LETTERS 3.12.16


Ditch the mask
I HAVE been a resident of Alexandra Road since 1963 and since then have seen many changes in our street. The latest is the anonymous letter.
Recently in our letterbox we received a letter which appeared to be originally from Lisa O’Malley. It  had been defaced with a message and photocopied for distribution, presumably by one of our neighbours, as the letter dealt with a matter relevant to our street only.
Unfortunately the writer who did the defacing did not have the gumption to add their name and relevant details to their message. So I have a message for them.
If you wish to be taken seriously then those personal details must be provided otherwise any comments made have no credence they are just a rant. It also indicates that you have little respect for your neighbours.
If you have concerns to share either meet your neighbours and discuss the matter, or use your own pen and paper and put out your own message. Do not hide behind poison pen mail or Facebook as this only lowers your own personal standards and reduces the value of any serious concern for the matter which is the subject of your complaint.
Pat Newton
Alexandra Rd, East Fremantle

Move on
LAST week it was announced that Fremantle’s amazing West End precinct would be not only the biggest single heritage listing ever in WA, but the biggest single heritage listing in the whole of Australia.
I found the Fremantle Society’s reported comment that “it is not big enough”, negative, tiresome and disappointing.
Can it not be possible to acknowledge our outstanding heritage, and the effort that has gone into preserving it, while also accepting that an uncompromising attitude will not assist in ensuring Fremantle’s economic future?
Penny Kirkland-Smith
Kellow Place, Fremantle

Blue mulch
THE discovery of asbestos in mulch outside the new Aubin Grove train station is a serious worry [especially] when tests revealed traces of non-friable asbestos.
Over 97 per cent of asbestos products used in Australia were non-friable materials meaning the asbestos fibres were bonded by cement, vinyl or resin: when damaged they may release some fibres but not continue to do so.
Friable asbestos is much more hazardous as it can be crumbled to a powder by hand pressure. This may also include previously non-friable material which become broken or damaged by mechanical force.
Mulching would facilitate the transformation and create a time bomb. All the tiny fibres captured by the mulch will remain as the organic mulch decays, and with some wind they are soon airborne.
As we transition from verge-side green waste collections to green waste bins as part of the three bin system we can expect more asbestos contamination to enter the green waste stream.
M Whitworth
Caribbean Drive, Safety Bay  

Fremantle council moving Australia Day celebrations from a Thursday night to a Saturday night.
‘Culturally sensitive’ or ‘great for business’?
Matthew Eeles

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