Letters 28.2.15

Just not cricket
IT is with some frustration and more than a little dismay that I read your article about the possibility of the blind cricketers being forced off Shearn Park because some local dog walkers are agitating to have the park fenced (Voice, February 21, 2015).
I live directly opposite the park and also walk my dog there and totally agree the proposal to completely fence it in is both unnecessary and expensive. The cricketers have been using the park for years and have never caused a single moment of trouble and they all have a great time, they never leave any mess or make too much noise.
On the other hand I have stepped in poo and have had to deal with aggressive and poorly trained and behaved dogs on many occasions.
Mesh infill and a bottom rail on the existing fence along Central Ave would solve the problem for everyone, but I guess that would be too simple a fix.
I notice with interest the main instigator for this fence is also involved in trying to get the feeder road to the new Seventh Avenue bridge blocked, using a fairly aggressive campaign to get people to sign the petition.
It would be interesting to see where a lot of the people who signed it actually live. Leave the cricketers alone, train your dogs, supervise your dogs, be happy and don’t waste ratepayers’ money as there is already a fenced park a five-minute walk away towards Beaufort Street.
Bill Malabre
Central Ave, Mt Lawley

Perth needs Cutbush’s CPR
FIRST of all, dear Perth Voice, I would like to express my gratitude for your existence. Reading you helps me keep up with everything worth knowing in Perth. Almost everything.
I was slightly outraged by the violent sense of selfishness expressed by Siena’s representative regarding the Rough Love Laneway Party (Voice, February 14, 2015).
It is now widely known of several musical venues closing down, such as The Bakery, Ya Ya’s and Devilles Pad, which would not only cause unemployment, but also a ridiculous representation of the city’s cultural development.
Perth is at risk of becoming an expensive condo block, restaurant-oriented-bourgeois-run-by car-only expensive city. This city still is culturally active, yet satisfying itself with Fringe once a year would be simply funny.
I would like to express my kindness and appreciation to Dave Cutbush’s initiative: “Perth Needs More Music and Arts Venues”, a Facebook community page he created. (Dave Catbush is the managing director of “life is noise” and big part of the Australian music scene for almost two decades). This page has appealed to more than 2000 similar-minded people who will definitely not sit and watch all these changes from their condo square window.
My point is music and entertainment are essential, even for economic purposes. Culture attracts people/customers/hungry, curious buyers, which obviously makes businesses like Siena’s benefit.
Yet this time, and taking into consideration the business’ clientele, this event is not so beneficial and it becomes a community problem, putting the event at risk. This is one event, occurring during seven hours. It is possible for some customers to dislike that. It is possible for a patron to dislike an employee and leave the premises as a result. It will be noisy and there may be some trash left. It will be cleaned and the decibels re-established.
And yes, it is the “young” who are organising these events and who are fighting for venues, yet Dave Cutbush, who is enormously respected for his work in Perth music has himself initiated this push for open-mindness and cultural freedom.
I would like for businesses, whose idea of this laneway party being atrocious, to consider that we are a community, a city in which people from various races, cultural tastes, habits cohabit and try to be happy.
Nora Karailieva
North Perth

Who’s green?
TO date we (the ratepayers) have lost near on 100 mature trees in the lower end of Mount Hawthorn, Brady Street, Anderson Street, etc.
This week two magnificent gums were lost on Brady with a possible six or seven destined to go further down. All in the name of greed: infill, to which only the City of Vincent and developers profit.
In many cases, as in NSW, with proper planning and care, many of those trees could have been integrated into the overall design, rather than pack as many on each side, bugger the trees in the way.
Well, son we will have no trees in the verge. Considering dramatic increases in rates and the so-called “Greening of Vincent” they could bury the ugly overhead power lines. Make the developers pay for such and furthermore, as I suggested to the mayor, make the developers contribute to “Greening of Vincent” paying for two trees for every one they remove. How about an infill of verges.
Robert Hart
Anderson St, Mt Hawthorn

It’s a ShockR
I WAS shocked on Wednesday February 18 to receive a letter from the City of Stirling regarding a redevelopment application for an adjoining property. The single dwelling  property occupies 898sqm and has a development application lodged to construct seven multi-storey residences.
I was further shocked to learn, after speaking with the council planning department that the application will go ahead despite breaches of the R-Code building and development guidelines and principles.
This area lies within the Mt Lawley heritage protection zone. Seven units on 898sqm lot? How is this possible? We moved to the area 16 years ago, attracted by the heritage fabric of the area, now it would appear we will be living next to high-density accommodation with limited parking provisions and no regard for our privacy nor our right to quiet enjoyment.
Regan Whitby
Central Ave, Mt Lawley

09. 870LETTERS

Cavalier attitude
“SHAMBOLIC!” Yes, the premier’s proposed forced amalgamations (Voice, February 21, 2015) but for the City of Bayswater to go along with the amalgamation proposal, when in the words of Liberal MLC Simon O ‘Brien “no case for change existed” shows council to be worse than shambolic—it showed a cavalier attitude to the use of ratepayers’ money.
Greg Smith
Rose Ave, Bayswater

Gone off track
BUILDING a designated bike lane on a road does not make for a bike-friendly road was my thought as I rode home along Oxford Street, Leederville yesterday afternoon.
It was a beautiful afternoon and I was keen to see the new roadworks as I am a supporter of any new bike infrastructure. However, as I rode along with cars parked on my left and a bus passing on my right I could not help but wonder about a car door opening suddenly in front of me. What would happen?
Of course I know, it has happened to me before but I have always be so lucky to respond immediately (years of hyper-vigilance) and to have had room to swerve. On Oxford Street, in that moment, it was sobering to think that I could have very easily been killed.
And whose fault would that be? Don’t we just love to apportion blame? It comes so easily. The person in the car could blame me or the bus driver, my family would blame the car driver and the bus driver and on it goes… to no end, it is pointless.
Why do we get fixated on blame and the problem? Where is the problem-solving and the solution? Where is the education, where is the compassion? I cannot believe for one moment those talkback radio callers whom I have heard so many times, who think they own the road because they pay car registration, who generalise the entire population into “them” (the riders) and “us” (the motorists) would really want to be involved in an accident that kills a person on a bike.
Because, at its simplest, that is what we are talking about—lives, people. It is ridiculous to talk about who has the more rights. Ridiculous because it is completely irrelevant and plain wrong.
Roads are public infrastructure and that means they belong to everyone. That means we share the roads we don’t not own them. Education and compassion are the keys not that unhelpful, unfounded sense of entitlement. The solution has to lie with a shared responsibility, of the individual, of the collective and the government.
Where is the public education campaign to accompany the new bike lane? I haven’t seen one sign, newspaper article or public service announcement. Does the City of Vincent just think that building something will force a change? Will raise awareness?
Yes, I just want everyone to get along and be happy—and, ok, I get that is not always possible but surely I can ask to share the road, as both a car driver and a bike rider, and to the feel safe. At the moment, on Oxford Street, and on countless others, I do not. So for now I think I’ll just walk into Leederville.
Silvana Patorniti
Ashby St, Mt Hawthorn

Consider victims
IT is not my intention to weigh in on the artistic merits or otherwise of shows currently being performed at the Perth Fringe Festival.
I understand that performer Adrienne Truscott, who has featured prominently in your publication over the past few weeks, is well-intentioned in attempting to debunk myths about rape through her Fringe show.
However, in my role as commissioner for victims of crime in Western Australia, where I speak daily with victims who have suffered significant abuse, including sexual abuse, I would like to request that you reconsider how you report on traumatic crime in your publication.
The nature of the photographs and headlines in the article on January 17, “A funny thing about rape” was obviously intended to be provocative.
From the victim of crime perspective, unfortunately, “provocative” can often be traumatising.
Sensationalised photographs like the one published with the article will often trigger flashbacks to the crime the victim has experienced.
I believe it is possible to provoke without harming people, and there would certainly be victims of sexual crime among your readers, who most certainly could do without further harm being wrought upon them.
Jennifer Hoffman
Commissioner for Victims of Crime
Department of the Attorney General

End of story
GOODBYE to amalgamation! To those few miscreants who erroneously believe most people are in favour of amalgamation, I offer the following.
I attended, with thousands of other City of Canning residents, all four public meetings to debate the forced amalgamation process. Not one spoke in favour and not one single Liberal politician attended, because they recognised the people were united in their opposition. End of story.
William Booth
Queen St, Bentley 

Lock ‘em up
ANY school teacher male or female who has sex with a underage student should not be allowed to go free or be shown mercy.
We have the recent case of a female teacher having sex with a boy being let free. It sends a message of confusion to all males—your crime is worse although it’s the same.
I do note we have female correspondents who write to the papers exercising their feminist rights, dumping on men when they get the opportunity when a male has done wrong.
Well, now we have the perfect opportunity for them to show they are not cheering for a team but rather for the cause.
SM Livingston
David St, Yokine

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