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Published 21 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


Velvet Sushi


Let’s finish Tuesday’s blog posts on a positive note. This is one of the reasons I love Fremantle!

What a stunning window display at the Velvet Sushi fashion boutique in Bannister Street.

If a few more shop owners took pride in their window dressing they might have less to complain about.

Roel Loopers


Published 21 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.



The demolition of the Stan Reilly centre has started, to make space for a public carpark on the site at South Terrace.

City of Fremantle staff will be moving into the former Dockers clubhouse at Fremantle oval mid December, so that the construction of the new civic centre at Kings Square can commence.

Fremantle is in an amazing period of transition and rejuvenation, which will revitalise our city.

Roel Loopers



Published 21 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.




I thought I recognised that ugly mug in the Fremantle Gazette today, so now people can read all about Loopy’s love for Freo.


Roel Loopers


Published 20 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

art 1


It looks like I allowed myself to get sucked into a storm in a teacup with the blog post on the damage done to the building at 35 High Street, when they installed the stunning Felice Varine Arcs D’Eliipses artwork there.

The City of Fremantle send me this: The City has been investigating insurance options to cover this. Events staff were in touch with the owner last week and had told him we would be back in touch with him this week to confirm where we are at. The City has subsequently made contact with the owner again and offered to cover the loss.

Roel Loopers

South City Precinct Meeting, Thursday 7 December 2017

Published 20 Nov 2017 by Freospace in South City Freospace.

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Published 20 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


Kis books Growers Green


The Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market has a special addition to the market this coming Sunday November 26.

The Kids pre-loved books, toys and clothes sale is on from 8am to midday at Annie Street, Beaconsfield, so let the kids have their own stall, sell, barter, swap, buy and have a lot of fun.

Roel Loopers


Published 20 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.



It’s LADIES NIGHT at the skatepark tonight in Fremantle.

From 7-9pm only women/girls will be allowed to use the Esplanade Youth Plaza, so take advantage of it ladies!

Roel Loopers



Published 20 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


The outer harbour forum at Fremantle Victoria Hall was an interesting event and the hall was packed full, so there is clearly strong community interest in finding solutions for a better way on how WA deals with freight and port related transport and issues.

I was impressed with the presentation of Nicole Lockwood, the independent chair of the newly created WESTPORT.

She said the Kwinana outer harbour and issues related with it would be one of the longest planning exercises in WA, as the outcome would be looking after the State’s freight for the next 50-100 years.

The reference group was very broad and inclusive and relied on participation, input and ideas from all levels of the industries, government departments and community.

It is about planning a modern port, land and transport plans, assessing commercial aspects, identifying industrial opportunities, and maximising compatibility.

There is huge land access at Kwinana and Bunbury that can be utilised.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was good to have a rational conversation on how to transition part of the port activity to Kwinana as there is an opportunity to rethink the south side of the harbour.

There needs to be a better port to city connection and either upgrade the passenger terminal or build a new one further west with better access to the city.

Pettitt said Fremantle Council wanted to keep Fremantle as a working port as long as possible.

Infrastructure advisor Cameron Edwards said WA needed to offer a competitive international product and that a new outer harbour would create significant value to pay off the State’s debt.

Fremantle Port was a ‘stranded asset’ and the rail link under-utilised. Kwinana would be able to handle much longer trains than Fremantle, where the maximum length is only 690 metres.

The creation of a large industrial park and special economic trading zone at Kwinana would stimulate the WA economy. Kwinana is where the money is and that has significant advantage, Edwards said.

Fremantle deserves world-class facilities and there are great examples around the world how well we can rejuvenate old ports.

A new port would create 18,000 new jobs while the status quo would not create any new jobs.

Professor Phil Jennings spoke at length about serious environmental problems in Cockburn Sound in the past and that there are still areas where seagrass is dying and the pollution is bad, but with proper conditions and management in place the outer harbour could be acceptable.

Professor Peter Newman said we should create Lithium Valley at Kwinana as we have already eight lithium mines in WA and it is a growth industry. We should not just be exporting our lithium though but build the batteries here in WA.

Nicole Lockwood said it was going to be a huge jigsaw puzzle and a dynamic exercise to understand the constraints and opportunities of a new outer harbour.

I walked away wondering how realistic all this is, as we just had Fremantle Port wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars planning for the sale of the port, now the new Labor government is changing that all around with absolutely no guarantee that a future Liberal government will not scrap the plans again.

The reality will be that the construction of an outer harbour will not start in the next ten years because Fremantle Port is not anywhere near capacity and WA is broke. The ‘overflow port’ won’t really be needed for another 15-20 years. 

Building lithium batteries in WA is highly unrealistic because labour costs here are far too high to be internationally competitive.

And keeping a working port at North Quay while developing Victoria Quay is unfortunately also unrealistic because of the buffer zones at the port and safety and security issues. That means there can’t be residential or hotel development, so all that could be done is commercial activity of retail and offices.

While strategic long-term planning for our state is important it is essential to be extremely realistic about what can be achieved and what will remain just another pipedream.


Roel Loopers

Booze, High Rise, AGM, Tsunami and More

Published 20 Nov 2017 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

Fremantle’s Scale Ruined Forever

The building above is in St Georges Terrace Perth. It is LOWER in height than the Coles Woolstore Gerard O’Brien Silverleaf development proposal currently out for comment.

The 38.9 metre high (plus 3 metres lift overrun) Coles proposal is 50% higher than the 10 storey Johnston Court and will destroy forever the scale of Fremantle.

The Fremantle Society can reveal that the council’s Design Advisory Committee have NOT signed off on this proposal which will appear before Council on Wednesday 13 December before going to JDAP. They have NOT agreed yet that this design meets the criteria for EXCEPTIONAL design which is required if the developer is to get the extra height up to 38.9 metres that he is seeking. The DAC is required under local planning policy 1.9 to:

have due regard to the following principles to assist in determining the design quality of the development:

1. Character – a place with its own identity

Successful places are distinctive and memorable, with a character that people can appreciate easily. The positive attributes of a place and its people contribute to its special character and sense of identity. They include landscape, building traditions and materials, patterns of local life, and other factors that make one place different from another.

When new development creates public spaces identical to those in every other town, a place risks weakening its connection with its history and losing the things that make it stand out when competing for investment and skilled people.


(i) New development should integrate into its landscape / townscape setting and reinforce local distinctiveness.

(ii) New development should respond positively to the existing layout of buildings, streets and spaces ensuring that adjacent buildings relate to one another, that streets are connected and that spaces complement one another.

(iii) New development should respond positively to local building forms and patterns of development in their detailed layout and design.

(iv) Building materials, construction techniques and details should enhance local distinctiveness.

(v) The scale, massing and height of new development should respond positively to that of the adjoining buildings, the topography, the general pattern of heights, and the views, vistas and landmarks of the place, reinforcing a coherent local identity.

(vi) In designated areas new development should promote the re-establishment of local distinctiveness that builds on the past and reinvigorates locally distinctive patterns of development, landscape and culture to provide the area with a ‘sense of place’.

The Fremantle Society has commissioned experts to help with the writing of submissions. We ask that members submit comments however brief by 22 November to:

There is no doubt that this massive proposal which promises a hotel, student accommodation, a new Coles, tavern, and offices will appear to councillors like a giant Christmas present, and some will be falling over themselves to say, like Atwell Arcade, ‘we have to have it all, and we have to have it now.’ The mayor will probably argue that the views into Thomson Bay, Rottnest from the top will be so fantastic, that the building thus meets the ‘exceptional’ criteria for extra height.

It is wonderful that developers want to spend money in Fremantle, and we do need good hotels and student accommodation, but developers need to follow the rules.

To guide your submission, we suggest you insist on the policy above being adhered to. The key issue is: Is the proposal ‘exceptional’ in order to get this extraordinary height? Exceptional by definition means something very very special and rare. Does this proposal meet that criteria? What makes it better than the vast majority of other buildings, which are not ‘exceptional’? Given that people can often be judged by what they have already done, consider the Atwell Arcade development, where council is still trying to get this developer to finish the damaging project as promised, and to complete restoration works as detailed.

Initial advice from our expert is that the design is in no way ‘exceptional’ He states that context is key and any new building on this site should take its cues from adjoining buildings – in the case of the northern end of the site the Marilyn New woolstores (21 metres) and at the other end the 4 storey bank on the corner of Queen and Cantonment Streets (18 metres).

Northbridge by the Sea

In an excellent letter to the Fremantle Herald a few weeks ago, member Professor David Hawkes discussed the issue Who is Fremantle for? David sided with the residents (David’s letter is printed in full at the end of today’s epistolary).

But, it appears that council has other ideas. Judged by the tsunami of major developments heavily featuring alcohol, Fremantle appears to be heading in the direction, as Professor Hawks stated recently, of becoming Northbridge by the Sea. Some recent development applications focussing on alcohol:

Warders Cottages: Boutique hotel of 11 rooms, but alcohol for 475.

Police Station Complex: Tavern

Mannings Buildings: Brewery

Coles Woolstore: Tavern

Quarry Street next to oval: Tavern

We Need You, and Your Money

The AGM is on Thursday December 7 at 6.30 at Fremantlle Tennis Club.

Vyonne Geneve (Art Deco Society) will gve a brief talk about her book Picture Palaces of the West which will be for sale on the night along with cards and prints.

Those who buy a copy of Picture Palaces of the West will receive a FREE copy of the history of the Fremantle Society Fighting for Fremantle worth $35.

Also for sale on the night and just in time for Christmas will be some stunning Michal Lewi mounted photographs of Fremantle for the ridiculously low price of $10 each, or $20 if you are feeling wealthy.

We ask members to pay their subscriptions now if possible.

Please consider a donation. Having a lot of people on a concession membership of $15 does not help us pay for the architects and planners we need to employ to help write submissions.

Nomination Deadline: 22 November

22 November is the deadline for applications for the Fremantle Society executive. Please consider putting your name forward. Contact 9335 2113 if you need further information.

Warders’ Cottages 17-29 Henderson Street

The Fremantle Society has made the following submission to council for the proposal of boutique hotel and bar for 475 people, which goes to council on December 13:


SIGNIFICANCE: The Warders Cottages are the only buildings in Western Australia on the Federal Government heritage list besides the adjacent Fremantle Prison and are thus of supreme importance as rare convict built terrace houses over 150 years old. Council should ensure that the highest standards are applied to this application.

IMPACT OF PROPOSAL: The idea of a boutique hotel development for these cottages has merit as one way of maintaining their residential use. The cottages have over 150 years of use as private dwellings with their own private backyards, and a major part of the heritage significance of the place lies in the cottages with their conjoined backyards. The question is, how much impact does the current development proposal have on that heritage which was earned over a very long time?

The impact of an 11 room boutique hotel on the fabric of the main building is sensitively managed in many respects, and it is heartening to see the trees retained, though the apparent inability to use the existing staircases because of code compliance issues necessitates a rather clumsy and intrusive upper floor entry. Sightlines to and from the rear of these significant cottages are thus negatively affected.

FOCUS ON ALCOHOL: The applicant is seeking to do much more than just run a small boutique hotel – there is provision for serving alcohol to 475 people. This appears to be an overintensification of the site, however well managed. New owners of adjacent residential warders’ cottages are understandably concerned, and they have every right under current liquor laws to have their amenity and privacy protected.

The size of the proposal leads to a parking shortfall of over 122 car bays and 20 bicycle bays. The applicant argues that the temporary lift on requirement for cash in lieu to be paid in case of a parking shortfall was suspended until September 2014 and that technically it is still suspended and should stay that way because of all the nearby council controlled car parks. But, in recent years council has sold a significant number of its car parks and some have disappeared altogether. Also, a number of recent major development applications are, like this application, focussing on liquor sales, and it appears that Fremantle is heading down the path of becoming less of a place to live, work, and recreate, and more of a “Northbridge by the Sea.”

RECOMMENDATIONS: The Fremantle Society believes:

a) the intensity of this proposal in terms of patron numbers if excessive and should be scaled back.

b) this intensity adds too many new physical elements to this significant site and they should be scaled back.

c) Council should consider reintroducing cash in lieu payments in order to facilitate provision of parking nearby.

d) The applicant’s plans show 5 car bays in Henderson Street earmarked for the hotel. If council is going to hand those car bays over to the hotel, a fee, the equivalent of lost parking revenue, should be charged.

e) The applicant’s report acknowledges the hugely significant vistas in adjacent streets, and thus in William Street, the totally incongruous hotel awning proposed that juts out into William Street should be deleted.

f) The proposed new blank wall facing William Street should be reduced in impact.

g) The proposed art works for the 1% for art scheme are for a light show highlighting the building. While this sounds like an advertising campaign to promote the hotel, it has merit compared with the dismal outcomes at other new development sites around Fremantle under the same scheme.

h) The important original lettering on this building carved into the facade (VR) is bisected by the installation of a downpipe, and this issue should be addressed.

i) Any aerials, lift overruns, or plant installation should be strictly conditioned to be not visible from surrounding streets.

j) If archaeological studies have not been carried out, they should be.

The Fremantle Society has received the following letter on this proposal from a conservation architect:

The State Heritage Office and Heritage Council member Brad Pettitt will probably commission a Heritage Impact Statement which will say that the change of use and new developments will not affect the significance of the buildings or the site as a whole, as they have done for the proposals for Kings Square and for J Shed at Arthur Head.

The real test should be a carefully researched and considered assessment based on the cultural values of the Convict Establishment as a place, the cottages as significant fabric in their own right, and the townscape qualities of that part of Fremantle. This should include a discussion of the Burra Charter idea of compatible use. “Compatible use means a use which respects the cultural significance of a place. Such a use involves no, or minimal, impact on cultural significance”. And “setting” which is defined as “the immediate and extended environment of a place that is part of or contributes to its cultural significance and distinctive character”. This will only be possible if there is a good assessment of significance for the cottages in the conservation plan. It is usual to update a conservation plan for a place at regular intervals and whenever important changes that may affect its cultural value are being made.

I note that the HIS in the Proposal papers reports a conservation management plan for the cottages dated 2016. I have not seen this document, and it is interesting to note that the HIS does not use the statement of significance in this document to make its assessment, but rather refers to the National Heritage assessment of value for the prison site as a whole. This is not enough to use in assessing the affect of the proposal on the cultural values of the cottages in their own right.

We were still angry about the poor quality repair work carried out on them which continues to degrade, and the VR is still covered by a downpipe.

Letter to Herald from Professor David Hawkes:

When seeking re-election Brad Pettitt promoted himself as wanting to make Fremantle more livable. The question remains however for whom is it be made more livable? Too often we are left with the impression that the City’s livability is to be measured in terms of the financial health of its retailers, some of whom, but not all of whom, live in Fremantle. Others see Fremantle merely as a retail opportunity.

Self evidently, retailers benefit from more people buying things, so maintaining their viability frequently
translates into there being a need to attract more visitors, to which the City responds by offering more events calculated to bring those visitors into the City.

The question is however whether this makes the City more livable. Retailers are often their own worst enemy, offering essentially the same goods on opposite sides of the street, and expressing surprise when one or more of them goes bust; while events sometimes corral parts of the City, confining them to those who have paid for entrance to what was previously public space.

What the City needs to be more liveable is a greater diversity of retailers not a redundancy of coffee and cake cafes and fast food outlets: a diversity which services those of us who live here, pay its rates, its parking permits and sometimes its parking fines. While a City as attractive as Fremantle is always going to have visitors, and many of us will have been visitors to other cities, a balance needs to be struck which favours and acknowledges the priority of those who live here. A City becomes less liveable not more so as it increases its number of visitors, as residents of other even more renowned cities have come to realize.

The City does not belong to its retailers: it belongs to those of us who have chosen to live here, which of course includes some retailers. It belongs to us in the sense that we have acquired a familiarity with it, are recognized as we move around it, have ready access to its officers and are respected by them as their employers. It is reflected in our willingness to provide services for those less fortunate than ourselves and our responsiveness to the City’s requests for advice in relation to its many submissions and in the many other intangible ways which have contributed to our desire to live here.
Visitors, and their presumed appetite for retail, are not the reason for our choosing to live in Fremantle, nor do they, except in a transient way, define its ambience.

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society

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Get Beautiful Skin with Dr Serene

Published 20 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

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Published 19 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


The WA Electoral Commission will be calling a by-election for the South Fremantle Ward which was won by Andrew Sullivan at the October 21 election last month.

Concerns had been raised about the legibility of candidate Ben Moodie and it appears the WAEC has agreed that he should not have been permitted to nominate because he lives in the City of Cockburn.

Andrew Sullivan received only 57 votes more than Liam Carter, so it was a very close race between the two greenies.

The results were: Moodie 268, Vujcic 517, Carter 598, Suffling 23, Sullivan 655.

It is very disappointing that we now have to go through the whole process again, and it is likely that voters will be fed up and that the return of ballots could be very low.

One has to wonder though why no one seems to be responsible for checking the legibility of political candidates. We have been witnessing the dual-citizenship shambles in Canberra and now this is happening in Fremantle.

It is not fair to all the candidates who spent a lot of time doorknocking, and money on printing flyers. They’ll have to do that all again.

When I nominated for City Ward I was not even asked to show proof of identity, proof of citizenship, or even that I am actually a permanent resident of Australia, so the process is far from perfect and needs an urgent overhaul.


Roel Loopers



Published 19 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.




Food truck events have become very popular in Australia and also here in Fremantle where we have two food truck events this evening.

The UNDER THE BRIDGE food trucks at the East Street jetty started last summer and do get a lot of visitors, but for those who live a bit more east the Hilton HILLTOP foodtrucks are also on in the carpark behind the cafe at Paget Street.

Roel Loopers


Published 19 Nov 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


There is a forum on the planning of a Kwinana Port TODAY, November 20 at Victoria Hall in Fremantle. It is on from 7pm-9.30pm.

The Kwinana Outer Harbour has been in the pipeline for over twenty years and was the solution to freight hitting Fremantle long before the Perth Freight Link was dreamed up. The new Westport Task Force was recently formed by the State Government to finally make it a reality.

Nicole Lockwood, Chair of Westport will talk of her plans,  and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt will speak on the opportunities this opens up for Fremantle.

Infrastructure adviser Cameron Edwards will speak on why a Kwinana port will lead to jobs growth and massive economic potential for WA, Professor Philip Jennings on the environmental considerations, and Professor Peter Newman on transport planning and why this all makes sense.

A Q&A will follow presentations.

The Western Harbours Alliance purpose is to help establish new partnerships between community, government and business to create the opportunities and overcome the barriers to building a new 21st century port in the Perth Metropolitan Region, bringing great economic, employment and social benefits for the people of Western Australia. WHA is a member of the Westport Reference Group.

Freo Recycling Centre officially open

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The City of Fremantle’s new and improved Recycling Centre will be officially opened today as part of National Recycling Week. The new centre on Montreal Street has almost doubled in size, has increased opening hours and can recycle a wider range of materials – including whitegoods, e-waste, mattresses and clean bricks and pavers. The upgraded […]

Gaol gold

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE PRISON will be entered into WA’s tourism hall of fame after winning a third consecutive gold medal for cultural tourism.

“We had a bit of success at the 2017 WA Tourism Awards on the weekend,” the prison’s sales and marketing manager Amberlee Hong humbly informed the Herald after the win.

“As the winner of this category we will represent WA at the Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Perth next February.

“We also picked up a silver medal in the major tourist attractions category.”

Prison guide Janine Della Bosca’s restricted to her cell this week after a major ankle reconstruction, but the winner of the award’s Golden Guide category says she’s never happier than leading a tour group through the world heritage-listed lock-up.

“I fell in love with this place nine years ago,” she told the Herald.

• Janine Della Bosca likes nothing better than hanging out with visitors and the ghosts of Fremantle Prison’s Division 3. Photo
by Steve Grant

Back then she was a budding artist studying at Fremantle Tafe, which had an annexe at the prison.

“I used to go out into the yard at night and paint all the walls; everyone else was terrified, but I really loved it.”

Ms Della Bosca says leading a tour isn’t just telling a few interesting anecdotes and looking at artifacts; because of a prison’s unique function visitors are inevitably drawn into discussions about pretty weighty topics such as Aboriginal incarceration or capital punishment.

“Some of these are taboo subjects, so you can tell it’s the first time some people have opened up about them,” she says.

Ms Della Bosca says she was overwhelmed by her first prison tour as a visitor, and says she draws on that experience to ensure participants in her tours come away with the same sense of awe.

East Fremantle’s Tradewinds Hotel took out a silver medal at the tourism awards for deluxe accommodation, while Cockburn’s Adventure World picked up silver for tourism education and training.


True blue Josh

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE Labor MP Josh Wilson got dragged into Australia’s constitutional crisis this week when the Turnbull government questioned whether he was technically a dual citizen when he nominated for the 2016 federal election.

But Mr Wilson says he’s unsurprised that retired Federal Court justice Ray Finkelstein QC has given him the all clear and says prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is simply trying to deflect attention from the problem the issue’s left his party.

“Mr Turnbull and the Liberals have been spreading false rumours about me and my eligibility to represent the people of Fremantle,” Mr Wilson said.

“At all times I have been eligible and qualified to represent the Fremantle electorate.”

Mr Wilson revealed he’d nominated to run for the seat the day after the British government took the money from his bank account to process his application to renounce his British citizenship.

He reckons that clearly fulfilled the constitutional requirement to “take all steps that are reasonably required ” to divest their foreign citizenship.

Mr Wilson’s father Tony, a canny local lawyer who specialises in incorpation law, was born in England, meaning his citizenship was automatically transferred to his heirs.


Mr Fremantle says goodbye

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE SOCIETY founder and former councillor Les Lauder is saying farewell to the port city and moving lock, stock and antique barrel to Tasmania.

Credited with saving dozens of Fremantle buildings from destruction during WA’s 1970s development rush, the antique dealer was awarded an Order of Australia in June for his services to heritage.

But he told the Herald this week the state’s sluggish economy had seen local sales dropping off, while they’re going gangbusters in the eastern states and internationally — particularly the United States. With he and partner Mark Howard already falling in love with Hobart because of its vibrant arts scene, now seemed the right time to make the move.

“It’s not without some anguish, though, because we have a lot of good clients and friends over here,” Mr Lauder said. “But a lot of them have said ‘this gives us another reason to visit Hobart’.”

The pair have a lot to reflect on after 38 years in business, and a lot ahead of them trying to empty out their showroom and factory.

“It’s the equivalent of moving 40 households,” Mr Lauder said in between fielding a dozen inquiries from packers, tradies and customers.

There’ll be seven 40-foot sea containers heading to Tasmania, while McKenzies auctioneers will be putting the rest to the gavel on Tuesday November 21 at 6pm at Lauder and Howard on Blinco Street.

Up for grabs at the auction is a Louis XV painted armoire with two panels signed by J Godon 1883, which is expected to fetch between $18,000 and $24,000, while a c1710 Louis XIV serpentine commode could get up to $12,000.

• Fremantle Society founder Les Lauder and partner Mark Howard are moving to Tasmania.

Precious heritage

They’d started as a pop-up shop on Cliff Street in 1979, but wanted to forge their own identity so steered clear of Victorian antiques and focused on Georgian and country pieces.

“Then in 1988 we did a major exhibition of colonial WA furniture, which had not been seen before,” Mr Howard said.

“It put us on the map because at the same time we published an introduction to colonial WA antiques, and at that time even the museum didn’t have one; they were – and are – still very rare.”

“To show how rare they really are, it took us another 25 years before we could put on another exhibition.”

And while the old furniture and nicknacks were moving out, Mr Lauder was making sure Fremantle’s precious heritage buildings stayed put.

“I am really pleased that when I first formed the Fremantle Society, the future of Fremantle was going to be a real industrial area,” he says.

He’d moved south of the river after being appalled by the destruction of Perth’s old buildings, but says he got a great shock when he arrived.

“I found only a couple of buildings were to be preserved as a token, and it was to become an industrial slum.”

But Mr Lauder says it was clear the community was against the plans, so he decided to form the Fremantle Society, but only after getting former mayor Bill McKenzie on side.

He paid tribute to the former son of the local milkman, saying he was an inspirational mayor who’s casting vote was responsible for saving dozens of buildings. Mr Lauder recalls McKenzie saying he was puzzled about this strange love for old buildings, but knew that saving them was the right thing to do.

The battle took its toll on both and at one point McKenzie resigned. Mr Lauder lobbied the city’s business community who chipped in for a full-page advertisement begging McKenzie to stay.

“On the day it came out, there was a phone call and it was Bill saying ‘I want to talk to you, you little bastard’ and he said ‘I can’t resign now’,” Mr Lauder said.

The resignation had already been processed, but come election time McKenzie’s was the only nomination.

Mr Lauder says he’s proud that his efforts saving Fremantle’s heritage has helped to turn the city’s reputation around; once sneered at as the home of “wharfies, communists and prostitutes”, he says it’s now somewhere anyone in Perth would aspire to live.


Another Day

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

AFTER a resounding success this year, Fremantle council has some big names in store for its second One Day in Fremantle festival.

The city controversially held the free event on January 28 instead of its traditional fireworks show on Australia Day, but it was met with open arms from locals, attracting a bumper crowd of 15,000.

ARIA-nominated Kate Miller-Heike, Tame Impala DJ Kevin Parker and Arnhem Land’s Baker Boy were announced as headliners yesterday, and with more to come, Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt hopes next year’s festival pulls a big crowd again.

“It was amazing last year,” he says.

“We had 15,000 people turn out and that was a real sense of coming together.

“What was great was not just the number that turned out, but the diversity of people.”

• Last year’s One Day in Fremantle at Esplanade Reserve. Photos supplied

Fremantle council’s decision to axe its traditional January 26 celebrations thrust the question of Australia day’s inclusiveness into the national spotlight, putting the city under a certain level of pressure over its first alternative event.

But Dr Pettitt expects the next One Day will be totally different, with the focus solely on celebration and unity.

“I think the conversation has moved on,” he says. “It was such a success last time that it kind of speaks for itself.

“In the lead up to last year’s event it was all about ‘is it divisive’, but I think we demonstrated that it’s not actually.

“It’s actually inclusive and I think this event will continue to show what a great, inclusive community Freo is. We want people to come down and be a part of that.”

One Day in Fremantle is open to people of all ages and will be held on Esplanade Reserve, Sunday, January 28, from 2pm to 8pm.


Yes, Freo

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE just missed out on a top-20 place for supporting marriage equality in the national vote, with results announced Wednesday.

But mayor Brad Pettitt’s proud of the electorate’s “progressive” and “inclusive” voters saying that was why the city took the decision to campaign on the issue.

Fremantle’s vote was a resounding 70.1 per cent in support of same sex marriages, somewhat behind Melbourne’s high of 83.7 per cent. Former prime minister Paul Keating’s old electorate Blaxland bought up the rear, mustering a measly 26 per cent support.

In April this year Freo council adopted a proclamation in support of marriage equality and wrote to all Federal MPs urging them to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Council Jeff McDonald, who moved the proclamation, said Parliament must move quickly to amend the Marriage Act.

“Whilst the divisive and damaging plebiscite may be over, the issue of marriage equality is not yet resolved,” Cr McDonald said.

He was backed by state MP Simone McGurk who said she’s proud of the city’s voters but sad $122 million got wasted in a pointless vote.

“Federal parliament needs to get this done by Christmas,” Ms McGurk said.

But Notre Dame senior politics lecturer Martin Drum warns it may still be bumpy. Dr Drum says opponents may swamp the debate with amendments to delay the legislation until parliament shuts down for the year or make it impossible for Labor to support the bill, giving them the opportunity to paint the Opposition as wreckers.


Salvo’s rad move

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

AFTER an unfortunate mix-up, Fremantle uni student Nina Richardson is all set to skate again.

While visiting the Salvo’s op-shop in South Freo last year, Ms Richardson left her $200 personalised skateboard at the front of the store, but it was mistaken for a donation and sold to a customer for just $13.

Devastated, but seeing the funny side of it all, Ms Richardson was unable to afford a replacement, and with the new owner refusing to return the board, Salvo’s area manager Kelly Morrison stepped in, contacting manufacturers Santa Cruz for a replacement.

“We didn’t know if it was going to happen,” says Ms Morrison.

• Skateboarder Nina Richardson is stoked with her new set of wheels. Photo supplied

“There was a lot of backwards and forwards.”

But luckily for Nina, Santa Cruz came good, gifting her a limited edition Marvel Comics board which she received last month.

Ms Richardson was delighted with the board and grateful to the Salvo’s and Santa Cruz for helping out.

“Yeah I’m stoked to get a quality board and just really happy with the way the Salvo’s handled it,” she says.


Uni flouts MOU

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE mayor Brad Pettitt is disappointed Notre Dame Uni has broken a memorandum of understanding by purchasing the Old Customs Building in the West End for an undisclosed fee.

An agreement between the university and the council encourages Notre Dame to expand throughout the CBD and not immediately adjacent to its existing buildings in the West End.

Dr Pettitt says it’s not all bad, with Notre Dame considering some student accommodation as part of the Phillimore Street building’s redevelopment.

“The inclusion of student accommodation at Customs House would be welcomed so the West End is activated for more hours of the day and more days of the year,” he says.

Notre Dame vice chancellor Celia Hammond dodged questions about the MOU, but said the uni had explored a number of options outside the West End, but none were suitable.

“Customs House provides a facility which is accessible, flexible, and is of appropriate size and design,” she says.

Ms Hammond added that Customs House provided an opportunity to increase ground floor activation of Notre Dame’s existing buildings.

She said NDU is still pursuing a nursing and midwifery school at the “wedding wall” on the corner of Cliff and High Streets, but with a new building to tizzy up, that might be on the backburner. In the meantime Ms Hammond says they’ll tidy up the site.

Fremantle Society president John Dowson says the boutique university already owns 46 buildings in the West End.

“You don’t want to accentuate the monoculture resulting when you have so many properties in a small area owned by one entity,” he says. “The loss of rates from the very large Customs Buildings will be substantial,”

But Mr Dowson’s happy former owner CBD Rev Holdco’s plan for 120-odd apartments overlooking Phillimore, Henry and Pakenham Street has been dropped.  He says those plans, which were rejected by Fremantle council and the South Metro JDAP, “made a mockery” of the West End.

Tony Martin, director of Anton Capital, which managed the building’s development for CBD Rev Holdco, says an opportunity came to sell to Notre Dame and they took it.

“We know the university already owns buildings within the area,” he says. “We have been in contact for some time.”


Green wonderland

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE resident Alex Wilson has spent four years creating a green wonderland in the gardens of her 125-year-old heritage-listed home.

‘Monaro’, now surrounded by succulents in every shade of green, purple and red, creeping vines and a soaring sugar gum, was built in the Victorian-era for tobacco merchant, Mr Robert Dixon.

Ms Wilson is the the property’s fourth owner and since moving in four years ago she’s worked hard to honour and preserve its history, whilst bringing it into the 21st century.

• The beautiful gardens at “Monaro”. Photos by Molly Schmidt

She is opening up Monaro, at 24 Ord Street, to the public this weekend, as part of Open Gardens West Coast, from 10am-4pm.

“This garden is a living, breathing, growing, changing space,” says Ms Wilson, who is qualified in horticulture and garden design.

“There’s a fresh energy in the mornings; everything sort of sparkles in the light.”

Ms Wilson says Mr Dixon built Monaro as a guest house for visiting business people during the gold-rush.

“He knew people of a certain economic standing wouldn’t want to stay in a tiny room above a pub,” Ms Wilson says.

“There was even a bathroom on every level, making it about 50 years ahead of its time.”

Ms Wilson says Freo’s cruddy limestone soils would have meant a bare garden back then.

“The Freo Doctor was certainly still blowing back then and there was a heck of a lot of pollution in the air, coming in from the port; it was probably not til the 1930s, even 50s, that this kind of garden started to take shape.”

Previous owners were instrumental in constructing limestone retaining walls and garden terraces with the aid of architect Gerard McCann, while Freo sculptor Theo Koning has two installations in the backyard and created ironwork balustrades from the original 1890s balcony.

“Theo found some cast iron lace panels rusting away in the corner of the garden and he turned them into balustrading, which was really lucky for us because when we came to restoring the front balcony, which had rotted, we wanted to reinstate the original panels,” Ms Wilson says.

“I was sitting here with the architect, and I was like, ‘well, can’t we use those panels?’”

One cleaned up enough to be used as a mould for new verandah panels at a Wagga Wagga factory.

• Alex Wilson

“We really knew we were reinstating an authentic, original piece of the house, and it’s come from the garden, so it’s nice it comes full circle,” she says.

Ms Wilson says while respecting history she “didn’t want to work with hedges either”.

“The obvious take on a house like this would be very classical stuff…but I wanted to bring some softness, romance and elegance to it.


Catalan cry

Published 17 Nov 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

CATALANS across Australia are uniting in solidarity amidst the political uncertainty in their homeland.

In Fremantle, ex-patriots are planning to meet at the Rainbow Sea Container on December 7 at 6pm, the same day a large Catalonian demonstration will be held in Brussels and supported in other cities around the world.

Last Sunday a group of Catalans met in Kings Park, calling for the release of government officials from their homeland who were imprisoned following last month’s disputed referendum, which saw the Spanish government sack and arrest Catalan officials and assume control of the region.

Group spokesman Imma Fare says it’s important in times of political crisis to create awareness and give support to fellow expatriates.

“Being on the other side of the world you feel so impotent,” she says.

“We see all the corruption, the repression and the violence and no one does anything.”

• Catalan ex-pats in Kings Park protesting for the release of imprisoned government officials back home. Photo supplied

Following the disputed referendum in Catalonia, former president Carles Puigdemont, along with several other officials were forced to flee to Brussels to avoid imprisonment and may face extradition.

Ms Fare says while the Catalans living in Perth may have different opinions regarding independence, they all agree on one thing—human rights.

She says violent action taken by police against Catalans isn’t being shown by Spanish broadcasters, so it’s up to Catalan ex-pats to increase awareness about what is really going on back home.

Ms Fare added that for many of the Catalans meeting in Kings Park, it was the first time they had met up with fellow ex-pats in Australia, and despite the unfortunate circumstances, they enjoyed the sense of community it brought.

She says everyone is welcome to come down to the meet at the Rainbow Sea Container in Freo.


(17/11/17) Freo Recycling Centre officially open

Published 17 Nov 2017 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle’s new and improved Recycling Centre was officially opened today as part of National Recycling Week.

The new centre on Montreal Street has almost doubled in size, has increased opening hours and can recycle a wider range of materials – including whitegoods, e-waste, mattresses and clean bricks and pavers.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the upgraded centre was part of the City’s commitment to boost recycling rates.

“We were very proud to be awarded international certification as a one Planet Council back in 2015,” Mayor Pettitt said.

4 days ago in Media release , Sustainability
(17/11/17) Freo Recycling Centre officially open

Your Fun and Informative Guide to Consuming “Oil, Love & Oxygen”

Published 16 Nov 2017 by Dave Robertson in Dave Robertson.

The Paradox of Choice says that too many options can demotivate people, so here’s a short guide to the options for getting your ears on “Oil, Love & Oxygen”.

For the personal touch you can always get CDs at our shows. They come with a lush booklet of lyrics and credits, and the enchanting artwork of Frans Bisschops. Discounted digital download codes are also available for Bandcamp…

Bandcamp is a one-stop online shop for your album consumption needs. You can get a digital download in your choice of format, including high-resolution formats for “audiophiles and nerds”. If you go for one of the “lossless” formats such as ALAC, then you are getting the highest sound quality possible (higher than CD). Downloads also come with a digital version of the aforementioned booklet.

Bandcamp is also where you can place a mail-order for the CD if you want to get physical. Another feature of Bandcamp is fans can pay more than the minimum price if they want to support the artist.

The iTunes store is a great simple option for those in the Apple ecosystem, because it goes straight into the library on your device(s). You also get the same digital booklet as Bandcamp, and the audio for this release has been specially “Mastered for iTunes”. This means the sound quality is a bit better than most digital downloads (though not as good as the lossless formats available on Bandcamp).

This album was mastered by Ian Shepherd who has been a vigorous campaigner against the “loudness wars”. Did you ever notice that much, maybe most, music after the early 90s started to sound flat and bland? Well one reason was the use of “brick wall limiters” to increase average loudness, but this came at the expense of dynamics. I’m glad my release is not a causality of this pointless war, but I digress.

Other Digital Download Services
The album is on many other services, so just search for “Oil, Love & Oxygen” on your preferred platform. These services don’t provide you the booklet though and are not quite as high sound quality as the above two.

Streaming (Spotify etc.)
The album is also available across all the major streaming platforms. While streaming is certainly convenient, it is typically low sound quality and pays tiny royalties to artists.

Vinyl and Tape
Interestingly these formats are seeing a bit of a resurgence around the world. I would argue this is not because they are inherently better than digital, but because digital is so often abused (e.g. the aforementioned loudness wars and the use of “lossy” formats like mp3). If you seriously want vinyl or tape though, let me know and I will consider getting old school!

Share the Love
If you like the album, then please consider telling friends, rating or reviewing the album on iTunes etc., liking our page on the book of face…

Short enough?


(17/11/17) Have you seen royalty?

Published 16 Nov 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

As part of the commonwealth walkway project we are creating a royal walking tour. We’re looking for your stories about brushing shoulders with the royal family in Fremantle. Did you see the queen? Shake hands with Diana or wave at Princess Anne?

Submit your story online or phone the Fremantle History Centre on 08 9432 9739.

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(17/11/17) Have you seen royalty?

Biophilic Perth invites you to an evening of Conversation and Inspiration

Published 15 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

6pm Monday November 20th Peter Newman, Brad Pettitt and Jana Söderlund discuss biophilic urbanism and the biophilic city vision. Inspired by visits to our neighbour Singapore, Peter and Jana will showcase highlights and how Singapore’s vision could be adapted to Perth. Part of this is linking with the global Biophilic City network. Mayor Pettitt will […]

One Day in 2018

Published 15 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke has been announced as the headline act for next year’s One Day in Fremantle event. The multi-platinum, ARIA-nominated singer of hits like ‘The Last Day on Earth’ and ‘Caught in the Crowd’ will be joined by DJ Kevin Parker from psychedelic rockers Tame Impala, Arnhem Land hip-hop artist Baker Boy  […]

Media Statement

Published 15 Nov 2017 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Media Statement

Mr Turnbull and the Liberals have been spreading false rumours about me and my eligibility to represent the people of Fremantle.

At all times I have been eligible and qualified to represent the Fremantle electorate. I was one of the first members of parliament to release documentation showing the successful renunciation of my British citizenship. I have not served one day as anything other than an Australian citizen.

I was endorsed as the Labor candidate for Fremantle on 12 May 2016, and I completed the paperwork to renounce my British citizenship on that day in accordance with the UK Home Office requirements. I tracked its arrival in the UK on 16 May 2016 and the Home Office withdrew the fee for processing the renunciation from my credit card on 6 June 2016.

I completed the nomination form mindful of the guidance provided in the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Candidate’s Handbook and the specific AEC Electoral Backgrounder on eligibility, both of which explain the requirement that a candidate must take reasonable steps to divest her or himself of foreign citizenship prior to nominating for election. My nomination was submitted on 7 June 2016.

That AEC guidance remains current today, which is understandable because it was affirmed in the recent High Court decision that found a person is eligible under s.44, “Where it can be demonstrated that the person has taken all steps that are reasonably required by the foreign law to renounce his or her citizenship and within his or her power.”

That is precisely what I have done.

On that basis, I nominated in the knowledge that I had taken all proper and reasonable – indeed, all possible – steps to divest myself of UK citizenship prior to nomination in accordance with the requirements of the UK Home Office.

I am pleased and not surprised that legal advice obtained this week from one of Australia’s preeminent experts in this area, retired Federal Court Justice Ray Finkelstein QC confirms: “it is clear that Mr Wilson was validly elected.”

I welcome the opportunity to participate in the parliamentary citizenship disclosure regime that has been agreed to this week. It will confirm what I already know to be true: I am completely qualified to represent the people of Fremantle in the Australian Parliament.

It is a great shame that in response to the citizenship crisis, Mr Turnbull is seeking to drag anyone and everyone into his mess.

(16/11/17) Kate Miller-Heidke headlines One Day in Freo

Published 15 Nov 2017 by timw in News & Media.

Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke has been announced as the headline act for next year’s One Day in Fremantle event.

The multi-platinum, ARIA-nominated singer of hits like ‘The Last Day on Earth’ and ‘Caught in the Crowd’ will be joined by DJ Kevin Parker from psychedelic rockers Tame Impala, Arnhem Land hip-hop artist Baker Boy and indigenous dance group Djuki Mala.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Gina Williams will return as host of the free community event, presented by the City of Fremantle.

5 days ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(16/11/17) Kate Miller-Heidke headlines One Day in Freo

Freo Alternative ‘Popping up in the suburbs’

Published 15 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Over the next few days the Stage Two of  the award winning  Freo Alternative proposed Scheme amendment and draft planning policy  will be popping up in Freo’s suburbs.   To read all about the project please see the City’s Mysay Freo website – – We have summarised the technical requirements in a booklet.

Freo Says Yes!

Published 14 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The City of Fremantle has welcomed the resounding support for marriage equality in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the results of the survey earlier today, with 61.6 per cent of the 12.7 million respondents voting in favour of marriage equality. In Fremantle, 70.1 per cent of people voted […]

See July to September 2017 at the Library

Published 14 Nov 2017 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.

Are you curious about how many eBooks we loaned last quarter, or how many people walked through our doors? Yes? Have a gander at our latest infographic.

Take a closer look here :

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(15/11/17) Fremantle says YES!

Published 14 Nov 2017 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle has welcomed the resounding support for marriage equality in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the results of the survey earlier today, with 61.6 per cent of the 12.7 million respondents voting in favour of marriage equality.

In Fremantle, 70.1 per cent of people voted yes.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the result was a win for equality in Australia.

6 days ago in Media release
(15/11/17) Fremantle says YES!

Another Tsunami

Published 13 Nov 2017 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

The elections are over. Developers are rushing into council to lodge their plans. Some of the plans are distressingly crass and damaging to the heritage values of the town. A significant focus of the plans appears to be: more alcohol.

Members are asked to take note of the following, and to be involved in putting their opinions forward. The Fremantle Society is in the process of writing submissions.






1) Warders’ Cottages 19-29 Henderson Street

11 room hotel and bar


The developer and architect of the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street has submitted this application. While the Hougoumont gets great reviews, it is a very modern experience more akin to staying in a shipping container than a heritage building. It has been granted approval for 5 storeys for its next stage, possibly a technically illegal approval given the rules for the West End.

If members examine the plans submitted for these terrace cottages, which are of national significance and the ONLY properties in the whole of Western Australia outside the prison to be on the Federal Heritage list, they may find the plans swamping the original cottages and their backyards with the added infrastructure. A huge focus is alcohol – it’s an 11 room boutique hotel catering for up to 475 drinkers. No wonder there have been 15 submissions already from concerned residents who have just bought next door in the other 6 Henderson Street cottages, and others.

2) MHI Review

You are asked to comment on a review of the Municipal Heritage Inventory. See document online.


3) Mannings Buildings

The Fremantle Society broke the story that Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf was going to buy all 26 shops in the Manning Estate that wraps around from William Street, through the mall and into Market Street. He has now submitted plans to ‘revitalise’ them by turning them into: a brewery. He also wants to ‘modernise’ and open up the interiors and thus remove a reason people like coming to Fremantle – it has small individual shops with character.

10 metres away across the Mall lies the Atwell Arcade project done by Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf. The mayor granted him a special council meeting for this development on the basis that a) a new national chain would be brought to Fremantle (it wasn’t) b) 300 new workers would be brought to Fremantle (they weren’t) and c) the building and shopfronts would be restored (they haven’t been).

There will be a public information session on November 16 at 5.30pm at Council.


4) King’s Square Public Space Draft Concept Design

The Fremantle Society position is that King’s Square is important as the only town square in Western Australia and that it should be a dignified open civic space, not a cluttered entertainment zone.


5) Woolstores Shopping Centre and Car Park

Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf has submitted plans so awful that even a council employee told the Fremantle Society “For the first time I will be making a submission.”

The proposed high rise soars 50% higher than the 10 storeyed Johnston Court, whose height in the middle of town we were promised would never be repeated. To achieve this height the design MUST show ‘exceptional quality’. Council will say that the determining authority is JDAP (Joint Development Assessment Panels) but the reality is that what council writes and thinks is crucial to getting a good outcome. When the initial plans for a new Queensgate also had to pass the test of demonstrating ‘exceptional quality’, the mayor argued that the view from the top would be so good that he would be voting that that was enough to demonstrate the requirement. Hopefully, council will debate this one a bit harder that that.


6) Court House and Warders Cottages 31-45 Henderson Street (see photo above)

Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf has submitted plans for a 6 storey hotel and bars in one of the most significant heritage precincts in Western Australia. which covers the 7,700 sq m court house and police station complex and the adjacent warders’ cottages (the latter bought for the bargain price of $1.7 million).

The Fremantle Society will study the plans, which seem at first glance to be remarkably insensitive to what is a dignified and important set of colonial buildings, some (the terrace houses) being of national significance.

These buildings are in the buffer zone of the World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison for good reason, and any development in the buffer zone must not impact negatively on the setting of the prison.

Public information session 30 November 5.30pm at Fremantle Council.


Notre Dame Breaches its Own MOU

Notre Dame announced today it has purchased the massive Customs Buildings fronting Henry, Phillimore, and Pakenham Streets.

This is in direct breach of the 2012 MOU it has with Fremantle Council, where the MOU states that the university, having created a monoculture with its hugely successful business controlling 46 buildings in the West End, would in future build outside the West End:

“The City encourages UNDA to expand its academic activities to locations throughout the CBD and expresses the wish that any expansion should not be immediately adjacent to the area bounded by Little High Street, Phillimore Street, Henry Street, Marine Terrace.”

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society

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Fremantle Prison Big Winner at 2017 WA Tourism Awards

Published 13 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

It was a big weekend for Fremantle Prison at the 2017 WA Tourism Awards. Fremantle Prison was awarded Gold for the Cultural Tourism category and Silver in the Major Tourist Attractions category.. Adding to a fantastic night out for the Prison team, tour guide, Janine Della Bosca was recognised as the best in the business, […]

(13/11/17) Community engagement wins prestigious award

Published 13 Nov 2017 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle’s efforts to engage the local community in a discussion about the future of housing have been recognised with a prestigious award.

The City took out the Planning Minister’s Award for The Freo Alternative diverse housing project at the 2017 Planning Institute Australia WA Awards for Excellence on Friday.

In her citation for the award Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said The Freo Alternative project represented a responsive, innovative and contemporary example of a local government undertaking a meaningful community engagement process.

1 week ago in Media release , Community engagement
(13/11/17) Community engagement wins prestigious award

(13/11/17) City of Fremantle at your service

Published 12 Nov 2017 by timw in News & Media.

Fremantle residents aged 65 and over can now have selected unwanted household items collected from their doorstep for free, thanks to the City of Fremantle’s new home collection service.

As part of the service, the City will collect whitegoods like fridges and washing machines, old mattresses, and e-waste like TV’s and computers and take them away to be recycled.

Angela Zeck, who recently had an old mattress collected from her Beaconsfield home, said she was impressed with the service.

1 week ago in Media release , Sustainability
(13/11/17) City of Fremantle at your service

Freo Alternative diverse housing project wins prestigious Planning Minister’s Award.

Published 12 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

I’m very pleased to hearthat at the Planning Institute of Australia WA Annual Awards for Planning Excellence event last Friday, the City of Fremantle’s entry of the first phase of community engagement on the Freo Alternative diverse housing project received the commendation in the community engagement category but, more significantly, WON the prestigious Planning Minister’s […]

High Tide 17

Published 11 Nov 2017 by Izzi in Love Freo.

If you are like us and leave things until the last minute, you still have until tomorrow night to check out the very cool artworks of High Tide 17. You can get involved and design your own nautical flags with messages fit for 2100 or become a citizen of the Commonwealth of New Bayswater with your own passport, a fun little island set up by Jessee Lee Johns in the flooded Princess Chambers’ basement (4-6pm today and tomorrow).

If you haven’t heard about High Tide – here the description by the organisers: “High Tide is the first incarnation of the Fremantle Biennale, a unique event, hosting the best in site-responsive art. Situated in new and found sites around the west end of Fremantle, High Tide presents invited local and international artists who respond to and work with the rich landscape that is the tapestry of Fremantle. The 2017 edition of High Tide is sited at the iconic Round House, the Whalers Tunnel, High St and Mall, Cliff St, Mouat St, the Port Authority Building, Bathers Bay, PS Art Space, The University of Notre Dame, The WA Maritime Museum, The Lysaght Atrium (Quest Fremantle), J-Shed,Blank Space (Mills Record Store), and the Princess Chambers Basement (Kakulas Sister).”

Here a few snaps from earlier today (these don’t even show half of the artworks on show).

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Oral History Workshops

Published 10 Nov 2017 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.

The Oral History Association is running a weekend of accredited oral history training on 18-19 November, 10am-4 pm.

The nationally accredited oral history training will be delivered over two days by Dr Elaine Rabbitt (PhD oral history) and WA Oral History President Doug Ayre.

Elaine has developed the oral history training package for AHCILM404 Record and document Community History, drawn from the wealth of oral history teaching materials that are available in Australia and overseas.

Too busy to treat yourself to a weekend of oral history – think again? This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the practicalities of oral history and gain nationally recognised certification. This is a stepping stone for further learning and possible employment opportunities.

The two workshops are practical and hands on. Students will learn how to use professional recording equipment and they can bring their own recording devices.

Course Costs: $350 (No GST) for OHA members, concession card holders and students
$395 (No GST) for non-members & includes annual membership to OHA.

For register contact: Elaine Rabbitt –
Further information –

(10/11/17) Seen a snake?

Published 9 Nov 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Snakes are coming out of hibernation and we’ve already had a few reports of dugites at South Beach and Booyeembara Park.

Their natural habitat is sand dunes and bushland so stay well away if you see one and please seek medical attention immediately if you get bitten!

Our Community Safety team can help if you spot a snake in your yard. Give them a call on 1300 360 666.

1 week ago in Community
(10/11/17) Seen a snake?

(10/11/17) City sets date for Freo Oval move

Published 9 Nov 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle’s administration and library will begin operating from the former Fremantle Dockers administration building at Fremantle Oval from Monday 18 December 2017.

The City’s temporary relocation paves the way for demolition of the current building and construction of a new administration centre and library in Fremantle’s Kings Square starting in early 2018.

The City will remain at Fremantle Oval until completion of the new building, which is expected to be late 2019 as part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project.

1 week ago in Media release
(10/11/17) City sets date for Freo Oval move

(9/11/17) November weed spraying

Published 9 Nov 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The October weed spraying has been extended to November.

Weed spraying will occur at all turfed areas including sporting ovals, reserves and parks throughout the City of Fremantle.

Please keep an eye out for signs and remain clear of the area until they are taken down.

For more information contact the City Parks Team on 9432 9999 or email

1 week ago in Infrastructure projects
(9/11/17) November weed spraying

Kwinana Outer Harbour Forum and Q&A

Published 8 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Monday 20 Nov at Victoria Hall Fremantle 7pm Free event

Ask me, I’m a Freo local

Published 8 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Freo locals are being asked to share their local knowledge with visitors. People who are passionate about their city and are comfortable being approached by visitors can pick up an ‘Ask me, I’m a Freo local’ badge from the City of Fremantle and wear it when they’re out and about in town. Fremantle Councillor Dave […]

(9/11/17) Ask me, I'm a Freo local

Published 8 Nov 2017 by timw in News & Media.

Freo locals are being asked to share their local knowledge with visitors through a new initiative from the City of Fremantle.

People who are passionate about their city and are comfortable being approached by visitors can pick up an ‘Ask me I’m a Freo local’ badge from the City of Fremantle and wear it when they’re out and about in town.

Fremantle Councillor Dave Hume says the idea is for locals to share their love of Freo with visitors by being available to provide directions, offer advice and give insights into their favourite parts of the city.

1 week ago in Media release
(9/11/17) Ask me, I'm a Freo local

Signal Station open days

Published 8 Nov 2017 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.

A Challenge for Fremantle – Building Apartments for Families

Published 8 Nov 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

When Council made the decision to encourage higher density residential development in central Freo we were careful to make sure that a good proportion of this new apartment housing was affordable and diverse. At the time we were concerned that  without specific controls we would only get larger luxury apartments that would not be affordable […]


Published 6 Nov 2017 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

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