Every year the state of the old Woolstores building drifts in and out of the local media. Previous development applications for the site have been approved only for the owner to let them lapse.
It’s not just community services and our public servants that are threatened by the Barnett government’s mad program of cut backs, so too are some really important cultural institutions.
Below is a selection of the main capital expenditure projects that the council will be doing in our area in this financial year:
Evidently volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau and some correspondents to the Herald have genuine fears that the service may be kicked out onto the street. They are right to point to the valuable support CAB gives to people in Fremantle.
The council’s planning department has conducted a review of the Hilton Planning Policy including a new draft policy. This has been presented to council and is still being debated. I support the general thrust of the policy but remain keen to hear your views on it.
The city is in the midst of preparing a new Bike Plan to promote cycling in Fremantle. You might remember my dismay when I discovered that the consultants who had been commissioned to draft the plan had not included Samson or Hilton in the study area!
Council is withdrawing from the provision of the youth crisis accommodation service (18-25 year olds) based in Quarry St. Essentially this is a state government service and the city is the contracted service provider.
In what is a great result for common sense and civil liberties; council management, the workforce and the Australian Services Union have agreed that parking officers will not carry individual GPS monitors.
The June 12 Herald newsclips briefly reported on council's decision to explore the possibility of making the whole city a Free Transit Zone. It's worth explaining the thinking behind this.
The proposal by Council management to extensively use GPS tracking devices not just on vehicles and other such assets; but on the person of individual employees has understandably aroused a lot of concern.