Fremantle’s Real Problem, Too Much Politics in Council

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Are there Delusions of Grandeur on Fremantle Council?

Yesterday on Freoview we see one of the real problems Fremantle faces, state and federal political ideology deeply entwined in Councillor fundamental position.  Quote ”Worse still, not only is Barnett willing to sell the Port but will use scarce funds to privatise the road that feeds it. Barnett & Abbott are racing to build their new truck sewer straight through the middle of East Fremantle and North Fremantle. In doing so, they will sever with the swiftness of a terrorist’s sword the connectivity’s that several generations of Fremantle people have fought so hard to maintain and rebuild.

Imagine a life behind high concrete walls that divides Fremantle like Berlin was. The freeway style toll road will make access in and out of our city centre hopelessly constrained especially from the north and east.”

I don’t get how he thinks the road is being privatised by selling the port?

Tonight Councillor Sullivan’s comments are emotive, politically motivated and basically should have no place in the council arena. Making emotionally provocative statements comparing the sale of state assets to the actions of terrorists beheading people have nothing to do with local government issues.

It seems clearer and clearer that council’s political ideologies and allegiances are clouding the real operation of council from its true function. The political links/loyalties of councillors should be secondary to their paid responsibilities of council duties.

If they feel their political ideologies are more important than their fiduciary duties to the rate payers and residents of Fremantle they should fore go their council positions to concentrate on state or federal politics.

It must be quite clear now if not before that comments that Dave Hume, Bill Massie made on Wednesday night that council’s actions be driven by their responsibilities and duties to its rate payer and residents base not personal political agendas is valid, as it is a real issue in Fremantle council?

The state government decision to sell the port may be dumb but the effect is on the whole state and best handled there.  The FPA make their own operational decisions, state or private owned, the COF opinion is just that?

Here is a little tit bit of the freoview discussion from Andrew and his Shakespearean style theatrics over the Perth Freight Link

Here is my response to Andrews’s theatrics, in fairness you should read his comments as well as mine, as I unlike the City of Fremantle believe people should read both sides of the story to better judge for themselves. I have posted it here on Fremantle Reform, so I can add links easily, so click on Roels link to see Andrews and others comments on the issue

FREMANTLE PORTS SALE A CONCERN FOR FREO; Freoview

My Comment to Andrews, see link above as seen on freoview

“First Andrew I will wait to see what proposal the 3 consortiums come up with before, I support one thing or the other (a point made by Rachel Pemberton at SPC) or start comparing High St to an active berlin wall. I would rather see an actual plan in black or white to form a view than make one, based on your over sensationalist rhetoric with executioners, swords, terrorists, communist walls, sewers etc, Isn’t it possible to have a normal discussion?

Trying to cross High St now on foot at times is a pretty risky affair now! I wouldn’t say it’s a safe road for neighbours to ample across now. Come to think of it if I wanted to go north or south I wouldn’t use that part of High St anyway I would cross over at Amherst where I’m not running the current truck gauntlet.

I must have missed the game of thrones series where they had terrorists, your quote was “In doing so, they will sever with the swiftness of a terrorist’s sword” doesn’t sound like a game of thrones analogy to me, though people should try and google “terrorist sword” and see how many links they get back to the game of thrones series. It may prove to be a fruitless task?

As for guaranteeing what kids will and don’t do I will leave their actions and accountability to their responsible guardians.

For a highway dividing a community I can show you examples of how they can be built where it’s a positive outcome with parks and grass but that would just leave you with another place to pour concrete as we saw in More Council Concrete for Fremantle Parks or you could look at Fremantle’s Councils Perceived Anti-Car Stance

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Hamburger Deckel project in Germany is burying the A7 autobahn to make parks and new land

As the state government is about as forthcoming with detail on plans as the City of Fremantle is, i.e. Kings Sq hidden documents, I expect to see little in transparency from either. Didn’t the CEO reference that fact in his mini-series called the response.

As for little eco systems, I wasn’t the one who voted for the chainsaws and chippers to destroy 100+ trees on the old Kim Beazley site. In the name of higher density, that sounds like something Barnett would do though oh and a group of Fremantle councillors.

It’s great you’re so concerned about Cockburn wetland, perhaps if the councillors put as much effort into the tree canopy/open public spaces of Fremantle we wouldn’t have the second worse rating in Australia from 202020 report. Perhaps you could focus on the city you were elected to actually represent, a good point made by Dave Hume on Wednesday night. A quick look at google earth shows how barren Freo is from Parkland and the only significant greens spots are the esplanade, some sports grounds and the golf course and you poured concrete onto one. (I would mention the footie ground but if that’s handed over to the COF I can’t imagine it lasting to long.) Luckily the 202020 report was done before that, as that little gem could have tipped us over the line for no1 spot for worse hard covering report from the 202020 report.

HARD SURFACE HEAVY

  1. City of Maribyrnong (VIC)
  2. City of Fremantle (WA)
  3. City of Holdfast Bay (SA)
  4. City of Rockdale (NSW)”

 

Common Sense Hits Freo Council like a Bolt of Lightning

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Tonight at SGS Common Sense came in like a lightning bolt from Dave Hume.

Maybe it was because Dave was sitting in Bill Massie’s chair, maybe as he stated he had listened to concerns of rate payers and residents.

The issue was investment in High St Mall upgrades councils calls it a Revitalisation Strategy, anyway back to Dave bolt of common sense. he question not the upgrade its self but the idea of the timing of doing it, which is intended to attracted better retailers, shoppers etc, etc, without addressing 1st, the underlying problems/reputation Freo has for anti-social behaviour.

Dave argued that these issues are part of the core of Fremantle woes in attracting back retailers and shoppers, possible new businesses and their customers as well.

As Dave started his comment on cleaning up Fremantle, fixing the begging issues, homeless, drunks, druggies, anti-social behaviour, graffiti is part of it too, a stunned look appeared on a few councillors faces, I think surprise that he would dare bring these issues up. Imagine a councillor raising real community concerns, how dare he???

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Strangely over the last year Freo was reported to welcomed street begging, that Perth was driving out, then they later start restrictions on them just before Christmas, so first they make the problem, then try to sort it out??? Bit like the graffiti issue as reported by police many taggers claimed that Freo Mayor  is pro graffiti so its ok here????

Dave well done, good to see a voice of the community being represented in the council.

Strangely no mention of issues like public facilities were listed, thought I have heard Bill Massie, promoting public Toilets and parent areas for infants in the mall.

Further to Dave bolt he questioned approving funds where there was no specific costing done on any areas or even discussion on what the money would be spent on. Cr Pemberton asked the committee to commit the funds for the area, but asked the wording to be change for item one in the officer’s recommendation, to allow more general use of the funds not necessarily limited to the actual list presented at council. Another presented the window of opportunity was small and action was needed quick, personally i think they should check the window is open before they dive on in marking more work to be undone.

So all in all good common sense points from Dave on that, sadly it was lost 4/2 with SGS passing the motion.

High St Mall does need revitalisation, then again so does most of Freo, let’s hope our funds are invested wisely and council takes on the issues raised by Dave and Bill.

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