Anti-social behaviour problems in Fremantle stem from a range of sources and will not be fixed simply.
Firstly there is the alcohol-fueled stupidity and destruction from patrons attending some of Fremantle’s nightspots. Then there’s the often intimidating behaviour or just plain loud intoxicated disregard shown from those on our streets in the daytime. In both cases the problem is often intoxication – perhaps we need a sobering up centre in town? Continue reading
An inner city doctor wrote to me about the problem he is experiencing with people sleeping and defecating in the verandah of his office, asking me what I would do to help if I was elected to council.
Here is my response:
Homelessness (and associated anti-social behaviour) is a complex problem and not something that council cannot fix alone. Continue reading
I thought I would share this broadly – my response to questions posed by the Road To Rail campaign
I am writing to you on behalf of the Fremantle Road to Rail Campaign as part of our survey of local government candidates on the subject of increasing the percentage of freight that goes to Fremantle Port by rail.
Can you please tell us:
1. Are you concerned that the percentage of freight going to Fremantle Port by rail has decreased from 17% in 2007 to 11% in 2011 and is projected to be 8.5% in 2011-12? Continue reading
What makes a home?
For me it is history; memories embodied everywhere. Familiar faces, current friends or people from the distant past, knowing every shop, every street, every crevice – it all makes me feel like I belong.
I have been relishing this sense of home while on the campaign trail. It has been an unexpected treat to be knocking on the doors of neighbours whose children I once babysat, ‘adopted’ aunts and uncles, former teachers, friends of my parents, familiar names and faces. The support and enthusiasm I have received has filled me with renewed warmth and commitment to my community – that this is worth my time, my energy and the public scrutiny – to contribute further and serve the community that I love. Continue reading
As a founding member of the Business Improvement Group of Northbridge (BIG N), participating on behalf of a local business, I have experience and a word of caution regarding the proposed Business Improvement District (BID).
The current pool of funds (approx $300,000) raised through the differential rate is a substantial amount of money available to invest in growing local business – I have run successful national marketing campaigns with less. However, as soon as you start talking about employing staff, setting up an office and so on, that money quickly disappears with nothing actually happening. Continue reading
One of the most frequent questions I am being asked while door knocking is what my position is on the development and height issue in Fremantle.
There is often a tension between new development, height and heritage in Fremantle – and there are no simple answers. My position is:
Launching the Cappuccino Strip Street Club in January this year
Having worked in local government, I know what can actually be delivered and what is an empty election promise.
I also know how to get things done. I believe council should facilitate the community’s goal and aspirations rather than hinder them. I succeeded in cutting through the bureaucracy of council in order to achieve great results for the community. I tend to see opportunities and get the right people together to make good things happen.
This occurred last year when I invited placemaker David Engwicht to Fremantle, convinced the Council would apply some of his creative ideas for public places if they saw him in action. The result was the formation of the community-led street party known as the “Cappuccino Strip Street Club” (see CSSC April 2 Herald ) and we developed a creative and practical use to make the dirty dead space in Westgate Mall more safe and pleasant (stay tunned for an announcement very soon…) Continue reading
The City of Fremantle has a great affordable housing policy but the pitiful ten percent target set in the Strategic Sites report misses many opportunities to deliver affordable housing for key workers, students and people on moderate incomes.
If elected, I would work to establish projects like the City of Perth’s Key City Workers Development* in Fremantle and work with Notre Dame to establish more student accommodation in the central city.
This would bring more life into the city, trade for local businesses and improve safety and security with more people in the area. Continue reading
As an avid cyclist and member of the Fremantle Bicycle Users Group, I appreciate the recent improvements to cycling facilities in Fremantle, but there is still work to do.
South Terrace, from the markets to Wray Avenue, is a death trap for cyclists. I witnessed one cyclist get hit by a bus at the lights and my colleague was hit by a bus outside the hospital. I ride the same stretch of road everyday and regularly feel at risk, especially from busses. Continue reading
Imagine our fair city in 4 years – what do you see?
I see a vibrant hub, bustling with activity like the early days of Perth’s colonial settlement; when Fremantle was a centre for trade, recreation and influence. But added to that is its recognition as a centre for creativity, quality unique produce and knowledge and it regains its position at the forefront of Perth’s cultural and social landscape. Continue reading