Come on kids, take your parents and grand parents out for kind of treasure hunt around Fremantle and win some great prizes
It is on from January 14-29 and you can spread it over 2-3 days if you can’t get it all done in one day.
A big CONGRATULATIONS to Night Hoops which last night was awarded the $ 100,000 Impact 100 grant by the Fremantle Foundation.
Night Hoops was conceived by Griffith Longley to try to take kids off the streets at night and give them something to do under supervision, with mentors, serve them a meal, play basketball, and give the kids a safe bus drive home.
This very popular program in Fremantle and Cockburn is run by dedicated volunteers and with sponsorship, so the big grant will help them to achieve even more.
Impact 100 is a project where 100 people are asked to donate $ 1,000 each and the total sum of that is then awarded to a community organisation each year.
I am delighted the so very worthwhile and effective Night Hoops received this year’s grant. Well done Griff and all involved. You are my kind of heroes!!
An article on Twitter by Canadian Sightline Institute talks about one of my passions for diverse housing in inner city Fremantle and tells the story of how downtown Vancouver BC has 5 times more kids than Seattle and 9 times more than Portland.
Town planners in Vancouver BC made a conscious decision some 20 years ago to not leave the inner city to singles, couples, aged and low income earners, but to also encourage families.
Apartments and townhouses in big developments have to have dining rooms with easy to clean floors, accessible stroller storage, lockable bicycle storage, and outdoor play spaces, ideally where parents can look out on from windows to supervise the children.
At least 25 percent of the development needs to be suitable for families and 20 percent for low-income people.
High density development needs to incorporate parks, open space, daycares, libraries, community centres and elementary schools, and there needs to be soundproofing between the apartments and between the sleeping and living areas.
This is the kind of development that I would like to see in the Knutsford/Blinco/Montreal street area, and not just a small housing scheme only suitable for singles. I would also encourage developers to build more family apartments with a minimum of two bedrooms in the CBD, so that we get real diversity and not just childless couples and singles buying apartments in new Fremantle development.
Mums and dass don’t forget to get your children a stall at tomorrow’s CHILDREN’S CREATIVE MARKET that will be an addition to the traditional Sunday Growers Green Farmers Market.
The stall bays are only $ 5.00 for the kids and they will have fun and can sell some of their art, used clothes, toys, etc.
There is live music, many fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, food stalls, bread, pastries, meat, fish, etc.
The Growers Green is THE community event to be in Fremantle on a Sunday morning. Open from 8 am till noon at the South Fremantle Senior High School on Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield.
The Growers Green Sunday farmers market will have a very special CHILDREN’S CREATIVE MARKET this Sunday as well, where kids can sell their toys, art, clothes, etc.
They will get their special own place on the school veranda of the South Fremantle Senior High School, so why not book a stall for your child for just $ 5.00. Simply email email@example.com
It’s FAMILY FUN DAY at the Fremantle Leisure Centre on Sunday November 9 from 11am to 3pm and it only costs $ 2 per person.
Bring a rug and picnic and enjoy the three floating inflatables, music by the Groovy Bananas, watch the kids rock climbing, play a game of mini golf and relax.
The free concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre is also on from 2-4pm so wander over and check it out.
Already had enough of school holidays, you poor suffering parents and grandparents? Do I have a solution for you!!
Bring them all to the Fremantle Round House today and I’ll lock them up in the stocks for you. ; >)
We are open from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm so pop in and say G’day, ring the curfew bell, wander through the Whalers Tunnel to Bathers Beach, visit the art outlets and Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur Head, and eat fish&chips at the Fishing Boat Harbour.
The Fremantle Round House is the oldest-first- public building in Western Australia. The first jail built by the very first British settlers, not convicts. It is run by the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides and is open every day of the week. Entry by donation.