The Fremantle Foundation: A Vital Conversation about Australia’s shared history

The Fremantle Foundation is running a Vital Conversation about Australia’s shared history – opening hearts, opening minds

This is the first of a series of Vital Conversations in 2018 and is an intensive one day workshop exploring ‘Australia’s Shared History’.

We all learnt about Captain Cook and a “broad brush” history of colonisation but what do you know about Australia’s history from the Indigenous perspective?

With discussions around Australia Day increasing and the success of One Day in Fremantle, this Vital Conversation offers you the chance to take the next step in your personal understanding.

This one day intensive brings knowledge and deep insights into the shared history of Australians. It looks through the eyes of the First Australians and with this Indigenous perspective sheds light on a past we all share.

Specifically it will increase effective and respectful professional and personal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by:

  • gaining knowledge of our shared history from an Indigenous perspective
  • increasing awareness of the impacts which continue to affect Aboriginal Australians today
  • learning to be comfortable and confident in the third space


When: 8.30AM – 4.30PM, Tuesday 27th February

Where: The Big Hall in the Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide St. Fremantle

Cost: $80 per person

Lunch and refreshments are provided.


Facilitated by Jenny Hunter and Kelly Terry, with guest Aboriginal presenters including respected Aboriginal elder Dr Noel Nannup.

Places are limited so please be quick to book to avoid missing out.


Also here is the latest clip on One Day 2018

Fremantle Leisure Centre event as part of the Museum of Water

The Fremantle Leisure Centre on Sunday 4 March is holding an event as part of the Museum of Water at the Fremantle Arts Centre / Perth Festival.

You can even register to come and try synchronised swimming to register go to –

To register to be a part of the swimmers manifestos go to –

South Fremantle solar farm reaches major milestone

A proposal to build a solar farm on the former South Fremantle landfill site has taken a major step forward, with a development application being submitted to the City of Fremantle.

The solar farm, to be built and operated by Australian renewable energy company Epuron, will cover approximately 8 hectares of the 19.4 hectare landfill site on Cockburn Road and produce up to 4.9 megawatts of power.

Lodging of the development application is a significant milestone.

Through our One Planet strategy the City has a target of being powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, and the solar farm is a big part of that. The City has been investigating environmental, land use and management options for the South Fremantle tip site since 1985.

Because it’s a contaminated site we’re very limited with what we can do there, so a solar farm is a perfect use for the land until longer term remediation and development is possible.

If approved it will be the first urban solar farm of this scale in Australia.

The former South Fremantle landfill site is owned by the City of Fremantle and will be leased to Epuron to develop the project.

The City called for expressions of interest for a commercial operator to construct and operate a large-scale solar farm at the site in May 2014, and entered into an exclusive working agreement with Epuron in 2015.

Epuron has been developing large scale wind energy projects since 2003 and solar photovoltaic facilities since 2010, including a 3.1 MW project in Alice Springs and a 2 MW project at Yulara in the Northern Territory.

The development application is open for public comment until 30 March 2018 and a community information session will be held at the Fremantle Town Hall on 1 March 2018, starting at 6pm.

More information is available at the City of Fremantle’s Service and Information Desk or on the My Say Freo website.

Panels at Epuron’s solar farm at Yulara in the Northern Territory



Annual General Meeting of Electors this Wednesday

The Fremantle Annual General Meeting of Electors will be held this coming Wednesday, February 21, at the Fremantle Townhall at 6pm.

This is your meeting and we’d love to have you along to have your say

It will be followed at 7pm by the Strategy and Project Development Committee.

The Freo Network Presents: Business, Crime and Safety in Freo


Local police and community safety officers have been collaborating on a range of strategies to reduce antisocial behavior, improve safety and tackle crime in our city. This collaboration and coordination is having positive results.

Join us for a discussion about the reality of local crime and safety issues, and what the Fremantle Police and Council are doing about it with Acting Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Phil Gazzone from Fremantle Police and Christopher Scanlan from the Council’s Community Safety Team.

Plus newly elected President of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, and owner of iconic local business Benny’s, Ivan Dzeba will provide an update on the Chamber’s agenda and priorities for supporting local business in 2018.

6pm Monday 26 February upstairs at the National Hotel

(image credit: Community News)


Footy’s back at Freo Oval

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Dockers Belinda Smith and Gemma Houghton inspect the turf at Fremantle Oval ahead of Sunday’s AFLW match. 

Football returns to Fremantle oval this weekend when the Fremantle Dockers AFLW team takes on Melbourne on Sunday.

The match will be the first AFLW game played at Fremantle Oval since the City of Fremantle took over the management of the ground in August last year.

Dockers half-forward Gemma Houghton said after playing in front of a record crowd at the new Perth Stadium last week she was looking forward to getting back to their spiritual home at Fremantle Oval.

“Playing at Optus was an experience I’ll never forget – it was just great to see all the fans come in and break that record, but Fremantle Oval is our home ground,” Houghton said.

“For me it’s where my footy career started with our first training sessions here and our first home game, so we’ll definitely love playing here this Sunday.

“The grass is looking incredible – it’s bright green, so it will contrast well with the purple and hopefully we can get a win here as well.”

City of Fremantle parks coordinator Tim Marks said the preparation of the playing surface for the AFLW season had been months in the planning.

“The thought process and planning started immediately after last year’s WAFL finals,” Mr Marks said

“The England team used the oval as a training base during the Rugby World Cup, which meant we needed to soften the surface and grow the grass out to 35mm instead of the 20mm we have for footy.

“After the Falls Festival we used an industrial magnet and sweeping machine to pick up any debris that may have been left behind, and we had to do some turf replacement and a lot of coring and rolling to remove undulations in the surface.

“Considering what it’s gone through it been a really great effort by our guys to get it ready for South Freo’s WAFL training and then for the game Sunday.

“The guys all know the history and prestige of the ground, and we’re really excited to see how it’ll come up on game day.”

Because of the match the City of Fremantle library at Fremantle Oval will be closing an hour early at 2pm.

Bounce down is at 3:35pm and entry is free.

Queensgate Car Park Closure

A message from Sirona Capital:The Queensgate car park will be closed from Tuesday 3 April to facilitate the car park’s multi-million-dollar refurbishment, as part of the Kings Square Fremantle renewal.

The carpark is expected to be closed for about five months.

We understand this will come as a surprise because we initially told you we did not plan to close Queensgate car park during refurbishment. We don’t like having to make this announcement and we’re sorry that it is going to inconvenience many people.


It’s all about safety. We decided to close the carpark after receiving the results of extensive structural testing of the carpark’s concrete and steel-reinforcement by Probuild and Sirona’s specialist consultants. It was concluded that work to remediate and protect the structure was far more extensive than anyone had originally expected.

Full closure means that the refurbishment can be finished sooner, it will be safer for the public and construction workers, and will deliver a much better result.

While the carpark is still safe and fit for purpose, a staged refurbishment simply isn’t possible.

We know how important the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is to retailers and the local community. With more than 150,000 people expected in the vity centre over the Festival’s four days, we wanted to do our bit to help the Festival to be a success.

That’s why we have insisted the start of refurbishment is delayed until after the Festival.

Refurbishing the 40-year-old carpark will involve removing all redundant and corroded steelwork and applying protective coatings to halt any further degradation and substantially increase the car park’s
operational life for decades to come.

We are providing new lighting, bigger lifts, better accessibility, modern equipment, increased security
and a better-looking building.

The Sirona and Probuild teams will be working at a cracking pace to have the car park ready well ahead of the Christmas 2018 shopping period.

Queensgate’s permanent parking customers will relocate to the Collie Street car park.

The City of Fremantle has a range of parking options available in the Fremantle city centre.

The soon-to-be-opened 155-bay Cappuccino Strip carpark on the corner of Parry Street and South Terrace will help provide alternate parking.

The Point Street carpark has this month come back under the City’s control and the top level is being reopened adding 105 bays. This is in addition to a temporary carpark recently opened at this location with around 50 bays.

Parking directional signage is also being refreshed to make it easier for motorists find a place to park in Freo.

Go to the City of Fremantle website’s parking section for more information on other places to park in Freo.