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Sharing some photos with you I took around the Victoria Quay area at Fremantle port today.

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Just some photos I took today of three funky small retail shops in Fremantle in High, Market and Cantonment streets.

Support our local retailers!

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26 Parry Street

There is an information session at 5.30 this Thursday about this proposal for 26 Parry Street in Fremantle. I am not sure if this is at the tennis club there but I actually like this design and the street can do with a bit of modernisation.

Unfortunately the session coincides with the goodbye for Chamber CEO Tim Milsom so I won’t be able to attend.

What is your opinion?

What is even more interesting though is that the neglected Marilyn New owned woolstores opposite Clancy’s at 48-68 Cantonment Street is on the Council agenda tomorrow evening, but it is “Confidential” so not open to the public. I hope the Elected members will not bend over backwards to approve more height or allow part demolition of the iconic heritage building.

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port activity, tiff

If Professor Dora Marinova of the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy wanted to make a point against the Roe 8 highway extension through wetlands she did not do very well at it in her letter published in the West Australian today.

Her argumentation that Fremantle has to choose between “an attractive tourist port to enjoy cappuccino culture and the W.A. dining boom” or become “an industrial hub for smooth transport of goods…” is pretty flawed.

The Fremantle working port has complimented the Freo cappuccino lifestyle for decades. The port is a major attraction that many visitors and locals enjoy. It is fantastic to sit at Victoria Quay or the South Mole and watch the arriving and departure of ships, and it is a great sight to see ships float by from Cliff, Mouat, Henry, Pakenham, Market and Queens streets.

The planned development of Victoria Quay will make the port an even greater attraction and destination for young and old, locals and visitors.

I am amazed that an academic would suggest it has to be either or and that a working port can’t exist side by side with a tourist town and shopping destination. It’s that kind of one-eyed statements that CUSP gets rightly criticised for because we should expect a bit of balance from a university, no matter how much they want to sell their own philosophy.

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There is an interesting article about the proposed Fremantle Transport Strategy in today’s West Australian.

It reports that plans are on the way for speed limits as low as 10 km/h and for shared roads that will make “pedestrian kings.”

There is also the aim to let on-street parking make way for wider footpaths and green spaces and discourage motorists to drive into the inner city. The newspaper quotes Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt “Heart of the strategy is to make motorists not to want to drive into the centre…”

The City would also encourage developers to build car-free homes and endeavours to make Market Street a shared pedestrian, car and bicycle street by the end of this year.

I wonder though if this could be yet again a cart before the horse approach by COF because first the carparks on the ring roads will need to be build before an attempt should be made to reduce CBD car parking.

The last thing the struggling retailers need at present is to make it more difficult for motorists to get into the inner city, but these arguments appear to fail to make any impact at Fremantle Council.

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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


Bakers Square

This coming weekend is the start of the 2014 FREMANTLE FESTIVAL so get ready Freo.

There are a lot of things happening including the traditional Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday. It starts at 2 pm from the Basilica.

But let’s just slowly wind into it on Saturday with the huge Garage Sale at Kings Square from 8 am and the open house at the Fib-Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street from 11 am.

But also try to make the short trip to Hammy Hill for the Bakers Square Community Fiesta. It’s all going to be relaxing fun, and stuff the weather forecast, a bit of rain won’t dampen our spirit, we are after all a port city.

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Greek at UNDA

If the world is all Greek to you, it might be time to head to the Fremantle Notre Dame University this Saturday October 25, where Professor George Contogeorgis, who teaches Political Science at the Ponteion University of Athens, will present HELLINISM AT CROSSROADS-The Greek Nation in the Contemporary World.

It starts at 6 pm at the Medicine Lecture Theatre at 38 Henry Street and will be followed by a reception. Entry is free.

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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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High Street mall music

A university journalism student doing an interview with me on the future of Fremantle asked me last week what I believe the major challenges for Fremantle are and my answer was “beating perceptions.”

What I meant is that I do not believe Fremantle has unique problems other councils don’t have, but that there is a perception in the community and with visitors that we do have issues other councils don’t have.

The perception that Fremantle has got more severe parking, safety, economic, governance and development problems than other local councils, is in my opinion not correct, but even wrong perceptions become reality and need to be addressed and fought and solutions have to be found to get rid off them.

If visitors and locals believe there are not enough available parking bays in the CBD they won’t come to shop here. If people believe it is not safe to walk the inner city streets because of violence, anti-social behaviour, street drinking, etc, they will stay away. If business people believe the Freo economy is on an unstoppable downturn, they won’t open new retail outlets here. If investors believe there is an anti-development lobby and attitude in Fremantle they won’t apply for planning approvals for new buildings. If the perception is that Fremantle Council is too green, naïve, unrealistic, anti-cars and too pro-bikes than the brand Fremantle is in danger.

But what is the reality of Fremantle? I drive past the electronic parking signs and through the CBD daily and on almost every day there are plenty of available parking bays at Queensgate, Parry and Collie Street, and believe it or not, there are even vacant parking bays in the west end. It might just require a drive around the block once or twice, as I have to do when I go to shopping centres.

The Freo economy is hurting as much as other local councils around Perth, WA, Australia, and the entire world. The Global Financial Crisis hit hard and left deep marks and the recovery is a very slow and frustrating process, but given time Freo will recover, prosper and bloom and will once again be one of the most attractive destinations in Western Australia.

There is little evidence of innocent shoppers often being attacked by the few obnoxious drunks that frequent the CBD. No doubt that they are a nuisance and the foul and abusive language can be intimidating, but overall Fremantle is not less safe than Perth, Subi, Leederville, etc.

There is no anti-development lobby or attitude in Freo. There might be less than a handful of people who hate change and want Freo to remain the same, but most of us support excellent modern human scale development in the central city and beyond. We are not anti-development but against bad and inappropriate development, and that is a huge difference developers should take note off.

Is Freo Council more inept than other councils? I don’t think so. Not every Councillor is outstanding, and some sections of the administration can be less than average at times, but if we keep it all in perspective we’d see that the same complaints are made about local governments in other parts of Western Australia. The newspapers are full with letters to the editors by people who are not happy with the performance of their Council. Communities are not easy to please and we are a pretty demanding lot.

Fremantle has serious challenges but none are insurmountable if we all work toward the common goal of making Freo an even better city, preserving our unique lifestyle and heritage, and insisting that only the best is good enough for Freo.

What we should not accept is compromise that will result in mediocrity, to appease developers and businesses. We are much too good for that!

One big challenge is for those of us who live here is to stop talking down Fremantle. Tourists love it here and have nothing but praise for our city, so let’s do the same and get rid of all those negative and wrong perceptions!

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A report about the benefits of trees in our suburbs makes one wonder even more why   cleanfelling of so many mature trees was allowed at the former Kim Beazley school site in White Gum Valley to make way for residential housing.

The report in the West Australian says that there is growing evidence that the environment and human health benefit from trees and that trees reduce the temperatures in cities.

There is a worry that urban infill, as demanded by State Government, will help speed up the disappearance of mature trees in our suburbs, as nature will make way for dwellings.

Cities like Perth, Armadale and Belmont have ‘urban forest strategies’ while Vincent and Bayswater have targets to increase the tree canopy.

I believe the City of Fremantle also has a target to plant a certain number of new trees each year, but it is counter productive to kill old trees, that have matured over decades, and replace them with new saplings that will need years to make an impact

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It’s only a few more sleeps till the W.A. State Government will announce the new council boundaries in the local government reform process. The report by Local Government Minister Tony Simpson is due for this week, so stay tuned.

Fremantle ran the very positive Fremantle Forever campaign, initiated by the Fremantle Society, to get the best possible boundaries for our city, but against merging with the City of Melville, and all indications are that we will get close to what we have asked for with new Freo boundaries at Stock Road encroaching into Melville, and taking some of the southern beaches and parts of Cockburn.

What is disappointing though is that media reports claim Premier Colin Barnett is not happy with the Local Government Advisory Panel’s recommendations and wants to pull the City of Perth out of the process, which will make those in Leederville wonder if democracy and local community input for them will be all but gone.

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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 […]


Bryn Davies Rigger 001 Mike Pauly

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.


A magic kid

SAM PARRISH is a youngster worth keeping an eye on—a very, very close eye.

The 12-year-old’s magic skills are so mesmerising he’s become the youngest trickster in WA to score a regular, paid gig and has been “adopted” by the WA Society of Magicians, whose membership is restricted to 16s and over.

Society president Andy Brown admits Sam is already better than some 30-year veterans of the club.

The Attadale youngster turned up about a year ago with mum Tina in tow. They were told he wouldn’t be able to join because of his age, but Ms Parrish convinced members to let him stay and watch.

“At each meeting we have a performance time where all the magicians learning a new trick perform it in front of the others and they give feedback,” Mr Brown told the Herald. “Sam got up there and we were expecting him to do some easy 12-year-old kid tricks. Instead, we all stood there with our mouths open. He is going to be going somewhere.”

For the moment, that somewhere is Fremantle’s Cicerello’s: Sam’s start there is the stuff of legend.

He’d been volunteering for some time to make kids smile at Princess Margaret Hospital’s cancer ward and at Melville’s library and day care centres but, keenly interested in gambling sleights-of-hand, he thought of approaching a local restaurant. Cicerello’s agreed to give him an audition.

“I could not have picked a better night because as as soon as I walked in, two kids who’d been at one of the shows at the library started yelling ‘look, it’s Sam! It’s Sam’,” the youngster told the Herald.

The boys’ father, who’d missed the show, begged Sam to perform at their table. He did a couple of tricks and received a $10 tip. The floor manager, who’d been videoing the impromptu audition, went to give his boss a call. In the meantime another table that’d seen the performance called him over and, while waiting for the manager to return, Sam whipped out a quick example of his more meatier magic.

“When I finished the grand-dad took a $50 tip out of his wallet—that’s the biggest tip I’ve ever received,” Sam beams.

• The amazing Sam Parrish and his favourite Jack of Hearts: he has 100 packs of cards. Photo by Steve Grant

• The amazing Sam Parrish and his favourite Jack of Hearts: he has 100 packs of cards. Photo by Steve Grant

Cicerello’s hired him on the spot.

Sam practises several hours a day, consuming dozens of books: “While I’m watching a movie I will have cards in my hand, when I have breakfast I have cards in my hand,” he says.

His mum says he has a photographic memory, which should come in handy for his attempt to master memorising the position of every card in a shuffled deck.

Don’t try this at home, as one of Sam’s first attempts frizzled his brain and, after four intense hours, he had to lie down in a darkened room till his mind started working again.

He’s passionate about old-school magicians and is dismissive of the rise of ‘YouTube magic’, saying lots of people are learning a trick or two but they’re mangling them and giving magic a bad name.

“One of the most disappointing things that has happened to me as a magician was I was performing for a friend, and he really loved the trick, but his sister walked next door and looked it up on YouTube then came back and told everyone how it happened.”

He says such revelations harm magic’s allure and those who seek to make a living inventing new tricks or adding variations to old standards.

“Everything Dynamo does, people instantly say it’s a camera trick, even when I know that it’s not, so it takes away a little of the magic and I find that quite upsetting.”

Sam’s already cemented his signature style (including perfect patter) on 15 tricks he’s mastered and has a few waiting in the wings until they’re perfected, including one that left the Chook gob-smacked: despite looking really closely we couldn’t see how he did it.

Despite the stars in his eyes, young Sam is keenly aware that making a living from magic can be a tough job and is planning to have a back-up career—perhaps journalism.

Although he’s yet to finish primary school, that ambition already looks like a shoe-in, because this remarkably talented young man has the brains to match his magic—he’s already been offered a full scholarship to Wesley College and was offered a place in the first round of Perth Modern School’s gifted academics stream because of his marks.


Quay plan released

A SMALL cultural centre opposite the Fremantle post office is one of the suggestions in a precinct plan for Victoria Quay released last week.

The centre on Pioneer Park could highlight its archaeology, says local architects CODA who prepared the precinct plan for Fremantle Ports. It’s part of a broader plan to build 3000sqm of office and retail space on Victoria Quay and redevelop the area around Fremantle train station to increase the area’s connection to the CBD. Fremantle council and the public transport authority are also involved.

On the other end of the park—which has remains from some of the city’s oldest buildings—CODA has suggested student housing or short-stay accommodation with no parking.

“Development within Pioneer Park will activate the area and improve surveillance to Pioneer Park and the adjacent streets,” says the architect’s report.

However, if the council—which controls the land—decides against developing the land, the report says it should build a small skate park or playground.

On the quay itself there’s a 10-storey tower proposed directly behind the Fremantle Railway Station, a second four to six-storey office block opposite Pakenham Street and then four distinct areas of two-storey development with some open space in between.

The entrance to the bus interchange, long a bane of both drivers and pedestrians, would be pushed north to Queen Street. CODA says because of the added pressures of more residents and workers in the area, drivers will have to accept equal rights with cyclists and pedestrians on Market and Phillimore streets and Elder Place.

The plan has gone straight to the WAPC and the public has run out of time to contribute, although Freo council is preparing a response to go to the planning commission.


Precinct wants plan rebrewed

IT was standing room only at the North Fremantle community hall on Tuesday as 120 residents gathered to hear about plans to ramp up residential density around the old Matilda Bay Brewery.

Fremantle council is about to decide on a new policy which proposes lifting the height limits to 33 metres on a section of the brewery and Tasker’s site across the road. (We reported last week that the council’s planning committee wanted to go to 42 metres, but they later got vertigo and ditched that idea which we missed—sorry about that).

Council’s acting director of planning Paul Garbutt presented the North Fremantle Community Association and Precinct with plans showing perspectives and potential overshadowing and later took questions from the crowd.

Most of the debate was dominated by concerns about traffic and xparking, with opposition to opening up Thompson Road to McCabe Street strongly outlined by many of the speakers. Many also queried the cumulative density of the three sites covered by the policy (the old One Steel factory is also roped in).

Once Mr Garbutt, mayor Brad Pettitt and councillors Andrew Sullivan and Doug Thompson left, the association voted to ask the council to defer a decision on the sites and instigate further consultation. It also wants all moves to open Thompson Road dropped and for the council to consider ways other than high towers to increase the density of the area.


Call to secure derelict CBD site

A FREMANTLE shop owner is worried kids will get hurt playing inside a derelict CBD property.

Planet Ark owner David Dalgarno says the sprawling site at the corner of Point and Adelaide Streets is riddled with asbestos, broken glass and running water: “I called the police because teenage boys and girls were climbing over rubbish, including asbestos, broken glass and jagged metal going through open doors,” he says.

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“Three doors are wide open, water is pouring out of open plumbing and sharp scrap metal is everywhere. The barriers are wide open to the public.”

Fremantle council health manager Matthew Piggott says the council has ordered the demolition company to secure the site properly and report back ASAP.

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He says the company doesn’t think there’s asbestos on site but will check just in case.


DAPs in the spotlight

THEIR own fight is lost but members of Alfred Cove’s Striker Balance community action group won’t give up battling what they call the injustice of WA’s development assessment panel system.

This week Striker Balance organiser Geoff Pearson and supporters, along with MP Matt Taylor and Cr Nick Pazolli, attended a parliamentary committee to state their case, on the back of a 3619-signature petition presented to MPs.

The group remains deeply unhappy with the process that resulted in the approval of a multi-storey 84-unit complex for the old Striker Pavilion site.

Despite organising massive opposition, winning the support of local MPs and the council and pointing out how radically the development will reshape the area, the plans were approved by the local development assessments panel.

DAPs were introduced by the Barnett government to streamline major development applications, bypassing elected councils. Ninety-two per cent of all applications that have gone before the five-member panels (three members appointed, two drawn from the local council) have sailed through.

Melville council CEO Shayne Silcox also fronted the committee. Mr Pearson said Dr Silcox described the DAP system as “deeply flawed and left councils generally between a rock and a hard place”.

“I was pleased to see that the committee were obviously as astonished, confused [and] bewildered at the Kitchener Road decision and the excessive use of discretionary powers as we all have been,” Mr Pearson said.

Round two is next Wednesday at 10.15am when members of the DAP that made the Striker decision will front the committee to answer questions.

In a closing message to the vast mailing list taking on the DAPs, Mr Pearson told supporters “what will this all achieve? We do not know, but we are finally being listened to, and with us sitting there as silent witnesses, those who have done this to us will be forced to answer.”


A bullet through the fishing fleet

IT’S just after 2am on a cool November morning in 1977 and the crews of Fremantle’s fishing fleet are slapping through the waves towards WA’s lucrative grounds—except Frank Mazzeo.

Despite being an ambitious young skipper and this being the opening of the season, Mr Mazzeo is curled up in bed with his wife, Filomena. It’s easy to imagine a cheeky grin or two pulling on his face even though he’s sleeping, for he’s about to put a bullet through the fleet.

The bullet is the Aquarius, a leisure boat he’s converted into a trawler that, at 24 knots, is more than twice the speed of any other. It means he can sleep in till 5am and arrive at the fishing grounds before his rivals, and be back home tucking into dinner while they’re still chugging through the night.

“Back then everyone was doing 9 or 10 knots, but the Aquarius did 24 knots,” Mr Mazzeo proudly told the Herald this week, 37 years later. “After that the boats came up—15, 20 knots—and not one of them does less today.”

Born in Tonnarella, Sicily and arriving in Fremantle in 1953, Mr Mazzeo recalls that after the initial dropped-jaw responses to the Aquarius’ speed there was some jealousy. Fishing’s always been a tough, uncompromising business with tough, uncompromising characters, but with the extra speed and reach he was able to keep out of harm’s way.

Aquarius’ star shone brightly but briefly. Four months later she caught fire and Mr Mazzeo and his crew (brother Dominic and brother-in-law Giuseppe) had to abandon ship and be rescued by the Ricciardi family, fishing nearby.

Mr Mazzeo chartered a boat to finish the season but the owner warned he had to meet a prior commitment to take an international act out to see the seals at Carnac Island.

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• A good day in the 90s pulling in a massive haul of scallops. Photo supplied

It turned out to be ABBA, who had just hit mega stardom after the release a few months earlier of Fernando. Mr Mazzeo says despite the hysteria, the Swedes were down-to-earth and everyone had a great time (he accidentally copped an eyeful of one “down below” but we’ll not reveal who).

He was invited back to their hotel before that night’s sell-out performance at the entertainment centre and, despite a security guard’s raised eyebrows over the fisherman crashing the biggest band in the world’s party, he soon had them all chowing down on crayfish.

The Aquarius wasn’t Mr Mazzeo’s first major contribution to Fremantle’s fishing industry. He’d used his second boat, Santa Rita, to explore deep water which extended the crayfish season beyond December.

Previously, fishers thought white crayfish disappeared after the season, but Mr Mazzeo dropped a few pots out further and discovered that where rock and coral gave way to a sandy bottom, there were plenty of crays still to be found.

Later he fished the coast around Bunbury and Cape Naturaliste, discovering new red crayfish grounds and was active helping immigrant fishermen get their licences to break into the industry.

He says two other highlights of his career were sailing the Sea Tang from Cairns around the Gulf of Carpentaria and back to Fremantle, and taking a star turn in the Aussie film Justice, which starred Marcus Graham and Kerry Armstrong.

After four decades behind the wheel Mr Mazzeo hung up his skipper’s hat in 2000, but he retains a strong association with the industry through the annual Blessing of the Fleet. He was first invited to join the organising committee in 1965 and he and Nick Visaggio are the only two still active from that era.

This year’s Blessing of the Fleet will open the Fremantle Festival on Sunday October 26. It starts at 9.45am with a mass at St Patrick’s Basilica, followed by a procession to Fishing Boat Harbour at 2pm. There’s a cracker display at the Esplanade reserve at 3.15pm and fireworks at 8pm.

Massie’s all for Malays

FREMANTLE councillor Bill Massie has taken over as president of victims’ rights group Justice First.

Founder Jim Richardson is retiring because he’s 80 and is battling cancer.

Cr Massie says he’s a reluctant president who’s only taking on the job in tribute to the efforts put in by his predecessor.

Mr Richardson established the group following the one-punch death of his son Grant in Yangebup in 2008. He’s pursued a hard-line agenda towards sentencing that’s upset plenty a soft heart along the way.

With Cr Massie urging law-makers and police to visit Malaysia and import its corporal punishment regime to Australia, it’s fair to say the organisation’s not heading anywhere moderate in the interim.

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“We’re planning a serious membership drive,” Cr Massie says of his aims for the group, which has 96 members on the books.

“There are too many survivors of crime who aren’t willing to come forward,” he told the Herald.

He’s hoping to convince victim support groups, such as the Homicide Victims’ Support Group, to amalgamate under one banner, convinced that pooling resources will lead to better outcomes.

Mr Richardson says he’s tried to bring them together before, but thinks they were afraid he was trying to take them over.

Cr Massie says Justice First’s big success was its role in convincing the Barnett government to introduce WA’s first victims of crime commissioner Jennifer Hoffman, although Mr Richardson says he’s not convinced she’s been effective enough.


Roundhouse goes dotty for festival

THE Roundhouse will be festooned with giant yellow stickers this Fremantle Festival, and history buff Les Green isn’t best pleased.

A volunteer heritage guide for 10 years, but speaking with his private citizen hat on, he says his personal view is the stickers on WA’s oldest building are “disrespectful” and could damage the walls.

“It’s a blot on heritage,” he says. “People died here!”

Apart from being completely out of character, the glue used to attach the FIFO-yellow spots to the building are damaging to the ancient building, he says.

But Freo council insists they’re safe following ongoing testing, and says they’re intended “to promote the Fremantle festival and to showcase WA’s oldest public building in a whole new light to a whole new audience”.

A look at a sample 32cm sticker pilfered from the building shows grit does pull away with the glue. It’s only a small amount but it all adds up and Mr Green says the council shouldn’t be accelerating the wear the old place suffers from wind and salt and visitors.

The idea was given the all-clear by the city’s heritage architect Alan Kelsall “to ensure the heritage fabric will not be compromised”.

• Les Green reckons dolling up the Roundhouse—where people were imprisoned and died—with yellow spots is in bad taste and could damage the building.

• Les Green reckons dolling up the Roundhouse—where people were imprisoned and died—with yellow spots is in bad taste and could damage the building.

“[The stickers] will actually be attached to the mortar (which is replaced regularly), not the limestone itself,” community development director Marisa Spaziani says.

“Agneishka never would have let this happen,” another roundhouse guide tutted, referring to Mr Kelsall’s predecessor, Agneishka Kiera.

We asked how many the council planned to stick on and Ms Spaziani replied, “there will be enough polka dots to have an engaging impact and to provide a conversation starter, which it seems to be doing already even before they’re placed!”

The roundhouse was completed back in 1831, its historic round design based on philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s “panopticon” model for a prison meant to be “a new mode of obtaining power over mind” as inmates felt they were always being watched.

“Morals reformed, health preserved, industry invigorated, instruction diffused, public burthens lightened,” Bentham bragged of his design. “The gordian knot of the poor law not cut, but untied, all by a simple idea in architecture.”

As early as 1929 the royal WA historical society recognised its heritage importance with a plaque. It was handed over to the Fremantle city council in 1982 and then opened to the public with the help of the volunteer heritage guides.

The roundhouse was the Swan River Colony’s original gaol (the cells along the rim are unbelievably tiny) and was notorious for its housing of Aboriginal prisoners.


A love of food for life

BEACONSFIELD’S Giuseppe Pittorino has reached 105 years old in miraculous condition.

The former cray fisherman, who reached the milestone on October 7, can still negotiate a full flight of stairs down to his backyard and tucks away a healthy meal every day.

Still living at home he visits Foley aged care village twice a week to play bingo and participate in drawing activities.

One of his eight children, Rose Lopez, has been working in aged care for 30 years and says she’s never seen anyone reach her father’s age with such vitality.

“He loves his food,” she says. “The doctors say that’s what keeps him going.”

“Pasta marinara is his favourite dish,” adds sister Liana Pittorino, who lives with their father.

An ear infection has made communication difficult recently but Mr Pittorino was able to recall a decades-old trip back to his home country of Italy.

• Giuseppe Pittorino has hit 105 and is in miraculous condition. Photo by Steve Grant

• Giuseppe Pittorino has hit 105 and is in miraculous condition. Photo by Steve Grant.

“I had a companion but got lost, so I waited at the train station for 24 hours until he found me,” he says through Rose, his little English failing him.

“I have had a long life.”

Mr Pittorino can recall fishing trips up to the Monte Bello islands and Carnarvon and other aspects of his long career.

“We used to make our own pots, and I went to Sydney to help a man make their pots in Sydney,” he says.

Born on the island of Filicudi off the coast of Sicily in 1909, Mr Pittorino followed two of his brothers to Fremantle in 1927.

He came from a family with 13 children and he and now-deceased wife Nunziata had eight of their own. From them have sprung 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Ms Pittorino says following his retirement from fishing, her father threw himself into gardening with a passion, and had been particularly proud of his tomatoes.

He was still gardening after his 100th birthday but a bout of shingles two years ago has slowed him down. She says before then, he’d only needed a walking stick to help him get around.


Bike bill set to crash

A BILL intended to save cyclists’ lives by forcing drivers to “leave a metre” between their cars and bikes is unlikely to win Barnett government support.

Freo-based Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren brought her bill forward for urgent debate following the latest cycling death on WA roads.

She describes a minimum legal distance as “the single most important action needed to reduce bicycle rider fatalities,” as it makes drivers responsible for leaving space between their vehicles and cyclists.

Debate was adjourned Thursday and will continue during the next Greens non-government business time next year, but the Liberals weren’t sounding keen.

They’ve jumped on the comments of Bicycling WA, which opposes the bill on the grounds it would “reduce attention from the real villain—distracted driving”.

Ms MacLaren says many other cycling groups supportive of the change will continue to lobby the government.

The rule exists in Campbell Newman’s Queensland and the ACT, and a study from Baltimore showed that once the law was in place it didn’t find a single case of cars veering within 75cm of bikes.

And the safer cycling is, the more people who are likely to take it up.

Currently the law requires “sufficient distance” when passing but Ms MacLaren says that’s so vague a truck driver in Queensland was found not guilty after killing a cyclist because he’d eyeballed the space and figured he had “sufficient distance” when going back in his lane. The bill removes ambiguity.


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.

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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!

Roel Loopers

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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Greens table petition against canal developments

Media statement, Tuesday 14 October 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has today tabled hundreds of signatures on a petition that challenges the development of two proposed canal estate developments at Point Peron and Ocean Reef.

The petition challenges the promotion of both developments as ‘marinas’, and calls for a ban on canal estate developments, as seen in New South Wales and Victoria.

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Annual Meeting of Library Members with guest speaker Shani Graham

Fremantle City Library invites you to the Annual Meeting of Library Members, followed by guest speaker Shani Graham. Members are invited to enjoy light refreshments after the formalities.


Born in Jamaica but raised in Canada by Australian parents, Shani Graham experienced self-sufficiency from an early age. Her first passion was education and she spent most of her teaching career working with students with disabilities, before moving into educational management roles in schools. Her final principal posting was at Fremantle Primary School.

In 2006 Shani and her partner Tim realised the world could not continue on its current path so they opened The Painted Fish – short-term accommodation with a sustainability focus. Interest in the business exploded and Shani and Tim found themselves running regular Living Smart courses, gardening days and tours. In 2008 Shani was instrumental in the creation of the Hulbert Street Sustainable Fiesta, an event to encourage community, sustainability and resilience in Perth suburbs.

The Painted Fish has since closed and Shani now focuses her time on a new business venture with Tim called Ecoburbia. The couple have recently moved to a bigger property which they are transforming into multiple homes with shared facilities, complete with a veggie garden, chickens, goats and a bee hive.



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Trade Mission to Indonesia

Last week I headed a small delegation to Jakarta to visit one of Asia’s largest SME expos with over 2000 exhibitors taking part. The Tradexpo Indonesia 2014 opened from the  8th-12th of October and was geared “Towards Green Business”.

The group and I had a fantastic experience and even met President-elect Joko Widodo and the Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi.

The Indonesians were very hospitable during our stay which was partly funded by the Indonesian Consul here in Perth. The delegation arranged one on one meetings with potential suppliers and also arranged to be sole distributors for a number of products for Australia.

The experience truly cemented our already thriving relationship with our neighbours and forged even more friendships!

Greens urge support for increased cyclist safety following another saddening fatality

Media statement, Monday 13 October 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has today urged the State Government to support her Bill to protect cyclists after another fatality on the weekend showed more drastic action must be taken to protect vulnerable road-users.

“My sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Brynt McSwain, another cyclist who died tragically on WA roads.

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Which Mainstreet Is For You?

Over 1,250,711 million people were counted in August to show average hourly footfall in 9 of Perth's mainstreets.

Click ahead and enjoy.

Bay View Terrace, Claremont, Australia (Empire Furniture)
Bay View Terrace, Claremont, Australia (Empire Furniture) Bay View Terrace, Claremont, Australia (Mecca Cosmetica)
Bay View Terrace, Claremont, Australia (Mecca Cosmetica) Albany Highway, East Victoria Park, (Blockbuster Video)
Albany Highway, East Victoria Park, (Blockbuster Video) Albany Highway, Victoria Park, Australia (Kabuki Japanese BBQ Restaurant)
Albany Highway, Victoria Park, Australia (Kabuki Japanese BBQ Restaurant) High Street west End, Fremantle, Australia (Clara True Beauty)
High Street west End, Fremantle, Australia (Clara True Beauty) Market Street, Fremantle, Australia (Morrison)
Market Street, Fremantle, Australia (Morrison) Adelaide Street, Fremantle, Australia (Valleygirl)
Adelaide Street, Fremantle, Australia (Valleygirl) South Terrace, Fremantle, Australia (Fremantle Bakehouse)
South Terrace, Fremantle, Australia (Fremantle Bakehouse) Hampden Road, Nedlands, Australia (Hollywood Pharmacy)
Hampden Road, Nedlands, Australia (Hollywood Pharmacy)

You would expect changes in the volumes of traffic in each location but you may not have considered that each place has its own hourly pattern.

East Victoria Park has heavy evening footfall. Should they attract more daytime retailers to prevent closed storefronts in the day? Or should they drag their daytime retailers into the night-time economy to suit local conditions?

Take an A Beautiful City consultation to find out.


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Fremantle Madness

The Chief Blogger is now promoting R2R.

Yep, that means Road to Rail.

These NIMBY’s, Not In My Back Yard, do not want the government to extend the Roe Highway into Fremantle, as some of their land may be resumed, and have been campaigning for years. The Labor Government backed down, so now we have huge traffic problems in areas like South Street and Leach Highway.

Yes, stop progress and get those nasty trucks and cars off the road and deliver everything by bike.


R2R is letterboxing every house in the greater Fremantle area to educate residents.

Educate them about what Roel, that we should bury our heads in the sand?

But if you want to get involved with R2R, no problem, they are organising meetings and guess what, you can stay for the Vegan meals.

Not like some, I will declare an interest. I live next to the rail line, and guess what, it cannot accept the increased traffic that R2R propose.

Dreamers, think wind farms on North Mole, the public company promoting wave energy, and the fact that the City drives buses up the Cappuccino strip spewing exhaust fumes over diners.

Enjoy your Vegan meal, Sam will welcome you.




Boro[d] | from hand dyed & hand stitched to digital print






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The Fremantle Volunteer Heritages Guides welcomed more than 500 Girl Guides and their leaders to the Fremantle Round House on Friday.

Western Australian Girl Guides from Broome to Busselton and all points in between have been participating in their Centenary Jamboree this week and today was Fremantle’s opportunity to welcome them.

They enjoyed that we locked up their Leaders in the stocks amid much laughter and high jinks and one young Guide got to ring our Curfew Bell.

The Guides enjoyed sharing the history of WA’s oldest public building with the enquiring young minds who fielded some very interesting questions!

The Girl Guides also enjoyed lunch and activities on the grass beside the Round House – it was a perfect day.Thank you for visiting us today
We also had a visit from a descendant of the Constable who, with his family, made the Fremantle Round House home.  Our visitor shared information about her great-great grandfather and his family and we are looking forward to receiving a picture of him she has promised to send us.

It was a very busy and very enjoyable day for the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides with a total of 916 visitors in five hours. Being a volunteer in this wonderful historic building is a very positive experience.

Tourguide Cheryl

Herald front page creates unnecessary fright on height in North Freo

The front page story of the Fremantle Herald “Height Fight” was riddled with inaccuracies this week that need to be corrected lest it create an unnecessary community fright! Fundamentally the Fremantle planning committee didn’t support greater heights of 42m as the Fremantle Herald reported. Instead the planning committee voted for the lower maximum height of […]


You are invited to visit the Fremantle tennis club, Saturday, 11 October, in the afternoon. It’s opening day of the season, and lots activities have been planned. Mayor Brad Pettitt will formally open the season at 2pm; followed by games and activities for the younger brigade; some light social tennis for the older brigade; a free sausage sizzle; the Fremantle Jazz Orchestra; a beaut arvo tea (3.30pm); and then a few drinks and nibbles to finish off the day (5pm). The idea is to make it a family-friendly, festive day and you will all be very welcome.

The City of Fremantle is committed to a long-term plan that will mean we have a purpose-built facility on Fremantle Park shared by the Tennis and Bowling clubs as well as the Fremantle Workers Club. You will be able to find out more about this on Saturday afternoon.

As for the Fremantle Workers Club: Sunday October 19th will be the final Sunday at the Henry St premises before the Club moves to South Fremantle Football club. It will be a fantastic day with dancing to Fossil Rock in the afternoon and then the Zydecats from 6 to 9pm. Guests are welcome to join us. Find out more on the website: or Facebook:

‘What makes a good short story?’ with Margaret River Press

Margaret River Press publishes a collection of short stories each year, made up of the best entries from their short story competition. The current publication is The Trouble With Flying, and another will be joining its ranks soon.

On Wednesday night, editor and competition judge Richard Rossiter joined a panel of authors to discuss the elements that make up a good short story. Caroline Wood, director of Margaret River Press, was the MC for the night. We’d like to thank all who attended plus Caroline, Richard and the authors!


Richard Rossiter is a writer, editor and occasional supervisor of postgraduate Writing students at Edith Cowan University. His novella, Thicker than Water  will be published in 2014 by UWA Press.

Bindy Pritchard 2nd prize winner of this year’s competition, is a Perth-based writer who occasionally gets shortlisted for writing awards such as this. Like most arts graduates she has worked as a cleaner, pizza deliverer, in a bowling alley, at the Fremantle markets, in the public service and as a research writer and editor. Sometimes she wonders if she should write ‘fantasist’ when filling out the occupation section on her Immigration and Customs declaration form.

Rosie Barter is a Fremantle writer and poet whose previous lifetime career embraced design and the visual arts. Her first short story, ‘Crossing’, was broadcast on ABC Radio National where she was described as ‘a very visual writer’. She has been published in Indigo, Jukebox, Sotto and Poetry d’Amour and recognised in various literary competitions. In 2014, she will finalise a memoir exploring her Greek ancestry. ‘Grasping for the Moon’ won second prize in the 2011 Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Fiction Award

Glen Hunting was born in Perth, Western Australia (WA)., where he still lives, and divides his time between writing and working as a metallurgist. His stories have appeared in dotdotdash journal, and in the anthologies The Kid on the Karaoke Stage And Other Stories and An Alphabetical Amulet. Glen also received a commendation in the 2013 KSP Speculative Short Story Competition.

Kristen Levitzke is a Perth-based mother, teacher and writer of fiction. She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (English & Fine Arts) and subsequently completed a postgraduate Diploma of Education. Kristen is currently redrafting her first novel while teaching part-time and raising two delightful boys. Kristen is a bibliophile with a deep passion for language, education and literacy development.

Caroline  Wood has a double degree in Art History and Psychology from Oxford Brooks University and has worked in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia. She has held various professional positions including that of Deputy Director at the Centre for Water Research (UWA). She was on the Board of Amnesty International (Australia) and the Board of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association. She is currently on the Board of the Small Publishers Network and Chair of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival Advisory Committee. Caroline has authored a family recipe book and several articles in various environmental magazines. A content gourmand and contemplative café frequenter, Caroline loves the wineries and galleries from Cape to Cape.

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A Fun Take on Refusing Plastic Bags

A fun and cute video on refusing plastic bags by Murdoch students

Freo Green Guides Biodiverse Verge Competition

The green fingered types over at Freo Green Guide are running a verge competition. It’s really easy to enter all you need to do is take a photo of your verge and email it to

They’re looking for biodiversity and food productive verges in Fremantle and the surrounding suburbs. So out with the lawn and in with everything else.

  • Waterwise natives
  • Food production
  • Aesthetically pleasing – making for a beautiful place in our community to walk along!
  • Any creative ideas get bonus points


A panel of gardening judges will look for biodiversity, creativity, food production and aesthetics as all great criteria for a beautiful verge. Organisers say please make sure you abide by council guidelines (as much as possible).


1st, 2nd and 3rd place and people’s choice prizes which will include: restaurant gift vouchers, native plants, garden centre gift vouchers and grass trees.

Entries close  Saturday, 20th of October 2014 so still plenty of time.

Biodiverse Verge Competition

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On Freo becoming a One Planet council

This article onFreo becoming a One Planet council appreared in the Fifth Estate this week Brad Pettitt: On becoming a One Planet council | 7 October 2014 Brad Pettitt, speaking at The Fifth Estate Surround Sound, for the upcoming ebook, Greening the West, Part II, out soon Part of the strength of the One Planet […]