Fremantles Future, Where Are we Headed?

I am stuck behind a big yellow recycling lorry in Bristol, which this year became the UK’s first European Green Capital. It is collecting food waste from the special brown… Read more

Source: Bristol, the European capital of green nannying and bureaucracy » The Spectator

Take this story, remove the word Bristol and replace it with the word Fremantle, add a couple of years and you will see where Fremantle is heading with its current political ideological driven council, if things continue on the way they are.

A few choose cut & pastes to set the tone of the article, its long but the mintues it will take to read are a window to future freo.

“If you want to be a Green City, anti-car is what you have to be. And so when I finally make it past the wretched yellow truck, my journey continues to be blighted by the overweening traffic regulations with which we are now awash. We have a dense network of car-sharing lanes, bus lanes and cycle lanes strewn about our streets like chopped spaghetti. It’s dangerous, because to avoid falling foul of enforcement cameras it is necessary to veer from lane to lane while trying to read what times of which day you are allowed to drive where. I find it tricky enough and I live here; heaven knows how visitors cope.”

“And then there are the dozens of new 20mph zones, introduced at a cost of more than £2 million, and neatly denounced by one local councillor as ‘a total waste of time and money’. Our nitwit elected mayor, George Ferguson, voted for by less than 12 per cent of Bristolians, forced through this idea only to then be nabbed for speeding himself. The incident seemed emblematic of the city’s increasingly totalitarian brand of environmental idealism. Like fundamentalists the world over, here was our green leader failing to practise his own preachings while dismissing rational objections — such as the Swedish study which shows that 20mph zones increase accident levels due to the creation of a false sense of security.”

Any of this sound familiar to Freo? Our council is pushing for 10km/hr zones, try driving in that, it will be mixed zone, pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, wandering from any which way, between cars trying to drive safely to their destination, its just another Step in their Anti-Car Campaign. The wedge driven in a little deeper.

“In some situations, residents’ parking zones have a place, but predictably the mayor and the anti-car zealots have overdone it. In my own street, for example, there never was a parking problem — but now we have to pay to park in a designated bay. Parking is now harder for residents, because the total space to park in has been reduced. Tradesmen and even doctors, carers and district nurses have had to buy expensive permits in order to visit customers and patients without penalty. It follows that, as a city, our collective bill for both plumbing and healthcare has just gone up substantially.”

Looks Like freo’s plan when you read their Parking policy proposals?

“Worst of all, though, is the change in the city’s mood. Life here is feeling increasingly parochial, anal, nagged and petty. The boho artsy feel we used to have is being slowly strangled by a sanctimonious mayor and local authority who seem to want to colour-code our lives with a barrage of rules and regulations that simply make it harder to function. It may well be that the less we are able to go about our lives, the less carbon we produce — but Is becoming inefficient and dysfunctional an intelligent approach to preserving the planet?”

This is coming to Freo, greens lanes, armadillos, plans for 10km/hr speed zones, blocked streets, lost street parking, useless speed humps, sold parking sites the list just goes on.

“Of course we were promised rewards for our sacrifices: in return for giving up our cars, public transport would be improved. Precious little seems to have happened so far, though work is in hand to introduce a rapid-transit metrobus scheme, which essentially comprises building extra lanes for specially coloured buses.”

Fremantles Public Transport  dream is nothing more than a thought bubble (on a rate payer funded glossy brochure), that only a couple on council have conjured up, “light rail”, with no funding, just plans for more increases in parking fees and rates. The two major state partys  not even considering the possibility. All talk no delivery, but it sounds nice. Not even on main roads radar, they don’t even have enough road reserve to do it.

“Don’t get me wrong. I love this city, really I do. It is just a shame I now live in Bristol, the style-over-substance, ideology-over-common-sense, baby-out-with-the-bath-water Capital of Europe 2015.”

My thoughts exactly. Remember replace Bristol with Freo.

Hit the link the whole story is worth a read it will be like looking into a crystal ball to freo’s future. So Sad.


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  1. Martin says:


    What a hilarious article – if it wasn’t so serious.

    Did Brad Petite visit Bristol on his European junket? It may have been a more appropriate use of his time… to see the reality about the path he wants to take us down.

  2. Scary. Legislate to control rather than don’t interfere and protect. People cant even go about their lives in a normal way. Their way of life has been subverted. However, they only have themselves to blame.

    They voted for that Mayor, only 12% of them, and the Councillors, which put these changes in place. This is a dire warning to all Fremantle residents and ratepayers that its easy to vote these people in on personality, not policy, and be stuck with them for four years. No doubt he had help on the council, which I don’t doubt he helped engineer in getting the right councilors who would go along with his ideology and policy’s when he got in there. I doubt he would have made these policy’s in an open and honest way before the election.

    All the more reason to vote and take local elections seriously until a compulsory vote is introduced. For anyone reading this and wondering who to vote for at the local council election in Fremantle. Cast your vote based on the policy’s that the candidates put forward. Treat it like a blind taste test, with the policy, being the substance of the test.

    Ask yourself. Does this policy of ongoing sustainability, for example, help Fremantle? What is it costing? What benefit is it to me? Above all, don’t just throw away your vote. Make the candidates deliver on their promises as they are being elected on what they will do for the next 4 years.

    Its not a bad idea to also go to an election as a candidate to alter an existing policy, if for example, its not working, or could be changed to otherwise improve Fremantle, for instance. Food for thought.

  3. dianaryan says:

    It’s odd, isn’t it, that so many flights are taken to look at often abstracted but “wow, look at this” projects, viz-a-viz sustainability, but not what happened next. Did it work? Did you check in with everyone or just those with an interest in telling you it did?

    When I was at the original school of sustainability I used to say “why aren’t you taking a 360 degree look at what your expounding on as an ‘amazing’ example of sustainability to the students – instead of talking up the idea, the beginning, tell us what happened with it, say, 10 – 30 years down the track?”.

    Better to spot the pitfalls and reflect on it in the teaching, than just say “its the only way to go”.

    I simply don’t believe there are very large scale examples of very successful cities where everyone is a part of a better, more sustainably-conducted life out there.

    One thing about the timbre of that article, Mark – not only does “sustainability”, “climate change” et al involve a lot of airflight, a lot of the people who I know who work that are on salaries of 1/10th to 1/5th to even 1/3rd of a million dollars a year each.

    And we are supposed to be consuming less… doing more with less….working smarter not more expensively….

    • Mark says:

      I think this is just a another example of where its better to be the Preacher than the Practitioner

      You know use PT ride bike but have two cars myself
      Tell everyone to Live in a small high-rise apartment but actually live in a house yourself
      Lower your carbon footprint but fly around the world at rate payer expense
      Increase parking cost and further limit residents parking but keep a free one in the CBD for myself
      Talk about saving the heritage of Fremantle but look for any reason to drive inappropriate developments and let place like the town hall get to the stage of rack and ruin.
      Talk about water saving & sustainability for parks but drive events continually destroying our reserves and replacing the lawn to benefit event holders at rate payers expense.
      Talk about the importance of the citys tree canopy and green space but approve plans that cut down the trees and concrete the parks, 2nd worse in Australia 202020 report
      Have a good alcohol policy yet completely ignore it to drive bigger alcohol based events for the certain companies.
      The list of hypocrisies just goes on and on

      The old saying follows here ” Do as I say not do as I do”

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