Letters 27.6.15

Stop before it’s too latte
A COFFEE stall, in the library? Do we not have enough coffee shops close to the town hall? And is it a good idea to promote something that requires disposable cups (or did I miss the sink-and-tea-towel section?)  Perleeez. Remove this travesty.
Winnie Dwyer
Hubble St, East Fremantle

Hug for all
ON June 6, 17-year-old gifted violinist Emily Leung played fantastically the Mendelssohn concerto accompanied by Fremantle Chamber Orchestra.
FCO also performed an Australian premiere: Louise (yes, a woman!) Farrenc’s Symphony 1, a forgotten romantic masterpiece and a Schubert Overture.
I would like to thank first and foremost the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice for their ongoing and immense support, without whom FCO would not have such a wonderful audience.
Sincere thanks also to our generous supporters: Fremantle Ports, Melissa Parke MP, City of Fremantle, Zenith Music and many private donors.
It is a privilege to share such great music with the community. Thanks to so many people’s help.
Hans Hug
Director FCO

Don’t blame us for axing
THE City of Cockburn wishes to respond to the front page article, “Financial crisis services axed” (Herald, June 13, 2015).
Cockburn council is not axing services, as suggested in the article. The state government announced two weeks ago it would no longer provide much-needed funding to assist people who are under financial pressure. This was across all local governments, not just Cockburn.
The state government needs to be held accountable for its decision to cut funding to some 50 financial counselling positions across the Perth metro area, including churches and not-for-profits.
This is yet another example of cost-shifting from the state government.
Our ratepayers should not be responsible for paying for this service through local government.
State government departments such as housing, child protection and family support and health, and Commonwealth departments such as Centrelink regularly refer clients to see financial counsellors.
By cutting this funding it will put a further strain on the economy when people can’t get themselves out of financial hardship and as a result require government assistance such as social services.
I call on the state government to reinstate funding immediately for this essential service.
Mayor Logan Howlett, JP
City of Cockburn
The Ed says: The axed service’s full title is the City of Cockburn Financial Counselling Service, and closing it is a decision of the council’s, not the state government’s. The article clearly outlined in the opening sentence, and in four further paragraphs, that state funding cuts were behind the decision.

Trio of dissent
WHILST the Herald article “Residents call on mayor to help save their homes,” June 20, 2015 reported Melville council’s support for the mayor’s motion for the Perth Freight Link and Roe 8, the article failed to inform readers that Crs June Barton, Nick Pazolli and I did not support his motion.
How can one be expected to vote in support of an eight-lane LA style flyover (at the Leach/Stock intersection), that results in the forced resumption and subsequent demolition of 77 homes and businesses without any consultation on the impacts with affected Palmyra, Willagee or Melville residents?
In my motion I requested that traffic modeling be made available to the council, but then again, so have many others without success, including Senator Scott Ludlam. Residents in Cockburn, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Cottesloe and Melville are desperate for information—when will it be released?
Councillor Susanne Taylor-Rees
Bicton Attadale, City of Melville

Keep it legal
CE DORTCH (Herald letters, June 20, 2015) was way off base with his “Good Ole Boys Down Under” letter.
Those Confederate soldiers he’d sat and watched had been just a few of what had been many, to include “Black Confederate Soldiers.”
The KKK was actually formed after the Civil War by three Confederate soldiers.  I think Mr Dortch was trying in some warped way to tie the Civil War with illegal immigration and racism.
If the island nation of Bungee Bungee has immigration laws then those laws should be followed. The United States and from what I read Australia have no issue with legal immigrants coming to town and making the world a better place.
Scott Petrill
Savannah Rd, Peachland
North Carolina


It’s our fault
IT is with sadness that I read the story about the wooden lugger Kestrel Mannina (Herald, May 30, 2015), which came to grief through the bungling of our state bureaucracies.
It is an unfortunate fact that over the years we have allowed successive governments to take away more and more of our rights and handed them to uncaring departments staffed by people who enjoy the power but don’t appreciate the responsibilities they have with them.
I’m sure most of us will have had similar experiences when dealing with government departments, having to comply with the bewildering plethora of new laws our politicians continue to dream up each year.
The political mentality seems to be that doing a good job means churning out new laws by the hundreds while they are in power.
But it is our fault: we have been sucked into thinking we can’t govern our own lives without ever-increasing layers of government supervision. We pay for this “privilege” with rising taxes and generous pollies’ retirement schemes.
Bob McKay
Ochiltree Way, Kardinya

Include rail on new bridge
WITH long-held plans to duplicate the Stirling Bridge finally to be implemented, the minister should seriously consider making provision for a rail link over it direct from the Spearwood loop to the container terminal.
This should appeal to Fremantle residents and tourist operators who have had to endure the heritage precinct of the city being shaken to its crumbling foundations, not to mention the noise and traffic disruption as a continual procession of container freight trains trundle through the area.
The new rail freight link could be routed through the land originally earmarked for the Fremantle eastern bypass.
Unfortunately, the bypass, a visionary solution to solve our current road traffic problems, was scuttled at the altar of political ambition. The land was subsequently purchased by retired politicians and other high-profile identities who acquired the resumed land along the proposed route when Labor had a fire sale of the properties in an attempt to prevent a future change of government reversing the political vandalism.
The billions of federal and state money which is to include the resumption of the East Fremantle and Palmyra properties should be used to buy back land on the bypass route.
Daryl Binning
Norton Ridge, Winthrop

High-powered culture
CULTURE is more than just dance and dot paintings.
The WA environment minister has rejected the proposed two-year trial to allow licensed recreational hunters to hunt on public lands.
A right to use firearms was granted two years ago to all Aboriginals in all state lands and national parks without public consultation. Some would call this positive discrimination—hunting and gathering is a part of Aboriginal culture.
Time spent out bush with family can have many positive outcomes for young Aboriginals and fresh food is expensive in remote communities.
Several years ago while traveling the far north of WA the local community was going on a dugong hunt: my traveling companion was upset. I reassured her the dugong had a fighting chance—the young men did not look that fit and would soon tire paddling the dugout, adding culture is more than dance and dot paintings; a hunt like this was closer to a rite of passage for young men.
When a 4m tinny with a 30-horse power outboard motor was launched with a high-powered rifle on board I had to eat my words. I am not sure when this form of hunting became part of the traditional culture but it puts the wildlife at a disadvantage.
Michael Whitworth
Caribbean Dve, Safety Bay

Cruise to tunes
IT would be great if there was a band to play at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal when overseas cruise ships leave the Port of Fremantle. The band could be brass, pipe, or other.
This is not new as I can remember in the ‘60s and ‘70s when the Fremantle Terminal was new, bands played when ships departed.
I was on a cruise ship this year, down to Albany where a lone piper plays when the ship arrives and leaves the port, it creates a great, welcoming atmosphere.
I believe he does it on a voluntary basis. The Town of Albany also supplies a free shuttle bus from the ship every half hour into town while the ship is in port.
Albany sure has got its act together when it comes to tourism.
Fremantle and other WA ports could follow their goodwill.
If we want tourists to visit our state we must make them welcome.
Frank Granger.
Melville Bch Rd, Applecross

Just be open
I COULDN’T agree more with Rob Jack’s letter to the Herald (May 23, 2015) about our council’s attitude to ratepayers and its lack of transparency.
It was for this very reason the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association (FRRA) reformed. FRRA is not politically aligned. We believe good governance equals transparency, accountability, representation, and responsible, financial diligence for residents and ratepayers. We aim to hold our council accountable for its actions.
Mark Woodcock
Chairperson, FRRA

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