It’s good to have a different perspective now and then, so here some photos of Fremantle I took this afternoon.
Can it get any worse? I am shocked to hear that a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that suicide has overtaken car accidents as the main cause of death for young Australians. 57 kids under the age of 14 killed themselves last year! That is absolutely horrible.
The National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell told the ABC that suicide is now the leading cause of death in the 15-25 year old age bracket. Sadly Aboriginal and Torrest Straight Islander children are five times more likely to take their own life than the rest of Australia.
When did the world turn upside down and children started losing hope in the future? When did society abandon them and took away their innocence so early? When did they get so much despair that they believed they had no one to go to and talk to. Who took that trust away from them?
Children are sacred and should be protected at all costs by the whole society. Each and everyone in our communities should feel responsible for the well-being of our children. They deserve the best because they are the only future we have. Figures like the above are unacceptable for a modern and wealthy country like Australia and we should be deeply ashamed that this is happening in our country.
An article by Kate Emery in the West Australian newspaper today reports that Hilton has announced two new hotel developments in Western Australia, and one of them will be in Fremantle. The West reports a 241 room hotel will be built at Perth Riverside Drive and a smaller 150 bedroom one in Fremantle, without mentioning the exact location for the Freo one. The new Hilton hotels will be of the Double Tree brand and should open in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Emery also reports on a 154 room hotel development at the Woolstores in Fremantle, I have not heard anything about either. Is it the derelict Woolstores site, or the shopping centre site that was earmarked for massive residential development?
If the report by Emery is correct, Fremantle will have a huge boom in new hotels with the Point Street, West Gate, and Challenger Harbour, as well as the two mentioned above. The Hougoumont in Banister Street has recently opened and the Pakenham short-term tourists accommodation development will also start this year. Top that off with the new backpackers at Fremantle Prison, and Freo will finally have sufficient capacity for tourists to stay overnight in our city. That will be a huge boost for the city’s economy and a very positive and welcome step towards the revitalisation of the CBD.
The City of Fremantle is showing the 25under25 art show during National Youth Week. The exhibition is showing the works of 25 exciting young West Australian artists between the ages of 12 and 25.
The exhibition features a vast array of work, from painting, drawing and photography to installation and video works. While some artists have focused on an innovative approach to materials and technique, others have presented strong concepts and dynamic compositions.
25under25 opens at the Moores Building Contemporary Arts Centre on Friday 4 April, 6.00–8.00pm, with live music, mocktails and award presentations. All are welcome to attend this free event and celebrate the creative achievements of 25 of Western Australia’s most talented emerging artists.
There will also be a live performance by one of the 25 exhibiting artists, Kathleen Szalay Hoffmann, of her contemporary dance piece, Dear Fred, I need more romance. Kathleen will also be performing this piece during the opening event on Monday 7, Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 April at 3.00 pm.
Exhibiting artists are:
Bonnie Boogaard, Rebecca Brunjak, Floris Bulten, Joshua Cobb-Diamond, Victor Coufreur, Bianca Demi Roose, Alison Dickerson, Laura Edmunds, Wendy Golden, Meg Henderson, Kathleen Hoffmann, Woolin Kim, Lisa Klifunis, Carly Lynch, Michelle Maretha, Remy Anna McKay, Holly O’Meehan, Anna Louise Richardson, Cara Maria Roux, Elena Ryan, Alina Tang, Lydia Harriet Trethewey, Madeleine Waller, Lachlan Waterhouse and Marina Emily Whiteley White.
Fremantle Japingka Gallery will be showing two new exhibitions from Friday April 4 in their High Street premises. Desert Song will bring together 50 paintings by signficant women artists from the Western and Central Desert.
Also on show is The Pike Family, an exhibition of works by the late Jimmy Pike‘s brother Edgar Pike and Edgar’s daughter Francine Steele. This will be a show of paintings, silkscreen prints, etchings and silk scarves.
The great Jimmy Pike made Japingka the well-respected Aboriginal Gallery it has become, so it is good to see the gallery’s long association with the Pike family.
French artist Corrine Berset has been working hard at the Fremantle J Shed studio of sculptor Greg James. She will be showing her work this Tuesday, April 1 from 5-7 pm at the J Shed gallery on Fleet Street. Come and say bonjour!
Fremantle ECOBURBIA is showing Plastic Shores at Replants, 96 Wray Avenue on April 4 at 7.30
In the year 2010 global plastic production reached 300 million tonnes. A third of this was used in disposable packaging. In the United Kingdom, 3 million tonnes of plastic are thrown away every year, 1% of the total amount of all plastic manufactured on the planet.
But what happens to this plastic when it is thrown away? Most of it makes its way to landfill. Some goes to recycling or incineration. The rest escapes into our environment, and to the world’s oceans…and nobody knows how long it will stay there. Estimates range from decades to hundreds of thousands of years.
‘Plastic Shores’ is a documentary that explores how plastic affects the marine environment. Travelling from the International Marine Debris Conference in Hawai’i to the polluted Blue Flag beaches of Cornwall, the film reveals just how bad the problem of plastic debris is and how it harms aquatic life. There is now not a single beach or sea in the world that is not affected by plastic pollution and the problem is only increasing.
It appears Adventure World at Bibra Lake did some free value adding today when 20 people got stuck in the chairlift and had to be rescued by the fire brigade. Adventures are not supposed to be boring, so I hope that those who got stuck up in the air appreciated the irony and tried to enjoy the real adventure.
Yet again this morning there was an event on the Fremantle Esplanade and along Marine Parade that required the closure of Henry, Mouat and Cliff streets and I am wondering if the events organisors will be asked to pay compensation to the cafes whose trade were significantly down today. It is the third time in about six weeks that there was no car access to the Moore&Moore Cafe in Henry Street for example, so that was very bad for the breakfast business and is unfair to them.
I do realise our City masters want us all to only ride bikes around town, but it is not acceptable that time and time again the same west end businesses are out of pocket because of street closures due to events on the Esplanade. The burden needs to be shared around town and places like Fremantle Park could be used for some of these events.
A bad weekend morning trade can mean a very bad week for some small businesses and the City of Fremantle needs to be more considerate of that, because it can kill a business. We know that cafes are already struggling because we have too many of them in inner city Freo, so the COF needs to be more supportive and look after them better.