview-retired-swedish-police-chief-says-malmo-crime-skyrocketing-due-uncontrolled-immigration-no-go-zones/

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-sweden-grenades-idUKKCN0QE09F20150809

 

 

 

Fremantle’s Broken Window’s

A few days ago I posted a blog titled Broken Windows Theory, does it fit Fremantle, this raise the association of allowing petty crime to go unpunished/unchecked to attract or encourage much more serious crime. Have a read it has lots of detail and links.

So today we see the Herald with an article of the growing Ice problem, ICE CONCERN GRIPS VALLEY ,  in the eastern side of WGV.

“In response to criticism that overgrown verges, scruffy council-owned sumps and sloppy maintenance in the parks are contributing to the problem, Cr Coggin says he’ll ask council managers to do better.”

These issues have brought to councils attention for years now, I have written about them on this blog, left comments on Roels freoview, called the council and made comments, spoken to councillors about these issues, been discussed at Precinct meetings. Its these issues that allow the environment or ambience to led people who are involved in these illegal businesses to think they can do these activities and no one will notice or care. Now to drive these illegal trades, dealers and users out will take  months if not years, hundreds of man hours from the police and lots of stress and concerns from the local residences.

Council is far to distract with all their world issues, party political agendas pet projects, and spend far to little time dealing with the basics of of our cities, I know verges will not get you on TV or your picture and story in the West Australian, but it would represent the concerns of the residents they should be representing.

Issues like Neighborhood Watch again not a flash sound bite for talk back radio, and would requre lots of effort but would better tend to locals concerns more than solar or wind farms . Herald quote “There was a strong desire from the residents to work together to combat the problem, and a suggestion from local precinct co-convenor Mark Woodcock to resurrect Neighbourhood Watch and the Safe Houses program received a round of applause.”

Council is about “Local not Global”. Instead they need to wait till residents are screaming for the issues to be dealt with before the basics are addressed.

Sadly the city is too distract by the mayors, big issues like electric cars, one planet and irrelevant nonsense, with no focus on the basics, children should not to find used needles in their parks. One resident raised a good point about the needle exchange in Fremantle if it enforces the policy of bringing back one to get a clean one? I guess drug addicts aren’t the most responsible of people for public health and safety

Children shouldn’t have to find drug baggies on the walk to school. Not to mention the long grass on verges is a great place for snakes to hide, with the Kim Beazley site in dug up state how many snakes have been driven out into the suburbs.

Its time for council to focus on the basics, over the months I’ve made many comments or blog on the lack of councils focus to the basics. Its disgraceful that these issues have to reach such a low point to get basic action from our so called elected representatives.

Just recently I wrote a post on called ” Fremantles Dangerous Street Sumps” look at the picture, drive past the sump all that was done is a new piece of plastic netting was replaced. Allowing as the police stated for drug dealers to stash drug, use as a place to hide etc. Again giving this anti-social group, criminals added space to operate their sick destructive business.

Soon another poor decision one widely argued against by residences of our city will kick off the J-Shed this will become another anti-social issue for city not to mention the plethora of other issues it will cause. This one the council was not just asleep at the wheel for they intentional drove it off the cliff. If WGV has its problem in a quite suburb with ICE imagine a venue like this what it will attract? Another council created problem to be solved in the future.

The question will be at what cost?

Fremantle Time to Update Google

 

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I was checking out some streets on google Fremantle maps again tonight and was annoyed to find out google is not quite as accurate as it could be for how it defines Fremantle as a greater city.

Its seems when you type into google “Fremantle map” it does not give an accurate representation of the suburbs.

Now while the definition of Fremantle changes in the political arena i.e. state and federal government it should be accurately reflected by the local governments boundaries?

Type this into google “map of Fremantle suburbs”  this is what I got.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zqj9NRTa14q0.k67F74RrfQuI&hl=en

Strangely WGV, Hilton, O’Connor, Hilton and Samson aren’t part of Fremantle but East Freo is. Though I have heard people in the burbs make this comment before especially with the councils strong CBD blinker view of the city and lack of attention to the Eastern suburbs.

Sadly if its on google its considered fact. So maybe it might be good if the council used the google comment section to make some adjustments to get google on the right page.

 

Fremantle’s Anti-Social Issues

main roads pic WGV derlict

The derelict houses have been described as an eyesore.

How has Fremantle got to the situation it’s in?

Over last couple of weeks there has been plenty of reporting on the various issues that just seem to be s regular occurrence in Fremantle over last few years.

We see letters to the editor, stories in the local papers, state papers, multimedia news, web-based groups, etc, of drug abuse/dealing, crime, anti-social behaviours, housing issue’s?
Residents in Perth’s south are pleading with the West Australian Government to promptly demolish a series of derelict houses

Beacy Better?

Main Roads owned house in Fremantle/White Gum Valley derelict

RUN-DOWN, ABANDONED HOUSES NEED TO BE DEMOLISHED

PATROLS DOUBLE

UNFRONDLY TIMES AT FERN

It seems some of FERNS problems have moved from that site to just down the road to derelict homes

FERN SPLIT ON BLAME GAME

What a load of shit from the Lord Mayor of Perth this article is from last year with comments about the Mayors of Fremantle and Perth, as it reports our Mayor Brad Pettitts seems to flip-flop about a bit on the anti-social issues,  “In August 2012, the Fremantle Council Mayor, Brad Pettit, shamed himself when his comments of moving on the “eyesore” of beggars from Fremantle’s commercial strips were broadcast on prime time television.” then goes on in later media reports to then invite begging and the homeless to Freo then when that goes sour he’s back to a tougher stance. Doesn’t send a clear message and as we can see today has left the door open to increase our issues for anti-social behaviour in Freo’s CBD and now seems to be spreading through the suburbs, as we read in the above articles.

A quick read through the local papers letters to the editor leads close to hundreds of comments on Fremantle’s anti-social behaviour and the problems it has caused over the years.

FREO SHOWS A SOFTER SIDE

BEGGING CRACKDOWN

FREO GETS TOUGH ON ‘PRO’ BEGGARS

BITTER TASTE article in the herald shows the impact of the anti-social behaviour in Fremantle over the years making it harder for retail to trade in the city, just giving us another challenge we don’t need.

“As locals we have become used to the socially derelict state of the centre of Fremantle,” she says, urging a clean-up of both the streets and what she believes is a damaging sub-culture of begging, abusive behaviour and public swearing.

She hears the “c-word” yelled out daily and what goes on in Kings Square might make for dramatic viewing, but is not good for business.

“It can be scary,” she says, saying she was physically assaulted at least once. Blaming it on rent would be a cop-out,” she says.”

Fremantle Graffiti, Crime or Art it’s all the little things that add up to give Fremantle its anti-social image and feel. It’s the 1st impressions that visitors get as they drive in look for a car parking space, which sets the tone for their visit, if you are down points before their real experience starts its ground you have to make up, not a good start.

TALES OF BLOOD AND BINS

FREO MOVES ON SKID ROW

In the recent past we have seen murders in town, drug overdose, suicides, a huge increase in drug abuse and dealing. The state government is now only adding to the issues with cut backs in services which local councils aren’t funded to provide. It makes the issues worse by leaving abandon buildings to have squatters take them over, using them for god knows what, with reports of the police and fire services attending, drug paraphernalia found inside. Illegal electrical set ups, poor sanitation and being school holiday do suburbs really need unmonitored situations like this building up.

HOMESWEST ‘HELL’ We have seen how just a few households in a suburb that are legally occupied can make life hell on the street for the other residents in the area, do we now need squatters moving in as well.

It seems crazy that the police and various government departments spend so much money/resources to fix issues in our suburbs that draw in criminal activity, so to leave these building to just be vacant and opportunity for more anti-social issues in the suburbs seems counter-productive and a another waste of our taxes. Either rent them out properly or if they are not suitable for that, then demolish them.

Above is a dozen or so articles based around Fremantle’s anti-social challenges, it’s time for our council to realise, what they are doing doesn’t work, if anything they are adding to the problem not helping to solve it with their living in denial attitude of distraction, look another pop-up shop has open, ah yes all is well?

It’s hard to believe they are trying to revitalise Fremantle with such basic problems as anti-social behaviour are not properly addressed. It’s all fingering point now with the sale of the port will destroy Fremantle. Firstly it’s a lease, secondly the council has not control over what the FPA does anyway.

Then it’s the Perth Freight Link PFL will cut off traffic too Fremantle. Seriously with this council’s anti-car platform, selling off carparks making the road network as difficult as possible to navigate. they have done that job perfectly themselves. This and Freo’s image of anti-social behaviour, parking problems is what has helped drive our Beloved city to where it is now, perhaps the lowest point I have seen in my life time. Pointing at things that have not even happened as distractions or blame to why Fremantle sits in its sad level of decline isn’t going to solve anything.

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