April 30, 2011 3 Comments
The past few weeks have been extremely busy for City of Fremantle on the lobbying front.
The CEO and I have met with Hon Terry Waldron, Minister for Sport Liquor & Gaming and then with Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan and Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Budge to seek support for the ISAF 2011 event to receive “Special Event” status from 1st November to 24th December. This will allow a relaxation of some of the liquor licensing conditions that will provide a more social atmosphere during the event so we can be more of an international city. A formal application has now been lodged for that status and I am confident that it will be accepted which is a great success. This means you will be able to stand up with a drink at venues like Xwray even if it in only for a couple of months!
We also met with Hon Simon O’Brien, the new Minister for Finance to discuss the getting a new government office into Fremantle (to which the city has lodged an EOI to attract a new agency to our Point Street site).
Whilst the Minister couldn’t give any undertakings because the matter was still with Cabinet, there were two clear messages:
1. Firstly it would be many months before government made any announcements in relation to where agencies might be located; and
2. there was support for Fremantle getting a new government office
We also met this week with the Hon Troy Buswell, the new Minister for Transport and Housing to discuss a range of transport issues. These included:
- High Street upgrade
- National Ports Strategy
- Fremantle Ports/ING
- Light Rail
- South West Corridor transport planning generally
- Fremantle Traffic Bridge
The Minister was helpful in most of these matters. Outcomes from the meeting of note were:
- Support for a working group to develop plans for a commercial development of Victoria Quay – to include Fremantle Ports, PTA and city of Fremantle
- Support to relook at parameters for upgrading of High Street – but noting that decisions need to be made by end of August at the very latest so that the federal funding is not lost
- No urgency from government about Fremantle Traffic Bridge
- Advised that government would make announcement in the near future about port planning, much of which is resultant from the Fremantle Ports Optimum Working Group Report (although it is unlikely the report itself will be released).
This was followed up the next day with a meeting with the Department of Transport on High St to get that ball rolling including exploring more options to make sure the $68millionin Federal funds was well spent
It has been an intense month of lobbying but one in which are seeing some real results for Fremantle.