Freo's View

WHERE IS REAL GOVERNMENT ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS?

 

One of the problems going to many forums about homelessness and (affordable) housing is that you have heard it all before and wonder when the action will start and the talk fests stop.

Nothing I heard last night at the Politics in the Pubs event by the Fremantle Network at The Local Hotel was new, but that isn’t the fault of the two speakers, who were equally frustrated about it.

Sam Knight of RUAH said the fundamental thing is that homeless people need homes, but they also need support workers to help with social, health and mental health problems.

The cost on the health system by not supplying sufficient affordable houses is enormous and governments fail to recognise that.

Victor Crevatin, the Director of Housing and Support Services at Fremantle’s St Patrick’s, said St Pat’s has been working with homeless people since 1971 and in 2017 had supplied 31,000 meals and 1,200 clothes to those in need, and 500 people were given accommodation.

Like Sam Knight, Crevatin said it is not just about providing houses, but that it needs support services to get people back on track.

There is the need to turn the generational NIMBY attitude around, and it is all about education to get rid of the bullshit myth about affordable housing and anti-social behaviour!

Sam Knight said it was also about offering the right mix of housing. We need to give choices about accommodation from shared accommodation to single apartments. “What are the best low-cost constructions we can do?” We need to recognise housing has a social and health aspect!

As I heard a week earlier at the Fremantle Safety Forum, there appears to be a serious issue with support agencies not collaborating well and the state government should do something about trying to streamline that, so that there is better coordination and information sharing, to the benefit of those in need.

Comment: I have supported the Fremantle Network since it started and have very often found the meetings very good, but the nice bloke, who shall remain unnamed, who took over from Rachel Pemberton to organise the Fremantle Network loves hogging the limelight. Last night again his introduction of the topic and two expert speakers was far too long. Just a short and succinct intro will do instead of babbling on for 15 minutes. Participate in the Q&A as Rachel used to do, but don’t give a very long speech. It’s not about you!

Roel Loopers

HOUSING.HOMELESSNESS.POLITICS

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, fremantle network, homelessness, housing, living, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2018

 

Labor party leader Bill Shorten’s announcement about affordable housing and homelessness comes timely as it is the topic of this evening’s Politics in the Pubs by the Fremantle Network.

Perth Now reported this morning:

Bill Shorten has vowed to make community and affordable housing an issue at the next federal election, flagging promises beyond changes to negative gearing.

The Labor leader addressed the Community Housing Industry Association in Melbourne on Tuesday with a pitch to put struggling renters and homeless people “front and centre” in national debate.

“Nothing is more fundamental to a government’s obligations to the people than the right of every Australian to have a roof over their head,” Mr Shorten said.

He said better data about the extent of affordable housing needed to be a priority, along with better quality standards for dwellings including energy efficiency and accessibility for people with disabilities.

The Politics in the Pubs is TODAY from 7pm at The Local Hotel in South Fremantle!

It is a free event and the bar and kitchen are open, so enjoy a meal and a drink during the debate.

Roel Loopers

CITY PLANNING-MAKE YIMBYs OUT OF NIMBYs

 

Interesting to read that the City of Bayswater won the Planning Institute of Australia Planning Excellence Award 2018 for public engagement.

Bayswater invited 200 community groups and all residents to participate in a five-month community consultation process with focus groups, on-line participation, working groups, etc.

Well before planners and councillors put pen to paper about city planning projects the community was consulted in-depth about what type of buildings, what height and what set-backs they preferred in their suburbs.

There was also a conference in Melbourne a few weeks ago where planning experts expressed that councils should make YIMBYs out of NIMBYs by engaging much earlier with the public, so that community reaction would not be negative because people felt they are not being consulted.

It is one of the issues I have talked and written about, even in the days long back when I was the president of the Fremantle Society.

If council and developers engaged the community in the very early stages of development a lot of time and money could be saved, because it would be clear from the start what the community will accept and what development proposals they find unacceptable and will fight, all the way to SAT and the WAPC if that is required.

Fremantle Council and our developers should learn from Bayswater, as the development process can be sped up while creating better outcomes at the same time.

Well done City of Bayswater!

Roel Loopers

KELLOW PLACE LANEWAY TO BE RE-OPENED

Posted in city of fremantle, community, living, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2018

 

Good news for those residents of Kellow Place and Bolton Place who did not want the closure of the laneway that runs from Swanbourne Street to Kellow Place.

The WA Planning Commission has rejected the closure and ordered that the City of Fremantle re-open the little lane that was often used as a short cut to Stevens Reserve.

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SHARING ART IS GENEROUS AND BEAUTIFUL

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, city planning, culture, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2018

 

 

I was surprised to get a few negative comments about the mural artwork on the corner of Stevens and Brennan streets in Fremantle. I am yet to hear strong community protest against visual pollution such as signs all over the place, so what irks people about art along our streets?

Some people believe that individual home owners have no right to impose their art and taste on the community, and they argue that if people want these murals they should do it on the inside of the wall, or inside their house, but not where it is visible to the general public. I disagree with that.

Since humans started building structures others have had that imposed on them, be that bad architecture, ridiculous colour schemes, or garden gnomes, lions, etc.

And where would we stop if we legislated against murals and other art on private properties?  Should we ban businesses as well from beautifying their walls, and is it acceptable to have public art inflicted on us? What about bus shelters and railway stations?

Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, but I believe that most people understand what crappy amateur art is, compared to good professional art, and the artwork in Brennan Street is the latter.

Roel Loopers

BEAUTIFUL FREMANTLE MURAL ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018

 

mural

 

What a lovely mural painting on this house at Queen Victoria Street, just before East Street when one is leaving Fremantle.

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END OF LIFE CHOICES FORUM AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in city of fremantle, health, lifestyle, living, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2018

 

NDA forum

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University facilitated a very interesting forum about End of life choices on Wednesday evening.

The panel members were Prof. David Kissane-NDA and St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Richard Lugg-Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice, Dr Murray Hindle-Dying with Dignity WA, Lana Glogowski-Palliative Care WA, and Chris Shanahan-Barrister Murray Chambers.

Prof. David Kissane said the proposed new law was about the right to die rather than offering optimal palliative care, and he expressed concern that mentally ill patients might have access to euthanasia. Palliative care is the real alternative to assisted suicide.

Murray Hindle said it was the right of the individuals to have control over their death, not about better palliative care, and that in a survey 88 per cent had said yes to doctor assisted dying. It is about a person’s right to autonomy.

Lana Glogowski said that palliative care is not well enough resourced by our governments and that people should have a conversation with their family and loved ones about end of life options and what they wanted, and that there needed to be more education about those options.

Dr Richard Lugg said that patients want their care to be compassionate and kind and that the autonomy of the patients comes before the doctor’s-I know best-decision. We want the new law to help, not hinder assisted dying, he said

Lawyer Chris Shanahan said under the current law the patient has the right to consent, the right to self determination, and needs to give consent to medical treatment.

Questions were raised about putting doctors in a difficult position and pressure from family members on patients, but a new law would see no compulsion on doctors to assist dying if they are against it.

End of life options would also be different for different cultures and religions, and most people wanted to die at home and better palliative home care needed to be supported.

It was essential that any new legislation about Voluntary Assisted Dying has to have clarity and lack of ambiguity, and too fast change might overwhelm the community process. We need to respond in a human way.

It was argued that any suffering can be dealt with with drugs and that many people who plea for help are depressed and demoralised and want to die.

The larger part of the community die a good and dignified death and do not suffer.

What was not discussed at all is the reality of many older people dying an undignified and lonely death through suicide, often trough illegally imported drugs, such as Nembutal,  from Mexico and eastern European countries, or they kill themselves in other ways, because the choice of assisted dignified dying is not offered to them under our present legislation in WA.

The euthanasia debate is a very important one, and one we need to have in our community, so it was very good that Notre Dame University accommodated the discussion. Thank you NDA!

Roel Loopers

FREO SUSTAINABLE HOME EXPO

Posted in city of fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2018

 

 

The Sustainable Home Expo is still on this Sunday from 10am to 4pm in the Fremantle High Street Mall. Look for the former Mountain Design shop next to the travel agent, opposite Culley’s.

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HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE FOR SENIORS IN FREMANTLE

 

The City of Fremantle is looking for people over the age of 55 to join a collaborative working group, to help identify issues and focus areas surrounding the development of a new age friendly city plan. Visit: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/positiveageing

I believe this is a positive step forward and something I suggested last September, to create a circle of elders or senior council.

Governments are not dealing well with the vast ageing population of Australia, I believe, and need to do more about social services, connecting old people with young people, developing seniors housing with shared facilities, such as the WGV and Nightingale projects.

We need to look at a bigger picture for seniors in Fremantle, so I welcome the working group initiative by Fremantle Council.

Roel Loopers

THE FUTURE IS OURS, FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, development, future, lifestyle, living, placemaking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2018

 

Place Partners

 

I just saw this poster or billboard of PLACE PARTNERS  on Twitter and thought that it is very relevant to Fremantle.

PLACE PARTNERS-Placemaking Consultancy Australia are in beautiful Paddington in Sydney, NSW, but no doubt they will be happy to advise WA local councils about placemaking as well. Phone 02-8065 7401.

The future is ours if we are daring enough to reach for it and embrace it, Freo!

By the way, retail will thrive in WA over the next five years according to Deloitte, so the draught might soon be over for our struggling traders.

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