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Sep 25, 2011 - History, Ideas, News    1 Comment

Homelessness in Fremantle

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. Read more »

Sep 22, 2011 - History    Comments Off on There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

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. Read more »

Sep 16, 2011 - History, Ideas    4 Comments

Promises or proof?

Launching the Cappuccino Strip Street Club earlier this year

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…) Read more »