Fremantle Port is tidying up for the planned sale/50 year lease with a new carpark and light poles near the old police station and a paint job and new fences for the lighthouses on the south and north mole.
It will only be a matter of time I assume till they do what real estate agents recommend when selling property and that is to get the smell of coffee and flowers throughout the port.
A large fire broke out at the property of Liberal party politician Matthew Hanssen this morning on the corner of Central Avenue and South Street in Beaconsfield. The building contains Mr Hanssen’s home, the Hanssen computer business and the Zedz fish&chips shop.
Matthew told me he had no idea how the blaze started but that the property is insured.
It is not a very good start of the year for Matthew Hanssen who stood for federal parliament against Melissa Parke and for state parliament against Simone McGurk. He also contested the Mayor of Fremantle election two years ago.
I feel very sorry for Matthew and the business operators as this is one of the worst starts of the year imaginable.
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I want to wish all the readers of Freo’s View, the entire Fremantle community, and my friends all over the world a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
It has been an amazing year with the Supreme Court win against the Roe 8 highway extension being a highlight that shows that people power still matters.
Being involved in the local government election was exciting. It was disappointing for me to receive so few votes but far more disappointing was the overall lack of voter participation. Around 25 per cent is not acceptable and it should become compulsory to vote for local councils.
It is a worrying trend to see the State Government wanting to diminish the power of local councils and the State’s Development Assessment Panels and State Administration Tribunal basically rubber stamping development applications against the wishes of local councils and communities. We need to fight that with all our might because the unique character of communities is being destroyed by uncaring bureaucrats.
There is a real feeling that Freo’s fortunes are turning with a lot of development all over the CBD. In five years from now many more people will live and work in the inner city and that is very positive. It is also positive that we are building more tourist accommodation, so that visitors can stay in Fremantle overnight and spend their money here and not in Perth. There has been a steep increase in tourism to Fremantle from the eastern states and the City of Fremantle should take note of that.
The Freo community likes to have a whinge about all the things that are supposedly wrong here but interstate and overseas visitors love it and rarely have a bad word to say. If at all it is about how expensive Fremantle is, so maybe we can learn from that as well. If one cafe can make an excellent Espresso for just $ 2.50 I don’t know why others charge nearly $ 4.00 for a tiny cup of hot brew.
I love Freo. I always have and I always will. We are a unique and opinionated mob who deeply care, who want to be part of change and solutions and who are willing to give up our own time to help others, to volunteer, to be part of community groups and to fight what we believe is wrong.
While I sometimes despair about the negativity of the comments on Freo’s View I am delighted I have created a public forum where the general community and the decision makers have their say, so keep it coming and keep sending me information about events, exhibitions, development, etc.
Have a relaxed and outstanding Christmas!
I took these photos of Samuel Beckett’s famous absurdist play Waiting for Godot about 40 years ago while working for the daily newspaper Abendzeitung in Nuremberg, West Germany. Looking at them today I think there is a likeness of the two characters with Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeillie, who are still waiting for something-ANYTHING!- to happen at Kings Square. Last year we were promised State Government would make an announcement in December 2014 of relocating the Housing Department to Fremantle but 12 months, and a very embarrassing budget, later there is still no word on it and the mighty economy reviving Kings Square project is still in limbo.
A few quotes from Waiting for Godot that could have been a conversation between Freo’s Mayor and the Sirona boss: “Let’s go!” “We can’t” “Why not?” “We’re waiting for Godot. Or this one: “Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It’s awful.” And the last quote from Godot probably sums up quite well what is going on at our City square. “There is no lack of void.”
So what will happen with the Kings Square project? The spin that there was a plan B, C and even D was basically hubris, so without Housing coming to Kings Square the contract between the partners will most likely become useless by April 2016. Will Sirona still buy the Queensgate building and will the City of Fremantle still build a new civic centre? Time will tell but Godot might never arrive in Fremantle either.
It must be a very quiet time at the West Australian newspaper when it is third page news today that the Mayor of Fremantle has been allowed by full Council to take his ‘company’ car for a holiday spin to Esperance.
While one might question why the City of Fremantle and other councils allow this practice it is not against the rules of local government as Minister Tony Simpson told the West.
Is it morally right for Brad Pettitt to ask to use the hybrid Holden Volt automatic because his lover can’t drive his private manual car? If I were the Mayor of this city I probably would not have applied for the exemption, but to make it big news in a national newspaper is very much about reporting a storm in a teacup. This is not the Freo Mayor’s fault but a questionable system, as we have experienced at Federal and State levels as well.
If the community does not approve of it let’s ask Council and/or State Government to change the rules on the private use of City owned cars, but for the time being I wish Brad Pettitt and his companion a pleasant holiday and happy Christmas on the gorgeous Esperance beaches.
WA Treasurer Mike Nahan has indicated the State wants to move the live animal trade away from Fremantle Port and to the outer harbour as it is an unsightly and smelly part of the inner harbour operations.
More than 2 million sheep and close to 140,000 cattle are transported on trucks to Fremantle port which creates a constant outcry by animal rights protestors.
An outer harbour solution could be the James Point location near Rockingham where the Buckeridge group wanted to built a private port. And while the State is relocating the live trade they might as well get started on planning and building the outer harbour and overflow container facilities so that fewer trucks will have to come to Fremantle Port once the new harbour has been built.