Bureaucracy-like car salesmen, lawyers, politicians, Dutchmen, journalists, and Roel Loopers, to name just a few-has a bad reputation.
I know one should never generalise so let me declare that I have often dealt with excellent public servants at the City of Fremantle and all levels of government.
Why am I writing this? Because I thought there must be some reason and order within City of Fremantle madness I do not understand. It’s probably not the fault of an officer but of the system and lack of rules.
Yesterday the two new fire extinguishers in the Roundhouse were tested and the contractor told me the only other devise he needed to test at Arthur Head for CoF was the one in the Gunners Cottage, which is the office of the Roundhouse volunteers.
This means that none of the artist’s studios at Captain’s and Mrs Trivett lanes have fire extinguishers installed although some of them have highly flammable goods in them. I don’t know a painter who would not have turpentine in their studio.
It seems illogical to me that the Roundhouse, that is highly unlikely to ever catch fire, needs to have two fire extinguishers, but highly flammable artist’s studios in tiny residential cottages that are also open to the public don’t have any.
If a fire broke out in one of the cottages it could very easily and rapidly spread to the others along the lane and all that heritage would be gone.
The City of Fremantle has some serious health&safety and public liability worries at the Roundhouse that need to be urgently addressed before someone gets badly hurt. We know of three people who have fallen because parts of the path have broken off and made the surface dangerous, but there might well be more who did not report it. It’s only a matter of time till someone will break an ankle or arm.
Repairs should be a priority at the well-visited tourist destination that attracts hundreds of people every day. The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides who look after the Roundhouse have reported the damage and danger to the COF several times.
Shaking ones head is not good enough when it comes to trying to understand how bureaucracy works and how some City of Fremantle officers go about their business. The Old Port Project at Bathers Beach is another example of things going dreadfully wrong and one wonders who did the planning and who the management of the project.
On Friday the fences around the project finally came down after lengthy delays but already a major problem had appeared. The massive and heavy wooden seats on rail lines are horrendously dangerous and out of control. One was already derailed yesterday after children played with them. There are no brakes on these movable seats, so they become things for kids to play with. The rails slope, so the seats can’t be stopped by kids once on the move, herewith creating the serious danger of children being caught in between them and getting crushed.
The Old Port Project has cost over a million dollars and basic things like health and safety have not been taken into account? That is pretty inept management and whoever is responsible should be held accountable.
There is no need for the seats to be movable. It’s a cute idea and a bit of a gimmick, but the health and safety aspects of making them movable should have been considered well before the public was allowed to use them. I heard the builders considered them very dangerous, so was there no communication between them and the City of Fremantle officers in charge of the project? It’s pathetic really!