“Check out what’s on at Bun­nings Bi­bra Lake”

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

HAV­ING spent five days in be­ing saved and re­cov­er­ing in Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal, I sin­cerely hope the Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter and those re­spon­si­ble for in­bound mi­gra­tion get them­selves to one of our ex­cel­lent hos­pi­tals and see for them­selves just what we owe im­mi­grants and how we staff our hos­pi­tals and with whom.

They will see many im­mi­grants and new Aus­tralians work­ing hard to keep us alive and healthy.

Aus­tralians cer­tainly owe these won­der­ful peo­ple a big vote of thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion and I, for one, wish to thank all the staff that helped me when I was se­ri­ously ill to get bet­ter.

This in­cluded the emer­gency depart­ment doc­tors, nurses and sup­port staff and later in the re­cov­ery ward the doc­tors, nurses, anaes­thetists, tea lady and the food providers.

Ev­ery­one was sen­sa­tional, com­pas­sion­ate and very very pro­fes­sional.

Thank you again. THIS is just very wrong.

One morn­ing I drove into Fre­man­tle with a friend to have break­fast and watch a movie.

I paid $10.50 for 3.5 hours of park­ing in the cen­tral car park near the mar­kets.

In fact I paid $11 but the me­ter swal­lowed one of my 50 cent coins with­out reg­is­ter­ing it.

When we ar­rived at the cin­ema we made a last minute de­ci­sion to watch a dif­fer­ent movie than we had planned.

I did not re­alise un­til too late that this was a 147minute long movie in­stead of the 81-minute movie we had planned to watch.

As a re­sult we ar­rived back at the car a half-hour af­ter my park­ing had ex­pired (in fact, at 1.33pm) to find a (com­mis­sion hun­gry?) park­ing in­spec­torhad is­sued me with a $50 fine.

The tim­ing strongly sug­gests that they have been in­structed to per­mit a halfhour lee­way and he was wait­ing for that time to ex­pire.

He beat me back by four min­utes.

Is it any sur­prise that Fre­man­tle town cen­tre is dead most of the year, with many lo­cal busi­nesses un­able to af­ford their rent and rates, when the coun­cil im­poses park­ing fees vir­tu­ally 24-7 ev­ery­where in Fre­man­tle and em­ploys an army of in­spec­tors to en­force that by is­su­ing fines ?

It’s much safer to go to Gar­den City to eat and watch a movie where the park­ing is free.

It’s not as if I was try­ing to evade my park­ing fee.

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