I recall about a year or so ago the pompous Superior attitude of the Fremantle councillors. When the Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club (FSLSC) came before council to ask for permission for a few signs to generate much needed funds (sponsorship) to sustain the FSLSC operations which are extremely costly and considering that the COF contributes next to nothing for its operational costs each year.Now FSLSC had over 500 nippers last season, a great service and educational system for the area. I thinks its disgraceful that the COF doesn’t support such an Australian institution more.
Getting to the point of the post, COF lame ass operations aside. The council and especially some of its councillors speeches where pathetic and condescending to say the least. Their concern lay in the subject matter of advertising that would generate much needed funds for FSLSC. They where concerned that a Surf Life Saving Club may attract inappropriate sponsors like Coca Cola or McDonalds, our deputy Mayor Josh was worried about the ambiance, look or ugly advertising signs polluting our shoreline. So massive signs, stories high inflatable beers bottles are good for beach ambiance but a mineral water ad at Leighton beach maybe 5ft high on a wall, would be a blight on the landscape. Seriously you couldn’t make this shit up.
Sounds very superior right? Well you may be surprised that our council just approved for south beach an event Sponsored by Corona run by Sunset events.
Sound strange that our council thinks a major brewery product is more appropriate to make funds for a profit making company than coke is to generate sponsorship for a community service like a surf life saving club. Not that FSLSC was looking at coke its just that our councillors thought it appropriate to give the club its superior moral ground, funny right.
So today with Fremantle’s anti-social issues, Australia domestic violence issues, so bad that bad our federal government has committed an additional $100 million dollars to fight the issue and our council is promoting, booze barns, booze based businesses and alcohol based beach parties from its superior point of view. The rest of the country is battling to fight these issues and our council is promoting them and working to make our social issues worse.
Clearly council has quite strict standards for volunteer, community service organizations that help train 100’s of youth free of charge, for life skills, community service, health and well being and that make our beaches safer for the general public., but are fine for booze based groups to make money for profit how ever they please.
Sorry but that’s just pathetic. Tells a story about our council, what do u think?
Well I guess that Surf Life Saving Clubs don’t donate enough for electoral campaigns?
With domestic violence being front and centre in the media and community concern over the last year, alcohol being such a big contributor to the issue, Fremantle council is clearly out of touch with reality.
Glad to see Councillor Rachels ad says shes wants to work with the police on anti-social behaviour, she didn’t make it clear if she was working to make it better or worse.