While I will be heading off to Albany early Saturday morning for eagerly anticipated TLC, the Fremantle Heritage Festival will still be going strong all long weekend. There is a great Court House Tour by Notre Dame University lecturer Shane Burke, and a talk by Doug Hodgson the Dean of Law on how the law has changed since 14 year-old John Gavin was hanged at the Round House in 1844. It starts at 10.30 at the Round House and is a free event so go along!
After that check out the Vintage Prams and Arthur Grady vintage bikes at Kings Square and then go to the Fremantle Cemetery at 3pm for the burials since European settlement tour.
There are many more events on Saturday, Sunday and Monday so go to the City of Fremantle website for details.
The 84th Foundation Day Lunch was held today at the Fremantle Town Hall. Of course Foundation Day is now known as Western Australia Day, but that did not deter any of the senior citizens from turning up for a good meal.
Acacia Armstrong, the Young Fremantle Citizen of the Year, gave a moving speech on reconciliation. She is a very impressive and dedicated young woman who will go a long way I believe. Politicians Lynn MacLaren and Simon O’Brien were there as was Mayor Brad Pettitt and councillor Andrew Sullivan.
I made a couple of interesting observations; the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc wine served was labeled BRAD, like the mayor, and Liberal back bencher Simon O’Brien won the right at his table to take the table flower decoration because his coffee cup had a sticker underneath it, as did mine at my table. While I donated my prize to a lovely old lady at the table, the well-earning pollie thought it was appropriate for him to take his vase home for his wife instead of giving it to a senior citizen. A bit mean and selfish Simon.
Slightly connected with this day was the visit by Sir Bob Geldof to the state’s oldest public building the Round House this week. Some guides will point out to visitors that from the three windows of the warders accommodation one is always clean and say a ghost must be living in that room, to which Geldof replied something like “rubbish”. When he left the famous Brit wrote in the guest book “clean your windows”.
The Fremantle Heritage Awards were held at the Italian Club on Thursday. I won’t mention all the award and commendation winners here but want to acknowledge a few only. Bob Reece for his book on Round House architect Henry Reveley, the Fremantle History Society for 70 newsletters, the Fremantle Heritage Guides for keeping the Round House open every day of the year but two, and J Shed artist Greg James for the great Colourific paint job of the old shed.
Congratulations to all winners and all who participated!
Before the Western Australian state election Premier Colin Barnett said that council amalgamations were not Liberal Party policy. Then Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson tells us October council elections will definitely be held, but a few days later the Premier comes out that he wants council mergers and that they will happen.
So why did the Liberal Party not come clear before the election, why does Colin Barnett change his mind and not keep his promises, but more importantly though what will this mean for the October council elections. Will those who get voted in only have a one-year term, will those who want to stand can be bothered doing all the hard work and spending thousands of dollars each to try to get on council, when it means we might be thrown out well before our four-year term is over.
It’s bamboozling mister Premier and time for you to be decisive and either force amalgamations through or shut up and let local government get on with their job. The uncertainty is stopping development and progress and most councils can’t afford that.
Roel Loopers / Candidate for Fremantle City Ward
It worried me that a 13 year-old girl yelled racial abuse at indigenous footy player Adam Goodes and I wondered how this can still happen in 2013, but she is only 13 years old and has got a lot to learn still. But when I hear Eddy McGuire, the president of the professional Collingwood Football Club, a TV and radio personality, do the same and he tells us he was tired and he is sorry for this slip of the tongue, I really start to worry because no matter how tired a mature and intelligent person gets, racist remarks and thoughts should not come up. The sentiments are obviously in the system, the system where one thinks not to be racist and not have racists thoughts, but when the guard comes down that what is deep within us suddenly comes out.
Eddy McGuire is famous and wealthy so instead of just saying sorry he should put his money where his mouth is. What about short TV commercials during AFL games to put the message out that racists are ignorant idiots, similar to what the drink driving messages have been trying to get across.
There is no excuse for racism and racist remarks. They just don’t come up by mistake, and it does not matter if they are made by black or white people. Racism is wrong, full stop! It is time for all Australians to let those who think it is funny or appropriate to make those sort of remarks know that we are offended by them, even when we are not Aboriginal, or Muslim or Jewish. If we all tell abusive people to shut up and think before they speak, we might actually make some inroads and get rid of the stupidity racism is.
In 1924 Arthur Grady was the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia starting from the Fremantle Town Hall. At this year’s Heritage Festival we are again celebrating his achievement with the Arthur Grady Motorcycle Ride and it will be a bigger event than ever. The event is rapidly becoming one of WA’s great old bike gatherings. Over 200 bikes will be on display at Kings Square this Saturday from 11-2. Top that with the Vintage Prams display, performance by the Jook Joint Band, Morris Dancers and a free BBQ and it is looking like a great day. The weather forecast is also good for the long weekend.
A couple of highlights: Arthur Grady’s grandson is flying out from Sydney for the event, as is the editor of Old Bike Australia. There are going to be some extremely rare and exotic bikes on display, including a 1915 Australian built GCS 770 V twin, of which there are only two in the world, one in a museum and the one in the picture which is a fully restored running bike. It will be in Freo on Saturday. In addition there are two fellas riding round Australia at the moment on 1950’s bikes and they will arrive in Fremantle for the event as well.
While walking around Perth is noticed this sign on a highrise in Adelaide Terrace; Does The Fremantle Doctor Actually Cure Anything? Yes BUPA it does. It cures us here in Fremantle from getting grumpy after stinking hot summer days, it refreshes us and lifts our spirits, it cures us from being heat crazy and from taking ourselves to serious. We love our Freo Doctor!
Okay then, I admit it! I went to Perth today to have a change of scenery and as always I came back happy that I live in Fremantle. I just do not like big cities and overpowering highrise buildings. As a new Sri Lankan friend said to me; Perth is where people work, and Fremantle is where people live and have a community. Spot on!
I have in the nearly 30 years I have lived in W.A. never got Perth. I never understood it and felt there was always something missing. That is not to say that Fremantle does not have a lot of room for improvement or that the port city is perfect, far from it, but for me personally there is a cohesion and sense of community in Freo that Perth never had.
The now almost traditional FREMANTLE CLUB CRAWL is on again this Friday at 5 pm as part of the Heritage Festival. Meet in front of the Navy Club on the corner of High and Henry streets for this free event that will end at the Fremantle Workers Club, where you can continue the evening with live music by The Sustainables from 7-9 pm. They are Gary Burke, Rick Martin, Rachel Armstrong, John Reed and Peter Grayling, a group of well known Fremantle musicians who have contributed to the music scene in Fremantle for many years.
There will also be a video celebrating the life of famous Fremantle potter Joan Campbell; Something Beautiful Could Happen. The video celebrating the work of Joan Campbell will be screened before the band plays. It was made as a gift to Joan for her 70th Birthday and consists of video of the construction of Joan’s jetty sculpture together with photos of her long successful career as a potter and community artist. The vision is enhanced by Kavisha Mazzella‘s fine singing of Sea Fever.
Tickets from the Club or Bodkins Bootery or on the door: $5 Members $10 Guests. Join us from 5.30 for a meal from the Cafe but please book a table by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 93351840. You can find out more about this and other events on the club’s website: http://freoworkers.net/events.html