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Posted in busking, city of fremantle, music, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on July 13, 2019




What a delightful Saturday in Fremantle, and more brilliant weather to come the next days. It even attracted West Coast Eagles player Andrew Gaff to wander down historic High Street to get over the disappointment of yesterday’s one point loss to Collingwood.

I took the photo of this energetic band in the High Street mall in front of a mural artwork.

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Posted in city of fremantle, community, gardening, hilton, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2019


Hilton 2

Hilton Tram Tour

Glass Houses&Green Futures is on today at the Hilton Harvest Community Garden from 2.30-6pm.

It is also on the route of the Magical Mystery Tram Tour that is on from 12 midday to 3pm.

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Posted in city of fremantle, community, hilton, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2019


The Hilton Precinct Group wants to take the Fremantle community away on a Magical Mystery Tram Tour of Hilton hotspots this weekend.

From midday until 3pm this Saturday July 13 the Fremantle Tram will ferry people along a special route taking in local cafes and businesses, with entertainment at each venue and special offers for tram riders.

The free tram will be operating for three hours where people can jump on and jump off at any of the stops along the way.

It will leave from the car park at Hilltop Coffee every 30 minutes and finish at the local community garden, and there will be live music, DJ’s, face painting, coffee and dessert tastings and hamper giveaways.

On the tram there will be talented and entertaining musical MC Justin Walshe who will point out all the Hilton landmarks along the way.

The Magical Mystery Tour will include stops at Hilltop Coffee in the Hilton town centre, Rennie Crescent cafes and deli, Pound Coffee Roasters, Charlie’s Café and the Hilton Harvest Community Garden.

The end of the tour will coincide with the start of the Fremantle Festival event Glass Houses and Green Futures.

The City of Fremantle gave the Hilton town centre a facelift last year in an effort to slow traffic along South Street and create a safer and more welcoming environment.

The works included changing the colour of the roadway, removing the unsightly fences on the edge of the road and installing new garden beds and street furniture.

Co-convenor of Hilton Precinct Group Britta Mathews said another aim of the Magical Mystery Tour was to connect people within the Hilton community.

“We’re going to use it as a way to promote the precinct group and encourage people to come along to future meetings and do more things in the community,” Ms Mathews said.


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This year is the first time that the Fremantle Festival is held in winter and it starts this Friday.

Fremantle’s 10 Nights in Port is a celebration of contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance fom July 12-21.

Spread across Fremantle’s precincts, 10 Nights in Port takes into consideration the traditions of the local community and the character of the historic city. Each component of the festival is carefully woven out of the fabric of this place, says Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Feast of the Deceiver, presented by Secret Squirrel Produc,ons, is a WA first and will lure guests into a world of ulterior motives, an immersive game and luxury dining. The luscious six-course dinner will occur in a secret central Fremantle location and will keep diners on their toes.

Also premiering, The Miss Behave Gameshow is a freewheeling, high-energy variety whirlwind. Direct from her sold out seasons in Las Vegas and Sydney, London cabaret queen Amy Saunders (La Soiree, La Clique) will intoxicate audiences with her special brand of gliBering chaos.

In its ninth year, the highly successful Hidden Treasures winter music series will return as part of 10 Nights in Port with an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage.

Between shows, audiences can take a Soak in a series of outdoor relaxation stations where they can submerge and unwind or warm themselves by one of the many Festival Fires around the city.

The Festival Club at the Moore&Moore cafe will also offer a place to leisurely hangout throughout 1the Fremantle Festival with a series of hearty communal dining experiences, delicious drinks and music.


Glass Houses and Green Futures

Friday 12 – Thursday 18 July


Glass Houses & Green Futures is a celebration of the horticultural knowledge and passion that exists across Fremantle. Conversation and cultivation will take place in five artist-built hothouses, led by the artists and gardening enthusiasts who keep Fremantle green, growing and blossoming. The site-specific glasshouses will host public sessions in locations across Fremantle and its satellite precincts.

Feast of the Deceiver

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July


Venture into a world of ulterior motives, immersive games and luxury dining, presented by Secret Squirrel Productions. Beginning as a luscious six-course dinner in a secret central Fremantle location, Feast of the Deceiver is not all that it first appears.

Fired Up

Raku firing & hot drinks: Saturday 20 July


Fired Up is a participatory community project that reflects on what can happen when one master shares their skills among many students. Beginning with a series of public workshops, each ceramic form will then be placed into the fire to be hardened and cured.

Hidden Treasures

Thursday 11, Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 July


In its ninth year, Hidden Treasures treats WA music fans to an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage. This series of gigs offers a rare peek into some of the West End’s most evocative and tucked-away workers’ clubs and small venues.

Future Treasures

Wednesday 17 July



Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July & Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 July


The Miss Behave Gameshow

Friday 12, Saturday 13, Thursday 18, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July




Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 5, 2019


NAIDOC Week, the celebration of our indigenous culture, starts on Sunday with and event at the PCYC in Hilton from 10am till 2pm.

The theme of the week is Voice.Treaty.Truth-Let’s work together for a shared future.

The PCYC event will have dancing, choir singing, bush tucker, damper making and community stalls so it should be fun for young and old. Go and say Kaya!

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, just a few metres away from historic Roundhouse at Captain’s Lane will have all kinds of events from a community canvas painting to Aboriginal face painting, Nyoongar language for kids, etc. Check it out on their Facebook page.

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Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, hospitality, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2019



After a week of wet weather and mainly being inside I needed to get out and about  and get some fresh air and exercise, so I decided to do a little photo feature on South Fremantle. I walked around for an hour and took these shots.

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Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, community, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2019


Fremantle Park


Work at the new community hub at Fremantle Park is going well as this photo shows.

The two-storey building will become the new home for the Fremantle Tennis Club, Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers Club and will also have facilities for the wider Freo community.

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Posted in city of fremantle, gardening, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2019


Hollis Park June 29


Plenty of rain in Fremantle currently and that is going to last for a while according to BOM, but that should not deter anyone from participating in Saturday’s Hollis Park community planting event.

It is on from 10am.

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Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, skating, Uncategorized, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 25, 2019




Work is under way to create the 2019 Fremantle WINTERWORLD skating festival at the Esplanade.

The event is on from this Saturday June 29 until July 21 and is open every day from 10am onward till mid evening.

It is always a fun spectacle to watch with little kids hanging on a parent’s leg or a penguin for their dear life, or seeing grownups hitting the ice with a bang.

And a friendly reminder to the boys and girls in blue that not every old man with a camera is a paedophile. Last year I was stopped by two Fremantle Police officers who wanted to know why I took photos of people skating. Because I wanted to, and under Australian law I am allowed to photograph anything and anyone in a public open space.

At the first WINTERWORLD a security guard told me I could not take photos unless I had family members on the ice rink. Bulldust!

It is insulting to regularly being confronted when next to me dozens of people take photos with mobile phones, but I stick out because I use a real camera.

I promote as many Fremantle events, festivals and businesses on this blog as I can and don’t want to be intimidated by police or security when I do absolutely nothing wrong!

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Posted in city of fremantle, community, education, fremantle ports, gardening, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2019


Great to hear that Fremantle Ports has supported Fremantle Primary School once again, this time sponsoring the creation of a mural by a local artist within its outdoor classroom area, as well as granting two student scholarships.

The school’s P&C are creating an area within the school grounds which will have an outdoor science lab and kitchen. It’s intended to be a space where children will be able to experiment, explore and discover the earth sciences while learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) concepts.

The mural will be based around the school’s values of ‘care’, ‘excellence’ and ‘diversity’.  It’ll be great to see what the mural turns out like and which artist is chosen to create it.

 The port has also given a grant to East Fremantle Community Garden, as a contribution towards a planned native garden at the entrance to the garden.

The East Freo community garden is behind 9 Seeds Café at 121 Marmion Street. The first plantings were in 2011 and, since then, the garden has realised a terrific orchard, multiple communal and private garden beds, worm farms and composing facilities. New members are welcome. The East Fremantle Community Garden can be found on Facebook.

 Fremantle Ports recently reviewed its approach to community investment, now focusing its assistance in four key areas – community enrichment, environmental leadership, arts and culture and education. It accepts applications online at any time, but only makes decisions about what to support once a quarter.

More information about how to apply on:


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