Fremantle Council Shambles Continue


Amazing our council seems to know how to consistently make contracts that actually screw up the cities ability to move forward.

Council has made lemons out of deal after deal.

Kings Square business plan has kept the CBD dead (apart from the drunks, dregs and druggies) for over 3yrs now, first they screwed up by letting Myers leave then the Mayor, Brad Pettitts clanger of a Kings Square Business Plan.

He was warned by an ex mayor don’t do it, professional staff (that left) said the same. Members of the Community tried to raise questions, but where publicly vilified for it. Fremantle Society raised questions never got answers, several community groups fared no better. a Politician asked questions in Parliament the Minister pretty much ignored them. Financial specialists, with a puissance for this sort of financial application, have raised serious questions in the both the outcome and methodology of the so call business plan. Councillors have been written too as individuals asking direct questions of the procedure and their understanding of the outcome and their responsibilities in this chain of council decisions, that started back in 2012.

All this and they blissfully carried on with our piped piper leading them down the path, the only councillor who showed an ounce of free will was ex councillor Bill Massie and his replacement since. All of this leading to a possible $50,000,000.00 loss for the ratepayers.

Then the shocker of deal with the Dockers, leaving the council with a vacating footie team who has the ground locked  for peanuts, for decades, our councillors showing yet again their financial acumen. Rate payers screwed yet again.

Giving away the Esplanade for next to free for a select group. Another bill for the rate payers to cover.

Anyone wondering why we see our rates rise the way they do????

Then we see another couple of sweet deals for the a couple of groups at the old naval stores, somehow this group get an amazingly cheap deal and have the ability to sublease out space to profit on something they are killing time with. How this is a positive outcome for Freo is beyond me.

Then we come round to a deal which seems to have been a pet project for the mayor as he rode it pretty hard. Including a more than smoke screen of a farce community engagement, which went 180 degrees opposite to what the community groups came up with. Again community groups raised a whole range of objections, now seemingly mostly if not all justified, as the Mayor and co, completely ignored community objections and concerns and just did want they felt like.

So what we have again is another divide in our community, modeled by council and another part of our town left de-activated; this time for how long as we wait to see how our our council sorts another self made mess.

How many different spaces in the Queensgate centre are being used by groups who are paying well below market rate if anything at all, who are they and what connections do they have to our current council? What else is the rate payer funding, that they have no idea about.

The WAPC  finding a pretty much given for Freo,

  • Use of land reserved for parks & recreation, regional open space was not as specified and the plan Brad drove so hard for did not comply with intended use of such a reserve, oh yes the community did raise that, another thing he ignored.
  • Wait for it; the proposal did not have sufficient car-parking, right how many times was that mentioned? that’s pretty much a staple for our anti-car council.
  • Didn’t comply with the local planning for Fremantle
  • Had a negative impact on local residences and other businesses.
  • Didn’t comply with the COF own West-end policy.
  • They missed, it went against COF own Alcohol policy
  • There is a few more apart from their other stupid ideas, of using whalers tunnel, or the bike path to set up the events if FPA blocked use of the road.
  • Not to mention pissing off the local business and pretty much looked they were trying to drive them out?
  • FPA against the  proposal
  • Setting up a massive booze barn across from a TAFE.
  • It just goes on and on.

Even better when we see the WAPC ruling coming out, wheres our Mayor, oh yes off jet-setting overseas, increasing his carbon-footprint and now the proverbial is going down in freo, over councils latest cock-up, he’s off on his Holidays, leadership at its most. Possible a good plan overseas, let the heat die down, and hold another love in about small apartments that heat off their own poo.

So we see Roel ( J SHED INCOMPETENCE A WORRY FOR KINGS SQUARE ) coming out all guns blazing on the professional staff and fair enough, how did they let all that go by? Still he did not once call to account our Mayor or Councillors, whom were the ones to finally vote to allow this debacle to happen in the 1st place. Hes not publishing any council facts/critics now days, so another place council gets a walk.

I would ask another question, is this professional body that incompetent or is it a group that is ridden rough shot over and told what to do or what outcomes will be, to suit a certain person and his personal agenda?

Isn’t this why the final decisions rests with people who are so called representatives of the city residents and ratepayers or electors, our councillors and Mayor right, isn’t this what they get paid for ?

In these cases you have to ask who’s best interests were they taking care of, from the outcomes so far it doesn’t look like the old electors are faring to well?

It was great to see the CCC’s recommendation for the Auditor general office to get some oversite of local council.

Its fair to say many in the freo community would be happy to see the auditors general popping into freo any day real soon.







We cant we want to live here!

Its a horror movie

Vandal or artist? | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Source: Vandal or artist? | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Interesting discussion, from an art point of view but graffiti is not an artistic point of view but a point of law.

If you have permission to place a drawing, mural, scratching etc, its all cool, if you don’t have permission then its vandalism which is a crime.

The fact that Fremantle council is finally joining reality has to be a good thing.

As comments by the mayor in the past have left Fremantle as a magnet for criminal vandals, taggers, etc, but encouraging graffiti by referring to it as art or looking for artistic merit, which gave Fremantle a dirty slum look in parts. Its not a good look for tourists and visitors to our city. Its also not a great attractor for investors or new business.

“The Sunday Times can reveal WA Police wrote to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt urging the council to reconsider its decision to no longer remove graffiti from public buildings if it is deemed to be art.

Instead, council officers will send photographs of the graffiti to the city’s public art advisory group to determine whether it should stay. Though the move has been welcomed by local artists, police complain it contradicts the State Government’s graffiti policy.

“Criminals will be drawn to the area,” the letter from the WA Police Community Engagement Division warned. “We know that 73 per cent of those apprehended in police operations … are engaging in other more serious offending behaviours, which will essentially encourage other crimes in the area.”

Police said it would also result in more damage on buses and trains, posed a risk to surrounding councils and would damage the port city’s tourism.”

Another great decision by our Mayor, well done. Its just poor policy followed by worse then 1/2 arsed attempts to fix the damage its caused. This has to be the worse decade Fremantle business and retail has ever seen?

Vandals have actually been reported by police to have said, that graffiti was ok in Fremantle as the mayor encouraged it.

The idea of saying vandalism has an artistic merit has to be considered an act of insanity, who is a local government to say its ok for some idiot to spray your house, fence, home, business, etc,  because some fools on the council thinks it has artistic merit, please give me a break.

FREMANTLE Council is set to defy a police warning that its new graffiti-friendly policy will make the port city a haven for criminal activity.

If someone chooses to have their property sprayed , painted, drawn on etc, while i may not like it, its not graffiti as they had permission to do it, which is the main point.

The heading for the story Vandalism or Art is just a distraction as the only point is permission or not, legal or not.

What is disturbing is the councils direction that goes against state law. Now we see more and more stupid positions taken by council are now being changed, to directions of common sense.

The Mayors idea to invite street begging in Freo, then months later once common sense comes home a tightening of laws, and restricting them. The same for inviting the homeless to Freos CBD, something Perth was stopping but our Mayor invites in only to change direction later, graffiti another poor decision to later rectified. The loss of Myers also no concern for our Mayor as he embraces bohemian quirky retail only later to admit that Fremantle needs quality retailers. Its just a litany of mistakes and back tracking on poor choices, causing years of damage to Fremantle’s retail sector, just seconds of common sense thought would have foretold the disaster coming. One step forward, 5 backwards.

Anti social behavior is killing CDB business we have seen in the past retailers state this, just yesterday I had friends tell me of sitting in the CBD area having street beggars harassing them for money in the la fresco dining area, then going into the cafe to harass diners for money only to have a mouthful of abuse for not handing over the cash.  As it stands I believe we have more small businesses to leave Freo due to poor poor traffic and anti-social issues, both going hand in hand.

Now we see commissioned pieces of work down at the old navy stores vandalized, much harder to fix than a plain painted wall.

Fremantle will not have its renaissance of business without sorting out its anti-social issues, sadly these issues go hand in hand with our current council, that fails in will to rectify these issues. They are the ones who encouraged graffiti, vagrancy and anti-social behaviour, all having a negative impact on retail and business in Fremantle.

Homelessness is a serious issue and our state and federal governments need to do a better job addressing these community issues. Its not our councils job to attract these issues to our city and leave retail, business and residents to deal with the repercussions.





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