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HOLDEN SHEPPARD WINS TAG HUNGERFORD AWARD

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

 

Holden Sheppard

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt announced the winner of the $ 12,000 2018 TAG Hungerford Award at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Thursday evening.

Perth-based Holden Sheppard, who is originally from Geraldton, won the prestigious award for his novel Invisible Boys, which also gives him a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Sheppard was shortlisted together with Yuot Alaak, Zoe Deleuil, Julie Sprigg and Trish Versteegen, and came out the winner of the biennial writing prize.

His novel is about a group of gay men negotiating what it means to be gay, and the risks and issues of coming out with it in a small town.

Roel Loopers

AMAZING ART ANIMALS FOR KIDS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

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

animaze

 

Great event for children at the Fremantle Arts Centre this Saturday November 17!

For the first time, Fremantle Arts Centre presents a contemporary art exhibition specifically for kids. Animaze is about amazing animals of all sorts, where kids can wander and explore the wonderful world of animals and art.

With the work of more than 40 artists, specially designed play spaces, animal story readings and hands-on kids’ workshops, Animaze is a full-on animal art safari for kids and families.

Drop in and watch artist Ross Potter working on his huge, life-size drawing of every kid’s favourite elephant, Tricia from the Perth Zoo.

With prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, textiles, aquatic critters, snakes, bears, bats and budgies Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids has it all.

Join the FAC on opening weekend SAT 17 NOV, 10AM. The exhibition runs until WED 23 JAN. FREE ENTRY

For the full program of workshops and activities visit https://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/animaze-amazing-animals-kids/

Josh’s House goes solar-electric and gets mobile!

Published 15 Nov 2018 by Joshs House in Josh's House.

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(15/11/2018) Recycling changes under the spotlight

Published 15 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is taking advantage of National Recycling Week this week to highlight recent changes to what can be put in your yellow-topped bin.

Perth’s three Materials Recovery Facility operators – Cleanaway, Suez and the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), who separate and sort household recycling - have agreed on a common list of materials which can be included, or should be excluded, from the recycling bin.

13 hours ago in Media release , Sustainability
(15/11/2018) Recycling changes under the spotlight

FREMANTLE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PRIZES

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

 

The City of Fremantle is inviting frazzled shoppers to take the stress and hard work out of Christmas this year by shopping in the heart of Freo.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Freo offered WA’s best open air shopping experience, with a variety of quirky stores to find that gift with a difference, plus a host of places to relax and unwind after a successful shopping expedition.
“Freo has a wide range of shopping options, including unique outlets that are the perfect place to find gifts for the special people in your in your life that are just impossible to buy for.

“We also have plenty of funky cafés for that afternoon pick me up, or reward yourself with a stop at one of Freo’s famous small bars or breweries once you’ve finally ticked that impossible gift off your list.”

The City of Fremantle’s Christmas campaign kicks off this week with the launch of the #shopFREO Christmas competition.

Two prizes of $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle will be drawn each Friday from 23 November to 21 December 2018.

Just ask for the unique code word when you spend $20 or more in a participating store, then head to the Fremantle Story website to enter.

The City has also produced a new Fremantle map highlighting key shopping areas in the city, the best places to park, toilets, things to do and places to grab a bite to eat or have a drink.

Early in December, Free Parking Santa and his elves will be back for their annual visit from the North Pole.
 
They’ll be appearing in Freo right up until Christmas looking for happy shoppers and paying for their parking. Check the City’s Facebook page for locations all through December.

The City is also working with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce to coordinate a window display competition for shopfront business in Fremantle, with Sirona Capital providing $2500 in prizes for the best windows.

FREMANTLE WANTS GST INVESTMENT

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

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has urged the state government to spend some of WA’s $4.7 billion GST windfall on essential infrastructure in the port city.

Changes to the GST distribution passed by the Senate yesterday will deliver $1.7 billion in top-up payments to WA over three years, and see the state about $4.7 billion better off over the next eight years, and the Freo Mayor wants to see some of that windfall invested in Fremantle.

Fremantle is having an unprecedented level of investment and development, so Mayor Brad Pettitt said  “Over the past few years the state government has invested billions of dollars in the Perth CBD in projects like Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the stadium, and now is the perfect time to invest in Perth’s second city.

“As a local government we’ve done a lot of the ground work with planning and feasibility studies, so there is an ideal opportunity for the government to partner with us to deliver some of these projects that are essential not just for Fremantle but for the entire state.”

Brad Pettitt mentioned the possible redevelopment of land surrounding the Fremantle Passenger Terminal at Victoria Quay and including Fremantle in the early stages of METRONET as key projects requiring government investment.

An independent report Freo City commissioned back in 2016 identified the development of the South Quay precinct would generate 3700 new jobs, attract private investment of $3.5 billion and return almost $1 billion to the state over 20 years.

The Mayor said “We want the government to bring forward the detailed planning for the Fremantle to Murdoch link – be it light rail or trackless trams – to fill the east-west public transport gap until the Fremantle to Cockburn passenger rail link is progressed.

I personally also want the State Government to invest in an Aboriginal Centre in Fremantle so that overseas tourists can enjoy and learn about our Aboriginal culture and history. This is well overdue and should be a priority!

 

Roel Loopers

FROM THE FREMANTLE FPOL COMMITTEE

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

 

The needed stabilisation of the North Bank foreshore in North Fremantle created the longest debate of the evening at the Fremantle Council FPOL Committee on Wednesday evening.

Questions were asked why the City of Fremantle should spend money on it when clearly the onus had been on the developers at the time, who went into receivership, to build a seawall to protect the residential properties.

Councillors also made it clear that the City would not be able to spend approximately $ 600,000 on this so it was a long way away from the issues being resolved.

Staff were asked why the elected members had not received more information, as they had requested some months ago when the item came before the committee, so the item was deferred and will come back to council in about three months.

Another long debate was about the implementation of a Sustainable Events Policy, which would demand that plastic water bottles, straws, balloons, styrofoam, polystyrene, etc. would no longer been used at Fremantle events.

The High Street/Stirling Highway project will need EPA approval so that will change things a little but the City is still required to remove FERN from Montreal Street and hand over the site to Main Road by the start of February next year.

The preferred builder for the Fremantle Park sports and community home was approved, as were the well overdue two zebra crossings on Marine Terrace, and the extension of the lease for the South Beach kiosk.

Also approved was that Cleanaway will be responsible for the collection of the new FOGO green organic waste collection.

An offer has been made for the sale of 12 Holdsworth Street, but that was a confidential item, so I had to leave the chambers. This is the building where the Fremantle Dental Clinic is in, which offers a great service to those on pension, concession and health cards, who can otherwise not afford to go to a dentist, so the city should lobby State Government that the dental clinic will remain in Fremantle as it is needed here!

Roel Loopers

FREO BLOGGER SPEEDS UP PASSENGER TERMINAL PROJECT ;>)

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

 

 

port

 

OMG! What incredible power this Freo’s View blog has. ;>)

This morning I complained that the construction of the shade canopy in front of the Fremantle Ports Passenger Terminal still had no started, but by five o’clock this afternoon they had put all these posts in which will support the canopy.

Social media and a delusional blogger, who is clearly very up himself, are no doubt responsible for the fast action………. I wished. ;>)

 

Roel Loopers

Celebrating Technology in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018

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

In the spirit of supporting inventors, innovators and investors and during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 Blockchain Freo/Perth are having a celebration in Fremantle at the Navy Club on High Street. Saturday the 17th from 1pm to 6pm. The event will include panels, exhibitors, display stands and demonstrations. Speakers from: Global Entrepreneurship Network, Innovate Australia, Power Ledger, […]

(14/11/2018) Freo should benefit from GST windfall

Published 14 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has urged the state government to spend some of WA’s $4.7 billion GST windfall on essential infrastructure in the port city.

Changes to the GST distribution passed by the Senate this morning will deliver $1.7 billion in top-up payments to WA over three years, and see the state about $4.7 billion better off over the next eight years.

Mayor Pettitt said while paying down state debt was important, the WA government should also look to invest in revenue generating assets in Fremantle.

1 day ago in Media release , Business & development , Major projects
(14/11/2018) Freo should benefit from GST windfall

Josh’s House Open Garden Day

Published 13 Nov 2018 by Joshs House in Josh's House.

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(14/11/2018) Stress less when you #shopFREO this Christmas

Published 13 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is inviting frazzled shoppers to take the stress and hard work out of Christmas this year by shopping in the heart of Freo.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Freo offered WA’s best open air shopping experience, with a variety of quirky stores to find that gift with a difference, plus a host of places to relax and unwind after a successful shopping expedition.

“Christmas shopping can be hard work at the best of times, so we’re offering a way for people to make it a much more relaxed and enjoyable experience,” Mayor Pettitt said.

1 day ago in Media release , Business & development
(14/11/2018) Stress less when you #shopFREO this Christmas

FREMANTLE SPIRIT, SOUL AND SEA MARKETING

Published 13 Nov 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

Destination 2

Destination 1

 

The new Fremantle strategic Destination Marketing was launched on Tuesday evening by Minister Simone McGurk at the Bathers Beach House in front of a large number of people.

Josh Wilson MP was there, as were representatives of Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Ports, Chamber of Commerce, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle Markets, National Hotel, Benny’s bar, Many 2.0, WA Tourism, Rottnest Island Authority, Fremantle Mayor, Councillors and staff, and many others.

Lovely Lucy Peach sang a few beautiful songs while the sun was setting over the Indian Ocean.

Linda Wayman, the chair of the Destination Marketing Working Group said that culture and arts contribute to Fremantle’s soul and that it was important to have a narrative and new brand for Fremantle.

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said it was fair to say that we need to talk Fremantle up sometimes, but that the major developments that are happening will bring people back to Freo and that was extremely exciting!

The message needs to go out what Fremantle’s potential is and we need a really clear strategy on where we need to go as an organisation.

Minister, and Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk said that there are opportunities to showcase Aboriginal tourism and that we all share a common passion for Fremantle, the place that has an amazing get together of natural environment, entertainment and heritage.

The colour brochure that was handed out states that the Fremantle Story marketing campaign had not been greatly successful as it failed to capture the exclusivity of Fremantle and its unique essence.

Fremantle is seen as a city that is vibrant, lively, fun, colourful, quirky, gritty and relaxed.

The Destination Marketing Working Group believes there is a significant opportunity to improve the way we promote the walkability of Freo, work together and collaborate with stakeholders, position Fremantle as a staycation destination, as opposed to day trips, collaborate with local businesses about marketing campaigns, support activation and events delivered by external groups, engage hotel operators and the Perth Convention Centre to attract conference and exhibition business to Fremantle, deliver highly engaging content via digital platforms, reach intrastate and interstate and international visitor markets through campaign activity, position Fremantle as the gateway to Rottnest Island, Swan River and WA, promote our niche experiences such as Fremantle Prison and the West End, seek investment from state and federal governments, etc.

One question I would have asked Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, who was to do the launch but could not attend because his mother died, is when will the WA Government invest more in Fremantle and become less Perth centric? What about giving Fremantle funding for a much needed Aboriginal Cultural Centre, maybe on Victoria Quay close to the Swan River. We want it in Fremantle, and overseas visitors want an Aboriginal experience, so let’s stop the procrastination and get on with it!

Roel Loopers

 

FREO FOLK FESTIVAL TIMELINE

Published 13 Nov 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

FREO FOLK FEST timeline

 

In just over two weeks from today, on December 1, the FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL will be on in Princess May Park next to Clancy’s Fish Pub, who are organising it.

Above is the timeline for all the performers, so check it out and book your tickets as soon as you can so that you don’t mis out!

Roel Loopers

NEW WEBSITES FOR FREMANTLE PORT

Published 13 Nov 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

 

The rejuvenation of Fremantle is extending to Fremantle Port as well, with the state government agency having created a new website. In fact there are now two new websites, one for the normal port information and the second one just for Victoria Quay.

Fremantle Ports also have a new manager External Affairs in Neil Stanbury, who replaces the highly motivated and dedicated Ainslie de Vos, who was at the port for over twenty years.

I hope the new manager will direct that Freo’s View will be included in their media releases, which is not happening at the moment, so that I can report more often about what goes on at the port. Send info to roel.loopers@iinet.net.au

The refurbishment of the Passenger Terminal is also in progress, albeit is very slowly. There is still no sign of the new shade structure in front of the old building, although Premier Mark McGowan announced early in March that $ 3 million would be spent on the ageing terminal. Eight months later, and with the cruise ships starting to arrive, there is still no sign of that structure, but there is new signage on the building that lights up at night.

Check out the two new high resolution live harbour cams. One from Monument Hill and the other an aerial view from the top of a mast behind B Shed. Amazing views!

Roel Loopers

LITTLE CREATURES AT THE HELM

Published 13 Nov 2018 by freoview in Freo's View.

 

 

 

Fremantle Litte Creatures upstairs bar Next Door is no longer but will re-open as HELM mid this month, so go and have a look.

Little Critters is also celebrating their 18th anniversary this month, so check out the Facebook page for special events.

Roel Loopers

(12/11/2018) Seniors Week in Freo

Published 12 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is celebrating Seniors Week this week with a program of special events for over 55s.

The Wanjoo Lounge at Fremantle Oval will be open from 9am-3pm all this week for seniors to come in, meet new friends and enjoy a cuppa with morning tea.

On Wednesday the Memory Café at Bistro 21 in South Fremantle will be open from 10-11am to give people the chance to meet others living with dementia and those who support them.

3 days ago in Community , Media release , Community engagement
(12/11/2018) Seniors Week in Freo

Politics in the Pub: Housing affordability and homelessness

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

This months politics in the pub (7pm Tuesday, 20 November) tackles an issue that we see all too much of in Freo: homelessness. There are many reasons why people become homeless, but the lack of affordable rental housing is clearly a very big factor. The 2016 Census recorded 116,000 Australians as Homeless, but that certainly understates the total number […]

City of Fremantle supports Uluru Statement from the Heart

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

The City of Fremantle has joined organisations across Australia in a national week of action to voice their support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Uluru Statement was adopted by more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia who were delegates at the First Nations National Constitutional Convention at Uluru in […]

Freo’s gift not worth a brass razoo

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• The Endeavour sails back into Fremantle harbour in 2011, one of the rare chances for locals to see the ship they helped build 25 years ago. File photo.

Feds won’t cough up for our Endeavour anniversary

NOT a cent has been set aside by the federal government to recognise Fremantle’s link to the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s encounter with the east coast of Australia.

Although a big-ticket item of the looming festivities will be two $6.7 million re-enactment voyages by the HMB Endeavour to New Zealand and New Caledonia, there will be no recognition of Fremantle as the birthplace of the plucky replica – even though December 9 next month marks 25 years since its launch off Mews Road.

A local volunteer who has spent hundreds of hours on the 550-tonne vessel guiding visitors and scrubbing its decks says the snub is an extraordinary oversight.

“The ship was a gift to the nation from Fremantle,” said the volunteer, who didn’t want to be named in case it affected her chances of getting a berth on one of the big sestercentennial voyages.

True replica

“This is the only true replica of its kind in the world that can sail.”

The volunteer said the Australian National Maritime Museum, which owns the replica, didn’t seem interested in setting anything aside for next month’s milestone, but had “wasted” thousands of dollars investigating a piece of timber from a wreck at Rhode Island, Newport which has been identified as “likely” to be the original Endeavour, even though it was unlikely to ever take possession of the relic.

“If they don’t do anything for its 25th, that’s their mess,” she fumed.

She predicted that after the big re-enactments, the museum would look to mothball the replica or sell it off because of the money it costs to run.

More than half of the $48.7 million set aside for Cook celebrations in the May federal budget were allocated to prime minister Scott Morrison’s electorate, which encompasses the explorer’s first footfall on Australian soil at Botany Bay.

Cultures

The money will go towards upgrading the Kamay Botany Bay National Park with a new visitor centre, cafe, aquatic monument, ferry wharves, exhibition space and interpretive displays at the landing site, with the key message being the “meeting of two cultures”.

“This is the place where our ancient Australian story began a new chapter that has led us to the free, peaceful and prosperous nation we are today,” Mr Morrison said when first announcing the funding as federal treasurer.

But that’s put Cooktown mayor Peter Scott’s nose out of joint, as he’s also feeling the federal government’s penny pinching and has not got a skerrick for the 48-day Cooktown 2020 festival. Mr Scott reckons Cooktown has a far stronger connection to European and Aboriginal contact than the PM’s electorate.

You see, during Cook’s eight days in Botany Bay, the local Gweagal clan kept running away from the strange foreigners; in fact, the only real contact was a marine’s musket ball which slammed into the thigh of one of the warriors who’d been warning them to nick off.

“But after Cook ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, he spent 48 days up here repairing the Endeavour, and spoke to the indigenous people and even had them walking about on his ship,” Mr Scott told the Herald.

“There was one fracas, but Cook handed back their spears and they were reconciled.”

The extended contact also left a legacy for all of Australia; it was here that botanist Joseph Banks saw his first bounding marsupial, which he learned from the local Guugu Yimithirr people was called gangarru. Banks translated it as “kangaru”.

Mr Scott says Cooktown 2020 will emphasise the contact between Cook and the Guugu Yimithirr people, and hopes that the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival will spark a rewrite of school curriculum’s to note Queensland’s important role.

“The key story is that it’s being told from the indigenous perspective,” he says of the festival.

“As one of the traditional owners said to me, ‘this is not about ship to shore, but shore to ship’.”

Cooktown also has a $10m application in to the federal government for some “legacy” projects but Mr Scott’s concerned there won’t be enough time to build them before the festival.

“We needed the money two years ago – this is getting ludicrous,” Mr Scott said.

by STEVE GRANT

Fraud alleged

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A SENIOR staffer at Cockburn council has reportedly resigned amidst fraud allegations.

The council’s CEO Stephen Cain wouldn’t comment on the identity of the staff member, but confirmed their resignation and that “all associated information has been provided to the relevant statutory authorities”.

The Herald has been told the amount of money involved could be as high as $90,000, but was unable to confirm this. The tipster also claimed a relative of the staff member was involved.

The allegations centre around the council’s new $11.5 million depot and pound in Wellard Street, Bibra Lake.

by STEVE GRANT

CCC: Case closed

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• The court heard the arrest vision was “confronting”.

THREE police officers stood aside a year ago following a violent arrest in Hamilton Hill have been exonerated by a final Corruption and Crime Commission report.

However, two of the colleagues who sent them into court unprepared and with patchy evidence have been disciplined after an Internal Affairs Unit investigation found their work wasn’t up to scratch.

The arrest of Colin Copperwaite and Jacqueline Briffa at Hobbs Park in December 2016 made headlines when witnesses filmed the officers repeatedly striking and kicking the couple during the arrest, even though Ms Briffa was already handcuffed and Mr Copperwaite appeared to be held down by an officer and a passer-by who’d stepped in to help.

When the case came before the court, most of the charges against Mr Copperwaite and Ms Briffa were dismissed, with magistrate Stephen Malley criticising police evidence as deliberately misleading.

That triggered the internal investigation, which found there was evidence backing some of the claims dismissed by Mr Malley – particularly that Ms Briffa had tried to grab Constable Charlotte Richardson’s gun – but it hadn’t been presented to court.

The investigators found that if Mr Malley had known the three officers were genuinely concerned about their own safety, as well as the nearby public, he might have drawn a different conclusion about the force they used in the arrest, which was in line with their police training.

Because of this oversight, Det Const Bethany May, who prepared the court brief, and Sgt Jo-Anne Zilko, who failed to review it as per her duties, received “verbal guidance” and were sent a “letter of corrective advice”.

The CCC, which kept an eye on the internal investigation, last week released a report backing its findings.

“The commission notes that WA Police Force is seeking to apply lessons learnt during this investigation to other matters involving prosecutions,” the report said.

The CCC recommended police proceed with the use of body cameras, saying they could have prevented a lot of the palaver surrounding Mr Copperwaite and Ms Briffa’s arrest.

by STEVE GRANT

Planning reform call

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

MELVILLE residents feature prominently as a small but resolute band of citizens from across the city fronted Parliament House on Wednesday calling for “community first” planning.

The eclectic crowd was made up of two dozen community groups who are all disillusioned in some way with the state’s planning scheme.

Along with Melville folk unhappy about a proposed wave park and super-density development around Canning Bridge, there were Bayswater folk fearing they’ll lose the soul of their town centre, the Mt Lawley Society which fears historic streetscapes aren’t being protected and protestors from “Save Doubleview” opposing state government plans to “shoehorn” in a private school on a local public primary.

There wasn’t a lot of love for the state-controlled Development Assessment Panels.

Melville Residents and Ratepayers Association member Gavin Waugh says the Local Government Act needs to be rewritten to prevent councils from becoming dictators.

Manipulation

He says the act must explicitly define “community” and “local government” to avoid manipulation.

“In its current form the content of the WA Local Government Act holds no capacity to even measure success, nor failure, let alone provide leadership or guidance,” Mr Waugh told the crowd.

Bayswater planner Greg Smith attended because he said the state was blind to the number of trees being lost to infill.

“I’m here arguing for the trees,” he said. “We’ve completely lost sight that our amenity is dependent on trees.”

Mr Smith says it’s been several years since a report exposing Perth’s poor canopy cover was released, so WA’s Planning Commission “can’t claim ignorance…with the knowledge of the urban heat island effect and the impact on people’s health, their failure to do anything about it amounts to negligence”.

The state planning department is in the midst of a reform: it’s currently reviewing more than 240 submissions that were made in response to a green paper proposing a “modern planning system”.

by DAVID BELL and STEVE GRANT

Road going nowhere

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

• Planning minister Rita Saffioti announces the bill to create an 86-hectare recreation reserve in the Beeliar Wetlands as Labor MPs Simone McGurk, Josh Wilson and Lisa O’Malley watch on.

ROE 8 is set to be permanently rubbed out if the McGowan government can convince Liberal Democrat Aaron Stonehouse to back the rezoning of the road reserve.

On Wednesday WA’s planning minister Rita Saffioti introduced and read the rezoning bill to WA’s legislative assembly, outlining plans to protect 86 hectares of the Beeliar wetlands as “parks and recreation”.

It would fulfil one of the McGowan government’s key promises from the 2017 state election.

Vandalism

But with Liberal leader Mike Nahan describing the bill as “one of the worst cases of planning vandalism we have ever seen” and One Nation’s WA contingent determined to ignore Pauline Hanson’s opposition to the road, Labor will need to convince Mr Stonehouse to back them to get the legislation through the Upper House.

Mr Stonehouse has indicated he supports the government’s plans for an outer harbour, but has concerns about deleting the Perth Freight Link concept completely because of how long it will take to plan and build a new port.

“The Outer Harbour is 10 years away, and we need to be mindful of the need for businesses to be able to transport goods across the city in the meantime,” Mr Stonehouse said.

“That’s why I’m surprised to see WA Labor taking the freight link completely off the table.

“I’d need to see the details of the short and medium term alternatives they’re proposing before I’d be happy voting for their proposal when it comes before the Legislative Council.”

Locally, Fremantle’s state Labor MP Simone McGurk was elated by the bill.

“This is a victory for everyone who fought to protect our community and local environment,” Ms McGurk said.

“Labor made a promise to this community and we’re keeping it.

“We’re protecting our wetlands and ensuring that Roe 8 is never resurrected.

“We’ve put more freight on rail, taking trucks off Fremantle roads, and we’re getting on with proper long-term planning for our future freight transport needs.”

Her federal counterpart Josh Wilson revealed that there could be more to come, with consultation to be held over the fate of the Roe 9 section, which included 81 hectares of bushland Coolbellup, much of which was razed in the dying days of the Barnett government.

Mr Wilson said the campaign to kill the Roe extension was an example of what a community campaign could achieve, and congratulated the McGowan government for backing transport initiatives in his electorate such as widening Kwinana Freeway and the North Lake Road bridge.

by STEVE GRANT

Spearwood meet

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

CONCERNS about Spearwood’s decline following Coles’ departure and Cockburn council’s move to relocate (“Forgotten Spearwood,” Herald, November 3), have spurred the Spearwood Community Association to hold a public meeting this coming week.

The association has been limping along for the last couple of years, but organisers are hoping the recent non-developments in the suburb will give it  a new life.

Local resident Liz Davey says she recently spoke to a neighbour who was becoming increasingly ashamed to tell people she lived in Spearwood.

“How sad is that,” Ms Davey said.

“In 2007, council unveiled a revitalisation plan for Spearwood which included the creation of a precinct around the Phoenix shopping centre.

“The plan I saw included the creation of a mall, alfresco dining, open space areas with seats from which to enjoy the new vista.

“What happened to that plan? Has it been forgotten?”

Ms Davey will be one of the Spearwoodians attending the meeting, which is on Wednesday November 14 at the Spearwood Primary School on Gerald Road from 7pm.

Stars of Willagee

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

WILLAGEE will hold its first ever night market later this month, as the suburb continues to shed its daggy image.

The markets are the brainchild of the newly-formed Willagee town team, made up from local residents and businesses who want to reactivate their neighbourhood.

The family-friendly market, to be held at George Humes Park from 5pm-8pm on November 30, will have stalls, food trucks and live music.

Melville mayor Russell Aubrey said residents have been the driving force behind Willagee’s ongoing transformation.

“In 2018, everyone can be proud to say Willagee has everything,” he said.

“It has wonderful parks and public open spaces, a new medical centre, cafes and businesses that are owned and run by locals, excellent public transport, a renovated library and always a strong sense of community.

“The establishment of Willagee’s town team, which is the City of Melville’s first ever town team, is another example of the community spirit in the suburb.”

If the market is a success, the town team will look at making it a regular event.

If you’re interested in having a stall email jo.mckay@melville.wa.gov.au

In the zone

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

Hopes and fears in port free trade area

ONE of the major proposals being spruiked to the McGowan government’s Westport Taskforce as it considers the state’s port and transport future is to create a special economic zone (SEZ) near a proposed new Kwinana port.

The SEZ is being put forward by the Western Harbours Alliance, a coalition of businesses, councils and community groups including Rethink the Link who are championing the outer harbour cause, with the aim to create something akin to a free trade zone with its own regulations.

Alliance chair Kim Dravnieks says a new port in Kwinana can deliver social and economic benefits to WA, but cutting red tape will be a key.

Red tape

The WHA proposes that a SEZ in Kwinana will allow “goods to be imported, stored, exhibited, assembled or manufactured without duplicating customs entry procedures and duties”.

It says a SEZ can also include environmental protections and standards that businesses have to meet.

Ms Dravnieks says the SEZ might allow WA to own more of the supply chain and reap rewards for the state.

“At the moment we basically dig it up and ship it out for absolutely minimal value,” Ms Dravnieks told the Herald.

“For a product like lithium, WA gets .5 per cent of the final value of that lithium. Point five percent. If we can get that secondary processing happening, that moves up to 17 to 22 per cent.

“That’s a huge amount. That’s billions of dollars of value and it means longer term job creation in WA.”

SEZs have been successful in countries like South Korea, China, and Malaysia, however Australia has seen limited success and there are criticism that they undermine local labour and environmental laws.

Darwin’s SEZ failed, with over-interference from the Australian government blamed. The NSW government approved a regional plan to develop a SEZ at Parkes in July of this year, however it’s far too early to consider the approval a success.

Ms Dravnieks is hopeful that Kwinana can be another chance to try again.

“Companies will basically have an area where they don’t have to go through a lot of red tape,” says Mrs. Dravnieks. “A lot of the permissions for an industry to work in an area has already been sorted before they get there.”

“It’s an exciting time for us and for WA,” Ms Dravnieks said. “I think we need to get the community really engaged in discussions about where they see Fremantle going in the next, you know, 10 to 50 years.

Lithium

“Our role is really to get the debates happening. That’s why we had some large forums which where both packed out last year and early this year. And we’re talking to people as much as we can on all sorts of different levels.”

The laundry list of items to address includes: protecting Cockburn Sound; the corridors used to take freight to and from Kwinana; the limits on getting freight in and out of Fremantle port; the future of Fremantle port; and owning entire supply chains to mine, refine, and export raw materials like lithium which will see increased use for electric vehicles in the future. All of these points are largely in first draft mode, or have been sitting dormant in reports for decades.

by KAVI GUPPTA

MUA not convinced

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE Maritime Union of Australia fears the Western Harbours Alliance proposal has the potential to undermine local workers’ rights and wages, while weakening environmental approvals.

The union’s WA branch secretary Christy Cain says they’re deeply concerned about the alliance’s use of the phrase “special labour laws” in a report prepared by InfraNomics earlier this year.

“The World Bank did a study on SEZs and found that even in the countries where domestic labour laws applied to the zones, they were hardly ever followed,” Mr Cain told the Herald.

“Employers inside the proposed SEZ boundaries like Alcoa and BP are using our current industrial relations system to try and cut employee wages and benefits.

“If given free rein to write their own rules, be they environmental standards or worker conditions and wages, we are not optimistic business will use the opportunity to strengthen worker’s rights, raise wages, and put stronger protections on the environment,” he said.

But Alliance chair Kim Dravnieks says companies won’t be able to set the labour laws, only the state government.

“There is no reference to business writing their own special labour laws for a special economic zone in the report,” Ms Dravnieks said.

Mr Cain said Western Australians should also be concerned about risks to the environment created by a SEZ.

“The business opportunities listed by WHA in their Tradeflows report include dredging [Cockburn] Sound to allow for very large crude oil carriers (supertankers) to navigate the waters, and the construction of an LNG terminal,” he said.

by STEVE GRANT and KAVI GUPPTA

Noongar tour walkout

Published 9 Nov 2018 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

AN indigenous tour operator has pulled out of Fremantle because he believes Dockers star Scott Chisholm is getting preferential treatment from a council-run Aboriginal centre.

Greg Nannup, who has run bi-weekly cultural walks in the port city for more than 15 years, says the effect on his business has been devastating and he’s ended up on anti-depressants as a result.

“Everything I have worked for for 15 years has gone,” Mr Nannup said.

His website says his family, which includes prominent elder Noel Nannup, have a connection to Wadjuk country stretching back thousands of years.

But Mr Nannup says they’ve never really seen eye-to-eye with the managers of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Arthur Head, and had been assured Mr Chisholm wasn’t offering a product that would compete with theirs.

“Noel was told he was not doing a tour, and the council said he wasn’t running a tour, but go onto Eventbrite and what he’s offering looks like a tour to me,” Mr Nannup said.

“How this came to be is what I would like to ask the council.”

Mr Nannup said he’d previously discussed setting up a cultural tour with Mr Chisholm, but it didn’t come to fruition.

Mr Chisholm, who hails from the Northern Territory, pointed out he’d done the right thing and sought permission from the council’s Aboriginal reference group to run events.

The footballer told the Herald he wasn’t trying to steal Mr Nannup’s thunder and focussed on stories celebrating his own indigenous background, as well as his time living in Fremantle.

“I’m really highly ranked in our community for an outsider – for over 20 years I’ve been here encouraging culture, sport, love, life and surviving in the two worlds I live in as a sovereign man,” Mr Chisholm said.

“With what I do with my business, I follow protocol.

“Always did, always will.”

Mr Chisholm said he wanted to work with Mr Nannup to ensure their tours could co-exist, but Mr Nannup refused.

Fremantle council would only offer up a “spokesperson” to respond to Mr Nannup’s criticism, sayuing Mr Chisholm had volunteered many hours at the cultural centre before running his tours.

“Mr Chisholm has sought and received support and permission from local elders to assist in activating the WACC,” the spokesperson said.

“Noel Nannup was part of the elders group who met with Mr Chisholm and the City of Fremantle on August 24, 2018 where permission was given to Mr Chisholm to conduct his tours from the WACC with full permission of the elders group.”

But the elder Nannup says he felt that meeting had been “stacked” with Aboriginal people from a “Christian tradition” and he’d simply felt outgunned.

“That’s not how we do it, and I was quite disappointed with [mayor] Brad [Pettitt] for allowing it to happen,” Mr Nannup told the Herald.

The elder said there was a bigger issue, which was the WA Tourism Commission’s plans to boost indigenous tourism without a co-ordinating body to ensure future problems such as those being encountered by his nephew.

by STEVE GRANT

(9/11/2018) City of Fremantle supports Uluru Statement

Published 8 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle has joined organisations across Australia in a national week of action to voice their support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Uluru Statement was adopted by more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia who were delegates at the First Nations National Constitutional Convention at Uluru in May last year.

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(9/11/2018) City of Fremantle supports Uluru Statement

Major international conference hits Fremantle

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

More than 270 of Australia’s leading specialists in urban renewal and town planning will join experts from around the world in Fremantle next week for 2018 International Cities, Town Centres and Communities conference. The conference at the Esplanade Hotel from 14-16 November will feature 48 presentations from local, national and international experts, as well as […]

Remembrance Day in Fremantle this Weekend

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

At 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. In 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended WWI a series of events will be held across Fremantle. Memorial Service Sunday 11 November I Assembly at 10.45am for service commencement at […]

(8/11/2018) Major international conference hits Fremantle

Published 7 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

More than 270 of Australia’s leading specialists in urban renewal and town planning will join experts from around the world in Fremantle next week for 2018 International Cities, Town Centres and Communities conference.

The conference at the Esplanade Hotel from 14-16 November will feature 48 presentations from local, national and international experts, as well as field trips, workshops and interest group sessions.

ICTC Society conference director Renee O'Halloran said the Fremantle conference had attracted huge interest from city leaders and urban planners.

1 week ago in Media release , Business & development
(8/11/2018) Major international conference hits Fremantle

Celebrating Circus with Ian De Souza and Circus WA

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

Community Safety Forum in Freo (Monday the 12th)

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

How to ensure Fremantle remains a safe and welcoming city will be the focus of a community forum on Monday night. The forum at the Fremantle Town Hall will bring together local residents, service organisations, government and local businesses to share information about the services already operating in Fremantle and identify future community safety priorities.  […]

(7/11/2018) Community safety forum in Freo

Published 6 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

How to ensure Fremantle remains a safe and welcoming city will be the focus of a community forum on Monday night.

The forum at the Fremantle Town Hall will bring together local residents, service organisations, government and local businesses to share information about the services already operating in Fremantle and identify future community safety priorities. 

Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton from Fremantle Police will provide the latest crime and safety statistics, plus explain the new structure for WA Police which will see more officers stationed in Fremantle.

1 week ago in Media release , Community engagement
(7/11/2018) Community safety forum in Freo

And the winner of Impact100 Fremantle 2018 is…

Published 6 Nov 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Last Thursday night 160+ donors and community members gathered in the Old Boys School Fremantle to hear 4x incredible pitches from our Impact100 Fremantle finalists. Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects. This year Black Swan […]

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Fortress Fremantle – Its lost sub and contribution to WWII

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

Following on from the post on the Fremantle Foundation, that is where the proceeds of this rather special book on Fremantle and WWII by Tim Baldock called “Fortress Fremantle – Its lost sub and contribution to WWII”  will be generously donated. Fortress Fremantle is a really fascinating read about some largely unknown ways that Freo […]

And the Impact100 Fremantle winner is…

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

Last Thursday night 160+ donors and community members gathered in the Old Boys School Fremantle to hear 4x incredible pitches from our Impact100 Fremantle finalists. Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects. This year Black […]

(6/11/2018) Port Beach all set for summer

Published 5 Nov 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Remediation works starting today will ensure one of Fremantle’s most popular beaches will be back to its best in time for summer.

Severe storms in May this year caused significant erosion at Port Beach, washing away beach access paths and undermining parts of the southern car park.

Since then the City of Fremantle has been working to repair the access paths, monitoring the dunes and reinforcing the revetment wall in front of the car park.

1 week ago in Media release , Infrastructure projects
(6/11/2018) Port Beach all set for summer

Zero Energy Home kick-starts $2.18 million energy-efficiency pilot program

Published 5 Nov 2018 by Joshs House in Josh's House.

Melbourne’s first ‘net zero energy’ display home was launched last week, which was initially developed for the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) research project, Mainstreaming Zero Energy Housing. Built by SJD Homes at the Timbertop Estate by Parklea, the Net Zero Energy Home (ZEH) in the Victorian suburb of...

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South Fremantle Precinct Group – 30/10/18 minutes

Published 3 Nov 2018 by Sean Hefferon in South Fremantle Freospace.

South Fremantle Precinct-Minutes from 30.10.18 meeting

Kraken and Karla-k Koorling: Freo Festivals Fiery Close

Published 2 Nov 2018 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

The Freo Festival come to a fiery close this Saturday afternoon and evening http://www.fremantlefestival.com.au/whats-on/ Kraken is a blaze on Bather’s Beach centered around the Kraken effigy – a sea monster emerging from the sands. Kraken is a free community event that delivers a small taste of the Blazing Swan Festival presented by the Fremantle based […]

(2/11/2018) Italian Sister City guests arrive in Freo

Published 2 Nov 2018 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

For the past week the City of Fremantle has been pleased to host some special guests from our Italian Sister City Capo d’Orlando.

Anita Paparone, representing the Mayor of Capo d’Orlando Dr Francesco Ingrilli, and Comandante Maria Teresa Castano were invited to Fremantle to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Blessing of the Fleet.

The tiny statue of the Madonna di Capo d’Orlando was gifted to Fremantle in 1952 and continues to be a focal point of the annual Blessing of the Fleet procession.

1 week ago in Media release , Arts & culture
(2/11/2018) Italian Sister City guests arrive in Freo

(1/11/2018) Fremantle Council selects Pindan as preferred Kings Square builder

Published 31 Oct 2018 by timw in News & Media.

Fremantle Council has selected Pindan Constructions Pty Ltd as the preferred contractor to build the City of Fremantle’s new civic, administration and library building in Kings Square, Fremantle.

The new building, designed by the world-renowned Kerry Hill Architects, is a key component of the broader $270m Kings Square Renewal project – a joint initiative  between the City and Sirona Capital.

2 weeks ago in Media release , Council , Major projects
(1/11/2018) Fremantle Council selects Pindan as preferred Kings Square builder

Grant Story: Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Employment Access

Published 24 Oct 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

  Nearly one year on from the Impact100 Fremantle Voting and Awards Night and major grant recipient Ngalla Maya are going from strength to strength.    Founder and CEO of Ngalla Maya, Mervyn Eades, discusses the impact their organisation is having on the lives of young men and women in Fremantle and WA –   […]

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Donor Story: Paper Bird Fund

Published 24 Oct 2018 by admin in Fremantle Foundation.

Learn why Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts, established the Paper Bird Fund with the Fremantle Foundation.     Special thanks to our interns from the Notre Dame Film Society for creating this video. Cinematographer & Editor – Patrick Wilson Director – Janaka McGeary Producer – Olivia Cervi

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Our Second Sewing Room Session

Published 20 Oct 2018 by Dave Robertson in Dave Robertson.

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A word on my book from Landscope Magazine, Spring 2018

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Precinct submission – 4 October 2018

Published 10 Oct 2018 by Bruce Wilson in Arts Centre Freospace.

Here is the proposal following presentation at the Arts Centre Precinct meeting Thu 4 October 2018 and reworked at the meeting by those present

Quarry Street Lot 2 1 and 8 Arts Precinct SubmissionOct6Final