There's been a lot of discussion about better public transport for Fremantle and the proposal for a light rail network. But it's just as important to get freight off the roads and on to rail. Under the previous state government the percentage of containers moved by trains was lifted from 3% to 17%. It's now slid back to 11% and tipped to drop to 8% next year. This is a disaster for air quality, green house gas emissions, noise and traffic congestion; and residents along High St and Stock Rd are taking the brunt.
The state government has pushed ahead with its plan to privatise the provision of ancillary services at the Fiona Stanley hospital. Their promotional guff claims there is no evidence that privatisation is bad for services or job conditions. They must think we've all been living under a rock for the last thirty years.
Congratulations to Dave Hume and the other residents who did all they could to oppose the privatisation. Keep your spirits up, we may all be called on to stop the proposed closure of the Fremantle Hospital emergency department. Go to the Save Our Services website to see how the state is gutting our essential services.
The Warrawee womens refuge recently recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Did you know that it was the first purpose built refuge in Australia? This is a remarkable tribute to the vision of the councillors and people of Fremantle at the time. It's a service like this that our state government wants to starve of funding. It should be getting more funding, not less!
This year's rate rise will be 6.9%. Above inflation increases put a disproportionate burden on people on low incomes and is not something council should do lightly. I voted against this because there are some areas of the the city's expenditure that I think should have been looked at before committing to such an increase.
Like many of you I was at the Twilight Fair to launch the Hilton Harvest community garden on March 26. What a great event; and what a tribute to the vision, hard work and patience of the Hilton Harvest crew.
As many of you know, garden founder Maggie Lilith has moved to Brisbane for work reasons. A huge thanks to Maggie for her big role in the garden project and helping make Hilton a better place for all of us.
At the last garden working bee volunteers put in the orchard fruit trees and shared cake and tea with Maggie one last time. Thanks Maggie and good luck!
The council has qualified for federal black spot funding to put in traffic lights at the Paget-South-Victor St intersection. The exact form the new intersection will take has not yet been decided. While most people would agree that it's a pretty crazy and dangerous intersection, some residents are concerned that traffic lights here will push even more traffic through residential streets.
I've talked to the City's technical services staff and they've agreed to do a comprehensive survey of traffic patterns in the area. If you know of particularly busy or dangerous streets in Hilton that you think need some form of traffic calming then please let me know.
Residents at the Hilton, Samson, and O'Connor precinct groups, and all others that I've spoken to; agree that the speed limit on South St needs to be reduced from 70 to 60 km/h east of Hines Rd. This has already proven to be a dangerous stretch of road with a pedestrian fatality only a few years ago. Many motorists heading east are already doing 70km/h after they cross Carrington St and pass through the Hilton shops.
Public opposition to a plan by an Australian mining company, Lynas, to build a rare earth refinery in Malaysia showed itself in demonstration held outside Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 20.
Are you interested in being part of a community group that is taking action against the Barnett Government privatising essential health services at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch? Do you want the government to know that the community doesn’t want Serco, who run prisons and immigration detention centres in WA, to be running essential health services at Fiona Stanley Hospital? For more info contact Dave Hume (Convenor) 0459 456 358. To see what the State Government is doing with our public hospitals visit www.fionastanleyprison.com and www.inpublichands.com or check out the Youtube http://youtu.be/9xsQ1tLp6yk
Last year the Marrickville Council in inner-city Sydney passed a policy resolution in support of the non-violent struggle of the Palestinian people for their human rights. Since then The Australian and other News Limited media outlets have gone into a hysterical frenzy, accusing the councillors of being dangerous naive anti-Semitic extremists. Actually they're just ordinary community members; some of whom are in the ALP, some in the Greens and some who have no political affiliations.