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NORTH FREO ROE 8 PROTEST

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 22, 2017

 

The good people of North Fremantle protested against the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link on Wednesday afternoon in the knowledge that the unresolved last link into the port will mean more and longer traffic congestion in the North Freo township.

Experts predict an increase of vehicles of one-third if a tunnel ends three kilometres from the port, which would mean a traffic, pollution and noise disaster for North Freo.

Roel Loopers

WA POLITICIANS IGNORING THE WHITE RELEPHANT

Posted in democracy, election, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on February 22, 2017

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Only eighteen days to go till the WA election on March 11 and I am sure I am not the only one already tired of the promises, promises, promises campaigns and the one-sided negativity in the West Australian.

Is it a wonder voters are cynical and don’t believe much of what politicians promise us when Colin Barnett and Mark McGowan take not much notice of the spiralling debt of our state.

Those of us with common sense know that most promises can’t be fulfilled because there simply won’t be money for it, but who cares, here is another railway line, another billion dollar project and whatever.

The white elephant in the room is very relevant and very real, and that is the fact that we are closing in on a state debt of $ 41 million, but that does not seem to bother the Liberal and Labor leaders one bit.

One-sided spin from all sides about Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link also drives me mad with those opposing Roe 8 ignoring huge environmental issues with building an outer harbour, while those for it totally ignore the fact that there is no final link into the port and that traffic in North Freo is projected to increase by one-third.

One-eyed opinions that ignore facts are not going to help anyone to make informed decisions about the future of Western Australia and who to vote for, so is Paul Murray right in today’s West Australia or was Professor Peter Newman’s letter in that same paper correct? Who knows!

And because of all that people who are blissfully ignorant about these things will vote for One Nation to the detriment of good governance in WA.

There is a Fremantle ELECTION FORUM next Tuesday at Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University from 6.30-8.30 pm, so come along and ask our pollies how many banks they are going to rob to be able to keep their promises.

Roel Loopers

BAD PLANNING NO EXCUSE FOR PERTH FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 11, 2017

There is an interesting opinion piece by Liberal party fan Paul Murray in the West Australian today about Fremantle Port and the Perth Freight Link.

Let me first state that I am sick and tired of politicising the debate about this issue and wished all politicians would stick with the facts because this is an extremely important and very expensive project for WA.

Murray writes that on August 13, 2014 nine senior Fremantle Port and Department of Transport officials plus consultants on transport economies and land use were involved in a workshop, and that the report they published in April 2015 states that the existing harbour will not reach capacity until 2055 and an overflow outer harbour would not be needed until 2038, so another 21 years from now.

The workshop concluded that Fremantle Port’s capacity was 2,1 million TEUs(container units) and not as had been assumed previously only around 1,3 million TEUs.

If Murray reports facts here, and why would he not, this puts a different light on the urgent need to build an outer harbour at Kwinana, but for me the Perth Freight Link still does not make sense, even if an outer harbour is not needed and built the next twenty years.

I disagree with Paul Murray that a major part of the PFL attraction is that is solves the problem of massive traffic congestion south of the river. It does not because the last link will not be built and there will not be a better connection into the port.

What will happen is that the proposed tunnel will spew out thousands of trucks and private cars near Stirling Highway that have nowhere to go but the two already congested bridges to North Fremantle. Traffic chaos in North Freo would be a result of bad government planning and not having been able to find a solution on how to connect Roe 8 and 9 to Fremantle Port.

The Perth Freight Link highway/tunnel is unresolved and until the port connection is solved it should not be built. There will not be better port efficiency because the new road will soon be congested and trucks to the port will end up in long queues at Stirling Highway and in North Fremantle. That in my opinion is bad planning that is politically driven without achieving the essential outcomes it should aim for.

Roel Loopers

GEORGE HAYNES ART FOR BEELIAR WETLANDS

Posted in art, beeliar wetlands, fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 30, 2017
Bibra Banksia by George Haynes

Bibra Banksia by George Haynes

 

Prominent Fremantle artist George Haynes is donating prints of his stunning work ‘Bibra Banksias’ to raise money for Save Beeliar Wetlands and Rethink the Link.

All profits from prints sold will be used to buy advertising in the lead-up to the 2017 State Election.

For as little as $250 you can have one on your wall and help get the message out that this beautiful place is worth protecting. Unframed A 1 size prints are @ $ 350.00 and A 2 size @ $ 250.00. Limited numbers of prints are available for a short time only.

George Haynes’ art is in many state galleries and corporate and private collections, so you will be buying a great work of art from a very well established and recognised WA artist.

https://georgehaynesprints.myshopify.com

ORDER A PRINT NOW!

Roel Loopers

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IT IS OKAY TO NOT AGREE!

I am very disappointed that social media brings out so much negativity and bullies and name-calling as there is absolutely no need for it. It is okay to disagree and have a different opinion but it is not okay to express that by making personal and unwarranted attacks on those who disagree with you.

The cancellation of the Australia Day fireworks by the City of Fremantle has resulted in vile attacks on Fremantle Council and more specifically Mayor Brad Pettitt and he does not deserve that.

As the Mayor Brad Pettitt is the spokesperson for Fremantle Council but he does not and can not under the local government act make dictatorial decisions on his own. The Australia Day decision was made by full council and required a majority vote.

To claim that 99.9 per cent of Fremantle people are against the Council decision is not based on any facts or surveys, so why make that claim? Facts are these: 15,000 people attended yesterday’s One Day in Freo concert, 1,300 attended the Nyoongar smoking ceremony at the Roundhouse, and  60 people attended the pro Australia Day rally the day before. And 5223 people viewed my photos of the smoking ceremony here on Freo’s View and many others on Facebook.

The same applies to the Roe 8 protests. You want Roe 8 and believe it will be good for traffic and some local communities. Fine, you have every right to express and support that, but please do not call these genuinely concerned people the unwashed, dreadlock, dole bludgers, etc. as the protestors represent a big cross section of our community. They are business people, mums and dads, pensioners, etc. and not some leftwing loonies.

It is healthy to disagree and it is great that we live in a country where we can openly express our opinions and feelings, but we can do so in a mature and rational way without making personal, defamatory and insulting attacks on people who stand up for what they believe is right. We are better than that!

Roel Loopers

ASBESTOS FEAR AT ROE 8 CONSTRUCTION SITE

Posted in fremantle, health, health&safety, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 16, 2017

Residents near the Roe 8 highway clearing at the Beeliar Wetlands have raised serious concerns about the lack of dust repression measures by the building contractors. They say the area is a known location for asbestos dumping and that the clearing of the bushland is dangerous for the health of local residents, police officers and workers.

It seems unbelievable that the EPA, Worksafe and unions do not insist on watering trucks being used to spray down the dust at the Roe 8 works, as that is even required in the most remote locations of WA at mining sites.

I have been to hundreds of mines around Australia in the last 30 years and have never not seen dust repression measures at any of them, so why does the WA state government ignore this basic rule of protecting the health of everyone near the construction site?

Roel Loopers

BARNETT PLEDGE TO BUILD PERTH FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway, state government, western australia by freoview on January 15, 2017

In an interview today with the Sunday Times  WA Premier Colin Barnett has pledged to go ahead with building the Perth Freight Link despite massive community protest.

Barnett said that if re-elected the construction of the tunnel would start in 2020 and that there was no need to build another bridge over the Swan river or a tunnel underneath it to accommodate the container trucks to Fremantle Port.

While the pros and cons of the PFL can be debated forever it is mind-blowing that the Premier believes the PFL will adequately work without building the last link into the port. That is putting his head in the sand and refusing to acknowledge the huge bottleneck it will create at Stirling Highway and in North Fremantle.

Even those who agree with the PFL concept know it won’t work properly unless a new Swan river crossing is provided specifically for freight, so why the state government only wants to build 90% of the freight tollway and not finish it shows they have not found a proper solution to do so, but stubbornly want to go ahead anyway. That is childish and not good governance.

Roel Loopers

ROE 8 -ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Posted in beeliar wetlands, environment, fremantle, nature, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 11, 2017

 

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There is a call for a mass public action against the Roe 8 Highway and Barnett government this Thursday January 12 at the very early hour of 6 am. See details below as supplied by the organisers:

Join us this Thursday at Tait Place, Coolbellup near North Lake Road.
Park on Malvolio Rd and walk along the fence line.
Let’s tell Colin Barnett’s unaccountable government that – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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BE CAUTIOUS OF POLITICAL POPULIST PROMISES

Posted in elections, fremantle, perth freight link, politics, western australia by freoview on January 5, 2017

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It’s election time so we can expect a lot of promises from all political parties, but I believe some words of caution are due, because many promises made by politicians in the past never eventuated.

Everyone who knows me knows I am strongly against building the Roe 8 highway and the Perth Freight Link because it will not solve the traffic problems to Fremantle Port. I am all for starting to plan the outer harbour that will be needed in years to come, but will Labor leader Mark McGowan be able to keep his promises and not build the PFL or will he discover, if he gets into power, that the state of Western Australia is so broke that there is no money for the outer harbour, Metronet, and other major projects he wants to build?

Will McGowan have to admit that stopping the Roe 8, after three months of frantic work on it by the State Government contractors, is going to be too costly and we can’t afford it?

Liberal party supporters will tell you that the Barnett government has done very well in investing in infrastructure, but opponents ask if Elizabeth Quay was really needed and if it is good value for money. They will rightly question the huge expense of the footbridge to the new Burswood stadium and a new train station there that will only operate during sporting matches and events, so probably only 25 times a year. Opponents will say they squandered state money disgracefully and I tend to agree.

I suggest to take promises from every politician with a huge grain of sand over the next three months, because whoever wins power will tell us they were not aware that the coffers of the state are so depleted that we can’t afford major infrastructure.

As far as the Liberals claim that jobs will be lost if the PFL is not built , surely the bridges, Metronet and outer harbour Labor promises to build will also give thousands of people work, just on different projects.

Don’t get sucked in by political populist promises because the pot of gold is missing to fulfil them all!

Roel Loopers

GREAT BEELIAR WETLANDS FAMILY CONCERT

Posted in aboriginal, beeliar wetlands, environment, fremantle, nature, perth freight link by freoview on December 18, 2016

 

The concert against Roe 8 highway at the Beeliar Wetlands Centre on Sunday afternoon attracted hundreds of people from all over the region, including many Noongar people.

The event was organised by concerned mothers worried about the future of their children, so not at all one of those “loony lefty greenies” events that often are belittled. This was a broad section of the community. Even the Cottesloe residents and ratepayers association was there, and that part of town is not exactly known as a loony lefty heartland.

Genuine community concern and opposition should not be dismissed by the Barnett government as a political stunt by minority groups but should be treated with respect and admiration for their willigness to stand up and speak out.

The opposition to Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link is supported by the Town of Mosman Park, Town of East Fremantle, City of Cockburn and the City of Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

Community groups and individuals please feel free to drag photos off the blog to spread the word! A photo credit will be appreciated.

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