25th annual Power Station Triathlon: this Saturday

A message for the 25th annual Power Station Triathlon:

The 25th annual Power Station Triathlon will be conducted from the old Power Station at CY O’Connor Beach on Saturday November 25, 2017. As with previous years events we wish to inform residents of road closures, traffic movements and also to request your assistance. The event brings some 400 competitors to the event on the morning to compete in a healthy activity. If you have any questions regarding the following information please do not hesitate to contact us. The event is supported by the City of Cockburn and WA Police.

As most residents are new in the area over the past two years there will be some inconvenience with road closures. We invite you to join in by watching if you are close to the course – we thank you for you assistance and cooperation on:

Saturday, November 25, 2017
6.00am to 9.30am

The following roads will be closed to through traffic for the duration: ROBB ROAD, ROLLINSON ROAD and BENNETT ROAD.

Residents will be able to move  into and out of the area if required under the supervision of event staff who will be stationed at  corners.

We do request your assistance in trying not to move vehicles along Rollinson or Bennett Road from 6.00am to 9.30am. We believe we may be able to open roads at 8.45am.

We thank you for your assistance and trust there will be minimal inconvenience.

Stephen Doyle, Event Director

hSports Performance and Mangaement
08 9339 1317, 0411 13 39 54 or sportsperformance@iinet.net.au

Invitation: Upcoming Community Meeting

Please join us this Sunday for our final community meeting of the year.

  • Learn more about the future development projects around our neighbourhood: We will welcome a Landcorp representative showing us the Shoreline to the south of our neighbourhood.
  • Sustainability at home: The City of Cockburn’s Sustainability Officer will share the new bin system that may affect some homes. Also, local business Pearthworms will be presenting a new worm farm concept.
  • Open Forum: bring your project ideas and suggestions to make our neighbourhood an even better place to live.

As always, volunteers helping with the set-up and pack-up of this meeting are greatly appreciated. Simply arrive 20 minutes before the event and lend a helping hand.

Community Meeting
Sunday 29 October, 3pm
The Meeting Place, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle.

How to donate to the South Beach Community Stall

Not keen to start a sale or stall yourself, but have some old goodies that need to go? We gladly accept donations to our South Beach Community stall and all of the proceeds will go towards running future events and keeping our neighbourhood connected and happy.

How to donate: please bring your items for donation to our stall on Saturday morning. Yes, it’s that easy!

We’d like to say a huge thank you already to everyone who has already donated or let us know they’ll bring donations down. You rock!

How to register your stall as part of the Garage Sale

For those neighbours keen to run their own stall at Barrow Park, please help us keep track of numbers and space by registering your stall online. This is easy and also helps us advertise the size and splendour of our event to those seeking out garage sales.

Do you need a trestle table on the day? Get in touch with us before hand and find out whether we can help you further.

If you’re keen to run a garage sale from, well your own garage, that’s awesome! We highly recommend: register your sale on the above website as a separate sale and take advantage of the advertising of the event.

Cockburn’s Healthy Lifestyle campaing

The City of Cockburn supports Cockburn Integrated Health in helping people achieve long-term health and weight-loss goals through a new Cockburn Healthy Lifestyle Program.

The  aims to offer a low cost coordinated approach to weight management and healthy lifestyle changes that result in life long rewards for participants and their families.  Participants will be supported and guided through personalised program and health service options specific to their own needs.  The program is open to all members of the public with a particular focus on individuals, children and families who present with weight concerns.

What does the program offer participants?

The program provides a free (bulk billed) initial health assessment by a nurse practitioner and access to a range of affordable programs and/or services in the local area which focus on improving overall health and wellbeing, including:

  • Weight management
  • Diet & nutritional education
  • Physical activity and fitness
  • Mental health
  • Child-specific overweight and obesity

Participants also receive free ongoing support from a dedicated program coordinator.

The goal of the program is to help families, children and adults to make lasting changes towards an optimal weight and better health for life. While weight loss is one goal of the program the overarching outcome is lifestyle modification across all aspects of life through childhood to adulthood.

For more information visit: www.cihealth.com.au  or email  info@cihealth.com.au

Fremantle South Ward Candidate Q&A: Andrew Sullivan

As a follow-up to last week’s Q&A event we asked candidates to submit written responses to questions and enable those, who were unable to attend, to get a picture of each candidate.

In the recent community perceptions survey, staff understanding of community needs and how open and transparent Council processes are, are rated low in South Fremantle residents. What are your plans to improve this?

The Fremantle community is more engaged than most. Our people form strong opinions on most issues. Debates can be polarising and even combative. Our community has a high expectation of being kept informed.

Some issues are extremely complex and it can be hard to provide information in an easily digestible format. I will continue to push the CEO to deliver better ways of providing information so our community conversations are well informed.

The Council meetings and committees are all open to the public but few people attend. We need to find better ways of enabling the community to see what their Council is discussing, such as using live streaming.

The role of the Councillor is to be available for residents and ratepayers to help explain and/or clarify proposals and decisions. I always endeavour to articulate information in the detail necessary and in a language suitable for the audience.

Fremantle’s Vital Signs report shows housing diversity and housing stress is a key issue in Fremantle, which could be a contributing factor to high levels of psychological distress of 1 in 10 Fremantle residents. As a councillor what would you do to improve this?

Council must do a better job at working with the State and Federal governments in delivering the key services and housing we need. Council has limited capacity or authority to provide social services or housing but we can play a lead role in facilitating a coordinated regional response by all the agencies. There appears to be a slow incremental loss of social housing in Fremantle and this must be halted.

Council must provide incentives for affordable housing in our planning scheme and policies. Also, we can facilitate developments using Council owned assets. Using this dual approach I’ll deliver the following:

  • Student housing, possibly over the Leisure Centre car park;
  • ‘Key Worker’ housing, via planning incentives;
  • Self-developed housing models and shared equity housing;
  • Specialised housing designed for people with disabilities; and,
  • New options for empty nesters struggling to stay in Freo.

Since there is a lot of focus on economic development in the City centre, how do you plan to enhance South Fremantle economically.

 Implementing the South Terrace traffic calming and streetscape works as soon as possible is critical to providing the right environment for business to thrive. We must develop a balanced and integrated approach to parking in South Fremantle. We must also kick-start the business precinct group again to help build a clear marketing approach for the precinct

Other longer-term economic opportunities exist in areas either side of Hampton Road south of the Duoro Road intersection. I will work with the major landowners to explore ways of transforming the area to include a district shopping centre set within a town centre environment and surrounded by much needed urban infill.

Likewise, the redevelopment opportunities in the Beaconsfield valley should include new commercial opportunities capable of servicing local needs, including establishing a small community hub.

Do you support the Outer Harbour and are you aware of the impacts on the South Fremantle area, specifically alleviating heavy rail transport and opening options for light rail along the corridor?

I acknowledge the complex arguments for and against an outer harbour. I am concerned about the environmental impact on Cockburn Sound but the roads in Fremantle can’t take more trucks either. Creating mega-freeways in heritage suburbs is never the answer.

Fremantle Port is operating well short of capacity. The core constraint is transporting containers to and from the port. A new dedicated rail tunnel would have expanded the life of the current port indefinitely.

The current rail route is extremely limited as it shares the rail bridge with the passenger line. The flow on effect is not enough trains travelling during the day and too many late-night trains negatively impacting residents, not to mention the disconnect from our waterfront.

As a rail tunnel is highly unlikely, I accept an outer harbour is needed ASAP.

Providing light rail is the most important infrastructure needed for Fremantle’s future.

What is your concept regarding north south directed traffic though South Fremantle, and the roles of Marine Terrace, South Terrace and Hampton Road in the mix?

There has been considerable community input into individual decisions about each of these roads. What we lack is an overarching transport plan for the road network.

We have limited road capacity in and out of Fremantle. We also have limited opportunity to accommodate more cars in the city centre – this gets back to the critical need for passenger rail to the south and east.

The three main north-south roads do serve inherently different functions. Hampton provides some access to the city but is more used to bypass it. Marine is free flowing and should continue to be used to access the city centre and harbours. South Terrace is loaded with alfresco activity but should still carry its fair share of traffic at a slower pace. We must get the South Terrace upgraded ASAP to accommodate its dual role as both a through route and as a place to congregate.

Follow on question if traffic calming is not addressed in answers for the above: What role does traffic calming play in your vision?

I’m quite wary of piecemeal traffic calming devices and I think our ratepayer money is far better spent on making pleasant streets using good urban design and landscaping.

Traffic calming devices squeezes the over-all traffic balloon and pushes cars into nearby streets. As such, I haven’t been a fan of the traffic calming devices our City engineers have implemented in local streets “in the name of safety” and I think they may have caused more problems than have been solved.

The money spent on traffic calming in King William and Sydney streets would have been far better spent on getting South Terrace implemented and on dealing with the flow and speed of all traffic rather than chopping and changing the hierarchy of the roads.

What is your position on Australia Day and specifically the CoF actions?

Council made the right decision based on the information available. We wanted a more sensitive and inclusive way to celebrate our national culture.  We suggested there be less of the patriotic fervour so enjoyed by so-called “aussie patriots”.  We wanted to encourage a debate in the local community that reflected on the past and the ongoing injustices that have so disadvantage the first peoples of this land.

That said, with the benefit of hindsight we should have consulted more and/or implemented the changes over a couple of years to help avoid the division.

I was greatly moved by the response of the different Nyoongar groups in Perth and beyond and in the way they came together as one to conduct their ceremonies at Arthur Head and Bathers Beach. That our decision opened up a space for this one moment to occur was a real blessing.

Have your say on proposed bike paths

The City of Cockburn is seeking public input about creating two bike and walk paths:

  1. Rockingham Road Protected Bikeway:

The aim is to build an off-road bikeway along Rockingham Road from Hampton Road/Cockburn Road to Spearwood Avenue.

It would most likely be made of red or black asphalt with green markings at conflict points.

The exact design is complex and yet to be determined. We will look at issues like road crossing points and having separated paths protected from traffic. Ideally, it would be suitable for youngsters to seniors, or families.

BP Bikeway:

The aim is to build a bikeway from Carrington Street to Blackwood Avenue and Phoenix Road to Angus Ave/Stock Road, along the BP oil pipeline reserve.

Check the City’s website for more details and add your feedback.