FREMANTLE’S ‘SILENT MAJORITY’
When bad decisions are made, people try to find excuses and use spin to support those decisions. This blog has now received several comments claiming Fremantle council is acting correctly in forcing Planning Scheme Amendment 49 down our throat, because they do so with the approval of the, so called, silent majority.
Let me take that argument further then and ask if this is the same silent majority that did not be bothered putting submissions in, and the same silent majority that did not get off their bums to vote at local government elections. If that is the case, we now have a council selected by the non silent minority acting on behalf of the silent majority that did not vote for them. That seems a strange interpretation of democracy for me.
It’s this kind of spin that riles me, like Mayor Brad Pettitt childishly claiming that people at the PSA 49 workshops were not so much concerned about heights, but merely about the impact of height.
In his media release the Mayor writes that people were more worried about shadows and lose of amenity, etc. Yes, Brad, shadows created by oversized buildings, loss of amenity because of out of scale buildings, etc.
No matter what anyone writes to me, or whatever excuses they are finding, deep in my heart I know PSA 49 is bad for Fremantle. It is wrong because it lacks vision and detail. It is a mediocre plan, akin to bulldozing upward.