Fremantle Heritage Festival 2017 – 30 years on from the America’s Cup Defence

This year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival celebrates those who have created history and along the way made a lasting contribution to what Fremantle is today. Some of these contributions were planned, some accidental, but all worth reflecting on.

This year we will have a special focus on one of the biggest contributions to Fremantle’s modern history – the America’s Cup Defence of 1987.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Fremantle took its place on the world stage to host the most prestigious sailing race of them all. Our port city underwent major redevelopment in the lead-up to the Cup in anticipation of the world’s media attention and influx of spectators.

Paying homage to the legendary race as part of this year’s festival, the National Hotel is teaming up with the WA Maritime Museum to present America’s Cup Defence 30th Anniversary Dinner – a night of tall tales, dinner and dancing at the WA Maritime Museum.

The WA Maritime Museum is also inviting people to share your photos from the event 30 years ago.

Fremantle’s legendary West End is again a huge focal point for the festival. Since the last Fremantle Heritage Festival, the entire West End has been included in the State Register of Heritage Places. This is a fantastic achievement which ensures Fremantle’s heritage buildings can be enjoyed by future generations. The festival is a great time to engage with this historic precinct by taking a tour of some of the beautifully restored buildings or by listening to sea shanties in the Whalers’ Tunnel.

There is of course plenty of other ways to engage with Fremantle’s heritage as part of the festival, from a murder mystery dinner at the Esplanade Hotel to a quiz about the history of beer at Little Creatures, classic rock and reggae bands at Mojo’s and an even an alternative history bike tour with me called Demolished and Unbuilt. As always there’s something for everyone.

Programs are out, so come along and help us make history while celebrating all we love about Fremantle past and present – May 26 to June 5.


The Fremantle Network Monday 24th at the National

Rock up for some interesting discussion from Freo locals on what is happening in and around Freo. This month…

Dimitri Kapetas, from EHDO architecture

EHDO is very excited to be in the process of designing the first Nightingale Housing project in WA, here 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. In other words, Nightingale promotes the building of communities, not just market commodities.

Michael McPhail, the Deputy Mayor of the Town of East Fremantle (and Western Australia’s youngest!)

His passion for cities and making them better places for the people that live in them infuses everything he does.

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’a push to ban single use plastic bags and championing the upgrading of East Fremantle’s exceptional foreshore.

6pm, Monday 24 April
Upstairs at the National Hotel

Sleep Out Under the Stars 2017

Come on down to the beautiful surrounds of the University of Notre Dame for one of Freo’s favourite fundraisers.
Sleep Out Under the Stars is a very special evening, hosted by St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre and the University of Notre Dame to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.

Join us for an evening of live music, kids’ activities and community spirit…you can then opt to stay over in the gorgeous Malloy Courtyard or Prindiville Hall…or you can head home to your own bed 🙂

Musical acts this year include the soulful jazz stylings of Lois Olney, folk songstress Ezer Eve and of course the fabulous Starlight Hotel featuring clients from St. Pat’s.

Soup provided by Empyrean and crusty bread from Bread in Common.

This ia a family-friendly event…no alcohol permitted.

This is a wonderful way to start a conversation with your friends and family around homelessness…but it’s also a lot of fun too. Hope to see you there!

Saturday May the 6th from 5.30pm at University of Notre Dame Australia

19 Mouat Street, Fremantle

A Trial to see if 3 Bins is Better

The City of Fremantle is proud to support the 12 month trial of a new Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) system being rolled out by 7,000 City of Melville residents this spring. The trial includes the introduction of a third waste bin to encourage better separation of waste which will lead to cleaner compost and less waste going landfill and is a collaboration between the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, City of Fremantle, City of Melville and Town of East Fremantle.

Following a successful trial in Melville, Freo residents are expected to be introduced to the third bin in 2018/19.

This video explains it well:

Fremantle ANZAC Day commemorative events 2017

Fremantle is a unique location to honour ANZAC Day as it was the last Australian experience many soldiers and sailors had before departing our shores to join the war effort overseas.

The day will commence with a traditional silent ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Fremantle War Memorial, home to the plaques honouring the 849 Fremantle servicemen and women who failed to return from WW1.

It will conclude with the traditional ANZAC Day March through the streets of Fremantle and closing ceremony on the Esplanade Reserve.

Additional services and events will take place across Fremantle and North Fremantle throughout the day.

Event schedule (Tuesday 25 April 2017)

  • 5.50 am – Dawn service, Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill
  • 7.30 am – Breakfast on the Esplanade, Esplanade Reserve, Fremantle
  • 7.30 am – Free portrait photography booth, Esplanade Reserve
  • 9.00 am – North Fremantle service, Fallen Soldier Memorial,
    Cnr Queen Victoria St & Harvest Road, North Fremantle
  • 10.15 am – ANZAC Day March, Esplanade Reserve through Fremantle
  • 10.45 am – Closing ceremony, Esplanade Reserve

For information on all Fremantle ANZAC events and activities visit


The Campaign to Ban Plastic Bags Goes National on The Project

Following on nicely from the plastic bag local law that we have been debating at Freo Council this month, the Project has teamed up with Clean Up Australia to see single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags banned across Australia. Thanks to existing bans in South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, the ACT, and an impending ban in Queensland we just need WA, NSW and Victoria to get on board for an Australia wide ban.

Here are some great snippets from the segment that you can view below:

Support for existing bans is overwhelming. In South Australia, 81% of the consumers strongly support the ban. As do 73% of Territorians, and 70% of Australians living in the ACT.

Currently, Australians use an estimated four to six billion plastic bags each year. That’s 10 million bags every day. Every minute, we send 7,150 plastic bags to landfill. But 80 million plastic bags never make it to landfill, and instead end up in our litter stream, killing 100,000 birds and marine life every year.

On average, it’s estimated we use a single-use plastic bag (like you’d find at Coles and Woolies) for just 12 minutes. And that same bag could take up to 1,000 years to break down. A plastic bag you use today will share this planet with your great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren.

Many countries around the world, from China to Italy, Papua New Guinea to France, Taiwan to The Netherlands, have already banned plastic bags. But despite supporting in spirit, the banning of plastic bags, the Premiers of NSW, Victoria, and Western Australia are yet to lead on the issue. We want them to #BanTheBag so that Australia is not left behind as the rest of the world addresses this serious and avoidable environmental disaster.

Check out the very funny segment here:



The 2017 25 under 25 Art Award is now open for entries!

Young WA artists aged 14-25 are invited to enter their most exciting, accomplished and imaginative artworks.

Be in the running to win $1500 cash, plus loads of other prizes including $500 cash, an artist residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre and a portfolio mentorship.

It’s free to enter so you’ve got nothing to lose!
Get your entries in before midnight on Sunday May 14.
Full details at