council news

Golf club should pay its way

Submitted by sam on Thu, 17/12/2009 - 13:00

December 2009: In preparing a new lease for the Royal Fremantle Golf Club the council had the site independently valued. Under the old lease the club had been paying $22,000 per year, but the valuer recommended that this be increased to $40,000 per year and be pegged to CPI.

Keep Hilton Police Station building for community use

Submitted by sam on Wed, 16/12/2009 - 13:00

December 2009: Despite strong community opposition, the WA Police Department has pushed ahead with its plan to close the Hilton Police Station and the Minister Robert Johnson has refused to intervene. Local residents will know what a circus this issue is.

The Stan Reilly site and facilities for seniors and the aged

Submitted by sam on Mon, 30/11/2009 - 13:00

November 2009: Even though the former Stan Reilly Lodge was run by the council, the land itself is owned by the state government and was vested to council on the condition that the site be used for accomodation and a social centre for the elderly.

Barnett government axes library funding

Submitted by sam on Mon, 30/11/2009 - 12:55

November 2009: Public libraries in WA are co-funded by councils and the state government. However the state government has slashed its contribution by 40% in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09!

Freo adopts Four Star Green Code

Submitted by sam on Thu, 29/10/2009 - 15:31

October 2009: Council unanimously adopted an ammendement to the Town Planning Scheme that requires planning applications for new and substantaily renovated commercial buildings to meet Green Building Council of Australia Four Star energy efficiency guidelines.

Thanks to all those who supported my campaign

Submitted by FreoReport on Mon, 26/10/2009 - 18:05

[On the right is a paid advertisement in the Fremantle Herald. Below is the text of a letter I've submitted to the Herald.]

I’d like to extend a big thanks to everyone who supported my council election campaign. I believe council can and should be trying to get greater community participation in decision making, involve in community life people who are often excluded, take a lead on protecting the environment and stick up for workers rights. If I can make even a small contribution in this regard it will have been worthwhile.