Roe 8 ruse
I THINK it is sad that there are people out there who think Roe Highway is a huge cost to the environment when in fact the Labor/Green alternative of an outer harbour will be catastrophic to Cockburn Sound, and access roads tearing through Thompsons Lake and the Spectacles — but it isn’t about the environment and never was.
It is about politics and ideology versus forward planning that most cities wish they’d had.
via the Chook website
WHO can blame our current and former mayors and their associated councils for selling the farm (the West End, the parking areas, Kings Square).
They were simply following a path well trodden by current and former governments of all persuasions.
Selling assets to cover their immediate issues.
We do tend to blame our elected officials for these failings but one would have also thought that the highly paid CEOs at the time should have been able to put together compelling reasons why short term solutions to long term problems were a bad idea.
The real pity is that they didn’t learn from the Norwegians who have managed to turn their non-renewable oil resources into the largest (and constantly renewing) sovereign wealth fund for the benefit of future generations.
Lefroy Rd, South Fremantle
Roe the boat
ROE 8 is only a matter of time.
Congestion will get worse!
The locals in time will cry out for Roe 8
The Greens are out of south metro at last.
Labor will deliver no solutions to traffic issues in the area as time goes on Roe 8 will be the clear solution
The anti-car crowd will be seen as the minority they are, and Roe 8 will be completed
The demand for Roe 9 will follow.
Then the real thinkers will develop Roe 10 hopefully in the style I read about a few years ago here in the Herald by some locals with a tunnel into the actual port.
Rethink the link was just another Greenie anti-car, anti-development mob much like the council of Fremantle.
Roe 8 is a matter of when, not if.
Bob, via the Chook website
Do you want health or wealth?
HEALTH insurance like all other household expenses is getting more expensive.
If every person who could afford the cost of health insurance paid into a health fund, the cost could be less.
Unfortunately there are probably a lot of well off people able to pay, but choose to use the public health system, waiting up to two years for a knee or hip replacement.
A means test would be one way, so those able to pay, do not bludge on the public health system.
Instead of giving a rebate to young people to join a health fund, wouldn’t it be better to give it to the loyal members who have been in a health fund most of their life.
I have been a member of a health fund for 70 years; over the years I have been unemployed and sometimes it was hard to find the money; I have always believed that health insurance was more important than insuring the car.
Health is better than wealth, but; a little wealth can help your health.
Melville Beach Rd,
I AM writing in regards to an incident which occurred Friday evening around 4pm on George Street, East Fremantle.
As you may know George Street is popular and bustling in the afternoons once school finishes, with many families going to the park and children coming home from school.
My daughter came home distraught after being verbally abused by a “business man in a shiny black car” who yelled expletives at her, telling her to get off the road as she rode her skateboard home along the edge of the road where cyclists ride.
The language used was entirely inappropriate and I find it hard to believe that such disgusting language could be used in public in such an aggressive manner.
This is not the first incident of this sort and my daughter often tells me how she is angrily beeped at on her way home.
It is disheartening to think that she is growing up in a society where she feels unsafe because of people’s attitudes towards others on our roads.
My overall concern is about the amount of traffic and speed of motorists along George Street in this congested time, as well as the behaviour of motorists who believe they alone are entitled to the road to drive as they please without concern for others.
There is a real need to address the issue of angry and dangerous drivers on the road, perhaps through some sort of initiatives to promote alternative methods of transport — walking, cycling, buses; or initiatives aimed at promoting respect for others on our roads.
15 Dorothy St, Fremantle
Boiling frog syndrome
WHY do I get a sense of déjà vu when reading that another gym under the control of the City of Melville, on this occasion LeisureFit Melville, is about to close due its inability to detect changes in its industry and/or match the competition before it is too late (“Gym Closing”, Herald, March 25)?
A few years back when the gym within the Leeming Recreation Centre was managed by the council the same thing happened.
It’s called “boiling frog syndrome”, where the temperature of the water in which the frog sits steadily rises but not fast enough for it to perceive that it is being boiled to death.
This is a metaphor for the inability, or unwillingness, of people to react to or be aware of threats that arise gradually.
Anscombe Loop, Leeming
HAD the Mayor of Melville along with some of his councillors listened to and consulted with the ratepayers and wider community, he would not have wasted over $100,000 of ratepayers money on promoting and fuelling his personal obsession with the Perth Freight Link.
The result of the recent state election was clear to all.
[Melville mayor] Russell Aubrey needs to either move on, or be moved on.
His resignation before the next round of council elections in October would be welcome.
Tamar Street, Palmyra
IT took me 20 minutes to get onto Leach Highway from Winnacott Street yesterday morning (28 March, 2017).
It was diabolical: west bound Leach Highway traffic banking up to turn right onto Potts Street (presumably dropping their kids off at school), filling up the right-hand turning lane and spilling onto Leach Highway, blocking the view of cars turning right onto Winnacott street.
I watched three near misses, horns blaring, trucks and buses and cars roaring up the hill.
Bus pulls onto Leach Highway: no bus lane here so this is blocking a lane of traffic.
Then the cars banked up, blocking the right lane.
Only the middle lane had vehicles moving.
Children everywhere and while most were smart enough to use the footbridge many were playing with their young lives running across six lanes of truck-infested traffic to save a few seconds.
Eventually someone will die here, I have no doubt about it.
Today I am going to spend several hundred dollars to install high quality front and rear cameras in my Toyota so I can record, legally, the madness on Leach Highway.
I will keep taking, logging and storing photos and footage of this crazy road.
It is difficult to understand why your government would not build a road, Roe8, that will, amongst other benefits, start to ease congestion on a large section of Leach Highway.
As the reports start coming in, it would appear that this section of road will cost the same amount of money to NOT build as it will to build.
I really do need someone to sit down and explain this to me because I am either not the brightest of people or the new government is completely mad.
If Bon Scott was alive today he would be singing ‘Highway to Hell’ about Leach Hwy instead of Canning Hwy.
2 Dudge St, Willagee
AT a public meeting in the drill hall (27 March, 2017), Sunset Events outlined its latest proposal to transform J Shed and Arthur Head into a tavern, brewery and beer garden.
Sunset’s proposal differs only in the abandonment of live music events, from the one emphatically rejected in 2016 by the WA Planning Commission.
On January 26, Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt spoke on Bathers Beach to recognise the cultural significance of the area to the Nyoongar people.
I think it is time that Dr Pettitt, on behalf of Fremantle council, makes a clear statement on whether they support a tavern at Arthur Head or not.
Fremantle Inner City
What a joke
REGARDING your front page story, (“Housing plan to kill Roe 8”, Herald, March 18)
What a joke: houses won’t stop a highway.
Replant trees and bushes, make the wildlife corridor, spread out the mulch of those former trees — it’s there, use it — it will hold back dust and weeds.
Plenty of Liberal personal without jobs.
Give them all a shovel and start planting.
Merrill Drive, Success
The Ed says: Housing was pretty successful in keeping the Fremantle Eastern Bypass out of White Gum Valley; it forced the Barnett government into the Fremantle tunnel option because it was deemed too expensive to resume all the bypass land that was sold off.