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(20/2/17) New beginning for Many6160

Published 20 Feb 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

It’s the end of one era and the start of a new one with retail pop-up success story Many6160’s last trading day held on Sunday 19 February.

With the redevelopment of Kings Square starting soon, Many6160 have found a new home and will re-emerge as Many 2.0 located at the old Spotlight building site in Adelaide Street (next to Target).

The City is proud to have supported this concept which since October 2013 has seen the former Myer building temporarily activated into Australia’s largest pop-up collective.

3 hours ago in Media release
(20/2/17) New beginning for Many6160

(20/2/17) Evolution of over 55s services

Published 20 Feb 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

A big thank you to the 30 volunteers and visitors who came together last week to discuss the evolution of the One Stop Shop and its valuable role in the City’s future community hub in Kings Square.

As part of council’s commitment to positive ageing services in Fremantle, the feedback will be used to shape how the One Stop Shop and other programs could be better integrated into the Kings Square precinct, to provide continued support and social opportunities to our senior Freo community.

4 hours ago in Community , Media release
(20/2/17) Evolution of over 55s services


Published 19 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.




Installation of the artworks for the Sculpture@Bathers show on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach started this morning.

Eighty Western Australian sculptors will showcase their art from Saturday for two weeks all around the beach, on the boardwalk and inside Kidogo Arthouse.

Roel Loopers

$110 million Kwinana live export spend better used on northern abattoirs

Published 19 Feb 2017 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

The Greens WA have today said the $110 million pledged by the Liberal Party to expand live exports to Kwinana would be better spent developing Northern Abattoirs.

Member for South Metropolitan Region Lynn MacLaren MLC said yesterday’s announcement was pitched to earn favour from shooters, fishers and farmers in the Liberal Party’s desperate bid for minor party preferences.

“The lack of transparency from the Barnett Government astounds me,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The Premier has been in closed-door negotiations with James Price Pty Ltd for years since the latter took the State government to court over port facilities at James Point.

“Now the Liberal Party is trying to appease the party they fought in court, with $110 million of taxpayers’ money.

“The Greens oppose live exports and have proposed an alternative packaged meat trade which could create many jobs in rural areas.” 


Published 19 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.



I took this reflection photo of the Scots Presbyterian Church at Norfolk Street in a window of the old Fremantle Oval this morning.

The Dockers have left Freo Oval for Cockburn, so good riddance to them.

The church was designed by architects Talbot Hobbs and the foundation stone was laid by John Forres on March 26, 1890. The church officially opened seven months later on November 26, 1890.

Roel Lopers


People Cities: the Legacy of Jan Gehl

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

This week a few us from the City of Fremantle had the pleasure of siting down and having a chat with acclaimed Danish urban planner Jan Gehl.  Jan was over in Australia to reflect on the work he had in Australian cities such as Melbourne and Perth. He was also here to be part of […]

Nyoongar Youth Workshop

Published 19 Feb 2017 by jonstrachan in Jon Strachan.

Saturday afternoon I attended a Nyoongar Youth Workshop at the City of Fremantle’s Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

I was overwhelmed by the very positive atmosphere.  At the end of the workshops the best people could be selected to go to London Fashion Week to model a new range of fashion wear with fabrics designed by Australian indigenous artists and printed in Malaysia.

Thanks for your work Miranda and Peter Farmer.

I wish all involved the best of luck!




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Published 18 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


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Can You See My Mind is a powerful art exhibition about mental health upstairs at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street, Fremantle.

The works by photographer Melanie English and artist Megan Henry have been created from mental health questionnaires completed by people who suffered or are still suffering a mental health condition.

Mental health issues affect one in five Australians every year so it is not something we should be ignorant or judgmental about.

We have come a long way and no longer call people who have mental health problems lunatics or crazy, but there is often still a stigma attached to it and a presumption that the issues are alcohol or drug related, hence many people try to fight depression in isolation.

Shame, fear, loneliness, anxiety and feeling so deeply tired of life, in what one perceives to be absolute isolation and abandoned by society and friends, is a very traumatic experience that sadly often ends in suicide.

It is important that we are constantly aware that even close friends might not share their mental health issues with us and that asking and being observant is very important.

This exhibition helps us understand just a little bit better how and what people with mental health poblems go through.

Also at the Moores at ground level is a sculpture and painting show by Jon Denaro.

Roel Loopers



Published 17 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

It was just yummy crisp when I got up early this morning and we are in for another a great weekend in Freo.

Just a reminder that Davey Craddock and The Pinnacles will be performing at the  Fremantle Arts Centre free Sunday Music session from 2-4 pm.

Hear stories of sleepy coastlines, chaotic boom towns and the people caught in-between as Davey Craddock & The Spectacles (WA) bring their folk rock, alt-country sounds to FAC.

Cafe, bar and pizza bar are open!

There is also a free 6-9 pm free concert up on the deck of the Maritime Museum, but I have no details on who is playing.

Come enjoy Freo. It’s the best place to be on weekends!

Roel Loopers


Published 17 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.



As expected the ‘Officers Recommendation’ to Fremantle Council for the proposed 5-storey building in High Street by Notre Dame University is for Council to reject it. The item will go to Council this Wednesday at 6 pm.

The decision-making authority is the state’s Joint Development Assessment Panel, but that will take Fremantle Council’s recommendation into consideration.

I was initially very irate about the UNDA proposal because I was very disappointed that the two community sessions had not changed anything, so as someone very passionate about Freo’s heritage I wrote a few things about the university I now regret, but my strong opposition to this inappropriate building has not disappeared.

I am a fan and strong supporter of Notre Dame University and believe they are good for the West End where many cafes would not survive without the patronage of 8000+ UNDA students and staff, but UNDA needs to be realistic and pragmatic about the development proposal for 3 High Street.

After reading the opinions of CoF planning and heritage staff and the Design Advisory Commission it becomes clear that the UNDA architects tried hard to accommodate the DAC wishes, while also trying to retain as much floor space as possible and that is the problem.

Fact is that the floor space UNDA needs for its School of Nursing can’t be achieved on that site without disregarding planning and heritage considerations, so it is not a realistic proposition to build something of that volume at the proposed site.

What UNDA now needs to do, after JDAP will also reject the development proposal, is to find an alternative location for a five-storey building, one where they might not even want to include a theatre space, thus giving them more floor space to use for education only and not a public community space.

The corner of Cliff and High streets is ideally suited for an iconic three-storey building, but unfortunately for Notre Dame it is unsuitable for a five-storey building and for the boring design that shows very little respect for the significant historic West End and the great heritage architecture in the area.

I intend to address Council on Wednesday to voice my opposition to the proposal, although I am a big fan of UNDA and its outstanding Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond, senior staff and the many lecturers I know. UNDA is good for Freo but the proposed building is bad for the West End and that’s why it needs to be rejected.

Roel Loopers

Taking stock

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

ABOUT 250 people heard political candidates from Labor, the Greens, the Socialist Alliance and even techno-democrats Flux the System! outline their opposition to the Perth Freight Link at a crack-of-dawn meeting on Thursday.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren told the crowd they’d prepared an urban forest strategy which would build on the green path protestors would replant once Roe was killed off, and link the city’s biodiversity hotspots.

• About 150 of Thursday’s protestors had the horns honking - even from a few truckies - as clearing of the Roe Highway route reached Stock Road, where it’s due to head towards the proposed Fremantle tunnel. Photos by Steve Grant

• About 150 of Thursday’s protestors had the horns honking – even from a few truckies – as clearing of the Roe Highway route reached Stock Road, where it’s due to head towards the proposed Fremantle tunnel. Photos by Steve Grant


The pre-election gathering then morphed into further protests as Main Roads bulldozers tore into bushland south west of Coolbellup which will take the clearing up to the Stock Road intersection.

Protestors were buoyed by news Greens senator Scott Ludlam has successfully pushed through a senate vote to have alleged breaches of environmental conditions investigated by the environment and communications reference committee.

“We’ve seen evidence of dozens of breaches of environmental conditions for the project, which may mean that the project is proceeding illegally. The destruction at the Beeliar wetlands should cease,” Senator Ludlam said.

• FREO’S musicians are finding full voice against Roe 8 and have planned a concert on Sunday February 26 at the Fremantle Town Hall. Choirmaster Digby Hill, pictured here with Dilip Parekh, Victor Hoisington, Michael Ellis, Sally Knowles and “Dodgy Steve”, says there’s been a big push from the creative community to do something. Mr Hill says they’ll be encouraging the crowd to learn a few protest songs so future rallies can be at full volume, while any funds will go towards the anti-Roe campaign.

• FREO’S musicians are finding full voice against Roe 8 and have planned a concert on Sunday February 26 at the Fremantle Town Hall. Choirmaster Digby Hill, pictured here with Dilip Parekh, Victor Hoisington, Michael Ellis, Sally Knowles and “Dodgy Steve”, says there’s been a big push from the creative community to do something. Mr Hill says they’ll be encouraging the crowd to learn a few protest songs so future rallies can be at full volume, while any funds will go towards the anti-Roe campaign.

Wildlife rehabilitation centre Native Arc has been documenting casualties from the clearing and slammed the Barnett government and contractors for poor practices.

Native Arc says turtle traps were set with short directional barriers just 24 hours before clearing began, which wouldn’t have been effective in catching animals in time.


“Most of the fencing has been dug into the ground with mesh to prevent animals entering … and escaping. No water sources. In 35C temperatures most animals within the fences will be dead within 72 hours,” was posted on its Facebook page recently.

Stirling designs firming?

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

PLANS for duplicating Stirling Bridge as part of the Perth Freight Link seem to have firmed, with a source claiming Main Roads recently sent designs to construction company Georgiou Group for comment.

Main Roads says while there’s “no plans or approved budget” for the second bridge, it acknowledges it’s been talking to industry representatives about design standards and construction techniques.


“Main Roads has planned the duplication of Stirling Bridge and the widening of this section of the highway since the first bridge was built in 1978,” the department told the Herald in a statement this week.

“Main Roads is planning to improve traffic flow and movement through the nearby intersection through minor civil modifications.”

We couldn’t find anyone at Georgiou to comment, but the company’s website brags it’s been involved in several of the largest bridge projects in Australia.

Meanwhile Liberal Bicton candidate Matt Taylor says if re-elected he’ll be pushing for the proposed tunnel under White Gum Valley to be stretched under the Swan River and into the port.

“Every single local I’ve spoken to supports this idea and engineers tell me its achievable,” Mr Taylor wrote on his Facebook page this week.

Mr Taylor’s seat is crucial to forming government after the  election, and Labor’s Fremantle MP Simone McGurk thinks he might be just trying to get himself out of a pickle, as the government had already told the upper house his plan wasn’t feasible.

“Why is Matt Taylor, the Liberal candidate in Bicton, leading people to believe thousands of trucks coming through Roe 8 and 9 could magically disappear through a tunnel under the river?” Ms McGurk said.

North Fremantle Community Association convenor Gerard MacGill doesn’t believe Main Roads and reckons they’d already have plans drawn up.

“We deserve better than this, particularly in this pre-election period,” Mr MacGill said.

“We are being kept completely in the dark about the final stage – presumably Roe 10 – and there could be a good reason for this, because from what we do know it will be a horror story for North Fremantle and East Fremantle. The MRD and the City of Fremantle should immediately release to the public whatever plans, modelling and pictorials they possess so that we may know the real facts about Roe 8, 9 and beyond.”

stories by STEVE GRANT

Senior moment

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE One Stop Shop for seniors in Kings Square is the latest service scrambling to find a new home in Freo.

The square is about to undergo a $220 million redevelopment and several organisations based there, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and Bizlink, are looking for new CBD digs.

Retiree Frank O’Neill is a regular at One Stop Shop, a seniors drop-in centre, and says they don’t want to be “shoved away in a dark room in a library”.

“When you retire it can be a lonely place and this centre is invaluable for people who want to come down and have a cup of tea and a chat,” he says.

“But we don’t just sit around and I have done stand-up paddle boarding, laughter yoga and loads of other fun activities. Ideally we want to stay in the CBD and be close to public transport.”

• Local seniors with mayor Brad Pettitt and Labor MP Simone McGurk.

• Local seniors with mayor Brad Pettitt and Labor MP Simone McGurk.

Fremantle council has stepped in to help the cast of Cocoon find a new home and held a meeting with them this week.

The Herald understands that the shopfront beside St Johns Books in Highgate Court, opposite Kings Square, is under consideration.

It is currently being used by Gypsy Tapas for storage and as an overflow, but their lease with the Anglican Church is due to expire.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt says they are also considering moving One Stop Shop to the Fremantle Oval/Stan Reilly site, where council staff will be based while Kings Square is redeveloped.

Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk came down to offer her support and says the drop-in centre plays an important role for seniors in the community.


Hugetrouble over Tweets

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

PRESSURE is mounting on premier Colin Barnett over his preference deal with One Nation after it was revealed south metropolitan upper house candidate Richard Eldridge had previously published racist and homophobic tweets.

Mr Eldridge deactivated his Ned Kelly@hugetrouble twitter account in January, shortly after being publicly endorsed by One Nation, but the Sydney Morning Herald unearthed some unsavoury tweets.

“Let’s hunt down some indo reporters and balibo them. What’s Suharto up to these days,” he wrote in 2013, apparently in reference to murder of five Australian journalists in 1975.

“I’ve got indo mates and fuc their arrogant about their superiority over us lazy Aussies. we are regarded as shit in Indonesian eyes.

“The only real thing Muslims are good at is multiplying but that is all they need to do history will show.”

Mr Eldridge, a former Bob Katter party candidate, and real-estate agent, didn’t return our call, but in an interview shortly after his endorsement, he told the Chook he wasn’t a racist.

“I’m not a racist and have around 20 muslim clients who I deal with and have been out to dinner with.”

Mr Eldridge has reportedly dismissed the tweets as “locker room talk” and at the time of going to print had not stood down as a candidate.

Mr Eldridge claims to have distinguished lineage in WA: his great grandfather was Frank O’Connor, the son of C. Y. O’Connor who built Fremantle harbour, Mundaring Weir and the Coolgardie pipeline.

On his mother’s side was Charles Manning, head of one of the original families to settle in Perth, with substantial land holdings in Hamilton Hill and Freo’s West End.

His cousin John Dawkins was treasurer to Labor PM Paul Keating and another cousin, Sir Ernest Lee Steere, a former Perth lord mayor.

“Everyone I talk to is fed up with the current parties,” Mr Eldridge had said.


Notre damn

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE council staff have recommended Notre Dame’s proposed five-storey nursing and midwifery school in the West End be knocked back.

Councillors got a sneak peak at next week’s council meeting agenda last night, and mayor Brad Pettitt told the Herald the planners felt the top storey couldn’t be justified in the state heritage-listed precinct.

Dr Pettitt said the council’s heritage architects had also raised concerns about how the historic facade on Cliff Street integrated into the overall design.

Although the ultimate decision will lie with a state-controlled development assessment panel, the recommendation will come as a relief to the Fremantle Society, which reckons council staff keep approving “alarming” developments in the West End.

In a submission about Notre Dame’s proposal, the society says five storeys aren’t permitted in the West End and the university should be encouraged to build the new school slightly outside the West End to break its education monoculture and encourage students to spread throughout the city centre.

 • The “wedding wall” facade would be incoporated into Notre Dame’s new five-storey nursing and midwifery school.

• The “wedding wall” facade would be incorporated into Notre Dame’s new five-storey nursing and midwifery school.


“The plans as shown, besides being overscale and at least one storey too high for the site, are very mediocre and incongruous with the quality surrounding the site,” the society’s submission said.

Some of that “quality” includes the “America’s Cup disaster next door” where a block of flats was plonked on top of the old Tramways Building.

“That development is an aberration and not a precedent, and Notre Dame’s plans when seen from High Street are actually significantly bigger,” said the submission.

Heritage rules

The society urged the council to ignore support from the WA Heritage Council, claiming it had become a “developers’ club intent on softening heritage rules”.

Society president John Dowson told the Herald he was busy preparing a list of promises Notre Dame had broken from previous developments, including reinstating verandahs and undertaking what he calls renovation rather than restoration.


Ride the wave

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A FAMILY of Attadale surfers drive two hours to Wedge island just to get some decent surf, so they’re looking forward to being able to pop down the hill and catch perfect curlers at Alfred Cove.

Paul Edison says it’s tough finding decent waves anywhere south of Trigg, and knows many other Melville families who hope the wave park proposal will be successful.

Mr Edison reckons wave park supporters are just quieter than the naysayers, and that Tompkins Park is an ideal spot for the facility because it’s central, adjacent to other sporting facilities, and a rare example of unused open space.

“The Perth coast is fringed by a lot of outer reefs, particularly Rottnest and some outer reefs further north. I think also the symmetry of the coast means we don’t get any meaningful waves anywhere near the metro area,” he says.

• Jen, Paul, Alex and Lily Edison can’t wait for the wave park. Photo by Trilokesh Chanmugam

• Jen, Paul, Alex and Lily Edison can’t wait for the wave park. Photo
by Trilokesh Chanmugam


“I do resent a lot of the way that the opponents have been referring to it as a theme park. I mean surfing is the second highest participation sport in Australia. It’s serious business, I think it deserves to be taken seriously – this is a training ground, like a sporting oval but for surfing.”

Chadd Heatley and his two daughters are keen on surfing, but have never learned because they’re worried about sharks.

“I’ve always wanted to be a surfer but I’ve just got this thing about the sharks in the water,” he says. “My girls won’t do surf club because they’re shit-scared of going into the water…It’s a genuine concern I have for my kids and the kids around the suburbs.”

He reckons the wave park, which will also include a licensed cafe and roof top members area, is going to be a great place to spend the evening.


Surf’s not up in plan

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A CONSERVATION group has released an alternative vision for Tompkins Park as it fights off a proposed surfing facility.

The plan, submitted to Melville council by the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group, includes a retro cafe/restaurant in the current bowling club building, a nature and adventure playground and improvements to the cycle path.

SERAG reckons this part of Alfred Cove is one of the most important areas of public open space remaining along the river, and a vital habitat for migratory birds which is threatened by the wave park proposal.

“This site needs to be strengthened and protected,” SERAG secretary Catherine O’Neill told the Herald.

• Wave park opponents launch an alternative plan for Tompkins Park. 

• Wave park opponents launch an alternative plan for Tompkins Park.

“Research shows the mental, health, and physical benefits of sites like this. It is extremely short sighted for our elected representatives to be giving it up for commercial interests.”

Ms O’Neill claims four similar proposals were already received by Melville council from various community groups as part of the wave park submissions process, but were treated as comment instead of an alternative proposal because they weren’t a pitch for the ground-lease.

Although they don’t have funds for a ground-lease, SERAG hopes a cafe or restaurant will support their vision and pay the rent.


Editorial: Rooster’s roasting

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

A FIRESTORM has swirled around the Chook in the past two weeks.

The cause: some hard-hitting advertising targeting the anti-Roe freeway campaign which will bring some relief to embattled premier Colin Barnett.

Under the guise of an informative Q&A, the political advertising wrapped around all 83,000 Herald newspapers over the past two weeks has not carried any Liberal Party insignia.

Instead they have pointed inquisitive readers firstly to a Main Roads website and in the second week, to MPs and Labor’s Bicton candidate Lisa O’Malley, who have opposed the Roe Highway extension – part of the Perth Freight Link to Fremantle port – through Beeliar wetlands.

The only visible link to the Liberal Party was a small authorisation by new federal MP for Tangney Ben Morton — as required under electoral laws. He is a former state director of the party for many years and has managed numerous state election campaigns.

His cunning pro-Roe ad campaign so far has been an unabashed and forceful pitch to all Liberal supporters, or would-be’s — especially in the new seat of Bicton and the adjoining redrawn seats of Willagee and Bateman — to cast their votes in the forthcoming state election the Liberal way if they want heavy port traffic off local roads and onto Roe. One ad even lifted the colours of the anti-Roe campaign.

Within hours of the first four-page ad hitting the streets the Chook was in the firing line as social media lit up.

A number of folk thought the ads had been written by the Chook. A former Herald journo whose generous stipend over the years was paid for in part by such political ads, accused the paper of “seething hypocrisy” for accepting the ads but within hours it was taken down.


In scores of letters to the editor, phone calls and posts to Facebook, other faithful readers vented at the Herald for “betraying” them and “selling out”, used as they were to reading the Herald’s independent news coverage over 27 years on every major issue including the future of the port, the Fremantle Eastern Bypass – now deleted – and of course the Roe battle.

Others, up to 45 at last count, demanded the Chook no longer be delivered to their letterboxes. One dropped a wrap back to the Herald stating it was “not even worthy of the compost heap”.

There were even protests at the Chookhouse: One, a small group of banner-wavers from Rethink the Link including Carnaby the Black Cockatoo, and the other, a contract driver ’sacking’ himself on the spot, claiming he could no longer deliver our papers to waiting distributors.

While we are really very sorry the advertisements have upset so many of our readers – many of whom are passionate protestors against Roe 8 – we do make the point bona fide advertising has always been at the core of our capacity to deliver a free newspaper – plus a comprehensive website – to over 110,000 homes and businesses over many, many years.

We only refuse defamatory advertisements – thankfully very rare – and we work with advertisers who sometimes stray into the racist, sexist or other ‘ist’ arenas, to improve their copy.

Finally, and this is a very important point given our role in our liberal – not Liberal – democracy, we are not in any position to refuse bona fide advertising – or news opinion – especially during an election campaign.

More to the point, all political opinion in our ads and in our independent news coverage is valid at any time, in support of the principle of free speech, even if we don’t like what is being said.

If there’s a silver lining for distressed readers, it’s that Mr Morton’s campaign has galvanised the other side, and within hours of its appearance, crowd funding for Save Beeliar Wetlands’ own adverts sprung up and have since raised tens of thousands of dollars. That will go a long way to helping spread their message.


Socialist mocks Melville claims

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

SOCIAL ALLIANCE upper house candidate and Fremantle councillor Sam Wainwright has reacted to Melville council’s claims more freight can’t go onto rail as “absurd”.

As part of its own campaign in support of the Perth Freight Link, the council released a 10-point fact sheet designed to counter what it says are “myths” about the project.

“More freight on rail is not an alternative as 95 per cent of containers are unpacked within the Perth metro area so the extra handling and transport costs involved would be unviable for both businesses and consumers,” the council says in the fact sheet, which was authorised by CEO Shayne Silcox.

• Sam Wainwright says Melville council’s claims about rail don’t stack up. 

• Sam Wainwright says Melville council’s claims about rail don’t stack up.


But Mr Wainwright, a former wharfie, says the council has ignored maps put out by Fremantle Port which show more than 60 per cent of those containers were unpacked along the existing freight line.

“Indeed, if you look at the map you can see that the rail line services the two major industrial areas where containers need to be transported to.”

Mr Wainwright says the Barnett government has undermined rail constantly and simply reinstating a subsidy would boost it significantly, he said, saying people don’t realise trucks are heavily subsidised because roads need to be built far stronger to cope with them.

Jobs defence

Published 17 Feb 2017 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

OPPOSITION leader Mark McGowan wants the Defence department to churn any profits from the sale of Leeuwin Barracks back into WA to develop defence-based industries.

Mr McGowan acknowledges it might be difficult to slip that one past the Turnbull government, but says Defence might welcome the plan because there was already an acknowledged need to upgrade local infrastructure.

• Mark McGowan with Lisa O’Malley and Simone McGurk.

• Mark McGowan with Lisa O’Malley and Simone McGurk.

A defence white paper released last year outlined $4 billion worth of upgrades to WA defence capabilities, including giving the Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station near Exmouth the ability to gaze into space to assess any security risks.

HMAS Stirling in Cockburn Sound would also have its submarine fleet doubled to a dozen, with five anti-submarine frigates alongside.

Mr McGowan said Labor also wanted to take over managing the sale of Leeuwin.

“As a former naval officer I understand the importance of our military history and the need to protect our heritage,” Mr McGowan said.


Published 16 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.



My brand new and delightful friend Sian made me aware this morning that the Shimmer artwork by Freo artist Susan Flavell had been installed outside the Esplanade Hotel, so here a photo.

The work was first shown at the 2015 Sculpture @Bathers show and was sold to a mining millionaire who sent it to Queensland where two bronze casts were made of the orginal work.

Now one of these bronzes is traveling around the Perth metro area to promote the S&B 2017 show which starts next Friday at Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers


Published 16 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

Bureaucracy-like car salesmen, lawyers, politicians, Dutchmen, journalists, and Roel Loopers, to name just a few-has a bad reputation.

I know one should never generalise so let me declare that I have often dealt with excellent public servants at the City of Fremantle and all levels of government.

Why am I writing this? Because I thought there must be some reason and order within City of Fremantle madness I do not understand. It’s probably not the fault of an officer but of the system and lack of rules.

Yesterday the two new fire extinguishers in the Roundhouse were tested and the contractor told me the only other devise he needed to test at Arthur Head for CoF was the one in the Gunners Cottage, which is the office of the Roundhouse volunteers.

This means that none of the artist’s studios at Captain’s and Mrs Trivett lanes have fire extinguishers installed although some of them have highly flammable goods in them. I don’t know a painter who would not have turpentine in their studio.

It seems illogical to me that the Roundhouse, that is highly unlikely to ever catch fire, needs to have two fire extinguishers, but highly flammable artist’s studios in tiny residential cottages that are also open to the public don’t have any.

If a fire broke out in one of the cottages it could very easily and rapidly spread to the others along the lane and all that heritage would be gone.

Roel Loopers


Published 16 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


There has been some confusion about the day of the Fremantle WA State Election Forum, so just to confirm that it is Tuesday February 28 at 6.30 pm.

It is as always at the Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame on the corner of Cliff and Croke streets.

All candidates have been invited, but it is a bit of a tradition for the Liberal candidate not to turn up, so let’s wait and see.

Roel Loopers


Published 16 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.


Opening of the new children’s playground at the Paper Bird children’s bookshop and Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street this Sunday February 19 from 9-11.30.

They are launching the new courtyard and joining with the rest of the Moores Building to create an open arts precinct.

Art studios will be open, including the Moores Gallery Studios Resident Artists, and free kids activities: 9am Wild Movement Perth will run a nature play session, 9.30am Story Time, 10am Inkling Art Space open workshop + Great food & coffee from Moore & Moore Cafe. See you there!


Roel Loopers


Published 16 Feb 2017 by freoview in Freo's View.

Fremantle resident Andrew Luobikis will be running for the WA State Election/Upper House in the South Metro Region for the new Julie Matheson for Western Australia Party.

Andrew is very committed to Freo and unsuccessfully stood for South and Beaconsfield Ward, and that gives us something in common as I was also unsuccessful standing for Beacy Ward.

While Andrew and I are probably miles apart politically I believe he deserves a plug on Freo’s View because of his passion for our city. Here is what Andrew Luobikis has to say about his candidacy:

Why am I running:

After several years of exposure to local government politics and seeing how the system is not only manipulated by the major political parties it is also very much broken. Reflecting on the lost economic opportunities for WA, especially during the mining boom it was clear that our wonderful state was not getting its fair share. Our state has been held to economic ransom by the political parties from the East. While WA digs up every mineral and harvests every inch of arable land, the rest of Australia lives on GST welfare generated and paid for by hard working Western Australians.

I could see that reform is necessary on many issues and the only way to enact real change is from the State level.

 Having met Julie Matheson during the last Beaconsfield Council By-Election I was drawn to the fact the Julie Matheson For Western Australia Party is the only party that represents the interests of Western Australia and its people, not political parties from the Eastern States. The party’s policies stood out in that they reflected many of the issues I was standing for locally and knew it would be an easy transition for me to get behind and support.

It was obvious to me running as an independent at local government level that if  I were to be successful in effecting any real change I would require the support of a team with values similar to that of mine. It is a team of real people standing up on the real issues for WA and especially the South Metropolitan Region.

 I am a member of Western Australia’s only party that puts Western Australia’s interests FIRST.  The other parties seeking your vote are controlled by politicians from the East.  These politicians want to control WA’s parliament for their own political gain and continue the GST welfare system for the benefit of other states.  It’s our GST, a ‘State tax’ and it belongs in WA.


I also decided to run to help elect our Party’s candidate for Fremantle Janetia Knapp.  Janetia works tirelessly in the Fremantle community to include Aboriginal culture in mainstream day to day living.  She promotes the loving and caring of people and the land on which we all live.  Fremantle will be a better place to live with Janetia Knapp as our elected member of parliament.

 We have a great candidate for Fremantle in the Lower House – Janitia Knapp.  When we met, we just gelled and I could see that a great team was forming that could exert influence and make some fantastic systemic changes for the betterment of the local community.


Violent, racist and homophobic comments have no place in a democracy

Published 15 Feb 2017 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says today’s news report claiming a One Nation candidate for the Upper House seat of South Metropolitan once advocated killing Indonesian journalists and has used derogatory language to attack gay people, Muslims and people of African descent on his former Twitter account confirms there is no place for One Nation in the WA Parliament.

“As a society, we show zero tolerance for this kind of language and behaviour in our schools, in our laws and in most institutions, social circles and work places,” Ms MacLaren said.

“So we should not accept it for a moment among people who aspire to public office.

“This news about a One Nation candidate is sadly not new or out of the ordinary  – One Nation is as racist as it always was.

“It gives the lie to comments by senior Liberals in recent days that One Nation has changed.

“The Liberal Party in WA has sunk to very low depths in announcing it would preference One Nation.

“The Greens continue to be the genuine alternative in WA.

“We stand for fair and multicultural country, and accepting all people as equals regardless of sexuality, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, gender or place of birth.”


Note to media:

Lynn MacLaren is responding to this report in Fairfax media:

MANY changes but staying 6160

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

MANY 6160  is Australia’s largest temporary space activation project (possible the largest anywhere in the world but as they say it is a bit hard to know how to measure this) . Since Spacemarket opened it in October 2013, the former department store has become a fabulous cutting edge retail space with producers above and […]

GPP Minutes of Meeting … 29th November 2016

Published 15 Feb 2017 by kpaterson in Gibson Park Freospace.

Minutes of Gibson Park Precinct Meeting Tuesday 29 November 2016

Councillors’ Lounge, Council Bldg, Fremantle

Attendance: Coralie Clarke, Val Cousins, Ron Kawalilak, Karl Paterson, Gerald Shepperson, June Shepperson, Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt, Cr Bryn Jones, Cr Dave Coggin, Cr Doug Thompson, Cr Ingrid Waltham
Apologies: None

Meeting opened – 6.10 pm Chairperson – Val Cousins Minutes – Ron Kawalilak


  1. Approval of Agenda and Minutes – Attendees agreed with the agenda presented.

    Minutes of the meeting held 25 October 2016 were approved.

  2. Committee Election – Coralie Clarke, Val Cousins, Ron Kawalilak and Karl Paterson (Secretary) were elected as Committee Members for 2017.
  3. Role of Secretary – As Karl’s ability to take minutes of GPP meetings is affected by Parkinson’s, Ron volunteered to take and prepare the minutes for all GPP meetings he attends, and to organise an alternative minute taker when he is unable to attend. Karl will continue to handle all the other duties and responsibilities of GPP Secretary. Members unanimously expressed a vote of thanks to Karl for the work he has done over the years, and will continue to do, as GPP Secretary.
  4. Perth Freight Link – While the next court hearing concerning the environmental approvals for the Roe 8 highway extension is scheduled for 16 December 2016, the state government’s process of signing contracts for the highway has began. It was noted that freight traffic to Fremantle Harbour had declined to what it was about five years ago. As discussed at the meeting, GPP does not support the state government’s proposals for Roe 8 and the tunnel to High Street, Stages 1 and 2 of the Perth Freight Link, but supports the City of Fremantle’s position that the state government put these proposals on hold until further long-term freight planning and better options are developed. Update – On December 16th, the High Court refused the Save Beeliar Wetlands Group special leave to appeal against a Court of Appeal decision, which revalidated environmental approvals for the controversial Roe 8 highway extension. The court concluded that there were “insufficient grounds” to appeal the Court of Appeal decision.
  5. Proposed Gibson Park improvements – While the meeting was told that Fremantle’s 2016-17 budget includes an allocation for Stage 1 (of 3) of the proposed

improvements to Gibson Park, staff changes within the city’s parks and garden team have delayed this work. The meeting was also told that city staff have been briefed on the noise issues some nearby residents are experiencing with the netball loudspeaker system when netball is played at night, and the unnecessary parking of cars on the grassed, lower playing field.

  1. Redevelopment of King’s Square – Mayor Pettitt provided an update on the Kings Square redevelopment. With the early November decision of the state government to move more than 1,500 of its workers to central Fremantle in 2020 (from the Housing Authority, Department of Corrective Services and Department of Transport), work will get underway in Kings Square early in 2017. Demolition of the Queensgate Cinema building will begin in April, along with the revamping of the Myer building. At about the same time, the city will begin work on a new library, visitor centre and administrative building. The project will deliver a revamped city square complete with grassed areas, public art, indoor and outdoor community spaces and new street furniture; a new children’s playground; new retail, commercial and hospitality spaces; as well as the state government and city buildings noted above.
  2. Other Business – Coralie told the meeting that, following a request by the committee mid-year, city parks and garden staff had planted kangaroo paws and other native plants in the roundabout at the corner of Forest and Wilkinson, and this had greatly improved the look of the roundabout. There was also some discussion about the proposed new town square near the Fremantle Railway Station.

Meeting closed – 7:30 pm

Next Meeting – Tuesday, 28 February 2016 7:00 pm

Library, East Fremantle Primary School

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Where's our infrastructure funding, Malcolm?

Published 15 Feb 2017 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Where's our infrastructure funding, Malcolm?

There has been two-fifths of nothing for the people of Western Australia—no public transport, no congestion-busting projects like Community Connect South, no properly delivered broadband, no investment in projects like the second stage of the floating dock.

Mr Wilson (3:38pm) — Proper infrastructure investment is vital. It is vital because it removes capacity constraints, it boosts productivity and it supports jobs in the short, medium and long term. It is particularly important in Western Australia at the moment because of the prevailing economic conditions. We are in recession in Western Australia. We have very, very high unemployment, and the unemployment is getting worse month by month. We need investment in infrastructure—any investment in infrastructure. Frankly, a bit of improper investment in infrastructure would not be too bad! We are getting nothing. Seventy-three out of the 78 road and rail projects promised by the coalition at the last election went elsewhere. Five came to WA. Four per cent came to Western Australia. The Regional Jobs and Investment Package, announced last week, is specifically intended to deal with areas facing economic transition and unemployment. There is $220 million for 10 projects—not a single one for Western Australia, even though parts of Western Australia that would be eligible under that program have three times the unemployment of some of the areas that received funding.

What makes this all the more bitter if you are from Western Australia is that we were told by the member for Warringah, when he was the Prime Minister, that he would be the 'Infrastructure Prime Minister'. That was to be his epithet. That was what would ring down the ages.

Well, good government has not started yet in Western Australia, and good state government there will not start until 11 March, at the earliest. But, as the member for Grayndler pointed out, the infrastructure spend under this federal government, in its best quarter, is lower than the lowest quarter of infrastructure spending under the former Labor government. It is meant to be a government for jobs and growth. Unemployment is higher under this government. Growth has been lower under this government. In Western Australia we have had 23 months of falling full-time employment. We are in recession, and inequality is at a 75-year high.

The Prime Minister might not be aware—his answer at the dispatch box today gave every impression that he is not aware—of what is going on in Western Australia. He has not been to WA in six months. So we get the double whammy. We get the invisible gifts of the 'Infrastructure Prime Minister' and we get the incredible dissolving promises of the 'Public Transport Premier', a Premier who went to the ballot box in the past promising the Ellenbrook rail extension, which has not been delivered, and promising MAX Light Rail, which has not been delivered.

So for us in Western Australia, as I said at the beginning, it is not really about whether or not you invest properly in infrastructure; it is about whether you invest at all. There has been two-fifths of nothing for the people of Western Australia—no public transport, no congestion-busting projects like Community Connect South, no properly delivered broadband, no investment in projects like the second stage of the floating dock. The only prospect of funding we have is in the horrible, ridiculous, monstrous shape of the Perth Freight Link, and you would struggle to find a better example of improperly planned and provided infrastructure funding than that ridiculous road.

An opposition member: Maybe the East West Link!

Maybe the East West Link. It is the most expensive road in WA's history, a privately operated toll road that does not even reach the port, a road that goes nowhere, a road that came out of nowhere. When it was announced in the 2014 federal budget, the parliamentary secretary for transport in Western Australia said:

The commonwealth has a propensity to make these announcements, as you well know, but the reality is that the Main Roads department and this government will be implementing and designing the Roe 8 extension, and at this stage we have not actually got design plans that are worthy of public scrutiny …

When the then Labor spokesperson, the wonderful Ken Travers, asked whether the Commonwealth had had any conversations about the Perth Freight Link with the WA government, the Western Australian spokesman said:

Maybe that is a question you should be asking a Commonwealth government representative.

Today the Prime Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport came to the dispatch box, and what did they know about the Perth Freight Link? They knew two things: they knew the dollar figure and they knew the name—and some of the time they did not even get the name right. That is all they know about the most expensive road project in Western Australia's history, the only project that has any Commonwealth infrastructure funds attached to it. We have copped, for too long, state and federal coalition governments that have failed to invest in infrastructure in WA properly or at all. We have copped state and federal coalition governments that take Western Australia for granted. This week we are seeking long-overdue reform to so-called parliamentary entitlements. We desperately need reform to the sense of entitlement the coalition has in relation to Western Australia.

Greens urge ban on all corporate political donations as Roe 8 contractor’s donations top $777,900

Published 14 Feb 2017 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says new figures detailing political donations by a company contracted to build Roe 8 show the need to ban all political donations by corporations.

“The Greens want to clean up politics and we are calling for a blanket ban on donations by corporations and property developers, as well as real time declarations for all political donations more than $1,000,” Ms MacLaren said.

“This comes as we learn that Leighton Holdings and Leighton Contractors, now known as Cimic Group, have donated at least $777,990 to the WA and national divisions of the Liberal Party since 1999.

“People feel the Liberal Party has lots it way and when you think about how much money Leighton’s has been donating to the Liberal Party and the way Liberal Ministers have responded to public concerns about Roe 8 relating to the asbestos, lack of proper transport planning, lack of transparency, and impacts on community, Aboriginal heritage and the environment, it is not surprising.

“The Greens believe it is time to end backroom corporate influence from companies who seek to pollute and destroy our environment.

“Our plan to clean up politics, available at also puts limits on lobbyists’ influence, protects whistle-blowers and strengthens transparency provisions so that government departments must proactively release information including their budgets and contracts.

“Roe 8 is a case in point of misgovernment: there is no business case for Roe 8, nor any one of the other six stages of a Gateway Review to show it’s a good investment; there is no interest from Government in response to how to deal with traffic congestion that will arise at Stock Road or closer to Fremantle if the road ever extends beyond that and no demonstrated benefit to the State as a whole.

“Contrast this with plans for an Outer Harbour for the Kwinana Industrial Strip – an idea which until recently had bipartisan support, will genuinely provide tens of thousands of direct jobs and which, with proper investigation is likely to be manageable environmentally.”


The Greens Not For Sale policy will:


● Implement bans on political donations from for-profit corporations, including developers.

● Implement declaration of donations over $1000 in real time.



The Greens WA will introduce legislation that will:

● Expand the definition of ‘lobbyist’ so that includes for–profit corporations and organisations employing in-house lobbyists, many of whom are in a position to influence government policy.

● Expand disclosure requirements to include, in a timely manner: when the lobbying occurred; who stood to benefit; who was lobbied; the subject matter of the lobbying; and the meeting outcome.

● Adopt meaningful sanctions with appeal rights to apply to MPs, public servants and lobbyists.

● End the revolving door between politics and big business, by prohibiting ex-Ministers from working in a role, which exploits their special knowledge or connections gained as a Minister for a period of five years.



● Expand the categories of people who can make disclosures to include former employees, people on work experience, contractors and subcontractors.

● Ensure the capacity to escalate a disclosure should the disclosure not be acted on in an appropriate or timely way.

● Ensure support is made available to disclosers, including counselling and legal support.

● Criminal indemnity provisions to be made more flexible in order to encourage disclosure.

● Ensure disclosers cannot be penalised or pursued if they choose to withdraw or not pursue the complaint.

● Protection to be made available for people in the public sector.

● Enabling disclosure to third parties such as journalists or MP’s (subject to limiting provisions); and

● Ensuring disclosers are protected from reprisals or detriment.



● Change the onus of proof, so that information is assumed to be available to the public unless certain criteria restricts its release.

● Move legislation that will require all government departments to proactively release information including their budgets and contracts, publishing the information in an easily searchable format.

● Advocate for more FOI staffers within each government department.

● Support transparent, accountable government that includes the public having easy access to information in the public interest.

“Life After Coal”; North Freo Forum.

Published 14 Feb 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Energy, from coal to renewables, has been a topic of hot conversation around the nation this week and in North Fremantle this week it continues with Professor Peter Droege from the University of Liechtenstein speaking on “ Life After Coal – International Examples Of Post Coal Prosperity And Lessons For Collie WA” This forum will […]

Renewable energy is the way forward

Published 14 Feb 2017 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

There is only one way to protect our public assets, jobs and power prices; it is time to switch off the Colin Barnett government.

Mr Wilson (4:01pm) — Energy policy and the proper administration of our electricity system are critical to this nation's future. The last thing we need is for energy policy to become a blackout blame game, and for it to turn into an exercise in bringing your pet rock into question time.

The member for Barker said that energy policy needs to deliver two things, and that is right. It needs to deliver secure and affordable energy, that is No. 1, and we also need a safe and stable climate—that is No. 2. We need to ensure that global warming stays below two degrees Celsius, and the only way to do that is to seriously reduce carbon emissions.

The development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage technology is the clearest path to doing both of those things. The greatest fraud—the greatest dereliction of responsibility—in this place is for people to manufacture a conflict between secure and affordable electricity and renewable power. That is a fraud. It is a false dichotomy, it is dishonest and it is dangerous.

What is the reality? Last year, carbon dioxide concentrations measured at the aptly named Cape Grim passed 400 parts per million for the first time. And 2016 was the hottest year on record. The hottest year before that was 2015 and the hottest year before that was 2014. The world needs to respond, and it is responding. On the positive side of the ledger, The Financial Times reported last October that renewables have now actually overtaken coal as the largest source of power capacity on the planet. But as the world surges towards renewables we are going backwards.

In 2013 we were in the top four nations for renewable energy investment; now we are well outside the top 10. In 2014, while global investment in large-scale renewables grew by 16 per cent, in Australia it went backwards by 88 per cent. We literally fell off a cliff when it came to investment in large-scale renewables. We lost 3,000 jobs. If we had maintained the trajectory that the Labor government was on we would not have lost those 3,000 jobs, we would have added an additional 7,600 jobs.

We know that Australia's future has to include a mix of energy sources. We know, if we are honest with ourselves and if we consider the science, that that mix will include more and more renewable energy as time passes. The science tells us that; it tells us we need to make the transition sooner and more comprehensively. Our commitment under the Paris agreement requires us to make that transition more quickly and more comprehensively. And the evidence of the Department of Climate Change and Energy to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties acknowledged that our existing policies will not get us to our current inadequate targets.

So we can argue about how fast and how far that transition will go. There are plenty of expert and not-so-expert views. I happen to like this formulation that was put forward in 2010, that Australia needs to move to, 'A situation where all, or almost all, of our energy comes from zero- or very near zero-emission sources.' That same public intellectual said, 'I promise you, you cannot achieve that cut without getting to a point by mid-century where all or almost all of our stationary energy from power stations and big factories and so forth comes from zero-emission sources.

The person went on to say, 'The zero-emission future is absolutely essential if we are to leave a safe planet to our children and the generations that come after them.' In 2010 those were the views of the member for Wentworth, the current Prime Minister. In recent days he suggested that 50 per cent is a bridge too far. His colleagues think that 20 per cent is a bridge too far. Now we are hearing about new coal-fired power stations and so-called 'clean coal', when the business community says that the former is uninvestable and scientists say that the latter is a fantasy.

The reality is that the crises we have seen this summer are not from a mix of renewables and non-renewables; they are from inadequate management of electricity supply. Even though my state of Western Australia is not subject to the vagaries of the national grid or the national regulator, we are at risk because we face the prospect of the privatisation of Western Power. We are at risk of seeing the price rises, job losses and instability of supply that comes with the privatisation of our power system. All that will be put at risk because of the $40 billion of debt that Colin Barnett has racked up. He has squandered the boom, he has run down the strongest economy in the nation and now he needs to sell the farm.

He said he would run surpluses. He promised he would build a railway line to Ellenbrook and introduce MAX light rail. He promised he would never sell Western Power. Western Australia cannot bear any more broken promises. There is only one way to protect our public assets, jobs and power prices; it is time to switch off the Colin Barnett government.

There is no political will to tackle housing crisis in Western Australia

Published 12 Feb 2017 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

housing; homelessness; homeless; Lynn MacLaren; Greens

The latest Productivity Commission report is sobering.  It shows that not only is WA now the worst performing economy in Australia, it seems we are on track to become the worst performing State in the provision of social housing and stemming homelessness.

It is a timely reminder of WA’s poor record when it comes to homelessness and access to social housing.  Put simply: we are failing our most vulnerable West Australians.

We know that there are almost 10 000 people homeless in our state.  Of these, a quarter are children and 3 000 are fleeing domestic violence.

It’s not just a lack of ‘bricks and mortar’, support agencies can’t meet demand.  In 2016 St Vincent de Paul reported that almost 17 000 approaches for assistance were turned away.

Our most recent figures show that there are 23 059 applicants on the waiting list or around 45 000 people.

Wait times to be placed into appropriate housing are long; an average of 3 years for those on the general list and more than a year for those on the priority list. 

Social housing stock has declined steadily from 42 496 in 2012-2013 to 39 969 in 2014-15.  During the last financial year the Housing Authority only built 411 houses. This is woefully inadequate with less than 1% of the need being met. In my south metropolitan region, many social housing units have been demolished, then not replaced.

Undoubtedly statistics are a vital way of keeping track of how we’re going and whether what we’re doing is working (or not).  At the same time it can be easy to gloss over the numbers and to forget what they truly represent: A mum with children escaping domestic violence, a young man with mental health problems affecting his ability to get and keep a job, an older person disconnected from support networks, or a myriad of other complex circumstances.

From my days as a WACOSS housing policy officer coupled with a decade of experience in state politics I’ve charted the aching decline in the availability and affordability of housing. It is clear there is but one thing lacking to stem the tide of homelessness – political will.

The examples of success elsewhere demonstrate we can solve this.

The Greens have listened to advocates and those working on the front line.  They present a clear case for an integrated approach to homelessness because there are a complex array of factors which lead to someone needing social housing. 

It is vital that we have a healthy well-funded community sector that can intervene early and address root causes.  The Greens consistently present the case for a fairer, more equitable society.

We must look to reforming our tax system to make a fairer housing market for all.  At a federal level the Greens' proposal to reform negative gearing and the capital gains discount is based on models proposed by economists including the Reserve Bank of Australia and supported by housing, taxation, and social welfare advocates.

Seafarers and our ports deserve better

Published 12 Feb 2017 by Kath - Josh Wilson Staff in Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle.

Make no mistake: if the government continues to inflict death by a thousand cuts on Australian coastal shipping, the economic, strategic and environmental consequences will be substantial.

Mr Wilson (1:17pm) — The stated intention of the Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016 is to make our ports and airports safer to the extent that it changes the approach to regulating the maritime security identity card and the aviation security identity card—the MSIC and ASIC—respectively.
It has to be said at the outset that it leaves many areas of safety and security regulation untouched, especially in relation to our seaports and other maritime infrastructure. There are also aspects of this bill that are not sufficiently clear, and there is a question mark over the potential for these changes to unfairly discriminate or otherwise prevent people who present no genuine security risk from working in our ports or airports.

I can say from experience that there are many workers in my community who are directly affected by these changes, to the extent that an MSIC is a prerequisite of their employment. At a time when employment conditions are difficult—and in Western Australia they are as bad as they have been in a quarter of a century—any change that affects a person's opportunity to work should be approached with great care. I have assisted people both in the past and more recently who have had their MSIC renewal denied and were then forced to seek clarification or apply for administrative discretion. Needless to say, that presents a situation of enormous stress. Taken altogether, it is not clear whether this bill really serves the entire purpose intended or does so in the most effective way, or whether it strikes the right balance in making both administrative and security improvements while first ensuring that affected workers are not subject to some new and potentially capricious obstacle to work.

While this bill tinkers around the edges, we should keep in mind those areas of safety and security regulation that are not being made the focus of review and reform. It is disappointing that a number of serious matters of maritime security, in particular, continue to go unaddressed by this government or, in some cases, are positively undermined by the actions of this government—and I will come to that in due course.

Last year, there was a fairly rapid Senate inquiry into this bill as it existed in the 44th Parliament nearly a year ago. The report of the inquiry raised a number of issues in relation to the proposed law's purpose, scope and effect. As other members have pointed out in the debate already, there is a very basic but important inconsistency between the way the National Ice Taskforce highlighted a need to focus on serious 'and' organised crime and the way this bill refers to serious 'or' organised crime. Clearly they are not the same. The common practice for law enforcement agencies is to use the criterion 'serious and organised crime', and that is the formulation in the relevant Senate report and in the submission from the Attorney-General. It is hard to see why that formulation would not prevail and, on that basis Labor, through the shadow minister, have indicated we will move amendments to correct this.

One of the reasons I am very happy to take part in this debate is that I represent an electorate that has both a seaport and an airport. It is well known that Fremantle is WA's principle cargo port, through which passes virtually all of WA's container trade, as well as bulk commodities such as petroleum, grain, alumina, iron ore, mineral sands and so on which pass through the outer harbour. In 2015-16, total port trade through Fremantle was 34.91 million mass tonnes, with a value of more than $26.1 billion. But, perhaps less well known, Jandakot Airport, a regional airport in my electorate, has at various times been the busiest airport in terms of flight movements not just in Australia but also, I think, in some years, in the Southern Hemisphere.

It has always been the case that seaports and airports are points of entry and access when it comes to the illegal importation of goods, including the importation of illegal drugs, and proper regulation of these areas—their physical and systemic security measures—and oversight of all personnel with access to ports, airports and seaports are critical to maintaining safety and security. In that context, it has to be recognised that these changes to MSIC and ASIC arrangements leave some of the most significant security risk areas untouched. In the first place, there are already parts of the maritime supply chain that are not covered by the MSIC requirements—for example, those working in container packing yards, or senior and middle managers in stevedoring or trucking companies. What is more, and what is worse, this government has actually pursued and implemented policies that increase the risk in Australian ports and at offshore maritime facilities by weakening Australian coastal shipping and by encouraging the use of foreign crews and flag-of-convenience shipping.

The cynical use and expansion of the temporary license provisions under the Navigation Act have inflicted significant damage on the viability of Australian owned and flagged ships and, therefore, on the employment opportunities for Australian seafarers. As we consider a bill that purports to strengthen the MSIC and ASIC screening arrangements, let us just remember that foreign holders of maritime crew visas are not subject to the same checks as apply to Australian workers that hold an MSIC. We have seen several examples in recent years of foreign flagged vessels that operate in flagrant disregard of basic workplace standards, and this creates safety and security and environmental risks. It really does not matter how robust the MSIC arrangements are if an increasing number of ships and workers are not covered by them and if, in future, we face the prospect of having no ships and workers covered by them because there are no Australian flagged and crewed vessels.

A strong coastal shipping industry is important to ensure the ongoing presence and capacity of Australian flagged vessels to serve our freight needs, to sustain maritime jobs and skills in this country and to give Australia a sufficient merchant marine capacity. Shipping is our link to the world. We are an island nation. Our economic and strategic engagement depends on shipping; our ports are the apertures through which our import and export lifeblood flows. Make no mistake: if the government continues to inflict death by a thousand cuts on Australian coastal shipping, the economic, strategic and environmental consequences will be substantial.

Beyond our own compelling national interests, we should not forget that Australian seafarers and port workers, through the Maritime Union of Australia and the International Transport Workers' Federation, play an active role in fighting to secure fair and safe working conditions for people to go to sea or work in ports the world over. That is in keeping with our national character. That is something that Australians have always done. We are concerned not just about our own circumstances and about safety and security in our own country but more widely. That has been an incredibly honourable tradition and a great contribution by working men and women and their organisational representatives in this country. Seafarers have always been, and will continue to be, a class of worker that is especially vulnerable. Last October, for the second time in two months, the Australian Marine Safety Authority detained a foreign vessel for not paying its crew. The condition of the ship was disgusting; there was virtually no food on board. This sort of occurrence is becoming more common as the use of foreign ships increases and as Australian flagged and crewed coastal shipping is subject to further pressure, diminishing support and regulatory neglect. If it goes unaddressed, this trend will weaken both our economic sufficiency and our national security, and it will reduce our capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies in our region. As the shadow minister for infrastructure, the member for Grayndler, mentioned quite rightly, it is also likely that such changes will put us at greater risk of major environmental disaster.

It is also relevant in considering the security of our ports to question the blind haste with which these vital pieces of infrastructure are being sold off. Rod Sims, the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has been openly critical of such asset sales, pointing out that, when states seek to maximise asset prices for ports, they are laying the ground for inevitable freight price increases, which in turn flow through the entire economy. State governments obviously have an interest in maximising those prices. I know in Western Australia there is a particular interest because the Barnett government wants to cover its quite considerable blushes in relation to nearly $40 billion worth of state debt. But it needs to be remembered that, if you max out those asset prices on sale, a private operator has to recoup those funds and it does so through freight prices—and freight prices flow into everything. Mr Sims has been particularly critical of the proposal that a private operator in Fremantle would be given the contractual opportunity to control the development of the outer harbour in future.

In an article from September, Kenneth Davidson listed a number of critical views from people with long experience of port operations. While deploring the sale of the port of Melbourne, former ports boss Michael Frydrych said:

I have always operated on the premise that ports are vital to the development of countries and should play a supporting role to the rest of the economy.

John Lines, the managing director of ANL, said in the same article:

We remain opposed to the privatisation of state-owned monopoly ports.

Port and other State asset privatisation are taxes by stealth which will be paid for decades to come.

That is an important point: they are taxes by stealth. You take a monopoly asset, you sell it into private hands, you get no competitive benefits and the pricing approach that a private operator takes in the interest of maximising profit, which is their primary interest, flows through into the general economy. It is a tax by stealth, and you cannot argue against taxes and the influence of taxes and give away private monopoly infrastructure when you know that that will be one of the economic consequences.

The reality is that the privatisation of Fremantle port, as part 2 or part 3 or part 5—it is hard to tell—of the crazy plan to create a privately operated toll road in the form of the so-called Perth Freight Link, would achieve the privatisation of our future in Fremantle and the south-metro region of Perth. Port assets and their landside links should be controlled, planned, delivered and adjusted over time in the broad public interest. When they are subject to the commercial interest of a private owner in the case of a privatised port or a private owner in the case of a privately operated toll road, we as citizens give away the opportunity to have those critical assets regulated and controlled in the broad interest. One of the things that people in Western Australia have not cottoned on to sufficiently is that, if we see the Perth Freight Link become a privately operated toll road, it will inevitably involve concession deeds as part of that contractual arrangement. Those concession deeds will be given so that the private operator of the toll road has confidence about its revenues into the future, and that will stop a future state government from being able to introduce public infrastructure of that kind.

The reality is that Australia's strongest economic and strategic position is one in which our ports are administered and developed in the broad public interest, and that requires public ownership. It is a scenario in which coastal shipping should be supported and maintained as a vital transport capacity involving, more than anything else, Australian ships and Australian seafarers.

Roe 8 failings demonstrate need for integrity in government

Published 12 Feb 2017 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

The Greens WA have today highlighted Roe 8 project as a prime example of the community's losing faith in the WA political system. 

Following the launch of the Greens’ Integrity in Government initiative, Member for South Metropolitan Region Lynn MacLaren MLC said the Liberal Party’s conduct during planning and construction of the road demonstrated the need for Governments to be held accountable for their actions. 

“Nothing about this project has been transparent - it's no wonder the community are angry,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The Liberal Party failed to produce a business case and committed $1.9 billion the Perth Freight Link without a solid plan for stages two and three.

“When clearing started, it spent $40,000 a day on a police presence at a peaceful protest.

“It failed time and time again to comply with conditions set out by the EPA, continuing with bulldozing when animals were present - it installed netting along fence lines which lead to their deaths. 

“It continued to bulldoze when people were present.

“When it was discovered that the work site was contaminated with asbestos - with a threat to residents' health - did it stop work to investigate? No.

“Instead it carried on, providing no information to a community worried about the health of their families. 

“A resilient democracy depends on a Government being transparent in how they make decisions and accountable to the people who elected it – this has absolutely not been the case with Roe 8.”   

To find out more about the Greens' committment to renewing the democratic system, visit

Women’s Football has a Huge Debut at Freo Oval

Published 12 Feb 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

History was made at Fremantle Oval today with the first AFL women’s game to be played in WA fought out between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions. There was a capacity crowd of 10,000 people and a fun family atmosphere. While the Dockers were defeated after a tight, hard-fought game it was great to […]

Australia Ship Simulation Centre Opening – A Future Freo Business, Now.

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

This week I got to do quite a unique opening which included the unique smashing of a virtual bottle of champagne on a virtual ship’s bow. It was largely virtual because the opening was of the new specialist Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle’s Atwell Arcade. The Australia Ship Simulation Centre is owned and operated […]

Police State

Published 10 Feb 2017 by jonstrachan in Jon Strachan.

screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-1-44-18-pmToday I went along to Fremantle Magistrates Court to support and bear witness to people charged over their involvement in trying to save the Beeliar Wetlands from destruction to build Roe 8.  One of my motivations was concern over the very heavy-handed police action, of which I have heard several first hand reports (and seen the bruises).  I wondered if the increased police action, both in numbers of officers and tactics were at their own volition?  Or have State Politicians or the Premiere requested such actions?  Because if the Premiere or senior Ministers have intervened, this represents a break down in the separation of powers between Government and the police, and throws WA back to 1970’s Queensland.
After a 3 hour wait I was prevented from entering Court Room 2 by Serco personnel.  When asked why I was blocked from exercising my Civic Right to attend a hearing I was advised Court Security had made a decision that there could be no observer’s in Court 2, as too many people MAY want to attend, and this MAY disrupt proceedings.
What if Fremantle Council were to apply the same logic?  If no one wants to attend, they are welcome, but if someone does want to attend they would be stopped on the grounds they may disrupt proceedings.
Alas, I am now of the opinion Western Australia has degenerated back into being a police state, and all this for a road to nowhere.  To those in Court today sorry I could not be there, to all of you who were arrested, THANK YOU for your dedication.

Greens welcome commitment for cycling infrastructure and Metre Matters trial

Published 10 Feb 2017 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has warmly welcomed today’s election promise by the Labor party to implement a trial of 1 metre passing rules and develop more cycling infrastructure.

“I introduced a Bill for safe passing distances in March 2014, so this has been a long time coming,” Ms MacLaren said.

“In the meantime other states have conducted trials and adopted new laws while WA has seen more cyclist road fatalities.”

“Twenty-eight people on bicycles were killed between 2010-2015. We don’t have the stats for serious injuries, but we can guess that there were many more people who were hospitalised or injured due to road accidents between cars and people on bicycles.”

“The Governments of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland have all held inquiries or initiated trials. All trials completed have concluded that safe passing distance laws are needed. South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland have already passed new laws.

“At least both of the old parties now agree with us that something needs to change to save lives of people who ride bicycles in WA.”

“It’s a credit to the Amy Gillett Foundation and cyclist advocacy groups from WestCycle to the Over 55’s Cycling Group who have been meeting with parliamentarians, road user groups like the RACWA, and writing letters for several years.”

“Though I haven’t seen the details, the promise of a significant investment in cycling infrastructure is wonderful news.”

The Greens will continue to work toward realising all of the policies outlined in our Bike Vision.


Feb and March 2017 upcoming events

Published 9 Feb 2017 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Library booksale

The next library booksale is on Saturday 4 March from 9am – 4.30pm. Fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and more; there’s something for everyone!


Profess your love for poetry

Post your favourite love poem on Fremantle Library Meeting Place Facebook Page between 1 and 7 February, and poems selected by local poetry group Voicebox will be performed at our Valentine’s Day event.

Join host Brid Philips from UWA’s Centre for the Emotions for a special evening, with poems performed by award winning actors Nick Maclaine and Nichola Renton.

Note: non-original poems selected need to be out of copyright i.e. written by an author who died 70 or more years ago.

Post your favourite love poem on our Facebook Page between 1 and 7 February
Event on Tuesday 14 February, 6.30 to 7.30 pm

Eventbrite - Library Lover's Day


Weekend book club

Come and discuss what you’ve been reading at our weekend book club. Our next meeting is Saturday 18 March, 1pm – 3pm.  No need to book – bring along what you’ve been reading and share with other enthusiastic readers.



Renters’ Rights: what you need to know about being a tenant

Come and hear about your rights and responsibilities under Western Australian Law. Learn how you might overcome some common obstacles. There will be an opportunity to ask general questions and information about where to go to get specific advice if you need it.

Tuesday 28 February, 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Eventbrite - Renter’s Rights - What you need to know about being a tenant



Different Ways of Living Tiny

Join Councillor Rachel Pemberton, back from her recent study trip to Europe on housing, with other expert panelists and local people who are pioneering a new phase of modest housing in Fremantle.

Thursday 2 March, 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Eventbrite - Different ways of Living Tiny



Planning for the Future

Your guide to Wills, EPAs and getting your affairs in order

Join this community education talk from the Public Trustee, to help you make informed choices about your will, enduring powers and the administration of deceased estates.

Friday 3 March 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

Eventbrite - Planning for the Future



Connecting Women Writers, Readers and Characters

on International Women’s Day

Join T.A.G. Hungerford shortlisted author Mihaela Nicolescu as she explores the complex relationship between writers, their characters and readers by looking at female archetypes common in fiction. Sharing stories of emotionally charged encounters, Mihaela offers insights into women living on the edge.

Wednesday 8 March, 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Eventbrite - International Women's Day




Slam Poetry Workshop

How many metaphors? How dope are the metaphors?
Become a slam champ in no time, bring something you’ve already written, or start from scratch. We’ll be breaking down the art of slam poetry to be sure your original poem is a banger.

(for 18 and under only)
Monday 6 March, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Eventbrite - WA Youth Slam: Slam Poetry Workshop

WA Youth Slam: Fremantle Heat

Under 18s – this is your chance to speak, shout, sing, whisper or howl your original poem. Winner and runner-up go through to the slam finale to maybe win a cash prize.

(for 18 and under only)
Tuesday 14 March, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Eventbrite - WA Youth Slam: Fremantle Heat


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Library Booksale March 2017

Published 9 Feb 2017 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Saturday 4 March 9.30am – 4.30pm
Entry foyer of Fremantle City Library

The next library booksale is on Saturday 4 March from 9am – 4.30pm. Fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and more; there’s something for everyone! See you on the day.


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Have you ever wondered about our eggs at Moore and Moore?

Published 9 Feb 2017 by Manager Moore in Blog – Moore & Moore Cafe.

Have you ever wondered about our eggs at Moore and Moore?

A lot of what has seen us get as close to a teenaged business as we are, is breakfast!

We love to do the best breakfast we can, and that starts with for us with fresh pasture raised eggs!

Thanks guys and girls who bring us the great eggs we have!

Check out CharCol Springs website at


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(9/2/17) WA State Heritage & History Conference

Published 8 Feb 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The Heritage Council is inviting private owners of State Registered places, including the newly-registered West End precinct, to apply for a free one-day pass to the WA State Heritage & History Conference.

The conference will be held on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May, 7.00 am-5.00 pm at the Perth Concert Hall.

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(9/2/17) WA State Heritage & History Conference

(9/2/17) Italian naval frigate visits Freo

Published 8 Feb 2017 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The Italian naval frigate, ITS Carabiniere visited Fremantle for the first time ever last month and some of the crew and dropped in to meet our councillors and City staff.

Photo (L-R): Philip St John (City of Fremantle CEO), Col. Pilot Luca Spuntoni (Embassy of Italy Defence Attachè for Australia and New Zealand), Cr Hannah Fitzhardinge, CMDR Francesco Pagnotta, Pier Luigi Gentile (Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Canberra), LTJG Annalisa De Mizio and David Balloni (Consul of Italy in Western Australia). 

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(9/2/17) Italian naval frigate visits Freo

Greens back Outer Harbour proposal for Kwinana Industrial Strip

Published 8 Feb 2017 by Edortch in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says contrary to misinformation frequently spread by the Barnett Government, environmental effects of a new Outer Harbour on the Kwinana Industrial Strip are likely to be manageable.

“It seems to have escaped the Premier’s attention that the proposed location for the Outer Harbour is the centre of the Kwinana Industrial Strip, which has been the site of heavy industry, shipping and dredging for decades,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The Greens have a long history of advocating for the health and marine life of Cockburn Sound and we continue to be the loudest political voices calling for their protection from unsuitable development.

“Seagrass in Cockburn Sound must be protected – but the Sound’s healthiest seagrass beds, which the Greens want protected, are in the south of Cockburn Sound at Mangles Bay, and on the east side of Garden Island – not on the Kwinana Industrial Strip.

“About 85 per cent of the Sound’s original seagrass has been lost, and to date no one has been able to fully successfully regrow it.

“It is therefore important we protect seagrass where it is growing and only allow new development in areas where seagrass has been removed; this is why the Greens strongly oppose an ALP and Liberal-backed environmentally destructive proposal for an inland marina and canal estate in Mangles Bay which will destroy many hectares of seagrass, while calling for investigations to be progressed into building the Outer Harbour.

“As is usually the case with big developments, we think there are environmental concerns that would need to be investigated and managed if the Outer Harbour was built, including assessing the potential impacts of increased dredging on water quality, and ensuring careful alignment of future transport routes to the harbour to avoid bushland and wetlands – yet prima facie, from our talks with numerous environmental experts on the Sound in recent years, these concerns appear to be manageable.

“The Outer Harbour would provide 37,000 direct jobs, a further 49,000 indirect jobs, and kick-start the economy by improving trade and logistics networks, according recent studies by City of Kwinana and Regional Development Australia.

“Compare this to the ‘up to 500’ direct jobs that the Barnett Government claims would arise from building a 5km road-to-nowhere through the Beeliar Wetlands.

“It is very obvious which project offers most benefits to most Western Australians.”


Published 8 Feb 2017 by Manager Moore in Blog – Moore & Moore Cafe.

Moore and Moore Cafe in conjunction with Flor Marche Wines and Southampton Homestead held a Farm to Table dinner on Friday 13th Jan 2017. Thank you so much to our staff, suppliers, and guests who made this such a successful and memorable evening!

Photos kindly courtesy of Amanda



Published 8 Feb 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

  X-press Mag wrote a great review of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival which was in Fremantle last weekend. The full review is here ( ) but here are some nice excerpts celebrating our Port City’s contribution to music and beyond at a festival which had an awesome line-up of local talent including as Tame Impala, […]


Published 7 Feb 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

It’s been a great few weeks of Fringe World shows in Fremantle, and the Freo Royale team have saved some of the funniest and most entertaining for the final week. If you haven’t made it down to Freo Royale yet, here’s their hot tips for shows at the Federal Hotel:   Greg Fleet – We are idiots Feb […]

Netball in Freo Scores a Goal

Published 7 Feb 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Yesterday was a celebration and investment in of all things netball in Fremantle. Mark McGowan and the Labor team were in Fremantle to commit to a $1.8 million for upgrades to Fremantle Netball Association’s facilities at Gibson Park netball courts in Fremantle. This will include expanded under cover facilities for the over 5,000 players that […]

Fremantle Oval Lease Negotiation Progressing Well.

Published 7 Feb 2017 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

You may have seen today the story in the West about the Fremantle Oval and the ongoing City of Fremantle /Docker negotiation: These are getting close to been finalised so I can’t say much more at the moment (other than the West’s dollar figures aren’t correct) but here is a statement we put out […]