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Sep 22, 2011 - News    4 Comments

Fremantle Road to Rail Campaign – candidate survey

I thought I would share this broadly – my response to questions posed by the Road To Rail campaign

Hello,

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? Read more »

Sep 20, 2011 - News    3 Comments

BID for better business?

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. Read more »

Sep 14, 2011 - News    3 Comments

Ten percent affordable housing target pitiful

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. Read more »
Sep 6, 2011 - News    8 Comments

Welcome to My Blog

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. Read more »

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