Sep 19, 2011 - Development    10 Comments

A question of height?

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:

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 »

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 9, 2011 - Ideas    4 Comments

Bikes make dollars & cents!

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. 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 »

Pages:«1234567