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Published 22 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.


Great facade of a building in Henry Street, Fremantle. How easy it is to fall in love with Freo!

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Published 22 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.



Jina Lee is a Korean-born sculptor who creates stunning art at J Shed in Fremantle. On Saturday October 29 at 5 pm she will have the opening of her solo show at the Greg James Gallery at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

Come join us to support this delightful artist who makes incredibly beautiful and sensual stone work that call out to be touched. There is so much tranquility in Lee’s work that is hard to describe, so come see it for yourselves!

I love Jina’s work and so do many art lovers as her work at the Sculptures on the Beach in Cottesloe and Sydney always sell, as did the one she exhibited at the last Sculpture@Bathers show in Freo.

Roel Loopers


Published 21 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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The first Manning Park Market was on this Saturday from 8.30 to 12.30 and already attracted a lot of people, including the City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and his wife and the Gyuto monks of Tibet, and lots of families and dogs.

Natalie Gillespie performed and the food stalls were very popular.

It’s a stunning location not far from the lake and the playground and there is plenty of parking, so head out there next Saturday!

Roel Loopers


Published 21 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.


Fantastic to see Fremantle J Shed artists getting serious recognition in the West Australian today with an entire article by Annelies Gartner on the arts pages about their involvement with the CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards in Rockingham.

Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johansen all work out of Greg James’ J Shed studio at Bathers Beach and are all represented at the Rocky beach show that starts today, so go down south and have a look!

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Small bar proposal at heritage-listed weighbridge station progresses

Published 21 Oct 2016 by admin in The Fremantle Society Incorporated.

From Fremantle Council Minutes

Ordinary meeting of council, September 2016

Council has given conditional planning approval to progress the transformation of the heritage-listed weighbridge station into a small bar.


Following council approval of a 15 year lease of the Phillimore Street property in January 2015, works are now required to provide essential facilities such as toilets and seating in line with the heritage nature of the building.

Council has approved the application subject to final approval from other regulatory bodies, submission of waste and noise management plans and resolution of pedestrian safety concerns.


The Weighbridge Station was historically used as an entrance to the Fremantle Ports where goods and containers were weighed prior to entry. The property is registered on the State Heritage Register and controlled by a management order giving the City power to lease or licence to a term no more than twenty one (21) years.

The premises were offered in an “as is” condition through the expression of interest advertisement. The scope was for groups, organisations, businesses or individuals to activate the building and take financial responsibility for all costs associated with restoration of the infrastructure, additional service requirements, planning approval and statutory requirements.

Cafe option

Subject to further approvals, the weighbridge will be transformed into a New York style small bar and café for no more than 75 patrons. Should the liquor licence not be successful the applicant will activate the premises as a café.

The Fremantle Society is closely interested in the restoration work intended for this unique building.

GPP – Agenda for Tuesday, 25th October, 2016

Published 21 Oct 2016 by kpaterson in Gibson Park Freospace.


Tuesday 25th October 2016 at 7.00pm East Fremantle Primary School Library

  1. Update on Perth Freight Link : –
  2. Update on proposed Gibson Park improvements :-
  3. GP Design & Planting of Round-a-bout Flora (Coralie) :-
  4. Parking at Gibson Park – Gate still open (Coralie) :-
  5. Purpose of ribbon stakes – proposed lighting ? (Coralie) :-
  6. Removal of Esplanade Carriage Coffee shop (Val) :-
  7. AOB:-
  8. Xmas / AGM – Request for Town Hall Meeting Room :-

    Next Meeting Date : Tuesday 29th November 2016 or to be arranged / changed


Published 21 Oct 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s big day of GOOD STUFF with over 10,000 garage sales happening around the country on Saturday 22 October 2016. Freo as you can see from map below has lots happening. Now in its sixth year, Garage Sale Trail, is a free, council-powered day of garage sales that attracts over 300 […]

(21/10/16) City celebrates 20 years with sister city

Published 21 Oct 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Along with a number of other official duties while in Europe recently, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt visited Funchal, Portugal for the 20-year anniversary of the Fremantle-Funchal sister city relationship.

The celebration included a ceremony on Monday 10 October which was attended by Australian Ambassador to Portugal, Peter Raynor, and the WA Portuguese Consul, John da Silva plus a host of media and official observers from Funchal.

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(21/10/16) City celebrates 20 years with sister city

(21/10/16) From the council chambers - September 2016

Published 21 Oct 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

Below is a summarised version of key aspects of the most recent ordinary meeting of council.

The full agenda and minutes of this and previous meetings (as they become available) are available on the agendas and minutes page.

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(21/10/16) From the council chambers - September 2016


Published 21 Oct 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Mossgreen announces The America’s Cup Auction featuring The Private Collections of Ben Lexcen and Alan Bond, two of the central figures in Australia’s historic 1983 America’s Cup victory – Lexcen, the designer of the winning yacht, and Bond, the high profile businessman and owner of Australia II. In an extraordinary coincidence, both collections were independently offered to […]

Hunt for Hami Hill hub

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

HAMILTON HILL needs a community hub if it’s to thrive, says a nascent residents group.

The Hamilton Hill Community Group has been searching for a venue where community organisations can meet and residents can gather for festivals and other events.

HHCG member Christine Duckham points to a recent public meeting about the suburb joining Fremantle having to be held in a Hilton Hall as an example of why the community is now arcing up.

“Memorial Hall is mostly taken up by the theatre group, and that’s ok, it’s not really suitable for what we need,” Mr Duckham said, adding they may start looking towards a private house.

• Christine Duckham’s opening her garden to raise awareness about wildlife corridors and Hami Hill’s need for a community hub. Photo by Steve Grant

• Christine Duckham’s opening her garden to raise awareness about wildlife corridors and Hami Hill’s need for a community hub. Photo by Steve Grant

Open garden

The group had been eyeing off the shops on the corner of Stratton and Kerry Streets, but the owner has since decided on a redevelopment.

To raise awareness about the HCGG is holding an open garden at Ms Duckham’s place in the shadow of Clontarf Hill today, Saturday October 22 from 10am to 4pm.

But it won’t be just a show of flowers, as she’s deliberately set up her yard to be a refuge for native animals, and as the Chook interviewed her, curious black cockatoos and a pair of galahs kept an eye on proceedings. Early in the morning a bobtail warms itself just outside her front door and there’s even a hotel for insects.

She says it’s important for people to realise the importance of their yards in providing refuges and corridors for native animals.

Ms Duckham says she’s getting frustrated that while the suburb has worn its share of density under a revitalisation scheme initiated by the council, it’s not been matched by an increase in amenities.

The HHCG had been thinking of moving to Wally Hagan Basketball Stadium, but she says there’s   talk of the basketball court moving to Cockburn Central.

“The council are making heaps of dosh from subdivisions in Hamilton Hill and we are losing tree canopy daily and all the money is going to Cockburn Central,” she says, describing the developments as “ugly, “not sustainable” and likely to reduce birdlife.

The open garden will feature workshops, talks food, music and raffles.



Monopoly on opportunity?

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

SILVERLEAF INVESTMENTS is set to become the most powerful landlord in Fremantle with reports it’s lining up to buy the Manning Estate’s holdings in Market Street and the High Street Mall for $31 million.

Silverleaf’s property portfolio already includes the Woolstores, Atwell Arcade, the banks along Queen Street, Target and the sprawling former police buildings and court house on Henderson street.

Anthony Van Der Wielen, who manages the Manning property holdings, said he couldn’t comment “at the moment”, while Silverleaf director Gerard O’Brien wouldn’t deny or confirm the purchase.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt says a Silverleaf empire in the CBD could be good for retail.

“Gerard is very proactive and has a great track record in retail,” he says.

“They own a large percentage of the shops in Hobart’s CBD and that has become the most successful retail spot in Australia.

“So in terms of rebuilding Freo as a retail centre, it would be a big positive.”

But Fremantle Society president John Dowson warns a virtual monopoly could be bad for the city’s heritage.

“O’Brien’s developments have drawn strong criticism for [being] damaging to the scale and heritage values of Fremantle,” Mr Dowson told the Herald.

“When his new Commonwealth Bank building on the corner of Queen and Cantonment Streets was opened by [former] minister for planning and infrastructure Alannah MacTiernan, she arrived with the comment: ‘When is the scaffolding coming down?’.

“When the new adjacent buildings (the Q&A Centre on the corner of Queen and Adelaide opposite St John’s Church where Mr O’Brien has an office) were built, outrage was expressed at the futuristic design.”

The mooted Manning buyout would involve around 26 shops.



On long play

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE council has thrown a rental lifeline to long-term High Street business Record Finder.

Owner Mark Lahogue was uncertain about his future after his landlord floated turning his building to apartments and moved the business onto a monthly lease.

But Fremantle council has offered Mr Lahogue a five-year lease at the old Brooker Furniture shop a few doors down.

“It’s a much wider shop with a proper window display,” Mr Lahogue says.

• Record Finder owner Mark Lahogue with some 180 gsm vinyl. Photo by Stephen Pollock

• Record Finder owner Mark Lahogue with some 180 gsm vinyl. Photo by Stephen Pollock

“It will be a bit sad to leave the old place, but this will give me and the business a new lease of life.

“It will take me a while to move across, as I have masses of stock and even more upstairs!”

The Record Finder has been in Freo for 31 years and trading on High Street for 11.

Mr Lahogue says his decision to sell new and reissued 180-gsm vinyl, which is popular with baby boomers and hipsters, has given his business a fillip in recent years.

Mills Records’ future is also uncertain after its landlord announced he was transforming the Adelaide Street store into five-storey tourist accommodation with retail on the ground floor.

Mills is one of the oldest records shops in Fremantle, trading since at least 1945.


Aubrey chosen for Willagee run

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

MELVILLE councillor Rebecca Aubrey has been endorsed by the Liberal party to contest the state seat of Willagee, and will run against incumbent Labor member Peter Tinley.

Cr Aubrey says the electoral redistribution has made Willagee less safe for Labor, but reckons wresting it to the right would be bittersweet because she’ll have to resign from Melville council.

Cr Aubrey, who’s the daughter of mayor Russell Aubrey, was elected unopposed as his deputy at a council meeting earlier this week.

The news prompted Mr Aubrey to invite his wife up for a family photo, proudly noting there were no other father/daughter, mayor/deputy teams in all of WA.



Playing fair?

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

SOUTH FREMANTLE Playgroup’s president says the group is facing closure after being hit with a 56 per cent rent increase by Fremantle council.

Renee Vasta says the not-for-profit group has been subsidising the rent hike at the Meeting Place with fund-raising activities and the last dregs of a grant for the last two years, but savings are running low and they could be forced to pack up the toys for good.

“The playgroup has run for almost a decade and has been an invaluable resource for the local community,” Ms Vasta says.


• South Fremantle playgroup president Renee Vasta with her sons Jesse (2) and Sam (6). Photo by Stephen Pollock

“It has also assisted the department of child protection with supervised visitations and provided a free resource to women in local refuges.

“I have attempted to make an appointment with the council to discuss the matter, however, aside from a relatively unhelpful email telling me all commercial rentals have been increased, the council has been fairly disinterested.

“It is likely that this invaluable service will no longer be operated due to rental increases and I believe that this is an issue which many residents in the area would not be impressed with.”


Ms Vasta says she now has to scramble together $400 in rent every term.

She and three other mums run the playgroup at the community centre, on South Terrace, every Monday morning.

“We charge a small membership fee for the playgroup and I’ve not increased that to cover the rent because many of the people that come down here are doing it tough,” she says.

The Chook contacted South Fremantle Cr Jon Strachan, but he said he knew nothing about the rent rise and wasn’t in a position to comment.



Mayor moots warders bars or eateries

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FREMANTLE mayor Brad Pettitt wants his council to buy two restored warders’ cottages, as they’re now ready for sale.

State heritage minister Albert Jacob will officially put them on the market on November 3.

Dr Pettitt says the council could turn the heritage-listed cottages beside the Fremantle Markets into small bars or restaurants.

Cr Pettitt says the council has already budgeted to buy at least one of the cottages.

“It would be good to have some diversity of use there and not have the cottages used solely for residential,” he says.

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“Something like a small bar or restaurant could work.

“Short-stay accommodation could be a possibility, but I’m not convinced with the noise and location that long-term residential will be a success.”

On November 16 the event “Back to the Warders” will bring together ex-residents — largely ex-prison officers, their families and Homeswest residents — in a celebration of the cottages’ social history and the role it played in shaping Fremantle’s history.

Attendees will include premier Colin Barnett, ex-South Fremantle footballer John Gerovich, whose immortalised in the sculpture on the roundabout outside Freo Oval, and three generations of the Taylor family, including 91-year-old Doreen who raised seven children and one grandchild in a cottage in the 1960s.

The cottages, built in the 1850s, were originally used to house warders of Fremantle’s world heritage-listed Fremantle Prison.

They were purchased by the housing department in 1991 and used as public housing until 2011, after which the cottages were deemed unsuitable for tenants.

In May 2014, the state government announced it was spending $2 million on restoring the cottages.



Southern rail for Lib

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

THE newly-appointed Liberal candidate for the state seat of Fremantle says it’s time to consider a passenger rail along the freight line from Fremantle to the abandoned platform at Beeliar.

Hayden Shenton, who won the Fremantle pre-selection uncontested last Saturday, says after living and selling real estate in Hamilton Hill and Munster for several years’ he’s convinced there’s been enough growth to justify upgrading the freight line to a fully electrified system.

“Freight trains are very slow, but could they be made faster?” he said about one of the impediments to a shared line.

He also pointed to rail systems overseas where light rail carriages are able to quickly convert to run on standard gauge.

• Hayden Shenton. Photo by Steve Grant 

• Hayden Shenton. Photo by Steve Grant


Having also spent several years working for steel manufacturer Highline in Perth’s northern industrial areas, he says he’s got an appreciation for how a more integrated transport system could help move workers.

He says once he had to leave his car in Welshpool, and it took nearly two hours with connecting buses and trains to get back home to Munster.

He’s also open to looking at moving Cockburn Cement into the Latitude 32 industrial area to open up more trackside land for housing.

Originally from the northern wheat belt, Mr Shenton (52) now lives in Applecross, outside of the electorate.

In a varied career, Mr Shenton has worked as as an aviation instructor and in the residential real estate and banking sector.

He says upgrading the passenger terminal at Fremantle Port will be a priority if he’s elected, saying cruise ship passengers have to make a gruelling trek across asphalt in rain or burning sun to get to the city centre, which is not a good image.

He has environmental concerns about building an outer harbour at Kwinana, and wants any future redevelopment of the South Fremantle Power Station to be mixed-use, not just residential.

“It’s not enough to build units and watch people commute to Perth every morning,” he says.

“We need to encourage people who live in the suburb to work there too.”

In the lead up to Christmas Mr Shenton will be on a fact-finding mission, meeting community groups and stakeholders, so he had a better understanding of the key issues affecting the electorate.

WA electoral boundaries were redrawn in 2015 and its bad news for Mr Shenton: the ABC predict the ALP margin in Fremantle has almost doubled from 7.9 to 15.4 per cent as a huge chunk of Labor-friendly Willagee has been added, while Liberal-friendly areas in the north have been lost to the newly created seat of Bicton.

It makes Fremantle the safest Labor seat in WA.



Lawrence on density

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

FORMER WA premier and Australian heritage council chair Carmen Lawrence will ponder whether density is damaging Fremantle’s heritage at this year’s Fremantle History Society history studies day.

“Development is not inevitably destructive, but poor city planning and the indifference by elected officials to important sites and streetscapes can combine to create a host of problems”, Dr Lawrence says in the blurb about her talk.

Other talks will be about the history of Fremantle library, Fremantle’s art collection, and Fremantle’s link to the Crimean war.

They’ll be broken up with one of the society’s “legendary” afternoon teas.

The event runs between 1pm and 5pm Sunday October 30, at the WA army museum on Burt Street.

Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (non-members).


Enkel move delayed

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

ENKEL’S move into the old naval stores in Fremantle is likely to be delayed, after a cliff face directly behind the premises was found to be “unstable”.

The creative team is taking over the empty building on Queen Victoria Street, as part of Fremantle council’s plan to transform Cantonment Hill into the “Kings Park of the south”.

The city budgeted $187,000 for cliff repairs, with officers recommended a “batter” protection with mesh and spray-on shotcrete, but Cr Andrew Sullivan was concerned about the aesthetics.

• Spray paint cans and limestone boulder at the foot of the cliff face. Photo by Stephen Pollock

• Spray paint cans and limestone boulder at the foot of the cliff face. Photo by Stephen Pollock

“I would like us to look into other fixes to see if we can get something more pleasing on the eye for the same amount of money,” he said.

When the Chook went down to the naval stores, there was a gaping hole in the fence, which even a slightly overweight 41-year-old reporter could pass through with ease.

Below the cliff face, which reaches up to 10 metres in spots, were a litany of spraypaint cans, graffiti, and a limestone boulder which had broken loose.



Bowls move sealed

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Your Herald in Fremantle Herald Interactive.

MELVILLE council has sealed the deal on its lawn bowls strategy.

The decision was made by the council earlier this week and paves the way for the Melville and Mount Pleasant bowling clubs to relocate to a new, mixed-use sporting facility in Tompkins Park, which they’ll share with nearby rugby, cricket, and football clubs.

The strategy had been deferred in June because bowlers didn’t want to abandon their long-term stomping ground, despite promises of a more sustainable future.

After months of back-and-forth, the Melville bowling club voted 85-14 to support the strategy, but some called foul because postal voting is not permitted in the club’s constitution.

Among them was former MP George Gear, who used a deposition earlier this week to tell the council the plan was a “landgrab strategy”, and that there was “a fixation” with putting sporting hubs under one roof when there was already a sporting hub at Tompkins Park.

Cut off

He tried to raise the issue of the vote, but mayor Russell Aubrey cut him short, saying he couldn’t broach the subject as he wasn’t an official club representative.

Councillors Nick Pazolli and June Barton took Mr Gear’s side, and Cr Pazolli tried to defer the strategy so the bowling club could resolve its constitutional dispute, but his motion was lost.

Cr Pazolli also tried questioning the financial viability of the sporting hub, but deputy-mayor Rebecca Aubrey jumped in with a point of order.

“We are discussing a strategy to relocate a bowling club, and the financial details are irrelevant,” Cr Aubrey said.

Cr Pazolli tried challenging the point of order but lost 9-2 and had to retreat.

“For the purpose of good governance, I cannot support this motion”, Cr Pazolli said to cheers from the gallery.

But when it came to voting on the substantive motion, it was carried 9-2.

Melville is now free to pursue alternate recreational uses for the Melville bowling club land, with the current favourite being a state-of-the-art surf park.



Government foolish to start work on Roe 8 before State Election – Greens

Published 21 Oct 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens Member for South Metropolitan Region Lynn MacLaren MLC has called the Barnett Government “gung-ho” for its plans to start work on Roe 8 before the State Election.

“Starting work on Roe 8 now represents a massive financial risk to the State,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Since the tabling of the Roe 8 contracts in the Lower House yesterday, we know a termination clause sets out the conditions and costs the Government would have to meet if the project was stopped.

“And we know that the ALP have referred the contracts to lawyers for advice.

“Mark McGowan must give residents who stand to be negatively affected by the project peace of mind and commit to tearing up documents should the ALP win the election in March.

“In the meantime, the Government’s insistence on starting work before the end of the year can only be considered reckless and extremely foolish.”


Published 20 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.



Not only locals know how good Manning Park is, as I and many Fremantle people visit the lovely park regularly, and now there is another reasons to go to Manning Park on Saturdays, as tomorrow the  Manning Park Farmers and Artisan Market starts with 50 hand-picked stalls by Marketeer Kylie Wheatley and her team at Red Tent Events.

The original farm and now park combines both histories to create a market that supports local shopping and small business trends as well as the social, recreational and inclusive nature of parks.

From 8.30am to 12.30pm every Saturday baristas, bakers, passionate foodies will be serving up everything from Laksa to Spelt pizza, soft shell crab baos, Indian pies to Beef Kofta Burgers, Grilled Capsicum & Beetroot Yoghurt Sauce.

Freshly picked produce, fish and bacon smoked a few hundred metres from the site, the market highlights the fact that Cockburn is still home to many market gardeners, olive oil producers, and families who have been connected to the area. Traditional makers and bakers will line up with the gluten free bread stalls, modern ottoman, fermenters and Tokyo street food.

Even a descendent of the Manning family, Elizabeth Manning will be selling the family’s olive oil. Elizabeth’s father lived at the farm in 1948 and her brother was the last baby born in the Old Homestead (now ruins).
In fact over 70% of the stallholders live locally.

Live music, kids artisan craft area’s, will entertain all the family and the market kicks off with a bang on the 22nd October with Mayor Logan Howlett opening the market and much loved performers Natalie Gillespie, Rose Parker and Dave Brewer opening the Sound Shell with a Soul Sister Saturday set.  Visiting Gyuto Monks from Nepal will do an auspicious morning blessing.



Published 20 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.



With the rumoured sale of the Fremantle Manning Estate in High and Market Street to Fremantle property developers Silverleaf the debate on what is good and bad development for Fremantle will continue.

Silverleaf have been criticised for the buildings along Queen Street, opposite Target and also for the Atwell Arcade development, and will be developing the Woolstores shopping centre site in the near future and also the former Court House site in Henderson Street.

The Manning Estate site is clearly prime development opportunity and it is likely the developers will want character-changing additional height in the centre of Fremantle, so how can State and Local governments legislate for beautiful architecture to protect cities from inappropriate and boring development, who will be the judge on beauty?

I was thinking about this the other day when an architecture lecturer at one of the universities told me she hates the new MSC building in Cliff Street, designed by Murray Slavin Architects, while I really like the building. Who is right? Nobody clearly as we all have different tastes and that makes legislating for aesthetics near impossible.

I thought about it again when I read the Fremantle Society attack on the Atwell Arcade and Bank building by Silverleaf, as I don’t mind the new Atwell building that blends in adequately. I also like the corner of Cantonment and Queen streets building but not the corner of Queen and Adelaide street that is more suited to O’Connor.

Beauty is extremely subjective but somehow we need to have stronger guidelines on what is appropriate for specific sites. The west end needs to be treated with extreme sensitivity and care while east of Kings Square I am happy to see a bit of height and density, but that is just my opinion that no doubt will be challenged by others.

It is not easy to be a Councillor or planner at local government!

Roel Loopers


Published 20 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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Sad to see the closure of the Maya Indian restaurant in Market Street, Fremantle. Gurp and his brother served the community great Indian food for 25 yeas and will be missed.

The Market street venue was opened by Labor politician Jim McGinty in February 2004.

It will be interesting to see who will take over that prime retail location.

Just down the road the Piazza behind Gino’s is getting there with new trees planted, new furniture soon to be installed and 4oo metre of continues lights above the piazza for a great night experience.

It will be officially opened next week by Councillor Rachel Pemberton who started the first community embracing placemaking Cappuccino Strip Street Club events there some years ago.

Roel Loopers

Learn about the importance of play

Published 20 Oct 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


CLAN WA presents an interactive workshop which introduces parents to the skills and concepts children develop while playing. You will also hear some tips on how to best support this development.

This event is a part of Children’s Week, dedicated to celebrating children and is an opportunity for the community to engage in a variety of activities that facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together!

Thu 27 October 2016, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Book online or 9432 9766

Filed under: Events, Kids Activities Tagged: clan wa, learning, play

Fateful day for majority of WA farmers as controls abandoned on Genetically Modified Crops

Published 20 Oct 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has today lamented the passing of the Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill, calling it a sad day for GM-free farmers.

“Once again the government is choosing to put the commercial interests of a privileged few above those concerns of the majority of farmers who choose to be GM free," Ms MacLaren said.

"People are becoming increasingly conscious about the food they are eating.  We know that there are deep concerns among consumers about GM.

"Western Australians don't want a bar of it, nor do many consumers overseas.

“For farmers, the ill-fated Steve Marsh case shows that even now, when GM crops have been grown in limited quantities in WA, the Government has failed to prevent non GM crops being contaminated by GM.   

“Steve Marsh’s crops were contaminated. As a result, not only did Steve endure years of costly litigation, he has been denied compensation and will be forced to pay legal costs.

"The passing of this bill will now remove what little legal protection farmers were afforded against contamination."

Ms MacLaren said the Greens had fought long and hard to keep commercially cultivated GM crops out of Western Australia.

She said she was concerned about the altering of flora and the threat to native animals, the patenting and commercial control of life forms and the impact on the lucrative and clean, green image of the organic grower industry. 

Agency responsible for protecting public now only rates how quickly it approves development

Published 20 Oct 2016 by Edortch in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the Barnett Government has revealed a cowboy attitude to public health by ordering the government agency charged with regulating pollution now only required to report on how quickly it approves development.

“The Department of Environmental Regulation has dropped all performance indicators in its annual reporting for how often air quality and other environmental standards are breached and replaced them with KPI’s that only rate how quickly the Department has signed off on applications for resources projects and other developments and to clear native vegetation,” Ms MacLaren said.

“This is not only blatant disregard for environment by an environmental regulator; it shows a prioritising of corporate interests over ensuring the health and safety of people and communities who can be harmed by environmental pollution.

“I note the Auditor-General took the unusual step of criticising the Department’s new direction and KPI’s in his section of the annual report, yet his comments apparently fell on deaf ears, with the DER Director-General giving no concession or guarantee in his published response that reporting of exceedences  of National Environment Protection Measures for air quality or other reporting against environmental criteria would be reinstated as performance indicators.

“The Greens call on this Government and any contenders to reinstate vigorous environmental health and air quality monitoring and reporting measures.

“For the public to be confident that this Department is serious about its stated mission to ‘advise on and implement strategies for a healthy environment for all Western Australians’ annual reporting on environmental health is a must.

“The focus of the current KPI’s on how quickly the Department can approve development confirms a deeply worrying shift by this agency towards being rubber stamp for development. It helps explain why this Department has been repeatedly exposed in recent years giving poor advice on proposed development, for example, Eric Singleton Reserve in Bayswater and a proposal for an inappropriately located landfill facility in the Wheatbelt.

"The worst case scenario is that the health of a vulnerable person or community will be hurt by the Department’s switch in focus away from how well it monitors and regulates pollution.

“If the Department whose primary task is to keep us safe from environmental harm isn’t making this job its top priority, then none of us can feel confident that our health and safety is taken care of.”


Published 20 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.



It was interesting to hear at the Roundhouse today that there are still many people in Fremantle, and some in the tourism industry, who don’t know that the volunteer guides fire the cannon every day at 1 pm.

Cannon firing can be booked as a surprise birthday gift and for anyone. Today a school student from Geraldton fired it in front of her 30 classmates, teachers and another 50 people, as the photo I took shows.

Everyone who fires the cannon receives a certificate. You can book it on the Roundhouse website, where the guides also take bookings for school visits, weddings on the lawn next to the Roundhouse, functions, etc.

The Roundhouse is open every day of the year but for Good Friday and Christmas Day from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

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Join the WA Climathon Challenge: “The experience of low emission street lighting in Fremantle”.

Published 20 Oct 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Bring an idea or simply come along ready to brainstorm and co-create innovative solutions. The ideas will help to feed into the City of Fremantle’s future Low Carbon Strategies. The winning team will also earn a place in Climate-KiC Australia’s new Launch Pad program – the world’s largest cleantech business competition. About the Event: The Climathon is organised by the Climate-KIC […]

New University of Notre Dame Project

Published 20 Oct 2016 by admin in The Fremantle Society Incorporated.


Kings Square Project planning moves into new phase

Published 20 Oct 2016 by admin in The Fremantle Society Incorporated.

From: City of Fremantle media release 13 October 2016

Kings Square Project planning moves into new phase  

City developing masterplan to connect Kings Square with key areas of the city centre ~ to be released for public comment in early 2017.

The City of Fremantle is progressing with detailed planning work for the   $220m Kings Square project to transform the heart of Fremantle into a vibrant civic, retail, commercial and community hub.


The current focus for the City is the development of a coordinated masterplan to link public spaces in Kings Square with other key parts of the city centre.

The masterplan will include upgrades to the Kings Square public spaces as well as enhancements to connecting areas including Queen, Adelaide and Point streets and the development of a new public square at the Fremantle Train Station.


“The Kings Square project is a catalyst project with a far greater flow-on benefit for Fremantle than just the development of buildings in the Kings Square precinct itself,” said acting Mayor Dave Coggin.

“The project has always been seen by council as a way to reconnect public spaces in central Fremantle which have become disconnected from the city centre over several decades.

“The current work is focused on how best to upgrade surrounding areas which flow towards Kings Square to ensure the entire city centre is well-connected and a more attractive place for visitors, workers and businesses.

“Sirona Capital has entered commercial negotiations with the Department of Finance, which is the next stage in the state government’s Fremantle office accommodation process and this is very positive and encouraging for the project’s future delivery.

“The current master planning work being undertaken will enable us to deliver what will be a game changing project for Fremantle as soon as possible after these commercial discussions are finalised,” Mr Coggin said.

Kings Square and City Centre Masterplan

As part of ongoing work, the City will develop an over-arching masterplan for the public realm in key city centre precincts. This masterplan will guide the detailed design and sequencing of the individual projects which will see parts of the city upgraded with better roads and footpaths, new street furniture, bike lanes, hard and soft landscaping, public art, lighting and CCTV.


The focus areas in the Kings Square and City Centre Masterplan are:

  • Kings Square public realm upgrade
  • a new city square at Fremantle Station Precinct
  • Queen, Adelaide and Point street upgrades
  • City Centre Northern Gateway: Proclamation Tree, Queen Victoria and Parry Street intersection upgrades.

It will also deliver new civic buildings including City of Fremantle administration offices and library, enhanced public spaces, commercial and retail offerings and a new visitor centre.

The masterplan also recognises two important public open spaces: Pioneer Park and Princess May Park. It is anticipated the draft will be developed over coming months and presented to council prior to being released for public comment in early 2017.

The project will create a civic, retail, commercial and community hub that is a vibrant, active and safe place which reflects Kings Square’s unique position in the heart of Fremantle.

Greens back call for breastfeeding in Parliament and better parent facilities

Published 20 Oct 2016 by Edortch in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Lynn MacLaren MLC backs calls to allow breastfeeding in Parliament

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has backed calls to allow young children into Parliament to allow breastfeeding MPs to do their job properly.

“The current rules actively discriminate against breastfeeding mothers and stop them doing their job properly.

“Most of the time while Parliament is sitting, all MPs are able to come and go from the Chamber to attend to work or personal requirements but when a Division is called, which is often at a moment’s notice, that is when all MPs must be in the Chamber for their vote to be counted,” Ms MacLaren explained.

“This poses a problem if you have a very young child that needs to feed just at that moment, the rules will regard that child as a ‘stranger’ who cannot be allowed into the Chamber.

“It’s high time we changed this and enabled parents to participate fully in the Parliament.

“The Federal Parliament recognised the need to be more family-friendly earlier this year and it’s time WA caught up with the times too.

“The Greens want better parent support in general at the WA Parliament, including changing and nursing facilities and a crèche.

“Even basic facilities such as change tables in parent rooms are lacking.”

Laying the foundations for good design in WA

Published 20 Oct 2016 by admin in The Fremantle Society Incorporated.

Design WA: a key step towards better infill.

Published 20 Oct 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

It was pleasing to see the long awaited State Government design rules for improving apartment design put out for public comment yesterday.  The new design rules (aka Design WA) have been desperately needed here in the West. As I have often said WA is in danger of creating a public backlash against urban infill and […]


Published 19 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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The CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards are on again from Saturday October 22 to 30 on the beach at Rockingham next to the lovely boardwalk with the many cafes.

The artworks are made from recycled materials and always great fun. Several Fremantle J Shed artists are participating such as Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johanson, so make your way to Rocky on the hot weekend.

The show is curated by Fremantle based Lyn DiCiero who is the owner/editor of the Artist Chronicle magazine.

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Published 19 Oct 2016 by freoview in Freo's View.

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The new COAST restaurant at Fremantle’s Port Beach looks very impressive and will officially open in a few weeks, but I noticed the cafe was already serving coffee this morning, so check it out.

It looks like the building is done in three parts, one more upmarket for fine dining, a bar, and a beach-style family venue at the western end of it.

It feels a whole lot better than the outlet that was there before, but I could not see any alfresco.

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GPP Minutes of Tuesday 30th August 2016

Published 18 Oct 2016 by kpaterson in Gibson Park Freospace.


Present 4 person – Karl Paterson, Coralie Clarke, Ron Kawalilak, and Councillor Doug Thompson

Apologies – Val Cousins, Mayor Brad Pettit, Gerald & June Shepperson, Ingrid Waltham.

Meeting began at 7.05pm. Chairperson : Ron Kawalilak Minutes : Coralie Clarke

PERTH FREIGHT LINK – Ron – The only new news which most are probably up with, is that the Supreme Court threw out the previous judgement. The original ruling cited inconsistency with EPA’s own rules.

Government is moving ahead with prepatory plans for Beelier Wetlands.

Opposition groups raising money for a further challenge. All felt that the Perth Freight Link is dead in the water, and just watching what happens now. Doug felt the same. Roll on next election.

ROUND-ABOUT CNR FORREST & WILKINSON STREETS – Coralie – Once again requested some thought be put into providing better plants for the centre garden. The ones in there at present are pretty sad, and full of weeds. Doug said he would look into getting some different colour grasses, and Coralie and Ron felt that they and perhaps other residents might like to plant them as a project for the street. It was felt that there isn’t reason for it to look bitsy and overgrown and colourless, and there isn’t any reason why residents should have to settle for a sad looking round-a-bout, when there are many really nice ones around the metro area, including those in Fremantle.

PARKING AND NOISE ON GIBSON PARK – Coralie – The noise from the loudspeaker system has crept up again. Last Saturday was particularly loud. Other groups that use it, usually schools having lightning carnivals during the

week, don’t seem to be aware of the decibel limit, because it is very loud. Schools sometimes come 2-3 times a week, and up to 30 big white buses come and drop players off around the park. Coralie said the buses were not usually problematic where noise is concerned, because once the carnival is over, they have usually all left within 15-20 minutes. These carnivals usually go from 9am to 2.30pm.

One particular carnival recently had 3 buses that were seen, parking on the lower grassed park, which is puzzling because they drop them off at the edges of the park, and the walk to the playing courts is 50 to 100 metres at most, so there is no need for them to park on the playing field, and just adds to the degradation of the grass.

Coralie reported seeing a group of men in suits on the lower grassed area in the past few weeks with a drone. It was thought they were checking out the condition of the grassed area from car use, or perhaps something to do with the new playground.


Some discussion took place regarding the Australia Day Fireworks, and the good and bad of the yearly celebration. Doug reported many emails after the Herald article, many not all that flattering. Doug felt the cost is too great and Council funds most of it. All felt that there may be other more intimate or better ways to celebrate it, such as schools having family B-B-Q’s or concerts. Coralie felt as we become more conscious about the indigenous story, that it is a bit ‘in your face’ to keep celebrating it in the way we have for so long. The idea that a group of people could come into your home and take over would cause so much angst and anger, yet we don’t connect that to our indigenous first Australians.

Ron said it is not a cancellation of Australia Day, but a cancellation of a particular type of event. A rethink of what we do on Australia Day could be in order. He felt there were quite a few cultural awareness activities that would be appropriate. He also felt whenever people begin wrapping themselves in flags, there is very often very little patriotism involved.

2. Ron brought up the presentation on improvements to Gibson Park. Small discussion ensued regarding the improvements to Gibson Park and where we

are in the process. Is the Stage 1 budget for this year. Doug said he would look into it.

A group of P & C people came in just as we were finishing, both groups must have booked on the same evening. Luckily we had just finished and didn’t hold them up much.

Meeting closed at 7.30pm. Short and sweet. For all those coping with flu or illness, we wish you speedy recovery.

Next meeting – Tuesday 25th October 2016 at usual time of 7pm.


Freo Network: Local Business in Fremantle. Monday, 6pm, National Hotel.

Published 18 Oct 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

This Monday at 6pm the Freo Network will be hosting a a discussion on local business in Fremantle. Featuring Olwyn Williams, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, plus a panel of local business people including Natasha Atkinson (Fremantle Markets), Kate Hulett (MANY 6160 and Kate and Able) and Karl Bullers (The National Hotel). The discussion will […]

(18/10/16) Citizen of the Year Awards 2016

Published 18 Oct 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

We’re seeking nominations for this year’s Citizen of the Year Awards (formerly the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards) to be presented in January 2017.

Categories include: community citizen of the year, community citizen of the year (youth), community of the year (senior) and the active citizenship (group or event).

Nominations close Monday 31 October.

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(18/10/16) Citizen of the Year Awards 2016

Meet Janine and guide dog Tom

Published 18 Oct 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Janine lost her vision to juvenile glaucoma when she was 12. As she grew older she became increasingly housebound, dependent on others to do what most take for granted. Guide Dog Tom entered Janine’s life and made a remarkable difference from the moment they met. Janine will speak of her life with Tom and her work as ambassador for VisAbility.

Please note: Tom will be in working mode, as a guide dog, so please don’t pat him on the day.

Tuesday 8 November 2016
Fremantle City Library

Bookings via or 9432 9725

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Greens call on Government to admit unfunded Roe 8 project a shambles

Published 17 Oct 2016 by Lynn in Lynn Maclaren | MLC Western Australia.

Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren says today’s revelation that federal funding for Roe 8 will be withheld makes the Barnett Government look ridiculous.

It is no surprise that the Federal Government requires more detail for how Roe 8 might link with the Port before funds are released. The Liberals obsession with building this road through the wetlands, regardless of whether it fits into an efficient freight network, reveals how little substance the Perth Freight Link has.

“My Greens colleague in the Senate Rachel Siewert today confirmed during Senate Estimates that for funding to be provided to the Barnett Government for Roe 8, both Project Proposal Reports for stages one and two must be completed and assessed,” Ms MacLaren said.

“We know that the State Government has not yet provided a Project Proposal Report for stage two – in fact, just last week Transport Minister Bill Marmion admitted during an interview on morning radio there were “four ways” trucks might get to Fremantle Port.  

“For Bill Marmion to have just a “pretty good idea” which of the potential stage two route options may be taken to Cabinet – just days before this Government planned to sign construction contracts – is ridiculous.

“The Greens have been saying all along that the Roe 8 project is disastrous.

“When will Colin Barnett admit the project is a shambles?”

Fremantle Toy Library closed Tuesday Oct 18 2016

Published 16 Oct 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Due to unavoidable electrical works, the Fremantle Toy Library will be closed all day Tuesday Oct 18.

If you need to return items you can do so at Fremantle Library. Fremantle Toy Library will reopen Thursday Oct 20 2016.

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Breaking News – O’Brien Empire Expands

Published 15 Oct 2016 by admin in The Fremantle Society Incorporated.

Major new project

THE whole of the Manning Estate in High Street Mall and Market Street Fremantle, comprising 26 shops, is to be bought by Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf Investments for approximately $31 million.

The map above shows the O’Brien empire, with the Manning Estate coloured in black, and his other properties outlined in black. They comprise the 7,700 sqm site of the former police buildings and courthouse in Henderson Street, the Coles supermarket site, Target, the banks along Queen Street and the Atwell Buildings and Atwell Arcade.

O’Brien’s developments have drawn strong criticism for what is perceived to be mediocre quality architecture, damaging to the scale and heritage values of Fremantle.

When his new Commonwealth Bank building on the corner of Queen and Cantonment Streets was opened by Minister for Planning and Infrastructure  Alannah MacTiernan, she arrived with the comment: “When is the scaffolding coming down?’

“Crass design”

When the new adjacent buildings (the Q&A Centre on the corner of Queen and Adelaide opposite St John’s Church where Mr O’Brien has an office) were built, outrage was expressed at the crassness of the design.

When the current Atwell Arcade glass box development rose above the world famous gold rush architecture surrounding it, former councillor Bll Massie said: “it sticks out like dogs’ balls.”

Bill Massie, the most pro-development of councillors on Fremantle Council, was the only councillor in 2014 to vote against the Gerard O’Brien Atwell Arcade development when it came to council at a special meeting called by the mayor for  this developer. Bill Massie said it would damage the heritage of Fremantle.
Why Does this Damage to Fremantle’s Heritage Keep Happening?

Besides former councillor Massie, others have condemned the quality of the new project and the Fremantle Society is seeking answers to a series of questions. Architect Sasha Ivanovich, who was on the approving Design Advisory Committee for the development, said that the project went “off the rails”. His full report is published below.

History will show that the halving of the West End Heritage area by council which the Fremantle Society objected to was a deliberate ploy to aid developers. The approval for Atwell Arcade came just after the mayor was installed on the Heritage Council, an organisation which has done little to protect Fremantle since.

At the special 2014 meeting of council to approve Atwell Arcade the following voted to approve the project:  Mayor Pettitt, councillors Sullivan, Strachan, Pemberton, Nabor, Wilson, Hume, Waltham, Wainright, and Fittock.

The community should remember those names at the next election.

Large apartment building planned

Gerard O’Brien is said to have plans to construct a large building of apartments behind the Manning Estate facades. He currently has plans before council for a 12 storey building on the Coles supermarket site.

The Fremantle Society is concerned at the current tsunami of poor quality development damaging to the world class heritage values of Fremantle.

The Fremantle Society is pro-development and wants progress, but it wants better quality results.

Among other things it calls for a revamp of council’s Design Advisory Committee (DAC), which clearly is not working. It still has the same chairman, nominated by the mayor, since its inception. The review should include a rotating chairman and ideas as expressed in the report below.

Professional Assessment of Atwell Arcade Development by Architect Sasha Ivanovich

The Atwell Arcade Development now nearing completion began with cautious optimism. It was hoped that a sensitively thought out design solution would, on one hand contribute to the restoration of  culturally valued, heritage listed shop‐ front of  commercial premises on Adelaide, Market St and High Street Mall and on the other, re-vitalise  a precinct in central Fremantle with new retail and office tenancies. The commercial viability of the proposed new office building to be built in the middle of the site, occupied by low value sheds, justified the cost of redevelopment.

As initially presented, and as reviewed by Council Planning and guided by Fremantle DAC, the new office development, with its simple lines of continuous patterned glass screen on four sides, would conceal the new building façade and provide a plain seamless backdrop to the more ornate historical facades of the shop­‐fronts at ground and first floors, highlighting the original heritage architecture.

There would also have been advice given by Council officers to the Developer for the arcade itself to be restored close to its original character. With the Developer employing their own heritage consultants, Council would have received assurances of that kind.

It is of concern that the finished building deviates from such clear requests from Council and DAC advice, recoded conditions of Planning Approval:

•    Instead of a simple glass box of uniform patterned glass forming the envelope and backdrop to the street level heritage frontages, the screens of the new office building have been angled, other various façade features have been introduced -­‐  spandrels and canopies added and the patterning on the glass removed, amplifying a clash of presentation between the new building and the original..
•    Though there has been some restoration of original glass shop-­fronts, new contemporary style materials have been introduced.
•    Substantial restoration has been performed on the street facades but intermixed with a modern look fascia to the street canopies
•    There would have been an argument from the Developer and their consultants against restoration of the Arcade to its original, ‘for lack of original detail’ -­ the arcade has gone through several refurbishments since its inception. When construction began however, unique timber mouldings that adorned the steel structures of the original arcade were exposed. These have been ignored. Instead of a continuing reference to the ornate design of the original, the new arcade, stripped of its historical references, shares its impersonal and generalist design with shopping centre malls anywhere.

There is a lesson to be learn’t here about implementation of planning approvals. If conditions imposed at planning approval are to be performed, a follow up process is needed – to monitor a developer’s progress from planning approval to construction, before and during construction:

a.    Once the project progresses to Building License, review of design documentation would need to be thoroughly performed to ensure that building license drawings conform to what has been approved and negotiated at planning approval.

b.    The construction process would need to be more vigorously monitored, to ensure that what has been approved at planning stage and in building license drawings and specifications, is carried through in the finished work.

The Design Advisory Committee is best suited to review final construction documents. They would be most sensitive to design issues and be alert to the carefully worded conditions of an original planning approval. Whilst Council remains shy of enforcing in every detail planning approvals, there can be only more breaches in a planning approval process that is considerably invested in time and professional resources.

Sasha Ivanovich FRAIA Fremantle practicing Architect
(past DAC member City of Fremantle DAC,  Town of Vincent DAC  and DAP State DAP sitting member) September 2016.

Silverleaf to buy Manning Buildings?

Published 15 Oct 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

It is interesting to read the “Breaking News” email from the Fremantle Society that claims: “The whole of the Manning Estate in High Street Mall and Market Street Fremantle, comprising 26 shops, is to be bought by Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf for approximately $31 million.” If correct it would be a major change; the Manning […]

Development proposal for five storey short stay accommodation and shop at 18–22 Adelaide Street, Fremantle

Published 15 Oct 2016 by dgeorgieva in FICRA Freospace.

Dear Precincts

The City of Fremantle has received a development proposal for five storey short stay accommodation and shop at 18–22 Adelaide Street, Fremantle (opposite St Johns church).  

Several discretionary assessments are proposed, including building height, on-site car parking, upper floor setback and use as tourist accommodation.

All precincts are invited to comment on the proposal by 7 November, via the link below.

Application:                 18 & 22  Adelaide Street Fremantle (DA0117/16)

Proposal:                    Five storey tourist accommodation and shop

Community Session:  Tuesday, 25 October 2016 from 5.30 – 6.00 pm in the City of Fremantle Reception Room. No need to RSVP.

Closes:                        7 November 2016

Web link:           

Jennifer Valesini

Senior Project Officer – Community Engagement

Strategic Planning

T 08 9432 9759 M 0410594071






WGV takes out Australian Award for Urban Design

Published 15 Oct 2016 by Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog in City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt's Blog.

Excellent to see that the WGV in White Gum Valley has won another award. They are going to need a bigger trophy cabinet soon. This time it is a national award:  the “Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts – Small Scale” Well done to CODA Studio, Urbis, Landcorp and Josh Byrne and Associates. The Australian Urban […]

(14/10/16) Summer hours begin at the leisure centre

Published 14 Oct 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The Fremantle Leisure Centre’s opening times have now changed to its regular summer hours which will run until Friday 31 March 2017.

For the full list of weekday and weekend operating hours across all parts of the centre visit the Fremantle Leisure Centre hours page.

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(14/10/16) Summer hours begin at the leisure centre

Create Chaos – Artist and Writer Festival

Published 13 Oct 2016 by Fremantle City Library in Fremantle City Library.


Fremantle City Library, Quality Comics and Chaos Pop present “Create Chaos”.

12.30pm – 12.50pm: Christopher Markle
1.00pm – 1.30pm: Question Time with Sarah Winifred Searle
1.45pm – 2.30pm: Digital Painting with Edi Udo
2.40pm – 3.00pm: Self Publishing & Promotion with MMM
3.10pm – 3.50pm: run copic, watercolour and inking tutorials

– Edi Udo
– Lucas Bowers
– Molly Sinclair
– Christopher Markle
– Curtin Illustration Club
– John Holdcroft
– Mysteria Maxima Media
– Hien Pham
– Michelle Naumovski
– Shane Cartlidge
– Miles Hanson
– Corrina Mcbeath
– Sophia Gilet A.K.A Edwina Flowers
and more tba

Create Chaos will see aspiring and emerging comic creators and artists from across the state exhibiting their work at the Fremantle Library on October 15. There will be over 30 stalls located inside and outside the library with free discussion panels, workshops and live demonstrations.

The pop culture craze is bigger than ever and as the popularity of comic books, video games and manga continues to rise. WA is overflowing with individuals creating their own original work, hoping to make a name for themselves and share their work with others.

From caped crusaders and hideous monsters to surreal fantasy and misanthropic meditations on life, you’ll be amazed at what the comic book medium is capable of and the quality of work produced by these home-grown talents.

Create Chaos seeks to support local creators, and engage them with the community and inspire others to begin their own creative and artistic journey.

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Filed under: Events Tagged: chaos pop, create chaos, eli udo, quality comics, sarah winifred searle

(13/10/16) Kings Square Project planning moves into new phase

Published 12 Oct 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The City of Fremantle is progressing with detailed planning work ahead of construction of the $220m Kings Square Project which will transform the heart of Fremantle into a vibrant civic, retail, commercial and community hub.

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(13/10/16) Kings Square Project planning moves into new phase

(13/10/16) Write Along the Highway 2016

Published 12 Oct 2016 by lawrenceb in News & Media.

The Fremantle City Library is pleased to present events as part of the Write Along The Highway festival of writing events hosted by various Western Australian libraries. The events support and encourage development of local writers. Bookings essential for all events:

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(13/10/16) Write Along the Highway 2016