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Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on September 21, 2015

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Lack of consistent governance is something the City of Fremantle Council gets criticised for often and it is disappointing that it keeps happening. This time Council is financially supporting a new parklet for a cafe in Wray Avenue, while all the other businesses who installed a parklet had to pay for it themselves. It is no surprise the words mateship and nepotism come up so often in conversations about Freo’s Council.

Only last Wednesday Councillors at the Strategic and Planning Committee were not willing to delete bond for a proposed parklet at 3 Pakenham Street, but today Mayor Brad Pettitt is heralding that the City will match crowd funding at Lenny the Ox cafe in Wray Avenue with $ 14,000 for a first solar powered parklet. It is hard not to be cynical about it when one also reads the parklet has been designed by a member of CUSP, the Curtin Uni sustainability unit our Mayor absolutely loves.

One can also question how effective a solar powered parklet is for a business that is not open in the evenings as far as I know. Is lighting up two trees in Wray Avenue such a big deal that Councillors want to spent $ 14,000 of ratepayers’ money on it?

This is again Council making decisions based on Greens ideology and financially supporting one small business in town while others with no close connections to our Mayor will just have to fend for themselves. It is not fair, it is bias and it is wrong. It also creates unfair competition because it saves the cafe a large amount of money, while others just had to take the risk and have less profits to install a parklet.

Why did the National Hotel, Lapa, Moore&Moore Cafe, Esplanade Hotel, Bread in Common, Strange Company, etc. not receive financial support from the City of Fremantle? Clearly because they have no connections to CUSP and  are not part of the in crowd with the Mayor. It is wrong, very wrong and I hope someone will complain to the Minister for Local Government about this.

To make it very, very clear!! I support the parklet at Wray Avenue. I think it will look good and it will help to slow down the traffic a bit, but the cafe is a commercial enterprise like all other hospitality outlets in Fremantle and it should not get preferential treatment from the City of Fremantle. I wish them well with the crowd funding!

Fremantle Council needs to become far more consistent in its decision making!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

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  1. freoview said, on February 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    You clearly don’t know what you are talking about. There was an official try to get funding from the City of Fremantle through One Planet if the proponents could raise half of the money themselves. And the word parklet is used world-wide.


  2. greg said, on February 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Listen to yourselves! You are arguing over a Parklet! It’s not even a proper word. The person who dropped this idea into the suggestion box at council was only joking.

  3. mark said, on September 22, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Perhaps instead of wasting other peoples money on your idea, just go to financial lender and arrange a loan, or crowd fund it 100% or here’s a wild idea use your own money for the idea if its so good.
    Rate payers money for this sort of use is just BS.

  4. mark said, on September 22, 2015 at 8:59 am

    So Fremantle gets rates rises so the mayor can continue to drive his one planet, Greens party political agenda funded by the rate payers, Fremantle rate payers have rises which are some of the highest in WA.
    It still has bugger all councils as members of one planet possible due to the high cost of implementing their policies.
    Now they even want to change how we celebrate Christmas.
    Great to see our Mayor and councillors are happy to see the rate payers pay for their party political agendas and ideology.

  5. freoview said, on September 22, 2015 at 7:18 am

    “Mr Horré, along with his partner Annie Matan, a sustainability researcher from Curtin University, has put together a proposal for a solar-powered community parklet on Wray Avenue in Fremantle.” I copied this from the Mayor’s blog Annie, so I did not make the connection with CUSP, but the Mayor himself did.


  6. freoview said, on September 22, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I think you should read my blog post again Jean Paul as I don’t say at all the parklet is a negative thing, in fact I wrote that I support it!! I did not rant or be angry, I made the point that the City of Fremantle needs to be extremely careful not to be seen as supporting certain groups and individuals in town and that businesses have to pay for their parklets while the one you are creating at Lenny the Ox will get $ 14,000 from COF.
    I bet that within days of opening the parklet it will have become a pseudo, de facto, extension of the cafe and people will mainly sit their to have meals and drink coffee from that particular cafe. It is very popular especially on weekends and people are often waiting for a table and a seat, so the parklet will just be ideal.
    As for the CUSP connection,I did not invent it, this is from Mayor Brad Pettitt’s blog: “Mr Horré, along with his partner Annie Matan, a sustainability researcher from Curtin University, has put together a proposal for a solar-powered community parklet on Wray Avenue in Fremantle.”

    So in case you still don’t get in Jean Paul, I support the parklet but I don’t support that the City of Fremantle will partly pay for it!


  7. Suzanne said, on September 22, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Jean-Paul, Roel was not criticising you or yours specifically, he was pointing out the concern of most people who reside in Fremantle, at this ad hoc way the Council uses our money to fund their favorites, for no rhyme or reason.
    Sorta like Yesman, sorry Newmans kid, getting preferrential assistance.
    Re Parklets. Council set a ridiculous precedent, knocking off much needed car spaces, for long term business proprietors in busy High Street, to gift to LAPA , for use only between 11 to 2 daily.
    Developers now know, they can receive free land alongside their premises, over and above their outlay, just by asking the Council after the event. Gifts all round.
    Love ‘Strange Company’ in Nairn Street.
    Why shouldn’t they have a Parklet, everyone else has?

    Actually I am considering requesting Council for the carparks outside my joint. An umbrella and a cuppla sun lounges, to loll about on, would go down a treat. Join me for a tipple.

  8. Martin said, on September 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm


    You are definitely on a roll today! A “solar powered parklet”… Recycled coffee grounds for an urban mushroom farm??? Please tell me you are joking! You are joking.. surely???

    No sane Council would think it is reasonable to shell out A$14k of rate payers’ money to fund each of these “enterprises”! This is not the role of Council!

    Why doesn’t Jean-Paul ask his parents to invest their own money in his enterprise. They might be far more impressed with his 100hrs+ of effort, in his own time, than perhaps the rest of Fremantle’s rate payers. JP has obviously worked VERY hard – he has told us so! Well done JP – collect a gold star…a ChuppaChup perhaps…

    The rest of us just grind away in the real world, go to work and PAY OUR RATES. We get quite unhappy when our Council asks for Rate hikes greater the CPI to fund “Parklets” and “Mushroom farms”. The “big pot of BS” certainly does not comes from Roel!

    JP, perhaps you can raid your trust fund for your tokenistic indulgences…

    Roel for PM…

  9. Mark, said, on September 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    The whole crowd funding issue by council is an irresponsible use of rate payers funds and seems to becoming stock an trade for this council.
    The point of crowd funding is the individuals back an issue, product, service etc.
    Not for levels of government using public funds to support someone’s passing fade.

  10. Annie said, on September 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Roel,
    I can only assume that I am the CUSP link that you are referring to? Let me be really clear – this is not a CUSP project. The parklet has be conceived and driven by Jean-Paul Horre, a freelance photographer and Fremantle resident working to make his home town better. Jean-Paul participated in the City of Fremantle’s One Planet Living FreoMatch program where he pitched his proposal to community members (who voted/commented) and a panel of judges. But this parklet pre-dates this, and Jean-Paul has been working on the design and concept for a long time, including with planning and with the City engineers to make sure the design fits all codes. Yes I am in a relationship with Jean-Paul, yes I work for CUSP, yes my work is in placemaking, walkability and how to make more people-friendly cities. I am also a private citizen and a Fremantle rate payer. I did not however design the parklet. I have commented on the parklet along with many other community members and professionals. The parklet was designed by a local landscape architect and Jean-Paul with input and comment from other local crafts people, including builders. He has 100% funded all costs for this project so far out of his own pocket. It is your right to critic the proposal and to ask questions but the truth is also important. Can you please retract the statement about this being a CUSP project as I think I have made this clear.

  11. Lionel said, on September 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Jean-Paul, the ABC claimed you and your wife designed the parklet. Is this correct? Considering she is a member of CUSP then it is hardly inaccurate to say ‘the parklet has been designed by a member of CUSP’.

  12. Lionel said, on September 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    To spend $14k on what is essentially a solar power iphone charger for hipsters is madness. Don’t these people do the numbers on this? It would be exponentially more ‘sustainable’ to just leave a power cord out the front and let them charge off the grid.

    Where do these people think solar panels come from? Don’t they realise they have to be forged from the earth like everything else we produce. Don’t they understand the idea of cost per kW? Don’t they get these man made items have lifespans, and if they don’t generate more than the consume over their lifespan then they are not ‘sustainable’.

  13. Andrew Veerhuis said, on September 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Jean-Paul its you who’s delivering the rant. And this will be de facto seating for the cafe – well picked up Roel. I think it’s a good thing, overall, but conceited of the cafe owner to say it’s fior community benefit when absolutely the cafe is an enormous beneficiary of this public space.

  14. Jean-Paul HorréJean-Paul Horré said, on September 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    You’re asking questions on a blog that other people only take certain truths from mate. You know me personally and you should have asked me what the deal is before posting all this negative commentary on your blog. Don’t pretend you are being objective!! You are writing like the Herald! You should have asked about it and had a chance to understand the Start Some Good project and how it relates with the city before your post. I feel like you’re stirring people up for more votes. Did you know I have to crowd fund 14,000 for the parklet in order for the city to match it? Thats right. There is no guarantee for this I have a lot of work to do. You talk like the city has already spent the money! Not true! Its a long scary road for me and this project. If it does not make the 14,000 in the crowd fund it all falls apart. The city won’t match it. All my hard work to try and do a nice thing is tarnished by your need to rant online before putting the facts together. You call it critisim but that is a cowardly, irrational justification. The ABC said I was a parklet designer and I am! I have been thinking and planning this for 6 months! It is another job title I am working hard on. I’m also a bartender. A ditch digger. A gardener. A teacher. A dish washer. All things I have done for living. I come from a city where parklets do a lot of good for people when they are designed right. I am very proud of that! I am trying to do that here in Fremantle. By posting your “criticism” you are making it that much more difficult for me to advocate for a positive public parklet I and Annie have worked so hard to get going. And for what? Why do you rant online rather than discuss things in person? It could save a lot of time to get the facts in order first. Now you have confused people into thinking the parklet is a negative thing and a waste of money. It is neither. I’m very disappointed you would do post such fodder.

  15. freoview said, on September 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Posted your comment Jean Paul but need to rush to chair the committee meeting of the Roundhouse tourguides. No time to call. Sorry.

    I am all for the parklet but don’t agree with the City of Fremantle funding for it as it is too tiny for a community hub and will most likely be used mainly by cafe patrons and become a defacto extension of their operations.

    I am a photographer, blogger, activist, but don’t claim to be a journalist. You are a photographer who the ABC claims is a parklet designer. The things we all get wrong in life, hey.

    I did not write angry notes, just critical ones and asked questions.



  16. Jean-Paul HorréJean-Paul Horré said, on September 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Roel. I would grately appreciate you call me ASAP at 0417 079 950. You are wrong on SO many levels that I am left wondering about your credibility as someone who does any good at all for the community other than stir up a big pot of BS. Have you asked ME any questions? No. With little information you have gone ahead and drummed up a misleading, at best, RANT about unfairness and rate payers money. CUSP has nothing to do with this and Lenny The Ox is not getting extended seating. This parklet is a strategicly placed hub for the community on Wray Ave and I have worked VERY hard putting in 100+ hours my own time in the interest of do something good for cummuntiy. You claim to be a journalist but I am afraid you have done little to act like one! I had to make a pitch on stage for this project and it was voted on by a panel of judges along with other sustainable projects which was very hard for me to do. I didn’t see you there at Vic Hall! This parklet is a public space next to Lenny The Ox and is designed to accomadate the needs of the public. It is different from the design of other so called parklets in Fremantle and if you asked me, you would have a clearer idea of what the deal is with this particular project. I encourage you to call me as soon as possible. I feel very let down you would post such angry words with out asking me anything.

  17. Jayne said, on September 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    You shouldn’t be allowed to keep donating other people’s money to whatever cause, idea or mate that takes your fancy.

  18. Lionel said, on September 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Stop pissing away my rates on this bollocks.

  19. freoview said, on September 21, 2015 at 10:51 am

    This is the entry from your own blog post Brad: “The City of Fremantle has agreed to co-fund the parklet, matching up to $14,000 in sponsorship if the crowdfunding is successful”.

    So you want to take credit for the $ 14,000 funding but when you get criticised you say it was the decisions by others. Only the City of Fremantle decides on what it spends its money on.

    The parklet of Strange Company in Nairn Street will not serve food or drinks either. Will Council request them to pay or will they also be sponsored?

    This Wednesday Council will decide if it is going to give CUSP Professor Peter Newman’s son Sam rent reduction for Queensgate. I am sure it’s all just one big coincidence and that’s why we see pigs flying over Kings Square all the time.

    Kazoom caters at City of Fremantle Council meetings. Do you really not see why people ask questions about this? You are far too old to still be naive about that, Mayor.


  20. Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog said, on September 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I know the facts can get in the way of a controversial blog post but, nevertheless, here they are:

    The Wray Ave parklet was pitched as part of the One Planet FreoMatch sustainability crowd funding initiative and was one of a number of winners including an urban mushroom farm; Kazoomies local food restaurant; and the Freeewheeler cycling app.

    The panel that chose the winners included senior representatives of and Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA); the CEO and director of planning at City of Fremantle; and the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and myself.

    The judging panel understood that this parklet is different from the others you mention (National Hotel, Lapa, Moore&Moore Cafe, Esplanade Hotel) in that it will not be part of the alfresco area of business but a community space.

    I hope this helps your readers with the full picture

    Regards, Brad

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