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CONFUSING CONFIDENTIALITY AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

 

Although I have been closely following what goes on at Fremantle Council for over ten years I am still not sure why certain agenda items are considered to be confidential, and the public is excluded from attending the deliberations about them, while other similar topics remain open to the public and are not considered confidential.

On Wednesday the license agreement with the South Fremantle Football Club is a confidential item, but the license agreement for the public golf course is not.

Commercial confidentiality can hardly be the reason as there are no other clubs queuing up to lease Fremantle Oval, especially since the East Fremantle Football Club has decided to stay at East Fremantle Oval and not share Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle footy club.

So what are the reasons for making an agenda item confidential in Fremantle?

Also confidential at the Ordinary Council meeting this coming Wednesday is a report about the Summer Event Series at Port Beach and another confidential report about a Port Beach Music/Lifestyle event. But the Winter Festival on the Esplanade was not a confidential item. Why?

Plus there is also the confidential report about the performance of the Chief Executive Officer.

Roel Loopers

 

ENJOY THE WA DAY SUNDAY

 

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It is going to be a beautiful mild Sunday so go out and explore gorgeous Fremantle.

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road till midday for fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, yummy breakfast, lunch and coffee.

All the cafes and restaurants around Freo are open today, but some will be closed tomorrow, so take advantage of that, and the Fremantle Markets and E Shed Markets are open, as are Fremantle Prison, the Roundhouse, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum.

And at the Fishing Boat Harbour the WA DAY Festival is on all day till 8pm.

There really is no excuse to stay home, so grab the kids, the dog and hubby and head out to be part of our great Freo community.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers

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WARM WINTER WELCOME WA DAY WEEKEND

 

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Welcome to Winter! BOM predicts 26 degrees for today and 24 and 23 for Sunday and Monday, so enjoy the long WA DAY weekend in Fremantle.

There will be heaps of entertainment at the Fishing Boat Harbour on Sunday from 10am to 8pm so check out the time table above for the performances.

Spettacolo!

The Spettacolo! festival in the Townhall is sold out but there is still the free live music at Kings Square to enjoy on Sunday from 12.45 to 3pm.

Italy on Stage celebrates the Italian National Day and that is molto bene.

Have a great weekend and please be generous and support our Freo traders. They are part of our community and deserve and need our support!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO’S CEO NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR ARTS&CULTURE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2019

 

The new City of Fremantle job advertisement for a new Manager Arts&Culture reveals that the department has been moved and is no longer part of the Community Development Department.

The next Manager Arts&Culture will be reporting directly to CEO Phil StJohn and no longer to Director Fiona Hodges. I hear the CEO is now in charge of Arts&Culture at Fremantle.

I questioned several months ago what was going on as Pete Stone suddenly left the position and Destry Puiashame who took over from him was encouraged to resign within a few months, although he had relocated his young family from Melbourne to Fremantle, obviously because he expected to be in the job for many years.

There have been many rumours and allegations I won’t mention here, but we will probably never find out what the real reasons for the resignations and changes are. It is a concern though in the City of Arts when the creatives at Freo City don’t feel appreciated and respected.

Who will be the next Arts&Culture manager and how long will she or he stay on? If you want the job go to the City of Fremantle website and see the details!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE WINTER FESTIVAL PORT IN A STORM

 

Fremantle is well served in the West Australian today with a full page interview with Nicole Lockwood the Chair of the WestPort Taskforce which are looking into the future of Fremantle Port and a new port at Kwinana. Good read!

Freo is also getting a wrap about the new winter Fremantle Festival, but strange that info was not released to local media as well, so I’ll ‘quote’ from The West.

The Fremantle Festival will be held for the first time in its 113 years during winter from July 12-22 and it is called 10 Nights In Port.

Freo festival co-ordinator Kathryn Taylor told the West that they “wanted it to be the harbour in a storm” where the community warmth at the fire. That means people will be able to enjoy glasshouses and relax in a steamy hot bath while enjoying entertainment. Sounds corny and a bit like the swimming pools at the Big Bash 20/20 cricket.

The Hidden Treasures music festival in the West End will grow with Future Treasures at Freo.Social to nurture young bands, while the Festival Club will be in the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street.

The late Bathers Beach ceramicist Joan Campbell will be honoured with Fired Up, where people will make small vessels at the Fremantle Arts Centre and taken to Bathers Beach where they are fired in an outdoor kiln.

There is a lot of other stuff and I hope there will be plenty of free things to do and not just ticketed events lower income people can’t afford to enjoy.

Roel Loopers

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FREO STREET ARTS FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS

 

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I just could not get in the groove this year, so my apologies for the inadequate photos of the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, which really do not show the excellence of the traditional Easter long weekend event.

The City was packed with visitors from all over Perth, WA, Australia and from overseas, so I hope that many traders did get a benefit from it!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE WELCOMES AUSTRALIAN TOURISM EXCHANGE

 

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Fremantle welcomes the delegate for the Australian Tourism Exchange 2019. We hope you love your time in our gorgeous city!

Around 1,500 Australian seller delegates from approximately 550 companies, 650 key buyer delegates from over 30 countries, and 70 international and Australian media attend this global event.

Organised by Tourism Australia in partnership with Tourism Western Australia, ATE19 will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8 to 12 April.

The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event.

The event brings together Australian tourism businesses, and tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events. It also provides international travel buyers with the opportunity to experience Australia’s tourism offering first-hand through pre and post-event familiarisations.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers

 

PLASTIC FREE FISH AND SIPS A FIRST FOR FREMANTLE

 

The Fish and Sips festival at  the Coast Port Beach this weekend will be the first Fremantle festival that will be single-use plastic free.

Fremantle Council adopted the sustainable events policy in November last year. The policy excludes the provision, use, distribution or sale of single-use plastics including straws, cutlery, bottles, cups, plates, containers, bags and cling-wrap at all events produced by the City of Fremantle.

Although single-use plastics are not banned from third party events in Fremantle, the policy does encourage event organisers not to use them.  Fish and Sips wants to support that, so they’ve purchased 15,000 reusable polycarbonate and melamine cups specifically for the festival.

Coast is very aware of the beach environment they are operating in and for the Cuban club event recently they served 35,000 drinks in a day with no single-use plastic, and in this Fish and Sips event they’ll be doing similar numbers over the weekend – all of this in reusable cups.

The venue management believe it’s essential to the survival of Coast Port Beach that they’re able to use the beach and the beautiful ocean backdrop, so they are doing their part to preserve this and also blazing a trail by being the first event to do this on a large scale

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said “The impact of plastic in our environment is well documented, with some studies suggesting that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.  The fact that you can put on a large event like Fish and Sips and not use single-use plastic demonstrates there are cost effective alternatives available.”

The Fish and Sips festival is on from Friday 29 March until Sunday 31 March.

For more information visit the Coast Port Beach website.

 

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WINTERWORLD SPONSORSHIP TOO MUCH FOR ONE FREO COUNCILLOR

 

To keep sponsoring the more and more successful Fremantle WINTERWORLD Festival we should get some guarantee of exclusivity, Councillor Rachel Pemberton argued at the FPOL Committee on Wednesday evening. There is a Winterworld in Perth and Hillaries at the same time as Fremantle, she said, and we don’t want another one at Bibra Lake or near Fremantle..

Winterworld this year will for the first time coincide with the Fremantle Festival, which has been moved from a summer to a winter festival, so that means more and better promotion for the festival.

The Winterworld organisers have again asked for cash sponsorship of $ 25,000 from the City plus $ 45,000 of in-kind sponsorship for a waiver of car park fees at the Italian Club, so a total of $ 70,000. The proposal is for a three-year sponsorship up to and including 2021.

Councillor Doug Thompson was the only one who does not like the cash sponsorship, but the FPOL members asked for the CEO to renegotiate the contract, because a more successful Winterworld creates more profits and hence should be able to do with less financial sponsorship from the City.

80,000 people attended Winterworld last year and it is estimated 100,000 will visit it this year.

I think it is quite funny that the City officers claim in the agenda that “the event created strong attendance from interstate” but the figures provided with the statement show that only 300 tickets were sold interstate, so that is hardly a strong attendance from the eastern states.

And one more issue I have been raising since Winterworld started. Where are the posters and flyers so that tourist destinations such as the Roundhouse can hand them out and make interstate and overseas visitors aware that the skating festival is on?

Roel Loopers

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COSMIC COLLISION AT FREMANTLE CIRCUS

 

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It is promoted as a cosmic collision between circus and science, so CRITICAL at Fremantle’s Big Top in Princess May Park might well be a fascinating experience.

It is all part of this year’s FRINGE WORLD so check out http://www.fringeworld.com.au for more information.

It is on at Circus WA from January 31 to February 3 and standard tickets are just $ 25.

Roel Loopers

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