community news

Road to Rail presents forum on transport and health

Public forum featuring:
Diesel particulates Dr George Crisp (Doctors for the Environment)

Noise pollution Shane Chambers (Acoustic Physicist UWA)

Road Trauma Barry Healy (Fremantle Road2Rail)

A panel of politicians including Scott Ludlam, Sam Wainwright and Alannah MacTiernan will respond to the speakers

MC: Mayor Brad Pettitt

Sat 17 Aug 4 - 6 pm

Victoria Hall 179 High St – Fremantle

Organised by Fremantle Road2Rail and hosted by the City of Fremantle. Sponsored by Save Beeliar Wetlands, Lynn MacLaren MLC, Simone McGurk MLA, Melissa Parke MP, Senator Scott Ludlum, C.U.S.P. and the Town of East Fremantle.

Contact Annolies freoroad2rail@gmail.com or 9433 6946 or Pam 0414 966 489

Increasing truck traffic is costing us our health

Fremantle rally against gas fracking

Frack Free WA Rally

August 17

@1pm, Kings Square Fremantle

August 17th is the start of the national week of action against unconventional gas (fracking). We have plenty of reason to protest in WA. 15 wells have already been fracked in this state, and the industry is gearing up for full scale commercial production. Gas companies are planning to frack the Kimberley, the Midwest, and the Pilbara. They intend to try underbalanced drilling (a related technology) in the Southwest. They have exploration leases covering Gingin, Rockingham and Mandurah. So look out for your tap water!

There is still time to stop them before fracking takes off on a large scale in WA. So come to this protest and bring everyone you know!

Organised by No Fracking WAy. Attend on FaceBook here.

Winter Wetlands Fiesta

Save Beeliar Wetlands Winter Wetland Fiesta is on Saturday July 27 at 6pm at the Hilton Bowling Club, Shepherd Street Hilton. Warm the cockles of your heart in an evening of celebration of our wonderful Beeliar Wetlands with bands, dj’s, poetry, raffles, soup, cake and chai. Bands include Sugar Child, The Damsel Flies West, Isabella Jennings and Isabella’ Garden, the Kiss List, and Lady Luck, with Beats from DJ Checkers.

The evening is a fundraiser to help us continue with the work of protecting North and Bibra Lakes from the proposed Roe 8 highway extension. The cost is only $15 which includes soup and bread!

For bookings or enquiries please contact Danna on 0457 120 676 or by email danjiwi@hotmail.com

Better things to do - renewables not uranium

Better Things To Do

a breakfast to discuss a transition into renewable energy production and jobs

Wed 17 July
8-10am - Free event

Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle

Speakers include:
Scott Ludlam (Greens Senator)
Brad Pettitt (Fremantle Mayor)
Industry speakers

World Refugee Day and Refugee Fiesta

Street Theatre at refugee fiestaFurther on refugee rights, I attended the World Refugee Day rally in Perth on June 16 (see video from Green Left TV below) and also successfully moved for Fremantle Council to actively support the Refugee Fiesta and Walk Together held in Fremantle on June 22.

Photos by Desire Mallet from the Refugee Fiesta are available here.

(Photo to left by Alex Bainbridge.)

Refugee welcome fiesta and Walk Together

Refugee Welcome Fiesta and Walk Together

Sat 22 June

11am - 3pm, Fremantle Esplanade
1pm, Walk Together through the streets of Fremantle

A free fun community event: entertainment, global food and fair trade stalls, arts and crafts activities.

Come and celebrate the diversity of our cultures, bring a picnic blanket, enjoy the world music and join in the drumming circle with didgeridoo players at 11am.

Attend on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/events/146808822162385

PTA slashes NightRider service

June 15 saw the last NightRider bus service from Fremantle. In their advice to the City the PTA said that, "...the already low patronage has continued to decline to an average of less than ten passengers. The significant cost of providing this service can no longer be justified on such low patronage." The decision was made without any consultation with the council, CBD businesses or wider community; or a full benefit-cost ratio analysis including the social costs and consequences of cancelling the service.

The PTA might have considered that the $5 dollar flat fare is expensive and that the dedicated buses they use for the service are the older high-floor non-disability accessible ones. The same resources might be better put into extending the regular bus services. The two NightRider routes essentially follow the path of the eastbound 99 (Circle Route/South St) and 106 (Canning Highway) services. The money spent on the eight individual scheduled NightRider services could instead be used to make both the 99 and 106 run half-hourly through to 1:30am. I've asked the Mayor and CEO to try to get the PTA to the table.

Big thanks to Erica Lewin

I'd like to extend a big thanks to Erica Lewin who recently stepped down from the role of Samson Precinct Convenor. Erica is really diligent and professional and did a great job, putting in many hours of her own time in the service of the local community.

Freo Road to Rail campaign at sustainable transport forum

Presentation by Gaye Page-Burt to the January 31 Sustainable Transport Forum in the Fremantle Town Hall.

Page-Burt was representing the Fremantle Road To Rail Campaign.

Refugee rights convergence to Northam

This powerful documentary tells the story of the April refugee rights convergence to the Yongah Hill Detention Centre near Northam. I gave a speech at the main rally about why we should support Tamil human rights in the context of the genocide perpetrated by the Sri Lankan government and supported by the government in Australia.