Archive from October, 2012
Oct 11, 2012 - News    Comments Off on Update & add your support for the bus trial

Update & add your support for the bus trial

Last night’s meeting went well. One thing about SGS committee is that all those decisions must be signed off by the full council in two weeks time, so there could still be some minor changes to what was passed last night. Having said that, I don’t think there will be any big surprises…

The parking plan was approved, so you can expect those changes to come into effect on 1 December 2012.

The Graffiti policy was approved for advertising so as to give the community an opportunity to have a detailed say about it. This will then come back to council with that feedback for a final council decision. These things take time!

My pet project – the bus diversion trial – was approved, thanks to everyone who gave me feedback this week about it. It was good to be able to share that with the others on committee. Now we are going to arrange a meeting with the PTA to discuss it with them. Read more »

Oct 7, 2012 - News    15 Comments

Problem solving parking in Freo

The parking challenges in Freo are sometimes overstated but clearly people are being caught out with hefty fines and there is some room for improvement.  A Council working group was formed to develop strategies to make parking work better for residents and visitors alike. These initiatives are coming to this week’s SGS meeting for debate on Wednesday 10 October.

Night time parking fees

I’m pleased that one of my campaign suggestions was adopted – to make night time street parking a flat rate all night. If this gets approved, you will only need to pay a maximum of $4 to park on the street at night in Freo, regardless of how long you stay. You wont need to go back to your car to feed the meter.

More half-hour free parking in the east end Read more »

Oct 7, 2012 - News    6 Comments

Updating Freo’s Graffiti policy

I worked with public policy students from the University of Notre Dame this year to review and update the City of Fremantle’s outdated graffiti policy.

The new policy proposes that street art – graffiti that has some artistic and creative merit – will be left in place unless it is offensive or the property owner asks for it to be removed.

There is some wonderfully creative street art happening in Fremantle. Thoughtful and attractive street art adds to the local culture and experience of a place. It has even been suggested to have regenerative effects on a neighborhood.

What do you think?

The policy that will be debated on Wednesday 10 October is copied below.

The full council report – including the report and the findings from the Notre Dame study – can be found here under “Agenda Attachments”: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/cityoffremantle/Agendas_and_minutes/Strategic_General_Services_Committee/2011/10_October_2012?agenda

Big thanks to Martin Drum and his students for their time and effort on this project.

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Oct 4, 2012 - Ideas, News    6 Comments

Bus-Free Cappuccino Strip over summer?

I have proposed that council supports a trial to keep all buses – except the CAT – off the cappuccino strip over summer. What do you think?

Below is the Notice of Motion that will be debated on Wednesday 10 October:

That the Council requests that the Public Transport Authority continues the current service deviation of bus routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920 in place due to road works underway on the “Cappuccino Strip” (Market Street and the northern end of South Terrace) as a trial over summer.

The CAT bus will resume its route along the cappuccino strip as soon as possible.

The buses – Routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920 – will to continue to divert along Parry Street, Elder Street and Phillimore Street (as outlined on the PTA website and copied below) from the beginning of the Fremantle Festival (Sunday 28 October) until the end of the Street Arts Festival (Easter Monday 2013). Read more »