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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!

Roel Loopers

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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.

Roel Loopers

 

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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

 

alfresco library

 

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.

Roel Loopers

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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.

Roel Loopers

 

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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!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO CITY MOVE TO FREMANTLE OVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle’s administration and library will begin operating from the former Fremantle Dockers administration building at Fremantle Oval from Monday 18 December 2017.

The City’s temporary relocation paves the way for demolition of the current building and construction of a new administration centre and library in Fremantle’s Kings Square starting in early 2018.

The City will remain at Fremantle Oval until completion of the new building, which is expected to be late 2019 as part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project.

City of Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Philip St John said the temporary move had been planned to minimise impacts on the community and provide the best value for ratepayers.

“We’ve been carefully planning this move to limit disruptions to our community and ensure that City services continue as normal throughout the transition,” Mr St John said.

“While being at Fremantle Oval is only temporary, we have been able to modify the former Dockers HQ into something we think will function well for staff and to provide library and other spaces the community will be comfortable using.

“The temporary library will see some great new additions, with technology to make borrowing and returning items much simpler. it will also have community spaces including a dedicated children’s library, outdoor courtyard and a theatre-style meeting room.

“With the City taking over the lease of Fremantle Oval earlier this year, the former Dockers building became the most viable and cost-effective temporary home for us while the Kings Square renewal takes place over the next couple of years.”

No disruptions to City services are anticipated, except the Fremantle Library which will be closed from 4.00pm Sunday 10 December and will reopen at the temporary Fremantle Oval location on Monday 18 December.

Fact file

From 18 December 2017, the City of Fremantle’s customer service, library, One Stop Shop and office administration functions will temporarily relocate to the former Fremantle Dockers administration building at Fremantle Oval.
The City’s temporary accommodation at Fremantle Oval will be known formally as City of Fremantle Administration and Library. The address will be 70 Parry Street Fremantle 6160.
Existing City of Fremantle phone numbers, email and postal addresses will remain unchanged.
Public access to the City’s main administration functions and library will be via the main carpark gate on Parry Street.
Council facilities at Fremantle Oval are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
The Fremantle Dockers administration building became vacant when the Fremantle Football Club moved to new facilities in Cockburn. It represented the best value as a temporary office when the City took over the Fremantle Oval lease earlier this year.
For more information people can contact the City’s customer service team on 9432 9999 or email info@fremantle.wa.gov.au

More information at http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/themove

 

WIKIPEDIA EDITING AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in city of fremantle, education, internet, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017

 

It is Open Access Week, so join the WIKIPEDIA editing workshop at Notre Dame University this Wednesday, October 25 from 1.30-3.30pm.

Wikipedia is one of the first open access resources on the internet that many people consult for information on a topic. Because of this, the research community has an important interest in ensuring that Wikipedia has accurate, comprehensive coverage of content that links to freely available open access research literature.

Join Gideon Digby, Vice-President of Wikimedia Australia and Lydia Dawe, Liaison Librarian, for an interactive session which will cover:

  • Detailed guidance for creating and editing Wikipedia entries in your area of research
  • Suggestions for improving relevant articles
  • Learning how to edit Wikipedia for beginners
  • Using Open Access repositories and directories to discover articles to add to Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia in the academic context
  • Best practices for communication with other Wikipedia editors

This is a free event.

Venue: Tannock Hall of Education ND4/203
Corner Cliff and Croke Streets
Fremantle

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CUT THE KINGS SQUARE CULTURAL CRAP PLEASE!

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, kings square, local government by freoview on December 20, 2016

 

Hey City of Fremantle, do us all a favour and drop the bullshit to retain some integrity! I noticed you are now calling the Kings Square Project the Cultural Precinct. That is ridiculous spin!

A library and a few cinemas do not make a Cultural Precinct. In Perth the Cultural Centre has the WA Museum, WA Art Gallery, the Library and PICA and is a true centre for culture, but the Kings Square project will predominantly be a commercial and retail precinct with some bars and cafes, so not anywhere near being a cultural precinct.

I am in favour of the Kings Square development but cut the crap please!

Roel Loopers

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