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FREMANTLE’s BLIND EYES ON THE STREET

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 24, 2015

There was another Fremantle local council election forum for South Fremantle Ward at the LOCAL-formerly Seaview Hotel, with the four candidates, and a good crowd turned up.

While there were some specific South Freo questions, such as traffic calming on South Terrace, these forums tend to be more general and critical about what Council does. The passion of all candidates, especially Tony Toledo and Andrew Luobikis, and their apparent willingness to work hard to make a positive contribution was inspiring an gives hope that there are some very good alternatives in most of the wards and at least the electorate will have a choice this time.

What is disappointing is that most people in the community simply do not understand Local Government process  and its restrictions. It was outrageous and defamatory of one of the candidates to claim Fremantle Council is corrupt without providing one iota of proof. Everyone who knows me knows that I am not an apologist for Freo Council but I am confident that none of our Elected Members engage in unlawful conduct and the moderator should have stepped in there and protect Councillor Strachan who was accused of being part of a corrupt Council. That is not acceptable!

But staying with Jon Strachan I believed that he more or less personified what is wrong with Fremantle Council. Jon said that Climate Change and Domestic Violence were some of the major issues for him. No one would probably disagree, but these two huge issues are not local government issues and are for the big boys in the world and in Australia to combat.

What impact could a tiny local council like Fremantle possible have of changing the world and the environment? Even the CEO of the Committee for Perth stated the other day at a forum that there is no evidence that Fremantle does any better when it comes to the environment than any other council in WA, so why are we for example spending $ 100,000 on One Planet projects instead of just doing basic local governance right where local council governs for local people and businesses and where it has an eye for detail and looks at the small pictures and details of maintenance, etc.

Domestic violence is abhorrent and unacceptable but will the City of Fremantle transform the Queensgate building at Kings Square into a giant refuge for battered women and children? I think not because it is a state and federal issue, and the Prime Minister announced today Canberra is going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat domestic violence as a priority, and not before time either!

But the City of Fremantle needs to get back to basics. Having vehicles with slogans like Eyes on the Street is not good enough. It basically is spin because we appear to have blind officers who don’t report what is wrong and who don’t care that the footpaths are dangerous or street lights not working.

The Eyes on the Street vans need to get guide dogs to help them see the issues everyone else in the communty, but Council workers, seem to observe, so let’s stop trying to play in the big league and let’s start looking after local people, local streets, verges, lights, suburbs, beaches, etc. first. Fremantle Council cannot change the world but it can have a huge positive impact on our local community if it gets its priorities right! That is the message that comes from these election forums and when one talks to the community.

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. mark said, on September 29, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Role i would not say asleep but when debate is going several councillors seem quite addicted to their computers and I’m sure its not taking notes.
    councillors eating and chatting amongst themselves when public question time is on or turning their backs to the gallery with your hands behind your head doesn’t seen a message of I’m interested in what you have to say.

  2. Martin said, on September 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Paul,

    You’ve totally missed the point – as usual.

    The CUSP program is not in the science faculty of Curtin Uni, and does not require a science degree to sign up. The Masters program is not much more than a course in philosophy. It’s a social science. Listening to the “experts” above, you would think they actually had some technical knowledge or background on the topic. They certainly try to pass themselves off as understanding the science. Perception is more important than reality in this ideological crusade.

    I have no interest in correcting you Paul – I have come to learn that you are always right! However, I seriously doubt you have actually looked into whether someone can enrol in a science faculty masters program without a science or technical undergrad degree under their belt. Please correct me if you have.

  3. Mark, said, on September 28, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Martin I think you may find that the political wing of climate change is driving the agenda.
    Personally I think this has just become a political tool and the world is ending is just their catch cry, cults work in a similar fashion.
    Sadly this is all based on time old duo, power and money.
    The more these groups can fear monger the better. The more radical the catch cry the more driven its disciples.
    The world has been ending for centuries, its just a great catch cry that has been used by main stream religions, cults etc, for ages. The fact that politics has picked up on this is not surprising.
    I Imagine the cry for change naturally will require huge amounts of money world wide, trillions of dollars each year.
    Imagine the power of groups who will direct these funds, groups like the UE already consume billions each yr on BS. Huge amounts are consumed by the bureaucracy, just in its own management. Imagine what a group like the UN would consume in the bureaucratic management of a such a save the world fund, that would suck in trillions of dollars, imagine the power of these people.
    Sadly it will not be run by Gandhi like individuals, but by people like our Mayor with his addiction to aviation fuel, whom of course would only be flying all over the world to ensure the best outcomes of the trillions being spent. LOL.

    If you want an example of how it would look, just look at FIFA, the issues this organization would be like looking into a crystal ball for the governing body of such a save the planet world fund.
    Man’s oldest traits will be front and centre greed and power.
    Its really just a updated version of the UN agenda 21.
    Its all about power, money and ego, nothings changed the plots the same, just a different setting.

    Now maybe you can see why those courses are structure the way the are. Just enough info and direction.
    They need to keep their troops occupied, saving the world, giving them purpose, making their contribution critical to the cause, so we see all these little organization popup, save this, divest in that, protest something else, parkletts coffee grounds , etc, etc. The more the better as it absorbs their efforts and keeps them focused, structured and on tap for when they are need them most, oh its an election, quick email, FB! Twitter the troops, the rally cry goes out, time for action, all the small cells forming for the greater good.
    Power, money ego. Mass manipulated for the benefit of a few.
    Never seen that before have we!

  4. freoishome said, on September 28, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Have you checked out the requirements for other ‘Master’ level courses.

    I think ‘Masters’ are a pretty standard way of bridging from one discipline to another, for students who already hold a tertiary degree!

    Correct me if I am wrong.

    Paul

  5. Mark, said, on September 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    If council was concerned about carbon emissions, why did they vote to fly the mayor to Europe for information he could have gotten on line.
    If carbon emissions are a concern why did they fly him to Japan to look at an incinerator?
    If carbon emissions are a concern why are they concreting over park land increasing the heat sink size in Freo?
    If carbon emissions are a concern, why did council vote to approve a plan that cut down a huge piece of the tree canopy in White Gum Valley, over a hundred mature trees?
    If carbon emissions are a concern why has council vote to increase the hard surface covering on south beach, which will see more concrete poured on park land?
    If council is concerned about carbon emissions, why are the planning to build on more park land at pioneer park?
    If council is concern about carbon emissions why do they encourage council staff to drive to work, by supplying 200 free car parking bays?
    If carbon emissions are a concern to council why did they approve a plan for Burt St that is NOT require to put up even the 10% requirement for open public space. Despite Brad saying the benchmark should be 30%, say one thing do the opposite.
    Fremantle council doesn’t even have garbage separation/ recycling for business in town, they talk a big show but on actual effect deliverables it ain’t much, its easier to just buy some carbon credits

    Fremantle council has an addiction to concrete, sorry but I thought concrete was a benchmark for carbon emissions, The cement industry is one of the primary producers of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.
    Concrete is used to create hard surfaces which contribute to surface run off that may cause soil erosion, water pollution and flooding and Freo council loves it.

    Like most cult like groups they are normally great at preaching not so great to following their own ideologies, much easier to blow the rate payers funds to pay for tokenism that does bugger all and even better the councils much needed consultant. I wonder how they are chosen?

    Its own hypocrisy on carbon emissions is classic.
    Since this council is in place, services are worse and rates are up, business is down, the concrete is spreading like cancer through our parks and our tree canopy has decreased and the mayor is racking up frequent flyer miles faster than Australian PM.
    Fremantle you are paying more getting less and the increase is just paying for waste.

  6. Matthew Hanssen said, on September 27, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    The item came up at council and Jon probably remembers part of it.

  7. Martin said, on September 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Curtin University’s “Masters in Sustainability and Climate Change” is offered by the Humanities department of Curtin Uni, and the pre-requisites are that an applicant holds a tertiary degree in “any” field of study from recognised tertiary education institution. Not much mention of “science” there!!!

    I find it amazing that CUSP students pass themselves off as understanding the “science of climate change”. They are not required to have any science background, and they are fed a diet from Curtin Uni’s humanities department. They are hardly in any position to challenge the fodder served their way. CUSP even strays into the field of economics, where their grasp of reality is stretched even further.

    I wonder how many new students had already made up their mind as to how to save the world before they enrolled and just needed to be fed the rhetoric to join the cause. Perfect recruiting ground for the Greens…

    A solar panel powering the exit turnstiles at Freo pool may tick the “I spent money on sustainability programmes” box, but it does nothing for climate change and is a total waste of rate payers money.

    Recycling grey water, solar powered parklets, etc, etc, are all just tokenistic crap. This must stop!

    If people are serious about climate change – walk to the shops, catch public transport, live in a small house and turn the lights off. A neighbours house is lit up day and night – but relax, he has solar panels… Perhaps he’s missing the point?

    CUSP students may be able to parrot the lines fed to them, but their words need to be taken with a rather large pinch of salt. People with technical backgrounds are less impressed… Science Change is a “science”, not a political tool!

  8. cathyhall2h said, on September 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Matthew Re:”…. I have heard several reports of councilors voting on items they know nothing about, and Jon was one of them.
    I’m happy to give you the source.”
    Please be kind enough supply the source details above to: jonstrachan@dalystreet6162.com
    Thank you.

  9. Mark, said, on September 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Jayne Fremantle is one of 2 local governments who have joined one planet, you may ask why only 2? Perhaps its due to other councils being more financially responsible? The money wasted on these ideas will out way any real impact. Daft plans to inject water from the pools showers are fantasy the cost would be ridiculous for the actual outcome.
    Its interesting to hear that Fremantle councillors think council should play a part in battle against domestic voilence, yet it was Fremantle councillors who voted to cut funding, Fremantle council votes to end its 40-year relationship with women’s refuge

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/fremantle-council-votes-to-end-its-40year-relationship-with-womens-refuge-20150508-ggxiyr.html#ixzz3mu3RFJWJ

    It was money for funding Curtin connected business for carbon neutral schools pilot. Also reported to a Greens member
    https://freoview.wordpress.com/tag/dr-vanessa-rauland/

    It has money to fund a solar parklet, its been reported that has a Curtin connection too.
    Can wave the rates for Curtin connected groups in council owned buildings.
    Can waste more money on consultants for water recycling like they have at leighton.
    But cant find funds for the womens refuge.

    But it can wave the fees and allow the rate payers to pay for damage done to the esplanade by events run by private profit making companies, who make a huge amount of revenue based on alcohol.
    So they will help fund a company to make profit from a product that is well known to contribute or drive domestic violence, alcohol,

    Council can have an alcohol policy SG 50, that was designed not to support huge alcohol based business but drive for more small bars, yet councillors voted for the a booze barn at J-Shed for 1500 people.
    The policy is against supporting alcohol based events, yet council voted for a corona sponsored beach event.
    Fremantle council seems to drive booze based events, but pulled funding from the womens refuge, classic.

    https://fremantlereform.com/council-cof/fremantles-cerveza-beach-party-not-about-getting-smashed-hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa/

    Nothing but hypocrisy, and this is just scratching the surface.

  10. Matthew Hanssen said, on September 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

    It’s not a made up story but any stretch of the imagination. Rachael didn’t know what a caveat was or its implication and was going into a vote on it. I have heard several reports of councilors voting on items they know nothing about, and Jon was one of them.

    I’m happy to give you the source.

  11. cathyhall2 said, on September 27, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Roel I appreciate your, as always, reasoning responses in this blog.

    Re: “……but those industrial countries who are the main contributors to climate change, will need to change tune. Freo City is not even a water drop on a hot plate when it comes to making an impact on global warming.”

    There is infact a growing database of social response to climate change to show that individuals and local communities around the world are making major contributions to carbon mitigation, I can recommend some links to anyone interested in getting more deeply informed. One particular situation (now historical) was the failure of the Australian Federal Gov (and the US Feds) to Ratify the Kyoto Potocol (that world powers are now using to set CC targets including China this week). US and Australian LG, as ICLIE members, enacted Local Gov provisions “Ratifying the Kyoto Principles” and Acting under them at their LG level. Jon was Fremantle Council’s protagonist moving the Motion (under Tagliaferri’s Mayoralty) in 2006 to Adopt Kyoto Principles. When our National Gov changed in 2007 the Federal Government followed the lead of Aussie Cities in Ratifying the Kyoto Protocols joining the worldwide groundswell moving on the decarbonisation task.

    These are complex and life threatening matters which should not be used for political point scoring, as seems to be the case in some Australian jurisdictions. Yes we can not as individuals make any difference to HISTORICAL carbon pollution and existing climate impacts, but I am convinced from the science I have studied as mature student for 6years that we CAN EACH effect the necessary transition in our local communities with other individuals all around the world.

    I recommend @transition.network to your readers to see how millions of people in hundreds of global towns and cities are pulling together to transition their communiites to a low carbon and thriving resilient economy.

    All our grandchildren will one day ask “what did you do in the great decarbonisation transition Gramps?” I cor one don’t think they would be impressed with “I/we could not do anything darling”. Do you?

    Jayne
    Re: “Cathy, I can see your supportive of your partner and passionate about climate change. As other writers point out, whatever Freo does re this issue though will make no impact on weather patterns. It’s tokenism that defies logic but makes people feel righteous.”

    Please see my comment above to Roel about why it is important to ME for all citizens to act in community to reduce the future carbon pollution of Earth atmosphere and oceans. Clearly having educated myself about the science of climate change I know that as Individuals and Cities we cannot impact on HISTORICAL carbon pollution and their extreme weather impacts. That is why as a Climate activist on behalf of everyone’s grandchildren I participate in local, National and International programs such as the very effective International Divestment program of @350.org which Fremantle is proud to have a local group tho surprisingly most of the active members live in EAST Fremantle. This movement is demonstrated to have directly impacted on the gradual defunding of carbon polluting coal fired energy. I have many informative links I would happily share with you if you wished. I invite you to join the community conversations at @350 Fremantle, @Fremantle in Transition, @FreoLivingSmarties and FreoPermies to name justnamfew local platforms where our community is learning to grapple with the transition changes we will need to stop carbon pollution (but not historical climate change) in its tracks for the sake if future generations livelihood. Thank you for your time on a Sunday but it is to my mind the perfect day for reflection on serious matters of conscience such as these.

  12. freoview said, on September 27, 2015 at 6:35 am

    To be fair, in all the council and committee meeting I have attenden in the public gallery for the last seven years or so neither Jon Strachan nor any of the othere elected members ever were asleep or appeared to be asleep. Most are very engaged and informed and Rachel Pemberton is a well-informed active performer in the chamber.

    Roel

  13. Jayne said, on September 27, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Cathy, I can see your supportive of your partner and passionate about climate change. As other writers point out, whatever Freo does re this issue though will make no impact on weather patterns. It’s tokenism that defies logic but makes people feel righteous. Much like flying around the world to talk sustainability or ordering a new electric car when keeping the old one would use less resources. If councils were serious about climate change matters, they would have ceased buying new vehicles and equipment, stopped providing free car parks for staff and wouldn’t want new office buildings. How many councils have adopted these eco measures and saved ratepayers millions at the same time?

    And speaking of money, each person who is employed or running a business is already funding the environment, health, welfare etc via hefty taxes. Therefore what we pay to local government as rates should not be a duplication but spent on local maintenance, which was and still should be council’s core business.

  14. Matthew Hanssen said, on September 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I was talking to a local business and property owner just the other day about a matter relating to his property where the council were threatening to put a caveat over his land for 20 years and effectively hinder his business operation. This was caused through a mistake that council itself made several year earlier. All he was seeking was a change of use for the business in one of his shops so that he could rent it out. You would think it was a pretty simple matter.

    The local ratepayer and business owner commented that at the council meeting City Ward candidate Cr Rachel Pemberton didn’t even know what a caveat was or understood its implication to stopping him running his business and collecting rent from his asset. He also mentioned that just before the vote and after the council deliberation, Jon Strachan ‘woke up’ from having a nod off in chambers and voted. So enthralled by the item at council that he was nearly asleep.

    There are several other candidates in South Ward that, as Roel put it, seem very interested in supporting local issues of more importance at a LG level. It’s not the first time Jon has been elected to council, but maybe its time for a change as he seems less interested in local issues affecting ratepayers, at a truly local level, and more interested in using the council as a platform for further activism of Federal issues which should realistically fall at the feet of Melissa Parke.

  15. freoview said, on September 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    “In conclusion, these Climate Change issues are mainstream concerns in most parts of the world now and its about time Aussies in general ‘got with the message’ – a tidy street-scape (though highly desirable) won’t be of any help when extreme storm-waters are lapping at the front doors of West End residents and business and at the fences of river and coastal dwellers nor when extreme winds are smashing down those same fences.”

    I totally agree with that Cathy, but those industrial countries who are the main contributors to climate change, will need to change tune. Freo City is not even a water drop on a hot plate when it comes to making an impact on global warming.

    Roel

  16. Ali said, on September 26, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I agree Matthew, why is the local council so focused on issues that are better addressed at a State or Federal level? The main game in this arena should be to leverage and maximise the slice of the pie and secure funding or initiatives for our local community rather than reinvent the wheel or go it alone. Whilst globally these issues are important there appears to be little clarity or evidence of the Council seeking or achieving this – rather all activities seem to want to isolate Fremantle.
    The activities of the current Council seems not only want to attract singles and deter families, but also alienate investment of business (exhibit A – our mall). Expansion of institutions such as Notre Dame whilst contributes to the knowledge community, brings little additional investment in our city and certainly no rates. Whilst I empathise and acknowledge the need to take care of the less fortunate in the community, I believe that we are not providing the right kind of support. I am quite often are in Freo in the early morning and just seeing the number of people sleeping on the streets quite frankly breaks my heart. At the same time I see the way they foul our city streets and it is really uncomfortable moving through Sth Tce being stopped for money or being looked up and down feeling as though I can’t get money from the ATM or have to hold on tight to my wallet.

    I know that there is no silver bullet but I also know that we are currently out of balance and we are not focusing on the total picture.

    We need a change and a breath of fresh air on the Council

  17. cathyhall2 said, on September 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Matthew. Nice to hear from you again. I entered this thread about the same time as you so you may not have seen my response on the matter of tiers of Gov responsibility to Jayne above. I have therefore cut and pasted the relevant sections below.

    In addition you’d be aware that it is not as simple as each tier of Gov working independently. All 3 tiers in fact play roles jointly and in partnership, at times and as required, providing for efficiencies and opportunities for ratepayers. Jon has been an LG rep alongside EM from other Metro and Regional Councils representing the interests of Fremantle Ratepayers on a number of State bodies during his 2 terms (8 yrs) on Fremantle Council.

    Related to Climate Change and Local Gov (LG) work/responsibilities, I recommend readers of this blog take a look at the work that LG’s across the world and Australia are doing under the auspices of the cooperative LG work of ICLIE members. You will be aware that we have had an extremely cautious response to Climate Change at the Australian national level in recent years and, as impacts are proven to be felt mostly at the Local level it has been prudent of LG’s to set in train both mitigation and adaptation strategies which Fremantle has been doing since joining the ICLIE process many years ago.

    Cut & paste. “To clarify for readers of this blog; the statement (mentioned by ‘Freoview’) about domestic violence and climate change by Jon Strachan at the Forum last might in South Fremantle was his response to (Forum)participant Interest in what ‘made the candidates tick’ he made that clear at the time, as similarly did other candidates (with their responses) though the noisy venue did make hearing questions and responses quiet difficult.”

    “That aside both these matters are definitely areas where local government can and DO play a role. They are Global, National AND local issues.”

    “As a student of Climate Change I can state, from a reasonable understanding of the matters, that Freo Council’s Climate Change actions have been quite specific and are within the capacity of all local governments, and many are involved in similarly across our metropolitan area. West and Eastern states councils have enacted local laws and local provisions to support global (if not National) Climate Change provisions.

    In fact Local Councils are absolutely at the “coal- face” of Climate Change impacts, both now and in the future. It is Councils who must mitigate and will be forced to adapt to the environmental and social changes that will become more and more apparent into the future.

    In conclusion, these Climate Change issues are mainstream concerns in most parts of the world now and its about time Aussies in general ‘got with the message’ – a tidy street-scape (though highly desirable) won’t be of any help when extreme storm-waters are lapping at the front doors of West End residents and business and at the fences of river and coastal dwellers nor when extreme winds are smashing down those same fences.”

  18. Matthew Hanssen said, on September 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    How many years has Jon been on council? He still doesn’t realise that climate change and domestic violence are Federal issues currently being addressed at a Federal political level. In real terms, the City of Fremantle should be asking Melissa Parke what she is doing in relation to climate change and domestic violence as she is the local Federal member and even more so, since she’s such an environmentalist and has her office in the City of Fremantle. It’s Melissa Parke’s responsibility to get the funding for those issues for this electorate, that’s her job, but she’s more interested in swanning around at opera nights and openings sipping champagne and eating oysters. The Federal government just allocated $100 million to a domestic violence program. She needs to make sure this electorate gets some of that, and that includes in the City of Fremantle, which is the main City Centre besides Cockburn Central in this electorate. What’s worse is that the deputy mayor is her chief of staff. Josh should be well informed about getting the funding required rather than trying to get the local ratepayers to fund issues which her office should be dealing with.

    If all Jon can do at council level is focus on Federal issues, then vote for someone else. He’s been on council for a number of years now and is more interested in using council for activism rather that focusing on local government. The other two you candidates mention seem very passionate about Fremantle and the local ward they are in regarding local issues.

    Corruption. That’s an interesting term and there are many perceived levels of corruption depending on what you look at. The fact that the current council isn’t following its own SG14 policy, should raise serious issues, regarding investment money from the City being spent on recurrent expenditure. The fact council has pandered to a commercial group and given J-Shed over at a ridiculously low rent could be perceived as corrupt, possibly inept. The fact that the Mayor can find ways to throw around handfuls of cash on small, yet zero impact, sustainability projects, like he’s still at university could be seen as misuse of ratepayers money. I don’t think he’s totally out of line in saying that, and it certainly doesn’t demand an apology, maybe further explanation though.

    The staff at the City of Fremantle do a good job, which is their job and they are paid to do it. Ultimately they answer to the CEO, but its ratepayers who are paying the bills. There is always questions about staff performance and its up to the CEO to ensure that there are performance reviews to make sure that the City keeps good staff, they are well trained and they do their job efficiently and effectively. If the ratepayers don’t feel like they are getting value for money, they have a right to complain.

  19. freoview said, on September 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up, Robert. It is important the community knows the facts.

    Roel

  20. Rob Fittock said, on September 25, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I have just been informed of these comments and I will give you the facts….

    Council gave approval for a 10 + 10 lease on the Signal Station to FVSR at its Ordinary Council Meeting on May 27 2015….at the time I was on leave with my wife in England

    I submitted my application as a volunteer to FVSR in August 2015 and I am waiting for an approval as well as an induction date which is hopefully due later this year

  21. Cathy Hall said, on September 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Good-day, I don’t take to the blogosphere often so please forgive the lengthy response. To clarify for readers of this blog; the statement (mentioned by ‘Freoview’) about domestic violence and climate change by Jon Strachan at the Forum last might in South Fremantle was his response to participant Interest in what ‘made the candidates tick’ and he made that clear at the time, as similarly did other candidates, though the noisy venue did make hearing many questions and responses quiet difficult.

    That aside both these matters are definitely areas where local government can and DO play a role. They are global, national AND local issues.

    Specifically Freo Council has community support services and facilities (tho maybe not enough for many of us) for ‘victims of domestic violence’.

    As a student of Climate Change I can state, from a reasonable understanding of the matters, that Freo Council’s Climate Change actions have been quite specific and are within the capacity of all local governments, and many are involved in similarly across our metropolitan area. West and Eastern states councils have enacted local laws and local provisions to support global (if not National) Climate Change provisions.

    In fact Local Councils are absolutely at the “coal- face” of Climate Change impacts, both now and in the future. It is Councils who must mitigate and will be forced to adapt to the environmental and social changes that will become more and more apparent into the future.

    In conclusion, these Climate Change issues are mainstream concerns in most parts of the world now and its about time Aussies in general ‘got with the message’ – a tidy street-scape (though highly desirable) won’t be of any help when extreme storm-waters are lapping at the front doors of West End residents and business and at the fences of river and coastal dwellers nor when extreme winds are smashing down those same fences.

    Disclosure: I am a Post Grad student of Climate Change and Sustainability I have worked in volunteer capacities with Jon as a Community activist for more than 30years, and I am Jon’s partner of 40 years, but that does not make me his appendage, or blind to his short-comings haha!!

  22. freoview said, on September 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I did not know that Paula and I agree that is a conflict of interest and Councillor Fittock should have declared that and not vote on the item.

    There is no doubt that there is quite a bit of behind the scene manipulation going on, as I experienced myself a few weeks ago.

    Roel

  23. Paula Amaral said, on September 25, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Your comment “I am confident that none of our Elected Members engage in unlawful conduct” is probably right, but some engage in improper conduct which is manipulative and dishonest to say the least.
    I am speaking from my own experience as a community member on the Cantonment Hill working group, and specifically about the lease of the Signal Station to the FVSR. I would like to know why Councilor Fittock never disclosed his involvement with the FVSR to the working group, which was clearly a conflict of interest, but is happy to advertise it now on his candidacy statement.
    The community members on the working group were effectively sidelined and kept in the dark, while all 4 councilors on the same group negotiated the deal. That they all conveniently forgot to disclose it to the rest of the group is certainly lawful, but equally manipulative and dishonest.

  24. Jayne said, on September 25, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I wish Brad and his Green/Socialist colleagues would stop using their position on Council as a way to access funds for their personal goals. If Brad wants to be charitable, that’s great, but he should use his own savings. If Jon wants to decrease domestic violence, great, maybe he could get a job in that area. If Rachel’s interested in grey water, great, maybe she can go study it. If Andrew wants to build basketball courts, great, maybe he could fundraise with a local school. While their intent may be good, their behaviour is unfortunately very selfish.

  25. freoview said, on September 25, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I don’t undermine what the COF administration is doing Daniel, but it would be wrong to say they all perform at their best all the time. How many times do we hear people in the community complain about maintenance not being done, because the basics are often overlooked or delayed. There are plenty of good and dedicated officers who do a good job most of the time but there are also some who do it 75% right instead of 100%.
    There is a lack of eye for detail in Fremantle and I believe that can be addressed when more officers are given the task of reporting everything from broken footpaths to white goods on verges, etc.etc. If the administration believes there is no room for improvement they are kidding themselves and they should take heed of the sentiments in the community about it. Even if it is only perception that the admin is slack it will need to be addressed, similar to the perceived parking issues. I am expressing what I hear in the community and what people tell me, Daniel. I walk and talk the streets of Freo dayly and see what needs to be done or what has been done half heartedly.

    Roel

  26. freoview said, on September 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Spanish background Pete!

    Roel

  27. Pete said, on September 25, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Tony Toledo? Did he make up his own name?

  28. Andrew said, on September 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Pretty fair assessment of the South Ward meeting at the Local Hotel tonight.

    You certainly are engaged in what is happening in Freo.

  29. Daniel said, on September 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Blind officers? I can tell you roel, the staff at Fremantle do a damn good job keeping the city infrastructure and buildings running. As soon as we receive reports of anything not working we get straight on to getting it fixed. Don’t you dare say we don’t because you know where we are, you call us and we action it. A lot of us actually care about this city and take our jobs seriously so please don’t undermine what we do.


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