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DADAA NEEDS SUPPORT TO OPEN CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018

 

Arts and disability organisation, DADAA is moving ahead with the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Old Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park with the creation of a cafe in the lovely courtyard behind the building.

The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the Fremantle heritage building is the next area to receive an upgrade with the creation of the new café Humble Pantry Fremantle.

DADAA had a dream of turning the old kitchen and courtyard into a great café that not only serves excellent coffee and healthy food, but also provides training and employment opportunities for people with disability.

DADAA, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to art programs for people with disability, have partnered with dynamic mother-son team Clare and Kieran Cranny to open the café later this year.

The new café initiative is pursuing a sustainable financial model that is not reliant on government funding in order to meet its goal of providing employment for people with disability. DADAA and its new café operators are keen to work with businesses and individuals to meet this mission.

Local business Brayco got on board early, generously donating the commercial kitchen.

DADAA are now seeking other local businesses and donors to assist in raising the remaining $30,000 through crowdfunding to complete the fit-out of Fremantle’s first truly inclusive café – a place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity.

Locals are invited to join the ‘Humble Coffee Club’ and to join in on this exciting community-building project with a contribution, large or small.

The campaign, which ends on 30 June 2018, has been launched with a video on the leading platform for cause-driven crowdfunding, StartSomeGood:

https://startsomegood.com/humblepantryfremantle.

Donors and supporters will recognise their name on a Giving Wall created by DADAA artists and will be invited to a celebratory opening to meet other generous individuals who want to see social enterprise like this initiative flourish in Fremantle.

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CIRCUS WA NEW FREO TENT HOME

Posted in children, circus wa, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2017

 

 

The preparations for the relocation of the circus school CIRCUS WA from the Artsource building at Phillimore Street to their temporary new home at Princess May Park next to DADAA at the former Boys School are well underway.

A spring floor has been built and this morning the big top was put up, so it won’t be long until the kids can train their circus acts in a real circus tent.

Roel Loopers

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PRINCESS MAY PARK HOME FOR CIRCUS SCHOOL

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community by freoview on March 4, 2017

Now here is a innovative approach by the City of Fremantle to try to  accommodate Circus WA.

The community group has been given notice by state agency Artsource to vacate its existing premises on Phillimore Street by 7 April 2017.

Circus WA is seeking approval from the City to licence a portion of Princess May Park to temporarily accommodate its operations. It plans to erect a large tent to the west of the Old Boys School that will allow it to operate for up to three years while it identifies appropriate long term premises in another part of Fremantle.

Nearby businesses DADAA, Clancy’s Fish Pub and The Fremantle Education Centre are supportive of the temporary move.

The proposed licence is for 1 year with two further terms of 1 year each at the City’s approval. This means that the City has the option not to extend for the second or third year should the license conflict with the development of 2 Point Street.

I am not sure how practical this is going to be with the imminent development of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel just west of the proposed location for the tent, and also the security of the tent with Princess May Park being infamous for being a favourite location for homeless people day and night.

Circus WA has been looking for new premises in Fremantle for many years and wanted to share the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill with Enkel but that fell unfortunately through.

The item is on the agenda for Wednesday’s FPOL Committee.

Roel Loopers

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FIRST FREO FOLK FESTIVAL TOMORROW!

Posted in concert, festival, fremantle, music by freoview on October 14, 2016

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There is a lot of activity at Fremantle’s Princess May Park where crews are setting up the stage and light towers for the Fremantle Folk Festival at Clancy’s tomorrow.

A great line-up of bands will keep the crowd on their feet from 10 am till late, and Kylie Wheatley of Red Tent Events, the Queen of Markets, is making sure there is plenty to eat with an international variety of food stalls.

Check out the bands on the Facebook page and book your tickets now!

Roel Loopers

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NOT FAR TO FIRST FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL

Posted in concert, event, festival, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 27, 2016

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Saturday October 15 in Princess May Park at Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle!

 

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DON’T FORGET FIRST FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL

Posted in concert, family, festival, fremantle, music, western australia by freoview on September 22, 2016

It’s only three weeks away until the inaugural Fremantle Folk Festival will be held in Fremantle’s historic Princess May Park at Clancy’s Fish Pub, on Saturday the 15th of October, so this is a reminder to book your tickets fast!

The Festival aims to be an inclusive, family-friendly celebration of the music, arts, and culture at the heart of our unique port city.

This all-day event will include a large outdoor stage, as well as the iconic Clancy’s stage – fully decked- out with impressive lighting, visuals, decorations, roaming entertainers – the works!

There will also be a fully dedicated kids activity corner and delicious food from all around the globe – truly something for everyone.

Already confirmed are a huge line-up of local and international acts, including: Abbe May’s Gospel Choir, Donna Simpson (The Waifs) & Guests, The Sensitive New Age Cowpersons, Jordie James (San Cisco), Kallidad (NSW), The Gyuto Monks (Tibet), Carus Thompson, Lucy Peach, Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care, The Galloping Foxleys, Ensemble Formidable, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, The Durongs, Junkadelic, Todd Pickett, Dave Hyams, The Rogues, Billie Rogers and The Lost Quays (Sea Shanty Choir).

Tickets:
$55 Adults
$35 Youth (13-17) $20 Kids (5-12) Wee ones (0-4) Free

Tickets via Oztix, clancysfishpub.com.au and from the Clancy’s Venue. Pass outs available – conditions apply.
Doors open at 10am. Concludes at 10pm.

Visit the official website atfremantlefolkfestival.com.au Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/fremantlefolkfestival

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DADAA NEW TENANTS FOR FREO’S OLD BOYS SCHOOL

Posted in city of fremantle, disability, fremantle, heritage, western australia by freoview on July 11, 2016

Subject to Fremantle Council approving the lease conditions local not-for-profit organisation DADAA is the new tenant for the 162-year-old heritage-listed Old Boys’ School at Princess May Park.

DADAA was selected ahead of 11 other applicants to lease the building. The selection process was based on a strict set of criteria which included a demonstration of broad community benefits, financial stability and the ongoing activation of the surrounding precinct.

DADAA has indicated a variety of uses for the Old Boys’ School building focused on providing a fully accessible community art and cultural hub. Some of the uses include:

an open access community print studio and production facilities
a community cinema
arts programs aimed at school-aged children
a public café and courtyard staffed by an inclusive workforce
community access band facilities
public art galleries
academic research residency programs
an urban orchards project.

DADAA’s Chair Helen Errington, who has championed an affirmation model of disability for the organisation, said the DADAA team couldn’t wait to move into their new premises. “The very central location and inclusive nature of DADAA’s new premises at the Old Boys’ School provides a perfect setting for building a healthy and vibrant community where diversity is embraced rather than feared,” she said. “It will give people with disability a place in the community where they can flourish and be recognised as integral to the mosaic of life.”

SHOULD PRINCESS MAY MASTERPLAN BE REVISITED?

Posted in city of fremantle, development by freoview on April 15, 2016

I wonder if the City of Fremantle will be flexible enough to revisit the new masterplan for Princess May Park now that the Hilton Doubletree hotel development is delayed for at least two years, and might never happen because of the new Adina Hotel development on the Woolstores shopping centre site over the road.

The masterplan is in parts about linking the western part of Princess May Park with the terraced planned section of the Hilton, that would open up into the park with a cafe, etc. If this does not happen that part of the park might have to be redesigned to accommodate other development should the Doubletree remain a plan rather than a built reality.

Roel Loopers

HERITAGE IS NOT A DUMP!

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, local government by freoview on March 29, 2016

I don’t care that it seems the City of Fremantle has made an executive decision to not comment on this blog any more, but I do care that they do ignore the questions I ask and the maintenance issues I point out.

Several weeks ago I reported on the mess at the newly renovated former Boys School/FTI building, but today it looked worse and the City has no taken any action to prevent the back courtyard to be used as a dump.

Princess May Park is a significant heritage precinct in Fremantle and deserves to be cared for a lot better. Shame on you COF!

Roel Loopers

POP UP PARK FOR HILTON HOTEL SITE?

Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle by freoview on February 24, 2016

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Freo’s View reader David sent me some email last night about the now derelict Hilton Double Tree hotel development site on the corner of Point and Queen Adelaide streets. The developers have announced a delay of two years and David suggested the City of Fremantle could do what some eastern state councils do and beautify the area and make it into a park for the time being.

I think the idea is good but the land is no longer owned by the City and insurance issues might also be a consideration.

Does anyone have ideas how we could make a positive out of a negative and make the land near Princess May Park and the old Boys School more attractive?

Roel Looper

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