The Thinking Allowed article in the Fremantle Herald by passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter Chris Lewis makes good points about corporate greed.
Lewis points out that the Dockers want cash for a lease they don’t pay for and that was handed to them rent-free by the City of Fremantle, which wanted to support the new club in 1994 and also gave them a loan guarantee.
Chris Lewis calls it “One of the most selfish one-sided community plays ever seen in Australian elite sport.”
Lewis, who led the Keep Freo in Freo campaign, for which I started the Facebook page, is very irate that the Dockers are happy to use the outstanding brand Fremantle in their name, even when they are moving to Cockburn in 2017, so maybe the City of Fremantle should insist the Dockers drop Fremantle from their name, similar to the Fitzroy Football Club when they moved to Brisbane and became the Brisbane Lions.
There is always something very unsavoury about corporate greed and a lack of values, and sport is moving more and more away from being community-minded. It’s all about money and the triple bottom line and paying often under performing young “stars’ and over-paid administrators big bucks at the expensive of the community and supporters.
The Fremantle Dockers’ demand for payment from the City of Fremantle to leave Fremantle Oval is a disgrace and should become a national shame for them!
The first Manning Park Market was on this Saturday from 8.30 to 12.30 and already attracted a lot of people, including the City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and his wife and the Gyuto monks of Tibet, and lots of families and dogs.
Natalie Gillespie performed and the food stalls were very popular.
It’s a stunning location not far from the lake and the playground and there is plenty of parking, so head out there next Saturday!
Not only locals know how good Manning Park is, as I and many Fremantle people visit the lovely park regularly, and now there is another reasons to go to Manning Park on Saturdays, as tomorrow the Manning Park Farmers and Artisan Market starts with 50 hand-picked stalls by Marketeer Kylie Wheatley and her team at Red Tent Events.
The original farm and now park combines both histories to create a market that supports local shopping and small business trends as well as the social, recreational and inclusive nature of parks.
From 8.30am to 12.30pm every Saturday baristas, bakers, passionate foodies will be serving up everything from Laksa to Spelt pizza, soft shell crab baos, Indian pies to Beef Kofta Burgers, Grilled Capsicum & Beetroot Yoghurt Sauce.
Freshly picked produce, fish and bacon smoked a few hundred metres from the site, the market highlights the fact that Cockburn is still home to many market gardeners, olive oil producers, and families who have been connected to the area. Traditional makers and bakers will line up with the gluten free bread stalls, modern ottoman, fermenters and Tokyo street food.
Even a descendent of the Manning family, Elizabeth Manning will be selling the family’s olive oil. Elizabeth’s father lived at the farm in 1948 and her brother was the last baby born in the Old Homestead (now ruins).
In fact over 70% of the stallholders live locally.
Live music, kids artisan craft area’s, will entertain all the family and the market kicks off with a bang on the 22nd October with Mayor Logan Howlett opening the market and much loved performers Natalie Gillespie, Rose Parker and Dave Brewer opening the Sound Shell with a Soul Sister Saturday set. Visiting Gyuto Monks from Nepal will do an auspicious morning blessing.
The Turtle Festival is on this Saturday October 1 at Bibra Lake from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, so go and find out all about the long-necked turtles there.
It is a fun day for the whole family, so take the kids to the Cockburn Wetlands Precinct at 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake.
It does not look as if the Greater Fremantle group that wants to separate parts of Hamilton Hill and Coogee from the City of Cockburn and be added to the City of Fremantle will have any success.
The group was initiated by Adin Lang, who stood for Cockburn Council at the last local government election. He managed to get the 250 signatures required for the Local Government Advisory Board to consider the proposal, but the Fremantle and Cockburn councils are not interested.
The City of Cockburn allocated $ 50,000 to oppose the proposal and a recent survey there showed over 70% of people do not support the idea.
The City of Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting this coming Wednesday will debate the issue but the officers’ recommendation, as shown below, is negative and I am certain Council will reject the Greater Fremantle proposal.
During the local government structural reform process in 2014/15, the City of Fremantle adopted a position of support for a number of boundary adjustments with its adjoining Councils, as part of a comprehensive process of boundary reform to create rationalised boundaries that were logical, coherent, and promoted long-term sustainable local government entities. The Council was disappointed when this process failed to achieve any reform, and the City of Fremantle still supports its previously adopted position on this issue.
The current proposal before the LGAB, to transfer Hamilton Hill and part of North Coogee from the City of Cockburn to the City of Fremantle, is outside of any organised and comprehensive boundary reform process. This change is also opposed by the City of Cockburn. Given that the Council understands that the Minister for Local Government will not agree to any boundary change not agreed to by the relevant Councils, the City does not believe that it is in either communities best interest to be pursuing boundary reform at this time. The previous reform process created a significant deviation of energy and resources for local government, and in that context, the City considers that that there are many other higher priorities to be addressed at this time. The City is also seeking to maintain a strong and collaborative relationship between the Cities of Fremantle and Cockburn.
Consequently, the LGAB is advised that at this time the Council does not support the current proposal to transfer Hamilton Hill and part of North Coogee from the City of Cockburn to the City of Fremantle. The City will welcome dialogue with all of its adjoining Councils over boundary adjustments that might be agreed by both parties to be mutually beneficial to both Councils.
Looking at all the development and planned development along the coast just south of Fremantle I wonder what plans the WA State Government has for public transport in the area, as the high number of new residents there, who will commute to work, will have a substantial impact on Fremantle roads in the near future.
Cockburn Road and Hampton Road are already congested during peak hours and new commuters using those roads will make that worse. South Fremantle is already suffering from too many vehicles using Douro Road, South Terrace and Marine Parade, so good public transport strategies need to be in place well before all the new residents move in. Rapid bus or lightrail along that corridor would be great and could connect central Fremantle to central Cockburn, so maybe it is time for the two cities to start collaborating and planning for this together.
Recent figures show that substantially fewer people use public transport and more and more the freeways and other roads to commute to and from work, so long-term efficient transport planning should be a priority for this part of the metropolitan area.
In many European cities public transport is often in place well before housing development starts, and trams and busses are running when people move in. We should follow that example and not plan public transport as an after thought.