Corner of William and Parry StREET, Fremantle
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.