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FREO NEW CIVIC CENTRE UPDATE

 

 

Another milestone at the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment project with the basement concrete floor of the library of the new Civic Centre being poured today and the scaffolding coming down on the core that has reached its height.

One can also get a nice few of the pointed roofs of the kiosks of the FOMO retail and hospitality concept by Sirona Capital.

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FREMANTLE LIBRARY 70TH

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle Library celebrates 70 years of operation in September with an exciting line-up of community events.

The Fremantle Free Lending Library was opened on 5 September 1949 by state librarian Dr James Sykes Battye. Located at 13 South Terrace Fremantle – the cappuccino strip building today occupied by Dome café – the library was on the first floor. Its shelves contained 5000 books and became the first wholly rate–supported public library in Western Australia.

The library had nearly 25,000 members and saw more than 130,000 people walk through the doors last financial year. More than 50,000 people visited the library online, and while books are still the library’s major stock in trade, over 20 per cent of our loans are for digital content.

The library also plays a critical role in supporting community learning and social engagement, and had more than 12,000 people participate in  events and programs last financial year.

Fremantle Library also provides a meeting space for social clubs and start-up businesses, access to the latest technology including 3D printers and robotics.

Kicking off the library’s 70th anniversary event program is Fremantle – A Page Turner, an author panel talk welcoming Alan Carter, Craig Silvey, Amanda Curtin and Leigh Straw to the stage.

It will be held on 4 September at Fremantle Arts Centre, audiences will have the opportunity to get to know these authors who are behind some of Australia’s inspiring works and see how Fremantle has, and continues to, inspire and support literature and the arts.

The Library is also partnering with Fremantle Arts Centre to deliver a book sculpture exhibition, from 19 September–10 November, which takes discarded library books and turns them into vivid pieces of art.

A second author talk on 13 September will see Australia’s funniest and best loved writer for young people Morris Gleitzman pack out Fremantle Town Hall. Audiences will hear Morris talk about his life from being a writer of feature films and live stage material to being the wonderful children’s author everyone knows and loves.

Closing out the celebrations is the big 70th birthday bash at Fremantle Library on 26 September where the whole community is invited. There’ll be music, entertainment, games and, of course, a birthday cake.

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VIEWING WINDOWS AT CIVIC CENTRE CONSTRUCTION

 

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Nice to see that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt was true to his word and followed up on my request to install viewing windows for the public at the new Civic Centre construction at Kings Square.

Three windows have been put in the fence, but currently only one can be accessed as the other two are fenced off as part of the paving project that is under way.

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EAST FREO TO CONTINUE WITH FREMANTLE LIBRARY SUPPORT

 

There were some unhappy faces at Fremantle Council some months ago when the members became aware that the Town of East Fremantle was pulling out of its part of the library arrangement and would no longer contribute $ 150,000 toward the Fremantle Library.

So the announcement that East Fremantle Council has reconsidered and will continue to contribute to Fremantle’s library services will no doubt bring a smile to the faces of our Freo Councillors.

1985 East Fremantle residents are recorded as being members of the City of Fremantle Library and they also can apply for a residents parking permit, which gives them free street parking till 11am and after 3pm anywhere in the port city.

Well done East Fremantle Council for reconsidering and changing your mind!

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EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL MORALLY ILLITERATE

 

Fremantle Councillors last night expressed their dismay about neighbours East Fremantle pulling out of the library services and stopping their $ 200,000 a year contribution to the Fremantle Library at the end of this financial year.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who sits on the joint Library Committee, said the members were gobsmacked when it was announced by the Town of East Fremantle, and when the two East Fremantle members of the committee simply no longer turned up to debate it.

“We were hoping East Fremantle Council would recognise it is morally wrong and change their mind”

Sullivan said it was not relevant how many East Fremantle people used Fremantle, Melville or Cockburn libraries. “In Fremantle we just celebrate that people are using the library and are not counting the numbers of which councils they come from” Sullivan said. “I won’t be as polite to them next time I see East Fremantle Councillors”

Councillors Doug Thompson and Bryn Jones pointed out that the Town of East Fremantle is one of the wealthiest councils in the metropolitan area and would be the only one that would not financially contribute to library services.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said that after the last failed council amalgamation attempts she believed councils would work closer together, but instead the divide is getting wider. “No one from East Fremantle turned up at the last three Library Committees!”

The CEO confirmed that even if they stopped paying their contribution East Fremantle still could send two representatives to the Library Committee who would be allowed to vote. It would take Fremantle Council to change the local law to change that officially.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had the impression that the East Fremantle Mayor wanted to bring the issue back to his Council and reconsider their position.

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EAST FREMANTLE BURNS LIBRARY BRIDGE WITH FREMANTLE

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, east fremantle, history, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

The Town of East Fremantle will no longer contribute to the City of Fremantle library services after the end of this financial year 2018/19. It has also reduced the Town’s contribution this year by $ 50,000 to $ 150,000.

East Fremantle Council decided in May this year that there was no longer benefit for them to continue with the arrangement as allegedly more East Fremantle residents use the Melville library than the Fremantle one.

The contribution by East Fremantle presents just over 10 per cent of the City of Fremantle’s library budget so it will have an impact on the library services.

The cancelation of the arrangement, which was introduced in 1995 between East Fremantle, Fremantle, and the Library Board of WA, will also have an impact on the delivery of local history services, with the City of Fremantle considering to introduce a fee for service proposal.

Roel Loopers

POP UP ALFRESCO FREO LIBRARY

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2018

 

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Out of the blue an alfresco library appeared in Fremantle on Tuesday morning in High Street, not far from the police station.

Someone left all these books on the steps, presumably so that those who love to read take one or two, or swap them for some of their own.

It is a lovely and generous idea that hopefully will not be abused by some greedy people.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE TO HOST INTERNATIONAL WIKIMEDIA CONVENTION

 

Fremantle will host the second only WIKIMEDIA ASIA OCEANIA CONVENTION next year from October 31 to November 2. The first one is held on Bali this month.

Between 400-500 delegates are expected to visit and stay in Fremantle for the convention at the Esplanade Hotel, so that is a boost for our local traders.

Wikimedia partnered with the Fremantle Society years ago for the Freopedia project, which put QR codes on historic buildings for tourist information, but unfortunately the project was later discontinued.

No doubt Fremantle will prominently feature on the internet and social media when all the international guests are in town.

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A LOOK AT THE NEW FREMANTLE LIBRARY

 

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The City of Fremantle has released images of what the new library in the new civic centre at the Townhall will look like.

If al goes to plan the civic centre will open late next year when the entire Kings Square Project should be completed.

The Kerry Hill architects design will bring some class to Freo’s city centre.

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POPULAR FREMANTLE CITY LIBRARY

Posted in book, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 19, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle library is a very popular place, not only with Fremantle residents but also for those living in nearby councils.

From July to September this year the library had 60,707 visits. 46,060 of them were in-person while 14,547 were virtual.

The library loaned 47,851 items, of which 73% were reads, 16% watch and 11% listen.

Reading material loaned were 31% adult and 28% children, others were magazines, etc.

The library had 8,062 computer uses in the three months, and 8,513 wifi sessions. It assisted in 4,108 enquiries.

Pretty impressive figures, so well done to all the dedicated staff at Freo City library!

 

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