Difference between Labor/Greens and Liberal

This sums up the Federal budget and State and Federal politics succinctly.

When the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. (Obama is a Democrat aka Labor Party)

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

  1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
  2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
  3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
  4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
  5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation

Filed under: Federal Politics, Fremantle State Seat, Labor, Liberal, Politics


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Whilst we are all waiting on and whinging about the delayed Kings Square development, elsewhere in Fremantle things are happening and that is great to see.

Fantastic to read in the West Australian today that the Heirloom by Match residential development of the former Dalgety Woolstores site will start this week. The $ 130 million development of the 90-year-old building will see 183 new apartments housing approximately 250 new residents. It will be completed by 2017.

Match will also do a mixed-use development of the Energy Museum site just down the road. A few metres from there a residential and commercial ground level building at Queen Victoria/Quarry streets is getting there fast, and around the corner the former International Backpackers is being transformed into the Australia Hotel.

Talking about hotels, the Hilton Doubletree at Point Street should start in due course and the short-stay Quest Hotel at Pakenham Street had a start but appears now stagnant.

More development will happen on the Woolstores shopping centre site, the Synagogue building next to Fremantle Oval, the Atwell Arcade development is well under way, and the Pakenham/Bannister Street carpark residential building will be built soon as well.

Far out West the new Mediterranean Shipping Company building is nearing completion around September, so there is a lot going on in our city, and these are very positive signs for the revitalisation of the inner city..

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A walk trail map to discover Fremantle’s sites of cultural significance is being planned by the Office of Multicultural Interest, which recently launched three of  the trails for the Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth. Check them out here: http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/trails.cfm

The Discover Multicultural Perth project so far involves three maps that highlight the cultural diversity and uncover the history behind some of the city’s best known landmarks. It leads people through parks and past monuments, places of worship, past buildings, grocery stores and artworks.

Sounds like a brilliant idea to me. I assume the maps will be available on mobile phones and tablets, so let’s hope the Freo walk trail map will be released soon.

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Word from State Government is that the Fremantle Warders Cottages in Henderson Street are now owned by the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the conservation and reactivation works managed by the State Heritage Office.

Henderson Street excavation from the Queensgate carpark to the Fremantle Markets will be essential to improve drainage in the area.

The newly installed taxi rank in Henderson Street is considered to be an obstacle to the reuse and reoccupation of the heritage cottages. The State Heritage Offices have started discussions with the City of Fremantle about relocating the rank. The new taxi rank trial was an expensive exercise that now looks to have to be abandoned so the cottages can be rented out. What a waste of time and effort!

The most likely outcome of a feasibility study has identified that the cottages will probably be rented out for residential and short-stay accommodation.

It is anticipated that the cottages will be offered for lease on the market in 2016.

Jan Gehl in Copenhagen on Perth

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Update; Lights out for Kings Square

Tweet Good news on the lights I got a call from the City first thing this morning and they are looking into the lights, saved me a phone call ringing them today, seriously great to see a proactive response. Just leaves me to call the cops and see if they are aware of the anti-social issues […]

Western Australia Day 2015 public holiday

High Street, Fremantle, looking east.

High Street in Fremantle in the 1930s.

Fremantle City Library will be closed Monday 1st June for the Western Australia Day public holiday.

We will return to normal opening hours Tuesday 2nd June.

Friday 29 May                          9.00 am–5.00 pm

Saturday 30 May                      9.00 am–5.00 pm

Sunday 31 May                        12.00 pm–4.00 pm

Monday 1 June                        Closed

Tuesday 2 June                         9.00 am–6.00 pm

To renew any loans or access the library catalogue, visit http://library.fremantle.wa.gov.au/

The elected members and staff at the City of Fremantle wish you a happy and safe Western Australia Day.

Filed under: General Tagged: public holiday


It is SORRY DAY today where Australia contemplates the mistakes of the past in dealing with our indigenous people and next Wednesday, June 3, Fremantle will celebrate National Reconciliation Week from 6-9 pm at the Town Hall.

It will be a showcase of Whadjuk Noongar culture that will include Noongar style Karaoke, story telling, language workshops, Aboriginal artworks and Indigenous food.

Money raised will go to the Bringing Them Home committee.

The event is a collaboration by Reconciliation WA and the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville.

Gold coin donation on arrival would be appreciated!

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Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach must have set the record for most weddings in a day yesterday when 24 couples enjoyed doing the vows in a pop-up wedding.

Marriage celebrant Joshua Withers conducted the ceremony while Poppy Willow of Bloom Stylist made sure the gallery looked the part. Photographer Anthea Auld recorded it all for prosperity.

If you feel that expensive weddings are over rated or can’t afford a big one, why not check out this option. It is only $ 1,860 the website claims.

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Should a restaurant that already has a large street-frontage alfresco dining area be granted the take-over of a parking and a loading bay to add an additional alfresco space?

The new Brazilian restaurant LAPA in High Street, next to the National Hotel, has asked Fremantle Council to approve that they get use of the two bays and change them into alfresco, but local traders in High Street believe losing the loading bay and a car parking bay would be detrimental to their businesses. What do you think?

It is on the agenda of tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, so have your say now.

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The Buddhist Society of Western Australia has come up with a novel idea to celebrate WA DAY (formerly Foundation Day) this coming Monday, June 1.

At 2 pm there will be Meditation and Tai Chi on the Fremantle Esplanade. It is a free event that everyone can participate in, so do something for your inner spirit and mental well-being and relax.

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Freo’s $2.35m park bench | Fremantle Herald Interactive

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Statue of Lt-Governor James Stirling in Perth. Courtesy WIKIMEDIA

Statue of Lt-Governor James Stirling in Perth. Courtesy WIKIMEDIA

The West Australian reports today that the City of Perth has put the statue of James Stirling in storage since they can’t find a new location for the bronze sculpture that used to be near the Town Hall.

With W.A. Day, formerly known as Foundation Day, only five days away, I wonder if Perth would donate the statue of the founder of the Swan River Colony to the City of Fremantle.

Lt-Governor James Stirling arrived at Fremantle on the ship Parmelia, so his statue would be well placed on the grass area next to the Round House where it would overlook Bathers Bay. The Round House will be celebrating its 185th birthday in January next year, so adding Stirling’s statue would be fantastic.

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Let us start the week with some colour of Fremantle’s West End I took on glorious Sunday.

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Cycling, Planning and Design in Copenhagen

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Fremantle Councils Anti-car Campaign Continues

Tweet Here we see again Fremantle’s campaign to drive out cars, keep cars, their drivers and their cash out of Fremantle. Recently the Mayor Brad Pettitt was quoted that the proposed Perth freight link would cut Fremantle off from cars coming into the city hence crippling its economy. Sorry isn’t that what the Mayor and […]


It is good to see that experts are calling for better design of buildings in the Perth region. I am pretty disappointed what modern architecture represents in our area, as it is mainly cheap and fast box-like concrete highrise that has little or no visual quality and does not enhance the amenity and streetscape.

W.A. Government Architect Geoff Warn, who is also on the Perth Design Advisory Panel, believes new strategies are needed to improve the architectural quality of projects, the Sunday Times reports today, and I could not agree more.

Heritage Perth CEO Richard Offen told ST that Perth has incredibly boring architecture that leaves a poor heritage legacy for future generations.

I believe that one of the reasons Fremantle Council signs off on mediocre architecture is because the City of Fremantle is so desperate to get new development going in Freo that it compromises too easily and gives in to pressure from developers. It is not helpful either that the State’s Development Assessment Panel often overrules local council decisions and allows inappropriate buildings to be erected which destroy the ambience of place in established older suburbs.

Excellent modern architecture can greatly improve the visual impact of a city, and it does not matter if that is a heritage city like Fremantle. In the right location and with restraint and consideration for the history and existing built environment a great new building will create a new focus point and attraction. Height does not necessarily have to mean that it is unsuitable for our inner city, but for Fremantle to accept extra height only the very best and outstanding architectural design and building quality would have to apply. Mediocre and boring concrete boxes have no place anywhere in the vicinity of our outstanding heritage architecture and we should take heed of what Government Architect Geoff Warn has to say about it.

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Towards Perth @3.5 million

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We had a lively committee meeting on May 18, 2015 and one of the subjects raised was the announced sale by State Government of Fremantle Port. Committee decided to contact the City of Fremantle to get more information and we have since had a meeting with acting Mayor Josh Wilson, so stay tuned. Our Planning & Heritage subcommittee will be revitalised with new members and a roster to attend and monitor full council and council committee meetings. This will result in more submissions to council, addressing council and committees and making sure we are on the ball and know all about future development and plans for our city.

We noted with regret that the Minister for Lands has approved the use of the Arthur Head – A Class reserve at J Shed for the development of the Sunset Events tavern and live music venue, but will oppose this in a submission to the Director of Liquor Licensing, when the application for a license is made.

FS will donate a total of $ 500.00 to the RESTORE NEPAL fundraising concert on June 13 at the Fremantle Sailing Club, that includes the hire of the PA system for the music.

The Kings Square development and financial plans are an ongoing concern that FS has been monitoring for some three years. Committee decided it would be futile to go through a Freedom of Information process as financial and perceived confidential matters would be blackened out anyway.

We are collaborating with Notre Dame University on how to better engage younger generation in local government and are planning to do a public forum the students will organise and run.

FS also wants to run a soapbox kind of public events in pubs and other venues where topics relevant and important to the Fremantle community would be discussed.

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Positive Impact ripples through Fremantle – CY Magazine

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Fremantle Councils Missed Oppourtunity

Tweet Over the last couple of days there has been a bit chat about the state government not pushing through the COF plastic bag ban. Personally I’m all for changing the plastic bags to a better product, but I’m against the COF starting its own little state by making up its own laws, especially when […]

60-week blowout

PEOPLE are waiting 60 weeks longer than they were five years ago to get into public housing in the Fremantle region.

The WA housing department revealed to the Herald this week that people on its books were waiting on average 157 weeks—three years—to get into a house. In June 2010 it was 97 weeks.

The figure is worst for those who aren’t deemed a priority. Over the same period the number of people on the waiting list has dropped from 1729 to 1388.

Anyone pinning their hopes on getting into long-planned public housing on a vacant super-block in White Gum Valley is in for a rude shock: as flagged by the Herald last week that project has been axed.

Homeswest acting director-general Paul Whyte says the land is too valuable for public tenancies: the department will sell the blocks and use proceeds to “support affordable housing opportunities in alternative locations”.

He notes the department has provided 19,000 places under its affordable housing strategy—just 1000 shy of its 20,000 target for 2020.

He says Homeswest scored $560 million in this year’s state budget for 1500 homes, and will work with Fremantle council to “explore other renewal and redevelopment opportunities in Hilton and Beaconsfield”.

Willagee Labor MP Peter Tinley accuses the department of land-banking while people go homeless.

His office has been watching several Homeswest-owned properties that have been vacant for years. Some are boarded up but others have been demolished. The department’s told him it doesn’t let the places because it wants councils to rezone so it can build more units. But the MP says people can’t wait and shouldn’t have to, if homes are available: “Every week I have people attending my office who have been on the public housing waiting list for years and years,” he says. “To see dormant housing lots is very frustrating.”


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Waiting for the knock on the door

FORMER Fremantle citizen of the year Marie Thorne is officially a squatter.

The widely respected 78-year-old Noongar elder lost a court case against Homeswest a month ago and, as of Wednesday a fortnight ago, was evicted from her Hilton home.

Sitting amongst a few remaining possessions she’s now waiting for the knock on the door from bailiffs that will usher her to the street.

Ms Thorne says she can doss on the couch of a grand-daughter for the time being but it’s a temporary measure and she desperately wants Homeswest to find her something immediately.

• Marie Thorne’s now officially homeless. Photo by Steve Grant

• Marie Thorne’s now officially homeless. Photo by Steve Grant

But the department has told her she can’t go on its priority list until she’s evicted, and then there’s an average wait time of 75 weeks. There’s been a massive blow-out in wait times in the Fremantle region over the past five years—from 97 to 157 weeks for general and priority applicants.

Fremantle state Labor MP Simone McGurk says she understands Ms Thorne can’t stay in her current home because neighbours need a break from disruptive visitors—a claim Ms Thorne continues to deny—but says nothing is gained from throwing her onto the street.

She says the department hasn’t managed to get its head around the cultural responsibilities of people like Ms Thorne and needs to show some compassion.

Ms Thorne is calling on the dozens of people she’s helped get into public housing while volunteering as an advocate to repay that kindness by lobbying on her behalf—or offering her a roof over her head.


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$4m reno for yacht club gets approval

THE Swan Yacht Club in East Fremantle is breathing a sigh of relief, with the Swan River Trust deciding not to pursue legal action over unauthorised works on boat pens.

The decision paves the way for the club to get cracking in August on a $4 million renovation that was signed off by the WA government this week.

The club had faced fines of more than $1 million over what was discovered to be hundreds of unauthorised works on pens and the clubhouse.

It spent $250,000 remedying the works, including propping up a sagging functions balcony, in order to show the Trust it wanted to cooperate.

Club commodore Kim Wilkie—a former federal Labor MP—acknowledges it’s been a tough two years with a rift between members so toxic that an organisational therapist was called in.

He’s keen to repair relationships across the board, including with the Trust and East Fremantle town council.

“We are in the process of spending nearly a million on the jetties, so the fines money can go into those instead,” he told the Herald.

“That’s the best possible outcome for the club because in addition we are spending $4m – $4.5m on the renovations.”

A major feature of the renovation will be a frontage featuring etched tilt-up concrete panels with images from the club’s more than 100-year history. It will be the first time the technology is used in Perth.

They’re also taking dinghies off the foreshore to improve public access.

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The club already has the cash for the works: its merger with the Fremantle Club bought in $3.5m and the rest is in the bank.

The SYC was also supposed to merge with the Fremantle Workers Club, but the deal broke down leaving animosity between the two organisations.

It came at the same time as the SYC’s internal rift, which led to the forced resignation of former manager Geoff Reynolds.

His supporters accused the new executive of bullying Mr Reynolds and his family, including allocating his son the club’s worst pen and targeting his daughter over her dry pen. She was forced to pay cash after being hit with “points” for breaches of club rules; nobody else received the same treatment.

Mr Wilkie says hard decisions have been made to turn the club around but denies the family was targeted. Mr Reynold’s son was only recently asked to move his boat because it was too long for its pen and had caused a crash that damaged other boats.

He says the committee faced a lot of criticism from some club members, but they weren’t privy to confidential information.

The Herald discovered a forensic audit of the club’s finances revealed it owed the tax office $1.2m. An insider said that mainly related to sub-contractors and staff being paid in cash.

Mr Wilkie wouldn’t comment on the bill, other than to say the club’s in talks with the ATO and, after legal advice, is hopeful of another good outcome.

Adding to the club’s woes were allegations staff had been sexually harrassed by board members.

The Herald was told a board member had to resign.

Mr Wilkie gave a qualified ‘not true’, but wouldn’t elaborate. “Where there have been allegations, we have treated them exactly as we would have to under Worksafe . We investigated and dealt with them appropriately,” he said.


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End near for rat run

DEPENDING on your perspective the “rat run” through Applecross that avoids Canning Highway congestion is either a godsend or a curse.

Melville city council is in the second camp, and is moving to put an end to it.

It recently presented two options to the local community to divert traffic back to the highway.

The council hopes the measures will bring relief to residents along McCrae, Matheson, Dunkley and Kintail Roads.

Gabrielle Kerr-Sheppard, who has lived on McCrae St for 27 years, is fed up with the growing amount of traffic through the pretty suburb every peak hour.

“In five minutes I counted 82 cars,” she told the Herald.

Local ward councillor Nick Pazolli isn’t convinced speed bumps and cul-de-sacs are the answer, saying they shift the problem, not solve it.

“People are just going to use other streets,” he says. “Obviously, rat runs are a consequence of increased traffic congestion.”

Saying a “five-to-ten per cent reduction” in commuters will improve things he’d like to see a focus on getting people walking, cycling, scootering and using public transport.

Over the past five years, 14 cyclists have been hit by cars along McCrae Rd.

“The more you utilise your street the more people respect your street,” Cr Pazolli says.

The council is likely to vote on the diversion recommendations at its meeting next month.


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Get the frack outta here!

DAYNE PRATZKY, aka Frackman, is not your average eco-warrior, taking on the persona of bogan superhero with “No Fracking Way” splayed across his hazmat suit.

The former tunnel digger and logger—who enjoys pig hunting—joined the anti-fracking movement in 2009 when a bloke in a suit drove onto his 100-hectare property in rural Queensland and said gas wells were going to be sunk on his land.

“My response was ‘get in your car and fuck off’” Pratzky recalls. “Then I researched fracking and discovered all these ordinary people—I’m talking families and mums and dads from places like Pennsylvania and Texas—were really badly affected by it. It wasn’t the usual suspects, like politicians or environmental groups with a cause, but everyday, ordinary people.”

Following the stoush, Praztky embarked on a one-man crusade against coal seam gas hydraulic fracturing—fracking for short—by organising blockades of trucks and bringing national media attention to gas bubbles leaking from the bed of the Condamine River.

“When big industry with powerful lobbyists gets hold of our governments, they don’t just contaminate our water—they contaminate our democracy,” he says.

The 41-year-old says in the years since he started his crusade his two pig hunting dogs have been poisoned, his house broken into seven times and his car windscreen is constantly being smashed.

Tara, Queensland. Photographs from a week of anti Coal Seam Gas mining protests around Tara, Queensland in conjunction with the documentary film, "Frackman" being produced by Smith & Nasht. The documentary centres on anti CSG mining activist, Dayne "The Frackman" Pratzky, a local Tara resident. Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi for Smith & Nasht.

Tara, Queensland. Photographs from a week of anti Coal Seam Gas mining protests around Tara, Queensland in conjunction with the documentary film, “Frackman” being produced by Smith & Nasht. The documentary centres on anti CSG mining activist, Dayne “The Frackman” Pratzky, a local Tara resident. Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi for Smith & Nasht.

WA documentary maker Richard Todd—who fought off a mining project near Margaret River in 2010—was intrigued by Pratzky and followed him around for years, chronicling his crusade in the documentary, Frackman the movie.

He says the film’s release in WA is extremely topical as a two-year state government inquiry into fracking is expected to be completed this year.

Commercial fracking has not started in WA but exploration permits have been approved: “This doesn’t just affect Aboriginal people living in remote sites in the Kimberley—it’s right on our doorstep.”

Recently, Buru Energy was allowed to frack in WA’s north without an environmental protection authority assessment, leading to a fracking network on Yawuru land without permission last year.

Sydney-based company AWE discovered what could be WA’s largest onshore gas field in the Perth Basin and this has led to the early stages of three wells.

Fracking supporters say the mining process—fracturing rock with high-pressure water and sucking out the gas—has relatively minor environmental impacts, is done far enough away from aquifers to have no effect on water sources and is a relatively inexpensive way to access plentiful fuel.

But critics are vehement in their opposition, claiming fracking contaminates water and can cause earthquakes.

“I think the recent cases in America are pretty black and white—fracking is not good for the environment,” Todd says.

In February the Tasmanian state Liberal government extended is moratorium on fracking for another five years.

Frackman is showing at Hoyts Millennium in Fremantle on May 28.


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Crabs take the tourist route

FISHED in WA. Shelled in Thailand. Shipped back to WA for sale.

An O’Connor seafood company’s frozen blue swimmer crab meat has caught the attention of a concerned Spearwood man, who likes to shop local.

Chris Gaudet wrote to the Herald last week, miffed by Focus Fisheries after stumbling across one of its crab products at a local supermarket.

The crabs had been caught at Shark Bay, frozen and transported by truck to Fremantle, shipped to Thailand for shelling, then transported back to Perth for sale.

“I thought it was crazy,” Mr Gaudet told the Herald.

Focus Fisheries client manager Phil Clark says, despite all the travel involved, it’s too expensive and “unrealistic” to shell its crabs in Australia and says the Thailand factory is better equipped to manage the work.

The Carrington Street seafood company sells about 50 tonnes a year at about $50 a kilo. Mr Clark says the price would likely double if Australian workers did the job: “We need to be cost-effective to survive,” he told the Herald.

“People can jump up and down asking, ‘why is this happening?’ but these guys (in Thailand) are doing them a favour. Doing the work in Thailand means people can afford the end product.

“Most of the work does get done here. The product isn’t any less Australian.”

He says the company’s other products—such as its sardines—are caught and processed in Albany.

Perth food activist Jude Blereau says consumer attitudes need to change: “That’s what happens when you choose food based on price. People need to stop and think about what they are willing to pay for.”

WA fishing industry council CEO John Harrison says it’s common for WA companies to send locally caught seafood overseas for processing.

“There are cost benefits with labour, factory and processing facilities that make it economically more attractive to process seafood overseas and transport it back to WA for sale,” he told the Herald.

“Consumers are the overall winners in that they gain access to a wider variety of seafood at a cheaper cost than would otherwise be the case.”


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Freo’s $2.35m park bench

THIS is Fremantle city council’s $2.35 million park bench.

According to its own rules for the Kings Square business plan, that’s the value Fremantle council seems to have assigned this humble pew.

A fortnight ago CEO Graeme Mackenzie released a statement countering claims the council had inflated the value of its redeveloped administration building in order to imply the project would have a net positive return to ratepayers.

“The value of the City’s buildings at completion (without land value) was estimated at $44.75m,” Mr Mackenzie wrote. “The value in 20 years was assessed at $97.23m, calculated by applying a 3.5 per cent indexation rate each year.”

But when the Chook checked those figures on the back of an envelope, they didn’t pan out. Instead, it turned out to be a shade over $89 million.

We asked the council about the discrepancy and corporate services chief Glen Dougall replied the council had actually based the figure on a retained asset value of $48.8m, not the figure quoted by the CEO (which is the figure laid out in the business plan).

The council’s retained asset value represents the combined value of the civic space ($18m) and council office ($30m) elements of the redevelopment, including current value and building costs.

Mr Dougall’s breakdown of those figures put the current value of the civic space at $2.35 million.

But according to the business plan, that relates to lots 1 and 2 of Newman Court—both vacant except for the lonely park bench. If the CEO’s “without land value” is right, that puts this seat up there with Fremantle’s most expensive homes.

Similarly, Mr Dougall’s valuation of the admin building at $5.9m seems generous given the council describes it as a relic riddled with asbestos and concrete cancer.

Freo’s $2.35m park bench

Freo’s $2.35m park bench

We flashed off another email seeking clarification: so far no response.

We also asked whether the council’s independent financial advisers Leedwell Strategic had seen or approved the $97m valuation, which had been critical to the council achieving a net benefit from the redevelopment for ratepayers.

Similarly, we received no bites on why the council hadn’t applied indexation to the three properties it’s selling to redevelopment partner Sirona in order to give a true comparison of what its asset base would be in 20 years.

Local commercial adviser Martin Lee says it’s further evidence councillors were not given a true picture of the project’s finances before voting on it.

Mr Lee—who estimates the real outcome will be a $30m hit to the city’s investment base—says trying to get to the bottom of the council/Sirona deal has just about worn him out, and this sort of stuff is his bread and butter.

He was devastated when his concerns were dismissed by WA local government minister Tony Simpson, who later admitted to not even having read the Kings Square business plan.

His concerns were raised in state parliament by the Labor opposition via the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Group, whose chair Mark Woodcock says he’s flabbergasted the Barnett government isn’t interested.

He says the government should urgently take up a recommendation of the Corruption and Crime Commission and extend the powers of the auditor-general to investigate local government.

“This is a perfect example of something he could look into,” Mr Woodcock says.


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Nalder to meet residents over freight link

AROUND half-a-dozen Palmyra residents will meet with WA transport minister Dean Nalder Tuesday to discuss controversial plans that could see their houses and 71 others sacrificed for the $1.6 billion Perth freight link.

Mr Nalder is mulling over two options to link Fremantle port with the Roe Highway: widening Leach Hwy and bulldozing anything in the way, or tunnelling.

He will fly to Sydney this weekend to discuss his plans with assistant infrastructure and regional development minister Jamie Briggs.

On Wednesday Mr Nalder apologised in parliament to Palmyra residents for the uncertainty.

Mr Shannon Morris, who lives in Moody Glen, one of the affected streets, will be at Tuesday’s meeting.

• The Morris family home is in the path of the Perth freight link. They’re pictured with Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk and Labor leader Mark McGowan, who say the link should be ditched and the money spent on a new Kwinana port. Photo supplied

• The Morris family home is in the path of the Perth freight link. They’re pictured with Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk and Labor leader Mark McGowan, who say the link should be ditched and the money spent on a new Kwinana port. Photo supplied

“Like in any aspect of life, the thing that causes the most fear is uncertainty,” he says.

“We wont know what’s happening until the minister decides what route he wants to go down.”

Main Roads is expected to take at least two months to make a recommendation.

Fremantle state Labor MP Simone McGurk says the Perth freight link is a dud and should be scrapped, with the funds reallocated to developing a second port at Kwinana, “where there is good provision for road and rail without wrecking communities”.

Mr Nalder revealed this week he was also looking at widening Stirling traffic bridge to address concerns about bottlenecks of commuters and trucks.


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Young doctors reject new school

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY medical students are furious with plans for a new medical school at Curtin University.

Last week prime minister Tony Abbott said the federal government would help fund the new school, fulfilling premier Colin Barnett’s promise to establish a third medical school in WA.

But students say there is already a glut of graduates unable to get the training they need to qualify to practice.

Brian Fernandes from the national medical students’ association says 84 junior doctors missed out on GP training positions last year and “800 missed out nationally”.

“A medical graduate does not equal a fully qualified doctor able to practise independently,” says Mez Nuthall, the president of NDA’s medical students association.

She says the government is choosing to “adopt policies which may win votes … but will leave Western Australia with an inefficient health system”.

Notre Dame University suggests a better alternative use of the federal and state funding would be to “invest in establishing training places” for graduate doctors.


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Industrial revolution

ABOUT 400 landowners in Cockburn have been told their homes and properties are being targeted for possible industrial rezoning.

The WA planning commission dropped the bombshell on the mainly rural landowners earlier this month when it released for public comment a new strategic plan for the Peel region.

Rezoning would affect properties in Wattleup and Henderson near Thompsons Lake that are currently classed rural and rural living; other properties in Munster near Lake Coogee are flagged for possible housing.

Cockburn council wasn’t told of the plans, which are radically different from its own, says strategic planning manager Andrew Trosic.

“The city’s local planning strategy does not support industrial development in these areas, and instead recognises these areas to be protected for rural development, particularly noting the sensitive environmental areas which they adjoin,” he told the Herald.

He says the commission’s flagging of industrial rezoning came as a complete surprise.

“Rather, the protection of this area for rural purposes was seen to be an important planning objective in order to buffer the central lakes and reserves within Cockburn from the future industrial development associated with Latitude 32.”

• Jacky Hill is gearing up for another battle to preserve her rural lifestyle. Photo by Steve Grant

• Jacky Hill is gearing up for another battle to preserve her rural lifestyle. Photo by Steve Grant

Munster landowner Jacky Hill, a seasoned campaigner, can’t believe the WAPC is thinking about putting industry closer to fragile Thompsons Lake.

She says just 15 years ago the WAPC’s own regional plan set aside the properties for environmental protection.

“Recently the [department of environmental regulation] approved us as a Land for Wildlife block,” she says.

“We went through a rigorous process and we’ve got the plaque on the front gate—one arm of government doesn’t know what the other is up to.”

Ms Hill says the state government has set aside heaps of room for industrial development in Latitude 32—the old Hope Valley and Wattleup, from which residents were moved out of—and there was no need to encroach on bushland nor rural properties.

Another landowner from near Coogee, who didn’t want to be named, said his neighbours had mixed feelings.

Many had been hanging onto their rural holdings in the hope of reaping rewards from future housing subdivisions but the council’s refusal to release them from the buffer had cruelled those hopes—a bitter pill given the high prices for nearby lots.

The WAPC plan might clear the way for some to make some money.


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Fremantle Council Whats the Real Deal on Plastic Bag Ban?

Tweet My god what’s the drama over the plastic bags? As I read in the Herald online the story on the plastic bag ban laws proposed by Freo Council, it seems some on the council are having a whinge over talk of the state gov knocking back the councils new law. Now if you believe the quotes […]

State Government on the wrong side of history on plastic bag ban.

You have probably heard that the Liberal Party members of the upper house of the State Parliament have moved to disallow Freo’s local law banning single use plastic bag. This is despite the parliamentary committee responsible for examining this legislation NOT recommending such action. Peter Katsambanis who moved the disallowance in the media made two arguments […]

Fremantle Reforms Hits, 10,000 site visits

Tweet Today Fremantle Reforms hits 10,000 Here are the top 5 posts month by month for the site over its 10,000 hits Most popular blogs over the months have been May           Council pressed over Kings Square finances | Business News and Fremantle’s Freight Link, What’s Really Proposed, Before City of Freo Blows another […]

Fremantle’s Plastic Bag Saga

Tweet Are plastic bags bad, yes I don’t think many people think they are good think, handy yes, but good for us I doubt it? Fremantle plastic bag ban should be overturned, says WA Liberal MP Peter Katsambanis Anyway last year Fremantle had a shot at it, (banning plastic bags) it was overturned by state […]

Fremantle Council Strives to be No1.

Tweet Tonight was another classic example of the time we waste on community engagement run by the city and they wonder why people don’t engage more, This evening was a perfect example. It’s clearly it’s just a box ticking exercise.  Tonight at council we had the south beach basketball court issue on the agenda. Community […]

Liberals move to disallow Fremantle plastic bag ban

Lynn MacLarenLiberal MLC Hon Peter Katsambanis today moved to disallow the City of Fremantle regulations to ban plastic bags, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

“The motion aimed to initiate a local law which would ban retailers from providing shoppers with single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags,” Ms MacLaren said.

“This evidence-based policy has been strongly supported by businesses and the community in Fremantle as it aimed to reduce the overall amount of plastic bags used.”

“Single-use plastic bags can take hundreds of years to break down in landfill and, even worse, often end up polluting out natural environment and becoming a major threat to wildlife.”

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Pettitt sees link

In an about-face, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt states in this mornings West Australian that he is concerned and deeply troubled that the Perth Freight Link will direct traffic and therefore people and business away from Fremantle.

Given his previous stance regarding the removal of cars off the streets of Fremantle, his record of car park sell-offs and fervent desire to see everyone riding push bikes and skateboards, one might think that he would be happy that he has achieved what he set out to do finally. But this doesn’t seem to be the case. He seems to have finally come to the conclusion that traffic, people, cars and general patronage is good for business.

I’m not sure about the link between the Perth Freight Link and driving business out of Fremantle. All the protests regarding the Freight Link and need for it are due to an INCREASE in traffic and need to move more people, cars and trucks into and out of the port. So you would assume it would be good for Fremantle given his previous stance.

Realistically Fremantle should be grateful and thankful we have the port and the need for an increase in infrastructure into the area. It’s not good that people’s homes should be flattened in the process. But we seem to see the same people out protesting the Roe 8 stoppage as this next stoppage. These same people masquerade as progressive and pro-development, are exactly the opposite. These are the same people who bemoan a port actually growing in size and scale.

The traffic to and from the port will increase and the upgrade of the Kwinana port will occur, but not before Fremantle gets closer to its capacity. By that stage, we will need the roads to cater for all of the extra people “supposedly” coming into and out of Fremantle. All the extra thousands we were promised by the current Pettitt Council that would be living here.

The main reason the Anti-Freight Link crowd are protesting has more to do with political ideology than facts and Pettitt is TRYING hard to put himself at the front of it before he becomes even less relevant that he already is.

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WA Today on economic downside of Freight Link

I am seriously concerned that the proposed freight link could make it very difficult for everyone to get into the centre of Freo from the North or the East as trucks into the port will have priority (given they will be paying!). WA Today covered this in part this morning: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/fremantle-port-sale-could-cripple-citys-economy-mayor-20150519-gh4qkr.html 

Art Collective WA – a new way to support WA artists

I love this new new initiative from Art Collective WA to support WA artists. As you can see from the list below there is a stack of great Freo artists involved too. Art Collective WA was formed in 2013 by a group of mid and senior career artists, as a response to the large number […]

Fremantle Flooding, Still an Issue on Daly St South Fremantle

Tweet Last night we had our first consistent rain in months, heavy at times but nothing torrential. Above is a google picture of the vacant block, drain and area where water can can come from to flood the street by filling this road side ditch. Here are some pics from Daly st South Freo which […]

Some thoughts on the sale of Freo Port

It’d be fair to say that the recently announced sale of Fremantle Port took everyone by surprise.  The Fremantle Council is still trying to digest its implications but it does raise some serious concerns for me. One – This is the worst possible time to privatize the port. The very future and location of the […]

Help the Homeless Art Auction is back at Fremantle Town Hall

A great Fremantle event by Soroptimist International Help the Homeless Art Auction is back on Saturday 6 June 2015. Put it in your diary. Registration from 3pm. Performance by The Starlight HotelChoir 5pm. Auction 5.30pm. Refreshments provided FREMANTLE TOWN HALL Open for viewing Friday 5 June: 3 – 5pm, Saturday 6 June: 12 noon – 5pm, Auction […]


As my loyal readers may have noticed my blog is now more active.

I am still vitally concerned about Fremantle and its politics but was happy to take a back seat to others, but the crap and misinformation being posted, plus the fact that Chief Blooger Roel Loopers of Freo’s View censors me by not posting my comments ensure that I keep reasonably minded folk alerts to the truth.

Very childish roel, I now feel empathy with Roger Garwood.

But the Joker is Greens Councillor Andrew Sullivan who provided the following rant on Freo View:

“Whatever people think of Fremantle Ports right now, this imminent sale will result in the social and environmental responsibility being stripped from a quasi-public body with some accountability to the people, and handed over cheaply to a wholly commercialised entity that isn’t even obliged to have a moral compass.

I happen to think the Port has been a reasonable ‘corporate’ citizen over the years. I dread what will happen when the port is run by self-interested corporations like Patricks or the types of scary clowns who operate shameless places like the detention centres.

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 connectivities 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.

Picture freeway style road interchanges and Melbourne’s Westgate Bridge dominating our Swan River foreshore. What used to belong to us, the people, will be concealed behind large concrete walls rising several storeys into the air. We will feel like the Palestinians must as all the wealth is channelled secretively through Barnett’s truck sewer. Meanwhile, we the people of Fremantle will be denied access to much of what makes living in Fremantle great.

Watch as they redirect the budget allocations needed to replace the old traffic bridge that is now just one ferry accident away from catastrophic failure. Equally, the prospect that a dedicated bridge for freight rail will be built sometime soon is also sunk.

Lament the lost opportunities that results from spending $1.6 billion just to build the southern portion of this deceitfully named Perth Freight Link – who knows just how much more money is needed to rip through Canning Highway and the whole of North Fremantle to create grade separation for this super highway.

Not a single cent is to be spent on improvements to the freight rail system. We are not a single step closer to building the long planned overflow port at Kwinana. There is not a skerrick of strategic thought given to the need to reposition Perth’s port and freight network to take us sustainably into the 21st century and beyond.

A “Concern for Fremantle” is putting it lightly! It doesn’t much feel like Fremantle is on top of the ladder.”

Andrew, I have one question. Do you not want the City to receive $1 million of rates per annum that will come in once the port is sold?

You are the Joker.

Labor’s Pyrrhic Victory

The Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, is once again in denial complaining that the Abbott government has introduced 17 new taxes. Yet under the previous Labor governments a raft of new taxes were introduced: new taxes on carbon dioxide, coal, iron ore and alcopops; increasing taxes on tobacco, ethanol, LPG, luxury cars, superannuation, etc.

Following is from The Spectator Australia:

“By winning the battle, Labor have managed to lose the war. With such a monumental strategic blunder, Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen have in all likelihood handed the next election to the LNP, and rescued the prime ministership of Tony Abbott.

As we argued at the time, the cleverest course for Labor last year would have been to allow the Coalition’s 2014 Budget to pass through the Senate. In doing so, they would have achieved three important victories. Firstly, they would have removed the Rudd/Gillard/Swan stain of wanton profligacy which, instead, they perversely wear like a badge of honour. Secondly, they would have endowed shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen with some much-need economic credentials of his own – namely, fiscal responsibility. And finally, aiding the Coalition in reforming our economy would have allowed Bill Shorten’s Labor to paint itself as the true heir to the Hawke/Keating legacy; a powerful electoral selling-point.

At the same time, the government would have been forced to wear all the opprobrium for the $7 visits to the doctor, the cuts to the pension, the welfare crackdowns and so on. Labor would have been able to rant about genuine, as opposed to theoretical, examples of Coalition ‘austerity’. Come the next election, Labor would then be in the enviable position of being able to bribe their way back into power with a fistful of tantalising handouts because much of the repair work had been done.

Instead, so brazen and successful has Labor’s obstructionist Senate campaign been, to the point where they’ve blocked cuts they themselves had proposed, that the ensuing gridlock has forced the government to abandon many of its key ideological strongholds. Where last year Joe Hockey offered up sensible economic reforms but forgot that he had to sell them, this year the Treasurer offers up a swag of saleable goodies shorn of all the whiffy bits of reform.

The losers in the long run will be, of course, the Australian taxpayer. But, as has been frequently debated within these pages, a less-than-perfect Coalition is still vastly preferable to the undergraduate socialists currently occupying the opposition benches. Whether Tony Abbott opts for an early election, or to stay the distance and offer up a similarly gentle budget next year, the reality is that this government has abandoned ‘harshness’ for the time being. That it has been forced to do so by Labor and the wanton stupidity of the Independent senators should not be lightly dismissed. Much was made in the frenzied run-up to Budget night about ‘whose Budget is it anyway?’ One could argue that it is as much Labor and the Independent’s Budget as anybody’s, having been designed with the express purpose of getting through the Senate.

The Senate are now faced with either passing it or facing an early, possibly double dissolution, election. The Coalition can argue that they have listened, that they have responded to community concerns, etc. Labor, meanwhile, can argue… what exactly? That they would be tougher in government? Hardly. That they would be even more generous? That would be suicidal.

Yes, this Budget’s measures for small business and growth are to be commended, and the desire to crack down on ‘bludgers’ – be they on welfare or sitting in the boardrooms of multinationals – admirable. The politics of the Budget are perfect, the economics palatable, the selling messages spot on – but clearly the heavy fiscal pruning must wait until the next political winter, or perhaps the one after. As for the ‘entitled’ country, the music will carry on for a bit longer, it appears, albeit slightly subdued. We’ve turned the stereo down to stop the police from knocking at the door, but we’re still partying like it’s 1999.”