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


The financial management of the City of Fremantle was strongly criticised by some in our community when it was rated only 42 by the My Council state government website for 2015/16, so for what it is worth, Fremantle has climbed substantially and was rated 87 for the 2016/17 financial year. It was at 79 in 2014/15.

Roel Loopers


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


Awassi hero shot


The federal government has suspended the export license of Emanuel Exports, the company which owns the Awassi Express live sheep vessel, that controversially made headlines for the inhumane treatment of sheep on its journey from Fremantle to the Middle East.

Roel Loopers


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

The City of Fremantle is the first city in Australia to join the Biophilic Cities and will officialy do so on Thursday June 28 from 4-5.30pm in the Garden Room of the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

The Biophilic Cities Project is an umbrella term that refers to research and policy work on biophilic cities, both domestically and internationally, by Professor Tim Beatley and his team at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Its principal aim is to advance the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange, and teaching. Researchers at UVA partner with city collaborators, to assess and monitor biophilic urban qualities and conditions, to identify obstacles and impediments to achieving more biophilic cities, and to identify and document best practices in biophilic urban design and planning. The Project helps to foster discussion and dialogue between and among researchers (and planners and policymakers in case study cities), periodically convenes researchers and practitioners, and publishes working papers, reports and other publications that disseminate the project’s findings. Work on Biophilic Cities at UVA is supported through a generous grant from the Summit Foundation, based in Washington, DC.

Now you may ask, as I did, what biophillia is; Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

(22/6/2018) New playground equipment coming soon

Published 22 Jun 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

We’ve started upgrading and replacing play equipment at:
These playground upgrades were prioritised according to the age and condition of the equipment, expected use and significance to the community.
The upgrades are expected to finish end of July (weather permitting).

Media release

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

5 hours ago in Infrastructure projects
(22/6/2018) New playground equipment coming soon

(22/6/2018) Samson verge trees a success

Published 22 Jun 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

More than 200 new trees were planted along verges in Samson as part of our greening Samson initiative recently.

The initiative is part of our commitment to increasing the canopy cover in Samson.


The City of Fremantle gave Samson residents the chance to choose the type of tree they would like planted on their verge.

5 hours ago in Community , Infrastructure projects
(22/6/2018) Samson verge trees a success

Fees a ‘nail in the coffin’

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE peak body for charter boat owners says huge increases in boat pen fees “could be the nail in the coffin” for businesses already struggling through a tourism downturn.

The WA Department of Transport recently told boaties it will double pen fees over the next five to seven years to cover the cost of maintaining harbours, with this year’s hit a hefty 10 per cent plus 1.5 per cent for CPI (“Pen fee outrage,” Herald, June 16, 2018).

The move was greeted with outrage by fishermen and private yacht owners.

Now Marine Tourism WA, which represents charter boat owners, has joined the chorus of complaints, with president Matt Howard saying his members are already struggling with rising costs and a depressed economy.

• Carl Richards and Albert Ter Horst are trying to establish a charter boat company but say massive pen fee increases aren’t helping. Read about their colourful lives and Freo adventures on page 2 Herald. Photo by Molly Schmidt


“Unlike the government, small business tourism charter boat operators do not have the luxury to just pass on these rising costs of 10 per cent a year to our customers; it’s a very competitive market like all tourism businesses are,” Mr Howard told the Herald.

“Combine these increases with the fact tourism charter fishing boats are not allowed to operate for two months of their peak season from October 15 to December 15 between Augusta and Shark Bay and it could be the nail in the coffin for some tourism businesses.”

Mr Howard says if pen fees are going up so steeply, they’d like to see something in return – or instead.

“Government department need to promote marine tourism/charter fishing/eco-boat sightseeing tours in the metro area and regional areas of WA.

“Also the lifting of the two-month fishing ban in peak tourism season for charter fishing businesses would assist immensely.”

Down at Fishing Boat Harbour, Albert Ter Horst and business partner/family friend Carl Richards have been trying to establish a charter business servicing Rottnest Island with their historic eco-yacht Tropic Rover and say the pen increases couldn’t have come at a worst time.

They’re confident they’ll be able to weather the storm themselves, but say they feel for the fishing families and other charter services they know are currently doing it tough.

“People have the wrong concept that everyone who owns a boat is a millionaire,” says Mr Ter Horst.

“We got a shock with the amount. Nobody knows about this stuff until it happens.”

• Historic eco-yacht Tropic Rover.

Lowest ebb

Mr Ter Horst says the state’s tourism industry is at its lowest ebb in a decade, so the fee increase was adding salt to the wound for charter boat owners.

“There are charter boats doing dive charting, but guess what, no body wants to jump in the water anymore because there’s all this talk about sharks, so hang on, the guy still has to pay for the pen fee.”

Mr Richards says he sympathises with fishing families who have put everything they have into their boats.

“A lot of them it’s all they know. If their dad had a boat and they got into it, they’ve got their sons working for them and they’re not killing it, but it’s their livelihood and the best place they can have their boats, so they have to pay.”


Roving spirits

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

CARL RICHARDS and Albert Ter Horst have enough stories about Fremantle to fill a library.

And the pair’s plans for the port city fill an entire afternoon of conversation; seemingly without time to take a breath.

They almost resemble father and son sitting on a couch on Mr Richards’ back verandah, finishing each other’s sentences.

The pair, along with Mr Ter Horst’s daughter Caitlin, own historic eco-yacht Tropic Rover, which hails from Queensland and was used in Hollywood films, documentaries and even appeared in the TV series Flipper.

Mr Ter Horst and Mr Richards now have plans to use the boat to cruise passengers around Rottnest while sharing food and stories about Fremantle.


In the down season the boat would give the disadvantaged and homeless a taste of life on the high seas.

“We want to use this boat to help make Fremantle alive again,” says Mr Ter Horst, who most locals would recognise as the “bird whistle man” at the Fremantle markets

(His bird whistle business is a story in itself, set up while he was in Indonesia in 1996 and it now helps contribute to improving the village’s infrastructure).

The two men are bound by the loss of Mr Richards’ father Lionel, who was Mr Ter Horst’s closest friend.

“I learnt a lot from Carl’s father,” says Mr Ter Horst.

Lionel Richards led quite a remarkable life, from being executive producer of Hollywood star Mel Gibson’s first-ever movie (1977’s psycho-drama Summer City) to setting up Freo’s seminal 24-hour burger joint Captain Munchies in 1984.

“It was so busy there were armed guards sometimes,” Mr Ter Horst says of the burger joint’s heyday.

•  Carl Richards with his niece and Albert Ter Horst on Tropic Rover. Photo supplied

“I would be flipping burgers while my dad manned the till,” adds Mr Richards.

But where the money ended up is somewhat of a mystery, with Mr Richards’ father literally burying his takings all over Fremantle because he didn’t like banks.

“Because they take a percentage of everything,” laughs Mr Ter Horst.

“He used to bury the money, hide it under my bed and all over the place,” says Mr Richards.

“I often dream about where it is.”

Mr Richards says when his dad passed away in 2005, Mr Ter Horst became like a second father.

“Albert and my dad were best mates,” says Mr Richards. “Alby is a real rock for me and countless other Fremantle kids.”

Mr Ter Horst seems as much a part of Fremantle’s history as the Fremantle Doctor that is blowing as he speaks.

He was born in 1951 in Holland and arrived in Fremantle in the same year.

“My mother and father split up and my big sister and I lived with mum in the last Fremantle tram,” he says.

“The tram was converted as a caravan and we lived in it at Coogee Beach.”

From humble beginnings, over the next six decades Mr Ter Horst made a name for himself as a highly successful business man and integral part of Fremantle’s history.

Roo on the Roof, New Orlean’s Bourban and Beef Steak Restaurant, Beads and Bangles, Gem World, Wild Bull Burgers and Sun Souvenirs were all owned and managed by the ambitious entrepreneur.

He also set up the first backpackers in Fremantle, which is now Sundancer Backpackers on High Street.

His most recent project is Tropic Rover, which he purchased 10 years ago. He has since poured everything he has into restoring the boat.

Now, as Mr Ter Horst plans to retire, his daughter Caitlin and Mr Richards will be taking over Tropic Rover in partnership.

Mr Richards says they will honour Mr Ter Horst’s plans to create a charter boat that can be enjoyed by all the community.

“We want to share this experience with those less fortunate as well,” he says.

This idea continues a legacy Mr Ter Horst began nearly 20 years ago, when he noticed half a dozen street kids tagging one of his buildings.

Rather than tell them off, he asked them if they’d like to go on his boat. They gave him some lip, but an hour later their inquisitive nature took over and they fronted up on the dock. One of the young gang is now a deckhand on the Tropic Rover.

Mr Richards says he plans to team up with former Dockers player Scott Chisholm and Dr Kaine Grigg from FreoMindfulness to work out ways to use the boat to give back to the community.

“We don’t want to use the boat to drink beers and sit around; we want to use the boat to talk and listen,” he says.

Mr Richards says the Tropic Rover should be up and running by the beginning of September.


Who gives a fig?

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE resident Gillian Eckersley says she’s willing to pay extra rates to save two Moreton Bay figs in Kings Square from the axe.

The two 130-year-old trees are in poor health and the council is asking residents whether they’d support replacing the ‘Christmas’ fig with another mature fig and the other with a London Plane tree, or put up with some pretty harsh pruning and unsightly fencing.

“They’re iconic to Fremantle – I can’t believe it will actually happen,” Ms Eckersley told the Chook as she was walking through the square last week.

But not everyone’s so sentimental about them, with a few people saying their time was up and the council should move on.

Council infrastructure director Graham Tattersall estimated it could cost up to $200,000 to replace both fig trees, or up to $12,000 per year to maintain the existing trees.

“Given the poor health and the rate of decline of the trees, it is difficult to forecast how long a management regime may be effective or how long the trees would last,” he says.

• Grant Straiton in front of one of the iconic Moreton Bay Fig Trees in Kings Square. Photo by Harriet Burrows

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt has said the heavy pruning and fencing will adversely impact the trees’ appearance and the amount of shade they provide, so the council wants to make sure locals are on-side before sending in crews with chainsaws.

For decades the Christmas fig has been festooned with decorative lights over Christmas.

Local Grant Straiton, who regularly passes through the square, says the planned redevelopment doesn’t reflect the history of the city.

“Fremantle needs a facelift, but I would be sad to see the trees go.”

The large number of residents concerned about the future of the trees has prompted the city to hold a public information session on Thursday night (June 21), as the Herald was going to print.

To have your say on the future of the trees go to

It is expected that council will make a decision on their future next month.

Ian Sainsbury, Fremantle 
“I’d be happy to see them removed.They’re dying back from the tips.”

Cathy Eggert, NSW
“They’re magnificent trees. I’m sure something can be done.

Taryn Crystall and Jenna Hyde, North Perth
“Let the tree do its thing,” says Taryn. 
“It adds personality,” says Jenna.

Mark McCorkell, Fremantle 
“If it’s on its way out, clean it up and put something else there. Freo’s going through a bit of a revamp.”

Rohan Reynolds 
“The more green shit we pull out of the ground the less oxygen we’ll  have. They are pretty.”


Mum left stranded by brazen bike theft

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A BRAZEN thief unbolted a bike rack around midday on Saturday in Hamilton Hill to steal a mother’s electric bike – her only mode of transport.

After posting a letter and spending about 45 minutes at a nearby shopping centre, Jaya Penelope, 46, returned to the spot where her bike should have been.

“I was shocked and it took me a while to comprehend,” she said.

“It’s left me high and dry.

“It’s my only vehicle. I don’t have a car. I use if for shopping, work, everything.”

The electric bike is worth $4000 and the single mother relies on it to take her eight-year-old son, Gwydion, to and from school in Bibra Lake.

In a statement to the Herald, Cockburn council said they did not own or maintain the bike rack.

• Jaya Penelope and son Gwydion lost their only transport to a bike thief, but are hoping kind souls will get them mobile again. Photo by Harriet Burrows

The Herald has been unable to track down its owner.

Council travelsmart officer Jillian Woolmer said bike theft is an increasing issue around Perth as cycling is becoming more popular and the council is working with WA Police to reduce bike theft.”

One of the city’s anti-theft initiatives is the council’s Bicycle D-Locks project, which includes a register to help reunite stolen bikes with their owners.

In response to the theft, community members have rallied behind Ms Penelope, with a friend setting up a crowdfunding page and South Beach Cycles offering her a discount on a new electric bike.

“It’s been very heartening,” Ms Penelope said.

“I’ve been very touched by the number of people who have shown concern.”

So far the crowdfunding has raised $1000. To make a donation to her electric bike fund go to


Parlour bounces back

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE owners of Billingsgate Tattoo and Barber have praised locals and tradies who helped them reopen just 12 days after an arson attack.

Co-owner Samantha Pimblett says there was $30,000 worth of damage to her shop on South Street in Beaconsfield.

“Everything from one side of the shop to the other was melted,” she says.

“Everything was black and covered in soot.”

• Samantha Pimblett brings Bill Keeffe’s tattoo ideas to life on his legs. Photos by Steve Grant

But with “lots of help from friends and the community”, Mrs Pimblett was determined to get the business back up and running.

“We weren’t going to let it get to us.”

Although the shop was insured and tradies offered discounted rates, Mrs Pimblett estimated the arson attack on May 9 will still cost her about $40,000.

Police are still treating the incident as a suspected arson attack and have released CCTV footage of the group who allegedly committed the crime.

• Barber Josh Smith gives Daniel Alexander’s whiskers and coiffe a trim.

Despite all the stress, Mrs Pimblett is still looking on the bright side.

“As bad as it was, we’ve had a lot of exposure from it and a lot more interest in our business,” she says.

Although the business is recovering, the co-owner is still  “disgusted” the alleged perpetrators “didn’t stop to think someone was living upstairs.”

If you have info about the attack in the early hours of May 9, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Equality wins

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

AN EAST FREMANTLE woman pushing for gender equality in the workplace has won the business award at this year’s West Australian of the Year ceremony.

Diane Smith-Gander spent 24 years working interstate and overseas because of a lack of job opportunities in WA, before eventually moving back home.

“I hope in the future that women won’t need to leave Perth to progress their careers,” she says.

“Things are really changing – three of the four vice chancellors of our major universities are women.”

She added that she was heartened by the recent appointment of women to executive positions at Woodside, South32 and Fortescue.

The first elected president of Chief Executive Women, Ms Smith-Gander hopes the organisation can “educate and influence all businesses and levels of government on the importance of gender balance, through advocacy, targeted programs and scholarships.”

• Diane Smith-Gander

She says CEW is popular and has doubled its membership.

“WA now has a vibrant chapter with women in indigenous leadership, mining, education, public service, not for profits, professional services, and corporations.”

“My next 25 years are going to be my most powerful. I plan to keep telling it like it is and pushing women to say ‘yes’ to opportunities.”

Her father was a Melville citizen of the year and her mother a WA senior citizen of the year, for her services to the Red Cross.

“When I won this award I felt like WA was really welcoming me back and forgiving me for being away for 24 years,” says Ms Smith-Gander, who’s on the boards of Wesfarmers, AGL energy, Keystart Homes and UWA’s business school advisory board.  She is also the director of the committee for the economic development of Australia, advocating women’s workplace rights and encouraging them to reach their full potential.


Booze crackdown

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A POLICY aimed at limiting big booze barns in Fremantle had it first outing at council this week.

Pushed by deputy mayor Ingrid Waltham to help combat growing concerns about Freo’s dependence on alcohol for its economy, the policy would make anyone proposing a tavern in a 400sqm building to give up at least half the area for other uses.

Historic pubs will be exempt from the policy.

The policy also gives the council scope to decide whether a proposed tavern is suitable for the location or going to create an over-concentration of alcohol-related entertainment.

The policy made it through this week’s strategic planning and transport committee but will be tweaked before heading to council to give it more teeth.

It follows a fierce social media debate this week after a woman described how she and her daughter became victims of a random attack in an east end shop this week.

Dozens of people shared similar stories of being abused, spat at or assaulted in Fremantle, while others complained about feeling unsafe walking its streets.

While mayor Brad Pettitt tried to counter by pointing to statistics showing crime rates were falling, others said the outpouring reflected people’s “lived experience” in the port city.

Others claimed the city had turned a corner and new developments such as Kings Square would soon fill the streets and help combat anti-social behaviour.

Video ref yet to win over fans

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE first week of the World Cup served up plenty of memorable goals and games, but unfortunately the biggest talking point has been the use of the controversial Video Assistant Referee system.

Designed to let referees use video technology to make better decisions, it is the first time VAR has been used at a World Cup, but so far the system has been criticised for getting several big calls wrong, including a contentious penalty given against Australia in their 2-1 defeat to France.

Although VAR reviews an incident in slow motion from multiple camera angles, ultimately it still boils down to human interpretation, and there will always be debates and disagreements about sporting decisions, especially penalties.

Critics also say the system spoils the spontaneity of celebrating a goal and can result in several minutes of stoppage time while footage is reviewed.

Football West CEO James Curtis says the VAR has to win over fans.

“Bringing in VAR at the World Cup was always going to throw up contentious incidents and it just so happened the first one involved the Socceroos,” he says.

“There were others in the Sweden and England matches.

“As long as they are consistent and get the right decisions then I believe most people will happily live with it.”

VAR was trialled in the FA and Carabao Cups in England last season, as well as the German and Italian leagues, and Fifa president Infantino declared it was “almost perfect”.

• Socceroo’s veteran Tim Cahill, 38, is hoping to get on the pitch and play in his fourth World Cup. Photos courtesy The Socceroos


“From almost 1000 live matches that were part of the experiment, the level of the accuracy increased from 93 to 99 per cent.”

The A League was the first top-level domestic football league in the world to implement VAR last season, but its future could be in the balance after a technical failure meant it got a crucial offside decision wrong in the showpiece grand final in May.

Another big off-field talking point has been Optus’ patchy coverage of the World Cup, with its streaming service dropping out during live matches.

Following a national outcry and a phone call from prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, Optus announced on Monday it would simultaneously broadcast all the games on free-to-air SBS for the next 48 hours.

In Australia fans have had to subscribe to Optus TV if they want to see every live game – SBS broadcast one game a day – annoying soccer fans who say that given the significance of the World Cup all matches should be on free-to-air.

“It’s important that all Australians are able to watch their team play on the world stage, be it on free-to-air or on a digital platform,” says Football West CEO James Curtis.

“With the changes in technology and consumer behaviour, it will be important to maintain a balance of accessible options.”

• Socceroo striker Mathew Leckie.

Crunch games

Off-field incidents aside, it’s D-day for Australia with two crunch games against Denmark and Peru looming.

Australia fought hard in their opener against France, but they only mustered one shot on target and one corner.

The Socceroos will want to be more offensive in their remaining group matches and get Tom Rogic and Mathew Leckie on the ball more often. Expect to see veteran striker Tim Cahill feature at some point as well.

Physicality is part of Australia’s game, but they will need to be careful as they were on the brink of a sending off with Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich and Leckie on yellow cards against the French.

At the time of going to print on Wednesday (June 20), Curtis was confident Australia could make the knockout stages.

“We have shown that we can match it with the French,” he says.

“The big question will be who we play in the last 16?”


Cup kicks a goal for WA

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FOOTBALL West CEO James Curtis says the “beautiful game” is in rude health in WA and the World Cup will only add to the momentum.

“Our registered players are at an all-time high this year,” he says.

“Interest in football always rises when a World Cup is on and especially as the Socceroos are now regular qualifiers.

“Nothing can match World Cup fever in a country and Australia is no different.

“And with Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon and Brad Jones in the squad, West Australians will identify with three players who have come through the system here. Sainsbury was immense against France and coach Bert van Marwijk hailed Risdon’s display.

“But the growth is wider than the men’s national team.

“In March we had the Matildas play in Perth and that was a great occasion. Sam Kerr, arguably the best women’s player in the world, hails from WA and it was fantastic to see how she has caught the public’s imagination.

“We are also part of the bid to bring the 2023 Women’s World Cup to Australia. And figures released by the Australian Sports Commission show football is by far the most popular team sport played by adults and children in the country.

“The interest is there and the World Cup adds to the momentum.”

LETTERS 23.6.18

Published 22 Jun 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

Keep an open mind
REGARDING the story AMA slams billboard in last week’s Herald.
A vaccine is a pharmaceutical product and I would want to know what is being injected into myself or my family.
The Australian immunisation handbook lists vaccine ingredients in appendices three; not an exhaustive list by any means.
The AMA should be directing readers to such a site instead of bellowing out the usual distracting soundbites.
The article is the usual fictional account of Dr Wakefield, a gastroenterologist who was in fact concerned about the negative effects of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and advocated the use of single vaccines.
To regurgitate a 20-year-old soundbite about one apparent ‘fraudulent’ study is to ignore the hundreds if not thousands of studies relating to vaccines and their components.
Studies relating to, for instance, vaccine ingredients such as formaldehyde and aluminium hydroxide.
Learn the Risk organisation gives links, amongst many, to the NCBI PubMed, a database of life science journals and biomedical literature, like the British medical journal: demyelinating disease and vaccination of the human papillomavirus.
My concern is that many people, including health professionals, do not know what is in a vaccine and it is high time to stop wheeling out Dr Wakefield’s ‘fraudulent’ study in an effort to stymie any discussion about adverse events resulting from vaccination.
As to the billboard, my response to the AMA is, ‘Do you know what’s in a vaccine?
Well, if nothing else, you know about two components now.
Margaret Shaw
Curtis Road, Melville

AMA afraid?
I READ the article “AMA slams billboard” in last week’s Herald.
Why is the AMA so afraid of a billboard asking ‘Do you know what’s in a vaccine?’
Are we not allowed to question and research the risk of vaccinating versus not vaccinating?
Despite the World Health Organisation saying that vaccines save millions of lives per year around the world, there are law suits because of serious injuries and deaths because of vaccines.
In Spain over Gardasil. In Japan over Gardasil.
The flu shot was taken off the market for under fives in Australia after deaths and injury.
Prevnar was banned in China and Netherlands.
France pulled Rotavirus off their schedule after infant deaths and injuries.
Vaccines are the most profitable pharmaceutical drug on the market.
In terms of profit margin, drug companies make more money off vaccines than they do any other pharmaceutical drug,
There is zero references to any published scientific research whether aluminium in vaccines are safe.
There is a lack of rigorous safety studies by drug companies.
And they don’t have the incentive to do them because they have no liability.
It is a drug company’s dream and a prescription for tyranny.
Despite this, parents are told not to question any of this.
Don’t ignore the billboard in Northbridge – educate yourselves.
Marie Zuidwind
High Street, Fremantle

Protect Port Beach
IN the aftermath of the recent devastating storm damage to Port Beach, resulting in its closure, it has become clear there is insufficient protection of the beach and nearby Fremantle Port infrastructure.
Such protection, in the form of breakwater structures and sea walls, should have been put in place after similar storm damage occurred in 2003, but measures taken then were inadequate and, as expected amongst regular beach users, the damage has been repeated.
We feel that the public needs to know that there are already some sound solutions available in the form of coastal engineering structures recommended 14 years ago, and that action is needed now for long term protection of the area.
Andrew Martindale
Richmond Circus, East Fremantle

We did this!
THE Thinking Allowed on Australia’s policy on asylum seekers (“A self-imposed trap”, Herald, June 16, 2018), could not have been more timely.
There was another suicide this week on Nauru and every Australian had a hand in his death.
He was a 26-year-old Kurdish Iranian seeking asylum in Australia.
It seems that he was kidnapped aged 10 in Iran and threatened with death every day during the three months he was held.
He had been studying dentistry in Iran before he fled the country with his mother and now 12-year-old brother.
We held him on Nauru for five years and it seems despite his repeated requests, we did not provide psychiatric help.
We gave him no hope of settling in Australia and no idea whether his family would ever be settled.
His 12-year-old brother is one of 29 children and 1369 people we hold in detention without adequate health care, housing and basic human rights.
We did this.
How much longer are we going to do it?
Marion O’Leary
Stevens Street, Fremantle

Where’s the balance?
REGARDING the article “Do you know what’s in a vaccine?” in last week’s Herald.
Thank you to the brave ones who initiated this debate, which is now all over social media and in our conversations.
The fact is we should know what is in a vaccine. This makes us an educated and engaged Perth community, right?
I am just disappointed that the Herald chooses to cite replies only from the AMA WA president Omar Khorshid and Labour MP John Carey, and both with biased replies.
It is not “an appalling anti-health message” neither is it “utter rubbish”
This is not a terrible thing as Mr Carey articulates so poorly.
Let us be informed and make our own choices.
Caroline Colliss
Howson Street, Hilton

Slow sinking
AFTER reading the articles “Pen Fee Outrage” and “‘Fake news’”  in the June 16 edition of the Herald, I am compelled to point out the bleeding obvious.
Governments of all persuasions – federal, state and local – all seem to think the poor average citizen can continue to absorb the cost of living increases that are multiples of the inflation rate; while wage growth is stagnant or going backwards.
God only knows what will happen to our economy over the next 25 years as no government agency is actually reducing its costs to the public.
Having spent a lot of time in a government trading enterprise reducing costs, it is plain that modern technology through CNC and robotic technologies has actually reduced material/goods costs. So what’s left? Wages and salaries.
To take a trailerable boat out for a day’s fishing takes 10 licences and/or fees even before you buy the bait.
God only knows how much it costs the Fremantle cray fishermen to get on the water.
Pay for use, plus galloping rates and taxes are not sustainable.
The McGowan and Turnbull governments won’t last at this rate due to inequalities in the system, especially the grants commission carve up of the GST.
How about elected citizens at all levels lift their collective games and actually start reducing the cost of living.
I live in hope.
Eric J Benson-Lidholm
Harris Street, Bicton

LABOR leader Bill Mr Shorten was in Perth last week and again promising Perth voters another $400 million.
Mr Shorten and the Labor party have already stated, regardless of what the productivity commission report recommends, he and his Labor colleague will not vote in favour of the change in either house of parliament. So anything Mr Shorten offers to WA is only an offer.
The voters in upcoming by-elections in Fremantle and Perth needs to send a message to both the Labor Party and the Greens that WA will not accept anything less than 80 per cent of our GST allocation.
WA will never get their true allocation of GST because the Labor party and the Greens have already stated they will block any change to the GST that effects other states.
Remember Victoria and NSW do not have to pay GST on their income from the poker machines, which equal to many hundreds of million dollars extra each year which WA doesn’t receive.
We should not be fooled by Mr Shorten’s promises, because we know where WA Labor promises have got us in the past.
Steven Cruden
Witts Lane, Kwinana 

 Re-Imagine Your Street Initiative

Published 21 Jun 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Re-Imagine Your Street is an initiative that aims to connect neighbours and builds community The Henry Project is delighted to be supporting two streets in Fremantle (Davies St, Beaconsfield and Clarke St, Hilton), to create their own individual neighbourhood spaces. We want to make our streets great places to gather, share meals, take some time […]


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

book launch


A book written and published by former Fremantle Greens Senator and former Fremantle Society president Dr Ian Alexander claims corruption at Fremantle and Perth councils.

The City of Sharks book is promoted as a novel, but the invitation to the launch reads: A novel about corruption and intrigue in the Cities of Perth and Fremantle. A novel which asks: will high-rise take over Fremantle or will the people’s campaign against it succeed?

The book launch is on July 11 from7-30-9pm upstairs at the National Hotel in Fremantle and discounted books for just $ 25 will be available.

I am sure the book will have a disclaimer that states it is only creative fiction writing, but it could still become a field day for lawyers. I can’t wait to read it.

Roel Loopers



Success at the Fremantle Business Awards

Published 21 Jun 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

We were honoured to receive the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the recent 2018 Fremantle Business Awards. The Fremantle Foundation exists because of the generosity of our donors and the wider community. We’re so excited to see philanthropy continue to grow, as together we create a culture of giving!

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Published 21 Jun 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Find out about the great work that St Pats are doing in Freo this Tuesday 26th June 5.45pm – 7.15 pm BOOKINGS: Find out how your donations are used CEO update on plans and challenges for the next 12 months Hear about the 20 lives 20 homes project Q&A session on key issues in Homelesness […]

(21/6/18) Thumbs up for FOGO

Published 21 Jun 2018 by timw in News & Media.

A survey of Melville residents participating in a trial of a new three-bin waste management system have given it the big thumbs up.

Last October the new FOGO (Food Organic Garden Organic) system was rolled out to approximately 7,000 households in the City of Melville as part of the trial, supported by the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) and three of its member councils – Fremantle, Melville and East Fremantle.

1 day ago in Media release , Sustainability
(21/6/18) Thumbs up for FOGO


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




There are many delightful, caring and considerate people in our lovely Fremantle community, and this photo is proof of it.

The residents of 109 Lefroy Road in Beaconsfield have built a  Give and Take Community Cupboard where generous people can donate food, clothes, books, etc. for those who need a bit of support.

Great idea. Thanks for caring!

Roel Loopers


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


Circus wa


Fremantle’s CIRCUS WA is holding school holiday workshops in the big top at Princess May Park from July 3-12.

There are morning workshops for kids aged 5-8, afternoon workshops for the 9-14 year old and evening ones for the 15+.

Register on-line

The Big Top next to the former Boys School can also be hired for functions, so that is a very special venue for a special event.

Roel Loopers


Published 19 Jun 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.




It is disappointing when one wants to take advantage of the free before 11am parking for residents in the City of Fremantle when Transperth busses use local streets near the Woolstores shopping centre as overflow parking spaces.

These five busses took up 17 car bays at 10am this morning. It’s not on!

Roel Loopers

(20/6/2018) Fremantle welcomes refugees

Published 19 Jun 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle has reaffirmed its commitment to being a Refugee Welcome Zone, as people around the globe use today’s World Refugee Day to show their support for those forced to flee their homes because of violence and persecution.

The United Nations has declared 20 June 2018 World Refugee Day to promote international awareness and action on the plight of the millions of refugees around the world.

2 days ago in Media release , Council
(20/6/2018) Fremantle welcomes refugees


Published 19 Jun 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.




There is still a bit of rain around Fremantle, and don’t the gardens and parks love it!

I took this photo of the marina at Be. apartments late yesterday afternoon on my way to the Fremantle Network event.

Enjoy the day and appreciate that we live in a gorgeous city!

Roel Loopers


Published 19 Jun 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.



What can a small city like Fremantle of just over 30,000 residents learn from a mega city like Singapore with over 5 million people? It was a question Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt asked when he went on a study tour with the South West Group and the Mayors of Melville, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham.

Yesterday at the monthly Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel the Mayor shared his thoughts and some photos, and it was a thought provoking presentation.

Brad Pettitt said that city greening was the extraordinary success of Singapore, as developers were required to create large green spaces on and around new buildings, but there is also a greening of highways, rooftops, walkways and gardens, and road corridors of trees that make large parts of the huge city look delightfully green. That is certainly a lesson we can learn from in Fremantle and in Western Australia, as European countries also do that much better and more intense than we do over here.

The largest vertical garden in the world is also in Singapore, comprising of 57,000 pot plants!

How we can legislate for it is altogether the question though. It probably needs to be done at state level, but there is always a risk that local council then lose control of their city planning.

I have suggested before here on Freo’s View that in appropriate locations Fremantle City should consider a percentage for green space, where developers are granted additional height if they create the equivalent floorspace into a green open space near or within the development.

Brad Pettitt also showed some less desirable and quite ugly highrise development that we definitely don’t want in WA.

The Freo Mayor also mentioned how massive the port of Singapore is with 35 million containers(TEU) a year.

Singapore has over 17 million international tourists a year, compared to WA of less than a million, and it is strongly branding itself as a green sophisticated city. Brad Pettitt thought Fremantle should celebrate its Aboriginal history more and make it part of our brand. We need a major attractor, Pettitt said.

The Mayor said that heritage was highly valued and protected in Singapore and that there is a lot of street activation in heritage areas, something missing in Fremantle, but there was a lack of solar energy use and Singapore was trying to catch up on that.

Brad Pettitt asked if there was a case to be made for greater hight if it helped to create better public realm, because the urban sprawl could no longer be supported in WA. “Get a train to Butler and see what we are doing!”

In that context it is good to note a change of heart by one of Melbourne’s leading urban planning experts Rob Adams, who ten years ago strongly supported densification and urban infill, but now says it has destroyed many streetscapes in the city because the public realm improvements did not eventuate when they started building highrise.

I say it again here that I would love to see a forum about what appropriate architecture, development and density for Fremantle could be, so I hope someone will organise an event that I would love to be part of.

Roel Loopers


Published 19 Jun 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

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When I saw the rainbow over Fremantle this morning I just had to get a photo of it with the Maritime Museum. While there I also could not resist to take yet another reflection photo in one of the big puddles.

Roel Loopers

The Fremantle Network this Tuesday: Lessons from Singapore

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

On one level Singapore and Fremantle seem very far apart. A high density metropolis of over 5 million that’s at the crossroads of global trade contrasted with our relatively small and isolated port city. But there’s some important lesson both good and bad that Singapore can share for Fremantle from city greening, density, heritage, affordable […]

(15/6/2018) Quick guide to major developments

Published 15 Jun 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The development process for major projects (large developments including those bigger than $10 million) is a thorough process involving various important steps.

Watch our handy new quick video guide showing you how a project goes from a proposal submitted to council to being approved or refused:

1 week ago in Business & development , Major projects
(15/6/2018) Quick guide to major developments

(15/6/2018) Local artist makes extraordinary donation

Published 14 Jun 2018 by timw in News & Media.

A prominent local artist has made an extraordinary donation to the City of Fremantle Art Collection.

Harry Hummerston, whose screen prints have been exhibited in Australian and overseas galleries since the 1970s, has gifted 31 large, multi-colour prints to the City.

Harry said the works, many of which feature Fremantle themes and icons, represent the entire back catalogue of screen prints he produced between 1979 and 1991. 

1 week ago in Media release , Arts & culture
(15/6/2018) Local artist makes extraordinary donation

Funk ‘n Cider Music Finale

Published 14 Jun 2018 by Dave Robertson in Dave Robertson.


(13/6/2018) Cleaner environment is in the bag

Published 13 Jun 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is giving away reusable shopping bags as the countdown to WA’s plastic bag ban continues.

The ban on lightweight, single-use plastic bags will come into effect on 1 July, bringing WA into line with similar bans in South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fremantle was proud to have led the fight for a plastic bag ban in Western Australia.

1 week ago in Media release , Sustainability
(13/6/2018) Cleaner environment is in the bag

Why Backyards are Important

Published 12 Jun 2018 by admin in The Fremantle Society.


This doesn’t look like a backyard, but it is. In the jaw droppingly beautiful heritage town of Colmar in eastern France, this is the view from a new rental apartment in a 400 year old building in the heart of town, a whole (compact) apartment rented for less than any little box in the new developments of Fremantle.

Colmar is full of these backyards behind thriving busy shops and streets in the middle of town. Just ten metres from the hectic life on the street, these serene spaces for residents abound. The plastic grass may be a touch too far, but most of the rest is real heritage, a survivor from two world wars, a town so beautful that the Germans, and even the Americans, did not bomb it.

Gerard O’Brien destroyed all the backyards of the Atwell Buildings in High Street with his new glass box, and will do the same with the backyards to the 28 Manning Buildings shops across the road. The inner city backyards of Fremantle, what little remain of them, are precious, and could be Colmar type spaces. In some places like Melbourne they graffiti them and turn them into laneway bars, and Fremantle Council is on an alcohol led recovery so could consider the same.

It is a tragedy that no councillor would listen to the Fremantle Society when we pleaded for the rear of the Manning Building shops to be treated as important spaces that could be turned into something wonderful. Instead, most of the rear buildings, including a level 1a listed building, ironically probably one of the first bicycle factories in Fremantle, will be demolished.

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Backyards in the Suburbs

Published 12 Jun 2018 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

With Fremantle having the second worst tree canopy of any suburb in Western Australia, the fact that council has not even completed a significant tree register yet for private land, and the relentless ‘progressive’ push to increase densities, the leafy backyards of Fremantle suburbs are under threat.

When Professor Tony Hall arrived in Australia from the UK he couldn’t believe how Australians, distracted by their long working week and their desire to ‘invest’ in a large house, were giving up on the sanctity of a leafy backyard. He wrote a book about it- Life and Death of the Australian Backyard (CSIRO 2010).

Because Fremantle Council was embarking then on plans for increased density to encourage cheaper housing, and less green open space, Professor Hall was brought to Fremantle to talk to councillors and staff, but he was met with mainly blank stares. He went back to Queensland, and nowadays one of the chief complaints the Fremantle Society receives are complaints from residents of their amenity being affected by insensitive higher density. His comments apply to established suburbs as well as new housing areas.

In 2009, the Brisbane Times interviewed Professor Hall:

“I’d never seen this before,” Prof Hall told AAP from his office at Queensland’s Griffith University.

“It reflected changes in lifestyle in Australia for the worse.”

In developing outer suburbs across the country, home buyers are purchasing blocks of land to build their own home, he said.

They are encouraged by builders to construct the biggest house then can fit on the lot and the “backyard is not seen as very interesting”.

It is in the builder’s interest to sell floor space, Prof Hall said.

“New names are invented to cover all these rooms that you now have but don’t really have any function (like) activity rooms,” he said.

“You find that the situation is quite dramatic.

“Any aerial photos you find, it really stands out, you get the older suburbs – they’re covered by trees and the newer ones are all just roof-to-roof.”

Prof Hall, wrote a report about his findings for Griffith University’s Urban Research Program, titled Where Have All the Gardens Gone? An Investigation into the Disappearance of Backyards in the Newer Australian Suburb.

He said the trend took hold in the mid-1990s, coinciding with longer working hours.

“People in Australia are now working very long hours (particularly) people in the outer suburbs … (people are) working over 50 hours a week, working weekends, not taking their holidays,” he said.

“People often don’t notice the lack of outlook because they’re not there in the daytime.

“The house is designed as a supposed investment but you can’t enjoy it.”

Shrinking backyards are forcing people indoors, causing a shift in leisure activities and lifestyle choices, he said.

“It’s completely contrary to these stories of real Australia because we’re still maintaining the story of the laid-back, outdoor, casual lifestyle when in fact the reality is moving rapidly in the opposite direction.”

Backyard lovers such as kids and retirees who like “pottering in the garden” are suffering most from the shrinkage, Prof Hall said.

“Children now sit in their bedroom and play computer games.

“Generations of children have grown up without any contact with the natural world.”

There is also an environmental impact.

“There’s a huge ecological function of the planted areas around the house,” Prof Hall said.

This has an impact particularly in the Australian climate.

Big, shady trees are replaced with energy guzzling air-conditioning and rain that would nourish the garden is flushed down the stormwater drain.

Prof Hall said front yards don’t offer the security and privacy of a backyard and for maximum pleasure a backyard should reach at least 100 square metres, though design is more important.

“What is worrying is that the older suburb house with a big backyard is no longer being built in Australia,” he said.

“What is the quality of life in these places? It’s quite frightening really.”

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Hampton Road

Published 12 Jun 2018 by admin in The Fremantle Society.

20 years ago one councillor, who is still on council, wanted to change the name of Hampton Road, because Governor Hampton had been a harsh taskmaster for the convicts, and made them do some work.

Hampton Road then got a dose of money to cripple traffic along it, with $770,000 spent to cut the number of lanes in two, with the thinking that trucks would just go away.

Now there is a group that wants to further attack this important artery of Fremantle, and they have enlisted the support of Councillor Pemberton. Be aware of this group, or else you will wake up one day with another artery strangled.

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(12/6/2018) Esplanade Reserve playground closure

Published 12 Jun 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The Esplanade Reserve playground will be closed on Wednesday 13 June while maintenance work is being carried out on the surrounding Norfolk Pine trees.

1 week ago in Infrastructure projects
(12/6/2018) Esplanade Reserve playground closure

Video encourages Asian travellers to spend a night in Freo

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

The City of Fremantle has released a new destination marketing video aimed at encouraging more Asian visitors to spend a night or two in Freo.. It is a great little video and thought it was worth sharing. The video, produced in partnership with regional tourism organisation Destination Perth as part of the Fremantle – Be […]

Seasonal Home and Garden Kindy Fundraiser with Josh Byrne

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

  White Gum Valley’s Hazel Orme Community Kindy relies on fundraising to support all the great stuff that teachers and parents do for the kids throughout the year. Their latest fundraising event is a pair of house and garden workshops with Josh Byrne, well-known local sustainability expert and Gardening Australia presenter. Winter Workshop: 23rd June […]

Mayor (Not) in the Square Heads South Tomorrow

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

Tomorrow Mayor (Not) in the Square will be in South Freo’s Ootong and Lincoln at 11am. Feel free to pop down.    

(12/6/2018) Freo video courts Asian travellers

Published 11 Jun 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle has released a new destination marketing video aimed at encouraging more Asian visitors to spend a night or two in Freo.

The video, produced in partnership with regional tourism organisation Destination Perth as part of the City’s destination marketing program, is subtitled in Mandarin Chinese.

It highlights Fremantle’s laid back atmosphere, arts and culture, unique heritage and vibrant café, bar and restaurant scene.

1 week ago in Media release , Business & development
(12/6/2018) Freo video courts Asian travellers

Hidden Treasures Music Festival Returns to the West End

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

It feels like winter so Hidden Treasures must be approaching. Pleasingly the full-line up has just been announced! Once again, every Thursday in July the Hidden Treasures music festival will breathe life into the historic West End in the middle of winter. Highlights include Because the Night Belongs to Lovers and the launch of Fremantle […]

June 2018 Meeting

Published 7 Jun 2018 by Margherita in South City Freospace.

Thursday 14 June at 7:00pm

Fremantle Primary School, Brennan St Fremantle.


Fabulous New Additions to the City of Fremantle Art Collection

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

Not everyone may know this but the City of Fremantle has an amazing art collection that we display at Fremantle Arts Centre’s Pavlich Room. That collection  just got even better that to the generosity of Fremantle based artist Harry Hummerston. Harry has generously gifted 31 (last) copies of his entire back catalogue of screen prints 1979-1991 […]

Humble Pantry Fremantle – A Social Enterprise Cafe

Published 6 Jun 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Our neighbours in the Fremantle Old Boys School DADAA have exciting plans for a social enterprise cafe in Fremantle. The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the heritage building is the next area to be transformed. DADAA are creating a new cafe – ‘Humble Pantry Fremantle’ – named after the original school’s first head […]

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(6/6/2018) Fly by Night tenure coming to an end

Published 6 Jun 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The Fly by Night Musicians Club’s tenancy in Victoria Hall in Fremantle will come to an end in August.

The Fremantle Council considered the club’s lease on the hall back in February.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was a difficult decision not to renew the lease.

“The Fly by Night Club has been an iconic part of the Fremantle music scene for more than 30 years - hosting great performers and nurturing local talent. It would be heartbreaking to see it close,” Mayor Pettitt said.

2 weeks ago in Media release , Council , Arts & culture
(6/6/2018) Fly by Night tenure coming to an end

Mayor in the Square will be at Wray Ave this week

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

Mayor in the Square will be at Mod Cafe on Wray Ave tomorrow, Wednesday the 6th of June. If the weather is good we will be on the public parklet on the street. Otherwise we will be inside keeping warm and dry.

Plastic Free July Launch Today on World Environment Day in Fremantle.

Published 4 Jun 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

It was great to have the the Hon. Minister Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment to launch the 2018 Plastic Free July campaign today on World Environment Day at B.Shed in Fremantle. With the 2018 World Environment Day theme of #BeatPlasticPollution it is timely to encourage all Western Australians to take action and be part […]

RAHS journal online

Published 4 Jun 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.

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Daisy Bates Collection Digitised

Published 4 Jun 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.


Broome: Digital Access to Collections

Published 4 Jun 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.