A large wall of Fremantle Notre Dame University in Henry Street is being transformed into a huge portrait gallery to promote RECOGNISE, the movement for recognition of Aborignal and Torrest Strait Island people in the Australian constitution. The movement has got bipartisan support from all major political parties, so hopefully a referendum will be held soon, so Australia will finally give our indigenous people the recognition they deserve.
Almost 50 large poster photos will be on the wall by tomorrow midday, so go and check it out and find familiar Freo faces. Councillor and Moore&Moore cafe owner Simon Naber is on one of them with his son Zeke.
The City of Fremantle is looking for interested people to run a cafe at Cantonment Hill in the old Signal Station. The area has huge potential with its great views over Fremantle harbour , the Swan River and the city, so go and check it out. The former Navy building there would be a great arts and/or community venue.
Is there a time line for the development of the area, COF? It seems to be very slow, with workshops conducted well over a year ago.
I walked through Perth yesterday and was impressed with the large number of tourist information signs all over the inner city. It is something that is severelty lacking in Fremantle and no matter how often I blog about it, nothing much seems to be done about it.
The tall, slim obelisk-like info signs in Perth point out all the important sites and also have maps so one can understand the layout of the city. Fremantle needs that, if the lost look on the faces of many tourists is anything to go by.
There are still no good pedestrian signs pointing from e.g. the Fishing Boat Harbour to Victoria Quay and the Maritime Museum, or up near the Round House pointing out all the tourist destinations around town.
With increasing cruise liner visits to the port it is essential that Freo offers visitors a better tourism experience and way finding signs are essential for that.
That brings me to the point of the historic interpretation signs at the million dollar Old Port Project. The signs were vandalised over a year a go and removed and still have not been replaced. That is just not good enough! It should not take a year to get new signs made and installed and the Old Port Project now does not make sense to visitors because there is no explanation about the history of Bathers Beach.
If the Youth Plaza is supposed to help with connectivity, proper, modern, easy legible signs are surely better to find one’s way around our city. Tourism is big, City of Fremantle, so time to start spending good money on good signs and prioritise it!
Legendary Western Australian CY O’Connor is being put on trial this May – in a play that re-imagines his tragic end. There will be a special one-off performance at the Fremantle Workers Club for the Fremantle Heritage Festival.
Irish-born Charles Yelverton O’Connor was most famously responsible for building Fremantle harbour and the Mundaring-to-Kalgoorlie pipeline, known as the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.
But on March 10, 1902, exhausted by over-work, libellous press criticism and lack of political support, he rode his horse into the ocean at South Beach and shot himself.
The play imagines a different ending, played out in a courtroom, where O’Connor is put on trial to answer the accusations levelled at him during his lifetime and beyond. Director Peter Nettleton said the playwright had allowed him considerable liberty in bringing the dramatisation to life. “The CY O’Connor story is one of the most controversial but seldom told tragedies from WA colonial history,” he said. “Being a history buff and also a practicing lawyer, the idea of testing the story in a courtroom environment was irresistible to me.”
The Trial of CY O’Connor plays at the Fremantle Workers’ Club at 8pm, May 10. Tickets for May 10 are $20 guests, $15 members – book on 9335 1840 or email@example.com.
Dr John Bardsley, a committee member of the Victorian Bendigo Greens has written a letter to Nigel Scullion, Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and asked him to intervene in the Sunset Events proposal to develop a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach in Fremantle.
Dr Bardsley wrote that the Minister has ample Federal powers under Articles 11, 19, 25 and 31 of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Australia signed in April 2009, and that the Aboriginal Heritage Act also could be used.
He continues saying that the Tony Abbott government made election promises to ‘close the gap’ between the disadvantage suffered by our First Nation peoples and the wider population.
I have not seen a sign yet at J Shed stating that Sunset Events is applying for a liquor license for the premises, which probably means the W.A. Minister for Land has not yet agreed to hand over the A Class reserve to the private operator.
No news either from the City of Fremantle what is going to happen for the next year and more with the now vacant Studio 1, although sculptor Greg James offered COF to put artworks there so the place does not look empty and abandoned.
This will be very popular with the Fremantle sustainability supporters; an urn that turns into a tree. A kind of rebirthing and coming back to earth as something else, so check it out.
There is a Planning and Heritage seminar in Kwinana. It’s not in Fremantle, but well worth leaving town for and heading south I believe. It is to discuss the topic of planning and heritage, reflecting on how cities work, and how people move and connect within them.
It is on May 6 from 6-8 pm at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, corner Robbos Way and Chisham Avenue, Kwinana. Cost: $ 15.00
What is a healthy community, what do we mean by “heritage”, and how can we shape the wellbeing of communities and guide today’s urban planners.
Register: http://www.planning.org.au/events or 9382 2100
The W.A. unions will be holding their traditional annual May Day parade and event in Fremantle on Sunday May 4. The parade will go through the streets of Freo at 12 noon and there will be live music, food stalls, kids’ rides and speakers all afternoon on the Esplanade, so come and join the fun.
It was nice to hear rain on the roof last night in Fremantle and today’s clouds promise there is more to come. At my end of town it was a long soaking rain and good for the many gardens around White Gum Valley, and the air smelt so fresh this morning.
Students of Fremantle J Shed photographer Peter Zuvela will be exhibiting their work at the Greg James Sculpture Studio Gallery on Bathers Beach from Saturday May 3.
RAW will features photos by Amerigano Carrello, Debbie Watson, Kristy Amaranti, Megan Palasin, Phil Hevron, Rebecca Zaretzky and Viv Canini, and there will be live music by Lost Pilot Effect.
The exhibition opening is from 5-7 pm on Saturday May 3 and will be opened by Roel Loopers. The show will run till May 11.