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Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, nature by freoview on November 7, 2016



What an absolute shame to see the state of the Fremantle Esplanade grass after the City spent so much money on it last year.

No one is to blame as the surface has some kind of disease that can only be treated by taking many metres off the top soil and that would be an enormously expensive job.

But I wonder if the Esplanade Masterplan actually addresses this very important issue. It is no good to remove the Carriage cafe and build another hospitality venue when the reserve looks awful. It is not practical or financially viable to just keep putting new grass on it that dies within months because of the disease.

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  1. Craig said, on November 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

    While on the topic of financial viability have you seen the latest CoF FY16 financial statements for discussion at tomorrow’s Audit & Risk Mgmt Committee meeting which includes comments made by the auditor on financial ratios.

    A significant loss has been recorded for FY16 and well below budget, and pretty unflattering comments about CoFs’ financial ratios. Assets Sustainability Ratio is below regional & state level, Debt Service Ratio which indicates ability to service debt is limited and declining, and Operating Surplus Ratio has continued to trend downwards and is below both regional and State averages.

    Also written is …To help alleviate the continued erosion of ratios both the Council and management will need to consider ways to improve the operating position either via increasing revenue or by decreasing expenditure (or combination of both).

    Don’t say you weren’t warned!

  2. Pete said, on November 7, 2016 at 9:23 am

    The pictured area of grass has looked stressed for many years. Summer events on the grass wouldn’t help. The sick grass is not a good look and not very inviting. I’m sure the City of Freo will get it right eventually. However, it’s disappointing that the most important grassed area in the City looks so unloved !

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