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PLAYSPACE AWARD FOR J SHED ARTIST

Posted in art, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on July 5, 2018

 

Jenny Dawson art

 

Fremantle J Shed ceramic artist Jenny Dawson was a member of the team that won the Playspace Award by Park&Leisure Australia for the Piney Lakes Sensory Playground in Melville.

” This award is given to a regional level play space that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of “place’’ for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.”

Jenny Dawson collaborated with students of three primary schools in the area and DADAA artists to create the work.

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ABOUT RAIN, MAD DOGS AND GOLFERS

Posted in fremantle, rain, sport, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on July 20, 2017

winter 1

winter 2

 

It’s wet, cold and windy out there, so a real winter’s day in Fremantle.

I was very adventurous, like the old Dutch explorers, and went out all the way to Point Walter to take these photos.

The golfers were all in wet weather gear and seem to enjoy themselves, but I rather be on the couch with a good book when it’s cold, so I drove back to Freo to Elizabeth’s bookshop for a browse and finding some light reading.

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BROOME TO BICTON CONCERT ON SATURDAY

Posted in aboriginal, concert, fremantle by freoview on February 14, 2017

broome-to-bicto

 

The annual BROOME TO BICTON  concert with the famous Aboriginal Kimberley band Pigram Brothers is on again this Saturday February 18 from 4.30 pm.

It is at Quarantine Park just above the Bicton Bath on the Swan River.

Bring a picnic for this fun family events that will be held for the 15th time this year, so it has become a great tradition.

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LOCAL COUNCILLORS ARRESTED AT ROE 8 SITE

Posted in beeliar wetlands, city of fremantle, council, environment, politics, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 11, 2017

Fremantle Councillor Sam Wainwright and City of Melville Councillor Tim Barling were arrested at the Roe 8 site today after chaining themselves to fences to stop bulldozers from entering the site and destroying precious wetlands.

It is a risky business for Councillors to do this kind of non-violent protest because if they get convicted it could mean they are no longer eligible to be on local council.

Good on them for standing up for what is right and for protesting against the destruction of the Beeliar Wetlands!

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BIRDS WINTER BREAK

Posted in birds, fremantle, nature by freoview on July 26, 2015

winter break

These birds were having a break from the wet and enjoying the sunshine at Point Walter this morning.

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PERTH FREIGHT LINK A DISASTER FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on July 15, 2015

Hundreds of concerned residents from all over the affected suburbs turned up at the beautiful historic Fremantle Victoria Hall on Tuesday evening to listen to CUSP Professor Peter Newman’s talk about the pros and cons of the proposed PERTH FREIGHT LINK.

Newman wryly pointed out that the PFL was quite clearly designed to go around the City of Melville (for obvious political reasons) and that the Melville Mayor is on record saying that Melville was not for trucks. He also stressed that the BCR-Benefit Cost Ratio is important and will demand that the freight link would needs cars to reach a good BCR, so the freight link will not just be for trucks.

The strategies before the PFL were to increase freight on rail to at least 30 per cent, shift freight to the outer harbour and improve truck management.

Most trucks come and go to the port during day time hours when the journeys are longer because of all the other traffic on the roads and many come or go empty. Management believes it would be more effective to increase night time deliveries and pick ups at the port and that it could double container freight that way.

Professor Newman showed that the Fremantle Ports annual report 2013/14 indicated inner harbour capacity would be reached within 10-15 years, which really questions why State Government would want to spend billions on a new road to the port.

Peter Newman also said that the PFL would see a rapid increase in trucks on the road with more deliveries to the port and that would reduce the lifespan of the inner harbour. He warned the most likely scenario (to protect the financial viability of the new port owners) would be no rail and no outer harbour. He said an outer harbour at Kwinana is essential.

The CUSP transport expert painted a dark picture for the suburbs, the Beeliar wetlands and warned that North and East Fremantle would severely suffer from the PFL and would never be the same again. He wondered why designs are done on the run and that the Barnett government had no idea how to get through the bottle necks in North Fremantle with the suggested tunnel coming up near Marmion Street with nowhere else to go than the Canning traffic bridge. A duplication of the bridge would cost at least half a million dollars which our cash-strapped government has not got and is not budgeted for.

But it is also not simple to put freight to the port on rail as it would need 4-5 large and very expensive intermodal terminals.

The PFL would be disastrous for the economic growth and plans for the City of Fremantle while the building of an outer harbour port would see increase in land values in Fremantle and Kwinana.

Professor Newman said that thinking on the run was not great governance but he believed the Perth Freight Link was conceived by State Government under pressure from the Federal Government in Canberra as there is no clear State policy to build the road.

City of Fremantle CEO Graeme McKenzie outlined the City’s policy on the PFL and port and stressed Council was in favour of retaining the working port in Freo. He also warned that the West End would not be able to cope with increased freight on rail because the railway line was in some locations only metres away from residential buildings.

Next Tuesday July 21 there will be a big RETHINK PERTH FREIGHT LINK forum at the Fremantle Townhall from 6-8 pm with Ben Elton as MC. Speakers will be MP Alannah MacTiernan, Senator Scott Ludlam, City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Freo’s Mayor Brad Pettitt. Doors open at 5.30.

YOUNG SAILORS AT POINT WALTER

Posted in city of melville, fremantle, sailing, sport by freoview on April 8, 2015

The change in weather is sudden and quite nice, so I had to look for long pants this morning for the first time in five months. A drive along the river when it is so calm and overcast is always nice and I happened to come across some young sailors at Point Walter. It appears to be the private boys schools like Wesley and Scotch College doing a bit of school holiday yacht racing.

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FREMANTLE WINS AMALGAMATION BATTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on October 22, 2014

Freo Forever 2

 

What a great win for Fremantle today’s announcement of the new boundaries at the Local Government reform are! Fremantle more or less got exactly what we asked for with the new boundaries including the amalgamation with East Fremantle and following Stock Road in the East and Phoenix Road down South, while North Fremantle remains with Freo.

This has been an exemplary and outstanding collaboration between the City of Fremantle council and administration and the local community. Our positive attitude toward boundary reform paid off.

We did not accept the initial proposal of being swallowed up by the City of Melville and the Fremantle Society started the great Sock it Colin campaign that became the bipartisan and non-political Fremantle Forever campaign. Volunteers were at the markets, train stations, cafes, etc, to collect signatures for our submission, where we asked the State Government to consider and embrace our alternative boundaries. The City of Fremantle did the same. We never said no to amalgamation, we just wanted the best possible boundaries for Fremantle that would retain our identity and unique character.

Today is a really good and proud day for Freo and I am very proud I did my bit to achieve that.

A big thank you to the Fremantle Council, CEO and officers and to the many volunteers of the Fremantle Forever campaign, and to Colin Barnett for putting his hearing-aids in. We did it!!

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The new City of Fremantle will be formed by an amalgamation of the City of Fremantle and the Town of East Fremantle. The amalgamation brings together strong communities of interest with similar values and community aspirations. The new local government will have increased capacity to plan for the broader district, including the port and the Cockburn Coast development which will be situated in one local government, enabling more coordinated planning and development. With the focus on the Fremantle strategic activity centre, including the port, and the expansion proposed for the central business district, the city will have the amenity and services to support local residents and visitor populations. The city will also have more capacity to plan for the heritage and environmental priorities of the district’s communities. The changes will see Bicton, Palmyra, Point Walter Reserve, part of North Coogee, Hamilton Hill and Rottnest Island all included in the city. Samson and part of O’Connor will be in the City of Melville. The Local Government Advisory Board recommended the City of Fremantle’s Proposal 12, with minor amendments.

COUNTDOWN TO COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS

Posted in fremantle, local government by freoview on October 19, 2014

It’s only a few more sleeps till the W.A. State Government will announce the new council boundaries in the local government reform process. The report by Local Government Minister Tony Simpson is due for this week, so stay tuned.

Fremantle ran the very positive Fremantle Forever campaign, initiated by the Fremantle Society, to get the best possible boundaries for our city, but against merging with the City of Melville, and all indications are that we will get close to what we have asked for with new Freo boundaries at Stock Road encroaching into Melville, and taking some of the southern beaches and parts of Cockburn.

What is disappointing though is that media reports claim Premier Colin Barnett is not happy with the Local Government Advisory Panel’s recommendations and wants to pull the City of Perth out of the process, which will make those in Leederville wonder if democracy and local community input for them will be all but gone.

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CHALLENGING LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 17, 2014

There is a good opinion piece in the West Australian today about the local government reform process and the fact that so many councils do not want it to go ahead, or want it but with different boundaries. The question is if the WA State Government will be brave enough to push through the controversial forced amalgamations, which would constitute another broken election promise for the Barnett government. It could well become a huge election platform at the next election with the likelihood that many communities would be very angry with the Liberal Party for implementing boundary changes they don’t want.

Especially in the Liberal stronghold western suburbs this could become a real issue and while that might not personally affect Colin Barnett, who is unlikely to continue, it would make it much harder for his predecessor and his party to win another term in government.

I see great benefits for a Fremantle merger with East Fremantle and strategic parts of Melville and Cockburn, but to combine seven or nine western suburbs would be a far more challenging process, especially since most of them are against it. But even further east Bayswater is not happy to go with the City of Swan, or whatever.

The whole process of getting more submissions to more proposed changes to council boundaries is starting to look more like a shambles, that the National Party does not want to be part of.

Local Government reform will fail anyway because State Government is not brave enough to also want to implement it in the country where amalgamation probably would be very effective for the smaller councils.

Can we anticipate that the Barnett government will keep delaying the implementation of the reform in fear of an election backlash? If so, what would that mean for the individual councils who really can’t engage in long-term strategic planning unless the time line for amalgamations is firm and definite. Investors and developers would also want to know where they invest their money, so an indefinite delay is unacceptable.

Let’s see what Local Government Minister Tony Simpson will announce in a few weeks from now.

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