Planet Freo

The future of our the Ports Forum – June 7th.

Published 25 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Port Forum – what is the future of the Freo inner harbour? What are the challenges of the Kwinana outer harbour? What are the opportunities of each? Come along to Victoria Hall, Freo on June 7th to be part of the discussion.


Published 25 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

All you musos out there who want to get into a good jam session with other Freo musicians should join the great jam at Clancy’s on Friday nights from 5.30-7.30. Headed by another musical genius of the Fisher family, the loveable Tom Fisher, this is a really fun creative session of exploring, sharing, and banging out some groovy tunes.

It’s free for all and the kitchen serves great food and the bar is of course open for a nice drink.

It’s perfect entertainment and engagement on a winter’s night and to meet and network with other musical talent in Freo.

Roel Loopers



Published 25 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts this weekend and is on from May 27 to June 6, and promises to be a big and interesting one.

The opening night has three options. One can listen to famous author Robert Drewe at the Tannock Hall, or enjoy Mussorsky’s Picture of an Exhibition played by pianist Simon Tedeschi in St John’s Church, or head off to Mojo’s in North Freo for Patron Saints of Pop.

The big Arthur Grady Day is on again on Saturday at Kings Square with lots of vintage motor bikes, cars, buses, bicycles and prams and it is open day at the Maritime Museum.

Also on May 28 at 6 pm will be Songs of the Sea inside the Whalers Tunnel below the Roundhouse.

The PS Art Studios in Pakenham Street will be open on Saturday.

Notre Dame University does two lectures, one on the life of May Holman on May 29, the first female Labor parliamentarian, and the second one is about Mary Ann Friend and Fremantle’s first five years on May 30.

The story of John Boyle O’Reilly and the great escape from Fremantle Prison by the Fenians is a great Freo story and will be told on June 1 at the Fremantle Hotel.

Author and Notre Dame uni lecturer Leigh Straw will tell us all about the Dens Of Dirt and Debauchery: Fremantle’s Underbelly 1099-1950 on June 3 at the Fremantle Hotel.

There is far too much on to cover it all in one article, so grab a printed copy from the Library or check out the program on the City of Fremantle website. We also have copies up at the Roundhouse to give away!

Nice to see a commercial TV station promoting the heritage festival on Channel 10 yesterday!

Roel Loopers

Is Kings Sq Cash Cow, the Department of Housing Move All Over, Lost with other Barnett’s Proposed Fire Sale of Public Assets?

Published 25 May 2016 by Mark in Fremantle Reform.

So we see in Parliament that some of the Liberals government sale of public assets, are off the table as the depressed property market is killing off the chance of a good sale price. The other night WA Treasury has admitted that the sale of Assets like the Department of Housing (DOH) is no longer […]


Published 24 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.


Clever word play at the Fremantle National Hotel.

Roel Loopers


Published 24 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

The traditional CANDIDATES DEBATE is on again for the Federal Election and will be held at Tannock Hall corner Croke Lane and Cliff Street at 6 pm on June 21.

The event is organised by Notre Dame University in collaboration with the Fremantle Network, Chamber of Commerce and Fremantle Society and should be a lively one.

Meet and question Labor’s Josh Wilson, Greens Kate Davis, Socialist Alliance Chris Jenkins and the Liberal candidate Pierrette Kelly.

It’s a free event so come and grill the candidates!

Roel Loopers


Published 24 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

double heritage

A nice heritage reflection in Fremantle High Street this morning.

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Published 24 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

work break

It’s slow news time but I need to look after the loyal readers of this blog.

Having a break from work on the Atwell Arcade development in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers


Published 24 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.


There is an interesting creative event on at Fremantle B Shed on Victoria Quay this Saturday May 28. SPECTRUM is a single day design event by Osnat Harlap of Urbanframeworks.

It uses the positive effects of mental and physical renewal as its theme, and invites you to explore the impact of creativity on mental space.

The program complements the forum.

On show and opening on Friday are new works by well-known Freo artist Eveline Kotai.

Roel Loopers

(25/5/16) Special meeting of council

Published 24 May 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

A special meeting of council will be held on Thursday 26 May 2016, 6.00 pm in the council chamber to elect a deputy mayor.

A copy of the agenda is available on the agendas and minutes page.

To access the council meetings after hours take the white spiral stairs near the Jean Hobson playground. For special access needs contact 08 9432 9999 (before close of business on the day of the meeting). 

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(25/5/16) Special meeting of council

Help the Homeless Art Auction – June 11th

Published 24 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Ever wanted to bid on an artwork by Salvador Dalí; Pablo Picasso; Charles Blackman or Robert Juniper and help the homeless at the same time? Now is your chance at the Soroptimist Art Auction! Saturday 11 June 2016, FREMANTLE TOWN HALL Registration from 3pm. Performance by The Starlight Hotel Choir 5pm.  Auction 5.30pm. Refreshments provided Open […]


Published 23 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.



It is a pretty wet Fremantle morning to wake up to, but at least there appear not to be any power outages here, while 4,000 homes in the Perth metro area are without electricity.

I drove around Freo for an hour from 6.30 am but it was just wet, as this photo taken in Phillimore Street shows.

Roel Loopers


Published 23 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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The Fremantle GREENS party invited the true believers to the beautiful Victoria Hall on Monday night where Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam did the presentation after a nervous introduction by Kate Davis, who is the candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle.

The smell of fresh Eucalypt leaves and the sound of frogs and crickets welcomed the guests. How very Green.

It wasn’t the usual fat headline shouting political event, but a rather subdued, cool, professional and academic presentation of the GREENS ideas and policies for our future.

We heard about the significant increase of container movement at Fremantle Port from just 53,944 in 1971 to an estimated 700,000 in 2015 and were introduced to the “Budget Principles” such as Diversity the Green Economy, Raise the Revenue We Need, A Lifetime of Learning, Budget Should Reduce Inequality, Right to Social Security, Designing the Future, Clean Energy by 2030, Transit City, Building Urban Forrest, etc.

The speakers said they wanted meaningful conversations with the people during this election and that the GREENS‘ vision is bold, courageous and possible, but for me they did not get that message across.

Scott Ludlam did most of the talking but he did it without his usual passion and was rather subdued. The presentation was so understated that it became underwhelming and uninspiring, and I left undecided and not sure what I would write about.

The GREENS invited all their followers to bring at least four friends to the major event Perth-Wadjuk Country at His Majesty’s on June 2 at 6.30 pm and I suggest they’ll make it less academic and more passionate so people will leave inspired and full of hope.

Roel Loopers


Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) Co-operative are Starting Some Good.

Published 23 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Fremantle loves its arts but one of our key challenges has been keeping places for artists to work and live in Fremantle. One great community organisation who is making this happen is Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) Co-operative. SHAC are developing sustainable and affordable housing for creatives at WGV in White Gum Valley. […]

Interested in joining the 2016 Fremantle Youth Advisory Council?

Published 23 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Recently the City of Fremantle surveyed young people in Fremantle. From this, we know that a number of you are keen to give back to the community and help plan and deliver youth events in Fremantle. Well we are doing it.    This is a callout for anyone interested in joining the 2016 Fremantle Youth Advisory […]


Published 22 May 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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I haven’t been to the Fremantle Shipwreck Galleries museum for yonkers, so after eating far too many Dutch beef croquettes the last week I decided to go and have another look.

It is a very impressive little museum that tells the story of the first Dutch seafarers who explored the west and east coast of Australia in the 1600s, about 200 years before the English and French did.

The story of the ship Batavia and the mutiny is fascinating, as are the stories of the other tiny ships that sailed all the way from Europe to trade, pirate and rob.

Put the museum on your to do list when you have visitors from interstate or overseas or spend a nice relaxing hour reading up on the intriguing history.

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(23/5/16) Storm damage clean up in progress

Published 22 May 2016 by ChantelleB in News & Media.

The City is busy cleaning up after the weekend storms and reminds the community to exercise caution and report all storm damage hazards to customer service on or 08 9432 9999.

Trees and foreshores in particular have been damaged and may still be a hazard so please check access pathways that may have been eroded or undermined and report any fallen trees or broken limbs.

2 days ago in Community , Sustainability
(23/5/16) Storm damage clean up in progress

WGV raises the bar at community open day.

Published 22 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Despite the stormy weather over the weekend there was a big turn out for the community open day at the WGV development on Saturday. The event was to both launch the new landscaping works and to acknowledge the work of community organisation Men’s Shed and SHAC. WGV is one of those rare developments that actually […]

Booyeembara Community Workshop

Published 20 May 2016 by sjennings in White Gum Valley Freospace.

Title: Booyeembara Community Workshop
Location: Sullivan Hall
Link out: Click here
Description: All welcome to this workshop seeking community feedback on Booyeembara and specifically growing the design for the zone (‘Stage 4’) across the road from the Sullivan Hall.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2016-06-18
End Time: 12:00

Sufi on the ropes

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

WARNING: This story contains graphic language that may upset some readers

THE federal election campaign of Sherry Sufi, the controversial Liberal candidate for Fremantle, is on the line.

The Liberal party is reviewing an incident in 2013 in which Mr Sufi was caught mocking his boss, Mt Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland using graphic sexual references.

Mr Sutherland – now Speaker of the WA parliament – confirmed to the Herald Mr Sufi had been pushed from his job because of the incident, which was caught on video and an audio recording and sent to the WA department of premier and cabinet.

Of Mr Sufi’s departure Mr Sutherland said: “It was a build-up.”

At the social function in early 2013, Mr Sufi impersonates Mr Sutherland’s distinctive South African accent, saying “when I was a freshman in college, you know, I fucked, you know, every fucking hot bitch in the University of Johannesburg. I shoved the old member up her flute.”

He then mocks Mr Sutherland and his wife Michelle — now a Bayswater councillor.

Mr Sufi was also filmed initiating a prank call to eavesdrop on two volunteers from Mr Sutherland’s office. The pair are clearly confused as they try to work out who initiated the call, unaware of Mr Sufi and his guests listening in and guffawing.

Mr Sutherland says after he was given a copy of the recordings, Mr Sufi apologised then resigned.

“Well look, the man apologised to me. It was four years ago and I have moved on—this is old news,” Mr Sutherland told the Herald. About a year later, Mr Sufi went on to work for North Metro MLC Liz Behjat.

Mr Sutherland said he didn’t alert the Liberal party’s state council when Mr Sufi’s pre-selection came up because he felt the issue had been resolved.

Meantime, WA Liberal party state director Andrew Cox says the footage of Mr Sufi had not been raised prior to or during the Fremantle pre-selection.

Mr Sufi declined to comment.


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Wrecker reprieve

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A ROW of historic shops in North Fremantle has been spared from the wrecking ball.

The WA planning commission had lined the four shops up for demolition so a bus queue jump lane could be created on Queen Victoria Street, but the proposal caused a howl of protest.

The commission last week released its report on submissions into the “rationalisation” of the Stirling Highway road reserve and revealed protesters, including the Fremantle council, had won the day.

“In response to submissions, the Department of Transport re-examined the proposed bus queue jump lane and concluded that the existing design of Queen Victoria Street is acceptable and performs satisfactorily,” the report says.

The WAPC has been reviewing the road reserve from North Fremantle to Nedlands, yet more than 60 per cent of the 628 submissions were objections to North Freo’s heritage buildings being demolished.

The commission says the northern section of the highway mainly needs reducing, but the southern section, including North Fremantle, needs widening up to 10 metres.

• Fremantle MP Simone McGurk with Eclectability owner Sharon Misenko.

• Fremantle MP Simone McGurk with Eclectability owner Sharon Misenko.

That will still affect about 70 properties in the area. Most will have their front verges shaved, but some houses are in jeopardy.

In Bloom Food and Wine, operating out of the historic Rose Hotel, will simply need to open a window to create a new drive-through option.

Fremantle state Labor MP Simone McGurk says while saving the shops was great news for the community, there were other prickly issues lurking.

The commission’s report signals blocking off Jackson Street from Queen Victoria Street. Ms McGurk says that would see residents and businesspeople from about 60 properties forced directly onto the proposed Perth Freight Link simply to get in or out.

“Some of this appears to be good news because our heritage buildings will be saved, but the freight link if it goes ahead will obliterate the whole community,” Ms McGurk told the Herald.

Sharon Misenko runs collectables and antiques shop Eclectability from one of the historic shops. While grateful for the reprieve, she’s still concerned about what’s happening to North Freo.

“We own one of the apartments behind the Rose Hotel, and what’s going to happen to that?”


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Thieves silence memory of mum

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THIEVES have robbed two Beaconsfield girls of the last traces of their mum’s voice, stealing a laptop with her only known recording.

Rebecca West died in 2012 at the age of 42, three years after being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer.

“We began to forget what mummy’s voice sounded like, so we we started watching some videos of her on the laptop,” says Lily Rose, 9.

Two weeks ago thieves scaled a two-metre garden wall at the family’s Reuben Street home, snuck into the kitchen, and helped themselves to the laptop.

“It was just a silly family video with Rebecca and me singing limericks after a few drinks, but it meant so much to the kids,” says the girls’ dad, Brett.

• Lola Valentine (7), Brett Claughton and Lily Rose (9). Photo by Stephen Pollock

• Lola Valentine (7), Brett Claughton and Lily Rose (9). Photo by Stephen Pollock

The thieves also stole a $5000 custom guitar, which had a “Bec” mother-of-pearl inlay on the fretboard.

Brett, who was with Rebecca for 20 years, says he tried counselling following her death but it didn’t help, so he had an acoustic guitar made by local luthier Rad Brashaw, to cheer himself up.

“I would sit in the kitchen most nights, playing and singing songs on the guitar that reminded me of her.

“Most of the time I would break down, but I kept going and every night I would get a bit further with each song.

“Two nights before she died we listened to the Angels song, Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, so that one was extremely poignant.

“That guitar helped me deal with my grief and was definitely a form of therapy.”

Brett, 59, opened The Local Cafe in Hilton two years after Rebecca died, so he could close at 2pm and pick his kids up from school.

He says he plans to leave the cafe to his daughters.

His wife had been a senior police officer whose insight into domestic violence led to a statewide overhaul of how offending is handled by the justice system.

If you spot Brett’s guitar or grey Samsung laptop contact him on 0422 718 577.


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Main Roads mute on $500m claim

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

MAIN ROADS WA has failed to produce evidence of WA transport minister Dean Nalder’s claim the last 1.6km of the Perth Freight Link would cost half-a-billion dollars.

Mr Nalder told state parliament two weeks ago, “plans have been done for the last mile into the inner harbour,” suggesting the exorbitant cost was a good reason to exclude the section from the PFL project scope.

Main Roads has failed to provide specifics of Mr Nalder’s $500m estimate, but did affirm the minister’s claim that Stirling Bridge will eventually need major upgrades to improve port access. In the meantime “minor civil works” will deliver a “better than current level of service up until 2026”.


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Wilson defends refugee stance

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

LABOR’S federal candidate for Fremantle has defended his support for offshore processing of refugees.

As Fremantle deputy mayor, Josh Wilson in February voted to have nothing to do with companies that profited from offshore detention centres. Meanwhile Labor’s incumbent MP Melissa Parke was speaking out against her party’s policy.

But Mr Wilson says his council vote was about the way successive Liberal governments have run the centres, which have been the subject of reports alleging human rights abuses.

“I support the Labor policy because it commits to independent oversight and will create a commissioner dedicated to the interests and welfare of refugee children, and will provide whistleblower protection rather than threatening those who speak out with prosecution. Those are all significant and necessary changes,” Mr Wilson said.

• Josh Wilson plans how to kill off the Perth Freight Link with indegenous senator Pat Dodson. Photo by Steve Grant

• Josh Wilson plans how to kill off the Perth Freight Link with indegenous senator Pat Dodson. Photo by Steve Grant

In other election news, Labor took the unusual step of promising to rip hundreds of millions of dollars from the Fremantle electorate and expecting voters to reward the party.

Opposition infrastructure shadow Anthony Albanese said he’d pull Perth Freight Link funding from the budget at the first opportunity, but only commited to giving WA $2 million back to plan for an outer harbour.

“The contracts haven’t been signed, they won’t be signed by July 2,” Mr Albanese told the Herald.

His visit bought Labor’s star indigenous senator Pat Dodson down to view Bibra Lake and discuss the issue with Noongar elder Sealin Garlett.

Mr Garlett told the senator there was a songline travelling all the way from Fremantle to Uluru which went through the Beeliar wetlands, which were a birthing area and a place where young men were initiated into manhood.

Sen Dodson likened building Roe 8 through the lakes to putting a driveway through St Paul’s cathedral.


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Bottle-o hours targeted

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

BOTTLESHOPS will remain closed till noon on weekdays under a radical new plan being considered by Fremantle city council.

Mayor Brad Pettitt says the proposal for a six-month trial forms part of the council’s crackdown on alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

He says grog shops open as early as 8am in the port city and by early afternoon some people are drunk and itching with aggro.

“We have already spoken to a large number of bottle shops and most of them are open to the idea,” the mayor says.

“There are a couple who are a bit sceptical about it, but we hope to get them on board in a voluntary capacity.

“We see groups of people travelling down from as far as Midland and Wanneroo to congregate in Fremantle and get drunk.”

The council’s controversial zero-tolerance policy to anti-social behaviour includes other measures already in place: rangers and police are targeting public drinking and loud and intimidating behaviour and opportunistic and aggressive begging.


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Tins go begging

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FIVE charity boxes installed throughout Freo’s CBD to deter folk from giving cash to beggars are yielding just $4 each per day.

The boxes were installed in February and in their first two months collected $1145.85. Under its “donate without doubt” policy, the council matched the donations and handed a $2291.70 cheque to St Patrick’s.

Homeless advocate Conrad Liveris says the scheme is flawed and not working: “Beggars can expect well over $4 a day, with most trying to get enough money for a specific purpose, for example, accommodation for the night, food or clothing,” he says.

“Typically, people will beg until they have $20-$30 per day, depending on their needs.

Mayor Brad Pettitt says the scheme ensures “money goes to those who genuinely need it”.

“Begging can do more harm then good and giving people money on the streets is a band-aid solution.”

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Gold standard park upgrade

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A SOUTH FREMANTLE park is getting a much-needed upgrade thanks to a unique initiative between locals, contractors and Fremantle council.

Gold Street park was created 35 years ago when locals lobbied the council to close off the street and create a much-needed arbour for residents.

Despite still being used regularly for social events, the park has fallen by the wayside and the council informed residents the play equipment was no longer up to scratch.

• Kali Balint, Andy Baker, Francis Burke (Earthcare), Howard Puddy, Liz Foss, Christine Richardson, Trudy Baker and Matt Mitchell working on the Gold Street park. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Kali Balint, Andy Baker, Francis Burke (Earthcare), Howard Puddy, Liz Foss, Christine Richardson, Trudy Baker and Matt Mitchell working on the Gold Street park. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

After some lobbying from locals, the council agreed to contribute $100,000 to a complete overhaul of the park and, in a unique move, allowed residents take major ownership of the project. Residents worked closely with contractors—some of whom offered free services—on design and construction of the upgraded park over the past year.

Kali Balint says residents recently installed the first piece of new nature play equipment, a double kids swing: “We will end up with a park that would have cost more than $250,000 for a little over $100,000 and its been designed by us, for us and built by us with Earthcare’s help,” he beams.

“We have some more funds to raise for the rest of the play equipment and there will be more weekends building stuff. So far, we have achieved an incredible result for the community.

“Even without the play equipment, the park is being used far more than ever.”

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Mortgagee moves on distressed apartments

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE mortgagee of the development supposed to kick off Fremantle’s east end revival has moved in after a quarter of its apartments and offices failed to sell.

The 11 QVS mixed-use development straddling Queen Victoria and Quarry streets was the first lodged after Fremantle council increased heights and density in the area.

The six-storey complex had sluggish pre-sales and, following construction, the apartment market slipped even further, causing financier Mortgagee Property to run out of patience with developer Property Matrix.

This week MP announced 11 QVS was “in distress” and it was taking possession of nine apartments and four offices that haven’t sold.

“Financial difficulty for developers is not unexpected as recent analysis by FTI consulting found that Western Australia has experienced a 36 per cent increase in the number of companies entering external administration over the past year,” a press release from the mortgagee said.

No-one from the company would comment on the record, but a representative said they weren’t trying to give the impression Property Matrix was on the rocks, just highlighting how tough the market is at the moment.

Despite that, they’re not planning a fire sale and reckon they can sell the remaining properties, hoping the start of Match’s Heirloom project and Defence Housing Australia’s 180-unit complex just up the road will generate more interest in the strip.

Also in the pipeline are the Foundry Apartments at 8 Queen Victoria Street and The Yard, a 45-unit project to be built by RHG Contractors at number 81.

Mortgagee Property has appointed Sarah Brolsma of Fore Real Estate to sell the apartments. Brian Neo of Burgess Rawson has been appointed to sell the offices.

The Herald tried to contact Property Matrix director Grant Pitman, but a message bank says he’s out of mobile coverage till the end of May.


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The ointment in the Fly

Published 20 May 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THEY’RE the ointment in the Fly.

While Fremantle’s much-loved musicians club has limped through a year of uncertainty, a handful of diehards has held it together, scratching together just enough gigs to keep it afloat.

Manager-cum-everything Justine Crowther says the lack of a liquor licence has been tough, as some acts simply wouldn’t book Victoria Hall where the Fly is now based.

“It’s been a sink or swim year,” she told the Herald.

But just over a week ago the team received word the licence has finally come through, along with a lease signed with Freo council.

Ms Crowther is confident the final pieces of the jigsaw are now in place to make the club thrive again.

Working closely alongside her has been Hall of Fame muso Steve Tallis, whose Gaslight Club has been giving local performers an increasingly rare opportunity for paid work.

• Dave Johnson, Justine Crowther and Steve Tallis at the Fly By Night. Photo by Steve Grant

• Dave Johnson, Justine Crowther and Steve Tallis at the Fly By Night. Photo by Steve Grant


Each week he puts together three bands in the intimate performing space below the main stage and they split the door take.

“Work’s very tough for musicians at the moment, and my idea was to create a new venue where no-one pays for free,” Tallis told the Herald, adding musos are getting paid roughly the same for gigs now as they were in the 1970s.

“I had this concept a long time ago and approached every venue in Freo and they all thought I was mad.

“Then I met Justine and John Reid and it was a perfect fit for the Fly.”

Gaslight is nominally a blues night, but Tallis says his definition of the genre is so broad no band’s been turned away yet — except those who couldn’t bear to part with their massive Marshall stacks for one night.

On any Wednesday, the audience could be treated to a mix of flamenco, folk, jazz, rembetiko (Greek), fado (Portuguese) or punk.

Tallis says the talent is world-class, although it doesn’t hurt that his 50-year career in the local scene means he’s able to lure a big name or two in for a solo gig.

He says it’s a great source of frustration for him that WA musicians are chronically under-valued by their own community.

“I get far more exposure in Europe, I get far more airplay in Europe, than I do here,” Tallis says, noting that despite his longevity, this is his first interview with the Herald.

“I was living in Paris for six years, and coming back I noticed the industry here has really deteriorated and it is really a worry for me.”

Ms Crowther says with the licence now secure, they’re relaunching Stagefright on Thursdays to give emerging artists their chance in the spotlight.

Also coming up are The Justin Walshe Folk Machine on May 28, “The Dorkestra” Fremantle Heritage Festival show on May 29 and Melbourne indi/roots favourites Tinpan Orange on June 4.


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Perth Zoo presents Zoo to You – Native species breeding project

Published 19 May 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.

Numbat copyright Perth Zoo

Numbat photograph, copyright Perth Zoo.

Find out about the WA species of endangered animals that are bred at the Perth Zoo in preparation for release back into their nature habitat. This presentation includes a discussion about the special conditions both at the Zoo and where they are to be released. The animals discussed include the Numbat, Western Swamp Tortoise, Dibbler, Western Ground Parrot and some species of frogs.

You will also find out why they are on the endangered list and what you can do to help.

Tuesday 7 June, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Free – Bookings essential or 9432 9766

Filed under: Events Tagged: breeding program, native species, perth zoo, zoo to you

Greens disagree with findings in RSPCA majority report

Published 18 May 2016 by Arran Morton in Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

After a year’s long enquiry, the Parliamentary Select Committee into the operations of the RSPCA has today delivered its findings to the Upper House, Greens MLC and committee member Lynn MacLaren said.

“It’s long been our view that the inquiry was established by the ‘Shooters’ member and the Liberal-National Government to denigrate the functions of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.”

“When the RSPCA highlighted the failure to properly manage animal welfare in live exports and greyhound racing, clearly vested interests were upset.

“The committee spent a year of too-ing and fro-ing to come up with a set of half-baked recommendations which clearly weren’t supported by our minority report.

 “This inquiry merely sought from its outset to establish whether the RSPCA were overstepping the charter given to them under Royal prerogative to protect animals.

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(19/5/16) Public toilet upgrades for Freo

Published 18 May 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Council has approved the allocation of $390k to improve public toilet amenities around the CBD in 2016–17.

The improvements include an upgrade to the William Street automated toilets, better signage and $150k towards improving other toilet facilities in the CBD following issues and comments raised by the public.

The budget will also allocate $100k for the development of upgraded South Beach public toilets concept plans and $20k to develop plans for a new facility on the corner of Collie and Market Street.

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(19/5/16) Public toilet upgrades for Freo

Greens join March Against Monsanto at Parliament House

Published 18 May 2016 by Arran Morton in Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren MLC will today join the Rally for the People and Planet on the steps of Parliament accepting a petition from members of the Pesticide Action Group, Alliance for a Clean Environment and Save Our Trees WA.

Ms MacLaren will deliver a petition to the Upper House calling for a Royal Commission into the regulation, importation, sale and use of pesticides, related illnesses and environmental harm with a view to fully exposing the systematic failure, evidence of harm to humans, animals and the environment.

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Important win for truth in labeling as WA egg producer found guilty – Greens

Published 17 May 2016 by Arran Morton in Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

It was a very important win for truth in labelling today as the Federal Court in Perth found WA egg producer Snowdale Holdings contravened the law by mislabelling its eggs ‘free range,’ Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lynn MacLaren has said. 

“As one of the largest supermarket suppliers in WA, this verdict will have a huge impact.”

“Snowdale Holdings duped Australian consumers for many years by producing eggs that did not meet free range standards.

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Heirloom taking shape

Published 17 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

I had another look through the Heirloom project with the Heritage Council late last week and it is looking pretty special and thought would be good to share its progress. It was good to hear that the building program is actually running ahead of schedule. Going up through the upper floors it was also a […]

EPA reforms must be more than ‘shifting deckchairs’

Published 17 May 2016 by Eloise Dortch in Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says a proposed re-organisation and streamlining of the Environmental Protection Authority’s policies and procedures announced today will amount to ‘shifting deck- chairs on the Titanic’ unless it addresses core community concerns about environmental protection. 

“While more clarity and a simplifying of the processes and guidelines for assessment will make life easier for proponents and possibly community members who engage with the EPA this won’t by itself address the fears the community has about insufficient protection for the environment,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The concerns that people are expressing to me about the EPA is that it is not doing what it is supposed to do, which is, to quote its own website, to do its best to protect the environment and prevent or reduce pollution and environmental harm. 

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Vale Noriko Nishimoto

Published 16 May 2016 by Fremantle Chamber in CEO's Blog.

Yesterday Fremantle lost a State Living Treasure. For more than thirty five years, Noriko lived, worked and breathed Fremantle. She was a quiet achiever that left a great legacy.

Noriko first came to work in Fremantle in 1981 for Spare Part Puppet Theatre’s first production for the Festival of Perth (Faust). She stayed. Just like every other business, the fortunes of not-for-profit organisations cycle up and down. When Noriko took over as Artistic Director 16 years later, up was the only way to go and she made it happen.

She refocused back to the family market, prioritised the development of West Australian artists to build a repertoire of productions some of which are still today providing a return on investment. Drawing on traditional practice, Noriko was a collaborator that gave Australian stories life and young artists opportunity and a voice. Signature works included Tim Winton’s The Bugalugs Bum Thief and The Deep, to Paul Morgan’s Cat Balloon, to Jenny Wagner’s The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek.   I am going out on a limb here and making the call that the production of The Bugalugs Bum Thief was the most successful theatre production to be created in Fremantle.

These titles may sound slight silly to serious adults but through them Noriko made an unwitting but significant contribution to the Fremantle economy. Each year, many tens of thousands from all over the metropolitan area come to Fremantle to experience the wonder in that strange building in the middle of Pioneer Park. They come to Spare Parts and stayed in Fremantle for the day. They still spend money here. Beyond the Fremantle seasons, national and international touring greatly increased work for artists and the profile of Fremantle. After four years at the helm, Noriko passed the baton to Philip Mitchell.

Last year Spare Parts Puppet Theatre won the Business of the Year and the Cultural Enterprise of the Year Awards at the 2015 Fremantle Business Awards. It had been 15 years since her retirement but Noriko was still very much part of the fabric that made those achievements possible.

Noriko was a great Fremantle person and I was lucky to have worked and conspired with her. The night lights around Pioneer Park have never really been than bright but they are certainly a whole lot dimmer now.

Target = Business Tourism for Fremantle

Published 16 May 2016 by Fremantle Chamber in CEO's Blog.

The Fremantle Conference Directory

When the Fremantle Chamber reestablished its Tourism Committee in 2015, talk around the table very quickly turned to the topic of marketing Fremantle, who does it, how much and targets. We all know Fremantle is the second most visited destination in WA and made the Lonely Planet Top 10 Places in the World to Travel for 2016 but our combined facilities, experience and hospitality offerings weren’t being profiled anywhere to reach the national and international business tourism market.

Even though our marketing investment could be in people time only, the Chamber decided to take the bull by the horn.

Fremantle has the capacity to host conferences with up to 1000 people and our accommodation capacity is growing. Even when we don’t get to host a complete conference, Fremantle is still a great destination for conference breakout sessions, special events, dinners, and delegates extending their stays pre/post conference.

The reality check is that we don’t have the capacity to host it giga-normous conferences in the resources sector, but even they are a rare beast.

From our membership of the Perth Convention Bureau, we receive advice of every conference coming into Western Australia. To take advantage of that information we have created the Fremantle Conference Directory. This is a digital publication showcasing base details of our members (and only our members) in tourism and hospitality and provides hyperlinks to websites and contact emails for potential bookers to research the offering of individual businesses further.

As a digital only document we can add, update and subtract information, changing images and expanding to reflect membership. Version 1 is live and being distributed. It is also featured in the Resources section of our website – click here to view the web page in your browser.

The Fremantle Conference Directory sits alongside the Chamber’s Fremantle MICE Brochure & fly through video. These are from a collaboration between major businesses promoting Fremantle at the 2016 AIME. Congratulations to the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges, Rottnest Express, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Markets, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation and Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour on the collaboration. The Perth Convention Bureau are distributing the links of the Fremantle marketing material internationally.

Podcast of Pete Stone’s vision for Fremantle

Published 16 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Pete Stone’s insights at the last Fremantle Network event  into the many festivals, events and programs the City of Freo runs was well worth a listen. If you didn’t get to hear this and the way in which Pete sees the Freo arts and culture scene can keep growing and improving you now can via this podcast: […]

Fremantle Rotary Club: “GIVE A DAMN, GIVE A CAN” Food Drive

Published 14 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

  Fremantle Rotary Club is collecting food items from households in the greater Fremantle area this Sunday morning 22nd of May 2016 This is the seventh annual collection by Rotary’s “Give a Damn, Give a Can” Food Drive. You will see a biodegradable pink bag for food items in your letterboxes with a flyer over […]

New Freo Business of the Week: Melody Wheels

Published 14 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Behind the walls of the Freo Prison some great new Fremantle businesses are incubating away as part of Fremantle Business Foundations. One of them is a new business by Adrian Emilsen who is a DT Swiss Certified Wheel Builder (I have to admit I’m not entirely sure what that means but he does explain below) […]

Joint Meeting of WGV & Gibson Park Precincts – May 10, 2016

Published 13 May 2016 by sjennings in White Gum Valley Freospace.

We had a big turnout for our joint meeting with vigorous and detailed discussion on the hot topic of common interest – the Perth Freight Link and associated tunnel options, with hearty discussion on what was the transport solution for freight to cargo vessels and the future for Fremantle Port. 2016 May10 White Gum Valley Precinct Meeting Agenda

WGV Meeting Notes Mar 2016

Published 13 May 2016 by sjennings in White Gum Valley Freospace.

We had our first meeting of the 2016 in March. 2016 WGV Precinct Notes 1:3:16

WGV @ White Gum Valley is National Planning Award Winner – Best Planning Ideas Small Project

Published 12 May 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

LandCorp, Coda & Urbis Award Winner – Best Planning Ideas Small Project 2016 National Judges’ Citation WGV @ White Gum Valley exemplifies a unique urban infill project that was achieved through the collaboration between a developer, the local government and the community. The project is an excellent example of extending beyond current subdivisional and development […]

(13/5/16) From the council chambers – April

Published 12 May 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Below is a summarised version of key aspects of the most recent ordinary meeting of council.

The full agenda and minutes of this and previous meetings (as they become available) are available on the agendas and minutes page.

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(13/5/16) From the council chambers – April

State Budget bad news for vulnerable people, environment and climate change

Published 12 May 2016 by Arran Morton in Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

Today’s State Budget sees a further skimming of relief for vulnerable people and is bad news for the State’s biodiversity and the climate, the WA Greens say.

“This Budget ignores Western Australians who are experiencing disadvantage and does little to help people from falling into further difficulties,” Lynn MacLaren MLC said.

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2016

Published 12 May 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity for friends, family or workmates to come together, share a cuppa and some delicious food, and help those affected by cancer.

Free morning tea provided upon gold coin donation to the Cancer Council, and featuring a musical performance from Justin Walshe.

Thursday 26th May 2016
10am – 11am
Fremantle City Library

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(11/5/16) Town hall restoration work begins

Published 10 May 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Restoration works to the Fremantle Town Hall have begin with scaffolding going up this week.

The $2.5m restoration project includes conservation works to the main roof, façade and tower. The works are expected to take about 6 months to complete.



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(11/5/16) Town hall restoration work begins

Greens welcome fresh funding for invaluable Shark Monitoring Network

Published 8 May 2016 by Arran Morton in Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has applauded the Government’s announcement today that it will allocate $1.54 million in the State budget to its ‘early warning system’ Shark Monitoring Network.

“I’m relieved the Barnett Government has not repeated the mistake it made in 2015 when it cut funding to this very valuable program,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The Greens have been saying all along that the SMN provides the best system we have for detecting real shark threats because only sharks big enough to bite a human are tagged and, when a tagged shark is detect, we immediately know the species and size.

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Fremantle Fire Sale by Council? How is it different from Barnetts?

Published 8 May 2016 by Mark in Fremantle Reform.

  Amazing how crowds can protest thru Fremantle for union day about the State Government selling our assets, where the very city there are protesting in, is going exactly the same thing they are protesting against, Barnett about. Makes it all look political not practical, the hordes of pollies doesn’t help the appearance. This is […]