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DL World, Australia’s, and reportedly the world’s largest port operator has found an innovative way of dealing with an industrial dispute at Fremantle port. The company has countered threats of work stoppages by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) by stating they will engage rival port operator Patrick and contract out their work to provide certainty for their customers who have ships on the high sea.

It appears this is not just about workplace action at Fremantle, but might well have to do with the company posting a $ 68 million after-tax loss in Australia.

Will a compromise be reached between DL World and the MUA before Thursday, or will the cranes stay up at DL?

Roel Loopers


waste eyesore

It has been two and a half weeks today that the new recycle bin near the Whalers Tunnel at the steps to the historic Round House has been full, because the City of Fremantle has failed to empty it.

Thousands of tourists walk by there every week, but those in charge of rubbish collection keep forgetting to do this very basic job of emptying the bin west of the railway line regularly.

I often get request from local residents and businesses to report on overflowing bins at Captain’s Lane, J Shed and along the rail line, but it appears to be falling on deaf ears at Fremantle council and that is not good enough.

Roel Loopers


Waste is a huge problem all over the planet. Domestic and commercial waste needs to go somewhere, so it ends up in landfill or designated areas, where often toxic waste leaks into the ground and ground water.

What is the future of waste a forum at the Fremantle Town Hall asked, with an indication that an incinerator at Kwinana could be the preferred option.

It is always difficult for lay-people to know what the facts are, so I won’t even attempt to deal with the technicalities, but it became clear that even incinerators still produce toxic ash that goes into landfill, and release toxic gas that pollutes the atmosphere. No surprise then that there were quite a few people from Kwinana asking the question why they should live with other council’s pollution.

It is neither practical nor economically viable for every council to operate their own incinerators, so the locations for them are always going to be controversial. As Greens Lynn MacLaren said, Cockburn Sound Cement problems have not given the community much confidence, as locals have had to live with toxic smells and dust from that plant for years.

In my opinion the problem with waste management around the world is that it is re-active instead of pro-active. We produce far too much waste and that needs to stop and it starts with our manufacturers and supermarkets. Society should no longer tolerate excessive and double packaging, plastic bags in cardboard boxes, etc. etc. The pressure needs to be put on our governments, but also on Coles and Woolworth and let them know we no longer want old-fashioned packaging, but we insist on new, more environmentally friendly and less packaging. That would be a start.

We also need to turn around our wasteful mentality and throw away attitude, the need in the western world to have the latest of everything, thus making perfectly working appliances obsolete and ready for the enormous global waste heap. We need to ask ourselves if we really need the latest mobile, TV, computer, camera, kitchen gadget, or if what we’ve got will suffice for many more years.

Waste management should start with each and every one of us. WE need to reduce the amount of waste we produce because WE are creating a huge problem for all of us.

Are incinerators the solution or just our way of making governments responsible for our inconsiderate behaviour?  Taking ownership of our waste would be a good start.

Roel Loopers


Info from the Fremantle ECOBURBIA mob:

 A father’s search to find the healthiest building materials leads him to the completion of the nation’s first hemp house.

Hemp with lime is a non-toxic, energy-efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material.

The drawback — although research is legal in some states, hemp remains off-limits to almost all U.S. farmers.  Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries that makes 1,000′s of sustainable products and offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. 

In the U.S., hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t Americans grow it?

BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.

There will be a speaker and time for questions and discussion about the use of hemp in WA after the movie.

This movie will be held at Replants, 96 Wray Avenue this Friday August 1. Doors will open at 6.30pm for dinner and conversation. The meal is BYO. The movie will start at 7.30 so we can have some discussion afterwards. Come prepared to share your thoughts. The venue is not heated or cooled so please dress appropriately and bring doonas etc



Info session

A man an his tablet talking to the world on Fremantle’s Kings Square.

I love street photography.

Roel Loopers



Many Fremantle cafes, like the Moore&Moore in Henry Street, have a great homely and quirky atmosphere. I took this photo of French chef Julien and a lovely friend while waiting for the right light to hit the building. It is a Rembrandt-like image, with the sunlight just lighting up the two people while the area around them remained dark. I absolutely love being a photographer!

Roel Loopers


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Vote for the Western Australian People’s Choice

WA Premier's Book Awards

The shortlist for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have just been announced. The Awards recognise and support excellence in writing across Australia.

552 books were entered into the Awards over nine categories and it is the first year for the WA emerging writer’s category. The Awards had strong entries from WA publishing houses including Fremantle Press, Magabala Books and UWA Publishing and titles from notable authors Tim Winton and Shaun Tan.

The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by The West Australian. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted fiction books by visiting Winners to be announced on 22 September 2014.

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards – 2014 Shortlist

Children’s Books

Baby Bedtime – Mem Fox; illustrator Emma Quay (Penguin Group Australia)
Light horse boy – Dianne Wolfer; illustrator Brian Simmonds (Fremantle Press)
My superhero – Chris Owen; illustrator Moira Court (Fremantle Press)
Stay well soon – Penny Tangey (University of Queensland Press)
The Swap – Jan Ormerod; illustrator Andrew Joyner (Little Hare Books)
Violet Vanishes – Ursula Dubosarsky; illustrator Annie White (Hachette Australia)

Digital Narrative

Afterdeath – Evangeline Than and Gareth Lockett (Red Alpha Pty Ltd)
Authentic in All Caps – Christy Dena (Universe Creation 101)
Neomad – Stuart Campbell and Wah Cheung (Big hART)
Nothing you have done deserves such praise – Jason Nelson (Turbulence, New York City)
#PRISOM – Mez Breeze and Andy Campbell (Mez Breeze Design and Dreaming Methods)


All the birds, singing – Evie Wyld (Random House Australia)
Coal Creek – Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
Elemental – Amanda Curtin (UWA Publishing)
Eyrie – Tim Winton (Penguin Group Australia)
The life and loves of Lena Gaunt – Tracy Farr (Fremantle Press)
The narrow road to the deep north – Richard Flanagan (Random House Australia)


Broken Nation – Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir – Kristina Olsson (University of Queensland Press)
Citizen Emperor – Philip Dwyer (Bloomsbury Publishing pty ltd)
Night games: sex, power and sport – Anna Krien (Black Inc)
Out of the Mountains: the coming age of the urban guerrilla – David Kilcullen (Scribe Publications)
The forgotten rebels of Eureka – Clare Wright (Text Publishing)


Hotel Hyperion – Lisa Gorton (Giramondo)
Six different windows – Paul Hetherington (UWA Publishing)
Stone Scar Air Water – Judy Johnson (Walleah Press)
Unearthed – Tracy Ryan (Fremantle Press)
Walking: new and selected poems – Kevin Brophy (Five Islands Press)
Xn – Carol Jenkins (Puncher and Wattmann)


Forget Me Not – Tom Holloway (Currency Press)
Maggie Stone – Caleb Lewis (Caleb Lewis)
Prompter – Sam Fox and Patrick Pittman (Hydra Poesis)
The Beast – Eddie Perfect (Anti-Semantic Pty Ltd)
The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars – Van Badham (Currency Press)
The Secret River – Andrew Bovell (Currency Press)

Highly commended

An Accidental Soldier – Blake Ayshford (Cameron Creswell)

Western Australian Emerging Writers

Fractured – Dawn Barker (Hachette Australia)
Letters to the End of Love – Yvette Walker (University of Queensland Press)
Salt Story: of sea-dogs and fisherwoman – Sarah Drummond (Fremantle Press)
Stella’s Sea – Sally-Ann Jones (UWA Publishing)

West Australian History

A town is born: The story of Fitzroy Crossing – Steve Hawke (Magabala Books)
Kerry Stokes: Self-made Man – Margaret Simons (Penguin Group Australia)
Koombana Days – Annie Boyd (Fremantle Press)
Perth – David Whish-Wilson (NewSouth Publishing)
Seeking Wisdom: a centenary history of The University of Western Australia – Jenny Gregory (UWA Publishing)
The Marriage Knot: Marriage and divorce in colonial Western Australia 1829-1900 – Penelope Hetherington (UWA Publishing)

Writing for Young Adults

Alex as well – Alyssa Brugman (Text Publishing)
Joyous and Moonbeam – Richard Yaxley (Omnibus Books)
Life in Outer Space – Melissa Keil (Hardie Grant Egmont)
My Life as an Alphabet – Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)
The Incredible Here and Now – Felicity Castagna (Giramondo)
You don’t even know – Sue Lawson (Black Dog Books)

Highly commended

Cry blue murder – Kimberley Kane and Marion Roberts (University of Queensland Press)

The Premier’s Prize will be awarded to the best overall entry from all category winners.

Find out more information about the categories and prize money.

Any queries about the awards can be directed to the State Library of Western Australia:
Telephone: (08) 9427 3151

Filed under: General Tagged: amanda curtin, Fremantle Press, people's choice awards, richard flanagan, tim winton, uwa publishing, WA Premier's Book Awards, Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Greens call for immediate action on cyclist fatalities with metre passing legislation

Media statement, Tuesday, 29 July 2014.

A bill introduced to ensure a minimum metre passing distance between cyclists and motorists must be passed in the State to urgently address the rise in serious injuries and fatalities on the road, explained Greens spokesperson for transport, Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

“Today the West is filled to the brim with news that Western Australian cyclists are increasingly incurring serious injuries and abuse on the roads; Kent Acott is right on the money when he says that safety relies on separating cars from bicycles.

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Most people hate TAGS, those spray painted initials by immature and disrespectful fools on buildings. TAGS are the ugly part of graffiti and cost local councils many thousands of dollars each year to clean up. Creative murals of graffiti art however are fantastic and should be encouraged.

To spray TAGS, and leaving one’s mark like a dog that urinates against trees, is illegal and incurs fines, but with recent development I wonder if we should still be worried about TAGS when SAT appears to be a far worse new form of urban vandalism.

SAT is state government initiated and sanctioned ‘graffiti’ that destroys cities and suburbs. SAT overrules local councils and makes planning departments obsolete. SAT erodes democracy because the community no longer has a say about the lifestyle they want to live and about the character of their cities. SAT dramatically and irreversibly changes the face and character of suburbs, with little regard for the wishes of the residents, ratepayers and elected council members.

Local government is invaded and pushed aside by the Western Australian State Government, who demands higher density living and forces unacceptable high-rise in low-rise city centres. Subiaco and Cottesloe will never have the same appeal again, once modern ugliness has destroyed the ambience there.

The proponents of high-rise keep assuring us that we will get iconic buildings, and that is true to some extent, because a building that totally dwarfs adjoining buildings and streets will be iconic in the sense that it sticks out like a huge eyesore. Sixteen storeys in the centre of Subi? You must be kidding!

The rationale for putting high-rise in the centres is that the buildings need to be close to public transport, shopping, etc, while these high buildings really should be built on the periphery so that they don’t destroy the uniqueness of many of the older suburbs. High-rise near the Mandurah railway station for example would make sense because, for all the wrong reasons, the station was not built in the city centre.

There is nothing wrong with higher density living. I believe it is essential because we can no longer afford the urban sprawl, as it has become far too expensive to build the infrastructure needed for it. But city planning has to be done with respect for the character of place. Sterile sameness of monotone concrete boxes is not the best solution to cope with increasing population. Far more sensitivity needs to be shown by our State Government that appears to be on an ego-driven high-rise crusade.

In Fremantle we can accommodate high-rise in the Knutsford Street. It’s a five-minute walk to public transport and an easy twenty-minute walk or five-minute bike ride into the city centre. Beaconsfield and Hilton and probably even White Gum Valley could also accommodate higher rise. Be warned though that there are a few elected members in Freo who can envisage an “iconic 21-storey building” on the Woolstores site.

People make cities. People create the ambience and lifestyle they want to live in, a place where they have a sense of belonging and where the community takes on ownership. By dismissing the wishes of the local communities, state government is making local governments irrelevant, because they can no longer decide what they want their cities to look like.

SAT is vandalism far worse than TAG and it needs to be stopped before it gets out of hand.


Roel Loopers

Research Scholarship

The Fremantle History Society has much pleasure in announcing a research scholarship to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The scholarship supports the Fremantle History Society’s objectives and in particular encourages new research relating to Fremantle’s history.

The scholarship is open to anyone interested in pursuing the highest level of research and writing and will require the completion of a written work, the format of which can be negotiated but will most likely take the form of a monograph of up to 10,000 words to be published by the Fremantle History Society.

Click below for details and for an application form. Applications close Friday 12 September 2014. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced at Fremantle Studies Day, Sunday 26 October 2014.

Fremantle History Society RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP

We look forward to hearing from you.




I received this comment from Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt on the Traffic Bridge debacle:



Roel, I notice that there is an”assumption a new bridge would be built in the next 10 to 15 years” but given they now plan to spend around $ 20 million just fixing the old one I fear that is no longer the case.

An investment in a new combination road/rail bridge would have not only safety benefits but also enables double stacked freight trains and more trains to run during the day and as a result more freight on to rail. It’d be a great investment.

Cheers, Brad.

Australian parliamentarians' statement calling for end to Gaza hostilities

25 July 2014

We the undersigned members of Australian federal and state parliaments, call on all Australian politicians to condemn the ongoing Israeli military bombardment and invasion of Gaza.

We call on Australian politicians to support an immediate cessation of hostilities and a ceasefire deal which includes an end to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories and to the blockade of Gaza.


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A report in today’s WEST AUSTRALIAN newspaper highlights again the unacceptable condition of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, with the newspaper citing a report by ARUP for the Public Transport Authority that a single blow to the bridge by a vessel the size of a Rottnest Island ferry could make the bridge collapse. Thousands of vehicles, including busses and trucks carrying livestock and containers cross the bridge daily, so a collapse would be catastrophic.

One has to seriously question how State Government sets its priorities when there is sufficient money for a new football stadium and the Elizabeth Quay project, but the Traffic Bridge only receives patch-up jobs, on which the government has spent over $ 12 million.

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said that ten years ago an expert engineers’ report said that the bridge was at an unacceptable risk of collapse if struck by a vessel. “A new bridge would be a much better use of taxpayers’ dollars than the Abbott Government ridiculous Perth Freight Line” McGurk said.

It is estimated that a new traffic bridge would cost approximately $ 190 million or a combined rail and traffic bridge $ 233 million.

Roel Loopers


sculpture bathers 1sculpture bathers 2I am delighted to hear that Sculpture@Bathers will return to Fremantle in March next year. If you want to participate, or sponsor the event, or help as volunteer, or in any other way, e.g. printing of brochures, etc. contact Kidogo Arthouse.

The event was very successful and attracted thousands of people to our lovely little inner city beach, including many schools. The sculptures also added another dimension to the stunning sunsets over the Indian Ocean to the delight of many tourists.

It was a shame the exhibition was not better supported by the City of Fremantle, so I hope they will also get behind it this time and give strong financial and in-kind support for this free event that takes art to the people.

Public art is a great way of connecting those who don’t normally visit galleries to art.

Roel Loopers

Free author talk with Margaret River Press author Lynne Leonhardt


Thursday, 4 September 2014, 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Fremantle City Library

It is 1956, and twelve-year old Gin has arrived at the family farm, ‘Grasswood’, in the South West of Western Australia. She has been left in the care of her lively, idiosyncratic aunt, Attie, while her mother, an English war bride, returns home for a holiday. Gin is the youngest of three generations of very different women, whose lives are profoundly affected by the absence of Jasper: son, brother, husband, father. A fixed point in all their lives is the landscape, layered with beauty and fear, challenge and consolation, isolation and freedom.

Beautifully written, Finding Jasper is an acute, sensitive search for love and a sense of self in a rapidly changing world.

Lynne Leonhardt was born in the South West of Western Australia and grew up on an orchard in a small rural community. As a young adult, she worked overseas, travelling extensively during an extended six-year period. She later spent four years in the Riverina District of New South Wales. An affinity for creative arts saw her take up tertiary studies in music and English literature while raising four children. For many years she has lived in Perth, Western Australia, but enjoys retreating with her husband to the natural beauty of the South West whenever she can. This is her first novel.

Visit Lynne’s website.
Thursday, 4 September 2014
2:00pm to 1:00pm
Fremantle City Library

Book online or ring 9432 9766

Filed under: Events Tagged: author talk, finding jasper, lynne leonhardt, margaret river press, young adult

The Future of Waste in Fremantle

According to the WA Waste Strategy, West Australians not only produces more waste per capita than any one else (over 2500 kg per person each year!) we also have the lowest rate for recovery and diversion from landfill of any mainland State, with only 32% of material being recovered, and the remaining 68% buried in […]

From Plastic Bags to Car Share – a big week in Freo

It was a big week for new initiatives at Fremantle Council this last week and the new draft of the plastic bag local law and the new car sharing policy were top of the list. While it might seem that these issues arise suddenly in the public realm, the reality is City of Fremantle staff […]


Colin Nichol bagged the Fremantle mayor for a chat about – bags. This item dates back to when the issue was first raised at state government and shortly afterwards, failed. Now the matter is current again and little has changed.

PLASTIC checkout shopping bags are still unwelcome in Fremantle, regardless of the state government’s lack of support for the council’s earlier proposed regulation. Mayor Brad Pettitt is pragmatic as well as emphatic; he acknowledges he is resigned to the government’s refusal to approve council’s local law banning the bags and hopes for individual action on the alternative of promoting voluntary change by businesses themselves. Action on the bags is “for both environmental reasons and the impact it has on wildlife”, explains the mayor and he believes most city retailers support the plan, including some majors which have already introduced compostable and reusable bags, while others are holding back, awaiting head office authorisation. Dr Pettitt observes their position is that they will “obey the law, when it is the law”, but hopes they will soon be recruited to the cause.

Potential customer backlash is a concern for some businesses without state government authority for the handy lightweight plastic not being on-call. The mayor is convinced that “Freo people” relate to the environmental reasons for change and mostly support it – furthermore, council’s spot surveys tended to confirm that. He observes that it is particularly relevant an oceanfront city understands the importance of not allowing more plastic into the ecosystem.

Bags ending up in the sea are a menace to marine life. The problem is so great there is now a floating pool of rubbish in the Pacific, greater in extent than any other detectable human-caused impact on the environment. In countries prone to flooding such as Bangladesh, plastic bags have been labelled as responsible for blocked drains and it is no secret they will outlive us all, taking up to 1,000 years to break down in landfill.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Milsom was a member of the council’s working group linked with the Plastic Free Freo initiative and feels the majority of shoppers will eventually cooperate. He notes that single-use plastic bags are being phased out around the world, quoting China as one significant example, where a total ban was introduced in 2008 because of problems with sewers and general waste.

There is however, some good news about plastic bags. University of Adelaide researchers have developed a process for turning them into high-tech sophisticated and expensive nanomaterial hundreds of times stronger than steel but six times lighter, with a variety of potential advanced applications. At the other extreme, it is said that one of the greatest contributions the bags have made to human society is in developing countries where they are used as a toilet and end up hanging from trees.

Some world governments impose a tax or charge levied through the retailer for the bags, sometimes paid into a fund that goes to good causes and others leave it to the business itself. England, where its first plastic recycling plant recently opened, has announced a 5p (9 cents) levy from 2015. Levies in Ireland, Wales and Switzerland led to an 80 per cent reduction in the number of carrier bags issued. Mayor Pettitt reports that, “We’re seeing globally that there is either a price or a ban on bags”. Retailers objecting to the requirement of charging customers a minimum of 10 cents for each of the new bags, call it yet another impost upon business and it can’t anyway be enforced without government backing. But that charge has a double purpose; not only does it reimburse the cost of the more expensive biodegradable replacements, it encourages people to BYO bags. South Australia, Northern Territory, the ACT and Tasmania have all enacted legislation, but Queensland back-flipped due to cost of living concerns and the NSW government is being lobbied to legislate. Fremantle is the first local authority to take up the challenge to de-plastic where the state has not and it is unlikely government will itself pick up the gauntlet. In South Australia, on whose legislation the proposed system for Fremantle is based, a charge is optional, while the loss of “free” supermarket bags (you pay for them in the end) has resulted in more than doubling sales of plastic bin liners to replace them. However, less are thrown away or stockpiled.

It is important to unscramble the tangle of descriptions of various types of alternative bags and how they perform. That is, reusable ones and biodegradable cornstarch (compostable) are the standard, the latter being by far the best answer – but not degradable ones, which do not completely disintegrate. The mayor specifies the ban being on (repeat after him) polyethylene, polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate less than 60 microns thick, while delivering the startling information: “Australia currently uses more than 6 billion plastic bags a year”.

Details on how to unlove plastic along with alternative options is on council’s web site and in distributed information, with more to come. They have door-knocked every business and council is determined to overcome any communication glitches to ensure every business is fully briefed. Their next focus will be on plastic bottles and non-reusable café tableware.Universally available free supermarket-type plastic bags were welcomed as a wonder at the time of their introduction and have become a ubiquitous symbol of consumer waste and of our civilisation. Their embryonic forerunners date from the 1950s, the decade of the never-used hydrogen bomb. Which has caused more damage? It should have been “ban the bag”, as well as “ban the bomb”.Now, those new cornstarch compostable bags: can they be eaten? There’s a thought, that would make them really recyclable. And the closer from sustainability expert (and recycled) Mayor Pettitt: “If you can’t show this kind of environmental leadership in a place like Freo, where can you do it?”.

Colin Nichol

Fowl fencing

6-foot fence ordered to save kids from chooks

NINE-YEAR-OLD Freda Rule is known as the Chicken Whisperer.

The Hilton primary student was present when chooky pal Tracey Sketchit hatched two years ago and the pair has such a strong bond Sketchit is happiest when perched on Freda’s shoulder. Freda often pops down with scraps for Sketchit, who lives in the Hilton Harvest Community Garden henhouse next to the school oval.

But the pair is about to be separated by Hilton’s own version of the West Bank Wall. Iron-handed bureaucrats at the WA education department are insisting on a six-foot fence—SIX FEET—around the garden to prevent innocent students being potentially mauled by Sketchit or savaged by a rogue cabbage.

“It’s not good,” Freda says, exhibiting more common-sense at nine than floors of liability-shy shiny bums in East Perth.

Harvest chair Amy Warne is devastated the kids will be cut off from their little slice of nature, and is bemused by bureaucrats’ apparent fear of poultry, vegetables and the potential for law suits.

• Chook whisperer Freda Rule and pal Tracey Sketchit with courageous Harvest Community Garden supporters. Photo by Steve Grant.

• Chook whisperer Freda Rule and pal Tracey Sketchit with courageous Harvest Community Garden supporters. Photo by Steve Grant.

She acknowledges a fence is written into the garden’s lease so she’s making the most of ze orderz by decorating old bicycle wheels to help turn the barrier into an artwork.

The garden volunteers now have to scratch together $8500 for the fence—we can think of many better uses for the money—and have turned to crowdfunding (see

They launched the drive Monday afternoon, and by Tuesday morning they’d been pledged $1200.

A freebie video done by one of gardening guru Josh Byrne’s film-making mates is helping to draw people to the site.

Willagee Labor MP Peter Tinley, who grew up in Hilton, has thrown his weight behind the effort and is putting the hard word on potential sponsors.

A former SAS commander who’s seen a bit of real life-and-death combat in his time, his eye twitched ominously as he muttered about over-zealous bureaucrats, but stopped short of unleashing the hounds. Or the chooks.


Grumpy? You bet!

“THE premier recently described you all as grumpy,” Labor party leader Mark McGowan told the packed hall of pensioners.

“We are,” quipped one elderly lady from Fremantle.
“And only with him,” another followed.

“He then said you need to grow up,” Mr McGowan continued. “They are offensive comments and show he is out of touch.”

The opposition leader told those who’d gathered at the Anglican church hall in Palmyra that seniors are copping it hardest under state and federal budget measures to pensions and concessions that leave the poor isolated and unable to access information and services.

He says the most damaging change is increasing the retirement age from 65 to 70 for people born after 1966, “because a lot of people who will need a pension in future years will be those in physical labour jobs such as construction, cleaners, gardeners and small business people”.

“My parents are a little over 70 now, my father was a wool classer,” Mr McGowan said. “I cannot imagine my father at 69 out there classing sheep in a shed.”

Retiree Liz West—a former Herald Chook and real estate agent—said the increasing cost of living would further isolate people unable to afford to leave their homes: “We are going to end up with a whole lot of people trapped in their own homes,” she said. “This will create major health issues.”

• Mark McGowan with pensioners in Palmyra.

• Mark McGowan with pensioners in Palmyra.

Once applause subsided, Mr McGowan quipped Ms West should be in parliament, running against disgraced transport minister Troy Buswell at the next election.

Another retiree noted the inability of many elderly people to afford the internet, further isolating them. Many said they were not interested in connecting online.
“My mum and dad don’t have the internet or a computer,” Mr McGowan replied. “They have no interest, my father in particular thinks it’s all ridiculous.
“Whereas my children aged 11, nine and five, they are right into that world. There is a generation for whom all of this world is not relevant to them and they need to have alternative options.”

Mr McGowan called on the Barnett government to stick to its promise to develop affordable housing in the former Myer building to generate, “a bit more life and activity”, in the CBD.

Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk added she would continue to pressure the government to restore the historic warders’ cottages and boost local school funding.


Unfrondly times at Fern

AN all-night party involving 100 hardcore environmental activists at the Fremantle Environmental Resource Network (Fern) site in Montreal Street has exposed a schism in the group.

Fern’s eight-member board condemned the party and is demanding that squatters leave, saying it breaches Fern’s rules for people to stay overnight or hold rowdy parties.

Fern members have used social media to attack about 12 hard-core activists, who call themselves The Lorax (after the Dr Seuss character who “speaks for the trees”).

“The Lorax group has taken over a corner of the site,” a board member complained. “They are not Fern and should leave.

“They are creating a bad reputation for us. We don’t want to carry them to our new site (Fern will soon move as a result of the High Street widening).”

The Lorax is led by Fern director and well-known local activist Simon Peterffy.

He says the party being complained about officially ended at 10pm and some people stayed on afterwards but everyone was well-behaved.

“It wasn’t the event it is being made out to be,” he says. “These accusations are being made by people stretching the truth.”

But neighbours say the party rocked on till 6am.

“We could hear the music from Fern loud when it started last night around 7pm, everyone loves a party. It continued however until about 6am. It screwed up our night’s sleep. This is a totally inappropriate use of Fern’s resource. I support Fern’s objectives, but will become an outspoken critic if Fern does not manage this resource better,” one said.

Environmental activist Christopher Irving writes it is not the first time The Lorax has been warned about behaviour.

“The fact that it has happened again demonstrates a ‘fuck you’ attitude towards the greater Fern community,” he writes.

Tony Carruthers writes the “duality of Fern is very off-putting”, and is one of the reasons his involvement has dropped off.

He adds it is not the sustainable garden’s responsibility to provide illegal free accommodation, “especially if doing so threatens Fern”.


Funding flatline

THE future for the Fremantle Street Doctor and youth mental health service Headspace is looking uncertain.

The services’ parent body, Fremantle Medicare Local, loses federal funding next June and the Abbott government has made it clear replacement “primary health networks” will not be service providers.

Instead, they will simply contract medical services to external providers, who’ll want to turn a profit: there’s little money to be made providing medical services to homeless people and kids with mental health problems.

Fremantle Medicare Local chair Graham Farquhar was unavailable for comment but a statement from “the operational team” says the board will meet next month to decide what will happen when the kitty runs dry.

While FML can apply to run the local health network, the statement suggests it’s unlikely to even try if it can’t run the services itself.

“The Board have a strong commitment to providing quality health services to our local community,” it says.

“Fremantle Medicare Local understands that PHNs will not be service providers.”

Federal MP Melissa Parke accuses the Coalition of waging ideological warfare on Labor-initiated programs: “On Medicare Locals, and on the Fremantle Medicare Local in particular, my concern is that the Abbott government has decided to tear down an important local health framework without being ready to replace the services and funding it provides,” she told the Herald. “In our community that includes things like the Freo Street Doctor and Headspace which provide critical help to people facing severe disadvantage and to young people with mental health issues.”

The Coalition says Medicare Locals aren’t working, with patients experiencing, “fragmented and disjointed health care” that results in poorer health overall and higher costs to the system.

A federal health department statement describes the replacement networks as “efficient corporate organisations” that will ensure services are aligned and working in the interests of patients.

“They will provide more efficient corporate structures that reduce administrative costs to ensure funding goes to provide frontline services to benefit patients,” it says.

“They will offer savings through economies of scale and greater purchasing power, have better planning capacity and increased authority to engage with local hospital networks and jurisdictional governments.”

Unlike the Medicare Locals there will be no peak national body to oversee and coordinate.

This year’s Budget slashed 10 per cent from FML’s Budget but the organisation says it has managed to maintain frontline services.

Fremantle state Labor MP Simone McGurk says the Street Doctor’s uncertain future is a great concern and she is scheduled to meet with FML CEO Christa Riegler next week.


‘What does he look like?’

Parents fear sex offender’s East Freo release

PARENTS of children attending schools and day care in East Fremantle are upset authorities did not tell them a serial sex offender had been moved into the town after his release from prison.

The first they knew of paedophile Edward William Latimer’s relocation was when they read about it in the Herald (“We are ‘adequately protected’: judge,” Herald, July 5, 2014).

They want to know, “who this person is and what he looks like”. Latimer was the first person to be gaoled indefinitely under WA’s dangerous sexual offenders act.
The Herald understands Latimer may have been moved in the past couple of weeks, but police would not confirm or deny this yesterday.
Principals contacted by the Herald said the first they heard of his release and relocation was when concerned parents started asking questions about the safety of their children.

St Patrick’s primary school principal John Ryan was made aware of Latimer’s move into Alexandra Road by a parent who approached him Monday.

“I did say to the parent that being in Fremantle you get to see people from all walks of life,” he said, adding he didn’t want to downplay the seriousness of parents’ concerns.

“Kids here are pretty clued in because of our circumstances. I have also spoken to staff.”

One parent with two children at St Patrick’s contacted the Herald to say he couldn’t believe authorities would house a convicted sex offender without alerting the community.

Anonymous callers and emails sent to the Herald also expressed disgust at the decision to plot Latimer in East Fremantle, “as it is located between numerous schools and so is not adequate to be living there”.

East Fremantle primary school principal Jenny Chittock said she too was unaware of Latimer’s presence in the area. The released man’s unit is about 1km from the school.

A spokesperson at Little People’s Place daycare on Canning Highway also was unaware of Latimer’s presence, as was principal Lisa Dentith of nearby Richmond primary school on Osborne Road, a street over from Latimer’s Alexandra Road address.

While she was concerned, she said “it’s not my business” but parents who spoke to the Herald Wednesday disagreed, saying the school had a duty of care to let staff and parents know.

“How did this happen? Is there a picture of him on the web?” one concerned mother asked. “My children play at this park all the time.”

Nearby State Swim attracts about 1300 people a week to its Canning Highway facility near Staton Road. It too was unaware Latimer had moved in but spokesman Di Palmer says parents had not raised concerns.

“We don’t allow random people to just walk in. We have a private carpark and facilities that are monitored. As a parent I would want to know.”

A spokesperson from the WA education department said: “No-one can be told about a registered sex offender or inform the community about them. WA Police and the department of corrective services do not give this information out to any member of the public.”

Under a strict five-year supervision order Latimer must live within 15 minutes of Fremantle police station, wear electronic monitors and submit regular blood and urine samples.

In 2006, the Supreme Court ruled the 48-year-old paedophile should be gaoled indefinitely because he posed an ongoing danger to the community. His crimes include aggravated sexual penetration and attempted rape.


Cockana cedes ground

Cockburn swallows Kwinana, loses North Coogee + more


COCKBURN loses plum territory to Fremantle and Melville under a preferred boundary change released Wednesday by WA’s local government advisory board (Walgab), but it gains all of Kwinana.

The proposed Cockburn-Kwinana council’s northern border will be Phoenix Drive in Spearwood, with Cockburn’s existing HQ to serve as the new super-council’s administrative centre, despite it being just metres from the massive council’s northern border. The current Kwinana HQ will become a southern outpost.

Kwinana and Fremantle councils had suggested to the Walgab they effectively split Cockburn between them, which would have seen Spearwood and the Cockburn council HQ behind Fremantle lines.Kwinana mayor Carol Adams says the Walgab has given her council’s submission “quite a haircut further north”.

“Cockburn’s administration has been left alone,” she told the Herald. “That’s why the board chose the map they did.”
Cockburn loses Hamilton Hill and North Coogee (the South Beach estate) and parts of Spearwood to Fremantle. Coolbellup, North and Bibra Lakes and Leeming go east to Melville.
The public has till August 14 to comment on the recommended boundaries.

Other recommendations include Melville losing Bicton and Palmyra to Fremantle.
WA local government minister Tony Simpson is set to consider the final recommendations later in the month.
He is confident Supreme Court action by lawyer John Hammond on behalf of Subiaco, South Perth and Serpentine-Jarrahdale can be resolved. Calling for a judicial review, the rebel councils claim ratepayers were denied the right to have their say on “forced” council mergers.

A decision is expected as early as next week.

Melville mayor unhappy

MELVILLE mayor Russell Aubrey said he’d long-been a fan of local government reform because of the opportunities it provided, but was disappointed and concerned by likely changes to his city’s boundaries.

“According to the new map, Melville would lose the suburbs of Palmyra and Bicton to an enlarged Fremantle,” he noted.

“Palmyra and Bicton are amongst our most highly treasured suburbs in Melville with Point Walter undoubtedly our main recreational and events venue, and we would like to keep them.

“Taking away our only public golf course and our prestige foreshore events area and giving it to Fremantle, which already has these facilities, seems to be an oversight of significant proportion that needs correcting.

“What this means is $750,000 in revenue would be taken from the City of Melville and handed to Fremantle, who would then have two public golf courses and an additional pristine foreshore area, for which Melville has provided all the costs and hard work.”

He acknowledged the inclusion of Samson and O’Connor—a “commercial-industrial” strip—“would go some way towards strengthening Melville in the short to mid-term” but said, “the overall residential and commercial growth would not be enough to sustain us into the long term, particularly compared to our neighbouring councils whom it appears would become significantly bigger and stronger”.

Bicton-Attadale ward councillors June Barton and Suzanne Taylor-Rees will challenge their leafy suburbs going into Fremantle. A rally and campaign to “save” Bicton and Palmyra are planned.

Melville councillors were briefed on the changes Tuesday and the Herald understands the strongly Liberal-party associated council may submit a new submission to the board rearguing its case to take Shelley and Rossmoyne from Canning and Jandakot from Cockburn.

Stone wings in

A NEW angel has joined the seafarers club on Queen Victoria Street.

Melva Stone, 68, a Member of the Order of Australia, is on deck after spending most of her life raising awareness and funds for non-profit groups in WA.

Having lived and worked in the Pilbara for more than 20 years, Ms Stone was appointed the first female president of the royal flying doctor service in 2000.

She was the first female resident of Newman and co-author of Red Dust in Her Veins, published 2008.

She told the Herald over a cuppa she’d wanted the flying angel club to be seafarers’ preferred home away from home. Wasn’t it already?

“Yes, but there is huge potential here,” she says, surrounded by workmen and stacked furniture.

“We could expand the site.

• Melva Stone wants the Flying Angel Club to find its wings and be regarded as a ‘home away from home’.

• Melva Stone wants the Flying Angel Club to find its wings and be regarded as a ‘home away from home’.

“We have 30 rooms but we can accommodate more. We provide transport from the wharf, and work with agents who prefer to have seafarers stay here, they are isolated in hotels.

“There is more camaraderie here.”

Seafaring runs in Ms Stone’s family—her stepdad was in the navy, her aunty was a radio operator in the war and her brother is a skipper who spent 23 years building his own boat.

The club, which employs three paid workers and about 30 volunteers, mostly seafarers, celebrates its half-century in 2016.

Its origins date back to the British and International Sailors’ Society in 1818 and Mission to Seafarers in 1856.


Letters 26.7.14


A comfort
JUST a quick note to thank the Herald for putting out the call for a rocker/recliner chair for my mum Shirley.
We can’t believe how generous the community has been with offers of accommodation, storage and even money. Betta Boxes Recycling didn’t hesitate to donate storage boxes, which we were willing to pay for. As you can appreciate, 42 years of “things” runs to a few boxes.
Lees Transport in Kwinana also didn’t hesitate to pick up a sea container and deliver it to wherever we wanted, to store what we have managed to salvage from the house.
This was also done at no cost to us. Neighbours worked alongside family to get everything out of what was left of the house. A huge thank you to them also.
You can’t predict Mother Nature but so many positives have come out of this. Most of all, knowing there are still many people in our community who are willing to help others when things get tough. It’s a very comforting thought for all.
Kerry Halton, Shirley Nicholas &
Noel Nicholas
Hamilton Hill (for now)

Wrong way
MY condolences to the passengers and crew of MH17 and their families and friends. Well done to the Malaysian group led by their PM who has managed to get the bodies and black boxes. Meanwhile our number one diplomat has flown in the opposite direction, threatened Russia and had a meeting with a group with a reputation for all talk and no action. Not good enough.
Michael Mann
Solomon St, Fremantle

Dignity or war
I AM a sixth generation Australian, my paternal grandfather fought in the French trenches in WWI, my maternal grandfather fought with the 39th Battalion on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in WWII.
If the Russians dont treat the dead with dignity and ensure safe passage for an international inquiry into the tradgey over Crimea, then I unequivocally support the Australian government and all its allies declaring war on these bastards.
Sharon Collins
Curedale St, Beaconsfield

Rail against the bypass
DARYL BINNING (Herald letters, July 19, 2014) seems surprised the same people who supported the deletion of the bypass also want to save the Beeliar wetlands and, again, save the amenity of those who would be affected by the increased traffic that he refers to.
He wants to raise the dead and restore the bypass plan from an ancient era. But why stop there? Why not go back a smidgen further to the planner’s original proposal of putting a bridge across the Swan river from Nedlands.
That way the traffic could avoid all the southern suburbs (Fremantle, Winthrop, Melville, etc). This does not make sense, nor does resurrecting the Fremantle bypass—the issue remains. Yes, Daryl Binning, rail is the answer, as is the development of a new port facility in the southern industrial area where rail to road can link to the freeway and roe highway and improve amenity and save the wetlands.
Jim Meckelburg
Davies St, Beaconsfield

Shame on you kite-surfer!
OVER the past several weeks I’ve been walking my dog along the pathway along Burke Drive that runs directly next to the marine park on weekends.
There has been a kite surfer regularly running down the river’s edge through the marine park and then going on into deep waters. Most kite surfers don’t go into the marine park but this one clearly doesn’t care and I’m afraid he will encourage others into the fragile area.
The park is a sad remnant of what it once was when hundreds of thousands of wading birds came in the summer. What remains needs our protection. This guy knows he is in a marine reserve. He has a light green and white kite with touches of pink and dark blue. Shame on you kite surfer!
AM Collins
Holman St, Melville

Very sensible
MAY I add my support to Daryl Binning’s very sensible letter (Herald, July 19, 2014).
One look at the map shows the so-called Fremantle Bypass across the Stirling Bridge is the only rational long-term solution to the manifest present and future traffic problems for South Perth.
I agree with Daryl it was no more than short-term political interests that scuppered this obvious plan, and it should be reinstated before it is too late. The other proposals are flawed, unrealistic, and indeed “tortuous”.
Bob White
Hampton Rd, Fremantle

One rule for all
BEING a past motorcyclist, I had a numberplate on the back, with the front plate fixed longways to the front mudguard of my bike.
Someone over the years has had the front plate removed, with the argument that if you hit someone, the front plate will injure them more. I cannot see any reason for not having the front plate fixed crossways on the bike, under the headlight.
One rule for all road users.
Frank Granger
Melville Bch Rd, Applecross

Bare essentials

THE naked body in its many and varied forms has fascinated people since humans first started decorating cave walls with rock art.

The Atwell Arts Centre and Gallery continues the evolution with The Body Beautiful 4, (because it’s in its fourth year), with 16 established and emerging artists exhibiting works.

“[Nudes] have been a tradition amongst artists forever…you observe life,” artist Shirley Winstanley says when asked about the continuing interest in the human form.

Don’t expect to see stick-thin underwear models in Body Beautiful 4, these works are of real people in their many and varied glory.

But it’s not the easiest art form, Winstanley says, and while you can get away with adding, or deleting the branch of a tree or a piece of fruit in a still life, painting people is more exacting.

“It’s very difficult to draw, or paint, from life. The proportions have to be right, if a leg is too short, or too long, people notice.”

Winstanley ran still life classes at the Atwell gallery for a number of years, and is still heavily involved. Along the way she has had a number of successful exhibitions, both life and landscape, and the self-taught artist’s works are in private and public collections.

About to turn 70, Winstanley is an intrepid traveller who thinks nothing of loading up her van, mostly with paints, and heading off alone into the bush in search of subject matter as she criss-crosses the country.

• Shirley Winstanley says there’s nowhere to hide when painting nudes. “If a leg is too short, or too long, people notice.” Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Shirley Winstanley says there’s nowhere to hide when painting nudes. “If a leg is too short, or too long, people notice.” Photo by Matthew Dwyer

Her father was a portrait artist, although she didn’t discover that until she was an adult, as alcoholism destroyed his talent.

Her uncle was renowned poster artist James Northfield, who created iconic Aussie images such as the rosella on the Rosella tomato sauce bottle, Kiwi boot polish and the Arnotts Biscuit’s logos.

He was also commissioned by the federal government to create stunning posters to attract tourists to Australia, which now reside in the national art gallery and are sought after by collectors.

“I think there’s a genetic line,” Winstanley muses.

She grew up in a pub frequented by patients of the nearby mental hospital, and day releasees from a prison farm.

“I got to accept people as they are, I got to look at faces.”

It was a friend’s admission to the hospital that started Winstanley’s dabbling in art in the mid 1960s.

When the friend was handed a paint brush as part of her therapy Winstanley enrolled too… “I later learned the teacher and I were the only ones not getting treatment,” she laughs.

The Body Beautiful 4 opens Monday July 28, 7pm until August 3.

And should that spark an interest in decorating your own cave there are life classes at the Atwell Arts Centre, Sunday mornings 9am to 12 midday. Beginners welcome. Phone Shirley on 0403 795 323 for more info.

Practical magic

IN ancient times the aster was considered a magical flower, where fairies slept under petals when they closed at sunset, while burning the leaves drove away evil serpents.

Of course we don’t believe such things these days—but I didn’t see any snakes at this palatial Aster Close, Beeliar, home, and there’s plenty of magic in this well thought-out and beautifully practical abode.

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Hubby is a designer/draftsman the vendor tells the Herald: “Which is why it’s such a functional house, with a big laundry and lots of storage.”

There’s plenty to love about this 543sqm property, but her favourite is the huge spice drawer under the stovetop, which she reckons is great when cooking and thinks “I just need a pinch of this, or a dash of that”.

Hubby’s precious is the built-in cappuccino machine and, judging by the huge range of coffees in the cupboard nearby, it’s well used.

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The spacious kitchen will have entertainers drooling, with acres of black granite bench space, soft-close drawers, and both a walk-in-pantry and a pull-out too.

Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps around the dining area, allowing those inside to keep an eye on the kids in the pool.

The vendor reckons the gracefully curved roof over three-quarters of the pool has been an under-appreciated blessing, keeping kids out of the way of harsh sun as they frolicked and splashed over summer.

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It’s certainly a great spot for alfresco entertainment, and clever hubby designed a recessed deck which neatly hides the pool cover when it’s not in use.

Opulence greets you as you step into the expansive foyer, where soaring columns guard entry to a large study and flank the passage to the colossal open-plan living area and sunken games room beyond.

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There are more columns in the massive main bedroom, separating the sleeping area from the luxurious open ensuite, with its deep spa and separate shower and toilet, and generous walk-in-robe.

Head upstairs and you’ll find the theatre room, and a second office/study, and a generous, timber-roofed balcony with views to the city skyline and the hills.

In today’s flower language the aster represents anticipation, and there’s plenty to anticipate in this delightful family home which is close to the burgeoning Gateway centre and promised Dockers stadium.


2 Aster Close, Beeliar


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Brad Dawson Property 

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The Paleo Path on Rottnest

I’ve just come back from Rottnest island, after staying in a little cottage in a small bay right on the water.  The cottage looks out over an arcing rocky limestone headland, and as a cold front moved over us, the headland protected us like a encircling arm from the winds and waves.  Our first night [...]

The Sketchbook Project

Sketchbook Project

Come and see the work of talented young artists at Fremantle City Library, from August 4th to 25th.

The Sketchbook Project is an opportunity for young people, aged 12-25 to create something completely unique and share it with the world!

Once registered, participants are sent a free blank sketchbook and return envelope, ready to be cut, torn, painted and filled. Participants are then asked to send back their sketchbooks to Propel Youth Arts WA, ready to be exhibited at the KickstART Festival.

Once the Festival is over, the sketchbooks are collected and sent on a tour of public libraries across the State

In its second year partnering with the State Library of Western Australia, Propel is proud to announce that the Travelling Sketchbook exhibition will be visiting libraries across the State, including those in Manjimup, Port Hedland, Esperance, Exmouth, Gosnells, Fremantle, Midland, Kwinana, Albany, Rockingham, Safety Bay, Warnbro and Pinjarra. The touring exhibition will finish in Perth at the State Library of Western Australia.

For more details view the Propel website.

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Exhibit your work in our display case


Do you have a community cause, cherished collection or artwork that you would like to be seen by the thousands of people that visit the library?

We have a display cabinet which would be perfect for that. Contact Fre-Info on 9432 9888 or for bookings.

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The Skillsmithery at Many 6160

We love how Many 6160 is so much more than just a shop. The place has a creative feel about it, and it’s the perfect place for the Skillsmithery by Studio Bomba. On Sunday we went to Many to attend a Japanese Bookbinding workshop. Guided by no one less than the president of the WA Craft Bookbinders Guild Jo Shoobert, we learned everything about noble, hemp-leaf and tortoise shell style binding.

We took home not only the knowledge of a new skill, but also the first three books we bound ourselves and a 6-piece screw punch kit for more binding fun at home. All in all a great reason to leave the house in this rainy winter weather.

The skill smithery is for everyone interested in learning a great variety of skills like making paper posies, hand lettering, leatherwork, making a garden in a glass and much more. Find all workshops coming up in August and September here.

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New at the Library July 2014


Here’s just a sample of the new stuff this week. Reserve online and/or drop by and browse the shelves!

Evernote for dummies / by David E.Y. Sarna.
Web design in easy steps / Sean McManus.
Building web apps with WordPress / Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman.
The survival of the nicest : how altruism made us human and why it pays to get along / Stefan Klein ; translated by David Dollenmayer.    How to wake up : a Buddhist-inspired guide to navigating joy and sorrow / Toni Bernhard.
My long neck.   DVD
House of debt : how they (and you) caused the great recession, and how we can prevent it from happening again / Atif Mian and Amir Sufi.
Eichmann in Jerusalem : a report on the banality of evil / Hannah Arendt ; introduction by Amos Elon.
The Auslan Company. Level 1.   DVD
Smashing physics / Jon Butterworth.
Shred : the revolutionary diet : 6 weeks 4 inches 2 sizes / Ian K. Smith, M.D.
Complete yoga / with Michelle Merrifield.  DVD
Live happier, live longer / Timothy Sharp.
The hip girl’s guide to the kitchen : a hit-the-ground-running approach to stocking up and cooking delicious, nutritious, and affordable meals / Kate Payne ; foreword by Eugenia Bone.
Raw food French style : 115 fresh recipes from the new generation of French chefs / Delphine de Montalier ; photography by David Japy ; styling by Elodie Rambaud ; illustrations by Jane Teasdale ; tra
Luke Nguyen’s France.   DVD
The healthy smoothie bible : lose weight, detoxify, fight disease, and live long / Farnoosh Brock.
Making sustainability work : best practices in managing and measuring corporate social, environmental, and economic impacts / Marc J. Epstein and Adriana Rejc Buhovac ; with forewords by John Elkingto
Recommend this! : delivering digital experiences that people want to share / Jason Thibeault ; Kirby Wadsworth.
The Japanese tea garden / Marc Peter Kean.
Arttitude / Frédéric Claquin. [Graphic art]
The fashion swatch book / Marnie Fogg.
How to achieve the home of your dreams / Kelly Hoppen ; text by Helen Chislett ; photographs by Mel Yates.
English eccentric : a celebration of imaginative, intriguing and truly stylish interiors / Ros Byam Shaw ; photography by Jan Baldwin.
First position.  DVD [Ballet]
Ashes to ashes : how Australia came back and England came unstuck, 2013-14 / Gideon Haigh.
Running & being : the total experience / Dr. George Sheehan.
The Unreal game engine : a comprehensive guide to creating playable levels / Andrew Finch.
The last train to Zona Verde : overland from Cape Town to Angola / Paul Theroux.
The family detective : discover your family history and bring your past to life / Nick Barratt in association with The Daily Telegraph.
Shocked : my mother, Schiaparelli, and me / Patricia Volk.

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Annual General Meeting

The Fremantle History Society will hold its Annual General Meeting at Kidogo on Bathers Beach on the 22nd July at 6.30 pm, come along and see what has been happening with the society over the last twelve months and take an opportunity to view this historic building which was built for the storage of dangerous goods in 1884.
There will also be a special announcement.

Submission to the EPA on Phoenix Energy's Kwinana Waste To Energy facility

Please see below the text for Lynn MacLaren's submission to the EPA on Phoenix Energy's waste to energy facility. The deadline for the submission is today, Monday 21 July at midnight and can be made here.

This text may be used as a template for submissions. See also attached PDF version.


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Download free audiobooks – The Killing : Book 3

If you are a fan of Danish crime thrillers you will enjoy this audiobook based on the Danish tv series of the same name. This downloadable audiobook is available with your Fremantle City Library card.


The Killing : Book 3 by David Hewson, narrated by Christian Rodska

When Detective Inspector Sarah Lund is contacted by National Intelligence about an assassination threat to the Prime Minister, attention is drawn to the oil giant, Zeeland, run by billionaire Robert Zeuthen. But when Zeuthen’s 9-year-old daughter Emilie is kidnapped, Lund needs to make sense of the clues left by her kidnapper before it’s too late.

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Download free audiobooks – The Vintage Girl

Here’s another great recent audiobook release that we’d like to introduce to you. This downloadable audiobook is available with your Fremantle City Library card.


The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne, narrated by Cathleen McCarron

When Evie Nicholson is asked to archive the family heirlooms at Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered. Add handsome heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the antiques…

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Download free audiobooks – Orange is the New Black

We’d like to introduce some of the great audiobook titles available to download for free with your Fremantle City Library card. First up is the audiobook of a memoir which is now a hit series!



Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her and Piper becomes inmate #11187-424. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance. Piper’s story is a fascinating, heart-breaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.

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Geraldton shark confirms all that’s wrong with culling

Reports about a four-metre great white shark washed up dead on a Geraldton beach confirm some of the most obvious flaws in the WA Government’s drumlining strategy, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

“First we heard that several members of the public repeatedly try to save a great white that had stranded itself off the beach, at some personal risk to themselves,” Ms MacLaren said.

“One must assume that these beachgoers are not part of the Premier’s imagined “silent majority” who support his desire to exterminate large sharks off our beaches. 

“Secondly, descriptions of this shark match the species and size of shark that the Government aimed to kill this summer, albeit while failing to do so – and yet we also learn that this great white had been fitted with an acoustic tag by South Australian researchers. 

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A new species of crane

Is it bad that I’m so excited by this new blue crane in this tired part of Freo?

The Future of WAste in Freo – Public forum 6.00pm Tuesday 29 July

 The Future of WAste – Public forum 6.00pm Tuesday 29 July  @ Fremantle Town Hall (Free entry) Hear from experts leading change in the waste and recycling landscape in WA away from our state’s long held reliance on dumping in landfill. From zero waste to recycling, composting, and energy from waste incineration – the panel […]

Freo and CODA applauded at national Urban Design Award

It was a huge day for Freo and Fremantle firm CODA at last night’s 2014 Australia Award for Urban Design, hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia. First, the Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza was awarded in the category ‘Delivered outcome – small scale’. Judges described the project, by Convic and the City of Fremantle, as […]

Lenny the OX

From the people that bought you Ootong & Lincoln comes another great cafe with an unusual name. In the space that used to be occupied by Gourmet on Wray, the Ootong team have wheeled their great blend of coffee up South Terrace and marginally closer to where I work… which will be handy on the rainy days. Everything is made fresh from scratch either here or in the bigger kitchen up the road, which means great salads, sandwiches, cakes and all the rest that you’ve come to expect.

Lenny the Ox opening hours

Coffee at Lenny the Ox

Lenny the Ox

Fresh snacks at Lenny the Ox

Daily cakes at Lenny the Ox

Cafe style outside Lenny the Ox

Where: Lenny the Ox, 20 Wray Ave, Fremantle 6160
Open: 6.30am to 5pm every day

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New at the Library July 2014


Here’s just a sample of the new stuff this week. Reserve online and/or drop by and browse the shelves!

The inner light : self-realization via the Western esoteric tradition / P.T. Mistlberger.
Top brain, bottom brain : surprising insights into how you think / Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD, and G. Wayne Miller.
How to get people to do stuff [sound recording] : master the art and science of persuasion and motivation / Susan M. Weinschenk.
Being of power : the 9 practices to ignite an empowered life / Baron Baptiste.
War! What is it good for? : the role of conflict in civilisation, from primates to robots / Ian Morris.
Are men obsolete? : Rosin and Dowd vs. Moran and Paglia / edited by Rudyard Griffiths.
Leftover women : the resurgence of gender inequality in China / Leta Hong Fincher.
Men explain things to me / Rebecca Solnit ; images by Ana Teresa Fernandez.
Be the dad she needs you to be : the indelible imprint a father leaves on his daughter’s life / Dr. Kevin Leman.
Happy city : transforming our lives through urban design / Charles Montgomery.
The bet : Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our gamble over Earth’s future / Paul Sabin.
Regine’s book : a teen girl’s last words / Regine Stokke.
Blessing the hands that feed us : what eating closer to home can teach us about food, community, and our place on earth.
Photography night sky : a field guide for shooting after dark / Jennifer Wu and James Martin.
Caged in chaos : a dyspraxic guide to breaking free / Victoria Biggs ; illustrated by Sharon Tsang.
The complete book of raw food : healthy, delicious vegetarian cuisine made with living foods. volume 2 / Lisa Montgomery, editor.
Sweet Mandarin cookbook : classic and contemporary Chinese recipes with gluten- and dairy-free variations
The beach bum millionaire : how to build a million dollar business…the lazy way! / Anthony Khoury.
Agile change management : a practical framework for successful change planning and implementation / Melanie Franklin.
Sustainable house / Michael Mobbs.
Green houses : new directions in sustainable architecture / [editor, Josep Maria Minguet ; co-author, Oscar Mira].
Best practices for graphic designers : packaging : an essential guide for implementing effective package design solutions / Grip.
Cutting-edge fashion illustration / Erica Sharp.
Mad world : an oral history of new wave artists and songs that defined the 1980s / Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein
The art of travel / Alain de Botton.
China / main contributors, Donald Bedford, Deh-Ta Hsiung, Christopher Knowles
Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang / written and researched by Simon Richmond.
The little book of big Aussie icons / Craig Scutt ; Scott Forbes.
Australia’s fighting sons of the Empire : portraits and biographies of Australians in the Great War.
Tokyo : megacity / by Donald Richie ; photography by Ben Simmons.
Anyone who had a heart : my life and music / Burt Bacharach with Robert Greenfield.
Hard choices / Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Gandolfini : the real life of the man who made Tony Soprano / Dan Bischoff.
Deep thoughts from a Hollywood blonde / Jennie Garth with Emily Heckman.
Marilyn : the passion and the paradox / Lois Banner.


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Fremantle Chamber Supports Extended Trading Hours

Letter to Minister Michael Mischin MLC
Minister for Commerce

Dear Minister,

Christmas Trading Hours

I write seeking that under s12E of the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987, you authorise trading hours in the Perth metropolitan area to be extended so that they are permitted to be open from 8am to 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays for the maximum period from November 30th 2014.

By doing this, you will be creating consistency for both Fremantle traders and our patrons during this period of heavy retail activity, bringing Saturday and Sunday trading in line with Monday to Friday trading hours.

December is the busiest shopping month and Sunday is increasingly becoming the busiest shopping day. However, the current regulations significantly restrict the capacity of retailers and centres to service the market, particularly in the lead-up to Christmas.

This is evidenced by the long queues that regularly form at centres on Sunday mornings before opening. On Sundays during the Christmas shopping period, these queues are even longer and form even earlier.

Not having extended shopping hours in December also adds significant pressure to demand for centre amenities, increasing amenity-related congestion. This includes full car parks, queues at bathroom facilities, traffic jams around retail precincts, mobbed aisles and crammed public transport.

The Economic Regulatory Authority itself noted in its draft report for the inquiry into Microeconomic Reform, that restrictive Sunday trading hours cause unnecessary queuing before the 11am opening, frustrates consumers and increases congestion. As a result, the ERA recommended full deregulation of retail shopping hours through the year.

Though Christmas may seem some time off yet, by authorising this extension in a timely manner, you will enable Fremantle traders to adequately prepare for the Christmas trading period when it comes.

Tim Milsom
Chief Executive Officer
Fremantle Chamber of Commerce


Colin Nichol argues for a feature arcade, not a tower, on the Atwell Buildings site

IT is puzzling as to why five stories should be proposed for the redevelopment of the Atwell Buildings and Arcade between the High Street Mall and Cantonment Street, when council guidelines clearly allow for three at most, four under very particular conditions. That regulation, achieved after long discussion and consultation and in the face of opposition to high-rise of any kind in the city’s heritage heart, seems clear enough.There is potential for this development other than height alone. Surely the logic is to take a lateral view of the planning and examine ways of maximising value out of the property by means of stunning design and function, increasing the value of the investment by quality rather than quantity. That a financial return has to be achieved is not contested but the property was purchased in full knowledge of the rules and this very special project should fit them. Simplistic perhaps but fact and heritage and cityscape should not pay for ambitious financial return. The incremental creation of precedents itself has precedents and by degrees, could write-off the diligently achieved guidelines of council’s planning scheme. Is this a test case?

This site offers an amazing and unique opportunity, calling upon vision and imagination to create new heritage and lead the way in re-development of part of Fremantle’s history. There is only one location like it and the creation of another is unlikely. It is not a building with an arcade but an arcade with a building and calls for an original approach to a very rare and exciting development prospect that must be right for today and into the indefinite future. Bravery is also required in meeting the challenges of building in the heart of a fragile historic city and of embracing the possibility of producing an award-winning design.

Picture the potential of this large, central location with its street-to-street arcade. This could become a building so attractive as to have businesses queuing to take up premises with exciting design supporting them, making this a “must visit” attraction. A commercial building should “sell” itself and this one could do that remarkably effectively, as well as lifting the surrounding city centre. The focus needs to be on the possibilities of the arcade as the key attraction not, in the Fremantle context, a “tower block.” Reviving the public toilet facility of the original plan would be another guaranteed way of increasing attraction to the centre!

There are plenty of exquisite arcades as examples and one with two or more gallery levels, would surely become a focal point for the city. Intensive retail attractive smaller boutique-style shops would maximise return on investment; that has been done. Upper levels could provide professional premises with a prospect from balconies. It is desperately important for Fremantle that this site becomes something much more than just another office/shopping complex and the opportunity to achieve that will come just this once.

Colin Nichol

‘Fremantle Town’ by Basil Garrity

This poem was written in the latter part of the 20th century by Basil Garrity (b. 6 June 1926), a old resident of Fremantle. The original is available on the Internet Archive.

I’m a native of Fremantle and I have been all my life
And like a lot of other folks, I’ve had my share of strife
But what a place to have it, for it’s sure been worth the fun
To grow up in good old Freo, near the sea and ‘neath the sun.

I rememver all the good times when the place was pretty small
And the folks were poor but simple, but were proud and they stood tall.
For they’d lived through a depression and with strength had passed the test
The men and women of Fremantle were equal to the best.

The trams, they ran in those days, it was transport at its best
You could travel north and south and east but never to the west.
And everybody used them if they didn’t have to walk
You were sure to meet a friend and enjoy a bit of talk.

On Sunday, in the summer when the days were very hot
A penny transfer ticket would take you to a spot
Where the day would be a corker, you could run or fish or swim
And if you had another penny a prize you just might win.

For out South in the thirties, there were lots of things to do
The place was always crowded and you rarely saw a blue.
There was Hoop-las, Hittem Knockems, games for young and old
And for just another penny you could have your fortune told.

The swimming it was bonzer when the days were hot and warm
And the kids took full advantage while the folks yarned upon the lawn.
Then tired, burnt and cranky, you would board the trams with moans
And another transfer ticket would take you to your home.

And to go into Fremantle for a ride and kill some time
Was sure worth another penny for the fun that you would find.
You could stand upon the corner down at High and Market Street
And be sure to see Black Paddy coming in his bare feet.

A stockman at Robbs Jetty, he was known by everyone
And everybody liked him, he was just so full of fun.
He was always neat and tidy with a smile upon his face
It was really good to know him, a credit to his race.

And remember Sandshoe Willy, silly grin upon his face
He would scoot around old Freo at a most amazing pace.
He would glide along the pavement with his eyes upon the ground
Then you’d see him stoop and rise again and quickly look around.

For he’d just picked up a bumper, or if you prefer a butt
And if you continued watching, you’d see him light it up.
Then his eyes would grow all starry and he’d start his silly grin
He was happy in the knowledge that he’d had another win.

There was also Percy Buttons, he would sometimes come to town
And for just two bob this character would act just like a ciown
He would throw back flips and somersaults and other types of tricks
You would just as likely see him any night outside the flicks.

With his hat upon the pavement upside down to catch the trays
He would entertain the people in a dozen different ways.
I used to gaze in wonder as he threw himself around
For he had a mighty hernia that nearly reached the ground.

And there was Two Bob Andy in his battered tattered coat
A scary looking joker and considered quite a joke.
You would find him at the Derbies standing in among the mob
And to ask him who will win today was always “South Easts two bob”.

Another old well known local, with strong Fremantle ties
Was a chap that lived near the Plympton and was known as Jimmy Four Eyes.
With his cart he would walk round the district his way to make a few bob
He would sharpen your knives and scissors, yes that was old Jimmy’s job.

There was also another fellow who seemed out of place in our town
He was always dressed quite fancy and a good bloke to be around.
An expert on the piano, Joe Ward was known by all
He delighted the people of Free, in their homes, a pub or a hall.

A remittance man from the Old Dart, was the story I was told
He lived in a shed in North Freo, that in winter sure would have been cold.
But the cold it did not deter him in fact he paid it no heed
No rugs or blankets did Joe have, but layers of dry seaweed.

The kids of the town all knew him, they really liked him a lot
And on meeting, the first thing they asked him was “Please sing us Dickory Dock”.
But he scored a hit with us youngsters, this man in the fancy dats
For he always made sure when he met you, that he had a bag full of black cats.

And near the Freo Station was a bloke that had no peer
His name was Tinny Thomas, famous for his ginger beer.
He sold it from a fancy cart with openings at the side
Rather like the type in which the gypsies used to ride.

And across the road from Tinnys was a place we all knew well
A taxi rank that ran for years and known as Marion Bells.
I used to often wonder who had money for such trips
But then I found the answer, wealthy tourists from the ships.

While up the road a little, another fellow could be found
A real important bloke was he, the Mayor of Freo Town.
Frank Gibson was his name, though later he became Sir Frank
‘Twas chaps like him who shaped the place and whom we ought to thank.

And across the road from Gibsons, we could spend time at the flicks
A large imposing building that was built of solid bricks.
So when in town you walk along the Mall, look up and see
The original face of the Majestic and the letters in steel, MT.

In later years, when the theatre was finished and closed its doors
it became well known and popular as a Coles Department Store.
We had lost a place of enjoyment, where we used to watch the flicks
But we gained a fancy place to shop, with nothing over two and six.

There was also the Princess Theatre along in Market Street
And the Saturday morning kids show was always a pretty good treat.
Still being used to this very day, but I find it hard to bear
That this place we loved and enjoyed so much is now used for car repairs.

And down the road a couple of blocks was a place known as Ugly Land
But I never did get behind the fence to learn of its joys first hand.
I’m told there was boxing and wrestling, concerts and plays and things
So maybe some old codger with some info, may find time to give me a ring.

When today I walk through the markets, I remember how it used to be
Horses and carts lined up with their produce, the smell of vegies, fruit and horses’ pee.
But its good to see it still standing and not smashed and torn to the ground
For the people flock there in their thousands to buy or to look around.

How many remember the old days and the horses that pulled the large drays
From the wharf to the large brick storehouses of which many are standing today.
Yes those beautiful large strong Clydesdales clip clopping along the street
Such a vision of strength and beauty in the rain, the wind and the heat.

It brings to my mind as I’m dreaming, of a spot where they stopped for a drink
So come on you old Freo people, you’ll remember if you just think.
Well you know where His Majesty’s Pub is on the corner of Phillimore Street
There were horse troughs in the middle of the roadway and a place where the drivers could meet.

Yes there’s one still left in our city that’s been saved I’m glad to say
That reminds us of what we grew up with and don’t see a lot of today.
Yes the horse trough restored to such beauty, down the bottom of Market Street
Gives an old Freo bloke such fond memories and also a memorable treat.

But I mustn’t forget old North Freo, for it brings back old memories to me
For how many remember the Tar Pots and just where they used to be.
Well the train bridge way back in the thirties was West of where it sits today
And between the bridge and the North Wharf that’s where they used to lay.

I remember the Chinese Gardens over North on the river’s edge
The old Chinese codgers that worked them with their yokes and large hats on their heads.
With their trousers rolled up to their knee caps, from their buckets, they’d water the rows
Or you’d see them preparing a section, and all they would use would be hoes.

Remember sometimes in the winter when the river, boy she used to rise
Well, I’d go over North for a tram ride and couldn’t believe my own eyes
For the garden the Chinese had tended and nurtured with such loving care
Was completely covered by water, yes the garden was no longer there.

But this setback, it did not deter them, these hard working men from the north
For as soon as the water receded, they would then set about to bring forth.
A garden again in its glory and in no time again you would see
The sprouts of the vegies appearing where the flood waters used to be,

And next to the garden in those days, was a factory we all knew so well
It was known as the Pearces Boot Factory and, boy, remember the smell
Of the hides they prepared in the tin sheds and hung on the racks to dry
Before making the boots and the sandals for us Freo people to buy.

But Christmas Eve in Freo, in the days of long ago
Was an evening to remember, all the family used to go.
For final Christmas shopping or to meet a friend in town
Or just to mingle with the mob and have a walk around.

The pavements were all crowded with the laughing happy throng
While from the front bar of the National someone would give voice to song.
And before the night was over, one thing you did for sure
Was to make your way to William Street about near Wrightson’s door.

There standing in the roadway, painted white and neat and clean
Was a lovely hawker’s barrow, the best you’d ever seen
Cooked prawns was all he sold you know, at fourpence a large pot
And over in old St Johns Square they really hit the spot.

While along from Wrightsons, next to Swanseas was a shop
And every time I went to town, in front of it I’d stop.
For in those days, the items that were hanging on the walls
I’d only seen on Grand-dad’s farm in all the horses’ stalls.

For the shop was full of harnesses, saddles and bridles too
Not the usual type I’d seen though, but bright and shiny new.
The scent of new worked leather was always heavy in the air
I guess that’s why I always stopped outside to stand and stare.

And remember round South Terrace, there was quite a vegie shop
Run by another Freo bloke and known as just Chin Hop.
It’s the memory of the likes of him that makes Freo such a place
Yes, full of decent people of every colour, creed and race.

I remember, with my brother going fishing down the quay
We would usually make a day of it, my brother, mates and me.
And when we tired of fishing, there were other things you know
You could sit and watch the ships come in and even see ‘em go.

And when we’d finished fishing, we’d walk the railway track
Our fishing bags, my mates and I and my big brother Jack.
And round about Dalgety’s were great stacks of sandalwood
The scent that drifted up from them was really something good.

While further round the river, as for home we made our way
We’d likely stop at Gourley’s place to swim or just to play.
And if you saw old Robin at the gate or down the lane
You’d just as likely get from him, a stick of sugar cane.

But did you ever spend a Sunday down old Point Walter way
For if you did, you must agree, It was really quite a day.
You could catch a little billy-cart tram outside the Leopold Pub
And sit and wait for the ride to start with your bathers and your grub.

And what a corker ride it was when the trammie let her fly
As you tried to catch the bushes as they went racing by.
The place was always crowded, groups were spread out all around
The people came by car and boat to this beaut picnic ground.

And when you’d finished swimming and running round the beach
You’d scoot along the foreshore to a place called Blackwall Reach
Where all the kids were pirates, climbing round and acting brave
And if someone had a candle, you could then explore a cave.

And when the sun began to set, the crabbing would begin
While in the dark the fires would glow beneath the kero tin.
The night would be full of laughter and singing on the beach
And the knowledge of such a tasty treat brought us scurrying back from the reach.

About this time the dads returned, wash tubs filled to the brim
And everyone would gather around while they threw the blueys in.
But what a way to end your day, eating crabs down at the spit
While all agreed when they’d had their feed the day had been a hit.

I wish I could remember more of long forgotten days
And how we used to spend our time in long forgotten ways.
There was no need to tear about in fancy cars and things
‘Cos life was slow when you had no dough, but you had what mateship brings.

You remember the Emerald, the Zephyr, the Val boats when they used to run
And take us on boat trips and picnics and places where life was fun.
It may not seem much to the new chum or visitors to our old town
But to old Freo folks with long memories, they’d remember if they’re still around.

It’s nice to remember how things were in the good old yesteryear
And I often sit and think and dream and it almost brings a tear.
But in years to come when I’m growing old, and the new ways get me down
I can still reflect and be proud to know, I grew up in Freo town.

Best regards,
Basil Garrity

Bob Brown at Fremantle Town Hall


Dymocks Garden City in association with Fremantle City Library are proud to present Bob Brown in conversation with Gary Adshead (The West Australian, 6PR). Bob Brown will speak about his life and new book, Optimism: Reflections on a life of action.

Tuesday 12 August 2014, 6.30pm for 6pm start
Fremantle Town Hall
William St, Fremantle

Book online – $30 or $50 with copy of signed book

Enquiries – Garden City Dymocks 9364 7687

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Free Parking in Fremantle

1C3A1851 1C3A1852 1C3A1854 1C3A1859These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago and, with others, were emailed to our Mayor and elected representative, Rachel Pemberton.

No surprise, but no response from either.

The parking officers that I spoke to refused to issue infringements even though the cars were parked in a no parking area and were not displaying tickets. One even rang Cameron Bartkowski, Manager Community Safety and Parking, who instructed the officers to not issue infringements. Reluctantly, after argument from me, they issued warnings.

Cameron, please look at the last photograph and ask yourself if that is safe.

So it appears that the City of Fremantle have solved the ticklish issue regarding parking after selling parking lots.

Come to Fremantle and PARK FOR FREE.

Art Can Stay!

This little doco was created last year as a final semester work by Curtin University Film students and being interviewed for it was probably one of the highlights of my time on council. At the time, Fremantle Council had just introduced the highly contentious Street Art Policy, a progressive policy that aimed to differentiate between criminal graffiti and legitimate street art. A differentiation that the police never quite managed to get a grip of.

I also like it because I feature heavily in it, and I still had all my hair at the time.

Slightly old news now, but it didn’t quite get the attention it deserved at the time, and I’m in Broome right now and don’t feel like thinking too much. Enjoy!