Leisure Centre Car Park Sale “Still on the Table”
One important issue in the current City Ward elections is the possible sale of the Leisure Centre Car Park, following the sell off of so many other council car parks, often to developers at bargain basement prices.
Incumbent councillor Rachel Pemberton, who has been a City Ward councillor for the past 8 years, categorically ruled out the sale, despite its sale being listed in council’s current 10 year plan, a plan she said she was unaware of. This week a council source said the sale was ‘still on the table.’
(see today’s Herald p11)
Candidates’ Forum Last Thursday
A healthy crowd turned out for the candidates’ forum at the fabulous Notre Dame venue in Cliff Street. This is what John Dowson said:
I would be, if elected, a servant of the community, reflecting your needs and aspirations.
Obviously, through doorknocking, candidates can identify some issues the community has, and my experience so far is that the community is divided, and often angry with this council.
One of the best ways to see what the community wants is to read the Community Satisfaction Surveys done every few years. When I was last on council the results were shown to councillors on a powerpoint and then the survey taken away by officers. I insisted that each councillor have a copy if they wanted one and that the survey be put on the council website, where you can today find it.
The latest survey shows that people love Fremantle and that is why we live here. But as a potential councillor I am keen to focus on the key issues that concern residents. The 4 keys issues of concern identified in the latest survey are where Fremantle scores well below the industry standard. They are:
Besides these issues there are others that the community doesn’t perhaps even know about:
Hospital: 1900 workers went from the hospital because council did not negotiate anything, like a small emergency ward and 200 general beds.
New Council Deport: The new council depot site: council spent $7.5 million buying land in Jones Street and didn’t bother to find out that it is riddled with asbestos which will cost $1 million to remove. It has sat empty for years and its value has dropped sharply.
Police: 50% of police in Fremantle have left under this council, because, as the police said, Fremantle Council did not lobby to keep them. 100 police traffic officers have gone from Fremantle to Cockburn. There is no liquor branch any more, despite Fremantle swimming in liquor licence applications for bars and taverns.
You need a council that can negotiate well on your behalf, and that is what I would work to achieve – genuinely progressive and sustainable deals.
John Dowson Candidates’ Forum Thursday 26 September 2019
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