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.
It was interesting to hear at the Roundhouse today that there are still many people in Fremantle, and some in the tourism industry, who don’t know that the volunteer guides fire the cannon every day at 1 pm.
Cannon firing can be booked as a surprise birthday gift and for anyone. Today a school student from Geraldton fired it in front of her 30 classmates, teachers and another 50 people, as the photo I took shows.
Everyone who fires the cannon receives a certificate. You can book it on the Roundhouse website, where the guides also take bookings for school visits, weddings on the lawn next to the Roundhouse, functions, etc.
The Roundhouse is open every day of the year but for Good Friday and Christmas Day from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.
An innovative eighteen months long pilot program to reduce carbon emissions at schools has just started, with the City of Fremantle subsidising six schools; Fremantle Primary School, John Curtin, South Fremantle Senior High School, Winterfold Primary School, Lance Holt and Samson Primary School.
The Low Carbon Schools Pilot Program is facilitated by Simply Carbon in partnership with CRC for Low Carbon Living.
The program began with a series of workshops in February, where school principals, teachers, staff and parents were ‘up-skilled’ so they know how to reduce resource consumption, carbon emissions and costs in their school.
Each school has developed its own action plan to reduce their emissions and will be implementing them over the next eighteen months.
The schools will meet monthly to share experience and progress and to talk about partnership opportunities with local businesses and organisations.
What a brilliant day in Fremantle for an election. People were at the polling stations as early as 7.30 am although it was freezing cold.
The queues will no doubt be getting longer during the day as it is a pretty slow process because the people who sign you in have to tell you how to vote, so that slows it down a bit.
But the cakes, sausages, bacon&eggs and coffee stalls at the Fremantle Primary and Beaconsfield Primary schools are well stocked, so enjoy some of that while waiting to vote!
The West Australian newspaper article on-line today that abandoned farm animals had been found in Stevens Street, Fremantle at midnight last night is a beat up and disgrace as the animals belong to well-known Farmer Damian who shows his animals at markets and also does school education events.
Damian absolutely loves his animals and cares for them extremely well. He was heart-broken last year when his beautiful old dog Angus died and he has been posting photos of his beloved dog on Facebook ever since.
I worked with Damian at the Princess May Markets in Freo and at the Swan River Community Markets in Perth, and see him almost every Sunday at the Growers Green Markets. Farmer Damian has educated thousands of children about animals and farm life and some only found out through him that milk actually comes from cows and eggs from hens.
I just talked to Damian who told me the trailer is basically a second-home for his animals where they feel very comfortable. They have travelled Australia in it.
Damian has been doing farm education for more than 12 years and is a really nice and gentle bloke who would never abuse, or not care for his animals. He respects them and treats them with humanity. As he said “I tucked them up in bed for the night as I have done hundreds of times and was up before sunrise to feed them again.”
The 2015 Fremantle Festival parade was one of the longest, best, most colourful and noisiest parades I have watched. It was very heart-warming to see that unique Freo community spirit. Great to see so many kids and schools and community groups participating. Well done Freo!
It was also a great idea to finish it with a party at Kings Square. Unfortunately my camera ran out of memory so only photos from the parade but not the party.
Fremantle joined the annual global PARK(ing) Day this Friday where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to transform metered parking spaces for one day into temporary public spaces.
The Lance Holt School participated as did Wray Avenue, Victoria Hall was all dressed up, didgeridoos and bongos were on display, etc. It was a colourful display of how one can create a more visually attractive streetscape by just changing small things.
ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.
Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Fremantle 6160.
Dr Vanessa Rauland, who is well known in Fremantle and recently got the contract for her Simply Carbon company to run a Low Carbon Schools Pilot Program for the City of Fremantle, is the Greens candidate for the seat of Canning for the September 17 by-election.
The City of Fremantle will subsidise ten schools to take part in the LOW CARBON SCHOOLS PILOT PROGRAM which will be conducted by Simply Carbon.
The program will help assist schools to improve their sustainability and operating efficiency, whilst reducing their carbon footprint.
The founders of Simply Carbon, Dr Vanessa Rauland and Dr Sam Hall, assisted the South Fremantle Senior High School in becoming the first carbon neutral school in Australia.
The program is not limited to Fremantle, so Perth schools can apply to take part.
There will be an info session on Thursday week August 27 from 5.30-7 pm in the reception room of the City of Fremantle (back entrance at the steps near the Many 6160 building).
Check out the http://www.simplycarbon.com.au website.