Update 1, Residents Speak,,,,,, it didn’t appear so.

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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.

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  1. It would be interesting to draw up a basic schedule of costs for some of the amenities and basic public services that you mention.

    Who remembers the stench at facilities at Cottesloe’s change rooms. Disgusting.

    I wouldn’t imagine that a toilet block would cost any more than a standard house to build. They have the land. I doubt Kings Square is going to get built any time soon. I had a developer/real estate friend of mine, who manages property in Fremantle and other places tell me that he didn’t think anything was doing to happen for at least another 5 years, if at all.

    From memory, people using South Beach were screaming for ages to get an upgrade to the toilets down there because of the horrendous stench. I think they finally were upgraded.

    I guess if your not a Councillor who is using the facilities, then you don’t care about them. They seem to have their own agenda.

    You are correct. There seems to be an overall interest in items outside of council business, reform of helmet laws, graffiti bike law, plastic bag changes, slugging ratepayers, empty shops, welcoming beggers, removing car bars, selling car parking. Than focusing on actually delivering services back to the community. History has shown that this council has been removing services and keeping that revenue, whilst increasing rates. Services (basic as they seem, washing your feet, clean toilets), have an ongoing cost associated with them. Unfortunately they probably don’t have the brain power to find them in the budget, or else their not sexy and headline grabbing enough.

    Fremantle Mayor gets his picture taken in front of new toilet block. By they time they built that toilet block, people would have stopped coming to Kings Square.

    • freoishome says:

      I don’t see the need to target Councillors with generalised rude labels. When it comes to Brain Power, Matt hasn’t exactly demonstrated a surfeit of it at public meetings or here!

  2. freoishome says:

    I think the toilet facilities at South Beach are suitable for the intended purpose. They provide a basic hygienic place to toilet, wash the sand from your feet, change your beach cloths, have a quick cold shower. If they were much more luxurious it would make the problem of campers overstaying their welcome worse. Most beach changing rooms are similar, eg Cottesloe to Trigg. Bathers Beach needs something similar,

    • Mark says:

      The gentleman who raised the issue was from a beach user group, and his position was it wasn’t up to standard, admittedly it’s probably the best facilities Freo has which is not a good reflection.
      Good to see the community addressing their concerns to council.
      Fremantle has 3 caravan sites at the southern side 3 to 7 mins drive from south beach, it’s just they want to stay for free, well it’s not free we the resident and ratepayers pay for its up keep.
      Council could quite easily deal with the camping issue if they had the will.
      I don’t know if i agree with keeping our facilities run down to discourage camping, possibly that is a council current “modus operandi”

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