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ROE 8 ON FIRE. BUSHFIRE WATCH!!!

Posted in bushfire, cockburn, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on February 16, 2016

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by North Lake Road, Forrest Road, Coolbellup Avenue and Cordelia Avenue in the southern part of Coolbellup in the City of Cockburn.

It appears there is a pattern here as locals say there are now regular fires in the area that appear to be deliberately lit, so is someone making a stupid political statement or are these just morons who like to see beautiful nature go up in smoke while threatening the homes of people?

Roel Loopers

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COCKBURN’S ALTERNATIVE TO PERTH FREIGHT LINK

Posted in cockburn, fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link by freoview on June 26, 2015

Cockburn PFL plan

At its 11 June meeting, Cockburn Councillors supported an alternative proposal to Roe 8.

The City’s proposal does not involve the construction of any roads but uses existing infrastructure – including roads and rail, to enable freight to be consolidated and moved between modes to and from Fremantle Port and a future Outer Harbour.

We don’t need to build more roads to address Perth’s freight movement and congestion.

There is a better way

At the heart of the City’s proposal is the construction of an intermodal facility (which can move freight from rail to road and vice versa) at Latitude 32. This alternative considers the volumes of containers moving to and from the southern metropolitan region, and supports the existing intermodal facility at Forrestfield.

This is not a new concept. The State Government has included plans for an intermodal facility as part of its long term planning strategy. The City of Cockburn is asking the Government to bring this plan forward, for the benefit of all.

The facility will:

Move freight containers between road and rail
Use an existing railway line to move containers to and from Fremantle Port
Link to existing major roads such as Rowley Road to the intermodal facility at Forrestfield requiring minimal upgrades
The State Government to use its existing resources (including roads) without impacting on local government roads and communities
Be a long term investment in Perth’s freight network
Address traffic congestion
Have minimal environmental impact
Protect our communities
Reach the State Government freight to rail target of 30%

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COOGEE LIGHTRAIL ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS

Posted in cockburn, development, fremantle, public transport, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 29, 2015

Short-sighted piecemeal planning seems to be very much what Western Australia is all about, both at state and local levels. The planned Coogee Coast development south of Fremantle’s South Beach, that includes the heritage significant former South Fremantle Power Station, is another example of non-integrated planning.

While Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt say that the influx of some 12,000 residents would make lightrail the perfect form of public transport, Lands Minister Tony Redman stated that a bus priority corridor along Hampton Road and through the new development would be adequate. Who is he kidding?!

We constantly hear from State Government experts that higher density living along transport corridors is the way forward for fast-growing Perth, but a bus service that would accommodate 10,000 commuters during rush hour each day is just a ridiculous and outdated proposition. It would require some 200 busses to drive from Coogee to the Fremantle train station between 6.30-8.30 am to shift that many people. 200 busses in 120 minutes along Hampton Road? YES Minister.

Why can’t the cost for lightrail be included in the massive development, so that the developers who are going to make millions from it actually pay for most of the transport infrastructure required. Imagine that same light rail also looping past Fiona Stanley Hospital, and the Murdoch and Curtin universities and we might start seeing the light on how to deal with traffic congestions and the associated air pollution.

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UNASHAMEDLY MODERN PORT COOGEE

Posted in cockburn, fremantle, port coogee by freoview on November 29, 2014

I had a wander around Port Coogee by Australand this morning and was quite impressed with the quiet elegance and eye for detail of the place. It is unashamedly modern-but not sterile-and I unashamedly admit I like good modern architecture as much as I like stunning old heritage buildings.

There is already good public art, an attempt at greening the area, a nice marina, funky playground, a striking bridge and a cobblestone street.

In my humble opinion it has great potential once a community and sense of place is established with a form of ‘town centre’.

What it isn’t at all is Hillary’s, so that shows that one has to take the promises of developers with a million grains of salt, because supposedly this was going to become a huge tourist attraction just south of Fremantle, well, it won’t.

It is well worth having a look at though and a nice hotel there would not be out of place, but that would require better public transport down that corridor, ideally as light rail.

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