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PEOPLE POWER SAYS NEVER AGAIN!

Posted in beeliar wetlands, city of fremantle, perth freight link, Uncategorized by freoview on December 5, 2017

 

 

I just received a copy of the fascinating NEVER AGAIN book about the Roe 8+9 highway and Perth Freight Link by Andrea Gaynor, Peter Newman and Philip Jennings.

Although I have only read a few pages and flicked through the substantial book, I highly recommend it as a Christmas present because it is the very uplifting and inspiring story of people power and grassroots impact.

As Professor Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville writes in his foreword, It is the story of the world.

Andrea Gaynor and Peter Newman write that it was remarkable that the despoliation of the Beeliar wetlands and Coolbellup bushland was carried out by the Colin Barnett government in the last few months of an unpopular and desperate government.

They say that previous environmental and Aboriginal heritage assessments were overruled to accommodate the development and that is was about a federal government funding a foisted and unwanted project on a vulnerable community, and that the story is about an extraordinary grassroots campaign.

The freight tollroad to nowhere, which would have stopped 3km from Fremantle Port near Stirling Highway, and that would have severely impacted on the black cockatoo habitat and Aboriginal heritage was stopped by the community when it kicked out the Barnett government.

One of the first announcements by new Premier Mark McGowan was that the Perth Freight Link would not be built, as he had campaigned for during the election.

The book authors say the Roe 8 process raises many important issues about the processes of government and agencies such as Mainroads and the EPA.

They ask what kind of integrated transport planning process can be introduced to prevent unwanted development being forced upon the community.

In an optimistic note they write that the Beeliar Wetlands are evidence that community leadership can drive a sustainable and inclusive process where and when political leadership fails.

The Perth Fright Link saga has shown that the community does not have to accept government decisions and that it is our democratic right to stand up for the protection of our heritage and environment, and that future generations expect that off us.

Buy some copies for Christmas presents!

Roel Loopers

Disclosure: Two of my photos are printed in the book, which I supplied free of charge.

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MAKE IT A HOT COMMUNITY FREO SUNDAY

 

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It promises to be a hot Sunday, but there is plenty to do in Fremantle, so don’t stay at home.

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on from 8am till midday at Annie Street in Beaconsfield.

The Fremantle Arts Centre Christmas Bazaar is on from 10-5 and the In Cahoots Aboriginal art show is there as well.

Not far from there the East Fremantle Festival in George Street is on from 1-7pm.

And last but not least the NEVER AGAIN book launch about the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link protests is at the Town Hall from 5-10 pm with live music, readings, speeches, food and drinks.

It’s going to be a busy Sunday for those who like to connect with their Freo community. Have fun!

Roel Loopers

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NEW TASKFORCE FOR NEW OUTER HARBOUR

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

Transport, Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti has announced that the WA State Government has assigned the Westport Taskforce, chaired by Nicole Lockwood, to do the long-term planning for a new outer harbour at Kwinana.

The multi-agency will create a long-range vision for the planning, development and growth of the inner harbour in Fremantle and the new outer harbour in Cockburn Sound.

The taskforce is to deliver a ports and environs strategic plan that will comprise of experts from multiple state agencies, such as transport, finances, planning, employment, and the environment.

The taskforce will plan the size and location of the new port, the timing and the operating model, and rail and road links to the Kwinana port.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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UWA BOOK ABOUT PERTH FREIGHT LINK

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

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UWA Publishing are in the process of editing a book about the Roe 8 highway/Perth Freight Link, and the huge community protest.

University of Western Australia’s Andrea Gaynor, Philip Jennings and Professor Peter Newman are doing all the work, so stay tuned for the book that should be out by November, just in time for Christmas presents.

Roel Loopers

MANDATE TO STOP ROE 8 QUESTIONED

Posted in election, federal government, fremantle, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on March 15, 2017

The rather delusional Federal Liberal member for Tangney Ben Morton claims the WA state election results show that there is a lot of support in the southern suburbs for the Perth Freight Link/Roe 8 project.

I am not sure how anyone can read into the election results anything else than a very clear mandate for the Mark  McGowan Labor government to stop the Roe 8 project as there are substantial increases in the Labor vote in Fremantle, Bicton, Tangney, etc.

The voting results should also send a clear message to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the federal government that WA does not want to build the Perth Freight Link and that federal funding should be allocated to projects such as the planning for an outer harbour and Metronet public transport.

 

Roel Loopers

LET’S HAVE A ROE 8 EXHIBITION!

Posted in community, democracy, election, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on March 13, 2017

The Save Beeliar Wetlands and Roe 8-Perth Freight Link community protest has been so successful that I believe there should be an exhibition of photos and videos of what happened over the last years.

Thousands of photos were taken and hours of video recorded and that should not be lost but end up in the Fremantle history library, but first in a big exhibition at the Moores building.

People power had a big impact on the W.A. election on Saturday and there is no doubt in my mind that Labor’s Lisa O’Malley won the seat of Bicton because of the Roe 8 issues.

Saturday’s election was not so much about the Labor win but more about democracy and how we all can make a difference when we stand up for what we believe in. It takes guts to do that and I greatly admire those who never protested before but who took on leadership because they wanted to leave their children a better place.

Forget all the politics and parties and all the negativity and see the very positive message the Roe 8 community protest has delivered. It is about us the people! We are not numbers. We are passionate people who care about our environment and community and we know we are just the custodians for a short time. That brings with it a great responsibility to look after our planet for future generations.

Well done all and a great strong and deep message for all politicians in Australia.

Let’s have that exhibition!

Roel Loopers

WONDERFUL FREO COPENHAGEN A LONG WAY AWAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, harbour, tourism by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

Fremantle Councillor Rachel Pemberton suggests in the Fremantle Herald today that we should import Danish logic and develop Fremantle Port like the port of Copenhagen, but it is essential to be very realistic about the idea of developing South Quay into a residential estate and a tourist, markets, entertainment hub, because this is very, very long-distant vision.

Fremantle people need to be aware and pragmatic about the fact that Fremantle Port will be a working port for decades to come, even if the new state government started building an outer harbour at Kwinana on Monday when the election results are in.

The outer harbour plans for Kwinana have always only been about an overflow port when the inner city Freo port reaches capacity, so State Government planners will still have to find better ways of getting freight in and out of Fremantle for the next twenty years or so.

The Perth Freight Link is not the solution because the last link is missing and won’t get trucks into Fremantle Port faster and better. The existing railway line through the West End can’t handle double-stacking and the PTA is reluctant to mix passenger and freight rail, so a new railway line would have to be built to get the rail capacity anywhere near the maximum 30 per cent.

Short-term jobs will come with building a new outer harbour, but also with building the Roe 8,9, 10, or building a new railway line, but long-term jobs will be lost for wharfies once Kwinana port is built because of automation of the new modern port.

While we have heard a lot of election promises from everyone we need to be very aware of the fact that W.A. is closing in on a debt of over $ 40 billion dollars, so there really is no money to spent big on big projects and many promises will have to be broken because of lack of cash, no matter who wins tomorrow.

I wish, hope and pray that Mark McGowan will not find out on Monday that stopping the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link project will cost the State millions of dollars it can’t afford to spend on buying out contractors, or huge legal costs

The development of South Quay will not happen in my lifetime. It is a great very long-term vision by Fremantle Council but one that will not be realised in the next twenty years or more. Up till then we need to find better ways of moving freight and some of that could be achieved by more trucks to port at night time when the roads are empty.

Big dreams are great but we need to be realistic and deal with the problems at hand.

I took the photos above in Fremantle Port this morning. There is also a navy ship in and I noticed another two off the coast.

Roel Loopers

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MUMS’ CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS IN WETLANDS CONCERT

Posted in community, fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway by freoview on March 6, 2017

 

The LIVE FOR THE WETLANDS concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Labour Day Monday attracted hundreds of people young and old and many of them families.

They gathered to protest against the Roe 8 Highway and Perth Freight Link and show Premier Colin Barnett that the community-led campaign has gone from strength to strength thanks to a few mothers who never had been activists before.

It was a very Freo relaxed event with great music by Mathas, Grace Barbé, POW Negro, Usurper of Modern Medicine, Lucy Peach, Luke Dux & the Atomic Lunchbox, DJ Mama Cass.

The future of future generations depends on the sustainability of Planet Earth and it is no surprise that parents are very worried about the relentless destruction of our environment and stepped up to create their own campaign.

Well done and thank you to all who put so much effort and work into it!

Roel Loopers

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LIVE FOR THE WETLANDS CONCERT AT ARTS CENTRE

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway, western australia by freoview on March 5, 2017

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LIVE FOR THE WETLANDS is on Labour Day, Monday March 6 at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 3-8 pm.

Families for the Wetlands is bringing another incredible line up of musicians together to celebrate community and this incredible campaign.

Artists include: Mathas, Grace Barbé, POW Negro, Usurper of Modern Medicine, Lucy Peach, Luke Dux & the Atomic Lunchbox, DJ Mama Cass
with more surprises, guests and artists to be announced.

Street food: The famous Freo Arts Centre wood fired pizza oven will be turning out the dough and if that’s not your thing some other famous Freo food vans will be rolling in.

Drinks: The Arts Centre bar will be open 🙂

This event is by community for community and will be raising funds for Rethink the Link.

Entry is by minimum donation of $5 per person (kids free), but please give what you think the gig is worth and what you can afford.

This event is 18+ (minors can attend with parent/legal guardian)

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ROE 8 PROTESTORS ON STRIRLING BRIDGE

Posted in election, fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway, western australia by freoview on March 5, 2017

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An estimated 1,300 people walked from North and East Fremantle onto the Fremantle Stirling traffic bridge on Sunday morning in protest of the planned Roe 8, 9, 10 highway and Perth Freight Link tunnel.

They had a lot of support from passing motorists and even truck drivers who tooted their horn and waved.

There was a strong call for rejecting the Colin Barnett Liberal/National government at Saturday’s state election.

Roel Loopers

Community and not for profit groups can use the photos above. Photo credit required!

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