Not sure what to do with your day this Sunday? Fremantle has plenty to offer for young and old with three very Freo community events.

Start your day early at the Growers Green Market, open from 8 am to noon, move from there to McAtee Court for the HUGE GARAGE SALE from 9 am to 1 pm, and after that have fun with the kids at the skaters competitions at the Esplanade Youth Plaza from 10.30 on.

Freo is fun. Be part of it!

Roel Loopers


There has been an interesting discussion going on on Freo’s View about development in Fremantle, with Mayor Brad Pettitt engaging, but also architect Murray Slavin and former COF Manager Economic Affairs and Marketing Andrew Eastick.

I expressed my concerns after Wednesday’s full Council meeting that the Mayor was too eager to compromise on the proposed Atwell Arcade development just to get some momentum going in the inner city. While even staunch development advocate Councillor Bill Massie said the proposal was unacceptable, Brad Pettitt, who has just been appointed to the board of the State’s Heritage Council, was quite happy to get minor adjustments made and let the decision rest with the CEO. However Councillor Andrew Sullivan said significant changes were required before the development should be passed. The Mayor did at the end vote with the rest to defer the application back to the Design Advisory Committee and a full Council decision.

In comments to this blog the Mayor wrote that the often advocated approach to saying no and/or less has put Fremantle in the economic situation it is in and that the Point Street Hilton Hotel development will be much better than what is there now.

Let me make these points, that there is nothing wrong with demanding the best and that accepting mediocre buildings will harm Fremantle in the long run. The argument that anything is better than the status quo is saying a shed is better than a ruin, so as long as there is progress it is good. That to me is the wrong attitude for a local council to have. As North Fremantle architect Murray Slavin wrote, if we expect mediocrity we will get less than mediocre.

I understand the Mayor is in a bit of panic mode. The delay of the Kings Square development is a real worry for Fremantle, so to get any new buildings up fast is being seen as positive, but I warn against that because that will give power to developers who will realise this council will do just about anything to get Fremantle moving, so they will try to get away with higher, uglier and cheaper buildings. Fremantle deserves, and should demand, much better than that!

My personal belief is that this Council is on the right track. Economic development is essential for our city, as is having more people living in the CBD. It is imperative that retail gets a boost with more variety shops, big-name players, franchises, etc. But we need to remain realistic. We can build as much office space as possible but who is going to move to Fremantle. BHP and Woodside are unlikely to come here, and the large law firms like to be near the courts, mining companies are downsizing and there are hundreds of thousands of square metres of vacant office space in Perth and West Pert, all up for grabs at substantially reduced rent, so what is the special attraction to move into Fremantle?

What Freo should not ignore is trying to get more attractions for tourists. 120,000 visit the Visitor Centre each year. Many ask what else there is to do after the museums, Round House and Fishing Boat Harbour, and the answer is not much else really but a trip to Rottnest, the Arts Centre and the beaches.

This is not an attempt at ‘Brad bashing’. I actually like our Mayor and don’t believe he is the big bad wolf who is out to destroy our city, but I feel he is so desperate to see Fremantle grow that he sometimes loses perspective on how to achieve that better. Accepting bad because it is better than what is there at the moment, is not a professional way of governance. Accepting buildings that are visually unattractive and have no aesthetic appeal should be a big nono for Fremantle, a unique city with great character, lauded by visitors for its outstanding heritage buildings. Five star green rating does not compensate for ugliness.

Let’s not panic, Rome was not built in a day and we do need to take the time to get it right. We owe that to future generations. And let’s hope that a large government department or multinational will sign a lease for the former Myer building soon, so that the essential Kings Square development can get started asap.

Roel Loopers

Dad’s fight not over

ASINGLE father from Spearwood who fought an extraordinary four-year legal battle to gain custody of his four-year-old son says bungling by WA’s child protection department has left him with incomplete medical records which threaten the boy’s education.

The department put Wayne’s son into foster care at birth and the pair was reunited just last year after Wayne single-handedly and doggedly took on the power of the state in court, and won.


He says immunisation records are missing and now the boy’s school says he may not be able to attend classes without proof he’s had his shots.

“I’ve been chasing his immunisation record, and his foster carers say he’s had them all and that they gave all the documents to the department,” Wayne told the Herald.

“I’ve got a good friendship with the foster parents, and they’ve got all the records for the other two kids in their care, so I’ve got no reason not to believe they’re telling the truth.”

Wayne says when he queried the discrepancy with the DCP, he was told the department left immunisation up to foster families. That has him fuming.

“To say it’s up to the foster families is ridiculous; some kids go to 10 families, so who’s making sure the records are all in order?

“I mean, how many kids are there in state care?”

mma White told the Herald all health-related information is supposed to be kept on file and foster carers are given a “health passport”.

“The department is assisting in efforts to establish why there is a discrepancy with the Medicare Immunisation Record and the recollection of the carers,” she said.

“A change of surname of the child in question could be responsible for causing issues in these records being incomplete.”

Another hurdle Wayne faces is the medical centre where the foster carers say they took the child for his shots has closed, and no-one knows where the original records went.


That’s a scenario opponents of GP corporatisation have long-warned about.

Wayne’s been told by his doctor it’s not possible to simply top-up his son’s vaccinations as there’s a risk of overdosing.

Without proof of immunisation the government was going to cut off Wayne’s family benefits.

The only way he can keep them is to sign a form claiming he’s a conscientious objector to vaccinations—even though he’s not.

Wayne says the debacle is indicative of the drama he’s faced for four years with the WA child protection department.

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The story began when the boy’s mother put another man’s name on the boy’s birth certificate. She’d been told the DCP was going to take the child from her at birth and she switched the names in a vain attempt to have him placed with relatives.

Wayne says the DCP kept dismissing his claim to be the father and only after nine months of persistence was a DNA test finally agreed to, which proved him right.

He expected custody would be automatic but was astounded when he appeared in court to find DCP lawyers saying his son should remain in foster care till adulthood.

“She said ‘you can’t give him to him, he’s an alcoholic and a druggie’,” says Wayne, who was representing himself.

“I said to the judge ‘they’ve never tested me’ and I told him I was ready to roll up my sleeves any time they wanted.”

At the time Wayne had been doing shift work manufacturing pipes for the Kwinana desalination plant and said he’d have a beer or two after work, but never got drunk.

He’d also smoke a bit of pot; “but only when the kids are in bed, and then I do it in the kitchen right under the vent so it gets sucked straight out”.

The department’s lawyers then argued Wayne was aggressive, saying he’d yelled at staff during the lengthy custodial dispute.

He says the judge was sympathetic to his response that his frustration was borne from having to fight tooth-and-nail to gain custody of his son.

The department was ordered to hand the boy over on September 9 last year.

The DCP later turned up to Wayne’s home to ask for that date to be delayed until March. Wayne furiously ordered the case worker out of his house, saying he expected the DCP to abide by the judge’s decision or face him in court. He doesn’t understand why the DCP is so firm in its belief he is an unfit father.

Jump on him

Before the pair was united full-time, they had to go through a reunification program with not-for-profit group Wanslea.

Wayne says it went so well he’s been asked to give talks to other families, which he’s happy to do.

It’s been a different story with DCP: he reckons they still jump on him at every opportunity.

He was visited by case workers after his son told his kindy teacher he’d hit him in the head, but says that referred to nothing more than a father’s loving ruffling of his boy’s hair. He wonders why no-one bothered to get to the bottom of that before confronting him.

Wayne says it was his own childhood with foster parents, who’d raised him until he was 16, that kept him going despite the wall of bureaucracy he encountered.

“I had a wonderful life, they were loving people and I had lots of opportunities and that’s why I decided to keep fighting for my son,” he says.

“I kept thinking ‘what would they do?’.

“If they knew that I had a son in state care and they knew that I hadn’t done everything in my power to get him back, they’d have come across from Queensland and kicked my arse.”


Barton fumes at secret carve-up

A SECRET City of Melville submission to carve up Bicton with neighbouring Fremantle has enraged ward councillors Susanne Taylor-Rees and June Barton.

The Bicton-Attadale councillors say they had no knowledge of—let alone being invited to have their say on—the submission before it went to the WA local government advisory board.

“We only knew it existed when we were informed by a ratepayer,” they told the Herald Thursday.

“We then had to confirm it existed with the LGAB. Not one ratepayer is aware of what’s on the table.”

The submission asks the board to keep Point Walter and the golf course in Melville but the rest of the suburbs it will cede willingly to Fremantle as part of Colin Barnett’s mergers plan.

The council is refusing to answer specific questions about its submission: “In light of the latest reform announcements from the LGAB this week, the city will issue a media statement early next week regarding all things concerning the reform process” is all it will say.

Mayor Russell Aubrey has previously said Palmyra and Bicton are, “among our most highly treasured suburbs in Melville, with Point Walter undoubtedly our main recreational and events venue”.

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He said taking away its only public golf course and the ability to hold foreshore events at Point Walter would result in a loss of $750,000 in revenue.

Cr Barton says the submission was lodged August 13 but details were presented for the first time this week, and only after she and Cr Taylor-Rees kicked up a fuss about the lack of transparency.

They had initially been told the submission was confidential because it included financial details about Canning council.

A week later, Mr Aubrey and officers delivered a presentation to the LGAB based on the August 13 submission.

At this presentation, the LGAB informed Melville the proposed Fremantle-Melville boundary of Stock Road was not negotiable but then asked Melville what its minimum sustainability requirements were. The council said Point Walter and profitable golf course needed to stay.

“The CEO told us on Tuesday without Palmyra and Bicton, Melville would become the Peppermint Grove of the area,” Cr Taylor-Rees says, criticising the brief as inadequate.

LGAB chair Mel Congerton says a new submission period is opening for Melville and Cockburn boundaries. Submissions must be received by September 15.


Run together

A FREMANTLE businessman’s idea of incorporating a Run for Reconciliation in this year’s City to Surf has sparked national attention.

Kali Balint, CEO of economic development consultancy Indigenous Consulting Group, hatched the R4R plan after competing in last year’s fun run: “My son and I, when we did the City to Surf, we looked at what charities we could put our money towards, but there was not one Aboriginal group there,” Mr Balint says of the list of supported charities.

So he contacted the ICEA Foundation, a youth-driven organisation that runs leadership programs and promotes indigenous culture in order to foster reconciliation. They were supportive of his ideas and brought Reconciliation WA on board. “After only a couple of months we’ve now got interest from around the country to run it as a national event,” Mr Balint beams.

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So far luminaries such as Fred Chaney and Nova Peris have lent their support, appearing in promos wearing the event’s t-shirt. Sponsors such as miner Newmont have come on board but they just missed out on the big one—City to Surf’s major sponsor Chevron is highly supportive but didn’t hear about it in time to organise sponsorship.

Mr Balint says they’re on track for a 200-strong team to run in the event tomorrow, Sunday August 31: “We’re aiming for 2000 runners by 2020 but I think we will smash through that before then.”

Aboriginal kids will staff one of the run’s water stations, helping to raise their profile and counter negative stereotypes.

ICEA staffer and Reconciliation WA volunteer Kimberley Benjamin says the reconciliation movement has never been stronger.

“At Reconciliation WA you get requests all the time from people about what can they do to get involved.”


Honey, I caught a cold

LEEUWIN volunteers put their training to practise Wednesday when they rescued a fisherman who fell into the harbour.

“I jumped in the water to try and keep his head up until the pilot boat arrived,” 27-year-old hero Angela Lewis told the Herald. “We chatted about fishing and he said his wife would not be happy because he had not caught anything.”

Ms Lewis says she was in the water holding the man for nearly 30 minutes with the help of fellow crew members Mark Wright and Erika Delemarre.

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The Parmelia and police were on the wharf by 10am to lift the man out of the water.

The Spearwood sailor, who joined Leeuwin at the age of 14, says man-overboard drills and emergency response were part of her safety training.

“Hopefully, the fisherman will be ok.”


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Workers goes to the ’dogs

THE Fremantle Workers Club will share premises with the South Fremantle Football Club while a new mega-club HQ is built at Fremantle Park in Ellen Street.

The Workers’ historic Henry Street HQ is on the market, for sale or for lease.

President Don Whittington says at this stage the Workers will shift to Freo Oval October 15.

He acknowledges not everyone is happy with the move, nor with the decision to lease or sell the club’s home, but he says every decision has been made transparently and members have been informed every step of the way.

“It’s not like the situation in 2011 when the committee simply shut the doors,” he told the Herald.

“There’s no fire sale here.”

The mega-club at Fremantle Park will see the Workers share premises with the bowling and tennis clubs. The Portuguese Club and Outback Academy are also indicating interest.

A significant hurdle was overcome Wednesday night when Fremantle council approved funding for a business plan.

GHD architects has drawn up plans, with options ranging from $4.8 million to $8.4 million. The more expensive option includes underground parking, which could generate revenue for the council.



• Perth Modern student Rahul Jegatheva, 12, is set to represent Australia in the World Youth Scrabble Championships in Sri Lanka. Photo by Matt Dwyer

LAST Sunday the humble confines of the Coogee Scrabble Club touched greatness in the guise of 12-year-old Rahul Jegatheva.

The club is based at the Coogee Caravan Resort down at Woodman Point: with wind whistling through trees outside and perhaps the occasional caw of a kookaburra, Rahul took out a Triple Crown in the 2014 Coogee Scrabble Tournament.

The Perth Modern student won six of his seven games against much older opponents, amassing a high game score of 448 points and a high word score of 86.

“It was supposed to be my last practice before my debut in a world championships event in Sri Lanka,” the seasoned young player told the Herald.

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He’s been competing for a year and says he “fully supports” younger people playing the phenomenally popular word game, revered by millions worldwide, but most of them well over 50 years old.

“It will be nice to see some people my own age for once,” he sighs. “Most younger people don’t play Scrabble because they’re not introduced to it properly, so if they start properly, they might actually like the game.”

Coogee Scrabble Club coordinator Jenny Coetzee, hopes Rahul’s success will encourage more kids to join the club, regardless of its isolation.

“We certainly need a bit of promotion,” she says.

“We need more youngsters in WA getting involved.”

Rahul will represent Australia in the World Youth Scrabble Championships in Sri Lanka.


High price for a pergola

DAVID ANTHONY awoke with a hangover Tuesday, but the North Freo resident’s headache really started the day before when he’d copped a $72,000 fine for erecting a pergola in his backyard.

He was taken to court by Fremantle council after its staff spotted the beginnings of the concrete structure going up on the heritage-listed property without planning approval.

Compounding his problems, he ignored an order to stop work, so was hit with additional charges.

Worse again, he missed his day in court because he’d thought it would be a simple deferral because the council was still preparing a heritage report, as had happened at an earlier hearing.

His own architect’s report said the Federation Queen Anne home had been altered so much it had lost its significance, but as it’s on the council’s heritage list he’s ended up at the pointy end of beefed-up protection laws.

• David Anthony and his very expensive pergola. Photo by Steve Grant

• David Anthony and his very expensive pergola. Photo by Steve Grant

Mr Anthony now wonders whether the magistrate was grumpy about his no-show and upped his fine, but he says he can’t afford an even costlier supreme court challenge—particularly after the council’s lawyers told him the fine could have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

He’s keen to turn his personal misfortune into something positive and is hoping to convince the council to funnel some of his fine towards a new lick of paint at the North Fremantle Bowling Club and into some extra native trees around the city.

“Otherwise it just gets sucked up into their general accounts,” he told the Herald.

Mr Anthony has become a recent convert to both the club and the North Fremantle Community Association and says they need more support and new blood to thrive.

Mayor Brad Pettitt says the idea has merit and is organising a meeting between Mr Anthony and the head of the council’s planning department, Phil St John.

Despite trying to view the whole experience philosophically, Mr Anthony still feels the council’s compliance officers were too hard on him and are revelling in his misfortune. He’d suffered meningitis that nearly killed him during the dispute, and says council officers called him while he was recuperating to extract promises, which were later held against him. He says he can’t even recall the phone call, which was made at the time his condition was so chronic his rehabilitation regime included lessons on relearning to spell.


Letters 30.8.14

Caring Kaleeya
HUGE thanks to the staff of Kaleeya Hospital. This year I have attended Kaleeya twice and want to thank all the staff there publicly. I was amazed by the caring, efficient, well co-ordinated teamwork I encountered there. I felt so safe in their hands. Please, health minister Kim Hames, if Kaleeya is to be closed do not lose this team of dedicated people.
Jean M Taylor
Giudie Wy, Yangebup

Junk mail from McGurk
I MUST register disappointment in my local member of state parliament Simone McGurk’s recent newsletter. It was a total waste of taxpayers’ money—junk mail!
What I want to read from my elected member is what she has actually done for Fremantle people since winning the seat. Now, that would save taxpayers’ money, because there is not enough data to fill a newsletter.
Seniors receive many benefits from the state government. A new discount directory will be available in September.
Simone should realise seniors are enabling her generation to get ahead: easy, low-interest loans for first-home buyers have affected bank returns to seniors. Inconvenience in parking, driving and detours due to road maintenance are all caused by WA’s increased population, and youngsters who can afford, and expect to have, a vehicle as soon as possible.
The expectations of the young are affecting seniors’ comfort zones—not the government! Come on Simone—in football words—become a ball-getter. Stop playing the man, and tell us what you have done! You are making a fool of yourself with this latest newsletter.
Arthur Marshall OAM
Preston Point Rd, East Fremantle
The Ed says: Mr Marshall is a former state Liberal MP.

National Trust rack and ruin
WELL, I am not the best letter writer in the world but I just have to say something about the Fly by Night.
For the past 20 years I have been involved with the Fly: When I first came to WA with my wife and two kids we did not know anyone. So one night we saw an ad for a show at the Fly. We went and it was the best thing we did—people who love music, friendly and safe, no trouble.
We got talking to the manager at the time and he asked me what I did. Carpenter, I said. They asked me to fix the doors, telling me they was a non-profit organisation. Put me down for a show and I would be glad to help out. Over the years I have put a lot of time in at the Fly, all for the love of the place.
Some of the people who had their start there are now famous and love the Fly and its crew and return to see us. Well, if we have to move so be it. But we will survive the people whose aim in life is to give nothing, just take and make money regardless of the people. Profit. Profit. Profit.
Seven-thousand people want us to stay.
The National Trust? What can I say? Paleface speak with forked tongue. They do nothing. All I see them do is let things go to rack and ruin. The Fly is the community and family—God bless it. I will not support the new owners nor will a lot of other people.
RW Taylor
Studzor St, Warnbro

Club returns church volley
I READ with interest your article “Locals seek purgatory” (Herald, August 9, 2014) and Pauline Farley’s letter (August 16). As president of St Joseph Pignatelli’s Tennis Club I feel obliged to clarify a few facts.
SJP Tennis Club has not opposed the building of a new church in Attadale, but only to the building of the proposed church on top of the tennis courts because that would effectively destroy both the tennis club and its valuable facilities.
When the club was established by the-then parish priest 50 years ago the club was intended to be an outreach into the general community. Our constitution states the objective is to “provide meaningful opportunity for ecumenical exchange within the district of the parish”.
The parish has never charged the tennis club for using parish land but the club has developed the facilities (six synthetic courts, fencing, lighting) and has made regular and significant financial contributions to parish assets such as the parish hall.
It is not practicable for the club to relocate to Santa Maria College  (an all-girls’ boarding college) for many good reasons. Members cannot play mid-week, night tennis is not possible, social facilities are not available and most importantly the college cannot give to the club any security of tenure.
The club did not decline the offer of retaining two courts. It pointed out that two courts would be valuable for the parish school and for the tennis coaching of children (from both Pignatelli PS and Attadale PS), and for individuals, but that the club, with 89 members, could not continue to operate with only two courts.
Richard Finucane
President SJPTC
Kemmish Cres, Melville


Surely this has to be a joke
WHEN I read Deborah Swann’s letter (“Biker son berated,” Herald, August 23, 2014) I was somewhat perplexed, until I realised it was a joke, and the writer was taking the mickey. Surely?
The writer seems to be saying, “we cannot control our son, who lives under our roof, and we rely on the neighbours and the police to do so”.
If this is not a joke this is a very sad cases indeed—the son would have no hope of redemption and would respect neither the law, nor his neigbours.
For a parent to publicly announce their dismal failure beggars belief.
It has to be a joke!
Ron Renton
Westbury Cresc, Bicton

Celebrating Fremulticulture
I LOVE Fremantle. South Mole’s sunrise and sunset. Boats come in, boats go out, the winter sun beaming through clouds.
It’s the people I love most. Alone, together, teenagers, kids. “White” Aussies, Aboriginals, New Zealanders, Asians, Italians, Serbs, Croats, Germans, people from the Middle-East, Irish, Scottish, English and . . . strong, weak, dark hair, grey hair, no hair, big hooks, small hooks, sinkers, floats and always the dream of a big catch.
An Asian couple I met last night got it right. She sat on a rock in a big hat. He stood, line in water, hauling herring. She sat back unhitching his catch, dropping them in a bucket, baiting hooks as he waited and then kept catching.
Two young Italian chaps, no idea of what they’d caught, laughed and joked and asked me to name tiddlers while using an iPhone to snag the internet to validate images of what they caught—me spelling out names, coz’ hey, “hirrin” brings up strange things.
Last night, lovers, fish and chips sat watching the sun set. Kids ran about.
One huge rod, one tall country bloke, Aussie accent I adore, stood on a top rock, too worried his knees would fail him on the up down to get closer to the water. He was after something big.
Music pumped from cars, chairs set up for late-night stays and the wind, the sky, our beautiful sky.
A whopping big fish broke the surface around lines again and again, disappeared and I felt . . . beautiful.
Suzanne Covich
Healy Rd, Hamilton Hill

See the light
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

Flow blow
WATCHING various government departments, authorities and trusts unloading responsibility for cleaning up the Swan River is akin to re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
Blame is constantly focused on rural land-owners, suburban gardeners and commercial polluters for the increasing decline of our rivers and wetlands. They seem to have ignored the contribution many local councils have made to the problem in the past with their unrestricted use of rubbish landfill facilities alongside lakes and rivers and above underground aquifers.
Tompkins Park and Bibra Lake are examples of this lack of foresight. These contaminated sites are now ticking environmental time bombs. Perhaps the most dangerous one is at Burswood where the overlying soil is being compacted to construct a cash cow for the AFL and the casino operator.
The constant pounding of the soil will ensure the trapped chemicals, toxins, pesticides and other noxious materials in the decomposing rubbish are squeezed out and leached into the nearby river. No wonder the government is rendering its various environmental watchdogs dysfunctional: there is a very good chance they could reveal the truth about a major cause of the decline of our aquatic icons.
Daryl Binning
Norton Ridge, Winthrop

I AM writing in to express my overwhelming gratitude to all the healthcare workers I have come to meet in the past seven weeks at the Fremantle and Kaleeya Hospitals.
Having had two surgeries, an eight-day stay and a couple of follow-up visits, thanks everyone who shared stories, told jokes or just listened when I needed an ear. The level of care, empathy, compassion and complete dedication to their work made what should have been an unpleasant experience an altogether pleasant one.
Mark Brown
Edmund St, White Gum Valley

Postal low
HOW much lower can Australia Post go? First, more than 400 postal workers will lose, or have already lost, their job because more people are sending letters by email.
Now, Australia Post is to remove a mailing service to Rottnest Island (Herald, August 16, 2014). Living in the country a few years ago, a farmer had to erect his mail box next to his farmer neighbour, because it was just half a mile from the mail deliverer’s route.
Frank Cherry
Elderberry Dve, South Lake

Trusty Tier 3
DOES the public realise that in the Tier 3 railway line area, if no trains are running, it will take 16,383 truckloads to move an average crop of 900,000 tonnes of wheat to rail heads.
Then of course another 16,383 for the return journey.
That is a total of  32,766 truck movements: one way full and the other empty.
Also consider that most roads are not capable of carrying this heavy load of traffic and the extreme danger to other road users, with the result it is going to cost the state a lot of money through accidents and the possible loss of life.
Is it common sense to close a railway line which is quite capable of carrying all this grain to market?
On top of this, the farming community will be burdened with increased transport costs and higher shire rates for the upkeep of the roads travelled on by these trucks.
Marye Louise Daniels
Osbourn Place, Kewdale

Share the joy
WE were delighted to read your recent review of Parlapa in 11 William Street.
The owners are business migrant clients of our agency—we took them through the whole process of migration through to establishing their business.
It was therefore very satisfying to see this acknowledgement of them having so successfully reached their goal. We are very keen to share such good news stories with other small business owners and prospective owners: I was therefore hoping we could have permission to use your great photo of the Parlapa team.
Helen Axton
Manager, Communications & Marketing
The Ed says: Helen, give our photo sales team a call—they’ll do you a great deal.

All’s not well Atwell

WITH its redevelopment currently under consideration by council, COLIN NICHOL argues for a feature arcade, not a tower, on the central Fremantle Atwell Building site.

IT is puzzling as to why five storeys 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 expert consultation and in the face of opposition to high-rise of any kind in the city’s heritage heart, seems clear enough.

Along with its waterfront, Fremantle has only its heritage to sustain it and any creeping undermining of that would have long-term damaging effects.

The incremental creation of precedents itself has historically unhappy precedents and, by degrees, could write-off the diligently achieved guidelines of council’s planning scheme. Is this a test case?

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 must 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.

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This site offers an amazing and unique opportunity, calling upon vision and imagination to create new heritage and lead the way in redevelopment of part of Fremantle’s history. There is only one location like it and the construction 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.

That the present arcade is not as successful as might be desired only argues for a more effective design. 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 central 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!

This redevelopment should be designed from the inside out. 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 elsewhere. Upper levels could provide services and professional premises with a prospect from balconies over the promenade below. It is desperately important for Fremantle that this site becomes something much more than is currently intended, just another office/shopping complex.

The opportunity to achieve that will come just this once.

Reptilian raving

“FLAT out like a lizard drinking.” Never a more appropriate phrase came to mind as we sat in the glorious sunshine at the Surfing Lizard, in Munster.

We’d stumbled across this little eatery by accident after taking a wrong turn, but this won’t be our last visit to this hidden treasure, sitting in the shadow of the very glitzy Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, on Poore Grove.

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The welcome was as warm as the weather, and we were invited to check out the various delights in the display cabinet, a selection of fresh, homemade goodies that changes regularly.

We kicked off with a couple of delicious juices ($7), a liquid vitamin pill of kale, spirulina and apple, for me and a mouth-puckeringly tart orange and apple juice for the other half, just as he likes it.

Sticking to the menu rather than the cabinet selection D’Angerous Dave couldn’t go past a fish burger ($16).

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This one took the old staple to new heights: grilled, not battered, fillets were delicately crisp and retained moist deliciousness.

A fantastic home-made aioli really made this classic burger sing.

Carnivores will be tempted by the high-tide full breakfast ($19) but I was torn between the pancakes ($14), with poached pear, mascarpone and berry coulis and a drizzle of maple syrup or the vegie burger ($16).

I will be eternally grateful I went with the burger—without a doubt it was the best I’ve ever eaten.

The home-made pattie was chock full of vegie chunks including fresh beetroot and a magnificent mix of herbs and spices and served on a crisp bun: that great aioli ensured this was a burger to remember. A generous serve of piping hot, crisp shoe-string chips was the icing on the cake.

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Not in a coffee mood I checked with a couple of patrons as to the quality of the Lizard’s brew.

“The best I’ve had in Fremantle,” a geographically challenged pom said—though if the border changes go through he may well end up having the last laugh. He added he’d had the full brekky and declared it “fantastic”.

My one niggle is directed at the designers of the surf club and whatever land department bureaucrats decide these things: with stunning ocean views, sweeping up to Fremantle and the port, why oh why is this cafe in a dip, its only view metres of barred railings around the club’s grassed area, the back end of Coogee caravan park’s toilet block, car parking, and a token slice of Woodman Point bush? It could have been shifted a little and I could have been enjoying truly world-class vistas, alongside that wonderful vegie burger!

Surfing Lizard
20 Poore Grove, Munster
Open Tue–Sun 8am–4pm

Fremantle a “Hot Spot”

The City of Fremantle is being spoken about as a hot spot for new Investments.

Investment from developers passed through the $1 billion mark recently.

Approved Developments Include;

  • 11 Cliff Street – four Storey Office
  • 2/398 South St – 27 short star dwellings, showroom bar & restaurant
  • 43 Mews Rd – 42 serviced apartments
  • 20 Knutsford St – 59 dwellings
  • 16-18 Kuong St – 10 dwellings
  • 50 Pakenham St – 4 storey mixed dwellings
  • 52 Adelaide St – 151 hotel rooms
  • Myer Building – 6 storey office & retail
  • Fort Knox – 5 storey mixed use
  • 81 Queen Victoria St – 54 apartments
  • Point St – 173 hotel rooms
  • Queensgate Building – 7 storey mixed use
  • Spicer Site – 5 storey mixed use
  • 11 Queen Victoria St – 6 storey mixed use
  • Bannister St – 92 hotel rooms
  • Bannister St – 4 storey mixed use
  • McCabe St – 100 new dwellings

As you can see Fremantle is the place to invest with an expected 3,500 new residents by the end of 2017. 

Watch this Space

Tim Milsom


Government continues shark survey cover-up in WA Parliament

Media statement, Friday, 29 August 2014.

Green MLC Lynn MacLaren, who will join Sea Shepherd today at Parliament at 12:30 for a media conference, says not only did the WA Government hide key data from the Federal Government over its drum line strategy it has also continued to cover up in the WA Parliament.

“I have been asking questions in Parliament about the Government’s 2013 $53,000 community perceptions survey on sharks since May, and more recently about the total $1 million Marketforce contract, begun in 2012 as a four-year program,” Ms MacLaren said.

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It’s easy to spend a lot of money when it’s not one’s own, as Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett proves. He managed to get the state into hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and lose the triple A rating, and this morning he told 6 PR radio that the Roe Highway extension would approximately cost $ 800-900 million.

The only good bit about it is that the Premier also said it was still years away, so hopefully we’ll boot him and his big spenders out and get a government that is more frugal with taxpayers money, before they embark on the outrageous Roe extension.

Roel Loopers


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It’s all quiet at the western front but the weather bureau is still warning for a storm, heavy rain and flash flooding, so stay safe.

It was quite windy at Fremantle port around 6.30 this morning with heavy clouds moving in from the north. The live sheep vessel Awassi Express had difficulties berthing at North Quay and left the harbour again to return half an hour later.


My call in the article below for our governments to start dealing with reality is supported by a report in the West Australian newspaper today, that the patronage of public transport in Perth fell by over two million people during 2013/14.

Of course the Public Transport Authority blames everything else but overcrowding and unreliable services. How many people in Fremantle will be fed up with trains not running, or only running part of the distance, and how many commuters are no longer willing to put up with over-crowded trains, and missing trains because of it, during peak hours?

The sale of Family Riders and Day Riders passes is also down, which a PTA spokesman blames on the economy. Not being able to get into Fremantle by train on weekends or out of Freo to go to Perth and beyond could also be another reason why families use trains less.

Lack of reliable bus services on weekends must also be an issue.

Spending billions of dollars on toll roads for trucks and lightrail to the airport ignores the daily urgent need for better public transport to the outer suburbs.

Roel Loopers


It is interesting to observe that rationale disappears and promises are broken when elected members are desperately trying to prove that their ideas are right and policy and good strategic planning are replaced by mantra and an almost religious belief in development and high density at any cost.

The promised heritage of the future is replaced by boring mediocrity, because developers put pressure on local and state governments to accept the banal or they’ll walk away and go somewhere else. Promise the Fremantle Mayor a national retailer and 300 office staff in the High Street Mall, and his resolve and promise that he would only support outstanding buildings crumbles and he is all too willing to compromise on designs that are lacking in quality, after all, he has to prove that his ‘vision’ for Fremantle is right.

It does not help either that the State Advisory Tribunal and Design Advisory Panel are behaving like giants in Gulliver’s Travels, who wander around the Perth metropolitan area and randomly step on suburbs and destroy them; Cottesloe, Subiaco, Vincent, Leederville, Fremantle crumble under Colin’s giants’ indiscriminate feet and all that in the name of progress.

 Dreamworld is no longer only a fun park on the Goldcoast but is now also the way Western Australia plans its future. Elected Members dream of lightrail and ignore the reality of traffic issues that require immediate attention. They want to spend millions on bike infrastructure ignoring the reality of a very fast ageing population where soon over 50 percent of the population will be over 55 years of age, so a very large group that is unlikely to embrace bike policies and change from car to bicycle, basically because older people don’t feel safe to share the roads with inconsiderate W.A. motorists.

The Freo Mayor dismisses my concerns, commenting on this blog that one can walk and chew at the same time. I believe there is far too much chewing(dreaming) going on in our city and not enough walking(dealing with reality). Advertising the great progress of Fremantle and telling us how many millions worth of development has been approved, is not dealing with the reality that for example Sirona Capital can’t find major tenants for Kings Square and that project appears to be more and more dependent on State Government moving the Housing Department here. With financial ratings for the State falling left right and centre, it is unlikely the Treasurer will be keen on departments relocating at considerable costs, so that leaves Freo’s major development and economic revitalisation project in limbo. There are only four months left in 2014 and still no signs that the promised development of the former Myer building will start this year.

I long for the revitalisation of Fremantle, I would love to see outstanding new buildings in our city, I am keen to see the invigoration of retail, I am looking forward to thousands of new CBD residents and office workers, and hundreds of hotel guests staying here overnight, but like an under-performing football team Freo needs to get the basics rights, it needs to focus on the small things and do them well, because at the moment Premier Barnett’s pipeline idea to pump water from the Kimberley to Perth seems more realistic than a great rebirth of our inner city.

There is nothing wrong with having big plans, but they need to be built on the solid foundations of reality, great architecture, and thorough and strategic planning, and that is where Fremantle and the Western Australian State Government are lacking.

Roel Loopers




There is an interesting article on Photoshop manipulation in regard to eating disorders of women, by Fremantle Notre Dame University School of Law lecturer Marilyn Krawitz in In Principo, the University’s magazine.

Ms Krawitz reports on the Photoshop Law in Israel that requires female models to have a minimum BMI of 18.5, and when photographers or magazines manipulate photos to make models look thinner, they have to include a warning that covers at least seven percent of the photo.

I quite agree that excessive photo manipulation needs to be recorded  somehow, as many photos are drastically changed in PS and other software, and that alters the reality of photos that will be seen as historic documentation by future generations.  The Photoshop ‘reality’ is in fact fake reality because things that were in the original photos might have been taken out, or things could have been added.

There is another issue for me. While eating disorder in young women is serious, the manipulation of innocent children under 15 in fashion photography is equally disturbing to me. Girls are made up and dressed up to look sexy,and are photographed in seductive poses and plastered on magazine covers as some kind of sex bombs, and that is absolutely unacceptable.

Every photo we take is the recording of our history and we need to be aware of that at all times. The overuse of Photoshop and other similar software often is a tool to hide bad and mediocre photography.

Roel Loopers


Nicholas Takacs


It is good to see a Fremantle based business getting national acclaim in the West Australian newspaper today.

Nicholas Takacs of ABEAUTIFULCITY is a former retail leasing agent and was also an economic advisor at the City of Fremantle. Since leaving COF Takacs has been advising the councils of Joondalup, Nedlands, Victoria Park, Claremont, Fremantle BID, and shopping centres, through the installation of people counters.

Well done Nic. Good branding for your relatively new business!

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.


Please forward applications to the Secretary at



My report on today’s Fremantle Council meeting has to start with to mention that the woman who died in the car crash at Bibra Lake yesterday was a COF employee. She worked at the ground floor reception desk, so no doubt I know her and have spoken to her. It should remind us all that no matter how often we talk about changing our city and progress, we should never forget it is all about people and that it only takes a split second for those we love and respect to be no longer with us. May she rest in peace.

The main item on the agenda for me was the proposed development of Atwell Arcade in the High Street Mall, and it was interesting to observe how different individuals look at these issues.

The first public speaker owns the property to the west of it and, no doubt with dollar signs in his eyes about the possibility of seeing the value of his property go up, told Council this development would create opportunity, that Atwell Arcade had never worked and that his family loved the idea of putting a vibrant retailer in that location.

The architect for the development also came up  that this was more about Fremantle finally getting the economic revitalisation it badly needed, and less about building an inappropriate building that lacks respect for the heritage surroundings. Oh yeah and if Council did not approve it fast the tenants who had already committed would go somewhere else and the development would not happen. After all they are giving Freo 300 office staff and a national retailer, so why make the changes requested by the Design Advisory Committee. If floor space has to be reduced it won’t be viable, he warned.

Of course John Downson for FICRA spoke in the same vein as the Fremantle Society had done at a previous meeting that the plans are shocking and ignore the townscape character of the area.

Over to the Elected Members. I was personally disappointed that Mayor Brad Pettitt said that time is of the essence for the office component and that Council wants revitalisation and new buildings in the CBD. The DAC is getting pretty close but we are not there yet, but the developers had said that tenants who had committed to move in would be lost if there was more delay. Sounds more like a threat to me, but the Mayor was happy to accept that as a reason to move forward fast, instead of getting it right. “I don’t want to lose this opportunity. This is a really important one with 300 office staff revitalising the heart of the city”

Breath of fresh air then that Councillors Strachan, Massie and Pemberton stood up to say they could not support it without the required changes and that leaving it to the discretion of the CEO to sign off on was not the way to go and that it should be deferred to the DAC.

Councillor Bill Massie, who is often the voice of common sense on Council, and who is very pro-development, said the proposal was risky because it is in the heart of heritage, and the design was not compatible with the area. Hallelujah!

Councillor Andrew Sullivan made the strongest points about the developers being in a rush to get the building approved. It was not about Council giving in and fast forwarding the process, but about the developers accepting all the recommendations of the DAC and make all the significant changes required, so that a fast decision could be made.

Sullivan also pointed out that even after the, to be demolished, arcade would be reconstructed it would diminish its cultural significance because it was no longer the original.

It is a good outcome that Council deferred the matter back to the DAC and that a special Council meeting will be held after the next DAC meeting to accommodate the developers, as long as they are willing to make the important design changes required by the DAC.

Councillor Massie then asked whatever happened with the 3D equipment the City had bought for a lot of money a few years ago and why that was not used for major developments, but the Director did not even know if that equipment was still at COF. The Fremantle Society have asked for 3D plans for major developments in the past, but for some reason council staff appear unwilling to use it and that needs to change.

Fremantle Council should never ever let developers threaten them with walking away unless they get what they want. Councillors were elected to make the right decisions for the community, not to make fast and inappropriate ones to appease developers who could not care less about destroying Fremantle’s unique character.

Roel Loopers

Aug 23: Shock One test drives our system!

Top international drum and bass artist Shock One stopped by Fremantle Recording Studios last week to have a listen to some of his newest tracks-in-progress on our beloved sound system.

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Brian Gaull’s Antarctic Odyssey

Today’s author talk was from Brian Gaull, whose has written about his experiences as a geophysicist in Antarctica in the book ‘Chill Out’.


Brian listed the reasons why he wanted to write his story, including “I followed my dream so I want others to do the same”, and to record the an important phase of Australians in Antarctica.


With one of our librarians.


Thank you Brian!

Borrow the book or purchase a copy of Chill Out.

Filed under: Events Tagged: antarctic odyssey, antarctica, author talk, brian gaull, xlibris

PUBLIC SUBMISSION FOR Carriage Cafe Refurbishment

PUBLIC SUBMISSION for the Esplanade – Carriage Cafe refurbishment ends today. Below are images of the project.

DETAIL (taken from the City of Fremantle)
” The City received an application for additions and alterations to an existing Restaurant at No. 45 Marine Terrace on 28 February 2014. The development includes:Removal of existing fixed tables; Modification of internal walls of existing carriage; Addition of canopy and shade sails to existing alfresco area; Addition of new kitchen area; Addition of signage; Addition of openings to existing carriage; and Painting of existing carriage and canopy.”

For more info read:

(Item PSC1405-99 on page 35.)
You can email to:

Proposal-Additions and alterations to exiting Restaurant (Cafe) Application Number DA0103/14


Steve Rogers book

North Fremantle video cameraman and owner of Parmelia Productions Steve Rogers has published his first book  An Accidental Outlaw.

Animal physiologist Dr Jill Miller and her husband, scientist Dr James Miller are planning a trip to Europe in their retirement.

Before she can leave, Jill must finish a research project she is conducting on the effect of a range of animal growth hormones.

Jill and James’ mundane social life is spiced up when the couple renew acquaintances with an old horse-riding friend of Jill’s, who gives them a tip on a strangely named race horse he owns. When looking for the meaning of the name of the horse, Jill stumbles across an obscure plant growth hormone with a similar sounding name. Further internet research throws up some findings by a Malaysian researcher, A. Darma, that indicates a hitherto unknown crossover effect of plant growth hormones on animals.

Intrigued by the finding Jill Miller decides to order a quantity of the hormone from the Malaysian university for incorporation into her laboratory trials. She will also try some on the couple’s vegetable garden.

When Jill tries to find out more about the substance, which she has code named AX2, she is surprised to find all traces of A. Darma and any research on the substance has been removed from the internet.

She experiments secretly with AX2 on rats and to her astonishment finds that it greatly enhances their development.

Read how Jill naively tries the drug on race horses and becomes involved in a lot of crime and mystery.

The book is available on Amazon!


Roel Loopers


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The WHALERS TUNNEL was dug through Arthur Head under the Fremantle Round House jail in 1837/38 by the Fremantle Whaling Company to make it easier to get goods to the ships at Bathers Beach and whale oil and meat into town. The urban myth that whales were pulled through the 64 metre-long tunnel is not true.

The tunnel is the first underground engineering project in Western Australia and is 3.6 metres high.

In 1938 the ‘Secret Tunnel’ was dug to the North to give quick access from the Gunner’s Cottage, now the office of the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, and the Whalers Tunnel was used as shelter during air raids in WW II.

Roel Loopers

Carnaby’s Cockatoos facing extinction, Greens call for new laws

Media statement, Monday, 25 August 2014

Figures released today by Birdlife Australia that Carnaby’s Cockatoos are set to be extinct in Perth within the next 20-30 years have confirmed fears by the community fighting so hard to save them, explained Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

“Having previously volunteered for the Great Cocky Count – a hugely successful citizen science project – I found the results released today heartbreaking. We must act quickly and drastically to save this species before it is too late. I congratulate the near 700 volunteers who gave their time for this cause. They have added a critical piece to the puzzle of declining numbers.

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New at the Library August 2014


Here’s a few of the new items that have arrived recently at the library. Browse online or in person!

Samsung Galaxy S5 for dummies / by Bill Hughes.
Infographics for dummies / by Justin Beegel, MBA, founder & president, Infographic World, Inc. and the Infographic World Design Team.
Good enough : confessions of a less-than-perfect mum / Dilvin Yasa.
Success as a real estate agent for dummies / by Terri M. Cooper ; Dirk Zeller.
Taxation for Australian businesses : understanding Australian business taxation concessions / Rod Caldwell.
Wesfarmers 100 : the people’s story 1914-2014 / Peter Thompson.
Flight MH370 : the mystery / Nigel Cawthorne.
#Girlboss / Sophia Amoruso.
Confessions of a Qantas flight attendant / Owen Beddall with Libby Harkness.
Vintage caravan style : buying, restoring, decorating and styling the small spaces of your dreams / Lisa Mora.
Hellstrip gardening : create a paradise between the sidewalk and the curb / Evelyn J. Hadden ; with photographs by Joshua McCullough ; foreword by Lauren Springer Ogden.
Everyday kitchen for kids : 100 amazing savoury and sweet recipes children can really make / Jennifer Low ; photography by Ryan Szulc.
The Australian Women’s Weekly : food for babies & toddlers / [editorial & food director, Pamela Clark].
Rawlicious at home : more than 100 raw, vegan and gluten-free recipes to make you feel great / Chelsea Clark & Angus Crawford.
Removing the fear of raising a child with down syndrome : waising Miss Chloe / Sue Dymond.
The collectioneer’s annual / [compiled by Alan Carter].
Illuminated manuscripts / by Michael Kerrigan.
Anyone can paint : create sensational art in watercolours, acrylics, and oils / Barrington Barber.
The world is an apple : the still lifes of Paul Cezanne / edited by Benedict Leca ; foreword by Philippe Cezanne ; essays by Benedict Leca, Paul Smith, Richard Shiff, and Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer.
Explore Australia 2015.
Amarna sunrise : Egypt from golden age to age of heresy / Aidan Dodson.
Twiggy : the high-stakes life of Andrew Forrest / Andrew Burrell.
Wear your dreams : my life in tattoos / Ed Hardy with Joel Selvin.
Hockey : not your average Joe / Madonna King.

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curfew bell

The replacement curfew bell at the Fremantle Roundhouse was obtained from an organisation called the Keltrek Trust. This British organisation deals with redundant church bells. Notre Dame University and Rottnest Island also have bells that came via the Keltrek Trust.

Our bell was in the rafters of a church in Coseley in the West Midlands. This area was known as the black country and the church looks black. The bell was very dusty but the roof had saved it from turning black. After negotiations with the Parish Council our little bell set off on its journey out to Fremantle on a snowy day arriving in our summer heat by courtesy of Lauder and Howard Antiques who had it placed in their container of antiques.

There was no clapper so our volunteer restorers cast one in brass after they had constructed a jarrah stand. A band of strong Guides helped to move the frame to the Roundhouse where it was placed in its present position in February 2013.

Visitors from Coseley or areas close by are delighted to see and read about the bell that now resides with us and many photos are taken to show people back in the UK.

Shirley Burbidge

Some pictures of proposed redevelopment of the South Fremantle Power Station

While we are on the topic of Landcorp you might be aware a week or so ago they released for public comment a masterplan for the redevelopment of the abandoned South Fremantle Power Station and I think it looks pretty good. It was of the first items I got to look at in my new role […]

Swanbourne Street Local Structure Plan – have your say.

The Local Structure Plan is now out for comment for the redevelopment of the former Navy Fuel Depot and the former BP Bunkering Terminal (bordered by Swanbourne Street, Knutsford Street and Amherst Street). The new proposed Local Structure Plan by LandCorp is a big improvement on the last one which to be blunt wasn’t much more […]


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The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides welcome you to the FREMANTLE ROUND HOUSE blog!

The Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia, built by the first English settlers who arrived in 1829 on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

It was designed as a jail by Henry William Reveley and had only eight cells. It was built between August 1830 and January 1931 by R.Lewis, W. Manning and I. Duffield who sourced local limestone for the building, which kept the costs down to 1840 English Pounds.

The Round House is very popular with overseas and interstate visitors and local schools. More than 100,000 people visit the grand old building every year and many take advantage of having their photo taken in the stocks.

The Round House is open to the public by donation every day from 10.30 in the morning till 3.30 in the afternoon. It is only closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

The tour guides at the Round House are all volunteers who generously donate their time to keep the building open for visitors. They also fire the cannon on the deck every day at 1 pm.

Roel Loopers

GPP Minutes 0f 24th June 2014

Minutes of Gibson Park Precinct Meeting Tuesday 24th June, 2014

The Library E. Fremantle Primary School – Forrest Street, Fremantle

Attendance : 4 persons
Apologies : Ingrid Waltham, Ron Kawalilak, June & Gerald Shepperson,

Barry & Annolies Truman
Minutes of Previous Meeting : Accepted as read. Val 1
st …Coralie 2nd … Passed Meeting Chair Person : Coralie Clarke
Meeting opened : 7.08 pm.

Items on the Agenda :-

1). High Street update – Petition to sign …. No Highways through Fremantle. Roe 8 is back on – trouble getting through senate. Murray Christian re. road in last week’s Herald. Allison update :- group formed … Freo Transport Action Group. Letter by Roy Lewisson – that a small group of people are against the road. Response – this is a wide group including Booyeembara, Fern, East Freo and Gibson Park. Problems with Hi St include need for service road, netball parking. Also Federal Govt said airport freight link – 6 lane bottleneck: Stock rd – Beeliar Wetlands – money put aside but no environmental assessment done; people not in support of the route; What about lights at Marmion St ? Don’t know. Noise assessment done by Shane Chambers. The Freedom of Info had a lot blocked out – wouldn’t send. There is no forward planning … money for fixup messes. If freight link goes ahead, it’s a big thing. 1.000’s of environmental objections are not dealt with so there is a hold up there. Coralie – How did residents feel about the Port ? Simone McGurk did a survey where a third opposed the road, a third supported the road and a third had no opinion. No one wanted the trees cut down. How about 2 lanes each side of the trees ?

2). Fremantle Hospital closure – Dr David Blythe at the Meeting Place. 20 people responded. The History from 1829 – temporary hospital ….1877 – first patients. 1882 – Casualty Ward at back of High street pharmacy. Currently there are 482 beds, special services, emergency, medical, surgical, ambulance. Kaleega has 71 beds, obstetrics, gynaecology. On 18th November, moving to Fiona Stanley – open 4th October – 783 beds. Shenton rehab. closes and moves there; Royal Perth Hospital downsizes from 662 – 450 beds and Fremantle hospital downsizes from 552 – 300 beds. Fremantle hospital moves 3rd February 2015 when Emergency opens at Fiona Stanley. Emergency will close and Fremantle hospital will be developed – Moving will be HIV, obstetrics, paediatrics, neurology, oncology, cardiology etc – Staying will be mental health, rehab, general surgery, age care,, sexual health and chronic disease – better standards – specialisation. Instead of emergency, just selective patients, Fremantle patients – where they can be close to family, parents etc. The catchment area for Fremantle includes Rockingham, Kwinana. Fremantle has a 180 degrees shopping and hospital catchment; Fiona Stanley has 360 degrees. At Fremantle, Old stock will have to be replaced – it will be a more specialist type hospital. What do GPP say to this ? Money is the problem ! Getting rid of Emergency is terrible. Staff will move to Fiona Stanley.

General Business :-
1). East Fremantle Footy Ground to go. Council want to upgrade the Oval, sell off a section for housing which will lose grass and concrete area.. Dockers moved to Cockburn so now East Fremantle and South Fremantle will use the old Dockers Ground. Some park will stay plus rotunda and council depot.

2). Parking at Gibson Park – Coralie said it is not policed. People park on driveways. Police called out – didn’t fine anybody. Parking on corners too. Council will not police it. People ignore signs. It’s a Health hazard ….would be better if buses were used instead of cars. Residents went up in arms about bitumising the whole grass area used for parking. Heat in summer would be a problem – you’re much better off with grass.. The soccer group train there but the area is closed off on Saturdays. Latest changes ? It’s no better. No parking May – September. In 1972, this was with the purpose of stopping danger to residents.

Meeting closed : 7. 52 pm.
Next Meeting (GP Precinct) : …………… Tuesday 26th August 2014

Check Freospace for details:

Contact Persons :-

Karl Paterson – Ph. 6161 5890 E-Mail Annolies Truman – Ph. 9433 6946 E-Mail

‘Fremantle, my place’ Short story competition 2014


Like to wax lyrical and put pen to paper? Enter the ‘Fremantle, my place’ short story competition and you could win a gift voucher up to the value of $200. The prizes will be awarded at a morning tea held at Fremantle City Library on Friday 14 November at 10am.

This competition is for those aged 55 and above, and entries close Wednesday 22 October, 6pm.

A full list of the competition conditions are available on the entry form.

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Free Community Café Series kicks off with raw food

The Curtin University Sustainable Policy Institute (CUSP) and City of Fremantle have joined forces to deliver a 10 month, free community sustainability café series. The fun and informative events are designed to unite the community to learn and share their sustainability issues, ideas and achievements. The series is based around the One Planet Councils program. […]

Call for nominations for Freo Green Plan Working Group

  The City of Fremantle is seeking to appoint a number of external representatives to serve on a newly-established green plan working group (GPWG). The role of the GPWG is to prepare for the Council’s consideration an updated Green Plan to supersede the City of Fremantle 2001 Green Plan. The new plan is intended to […]

New ebooks August 2014

Here’s a few of the new ebooks just added to our site, including Richard Clapton’s new autobiography, Anzac Girls and Helen Garner’s examination of the Farquharson case. Login with your Fremantle City Library card to download or reserve the titles.


Filed under: Online Tagged: anzac girls, bob brown, ebooks, overdrive

Book and Toy Sale September 2014


Note in your diaries the two dates for the toy and book sales –  toys on Thursday 4th September at Hilton Community Centre and the booksale on Saturday 6th September at Fremantle City Library.


Ex toys from the Toy Library: baby toys, bikes, ride-ons, puzzles, games and more.

Date: Thursday 4th September, 2014  10am – 12pm

Location: Hilton Community Centre, 1/34 Paget Street, Hilton WA 6160


Book sale: Fiction, non -fiction, childrens’ books and more; there’s something for everyone

Date: Saturday 6th September, 2014 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: (library foyer) Fremantle Library, 8 William St, Fremantle WA 6160






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Liberals right to be queasy over shark cull costs and lack of logic

Media statement, Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Alternatives to drum lines are gaining such popularity that even Liberal backbenchers are now finding a voice to speak out against culling, says Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

"Modern large shark-proof swimming enclosures are just one of a suite of more effective, cost efficient responses to the shark hazard than drum lines," Ms MacLaren said.

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Bike funding welcome but inadequate

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says new joint local and State government grants that will this year fund 22km of new bike paths in metro and regional WA, and 3km of on-road bikeways – while welcome – are simply not enough to meet demand.

“There are numerous short trips that more adults and children would take by bike if they felt safer, and this is why a bolder approach to funding cycle ways is necessary.

“Perth would become a world-class cycling city by allocating three per cent of our State transport budget to bike infrastructure and planning,” Ms MacLaren said.

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Illustrator Chris Nixon for Children’s Book Week

Six lucky classes from local Fremantle primary schools had a chance to meet illustrator Chris Nixon at the library for Children’s Book Week. Here’s what they got up to…

Let’s draw out our imagination…


Drawing Jake from the Jake series of books.


aSketching out Captain Cook.


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2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards


This week is Children’s Book Week, and to mark the occasion, the 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced last Friday 15 August.

The winners and honour books in each of the categories are:

Older Readers


  • Wildlife (Fiona Wood, Pan) 

Honour books

  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls (Allyse Near, Random House)
  • The Sky So Heavy (Claire Zorn, UQP)

Younger Readers


  • A Very Unusual Pursuit (Catherine Jinks, A&U) 

Honour books

  • My Life as an Alphabet (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)
  • Light Horse Boy (Dianne Wolfer, illus by Brian Simmonds, Fremantle Press)

Early Childhood


  • The Swap (Jan Ormerod, illus by Andrew Joyner, Little Hare)

Honour books

  • I’m a Dirty Dinosaur (Janeen Brian, illus by Ann James, Viking)
  • Banjo and Ruby Red (Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)

Picture Book of the Year


  • Rules of Summer (Shaun Tan, Lothian)

Honour books

  • King Pig (Nick Bland, Scholastic Press)
  • Silver Buttons (Bob Graham, Walker Books)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


  • Jeremy (Christopher Faille, illus by Danny Snell, Working Title Press)

Honour books

  • Welcome to My Country (Laklak Burarrwanga and family, A&U)
  • Ice, Wind, Rock (Peter Gouldthorpe, Lothian)

Crichton Award for New Illustrators


  • Big Red Kangaroo (Claire Saxby, illus by Graham Byrne, Walker Books).

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Premier draws blank on future drumlining costs

Months away from when he proposes to embark on a three year culling program of WA vulnerable and protected shark species the WA Premier doesn't know what it will cost, questions asked by Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren have revealed.

"No one ever accused the Liberal Party of being the party for science or the environment, but I thought the Liberals once claimed to be the party for fiscal responsibility. That is not being demonstrated in regard to the proposed drum line operation," Ms MacLaren said.

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Antarctic Odyssey


In 1979, geophysicist Big Dee leaves his comfortable family life in suburban Perth to pursue a lifelong dream to spend a year away to Antarctica as a researcher. He gambles on leaving his loved ones and exposing himself to the rigours of loneliness, deprivation and the extreme cold.

In his quest to survive in this dark and foreign world, Big Dee learns not just about the science he has been sent to do, but also about his fellow men and more importantly, himself.

Meet author Brian Gaull (Big Dee himself) at Fremantle City Library and find out about his fascinating journey.

Wednesday 27th August, 10.30am -11.30am

Bookings via Eventbrite or call 9432 9766.


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Save the Children Book Sale

The 50th Annual University Branch Book Sale starts today in the Undercroft at the University of WA.

Starts today at 5.00pm until 9.30pm and goes until Wednesday, so get there and support the great work that Save the Children does here in Australia and throughout the world.





The Fly by Night Club in its iconic former drill hall has been a community entertainment institution for decades supporting a wide range of groups from far and wide and offering a big stage for green as well as seasoned performers, young and old. It will be a difficult for the new commercial operator to make profits and offer the same level of community support. Hopefully the National Trust has mandated a level of community access to this iconic Freo space. It is unfortunate that the National Trust was not able to see its way clear to offer “affordable housing” to the Club.

President of The Fremantle Society – Henty Farrar.

Dear Fly By Night, it’s time for a plan.

Current site, Military Drill Hall. Source:

For those involved in The Fly By Night Musicians Club, this hasn’t been a very fun week. Monday’s decision by The National Trust to enter lease negotiations with Sunset Events for the Military Drill Hall has left many feeling disheartened, ignored, and even betrayed. While Facebook is flooded with people decrying the commercialisation of public assets, ill-founded accusations of conspiracy and obituaries of Fremantle’s live music scene, I believe this decision may (potentially) be the best thing to happen to The Fly in the last 20 years.

Firstly, there has to be a realisation that the Fly By Night Club is not inextricably linked to the Military Drill Hall. Yes, it has a long and rich history at the venue, and that history should be celebrated. However, and to horribly butcher “Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, a church is not the building that contains it, nor is a university the bricks and mortar in which people learn. The true Church and University are the thoughts, the activities and the body of faith/reason that exist within them. The same is true of the Fly. The real Fly, the true Fly, is its energy, its public interest, its activities and its goodwill. What will determine the failure or success of the Fly is how well its physical location can help facilitate these aspects.

The Fly is in a very fortunate position to have a supportive council that will actively work to secure it an alternative venue. It is doubly fortunate to have a council that owns two assets that are currently vacant and suitable for the activities of the Fly, namely the ex-Kulcha site, and Victoria Hall.

Victoria Hall. Future site of The Fly? Source:

My personal belief is that Victoria Hall is a better fit for the Fly. It is large (300ish capacity), it has most if not all of the wiring, lighting, and BOH facilities, it has air conditioning and it has large blackout curtains to improve acoustics. It’s also much prettier. Not only this, it has an established bar facility that could be operated daily when events aren’t on, to generate income to offset its leasing cost, this could be run internally or subleased to an operator. I’d actually be surprised if the daily activities of the bar didn’t offset the entire rental amount.

Victoria Hall also contains a decent stock of high quality office space. Roughly three times what the Fly has now, and needs. Other arts organisations could rent cheapish office space from the Fly, further offsetting rent and creating great opportunities for synergy.

There is also the opportunity for the Fly to actively engage in daytime rental to small arts organisations such as Harbour Theatre for rehearsal space, to run it’s own music and sound production classes, as well as providing affordable practice space for local bands, an activity that is in huge demand.

It’s time for the negative publicity campaign to end, and for the Fly to actively take stock and assess their options. A productive and positive approach to council will surely see a good outcome. Go back to the National Trust and ask (politely) for a rent holiday for the remainder of their lease term to allow them to take stock. See if there’s the possibility to sell unnecessary assets to Sunset for a reasonable price. The one thing that I would say about my time in politics and change, is that the recently seen negative, media driven “storm the ramparts” campaigns rarely work. They might get the public on side and rally around them, however the quality of the conversation with key stakeholders is deeply compromised and they tend to end up marginalising those who could otherwise add value to the conversation. Productive relationships with high levels of trust will always trump distance and fear.

Here’s hoping the Fly can make the best of the situation, and turn an underutilised public asset into the Astor Theatre of the south!