Letters 24.8.13

17. 34LETTERSPreaching hypocrisy
IT is always enlightening to see how many residents in well-heeled areas can be considered socialists at heart, at least when it comes to the property of others.
Following on from the complaints by neighbours of Aquinas College objecting to the college fencing off its own property, we now have members of an Attadale tennis club complaining the parishioners and priest at St Joseph Pignatelli ought to have no right to decide on a new use for the large proportion of their private property (Melville City Herald, August 17, 2013).
The rationale they offer is the tennis club has been permitted to use this land in the past and consider that purpose to be more valuable than the use the owners prefer. This is also despite being offered a range of practical solutions to reduced access, including the local college offering weekend use of its courts.
I am sure that Mr Muller (Herald letters, August 10, 2013) and any other members of the club—of whom 90 per cent are not parishioners—would be happy to be on the receiving end of the same logic, if Mr Muller found some neighbours decided on what they believed was a better use for his front or backyards, that would be just fine by him and he would bow to their superior wisdom.
Or perhaps it is just other people who are supposed to give up the right to use their private property as they wish. In that case, its not socialism but hypocrisy they are preaching.
BA Lee
Polglass Way, Ardross

Tennis elbowed
THE article “The luv of God,” (Melville City Herald, August 17, 2013) was more noticeable for its omissions then its inclusions.  Criticism of the letter that appeared the week before for me was all the more distasteful because the parish priest at St Joseph Pignatelli Attadale has always been the tennis club’s patron.
The club has been operating for more than 50 years: I am not a member. I’ve been a member of the parish for almost 30 years and I have never experienced our parish divided over any issue except this proposed new memorial church.  Those parishioners that have tried to present a point of view and discuss issues have been gagged.
The most important omission was the proposed new church would never have been considered without the generous donation recently of some $1 million for the sole purpose of building a memorial church for a deceased parishioner.  The fact is the parish approached the diocese some five years ago to build a new church which was rejected because the parish could not finance it.
Mention of the columbarium for the internment of ashes of deceased persons in the new church was omitted as was the installation of the bells. The 4.1 per cent increase of parishioners over a decade in my estimation represents less than 20 people.
The fundraising campaign has been running for more than four months, and since the first fundraising evening on May 15, 2013 at Santa Maria when it was announced $1.7 million had been raised in pledges and “in kind” (inclusive of the $1m donation), it seems only $300,000 more has been raised, and in my estimation the campaign has stalled some $2.5m short of the mark.
I am also aware that many concerns relating to the proposed new memorial church in Attadale have been communicated to Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe.
It is an enormous pity the parishioners and stakeholders, including the tennis club, were not provided the opportunity and the courtesy to openly discuss the proposed memorial church when the preliminary plans and budget became available, and before it was heavy-handedly imposed on our parish. Polite requests for community discussions have all been rejected out of hand.
I have advocated meaningful community consultation to discuss the proposed new memorial church; however, the barriers are formidable as your article aptly illustrates.
Dr Graham Mahony
Parishioner, St Joseph Pignatelli
Parish, Warragoon Cresc,

Barbie bogans
THANK you to those who left a BBQ in the park in George Street, East Fremantle in the most disgustingly dirty state last week.
I’ve seen some BBQs left in a pitiful state in my time but this one takes the proverbial cake. Large pieces of meat were left to rot on the hotplate, encased in a layer of lard, in amongst piles of unidentifiable foodstuffs, also cooked.
Scattered amongst all this were discarded food wrappers, items of clothing and a large chunk of half-eaten watermelon.
Thank you for leaving this BBQ in this disgusting mess for the next unfortuate people to use it and I pity the poor old East Freo work team who have the pleasure of cleaning this lot up.  A message to the slobs—clean up after yourselves!
Chris Lanfear
King St, East Fremantle

Scum force
AS the councils have been such vile scum these past several decades, I’ve urged the government to forcibly amalgamate them as soon as possible.
John White
Central Ave, Beaconsfield
The Ed says: The pot amalgamating the kettle?

Kitchener hots up
I LIVE close to the proposed development at 94 Kitchener Road, Alfred Cove, and I have some serious concerns over the potential for a significant decline in road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists using the local road infrastructure that must inevitably carry more traffic if the development goes ahead.
By way of example a few possible “scenarios”.
Walking children to Melville primary school from a home south and east of the Kitchener Road/Cottrill Street intersection? In Mullings Way you are forced to walk on the road (no footpath) or Fenton Place (no footpaths) and cross Kitchener Road twice (no designated crossings and in the face of traffic travelling well in excess of the 50kph limit) to use the single footpath on the northern side.
Cycling west along Kitchener Road? Be aware of dangers from cars parked at parallel indented bays proposed for Kitchener Road.
Turning right from Cottrill Street into Kitchener Road along with the 46 other car drivers heading east in the am peak hour? Across a two-way traffic flow of 550 vehicles per hour on Kitchener Road, with an average gap of 6.5 seconds. Bear in mind that intersection traffic research has shown a gap ranging from four to nine seconds is the most dangerous for near misses/accidents.
Thanks, I will take the “back way” via Mullings Way to Marmion Street, taking care of course to give plenty of road space to the parents and children walking to school!
Peter Lawrence
Mullings Way, Alfred Cove

Drawn the line
I NOTE with sadness the entire suburb of Samson and half of O’Connor have quietly been excised from the “Fremantle Forever” plan.
It appears the City of Fremantle has drawn the line for those of us living east of Stock Rd and traded us for Palmyra and Bicton.
I assume the council has judged the residents of Samson and O’Connor do not fit the “sensible community of interest” criterion and thus are expendable.
The mayor decries the involuntary amalgamation of Fremantle with Melville and I decry the council’s suggested involuntary excision of Samson and O’Connor from the City of Fremantle.
We are told the community survey which I and others completed rejected the idea of amalgamation and a forced merger, but I don’t see where it recommends the excision of Samson and O’Connor.
It seems an irony the names of the two men after whom our suburbs were named, and are an essential part of the history of Fremantle, are now deemed not worthy enough for preservation within the city they served and helped build.
Samson was named for former mayor Sir Frederick Samson, who served Fremantle for more than two decades and whose family home is preserved in Fremantle, and O’Connor for the great engineer CY O’Connor, whose statue stands near Fremantle Harbour, which he designed.
Kaye Land
Rushby Way, Samson

Tree shame
THE removal of the 12 or more established native trees in the Rob Campbell Reserve, Bicton recently was yet another mindless act of environmental vandalism.
These beautiful trees shaded the local community in the long, hot summer months. They provided a lovely outlook for local residents, better air quality, shade for walkers and their dogs to shelter under and for cars utilising the Bicton Baths.
But Melville council decided a car park was more important. For years locals and visitors to the area used the verge to park under the trees. It seemed to work.
It takes many, many years for any newly planted trees to provide shade. The council may not have any intention of replacing the trees as in other areas of the Melville council.  And what about all those displaced birds approaching mating season this spring, homeless.
Yet another senseless decision, by an increasingly, unconscious group of individuals who “pave” our future.
Melville council—shame on you.
Laura Cargill
Preston Point Rd, East Fremantle

Stop the Boats a retrospective
REGARDING asylum seekers—has anyone asked the Aboriginal people who they wish to enter their country?
As we are all illegal occupiers of this country since Captain Cook, what gives us the right to decide things? Oh, I forgot, there were no convicts a few hundred years ago, they were all Aussie tourists stranded overseas, who got a lift back with the first fleet.
Robert Dixon
Arkwell St, Willagee

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