In November the Samson precinct secretary and I met with Transperth to discuss the problems with the 511 service which affect travel to both Booragoon and the city.
The January meeting of council adopted a new planning policy for Hilton. In my view the policy strikes a reasonable balance between preserving what people like about Hilton and allowing them to build homes with modern materials and to contemporary standards.
I'm pleased to report that the November council meeting passed the "Employment Values" policy resolution that was deferred from the October meeting (nine for, three against). In particular I'd like to thank Councillor Josh Wilson for his active and vocal support of this policy.
In early November I attended the Wesfarmers AGM at the Perth Convention Centre. Yes that Wesfarmers, the one that owns Coles, Bunnings, Officeworks, coal mines and plenty more.
Most of you will have read that after being knocked back by council, Homewest has applied to the WA Planning Commission for approval to demolish ten houses in Hilton.
Fremantle Council is grappling with the rights and conditions of the workers who it expects to implement the city’s projects. I’ve proposed a policy called “Employment Values for the City of Fremantle”. For supporters of workers’ rights, the policy is straightforward and modest.
The Council is in the process of reveiwing its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). Below is a submission I made to the consultants conducting the review. I don't pretend that this is an exhaustive or perfect list of the things that Fremantle Council could do.
The elected council does not involve itself in the day-to-day direction of the council's employees, partcipate in enterprise agreement negotiations or decide who to employ. However I'm sure most people would agree that as an employer its practice should reflect our community's values.
The September 22 meeting of Council voted unanimously to adopt a new Hilton Local Planning Policy. This is only the first stage of its adoption as it now advertised for public comment for a period of at least 35 days, after which it will return to council for final adoption.