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FRE-OH THE COMMUNITY WAY TO GO

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2019

 

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The quarterly City of Fremantle FRE-OH magazine is out and should be delivered in your letterbox. If not, it is available at the City, Visitor Centre and some businesses, so make sure to get a copy of it!

FRE-OH has a great Oldies are Golden feature about long-established businesses in Fremantle, such as Bodkin’s Bootery, Mills Records, the Capri, Culley’s, Gino’s and Roma Cucina as well as the Old Shanghai food market.

Another nice feature is the double spread Locals Love Freo that showcases Fremantle Foundation CEO Dylan Smith, sailor John Longley, designer Megan Salmon, writer David Wish-Wilson and comedian, author and playwright Ben Elton.

Lots of stuff to read about our gorgeous city and its even more gorgeous people so go FRE-OH!

Roel Loopers

HOW TO IMPROVE FREMANTLE DISCUSSION

Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, fremantle network, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2019

 

A reminder that this Tuesday September 24 the Fremantle Network will be debating How to make Fremantle a better place, with Chamber of Commerce CEO Danicia Quinlan.

It is on at The Local hotel on South Terrace in South Fremantle from 6.30pm and several Fremantle local government election candidates will be present, so it will be good to hear what ideas for improvement they might have, or not have.

This is a free event, but do support The Local as the kitchen and bar will be open.

Roel Loopers

LOCAL COUNCILS NEED TO LIFT THEIR GAME

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2019

 

Local government is clearly close to our heart because statistics in the annual report of the Local Government Standards Panel show that complaints about local councils and councillors have risen significantly.

The City of Melville and the shires of Capel and Toodyay are on the top of the list for complaints about elected members.

Compared to 82 complaints the previous year the 2018/19 annual report shows 126 complaints.

I feel a bit sorry for local councillors as it is humanely impossible to please everyone, but there is absolutely no doubt either that many complaints are relevant.

Local councils need to lift their game and listen to the community, rather than paying lip service through so-called community consultation, which is often ignored when councillors make decisions, hence many of us often feel ignored and taken for granted by those we elected to represent us.

Roel Loopers

PRESIDENTS HAPPY WITH FREMANTLE PARK NEW CLUBHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

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Representatives of the clubs that will soon be moving in to the new Fremantle Park sport and community centre at Ellen Street are very happy with how their new home is shaping up. It will be completed before the end of the year

The Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will be home for the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club.

A fantastic feature of the new centre will be the wide alfresco areas and the first floor balcony offering sweeping views over Fremantle Park towards St Patrick’s Basilica and Fremantle Port.

Tennis Club President and Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre Chair Lawrence Apps said he couldn’t wait to be sitting on the balcony sipping a drink and taking in the view. “It’s going to be absolutely magnificent”

“The views are fantastic and the patrons, members of our clubs and visitors, are just going to love being up here”

The project, which also includes the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green, requires the demolition of the old bowling club and tennis club buildings.

Bowling Club President Keith Bowden said he had mixed emotions when the old bowling club was demolished last month.

“It’s a little bit sad but we need to move on,” Mr Bowden said.

Workers Club President and Fremantle Park Deputy Chair Don Whittington said it was a big decision for the club to move out of its old home, but it was clear they’d made the right choice.

“I’m just so excited about getting in here, particularly for our members who’ve had to put up with a lot over the past five years,” Mr Whittington said.

“All three clubs that are sharing this facility are over one hundred years old, and I’m quite certain that our clubs will last for at least another one hundred years.”

The approved budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

On top of this, Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club have contributed another $120,000 and the tennis and bowling clubs have added $30,000 each to include additional features that were outside the original scope of works.

The City of Fremantle will build a new public car park on the Parry Street side of the facility once the building works are complete.

 

Roel Loopers

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SENIORS AWARDS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, seniors, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2019

 

Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray has led the call for nominations ahead of the 2019 WA Seniors Awards.

The annual awards recognise and celebrate the State’s most remarkable seniors, while acknowledging organisations working to improve the lives of older Western Australians.

The awards will recognise both the metropolitan and regional WA Senior of the Year, as well as the WA Age Friendly Local Government of the Year and the WA Age Friendly Business of the Year.

Entries can be lodged by members of the general public or by organisations, with nominations closing at 5pm on October 4, 2019.

The 2019 WA Seniors Awards are presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the McGowan Government and are promoted as part of WA Seniors Week celebrations, which run from November 10-17.

For more information and to nominate an outstanding senior, visit https://www.cotawa.org.au

 

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HOW CAN WE IMPROVE FREMANTLE?

 

Early notice that the Fremantle Network will have the topic How To Make Fremantle A Better Place? at the next community event at The Local in South Fremantle.

It is on Tuesday September 24 and is on from 6.30pm till 9pm and guest speaker will be Danicia Quinlan, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce.

Food and drinks are for sale from the bar, so support The Local which makes the venue available to the community.

Roel Loopers

NOMINATE FOR FREO CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Posted in australia day, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle is encouraging people to nominate an outstanding member, group or event for the 2020 Community Citizen of the Year awards.

Nominations are open in four categories: Citizen of the Year; Citizen of the Year – Youth, for people under 25; Citizen of the Year – Senior, for people over 65; and the Active Citizenship award for groups or events.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Community Citizen of the Year awards recognised and rewarded individuals and organisations that demonstrated active citizenship and qualities of leadership, inspiration and community participation.

“We are lucky to have many champions in Freo who dedicate their time and effort to supporting our community,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“These prestigious awards provide a great opportunity to thank our local heroes for their outstanding contribution to community and for making Freo an even better place.

“With your nomination, these incredible and inspiring role models who live or work in our community can get the recognition they deserve.”

Nominating someone is easy, simply jump online and fill out a nomination form. Nominees should live or work principally within the City of Fremantle. Regard is given to the nominee’s achievements during the current year, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the community.

Outstanding contribution and community service can include areas such as education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, social inclusion or any other area that enhances community life.

I was honoured on Australia Day 2013 to received the Fremantle Citizen of the Year Award, so it is very special to me personally.

I believe the Roundhouse volunteer guides deserve this recognition as they have been managing the oldest public building in WA for twenty years now and providing a significant tourist service to our city and state.

Nominations close on 31 October, with the awards to be presented at the City’s citizenship ceremony on 26 January.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Community Citizen of the Year awards website.

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APPLY FOR FREMANTLE ARTS AND COMMUNITY GRANTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 3, 2019

 

Local art projects and community groups can apply for a funding boost in the City of Fremantle’s latest round of arts and community grants.

Twice a year, in March and September, the City offers arts grants of up to $25,000 and community grants up to $10,000 for projects or activities that contribute to Fremantle’s wellbeing, vibrancy and cultural diversity.

The grants are financed from the City’s annual arts pool of $50,000 and community pool of $60,000.

City of Fremantle Community Development Manager Beverley Bone said the grants program empowered groups and individuals to develop their ideas, projects and events.

“Over the years, we’ve seen the grants program provide much–needed financial assistance for projects that support Freo’s vibrant arts and cultural sector, activate the city’s surrounds, facilitate learning opportunities and skills development for residents and strengthen community connection,” Ms Bone said.

“I would encourage any groups or individuals interested in applying to firstly visit the City’s website to learn more about the program guidelines and contact our grants officers to discuss their project.”

Arts and community grants funding is only available for projects delivered in the City of Fremantle. Grant applications close on 27 September, and successful applicants will be notified by end of November.

For more information about the grants program including eligibility requirements, visit the Arts and Community Grants page on the City of Fremantle website or contact the grants officers.

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TICKETS FOR THE BEST EVENT IN THE WEST!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, event, food, homelessness, social services, st patricks, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019

 

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Have you got your tickets for the Freo Long Table?

Don’t wait too long or they will all be sold and you really don’t want to miss the very best event in Fremantle and the whole of Western Australia.

Order your tickets today-NOW! at:  http://www.fremantlelongtable.com.au

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FREO MEN’S SHED FOR ALL ABILITIES

Posted in city of fremantle, disability, men, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2019

 

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