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FREO’S WEST END DRUG WORRIES

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2018

 

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Local residents and business owners in the area of High and Henry streets in Fremantle’s historic West End are fed up with anti-social behaviour and drug dealing, and the lack of decisive action by the authorities.

Photos and videos taken by the locals show that drug dealing is going on many times a day and that allegedly also affects the backpackers hostel above Bar Orient.

There have been meetings with Fremantle Police, the City of Fremantle safety rangers, Councillors and affected business owners and residents, but there is no relief from the steady stream of itinerants playing up in the area.

The problems near the backpackers on the corner of Henry and High streets have been going on for years, so Fremantle Council will need to have some serious thoughts about how it can improve the amenity for those who get all the negative impact from drug users and dealers.

There is a visual increase in the number of homeless people in Fremantle over the last few months, as often happens during the summer months, and when they roam around in groups they become intimidating.

Up at the Roundhouse homeless people are making the public toilets their day destination and hang out inside, so many tourists are not comfortable using the toilets.

The rangers mainly show up at Arthur’s Head early in the morning to evict people from the verandahs of the cottages, but rarely come up to patrol the area later in the day any more, so that also needs to improve.

Homelessness is a sad reality in Australia and so is the increase in drug use, but law abiding citizens should feel safe on the streets of our cities, and so should our overseas and interstate visitors.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Chris Grisewood said, on December 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Roel,
    The problem stems from the pub originally drugs were always available there the addition of the Backpackers
    Made matters worse hence the CCTV. The pub has a poor reputation. Twiggy Forest should be made aware
    Of what he has bought into. Maybe he can do something about it and spend some much needed money on it
    It needs a big clear out, and a change of culture starting with getting rid of the Backpackers
    because that place is a magnet for dealers and itinerants., It used to be a great pub for locals but sad to say
    they keep away now.

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  2. Ed Lewis said, on December 20, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hi Roel,

    The same thing is happening in North Fremantle. The bowling club grounds are constantly being used for drug taking; the police are powerless to do anything about it.

    We have managed to move quite a few of those offenders on and moved the drug dealers off the site, but we know this is only temporary.

    Certainly, the situation has got worse over the past 18-24 months but I don’t have a solution!

    Regards,
    Ed Lewis
    Treasurer, North Fremantle Bowling Club.

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