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ITS ABOUT TIME FREMANTLE

Published 28 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

I know Fremantle is a progressive city and we like to get things moving, but are we really two hours ahead of the rest of Western Australia?

The clock in the Fremantle Townhall was only restarted at midday on Friday but two days later it is already two hours fast. Oooops! Or did we get a Usain Bolt clock installed?

Roel Loopers


FISHING BOAT HARBOUR PIAZZA

Published 28 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

 

The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour PIazza is well underway and trees are planted, seats made and the new timber deck looks great.

Roel Loopers


FREMANTLE SUNDAY STREET PHOTOS

Published 28 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

 

It such a beautiful Sunday that I had to go out and wander around Fremantle, and I took these street photos.

Roel Loopers

 


Fremantle’s 130 year old Town Hall new lease of life on 9 News

Published 27 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Woolstores in heritage win

Published 27 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

At last night’s WA state heritage awards, Fremantle developments featured heavily in the shortlisted adaptive reuse projects from the MSC restoration to the commended Hillcrest in North Fremantle. But there could only be one winner and well done to the Match and Sirona team on Heirloom Woolstores Here is how The West reported it: Woolstores […]

VINTAGE BIKES AND HOT RODS

Published 27 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

 

Good-looking vintage bikes and hot rods are on display at the Maritime Museum as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Arthur Grady Day is always very popular and the weather is perfect so head out to Victoria Quay soon as it is only on for a few hours.

Arthur Grady was the first person to ride around Australia on a motorcycle, so hence the name of the event.

Roel Loopers


FREO HEIRLOOM WINS STATE HERITAGE AWARD

Published 26 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

The Fremantle HEIRLOOM by MATCH residential development at Queen Victoria Street has won two categories in last night’s annual WA Heritage Council awards for adaptive reuse of a heritage building.

It won the Gerry Gauntlett award for excellence in conservation and also the adaptive reuse award

MATCH converted the former Dalgety Woolstores building, that was built in 1923. into 183 residential units.

The judges said that the building was a testament to the dedication and financial commitment of MATCH and they had used innovative solutions.

The Heirloom development was financially supported by Sirona Capital, which will start the Kings Square Project in the next few weeks, helping to rebuild the Fremantle economy.

Hillcrest in North Fremantle received a commendation for the conservation work done on it.

Roel Loopers


TV Interview on Stepping Off

Published 26 May 2017 by Tom Wilson in tom m wilson.

Friends step up for Whadjuk warrior

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

MANAGING her dialysis at home has come at a high cost to Corina Abraham.

The machine that helps clean the Whadjuk woman’s blood and keep her alive uses about 150 litres of water each session and churns through electricity.

Although she receives some small allowances and rebates, the disability pensioner’s utility bills are hitting critical levels and last year Homeswest threatened to evict her from her Yangebup home because her debt had ballooned.

“I tried to explain to them that I’ve got this lifesaving machine that I have to run, but they didn’t really listen,” Ms Abraham told the Herald.

“One of the problems is that kidney health is not listed as a chronic disease.”

• Hayden Howard and Corina Abraham. Photo by Steve Grant

Diabetes

Adding to the pressure, she suffers from type 2 diabetes which has caused her to lose sight in one eye and affects her body’s temperature regulation; that means she has to have her house brightly lit to avoid falls and well heated or cooled to keep her insulin levels steady.

According to Kidney Health Australia, people who look after their own dialysis save the health system more than $15,000 each year, but while they’re racking up the bills, people who take up a bed and the associated staffing costs of a visit to hospital get off relatively scot-free.

That’s inequitable, says KHA.

But at the moment Ms Abraham has a more pressing problem; “I am on the verge of my leg being amputated because of a diabetic wound,” she said.

“It used to be me good leg.”

While she credits a mix of bush medicine and treatment at Fiona Stanley Hospital to a slight improvement in the wound this week, amputation is being considered on a day-to-day basis by her doctors.

That’s got Ms Abraham’s friends worried, including prominent human rights activist Seamus Doherty, who’s organising a community fundraiser to help Ms Abraham fulfil her biggest wish – she wants to marry her fiancee and full-time carer Hayden Howard.

“All me friends heard about me leg and know we have been engaged for a very long time and wanted to do something before anything terrible happened.

Hero

“When all of this happened, a lot of men would have just run, but he’s stuck by me,” she says.

Mr Doherty says Ms Abraham is a hero to the protestors who fought the Perth Freight Link, having taken on the department of Aboriginal affairs in the Supreme Court over its support of the highway’s extension through the Beeliar wetlands.

While she lost, her case helped highlight a department so flawed that earlier this month the McGowan government announced it was to be scrapped and its responsibilities handed to the department of premier and cabinet.

Mr Doherty says while Ms Abraham had given so much to the cause, it had added to her own financial burden so much she’d been forced to pawn her wedding ring before she got the chance to wear it.

That prompted him to organise the fundraiser, which will be held at Clancy’s pub in Fremantle this Thursday, June 1.

Already signed up to perform are WA Music Hall of Fame inductee Dave Pigram, The Rogues and Amanda Joy. Tickets are $20 at the door or call Dave 0419 190 725.

by STEVE GRANT


Grain of truth?

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

TRUCKIES were given a good opportunity to grumble about the demise of the Perth Freight Link on Thursday morning following another rollover on the intersection of Stirling Highway and High Street.

The driver of the double-bogey grain truck was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital after the crash, but wasn’t injured.

Traffic was bought to a standstill on Stirling Bridge and High Street as tow trucks tried to right the upturned  vehicle, but the long sit in their cabs gave truckies to mull over another consultation between Fremantle council and the McGowan government before any action’s taken.

“This corner is bad; it is off camber so any load when you come down here just gets thrown out,” said Ian.

“Roe 8 was the best idea they had, look at all the cars and what these people have to go through.

“It will happen again – it will happen again.”

• Tow trucks try to right a grain truck which rolled over on the notorious Stirling Highway/ High Street intersection on Thursday morning. Photo by Steve Grant

For Vishapreet, sitting in a growing queue of cars and trucks seemed like deja vu.

“We were stuck like this for three and a half hours when there was a spill on the Stirling Bridge,” he said.

The Gillard government allocated $59m to upgrade the intersection in 2013, but Main Roads and Fremantle council couldn’t agree on the design, then the Barnett government delayed the works further as it pondered plans for a tunnel under Fremantle that would have made the intersection redundant.

The Turnbull government promised funds in this month’s Federal Budget, with the McGowan government promising to work with Freo to develop a supportable plan.

by STEVE GRANT and ANNA HAY


NDU vows a friendlier face

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

NOTRE DAME uni showed its promises to have a friendlier presence in the West End of Fremantle have a bit more substance this time around, with Prindiville Hall being gutted as it starts of a revamp of its street-level presence.

Fremantle council approved the uni’s plans – based on designs by local architects CODA – which include a new piazza next to the hall on Mouat Street, new commercial outlets further up the street on the corner of High Street, parklets and a “gateway” park.

Notre Dame’s head of campus, Selma Halliex, says the aim is to enhance the uni’s social, pedestrian-friendly environment at street level and promote more diversity and activity.

“We are planning street-edge activation in the form of new paving, seating, lighting and creative shade structures – a variety of permanent, semi-permanent and temporary items to encourage people to gather, engage, relax and enjoy the campus and West End,” Prof Halliex told the Herald.

• Prof Selma Halliex says Notre Dame’s serious about engaging more with the community.

“We are also looking to enhance our green spaces through the planting of trees and construction of parklets along Mouat Street.”

She said NDU had been working with CODA on an overhaul of Prindiville Hall, which will include a nod to its past as a rope factory. The upgraded space would include a student kitchen, extended mezzanine level, USB charging points, a student green and accessible toilets.

“And there will be provision for a drive-through for food trucks so that we can offer a range of food and beverage options,” Prof Halliex said.

Already the uni has handed Quinlans restaurant to affiliate Empyrean Education Institution and Prof Halliex says there’s been discussions with other businesses interested in renting along High Street.

“A number of additional projects are planned for High Street, which we are in the process of developing.”

She says attracting past and present students back to the area will be a focus, but key to the project will be making the space work for all residents and visitors.

But the proposed changes haven’t thrilled Fremantle Society president John Dowson, who looked aghast at the mention of parklets, saying the uni should have spent its money doing some more sensitive renovations to its buildings in order to attract more people to the area to enjoy its heritage.

by STEVE GRANT


ARTHUR GRADY MOTORBIKES TOMORROW!

Published 26 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

One of the most popular events of the Fremantle Heritage Festival is the ARTHUR GRADY DAY with a display of many vintage motorbikes, bicycles, machinery, etc.

It is on TOMORROW Saturday May 27 and not as printed in the festival program on June 27!! 

It is held outside the Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay and starts at 11 am and runs all day.

Roel Lopers


End of the yarn

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

“WE will never see his likes again.”

Fremantle History Society president Anne Brake neatly summed up the thoughts of many after the death last Wednesday of Rusty Christensen.

The 89-year-old was a walking encyclopaedia on Fremantle and East Fremantle history, having grown up in Marmion Street and attended the Catholic primary school in King Street.

“Rusty’s Fremantle provenance was impeccable,” Ms Brake wrote as part of a eulogy read out at his funeral on Thursday, which turned out to be a who’s who of Fremantle.

• Rusty Christensen

“Fremantle history owes him a great debt.

“His memory was extraordinary, his love of sharing infections and his humour and wit always ready,” Ms Brake wrote.

Mr Christensen led an extraordinary and varied life.

His old man was a lumper on the wharf who worked his way up to the committee of management when John Curtin was secretary, while as a young bloke he made his own mark on the local jazz scene as an entertaining saxophonist.

He recently revealed to the Herald he’d almost had a career as a race caller at the trots. Pulled in as a last-minute replacement for one of the regular callers at Richmond, he so impressed the ABC hierarchy he was asked to come back and have another crack.

Unfortunately for Mr Christensen, when he turned up, regular caller George Grljusich was so jealous of a potential rival that he simply locked the caller’s box and wouldn’t let him in. A lover, not a fighter, he gave up that dream.

But it’s as the founder of the WA Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners Association that Mr Christensen is best remembered.

The association was launched on Australia Day 1996 at the inaugural Australia Day Bush Poetry Showcase, which is now well-entrenched as an annual event at Wireless Hill Park.

Mr Christensen is survived by his wife Judy and children Judith, Russell, Lee and Kandy.

by STEVE GRANT


Beacy connects

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

SPACE for kids to play, a community garden and a bike track connecting South Street to the old quarry on Lefroy Road were some of the ideas kicked around as residents pondered the future of Beaconsfield at a council workshop this week.

Around 70 residents attended the workshop to have their say on the Heart of Beaconsfield project.

The development includes 48 hectares from South Street to Clontarf Road, with higher density housing on the cards.

Fremantle planning officer Louise Ainsworth said all organisations involved in the project – including the council, Homeswest, Landcorp, Activ, the education department and more – were keen to hear what residents wanted on the site.

• Architect Greg Grabasch chats with Beacy residents about what they want from the development.

Beacy resident Gracie Vivian says she wants the plan to build a community where her 14 month old daughter will want to live and grow old.

“At the moment … it’s either the shops or a park in White Gum Valley if we want the social, community atmosphere,” Ms Vivian said.

“There’s a lot of space that just isn’t utilised that could house community gardens and small community parks with playgrounds that everyone would be invested in.

“Keeping areas well lit and a diversity of housing is also important as there are some parts at the moment that you wouldn’t feel safe walking through at night.”

Social worker and Beacy resident Sophie Croft says she’d like to see residents from the Homeswest enclave known as the Beacy Bronx spread throughout the development to help maintain “a diverse mix of demographics” through the rejigged suburb.

UDLA director and architect Greg Grabasch will lead the drawing up of a master plan based on ideas drawn from the meeting.

“The overarching theme coming across tonight was people’s desire for connectivity – physically and socially – in the master plan,” Mr Grabasch said.

“Many residents also spoke about ageing in place – providing the services where people are able to grow old in Beaconsfield.”

Activ disability services confirmed it wanted to stay in the area, but residents say there is a need for more aged care.

Former mayor and part-time Beaconsfield resident Peter Tagliaferri attended the meeting and took the council to task for giving up on keeping Tafe in Beaconsfield. He says until it goes the council to fight for it to remain.

Beaconsfield councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge praised residents for their “incredibly sophisticated” input.

by CHARLIE SMITH


Cuts not so smart

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

WITH WA’s economy on the floor and Murdoch Uni having one of the country’s worst higher education deficits, Federal MP Josh Wilson has slammed proposed funding cuts by the Turnbull government.

The federal government’s budget proposes hitting universities with a 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend across the board, as well as withholding another 7.5 per cent unless they meet performance criteria.

The cost of a degree will also rise, starting with 1.8 per cent as of January next year and hitting a full 7.5 per cent increase by 2021.

“Our future depends on improved access to high-quality education at all levels,” Mr Wilson said.

• Federal MP Josh Wilson with uni students Mitchell Stringer-Skilton, Kai Donaldson and Millie McDermott. Photo supplied

“The Turnbull government’s decision to make life harder for university students will stall innovation and research, and lead to greater inequality as young people from poorer backgrounds shy away from the expense of a university education.

“Proper support for education is the key to jobs, productivity and sustainable economic growth in our fast-changing region.”

The cuts aren’t set in stone, with the Federal government relying on the support from the Senate crossbenches to get it through.

South Australia’s Nick Xenophon, who controls three votes in the senate, told the Herald on Thursday morning that he was still weighing up the Turnbull government’s plans.

Education and Training minister Simon Birmingham says the measures are fair and will deliver better value for money for taxpayers.

“These reforms guarantee students will not pay a cent up-front and no longer face deregulation of fees, while universities will no longer face a 20 per cent cut to their funding.”

by STEVE GRANT


Smashing it

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

ATTADALE-born teen Alec Davison says he will “smash it” at the Cross Triathlon World Championships in Canada in August.

The 15-year-old is in Year 11 at John Curtin High School and recently won the cross triathlon at the Junior National Championships in New South Wales.

“I don’t feel nervous, I am looking forward to taking it up a level and to race against new people and in a new country,” he says.

“I am going to take the opportunity and smash it!”

His love for triathlons began at the age of 12 when he joined the Fremantle Triathlon Club, and coach Stuart Durham took him under his wing.

• Alec Davison. Photo 
by 
Winkipop

Davison now does 10 to 12 training sessions a week, often getting up at 4:45am, preparing for the gruelling event that includes cross-country running, swimming and mountain biking.

The championships in Canada will be a family affair, with Davison’s parents competing in the 45-49 year old old category.

“Alec got us all involved and we thought we mine as well be part of it if we are going to drive and wait for him at his trainings, we love it, it is keeping the family together,” says mum, Melanie.

A friend of Davison committed suicide last year and he says he will try and honour his memory by doing well at the championships.

“There are two ways of looking at it: it has been really hard to get over, but he was completely results driven and made me want to give 110 per cent in everything I do,” he says.

“It is necessary to get more education out there and get communicating in the earlier stages of mental illness and not wait too long.”

Davison is keen to raise awareness of the The Kai Eardley Fund, a Fremantle-based Foundation that works with youth people struggling with mental illness.

For more information, or to make a donation, go to http://www.kai-fella.com.au/

by ANNA HAY 


LETTERS 27.5.17

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

Dog day afternoon
TERRIBLE to hear Fremantle council are even considering making South Beach lawn area a dog zone (on leash).
This sends a very clear message to all those arrogant dog owners who have no respect for those that wish to go to a dog free area of Fremantle (and there are hardly any).
I like dogs a lot, but not on my beach thank you.
Dog owners are well catered for with plenty of dog beaches only a few yards directly north and south of South Beach itself.
The situation is only getting worse as more and more dog owners push the boundaries and wander onto the South Beach lawns with their dogs on and off leashes.
Plenty of dog poo that doesn’t get picked up.
I am calling on the City of Fremantle to get firm with the dog owners, issue fines as they love doing with parking, these dog owners have no respect for people who would like to go to a beach area free of dogs.
The problem is dog owners see their pets as their children and feel that flouting the dog ban is their duty.
Mark Westbury (love dogs, not dog poo and pee on the last little bit of remaining dog free beach)
Pilbara St, White Gum Valley

Emperor’s new clothes
FREMANTLE mayor Brad Pettit is not the first and will not be the last politician to claim the plans of a private developer as somehow being representative of his own foresight and acumen.
But the truth is, mayor Pettitt appears to be so fascinated by his own brilliance in committing “only” $50 million of Fremantle ratepayers’ money to the Kings Square project that he has taken his eye off the ball as far as running the city is concerned.
May I respectfully suggest that the mayor return his gaze to the more pressing problems of Freo — ugly graffiti marring those sections of the city not destined for the bulldozers, empty shops, the resumption of verge maintenance, and honouring waste collection commitments.
If he could deal with all that and still have some spare time, I suggest that the mayor use it to explain in detail how a $50m debt will be repaid in full in 10 years without increasing rates beyond CPI or stripping more services.
Bill Massie
Ward Street, Samson

Thought bubble
WE’VE heard it all before, Jasmine Kaslauskas (“Welcome to ‘Oz’”, Thinking Allowed, Herald, May 20).
You are not “thinking” at all, merely spouting simplistic, wrong-headed negative and leftist cant, of which your grandfather might well be ashamed.
Two facts to add to your “thought process”: anyone who is born in a country is “indigenous” to that country.
It is both false and offensive to remark that the British “invaded” Australia.
Jasmine, your “Thinking Allowed” raises only one question.
If, as you claim, Australians are so harsh in their attitude towards those you term “foreigners”, why do so many of these still wish to settle here?
Dr Pauline Farley
Studley Rd,
Attadale

Walk the talk
MY car has been in the shop for nearly a month and I haven’t been this happy in years.
I walk everywhere, catch the odd bus and this is re-energising through to my core.
I feel myself connected to my neighbourhood, the people up and down the street know me and my kids, and we know their faces and say a few words on the odd occasion I’m not running late.
I’m calling in on my friends and visiting the local butcher but its mostly the act of putting one foot in front of the other that brings me joy.
Though we are not deep in suburbia in Coolbellup, its pretty suburban.
Everything is spread out and there aren’t that many destinations to walk to.
I like how in our neighbouring suburb of Hilton there is a bit of a high street thing going on, with a cafe, a patisserie, deli, toy library, the PCYC, a doctors surgery and a supermarket all in a walkable area.
Every suburb should at least have this.
You can get multiple things done on just the one walk.
This encourages people to leave their car at home.
I’ve noticed, as is widely documented, that it is not just the act of walking for leisure that is satisfying, but walking to reach somewhere you want to go.
That is truly living.
It is not compartmentalising ‘leisure time’ off from the functional considerations of getting somewhere but elegantly combining the two parts.
With my family, we talk as we go, notice the birds, the flower gardens, see a cat or two; things you just don’t take in when you’re in the car.
I long for urban design improvements to funnel out to the suburbs from the Fremantles, the Mt Lawleys, the CBD, etc.
I know this is the theory, to start central and then spread outwards, but it is not happening fast enough.
Or maybe it has just stopped.
Changes to zoning so that cafes, shops or offices can exist in places away from the ‘town centre’ and beautiful streetscapes that attract residents to come walk the streets, benches for people to sit and linger.
This is not only good for people’s physical fitness and well being but it creates a vibrant neighbourhood that is safe for children to be out in. ‘Eyes on the Street’ and all that.
C’mon people, it can’t be that hard.
There are big departments in every council that are supposed to be focusing on this stuff.
Make it happen!
I want to walk.
Selvi Parameswaran
Cordelia Avenue, Coolbellup

High hopes?
YET again Applecross residents are having the wool pulled over their eyes by Melville council’s so-called ‘consultation process’ in deciding on a proposal to develop the Canning Bridge precinct into a high-rise ghetto.
The initial rezoning plan released about six years ago talked of residential /commercial towers up to 20 storeys.
But, surprise surprise, the council recently informed residents the plan before them actually includes towers up to 30 storeys. What’s more, they are allowing only a few weeks for locals to submit their views.
Exactly the same strategy was to used fast track the Raffles tower project after the community was informed for months the building would be 15 storeys and at the 11th hour jacked up to 17.
So much for the ‘consultation process’ and a petition with thousands of signatures opposing the height of the tower.
As Blind Freddie predicted, the Raffles development has resulted in major traffic congestion at the Kintail Road/Canning Bridge Road/ Canning Highway intersection, forming a kamikaze-type bottleneck.
Perhaps this time council planners may at least have the courtesy to explain how the inclusion of up to 3000 thousand new residents in the proposed Canning Bridge precinct development will be handled to avoid further traffic chaos.
Barry Thornton
Kintail Rd Applecross 

Speak up
I WOULD like to let you know that I agree completely with everything Sheila Robbshaw has written on the subject of loud music (“Ear Ear”, Thinking Allowed, Herald, May 13, 2017).
To me it is most annoying in cafes and restaurants where one would often like to have a quiet conversation with their companion.
Patricia Nicholson
Gariver Street, Leeming

All hands needed on deck
DEAR Brad,
Why are you spending millions of dollars on Fremantle Kings Square, and leaving our port in such a horrible state for our visitors who arrive.
Think twice, and see which is more important.
Abelle Wards
Cockburn Rd Coogee

Bad after-taste
I GOT to wondering about McDonald’s lousy food, unpleasant staff, too dear prices and rotten ‘ambience’.
One might expect such a company to fold.
Instead it keeps growing, and is worldwide, almost as if someone’s propping it up.
Now consider this: recently some at Swisse was very enthusiastic about wanting to promote good health, and said they’d like to see a Swisse employee in every Australian embassy to spread the good health message.
Well, I’ll leave you to digest that.
John White
Central Ave, Beaconsfield

Verge rage
A RECENT article appeared in the Herald regarding the restricted vision of motorists at the corner of Lloyd and Parmelia Streets, South Fremantle (‘Verging on Silly’, Herald, April 7, 2017), and how the council is flexing authority regarding vegetation and some personalised parking control measures that have been added during a recent development.
Two streets up (a controlled intersection), cars are allowed to park on the islands past the stop signs.
You can’t see the intersection clearly for theses cars.
So what’s the city on about?
As parking on footpaths is rife here in South Fremantle then the question remains. What’s the fuss about?
If I phoned each time I have to walk in the road because people park on or across the footpath, I would not be able to afford food for my table.
New start for a 61-year-old is only $1,050 a month.
William West
Harbour Rd, South Fremantle


No Roe 8, so what now?

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

 BARRY HEALY was part of the Fremantle Road to Rail campaign, is a whizz on diesel particulate pollution, and lives in HollIand Street in Freo. In this week’s THINKING ALLOWED, Barry urges the Labor party to think long and hard before spending millions on upgrading the High Street/Stirling Highway intersection. On Thursday there was an accident involving a truck at the intersection, resulting in gridlock and major traffic congestion in the surrounding area.

WITH the demise of the Perth Freight Link the question of road works at the High Street/Stirling Highway intersection have again bubbled up.

When Anthony Albanese was a federal minister he promised federal money for that intersection and I wonder if this question would be debated now if that money wasn’t on the table.

Colin Barnett was roundly condemned for pushing the Perth Freight Link without a proper business case. Yet here we have a project worth over $100 million that again has no business case.

Exactly how many more trucks are to be put around that corner?

What size noise walls would be required to control the din?

How much more diesel particulate pollution is to be inflicted on Fremantle?

• Gridlock after the latest accident involving a truck at the corner of High Street and Stirling Highway on Thursday. Photo by Steve Grant

When will a proper public health survey be conducted to assess how much illness and mortality would be caused by those trucks?

Nothing should be done before answers to those questions have been made public.

The March agenda papers for the WA Port Operations Task Force on Fremantle Port website show that the Freight and Logistics Council’s committee on reducing rail freight noise is well advanced in its work, which is more than welcome news.

However, Fremantle Port has never once demonstrated the same resolve regarding truck noise or diesel particulate pollution.

It is well past time that proper landside transport planning was forced onto Fremantle Port and all government road proposals fitted into an overall plan to manage car numbers.

According to Fremantle Port publications a significant percentage of all trucks go to and from the Port empty.

These truck movements are what the Port quaintly terms “futile”.

What other business would get away with inflicting such losses on its customers? How is a publicly owned facility allowed to impose pollution and noise on the community for “futile” activity?

Fremantle Port gets away with it because it pushes all the commercial, social, environmental and health impacts of its operations onto others.

The Perth Freight Link was an attempt to “externalise” all the costs of landside Port operations.

What if Fremantle Port were forced to pay a fine, perhaps $100 for each “futile” truck movement?

How quickly would a solution be found that took those truck movements off our roads?

And what of the containers transported to and from the Port that are empty?

If empty container parks were located at intermodal hubs close to Kewdale and Kwinana just imagine the fresh air we would all breath.

The problem with the High Street/Stirling Highway intersection isn’t that it is badly designed, it is that there are too many trucks going around it.

It is not a problem of infrastructure, it is a problem of planning.

If the questions of landside transport from Fremantle Port and overall car numbers in the area are not addressed then even the most spectacular corner at High Street will still be an environmental and public health disaster.

I have often wondered why Main roads WA has never simply realigned High Street lanes so that there would be two turning lanes for vehicles turning north onto Stirling Highway.

If one lane of eastward traffic on High Street was made into a compulsory turn left onto Stirling then traffic turning east from Stirling could move without stopping.

Is Main Roads’ intention to allow the situation to fester until residents will agree to any flea-brained, freeway-style solution in an attempt to escape the noise?

When the Perth Freight Link was being touted Main Roads WA finally admitted that it would facilitate a massive increase not only in truck numbers but in car traffic. We need serious public transport building in the southern suburbs to deal with cars.

That means extending the MetroNet link between Cockburn and Fremantle, constructing the South Street light rail line and replacing the Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

Building a new bridge would allow for an extra rail span across the river for freight trains and for the electrification of the container trains. Talking about working on the High Street/Stirling Highway intersection without dealing with those broader issues is the opposite of effective leadership.

The example before us all is the Perth Freight Network review of the early 2000s.

Infrastructure should come after the planning.

Colin Barnett failed that test miserably, I hope that the ALP can do better.


It’s good to talk

Published 26 May 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

GORDON RAMSAY says the key to operating a financially successful restaurant is to be fully booked during lunch.

I suggest the owners of Miss Chat’s take Ramsay’s advice, as they’re close to Cafe 55 — one of Fremantle’s busiest lunchtime spots — and whenever I walk past Chat’s during the day, the place is often empty — never a good sign.

The service could do with a fine-tune too: when we arrived for lunch we were barely acknowledged by the bartender.

There are no highchairs either and we had two small children in tow.

It’s a shame because the venue is beautiful, the menu exciting, and the food is amazing and great value for money.

As usual Kylie and I ordered way too much, but it wasn’t long before the steaming hot food was flying out of the kitchen.

Forks at the ready, we both tackled the best looking dish on the table, the nori squid.

The crisp and tender pieces of deep fried calamari were bursting with flavour, courtesy of the nori-speckled batter, and the wasabi mayo added a subtle heat.

Next on our hit-list were the croquettes stuffed with venison chorizo.

The rich, gamey deer had a nice texture and the croquettes were crunchy and piped with creamy sweet potato.

‘Gourmet’ fish and chips ($20) are the staple of most port city restaurants, but you’d be hard pressed to beat those served at Miss Chat’s.

Two pieces of hake were served on a mound of thick-cut beer-battered wedges.

Everything about this dish was perfect including the side salad.

I’ll be recommending this value-for-money feast to my friends and family.

I nearly awarded the three pulled-pork sliders ($15) top marks as well, but the buns were a bit stale.

Thankfully the tender pork filling was delicious on its own.

First impressions are everything and if Miss Chat’s is going to weather Perth’s hospitality storm it has to work on its service and promotion.

Especially if management intends on challenging local heavyweights like Otong and Lincoln, May Street Larder and Raw Kitchen.

The good news is that Chat’s food is excellent and great value for money.

by MATTHEW EELES

Miss Chat’s
59 High Street, Fremantle
9335 2961


FREO TOWNHALL FLAG RAISED AFTER LONG ABSENCE

Published 26 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

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For the first time in ten years the Australian national flag was raised above the Fremantle Townhall at noon today, and the repaired bells were ringing.

A big mob of people turned up for the official unveiling of the Townhall conservation works and were very impressed with the brilliant outcome.

New WA Minister and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk was present, as was Federal Labor MP for Fremantle Josh Wilson.

City of Fremantle heritage architect Alan Kelsall was clearly relieved and delighted that the effort by a large team of people had all been worth all the hard work.

Roel Loopers


(26/5/17) WA Day public holiday operating hours

Published 25 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

All City of Fremantle services will be closed on the WA Day public holiday (Monday 5 June) except for:

 

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(26/5/17) WA Day public holiday operating hours

A STRANGE FREO PLACE FOR GOOD BOOKS

Published 25 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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The beautiful STRANGE COMPANY bar in Fremantle’s Nairn Street is on Monday launching Strange Editions, a book club for those who like reading and having a chat about books while enjoying nice food and drinks in a great atmosphere.

Go check it out and share your stories!

Roel Loopers


FACTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO COUNCIL CRITICISM

Published 25 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

A letter to the editor in today’s Fremantle Herald:

Dear Brad

Why are you spending millions of dollars on Fremantle Kings Square and leaving our port in such a horrible state for our visitors who arrive. Think twice and see which is more important.

Abelle Wards. Cockburn Rd. Coogee

Dear Abelle,

Fremantle Port is a state agency and not the jurisdiction of Fremantle Council, so the City of Fremantle can do nothing, but ask, beg and plea for upgrades of the Passenger Terminal, etc.

However the City has revealed its South Quay Project plans for the development of Victoria Quay and beyond, but to realise those plans it will need collaboration from state government and Fremantle Ports.

I am making this point not to defend Fremantle Council and its Mayor but because I am getting very annoyed with the often-made ignorant and ill-informed comments about our hard-working council.

It is not very intelligent to not inform oneself and make comments that are baseless.

Yesterday someone posted that Freo Council are naysayers who have no balls, and the truck accident at Stirling Highway somehow could be blamed on them, but Mainroads is responsible for the long-overdue upgrade that was cancelled because of the Perth Freight Link plans. The upgrade at High Street is now back under the new Labor government.

Criticise Fremantle Council and Mayor Brad Pettitt as much as you like, as I regularly do, but base it on facts, not ignorance.

Roel Loopers


ART APP TELLS QUIRKY FREO STORIES

Published 25 May 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

An interesting and innovative art App will be launched in Fremantle today. Invisible Cities is a project by artist Asha-Bee Abraham where people who have downloaded the App will be guided to specific buildings in Fremantle where they then hear quirky stories about the building and people who lived in them.

Did you know that the owner of the Re-store chased chickens down Essex street, or that the son of the Fire Department manager accidentally lit a fire under the stairs of the fire station?

Or what about Griffith Longley dangling a $ 20 note from a fishing line from a Cliff Street rooftop in front of tourists there for the Americas Cup.

For more info: http://www.invisiblecities.com.au and Facebook.

Roel Loopers


Whisky Trip: Day #1

Published 25 May 2017 by jonstrachan in Jon Strachan.

It’s a grey day as we pull out of Leeds Station heading for Aberdeen. It had started with an early alarm clock and taxi to the station where I clearly chose the wrong coffee vendor; it was large, very hot and tasteless. I like traveling by rail; it seems so much more civilised than flying, especially when there are interesting places along the way. The Virgin train was quite new, clean, comfortable and almost empty when I boarded. I logged onto the wifi and spent some time checking emails, we arrived in York in no time at all, and the train started to fill up, as it did at each stop along the way. We headed due north through the farmlands of north Yorkshire, passing through Thirsk and Darlington. From the train one gets a great view of the City of Durham, with its cathedral and castle. I wished I could have alighted there to take more time to get to know the place, but I had an appointment in Aberdeen I could not miss.

The towns and cities along the east coast are steeped in in history and rugged beauty. A fleeting glimpse of Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture near Gateshead heralded our arrival into Newcastle. As we crossed the Tyne I had a great view of its famous bridges, and the iconic Sage Cultural Centre. The Tyne Bridge opened in 1928 and bears a great resemblance to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, whilst the more recent Millennium Bridge became famous for revolutionising swing bridge design. Onward and upward we hugged the Northumbrian coast to Berwick on Tweed and the boarder, then into Dunbar. In no time arrived in Edinburgh Waverly. The stewards and the accents changed from Yorkshire and Geordie to Scottish. After crossing the Firth of Fourth iconic rail bridge we headed back towards the east coast. As we arrive in Dundee we cross the river Tay on another steel bridge from the industrial revolution. We are now in oil-rig territory all the way to Aberdeen. Each town is doing its best to attract oil and gas dollars.

The Caledonian Hotel was a short walk from the train station, so I went in and left my luggage and headed out onto Union Street to familiarise myself with the City. The buildings are granite, hence Aberdeen’s nickname as the grey city, the weather also plays its part in that name. I wandered into the Tolbooth Museum which is a small multilevel space housed in the city’s first prison. Exhibits showed the brutal conditions people were kept in. Generally incarceration was not used as a punishment that was usually commensurate with the crime. Removal of the tongue for slander, a hand for theft etc. The exceptions to this were political prisoners, especially the Jacobite revolutionaries who were crammed in large numbers into small cells, and Quackers. One woman imprisoned for several years for simply lobbying to have her husband released. The other types of prisoners were members of the ruling classes who got into debt. They could go about their business by day but had to reside in the prison at night.

The very grand University has a statue of Robert the Bruce at the front, and many old buildings still remain.  As I passed a wedding party were entering the courtyard for photographs.

The formal commencement of the Whisky Trip was to meet in the Grill Bar on Union Street that evening. It may seem a contradiction, but the Grill Bar serves no food, so we dined at an Indian restaurant first and then commenced the Tour with a dram of Speyburn 10 YO at the Grill.  This is a lighter style Speyside malt, with evidence of being finished in sherry casks.  A taste of bigger things to come.


(25/5/17) Upcoming infrastructure works

Published 25 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Road and infrastructure works will be taking place at these locations. Visit the projects - infrastructure page for more info:

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(25/5/17) Upcoming infrastructure works

(24/5/17) Fremantle Town Hall unveiling - Back in its original skin

Published 24 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The iconic Fremantle bells will sound for the first time in over a year as the City of Fremantle celebrates the completion of the Fremantle Town Hall’s extensive restoration works as part of a free Fremantle Heritage Festival event this Friday 26 May.

The monumental $3.1m restoration project, which began in May 2016, has seen the heritage building’s exterior restored to its original condition - much as it looked 130 years ago in 1887 when first unveiled.

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(24/5/17) Fremantle Town Hall unveiling - Back in its original skin

The Fremantle Town Hall is back in its original skin

Published 23 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Be there as we mark the completion of the Fremantle Town Hall external conservation, the most significant heritage project we’ve ever undertaken. Join us for this free event Friday 26 May 2017, 11:30am to 12 noon outside the Fremantle Town Hall. Part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. See the flag being raised onto the new […]

Artwalk Freo 2017

Published 22 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

This weekend Artwalk Freo invites the public into the homes and studios of a group of recognised WA artists to see where the magic happens! Come hail or shine this May, an independent group of professional artists in Fremantle and White Gum Valley will come together to open their home studios to the public for […]

2017 West End Weekender

Published 22 May 2017 by Nicci Workum in Fremantle Bid.

PZ_bw_IMG_3337A big thank you to all our High Street West End traders for making the West End Weekender such a wonderful and successful event. Visitors to Fremantle were left with a fantastic feeling and overwhelming experience telling us “I just love the West End” and ‘The West End is the place to be”. Even Perth Glory and internationally acclaimed footballer, Diego Castro, enjoyed the fun of the Chill zone with his children and friends.

PZ_IMG_3159 This is the 3rd year the Weekender has run and many business owners stated it was the best yet – both in organisation and outcomes. We still have a few things to refine, however benefits for traders this year were an increased awareness and discovery of their business, people’s discovery & enjoyment of the West End and for some traders up to 80% increase in sales.

Starting at The National, the Weekender ran all the way down High Street as far as Moaut Street adding the much needed connection to aid the flow of pedestrian traffic through to Bathers Beach and J SHED.

 

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With 22 Artisan Market Stalls, live art by Ben Shearer and other talented local artists, Breaks Children’s Easter activities, a big Easter Street Clearance Sale from Kartique and Anjel MS, a brilliant Chill zone incorporating interactive family games, Five Elements Puppet Theatre plays and Face Painting, the Orient Music Pitch supported by Pirate 88 and the International Easter Street Food Markets the beautiful West End heritage and business diversity was showcased.

 

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Vale Rusty Christensen

Published 22 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Rusty Christensen was a Fremantle legend and sadly passed away last week. Rusty was 89. I always enjoyed my chats over the years with Rusty and he would often tell me stories about my own Father’s exploits in his youth. The Fremantle History Society said it especially well:  “[Rusty’s] Fremantle provenance was impeccable. His grandfather sailed into […]

On The Pulse on Nine News

Published 20 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

For some light-hearted weekend viewing, I had a lot of fun as a guest on The Pulse on 9 News with Brendan Foster this week. We even came up with an outlandish new tourist idea for Freo….  

(19/5/17) Gas and water pipeline works – Kings Square

Published 19 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

ATCO Gas Australia and the Water Corporation are currently replacing old gas and water pipes along the streets surrounding Kings Square.

Construction occurs weekdays between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm with some works limiting pedestrian and vehicle access to roads and footpaths at various times.

The affected streets are High, Queen, Adelaide and William Streets as well as Newman Court.

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(19/5/17) Gas and water pipeline works – Kings Square

(19/5/17) Windset has arrived

Published 18 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Freo’s newest kinetic artwork, Windset, has found its home at the High Street Mall. The City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments commissioned artwork was created by Fremantle based artists Tom Muller and Ariane Palassis in collaboration with local West Australian poet and author Jennifer Kornberger.

The artwork was commissioned through the City’s Percent for Art Policy for new developments in Fremantle.

Windset comprises of three steel posts of varying heights each crowned with an individual rotating weathervane pointing in the direction of the wind.

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(19/5/17) Hollis Park weed spraying

Published 18 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Licenced contractors are currently carrying out weed spraying along the Hollis Park dual use path (Hollis Link) until the end of May (weather permitting).

Please follow the advice set out in signs placed in key locations around the spraying areas.

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(19/5/17) Hollis Park weed spraying

Old Fremantle Relaunched

Published 18 May 2017 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.


50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

Published 18 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The City of Fremantle is collaborating with Urban Indigenous to present a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. For more information check out… http://www.fremantlestory.com.au/your-story/event-festivals/community-events/1967-yes-the-people-spoke.html

(18/5/17) Upcoming bulk waste bins

Published 17 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Bulk waste bins will be available to all City of Fremantle residents at the City of Fremantle depot (corner of Montreal and Knutsford Streets) on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, 8.00 am-4.00 pm.

Limit of one box trailer per residence (waste from commercial / industrial properties will not be accepted).

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(18/5/17) Upcoming bulk waste bins

(18/5/17) Proposed differential rates for 2017–18

Published 17 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

In accordance with Section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995, The City of Fremantle advises its intention to levy differential rates in 2017–18 as:

Differential rate

Proposed minimum payment

Proposed rate in the dollar ($)

Residential improved

$1 283

0.070125

Commercial and industrial general

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(18/5/17) Proposed differential rates for 2017–18

(18/5/17) Buster the Fun Bus update

Published 17 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Buster the Fun Bus has been a part of the Fremantle community for many years and has been managed by the City of Fremantle with state government funding.

As this state government funding is no longer available, a report will be considered by Fremantle Council this month to review a range of options to continue to deliver the popular Buster the Fun Bus program to local families in the Freo area.

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(18/5/17) Buster the Fun Bus update

Kings Square Freo attracts eager bids

Published 17 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Two articles in last 24 hours providing a timely update on Kings Square. First in WA Business News Another article in the West Australian’s Property Section today on progress on the Kings Square Project. It is not online yet but will post link when it is. Kings Square Freo attracts eager bids by Helen Shield 17.5.17 The developer […]

Fremantle Harbour to welcome its first Asian restaurant

Published 16 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Good article in the West’s property section on new Asian Restaurant in fishing boat harbour adding to a great part of Freo… https://thewest.com.au/business/commercial-property/fremantle-harbour-to-welcome-its-first-asian-restaurant-ng-b88476536z by Helen Shield Wednesday, 17 May 2017 8:19AM Eating out at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour.Picture: Tourism WA Han’s Cafe will open an outlet at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour — the precinct’s first Asian […]

Applications Now Open for Impact100 Fremantle

Published 16 May 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Expression of Interest Applications for Impact100 Fremantle are now open. The focus for 2017 is Aboriginal health and wellbeing. If you or anyone you know is interested in applying please share the EOI guidelines. Applications close 5pm, 2nd June 2017. Do you know how to say ‘hello’ in Nyungar/Nyoongar? This month we’ve been inspired by Kylie […]

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Try ebooks with Libby

Published 15 May 2017 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.

Have you met Libby? She’s an app that helps you read ebooks, made for Apple and Android.

Play the intro video

All you need is a library card to sign in. Download the app today!
Apple | Android

 


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The Fremantle Network’s West End Forum: 6pm Monday 22 May

Published 15 May 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Hear three different perspectives on Fremantle’s historic West End: Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, will share their activation plan for the west end. Gaelle Beech from Anjel MS, is one of the West End traders, and will discuss the area from a business point of view. Maryrose Baker and Richard […]

The Historical Panoramas project – see Fremantle in an old light.

Published 13 May 2017 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.

The History Society is trying something completely different a mid week, day time event. This is a wonderful opportunity to see spectacular panoramas of Fremantle at super size. The quality and detail of these images is mesmerising.

The panoramas presentation will be made by Andrew Woods. The wonderful series of panoramas, which he collated in 2016 will be presented on special screens at the Hive, in the John Curtin Art Gallery building, Curtin University, (Bldg. 200) on Tuesday, 23 May from 3 – 4pm.

Aroma Café, opposite the John Curtin Art Gallery will be open until 5pm for those wanting refreshments.

 

The event is free but bookings are essential. A map of the Curtin University showing the location of the Hive is available on the links below.

Curtin University campus_map 2017 – bus to HIVE

Directions from Fremantle Town Hall to Curtin University D3 parking – Google Maps

Please let Jennifer Dudley know if you are attending (and how many) by Monday 22 May on 9314 7765 or email jendu@iinet.net.au.


(11/5/17) Fremantle city centre redevelopment to underpin port city’s economic future

Published 10 May 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

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(11/5/17) Fremantle city centre redevelopment to underpin port city’s economic future

Turnbull Budget continues to take WA for granted

Published 9 May 2017 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Turnbull Budget continues to take WA for granted

In response to last night’s Federal Budget, the Member for Fremantle, Josh Wilson MP, today confirmed what many Western Australians have bitterly realised, that the state continues to be taken for granted by the Turnbull Government.

“We were promised fairness, opportunity, and security, but from a Western Australian point of view, in a time of severe economic downturn, we got next to nothing.”

“There isn’t a single new dollar to be spent on infrastructure in WA. The Turnbull Government has managed to find $8.4 billion for a new train line that will go through several marginal seats on the east coast, but for us there is nothing.”

“On top of that, bizarrely, they are keeping $1.2 billion aside for any government that commits to building the Perth Freight Link in future. They’re obsessed with this failed white elephant when they should be investing in projects that meet the needs of our community and that support jobs.”

“The Budget also confirms the education cuts foreshadowed last week which will mean that schools in WA will lose on average $2.4 million each over the next ten years. The education funding fraud means WA schools will be at least $500M worse off than expected in the last Barnett government’s last budget. It is an enormous black hole over the next four years, and it gets worse over the decade.”

“Instead of pursuing sensible tax reform to capital gains tax, all we’ve seen is a tax cut for high-income earners and corporations, with an increase in the Medicare levy for everyone else.”

“Despite the fact that big companies are reporting record profits the Turnbull government is committed to $50 billion in company tax cuts, while extracting a further ‘efficiency dividend’ from public services. Already stretched and dysfunctional, Centrelink services will be further hammered when call centres are outsourced.”

“Critically for WA, this superficial budget does nothing for jobs and unemployment. The budget papers make it clear that there will be no improvement in unemployment over the next twelve months.”

“There’s nothing in the budget to tackle climate change, which wasn’t even mentioned in the Treasurer’s speech.”

“I am astounded that this Budget has so little vision or support to address the challenges in my electorate and in Western Australia more broadly. At a time when we desperately need smart investment to create jobs, lift confidence, and raise productivity, we’ve received not one dollar in new infrastructure funding.”

The great WA Liberals Budget con job

Published 9 May 2017 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Federal WA Labor parliamentarians - Joint Media Statement 

The 2017 Budget has confirmed the Turnbull Government’s utter contempt for every Western Australian, with not a single new dollar for any of the state’s infrastructure projects.

In a budget that claims to offer $70 billion for roads, rail, ports and airports across the country, and when WA’s GST share is at an all-time low, the Turnbull Government has not been able to find a single extra dollar for Western Australian projects.

Worse, Scott Morrison and Matthias Cormann have tried to re-badge the existing $1.2 billion Perth Freight Link funding – now being reallocated to Metronet and other projects – as somehow representing a win for WA. No new money is a very strange definition of a ‘win’.

Meanwhile the Government has committed billions of dollars to rail, and airport infrastructure projects in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

At a time when WA is in the grip of a severe downturn, the Budget shows no reduction in unemployment in the next 12 months, and miniscule job growth after that. This only rubs salt into the wounds.

The only response from the Liberals is to task the Productivity Commission with examining the Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation system to push their WA GST rip off into the long grass.

With one hand the Liberals offer a measly one-off GST top up payment of $226 million, and with the other they cut over $500 million in Education and Health funding.

It highlights, yet again, how useless our state’s Federal Liberal MPs and Senators are, and how not one of them is ever prepared to stand up for Western Australia and put the needs of their state ahead of their Liberal mates in the eastern states.

This Budget adds insult to that injury, hitting Western Australians with higher taxes and cuts to schools, TAFE and universities, but offers them nothing in return.

As far as WA is concerned, this Budget is a con job. It is an insult to all Western Australians, and we will fight against it.

Donor Story: The Kai Eardley Fund

Published 9 May 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

We’ve been incredibly busy in the office and reached a new milestone of 35 Named Funds held with the Fremantle Foundation! Today we share with you the story behind our 35th Named Fund, The Kai Eardley Fund. Above: Kai (far right) with his brothers Cameron and Joey. Kai Eardley, a 20-year-old East Fremantle boy with a […]

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