THE letter from CFMEU organiser Vinnie Molina in Perth Voice March 20 (“Hands off heritage”) was like a bolt out of the blue.
And this is exactly the point of retaining a strong union. Some people get critical of unions because they push the ‘boundaries’.
In another generation past, the unions fought for better conditions for workers, such as my grandfather who worked on Collie coalmines his entire life.
In those days the mining was done via tunnel access and I can remember my grandfather taking me along to see it all when I was a small boy.
Transport ourselves to today and we find a union sticking up for heritage concerns and perhaps even taking that very stick to a developer that has overstepped the mark.
It’s a pity Vincent council could not hold off giving the green light to the demolition of 123 Claisebrook Road while other advice filtered in.
The fact Mr Molina wrote this letter should say ample things to the City of Vincent.
Too many historic buildings have been stupidly demolished.
The Schweppes building on Scarborough Beach Road went down and nothing took its place.
The old tobacco factory of Roe St was callously hammered merely because it represented an industry of times past and didn’t fit current trends.
So we have let the developer have the final say on a piece of our history and it’s no surprise they bring in the bulldozer.
The report issued to Vincent was from an “Urban Planner”, so that probably says it all.
All I can add to that is, if we allow that sort of behaviour to set any sort of standard, then our historic past will be consigned to rubble.
Deague Ct, North Perth
Walk the talk
THE City of Vincent has spent a considerable amount of ratepayer funds on a transport strategy that says its network will prioritise the needs and safety of people walking, and riding bikes, scooters, mopeds and other micro mobility devices.
Great words, but how do its actions stack up?
For more than a year I reported vehicles being regularly parked across footpaths.
After escalating to the mayor, I was told the council “doesn’t want to be heavy-handed” and penalise offenders, even though they are clearly breaching the city’s local laws, and state and national disability legislation.
Yet on the other side of Walcott Street I reported similar offences to the City of Stirling, which took immediate action, and eradicated the problem.
Advertising signs, signposts and traffic management signs also block Vincent footpaths.
If there‘s an 80cm gap the city doesn’t bother, even in a busy town centre or shared path.
In 2017, North Perth residents asked for measures to make our streets safer for anyone travelling to local shops or school. Nothing happened.
There are many streets without trees for shade, which makes walking pleasurable and an alternative to driving.
And now the city is proposing nine roundabouts on local streets, despite papers and reports highlighting their danger to bike riders. The RAC advises pedestrians to avoid them.
But no mention of these issues in the letter recently dropped to residents. Just the benefits to vehicle drivers.
If the city wants to be known as a leader in active transport, the old adage “actions speak louder than words” comes to mind. I am always available to show elected members and staff first hand the many other obstacles that exist as well.