Fremantle’s waterfront development ‘bigger than Elizabeth Quay’: Mayor

The City of Fremantle has a radical plan to transform land in front of Fremantle Harbour and the Swan River into one of the biggest waterfront developments Perth has ever seen.

Source: Fremantle’s waterfront development ‘bigger than Elizabeth Quay’: Mayor


Reading this I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry.

This is a council that can’t do maintenance on its own Town hall in a timely manner

This is a council that has watched various assets run into rack and ruin, warders cottages, with crazy ideas of getting loans to fix it so it could become social housing?

The Mayor who thought that losing Myers was no big deal? Look how that turned out.

Sitting back watching the hospital get slashed, only to make a noise in the dying months, closing the door after the barn burnt down.

The city that lost its footie team the Dockers, but made such a rubbish deal they can lose the team to another city and then the embarrassment of the dockers keeping the lease for the footie ground for the next 40 years or so?

The mayor and his idea of the Kings Sq project which was suppose to be become the catalysis for growth and rejuvenating Fremantle, instead its just added to keeping the CBD a dead heart. Seriously if this Mayor and council are not capable of getting a single government department to Fremantle what chance is there of this idea getting off the beer coaster.

Fly by night dying a death, deck chair theatre done, just one lose after the next.

Vandalism and crime is on the rise, parts of the city look like a ghetto, we have houses in town with squatters, back packers and camper vans treat the suburb like a public bath house.

Its  councils claim to fame or success was the skate park, where they spent over $2 million pouring concrete into park/reserve of the  city, which already has one of the worse hard covering areas in Australia, with a shocking tree canopy. According to 202020.

The high density plans has suburbs across the city up inn arms as our amenity just worse and worse.

Suburbs like North Freo would rather move to Mossie Park council control.

He claims to want to improve retail, but is selling off car parks with no visible plans to replace the lost space.

The debarcle  where the council approved a plan that cut down over a 100 mature on one block, in White Gum Valley, its a suburb name after trees and here is its council approving the whole block.

The worse ever rating from its residents in its history. Yearly rate rises, some of the highest in the state. the lowest election turn out in history. the last election more votes cast against the council than for it.

If they can’t run the basics it’s lunacy to think they could get a project like this of the ground even if it was a good idea.

Somehow in the Mayors reported thought pattern, its a good idea for the state government to turn down a $1.5-2 Billion dollar lease, (being not sold but rent out so we get it back) to get quarter of a $ Billion deal in land sales which will we not get back. How is that a good idea for the state. How is his idea at 1/8 of the revenue a better plan for the state.

So while he just rejected the idea of improving basic road infrastructure and seems happy to keep the traffic problems, that multiple suburbs have been complaining of for years, while planning to add thousands more people to the CBD only to compound the problems making everything worse.

So tell me the if the article came out on April 1st i get it, hahaha good joke, but seriously who do they think they are kidding with ideas like this when the simplest of routine  tasks appears to evade them does this scare you?

The state government comes up with some clangers but this council takes the cake.

The property market is dropping vacancies are rising, a forecasted  glut in the apartment market over the coming years, rental prices on office space has dropped, companies in Barnetts Betty’s jetty are pulling back or slowing development all this is happening and seemingly oblivious to all the above mentioned we read Brads latest thought burp.

It  doesn’t seem to will be happy till he kills off the last big functioning business in town, the port.

Scary shit.



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  1. Bob M says:

    It’s really quite amusing reading the dribble this Mayor comes up with.
    It re-enforces my choice to buy just about the north Freo council line.
    I thought a nice apartment in Freo would be the go but with hair brain schemes you read about, such a significant investment needs to be made in more mature and level headed space.
    I liked the idea of walking into a cafe but from MP to Subbie or Claremont by car is only mins and the shopping is far better.
    It’s a shame Freo used to have such a good image, how could it have slid so far?
    It’s amazing you still read that the council thinks of its self as the second city of WA.
    Perhaps they should take a drive Joondulup and see what development is and my god Freo could only dream of that shopping.
    But as you rightly point if you can’t park why stop by, just go to where your business is appreciated and your car has a place to park
    Glad to you posting again

  2. Bob kettle says:

    Nice piece makes you think of what agenda these people have and for who

  3. Ben says:

    Never liked the direction this guy was taking Fremantle after he’s been there for 8 years now as Mayor you can see where its taken Fremantle only down

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