The article below first appeared as a comment piece in Fremantle Herald. It was written by Barry Healy on behalf of the Road 2 Rail group.
Hamilton Hill resident Amanda Joy was woken by chainsaws at 7am. Horrified, she saw contractors cutting down a much loved mature tuart tree on the BP oil pipeline easment. Decisive action was called for. Amanda stood under the tree, refused to budge and hit the phone.
By Justine Kamprad (from www.greenleft.org.au)
Local parents have successfully spearheaded a Fremantle community campaign to save a service called “Buster the Fun Bus”.
In late 2010 Councillor Wilson and I successfully moved the "Employment Values" policy to steer the council away from employing people on fixed term contracts, to respect workers' right to organise and to set a target of 5% indigenous employment.
While the state government is pushing ahead with their plans to withdraw police officers from the PCYCs, community outrage has forced a partial back-down.
Once again the Twilight Fair was a huge success with hundreds of people gathering for another great evening of entertainment, activities and community connections. Some of the musicians were really outstanding.
Australian mining company Lynas wants to export thorium and other rare earths from their Mt Weld mine through Fremantle and refine the ore at a processing plant at Kuantan on the east coast of peninsula Malaysia. The Stop Lynas campaign is not opposed to the mining of this ore.
At the March council meeting officers tabled a new schedule of fees for the use of sporting reserves (both the buildings and playing fields).
Currently all the organic waste in your green top bin gets turned into compost at the Canning Vale RRRC. But the Department of Environment and Conservation has refused to renew the centre's operating licence, supposedly because it produces "unacceptable odours".