Congratulations to Sarah and Shaun Mulcock, the delightful owners of Chalkys cafe in Fremantle’s West End, who had their first baby on Sunday. Little Noah will in the good old Freo tradition no doubt be a barista before he can walk, so I can’t wait for him to make an espresso for me.
Chalkys will also be opening a new cafe just down the road in High Street. The High Street Dispensary will open next to the new chemist there. Two new babies in one year, now that’s a commitment!
In a speech to the Perth business community Premier Colin Barnett said today that the relocation of the Department of Housing to Fremantle is “only waiting on the right commercial balance” and that holding back the announcement of the move is “getting the numbers right on the various proposals received.”
This will be a great relief to the City of Fremantle, which has been desperately waiting and hoping that Housing would be moved to Freo, and ideally would be the kick start for the revitalisation of Kings Square.
However if there are “various proposals” the Premier mentioned, there is no guarantee the State Government will do a deal with Sirona Capital and move to Kings Square. The proposed development of the Woolstores shopping centre site by Silverleaf would also be a contestant one can assume.
Anyway, I think it is great news for Fremantle that the Premier has confirmed they want to moving Housing here!
Too much negativity around vandalism on this blog lately, so let’s see some cute and real art instead. The East West Company in South Fremantle already has the biggest mural in Fremantle along South Terrace, but the artist has now also started on beautifying the Marine Terrace side of the huge warehouse building.
East West must have one of the largest ground level retail stores in Fremantle. I love walking through there. They have so much funky, quirky, arty, exotic stuff. I highly recommend a visit!
P.S. I don’t get paid for saying nice things about EastWest. I don’t even know who runs it!
I hope the City of Fremantle will follow the lead of the City of Perth, which will no longer make free tickets for Councillors and staff a requirement when approving events.
From social media feedback it appears the Mayor and some Councillors attend all the Sunset Events J Shed concerts and there is really no need for that as these concerts are not one off events. Instead concert noise levels should be checked by an officer of the City.
One Councillor often advertises on Facebook that he has got free tickets to events and if anyone wants to come along.
With all the mateship accusations levelled at Elected Members it would be in their own interest if they no longer accepted freebies from events organisers, no matter if these tickets are distributed by the Director or not.
If there is a need to monitor events it should primarily be done by officers and maybe there could be a roster system so that two Councillors also attend events on behalf of Council and report back to them, that way all the conspiracy crap can be eliminated.
On a similar note can I also observe that there must be a lot of patrons leaving J Shed events with bottles of alcohol as we find a lot of empties around the area afterwards. I doubt the organisers have a take away liquor license, so they should stop people from taking alcohol out of the compound.
Yet another day with more vandalism in good old Fremantle. This time idiotic morons painted huge graffiti just to the left of the Whalers Tunnel entrance below the Roundhouse and also on the building opposite the train line from there at Little High Street.
Well done to the City of Fremantle for removing the Whalers Tunnel graffiti within hours this morning, but I am flabbergasted why the contractors did not also clean up the private building opposite.
With all the complaints going on in that part of the city it is now urgent time for the City to install CCTV cameras. If residents of Little High Street don’t like CCTV because the opeartors could zoom in onto their bedrooms, I suggest they do what the rest of us do and install curtains or blinds on their bedroom windows to guarantee their privacy. The community should come before the needs of individuals.
It is quite funny that the new WA Tourism Ministers Colin Barnett wants to promote “sparkling” Perth more as a destination than country WA, so the advertising for our State will become more Perth-centric in the future.
The tens of thousands of backpackers who come to WA all travel around the state and most do the Perth to Darwin road trip and trips down south.
Whenever I am on volunteer tour guide duty at the Fremantle Roundhouse tourists tell me that they love Fremantle because it is so different, but that Perth is like all other big cities they have visited. So the tourists do not see Perth as a special attraction and a sparkling city. Only our Perth-parochial and provincial Premier believes in the greatness of Perth, like a mother who believes her baby is exceptionally beautiful.
Tourists love Ningaloo Reef, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, the vast landscape, the stunning coastline, the heritage and cuteness of Freo, Albany, Denmark, the great white beaches of Esperance, the beautiful Margaret River wine region, and even the Swan Valley, but hardly anyone from overseas or interstate has told me that Perth city is great.
Time to get a life, Premier and wake up to reality and realise that tourists visit WA because of the great natural features, the bays on Rottnest, etc. but not because Perth is full with highrise buildings and has uninspiring Elizabeth Quay. Only recently it was revealed that the millions of Chinese who travel are looking for a country experience, so big cities are not a big attraction to them either.
The FREMANTLE INNER CITY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION-FICRA have sent a letter to the City of Fremantle and the Liquor Licensing Board in protest of the noise, vandalism and heritage disrespect by Sunset Events and its patrons at its J Shed outdoor live music venue.
The residents claim excessive noise from the San Cisco concert and related vandalism, and they say the portaloos and seacontainers left in the historic area by the events organisers are inappropriate and disrespectful to the heritage significance of Arthur Head and Bathers Beach.
The residents also say that the promises of an arts venue and collaboration with local and J Shed artists also have not eventuated.
I hear on the grapevine that the City of Fremantle is also not happy with Sunset Events, and I know Director Glen Dougall had a meeting at Chalkys with SE director David Chitty ten days ago.
This weekend Koi Child will be playing at the J Shed venue, so let’s see how the noise levels are controlled then.
If you want to make a difference to the future of Fremantle you have to participate and voice your opinion. Don’t ever think your opinion does not matter or that it will be ignored, because in the long run that is not true.
Most good changes come from the people and not top down from those who lead us, because politics replace leadership as soon as community leaders get into a position of power.
Yell, scream, cry, stand on your head, run through town naked, whatever you do, make yourself heard!
The City of Fremantle is doing an on-line survey on the Street Arts Festival. I found it on Twitter but can’t find it on the City website or SAF Facebook page.
Two questions that are not asked, but in my opinion would have provided some important information are were you on your own, with friends, family with children, and also how many days did you come to the SAF?
But there is a strangely worded question, which gender do you consider yourself? I did not think I have an option as my birth certificate and my pass state that I am male, even if I consider myself an exceptional and unique species with a brilliant mind and better than perfect. ; >)
Anyway, if you manage to find the survey do participate and more importantly find a way of sharing it with people who are not from Fremantle.
The Fremantle Network’s new speaker series will be held on the first Tuesday of each month and on April 5 it will be Nyoongar elder Dr Noel Nannup who shares his vision for Fremantle.
It will be upstairs at the National Hotel from 5.30 on and is a free event. Food and drinks available from the bar.
It will be very interesting to hear an indigenous perspective on the future of Fremantle and I am really looking forward to hearing Noel’s talk.
I copied the info below about Noel Nannup from the Fremantle Network Facebook page:
Dr Noel Nannup is a Nyungar/Injabarndi man and a well-respected Noongar Elder. He is a known story teller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor.
His career has been dedicated to educating young Western Australians about the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal people and their lands; and, throughout that process, Noel has played an active and leading role in reconciliation.
Noel is currently the ECU Elder-in-Residence and completed a research project called “Synergies of Meaning” – A documentary film series exploring the relationship and unity between traditional Indigenous Noongar knowledge and western natural and social scientific knowledge. He is a Heritage Consultant with Indigenous Tours WA which operates from Kings Park, Rottnest Island and Fremantle and also runs a four-week storytelling series at Re-Plants in Fremantle – where people can follow in the footsteps of a child born into traditional Noongar culture and get a sense of the oldest living culture on the planet.