Contrary to criticism of me and my last post, by Maryrose Baker and Dick Baynham, “Fremantle Herald” reporters Brendan Foster and Steve Grant had a similar view to mine regarding the Public Meeting held by FICRA on Tuesday night.
Those in charge of FICRA, and still everyone is mute on the appointment of the Committee, decided to hold a public meeting to air their grievances towards Council but forgot that we live in a democracy and would not let the Mayor give a presentation to the meeting.
Brendan Foster and Steve Grant writing in yesterdays “Herald” compare the FICRA meeting where “Chair Dick Baynham wrestled with the crowd” and “Dr Pettitt-a keen skateboarder-told the crowd 21 per cent of young people were skateboarders, which sparked loud jeering and laughter” with the 120 odd skateboarders and their parents who packed the Council chambers on Wednesday night. “Councillor Dave Coggin, who’d championed the plaza, acknowledged he’d been rattled by a meeting heavy with Baby Boomers the night before, where mayor Brad Pettitt had been heckled over the proposal. But the 40-odd, polite young people who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting had calmed his nerve, he said, convincing him the plaza wouldn’t usher in an era of lawlessness but send out the welcome mat to a new generation of families. His short speech earned him thunderous applause from the gallery.”
FICRA you have been outsmarted, and your folly of being led by people who only have a heritage agenda has led to FICRA been deemed irrelevant.