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FREMANTLE ARTS AND COMMUNITY GRANTS ON OFFER

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2019

 

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF DISAPPEARING ARTS MANAGERS AT FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2019

 

What on earth is going on at the City of Fremantle’s Cultural Development Department? I just heard that the Manager Culture and the Arts Destry Puiashame has suddenly left after only six months in the job.

Piuashame came with high credentials from Melbourne and took over from Pete Stone, whose departure was also quite unexpected, and Festival Co-ordinator Alex Marshall also left. The Freo grapevine tells me other staff are also due to leave.

The Fremantle Festival, which will be for the first time during winter this year, is just five months away, the Fremantle Heritage Festival is in May/June and the Hidden Treasures winter music festival is in July, so who is stepping up at the City to organise all those events on short notice, and what are the issues that cause the departure of good staff members?

I hope City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn will be able to shed some light on this rather curious situation, especially since the CDD was also in charge of the yellow art debacle in High Street.

Roel Loopers

KNUTSFORD URBAN DESIGN STRATEGY ON AGENDA

 

The Knutsford Urban Design Strategy, which is on the agenda of the  Strategic Planning and Transport Committee of Fremantle Council on Wednesday, will no doubt attract a lot of input from the arts community in the semi industrial area that is earmarked for development.

The officers mention that walkability is an essential element of the plans, as well as respecting the original landscape, planting many more trees, flexibility when designing open spaces, disorganised parking on verges which affects cyclists and pedestrians, and connecting a path network in the precinct.

Community centres in the area, such as the Fibonacci Centre, are unique and need to have breathing space around them to be able to continue and that will be one of the many challenges for the development plans of the precinct.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ARTS AND COMMUNITY GRANTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2017

 

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Arts and community grants are available from the City of Fremantle and your proposals are required by the end of this month, so hurry up.

Go to http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/grants

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE ARTS GRANTS AVAILABLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community by freoview on January 28, 2017

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If you need financial help to realise a community art project contact the City of Fremantle for a grant. Details above.

 

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CHANGES AT THE TOP IN FREMANTLE CITY

There is quite a bit going on within the City of Fremantle administration with new jobs advertised weekly and new people taking up important positions, with new CEO Phil StJohn taking up his role officially in July this years

At Council meeting last night I noticed for the first time Graham Tattersall, the new Director of Infrastructure and Project Delivery, while Marisa Spaziani who was the Director of Community Development is now heading the new People and Culture Department. Her old job has been advertised, so someone new will take over there soon.

I have no idea what that new department will be doing as Pete Stone only recently became the new director of the Department of Culture&The Arts, so it looks as if there is a duplication of services there as we have two departments responsible for culture. And keep in mind that directors at the City of Fremantle receive a payment around $ 240,000 per annum, so adding new directors is costing a lot of ratepayers’ money!

The Festivals Coordinator position, long held by Alex Marshall, also has been advertised. I don’t know if Marshall has been promoted or left Freo City, with all the changes occurring in his field and the Fremantle Festival moving to a fully curated festival.

At Council the committees now have new and more elaborate names but the Special Projects Committee does no longer have their meetings in public and that is a shame. One would think that special projects of new innovative ideas and long-term city planning are especially of interest to the community and the COF should embrace community participation and ideas.

It would also be nice if the City put out media releases about personnel changes at top-level as the public should know who get’s these extremely well-paid jobs and what they did before they came to Freo.

It would also be good to be informed who has been appointed as the external project manager for the Fremantle Oval project.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ARTS LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, western australia by freoview on May 2, 2016

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The Fremantle Network monthly meetings continue tomorrow evening at the National Hotel. Pete Stone the new Manager Arts and Culture of the City of Fremantle will present his vision for the city of arts and festivals.

Pete Stone is the previous Events Coordinator at the Fremantle Arts Centre and a musician, so come along and listen to Pete’s ideas and make your own suggestions where Freo should go, what needs to be changed, what can be improved, etc.

The FREE event starts at 5.30 pm upstairs at the National Hotel, so grab a drink and a bite to eat while there.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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KULCHA GETS A FACE LIFT

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage by freoview on April 21, 2015

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Scaffolding is up around the lovely KULCHA/DOME building on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip, so it looks like the grande old lady is getting a facelift, or new make-up, and will get painted. Always good to see work on heritage buildings.

Also good that Fremantle Council tomorrow evening will set a management team in place for the old Boys School at Princess May Park, so it can be decided what to do with it after the renovations are done, in case the FTI does not want to move back in, and it is highly unlikely they will want to as their funding has been cut drastically.

Roel Loopers

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TRANSFORMING OUR CITY

Posted in fremantle, future, local government, perth, planning by freoview on April 1, 2015

Fifty artists, 42 city walls and 18 international ‘change makers” will come to Perth for the PUBLIC 2015 symposium that will transform the city.

Large-scale artworks will be created during PUBLIC 2015 that will run from April 10-19. The International symposium will explore the value of creativity in building dynamic spaces and will have international speakers from the arts, architecture, urban planning, technology and philantropy.

This will be very interesting in the light of the just released UWA-Factbase for the Committee of Perth-Fremantle section by Veronica Hudleston.

Hudleston writes that city planning “needs to be on maintaining a unique set of advantages and attributes that attract and retain population.” She also warns that population growth should not happen at all cost, but that we should be planning and developing a desired demographic structure rather than the simplistic pursuit of growth.

Hudleston also mentions that the City of Fremantle already has a relatively higher level of population density and that East Fremantle is one of the highest population densities in the Perth metro area.

While the Perth metro had an increase of population of 29.3 per cent, Fremantle only managed 8.2 per cent in the period from 2001-2011.

I am looking forward to the PUBLIC 2015 sympsosium!

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AN EGO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 23, 2014

Timor Leste (East Timor) musician, singer-songwriter and environmental troubadour Ego Lemos will be meeting informally and playing music at Fremantle FERN, 26 Montreal Street on Monday July 28 from 5.30 pm.

Ego is the Arts and Culture Curriculum Advisor to the Minister of Education in Timore–Leste. He is also the president of Permascout, which holds youth camps to increase the knowledge of permaculture and the environment.

Come and have a chat with Ego Lemos and listen to his music. There will be “soupie” afterward.

Roel Loopers

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