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Published 22 Jul 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.




This is Fremantle so of course negative comments have been made on social media about the City of Fremantle wanting to create a Masterplan for Beaconsfield and a Scheme Amendment for the Davis Park Precinct.

I do not understand the negativity over long-term strategic planning for the precinct as Fremantle Council is trying to make a positive out of the departure of TAFE and the Department of Housing wanting to make changes to the Davis Park Precinct properties, of which they own 90%.

This create great opportunities  near the new Fremantle College that will be the result of merging the South Fremantle and Hamilton Hill senior high schools.

The City of Fremantle has been conducting The Heart of Beaconsfield community consultation sessions, that will result in a masterplan for the precinct. In my books that is good sensitive planning ahead of the inevitable changes.



The Housing Authority requested a scheme amendment(No 72) for Davis Park, so that they can renew properties and build higher density.

I understand that it stresses some people who live at Davis Park that they might have to be relocated, but it is all due to Housing wanting to improve the living conditions.

The Active Foundation also wants to update its facilities in the area, and the Cof is also looking at implementing a structure plan for the former Lefroy Road quarry.

The departure of TAFE from Beacy and essential changes Housing want to make have forced the City’s hand, but it could be the start of the major revitalisation of the precinct.

Fremantle Council has been active in making  positives out of what were negatives. The departure of MYER from Kings Square resulted in the Kings Square Project development, and the departure of the Dockers resulted in the Fremantle Oval/Stan Reilley Project.

Some historic details:

Colonial settlement of the area dates from the 1860s. The land bounded by South Street, Caesear Street, Lefroy Road and Fifth Avenue was developed by Henry Maxwell Lefroy as a vineyard and orchard, know as ‘Mulberry Farm’. The western portion of the estate was used for dairying purposes by identities such as Lane, Fletcher, Wade and Caesar.

During the 1940s Mulberry Farm was resumed by the State Housing Commission and 145 weatherboard and iron houses were built with timber imported form Denmark to house migrant building tradesman who were brought to the state to boost the Perth workforce.

Between 1978 and 1981 the old houses were demolished and the estate was redeveloped by the State Housing Commission to construct the houses that are there today.


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Published 22 Jul 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


The fantastic FREMANTLE FOUNDATION has published some interesting Vital Signs statistics about Fremantle, and I would like to share some of that with you all.

32,600 people work in the City of Fremantle and 39 per cent of the population were born overseas, but only 23%  speak a language other than English.

Only 9 per cent of Freo people walk or cycle to work, and our gender balance is pretty good with 51 out of 100 people being female.

According to the Fremantle Foundation stats there are 371 restaurants and cafes in the port city, 47 licensed venues, 20 live music venues and we had 149 events and festivals in 2016.

Unemployed in Fremantle has risen to 7.3%, and there are 139 crisis accommodation beds at St Patrick’s. 44% of Fremantle Doctor patients are between the age of 45 and 64 years old.

We are a smart mob in Freo with 64% of the population having a post-secondary education. The Australian average is 56%.

Only 19 per cent of the Freo community volunteered in 2010/11 and voters’ turnout was down to only 30.30% at the last local government election. It was 37.12% in 2013.

Only 26% of the Fremantle population is aged 0-25 years old, while the majority of 57% is aged 25-64, and 17 out of 100 are 65 and older.

Check out all the stats on

Donate to the Fremantle Foundation. They are a great Freo group!

Roel Loopers



Published 22 Jul 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.



It very rarely happens, but I am in a really shitty grumpy old man mood today, so take my comments about the lacklustre KRAKEN festival at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach with the grain of salt they deserve.

There were quite a few people around and no doubt the pirate ship and some other bits are fun for kids, but for me it was all a bit unresolved, undefined hippy shit that needs a wee bit of maturity and class and a real concept.

The thing I liked best that there was finally something happening on the grassed area next to the Roundhouse. It supports the Captain’s Lane artists, such as underwater photographer Glen Cowans, and it was no surprise the insipid Walyalup Centre did not bother to open

No doubt most people will come at sunset for the burning of the Kraken pine boat, and no doubt that is really good for the environment, and very Freo.

I warned you that I am in a shit mood, so comments calling me a dickhead are welcome! ; >(

Roel Loopers


Published 22 Jul 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


There is a bit of ambiguity in this little snippet of the invitation to a Kings Square information session by the FRRAemantle Society.

“The Fremantle Society has from day one expressed concern at the King’s Square Business Plan. That and the flawed King’s Square Urban Design Study by CODA architects have set the parameters for large buildings insensitive to the scale of the historic human scale of Fremantle, the nearby World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison, turning King’s Square into King’s Triangle.” 

It was not the CODA Kings Square Urban Design Study that set the parameters for medium-rise buildings at Kings Square, but Planning Scheme Amendment 49, approved by the Minister in 2012.

PSA 49 identified 13 sites in the Fremantle CBD for high density infill. One site will become the Hilton Doubletree development, the Woolstores shopping centre site is another one, and Kings Square is also one of the PSA 49 sites.

Some of the historic woolstores in Fremantle are well above the “human scale” we constantly hear the Fremantle Society talking about, and the Townhall probably would not have been approved because of its height if FS had had anything to say about it.

The medium-rise Kings Square development will have no impact whatsoever on Fremantle Prison.

The lament about Kings Square being changed into two triangles is tedious, as in 1881 High Street was extended through the square, so two triangles were created then. One triangle belongs to St John’s church, the other triangle is City of Fremantle.

Only in 1960 was High Street closed and the square returned to a square, but the High Street road reserve still exists and St John’s church still own half of the square, realistically making it into two triangles.

Even now some traders in the West End want to reopen High Street through Kings Square to help their struggling businesses, but I hope that will never happen.

High density infill is a State Government requirement, and the near derelict condition of the city east of Kings Square will only benefit from substantial development, that will greatly help improve the retail and hospitality economy in our city.

Nothing is constant in life. The world changes, Fremantle progresses and modernises, and that is a good thing. We don’t live in a museum, but in a living, breathing space full of energy, innovation, change, creativity, and after 40 years of stagnation and hibernation, finally development!

What we need to be far more concerned about than the Kings Square Project and development in the East End is the relentless push by developers to get extra height in the historic West End of the city. That is not acceptable and needs to be stopped!

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On the Verge of a Greener Fremantle: We’d Love Your Feedback

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

As you hopefully know already, the City of Fremantle encourages residents to develop gardens on their verge. We especially love native gardens that bring birds and biodiversity into our suburbs. While we have seen some great verge gardens popping up all around Fremantle, we want to see lots more. So in the budget this year […]


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


FCO concert Emily Leung


Young violinist Emily Leung will be playing with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra at the Fremantle Townhall tomorrow Sunday July 23 at 3 pm.

Beethoven, Bruch and Mendelssohn are on the program so it should be a beautiful afternoon of great classical music.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, or want to listen to the concert twice, they are also performing today at 3 pm at the Perth Town Hall.

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


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TODAY! Saturday  July 22 Blazing Swan and the City of Fremantle  present ‘KRAKEN – A mid winters blaze’ an activation of the Bathers Beach Art precinct providing a free community event for Fremantle residents and the wider community.

Bathers Beach and surrounds will host a sunset sculpture burning of the Kraken, as well as a series of family friendly art workshops and activities.

What to expect –


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


Fremantle is doing pretty well in the commercial vacancy rate comparison with other councils.

The West Australian this week released the vacancy figures for Bayview Terrace in Claremont at 10.16%, Napoleon Street in Cottesloe at 6.81% and Rokeby Road in Subiaco at 5.94%, but failed to mention Fremantle shopping streets.

The best performing street was Oxford Street in Leederville that has no vacancies.

When we compare Freo’s main shopping streets we are doing alright here and it is not as bleak as some people think.

Commercial vacancies in Fremantle high streets are:

However the more run-down part of Fremantle that is waiting to be developed has higher vacancy rates:

Adelaide Street is of course waiting for the Hilton Hotel and Little Laneway (Spotlight site) developments, while Cantonment Street will be transformed with the Woolstores shopping centre development.


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Published 21 Jul 2017 by Fremantle Chamber in Chamber CEO Blog – A few words by Olwyn Williams.

In the months prior to the Fremantle Business Awards, the Chamber hosts mentoring sessions where past winners provide advice and feedback to entrants on the development of their submissions. Often the advice is to learn from the first year’s nomination process and build on that for a nomination the next year. Attendance is not compulsory but we now have proof that it helps. There was one first time nominee that decided to attend both mentoring sessions. Let me tell you – it paid off.

In his final appearance at the Awards as General Manager of Business News, Charlie Gunningham presented the award for Excellence in Professional Services for businesses providing high standard services, with identified and monitored customer needs and expectations. Nominations come from a broad range of sectors.

Mark Turnbull was the person who attended both mentoring sessions, and he was the one who came on stage to accept the award for Excellence in Professional Services for O’Connor based Automotive Electrical Designs. AED specialises in auto electrical repairs, auto air-conditioning and electrical accessory installation. Look AED up – the attention to detail in their nomination is the same as what they put into their work, your car is going to be in good hands.

The three other Excellence in Professional Services finalists were: Advanced Mining Production Systems (AMPS) a technical mining engineering company that focuses on the set-up and day to day running of mining departments.

Breadbox Marketing and PR delivers top level communication strategies, creative marketing and PR solutions for its many clients, large and small.

ProcessWorx providing smaller businesses with access to expertise, systems and support with managing their businesses, particularly around staff, safety management and quality assurance.

In 2016, Dr. Catherine Douglass won the award for Personal Achievement and Ellen Health for Excellent in Professional Services, so we were honored to have them on board in 2017 as sponsors of the Excellent in Strategy, Marketing and Communications award.

This award recognizes organizations that have outstanding achievements in strategy, marketing and communications of a particular product, service or business.

The winner was The Blue Budha, Western Australia’s leading New Age retail store with online and bricks and mortar stores across the State. The Blue Budha’s marketing strategy creates many moments of magic.

For the finalists list, lets just say, Fremantle is not just a great food destination for visitors, it has its benefits for anyone that works here as well, great things to see, buy and eat.

South Fremantle based commercial art gallery, Artitja Fine Art deals in Australian indigenous fine art with a strong emphasis on making cultural connections through indigenous art.

This was La Sosta’s second appearance as a finalist, building new awareness of this wonderful Italian restaurant in the heart of Fremantle’s cappuccino strip.

Pasta Addiction supplies high quality fast takeaway and dine in meals in the West End of Fremantle and are committed to providing hand-made deliciously addictive wholesome pasta and healthy food served by welcoming staff.

And finally, we can’t go part the very first Western Australian operated cakery that specialized in the handmade production of the traditional Czech layered Honeycake, The Honey Cake, now with stores and distribution across the Perth metro area.

More next week ………..


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




I love it that the Notre Dame University campus is in the centre of Fremantle’s historic West End, and I love the graduation days because they are so significant for the students, their parents, family and friends.

Over 600 students graduated today from all nine schools of the university and it was a delight to witness it.

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Hungry weekends

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A HOMELESS Fremantle man fears the weekend closure of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre will see his street comrades falling foul of the law more often, as well as getting  hungry.

St Pat’s announced last week it was going to close its day centre on weekends from October 1 because of scarce funding, with CEO Steve McDermott describing it as a difficult but inevitable decision.

Danny Dickerson has been homeless for the last two years, and while he’s hopeful of getting emergency accommodation through St Pat’s sometime this year, he says the weekend closure will hurt hard.

“I come here for a hot shower on the weekends, and I rely on it for brekkie and lunch,” Mr Dickerson told the Herald.

While he owns a car that can help him get to other services on offer north of the river if he can raise cash for petrol, he worries about how others on the street without transport will cope.

“As life goes the impact will affect people but they will find their own way,” he says.

“If they can’t come here they will go to Coles for a feed and might get caught.”

Mr Dickerson says homeless people cop more than their fair share of move-on notices from police, particularly during the busier weekends when there’s more on the beat, but without St Pat’s to offer some respite and a place to stash their belongings he says they face being pushed from place to place and will eventually lash out.

• Danny Dickerson contemplates where he’ll get his weekend shower and food now St Patrick’s Community Day Centre is reducing its hours. Photo by Steve Grant

Angry and displaced

“They are going to be angry and displaced, so there’s going to be more trouble on the street,” he warns.

Mr Dickerson’s had his own brush with the law recently and this week faced court. He says he was out celebrating with a friend after manning a NAIDOC booth and giving a reconciliation talk at St Pat’s when he got a bit boisterous outside the National Hotel and was told by police to move on. He says uncharacteristically he gave them a bit of lip because he was in a jolly mood and alleges he found himself being roughed up and chucked in the back of a paddy wagon.

An officer alleged he kicked out and now he faces a mandatory gaol term for assaulting him, though he plans to plead not guilty. When you’re homeless, there’s nowhere to party privately.

Mr Dickerson says there’s already been some backlash against St Pat’s from some clients, who say it’s overly bureaucratic and spending money upgrading a lift while they’re going hungry, but mostly the crew is trying to work out what to do.

“We have had the streeties discuss having their own put of food, but you have to have a licence and there’s safety considerations; it’s not that simple.

“It’s quite hard to get a job let alone start an organisation like that.”

Mr McDermott says St Pat’s was subsidising the weekend service and couldn’t continue to do so because of rising costs.

“Whilst the contribution made by volunteers is invaluable to our capacity to provide this service, the reality is we are still faced by increasing costs, including the need to provide additional security measures.

“Our focus will continue to be on making sure we are providing high quality and integrated services and programs during the week that assist people to live full and independent lives as well as continue to address the long-term impact of homelessness as well as the root causes.”

Mr Dickerson says some of the people using the centre on the weekend aren’t actually homeless, but they are marginalised and poor and the companionship they find is important to their wellbeing.


Henderson safety fears

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

AUSTAL workers at Henderson are using the same tool that caused gruesome injuries at the shipbuilder’s subsidiary yard in Alabama, including missing fingers and gashed faces, limbs and necks.

The Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that from 2011 to 2015, 53 Austal workers at the Alabama shipyard were injured by a modified “Metabo” brand grinder, losing fingers and suffering deep gashes on their faces, necks and arms.

Austal replaced the standard disks on the grinder with a sawtooth blade, making the tool more efficient, but also more dangerous.

• Austal US worker Martin Osborn showing Newshour the modified grinder that led to his finger being amputated.

The grinders’ manufacturer Metabo Corp warns against using these sawtooth blades in the tool’s manual, saying they “create frequent kickback and loss of control”.

The CIR report found Austal USA’s own safety manager emailed company officials calling the tool lethal, a “widow maker” and “an accident waiting to happen”.

One worker who lost a finger called it, “the most dangerous tool that I’ve ever put in my hands”.

He underwent three surgeries and debilitating pain still radiates up his arm and around the stump.

“They preach safety, but yet, they don’t care,” he told the CIR.

• Austal has won numerous billion-dollar contracts with the Australian and US navies.

He said workers who complained about the tool to supervisors were told, “if you don’t want to use the tool, go get a job at Burger King”.

The Herald contacted Austal’s head office in Henderson, asking if the modified grinders were in use here, and they told us its Australian operations had a good safety record.

“Austal does use Metabo grinders in its Henderson operations, and all have factory guards and handles fitted as standard,” said an Austal spokesperson.

“Austal is aware of issues raised with the grinders and has dedicated significant resources to improvement activities in Australia and the United States, such as further safety modifications and additional training.

“Austal is a ‘safety leader’ in Australian manufacturing.

“Austal Australia has a good safety record which is below the Australian Manufacturing benchmark, but even one health and safety incident is one too many.”

The US safety authority, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, concluded the saw exposed workers to amputations, severe lacerations and other injuries, and they fined the US shipyard $4,125 (USD).

Austal’s received more than $6billion (USD) in US Navy contracts since 2008.

In June, Austal Australia announced they were bidding for a $35billion defence contract to build warships for the Australian Navy.


Gap piques interest

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE disappearance of a Melville council agenda item dealing with tighter disclosure rules was reportedly described by local government minister David Templeman as “curious” this week.

Mr Templeman sat in on Melville’s meeting on Tuesday with one of his staffers and Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley, who’s a former councillor.

Although Mr Templeman is planning to drop in on a number of councils while coming to grips with issues in his portfolio, Ms O’Malley says Melville was on top of his list because of a litany of complaints to the local government department.

Ms O’Malley says issues around the proposed wave park, development at Canning Bridge, concerns from bowling clubs that face amalgamation or moving, as well as general complaints from the local residents association had come to the minister’s attention.

“Having been off the council for a few months, sitting in the gallery there was so much tension it was palpable,” Ms O’Malley said of the meeting, which was attended by about 50 ratepayers.

Almost 50 questions were submitted to the council prior to the meeting, but only about 15 were read out by mayor Russell Aubrey, with the remainder being declared administrative issues.

That didn’t sit well with former councillor Effie Nicholson, who repeatedly called out for her questions to be answered before Mr Aubrey ordered her from the chamber.

But Ms O’Malley said it was the “aggressive” grilling of wave park opponents Clive Ross and David Maynier by several councillors that left her shocked.

The pair have recently got hold of the council’s risk analysis for the wave park and claimed that many of the recommendations from consultants Price Waterhouse Cooper had been ignored.

The PwC report recommended the council investigate alternative uses for the site to ensure it was getting the best return for the land, which the pair said hadn’t happened.

Messrs Maynier and Ross also pointed to the report’s finding that there were questions about Wave Park Group’s ability to pay the agreed rent because the concept was untried in Australia and that the collaborative approach to the project was an unmanaged conflict of interest for the council.

Ms O’Malley says the pair had questions fired at them that “didn’t have much structure”.

The missing agenda item also piqued her interest and she pointed it out to the minister.

“In the gallery where you sit there are some folders with printed agendas and I was looking about because I couldn’t see the screen and picked one up, and the item was there, but it wasn’t on the screen.

“On the front page it had that it had been printed on June 30, so it must have been before the agenda forum and nobody has removed them.”

The item discussed a new policy which defines the level of disclosure and reporting required when elected members and senior staff have relationships with companies or individuals whose business brushes up against the council.

Ms O’Malley says she was left wondering whether the council had removed the item because of the recent controversy over a manager who’d previously had a business relationship with the wave park proponents. Was it to sanitise the meeting because of the minister’s attendance?

“The policy is great, it needs to come in, as in the act elected members have to disclose interests but officers don’t, but why would you remove it from the agenda?” she pondered.

The Herald understands CEO Shayne Silcox emailed councillors just prior to the item’s removal to say it needed further consideration.


Hill Jeep mystery

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

CLONTARF HILL’S friends group believes it may have unearthed a relic which may be linked to a secretive World War II operation, while weeding on Clontarf Hill.

The friends were chopping back weedy trees when they found a rusty car body, which has been tentatively identified as an army Jeep from the 1940s.

• Billie and Jade Chipper investigate Clontarf Hill’s mystery car while mum Kellie Bennett and Friends secretary Jozina de Ruiter look on.

As part of the Fremantle coastal defence during the war, a searchlight was set up on the hill and some slit trenches remain. In 1944 a special operations camp was set up to support Z-Unit which was developing folding submarines to attack enemy ships.

Now they’ve chopped the weeds down, the Friends have to put something back, so they’re holding a big planting day on Sunday July 30 from 9.30am.

They’re hoping to get 800 trees into the ground this year.

There’ll be a barbecue afterwards. Meet on Clontarf Road at the bottom of the hill.


Getting over the hump

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

IT’S being touted as a healthy, environmentally friendly and ethical alternative to cow’s milk, and now a camel dairy is hoping Freo folk can help get its product over the hump of establishing an international market.

Good Earth Dairy has taken advantage of the 300,000-odd feral camels roaming inland Australia to establish a herd of 160 at its Dandaragan farm 200km north of Perth.

Now it’s bringing one of its prized milkers to Gilbert’s Fresh in Hilton next Friday July 28 to try and sway locals from their heifer juice.

Dairy CEO Marcel Steingiesser says there’s research on the horizon which is going to “blow away” cow’s milk and other nutty substitutes, but what’s known already is pretty impressive.

He says it’s the closest thing to “mother’s milk”; human milk contains higher levels of whey than casein proteins, while in cows that’s reversed which could explain why so many people find it difficult to digest.

• Good Earth Dairy’s camel-whispering manager Stephen Geppert. Photo supplied

The casein has also caught the eye of autism researchers, who are finding increasing numbers of parents saying their kids can tolerate camel’s milk far better than cow’s milk. A study even found it could improve behaviour.

The milk has also been proven in studies to help fight diabetes, as the proteins are short and mimic insulin.

“Cow’s milk also has a common allergen, beta lactoglobulin, and while a lot of people think that they’re intolerant, many would be allergic,” says Mr Steingiesser.

He says camel’s milk is also packed full of nutrients, with about three times as much calcium than cow’s milk, as well as bumper amounts of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and potassium.

“A camel dairy also has a significantly smaller environmental footprint, as camels are from the desert and are good at retaining their moisture.”

Unlike cows, which are separated from the calves immediately, the camel dairy needs to keep the pair together to get the milk, which Mr Steingiesser says makes it a more ethical choice. The calf will drink from its mother for 3.5 years.

He says people have been responding well to tasting the milk, quickly getting accustomed to its slightly saltier taste (which is an indication of its extra nutritional value) while it’s not even detectable when added to a smoothie.

But price is a stumbling block. Having only a small herd which has to be brought in from the wild and then tamed by the dairy’s “camel whisperer” Stephen Geppert, it’s not cheap to produce and a litre will set you back around $20. Camels are also notoriously bad mothers, which means the cameleer has to be a constant midwife to help her bond with the calf.

But Mr Steingiesser hopes that will steadily decrease in response to demand, and he says Good Earth could theoretically stock 10,000 females and their calves if he could get council approval.

He’s also hopeful WA has something the rest of the camel-drinking world will want; a product free of foot and mouth and other diseases.

“We have the only clean camels in the world,” he says.

“This is a global product, and we could end up with a workforce of thousands in WA.”

If you want to get a selfie with a camel, as well as a free taste of their milk, head to Gilbert’s Fresh in Hilton between 12.30 and 3pm on Friday July 28.


West End listed

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

HERITAGE minister David Templeman toured Fremantle’s prime historic sites this week as he announced the formal inclusion of the city’s West End on the state’s heritage register.

“Fremantle’s West End is a rare example of a highly intact port city business district and is notable for its impressive variety of gold boom era buildings that point to its maritime heritage,” Mr Templeman said.

His tour also took in the convict-built Fremantle Prison, where he held discussions about conservation initiatives.

The prison has also been holding consultation with neighbours about concerts at the venue, which it’s held to bring in a new generation of punters.

• Heritage minister David Templeman at the Fremantle Prison. Photo by Stephen Pollock

But the survey’s got under the skin of Stevens Street resident  Angus Morrison-Saunders who says the questions seem deliberately vague.

Mr Morrison-Saunders said there was no definition of what constituted a concert, so he was unable to show his support for an acoustic folk hoedown rather than heavy metal screechathons.

He said there was also no mention of whether events would be during the day or evening, which would make a difference to his support.

“I understand places like the prison need to have income streams and I am fully supportive of live music and cultural events,” Mr Morrison-Saunders told the Herald.

“But I also don’t want to suffer the appalling noise pollution that can with events such as the Blues n Roots festival when it was held in Fremantle.”


Queensgate freebie goes

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A FREE hour of parking at Queensgate will no longer be on offer for shoppers as of next month when developer Sirona Capital takes control of the car park from Fremantle council.

The council introduced a free first hour of parking in its car parks in late 2012 in an attempt to stimulate business in the CBD.

But as part of the Kings Square redevelopment deal, the council has sold the car park to Sirona which says from July 27, there’ll be a flat $2 hourly fee that will apply as soon as you drive in.

Sirona boss Matthew McNeilly said the fee was a reduction from the council’s current $2.20—because they couldn’t be bothered stuffing around with piles of 20 cent coins.

Mr McNeilly says there’ll also be an early bird rate of $9, while businesses will still be able to pay a monthly fee for a guaranteed space from Secure Parking, which will be running the car park for Sirona.

He says the new system was a lot simpler than the council’s existing regime, which has a bewildering array of costs depending on what floor you park on at what time of day.

Hilton’s pearlers

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FINDING a purpose for their busy hands has given a group of local knitters at a local aged car home a great boost.

The Busy Hands knitting club at Aegis Hilton Park has for the last couple of years been knitting teddy bears, gloves and blankets for a charity that sends wheelchairs to children in developing countries.

• Joy Police is one of the leaders of the Busy Hands knitters club at Aegis Hilton Park. Photo
by Steve Grant

Aegis’s lifestyle coordinator Anja Danner told the Herald when she took over managing the group, there were only a couple of members.

But hooking up with Wheelchairs for Kids had made a bunch of older women who thought their knitting days were over whip out the needles.

Ms Danner says they’ve already knitted and pearled their way through four out of five large boxes full of yarn.

She says the charity sends each child a colourful rug and a knitted toy with their wheelchair.

Ms Danner says she was shocked to discover that without wheelchairs, most of the kids would never get to go outside.

Dementia ends Smith’s story

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE lost a couple of its colourful identities last week, with the deaths of Alec Smith and Trevor Hoskin.

Mr Smith’s family ran the Fremantle Hotel for 60 years and he was famous for both his drawings and cartoons during the America’s Cup, as well as his storytelling about life in the port city’s bars.

Mr Smith, who’d had dementia, ran popular tours during the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Author Ron Davidson recalled running into Mr Smith in his book Fremantle Impressions: “We walk towards the Fremantle Hotel which Alec’s parents managed and where Alex lived in the same room for 30 years and the same building for 40, since he was born in 1929.

“He tells me of the time when the hotel’s fine dining room was converted to a service hospital, with the wall and windows along Cliff Street protected by sandbags from bomb blasts on the wharf which is only 200 metres away.

“The hospital never has a patient.”

A Hilton resident, Trevor Hoskin was a legend in the fishing industry, having been an engineer for some of the biggest names in WA’s fishing history; the Fedeles, Shannons, Correias and Riccardis to name a few.

“The hunt for a diesel engine and the smell of diesel fumes made Trevor alive and he was truly born for this life,” his family said in a release.

“His love affair with the ocean started on the freezer boats and trawlers.”

Mr Hoskin died from leukaemia, with more than 300 people attending his funeral.

LETTERS 22.7.17

Published 21 Jul 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

Parks are for everyone
I SUPPORT folks’ right to have a pet pooch.
However I would ask them, when out and about with Rex, to respect the rights of those of us who choose not to keep a pet.
This includes observing rules about where Rover is and is not allowed, and where it is and is not required to be on a lead.
Spot is allowed in almost all public places, if on a leash (many owners flout this rule).
Few are the recreational areas that we can enjoy without Molly sniffing around.
Yet dog owners still feel entitled to walk Lucky in these areas, again, often not restrained by a leash.
I am not alone in finding this highly offensive.
I object to being approached and sniffed by free-range dogs; I object to having to watch where I tread in supposedly dog-free areas; I object to sharing my picnic areas with dogs.
I have seen a young mother repeatedly shoo a dog away from her toddler in a dog-free zone; I have even seen a dog attack a toddler in Fremantle town centre. Yet if you politely point out the error you are met with indignance, and often rudeness.
Intolerance by non-owners is not the issue; it is the inconsiderate behaviour of many owners.
I understand that you are proud of Pluto, but please understand that we do not share your love of your furry little family member and respect our Bruno-free spaces.
This is a general comment but in local terms pertains to South Beach in particular.
Andrew Heard
Tuckfield Street, Fremantle

Bravo, council
AS a resident living close to Hampton Road, I would like to make a comment about the recent traffic calming measures undertaken in Ord Street.
It has resulted in a significant reduction in movements of containers to/from the port along Hampton Rd and has bought welcome relief to local residents from the trucks that were using this road as a rat race to bypass the Main Road designated freight route along Stock road to areas South of Fremantle.
It will significantly improve local safety, reduce particulate pollution to the many adjoining schools, and considerably extend the life of the road surface, all a huge bonus to the residents and ratepayers of the City of Fremantle.
The council is to be commended for these works, well done!
Keith O’Brian
Bellevue Terrace, Fremantle

Roe 8 perspective
BERNIE KAAKS touches on an important point (‘Debunking Roe 8’, Thinking Allowed, Herald, July 15, 2017).
While we continue to grow our population like there is no tomorrow, conflicts regarding where to put these people and associated wanted infrastructure, will just escalate.
But I think it is unfair to target the likes of Piers Verstegen and say, ‘Where were you when….blah, blah, blah?’  (insert whatever thing you think should have received more attention than your pet topic).
People that care, can only do so much, they can’t be everywhere and do everything.
Also most people would agree, generally the more scarce something is or becomes, the more valuable or precious it is.
This is true whether it is the last milk in the fridge, that one and only rare photograph, the last breeding age black cockatoos, or yes, one of the last remaining wetlands (Perth has lost at least 70 per cent of it’s original wetlands).
Claudia Mueller
Amur Place, Bateman

Roe 8 agenda
IN his Thinking Allowed piece (‘Debunking Roe 8’, Herald, July 15, 2017) Bernie Kaaks describes himself as ‘apolitical’ and yet after 25 years in the transport industry writes to publish an article against those who want to protect the remnants of wetlands that would be affected by the construction of Roe 8—is there not a clear political bias there?
In criticising Piers Verstegen’s choice of words in his earlier Thinking Allowed (‘Reflections on Roe 8’, Herald, July 1, 2017), Kaaks actually provides the argument to support the environmental case which has been about protecting the remnant wetlands—remnant because of the amount of ’the same unique tuarts, banksias, balgas and paperbarks’ previously clear felled for residential and commercial development.
In answer to Kaaks’ question, ‘Why was there no outcry…while this wanton destruction was going on?’
An answer is that there was not such an awareness at the time, and community groups lacked the understanding of the power of their own voice.
He points out that there is a push for ‘greater use of rail…out of the port’ and argues an ‘ignorance of the effect this has on both transit times and costs’.
Whilst decrying Verstegen’s article as, ‘disappointingly short on fact’ he provides none himself.
Both road and rail are subsidised and the rail lines already exist.
Further, it is inevitable that the outer harbour will have to be built and the use of road and rail from Latitude 32 will make the idea of Roe 8 redundant.
There are better answers than Roe 8, albeit each has its own environmental and economic costs and advantages.
People who never make a mistake never do anything
Jim Meckelburg
Davies Street, Beaconsfield

Freo flatlining
IT comes as no surprise to me that there are ‘pockets of disadvantage’ in Fremantle (‘Checking Freo’s pulse’, Herald, July 15, 2017).
Anyone who actually ventures beyond the area encompassing the Mall, the High Street and South terrace would  know that, as it is patently obvious.
Within the city there appears to be no shortage of upmarket accommodation and any low-cost accommodation has long since disappeared so that those who have lived in the area for years, the human flotsam of the Port’s glory days those who have fallen through the cracks in the social system are reliant on the limited resources of St Pat’s or left to fend for themselves.
The Street Doctor is constantly under threat of closure due to lack of funding, the Emergency Department that was conveniently available in the city-centre has disappeared.
No doubt the many newcomers to the city, living in upmarket apartments carry on heedlessly eating and drinking at the numerous cafe’s and eateries built to cater for them, in the meantime services are cut and belt-tightening continues that impacts on the poor a whole lot more than the wealthy, very little changes in our self-absorbed society.
Geoff Dunstone
Carrington St, Palmyra

Bumping up pollution
HAS Fremantle council inadvertently put measures in place that will ensure you drink more pollutants with your coffee?
Just think…as you sip away in your favourite street-side café down through South Terrace you are now getting an extra spoonful of something else.
I’m sure patrons of businesses like Manna Wholefoods would be mortified to learn that the new speed hump outside their esteemed “Health Café” will cause cars to emit 98 per cent more nitrogen dioxide and 64 per cent more carbon dioxide than if they simply drove past.
These findings published by Imperial College London have resulted in the city of London considering an immediate ban on speed humps.
Additionally there is a possibility of a total ban throughout the entire UK road network.
After a call to the Fremantle Council, they conceded that other measures would be preferred, but the cost of those prevented alternatives.
I asked to see a copy of their pollution study regarding the installation of speed humps but was told none had been done.
For me…I think I’ll take my coffee with less poison and go elsewhere until the problem is fixed.
John Locke
Tolley Court, Hamilton Hill

Belter, Bernie
I commend Bernie Kaaks for his article ‘Debunking Roe 8’ (Thinking Allowed, Herald, July 15, 2017).
It is never easy to speak out against popular public opinion, even armed with factual rationale.
Bernie’s presentation was objective and true.
Roe 8, of course was to be a vital component of Perth’s ring highway(s).
Stock Road is the designated T junction between North (Fremantle Port) and South (Kwinana Outer Harbour).
When there is a shortage of essential items brought to WA via freight containers, maybe then there will be a broad outcry to construct Roe 8.
Tony Stokes
Philmore Cresent, Kardinya


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


Pakenham Street development proposal



The absolutely inappropriate huge five-storey development for Fremantle’s Pakenham Street and the Customs Building is on the Fremantle Council agenda for this coming Wednesday.

It needs to be refused and it needs to be made clear to the WA Development Assessment Panel(JDAP) that the Fremantle community will not compromise on the preservation of the historic West End!

I understand that the C0F officers’ recommendation is for a robust refusal of the proposal, but we need to be there in force to tell our Elected Members that this is a rubbish proposal. It’s not only too heigh and too big for the heritage precinct, but it is also very ugly.

I will publish more about this once the agenda becomes available on-line at 4pm today, and when I have read all the details of the Fremantle Design Advisory Panel and planning staff.


Roel Loopers


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


According to today’s POST newspaper Subiaco’s Rokeby Road is making a major comeback, due to landlords halving rents and Subiaco Council dropping alfresco and trading fees.

While vacancy rates in Fremantle are lower than the average in the metro area, high rents in our port city are a major worry for small retailers, and Fremantle Council is powerless to do anything about it.

I have suggested before that Freo Council should relax its alfresco fees during the Kings Square development to help traders in the area and should allow retailers to offer their wares out on the street.

Subiaco Council has offered bollards, space and decking to hospitality operators, so that creating alfresco spaces does not put a huge financial burden on them. Something the CoF should consider, I believe.


Roel Loopers


Night Hoops – creating belonging

Published 20 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

A sense of belonging to a wider social group can be a powerful positive influence in the lives of young people. It can help them form lasting relationships, learn about respect and co-operation, and provide them with role models to emulate. And one of the most effective ways of creating a sense of belonging among […]

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Homework Club – lessons learned after school

Published 20 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Attendance at school can be an indicator of academic performance, but it’s often hard to figure out what motivates kids to go to school, or not. One school in the greater Fremantle area has experienced an increase in attendance and an associated lift in the academic performance of some of their students – and the […]

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100 Hampton Rd – closing the gap between rich and poor

Published 20 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Closing the gap between rich and poor is often an incremental process, and it involves a lot of commitment from everyone involved. Sophie Budd, of Taste Budds Cooking Studio is a great example of someone who gives their time and expertise to empower poor and underprivileged people to break out of the cycle of income, […]

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Kai Eardley Fund – creating opportunity out of tragedy

Published 20 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

One of the most challenging health-related issues facing Australians today is that of mental health. And the consequences of severe mental health disorders can be devastating to the friends and families of victims. The statistics tell us that suicide is the largest cause of death among men aged 19 to 45 – and for every […]

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Fremantle’s Vital Signs Launch + Vital Conversation

Published 20 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

You are invited to launch the first ever Fremantle’s Vital Signs report and take part in a Vital Conversation about the health of our community. Space is limited. Please RSVP below. Together we will “take the pulse” of Fremantle. Key Dates – Look out for your copy of Fremantle’s Vital Signs this weekend 21/22 July – Fremantle’s Vital Signs report distributed […]

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The High and The Low: Fremantle’s High Streets have one of Lowest Retail Vacancy rates in Perth

Published 20 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Interesting data released this week on the health of retail in some of Perth’s high streets. Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley and Highgate had vacancies of 9 per cent Bay View Terrace in Claremont 10.16 per cent vacancy Subiaco’s Rokeby Road featured nine vacancies on 5.94 per cent of its net lettable area (Hay […]

(20/7/17) West End earns place in history

Published 20 Jul 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

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(20/7/17) West End earns place in history

‘KRAKEN – A mid winters blaze’: an activation of the Bathers Beach Art precinct

Published 19 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Blazing Swan and the City of Fremantle are proud to present ‘KRAKEN – A mid winters blaze’ an activation of the Bathers Beach Art precinct providing a free community event for Fremantle residents and the wider community. Bathers Beach and surrounds will host a sunset sculpture burning of the Kraken, as well as a series […]

INVITATION: Limited places left for a YARN with ICEA

Published 19 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

This year we’ve decided we want to create more opportunities for our donors. So along with giving our Impact100 Fremantle donors the opportunity to come along for every step of the granting process, this year we’re offering a number of events related to our 2017 focus of Aboriginal health and well being. We’ve teamed up […]

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Fremantle’s West End on the State Register of Heritage Places – Permanently

Published 18 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Today we had the new Minister for Heritage David Templeman in Fremantle to announce the permanent registration of the whole of Fremantle’s West End on the State Register of Heritage Places. The cultural heritage value of the West End has long been recognised locally and I’m delighted it is now recognised at a state level […]

INVITATION: Tour the Old Boys School Fremantle

Published 18 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

You may have noticed the Fremantle Foundation moved offices not so long ago… and to celebrate our new space in the Old Boys School along with DADAA, PianoEasy and CircusWA, we’re taking part in the Social Impact Festival Open House! The Social Impact Open House offers you a chance to take a peek inside the organisations and […]

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(17/7/17) Upcoming bulk waste bins

Published 17 Jul 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Bulk waste bins will be available to all City of Fremantle residents at the City depot (corner of Montreal and Knutsford Streets) on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, 8.00 am-4.00 pm.

Limit of one box trailer per residence (waste from commercial / industrial properties will not be accepted).

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(17/7/17) Upcoming bulk waste bins

(17/7/17) Nutrient boost to help our favourite fig

Published 17 Jul 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

As part of our ongoing works to preserve the Kings Square Moreton Bay Fig tree, we have engaged a bioscientist to monitor its current health issues and attempt to restore the iconic tree to full health.

Recent soil testing has revealed a build-up of toxins in the surrounding soil, which is believed to be affecting the ability of the tree to absorb essential nutrients through its roots.

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(17/7/17) Nutrient boost to help our favourite fig

(17/7/17) From the council chambers

Published 17 Jul 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Interested in the latest decisions made by council but don’t have time to trawl through agendas and minutes?

Make sure you have a look at Mayor Brad Pettitt’s monthly ‘From the council chambers’ video which summarises key council decisions and the reasons behind them.

The Wednesday 28 June 2017 council meeting includes (in order of video appearance):

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(17/7/17) From the council chambers

Property Industry Sundowner on Freo

Published 16 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.


The supermarket giants have pledged to stop supplying the single-use bags

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

Thanks everyone for my lovely birthday wishes yesterday. A nice surprise present was that the major supermarkets have finally agreed to get rid of single-use plastic bags. The tide of community opinion seems to have finally persuaded them and Freo – once again – was at the forefront of bringing about this change. Well done […]

Song Club Showcase

Published 14 Jul 2017 by Dave Robertson in Dave Robertson.

While the finishing touches are being put on the album, I’m going solo with other Freo songwriter’s at the Fib.


3 Reasons To Come To The Fremantle Ball

Published 14 Jul 2017 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

It’s officially less than a month to go until the event of the year,  the Fremantle Ball 2017! And to celebrate we’ve now released individual tickets for sale! CLICK HERE to purchase Individual Tickets Or CLICK HERE to book your Table of 10 In case you’re still umm-ing and aah-ing about coming to the Fremantle Ball (although you shouldn’t be) […]

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Hidden Treasures Week 2 – Packed with Talent (and a DJ)

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

Hopefully see you all at Hidden Treasures – Fremantle’s Winter Music Series tonight. There is lots of amazing talent on but that may not apply to my DJ skills…

Heading North

Published 12 Jul 2017 by jonstrachan in Jon Strachan.


Bags packed, breakfast eaten then we headed north from the Highlander inn towards Cawdor Castle. This is a truly magnificent castle and home of the Cawdor family for 600 years. The Castle was immortalised as the fictional home of the Thane of Cawdor in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and understandably so because the tower house castle has such gravitas and standing in its location, which includes very large beautiful gardens. The section visitors enjoy is furnished with period furniture and some excellent art works. I found this castle one of the highlights of our trip to Scotland. We ended our trip, of course with a visit to the castle café for coffee and scones!

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From Cawdor we visited the battlefield site of Culloden fought in April 1746. This was a horrific battle with great cruelty and death. There is nothing to be celebrated about war; the monument manages to leave that lasting impression.

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We left in a very different mood to when we arrived. We went from Culloden to a nearby Clootie Well. These are wells or springs, almost always with a tree growing beside them, where strips of cloth or rags have been left, usually tied to the branches of the tree as part of a healing ritual. I suspect some of the clooties would tell pretty sad stories.

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We visited only one distillery today, but it was one of the best. Glenmorangie started life in 1730 as a brewery, but in 1843 Bill Matheson bought it and converted it to a distillery. In 1977 development pressures put the security of the Tarlogie Spring under threat resulting in Glenmorangie acquiring 600 acres to protect their water rights. In 2009 they increased their Still numbers to 12, this gives them a large production capacity, in modest sized buildings. The Stills are the tallest ones in Scotland, which Glenmorangie claim allows only the lightest and purest spirit to reach the condensers. Good quality whisky distilleries are valuable assets; in 2004 Glenmorangie was sold to French company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton for a staggering 300 million pounds.

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Their whiskies are very light displaying the cask character more-so than any other distillery I can think of. The first one we tasted was the well named Nectar D’Or, finished in a Sauternes Cask and the sweet grapy character of the wine was very prominent. The nose was jammed full of citrus, and yes orange characters. It was the most interesting, if not best light sweet whisky I have tasted. The next we tasted was the 10YO, which exhibited similar characters to the Nectar D’Or, but the Sauterne characters were replaced with rich vanilla. A really fine 10YO. Last we tasted the 12YO, finished in Oloroso Sherry Butts. Again the backbone was light but high quality, the sherry characters of sultana and cinnamon came to the front. If my desert island had only one distillery’s whisky washed ashore I would probably pick Glenmorangie. Their marketing relies heavily on Celtic runes which gives their top line range a real hint of class.

Tonight we stayed in the Golspie Hotel. The unseasonal warm weather was giving them problems and the place was like a sauna. We walked into Golspie for a beer in an otherwise abandoned pub then went back to our hotel for dinner. The serves were huge, so after dinner we went for a walk. We were well north and were able to sit and watch the sunset despite it being late in the evening.

Rewarding Fremantle Business – Part 2

Published 11 Jul 2017 by Fremantle Chamber in Chamber CEO Blog – A few words by Olwyn Williams.

Even thinking about this episode of the 2017 Fremantle Business Awards wrap up makes the mouth water. There’s a great deal invested in the hospitality sector across Fremantle and it is a key part of Fremantle’s reputation as a destination.

As a cornerstone of our tourism economy, it makes perfect sense for Rottnest Express to sponsor this years Excellence in Hospitality Award. The connection between Rottnest Island and Fremantle is remarkable and a vital one to a unique visitor experience.

This year The National Hotel took the big gong for hospitality. It is an iconic building but The National is more than just a pub, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a place to meet, be entertained and, of course, eat. The National have also developed an event catering capacity that can bring The National to you. Many experienced The National in action at the 2016 Long Table Dinner on High Street.

The finalists start with Kazoomies delivering unique North African and Middle Eastern fused with Latin cuisine. Winter hours at the E Shed Markets are Friday to Sunday 9am – 3.00pm. Dinners become possible in warmer months.

La Sosta had me a few years ago with the slow cooked lamb ragu (Pappardelle Agnello, Piselli e Tartufo) but it is so much more, serving handmade Italian pasta from their well-kept family recipes. Dinner 7 days, lunch Friday to Sunday.

 Our very own 4.5 star landmark concluded the finalists. In the heart of Fremantle for over 100 years The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges has accommodated generations of visitors to holiday, relax, do business, dine, celebrate and entertain.

In 2017 we were pleased to welcome Konica Minolta on board as a sponsor of the Excellence in Innovation Award. Given the offerings of this international print technology giant, it is a great link. To highlight their print capacity Konica Minolta in-house printed the official 2017 Fremantle Business Awards Program presented to all guests on the night.

The Innovation Award is always exciting because it brings together bold new ventures from different industries and highlights the amazing work underway around Fremantle every day.

Digital studio Viewport Virtual Reality won the day. Specialising in capturing events and locations, creating computer generated imagery and software development, Viewport provides an immersive virtual reality experience suitable for any purpose.

And the finallists were …

Animatronic Engineering is a producer and operator of educational, scientific travelling themed attractions and exhibitions. Think moving, growling dinosaurs and mega fauna and you are in the ball park.

Known for its innovative business model, Artitja Fine Art is committed to value the culture of the indigenous people of Australia. With strong values and principles it has become one of Perth’s most reputable and accessible Indigenous art galleries.

GRD Franmarine is a leading commercial diving operators and their successfully tested Envirocart enables the complete in-water removal, capture and containment of marine bio fouling hulls without damaging the antifouling paint or polluting the surrounding marine environment.

TAMS Group is a diverse marine services company with Innovation at its core. TAMS key success is innovation through diversity, focusing on the development of planning and methods that lead to the delivery of practical solutions.

West Offshore Products are Australia’s experts in the provision of marine safety equipment. The company developed the innovative “Swap-‘n-Go” life raft rental exchange program and prides itself of providing the highest quality safety and inflatable boating solutions.

Take a look at all of them, you never know when they are going to make a difference for you or your business.

Until next weeks Rewarding Fremantle Business – Part 3, the thunderous applause to all continues.


Quick update on the speed bump issue

Published 11 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

It would be fair to say that some of the speed humps that have gone into Fremantle over the last months have gotten a mixed reaction! So I thought it worth providing an update on the changes planned following community feedback and a reassessment of what has gone in. These humps were all part of […]

From the Council Chambers – June Edition

Published 11 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Castles, Shortbread, Local Hero & Whisky

Published 10 Jul 2017 by jonstrachan in Jon Strachan.


The day started grey and wet as we headed to Huntly Castle, or should I say 3 castles. Huntly started its life as a Motte and Bailey Castle built for Duncan, the Earl of Fife in 1190. In the 1400’s the first Earl of Huntley replaced this with a Tower House Castle. Finally in the 1640’s the second Marquis expanded it to become, according to Heritage Scotland, a Scottish Chateau. The Marquis’s inspiration came from his trips to Europe. His lifestyle and home became so extravagant he earned the nickname ‘Cock O’ The North’.

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The property is famed for the fine heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes and includes two impressive heraldic fireplaces in the Marchioness’s lodging.
We seemed to have got into the habit of coffee and scones, so it came as no surprise when we pulled up outside Dean’s Shortbread factory and visitor centre. We watched the factory at work while we waited for our morning coffee to be delivered. Most of the work seemed to be done by people, but at the back there were these long multi-jointed arms flaying around like a mad robot. No idea what they were doing, probably making boxes or something equally mundane. We ran back to the car, as the rain was getting very hard, it was set in for the day.
Bill Forsyth has produced some wonderfully understated film; his pinnacle in collaboration with David Putnam was Local Hero, released in 1983. Part of the brilliance of the film was the shoot location, Pennan, and that was our next destination for lunch at the Pennan Inn.

The road in is perilously steep, with some very tight corners as you turn onto the small road along the sea front. The place seemed deserted, so we donned raincoats and walked the length of the village and harbor. One of the film’s aspects is the activities in a red phone box, which is still there. We had to have a photo, but there was more, someone had left a copy of the Mark Knopfler theme music record in the phone box. We dashed to the Inn, but disaster, it was closed. We headed onto the village of Knock and the Knockdhu Distillery.
Knockdhu make whisky sold under the anCnoc label. We were the only people taking the tour and the lady conducting it tailored it to our level of understanding. She allowed photography, which was a pleasant change from most distilleries. Their stills were quite small with high necks which would increase the copper contact. We tasted 3 malts, the 2002, the 12YO and the 16YO, they were all impressive drams, and the wall full of awards told us whisky judges felt the same.

The 2002 set the scene with extravagant fruit and spicy flavours, this was an extravagant whisky. The 12YO had a complex nose also driven by fruit and spice flavours, no smoke here. The pallet carried those characters, is quite light and showed some sweetness. The 18YO was similar, but more balanced, excellent. We did not buy bottles when we were travelling as we were all flying, but for anCnoc we made an exception because we enjoyed it so much. I also picked up a CD from the Elusive Highland Beauty called The Elephant Sessions. We walked out of Knockdhu feeling blessed, and the sun was peeping thorough the clouds.
We went a short distance down the road to visit the very scenic Strathisla Distillery. They produce a respectable 12YO, but would be known to most for their production of the popular Chivas Regal. Their stills are dumpy with a large bulge, intended to give a ‘clean’ characteristic to the spirit. We tried the Strathisla 12YO, and two whisky’s from their Chivas Regal range, the Extra and the 18YO. I enjoyed the tasting, but did not feel the urge to buy any.

On our return to the Highlander we took a brisk walk to the Fiddichside for a beer, only one as the clouds were rolling in, so we made a dash back to the Highlander for dinner, arriving just a little damp.

“Free After 3” – Freo residents parking in central Freo

Published 10 Jul 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Not everyone knows this but the City of Fremantle gives out parking permit to residents for free parking in off-peak times in our CBD. BUT… the current rules around this are kinda messy and complicated and as a result it is not understood but is instead rather under-utilized. So we are keen to update and […]

(7/7/17) Special council meeting

Published 7 Jul 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

A special council meeting will be held Monday 10 July 2017, 6.00-6.30 pm in the council chambers. It is confidential and therefore not open to the public.

The strategy and project development committee meeting has been rescheduled to follow at 6.30 pm.

To access the council meetings after hours take the white spiral stairs near the Jean Hobson playground. For special access needs contact 08 9432 9999 (before close of business on the day of the meeting). 

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(7/7/17) Special council meeting

(7/7/17) Let’s share the space!

Published 7 Jul 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

As part of our commitment to creating a friendlier and safer city centre for all transport modes we’ll be rolling out trial ‘share the space’ transport symbols along key congested points on Marine Terrace in July (works were originally scheduled to begin this week however they have been delayed due to weather constraints).

The symbols are a ‘fun’ way to remind people that roads are for both cyclists and motorists and we have to respect each other on the roads to ensure our city remains a safe urban environment.

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(7/7/17) Let’s share the space!

(7/7/2017) Speed bumps update

Published 6 Jul 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The City has listened to recent community feedback on the installation of speed bumps at Ord Street, South Terrace and Wray Avenue and is now arranging remedial works to address community concerns raised at each location. These works are scheduled to take place over the next three weeks.

We value feedback from our community and we will continue work to improve our consultation process.. We will also continue to actively monitor speed and volumes at these locations to ensure the treatments have the desired effect in terms of pedestrian safety, traffic usage and traffic flow.

2 weeks ago in Infrastructure projects
(7/7/2017) Speed bumps update