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NAVY FORCE FOR BAD BOY BOOM BUST BARNETT

Posted in election, fremantle, fremantle ports, politics by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

Fremantle Port looks as if Labor leader and former Navy officer Mark McGowan has called in a few favours to show Bad Boy Boom Bust Barnett and his supporters who will be in charge from Monday on.

There are five warships in the port and one off shore, so that is a clear show of force. ; >)

One more sleep!

Roel Loopers

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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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ROE 8 BRIDGE WALK PROTEST

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway, western australia by freoview on March 2, 2017

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There will be another protest against the Perth Freight Link and Roe 8, 9, 10 highway this Sunday March 5 at 10 am. It is organised by concerned North and East Fremantle residents who will be subjected to huge daily traffic congestion, pollution and noise if the highway and tunnel get built.

It will be a bridge walk to show the missing link in the flawed government process that will see traffic bottlenecking at the Stirling Bridge.

Meet at Sorrel Park in North Fremantle or Kitson Park in East Fremantle.

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ADELE WINS FREMANTLE ELECTION FORUM

Posted in democracy, election, fremantle, politics by freoview on February 28, 2017

There was a clear winner at Tuesday’s Fremantle Candidates Forum at Notre Dame University and that was Adele who was singing at Subiaco Oval and kept the Fremantle audience to one of the lowest I have seen in many years. Very disappointing!

But to be honest, those who stayed away did not miss out on much as it was a pretty dull event. It is basically a Q&A that does not encourage debate between the candidates, so everyone claps politely for the other candidates, no matter what they say. Boring!

Is it voter apathy or lethargy or was it just me being a bit tired of hearing the same stuff, but I left without feeling inspired by anyone, but for the lovely slogans by Chris Jenkins of the Socialist Alliance Party.”Vote for the idea that a better world is possible! And “If we lived in a community that nurtured each other more mental health cases would go down.”

Ceo Olwyn Williams of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce rightly questioned why we rarely see an image of Fremantle, WA’s second most visited destination, in tourism promotions for the state.

Janetia Knapp of the Julie Matheson for WA Party said they were the only party that would introduce legislation to keep WA’s GST in WA and not send it to Canberra. That probably would involve WA pulling out of the federation and secede, but who cares.

Knapp also said we need to create Aboriginal cultural tourism in Fremantle and show it to the world, and I absolutely agree with her.

Labor’s Simone McGurk and Greens’ Martin Spencer both want to develop South Quay for tourism and residential, so good luck with that with Fremantle Port remaining a working port for at least another 25 years, no matter if the outer harbour is built immediately or in ten years.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate Warren Duffy said he likes the Perth Freight Link because he likes to drive cars and that although Hanson is against the PFL the West Australian party made up their own mind.

McGurk said if Labor wins they’ll stop work on Roe 8 straight away and they would get on with the outer harbour during their first term in government.

An inquiry, maybe a Royal Commission should look into the Perth Freight Link contracts some candidates said.

All candidates agreed that more resources need to be directed toward mental health care.

We heard a few times that Fremantle is unique, but we knew that already.

Maybe I should have robbed a bank and go to Adele in Subi after all, because the forum left me very flat and with little hope for real change.

Roel Loopers

FREO ELECTION FORUM TONIGHT!

Posted in democracy, election, fremantle, politics by freoview on February 28, 2017

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Don’t forget to come to the Fremantle Candidates Election Forum tonight hosted by former ABC political reporter Peter Kennedy.

It is on from 6.30-8.30 pm at Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets in the West End.

All candidates have been invited so it could be a very lively debate in regard to the Perth Freight Link and sale of Fremantle Port.

Fremantle has long been considered a safe seat for the Labor party but the demographics have been changing in recent years due to increased residential development, so Simone McGurk has a fight on her hands to retain her seat.

I’ll report on the debate at around 9.30 this evening!

Roel Loopers

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ALTERNATIVE KINGS SQUARE FIGURES FACTS

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, western australia by freoview on February 21, 2017

It appears that Premier Colin Barnett and the City of Fremantle engaged in a bit of ‘alternative facts’ spin when they announced late last year that 1,500 state government staff would relocate to Fremantle to the Kings Square project.

A reliable source informs me that nearly one-third of them will relocate from Marine House opposite the Esplanade Hotel in Essex Street, so they are already in Fremantle and will only move one kilometre further east.

I hear marine-related officers are not too happy about it as it will take them further away from their boats in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ELECTION FORUM ON TUESDAY

Posted in democracy, election, fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 17, 2017

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There has been some confusion about the day of the Fremantle WA State Election Forum, so just to confirm that it is Tuesday February 28 at 6.30 pm.

It is as always at the Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets.

All candidates have been invited, but it is a bit of a tradition for the Liberal candidate not to turn up, so let’s wait and see.

Roel Loopers

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