A distraught member of the Fremantle Society alerted me this morning that she had been told by parishioners of the Fremantle St Patrick’s Basilica that the three old Norfolk Pine trees in the courtyard will be removed to make way for a toilet block and that they will be cut down on Wednesday and Thursday. As my informant, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote: “These trees are magnificent, and of great aesthetic and historical significance. They are as integral a part of the St Patrick’s precinct as the stone and bricks of the buildings.”
Taking photos of it this morning, it looks more likely that only the two trees in the car park will be removed but it would still be a loss to the historic church precinct.
Check out what’s going on at the lovely Fremantle KULCHA this week:
Friday 5 April 8.30pm
WOMEN OF SONG
Four remarkable female artists in one unforgettable evening.
Ms. Paula is a New Zealand-born singer-songwriter who won hearts on Channel 9’s The Voice with her painfully beautiful melodies and her ability to sing with heart-felt integrity. Described as a soulful diva, she has a style filled with power, honesty and a flair for compelling storytelling.
Ulla Shay is an acclaimed Indigenous singer-songwriter. She received two awards in the TOO SOLID Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Overall Gold and Solid Artist. Ulla performed in the Crimea Music Fest world song contest (Ukraine) to an audience of 40 million people.
Shameem Taheri-Lee was born to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother. The diversity of her heritage has influenced her eclectic approach to music – a unique concoction of ’90s-esque R&B/soul, ’70s funk and a twist of jazz imbued with personal and conscious lyrics.
Tania Walker is a singer-songwriter originally from the Mekeo tribe of Papua New Guinea. She has performed nationally and internationally. Tania ‘s songs are a unique fusion of acoustic folk-pop-rock delivered with soul and mesmerizing presence
Saturday 6 April 8.30pm
A boisterous blend of country blues and bluegrass
The Seals burst onto the music scene less than three years ago with a series of raucous and rollicking shows. The band gained a dedicated following playing their own blend of country blues and bluegrass. Gritty with raw emotion and occasionally lewd lyrics, mixed with sweet vocal harmonies and unusual instrumentation, The Seals ‘ Neo-Bluegrass style will have you coming back for more slapping your knee and tapping your toes.
Welcome to a new player in Fremantle‘s hospitality industry. BIB&TUCKER has just opened as a 150-seat restaurant at Leighton Beach. It’s a great spot straight at the beach and just over the road from the North Fremantle railway station and is jointly owned by Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan and chef Scott Bridger.
So called medieval cooking techniques are employed in the kitchen that has a coal-fired rotisserie for suckling pig, etc.
It’s going to be a stunning Saturday so come on down to Fremantle for the start of the STREET ART FESTIVAL from midday, move on to the BATHERS BEACH SUNSET FOOD MARKET from 5-9, and don’t miss the fantastic fire tango by BILBOBASSO on the Esplanade at 7.30 pm. In between check out the SCULPTURE@BATHERS on the beach.
And when you wake up on Sunday morning the South Fremantle GROWERS GREEN MARKET will be open from 8-12 tomorrow!
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The debate about the Fremantle Arthur Head transformation into an arts precinct continues with a Thinking Allowed in the Fremantle Herald by Councillor Tim Grey-Smith, defending the ‘revolving door’ approach to tenancies.
Tim writes about “fair and equitable tenancy” that would “ensure the throughput and dynamism…..” and that other artists “…would like a chance to work in the area” It is Grey-Smith’s reasoning for the City of Fremantle not wanting to give present and future artists long commercial leases for the studios and cottages.
Grey-Smith writes about the opportunities for teaching and mentoring, for collaboration and peer mentoring and for artists in residence programs. That sounds all fair and good until one compares is with the hospitality industry Tim Grey-Smith is involved in, and other professional businesses.
Would Tim have entered into a short-term lease for his Crowded House Restaurant in Douro Road if the landlords had told him they wanted to be fair and equitable so other restauranteurs and chefs should also be able to have a go in that location. Stuff your goodwill hey Tim and building up a new business. Would Tim liked to be told he has to teach and mentor staff in his kitchen and on the floor if he wants to renew his lease. Would a committee decide that Tim’s restaurant was o.k. but they actually liked some more dynamism and a different style of food or decor, replace the Crowded House cuisine with Thai, two years later with Chinese, Indian, etc. to stick to the revolving door policy of ensuring fairness for all. Try selling such a lease to Jamie Oliver.
Somehow those who stubbornly pursue the arts precinct idea for Arhur Head believe that professional artists can be treated differently from others professions and that long-term commercial leases are not necessary for creative people. If you don’t like it you can move to O’Connor, is the word. I reckon the Crowded House would do really well in the back blocks there also.
Councillor Tim Grey-Smith also makes the claim in the Herald article that “rents collected in the area will now go back into it, creating a mushrooming effect that will solve a lot of neglect issues of the last 25 years” It is my understanding that income derived from Arthur Head should already have been vested in the area and while professional artists now pay commercial rates new leases will be for subsidised artists like the Aboriginal art centre, and artists in residence who normally don’t pay any rent, so there will be less income from leasing the properties, hence less money available to restore and maintain the neglected buildings at Arthur Head. To stick with the hospitality theme, Tim, you can’t have your cake and eat it, and create spin that is evidently false. Subsidised artist’s studios and residencies will create less rent for the City of Fremantle, hence there will be less money to maintain the badly neglected buildings. Who is going to make up for that loss?
Having said all that though, I also believe it is unrealistic that some artists appear to expect life-long tenancies of the studios, so a commercial 5×5 year based on the performance criteria set by the City should be acceptable to them, depending on what the criteria are.
The official opening of the Fremantle STREET ART FESTIVAL was held on the Esplanade last evening and what a sublime performance by the French group Bilbobasso it was. The Argentinean tango danced among fire and sparks tells the story of a young woman and a gangster. It is charming, endearing, romantic, and visual and musical delight and should not be missed.
Bilbobasso will perform all throughout the Easter Long weekend at 7.30 pm every evening on the Esplanade Park near the ferris wheel.
Photos copyright Roel Loopers/Profile Photography
It is nice to see the new ferris wheel on the Fremantle Esplanade in time for the Easter long weekend. The Skyview one was taken to Sydney I believe and the new Tourist Wheel seems just a very tiny bit smaller but otherwise looks very much the same.
A recent City of Fremantle place-making workshop with David Engwicht made me wonder again why it is the City needs so many consultants. I have nothing at all against Engwicht and quite enjoy place-making, but why does the City have around 550 staff and still needs expert consultants for so many things? Is the City employing people not qualified to work at those levels, or is it reluctant to let ist own staff shine and take ownership of major projects?
I will probably not know them all, but there are David Shetliffe and David West advising the Economic Development Department, there is CODA consulting on Cantonment Hill and Kings Square, the Design Advisory Council doing the work the Planning Department should be doing, etc. and all that at pretty high costs to the City. At last night’s council meeting it was going to be discussed to start another consultancy committee on Kings Square.
Why is it professional and qualified CoF staff are being pushed sideways so that expensive consultants can give credibility to major projects. Why does the City constantly fly in people from the Eastern states to do what their own staff is paid to do, or is anyone at the City of Fremantle suggesting they employ substandard lemons who can only perform basic tasks and when the need for greatness arises we have no one and need to hire consultants.
It is a worry that there appears to be little leadership at the top of the administration and very little coordination between departments.
I am also seriously concerned about how the Arthur Head project is developing. There is a stakeholder group for Bathers Beach, another one for Arthur Head, then there was the Engwicht workshop on it, a separate group looks at signage and connectivity for the area, while there is also a public toilet committee. None of them are communicating with each other, is my impression. Why not?
Why are we doubling up on effort and on paying staff and consultants to do the same job? Bureaucracy, it will forever remain a mystery to me.