While photographing the Troy Buswell disgrace at the neglected Warders Cottages in Fremantle‘s Henderson Street yesterday, I was also looking for something positive, as I prefer taking photos of beautiful moments.
I had not seen this old busker for quite some time. He used to be around quite a bit and I photographed him once before in Market Lane, and that photo was published in Experience Perth tourism brochures for many years.
I was amazed last week how fast the Department of Housing had taken action against the Fremantle Society SHAME campaign ribbons, attached to the fences of the neglected and vacant Henderson Street Warders Cottages in Fremantle, and got them removed within days.
Walking by yesterday I was disgusted to see the department has engaged in littering, without showing any regard for the heritage listed cottages. While our colourful pieces of fabric were removed, they were not disposed off in a recycling bin, but were instead simply dumped between the cottages and the wall. It looks even more like a dump now than before!
The lack of respect heritage vandal Housing Minister Troy Buswell shows for the cottages, indicates the Barnett government is only interested in building huge big buildings as monuments for themselves, while not caring for our historic building. SHAME ON YOU TROY BUSWELL!
Lovely rain all night and this morning, so I got up at 3.30 to write newsletter articles, went to take some photos of early morning wet Fremantle, had an espresso at the Moore&Moore, but decided I wanted to read the paper in peace and quiet, so went home because the music there was too loud at 7.30 am. Not very considerate to the neighbours who might still have been in bed. Had breakfast, cleaned the back gutters and still need to do the front ones, then off to the Indian Food Festival around midday.
So here a few of this morning’s photos.
One has to wonder sometimes if spin doctors have taking over Fremantle council and replaced people who engaged in rational thinking. The idea of having a ‘citisens jury’ make the decisions on how Kings Square should be developed is plain stupid in my opinion.
There is no argument that council should listen to residents and get their opinions and ideas on the development of our main city square, but experts should be making the decisions after having taken public opinion into account. If we allow such important decisions to be made by mainly uniformed, maybe even polarised, people, we will not get the best outcome for the city.
Only a look at how the jury will be selected shows it is all about spin and not about substance. It’s a bit like making a Sunday roast but also adding Indian, Thai, Mexican and Italian spices to it. It includes everything but it will still taste like shit.
Here is what the City of Fremantle send me on request:
16 members reflecting the community demographics of Fremantle –
· two aged up to 17 years (one female and one male)
· four aged 18–34 years (two female and two male)
· four aged 35–49 years (two female and two male)
· four aged 50–69 years (two female and two male)
· two aged 70 years and over (one female and one male)
Nine members reflecting community group representation –
· two local business owners
· two local landowners
· one local non-government agency representative
· one local multicultural group representative
· one Government agency representative
· one local education institution
· one Indigenous organisation representative
While members of the jury are likely to have a general interest in the future of the city, they should not have had any involvement in the Kings Square project to date. This is to ensure that the jury is able to provide an impartial review in response to the presentations made to them at the hearing.
The Citisens Jury is a bad idea. There is no way 25 people will reach consensus on anything. It is a gimmick and a waste of time, and has very little to do with good community consultation and good decision making.
Just because council got it all wrong with Planning Scheme Amendment 49 does not mean because they got critised for that, they should shirk responsibility and now leave decision making to those who have not been elected to do so.
“Hello you are in our target group. Would you like to be on the Kings Square jury? Kings Square, whooot, maaat, I need another tatt and a couple of drinks.”
The Citisens Jury is like Noah’s Arc. A couple of everything, with the probability of many uninformed people taking part in the decision making on the future of our most important square. Who thinks up these idiotic things?!
The City of Fremantle held an information day about the Kings Square development on Saturday, with plans by Fremantle architects CODA, who are the consultants for the square.
Several options were explored for square design, traffic flow, and parking. One proposal would nearly half the square, leaving only a triangle that is land mainly owned by the St John’s church, so that is one I do not favour at all.
There was a discussion if there should be traffic along the edges of Kings Square at all, with some people advocate having a traffic flow on all four sides of the square, while others like me, would like to see traffic reduced even more.
Of course future buildings along and in the square will have a major impact on the look of our city square and placemaking around and on it.
There is an INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON KINGS SQUARE. TUESDAY MAY 1 FROM 5.30- 8.30 upstairs at the Reception Room of the City of Fremantle (use back steps!) Register on 9432 9805 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Come along and voice your opinion!!
The City of Fremantle is holding a KINGS SQUARE OPEN DAY TODAY SATURDAY APRIL 28 FROM 11-3, with information, plans and suggestions on how to develop our city square, so make sure you’ll go along and check it out, make suggestions, talk to the planning people, mayor and councillors.
It is essential that we get the planning for the square right, that it is creative, sensitive, bold but also restraint.
Of course any plans for the square should acknowledge it can be killed by being overshadowed by ugly big buildings, so especially streetscape levels of those new buildings need to open up onto the square. There should also be a residential component in any new buildings lining the square, so that there will be and interactive exchange at all times, which will enhance security and vibrancy for the square.
Four Fremantle Kidogo Art House artists have painted frogs for a silent charity auction to raise funds for the Learn Foundation in Aid of Austism Australia. The auction will be held today, Saturday April 28 at 6pm at Kidogo.
Participating artists are Joanna Robertson (Director), Betsy Bush(Student), Krocette (David Prior- Aboriginal Artist) and Lindsay Pow (Lecturer).
Each of the frogs represents a person or a sponsor. Joanna’s frog was signed by “The Green Machine” – Boxing legend Danny Green, Betsy’s frog was signed by “Pink Tank” company representatives, Krocette’s was signed by the Perth Glory team and Lindsay’s was signed by the Western Force.
One never knows if when one buys one of the frogs one actually buys a prince, so go and support the event this evening!
Place making does not require major development, but often just creativity, thinking outside the box, and showing care. Fremantle‘s Kings Square is a good example of simple placemaking in my opinion. The outdoor library, the free WiFi, the colourful chairs and tables, and the market, all work for me, and they attract people to the square.
Today is noticed some other gorgeous placemaking on Marine Parade, at this well looked after historic house, where the planting of roses have made such a difference. Nice to see people care!