DEDICATION OF FREO FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

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By chance I happened to come across City of Fremantle Street Art Festival director Alex Marshall standing waist-deep in the Fishing Boat Harbour together with members of the French group ACQUACOUSTIQUE, who will be performing Concert in Sea Minor there over the long weekend.

Alex showed his dedication to the event by helping to put down some pallets for the artists to perform on, so they are slightly more elevated out of the water. Great commitment, Mister Marshall!! Alex is the topless one, by the way

Roel Loopers

 

I got it wrong! Of course South Terrace is closed for traffic on the weekend, not Marine Terrace as I reported previously. Sorry!!!


New ebooks just in time for Easter

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Here’s just a small selection of the new ebooks just added to our collection this week. Just in time for some extra reading for Easter!

Remember to log in with your library card to view the ones purchased just for Fremantle City Library members: http://bit.ly/12JHVYc


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UWA: SKATE PARKS TEACH GOOD BEHAVIOUR

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I know it is still early days to make a considered judgment on the success of the Fremantle YOUTH PLAZA skate park, but it is interesting to read that researchers of the University of Western Australia-UWA-have found that skateparks are more likely to promote good behaviour, instead of anti-social behaviour, feared by some in the community. The UWA report said that young people at skate parks learn from each other, teach, cooperate, help and respect others, and that they learn the art of compromise and negotiation.

From my observations at the Freo Youth Plaza that is how it is. Young kids watch and get shown by older ones how to do certain movements, they respectfully wait till someone finishes before starting their own spin and they are careful not to hurt each other. I have been there on three occasions and was surprised about the lack of foul language and swearing and the relative peacefulness of it all.

It’s a delight to see so many kids on skateboards, bikes and scooters coming from all parts of the city and beyond to have a spin at the Youth Plaza, while others are happy to continue at the old Woolstores ramp. Youth rock!

Roel Loopers


LET’S TRY COLLABORATION INSTEAD OF ACCUSATION

I have been thinking about the relevance of community consultation and community groups in Fremantle. There are many in our community who feel they are being ignored and not listened to by Council, and many groups feel they are being made look irrelevant by political spin that claims they are minority, narrow-focus, not in my backyard, anti change and anti development groups representing the views of old people only.

For me the question is not who is right but how the community can better communicate with the decision makers at Council. What can we do different and better so more respectful communication can achieve better outcomes?

I question if community groups represent as many people as they want us to believe, but I also don’t believe that is of great relevance. A group representing just 50 people on a specific local issue should be taken very seriously, at the same time we should question why community groups mainly deal with inner city issues. When was the last time we saw a Town Hall meeting on issues that relate to Hilton for example? Not that I see Town Hall screaming matches as desirable or effective, as they rarely achieve positive outcomes, or make elected members change their mind.

One way forward for me is better information coming from the City, because often people who engage and are worried do so because they are ignorant about the full issues and process. That requires getting rid of spin and one- sided info and engaging the community with all the facts.

Transparency is also essential. Somehow Council needs to communicate better how they achieve the outcomes of their deliberations. What the community often sees is a council that agrees, but as Councillor Andrew Sullivan rightly pointed out in a comment to this blog, feisty debate between Councillors is being held prior to the items going to committees and full council. Why can the community not be told how that process went, even why Concillors changed their mind during the process, etc. It would probably make the community less suspicious and les cynical, and it would hopefully get rid of all the conspiracy nonsense that gets aired too frequently.

I also believe there is a need for better communication between precincts and community groups, as they often don’t work together. Only recently I was accused of not giving the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association a fair go on this blog because I feared them as competition for the Fremantle Society. I don’t see other groups as a threat to FS and I don’t believe community groups should see each other as competition, but instead they should see all the groups as an opportunity for a more united voice with more influence, that might get more respect because it is less localised and less looking after self- interest.

Fremantle is achieving good things and the city is changing and growing, and compromise is essential to do that. For example, now that some of the Esplanade has been turned into a great Youth Plaza, can we start looking at how to change other areas of the city from bitumen into green open space to make up for that loss. How can we better utilise green spaces through better landscaping, how can we attract people to use Pioneer Park and the J Shed A Class Reserve more, and even Booyeembarra Park often resembles a space devoid of people. Progress is not just about building new things and change, but also about better using what we already have, and there needs to be a public debate on how we can achieve that together.

Paranoia, cynicism and accusations of improper behaviour by Councillors, and accusations of community groups being irrelevant because of age or location, are disrespectful and unhelpful, and it needs to stop.

Fremantle is a place of very passionate people and that also applies to those who stand up to be councillors and community representatives. We all deserve more respect, so let’s get on with it and work together!

Roel Loopers

 

 

 


Make a submission to the EPA regarding the State Government's WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program

You have until midnight! Make a submission to the EPA regarding the State Government's WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program.

I have made a submission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regarding the State Government's referral to extend the WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program for three years.


I urge you to make your own submission, see below a shorter submission that you can use as a template.

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Esplanade Youth Plaza looks the goods plus things Elodie likes and doesn't like

I'm really glad that this post is such an easy one to write: the Esplanade Youth Plaza looks the goods. Phew. 

On Sunday Elodie and I were on one of our morning adventures when I saw that the fences were down around the Plaza. I couldn't resist stopping to check it out. While Elodie happily busied herself with throwing toys out of the pram, I stood and admired the new addition to the Esplanade. The plaza really looks great! I am impressed. A couple of years ago now, I wrote about Geelong's skatepark/youth plaza. I think Freo's is better (and it is in the right location).

Things Elodie likes and doesn't like

Because this post was so easy to write, I couldn't resist providing Freo Doctor Blog readers (if there are any left) with a quick update on some things Elodie likes and doesn't like.

Obsessed: Seagulls

Number one on the list of things Elodie likes are seagulls. Elodie is obsessed with them. One reason why I must have lost eight kilograms since she was born has been the many, many, many kilometres pushing a pram around the Esplanade following seagulls. Visitors to the Esplanade must be used to a very sweaty blogger pushing his daughter in her pram while she directs him Napoleon style on campaign after campaign. I get the feeling that she could chase seagulls all day. Heaven help them when she can walk.

Obsessed: Straws

A close number two on the list are straws. Yep, if Elodie manages to get her little hands onto a straw (her mum and I do our best to keep them out of sight), it will not be relinquished. Ever. 

Likes: Pinching bruises

This week, Elodie's favourite bath toy has been the bruise on my left arm. She happily pinches it every couple of minutes. After satisfying her bloodlust Elodie normally turns her attention to playing with a funnel or a bath tap. It isn't long before her attention returns to my bruise and with a smile, she extends her pinching fingers again and again and again. 

Doesn't like: Change rooms

A couple of weeks ago poor Elodie was subjected to a nappy change from an amateur: Her dad. It gets worse. It was in a change room at Clancy's at City Beach. That will be the last time I change Elodie in a 'dedicated' change room. 

If a cafe/restaurant ever wises up to having a super awesome (which basically amounts to clean) change room they will be inundated with dads and their babies, let alone mums. 

Causes a retaliatory stink eye before some crying: Pearl's hissing

Elodie got seriously offended by Pearl hissing at her the other day. It could have something to do with six months worth of 'grabbing and not letting going' by Elodie. After being hissed at, Elodie gave her patented stink eye to Pearl before having a bit of a cry. I stepped in and let Elodie take her frustrations out on my beard. 

I've noticed that Elodie is super observant. If her memory is the same, Pearl better watch out.

Undecided: socks

Some of us might have forgotten but, about a week ago it got a tad nippy in Perth. I even recall considering whether or not it was time to stop walking around in my jocks in the apartment. My wife put some socks on Elodie, who was unsure as to these new furry feat. When I got home from work and was greeted to the sight of Elodie wearing shoes (because she kept taking her socks off), I started panicking that Elodie was growing up too quickly. It didn't help that I watched the second season of Puberty Blues for the first time that night.

MAGIC AND MADNESS AT FREO STREET ART FESTIVAL

The fantastic, creative and fun Fremantle STREET ART FESTIVAL is almost upon us, so get ready for a great long Easter weekend in Freo. There are pitches(stages) all over the city and Marine Terrace will be closed for traffic. It’s fun for the kids and the grown ups, so don’t miss out!

From France we will see Le Chant Des Pavillons, inspired by Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, with weird instruments that are made of strings and horns. Men multi-tasking? I’ like to see that! Also from France is Claire Ducreax, who will be performing dance and physical theatre in Smile Of The Shipwrecked. There is more Vive le France from Acquacoustique who will be jumping into the Fishing Boat Harbour to perform Concert Eau In Sea Minor.

From my birth country the Netherlands come Close Act Theatre with SAURUS, the presumed extinct biggest animals that ever roamed the earth. Hold onto your parents, kids!!! Holland’s much hated next door neighbours Belgium(only when they play soccer against each other) brings Fallen Thoughts by Studio Eclipse who perform out of trees, so lay back and relax.

Leandre from Spain does No Se, but never knows what he will be doing as he improvises on the spot. It’s mad and magic!

From the United Kingdom comes Mat Ricardo. It’s sharp and fast and great tricks from a man with a smart mouth and nice suit. Also from the UK is Peter Mielniczek. The show was called “stupid, nonsensical, indulgent, pathetic and insulting” by the NZ Capital Times, but the critic then added “I loved it” and no doubt I will as well.

The beautiful Swiss Jessica Arpin will act out Kalabaza, about a young foreigner who fells in love with Australia and marries a local so she can stay.

From Israel come Cirque No Problem with trapez and rope walking. Great showmanship.

From the second country I lived in, Germany, comes Hilby The Skinny German Juggle Guy, so watch out for the Kraut.

There are many more performers from Australia, Sweden, Japan, etc. and it should be a weekend of great entertainment and fun.

If you don’t live in Freo, move in for three days, pitch your tent in a friend’s backyard, book a nice room in one of our many B&Bs, sleep on the couch of someone who feels sorry for you, or don’t sleep and stay awake for the international Street Art Festival. It’s my favourite Freo Fest and I’ll be taking photos every day, so check out for the slide shows.

Roel Loopers


One Planet Fremantle Photography Challenge

 Can you capture the world at its most majestic and powerful? Can you see magic in the miniscule, or create order from the chaos? Then join the One Planet Fremantle Photography Challenge! To be part of the challenge all you need to do is submit a ‘Fremantle’ photograph (must be your own) on the theme […]

Lynn's submission to the EPA: Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has completed her submission to the Environmental Protection Authority regarding the State Government's referral to extend the WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program for three years. Lynn would like to urge members of the public to make their own submissions, and invites the public to use her submission as a recommendation on what to include.

Despite receiving over 20,000 submissions last month, the EPA chose not to assess the policy because the limited time frame of the policy (ending April 30 of this year) was deemed not to have an environmental impact.


With plans to extend the program to 2017, we must now send a clear message to the EPA that this policy is environmentally unacceptable and should conduct full assessment of the environmental impact.

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Strong concerns about Fisheries’ advice on drum lining plan

Media statement, Tuesday 15 April 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has questioned advice given by the WA Department of Fisheries on the impacts of drum lining for three more years on WA’s marine life, saying it contradicts national documents published as recently as last year on the status of great white shark populations off Western Australia.

“The Premier, via his Department of Premier and Cabinet, has submitted a plan to both State and Federal environmental agencies outlining his intention to cull sharks in WA waters for another three summers,” Ms MacLaren said.

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Colts Report - Round 4

THIS week saw the South Fremantle colts side go down for the first time in 2014 against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

The determined Swans outfit played consistently well and now stand as the only undefeated side in the colts competition for 2014.
With many new faces making their debut in the red and white, the South boys found it difficult to maintain the necessary pressure on the resurgent Swans outfit.
The debutants found it hard going in a fast and hectic start to the game. After finding their feet, the South boys were able to regain some ground before the quarter time break.
Bailey Matera and Bill Collier were able to show some leadership through the midfield to keep the Bulldogs in the contest.
Skill errors and lack of adherence to the game plan cost the group opportunities to be competitive early.
With few contributors helping, Bailey along with Bill, Luke Pearson and Jack McMaster, we were able to keep the previously undefeated Bulldogs within striking distance at half-time.
In the third term the Bulldogs were able to show the fighting character that we have been renowned for over the last few seasons.
Braden Fimmano gave some drive from the back line which gave players such as Grant McLeod and Joel McComb opportunities to run the ball deep into the forward half.
Corey Salmon won the hard ball in the contests giving Collier and Matera a hand to bring the side back into the game, from where we were able to wrestle back the lead.
Some undisciplined acts late in the third term cost the team two Swans goals which gave the opposition the lead and some ascendancy going into the last. From here it was all one way traffic as the Swans unit took the game away from South and also top position on the ladder.
Congratulations to Lachlan Clarke, Bobby Zico, Matthew Grubelich, Brandon Colbung, Jamie Foster and Jake Florenca on making their debut with the Souths colts side.
Jamie and Brandon have waited a while for their opportunity and it was good to see them get their chance. It was also pleasing to see the next generation of the Bottrell family come through the club.
Young Jake Florenca is the grandson of the late Tom Bottrell Snr and the nephew of past great Tom Jnr. Jake was lucky enough to pick up a few hints from his uncle on the morning drive to Bassendean where Tom is the current chief executive.
This week we take on West Perth up at Arena Joondalup.
We regain some of our state representatives and look forward to redeeming last week’s loss.
A much improved defensive effort and the desire to win the contest will be our focus against the Falcons.
Hopefully we get to see as many supporters as possible get to Joondalup and support all three grades this week.
Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts CoachTHIS week saw the South Fremantle colts side go down for the first time in 2014 against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

The determined Swans outfit played consistently well and now stand as the only undefeated side in the colts competition for 2014.

With many new faces making their debut in the red and white, the South boys found it difficult to maintain the necessary pressure on the resurgent Swans outfit.

The debutants found it hard going in a fast and hectic start to the game. After finding their feet, the South boys were able to regain some ground before the quarter time break.

Bailey Matera and Bill Collier were able to show some leadership through the midfield to keep the Bulldogs in the contest.

Skill errors and lack of adherence to the game plan cost the group opportunities to be competitive early.

With few contributors helping, Bailey along with Bill, Luke Pearson and Jack McMaster, we were able to keep the previously undefeated Bulldogs within striking distance at half-time.

In the third term the Bulldogs were able to show the fighting character that we have been renowned for over the last few seasons.

Braden Fimmano gave some drive from the back line which gave players such as Grant McLeod and Joel McComb opportunities to run the ball deep into the forward half.

Corey Salmon won the hard ball in the contests giving Collier and Matera a hand to bring the side back into the game, from where we were able to wrestle back the lead.

Some undisciplined acts late in the third term cost the team two Swans goals which gave the opposition the lead and some ascendancy going into the last. From here it was all one way traffic as the Swans unit took the game away from South and also top position on the ladder.

Congratulations to Lachlan Clarke, Bobby Zico, Matthew Grubelich, Brandon Colbung, Jamie Foster and Jake Florenca on making their debut with the Souths colts side.

Jamie and Brandon have waited a while for their opportunity and it was good to see them get their chance. It was also pleasing to see the next generation of the Bottrell family come through the club.

Young Jake Florenca is the grandson of the late Tom Bottrell Snr and the nephew of past great Tom Jnr. Jake was lucky enough to pick up a few hints from his uncle on the morning drive to Bassendean where Tom is the current chief executive.

This week we take on West Perth up at Arena Joondalup.

We regain some of our state representatives and look forward to redeeming last week’s loss.

A much improved defensive effort and the desire to win the contest will be our focus against the Falcons.

Hopefully we get to see as many supporters as possible get to Joondalup and support all three grades this week.

Arthur Maskos

SFFC Colts Coach

FREO POPULAR FOR WEDDINGS

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I am not a wedding photographer, but an incurable romantic who has never been married, so when I noticed this lovely wedding with all the parasols at Fremantle Bathers Beach this morning, I decided to take some photos and surprise the happy couple by putting them on the blog.

Bathers Beach and the Round House are very popular for weddings, so I wonder if the City of Fremantle, BID, or Chamber of Commerce are offering special packages for it. If not, it’s worth considering what our City can offer wedding parties.

Roel Loopers


AMALGAMATION GRANT FOR FREMANTLE

The Western Australian State Government has awarded $ 1.7 million worth of grants to 26 local councils to assist them with the preliminary planning for local council reform, or amalgamations. Among the 26 councils are the Town of East Fremantle, City of Fremantle, City of Melville, City of Cockburn and Town of Kwinana.

The outcome of the Local Government Planning Board’s deliberations is expected in June this year, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that Fremantle will get new boundaries as close as possible to the ones suggested by the CoF.

Roel Loopers


The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement finalised!

Australia has concluded negotiations on an historic Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, our second biggest trading partner. This historic agreement is good for the Australian economy, good for jobs, good for farmers and good for consumers.

The breakthrough follows the successful conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement with Korea, which will be formally signed in Seoul. Australia has broken new ground as the first major agricultural exporting economy to conclude such a liberalising agreement with Japan.

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will deliver a significant boost to Australian farmers and other agricultural producers, resource exporters, service providers and consumers.

Better access for key agriculture products – including beef, cheese, horticulture and wine – will give Australia a head start over our competitors in this market.

  • Beef: Currently there is a duty of 38.5 per cent  on all beef going into Japan. The tariff will reduce over 15 years, however the bulk of the savings will be seen in the first two years of the agreement.
  • The Frozen beef tariff will be cut to 19.5 per cent. This includes an 8 per cent reduction upon implementation and a further two per cent reduction in the second year of the agreement.
  • Fresh beef tariff will be cut to 23.5 per cent, including a 6 per cent cut on implementation
  • Seafood: Tariffs on shrimps and prawns, rock lobsters, abalone (fresh or preserved), oysters, crabs, yellowfin tuna, toothfish, sea urchins and fish oils and southern bluefin tuna will be completely eliminated.
  • Wine: Bottled, sparkling and bulk wine will gain from tariff elimination over seven years
  • Energy & mineral resources: Energy and mineral products account for almost 89 per cent of the value of Japan’s merchandise imports from Australia. All tariffs on energy and mineral products will be eliminated within ten years, most on entry into force of the agreement.
  • Imports – Cars: The five per cent tariff on Japanese made cars imported to Australia will be phased out in the first year for three quarters of imported cars with the remaining quarter dropping the tariff in three years’ time.
  • Cheese, by far Australia’s largest dairy export to Japan at $372 million, will gain significant new duty-free access.
  • Australian horticultural producers will gain from immediate tariff eliminations across a wide array of fruit, vegetables and nuts.
  • The tariffs on canned products such as tomatoes, peaches and pears, as well as fruit and vegetable juices, will also be eliminated.

Australian services providers will also gain significant new access to the Japanese market across areas such as financial, education, telecommunications and legal services.

JAEPA sends a strong message to Japanese investors that Australia is open for business. 


DOG LOVE AT SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

School holidays have started, so parents will be looking to entertain their children and Fremantle SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE will just be doing that with HACHIKO, the beautiful story of a dog that went to the train station every day for years to greet his master, years after the master had died. It is a play about loyalty and caring that no doubt the kids will love.

Spare Parts is Freo’s only theatre and deserves the support of the entire community. There are performances every day of the week!

Roel Loopers


Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 1

Congratulations to the following members who won in our very first Lucky Lottery draw for 2014!

 

Arthur Maskos - 743
Geoff Graham - 489
Keith Leslie - 677
Kevin Erbe - 380
Bob Maumill - 756

 

Please note there will be no draws on Friday 18th April and Friday 25th April due to the public holidays.
Draw 2 will commence on Friday 2nd May.

 

It's not too late to be in the next 9 draws, so make sure you bring your $60 to be in this exclusive members only draw.  You have to be in it to win it!

FREMANTLE’S AWESOME POTENTIAL

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The opening of the Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA skate park attracted a huge crowd today. Kids and parent and teenagers battled for space with the more mature, but it was smiles all over. Awesome was the word I heard most, and cool came close second. What a whole lot of fun is was to watch the incredibly skilled young people on skateboards, scooters, and BMX bikes, or the ones jumping and climbing doing the parkour track.

I fell in love with an unbelievably brave and talented girl who looked like just five years old. WOW! She’ll be a pro skater and world champion one day.

When I see young people I see potential, not hoodlums who want to commit crimes and are off the rails, and I believe they will take ownership of their Youth Plaza, respect it and each other and will look after it. Already today one noticed they were all very aware of one another and keen to share and that is a good sign.

The Youth Plaza is without a doubt a great asset for Fremantle, as Youth Minister Tony Simpson said, and I hope the entire community will now embrace it and leave all the controversy about it behind.

Roel Loopers


Alan Carter at the Library, April 8 2014

We hosted author Alan Carter last week at the library, author of Prime Cut and Getting Warmer (Fremantle Press), aka the Cato Kwong series. Here is what he had to say about the event:

Did a couple of gigs last Tuesday at Fremantle and Peppermint Grove libraries. Thanks to the organisers and to those who showed up to hear more about the story behind the Cato Kwong series and a sneak preview of what’s coming up in book 3. Now I better get back to writing it. Nearly half-way there and the body count is rising…

Thanks for visiting Alan and can’t wait to read the third book! Catch up with the series here or purchase a copy from Fremantle Press.

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Bulldogs can't quite finish the deal against Swans

SOUTH Fremantle again started strongly but couldn’t keep it going ending up losing to a Swan Districts team by 13 points at Steel Blue Oval that is continuing to surprise many this WAFL season.

The Bulldogs made the journey to Bassendean for the Round 4 contest on Saturday and completely dominated the opening quarter and-a-half, but couldn’t put the score on the board.
By half-time, Swans had opened up a two-point advantage and then did go on to lead by as much as 30 points before the Bulldogs continued to fight hard in the final quarter falling short by 13 points, with the black-and-whites winning 13.16 (94) to 11.15 (81).
South Fremantle now remains winless after four games to open the 2014 season despite having plenty of opportunities against Subiaco in Round 1, leading Perth by 44 points in Round 2 and now having more of the ball again against Swan Districts on Saturday.
However, Swans continue to surprise many this season.
Coming into the campaign, they had lost a bevy of experienced premiership players but they are now playing on great heart and have won two of their three matches with the only loss being a narrow defeat at the hands of a West Coast-strengthened East Perth in Round 2.
Haiden Schloithe did all he possibly could in the midfield for South Fremantle finishing with a career-high 38 possessions to go with 14 marks and two goals.
Tim Kelly also worked hard finishing with 26 touches, seven marks, five inside 50s, four tackles and two goals.
Captain Ryan Cook was another tireless worker ending up with 28 touches, 10 marks, seven inside 50s and a goal.
Shaun Bewick had 22 possessions on the wing while down back, Ashton Hams finished with 29 possessions and Dylan Ross 21.
Brock Higgins again worked hard on his own in the ruck in the absence of James Sellar, Alistair Gillespie and Paul Mugambwa, and finished the match with 15 touches and 28 hit outs as the best ruckman in the game.
Nick Borovac continued his outstanding defensive form to open the 2014 season keeping Swan Districts' veteran forward Tim Geappen to just the one goal and 13 disposals.
South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby tried some new things and the move of veteran Craig White to the forward-line was one that worked. He led up well providing a strong target from centre half-forward finishing with 11 possessions, seven marks and four inside 50s.
South Fremantle started the game on fire kicking the first goal of the contest through Kelly.
Despite a host of opportunities in front of goal, that was the Bulldogs' only major of the quarter even though South Fremantle dominated the term with 125 possessions to 67, 40 marks to 19 and eight scoring shots to three.
South Fremantle then moved on to 1.9 in the second quarter and it always appeared that Swans would make them pay for that inaccuracy, and that's how it panned out.
The Bulldogs' second goal eventually came through a tumbling punt on the run from outside-50 from Ben Saunders into a vacant goal square with Marlon Pickett and Ben Sokol also kicking good goals before half-time, but Swans led narrowly by two points at the main break.
Swans' lead did get out to five goals during the third quarter before consecutive goals to Josh Pullman and Bewick cut the margin back to 17 points, and then 24 by three quarter-time.
Again, Swan Districts went out to a five-goal advantage during the final term and again goals to Schloithe and Pickett brought the margin back to 17 points, but the Bulldogs just couldn’t nail that next goal to really give them a sniff. Swans held on to win by 13 points in the finish.
South Fremantle's reserves lost to Swan Districts earlier in the day by 12 points despite three goals to Kris Miller, and two each to Traye Bennell and John Sgherza.
However, Sgherza did get injured early in the game as did key defender Steve Mills.
Miller's welcome into the reserves line-up after being demoted from the league side was a close tag all game long from Swan Districts youngster Ben Holman. The 301-game WAFL champion still managed the three goals from 14 possessions despite the close attention.
Jarrod Parry racked up 29 possessions for the Bulldogs in the reserves with Lewis Harvey also collecting 20 disposals, Emmanuel Collard 19 and Jayden D'Vauz 18.
South Fremantle's colts meanwhile was missing a host of key players and as a result Swan Districts ended up winning 12.10 (82) to 8.4 (52).
Cameron Loersch continued his outstanding start to the 2014 season with another four goals for the Bulldogs with Braden Fimmano racking up 26 possessions, Bailey Matera 25 and Billy Collier 21.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.7 4.9 7.10 11.15 (81)
SWAN DISTRICTS 1.2 5.5 11.10 13.16 (94)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Schloithe, Kelly, Pickett 2; Bewick, Pullman, Saunders, Sokol, Cook.
Best: Schloithe, Kelly, Hams, Higgins, Borovac, Ross, White.
SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Cary 3; Jukes 2; Ugle, Faulkner, Rogers, Boekhorst, Davis, Anderson, Notte, Geappen.
Best: Ames, Davis, G Jetta, Simpson, Notte, Ugle, C Blakely.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle again started strongly but couldn’t keep it going ending up losing to a Swan Districts team by 13 points at Steel Blue Oval that is continuing to surprise many this WAFL season.

The Bulldogs made the journey to Bassendean for the Round 4 contest on Saturday and completely dominated the opening quarter and-a-half, but couldn’t put the score on the board.

By half-time, Swans had opened up a two-point advantage and then did go on to lead by as much as 30 points before the Bulldogs continued to fight hard in the final quarter falling short by 13 points, with the black-and-whites winning 13.16 (94) to 11.15 (81).

South Fremantle now remains winless after four games to open the 2014 season despite having plenty of opportunities against Subiaco in Round 1, leading Perth by 44 points in Round 2 and now having more of the ball again against Swan Districts on Saturday.

However, Swans continue to surprise many this season.

Coming into the campaign, they had lost a bevy of experienced premiership players but they are now playing on great heart and have won two of their three matches with the only loss being a narrow defeat at the hands of a West Coast-strengthened East Perth in Round 2.

Haiden Schloithe did all he possibly could in the midfield for South Fremantle finishing with a career-high 38 possessions to go with 14 marks and two goals.

Tim Kelly also worked hard finishing with 26 touches, seven marks, five inside 50s, four tackles and two goals.

Captain Ryan Cook was another tireless worker ending up with 28 touches, 10 marks, seven inside 50s and a goal.

Shaun Bewick had 22 possessions on the wing while down back, Ashton Hams finished with 29 possessions and Dylan Ross 21.

Brock Higgins again worked hard on his own in the ruck in the absence of James Sellar, Alistair Gillespie and Paul Mugambwa, and finished the match with 15 touches and 28 hit outs as the best ruckman in the game.

Nick Borovac continued his outstanding defensive form to open the 2014 season keeping Swan Districts' veteran forward Tim Geappen to just the one goal and 13 disposals.

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby tried some new things and the move of veteran Craig White to the forward-line was one that worked. He led up well providing a strong target from centre half-forward finishing with 11 possessions, seven marks and four inside 50s.

South Fremantle started the game on fire kicking the first goal of the contest through Kelly.

Despite a host of opportunities in front of goal, that was the Bulldogs' only major of the quarter even though South Fremantle dominated the term with 125 possessions to 67, 40 marks to 19 and eight scoring shots to three.

South Fremantle then moved on to 1.9 in the second quarter and it always appeared that Swans would make them pay for that inaccuracy, and that's how it panned out.

The Bulldogs' second goal eventually came through a tumbling punt on the run from outside-50 from Ben Saunders into a vacant goal square with Marlon Pickett and Ben Sokol also kicking good goals before half-time, but Swans led narrowly by two points at the main break.

Swans' lead did get out to five goals during the third quarter before consecutive goals to Josh Pullman and Bewick cut the margin back to 17 points, and then 24 by three quarter-time.

Again, Swan Districts went out to a five-goal advantage during the final term and again goals to Schloithe and Pickett brought the margin back to 17 points, but the Bulldogs just couldn’t nail that next goal to really give them a sniff. Swans held on to win by 13 points in the finish.

South Fremantle's reserves lost to Swan Districts earlier in the day by 12 points despite three goals to Kris Miller, and two each to Traye Bennell and John Sgherza.

However, Sgherza did get injured early in the game as did key defender Steve Mills.

Miller's welcome into the reserves line-up after being demoted from the league side was a close tag all game long from Swan Districts youngster Ben Holman. The 301-game WAFL champion still managed the three goals from 14 possessions despite the close attention.

Jarrod Parry racked up 29 possessions for the Bulldogs in the reserves with Lewis Harvey also collecting 20 disposals, Emmanuel Collard 19 and Jayden D'Vauz 18.

South Fremantle's colts meanwhile was missing a host of key players and as a result Swan Districts ended up winning 12.10 (82) to 8.4 (52).

Cameron Loersch continued his outstanding start to the 2014 season with another four goals for the Bulldogs with Braden Fimmano racking up 26 possessions, Bailey Matera 25 and Billy Collier 21.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.7 4.9 7.10 11.15 (81)

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.2 5.5 11.10 13.16 (94)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Schloithe, Kelly, Pickett 2; Bewick, Pullman, Saunders, Sokol, Cook.

Best: Schloithe, Kelly, Hams, Higgins, Borovac, Ross, White.

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Cary 3; Jukes 2; Ugle, Faulkner, Rogers, Boekhorst, Davis, Anderson, Notte, Geappen.

Best: Ames, Davis, G Jetta, Simpson, Notte, Ugle, C Blakely.

By Chris Pike

IT’S ALL VERY FREO AT KINGS SQUARE

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There is a bit going on at Fremantle Kings Square today with new retailer MADEN opening at the MANY 6160 incubator. Maden sells exquisitely designed wears and is a collaboration of five female artists who have studios on the first floor. Go and see Dark Nouveau by Helen Creagh, Hanna Farleigh’s design, Haptic by Vaelei Walkden-Brown, Rocuco by Angela Ferolla and Stiff Clothing by Stephanie Viol. Maden is next to the cafe at the back of Many 6160.

While there join the opening of the Hollow Project, created by Sarah Blangiardo and Ariane Palassis of Feast Your Eyes. There will be mocktails and live music from 5-7 this eve.

And check out the digger artwork on the wall of the building and a stunning wood work art piece of a man pulling a heavy object in one of the windows.

it’s all very Freo, so support it!

Roel Loopers


HOLLOW PROJECT RECREATES COMMUNITY

This afternoon the Fremantle HOLLOW PROJECT will open at Kings Square. A big cardboard pyramid has been built by the Feast Your Eyes crew to create a sense of community, a place for people to meet, to share stories and even to have a meal. It is straight in front of MANY 6160, the former Myer building, where a new retailer is also opening today, and there is new art as well, so hop on the bike and check out the real Freo vibe.

Roel Loopers


The Esplanade Youth Plaza Opening

It’s finally here. We’ve been watching the excavations, construction and landscaping for a long time and it’s finally opening tomorrow. There’s fun family-friendly events happening from 10 am in the morning right through till 4pm.

  • All Ages Skate Clinic 10am
  • Official Opening 12 noon
  • BMX, SCOOTER, Skate & Parkour Demos
  • Rollerderby Showcase
  • Kids Entertainment
  • Slacklining
  • Dismantle Workshop Reopened
  • All Ages Parkour Workshop 2pm

Where: The Esplanade Fremantle
When: Sunday the 13th of April 10am – 4pm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fremantle-Youth-Plaza/208308912646054

You can see the early progress of the development of the site here:

You can also read more about the process that the city went through to develop the site:

Esplanade Youth Plaza Concept Design Report Part 1 of 2
Esplanade Youth Plaza Concept Design Report Part 2 of 2

Fremantle Youth Plaza

Fremantle Youth Plaza

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Bewy's Banter – Shaun Bewick Column Round 4

FOR my first column on South Fremantle's website, I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about how I came to South Freo from West Perth and what my journey has been like so far with one good season, and one that was ruined by injury.

 
Honestly for the first time since I have been playing footy as a kid, I didn’t enjoy playing football at all in 2011 in my last year at West Perth. I just didn’t want to turn up to training, I would get there at the club and see where the coach Bill was and walk the other way. Our season finished on a Sunday and then before Mad Monday, I informed the club that there was no way I was coming back. The main reason was just that it was the first time I hadn’t been happy playing footy and as much as I love the game, I wasn’t going to keep playing somewhere I wasn’t happy at.
Leaving West Perth wasn’t something I came up with overnight. I guess there was just a build up of things there and a tipping point but it was something I discussed with mum and dad, and even dad's mum who is a life member of the club as well. I discussed it with her and all of them were more than happy for me to make the move, and especially nanna actually. It was with their blessing that I decided I leave so it wasn’t an issue leaving, it was more an issue deciding where I wanted to go.
I didn’t really want to go to another WAFL club initially, my first thoughts were to go interstate. Sturt flew me over to Adelaide and I trained with them for a week, but it wasn’t until the third or fourth day that I was over there when Cory Dell'Olio called me up. He was just about the only player I knew at South Fremantle and he told me that Paul Hasleby had just been appointed coach. At that stage, I hadn’t made up my mind where I wanted to go but I figured there weren’t be too many better people to learn from than Hase with his experience in the AFL.
I came back to Perth and had a good chat to mum and dad to see what they thought, and being a recruiter dad has been in the game for a while and he agreed that South Fremantle would be a good fit for me because they needed someone who played like I do. I called up the football manager at the time, Brent Dawkins, and within a couple of weeks I was down here at Fremantle training, and have been here ever since.
I just wasn’t happy at the end at West Perth, but obviously I was hoping to move somewhere that I would get more chances in the league team and all the dots just seemed to line up for me at South Fremantle.
I had always thought that I was a wingman and South Freo needed a wingman. I only ended up missing the one game that first year in 2012 and that was only because I had got knocked out at a training session before the game. I ended up coming equal third in the best and fairest, and was fourth on a count back, but still for someone who had only played 30 league games over three years coming into 2012, to get a whole season under my belt like that did my confidence the world of good.
I did have a groin injury that I was carrying for three years and I would have had the surgery the year I left West Perth, but because I was in limbo with my future and was just coming to a new club, I didn’t want to be on the sidelines for half a season and then have to fight to earn my spot in the second half of the year. I battled through that year which turned out really well because I was able to establish myself here at the club.
At the end of 2012, we tried to avoid the surgery path but in the end I needed it and I had it in early February 2013. That was supposed to be a 20-week rehab program but on the week I was due to come back, we had ladies night at the club and I had only had a couple of drinks, but I will blame Jarrod Parry and Toby Bairstow for what happened.
We were doing a dance on stage and the finishing move was them throwing me up for a back flip. They will say I didn’t land it properly, but they threw me far too high and when I landed, my knee kind of buckled underneath itself and flung me back, and hyper-extended. I also hit my head on the back wall, got knocked out and had to be carried off stage in front of 300-odd ladies.
That's how my knee injury came about and that was the 19th week of my groin rehab. That put an extra 10 weeks on to my recovery and I was only able to come back in Round 22 and play the last three rounds, and then two finals. I had missed a couple of games in my career through concussion, but that was the first time even going back to colts that I had missed any games through injury.
Watching on from the sidelines for the first 21 rounds, it was pretty tough and something I had never had to do before. I never did get used to it either and I just couldn’t wait to get back out there.
The positive out of the year was that I got to play in the reserves grand final even though it was probably the worst game I have ever played, and it just happened to be against my old club. I still got a premiership medal, though, and it made a bad year look good in the end. That's the only positive I can take from last year as well as the fact that my groins are feeling as good as they have in a long time.
Now coming into 2014, I reckon I did 98 per cent of the pre-season work. Because I was coming off groin surgery and a limited season, I was pulled out of a few minor things but I did most of the pre-season and that was first time that has happened in about five years. I was just happy to get that fitness base underneath me so I could start putting up some good results in the time trials and that helped me get me ready for this season and to be in the league team so far this year.
We haven’t won a game yet, which is disappointing, and the last couple of weeks haven’t been the best time, but we are all trying as hard as we can. I don’t think it's far away and I think all we need to do is string a couple of quarters together to get that first win on the board. Once we do that, I have no doubt we can start rolling on to something bigger and better throughout the year.
By Shaun BewickFOR my first column on South Fremantle's website, I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about how I came to South Freo from West Perth and what my journey has been like so far with one good season, and one that was ruined by injury.

Honestly for the first time since I have been playing footy as a kid, I didn’t enjoy playing football at all in 2011 in my last year at West Perth. I just didn’t want to turn up to training, I would get there at the club and see where the coach Bill was and walk the other way. Our season finished on a Sunday and then before Mad Monday, I informed the club that there was no way I was coming back. The main reason was just that it was the first time I hadn’t been happy playing footy and as much as I love the game, I wasn’t going to keep playing somewhere I wasn’t happy at.

Leaving West Perth wasn’t something I came up with overnight. I guess there was just a build up of things there and a tipping point but it was something I discussed with mum and dad, and even dad's mum who is a life member of the club as well. I discussed it with her and all of them were more than happy for me to make the move, and especially nanna actually. It was with their blessing that I decided I leave so it wasn’t an issue leaving, it was more an issue deciding where I wanted to go.

I didn’t really want to go to another WAFL club initially, my first thoughts were to go interstate. Sturt flew me over to Adelaide and I trained with them for a week, but it wasn’t until the third or fourth day that I was over there when Cory Dell'Olio called me up. He was just about the only player I knew at South Fremantle and he told me that Paul Hasleby had just been appointed coach. At that stage, I hadn’t made up my mind where I wanted to go but I figured there weren’t be too many better people to learn from than Hase with his experience in the AFL.

I came back to Perth and had a good chat to mum and dad to see what they thought, and being a recruiter dad has been in the game for a while and he agreed that South Fremantle would be a good fit for me because they needed someone who played like I do. I called up the football manager at the time, Brent Dawkins, and within a couple of weeks I was down here at Fremantle training, and have been here ever since.

I just wasn’t happy at the end at West Perth, but obviously I was hoping to move somewhere that I would get more chances in the league team and all the dots just seemed to line up for me at South Fremantle.

I had always thought that I was a wingman and South Freo needed a wingman. I only ended up missing the one game that first year in 2012 and that was only because I had got knocked out at a training session before the game. I ended up coming equal third in the best and fairest, and was fourth on a count back, but still for someone who had only played 30 league games over three years coming into 2012, to get a whole season under my belt like that did my confidence the world of good.

I did have a groin injury that I was carrying for three years and I would have had the surgery the year I left West Perth, but because I was in limbo with my future and was just coming to a new club, I didn’t want to be on the sidelines for half a season and then have to fight to earn my spot in the second half of the year. I battled through that year which turned out really well because I was able to establish myself here at the club.

At the end of 2012, we tried to avoid the surgery path but in the end I needed it and I had it in early February 2013. That was supposed to be a 20-week rehab program but on the week I was due to come back, we had ladies night at the club and I will blame Jarrod Parry and Toby Bairstow for what happened.

We were doing a dance on stage and the finishing move was them throwing me up for a back flip. They will say I didn’t land it properly, but they threw me far too high and when I landed, my knee kind of buckled underneath itself and flung me back, and hyper-extended. I also hit my head on the back wall, got knocked out and had to be carried off stage in front of 300-odd ladies.

That's how my knee injury came about and that was the 19th week of my groin rehab. That put an extra 10 weeks on to my recovery and I was only able to come back in Round 22 and play the last three rounds, and then two finals. I had missed a couple of games in my career through concussion, but that was the first time even going back to colts that I had missed any games through injury.

Watching on from the sidelines for the first 21 rounds, it was pretty tough and something I had never had to do before. I never did get used to it either and I just couldn’t wait to get back out there.

The positive out of the year was that I got to play in the reserves grand final even though it was probably the worst game I have ever played, and it just happened to be against my old club. I still got a premiership medal, though, and it made a bad year look good in the end. That's the only positive I can take from last year as well as the fact that my groins are feeling as good as they have in a long time.

Now coming into 2014, I reckon I did 98 per cent of the pre-season work. Because I was coming off groin surgery and a limited season, I was pulled out of a few minor things but I did most of the pre-season and that was first time that has happened in about five years. I was just happy to get that fitness base underneath me so I could start putting up some good results in the time trials and that helped me get me ready for this season and to be in the league team so far this year.

We haven’t won a game yet, which is disappointing, and the last couple of weeks haven’t been the best time, but we are all trying as hard as we can. I don’t think it's far away and I think all we need to do is string a couple of quarters together to get that first win on the board. Once we do that, I have no doubt we can start rolling on to something bigger and better throughout the year.

By Shaun Bewick

This Sunday in Fremantle – it’s going to be busy!

You may already be aware that there are several large scale events planned this Sunday (13 April) in Fremantle.

While there are no planned road closures, the city expects a significant spike in visitor numbers and an associated increase in traffic congestion and competition for parking spaces.

The events include the grand opening of the Esplanade Youth Plaza and the West Coast Blues n Roots Festival, as well as a heavily publicised concert at Rottnest.

The City will place two variable message traffic signs to alert motorists of possible congestion. The signs will be placed at key entry points at Leach Highway and Queen Victoria Street.

We ask that you be patient and perhaps allow extra travelling time coming in and out of Fremantle on Sunday.


Enough hard wear for Harry

• Harry Deacon (with customer Trish Figgess) is calling it quits after 30 years. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Harry Deacon (with customer Trish Figgess) is calling it quits after 30 years. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

“I’VE tried to sell it but no-one wants to do the hours.”

Harry’s Hardware owner Harry Deacon will close his doors for the last time Thursday after 30 years serving Attadale locals.

“It’s a good shop in a good area with even better customers, but I’ve got to retire at some time, I can’t keep going,” the 68-year-old says as he turns his attention to another needy customer.

“I’d know the first names of 99 per cent of my customers. I know whole families by name.”

It’s the kind of service that has brought tears to children’s eyes and puts many customers in a spin.

“He’s a real good samaritan, an absolute institution,” Trish Figgess says. “All the local people know him and I don’t know what we’ll do without him.

“He’ll lend you stuff from the shop, he’ll go around and change the light bulbs for elderly people if they can’t manage. He’s just phenomenal.”

When the Herald caught up with Mr Deacon he was busier than ever, his personal touch evoking an era long gone in hardware retail: “Tonight I’ve got a tomahawk, a garden fork and a chair to fix … oh, and a toilet seat. I’ll do these tonight after I get home or tomorrow morning,” he muses. “I’ve had fantastic customers and my wife Christine and I would like to thank our many customers.

“I’m a real shed man,” he offers, punctuating our conversation with greetings to familiar faces. Post-retirement he intends to do a bit of maintenance on his house and visit a daughter who lives in London.

“I want to sort her out so she buys something, either here or there. Get her out of the clutches of those London landlords.”

He pauses and smiles: “I’d prefer that she buys in London so I don’t have to do the maintenance—as much as I’d love her at home.”

He hopes to spend more time with his two daughters and two grandchildren, aged four and eight, “but I’m not waiting for them to take over the shop”.

by EDDIE ALBRECHT


Exclusive deal for developer

FREMANTLE city council has given a local developer exclusive rights to buy one of its properties after releasing a business plan to the public that omitted key information.

At its last meeting the council voted to enter a deal with Bruce Moriarty’s Fremantle Park Investments to sell the old youth centre at 7 Quarry Street (behind the old Beaurepaires site) for between $2.6m and $2.75m.

But a council-initiated rezoning of half the site, which would increase its density up to six-fold and affect the value of the property, is yet to be determined by the WA planning commission.

The business plan makes no mention of the outstanding rezoning application, stating the entire site is under the higher density mixed-use central city zoning.

Council corporate services director Glen Dougall declined to explain the discrepancy but said the sale price was determined by two valuations that assumed rezoning would be approved.

The council’s decision to sell before rezoning is finalised may be explained by the fact Mr Moriarty is working to a deadline and can’t afford a lengthy scheme amendment.

He has just 30 months to redevelop the site before the lapse of tax credits he’s secured from a national rental affordability scheme (NRAS). The council’s own minutes say WA planning minister John Day may not make a decision till late this year: if the sale was put off till then Mr Moriarty may struggle to develop the site in time.

Mr Dougall acknowledges it’s the prospect of the affordable housing, a key component of the city’s strategic plan, that has made the deal a “very attractive proposition” for the council It recently watered down the affordable housing component of its scheme amendment 49 after developers complained it was onerous.

Mr Moriarty approached the council about buying the property, which abuts the old energy museum on Parry Street. He’s negotiating with Western Power to purchase that site, for which he also has NRAS credits.

Mr Dougall won’t divulge exactly when the first approach was made, but the council was almost certainly aware of Mr Moriarty’s plans for the property before councillors voted to initiate the rezoning, as the NRAS deadline was just eight working days later. Mr Moriarty’s application included a letter from the council stating its intention to sell the property, a requirement of the NRAS process.

According to council minutes, Mr Moriarty has 25 credits for the 1477sqm site, but they’re only usable under the higher zoning as he’s planning 20 two-bedroom units, five one-bedroom units and an undisclosed amount of “non-NRAS residential accommodation”.

Mr Moriarty is a friend of mayor Brad Pettitt and the pair were founding members of the Fremantle Network. Dr Pettitt has acknowledged the developer told him of his interest in purchasing the property before the rezoning came before council last year.

Dr Pettitt did not declare an impartiality interest at that time and he voted in favour of the rezoning, believing there was no need. He declared an interest when the sale was raised on December 18 last year and again last month, leaving the chamber.

Impartiality interests don’t prevent elected officials from  voting if they feel their judgement won’t be clouded.

by STEVE GRANT


Mail fail

EAST FREMANTLE town council’s 127-year-old letterbox has been stolen.

The rare Victorian era letterbox—valued at around $5000—was unbolted around 1am Tuesday by “a couple of low-lifes” says CEO Stuart Wearne.

“A resident saw a couple, a man and a woman, take the letterbox but unfortunately was unable to get the car’s registration.”

Fearing it may end up as scrap Mr Wearne’s willing to take it back “no questions asked”.

by EDDIE ALBRECHT


Insatiable demand for infant formula

• Chinese buyers have an insatiable demand for baby milk powder: Fremantle Central Pharmacy’s Howe Boon Lok sends another shipment of Australian formula to Asia.

• Chinese buyers have an insatiable demand for baby milk powder: Fremantle Central Pharmacy’s Howe Boon Lok sends another shipment of Australian formula to Asia.

SHOPPERS in central Fremantle have been subjected to an eye-opening display of China’s insatiable appetite for Australian infant formula.

Boxes and boxes of Karicare Aptamil stacked on the footpath outside Fremantle Central Pharmacy were whisked off to a waiting ship that’s now en route to the Asian superpower.

Demand for foreign-sourced formula is so high in China that it can sell on the black market for five times the price it gets here.

FCP proprietor Howe Boon Lok doesn’t think his large shipment is destined for on-selling, saying he’s organised similar sales to the 100-strong Chinese crew of the same ship once or twice a year for a while now. He believes they simply pass it on to grateful family members and friends.

“Normally the ship is in town for three or four days but this time it was only in for three hours, he told the Herald. “We didn’t even get a chance to move the stock into the shop.”

It was such a rush he mobilised relatives and used his own car to get the products to the port. From there the crew carried the goods on board.

“I have never done it like this before, it was very stressful,” he confided.

But baby formula is a big issue in China.

Extortionate prices are being driven by Chinese people’s ongoing distrust of domestic supplies that follows a poisoning scandal six years ago. Six children died and hundreds of thousands suffered kidney damage when 21 manufacturers added the toxic chemical melamine to inflate protein content.

To protect Chinese manufacturers from the influx of imports, Hong Kong’s regional government has imposed strict quotas.

In January the regime arrested 64 people in Hong Kong who were allegedly trying to get 450kg of the white powder onto the mainland. If convicted they face two years in gaol.

Chinese demand for overseas supplies is so strong that formula shortages hit Australian and UK shelves last year. In response, Woolworths imposed a four-can limit on sales in Australia which still stands.

Mr Lok was at pains to point out he always keeps at least half his stock for locals: “This is a very sensitive issue because I must keep stock for my local customers,” he told the Herald.

“We have a big clientele of tourists and crew from ships because we speak Chinese, so many people from south-east Asia shop here.”

by EDDIE ALBRECHT & STEVE GRANT


Schools ban parents talking

PARENTS have been banned from discussing proposed changes to Fremantle high schools on the grounds of local primary and high schools.

Traci Gamblin from the action group High School Options for Freo says the directive flies in the face of WA education minister Peter Collier’s invitation for “everyone who lives in Fremantle to have their say on local secondary schools”.

“We’re all parents who drop our kids off at primary school and use the opportunity to have a chat about the latest developments,”Ms Gamblin told the Herald. “We’ve been told the principals of all the primary schools in Fremantle were summoned by the district office and told that High School Options For Freo were not to gather and discuss the amalgamation issue on school grounds. And this on the day the minister releases the long-awaited community consultation process.”

South Metropolitan Education Regional Executive Director Margaret Collins confirmed the ban had been issued, saying it was inappropriate for such discussions to take place on school grounds.

“The minister has called for a free and open consultation and it is important no school is perceived to endorse the views of one group or individual over another or to be influencing discussion in that way,” she said.

Ms Gamblin does not regard consultation as genuine, because an option to increase local intake at John Curtin College of the Arts is not being offered.

Last week the Herald broke the news that Hamilton SHS looks most likely to face the axe under any forced amalgamation of Fremantle region schools. South Fremantle is also an outside chance for closure.

by EDDIE ALBRECHT


Bush in sorry state

• Elena Monaco and Eloise Dortch send some love towards nature. Photo by Steve Grant

• Elena Monaco and Eloise Dortch send some love towards nature. Photo by Steve Grant

PERTH’S bushland is in a sorry state and Aborigines might hold the key to its salvation, says Noongar elder Noel Nannup.

The experienced bushman says he’s worried by the rapid decline of the city’s remaining bushland, and believes an inquiry is needed to establish how critical the damage has become and what it will take to turn it around.

“There’s just too much tar and too much cement,” Mr Nannup told the Herald while en route to “country” with a tour group about to strengthen its connection to the land.

“Our wetlands are not being allowed to recharge, as rain is going into the drain rather than the soil.” He also raises littering and the constant chipping away of remaining bush reserves by a slew of bureaucracies as major problems which need urgent addressing.

Nature deprivation

He says the non-indigenous community, particularly the state’s planners, needs to start recognising the value of the information Aborigines have stored about the environment, as well as their spiritual connection.

“We are environmentalists of the highest order,” he says, noting their knowledge about the names and uses for plant species is miles ahead of the broader community.

Mr Nannup laments how little time youngsters get to spend in the bush nowadays, saying it deprives them of a connection to their country and fuels ignorance about the problems it faces.

“When we were growing up as kids, mum was at home looking after us. But what time are parents allocating to their kids now?” he poses.

“They just don’t have the time.”

Mr Nannup says spreading the message about Aborigines’ connection to the land and sharing the knowledge they hold has also recently been made harder by cuts to the state’s education budget.

“I belong to a language group and we met up and put out 73 books about Aboriginal life and spirit and they were being used in classrooms by the Lote teachers, but they have all been knocked off,” he says.

He’s one of three speakers talking at the forum Valuing our Urban Green Space which has been organised by the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association for today, Saturday April 12 from 1-4pm at Replants on Wray Ave.

FRRA member and Greens staffer Eloise Dortch is organising the forum with Elena Monaco and says her concerns about green space involve mainly parks, where she takes her young daughter.

Ms Dortch was a strident critic of Fremantle council’s decision to concrete over part of the Esplanade reserve for a skate plaza.

Also on the speakers list is Dr Lisa Wood, who’s the deputy director of UWA’s Centre for the Built Environment and Health, who’ll be talking about the effects of green space on people’s health, especially children. She told the Herald she was also concerned about how little children were getting outside.

Dr Paul Hardisty is the final speaker. As director of the CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship he’ll be talking about the value of urban ecosystems in a changing climate.

by STEVE GRANT

 


Joe blow

THE head of a powerful Left faction union has called for controversial Right faction senator-elect Joe Bullock to resign, saying he is unfit to represent the Australian Labor Party.

United Voice WA secretary Carolyn Smith’s call threatens to drive a wedge between her union and Mr Bullock’s Shop, Distributive and Allied Association, which have between them carved up WA Labor preselections for years.

Ms Smith says Mr Bullock’s description of party members as “mad” was “a betrayal”: “If Joe Bullock really believes in the Labor party, if he really believes in making Australia a better place, he should seriously consider resigning his position,” she said Thursday.

Ms Smith’s union was instrumental in getting Mr Bullock into parliament.

A deal forged long ago between his “shoppies” and United Voice (formerly the LHMU) gave the two big unions unprecedented power within WA Labor. The unlikely allies had the votes to carve up preselections between themselves, locking other unions out of the picture.

A victim of the alliance is Senator Louise Pratt, a Left faction member associated with the metalworkers’ union, United Voice’s most powerful rival within the ALP Left.

United Voice lent its support to Mr Bullock getting the number one spot on the Senate ticket, relegating Senator Pratt to number two, in return for shoppies’ support for United Voice’s Simone McGurk winning preselection for state Fremantle over the maritime union’s Adrian Evans.

Ordinarily, Labor would expect to return at least two senators out of the six elected at each half-Senate election but its vote has plummetted to such depths in WA that Senator Pratt now faces defeat at the hands of Liberal number three Linda Reynolds.

United Voice is now fending off outrage amongst Left faction members that its wheeling and dealing has replaced a leading Left progressive with an arch-conservative former Liberal Party member. Ms Smith says her union never imagined its deal with the shoppies—forged when Dave Kelly headed it up—might cost Senator Pratt her job.

Her call for Mr Bullock to resign adds to a growing chorus of discontent within Labor regarding cosy deals brokered between unions to get their people into parliament.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten—himself a former head of the Right-faction aligned Australian Workers’ Union—is reported to now want to sever links between unions and Labor preselections, while federal Fremantle MP Melissa Parke, a member of the Left, says “we need to draw talent from a broader pool than union officials”.

“This is particularly the case for preselection for the upper houses of parliament at both a state and federal level.”

Ms Parke says Labor—whose foundations lay in being the political wing of the union movement—must change so it is, “a reflection of the community—and the majority of the community are not union members”.

by EDDIE ALBRECHT & CONOR McLEOD


Projects claims under wraps

COCKBURN city council is refusing to permit anyone to see the advice it relied on to claim a slew of projects are at risk if Fremantle takes them over after council mergers.

Cockburn last month issued a media statement claiming Fremantle could cancel 12 projects because of an “imminent threat to funding” caused by ending Cockburn’s developer contribution scheme.

The claim was disputed by Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt.

The Herald asked Cockburn for a copy of the advice it relied on to make the claim, arguing such a bold public assertion—with the potential to affect the biggest shake-up in local government history—should be open to scrutiny.

But the council point-blank refused.

“The city cannot release written legal advice in case the issue is litigated upon,” media officer John Snobar told the Herald after checking with his superiors.

“Naturally the city will comply with any FOI application or other law requiring us to release such documentation, so feel free to make an application that way.”

Given FOI releases these days usually come with more struck out than left in, we thought we’d save our money.

by STEVE GRANT


We need power, stat

• John Douglass says Western Power is holding up his medical suite redevelopment of the old Beacon Theatre in Fremantle. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• John Douglass says Western Power is holding up his medical suite redevelopment of the old Beacon Theatre in Fremantle. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

PLANS to open a medical centre in the old Beacon Theatre are being stymied by Western Power.

Owner John Douglass has spent “a hell of a lot” refurbishing the iconic building and engaged an electrical engineer to work out power requirements.

“We were told that the building would need a supply of 160 amps but the existing supply was 100 amps,” he told the Herald.

In October he contacted Western Power, which said underground cabling would be needed to upgrade the feed into the building, and this would need to come from a transformer on Solomon Street. Completion was meant to be February 19, then the start of March, then Easter and now it’s slated for late May.

“This is terribly frustrating for us,” Mr Douglass says, adding he hasn’t been impressed by contractors’ attitudes towards his requests for urgency.

“We are talking about a potential inconvenience to the health care of hundreds of patients.

“We have done as much as we can to speed up the process—we moved Telstra’s cabling pits as told by Western Power because of earth leakage problems, problems I suspect that are not new.

“So now we are looking at using a temporary supply, again at extra expense, which will have to be undone when Western Power  gets its act together.

It means they’ll be able to start moving over Easter, with the whole kit and caboodle taking a week to shift.

When open, the clinic will house all the existing doctors from the old Ellen Street centre. The new centre will be called Ellen Health.

by EDDIE ALBRECHT


I’ll be bucked: They’re champs!

• The not-so Angry Beavers at their Fremantle base celebrating their win at the Australian surf life saving championships in Scarborough.

• The not-so Angry Beavers at their Fremantle base celebrating their win at the Australian surf life saving championships in Scarborough.

THIS Mad Monday photo captures the Helensburgh Stanwell open women’s surf boat team, which snared runner-up in last week’s Australian Surf Life Saving championships held at Scarborough.

The women, their coaches, support and parents rented three houses in Fremantle for the competition and loved “wandering around all the historic stuff in Fremantle”.

Coach Mark “Bluey” Lea (the token male in the photo) has coached the team for three years and says they’re enjoying the rewards of nine months’ training.

The club, one of the oldest in the nation and with the distinction of having the longest name among Australian surf life saving clubs, hopes to go one better at next year’s championship, to be held in Kirra on the Gold Coast.

As for the saucy-sounding name, Bluey says the women adopted the moniker—and made fetching suits to match—after a coach noted they always seemed to pose with bucked teeth in photos.

by EDDIE ALBRECHT


Pecha Kucha Perth Vol. 14 at Fremantle Fibonacci Centre tonight

Come and join us for the first Pecha Kucha Perth Vol. 14 of 2014! Super excited to have our first pecha kucha at the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre. The theme is “revitalisation” so come on down to this hidden freo treasure and be inspired by people from many walks of life!::::::PRESENTERS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER ::::: Toby Whittington- Green World […]

Easter opening hours 2014

Fremantle City Library will be closed from Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April for the Easter public holidays. We will return to normal opening hours Tuesday 22 April.

Wednesday 16 April                         9.30 am–8.00pm

Thursday 17 April                             9.30 am–8.00pm

Friday 18 April                                  Closed

Saturday 19 April                              9.30am-5.00pm

Sunday 20 April                                Closed


Monday 21 April                               Closed

Tuesday 22 April                               9.30 am–8.00 pm

 

To renew any loans or access the library catalogue, visit: http://library.fremantle.wa.gov.au/

 

Fremantle Toy Library will be closed from Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April for the Easter public holidays. We will return to normal opening hours Tuesday 22 April.

 

Thursday 17 April                             9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Friday 18 April                                   Closed

Monday 21 April                               Closed

Tuesday 22 April                               9.00 am – 4.30 pm

 

The elected members and staff at the City of Fremantle wish you a happy and safe Easter.


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Learn Stuff About Beer

Want to learn a thing or two about beer? Then beer school is for you.

You can expect to smell some hops, touch some malt and taste some beers. You’ll be shown how beer is made and get to ask lots of questions. When I attended there were two brewers on hand and they were perfectly happy to answer basic questions as well as technical ones. We sampled the Little Creatures range as well as some craft beers from Alaska, New Zealand and Germany so you can completely geek out on hops.

When: Wednesday the 16th April & 12th of May @ 6:30pm
Where: Creatures Next Door
Cost: Free
Email: beerschoolfreo@littlecreatures.com.au to make a reservation

International Beers

The three non-Creatures beers that we sampled.

 

Beer Pack

Take-home beer pack.

 

 

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Round 4 Preview v Swan Districts

SOUTH Fremantle hits the road again after two straight Friday night matches at Fremantle Oval to take on Swan Districts this Saturday at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

The Bulldogs have opened the 2014 season with losses to Subiaco, Perth and East Perth so head to the Bassendean venue desperate to open their account with a victory.
Swan Districts, on the other hand, have opened its season with an 18-point loss to East Perth and then last week a 35-point victory over Peel Thunder at home.
South Fremantle also needs to get over a seven-game losing run against Swan Districts with the Bulldogs last win over the black-and-whites coming back in Round 5, 2011 at Steel Blue Oval by 24 points.
Swans have won the seven matches between the two sides since then by an average of over 27 points a game.
South Fremantle is still without AFL-experienced big man James Sellar due to a knee injury with Alistair Gillespie out suspended and Paul Mugambwa still on the sidelines with an injury as well.
The Bulldogs will need Brock Higgins to continue to step up in the ruck as he did up against Paul Johnson and Scott Lycett last Friday night for East Perth.
Josh Pullman and Ben Saunders will also need to make an impact up forward. The two key forwards have only kicked eight goals between them over the first three rounds, but are both capable of kicking big bags on their day.
The match will also be noteworthy as it will be Pullman's first game back at Steel Blue Oval against Swan Districts since he returned to the WAFL this year to play with South Fremantle after previously captaining Swans' colts to a premiership, and playing 23 league matches.
South Fremantle's key defenders such as Dylan Ross, Nick Borovac, Steve Mills and the recalled Zac Strom will also have their work cut out against Tony Notte, Tim Geappen and last week's eight-goal hero Ricky Cary.
However, if South Fremantle's midfield led by Ashton Hams, Ryan Cook, Haiden Schloithe, Tim Kelly, Jacob Martinez, Kris Miller, Shaun Bewick, Brendan Verrier and Steven Verrier, suddenly that becomes much less of a problem.
Adam McIntosh is also out of the Bulldogs team to take on Swan Districts with Toby Bairstow, James Laurino, Ben Sokol, Strom and Traye Bennell all in the mix to come in.
There is little reason for change for a Swan Districts team who has surprised many with its start to the season.
Many predicted Swan Districts to be the big sliders in 2014 with a host of key players leaving, but somebody forgot to tell the leaders remaining at Steel Blue Oval, and a strong band of youngsters coming through.
Swans opened their season leading East Perth for three quarters in Round 2 before losing by 18 points, and then after trailing Peel Thunder by 34 points early in the third quarter on Saturday, turned on some inspired and exciting football.
Swan Districts went on to kick 11 of the last 12 goals of the game to win by 35 points.
With Justin Simpson, Matt Riggio and Ryan Davis leading the way, Adam Faulkner, Kirk Ugle, Matt Rogers, Blaine Boekhorst and Nathan Blakely standing up, and Ricky Cary a surprise packet up forward, there is plenty of excitement around Bassendean for Swan Districts looking to the rest of 2014.
Swans coach Greg Harding has noted that South Fremantle can cough up some big scores, but knows it's not necessarily easy to take advantage of that.
"The key to exposing their back half is getting somewhere near them through the middle. We still see South Fremantle as having a wonderful midfield brigade with the likes of Cook, Schloithe, Miller and obviously Ashton Hams, and they are still one of the best midfields in the competition," Harding said.
"If they win it through there, you can't get enough inside 50s to test their back half. It has been documented that they have been coughing up lots of goals and they are a club who is 0-3, and when people start to write you off that can steel a playing group.
"They are going to be up for the fight and we need to get somewhere near them through the midfield, and if we can do that then I think the way our forward half is functioning with Tony Notte, Tim Geappen, Cary, Rogers, Aidan Anderson and Rogers, then I think we can have another really strong day."
RESERVES TEAM
T Bairstow, M Banks, T Bennell, M Bolger, S Borovac, M Carter, E Collard, A Collica, J D'Vauz, A Galliano, M Gundry, J Hall, L Harvey, C Hayden, K Hogan, T Kelly, J Louthean, L Lucev, S Mills, M Nicholson, N Olds, S Panizza, J Pantano, J Parry, J Sgherza, B Sokol, T Stewart, J Symmans, J Tartaglia, M Walley
COLTS TEAM
B Colbung, B Collier, J Culleton, J Depane, B Donaldson, B Fimmano, J Florenca, J Foster, M Grubelich, B Kersten, C Loersch, B Matera, J McComb, G McLeod, J McMaster, J Mirco, D Moore, A Nodari, L Pearson, C Salmon, N Strom, T Wheeler, S Williamson
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle hits the road again after two straight Friday night matches at Fremantle Oval to take on Swan Districts this Saturday at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

The Bulldogs have opened the 2014 season with losses to Subiaco, Perth and East Perth so head to the Bassendean venue desperate to open their account with a victory.

Swan Districts, on the other hand, have opened its season with an 18-point loss to East Perth and then last week a 35-point victory over Peel Thunder at home.

South Fremantle also needs to get over a seven-game losing run against Swan Districts with the Bulldogs last win over the black-and-whites coming back in Round 5, 2011 at Steel Blue Oval by 24 points.

Swans have won the seven matches between the two sides since then by an average of over 27 points a game.

South Fremantle is still without AFL-experienced big man James Sellar due to a knee injury with Alistair Gillespie out suspended and Paul Mugambwa still on the sidelines with an injury as well.

The Bulldogs will need Brock Higgins to continue to step up in the ruck as he did up against Paul Johnson and Scott Lycett last Friday night for East Perth.

Josh Pullman and Ben Saunders will also need to make an impact up forward. The two key forwards have only kicked eight goals between them over the first three rounds, but are both capable of kicking big bags on their day.

The match will also be noteworthy as it will be Pullman's first game back at Steel Blue Oval against Swan Districts since he returned to the WAFL this year to play with South Fremantle after previously captaining Swans' colts to a premiership, and playing 23 league matches.

South Fremantle's key defenders such as Dylan Ross, Nick Borovac, Steve Mills and the recalled Zac Strom will also have their work cut out against Tony Notte, Tim Geappen and last week's eight-goal hero Ricky Cary.

However, if South Fremantle's midfield led by Ashton Hams, Ryan Cook, Haiden Schloithe, Tim Kelly, Jacob Martinez, Kris Miller, Shaun Bewick, Brendan Verrier and Steven Verrier, suddenly that becomes much less of a problem.

Adam McIntosh is also out of the Bulldogs team to take on Swan Districts with Toby Bairstow, James Laurino, Ben Sokol, Strom and Traye Bennell all in the mix to come in.

There is little reason for change for a Swan Districts team who has surprised many with its start to the season.

Many predicted Swan Districts to be the big sliders in 2014 with a host of key players leaving, but somebody forgot to tell the leaders remaining at Steel Blue Oval, and a strong band of youngsters coming through.

Swans opened their season leading East Perth for three quarters in Round 2 before losing by 18 points, and then after trailing Peel Thunder by 34 points early in the third quarter on Saturday, turned on some inspired and exciting football.

Swan Districts went on to kick 11 of the last 12 goals of the game to win by 35 points.

With Justin Simpson, Matt Riggio and Ryan Davis leading the way, Adam Faulkner, Kirk Ugle, Matt Rogers, Blaine Boekhorst and Nathan Blakely standing up, and Ricky Cary a surprise packet up forward, there is plenty of excitement around Bassendean for Swan Districts looking to the rest of 2014.

Swans coach Greg Harding has noted that South Fremantle can cough up some big scores, but knows it's not necessarily easy to take advantage of that.

"The key to exposing their back half is getting somewhere near them through the middle. We still see South Fremantle as having a wonderful midfield brigade with the likes of Cook, Schloithe, Miller and obviously Ashton Hams, and they are still one of the best midfields in the competition," Harding said.

"If they win it through there, you can't get enough inside 50s to test their back half. It has been documented that they have been coughing up lots of goals and they are a club who is 0-3, and when people start to write you off that can steel a playing group.

"They are going to be up for the fight and we need to get somewhere near them through the midfield, and if we can do that then I think the way our forward half is functioning with Tony Notte, Tim Geappen, Cary, Rogers, Aidan Anderson and Rogers, then I think we can have another really strong day."

RESERVES TEAM

T Bairstow, M Banks, T Bennell, M Bolger, S Borovac, M Carter, E Collard, A Collica, J D'Vauz, A Galliano, M Gundry, J Hall, L Harvey, C Hayden, K Hogan, T Kelly, J Louthean, L Lucev, S Mills, M Nicholson, N Olds, S Panizza, J Pantano, J Parry, J Sgherza, B Sokol, T Stewart, J Symmans, J Tartaglia, M Walley

COLTS TEAM

B Colbung, B Collier, J Culleton, J Depane, B Donaldson, B Fimmano, J Florenca, J Foster, M Grubelich, B Kersten, C Loersch, B Matera, J McComb, G McLeod, J McMaster, J Mirco, D Moore, A Nodari, L Pearson, C Salmon, N Strom, T Wheeler, S Williamson

By Chris Pike

Bulldogs fully supportive of Friday night football at Fremantle Oval

FRIDAY night football matches at Fremantle Oval have become among the most popular fixtures in the WAFL in any season and the South Fremantle Football Club fully intends to continue them going forward.

South Fremantle has hosted its first two home matches of the 2014 WAFL season on a Friday night at Fremantle Oval against Perth and East Perth, and will also finish the year with Friday night matches against Subiaco and Peel Thunder, and is very happy to be doing so.
After having just one Friday night fixture in 2013, South Fremantle requested from the WAFL to have more scheduled in 2014 and is very happy with the resultant four games to be played under lights at Fremantle Oval.
The South Fremantle Football Club is firmly of the belief that players, members and supporters all alike are fully supportive of Friday night football at Fremantle Oval and all enjoy the experience immensely in particular when the weather is fine at the start and towards the end of the season.
The atmosphere at the night games is tremendous and it provides the option of a terrific night out for spectators with the heart of Fremantle just a minute's walk away plus with the facilities at Fremantle Oval offering food, drinks, coffee, ice cream and of course the bar.
"The club is looking forward to the night games at the end of the season," chief executive Stuart Kemp said.
"Our members and fans love coming down on a Friday night and enjoying themselves and we can’t wait for the two games fixtured against Subiaco and Peel.  Night footy is something different in the WAFL and it's here to stay. We will be working closely with the WAFC to schedule more in 2015."
The South Fremantle Football Club would like to clarify some claims in The West Australian today.
The club has received no negative feedback whatsoever about the lighting at Fremantle Oval with players, coaches, spectators and members of the media mentioning nothing whatsoever negative in regards to lighting for the night fixtures.
As president Haiden Raitt said, the request of night fixtures will again be reviewed for 2015 but with the overwhelmingly positive response from players, members and supporters, it is unlikely the Bulldogs will not be playing night games once again at Fremantle Oval in 2015.
South Fremantle vice-captain and 160-game veteran Craig White has played in numerous of those night fixtures at Fremantle Oval, and they too are among his highlights of any WAFL season.
"Night games at Fremantle Oval are great. As long as the weather is permitting and it's not freezing, the night games tend to work. They work well with the facilities upstairs, so the fans enjoy that part of it as well," White said.
"The players like it because you get an extra day's break and get to enjoy a Saturday afternoon which is rare during the footy season. The more we can play on a Friday night the better, but obviously we have to work in with the WAFL's fixturing and all of that.
"All the boys enjoy getting out there for a night game when the weather is good like it always is at this time of year. The lights are good, it's a quick ground and in dry conditions it's a really good night for the players out there, but the fans watching on also."
South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is also firmly in favour of night football at Fremantle Oval.
"I was a little bit disappointed we only had one Friday night game last season so it's good to have a few more this year. It gives the opportunity for the players to have some weekends free and everyone loves playing under lights," Hasleby said.
"We normally get a good crowd down there on a Friday night in the middle of Fremantle Oval as well, so it's nice to have a few more games."
By Chris PikeFRIDAY night football matches at Fremantle Oval have become among the most popular fixtures in the WAFL in any season and the South Fremantle Football Club fully intends to continue them going forward.

South Fremantle has hosted its first two home matches of the 2014 WAFL season on a Friday night at Fremantle Oval against Perth and East Perth, and will also finish the year with Friday night matches against Subiaco and Peel Thunder, and is very happy to be doing so.

After having just one Friday night fixture in 2013, South Fremantle requested from the WAFL to have more scheduled in 2014 and is very happy with the resultant four games to be played under lights at Fremantle Oval.

The South Fremantle Football Club is firmly of the belief that players, members and supporters all alike are fully supportive of Friday night football at Fremantle Oval and all enjoy the experience immensely in particular when the weather is fine at the start and towards the end of the season.

The atmosphere at the night games is tremendous and it provides the option of a terrific night out for spectators with the heart of Fremantle just a minute's walk away plus with the facilities at Fremantle Oval offering food, drinks, coffee, ice cream and of course the bar.

"The club is looking forward to the night games at the end of the season," chief executive Stuart Kemp said.

"Our members and fans love coming down on a Friday night and enjoying themselves and we can’t wait for the two games fixtured against Subiaco and Peel.  Night footy is something different in the WAFL and it's here to stay. We will be working closely with the WAFC to schedule more in 2015."

The South Fremantle Football Club would like to clarify some claims in The West Australian today.

The club has received no negative feedback whatsoever about the lighting at Fremantle Oval with players, coaches, spectators and members of the media mentioning nothing whatsoever negative in regards to lighting for the night fixtures.

As president Haiden Raitt said, the request of night fixtures will again be reviewed for 2015 but with the overwhelmingly positive response from players, members and supporters, it is unlikely the Bulldogs will not be playing night games once again at Fremantle Oval in 2015.

South Fremantle vice-captain and 160-game veteran Craig White has played in numerous of those night fixtures at Fremantle Oval, and they too are among his highlights of any WAFL season.

"Night games at Fremantle Oval are great. As long as the weather is permitting and it's not freezing, the night games tend to work. They work well with the facilities upstairs, so the fans enjoy that part of it as well," White said.

"The players like it because you get an extra day's break and get to enjoy a Saturday afternoon which is rare during the footy season. The more we can play on a Friday night the better, but obviously we have to work in with the WAFL's fixturing and all of that.

"All the boys enjoy getting out there for a night game when the weather is good like it always is at this time of year. The lights are good, it's a quick ground and in dry conditions it's a really good night for the players out there, but the fans watching on also."

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is also firmly in favour of night football at Fremantle Oval.

"I was a little bit disappointed we only had one Friday night game last season so it's good to have a few more this year. It gives the opportunity for the players to have some weekends free and everyone loves playing under lights," Hasleby said.

"We normally get a good crowd down there on a Friday night in the middle of Fremantle Oval as well, so it's nice to have a few more games."

By Chris Pike

Claremont's Pop-Up Festival Makes Spaghetti Fruit Loops From Soufflé

I haven't re-compensated the latter graph in each of these profiles.

But I suspect that Thursday the 27th's (March) Pop-Up Festival is what's giving us such green mountains, here.

We have two counters in Claremont, installed with the co-operation of Stephen Goode, Brian Kavanagh and Ashley Edwards at the Town of Claremont. These counters provide 24/7 data of who's using Claremont's town centre.

Claremont Now are a Town of Claremont and business community management body, providing precinct marketing: place management, I'd like to call it.

Of course, one of these functions is the accurate counting of shoppers, customers or even normal people all day, every day.

The counting equipment is non-invasive and definitely doesn't record any personal information. You just appear as a blob on the screen; so does your dog, actually, because my counters only read body heat.

I have been asked to provide quotes for a state government project using WiFi-pinging.

That is where we invade your mobile phone. That's nearly illegal in some countries so I don't do that.

Yet.

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Spaghetti western, alphabetti, fruit loop style. This is the prettiest graph we make.

What we do is we take all the bits and bobs - bytes and bits - that the counters produce and extrapolate them into every hour of the month - so that's about ... lots (OK, adding up here ... 24 X 31 = (310 + 310 + [4 x 31 = 124]) = 620, 744 hours).

744 hours.

We then allocate each block of twenty-four hours to its day of the week and, hey presto, we get the average hourly trend for each day of the week.

Just to play: this chart is the first one we did for you, in Claremont; Empire Furniture (is the location), 12 Bay View Terrace.

(Call out to David Johns and the team there - they let us store our little internet box onsite there).

This is July 2013 and isn't it beautiful?

Today, nine months later, this is what we see. Very different, yet very similar.

That incredible purple peak (Fridays 12 - 1pm) has obediently risen, in shape, like a soufflé.

Everything else has retained it's reasonable form. Thursdays, though, have experienced an after 5 jump (and this may just be due to the Pop-up Festival. We'll come back next month to see - right?).




But let's cross the street to the Claremont Quarter Shopping Centre.

On the ouside of the centre near Mecca Cosmetica we installed a second counter (again, with the kind help of the Claremont business community in the form of Darren Fletcher, Sean Duffin and Hawaiian, the friendly property group).

Here the foot traffic profile is very different. Less people overall (to Empire's counter) but a real wild Sunday.

Again we see that green mountain.

Above: The first month of counting for us, September 2013.

Below: The most recent month: March 2014


Discuss.

 

Greens criticise growth of inhumane Live Export Trade that is exporting Australian jobs

Media statement, Thursday 10 April 2014.

Today Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren slammed plans by the Minister to expand Live Export to China, labelling the trade as exporting jobs from Western Australia and failing to meet acceptable animal welfare standards.
 
“We have overwhelming evidence that this trade has frequently failed to deliver livestock without on board deaths, sometimes from heat exhaustion, we know that the stock cannot be sufficiently tracked and are at risk of cruelty at their destination”, said Ms MacLaren.

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MEDIA ALERT – Press Conference: TAFE – its impact and accessibility to Perth residents. Live Export – the worrying move towards trial shipments to China

Media statement, Thursday 10 April 2014.

WHAT: A Greens initiated Senate Inquiry hearing into the TAFE system will be held in Perth today. This Inquiry will look into different funding models for TAFE, their impact on accessibility and affordability. The policies of the Coalition and Labor parties in recent years have cut back TAFE operations and resulted in many job losses. This inquiry is crucial to understanding the impacts this will have on Perth residents.

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Public celebration of urban art hits Perth and Freo streets

  This is a great project by FORM and will include a huge mural on 100 Hampton Road. Watch this space… http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-09/perth-street-art-festival/5377540?section=wa Public celebration of urban art hits Perth streets By Charlotte Hamlyn Photo: Street artist Stormie Mills painting a mural on a Perth wall.   Stormie Mills has been making his mark on the […]

The Social Justice Alliance: standing up for women imprisoned as a result of domestic violence

Today I stood on the steps of Parliament with some of the determined advocates seeking fairness for women in prison. The Social Justice Alliance at Parliament delivered 1000 signatures calling for a review of sentences being served by Lesley Dowling and Robin Buller. The law has changed, they have suffered and paid their dues, there is nothing to be gained by their continued incarceration.

On 1 August 2008, the Homicide Act 2008 was amended to introduce changes in the context of domestic homicide where there has been a history of violence by either the deceased or the accused. Today we call on the State Government to:

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106,805 People On One Page

A snapshot of every person who passed under my counter in Claremont this month:

Thursday 27 April?

Pop-up Festival with silent disco and all that.

Public urged to speak up now against formal proposal for a 3-year drum line programme: Greens

Media statement, Tuesday 8 April 2014.

The State Government’s application to the Federal Government to extend the ineffective drum line programme by three years represents a complete disregard for community concern and scientific evidence, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

If approved, the drum lines will sit 1km off popular WA beaches from 15 November to 30 April each year, from 2014 - 2017.

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State Government requests to extend worrying drum line programme

The Barnett Government has asked the Federal Government to extend its drum lines programme for three years.

You can help to Stop The Cull by spending just 2 minutes of your time to submit a comment to the EPBC opposing the policy:

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Fremantle Park irrigation system upgrade

The Arts Centre Precinct has been advised of the works scheduled to be undertaken to upgrade the irrigation system at Fremantle Park.

A letter has been mailed to the residents surrounding Fremantle Park advising the works will begin in mid April and should be fully completed by the end of June.

Contractors will be onsite during weekdays only in normal working hours between 7.30am and 5.00pm. No work will be carried out over weekends and or public holidays.

(Information supplied by Lee Pipe (Administration Assistant), Parks and Landscape, City Works, City of Fremantle)

What’s happening in your precinct? Share your concerns and news with elected members

Dear Precinct

Please find attached the invitation for a meeting with the City of Fremantle elected members. This is the first get-together of a series of meetings planned and organised by the City.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 29 April, 2014, from 6.00 to 7.30 pm, and will be held at Hilton Park Bowling Club.

Please RSVP to communityengagement@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Please download the Invitation 29 April 2014 (10)