LETTERS: 4.5.19

Show respect
I’VE just returned from a beautiful dawn service on Monument Hill, as my partner and I do every year.
But every year the reflection of honour and respectful unity in silence is always rudely jarred and broken by the loud noise of late bikies arriving well into the commencement of the service.
Whilst most of their comrades and brothers, like the rest of us, show up on time and behave in a respectful manner, as the occasion demands and deserves, there are a handful of bikies who arrogantly think nothing of the totally-out-of-line disruption they create to the atmosphere and ambiance of such an important tribute.
If the bikies have been given the privilege of parking on the manicured grass then show some bloody respect and make sure your brothers show up on time.
If not, park further away and walk the rest of the way.
Bikies of all people should understand the codes of respect to fallen brothers/sisters…step it up guys…shameful.
Kaz Johnson
South Fremantle

Brand wars
I AM sorry there are some people who believe the Fremantle Brand is only about sophistication.
Fremantle’s strength is its diversity and indeed, its character . This is why the “This is Fremantle” brand is both image-driven and flexible in application.
Those images will reflect the city’s Brand values of “spirit” (its live music, its vibrancy, its small bars, and its lively precincts such as Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour); “soul” (its heritage buildings and history, its arts and culture); and “sea” (the port, fishing industry and beaches).
Fremantle is a unique place but to communicate that as a destination needs something succinct, flexible and emotive.
For those genuinely interested in Fremantle’s identity and its character, the four-year destination marketing strategy released late last year and available on the City of Fremantle’s website will give some insights to Fremantle’s narrative and the plan for the next three years.
Linda Wayman, chair of the destination marketing working group
Tuckfield Street, Fremantle

Claws out
REGARDING domestic cats, I totally agree with Jean Cleaver’s letter (“Killer cats”, Herald, April 20, 2019).
Lots of lovely birds share our garden from the tiniest honeyeater upwards.
They are often stalked by two totally unwelcome neighbourhood cats.
Apart from this we have cat fights outside our window, and the mess that a cat’s toilet is all about.
Still that’s okay as long as the cat owners are happy, isn’t it?
Caring cat owners keep their cats in their yard or house. I have seen the fencing that does this.
If it’s your cat, look after it and don’t let it mess up other animals natural habitat or other people’s gardens.
After all, it is your cat.
John Loundes
East street, East Fremantle

Not making the Grady
IN reply to Steve Grady’s judgemental letter (“Yves Saint Labong”, Herald, April 13, 2019) about vagrants, beggars and drug-effected and trouble-making people.
The only time you should look down on people is when you are lifting them up.
Perhaps with the right government and more money for Newstart, TAFE (which has been cut), Homelessness (which has been ignored) and kindness and compassion (which is lacking), we would not have to witness people in these circumstances.
Let me remind you that homeless on our streets are war vets who were once heroes and are now hoboes.
Carmel Callaghan
High Street, Fremantle

I’m a good Guy
IN response to letters regarding the Wave Sports Park application, it sits alongside the provision of sporting/social/community facilities that the community requires for use and interaction throughout suburbs, towns and cities across Australia.
This broad selection of sporting and social facilities are conveniently placed within the community to allow sports practice and competition. They are placed at locations that are not at an inhibitive distance for families so that the sport can grow and contribute to the social cohesion and interaction of our communities.
A small example of local sports/community social clubs on the river foreshore being yacht clubs, rowing clubs, tennis/bowls and water polo clubs.
Surfing has a large diverse user base that unfortunately has limited access to the rideable waves for the majority of the year due to coastal conditions; technology has reached the point whereby access can now be provided year round.
There are a substantial number of sporting facilities that exist that we may not personally enjoy or use, but it would have to be widely acknowledged that they contribute importantly to our community wellbeing and enjoyment.
All levels of government welcome private investment in sports facilities to lessen the financial burden upon taxpayers/ratepayers.
Guy Wieland (Melville councillor)
Waddell Road, Bicton

All at sea
THE comments by mayor Russell Aubrey in the Herald article (“Aubrey slams ‘weak’ MPs for wave park loss”, Herald, April 27, 2019), reinforced my opinion that he is misguided.
Calling Ben Wyatt ‘weak’, is not just insulting, but also totally inaccurate.
The minister showed courage and strength of character by standing up for the majority of ratepayers’ concerns.
It would have been much easier for the minister to simply rubberstamp the sale of the crown land to the council and walk away from it.
The accusations by the mayor of ‘dubious tactics’ and ‘bullying’ behaviour by ‘pressure groups’ have no observable basis in fact.
Mr Aubrey’s claims of representing the majority of ratepayers who allegedly support the wave park also seem unfounded. Where were the thousands of supporters that should have been at the wave park rally?
There were 150-200 people there, if that. Many were children brought along by their parents. Certainly not 400 people as the mayor claimed.
The mayor’s statement when talking to the wave park rally that the trapeze school “no longer functions” was untrue.
Describing the crown land as only 3500 sqm of unused land was totally misleading, as had the council got their hands on that land, a total of 4.4 hectares of riverside parkland would have been taken up by a commercial enterprise surrounded by three-metre walls.
Mayor Aubrey knows that the decision not to sell the crown land is not appealable and that the minister is definitely not going to change his mind.
His fundamentalist style of rousing continued support for the defunct wave park at the rally, in newspaper articles, and in his numerous Facebook posts, appear to be more about maintaining a voting base of supporters at the next mayoral election than anything else.
Geoff
Applecross

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