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HOW EFFECTIVE WILL NEW PLANNING PANELS BE?

 

Interesting to hear that WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti wants to make changes to the  state’s Joint Development Assessment Panels-JDAP and reduce the panels from 9 to only 3.

Saffioti instead wants to establish a team of 10 full-time experts who would help assess major development proposals alongside local councillors. They would replace the current 48 member pool that is drawn from the planning industry.

I am not sure how effective it would be when the full-time experts would work with local councillors or if it would remain very much as it is at present at JDAP meetings where local councils are under-represented with two councillors versus three other panel members.

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DYING WITH DIGNITY IS RESPECT FOR HUMANITY

Posted in city of fremantle, health, state government, suicide, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2019

 

Euthanasia

 

The voluntary assisted dying legislation proposed for Western Australia is very important and something I strongly support.

The legislation would allow for people with a terminal illness to be in control and die with dignity and the respect we all deserve.

My oldest sister Marja was euthanised in the Netherlands only a few months ago after an unwinnable battle with cancer of the vagina. It was a very thorough process where she was assessed by different professionals. It took quite some time until her request was approved and she died peacefully at home. I talked to her on Skype till the last moment when the doctor arrived. She felt empowered that she was able to make the decision herself and that the option was available to her.

My father who had suffered from bowel cancer for years was also euthanised some twenty years ago.

Palliative care is important but people need to realise and respect that not everyone wants to prolong their life and the some of us, me included, prefer to leave when we are still in control and not totally dependent on others, who are often strangers.

Doctor assisted dying is so more dignified than having to kill oneself with pills, hanging, jumping in front of a train or truck, slashing one’s wrists, etc. and that regularly happens in our society. Committing suicide is a very stressful, awful and lonely moment where one feels totally abandoned by the world, so assisted dying is a very important choice for us to have

Those who believe in God are not threatened by the new proposed legislation as no one will be forced to euthanise and no medical professional has to assist if they do not wish to do so, but for those of us who have had enough and want the struggle and pain to end doctor assisted dying is a humane option and we should be allowed to have that.

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HOMELESSNESS WEEK A REMINDER OF AUSTRALIA’S SHAME

 

Aug 5 Homelessness Week

 

It is HOMELESSNESS WEEK so a reminder that many thousands of Australians sleep rough on the streets and in the wet and cold every night without protection for their safety. It is estimated that there are 9,000 homeless people in WA and we see quite a few in Fremantle as well.

Homelessness is shameful in a wealthy country like Australia and its needs to be prioritised by our federal and state governments because a very large percentage of homeless people are under the age of 18. They especially deserve our care and protection.

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FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT ON RAIL RECORD

 

The WA State Government has announced that in April this year a record of 23.7 per cent of container freight to Fremantle Port was by rail and more than 20 per cent freight on rail in 2018-19. This equates to taking around 110.000 one-way truck movements off our roads

The substantial 30 per cent increase of freight by rail comes after the McGowan government raised the subsidy when it came into power.

Western Australia has the highest proportion of containers on rail in Australia, so that is a pretty good effort.

Experts believe that 30 per cent container freight on rail is achievable for Fremantle Port operations, but critics believe the noise the additional and longer container trains create in the west of Fremantle is a severe nuisance to local residents, who also complain about strong vibrations.

It is great though to get so many trucks off our roads, but a good balance needs to be achieved to try to keep everyone happy.

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FREO’S MAYOR’S SISTER WINS WA BOOK AWARD

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt must be very proud of his sister Renee Pettitt-Schipp who received the WA Premier’s Award for Emerging Writer for her book The sky runs through us, published by UWA Press.

Winner –  The Sky Runs Right Through Us by Renee Pettitt-Schipp​
Published by UWA Publishing (2018)

In this evocative, memorable collection of poems, Pettitt-Schipp writes of experiences that are both personal and political. Formally diverse, tough-minded but always accessible, the poetry addresses issues ranging from Australia’s contemporary treatment of asylum seekers to the poet’s coming to terms with her father’s decline and death, to her appreciation of the natural environments which in which the poetry is set.

Congratulations to Renee and to her proud brother and family!

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MORE PROTECTION IN NEW HERITAGE ACT

 

It is important for Fremantle that stronger protections for Western Australia’s heritage places will come into effect on July 1, 2019, with the gazettal of the new Heritage Act 2018 and Heritage Regulations 2019 taking place today (June 27).

The new legislation replaces the outdated Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990, aligning WA with other States by ensuring better protections for important heritage places, particularly those left to ‘demolition by neglect’.

Key changes include:

  • A streamlined process for entering a place in the State Register of Heritage Places;
  • Clarity for owners wishing to develop their heritage places;
  • Better protection for heritage places at risk from ‘demolition by neglect’;
  • Increased transparency by publishing the Heritage Council’s advice to the Minister for Heritage on the inclusion of a place in the State Register; and
  • Time limits on certain decisions to provide certainty for decision-makers, industry and the community. 

The Heritage Council provides technical and professional assistance, and promotes public awareness and knowledge in relation to the State’s cultural heritage.

For a copy of the new Act and regulations, visit http://www.dplh.wa.gov.au

 

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$ 2.24 MILLION UPGRADE FOR FREMANTLE NETBALL

Posted in city of fremantle, fitness, health, recreation, sport, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2019

 

WA Premier Mark McGowan and Sport&Recreation Minister Mick Murray opened the new pavilion of the Fremantle Netball Association at Frank Gibdon Park on Sunday, just in time for the club’s 60th anniversary.

The $2.24 million upgrade includes a pavilion and change rooms, a first aid room, toilets and umpires’ rooms, and a canteen, kitchen and admin rooms.

The State paid $ 1.8 million toward the project while the club made up for the balance of it.

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RELOCATION OF PORT BEACH BUILDINGS CONSIDERED

 

 

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An ABC News report by Rhiannon Shine this morning  reveals that the State Government and City of Fremantle are considering relocating some of the buildings at Port Beach, such as the change rooms and the COAST restaurant bar.

An expert report compiled for the WA Government has relocation of infrastructure as one of the many options, which also include a seawall and groynes.

The report looked at the coastal erosion at hotspots along the WA coastline and Port Beach in Fremantle is clearly one of those.

Relocating an existing business such as Coast would be a very expensive exercise, so let’s wait and see what the government will conclude and what actions it will undertake, because this is no doubt too big a project for the City of Fremantle to attack.

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MOST TREES RETAINED AT HIGH STREET UPGRADE

 

MAINROADS has issued a statement concerning the preservation of trees at the Fremantle High Street Upgrade project, which I post in part below.

There is still no word if the City of Fremantle will receive land at Clontarf Hill in exchange for the loss of CoF land for the High Street Upgrade.

Since Commonwealth and State funding was received in May 2017, we have been working in partnership with the City of Fremantle to develop a concept plan that meets the key objective of improving safety on High Street, while minimising impacts to the surrounding environment – particularly established trees. These measures include:

Overall clearing footprint: There are 245 large trees in the project area between Carrington Street and Stirling

Highway. While earlier versions of this project would have required significant clearing, our final concept design retains at least 178 (or 72%) of these trees. 67 (28%) will be cleared.

Nesting hollows: No current or potential nesting hollows for black cockatoos or other species are impacted by the project.

Future potential breeding trees: 64 (of 245) trees within the project area are considered to be future potential breeding trees (there is no current evidence of breeding).

The project will retain at least 48 (75%) of these trees. 16 (25%) will be cleared.

Tuart trees: 31 trees within the project area are tuarts. We’ve changed our design to save at least 13 of these tuarts. This includes specimens close to the Fremantle Netball Centre estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old.

Design changes: The project will provide a tree-lined median between the eastbound and westbound carriageways. While providing an attractive gateway into the city, this measure allows 28 trees to be preserved.

Landscaping and Urban Design: We have developed a Landscape and Urban Design Framework and specified a high standard of urban design for the project through consultation with local stakeholders including the City of Fremantle and the local community. The detailed development of the urban design will involve a coordinated team of urban designers, landscape architects, a public artist and public arts coordinator, and will include further consultation with local stakeholders. The detailed landscaping plan comprises soft landscaping, involving extensive planting and revegetation with species appropriate to the local area. The planting work will be done by a specialist contractor in the first winter following construction completion.

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE TO FINALLY START IN SEPTEMBER

 

The Fremantle High Street Upgrade which was to start in March this year is delayed again and will now commence in September with the demolition of the residential properties which are occupied by squatters.

MAINROADS released the message below this morning:

High Street Upgrade a step closer following Environmental Approval

The upgrade of High Street will proceed following completion of the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Public Environmental Review process.

In March 2019, the EPA found the proposal environmentally acceptable, provided the conditions to reduce noise levels, retain identified mature trees and minimise the impact on black cockatoos were met. A public appeals process followed and the project can now proceed subject to the above conditions, following approval from the Minister for Environment on 23 May 2019. Further information can be found on the EPA website.

The project’s concept design , developed in consultation with the City of Fremantle, reflects a commitment to retain as many mature native and non-native trees as possible through the introduction of a median strip, as well as the installation of noise walls to offer residents protection from traffic noise. Engagement with local residents regarding the final location, design and configuration of these noise walls is ongoing.

Procurement update

In March 2019, Main Roads asked three shortlisted proponents to provide costed proposals for the detailed design and construction of the project. We expect to receive these proposals in July with a view to awarding a contract for delivery of the project in October. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

Demolition of Main Roads properties on High Street

Main Roads owns several properties in the High Street Upgrade road reserve that will be demolished as the land is required for the project. The majority are not leased and are in poor and potentially dangerous condition.

We are aware these properties are being illegally used by people for accommodation. Consequently, we have been working with the Department of Communities to ensure the people residing in the properties have access to alternative housing.

Demolition of these properties is scheduled to occur in September following a 90-day notice period. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to local residents and the road network during the demolition process.

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