Sunday, 27 May 2012

Freo Festival of Litter

According to Aafrin Kidwai, putting first things first is one of the seven habits of highly effective cities. Here is a passage from his article:

"How many cities have we visited where they are building a new grand City Hall, yet much of the garbage still isn’t being collected or the water isn’t flowing? A city’s priorities should be basic services, professionalism and quality of staff, clear metrics, a reliable ongoing base budget, and nurturing a respectful two-way conversation with its residents. All great buildings need a solid foundation."

(Kidwai's article is an interesting read. It can be viewed by clicking here.)

I couldn't agree more. 

It's great to see Kings Square activated with markets, but these types of initiatives need to be followed up with good place keeping the place clean. That's why I was disappointed by the festival of litter that seemed to be going on near Kings Square and on Cantonment Street in Freo yesterday afternoon. 

Freo Festival of Litter yesterday afternoon
These photos were all taken on our way back to our apartment from Myer. The bin in the middle is next to one of my mini Freo monuments, the Pietro Porcelli statue. 

The festival of litter is one Freo festival I'd like to see come to an end. 


  1. This has become a disgraceful weekend tradition on weekends in Fremantle, Michael. I have blogged about it a few times, but the City seems to ignore it, might that be because the CEO never get annoyed about it as he lives in Joondalup?

    It is unacceptable that this is what we show visitors to our city. It is neglect and shows we don't care. We do COF!!

    Roel Loopers

  2. I haven't often noticed bins overflowing (because I don't spend that much time in town generally I guess, or not in the King's Square area). But I noticed that middle bin on Saturday too, very frustrating on a beautiful busy day with lots of visitors in Freo.