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CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT FREMANTLE OVAL

Posted in children, christmas, city of cockburn, family, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2019

 

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I hope the heatwave won’t discourage parents to take their children to the Carols by Candlelight at Fremantle Oval this Sunday. It should be a very lovely and pleasantly warm evening, so no need to stay at home, and there will be food and drinks available as well.

Gates open at 5pm but the carols only start at 6.30 and will go till 8pm, so it won’t be a too late night for the young ones.

I’ll see you all there!

Roel Loopers

WESTPORT TASKFORCE LATEST REPORT ON NEW CONTAINER PORT OPTIONS

 

The Westport Taskforce has just released their latest report about the options for a probable new container port near Kwinana, so I copied and paste it for you all:

 

Changes to Westport’s shortlist

Westport announced its shortlist of five port options in August 2019. The shortlist, which was the result of the first multi-criteria analysis (MCA-1) on the long-list, consisted of three stand-alone Kwinana options and two shared Fremantle/Kwinana options.

After the release of Westport Beacon 7: Westport’s shortlist, the order and cataloguing of the options (which are now A-E) was subsequently changed for the purposes of MCA-2 and to allow the options to be re-assessed with a clean slate regardless of how they were ranked in MCA-1.

Since then, the Westport Taskforce has gathered information to enable a deeper understanding of how each option performs against the MCA-2 criteria.As work for the MCA-2 got underway, it became evident that two sub-options (Option D2 and Option E2) were required to allow separate assessment of a staged transition from the shared port options (Options D and E) to a stand-alone port in Kwinana. The transition Options D2 and E2 did not form part of MCA-1, but have now been added to the shortlist to enable investigations into infrastructure staging, timing and cost implications.

The addition of the two transition options highlights the complexity of Westport’s work and how the project has remained flexible to adapt to new inputs as required. This ensures that the best outcome can be achieved.The revised shortlist of options assessed in MCA-2 are summarised in Table 1 below. Options A to E are all end-state options, while Options D2 and E2 are transition options that both lead to Option B as the end-state.

Table 1: Summary of shortlist options assessed in MCA-2OptionDescription Operation

Option A KwinanaCockburn Sound North (vicinity Rowley Road) narrow island port with intermodal operations at Latitude 32End-state

Option B KwinanaCockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) conventional land-backed portEnd-state

Option C KwinanaCockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road)conventional island portEnd-state

Option D Fremantle and Kwinana. Unmodified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium conventional land-backed portEnd-state

Option D2 Fremantle and Kwinana. Unmodified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium land-backed port transitioning to Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) land-backed port (Option B)Transition to Option B

Option E Fremantle and Kwinana. Slightly modified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium conventional land-backed port with Blue HighwayEnd-state

Option E2 Fremantle and Kwinana. Slightly modified Fremantle Port shared with Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) medium land-backed port with Blue Highway, transitioning to Cockburn Sound South (vicinity Anketell Road) land-backed port (Option B)Transition to Option B

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT A STRANGE BEAST

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2019

 

Sometimes I don’t get how local government works, as is the case with the request for rent reduction by Evergreen Golf Pty LTD, which manages the Fremantle public golf course.

Only on June 26 this year Council agreed to accept the offer of another ten-year lease for the golf course to the company, but on Wednesday, just half a year later, the FPOL Committee will decide to give Evergreen Golf a 50% rent reduction because of the impact the High Street Project by Main Roads has on the operation of the golf course and the alleged considerable drop in patronage.

The City sees itself as a conduit between the course operators and MRWA and will try to get the money they are losing back, but it makes little sense to me. Why ask for rent reduction six months after getting a new lease approved and why should the City of Fremantle take the financial risk instead of waiting for the outcome of the negotiations with MRWA?

Down the road our southern neighbours in the City of Cockburn gave their CEO a new four-year contract only six weeks ago, but he suddenly went on indefinite sick leave because the City of Cockburn has not provided him with a safe working place. Really, sign a new contract with an employer who does not provide a safe working environment? How strange is that.

Maybe all Mayor Logan Howlett and Council should do is give their CEO a hardhat, safety glasses and steelcap boots, like FiFo workers on far more dangerous mine sites get.

Local Government is sometimes a Yes Minister comedy it seems.

Roel Loopers

FOR THE GRETA GOOD AT COOGEE BEACH

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

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Great idea, or should that be Greta idea, to put these challenging words in the sand at Coogee Beach.

It is a real shame, and a clear indication that there is a lack of maturity in the debate  about global warming, that it has become political ping pong, and that is very disappointing.

I picked this photo up from Facebook, so no idea who took it, so please let me know and I’ll credit the photographer and the people who put the words in the sand!

Roel Loopers

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LET WESTPORT TASKFORCE FINISH THEIR JOB!

 

It is disappointing that the in my opinion very thorough Westport Taskforce is now being criticised by the WA Liberal opposition and their PR agency the West Australian.

For two years the taskforce has dealt with all the stakeholders and conducted excellent community consultation but now they are being criticised for not having considered the Perth Freight Link.

Might it be the PFL was not considered because it fails to offer a solution on how to get freight faster and better to Fremantle Port because the PFL stopped at the Fremantle traffic bridge without any improvements to the North Fremantle bottleneck?

The Westport Taskforce preferred option is for the container port to be shifted to a new port at Kwinana and I believe that is most likely what the State Goivernment will decide on if all environmental approvals can be obtained that show that the impact on Cockburn Sound can be managed. It is unlikely the stevedores will support double handling of moving containers from Fremantle to Kwinana on barges as that would add costs and time.

For the City of Fremantle it is important to start planning what to do if we lose the great cranes and containers and most of the wharfies and port related office workers in town. Fremantle Port is so much part of Fremantle’s unique character and if we lose it we are in serious trouble as cruiseliners only come for a few months during the summer period.

While development at Victoria Quay would link the port better to the Fremantle CBD, a port without cranes and ships becomes just the river mouth of the Swan River.

The Westport Taskforce is still investigating and not finished yet and will now have to research if the Kwinana option is environmentally safe, so why not let them do their work without interfering and political finger pointing.

Roel Loopers

 

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SOUTH WEST GROUP PRIORITIES

 

The South West Group has identified 11 major projects for the region that could be realised with the support of the federal, state and local governments.

The South West Group was established in 1983 to assist local councils to collaborate on significant projects. The group consists of Fremantle, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Melville, Kwinana and Rockingham councils.

The recently released brochure by the group is substantial, so I’ll add it as a pdf to this blog post, but here some of the projects the South West Group has identified:

  •  Fremantle to Cockburn transit line.
  •  Fremantle to Murdock transit line
  • Rockingham transit line
  • Canning Bridge Activity Centre Redevelopment
  • Western Trade Coast
  • Redevelopment of Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port
  • Kwinana Freeway and Tonkin Highway upgrades
  • Investment Attraction Plan
  • South West Region Tourist Network
  • South West Smart Region Initiatives

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Roel Loopers

 

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SPUDSHED OPENS TODAY NEAR SOUTH FREMANTLE

 

Tony Galati is opening another SPUDSHED at Rockingham Road just out of South Fremantle today.

The store will be open 24/7 and will no doubt be a big competition for Woolworth, Aldi and IGA in South Freo.

Lots of free potatoes are on offer today to celebrate the opening, so go and have a look.

I’ll definitely go there as it will be the closest store to buy Dutch kroketten and bitterballen. Yum!

 

Roel Loopers

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AUSTRALIAN FLAG BACK ON FREMANTLE TOWNHALL

Posted in australia, australia day, citizenship, city of cockburn, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2019

 

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All those people who wrongly believe that Fremantle Council is un-Australian, whatever that means, can sleep in peace and have happy dreams again now that the City has raised the Australian flag on the Townhall again.

The big flag will stay up 24/7 as it will be illuminated at night, so check it out.

Talking about being Australian, tomorrow at 10.30, yes, on Australia Day, the City of Fremantle will hold its annual citizenship ceremony at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

67 new Aussies will pledge their allegiance to their new country. It will be a very special moment for them.

The new Aussies are from France, Spain, Israel, USA, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Columbia, Brazil, Turkey, UK, Ireland and Austria.

Roel Loopers

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ROE 8 HIGHWAY ROAD RESERVE TO BE REZONED

 

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The WA State Government will today introduce legislation in Parliament to scrap the  Perth Freight Link/Roe 8 highway extension road reserve, and rezone 86 hectares of the Beeliar Wetlands into parks and recreation in the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

It will be a challenge to get it through the Legislative Council though and might need cross benchers to achieve the goal.

While I welcome the protection of the Beeliar Wetlands I wonder if this move is not premature with the Westport Taskforce handing its first report to the Minister soon, which will state that there are no ‘fatal flaws’ for the expansion of Fremantle Port, Kwinana and Bunbury Port, so road connectivity will have to be part of the considerations to either expand Fremantle Port, or move part of the port operations to Kwinana and/or Bunbury.

Roel Loopers

 

MORE PROTECTION FOR BEELIAR WETLANDS!

 

Here part of a just released media statement concerning the Beeliar Wetlands by the WA State Government:

  • Approval removed for road construction in the Beeliar Wetlands
  • McGowan Labor Government’s commitment to protect Beeliar Wetlands confirmed
  • Alternatives to flawed Perth Freight Link plan already underway 

The McGowan Labor Government has introduced further protections to the Beeliar Wetlands by removing approvals put in place by the former government when planning to build the flawed Perth Freight Link.

Main Roads Western Australia has applied to amend environmental approvals for the Perth Freight Link to remove consent to build a road west of Bibra Drive to Stock Road, passing through the Beeliar Wetlands.

The proposed changes will result in a reduction in the land permitted for road construction from 167 hectares (ha) to 81.2 ha.

The remaining 85.8 ha within the project development envelope will be rehabilitated, along with the large sections of vegetation that had been cleared prior to the last election, west of Bibra Drive. 

Meanwhile, all land owned in freehold by the State Government – north of Hope Road and west of Bibra Drive – will be amalgamated and set aside as an A-Class conservation reserve to be managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. 

This process will be given priority by the Government and it is likely this will be achieved within the next 12 months.

A Rehabilitation Management Plan (Roe 8 Cleared Areas) has been prepared by the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group and is currently being considered by government for adoption and implementation.

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