Nice to hear that our delightful Fremantle federal MP Melissa Parke shops locally. She has commissioned Freo designer Deborah McKendrick of VELVET SUSHI to design her wedding dress and that of her mother and also for the bridesmaids.
Melissa will get married to Perth business man and arts patron Warwick Hemsley in 2016.
Mindless morons did more damage at Fremantle’s historic Arthur Head this weekend with windows at J Shed and the public toilet being damaged and large graffiti painted on the fence at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
It should be a priority for the City of Fremantle to install CCTV in the area and improve lighting and patrols and it’s time for WA police to ‘discover’ the historic precinct and patrol it at night as the vandalism can’t be allowed to continue.
I picked up this message on Facebook so thought to share it on my blog as well:
Hi Everyone. We had an Urban Steed hire bike stolen from Lenny the Ox cafe on Wray Avenue in Fremantle today. It is a black step through / mixte frame bike by Vanmoof. They aren’t currently sold in WA so if you see one it’s likely ours. A young guy came inside and grabbed it from the shop as they were closing up. He legged it towards Beaconsfield.
I want to wish all the readers of Freo’s View, the entire Fremantle community, and my friends all over the world a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
It has been an amazing year with the Supreme Court win against the Roe 8 highway extension being a highlight that shows that people power still matters.
Being involved in the local government election was exciting. It was disappointing for me to receive so few votes but far more disappointing was the overall lack of voter participation. Around 25 per cent is not acceptable and it should become compulsory to vote for local councils.
It is a worrying trend to see the State Government wanting to diminish the power of local councils and the State’s Development Assessment Panels and State Administration Tribunal basically rubber stamping development applications against the wishes of local councils and communities. We need to fight that with all our might because the unique character of communities is being destroyed by uncaring bureaucrats.
There is a real feeling that Freo’s fortunes are turning with a lot of development all over the CBD. In five years from now many more people will live and work in the inner city and that is very positive. It is also positive that we are building more tourist accommodation, so that visitors can stay in Fremantle overnight and spend their money here and not in Perth. There has been a steep increase in tourism to Fremantle from the eastern states and the City of Fremantle should take note of that.
The Freo community likes to have a whinge about all the things that are supposedly wrong here but interstate and overseas visitors love it and rarely have a bad word to say. If at all it is about how expensive Fremantle is, so maybe we can learn from that as well. If one cafe can make an excellent Espresso for just $ 2.50 I don’t know why others charge nearly $ 4.00 for a tiny cup of hot brew.
I love Freo. I always have and I always will. We are a unique and opinionated mob who deeply care, who want to be part of change and solutions and who are willing to give up our own time to help others, to volunteer, to be part of community groups and to fight what we believe is wrong.
While I sometimes despair about the negativity of the comments on Freo’s View I am delighted I have created a public forum where the general community and the decision makers have their say, so keep it coming and keep sending me information about events, exhibitions, development, etc.
Have a relaxed and outstanding Christmas!
Fremantle’s revolving retail continues with the well-established Wendy Binks art gallery on the Cappuccino Strip closing. But good news is that a new cafe Salted Board will open just down the road, so one bites the dust because of high rents and another one gives it a try.
Let’s hope they have done their market research and offer something different and better than the mediocre that is the norm at many Freo cafes.
There was a lovely busy energy in Fremantle Port this morning with the Ecuadorian three-masted barque tall ship Guayas and the equally impressive tall ship Young Endeavour at Victoria Quay. Add to that the training ship Leeuwin, a fuel supply ship, a scientific vessel, container ships at North Quay and the Rottnest Express and you’ll get the right impression of a bustling port.