Recommendation on South Terrace upgrade before council tomorrow night

For a while there speed humps were the number one debated issue in Freo so for those interested the issue will be considered by Council at the council meeting on Wednesday 13 December. The report is available on the council agenda page.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation process for the South Terrace pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements.

Read on for more information about the consultation outcomes.

We received 117 responses to the survey that gave us some valuable feedback on the proposed traffic treatment and streetscape improvements to South Terrace, between Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane.

This is what you told us:

  • 72.6% of people support the proposed changes, with 53.8% indicating they ‘strongly support’ the changes and a further 18.8% supportive of ‘most changes’.
  • The proposal to improve the streetscape was the most supported change, with over 90% of respondents answering positively to the proposed new paving, street furniture, trees and planting.
  • The proposal to reduce the carriageway to a trafficable width of 7 metres is the least supported change. While 58.2 % of people support narrowing the road to make it easier for people to cross the street safely, 22.2 % felt this would create more dangerous conditions for cyclists.
  • The need for South Terrace to be calmed from South Street to Douro Road was mentioned by numerous people, along with the need to protect the interests of people living in the side streets. A plan for the area bounded by South Street, Douro Road, Marine Terrace and Hampton Road was suggested, following concerns that the proposed treatment at Little Lefroy and South Terrace will create traffic problems elsewhere.
  • The need for a cycle lane on South Terrace between South Street and Douro Road was frequently mentioned, along with a desire to see similar treatments implemented at other nodes in this section.

You can read the community engagement report here.


Council will make a decision on the design to be built when they meet on Wednesday 13 December 2108 at 6.00 pm.


The report to council recommends:

  • The road be narrowed to make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down in this section.
  • The temporary speed bumps be replaced with a raised platform to slow drivers down.
  • The road be surfaced with red asphalt and stencil markings to slow drivers down.
  • The footpath be widened, new paving, street furniture, paving and trees be added to improve the street.
  • The amount of alfresco space be increased.

You can read the report to council in the agenda for 13 December here.

Archaeological dig set to unearth Freo’s first church

An archaeological dig planned for Fremantle’s historic Kings Square early next year will shed new light into what life was like in Fremantle during the late 1800s.

The dig, taking place across four zones in Kings Square from 15-21 January 2018, will look for evidence of the 1840s-built predecessor to the current St John’s Church which used to stand in the centre of the square.

The archaeologists expect to unearth the foundations of the first church, which was demolished in 1882, as well as other historical material such as glass bottles, clay pipes; and fragments of ceramic bowls and plates from this period.

The City hopes to be able to showcase the findings as it upgrades public spaces as part of the Kings Square Renewal project, which began earlier this year.

“Kings Square has a lot of stories to tell and we’re really looking forward to seeing what will be uncovered, particularly given an earlier dig in June 1986 identified the foundations of the first church,” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

“As well as the church foundations, we hope to find artefacts in public spaces outside the former Myer building which were once the sites of buildings spanning the early-mid 20th century.

“We want to incorporate the findings into the upcoming Kings Square public space upgrades. To do this we’re looking at opportunities to include ground viewing areas to provide visitors to Kings Square with a real window into the past,” Mayor Pettitt said.

Archae-aus, a cultural heritage management consultancy based in North Fremantle, has been appointed by the City of Fremantle to undertake the investigations as part of the broader redevelopment of Kings Square.

Community invited to become archaeologists for a day

Archae-aus and the Museum of Moving Objects will be conducting public archaeology engagement programs and workshops in Kings Square alongside the excavations.

Archae-aus Executive Archaeologist Fiona Hook said the public will be invited to come and discover first-hand what it’s like to be an archaeologist.

“It’s a very exciting project and we want the whole community to share in the thrill of discovery,” said Ms Hook.

“Not only will the public be able to view the excavations as we uncover Fremantle’s history, but people of all ages can also participate in hands-on activities and events including lunchbox excavations, historical object drawing and sustainability workshops, as well as free on-site talks.”

For public safety and to protect the contents of the dig sites, areas of Kings Square will be fenced off during the archaeological investigations. (Map attached)

For more information and links to book workshops and activities through Archae-aus visit

Snap, Tag & Win Christmas Competition

The City of Freo is running a Snap, Tag & Win competition on Instagram through to 22 December. It’s already getting a great response from shoppers and businesses  and all the prize money is spent in Fremantle. So to get involved here is what you need to do:

  1. Visit your favourite Freo store, snap a pic of what you want from Santa this Christmas
  2. Share on Instagram & tag @fremantlestory, #FreoWishList & # (store name)
  3. Each week two lucky people win their #FreoWishList

Two prizes of $500 will be drawn each Friday up until Christmas.

T&C’s apply.

The Fremantle Network Returns Monday with a Focus on Community.

The final TFN event for 2017 welcomes two local speakers who are working on community initiatives that create vibrant, connected local communities.

Monday 6pm – Upstairs at the National Hotel 

Dean Cracknell – Town Team Movement

The Town Team Movement is an ‘under-arching’ non-profit organisation helping town teams to organise, engage and empower their communities and create better places.
Town teams are a model where businesses, residents, community groups and local governments work collaboratively to create great places. The teams are: independent; not politically aligned; and a positive voice and influence in their community.
Each team has slightly different priorities and focuses, but all share these principles.
There are currently 18 town teams in Perth and this number is growing quickly! Dean is a local resident who is keen to help this grassroots movement to grow and flourish in Fremantle.

Maureen Maher – Street by Street

Street by Street is a national project that aims to turn streets into communities and foster an Australia-wide network of neighbour groups. Maureen has been involved in a neighbourhood group in Hilton and wants other neighbourhoods to benefit from the initiative.
A strong sense of community, where you know the people that live near you, share experiences and help one another, makes life is richer. But for many neighbourhoods, this type of connection isn’t happening naturally.
The Street by Street Project helps people build better connections with neighbours, so that more of us can feel a sense of community. They see regular, informal social get-togethers as the pathway to creating community and are working for connected communities to become the norm across Australia, and for people to feel happier, safer and more supported as a result.

Come along, be inspired and get involved in making Freo an even better place through these great projects.

Burt Street Project EOI Released

The Housing Authority, which forms part of the Department of Communities, is seeking to collaborate with a private sector developer or consortium who embraces our Vision for the Burt Street Project, to create a new affordable community that enriches the unique character of Fremantle.

Reference #EOI HOU1450717
Closing Date and Time – 2:30pm WST Friday 16 February 2018


Ovation of the Seas in Fremantle today

It was great to have the many thousands of people from Ovation of the Seas in Fremantle today. Next step is to improve the port area in which they arrive and better connect it to the centre of Freo.

triple j’s Hottest 100 is moving to a new date and here’s why..

Last year Freo moved our celebration to January 28 as part of One Day in Freo.

Now the Hottest 100 has a new home. Here is the statement they put out today:

You heard right, our biggest music celebration of the year has a new date! On Saturday 27 January 2018 we’ll be counting down the Hottest 100 songs of the year, as voted by you. Then, we’ll back it up on Sunday with the songs that just missed out, the Hottest 200.

Welcome to the Hottest 100 Weekend. It’s the countdown you love, made bigger!

triple j is making this move after hearing directly from you. Heaps of you took part in our online survey as part of our review of the date of the Hottest 100. (You can read more about that process below.) You told us how much you love the countdown and most of you are up for a new day. We all agreed that the Hottest 100 shouldn’t be part of a debate about the day it’s on. The only debate should be about the songs (“Ya joking shoulda been higher”).

triple j will be freed up to celebrate Australia Day as its own event too. We have some new programming planned for 26 January (more on that later).

So, get your crew together and make sure you keep the 4th weekend in January free, ‘cause the Hottest 100 Weekend is gonna be huge.

We’re sure you’ve got tonnes of questions, so let’s answer them.

What are the key dates for my diary?

Tues 12 Dec 2017: Voting opens
Mon 22 Jan 2018: Voting closes
Fri 26 Jan 2018: Australia Day
Sat 27 Jan 2018: Hottest 100
Sun 28 Jan 2018: Hottest 200

Why did you choose the fourth weekend of January?

We went with the fourth weekend of January because we wanted to keep all the best bits you love about the Hottest 100 – the music and being with your mates on a day that most people have off – and still host it at the same time in summer you’re used to. It also means we can follow up that weekend with the 200-101 countdown.

Hasn’t the Hottest 100 always been on 26 January?

No, the Hottest 100 has been held on a few different dates in the past so it’s not the first time it’s moved around. The first ever countdown was held on 5 March, 1989 and the countdown didn’t regularly match up with 26 January until 1998. In fact, the 2004 countdown was on 25 January. So, the date of the countdown has moved around and though the Hottest 100 has mostly been held on Australia Day, it’s not about Australia Day.

Why is the Hottest 100 moving?

It’s fair to say there’s been increasing debate around 26 January and there are a lot of perspectives on what it means to different Australians. As the public broadcaster representing all Australians, triple j and the ABC doesn’t take a view in the discussions.

However, in recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day. The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration. It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year. It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world. This is really important to us.

Whether you’re listening in Busselton, Bundy, Alice or Aspen. From Coober Pedy to Caz’s pool, tuning in from a backyard BBQ or streaming from overseas, in the city or on the farm; everyone is invited to join the party.

What did people have to say about the date of the Hottest 100?

Your voice in this decision is as important as ours – you are the ones who listen, vote, and tune in so we wanted to hear from you. We’ve learnt all the way through that this is a complex issue and there have been a lot of different perspectives on what triple j should do. When we asked how you felt about triple j’s Hottest 100 being held on January 26, we received tens of thousands of responses to our questionnaire –  64,990 responses to be precise.

An independent research company analysed a representative sample of these answers, from people of all walks of life, so we could better understand what you thought about the date of the Hottest 100.

We learnt that the majority of you (60%) were in favour of moving the Hottest 100 to a different date.

To validate this result, we did a second online survey with 759 18-30 year olds who had listened to triple j at some point, using the same independent research company. Again, the majority (55%) were in favour of moving the date, 24% were against moving the date, and 22% didn’t care.

We expected a lot of different opinions, this is a complicated issue with no one correct answer. However, it came across loud and clear that we all agreed it is the music that makes the Hottest 100 special. Celebrating our favourite songs of the year with our mates and the rest of the country is what’s most important for the Hottest 100.

Ultimately, our research and your feedback shows that most of you are behind a move for the Hottest 100. For those that don’t want the date to move, we have heard you. We’ve listened closely to how all of you felt about the Hottest 100 and responded with what’s the right choice, right now, that reflects the variety of complicated views. And it’s a move backed up by more than those survey results.

Who else did you speak to?

Over the past 12 months, we’ve been speaking to heaps of different people who would be affected by this decision, including musicians, community leaders, representative groups, triple j staff, ABC groups, and a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media, language groups, and many of the Indigenous artists featured on triple j.

There were a lot of different perspectives about 26 January, and different ways to approach Australia Day. But when it came to the Hottest 100, it was clear most people want the Hottest 100 to be on its own day when everyone can celebrate together.

So, what will triple j be doing on Australia Day, 26 January?

Highlighting the diversity of Australia. We’ll be broadcasting a bunch of special programming that covers some of the day’s biggest events, like the Young Australian of the Year, citizenship ceremonies, the Australia vs England One Day Series, Yabun Festival, and much more. Plus, we’ll be spinning nothing but homegrown music all day long, including the best live Australian music.

This way, both the Hottest 100 and Australia Day get the coverage they deserve as separate events.

What about future years?

For now, we’re focussing on the 2018 Hottest 100 Weekend and our new Australia Day coverage across the fourth weekend of January. It is just one day’s move, but it’s a big change for everyone to get used to. In 2019 the Hottest 100 Weekend will again be the fourth weekend of January.

Will you continue to work with AIME?

Yep. As we’ve done since 2015, we’re partnering with AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) to raise funds to help support Indigenous kids through high school and into university, training and employment. Last Hottest 100, you helped raise a quarter of a million dollars, which meant AIME could increase its program to 7,000 students. Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing more details about our 2018 partnership soon.

So, what is this year’s #1 song going to be?

Well, that’s over to you! Start getting your playlists sorted; voting for the 2018 Hottest 100 countdown opens Tuesday 12 December.