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FREMANTLE TRAFFIC BRIDGE CLOSED

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 30, 2016

 

The Mainroads Department last night closed the old Fremantle traffic bridge for at least a week as a safety precaution after erosion was found at one of the foundation piers of the bridge. No doubt there will be bad traffic congestions next week especially during the rush hours, so don’t go anywhere near it!

Work had been done to strengthen the bridge and make it safer over the last months, with new fenders installed at water level to prevent boats from running into the bridge.

This is a very interesting development in light of the statement by State Government that there would be no need to build Stage 3 of the Perth Freight Link for another ten years and that the two bridges would remain the only river crossings. What now?

Roel Loopers

INCOMPETENT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CREATES CHAOS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 28, 2016

I have just witnessed absolute and utter traffic management incompetence in the West End of Fremantle that created chaos for hundreds of motorists.

Traffic management is not rocket science, all it needs is common sense and knowledge of the street layout of the inner city. The company the City of Fremantle contracts appears to have no clue a lot of the time, as I often witness their unacceptable efforts, where so-called traffic management is actually creating the congestion.

It started with cars being allowed to drive into Cliff Street from Phillimore Street and High Street toward Marine Terrace, but arriving there they were turned back at the roundabout in the direction they came from as there was no left turn allowed into Marine Parade because of speed hump road work near the Esplanade Hotel, so traffic management had created a cul de sac with nowhere to go but back.

Cars were also allowed to enter Mouat, Pakenham, Henry streets from High and Phillimore streets to arrive at Marine Parade where they were not allowed to turn left and had to turn right to also end up at the Cliff Street/Marine Parade roundabout where traffic was already at a near standstill.

Basic logic and the tiniest wee bit of common sense by the professional traffic controllers would have seen the need to block traffic at Cliff, Mouat and Henry streets and not allow cars to proceed to Marine Parade.

Traffic management they are not, but traffic chaos creators, and the City should give them the boot because they don’t know what they are doing.

Roel Loopers

IT IS A GOOD CORPORATE MOVE TO FREMANTLE

Posted in business, fremantle, perth, west australian by freoview on November 11, 2015

Articles in the West Australian today made me contemplate to what extend corporate responsibility should go. The argument-and hope-that private investors could finance lightrail in Perth because it would be good for their workers and hence the bottom line is an interesting one and has some merit. Staff that needs to travel less to and from work will be happier and healthier and would probably be a more productive workforce so that should be good for the employers. I read though that there is little demand for office space in the suburbs and that indicates to me that employers don’t get it or don’t care about the big picture.

Decentralisation of the workforce away from the Perth CBD and the creation of so-called satellite cities should be a priority for our State Government and large employers because traffic congestion is affecting the productivity and bottom line of businesses.

Fremantle is desperate for economic recovery and revitalisation but it has been near impossible to get commitment from the State and larger corporations to move staff to Freo. Sirona Capital is hamstrung with the Kings Square development because no one wants to commit to moving to Fremantle, and even substantial residential and hotel development alone will not be enough to make Fremantle the state’s second city again. We need more office workers in Fremantle and more medium to large retailers to make the port city vibrant again.

There are huge development plans for the Coogee coast just south of Fremantle and somehow our retailers need to be able to tap into that potential and that requires better public transport along that southern corridor, ideally in the form of lightrail. It should also encourage businesses to open offices in Freo, close to where the workforce lives, but that has not been forthcoming and I wonder why that is.

Is it more prestigious for companies to have offices in big towers in Perth than four floors in a Fremantle low to medium rise, and is the corporate image more important than looking after one’s employees and the general community?

The urban sprawl in Perth cannot be allowed to continue because long commuting to work  is bad for personal health, bad for traffic and bad for the environment, and it costs money so it is bad for the bottom line. It is time for big businesses to make a move to the satellites of the metro area and for quite a few of them to make the move to Fremantle, so their workers can enjoy the unique lifestyle of our city. Procrastinating in the Perth CBD and complaining about congestion and public transport is not helpful or being part of the solution. Change is required! Make the move to Freo!!

Roel Loopers

MATURITY NEEDED IN PERTH FREIGHT LINK DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on October 26, 2015

Freo’s View has been publishing a lot of comments about the Perth Freight Link and sadly it has all gone negative again with people trying to get political mileage out of it.

I have no idea why the opposition against the Perth Freight Link is considered to be political. That might apply to media stuff from the Labor, Liberal and Greens parties, but certainly not from the community groups and councils who are against it. This is not Barnett bashing but trying to find proper solutions for what is a real difficult problem to solve.

Even the Premier admitted at a North Fremantle community forum that there are no elegant solutions to get from Stirling Highway into the port, and that is his realistic assessment, which Curtin University Professor Peter Newman agreed with. Mainroads told a meeting at Fremantle Ports that there are no final plans, no timeline and no budget to build stage 2 and 3, so let’s stop the nonsense of attacking all and sundry and try instead to help solve the problem and find solutions.

An outer harbour has not been budgeted for and there is no money in the State coffers, and even if there was, it will take up to ten years to build the outer harbour and it will have severe environmental impact on Cockburn Sound and traffic issues in the area.

More freight on rail would be great but the present line will never accommodate the desired but unrealistic 30%, so a lot of money is needed to build a new line that can accommodate double-stacking. It is not fair to believe the present line through the west of Fremantle should handle more trains as it already negatively impacts on people living along it.

Let’s have a rational, mature and constructive debate about the issue and stop bashing people who have different views on how to solve the problem. I am sick and tired of the relentless negative comments on this blog!

Roel

POPULATION GROWTH A BIG CHALLENGE FOR US ALL

Posted in fremantle, housing, planning by freoview on October 8, 2015

A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies-ACOLA tells us a lot what we already know but is important to remind us all about it time and time again.

The ACOLA reports says that by the middle of next century the population will be double in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and that the cost of urban congestion will increase four-fold in the next 20 years to $ 53 billion by 2031.

We all know and understand that urban sprawl is the major factor in this, so ACOLA recommends to reduce and avoid the need to travel through creating economic hubs so people live close near where they work, and to shift to environmentally friendly transport; public, bikes, walking, and improve energy efficiency; electric cars.

The recommendation I like best, and wonder why it is not happening already, is to get all three levels of government, Federal, State and Local to actually coordinate planning.

ACOLA also suggest to establish a planning philosophy where the need for mobility is reduced and the aim of good health and sustainability advanced.

It all makes sense but how do we get the Great Australian Dream of a big house and garden out of the Australian culture?

The W.A. State Government is not exactly rushing to create so called satellite cities around the Perth metro area and move large departments to places like Fremantle, and neither are big businesses keen to move away from their highrise palaces in Perth and West Perth.

One option would be for Landcorp to release less land for single housing and insist on higher density new suburbs, and urban infill needs to increase faster than at the present rate and that is a challenge for local governments as residents are reluctant to embrace it.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

PERTH FREIGHT LINK. IF IT SMELLS LIKE SHIT…

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on October 6, 2015

No doubt it is all just one huge coincidence that W.A. Mainroads want a wider road reserve at Port Beach Road in North Fremantle to feed Fremantle Ports trucks to a future realigned Curtin Avenue into Cottesloe, as the Western Suburbs newspaper reports today.

It has of course absolutely nothing to do with the planned Perth Freight Link, if one can believe the spokeswoman who talked to the newspaper.

Cottesloe also has nothing to fear from trucks spilling into the town, Mainroads told Cottesloe Council and that only two per cent of Port related trucks travel along Port Beach Road and that will not change with the PFL. Maybe not but if the number of trucks doubles that will double as well.

But wait! Its own documents and estimations show that Mainroads believes up to 42 per cent of trucks will be leakings, as they call it, from major routes to suburban streets. It is estimated some 13,200 trucks will use the PFL so you can do your own calculations on how many trucks will keep going along Leach Highway for example and through Melville. Take note Mayor Russell Aubrey!

The Leighton Beach area east of Tydeman Road is earmarked for residential development, a hotel has just been approved at the beach, but Mainroads wants to widen the road to accommodate more trucks. Great planning!

Mainroads might us all want to believe that the Perth Freight Links smells like roses but if it looks and smells like shit, it most likely is shit.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent. 

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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THURSDAY SOUTH FREMANTLE ELECTION FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 21, 2015

There is a community election forum for South Fremantle Ward on Thursday the 24th at 7 pm at the LOCAL Hotel, formerly Seaview, where people will be able to get to know the South Ward candidates a little bit better.

The City of Fremantle is in the process of wanting to do traffic calming and shared street along South Terrace near the Douro Road roundabout, and Councillor Rachel Pemberton suggested in the Herald to ban trucks from driving along Hampton Road, so what do the candidates think about that?

South Terrace is congested at rush hour during late afternoons with traffic banking from Hampton Road all the way down Douro Road and South Terrace as far at Little Lefroy Street. Traffic calming and reduced speed could make that worse, and trucks not allowed on Hampton Road will have to find other routes from south to north and vice versa and will start using South Terrace and Marine Parade instead.

Marine Parade also gets substantial traffic during rush hours, so South Fremantle needs to be looked at in more detail because shifting the problem from one street to the next one is not a solution.

South Fremantle has changed into a really nice community hub with local cafes, burger and sausage bars, a bicycle hire and buying shop, the upgraded South Beach Hotel, the huge East West shop and great mural painting, etc. so one needs to treat carefully here  and not make changes that will become detrimental for the local community.

It will be a hard task to get the balance right as traffic will have to go somewhere, delivery trucks have to get there, but there should also be safe pedestrian crossing, better cyclist safety, etc. Who wants to be a Councillor?

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

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GREAT BRIDGE PROTEST AGAINST FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on September 13, 2015

Over a thousand people turned up this Sunday morning for the Bridge Protest against the PERTH FREIGHT LINK. The crowd stretched all along Stirling Bridge and received many appreciative honks from passing motorists.

Politicians Melissa Parke, Lyn MacLaren, Peter Tinley and Alannah McTiernan were there, as were the Mayors and Councillors of affected municipalities.

Here photos of the event that all interested organisations can use free of charge on social media, as long as they give me a credit for it.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

ANTI FREIGHT LINK BRIDGE RALLY ON TODAY!!!!

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, protest by freoview on September 13, 2015

Rethink the link bridge protest

ON TODAY! The BRIDGE RALLY against the PERTH FREIGHT LINK!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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PERTH FREIGHT LINK AN EXPENSIVE DUD

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on August 19, 2015

A new report by Infrastructure Australia on the proposed Perth Freight Link has concluded that the road will cost more but will deliver less than promised and that it is a substantial risk to Western Australia’s finances.

The initial cost to link Roe Highway with Stock Road in Fremantle were set at $ 1.6 billion with an estimated cost benefit of $ 5.00 for every dollar spent, but the Infrastructure Australia report says it would be $ 1,74 billion with only $ 2,50 cost benefit per dollar invested in building the road.

The report states that 12 options were short-listed but none delivered an integration with a future outer harbour.

Many people have an opinion about the PFL and it has unfortunately been politicised but one thing should be crystal clear to proponents and opponents of the toll road and that is that the planning of it has been an utter shambles akin to what happens in some third-world countries. The people of W.A. will pay for many years to come for a road planned by amateurs who should be kicked out of office for their sheer incompetence.

Roel Loopers

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