Blessing of the fleet goes off with a bang

I thought this year’s Blessing of the Fleet was better (and louder) than ever before! It was  great to see so many people out for the parade and the fireworks and explosions did put the debate over the Roundhouse cannon into a new perspective. Here are a few snaps from the day

Hulbert street Sustinability Fiesta gets a mention in Federal Parliament

I thought you might be intested with what Melissa Parke said about the  Hulbert street Sustinability Fiesta on October 21st in Federal Parliament!  Nice work to all involved:

I want to share with Australia the most inspiring account of community action and social inclusion. For three years now, Hulbert Street, a local street in South Fremantle, has hosted the Spring Sustainability Fiesta that has worked to educate, inspire and support the more than 5,500 visitors who have flocked to this little street to celebrate sustainable living and to learn how to take on a more sustainable lifestyle. This year over a weekend in mid-September every Hulbert Street household, 37 per cent of which are solar powered, participated in the fiesta, with one front yard converted into a woodworking shop and several homes, artists’ studios and gardens opened to share the environmental sustainability changes they have made to their lives with people living in streets beyond Hulbert. Local artisans, businesses, community groups and even a bank filled the street itself with displays and booths geared towards supporting people in their quest for sustainable living. Fremantle is a community that has sustainability deep in its heart and it is leading the way when it comes to embracing renewable energy and green power, water conservation and reuse, home gardens and organic horticulture. But the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta goes further in showing that sustainability is also about building connections and relationships within community. I pay tribute to Shani Graham and Tim Darby and all the residents and friends of Hulbert Street for their creativity and energy and for their community spirit, dedication and generosity in sharing their place so that others may be inspired.

Check out the webpage here http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2010-10-21.31.1

Oxfam Concert for Pakistan on the Saturday at 12noon

This is great event that I hope to see you all at!

A fundraiser for the Oxfam Pakistan floods appeal.  Music and market stalls. Music featuring Natalie Gillespie, Lucky Oceans & Dave Brewer, The Kirbens, Arthur Gracias’s Indo Jazz, Dilip & the Davs, Nick & Jen, Voice Mail Choir,  Daramad Duo, Diabolo, Jim Fisher, Joe Fisher, Layabouts,  Dunumba and Belly Dancers.

This concert is being organised by the Fremantle community and all proceeds will go to the Oxfam Pakistan Floods Appeal.

Event details

When – Saturday 16 October 2010

Time: From 12 noon

Where – Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street Fremantle

Ticketing information

Cost: Full $20, Cons $15, Child $10, Family pass $40

Tickets can be purchased from: Heetseeker for online and credit card bookings (+$3.30 bf) plus outlets like Mills and FAC (+$4.40 bf). Cash sales will not incur a bf and be available from the Oxfam Shop and selected businesses around Fremantle, as well as from the blog site and in person. Gate prices will be $5 more. Phone Jon Strachan for tickets 0417 901 809

Moores – facelift

The Moores Building has just undergone a facelift and it is great to see one of Fremantle oldest and most loved buildings looking so good. The Moores builidng is owned by the City of Fremantle and houses the Moores Gallery and Moore and Moore Cafe.

This is part of the City of Fremantle’s recent extra $500k budget program to improve the maintainence and appearence of our City owned buildings. Expect to see more of these kinds of upgrades around the city in coming months. cheers, Brad

Live export meeting a Town hall

Last night (Tuesday 12.10) there was a lively Town Hall meeting sponsored by the City of Fremantle opposing the live sheep trade. The meeting called for a phase out of live exprts and a shift towards chilled meat exports instead.

The meeting was addressed by all three levels of government including Melissa Parke, Peter Tinley and Lynne Maclaren as well as Josh Wilson and myself. There was also excellent talks from the meat workers industry and Stop Live Exports. (www.humanechain.org )

Why Fremantle? Because the vast bulk of the 4 million sheep exported each year come through our port. 40,000 of these die on route each year. It is clearly time for change.

Good to be back

It’s great to be back home in Fremantle. The trip has given me lots of new inspiration for how we can make Fremantel and even better place to live work and play.

A great extra bonus to coming home was that White Gum Valley has a new cafe just around the corner from my house on Minilya Street next to the Deli. It is called Cafe Lumos.

Council approved this last year so great to see it up and running and full of people.