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Published 16 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.


FBH reflection


On my daily stroll around Fremantle I took this reflection photo of a window at Kailis in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers


Published 16 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.


St Pats Clancys


It is going to be a rather cool 23C degrees today so enjoy your St Patrick’s Day, Fremantle.

The pubs got specials on and Clancy’s have a big music program from midday till late.

Guinness is a great drink as long as it is consumed in moderation, so keep that in mind and don’t drink and drive please.

Roel Loopers


Published 16 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.


Parry 1

Parry 2


Finally a building application for Fremantle that passes my visual beauty test.

The plans for a four-storey mixed-use development at 18-26 Parry Street look pretty cool and different to me.

It will be tourist and residential apartment accommodation and cafe.

Check it all out at Have Your Say on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers


Published 16 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.


South Ward voting


Andrew Sullivan won the Fremantle South Ward local government by-election and will return to his seat at Fremantle Council.

Sullivan received 50% of the votes and got 856 votes, while the two other candidates also got 50% of the vote; Marija Vujcic 608 and Chris Williams 248. Nine votes were invalid.

Voter participation was around 44 % so that is fairly good.

Roel Loopers

(16/3/2018) South ward election results

Published 16 Mar 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Andrew Sullivan was successfully elected in the City of Fremantle South Ward fresh election (held Friday 16 March 2018).. 

Screenshot of the three candidates indicated Andrew has won the election

1 day ago in Council
(16/3/2018) South ward election results


Published 16 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.




Images of India is a fundraising exhibition by local photographer Juliet Murray.

The exhibition opens on Friday 16th March at 6.30pm at the Art of Freo Gallery at J Shed and runs Wednesday to Sunday 11-4pm until March 25th.  There will also be a fundraising raffle with heaps of great prizes.

India is a land of contrasts. It is a country that is immensely rich; in culture, spirituality and diversity. It is enchanting and beautiful place, overwhelming to the senses.

On the flipside, poverty is significant, with one on 5 living in extreme poverty, without access to basic human needs. Of the poor, only 20% have access to toilets, 60% to electricity and 6% to running water.

This fundraising exhibition aims to capture both the magnificence of this sacred country and it’s people whilst highlighting the issue of extreme poverty and struggles that the people face, in a compassionate and sensitive manner.

Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Australian Friends of Asha, who work to support and raise awareness of the important work that is done by Asha India in tackling issues that keep slum dwellers trapped in poverty. Their programmes help slum residents gain access to healthcare, financial services and education, and make it possible for them to make long-term, positive changes to their lives.


Mark of kindness

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE Fremantle Dockers made history this week, becoming the first Australian sporting team to launch a player-backed charity fund.

The entire Dockers team will dip into their own pockets to give money to the Fremantle Players Community Giving Fund, which will be used to help disadvantaged young people in the local community.

The first two groups to receive inaugural grants from the team’s fund are the Fremantle PCYC and Night Hoops, a Perth organisation that holds weekly basketball tournaments for at-risk teens.

“Playing AFL is a privilege,” Dockers veteran David Mundy says.

• Fremantle Dockers players Tommy Sheridan, David Mundy and Griffin Logue, with Fremantle Foundation’s Dylan Smith.

“And one opportunity we have as a result is to support the community around us.

“In this case through our personal giving.”

Fremantle Foundation helped set up the fund and CEO Dylan Smith says he hopes other sporting stars will follow the Dockers’ lead and put their hands in their pockets.

“We believe this is the first sporting team in Australia to become philanthropists all together, as a group like this,” Mr Smith says.

“I’d love more organisations to do it and more professional sportspeople to do it.

“We’re still early days in philanthropy in Australia, really as an industry and a culture.

“I’m not sure we can say we expect everyone to do it, because everyone’s different and personal decisions are theirs, but I would love to see more people do it.”


It’s good to share

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE council could ditch some of its corporate fleet and opt for share cars instead.

On Wednesday the council’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee voted to start looking for a car share business that would be interested in establishing a subsidised network in Fremantle.

The report found council support would be critical if the network was to be successful, including using share cars instead of fleet vehicles and providing free parking.

Mayor Brad Pettitt was excited one of his long-held dreams for Fremantle was progressing, but said it needed a metro-wide approach for long-term success.

Car share

“I have been speaking to Vincent and the former [acting] lord mayor of Perth around how we can start to come up with a system we can roll out across the metropolitan area.

“What we’ve learned from Melbourne and Sydney is that there’s space in the market for two or three providers,” he says, noting the council will have to be careful its decision to look for a single operator doesn’t create an unbreakable monopoly.

“It’s going to be the new norm, but when you look at places like Vancouver, 30 per cent of people are already members of a car share.

“I’ve always found it frustrating that Perth doesn’t get it.”

Fremantle currently has just a single electric share car, which is available to residents in the Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives co-op in the new WGV development on Stevens Street. It draws its power from the development’s solar panels.


But Dr Pettitt says he hopes other developers look at options already available under the council’s planning rules that would allow them to ditch car bays if they provide places for share cars.

The council first tried to get a two-year car share trial up and running in 2014 and adopted a policy committing it to becoming a customer, but the response was lukewarm.

Meanwhile networks were burgeoning across the eastern states.

Consultants Phillip Boyle and Associate’s study says Fremantle’s low population and its generous residential parking permits are reasons for caution, but 13 per cent of residents don’t own cars while the rest of us are more likely than not to be behind the wheel of an ageing jalopy.

The report recommends the council try to rope Notre Dame University and Fremantle Hospital into the car share scheme, as well as consider underpinning the revenue of car share vehicles for a period. It says each car would need at least 20 members to viable, be used for at least three hours a day and need to earn about $1500 a month in revenue.


Revamp all at sea

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE state government unveiled plans this week for a $3 million dollar facelift of Fremantle Port’s arrival terminal, but it’s a far-cry from the glitzy upgrade Labor promised in the lead up to the 2017 election.

Mark McGowan had pledged to redevelop South Quay to create a “world class tourism precinct and cruise ship terminus”, which would include hotels and restaurants, creating more than 18,000 jobs.

But the $3m upgrade does not include air-conditioning, despite cruise ship holidays being popular with retirees, and will largely involve upgrading the canopy of the heritage building, refurbishing floors and giving the terminal a fresh lick of paint.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt says more needs to be done to make the port city a premier cruise-ship destination.

“While the upgrades to the terminal will be a great short-term improvement, once passengers walk out of the terminal they’ll still find themselves in a giant, ugly car park,” he says.

• Labor’s Lisa O’Malley, Simone McGurk and Paul Papalia with Mark McGowan (second left) in December 2016, when he was talking up the millions the proposed redevelopment of South Quay would pump into WA’s economy.

“The City of Fremantle is eager to work with the government to progress that planning as quickly as possible.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti told the media this week that a lot of work had already been done in preparation for redeveloping South Quay.

But when the Chook asked Ms Saffioti for details, we received this: “I have had a number of discussions with Mayor Brad Pettitt, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and Fremantle {Ports] to plan how we move ahead for the future redevelopment of the area,” Ms Saffioti said.

“The vision is still to create a major tourism precinct and to further activate the area—likely starting around the western museum area to create better connectivity with the heart of Fremantle.

“In the shorter term, this western precinct will be easier to develop because there are fewer constraints.

“We all share the same vision for this area and are very excited about the many opportunities the development of South Quay will bring to Fremantle.”



Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

ON August 25, 2017 the Herald published an article under the heading “Dowson clashes with candidate” which inferred a dispute between the Fremantle Society and its member, the then-candidate for city ward, Claudia Green in the run-up to the October council elections.

Society president John Dowson had attributed a committee decision to back another candidate to concerns that Ms Green had been “disruptive” when she resigned from the committee around the time of a by-election in Beaconsfield a year earlier.

The Herald acknowledges that was not factual, as Ms Green has provided evidence that she had resigned six months prior to the by-election. She also contends that she was the only committee member to work on the campaign of a Beaconsfield candidate the Fremantle Society had given support to, and as there were no complaints about her contribution, her behaviour could hardly be seen as disruptive.

The Herald accepts that Ms Green has always had a strong public commitment for good governance, and unreservedly apologises for any distress the article caused her or for any inference that she was not fit for Fremantle Society support or public office.

Map gathers dust

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

NOONGAR elders who want indigenous recognition as part of the Victoria Quay redevelopment say they are still waiting for the state government to literally put them on the map.

In 2009 anthropologists, elders and representatives from Fremantle Port workshopped a plan for an interactive “pre-contact” map at the quay, showcasing traditional Aboriginal sites and the historical topography of the area.

This year plans were unveiled for the redevelopment of the port, but they do not include any mention of the map.

Local anthropologists Ken Macintyre and Barb Dodson attended the workshops and in their report stated that “all elders unanimously agreed that a map of pre-contact indigenous Fremantle would be the best way of highlighting to the wider population that Fremantle was a thriving indigenous community prior to white settlement and that its cultural significance continues to this day.

“They believed that the creation of such a map would not only be of great interest to tourists visiting the area but would provide an educational experience for all members of the wider community, indigenous and non-indigenous.”

A Fremantle Ports spokesperson says they “remain very interested in the concept of Nyungar map” and would “like to see the concept of the map further developed at the appropriate time with a view to including this as an interpretative element.”

Ms Dodson says many of the Aboriginal elders who were involved in the map project have since passed away, and sadly never got to see the fruits of their labor.

Vanessa Corunna, a traditional land owner and descendant of historical Noongar leaders Yagan and Midgegooroo, was involved in planning the map.

She says it’s frustrating when local businesses and governments don’t follow through with promises for Aboriginal projects.


Mind the gap

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A GLARING gap isolating Fremantle from the main bike path through the western suburbs and into the Perth CBD could hold up the port city’s economic revitalisation says a councillor.

South warder Adin Lang says Freo’s got 40,000sqm of office space under development and he wants to see lycra-loving corporate types wheeling down from the affluent suburbs to help fill it.

But the principal shared path as it’s known has fallen down the list of priorities for successive governments and ends abruptly in Cottesloe.

This forces cyclists onto busy Curtin Avenue, which has a poor track record for safety , including the hit-run death of cyclist Tim Anderson in 2012.

It’s such a bugbear for riders that a candidate in the Cottesloe by-election has made the completion of the PSP his sole campaign platform.

• Lycra-clad councillor Adin Lang with Fremantle Bicycle User Group members Peter Bartlett and Rob Delves say completing the bike path from Perth to Fremantle will save cyclists from having to dodge the trucks on Tydeman Road. A band-aid fix of a caged crossing across Tydeman was officially abandoned by Freo council and Main Roads this week after a safety audit found it wouldn’t help. Photo by Steve Grant

Safety issue

“This is a high priority safety issue,” says Michael Thomas.

“The state government has promised this bike path for the last 20 years, and is yet to finish this.

“I hope if we can get five per cent of the vote this will influence the state government that this is a high priority safety issue that needs to be addressed.”

Cr Lang believes one of the problems is that the missing link connects two safe seats — one Liberal, one Labor — so there’s little motive for either side to make it a priority.

“The designated path will make living and working in Fremantle more attractive as it keeps cyclists from traffic, reduced congestion on our roads, and will free up parking spaces in our CBD for people who really need them,” says Cr Lang.

He says many of the new developments have end-of-trip cycling facilities built in.

“There’s no silver bullet to improve parking or traffic congestion, but this bike path is one step forward,” Cr Lang said.

David Honey is the highly-favoured Liberal candidate for the Cottesloe by-election and blames the McGowan government for the gap.

“Unfortunately the timing for the PSP was delayed by the McGowan government, however if elected I will work with councils, parliamentarians and the community to help coordinate a cohesive plan to the complete the PSP earlier,” Mr Honey said.

“Completing this link will enhance safety for cyclists, motorists and the Cottesloe and Fremantle communities.”


Frame of mind

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

HEADSPACE in Fremantle has launched a new project to help young artists showcase their work.

Pheobe Ho is a volunteer for the not-for-profit group helping young people with mental health issues, and she will exhibit a series of pieces at Headspace’s Pakenham Street offices, reflecting her recovery from eating disorders.

The mixed-media, abstract artworks are “not van Gogh” she laughs, but emerged when she got into “art journalling” when in hospital admissions two years ago.

• Pheobe Ho will have her artwork displayed at Headspace’s Fremantle office for three months. Photo 

“I was born in Singapore,” she says. “Where I come from it’s quite a conservative culture in terms of mental health, it’s a very taboo topic.”

She says art journalling helped her communicate the process of recovery with her family and friends.

“The pieces reflect the ups and downs of my journey and I guess coming out the other end, being a lot more resilient, a lot stronger.

“The important thing is progress; not perfection. It’s something my clinician would always say.

“You don’t aim to be completely recovered. You don’t aim to be 100 per cent; you just aim to chip away at it, a bit each day.

“Every time you have a lapse, it gives you another opportunity to practice the skills you’ve learnt in therapy.”

Headspace’s program is open to anyone aged 12-25, so if you know a creative person who might be interested, get in touch with them.


Impact100 Fremantle Launch – Thursday 22 March

Published 16 Mar 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

  Impact100 Fremantle is about to launch for another year of high impact giving. The launch event is a great opportunity learn more about the Impact100 Fremantle experience and hear an inspiring update from our 2017 major grant recipient Ngalla Maya. The more the merrier so please bring your friends, family and colleagues and help […]

The post Impact100 Fremantle Launch – Thursday 22 March appeared first on Fremantle Foundation.

Council’s fresh idea on funding

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE council is looking at spending ratepayers’ money beautifying a Hilton shopping centre because the owners won’t do it themselves.

The council got state funding last year to kick along its plans to create a town centre with a “village” vibe along South Street in Hilton.

Part of the plan is to make the public realms in front of the local IGA and Gilbert’s Fresh a more pleasant place to hang out.

But Qube Property, which owns the Gilbert’s complex, has said it’s not interested in upgrading its portion of the area so the council is looking at leasing it for a peppercorn rent and doing the beautification itself.


Qube managing director Mark Hector wouldn’t comment directly on whether his company should contribute, but says the works are a “wonderful initiative to improve the presentation of South Street while improving the safety of pedestrians accessing the Hilton shopping precinct”.

“The upgrade works are an initiative of council and the streetscape works proposed by council will complement the significant investment and revitalisation of the property Qube Hilton Development Pty Ltd has undertaken since acquiring the same in 2015,” Mr Hector said.

The council has plans to negotiate a lease on the Supa IGA side as well, but the supermarket is unhappy with plans to ban right turns from Paget Street into South Street and won’t sign an agreement.

The plan to take on the Gilbert’s side made it through this week’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee and will now go through full council for ratification.

Owner warns of tourism backlash

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A HIGH Street property owner has urged Fremantle council to stick with its Business Improvement District.

The BID is under yet another review by the council before getting its annual funding from a differential rate applied to CBD businesses, and Shane Braddock says he’s been getting vibes that it’s future is far from certain.

Mr Braddock fears that the council’s marketing department wants to get its hand on the BID’s $300,000 to pump up its destination marketing.

Small business

“But the BID is the only organisation in Fremantle that really represents small businesses,” Mr Braddock said.

“It’s grassroots, well-managed and has put on some great events.”

He says increasing the destination marketing might bring tourists to Fremantle, but that won’t benefit small retailers aiming at a local market. He says already tenants in his building are finding trading conditions tough, with the exception of a cafe.

Mr Braddock says he noticed while visiting family in Croatia that there’s been a big kickback against tourists across Europe, with locals fed up with poor behaviour and losing their retailers to trinket shops.

Florence’s mayor Dario Nardella went as far as to order council staff to hose down the steps of the city’s famous churches at lunchtime to prevent litterbug tourists from sitting down for the lunch.

• Shane Braddock says he picked up anti-tourist sentiment in Europe like this graffiti in Pisa, and says Freo should be wary of where it’s going.

Mr Braddock also wants to see Fremantle cracking down on temporary accommodation provided through services such as Airbnb, saying it will limit residents in the CBD, putting more pressure on retailers.

Mayor Brad Pettitt says Mr Braddock’s got valid concerns, and concedes that one of the options being tossed around in council was for the marketing department to get the BID funding.

He says there is a lot of pressure on the council to increase its destination marketing, but no decision has been made about the BID yet.

Dr Pettitt said a survey would be going out within a week or two to gauge the support for the BID from local businesses.

“I have been a big fan of the BID and an advocate, but we have to look at what’s working and whether the current model is what’s best for the city,” Dr Pettitt said.

“We don’t want to be a tourist town, but if we can get people here seven days a week, including more tourists, that would be good for the city.”

BID chairman Karl Bullers says he hasn’t picked up any indication the council was looking to wind the organisation up, but acknowledges it attracted controversy during its first year.

He says part of its problem was the lack of a CEO, but now local businesswoman Nicci Workum had taken up the role in a part-time capacity, the BID was in a good position to move forward.

“One of the things that we haven’t done very well in the past has been to sell ourselves.”


Log-in fail

Published 16 Mar 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

PROTESTORS complaining the McGowan government hasn’t lived up to its pre-election promise to stop logging in high conservation value forests will gather at Parliament House this Wednesday at noon to present a 10,000-strong petition.

The WA Forests Alliance says it has plenty of proof that old-growth forest in the South West is being clear-felled, aided by changes to the rules which mean fewer areas qualify for protection.

• Barrabup Forest is a flashpoint for conservationists who say rule changes have quietly opened the door to old-growth logging in WA. Photo courtesy Barrabup Conservation Group

The flashpoint is the Barrabup Forest near Nannup, where logging was put on hold after complaints it contained old-growth forest.

A review by the state’s parks department found 43 hectares of protected forest had been overlooked and it was subsequently taken off the Forest Products Commission’s books for logging. A further 1.2 hectares of old-growth jarrah had been destroyed when a road was pushed through for the logging trucks.

The Forestry Products Commission says more than 62 per cent of the state’s native forests have been set aside in reserves and all old-growth forest protected under WA’s Forest Management Plan which was adopted in 2013.


Published 16 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.




It’s the National Day Against Bullying and Violence  and that should be a reminder that we all need to stand against bullying in our society.

Bullying unfortunately has become the norm on social media, in schools, the workplace and basically everywhere else and has driven people to suicide.

If you witness bulling speak out! If you are the victim of bullying speak out! All together we can change this despicable attitude of the morons who engage in it. Do it now!

Roel Loopers

(16/3/2018) Fremantle International Street Arts Festival program

Published 15 Mar 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The historic streets of Fremantle burst to life as performers transform the city into a world stage at Easter (Friday 30 March-Monday 2 April).

Easter in Fremantle has always beet the perfect setting for the festival. Fremantle's iconic Cappuccino Strip is closed to traffic for the weekend, restaurants and bars extend their trading area onto the street and incredible acts perform to captivated crowds.

Buskers are as iconic to Fremantle as the Fremantle Doctor and for years they have captivated crowds of locals and visitors alike.

1 day ago in Festivals and events
(16/3/2018) Fremantle International Street Arts Festival program


Published 15 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.


The Fremantle South Ward by-election will be decided today after the unforgivable blunder by the WA Electoral Commission.

It is the last day today for voters in the ward to cast their vote at the Fremantle Townhall till 6pm. Votes will be counted straight after that, so we will know by 7pm if Andrew Sullivan retained his seat or if one of the two other candidates comes over the line first.

It was interesting to hear on SBS this week that voters in the Netherlands are turning  away from mainstream political parties, with more and more people voting for candidates representing local parties for their local governments, while in WA there appears to be the trend of the big political parties becoming more interested in local government politics.

VOTE! It’s a privilege and duty!

Roel Loopers


Published 15 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.




In two weeks the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will be held during the long Easter weekend and also on Good Friday.

It is my favourite Freo festival and it will the the 20th anniversary of the all free delightful creative and fun street spectacle, so make sure to let friends know and make it very relaxing days out.

I love the buzz on the streets, the smiles and excitement and the family friendly ambience and there is always so much to see all over the inner city.

This year there will even be evening events AFTER DARK on Saturday and Sunday till 8pm and the fully licensed Seraphim pop-up bar pitch at Little Creatures.

The program is full of international and national acts and includes the energy laden WAHONK Fest street bands spectacle and the West End Weekender stalls along High Street.

There are printed programs out available at the City of Fremantle library and Visitor Centre and you can also get them at the Roundhouse, and of course there is a Facebook page with all the info .

I am really looking forward to this Fremantle weekend of fun where the streets will be packed full with people!

Roel Loopers

South City Precinct Meeting

Published 15 Mar 2018 by Margherita in South City Freospace.

Title: South City Precinct Meeting
Location: Fremantle Primary School
Start Time: 7:00pm
Date: 12 April 2018

(15/3/2018) New play equipment for Samson

Published 15 Mar 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Sir Frederick Samson Park is one of six reserves in the City of Fremantle that will be getting new play equipment in the coming months.

Last night the Fremantle Council’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation committee approved the release of $150,000 to replace existing play equipment in the parks.

Sir Frederick Samson Park has been allocated $35,000 to replace the ageing slides and climbing frames with new equipment combining nature play elements and more traditional play equipment.

2 days ago in Community , Media release , Council , Infrastructure projects
(15/3/2018) New play equipment for Samson


Published 14 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.


Book launch Leigh Straw


Fremantle Notre Dame University lecturer Leigh Straw has published another non-fiction book Lillian Armfield. It will be launched on Tuesday March 27 at 6pm at the National Hotel.

Lillian Armfield was the first female police officer in Sydney in a time were gender equality was not exactly the priority of the day, so the book will reveal her achievements and struggles.

Roel Loopers



Published 14 Mar 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.





When it comes to the Fremantle Kings Square redevelopment project I am like a child waiting for my Christmas presents, so I wanted to see a bit more of what is happening and asked developer Sirona Capital for access to the site.

PROBUILD‘s Nick Croft showed me around on Wednesday afternoon, but unfortunately the photos I hoped to get, looking down into the big demolition site from the adjacent roofs, were not possible because of health&safety regulations. The hero shot from ground level was one taken prior to my visit by Nick on his mobile phone and I thank him for sharing it here on Freo’s View.

The roof of the former MYER building has now also come down, so that later on two new storeys can be added, and inside the building is stripped back to just its concrete skeleton.

The Queensgate building’s William Street facade is now also being pulled back and in about ten days the facade of the Myer building at Queen Street will come down.

I feel sorry for the traders who are negatively impacted by all this, but sometimes in life we need to acknowledge that the big picture has priority over individuals and individual businesses.

I just hope they can all hang in there and hopefully reap the benefits of a rejuvenated inner city in less than two years from now. Good luck to you all!!

Roel Loopers

$23 million committed to the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings in Fremantle

Published 14 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

A good article in today’s West Australian articulating Freo’s commitment to the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.

Is this Perth’s greenest carpark?

Published 14 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

This press release came out today and shows how some carparks are greener than others… Work is progressing in Fremantle on what could be Perth’s most environmentally friendly carpark. The new 155-bay Cappuccino Strip carpark on the site of the former Stan Reilly Centre on South Terrace has a range of planet-saving features. The road […]

(14/3/2018) Is this Perth's greenest carpark?

Published 13 Mar 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Work is progressing in Fremantle on what could be Perth’s most environmentally friendly carpark.

The new 155-bay Cappuccino Strip carpark on the site of the former Stan Reilly Centre on South Terrace has a range of planet-saving features.

The road base material used in the carpark was made from recycled road millings recovered when Hampton Road was resurfaced in November last year.

3 days ago in Media release , Sustainability
(14/3/2018) Is this Perth's greenest carpark?

(13/3/18) Vote now for South Ward by-election

Published 12 Mar 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Electors in the City of Fremantle’s South Ward have been reminded to get their votes in for Friday’s by-election.

The by-election was required after the Court of Disputed Returns ruled the City of Fremantle South Ward Election held on 21 October 2017 was invalid. 

This decision was solely due to one of the unsuccessful ward candidates being declared ineligible to stand in the election.

The election is again being conducted as a postal election. Election packages with ballots papers and candidate information were posted to South Ward electors last month.

4 days ago in Media release , Council
(13/3/18) Vote now for South Ward by-election

Mayor in the Square at Fremantle Arts Centre Tomorrow

Published 12 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Wednesday at 11am pop down for a chat at FAC.  

Railway Station Submission 2005

Published 12 Mar 2018 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

This is a submission made by John Dowson to the Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan in December 2005.

Click/tap to download:

MacTiernan-Railway Station

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Swan River Postcards

Published 12 Mar 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.


Celebrating Fremantle International Street Arts Festival’s 20th Birthday

Published 12 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Fremantle International Street Arts Festival has received some great media coverage  this year’s in which it will be celebrating its 20th birthday. Below is a copy of the feature article in this weekends Seven Days Magazine in the Weekend West Australian. We have also received international and domestic route in-flight magazine coverage with Garuda, Jet […]

(12/3/2018) City of Fremantle welcomes Passenger Terminal upgrades

Published 12 Mar 2018 by timw in News & Media.

A $3 million refurbishment of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal has been welcomed by the City of Fremantle, with the hope there will be even greater improvements to come.

The state government has announced the upgrade of the heritage-listed building will include the construction of a new central canopy over the terminal entrance, re-painting the façade, refurbishing the ground floor foyer and new furniture in the transit area.

5 days ago in Media release , Business & development , Major projects
(12/3/2018) City of Fremantle welcomes Passenger Terminal upgrades

Yesterday’s Heroes

Published 11 Mar 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.

My name is Chris Carmody and I have just written and had published a book called “Yesterday’s Heroes” : Fremantle’s Footballers and Wharfies in the Golden Years.  It is essentially about the effect that the East Fremantle and South Fremantle footballers, the wharfies and the pubs had on the social fabric of Fremantle. Some stories covered the years just before WW2 with most of them covering the first couple of decades straight after the war. Over 30 people were interviewed for the project including high-profile footballers from both teams, wharfies and Fremantle luminaries such as JJ Miller.  Lots of interesting yarns which I thought will give people an insight into the way people led their lives during those time.

The book was launched at the South Fremantle Football Club social rooms ( now called the Fremantle Function Centre), inside Fremantle Oval at 5 30pm on Friday 9 March. Rick Hart, former president of the Fremantle Dockers launched it.

I have sent you some attachments with this email that will give you further details.  You are invited to share them with other members of your organisation.

The book is published by Round House Press.

See attachment for details if you wish to purchase a copy

Thank you


Chris Carmody


Home:  08 94464527

Mobile:  0409371674

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Margaret Medcalf Award

Published 11 Mar 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.

Since 2003, 16 researchers and historians, creating works on various Western Australian subjects, have won the Margaret Medcalf Award. Recognizing excellence in referencing and research using State Archives held by the State Records Office of Western Australia (SRO), the award honours Miss Margaret Medcalf OAM, Western Australia’s second State Archivist, for her valuable contribution to the development of archives in Western Australia. The winner receives a cash prize of $1000, or shares this prize if there is more than one winner. Works nominated must demonstrate accurate referencing and use of State archives.

Any work completed or published in 2017 is eligible to be submitted for nomination, and anyone, including the author of the work, may submit a nomination. Unlike book awards, nominated works need not be published, and may include student dissertations and theses. They may be fiction or non-fiction, and be presented in any media.

To submit a nominated work please complete a 2018 Margaret Medcalf Award Nomination Form and send it along with 3 copies of nominated works to the SRO at the address provided below. If published online please provide a web link. Completed nomination forms may also be emailed. One copy of nominated and winning works will be retained permanently by the SRO.

The judging criteria for the Award are:

For further details including more information about the judging criteria for the Award, see or contact Gerard Foley at the SRO by email or by phone on (08) 9427 3641.

Nominations for the 2018 Margaret Medcalf Award should be addressed to:

The State Archivist
State Records Office of WA
Alexander Library Building
Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000.

Completed nomination forms and 3 copies of the works must be received by 4pm Friday, 6 April 2017.

Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory AM FRHS MPHA M.ICOMOS
President, History Council of Western Australia

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Want to help Close the Gap in Freo?

Published 10 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Be part of the conversation about how we can improve the lives of Aboriginal people in our community on national Close the Gap Day: 10.30am Thursday 15 March For more information

Important New Report from Malcolm Mackay

Published 9 Mar 2018 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

The Fremantle Society recently sent you reports from Malcolm Mackay and Ken Adam on the proposed Coles Woolstore development. We have been pro active in seeking out expert commentary on major developments and issues. We speak to a wide range of key people. We met this week with the Dean of a university architecture school who was aghast at what is happening in Fremantle.

The advice received in the commissioned reports has been professional and insightful. It will help Fremantle achieve a better future if listened to.

Council officers wrote a report stating that the Coles Woolstore proposal needed changes, and suggested what the developer had to do to improve the design. We gave that report to Malcolm Mackay and commissioned him to do a review. His comments are below. They have in turn been reviewed by Ken Adam, who states:

I strongly agree with virtually all of Mackay’s comments. My only reservation relates to the comment that the pedestrian link would be better deleted if active frontages on both sides cannot be immediately achieved.

Very happy for you to state my endorsement of his opinions.

Two points should be strongly emphasised:

·         The professional opinion expressed by Mackay and myself as to the level of quality that “exceptional”  implies; and

·         The fact there is nothing in Amendment 49 that requires the Council to grant a height concession simply because the design is “exceptional”.

mackay urbandesign

Re: Woolstores redevelopment, Fremantle

Thank you for your request for further comments in regard to the proposal for the Woolstores redevelopment, specifically in regard to the commentary in the officer’s report to the Planning Committee and the subsequent resolution of the committee.

Whilst the officer’s report to the Planning Committee considers a range of design and planning principles, it is selective in what it considers and, in doing so, misses others that are arguably more important. In this respect, the advice in the report is little more than a case of, to use an old expression, “applying lipstick to the pig”.

The report specifically considers the brick podium, hotel building siting, the east and west facades of the hotel, the curved steel fins, the retirement living building, the Queen Street/Elder Place intersection, and the pedestrian link.

In the context of the officer’s report recommendations on these items, my observations are as follows:

Brick podium

I agree with the report that the brickwork of the podium should be further developed to lend it a structural quality rather than being a decorative ‘tricks with bricks’ screen to the podium elevations.

Hotel building

Hotel building siting: I agree with the report that any major building elements above the podium level should respect the alignment of the street pattern, and not be whimsically angled for no apparent urban design or structural reason.

East and West hotel facades: The report makes reference to a previous design that has Corten porthole windows on the east and west facades.

Whilst I have not seen the previous design, I see no clear reason why the incorporation of Corten portholes would warrant the design to be considered as ‘exceptional’. The use of Corten portals would appear to be an overly obvious and ‘cheesy’ maritime reference to the rusty hulls of ships and makes little sense on the roof of an urban building.

Curved steel fins: the report references a series of curved metal on an earlier iteration of the design, which subsequently became metal lookalike fins. Notwithstanding what the fins are made of, the fins contribute nothing to Fremantle’s sense of place. In fact, the fins only serve to highlight the incongruity of the building mass by differentiating it from the architecture of the podium below. The advice in the report begs the question: “is doing the wrong thing well better than simply doing the wrong thing?”

Retirement Living Building

The officer’s report advises that if the retirement living building is included in the development application, then the current design would not warrant approval and needs to be substantially redesigned. I agree with that advice.

Queen Street and Elder Place intersection

The report notes that the proposed design fails to consider the long-term purpose of the land that is currently occupied by single-storey buildings, but which are undergoing a process of compulsory acquisition to facilitate road widening. The report suggests that the plan is revised to assume demolition of these buildings and demonstrate how an active and attractive street frontage can be achieved. Again, I agree with that advice.

Pedestrian Link

The report notes that the pedestrian link is inadequate in respect to its width, sightlines and activation. I agree with those observations. However, the report only recommends activation (by ‘future’ active uses) on one side. This is insufficient. If the pedestrian link is to be there, it needs to be treated as a pedestrian street, activated on both sides, and the tenancy spaces need to be available for occupation at the time of completion. I would take the view that if that cannot be achieved, it would be better to not have the pedestrian link and rely instead on a higher quality streetscape along Queen and Goldsborough to provide the pedestrian connectivity.

From the above comments, it is clear that some of the advice in the report would contribute to a more acceptable design outcome, but not all of it. My previous observations noted that the short-comings of the proposal also included:

• The lack of ground floor activation of the pedestrian cross-link adjacent to the vehicle ramps.

• The lack of active sleeving to the car park along Elder Place.

• The width of the vehicle crossovers.

• The lack of continuity to pedestrian shade and shelter along the adjacent footpaths.

• The high degree of architectural repetition and lack of visual interest to the two longer street elevations (Cantonment and Elder), given the length of the street block.

• The location of the taller elements. Additional height could be supported if it was sufficiently set back so as to not be visible from the adjacent streets. To this end, any taller elements should be located above the central parking structure.

• The lack of height being determined through a process of visual analysis.

• The massing of the taller element is visually intrusive and overly competes with the architectural detail of the podium level.

• The architectural treatment of the hotel component is of a scale that overwhelms the architecture below and is inconsistent with the architectural grain and character of Fremantle.

• The horizontality of the apartment component is inconsistent with the architectural grain and character of Fremantle.

In the context of the additional planning and design considerations, merely addressing the planning and design principles identified in the report will not achieve a design that warrants an approval, and the matters listed above also need to be addressed.

Finally, I thought I’d offer some commentary on the use of the term ‘exceptional’. I was interested to read Keith O’Brian’s assertion that the Institute of Architects has identified only two WA buildings worthy of ‘exceptional’ status – Allendale Square and Council House’. I have long espoused the view that there are only two exceptional examples of modern architecture in Perth – Council House and the Concert Hall. So, we agree that there are only two and we share the view on one of them.

However, the point is that the term ‘exceptional’ is generally seen to mean something that is far and beyond best practice, which is a very high bar. Most Design Review Panels use the term ‘exemplary’, which is taken to mean of a quality that can be used as an example of what we would wish all development to achieve – a bar that is set at the upper end of best-practice rather than beyond it.

Is the proposal exceptional? No, and is sufficiently flawed to never be in its present form. Is the proposal exemplary? No. However, with sufficient effort to address ALL of the issues raised above, it could be.

Kind regards

Malcolm Mackay

Director Mackay Urbandesign

Precinct Review

Comments close on Monday March 12 concerning the precinct review.

Members are asked to make a submission, however brief, to keep the Fremantle Society in the precinct system. Council intends to get rid of the Fremantle Society and FICRA. The precinct system has not worked well and needs a review. It is often used as a vehicle for mayor and councillors to push their own barrows.

At the very least, one reason for the Fremantle Society remaining in the precinct sytem, a system it helped bring to Fremantle, is that precincts get some advance notice of what is happening at council.

Review of Aboriginal Heritage Act

Today a consultation paper has been released for a long overdue review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act. When instituted in 1972 it was the first of its kind in Australia, but it has not been updated or used as it should have been.

Police Complex (Gerard O’Brien)

Council planning committee on Wednesday passed the development in Henderson Street for the courthouse/police barracks/ warders cottages site through to JDAP, allowing a 5 storey hotel, despite council’s own policy stating that the 5th storey cannot be granted if:

a) the 5th storey is not set back and is visible from surrounding streets (it is not set back and will be clearly visible)

b) it is not the predominant scale of the area (it is not – the repdominant scale is one and two storeys in that area – the large Queensgate car park being in a different zone and being an aberation and not a precedent).

The plans go to JDAP on Monday 19 March at Fremantle Oval at 9.30am.

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(9/3/18) Plans for White Gum Valley pocket park

Published 8 Mar 2018 by timw in News & Media.

White Gum Valley residents will be able to learn more about plans for a pocket park in their suburb at an on-site information session tomorrow afternoon.

The City of Fremantle’s Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020 aims to provide a park or open space within walking distance of every resident and worker in Fremantle.

The eastern area of White Gum Valley, north of South Street and west of Carrington Street, doesn’t meet this target so the City has identified a small patch of land on the corner of Biddles Lane and Minilya Avenue to develop a pocket park.

1 week ago in Media release , Community engagement , Infrastructure projects
(9/3/18) Plans for White Gum Valley pocket park

(9/3/2018) Bike Week 2018

Published 8 Mar 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Logo of the Bike Week eventIt’s Bike Week from Friday 16 to 25 March and you’re invited to join us and celebrate cycling at these events:

1 week ago in Community , Festivals and events
(9/3/2018) Bike Week 2018

(8/3/2018) Courthouse hotel plans recommended for approval

Published 7 Mar 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The proposal to convert Fremantle’s state heritage-listed Police and Courthouse complex into a hotel and restaurant precinct has been recommended for conditional approval by the City of Fremantle’s planning committee.

The development plan includes a 62-room hotel on the police station site, adapting the courthouse into a bar and restaurant and adapting the lock-up and police quarters into shops and commercial units.

1 week ago in Media release , Business & development , Council
(8/3/2018) Courthouse hotel plans recommended for approval

Courthouse hotel plans recommended for approval

Published 7 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The proposal to convert Fremantle’s state heritage-listed Police and Courthouse complex into a hotel and restaurant precinct has been recommended for conditional approval by the City of Fremantle’s planning committee. The development plan includes a 62-room hotel on the police station site, adapting the courthouse into a bar and restaurant and adapting the lock-up and […]

(7/3/2018) Kings Square demo ramps up

Published 7 Mar 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Fremantle’s landmark Kings Square Renewal project has entered a new phase with demolition activity in the city centre gathering momentum in recent weeks.

The project will see the civic and commercial heart of Fremantle transformed over the coming years into a civic, retail and commercial hub.

The renewal is set to attract workers, shoppers and visitors back into Western Australia’s only formal town square, which was the centrepiece of Fremantle’s original 1832 town plan.

1 week ago in Media release , Business & development , Major projects
(7/3/2018) Kings Square demo ramps up

Do you have faith in your local council? ABC Radio Panel

Published 7 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Yesterday I was on ABC Radio Perth’s Focus Program as part of a panel on the role and future of local government. Here it is:   How much attention do you pay to your local council and what do you expect in return for the rates you pay? Have the problems at the now […]

For the love of film

Published 6 Mar 2018 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle Library.

With the recent Academy Awards, everyone’s in the mood for award winning films!

Here’s a few that you can watch for free, right now, on Kanopy with your library card.


In the first fully painted feature film, LOVING VINCENT tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world’s most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. Featuring the voices of Saoirse Ronan and Chris O’Dowd.

Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2018 Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the BAFTA Awards.


This hilarious Finnish short film was a Nominee for Best Short Film, Live Action at 2014 Academy Awards.

Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters Ella and Kerttu. They start to prepare themselves in a hurry. Mother is going crazy since nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has messed father’s shirt, and hid the girls’ dresses and the wedding gift?


Nominated for an Oscar in 2012. In Montreal, a Year 6 class is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of their beloved teacher, Martine. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar, a 55 year-old Algerian immigrant, makes his way to the school and offers his services as a substitute teacher. Little by little, Lazhar comes to understand this motley but endearing group. Yet while the class begins to heal, nobody in the school is aware of Lazhar’s painful past.


A Jacques Tati classic, and awarded Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1958.

Slapstick prevails in this delightful satire of mechanised living which sees Hulot let loose in the ultramodern home of his sister and brother-in-law and a factory manufactuing plastic hose.


Hilton Harvest Community Garden

Published 6 Mar 2018 by Gillian Carter in Freo Pages.

Have you ever thought about joining a community group? Do you enjoy being outside, getting your hands dirty, learning new skills and eating fresh produce while making new friends and joining in with the local community spirit?

Hilton Harvest Community Garden may be just the group for you.

Located on Rennie Crescent just down from the kindergarten, Hilton Harvest Community Garden is a short walk from the cafe hub and the PCYC on Paget St. Graced by majestic eucalypts, the space is home to 16 allotment beds (for individuals and groups), six community beds, a thriving orchard, the chookship, an insect hotel, composting facilities and much, much more.

Looking across the native garden beds to the Hilton Insect Hotel

The garden was first established nine years ago by a group of local families wanting to foster community participation and activity.

From low waste to no waste

Hilton Harvest Community Garden is ahead of most of us in regard to how they approach a low-to-no waste approach to gardening and daily living.

All buildings are made from recycled materials wherever possible and the chookship is a prime example of sustainable, passive solar, luxury chook accommodation made using Earthship technology.

The compost area is a thriving hive of activity at different stages of cooking which turned regularly by volunteers to encourage worms and healthy decomposition. It is then bagged up and people can take it away simply by giving a donation. The new community bin initiative sees the organisation composting half a tonne of waste a month brought in by the local community and cafes. The Local Cafe contributes waste, as does Farmer Damien.

At all community events hosted by Hilton Harvest Community Garden, people are encouraged to bring their own picnic, but asked to be mindful to limit their packaging. And there is also the opportunity to compost any of your food scraps in the on-site compost bins.


Hilton Harvest Community Garden welcomes everyone regardless of their age, physical ability or level of gardening skill.

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to the garden (including compost), discounts on gardening equipment and tools, hire of the trailer and pizza oven, as well as discounts on workshops and some events like the olive pressing – though most events are free.  A single annual memberships costs $30 or $10 (concession), while a family annual memberships costs $45 or $15 (concession).

You can join up simply by clicking here and filling in your details.

Looking across the allotments toward Buds ‘n’ Blooms, the chookship and the orchard

What’s on

Regular gardening groups

On Saturday and Monday mornings you can join the volunteers working in the garden, and help out with planting, composting, mulching, cleaning out the chookship and harvesting fresh produce. This is where friendships are established, new skills learnt and ideas generated

From March, Buds ‘n’ Blooms begins again on Wednesday mornings. Buds and Blooms is the inter-generational garden group that takes things a little more gently than the volunteer groups. With their own section of the garden watched over by a scarecrow, the Buds ‘n’ Blooms enjoy gardening, making art, chatting over a cuppa and sharing food.

Upcoming events


Head on down to the garden on Saturday, 24th March from 4pm to 9pm to join in Hilton Harvest Community Garden’s annual Twilight event, celebrating Earth Hour and their community. They will have food and drinks, performers, and activities for all ages., including Farmer Damien, Fairy Sandie and Circus WA. Stay tuned for the musical line up following the try outs at the Hilton Harvest Talent Show on 10 March.


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From the Freo Council Chambers Feb 2018

Published 6 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.


Update. Apologies change of venue. Mayor in the Suburbs at 9 Seeds Cafe on Marmion St

Published 6 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

POP DOWN FROM 11AM WEDNESDAY This week is a good opportunity to chat about High St concept too No appointment necessary

High Street Upgrade Concept Unveiled

Published 5 Mar 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

I was pleased to be part of the release of draft concept plans for the High Street upgrade after more than ten years of discussion and debate on the necessary upgrade. Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today joined local MPs Simone McGurk, LIsa O’Malley and Josh Wilson to unveil a proposal for […]

Creating Healthy Relationships with Food

Published 5 Mar 2018 by Kris Peter in Freo Pages.

How to educate our children about where their food comes from, even if you don’t have a home garden, chickens or shop only at farmers markets.

In a supermarket world full of pre-packaged food, we are raising our children with a disconnect between what they eat and where it comes from. To establish lifelong healthy eating habits, children need to understand what their food is, and what to do with it.

As a parent of two small children, it is of high importance to me to ensure they grow up having a healthy relationship with food. To know what their food looks like in its natural state and where it comes from. That might mean on the vine, in the ground, or from an animal.

A simple answer is to have a backyard garden with a few chickens. Which is a fantastic idea if that is an option for you. But what if you don’t have a backyard or are not a keen gardener? Chickens aren’t for everyone. There are many fun and effective  ways to teach your children about their food and involve them in the process, without having a mini-farming project in your garden.

To get a bit deeper into this topic I sat down with Farmer Damian, a well-known Fremantle local who runs the Farm To Plate Education curriculum. Farmer Damien’s program assists students to understand where their food comes from. The program has three parts, running throughout their pre- and primary school education.

In Kindy and Pre-Kindy, the basics are covered, such as how sheep give us wool, meat and milk.

In years two to four, food production is discussed in greater detail. The children learn about local food production.

In years five and six, students gain a more advanced understanding of local food distribution systems, quarantine in Western Australia, climate change and how this impacts local agriculture.

Children having access to this type of education in school is a fantastic opportunity to repair the disconnect between our modern society and the food we eat. The majority of school-aged children today are the second, if not the third, generation of Australians removed from the food growth or production process.

As parents we can continue this relationship outside of the classroom and in the home. According to Farmer Damian there is a lot we can do.

Take your kids shopping

At the local grocer, supermarket, or anywhere you shop for food. Spend time in the fresh food section and show them what the vegetables look like before they are cut and bagged. Where available, show them what a whole chicken or fish looks like.

Involve children in meal prep and cooking

If your kids are anything like my three-year-old, the idea of combining flames and sharp objects is laughable at best, and downright dangerous at worst. There are a lot of ways to involve them in meal prep that does not put the household at risk. ‘Item placement’ works well for us. Our son places homemade pizza toppings like a champ, or at least those left after he feeds the rest to his little sister.

Commit to eating seasonal meals

One of the best ways to showcase local produce is to eat what is in season. Once a week try your local farmer’s market to source fresh produce.

Planterbox the garden

With your children, plant a small herb garden or mini veggie patch in a planter box. Give daily water tasks to kids, and as the plants mature, use them in the meal prep. Herbs grow quickly and I know my kids love to snack on the mint when playing outside.

Fruit and berry picking

What better way to learn and understand where food comes from than to pick your own. Kids love to pick fruit and berries directly from the vine, if you are lucky enough to have any of the fruit make it home, you can use it to create something together.

Visit a local farm, or consider a farm stay

Possibly the clearest way to connect abstract concepts like where milk comes from, is to see it in action. Milking cows, chickens laying eggs, these are all fantastic experiences children can have on a farm.

Having a positive relationship with food, and understanding where your food comes from and all of the circumstances that influence it, is a lifelong process. As parents, we have the opportunity to let programs like Farm To Plate Education take the lead, and we can use those learnings to support healthy dietary options in the home.


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