Noise on the street

It’s getting close to summer and that means an increase in the number of people walking home from pubs and clubs at the weekend. Unfortunately, Wray Avenue is a bit of a causeway for this.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d rather that people walk home than drive after a big night on the town. I just wish that they’d do it quieter.

I’ve seen quite a few odd things over the years when I’ve been woken up by noise. My favourite was the three guys I saw trying to tip over one of the Galati’s lorries at 3am in the morning. Honestly, they had it up on two wheels but it couldn’t get past that tipping point. I shouted to them that they were almost certainly on CCTV and they scarpered.

That sort of thing doesn’t bother me too much. My girlfriend is less impressed but for the most part I can deal with it.

What I can’t deal with is the violent, abusive, argumentative drunks that wake me up in the wee hours; it’s hard to get back to sleep when someone’s shouting out obscenities and anger at their partner, spittle and alcohol no doubt spraying from their lips.

They’ve been the cause of a couple of phone calls to the police. Afterall, it was right in front of my house that a poor woman was raped in the back of a car a couple years ago and dumped in the parking bay. That, less than fifteen metres from my bedroom, is enough to make me think the worst when I hear such belligerence from (usually) men with far too much drink (and who knows what else) in them and too little control over their emotions.

There’s not much that can be done about it I suppose. It’s just one of the features of living in a city with nightlife. Even though I’m not a fan of the nightlife on offer, I’m certainly not going to espouse shutting it down.

There are arguments that a small bar culture (as opposed to beer barns and big clubs) will decrease this behaviour, but they’re equally countered by people who fear it will lead to more of what I’m annoyed by. The anti-social idiocy I’m describing does little to change such views I’m afraid.

Anyway, when I went out the front to suggest to this bloke on the weekend that he calm down I noticed a bike thrown into the bushes on the verge en face my house. Someone had obviously nicked it and, finding a padlock on the chain, dumped it. It’s still there out the front.

If you know who’s it might be, let them know eh?

Yours? Please collect from the corner of Wray and Brennan

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Railing against a lack of parking

The City of Fremantle has put out for public comment their plan for a Transit Corridor. You can fill in a survey on it here.

Funnily enough, one possible alignment includes a section on Wray Avenue. For a moment I got very excited – as I have previously written I think rail is kind of cool and for me the idea of trams rattling past my door isn’t so bad.

I filled in the survey and read the supporting documents enthusiastically. Sadly my enthusiasm has waned.

The plan calls for overhead wires above – this technology is being phased out all over the world. Underground power, while initially more expensive to put in, has the advantage of being less costly to maintain, requiring less electricity to power and being far less visually obtrusive. Presumably all the trees would have to go to accommodate these wires.

In the discussion of this issue in the documents, I don’t like the implication that Wray Avenue is not a valued heritage precinct. Apparently further down the line it is heritage value that will require the power to go underground, from the hospital to the train station. I don’t see why, apart from cost, this shouldn’t happen on Wray Avenue.

But here’s the real clincher, the thing that made me realise I’ll never see a tram trundle past my house.

At the end of the discussion of this option, it states that “kerbside parking would need to be banned along these roads.”

This is very worrying for me as I have no off-street parking, and I’m not alone in this. Where am I meant to park my car? Even if I managed to be car-less (something I aspire to eventually be) where are my visitors going to park when they come over using private transport? Where are tradespeople I require to service my house going to park when I need them? – They already have a hard enough time!

There’d be much stronger opposition from those on the street who, unlike me, don’t even think light rail is a good idea. Plus there’s Galati’s who would pretty much have their business killed.

I don’t think that a Wray Avenue alignment in this form will ever take place.

Further consultation is taking plan on Tuesday 14th Decemebr from 6pm. Email your RSVP to susan.m@creatingcommunities.com.au.

For other ideas about light rail in Fremantle and across the metropolitan area, I suggest visiting Senator Scott Ludlam’s Perth Light Rail website. It’s a tremendous, ambitious but necessary plan.