Letters 22.6.19

Looking on the bright side…
DID I miss something?
Was it letter moaners’ week in last week’s edition of the Herald?
The letter “Beacy Blues” bemoans the proposals for the Heart of Beaconsfield.
Whilst I can express some concerns about what is proposed, it is important to recognise that land ownership of this area is diverse with both state housing and TAFE ready to redevelop.
Surely it is better to have a coordinated response and Freo council has been tasked to lead that planning.
To state that E Shepherd’s “comments and questions…have been dutifully ignored” is contrary to the experience that I and the Davies Street community have experienced.
It also seems to ignore the previous discussion sessions and the recent promotion at the South Freo market garden to explain/address locals interests.
Meanwhile, the letter “Missed opportunity” suggests that Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt is personally responsible for our democratically elected councillors’ decision to change the theme for Australia Day. Many of the Fremantle residents support the changes made by our councillors.
Finally, “ABCD-Day” expresses concern that the “naive national newspaper editors” didn’t seem to know about D-Day.
If that is so, I thoroughly agree, but I spend my time listening to and watching dear old ABC on the telly and it provided a large range of pieces on D-Day, news and otherwise.
So if Keith S Bales actually watched the ABC, he would know that their programming is popular, wide-ranging and covers a broad range of subjects for its diverse, engaged audience.
I do agree with his final comment “when will Australia become less parochial and grow up?”
Jim Meckelburg
Davies Street, Beaconsfield

Get it in the right Order
THE story about Sealin Garlett and others being the recipients of Order of Australia Awards was very much appreciated (“Elder’s OAM ‘richly deserved”, Herald, June 15, 2019).
So often newspapers (not the Fremantle Chook) run negative stories.
May I mention that your story mentions the recipients receiving an ‘Order of Australia’.
It is the Order of Australia which awards these gongs but when reporting on them it is usual and ‘the norm’ to mention what the award was, i.e. Member of the Order of Australia, Medal of the Order of Australia or whatever the award actually is.
In days gone by when Australians were recipients of awards under the Order of the British Empire, people were not awarded an ‘Order of the British Empire’, they were awarded such things as ‘Medal of the Order of the British Empire’ or say ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’ etc.
Just a note to assist the readers receiving full and additional information on the awards recently made.
Best wishes and keep up the good work.
Neil Warne
Bicton

Pole-axed
I AM a 77-year-old pensioner and I live in Beaconsfield.
I regularly walk my dog on Dick Lawrence Oval.
On Monday June 17 I was unfortunate enough to trip over a horizontal bollard situated in the middle of the footpath leading to the litter bin for disposal of doggie bags, near the Cadd Sreet corner of Lefroy Road.
I badly injured my left knee and needed to see my GP who has organised x-rays and ultrasounds as my knee is quite painful.
My question is…Fremantle council should remove this hazardous and useless bollard as it serves no purpose and the city should recompense me for the injury and pain I have suffered.
Lubika Ward
Fremantle

Every person does count
CLIFF COLLINSON suggests population is not as important as lifestyle and consumption habits when it comes to our impact on climate change (“All-consuming”, Letters, Herald, June 8, 2019).
Here’s a simple equation:
Total impact on planet=number of people x impact per person.
This shows population is equally as important as lifestyle/consumption habits, but we rarely talk about the population as though we don’t have a choice. And even if every person on the planet were an environmental angel (not going to happen since the vast majority of people understandably aspire to improve their standard of living), there is a limit to what the planet can support.
More people, less green nature to absorb that CO2, never mind there also being more produced.
Ironically, Bhutan (mentioned as absorbing more carbon than it produces) recognises the impact of pure numbers, by putting a cap on the number of tourists it lets into the country.
C Mueller
Bateman

It’s time, by George
IT’S time to take back the hotel.
Time is running out for the owners of the Royal George Hotel to restore this historic pub in East Fremantle.
Saracen Properties has less than a year to complete the project, according to the heritage agreement it signed when it picked up the property for next to nothing in 2017.
At the time, the government was so impressed by the property developer’s vision for the pub and “availability of funding” that it gave Saracen an exclusive deal, accepting the new owner’s promise that the neglected landmark would be all fixed up in three years.
More than two years later, Saracen has done nothing to meet its obligations under that agreement.
Substantial works identified as requiring “Immediate Attention: To be carried out within 6-12 months” have not even commenced.
The hotel is boarded up, derelict and covered in graffiti.
Meanwhile Saracen seems to have the government and the community over a barrel; bleating that it can’t afford to restore the hotel unless it builds a skyscraper in the hotel’s car park.
Yet the government says that when it sold the hotel it gave no guarantee that the new owners could build a high-rise block of flats on the site and that Saracen was aware that the sale was separate to any planning approval processes for such a building.
Heritage minister David Templeman says that the heritage agreement is legally binding.
Surely then the government is within its rights to sequestrate the hotel from Saracen on the grounds that the developer has failed to meet its obligations?
That way, Saracen would not be able to hold the fate of the hotel hostage to their demands.
That way, any development proposal behind the hotel could be assessed independently and not as the capital-raising exercise it was never meant to be.
Genevieve Hawks
Duke Street, East Fremantle

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