LETTERS 24.3.18

Crossing the line
THE Herald’s front-page article “Upgrade Safety Fears” (March 10, 2018),  highlighting the safety issues of the High Street/Stirling Highway, is to be commended.
Main Road’s draft proposal has again overlooked the need for crossing points for pedestrians.
Residents and visitors in the Gibson Park precent will be well aware of the dangers of crossing Stirling Highway at any time of the day because of the trucks roaring past.
The roundabout will add to the danger because currently the traffic lights allow for a build up of stationary trucks and cars, which enables pedestrians to cross through the stopped cars.
With a roundabout, the amount of clear space will be minimal.
What is needed is some kind of pedestrian crossing.
If you and your family or friends can see the benefit of an underpass or overpass on the Stirling Highway, either at Forrest Street or Holland Street, please act now.
A petition was distributed to residents in sections of the precinct last weekend.
If you did not see it and wish to sign, there is a copy at the Cool Room.
The first community consultation meeting is to be held at White Gum Valley Primary School on Tuesday March 27, at 7 pm.
The more residents who attend the meeting the more likely it is that Main Roads and Freo Council will see that we are genuinely concerned about this safety issue.
Jane Cowling
Holland Street, Fremantle

Boom or bust
LITERALLY, physically and metaphorically-speaking, the few remaining parts of the World War II anti-submarine boom net at Fremantle Harbour are just corroding into the dustbin of history.
Most passers-by visiting South Mole are completely oblivious to what these rusted-up remnants represent.
It is such a shame that the mechanism that opened and closed the great steel net across the mouth of Fremantle Harbour, or between the two moles from 1939 to 1945, protecting Australian, American and other allied warships from potential torpedos fired from enemy submarines, is not recorded in any kind of signage.
Signs could inform passers-by of the wartime historical significance of this protective harbour net during the dark, foreboding years of World War II.
Especially younger generations, who may have heard or read stories of the war, but rarely came across such compelling evidence, even though it’s on their doorstep.
Not only is it of major wartime historical significance, but it was also an engineering achievement.
I would strongly urge the respective authorities to invest in informative signage at this site, to help make people aware, young or not so young, of these significant relics before they rust into oblivion.
John Kostanic
Matheson Rd, Applecross

Hardly the truth
LORNA HARDY criticises the Rethink the Link campaign in her letter “So, what’s the plan?” (March 10, Herald), using flawed arguments such as Roe 8/9 was a “planned … safe and viable transport infrastructure that the state didn’t have to pay for.”
Wrong on several grounds.
Firstly, federal funding only covered part of the Roe 8 project and plans for the Roe 9 section were never finalised.
That was just alternatives looking for a home, including reclaiming homes to widen Stock Road and Leach Highway and even building a long tunnel, which Ms Hardy seems to think was the plan.
Unfortunately that was to finish at the Leach/Stirling Highway intersection, ensuring a massive bottle-jam attempting to cross the bridge, and there was no funding allocated for such a project. It was just a flawed thought-bubble waiting to burst.
Ms Hardy also argues that building an outer harbour would “destroy a large marine ecosystem and native bushland”.
She seems to be unaware that Cockburn sound is already used by ships, is mined for the manufacture of concrete and, despite all that, flushes quite well as the tides flow through and around Garden Island.
As for native bushlands, she might want to check out Latitude 32, a massive industrial area already partially developed and awaiting tenants that would access the outer harbour.
From there a greater use of trains and access to Stock Road and the freeway will utilise upgraded existing roads for road trains.
This avoids tunnels, rat runs and frees up existing arterial roads for domestic travel.
All that with reduced damage to remnant eco systems.
Finally, the government has created a body to review all the alternatives and we just need to be patient to see what they can develop through a wider understanding of community and commercial needs.
Jim Meckelburg
Davies St, Beaconsfield

Jarrah v bauxite
WITH regard to Jeremy Perey’s Thinking Allowed “Two-Faced Solus” (Herald, March 10, 2018).
In his piece he discusses an issue that should be a major concern to all citizens of WA and in fact the world.
The proposal to strip-mine the Mt Solus area for bauxite should be stopped.
As should all mining in the Jarrah Forest.
Mining of the Jarrah Forest has been going on for about 50 years.
What is not appreciated fully is that bauxite is one of the most common minerals on this planet.
The Jarrah Forest is absolutely unique to WA (the only one in the world).
Prior to mining the Jarrah Forest is totally cleared, the soil containing bauxite is removed .
Mined areas are revegetated, to the best of the mining companies ability, with various species of trees and understory shrubs .
But the Jarrah Forest ecosystem is gone forever.
What is more important, commercialisation or conservation?
We should prioritising the preservation of something that is unique to this planet.
Karl Kelers
Clydesdale St, Alfred Cove

Great advice
I WOULD just like to say that it’s great to know that the Citizens Advice Bureau is back in town, following a long hiatus after the closure of their Queen St premises last year.
I have found that they have been a great source of information over their years in Fremantle, and many of my friends have also used their services, which if the public are not aware of, include the likes of drafting wills and applying for probate, all at a very reasonable fee.
A friend of mine recently got a new washing machine through another service they provide which offers no-interest loans.
So I would encourage everyone to pay them a visit or even to go onto their website.
Good luck to them.
By the way, they are all volunteers doing a great job.
Their new location now is in Woodson’s Arcade, on Cantonment St.
Helena Baudains
Bradbury Way, Samson

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