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Published 18 Feb 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.



Preparations are now under way for the three storey residential and commercial M/28 development on the corner of South Terrace and Charles Street.

The new building developed by the MATCH group will be opposite the The Local hotel in South Fremantle and will add to the vibrancy of South Freo.


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Annual General Meeting of Electors this Wednesday

Published 17 Feb 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The Fremantle Annual General Meeting of Electors will be held this coming Wednesday, February 21, at the Fremantle Townhall at 6pm. This is your meeting and we’d love to have you along to have your say It will be followed at 7pm by the Strategy and Project Development Committee.


Published 17 Feb 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.




Kiltir from the Reunion Island is performing at the free concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre this afternoon from 2-4pm.

It is a band of brothers who live to spread the tradition of Maloya, one of two major music traditions on Reunion Island, through an infectiously energetic display of dance and musical prowess.

And the free Harbour Sounds concert on the deck of the Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay is on from 5pm.

Also on this afternoon is the Laneway Party 2nd birthday of the Federal Hotel in William Street.

Have some fun, have a dance, connect with your community, make new friends!

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Published 17 Feb 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.




This old lady quietly knitting in the hustle and bustle of the Freo Cappuccino Strip today created a little oasis. She was selling little baby shoes and other things.

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



Some people will say that the Fremantle CBD needs new cafes like a hole in the head, but here the announcement of yet another caffeine provider to open on Monday.

COS BABY will open on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets and also has a parklet, which makes it the fourth parklet in Pakenham Street.

It looks nice and uncluttered inside, so check it out when you walk by.

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




The British frigate HMS Sutherland arrived in Fremantle Port on Thursday morning with all guns blazing.

We were surprised at the Roundhouse to unexpectedly hear the salute, which is a 16th century tradition when war ships entered foreign ports. It was to show that they had emptied all their guns and were no threat.

The HMS Sutherland is the first British navy ship to visit Australia in five years. It is a type 23 frigate and the 13th ship in the Duke class.

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


An advanced notice that the Fremantle Annual General Meeting of Electors will be held this coming Wednesday, February 21, at the Fremantle Townhall at 6pm.

It will be followed at 7pm by the Strategy and Project Development Committee.

Have your say!


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Amanda Westley – The Painting of All of Me

Published 16 Feb 2018 by David Wroth in Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Amanda Westley

Amanda Conway-Jones (nee Westley) is part of the Ngarrindjeri clan in South Australia. Here she talks about piecing her family history together, her art and her life in the coastal town of Victor Harbor. Amanda is talking on the day after the opening of her first solo exhibition.

Growing Up

Where did you grow up and can you describe what it was like?

I grew up in a little country coastal town Victor Harbor, in South Australia. We had a farm about 15 km out of Victor where we had vineyards. My Dad was a boat builder and a tuna fisherman, so I spent a lot of time on the water with him. My childhood was a mixture of coastal and country experience.

Finding Family History

Can you tell me a little bit about your clan and the history that you’ve been able to find out about them?

I found bits and pieces out about my family because when I was born, it wasn’t on my birth certificate that I was Aboriginal. I knew I had this passion for painting and this curiosity to find out more about my background. With Mum’s help, we went to get permission from elders with all the proper paperwork to show that I was Aboriginal. I have, over the years, gradually found out more and more out about my family. Interesting little facts. My great-grandfather had to become a Christian so that he could own land. I have members of the family who are elders and are helping to trace our history.

Endeavour Bay by Amanda Westley

My grandmother is the youngest of fourteen kids. I think the youngest four were taken. Mum has shown me letters in this book that we have of her father writing to try to get the kids back. It says in the letters that he will pay a certain amount out of his monthly salary to get his children back. I find that interesting because that was printed in a book that we now have. Now everyone is all back together. My Grandma and her sister are now living back in Goolwa, at the mouth of the Murray River. The family is reunited and they’re all living just down the road, which is awesome.


When did you first take an interest in painting?

My mother went to Camp Coorong, which is the Ngarrindjeri culture centre, when I was very young. I have snippets of memory of her trying to find her Grandfather’s grave, an unmarked grave I believe. She went there to speak to the elders. I remember her talking about his artwork and I remember sitting down and helping paint, I think it was emu.

What was his art like?

I don’t remember much. I think it was very traditional. I’ve always compared my art to our traditional Ngarrindjeri art, and mine’s completely different. Theirs is very traditional.

Amanda Westley

First Painting

What was the first thing you painted?

I had a wardrobe in my room, and I opened one side of the door and painted the inside of the door first. Gradually I thought I was getting away with it because no one had said anything. Eventually, I covered the whole wardrobe. I stole some cork tiles from my Dad’s shed and painted those as well. Mum and Dad always supported my art, but it’s always been a very quiet thing. I’ve always just kept it to myself at home with my close family. Just Mum and Dad and my sister. I don’t even think that the rest of my family knew I painted. They were very surprised when I came out with some pieces when I was younger. They had no idea.

What made you decide to commit yourself to making art?

I’ve always found my artwork personal. I always struggled with the idea of someone purchasing my art and having it on their walls. I never thought of it as, “Ah, I love this piece that I’ve done. It’s amazing. I’d love to sell that, and I wonder if I could.” To me, the painting was just another part of me. I always kept it personal because I was worried about other people’s judgement of this other part of me.

Amanda Westley

The Role of Instagram

Eventually, I posted a few photos on Instagram on a personal page. I was invited me to be part of a group show with lots of other artists. It wasn’t a solo, I just put a few little pieces in and I got some good feedback, and that’s when I started thinking ‘Oh, maybe people might like it. It might be something that I should share with other people.’ It just grew from that little thing into more shows and more people asking to see my work. It is only in the last two years that I’ve started to get more serious enquiries and it’s started to blow up, which is fantastic. Japingka Gallery found me through Instagram.

Instagram’s gone crazy. It was the only type of sharing I could afford. I am a single mum. I moved back to Victor to look after my Dad who passed away from cancer. My marriage had ended, and I had two young kids and I couldn’t afford to do anything like setting up my own studio or a little space on my own. I didn’t have a house. I didn’t have a car. I didn’t have anything. I couldn’t afford to have a website or anything like that, so Instagram was it. I started just posting some pictures on Instagram, and it blew up from there.

Amanda Westley

Home Town Colours

Can you tell me about your paintings and what inspires them?

As a younger person growing up in my little hometown, I thought I wanted to move and be away from such a small community. I did for quite a while. I travelled around Australia. It wasn’t until Dad got sick that I moved back home. I realised that being home again, I appreciate where I lived.

My mum lives on two acres, so to me that’s a perfect little piece of country. It’s quiet, it’s out of the town. We live right near the beach. You can just drive down the road, and there’s a beach and I take the kids and the dog down to the beach most days. We’re the only ones on the beach. I think these Land Line paintings are just my story, how I see my land and how I appreciate where I’m from and where I live. If you come to my town, these are the colours you see. Whereas if you go anywhere else in Australia, they’re different colours, but these are my town colours, my country town colours.

You have a distinctive style. Is there anything you can tell me about how that evolved?

It’s changed from the beginning. If you look at my work from the beginning to now, I think my style is more mature now from when I started. Things have become more precise, I guess. My dots are more precise. Whereas my younger work it was more relaxed. I think I’ve changed since becoming a mother. I’m more organised and I feel like my art’s more organised. This is the style that I’m most happy with.

Amanda Westley

Where Painting Fits In

What your painting routine like at the moment?

It’s all over the place because I have two young kids. They like to watch me paint, so now and then during the day I can get a few hours in of painting. It’s not until I put the kids to bed that I can stay up all night and paint. It’s the only time I have to do it. Two days a week that I am kid-free because they’re both in school and child care.

Do you paint in silence or do you have sound?

When I’m on my own, I work in complete silence. I do sometimes start off with music, then I just turn it off eventually and sit there all day.

Are there personal stories that relate to each of the paintings?

Not traditional stories. Maybe they could be more like memories. For example, the waves ones are about being on the ocean with Dad. I guess they’re personal stories of us together fishing. Some of them are about me thinking of the farm that I grew up on.

Can you describe where you paint?

I would love to have that little studio spot, but I don’t. I have the kitchen table because we have a small place and there are the kids, and it’s just crazy. That room has a lot of natural light, glass doors and windows, which is great. Our kitchen table will be covered in paint and canvases. If the weather is good, I will go out the front of the house and sit there and paint on the grass.

Amanda Westley

The Painting Experience

How do you feel when you paint?

I stress a lot, I’m very anxious. I’m very uptight and impatient sort of person. I feel so very different when I’m painting. I call it therapy because I just sit there for hours. I never get bored and never get tired and never get sick of dots. I sit there for hours – eight hours non-stop would be a perfect day. I get up and get a coffee. I think about everything. I think of all the things that just pass through my mind, and I think I sort a lot of stuff out in my mind when I’m painting.

How do you feel at the end of the painting day?

I feel really good, and I go to bed and I think about it as well while I’m falling off to sleep. I think of the pattern, the colours that I used, and that’s how I come up with other paintings. I think of, “Oh, actually maybe if I use those colours,” and then something else is born from that.

Are there any artists that you find particularly inspiring? Do you have any favourites?

There are two artists that I follow on Instagram, and they’re very helpful. They’ve been painting a lot longer than I have and their artwork is a different style, but it’s still modern contemporary. There’s someone called Saltwater Dreamtime and his art is very surfy, ocean colours. And then there’s someone else, Otis he’s the same. Ocean colours and style. They’re both surfers. That’s why I feel like I relate a lot to them and their work inspires me. I’m always looking at their stuff and asking for advice and they’re very helpful. I just love their stuff. They’re very successful young Aboriginal artists. I look up to them.

Amanda Westley

First Solo Show

Can you describe what it was like to have this exhibition at Japingka Gallery? Is this your first solo exhibition?

Yes, it is. I was blown away when I walked in. I didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never been here. I didn’t know the area, I didn’t know what Aboriginal art is like up here, whether people appreciated it as much as other parts of Australia. So I didn’t know what this was going to be like at all. When I walked in, and I was made to feel so welcome. I haven’t seen these paintings framed and on a wall before. They were just flat and then rolled up and sent. So to see them all on frames, all next to each other, in one big room on white walls, it’s just amazing.

I’m very, very impressed that many people came along. They’re so lovely and open-minded. That’s what I like about people that come to art exhibitions or are artists. I feel like they’re very open-minded people and you can comfortably talk about whatever you want. They’ll talk about your painting or your background and they accept it. They are fascinated by it and they appreciate it too, which is great. When I walked in, there was a constant stream of people coming up and asking great questions. It was mind-blowing actually.


It’s one thing to paint art, and have it hanging and people don’t meet you. They just have this image of who the artist is if they’ve never seen a photo of you or don’t know who you are. I feel like people always expect me to be dark-skinned, so I used to like being able to paint and then hide behind my art. Being so openly-accepted as someone who has an Aboriginal heritage, but I don’t have the colour, I’m not dark, and people just being so okay with that. It’s just very comforting, and it just makes you think, “Oh, okay, well, maybe this is okay. People are happy, and they are going to accept me no matter what.” That’s a huge thing I struggled with. It’s awesome to come to somewhere where everyone’s just so excited to meet me.

Victor Harbor by Amanda Westley

What is it that you most want people to understand about your art?

There’s more to the art than just pretty colours and patterns and shape. To me, it is my life. It is everything that has happened to me, like losing my Dad, becoming a single Mum, growing. I get upset talking about it. They all mean something very special to me.

I’m making it my own story. My whole life. My land, my kids, my life, all of it. Not so much my people’s stories, but my stories.

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The Freo Network Presents: Business, Crime and Safety in Freo

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

  Local police and community safety officers have been collaborating on a range of strategies to reduce antisocial behavior, improve safety and tackle crime in our city. This collaboration and coordination is having positive results. Join us for a discussion about the reality of local crime and safety issues, and what the Fremantle Police and […]

Roe row at funeral

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

THE funeral of Cockburn councillor Steve Portelli descended into a political circus this week over his signature campaign in support of Roe 8.

Cr Portelli’s partner had invited Roe 8 supporters to the ceremony, but they photo-bombed two councillors opposed to the highway extension who say the antics went too far and they felt harrassed.

Photos of one of the councillors next to the signs was uploaded to a social media site.

“My wife was really upset and my son was upset,” says Cr Philip Eva, who attended with his family.

He said one of the supporters came up behind him, trying to take a photo of him with a placard.

“I didn’t think it was right. He didn’t ask my permission for it.”

Cr Chontelle Sands said she was ambushed by the group. “They were trying to take selfies and photo bomb us with these placards and it got quite confronting”.


“Trying to get away from it was actually quite hard. The only way I got away was I had to knock the hat off one of the guys that had a placard.”

Cr Sands claims that later at around 11.30pm she and her young children were woken to the sounds of yelling and obscenities in their street, as a car pulled up and a placard similar to the ones seen at the funeral, was left on the bonnet of her car.

“To follow that through with leaving a placard on the bonnet of my car in my street, that was uncalled for. Coming to my house and scaring my children.”

Spokesperson for the Portelli family, Steve Greenwood, says they are extremely angry at Cr Sands’ response to the situation, calling it “political manoeuvring”.

They’ve asked for a retraction and apology.

“We should all be letting Steve rest in peace, this is absolutely ridiculous what’s gone on here,” Mr Greenwood says.

“She talked about protesters at the funeral, there were no protesters. They were invited guests by the family.”

“Steve’s partner said to them bring signs, bring everything because that’s remembering Steve as we knew him.”

A photo of Cr Sands was uploaded to the Facebook page Pro Roe 8- S.O.S.- Build It by one of its administrators, Jason Spanbroek (Cr Portelli was also a member of this Facebook group), along with the caption: “Good to see Chontelle Sandwich has seen the light and is in full support of the ROE 8-9 as the new design includes a mono-rail!”.

But Mr Spanbroek told the Chook Ms Sands was never harassed and had posed for cameras.

“The fact that it was posted on the Pro Roe 8 page… the fact that it had that caption is indicative that it was an absolute joke,” says Mr Spanbroek.

“We were requested to be visual and vocal at the funeral by his partner and all four of his daughters.

“The fact that Sharon, his partner, at the end of his eulogy said ‘and this one’s for Steve, go Roe 8’, is indicative of what Steve was so passionate about.”

Mr Spanbroek says he’s unaware who placed the placard on Cr Sands’ car, but says; “sticking a placard on someone’s car, we’ve had advice, it’s hardly illegal.”

Mr Greenwood said the incident at Cr Sands’ house later that night was “not on”.

“I can understand people were annoyed that Chontelle was at the funeral, but at the end of the day… it shouldn’t have happened.

“I don’t know who did that but it shouldn’t have happened.

Cr Portelli died suddenly on Australia Day. He was a Cockburn councillor for six years.


fund-raising concert

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE WA Army Museum will hold a fund-raising concert at its Burt Street barracks in Fremantle on February 25. The Australian Army Band Perth and the Royal Australian Navy Band WA will perform at the sunset show at the artillery barracks, with all monies raised going to the not-for-profit museum.

Photo by Steve Grant

“Money is always an issue with museums,” says David Baker (centre), the museum’s marketing manager and reserve band saxophonist, who’s joined here by trumpeter Kellam Starkie and piper Damien Stillwell. We don’t get government funding.” You can purchase concert tickets, which include free entry to the museum, at

MP not one for Freo

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE has the most un-Australian council in the nation, says One Nation upper house MP Charles Smith.

The East Metropolitan MLC posted an ornery meme to his personal Facebook page this week, attacking the council’s stance on Australia Day celebrations and claiming the city was becoming more violent. He also quoted from a discredited story that Freo was planning to force pubs to have alcohol-free zones.

“Tell me what you think of the wacky #fakeGreens in Freo!” he tagged the post.

Socialist Alliance member and Freo councillor Sam Wainwright also featured in the post for describing Israel military action within the Gaza Strip as “genocide”. The post included his mobile telephone number.

Mr Smith, who admits it’s been at least six months since he last visited the port city, says a volunteer fed him the content.

• Charles Smith

“Today’s Greens never mention environmentalism,” he says, yearning for the likes of Bob Brown, a “proper Greenie”.

“Just left wing social policy.

“I would like them to stop cancelling Australia Day, I would like them to stop creating division and get back to being one nation.”

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said he would be pleased to explain to Mr Smith why nearly all his criticisms were factually incorrect.

“While being attacked by One Nation is probably more of a compliment than something to be concerned by I can’t help but think Charles Smith could serve his east metropolitan constituents better than attacking a council that isn’t anywhere near his area,” Dr Pettitt said.

The post claimed Freo was the first council in the nation to stop celebrating Australia Day, but Dr Pettitt says there’s a couple of councils over east who’d acted earlier, while statistically violent crime was falling.

Mr Smith also converted Dr Pettitt to the Socialist Alliance, earning a chuckle from the mayor.


Queensgate to close for renos

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

QUEENSGATE car park is to close for about five months after new owner Sirona Capital discovered it needs up to $6 million in renovations.

The surface of the car park’s upper level has peeled away from the concrete slab below after almost 50 years in the rain and baking sun, while there’s now so many minor cracks exposing steel supports that every surface needs high-pressure cleaning and a new epoxy coating.

Queensgate’s creaky lifts, which Sirona’s senior development manager Jonny Sheldrick says are a source of constant complaints from the public, are to be decommissioned and a new set installed to comply with modern standards.

Mr Sheldrick says despite the scope of works, it’s still a sturdy building so Sirona’s contractor Probuild won’t get cracking until after Easter because of the high demand for parking during the Fremantle Street Arts Festival.

“It had been intended for the refurbishment to be staged level-by-level, which would have reduced the number of available parking bays and taken up to a year to complete,” Mr Sheldrick said.

• Sirona manager Jonny Sheldrick checks out some of Queensgate’s less salubrious charms.

“While the car park is still safe and fit for purpose, this is simply not possible given the state of the car park’s structure.”

He said it was too risky to have patrons in the car park when the high pressure blasting was likely to create too many airborne particles.

Freo council’s director of city business Glen Dougall says there “may” be a parking shortage during peak periods as a result of the closure, but the council’s 155-bay car park being built on the old Stan Reilly site will help.

“The Point Street car park has this month come back under the city’s control and we have reopened the top level, adding 105 bays,” Mr Dougall said.

“This is in addition to a temporary car park recently opened at this location with around 50 bays.

“In addition to this we’ve updated our online parking maps and will be refreshing our parking directional signage to make it easier for motorists to find a place to park in Freo.”

Queensgate closes April 3.


Bar knock-back

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

LIQUOR licensing has knocked back an application for a small bar in Fremantle’s High Street on the basis it’s too close to a drug and alcohol treatment facility (“Hangover for clinic,” Herald, June 10, 2017).

Number Ten High Street Pty Ltd had applied for an “intimate, sophisticated late-night venue that combines genuine ‘Freo’ charm with high quality, contemporary facilities and features” that would cater for 70 patrons.

But the application was opposed by about 50 medical professionals, including WA’s chief psychiatrist Nathan Gibson, the CEO of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Pyschiatrists, the psychiatry registrar at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and UWA’s clinical senior lecturer.

Peter Minchin, director of liquor control and arbitration, heard the application and said the medico’s opinion was overwhelming; the bar presented an unacceptable risk to the clinic’s patients.

“I am of the view that even a small increase in the risk to the well-being to Dr (Kevin) O’Daly’s patients is unacceptable,” Mr Minchin found.

“I give greater weight to the welfare of the at-risk persons attending Dr O’Daly’s clinic over the requirement for some members of the community to access liquor at the applicant’s proposed small bar.”

End of the jab?

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

UWA’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology at Fremantle Hospital is conducting a research project for people with diabetes who experience very low blood sugars.

The project is testing a new device for monitoring blood sugar levels that does away with the daily prick of the finger. This device has federal government approval and is widely used in other countries

The Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System bundles a tiny sensor and 5 mm needle into a discrete adhesive patch that is then applied to the upper arm.

Waving a Bluetooth reader over the sensor determines the glucose reading under the skin.

The results can then be downloaded to a computer and the patient can take action based on the levels including whether they are heading up or down.

The six month trial was initiated by study doctor Professor Timothy Davis with one of the aims to see if the device helps people to avoid very low blood sugar episodes and if so could become routine recommended care for people who are prone to this.

“We are hoping that this research will show benefit for people who have diabetes” says UWA Research nurse Penny Dwyer.

• Penny Dwyer helps Rod Brewer check out his blood glucose levels without having to prick his finger. Photo by Molly Schmidt

Substantial costs

Mrs Dwyer says very low blood sugar episodes are an acute complication with substantial costs on a personal and social level.

Severe reactions may account for as many as 25% of avoidable diabetes related hospitalisations and emergency department presentations she says.

The Freestyle Libre is expensive and therefore is cost prohibitive to many people.

Mrs Dwyer says some trial participants say the device has changed their lives: “With this device they don’t have to prick their fingers anymore. They absolutely love it.

FIFO worker Rod Brewer says the Freestyle Libre device has made life easier.

“I’m glad I got the device, especially working up in the mines, it’s made it a lot easier to manage and read my sugars.” he says

“The reader is in my bag, I grab it, scan it and put it in my bag again. Before I would have had to pull over, prick my finger…… by the time you stop and get going again your’re losing 10 minutes.

The researchers are looking for people with diabetes who experience a very low blood sugar episode and may be interested in participating in this trial. They can contact Research Nurse Penny Dwyer 94313230 or by email

The research has been funded by Spinnaker Health Research Foundation with no contribution from the manufacturers, Abbott Care Australia.


Making his mark

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

COULD Beaconsfield’s Mark Holdsworth be the next Stravinsky?

The young composer’s compositions have been premiered by some of the country’s best classical musicians, and he’s been selected for symphony orchestra programs around the country.

He’s also worked on films, including short film Outline, which premiered at Cannes and was nominated for five WA Screen Awards, including best original music.

• Beaconsfield composer Mark Holdsworth. Photo supplied

On February 21, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will premiere Holdsworth’s composition L’appel du vide, as part of its 21st Century Cybec Project. The title translates as “the call of the void”, a reference to humans inexplicably acting self-destructively, such as the temptation to jump when standing on the edge of a cliff.

“I have extended this concept to consider the greater human proclivity for self-destruction…As a reaction to what is happening in society at the moment,” Holdsworth says.

The 28-year-old plans to tap into his Indonesian mother’s heritage for his PhD at UWA, with a large scale composition that will include the Javanese gamelan.


Pay for plastic

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

PEOPLE must pay for plastic bags if the state government ban is to be effective, says Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt.

The McGowan government has committed to ban lightweight single-use plastic bags, which are usually less than 35 micrometers thick, from July.

But Dr Pettitt wants people to pay for plastic bags and the ban to include bags up to 60 micrometers thick, otherwise he says lightweight bags will just be replaced with slightly thicker ones.

“We are very supportive of the statewide ban, but I think there’s a good opportunity for WA to learn from other states and what hasn’t worked as well as it should have,” Dr Pettitt says.

• Cr Rachel Pemberton with a vintage plastic bag she found in the shallows at South Beach.

“We have asked to tweak the recommendation: WA can have the most robust ban in the county.

“Looking at some examples from the UK and others show that even a small price on plastic bags is a discouragement, just making sure there are none for free.”

Councillors will debate the ban at the next full council meeting, before submitting any proposed changes to the state government.

Western Australians used approximately 360 million lightweight plastic bags in 2017, with an estimated five million ending up as litter.

The ban will also include biodegradable plastic bags because they do not readily break down in the environment or in domestic composting units – they require a commercial composting facility in order to fully decompose.


Life in suspension

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A PALMYRA man who served Australia’s longest driving license suspension before it was overturned on appeal has been knocked back for an ex-gratia payment, despite claims it ruined his life.

David Tubbs was just 19 in 1985, when he made the fateful decision to get behind the wheel of a mate’s car after a couple of beers. The car was a bit of a clunker and caught the eye of two police officers on patrol, who pulled him over for a breath test.

Mr Tubbs blew slightly over the limit, but despite this being his first offence and there being no car chase or accident involved, the police prosecutor went hard and convinced a stand-in magistrate to hand down a 50-year suspension.

• David Tubbs served Australia’s longest-serving driving license suspension and says it ruined his life. Photo by Steve Grant


“I had a family, a mortgage; my partner had just become pregnant and we’d just bought our first house down in Kwinana, but the buses didn’t start until 8.30am,” Mr Tubbs says.

He’d been working at the Robb’s Jetty abattoir, but without public transport it was impossible to get there for the start of shift.

“I wouldn’t drive for six, seven months, then the bills would get too much and I’d start driving to support my family.”

Eventually that would land him back to court, but as the decades stacked up, even the most severe judges were finding it uncomfortable punishing him further.

“I got gaoled for four months.

“It was when the government introduced legislation where you were automatically gaoled if you got three strikes.

“The judge was sympathetic, saying ‘the government has tied our hands. I have to send you to gaol even though you are innocent’.”

The strain on his family became intolerable and Mr Tubbs and his wife split. It took a tragic turn when she suffered a breakdown and stabbed him in the heart, nearly taking his life.

“The reason my wife had a breakdown was because of the stress of living for 15 years not knowing if she was going to have a home over her head,” Mr Tubbs said.

The pair are still in contact now, but the impact of the injury has left him permanently disabled.

Although the court visits were costly for Mr Tubbs, ironically they ended up being his salvation; a police prosecutor who’d sat on four of his cases was so moved by what he perceived as a gross injustice that he personally approached legal aid to take on Mr Tubbs’ case. He’d previously been knocked back eight times, making it impossible to lodge an appeal.

Miscarriage of justice

Rubbing salt in the wound, it’s his lack of appeal that the attorney general’s office quoted as the reason for knocking back his bid for an ex-gratia payment.

Mr Tubbs said there’s one more sting in his tale; just after his initial sentencing his lawyer received a letter from the court acknowledging there’d been a miscarriage of justice and telling him to appear again for a re-sentencing. Sans lawyer, who’d thought a sentence reduction was a no-brainer and he’d not be needed, Mr Tubbs appeared in court and was mortified when the original magistrate only knocked off a few dollars from his fine.

It was the last day he’d have been able to appeal the decision before he’d need to take it to the Supreme Court.

Mr Tubbs says he’s speaking out now because he doesn’t want to give up his fight for compensation.

Attorney general John Quigley wouldn’t comment on the case.


Bar after its daytime mojo

Published 15 Feb 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

MOJO’S is looking to build a daytime clientele rather than pack out night-time gigs, says co-owner Andrew Ryan.

Following our story last week on an expanded beer garden and upgrades (“Morejo’s”, Herald, February 10), Mr Ryan contacted the Herald to clarify that although the council agenda notes he’d technically be able to accommodate about 50 extra patrons, it’d be a bit squishy on the dance floor.

Footy’s back at Freo Oval

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

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Dockers Belinda Smith and Gemma Houghton inspect the turf at Fremantle Oval ahead of Sunday’s AFLW match.  Football returns to Fremantle oval this weekend when the Fremantle Dockers AFLW team takes on Melbourne on Sunday. The match will be the first AFLW game played at Fremantle Oval since the City […]

(16/2/2018) Footy's back at Freo Oval

Published 15 Feb 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Football returns to Fremantle Oval this weekend when the Fremantle Dockers AFLW team takes on Melbourne on Sunday.

The match will be the first AFLW game played at Fremantle Oval since the City of Fremantle took over the management of the ground in August last year.

Dockers half-forward Gemma Houghton said after playing in front of a record crowd at the new Perth Stadium last week she was looking forward to getting back to their spiritual home at Fremantle Oval.

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(16/2/2018) Footy's back at Freo Oval


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




An early warning about a new Fremantle photo exhibition next week on Friday.

Freo by Kylie is a very Freo solo exhibition by emerging local photographer Kylie Richardson at ART of FREO at the J Shed No 4 studio on Bathers Beach.

The promo says that Richardson captures the quirkiness and ingenuity that lurks behind every corner in Fremantle, through stunning images that are vibrant and energetic, aiming to share her personal experiences and perceptions of the City of Fremantle.

Freo by Kylie is the first exhibition held through the Emerging Artist Support Fund, a grant program founded by Art of Freo to assist emerging artists with their first solo exhibition. The Emerging Artist Support Fund is proudly supported by the City of Fremantle

The exhibition opens on Friday 23rd February at 6pm and runs Wednesday to Sunday 11-4pm until Sunday March 11th. Mayor Brad Pettitt will do the official opening at 6.30pm.

The Kai Eardley Fund Trunk Up to Break the Man Code

Published 15 Feb 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Suicide is now the biggest killer of men aged between 19 and 45.  In 2016, suicide accounted for over one-third of deaths among people 15-24 years of age, and over a quarter of deaths among those 25-34 years of age (ABS. 2017). Claire Eardley, who lost her son Kai to suicide in 2017 hopes to […]

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




The Fremantle Federal Hotel in William Street is celebrating their 2nd Birthday with their first very own Laneway Party this coming Sunday.

Inspired by the beautiful sand of the beach, the rum of the Caribbean, the vibes of the tropical islands and so much more, join us as we bring to you, a laneway party you will never forget!

There is a set list of local Dj’s, dance floor of beach sand, alcoholic icy poles, cold tap beer poured by Little Creatures Elsie van and cheap spirits specials.
Sunday 18th February, DJ’s kicking things off from 3pm.

The Federal Hotel, laneway adjacent to the building with direct access into the beer garden and venue.

Serving up ALL DAY specials such as;
– $5 Watermelon daiquiri icy-poles (yes, these are alcoholic!!)
– $5 Ketel One Vodkas
– $5 Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

This is a non ticket event, FREE event for everyone to enjoy!


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



Look who made it onto the flyer of Andrew Sullivan for the Fremantle South Ward by-election.

It’s a young(er) looking Roel-Loopy-Loopers when he received the Australia Day Fremantle Citizen of the Year Award in 2013..

Vote for Andrew. He is the best candidate for the job by many country miles!


Roel Loopers


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


This is the last call for talented artists or artist teams to put in a submission for our Percent for Art project.

The project forms part of the Kings Square Renewal project and is a rare opportunity for artists to help shape the future of Fremantle’s city centre for the enjoyment of future generations. Submissions close 2.00 pm, Friday 16 February!!!!! 2018. Visit

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(15/2/18) Eyes of the Commonwealth on Freo

Published 15 Feb 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Fremantle next week when the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay hits the streets of the port city on 24 February.

After being swum from Cottesloe to Rottnest by Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Eamon Sullivan, the Baton will be delivered to a community event at Bathers Beach on a jet ski by Fremantle Sea Rescue volunteer Josh Gammon Carson.

From there it will be carried to Fremantle’s iconic Fishing Boat Harbour, along the famous Cappuccino Strip and through the historic West End before departing for South Perth.

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(15/2/18) Eyes of the Commonwealth on Freo

Australia’s changing climate

Published 15 Feb 2018 by fhs6160 in Fremantle History Society.


Since 1910, the air and sea temperatures in and around Australia have warmed by nearly 1 degree Celsius. May–July rainfall has reduced by around 19 per cent since 1970 in the southwest of WA, and the duration, frequency and intensity of extreme heat events have increased across large parts of Australia.

In addition, rainfall has increased across parts of northern Australia since the 1970s, oceans around Australia have warmed and acidity levels have increased. We have also seen sea levels rising around Australia.

These changes affect many Australians particularly those changes associated with increases in the frequency or intensity of heat events, fire weather and drought. Australia will need to plan for and adapt to some level of climate change.

The science underpinning these findings will help inform a range of economic, environmental and social decision-making and local vulnerability assessments by government, industry and communities.

In this lecture Neil Bennett will provide a background into the science behind these findings and will include new information about Australia’s climate – past, present and future.

Neil Bennett is the WA Manager of Media and Communication for the Bureau of Meteorology. He has worked in the field for 38 years and has spent time in the UK, Germany and Australia. As an observer he undertook measurements of temperature, rainfall, winds and pressure, whilst as a forecaster he provided forecasts for aviation users, the defence forces, emergency services managers, the media and the general community. In his current role, Neil acts as the spokesperson for the Bureau during major weather events and undertakes stakeholder engagement activities. He has also spent time working with ABCTV as one of their weather presenters.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

5.45pm for 6pm

State Library Theatre, Ground Floor, 25 Francis St, Perth





Queensgate Car Park Closure

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

A message from Sirona Capital:The Queensgate car park will be closed from Tuesday 3 April to facilitate the car park’s multi-million-dollar refurbishment, as part of the Kings Square Fremantle renewal. The carpark is expected to be closed for about five months. We understand this will come as a surprise because we initially told you we […]

Grant Story: Kulbardi Fund support men to fight violence

Published 14 Feb 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Above: Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Founder and Chief Executive Devon Cuimara. In May 2015 Aboriginal business leader and CEO of Kulbardi Office and Stationery Supplies, Kim Collard, established the Kulbardi Fund with the Fremantle Foundation. The Kulbardi Fund was created to provide opportunities for disadvantaged members of the Aboriginal community particularly through employment and training, […]

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Donor Story: Bodhi J Niblett Fund

Published 14 Feb 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

As the idea of giving through the Fremantle Foundation continues to grow we now manage 45x Named Funds  for individuals, families and businesses. Together they support a range of causes in Fremantle, Perth and across WA.  Today we want to share with you one of our newest Named Funds, the Bodhi J Niblett Fund. After an […]

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Join us for a Vital Conversation about Australia’s shared history – opening hearts, opening minds

Published 14 Feb 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

In the first of a series of Vital Conversations in 2018 and we are excited to invite you to join us for an intensive one day workshop exploring ‘Australia’s Shared History’. We all learnt about Captain Cook and a “broad brush” history of colonisation but what do you know about Australia’s history from the Indigenous […]

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Our island Nation must right the ship on sea power

Published 13 Feb 2018 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Our island Nation must right the ship on sea power

It shouldn’t be easy to forget that Australia is an island, yet modern communication and transport makes it so. The jetliner, the internet and 21st century freight logistics create the impression that we are not separated from the rest of the world by vast oceans.

The reality is we live an island existence whose brute realities we ignore at our peril.

As the biggest island in a region of archipelagos, our lifeblood is the sea and our lifeline is shipping.

Our connection to the rest of the world depends not on the internet or flight paths, but on ports, sea lanes and ships. Without a sovereign shipping capacity, our economy and security is at risk, and we cannot properly support our Pacific neighbours, especially in times of crisis.
Maintaining an effective maritime capability requires naval capacity, an Australian merchant marine, a ship-building and sustainment industry and, of course, a skilled workforce and training framework.

In all of those areas we are at a low ebb. There is an opportunity to make sure the current defence shipbuilding program delivers naval ships that are fit for purpose while revitalising an industry with clear export potential.

Already there are indications we’re not doing enough to ensure Australian industry participation or design control. The Government has decided to put money into an export “sales team”, but should be focused on the quality of the product and sovereign control of the manufacturing process.

When it comes to Australian-flagged shipping and seafarers, we are in crisis, and this state of affairs makes us both vulnerable and impotent. It leaves us at risk of environmental disaster with ships and pilots unfamiliar with our coast. It costs jobs and destroys our skills base. It prevents us being masters of our own destiny.

Senator Jim Molan is right to point out that our defence capability must include a functioning merchant marine, but he joins a Government that has pushed regulatory changes designed to favour foreign-
flagged ships and cut the jobs of Australian seafarers. The national shipping reforms of the former Labor government have been chiselled away.

Remember that virtually all our exports and imports are delivered by ship. We currently import 91 per cent of our refined petroleum, up from 60 per cent at the turn of the century. Australia maintains a fuel reserve sufficient to last only 39 days, instead of the 90 days required under our membership of the International Energy Agency.

Bizarrely, there is no Australian-flagged ship capable of transporting petroleum.

Maritime capacity is also the key to our regional responsibilities. The Pacific includes some of the world’s poorest nations yet the recent foreign policy White Paper has no clear strategy for improving our Pacific engagement, and the Government has cut aid to the region.

The Government’s defence shipbuilding program amounts to $90 billion over 10 years. Already there are concerns about its delivery of key elements of Australian sovereign capability: design, intellectual property and local industry participation.

It was revealed that only 50 per cent of the $35 billion Future Frigates program will involve Australian companies. Last year, the Treaties Committee learnt that the $50 billion Future Submarines project requires only that Australian companies be able to compete with French companies on an equal basis when, of course, local industry should be preferred.

It is both unfair and strategically weak to see WA getting barely $3.5 billion, or less than 5 per cent, of the defence shipbuilding work when we host one of two shipbuilding hubs.

Our sovereign seagoing and sea-freight capacity has dangerously slipped. The question is whether we have the commitment to right the ship.

This opinion piece was first published on 13th February 2018 in The West Australian.

(13/2/2018) Annual general meeting of electors

Published 13 Feb 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Wednesday 21 February, 6.00 pm at Fremantle Town Hall (8 William Street, Fremantle).

Agenda: discussion of the City of Fremantle Annual Report 2016-17. Copies of the annual report are available on the strategic and key documents page.

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(13/2/2018) Annual general meeting of electors

Density by Design – WGV Net Zero Energy & Beyond

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

Check out the latest Density by Design video by JBA on Fremantle’s WGV as a zero net energy development – one that produces as much renewable energy as it consumes throughout the year. I love this innovation and sustainability coming together in Freo.  

Australian Honours recognise Freo contributors to the greater good

Published 12 Feb 2018 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Australian Honours recognise Freo contributors to the greater good

Mr Wilson (5:02pm) — I thank the member for Berowra for bringing this motion forward for debate. It provides an opportunity for members to further acknowledge people in our communities who have made a contribution to the greater good. This year's Order of Australia awards have recognised three very worthy recipients in my electorate of Fremantle.

Dr Philip House from North Fremantle has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to medicine as an ophthalmologist, for his contribution to the work of eye surgery foundations and for his personal efforts in supporting eye health in Timor-Leste. Dr House's research at the University of Western Australia has helped to deliver a better understanding of glaucoma and of the factors that underlie poor eye health in Indigenous communities. Indeed, Dr House is rightly commended for providing eye health services to communities in the Pilbara over more than 25 years. In addition to his academic and clinical work in Australia, he has been a regular visitor to Timor-Leste, where he lends his passion, humanity and expertise in training young local doctors to provide basic eye care. It's almost impossible, I'm sure, to overstate the positive impact of that kind of work.

I also take this opportunity to congratulate Victor Paino, the owner of the iconic Fremantle business Sealanes, who has received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his significant and extensive service to the seafood-retailing industry and to the broader community's welfare through his support of charitable organisations. Mr Paino is a third-generation Fremantle fisherman in a city with a proud ongoing tradition of successful and sustainable fishing. He began working in his family's shop as a 15-year-old and soon graduated to driving the truck that transported freshly caught produce from Esperance to Perth. I can tell you that is some kind of drive to do on a regular basis. Victor and his brother, working together, have taken Sealanes from a small business to a veritable seafood empire, but his success has always been premised on giving back to the community, as evidenced, for example, by his work as the founding director of the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation.

Finally, I'm very pleased to acknowledge and celebrate the achievement of Roger Underwood, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in relation to the extensive and leading work in the areas of forestry and bushfire management. As an historian and writer, Roger Underwood has brought to his work an understanding that our relationship with the land is deeply cultural as well as scientific. Of course, Indigenous Australians have known for thousands of years that fire is a potent tool for land management and regeneration, as well as being a sometimes catastrophic hazard. Mr Underwood's work has drawn upon and illuminated the history of bushfire.

He's been an expert on and an influential advocate for sustainable land management for 59 years, following his distinguished career as a forester and then general manager of the WA Department of Conservation and Land Management, as it was then. Mr Underwood founded the volunteer Bushfire Front group in 2003. In a state like ours, in Western Australia, his work has undoubtedly helped to save lives and conserve our natural environment.

Today's motion gives me the opportunity to mention the achievement of the 2018 Young Australian of the Year, Samantha Kerr, who is also a Fremantle electorate constituent. She was born in East Freo and was a sporting phenomenon from a young age. She's gone on to become an national and international superstar. When she was 15, Sam was told that despite her skills she couldn't hope to play AFL professionally, because those opportunities simply didn't exist for women. They do now, but didn't then. So she turned her attention to round-ball football and began a journey that has included playing for Perth Glory, Sydney FC and the Chicago Red Stars, becoming, along the way, the all-time leading goal scorer in America's National Women's Soccer League. She is, arguably, the best player in the world, and I would happily make that argument. There's no doubt that Samantha Kerr is a leader within the Matildas and she's a leader and role model within the community. Her skill, athleticism, energy and dedication to the sport are an inspiration, but her character and determination are more impressive still.

I'll finish by making the point that the Order of Australia's honours program, like many aspects of Australian life, does need some rebalancing if it's to properly reflect the diverse make-up of our society. Western Australians are consistently under-represented, but that's largely the result, or it appears to be largely the result, of the fact there are just not enough nominees from WA. I also note that across the program only one in three award recipients are women, and that ratio is even worse in relation to nominees. I encourage people in my home state and across Australia to consider the full range of potential award recipients, because I know there are lots of women, and men, who deserve to be recognised for their contributions to the greater good in many areas of our national life.

Falls, Laneways and now Bonfest: Freo’s Festival Summer

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

It’s been a big start to the year is you are a music festival fan in Fremantle It kicked off with a sold out Falls Festival at Fremantle Oval. This weekend just gone saw what I thought was one of the best St Jerome’s Laneways Festival yet on the Esplanade Park. Both festivals were the […]

Mike carries the baton for Fremantle 

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

He’s one of only five people to have walked around Australia unaided, so a short stroll along Fishing Boat Harbour as a batonbearer in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will be a doddle for Fremantle’s Mike Pauly. The 77-year-old artist was the City of Fremantle’s nominee to carry the Baton when the relay comes […]

(12/2/2018) Mike carries the baton for Fremantle

Published 11 Feb 2018 by timw in News & Media.

He’s one of only five people to have walked around Australia unaided, so a short stroll along Fishing Boat Harbour as a batonbearer in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay will be a doddle for Fremantle’s Mike Pauly.

The 77-year-old artist was the City of Fremantle’s nominee to carry the Baton when the relay comes to Fremantle on 24 February.

He started his epic circumnavigation of Australia in 2014 to raise money for mental health programs at the Freo Men’s Shed. It took him two years and covered more 16,600 kilometres.

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(12/2/2018) Mike carries the baton for Fremantle

South Beach slam dunk: sports court a big hit

Published 9 Feb 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The new South Beach Sports Court is already a hit with the Fremantle community and offers basketball, futsal, volleyball and netball shooting rings. The $195,000 multicourt facility has evolved over five years with community consultation involving sporting groups, residents and visitors beginning in late 2014. The community input for the recently completed project ranged from […]

(9/2/2018) South Beach slam dunk: sports court a big hit

Published 9 Feb 2018 by katel in News & Media.

The new South Beach Sports Court is already a hit with the Fremantle community and offers basketball, futsal, volleyball and netball shooting rings.

The $195,000 multicourt facility has evolved over five years with community consultation involving sporting groups, residents and visitors beginning in late 2014.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the community input for the recently completed City of Fremantle project ranged from the ages of six to 60.

1 week ago in Community , Media release , Major projects
(9/2/2018) South Beach slam dunk: sports court a big hit

Biosecurity alert – Queensland fruit fly detection in Fremantle

Published 8 Feb 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

No moving fruit out of Freo for a while yet! The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has detected an adult female Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) in Fremantle. Qfly is a destructive fruit pest which attacks a wide range of fruits and some vegetables. A Quarantine Area Notice comes into effect on 3 February, which […]

Many Stories in Shades of Blue at Japingka Gallery

Published 8 Feb 2018 by OM4 Administrator in Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Blue is a fascinating colour – it seems that it appeals universally as a colour.  Having said that, historically it has been an incredibly difficult colour to extract for artists and artisans. All the earth colours we can get from pigments in the ground. However, when it comes to finding the colours seen in water and sky, artists have always struggled to find a way to produce the colour. 

Going back to the earliest records, we know the Egyptians made a blue glass using a copper compound, and then ground it down to get tiny blue fragments, or pigment, which they used in their artwork.  Lapis lazuli was brought into Europe from early times, an exotic pigment mined in Afghanistan. Yet blue still remained a fairly obscure, expensive and difficult colour for artists to use.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that chemists started to find ways to engineer these ancient blue tones, and the colours we see in nature, by making new chemical compounds. The first colour created was indigo, or prussian blue, and then soon after that, ultramarine. During the 19th century, the availability of blue paint expanded and it became more available to artists. Now it was a lot less expensive, whereas in earlier times it was exclusively available for aristocratic use.

Today, we have cobalt blue, turquoise, ultramarine, pthalo blue and many variations of blue tones available. It creates a whole new psychological range of colours that were not necessarily readily available in earlier times. Because we associate it with water and clear skies, there’s an element of security and harmony wired into our appreciation of the colour blue.

The current exhibition of blue paintings by Aboriginal artists shows the work of 15 artists, who use evocative tones of blue to express different types of Dreaming stories or references to nature. One of these, the night sky paintings of Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, shows the Seven Sisters Dreaming story, the constellation. She chooses a colour approaching midnight blue, a deep sky colour found after sunset.

Paintings from four sisters – Lanita, Louise, Caroline and Selina Numina – use colour beautifully. They include Dingo Dreaming, Mountain Devil Lizard and Water Dreaming stories. They use contrasting tones of blues against an off-white colour on black background, so that the structure of the Dreaming tracks and waterholes stands out against the background colour.

Sarrita King has produced images Ancestors and Waterholes, as has her sister, Tarisse King, and they are familiar representations of the importance of water. They include the patterns made by water, both on sand and rock and in its form as a running stream. This idea is also picked up by West Australian artist Yondee Shane Hansen. He refers to the patterns made by water when it’s running off rocks, or into ravines, to show the moving formations of water, the way that it structures itself as it moves.

Utopia artists Gloria Petyarre, Abie Loy, Rosemary Petyarre and Dulcie Pwerle Long have included paintings of Bush Medicine Leaves. These show the prized medicine leaves that are collected in bundles by the women and used in traditional health practices in the desert.

There are paintings from Fiona Omeenyo, from Cape York Peninsula in tropical north Queensland. Her images show people living and fishing on the coast. She uses spirit forms to represent both living and ancestral people, carrying out everyday activities around the community. You’ll see family groups fishing by the sea, coming together for meals, all representing the bonding of family groups with the strong element of blue colour entwined through the work. fellow countryman Rosella Namok paints the tropical rain over the ocean. Her modulated use of blues and the veneer of rain falling across the canvas gives a sense of drifting rain in a tropical landscape.

Kudditji Kngwarreye is a special figure in Aboriginal art. His abstract paintings refer to his Country, depicting different aspects of the seasons and weather. He has a gorgeous blue painting that moves from blacks and deep cobalt blues through to almost a turquoise colour, and representing his country under the rain, with clouds and the whole transformation of the country when a rainstorm reaches deep into the desert country. Hanging next to that painting is one by Sarrita King representing lightning, showing the night sky with fork lightning, the blue and black intensity of a tropical electrical storm in a night sky.

Women’s ceremonial body painting designs from Central Australia are presented by Betty Mbitjana and Charmaine Pwerle, showing various body markings used by the women in ritual performances. There are two wonderful paintings from Faye Nangala Hudson representing Vaughan Springs Dreaming, expressed in a broad sweep of blue tones with smallest additions of mauves and deep greens. They show the story associated with the Rainbow Serpent, the powerful spirit figure linked to water and survival. These stories represented here are part of the extraordinary interpretation of Aboriginal Dreaming culture, using symbols and colour to draw us into the mood of the narrative.


Amanda Westley (Conway-Jones) First Solo Show at Japingka

Published 8 Feb 2018 by OM4 Administrator in Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery.

It’s great to see a room full of paintings by Amanda Westley (Conway-Jones), who is a new artist to Japingka Gallery. Amanda has put together a wonderful group of small and medium-sized paintings showing aspects of her life on the coast at Victor Harbor in South Australia.

Her paintings evoke the sense of being by the ocean and the coastline, and sometimes exploring the view when looking inland from there. She structures her paintings with blocks of harmonious colour, all painted in dots with many tonal effects. Some works reference the ocean using tones of blues and greys with touches of green and Naples yellow. Other ocean paintings use purples and blues.

Amanda Westley

Amanda runs the structures of the dots in either contrasting directions or contrasting tensions. She does this by changing the width and the volume of the blocks of colour. Sometimes she bends the shapes so that they become either reminiscent of the ocean or the folding contours of the coastline.

Amanda’s work appealed to us immediately when we saw it. We invited her to have her own exhibition space at Japingka, to put a range of these colours up on the wall in one area. To exhibit her works together like this is a fantastic opportunity for this talented emerging artist. We are thrilled with the result.

Amanda has done a wonderful job putting together a group of paintings across a palette of colours. I think we would call them tonal paintings in a sense. They run from works that are predominantly earth colours, varying through oranges, reds, pinks and pale yellows, to the colours that are reminiscent of the coastline. Some of these blend purples and creams and whites, which evoke a winter feel – the rocks along the coast and the impact of the coast and the sea meeting up.

This is a wonderfully compact and concise show. It is a first solo exhibition from a hugely promising young artist, Amanda Westley (Conway-Jones).

View Amanda’s Exhibition: Amanda Westley Exhibition

(8/2/2018) Freo archaeological dig provides a glimpse into 19th century life

Published 7 Feb 2018 by katel in News & Media.

An archaeological dig in Fremantle’s historic Kings Square has provided a glimpse into what Fremantle's street life was like in the 1800s.

Originally planned as a one week project from 15-21 January, the dig was extended and finished up last week after some unexpected finds, including that the original St John’s church which was demolished in 1882 was larger than historical plans indicated.

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(8/2/2018) Freo archaeological dig provides a glimpse into 19th century life

Dancing with Fenians

Published 7 Feb 2018 by Ainslie Robinson in Freo Pages.

It’s 1970s Fremantle.

To be exact, it’s an array of red brick classrooms with corrugated roofs, and wooden verandas running past solid sliding doors winking through squares of opaque grid-lined glass. The distinctive odour of Gestetner toner wafts into the airless, dim-lit, summer halls mingling with the sweet odour of post-playground sweat and sounds of sighing boys trudging back into class. By contrast, the girls skip in; those eager monitors sending the thin printed song books thudding onto each wooden desk. Teachers stand with thumb and index finger poised. The inconspicuous grey box with its dull metal dial attached to the wall is about to perform its weekly magic. The box speaker, always lurching off its plug above the blackboard, crackles into life. ABC Sing! is on the wire and a bunch of tiny inharmonious West Australians are trilling out their history:

A noble whale ship and commander
Called the Catalpa, they say
Came out to Western Australia
And took six poor Fenians away

So come all you screw warders and jailers
Remember Perth regatta day
Take care of the rest of your Fenians
Or the Yankees will steal them away …

The West Australian on 5 February, 1902 includes an early fragment of “The Catalpa” song, and furthermore claims that it “was being sung with great gusto in the streets” a week after the escape. It is certainly a tale that deserves gusto, not least for its capacity to tap into the Australian “underdog” trope, where sheer audacity is often met with applause. As a Fremantle girl raised within the shadows of the very prison walls from which the escape was made, the Fenians (courtesy of the ABC Sing! version of this historical ditty) wormed their way into my non-Irish-small-WA-child consciousness, and lodged there.

So it was on another typically hot and airless Freo day that I found myself intoning “The Catalpa” sotto voce and leading my own contributions to WA’s growing population on a tour around the Fremantle streets, taking in the offerings of the Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival (according to the publicity, a ten-day Irish cultural festival to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Australia’s last convict ship – The Hougoumont – with John Boyle O’Reilly, and sixty-one other Irish freedom fighters: the Fenians). Thanks to this old earworm, I could provide a reasonably detailed explanation of the history behind what we were all trudging around in the sun to commemorate, and thanks to that other ’70s classic (Prisoner), I had since come to learn the meaning of a “screw warder” (I think ABC Sing! glossed over that one!).

Crooning “The Catalpa” (I even had the kids singing along in

the end – classic earworm!) took us from the Maritime Museum to Bathers’ Beach, and the true highlight of the Festival from the perspective of at least one wanna-be Fenian. The promo billed the evening as:

an epic Céilí (dance party) for all ages and experience levels on the iconic boardwalk of Bathers’ Beach as the shining sun melts into the Indian Ocean. Joined by some of Western Australia’s best traditional Irish musicians including Rob Zielinski, Jennifer Doyle, Catherine Higgins and Donough O’Donovan, Hilary (McKenna), will guide everyone through a series of fun and easy dances that all will enjoy.

How could anyone with feet to dance, resist?

Well, I’m here to tell you that resist the people of Fremantle did not! Burly guards had a hard time quelling the throng that gathered. So impressive was the crowd of erstwhile “Riverdancers” that I’ve no idea who Hilary McKenna might be (a disembodied voice in the distance for the most part), but the wonderful music was audible enough and, once we picked out the Irish national in the bright orange kit who seemed to know better than most where the twirls and pas-de-bas were meant to come in, we were good to follow along.

Far be it for me to wax lyrical about a few thousand sweaty adults and umpteen over-enthusiastic children ricocheting from heel to arm, but there was something decidedly “epic” in sharing the tradition of dance with strangers from all walks of life on a boardwalk that I have seen develop from a sandpit to a jetty to a marina over my lifetime, where many suns have melted into the sea; just perhaps not quite like this one. It was eerily fitting that the sun set orange that afternoon as the fiddle and flute sang to the sea, and falling feet pounded in concert with the bodhrans. Communal movement has a powerful effect and perhaps in such moments, we can more easily appreciate the price and the prize that is freedom.

So remember those six Fenians colonial
And sing o’er these few verses with skill
And remember the Yankee that stole them
And the home that they left on the hill

Now they’ve landed safe in America
And there will be able to cry
Hoist up the green flag and shamrock
Hurrah for old Ireland we’ll die.


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Government reckless in pushing $65 billion big business tax cut

Published 7 Feb 2018 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

There is simply no evidence that tax cuts, in and of themselves, create jobs. Lots of things do create jobs. Investment in infrastructure creates jobs. Investment in education creates jobs. Investment in health services creates jobs. Those things are all demonstrably true. Giving away a huge tax cut to large businesses that are already performing quite well and are quite profitable does not flow through to jobs and does not flow through to wages.

Mr Wilson (5:16pm) — I'm glad to speak on this bill, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017, and I oppose the tax cuts for big business. Labor oppose the tax cuts to big business because they are irresponsible. In doing that we are trying to save the government from itself. We're trying to save Australian households, especially low- and middle-income Australians, from bearing the burden of this revenue giveaway. That is what it is. I agree with everything the member for Gellibrand just said. The government is proposing to give away $65 billion. It's going to create a structural hole in the budget. It hasn't done anything to repair that. It's not part of some comprehensive set of tax measures that produces some sort of fiscal balance or some balance in terms of its effect across the broader economy—the real economy and its effect on households. That point was made on Q&A the other night by Heather Ridout in saying that this is really a crude tax giveaway. It does not fit into any kind of larger plan for the Australian economy.

These tax cuts will result in current and future revenue burdens falling elsewhere. That's been the case whenever these things have been done. The OECD has observed that, where corporate tax rates have been cut, consumption taxes, VATs and GSTs inevitably go up to make up for the hole that's created in taking away revenue that is rightly, fairly and equitably derived from big businesses. Those taxes—VATs, GSTs and consumption taxes—are regressive taxes, and they fall hardest on the poor; they fall hardest on those who have the least. I note that the Tax Justice Network has said in relation to corporate tax cuts, particularly for big business and multinationals, that:

Governments make up shortfalls [from corporation tax cuts] by levying higher taxes on other, less wealthy sections of society, or by cutting back on essential public services, so tax 'competition' boosts inequality and deprivation.

A number of Labor speakers have made that point.

If you look at the proposed tax cuts, if you were a person sitting at their kitchen table or driving their car or in their workplace and you were looking at the issue of giving away corporate tax cuts, particularly to big business and multinationals, you would be sensible to back up a step. You'd be sensible to ask: what exactly is the problem that a massive and unprecedented tax giveaway to big business is trying to address?

What is the burning need to take $65 billion of revenue, to create that kind of structural hole in the budget, to create that burden that will fall elsewhere in Australian society?

I think most people have a sense of the challenges we face. We know that workers' share of national income is at a record low. We have falling real wages. We have rising inequality. Just to give a sense of how bad inequality in Australia has become, the top one per cent of Australians in terms of wealth and assets now own more than the bottom 70 per cent altogether. There's no way you can look at that kind of outcome and say that this is a system that's working, that this is a system that is delivering outcomes as it was designed to or as would be fair. That kind of outcome is not the result of a fair system; it's not even the result of a meritocracy. It is a grossly distorted system in which one per cent of Australians can own more than the bottom 70 per cent put together. Yet this kind of measure will only exacerbate that.

So, we have rising inequality. We have record underemployment. And under this government—despite, as the member for Gellibrand pointed out, making their run for government on the basis of an apparent debt emergency—debt has more than doubled, to now more than $500 billion. What's more, there's evidence of significant tax avoidance, especially for large multinationals. If you take all those challenges together, how on earth would any reasonable person think that the solution would be to cut corporate taxes for the biggest and most profitable companies in Australia, including a significant number of foreign multinational companies? How on earth could you think that giving away $65 billion of precious revenue, which we need for essential services, at a time when the budget is already significantly in the red, and cutting penalty rates to low-income workers and increasing the tax for people under $87,000 could possibly be regarded as the way to address those challenges?

Any sensible person knows that when you forgo taxes it's the same from a budgetary position as spending money. Any time you give up revenue, you want to do so on the basis that there's a very sound reason for doing that. You're giving away public funds, and in this case you're creating a hole that will endure into the future. The government has said that they have good reason for doing that, and I think that's the kind of thing everyone who comes and participates in this debate ought to consider. What we already know about the $65 billion giveaway is that it will increase government debt. We know that when you give away $65 billion to big companies—multinationals—that is funding that cannot be used for health and education, for crisis housing and homelessness support services, or for the social safety welfare net.

That's the first thing. That's a given. But the government said, 'We've got to do this, because it's the only way we can stimulate economic growth, it's the only way we can create jobs and it's the only way we can get a higher investment flow into Australia.' There is no basis for any of those three arguments. The government hasn't put anything forward on that front. There is no independent economic analysis. There are no economic commentators who will back in those claims.

Are big businesses struggling under the existing tax burden? Is there any evidence that big businesses in Australia are at the point of collapse? There isn't. We're living at a time when large businesses are making record profits. There is no evidence of widespread business struggles or difficulties. There's in fact the reverse. There's evidence that large companies in particular are doing very well. They're not sharing that success. There's no flowthrough to wages. But they're certainly recording record profits. We know from the 2015 ATO data in relation to this question of whether business is labouring under some inordinate tax burden that one in three private companies paid no tax in that relevant tax year. One in four public corporate entities paid no tax, one in three private companies and one in four public companies paid no tax and fully half of the foreign companies operating in Australia, by some accounting method or other, had no taxable income.

We also know, as the member for Gellibrand and a number of other Labor people in this debate have pointed out, that companies in Australia couldn't possibly complain about the tax burden they face if they had regard for the tax burden that exists in comparable economies. The relevant comparator group is the G20. We are the 13th-largest economy in the world. We sit in that group of developed economies that make up the 20 largest economies. When the US Congressional Budget Office undertook its analysis, it showed that Australia is average or even below average in terms of tax burden. That judgement does not take account of the impact of our innovative dividend imputation arrangements, which are calculated to have the effect of removing taxable burden by about a third. So there's no case to be made that the Australian taxation position with respect to companies is unduly or comparatively burdensome. There's no evidence that companies are desperate for a tax cut. There's just nothing of that kind.

That obviously goes to the question about whether or not making this kind of tax giveaway is necessary or even assists in relation to investor flows. Again, there's no evidence of that. Companies invest in Australia for a whole range of reasons. In some cases, if you think about the resources that Australia holds, they invest here because we have those resources. Someone doesn't come here to look at an LNG play or to consider developing an iron ore resource because of the tax position. They come here because we are blessed to have a lot of natural riches in those ways. A more responsible government would be ensuring that the general economic framework in this country supports new kinds of investment in the future—investment in things like renewable energy. That would be a much more prudent way of spending scarce government funds than giving away $65 billion at a stroke.

There's no evidence that tax cuts, particularly tax cuts of this exorbitant magnitude, do anything much for growth. The government's own numbers indicate that the tax cuts would deliver about one per cent of growth over 20 years. When you break that down to the benefit for individual households, it's about 0.1 per cent for households. A 0.1 per cent increase in the position of households is about the same as what happens on a monthly basis in the economy as it is. These tax cuts will not deliver growth. It is a sad indictment of a government whose mantra was jobs and growth that the best they can do, the only thing they can do, is to give $65 billion away to big multinationals that are making record profits and doing very well, thank you. There's certainly no evidence that tax cuts lead to jobs, and since this proposition was put forward I haven't read a single thing about this. I've read countless articles and pieces of analysis that say the opposite. There is simply no evidence that tax cuts, in and of themselves, create jobs. Lots of things do create jobs. Investment in infrastructure creates jobs. Investment in education creates jobs. Investment in health services creates jobs. Those things are all demonstrably true. Giving away a huge tax cut to large businesses that are already performing quite well and are quite profitable does not flow through to jobs and does not flow through to wages.

The truth is that there is no rationale for $65 billion in tax cuts for big business. It can't be justified on the basis of delivering economic growth. It can't be justified on the basis of creating jobs. It's got nothing to do with investor flows. My old woodwork teacher used to say to me, 'Before you start any job, measure twice and cut once.'

This government is going to create an enormous hole in the budget going into the future. Once you give money away it's very difficult and unlikely that you'll ever get it back. This government and previous coalition governments have form in this space. They cast a long shadow. The Howard government lived through very sunny economic times. It acted with extraordinary profligacy towards the end of its time. We are living with the structural impact of that profligacy even now.

This is a further act of profligacy. It probably goes one step further. This $65 billion giveaway will be a savage blow to the ability of this and future Australian governments to do their job, which is to look after the broad economic and social welfare of the Australian people. On that basis, it is grossly irresponsible. It creates a massive structural hole in future budgets. It will prevent us from supporting essential services, from investing in health and education, public infrastructure, in our precious environment, in the good working of the social safety net. It answers no demonstrated need whatsoever. It has no demonstrated benefits. The very, very marginal benefits that the Parliamentary Budget Office has found are pathetically minimal. It will shift the tax burden from companies to households as sure as night follows day. It will put the needs of future Australian governments to derive revenue to pay for essential services on households and take them from large companies, particularly multinational companies that are already profitable and already have countless ways of avoiding the tax they have to pay. I'm glad to oppose it.

One Day: One Feeling

Published 7 Feb 2018 by Hamish Matthews in Freo Pages.

Many Faces gathered upon the beach at dawn, the Wayalup region of our land holding millennia of Indigenous history. The sun painted its first light on a day of change. From past to present, the Smoking Ceremony brought purification of spirit for all, avoiding the tokenistic approach seen in conventional Australia Day celebrations. For those of all backgrounds, the placement of traditional practices on a day historic for pain and trauma was moving, allowing thought and feelings of connection and empathy to be held at the forefront of those who participated.

Within the wider community of Perth, Fremantle’s One Day celebrations are controversial, with the mainstream media labelling as it as an “affront to Australian culture and capitulation to the political far left”. However, within the boundaries of the Fremantle community, few sought to criticize the event, providing breaths of life into those fighting for the reconciliation and repair.

The power and effects of music, song and dance are universal, its feeling not bound by language or knowledge. The headliners of Kate Miller-Heidke, Baker Boy, Djuki Mala and DJ Kevin Parker ramped the crowd into full gear bringing power and voice to the occasion.

Major, Brad Pettit brought light to the some of the greater outcomes of One Day.

What was especially noticeable was the really broad demographic of people we had. It was a huge mix with lots of families, including Aboriginal families from across the State and migrants.

It could be felt within the crowd. Children, young adults and the elderly. students, artist’s and workers. Everyone cheered as one, regardless of foundations or beliefs. They shared food, a Ferris ride or the lyrics from those on stage. Everyone cheered and clapped whilst artist after artist joined to support a revolution for respect. I saw many dance in bliss and comfort not seen in other public events. From understanding and acknowledgement came that comfort, settling guilt and allowing chatter and the blossoming of new relations.

Throughout the day I ventured many times to the front of the crowd where teenagers jived to traditional songs as they would modern hits. Everyone connected. Everyone jumped. Everyone brought power to the stage, proving the importance of remembrance whilst to celebrate Australia, through grit or grime, prosperity and passion.

One would walk through the crowd, a heavy bass beating into the cool grass beneath. One would see the undoubted support from tens of thousands. One would see bonds between Indigenous and other. Those would believe in a mended society, where celebrations cease to commemorate tragedy and trauma. I stood in front of Baker Boy, bouncing to the beat and smiled, truly believing in the utopia. As Kevin Parker finished the night with his club hits, the atmosphere held a bubble of hope for future Australia.

I walked away from the night beaming, my mate close behind. We were sweaty and exhausted but headed to South Beach Basketball Courts to close the night. As we arrived we noticed the courts where full and turned to leave. I heard someone call us, two young Indigenous fellas asking for a game. As the evening turned to night we rumbled and played. Finishing just points behind. We said goodbye and drove away, the bond between cultures now closer, in person, in mind and in memory.


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Mayor in the Square Returns for 2018 and Also Heads Out to Freo’s Suburbs

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

This year we are expanding the weekly ‘mayor in the square’ catch-ups to Freo’s suburbs! No appointment necessary – just show up and you’ll be able to ask questions and share your concerns or ideas one-on-one. Mayor in the suburbs will run most Wednesdays, 11.00am onwards at various locations. The first one will be next […]

The Horses of Randwick Stables: a story of ‘living heritage’

Published 7 Feb 2018 by Gillian Carter in Freo Pages.


The air is heavy and damp when I visit Allison Bolas at Randwick Stables. Unseasonal heavy rains have turned the dusty trees and shrubs at the property into the brightest of greens. The unusual weather is in stark contrast to the typically clear blues of January, so evident just two days previously when I walked along C.Y. O’Connor Beach, shadowing Allison and the other Randwick riders exercising their horses in the Indian Ocean.

Allison is warm and welcoming as she shows me around the property, regaling me with a century of history, coloured by anecdotes about the people who lived and worked at Randwick Stables over the years since it was established.

We are only 50 metres from Rockingham Road, situated on the far side of an open expanse of land, yet here the birdsong is louder than the traffic. This remarkable pocket of rural peace is set in an urban landscape, just a few minutes from the centre of Fremantle. Allison tells me that they have a daily stream of visitors to the stables. People bring their children to see the animals, particularly the horses. Randwick houses five horses, some sheep, a couple of goats, Chester the pig and two cats. She says the visitors all comment on the rare joy of having such a beautiful place so close to the city and how they value just being able to see the horses as they drive by.

Yet, this may not remain the case unless Allison and the collective of horse owners at Randwick Stables can get support in allowing them to continue to exercise their horses on Manning Ridge Reserve, as they have done for almost two decades without any incidents or issues.

Surviving means thriving

For Randwick Stables to survive, the horses need to thrive, which means they need daily exercise. These aren’t racing horses. They are much loved, privately-owned recreation horses needing physical and mental stimulation. In summer, this isn’t a problem as they have access to C Y O’Connor Beach until 8.00 am. In winter, the beach is less suitable, so Allison and the others generally ride along the existing tracks on the Manning Ridge Reserve. Manning Ridge Reserve is part of the ridgeline which extends from Clontarf Hill to the south of Coogee. Randwick Stables is located on the same ridgeline.

In developing their Master Plan for Manning Park, the City of Cockburn has not made provision for horse use in the area, basing their decision on a recommendation in the now 12 year old Beeliar Regional Park Management Plan and without consulting the affected horse-riding community. Allison and the Stables community are negotiating with the Council to change that status.


Randwick Stables has a rich history, with the original tract of land dating back to the first settlement. What is now the horse paddock – lying between the stables and the open tract of undeveloped land – was the site of the original Hamilton Hill farm, belonging to Captain Robb and Sydney Smith who were give a land grant that extended all the way to North Lake.

Randwick Stables was established in 1923 by Jack Marks. The four room residence was transported from Kalgoorlie/Boulder by horse and train. Jack added a verandah to the house and built the stables. Apart from some minor modernisations, the existing stables and residence have changed very little since that time. Even the forge, still in use today, continues that long, unbroken historical trajectory.

The Marks family trained many racing horses on the property over the years. Even in those days, Randwick Stables was a focal point of community life. Allison points out “the church” to me, a primitive, whitewashed room at the end of the old stables. I look at her quizzically and she laughs. The church, she tells me, is where Jack hosted two up meets on a Sunday. After exercising the horses at the beach, the men sauntered down to the Newmarket Hotel, and rolled a keg back down Rockingham Road to provide sustenance for their afternoon gaming.

The property was then taken over by the Collet family who trained trotting horses throughout the 1930s, followed by Jack Egan who mainly rented the stable boxes out to other people looking to house their race horses, though he did occasionally race horses himself.

Jim and Florence Banks moved to Randwick Stables in 1951 after the Randwick-trained horse, Beau Vase, won the Perth cup in 1950. The horse which ran second that year, Leafred, also came from Randwick. Jim and Florence lived at Randwick for 49 years, continuing the tradition of training race winners, including Go John who won the WA Derby.

Community value

The Banks sold the property to the Main Roads Department in 2000 and Allison Bolas and her partner, Ted, moved in. In looking to protect the heritage of the property, Allison ensured it received a Category A heritage listing with the State Heritage Council. The State Heritage Council noted the highly valued continual living heritage of Randwick Stables, its authenticity and landmark qualities. The social and community worth of Randwick Stables as ongoing living heritage, was also recognised.

Over the years Allison, with the support of grants from the  local council, has held three successful community events. Numbers attending shows that there is substantial interest in these iconic Stables.

The first one in September 2009 was part of the 30 year celebrations of the City of Cockburn. Approximately 1500 people attended.

In October 2013, there was another Open day to celebrate the horse heritage and the newly established community garden adjacent to the stables and paddock. Mayor Logan Howlett opened the Community garden at that time and roughly 2000 people attended. The community garden has since grown into an aesthetically pleasing and welcoming space, and includes a medicinal herb garden which was planted in 2015. The community garden is on the site of the Sunnyside market garden (1890-1960s), famous for its prize-winning produce.

In June 2016, in conjunction with the Hamilton Hill Community Group, an Open Day “Back to Country” event was held and over 5000 people attended. The event celebrated all the heritage of the area including Noongar, colonial and post-colonial heritage. Naturally, the horse heritage was a significant part of the event and horse-related activities, wagon rides, horse and buggy rides, pony rides and blacksmithing formed a core part of the day.

All three events were organised to promote heritage awareness and community engagement with the Stables and surrounds, including the community garden. Community feedback and interest generated by the events was overwhelmingly positive.

Randwick Stables has held meet and greet events, community markets and film nights in the community garden. They currently host a Burundi Refugee project where people from that community are growing traditional food. Conservation Volunteers Australia assisted with projects in January 2018.

Of course, there will be no Stables and their community events to enjoy without the presence of the horses. If the horses are not able to be exercised year round close to the property, the ‘living heritage’ of Randwick Stables which gives such delight to all who encounter it, will become yet another dusty museum remembering a life that once was, but is no more.

Randwick Stables are holding their Community Garden Market on Saturday 17 March. 

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