The proposed amalgamation between Melville, East Fremantle and Fremantle (plus part of Canning!) has prompted me to think about the practical and tangible differences that such a change to our local governance might make.
It is not simply because Freo is special and has a ‘unique vibe’ that we want to protect, there are potential changes to planning, budget and governance structures that may greatly concern some Freo community members because our values are different to Melville’s. Continue reading
The proposed skate park or ‘youth plaza’ on the Esplanade has been a complex and contentious local issue that I have spent much time considering and discussing over the last few months, with numerous people, in order to come to my own position. I have attempted to explain that position here.
I have found this issue challenging as I support a youth facility on the Esplanade, in a safe and open space that is well used and therefore safe, inclusive and welcoming. However, I also love the open space and quiet parkland that the Esplanade provides so close to the city centre. However, this issue should be considered in isolation, but in the broader context of the whole city and our contemporary issues we face. Continue reading
Matthew Hanssen, the Liberal candidate for Fremantle, started his speech at the freo debate last night with a whinge about how ‘tired’ he is of Fremantle – citing various complaints for which he lays blame entirely with the council. This seems to be the sole platform of his campaign.
However, he entirely fails to suggest anything he has done, or would do to address these issues that he raises.
He fails to mention anything that his party’s government has done, or would do to address these concerns. Continue reading
Public comment is now being sought on the bold proposal to upgrade Kings Square and the surrounding buildings.
For the past 12 months, the Council and staff have been working to scope this project to make sure that it will deliver the kind of high quality buildings, public open space and new employment opportunities that Fremantle rightfully deserves and demands. I can confidently say that I think this project will deliver outcomes that most people would be very pleased to see.
To me, the image published on the cover of the Herald (16/11/12) was not the best impression of what is being planned. I have posted some others here – so you can a better sense of what is in store. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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.
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). Continue reading
I am honoured to have been elected to represent the City Ward on Fremantle Council.
I look forward to working hard over the next four years with the community as Fremantle goes through this important and exciting time of growth and change. I would like to express my deepest thanks to everyone who put their faith in me. Continue reading
sunset from bathers beach
Well, tomorrow Freo decides.
The extraordinary journey of the campaign has not been what I expected. It has been so much better.
I have been challenged, touched and inspired by the experience and come out the other end more ambitious and determined than ever before!
Not for my own personal benefit or recognition, but by what we, as a community can achieve together. I have met so many extraordinary people doing great things in our city who want to be part of its improvement. Continue reading