Soggy hotdogs: why better options and more choice is the Freo way
September 2, 2016 9 Comments
It has been interesting to listen to the wide variety of views and interpretations on the Fremantle Council’s Australia Day decision. While the majority of feedback we have received has been supportive of our decision, a lot of those who (sometimes angrily) opposed it was based on that we had no right to tell people what to do and how they should celebrate Australia Day.
As we have tried to explain we are not – everyone is free to decide what is right for them – we are instead offering alternative options and more choices for people.
More choice and better options based on great progressive, community values is at the heart of Fremantle council’s approach to many of its decisions.
Let me give a few examples:
- Our Australia Day alternative events will give those who want something more inclusive and thoughtful than 20 minutes of fireworks to go to. For those who think that fireworks on Australia Day are important then they still have plenty of options to do that; from the privately funded cracker show at the Fishing Boat Harbour to the Perth Skyshow and the half dozen or so local shows around Perth. Or you can come to both 🙂
- Strong investment in cycling lanes and better footpaths are giving people the option to not drive in and around Freo. If you want drive you still can (and I must add there is more free parking than ever.)
- In the housing space, Freo Council are working hard to offer a greater range of choices so people can grow old in place and so young people can also be part of this great town. You can still buy a 4×2 mini mansion if you wish but we are working to get more diverse housing options on the market for people to choose from as well.
Of course we have to make sure that these new choices and alternative options are appealing and better for some than what was on offer before.
To give an analogy of this: Remember when you used to go to the football and you could only buy chips, hamburgers and hotdogs. Every van sold the same thing. Well thankfully we got a bit more sophisticated and healthier options including baked spuds, nachos and salads are available.
True, there are now fewer places at the footy to get a soggy, lukewarm hotdog than before but you can still get one if you wish and no one is saying you shouldn’t. But by putting on better alternatives I expect less people will get sauce on their shirts.
Similarly, more choice doesn’t mean everyone should ride a bike, live in an apartment, come to our alternative Australia Day events, or eat baked potatoes at the footy. But it’s good that these new options are there and that is why Fremantle will continue to innovate and offer better alternatives.