It’s less than three weeks to Christmas and the North Fremantle precinct will hold its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday December 11.
It starts at 6.30 pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall. Entry fee $ 5.00 per person and $ 15.00 per family.
Bring a plate and drinks and come along for a sing-along.
Very good news to hear that the building of the huge LIV apartment development opposite the just completed Heirloom by Match building at Queen Victoria Street in Fremantle’s East End will start this week.
Defence Housing Australia announced the Georgiou Group has won the tender and has been appointed the $ 61 million building contract for the former Toyota dealership site.
The building will have 166 apartments with street level commercial areas and will change the face of the unattractive East End of Fremantle and become a modern gateway to the city.
I picked out a few more figures from the City of Fremantle annual report to show facts that sometimes do not support the perception(s) people have of Fremantle.
The lament that businesses constantly close in Fremantle is a real but the annual report figures show that 64 new businesses opened while 37 closed and 11 relocated within the city. Not great figures and I’d love to see no shop closures at all and new big retailers opening up in Freo, but the facts are better that community perception.
And here a copy and paste below from the annual report:
Compared to Perth’s metropolitan population, Fremantle shows a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of residents in the older age groups (50+ years). Overall, 18% of the residents are under 18 years of age, 8% are between 18 and 24 years, 37% between 25 and 49 years, and 38% are aged 50 years and over.
Fremantle households tend to be smaller than the Perth average with 70% of dwellings housing one or two people, while only 4% have five or more residents. Car ownership reflects this, with 13% of households having no vehicles and fewer than 10% having three or more cars.
Fremantle people are well educated, with 29% of residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. At 6.4%, unemployment in the city is slightly higher than the national average.
The Fremantle economy is diverse, with 4 456 registered businesses operating across a wide range of sectors. Many of the city’s enterprises are small businesses, with 20% of active businesses employing fewer than five people.
Interesting about these statistics for me is the average age of the Fremantle population with 38% over the age of 50 years and 37% between the ages of 25 and 49 years of age. This means 75% of Fremantle residents are older than 25 years of age, but there is a strong emphasis at Fremantle Council to create a youth culture in Fremantle that tends to ignore the population reality. I support having a Youth Council but we should also have an Aged Council that represents the vast majority of the population!
The annual Electors Meeting of the City of Fremantle will be held next Monday December 12 so it is an opportune time to quote some figures from the City’s annual report.
- Customer Service received 66,000 phone calls and 31,000 face to face enquiries.
- The Library had 210,000 visitors who borrowed 200,000 items.
- Over 30,000 people used the free Wifi services.
- The Fremantle Leisure Centre had 456,924 visitors.
- Street Art Festival attracted over 100,000 visitors.
- Hidden Treasures Music festival had over 1,000 visitors each Thursday.
- Fremantle Arts Centre had 69,961 visitors looking at exhibitions.
- Sunday Music session at FAC attracted 19,821 visitors.
- 8 concerts on the South Lawn of FAC had 21,566 fans.
- Christmas Bazaar had 23,000 visitors.
And the good news is that the CoF Annual Report states that there are plans for “New Major Festival Events in 2016-17.”
Good to see more creative activity at J Shed and the Fremantle Bathers Beach Art Precinct with the Local Delights and Folks&Roots on this coming weekend December 9-11.
Local Delights showcases the artistic works of Freo artists all weekend while on Sunday December 11 the J Shed area will come alive with the sounds of the Folks&Roots event from 4-7 pm.
I was next to the Roundhouse at the Glen Cowans photo gallery all Sunday and wished I had taken time-lapse video to show how busy it was up there with tourists. It was a steady stream from 9.30 to 4.30 and I know that the footfall figures the Roundhouse guides record daily on their number counter clicker are well up from last year.
The biggest disappointment about the Fremantle Dockers football club wanting a pay-out to leave Fremantle Oval is not just their corporate greed, but that they don’t care about the community and don’t recognise the importance of the development of the oval for the WAFL and for Fremantle.
Plans are to have the East Fremantle and South Fremantle footy clubs sharing the facilities and holding their home games at the oval, which would mean a weekend game at the oval every weekend during the footy season.
The development of the oval and Stan Reilly site will also connect the Cappuccino Strip all the way to Wray Avenue, and part of the masterplan is to go back to the good old days where events and concerts were held at Fremantle Oval, so all that is of great benefit to the entire Freo community and would support two WAFL clubs.
It appears the Dockers only have a narrow focus on the financial triple bottom line and don’t care at all about the Fremantle community, which has supported them for twenty years. That is a slap in the face.
What also worries me is that the City of Fremantle does not seem to have added an exit clause in the lease contract in 1994 that would require the Dockers to unconditionally hand back Fremantle Oval to the City when they move their training facilities and HQ somewhere else.
What did CoF pay its lawyers for when they set up the contract, I wonder? Where the COF officers and the lawyers really so naïve to believe the Dockers would remain at Fremantle Oval for 50 years?
Why are the Minister for Sport and Premier Colin Barnett not getting involved and tell the Dockers management that their demands are disgraceful and unacceptable?
Maybe it’s time for a name and shame protest event at the oval soon, so we can expose the disgraceful behaviour of the Dockers’ management in the national media.
It looks as if it is going to be a nice mild Sunday so enjoy what is on offer around Fremantle.
The Growers Green big Christmas farmers markets is on from 8-12, so not only perfect for buying yummy fresh produce and breakfast but also for XMass presents.
The Bazaar at the Fremantle Arts Centre is open from 9.30 and sells local art and craft, so head out there as well.
Last but not least is the George Street East Fremantle Fair from 1-7 pm today. Great community atmosphere, live entertainment, food, Chrissie presents, just relaxing fun.
And after that take the kids to watch the sunset behind the Rainbow sculpture.
The Thinking Allowed article in the Fremantle Herald by passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter Chris Lewis makes good points about corporate greed.
Lewis points out that the Dockers want cash for a lease they don’t pay for and that was handed to them rent-free by the City of Fremantle, which wanted to support the new club in 1994 and also gave them a loan guarantee.
Chris Lewis calls it “One of the most selfish one-sided community plays ever seen in Australian elite sport.”
Lewis, who led the Keep Freo in Freo campaign, for which I started the Facebook page, is very irate that the Dockers are happy to use the outstanding brand Fremantle in their name, even when they are moving to Cockburn in 2017, so maybe the City of Fremantle should insist the Dockers drop Fremantle from their name, similar to the Fitzroy Football Club when they moved to Brisbane and became the Brisbane Lions.
There is always something very unsavoury about corporate greed and a lack of values, and sport is moving more and more away from being community-minded. It’s all about money and the triple bottom line and paying often under performing young “stars’ and over-paid administrators big bucks at the expensive of the community and supporters.
The Fremantle Dockers’ demand for payment from the City of Fremantle to leave Fremantle Oval is a disgrace and should become a national shame for them!
A photo I took around sunset yesterday of gorgeous Fremantle High Street.