LETTERS 1.9.18

Emergency response
WITH the scepticism with which the media is held these days, I would have thought it wise to fact check before putting any story to print.
There have recently been several stories regarding emergency response assistants at Lakeside Village that are factually dubious.
A quick phone call to village management would have clarified things.
I was a representative on the village council and advisory board for a number of years.
During those years, the terms and conditions relating to ERAs were changed substantially.
These changes were not initiated by the village residents or village management, but by WA state law.
ERAs are only allowed to provide basic first aid. They can try and stem any bleeding and they can assess the condition of a patient, etc.
ERAs are not nurses: They are not allowed to administer medication, they are not allowed to perform any medical procedure such as taking your blood pressure and they are not allowed to move a patient after a fall.
If they do any of these, they are breaking the law.
The cost of keeping these first aiders amounts to about $60 per month for each resident.
While some think this is an insignificant amount, to someone solely on an old aged pension it can mean the cost of several meals or a substantial portion of a power or gas bill.
The majority of Lendlease villages in WA rely on external monitoring; there are only two that have on-site ERAs.
They affirm that the external system is a resounding success and none have had any inclination to return to on-site support.
Cyril Mellor
Bibra Drive, Bibra Lake
The Ed says: The reality is the ERAs – as they are bureaucratically called – are human beings and will often help residents after a fall. And that doesn’t necessarily mean picking them up; a kind and understanding face during a tough moment is something you’ll never replicate on a phone.

Heavin’
I THINK I have finally worked out what is wrong with the Fremantle Dockers and the reason for their poor performances of late.
After listening to the other victorious teams singing their club songs, something clicked in my mind.
In my opinion our song, compared to others, is so ‘crappy’ that the players may be embarrassed to sing it too often
Therefore, they may be reluctant to win too many games and spare us the pain as well.
We had a chance to change it a few years ago when Eskimo Joe wrote a new one for the club.
However this alternative was rejected and we were stuck with the same boring anthem.
So why don’t we give the current one the old heave-ho and commission someone to write another more stirring and meaningful celebratory song?
Steve Grady
Murray Road, Palmyra

Where’s the humanity?
ANOTHER livestock vessel, currently docked at Fremantle, has been refused clearance over ventilation issues.
The agents or owners of these vessels have no concern for the welfare of live stock. After all, they are only going to slaughter them.
Some of the vessels are nothing more than out-of-date rust buckets.
If farmers want to earn a living on livestock exports they should get right behind the concerns raised to ensure the animals on-board are treated as humanely as possible.
Frank Cherry
Elderberry Drive, South Lake

Beam us up, Scotty
WITH regard to the new prime minister, Scott Morrison.
Voters please remember these two things:
Here is a man, who as national treasurer handed the Great Barrier Reef Foundation $440 million dollars with absolute no transparency or without due process.
Here is a man, who again as national treasurer in April, gifted his own electorate Cook/Botany Bay/Kurnell $50 million for a commemorative monument and new cultural visitor centre. Built to commemorate James Cook and the 250th/2020 historical event.
Australians should query Mr Morrison’s motivation and right to splurge taxpayers’ dollars as if it was water.
Debbie Gibson
Fluellen Way, Hamilton Hill

Not so fine
AS a regular visitor to Fremantle from a country town, I had already begun to seriously question if it was worth forking-out an average of $30 to $40 a day/night in parking fees, or driving aimlessly around looking for an affordable and convenient parking spot.
Last weekend however was the last straw.
I arrived to find the city centre parking zone out-of-bounds, including surrounding parking zones, yet there was no flexibility or sympathy from parking enforcement services to accommodate those visitor/shoppers doing it tough looking for alternative and convenient parking.
I therefore ended up copping a $65 parking ticket for being 15 mins late returning to my vehicle.
It’s my first parking ticket ever.
Last year the City of Bunbury removed paid parking meters in the CBD – now two-hour free parking – to assist those merchants doing it tough because of on-line shopping.
This was after the city listened to complaints from visitor/shoppers that parking meters were gouging their disposal income.
Removing the meters, according to merchants, has helped increase their businesses by 20 per cent per cent.
This also helps put extra dollars in the visitor/shoppers pocket to spend.
City of Fremantle will no longer have the privilege of ripping-off my hard earned cash for an inflexible service that fails to deliver positive outcomes for visitor/shoppers and merchants alike.
Peter Murphy
Old Meadow Road, Donnybrook
The Ed says: You were a couple of days late, Pete. On Tuesday the council announced a new initiative to offer a second hour of parking in its car parks for free (you have to pay for the first). We also noticed the new Cappuccino Strip car park had plenty of empty bays this week.

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