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Cartoonists summing up the Fremantle Council, Spot On

Published 30 Aug 2016 by Mark in Fremantle Reform.

Messages and Media Nothing new here, Mayor Brad Pettitt seems to have his selective hearing on again/still;  ignoring the point of view of some community leaders, choosing only to listen to the ones singing from Brads own Hymn sheet. One thing you can be sure of these sorts of decision, the general public will be […]

Next Freo Network Event: Core Fremantle // Hot Soup share their vision for Fremantle

Published 30 Aug 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

    Join us for the next edition of our monthly speaker series, featuring the folks from Core Fremantle and Hot Soup speaking on: Negotiating informal use of space in Fremantle:  The role of emerging artists and students in the ecology of a city. They’re going to be tackling issues related to sustainability, arts, culture, […]

FREMANTLE ARTHUR HEAD ACTIVATION NEEDS NEW IDEAS

Published 30 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

J Shed

 

The ruling by the WA Planning Commission against a tavern and live outdoor music venue at J Shed should encourage the City of Fremantle and the local community to come together and find better ways of activating Arthur Head, as the changes made by the City have not been successful.

There have been very good ideas talked about for many years, so maybe it is time to listen to the resident artists at J Shed, the volunteer heritage guides at the Roundhouse and local residents.

One impressive way would be to extend the boardwalk from Kidogo Arthouse, the former kerosene store, to J Shed and create a historic walk with significant heritage signs about the whaling station, limestone quarry and Mews fishing industry, and link it with the Maritime Museum and the harbour where thousands of migrants arrived by ship. This would also make the connection from the present port to the historic long jetty ‘port’ just south of Kidogo.

Add to that a sculpture park and  small children’s playground in front of J Shed and make the No 1 studio a cafe and art gallery with function availability for weddings, etc. A small alfresco deck to watch the Indian Ocean will no doubt attract locals and tourists alike.

It should also be contemplated if it is a viable move to relocate the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, but it would need to have a tourism priority with music and dancing for cruise ship passengers and the sale of Aboriginal art and craft and maybe even bushtucker.

When we talk about activating the area we should keep in mind that already 120,000 people a year come to visit the Roundhouse, so we need to offer them something else so they’ll linger longer. A combination of history and art, plus a small hospitality outlet will no doubt help the activation.

The Roundhouse guides are also in the process of getting all new modern, interactive interpretive displays in the cells and power will be connected to the oldest public building in the state. That will create the opportunity of doing special night events and tours during the warmer months. That would help to activate the ghost town Arthur Head is at night at present and stop homeless people from invading the old Pilots Cottages.

The Pilots Cottages need another form of activation as the present occupants do very little to attract visitors to the area with their abstract paintings, so maybe it is time to let go off the art precinct idea up at Captain’s Lane and make it more of a tourist shopping destination, selling Freo T-shirts, craft, art and souvenirs, but ideally there should be 24/7 activity that discourages anti social behaviour at Arthur Head. The Glen Cowans underwater photo gallery is a highly visible and professional presence next to the Roundhouse and should be emulated to achieve high quality offerings to tourists and local Fremantle people.

I also still believe a Saturday morning art and craft market in front of J Shed would attract a lot of people, so let’s have a public debate about this, listen, learn, collaborate, create, and make Arthur Head THE go to part of Fremantle for visitors and locals. Together we can do it!

Roel Loopers


Messages and Media

Published 29 Aug 2016 by admin in The Fremantle Society Incorporated.

The West's Cartoonist, Alston, summed up the situation.
The West’s Cartoonist, Alston, summed up the situation.
Last Wednesday at its monthly council meeting, Fremantle Council controversially canned the annual fireworks show on Australia Day for political reasons, which drew strong criticism from Aboriginal leaders across the nation. The story made the front page of The Australian newspaper and Alston devoted his cartoon (above) to the subject.Some have said that the fireworks issue was deliberately put forward to deflect the heat from the issue of the King’s Square Business Plan, which made the TV, radio and newspaper two days earlier, a subject which got into the media not because the media finally understood what a sham the business case for King’s Square actually is, but  because a celebrity lawyer put his name to the issue.

The council meeting raised the issue of trees on private property, and council indicated that, following public consultation, it may one day require landowners to apply to chop down large trees on their property, instead of council having to do the work of making a significant tree register for private property like the one they did for public property.

Ironically, if a landowner currently wants to demolish a building on his property, his request cannot be refused unless his property is ALREADY on a heritage register. Good luck to the trees.
The tree and tree canopy issue is urgent and important, especially given that Fremantle has the second worst tree canopy cover of any municipality in WA. The council’s target of 20% tree canopy cover by 2020 is impossible to achieve unless council gets out of its political handbooks and into real action. Council has not allocated nearly enough money in this year’s budget to tackle this climate change issue which has significant social and health outcomes as well as environmental ones.
Thanks to Alston and The West for the cartoon.
Last Wednesday at its monthly council meeting, Fremantle Council controversially canned the annual fireworks show on Australia Day for political reasons, which drew strong criticism from Aboriginal leaders across the nation. The story made the front page of The Australian newspaper and Alston devoted his cartoon (above) to the subject.Some have said that the fireworks issue was deliberately put forward to deflect the heat from the issue of the King’s Square Business Plan, which made the TV, radio and newspaper two days earlier, a subject which got into the media not because the media finally understood what a sham the business case for King’s Square actually is, but  because a celebrity lawyer put his name to the issue.

The council meeting raised the issue of trees on private property, and council indicated that, following public consultation, it may one day require landowners to apply to chop down large trees on their property, instead of council having to do the work of making a significant tree register for private property like the one they did for public property.

Ironically, if a landowner currently wants to demolish a building on his property, his request cannot be refused unless his property is ALREADY on a heritage register. Good luck to the trees.
The tree and tree canopy issue is urgent and important, especially given that Fremantle has the second worst tree canopy cover of any municipality in WA. The council’s target of 20% tree canopy cover by 2020 is impossible to achieve unless council gets out of its political handbooks and into real action. Council has not allocated nearly enough money in this year’s budget to tackle this climate change issue which has significant social and health outcomes as well as environmental ones.
Thanks to Alston and The West for the cartoon.

CLIMATE CHANGE DANGER TO FREO’s HERITAGE AND COFFEE

Published 29 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

A report on Channel Nine TV last night by Jane Grljusich painted a wet future for the west end of Fremantle where rising sea levels due to global warming will see many coastal properties disappear in the Indian Ocean unless seawalls are being built.

Grljusich talked about flooded cellars in the west of Fremantle that already require 24/7 pumping by the building owners.

The predicted higher ocean levels would see the Roundhouse become an island and even flooding of the Esplanade, so the state and federal governments need to become pro-active in making plans on how to protect Fremantle’s coast line and significant heritage area.

There is a Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham work together and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the TV reporter a plan will be released in a few weeks.

I have wondered for a long time why governments still allow so much development very close to the coast, as at Coogee for example, and wonder if insurance companies are still willing to insure properties in locations where rising seawater levels will create flooding and damage.

Are people naive or just don’t care that their expensive houses might get flooded or destroyed in 15-20 years from now, and what responsibility do governments have when releasing coastal land for development?

And to add insult too injury and make life even worse for us is a report from Brazil that climate change will cut coffee production by 50%, which no doubt will mean much higher prices for coffee in caffeine-mad Freo in the future.

Roel Loopers


CLASH OF BEACY AND SOUTH FREO EVENTS TONIGHT

Published 29 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

There are two interesting events on this evening, sadly both at the same time, so it requires a choice on which one to attend.

At the Hilton Bowling Club the four candidates for the Beaconsfield Ward by-election will be grilled by the community on what their ideas and hopes for Fremantle are. It starts at 7 pm and is free. The postal election will be on September 16.

Also on at 7 pm at the Local Hotel  are the City of Fremantle’s proposed solutions for traffic calming and beautification of South Terrace between Douro Road and South Street, so a very important presentation for local South Freo people and those of us who frequent the area often. The event is free, bar is open and meals for sale.

Roel Loopers


ANCIENT FOODS FOR HEALTHY LIFE AT MOORES

Published 29 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

Just a reminder that the Moore&Moore cafe in Fremantle’s Henry Street this evening will have health food guru Tyler Tolman as their speaker in the Vital Table Talks series.

Tolman is a believer in whole, natural foods as the way of changing your life for good and has been studying ancient civilisations to learn their secrets.

Tonight Tolman with share their secrets and the M&M will offer a healthy meal of puy lentils, baby leek braise with fennel and sage, jerky mushroom salad, vegetable noodles, spicy crisp raw root chips and cashew pesto.

It costs $ 47, concessions $ 34 and bookings can be made on vitaltable@mooreandmoorecafe.com

Roel Loopers

 


Australia Day: fireworks and fallout

Published 29 Aug 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

  It is not every week that Fremantle makes the international media and the front page of national papers but our debate around the Australia Day fireworks did …well … cause a few fireworks. The media response was diverse to say the least but Network Ten’s The Project was one of my favourites as did a […]

WAPC RULES NO TAVERN AT FREMANTLE J SHED

Published 29 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

The Fremantle community has won an important step against the development of a tavern and live outdoor music venue at J Shed on Arthur Head with the WA Planning Commission refusing the application by Sunset Events.

This from the WAPC Minutes put on-line just minutes ago:

Officer’s Recommendation:

That the Statutory Planning Committee resolves to refuse the application for proposed special event (live music) venue and the alterations and additions to allow for a change of use to a tavern at Lot 2051 (Unit 1), Reserve 21263 Fleet Street, Fremantle as shown on the plan amended plans received 11 July 2016, for the following reason(s):

The WAPC’s reason(s) for refusal are:

  1. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of the Clause 30 of the Metropolitan Region Scheme as it is inconsistent with the purpose for which the land is reserved under the scheme, inconsistent with the orderly and proper planning of the locality and does not allow the preservation of amenities in the locality.
  2. Approval to the application would set an undesirable precedent for the development of other Parks and Recreation Reserves which would undermine the objectives and requirements of the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

Members discussed the Officer’s report and considered the deputations and presentations. It was noted there were a number of reasons for refusal outlined in the Officer’s report which needed to be included in the recommendation to provide further clarity. This includes, noncompliance with development control policies and the City of Fremantle’s local planning policies. The revised recommendation for refusal will be circulated out of session for a decision.

Resolved

Motion to defer

Unanimous agreement by all members

The item relating to Proposed Tavern and Ticketed Live Music Events Venue as detailed in the report dated 12 August 2016, be deferred for out of session consideration with a revised refused recommendation with additional reasons for recommendation.

There is one avenue left now for Sunset Events to try to get approval and that is the State Administrative Tribunal.

Roel Loopers

 


(29/8/16) City releases document outlining Aboriginal significance of Fremantle sites

Published 29 Aug 2016 by jasonc in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle recognizes the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the greater Fremantle area. Its Nyoongar name is Walyalup and to the Whadjuk people, Walyalup is a place that has strong social, spiritual, cultural and historic significance.

There are three sites of Aboriginal significance recorded on the Register of Aboriginal Sites within the Fremantle local government are - these are DAA3419 – Cantonment Hill, DAA3536 – Swan River and DAA3596 – Rocky Bay.

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(29/8/16) City releases document outlining Aboriginal significance of Fremantle sites

NEW FREO BUILDINGS OPENING SOON

Published 29 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

a b c d e f g

 

The sun is out in Fremantle and I needed fresh air, sunshine and a nice walk, so I went and had a look at the progress of development around the CBD.

I started at the huge Defence Housing site at Queen Victoria and Quarry Street where building will start early next year. It is opposite the impressive Heirloom development of the old woolstores there, so two significant residential developments in the east of the CBD.

Over in the west end a lot is happening with the gorgeous Elders building in Cliff Street, the Quest Hotel on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets and the residential development on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets all opening very soon.

The Quest Hotel looks more acceptable now that the cladding has been put up, but for my liking it is still one storey too high for Pakenham Street.

The Atwell Arcade building is also close to opening, so we’ll see more office workers in the city soon.

City planning is a huge challenge for every local council, but without development there can’t be progress, so it is good to see Fremantle is moving forward to becoming a modern city with a beautiful heritage heart.

Roel Loopers

 


VACANT FREMANTLE PARKING BAYS NOT HELPFUL

Published 29 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

no parking

 

With the reported parking problems in Fremantle one wonders why the owner of this property in Nairn Street in the CBD does not lease out his ten parking bays.

The derelict buildings is crying out for development next to the lovely Strange Company bar, but one would think that in the meantime the much-needed parking bays could be used.

Roel Loopers


THE BEAUTY OF BOLD ARCHITECTURE

Published 28 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

museum

 

In my never-ending quest to get more exciting and beautiful buildings in Fremantle, and Perth in general, I want to make developers and planners aware of this stunning building in Rio de Janeiro in Brasil.

I saw the Museum of Tomorrow on TV during the Olympics and love it. How great would it be to see something similar on Victoria Quay complimenting the Maritime Museum. It would make for a fantastic convention and function centre, or a new Immigration Museum.

Roel Loopers

 


Freo Council; Damaging Brand Fremantle?

Published 28 Aug 2016 by Mark in Fremantle Reform.

We see a week or so ago Roel criticizing the local Rate Payers and Residents Association for trying to get the government off its complaisant lazy ass and for it properly look into the dodgy, constantly changing so called business plan the city has for Kings Sq. I wonder whats worse the rate payers asking […]

FREMANTLE CELEBRATES AUSTRALIA DAY ALL LONG WEEKEND!

Published 27 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

I am getting a bit annoyed with the rubbish published in editorials and opinion pieces by people who appear not to know what they are talking about, so let me make it clear to everyone that the City of Fremantle has not cancelled the Australia Day celebrations in the port city, dear West Australian, Sunday Times, Aboriginal politicians and all others who so strongly oppose the decision by Fremantle Council!

Fremantle Council has decided to celebrate Australia Day no longer with fireworks, but instead do it for three days over the long weekend with different family events and a larger Noongar participation.

This will not only show more respect for our indigenous people, but it will also give us more value for money with events, music, etc. over three days instead of shooting  $ 150,000 fireworks in the sky for 20 minutes.

Three days of events will greatly support our local  Fremantle traders, as most shops are closed when the fireworks are on and many cafes as well.

Roel Loopers

 


MAKE A SMART CHOICE AND GO TO ALI!

Published 27 Aug 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

smartchoice

 

My mate Saff Ali is one of Fremantle’s newest real estate agents, so if you want to buy or sell a property contact him at Smarchoice!

Saff and his colleague drove by as I was photographing the Atwell  Arcade, so had to take a quick snap of the cute little car.

Ali is a lovely guy and also a very good photographer. He is the one in the foreground.

Roel Loopers


GPP Agenda for Meeting on Tuesday 30th August 2016

Published 27 Aug 2016 by kpaterson in Gibson Park Freospace.

 

AGENDA

Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 7.00pm East Fremantle Primary School Library

1.) Update on Perth Freight Link : –

2.) GP Design & Planting of Round-a-bout Flora (Coralie) :-

3.) Parking at Gibson Park update, Drone on lower park, Noise levels (Coralie) :-

4.)  AOB :-

Next Meeting Date : Tuesday 25th October 2016

Decision a fizzer for businesses

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE’S chamber of commerce has blasted the council for cancelling Australia Day fireworks with little warning, saying it’s a $2.5 million blow to local small businesses.

At Wednesday’s full council meeting, Fremantle binned its Australia Day fireworks for being too expensive and offensive to indigenous people. It will now consider alternative events to replace the $145,000 Indian Ocean display.

Board member and former president Ra Stewart called the Herald on Thursday after the vote, ready with a few fireworks of her own.

She claimed that during an informal briefing, mayor Brad Pettitt told chamber representatives he hadn’t considered there’d be a major effect on businesses.

“That’s just appalling,” Ms Stewart said. She reckons hospitality and boat charter companies would be hard hit by the sudden disappearance of 50,000 people.

• Australia Day fireworks protestors outside Fremantle Council. Photo by Stephen Pollock

• Australia Day fireworks protestors outside Fremantle Council. Photo by Stephen Pollock

“It’s only four months away, that’s not enough time to change plans for one of the most significant days of your year.”

Ms Stewart says she supports ditching the fireworks and making Australia Day celebrations more meaningful, but wants an orderly transition to another event.

Cockburn council, which contributes $25,000 to the crackers, is looking into hosting the event, and in media interviews this week mayor Logan Howlett seemed confident they’d survive. He said a final decision would be made in October.

Security was increased for Wednesday’s meeting after a post on “Reclaim Australia Rally – Perth”, encouraged members to attend and protest.

“…It’s bad enough that Freo is hosting an event with Walyeed Shitforbrains Aly during the Freo festival 29/10. Lets make some noise,” one of the posts read.

But the threat came to nothing and the only placards were those of anti-fireworks campaigners, who gently hoisted colourful placards outside the council building.

Several indigenous people in the gallery gave emotional speeches on the hurt they felt when Australia Day was celebrated, including one man who broke into song.

Noongar Corina Abraham also attended, just hours after her challenge against Aboriginal heritage approval for Roe 8 was dismissed by a supreme court judge.

“My ancestors were incarcerated at Rottnest and the Roundhouse,” she says.

“They received 60 lashes on the main street of Fremantle.

“This celebration causes inter-generational trauma.

“We haven’t had a reference group for years and have no representation on Fremantle council.

“It has fallen behind many other shires in that regard.”

The only councillor to express concern about binning the fireworks was Dave Hume.

“Are there any other public holidays where we don’t do anything?” he said.

“The citizenship ceremony could be the extent of it and if that’s all we have on offer on Australia Day then it’s pretty sad. The issue of celebrating Australia Day and having a fireworks display have become blurred: they are two separate issues and we should have dealt with them separately.”

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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Long wave goodbye for Melville bowlers

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

MELVILLE may soon have WA’s first man-made surf lagoon.

Wave Park Group has submitted a proposal for the 325-metre wave pool to be constructed near Tompkins Park, which would seal the fate of the Melville bowling club.

WPG has unveiled similar plans for Melbourne and Sydney, and only settled on Melville after its proposal for Subiaco oval was knocked back by the state government earlier this year.

The pool will be capable of generating a variety of waves up to two metres high, creating ideal surf conditions for all skill levels.

It will be considered by Melville in October.

With news of a potential wave of urban surfers, incoming bowling club president Ken Atkins has now signalled he’ll be urging club members to work with the council to merge with the Mt Pleasant bowling club into a nearby sporting hub. It’s’ a major change from his passionate defence of the club at June’s council meeting, where he and former East Fremantle mayor Tim Smith had argued the old clubrooms were an integral part of the community.

Mr Atkins admits he’s in a tight spot as many club members are still strongly opposed to moving.

“We want the Melville bowling club to get the best outcome going forward, Mr Atkins says.

“Some members would say ‘fight fight fight,’…but the majority may be convinced that the brand new building with synthetic greens and magnificent views of the city may be a worthwhile replacement for what we’ve got.”

Former president Gary McCormack is more explicitly in favour of the sporting hub, saying the move will be good for the club’s culture and the sport of bowls.

“We’re promised our own bar facilities, function rooms, huge cover over the greens providing cover from the sun.

“The future of our club is to run with the council and to go into a nice new premises,” Mr McCormack says.

Mr McCormack is also cheerful about the wave lagoon which might replace their clubhouse.

“I think it would be the most unique thing in WA…the most marvellous thing for Perth if done properly.

“I’ve got grandkids and they would just love it.”

by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM

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Fur a good cause

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

UNWANTED fur clothing is being recycled into comforters for orphaned animals, thanks to an ingenious Hilton resident and local pensioners.

Vinnies recently adopted a fur-free policy across its WA stores and needed creative ways to up-cycle donated mink and ermine clothes.

Hilton’s Ruchita Saklani suggested the fur clothing could be transformed into comfort toys and pouches for traumatised animals at FAWNA in Busselton.

Much to her delight a group of women at the Silver Chain daycare centre in Hilton volunteered to sew the comforters together, and they’re now being enjoyed by baby mammals at the not-for-profit animal shelter in the South West.

• This little fella enjoys his new fur pouch.

• This little fella enjoys his new fur pouch.

Suffer

“It was a fantastic community effort and a great credit to all those involved,” says Ms Saklani.

“It was nice that the fur was made into something that could benefit animals, given that animals had to suffer and lose their life to make the clothing in the first place.

“Since fur has made a comeback in the fashion world, the number of animals killed worldwide is in excess of 50 million, which makes it even more essential that thinking, compassionate people shun fur.”

According to the International Fur Trade Federation, 85 percent of furs are from animals raised in battery cages.

Mink, foxes and rabbits are the most frequently bred, but also squirrels, badgers, wallabies, possums, racoons, beavers, lynxes, coyotes, seals, otters, bears, chinchillas, martens, bobcats, dogs and cats are killed for their fur.

Following lobbying from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Perth Fashion Festival organisers announced last month there would be no animal fur on the runaway at this year’s event.

It follows the Melbourne Fashion Festival issuing a no-fur policy last year.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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Walyalup centre move

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE council has taken the first step towards giving the local Aboriginal community its own cultural centre.

On Wednesday the council voted to call for expressions of interest from indigenous groups to run the Walyalup Cultural Centre on Arthur Head, with a staff report recommending ownership be handed over somewhere in the future.

The centre opened two years ago and draws 200 tourists a month. In that time it has also held 120 classes which are organised around the six Noongar seasons and have attracted 2400 people.

“The fireworks got all the headlines, but this is a great move towards true reconciliation in Fremantle,” councillor Dave Hume said before the vote.

Gilmore College indigenous mentor Ashley Collard was right behind the move: “It’s a good idea,” he told the Herald.

A report by Pindi Pindi, the Fremantle-based branch of the Koya Aboriginal Corporation, says the centre will need to make $200,000 each year to be viable.

But there’s a fly in the ointment: Pindi Pindi currently rents out rooms in centre, providing income, but it’s flagged moving out because there’s not enough room for its staff. “Since January there have been 31 people employed, with 27 being Aboriginal,” Pindi Pindi CEO Bryn Roberts says.

“At the moment we have two rooms, we can fit four in each room, it wasn’t large enough really.”

by KORO BROWN

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Council moves on backyard trees

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE residents may soon have to get council approval to chop down a tree in their own garden.

The council is considering an amendment to its planning scheme to make it unlawful to chop down large, healthy trees on private land without submitting a development application.

The move is a reaction to the loss of many of the city’s green backyards to clear-fell sub-division. Fremantle also has one of the metro area’s most sparse tree canopies.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt says there’s a slight risk some land owners might try to raze their blocks before the new rules are imposed, but says it’s likely to be a small price to pay for the protection offered in the future.

He says the council didn’t look into offsets in order to bolster its own “urban forest” strategy but says it’s worth investigating.

• Brian Kelly in his White Gum Valley garden. Photo by Stephen Pollock

• Brian Kelly in his White Gum Valley garden. Photo by Stephen Pollock

But White Gum Valley resident Brian Kelly, sitting on a 1087sqm lot with a large garden and five trees, is opposed to the proposal.

He took early redundancy and says with pension pots dwindling, property is often people’s only chance of enjoying a comfortable retirement.

“ What happens if a person’s financial situation suddenly changes and they need to subdivide to generate some income for retirement or medical bills,” he says.

“The council have over-stepped the mark and shouldn’t be interfering with issues on private land.

“They should concentrate on planting more trees on verges and other public spaces.”

The planning scheme tree protection is used by Sydney council and other eastern states municipalities.

Fremantle has a significant tree register, but landowners voluntarily add their tree; developers are reluctant to do so.

According to a 2014 report by the sustainable futures institute, Fremantle has just 10.4 per cent canopy coverage. The council decided this week to put the policy out for consultation.

By STEPHEN POLLOCK

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Freo chases federal cash for square HQ

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE council has applied for $10 million in Federal funding to help build its new civic headquarters in Kings Square.

The city submitted an application during round three of the National Stronger Regions Fund, open between January 15 and March 15 this year, but the news only came to light at this week’s council meeting.

Critics of the $50m admin building jumped on the brief reference in this week’s agenda as proof the council’s financial case isn’t as rosy as it’s been making out.

“If council can get federal funding, it should,” says commercial adviser Martin Lee.

“But why are they asking for it now, at five minutes to midnight? Perhaps someone on council has finally twigged.”

He believes the council is selling off too much of its asset and income-generating base to pay for the project, leaving ratepayers exposed.

The council’s own long-term financial plan shows the income it receives from rates jumping 35 per cent over the first five years of the Kings Square project, from $38.1m, to $51.8m. Over 10 years that rises to $66m, a 74 per cent increase over today’s take.

“The thought of a cost blowout is too scary to consider,” says Mr Lee, pointing to Port Macquarie council which was dismissed by the NSW government after the costs of one of its projects ballooned.

The council refused to say if the application was made to plug any shortfall.

“The city believes the upgrades to Kings Square fit the criteria of what NSRF funding was designed for and therefore felt it prudent to submit an application,” says council media spokesperson, Jason Cunningham.

“We are unsure of when successful applicants will be announced but are aware the process is extremely competitive with hundreds of applications from all over Australia.”

by STEVE GRANT and STEPHEN POLLOCK

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Manual a beauty

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE WA Maritime Museum has been given an exact copy of a manual for a secret WWII motorised submersible canoe used by “Z Force” which trained in Cockburn Sound.

The museum has a replica of the canoe, and when regular visitor Brigadier … Thomson was given a manual, he decided to head down south to donate a copy to commemorate the commando unit.

The canoes were designed by Major Hugh Alleyne Reeves and were know as Sleeping Beauties. Divers would drive the canoes underwater and attach limpet mines to enemy boats.

• Brig Jonathon Thomson with the manual. Photo by Meagan Barrett

• Brig Jonathon Thomson with the manual. Photo by Meagan Barrett

Following the use of foldable canoes in a stunning attack on Singapore Harbour, Z Force was trained to use the MSCs on a follow-up raid codenamed Operation Rimau. They were supposed to sneak into the harbour unseen, but were challenged by a Japanese patrol boat. The canoes were considered so top secret they were filled with explosives and blown up so they wouldn’t fall into Japanese hands.

Foldable canoes were used to try and complete the mission, but despite possibly sinking three Japanese boats, the head of the unit and 12 others were killed in action and the remainder were captured and publicly beheaded.

Brig Thomson says his manual came from Commander Harold Wilkinson Goulding of the British Special Boat Unit.

“He had taken it home; he shouldn’t have done, because it’s top secret.

“Years later his granddaughter Jill Goulding discovered it in a trunk.

“In WWII it was classified as top secret, because you didn’t want to tell the enemy that you had them and you had this capability.”

by KORO BROWN

35 Jensen Auto 10x4


Bandicoots face local extinction

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

BANDICOOTS could face a localised extinction unless more action is taken to protect their habitat, says a Murdoch professor.

Giles Hardy says many animals and plants are become stressed by Perth’s ever-expanding suburbs and disappearing bushland, which is leading to increased disease and less protection from introduced species such as cats and foxes.

Issues affecting Perth’s urban wildlife and bushlands will be discussed at a natural area management forum at Cockburn this Tuesday.

“If we don’t do anything we will continue to lose many plants and many of our native animals,” Prof Hardy says.

• Bandicoots are under threat unless action is taken warn researchers. Photo Wikipedia

• Bandicoots are under threat unless action is taken warn researchers. Photo Wikipedia

Assoc Prof Trish Fleming says bandicoots have already disappeared north of the Swan River and a research paper recently found that three of the state’s eight species of bandicoot are extinct.

Dieback is posing another threat to bandicoots, as well as trees, Prof Hardy says.

The disease kills plants and trees throughout the south of WA and can be spread by cyclists and cars.

“Bandicoots are a fairly resilient species in the urban space but if Phytopthora continues to impact, they will lose their refuge, their habitat, where they hide and nest,” Prof Hardy said.

“Bandicoots are very important because they are digging animals. They provide a lot of services; turning soil over, incorporating soils and making it more wettable, so we don’t get shedding water.

“They also spread beneficial fungi around that many tree species need in order to survive.”

Prof Hardy says communication and education are keys to retaining bushland in the city.

“We need to stop developers tearing down big trees… we need more agitation, so this doesn’t happen to the extent that it’s happening,” he says.

Good hygiene is important to prevent the spread of dieback, he says, so bans on driving or riding through infested areas should be considered.

Prof Hardy says it might be a good idea to convert part of Perth’s under-utilised parks into bushland, saying open space and bush were equally important for people’s wellbeing.

WALGA’s natural area management network forum on urban fauna management will be on August 30 at Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre.

by KORO BROWN


Dr DJ flying high

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

TRYING to get its groove back the Fly by Night musicians club has turned to a slightly unusual musical inspiration; local mayor-turned DJ Brad Pettitt.

The mixing mayor will be headlining a September 9 fundraiser along with local bands The Rogues, Dilip n the Davs and Junkadelic.

• Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt reckons he can get punters onto the dance floor if it helps the Fly by Night.

• Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt reckons he can get punters onto the dance floor if it helps the Fly by Night.

The Fly’s still carrying a sizeable debt following its ousting from the Drill Hall and move to Victoria Hall, but volunteer Dave Johnson says a series of fundraisers they’ve got organised will give locals a chance to have a great night out while also ensuring the future of the club, which is gearing up to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The Fly on High fundraiser is on Friday September 9 at 7.30pm and tickets are $23.50 from http://www.flybynight.org

by KORO BROWN

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Heritage list demolished

Published 26 Aug 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE council is considering removing 81 places in North Fremantle from its heritage list.

While it sounds drastic, nearly all the houses, halls and limestone walls facing the eraser were demolished years ago and it’s simply a case of the council tidying up its books.

The council runs a heritage list and a municipal heritage inventory. The list is simply the names and addresses of buildings and landmarks deserving some sort of protection under the planning regulations, while the inventory holds the juicy information about their history.

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• 69 Thompson Road could be added to Fremantle’s heritage inventory. Photo by Meagan Barrett

But there’s no point protecting ghosts, so the 81 will be bundled together under the new category “historical record only” and filed away in the municipal inventory.

The council has been staging a suburb-by-suburb review of its heritage lists, and has recommended adding four new places onto the lists, including the commercial building at 69 Thompson Road which is related historically to the Burford Soap Factory.

The recommendations have been before the council’s planning committee which has voted to send them out to public consultation, which needs to be ratified by full council.

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Fisheries hunt 2m sharks in breach of their own Guidelines

Published 25 Aug 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

#NoWAShakrCUll; Greens WA; Cottesloe Beach; Lynn MacLaren; Lynn MacLaren MLC; Department of Fisheries

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the Fisheries Department appears to have set drumlines off Perth's northern beaches in response to multiple sightings of 2-metre sharks - in breach of their own guidelines as to when drumlines can be deployed.

"The Serious Threat Guidelines which set out the criteria by which drum lines can be deployed only apply to sharks that are 3m or more in length and are either great white, tiger, or bull shark," Ms MacLaren said.

"As the SharkSmart website tell us, all recent detections on the receivers and sightings off Perth's northern coast have been under 3m in length and mostly bronze whalers.

“These sharks rarely pose a threat –  as is demonstrated by the fact that detections and sightings have been occurring for weeks.

"We are in the bizarre situation of wanting to report this action for investigation by the authorities charged with protecting our aquatic resources but the authority undertaking this action is the one breaching the policy.

"This is another bad day for the marine environment and an embarrassment for the Fisheries Department under this Government."

Link to Guidelines here:

http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/shark_hazard/guidelines_for_taking_sharks_posing_a_serious_threat_to_public_safety.pdf

Fremantle Dockers’ superstar Matthew Pavlich into the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame.

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

This Press Release came out today: The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the induction of Fremantle Dockers’ superstar Matthew Pavlich into the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame. The induction comes as Pavlich prepares to play his 353rd and final AFL game this weekend in an illustrious career spanning 16 years. He will join […]

Australia Day in Fremantle

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

  Last night Fremantle Council had a full public gallery as we debated a range of complex issues. Most in the gallery were there to support the item on changing Freo’s Australia Fireworks. Council made a decision that it will not go ahead with fireworks to celebrate Australia Day in 2017 and beyond. The City will […]

(25/8/16) Australia Day in Fremantle: Statement from Mayor Brad Pettitt

Published 24 Aug 2016 by ChantelleB in News & Media.

Last night Fremantle Council made a decision that it will not go ahead with fireworks to celebrate Australia Day in 2017 and beyond.

The City will instead be presenting a family-friendly event to celebrate being Australian on an alternative date. This will be an occasion people can all celebrate together. The date and details of this new event will be revealed once finalised.

Below is a statement from Mayor Brad Pettitt on the reasons behind this council decision:

5 days ago in Media release , Council , Festivals and events , Arts & culture
(25/8/16) Australia Day in Fremantle: Statement from Mayor Brad Pettitt

(25/8/16) ‘Pav’ inducted into Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame

Published 24 Aug 2016 by ChantelleB in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the induction of Fremantle Dockers’ superstar Matthew Pavlich into the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame.

The induction comes as Pavlich prepares to play his 353rd and final AFL game this weekend in an illustrious career spanning 16 years.

He will join the likes of international basketballer Luc Longley and AFL legend John Worsfold in the hall of fame, which includes 78 people who have made major contributions to sport and/or sports administration in Fremantle.

5 days ago in Community , Media release
(25/8/16) ‘Pav’ inducted into Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame

Greens to table petition calling for WA ban on greyhound racing

Published 24 Aug 2016 by Lsinclair in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens to table petition calling for WA ban on greyhound racing; animals

Media alert and statement, Thursday 25 August 2016

Greens spokesperson for Animals Lynn MacLaren MLC will this morning at 9.20am on the steps of WA State Parliament accept a petition calling for a state-wide ban on greyhound racing in Western Australia.

“Earlier this week, NSW took the historic step of being the first state in Australia to ban greyhound racing,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Many of the reasons to end greyhound racing identified in NSW are evident here in WA, too.

“We must act now in response to the overwhelming evidence that has led NSW and ACT to ban greyhound racing because of systemic cruelty.

“Track injuries often result in excruciating pain and euthanasia, hundreds of healthy dogs bred for racing are euthanized every year because they are no longer, or never were, able to compete against other dogs.

“The WA Minister for Racing and Gaming recently admitted that in Western Australia at least 800 dogs had been euthanised in the past two years.

“Of these, 520 were because of injuries and 182 were because of a lack of racing ability or being a poor performer.

“Senseless deaths and injuries are unacceptable to all Australians, not just those in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territories. 

The Ban Greyhound Racing campaign, which includes a detailed transition plan, was launched earlier this month by Australian Greens Animals spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon. The national campaign is supported by state Greens MPs in WA, NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. 

GPP Minutes of 28th June 2016

Published 24 Aug 2016 by kpaterson in Gibson Park Freospace.

Minutes of Gibson Park Precinct Meeting Tuesday 28 June 2016

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

Attendance: Shane Chambers, Coralie Clarke, Val Cousins, Ron Kawalilak Apologies: Karl Paterson, Martin Potter, Cr. Doug Thompson
Meeting Chairperson: Shane Chambers
Meeting opened: – 7.05 pm

AGENDA ITEMS –

  1. Approval of Agenda and Minutes – Attendees agreed with the agenda presented.

    Minutes of the meeting held 26 April 2016 were approved.

  2. Perth Freight Link Update – Gibson Park and White Gum Valley Precincts held a joint meeting on 10 May 2016, largely to discuss State Government plans for the proposed Perth Freight Link, including the proposed tunnel under Beaconsfield and White Gum Valley, between the Stock-Winterfold Road intersection to the junction of Stirling Highway and High Street in Fremantle. Community issues with the proposed Freight Link were discussed at the joint meeting, as were methods to better engage with State Government to get the outcomes sought by the community. Action: As this joint meeting was well attended and considered useful, GPP will continue to liaise with WGVP and conduct further joint meetings when appropriate.
  3. Rethink Perth Freight Link Signs – The status of the printing and production of additional RETHINK…. signs was discussed. It was noted that an invoice for the signs was required before the end of the current financial year. Action: Coralie to contact Barry Healy to see whether the invoice had been received and forwarded to the City of Fremantle.
  4. Cycling Safety – There was some discussion about the safety of cyclists in the vicinity of Gibson Park during periods when the park is heavily used for netball. The yellow bike logos that were recently stenciled on Forrest Street were noted and it was agreed that these yellow logos would improve driver perceptions of cycling on shared roads and may promote safer driver behaviours towards cyclists.
  5. Parking and Loudspeaker Use at Gibson Park – There was discussion concerning the level of sports activity at Gibson Park. In addition to the heavy use of the park for netball on Saturdays, it was noted that the netball courts are also used 2-3 nights a week, and there is also considerable netball activity from schools during the school week. It was also noted that:

• There appeared to be better management of the netball loudspeaker system in recent times and the noise was not so intrusive to local residents. This will continue

to be monitored.

  • Some users of the park were continuing to park their cars on the lower grassed

    playing surface during the week, when netball was played at night. While the instances of this appeared to be diminishing, it could be prevented altogether if the middle gate on the road through the park was kept locked (so people then couldn’t drive down onto the grassed area).

  • The north eastern edge of the park, fringing the lower grassed area, is heavily rutted, and could be considered for a more formal car, roadway area.
  • One possible solution to traffic congestion around the park on netball Saturdays could be to introduce one-way traffic on Saturdays, i.e. enter via Wilkinson, travel down Forrest, and exit via Chudleigh.
  • Some aspects of the parking ‘Russian-roulette’ on Saturdays have improved as vehicles parked dangerously on footpaths and corners are receiving parking fines.
  1. Greening of Roundabout on Forrest and Wilkinson – It was noticed that this relatively new roundabout had minimal planting in its garden bed and was less attractive than it could be. Action: Seek clarification from City on whether this area will be planted with more attractive, higher growing plants (such as used at Point and Queen Victoria streets).
  2. Update on Inner Harbour Community Liaison Group – A brief summary of the 24 May 2016 meeting of the Inner Harbour Community Liaison Group was provided by Ron, who represents GPP at these meetings.
    Inner Harbour Trade: Trade is still quite flat at Fremantle Harbour, with container trade down 3% compared to this time last year, motor vehicle trade the same as last year after suffering declines of 12% and 10% the two previous years; and machinery and steel trades significantly down. The cruise industry continues to grow.

    North Quay Rail Service: Rail currently moves approximately 14% of Inner Harbour container freight on 3-4 trains per day.
    Lead Shipments from the Port: Rosslyn Hill Mining is proposing to recommence the shipment of lead from Fremantle Port. The Rosslyn Hill mine had been placed in care and maintenance in February 2-15 due to low metal prices, but are now looking to restart operations as market conditions have improved. The bagging and loading process of the lead carbonate concentrate was described at the meeting (double-lined bags, bags vacuumed, outside of containers washed, inspected, moved by truck to Leonora, and then by rail to Fremantle Port). Under the provisions of Ministerial Statement 905, the Rosslyn Hill’s approval to ship lead from the port expires in July 2017. The company is seeking an extension until July 2024.

    Port Sale: The Treasurer introduced legislation to State Parliament on 18 May 2016 to enable the sale of the port through long-term lease. Passage of this legislation is not assured. The Port Authority is continuing to plan for the separation of its business into two entities: a residual State-owned port authority (Harbour Master’s function, overseeing safe navigation, master planning oversight) and a private company (all land except for west end of Victoria Quay, which is D Shed and the area west of that). Fremantle Ports continues to run business as usual.

Next Meeting Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Library, East Fremantle Primary School, Forrest St.

Check Freospace for details: www.freospace.com.au
Contact Persons: –
Karl Paterson – Ph. 6161 5890 E-Mail karlrand@optusnet.com.au Coralie Clarke – Ph. 9335 8216 E-Mail corinasara@bestit.net.au

Roe 8 verdict: Dark day for respect for the views of Traditional Owners

Published 24 Aug 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Beeliar Wetland; Stop Roe 8; Save Beeliar Wetlands; Corina Abraham; Lynn MacLaren;

Responding to the Supreme Court decision today to reject the challenge to the Aboriginal heritage approval for Roe 8, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said she was shocked that such an obviously poor and unfair process had been judged legal.

"Clearly, WA's Traditional Owners have very few rights under the existing legislation and as a result, our State's most ancient heritage is inadequately protected by these same laws," Ms MacLaren said.

"This is very disappointing for Corina, who took on this challenge in the face of personal hardship and it is also hugely disappointing for the Greens as we worked very hard over many months to secure documents that showed how the Roe 8 Section 18 approval was granted.

"If the views of the majority of Traditional Owners for the Beeliar Wetlands and the original 2013 recommendation of the Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee, which was based on their views, had been respected by this Government, we would not be here today, and Roe 8 would not be being proposed through one of Perth's most important heritage and spiritual sites, that has been in continuous use by our First People for thousands of years. 

"If the Government thinks today's outcome means Roe 8 will be built they are wrong.

"The community's resolve to stop Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link is if anything greater than ever, while a possible challenge in the High Court to the environmental approval for Roe 8 still hangs over this unpopular and ill-planned project."

Making Sparks Fly

Published 24 Aug 2016 by Fremantle Chamber in Chamber CEO Blog – A few words by Olwyn Williams.

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CHAMBER CONTINUES TO OPPOSE THE CANCELLATION OF THE 2017 AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS

Tonight the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce will continue its opposition to the cancellation of the 2017 Australia Day Fireworks at the August City of Fremantle Council. If you wish to join us please do so. The meeting starts at 6pm this evening, but the agenda item (FPOL 1608-4) is deep into the evening’s proceedings so be prepared for a night out/in.

The Chamber’s objection to the decision is all about reputation, profile, economic impact AND the process taken. There was a lot that City HQ didn’t think about and still hasn’t. We met with the Mayor and council staff last week to discuss but our position remains unchanged. It is not good enough that such a profile event is cast aside after admitting the “process has not been ideal”.

The Australia Day Fireworks are a significant event for Fremantle with it driving over $2.5million into the local economy – especially in the hospitality and marine industries. The Chamber has never claimed it to be a great day for retail but it is an extraordinary day for profile. Never more than now do we need people to come to Fremantle, this event is a great reminder that we are open for business

The City may well believe there were a lot of right reasons to head into “researching alternatives” but rushing the 2017 cancellation through has not delivered a good enough replacement for what has become one of the great family events of the region.

With Council factoring in 5% cuts across operations for the 16/17 budget, the Australia Day Firework budget was magically/strategically cut by 37% taking the brunt for other project areas. Well before it went to Council for ratification the Fireworks were doomed to fail.

Tonight the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce will call for the decision to be deferred, and:


Exciting Redevelopment Projects Nearing Completion in Central Fremantle

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

There are an impressive number of major projects nearing completion in central Fremantle in the second half of this year. This includes: Atwell Arcade office building and redevelopment Heirloom Woolstores redevelopment, Quest Hotel and short stay apartment development on corner of Short and Packenham Street, The new MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) Head Quarters on Cliff […]

Greens fix glaring flaws in Government’s biodiversity laws

Published 23 Aug 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Lynn MacLaren; Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015; WA Parliament; Updating Biodiversity Laws; Greens WA; Greens

The Greens have successfully amended the Government's new biodiversity legislation to address two of its most glaring flaws: the so-called 'God' clause is no more and the Environment Minister will be required to seek and have regard to scientific advice when listing threatened species.

"The amendments we successfully moved in Parliament last night (Tues 23 Aug) to the Government's Biodiversity Conservation Bill will mean that both houses of Parliament would have to debate a Minister’s choice to approve an action that would cause a species of plant or animal to go extinct," Greens Biodiversity Spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC said.

“The Bill as it was originally tabled would have enabled such a decision to be made by the Minister alone.

“This so-called ‘God clause’ had been one of the most controversial aspects of the Bill and was a source of strong opposition to the Bill in the WA environment movement. 

"While the Greens remain disappointed about some other aspects of the Bill, there is no doubt that the modernised biodiversity conservation laws are needed to replace the archaic WA Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and WA Sandalwood Act 1929.

"A second flaw in the Bill was also addressed by an amendment moved by the Greens last night that adds a requirement for the Environment Minister to seek and have regard to scientific advice when making a decision about listing of a threatened species of plant or animal or ecological community,” Ms MacLaren said.

"This again adds significant rigor to the proposed legislation.”

The Bill is expected to continue to be debated on Thursday.

 

Vital Table Talks: Tyler Tolman – Tuesday 30th August 6pm

Published 23 Aug 2016 by Manager Moore in Moore & Moore Cafe » Blog.

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Government fence-sits on RSPCA following year-long inquiry

Published 23 Aug 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

After a year-long inquiry the Government’s response to a Parliamentary report on the operations of the RSPCA is a non-event,  Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

The report, tabled in the Legislative Council today, neglects to take a position on the majority of the 26 recommendations set out by the Parliamentary Select Committee majority.

Ms MacLaren and the ALP’s Sally Talbot rebuffed seven of the 26 recommendations in their Minority Report at the conclusion of the inquiry.

“This is another clear indication of the ludicrousness of the inquiry onto the WA RSPCA,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The Government’s positions in today’s report are only ‘proposed’ but do not go any further than that.

“The report largely points to a review of the Animal Welfare Act that is presently underway, the previous  Easton Review, and an Inspector Governance Framework being developed within the Department of Agriculture and Food.

"This is an example of the Government continuing to sit on the fence in regard to the RSPCA.

“The Government has, however, commended the RSPCA on its education programs promoting better animal welfare outcomes.”

 

Greens call on Premier to urge Federal Government to abandon plebiscite on marriage equality

Published 23 Aug 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

rings; wedding rings; marriage equality; same sex marriage; Lynn MacLaren; MLC; WA Parliament

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the Premier to urge his Federal Liberal colleagues to abandon plans to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality.

“I’ve written to Premier Barnett to thank him for comments reported in the media this week which reaffirmed what the Greens have been saying all along: a plebiscite on marriage equality is likely to become divisive within the community.  

“I share in Mr Barnett’s belief that the Federal Parliament should make the decision and I’ve asked him to take action by expressing his wishes directly to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“I’ve also asked Premier Barnett to share his views with all WA Federal Liberal MPs and request that they vote against the plebiscite.

“The Federal Parliament could pass marriage equality into law next Tuesday, but instead the Liberals want to run a costly and divisive public vote, the results of which Liberal MPs have declared they intend to ignore when they eventually vote on a Marriage Equality Bill.

“The plebiscite is pointless and costly. We know there’s enough support for marriage equality in the community and in the Federal Parliament to pass legislation without it.

“Abandoning the plebiscite is the only way to quash a potentially very damaging public debate.”

Beaconsfield Bi-Election Candidates Forum – Tuesday the 30th.

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

Before you post your vote – hear how your candidates are going to make a world of difference for Beaconsfield and Fremantle. The Beaconsfield Bi-Election Candidates Forum is an opportunity for you to hear from the candidates and ask burning questions about things that matter to you. DATE: Tuesday 30th August 2016 TIME: 6:30pm for 7:00pm start […]

Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 Speech - Video

Published 22 Aug 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Will the Barnett Government's proposed new biodiversity conservation laws stop the heartbreaking extinction rate of Western Australia's unique flora and fauna? The Greens stand up for the environment, wildlife and plants every chance we get, so I enjoyed a rare opportunity to kick off the debate on proposed laws to protect WA's unique biodiversity hotspot this week. It's taken 30 years for any WA Government to introduce a Bill. The Greens have introduced 3 private member's bills in that time but each one has failed to get enough support. To pique Members' interest I brought in some cute reminders of what we're fighting for. This quick video provides a snapshot of the speech I gave in Parliament on the bill.

A Special View of Fremantle from Town Hall Clock Tower Under Repair

Published 20 Aug 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The Fremantle Town Hall’s $2.8 million refurbishment has enabled not only an important (de)painting of and structural repairs to this almost 130 yo building but a unique view of Fremantle from the highest point in the CBD. It was an exciting opportunity to climb the scaffold to the top of the Town Hall tower. Getting up close […]

Board of Directors – Call for Submissions

Published 19 Aug 2016 by Dylan Smith in Fremantle Foundation.

 

As we continue to grow we’re pleased to be calling for applications for Board Directors at the Fremantle Foundation. 

Submissions close 5.00pm, Friday 26th August.

Please forward this to any contacts who would be interested. 

 

The Fremantle Foundation 

The Fremantle Foundation creates social impact by making giving accessible and rewarding.

We provide philanthropic advice and administration to individuals, businesses and families who are inspired to make an impact on the comunity through their giving.

We support a range of causes in the community on behalf of our donors.

Based in Fremantle we support donors and their communities throughout WA.
 

Board of Directors

The Board Directors of the Fremantle Foundation Ltd are responsible for providing oversight and governance of the organisation. They bring objectivity and independence to act in the best interests of the organisation.

The Fremantle Foundation Board is skills based with current members having experience and expertise in finance, corporate governance, law, not for profit sector, funds and donor engagement and grants management.

Along with a commitment to promoting philanthropy the board is now seeking to recruit additional directors with expertise in the following areas:

 

Board Member applications

To apply for a board position please contact us for the full Position Description, and send a cover letter and current Resume to Dylan Smith, dylan@fremantlefoundation.com

 

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We’re excited about our future digs in Freo!

Published 19 Aug 2016 by Dylan Smith in Fremantle Foundation.

You might have seen the news in the local papers recently – the Fremantle Foundation is on the move!

We’re excited to announce that we will be moving into Fremantle’s historic Old Boys School later this year.

The 162 year old heritage building will be shared with DADAA (Disibility in the Arts, Disadavantage in the Arts WA).

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank John and Diane Da Luz, and the team at Scoop Property for providing us with a wonderful home for the last six years.

We have greatly appreciated the support from Scoop Property and look forward to continuing our friendship from our new office space. We’ll be back every Tuesday morning for birthday cake.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new office in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, you can still find us at 5 Norfolk Street, Fremantle.

 

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Impact100 Fremantle – Site Visits

Published 18 Aug 2016 by Dylan Smith in Fremantle Foundation.

We are now up to the exciting Site Visit stage of Impact100 Fremantle for 2016.

This is a chance for our donors to “get outside of their everyday” and get a firsthand look at our shortlisted applicants.

Donate and become an Impact100 Fremantle Member 

If you would like to become an Impact100 Fremantle donor and be involved in the site visits and granting process CLICK HERE.

 

(Above: Our 2015 Site Visit with Growing Change)

We’d love you to join us as a donor and come along to the Site Visits.

Site Visit #1 – DADAA

5.30-6.30PM, Thursday 8th September

Location TBC (Fremantle CBD)

Click Here to RSVP to DADAA’s Site Visit

 

Site Visit #2 – Perth Symphony Orchestra

8.00-9.00AM, Friday 9th September

Craig Mostyn Group, 1/6 Short St. Fremantle

Click Here to RSVP to PSO’s Site Visit

 

Site Visit #3 – Muesum of Moving Objects

9.20-10.20AM, Friday 9th September

Hilton Park Aged Care, 19 Laidlaw St. Hilton

Click Here to RSVP to MOMO’s Site Visit

 

Site Visit #4 – Camera Story

5.30-6.30PM, Thursday 15th September

Location TBC (Fremantle CBD)

Click Here to RSVP to Camera Story’s Site Visit

 

Site Visit #5 – Freo Men’s Shed

7.00-8.00PM, Thursday 15th September

Freo Men’s Shed (New Site), 74 Shepherd St. Beaconsfield

Click Here to RSVP to Freo Men’s Shed Site Visit

 

Site Visit #6 – Lifting Horizons, Night Hoops

8.00-9.00AM, Friday 16th September

Cockburn Basketball Stadium, Starling St. Hamilton Hill (TBC)

Click Here to RSVP to Night Hoops’ Site Visit

 

Site Visit #7 – Cultural Corridors

9.20-10.20AM, Friday 16th September

Sync7 Fremantle Office, 24 Marine Tce. Fremantle

Click Here to RSVP to Cultural Corridors’ Site Visit

 

Click here to learn about our fantastic seven shortlisted applicants.

The Full Applications for our shortlised applicants will be released shortly.

 

Save the Dates:

1. Grant Assessment Meeting #2 – Tuesday 20th September

2. Voting and Awards Night – Tuesday 8th November

 

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A Fresh Approach to Freo’s Heritage: In The West Today.

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

This excellent article by Philip Griffiths was in the West’s property section today:   The City of Fremantle led the way in identifying and protecting heritage sites in WA but, for a time, this made development difficult. Rightly or wrongly, there was a view in the development world that Fremantle was a difficult place for projects. […]

How Rainbow by Marcus Canning was put together

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

 

Greens move to improve WA biodiversity laws after years of devastating species loss

Published 16 Aug 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

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After 30 years of successive ALP and Liberal state governments allowing outdated laws for protecting WA’s rare and threatened plants and animals to languish, the Greens last night tabled amendments in an eleventh hour bid to improve the Government’s Biodiversity Conservation Bill.

“The Government’s Bill is a welcome modernisation that doesn’t go far enough,” Greens Biodiversity Spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC said.

“It won’t protect WA’s wildlife unless amendments proposed in the Council are successful and unless the regulations underpinning it are robust.

“The Bill’s weakness probably reflects the fact that the Minister’s consultation with environment groups was inadequate,” she added.

"That said, the Government’s Bill represents a small improvement on the archaic Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and Sandalwood Act currently in force.”

Alarmingly, the ALP have failed thus far to make any commitments regarding introducing better legislation for biodiversity should they win next year’s State election.

“In this context, the Greens will move to amend the Government’s Bill so that any environment minister would be obliged to base decisions regarding the listing of threatened species on science,” Ms MacLaren said.

“I will also move to remove the God clause, and require that any decision that may cause a species to become extinct must first be debated and passed by both Houses of Parliament – which would set the bar a fair bit higher than it is currently.

“I will also propose an amendment to improve links between the new Act and clearing regulations, so that critical habitats cannot be cleared.

“Our biodiversity laws have failed for far too long. 

"This matter is now urgent."

Ms MacLaren said currently, species of plants and animals are going extinct in WA without any scrutiny. 

She said just last year, four more animals were added to the ‘presumed extinct list’ in WA, bringing the total that have gone extinct since European settlement to 23, which is 10 more than the total in 2001, the year the ALP first said they would improve WA’s biodiversity laws.

“Between 2002 and the present, the Greens introduced two Bills to reform WA’s biodiversity laws as a matter of urgency, yet these received no support from the old parties,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The Greens recognise that WA – home to one of 25 globally recognised biodiversity hotspots and also eight of Australia’s 15 national biodiversity regions – is in a race against time.

“While the old parties play political games over these laws, WA has been losing species year by year.”

 

FACT FILE:

  • According to Hansard, in 2001, there were 135 animal species 337 plant species listed under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 as ‘threatened and likely to become extinct’: http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/parliament/pquest.nsf/Parliament/pquest.nsf/SrchQON/9078147FEC2CC66A482571CC0033947C?opendocument
  • Today, according to the Department of Parks and Wildlife website, there are 245 animal species and 425 plants species listed threatened and likely to become extinct. See relevant links at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/plants-and-animals/threatened-species-and-communities
  • In other words, 110 WA animal and 88 WA plant species have gone from healthy populations in WA to being considered threatened with extinction  since 2001 when the ALP began consulting about this Bill.
  • As of  November 2015, 23 animal species were ‘presumed extinct’ in WA, which is 10 more than in 2001 (four were added to the list in 2015).  The list of 23 includes particular species of bettong, bandicoot, hare wallaby, bilby, hopping mouse, potoroo and echidna as well as various molluscs.

Picture: With thanks to Numbat Task Force.