Fremantle Dockers’ superstar Matthew Pavlich into the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame.

This Press Release came out today:

The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the induction of Fremantle Dockers’ superstar Matthew Pavlich into the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame.

The induction comes as Pavlich prepares to play his 353rd and final AFL game this weekend in an illustrious career spanning 16 years.

He will join the likes of international basketballer Luc Longley and AFL legend John Worsfold in the hall of fame, which includes 78 people who have made major contributions to sport and/or sports administration in Fremantle.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said inducting Pavlich was a no-brainier considering the contribution he’d made to the football club and to Fremantle over his 16 year career to date.

“Matthew is a wonderful ambassador for the Fremantle Football Club and the AFL and has been an inspiration to the Fremantle community for many years; so the decision to induct him was a very easy one to make,” mayor Pettitt said.

“While undeniably the Dockers’ greatest ever player for the skill and leadership he’s shown on the field, this induction is as much about his off-field contribution where he’s used his high profile to make a positive contribution to society, including to the local community here.

“He’s as much a part of the furniture in Freo as anyone else before him and on behalf of the Fremantle community I thank and congratulate him on and outstanding AFL career and welcome him into the sporting hall of fame.”

As is the tradition and to complete the induction, a ceremonial paving block will be carved and added to the Sporting Walk of Fame in Fremantle’s Kings Square Fremantle next month. A plaque will also be mounted in the City’s Town Hall Administration Centre’s hall of fame board.

Sporting Walk of Fame

Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame

To be eligible for the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame a person must have achieved state, national or international representation and fulfilled the following criteria:

  1. Outstanding sporting achievement at the highest level.
  2. Outstanding contribution to Fremantle sport administration, coaching or in a voluntary capacity.
  3. Involved in a Fremantle sporting club for a period of five years or longer.
  4. *The athlete must have retired from the highest level of competition for 5 years (waived).


*Given Matthew Pavlich’s outstanding and unquestionable contribution to Fremantle, the City has waived the usual five year waiting period for this induction


View the Fremantle Sporting Hall of Fame



Australia Day in Fremantle


Last night Fremantle Council had a full public gallery as we debated a range of complex issues. Most in the gallery were there to support the item on changing Freo’s Australia Fireworks. Council made a decision that it will not go ahead with fireworks to celebrate Australia Day in 2017 and beyond.

The City will instead be presenting a family-friendly event to celebrate being Australian on an alternative date. This will be an occasion people can all celebrate together. The date and details of this new event will be revealed once finalised.

What are  the reasons behind this council decision?

There has been a growing movement that January 26 is increasingly becoming a day that is ‘not for all Australians’. For many Aboriginal Australians it is indeed a day of sadness and dispossession. This does not just refer to Indigenous involvement but the involvement of many other Australians who feel increasingly uncomfortable with the date and what it represents.

The City has received significant feedback supporting the idea of reimagining our Australia Day celebrations from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

I was proud last night to see Fremantle Council support this change in what I hope will see a wave of change across the nation that will see Australia Day fundamentally shift to a more inclusive and respectful approach.

While there were some concerns from the Freo business community I am confident that we can create a new inclusive event that will give us bigger bang for buck and bring more people into Fremantle on a day when more businesses can benefit. Fremantle

Of course some accuse the Council of just being overly politically correct but I think this misses the point. It’s about respect and inclusion.



Exciting Redevelopment Projects Nearing Completion in Central Fremantle

There are an impressive number of major projects nearing completion in central Fremantle in the second half of this year. This includes:

  • Atwell Arcade office building and redevelopment
  • Heirloom Woolstores redevelopment,
  • Quest Hotel and short stay apartment development on corner of Short and Packenham Street,
  • The new MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) Head Quarters on Cliff Street (see photo from inside looking out below),
  • Established apartment development on cnr of Packenham and Bannister Street (which will be finished in 46 days and 22 hours according to their website!

Having more people live, work and visit Fremantle is core to Fremantle having a vibrant future so great to see all of these so close to completion. Once allof these projects areoperating at full capacity they will enable around 1000 extra people to work, live or stay in Freo. A good start I think.

I’ll do a more in-depth look at some of these as they get closer to opening– including some sneak peaks inside the developments- starting with Atwell Arcade later this week.

In the meantime here are a couple of snaps

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Beaconsfield Bi-Election Candidates Forum – Tuesday the 30th.

Before you post your vote – hear how your candidates are going to make a world of difference for Beaconsfield and Fremantle.

The Beaconsfield Bi-Election Candidates Forum is an opportunity for you to hear from the candidates and ask burning questions about things that matter to you.

DATE: Tuesday 30th August 2016
TIME: 6:30pm for 7:00pm start
VENUE: Hilton Park Bowling Club, Shepherd Street, Beaconsfield

Cash Bar will be Open

beaconsfield meeting

A Special View of Fremantle from Town Hall Clock Tower Under Repair

The Fremantle Town Hall’s $2.8 million refurbishment has enabled not only an important (de)painting of and structural repairs to this almost 130 yo building but a unique view of Fremantle from the highest point in the CBD.

It was an exciting opportunity to climb the scaffold to the top of the Town Hall tower. Getting up close to the top of the clock tower it quickly becomes apparent that the refurb is timely with not only the old paint needing to be removed to help the building’s walls breathe  (check out bizarre wrapping with yellow tape in photo below that removes the paint) but also to do some major roof and repair works to keep this building going another 130 years

It has been almost thirty years since the last major capital expenditure on the Fremantle Town Hall and key elements such as the roof cladding, down pipes and gutters need to be replaced to protect the building from ongoing deterioration, prevent the loss of culturally significant fabric and address concerns about public safety. Problems caused by inappropriate surface treatments and repairs to masonry elements carried out in the1950s – 60s, when there was little understanding of how to conserve traditional building fabric, also need to be addressed to prevent ongoing deterioration of masonry, embedded steel and timbers and decorative stucco work.

This is a major job and will go to the end of the year. For more info checkout

In the meantime enjoy some of these unique views.

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A Fresh Approach to Freo’s Heritage: In The West Today.

This excellent article by Philip Griffiths was in the West’s property section today:


The City of Fremantle led the way in identifying and protecting heritage sites in WA but, for a time, this made development difficult.

Rightly or wrongly, there was a view in the development world that Fremantle was a difficult place for projects. This story charts a different experience and reflects a new and positive heritage development environment in the port city.

The Defence Housing Australia Gunners’ Cottages development in Queen Victoria Street is a good example of the City’s evolving approach to heritage.

Fremantle is aware of the need to encourage development to sustain and revitalise itself, while at the same time protecting the things that are valued by the local and State community.

The Gunners’ Cottages project is important as an example of heritage as an opportunity, rather than an impediment, and of the City’s refreshed attitude to heritage and compatible development.

Managing the impact of development on heritage is key in Fremantle and design compatibility is part of the equation for achieving good commercial and acceptable developments.

After a long period of community consultation about the future of the site, a subdivision of the Artillery Barracks land was achieved. End use for the cottages remained uncertain, with a number of agencies unable to recognise the opportunity prior to DHA’s engagement.

When Griffiths Architects completed preliminary assessment on options compatible with heritage values, DHA bought the site and developed a brief for the adaptation of 10 historic cottages, designed to meet contemporary standards for service personnel, and six new houses.

The challenge was to realise the opportunity, the density coding and a difficult site. Additional dwellings required the exercise of discretion under the City Planning Scheme on the basis of a heritage benefit for a place of recognised heritage value.

The Gunners’ Cottages are part of what was the Artillery Barracks. They were built during the second stage of construction and completed in 1913.

Among the achievements of the project are 10 conserved brick and stone cottages in a sympathetic setting that are now as visually prominent as they were. The most important elements of the houses have been conserved. At the rear, the site was cleared and six simply designed contemporary houses built.

Each property has a small rear yard with a communal space for play and casual socialising.

The outcome responds to heritage values and achieves a fitting amount of new development that is inconspicuous and allows the cottages to remain the most prominent part of the development.

Gunner’s Cottages are a good demonstration of a refreshing new approach to heritage, the importance of having a committed owner and of all parties wanting to produce something that meets specific needs while respecting community values.


Philip Griffiths is director of Griffiths Architects, 17 Aug 2016, West Australian, Perth


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