Fremantle resident Leanne McKenzie is passionate about Freo and alternative living and sees a need for innovative new ideas to deal with the fact that Fremantle is becoming more expensive and becoming less accessible to those on lower incomes.
Leanne believes that people who want to live in and be part of Fremantle should have diverse housing options available. She says “Fremantle is what it is because of passionate community minded people, so if this type of person wants to live here they should have access.“
She has years of experience with construction and renovations, and personal experience as owner builder renovating her Fremantle workers cottage on a very tight budget, and exactly how she needed it, but paying tribute to its humble origins.
Leanne says she took the decision to help the many others who struggle to get started extending and renovating their homes, and she has assembled an excellent team of designers, real estate professionals and trades to help guide others in taking the step.
“It is better reducing our ecological footprint, solar, thermal efficiencies etc. and upcycling our homes if practicable, rather than bowling over and starting from scratch.”
When Leanne McKenzie was told that her 90 sqm 3 bedroom home was too small for energy efficient hydronics systems, she decided to design one herself.
“I want to equip people with the information and processes so they can make informed designs about their renovations, incorporating new technology and not spend big dollars if they are not precisely sure what they want. We don’t need BIG to live happy, we need quality spaces that enhance our lives and connect us to our neighbourhoods.”
She is working to design a very special tiny house. “Mobility, ecological footprint, advanced technology is all part of our future for how we will live, but (re)connecting to our natural world, our neighbourhoods and communities is more important. This is what Fremantle does so well, and this should be accessible to all of us. “
For more detail contact Leanne.mckenzie@UrbanAesthetics.net.au
LiveLittle.com.au for more information on tiny house initiatives
I am not sure what the weather is going to be like today as the rain did not arrive in Fremantle last night, so take the risk and head out to the Fremantle Arts Centre for the Sunday music session from 2-4 pm.
The Red Dirt Crew from the Norther Territory will perform hip hop, some in traditional language and about Dreamtime stories. This group comes from three remote communities, stretching 700 kilometres.
Also on this afternoon is our Freo songwriter folk singer Donna Simpson, so extend the One Day in Freo day into today and have some more fun!
If you need financial help to realise a community art project contact the City of Fremantle for a grant. Details above.
The claim in the Fremantle Herald today by Fishing Boat Harbour traders that Australia Day was a big hit for Fremantle businesses is a very one-sided view of the reality. It’s more like a Donald Trump alternative facts statement.
The fish&chips traders in the FBH might have done very well when thousands of people came to Fremantle in the early evening to watch the fireworks, but during the day there was hardly anyone in the city centre because it was simply too hot, so many businesses did very little trade at all. We had only 114 visitors at the Roundhouse compared to over 1,400 two weeks ago.
No one is to blame for that and it is a shame the Freo Fiesta efforts were hampered by the hottest Australia Day in 79 years, but let’s not try to make a very average day look like it was an outstanding success because the Fishing Boat Harbour people organised it.
Also funny to read that the FBH traders have approached State Government to get $ 500,000 to install a shark net at Fremantle’s most underused beach where one rarely sees more than a handful of people in the ocean. No wonder the City of Fremantle is not keen about the idea, that I believe would be a waste of money.
But having said all that, I believe the City of Fremantle needs to become serious about the activation of Arthur’s Head and what better way to do that than activating the gorgeous inner city beach. More significant signs to promote the beach would also help.
Bathers Beach needs public toilets, showers at the northern end near J Shed and the extension of the boardwalk all the way to J Shed. Creating better connectivity between the Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour and linking the Maritime Museum, Roundhouse and Shipwreck Museum would be very helpful.
The Whalers Tunnel also needs to remain open longer in the evenings so there is direct access from High Street for people to watch the sunset and the lit up cliff face there.
There are a lot better ways of spending half a million dollars on Bathers Beach than a shark net.
The FREO FIESTA is on today and all weekend, so check it out! More info on http://www.fremantlebid.com
The FREO FIESTA starts today with entertainment all over Fremantle, so check out the program on http://www.fremantlebid.com.
At Bathers Beach there is a beautiful old carousel the children will enjoy and the lovely Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse will be open every day. Dal Pizza has put his food van next to the deck so you don’t have to move far to get a very good pizza with your cold drink while watching the Indian Ocean. Tom Fisher and his band will provide the music and at 8 pm there will be fireworks at the Fishing Boat Harbour.
The Italian navy frigate at C Shed at Victoria Quay is also open between 10 and 12 and 2 to 4 today so the boys might like to have a look.
Remember while having fun today that 30 per cent of cases at our seven major hospitals on Australia Day are alcohol related, so don’t overdo it as drink driving, anti social behaviour and domestic violence are very often the outcome of drinking too much alcohol.
Have a great, very long and very hot Freo weekend!
Fremantle BID and local traders have collaborated to organise four days of FREO FIESTA fun over the four day long Australia Day weekend.
If you can’t read the poster above go to the http://www.fremantlebid.com website and check it out on line.
Photography is soul music for me. Whenever I feel a bit down I go out and try to find good images. Taking creative photos makes me happy.
I took this one at the Fremantle East Street jetty today just before 7 pm.
Don’t forget to head out to Clancy’s this Saturday from 4 pm for the fundraiser for musician Steve Gibson who has been diagnosed with cancer.
There is a fantastic line-up of local musos to support their mate at this family friendly event at Princess May Park.
Tickets are only $ 25,00 for a great balmy night out and help someone who deserves our support.
All proceeds are going to Steve Gibson and his young family.
High energy, invigorating NSW band KALLIDAD attracted a huge crowd at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The very young and young by heart were all there and soon on their feet to dance and clap in the rhythm of the masked musicians. Great fun for all and a perfect summer’s afternoon.