LETTERS 9.3.19

PAGE 3 of last week’s Herald featured a piece about a café owner’s struggles with the ongoing anti-social behaviours prevalent in the streets and parks of Freo (“Cafe owner rattled,” Herald, March 2, 2019).
It reports that Jess, the owner of the café, is “…fed up and on the brink of joining the exodus of businesses from the city.”
This is, sadly, an all too familiar story.
Interestingly, our local Federal member, Josh Wilson ran an advert on the same page promising that: “Only Labor will restore penalty rates” for hospitality and retail workers if elected this May.
Not really what Fremantle needs; closed shops on weekends as wage costs make it pointless opening (denying workers any wages at all) and giving small business owners yet another reason to leave the port city behind.
Hayden Groves
East Fremantle.
Ed says: Hayden Groves is the principal and director of dethridgeGROVES Real Estate and deputy president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia.

Eyes open, Ita
IT is plainly obvious that the headhunters acting for the ABC have no idea who would make a good chairperson.
They should return the fee to the taxpayer for shoddy work and little knowledge.
Greg Heywood made a huge and disgraceful mess of Fairfax, now owned by Nine, and the other two names have no media experience. That is how much they know.
I am pleased with this appointment of Ita Buttrose, but she needs to be there for a while before commenting incorrectly that “there is no bias at the ABC.”
Get your feet under the table before making untrue and ridiculously naive comments, Ita.
There is serious bias everywhere in the ABC. Even a blind man can see this.
Keith S Bales
Fantail Drive, Bibra Lake

Good old days
DEAR Minister Safiotti
Sadly, I wish to inform you that the Royal George Hotel was once a community arts centre full of life with children, arts and local family members.
But the government took it from us and sold it to a developer without anyone knowing or the council being offered the chance to buy it back.
The sale of this land was not made public and should have been illegal.
A royal commission is required or a reverse of the land sale. This was a Liberal party election gift and as planning minister, Rita Saffioti, you owe it to the people of East Fremantle to give this property back to the town.
East Freo doesn’t have a town hall, community centre, local art gallery, meeting area or any of the amenities other areas have.
Why was this sold to some rich developer on the cheap without us being given the chance to get it back?
We are a tiny suburb and have no power, money or political weight.
Ms Saffioti, can you arrange to cancel the sale and give it back ASAP, before this whole development thing gets out of hand?
Richard Lane
Duke Street, East Fremantle

Open up kings Square
WHAT a great batch of Herald letters on the Kings Square redevelopment.
I love to read Chook mail, but it’s rare that I strongly agree with four letters.
I worked and lived around Fremantle since moving from Melbourne as a child with my family in 1955.
I feel sad another modern glass building will be constructed alongside our lovely old Town Hall.
A big open town square would be great; leave the council at Fremantle Oval.
It won’t happen though, and what happened to the tourist development of Victoria Quay that was planned about 25 years ago?
Sailing into Fremantle port, it is just plain ugly, and with high fences everywhere there is no easy access to town.
Kevin Hodge
Address supplied

Cool cats
EVERYONE knows the blue CAT bus takes people from Fremantle train station to the beach.
But did you know the drivers often go the extra mile for their passengers?
The other day the driver stopped the bus and handed over a cane to a hobbling pedestrian outside, who had left their walking stick on the bus.
So dear friends, not only is the CAT service free, the drivers care for everyone–not just you and me.
Lee Lövmark
Marine Terrace, South Fremantle

Parking for residents?
WE live a short distance from South Beach and could easily walk there, and did, before my husband became disabled.
Disabled parking is reasonable, unless someone decides they’re going to pop in for five minutes to off load their kids and dogs.
However normal parking for us locals who come down each morning to swim, have coffee and talk to friends, has become very awkward.
Weekends always were difficult; now the weekdays are just as bad.
This dates back to paid parking on Marine Terrace: if you get there at 6.30am you could get lucky or as we’ve begun saying, “Parked in Fremantle, did you?”
The café is a meeting place for many locals and is almost a social club for its regulars.
We don’t stay all day, two hours tops, and most will only stay for an hour for a quick swim and coffee.
But now you see cars parked with sun shades across the windscreen–the sure sign of someone who is staying for longer than an hour or two.
Perhaps it’s time to have local resident-only spaces, as well as disabled spaces.
We could personalise them with our number plates written in the space.
Happy parking, everyone.
Lyn Shipp
Breaksea Drive, North Coogee

Bowled over
WE have just returned from an evening meal, cooked by volunteers at our local bowls club.
Whilst there we bumped into an older gentleman who has recently lost his wife of 50-plus years.
He was ‘forced’ by his family and friends to come along to socialise and get out of the house.
We all had a great chat with this lovely man and thank the bowling club for providing an avenue for old and young to meet in such a social environment.
Thanks Melville Bowling Club for providing such a great environment for all of us.
Graeme and Karen

1 per cent true
A RECENT public comment stated that the top one per cent of Australians have more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent combined.
After a recent world survey it was stated that one per cent of the worlds population own 50 per cent of the total assets.
Most of us have heard this statement before, and in my case I thought “That is all the fat cats on Wall Street”.
However, a few statistics will show that is not true. There are seven billion people in the world, therefore, one per cent is 70 million people.
The survey stated that 50 per cent of the “one per centres’ ” live in the USA.   That means 17.5 million of these people live in the rest of the world.
The criteria to be a member of this group is to have assets, including your home, of more than US$ 850,000.
Due to the widespread ownership of private residences, considerable other assets plus superannuation balances, I would not be surprised if three million Australians qualify in the one per cent group.
Fredrick G McCulloch
Donavon Rise, Murdoch

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