Fremantle journalist and AFL blogger Les Everett has published a book about the first twenty years of the Fremantle Dockers football club. The book is titled Fremantle Dockers. An Illustrated History.

Everett used to be on the board of the Dockers and was also an inaugural journalist at the Fremantle Herald, so he knows his stuff.

Come on all you Dockers fans, go and buy a book or two! They are great presents for Eagles fans. ; >)

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After the showing of the documentary TRASHED at Fremantle REPLANTS on Wray Avenue on Friday at 7pm, the City of Fremantle is also holding an information session on the Future of WAste at the Town Hall on Tuesday the 29th of July at 6 pm.

This is an opportunity for the community to give Fremantle council feedback on how we would want them to handle our waste, so turn up in droves and show you care about our future and the attempt to minimise landfill.

There are quite a few speakers:

* Tim Youe-CEO of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

* Piers Verstegen-Director of the Conservation Council of Western Australia

* Peter Dyson- managing Director of Phoenix Energy

* Jason Pugh-General Manager of New Energy

* Adam Johnson-Founder of Garbologie


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Gorgon Project

What is the future of the huge Gorgon Gas Project and the plant on Barrow Island. Is there a future or will it be shelved by Chevron? All this and more will be discussed this Thursday July 24 from 4.30 at the Maritime Union of Australia building at 2 Kwong Alley, North Fremantle.

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People are funny creatures. I had a bit of a chuckle as I heard City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett being all outraged on ABC radio about the “appalling consultation” of the Local Government Advisory Board that is handling the council amalgamation process and will deliver its recommendations to Minister Tony Simpson by the end of August.

Cockburn had every chance to state their case, but instead elected to withdraw from the proposed merger with the Town of Kwinana. When they discovered State Government could split up Cockburn between, Kwinana, Melville and Fremantle, they panicked and quickly put in a late submission, that now appears to not have had the impact they expected.

Maybe Cockburn should have been less cocky and not assume no one would dare to touch their boundaries, and instead have been as pro-active and positive toward change as Fremantle has been. At present it still looks as if Freo will gain Bicton, Palmyra and Hamilton Hill, and hopefully will keep North Fremantle. That would be a pretty good and positive outcome for us.

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Is it just my perception, or is this one of the wettest winters we have had in Fremantle for many years? I can’t recall day after day of rain, and it has been very heavy at times as well. It rained all night from early yesterday evening, the sky is black at times and rainbows pop up like popcorn. If this goes on I will have to move to the Kimberley because I don’t like the wet and cold at all.

Here a photo I took at the South Mole this morning. bbbrrrrrrr

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It is easy to promote the use of public transport and tell people to leave their cars at home, but what is required is reliable public transport and unfortunately we haven’t got that in Fremantle. Today again the train service between Fremantle and Midland was interrupted and long lines of busses were parked outside the Freo train station.

Train service failures have become a regular occurrence for Fremantle commuters and do nothing to create confidence in the public transport system, especially when it is cold wet and windy, and a nice warm car seems a great alternative.

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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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The immense pressure and legal challenges by many local councils seems to have an impact on State Government. There appear to be late changes at the Local Government Advisory Board that could well have significant impact on the preferred new boundaries for Fremantle when the amalgamations are announced in late August. Speculations are that a  change of heart and late submission by the City of Cockburn to merge with the Town of Kwinana has stirred the pot a bit with the board now calling for new submissions about the new boundary proposals from locals in the area.

What interests me most of course is that if the new ideas should have a major impact on Fremantle, why Fremantle community groups, residents and businesses have not been asked to also resubmit their opinion about possible all new boundaries for Fremantle. The City of Melville has also been very active in lobbying, so one can only hope that Fremantle will not be treated like Cinderella in all of this and miss out on significant growth that would be to the detriment of our local economy and traders.

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Metropolitan Local Government Reform Update

Changes to be open for comment
The Chair of the Local Government Advisory Board today confirmed the Board will advertise amendments to three of the proposals it is intending to recommend for local government reform.

Mr Mel Congerton said he was briefing affected local governments about the changes today. The Board would call for public submissions on the intended recommendations on Wednesday.

Three proposals
The three proposals are:

Proposal E1, submitted by the Cockburn Kwinana Community Steering Committee
Proposal 5, submitted by the City of Armadale
Proposal 10, submitted by the City of Melville.
Maps, an online submission form and other details will be on the Board’s website from Wednesday.

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.


Fremantle REPLANTS is showing the documentary TRASHED this Friday July 25 at 7 pm at 96 Wray Avenue, Freo. Here is some of what it is about:

” South Metro community are facing the threat of the largest mass combustion incinerator in the Southern Hemisphere as well as the largest Gasification incinerator and a potential Pyrolysis incinerator. These dirty waste to energy technologies will pollute the region with dangerous dioxin and mercury, destroy finite resources, undermine green jobs and leave a legacy of toxic ash requiring secure landfill. They do not produce clean renewable energy and will undermine the recycling and composting sectors which provide society with real zero waste outcomes that are safer, sustainable and ethical.

Trashed highlights the global waste problem and our role in its generation and management. It is a very confronting documentary…be warned…but essential viewing for those who care about sustainability and the misleading information being touted by our local, state and regional levels of government and their industry mates. Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain knowledge and thus power to make change in our communities! All welcome!”


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.

Download this e-Audiobook FREE on OneClickdigital by visiting our site.

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Two interesting and quite significant development proposals will be discussed at Wednesday’s Fremantle full council meeting. The Stan Reilly site, adjacent to Fremantle Oval and Fremantle Hospital is being proposed for affordable housing for key workers, seniors and students in combination with public car parking for 350-400 vehicles. The officer’s recommendation states that the mix of residential, retail, commercial and car parking could be achieved if the carpark is partly or wholly underground. Street level retail would see the Cappuccino Strip streetscape extended south to Wray Avenue, which is a good idea in context with the development of the old synagogue site on the corner of Parry Street.

The second development proposal is significant for the east of Fremantle as it is located along Swanbourne and Knutsford streets and adjacent to Stevens Reserve. The proposal is for the 8.9 hectare piece of land to house a maximum of 470 dwellings with buildings heights between 17-20 metres, the equivalent of 4-5 storeys. There is one exception and that is for a landmark building of 47 metres, or 13 storeys on the southern edge at the Stevens Reserve boundary there.

I suggested years ago, while I still lived at 5 Swanbourne Street, that the area where the fuel tanks used to be, would be ideal for higher rise close to the CBD. The area is about one kilometre from Kings Square, with public transport only a two-minute walk away at High Street, and would be a great location to live for Notre Dame students, city retail and office workers, etc. Highrise would be hidden behind Monument Hill and is in an area that was very run down and that is being developed into residential already.

I am looking forward to Wednesday’s council session. It will be interesting to hear the opinions of our Elected Members.

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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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Would you let someone house sit if they left your home in a mess? Surely not, but that is what the National Trust have been doing with the Royal George Hotel in George Street, East Fremantle. The National Trust is a government-funded organisation that has been established to look after historic buildings, but it is an utter disgrace that they are neglecting the beautiful old heritage building they have now had in their care for years.

Vandals have yet again forced open doors at ground level to gain access, with the real possibility that one day someone will light a fire in there and the building will go up in smoke.

The National Trust is good at taking on new buildings and the CEO is keen boasting about it, but in reality they haven’t got the capacity or money to look after all the buildings which are supposed to be in their care, hence a building like the Royal George has been vacant for years, and apart from boarding up the windows nothing much else has been done to restore the building to its former glory and make use of it.

The George once housed artist’s studios and art gallery and a Thai restaurant, but it is now an eyesore in very attractive George Street. It is a disgrace the National Trust should be ashamed about!

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Storm spirit

Freo pulls together, remembers men who died 

FOUR days after a cockeyed bob tore up Clarke Street, Shirley and Noel Nicholas are yet to find their roof.

But what they have found is a heart-warming neighbourhood spirit in the face of disaster.

The pair awoke to a “roar like a train” Monday as the violent storm took seconds to all-but destroy their O’Connor home of 42 years.

No strings

Neighbours offered to move out of their untouched home and stay with friends, just so the Nicholases could have space for themselves to recover from their ordeal.

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Another who’d just sold her house offered the couple as much cash as they’d need—no strings attached.

Herald readers took just hours to start pitching in: Ms Nicholas is staying with grand-daughter Ashlee, who’d mentioned to the Chook she was worried her nana would struggle with her low sofas.

Two hours after we put a call out on our Facebook page, Jessica Dickman from Mt Pleasant offered a reclining chair, which we delivered to an obviously relieved Ms Nicholas. The Facebook post attracted more than 6000 hits in no time.

Ms Nicholas needed a good sit-down, as the couple had just been told their home had suffered structural wall damage and it will be 12 months before they can move back in: “I had that feeling ‘boom!’ that it was coming in to me and then I felt myself get lifted up in bed,” Ms Nicholas recalled of the storm.

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“Noel said to me ‘you just stay there’ and he went into the hall and I was just huddling under the covers.

“He was just in the hall and all I could hear was him saying ‘oh my god, oh my god’ and my daughter Kerry was also coming up the hall going ‘oh my god’ and I was wondering what was going on. Then Noel came in and said ‘the house is gone’ and he was soaking.”


Ms Nicholas says the whole thing was over in about 30 seconds. Neighbours are still debating whether the tornado was accompanied by a lightning strike, although Western Power thinks that was their power pole exploding when metal sheeting wrapped itself in wires.

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The subsequent blackout had tragic consequences: Beaconsfield mates Conor Murphy and Kyle Scolari, who both suffered muscular dystrophy, died in their sleep when their respirators failed.

The coroner will investigate why backup systems failed.

As widely reported elsewhere, Mr Murphy was a staffer with federal Labor MP Melissa Parke (and had featured in a Herald story last year).

“Despite this difficult life journey, I have managed to have a strong positive outlook, expressing a sense of ambition and drive for success which has led me down some incredible paths,” the young man told the Herald at the time.

Amber Jones, who lost half her roof and most of her front garden, was full of praise for emergency workers and Western Power, saying they’d been brilliant at dealing with a difficult situation. She’d also been bowled over by offers of help from neighbours and friends.

But down the road another owner—over the media exposure and not wanting to be named—said he was grumpy with SES workers for refusing to cover the hole in his roof with tarpaulins because his house was marked as having asbestos eaves.

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He said no-one had let him know his home was on a blacklist so he’d sat there, twiddling his thumbs and watching rain falling through the huge hole when he could have been organising contractors.

Jane Humphrys from WA’s emergency services confirmed that if SES team leaders feel there is an asbestos risk, they won’t touch a house.

“The SES are volunteers and they don’t have training, and it could be that it’s going that extra step that they’re not prepared to take,” she told the Herald.

Ms Humphrys says the SES can ask the fire brigade for help, as they have full protective gear and training, but mostly it’s up to homeowners to sort out themselves.

She says the cock-eyed bob highlights how common asbestos still is, and says it’s an area the emergency services will probably look at.


• CAPTIONS: Clockwise from bottom left: Amber Jones lost her roof and front garden; this man was unhappy the SES wouldn’t tarp the hole in his roof due to asbestos in his eaves; Herald readers Jessica Dickman, Andrew Naprelac and their daughters Kiyomi and Molly gave up their recliner for Shirley Nicholas, pictured above with hubby Noel, daughter Kerry and grand-daughter Ashlee.

Killer dogs roam Banjup

DOGS in Banjup have savaged to death two pet sheep and a goat—their owners distraught over the third attack in as many years.

Cockburn council has confirmed to the Herald, “a recent spate of dog attacks involving sheep and livestock in the Banjup area”.

Patrols have increased in the area, having already “updated victims of the attacks to be vigilant in the attempt to trace dog(s) involved”.

The attacks occurred two weeks ago when a dog or pack of dogs killed Timmy the sheep and two-year-old goat Julia at the Gibbs Road property.

Another sheep, Donna, was found alive huddled in a small shelter where hay is kept. The next day, she too was found dead after the dog/dogs returned.

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Clayton Zuks, who is minding the 20,000sqm property while his parents are on holidays overseas, says the killer or killer returned a third time after he buried the corpses: “I buried them quite deep, up to my shoulders,” he says. “I’m six-foot tall. They have come back and tried to dig into the grave.”

Mr Zuks says the last attack was about 18 months ago when two sheep were killed. That followed an attack two years previously.

He has called rangers but was told there is little to be done except hand out warning pamphlets to neighbours.

“Luckily, children were not involved,” Mr Zuks says. “Sadly, the pets survived the fires which went through here, leaving them with little to eat.”

Mr Zuks suspects a big dog is involved given the sheep were not shorn, “there was a lot of wool around, it would have tortured this poor animal”.

His sister Renee, who initially contacted the Herald, said: “Clearly these dogs belong to someone who has left them to roam as they please.”


Freo trader bashed

YOUTHS allegedly involved in a savage attack on a wedding party at Point Walter in April are believed to be part of a gang that bashed a Fremantle shop owner last week.

Tom Bushby from The Piercing Places was set upon by 10 teenagers Monday afternoon after confronting them for knocking over signs, dragging a bin onto the road and creating a nuisance in the Fremantle Malls.

“They were being stupid and destroying things, so I said ‘why don’t you move on’ and then one of them started swinging a scooter at me,” Mr Bushby told the Herald.

“It started with four or five of them, then 10 started getting into me and I copped a brick in the back of the neck.”

The piercer says he fell to the ground and covered his face, but the attack continued with a further 10 or 11 kicks to his head. Bootlace marks are clearly visible in bruising on his forehead: “I’m lucky to be alive,” he said.

A nearby shop owner came to his rescue and the pair repelled the gang with pepper spray.

Police reportedly later questioned two youths who were admitted to Fremantle Hospital’s emergency department with stinging eyes, but have refused to provide any information about the case other than state no charges have been laid and it’s  being investigated.

Mr Bushby says the cops who interviewed him had made the connection between his attackers and the wedding party.

“This is stupid—how do they get to walk the streets still?” he asked.

In April 50 gatecrashers attacked wedding guests and threw bricks at the Point Walter Cafe where a reception was being held after one of the gang was refused a cigarette. Seven people were taken to Fremantle hospital with injuries sustained during the brawl.

Three youths from South Lake, Hammond Park and Fremantle were charged. The status of their cases is unknown as authorities refuse to provide information.


A beach to cross

A COUPLE of Coogee residents want Main Roads and Cockburn council to have another crack at making the pedestrian crossing into Coogee Beach safer.

The council is preparing a masterplan for the reserve, but it doesn’t include the crossing over Cockburn Road, which Alan Jacka and Jen Wieland say isn’t safe despite the council organising a pelican crossing about a year ago.

“I’m terrified watching the oldies and youngsters trying to get across there,” Mr Jacka told the Herald.

“The area is getting busier and busier and the traffic just rushes through there. It’s like a big slingshot.”

Mr Jacka says the pelican crossing is in the wrong spot because it’s a fair distance from the intersection of Beach Street and Cockburn Road and many teens who use the two bus stops nearby simply cross the road rather than trek up to it.

• Jen Wieland and Alan Jacka say not even the pelican crossing near Coogee Beach makes them feel much safer. Photo by Steve Grant

• Jen Wieland and Alan Jacka say not even the pelican crossing near Coogee Beach makes them feel much safer. Photo by Steve Grant

The ramp heading onto the crossing is quite steep, and he says he watched with concern as an elderly gentleman struggled to negotiate it on a bike recently.

He says the entrance to the new Coogee Surf Life Saving Club is also a problem, as the car park is often packed on weekends and cars line up waiting for the slightest crack in the stream of traffic that shoots along the road.

“The beach is getting chockers—it’s heaving and it’s great that they’re planning for that, but there’s a lot more families trying to get across and even if they slow cars down in that section it would be safer,” he said.

The pair say a walkway or lights is in order. Ms Wieland also wants the council to install shade sails over the beach, saying families are huddling under the jetty to beat the sun.


Phantom dead

THE manager of the Woolstores Shopping Centre says a security guard’s claim he found a body in the toilets (Herald, July 12, 2014) was a fabrication.

Barbara Morel told the Herald that in 30 years of managing shopping centres she’d only ever heard of one person dying in a toilet, and it wasn’t at the Woolstores.

Ms Morel said that even before the guard’s claim had been published in the Herald she’d asked that he be “removed” from the centre. She’s since given his company the flick as well.

She says despite traders’ concerns in the story about theft from their stores, things in the centre had been improving and she praised the efforts of police. She believes some shop owners were “exaggerating” losses.


WA doctors warn of overseas ‘quackery’

A DOCTOR offering radical cancer treatments in China was in Perth this month but the WA branch of the AMA warns of “quackery” and urges locals to stick to medicine in WA.

Professor Xu Kecheng from the FUDA Cancer Hospital in Guangzhou uses techniques still under review here, including cryosurgery—the use of extreme cold to destroy cancer cells.

The private hospital doesn’t claim to cure cancer but former patients say it has relieved suffering and extended their lives.

WA AMA vice-president Andrew Miller concedes there are “positive results reported on treatments such as cryosurgery” but adds “a significant amount of the treatments available at FUDA are nothing short of quackery”.

“We understand that people with terminal cancer are willing to risk anything to find a miracle cure. Unfortunately there are people in this world that are willing to make money by selling false hope to those who need it most while they are at their most vulnerable.

“We urge all Australians to seek treatment in Australia, where the safety and efficacy of the treatments available have been well researched.”

Following that advice would probably have seen one 85-year-old Fremantle man dead by now. He was treated at FUDA after WA doctors told him he had a year to live—and that was four years ago. His family attributes his extended life to Prof Xu’s treatments.

Nancy Giglia’s father was treated five times in three years at FUDA. She says China’s regulations allow doctors more freedom to try new methods and drugs without fear of legal action.

“They don’t claim to cure it, so there’s no false claim,” she says. “They’re giving you quality of life.

“Cancer is a horrible disease, the treatments that you go through are even worse.

“So to have something that can give you a little bit of relief and extended life and to be able to enjoy yourself, is wonderful.”

Ms Giglia says a big downside is cost: $20,000 or more per session, which may need repeating every four to six weeks.

About 15,000 Aussies head overseas every year, mainly to Asia, for various procedures, says Meredith Jones from UTS in NSW.


Inkles for Sharon

‘TEXTA FACE’ Sharon Reynolds is nearly totally covered in ink.

The Fremantle identity says every time she finds a wrinkle, “I just tattoo over it”.

Having moved to Fremantle in 1990, Ms Reynolds was soaking up the sun outside the council library when the Chook caught up with her.

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She says the last time she had her picture taken for the paper was about 22 years ago when she was more “cleanskin”.

“I used to work in the industry as a secretary for 10 years,” she says, having turned to pet care about two years ago. “I work as a part-time nanny for cats and dogs. But I’m hopeless with kids.”

Ms Reynolds also featured in a 1980s video documentary on Fremantle’s tattoo scene that was screened at the now-departed FTI.


Homes for old Leeming tip site

MELVILLE council will plough ahead with plans to develop John Connell reserve in Leeming just two months after re-classifying the former tip site as extremely risky to residents if left unremediated.

It believes the expected $10.8 million cost of “removing contaminated soil, disposal of this soil, importing of clean fill” can be recovered by property sales.

On Tuesday, the council spent two and a half hours discussing the proposal, which was then approved eight votes to four.

The council reclassified the site’s risk category from medium to extreme in May, stating, “failure to identify and treat contaminated sites may result in contamination affecting surrounding properties”.

Cr Nick Pazolli says Tuesday’s decision “opens the door to the next level of investigation, including a business case”. He notes council officers had been unable to answer questions about the extent of contamination.

In April 2013 the council endorsed three of six concept plans to redevelop the Melville Glades golf course and John Connell reserve, bounded by Bainton and Beasley roads and Roe Highway.

“The concepts examined opportunities to enhance the local community, whilst responding to the need to address contamination associated with the former use of John Connell Reserve for landfill,” a staff report states.

A 208-signature petition by locals calls on the council to confine planning to the reserve only and leave the golf club reserve in its current form, “with no proposal to introduce residential development”. Petitioners criticised the lack of community consultation.

In 2011 the council signed a memorandum-of-understanding with Melville Glades Golf Club regarding the site’s future.

Toxic waste experts urge the council to exercise caution, saying contaminated sites should not be disturbed unless councils can afford expensive remediation. Based on the results of 14 test pits, commissioned consultants SKM Environmental advised the council the reserve is most suitable for passive and active recreation.


Former Herald editor runs for Labor

FORMER Herald editor Brian Mitchell will run for Labor in the knife-edge Tasmanian seat of Lyons at the next federal election. He is the first candidate in Australia to achieve Labor endorsement for the 2016 poll.

He’s taking on Liberal Eric Hutchinson, who won the sprawling rural seat in 2013 on the back of a 13.5 per cent swing against Labor veteran Dick Adams.

The margin is a razor-thin 1.2 per cent.

Mitchell and Adams had been set to face-off in a preselection contest but Adams withdrew, leaving Mitchell, a member of Tasmania’s powerful Left faction, unopposed.

• Former Herald editor Brian Mitchell—now a federal Labor candidate in Tasmania.

• Former Herald editor Brian Mitchell—now a federal Labor candidate in Tasmania.

“Brain” as he’s known at the Chook, joined the Herald in 1989 as a cadet and—after leaving and returning and spending 10 years as editor—moved to Tasmania in 2007, where he became a senior adviser to former Labor minister Duncan Kerr.

Now a media consultant he was sucked back into the Herald vortex a few years ago—he calls it “the Herald Hotel California effect”—and sub-edits the paper via the internet. Given his candidacy we’ve kicked him off political stories.

If elected, Mitchell will join a gaggle of ex-journos in federal parliament including Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Sarah Henderson (all Liberals).


Letters 19.7.14

Half a thanks
DEAR Colin and Tony, as an aged pensioner who worked full-time and contributed for 50 years, I would like to tell you both how wonderful it feels to be so valued by your respective governments that you have halved my annual seniors benefit payment to $82. I trust you will both enjoy your taxpayer-funded, gold-plated retirement packages when your times come.
Paul Blakeborough
Attfield St, Fremantle

Feeling pretty aggy
WHOEVER stole 300 agapanthus from Spearwood on July 2 near the Cockburn council, your picture has been given to the local police.
You might want to call them to explain your actions. The plants were destined for other sources, not your bank account. Disappointed
Name and address withheld

Blame the bypass vandals
GREENS senator Scott Ludlam and Labor politicians are being disingenuous when they rightly condemn expenditure on the new Perth Freight Link, but fail to mention there was a practical and viable alternative previously scuttled by Fremantle voters.
Federal and state money is to be thrown at a band-aid solution to a far greater problem in an attempt to buy votes and be seen to be taking positive action. The proposed tortuous freight route was forced on us to save the state seat of Fremantle for Jim McGinty by deleting the Fremantle bypass from long-term planning initiatives. The new route will cause far more pollution and social disruption without addressing the obvious long-term problems.
In recent months there have been numerous protests over the intended freight link construction, curiously from many who supported deletion of the bypass. Conspicuous by its absence is any mention by them of the original act of political vandalism.
There is no argument port road and rail freight traffic will increase significantly in the coming decade as the Rous Head container terminal expands. Our roads will be more congested, especially those sections that will see heavy semi-trailers competing for space with local suburban traffic, and the increased frequency of freight trains trundling through heritage areas of the port city will be to the structural detriment of its historic buildings and detract from the lifestyle of those who chose to live in the precinct.
My solution is to immediately cancel any plans or expenditure on this latest political folly and consider a viable and practical alternative for the future. Both state and federal governments should work together to resume the land that was sold and reinstate the Fremantle bypass, making provision for a rail line to be included in the project.
This new freight line would join the existing network at Spearwood and run alongside the freeway, over the Stirling Bridge and into the Fremantle container terminal. This should appease those who have been continually preaching the virtues of rail over road freight.
Unfortunately, there is a dearth of politicians on the horizon with the desire to make the bold decisions urgently required. I feel I am passing water into the wind trying to get them to look beyond their next term in office.
Daryl Binning
Norton Ridge, Winthrop


Fly traps customers for Freo business
UNCERTAINTY surrounding the Fly By Night club is an issue that should concern the state government.
The heritage status of the drill hall makes it a matter of responsibility for WA heritage minister Jacob and I’d like to hope he is examining ways in which the government can ensure the maintenance of the building and the ongoing cultural heritage provided by the Fly.
We should also recognise that as well as its significant contribution to the cultural life of the community, the Fly also serves to attract people into Fremantle and those coming to the Fly do not simply arrive for a show and depart for home afterwards.
Many, if not most, patronise other local businesses too. The night-time economy of entertainment hubs like Fremantle is an important contributor to the well-being of the community, and magnets like the Fly benefit other local businesses. Hospitality employs people, and that’s something that Fremantle must retain and nurture.
The most recent Small Area Labour Market data from the Commonwealth Department of Employment shows the unemployment rate for the December quarter of 2013 for inner Fremantle at 7.8 per cent with the remainder of the city at 5.8 per cent.
Compare this with Armadale (4.9), Bassendean (5), Mosman Park (3) and the Town of Cambridge (1.9) and it is plain Fremantle can hardly afford to have a people magnet like the Fly By Night put at risk.
Surely this is a matter that should also draw the attention of Dr Hames as WA training and workforce development minister. While the Fly may only directly employ a relatively few people, its pulling power for other businesses should not be underestimated.
Brian Waldron
Brouigham St, Woolloomooloo

A doggone shame
FOR some reason in our neighborhood, it seems to be the norm that people buy dogs for security.
I would like to point out that a dog should be purchased for the sole purpose of being loved and cared for just as you would like to be treated, which includes the social wellbeing of your dog/s.
It completely irks me to think that dogs are left all day alone; barking continually, wimpering for some TLC and some are being left for months at a time whilst you travel and conveniently get someone in to feed them, albeit when it suits you and not the dog/s.
If you want security then install a security system and stop using dogs for your selfish purposes. It’s about time that the council took more responsible action in trying to penalise dog owners who turn a blind eye to the dog act.
WA Dog Act 1976 Section 38: “A dog shall be taken as a nuisance for the purpose of this section if, It creates a noise, by barking or otherwise which persistence occurs”.
By the way if you dog/s continually bark have you given it a thought that your home may be a perfect time to be burgled!
Name supplied
Bibra Lake

Starry eyed about sustainability
FURTHER to “Power poser” (Herald, June 14, 2014)—“Family moves into 6-star green house ready to kiss power bills goodbye, only to start squealing when the first bill arrives in the mail.”
There appears to be a misunderstanding of what a “6-star” rating is. The star rating of a house is not so much an energy efficiency rating as a thermal efficiency rating.
It generates information regarding how efficiently heat (and only heat) is transferred in and out of a particular dwelling.  A 10-star thermal efficient rating means the house requires no addition nor extraction of artificial heat throughout the year, to obtain a comfortable liveable environment inside the dwelling.
A 0-star rating means you will experience the outside temperature inside the house. If you require a different temperature to that outside artificial heat will need to be continuously applied or extracted.  A non-insulated tent equals a zero rating. Essentially, it could keep you dry and out of the wind, however you are still subject to ambient temperature variations.
So a 6-star thermal efficiency house rating does not necessarily result in lower electricity bills.
What will is installing a solar PV system (increased production) and reducing the amount of electricity you use (reduced consumption). Coincidentally there may be a reduction in electricity or gas costs if the space heating and cooling is fuelled by electricity or gas.
Roy Lewisson
Yalgoo St, White Gum Valley
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Liberals are all road all the time
THE Liberals are not rail or public transport people, never have been, never will be. They are totally committed to road freight transport.
Frank Cherry
Elderberry Dve, South Lake

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.

Download this e-Audiobook FREE on OneClickdigital by visiting our site.


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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).

Tuesday 12 August 2014
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!

National Tree Day July 2014


This year’s National Tree Day theme, “Get into Nature and Grow” focuses on encouraging people to green up both their indoor and outdoor environments, as Australians spend more time inside.

Join us at the Library to discuss National Tree Day with Michael Leers, Director Parks and Landscapes at the City of Fremantle. There will be seedlings on the day to take home and plant in your own garden as well.

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year over 200,000 people take part in National Tree Day events at 3,000 sites organised by councils, schools, businesses, and communities.

Friday July 25, 10:30am – 11:30am
Fremantle City Library

Book online or ring 9432 9766 to secure your place.


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Lynn MacLaren's submission Public Environmental Review (PER), Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-

I urge the Environmental Protection Authority to find the above proposal environmentally unacceptable on the grounds of:

•    It does not meet the EPA’s objective for Marine Fauna (being “To maintain the diversity, geographic distribution and viability of fauna at the species and population levels”); and
•    It does not meet Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act requirements relating to listed threatened species and listed migratory species and world heritage.
In addition, I am concerned that the proponent’s PER document does not meet many key requirements of the WA Environmental Protection Act 1986 that are gazetted in the Environmental Impact Assessment (Part IV Divisions 1 and 2) Administrative Procedures 2012.   The proponent’s PER document also does not meet requirements that were set out in the Environmental Scoping Document for this proposal, in the EPA’s Guidelines for Preparing an Environmental Review and in the EPA’s Checklist for documents submitted for EIA on marine and terrestrial biodiversity.  These inconsistencies with the EPA’s stated requirements for a PER document include:
•    Community and stakeholder consultation (to occur early in the planning of the proposal);
•    A detailed justification of the proposal;
•    A genuine evaluation of alternatives; and
•    Complete and technically sound information and appropriate references.

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Sometimes, it’s about the small wins

It’s easy to be cynical about the world of politics and change. We have global inaction on the biggest environmental issue to have ever faced the planet, a federal government that seems to want to take us back into the dark ages, a state government that sees its job to approve mines regardless of the retained value for its citizens, and there’s a general distrust of politics and politicians across the board. Every now and again though you get a win, and no matter how small it may be it keeps your faith in the system and adds a bit of fuel to the fires of change. The following is one of these cases. Be warned though, this story contains no drama, no whinging and very little conflict, so it’s unlikely to be syndicated to the mainstream press any time soon.

A few months ago I was approached by a group of young basketball players, who were interested in investigating the possibility of getting a new court built somewhere within central Fremantle. The rationale was sound; there had been a loss of existing facilities at South Beach when the carpark was extended and since then, they had been playing after hours on local primary school courts. This was causing some issues with the staff at the primary schools as many still run after school care programs and it was seen that the basketball players were impinging on their space.

We met up for a coffee and discussed the options. Their timing was perfect, a proposal to build a court at Wilson Park had just met with strong community disapproval (as residents across the road didn’t want their council maintained front lawn tampered with) and a motion had been passed to “go back to the drawing board” with regards to location.

Meetings were had with parks staff, councillors and the mayor to get a better feel for what councils priorities were, and to see what locations would fit in with larger recreational strategic priorities. There was a general feeling that the re-instatement of some facilities in the South Beach area would be appropriate and that a basketball court at the Esplanade Youth Plaza was always intended in “Stage 2” works, and fully supported.

This information was fed into the budget workshop process, and with the help of Andrew Sullivan and a few other supportive councillors, two line items have appeared in the 2014/2015 budget just approved by council. $165,000 to build a full court at South Beach, and $65,000 for a half court at the EYP. These line items will fully re-instate what was lost when the South Beach carpark was extended, and a fantastic result.

Of course, this is not the end of the conversation. There is still the potential for community conflict around the full court at South Beach, as the current location identified would require the removal of a mature Norfolk pine and the repositioning of BBQ facilities. Being reasonable and community minded people however, the young people who have been championing this cause have already come up with a solution to this problem. A smaller, “pickup” style court, (as shown below) basically one with the middle 1/3 cut out, would both fit the space without the need for the tree to be removed, and satisfy the recreational needs of the players who generally play a 3-on-3 style game anyway. This solution may also free up some budget to have the same treatment done at the EYP.

Northbridge “pickup” style court.

Another great outcome from this is the possibility of a “pop up” court emerging somewhere in the CBD in the interim. Players are all pledging funds from their own pocket to purchase a portable net, which will be located (subject to the standard insurance and health and safety “hoops”) (excuse the pun) in an underutilised public space such as Westgate Mall. This not only has the benefit of creating some usable court space before the other facilities are built, but will turn a dead space into an active one. Again, a great common sense outcome.

Over the next few months, we will see these conversations playing out and if the current trend continues, we will see the needs of recreational users met, without any significant drama or conflict.

Precisely because of this, it is unlikely to get any media attention so I wanted to in some small way, shine some light on what happens regularly within council, and is rarely reported on. It might not be dramatic reading but it’s good governance, and this kind of activity is the backbone of council work and when it works, puts a smile on my face.

A special thanks has to go out to Toby Lynhe, Oli Adeane, Rowan Bond, Dave Kaloczy, Andrew Sullivan and Michael Leers for seeing this through so far. I only wish that more council issues were dealt with in such a calm, logical and respectful manner!

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Giving Up the plastic bag habit – Lessons from Tasmania

The following article is a worthwhile reflection on the Tassie’s recent plastic bag ban. It interestingly talks about the merits of Freo’s stricter approach of banning bags below 60micron rather than the just the 35 micron used in Tassie and other places around Australia. It confirms that if passed this month at Fremantle Council (and then […]

A big week for Freo Council

This week was one of those weeks that felt big or at least stimulating and interesting. First we finalised and pass our $97 million budget ( ) There was also announcement that I had been appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia to represent the interests of local government. The media statement for this can […]

Free ebooks for kids, too


Did you know kids have their own kid friendly ebook site now? Visit to download Ivy & Bean, Lemony Snicket titles, Harry Potter, Alvin Ho and much more.

The books are also arranged by reading ability and school years so you can help them find a great read. Perfect for school holidays too.

Filed under: Kids Activities, Online Tagged: ebooks, harry potter, kids ebooks, overdrive

Fremantle Winter 2014 School Holiday Guide

school holiday guide

Have you checked out the School Holiday Guide out yet? There’s lots of things to do this July school holidays in Fremantle, and you’ll find them inside the guide.

View the guide online, or pick up a copy at the Fre-Info desk at the Library.




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Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series 2014

It’s July and the winter series is back to warm up High Street and your Thursday evening. You can also grab a bite to eat while you listen to music, as some of the venues are serving food between 6-10pm. Download the program right here (PDF 12.8 MB) or read on for the full line up.


Tickets are door sales only. A $10 ticket will allow you entry to all venues. Club members are entitled to free entry when they present their membership card, lucky them. Bear in mind that some of the venues have limited capacity, so get there early to grab a good spot.

3rd of July

Workers Club

6.45pm A Song is a City – songs about Fremantle
8pm Sian Brown

Buffalo Club

7pm Jeremiah Salt
8.30pm Edie Green

Navy Club

9pm Sarah Pellicano
10pm Aborted Tortoise

Pakenham Street Art Space (PSAS)

Shifting Kingdoms – Installation
8.30pm Mei Sarawasati
9.30pm Hugo Gerani
10.30pm Lower Spectrum

10th of July

Workers Club

6.45pm Jam Nation – a winter music jam by Catch Music
8pm Jordan McRobbie

Buffalo Club

7pm Little Lord Street band
8.30pm Jeff’s Dead

Navy Club

9pm Louis and the Honkytonk
10pm Mambo Chic

Pakenham Street Art Space (PSAS)

From 8.30pm- DJ Talks: Play Something We Can Dance To
9pm Micah
10pm Paul Gamblin

17th of July

Workers Club

6.45pm Jam Nation
8pm The Fancy Brothers

Buffalo Club

7pm Here Comes The Sun
8.30pm Thee Gold Blooms

Navy Club

9pm Moana
10pm Midfield Legends

Pakenham Street Art Space (PSAS)

8.30pm – 11.30PM DJ Talks: Analog On with Strunkdts, Duplex Rabbit and Basic Mind

24th of July

Workers Club

6.45pm Jean Guy Lemire and guests
8pm The Popular Front Against All Things Bad

Buffalo Club

7pm Spacemanantics
8.30pm Yokohomos

Navy Club

9pm Jodie Tes and The Popular Front
10pm Ghetto Crystals

Pakenham Street Art Space (PSAS)

Placement- Art exhibition
8.30pm Craig Hallsworth
9.15pm Gutterville Splendour Six

31st of July

Workers Club

6.45pm King of the Travellers
8pm Kevin Smith

Buffalo Club

7pm Eilish and The Quin
8.30pm The Tommyhawks

Navy Club

9pm Sextet Dukes
10pm Koi Child

Pakenham Street Art Space (PSAS)

8pm – 11.30PM Back to Phillimores and More, a history of Fremantle dance music

Dinner Sessions

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City of Fremantle Happiness Department – Lefty Bullshit or Good Governance?



It was November 2009. Six bright eyed, slightly nervous new councillors and six slightly less excitable returning ones entered the hallowed halls of the Esplanade Hotel Conference Room, flanked by senior City staff and entered a two day facilitated lockdown. It was an odd process. We were asked to define five strategic priorities that would guide the City moving forward. However as a new councillor, my deep understanding of the inner workings of the City and what it really needed were still a mystery.

As a result, I just re-hashed what I knew at the time, which was all the feedback I’d had from the community through the election period, combined with some slightly informed opinions of my own. None of these items were of any real strategic importance, although they did all make it into the document in some form. The senior staff were very vocal through this process, they were professionals and they knew what they needed to see in the plan for them to move forward in their own departments. It would be naive to think they weren’t steering the entire process, and it would have been wrong to stop them. The end result, after much wordsmithing and consternation, was the City of Fremantle Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015. If I had a time machine, I would go back to that workshop, skip the overcooked beef at the buffet and demanded that we create a sixth directive, and make the Happiness of our ratepayers a strategic priority.

It’s not a new idea. The tiny nation of Bhutan has been measuring Gross National Happiness since the term was first coined in 1972 by the Fourth Dragon King (what a title!) Jinge Singye Wangchuck (what a name!), as a method of applying Buddhist spiritual values to measure the nations general well-being. The four pillars of GNH are sustainable development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment and establishment of good governance. Over time, this work has been further defined into eight general contributors to happiness: physical, mental and spiritual health; time-balance; social and community vitality; cultural vitality; education; living standards; good governance; and ecological vitality. Whilst the measure isn’t as quantifiable as GDP, and isn’t perfect by any measure, the role of “liveability” indexes are becoming more common as many people start looking for more holistic approaches to societal growth.

So how would this idea of a “Happiness Department” apply to the City of Fremantle? Obviously the scope of such work at a local level is much more limited than as defined above, but I believe a deliberate attempt to drill down into the emotional health of our citizens and do what we can do increase their happiness, or at the very least remove some of the frustrations, would be a worthy exercise and money well spent.

For example, one of the biggest frustrations I had while serving on the Planning Services Committee was the amount of neighbour disputes that clogged up the process. One infamous warring set of neighbours kept the entire committee enthralled for an hour while they disputed .38m2 of encroachment. Apart from the real and obvious angst that was felt by the parties concerned, the opportunity cost of this dispute was that by the end of it, everyone was so tired we rushed through quite a large strategic planning issue without the debate it really deserved.

A Happiness Officer (sign me up!) would have the remit to look at issues like this, and look at the idea of happiness of ratepayers in general, and see how they could build better communities, and basically stop people “sweating the small stuff”. They could encourage street parties, get neighbours to know each other better and with better relationships, perhaps avoiding some of these conflicts. If we could remove five neighbour disputes that ended up at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), the position of Happiness Officer would become cost positive in short order.

The Happiness Department could also look at council processes themselves, finding common frustrations with overly bureaucratic process and introducing some common sense. I believe that even the community knowledge that there is someone working internally to remove frustrating processes would remove some frustration in its own right.

Whilst on the surface this concept might seem a bit twee, I believe there are real and effective outcomes that could be achieved by such a department. What do you think? If we had a Happiness Officer at the City of Fremantle, what would you get them to do?

Summary of Fremantle council meeting held 25 June 2014

Below is a summarised version of key aspects of the most recent meeting of Freo council. The full agenda and minutes of this and previous meetings (as they become available) can be found in the agendas and minutes section of the City’s website. Working group to look at Fremantle’s green spaces A new working group […]

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!

Think like a freak : how to think smarter about almost everything / Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner.
You can heal your heart / Louise L. Hay and David Kessler. (Sound Recording)
Cities are good for you : the genius of the metropolis / Leo Hollis.
No place to hide : Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the surveillance state / Glenn Greenwald.
The complete guide to aqua exercise for pregnancy and postnatal health / Sarah Bolitho and Vicky Hatch.
How to grow practically everything / Zia Allaway, Lia Leendertz ; Australian consultant Jennifer Wilkinson.
Grow something to eat every day / Jo Whittingham ; Australian consultant, Jennifer Wilkinson.
Love your lunchbox : 101 recipes to liven up lunchtime / James Ramsden.
Vegan eats world : 250 international recipes for savoring the planet / Terry Hope Romero.
Cubed : a secret history of the workplace / Nikil Saval.
Talk like TED / Carmine Gallo.  (Sound Recording)
Website branding for small businesses : secret strategies for building a brand, selling products online, and creating a lasting community / Nathalie Nahai.
Steampunk jewelry / Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe.
The girls’ bicycle handbook : everything you need to know about life on two wheels / Caz Nicklin.
My Salinger year / Joanna Rakoff.
The rough guide to Shanghai / by Simon Lewis.
Rogue elephant : harnessing the power of the India’s unruly democracy / Simon Denyer.
It’s not raining, daddy, it’s happy / Benjamin Brooks-Dutton.
Jason Priestley : a memoir / by Jason Priestley with Julie McCarron.
Art nouveau / Jean Lahor ; translator, Rebecca Brimacombe.


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Free bike lights and bells – The most progressive council policy in Western Australia?

A cyclist rides through the historic West End of Fremantle. Source: WAToday

In March this year, Mayor Brad Pettitt announced in a radio interview that the WA Police, in conjunction with the City of Fremantle, would trial a new approach to the policing of safety compliance for cyclists. In the new regime, when a police officer pulled over a cyclist for not having lights or a bell on their bicycle, instead of dishing out a hefty fine they would issue a caution, and a voucher for free lights and/or a bell to be picked up from Town Hall. While this might seem like an innocuous and minor change to policy, it raises very real and interesting questions around the purpose of the rule of law and how to achieve behaviour change.

At the time, this policy attracted a lot of negative attention from right wing media commentators both in radio and print. They stated that this policy was “rewarding criminal behaviour” and a waste of ratepayers funds. Whilst I do agree that there is a slight cost shifting from state to council in the implementation of the policy, I would strongly disagree that the small amount allocated (around 5k from what I understand) is a waste of money, and I deeply disagree with the idea that this “rewards criminal behaviour”.

The first point I’d make, is around the idea that anybody who isn’t compliant with any and every single piece of legislation that applies to their world, is a “criminal”. I would be hard pressed to find a single individual that doesn’t break some kind of legislation daily, or weekly. To put someone who doesn’t have a bell on their bicycle in the same category as a rapist or murderer is to horribly simplify the issue and not give any deference to the relative weighting of legislation, from both a societal outcome and ethical point of view.

The second point is simply around cost of compliance. The cost to the state is huge. Not only in the police time to write them out, but to process them, enforce them, and in the case of giving a fine to anybody who lives outside the state, generally writing the fines off. All this, without actually guaranteeing any real behaviour change. In fact, the most likely outcome is to just reinforce a viewpoint (rightly or wrongly), that police are more interested in revenue raising than in public safety. Not to mention the fact that the recipient of the fine now has less money to put towards their own compliance.

Contrast this to handing out free lights and bells. Yes there is a cost, but the resources required to achieve compliance are significantly less. The result of the action is actual compliance with law, and increases public safety in a real and quantifiable sense.

For me personally, it all comes down to the world I’d like to live in. Do I want to feel like the powers that be are constantly breathing down my neck, waiting for me to “step out of line” so that they can whack me with a fine, or do I want to feel like the government is looking out for me, that they care about my safety more than taking my money? I haven’t seen this policy being acted out in person, but the idea of someone being pulled over, expecting a bollocking and a fine, and ending up with some free stuff just makes me smile.

I congratulate our council and local police force for taking a more considered and rational view to this issue, and from all accounts the scheme is working well with feedback being overwhelmingly positive.

Is there a more progressive policy out there in Western Australia? If so, I’d love to hear about it!