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STRAWBERRY HEAVEN IN FREO TODAY

Published 22 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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If you like strawberries there is only one place to be this afternoon and that is Fremantle!

The STRAWBERRY SUNDAY FESTIVAL is on from 12 midday to 3pm all along the Cappuccino Strip, so get the kids ready, polish the Zimmerframe, and come into the port city to show support for our local strawberry growers, who are doing it tough after the needle scare.

Roel Loopers

LACKLUSTRE PROTEST AGAINST ROYAL GEORGE HIGHRISE

Published 22 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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About one hundred people, including Labor politicians Josh Wilson MP and Lisa O’Malley MLA, turned up at East Fremantle’s Locke Park on Saturday morning to attend the protest by the Friends of the Royal George agains the planned 20 storey high-rise at the Royal George Hotel in Duke Street.

Only East Freo artist Tony Jones questioned where the Friends of the Royal George had been during the last 20 years when the building was neglected, and that is probably a fair question.

It was a disappointingly lacklustre event though with no speeches or formal gathering, and when I asked one of the display and petition table attendants if we could get a group shot he replied that it was too difficult to get the small crowd together.

Many people just trundled off after a while as nothing was happening, so I suggest the East Freo “Friends” get some coaching from Fremantle groups on how to organise a proper protest rally.

Roel Loopers

FREO KINGS SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Published 21 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

 

A look down Queen Street and another one down William Street shows how far the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project is progressing.

Great times ahead for good old Freo!

Roel Loopers

CONTAINER CRANE SHIP DELAYS DEPARTURE

Published 21 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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The Zhen Huan 24 was scheduled to leave Fremantle Port at 1.30pm on Friday, but it did not happen, although the mooring ropes had been released and two tug boats were waiting for over an hour.

I wanted to take a photo of the five huge 50-metre-high cranes onboard the ship dwarfing the green lighthouse on the South Mole, but unfortunately that did not eventuate, so I waited in vain for an hour and a half.

I took these two photos instead, the one with the railway station showing why a working port is such a unique attraction for our city.

Roel Loopers

(21/9/2018) Queen's Birthday public holiday operating hours

Published 21 Sep 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

All City of Fremantle services will be closed on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (Monday 24 September) except for:

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(21/9/2018) Queen's Birthday public holiday operating hours

DUTCHIES EXHIBIT AT ARTSOURCE

Published 21 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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Two art exhibitions in the stunning Old Customs House Gallery of Fremantle’s Artsource are well worth viewing.

Woven by Straw is the unique art of one of Fremantle’s most favourite Dutch people Theo Koning, while Systematic Intuition is the creation of Gert Handschin.

The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11m to 5pm and will also be open on the long weekend Monday.

The show is on till September 30. The gallery is in Phillimore Street near the Cliff Street intersection.

Roel Loopers

SPARTANS FUNDRAISER WITH WA PREMIER

Published 21 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

Doing a favour for a mate to promote this event, although it’s not in Freo.

The Leeming Spartan Cricket Club offers everyone the opportunity to meet with the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, at our clubhouse on Friday 12th October 2018 for a business breakfast seminar and ninety-minute question and answer session!

He will be joined by the Member for Jandakot, Yaz Mubarakai MLA for the session, where locals are encouraged to speak with their state representatives about any topic.

Tickets are priced at $100 per person (purchasable by emailing secretary@spartans.com.au), with tables of between eight and ten also available. All proceeds will go towards the Spartans’ one-hundredth anniversary celebrations!

Strawberry Sunday

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt, exporter John Da Silva and grower Le Bach with family members affected by the strawberry crisis.

FREMANTLE council has whipped together a one-day strawberry festival tomorrow (Sunday September 23) to give locals a chance to show their support for beleaguered growers.

The tampering crisis deepened this week with WA police confirming they are investigating 10 incidents where needles had been reported in fruit, including Our Lady of Mount Carmel primary school in Hilton, another school in Bicton and homes in Spearwood and Bull Creek.

To help try to restore confidence in their product, growers are donating 25,000 punnets to restaurants and cafes along the Cappuccino Strip for Sunday’s event.

The event was the brainchild of exporter John Da Silva, whose company Bell Vista Fruit & Veg was a mainstay along Hampton Road in South Fremantle for years until their recent relocation to Cannington.

Mr Da Silva’s exports have dried up as country after country places bans on Australian strawberries and he says it’s devastating seeing such a glut of fruit.

He decided the best way to counter the problem was to get locals to gorge on strawberries – the only other option is to bury them.

“We are, you are Australian,” he quoted the popular song.

“These families have been working and preparing for months, planting, fertilising and waiting for the fruit to come, and then this…” he trails off.

Le Bach and his family are one of the many small  companies affected by the “devastating” crisis.

“It’s been very stressful because strawberries are delicate and we don’t have time to wait to see how this is going to pan out,” Mr Bach told the Herald.

“This is the period when growers start to recoup their costs so they can get ready for next year, but there is no demand. We’ve never seen anything like this before.

“Our family is like most of the others, mum and dad growers, and to have your income cut suddenly like that – what are you going to do.”

Mr Bach says they decided to appeal directly to consumers for support, saying most of the media on the issue is dominated by the latest needle find.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the council was happy to support the event.

“Fremantle is famous for its fabulous restaurants and cafes, and I’m sure they’ll be able to come up with some amazing new recipes using fresh WA strawberries,” Dr Pettitt said.

The council will put on family-friendly activities, including face painting and live music at the festival, which runs noon to 3pm.

by STEVE GRANT

Beacy high-rise?

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Lauren Paganoni and her kids Tom (footy), Will (scooter) and Josh (trike) worry a large aged-care facility on the ridge above Butterworth Street could spell the end to the quiet in their little corner of the world. Photo by Steve Grant.

FREMANTLE council is poised to rezone the old Portuguese Club site in Beaconsfield to allow the development of an eight to nine-storey aged care facility.

The Portuguese Club has had the site on the market since 2016 and had been struggling to get the price it wanted because developers baulked at keeping a historic homestead which has been absorbed into the clubrooms over the years.

But 77 Belmont Avenue Pty Ltd, owned by Dalkeith resident Khanh Nguyen, has been in negotiations with the club and submitted a rezoning application to bring the site’s density in line with the nearby Beaconsfield quarry.

Although the baseline for the rezoning is a low-density development of a couple of storeys, if 77 Belmont satisfy certain conditions, that suddenly jumps up to a maximum of nine storeys.

Those conditions include a single development application covering the whole site, a minimum of 50 per cent open space, a wider six-metre setback from boundaries nearest to existing homes, and retaining the 1890s homestead.

The home, which is evident from a Victorian-era viewing tower poking up from the roof of the Portuguese club, was owned by pioneering dairy farmer John Healy, who lived there with his wife and 11 children after establishing the vast estate Winterfold in 1870.

77 Belmont has proposed two larger tower blocks on the southern and eastern boundaries of the site, and a smaller building to the north.

A planners report to this week’s strategic planning and transport committee meeting notes that the building will have a big impact on some residents, particularly in the quiet cul de sac Butterworth Place.

Height caps and setbacks were discussed in the report, but it recommended those be hammered out when a development application was submitted.

Only four residents made submissions during the consultation period, most along the lines that the proposal would “get rid of an eyesore”.

However, when the Herald went doorknocking in Butterworth, it found that not a lot was known about the detail of the project. One group of renters said they’d received a flyer, but hadn’t picked up that the development could ultimately reach nine storeys.

Lauren Paganoni lives around the corner in Keady Way and says she’d heard about the potential redevelopment of the site some time ago, but hadn’t heard of any recent changes.

“That would be our direct view from our window,” Ms Paganoni said.

“But our other concern is about the increase of traffic, because this is a very quiet area.”

Ian Moyle says he’s happy they’re providing more accommodation for the elderly, and says as long as they take care of parking and the building’s aesthetics, he’ll be happy.

His only concern is what impact the large towers will have on the neighbourhood’s solar panels.

Fremantle council’s planners have recommended the developer be told to work with the council’s design advisory committee to come up with a “high quality” design.

by STEVE GRANT

Low uptake for x passports

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• TransFolk WA vice chair Misty Farquhar with an “It’s ‘they’ actually” badge.

THE Australian passport office has issued just 110 gender ‘X’ passports since they became available in 2002 – an average of seven a year.

In 2017-18 more than two million Australian passports were issued and the government estimated that about 57 per cent of the population, just over 14 million people, had one.

The 2016 Census counted gender diversity for the first time, and while 1260 people listed themselves as “other” the Australian Bureau of Statistics says that’s likely to be a very low figure for a bunch of reasons.

In March last year Fremantle resident sami became one of the few Aussies to be issued with a gender x passport, which has X (unspecified) instead of M or F in the gender section.

Sami says non-binary people are reluctant to get one in case they are refused entry to certain countries or get hassled at passport control.

“I am aware of someone with an X passport who was detained for some hours in Singapore,” sami said.

“I am unsure whether they were deported back to Australia or let through; certainly they were subject to discrimination.

“Ironically this is more of an issue for gender-unspecified folx, rather than female-to-male or male-to-female folx, since it’s the third gender that is at issue.”

Misty Farquhar, vice chair of TransFolk WA, has also heard of people with gender x passports experiencing problems when crossing international borders.

Sami says a lack of support from Australian consulates also deters people taking up the gender-neutral passports, with people who’ve been robbed seemingly getting ahead of them in the queue.

Shortly after receiving a passport, sami received a letter from Australia’s foreign affairs department saying there was little they can do to help overseas Aussies with gender x passports.

The international civil aviation organisation does permit ‘X’ sex passports, but ultimately it’s up to individual countries to decide who gets in.

Sami, a 50-something dual citizen, uses a British passport with gender ‘M’ when visiting the UK and other countries that don’t recognise a third gender on passports.

“Ironically the UK doesn’t recognise a third gender on passports like Canada and Australia do, but they all have the same head of state.”

In August last year, Canada became the first country in the Americas to introduce a gender x option on passports, following the lead of Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand and Pakistan.

India, Ireland and Nepal are among the countries that provide various third-options.

From 2003-11 gender x passports were only issued to Australians with a birth certificate listing their sex as indeterminate, but in 2011 the government relaxed the guidelines and started accepting a supporting letter from a doctor or psychologist as proof of indeterminate gender.

Farquhar says WA residents might also be reluctant to apply for a gender x passport because it’s inconsistent with their birth certificate.

“The only options for birth certificates in WA at the moment are ‘male’ or ‘female’, so there is an issue of a person’s legal documentation not being consistent and possibly causing issues for them down the track,” Farquhar says.

“We do hope to see birth certificate reform in WA in the very near future, which will give non-binary folk another option to affirm their gender.”

Recently the WA Law Reform Commission recommended leaving gender off birth certificates and adding a third official option of non-binary. It is accepting public submissions on the proposal until October 19.

The commission’s proposal is similar to South Australian 2016 legislation that introduced the birth certificate options of ‘non-binary’ and ‘indeterminate/intersex/unspecified’.

The same year the Australian Human Rights Commission stated that individuals should have the right to specify their own gender and not require supporting documentation from the medical profession.

Governments around the world including New Zealand, Germany, Canada and the UK are also currently considering law reforms on how they recognise gender.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

Park protest

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Protestors doing guerrilla crocheting, so they can “wrap the Royal George in love”.

RESIDENTS opposing a 21-storey apartment block on the Royal George Hotel site in East Fremantle are holding a demonstration at Locke Park today (Saturday September 22).

The “orderly demonstration” will start at 10.30am, and Fremantle federal Labor MP Josh Wilson and Labor Bicton MP Lisa O’Malley will have a “mobile office” at the park, where residents can discuss local issues.

Friends of the Royal George have sent about 100 letters to the government asking for a six-story limit on the Saracen Properties’ development, and spent $800 on 50 corflute signs opposing the high-rise.

Mal Christison, who lives near the hotel on King Street, says the community learned how to fight against the government during the Roe 8 demonstrations.

“Just like then, we will occupy the site if we have to – I don’t think government wants anything like that again,” he says.

“When you talk to politicians they are very sympathetic, but in the background it just seems to be going ahead.”

Some FRG members have been crocheting and knitting and plan to “dress up the Royal George in love”.

East Fremantle council lodged a planning scheme amendment, limiting the apartment block to six storeys, with the WA planning commission.

But it has recommended changes that would likely see the 21-storey development go ahead, and now the final decision rests with WA planning minister Rita Saffioti.

Saracen project director Joel Saraceni says there’s no way they could cover the $4 million cost of restoring the Royal George Hotel if council capped the tower at six storeys.

“It made it virtually impossible,” he told the Herald. “It just didn’t provide enough development potential.”

Mr Saraceni says council’s concept drawing of the six-storey tower is not accurate and doesn’t cover parking space.

East Fremantle mayor Jim O’Neill says he’s feeling positive about Ms Saffioti ruling in their favour.

The Herald understands the council are expecting a decision on its planning scheme amendment by mid-October.

by MOLLY SCHMIDT

Phoenix rises

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

COLES staff at Phoenix shopping centre won’t be out of a job when the store closes on October 12.

Coles’ head office released a statement saying “all 57 team members from the Spearwood store are able to keep their job at Coles and will be given the option to transfer to a nearby Coles store”.

Burton slams Black Swan theatre group

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Richard and Sally Burton.

A FORMER patron of the Black Swan State Theatre Company has delivered a withering critique of its recently launched season, Where the Heart Is.

Sally Burton, the widow of Hollywood legend Richard Burton, recently circulated an email within the performing arts community which says the company’s board and artistic director are out of touch with their audience’s needs and need to schedule more “classics”.

Amateurs

Ms Burton told the Herald she’s planning to move back to the United Kingdom in a week’s time after living in Perth for the last 13 years, and was a little nervous about backlash from Black Swan.

“Might as well kick off the debate,” she said.

“I had a theory about theatre audiences, which was that if you are 18 and have a bit of interest in theatre and you go to Fringe with your girlfriend, and you’re paying $80 per ticket each, but you see something that is not particularly accessible or familiar, you’re much less likely to come back.”

Ms Burton also criticised the company for using amateurs in its production of Our Town, saying there was little enough work for professional actors already given the grim economic conditions.

But Black Swan’s artistic director Clare Watson, who’s in her second year at the helm of the company, warned that Ms Burton risked further damage to the industry by going public.

Noting the demise of Deckchair, Hole in the Wall and the Perth Theatre Company, she says it’s had a “ravaging impact” on the state’s acting community.

“Where the Heart Is certainly features classics – the modern American masterpiece by Thornton Wilder, Our Town and a new take on Euripides’ Greek classic, Medea, told by Kate Mulvany amongst them.

Entertainment

“It’s a year full of entertainment that is relevant, inclusive and aimed to appeal to a wide audience,” Ms Watson said.

She says some of the newer material will hopefully appeal to new audiences, whilst still catering to the company’s traditional audiences.

“In regards to the criticism about Our Town, the assumption that amateurs are taking the work of professional actors is simply not true.

“This work was programmed with community engagement at its heart; it is a play about community and we can’t wait to start working with local police officers, teachers and funeral directors to make this production come to life under the stars during the Perth Festival – alongside our professional cast which includes Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires) and Ian Michael (Let the Right One In).

For Ms Burton’s full letter, turn to Thinking Allowed on page 7.

by STEVE GRANT

Register shoots up

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Councillor Rachel Pemberton with the historic Moreton Bay Fig next to the Greg’s chemist on High Street, which is likely to get on council’s significant tree register if it’s approved. Photo by Steve Grant

IT’S taken a long time to get from seedling to sapling, but Fremantle council’s plans for a significant tree register are starting to blossom.

At this week’s strategic planning and transport committee meeting, councillors voted unanimously to put the new policy out for public comment.

If adopted, the register will make it a prosecutable offence to cut down a  listed tree, and the council will also have the power to refuse development applications where the proponent is proposing to be a bit axe-happy.

Only trees or vegetation on private land will be considered for listing, and only with the consent of the land owner.

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An officer’s report says they’ve tried to balance protection with the difficulties of regulating trees, such as the fact they do eventually die, can have roots extending beyond the boundaries of the property and occasionally get dangerous.

“Within the Western Australian context, protection of vegetation on private property within an urban context is relatively new and has yet to gain common acceptance,” the report says.

It’s not the first time the council’s tried to get a tree register up to counter the diminishing tree canopy in the suburbs.

It called for tree nominations in 2013, but didn’t proceed with a register after deciding none of those suggested were worthy of inclusion.

There are a number of trees on the council’s heritage list, but those that are still standing will be transferred to the new register.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton spearheaded the council’s Green Plan which prompted the renewed interest in a register and says she’s aware it’s not the perfect solution.

“It was interesting because I had heard that some hills councils had good policies in this area, so I asked the officers to looking into it, and when you looked at them they had equally vague policies,” Cr Pemberton said.

But she says part of the problem is that state planning laws are a hindrance rather than a help, which was highlighted at a recent WA Local Government Association workshop looking at proposed new planning laws where a large number of councils raised tree protection as a major issue.

But she’s hopeful that feedback from the community will highlight areas where the policy could be tightened up.

“About 50 per cent of Fremantle’s tree canopy is on private land, and while we don’t want to create too much upset, they have something that is of benefit for us all,” she said.

by STEVE GRANT

London calling

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Ray Duffy stopped by the Herald’s office en-route from Perth to Adelaide on his bike. Photo by Molly Schmidt

BRITISH cyclist Ray Duffy popped into Chook HQ on Monday with a story to tell.

The 73-year-old is cycling solo from Perth to Adelaide to raise funds for Harefield Hospital in London, which saved his life, and cared for wounded Australian soldiers during World War I.

“Some people ask why I’m doing this in Australia,” Duffy says.

“Because there’s an important connection between Harefield Hospital and this country.”

More than 100 years ago the owners of the hospital, the Billyard-Leakes family from South Australia, gifted it to the Australian government so they could care for wounded diggers returning to England from the front.

“It was the first auxiliary Australian hospital in 1915, being one chapter in Harefield Hospital’s remarkable 100 year-plus history,” says Mr Duffy, who was rushed there himself in 2013 after collapsing in his home.

“During my heart observations, cancer was found on my lung resulting in surgery,” he says.

He received ongoing support from the hospital, along with his wife who has also suffered heart problems, and now Mr Duffy wants to give something back.

His ride will take him between four to six weeks, and he’s chuffed he’s going to catch the wildflowers in bloom across the Nullarbor.

“This is day three. I’m getting into the routine and I love Fremantle, I think it’s lovely.

“The architecture, all the porches over the road, I want to come back here.

“I’ve got my tent, a sleeping bag, some clothes, a cycling cape and water.”

And of course, like any good Englishman, some tea and milk so he can enjoy a well-deserved cuppa.

To donate go to http://www.rbhcharity.org/fundraisers/ray-duffys-australian-cycle-challenge

by MOLLY SCHMIDT

Cafe stoush

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A FEW years ago Carlos and Karen Florenco were winning national awards for their pies and sausages, but a few weeks ago they suddenly shut the doors on their supermarket and cafe in Mt Pleasant after the business went broke.

Their rapid departure has infuriated their landlord, who briefly put a sign in the window complaining about the $70,000 they owed him in rent.

The Florencos were well known for their 16-year stint as Pronto Gourmet Butchers in Mosman Park, but moved to Mt Pleasant in 2017 when the shopping centre was redeveloped. The Store & Cafe, featured a deli, cafe, market and an Italian chef.

Terse sign

Landlord Glenn O’Brien from Salt Properties says after experiencing financial difficulties the couple cleared out a few weekends back and dropped their keys on his desk.

Mr O’Brien admits being behind the rather terse sign that was in the window of the store “for about 20 minutes” after the couple left, blasting them for leaving him $70,000 short in rent.

He says the sign, which has since been replaced with one written by his solicitor, was an emotional reaction and a mistake.

Karen Florenco says the couple didn’t want to leave, and could have been supported better by the landlord.

“We have been having discussions with the landlord for many months to ask for a reduction in, or reprieve of, rent to assist us, to no avail,” she says.

“We then engaged a third party to invite the landlord to have discussions to see what options were available to us and the landlord, which the landlord declined.”

She says they took over the business in 2016 and despite a “terrible down-turn in the market for all small retailers” they strived to make it work.

“We had our family working in the business every day. During the two years we had a lot of support from local customers, and help from family and friends. We are disappointed there was not a better outcome.”

Mr O’Brien says they did try to help the business and provided a rent abatement for nine months, but now he’s left with perishables in the store and is out-of-pocket. He says there’s been a market-style store in the building for decades.

“It’s a great opportunity for a good operator to walk into a purpose-built shop.”

by MOLLY SCHMIDT

Letters 22.9.18

Published 21 Sep 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

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WHILE Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt may welcome the idea of retaining Fremantle as a freight port; many want a different future.
Continuing the container-truck congestion, road safety hazards, carcinogenic pollution, transportation of dangerous chemicals through our streets, and the industrial-city environment these produce is a bleak and unimaginative vision.
Many of us made our voices heard before the last state government election; move the containers to Kwinana asap, divert the trucks off metropolitan roads and redevelop the harbour to become the sophisticated centre of civic activity, recreation, entertainment and tourism that port cities around the world have created on their old freight quays.
We need imaginative leadership that invigorates Fremantle, unleashes the economic potential of Kwinana as a prime industrial hub and provides our state with a modern, internationally competitive freight port.
S Booth
East Fremantle

Costly wave
THERE is already a very small wave park in Perth – it’s located in Joondalup.
Google Aloha Surfhouse.
The cost is $39 for 30 minutes; that’s right just 30 minutes.
Unless you are under 15 when it drops to $34 for 30 minutes.
Further Googling reveals there is one in Austin Texas, USA.
For $A85-119 you get just under one hour of surfing.
In Snowdonia, Wales there is a wave park that’s cheaper than the USA one. It’s only $A64-84 for one  hour. I estimate that if a wave park was built in Perth, the price would be somewhere between the two overseas prices. Throw in a burger and coke and you won’t have much change from $100 for one hour of surfing.
Possibly the developer of the wave park may provide an indicative price.
Gordon Whitmore
Kitchener Road, Melville

Keep the port
GERRY MACGILL is exaggerating the negative effect of the truck traffic in North Fremantle (“Betrayed”, Herald letters, 15 September, 2018).
Tydeman Road is on the periphery of North Fremantle. Trucks pass just a handful of houses before entering onto the Stirling Bridge, which was built in the 1970s to carry the increasing truck traffic.
The extension of Stirling Highway, acting as a bypass for the town centre, has allowed the street calming and revitalisation of Queen Victoria Street that we have seen over the last decade or so. A big improvement.
I do agree with Mr MacGill that the council did not make very clear the level of its support for the working port during the Roe 8 debate.
The port is a huge attraction to locals as well as visitors; it is an authentic experience as opposed to the contrivance of a “tourist attraction”. Fremantle as a Port City is foundational to our identity and should not be messed with.
Helen Hewitt
Fremantle

EAST FREO ROYAL GEORGE HOTEL PROTEST ON SATURDAY

Published 20 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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East Fremantle residents and heritage supporters will be holding a protest tomorrow against the proposed development by Saracen Properties of a 19 storey high-rise building at the Royal George Hotel in Duke Street.

The protest gathering will be this Saturday at 10.30 am at Locke Park on the corner of Fletcher and Moss streets, north of East Fremantle Oval.

East Fremantle Council approved a scheme amendment of a maximum of six storeys, but that has been rejected by the WA Planning Commission, which wants changes made to the amendment, and East Freo locals fear they might end up with the huge high-rise they strongly petitioned against.

Roel Loopers

(21/9/2018) T.A.G. Hungerford Award shortlist announced

Published 20 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The six writers shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award have been announced.

Yuot Alaak, Zoe Deleuil, Alan Fyfe, Holden Sheppard, Julie Sprigg and Trish Versteegen are in the running for $12,000 in prize money from the City of Fremantle and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

The six shortlisted entries cover diverse subjects ranging from young men exploring their sexual identities in Geraldton to a South Sudanese boy caught up in a civil war.

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(21/9/2018) T.A.G. Hungerford Award shortlist announced

SIX WRITERS SHORTLISTED FOR FREO HUNGERFORD AWARD

Published 20 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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Six Western Australian writers have been shortlisted for this year’s $ 12,000 TAG Hungerford Award, which is sponsored by the City of Fremantle.

The selected authors are: Yuot Alaak, Zoe Deleuil, Alan Fyfe, Holden Sheppard, Julie Sprigg and Trish Versteegen.

The winner will be announced on November 15 at the Fremantle Arts Centre and receive $12,000 from the City of Fremantle plus a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Roel Loopers

Strawberry Sunday Festival in Freo

Published 20 Sep 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Fremantle will become strawberry central this Sunday 23rd September in a show of support for WA strawberry growers. 25,000 punnets of local strawberries will be delivered to restaurants and cafes along the Cappuccino Strip, who will be encouraged to create strawberry-inspired dishes and give away strawberries to customers. There will also be family-friendly events including […]

SUPPORT FREO’S STRAWBERRY SUNDAY!

Published 20 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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Brilliant idea!

Fremantle will become strawberry central this Sunday in a show of support for WA strawberry growers.

25,000 punnets of local strawberries will be delivered to restaurants and cafes along the Cappuccino Strip, who will be encouraged to create strawberry-inspired dishes and give away strawberries to customers.

Fremantle-based strawberry distributor John Da Silva said Strawberry Sunday was a way for people to show their support for local growers affected by the strawberry contamination scare.

“We’ve got 20 tonnes of strawberries that have been donated from local growers to make this event happen,” Mr Da Silva said.

“Getting lots of people down to Freo on Sunday to enjoy our beautiful WA strawberries would be a fantastic demonstration of confidence in our local industry and a real boost for the growers who are doing it tough at the moment.”

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City of Fremantle was happy to support Strawberry Sunday.

“Fremantle is famous for its fabulous restaurants and cafes, and I’m sure they’ll be able to come up with some amazing new recipes using fresh WA strawberries,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Everyone is welcome to come down to Freo for Strawberry Sunday to show the world that WA strawberries are not only safe to eat, they’re also absolutely delicious!”

The City is also planning a range of family-friendly activities, including face painting, live music and more.

Strawberry Sunday is on this Sunday from 12 noon until 3pm.

For more information visit Strawberry Sunday on the What’s On page on the City of Fremantle website.

NEW CONTAINER CRANE FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Published 20 Sep 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

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I was not aware that the Chinese ship Zhen Hua 24 carrying five huge container cranes had entered Fremantle Port, so it was an amazing sight to see it at berth at North Quay this morning, where it offloaded one of the cranes.

The cranes are 50 metres high and weigh 1200 tonnes and are delivered at DP World stevedores in Australian ports, one of them Fremantle.

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(20/9/2018) Have a Strawberry Sunday in Freo

Published 19 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Fremantle will become strawberry central this Sunday in a show of support for WA strawberry growers.

25,000 punnets of local strawberries will be delivered to restaurants and cafes along the Cappuccino Strip, who will be encouraged to create strawberry-inspired dishes and give away strawberries to customers.

Fremantle-based strawberry distributor John Da Silva said Strawberry Sunday was a way for people to show their support for local growers affected by the strawberry contamination scare.

2 days ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(20/9/2018) Have a Strawberry Sunday in Freo

Politics in the Pub: Is Fremantle really walk-friendly?

Published 19 Sep 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The Fremantle Network’s monthly Politics in the Pub aims to combine the enjoyment of the convivial pub experience with energetic political discussion. The topic for Tuesday September 25th: Is Fremantle really walk-friendly? Most people agree that a city should be designed to be attractive and welcoming to pedestrians. Does Fremantle achieve this? A more walk- […]

Apartment Projects in Freo Recognised at 2018 UDIA WA Awards

Published 19 Sep 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Well done to the three apartment projects in Freo have been recognised for their impressive designs at the 2018 UDIA WA Awards. Congratulations to The Cove by Blackburne, Liv Apartments by DHA and Evermore WGV by Yolk. All projects that are raising the residential quality bar in WA. https://www.communitynews.com.au/eastern-reporter/real-estate/hibernian-place-westin-hotel-major-winner-at-2018-udia-wa-awards/ Here are the Freo highlights: The Medium […]

(18/9/2018) Freo extends chemical-free weed control

Published 17 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

All playgrounds, footpaths and road kerbs in Fremantle will be subject to chemical-free weed control under a new tender awarded by the City of Fremantle.

The City’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation committee last week awarded the tender to GreenSteam Australia to provide chemical-free weed control for the next two years, with the option of a one year extension.

Under the contract footpaths, cycle ways and road kerbs in suburban areas will be steam treated twice a year, while the city centre, high priority roads and playgrounds will be treated six times a year.

5 days ago in Media release , Sustainability
(18/9/2018) Freo extends chemical-free weed control

Precinct Meeting 6pm Thu 27 Sep 2018

Published 17 Sep 2018 by Bruce Wilson in Arts Centre Freospace.

Arts Centre Precinct Meeting
Thursday 27th  September at  6pm
in the
Leisure Centre Training Room
(entrance off 
Shuffrey St)

This meeting has been organised to discuss the potential scheme amendment to rezone the City’s properties at 7 & 9-15 Quarry St.

Phillida Rodic, Manager Strategic Planning
Sam Moss, Strategic Planning Officer 

will brief the meeting and answer questions.
There will then be time for discussion before ending the meeting by 7.30pm.

A MySay page has been set up on the City’s website. It includes an Information Sheet containing information on the potential amendment.

Please join us particularly if you live close to Quarry St

Stay in touch with precinct news by subscribing to receive emails:  http://artscentre.freospace.com.au/ or email rbelben@iinet.net.au  

A Little White Gum Valley House Opens for Sustainable House Day

Published 16 Sep 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Today we opened up our White Gum Valley House for Sustainable House Day tours. Given they were all booked out I thought it be worth sharing the tour online with this little photo essay. Enjoy. When I bought my house, a 1950’s fibro house in 2004 I suspect it might have been one of the […]

Benefit for Chris Wilson

Published 16 Sep 2018 by Dave Robertson in Dave Robertson.

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Today is Sustainable House Day

Published 15 Sep 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Today is Sustainable House Day and Freo is a hub of activity with lots of great houses open. Register and check it out. While the tours of my place are now fully booked I will instead post some info on my modest abodes sustainability features. https://sustainablehouseday.com/

(13/9/2018) Freo thinkers on show at TEDxFremantle

Published 13 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Ten of Fremantle’s most creative thinkers will be showcased to a global audience this weekend when the public speaking phenomenon TEDx hits town.

Drawing on the theme of Perception vs Reality, the eclectic line-up of speakers will include cancer research advocate Moira Clay, forensic biologist Paola Magni, respected Nyoongar elder Noel Nannup and pioneering piano teacher Anneka Pearton. 

Organiser Tara DePaolo said she was thrilled by the public enthusiasm for Fremantle’s first TEDx event.

1 week ago in Media release , Festivals and events
(13/9/2018) Freo thinkers on show at TEDxFremantle

(13/9/2018) Freo green waste collection starts next week

Published 12 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle’s six-monthly green waste verge collection kicks off again next week.

All domestic properties north of South Street (Area A) will have their green waste collected from Monday 17 September, while green waste from all domestic properties south of South Street (Area B) will be collected the following week, from Monday 24 September.

City of Fremantle Facilities and Environment manager Tony Strickland said all of the green waste collected will be recycled into mulch.

1 week ago in Media release
(13/9/2018) Freo green waste collection starts next week

Come meet some Sustainable Tradies

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

Come in with your plans, ideas, projects or problems for an opportunity to ask questions, learn and get in touch with experts who can help you to live more sustainably.   A range of sustainability experts, tradespeople and professional services will be on hand to help you progress your project for example: – Solar passive […]

Donor Story: Brothers in Philanthropy

Published 11 Sep 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Fremantle Dockers Bradley and Stephen Hill share a lot as brothers. They are team mates on the field, business partners off the field and now they are stepping in to the world of philanthropy together. We are excited to announce Bradley and Stephen have set up the a KX Fremantle Fund with the Fremantle Foundation […]

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Grant Story: Beyond the Game

Published 11 Sep 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Fremantle Dockers players doubled-down on their commitment to support young people in the Fremantle community last month with the launch of their Beyond the Game project at Fremantle PCYC. Fremantle players will donate their personal time to helping out with the Night Hoops youth engagement program and the Fremantle PCYC Safe Space program. To launch […]

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A NewsBites Update from your City

Published 11 Sep 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Freo Bike Plan under review and we want your say

Published 11 Sep 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

    The City of Fremantle is asking cyclists about their experiences riding around Freo as part of a review of the City’s bike plan. The City of Fremantle Local Bicycle Plan was adopted in 2014 with the goal of doubling the number of bike trips in Fremantle by 2018 by providing better cycling infrastructure, […]

(11/9/2018) Asbestos removal - roof of old Freo council building

Published 11 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Over the next few days you may notice asbestos removal contractors (people in blue overalls) on the roof of the old Fremantle council building in Kings Square.

The licenced contractors will be removing bonded non-friable asbestos roof sheets (ie asbestos in solid form, bonded with other materials and which does not crumble easily).

This removal of rooftop asbestos is one of the final stages of the asbestos removal program, with the demolition of the building expected to be completed next month as part of the Kings Square Renewal project.

1 week ago in Media release
(11/9/2018) Asbestos removal - roof of old Freo council building

(11/9/2018) Freo Bike Plan under review

Published 11 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is asking cyclists about their experiences riding around Freo as part of a review of the City’s bike plan.

The City of Fremantle Local Bicycle Plan was adopted in 2014 with the goal of doubling the number of bike trips in Fremantle by 2018 by providing better cycling infrastructure, reducing the barriers to cycling and encouraging more people to ride a bike.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the review of the bike plan would confirm whether Fremantle was on track to become the most bike-friendly city in Australia.

1 week ago in Media release , Community engagement
(11/9/2018) Freo Bike Plan under review

Wildflower Way

Published 10 Sep 2018 by jonstrachan in Jon Strachan.

Last week I had a round of meetings in Dongara, we then chose to drive home through the Wheat-belt to check out the wild flowers. We were well rewarded for our efforts; it is another bumper year, similar to 2016.

We took a short drive to Mingenew where we checked into our somewhat lowbrow accommodation and then went to one of the renowned wildflower reserves called Depot Hill. This was a beautiful walk up a hill with low trees and meadows of colourful flowers. Within the meadows were some beautiful tiny flowers.

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As the light was failing we dropped into the Mingenew Hotel for a quick drink. The hotel has only recently re-opened and the current manager, Trevor has managed to develop a great atmosphere. We had chats with Dutch tourists and some robust banter with locals. One of who called me a grey nomad! I’m still getting over it!

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Next morning we went to the ‘must see’ Coalseam Conservation Park. The scenery was stunning, like a mini Pilbara, again with meadows and some smaller single flowers. We lunched at the Mingenew Bakery, then headed south through Three Springs, Carnamah, Coorow and Moora to our night’s stay in the New Norcia Hotel. The hotel was a stunning building with very high ceilings, a double staircase and monstrous balcony.

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We then headed home by taking Old Plains Road towards Toodyay. The flowers here were verge plants that were less stunning from the car, but stop and walk amongst them and each step reveals something new. This is Canola Country, so one cannot be unimpressed by the huge swaths of bright yellow. We had lunch in Toodyay and then took a slow run home on a beautiful sunny day.

Nightingale Fremantle: Raising the bar of triple-bottom-line housing

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

There are a lot of impressive sustainable developments in the pipeline in Freo at the moments but one of the most impressive projects is undoubtedly Nightingale Fremantle – another inspirational project that will be on display at the Sustainable House Day Expo from 13 – 16th Sept, and the Sustainability Showoff’s Presentation Friday 14th September […]

(10/9/2018) Green waste collection

Published 10 Sep 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Area A (Fremantle, North Fremantle, O’Connor and White Gum Valley) will be collected from Monday 17 September. Area B (Beaconsfield, Hilton, Samson and South Fremantle) will be collected from Monday 24 September.

Please keep your neighbourhood tidy and help reduce illegal dumping by ensuring that material is not placed on the verge more than two days before the collection date.

1 week ago in Sustainability , Infrastructure projects
(10/9/2018) Green waste collection

Grand Designs Freo: A Sustainable Housing Exhibition

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

We have a very exciting week ahead in Fremantle if sustainable buildings is your thing. In the lead up to Sustainable House Day that is happening around the country on Sunday, Fremantle is running a Sustainable Home Expo with some of the best sustainable projects in the nation on show from 13 – 16 September. […]

Impact100 Fremantle Final 4

Published 9 Sep 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

We are pleased to announce the Final 4 organisations for Impact100 Fremantle 2018. We would like to thank all of the 8 shortlisted organisations for welcoming Impact100 Fremantle donors into their workplaces and sharing stories and experiences of their work in the Fremantle community. Asking the question, ‘How do we create a community with a […]

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Writer’s Block at Clancy’s Freo

Published 7 Sep 2018 by Dave Robertson in Dave Robertson.

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(6/9/2018) Woolstores development recommended for approval

Published 5 Sep 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The latest proposal for the redevelopment of the Woolstores Shopping Centre in Fremantle has been recommended for approval by Fremantle Council’s planning committee.

The proposal involves the refurbishment of the existing shopping arcade and a six storey addition, and includes new retail and office space, a basement carpark and a 141 room hotel.

It also involves alterations to the existing facades on Cantonment Street and Elder Place and minor alterations to the existing carpark.

2 weeks ago in Media release , Business & development , Council
(6/9/2018) Woolstores development recommended for approval

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Published 25 Aug 2018 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

Blog entries are identical to the emails sent to members, and can be found in this MailChimp archive.

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Fremantle Studies Day 2018

Published 24 Aug 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.

 

Freo Oval

This year’s theme focuses our thoughts on the ‘end of the Great War’.

We have chosen Fremantle Oval as a fitting place to hold the event as the very first returned soldiers were brought to the oval to be feted and cheered by a grateful and relieved Fremantle public.

PRESENTERS:

Dr Leigh Straw : The Suffering Begins: Returned Soldiers, families and the aftermath of World War 1 in Western Australia

Allan Graham: The Fremantle hotel trade during World War One

Baden Pratt: Hell for Leather: North Fremantle Football club and the Great War

Dr Michelle McKeough: Repatriation: A Debt of Gratitude

 

WHERE: Fremantle Library, Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street, Fremantle

WHEN: Sunday 28th October, 2018

TIME: 1 – 5 pm

 

ADMISSION: $15 members, $20 non-members (join on the day for members’ prices)

Afternoon Tea included. RSVP’s essential: please email the Secretary, secretary.fhs@gmail.com by 23 October.

Image courtesy, Fremantle History Centre – Image No. LH001494H

re: Public art lost for future generations

Published 19 Aug 2018 by Sam Wilson in Fremantle – Sam's notebook.

PUBLIC ART LOST FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

By Roel Loopers August 20, 2018.

The initiative by the City of Fremantle and other local councils to introduce a percentage for the arts scheme has been good for WA artists and the public, but it comes with the risk that the lifespan of some of the artworks will be relatively short if they are attached to buildings.

Take the great Rick Vermey art within the LIV apartment building at Queen Victoria Street. Nowadays buildings are considered to last for about 50 years before being replaced by more modern structures, e.g. the Queensgate and Myer buidings at Kings Square. If the LIV buildings get demolished in 50 years that would also be the end of the Vermey artwork and that would be a real shame and a loss for future generations.

The same applies to the Loretta Grant artwork on top of the Quest Hotel in Pakenham Street and the round artwork on the building on the corner of Bannister and Pakenham streets by Tom Mueller.

The percentage for the arts scheme states that the requirement for a public art contribution can be waived by the City of Fremantle where the same value of artwork is incorporated in the development, clearly visible to the general public.

It worries me that many outstanding new artworks in Fremantle, created as percentage for the arts, will not be preserved because they are incorporated in a development and not free standing in the public realm. We have a duty to share our cultural riches with future generations!

https://freoview.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/public-art-lost-for-future-generations/

This is an interesting point about the short projected lifetimes of buildings. Fifty years doesn’t seem like a very long time to expect a building to last. But perhaps it does make sense: maybe the cost of building something to last 100 years (say) is more than twice the cost of building something twice? Or is it just a case of people now offsetting that cost onto people in the future?

I always feel sad when I see a building in Fremantle demolished. Not just demolished, but in the modern way of completely and utterly erasing its presence from the landscape: every skerrick of its fabric removed and the site raked clean and level. I know it’s easier to build new things that way, but it does seem to mean that there’s no accretion, no embedding of (small, incidental) bits of history in the places. Sometimes developers put an intentional relic in, like the weighbridge from the CSR refinery, but it just looks silly.

CSR memorial weighbridge
CSR memorial weighbridge (2018-04-14): The weighbridge deck set into the road on Colonial Gardens in Mosman Park.