Some thoughts on the new greater Fremantle

Now that the dust has settled and celebratory hangovers mellowed I thought it worth digging a little deeper into the amalgamations decision. The new boundaries are clearly a very good outcome for Fremantle. There was a time when it seemed we would be swallowed up by Melville and a Fremantle Council and unique Fremantle voice would […]

Farewell to Tim Milson

I want to put out special big thanks to retiring CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Tim Milson who finished up this week Tim was a real pleasure to work with. A man who has an absolute passion for Fremantle.  Tim’s great strength was not only his energy and passion but that he was […]

Freo wins merger lottery

FREMANTLE has been saved from oblivion by the council’s pro-development attitude says mayor Brad Pettitt.

“If the council had not had a pro-growth and new development agenda, I am pretty sure we would have been merged with Melville,” Dr Pettitt told the Herald after Fremantle emerged from the Barnett government’s merger lottery as the southern suburbs’ big winner.

“I know that will be controversial in some people’s books, but I believe it was a factor.”

He says at a briefing with mayors and CEOs on Wednesday morning, local government minister Tony Simpson said Freo’s commitment to taking back its mantle as Perth’s second city was one factor tipping it over the line.

Under plans launched this week Fremantle expands to swallow all of the Town of East Fremantle, Bicton and Palmyra from Melville and parts of North Coogee, Hamilton Hill and Rotto from Cockburn. It keeps North Fremantle but loses Samson.

While Dr Pettitt is very happy with the boundaries, which more than double the port city’s population to 64,000 (estimated to rise to 82,000 by 2050) tiny East Fremantle still has the opportunity to scupper things.

The WA local government advisory board has opened the way for a poll by residents, known as the Dadour provision.

If East Freo residents oppose the merger—and assuming the government doesn’t step in with an Act of parliament to override things—the tiny town could survive, but as an island surrounded by Fremantle.

Councillors from East Freo will meet Monday to consider whether to fight on to become the Lesotho of Perth, but mayor Jim O’Neill appears resigned, saying he doesn’t personally support a legal challenge or a vote.

He told the Herald that ultimately the government could outgun a veto with an Act of Parliament so it could be an expensive delaying tactic at best: “I’d much rather spend our time and resources making sure the people of East Fremantle don’t miss out under the new council,” he said.

Mr O’Neill says he’s keen to ensure the integrity of the town’s new planning scheme, which is ready for ratification by the WA planning commission, is preserved in the expanded council.

He says informal talks with Fremantle have gone very well so far and he’s feeling confident his ratepayers aren’t going to get a raw deal.

Both Mr O’Neill and Dr Pettitt criticised the Walgab’s decision to create a new city without wards.

“That came as a surprise to everyone, particularly as some councils had put a lot of thought into their [ward] boundaries,” Mr O’Neill said.

He’d helped negotiate East Fremantle becoming a distinct ward under Fremantle council’s submission to the board.

“I think part of the intention was that there wouldn’t be a lot of bickering about what didn’t and didn’t get spent on the wards.”

Dr Pettitt forecasts crippling campaign costs and sore feet for potential councillors who’ll suddenly have a lot more territory to cover, especially with fewer of them in the first place.

“I think it’s an invitation for party politics to enter local government, and I think that’s a fundamental mistake,” the long-time Greens party member told the Herald.

The two mayors were joined by Cockburn compadre Logan Howlett in crying foul at the Barnett government’s decision to squib on fully reforming the patchwork of western suburbs councils.

The government says it wants to create a bigger City of Perth under a specific Act of parliament. But because that would include parts of the western suburbs, it’s held off recommending Mosman Park, Cottesloe, Claremont, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove and Subiaco be bundled into the City of Riversea.

The mayors say unless the government acts soon, the painful mergers process threatens to have been an expensive exercise that ends up amalgamating a mere handful of councils.

Worse, says Dr Pettitt, because Freo’s northern boundary has been slightly shrunk, if the bigger Freo gets gazetted while Riversea’s still languishing, there’ll be a no-man’s land on the border, with residents not belonging to any council at all.

Mr Howlett says he’s aware of plans by residents’ groups in both Cockburn and Kwinana hoping to trigger a Dadour poll, and says the loss of both names to the new City of Jervoise Bay is one of their main gripes.

He says if the community votes out the merger he’ll support them, but says the decision will create yet further stress for staff at both councils, who’ve had five years of uncertainty about their jobs.

Melville failed in its bid to keep Point Walter reserve out of Fremantle, but will get Samson and parts of O’Connor, and also scores Jandakot airport and Coolbellup from Cockburn and Rossmoyne and parts of Canning Vale, Leeming, Riverton, Shelley and Willetton from Canning.


Standing room only for Ray Lees send-off

COCKBURN mayor Logan Howlett says in some ways he’s glad his old friend Ray Lees wasn’t around to see the end of the council he’d led for four years.

Mr Lees, mayor from 1993-1997, died last week aged 85 and his funeral service this week brought together a who’s who of Cockburn dignitaries and Labor tribes. Mr Howlett said his predecessor had been passionate about Cockburn and would have been “absolutely heartbroken” about it being merged with Kwinana into the new City of Jervoise Bay.

“He was a stalwart of the Cockburn community, and was well-known and respected,” Mr Howlett said.

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The pair was on the council together during the turbulent 1990s and Mr Lees helped on three of Mr Howlett’s election campaigns.

He was known as a dedicated campaigner, taking on key behind-the-scenes roles in the elections of a raft of Labor politicians at state and federal levels, including both Kim Beazleys, Carmen Lawrence, Don Taylor and Melissa Parke.

Ms Parke paid tribute to Mr Lees in federal parliament this week: “He was a man of great integrity, decency, energy and community spirit who played a significant role in shaping the City of Cockburn, the largest local government in my electorate, and who throughout his life dedicated considerable energy to public service and the interests of working men and women,” she told MPs.

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Mr Lees was voted onto Cockburn council in 1972, a year after its elevation from a shire to a town. He was unopposed as south ward councillor for all his 30 years in the position.

Born at Hillcrest Hospital in North Fremantle on December 11, 1928 he went to school at Pickering Brook (staying with friends because of concerns Fremantle would be bombed), then Beaconsfield primary. He left school at 14 and delivered ice on carts. That same year, 1943, he falsified his age to work on a ship supplying Allied troops and stayed at sea till the end of the war.

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He met future wife Rose Santich at the Perth Royal Show and worked as a truck driver while they built a home in Hamilton Hill. It took several years to build as the block was full of limestone and the pair had to save money to buy gelignite at regular intervals.

In 1951 Mr Lees joined the Waterside Workers Federation and became a wharfie till his retirement in 1992. He helped organise the famous Lumpers Picnics at Perth zoo.

Mr Lees and Rose bought a block of land in Hope Valley which they worked on as market gardeners, and the former mayor was still out there on his tractor earlier this year.


Fear paralyses ebola fight

PERTH’S Liberian community has urged the Abbott government to overcome its fears and send medical teams to fight the ebola epidemic in Africa.

Speaking to the Herald for the first time, the community leaders say they can no longer stay quiet because predictions about the spread of the disease are so frightening they fear the economic collapse of the entire continent.

They say Australia’s pledge of just over $10 million to help fight the disease is nowhere near enough.

“The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in America have said 1.4 million people could be affected by January next year—we can’t afford to let that happen,” community president Nathaniel Nyanfore told the Herald.

He warns that if the epidemic reaches those proportions, it will be hard to contain in Africa. Already there have been isolated cases in the United States and Europe.

“I can’t lie to rest, because when the phone rings you’re always wondering what’s the news,” says Mr Nyanfore, who’s already lost a relative to the disease.

It’s a common story for the group, and as they sit in the reception area of C3 church in Fremantle they sadly tally up the friends who’ve died, or the families of friends.

They’ve a strong connection to C3, whose members have been providing aid and volunteering in the country for years.

Church founder Andrea Surman travels to Liberia nearly every year and reports one family at the church had lost three members back in Africa.

She’s angry at the federal government’s haphazard approach to the outbreak, saying travel warnings for Africa on the foreign affairs department’s website haven’t been updated in more than a year.

•  Susan Kpatar, Dennis Gaye Jr, Nathaniel Nyanfore and Josephine Doe say Australia needs to do more to help fight ebola. Photo by Steve Grant

•  Susan Kpatar, Dennis Gaye Jr, Nathaniel Nyanfore and Josephine Doe say Australia needs to do more to help fight ebola. Photo
by Steve Grant

She’s particularly upset WA hasn’t shown more interest, given its mining ties to Africa. That connection also means fifo workers flying between Perth and Africa, which should be food for thought, she says.

Speaking out is a brave move for the community, as they’re starting to experience discrimination because of Australians’ terror of ebola. People have shied away from shaking hands and even friends are kind-of joking when asking if they’ve got the disease.

Ms Surman says it’s ironic the local Australian/Liberian community is experiencing this discrimination despite the fact it is a world away from the outbreak.

On the other hand, her husband Nigel was in the area earlier this year and sailed back through customs without a blink from anyone.

Mr Nyanfore says a rally is planned for the parliament forecourt, and a barbecue, to raise awareness of both the disease and Australia’s response.

He’s hoping that if Australians become more educated about the disease, they’ll put more pressure on the government to intervene, as well as be more understanding of what his community’s going through.

It emerged on Thursday during a senate hearing that Australia has been repeatedly asked by the international community to send medical teams to West Africa.

“It’s not been clear whether their request is for civilian or military—it sort of covered both,” foreign affairs official Blair Exell told the hearing.

Prime minister Tony Abbott says the requests are being considered, but he’s previously expressed concerns that teams could get trapped in affected regions if the situation deteriorates. The opposition is stepping up pressure on the government to do more.

China has sent 170 medical workers to the region.

For more information about the rally or barbecue, or to support the Liberian community, call 0421 985 443 or contact C3 Church at


Letters 25.10.14

Deliberately deceitful
YOU report the WAPC openly conceded “unintended and undesirable” developments are happening (“WAPC admits: we’re a bit dense,” Herald, October 14, 2014).
In fact, the WAPC says on it website “a number of local governments have raised concerns about unintended and undesirable consequences”. The WAPC has sought wider public comment on proposed changes. You have misquoted the WAPC. I don’t believe this is simply lazy and poorly researched reporting: actually this misquote is deliberately deceitful. I believe your readership deserves better.
Cain Fogarty
Randell St, Perth
The Ed says: Thanks Cain. The quote was taken directly from a WAPC advertisement calling for submissions: “The WAPC proposes amendments to the R-Codes to manage the risks associated with unintended and undesirable consequences…”.

Puzzling logic
I DON’T often voice my support of politicians but I have felt a strong need to respond to a recent letter published in the Herald (“Advocacy begins at home,” October 4, 2014).
In it, Joy Collins stated Melissa Parke was driving her political agenda “at the expense of needs of local people”, by advocating for greater consultation in dealing with ISIS militants in Iraq.
The puzzling logic in the letter appeared to tie Ms Parke’s laudable balance on a number of Middle-East issues, with a perceived lack of support for young people in the community. I fail to see the connection, although I would argue a lot more could be done to make immigrants from the Middle-East more welcome in this country, especially the young.
I must admit I have been sceptical of Ms Parke’s role as my local federal member. Fremantle seems to be a plum job for Labor politicians as they seek ministerial positions, in both the federal and state parliaments. For its part, the Liberal party has appeared to view the electorate as a “no-go” zone. The sum result has been a lack of funding on community and related services for the 30 years I have lived in the area.
Although I recognise areas such as Leeming and Cockburn have been recent growth areas, it doesn’t explain the abundance of libraries, community centres and swimming pools liberally sprinkled across these and other suburbs that straddle the southern rail corridor.
Meanwhile, the local Fremantle pool gets a bit of an upgrade and the library gets a few new chairs.
So how has Ms Parke changed my scepticism? Well, I still think too little is still being done in the “safe” Labor suburb of Fremantle, but at least Ms Parke is representing an alternative world view than the one usually parroted by almost every Liberal and Labor politician. In short, she has found a role for her experience and knowledge gained from her previous work.
She is not gleefully promoting war to answer all the world’s problems. She is expressing a far more balanced and fair-minded foreign policy: one which Australia had traditionally advocated, before it hitched itself to the neo-conservatives in the US. I should add I believe the views she is expressing would not be winning her friends in the circles of power within Australia, and I respect that.
Although I would be happier if she got a few more federal dollars spent on Fremantle, I think she is playing a valuable role and she’s got my support.
Mark Sims
South Fremantle

A man of integrity
I DIDN’T know it at the time but I was shortchanged by $10 on Sunday at the local IGA store.
I realised I had no proof and no receipt. I thought to myself, probably not even worth a follow-up… then I phoned the store and spoke to Tony, the manager, who sounded rather inattentive and disinterested, as I expected.
I said in a rather hopeful tone, “if you find out after balancing your till that you are up $10 give me a call”.
Tony responded “yeah, I’ll call when I balance the till”. Of the few people I shared this story with, most had their doubts and so did I.
Later in the evening, Tony left a message for me “I have that $10 if you want to pick it up tomorrow”. I couldn’t believe it! I was floored. Of all the people in the world today, who would have thought the local supermarket would waste time on one customer for 10 bucks! Will I shop there again, you bet ya! Will I tell my friends to go there, you bet ya!
Thanks Tony, you are a man of integrity and your worth in business is priceless.
Katrina Wood
Reveley Court, Samson 

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I don’t care if you’re Attila
FURTHER to my letter (Herald, October 11, 2014) and Jane Hall’s reply (October 18) concerning the decline of Fremantle, with expensive parking and the greater problem of disgusting behavior I am wondering if there is anyone willing and strong enough to lead the town to better days.
I have been a union member and Labor voter since my apprentice days. Now the left’s agenda has changed and no longer represents the interests of the broader working community.
I disagree with most of the right-wing politicians but I will vote for the candidate willing to clean up and halt the decline of the town I fell in love with some years ago.
There has been plenty of talk, lots of ideas and visions and it is well known what the problems are, even to the point of them harming the international reputation of this place.
There have been articles in this paper from experts who have seen the rejuvenation of places like Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.  They have all agreed the anti-social problem is a key factor. For the town’s sake it is not quantum physics is it? If you have to pay through the nose for parking or get abused on the bus, witness disgusting behavior, watch shops and cafes close and are unable to find a decent toilet and at the same time there are malls offering a solution to all those problems then you know the result.
I know this, you know this, my nine-year-old daughter would know this as well as knowing what needs to be done so why is it that nothing is ever done by those who are paid to do so?
Either the council sees a different Fremantle when it visits or is either grossly incompetent, stupid or both. Perhaps it just doesn’t give a toss. I suspect the latter and for the first time in my life I might have to vote for the right come the next poll.
To be honest I’d vote for Attila the Hun if I knew he’d sort it out. I’m that sick of it.
Robert Glenton
Carrington St, White Gum Valley

A dirty secret
WHAT concerns me most about the recent debate about Kings Square is the cause has been put down to anti-social behaviour and a prevailing view the solution is for police to fix it.
Is it really the job of police to clean up our social issues? Are we proposing that police deposit all anti-socials in our already over-crowded prisons for shouting and looking dishevelled?
Or should they just move them back to whatever poor places that they came from? Maybe a special police CAT bus can take them back to Cooby or Kwinana? And the homeless ones, well, out sight out of mind. Where will this lead? Inevitably police will need new powers to really fix the problem, maybe stronger vagrancy laws (eg, no credit card and you’re out) or only certain looking people (eg, no real scruffy, just trendy scruffy) allowed in town during shopping hours.
And yes, I do visit Kings Square regularly with my young kids and yes, I have seen shouting matches, drunken scuffles and been hassled for money on a number of occasions. But you know what, big deal! The poor, the sick, the drunk and the angry are all part of life. They always have been and always will be. I don’t mind my kids seeing it, they will eventually anyway and its a chance for them to see that not everything in life is neat and rosy.
But I have a dirty secret. Even though I visit Kings Square at least once a week, I rarely buy anything (so sorry) and it is not because of the anti-social behaviour. What I do in Kings Square is take my kids to the public library, then the public playground, inevitably with kids we have to go to the public toilet and in summer I will enjoy the public-funded Christmas lights and public-funded outdoor movie nights. And you know what? That was the same before Myer closed. Am I in the wrong? Should I be moved on?
And maybe that is just it. Maybe Kings Square is a public space, not a private one. And instead of lobbying for a police state to sweep the streets clean so we can buy more stuff, maybe we should be lobbying for more public facilities and maybe some that will actually help the anti-socials.
I know it’s a far-out concept but maybe what Kings Square needs is things like subsidised childcare, shop fronts for government services, free tai chi, free art classes, literacy programs, public-funded gym/sports programs. If it is public space, maybe we should embrace it, not fight it.
And is it any wonder that when the public housing list is a dead end and the local/state/federal governments are cutting every other human service possible that we have more social problems? Surely this can’t be a surprise and is only going to get worse unless we lobby/vote/protest for it, no matter how many flash buildings are built.
Surely the health and wellbeing of all the people in and around the buildings matters? Right?
Robert Sheehy
Hebbard St, Samson

I can relate
AT last some letters I can relate to. Suzanne Hanley (Herald letters, October 18, 2014) do you need any help fund-raising for plane tickets to give such notable experts on the middle-east as Alannah, Simone, and the intelligent Sarah Hanson the opportunity to talk to ISIS.
After around seven years of living in various parts of the middle-east I became aware that with a fundamentalist, “talk” doesn’t work. I also personally knew people they murdered, who were dear friends and excellent surgeons, slaughtered nevertheless.
Mr Rod Steed—what great points you make. My hubby and I returned to WA from Sydney and previously had loved Freo so we found a house here only seven minutes from the city. Do I go there now? No, I am so disgusted at the parking.
As for entertainment? Not a play in sight since Victoria Hall was closed—so much for live theatre. I no longer drive into Freo for anything. It is dead and not yet buried—what a great shame since we many years ago fell in love with it. Sadly, no longer. Get rid of this dreadful mayor who seems to put skating ramps and bikes ahead of humans. He is not and never will be Boris Johnson. He lacks imagination, style and humour. He is as stale as he has made this city.
Avril Hagan
Montreal St, Fremantle
The Ed says: This letter has been significantly edited for length.

Merry Xmas—now get out

TRADERS in Atwell Arcade are angry the developer has reneged on a promise to let them trade through the all-important Christmas period.

Broken Doll retro owner Annette Parkes was fuming this week when Gerard O’Brien’s company sent her an eviction notice telling her to be out by the end of November.

She’d just bought stock for Christmas after being verbally assured she’d be able to stay till January 14.

“Christmas is what I trade for all year,” she told the Herald. “This is my sole income, and it’s been taken away from me. I’ve been here seven years and I’ve always paid my rent on time and been a good tenant. Apparently, that doesn’t count.”

Since first talking to the Herald Ms Parkes has managed to secure a shop at the Woolstore shopping centre, but says the disruption at a key trading time is unwelcome.

• Annette Parke stocked up for Christmas. Photo by Steve Grant.

• Annette Parke stocked up for Christmas. Photo by Steve Grant.

Around the corner, Michael Wise from Pack and Send said Christmas was one of his busiest times of the year.

However, he’s upbeat about new premises he’s moving into in Queen Street, saying they’re ultimately a better location and fit for his business.

Amanda Woodberry from Vintage in Wonderland is also hopeful her new haunt on Cantonment Street opposite the Woolstores will work out for her. She says the changeover isn’t perfect, but Mr O’Brien’s company has tried hard to help.

She says while the strip she’s moving to is pretty rough—the agent showing her the shop copped a mouthful of unprovoked racial abuse during the inspection—she’s hoping with a couple of funky shops brightening it up, the place might turn around.

She’s been negotiating with the council to make use of its green wall in Westgate Mall to help give that a bit of life as well.


Stand-up on screen

A COMPUTER game about a stand-up comic set in Fremantle has taken the Perth Games Festival by storm.

Oscar Brittain spent six months in his bedroom creating a prototype of Leave ‘em Laughing, in which you play a stand-up gadding about Fremantle searching for comic material.

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The game culminates in a live comedy routine in which your character either kills or bombs.

Brittain, 24, says he was inspired to create the point-and-click adventure after watching Annie Hall.

“I was watching it and thought wouldn’t it be great if there were more funny, peaceful movies like this,” he says.

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“Then the idea of a game, loosely based on the Woody Allen character, popped into my head. I was originally going to set it in Manhattan, but then realised it would be a pastiche, so I decided to set in Fremantle, where I live and know really well.”

Brittain recorded around three hours of stand-up material that players can splice and dice into a unique routine.

He says playing the games feels like an episode of Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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“I did a bit of stand-up comedy when I was in high school,” he laughs. “I am a big fan of people like Arj Barker who play the fool. The game includes the John Curtin statue squashing a koala.”

He is hoping Kickstarter will chuck him enough money to develop a fully fledged version. The demo was unveiled at the Perth Games Festival, which was attended by around 1600 people.

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To check out the game visit


Tavern plan

THE owners of the former Lauder & Howard antiques store in Duke Street, East Fremantle are seeking a tavern licence that will allow up to 170 people on the premises. The property, next to the long-derelict Royal George Hotel, is already approved for use as an entertainment venue with a capacity for 120.

Former town councillor Robyn Travers says the new plan goes too far and will worsen already chronic parking issues in the picturesque George Street precinct, despite the 28 bays included on-site in the application.

Ms Travers says Duke Street and surrounding streets have limited off-street parking for residents already.

She believes many patrons might park on the Richmond raceway side of Stirling Highway and walk through the underpass, and this means locals on that side of the highway should have been consulted.

Ms Travers is encouraging concerned locals to contact her on 9339 6263 before public comment closes on October 30.

When war came home

THE first shipload of Gallipoli wounded arrived in Fremantle to an almost silent crowd, a ragged cheer from the men on deck going unanswered.

Waiting women and children were too distressed to respond, anxious to see their broken loved ones.

Only the walking wounded were on deck, the real horror was below, out of sight of the crowd, but the fleet of ambulances told the tale.

One woman was sobbing so much a journalist asked if she was OK.

“She said she had no right to be there, because her son had died, but wanted to see what it would have been like if he’d come back,” Notre Dame Associate Professor Deborah Gare says.

She and colleague Madison Lloyd-Jones, who also works for Fremantle council, co-authored When War Came to Fremantle.

• Above: Authors Madison Lloyd-Jones and Deborah Gare with their book, When War Came to Fremantle.

• Above: Authors Madison Lloyd-Jones and Deborah Gare with their book, When War Came to Fremantle.

The result is a collection of extraordinary photographs some rarely seen and a fascinating account of life in Fremantle during the Boer War and World War I and II.

“The photographs…are extraordinary. They remind us that war affected people in our community in many different, but very real ways,” Gare says.

Lloyd-Jones scoured near and far for photos of Fremantle during the period, and interviewed Fremantle people about their war experience.

The book focuses on the home front and the social impact of war through stories such as Marjorie Cruite, whose husband died at Gallipoli.

With four children and no money she became pregnant, and Gare speculates on whether she’d turned to prostitution to support her family—or had been raped.

Cruite died after a backyard abortion and her doctor told the coronial inquest she was one of seven to die of the same cause in the week.

When War Came to Fremantle 1899 to 1945 will be launched at the Fremantle Army Museum on Burt Street, Sunday October 26, 4pm.

You’ll need to book at or call 9430 6331.


You’ll love to run with this bull

JAFFLES were a staple when I was a kid, especially in winter when the open fire in the lounge was glowing and we’d get the irons out of the camping gear and turn left-overs into tasty toasty parcels.

Add a cup of soup on a cold night and what more could you ask for.

So of course when I spied jaffles on the menu at Lenny the Ox, on Wray Avenue (so named because co-owner Nick Ford’s middle name is Lennox), I knew what I would be having.

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Lenny takes this form of simple toasted sandwich to heights never dreamed of at my old home, and you can get a black pudding and baked bean jaffle, or a pork belly and spiced pear one, for the ridiculous price of $7.

I had neither, going instead for the mushroom, two-cheese and garlic version.

This was comfort food on steroids, the contrasting flavours of cream cheese and gruyere a pleasantly sharp combination, the mushrooms perfectly cooked and the garlic the icing on the cake, so to speak.

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It was more than enough for lunch, but purely in the interests of research I also tried the exotic rice and vegie patty ($9).

The cartwheel-sized patty was a rich golden brown and fully flavoursome, with a touch of Indian spiciness.

D’Angerous Dave went with a salmon patty and salad ($17.50), which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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Pretty soon I was heading back inside to check out the mouth-watering display of cakes.

With a faith born of many years’ marriage I was charged with choosing for his nibs. Knowing his weaknesses it was literally a piece of cake, or should I say a piece of chocolate and walnut brownie ($4.50).

I was right on the money and he was all smiles with the chewy chocolate slice, while I was pretty chuffed with the rich moistness of my pumpkin and raisin cake ($7).

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And I can safely say Lenny the Ox makes very fine coffee, and why not when the owners are the same folk with a hand in Ootong and Lincoln (Nick and Leanne Ford and Nick’s brother Chris).

This little cafe has had many owners since its days as the original Wray Cafe, but I’m taking a bet this one will more than last the distance.


Lenny the Ox
20 Wray Avenue, Fremantle
9433 3851

True Freo Flavour

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Much loved Sandrino has stood the test of time on Freo’s famous cappuccino strip. The expansion 3 years ago saw Sandrino double its seating capacity to an impressive 300, which means it can now cater for all types of functions and special occasions.

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And it seems Freo locals like the expansion too, with the restaurant now busier than ever.

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“Our larger size gives us freedom for a dedicated functions area. From small to large (60+), weddings or work meetings, casual or formal, corporate lunches or christenings, we do them all.

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We’re gearing up for our busiest time and bookings are now being taken for end of year dinners and Christmas staff parties,” said functions manager Caleb Gamba-Mantle.

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While the space has increased, you can still expect the same fantastic food, vibrant atmosphere and friendly service that’s always been the Sandrino trademark. In true Mediterranean style the emphasis is on fresh ingredients, cooked with skill and a whole lot of love.

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The port city is known for its love of seafood and Sandrino does not disappoint. Oysters, garlic prawns, barbecued seafood, baby calamari, chilli mussels – you name it, it’s on offer.

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Pasta lovers can choose from no less than eleven pasta and risotto dishes – the prawn and scallop ravioli is amazing! Gluten free pasta is available on request.

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Pizza is a big drawcard at Sandrino. Made by hand using traditional techniques, the pizza chefs entertain diners with spectacular shows in the art of pizza making. Woodfired to golden perfection, they are bellissimo!

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Sandrino’s expanded lunch menu includes the piadina pizza dough sandwich – now famous with locals. They’re fast, filling and delicious.

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Sandrino is the place to be and with only 9 weeks left until Christmas, it will be a popular choice for end of year gatherings. Contact us today for function enquiries or to book.

Sandrino Café and Pizzeria
95 Market St, Fremantle
Phone: 9335 4487  |  Fax: 9335 4488



It’s going to be a fibulous Sunday at the Fremantle Fibonacci centre in Blinco Street. The arts incubation centre will have its open day for the Fremantle Festival, so go say G’day to graffiti mistress the delightful Lady Bananas, and the maker of exquisite prints Junko Kitamura, who is quite exquisite herself.

Not into gorgeous women? What about the master of macho Robby Lang and his powerful steelworks.

There will be live music, food, coffee and it’s the perfect spot to have a great time

Open from 11-6 this Sunday!

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While everybody is entitled to one’s own opinion it is disappointing to me that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is trying to get political milage out of the very good Local Government Reform for Freo.

The Mayor is quoted in the Fremantle Herald that he believed Fremantle got the boundaries it asked for because of Councils pro-development attitude.

I like to believe, Brad, that State Government was so gobsmacked to see there was finally a situation where the Fremantle community agreed with and backed Council, that Colin Barnett decided if we all wanted those boundaries they were happy to give them to us, and that has very little to do with the pro-development attitude of some Elected Members. ; >) Happy Days!

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It is satisfying to see the City of Fremantle administration is listening to the community and will act on complaints published on this blog. I have never seen the rubbish collectors west of the railway line so often daily and more bins have been placed around Arthur Head as well.

I took a very long time to get a reaction to the complaints, but better late than never, so thank you COF!

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If you are into jewellery don’t miss the lovely WEAR-WARE-WHERE exhibition in the Fremantle High Street Mall opposite Culley’s by the W.A. chapter of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia.

It is a beautiful display that will be on show until October 26 only. It will be open till 8 am today-Friday and from 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday.

Felicity Peters and Jill Parnell are part of the show, as is my mate Max Ball, so don’t miss it!

Combine it with a visit to the HUGE GARAGE SALE at Kings Square tomorrow from 8 am.

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Mural artist Anya Brock is doing a huge colourful painting on the wall of Murray Slavin Architects in North Fremantle, so keep an eye out for it when driving along Tydeman Road into Fremantle. It’s just left near the railway bridge.

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A Preview Of A Beautiful Mainstreet


Hampden Road and 'Broadway' are two small strips with some great retail design.

You'll see evidence of clever signage solutions, unique footpath arrangements, stunning architecture and much more.

Please click ahead and enjoy the story.

 Great artists use the location as a part of their artwork. That brings more content into the piece, giving more value to the art and more value to the place as well. (Artwork by Stormie Mills at  Boubar , 31 Hampden Road, Nedlands.)
 Tiny tables bring us closer together. Effective place management is about choosing retailers that make great choices.
 When someone takes care where others do not, our perspective zooms in, giving us a proportionally bigger view of the places around us. This gives us more experiences and creates more value in one place over another.
 There's a lot of slalom activity going on here.
 A typical Aussie mainstreet in the midday sun. Hampden Road, Nedlands, Australia.
 On a heavily trafficked road, fascias are at threat of extensions to create more signage height. Large format lettering is used here but pedestrians still have visual access to the whole building. And a nice brass door plaque, too.
 The choices of colours are just superb.
 Brilliant design solutions are cheap because the care they inspire in us protects them from the expensive business of replacement. This logo of a dog and cat has been a favourite of mine for a long time.
 Hand painted signs are always the best. They patina with sun exposure and then show the brush-strokes; They show the profile of the material they're painted on. We like to see hand-made work around us; It's a bit like a home cooked meal: it may not always taste better than take-away, but you know the chef has put their heart and soul into it.
 The Art Deco Persian Carpet Gallery (now vacant).
 A beautiful trio of shopfronts in a Perth dusk. Broadway, Nedlands.
 Businesses attract happy groups.
 A typical West Australian newsagency. 7 pieces of third-party signage and Rogers News.
 Diversity maintains community interest and sustains economic sustainability of the precinct. A precinct full of cafes is too quiet in non-cafe hours; full of fashion shops and there's nothing to do unless you're needing clothes. Bringing a variety of people, their schedules and their needs together in one place creates economic resilience. A Beautiful City reconciles the commercial and community profiles of a mainstreet to reccomend the best plan forward.
 Laneways must carry pedestrians. With more linear metres of walkable pathway within the precinct, community activity is retained for longer. A Beautiful City thereafter creates commercial and community activity.
 Choices by Barretts. That door plaque.
 The beautiful scene of Perth mainstreet after closing.
 Scarcity creates value. Should these windows be common and you see dozens each day the value would be diminished. Town councils must always have a unique design solution to each mundane item in their commercial area (roads, bins, benches, signage), because people are well travelled and we need to compete for their affection. (Curating retailers in a mainstreet is much as collecting distinctive design choices as it is collecting essential services.)
 Nedlands Park Masonic Hall (owned by the University of WA).
 When you park at the Broadway Fair Shopping Centre you can say 'hello' to the students in the flats and they can to you too. That's fantastic. It's the peeking in and out of private property that civilises a place.
 The incredible Broadway Fair Shopping Centre. A strata titled shopping centre (each little shop has a different landlord); it's this which has probably preserved it from redevelopment as it's unlikley all owners can syncopate to sell jointly to a developer.
 Only at Broadway Fair Shopping Centre can your get an Eighties Cappuccino.
 The shop next door adjoins this lunch bar with an opening in the wall and to the naked eye the mirror creates more space and activity in our dining room.
 The old Hollywood Senior High School site. Part of the oval is retained and the balance has a diversity of a building styles and, importantly, completed landscaping. 
 Boubar, 31 Hampden Road Nedlands.

Being within cooee of University of Western Australia (Broadway) and Hollywood Hospital (Hampden Road) these two strips have a sustainable source of commercial activity (if managed well).

A Beautiful City place management finds existing and incoming retailers who provide the best economic development.

Intelligent retail design engages the community beyond the need for essential services and creates lasting activity that keeps social innovation churning.

There is no other place you will see such bang-for-your-buck social innovation than in a mainstreet.

A well managed mainstreet, that is.  An A-Beautiful-City-Managed mainstreet, I should say.


I am pleased to introduce the City of Nedlands as our newest client, meaning they will enjoy people counting data in two of their mainstreets for the next 12 months.

We installed a people counter in Hampden Road, Nedlands in June this year and the second is scheduled for 'Broadway', Nedlands this month.

Already there is a characteristic lunchtime peak in the Nedlands counting. It's from the Grey's Anatomy crowd at the Hollywood Hospital. It's very predicable and you can set your clock by it.

You could set your clock by the Mon-Fri midday peak.

You could set your clock by the Mon-Fri midday peak.

The strip of Hampden Road and Broadway, Nedlands.


Nicholas and A Beautiful City provide confidential, fee-for-service, consultation and coaching services to town councils, retailers and centre owners to create sustainable businesses, organisations and environments. Please feel free to use this form for enquiries.

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Premier withdraws drum line program at last minute: Greens call for funds to be redirected to local coastal communities' responses

Media statement, Friday, 24 October 2014

Premier Barnett must take responsibility for wasting State and Federal resources on his failed shark drum line program and must now let local coastal communities decide the best way to send public money on coastal protection, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

"Premier Barnett waited until the very last minute last night (Thursday 23 October) to withdraw his proposed three year drum line program, which was being assessed by the Federal Department of Environment with a decision by Minister Hunt due this morning,"  Ms MacLaren said.

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The death of iconic Australian politician Gough Whitlam made me wonder what leadership is and if visionary politicians still exist in Australia. Vision in modern politics appears to be dependent on opinion polls and that has created boring sameness in the political landscape, to the point where we almost have a political desert where no new trees are being planted for the future. People are leaving political parties in droves and it is hard to engage younger people in the political process because they are disillusioned with what is going on.

We have become very cynical about our federal, state and local governments and there is little trust. We do not see politicians as an extension of our communities, because there is an us and them attitude on both sides. Do politicians still represent their electorate and do they really speak for us and want the best for Australia, Western Australia, or Fremantle, or is it about feeding their own egos?

As an older person who is quite engaged in local politics I often feel my views are no longer being taken into account, but I am even more concerned that younger people don’t engage in the process, because they should let us know what kind of Freo and society they want in the future.

When I hear the many ‘visions’ of Fremantle Council I wonder if they lack the reality to deal with the fact that we have a rapidly growing ageing population in Australia. That seems to be ignored because we have a Council hell bend on telling people to hop on their bikes, get out of their cars, and don’t expect parking bays if you want to live in Freo’s CBD. That to me is discriminatory against older people because they often don’t have the fitness or courage to ride bikes or even use public transport after certain hours of the day. No car bay dwellings also ignore the needs of families who have to get their children to sporting and social events, and public transport just does not stack up to provide that sufficiently on weekends especially.

The two major visions for Fremantle in recent times were Council being pro-active on the council amalgamations and the, in my opinion slightly flawed, Economic Development Strategy.

Good vision to me is about inclusiveness. It is not about alienating some groups in our society and it is not about narrow-minded and one-eyed philosophy. Visionaries don’t create an us versus them political environment but inspire people to come on the journey with them. Leaders should inspire us to take ownership and be part of the solution, but sadly that rarely happens. People like Gough Whitlam, Paul Keating and Bob Hawke all were very controversial, but they had something Kim Beazley, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard never had, and I don’t believe John Howard and Tony Abbott had it either. Charisma, inspiration and vision are lacking in modern day politics.

In local politics visions needs to be created through real community engagement and it has to be a broad and integrated vision with many outcome targets. The implementation has to be done realistically, providing for new needs before getting rid of old ones, e.g. we should not reduce CBD parking bays before we have provide new periphery parking spaces, and while providing Youth Plaza and things to do for younger people, it is essential to also plan for a very fast ageing population. To tell us all to hop on our bikes and leave the car at home is naïve and inconsiderate to those who don’t have the fitness or courage to do so.

Vision is about looking after the entire community, not just a select small part of it. The amalgamation outcome has shown that if we do have a vision and argue our points strongly we can achieve better outcomes for all. We need to learn from that and collaborate more intensely and intently.

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The dotty polka art on the Fremantle Round House is controversial alright. 573 people came into the Round House today and asked why and what it was. The reaction was outrage, funky, cool, stupid, irrelevant, unresolved, lovely, fun, don’t like it, great, ugly, disrespectful, like it, and more.

The City of Fremantle says it is just a bit of cheeky and irreverent fun to show that heritage is very much part of our modern community.

I dressed up and dotted myself as well because I am not going to be the fun police and make a huge problem out of something that is not a big deal for me personally.

I had to take my first selfie and the young lady with me is artist Fiona Gavino.

It’s all part of the 2014 Fremantle Festival that starts this weekend.

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Greens seek revocation of sustainable forest management certification handed to the Forest Products Commission

Media statement, Thursday, 23 October 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has labelled the Forest Products Commission (FPC) ‘remarkably audacious and plainly irresponsible’ for seeking (and gaining) an environmental tick of approval from the world’s leading timber certifying body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“How the FPC has managed to persuade the FSC that it meets the criteria for sustainable and ethical forest management remains to be seen. I will be asking the Minister for Forestry whether she believes that wood chipping 600 year old karri trees and destroying habitat for WA endemic endangered species is sustainable.

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Greens seek revocation of sustainable forest management certification handed to the Forest Products Commission

Media statement, Thursday, 23 October 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has labelled the Forest Products Commission (FPC) ‘remarkably audacious and plainly irresponsible’ for seeking (and gaining) an environmental tick of approval from the world’s leading timber certifying body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“How the FPC has managed to persuade the FSC that it meets the criteria for sustainable and ethical forest management remains to be seen. I will be asking the Minister for Forestry whether she believes that wood chipping 600 year old karri trees and destroying habitat for WA endemic endangered species is sustainable.

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Greens seek revocation of sustainable forest management certification handed to the Forest Products Commission

Media statement, Thursday, 23 October 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has labelled the Forest Products Commission (FPC) ‘remarkably audacious and plainly irresponsible’ for seeking (and gaining) an environmental tick of approval from the world’s leading timber certifying body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“How the FPC has managed to persuade the FSC that it meets the criteria for sustainable and ethical forest management remains to be seen. I will be asking the Minister for Forestry whether she believes that wood chipping 600 year old karri trees and destroying habitat for WA endemic endangered species is sustainable.

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Spotted on the Round House

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WA Greens: It was only a matter of time before more distressing live export footage emerged

Media statement, Thursday, 23 October 2014.

In response to more horrific footage of live export slaughter on the streets of Gaza, Kuwait and Jordan aired on Lateline last night, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said ‘it was only a matter of time until more evidence emerged of horrendous mistreatment of Australian sheep and cattle in the Middle East’.

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I know I am biased as the Vice President of the FREMANTLE SOCIETY, and it is probably bad manners to blow one’s own trumpet, but too many people have a negative opinion about the very active lobby group, so we deserve credit for our hard work in light of yesterday’s Local Government Reform announcement by W.A. Premier Colin Barnett.

From the very start the Society showed great leadership. When we first heard about a proposed amalgamation with the City of Melville, committee immediately decided to take action and try to retain Fremantle’s unique character and identity.

President Henty Farrar and I had a meeting with Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and suggested a community campaign, which Brad supported as a good idea to have a two-fold approach to State Government. But we wanted to make it a positive campaign that embraced amalgamation, however wanted different-and better-boundaries for our city.

Our first action was a full-page Sock It Colin! advertisement in the Fremantle Herald and the action grew from there, with many young locals, such as mural graffiti artist Lady Bananas, skaters, etc. wanting to be part of it, as was David Settelmaier, staff member of Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk. FREMANTLE FOREVER was born!

We wrote submissions, created a printed and on-line petition and volunteers were out and about at the train station when Dockers games were played at Subi, we were at the Growers Green and Bathers Beach Sunset Food Market, cafes, the Fremantle Markets, the High Street Mall, etc. and we had a large number of signatures that were presented to Parliament.

And all the time we liaised closely with Mayor Brad Pettitt, who shared most of the Fremantle Forever campaign meetings.

Both Fremantle Forever and the City of Fremantle asked for the same boundaries that would be at Stock and Phoenix roads and that would see East Fremantle merge with Fremantle. Our sister city is dear to us and most of us see it as part of Fremantle, so merging with East Freo made sense.

Yesterday we got the great news that is a milestone for Fremantle. Our population will double, we will have control over development along the southern beaches and the City of Fremantle will remain. The brand Freo will grow even stronger thanks to outstanding leadership and collaboration between the Fremantle Society, the Council and the community. We did very well and should be very proud of our efforts. I am!

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It looks like there are finally serious efforts to do something about Fremantle’s most hated eyesore the Woolstores opposite Clancy’s.

The site at 48-68 Cantonment Street has been vacant, derelict and neglected for as long as I have been coming to Fremantle and the ugly buildings are the first thing cruise ship passengers see when they disembark in Freo.

There is now a so called Heads of Agreement(HOA) between the City of Fremantle and owners MMAGS Holdings to jointly find a solution and the right development for the site and heritage architect Phil Griffiths is the consultant on heritage issues.

So far it appears to be agreed on by the HOA that the 1920s building can’t be demolished and needs to be developed and restored to its former glory, while the 1950s building could be partially demolished and adaptive re-use considered, but full demolition should be avoided.

Past plans for the derelict site have included residential apartments, a hotel and an art incubation centre. It is unlikely a hotel development would be considered now that a Hilton hotel is being built over the road at the Point Street carpark site, so hopefully we see a great residential development similar to the Heirloom by Match one at the Dalgety   woolstores at Queen Victoria Street.

The development of the Cantonment Street site would be a huge step forward to Fremantle’s revitalisation, so let’s hope we won’t have to wait another 30 years for it to happen.

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Fremantle Council last night sensibly deferred a decision on Local Planning Policy 3.11 of the McCabe Street area in North Fremantle after a motion by Councillor Doug Thompson, and after Council had listened to many concerned public speakers.

The proposal for the area of buildings of up to 33 metres heigh worries many local residents and while that could easily be dismissed as the typical not in my backyard attitude, the McCabe Street plans really need an integrated approach and that is a problem because traffic and roads are not Local Government decisions.

Overshadowing, noise, loss of amenity, traffic jams, parking problems, loss of privacy, were all issues the locals were worried about, so sitting downs with officers and Councillors for another month or so won’t harm any future development on the site.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton had, what she called, a bit of a rant on how necessary high-density living is because fringe development obliterates nature, etc.

I support higher density in the right areas of Fremantle but need to remind those who see high-rise as the saviour that people in big cities are desperate to see some nature and leave in droves on weekends, creating traffic chaos on Friday nights to get out of town and on Sunday afternoon to get back in. I experienced that while living in Sydney. The traffic jams and pollution were very bad and created huge frustration.

People who live in high-rise buildings often have a sense of isolation and not feeling part of the community. Anti social behaviour, noise, lack of privacy, lack of open green relaxation space, etc. all contribute to problems that can affect the health of those who live there.

There is no doubt that traffic in the McGabe Street area needs to be managed and well planned before any increase in building heights is approved  and an integrated working party of the community, City of Fremantle, Town of Mosman Park and State Government should be formed to deal with these issues.

But residents everywhere will also have to acknowledge that any kind of new development will always impact on their life. All change does and that’s why so many people are reluctant to embrace change. The world is an evolving place and nothing will remain the same for ever in my and your backyard. That’s just the reality of life we all need to learn to live with.

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What a great win for Fremantle today’s announcement of the new boundaries at the Local Government reform are! Fremantle more or less got exactly what we asked for with the new boundaries including the amalgamation with East Fremantle and following Stock Road in the East and Phoenix Road down South, while North Fremantle remains with Freo.

This has been an exemplary and outstanding collaboration between the City of Fremantle council and administration and the local community. Our positive attitude toward boundary reform paid off.

We did not accept the initial proposal of being swallowed up by the City of Melville and the Fremantle Society started the great Sock it Colin campaign that became the bipartisan and non-political Fremantle Forever campaign. Volunteers were at the markets, train stations, cafes, etc, to collect signatures for our submission, where we asked the State Government to consider and embrace our alternative boundaries. The City of Fremantle did the same. We never said no to amalgamation, we just wanted the best possible boundaries for Fremantle that would retain our identity and unique character.

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Josh’s House Wins National HIA GreenSmart Award for Water Efficiency

Josh’s House has recently been announced as the 2014 winner of the National Housing Industry Association (HIA) GreenSmart Award for Water Efficiency. GreenSmart has been the HIA’s flagship environmental program since 1999. It allows Australia’s building industry to improve efficiency and reduce waste in the construction of homes leaving a legacy of safer more sustainable homes for the occupants into ...

PERTH ACTION: Justice for Ms Dhu

We call on concerned members of the WA Community to come together and support the Family and community of Ms Dhu who tragically died in a Port Hedland lock up last month.

The family are demanding answers to numerous questions surrounding the death of their loved one.

The Public Rally & March in Perth will take place from Supreme Court Gardens (Riverside) forming up from 11:30am and marching off up Barrack St, left into St Georges Tce and up to Parliament House.

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Fremantle artist Fional Gavino is giving the Round House a facelift as part of this year’s Fremantle Festival. She is attaching lots of fluorescent yellow dots all over the building.

Some people hate it and believe it is desecration of the heritage building which is the first public building built in Western Australia, but I thinks it looks quite cute.

Arthur Head is now part of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct, so I assume we can expect more  art installations in the area in the future

Are they arty dots or blots? What is your opinion?

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Fremantle by Marika Brock

Marika had her previous exhibition at Ootong & Lincoln if you remember. Now her latest work is on display at the Tradewinds Hotel restaurant.

Marika takes the chance to print her work on large scale, allowing the colour and graphic imagery to have its full impact on the viewer. The framed works have been lacquered, adding a brushstroke finish that (along with colour and composition) intentionally leaves the viewer wondering if they are looking at a painting or a photograph.

Smaller works are available at her recently opened shop at the Fremantle Markets and from the Anya Brock gallery in MANY6160.

Date: Opening night Thursday 23rd October, 6-9pm. Exhibition runs till 28th November.
Where: Tradewinds Hotel restaurant, 159 Canning Highway, Fremantle

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The Passing Of An Era

It is with sadness I heard this morning about the death of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam at the age of 98. He was a big man in both stature and actions.

I believe he was the last of the great political leaders, in his wake the role of politicians has changed from that of leadership to that of management. Malcolm Fraser was forced into that position due to the sacking of Whitlam by the then Governor General John Kerr being on the grounds of poor financial management by the Labor Government. John Howard turned this management style into a fine art, at the expense of vision.

But back to Gough Whitlam, when he came to power he hit the ground running driven by political aspirations for a better Australia. Whitlam’s opposition to the Viet Nam war and drive for social justice brought Labor to power after the ‘It’s Time’ campaign in 1972.

During the Whitlam government’s three years in office, a record number of bills were enacted, and change swept through the nation. This left an unrivalled legacy for Australia, a legacy we are still enjoying today.

Key changes were in the recognition of the first people, with the handing over of title deeds of traditional lands in the Northern Territory to the Gurundji people at Wattle Creek, From little things big things grow (Kev Carmody). The education sector was opened up to all, with university fees being abolished and needs-based funding for government schools instigated. Also the health system was forever changed, with the introduction of Medibank, now known as Medicare. Whitlam also made proactive moves for Australia to engage with China, something our wealth is now built on.

In 3 years Whitlam used political vision and expertise to cement a strong future for Australia. No political manager could ever have done that, and I mourn the loss of such incredible political leadership.

RIP Gough, you are sadly missed.

Minutes of GPP Meeting 26 / 8 / 14

Minutes of Gibson Park Precinct Meeting Tuesday 26th August, 2014

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

Attendance : 9 persons including 2 Councillors – Doug Thompson, Ingrid Waltham Apologies : Karl Paterson, Val Cousens, Annolies Truman
Minutes of Previous Meeting :-

Minutes of previous meeting accepted as read with small correction by Coralie where it was stated in General Business – Gibson Park Parking, that ‘Police called out’. Coralie corrected that to her knowledge Police have not been called out over parking issues.

Meeting Chair Person : Barry Healy. (As Karl was away, Coralie took the minutes.) Meeting opened : –


Intersection of East and Holland Street plans – Steve Boni.
Parking at Gibson Park – Coralie Clarke and others.
Seminar 11/9/14 – re – Occupational Health Society of Australia – Study into Diesel Particulates – Barry Healy.


Steve received a letter from Council on 14th August regarding the Blackspot Programme – changing traffic operations to block entry into East Street.
Steve said there is some chaos morning and afternoons with John Curtin School, however he felt the proposal was an overreaction considering the resultant inconvenience to residents.

Steve showed a couple of alternatives, and also indicated that a lollipop person would actually solve all of the problems. An alternative to the plan, shifting it to Chalmers Streets, did not make residents happy either, considering issues of High Street traffic and various issues that would need to be addressed for this option, including re-aligning corners and removing transformers etc. Residents felt there are other options that would be more effective and less costly.

Steve felt the issue was going to adversely affect residents, when in fact it is the schools problem. Barry asked what the residents were requesting. Steve felt that either of the two options shown to the

meeting would be more acceptable to residents rather than what was being proposed. Doug said there was a difference between what people would like done, and what can actually be done.

Ingrid felt that the impact on residents was for short periods, and could probably be better dealt with using a lollipop person rather than the other costly options, and that would solve all the problems. The safety issue was the most important aspect. Ingrid suggested Holland Street residents go on line and complete a survey regarding traffic calming on East Street.

Barry proposed Steve take it up as a private citizen with council, and Gibson Park Precinct Committee request council staff engage with residents as a council project.

That all proposals should be looked at, including funding from the Blackspot Programme, and that applying for funding should be directed at the best proposal.
Letter to go to Council from GPPC for the proposals. Proposal was carried.


Much discussion ensued over this issue once again. Jane said there was more chaos than ever before. Jane, Gerald and June felt that people are now parking on Chudleigh Street, particularly the west side. She said the situation is getting worse. People are parking there all year now. She believed people are confused because of the sign change. Coralie pointed out that the problem has been going on since 1972, when original signs were erected, and that the signs were changed recently because residents were being fined on weekdays.

It was suggested getting Cameron Bartowski – Council Parking Manager to come to the next meeting. Coralie pointed out that this has been done before, and signs were changed to stop residents being fined during the week, even though the netball isn’t policed on the Saturdays.

Jane pointed out the danger due to lack of visibility getting out of properties with the illegal parking and visibility. Concern was raised as to where would netballers park, and it was generally accepted that the concern should be for resident safety and interruption to their lifestyle on netball days (residents can’t have visitors or parties, and children can’t play outside, and pets have to be locked up). Gerald felt people could walk or bus to the netball, and another suggested using areas on

Montreal Street and busing people to the netball.

Barry suggested letterboxing residents to come to a meeting over the parking problems. Coralie felt that considering how long the problem has existed, residents in the area were cynical about getting anything done.

Doug remarked we didn’t have a problem as it was only 1 day a week for the season, and other places have a bigger problem. Coralie pointed out that
it isn’t just one day a week anymore, but almost every evening on the top courts, with the loudspeaker blaring, and those people in Forrest Street

in front of the park get most of the noise, dust, mess and parking
problems, because people won’t walk 20, 30 or 50 metres, they want to step out of their cars and across the road to the court.

It was resolved to request traffic officers police the area of Forrest,
Holland and Chudleigh Streets each Saturday during netball season, and the parking bylaws be actively enforced. Proposal was carried, and GPPC request a response by council by the next Precinct meeting.

Coralie commented that on speaking to a Council Officer on the previous Saturday that netballers were going to go to A Current Affair over parking fines.

Coralie pointed out that this had been gone over previously many times, and council still refuse to fine netball illegal parking yet they will
fine people for parking in Fremantle trying to shop, at a time when they
are trying to bring more people into the city. It doesn’t make any sense when Government Departments and Instrumentalities are crying poor all of the time, putting up residents rates and charges, when there are thousands of dollars to be made from illegal and dangerous parking every Saturday around Gibson Park and council refuses to act on it.


Barry would like to approach Fremantle City Council to hold another of the same seminars to inform residents and council staff of the above concerns relating to diesel particulates. He suggested the GPPC make the approach to Fremantle Council. Barry will email everyone the details and get up a letterbox drop to inform residents. Dr. George Crisp from Doctors For The Environment to be asked to address the group. Proposal was carried.

Barry expressed some surprise that the West Australian Newspaper has taken

up the issue based on happenings in Vancouver.

He asked if the two Fremantle Councillors present wanted to report on anything.

Doug is waiting on Local Government Advisory Board re particulars of Council Amalgamations. LCAB – 2 submissions for further community consultations. Melville and Cockburn submissions have been pared back affecting boundaries.

Some discussion ensued regarding North Fremantle leaving Fremantle. it was felt that splitting Fremantle and North Fremantle over two councils would problematize port functions, thus making the split less likely.

Fremantle would probably extend to Stock Road, taking in Palmyra and Bicton. O’Connor and Samson may go, which would be sad considering the names and connection to Fremantle.

Some discussion ensued about how much rates would go down with the changes. There was general agreement that rates or anything for that matter would never go down.

Doug pointed out the rubbish removal is included in Fremantle rates, and although Coralie pointed out that Fremantle residents pay to go to the tip, where many other councils provided their residents with passes, it was generally agreed that Fremantle Council did have a good rubbish removal and recovery programme.

Further discussion ensued about a facility for removing and recycling mattresses by Garbology. You can ring them and they will pick up or you can take re-cyclables to their facility in O’Connor. They have an
ideology that rubbish isn’t just waste, that there is value in our waste,
and Garbology is making rubbish a business.

MEETING CLOSED AT 8.05 pm. Next Meeting Tuesday 28th October 2014, unless advised otherwise.

Check Freospace for details: Contact Persons :-

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

Greens congratulate candidate for making Vasse seat marginal

Media statement, Monday, 20 October 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has congratulated Vasse candidate Michael Baldock and his campaign team for ‘knocking 2500 doors and earning an 8% swing in their favour even though the campaign timeframe was remarkably short’.

“Michael is a well-respected member of the community in Vasse, voters recognised sound policies and a strong vision for a sustainable future. Michael offered balance and an interest in education, health and community infrastructure that appealed to many.

“I’d also like to note that the decision to encourage voters to choose their own order of preferences was welcomed by voters as evidenced by the low number of informal votes.

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Newsletter Index 1994-2004

The Fremantle Society Newsletter index has been developed to make the articles in the newsletters more accessible for researchers of Fremantle’s History. A print copy is available at the History Centre at Fremantle City Library. Staff can assist with searching the print copy or an electronic copy.

It is indexed by name, subject, place and article. Also included is a list of events which have been organised by the Fremantle History Society and a look at this list certainly demonstrates the range of topics and places the society has highlighted over the years. Also listed are the committee members for the last twenty years.

An electronic copy is available here. Index 1994-2004


 Fremantle residents or students are encouraged to take up an exclusive opportunity to apply for a full scholarship to sail Leeuwin on an incredible ocean adventure in 2014 funded by the City of Fremantle. Three young locals will be selected among applicants to take part in a 2014 ocean adventure valued at $1980 for free. […]

Two key Oxfam events in Freo this week

The Freo Oxfam Group has two worthwhile events coming up this week: Tuesday is a night with Climate Warriors and Friday is a their annual quiz night. Detail below. Get along if you can. A night with Climate Warriors When Tuesday, 21 October 2014 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Where Fremantle Town Hall Come along and meet […]


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Friday at the Fremantle Round House is never dull. Rigger Bryn Davies scaled the dizzy heights of the flagpole at the gun deck to repair some of the halyards.

Mike Pauly (73 years young) kept his feet on the ground – feet which will carry him around Australia solo on his Oz Soul Walk raising funds for Men’s Mental Health and Arthritis research.

Mike started his journey earlier this year but had to interrupt it at Fitzroy Crossing because he needed urgent hernia operations. He will continue his walk in March next year.

He came up to the Round House to be photographed for the Fremantle Gazette newspaper and was also snapped by tour guide Cheryl.


Government Vandalism

1C3A18621C3A1866The Round House was the first permanent building built in the Swan River Colony. Built in late 1830 and opened in 1831, it is the oldest building still standing in Western Australia.

Tourists flock to see and photograph the Round House and every weekend newly marrieds have their photographs taken in front of the building.

So who in their right mind would decide to put an ugly sign, interpreted by only train drivers, in front of this beautiful and historic building?

These signs are all along the rail line. I am not entirely sure what they mean, but I am sure that there are other means to alert train drivers.

Meanwhile, I will be writing to the Minister for Transport, Dean Nalder.

Premier's rogue shark nonsense is endangering Western Australians

 Media statement, Friday, 17 October 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says documents justifying a Federal Government exemption that enabled protected great white sharks to be killed off Esperance this month raise doubts about the quality of information the WA Premier fed to the Federal Environment Minister.

"It seems that Premier Barnett's continuing 'rogue sharks' fantasy might have led to him to make dubious claims to the Federal Environment Minister," Ms MacLaren said.

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Wirpanda Foundation

It was really nice to have former Fremantle Dockers AFL player Troy Cook at the Fremantle Round House all day today, where he was greeting the teams who participated in the Wirrpanda Foundation Amazing Race.

Organisations such as the Wirrpanda and Clontarf foundations are invaluable in their support for Aboriginal youth, so it was a delight to be of some assistance to the teams and answer their questions about the importance the Round House has in Nyoongar history. Unfortunately it is a rather sad one that also relates to the atrocious Rottnest Island Quod indigenous prison where nearly 400 Aboriginal men died.

Roel Loopers

Off to War – New Book


Retail in Fremantle Part Three: The future of Freo’s high streets

In this final part on the series on the future of retail I want take some what we have learnt from the experience of high streets globally and ask what this might mean for Fremantle going forward. Before looking at where to from here let’s have a quick look at where Fremantle is at now. […]

Greens push through bike safety bill in response to fatalities

Media statement, Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren will tomorrow urgently bring forward debate for her Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill after a recent cycling death has demonstrated ‘how critical it is that we act immediately to protect vulnerable road users’.

“I welcome increased funding for bike paths by the State Government, but this infrastructure will take time and money to implement, we need to act now before more lives are lost.

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Local FREO TALL SHIP – Leeuwin needs your VOTE!

The local not-for-profit youth development sail training – Leeuwin is one of the 10 finalists in the Orange Seed Project and they need your help in the way of votes! Follow the link and click ‘vote’ for their video. If they win they will receive a total gift package of more than $100,000 in marketing […]


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There is quite a bit of colour all around the Round House at Arthur Head with wildflowers, so another reason to come and have a look at the heritage and Bathers Beach Art Precinct area. It’s really lovely up there at this time of the year and the views over the Indian Ocean from the gun deck are magnificent.

Pop in and say G’Day to the tour guides!

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Greens oppose major waste incineration plants for global day of action

Media statement, Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has today as part of a global day of action on incinerators urged the State Government to implement better programmes for reducing, reusing and recycling waste rather than proceed with proposals to burn large quantities of household waste.

“Our efforts to reduce landfill shouldn’t lead to even greater environmental hazards like an increase in dioxins or furans.

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