Cor­ner of Wil­liam and Parry StREET, Fre­man­tle

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

I AM a reg­u­lar jog­ger/cy­clist on the pedes­trian/ cy­cle paths around Bi­bra and North lakes, which takes in the path­way along Far­ring­ton Road, be­tween Bi­bra and Progress drives.

I have had sev­eral nearmisses with ve­hi­cles that drive or stop to pick up kids on the foot­path next to the oval along Far­ring­ton Road, be­tween Cam­pus Drive and Progress Drive.

Af­ter the near misses, I re­ported them to the Cock­burn and Melville coun­cils, as some of this area is con­trolled by them.

I re­quested they do some­thing to stop this hap­pen­ing, such as bol­lards or post and rail barricades.

The first re­ply was that they did not install that type of fenc­ing. Re­ally?

How about all the bol­lards and post and rail fenc­ing used else­where, such as fenc­ing fur­ther west of the oval, or all the bol­lards around the lakes, ie near Ad­ven­ture World?

The re­sponse from the ranger was that they have been park­ing there for years.

That does not make it right. Some will say that they have to park some­where, which is true, but not at the safety of pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

Even the om­buds­man was of no help; it re­ally beats me what they do. YOUR cor­re­spon­dent Richard Port­lock starts his let­ter with “This is just very wrong” when he com­plains about re­ceiv­ing a park­ing fine in Fre­man­tle, and I to­tally agree with him.

It is just so wrong of Mr Port­lock to blame the City of Fre­man­tle and its park­ing in­spec­tors for get­ting a fine when he over­stayed for half an hour, as he ad­mits.

Fre­man­tle of­fers 20 hours a day free park­ing for its res­i­dents and it is my un­der­stand­ing that ex­tends to East Fre­man­tle res­i­dents as well.

When you park in an area where park­ing fees ap­ply you sim­ply have to abide by the rules.

And no, Richard Port­lock, Fre­man­tle park­ing of­fi­cers do not re­ceive a com­mis­sion for is­su­ing fines. THE front page of the Septem­ber 11 Gazette noted “J Shed plan re­jected”.

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion did the job that Fre­man­tle Coun­cil failed to do: re­spect the na­ture and pur­pose of Arthur Head as one of the State’s most im­por­tant her­itage sites.

So im­por­tant in fact that then Prime Min­is­ter Hawke turned up in Fre­man­tle with a cheque for $1 mil­lion at the time of the Amer­ica’s Cup for the pur­pose of study­ing Arthur Head.

That large amount of money for re­search was to es­tab­lish con­ser­va­tion plans, guide­lines, and strate­gies for the fu­ture use and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Arthur Head, some of which were im­ple­mented at the time.

But those re­ports are now ly­ing idle on the mayor’s shelf be­cause he be­lieves that re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion should be driven by al­co­hol and not his­tory and her­itage.

It’s time the $1 mil­lion worth of ex­pert re­ports were dusted off and im­ple­mented.

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