Video from Green Left TV including comment from Sam Wainwright
Over the last few months I've been meeting with the Maritime Union of Australia executive and activists with the Fremantle Community Wind Farm project. In some really great news, the union and its members have come behind the project. See their press release below:
Congratulations to the organisers of this year's Reclaim the Night rall
The October council meeting passed a resolution to ask Transperth to divert its buses away from South Tce/Market St and via Parry St/Beach St as a trial over summer. I voted against this for the following reasons:
|Friends of the Earth:
Wind energy myths and facts
It was very disappointing to read comments by the CEO of the Fremantle Port Authority (FPA) in the Fremantle Gazette rejecting the proposed wind farm because of “...risks associated with possible silent health impacts due to ambient noise...”
It's completely dishonest for the Port Authority to say they don't want to impose a wind farm over the objections of residents when they're the ones whipping up fears without any scientific evidence. Previously they said it would create problems with the union over fears of health impacts on port workers, but the Maritime Union supports the wind farm.
In recognition of the fact that government contracted community service providers don't get enough money to do their jobs the Barnett government announced to great fanfare in early 2011 that most service providers would get a 25% funding increase in 2011-12 and a further 10% over 2013-14.
There was recent speculation in the media that the City of Fremantle was intending to introduce by-laws to ban begging, especially after the Mayor was canvassed on the issue by the 7:30 Report.
In August members of the Socialist Alliance group at Notre Dame University raised with me the refusal of the university to let them register their club.
Recently the Disability Services Commission confirmed that Hilton Harvest (via City of Fremantle) had been successful in its application for a $50,000 grant to make the gardens more inclusive of people with disabilities.