Update; Fremantle’s/Perth Freight Link, What’s Really Proposed, Before City of Freo Blows another $100,000

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Dean Nadler’s press release today has raised the normal Fremantle response, you can hear the sabres rattling again as the troops ready for another battle.

It seems our council or to be precise CR JON STRACHAN wishes to start this fight with a $100, 000 of our cities funds. This amount it appears will be used to come up with a better plan than the combined force of the W.A. main roads and multiple multinationals construction companies? Sounds like a pretty Cavalier attitude with city funds?

Considering the wording of Nadler’s opening paragraph, “The Australian and Western Australian governments are getting on with delivering world-class infrastructure with three proponents invited to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the $1.575 billion Perth Freight Link project.”

After reading this and word proposals, it seems this next milestone is looking at direction for this new freight link. Considering some of the groups don’t build roads but are involved in tunnels, others bridges or jetties and another is actively involved in rail construction in Perth. Perhaps it’s a bit early to be jumping to conclusions about what this new consortium will propose?

So before the City Council decides to burn $100,000 of city funds trying to out think and develop a transport network where just one of the dozen companies involved is AECOM a company  which is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. AECOM has approximately 100,000 employees and is currently listed at #322 on the Fortune 500 list.

It may be a good idea to hear what they propose before we decide to piss into the Freo Doctor  a $100,000 of city funds?

Let’s face it with the city’s track record of getting the state government to invest in Freo’s benefit, we may as well just take the $100,000 down to the cafe strip and shout a few rounds on a Saturday night? At least then we would think things are great, well to till the hangover hits  and at least the feel good effect of blowing $100,000 would last longer, than their plans?

Update with links to get more info, read a balance of information to make an informed decision, of course that takes time and effort.

Main Roads Perth Links, Link

Road 2 rail link

Business News; Perth Freight Link May include Tunnel

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  1. Having a quick glance at Tuesday’s Fremantle Gazette and its front page with the City of Fremantle bemoaning the loss of the woman’s refuge because the CoF component was down to $85,000 from around $150,000 on the previous year, despite the State Government providing the additional funding. One wonders where the priorities are regarding service delivery vs wasting ratepayers funds but putting $100,000 of ratepayers money towards a lost cause.

    I think the real problem is that they are treating ratepayers funds with disregard and ratepayers with contempt.

    From what I can tell they could put the $100,000 towards a service that will deliver an outcome or greater benefit than the proposal they are putting forward, which is realistically a handout to fringe groups that some councilors support.

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