It’s clearing up a bit so it should be a pretty good Sunday in Fremantle to celebrate the start of spring, Fathers Day and the FREMANTLE FOREVER-No Forced Amalgamation– rally and concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
Come to the arts centre from 2-4 to enjoy the invigorating music of Lucky Oceans and the Big Old Bears and the funky tunes of the Boom Box Riders. This is an event for the Freo community to show solidarity and tell W.A. Premier Colin Barnett not to destroy the unique identity of our city.
The wind and rain did not deter people from coming to Victoria Quay in Fremantle today to enjoy the Fremantle Ports MARITIME DAY. Kids and parents loved getting on board the Navy frigate, the Indonesian sailing ship Dewaruci, the tug boat and the Leeuwin training ship. There were a lot of information stalls in B Shed, the marching band and school groups played music, while the traditional cook-off between Navy and Fremantle Ports chefs was a highlight.
The unofficial opening of the FREMANTLE ARTHUR HEAD ART HUB started on Friday evening when Mayor Brad Pettitt opened MUTIMA ART HOUSE at 11 Captain’s Lane. It was a full-on evening with lots of great music, fantastic food by Chef Nimrod Kazoom and an endless river of good wines.
The small Pilot’s Cottage was packed full with people, including Johny Young of Young Talent Time fame, artists, musicians, former politician Adele Carles, and councillors Doug Thompson, Ingrid Waltham, Andrew Sullivan and Jon Strachan. Committee members of the Fremantle Society also were keen to see what had become of their former HQ, as were the established Arthur Head artists Jenny Dawson, Greg James, Glen Cowans, Janet Nixon and Peter Zuvela, .
While I strongly support Mutima and art related businesses on historic Arthur Head, the claim by Mayor Brad Pettitt that the City had endeavoured to attract the City’s best artists to Arthur Head needs to be questioned. The art on show is cute rather than of high creative standards. For the gallery to be successful and survive that needs to improve. But there are also clothes for sale and Zambian baskets, etc. so go for a browse, check it our for yourself, and make up your own mind. All tastes are different.
I hear there will be drumming classes starting on the hill soon, so check out the Mutima Facebook page, or just pop in and say hello to the delightful Wajipha and Freddy.
Come on kids, take dad out for a pre Fathers Day surprise and bring him to Victoria Quay for the Fremantle Ports MARITIME DAY. There is lots to do and see, and a visit to the mighty tugboats is always very special. Put a rain coat on and show that a good mariner does not care about the weather. Sailors ain’t whimps!
According to a report in today’s WEST AUSTRALIAN newspaper, the planned move by the FREMANTLE DOCKERS to Cockburn could be in jeopardy because Tony Abbott has announced a coalition government would scrap all regional grants that were promised by the Labor government. This would mean a $ 10 million financial hole for the City of Cockburn, who are already committed to spending $ 65 million on the new sports facilities.
A novel idea to raise funds for the Cancer Council comes from ART ON THE MENU, and exhibition where each work represents food, cafe or restaurant. The auction will be held at the Corner Room, 221 South Terrace, South Fremantle on Monday September 2 at 6pm, and the exhibition will be up all of September, so have a meal or coffee, check out the art, and support the Cancer Counil.
If a free T-Shirt by the gorgeous Lady Bananas is not enough to drag dad to the Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday, the message that some Fremantle Dockers will attend the FREMANTLE FOREVER concert, should be enough for dad to skip the sweets and rush to be part of Freo’s great community action.
It’s only two more sleeps until Fremantle’s big FREMANTLE FOREVER community concert and rally at the Fremantle Arts Centre, to try to convince the State Government that the boundaries suggested by Fremantle to create local council reform, are better and more sensible than those proposed by the state.
We hope Premier Colin Barnett will recognise Freo’s heart would be ripped out if we are forced to amalgamate with the City of Melville. Progress is good and we are all for it, but not at the cost of losing Fremantle’s traditional and historic city centre.
Check out the great double spread in the Fremantle Herald today. Great to see also the supportive advertisement by our State Local Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk!
WE WANT BIG NUMBERS TO SHOW THE PREMIER WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT PROTECTING FREO’S UNIQUE LIFESTYLE AND CHARACTER.
COME TO THE ARTS CENTRE THIS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 AT 2 PM FOR A FREE CONCERT WITH LUCKY OCEANS AND THE BIG OLD BEARS. THE BOOM BOX RIDERS WILL ALSO BE THERE!
LET’S CELEBRATE FREO, FATHERS DAY AND THE START OF SPRING!!
I sincerely hope Fremantle Ports will have a bit more luck with the weather tomorrow, when they are holding MARITIME DAY, than when the Tall Ships Day was held. The wet, cold and windy weather then put a real damper on the event.
Maritime Day has become a tradition on Victoria Quay in its own right. There is plenty to do and see for young and old and it is a good opportunity to get information for young people about their dream jobs. A young friend of mine wants to become a Navy diver, so I hope he will go and have a chat with them about it.
There will be harbour rides, visits to tug boats, the Dewaruci tall ship, etc. It’s on from 10 am, so come along!
So Perth is the ninth most livable city on the planet and Premier Colin Barnett says we should all just be happy and grateful we live in such a wonderful state. But does anyone think that those who tough it rough and sleep on the streets each night care a rat’s arse how livable Perth is? Do those who don’t have the money to pay for their power, water and gas bills believe this is just such a wonderful place?
I enjoy living in Fremantle and this part of the world, but the hype of having been selected as the ninth most livable city is irrelevant as long as there are people forced to live in parks, caves, and on the streets of our ‘Starlight Hotel’. I’d rather live in the 50th most livable place where everyone had a home to go to at night.