LETTERS 8.4.17

It’s a spade
IN the final paragraph of “J Shed concerts dropped” (Herald, April 1, 2017), Sunset’s David Chitty says there is justification for artists and residents’ anger and mistrust about Sunset’s plans for Arthur Head.
Go to the article’s first paragraph and he yet again proves why.
Mr Chitty says Sunset will focus “on a scaled-back Fremantle-style food and arts venue”.
If it’s a food and arts venue Mr Chitty, don’t apply for a tavern licence.
He wants a tavern licence because it isn’t a food and arts venue.
It is a tavern, a beer garden and by Mr Chitty’s own admission a brewery too.
Lets be very clear.
This is why the artists, tourist guides and inner city residents who have been fighting this totally inappropriate proposal for over four years are angry.
Richard Mehan, FICRA
High St, Fremantle

Water torture
BY referring to the Crime and Corruption Commission an issue of potential conflict of interest between a City of Melville employee and the Wave Park Group’s Andrew Ross, the City’s CEO Dr Shayne Silcox seems to have lost the plot (‘Report sent to CCC’, Fremantle Herald, April 1, 2017).
The issue was canvassed at the electors meeting on March 15, and ratepayers were informed the city had dealt with the matter.
Rather than waste ratepayer money taking it to the CCC, the CEO would have been better off producing public evidence that the matter had been dealt with effectively and end the matter.
This is yet another diversion of attention away from the fact that two electors’ meetings overwhelmingly opposed the wave park project.
From January 23 the postal vote showed 75 per cent opposed and on March 15 some 700 ratepayers unanimously voted to effectively oppose the wave park development.
Dr Silcox would be better using his time preparing advice for councillors and advising them of the overwhelming community opposition to the wave park project and advising that the project be terminated forthwith.
Dr Graham Mahony
Warragoon Crescent, Attadale

Shock wave
WITH the advocated wave park on the shores of the Swan River, at Alfred Cove, Melville, the citizens of Perth will not only lose 44,065 sqm of public open space until 2067, but this avenue of mature trees will be felled.
Ros Armstrong,
Applecross

Keep your eye out for tree killer
ONE night last week, many of the mature melaleuca trees in Plympton, south of George Street were burned at the base and a black substance poured into the burned areas. This was also poured into exposed areas of the trunks.
A similar incident occurred 12 months earlier, and again in January of this year.
Each episode done in the night.
Fresh wounding to the trees has been noticed particulary in King and Duke Streets.
The same wounding and black substance is not seen on non melaleucas.
Many of these paperbarks are looking stressed, disfigured and some have died.
Remediation needs to happen to ensure survival of these mature shady trees that make our suburb a lovely place to live.
Kate Younge,
Sewell Street, East Fremantle

Our West End fragile
YOUR front-page article “West End ‘Insanity’”, Fremantle Herald, March 24, 2017, reminds us just how precious our fragile built-environment is.
We need to start by thinking about what the West End of Fremantle means, in an Australian context.
It is a remarkably complete 19th Century urbanscape, which retains the essence of what this is all about.
It’s a living museum; and this is a positive and important distinction, because a functioning and workable collection of buildings is rare in 21st century Australia.
Many overseas towns and cities can boast similar precincts; but few in Australia can. This is the first important point.
The second point is that this is crucial because it has both economic and cultural advantages.
The economic growth that Perth saw in the 60s; 70s; and 80s, would have destroyed Fremantle’s West End if it had occurred here as it did in the State’s capital.
We now have a chance to positively build on the magnificent streetscape we have inherited and – mostly – conserved.
This can create significant economic advantages, because there is no doubt that Fremantle is now poised to grow its already significant Tourism marketplace.
But this is only part of the importance of the West End.
It is also a cultural reminder for all of us who live here.
It is a symbol of our past achievements.
Cultures that demolish their past, weaken their future; they lose contact with their heritage, in both a physical and an emotional way.
And adding a couple of floors to an old West End building destroys its integrity; it alters the streetscape; and it alters the skyline.
Look over Fremantle from the monument; or from the Town Hall; or from the Roundhouse.
The roof-tops; and the old wall-parapet tops, are part of the heritage streetscape.
They are what conservation is all about.
We are talking about very fragile things here; connections; relationships; urbanscapes that are very easily lost.
Carl Payne
White Gum Valley

GST no ABC
AUSTRALIAN GST is too hard for the average person to understand and that includes me.
No matter what you purchase, GST should be included in the price.
I believe this is how it operates in other countries around the world
There should be no refunds including those with an Australian Business Number.
There is a flood of GST money being paid for motor vehicles, machinery, commercial rents, etc.
Then being refunded by a government department.
Make it a level playing field, we all pay GST.
GST should stay in the state it is collected and the rate controlled by that state.
I am sure the rate of GST could then be lowered.
If anyone can remember Dr Hewson, the leader of the Liberal Party, leading a Federal Election to a defeat on the platform of value added tax.
Yes he lost as no one understood the tax — nothing has changed.
Frank Granger
Melville Beach Rd,
Applecross

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