NEWSCLIPS 14.9.13

PARENTS have called on state parliament to demolish two derelict houses next to Beaconsfield primary school. A petition signed by 150 people state 66 and 68 Jenkins Street are unsafe and attract anti-social behaviour. They want the Barnett government to expedite demolition and resume the land so it can be used as an open-play area and safe thoroughfare for students to access the oval.  Both houses, which separate the school from the oval, are empty and one is in a significant state of disrepair. “Concerned parents have been calling for the houses to be demolished and the land returned to the school since 1995,” Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk said.

A POLICE crackdown on drug dealing in Fremantle will be extended to crime hotspots in Murdoch, Palmyra and Cockburn. Police confirmed this week the September 5 drug bust at Holland Street was, “the first of many operations planned over coming months”. “This is very much a crackdown on drug dealing and anti-social behaviour,” Inspector Peter Branchi told the Herald. Holland Street was targeted after police attended a block of apartments 59 times since July 1. “The community got sick of it,” Inspector Branchi says. “We were building intelligence which shows it is not just occupants who are involved, but those who visit there.” A tenant is one of 16 charged with 26 offences, including stealing, assault and possession of a firearm and unlicensed ammunition. Police uncovered mostly cannabis and smoking implements.

THE future of Hilton Harvest will depend on the outcome of talks between the community garden group and Hilton primary school. The WA education department says the agreement that established the garden in 2009 has expired. “Hilton Harvest has been invited to enter into discussions with the school principal should they wish to negotiate a new agreement,” department executive director infrastructure John Fischer told the Herald. Hilton harvester Amy Warne says the garden is keen to stay. “We are negotiating. This is a great spot.” The group held a sustainable house day last Sunday, September 8 with about 200 visiting the Hilton vegie patch. Ms Warne says the best part was, “just having people wander through and comment about how beautiful and special the garden is”.  More at http://www.hiltonharvest.weebly.com.

by CARMELO AMALFI

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