Next Monday the Fremantle Network presents Dimitri Kapetas of EHDO architecture, who are in the process of designing the first Nightingale Housing project in Fremantle at 29 Wood Street.
Nightingale Housing is a non-profit organisation formed by a group of leading Australian architects. It aims to create affordable housing models that are specifically designed to achieve environmental and social benefits for cities. It promotes the building of communities, not just market commodities.
Check out: https://www.ehdo.com.au/nightingale-freo/
The second speaker will be Michael McPhail, the the youngest Deputy Mayor of WA and the Town of East Fremantle.
Michael has a deep passion for cities and making them better places for the people who live in them.
The focus of his talk will be the future of the Leeuwin Barracks, and the impact this will have on the future of Greater Fremantle.
Originally educated as an urban planner, Michael now works for global real estate firm CBRE to market Perth’a next generation of apartment living.
As a Councillor, Michael’s key focus include ensuring meaningful community engagement in the redevelopment of Leeuwin Barracks and reimagining of East Fremantle Oval, leading East Fremantle’s push to ban single use plastic bags and championing the upgrading of East Fremantle’s exceptional foreshore.
The monthly Fremantle Network event is on at 6pm, Monday 24 April upstairs at the National Hotel.
Another new business will open in Fremantle’s West End in a few weeks and it’s not yet another cafe.
World of Renovation is setting up shop in a former art gallery space in High Street near the Police station.
It’s is an outlet of Claremont based Million Dollar Makeovers, so if your old home needs a facelift or a bit of rejuvenation this might be the people to go and have a talk with.
The entire Fremantle CBD is going through a massive renovation process, so this new enterprise is very appropriate for Freo.
It is very lively and productive at the LIV residential development at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets.
It is a very large development by Defence Housing straight opposite the beautiful Heirloom by Match development.
The east end of Fremantle is going through a well-overdue facelift that will improve the run down area dramatically.
BRILLIANT is a very good exhibition by Fremantle artists about the theme HOME.
Home is so important to all of us and can be anywhere as long as we have a sense of belonging and connect with the community.
I believe Fremantle is very good at making one feel at home. It embraces you with charm and warm friendliness and people who care.
The show is on at the Moores Contemporary Gallery in Henry Street that also houses the great Moore&Moore cafe and a children’s playground in the courtyard, so go spend some time there this weekend.
Participating artists are Claire Bailey, Theo Koning, Jo Darvell, Clyde McGill, Sharyn Egan, Alessandra Rossi, Megan Anderson, David Carson, Andrew Christie, Olga Cironis, Ben Crapsley, Jenn Garland, Fiona Gavino, Anisa Hirte, Darren Hutchens, Marcia Hadlow, Junko Kitamura, Steve Makse, Susie Marwick, Respoke, Jane Ryan, Nick Vervest, Annabelle Williamns, Mark Welsh, Rosina Wonglorz.
There is an interesting opinion piece in the West Australian today about the limitations of urban infill and the necessity of regional development.
Higher density in established suburbs and near railway stations and bus lines is not something that can go on indefinitely, so other alternatives need to be considered.
The WA state government has long been talking about decentralisation and to its credit has moved some departments out of the Perth CBD, but private businesses and large corporations still appear reluctant to open offices outside of Perth.
Most big law, mining and advertising companies are in Perth or West Perth and Fremantle has been struggling for decades to attract large companies to relocate here.
While it is good that Fremantle has so much residential, commercial and tourist development at the moment, there is only limited space in the inner city and we need to protect the unique character and heritage attraction of our city.
But decentralisation and city planning needs to become a much bigger picture than that even and fast rail transport to places like Northam, Albany, Bunbury and Geraldton should be considered.
Mining companies should start building permanent accommodation for their personnel in the Pilbara to decrease the high-polluting FIFO process and increase the regional population.
The Perth metropolitan urban sprawl needs to stop because it is not sustainable and too expensive, but filling up character older suburbs with ugly high concrete boxes is also not the solution.
What our politicians lack is big visionary thinking when it comes to planning the regional cities of the future. Planning is still far too much Perth-centric that will only worsen the traffic, public transport and environmental problems that are inevitable when too many people are squeezed into city living.
Innovative integrated regional development should be a priority for the new McGowan Labor government.
Today is my personal Australia Day! Thirty-five years ago today on March 13, 1982 I landed in Australia with my then partner Brigitte to start our new life on the other side of the world, and what a journey it has been.
The decision to migrate to Australia was seen by many friends and colleagues in Germany as foolhardy and naïve, but how wrong they were.
There is no doubt that my Australian years have been the most challenging and often very difficult years of my life. I went through all the highs and all the lows, from a highly successful photography business to a financial disaster triggered by severe depressions, from beautiful houses to awful granny flats, and from great love affairs to a badly broken heart, but as the French say c’est la vie. Shit happens.
But overall it has been a wonderful adventure where I learned so much about myself and life, and at the end I came through it wiser, tougher, more considerate and more tolerant, so these are good gains and lessons.
Moving from Sydney to Perth in September 1985 was stroke of genius, and moving to Fremantle in the early 1990s was pure brilliance as I love living in our beautiful little port city.
Fremantle taught me so much about community engagement and passion and yesterday’s huge Labor election win shows that the enormous Roe 8 people power movement made a big difference and that politicians who ignore the people will be punished. There is an important message for the elected members of the City of Fremantle in that as well.
The good thing about integration in a new culture is that it does not come at the cost of losing one’s identity and culture and while I became an Australian citizen in 1985 much of me will always remain Dutch as the education I received and the values instilled in me in the Netherlands will be with me forever.
Respecting people and being compassionate was something my parents showed me daily, and that being generous and honest and standing up for people less fortunate are good things. They are beautiful values to have.
I love people and the Fremantle community is my family. They are the people I want to look after and support and while I have failed dismally on a few occasions I have always tried my best.
Fremantle has given me a deep sense of belonging and a purpose that is much more than just surviving and earning money. It has taught me that looking after the community one lives in and supporting positive change can make a real difference and that doing that is very rewarding.
I don’t have all that many years left in life but as long as I can do it I will try to help make Fremantle and even better place to live and love in.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of my Aussie life so far. It has been a mind-blowing journey!
For those interested in alternative living projects the Exploring Tiny Houses in Fremantle – and Different ways of Living Tiny is a good way to connect with like-minded people, network and share ideas.
Join Fremantle Councillor Rachel Pemberton – back from her recent trip to Europe – plus other expert panelists for a discussion and presentation of examples by local people who are pioneering a new phase of modest housing in Fremantle.
Its on Thursday March 2nd at the Fremantle Library from 6pm-7:30pm.
In times of a lack of really affordable housing, homeless people, a fast ageing population, and many mature singles and students looking for small living options, local councils should do more to explore options and find ways of alternative living.
Fremantle’s Ecoburbia presents the movie: A Convenient Truth – Urban Solutions from Curbita Brazil. Friday February 10th. 7pm for a 7.30 start
This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, social benefits (affordable housing), parks, and the great philosophy behind the successful leaders that transformed Curitiba in a model green city.
This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. It is outside and it can get chilly so dress appropriately. There is seating in the garden but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows.
Feel free to bring you dinner from 7pm The movie will start at 7.30pm.
Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street.